Tom Lee Park
Fri.-Sun., May 1-3
My first concert was in the ’70s at the Mid-South Coliseum. I gladly saved my allowance to spend the $10 or so to see my one true love, Donny Osmond, sing Puppy Love to me (and thousands of other pre-teens). Later in the ’70s, I realized my one true love was actually Peter Frampton and I again saved my allowance for the $12 or so to hear his guitar sing to me (and thousands of other teens). It wasn’t until the ’80s that I figured out my one true love was not really Donny or Peter, but Rod Stewart. Oh, how could I have been so wrong? Nevertheless, I worked extra hours to save up the $20 for nosebleed, behind-the-stage tickets to see Rod sing just to me (and thousands of other young adults). Now, of course, I know my one true love is Lenny Kravitz — or maybe John Fogerty. Oh rats, it might even be Cage the Elephant or Kenny Wayne Shepherd (and band). At any rate, $40 a day to see my one true loves seems like a bargain. I’ll see you there!
Church of the Holy Communion, 4645 Walnut Grove
Fri.-Sun., May 1-3
It seems this is a first-time festival and immediately piqued my curiosity as an alternative to the hustle, bustle, and noise of the Beale Street Music Festival. When traveling abroad, one of the first places I visit is usually a church. In Paris it was Notre Dame de Paris, in Venice it was St. Mark’s Basilica, in Bethlehem it was the Church of the Nativity, and in Mexico City I meandered the streets visiting various churches of all sizes that were hundreds of years old. Churches — especially old churches — are full of art and history. Art and history happen to be two of my favorite subjects. While our religious history in the United States is clearly very young compared to Europe, this could be the start of something very interesting. I plan to find out.
Sat., May 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Memphis seem to be always in the shadow of the Beale Street Music Festival. But on Saturday, a trip to Overton Park before heading down to Tom Lee Park might be a family-friendly treat. Salsa tasting contests, a live mariachi band, Latin food, and arts and crafts are a recipe for fun this weekend. This will also be a great segue to the first-ever Margarita Festival happening in June. Keep an eye out for it.
Hi-Tone, 412 N. Cleveland
Sun., May 3, 8:15 p.m.
Maya Angelou said, “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” So I will see all you trustworthy folk at the Hi-Tone this Sunday. If you prefer a Friday l augh, Matt Ruby will be performing at The Brass Door.
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Dr.
Sun., May 3, noon-5 p.m.
The one day of the year you best not forget is Mother’s Day. It’s coming up soon on May 10. Champagne Sunday is the perfect opportunity to drink champagne while finding the perfect gift for Mom in a picturesque setting. Or make it a day with Mom while the “Adorning the Table” show is at the store gallery.
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.