Broad Avenue Art District
Fri., June 19, 6-9 p.m.
Your dad is going to love this Broad — the street, that is. Have a nice stroll with Dad down Broad Avenue, maybe get some eats and buy him some art. If your “art dad” likes history, Willy Bearden will be showing photographs. The Memphis Dolls will be having an artist reception for Memphis-inspired art by Kyle Taylor called, fittingly, “!MEMPHIS POP!” Nearby at their temporary location on Flicker Street, David Lusk Gallery will be hosting a reception for “Summer Reading.” If Dad likes body art, tattoo art will be featured in Crosstown at the artist reception for “Ink x Memory.” For “punk rock dad,” try “Never Again” at Glitch which will involve interactive art and my favorite all-girl punk band, Nots. If you want to see the lead singer smile, ask Natalie to sing the song “Julie Is a Punk.” She wrote it for me because I am a punk. She meant that in a good way I am sure.
The Orpheum, 203 S. Main
Fri., June 19, 8 p.m., Sat., June 20, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., June 21, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.
I have to admit, I have a girl-crush on Meryl Streep who played the mamma in the film version of Mamma Mia! And I have a crush on ABBA music. The stage production, well before the film version, debuted in the United States in 2000 at The Orpheum in San Francisco. Since then, this ABBA-inspired musical, about a young girl who wants her father to give her away at her wedding but must first find out who exactly is her father among three potential candidates, has been at The Orpheum in Memphis many times over the years. But the storyline and music never get old. If you have a “theater dad,” take him to this feel-good musical and hug him for being your one and only dad. I mean, out of a world full of potential candidates, your mom chose him.
Malco Summer 4 Drive-In, 5310 Summer
Sat., June 20
If your dad grew up in the ’50s, he’ll probably like reliving the teenage years he spent behind the wheel of a car watching a good movie. If he grew up in the ’70s, he’ll remember the most famous stoners in American film, Cheech and Chong, in Up in Smoke or enjoy the ’70s throwback Dazed and Confused with Matthew McConaughey. You can then introduce him to the ’90s version of Cheech and Chong — Smokey and Craig — in Friday. Then just laugh together as Malco airs the original version of Reefer Madness. The theme of this Time Warp is obviously marijuana — appropriate for our times with medical marijuana dominating the headlines. But not appropriate for all ages.
Dads with little ones who like fim might enjoy Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D playing at the CTI Giant Theater at the Pink Palace. Families can experience a year in the life of dinosaurs fighting, feeding, migrating, playing, and hunting.
For the “film dad” who likes action, try Mafia-inspired Black Souls based on true events, showing at the Brooks Museum.
Shelby Farms, 500 N. Pine Lake
Sat., June 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
All that craziness might not fit with your “conservative dad,” so why not celebrate at a family picnic in Shelby Farms Park benefiting the Mid-South Food Bank? Or dance with Dad on Friday night at Big Wig Ball benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. There is also a Father Daughter Dance at Blue Suede Ballroom or Guy’s Night Out at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. Or just give Dad the opportunity to see you have fun at the Carnival Street Fair at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.
If you’re a “really conservative dad,” you might want to consider showing your kids that money doesn’t grow on trees at the International Paper Money Show to be held all weekend at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
Mississippi River, north end of Greenbelt Park
Sat., June 20, 7 a.m.
My fondest memories of my own dad are in the great outdoors and on the water. We camped, swam, and boated on family vacations. I’m taking my outdoor-loving dad to the canoe and kayak races this Saturday. For the whole camping experience, you might want to consider taking your outdoor-loving family to an overnight trip at Memphis Botanic Garden for Family Campout: Father’s Day Fun. If your “sporty dad” likes a different kind of sport, there are the V3 Fights at Minglewood Hall where b outs include Davis vs. Hall, Wilson vs. Ware, and Hardmon vs. Sanders.
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have some “dad-gum” fun.
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 Instagram photos of Memphis while you are out and about with #memphismagazine. I hope you have a great weekend.