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Go Out This Week: South Main Art Trolley Tour, Hattiloo grand opening, Summerland Tour

June 27, 2014

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

June 27--There's a lot to cover in this weekend's things-to-do recommendations, so let's get to it. Once again, the rankings are arbitrary and subjective:

1. South Main Art Trolley Tour, Friday: Despite the recent suspension of trolley services -- those quaint antiques have an unfortunate habit of catching fire -- the last-Friday-of-the-month South Main Art Trolley Tour continues, with free shuttle service between the Orpheum and G.E. Patterson at Main. Shops, boutiques, galleries and so forth will be open for gathering, perusal, schmooozing, sipping white wine and general gallivanting around. Of note is an opening reception for the exhibition "Elements," abstract paintings by local artist Mike Coulson, at Gallery 363 of Leadership Memphis. And Memphis rockers Dynaflow play at Earnestine & Hazel's. -- Fredric Koeppel

6-9 p.m. "Elements" opening 6-8:30 p.m., 363 S. Main. 7 p.m., Earnestine & Hazel's, 531 S. Main.

2. Hattiloo Theatre grand opening, Saturday: Theatrical premieres happen all the time, but the premiere of an actual theater is a rare thing. Overton Square's latest denizen is the shiny new Hattiloo Theatre, which celebrates with a community grand opening all day, including numerous performances and a panel discussion. Get a peek at the free-standing facility, a $2.8 million project with the main stage seating up to 200 and a black box space for 75 (bigger than its former location on Marshall). Full tours are available to donors and subscribers. -- Jon W. Sparks

Grand opening runs from 8 a.m. to midnight. Admission is free, but tickets are needed and are first-come, first-served. Children's Theatre performances 10-11 a.m. at black box stage; Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl, Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion dance project and Bridging Souls Productions10-11 a.m. at main stage; Black Arts in Memphis panel discussion, 2-3:15 p.m.; Ballet Memphis, Casateatro, Kim Edmonds magic, Indie Memphis film, 4-5 p.m.; Hattiloo Company, Opera Memphis, Out Loud Artistry, 8-9 p.m.; Jam and Damion Pearson in concert, 10 p.m.-midnight. Info: hattiloo.org and 901-525-0009.

3. Summerland Tour, Saturday: Do you love the '90s? Well, bust out the flannel and Doc Martens, and head to Southaven'sSnowden Grove Amphitheater for the Summerland Tour. The co-headliners are Portland band Everclear and Minneapolis' Soul Asylum. The former were more tuneful and lyrical than many of their Pacific Northwest scene mates, frontman Art Alexakis and band scoring hits such as "Santa Monica" and "Father of Mine." The latter, led by singer Dave Pirner, understudied behind Twin Cities indie legends the Replacements and Husker Du throughout the '80s before stepping into the spotlight in the early '90s, scoring a hit with "Runaway Train." The two bands will be supported by Eve 6 and Spacehog. -- Chris Herrington

7 p.m.6285 Snowden Lane. $25-$29.50 for reserved seating, $10 for general admission. Tickets available at the Snowden Grove box office or via Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. See snowdengroveamphitheater.com for more information.

4. "Memphis Barbecue" book event, Friday: Midtown rock club the Hi-Tone Cafe plays host to a release party and book-signing for "Memphis Barbecue: A Succulent History of Smoke, Sauce and Soul," by Memphis-based author Craig Meek. Hi-Tone pitmaster Richard Forrest will cook a whole hog, and music will be furnished by Dead Soldiers, Clay Otis & Shadow Brother, and the Switchblade Kid. -- Mark Richens

9 p.m. 412-414 N. Cleveland. $10.

5. "Time Warp Drive-in: Hell on Wheels," Saturday: Organized by filmmaker Mike McCarthy and Black Lodge Video, this month's "Time Warp Drive-In" burns rubber from dusk to dawn -- "rain, wax or shine" -- with a piston-pumping program of hot-rod heavies that begins with George Lucas' pre-"Star Wars" love letter to 1960s California car culture, "American Graffiti" (1973), followed by Monte Hellman's masterpiece "Two-Lane Blacktop" (1971), with Warren Oates, James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, a movie partly filmed in the Memphis area. But wait, there's more: The third feature is "Bullitt" (1968), with Steve McQueen putting the pedal to the metal, followed by Robert Mitchum in the moonshiners-vs.-gangsters classic "Thunder Road" (1958). Vintage ads and trailers will screen between the films, along with new MUFF (Memphis Underground Film Festival) shorts by local filmmakers, including "Punk Points," a story of post-apocalyptic reckless drivers whose handles include "Roadkill Jill" and "Smelvis." The extra-movie entertainment includes a 6 p.m. hot-rod show on the drive-in parking lot hosted by the Relaxed Atmosphere car club, and a 7-8 p.m. rockabilly performance by Mississippi musician Dan the Man. -- John Beifuss

8:30 p.m., Summer Quartet Drive-In, 5310 Summer. Admission: $10. Visit guerrillamonster.com or malco.com.

6. Stax Music Academy at Levitt Shell, Sunday: The young students of the Stax Music Academy get a chance to perform on one of Memphis' most beloved stages during their Summer Grand Finale Concert at the Levitt Shell. The program includes "Soul Rockin' Blues," described as "an interactive experience" interpreting the evolution of blues into rock and roll from the 1940s through the 1960s. -- MR

7:30 p.m. Levitt Shell at Overton Park. Free.

7. "Clarksdale," Saturday: Andrei Bely's "Petersburg" -- a 1913 modernist masterpiece that is "the most important Russian novel of the 20th century," according to The New York Times Book Review -- is the surprising inspiration for "Clarksdale," the latest experimental, absurdist and visually daring no-budget video feature from Clarksdale-born, Jackson-based Mississippi filmmaker/musician/educator Will Goss. The movie is about a college student who becomes enmeshed in a time-bomb assassination plot, and, yes, it's a comedy (more or less). Goss will attend, to introduce his work and answer questions after the screening. -- JB

8 p.m., Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland. Admission: free. Visit crosstownarts.org/clarksdale.

8. Playaz Ball with Kingpin Skinny Pimp and MJG, Friday: Two of the eminences grises of Memphis rap -- North Memphis' own Kingpin Skinny Pimp and Orange Mound native MJG -- join forces to rock the house at 1884 Lounge inside Minglewood Hall. "This is a Playaz Ball, so dress for it," it says on the Facebook event page. Prizes will be awarded for best-dressed. Suitable attire also could improve a lady's chances of winning the twerking contest. -- MR

8 p.m., 1555 Madison. $20.

9. "Meerkats 3D," opens Saturday: They're cute, and they'll be in your snoot: "Meerkats 3D" -- an in-depth and sometimes subterranean documentary look at Africa's most adorable and literally upright little desert mammals -- is the new movie showing at the CTI 3D Giant Theater at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. Narrated by Emily Watson, the National Geographic film follows a family of 20 meerkats as they cope with internal turmoil, outside predators and rival mongooses (mongeese?) in the struggle to survive in the desolate Kalahari. The film screens multiple times daily through Nov. 14.-- JB

3050 Central. Tickets; $9 adult, $8 senior (60+), $7 child (3-12). Call 901-636-2362 for showtimes, advance tickets and reservations.

10. Healthy Shelby 5K, Saturday: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell hosts the second annual Healthy Shelby 5K to benefit Healthy Shelby and their efforts to combat hypertension in Shelby County. Registration information here.

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