Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar, and Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss
Fri.-Sat., March 27-28, 8 p.m.
When I was a kid Easter was about a big bunny bringing candy, dying eggs in the messiest way possible, and a new Easter outfit. Easter Sunday at Holy Rosary Church was about the biggest fashion show I ever witnessed — or participated in. Even those who did not necessarily celebrate the religious holiday gave homage to the end of winter and the beginning of spring with new wardrobe items. In this light it seems fitting that Memphis Fashion Week should arrive just before Easter. The whole week is about much more than new threads though. It is about celebrating local and regional fashion by bringing together designers, stylists, photographers, and models benefiting fashion design courses at Memphis College of Art. Go get your style on.
Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland
Fri., March 27, 6-9 p.m. and Sun., March 29, 2 p.m.
Just as spring and Easter are about transformations and renewal, the creative concept behind “Belongings” is about finding something — anything — that inspires at the Cleveland Street Flea Market and transforming the object into a work of art. Those who answered the call will showcase their results at the artist reception on Friday and talk about it at the Gallery Talk on Sunday. I cannot wait to see what inspiration has wrought.
I also have to give a plug to Art Suitable for Framing held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church o n Saturday. The art sale benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. As if that weren’t enough to peruse — and buy — art at the Church, just remember, these are the folks who put on the Greek Festival and the folks over there are just the most fun ever. While you are out and about on Saturday, also drop by The Art Factory for Open Studio Springtime Shenanigans between noon and 3 p.m. and see how art is done. It’s a casual self-guided tour.
Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley
Sat., March 28, 9 a.m.
My sweet grandma, rest her soul, used to tell me when we passed a cemetery, “Julie, you know it’s not the dead people we should be afraid of, it’s the live ones.“ With those words I have always found cemeteries to be places of inspiration, history, art, and peaceful comfort. There is actually another purpose for a cemetery and that purpose is an Easter egg hunt. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Hillwood at Davies Manor, 3570 Davieshire
Sun., March 29, noon-4 p.m.
The past is not done and gone at Hillwood this Sunday, it is alive and well in the present time with history and preservation groups, Davies Plantation Homeowners Association Easter Egg Hunt, and sneak peak tours of the grounds before the season opens on April 1. And while we are talking history, the rodeo has a long one. So prepare for all that Shelby County history on Sunday by dropping in at the Agricenter for the Bill Pickett Rodeo on Friday and Saturday.
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry
Sun., March 29, 2-4 p.m.
Spring has been taunting us the past few weeks and whether Mother Nature is ready or not Memphis is bringing it with quite a few flowery events. The Cherry Blossom Festival is just one of them. Memphis Botanic Garden is also hosting Beginning Rose Grower’s Seminar and “The Dream Team Presents” on Saturday, 8:30 a.m. until noon. Our sweet and talented friend of the flowers Suzy Askew will be on the Dream Team panel with Greg Touliatos and Ginny Fletcher.
Across the way, not to be outdone, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens presents the Daffodil Show Friday through Sunday which includes a competition, exhibition, and “The Business of Daffodils,” a lecture by Philipp Laagland who will be discussing the Dutch bulb industry on Sunday at 2 p.m. Friday is the first day on the job for the food trucks this season so you will have plenty of energy to tiptoe through the tulips during the colorful Tulipmania: 150,000 Blooms. Someone really needs to tune their ukulele and go out there to serenade those bulbs.
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.