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Posted: Feb 2, 2010 5:26 pm
 
I'll be in Memphis from March 12-14...been before but mostly checked out Goner/Stax/Cooper Young.

Don't know any better place to ask what to do...want to do as much as possible in three days. I'm thinking:

- Al Green's church (how often is he actually there? Might be a cool thing on Sunday -- also I know it's not "touristy" and I'm fine with that).
- Libertyland (is it possible to "get in" or is it closed off? I know some people who went inside but I don't know if they snuck in or whatever).
- Stax (it's been a couple years, definitely wouldn't mind going again)
- Goner/walk around Cooper Young
- Graceland (this is a big maybe -- I've been to Memphis twice and avoided it but I'm thinking maybe I should go just once).
- Is the Rock and Soul museum any good?

Open to any other suggestions. Really. I know this is kind of lame for a lot of you (I'd feel the same way about my hometown), but as an outsider, I want to do as much cool shit as possible. Any suggestions? Restaurants, bars, shows, really anything.
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 6:07 pm
 
Libertyland is now a pile of rubble. The Zippin Pippin is slated for demolition any day now. Rock and Soul Museum kinda sucks. Where you from?
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 6:18 pm
 
Richmond VA
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 6:28 pm
 
Al Green's church is awesome. You can call ahead and find out if he's there (google "Al Green's Church" - I can't remember the real name of it.)
Usually the tourists sit in back. If I were you I'd come dressed for real church, though - it freaks me out to see shorts and tshirts in there. And bring money for the offering. It's also a long service - don't come hungry.
It's near Graceland, so you might could do that afterwards. Though, as a Memphian, I've never been.

Libertyland is indeed a pile of rubble, and you can't sneak in. I tried a week or so ago.

Go down to the Mud Island Greenway and walk on the river. Or, Tom Lee for that matter. It's free, and practically the best Memphis has to offer. While you're down there doing that go to the Metal Museum. GREAT view and great museum.
You know the bars if you've been on here any amount of time - Lamplighter, HiTone, Buccaneer, Murphy's.
Although it's touristy as hell, I'd at least walk down Beale and go to Schwab's. Schwab's is really, really fun.
The Civil Rights Museum is supposed to be awesome, but I've never gone.

The Zoo's nice if you like zoos.

Have fun!
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 6:57 pm | Edited by: elle
 
go to sun studios, a schwab's, take a walk down by the river at martyr's park just to take a looksee. go to graceland, but then go to graceland too if you have the chance. def. go to the civil rights museum. go eat ribs at cozy corner, a pulled pork sandwich at payne's, have fried chicken at gus's, a sno cone at jerry's, a cheeseburger at the lamplighter, and hit up a show at the buccaneer and the hi tone. the zoo is fun - check out the polar bears - they're my fav.
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 7:33 pm | Edited by: Record Shop Asshole
 
Thanks guys, that's definitely a good start if not enough to fill a whole weekend. And yeah, I'm DEFINITELY going to Graceland Too...I feel kind of awkward about showing up in a group of two and knocking on Paul's door but whatever, I've got to see it. I'll check out the Civil Rights Museum, Schwab's (never even heard of it), and I'm hoping there's something going on at the Bucc when I'm there because I've never made it. Sucks about Libertyland.
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 8:57 pm | Edited by: street
 
Another recommendation for the zoo if you have any interest at all in zoos -- it's really one of the best in the country. Also, if you're doing Beale Street/Schwab's/downtown on Saturday -- and really like beer -- there's a beer festival in Handy Park that looks sort of interesting:

River City Brewers Festival

Not quite sure how Pabst snuck in there, but...
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 9:02 pm
 
You should go see vi.
Posted: Feb 3, 2010 7:36 am
 
.I feel kind of awkward about showing up in a group of two and knocking on Paul's door but whatever

bring a six pack of beer. seriously. makes it that much more fun.
Posted: Feb 3, 2010 4:44 pm
 
Stage Stop!
Posted: Feb 4, 2010 2:58 pm
 
I third the Zoo. Its pretty rad. The Civil Rights museum is pretty intense.
Posted: Feb 4, 2010 4:28 pm
 
If you go downtown, check out the Peanut Shop on main st. The owner reminds me of the "soup nazi" from Seinfield. I call him the peanut nazi. His store, as far as I am concerned, is one of Memphis' best kept secrets.
Posted: Feb 9, 2010 6:58 pm
 
you can totally sneak in to liberty land from the fairgrounds parking lot close to central. there is an opening in the fence. I think there's a loose dog in there though
Posted: Feb 10, 2010 9:35 am
 
Hey Asshole,
I have your opposite problem, having to kill time constructively in the 804 when visiting family. What do you think?
Posted: Feb 10, 2010 9:46 am
 
you can totally sneak in to liberty land from the fairgrounds parking lot close to central. there is an opening in the fence.

You'll have a great time if you like mudpits. Total demolition site, leveled to the earth.

You might re-check the fence-hole, they put up new green chainlink fence around the site recently.
Posted: Feb 10, 2010 9:54 am
 
If you go downtown, check out the Peanut Shop on main st. The owner reminds me of the "soup nazi" from Seinfield. I call him the peanut nazi. His store, as far as I am concerned, is one of Memphis' best kept secrets.

I'm not trying to advocate the use of marajuana, but that place is crazy looking while under the influence.
Posted: Feb 10, 2010 3:47 pm
 
I have your opposite problem, having to kill time constructively in the 804 when visiting family. What do you think?

If that's Richmond... tons of history themed stuff. I'm partial to the Arthur Ashe statue preceded by Confederate icons on Monument Blvd. Plan 9's basement is good for old and new stuff. Vinyl Conflict (or Vinyl Solution, whatever its called) is good for punk, hardcore, and some metal. Good food in and around Careytown and towards what I perceived to be downtown. WARNING! Bars close early (compared to Memphis) and they will take drinks from your hand at last call. Hethurr can answer more questions than me.
Posted: Feb 10, 2010 4:34 pm | Edited by: hethurr
 
Hethurr can answer more questions than me.

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Posted: Feb 11, 2010 2:13 pm
 
thanks!

on history, the Museum of the Confederacy proudly displays the cloak and jacket that Jefferson Davis was wearing when Federal troops apprehended him after the war, which refutes the myth that Davis was captured in drag.
Posted: Feb 13, 2010 3:53 am
 
Day One - Bourbon , Black Hookers , Crack Cocaine, BBQ, and music
Day Two-Repeat
Day Three- Al Green's church
Posted: Feb 13, 2010 8:49 pm
 
Day Three- Al Green's church

repent! :P
Posted: Feb 17, 2010 3:06 pm
 
Dead pig
Live music
Cold beer
Goood peoples
Excedrin
Posted: Feb 17, 2010 9:44 pm
 
Cocaine.

Casinos

Shotguns.

Titty Bars.

Southern BBQ

Wrestling

Church
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