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"Torn Down by Thursday" at Crosstown Arts
This week marks the return of Gonerfest, and the record label / store front kicks the festivities off early with an art show featuring local show handbills. Held at Crosstown Arts, "Torn Down by Thursday" will feature select flyers and posters from the Memphis Underground from the 1970s through the present day.
Contributing to "Torn Down by Thursday" are local music fixtures Jim Cole, Frank Bruno, Andria Lisle, Robert Gordon, Marcia Faulhaber, JB Horrell, Ron Hall, Sherman Willmott. Cole Wheeler, Eric Friedl, and Brent Shrewsbury.
The Opening reception for "Torn Down by Thursday" is Wednesday, September 28 at Crosstown Arts at 6 p.m., and the exhibit runs through Sunday, October 2nd- the duration of Gonerfest 13. Check out music from Gonerfest alumni Total Control below. 
Repair Days 2016

The Metal Museum is pleased to announce Repair Days 2016, an annual fundraiser hosted by the Metal Museum where nearly 200 metalsmiths from across the country come to Memphis to make repairs on metal objects brought in by the community.

Join us for Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 24 from 10am to 4pm and watch as a blacksmith forges a bottle opener. Experience over 1,500 pounds of molten iron take shape as it is poured into molds. Try your hand at jewelry making. The Family Fun Tent allows metalsmiths of all skill levels and ages to develop their own metalworking skills.

There are many ways you can participate in Repair Days 2016. Consider becoming a "Friends of Repair Days," supporting Repair Days through a Corporate Sponsorship, donate artwork to the Repair Days Auction, buy tickets to our Dinner & Auction or simply bring us something to repair!

To purchase tickets for the Repair Days Dinner & Auction or to volunteer for this Repair Days 2016 please visit:

To learn more about Repair days 2016 please visit:

Here is the detailed schedule for Repair Days 2016:

THURSDAY 9/22 | 10 AM - 5 PM
Receive Repairs
Museum Open

FRIDAY 9/23 | 10 AM - 5 PM
Receive Repairs
Museum Open

SATURDAY 9/24 | 10 AM - 5 PM
Receive Repairs
Repair Pick Up Tent Open

10 AM - 4 PM
Museum Open
Family Fun Day with Hand-On Activites and Demos

2 PM - 7 PM
Silent Auction

5 PM
Gallery Talk and Reception with Hoss Haley

7 PM
Dinner and Live Auction

SUNDAY 9/25 | 12 PM - 5 PM
Repair Pick Up Tent Open (no repairs received)
Museum Open
Keep a Blank Face
(image) A look at the transformative album as ScHool Boy Q’s New Daisy performance nears.

ScHoolboy Q seems like an unlikely rapper to be positioned as a commercial success. Born Quincy Matthew Hanley, Q's output details a frank portrayal of life as a Crip at 12 years old and a drug dealer by age 14. Juxtapose that with his stint as a promising college athlete, and you'll scratch the surface of Hanley's complexity. This year's Blank Face LP comes on the heels of 2014's platinum-selling Oxymoron. Q's latest release is the transformative result of growing into fatherhood while reflecting on the addiction, depression, inner-city survival, and pressures of success that have marked his life. Musically, it's his most dynamic — flowing between hazy meditations, unveiled lyricism, and funky, west-coast melodies and beats.

ScHoolboy Q and Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ bring the Blank Face Tour to the New Daisy on Saturday, September 24th. To prep, I looked at some of the album's highlights.

"Dope Dealer" feat. E-40

If ScHoolboy Q breathed new life into gangsta rap, he took notes from Three 6 Mafia to do so. "Dope Dealer," the ninth track on Blank Face, samples the Memphis rap collective's "Playa Hataz." Q talks about slinging cocaine and oxycontin ("I got them egg whites and them oxtails for the low / Got them hot wheels gotta push start and it go"), a reality he's experienced. His flow sounds celebratory, but it's a look at the world that shaped him. It's the same imagery that painted Three 6 Mafia's discography. Q's just carrying the torch.

"THat Part" feat. Kanye West

"Me no conversate with the fake," Q raps, opening the first verse of Blank Face's second single with one of the most memorable lines of the year. "THat Part" is a boast, a cheers to lavish success that's allowed Q to drop $250,000 on a McLaren 12C sports car. Q raps "bang this shit in the hood one time" during the hook, an homage to 51st and Figueroa Streets where he grew up in Southern Los Angeles.

Kanye West, the enigma he's become, comes out swinging in the second verse. Riffing on fame and fidelity, West notes that at the peak, people listen more to the echo-chamber of opinions about him and less about what he says. ("You was listening close though / You wouldn't listen to the flow though.")

"JoHn Muir"

ScHoolboy Q freestyled every lyric on "JoHn Muir," a track that borrows its name from Hanley's middle school. The stomping grounds where Q started carrying a gun at 13 years old and selling drugs by age 14, Blank Face's 10th track provides context on Hanley as a wide-eyed kid molding an identity. On the chorus, Q raps about "bellin'" through the street — a term coined by West-Coast rapper WC — while a chorus of voices and horns fill out the background. It's smooth, soulful, and an easy track to revisit.

"Black THougHts"

A phone recording from Trayvon Ray Cail, who was facing a first-degree murder charge at the time the song was written, leads the track: "Our experience to where we have parents in our lives that were showing us everything, like didn't nobody walk us ... show love like you do this and don't do that. It wasn't like that coming up in our community."

"Black THougHts" is an autobiographical depiction ("sharing food with roaches / poppa was a bitch / mom's slaving for the rent") of Q's initiation into gang-dom. Later, Q raps "Ain't nothing changed but the change / Let's put our brains away from gangs / Crips and Bloods the old and new slaves."

Here, Q condemns the lifestyle he props up on Dope Dealer. He puts his shame on the table, and it's one of the more memorable, genuine moments on the album.

Champagne Porch Jam at The Buccaneer
(image) Local singer Clay Otis will celebrate ten years of gigging with a Champagne Porch Jam this weekend at the Buccaneer. On Sunday, September 25th Clay Otis, Chickasaw Mound, James and the Ultrasounds, The Sheiks, Winchester and the Ammunition, Kelley Anderson, and Richard James and the Special riders will perform on the Buccaneer patio.
The show starts at 5 p.m. and there will be champagne specials and a food truck on site. Check out music from some of the bands playing, and get your fancy clothes ready for Sunday, just dont end up like the woman in the video below.  
The River Series in Harbortown Announces Fall Schedule
(image) The River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater will kick off their first Fall season this Saturday night. Steve Selvidge and Daniel Bachman will perform at the Harbor Town Amphitheater on Saturday, September 24th, followed by the African Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, October 23rd. The series will wrap with a performance from John Wesley Coleman and Will Courtney on Saturday, November 5th.
Now in it's third year, the River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater is a series of live music shows that benefit the Maria Montessori School. Founded by Goner Records co-owner Zac Ives, the River Series has showcased local talent like NOTS, Motel Mirrors, and the Reigning Sound in a great outdoor location overlooking the Mississippi River.

The River Series spring schedule will be announced later this year. Check out music from Daniel Bachman and John Wesley Coleman below. 
Visiting Artist John Harlan Norris to Present "Cons and Pros" Exhibition

Memphis College of Art (MCA) announces Visiting Artist John Harlan Norris, presenting his exhibition Cons and Pros, Oct. 7–Nov. 8 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will take place Friday, Oct. 14 from 6–8 p.m., and Norris will present his Visiting Artist lecture on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 12–1 p.m. in Rust Hall’s Callicott Auditorium. Norris is a recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and has participated in studio residencies in New York and Vermont.
Cons and Pros features works from Norris’ ongoing Occupants portrait series, in which his subjects’ identities are both defined and obscured by visual signifiers of their daily roles and practices. Through his paintings and mixed media works, Norris explores a contemporary perspective on occupational portraiture, which historically described its subjects through the lens of their daily working lives. Cons and Pros will also signal the debut of a new portrait series for Norris, titled Disintegrants—an exploration into the elusive and abstract interior structures that form the psyche and notions of self. Featured works include oil paintings, works on paper and mixed media works incorporating digital inkjet printing.
“We all experience moments in which the roles we play in our daily lives come to define us in powerful ways,” said Norris. “In the pursuit of survival, prosperity, leisure, social status, and personal meaning, we often assume identities that both define and fail to define us. My current body of work explores the possibilities and limitations of our daily occupations in an age where we frequently change jobs, balance multiple roles, and cannot easily delineate between private and public life.”  
Norris is an Associate Professor of Art at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Studio Art from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 2000, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University in 2005. Norris has exhibited extensively throughout the country at venues including Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Plus Gallery in Denver, Colorado, the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas in Nevada, Florida State Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, Florida and The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, among many others. A recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2012, he has participated in studio residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.
Featured works in Cons and Pros will be available for purchase. Proceeds support the artist directly, as well as MCA’s scholarship fund.
Norris’ exhibition and lecture are just two of many exhibitions, lectures and events that MCA hosts for the community throughout the year. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.,Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions, receptions and lectures are free and open to the public.
More information about upcoming exhibitions and events, including the Holiday Bazaar, can be found online at
Photo: John Harlan Norris, “Commenter,” oil on canvas, 56” x 42”, 2014
R. Kelly at FedEx Forum
R. Kelly returns to Memphis this Saturday night for a concert at the FedEx Forum. Performing in Memphis on the "Buffet Tour," the multi-platinum selling "King of RnB" will be accompanied by a live band, dancers, and a full production team as he performs all of the hits from his catalog.

With a career that spans over 25 years, R. Kelly has been at the forefront of rap and RnB for decades, and has sold over 40 million albums in addition to writing hits for the likes of Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, and Justin Beiber. 

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations,, or at the FedExForum Box Office by phone at (800) 745-3000, or by clicking here. Check out some R. Kelly classics below. 

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