5 Things To Do This Weekend: 1/18 – 1/20

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 18th 2019 2519 0

Happy Friday, Memphis. It’s MLK Weekend, and one way to honor the holiday is to sign up for MLK Days of Service with Volunteer Memphis. They have a ton of options and it’s not too late to get involved. Take a look at that list here.

Here are five more things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras.

Photo by Logan Young / Memphis Tourism

But first, there’s a bunch of new stuff on the blog this week, including an interview with the founder of Vintage901 food ‘n’ wine fest, the Valentine’s Day events guide, a News Update with plenty of fun things, an announcement about a brand-new food festival, a list of discounts for furloughed federal employees, plus the Memphis Winter Beer Guide is up.

OK. Now on to your regularly scheduled weekend programming.

1. DreamFest Weekend 8, Minglewood Hall 1884 Lounge/Madison Dance Studio, Friday – Sunday, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. nightly, $10 per night, 18 and up 
Three nights of Memphis music featuring local R&B, hip hop, jazz-infused soul, and artists and more. Friday night is “The Concert” featuring a dozen local artists and DJs. Saturday is “Covers and Conversations” with music and panel discussions hosted by Wilbert Kizer Moore and Shahidah Jones of the 67. Sunday is a special edition of Artistik Lounge spoken word, cipher, and music show. Read 5 reasons you should go here.

2. Germantown Big Read Celebration Kickoff, Germantown Community Library / GPAC, Saturday, all day, free, all ages/kid-friendly
G-town kicks off their “Big Read” Celebration this weekend, a program encouraging the community to read the same book together: it’s “The Namesake”, by Indian-born author Jhumpa Lahiri. GPAC hosts Bollywood-themed “PB&J” kids’ performances at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Germantown Community Library has a kickoff event 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with food trucks, entertainment, henna, rangoli art, and more, and you can try Indian food at the Pickering Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There are more events throughout the month; see the full schedule and get more info here.

3. What Lies Beneath Tour, Elmwood Cemetery, Saturday, noon – 1:30 p.m., $15 per person, 13+
Elmwood tours always sell out, but it looks like this one has just a few seats left! The “What Lies Beneath: Stories & Secrets of the Cottage” is all about the unique-looking Victorian Gothic building on the site of the cemetery – and all the secrets it contains. This is an indoors-only tour. I’m just using common sense on the 13+, call over there if you’ve got a question about your teen coming along. You must get tickets ahead of time.

4. MLK Arts Unite, New Ballet Ensemble, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
New Ballet and Hattiloo Theatre will host this free workshop for all ages on Saturday in honor of MLK Days of Service. Half-hour long workshops in dance, music, theatre, and spoken word. Kids 12 and under should have an adult with them. They are also collecting items for the Mariposas Collective. Read more on the FB event. The event is at 2157 York Avenue (behind Memphis Made).

5. John Kilzer Album Release Show, Crosstown Arts, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $30/$15 with discount, all ages
Memphis songwriter John Kilzer celebrates his latest release with a show at Crosstown. John will perform with Matt Ross-Spang (acoustic guitar), Steve Selvidge (guitar), Steve Potts (drums), Dave Smith (bass guitar), & Rick Steff (keys).Tickets are $30+ fees, but if I Love Memphis readers use code WASHINGMACHINE at checkout, you can get 50 percent off. Sweet.

FYI: The sculpture pictured at the top of this page is from the “I AM A MAN” plaza, which is adjacent to Clayborn Temple across the street from FedExForum at 280 Hernando Street. If you haven’t been since it was installed last year, I encourage you to take a quiet moment and visit. It honors the people of the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, the people who Dr. King traveled to Memphis to support before his assassination. Read a bit more here.

For even more, take a look at the blog’s calendar.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day In Memphis

Monday is Martin Luther King Day. I encourage you, if you haven’t in a while, to read Dr. King’s Letter From A Birmingham JailYou can listen to a recording of Dr. King reading it himself here.

The National Civil Rights Museum will host its annual King Day on Monday all day long, with a blood drive and free entry to the museum for anyone donating a canned good for the Mid-South Food Bank.

The Grizzlies host the annual MLK Day Celebration and Game on Monday with special honorees and halftime performances It’s a 4:30 p.m. tipoff against the New Orleans Pelicans.

On Tuesday, The University of Memphis will screen “Once More At The River: From MLK To BLM” at 6 p.m. at the UC Theater. It’s a documentary featuring 20 local activists reflecting 5o years of Memphis activism and looking to the future of social change. Read more 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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  1. Leigh Ann Gay says:

    Would you be willing to add my companies music events to the I Love Memphis Blog? I have many coming up at Lafayette’s Music Room this year, plus the Huey’s locations. I would really appreciate the support.
    Tell me where to send my online advertisements for you to post.

    Thank you
    Leigh Ann Gay
    Naked Horse Booking and Management Co., LLC

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Hi Ms. Gay! I do not accept advertisements but am happy to share community events if you will please submit them to the blog’s calendar here: https://ilovememphisblog.com/events/community/add

      Please include all information, including ticket price, ages allowed at the show, and a link to additional information. Please do not submit your event more than once. It can take 1-4 business days for your event to appear (usually 1-2) so don’t worry if you don’t see it right away. Thank you!!

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