Happy Friday! Here are five fun things to do with the next three days:
I'm struggling to resist the urge to start this paragraph by quoting the most familiar lines from "The Princess Bride". Suffice to say, you know them. Go yell them at the screen with likeminded people at the Orpheum's showing of this family-friendlyish Rob Reiner classic.
Southhaven-born, Nashville-based songwriter Cory Branan is coming home during his tour for Mutt, his first album in about 7 years. His lyrics are smartly written and he tells a great story. As a bonus, you may get to hear some very silly songs that he only performs live. Audra Mae and Adam Faucett will open.
Bring a chair and some friends to WEVL's 24th annual Blues on the Bluff concert at the Metal Museum. Elmo and the Shades, Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition and Lightning Malcom will play, and there will be a silent auction and plenty of food and drink. Proceeds benefit Memphis' only volunteer radio station.
The actual concerts at Levitt Shell have stopped for the year, but you can still go there for live music. Well, live music that was played somewhere else and recorded for your viewing pleasure. Indie Memphis' concert film series returns this weekend with a free screening of "Stop Making Sense", the Talking Heads movie.
Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman's new restaurant, Hog and Hominy, is finally open, and they're throwing down (should I say hoe-ing down?) on Sunday to celebrate. Tickets for the Hog and Hominy Hoedown cost $25, but that includes some amazing food and two drinks (really, not a bad deal). A portion of the proceeds benefit the Speak Up & Get Checked oral cancer initiative of The Flying Colors Cancer Network
If none of these events are your thing, there are tons more on the blog's calendar. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Have an extra blast for me – I'll be representing Memphis by playing roller derby in Hattiesburg, Miss.