Rather than slave over dinner tonight, head to Wild Oats and nosh on samples from Giacomo Ciabattini's Traditional Italian Cooking Class. The chef from East Memphis' Cafe Toscana will take over the store's community kitchen to demonstrate classic Italian dishes at 6:30 p.m. The class is free and, of course, the audience will have a chance to sample his creations.
Nothing is more Memphis than Crunkfest. The annual Dirty South rap show features Gucci Mane, V.I.C., Playa Fly, and Yo Gotti. The show begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.
Crunk too raw for your taste? The Cotton Club big band dance on Saturday at the Cotton Museum could be a better fit. The monthly event features Reni Simon, Rene Koopman, and Tim Goodwin. If you plan to imbibe, hit up the liquor store on your way to this BYOB party. The Cotton Club fun begins at 7 p.m.
Shop for grandma's birthday or get an early start on Christmas gifts at the Ladies of Charity Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday. Wreaths, beaded purses, handmade jewelry, and crocheted items are available at this day-long sale that benefits numerous local charities. The sale will be held at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday nights are typically reserved for relaxation in preparation for the upcoming work-week. But stay out late this Sunday at Club Elvis, for an Elvis Week kickoff dance party at Graceland. The party starts at 8 p.m., and if you're hungover at the work the next day, blame Elvis. Your boss will understand.
For more weekend fun, check out the Flyer's online calendar.