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Five things to do this weekend: January 7-9


Graceland, 3734 Elvis Presley

Thursday-Sunday January 6-9, various hours

The past two years may have been a little tough for many of us, but this weekend Elvis is ready to spend the night on his 87th birthday. Not in the flesh, of course, but in the spirit. Although, if we found out that Elvis was still alive or zombified, it would probably be the least alarming thing that has happened in the past 600 days; it might even be a symbol of hope in these times (or maybe an omen, depending on how you see it, but we’re past the point of needing an omen).

The weekend will feature a special appearance by Priscilla Presley, an Elvis birthday party and evening Christmas tours, a gospel dinner with Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, conversations about Elvis, the Elvis Birthday Pops concert with Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the annual anniversary proclamation ceremony, and more. For the complete calendar of events or to purchase event tickets or packages, click here.

Black Lodge, 405 N. Cleveland

Saturday January 8 from noon to midnight

Elvis Rising from the Dead is an interesting hypothesis, but it might not be the best fodder for a narrative that pushes the boundaries of the known natural world, and sometimes you have to leave that stuff to the pros. Fortunately, this weekend also coincides with the first-ever Sci-Fest Film Festival, where sci-fi filmmakers will showcase their creations with venues such as: What if you could sell your memorabilia? What if you meet an alien on a camping trip? What if you could time travel to save a loved one from dying? We will have to see to find out.

The festival will also feature an sfx makeup contest, panels, meetups and musical performances. Tickets can be purchased here for $ 15, or they can be purchased at the door for $ 20.

Memphis Botanical Garden, 750 Cherry Tree

Saturday January 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

As we plant the seeds for the New Year, spread the roots of our resolutions, and cultivate our penchant for tacky puns, we need to start with clean seeds, and that’s exactly what the Memphis Botanical Garden will do this weekend in their study work, where volunteers can learn about saving and packing seeds while cleaning seeds for the garden.

To register as a volunteer, follow this link. Plus, while you’re in the gardens, you might want to visit the Garden’s latest ‘Incognito’ art exhibit, where the artist of each piece is a mystery. The pieces will be on display until January 28, and if you see something you like, the online auction opens January 18.

Mallory-Neely House, 652 Adams

Saturday January 8 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

They say with the old and with the new, and the Mallory-Neely house has embraced that idea… well, sort of. After being closed for a little facelift, the historic Victorian village house is set to reopen to the public. Tours of the 25-room mansion will take place hourly, with the last tour starting at 4 p.m. Guests will learn about all aspects of the life of the Mallory-Neely family, as well as the servants and slaves who worked in the home.

After this Saturday, the house will be open for visits on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets ($ 12) can be purchased here.

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

Until Monday January 31

The Hooks Brothers opened their photography business in Memphis in 1906 and stayed open through the 1970s. From birthday party portraits to graduation ceremonies to funerals, the Hooks Brothers have covered every aspect of life. daily social of black middle class culture in Memphis. A few of these photos will be on display at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library throughout January.

[photo credit: courtesy Jay Etkin/Flow Museum of Art & Culture]


Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes