Happy weekend, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss. For even more ideas, check out the blog’s calendar here.
1. New Ballet Ensemble’s NutRemix, Cannon Center, Friday – Sunday, prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s the Nutcracker like you’ve never seen it – local dancers and professional guest stars show off this remixed version of the Nutcracker, set on Beale Street and featuring all kinds of dance – Memphis jookin’, ballet, jazz, flamenco, African, and more.
2. Overton Square Holiday Events, Overton Square, Friday – Sunday, times vary, free, all ages/kid-friendly
Head to Overton for holiday fun this weekend. Friday night they’re showing “The Holiday” in Chimes Square. Saturday night, they’ll have Santa and fake snow. On Sunday, local celebrities are reading Christmas stories in Times Square, music, and more.
3. A Victorian Holiday With Opera Memphis, Dixon Gallery, Dec. 14 – 15, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $25, 21+
So, this one is actually new this year – but I think it sounds absolutely delightful. Opera Memphis hosts an inte ractive experience at the Dixon – singers dressed in Victorian Era costumes, carols, games, an illusionist, and wassail drinks! Don’t know what wassail is? You’ll find out. Dixon members get 20 percent off.
4. Memphis v. Tennessee Men’s Basketball, FedExForum, Saturday, 11 a.m., prices vary, all ages
This game is going the bonkers. It’s an inter-state rivalry with a history and an officially sold out game at FedExForum. I don’t normally put sold-out events on the 5 Things guide, but a) second hand tickets are for sale, and b) you can get out to your fave sports bar and cheer on the Tigers either way. GO TIGERS GO!
5. Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas, The Orpheum, Sunday, 6:30 p.m., $44 – $94, ages 10+
I’ve loved Mannheim Steamroller since I was a kid because it’s the most dramatic Christmas music on the planet. Enjoy the synth-electro-symphonic sounds of the season at The Orpheum.
Don’t forget, Porter Leath’s Toy Drive event is this weekend – and Santa will be there! Details:
The 17th annual Toy Truck to collect toys for Porter-Leath’s Preschool children returns on Friday, December 14th and Saturday, December 15th. The toy drive will be held at WMC Action News 5, 1960 Union Avenue, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Toy Truck puts a new toy under the tree for over 6,200 children, age 6 weeks to age 5 — creating countless opportunities to learn through play. You can donate new, unwrapped toys as well as cash, check or credit card donations. Please bring dolls, puzzles, blocks and other toys that promote early learning. And visit Santa while you’re there!