5 Things To Do This Weekend: 11/13 – 11/15
Happy Friday, Memphis! Here’s your guide to this weekend. But first, I’m hosting a special event on Saturday and you’re invited! Here are the details:
This Saturday I Love Memphis tent set up right next to the new I Love Memphis mural at Crafts & Drafts this week (see # ) and I’ll be there all day. Here’s why you should stop by:
a) I’m giving out free stickers and window clings with the new ILM logo until they’re gone
b) I’m selling a very limited number of ILM t-shirts (below) you’ve all been asking about, they’re $20, cash-only, while supplies last starting at 10 a.m.
c) I’m giving away FREE (that’s right, free!) tokens for beers to the first 25 people who stop by the tent and say hi to me (Holly) starting at 10 a.m. Must be 21 to drink, bartenders will be checking IDs.
d) I’m giving away more FREE (that’s right, free!) tokens for beers to the first 25 people who stop by the tent and say hi to me (Holly) again at about 1 p.m., right after I make some quick announcements on stage
e) You can be among the first people to take your photo at the brand new I Love Memphis mural and if you use hashtag #ilovememphis when you post online, I’ll feature you and your friends on the blog next week.
OK, now on to your regular five things to do this weekend + the usual extra rundown of ideas
1. Downtown Dining Week, 40 participating restaurants downtown, all weekend, $10.15/$20.15 + tax and grat., all ages
This weekend is your last chance to enjoy the discounts and deals for Downtown Dining Week, where more than 40 local restaurants are still offering lunch specials for $10.15 and dinner specials for $20.15. Demand is very high, but so many restaurants participating this year, there’s a chance you can still snag a reservation today through Sunday (reservations are required at most places). Go here for restaurants and menus.
2.Mexicanísimo, Crosstown Arts (430 N. Cleveland), Friday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. / Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., free, all ages
Four Mexican-born Memphis artists (a painter, an Aztec dancer, a ballet dancer, and a singer) come together to celebrate their artistic collaboration and their heritage for this weekend only at Crosstown Arts. Friday night’s reception is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a live performance at 7 p.m. Stop by Mexicanísmio while you’re at Crafts & Drafts on Saturday – the exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you can meet all the artists at 2 p.m.
3. Curtain Up, Playhouse on the Square, Friday, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., $75, 21 and up
Playhouse’s annual fundraiser is five different parties under one roof this year, with tons of games, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live entertainment. There’s a BBQ tasting station, ice luge, poker, a rooftop bonfire with s’mores, and a dozen local artists, from Side Street Steppers to Alexis Grace to Mark Edgar Stuart to the Memphis Dawls.
4. Crafts & Drafts, Lot at N. Watkins and Autumn, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., free to enter (but bring cash for purchases and beer), all ages/kid-friendly
The Memphis Flyer hosts its first-ever shopping and craft beer event. Head to the lot behind Crosstown Arts/Hi-Tone, etc. for lots of local vendors, beer from all the local breweries, music, a kids’ play area, and more. Be sure to bring cash for beer ($5 each).
5.The Purgening!, Shangri-La Records, Saturday, noon – 5 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Shangri-La Records hosts its final huge sale of the year this Saturday. There will be thousands of $1 LPs, CDs, and even cheaper 45s put out throughout the day, while all used store merchandise is 20 percent off. Special afternoon performances from Lorette Velvette and The Subtractions will highlight the day with music.
On Friday, the Grizzlies take on the Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. at FedExForum. “A Box of Yellow Stars” play opens at Theatreworks. The Junior League’s Merry Marketplace is all weekend long and is open to the general public starting today.
Saturday is the Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off benefiting the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attend to sample chili from competitors for free. The Girls Inc Youth Farm will host a Harvest Festival at 1 p.m. Taste the Flavors craft beer and food pairing event at Just For Lunch in East Memphis is at 6 p.m. The Tigers men’s basketball team begins their season in a game against Southern Miss at 7 p.m. at home. The Tigers football team plays Houston in Texas at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, Midtown Crossing hosts standup comedian Sumukh Torgalkar at 8 p.m.
If none of these butter your biscuit, check out the blog’s calendar.