Germantown Community Theatre, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 14
It is officially the month of love. Performances abound to tantalize your libido. For those old fashioned lovers, Love Letters will ignite the flames. And I am highlighting this performance because there will be a special program on February 14. Should your love be of the darker sort, perhaps The Other Place being performed at Circuit Playhouse, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. through Feb. 21 is more to your liking. And for you happy-go-lucky sorts as well as those who travel the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, American Idiot is being performed at Playhouse on the Square to the music of Green Day on Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. through Feb. 14.
National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry
Fri., Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m.
This is not only a month for love, but also one celebrating the history of a people. A history as full of struggle as it is of triumph. A dramatization set to music will be held highlighting the story of Frederick Douglass, the American slave who escaped to freedom and became one of the most prominent abolitionists of his day. Following the performance will be a discussion including a Q&A.
Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar
Sat., Feb. 6, 7-10 p.m.
The funny thing about one's heart is that it never changes. From first grade, when you write out those Valentine's to every student to adulthood when you try to play it cool, the offering that matters—the one to your love interest—is the one that counts. Unfortunately, our hearts work furiously not to be broken. And we admire, often, from afar. Covertly. In secret. Well, here is a thought—show that love interest just how much you care for him or her. Works of Heart can help you out with over 100 works created by leading artists. I can't fathom it, but if you should not find the perfect arrow to pierce your intended's heart, there are a plethora of events with gift ideas throughout the city. Does your love interest like plants, try the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale at the Botanic Gardens or "Winter Wonderlands" featuring living art terrariums by Nancy Morrow at The Annesdale Park Gallery. Are animals the way to your lover's heart? The opening reception for "Trophies Through the Lens: African Wildlife Safari" offers heart rendering photographs of exotic animals and the proceeds benefit endangered animals. Need more art? Try the opening reception for "Tennessee Craft: SouthWest Show," opening reception for "Hearts & Flowers,” and Metal Museum's Champagne Sunday. If you can't find something somewhere this weekend, perhaps your heart can not be satiated.
Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front
Sat., Feb. 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Heat up with some chili and cool down with a plunge at this family friendly event benefiting Special Olympics. Hot and cold too much for you? Satisfy your sweet tooth in Tunica at Fitzgerald's Sweets, Treats, and Chocolates Showcase. Speaking of food events, celebrate Mardi Gras at Bumpus Harley Davidson Collierville with Mardi Gras for ALS or enjoy a more latino themed Mardi Gras at Cirque du CMOM benefiting the Museum. And I would be remiss if I didn't address the pigskin in the room with Sunday's Super Bowl 50 Party featuring beer and eats.
Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin
A different kind of love is in the air beginning this weekend. And it's the 40th anniversary of grand slam events at the Memphis Open. Events for kids as well as adults will keep you on your toes. Check out the website for events throughout the city that will be a hit for you.
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.