5 Things To Do This Weekend: 2/15 – 2/17
Happy Friday, Memphis! Hope you had a great Valentine’s/Singles Awareness/Bitterly Apathetic Day yesterday! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras.
But first, don’t miss the goodies from the blog this week: the 2019 Beale Street Music Fest lineup, updates to the Huge List of Events And Festivals, the 2019 Time Warp Drive In movies schedule, and two awesome Memphians you should get to know, vintage fashionista and entrepreneur Amy Dobbins and muralist Frances Berry. The Memphis St. Patrick’s Day Guide is live, too.
Here’s your weekend guide:
1. Memphis 901FC v. Christian Brothers, CBU’s Signaigo Field, Saturday, noon, $5, all ages/kid-friendly
Memphis 901FC is our city’s new professional soccer team. As they warm up for their first season (starts March 9) they’ll take on CBU’s men’s team in an exhibition game – and it’s all for a good cause. Half of the proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
2. Memphis Majic Screening, National Civil Rights Museum, Saturday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
From Memphis Majic creators: “Memphis Majic is a riveting in-depth look at the city of Memphis through the lens of a 30 year old Memphis-born street dance called “Jookin’.” The February 16 museum screening before the film’s national debut, and gets to the heart of the city’s rich culture, history, race relations and socioeconomic barriers.” It’s free, but be sure to register to save your spot.
3. Memphis Express v. Arizona Hotshots, Liberty Bowl, Saturday, 7 p.m., $20 and up, all ages/kid-friendly
Our new Alliance of American Football team plays their first home game this Saturday night at the Liberty Bowl. Get out there and support these professional players and enjoy plenty of in-game entertainment (including a silent disco), concessions, and great seat options (starting at $20).
4. Time Warp Drive-In, Malco Summer Drive-In, Saturday, 7 p.m. – ’til, $10 per person, all ages allowed (parental discretion advised)
This month, the Time Warp Drive In honors African American actress Pam Grier with two films in an evening they’re calling NOBODY MESSES WITH PAM GRIER: A TRIBUTE TO AN ICON. First up is Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, a blaxploitation homage, followed by Grier’s “brilliant revenge flick” from 1973, Coffy. See the full Time Warp schedule for 2019 here.
5. Soup Sunday, FedExForum, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $20 adults/$10 kids, all ages/kid-friendly
Soup Sunday celebrates 30 years of filling Memphis bowls this weekend. Enjoy all-you-can-eat samples of soup, appetizers, salads, breads, and desserts from about 50 local restaurants and caterers. Soup Sunday benefits Youth Villages’ efforts to support young people and families in crisis.
Plus a few other ideas…
On Your Feet! The Musical, Orpheum Theatre, Friday – Sunday, multiple shows, $25 – $125, ages 5 and up
The Gloria and Emilio Estefan Broadway musical is at the Orpheum all weekend; the show includes all the hits. Friday night, the Orpheum is doing a Student/Teacher/Hero ticket Rush for discounted tickets and a Kids’ Night On Broadway night. Read all those details here.
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, FedExForum, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., $20 adults/$5 kids, all ages/kid-friendly
Live monster trucks! They come every year to FedExForum around V-Day, they’re loud, they’re crazy, they smash stuff! Kids love them, grown-ups with earplugs love them. I’m especially excited about the Megasaurus, a “massive, car-eating, fire-breathing prehistoric robot”.
Crosstown Brewing 1st Birthday, Crosstown Brewing, Saturday, noon – 10 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Crosstown is putting three new beers on tap, hosting live music, and the New Wing Order food truck, plus new merch all day. Come help this local brewery celebrate one year of drinking great beer in their taproom.
Africa In April Original Art Collection, Orange Mound Gallery, Friday, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., free, all ages
Celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Africa In April festival with this showcase of local artists at Orange Mound Gallery. (Then save the date for Africa In April, April 17-21 at Robert Church Park.)
Ballet Memphis’ Spring Mix, Ballet Memphis Overton Square, Friday – Sunday, times vary, $25, all ages allowed
Ballet Memphis’ annual spring concert offers three pieces: “Steven McMahon’s birdlike fun of the Mississippi Flyway with three-dimensional sets from acclaimed visual artist Erin Harmon. Julia Adam’s water-themed Dew Point, with its playful props and soundtrack featuring Louis Armstrong to Jeff Buckley, and a “fiery” new work from Rafael Ferreras completes the bill.” There are performances next weekend as well.
There’s plenty more on the blog’s calendar.
Have a great weekend, Memphis! Come back here and tell me all about it.