GO OUT -- Music / Art / Stage / Film

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GO OUT -- Music / Art / Stage / Film


TODAY

Music, movies, Mississippi

More than 28 musical acts and some 70 films are united in one of the South's most congenial centers of art, entertainment and good food as the Oxford Film Festival and Oxford Music Festival continue. A few highlights include "Patriot Guard Riders," a feature documentary about a motorcycle club that works to block military funerals from the harassing protests of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, and blues-rock performances by Tyler Keith and Jimbo Mathus .

Today through Sunday, various venues, Oxford, Miss. Ticket prices vary. For more information, go to oxfordfilmfest.com .

Material man

There will be a reception at Material from 6 to 8 tonight for "Confluence," an exhibition of intricate improvised drawings by Morgan Cook , who earned a master of fine arts degree from Memphis College of Art in 2007. The work will be displayed through Feb. 25.

Material, 2553 Broad. Call (901) 219-1943.

Story behind the story

Did you know that the guy who wrote Edith and Archie's "Those Were the Days," the famous sitcom theme song, also composed the Broadway musicals "Annie," "Bye Bye Birdie," and "Applause"? Tonight, Charles Strouse shares the stories behind the hits at a gala fundraiser for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company , at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre . Go for the buffet and reception ($125-$250) or just the show ($25 students, $50 and $75 adults).

1801 Exeter. Dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Call (901) 759-0620.

V-day play

Under the irreverent guise of real-life women discussing their private parts, Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues" examines the intimate relationship between sexuality and feminism. The annual production at Circuit Playhouse , 51 South Cooper, benefits Planned Parenthood.

7:30 tonight and Saturday. Tickets: $15 general and $12 students and are available at the door or at eventbrite.com/org/830912959. For information, call (901) 725-3051.

SATURDAY

'Twilight' time

Presented live via satellite from New York on the big screen, this new Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner's 1876 masterpiece "Gtterdmmerung" ("Twilight of the Gods") is a tale of Norse gods and heroes, complete with magic ravens, beautiful Rhinemaidens, fiery effects and a dragon-slaying muscleman, Siegfried.

11 a.m., Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall. Tickets: $20. Visit malco.com .

Oscar! Oscar!

Cartoons are crowd-pleasers - and sometimes they're works of art, too, with appeal for adults and children alike. For proof, see this year's "Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts" program at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art . All five of the nominated shorts will be screened, including a 7-minute Pixar film titled "La Luna" and a Louisiana-produced adaptation of the best-selling "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," co-directed by the book's popular author/illustrator, William Joyce. …

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