Save the Earth and Eat Local This Weekend

Too much alcohol may increase your chance of developing high blood pressure, which could in turn, lead to kidney disease. But unless you're slamming back the wine at tonight's Sip Around the World Wine Tasting, your kidneys should be fine. And you’ll be raising funds to help other people's kidneys at the same time since the shindig benefits the National Kidney Foundation. The party starts at 7 p.m.

Speaking of drinking, there'll be none of that at the Bartlett Municipal Center on Saturday night when recovery comic Kurtis Matthews takes the stage. Matthews doesn't make light of addiction (cause it's not funny), but he has been known to make addicts laugh. Check him out at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.

Ever noticed how factories and processing plants always set up shop near poverty-stricken neighborhoods? Yea, the Sierra Club folks noticed too. Each year, the Sierra Club holds an Environmental Justice conference to tackle issues of pollution in low-income, residential neighborhoods. This year's day-long event will be held at the First Unitarian Church of the River on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Leave it to Playhouse on the Square to hold a fund-raiser in acts. Tomorrow's Curtain Up: A Taste of Playhouse gala begins at the piano bar inside the Midtown theater where Renee Kemper entertains during Act One. Then the party moves to the scene shop for live jazz in Act Two. The finale brings Venus Mission on the main stage. Curtain Up begins at 7 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m. on Saturday night.

Though the beloved downtown farmers market is closed for the season, local farmers haven't stopped growing. Sample gourmet dishes created with locally grown produce at the first installment of the Memphis Farmers Market Dinner Tour. The dinner begins at the Majestic Grille on Sunday at 6 p.m.

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

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