Five things to do this weekend — March 18-20


Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper

Friday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. | Saturday March 19, 7:30 p.m.

I say “high”, you say “low”. You say, “Why?” And I say, “I don’t know.” Oh no, how did we get here, unable to compromise between high and low, a scenario that only seems likely in a Beatles song? If only the Beatles had suggested something we could do about it, so we could enjoy our weekend. If only there was a “Five Things To Do This Weekend” list, where maybe, just maybe, we could find our answer instead of looking at the guys who live in a Yellow Submarine. … Now that I’ve trapped you so far in the paragraph, I can say with absolute certainty that Opera Memphis has just the solution with its latest production, Pygmalion 2.0where you’re bound to encounter at least a few ups and downs as the characters try to find the perfect lover, if such a thing even exists.

Pygmalion 2.0 pairs by Gaetano Donizetti The Pigmalione with opera by Robert Paterson and David Cote Three wayshis first act, The companion. While Donizetti’s work is inspired by Ovid’s Pygmalion, who falls in love with his sculpture of what he believes to be the perfect woman, The companion leans less towards classical literature and more towards “Are robots going to replace humanity?” territory as Maya tries to program her android lover named Joe to tick all the boxes, emotionally, mentally and physically.

Tickets ($40 to $60) for the show can be purchased online. Opera Memphis will host a pre-show conference beginning 45 minutes prior to the start time of each performance. Additionally, there will be a post-show cabaret open to all patrons immediately following the performance.

Memphis Botanical Garden, 750 Cherry

Saturday March 19, 10am-4pm

You say “Stop” and I say “Come on, come on, come on.” Oh no, please come to the event I have chosen just for you. After all, I know you won’t want to miss MBG’s annual spring welcome. And by a springtime welcome, I mean a cherry blossom picnic — and by picnic, I don’t just mean a blanket and a basket; I mean quite a shebang: Asian-inspired food trucks, a cash bar with Cherry Blossom cocktails, and fun with Japanese Garden tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Stax Academy’s 901 Taiko demo at 10 a.m., tea ceremony demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and crafts and games, including origami and koi windsocks. The icing on the cake: The event is free with entry to the garden.

TON, 2234 Lamar

Until Saturday March 19

The Beatles could have sung, “I don’t know why you’re saying goodbye. I say hello, hello, hello. But listen, I get it: Sometimes you have to say goodbye, just like we have to say goodbye to the TONE exhibition of Rahn Marion’s work this weekend. It’s sad, but it’s true.

Marion’s “Ecce Homo” takes familiar religious narratives and challenges them by centering black queer experience in each painting. While at TONE, you can also experience another ongoing exhibit, “You Can Dance Underwater and Not Get Wet”. About this exhibition, artist Kevin Brisco says: “This show is an exploration of dance as a means of performance, escape, retreat and rebellion. … In this work, I want to bring permanence to the fleeting moments of connection, happiness, joy that are so fleeting yet so deeply felt on the dance floor.

TONE is open Thursday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 60 N. Perkins Ext.

Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m. | Sunday March 20, 2 p.m.

You say “yes”, I say “no”. (I say “Yes”, but I mean “No”.) – I was going to try to do something clever with this line, but to tell you the truth, I just don’t have the brains, and with all due respect to John, Paul, George and Ringo, it doesn’t look like they had much intellectual power to create this song. But you know, a band in Memphis always has their brains in motion and their creative juices flowing – yes, that’s right, the Hot Foot Honeys.

This weekend, Memphis’ only professional tap company takes to the Buckman Stage with its ninth annual spring showcase of music, dance, spoken word and film. Each choreographer will explore her feminine inspirations – from Maya Angelou and Judy Garland to mythological characters and personal relationships.

The finale of both shows will feature a BS Chorus, a 1930s curtain call routine that every tap dancer should know. After the company bow, anyone familiar with the routine can join the company on stage to perform it on Janelle Monae’s “We Were Rock and Roll.” (And for the audience participation enthusiasts, artistic director Marianne Bell has made a YouTube tutorial, so you can learn backwards and forwards dancing even if you’ve never tapped in your life.)

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, 7950 Trinidad

Sunday March 20, 3 p.m.

Let’s say two of the Beatles rise from the dead and join the living members to ask you collectively, “Why, why, why, why, why, why, say to yourself, ‘Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye »? You say, “I don’t know,” then you change your mind and say, “Hello.” And bam, you just invited the ghostly Beatles to own you, and now you have to join them for a reunion tour. My suggestion for this scenario: just take a second and ask yourself, why, why, why didn’t you pull an Irish goodbye and go see Aran & Im instead of hanging out with those Brits?

Aran & Im, which translates to “Bread and Butter”, celebrates Irish language, land and food. During the interactive performance, Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread while providing insight into Irish culture and language. Before the 70 minutes are up, viewers can try some bread and even spread some butter on it – butter they’ll make themselves from Irish cream.

Tickets, which can be purchased online or by calling (901) 759-0604, range from $15 to $27, including discounted prices for seniors (62 and older) and students (age +/ – 22 years old, with ID).


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