Friday update: Irish Heritage Night at the Redbirds

If you’re going to the Redbirds tonight, you might want to make plans to get there early. It’s Irish Heritage Night, presented by Silky O’Sullivan’s. The first 1500 people through the gates (which open at 6:00, 7:05 first pitch) receive a special green Redbirds logo hat. There will be corned beef and cabbage and beers on special in “The Brewhouse” just inside the main gates. The Silky O’Sullivan’s dueling pianos will perform in the plaza before the game.

The Halloran Centre had a free night on its calendar, so they’re showing classic movie E.T. tonight on the big screen at 7. $5 to get in.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at the Orpheum tomorrow night at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $25-69 and there’s a $79 VIP ticket.

Lettuce turn up the beets is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. You can buy many varieties of lettuce at the Market, then toss in some radishes, beets, leeks, turnips, and onions to make a delicious salad. Kids can start their own garden from 9 to 11, choosing their seeds and then planting them in a see-through greenhouse. For adults who garden, the Master Gardeners will be back from 9 to noon to answer your questions. UT Operation Heart will check your blood pressure for free 8 to noon. Mid-South Transplant will have a table at the Market so you can learn more about their organization. Live music by Bailey Bigger 8:30 to 10 and Kim Harmon 11 to 12:30. The Memphis Farmers Market is held under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson every Saturday until the end of October, 7 AM to 1 PM.

I sure hope they’re done with film shoots at Earnestine & Hazel’s on Saturday mornings for a while. Last Saturday I walked there after the Market and there was a DO NOT ENTER sign on the door. I was like, “Nooooo! I can’t get in my Saturday morning happy place!” I shoulda got a stool and some popcorn and set up a perch across the street, to see how many people would walk up, see the DO NOT ENTER sign, and then go in anyway. From what I understand, Tennessee Ballet had rented the place out for filming.

The blog looks at this weekend’s weather. Things are not looking good for the Wine Race on Sunday. Rain, possibly heavy, is expected all day.

THANK YOU to the Memphis Grizzlies for a great season. Most analysts had Memphis missing the playoffs and going to the draft lottery. Instead, the Grizz took one of the league’s best teams to six games. Not a shabby season in the least.

As part of South Main Trolley Night, there will be an art show by veterans tonight 6-10 PM. Gallery owner Ephram Urevbu has been working with veterans who were impacted by the ravages of war, encouraging them to express what they saw and felt through works of art. The works will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the building of the first State Veterans Home.

After getting postponed by rain last week, it will once again be time for a crawfish boil at Max’s Sports Bar tomorrow, Saturday, April 29. Doors open at 11 with the first batch coming off at 12:30. $10 for a 2-pound box plus taters, corn, and sausage. I’m a crawfish fan and can attest that they do crawfish right at Max’s. I WILL BE THERE after my usual Saturday morning stops at the Farmers Market and Earnestine & Hazel’s, although I may refrain from eating crawfish so I will have room for some Jamaican food from Evelyn & Olive at The Edge Gets Lit later in the afternoon.

That’s it for now. Will probably happy hour at Silly Goose then head south for Trolley Night. Back tomorrow with more news.