Five things to do this weekend in Memphis: May 20-22


Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 573 N. Highland

Friday-Saturday May 20-21, 11am-8pm

April showers can bring Mayflowers, and while that’s nice and all, it would be a bit more convenient if April showers brought free flour. Imagine what you could do with all that flour; imagine breads, cakes, phyllo dough. Oh phyllo, think of all the spanakopita. I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering at the thought. I could really go there right now, and if you’re in the same boat as me, do I have any news for you: the Greek festival in Memphis is the place for anyone who wants spanakopita and of course all other great Greek dishes.

The festival wouldn’t be complete without tours of the shrine, inflatables and activities for children, a market and live entertainment by the Kostas Kastanis band and the Athenian Dance Troupe. Admission is $3 or three boxes of food to donate to the Mid-South Food Bank. Free shuttles will run to the festival for those parking at Poplar Plaza Mall or Life Church.

Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper

Friday-Saturday, May 20-21, 8 p.m. | Sunday May 22, 2 p.m.

Every rose has its thorn, just like every night has its dawn, just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song. Why is the cowboy so, so sad? My best guess is that he ran into poison ivy – that would make anyone sad and reckless enough to write an angry song called “Poison Ivy”. Perhaps that was the inspiration behind the song written by songwriting and record-producing duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, whose music now forms the soundtrack to Smokey Joe Coffee.

Smokey Joe Coffee, a musical revue celebrating the work of Leiber and Stoller, has taken over Playhouse on the Square stage and will make you want to dance in the aisles. Performances will take place from Thursday to Sunday until May 29. Tickets ($47) can be purchased online or by calling (901) 726-4656.

Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley

Friday, May 20, 8 p.m.

A peony for your thoughts, please? Suppose you had twins and you divorced your partner, would you say you would separate those twins? I’m not sure I would, but apparently it’s not too far off considering Disney has done two parent traps with just that plot, and rumor has it they’ll be making another one for Disney+, spreading generational love for a lovely movie with a twisted premise.

Until then, why not go back to its roots and enjoy the original 1961 film? In fact, Elmwood Cemetery will screen the film on the roof of the historic Elmwood Cemetery Cottage as the last light of the day fades. Tickets ($15) can be purchased online.

Cooper Young Historic District

Saturday-Sunday May 21-22, 9am-4pm

Cooper-Young would present a rare quirk of the greatest walking garden. But I’ve never seen a plant that works, so how they managed to make an entire garden work is beyond me. I combed through the website and…oopsie daisy, humans are walking around the plants. It makes so much more sense – a day to eat, drink and be rosemary, while browsing over 100 eclectic and private gardens and businesses.

The theme for this year’s walk in the garden is all about hats, with a hat contest. Cameroon Hamilton will deliver a keynote on “The Magic of Houseplants: Growing and Designing With” at the Memphis Botanical Garden. Back at Cooper-Young, visitors can enjoy garden speakers and demonstrations, botanical art vendors, live music, artist workshops, and plenty of photo ops with neighborhood murals. Additionally, attendees can experience artist studios, chickens, beekeeping, composting, edibles, many types of raised beds, a Tower Garden, and unique upcycled items.

Tickets ($10 to $25) can be purchased here.

Memphis First Baptist Church, 200 E. Parkway

Saturday May 21, 7:30 p.m.

“He loves me, he doesn’t love me, he loves me, he doesn’t love me?” you ask yourself. How many more petals can you pluck from these flowers before you run out, all in hopes of a budding romance? These flowers are capricious; they have nothing to lose, except their petals of course, and nothing to gain, except your inevitable disappointment. Sounds like a sticky situation you got yourself into. And if anyone knows how to get themselves into a sticky situation, you need look no further than Cosi fan tuttethe protagonists of , who risk losing their fiancées by setting up a ruse in order to test how much they love them.

For one night and one night only, Opera Memphis will present this Italian opera at the First Baptist Church. Tickets ($40 to $60) can be purchased online.


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