Photo by Gary Shelly
Jade Primicias and Sarah Borum of Tennessee Ballet Theater
Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 Cooper
Fri., May 27, 7 p.m.
Drop by for a performance by Tennessee Ballet Theater, the company's first annual spring show. Associated with Children's Ballet Theater, this contemporary dance performance is a fundraiser to help the company and school purchase a sprung floor for their studio location at the Racquet Club of Memphis. There will be an auction and art for sale too.
RiverArtsFest Poster Launch with Artist Ted Faiers
Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar
Fri., May 27, 5-7 p.m.
Don't wait for October to start celebrating the 2016 RiverArtsFest. This year's poster by Ted Faiers will be launched on Friday. Get the first peek.
Hattiloo Black Arts Fest in Overton Square
Sat., May 28, 12-3 p.m.
I have had the opportunity to meet some interesting people. One such person lived in New York back in in 70s and happened to live in an apartment by himself. When clubs had starving artist musical guests who needed a place to crash, they called him. Soon, he made friends with these musicians and created a career by booking acts. It was completely accidental. And by coincidence many of these bands became huge hits. Think Blondie crashing on your floor in the 70s—pre One Way or Another. One thing my friend told me was that when he saw an act perform, he knew instantly when they were something special. Back when Ekundayo Bandele was new to Memphis, I was fortunate enough to give him a tour of my neighborhood. I knew instantly when Bandele spotted Roxie’s in Uptown and said, “Oh, I love this place. It reminds me of my old neighborhood,” that he was something special. Visit Hattiloo’s Black Arts Fest for something special.
Fireworks Finale at 901Fest
Tom Lee Park
Sat., May 28, 3 p.m.
Ever heard of Knockerball? Me neither. But apparently it's a real sport. You can watch it here or participate at 901Fest. Memphis in May may not have Sunset Symphony this year but there will be new fun activities like Knockerball and tried and true activities like eating food from the 901 and fireworks. Check it out after the Great River Run.
Memphis in Memphis at Playhouse on the Square
Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 29
I was walking through New York shortly after Memphis won a Tony Award for best musical in 2010. It’s rather discombobulating to be in another city and run right dab smack into Memphis—big as life—in lights. But there I was on Broadway looking at just that. Memphis in lights. I started to get tickets. Instead, I just bought the t-shirt. I wanted to see Memphis in Memphis. Well, as you know, a performance came to Memphis at the Orpheum in 2011. And now it’s back. This weekend is your last chance to see Memphis in Memphis this go round. You may have seen it at the Orpheum. Check it out at Playhouse on the Square. You can never have too much Memphis.
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.