Happy Thursday! It's time to start planning your Valentine weekend in Memphis if you haven't already. If you are still pulling your plans together, chances are you are Valentining solo, or soon will be if you forgot to plan ahead. Not to worry. Whatever your relationship status, here are a few suggestions to make this a memorable weekend.
Opening reception for "The Collective" ANF Architects, 1500 Union Fri., Feb. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Let's face it, Valentine's is for the ladies. Why not spend it with 10 of them? Artists Jimpsie Ayers, Valerie Berlin Edwards, Anne Davey, Carol De-Forest, Gwen English, Mary Norman, Peggy McKnight, Jeanne Seagle , Carol Sams Schreiber, and Lisa Tribo came together eight years ago to form a group that meets more or less monthly. Their careers and lives have been enriched and enhanced through their association with each other. The invitation is now extended to you, for one night only, celebrating friendship and the artwork as a result.
Mavis Staples Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m. After leaving the opening of "The Collective," do yourself a favor and go see Staples. Bring someone with you. Wake up Valentine's morning with the surplus of rhythm, blues, soul, funk, gospel, and jazz swirling in your head.
Member Opening: "This Light of Ours" Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Fri., Feb. 13. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Because I am always thinking of you, I make this suggestion. Being a members-only event, this is a perfect opportunity (if you are not already a member) to get a membership and attend the opening which will feature a performance by Ballet Memphis and refreshments. You are now poised and ready to pounce on a members-only ticket price for the "Must Love Cats" Party and Film Festival on Sat., Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m. You are welcome.
Winter Plant Sale Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Fri.-Sat., Feb. 13-14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Flowers and chocolates are a winning combination. Here is my advice to make them work to your advantage. Attend the first day of the plant sale. At some point in the day, cross Park Avenue to The Dixon Gallery and Gardens for "Fall Back in Love with the Dixon." This is special programming for Valentine's week centered around the permanent collection returning from Tampa Museum. You will now be hungry. Grab a bite of food. You have two hours, so take your time. Now, go back to the Memphis Botanic Gardens and have dessert at the Whisky, Wine, and Chocolate Pairing, Fri., Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m. And if you miss the Whiskey, Wine, and Chocolate Pairing, not to fret. Sweets, Treats, and Chocolate Showcase will be held at Fitzgerald's Casino and Hotel, Sun., Feb. 15,3-6 p.m. What's that? Why, yes, daisies and dark chocolate are my favorites.
Hoodoo Love Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper Through Feb. 15 Closing weekend and last chance to see this production about a lovely young woman who hexes her lover after being laughed at by him for having dreams of singing the Blues. As with most tales of love, she does not get exactly what she wants. The production is for mature audiences only.
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 #memphismagazine. I hope you have a great weekend.