5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/22 – 1/24
Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus a few extras. Be sure to check with these events ahead of time in case of weather delays/closures.
Don’t forget, if you want to plan ahead for the “five things to do this weekend”, I publish weekly guides with weekend previews on Mondays.
1. Memphis Does Bowie Concert, Minglewood Hall, Friday, doors at 5 p.m., $15, all ages
Nineteen Memphis musicians play David Bowie covers from 6 p.m. until midnight. Proceeds benefit St. Jude.
2. MSPJC 34th Anniversary Gala, First Congo, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. $30, all ages
Celebrate 34 years of social justice and community organization with the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center on Saturday night. Cocktails (cash bar) begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m., and guest speakers Zandria Robinson and Elle Hearns take the stage at 7 p.m. I’ve been to this Gala several times, and it’s always fun and inspiring.
3. Winter Blues Pinball Tournament, Garibaldi’s, Saturday, 2 p.m., $10, all ages
Memphis Pinball hosts a Triple Strike elimination pinball tourney at the U of M Garibaldi’s this Saturday afternoon. It’s ten bucks cash to enter, but after that you won’t need to pay to play on machines like “Sharkey’s Shootout”, “WWF Royal Rumble”, and “Wizard!”
4. Memphis Roller Derby Mash-Up, Pipkin Building, Saturday, doors at 6 p.m., $5 – $10, all ages
Roller derby kicks off its 10th season weekend with a “Girl Band v. Boy Band” bout starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday. As always, there will be merch, beer, snacks, and a “chuck a duck” contest at halftime. If you’re interested in joining derby – as a skater or official – they’re asking that you talk to a player or coach before or after the game (or at the after-party at Slider Inn) for more info.
5. TEP Mardi Gras Party, BRIDGES, Sunday, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m, $15 – $25, all ages
The Tennessee Equality Project hosts the 6th annual Mardi Gras celebration and gumbo cooking contest, complete with live music and craft beer. Tickets are $25 for 21+ and $15 for under 21.
Here are a few more ideas:
Co-Motion Studio hosts Ladies Night on Friday at 7 p.m. for a hoop lesson and cocktails. $20.
The School of Rock has a bunch of tribute shows at Hard Rock Cafe this weekend.
Penny and Sparrow perform a benefit concert for the Grizzlies Prep Charter School on Friday night at the Halloran Center.
American Idiot the musical at Playhouse on the Square opens this weekend, starting Friday at 8 p.m.
You can take a Backbeat Tour this Saturday for just $9 for up to a family of five. Details here.
Celebrate and say good-bye to Rock ‘n’ Romp on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bikesmith Shop (509 N. Hollywood). Memphis Made beer, Rock ‘n’ Dough pizza, DJ Zac Ives, Mighty Souls, and it’s all free. 21 and up only.
Bill Maher performs at the Orpheum on Saturday night.
Outflix Film Festival kick offs its series of events with a party at The Pumping Station on Saturday at 8 p.m.
If you’ve attended an introductory Blacksmithing class at the Metal Museum, there’s Open Forge time this Sunday afternoon.
Agave Maria hosts a charity dinner on Sunday at 7 p.m. benefitting Best Buddies of Memphis. Tickets for the 5-course meal are $75.