Friday, January 16, 2009

Celebrate Dr. King and Local Food This Weekend

Posted on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Though the Martin Luther King holiday doesn't start until Monday, kids are celebrating early at the MLK Youth Day at the National Civil Rights Museum. Children will learn about King's legacy through art, music, and a mini-performance by the folks at Hattiloo Theatre. They'll even decorate birthday cakes for Dr. King. The event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Escape your economic woes at The Drowsy Chaperone, an over-the-top Broadway musical tribute to over-the-top Broadway musicals. The show, about a Hollywood starlet's wedding set in the 1920s jazz era, features campy costumes, elaborate production numbers, and laugh-a-minute physical comedy. The show runs through Sunday at the Orpheum.

It's a little frigid outside to be thinking about landscape design, but apparently gardening folks get started early. Browse booths from more than 1,500 exhibitors in landscaping, home design, and remodeling at the Southern Home & Garden Expo this weekend at the Agricenter. The show runs Friday through Sunday.

The opening of the Memphis Farmers Market is still months away (oh, how we miss you "Arugula Guy"!). But you can help support downtown's only market for locally-grown produce and meat by dining at the Inn at Hunt-Phelen's Memphis Farmers Market Winter Dinner Tour. The event will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m.

If you've got the King holiday off from work, head to the National Civil Rights Museum on Monday for speeches, a gospel performance by the Sunset Travelers, and a dramatic show by actors from Hattiloo Theatre. Festivities run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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