Lance Murphey/Memphis In May
You are what you eat. This woman’s profile suggests she is a hog about Memphis barbecue.
Tom Lee Park, Downtown Memphis
Thurs.-Sat., May 14-16
My dear sweet mother was a nurse in the late Seventies and taught a nurse’s aid class in downtown Memphis. On pretty spring days she would venture out with her friend and coworker, Marilyn Holmes, for lunch. In May, these two pretty nurses would be accosted by a few energetic young men to “have some barbecue” at a new festival called Memphis in May. These persistent barkers brought forth from humble beginnings our beloved celebration of Memphis — and the almighty pig. In the spirit of Memphis barbecue, squeet (let’s go eat).
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry
Fri., May 15, noon-5 p.m., Sat., May 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., May 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Memphis Orchid Society formed in 1955, though their first sanctioned exhibit was not until 1974 where they won third-place in the national competition. Still, that’s a pretty long time to hone some pretty nifty exhibition skills. If you have a green thumb it might be of interest to you. Having a stormy grey to midnight black thumb myself, I might be better off attending the Phillip Watson Lecture: Garden Magic on Saturday. The lecture is a catered event and book signing as well. Julie Spear with the Memphis Garden Club will demonstrate floral designs.
The Annesdale Park Gallery, 1290 Peabody
Fri., May 15, 6-9 p.m.
Thomas Oliver Vinton was a banker and a stuffed shirt who is probably rolling over in his grave at the thought of an artist gallery occupying the site his former home. A home he built (or had built) in 1901. Vinton was a member of the Business Men’s Club, Cotton Exchange, Masons, Chickasaw Club, Country Club — oh, dear, the list just goes on and on. He was also an elected director and vice president of the Bank of Commerce & Trust Co. And now all these bohemian artsy types — some of them women, no less — are invading his home. Well, I for one can’t wait to view the group exhibition by our regional artsy bohemian types. Speaking of bohemian, the artist reception for “Birds” is on Saturday, 1:30 p.m. The fine art collage by Laura Adams is certainly enough to draw you in, but since it’s at the T Clifton Art Gallery, 2571 Broad, you will have a chance to fawn over the most bohemian dog in Memphis, that lovable giant Argus.
Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter
Sat., May 16, 6 p.m. (performance, 7:30 p.m.)
Pay attention, this is going to get crazy. Memphis loves a good show, and we have a gunny sack full of them this weekend. First, there are two important galas: the Broadway themed gala at GPAC celebrating two decades of great performances and An American in Paris gala at Theatre Memphis on Friday featuring a night of music, seated dinner by Chef Jose Gutierrez of River Oaks Restaurant, and a presentation by Brian McCarthy, author of Luminous Interiors. Your ticket includes a copy of the book. I know. My heart just skipped a beat too.
And just like a Ginsu Knife commercial, there is more. This weekend is opening weekend for The Fox on the Fairway, a modern farce set in the high-brow world of a golf and country clubs at Germantown Community Theatre. Billed as a s oulful celebration of spontaneity and salute to community spirit, this is closing weekend for Attorney/Joker: Part Sign at TheatreWorks. And still, there’s more. For one weekend only, Bloodlines + Bylines: Excavating Familial Stories from Memphis will be performed by dancers who will give a moving selection of all-new works mined from true Memphis stories at The Evergreen Theatre courtesy of Project: Motion. Now, back to normal programming.
Visible Music College, 200 Madison
Fri., May 15, 5:15-9:15 p.m.
This event is a 15-year anniversary celebration. If you have kids or grandkids who are interested in music, this could be the event that jump starts that passion. The festival boasts the usual food trucks, music, and activities. In addition, there is an instrument petting zoo provided by AMRO Music and I understand there will also be a big screen showing game 6 of the Grizzlies-Warriors playoff series so you don’t miss a thing. I believe. There is certainly something for errrbody.
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.