5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 11/30 – 12/2

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 30th 2012 648 0

Happy Friday, and welcome to Memphis, marathoners! Here's this weekend's list of Memphis events that you won't want to miss:

1. The Nutcracker, Orpheum Theatre,  Friday – Sunday, 7:30 p.m. / 2 p.m., $10 and up

Let's look at Ballet Memphis' production of "The Nutcracker" by the numbers. This year, there are three shows, four seating options and more than 100 dancers wearing more than 300 costumes. There's also a live chorus, sets borrowed from the English National Ballet and a live orchestra. Tickets start at $10.

2. St. Jude Marathon, Midtown and Downtown, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Free to watch

St. Jude Marathon Course Map

On Saturday, thousands of runners will make their way through midtown and downtown as part of the annual St. Jude Marathon and Half Marathon. All of the spots for runners are taken, but if you're in the area, I recommend grabbing some friends, making some signs and parking yourself along the route to cheer on the runners. Note: if you have to go anywhere in Midtown or Downtown tomorrow, expect traffic delays before 3 p.m.

3. Stumbling Santa Pub Crawl, Flying Saucer (and a handful of other downtown bars), Dec. 1, 7 p.m., admission is a toy donation for Porter-Leath

Don your festive best and join hundreds of Santas as they stumble from the Flying Saucer to the bars of Beale, spreading holiday cheer along the way. Admission is a donation of a toy (no stuffed animals, please) for Porter-Leath that will be accepted at the Flying Saucer.

4. Tis the Season to Spillit, Crosstown Arts, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., $10

Everyone's got some kind of juicy, poignant or hilarious holiday story (though, nothing will ever beat this one). Tell your holiday stories and listen to others share theirs at Spillit's holiday storytelling event at Crosstown Arts. Spillit is modeled after The Moth, so if you're into that, you'll be way into this.

5. Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Hi-Tone Cafe, Sunday, 9 p.m., $12

Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Hi-Tone Cafe

New Orleans' most fabulous swamp-dance band, Quintron and Miss Pussy Cat, are coming to Memphis for a special film screening (at the Paradiso) and rock'n'roll show (at the Hi-Tone). Quintron plays music that's equally inspired by techonology and the bayou on homemade instruments while Miss Pussycat provides backing vocals, puppet shows and morality plays. If this sounds at all appealing, go. You won't want to miss this one.

Check out this weekend's special bonus 6th Thing to Do in Memphis This Weekend.

If none of these events light your tree, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. Have fun, and come back and tell me about it on Monday.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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