Friday, October 24, 2008

Celebrate Health Food and Native American Culture This Weekend

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 4:00 AM

The giant fruit that once adorned the old Wild Oats Marketplace is gone for good, and the East Memphis health food store is finally transitioning into a Whole Foods. Celebrate the store’s grand re-opening tonight at the Whole Foods Pumpkin-Palooza, an Oktoberfest celebration with live music, a performance by New Ballet Ensemble, and plenty of grilled bratwurst (which isn’t exactly health food, but hey, it’s a party).

On Sunday, the Whole Foods festivities continue as they host an eco-fair with live reggae music and a recycled art and fashion show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year marks the Orpheum’s 80th anniversary, and since the theatre has already held its fancy birthday gala, they’re throwing down Memphis-style with “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Brews, and Q” at the Warehouse. Needless to say, there will be plenty of live music, beer, and barbecue. Festivities begin at 7 p.m.

Walk down Front Street today and you’ll see restaurants, a bakery, and plenty of empty storefronts. But the area was once home to the booming cotton industry. Get an idea of what the street used to look like during the Cottow Row Walking Tour led by the folks at the Cotton Museum. The walk begins on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Whether or not you voted for her during the fourth season of American Idol, you’ve got to agree that Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood has some real talent. The past Idol winner will perform at the DeSoto Civic Center on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Play a Native American game called stickball, learn traditional dances, and get a taste of what the early bluff settlers liked to eat during the annual Southeastern Indian Heritage Festival. It runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more weekend fun, check out the Flyer’s online calendar.

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