5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/29 – 1/31

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 29th 2016 941 1

Happy Friday Memphis! It’s been a little quiet around here this week as I’m feeling under the weather, but I’ll be back ASAP with tons of ideas for loving and enjoying Memphis.

In the meantime, here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus a few extras.

South Main Railroad Mural

South Main Mural

1. International Blues Challenge, Beale Street, Friday – Saturday, ages vary, $15 – $42.50
The IBC continues on Friday with daytime showcases, including a Women In Blues showcase and Youth showcase, plus the Semi-Finals and late-night jams. The Finals are on Saturday at noon at The Orpheum. Click here for details.

2. South Main Trolley Night, South Main Street, Friday,  6 p.m. – 9 p.m., all ages, free
It’s the first trolley night of 2016 – so get down to the South Main Arts District for open houses at shops and galleries, live music, and free trolley-bus rides.

3. Community Day, Brooks Museum, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., all ages, free
The Brooks Museum hosts a Community Day for their Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art In America exhibit with an interactive exhibit and activities for kids.

4. Sharpe Planetarium Reopening, Pink Palace, Saturday, 11 a.m., all ages, $6 – $7
After a total top-to-bottom renovation, the Pink Palace is reopening their Sharpe Planetarium on Saturday with new shows. The first show is Firefall at 11 a.m. (about asteroids). See the full schedule here. Tickets just for the planetarium are $6 for kids and seniors and $7 for adults, or pay a few more bucks to see the Pink Palace exhibits as well.

5. Black Nerd Power Comedy Hour, The Basement (423 N. Watkins), Saturday, 8 p.m., 21+, $10
Get some laughs at the monthly comedy show featuring hosts Markus and Richard, headliner Mo Alexander, and comics Ashawntee Johnson and Brad Sativa.

A few more ideas:

American Idiot continues at Playhouse on the Square.

Art openings: MCA hosts an opening reception for “Sunset/Sunrise” at the Hyde Gallery from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday. Circuitous Succession presents a gallery talk for artist Sarah Ahmad from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday. Stock & Belle hosts an opening reception for “Year Of Fear” exhibition from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday.

The Dixon hosts “Wine Down: The Cheese Edition” on Friday at 6 p.m.

Vince Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies host the annual Staxtacular event at the Stax Museum. $175 ticket gets you food, open bar, dancing, live music, and a chance to meet Grizzlies players.

Live music rundown for Friday: Gerald Stephens and Jeremy Shrader perform at GPAC at 7 p.m. South Main Sounds hosts a Songwriter Night at 7 p.m. The Sheiks and Duma perform at the Lamplighter at 11 p.m.

“The Other Place” opens at Circuit Playhouse on Friday, Jan. 29 and runs through Feb. 21.

Grizzlies v. Kings at 7 p.m. at FedExForum.

Terry Prince & the Principles at 9 p.m. at the Brass Door.

The Koresh Dance Company performs at GPAC on Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Subtractions will perform at the Buc at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

None of these float your boat? Check out the calendar for more events and feel free to add your events here.

Don’t forget to check out here for the weekday fun guide every Monday, plus more Memphis-loving every day on this blog, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


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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