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The To-Do List: Cherry blossom picnic, puppets and where to get green beer

Welcome back to The To-Do List, where Daily Memphian staffers suggest their favorite events and activities for the coming week.

This week, we’ve got your St. Patrick’s Day guide. Plus, the Godmother of Soul is at the Orpheum, and there’s magic at the Halloran Centre.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Celtic Crossing + St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cooper-Young, Friday: 

Celtic Crossing’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party runs from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on March 17. (Patrick Lantrip/The Daily Memphian file)


If you’re looking to go all out for St. Patrick’s Day this year, head to the Cooper-Young neighborhood. Celtic Crossing opens at 9 a.m. for an all-day/all-night party. You can pre-game there before the annual Cooper-Young St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. It’ll roll past the bar, so there’s no need to leave your cozy patio spot. At 11 a.m., Crossing Chunes plays on the outside patio. And at 2 p.m., Celtic will start charging a $10 cover. From there, expect live music by the Bluff City Backsliders, Shakermaker and Twin Soul. There will also be an Irish dance performance at 6 p.m., and DJ Tree will round out the night with a set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Parade is free, and entry to Celtic is free until 2 p.m. $10 after 2 p.m. 903 S. Cooper St. Click here for more information. — Bianca Phillips

“From the Studio” by Carl Moore at Jay Etkin Gallery, opening Friday:

“Recovery” by Carl Moore (Carl Moore/Courtesy Jay Etkin Gallery)

Artist Carl Moore will present new and previous work at Jay Etkin Gallery as part of the Tennessee Triennial’s “Re-Pair Works” exhibition series, which showcases artists’ work in galleries across the state. The paintings in Moore’s “From the Studio” exhibition reflect life and work in the Black community and touch on politics, conflict, happiness, peace, loss, indifference and anger. The exhibition runs through April 29, and Moore will present an artist talk from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday April 27. On view Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 942 Cooper St. Click here for more information. — Phillips

St. Patrick’s Day at Soul & Spirits Brewing, Friday:

Soul & Spirits Brewing will host a St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17. (Jennifer Biggs/The Daily Memphian file)

The green beer will be flowing at Soul & Spirits Brewing on Friday, but if you’d rather go for something dark and toasty, I’d suggest their Smoke Stack smoked dark lager. Albee’s food truck will be on-site serving a special Irish-themed menu, and there’s a “blessing of the beer” at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., local bagpipers The Memphis Pipe Band will perform. 4 to 10 p.m. Free. 845 N. Main St. Click here for more information. — Phillips


“Beer + Hymns: St. Patrick’s Day Edition” at Evergreen Presbyterian Church, Friday:

How often do you get to drink beer at church? Take advantage of this rare opportunity on St. Pat’s Day at Evergreen Presbyterian Church. Now, just to be clear, the church is not providing the beer, but guests are invited to BYOB. The church will provide a free, traditional Irish dinner, and as advertised, hymns will be sung. 6 p.m. RSVP is requested, and you can let the church know about any dietary restrictions using this form. 1567 Overton Park Ave. Click here for more information. — Phillips 

The Otis Mission at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts, Friday:

The Otis Mission will play The Green Room at Crosstown Arts on March 17. (Courtesy Crosstown Arts)

James Otis Mission is best-known around town as a versatile drummer who’s performed, toured and recorded with multiple Grammy-winning artists. But Mission is also a composer, and he created The Otis Mission to showcase his original compositions, which range in genre from gospel and blues to jazz and hip-hop. Mission will be joined by a roster of other well-known, local musicians: James Sexton (drums), Tony Dickerson (keys), Alvie Givhan (keys), Deante Payne (mallets), Joe Restivo (guitar) and Ted Partin (bass). Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance or $20 at the door. 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Iris Collective’s Dali Quartet at Scheidt Family Performing Arts Center, Friday:

Iris Collective’s Dali Quartet will play the Scheidt Family Performing Arts Center on March 17. (Courtesy Iris Collective)

The Dali Quartet, made up of Iris Collective members, has a mission to bring Latin American quartet repertoire to an equal standing alongside the Classical and Romantic canon. In this concert, the quartet will be joined by Cuban-born Memphis percussionist Nelson Rodriguez from Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group, and they’ll be fusing classical and Latin music. Expect works from “the Spanish Mozart” Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga and Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, as well as work by modern composers from Venezuela, Panama, Argentina and Cuba. 7:30 p.m. $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event. 3800 Central Ave. Click here for more information. — Phillips


Cherry Blossom Picnic at Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday:

Memphis Botanic Garden will host its annual Cherry Blossom Picnic on March 18. (Courtesy Memphis Botanic Garden)

Memphians can celebrate Japanese culture at the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Cherry Blossom Picnic. Attendees can take a guided tour through the Japanese Garden, purchase food from Asian and Asian-inspired food trucks and watch a tea ceremony. Plus, there are shodo name writing and origami workshops, Japanese games, kimono doll and koi windsock crafting sessions and musical performances from 901 Taiko and Maika Yamaoka. Stop by to learn about the Anime Blues Con, University of Memphis Language Club and Ikebana International Bamboo Chapter. The Botanic Garden is partnering with Japan Outreach Initiative, the University of Memphis and the U of M Japanese Culture Club for the event. For the 21 and up crowd, drinks, including a signature cocktail will be available. Note: In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. Updates will be posted on the Botanic Garden’s social media pages on the day of the event. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with MBG admission ($12 for adults, $7 for children age 2-12). 750 Cherry Road. Click here for more information and a performance schedule. — Elle Perry

Jeghetto Puppet Parade on Beale Street and Pop-Up Performances in Fourth Bluff Park, Saturday:

Puppeteer Jeghetto will lead a “Memphis Superheroes” parade on Beale Street and puppet shows in Fourth Bluff Park on March 18. (Courtesy Memphis River Parks Partnership)

Pennsylvania-based hip-hop puppeteer Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins returns to the Bluff City to work with area youth. On Saturday, Pipkins, youth and Memphis’ Lucky 7 Brass Band will host a “Memphis Superheroes” puppet parade at Fourth and Beale streets at 11 a.m. They’ll march to Fourth and Second streets and to Handy Park, where the crew will stay until noon. At 1:30 and 3 p.m., Pipkins will perform puppet shows at Fourth Bluff Park. In case you were wondering, Jeghetto is a play on Geppetto, Pinnochio’s creator. Pipkins’ puppets have appeared in a Missy Elliot video, in an Alexa Super Bowl ad and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Duke University. 11 a.m. parade start, shows begin at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Free admission. Fourth and Beale streets for the parade and Front Street between Court and Jefferson streets (Fourth Bluff Park) for the shows. Click here for more information. — Perry

“The Magic of Michael Grandinetti Live” at the Halloran Centre, Saturday:

Michael Grandinetti will bring his magic show to the Halloran Centre on March 18. (Courtesy Orpheum Theatre)


Levitation, escapes, sawing in half, teleportation. You want to see all of these things when you go to a live magic show. And magician Michael Grandinetti will give you that. But those classic magic tricks have been revamped for the modern age, making them more visual and interactive than in days of yore. 7:30 p.m. $37.50. 225 S. Main St. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Patti LaBelle at the Orpheum Theatre, Saturday:

Patti LaBelle plays the Orpheum Theatre on March 18. (Courtesy Orpheum Theatre)

Make way for the Godmother of Soul: Patti LaBelle is coming to the Orpheum. LaBelle has been making musical waves since the 1960s when she was the frontwoman of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, and we can thank her for popularizing “Lady Marmalade” in 1974 (way before Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink tackled the song for “Moulin Rouge”). Many LaBelle hits followed that one, but a few standouts are “New Attitude” (an ’80s gem) and “If You Asked Me To” (Sorry, Celine Dion, but LaBelle did it best.). Expect a mix of classic rhythm and blues, pop standards and spiritual sonnets. 8 p.m. $54.50 to $147. 203 S. Main St. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Kathleen Madigan at Graceland Soundstage, Saturday:

Comedian Kathleen Madigan’s “Boxed Wine and Tiny Banjos” tour stops at Graceland Soundstage on March 18. (Courtesy Graceland)

St. Louis-based comedian Kathleen Madigan will bring her “Boxed Wine and Tiny Banjos” tour to Graceland this Saturday. The tour precedes Madison’s sixth Netflix comedy special, which is expected to drop later this year. Her fifth Netflix special, “Bothering Jesus,” which was also released as an album, was the highest-selling comedy album since 2014. 8 p.m. $39.50 to $69.50. 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Click here for more information. — Phillips 

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