What to Do This Weekend in Memphis


Not sure what to do with all your free time this weekend? Here are a few suggestions.

Local artist Niki Johnson's work will be featured at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center Friday night in a show titled "Consumer Content." Johnson's sculpture, paintings, and prints highlight the relationship between consumers and advertisers. The opening runs from 7 to 9 p.m., but Johnson’s work will be on view through September 15th.

Don't let produce rot in the fridge. Learn to use the summer's bounty in the free Seasonal Cooking Demo at Wild Oats Friday night at 7 p.m. Edible Memphis editor Melissa Peterson will use fresh local ingredients to create a tasty summer meal, and of course, workshop attendees will be allowed to sample the dish.

For years, the Church Health Center has provided affordable health care to the city's uninsured, but the center relies on donations to provide that service. Support health care for all people at the annual Rock For Love benefit for the Church Health Center at the Hi-Tone Friday and Saturday night. The event features live music by Lord T & Eloise, Al Kapone, Snowglobe, and others. Shows start at 9 p.m. both nights.

While we're on the topic of supporting nonprofits, you might as well check out the annual Sports Ball at the Peabody Hotel Saturday night. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis. The black tie/tennis shoe gala wants attendees to pair comfy sports shoes with cocktail dresses and tuxedoes. The party starts at 7 p.m.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has the Oscars. But Memphis has the Ostranders, the annual award ceremony honoring the best actors, directors, and productions in local theater. Veteran character actor Chris Ellis hosts this year's ceremony. The cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The awards ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m.

For more weekend fun, check out the Flyer's searchable listings.

--Bianca Phillips

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