5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 7/12 – 7/14
Happy Friday! Here's this week's list of the five events you won't want to miss this weekend:
Once every few years, an Orpheum's Summer Movie comes along that puts all other films in the series to shame. That film, my friends, is the sing-a-long edition of the "Sound of Music". It's exactly what it sounds like: you watch the Julie Andrews classic, and when she (or anyone else) sings, the words pop up on the screen and you follow the bouncing ball. My mom still talks about seeing it a few years ago in reverent, hushed tones.
Stock up on glow bracelets and take your bike out to the Humane Society's facility for a six-mile nighttime bike ride through Shelby Farms tonight. It's followed by a Glow Bash (think dance party with glow paint and glow sticks). This is your only chance to ride your bike in the park after dark outside of Starry Nights, and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society.
Here's how the release for Stage Dive to Save Lives starts: "Ten Memphis bands have reached an agreement: pediatric cancer sucks. They have also agreed that raising money to help end it is way cooler than getting paid to play a show." That pretty much says it all. Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, ten local metal and hardcore bands (including Yet., Throne and Pit of Vice) invite you to stage dive your hearts out for the kids at St. Jude. All of the door proceeds go to the children's research hospital.
This weekend, the Memphis Hustlin' Rollers are out for revenge. The Dallas Derby Devils defeated your Memphis all-star team in March on their track in one of the most insane, physical and penalty-filled games MRD has ever played. This weekend, it's Memphis' turn. Stick around after the Hustlin' Rollers play for a game between two Memphis teams – the Women of Mass Destruction and the Angels of Death. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the first game starts at 6 p.m. As always, there will be beer, food and merch, as well as plenty of hard hits from Memphis' most underrated athletes. Advance tickets are available for $10 at Goner Records or Bluescityskates.com.
The Memphis chapter of the Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs) is turning 40 this year, and they're celebrating with a huge free concert at the Levitt Shell this weekend. Pack a picnic, bring your family and hang out outside (the weather is supposed to be great) and listen to bands from around the region perform songs from the chapter's history.
If none of these events butter your biscuit, check the calendar for more. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a blast. If you happen to be at the roller derby bout, come say hi. I'm number 404.