WEVL’s 27th annual Blues on the Bluff featuring blues, barbecue, and beer at the Metal Museum on Saturday will make you anything but blue.
Tiger Lane, 335 S. Hollywood
Wed.-Sun., July 22-26
If you’ve been pushing pencils all week but were born to be wild, Tiger Lane is the place for you this weekend. Get out there, hammer down, and stay vertical for the “Beale to Bowl” parade, motorcycle and car shows, hot wings competition, exhibitors and presenters, kid zone, and more. Music headliners include WAR, Kris Allen, and Lil Rounds.
Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar
Thurs., July 23, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri., July 24, 6:30 p.m., and Sun., July 26, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Visiting professors and sculptors from the Guangxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China, hosted Leandra Urrutia, associate professor of studio art at Memphis College of Art last fall. As part of the exchange program, professors Shanwu Huang, Bangmin Nong, Jigang Qin and Zhenhai He are now in the states showcasing their 3-D work and providing an opportunity for Memphis to interact with these artists who have more than 5,000 years of artistic lineage influencing their work. While an open house is scheduled for Thursday and Sunday, an artist talk is scheduled for Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity as the artists will leave for Kansas City after this week to continue sharing cultural experiences. If you do happen to miss this opportunity, an exhibition of their work on a larger scale won’t be available until early next year
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Dr.
Sat., July 25, 6 p.m.
My aunt Emma came to America from Italy in 1913 with my uncle Reno, my aunt Louise, and my great-grandmother Emelia Compassi Gho. Waiting on them was my great-grandfather, Batista Gho, simply known as Grampa to us later generations. He had arrived from Alexandria, Italy, two years earlier to set up camp in America. That camp happened to be in Mississippi. Later, my grandmother and another sibling were born on American soil. At some point family members married and moved or went to find work in Chicago and Memphis. Aunt Emma stayed in Clarksdale her whole life, though, where she was gainfully employed at a doughnut shop located at the Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Robert Johnson, according to legend, made his famous deal with the devil there. Perhaps they shared a doughnut.
Maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe not, but I like to think that my love of doughnuts and the blues came from Aunt Emma, rest her soul. No matter how the blues entered my life, one of my favorite Memphis events is Blues on the Bluff. I think you will like it too. Bring a blanket or chairs and the whole family for music, barbecue, and beer on the beautiful bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at the Metal Museum. In the words of late great blues musician B.B. King, “ You only live but once, and when you’re dead you’re done, so let the good times roll.”
Memphis Farmers Market, Main and G.E. Patterson
Sat., July 25, 5-8 p.m.
If blues and beer don’t agree with your sophisticated palate, perhaps some rock music and wine are in order on a Saturday night. Mix and mingle with the farmers, artisans, and artists who bring you the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturday morning. Or just hobnob with your neighbors and enjoy a laid-back summer’s evening with wine, food, and live music by The Three Kings.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar
Sun., July 26, 2-3:30 p.m.
I was born with style. Unfortunately I was the only one who appreciated it. And for those of us who march to our own fashion drummer, we have a heroine. Spunky — soon to be 94 years old — fashion icon Iris Apfel said this about her style: “I don’t have any rules. I’d only be breaking them. So what’s the point?”
You do not want to miss this documentary. It’s funny and heartwarming and full of quotable gems.
Put a Jewish New York grandmother accent to Apfel’s thoughts on going to jail not so quietly: “If you put something together, and it doesn’t look so good, the fashion police are not going to come and take you away. And if they do, you might have some fun in jail.”
And there you have it. I adore this free spirit.
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.