Handy Awards honor Green for life’s work

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Mem­phis jazz man Dr. Her­man Green will be pre­sented the Life­time Mu­sic Achieve­ment Award on Sun­day at the 13th an­nual W.C. Handy Her­itage Awards at the Hol­i­day Inn Se­lect near Mem­phis In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

In ad­di­tion, Emer­son Able, for­mer mu­sic di­rec­tor for the Isaac Hayes Move­ment and re­tired Manas­sas High School band di­rec­tor, will re­ceive the Mu­sic Legacy Award.

Pi­o­neer­ing fe­male disc jockey and one­time Stax Records staffer Novella Smith Arnold will get the Mu­sic Busi­ness Award. A num­ber of per­form­ers, in­clud­ing Toni Green, Otis Clay and Spencer Wig­gins, will also be rec­og­nized.

The event is timed to honor Handy, the “Fa­ther of the Blues,” who would be cel­e­brat­ing his 136th birth­day this year.

Pro­ceeds from the awards cer­e­mony go to sup­port the W.C. Handy Mem­phis Home & Mu­seum. Tick­ets for the event cost $50 and in­clude din­ner. For reser­va­tions, call 527-3427 or go to her­itage­toursmem­phis.com.

— Bob Mehr

The first Li’l Film Fest, held in 2006, re­quired com­pet­ing film­mak­ers to in­clude im­ages of the then-re­cent im­plo­sion of Bap­tist Hospi­tal on Union Av­enue in their en­tries.

Now, the Li’l Film Fest or­ga­niz­ers at Live From Mem­phis — an arts Web site and pro­duc­tion com­pany — re­turn to that con­cept for “Li’l Film Fest 12: Free Footage,” to be held Dec. 19 at the Mem­phis Brooks Mu­seum of Art.

Film­mak­ers who wish to sub­mit en­tries to the fes­ti­val will be pro­vided with three clips of less than a minute in length, which can be down­loaded from livefrommem­phis.com/lil­film­fest. At least 10 sec­onds of footage from each clip must be used in films sub­mit­ted to the fes­ti­val. As al­ways, films in this “li’l” fest must be un­der 5 min­utes in length.

The Li’l Film Fest is in­tended to en­cour­age lo­cal film­mak­ers to be creative and to have fun. Any­body will­ing to make a short film is wel­come — no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired.

En­tries for Li’l Film Fest 12 will be ac­cepted through Dec. 7. Prizes in­clude a Grand Jury Award of $500 and a some­times even more lu­cra­tive “Au­di­ence Choice” award of the cash col­lected at the door.

Please see

— John Bei­fuss

“The Open Road,” a movie star­ring Justin Tim­ber­lake and Jeff Bridges that was partly shot in Mem­phis, ar­rives Tues­day on DVD on the An­chor Bay En­ter­tain­ment la­bel.

Tim­ber­lake por­trays a mi­nor-league ballplayer who tries to re­con­nect with his fa­ther, a leg­endary biglea­guer played by Bridges, dur­ing a road trip that in­cludes a stop at The Pe­abody in Mem­phis. Kate Mara is Tim­ber­lake’s girl­friend, while Mary Steen­bur­gen plays his mother.

Tim­ber­lake, Bridges, Mara, cast mem­ber Lyle Lovett and writer-di­rec­tor Michael Mered­ith (son of foot­ball player and an­nouncer “Dandy” Don Mered­ith) were in Mem­phis in March 2008, for a cou­ple of days of shoot­ing on the film. The movie re­ceived a to­ken the­atri­cal release in late Au­gust, open­ing in a mere 14 the­aters be­fore quickly head­ing to DVD.

The disc in­cludes a com­men­tary track with Mered­ith and Bridges, as well as a be­hind-the -scenes doc­u­men­tary.

— John Bei­fuss

Stax records great Steve Crop­per has added an­other award to his man­tle.

The gui­tarist, song­writer and Booker T & the MGs mem­ber is al­ready a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a Grammy Life­time Achieve­ment hon­oree, and on Thurs­day he re­ceived the 2009 Founders Award from the Ex­pe­ri­ence Mu­sic Project .

This is the third time the Seat­tle - based mu­seum and learn­ing cen­ter co - founded by Microsoft bil­lion­aire Paul G. Allen and his sis­ter, Jody Allen Pat­ton, has pre­sented its an­nual awards.

The cer­e­mony is de­signed to honor “artists who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to their re­spec­tive fields.”

Pro­ceeds from the Founders Award Cel­e­bra­tion will ben­e­fit the mu­seum’s youth ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. Past win­ners have in­cluded Nancy Wil­son of Heart and Rob­bie Robert­son of The Band.

Crop­per was at the event, which in­cluded a mu­si­cal trib­ute to his his­toric cat­a­log of songs, in­clud­ing such piv­otal Stax and South­ern soul clas­sics as “Knock On Wood,” “In The Mid­night Hour,” and “(Sit­tin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.”

— Bob Mehr

Mem­phis film­maker Mike McCarty’s “Cig­a­rette Girl,” a dystopian near-fu­ture fan­tasy about a night­club cig­a­rette ven­dor turned ghetto vig­i­lante (in other words, she re­places cof­fin nails with bul­lets and slow death with mur­der), won the Di­rec­tor’s Choice Award this week at Tuc­son’s sec­ond an­nual Ari­zona Un­der­ground Film Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val cel­e­brates “film­mak­ers with de­fi­antly in­de­pen­dent vi­sions,” ac­cord­ing to its Web site, azun­der­ground­film­fest.com. Among this year’s selections were the ul­tra­gory “Vam­pire Girl vs. Franken­stein Girl,” from Ja­pan; the made -in­Texas “Doc­tor ‘S’ Bat­tles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zom­bies: The Movie”; and a spe­cial screen­ing of Rob Zom­bie’s “The Devil’s Re­jects” with ac­tor William Forsythe.

— John Bei­fuss

Wis­con­sin artist Fred Stone­house, whose paint­ings are in­formed at once by folk art, sur­re­al­ism and re­li­gious iconog­ra­phy, will give a lec­ture at 7 p.m. Thurs­day at the Mee­man Jour­nal­ism Au­di­to­rium on the cam­pus of the Uni­ver­sity of Mem­phis.

De­scribed by the artist as “trans­muted por­traits,” his work has been fea­tured in The New York Times, Art in Amer­ica and Art News. The event is free and open to the pub­lic. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 678-4164.

— Bill El­lis

In 1944, philoso­pher JeanPaul Sartre made his fa­mous dec­la­ra­tion: “Hell is other peo­ple.”

And yet, even that hasn’t de­terred fol­low­ers of the ex­is­ten­tial­ist philoso­pher from com­ing to­gether.

On Nov. 19-21, the North Amer­i­can Sartre So­ci­ety holds it 25th an­niver­sary con­fer­ence in Mem­phis. The event be­gins Thurs­day with a free per­for­mance of Sartre’s fa­mous play “No Exit,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Brooks Mu­seum of Art. In the philoso­pher’s vi­sion of hell, three peo­ple with con­trast­ing per­son­al­i­ties are doomed to spend eter­nity to­gether in the same room.

Con­fer­ence pan­els on Nov. 20 take place from 9 a.m. to 5:25 p.m. in the Pan-Hel­lenic Build­ing of the Uni­ver­sity of Mem­phis; a re­cep­tion from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and then a 6:45 p.m. panel dis­cus­sion about Sartre’s fa­mous work “Cri­tique de la rai­son di­alec­tique.”

The event con­tin­ues 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Pan­Hel­lenic Build­ing, and re­con­venes at 5:15 p.m. at the Na­tional Civil Rights Mu­seum where Sartre scholar An­nie Co­hen-So­lal lec­tures on “Sartre’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the United States Con­sid­ered in Light of the Obama Era.” Also, Robert JC Young will give a talk on “Sartre, Post­colo­nial­ism, and the Hu­man.”

All events are free and open to the pub­lic.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit mem­phis.edu/moch or call 678-3550.

— Christo­pher Blank

Tick­ets are on sale for the De­cem­ber party-and­premiere launch of “The Mu­sic In­ter­views,” three short films fea­tur­ing in-depth in­ter­views with opera star Mar­gueritte Pi­azza, bel­lvoiced folk-pop artist Sid Selvidge and the late pro­ducer-rocker Jim Dick­in­son.

The event takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Mem­phis Col­lege of Art in Over­ton Park. The doc­u­men­taries will screen in the Cal­li­cott Au­di­to­rium. Mu­sic videos shot dur­ing the April 19 “Songs & Sto­ries” event at Min­gle­wood Hall will play in a side room. A wine tast­ing will take place in the main gallery.

The mu­sic doc­u­men­taries rep­re­sent the lat­est in an on­go­ing se­ries of video in­ter­views with sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal artists pro­duced by Joanne Self Selvidge’s True Story Pic­tures com­pany. Pre­vi­ous films, avail­able on DVD, have fo­cused on such vis­ual artists as Dolph Smith, Larry Ed­wards and the late Ernest Withers.

Tick­ets are $15 each, or two for $25, through Thanks­giv­ing. Af­ter Nov. 26, prices go up to $20 and $35. To or­der, visit truesto­ryp­ic­tures.org.

The event is hosted by True Story Pic­tures and the Mem­phis chap­ter of the Na­tional Academy of Record­ing Arts and Sciences.

— John Bei­fuss

The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal files

Dr. Her­man Green’s ca­reer of mu­sic con­tri­bu­tions will be hon­ored Sun­day dur­ing the W.C. Handy Her­itage Awards.

Steve Crop­per

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