Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore
Fri., Jan. 29, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Get all-star parking and mega-star treatment at this Staxtacular event hosted by Vince Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies. Whether you are driving a 2016 Escalade or a 1971 Fleetwood, an attendant will park your car. Ditch the black tie and dress superfly. You will need those groove pants for dancing to the sounds of Garry Goin Band, Marcella and Her Lovers, and a special set from the Stax Music Academy. Global food, auctions, and open bars—including a coffee bar—will round out your evening. For the first year ever you can also get (w)Rec(ked) in a special game room compliments of the Rec Room. It all benefits the Soulsville Foundation.
Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry
Fri., Jan. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras might be next weekend, but you can try out that mask at this mystery artist event. Bid on artwork without the benefit of having the artist’s name revealed. You might just get a piece from someone famous or discover an artist whose work you didn’t even know you liked. Who doesn’t love a little mystery? And of course there will be eats and drinks to the tunes of Ian Shapiro. It all benefits the Botanic Garden’s environmental programming. I’ll see you there—incognito.
The Orpheum, 203 S. Main
Fri., Jan. 29, 7:30-10 p.m.
Turn up the tribble—I mean treble—at this inter-galaxy Ultimate Voyage for five decades of Star Trek. Trekkies will enjoy this lavish production of music by the symphony orchestra and international solo instruments. Beam me up, Scottie, the life forms are Starfleet friendly.
Sharpe Planetarium, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central
Sat., Jan. 30, 10 a.m.
The long awaited opening of the planetarium is finally here. What better place to go after the Ultimate Voyage concert at the Orpheum on Friday than a place where you can go on an exploration of the galaxy. Drop by for the opening dedication featuring some star Memphians and stay for the new audio-visual productions including “Astronaut,” "Firefall," “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” and some Seasonal Stargazing. You’ll love it to the moon and back.
Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar
Sat., Jan. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
I was a chef at an early age. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to make my father pies. These were not your traditional pies, mind you. I was what you might call an experimental chef. One of my favorites was the hot dog-Rice Crispy-black pepper-chocolate pie. I presented the concoction to my father and sat staring intently to see how he liked it. Suddenly my mother distracted me and when I turned back around, he had eaten all of it—but wait a minute—was that some of my pie I saw in the sink? I started to think he hadn’t eaten it at all, but had actually dumped it down the drain when my back was turned. But he assured me he ate every last bite and it was quite yummy. You know where else you can find yummy, chocolatey concoctions? The Oak Court Mall on Saturday. Don’t worry, though, I don’t think they used any of my old recipes. Their stuff is actually quite edible. And it benefits the Kidney Foundation.
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.