5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 1/16 – 1/18

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 16th 2015 1324 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won't want to miss in Memphis this weekend. Go here to see my month-by-month overview of 2015 with more than 100 events.

P.S. Be sure to tune in to AM56/87.7FM on Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for my monthly appearance on Cerrito Live (formerly MemphiSport Live). You can listen live here.

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1. Black Jacket Symphony, Minglewood Hall, Friday, 7 p.m., $25 – $30 all ages
Black Jacket Symphony's gig is performing full-length covers of classic albums. The first set is a symphonic reproduction of the album in question, in this Friday's case, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", and the second set has a more laid-back, rock concert vibe with lights and flourishes and so forth.

2. Dreamfest Weekend, 1524 Madison Ave./Madison Dance Studio, all weekend. $10 per night, 18 and up 
The fourth annual Dreamfest is three nights of musical and spoken word performances by a diverse group of local artists. Tonight is the official Dreamfest concert featuring nearly 20 acts. Saturday is the Dreamfest Reloaded Showcase also at 1524 Madison Avenue with a focus of hip hop and spoken word acts. Sunday's Dreamfest event a special edition of the monthly Artistik Lounge show at Madison Dance Studio in Minglewood Hall. Read the full post here.

3. Grassroots Gala and Banquet, First Congo (1000 S. Cooper St.), Saturday, 6 p.m., $10 suggested donation general admission/$30 seated banquet, 13 and up
The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center is hosting their annual gala, and this year they're turning it up a notch. Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou (author, theologian, and Black Lives Matter activist) is the guest speaker, musical guests are Barbara J. Lester and the Memphis Drum Tribe, along with the one and only Carla Thomas, plus belly dancers and hoopers from Co-Motion Studio will provide entertainment. You can buy a ticket for the seated dinner at 6 p.m. (there's also a cash bar) and/or come at 7 p.m. (PWYC/$10 suggested donation) for the speaker and after-party. There will be dancing. Read more about MSPJC here.

4. Opera Memphis' Hansel & Gretel, GPAC, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $33 – $74, all ages/kid-friendly
This show is a great way to introduce the kids to opera. From Opera Memphis' website: "When Hansel & Gretel are sent by their mother to pick berries for dinner, they quickly become lost in the woods. With a cast of magical characters, thrilling music, and virtual scenery by renowned Memphis artist, Michelle Duckworth…"

5. Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Hi-Tone, Saturday, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., $5, 21 and up
Hang out at the Hi-Tone all night for a showcase of about 50 artists, 6 local bands, free all-you-can-eat pancakes, audio and visual performances, an art battle, body painting, and of course, booze.

You can always check the calendar for more events and ideas for things to do in Memphis. Have a great weekend and don't forget to tag your photos #ilovememphis and they might show up here on Monday. 

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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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  1. kit says:

    Soulsville unplugged is tonight at the hard rock cafe. 10 dollar cover all local artists. At least one of which went to Hollywood on American idol. Doors at 930 show starts at ten.. not sure how this missed your radar but this is definitely more “Memphis” than pretty much everything you listed to do this weekend. It’ll be a great time

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