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January 3, 2014 11:15 am1 commentViews: 1428

Happy Friday! Here are 5 things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend.


A random picture of The Book Juggler, a recently-opened used bookstore on South Main via @ilovememphisblog on Instagram.

1. Grossology, Children's Museum of Memphis, Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $12 per person, all ages

There's only one place in Memphis where you can visit a "Vomit Center" to learn about your digestive system, and that place is the Children's Museum. Take the kids to the last weekend of Grossology, an interactive exhibit on the impolite science of the human body. This includes a skin disease-themed rock climbing wall, a life-size game of Operation, and a "Toot Toot" exhibit that I probably don't have to explain here.

2. Ashe to Amen, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Friday – Sunday, free on Saturday before noon / $7 adults / $5 students / $3 kids, all ages

It's your last chance to see the incredible Ashe to Amen exhibit at the Dixon this weekend. Featuring works from African American artists - including a few from Memphis – this collection explores the relationship between art, history, and Biblical stories. You can visit the Dixon on Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Don't forget that admission is free at the Dixon on Saturdays before noon. 

3. Memphis Zoo Skate Parties, Memphis Zoo, Friday and Saturday, 5: 30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $6 per person to skate, all ages

The Zoo's ice skating rink is closing out the season with some themed parties. Friday's theme is "Rock Through the 80's", and Saturday's theme is "Jump, Jump Through the 90's", with tunes both nights from DJ Crumbz. They'll be giving out prizes for best themed costume and selling adult beverages and food in the Teton Trek. Parking is free, and you can still ride the ferris wheel ($5) but Zoo Lights is now closed. 

4. Memphis Tigers versus Cincinnati Bearcats, FedExForum, Saturday, 11 a.m., prices vary, all ages

Head downtown for breakfast at the new Cafe Keough (which I posted about yesterday), Bon Ton Cafe, or one of the many other downtown breakfast destinations, and then join your fellow Tigers fans in FedExForum to cheer during this conference game. 

5. Sunday Movie Night In, you or your friend's house, any time, prices vary, all ages


Black Lodge has a whole Chuck Norris section.

If you've had enough of being out in the cold by Sunday night, make a trip to Black Lodge Video in Cooper Young and pick out the weirdest, most interesting flick you can find (if you haven't yet watched The Poor & Hungry, Black Lodge has it). Then grab take out (or go here for a list of Memphis restaurants to deliver) and head back to the ranch. Fire up the DVD player, get on the couch, and cuddle up with your puppies / kitties / favorite humans for a cozy evening in. 

I am out of town this weekend so I am counting on you take some photos of your shenanigans (especially the adult beverage + ice + costumes situation at Memphis Zoo on Ice) and tag #ilovememphis or Tweet to me @ilovememphis. Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday. 

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