All you need is love and $8 to grab a seat July 9 for Indie Memphis’ presentation of the new 50th anniversary restoration of “A Hard Day’s Night.”
The one-night-only showing of The Beatles’ first feature-length film in collaboration with The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter takes place at Malco’s Studio on the Square, with showings at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
The tech department of Criterion has spent the last several months restoring the film in 4K resolution, working from the original camera narrative. The final master was approved by director Richard Lester, and the film’s new 5.1 mix was completed at Apple Studios by Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin.
In light of his show in Memphis last week at the Orpheum, British comedian Eddie Izzard posted this photo to his Facebook page, showing the comedian at Overton Square. It’s a special place for him, he noted, because the square is where he did his first-ever performance in America in 1987 – a street show, he says, for Memphis in May.
The business, which creates live music events around the Memphis area, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Clients over the years have included the RiverArts Festival and the Memphis Grizzlies, as well as St. Jude, FedEx and both the Madison and Peabody Hotels, with one of the latest additions being Thursdays Squared.
That’s the new music series on Thursdays at Overton Square. The inaugural event on April 17 drew a crowd of more than 1,100 to the Tower Courtyard.
Former Big Star drummer Jody Stephens was shopping at the venerable Amoeba record shop in California a few years ago. He walked up to the counter to pay for the Big Star CD he was buying for someone, and the girl behind the counter told him, “Oh, my brother really like this band.”
Jody asked what her brother’s name was.
Jody recounts the memory in this clip from “What’s in my bag,” a segment where Amoeba puts people in front of the camera to ask what they’ve discovered on the Amoeba racks. He says he went on to record with Elliott, the late singer-songwriter whose work was featured prominently on the soundtrack to “Good Will Hunting.”
In unrelated Big Star news, Jody will be part of a group performing Big Star’s “Third” on May 23 at the Levitt Shell. In addition to a slate of guests, they’ll be backed by a chamber orchestra, and the concert also will feature earlier Big Star tunes like “September Gurls” and “In the Street.”