Zoo membership has its perks during members’ night on Sunday. It’s just plain seal-ly not to have a zoo membership.
Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext.
Starts July 9. Thurs., July 9, 6:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through July 26
I cannot think of anyone more appropriate to play Liberace than Gary Beard. Fortunately Theatre Memphis thought so too. Beard’s long musical history and showmanship will make this a performance not to be missed. It opens this weekend and runs through July 26. On the other end of the cultural spectrum is Mountain View performed at TheatreWorks. This performance opens on Saturday and runs through Aug. 2. And then somewhere in between the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the hardships of the A ppalachian Mountains is Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking offered for one weekend only at the Evergreen Theatre.
Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove
Fri., July 10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., July 11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., July 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sitting in a nice cool theater sure beats this heat. But if you really want to beat the heat of Memphis in July you might want to get a little Christmas shopping done. I’ll send over my wish list.
Now I know how many of you feel about snakes, but when I was a kid we lived in a rural area for a spell on eight acres of land. Four of those acres were dense woods. My parents enjoyed watching the birds from our kitchen window and Mother had Daddy put a birdhouse on one of the trees. He is handy like that. One day they realized that they hadn’t seen any birds for a few days so Daddy took a ladder out there and opened the birdhouse only to discover an eight-foot-long king snake. My daddy was born in rural Mississippi and knew a bit about snakes. They kept the mice at bay, which were infinitely worse. And this particular snake happened to be pretty friendly. A little knowledge about which snakes are dangerous and which snakes are better to have around put fear out of the equation. We played with that snake for nearly half the day and finally Daddy took him back out to the woods and bid the snake farewell. I am not pulling your leg when I tell you that darned snake was waiting by the back door the next morning for more playtime. I am not saying that you have to like snakes, but if you do have an affinity for such critters, the Memphis Reptile & Exotic Animal Show will be held at Landers Center on Saturday and Sunday. If you have little ones it might also be a great learning tool for helping them identify the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. You might just have a budding herpetologist in your midst.
Having said all that, there is only one way to rid your household of snakes — Ninjas. You can find those at the Anime Blues Expo held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center Friday-Sunday .
Christmas shopping is sounding better and better, isn’t it?
Backbeat Tours, corner of Second and Beale (inside Blues City Cafe)
Sat., July 11, 6-9 p.m.
All that shopping makes you thirsty. So for Saturday night I am recommending a local beer and pizza tour. Those wonderful Backbeat tour guides will be the designated drivers for you while you sample and learn about craft beer from two of our fine local breweries with a pit stop for pizza at Aldo’s Pizza Pies in Midtown.
Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams
Sat., July 11, 7 p.m.-midnight
This is not a new activity. In fact, searching for and consoling the beleaguered soul of Mollie Woodruff in her childhood home has been on national television. Our good friend Holly Whitfield even wrote about it back in 2009 for the popular I Love Memphis blog. I just want to remind you that this is a great way to spend a nontraditional Saturday night. The wonderful folks at Expedition Unknown will guide you through the mansion on Millionaire Row and help you with the ins and outs of ghost hunting while learning a bit of Memphis history. Not to worry though, Mollie is at the house because it was where she was happiest in her life. She encountered much sadness after leaving the Woodruff-Fontaine House until her death in 1972 at nearly 100 years old. But I should probably let you discover the details on your own. If your hunt is successful, maybe Mollie can even tell you about it.
Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place in Overton Park
Sun., July 12, 6-9 p.m.
This event is only for card-carrying zoo members, and I encourage you to join. The animals are primed and ready to show off for you. Later hours are a great way to beat the heat. Rides for the kids are free and you’ll go ape for the perks that come with membership, including reciprocal zoo memberships in case you are visiting or have visitors in town. Depending on what kind of party animal you are, this membership could pay for itself in one night.
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.