Happy Friday! Here's a guide to five can't-miss events in Memphis this weekend:
Jookin is a Memphis art form, and tonight, female dancers from all over the city will compete at the Center for Southern Folklore to determine who's got the best moves.
Strap on a harness and climb 1400 feet of indoor rock wall at the Bridges center. Fifteen dollars gets you unlimited climbing (and the support of experienced belayers). Tonight, you can also try out the indoor ropes course that's suspended 30 feet in the air ($10). They've got free wifi and snacks available for purchase.
Hattiloo Theatre's urban take on "A Christmas Carol" returns this year for a month of performances. Watch as Eb Scroo sets out on a mission to collect all that's owed to him on Christmas Eve in this musical written by Memphian (and Hattiloo director) Ekundayo Bandele.
If you only go to one University of Memphis basketball game this year, this is the one you want to go to. The Tigers are re-igniting (if only temporarily due to the Big East shenanigans) an old rivalry, and since Louisville is ranked, if the Tigers win, it's going to be a very big deal. If you can get to the Forum, Pastner is calling for a blue out, so dress appropriately. If you can't, it'll be on TV at every bar in town, and you can listen on WREC AM-600.
Memphis punk band Ex-Cult is having a party to celebrate the release of their brand new record on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the loft (I guess it's a loft) space above the variety store on Cleveland. True Sons of Thunder will open and DJ Hoppe and DJ Dark Allie will spin records.
If none of these events are your thing, or you just want to see how much stuff is really going on this weekend, there are a ton more events are listed on the blog's calendar. Go out, have fun!