A toast to the “King of the Irish” at the 42nd Annual Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main
Fri., Mar. 13, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
If dizi, erhu, and pipa aren’t part of your vernacular, you probably don’t use Chinese instruments much, if at all. The dizi is a Chinese flute and the erhu and pipa are stringed instruments. The erhu should really interest those of us from the South since it’s like a fiddle with two strings instead of four. You can experience the music from these instruments as well as other aspects of Chinese art and culture in this weekend’s production of Shen Yun. The elaborate costumes, dance, and striking backdrops will prepare you for another cultural tradition — an Irish tradition — on Beale Street that does involve the fiddle. Does anyone else think it’s really fun that in the Year of the Goat this production happens on the same weekend as the St. Patrick’s Day festivities?
Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove
Fri., March 13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., March 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sun., March 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Jim Jaggers is a celebrity chef and he is not making snow cream. I guess I could just stop there, but I won’t. There will be fashion shows, especially if you like men in uniform. Adam Hammond will emcee the policeman’s fashion show. Food, shopping, dancing, health, fitness, fashion, music, and more will be under one roof. This is also a milestone — the show’s 25th anniversary. To celebrate, anyone born in 1990 will receive complimentary admission. For those of us who were born in 1989, we still have a chance to win “show bucks” to the tune of $25 every hour throughout the show, a birthday tiara, and giveaways every 25 minutes past the hour. It’s a great year to be a Southern woman.
Beale Street, Downtown Memphis
Sat., Mar. 14, 5 p.m.
Mike Ditka said, “If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life.” Life’s looking good for either a participant or a spectator this Saturday. But why just focus on the parade? There is a whole list of shenanigans happening on Beale Street for the holiday weekend including raising of the goat. Literally, a goat is raised on a lift. And why stop at Beale Street? Celtic Crossing is having a four-day celebration. Fitzgerald’s in Tunica, Lafayette’s Music Room, Bardog Tavern, Local Gastropub, Flying Saucer, and others are all ready to ensure the luck of the Irish this weekend.
Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper
Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 12-29
These two plays run concurrently at POTS and are perfect for Women’s History Month . The leading role in each play is a woman who has a lot of history. In The Seagull that role belongs to the famous but aging actress Irina Arkadina and in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike it belongs to the glamorous actress, Masha. Both women are demanding and sport boy toys. That should be enough to whet your curiosity for opening weekend. For a fun family outing, I suggest the closing weekend for Jack and the Beanstalk at Hattiloo and Winnie the Pooh at Circuit Playhouse. For an all-out outing perhaps the Friends of George’s can help with A Dragnificent Fundraising Event at Evergreen Theatre or Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at TheatreWorks. And don’t forget, due to ice and snow, this weekend (instead of last weekend) is the MGLCC benefit production of The Boy from Oz at Theatre Memphis . That’s a lot of drama for one weekend.
Crump Park, Delaware at Crump
Sun., Mar. 15, 2 p.m.
Let’s just say for argument’s sake that crowds, green beer, and drama galore don’t fit with your relaxed lifestyle and calm demeanor. Quite frankly, I just like to suggest a few activities for those of us on a budget. Jimmy Ogle has promised 50 tours in 2015. Sunday is one of them. All of them are free. The weather looks promising. Opening reception for “you+me” was snowed out last week, so catch a peek of this relationship-themed art show this Friday, 6-9 p.m. at Crosstown Arts. And lastly, the Wine, Music, and a Book night at the Booksellers Bistro has been ongoing since last December but you might not have heard of it. It’s just a nice place to spend Saturday night with half-priced wine, a good read, and live music. This weekend features the entertaining Davy Ray Bennett, 6-9 p.m. Tell Joseph I sent you. Yes, I know people. Hopefully Joseph will pretend to know me.
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 Instragram photos of Memphis while you are out and about with #memphismagazine. I hope you have a great weekend.