June 23--I actually had to do some digging to fill out this week's recommendations. As it turns out, it's a big week for fans of Americana/country/roots music. And for fans of laughably bad cinema.
1. "The Room"/"Miami Connection," Wednesday: "Worst films ever?" That's the boast (or warning) made by Indie Memphis, Black Lodge Video and filmmaker Mark Jones, the hosts for this Studio on the Square double feature of must-see mind-melters so (unintentionally) hilarious they make "22 Jump Street" look like "The Road." First up is a 35-mm print of star-writer-director-producer Tommy Wiseau's "The Room" (2003), described by Entertainment Weekly as "the 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies." The follow-up is "Miami Connection" (1987), a last gasp of drive-in-worthy insanity about a team of crime-fighting synth-rock martial artists who battle a gang of drug-dealing motorcycle ninjas. True. -- John Beifuss
Films at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets: $8 per film, or $6 for Indie Memphis members. Visit indiememphis.com.
2. John Fullbright at the Levitt Shell, Thursday: From Woody Guthrie to Hoyt Axton to James Talley, Oklahoma has a strong folk-singer tradition. The state's latest hope, John Fullbright, hails from Guthrie's hometown of Okemah. Fullbright took the genre by storm with his 2012 debut, the Grammy-nominated (for Best Americana Album) From the Ground Up, demonstrating a gravelly, beyond-his-years voice and songwriting confidence that evoke other Western standard-bearers such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark as much as Guthrie. Fullbright plays the Levitt Shell's summer concert series.Chris Herrington
7:30 p.m.Overton Park. Free. For more info, see levittshell.org.
3. "The Book of Mormon," Tuesday through Sunday: A mere handful of tickets remain for this week's run of the hit Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" at the Orpheum. This is the first national touring cast of the award-winning comedy, featuring Mark Evans as Elder Price and comic newcomer Christopher John McNeill as Elder Cunningham, two missionaries who travel to Uganda to win souls for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The show was written by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and "Avenue Q" creator Robert Lopez. Read more about it here. -- Mark Richens
Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $43.50 to $153 plus service fees. Info: 901-525-3000 and orpheum-memphis.com.
4. Hellbound Glory at the Hi-Tone, Monday: Claiming inspiration from Hank Williams (both Jr. and Sr.) and Nirvana, Americana/country band Hellbound Glory plays at the Hi-Tone Cafe. Led by singer-songwriter Leroy Virgil, who writes about his experiences in the rough-and-tumble bar scene of his adopted hometown of Reno, Nevada, Hellbound Glory has opened up for Kid Rock on his "Rebel Soul Tour" (alongside Buckcherry), co-headlined a tour with the Supersuckers ("the greatest rock and roll band in the world"), and will open dates this summer for Leon Russell. Matt Coppens opens the show. -- MR
Doors at 8 p.m.$10. 18 and up. Hi-Tone Cafe, 412-414 N. Cleveland.
5. Trademark and 8-ball Aitken, Thursday: If you're craving country music of a slightly different flavor, the "Thursdays Squared" music series offers a double shot of "bro-country" in the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square: country-rockers Trademark from Jackson, Miss., and 8-ball Aitken, one of the top country artists in Australia. Be sure to dress appropriately, as prizes will be offered for best hats, boots and Daisy Dukes. -- MR
6-11 p.m.$10 admission. $25 for access to VIP lounge at Delta Groove Yoga, with complimentary Roaring Tiger vodka cocktails, snacks and air-conditioned comfort.
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