In 1964 Johnie Hryhorchuk helped build the Roundhouse for revival.
Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper
Thursdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through May 24
This is closing weekend for a staged performance with overtones of civil rights, bigotry, and intolerance. But it’s not your usual story of these issues rooted in the South’s past. The over-the-top personalities present a caricature of ourselves that requires just as much laughter as lamenting. For a more sobering view on civil rights issues the film Witnessed: The Assassination of Malcolm X will be shown at the National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday followed by a conversation with Zaheer Ali, a project manager of the Malcolm X Project at Columbia University.
Kinky Boots will be performed at The Orpheum Thursday through Sunday. The outlandish production revolves around a struggling shoe factory owner and Lola who saves the day with stilettos. And really, when do stilettos not save the day?
For a family-friendly good time, bring the kids to The Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival on Friday and Saturday at Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway. Bring a picnic, watch the clowns and jugglers, participate in hands-on activities, and enjoy theater.
The weekend offers something for everyone.
Tom Lee Park off Riverside Dr.
Sat., May 23, 2 p.m.
Memphis In May is billing this event as the grand finale. Can I just say that I am already feeling a bit nostalgic? Walking uphill — both ways — with picnic in hand to see our great symphony play as the sun set over the mighty Mississippi. Yes, those are the stories I will be telling in a few years. Alas.
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar
Fri., May 22, and Sat., May 23, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Most of my childhood allowance was spent on reading material: comic books, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., and the like. Kindles were yet to exist so that books and magazines were all the rage, much like the Memphis Flyer and Memphis magazine are highly sought publications in the market today. Nonetheless, I have saved my allowance this year and am ready for this book sale benefiting our local libraries. Being that most books will be $2 or less, my dollar-a-week allowance will go far. Happy reading.
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Dr.
Sat., May 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Any reason is a good reason to go to the Metal Museum. On Saturday there is an added bonus. Those wonderful blacksmiths have their own nationally recognized day and are so excited that they are giving us free admission and demonstrations all day long. Let the sparks fly.
Overton Square, Midtown
Thurs.- Sat., May 21-23, 5-11 p.m.
There are two events this weekend that are a part of Memphis’ recent past. They are the anniversary of Overton Square, recently revived, and Roundhouse Revival with the hopes to revive the Mid-South Coliseum. In true Memphis fashion the revived recent past receives three days of celebration. And I doubt there has been such a party in the Square since the celebration of the legalization of liquor in Tennessee by the drink back in 1969. Truly, a good party knows what to celebrate. With so much of our history revived, the efforts to keep the Coliseum an active part of the Memphis landscape has received quite a bit of attention. You can show your support this Saturday at a fun event featuring local beer, food trucks, guided tour, roller derby, and more. The “more” includes Jerry “The King” Lawler and Bill Dundee, two wrestling superstars who entertained Memphians at the Coliseum for many years. Let’s get ready to rumble.
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.