Lots of shopping opportunities this weekend including A. Schwab's Holiday Open House featuring food, drink, music, and shopping.
David Lusk Gallery Temporary Location, 64 Flicker
Fri., Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m.
There are an unbelievable amount of artist receptions this weekend. I chose this one for the obvious holiday theme. In addition, an artist reception for "The Instructors" will also be held at Flicker Street Studio. Being the first Friday, Cooper-Young Art Tour might bring you to the opening reception for "Intersections," an exhibition of new works by Pam Cobb at Jay Etkin's Gallery. Should you find yourself in other parts of Memphis, you are sure to find an artist reception to suit your fancy. Check out all the fine art happenings this weekend with a simple search in our calendar of events. There is definitely an art to our search engine. Now go find it.
Germantown Community Theatre, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene
Starts Dec. 4. Sundays, 2:30 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20
While there are many seasonal performances out there, nostalgia nudges me to introduce you—if you haven't been introduced already—to this fully rounded play performance for radio. We all know the story. See it performed for audio. You'll thank me later. Plus, Miracle on 34th Street is a sweet, feel-good story for those of us who still believe.
Dec. 4, 8-10 p.m.
Christian Brothers University, 650 E. Parkway S.
This is a monthly meeting of the Memphis Astronomical Society. Ho-hum, right. Wrong! This meeting in particular will host Freddy Diaz who will be talking about buying your first telescope. Hint, hint—maybe as a present for that curious big or little kid who has their head in the clouds. And I just got late, breaking news that a t the end of the meeting, MAS will give away an Orion Space Probe 5.1-inch reflector with a German equatorial mount in a drawing. To enter, write an essay of at least 25 words during the break. Place your entry with your name on it. Then drop it in a box provided for the drawing. There are a few other rules for entry that you can check out here. But the great news is that if you win, you will have an opportunity to use the telescope almost right away at local observing events throughout the month of December. Finally, a short course in astronomy will be given by William J. Busler so you know what to look for with your telescope. Busler will be talking about galaxies. If you are looking for something fun and educational with food, try L'Ecole Culinaire's Gingerbread House Building event. And finally for artists, Metal Museum is hosting an Enameled Copper Ornament Workshop. The holiday season can introduce you to new hobbies or hone existing ones. Just have fun out there.
Sat., Dec. 5, 6:30-9 p.m.
Everyone loves a parade and Downtown will not disappoint. Bring the family and celebrate the season with marching bands, floats, and—of course—jolly old Saint Nick, better known in these parts as Santa Claus. Be careful of all the stumbling Santas though. This is also the night for the annual Stumbling Santa event when Santa wannabees get their jollies going bar to bar and making merry for the benefit of Porter-Leath. You can join the fun too. The donation of a toy is all you will need to participate. And here's a hot tip—check our calendar listings for a parade in your neck of the woods. Most of our suburban communities are also having their parades this weekend too.
A. Schwab, 163 Beale
Sun., Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m.
Abraham Joseph Schwab somehow found his way to Memphis from France and opened a men's haberdashery on Beale Street in 1876. The store, A. Schwab's, transitioned into a dry goods store and finally the quirky department store we know and love today. Originally further east on Beale Street, Schwab moved the store in 1911 to the current location which was formerly a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, then expanded to 165 Beale Street in 1922. It is the oldest business on Beale Street and I would venture to guess there is still some merchandise in there from the late 1800s. The store sold in 2011 and for the first time in 135 years was not owned by a Schwab family member. But it has only gotten better with the addition of an old fashioned soda fountain in 2012. Their motto, "If you can't find it at A. Schwab, you're better off without it," surely was the case with my niece when I introduced her to the store as a toddler. She is now 20, but the day I took her in there for the first time she was about six years old and somehow found a hot pink plastic cat as tall as she was in all the chaos. It had a slit in the back of the cat's neck to deposit coins. She grabbed the cat piggy bank, and tripped over it's size throughout the store. She wouldn't leave until I bought it for her. Recently, at a family gathering I opened her closet door and there was that plastic cat staring at me, fat and full of coins. She's better off with it. And I'll bet you'll find something you're better off with at their holiday sale. Take a gander, then peruse our calendar for many more holiday art sales and pop-up shops. The weekend is full of great holiday shopping opportunities.
For a full list of what’s happening this weekend in and around Memphis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos of Memphis while you are out and about with the #memphisflyer hashtag. I hope you have a great weekend.