Happy Friday! Here's this weekend's list of five Memphis events that you won't want to miss:
Every year, the International Blues Challenge brings some of the world's finest blues musicians to Beale Street for five nights of live blues music competitions. The music is spread through most of the clubs on Beale Street (plus a few other venues) with the finals held at the Orpheum on Saturday night.
The Special Olympics is holding their annual chili cookoff on Mud Island this weekend, and for $5, anyone can take a turn as a taste tester for all of the participating teams. But the main event is the polar bear plunge at 3 p.m. which will send brave Memphians running into the frigid river water. You can still sign up to participate in the plunge – you just need $50 and a pair of shoes.
Can the Tigers extend their winning streak to 12 games? I really, really hope so. Put on your best blue shirt and head to the Forum to watch Joe, D.J., Adonis, Tarik and the rest of the crew take on Tulsa on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Before you watch the Academy Awards, check out the Brooks' screenings of this year's Oscar nominated animated and live action shorts. The animated shorts will start at 11:30 and the live action shorts will start at 2 p.m.
Lucero has become a big deal in the past few years, which makes it all the more awesome that their Feb. 3 show at the Hi-Tone is completely free. They'll be sharing the stage with fellow locals the Dirty Streets, so get there early – this one's going to bring a big crowd.
If none of these events are your thing, there are plenty more on the blog's calendar. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday.