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The Weekly Memphian: 'Zoo Dude,' 'Soul Man' and a virtual 5K

Usually, this is a guide to things happening around Memphis, but with a coronavirus pandemic underway, nothing is usual. Since most public gatherings and events scheduled for March have been postponed or canceled, we’re doing our part to promote social distancing.

Below you’ll find a list of events aimed at bringing Memphians together in spirit, even as many stay at home. 



Zumba instructor David Quarles, seen here in October 2018 in the South Main Artspace Lofts, wants to help you stay fit while you're social distancing. (Daily Memphian file)

Virtual Zumba Class with David Quarles IV: For many of us, social distancing for days on end means sedentary living. But zumba instructor (and jewelry craftsman) David Quarles IV wants to keep his clients pumped up, even if they are siloed. Until he’s able to return to in-person sessions with his classes, he’ll be hosting workouts from the Zoom app. — Jared Boyd


6:30-7:30 p.m. $5. For detailed instructions on enrollment and log-on info, visit Facebook.

Virtual “Remote Work Happy Hour” by Blue North: Designed as an online meeting place for young professionals who’ve been balancing productivity with the sudden shift to working from home, this “Remote Work Happy Hour” isn’t a Memphis-centric event. However, it will be co-hosted by Memphis-based designer and creative director Dana James Mwangi, in conjunction with entrepreneurial incubator Blue North. The Northern Kentucky-based company is directed by University of Memphis alum Brit Fitzpatrick, who’ll also be in virtual attendance for the cyber social event. — Boyd

6:30 p.m. RSVP here.


Virtual Art Opening for J. Rodney Leath: In her “My Memphis View” gallery on South Main, local artist Mary-Ellen Kelly has been producing a series of shows to showcase her favorite artists. In lieu of a reception to exhibit the drawings of J. Rodney Leath, Kelly will be streaming a live event to display the art and give away prizes to those watching. Leath’s exhibit will feature graphite and color pencil drawings of familiar scenes from in and around Memphis. — Boyd

7-8 p.m. Follow the Facebook event page for updates and links.



Humane Society’s Fast & Furriest 5K Virtual Run: Originally scheduled for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County grounds on Saturday morning, this year’s Fast & Furriest 5K has evolved into a week-long event. This way, runners are able to go at their own pace, tracking their times via running apps, posting the results to a dashboard on the Humane Society website. At the conclusion of the event, winners will be contacted regarding their awards. — Boyd

March 21 through March 28. For more details, visit the Humane Society website.


Matt Thompson

“Zoo Dude: Behind the Scenes” from the Memphis Zoo: The Memphis Zoo is closed, but the staff creates a daily schedule of streaming content to bring the wonder of the animal kingdom into your home. Programming includes a weekend edition of “Zoo Dude,” hosted by chief zoological officer Matt Thompson. He goes behind the exhibit to observe exotic animals hanging out when no one’s around. — Boyd


Saturdays at noon. Sundays at 8 a.m. For a full schedule of streaming events, visit Facebook.


“Soul Man” on Amazon Prime, YouTube or Vimeo: OK, so technically this can be watched anytime, but now is a great time to check out this short film that won “Best Hometowner Narrative Short” at last year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival. Kyle Taubken is the writer/director of the 13-minute film starring Curtis C. Jackson as a washed-up soul singer from the '60s living in modern-day Memphis. The movie is included with Prime membership. Or you can check it out for free on YouTube or Vimeo. — Elle Perry 


“Life After Death” streaming online: Memphis creative studio and video production company Perpetual Motion is making this roughly 13-minute film free to view in light of the mass cancellations driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Directed, edited and co-written by Noah Glenn, the dark comedy centers on a man who is invited to a support group for the legally dead. It was a top ten finalist for the Memphis Film Prize 2019. — Perry