Happy Friday, Memphis! Here's this weekend's shortlist of five fun things to do around the city:
The Tennessee Shakespeare Company is taking a break from the Bard this holiday season and presenting performances of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" and O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" at the Dixon. The family friendly performances include readings of Mark Twain and "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and a holiday song sing-a-long. If you're going, check this list of performance times to see which show is playing when.
B-double-e-double-r-U-N! Beer Run! Yazoo is hosting a Saturday morning fun run that's "barely a 4k". Registration is $15, but you get a t-shirt and two drinks provided by Yazoo Brewing. You must be 21 or older (with ID) to run, and the run is at your own risk – streets aren't being shut down, but you will be running in numbers on a route through South Main and the downtown core.
Get into the giving spirit at the first annual MIFA Food Grind. Skatelife Memphis, Cheapskates skate shop and various local organizations are teaming up for a big food drive. The food drive lasts all week, but on Saturday, you can bring your canned goods to Tobey park for their kick-off skate party. If you can't make it Saturday, you can donate your non-perishables at Cheapskates, the Greenlaw Community Center, Blues City Skates, Mid-Town Bikes and Advent Church.
If you're in the mood for holiday tunes, head to GPAC for the Germantown Symphony's annual holiday concert. The symphony will perform holiday standards with the Germantown Chorus (don't worry – there is an audience sing-a-long). The family-friendly show has sold out for the past few years, so buy tickets in advance or get there early.
Shangri-La Records' Christmas party is way better than your usual workplace throwdown. It's open to the public, the Magic Kids and Fraysia are playing, and DJ / Shangri-La clerk Buck Wilders will be playing tunes. It's only $5, and the show is 18 and up.
If none of these events butter your biscuit, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. No matter what you do this weekend, I hope you have a fantastic time and take tons of pictures.