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Go Out This Weekend: Goners at Handy Park, B.o.B., 'Hairspray'

June 19, 2014

By Mark Richens, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

June 19--It's time again for our writers' and editors' picks for this weekend's activities. Whatever you choose to do, dress for the heat, and bring an umbrella. Here we go:

1. Goner Records showcase in Handy Park, Friday: Goner Records presents a evening of music at Handy Park on Beale Street. The free show -- part of the Downtown Memphis Commission's efforts to expand the area's entertainment palette -- starts at 5:30 p.m. and features performances by Jack Oblivian, Tyler Keith and the Apostles and femme-punks Nots. On Saturday night, Nots mark the release of their new 7-inch single with a show at The Buccaneer. The triple bill also includes Buck Biloxi from New Orleans and Oxford's Nervs. Also on Saturday, Jack Oblivian and the Memphis Marauders play an outdoor "Block Party" at Midtown performance studio Rocket Science Audio. -- Bob Mehr

5:30 p.m. Friday, Handy Park, Beale and Third; free. "Block Party": 7 p.m. Saturday, Rocket Science Audio, 1583 Madison. Release party: 10 p.m. Saturday, Buccaneer, 1368 Monroe. $5. For more information on the Handy Park shows, go to bealestreet.com.

2. B.o.B. at Minglewood Hall, Friday: Atlanta rapper B.o.B. first emerged as an acoustic-guitar-playing alternative on the then "Dirty South"-branded Southern hip-hop scene, but he has morphed -- ably and with artistic worth mostly intact -- into one of the most successful crossover stars in the genre, demonstrating the ability to craft hits alongside a wide variety of tag-team partners: pop stars (Taylor Swift on "Both of Us"), rockers (Weezer's Rivers Cuomo on "Magic"), pop-star rockers (Paramore's Hayley Williams on "Airplanes"), other rappers (Lil Wayne on "Strange Clounds") and more. All of this work is united by B.o.B.'s everyman flow and a persona that comes across as affable even at his most braggadocious. How will his duet-heavy repertoire play live, without all of those name guest stars? Find out Friday night, when B.o.B. headlines a hip-hop bill at Minglewood Hall. Empire City, My Crazy Girlfriend, Tori Whodat and Tyke T are among the openers. -- Chris Herrington

7 p.m. 1555 Madison. $20. All ages. minglewoodhall.com.

3. "True Blue -- Memphis Lawmen of 1948," Saturday: Memphis filmmaker George Tillman's documentary puts the spotlight on the city's first class of African-American police officers, with special focus on Jimmy Williams and Rosoe McWilliams, the last two survivors of the original "blacks in blue," a group of a dozen men that included future celebrated photographer Ernest Withers. The event is a fundraiser for the African-American Police Association. TIllman, Williams and McWilliams will attend and answer questions after the screening. -- John Beifuss

7 p.m., Michael D. Rose Theatre, University of Memphis. Admission: $10.

4: "Hairspray," Friday through July 13: It's not often that a musical at Playhouse on the Square comes back four years later with much of the same cast, but "Hairspray" was such a hit in 2010 that it's back for another run. Courtney Oliver won an Ostrander Award for her take on Tracy Turnblad, a 1962 Baltimore teen who loves to dance and loves her big hair. The production won a hefty five awards that year: best musical, direction of a musical, choreography, best actress and best supporting actress. Dave Landis again directs. -- JB

Friday through July 13 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $22 opening weekend (June 20-22), $35 Thursdays and Sundays, $40 Fridays and Saturdays. $22 seniors/students/military. $15 children under 18. Pay What You Can is Thursday, June 26. Info: 901-726-4656 and playhouseonthesquare.org.

5. "A Midsummer Night's Dream," through June 29: The scrappy, do-it-yourself thespians of Threepenny Theatre Company are celebrating their one-year anniversary with a reprise of their first production, last summer's take on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," with the original cast at the original venue, the Lab Theatre in the University of Memphis' Theatre Building. Stay after the play for a milk-and-cookies reception with cast and crew. -- Mark Richens

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through June 29. Tickets sold at the door only, on a "set your own admission" basis; cash only. More information at facebook.com/Iheart3PT.

6. Whigs at the Hi-Tone CafÉ, Friday: Athens alt-rockers the Whigs play the Hi-Tone CafÉ. The Georgia trio -- led by singer-songwriter Parker Gispert -- is touring in support of its recently released fifth album, Modern Creation. Local rockers Dirty Streets and Young Buffalo open the show. -- BM

Doors at 9 p.m. Cover is $10. 412-414 N. Cleveland.

7. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at the Orpheum, Friday: The "Summer Movie Series" at the historic Downtown Orpheum continues with a very silly history lesson: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the 1975 comedy that became a cult classic and (eventually) a Broadway musical. Arrive early and bring the kids, because at 6 p.m. the Society for Creative Anachronism hosts a "Medieval Fair" in the theater lobby. -- JB

7 p.m. Tickets: $7, or $5 for children under 12. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

8. LUVGLO, Friday: The latest addition to the LUVMUD family of obstacle-course races/charity festivals, LUVGLO takes place Friday night in the booming Broad Avenue Arts District. Billed as "the Mid-South's most epic nighttime 5K race," LUVGLO benefits Habitat for Hope and features live music, food trucks and lots of blacklight paint. -- MR

9 p.m. Race begins and ends at the Loading Dock Amphitheater on Broad. Registration is $50 for individuals, $90 for two-person teams or $160 for four-person teams. Click here to register.

9. Christian Finnegan, Friday: Comedian and actor Christian Finnegan is engaged through the weekend at Chuckles Comedy House in Cordova. Finnegan was an original panelist on the VH1 pop-culture mash-up "Best Week Ever" and appeared as "Chad" the white roommate in the classic "Mad Real World" skit on "Chappelle's Show." These days, he can be seen on the Ice Cube-created TBS sitcom "Are We There Yet?" as well as The History Channel's "I Love the 1880s." -- MR

Shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20; two-item minimum food/beverage purchase.

10. Memphis Roller Derby, Saturday: There'll be an intrastate collision at the Memphis fairgrounds' Pipkin Building -- literally. The featured bout of this latest Memphis Roller Derby event pits the hometown heroines of the Memphis Hustlin' Rollers against invaders from East Tennessee, the Hard Knox Roller Girls. Also on the bill is all-local action between the Angels of Death and the Prisskilla Prezleys.

Doors at 5 p.m. First bout at 6 p.m. 940 Early Maxwell. Admission: $12 for adults, $6 for kids, free for 4 and under. For more info, visit memphisrollerderby.com.

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