5 Things To Do This Weekend: 2/17 – 2/19
Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus a few extras.
1. Memphis Open Tennis Tournament, Racquet Club Of Memphis, all weekend, prices vary, all ages
Watch world-class tennis players compete for the title of Memphis Open champion this weekend. 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. Opera Memphis presents The Pirates of Penzance, GPAC, Friday and Sunday, prices vary, all ages
Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular show, The Pirates of Penzance is a delightfully funny tale of a band of good-natured pirates and their swashbuckling, opera-soaked adventures. (There was a Saturday show, but it’s sold out. Buy your tickets asap. You can use code DEAL to purchase $20 tickets for Friday or Sunday’s performance.)
3, Valerie June, Hi-Tone Cafe, Friday, 8 p.m., $15, 18+
When I first moved to Memphis, Valerie June was singing at open mic nights in Java Cabana and helping people like me buy essential oils at Maggie’s Pharm. Now she’s got a new album (receiving rave reviews), features on CBS, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Garden & Gun, and a ton of other media outlets around the world. She’s coming back to her roots to perform her “organic moonshine roots music” at the Hi-Tone tonight. Read more here.
4. Time Warp Drive-In: Double Soul Cinema, Summer Drive-In, Saturday, 7 p.m., $10, parental discretion advised
Black History Month is celebrated at the Summer Drive-In this Saturday night with co-hosts Time Warp Drive-In and On-Location Memphis as they screen two classic “blaxpoitation films” The Last Dragon and Black Dynamite.
5. TEP Mardi Gras Party, Hilton Memphis, Sunday, 4:30 p.m., $15 – $25, all ages
The Tennessee Equality Project hosts the 7th annual Mardi Gras celebration and gumbo cooking contest, complete with live music and craft beer. Tickets are $25 for 21+ and $15 for under 21.
Here are some extras…
First off, Memphis Pinball hosts the 3rd Annual Tilted Hearts Pinball Tournament at 2 p.m. at Memphis Made on Saturday. $10 entry. I’m hearing the Lucky Cat Ramen will be there, too, at some point.
It’s the last weekend for Hand To God at Circuit Playhouse, which I’ve been told is very raunchy so don’t let the puppets make you think it’s for kids.
Friday and Saturday are the last days for “We Need To Talk” exhibition at Crosstown Arts.
The International Jewish Film Festival started yesterday and goes through Feb. 26.
– Book Talk at the Cotton Museum at noon.
– Meritan will host a Mardi Gras fundraiser at High Cotton Brewing.
– South Main Sounds Songwriter Night
– The new Food Truck Park at 3803 Winchester Rd. is open for lunch.
– Shaun Marsh plays the Delta Blues at the Brass Door
– The MDs play at DKDC
– Preston Shannon performs at Rum Boogie Cafe
– The new Food Truck Park at Golf ‘n’ Games is supposed to be open with five trucks from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
– IRIS Orchestra and Clayborn Temple present a free, family concert in honor of Black History Month at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at Clayborn Temple.
– Maurice White at First Congo
– Book Talk at the Cotton Museum
– Memphis Short Film Fest at Crosstown Arts
– Dope On Arrival hip-hop show at House of Mtenzi
– Obscura: A Gothic Affair dance party at Mollie Fontaine’s
– Live music at all the Huey’s!
Find even more events here.
Have a great weekend and come back here and tell me all about it!