Hello and Happy Friday! Before we get to event recommendations, I have a little housekeeping.
a) The Tower Courtyard at Overton Square is starting a new concert series called Thursdays Squared, which will go from April to August. I'll release the full lineup next week, but until then, mark your calendars for the first show - Party Planet with guests Patrick Dodd, Al Kapone, and Ruby Wilson on April 17 ($5 cover).
b) The April 2014 Podcast is up for your listening pleasure. My co-host Kevin Cerrito and I talk about a bunch of fun things happening in Memphis this month, and we talk to Hog & Hominy chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman about…drumroll please…their new butcher shop/deli opening this sumer. Listen here, or subscribe on iTunes.
And now, here are the five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend:
Part of Memphis' 11th annual "Muslims in March" celebration, Arts, Beats, and Eats, will have a ton of artistic and cultural actives for all ages, including, but not limited to: arts and crafts for sale, beatboxers, drumlines, dancers, lots of food including BBQ, and a 3 on 3 Basketball tournament starting at 2 p.m.
Designed as an antidote to our collective Season Affective Disorder, this event gathers together arts and crafts lovers for Pinterest-inspired workshops, a studio tour and mixer, and lots of free wine and BBQ. There will be a painting/mixed media workshop, a graphic design workshop, and a chalkboard hand lettering demo, all given by Memphis artists.
Be a part of Memphis' very first reggae festival this weekend and support Sahel Revival, a nonprofit agency that provides free access to clean water for families in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hang out and hear Memphis reggae groups Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Roots of a Rebellion, The LTG, and Kween Jasira, and a ton more.
Show off your verbal prowess for a cause! Head to the historic Cotton Museum for the first-ever World Domination Scrabble Tournament to benefit Grizzlies Prep, a public chartered school in downtown Memphis that educates young men in grades sixth through eighth. Teams of four can sign up for $100 or individuals can pay $25 and be placed on a team. The Cotton Museum will provide the game supplies, brunch cocktails, and treats.
Luther Dickinson (of the North Mississippi Allstars) is releasing a solo acoustic album, "Rock 'n Roll Blues" on Sunday with a free show on the patio at Shangri-La Records, which will also have a 10 percent off sale on everything in the store on Sunday. Check out this excellent article on Dickinson by Bob Mehr.
Take a look at the Spring Events Guide for more ideas for this weekend (including Brooks Uncorked, Memphis Fashion Week, and Mudbugs in March). 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 or listen to the I Love Memphis Podcast if you're into that sort of thing.