Happy Friday! Here's this week's list of the five best things to do with the next 72 hours in Memphis:
I have to appreciate any theatre that stages a musical that's been hailed as "outlandishly enjoyable". Playhouse on the Square is hosting the regional premiere of "Xanadu", the story of a goddess to comes to earth (specifically Venice Beach circa 1980) and falls in love with a mortal. Plus, there are roller skates.
It's super hot outside, and I'm obligated to warn you that it won't be much better inside the Lamplighter tonight. But put on some shorts and go anyway – Limes, the Warble and Chris Owen are playing the tiny, living room sized venue tonight, and I'm pretty sure it's free. Bring cash anyway – the Lamplighter doesn't take cards.
You don't have to wait until next week to celebrate Independence Day. The Navy Band Mid-South is playing a free, outdoor show at Shelby Farms as part of the park's summer concert series. Admission is free, but parking is $5 per car. There will be food available from local food trucks.
If you've never seen the kids from the Stax Music Academy perform, you're completely missing out. Fix that (or just see them again) when they play the final concert from their summer program, where they've studied the classics, recorded and produced original songs and studied the music business all summer long.
If one Independence Day isn't enough for you, you can celebrate our neighbor to the north at Kooky Canuck this weekend. Sunday is Canada Day, and Kooky's will have food and drink specials, super cheap Canadian beer and a "Most Canadian" contest (the winner gets a $100 gift card).
If none of these events are your thing, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. There's also a bonus sixth thing to do on the I Love Memphis tumblr. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Come back and tell me about it on Monday.