Friday, February 27, 2009

Of Belly Dancers and Buffalo

Posted on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Dynamic Belly Dance Dinner Buffet Show at the Racquet Club of Memphis on Saturday night. As women with well-toned abs shake their groove thangs, you can stuff your belly at a full dinner buffet. The show is hosted by the Pyramid Dance Company and begins at 7:30 p.m.

Shelby Farms recently added 28 more buffalo to their herd, so the park is hosting a Welcome Buffalo Party on Sunday in the kite-flying field near the Farm Road and Walnut Grove intersection. Buffalo Wild Wings will be dishing out free wings (made with chicken, not buffalo!). Thomas, the Park's buffalo mascot, will greet kids, and park rangers will be on hand to answer questions. The party runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

In the fall of 1969, some Memphis City Schools students and teachers began skipping class every Monday to protest a lack of African American school board representation. Over half of the school's student population was black, but the board was solely white. On Saturday at 2 p.m., former NAACP secretary Maxine Smith and Vasco Smith will lead a panel discussion about the history and impact of Black Monday in Memphis at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

Mardi Gras may be over, but Memphians will find any excuse to keep the party going. Beale Street becomes Bourbon Street this Saturday at the annual Zydeco Festival, during which Cajun bands play various Beale Street bars and clubs all night long.

For 20 years, the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center has offered local GLBT folks a safe haven for meetings, support groups, art shows, and more. Celebrate the center's birthday with an open house celebration on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

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


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