Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar
Fri., Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m. Rescheduled due to weather for Sat., Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m.
This should be a fun time. As a family-friendly event, it might just cure that pesky cabin fever kids may have from being out of school a snow day or two. In addition, it is a juried exhibition so that the competitive element ensures a bit of the “wow” factor. As an added bonus for a grown-up kid such as myself, there are collaborative events planned into March that include eight-foot-tall puppets! Who wouldn’t want to see an eight-foot-tall puppet? I don’t know, but it’s certainly not me.
Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 20-21, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 22, 2 p.m.
Maya Angelou said, ”History, despite it’s wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” As we celebrate Black History Month — the courage and history of a people, and the courage and history of our city — I find it comforting that this can be done with beauty and grace. Ballet Memphis presents four original works celebrating, not only civil rights, but the spirit of humanity. Just down the street at Hattiloo Theatre, you can also catch a special production, Who Will Bell the Cat?, that celebrates the life and history of Benjamin L. Hooks.
Sears Crosstown, N. Parkway and Cleveland
Sat., Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
I’m going to slip in this one outdoor event. I mean really, it’s on Saturday when the temperature is a bit more palatable and, other than a little rain, should be a fine day for this long-awaited groundbreaking. If you can sit through the politicians and community leaders patting themselves on the back (and rightfully so), you will be rewarded with an iron pour conducted by the Metal Museum using old radiators from the building. Iron pours are cool. The Mighty Souls Brass Band will be playing. There will be food and drinks. Did I mention the iron pour? Should you find that your delicate nature requires you to enjoy this event in spirit only, please don’t miss another important historical event, the opening reception for “Return to the Academy,” to be held at the James Lee House, 690 Adams, on Sat., Feb. 21, 5-7 p.m. This exhibition celebrates student art once again adorning the hallways in the home and former site of the James Lee Memorial Art Academy, known today as the Memphis College of Art.
Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar
Through March 1
If you love history, diversity, and the arts but just want to sit and be entertained, this film festival is for you; iron pours and mingling with all those artsy types can be tedious. Sit back and relax with a film about an unlikely group who want to rob a bank, Hunting Elephants, on Sat., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. or your choice of two films on Sun., Feb. 22. Above and Beyond, a film about Jewish pride, screens at 11 a.m., and Run Boy Run, the saga of a Polish boy during the Nazi occupation, screens at 3 p.m. Check out the other films showing during the week on the community center’s website.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 E. Parkway S.
Sat., Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Since history seems to be the theme this weekend, let’s celebrate something from our recent history. It’s the Kroc Center’s 2nd birthday celebration but the gifts are for us. There will be discounted memberships, live music, competitions, demonstrations, bounce houses, and a kid’s zone. And it’s all indoors where it’s warm and dry. Unless you are in the pool.
For a full list of what’s happening 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 #memphismagazine. I hope you have a great weekend.