Happy Thursday! Shake those winter blues and assemble a fantasy weekend. It might be “chili” outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t roll with it.
ArtsMemphis, 575 S. Mendenhall
Fri., Jan. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
What do you call an artist without a girlfriend/boyfriend? Homeless. Old joke, but artists have a stigma—a reputation, if you will—for being so creative that fitting into social norms and working within boundaries is just is not a priority. This exhibition is a result of 14 artists working together over the course of one month to create seven original works on canvas. I am sure they can do it. I have faith. But just in case, this could be interesting.
Things To Do
Children's Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central
Sat., Jan. 23, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Perhaps you have heard of Frozen? Should this be just another word describing ice, you do not know any children and should just stop reading now before it’s too late. Move on the the next calendar item and be very stealth about it. For the rest of us, children adore Elsa, the princess with magic. I went to one of these teas with my nieces last year. There were eight thousand girls running around dressed as Elsa. Do you know how many Anna princesses there were? Zero. The powers that be at the Children’s Museum of Memphis know this. By popular demand, Elsa will perform for your little princess or prince and pose for pictures. There will be noshing on cakes and tea as well as a craft. It will be fun. If not, just Let It Go. Another fun activity for families on Saturday is the Backbeat Tours Annual Family Day. For just $9, the whole family can enjoy a musical Memphis tour. You won’t be walking in Memphis, they have a comfy bus, but you may hear the song.
Garibaldi's Pizza, 3530 Walker Ave
Sat., Jan. 23, 2 p.m.
In an effort to get more exercise, my bestie and I took up roller blading a few or 20 years back. The challenge was that there was a corner bar that had an Adams Family pinball machine just two blocks from our starting point. Our routine became roller blading two blocks, ordering Bloody Mary’s, and playing pinball for three hours. We admitted to nothing and reveled in the accolades thrown our way for sticking to our exercise routine. I’m not sure I’m good enough to play in a tournament without a few tomato based drinks, but for all you Pinball Wizards out there, this is the event for you. And while those balls are rolling, the first roller derby match of 2016 will have the ladies and gentlemen rolling in a Girl Band versus Boy Band match. Rolling right along,
Rollin' Grizzlies Blues City Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will also be held Saturday as well as Sunday at MAM Grizzlies Center. Best of all, if we get the snowstorm of the century this week, all these fine sporting event will be held in the cozy atmosphere of the great indoors.
High Point Pub, 477 High Point Terrace
Sun., Jan. 24
What’s better than chili when it’s chilly? Watching the game with a beer and a chance to have your winning chili entered in the Polar Bear Plunge chili contest, that’s what. It all happens on Sunday. Those getting ready for Mardi Gras can partake in the TEP Gumbo Contest also held on Sunday, at Bridges. This annual competition consists of gumbo from 16 teams, Memphis craft beer, jazz from the Hot Memphis 4, and awards for best gumbo and local Champions of Equality.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar
Sat., Jan. 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris follows the adventures of Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming, whose devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe and into British tabloids. No one ever admits to reading tabloids, but someone’s buying them. See the film.
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.