TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe
Starts Jan. 8. Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 31
Perhaps it's fitting that this performance premieres 126 years and one day after the fountain pen was patented by William B. Purvis in 1890. It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword and when dealing with a tumultuous past in rural Mississippi regarding race, gender, and class, a mighty weapon is indeed warranted. This thought provoking play by Evan Linder deals with complicated and complex issues for all of us who struggle with "empathy, honesty, and forgiveness."
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Dr.
Sat., Jan. 9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
I learned at a very young age that I had a peculiar—for lack of a better word—condition. I am not afraid of heights, but when I am very high up, perhaps a cliff or roof of a building, I feel as if something is pulling me over the edge. It is almost a struggle to not be pulled over the edge by this invisible force. I decided I would face this small problem by actually walking off a cliff via paragliding lessons. I went to the classes and the day came to go tandem with my instructor. And sure enough, I was able to safely give in to my struggle. It was a most wonderful day. But it was costly and my curiosity had led me to a one time event that I would never repeat. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to try something new without committing a lot of resources until you were sure it suited you? Of course it would. For this reason, A Day of Tasters might just be what you need to whet your appetite for a new hobby. Go try something.
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Memphis Cook Convention Center
Sat., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Looking for something "Elvisy"? Perhaps the Memphis Symphony Orchestra performing the love songs of Elvis is just your plate of bananas and peanut butter.
Backbeat Tours, corner of Second and Beale (inside Blues City Cafe)
Sun., Jan. 10, 1 p.m.
Should history be your cup of tea, learn about Memphis and Elvis at the same time with this musical tour.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar
Sun., Jan. 10, 2-5 p.m.
This screening of one of the world’s foremost art institutions portrayed as a brilliant work of art will be introduced by Dr. Stanton Thomas, Curator of European and Decorative Art. In Frederick Wiseman’s 39th documentary he listens raptly as a panoply of docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner; he visits with the museum’s restorers as they use magnifying glasses, tiny eye-droppers, scalpels, and Q-tips to repair an infinitesimal chip; he attends administrative meetings in which senior executives do (polite) battle with younger ones who want the museum to become less stodgy and more welcoming to a larger cross-section of the public. But most of all, Wiseman’s astute camera work allows us to experience the joy of spending time with the aforementioned masters as well as Vermeer and Caravaggio, Titian, and Velázquez, Pissarro and Rubens, and listen to the connoisseurs who discourse upon the aesthetic, historical, religious, and psychological underpinnings of these masterpieces.
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.