Happy Friday! Here are five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend.
Take the kids to the Orpheum tonight or tomorrow morning to see a colorful, crazy, part-circus, part- show featuring animals, acrobats, special affects, music, and dance.
Tonight at the Grindhouse: our favorite team to hate, the L.A. Clippers, take on our almost-fully intact Memphis Grizzlies. Tony Allen comes back. If you're one of the first 5,000 fans, you'll get a temporary tattoo for your neck. In honor of James Johnson. I mean, if you're not going to FedExForum for this one, when are you gonna go? (P.S. if you're a Commerical Appeal subscriber, you should read this excellent article about the neck tattoo/James Johnson/Grizzlies pride by Geoff Calkins.)
Head over to Madison Growler inside the Cash Saver to sample fresh-brewed Sumatra coffee from Reverb Coffee Co. in Memphis. Roaster Jeremy Harris will be there to talk coffee along with Memphis Made's own Andy Ashby, who will be there sampling their latest coffee stout, Reverberation, which, you guessed it, is brewed with Reverb Coffee. There will also be amazing snacks. Also at Madison Growler this weekend: On Saturday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., New Belgium Brewery will promote their new release, Snapshot (an unfiltered wheat beer with a flash of tart at the finish) with a "Red Carpet" picture and $1 off growler fills.
Grab a spoon and sample soup, breads, and desserts from more than 50 local restaurants at Youth Villages' annual Soup Sunday fundraiser. I went on a taste-testing tour this week and sampled some of the dishes you'll be able to find there (hint: it's way more than soups). Check out my Soup Sunday album here by clicking here, or clicking through this slideshow:
If you're not familiar with Youth Villages, you should check out yesterday's Project 50 guest post by Channing Peeples.
See Memphis-inspired works from local and international artists on Sunday during the opening reception and guided tour of this collection of contemporary art. You can expect a wide range of media and subject matter from artists like Matt Ducko, Grier Edmundson, Darrel Ellis, Mitch Epstein, Huger Foote, Paul Graham, Robert King, and Nikki S. Lee.
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.