The Weekly Memphian: Grind City Flow Festival, East Buntyn ArtWalk, Spirits & Soul Festival and Edge Motor Fest

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers April 24-28.


“Hail Satan?” at Studio on the Square: This apparently deadpan documentary about “The Satanic Temple” -- a gaggle of non-conformists who appear to be as much performance-art troupe and political activists as religious order -- was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is just now making its way across the country in theatrical release, making this a pretty good get for Indie Memphis’ weekly screening series. “The disposition of Satanic Temple members is basically Marxist, as in Groucho,” The Los Angeles Times wrote recently, in a profile of filmmaker Penny Lane. More info here-Chris Herrington

7 p.m. $10. 2105 Court Ave.

Optic Sink and Yazan Fahmawi at The Green Room: Memphian Natalie Hoffman has already made a name for herself as a part of noise punk band Nots. Now she’s back for even more with post-punk side project Optic Sink. She’ll be debuting pieces of her new act along with fellow Crosstown Arts artist-in-residence Yazan Fahmawi. -Jared Boyd

7 p.m. $10. 1350 Concourse Ave.


Sarah Arvio at Burke's Book Store: Sarah Arvio, who works as a translator for the United Nations in New York and Geneva, will return to the Cooper Young bookstore to read from her translations of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Arvio was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2005-2006 and received Rome Prize in Literature for 2003-2004. -Elle Perry

5:30-6:30 p.m. (Reading starts at 6 p.m.) 936 S. Cooper St.


“Walk the Line” at The Orpheum: As filmed-in-Memphis Sun-era musical biopics go, 2005’s “Walk the Line” is a much better movie than the earlier Jerry Lee Lewis portrait “Great Balls of Fire” and, on the whole, makes better use of Memphis, most especially using the whole of South Main to recreate 1950s Memphis. I tend to think the childhood trauma/psychology stuff is laid on a little too thick when it comes to explaining Cash’s art, but as a period-piece musical romance, it’s terrific, with Joaquin Phoenix and especially Reese Witherspoon (who won the Oscar) both shining, and doing their own vocals. See herefor more info. -Herrington

7 p.m, $8 for adults, $6 for kids. 203 S. Main St.

Spirits & Soul Festival: Middle Tennessee might be known for its distilled spirits, but y’all know what the Mid-South is known for: that good ol’ soul. As a part of the bicentennial celebration, distillers from across the state will be descending upon Downtown Memphis to bring both elements together for a two-day whiskey festival. Things kick off on Friday night, where the typical South Main Trolley Night will be infused with several storefront tastings that feature Tennessee-based whiskeys. Hangout for a second-round of activities that hangover into Saturday, when Old Dominick will be hosting a block party. For more info: -Boyd

SPINS feat. DJ Witnesse at Green Room in Crosstown Arts: SPINS is a monthly DJ series aimed at fans of a more experimental music experience. And it’s a good thing that it’s held each month in the Green Room at Crosstown Arts because the multicultural living community brings in passersby who are as diverse as the blends of music that take place inside. This month, Memphis’ own DJ Witnesse is up to bat, and promises a set that will explore the annals of Memphis’ music history. So, come ready to learn, as well as party. -Boyd

9 p.m. $5. 1350 Concourse Ave.


Cooper-Young Community Yard Sale: Looking for a treasure that someone else decided to trash? You’ll likely find a deal at Cooper-Young’s community-wide yard sale. There’ll be more than three dozen homes in the neighborhood welcoming visitors to walk right up and take a look at their once-beloved household items. Though unlikely, even those who manage to walk away empty handed, will be able to find solace in the opportunity to walk through the beautiful neighborhood, breathing fresh air and mingling with the delightful neighbors. -Boyd

8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Locations here.

East Buntyn ArtWalk: This year is the 10th anniversary East Buntyn ArtWalk. The event originally began with a few neighbors setting up artwork in the yards for sale to other neighbors. Last year, the event had the most ever attendees, with about 3,000. Visitors can pick up a map at St. James Anglican Church, which is in the center of the neighborhood.  The church will also feature live music, an auction tent and food trucks. The walk is kid and pet-friendly. (The rain date is 2-7 p.m. Sunday, April 28.) -Perry

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.  461 S. Prescott. 

Edge Motor Fest: There are several small details in Downtown’s Edge District that hint to its days of being a hub for local automotive enthusiasts of yesteryear. Saturday, there will be a much bigger queue to this hidden history, the Edge Motor Museum. To celebrate its opening, come out to the Edge to partake in a festival for car lovers and soon-to-be gearheads, alike. Come marvel at classic rides, listen to music, eat and check out the museum! -Boyd

Noon - 6 p.m. Free. 345 Marshall Ave.

Grind City Flow Arts Festival at Memphis Botanic Garden: The Grind City Flow Festival is a new fire and flow arts festival. Flow artists will teach attendees skills such as hula hooping, fire eating (!), aerial arts, yoga, juggling and more. After the workshops is the Grind City Flow Fest Spectacular. At the spectacular, attendees can watch an instructor showcase featuring jugglers, hula hoopers, aeralists and pole artists, as well as fire demonstration (eating, breathing and dancing). There will food trucks, vendors, live music and craft beer. The event is rain or shine. Gates open for the workshop at 9 a.m.; the showcase begins at 6 p.m. Guests can park in the Live at the Garden parking lot off of Cherry Road. -Perry

9 a.m. until midnight. $75 for workshop wristband. $10 for the showcase in advance, $15 at the door, free for children under 5. 750 Cherry Road. 

IRIS Orchestra ft. Itamar Zorman: IRIS is hosting two events with violinist Itamar Zorman, the top prize winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition. On Saturday is “Straight from the Soul” at Germantown Performing Arts Center, featuring works byDvorák and Brahms and on Sunday is “IRIS Orchestra at the Brooks,” featuring Zorman performing pieces by Bach and Mendelssohn alongside IRIS musicians. After the Brooks Museum concert, guests are invited to tour the featured exhibit, by Canaletto and join a reception. -Perry

7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $45-70 for the Saturday concert$35 for the Sunday concert.

Santana at BankPlus Amphitheater:  The band named for frontman and guitar deity Carlos Santana will be rolling into Southaven for a soul-lifting evening of sweltering Latin rock music. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and cozy up next to the family for a funky, psychedelic tour through sound. -Boyd

8 p.m. $29.50 - $129.50. 6275 Snowden Lane, Southaven, Mississippi

Sir Charles Birthday Bash at Paradise Entertainment Center: Sir Charles Jones is known as the current “King of Southern Soul,” a hybrid of big-city blues and R&B that harkens back to crooners like Johnnie Taylor and Tyrone Davis. While Jones isn’t a Memphis-native, much of his sound and his fanbase is nestled right in the bosom of Mid-South sensibilities. See him and several of his soulful friends take the stage at Paradise, a local club that has garnered a reputation as a vestige of juke joint atmosphere. Oh yeah, which reminds me! It’s BYOB. -Boyd

8 p.m.-1 a.m. $35 general admission. $45 VIP. 645 E. Georgia Ave.


Literacy Mid-South Zero K at Wiseacre Brewing Co.: If you’ve ever seen those “0 K” bumper stickers donning the car of non-running person, the Literacy Mid-South Zero K takes that idea, adding the post-run party (again, minus the running) and a charitable cause. This event raises funds for reading swag bags for Literacy Mid-South summer reading students. Tickets include two drink tickets and a raffle tickets. Cousins Maine Lobster and MemPops food trucks are scheduled for the event. The raffle winner will receive a gift pack that includes two autographed books, a $50 gift card to Novel and two Wiseacre six-packs of the winner’s choice. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best athleisure or brunch-chic outfit. -Perry

3-7 p.m. $25. 2783 Broad Ave.

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