Happy Friday! Here are five fun things to do with the first weekend in November:
The Indie Memphis Film Festival is four days of feature films, documentaries, shorts and music videos from the Mid-South and around the world. It's also the best place to see two Memphis music documenataries, one on Big Star and one on the Antenna Club. You can purchase a full festival pass or rush tickets to individual shows, but if you're going to do rush, bring cash.
It's tough to describe Titus Andronicus. They're mostly a punk band, and their songs (especially off of 2010's "The Monitor") are deeply rooted in American history. You'll either love or hate the lead singer's voice, but you won't be able to resist raising your beer high and singing along. They play at the Hi-Tone on the 2nd with Ceremony as the opening band.
It feels somehow demeaning to slap the "celebrity chef" label on chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain. He just seems a lot more real than Emeril or Paula Deen. Tonight, Bourdain is brining his funny, often foul-mouthed insights about food, travel and the restaurant industry to the Orpheum. Bonus: there's going to be an audience Q and A, which alone might be worth the price of admission.
Memphis' Indian community takes over the Agricenter for their annual celebration of Indian culture. During the day-long festival, you can learn about Indian history and culture, watch (or participate in) traditional dances, shop at the bazaar, get henna body art and sample all kinds of tasty food on the cheap.
This month's installment of Rock'n'Romp (Memphis' kid-friendly concert series) features Nashville band The Nobility and two Memphis bands: Allied Standard and Kitchens and Bathrooms playing a free outdoor show in Overton Park. As always, there will be food, activities and beer for the adults, and anyone over 18 must be accompanied by a minor.
If none of these events keep your skillet good and greasy, check the calendar for a ton more. Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope you have an amazing time. Come back and tell me about it on Monday.