Happy Halloween weekend, Memphis! Put on your costume and check out one of these five Memphis events:
Don't be sad because it's a little bit cold – it's just going to make Art on Fire even better (because, really, who wants to stand around a bonfire when it's 80 degrees). Tickets to the outdoor event include food, drinks, a bonfire, live music, and an auction. Here's the best part: I have two tickets to give away. And, we have a winner: Congratulations to Becky – she was the winner of the tickets. Thanks to everyone who played.
Playback Memphis doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's a big deal. Playback's professional adult improvisational ensemble is less Wiseguys, more Moth Story Slam. Members of the audience are invited to share their stories, then the company tells them through acting and music. It's funny and heartbreaking and completely true. There are two shows this weekend, and tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for everyone else.
Whether you're a serious record collector or just want to eyeball a ton of Memphis music paraphanalia, you shoudl check out the Shangri-la fall record swap and garage sale on Saturday. They're starting at 9 a.m. with the garage sale (which contains all of the contents of their actual garage), then record swapping all day (it's $10 to set up a table). There will be live music, of course.
Dia de los Muertos isn't Mexican Halloween – it's a celebration honoring the souls of those that came before us. This weekend, the Day of the Dead will be celebrated with family-friendly dancing, mariachi, hands-on art and workshops at the Brooks on Saturday. On Sunday, you can see ofrendas (altars) at the University of Memphis art museum (and yes, there will be more mariachi).
There were too many awesome Halloween events to list here, so I've compiled them all in another post. There are haunted houses, Halloween-themed burlesque, corn mazes, gigantic costume parties and more. Have fun, be careful and save some candy for the rest of us.
If none of these events are your thing, there are tons (seriously) more on the calendar. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a great time and come back and tell me about it on Monday.