5 Things To Do This Weekend: 6/14 – 6/16
Can you believe we are already halfway through June, Memphis? It’s going to be another great weekend, so here are the five things you won’t want to miss, plus a few extras.
But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog: a brand-new Memphis Food News Update, a video interview with dance superstar Lil Buck, a list of places to see fireworks for the 4th of July, and the scoop on the Fringe Festival (continues this weekend).
OK, here’s your weekend guide:
1. Pup Party On Broad, Broad Avenue, Friday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
This event was rescheduled from last weekend due to bad weather! The shops and galleries on the street are celebrating the First (technically, second) Friday on Broad with a special dog-themed evening with dog training demos, treats (for pups and people), and a pet-and-person lookalike contest, and more. See the whole schedule here. Dog costumes are highly encouraged, but the only things required are a leash and good behavior.
2. Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Levitt Shell, Friday, gates 6 p.m./show 8 p.m., $25+ fees, all ages
The Levitt Shell’s shows are usually free, but this Friday’s special Shell Yeah! ticketed concert supports the rest of the year’s free music. For this one, plan to buy beer and food from vendors on site and leave your own coolers and pets at home.
3. Homeroom: A Comedy Show, Hi Tone, Friday, 7 p.m., $10-$15, 18+
This popular comedy show is back for one night only! This school-themed improv show encourages audiences to bring props for “Show & Tell” unusual textbooks for “Substitute Teacher,” and a cell phone to text in roasts for the “Virtual Yearbook”. One comedian will walk away as the comedy valedictorian.
4. Juneteenth Urban Music Festival, Robert Church Park, Friday – Sunday, free to enter, all ages
Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Celebrate Juneteenth with lots of live music, vendors, a car show, kids play area and much more.
5. Literatini, Novel Memphis Bookstore, Saturday, 7 – 10 p.m., tickets: $50 per individual, $75 per couple, 21+
Enjoy live music as you sample cocktails and delicious food from local bars and restaurants. Twenty percent of all bookstore purchases that night go to benefit Memphis adults struggling with low literacy.
Plus a few extras…
Puppypalooza #2, Crosstown Concourse South Loading Dock, Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free, all ages
Have a barking good time with live music from a gypsy-jazz trio, adorable doggie portraits, MEMPopS, face paint and henna, shopping for doggies items, and meeting adoptable puppers and doggos. Proceeds benefit Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue.
High Cotton 5th Birthday Party, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., free to enter, all ages/21 to drink
Beer! Food! Dead Soldiers performing!
Transmission: 80’s Dance Party, P & H Cafe, Friday, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., $5, 21+
Break out your dancing shoes and join DJ’s Plastic Citizen and Alpha Heather for New Wave, New Romantic, Post Punk, Synth Pop, Ska, Freestyle and more.
Cloud 9 Memphis Presents Four Places, Theatreworks Memphis, select dates and times June 7 – 23, $20 adults/$15 seniors and students
When Peggy’s two adult children take her out for lunch, they quietly begin to take her life apart. The drinks come fast, the tempers peak, the food flies.
Hairspray, Theatre Memphis, all weekend and through June 30, times and ticket prices vary, all ages
In 1962 Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad dreams of being on a local TV dance show. When she wins a role on the show, she becomes an overnight celebrity and meets a colorful cast of characters, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show’s integration.
The Legend of Georgia McBride Opens, Playhouse on the Square, all weekend, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., prices vary, adults
Casey is young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is pregnant. To make matters even more desperate, he’s fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a small-town Florida bar, and the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act.
For even more, check out the blog’s calendar.