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Go Out This Week: Dale Watson, PRIZM Chamber Music Festival, Memphis Film Festival

June 9, 2014

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

June 09--With all the late-spring storms in recent days, we are fortunate to have a number of indoor entertainment options to suggest for this week. Here they are, in arbitrary order of 1 through 5.

1. Dale Watson on Beale, Wednesday: Austin, Texas, honky-tonk hero Dale Watson returns to Memphis and Beale Street for an early evening concert at Blues City CafÉ. Watson, a hardcore country throwback performer, is no stranger to Memphis, having recorded at Sun Studio and having been a regular at various clubs around town. -- Bob Mehr

7 p.m. For more information, go to, or call (901) 526-3637.

2. PRIZM Chamber Music Festival, Monday through Saturday: The 2014 PRIZM Chamber Music Festival focuses on giving young local players exposure to chamber performance. For the public, there are several concerts, starting with Monday's Dead Elvis Faculty Concert. You read that right. The acclaimed 10-member PRIZM Ensemble performs "Dead Elvis for Bassoon and Chamber Ensemble" by Michael Daugherty with Lecolion Washington on bassoon. Lest the blue-hairs faint dead away, there will also be Mozart's Flute Quartet No. 1, "Eight Pieces" by Max Bruch and a Trio Sonata by baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, who was the Elvis of the 18th century in the Czech Republic. Thursday's Faculty Concert is called "Trout," as they'll play Schubert's quintet by the same name. Schubert, apparently, liked songs about fish. -- Jon W. Sparks

PRIZM's faculty performances are at 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove. Other student and faculty concerts are the following Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. For info, go to, or call 901-361-6454.

3. Memphis Film Festival, Thursday through Saturday: Actors Clint Walker ("Cheyenne"), Robert Conrad ("The Wild, Wild West"), Edd "Kookie" Byrnes ("77 Sunset Strip"), Robert Colbert ("The Time Tunnel") and Robert Fuller ("Wagon Train") are just a few of the veteran movie and TV stars set to appear at this year's nostalgia-oriented Memphis Film Festival, subtitled "A Gathering of Guns" because the emphasis will be on the great Westerns of decades past. The event -- which includes panel discussions, film screenings, memorabilia rooms, meet-and-greets with the stars and much more -- begins Thursday and continues through June 14 at Sam's Town Hotel and Casino in Tunica County, Miss. -- John Beifuss

Registration: $80 for the weekend. Daily prices vary. Call 800-946-0711, or visit

4. "Mildred Pierce," Thursday: Joan Crawford won her first and only Oscar for the title role of the self-made, long-suffering and much-betrayed "Mildred Pierce" (1945), a noir masterpiece of mother love and murder from director Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca"). The movie -- a must-see on a screen big enough to match Crawford's shoulder pads -- is this week's offering in the Outflix "Summer Camp" movie series. -- JB

7 p.m., Studio on the Square. Tickets: $10. Visit

5. Shoot & Splice, Tuesday: Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts present Shoot & Splice, a new monthly forum that covers a variety of topics, -- technical, educational and fun -- for the local filmmaking community. This week, Swedish digital imaging technician Jacob Roya, currently working in Memphis, presents "What is a DIT?" Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for beverages and networking before the presentation. It's free and open to the public. -- Mark Richens

7 p.m. 430 N. Cleveland. E-mail for more information.


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