Move over, velvet Elvis. New Elvis-inspired artwork is here at local galleries as Elvis Week 2015 begins.
The Orpheum, 203 S. Main
Fri., Aug. 7, 6-9 p.m.
Since the flames will be hot for the Pat Halloran Roast in September, this might be a fine opportunity to go to the Second Annual Backstage Bash. Enter through the famous Stage Door on Beale Street and experience life behind the scenes while enjoying Memphis eats, beer, desserts, and a specialty cocktail. The event will also include a silent auction as well as a return of popular local cover band The Super5. Proceeds from the Backstage Bash will support the Orpheum’s education programs.
Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 Cooper
Fri., Aug. 7, 6-9 p.m.
I’m all in a tither. Every blessed thing is happening on Friday this weekend — and all at the same time. But if you can’t make some of the bigger events, I just wanted to point out this little gem of an art opening in Cooper-Young. Stop on your way to or from something else to say hello. It's casual. And I believe Nathan and Jay might help get you prepared for what comes on Saturday. You already know, don't you? Elvis Week. L Ross Gallery is also having a grand time with DJ and Elvis tribute artists for “It’s Good to be The King ” exhibition and opening reception.
Some other artist receptions this weekend include “Fables” at the Buckman Arts Center and awards for Memphis/Germantown Art League National Juried Exhibition at Gallery 1091.
National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry
Fri., Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
Congressman James Clyburn, South Carolina U.S. House of Representatives, will be in town for a reception and book signing of his autobiography Blessed Experiences at the Civil Rights Museum on Friday. With local elections coming up, this might be a fine opportunity to meet some of the candidates who are surely to be in attendance.
Various locations, www.elvisweek.com
My dad graduated from Memphis Tech High School in 1961. According to him, he was a football hero. Which is befuddling to me as I perused his yearbooks and their football team only won one game all four years he played as a Yellow Jacket. To alleviate the sting, I think I will let him keep his memories as he remembers them.
I remember asking him one day if he ever met Elvis. They were only six years apart in age, and it is conceivable. He said that while he never met Elvis, he would see him around. “He was dressed real weird.” I suppose by weird, he meant Elvis had his own style. Everyone knows Elvis definitely marched to a different beat. Those are the kind of people who create the biggest noise. Elvis created a noise around the world. That noise today is called rock-and-roll. This weekend is the beginning of a celebration that attracts people from around the world who are inspired by the legendary singer born in Tupelo, hailed from Memphis.
On a side note, as much as Elvis is purported to have loved jelly doughnuts, The Whiskey Throwdown and Doughnut Showdown at the Rec Room on Friday might be a fun event to get you started in your own celebration.
The Producers *Please Note: This production opens to the public August 21st. You'll just have to find something else to do on these weekend dates.
Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext.
Aug. 7. Aug. 21, First Friday, Saturday of every month, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 13
Have you ever wanted to desperately fail but succeeded beyond your wildest dreams? Yeah, me neither. Taking lessons from Max and Leo won’t help you one bit either. Producers Max and Leo find the worst play ever written, the worst director available, and the worst actors on Broadway to produce a show that will close after one performance. The scheme is that the production will cost very little and they will leave after the one performance with all the leftover money from investors. It just didn’t end that simply in this season opener at Theatre Memphis.
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.