5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 8/16 – 8/18

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 16th 2013 964 0

Happy Friday! Here are five events you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend:

1. Grease, Hattiloo Theatre, Friday – Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday / 3 p.m. Sunday, $10 – $25

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Memphis' only Black Reperatory Theatre is staging a back-to-school classic. Grease is the story of a goody two-shoes girl who falls in love with a hotrod-driving bad boy over the summer, only to be separated by cliques, rivalries and lots of song and dance once school starts again. The show runs through Sept. 1st.

2. The Wild Rovers Tour, Levitt Shell, Friday, 7:30, free

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The Levitt Shell concerts are back and they start on Friday night with the Wild Rovers Tour. The tour features Cory Chisel, the Candles, Spacewoman and Adriel Denae playing for free. The weather is going to be glorious, and you're welcome to bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family.

3. Aloha from Hawaii 40th Anniversary Screening, Orpheum Theatre, Friday, 7:30 p.m., $37.50 and up

Another Elvis Week has almost come to an end. Alas. But there's one more Elvis event you need to attend: the Orpheum's 40th anniversary screening of "Aloha from Hawaii", Elvis' 1973 concert in Honolulu. The film, which is the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history, has been remastered and HD-ified for your viewing pleasure.

4. Memphis Roller Derby Intra-League Championships, Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane, Saturday, Doors at 6 p.m., bout at 7 p.m., $5 – $12

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You have my solemn vow that this is the last time this year that I'll try to convince you to go see Memphis Roller Derby, mostly because Saturday's bout is the last one of 2013. Two extremely evenly-matched teams – the Women of Mass Destruction and the PrissKilla Prezleys – will battle it out to see who will be this year's Intra-League Champion. There's beer, there's food, and there's a $2 off coupon.

5. Breakaway Bardog 5K and Alley Party, Bardog Tavern, Sunday, 9 a.m., $35 to run

Get up early Sunday morning for the annual Breakaway-Bardog 5K, which starts at Bardog Tavern, winds through downtown Memphis, and ends back at Bardog for their fifth annual anniversary party benefitting St. Jude. At the party, expect lots of beer, the annual meatball eating contest and plenty of shenanigans from regulars and employees alike.

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. Come back and tell me about it on Monday.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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