The Orpheum, 203 S. Main
A Gentleman's Guide To Love & Murder
I doubt there is anyone in this city who doesn’t know the ubiquitous Jeff Frisby. My goodness, the dapper dresser has been voted best server in Memphis multiple times. He has probably served you at one point or another in his overwhelmingly gracious manner. Well, I ran into him after the opening production of this show. What was he wearing? He was sporting Ferragamo shoes and belt, stylish winter scarf, starched shirt. and salacious jeans—of course. But I digress. I got a quote about this show from him. “That was the cutest show I’ve ever seen. Really, really, really cute.” So there you have it folks. Take your funny Valentine to A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder. Frisby said so. Should you prefer a professional's view, our own Chris Davis gives his gentlemanly thoughts on the show here.
The Annesdale Park Gallery, 1290 Peabody
Fri., Feb. 12, 6 p.m.
Love is an art. Take your honey to Annesdale Park Gallery for this opening and you can also show your love for your community. Our good friend Ken Hall has curated this showing of photographs from which a portion of the proceeds benefit Church Health Center. Don't stop there, there are some fun artist receptions all about the town. Lift your love to new heights at ANF Architects with "Buoyancy and Balance” or draw your love near at David Lusk Gallery with "Works On Paper."
TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe
Fri., Feb. 12, 7-10 p.m., Sat., Feb. 13, 7-10 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 14, 2-5 & 7-10 p.m.
Here's an novel idea. Why not combine the love of Valentine's Day and the recognition of Black History Month this weekend. You can do this by enjoying Celeste Bedford Walker's work of love focusing on the African American experience. Walker presents a fast paced comedic drama about the unique bond between four siblings of mixed heritage. And dinner will be served. Another offering about heritage is River City by TheatreSouth. On Friday the troupe will perform a new play about identity, history, race, and our deep desire to know where and who we come from by Diana Grisanti. Seasoned artist Mosal Morszart has an exhibition of works at FireHouse Community Arts Center in celebration of Black History Month. For a little something off the beaten path, help the Burkle Estate, also known as Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, celebrate 160 years with readings from first-hand accounts of former slaves.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar
Sat., Feb. 13, 6-9 p.m.
As a youngster I was obsessed with the Disney's animated film, The Aristocats. When Thomas O'Malley, Scat Cat, Duchess, and Marie broke into that swinging beat for the song Everybody Wants To Be A Cat, I couldn't help but caterwaul right along. I wasn't the only cool cat in my house. I suppose I played that record so much that on any given day my dad could be found walking throughout the house singing, "Because a cat's the only cat who knows where it's at." And when no one was looking, he sang it like a hep cat. So if you love cats—or know someone who loves cats—treat them to this fat cat event. You will enjoy feline and canine inspired art-making activities, music, heartbreak songs by Bryan Hartley, psychic readings with Kristeanna, cash bar, and three screenings of the Internet Cat Videos. Then on Sunday, follow up with the Short Films: Internet Cat Video Festival and see who won this year’s Golden Kitty Award by pawpular vote.
Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, 3663 Appling
Sat., Feb. 13, 8 p.m.
"I didn't like the show, but then I saw it under adverse conditions—the curtain was up." That's exactly the kind of humor you can expect from Frank Ferrante who portrays the legendary comedian best known for his quick witted one-liners, Groucho Marx. Should you leave the theatre saying, "Ive had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it," you'll know you had a perfectly wonderful evening.
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.