Five things to do this weekend — March 11-13
Memphis Theater, 630 Perkins ext.
Performances until March 27
Nothing better than starting Friday night with a hot little gossip, and my God, La Cage aux Folles is ready with some draaaama. I set the scene: Georges and Albin have been together for years, living together, running a nightclub where Albin is the star, and raising a son. Now, this grown-up son is coming home to a brand new fiancée and his parents, but the scandal: these soon-to-be in-laws aren’t exactly drag-club type; in fact, they are quite the opposite. And Georges and Albin’s solution to this dilemma is unorthodox to say the least. While it’s not impossible for me to explain what’s going on, it’s best if you see it for yourself at the Memphis Theater. (Fun fact: If this story sounds familiar, you’ve probably seen The bird cage with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams, which is derived from the same story as this musical.)
The Memphis Theater production of La Cage aux Folles continues through March 27, with performances Thursday through Sunday. All evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets ($35) can be purchased online.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore
Friday March 11, 6-8 p.m.
When you’re not at The cage‘s club, you have to stop by Memphis’ newest nightclub at Stax, where his new exhibit has transformed gallery space. The exhibit, “Love in the Club,” features Michael Abramson’s photos of Chicago’s underground nightlife in the 1970s, and the images and people in it are absolutely stunning. For this free opening reception, Stax will spin music from DJ Bizzle Bluebland along with food and beer.
If you can’t get enough of Stax or the fascinating culture of Chicago on Friday, you’re in luck because on Saturday from 2-4 p.m., author and DJ Ayana Contreras will be giving a talk and hosting a book signing for her. The Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago. More information about the book and the author can be found here.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar
Saturday March 12, 10am-1pm
Get chalked up this weekend because you’re sure to have a great time at Brooks’ annual event, where you and your family can turn Brooks Plaza into the most colorful and collaborative canvas. Bring your own chalk or buy some for $5 and let your creativity run free for your next masterpiece. Of course, if you need inspiration, you can visit the galleries or take a look at local artists Craig Thompson, Sam Reeves Hill and Somijah Archer as they create chalk versions of works in the collection. Brooks.
Between masterpieces, you can dance to Lucky 7 Brass Band and DJ Siphne Aaye and enjoy Mempops, Voodoo Cafe and El Mero Taco.
Saturday March 12, 3 p.m.
Get ready to shamrock and roll at Memphis’ favorite St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where you can witness the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Memphis Fire Department, Shriners, Memphis Redbirds, the Bluff City Mafia and the senior female dance quad, the Sassy Seniors. The parade starts rolling at 3:00 p.m., and the Raising of the Goat is at 5:00 p.m. at Silky O’Sullivan’s.
As for St. Patrick’s Day itself, on Thursday, March 17, the goat will be up again at 5 p.m. before the blessing of the casks in Handy Park half an hour later, and a pub crawl of Beale Street begins at 6 p.m. h.
Tiger Lane, 450 Maxwell Start
Sunday March 13, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
With all these exciting events happening this weekend, you’re bound to need to fuel up, and there’s no better place than the Soulful Food Truck Festival. With over 30 food trucks, you’re sure to be satisfied, and as you fill your belly, you can browse and shop from over 70 vendors. (For more information on vendors and food trucks, check out the festival’s Facebook page.) And of course, there will be live music, featuring Stefanie Bolton, Carmen Hicks and Courtney Little, as well as a Kids Zone with games.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 online or for $15 at the door. Free admission for children 5 and under; children 6-12 can pay $5 at the door.
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