5 Things To Do in Memphis This Weekend: 6/27 – 6/29
Happy Friday Memphis! The theme for the weekend seems to be "last chance" – as it's your last chance to see several shows and events. If you're looking for 4th of July ideas for next weekend, check out the 2014 I Love Memphis Guide to Independence Day.
For now, here are the five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend.
1. South Main "Hybrid Bus and Gallery Tour", South Main Historic Arts District, Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages
The event formerly known as "trolley tour" is still going strong this month, with tons of galleries and shops open to the public plus live music and free drinks (while they last) in certain locations.
2. Book of Mormon, Orpheum Theatre, Friday – Sunday, $25 and up, ages 18+
I went to see Book of Mormon this Wednesday, and I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up. The songs were amazing, the cast was probably the best I've seen at any Orpheum show (yes, including Wicked…it's that good) and I was actively laughing about 70 percent of the time. I'm still laughing a few days later, honestly.
However, be strongly cautioned. If you get offended, like, ever, or have any sensitivity to crude humor, obscenities, or religious irreverence, you probably want to consider carefully. Don't even think about taking your kids. Having said that, major props to the Orpheum for bringing this hilarious, important musical to Memphis. Absolutely go if you can.
Tickets are very limited, but there is a lottery ticket system in place, which you should read carefully for your chance to get $25 single tickets.
3. Threepenny Theatre: Midsummer Night's Dream, University of Memphis Lab Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., all ages, pay what you can
Threepenny Theatre has brought back their infamous Midsummer Night's Dream show (the one that Commercial Appeal writer Jon Sparks said was "one of the funniest productions of anything he'd ever seen"). This is the last weekend to catch the show, which is taking place in the intimate Lab Theatre at the U of M's Theatre Building (3745 Central Avenue). I went during opening week and found it to be funny, energetic, and an all around great show – a good date night. After the show, hang around to enjoy milk and cookies with the cast.
4. Memphis Heat 2, Madison Dance Studio (1555 Madison Ave.), Saturday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., $10, all ages
Don't miss the second annual breakdancing jam where Memphis' best b-boys and b-girls compete for respect and tons of prize money. See photos from last year here.
5. Dance on Broad: Best of Memphis Dance Performance, Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion,
Saturday, 7 p.m., rescheduled to MONDAY June 30, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages
If you haven't yet been to Dance on Broad, this is your last chance to see Memphis get moving in this new event space on Broad Avenue, one of my favorite neighborhoods. The Saturday night performance was rained out, so Monday night will be a showcase of 13 Memphis dance groups, including Ballet Memphis, Danze Azteca Quetzalcoatl, and the Prancing Tigerettes.
If none of these work for you, check out the calendar for more Memphis events, or take a look at Don't forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog.
Also, if you missed it – the June I Love Memphis Podcast is up! I interview Moziah Bridges, Memphis' youngest CEO and of creator Mo's Bows. Listen here.