With so many grim statistics receiving so much attention, it's often easy to forget the creativity, heart and soul that make up our city. Memphis is known as a place of growth, triumph and great cultural experimentation. From Stax Records to Beale Street to the Blues, the city has a long and storied history as a cultural Mecca.
And for the past several years, Memphis has been in the midst of yet another period of cultural development. Hattiloo Theatre has been a large part of that.
For movies opening Sept. 28, 2012
"Hotel Transylvania" (PG for action, rude humor and scary images) Animated romantic comedy about the Dracula's daughter (Selena Gomez) who, over the objections of her father (Adam Sandler), falls in love with a mere mortal (Andy Samberg). Voice cast includes Kevin James, Ceelo Green, Steve Buscemi and Jon Lovitz.
You can say what you want about Oprah, but you gotta admit she is still the "Queen." She has been snagging some really great interviews here lately – 50 Cent, the Kardashians, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson and Usher. Anyone who seems to be in the news is subject to be a guest.
Her latest snag – Usher – appeared this past Sunday night.
OK, so I'll admit the headline is a little misleading.
Ripley (Tenn.) R&B artist Tom Sanders doesn't actually claim to be part of the Godfather of Soul's family tree. But on his new CD "Touch of Class (Remembering James Brown)," vocally and musically Sanders sounds so much like the one and only that nearly every moment on his 12-track indie release makes you want to do Brown's signature Camel Walk.
For movies opening Sept. 21, 2012
"Dredd 3-D" (R for profanity, sexuality, drug use and graphic violence) Karl Urban assumes the title role originally played by Sly Stallone in this reboot of the futuristic, sci-fi franchise which finds America an irradiated wasteland patrolled by a formidable judge/jury/executioner committed to cleansing the country of undesirables with the help of an attractive rookie sidekick (Olivia Thirlby). Supporting cast includes Lena Headey, Wood Harris and Jason Cope.
Ladies and gentlemen...Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R-uh, Kellz, Mr. Entertainment, R. Kelly or whatever you'd like to call him, is bringing the "Single Ladies Tour" to Memphis at the Orpheum on Oct. 23.
There is no telling how long this concert will be because this guy has hits for days, including "Honey Love," "Trapped in the Closet," "Bump N' Grind," "I Believe I Can Fly," "Step in the Name of Love" and "Down Low."