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The To-Do List: It’s a balloon! It’s a plane! It’s Nicolas Cage against the world!

Welcome back to The To-Do List, where Daily Memphian staffers suggest their favorite events and activities for the coming week. Want more ideas? Check out The Daily Memphian’s event calendar and feel free to submit your own events there, as well.

This week, Juneteenth celebrations are planned across the city, ’90s alt-rockers Collective Soul and Everclear will play (but not together) and an “ooky” musical opens at The Harrell Performing Arts Theatre.


Dancers with the Memphis Explosive Jagettes competed in the Ultimate Dance Showdown during the annual Juneteenth celebration at Robert Church Park on June 15, 2019. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian file)


Juneteenth Events

Sunday is a double-whammy holiday with both Father’s Day and Juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of Black people in the U.S. There are celebrations happening all over Memphis to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, and we have a round-up of a few of those events, including the Memphis Juneteenth Festival (Saturday through Sunday at Health Sciences Park) and the LeMoyne-Owen Juneteenth Festival (Friday through Sunday at LeMoyne-Owen’s campus). Plus, Cynthia Daniels & Co. will host the third-annual Juneteenth “Shop Black” Festival at the Pipkin Building on Sunday. 

“Westworld” at Crosstown Theater, Thursday:

If you started watching, got confused by and eventually abandoned (raises hand) the recent HBO series adaptation of “Westworld,” here’s your chance to catch up with the much simpler original 1973 film, written and directed (a debut on the latter front) by Michael Crichton (the guy who went on to write “Jurassic Park”). This tidy 88-minute, sci-fi thriller tracks a couple of tourists at a high-tech amusement park, interacting with robots who begin to rebel. Yul Brynner is the iconic gun-slinging bot. 7:30 p.m. $5. 1350 Concourse Ave. See here for more info. — Chris Herrington


The Bluff City Balloon Jamboree will be held at Shelby Farms Park June 17-19. In this 2021 file photo, a hot air balloon shaped like Yoda keeps an eye on a pair of stormtroopers during the first day of the Bluff City Balloon Jamboree in Collierville. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian file)

Bluff City Balloon Jamboree at Shelby Farms Park, Friday-Sunday:

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend than with gigantic hot-air balloons shaped like Stars Wars characters? The Bluff City Balloon Jamboree will run all weekend at Shelby Farms Park (a change from last year’s Collierville location) with tethered balloon rides, live music, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides and an after-dark “balloon glow show” to end the evening. One thing to note: Hot-air balloons can be finicky in certain weather conditions, so it’s possible that certain activities could be delayed or even canceled depending on conditions. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day. $20. 6903 Great View Dr. North. Click here for more information. — Bianca Phillips

“The Addams Family” at The Harrell Performing Arts Theatre, Friday through Sunday:

Collierville Arts Council presents The Addams Family, a musical comedy, at The Harrell Theatre this weekend. You can’t say the family name without hearing the “ooky” Addams Family theme. The summer show runs this weekend and next. Collierville Arts Council is a non-profit dedicated to promoting the arts in the suburban town and surrounding areas. 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range between $15 and $20. 440 W Powell Rd. — Abigail Warren


The Midsouth Airshow, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, will be held June 18-19 at the Millington-Memphis Airport. (Courtesy U.S. Navy Blue Angels)

MidSouth Air Show at Memphis-Millington Airport, Saturday and Sunday: 

I once took a ride in a World War II fighter jet for a story, and when the pilot rolled the plane upside down, I just about lost my lunch. That said, it’s pretty cool what planes can do (just don’t ask me to ride ever again, thanks). You can see all the aeronautical theatrics at the annual MidSouth Air Show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, this weekend. Plus, there will be display aircraft, military demonstrations and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. $30. 8182 Hornet Ave. Click here for tickets and more information. — Phillips


The Memphis Vegan Festival will be held at the Pipkin Building on June 18. (Vernon Adams/Courtesy Cynthia Daniels & Co.)

Memphis Vegan Festival at the Pipkin Building, Saturday:

If there is anyone in Memphis who knows how to throw a festival, it’s Cynthia Daniels. And she’s back with the second annual Memphis Vegan Festival at the fairgrounds (aka Liberty Park) this weekend. The event was planned to be a ticketed one, but thanks to an anonymous benefactor, it’s now free. Attendees can sample plant-based meals from local vegan restaurants and food trucks, as well as vegan meal services, like Shroomlicious Meals (try the oyster mushroom wings, and thank me later), Thic A** Vegan (purveyor of the finest vegan milkshakes), the Vegan Mom (her peach cobbler is everything you need in your life) and many more. Plus, there is live music by Carmen Hicks and J Buck. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. 940 Early Maxwell Blvd. Click here for more information. — Phillips


Time Warp Drive-in presents “Nicolas Cage Against the World” at the Malco Summer Drive-in on June 18. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)


“Nicolas Cage Against the World” at Malco Summer Drive-In, Saturday:

Confession: A few weeks ago, my 12-year-old and I watched “Face/Off” for one of our regular movie nights. Bad parenting? Look, I’ll just say that I hadn’t seen this gonzo 1997 action movie since its initial theatrical run and, well, it’s even wilder than I remembered. John Travolta is an FBI agent. Nicolas Cage is the amoral super-criminal he’s tracking. And it gets personal, even more so when, through some complicated sci-fi plot twists, they exchange faces. Literally. It’s an acting gimmick that both attack with a gusto and matches the over-the-top action of Hong Kong ace director John Woo, in his second American directing gig. “Face/Off” sets the tone for this three-film Time Warp Drive-In tribute to Cage, which extends to more under-the-radar but equally deranged fare: the 2018 psychedelic revenge movie “Mandy” and the 2011 grindhouse-style action-horror “Drive Angry” (with Amber Heard). Gates at 6:30 p.m., films at sundown (roughly 8:15). $25 per car.5310 Summer Ave. See here for more info. — Herrington


Collective Soul will play the Graceland Soundstage on June 18. In this file photo, Ed Roland of Collective Soul performed during the Louder Than Life Festival on Oct. 4, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP file)

Collective Soul at Graceland Soundstage, Saturday:

Mid-90s, post-grunge rockers Collective Soul are still together and plan to release their 11th studio album later this summer. So you should probably expect them to play some of their new stuff when they play the Graceland Soundstage this Saturday. But they’d be remiss if they didn’t play the hits that made them famous in the first place — particularly “Shine” (and it’s stuck in your head now, sorry), “Where the River Flows” and “December.” 8 p.m. $29.50 to $79.50. 3717 Elvis Presley Boulevard. Click here for more info and tickets. — Phillips


Trina (AP Photo file/Matt Sayles)

Tri-State Black Pride Music Festival at Overton Park, Sunday:

It’s Tri-State Black Pride weekend, and a number of Pride events (like the Thursday night opening party and the Saturday drag brunch) are already sold out. But tickets remain for Sunday’s Tri-State Black Pride Music Festival headlined by Miami-based rapper Trina and featuring local singer Bird Williams and a whole host of other musicians and comedians. Food trucks, a cash bar and vendors will be on-site. 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $10 to $75. 1930 Poplar Ave. Click here for more info on Tri-State Black Pride events and tickets. — Phillips


Everclear’s 30th Anniversary Tour stops at Minglewood Hall on June 19. This 2018 file photo shows Art Alexakis of Everclear performing during the Riptide Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (mpi04/MediaPunch /IPX/AP file)

Everclear 30th Anniversary Tour at Minglewood Hall, Sunday:

The ’90s are alive in Memphis this weekend, and the fact that alt-rock band Everclear is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year truly makes me feel my age. But when you’re in a room full of other GenXers (and older millennials) who know all the words to the 1990s classics, it makes you feel young again. And Everclear leadman Art Art Alexakis has promised this tour is all about the old stuff — the poppy hits like “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine” and the b-sides from their classic albums (which is fine since, back then, you had to buy an entire album, so you learned the words to the b-sides, too). Openers are ’90s bands Fastball and The Nixons. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. $29. 1555 Madison Ave. Click here for more info and tickets. — Phillips

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