5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 1/16 – 1/18
Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend. Go here to see my month-by-month overview of 2015 with more than 100 events.
1. Black Jacket Symphony, Minglewood Hall, Friday, 7 p.m., $25 – $30 all ages
Black Jacket Symphony's gig is performing full-length covers of classic albums. The first set is a symphonic reproduction of the album in question, in this Friday's case, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", and the second set has a more laid-back, rock concert vibe with lights and flourishes and so forth.
2. Dreamfest Weekend, 1524 Madison Ave./Madison Dance Studio, all weekend. $10 per night, 18 and up
The fourth annual Dreamfest is three nights of musical and spoken word performances by a diverse group of local artists. Tonight is the official Dreamfest concert featuring nearly 20 acts. Saturday is the Dreamfest Reloaded Showcase also at 1524 Madison Avenue with a focus of hip hop and spoken word acts. Sunday's Dreamfest event a special edition of the monthly Artistik Lounge show at Madison Dance Studio in Minglewood Hall. Read the full post here.
3. Grassroots Gala and Banquet, First Congo (1000 S. Cooper St.), Saturday, 6 p.m., $10 suggested donation general admission/$30 seated banquet, 13 and up
The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center is hosting their annual gala, and this year they're turning it up a notch. Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou (author, theologian, and Black Lives Matter activist) is the guest speaker, musical guests are Barbara J. Lester and the Memphis Drum Tribe, along with the one and only Carla Thomas, plus belly dancers and hoopers from Co-Motion Studio will provide entertainment. You can buy a ticket for the seated dinner at 6 p.m. (there's also a cash bar) and/or come at 7 p.m. (PWYC/$10 suggested donation) for the speaker and after-party. There will be dancing. Read more about MSPJC here.
4. Opera Memphis' Hansel & Gretel, GPAC, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $33 – $74, all ages/kid-friendly
This show is a great way to introduce the kids to opera. From Opera Memphis' website: "When Hansel & Gretel are sent by their mother to pick berries for dinner, they quickly become lost in the woods. With a cast of magical characters, thrilling music, and virtual scenery by renowned Memphis artist, Michelle Duckworth…"
5. Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Hi-Tone, Saturday, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., $5, 21 and up
Hang out at the Hi-Tone all night for a showcase of about 50 artists, 6 local bands, free all-you-can-eat pancakes, audio and visual performances, an art battle, body painting, and of course, booze.
You can always check the calendar for more events and ideas for things to do in Memphis. Have a great weekend and don't forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up here on Monday.