5 Things To Do In Memphis This Weekend: 1/9 – 1/11

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 9th 2015 1682 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 this upcoming year.


1. Motor Trend Auto Show, Memphis Cook Convention Center, Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday) $8 adults/$6 kids and seniors, all ages/kid-friendly
All weekend, you can learn about the latest auto technology, check out the newest cars, crossovers, and SUVs, and even take test drives. Parking is free, tickets are $8 at the box office, and Sunday is free for kids under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

2. W. Kamau Bell Comedy Show w/ Zach Sherwin and Josh McLane, 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall, Friday, doors at 6 p.m., $18, 18 and up
If you are into comedy and the comedy scene in Memphis, you cannot miss this show tonight. From the Memphis Flyer article by J.D. Reager: "Memphis plays host to San Francisco-based socio-political comic W. Kamau Bell…Bell is perhaps best known as the former host of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on the FX and FXX cable networks…Bell has made numerous high-profile television, radio and podcast appearances, including Conan, Real Time with Bill Maher, WTF with Marc Maron, and NPR’s Fresh Air." Bonus: local comedian Josh McLane opens.

3. Spillit Center Stage: Survival, Amurica Photo (410 N. Cleveland), Friday, doors at 6:30 p.m., $10, 18 and up

Spillit Center Stage nights are curated storytelling events, and tonight Leah Bray Nichols, Margo Metz, Rob Ratton, and Sean Mosley will share their stories on the theme of survival. Ryan Azada and Julien Baker are the musical guests. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the stories begin at 7 p.m., so get there early because seating is limited.

4. Elvis Movie Double Feature/MSO's Tribute to Elvis, Orpheum Theatre/Cannon Center, Friday/Saturday, 7 p.m./7:30 p.m., $20/$5-$85, all ages
Here's a two-for-one "thing to do" this weekend: celebrate Elvis' 80th Birthday (which was Thursday) by seeing movies or attending the Symphony. On Friday night, the Orpheum will show Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas at 7 p.m.; tickets are $20. On Saturday night, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform their annual Elvis Pops concert at the Cannon Center at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $5 – $85. 

5. Tintypes, Theatre Memphis, Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., $30 adults/$15 students, 13 and up
Tintypes is a musical set in the years before World War I with a talented cast of Memphians portraying early 20th century personalities (including WKNO's Justin Willingham as Charlie Chaplin). Chris Davis of the Memphis Flyer describes the show as "a dynamic clash of ideas and cultures" that also "treats the audience to toe tappers like Hello My Baby!" Tintypes plays Thursdays through Sundays until January 18.

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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