Happy Friday! With the awkward mid-week holiday, it feels like we've been granted a bonus weekend. Here are five things to do with it:
Art openings are pretty great – you get to see (and discuss) new art, they're usually crowded with fancy people, and they've always got air conditioning. In the case of the Summer Group Show at L. Ross Gallery, they've also got works by a ton of excellent Mid-South artists like Eli Gold, Ali Cavanaugh, Jeni Stallings, Pam Hassler, Jeri Ledbetter and more.
Memphis' longest-running improv show returns this week for their monthly engagement at TheatreWorks. If you've been before, don't worry – no show is the same as the last. Cover is $5 and audience participation will be encouraged.
Comedian Eddie Griffin (and a huge handful of his friends) will be at the Cannon Center on Saturday night as part of his "You Can Tell Em I Said It" tour. Joe Torry, Teddy Carpenter, Antoine Blackman and V Mack will open the show.
Cycle Memphis, our favorite free monthly group ride, is all grown up – Saturday's ride is their one year anniversary. Don't bring cake – just bring yourself, your bike, your helmet and maybe a bike stereo and some tools. The ride leaves from the Cooper-Young Gazebo at 7:15 p.m. and goes at a medium pace for 15 miles. Here's the route.
The weekly Memphis Food Truck Alliance rodeo is moving from Broad Ave. to Shelby Farms this weekend. About a dozen trucks will park at Patriot Lake at Shelby Farms from 12 p.m. until about 3 p.m. There will be live music from Standby for Mars. Most trucks take plastic, but bring some cash just in case.
If none of these events are your thing, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Come back and tell me about it on Monday.