Five things to do this weekend in Memphis: June 11-13
Memphis Botanical Garden, 750 Cherry Tree
Opening weekend: Friday June 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., exhibition until July 31
Judy Peiser has long been a champion of regional folk art and artists. She co-founded the Center for Southern Folklore and has dedicated her life to preserving art of all kinds and the stories behind the art. Over the years, she has amassed an impressive collection of visual art that reflects the cultural life of a community. This show is the result of many purchases of folk art in exchange for stories preserved by the Center for Southern Folklore.
Also recently opened is “The art of a scientist ”, an exhibition of recent works by Dr Gopal Murti. The opening will take place on Sunday, June 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jardin.
All exhibits are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the Garden’s arts, education and horticulture programs.
Wolf River Greenway, 2630 Epping Way
Saturday June 12, 9 a.m.
Certified paddle guides will be on hand to help you learn the basics of safe control and paddling on the 25 acre lake along the Wolf River Greenway Trail. Launch from a 60ft floating dock and enjoy the scenery. Additionally, as part of the Discover the Greenway program, enjoy a Sweat the Greenway cardio circuit and bodyweight program with a certified instructor and an Explore the Greenway Wildflower Wander hike with educational guides for identify native species.
All programs are free on Saturdays with additional programs from the Wolf River Conservancy at Mud Island River Park and Kennedy Park.
The Grove of the Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter
Saturday June 12, 7 p.m.
United States Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia were politically opposed. They may never have shared an opinion, but they shared a love for the art of opera. The music united them in a very special way. Composer-librettist Derrick Wang captured their friendship in a lyrical comedy that will be performed this Saturday by Opera Memphis in The Grove at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
Handorf Company artists Dane Suarez and Stephanie Doche play the roles of Scalia and Ginsburg. They are joined on this production by Opera Memphis favorite Darren K. Stokes as commentator. Opera Memphis Director of Musical Activities Cris Frisco will conduct the show accompanied by a musical score performed by members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Feast & Graze pasture boxes, food truck dishes and cocktails will be available for purchase. You can also bring a picnic, drinks, chairs and blankets.
The Halloran Center, 225 S. Main
Friday-Saturday June 11-12, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Starting off as a stand-up comedic with a few minor roles on TV, Minhaj had his break on The daily show as a senior correspondent from 2014 to 2018. His first stand-up comedy special, Reunion king, debuted on Netflix in 2017, earning him a Peabody Award. He then hosted a weekly comedy show on Netflix, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.
Now Minhaj is in Memphis this weekend entertaining you with his live comedy for your amusement.
Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall and Collierville Cinema Grill, 380 Market
Sunday June 13, 1 p.m.
This beloved adaptation of the Broadway hit stars Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a sassy working-class London street vendor, and Rex Harrison as elitist Professor Higgins, who attempts to turn Eliza into a sophisticated woman through proper tutoring. When the humble Flower Girl blossoms in the toast of London society, Higgins discovers he may have a lesson or two to learn himself. This special theatrical event includes the featurette, Remember Audrey, a memorial to legendary star Audrey Hepburn, featuring the views of two of those who knew her best – her companion, Robert Wolders, and her son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer.
The film will be screened as originally planned, with a musical opening and an intermission.
For a full list of what’s happening this weekend in and around Memphis, check out our Event calendar. Also, be sure to tag your favorite Memphis Instagram photos when you’re on the go with the hashtag #memphismagazine. Hope you have a good weekend.