Pinup Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin and friends will be at the Pet Expo on Saturday at the Agricenter.
Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland
Fri., Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 15, noon-6 p.m.
Artists Terrell Harmon, Ruben Garnica, Anna Maranise, and Zachary Morgan will be on hand for two days showcasing and talking to you about their work. While I am not familiar with these artists personally, I am a big fan of our newest art districts and the trailblazers who keep the local arts evolving. From Broad Avenue to The Edge District, Crosstown and others, our city is giving attention like never before to independent artists, eclectic events, and revived areas. South Main is going strong and the Cooper-Young District has seen quite a few galleries pop up in our recent past. It’s an exciting time for the arts in Memphis. If you haven’t had a chance to experience one of these areas, meet the artists, and see the latest developments, take this opportunity. Also on Saturday at Crosstown Arts, the current ongoing exhibition “Walking Eyes” will be hosting a roundtable discussion. Tune in, turn on, and drop in on the arts.
Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove
Sat., Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Have a pet? Need a pet? The Pet Expo has you covered. Not only will this exposition have entertainment for two-legged critters, bring your pet and they can enjoy the fun too. The Agricenter will be filled with vendors, entertainment, demonstrations, discounted vaccines and other health-related items, pet adoptions, contests, and special guests. Those special guests include Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin, founder of Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc., and Sir Preston Peabody, actor, model, and writer (with a little help from Rachel Phelps) of the blog prestonspeaks.com. Preston is a West Highland white terrier.
Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place in Overton Park
Sat., Aug. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
What I love about this event, besides the fact that it’s at the zoo, is that Ron Childers is the master of ceremonies, and it benefits Baptist Trinity Hospice programs and Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief. As if that weren’t enough, you don’t have to be there to care. There are over 100 items that you can bid on from your phone. As the signature fundraiser for these great programs, show your support at the event or while you are enjoying the show at the Memphis Rockabilly Festival. Who says you can’t do everything this weekend has to offer?
Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley
Sat., Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
For many, this is the signature Elvis Week event followed by Sunday’s Elvis Sunday Morning Gospel Celebration. If you can’t make it out to Graceland, the annual Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl will also be on Saturday night. This event is just as much fun to participate in as it is to watch. It’s quite a sight to see hundreds of Elvis look-alikes milling about downtown from venue to venue. If you would like to participate, dress as Elvis and sign up at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium’s door. Bring nonperishable items to donate or a monetary donation benefiting FedEx Family House and the cover is free at participating bars.
The Edge District, Madison, Marshall, and Monroe
Sat.-Sun., Aug. 15-16
When I was 17, The Stray Cats came to the Mid-South Coliseum. They had a hit song called “Sexy and Seventeen” and the radio station Rock 103 conducted a contest in which young ladies could enter their photograph for a chance to win not only concerts tickets but backstage passes to meet The Stray Cats. Unbeknownst to me, a friend entered my picture — and I was one of the winners. The seats weren’t that great, but daddy-o, this bird was going to meet The Stray Cats. Fate had other plans. I didn’t have a car and my father had to drive me and pick me up. He was unwilling to wait until I had actually met the band because he had an early meeting the next morning. This was my first inclination that work was surely overrated and didn’t hold a candle to being 17 during summertime when my schedule consisted of seeing bands and sleeping in, in true teenage fashion. I also realized I couldn’t afford a car without a job and this was a most perplexing realization. Car or no car, this is the inaugural debut of the Memphis International Rockabilly Festival with plans to be an annual event, and I am not going to miss a thing this time. You shouldn’t either.
Stray Cat Lee Rocker will perform on the main stage along with Dale Watson, Low Society, Stan Perkins, Jason D. Williams, and more. All weekend long, get your rockabilly fix in The Edge District near Sun Studios. You can also enjoy some other events celebrating rockabilly music including Ye Olde Derby: MRD Season Finale Double Header and Time Warp Drive-In: Spaghetti Western Buffet. Cool cats only, please.
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.