Orpheum Theater, 203 S. Main St.
Show until Sunday 21 August
In honor of the resumption of the school year, I thought I’d bless you, dear reader, with the best essay I’ve ever written in high school. But unfortunately I don’t have it anymore and I don’t remember it. Of course, I do remember my thoughtfully chosen topics – Sharpe Evans and Voldemort, High School Musical and Harry Potter The series, respectively, are basically the same characters. Did you see it? Or do I need to spell it out for you, maybe a more accessible five-things-to-do style rather than the medium of five-paragraph essays I used to love?
Okay, so, take the character’s attitude towards the drama as an example. Now it’s more obvious that Sharpe is the president of the East High School Drama Club and is fighting for a lead role in the school’s musical (hence the whole plot of the movie), but I have a ticklish feeling that Voldemort would love to be center stage. After all, they’re both gluttons of attention and admiration — very different from characters like Boo Radley, who just doesn’t want to be bothered.When he takes the stage at Orpheum this weekend with other beloved characters from Harper Lee’s classic, they won’t have anything to do with him to kill a robin.
Set in Alabama in 1934, this stage play brings Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence to life. Shows are Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm. Tickets ($29-$125) can be purchased here.
Rock Climbing, Memphis Rocks, 879 E. McLemore Ave.
Saturday, August 20, 9am-4pm
Next point: Our opponents have the same motivation: they all want to get to the top. Sharpay wanted to pounce on it, and Voldemort wanted to… er… slay his way. Either way, they want to outdo everyone else, and as someone who has (and only once) reached the top of the Memphis Rocks climbing wall and couldn’t stop her legs from shaking, I can say that life isn’t for everyone.
But hey, climbing to the top might work for you, or near the top, or just a few feet off the ground. It doesn’t make you the bad guy. In fact, this Saturday, the good folks at Memphis Rox are celebrating all the benefits of climbing, like the inclusivity and community it can bring.
On special occasions, guests can enjoy free goat yoga at 9:15am (register here), tie-dye some shirts, chew some food, and watch a 2:30pm movie screening keep the lights on, the latest short film from Memphis Rocks, explores how energy costs affect residents’ ability to pay rent, pay medical bills and support their families. A group discussion will follow. Plus, professional climbers like Manoah Ainuu, Nina Williams, Fred Campbell and Nathaniel Coleman (2020 Olympic silver medalist 😱) will be there – you know Sharpay doesn’t miss an opportunity like this, and neither should you.
Crosstown Lobby, 1350 Lobby
Saturday, August 20 noon to 4 p.m.
Whether or not you agree with all of Sharpe and the Dark Lord’s antics, you have to admit they made a splash – enough to get them here on their own Memphis Magazine Network. You know what else can make a splash? – I’m not talking about this compelling segue – Crosstown Concourse.
This weekend, the lobby will bid farewell to summer with a captivating magic-themed afternoon, where families can cool off with waterslides and sprinkler installations, and take a spin at spinning art machines, ski balls, interactive bubble art, and more, all for free .
Black Lodge, 405 N. Cleveland
Saturday, August 20, 4pm-8pm
Here’s a question that’s going to blow your mind: Who’s going to win the battle — Mysterio or Sharpay Evans? Now at first glance, you might be tempted to say Voldemort because of his background in murder and black magic and all that jazz, but it’s impossible for Sharpe not to be trained in stage combat. I bet that girl knows her way around the sword in addition to the jazz hand. Can she defeat the Dark Lord? Unless one day they come together, I suspect we’ll never know for sure, as they are fictional, exist in different universes, and are part of different franchises under different entertainment groups.But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good old fashioned fight without them – I mean old– Stylish fighting.
As it happens, this Saturday, the Memphis Armored Fight Club is heading to the Black Lodge for a medieval-inspired show fight, starting at 4pm, and screenings King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in the meantime, viewers can use the soft pack to practice their own fighting skills, and if you practice hard enough, maybe one day you can beat Sharpay and/or Voldemort in a sword fight. Insurance is $5.
Theater, 2085 Monroe
Sunday, August 21, 6pm
It’s fun to make fun of fictional villains, especially under the guise of homework or actual work, but it’s also fun to make fun of real-life villains. I’ll be staying in my driveway with fictional villains, and the Emerald Theater Company is taking on real-life villains this weekend with their Don’t Say Gay fundraiser. To that end, more than 20 local actors will perform in vignettes, monologues and musical performances highlighting humor, harassment and heartbreaking laws enacted in several states against LGBTQ+ people.
In addition to the two musical performances, some of the 13 vignettes and monologues will come from Debunking Disney About an angry middle-aged man and his thoughts on the “Don’t Say Gay” Act and Disney, Do not urinate directly about a transmasc student and his principal discussing bathroom options, and Sober Hate and Debbie Cake This involves some Christian hypocrisy. Additionally, State Representative Tory Harris will make a special appearance.
Tickets ($20) can be purchased at the door. The show will benefit the Emerald Theatre Company and TheatreWorks in the plaza.