Orpheum Theater, 203 S. Main
Performances until Sunday March 27
Every big slumber party at my Gammy and Dad’s involved a bowl of Blue Bell ice cream and a visit from All dogs go to heaven or the Broadway recording of CATS on DVD. (I’m sure it’s a universal experience.) All dogs go to heaven was a crowd-pleasing choice, CATS was a bit more controversial, mainly because Dad was anti-musical and my sister and cousin preferred the colorful animation of the dog movie. But at the heart of both films was the premise of stray animals dealing with their inevitable afterlife, and isn’t that just lovely, especially when set to beautiful music?
Unfortunately, after a brief web browsing, I couldn’t find any streaming platform with All dogs go to heavenso unless you have a DVD or VHS tape with a VHS tape player, you might have a little trouble viewing the masterpiece. However, luck is on our side when it comes to CATS. And no, you don’t have to watch the creepy CGI mess of Tom Hooper’s adaptation; The Orpheum has the real deal – the record-breaking Broadway musical that has traveled to 30 countries, been adapted into 15 languages and won seven Tony Awards.
So head over to that Jellicle Ball, where the performances of CATS will run until Sunday, March 27 at the Orpheum. Tickets ($29 – $125) can be purchased in line.
Shelby Farms Park (event center), 415, great view
Friday, March 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
If I had a time machine I would like it to take us to warmer days, but seeing as I’m not Doc Brown with a DeLorean, the Whiskey Warmer this weekend seems like a pretty solid alternative . For $49, a ticket includes 15 whiskey tastings from 40 labels of whiskey, bourbon and scotch, sure to give your soul that warmth you’ve been missing. Food will be available for purchase on site and there will be a cash bar. In addition, you can enjoy a cigar lounge and bluegrass music. The event is for ages 21 and up only and benefits Volunteer Memphis. To buy tickets here.
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum
Saturday March 26, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Ring, ring, ring! “Is it a landline? ” you ask. “It can’t be my phone, which I’ve had on vibrate since 2012.” Oh no, the rings I’m talking about are the ones that won’t go out of style. In the Metal Museum’s new exhibit, aptly named “RINGS!”, more than 100 wearable pieces showcase the timelessness of rings as a form of jewelry through their cultural, political and personal meanings. But make no mistake: these rings aren’t just ordinary jewelry and you won’t want to miss this chance to see them.
For the opening reception, you can tour this new exhibit and meet renowned collector and exhibit organizer Helen Drutt, a renowned crafts historian and educator. Admission is free, but an $8 donation is suggested. Pre-registration is required.
Plus, on this day, you can make your own pewter ring during drop-in classes at 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The cost per pour is $25.
Crosstown Theatre, Lobby 1350
Saturday March 26, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Let’s go to the movies! Let’s see the stars! But at the Crosstown Theater you won’t see Bette Davis lying or Greta Garbo crying while Robert Taylor is locked in his dying embrace. Fear not, however, you’ll be in for an absolute treat with Soul Children, which tells the story of Stax Music Academy as it continues the legacy of Stax Records here in our own Memphis. A trailer can be found here.
For the Memphis premiere, director Hugo Sobelman and subjects from the film will be on hand for a Q&A, and the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band will perform.
Old Dominick Distillery, 305 S. Front
Sunday March 27, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
I will never tell you to throw away your Jane Fonda’s Workout – it’s a treasure – but if you love fitness classes or want to dip your toes in a little physical activity or need exposure therapy to overcome your fear of the penetrating presidential fitness test your nightmares, I think you might be interested in this Taste of Fitness, where you can sample some of the best workouts Memphis has to offer.
In 25-minute classes, you can try barre, cycling, cardio dance, yoga, or pilates. The full course schedule is available at Facebook of Sweatshirt 901 page; Classes are first come, first served. Your ticket will also include a tasting tour of the distillery and unlimited health and wellness experiences at vendor booths.
Tickets can be purchased in line in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Late arrival tickets (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) can be purchased in advance for $25 online.