The Cotton Museum, 65 Union
Fri., Feb. 27, 5-10 p.m.
There is nothing more Spring-like than celebrating the beginning of a successful new planting season. I am in awe of those who can grow a plant or two. I am especially in awe of those rare people who can cultivate whole fields of flowers and vegetables. If you fall in either of those categories, this party is for you. If you are like me and can’t grow mold on bread, just know that this event requires no gardening skills. The only skill required is to enjoy live music by Big Barton, bottomless beer, good company, and good food.
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second
Fri., Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
For over 90 years, Calvary Episcopal Church has been offering this long-standing tradition. Such items as fish pudding and tomato aspic are offered alongside the beloved waffle. The Waffle Shop runs through the end of March but I wanted to let you know about this early so that you can get your fill of pudding, aspic, and inspiration before it’s too late. If you miss this it will be another year before the next one. The food comes from the church’s kitchen — made from scratch daily — and the inspiration comes from a list of guest preachers from any number of faiths. This Friday features Rev. Tony Campolo from Eastern University in Pennsylvania who has been very busy helping in Third World countries and in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. I’ll let him tell you all about it. For a full list of guest speakers, visit Calvary’s website.
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park
Sat., Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.
With Spring bursting on the scene, so are the flowers. Although the Winter Wonder Amaryllis Show in the Canale Conservatory is ending this Sunday, if you have not had a chance to see these elegant blooms, this lecture gives you a good reason. Meerow is an internationally recognized Amaryllis author who has been breeding the flower since 1987. He will be covering hybrids and species and might even give you a tip or two for a bit of your own success with the flower. After hearing him speak, I am sure you will want to see the show as the Dixon is offering free admission for those attending the lecture.
Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper
Sat., Feb. 28, 7-10 p.m.
I am sitting at my desk quietly minding my own business at the offices of Contemporary Media when the head of one of my co-workers suddenly pops up from her work space and yells, “Does anyone know how to fasten a condom to a dress?” My curiosity was piqued. It seems there is a fashion show in which artists and designers fashion condom apparel to wear. By wearing, I mean as hats, hairpieces, dresses, shorts, and the like. As a woman of a sensitive nature I am sure that I wouldn’t know how to do such a thing. I hope she figures it out though because there will be prizes for the best three designs at this fashion show of sorts. Best of all it is a fund-raiser for Choices Memphis Center for Reproductive Health with entertainment, art for sale, and a “naughty bake sale.” With Spring as our theme this weekend, I think a bit of the birds and the bees may be in order.
Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext.
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 27-28, 8 p.m. and Sun., Mar. 1, 2 p.m.
While this production has nothing to do with the transition of seasons, it is the closing weekend and last chance to see an “atomic ghost story.” The premise is not rocket science — well, actually it is. The characters are physicists Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, and Bohr’s wife Margrethe. This experimental play follows few rules of storytelling as it takes place in the afterlife and explains complex ideas surrounding the nuclear arms race during WWII. Science, history, and art meet in this complex relationship coming together.
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 Instragram photos of Memphis while you are out and about with #memphismagazine. I hope you have a great weekend.