The Great Flood, Kegs and Eggs, 'Memphis' Rock Your Week
Land of the Tiger, Jack Russell's Great White, PHiNS Gumbo Festival also on tap
Saturday, March 15
THE GREAT FLOOD
Pock-marked, decaying film shrouds sharecroppers as they wade through in Bill Morrison’s The Great Flood, a 2014 documentary about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. The decay adds an organic, fluid and sometimes psychedelic effect; Morrison says the deterioration of the film he used is as important to the story as the moments captured on it. “This footage has existed since the flood. It is a living document of the flood, and also of the time that has elapsed since the flood,” he says. Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist Bill Frisell provided a track of moody, chord-driven tones to pair each scene and segment. A Q&A with Morrison follows the screening. 7:15 p.m. March 15 at Sun-Ray Cinema, $10.
RIVER RUN BLOCK PARTY
KEGS AND EGGS
Carb-loading before a race isn't half as much fun as reloading afterward. Intuition Ale Works and Jax Truckies join forces for a Gate River Run afterparty, with brewers serving beermosas and other brunch-themed offerings. Toss down a blueberry coffee cake, sweet potato pancake, a Cinnamon Toast Crunch brew, Javadark or beers infused with pastries and, of course, bacon. Chew Chew and Funkadelic food trucks create special brunch and lunch items in addition to their regular menus. If you survive the 9.3-mile run and the Green Monster, flash your race number to an Intuition bartender between 1 and 11 p.m. for one free beer. King Street's closed in front of the brewery; the food trucks are parking 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (party runs until 11), March 15 at Intuition Ale Works, Riverside.
HAIR METAL NOSTALGIA
JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE
There are few relics of the ’80s hair metal scene more hated than Jack Russell. It wasn’t just the 100 people who died in 2003 as a result of a fire caused by his band Great White’s pyrotechnics, though his droning on from the stage about their upcoming summer tour while the Rhode Island venue burned didn’t help. It was also the fact that he never apologized, never took responsibility for what happened that night, not really. Great White’s road manager went to prison. “This was a life-changing event for everyone,” Russell told The Boston Globe last year, in a story marking the fire’s 10th anniversary. “It’s not like something I forget about.” In 2010, after years of drug and alcohol abuse, Russell nearly died from a perforated bowel. By that point, Great White had already kicked him out, secured the rights to the name and hired a new singer. Today, the 53-year-old Russell presses on in Jack Russell’s Great White, running through the band’s hits — “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” and, probably, “Desert Moon,” the song he sang during the deadly fire. 7 p.m. March 13 at Brewster’s Megaplex, Arlington, $12-$30.
LAND OF THE TIGER
The Sumatran tiger is a rare sight. Indonesian conservation experts believe fewer than 500 of them live in the wild, placing the world’s smallest tiger subspecies on the critically endangered list. Two-year-old female Lucy and 12-year-old male Berani — matched to become a breeding pair (the age difference is NBD, apparently) — join three endangered Malayan tigers as the stars of the Jacksonville Zoo’s new Land of the Tiger attraction, which opened last weekend. The $9.5 million expansion of the zoo’s Asia precinct also features small-clawed otters, Visayan warty pigs, babirusa pigs and two types of hornbills as well as Asian flora. Land of the Tiger opens as the zoo builds to its 100th anniversary celebration in May. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Northside, admission: $17.95-$24.95.
Rock ’n’ roll is born again. Intense and inspirational, if also formulaic, Memphis lifts off with the dynamic opener “Underground” and keeps soaring on its spirited choreography. Set in the ’50s, white radio DJ Huey Calhoun — loosely based on real-life DJ Dewey Phillips — falls in love with black club singer Felicia Farrell. (Yes, this Broadway tale of forbidden love is mostly sterilized, though there is one beating.) Cynics will find plenty of plot to pick apart, but some Artist Series ticketholders won’t notice or care. After all, this production scored four Tonys, including best musical and best original score, for good reason. March 18-23 at the T-U Center’s Moran Theater, Downtown, $47-$77.
PHiNS GUMBO COOKOFF & FESTIVAL
Gumbo is traditionally served at Mardi Gras, but you won’t hear anyone complaining about a little Lenten gumbo at The Landing. Hosted by Parrot Heads in Natural Settings (PHiNS), the eighth annual festival pits local restaurants, teams and individuals in a competition to cook up the best gumbo, with the proceeds benefiting the Mandarin Food Bank. The gumbo cookoff begins at 1:30 p.m. March 15, but the festival kicks off with a pub crawl and live music the night before. Pub crawl, 5 p.m. March 14; all-you-can-eat gumbo (until it’s gone) served at 1:30 p.m. March 15 at The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown, $10.