Take the Plunge and Celebrate the Ox This Weekend

In years past, Polar Bear Plungers have ignored icy-cold temperatures to take the annual dip into the Mississippi River. But this year's participants lucked out with temps expected in the high 60s tomorrow. Folks will face slightly warmer waters as they plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Join them or just watch while you nosh on chili from the event's chili cook-off tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Mud Island River Park.

Welcome the Year of Ox with a trip to the Orpheum on Sunday for the Chinese Spectacular Show. This elaborate costumed affair pays homage to Chinese history and culture through traditional dance and music. The show begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Don’t waste your Friday night at another bar. Support your local coffeehouse instead. The Damn the Man, Support the Edge benefit, hosted by the Rozelle Artist Guild, features live music by Valerie June, Grace Askew, and Travis Cantrell, as well as an interactive paint-by-numbers mural. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Edge Coffeehouse in Midtown's Crosstown district.

If you spend on all your dough on mocha lattes tonight, never fear. You won't need any money for Saturday's free admission day at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. The country's only art museum dedicated to metal work celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and they're letting folks in for free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Memphis may be the home of the blues, but there are plenty of talented blues musicians across the world. The best of the best will be performing in Beale Street clubs and bars this weekend as they vie for the world championship title from the International Blues Challenge. Wander down the historic strip for a taste of blues from as far away as Israel and Australia. The challenge runs through Saturday night.

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