Artist reception for "Vintagia!"
Jana Wilson uses found objects to create vintage artwork.
Found Studio, 2491 Broad
Fri., July 1, 6-8 p.m.
There is always that one house in every neighborhood. It might be thought to be haunted or scary or maybe it’s just inhabited by some person that the kids in the neighborhood have deemed strange for one reason or another. We had that house in our neighborhood when I was growing up. Every kid was simultaneously repelled and drawn to it. It was a nondescript single story brick house at the end of the block. Someone would move in and then shortly be mysteriously gone. Naturally we thought it was haunted and the house had driven them away. What other possible explanation could there be? Eventually, the house remained empty for some time and started to deteriorate. Houses get angry when left alone. We avoided the house for some time because it had become mighty angry. The mystery was too strong and one day we decided to do the unthinkable—investigate. We discovered a hole in the roof and somehow climbed up on the roof and jumped through into the house. This took quite a bit of courage because we imagined the bones of children lying about and monsters hiding in dark corners to add ours to the pile. The carpet was soggy and it smelled like mildew (breeding ground for monsters, no doubt). We imagined noises, got spooked, and unbolted the door to flee when I spotted the most magnificent old switch plate by the door. I summoned my courage and came back later with a screwdriver for a souvenir of our exploits. Somehow I managed to avoid the monsters. Though the lack of bones suggested there were none, I was convinced they were there. It was my first vintage found object nonetheless. I am not sure how Jana Wilson came by hers, but this clever artist has used her vintage found objects to create some interesting art. During the First Fridays on Broad event, make your way to Found Studio and check it out. Should you find yourself in Downtown Memphis, there is also an art opening for “Neighbors” on Friday with a gallery talk by San Diego artist J. Raymond Mireles on Saturday at Circuitous Succession Gallery on South Main. Mireles neighbors seem quite friendly.
Scenes of the Dinosaurs at Memphis Pink Palace Museum
Eye spy an Albertosaurus.
Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central
July 2-Oct. 2
Kids are out of school for the summer. Good thing the Pink Palace exhibition, Scenes of the Dinosaurs, opens this Saturday. The CTI 3D Giant Theatre will be showing Jurassic World through July with a special showing on July 4th. Be sure to catch the other films offered, including Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean which opened last weekend.
Oliver! closing weekend at Theatre Memphis
Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Through July 3
Oliver! will Brexit stage left after this weekend. It is also closing weekend for The Grapes of Wrath at Germantown Community Theatre. Go see them before they are gone and you are begging for more—please, sir.
Bluff City Disc Golf Classic
Overton Park Golf Shack, 2080 Poplar
Sat., July 2
A little birdie told me this tournament benefits the upkeep of local courses. I can putt in some support for that. Your eagle eye might just land you on a team. Par for the course, this is getting a little punny.
Photo by Flickr User The U.S. Army
Salute Local Heroes in Overton Square
Overton Square, Midtown
Sat., July 2, 5:30 p.m.
Get ready for America’s birthday on Monday by celebrating this weekend at some fun areawide events including a salute to local heroes in Overton Square. Millington will be having their Flag City Freedom Celebration and The Fitz in Tunica will be having Fireworks Spectaculars. Check our calendar for a full list of Fourth of July local celebrations.
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 #memphismagazine hashtag. I hope you have a great weekend.