Tuesday News Update: Tons Of Fun Events Coming Up
Happy Mardi Gras Memphis! Schools and many businesses are closed, and I hope you're safe and warm at home or that you made it to work all in one piece. There are still some Fat Tuesday events that you can check out here. If you're looking for live music in Memphis, don't forget that I publish a guide the last week of every month called Listen Up.
Also: I have a special discount just for I Love Memphis readers to save on tickets to the last event on this post, Volunteer Odyssey's "Mix-Odyssey" cocktail party this Saturday. Get $10 off ($60 tickets will be $50, includes all food, drinks, and cab ride) when you go to this link to buy a ticket to Mix-Odyssey, or enter ILoveMEM at checkout.
Here's a great shot of downtown Memphis in the snice (snow + ice) via @mphelps311. Tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up here.
In today's news update, I'm doing what y'all asked for in that reader survey we did a while back, and I'm including more events with more advanced notice. I've divided the post into sections about Events (lots of fun stuff happening in the coming weeks), News (lots of list-making lately) and a g
iveaway at the bottom of this post (giveaway has ended, congrats to Eric on winning the random drawing!)
2/18 through 3/1: The International Jewish Film Festival kicks off this Wednesday the Malco Ridgeway Four at 7:15 p.m. with "The Green Prince". Go here to see the full schedule of movies. The festival lasts from Feb. 18 to March 1.
2/19 and 2/21: Happy New Year! The Chinese Year of the Goat begins this week. There are several events around town, including a Chinese New Year Tasting dinner at Acre on Thursday, Feb. 19 and a Family Day at the Belz Museum on Saturday, Feb. 21.
2/19 through 3/28: The annual Calvary Waffle Shop lunches begin Thursday, Feb. 19 at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown and are offered Tuesdays through Fridays until March 28. Check out this post about the Waffle Shop.
2/21: The Dixon is hosting a free British Family Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with actives, demos, games, music, and snacks all themed with their Hail Brittannia! collection.
2/21: The Junior League of Memphis is hosting a Bridal Show with caterers, planners, and florists at their Community Resource Center (that pretty mansion-looking building at the southwest corner of Central and Highland, which is also available as a wedding venue). The Show is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is free.
2/21: The official Crosstown groundbreaking is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sears Crosstown building. It's going to be more of a block party than a guys-in-suits-with-shovels type of event. Stay tuned to this blog for more detailed look at what to expect on Saturday.
2/21: Got a good poker face and a love for animals? Enter in the "All in for Animals" poker tournament on Saturday to benefit the Humane Society. It's a $50 ticket if you register here before 2/20, or $60 at the door, and that ticket includes poker game entry, food, and a beer and bourbon bar.
2/21: Say goodbye to the old Black Lodge and make room for the new Black Lodge this Saturday night at the officially-named Assault on Black Lodge. There will be a ton of music (five bands at least), lots of partying and dancing and carrying on, and a chance to tag, grab a piece of, or otherwise deface the old building. Check out the FB event for more details.
2/27: Next Friday is the 6th Annual Brew Movement Against M.S. at the Pink Palace from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring home-brew and craft beer, music, food, and auction, all to benefit the Mid-South Chapter of the MS Society. Tickets are $35 if you buy here ahead of time and $40 at the door, while supplies last.
2/28: You don't want to miss this year's edition of Condomonium, a fashion show, party and fundraiser for CHOICES, a nonprofit that provides reproductive healthcare to local women. This year's event is at Playhouse on the Square on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets cost as much as your age, not to exceed $50. The theme, "Put A Bird On It" is sure to result in some great fashion and accessories (all made of condoms, of course) and plenty of revelry.
3/6: If you're looking for a fun themed party to go to this spring, the Flappers and Fellas Roaring 20s MAND Gala is in early March at the Pink Palace and benefits Grow Memphis. Stay tuned for more details.
– Memphis made an appearance on a couple of Thrillist "Best Of" lists lately, including Best Burgers in the Country, Best New Breweries in America, and Best BBQ Cities in America. If you haven't checked out the Thrillist pieces on Essential Restaurants and Essential Brunches, you might want to. (Full disclosure: those two pieces were written by yours truly.)
– Bill Dance took a tour of the in-progress Memphis Bass Pro Pyramid and there's a video that you can watch here. Can we please stop calling it a "bait shop" now?
– It looks like there's a decent chance that we're going to have a fifth brewery in Memphis called Crosstown Brewing. A lot of the details are still up in the air, but it looks like the folks from the Memphis Brewers Association are looking to build a brewery in the Crosstown area somewhere at some point in the future, probably 2016 or 2017. I'll keep you posted as I learn more.
– Memphis: The Musical, which is now playing in London's West End, won Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards this weekend. Memphis is so famous, y'all.
– Looking for public art around town? (Or maybe when it's warmer?) Rhodes College students have created a very nice, mobile-friendly directory of public art in Memphis, from murals to sculptures, called Memphis Art Project. Check out the website here. Seriously, it's worth a look.
– Miss Jillian's downtown? Something similar is schedule to come to the Mid-South. The concept, called "Eat. Bowl. Play." will have bowling, laser tag, a restaurant, billiards, a gravity ropes course, a bunch of huge TVs, and alcohol. Read more at in this article on Memphis Daily News.
– Crowd-funding community project site ioby is offering $50,000 to Memphis neighborhood-based projects. Have an idea to improve your neighborhood and a small team to get it done? You still have time to submit. Check out ioby.org for the rules and details.
– Paste Magazine featured the National Civil Rights Museum on its online article about the Coolest Museums You've never Heard Of. Read more about the newly renovated NCRM here.
This Saturday, Feb. 21 is Volunteer Odyssey's second annual Mix-Odyssey fundraiser and volunteer discovery event. It's at Visible Music College from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Your $60 ticket covers cocktail tasting, voting on the mixology competition, food from local restaurants, and – get this – a round trip cab ride.
If you want to buy tickets to ensure your space, go here.
If you want to wait for a chance to win, leave me a comment on this post. I'll pick a random winner tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Giveaway has ended. Congrats to Eric for winning the random drawing.
All hope is not lost, though. I have a special discount code just for I Love Memphis readers. Go to this link to buy a ticket to Mix-Odyssey with a $10 off discount, or enter ILoveMEM at checkout.