Happy Friday! We're all still here, so why not celebrate with one (or all) of these weekend events:
The annual Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees is one of Memphis' longest-running holiday traditions. Check out dozens of specially decorated Christmas trees, check out the winners of the gingerbread house contest and watch animatronic animals frolic in a retro-fabulous winter wonderland.
It's almost Christmas, we survived the non-appocalypse, and the Buccaneer has an excellent show tonight. Foundation-shaking, fast-platying hardcore country band the Dead Soldiers (one of my favorite bands of 2012) are playing the pirate-themed bar with Holly Cole and the lovely Memphis Dawls. Cover is $7, and it's 21 and up.
Diggy Simmons, the teenage son of Rev Run (from Run-DMC), is carrying on the family rap trade. He's performing an all-ages show at the Orpheum this weekend. Teenage girl group the OMG Girlz are the opening act.
Join the Lucero family for their annual (and somewhat disfunctional) Christmas party concert at Minglewood Hall. The band will be joined in their night of country-fried merriment by Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition.
Every year around Christmas, the Majestic Grille returns to its building's movie theatre roots and shows holiday movies (with sound) on the big screen. On Sunday night, they're showing "It's a Wonderful Life" and serving a special prix fixe menu of antipasto, beef and cheese lasagna, rosemary bread and apple strudel.
If none of these events decorate your tree, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. Have a great weekend and a fantastic holiday. I'll see you back here Dec. 31.