Artist Lecture: Dread Scott: 6 p.m. Thursday at Rhodes College (Blount Auditorium/buckman Hall), 2000 North Parkway. Free. Scott lectures on his life and work, and the role of the artist as activist and agent of social change; in conjunction with the exhibition “The Weight of Hope” in Clough-hanson Gallery on Sept. 9. Call 901-843-3442. Chuckles Comedy House: 1770 Dexter Springs Loop, Cordova. For shows and times, call 901-421-5905, or visit chucklescomedyhouse.com. “Collecting the Missing Pieces”: Through Oct. 10 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. $12.75; $12.25 senior citizens, $7.25 children. Artifacts include an “I am a man” placard, slave shackles and more. 901-636-2362. memphismuseums.org Dog Day at the Garden: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Memphis Botanic Garden. $10 ($5 MBG members). A four-legged-friendly event for dogs and their owners. Enter to win prizes. Keep cool in the Hot Diggity Dog Kiddie Pool Area, plus a Doggie Expo. memphisbotanicgarden. com/dogday Don’t Be Afraid of Blacksmith Comedy: 8:30 p.m. Monday (small room) at the Hi-tone Cafe, 412 N. Cleveland. $5. 18-older. 901-490-0335. Family Festival: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Fountain of Living Praise International (grounds), 4450 Neely. Free admission. Limited space available for merchandise/food vendors. 901-730-0032 or email email@example.com. “Minions” studio). Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Summer Quartet Drive-in. The Shallows (PG-13, 87 min.) HHH Unpretentious and efficient, this taut “B” film — the B is for beach, bikini, Blake Lively, bites and blood — makes the best of its limited resources and geography, milking thrills and suspense from the simple premise of a lone American surfer (Blake Lively) trapped on a small rock in an isolated Mexican cove by a great white shark. Using images and texts from the tourist’s cellphone as a trigger, writer Anthony Jaswinski and director Jaume ColletSera (the insane “Orphan”) evoke enough sympathetic back story to make the surfer more than a cipher, but they never allow such revelations of “motivation” to distract them from their traumatizing post-peter Benchley purpose or to take precedence over Munch & Learn Lecture: Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park. $7; $5 students with ID, senior citizens ages 65-older; members free. Ned Canty: “Sex, Violence, and Silly Hats.” An exploration of what opera is, and why so many people think they don’t like it. Opera Memphis will show us how to fix this, with the help of Viking helmets, Google, flying sharks, and MTV. 901-761-5250. dixon.org St. Peter Church Tours: 1-4 p.m. (free) tours on first Saturday (Sept. 3) of each month and upon request. 190 Adams. To schedule: 901-527-8282, ext. 15. One of the oldest buildings in continuous use in the city. stpeterchurch.org Tom’s Classic Car Cruise: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 27 at Countrywood Shopping Center (behind Jared Jewelers), 2257-2393 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova. Open to all vehicles, all years. Free admission. 901-6528050. facebook.com/tomsclassiccarcruise Walking Tour: Jefferson Avenue walking tour, 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. Meet at Jefferson & Front. Commemorate the 100th anniversary of “When Memphis Changed the Way the World Shopped for Groceries” at 79 Jefferson, with the opening of Piggly Wiggly on Sept. 6, 1919. Free. 901-6045002. jimmyogle.com. Woodruff-fontaine Ghost Tours: Spooky tour of the landmark Victorian Village mansion which was completed in 1871. 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 17 at 680 Adams. $25 age 18-older. Tour is approximately two hours. Call 901-526-1469.
the action-depiction of the surfer’s resourcefulness (Lively is excellent, in what is almost a solo performance). Props to cinematographer Flavio Martinez Labiano, who transforms the pellucid water and lush forest into a particularly tactile form of eye candy, and to Lively’s expressive co-star, a bird billed as Sully “Steven” Seagull, who functions as the film’s Wilson the volleyball.
Bartlett 10. Southside With You (PG-13, 84 min.) HH ½ A very different type of origin story from the usual superhero saga, the debut feature from writer-director Richard Tanne uses Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise” as a model to imagine the chaste, sometimes tense and ultimately historic first date of the future First Couple, Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers), as a loose, hourslong wander of selfand mutual discovery. Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Palace Cinema, Paradiso. Star Trek Beyond (PG-13, 122 min.) HHH The multicultural esprit de corps that motivated Justin Lin’s “Fast & Furious” movies proves a natural fit for the can-do outer-space optimism of the late Gene Roddenberry’s long-running science-fiction saga. Cineplanet 16, Collierville Towne 16, Cordova Cinema, Desoto Cinema 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Majestic, Olive Branch Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Stage Cinema, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in. War Dogs (R, 114 min.) Jonah Hill and Miles Teller are hotshot arms dealers in this fact-based political comedy. Cineplanet 16, Forest Hill 8, Hollywood 20 Cinema, Palace Cinema, Paradiso, Studio on the Square, Summer Quartet Drive-in, Wolfchase Galleria Cinema 8. X-men: Apocalypse (PG-13, 144 min.) HHH Set in 1983, the sixth Marvel Comics “X-men” movie (excluding “Wolverine” and “Deadpool” spin offs) casts Oscar Isaac as a resurrected
mutant who recruits Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and three other superpowered “horsemen of the apocalypse” in a plan to destroy and remake the world. Cineplanet 16.