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Archive: 2012

Discover the Arts: Dec. 20 - Dec. 23

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 18th, 2012

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one or all of the following art events! Spend quality time with your family at a holiday movie, shopping or at home. Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Below we've recommended just a few of many holiday performances from December 20 - 23 read more »

Topics: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Robots, Vampires and Satellites, Art After Dark, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, MEMShop, Chatterbox Audio Theatre

Rants & Raves - A Review of Melissa Farris' "Happy Cannibals" at Material Art Space

Posted by Sarah Knowles on December 13th, 2012

Whimsical, pastel frames and delicate brush stroke and color choice may, upon first glance, disguise the humorously grotesque imagery that appears in Melissa Farris’s smaller-scale paintings in her show Happy Cannibals.  Paralleling the frames, the paintings seem as though they should belong in a baby’s nursery, with an almost kitschy vibe, some including images of innocent lambs. However, upon further investigation, the viewer begins to notice these paintings are not at all devised from a nursery rhyme. read more »

Topics: Melissa Farris, Happy Cannibals, Material Art Space, Visual Arts, Rants & Raves Review

Discover the Arts: Dec. 13- Dec. 16

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 11th, 2012

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one or all of the following art events! HOLIDAY EVENTS EDITION PART 3: Do you love holiday plays with a moral lesson? These events are sure to pull at your heart strings! Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Below we've recommended just a few of many holiday performances from December 13 - 16 read more »

Topics: A Christmas Carol, Theatre Memphis, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Germantown Community Theatre, Holiday Music, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Holiday Artisan Faire, Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market

Rants & Raves - A Review of Maysey Craddock's "forest for the trees" at David Lusk Gallery

Posted by Sarah Knowles on December 11th, 2012

The opening night of Maysey Craddock’s show Forest for the Trees at David Lusk Gallery was filled, nearly to the brim, with life and conversation amidst Craddock’s paintings—this was no surprise, as there is much excitement in this show.  Craddock utilizes found brown paper bags as the surface for her relatively large gauche paintings; though they do vary in size, each panting uniquely captures her methodical, intricate and considered use of line, color, and layers.  The surface’s origin—found, brown paper bags—is evident and embraced, with the ... read more »

Topics: Maysey Craddock, Painting, David Lusk Gallery, Visual Arts, Forest for the Trees, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of The Santaland Diaries

Posted by Glenda Mace on December 6th, 2012

The Santaland Diaries Circuit Playhouse By David Sedaris Adapted by Joe Mantello Reviewed by Glenda Mace The Santaland Diaries is here and Memphis’ favorite elf is back at Circuit Playhouse. Crumpet has invited us to his party in The Memphian Room to regale us with the story of adventures and misadventures as an elf at Macy’s New York during the weeks just before Christmas. It is a tale you will not want to miss, especially if your Christmas spirit contains just a bit of Bah Humbug. read more »

Topics: The Santaland Diaries, The Circuit Playhouse, Rants & Raves Review

Discover the Arts: Dec. 6- Dec. 11

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 4th, 2012

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one or all of the following art events! HOLIDAY EVENTS SECOND EDITION: These events are sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Be apart of Memphis traditions, start new ones or give the gift of the arts! Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Below we've recommended just a few of many holiday performances from December 6 - 11 read more »

Topics: Nut ReMix, It's A Wonderful LIfe: A Live Radio Play, Holiday Show and Sale Open House, The Nutcracker, Steve Cropper, Booker T & the MG's, New Ballet Ensemble, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Metal Museum, Hattiloo Theatre, Stax Music Academy, A Million Wings, Wild Abundance Publishing

Discover the Arts: Nov. 28 - Dec. 2

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 27th, 2012

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one of the following holiday themed art events! 'Tis the season and our arts organizations will staisfy your appitite for all the holiday classics. So you've seen them all before? You are sure to be entertained, as our taleted artists add Memphis flavor, fun twists and exciting surprises! Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Below we've recommended just a few of many holiday performance from Nov 28 - Dec 2. read more »

Topics: the Nutcracker, Santaland Diaries, If Scrooge Was A Brother, Holiday Artist Market, Hattiloo Theatre, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Ballet Memphis, Playhouse on the Square

Rants & Raves - A Review of Annie

Posted by Glenda Mace on November 26th, 2012

Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Book by Thomas MeehanPlayhouse on the Square opened the first of its holiday shows this year with Annie, a story filled with all the warmth and hope that you could yearn for this time of year. read more »

Topics: Annie, Rants & Raves Review, Playhouse on the Square, Glenda Mace

Discover the Arts: Nov. 14 - Nov. 18

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 13th, 2012

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one of the following art events! Arts organizations across Memphis are opening up their doors for the holidays --don't miss Jazz concerts, holiday bazaars, open houses and ANNIE at Playhouse on the Square! Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Below we've recommended just a few of the many events happening November 14 - 18. read more »

Topics: Discover the Arts, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Beethoven Club, Memphis College of Art, Playhouse on the Square, Rhodes College, Memphis Cultural Arts Enrichment Center

Discover the Arts: Nov. 8 – Nov. 11

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 6th, 2012

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one of the following art events! Get seasonal with scarecrows, literary nightmares, and of course, great food. Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Below we've recommended just a few of the many events happening November 8 - 11. Click here to view the complete art events calendar. read more »

Topics: Germantown Community Theatre, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Mid-South Food Bank, The Nature Center, Pink Palace Family of Museums, Playhouse on the Square, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Discover the Arts Oct. 31 - Nov. 4

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 30th, 2012

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one of the following art events! Have a ball with visual arts this weekend with Artafactor, Indie Memphis Film Festival, dance performances from local and national companies, and good old family fun at Shelby Farms. Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Below we've recommended just a few of the many events happening October 31-November 4. Click here to view the complete art events ... read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis, Indie Memphis, Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane Dance Company, Beale Street Landing, Buckman Arts Center at St. Marys School, Shelby Farms, Playhouse on the Square, Sudio on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Discover the Arts: Oct. 25 – Oct. 28

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 23rd, 2012

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one of the following art events! Get in touch with Memphis roots this weekend through retro live music, a theatrical gospel explosion, and events inspired by the Mighty Mississippi. Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Below we've recommended just a few of the many events happening October 25-28. Click here to view the complete art events calendar. read more »

Topics: Hattiloo Theatre, Germantown Perfroming Arts Centre, RiverArtsFest, South Main Historic District, UrbanArt Commission, Memphis College of Art, Ballet Memphis, Playhouse on the Square

RiverArtsFest Oct. 26- 28, 2012

Posted by Bonnie Thornton on October 22nd, 2012

If you’re on this site, chances are you love the arts, especially the arts in Memphis. Whether it’s performing arts or visual, art stimulates and enriches our lives in many ways. Here at RiverArtsFest, opening this Friday night, a small team of dedicated volunteers works each year to produce what we consider to be the best juried fine arts festival in the region. read more »

Topics: RiverArtsFest, South Main Historic District, Memphis City Schools, Food Trucks, Memphis Music Foundation, Festival

Discover the Arts: Oct. 18 - Oct. 21

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 17th, 2012

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one of the following art events! You can buy local art on Broad Avenue, see a world premiere, support a small local theatre and survey five centuries of classical violin. Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Below we've recommended just a few of all the events happening October 18-21. read more »

Topics: Broad Avenue Art Walk, The River Project, Ballet Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, New Moon Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Luna Nova Music, Discover the Arts

Rants & Raves - A Review of Zombies from The Beyond

Posted by Glenda Mace on October 16th, 2012

I saw Zombies From The Beyond at Circuit Playhouse last Friday a week into the run. What fun. It is so satisfying to watch a musical comedy dedicated to improbability and silliness that holds no pretense it is anything else. From set to acting style, director Ann Marie Hall has given us the opportunity to laugh at the politics and pop culture of the 50’s. read more »

Topics: Zombies From The Beyond, the Circuit Playhouse, Glenda Mace, Rants & Raves Review

Discover the Arts: Oct. 11 - Oct. 14

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 9th, 2012

There's a lot going on this weekend! Get creative with great events for kids & family. Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. ArtsMemphis invites you to Discover the Arts – for the first time or all over again. We've recommended just a few of all the events happening October 11 - 14. read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis, Theatre Memphis, Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, The Memphis Chamber Music Society, David Lusk Gallery, Levitt Shell, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums

Rants & Raves - A Review of Rachmaninoff & Mahler

Posted by Nathan Powell on October 4th, 2012

The gradual change to autumn always brings out excitement and nostalgia in almost everyone I know. For me, it also signals the start of symphony season. Every year when I get the Memphis Symphony Orchestra mailer advertising the upcoming concert season, I feel like a kid all over again. What will be the best concert of the year? Which composer will I fall in love with all over again? Which Opus One concert will wow me the most? All these questions, I know, will be answered soon enough. read more »

Topics: Nathan Powell, Rants & Raves Review, Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Discover the Arts: Oct. 4 - Oct. 7

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 2nd, 2012

Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. ArtsMemphis invites you to Discover the Arts – for the first time or all over again. We've recommended just a few of all the events happening October 4-7.  Spice up your fall! Explore the fine arts with enchanting fairytales and musical zombies. read more »

Topics: Metal Museum, Playhouse on the Sqaure, Project: Motion, Germantown Performing Arts Centre, Evergreen Theatre

Discover the Arts: Sept. 27 - Sept. 30

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 26th, 2012

Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. ArtsMemphis invites you to Discover the Arts – for the first time or all over again. We've recommended just a few of all the events happening September 27-30. Get on campus! Explore the fine arts at our local colleges and universities this weekend.  read more »

Topics: Opera Memphis, Fuel Film, Rhodes College, Levitt Shell, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Community College, University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University

Discover the Arts: Sept 20 - Sept 23

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 19th, 2012

Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. ArtsMemphis invites you to Discover the Arts – for the first time or all over again. We've recommended just a few of all the events happening September 20 - 23. However, there hundreds of organizations posting events to our site artsmemphis.org, making it the go-to source for engaging with the arts. read more »

Topics: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Memphis, 30 Days of Opera, ArtsMemphis

2012 -2013 Memphis Symphony Soul Project

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 19th, 2012

Throughout 2012-2013, the MSO will present a series of concerts at the Soulsville Magnet, a new performing arts facility in the heart of the community. Free to the public, these concerts represent the full range of MSO offerings – classical, pops and the alternative series Opus One. read more »

Topics: Opus One, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Soulsville, Free Concerts, Symphony Soul Project

Discover the Arts: Sept 12 - Sept 16

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 12th, 2012

It may be fashion week in New York City but get your southern style fix in Memphis this week with Memphis Fashion Week, Crosstown Arts, Design Alliance Memphis, Memphis Urban Dance Entertainment and Germantown Community Theatre. read more »

Topics: Memphis Fashion Week, Crosstown Arts, Design Alliance Memphis, Germantown Community Theatre, Downtown Museum Day, Memphis Urban Dance Entertainment

Rants & Raves - A Review of Good People

Posted by Glenda Mace on September 5th, 2012

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Rabbit Hole comes a humorous and poignant look at what it really means to be down on your luck. read more »

Topics: Rants & Raves, Reviews, Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, Good People, Glenda Mace

Discover the Arts: Sept 4 - Sept 11

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 4th, 2012

End the summer right with four fun arts events in Memphis. There are so many things happening, and there's no better time to explore our city's offerings than the late summertime. Check out our picks for events happening over the next few weeks at venues all over the city. read more »

Topics: Germantown Performing Arts Center, Ballet Memphis, ArtsCard, Secret Sisters, Horn Island 28, Memphis College of Art, ArtsMemphis.org, Events Calendar, Playhouse on the Square, Good People, The Circuit Playhouse

Discover the Arts Newsletter

Posted by Susan Schadt on August 27th, 2012

ArtsMemphis invites you to Discover the Arts – for the first time or all over again. Visit the new and improved ArtsMemphis.org. With hundreds of organizations posting events, our site is the go-to source for engaging with the arts. read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis, Memphis Event Calendar

Rants & Raves - A Review of Race

Posted by Glenda Mace on July 11th, 2012

Twice a year Playhouse on the Square produces a show at TheatreWorks and most times those plays are considered edgy, controversial. read more »

Topics: Rants & Ravers, Reviews, Playhouse on the Square, TheatreWorks, Race