5 Things To Do This Weekend: 2/12 – 2/14
Happy Friday, Memphis! It’s Valentine’s weekend, and if you’re looking for dinner ideas (if you can get a reservation) or other things to do, be sure to check out the Memphis Guide To Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for some ideas that are a little less lovey-dovey, check out these six “Anti-Date” ideas.
Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few (read: a TON) of extras.
1. Memphis Open Tennis Tournament, Racquet Club Of Memphis, all weekend, $40 – $120 per session, all ages
Watch world-class tennis players compete for the title of Memphis Open champion this weekend. Quarterfinals are on Friday afternoon and evening. Semifinals are on Satuday afternoon and evening, and the Final is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The Memphis Open is more than a tennis tournament, too: there’s food, drinks, live music, and more before the matches. Get schedule and ticket info here.
2. Break Up Show, 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall, Friday, doors at 7 p.m./show at 8 p.m., $15, 21 and up
Memphis’ Break Up show is back again for one night only, with some of the variety show’s best material, including bad date re-enactments, online dating horror stories, text message breakups, hilarious videos, and more.
3. Sixth Annual Old Forest Jamboree, Memphis Made Taproom, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., $10, all ages (free for kids)
Citizens To Preserve Overton Park will host a fundraising jamboree at 768 S. Cooper Street on Saturday morning, with live music from Tony Manard, Tiger Lake, and Dave Cousar. The first 100 adults will get a free pint of beer, Hot Mess Burritos food truck will be there, and they’ll have “Save the Greensward” t-shirts. The taproom is open until 9 p.m., and RAWK’n Grub food truck will be there starting at 3 p.m. and Burney Warren will have more music from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
4. Chinese New Year Family Day, Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
If you haven’t been to the Belz Musuem yet, you’re missing out. This Saturday, they’ll have Chinese dance demos, crafts, face painting, and a movie for the kids, plus entry to the museum is free that day. Check out my new post on the museum here.
5. Valentine’s Night Shenanigans, various locations, Sunday, all night, mostly 21+
Whether you’ve got a hot dinner date on Sunday or not, you might want to boogie or booze it a bit afterwards. A few ideas: Broken Hearts Club Party at the Hi-Tone with DJ Witnesse. Midtown Crossing Grill will show the Walking Dead premiere at their Anti-Valentine’s party. Next Door will have $3 martini specials and $10 beer buckets at their Lonely Hearts Club Party. Brennan Villines performs at Lafayette’s at 8 p.m. Skate Odyssey in Horn Lake hosts an adult skate night at 8 p.m. (18+). Murphy’s hosts Switchblade Kid, Wray, and Margins.
A Few More Ideas
– I’m not going to re-post the whole Valentine’s Guide here, but don’t forget there’s Monster Jam at FedExForum, Must Love Cats at Brooks Museum, a tour of Elmwood, Germantown Symphony and Marcus Roberts at GPAC, a Whiskey, Wine and Chocolate pairing event at the Botanic Garden, Chocolate casting workshops at Five In One, dance classes at Blue Suede, deals for Bikram and Cardio Barre classes, and more.
– This weekend is your last chance to see American Idiot musical at Playhouse on the Square. I saw it last night, and it’s a very fun and energetic show with an awesome local cast. Definitely leave the kids at home for this one.
– A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Broadway show is at the Orpheum through Sunday.
– Germantown Community Theatre presents “Love Letters” through Sunday.
– If you’re young and tall and thin, you can audition for the Memphis Fashion Week runway today starting at 4 p.m.
– City & State hosts a “Bring Your Own Bailey’s” afternoon of shopping and coffee-drinking on Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and and “Everbloom Pop-Up” on floral designs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum hosts “A Taste Of Passion Soiree” on Friday at 6:30 p.m. with food, live music, dancing, and a chance to tour the museum. Tickets are $50 – $75.
– Artist Siphne Sylve will host an art show on Friday at 7 p.m. at Midtown Crossing Grill.
– On Saturday, Memphis Pinball hosts the 2nd Annual Tilted Hearts Pinball Tournament at 2 p.m. at Garibaldi’s. $10 entry.
– Celebrate four years of transportation activism at the Memphis Bus Riders Union 4th Anniversary fundraiser. Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at MCIL (1633 Madison Ave.). $10 donation accepted.
-Shangri-La Records hosts Luther Dickinson’s Album Release Party on Saturday at 4 p.m. Davis Coen performs at the Bucc at 5 p.m. South Main Sounds hosts a songwriter’s night on Saturday at 7 p.m. Pistol and the Queen performs at the New Newby’s on Saturday. Agori Tribe performs at the Hi-Tone on Saturday at 9 p.m. Marcella & Her Lovers are at DKDC on Saturday at 11:30 p.m.
– Plackback Memphis improvisational dramatic theatre group will host three training courses in February: the 13th – 16th, the 16th – 19th, and 19th – 21st. Click here for more details.
– Attention premiere league soccer fans of Arsenal: the Memphis Gooners will host a pajama party on Sunday morning at 6 a.m. at the Brass Door. If you’ve never watched a match with the Gooners, you’re in for a treat. Wear your PJs.