5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/31 – 2/2
It's Super Bowl weekend, but even if you're not a football fan, you may be interested in this morning's big game prediction from Le Le, the Memphis Zoo's panda. As for the game itself, Paul Ryburn has some info on watching the Super Bowl downtown, which you can check out here. And since we're being random, here's a fun Instagram from sometimes-Memphian filmmaker Waheed AlQawasmi.
Moving on, here are the 5 things you don't want to miss in town this weekend.
I usually only cover Memphis bands, but in the case of Jake Bugg I'll make an exception for several reasons. First, Memphis music favs Star & Micey are opening the show tonight and you shouldn't miss a chance to see them perform. Second, Jake is a perfect example of the international legacy of Memphis music. Read this excellent article by Mark Jordan about how Memphis inspires Jake's music. Finally, the last time Jake played in Memphis, it was during a rainy afternoon to a small crowd at Music Fest – not necessarily most accurate representation of a Memphis show experience.
If you're ready for the unexpected juxtaposition of a couple of awesomely Memphis things, go see the Memphis Symphony Orchestra play at the New Daisy with Big Star vocalist/drummer Jody Stephens.
Native Memphian and circus star Larry Clark is back with a brand-new one man show. This time around, you can expect a mix of magic, theater, circus, comedy, and sideshow. I interviewed Larry once a few years ago and I don't think I stopped smiling and laughing the whole time – this guy's positive energy is infectious and his talents are just as impressive.
Listen to eight Memphians tell five-minute stories about Kodachrome moments from their life; judges will pick the best one to advance Story Grand Slam. If you want to listen to past Spillit Memphis stories, you candownload the podcasts here.
The Special Olympics is holding their annual chili cookoff on Mud Island this weekend, and for $5 you can taste all the chili. The main event is the polar bear plunge at 3 p.m., when brave Memphians will run into the frigid river water. You can still sign up to participate in the plunge – you just need $50 and a pair of shoes.
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. Tag your pics #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog. Don't forget to follow I Love Memphis on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest if you're into that sort of thing.