Friday, March 27, 2009

Visit Harlem and Broadway Without Leaving Memphis

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

After the Memphis Tigers' shocking loss Thursday night, you might feel like getting out of Dodge. But save your plane fare and take a virtual trip to the Big Apple instead.

Start by catching a performance by the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts tonight. The group celebrates their 40th anniversary with beautiful ballet choreography.The show begins at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the Gary Beard Chorale will whisk folks away to the Great White Way during its "And the Winner Is…" Music of Broadway performance. They’ll be singing all the greats from Cabaret, Kiss Me Kate, The Lion King, and Les Miserables. The show begins 4 p.m.

If tragic history is more your thing, don’t miss the "The Nazi Scourge: Postal Evidence of the Holocaust and the Devastation of Europe" exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday at 2 p.m. The show features envelopes, postcards, letters, and stamps used by concentration camp inmates.

Fans of cable's LOGO television network will recognize a few faces at the Queer on Their Feet comedy improv show at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday at 8 p.m. The trio -- Jennie McNulty, Jason Dudey, and Diana Yanez -- are regular stand-up comics on the channel’s One Night Stand-Up show.

Remember the Cherry Poppin' Daddies? The '90s ska-punk swing band rose to fame with their popular song, "Zoot Suit Riot." You'll surely hear that and plenty more from the band at the annual Zodiac Ball, a fund-raising gala for the American Cancer Society. The ball kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at The Peabody. For more weekend fun, check out the Flyer's searchable online calendar.

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