Native American hoop dancer Lyndon Alec will perform on Saturday at the Eagle Fest in Akabutla.
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Dr.
Thur.-Sun., Sept. 24-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., (Dinner and Auction) Sat. , Sept. 26, 5-8 p.m.
Repair Days is great! This is your once-a-year opportunity to fix that broken metal pot, jewelry, or metal anything. In fact, the Museum's website proudly states that they can fix anything but "cats, cars, and broken hearts." Maybe I can get the loose screw fixed in my head that everyone keeps complaining about.
More Than Words, 2123 West Street
Sat., Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
I want to bring this event to your attention because our lovely and talented author, epicurean guru, and media marketing maven, Joy Bateman, will be on hand at this gathering of local artists. This quaint little shop nestled in Old Germantown is full of unique gifts for the holidays. On Saturday, many of the artists and artisans will be available to talk to you about their craft. I know for a fact that Joy's Art of Dining books make great gifts and she will even sign them for you.Other artful events of interest this weekend include an artist reception for "lunITECTS Fifth Anniversary Exhibit" on Friday during the South Main Trolley Tour—this is also the Trolley Tour's 15th anniversary—and "No Brag, Pure Fact: The Art of Graceland Too" through Sunday as part of Gonerfest 12. Gonerfest is all about the punk music scene. Don't like punk? Perhaps the boogie woogie of Jerry Lee Lewis at his 80th Birthday Celebration on Beale or the groovy tunes by legendary performers at "Stars At the Shell Benefit Concert" are more in tune with your sonorous soul. In the performance art arena, try Beginnings on Saturday at Buckman Arts Center or Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play closing this weekend.
ANF Architects,1500 Union
Sat., Sept. 26, 5-9 p.m.
My first cat was a rescue. I was eight and walking back from the corner store with a bag of penny candy. While cutting through some apartments that were recently built in the path of my sugar run, I saw a white cat. She was emaciated and sad looking. She didn't run, but she was not interested in my candy and wouldn't let me pick her up. I ran home and grabbed the first thing I thought might be of interest to her—a scrumptious piece of bologna. She was right where I left her, very interested in the bologna, and followed me all the way home. We were besties for the rest of my childhood. Not only were we besties, I was at the birth of all of her kittens. Most of the kittens found homes, the ones left over, I simply kept. The ones I kept had babies and it just went on and on. I didn't know better then. They were outside cats and when my family moved to the unincorporated Shelby County they had acres to run and frolic. Nearby farmers came and got kittens when mousers were needed for barns. It seemed a good thing at the time. These days I realize that I may be single-handedly responsible for the Memphis and Shelby County cat overpopulation. Atoning for those transgressions, I am urging you to support the spaying and neutering of pets. A really fun way to show your support is by attending this gala.
Arkabutla Corp of Engineers Field Office, 3905 Arkabutla Dam Road, Arkabutla, MS
Sat., Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
This festival is designed as an initiative to begin the building process of the ARK, a 154 acre park. Walking trails are already in place with plans to build a nature center as a hub of activity for wildlife rehabilitation and education in wildlife management. Held in a natural and scenic setting, Eagle Fest will feature interactive exhibits teaching the fundamentals of caring for and enjoying nature and live educational animals including Lewis, the Bald Eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary. Another fun animal event is Rodeo of the Mid-South. There are all-in-one tickets available including parking and entry to the Mid-South Fair. Want less animal and more nature? This weekend is the Total Lunar Eclipse coinciding with a supermoon. The last time these two events occurred together leg warmers, parachute pants, and hair bands were all the rage in 1982. Because of the rarity of this event, Memphis Astronomical Society will be hosting a lunar watch out at Shelby Farms.
Memphis Farmers Market, Pavilion of Central Station, S. Front & G.E. Patterson
Sun., Sept. 27, 3-7 p.m.
It's not even October yet and the Oktoberfests have begun. My recommendation is to start downtown and zig zag your way through the city for all the food and drink fun Memphis has to offer. There are a lot of them. Start with Saint Francis of Assisi Oktoberfest and Uncle Murle's BBQ Sauce Signing on Friday. Saturday should begin with a hearty BreakFest901 and include LOCALpaloozah Memphis, Schweinehaus Oktoberfest, and Harvest Fest. Bring home the bacon on Sunday at The 2nd Annual Drake's Bacon & Beer Festival. You should be all finished by Thanksgiving.
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.