TPC at Southwind, 3325 Club
Thurs., June 11, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri., June 12, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., June 13, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., June 14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The wondrous thing about having Marlo Thomas as the fearless leader of St. Jude is that she is not only a celebrity in her own right, but has access to celebrities — celebrities who are willing and able to make this Golf Classic a success. So as celebrities descend on our local scene to ensure the success of this major fund-raiser, I can’t help but think about the first time I met Bill Murray, who has played in the past.
I saw Murray sitting at a table eating oatmeal and talking to himself at a local coffee shop. Turns out he wasn’t actually talking to himself, but studying a script for an upcoming movie. He had pulled up in a black Mercedes he had driven to Memphis from Little Rock. Before he left, he purchased some local pottery, tipped a barista $100, and suggested that the men’s bathroom door needed a new coat of paint. No one could have been more Bill Murray than Bill Murray, and he left with as little fanfare as he arrived.
Some Hollywood celebrities you are likely to run into this weekend who are playing in this year’s Classic are Dave Annable, Bailey Chase, and Joel Osment, just to name a few. Local celebrities include Penny Hardaway, Mike Conley, and Hank McDowell of Grizzlies fame.
McCoy Theatre, Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway
Fri., June 12, 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m.
Our world is getting smaller. And while cultural misunderstandings can separate us, the arts are working just as hard to bring us together. The amazing New Ballet Ensemble and School is composed of a group of fine artists who will give multicultural performances in collaboration with guest choreographers Francesca Harper and Kaori Ogasawara. Our very talented Barcelona transplant, Noelia Garcia Carmona, will be performing a new work titled Perdoname Luna (Forgive Me Moon). In addition, middle school students from all over the Mid-South will be showcasing their talents alongside dance veterans. African drumming will be part of the musical score tying African dance to the dance of today.
The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Ext.
Fri., June 12, 7-10 p.m.
I got my fashion sense from my dear sweet grandmother, rest her soul. Upon her passing, I bequeathed to myself her extensive muumuu wardrobe — oddly enough no one put up a fight for it. Not a pretty sight, but the most comfortable attire for crawling back into bed during a stormy spring day, cuddling with my dogs, and reading a good book with a martini and a bag of Brim’s potato chips. During a recent storm I did just that, picking up a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird in anticipation of Harper Lee’s second novel — half a century later — Go Set a Watchman. While doing this, I thought what a fun time it would be to have a benefit involving reading, muumuus, and martinis. Someone else had the same brilliant idea already (sans the muumuus), hence Literatini benefiting Literacy Mid-South. I’m going to suggest a muumuu fashion show for the next one.
Marine Hospital, 360 Metal Museum Drive
Sat., June 13, 5 p.m.-midnight
Ever notice that huge building lurking near the Metal Museum? It’s the former Marine Hospital and our Friends of the Fort are at it again with music, drinks, and tours. Bring a lawn chair and hang out awhile. It’s casual, fun, and a great place to see and make new friends.
One of our longtime friends, Willy Bearden, will be conducting The Memphis Music Tour at Elmwood on Saturday morning. Bearden will be introducing you to a Confederate composer resident of Elmwood. Who knows? Could have been a former patient at the Marine Hospital. Stranger things have happened — it is Memphis after all.
So uth Main Arts District, 409 S. Main
Sat., June 13, 7-10 p.m.
This weekend will be a shopper’s dream — from curated pieces celebrating iconic designers from the past and great designers and makers of today at The Design Auction to local items of interest at OutBid 2015 to recycled items for reuse at We Consign Shop. Every single shopping opportunity benefits a fine local organization. If you get your ticket for The Design Auction before midnight on Friday, you can save $10. A bargain at any price, also $10 more to bid on that item you just can’t live without.
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.