The atmosphere a The Mad Earl is a mélange of sports bar and classic pub, both of which are represented in its decor. Upstairs, captain’s chairs surround small tables in the long space, where guests watch games on huge flat-screen televisions. In the finished basement, more televisions surround pool and ping-pong tables. On either floor, the wait staff pours brews and assembles pub bites such as soft pretzels with spicy mustard and five signature sandwiches and hot dogs.
Inside Royal Hookah Café, cherry-red walls and plush booths envelop visitors in Middle Eastern vibes as they kick back and relax with more than 30 flavors of hookah. To compliment puffs, servers brew pots of Arabic coffee and mint tea, or concoct fresh fruit smoothies. Throughout the week, the cafe energizes the atmosphere by organizing special events, including movie night Mondays and live DJ sets on Fridays.
Your Groupon is good for one of the company's final three productions of its 40th season. Reacquaint yourself with the classic Oliver! and sing along to the musical tunes of your childhood, such as "Food, Glorious Food," and "Consider Yourself," as the rapscallion orphans of Dickens's tale tear through the streets of 19th-century London. Or opt for a ticket to the regional premiere of Red, White, and Tuna, a two-man portrayal of the inhabitants of a small Texas town with more than 15 characters and 40 lightning-quick costume changes. Or take in the musical Hairspray to relive the trials and tribulations of Tracy Turnblad as she breaks into the 1962 Baltimore dance-show circuit. Instead of threatening lawsuits or vicious revenge, the cast of local Memphis actors will dazzle audiences with their triple threats of singing, dancing, and acting.
Voices of the South adapts the literature of Southern writers such as Eudora Welty and William Faulkner for the stage with minimal alteration, letting audiences experience books as living things that sprout leather-bound arms and legs and roam the country in search of fast cars and faster women. Sister Myotis's Bible Camp tells the comedic story of three devout Southern ladies on a mission to save souls. In addition to writing the screenplay, Steve Swift also stars as Sister Myotis, the head deaconess of an 80,000-member church who takes on backsliders, "the chronically mediocre," and, as depicted in a YouTube clip that has earned more than 2.5 million views, thongs. Accompanied by Ima Lone and Velma Needlemeyer, Sister Myotis hosts an annual women's retreat to tend the flock, coaxing wayward members with strong words and a giant licorice lasso. This performance will run at TheatreWorks, a nonprofit organization that offers low-cost office, rehearsal, and performance space for emerging artists. Call to reserve your ticket after purchasing today's Groupon, and simply pick it up at will-call on the night of the show.
A rotating menu of comfort-food favorites, including chicken-fried steak and roast beef with gravy, bolsters the hearty bar fare at The Spot Restaurant & Entertainment Complex, helping to fuel evenings of live entertainment. Attendees 21 and older gather to catch live bands, DJs spinning tunes, and comedians making wry observations or facing their fear of microphones. During DJ sets, patrons can take a break from dancing in a private VIP room with bottle service or by starting a games of darts or pool.
Since the original P & H opened in 1961, the meaning of the restaurant's signature letters has shifted from "Pearl and Harrison" to "Poor and Hungry," a term of endearment well understood by college kids. Hop a squat atop a bar stool and enjoy a foamy brew from the tap ($2.50–$4.75) as you peruse P & H's tempting menu of classic pub grub. Appetizers perk pep-deprived palates with chili-and-cheese tamales ($7.25), seasoned french fries ($3–$4), or fried pickle spears ($5–$6), giving you enough energy to finally write that great novel or to eat your main course. In addition to a wide variety of traditional sandwich options ($3.50–$7.50) including the meat-free veggie melt, P & H boasts succulently stuffed burgers ($7.50) including the El Espanol with cheddar and jalapenos and a feta- and caper-clad Greek that will have you gabbing about epistemology and metaphysics till bedtime.