Pan's Labyrinth plays at Halloran Centre
The Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main
Fri., July 8, 7-10:15 p.m.
This captivating piece of cinema takes place in 1944 Spain, five years after the Spanish Civil War. Be transported to a world of imagination with Ofelia, a bookish young girl escaping the reality of her pregnant mother’s illness and her stepfather, a sadistic army officer. The director, Guillermo del Toro, received a 20 minute ovation at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival where the film was first viewed. This piece of art beautifully resonates with anyone who has relied upon the unconscious when human resources are unavailable to cope with the unimaginable. In an imperfect world, this equates to most of us. Come early for pre-movie activities and drink specials in the lobby and prepare to be amazed.
Photo by Natalie Henderson
Gotham Nights Variety Show
Jugglers, aerialists, and light spinners will amaze at Minglewood Hall.
Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison
Fri., July 8, 7 p.m.
Holy human high-wire haberdashery, Memphis! Calling all super heroes of all ages to thwart the crime of summer boredom as favorite Batman characters from Gotham City put on an evening of thrilling performances. Local cirque style troupe, Nava Sanctum, flies through the air, juggles dastardly objects, and tremendously tumbles—all for your amazement. Make your city boredom free this Friday. For more high-flying antics, Cirque du Soleil Ovo is performing at FedEx Forum and EZURU: A Theatrical Circus Sensation is performing at Gold Strike Casino.
George Lopez brings the laughs to Horseshoe Casino
Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, near Tunica, MS
Fri., July 8, 8 p.m.
George Lopez is one of my favorites. Especially because my BFF of 25 years is Mexican-American. I completely understand how muy loco hysterical this culture can be. For about 15 years my BFF told me she was Italian. Though she had told me that her mother was from Mexico and her father was from Mexico, I thought perhaps there was some Italian blood mixed in her genetic party bag. Finally I couldn’t stand it anymore and I asked her where the Italian came into play if her mother and father were indeed from Mexico. She revealed the truth. It was a year later that she told me she lied about her age too. She always told me she was 6 months younger than I am. Truth is, she is six months older than me. The lies kept unraveling. At one point, I had to ask, “Who ARE you?” And in this culture, critique is not only given by the friend, but the mother of the friend as well. It’s a mother’s right if you have seen Lopez’s T.V, sit-com. I know his mother. She is the mother of my BFF who always tells my BFF, in Spanish, “Julie is so pretty—when she dresses up.” My BFF sent me a box of clothes for my birthday last year. I never said being friends with someone of this heritage doesn’t have it’s perks. Get some laughs with Lopez as he examines race and ethnic relations, including Mexican American culture.
The Lobster & The Crab by Ruby O'Gray opens Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis
Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper
Fri., July 8, 10-11 a.m. and Sat., July 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis is being played out at Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square this year. Founder of this festival in it's fourth year, Ruby O'Gray, wrote this opening play. The festival will be a week-long celebration featuring performances, workshops, and The Gyneka Awards honoring women in Theater. Click here for the festival schedule.
Artists' Link opening reception at Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry
Sun., July 10, 4-6 p.m.
Put a serene finishing touch on your weekend with this group show of Artists' Link work. Artists' Link was formed in 1989 to serve as a resource and support group for Memphis Area visual artists and as a link between artists and the community. An event is held every year to support the Memphis art community. Come see art at work.
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 #memphismagazine hashtag. I hope you have a great weekend.