Newly on-sale and in-demand shows: Comedienne and reality-show star Kathy Griffin plays the Harrah’s Casino in Tunica, Miss., on July 22 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $75. On sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. Power-pop legends Paul Collins’ Beat return to the Hi-Tone Café on July 16 at 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. On sale now at hitonememphis.com. Join in or watch in horror as zombies attack Beale Street this evening at the fifth annual Memphis Zombie Massacre. Dress up like the undead and become part of the horde, leaving from Earnestine & Hazel’s at 6:30 p.m., or wear an “X” of duct tape on your clothing and get devoured by zombies along the way. Visit the website memphiszombies.com for rules, tips and more information.
In addition to the usual art gallery openings, this month’s South Main Art Trolley Tour features carnival performers including magicians, henna artists, face painters and strolling musicians. Two South Main residents vie for a Tasters’ Choice award. And the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross, which is aiding area flood victims directly, will set up an Emergency Response Vehicle and provide demonstrations. Donations can be made there or at participating stores throughout the night. 6-10 p.m. in the South Main Historic District.
FEEL THE HATE
The annual Memphis Hates You Festival is back. Started as a modest offshoot of the online metal music forum of the same name, the festival has packed the Hi-Tone Café the past two years, and has generated a major buzz among local hard-rock enthusiasts. The third edition of the festival includes more than a dozen local and regional acts. Tonight’s bill features Cremains, Epoch of Unlight and Sons of Tonatiuh . Saturday’s concert features Hosoi Brothers, Gypsy Hawk and Music Hates You. Starting at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday the Hi-Tone Café, 1913 Poplar. Tickets are $10 per show, or $20 for both days. They’re available at the door. For more information, call 278-8663, or go to hitonememphis.com.
FESTIVAL FOR KIDS
Voices of the South launches its sixth annual Children’s Theatre Festival this weekend. The event kicks off tonight at Rhodes College’s McCoy Theatre with strolling performers and picnicking. The evening’s performance is