Temple of the Dog, performed by Voices of the South, opens this weekend at TheatreSouth inside First Congregational Church in the Cooper-Young District.
Cossitt Library, 33 S. Front
Fri., July 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
If you grew up in Memphis, you probably spent a lot of time at the Cossitt Library. I like to sound like my grandparents by telling my nieces and nephews about lugging books to and from the library for schoolwork and science projects, “Yeah, I had a computer. It was called the library.” They are very unsympathetic. If memory serves me right, though, it seems as if some of the best times of my life were spent in a neighborhood library and the Cossitt is how I think of a library. Sure, I love our fancy smancy library on Poplar, but to walk into a room smelling of paper and whispers, it just makes my day. The fact that there is a book sale at the Cossitt, my day just got better. See you there!
TheatreSouth, Inside First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper
Starts July 31. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 4 p.m. Continues through Aug. 16.
If you have been paying attention, you have already been alerted to this season starter for Voices of the South. This weekend is opening weekend for the Southern drama with performances through mid-August. The story is about Ben, his family, and the familial dynamics of life on a farm in rural Tennessee. If you’ve ever been 18 and yearning to break away from family — and family dynamics — you’ll relate to this dark and funny play, fifteen years in the making, by local playwright Tom Dillehay.
Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central
Fri., July 31, 6:30-9 p.m.
While there might not be a science to your whine, there is a science to your wine. And those great folks at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum have put together an event to tell you all about it. While there will be lectures on wine topics, they’re not all talk. You can also taste unique wines, sample heavy hors d’oeuvres, and even participate in a wine pull. Something tells me the bouquet of activities will leave you with a nice finish.
Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake
Sat., Aug. 1, 7 p.m.
There aren’t a lot of things as old as I am these days. Maybe dirt, though the jury is still out. One thing older than me is the organization SRVS, serving those with disabilities and their families for over fifty years now. This Saturday, you have an opportunity to support the goals and mission of the wonderful people who make up this organization and those that are served by it. You can buy stuff at the auction, drink some wine, and taste the food to the music of The King Beez. Now doesn’t that sound like the beez knees?
Church of the River, 292 Virginia
Sundays, 11 a.m.-noon. Continues through Aug. 30.
I remember my little brother doing piano recitals at Church of the River when he was a kid. The backdrop to little fingers tickling the keys was the Mississippi River. Thank goodness for that. I don’t think we could have sat through it without the interesting scenery. Instead of a diversion, that scenery will be added value to the lecture series going on through the end of August during the Summer of Faith. We are right smack dab in the middle of the series and this Sunday Memphis Mayor A C Wharton will be the guest lecturer. Might be worth a listen.
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.