The Orpheum will unveil an art installation, “Orpheus Ascending,” by figurative sculptor Richard McDonald at the 21st annual Orpheum Art Sale on Saturday. Pictured above is a bronze piece by the artist from 2007, “Joie de Vivre.”
South Main Book Juggler, 548 S. Main
Fri., Aug. 28, 6-9 p.m.
One of my newest favorites, Tom Graves, will be on hand again this weekend signing and chitchatting about yet another book, Graceland Too Revisited. This time he will be doing it with co-author and co-photographer Darrin Devault.
One Commerce Square, Monroe and Main
Sat., Aug. 29
My Spidey senses tell me that you don’t have to be Spider-Man to join this event. Special equipment will be on hand to help you scale — or watch others scale — One Commerce Square like the superhero. Helping the Olympians at Special Olympics is your real super power after all.
Want to have a ball using your other super powers? Bowling For Balls IV: When Balls Attack at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes on Sunday might be your game. The event benefits Mid-South men’s health organizations and the fight against testicular cancer. Yes, that certainly is a catchy name for this particular event. We are all rolling with laughter.
The Orpheum, 203 S. Main
Sat., Aug. 29, 1-4 p.m.
Ron Jewell, Vice President of Operations at the fancy new Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education, said he would give me the nickel tour of the new facility. I’m not sure how to approach the subject with him, but if they don’t raise the tour prices, they may not be able to afford enough Windex to clean all that glass in that building. But I suppose that is also why 25 percent of the sales from this art sale will be donated to the new Centre by participating artists. And don’t forget that the 2015 Ostrander Awards will be at The Orpheum on Sunday. The stars of any theater production are on stage — and off. These awards thank them all.
Bardog Tavern, 73 Monroe
Sun., Aug. 30, noon-6 p.m.
Bardog Tavern is seven years old. This almost-tween is having a birthday party, and you are invited. Festivities will include a dunk tank, live music, VIP beverage tasting tent, meatball eating contest, face painting, and more. Before the party, Bardog and friends will offer you the opportunity to walk or run in Breakaway-Bardog 5K benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar
Sun., Aug. 30, 1:30-3 p.m.
In a world that is shrinking, cultural differences are becoming less culturally different. Mystery still surrounds the religion of Islam, however, and Professor Yasir Kazi of Rhodes College would like to reveal what’s behind the mosque. Kazi will give a brief overview of the theology and social customs of Islam and also talk about the American Muslim experience. A no-holds-barred question and answer session will follow.
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.