5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/5 – 1/7

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 5th 2018 1988 0

Happy Friday Memphis, and welcome to our first weekend of 2018!

Before I get to your Friday through Sunday plans, I have a request: this weekend, let’s share all the reasons you love Memphis. Share online with the hashtag #ILoveMemphisBecause or comment on this here blog post. Find a few of the reasons I (Holly) Love Memphis right here.

And now, here are five things to do this weekend, plus a “few” extras.

1. Elvis’ Birthday Celebration, Various Location, All Weekend, Prices Vary, All ages
There are a ton of events and things to do to celebrate Elvis’ birthday weekend (his actual b-day is January 8) and most of them are at the Graceland Mansion, Elvis Presley’s Memphis (the new venue across the street), and the Guest House at Graceland. Check out the full list here.

2. “Nollaig na mBan: Women’s Christmas”, Brass Door, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $95 + tax, grat 21+
This one’s just for the ladies, folks. The Brass Door celebrates the Irish tradition of “Women’s Christmas”, which basically sounds like a treat yo’self day. Start out with yoga, meditations, and mimosas, then enjoy an appetizer buffet and brunch, followed by neck and back massages. Sounds like the perfect way to unwind from the holidays – but you need to book right away (Friday) by calling 901-572-1813.

3. Red Hot Lindy Hop Swing Dance Lesson, Rumba Room, Saturday, 6 p.m., $5 after 7 p.m., 18 and up
Kickoff 2018’s series of dance lessons at the Rumba Room on South Main. Take a free lindy hop lesson at 6 p.m. and then stay after for a two-hour dance party.

4. Jazz Jam Kickoff, Earnestine & Hazel’s, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. – 11ish, free, ages 21 and up
Did you know that Earnestine & Hazel’s hosts a jazzy jam session pretty much every Sunday with the E&H Trio and guest artists? Now you do. Music, a beer, and a soul burger sound like a great combo to end the weekend.

5. Brunch Booze and Burlesque, Dru’s Place, Sunday, 10 a.m. doors/11 a.m. show, $20 adv./$25 door, 21 and up
Take your Sunday Funday to the next level by joining Memphis burlesque diva Coco Rosé as she hosts brunch, drinks, and a show along with special guests at Dru’s Place. For $35, go VIP and get front row seats, chocolates, and a personalized bottle o’ bubbly.

All Weekend
All Saints In The Old Colony opens at TheatreWorks (through Jan. 28)
Elvis’ Birthday Celebrations

Friday
Visions of Nature Opening Reception at KROC Center
Relief: New Work By Katie Maish Opening Reception at Eclectic Eye
Opening Reception for Make Spillmanville Great Again at L Ross Gallery (through Jan. 27)
Battle of the Band Flyers fundraiser for ArtsMemphis at the Hi-Tone
John Paul Keith at Railgarten
LUTHI at Lafayette’s
OddWilson DJ Set at CANVAS
Dead Soldiers at Buckman Performing Arts Center
Grizzlies

Saturday
Bike to Brunch (from Cooper Young To Zaka Bowl)
Elvis In Vegas at the Cannon Center
Big Gay Dance Party Vol. 2 at Stop 345
Aquanet at Lafayette’s Music Room
Beer Choir Winter Sing at Ghost River Taproom
Elvis’ Memphis MSO Performance at Cannon Center
The Avengers at the Pink Palace CTI Giant Theater
Nollaig na mBan: Women’s Little Christmas at the Brass Door
Tigers v. Tulsa basketball game at FedExForum
Natalie Hoffman’s Birthday with Model Zero at Bar DKDC
The Bluff’s One-Year Anniversary
MS RiverKings v. Fayetteville Marksmen at the Landers Center
Memphis Funk-N-Horns at Lafayette’s
The Memphis All-Stars at Newby’s
McKenna Bray at Railgarten

Sunday
Old Skool and New Skool Poetry Night at Azul Tequila Bar
Troy Breslow at High Cotton Brewing
Sunday Afternoons with QUELude at Belle Tavern
The Avengers at the Pink Palace CTI Giant Theater
Jazz Jam Kick-Off at Earnestine & Hazel’s
Eddie Smith at Newby’s
Booksigning + Talk for Miracle on the Bayou at Novel Memphis
Joe Restivo 4 (11 a.m.) and Marcella & Her Lovers (8 p.m.) at Lafayette’s


Check out the calendar for a few more and submit your future events here.


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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