The Weekly Memphian: Goat Yoga, Violent Femmes and Real Memphis Wrestling

By Published: May 19, 2019 9:10 PM CT
<strong>The Memphis Medical District Collaborative is partnering with Rossville&rsquo;s Jameson Woods Farm for two sessions of goat yoga on Sunday, May 19, in Health Sciences Park. </strong>(Ziggy Mack/Special to The Daily Memphian)&nbsp;

The Memphis Medical District Collaborative is partnering with Rossville’s Jameson Woods Farm for two sessions of goat yoga on Sunday, May 19, in Health Sciences Park. (Ziggy Mack/Special to The Daily Memphian) 

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers May 15-21.


SCS is 901: The Big Event at Levitt Shell: Music is alive and well at Shelby County Schools. After rain washed away the original scheduling for this event, here’s your second chance to hear from students at Melrose High, Treadwell Elementary, Hamilton High, Germantown Middle, and Grahamwood Elementary. Grab a blanket or chair and listen in as local students share their gifts. -Jared Boyd

6 - 8 p.m. Free. 1928 Poplar Ave.

BiSoultennial Celebration Kickoff Party at the Green Room in Crosstown Concourse: Soul is one of Memphis’ greatest exports. So, for the city’s 200th birthday, the Stax Museum is polling music fans to choose their top ten from a list of 200 soul songs from the city’s musical history. Voting will begin with a kickoff party where a group of panelists and I will share some of our own favorite Memphis musical selections. Come hang with us and talk music at the interactive record party. -Boyd

7 - 9 p.m. Free. 1350 Concourse Ave.


Violent Femmes and X at the Soundstage at Graceland: Los Angeles’ Slash Records was one of the best American indie rock labels of the 1980s and two of its signature acts hit town on a joint tour. Led by Gordon Gano,  Violent Femmes were a band originally from Milwaukee whose unlikely blend of folk and punk was dynamic and which soundtracked high school parties at least a decade after the band’s early 1980s peak. Los Angeles roots-punk band X, driven by co-leads John Doe and Exene Cervenka, were lit-minded guttersnipes who, for a few years there, were one of America’s best bands. (Search: 1981’s “Wild Gift.”) Maybe the latter will celebrate the setting by breaking out their ace cover of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Breathless.” - Chris Herrington

8 p.m. $39.50 in advance or $45 day of show. More info here.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains” at Crosstown Theater: This 1981 curio was directed by L.A. music producer Lou Adler and stars Diane Lane as a teenager who becomes an unlikely rock star fronting a punk band named the Stains. Real-life punk-era greats Paul Cook and Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) and Paul Simonon (The Clash) play fictional musicians and a young Laura Dern is also along for the ride. Screening as part of Crosstown Arts weekly film series. -Herrington

7:30 p.m. $5. More info here. Watch the trailer


“Voices of Mississippi” at Crosstown Theater: William Ferris is a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and founded the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and co-founded (with Judy Peiser) the Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis. This Indie Memphis screening collects short documentary films he made about Mississippi culture. Ferris will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A. -Herrington

6 p.m. Free with RSVP. More info here.

Jimbo Mathus at Bar DKDC: It’s hard to put your finger on the mysticism of Mississippi’s Jimbo Mathus. He’s as bluesy as he is jazzy with an air of avant-garde rock. His repertoire speaks to the funky spirit of the little bar he’ll be playing in. His resume, from sessions under the direction of Sam Phillips to his frequent collaborations with Luther Dickinson, speaks to his understated value as a living legend of this region’s modern music. -Boyd

9 p.m. - 12 a.m. 964 S. Cooper St.

Rev. John Wilkins at Railgarten: Ever felt the spirit in a bar? If not, Rev. John Wilkins is the one to get you there with his high-energy, uplifting stage show. After all, his career in music doesn’t simply span performances in church bands, he knows the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues like the back of his hand, and has played alongside soul man O.V. Wright. -Boyd

8 - 10:30 p.m. Free. 2166 Central Ave.


Ruby Bridges Reading Festival at National Civil Rights Museum: The fourth annual Ruby Bridges Reading festival will be held in the National Civil Rights Museum’s courtyard. Ruby Bridges-Hall, the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana in 1960, will sign free children’s books and give a reading. Educators, with school ID, will receive free books for their classrooms. The festival will also feature face painting, balloon animals, a puppet show, music, jam roller skating performances, dance performances, food trucks and more. -Elle Perry

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. 450 Mulberry St.

Real Memphis Wrestling presented by 901 Wrestling at Rec Room: Though the tradition may have worn a bit, Memphis is still a stronghold in wrasslin’ country. Sit ringside with your brew and take your pick whether you want to root for the bad guys or the good guys. -Boyd

7 - 9 p.m. $5. 3000 Broad Ave.

Time Warp Drive-In: Dreams & Magic Forever— 1990’s Fantasy Films at Summer Drive-In: This month’s Time Warp Drive-In starts with a family friendly Robin Williams double feature of the original “Jumanji” and Steven Spielberg’s version of the Peter Pan story, “Hook.” Rounding out the night for those who want to stay late is one of the most underrated films of that decade (no, really, seriously), “Gremlins” director Joe Dante’s “Small Soldiers,” a satire on consumerism, military toys and militarism in general. -Herrington

7 p.m .(movies starting at sundown). $10. More info here.


Goat Yoga in Health Sciences Park: Do you enjoy yoga? Do you think tiny goats are cute? Would you like to combine the two in a park setting? If you answered yes to those three questions, then you’re in luck. The Memphis Medical District Collaborative is again partnering with Rossville’s Jameson Woods Farm for two sessions of goat yoga on Sunday. Just $5 reserves your spot, with all proceeds going towards Memphis Animal Services. Spots are limited, so if tickets are sold out by the time you see this, you can email to get added to the waitlist. Kids 10 and up are welcome. -Perry

1-1:45 p.m. and 2:15-3 p.m. $5, reserve your spot here. Corner of Madison Avenue and South Dunlap Street


Opening Day at W.C. Johnson Spray Park: The weather is warming up and W.C. Johnson Spray Park is hoping to provide a place for the community to cool down. The Park opens Monday, and residents must have a pass. Passes can be obtained from the Parks and Recreation office (440 West Powell Road, between Harrell Theatre and DAC) with proof of residency – photo ID and utility bill. Those living outside Collierville must pay at the Parks and Recreation office before using. Non-residents pay $10 per person per visit before using. The Park will be open 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. -Abigail Warren

9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free for Collierville residents, $10/person for non-residents. 419 W.C. Johnson Park Dr.

Opening Day at Suggs Spray Park: Collierville’s free water park, Suggs Spray Park, opens Monday. Visitors do not need a pass to go to the park. -Warren

9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 163 E. South St.


Tav Falco’s Panther Burns at Lafayette’s Music Room: When they first emerged in the late 1970s, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns were a punk provocation, an “anti-musical environment” meant to highlight then-forgotten blues and roots music of the city. After awhile, arty Arkansas transplant Falco evolved into a pretty respectable garage/roots bandleader on this own terms, those “roots” eventually taking in a obsession with tango. Now based in Europe, Falco brings the current version of his durable personal project back home. -Herrington

8 p.m., $15. More info here.


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