5 Things To Do This Weekend: 8/8 – 8/10
Happy Friday! Here are the five things to do in Memphis this weekend.
P.S. Don't forget that the I Love Memphis 5th Birthday party is next Sunday afternoon, and you are invited.
1. Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis, Overton Square Theatres, Friday and Saturday, all day, $0 – $15, all ages
It's the second-ever Women's Theatre Festival, and I got excited when I looked at the schedule because Friday and Saturday are chock-full of awesome panels, workshops, and shows. Learn about everything from playwriting to dancing to acting, and see a slew of plays and performances, all written, directed, and performed by women. Just check out this awesome schedule.
The Last Chance Contest (at the new Hard Rock Cafe location) is literally the last chance an aspiring performer has to make it into the Elvis Week Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest next week. The ETAs are a mixed bag – some are incredible, some are less-than-convincing – but it's a great way to kick off the Elvis Week festivities. I'm judging the Last Chance Contest's final round on Sunday; if you see me, please say hi!
This is your last chance to see Memphis Roller Derby in 2014, so head over to the Pipkin building on Saturday to see the Angels of Death and the PrissKilla Prezleys battle it out to see who will be this year's Intra-League Champion. There's beer, there's food, and you can get tickets here or at the door.
4. Artistik Approach / Myla Smith / Maurice Mosby (Three Artists One Yard), 3116 Waynoka Avenue, Saturday, 7 p.m., free, all ages
Hip hop/spoken word duo Artistik Approach, folk singer Myla Smith, and acoustic artist Maurice Mosby all will perform at the kickoff to nearly two months of free weekend concerts from 3 Artists 1 Yard. If you're not familiar, Three Artists One Yard is exactly what it sounds like. BYOB, bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on, and don't forget the bug spray.
If you don't know, the Break-Up Show is a collection of "true stories of heartbreak, rejection and insanity…performed for your amusement", complete with video sketch comedy, stand-up, and live stage performances, all by local performers. See an example above. Go help them pack out the audience (seriously) because they'll be filming the show live!
I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Don't forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog. If you want more I Love Memphis, use the email signup form at the top of this page. Or, you can follow me on:
Also, if you missed it – the August I Love Memphis Podcast is up! I interview Kat Gordon, founder and owner of Muddy's Bake Shop. Listen here.