5 Things To Do in Memphis This Weekend: 7/25 – 7/27
Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won't want to miss this weekend. Bonus things: a) ArtsMemphis' The Filling Station event tonight at the Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion (read more here) and b) the Big Brothers Big Sisters Black-Tie Tennis Show Sports Ball on Saturday (read more here). Yes, I realize that's techincally seven things.
This week's Jams on Beale free show is brought to you by Shangri-La Records and features The Grifters – Memphis' favorite 90s indie rock band, which has reunited for just a few shows this past year.
The event formerly known as "trolley tour" is still going strong, with tons of galleries and shops open to the public, plus live music and free drinks (while they last) in certain locations. Highlights: 3rd birthday party for Signal Flow PR, a Tiki Party at Red Velvet Vintage, an Elvis shrine, and more. Go out and support the businesses on South Main while they wait for the trolleys to return.
Memphis songstress Grace Askew is back home to release her newest album "Scaredy Cat". She plays tonight in 1884 Lounge with Jimbo Mathis and Dirty Crooks opening. I'm digging her song "Empty Rooms" (listen above).
Shelby Farms has been hosting Splash and Splatter, a mostly-for-kids splash park and water games event, on weekends lately, but this Saturday night they're throwing a beach party for the grown-ups after the daytime event. Throw on your best beach attire and enjoy drinks, "beach" volleyball, slip-n-slides, music, and more. I need to point out that for $20, you can get unlimited cocktails served in a real coconut at this luau. (Cab number for your convenience: 901-577-7777.)
July's Time Warp Drive-In celebrates the birthday of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, featuring The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb) and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Films screen at dusk.
If none of these work for you, check out the calendar for more Memphis events. Don't forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up on the blog.
Also, if you missed it – the July I Love Memphis Podcast is up! I interview Bruce VanWyngarden, Editor of the Memphis Flyer and father to Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT. Listen here.