Thursday, June 9, 2011

On Tap Tonight: Concerts and Screenings

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Weekends are supposed to be the busiest time for concerts and film screenings, but tonight's about as loaded as it gets.

Over at the Brooks Museum of Art, there's a concert and screening combo in the form of the experimental documentary Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, which screens twice tonight — at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. — each time with live musical accompaniment from Brendan Canty of hardcore legends Fugazi and members of the band Bitter Tears. Tickets are $12 for museum and Indie Memphis members and $15 for non-members. More info here.

Additionally, the Orpheum Summer Classic Movie Series kicks off with a screening of To Catch a Thief, the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock romantic thriller co-starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. To Catch a Thief is a merely good film from a great director, but seems to be the title the Orpheum has embraced. The series continues tomorrow night with the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski. Screenings begin at 7:15 each night. Tickets are $7.

David Allan Coe
  • David Allan Coe
On the concert front country, outlaw-country icon David Allen Coe — perhaps best known as the author of "Take This Job and Shove It" — will perform at Handy Park on Beale Street tonight. He'll be joined by Brad Kessler. Admission is free with a $10 minimum food and beverage purchase. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, a few miles southeast, at Snowden Grove Amphitheatre, there's a whole lot more country music going on, as septuagenarian legend Willie Nelson brings his Country Throwdown Tour to town. Nelson will be joined by contemporary outlaw-style artist Jamey Johnson and a long list of up-and-coming country acts. More info here.

With country happening downtown and in Mississippi, Midtown is hosting a couple of promising rock shows tonight. At Minglewood Hall, New York-based electronic duo Ratatat performs at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. And at the Hi-Tone Café, Austin psychedelic rockers the Black Angels perform. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $13.


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