Five things to do this weekend — January 14-17
Memphis Theater, 630 Perkins ext.
Opening on Friday January 14 at 7:30 p.m.
They say, “Take me to the ball game,” but never, “Take me to the theater.” And that might be a controversial opinion, but drama in baseball is lackluster compared to drama. Nine innings of watching grown men play catch is a real drag, but two to three acts of expertly written dialogue, compelling characters, and a lasting impression? Count on me. And yes, I know baseball is a good old American pastime, but a game like Our city, the latest production from Theater Memphis, is an American classic. Set at the turn of the 20th century, Pulitzer Prize-winning Thornton Wilder’s play explores small-town life in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, as the stage manager tells an immortal tale of love, marriage , family and death. And correct me if I’m wrong, but these literary themes can’t really be replicated on a baseball field, although baseball splatters do appear on Our cityis the scene.
Tickets can be purchased in line or by calling the box office at 901-682-8323. Performances will continue until January 30. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2:00 p.m. For a complete schedule of performances, visit Theater Memphis. website.
Plus, while you’re at the theater, you can check out the exhibition of paintings of local Memphis landmarks by Jane M. Croy.
Museum of Science and History, 3050 Central
Friday, January 14, 6:30-9 p.m.
I hope I haven’t lost you by bashing the American pastime of baseball, but this weekend MoSH is turning to another of America’s favorite pastimes that will lift your spirits – beer, beer and more beer. Additionally, MoSH’s beer science goes beyond simply providing a nice sample of the drink from a host of local breweries. With mini-lectures and beer-themed activities and games, they’ll impart sacred knowledge about the elixir that you can use and show off at your next beer-themed event.
Tickets ($50) can be purchased in line. Proceeds will go to fund MoSH education and awareness programs. Each guest will receive a commemorative 16 oz. glass, tasting card and plan of the event.
Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley
Saturday January 15, 1-2 p.m.
Are you more book-smart or street-smart? Well, this weekend at Elmwood Cemetery you can flex both your book and street smart muscles during this hugely popular indoor presentation that delves into the deep history of some of the busiest roads in this city. Tickets ($20) can be purchased in line.
Roman, 387 Perkins Ext.
Saturday January 15, 2 p.m.
A mummy has detached itself from the Pyramid. Three young children encounter a magical creature on the greenway. A traffic lady makes a deal with a demon. It looks like a crazy time, even for Memphis, and these are just the beginnings of just three of the 15 short stories from Malfunction junction: stops, starts, wrong turns and dead ends. The anthology, written by eight local authors, explores a range of genres, not just fantasy, and all stories are set in your favorite town of Memphis. This weekend, some of the backers will be at Novel for a panel and book signing.
National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry
Monday, January 17, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It’s a three-day weekend, but Monday is a time to remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For the day, the National Civil Rights Museum is hosting a hybrid celebration, with free admission to the museum. Customers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to support the South Central Food Bank and give blood to support Vitalant Blood Drive if they can. (Both organizations have experienced critical shortages during the pandemic, and anyone donating blood will receive a free pass for up to four people a day in 2022.) The museum will also offer voter education information, empowerment and registration as well as information on the COVID vaccine. Sign up for MLK Day tickets here.
The virtual celebration will include musical performances by musicians from Memphis, a special tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. King by educator and museum historian Ryan Jones as “DJ Thriller,” and a tribute to the word of Carin Malone aka Writeous Soul. The virtual event is free and can be viewed from 8:00 a.m. Register for the live stream link here.
Plus, at 10 a.m., kids can attend “King’s Day for the Small But Mighty,” where Dory Lerner will share ideas for kids and families to remember Dr. he taught around love, peace, and justice. Register here for the live stream link.