Memphis Hunt & Polo Club, 650 S. Shady Grove
Starts Oct. 22. Sundays, 12 p.m., Thursdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29 and Tue., Nov. 3, 6 p.m.
The year 1616 was a leap year, Roman Catholic theologians, the "Qualifiers," reported that the idea that the sun is stationary is "foolish and absurd," and William Shakespeare was interred into eternal rest. The Tennessee Shakespeare Company is celebrating one of those events—and it's not leap year or theology. In honor of Shakespeare, this weekend kicks off three weeks of dinner, drinks, and Shakespeare from page to stage. "What is past is prolog," said the formidable playwright. And his past is the prolog to this feast. You may also celebrate with the opening of Titus Andronicus, performed at Theatreworks through November 8 or the closing of Romeo and Juliet on Saturday performed by Ballet Memphis at Playhouse on the Square.
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry
Fri., Oct. 23, 6 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 24, 11 a.m.
If I said "pork, football, and beer," your answer would probably be, "yes, please." So, I say "yes, please" to this Garden event. Opening night has been dubbed Flick-or-Treat Movie Night featuring a trunk or treat for the kids and screening of Ghostbusters on a giant screen. On Friday, adults can get a treat at Tennessee Whiskey Festival in United Warehouse. On Saturday, more family fun at Lindenfest. Should you want to high-brow it, RiverArtsFest held in Historic South Main District will offer art, music, demonstrations, food, libations, and fun.
Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central
Fri., Oct. 23, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
There is a real live monster at Pink Palace this Friday—Doctor Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster. This frightful party is for adults only and benefits the museum. You know you want to go. Should you find yourself with little creatures, Saturday is bursting with fun family events for Halloween. Carve a pumpkin underwater at The Dive Shop, Trunk or Treat at St. Mary's, meet history at Elmwood's 10th Annual Costume Twilight Tour, or do the Monster Mash Dance Party at The Kroc. This Saturday is also the last Time Warp Drive-in of the season. They have named it Monsterama featuring screenings of your favorite scare films including Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Close out the weekend on Sunday at the Uptown Chili Cook-off and Pumpkin Decorating Contest for fun and prizes. It's right down the street from the closing festivities for the Bass Pro's Hunting & Wildlife Expo.
Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 60 N. Perkins Ext.
Sun., Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m.
My father once had an experience with a ghost as a child while living in Parchman, Mississippi. He lived there for a short while in a shotgun style house. The story is that he was sitting on his bed in his room. It was hot. The front door and the back door were open for ventilation. A nice breeze blew through the house. He heard footsteps and looked toward the front door. He could see his little brother playing on the floor in the next room. His brother seemed to have heard nothing and was playing undisturbed. The footsteps came toward him and he saw an indention on the bed next to him as if someone had sat down. But there was no one there. He then saw the bed indention disappear and heard the footsteps disappear through the back door. That was all there was to it. This staged reading by Jerry Dye reminds me of my father's ghost story. It is a coming of age ghost story as part of Buckman's dedication to creative programming. I do not know if it will be good or great or something else, but as the webste states, "expect the unexpected in these daring and provocative offerings."
Overton Park, off Poplar at Veterans Drive
Sun., Oct. 25, 3-5 p.m.
I wanted to end the weekend with something fun and poetic. Join the Poetry Society of Tennessee as they salute the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Dress as your favorite character. Bring some poems to read and a chair while celebrating Poe's belief that poetry is not a purpose, but a passion. There is a chance of rain this day, but not to fear, dreary may suit the dark poet best. Umbrellas may be in order, however.
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.