Phillip Van Zandt
Show your love for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County by leaving your paw prints on the dance floor this Saturday at the Racquet Club of Memphis.
Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper
Starts Aug. 21. Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 6
I once heard that Barbra Streisand lounges around her home in her undergarments and answers her door that way. I also heard that she was encouraged to have a nose job early in her career and refused. All this news from a very reliable source, of course — gossip magazines. But I was young and impressionable when I heard these juicy tidbits and was horrified while simultaneously intrigued by this mega-star. Circuit Playhouse will reveal what Streisand really does at home. Apparently that is hanging out in her cellar with the hired help. To take us to the scene, Jordan Nichols will perform this one-man show that opens on Friday. I have a hard time believing Babs answers her own door.
Also opening this weekend is Making Folk Happy at TheatreWorks and, as you already know, The Producers at Theatre Memphis. Already in the second week of performances is Hattiloo’s season opener, In the Heights, Playhouse on the Square’s Billy Elliot the Musical, and Remy: From Fate There Is No Escape at The Evergreen Theatre. Playback Memphis presents Memphis Matters on Saturday at First Congregational Church. Go play!
The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Ext.
Sat., Aug. 22, 2 p.m.
I suppose being hyper-focused runs in my family. My paternal great-grandmother once decided she wanted a wall knocked out of her home to make a room larger. Not satisfied at having to wait for one of the men to do it, she took a sledgehammer and removed it herself. She was also the same woman who, well into her 80s, decided she needed a new roof. Her kids found her stranded up there when the ladder fell and she had no way of getting down. All the women on both sides of my family are this way. The double whammy of can-do attitude must have canceled each other out with me, however. Being the only girl in my family, I can knock out a wall or roof it, but why bother when you can just buy a new house? Zsa Zsa Gabor and me could have been besties. But being all too familiar with this behavior, I am so enamored with Tom Graves’ work. He seems to do the most remarkable, obscure, unexpected, and fascinating work. Some of his subject matter I have never heard of or thought about before now. But here you have it, Louise Brooks, Frank Zappa, & Other Charmers & Dreamers. He’ll even sign it too.
Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin
Sat., Aug. 22, 5:30-11 p.m.
Two spectacular fundraising bonanzas. Two thrilling locations. Two devoted and courageous organizations. Too much fun. Too bad they are the same night.Vintage Affair Gala: A Toast to Life benefiting the American Cancer Society will be held at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The Paw Prints Party will be held at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Life can be so complicated.
Shelby Farms, 500 N. Pine Lake
Starts Aug. 22. Saturdays, Sundays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31
Party like it’s 1550 at Shelby Farms or party like it’s 1950 at Crosstown Arts Gallery. Choosing between the Renaissance Faire and a Sock Hop benefiting U of M Dance Alliance will not be easy. Then again, you can party like it’s 2015 at FOMOfest celebrating the independent artist, past, present, and future.
Various locations, s ee website for more information
Sun., Aug. 23, 4-7 p.m.
This is the most clever idea. I mean it. Leave it to those creative Rhodes College students to organize this community art installation exhibition. I adore the idea of walking to your neighbor’s yard for this artist reception — and that’s exactly what you will do. Art will be displayed on residential lawns 24-hours-a-day through September 20th. For this reception, the artist will be in the yard with his or her installation to talk to you on Sunday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. For a list of locations, just toggle over and click here. By the way, I love what you’ve done with your lawn, who is your artist?
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.