Yellow Jack visits the Woodruff-Fontaine House
Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams
Fri., Aug. 5, 5-8 p.m.
Residents of this French Victorian built in 1870 are shuttering up the mansion. Yellow Fever is coming! 1878 Yellow Fever victims will be mourned and recounted. Martyrs will be remembered. All three floors will be open for after hour tours and light refreshments to cool the fever will be served.
Photo courtesy of L. Ross Gallery
L. Ross Gallery, "One in a Million"
Celebrate upcoming Elvis Week with music and art.
L Ross Gallery, 5040 Sanderlin
Fri., Aug. 5, 6-9 p.m.
There are some phenomenal art happenings this weekend. I hope you can fit more than one into your weekend. With Elvis Week just a few days away, It’s Now or Never to get your pre-Presley fix. L. Ross Gallery will feature all things Elvis including Elvis inspired contemporary southern artists, music by Memphis’ DJ Leroy, and an open invitation to tribute artists. If you are a purist and prefer to celebrate during Elvis Week proper, consider an annual favorite, Opening reception for "Price is Right” at David Lusk Gallery or Gallery Talk for “Fish" at Crosstown Arts. The Caritas Village takes you street level with an Artist reception for "Street Scenes.” Memphis/Germantown Art League 40th Anniversary Showcase and Sale at WKNO Gallery 1091 will offer many works by multiple artists under one roof.
CRU screening at Baobab Filmhouse
New Memphis theater celebrates cinematic work of Black filmmakers.
Baobab Filmhouse, 652 Marshall
Starts Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Aug. 5-28
There is a new movie theater in town. The smaller venue with 42 seats is dedicated to providing the opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic groups to share and promote authentic stories. The curious name of the theater is derived from the baobab tree, a symbol of life and positivity that grows wild in 32 countries across the African continent. It is at the heart of many traditional remedies and folklore and can have a lifespan of up to 5,000 years, said to have emerged from the acacia tree of Iusaaset, which the Ancient Egyptians considered the tree of life. Want to watch a live performance? See Fame, a high-energy take on the classic musical performed by the kids from Soulesville USA at LeMoyne-Owen College.
Midnight Classic Bike Tour and Lunar Festival
Tiger Lane lights up the night for end of summer fun.
Tiger Lane, 335 South Hollywood
Sat., Aug. 6, 8 p.m. & 3 a.m.
School is almost in session. Celebrate the last days of freedom at this family friendly festival that culminates in a lunar bike tour. I wonder if they will be serving Moonpies. Carbs and sugar should be just the thing to stay up for the late night fun. Another lunar fun time with the family is Park + Pajamas, an overnight campout at Shelby Farms. Too late for the younger ones? Light up your weekend with Firefly Glow Party at Memphis Botanic Garden. I hear it gets glowing reviews.
Photo by Flickr user TheArches
Memphis Pet Expo, Agricenter International
Bring (or adopt) a four-legged friend for fun and games.
Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove
Sat., Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Spend some time with your four-legged baby at this dog friendly Pet Expo. For those with two-legged babies, consider Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Baby Expo. Either way, we've got your baby covered.
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.