Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry
Throughout the month of April
“Think Globally, Act Locally” is the motto for Earth Day and the Memphis Botanic Garden is celebrating all month long. Activities include a conservation hike, environmental playhouse, and a tree tag trek. Following the Garden on Facebook or Twitter will allow you to enter contests, participate in trivia games, and receive giveaways. In Fratelli’s Cafe, photographer Karen Pulfer Focht is exhibiting her nature-friendly photos in the exhibition “From News to Nature.” This should get you started for Earth Day 2015 on April 22. I just want to get you in the mood.
Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland
Fri., April 3, 6-9 p.m.
The only plausible explanation for the title of this show is a description of my dear sweet grandma, rest her soul, who convinced herself in her latter years that she had diabetes. She didn’t, but ate very healthy to combat her imagined malady. Our family ate what Meemaw served. The only “person” with special meal privileges was her dog, Choo-Choo. Eggs and sausage were prepared for him every morning of his life. It’s interesting that no one ever questioned his high standing in the household. Anyway, I don’t know if it was to fool herself or us kids but she served the most healthy and basic meals spruced up and fancy. I can see her serving whole oranges in silver for breakfast. I can also hear a few cousins possibly saying, “Meemaw is all silver and orange today.”
Along with creating a title that fulfills the task of “art to make you think,” this group exhibition features work by Brittany Vega, Courtney Whitlow, Emily Miller, Kristen Rambo, and Amanda Nalley with a portion of sales proceeds benefiting Girls, Inc. of Memphis.
National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry
Sat., April 4, 10:30 a.m.
A few — or 52 — years ago Dr. Martin Luther King gave his inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech. Years later, the world witnessed his tragic assassination. To commemorate the life of King, the National Civil Rights Museum will be hosting a candlelight vigil and march. Later in the day, at noon, Amro Music will host “A Celebration of the Arts: A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” including a photo display, music, and honors.
Cooper-Young Farmers Market, corner of Cooper and Walker
Sat., April 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
If they run out of crawfish in Cooper-Young, there is always the 10th Annual Fishes for Wishes starting at 7 p.m. held in Snowden Grove House benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Heaven forbid you miss your Easter allotment of crawfish.
Levitt Shell, Overton Park
Sat., April 4, 6-9 p.m.
Let’s see, what did I forget? Well it’s not Easter! Since the holiday has finally arrived, you probably already have all your plans together with family and friends. But here are a few things you might not know about that might make your holiday just that much more special. Of course the day will be filled with Easter egg hunts including one at Eco EGGStravaganza — this event also boasts a fishing rodeo, live music, and treetop adventures — in Shelby Farms Park, the Easter Egg Hunt at The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, and Family Egg Hunt at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Be sure to end your day at the Levitt Shell where students of Visible Music College will perform an Easter Eve Concert, “The Passport.”
Get a good night’s sleep so you are refreshed for 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service at the Historic Grotto in Memorial Park. Music and refreshments will be served before the service conducted by Rev. Ryan Starr of Kingsway Christian Church.
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.