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Happy Holidays from ArtsMemphis!

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 24th, 2013

Thank you for following the arts this year. We hope that you've kept up with the groups that you love and discovered some new favorites. If you like what you've received, share the arts with your friends. Happy holidays! read more »

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Discover the Arts: December 18-22

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 17th, 2013

See much loved NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell live at the Orpheum. See the Metal Museum’s latest creative and humorous exhibit of Metalsmiths at Play. Don’t be a scrooge! Celebrate the holiday season with Theatre Memphis. Take in the Biblically inspired work of African American artists at the Dixon. read more »

Topics: The Orpheum, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Metal Museum, Metalsmiths at Play, Theatre Memphis, A Christmas Carol, Ashe to Amen, Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Discover the Arts: Holiday Edition

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 10th, 2013

There are so many performances, exhibitions and events happening in Memphis to take the chill off of this cold weekend. Have a laugh with Memphis Fried Movie! Learn more about the Threepenny Theatre with the ever-wonderful combination of beer and Shakespeare. Spend the holidays with Sister Myotis in what promises to be a series of festive performances. Enjoy a host of holiday treats and activities at Winterfest at the Brooks. read more »

Topics: Memphis Fried Movie!, Threepenny Theatre, Crosstown Arts, Sister Myotis, Voices of the South, Winterfest, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Discover the Arts: Holiday Shopping Edition!

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 3rd, 2013

Discover the Arts this weekend! Memphis has a host of holiday happenings this weekend, making it easy to support your favorite arts groups AND get your holiday shopping accomplished. Start off the weekend off early on Thursday for an evening of shopping, drinks and bites to support ArtsMemphis at Langford Market. Then hit up the slew of sales happening on Sunday at the Metal Museum, Stax Museum and the Brooks. read more »

Topics: Metal Museum, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Stax, Langford Market

Discover the Arts: November 26-December 1

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 26th, 2013

What is Latin American art music? Find out from the best at Avanti presented by the Beethoven Club. Shop for gifts by local artists at Winter Arts. Change it up and go see Chatterbox Audio's latest performance.  Kick off the holiday season with a Christmas Spectacular. read more »

Topics: Music and Lindenwood, The Christmas Spectacular, Avanti Concert, Beethoven Club, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Chatterbox Audio Theatre, McCoy Theatre, Winter Arts

Discover the Arts: November 21-November 24

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 19th, 2013

Do you want to support Memphis College of Art and get your holiday shopping taken care of?  This weekend, take in the sounds of the first annual Memphis International Jazz Festival. Celebrate the rerelease of Craig Brewer's first film. Get all of your holiday shopping done at the 64th Annual Memphis College of Art Holiday Bazaar. See the unveling of a V&E sculpture at Lick Creek.  read more »

Topics: Memphis International Jazz Festival, The Poor and the Hungry, Black Lodge Video, Holiday Bazaar, Memphis College of Art, MemFeast 4, Crosstown Arts

Discover the Arts: November 15-November 17

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 12th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Celebrate the 85th birthday of The Orpheum Theatre with an art auction. Don’t miss the IRIS Orchestra debut of young clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein. Hear a lecture by internationally-renowned artist Theaster Gates. Learn the tricks of the metal working trade. read more »

Topics: The Orpheum Theatre, Art Auction, IRIS Orchestra, Theaster Gates, Crosstown Arts, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Metal Museum

Discover the Arts: November 6-November 11

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 5th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Learn about the use of fairytales and storytelling in the performing arts. Add to your art collection at the St. George’s Art Show. Support Playhouse on the Square with a Carnival Noir. Experience a one-woman play at Crosstown Arts. Attend Memphis’ version of a soul salon with food, spoken word poetry and music. read more »

Topics: Spark, Playhouse on the Square, Ballet Memphis, St. George's Art Show, Carnival Noir, Thirteen, Crosstown Arts, Neosoulville, The Word

Discover the Arts: October 30-November 3

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 29th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Experience the best in independent film making right here in Memphis with local festival Indie Memphis,.Enjoy an Argentinean-style bonfire feast at Foxfield with St. Jude Chefs Miles McMath and Rick Farmer, Kevin Shockency from the Memphis Hunt and Polo Club and Lee Richardson. See an Agatha Christie classic a Germantown Community Theatre. Celebrate Memphis' finest blues musicians and BBQ, all in support of blind college students in Tennesseee. read more »

Topics: Indie Memphis Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Foxfield, 48 Hour Bonfire Weekend, ArtsMemphis Culinary Series, Black Coffee, Germantown Community Theatre, Braille, Blues and BBQ

Discover the Arts: Halloween Edition!

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 22nd, 2013

Discover the arts this Halloween week! There are plenty of spooky arts events happening in Memphis this fall. See New Moon Theatre Company’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Then, don’t miss Theatre Memphis’ performance of Mel Brooks’ interpretation of the classic with Young Frankenstein. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with an unforgettable party at the Brooks. On a less scary note, the seventh annual RiverArtsFest is also this weekend and not to be missed. read more »

Topics: New Moon Theatre Company, Frankenstein, Theatre Memphis, Young Frankenstein, Day of the Dead, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, RiverArtsFest, Historic South Main Arts District

Discover the Arts: October 16-October 19

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 15th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  See a documentary chronicling the origins of zombies on film. Hear writer, musician and punk pioneer Richard Hell reading from his new autobiography. Celebrate Crosstown with a neighborhood block party. Experience the opening weekend of the River Project 2 by Ballet Memphis. read more »

Topics: Southern Circuit Birth of the Living Dead, Indie Memphis, University of Memphis, Richard Hell, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Crosstown Arts, Crosstown Block Party, River Project 2, Ballet Memphis, Playhouse on the Square

Discover the Arts: October 11-October 13

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 8th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Join in on the conversation about the history and future of the book at a free symposium at Rhodes College. Support the Levitt Shell with a star-studded evening in Overton Park. Hear IRIS orchestra perform a piece by Peter Serkin, inspired by the works of Mark Rothko. See the Blair String Quartet—Memphis and Nashville’s own chamber musicians in an intimate setting. read more »

Topics: The Past and Future of the Book, Rhodes College, Stars at the Shell, Levitt Shell, IRIS Orchestra, Peter Serkin's Passionate Colors, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Blair String Quartet, Memphis Chamber Music Society

Discover the Arts: October 3-October 8

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 1st, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Get inspired by two of Memphis’ greatest assets—the Mississippi River and the arts—with Ballet Memphis’ River Project Symposium. Shell Out for the Arts with Vaneese Thomas in Overton Park. Explore the intersections of various artistic mediums with a panel discussion hosted by IRIS Orchestra. read more »

Topics: Ballet Memphis, The River Project Symposium, Culinary Series, The Arcade Restaurant, Crosstown Arts, Shell Out for the Arts, Levitt Shell, IRIS Orchestra

Discover the Arts: September 26 - September 28

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 25th, 2013

 Discover the arts this weekend! Get your shopping done after dark on Broad Avenue. Support St. Jude and local artists through the innovative Science of Art opening. Celebrate Hispanic art at Art Village. Don't miss the Southern Junkers Fall Market, full of creatively repurposed items. See local artist Jamond Bullock's "Road to Success" mural dedicated. read more »

Topics: Art of Science, Memphis College of Art, Broad Avenue Night Market, Hispanic Heritage Month, Southern Junkers Fall Market, UrbanArt Commission, Jamond Bullock

Discover the Arts: Wednesday, September 18-Sunday, September 22

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 17th, 2013

Discover the Arts this weekend! Learn about the world of DIY film with a movie from Indie Memphis. Choose from two amazing shows at GPAC—or go to both! Wish the New Ballet Ensemble a happy 10th birthday with a performance of Free Fall. Experience Gonerfests of years past with a photo exhibit at Crosstown Arts. read more »

Topics: GPAC, Indie Memphis, Pilobolus, Free Fall, New Ballet Ensemble, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Amy Lavere, Gonerfest, Goner Records, Crosstown Arts, How to Make a Movie

The River Project Symposium

Posted by Lauren Kennedy on September 16th, 2013

Having grown up in this area and spent time in Memphis as a kid, it can be easy to take for granted how impressive the Mississippi River is. I was reminded of this when one of my best friends from Texas came to visit and told me that crossing the Mississippi River as he was driving in was one of the coolest experiences he has had. The breadth of the river, the seemingly slow but constant movement of it, the knowledge that you aren’t likely to swim across it easily and watching it rise and fall… it really is incredible to behold. Add to all of that the enormously rich history ... read more »

Topics: River Project Symposium, Mississippi River, Rhodes College, Crosstown Arts, Ballet Memphis, University of Memphis, Center for Earthquake Research and Information, Playhouse on the Square

Discover the Arts: September 11-September 15

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 10th, 2013

Discover the arts the weekend! Spark your creativity with the performing arts on YouTube. See the opening weekend of Hattiloo’s The Whipping Man. Experience a soulful ballet performance by Collage dance Collective. Take the kids to make a multimedia creation at the Brooks. read more »

Topics: spark, Ballet Memphis, The Whipping Man, Hattiloo Theatre, Soul Suites, Collage dance Collective, Creation Station, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

High Cotton-Soul Table/Sing for yo' Suppa

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 9th, 2013

On Saturday night, we celebrated the second of twelve installments in our 2013 Culinary Series | Beauty and the Feast, Love on the Installment Plan at the Metal Museum with delectable food and an amazing band. Karen Carrier (Executive Chef/Owner, The Beauty Shop Restaurant and Lounge, Bar DKDC, Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Another Roadside Attraction Catering) served up a beautiful fruit salad and a tower of steamed mussels that was to die for. Brett "Shaggy" Duffee (Chef de Cuisine, Bayona - New Orleans) sent out plates of whole fish with the best cauliflower we've ever tasted. Derek Emerson ... read more »

Topics: Metal Museum, Marcella Simien, Karen Carrier, Derek Emerson, Shaggy Duffee, 2013 Culinary Series, Emma Lincoln, Terrance Simien

Discover the Arts: September 5-September 11

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 3rd, 2013

Discover the Arts this weekend! Sing for yo’ Suppa with Zydeco king Terrance Simien and swamp princess, Marcella Simien on the bluffs of the Mississippi. Kick off Ballet Memphis’ season en pointe and en vogue with a runway show featuring the company’s most beautiful costumes. See Inner City South’s one-of-a-kind fusion of hip-hop and spoken word. Hear about the inspirations for the work of two of Memphis’ favorite young artists. read more »

Topics: Metal Museum, Marcella Simien, Culinary Series, Sing fo yo' Suppa, ArtsMemphis, Ballet Memphis, enpointe/envogue, Inner City South, The Fusion Network Hip Hop Theatre, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, A Different Kind of Landscape: Maysey Craddock and Erin Harmon

Discover the Arts: August 29-Septemeber 1

Posted by ArtsMemphis on August 27th, 2013

Discover the Arts this weekend! Hear voices from the grave performed by Chatterbox. Enjoy a free festival featuring the best of Memphis’ musical heritage on Main Street. See Proof’s final run at Theatre Memphis. Spend Labor Day watching a steamroller print woodcuts and get one of your own.Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Check back every Wednesday at 2:00 for our must-see picks for the weekend – or click here to get our recommendations in your inbox. read more »

Topics: Chatterbox Audio Theatre, Spoon River Anthology, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, Center for Southern Folklore, Theatre Memphis, Proof, Steamroller Printing, Social Club

Discover the Arts: August 22-August 25

Posted by ArtsMemphis on August 20th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Bid on pieces of Art from the Heart and support Page Robbins. See Memphis’ own Big Star reunited in their concert film at the Levitt Shell. Bring the kids to the Dixon for a night of family fun, art and live music. Support Collage dance Collective at their Jazz Brunch with great music and delicious food. read more »

Topics: Art from the Heart, Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center, Big Star, Levitt Shell, Indie Memphis, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Family Night, Collage dance Collective, Sunday Social Jazz Brunch

Discover the Arts: August 14-August 18

Posted by ArtsMemphis on August 13th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Support an up and coming fashion illustrator. Kick off Theatre Memphis’ 2013-2014 season with The Royal Family. Bid on the works of your favorite local artists and support Baptist Trinity Hospice at The Art of Caring. See the works of two of the South's beloved artists-Carroll Cloar and Eudora Welty-come together as a collaborative performance. read more »

Topics: Theatre Memphis, The Royal Family, Kris Keys, The Road to London College of Fashion, The Art of Caring, Baptist Trinity Hospice, Voices of the South, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Carroll Cloar, Eudora Welty

Discover the Arts: August 8-August 11

Posted by ArtsMemphis on August 6th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Support Memphis’ budding visual arts scene and celebrate the launch of ArtsMemphis’ ArtsAccelerator Fund with a night full of art, dancing and some surprises along the way! See the famed International Guitar Duo perform a range of duets. Rock out at the Levitt Shell with the Stones’ infamous Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus film. Spend Sunday afternoon browsing and buying the works of local Memphis artists at the Orpheum. read more »

Topics: ArtsAccelerator Fund, Crosstown Arts, International Guitar Duo, MAMA, Indie Memphis, Levitt Shell, Rock 'N' Roll Circus, The Orpheum

Discover the Arts: August 1-August 4

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 30th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Want to do something epic? Explore Broad Avenue on a quest for the finest treasures that the arts district has to offer. In keeping with the mythology theme, see Voices of the South’s modern interpretation of the story of Icarus. “Come on down” to the Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery for great deals on original artwork. See artwork from some of the area’s most talented visual artists at WKNO. read more »

Topics: Broad Avenue, Broad after 5 Sunset Quest, Memphis Germantown Art League Exhibition, WKNO, Reasons for falling: a story of Icarus, Voices of the South, The Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery

Summer of Cloar

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 25th, 2013

Like Memphis’ heat index, The Summer of Cloar is heating up, offering a host of exhibits and events for everyone, from those unfamiliar with Carroll Cloar’s work to his biggest fans. University of Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, David Lusk Gallery and Christian Brothers University came together to produce the collective examination of the Memphis artist’s work to celebrate his centennial. Each site gives a different perspective on Cloar’s life and work for a truly collaborative, comprehensive look at his contributions to American art. The exhibits have received ... read more »

Topics: Summer of Cloar, Carroll Cloar, Stanton Thomas, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, University of Memphis, David Lusk Gallery, Christian Brothers University, DeltaArts

Discover the Arts: July 25-July 28

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 23rd, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Go back in time—to the Old Testament and the 1970s—with a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Continue the flashback with The Doors’ legendary Hollywood Bowl performance right here in Memphis. Get funky with the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band at B.B. Kings. Make your own bronze metal molds at the Botanic Garden. read more »

Topics: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Kroc Center of Memphis, Indie Memphis, Levitt Shell, Concert Film Series, Stax Music Academy Alumni Band, B.B. Kings, Memphis Botanic Garden, Metal Clay Mold Mania,

Rants & Raves - A Review of 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche

Posted by Glenda Mace on July 18th, 2013

 It's 1956 and at TheatreWorks the widows are gathered for the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein annual quiche breakfast. 1956 was almost 50 years ago. Dwight D. Eisenhower was President and Richard Nixon was vice President. Elvis had his first chart hit “Heartbreak Hotel.” Damn Yankees won a Tony for best musical. Crinolines were in fashion. Anyone remember crinolines? They were just a little more manageable than the hoop skirt. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that segregation on Alabama buses was unconstitutional. Nekita Kruschev was ... read more »

Topics: Rants & Raves, Reviews, 5 Lesbians eating A Quiche, TheatreWorks, Glenda Mace

Discover the Arts: July 18-20

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 16th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! For theatre-loving kids, Theatre Memphis’ ShoWagon and youth company present “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” For theatre-loving adults, The Break-Up Show 3 has tales of heartbreak and rejection.  #makeascene with Opera Memphis’ Summer Conservatory performance. Enjoy blues and barbeque on the banks of the Mississippi at WEVL’s beloved fundraiser. read more »

Topics: Theatre Memphis, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Crosstown Arts, The Break-Up Show 3, Opera Memphis, #makeascene, Summer Conservatory, WEVL, Blues on the Bluff

Discover the Arts: July 12-July 14

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 9th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Hit the Material's visual arts community retrospective as they celebrate the production of 100+ gallery shows. There will be kid-friendly culture galore with hands-on activities, live music and performance art at the Brooks' Carroll Cloar Family Day. Big News! Former Led Zeppelin front man, Robert Plant will be right here in Memphis this weekend.  Going to be in Midtown?  Don't miss what’s sure to be a packed-lawn concert at the Levitt Shell!  This season's closer is going to outdo all other closers with performances by some of Memphis' ... read more »

Topics: Material Anthology, Crosstown Arts, Carroll Cloar Family Day, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Robert Plant, Live at the Garden, Memphis Botanic Gardens, The Recording Academy, 40th Anniversary Concert, Levitt Shell, Beijing Flickers, Global Lens 2013, Indie Memphis, Benjamin L. Hooks Library

Discover the Arts: July 4-July 10

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 2nd, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! For the best of local visual art, make sure to visit Scope, an exhibition of Memphis College of Art students, faculty and alumni before it closes on Saturday. Looking for a family friendly way to celebrate the Fourth? Don’t miss The Freedom Concert featuring the Ceremonial Navy Band of the Mid-South at Shelby Farms. Feeling inspired? Learn the art of mixed media collage with Kerrie Rogers at Flicker Street Studio on Saturday. And if you’re in an international mood, Memphis Acoustic Music Association presents Choro das 3, a performance and workshop ... read more »

Topics: Scope, Memphis College of Art, Mixed Media Collage, Flicker Street Studio, Memphis Acoustic Music Association, Choro das 3, The Freedom Concert, Ceremonial Navy Band of the Mid-South, Shelby Farms Park

Discover the Arts: June 27-June 30

Posted by ArtsMemphis on June 25th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Don’t miss the performance of Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. by young thespians from Germantown Community Theatre at the Kroc Center. On Friday, catch the DVD release of Craig Brewer’s Indie Origins and support Black Lodge Video, Memphis’ independent video store with screenings, live music and free pizza. Get in some exercise and culture with a bike tour to Crittenden County to explore some of the sites featured in Carroll Cloar’s work, lead by Memphis Brooks Museum of Art curator, Dr. Stanton Thomas. Spend your Sunday at the Blues City ... read more »

Topics: Aladdin, Jr., Germantown Community Theatre, Indie Origins, Indie Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Bike to Cloar, Summer of Cloar, Blues City Cultural Center, Whitehaven PopUp ArtsFest

Rants & Raves - A Review of The Color Purple

Posted by Glenda Mace on June 24th, 2013

The Color Purple opened Friday at Playhouse on the Square, the regional premiere of this 2006, Tony nominated musical. Tony Horne has directed this show with skill and insight and it is definitely destined for local nomination as one of the best musicals of the 2013 Memphis Theatre season. It is a music filled story that covers four decades and two continents, a story of abuse and deprivation that resolves in love and redemption. read more »

Topics: Rants & Raves, Reviews, The Color Purple, Playhouse on the Square, Glenda Mace

Discover the Arts: June 20-June 25

Posted by ArtsMemphis on June 18th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Need an outing for the whole family? Support ArtsMemphis at Shell Out for the Arts for an evening of wine, beer and dinner from Fratelli’s, great music by John Nemeth and the Bo-Keys and a special kids’ activity by Theatre Memphis. Experience a weekend of chamber music by some of the nation’s most talented musicians at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, produced by Luna Nova Music. Pay homage to one of Memphis’ most important assets—our teachers—at Playback Memphis’ Memphis Matters Celebrates Teachers performance. read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis, Shell Out for the Arts, John Nemeth and the Bo-Keys, Theatre Memphis, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Luna Nova Music, Playback Memphis, Memphis Matters Celebrates Teachers, Sid Selvidge, Levitt Shell

Rants & Raves - A Review of Deathtrap by Ira Levin

Posted by Glenda Mace on June 17th, 2013

Deathtrap, the well-constructed 1972 thriller by Ira Levin opened last weekend at Circuit Playhouse. The play opens on an expensively appointed room in the Connecticut residence of Sydney and Myra Bruhl. Sydney’s extensive collection of antique weapons is prominently displayed on the walls. The atmosphere suggests some wealth, certainly comfortable living. Sydney Bruhl is a renowned writer of Broadway thrillers, but these days he is on the skids. He hasn’t had a hit in years. His last play was produced on Broadway and was a significant flop. Myra’s wealth is dwindling. The ... read more »

Topics: Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Deathtrap, Glenda Mace, Rants & Raves, Reviews

Discover the Arts: June 13-June 16

Posted by ArtsMemphis on June 11th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Want to know about Memphis’ most creative projects and ideas? Attend Crosstown Art’s Pecha Kucha Night Volume 7 for 20 minute presentations about any- and everything. Fall under Rhett Butler’s spell at The Orpheum’s Summer Movie Series’ showing of Gone with the Wind. Struggling with writer’s block? Catch a showing of Deathtrap from Playhouse on the Square, a play that’s equal parts funny and fatal. Then spend Saturday night with Todd Snider and some very special guests at his free What the Folk! Festival at the Levitt ... read more »

Topics: Pecha Kucha, Crosstown Arts, The Orpheum Summer Movie Series, The Orpheum, The Deathrap, Playhouse on the Square, What the Folk? Fest, Levitt Shell

Discover the Arts: June 7-June 9

Posted by ArtsMemphis on June 4th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Antiques Roadshow aficionado? Find out what your jewelry and fine and decorative art is worth at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ appraisal event with Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers. Looking for a historic, haunted and dog friendly activity? Sign up for Elmwood Cemetery’s Pawing through History Tour! Need a family-friendly day of fun? Head to Overton Park for A Day of Merrymaking with food, music, art, games and storytelling to celebrate Overton Bark’s first birthday. Leave the kids at home for a Sunday afternoon screening of Room 237, a ... read more »

Topics: Dixon Gallery and Gardens, What's it Worth Appraisals, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Room 237, Overton Park, A Day of Merrymaking Elmwood Cemetery, Pawing Through the Past

Nationally Renowned Artist Carroll Cloar Returns Home

Take advantage of a delightful opportunity to experience a Mid-South native’s famous artwork that portrays the American South.  You will feel right at home as you walk through and explore the beautiful, playful art of Carroll Cloar and his familiar Delta scenery. read more »

Topics: Boyle Investment Company, Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Discover the Arts: May 30 - June 2

Posted by ArtsMemphis on May 28th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Get your weekend humming at the Kroc Center’s Best of Broadway Dinner Theatre.  Enjoy a three course meal and hits from Tony Award winning musicals of the past 60 years!  Celebrate the beginning of summer with food, drinks, dancing and nautical fun at the Metal Museum’s Great Mississippi Whale Watch: A Party on the Bluff.  Ever wondered - Are 250 Hydrangeas Really Enough?  This weekend you can get some answers from Dr. David Creech, Professor of Horticulture at Austin State University in Texas, as he discusses the ... read more »

Topics: Best of Broadway Dinner Theatre, Kroc Center, Great Mississippi Whale Watch, Metal Museum, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Are 250 Hydrangeas Really Enough?, Ballet on Wheels, The Wiz

Discover the Arts: May 23 - May 27

Posted by ArtsMemphis on May 21st, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Celebrate Memorial Day with lots of free or nearly free arts events.  Bring a blanket and enjoy the air at the Levitt Shell on Thursday night as they kick-off their 2013 season with the North Mississippi AllStars and Sons of Mudbug.  Check out some funky art at The Rozelle Warehouse’s show “All My Rowdy Friends” featuring collaborative work by four teams of Memphis artists.  Don’t miss the chance to take the kids to the 8th Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival!  Presented by Voices of the South and ... read more »

Topics: Memorial Day, Free Events, Levitt Shell, North Mississippi Allstars, Rozelle Warehouse, Memphis Children's Theatre Festival, Voices of the South, Rhodes College, Bikesploitation, Crosstown Arts

Rants & Raves - A Review of Miss Saigon

Posted by Glenda Mace on May 17th, 2013

Miss Saigon opened last weekend at Playhouse on the Square. What a beautiful production: beautiful lighting, beautiful music, beautifully costumed, beautifully directed and beautifully told. I saw the touring production at the Orpheum several years ago and somehow missed the love story entirely. The space was too large and there were too many technical fireworks. In the intimate setting, that is Playhouse on the Square, director, Jordan Nichols, has concentrated on the story and highlighted the music. He has cast wonderful actors to tell the tale and beautiful voices to sing it. read more »

Topics: Rants & Raves, Reviews, Miss Saigon, Playhouse on the Square

Discover the Arts: May 16 - May 19

Posted by ArtsMemphis on May 14th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Buckle up the kids and jump in the fast-lane for Germantown Community Theatre’s energetic presentation of the aggressively outrageous musical hit Ruthless. Join the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mei-Ann Chen for a musical celebration of Gershwin’s “The Porgy and Bess Suite”, 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Revival. Watch Project Motion make art come to life through dance at Victorian Village’s Woodruff-Fontaine House. All new choreography creates a one-of-a-kind dance and theatre experience. Saturday at ... read more »

Topics: Ruthless (the musical), Germantown Community Theatre, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Porgy and Bess, Project: Motion, House Happening, Crosstown Arts, Memfeast, Caritas Village, Superhero Showdown

Discover the Arts: May 8 - May 12

Posted by ArtsMemphis on May 7th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Choose from a mind-boggling array of culture – the buffet this weekend includes Grammy winner and bluegrass pioneer Dr. R. Stanley in a historic performance at the Buckman Center, free martial arts demonstrations followed by a screening of Sword of Doom at the Brooks Museums’ Samurai Sundown Film Series and Demonstrations, and a family friendly rooftop preview of Ballet Memphis’ season finale Taking Flight at the top of the Peabody hotel.  Snack throughout the weekend on Memphis Social, a unique weekend long event mixing ... read more »

Topics: Dr. Ralph Stanley, Buckman Center for Performing Arts, Samurai Sundown Film Series and Demonstrations, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Ballet Memphis, The Peabody Memphis, Taking Flight, Memphis Social, Miss Saigon, Playhouse on the Square

Discover the Arts: May 2-May 6

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 30th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Yay!  It’s Memphis in May – Memphis’ most exciting and eventful time of the year.  Kick if off at the 37th anniversary of the Beale Street Music Festival, a 3-day multi-stage event on the Mississippi River. Join Memphis in May International Festival’s salute to Sweden, its culture, customs and cuisine, with a wide variety of performances and exhibitions all over town. Need a way to get around?  Be one of the first to hop on the best sightseeing value in town – the Memphis Hop bus. Take the Hop to Stax to learn ... read more »

Topics: Memphis in May, Memphis Hop, Beale Street Music Fest, Memphis Hop, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Stax Museum, Memphis Botanic Gardens, Icehotel Photo Exhibit, Made in Sweden: 20th Century, Giving the Music Back, Memphis Hop Unveiling

Discover the Arts: April 25-April 28

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 23rd, 2013

 Discover the arts this weekend!  For family friendly fun, head to Stax to the Max, an all day outdoor music and arts festival presented by ArtsMemphis. Spend the weekend watching groundbreaking films and music videos from Memphis and around the world at the On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Fest or take in some contemporary fine art at Memphis College of Art’s MFA Thesis exhibition featuring work from MCA Masters of Fine Arts candidates.  Be there when A Murder is Announced at Germantown Community Theatre.  Watch Miss Marple solve a classic Christie ... read more »

Topics: Stax to the Max, Soulsville, On Location: Memphis, MFA Thesis exhibition, Memphis College of Art, A Murder is Announced, Germantown Community Theatre

Discover the Arts: April 18-April 21

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 16th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Come out for four days of fun, festivities and food at the Africa in April Festival highlighting the Republic of Senegal.  Head to Art Walk at the Broad Avenue Arts District to enjoy art, dance, live music AND men walking in high heels!  Put on your sparkly red shoes and prepare yourself for a new perspective on the great American fairytale as Ballet Memphis premieres Wizard of Oz.  Get jazzy with Rhodes College and Crosstown Arts as they present Jazz at Crosstown and/or head to the Monterey Jazz Festival at GPAC where they promise to ... read more »

Topics: Africa in April, Art Walk, Broad Avenue Arts District, Wizare of Oz, Ballet Memphis, Jazz at Crosstown, Rhodes College, Crosstown Arts, Monterey Jazz Festival, GPAC

Discover the Arts: April 11- April 14

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 9th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Drop-in with the kids to the Memphis Brooks Museum for some light-hearted sprayed watercolor art-making at their Creation Station: April Showers event on Saturday.  Get deep and explore the vagaries of human nature with Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s elegant Edwardian production of Hamlet at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.  Get rockin’ with Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl in his filmmaking debut. Don’t miss the chance to see Grohl both explore and make music history with Music Documentary- Sound City at the Memphis Brooks ... read more »

Topics: Creation Station: April Showers, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Hamlet, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Sound City, 9-O-One Love Community Celebrations

Discover the Arts: April 4- April 7

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 2nd, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Bring the entire family to celebrate student achievement in the arts and witness the power of arts in education at ArtsFest 2013.  Experience 3 nights of fashion and excitement as Memphis Fashion Weekend highlights the work of 9 national and local designers.  Join ArtsMemphis as we showcase Memphis’ vibrant art and design culture with a fashion inspired exhibition including work by several Memphis artists as well as sketches from the emerging fashion designers chosen to participate in Memphis Fashion Weekend. read more »

Topics: Memphis City Schools, ArtsFest, Memphis Fashion Weekend, ArtsMemphis, fashion plate

Discover the Arts: March 28- March 31

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 26th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Come out on Saturday, March 30 for an all day celebration of the city you call home.  The Heart of Memphis Festival at Tiger Lane will bring together all the things that make Memphis a great place to live, work and play, including music, food and art.  Proof positive that our city exudes creativity and stands for artistic excellence “Present Tense – the Arts of Memphis from 2001-Now” features the work of over seventy Memphis-area contemporary artists.  All that celebrating making you feel like singing and dancing?  ... read more »

Topics: The Heart of Memphis Festival, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Present Tense, Theatre Memphis, A Chorus Line

Rants & Raves - A Review of Angels in America Part I

Posted by Glenda Mace on March 25th, 2013

Angels in AmericaPart I: Millennium Approaches read more »

Topics: Playhouse on the Square, Angels in America, Glenda Mace, Rants & Raves, Reviews

Discover the Arts: March 21- March 24

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 19th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Take the kids on an intergalactic musical adventure with The Voca People, March 24 at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.  Explore some adult themes at Playhouse on the Square, as they present Parts One & Two of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award- winning epic, Angels in America. Experience the jaw-dropping talent of ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro at Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center. Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative ... read more »

Topics: Germantown Performing Arts Center, Playhouse on the Square, Angels in America, Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center

Discover the Arts: March 14- March 17

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 12th, 2013

 Discover the arts this weekend!  Take a “Spring Break”   Thursday at the Brooks Museum’s “Spring Break Chalk Festival”, with food trucks and local artists.  Spring is all about the weather so check out “When Weather Moves Metal: Whirligigs & Weathervanes”.  Exuberant and whimsical, it’s an exhibition of kinetic weather driven machines at the Metal Museum.  Saturday, get a head start on “the wearing of the green” and set your feet a’ tappin, Irish-style with Atlantic Steps, an ... read more »

Topics: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Chalk Art Festival, Metal Museum, Atlantic Steps, Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, Angels in America, Playhouse on the Square, Memphis Knit Mafia, Yarn Bomb

Discover the Arts: March 6 - March 10

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 5th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend!  Attend multiple events, each featuring multiple artists!  Start with Crosstown Arts’ Pecha Kucha Night with presenters from ArtsMemphis and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, among others. Catch the final performance of Footnotes 4-Lifted, an evening of collaborative dance combining the work of ten area dance groups. On Saturday March 9, head to the Metal Museum for the Cosmic Trunk Show where several museum store artists will be displaying an array of wares, or get tuned into spring at the multi-talented Wolf River Singers’ Spring ... read more »

Topics: Crosstown Arts, Pecha Kucha, ArtsMemphis, Footnotes 4- Lifted, Metal Museum, Cosmic Trunk Show, Wolf River Singers

Rants & Raves - A Review of Cosmic Bodies by Michael Velliquette

Posted by Sarah Knowles on March 5th, 2013

In his lecture preceding the opening night of Cosmic Bodies, Michael Velliquette described an early installation of his, titled The You in the I, as dealing with “homemade cosmology” and a myriad of different elements in a “coextensive space.” Though they may have evolved and perhaps become more refined over the years, both themes are reflected in his current works at the Clough-Hanson Gallery in his show titled Cosmic Bodies. read more »

Topics: Rhodes College, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Cosmic Bodies, Michael Velliquette

Discover the Arts: Feb. 27 – Mar. 3

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 26th, 2013

Discover the Arts this weekend! March into the month with musical madness!  Dazzle the kids with The Wiz at Poplar Pike Playhouse, enjoy some adult time at the racy and raucous opening of Playhouse on the Square’s Debbie Does Dallas at The Circuit Playhouse, or spend some magical moments at Quilters – A Musical, presented by Germantown Community Theatre.  Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Check back every Wednesday at 2:00 for our must-see picks ... read more »

Topics: The Wiz, Poplar Pike Playhouse, Playhouse on the Square, Debbie Does Dallas, Circuit Playhouse, Quilters - A Musical, Germantown Community Theatre

Discover the Arts: Feb. 20 - Feb. 24

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 19th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Memphis College of Art hosts three events, in one location, within two hours, setting a world record! Also impressive, in one day, the Memphis Brooks Museum hosts an art workshop, a tour and dance lessons. On Friday evening Ballet Memphis opens Family Matters followed by a panel discussion, 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. Check back every Wednesday at 2:00 for our must-see picks for the weekend – or ... read more »

Topics: Memphis Collage of Art, Sorrows of War, Kong Wee Pang, Kim Cridler, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Brooks Milongas, Gallery Tours, Art After Dark, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Germantown Community Theatre

Discover the Arts: Feb. 13 - Feb. 19

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 12th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! Go insane at Five in One listening to Berlin Based Beatjazz, share Maxine Strawder's passion for dance, take the whole family to the Dixon for free and visit the ArtsMemphis Group Exhibition honoring Emmett O'Ryan, featuring 12 local artists. Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Check back every Wednesday at 2:00 for our must-see picks for the weekend – or click here to get our recommendations in your inbox. Below we've highlighted ... read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis, Emmett O'Ryan Award Group Exhibition, Project:Motion, Onyx Ashanti, Five in One, Memphis Art Family Day, Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Special Edition: Discover the Arts - Black History Month in Memphis

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 4th, 2013

Discover the arts this month! As a city with such a rich legacy of both African-American history and the arts, it’s no surprise that Memphis’ arts groups are celebrating Black History Month with a variety of vibrant and engaging events. Here are some ways for you to celebrate Black History Month with the arts. In Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Check back every Wednesday at 2:00 for our must-see picks for the weekend. Below we've highlighted just a few of many ... read more »

Topics: Black History Month, Discover the Arts, Stax Music Academy, Memphis College of Art, Playhouse on the Square, Hattiloo Theatre, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet on Wheels

Rants & Raves- A Review of Sunset Boulevard at Playhouse on the Square

Posted by Glenda Mace on January 30th, 2013

Sunset Boulevard Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton Sunset Boulevard, the musical based on the 1950 Billy Wilder movie about the silent screen star who has been rejected by Hollywood with the advent of talkies, opened Friday night at Playhouse on the Square. read more »

Topics: Sunset Boulevard, Playhouse on the Square, Glenda Mace, Rants & Rave Reviews, Reviews

Discover the Arts: Jan. 31 - Feb. 5

Posted by ArtsMemphis on January 29th, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! See the Cannon Center lose its roof, have your stories played back to you and survey ten plus years of great contemporary art. Plus, RISE with Collage dance Collective and go the Wild West with Opera Memphis. Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Check back every Wednesday at 2:00 for our must-see picks for the weekend – or click here to get our recommendations in your inbox. Below we've recommended just a few of many performances and ... read more »

Topics: Memphis Matters, Playback Memphis, Elixir of Love, Opera Memphis. RISE: Winter Concert, Collage dance Collective, Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2001-Now, STAX Music Academy, Black History Month

Rants & Raves - A Review of The Mountaintop

Posted by Glenda Mace on January 23rd, 2013

The Mountaintop, a play by Memphis native Katori Hall opened Friday at Circuit Playhouse to a sold out house. A collaboration of Circuit Playhouse and Hattiloo Theatre it was a stellar opening night with the Olivier winning Ms. Hall in attendance. The Mountaintop made its world premiere in a three-week run at London’s Theatre 503 in June 2009, and then transferred to the West End’s Trafalgar Studio 1. The production received two Evening Standard Awards nominations, including Most Promising Playwright, and was awarded the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Play. read more »

Topics: The Mountaintop, Circuit Playhouse, Hattiloo Theatre, Rants & Raves, Glenda Mace, Katori Hall

Discover the Arts: Jan. 24 - Jan. 28

Posted by ArtsMemphis on January 22nd, 2013

Discover the arts this weekend! You can hear the North Mississippi Allstars backed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, go to the world's foremost amateur blues competition on Beale Street, see a renowned folk band in a local cafe and go to two FREE classical concerts in just ONE weekend.  Here in Memphis we have an authentic, juicy culture all our own – full of diverse arts groups, cultural events and creative neighborhood-based projects. Check back every Wednesday at 2:00 for our must-see picks for the weekend – or click here to get our recommendations in your inbox. Below ... read more »

Topics: North Mississippi Allstars, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, The Stray Birds, Memphis Acoustic Music Association, Otherland's, Luna Nova Ensemble, Memphis Repertory Orchestra

Discover the Arts: Jan. 17 - Jan. 20

Posted by ArtsMemphis on January 15th, 2013

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one or all of the following art events!  Take the time to honor the wisdom and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through an award winning play, a premier touring dance company and the re-opening of a one-of-a-kind collection. 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 performances and exhibitions from January 17 - 21. read more »

Topics: The Mountaintop, Circuit Playhouse, Hattiloo Theatre, Prizm Ensemble, Rudi E. Scheidt Scool of Music, Metal Museum, Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, Opera Memphis, Elixir of Love

Discover the Arts: Jan. 10 - Jan. 14

Posted by ArtsMemphis on January 8th, 2013

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one or all of the following art events! Find out why Theatre Memphis and the Memphis Brooks Museum are bringing back SUPER popular events Altar Boyz and the British Arrows Awards while the Memphis Symphony combines the music of Leonard Bernstein and Beethoven with dance. 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 performances and exhibitions from January 10 - 14. read more »

Topics: British Arrows Awards, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Altar Boyz, Theatre Memphis, Beethoven, Bernstein, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Memphis, U-DIG Dance Academy, Kaleidoscope Club, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis Unchained, Crosstown Arts

Discover the Arts: Jan. 3 - Jan. 6

Posted by ArtsMemphis on January 1st, 2013

We invite you to discover the arts this weekend by attending one or all of the following art events! Add an element of the arts to all your 2013 New Year's resolutions. Take dance classes to get fit, honor Memphis' rich cultural hertiage with Elvis and celebrate the rising stars at the Memphis College of Art. 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 performances and exhibitions from January 3 - 6. read more »

Topics: Bridging Souls Productions, 2013 Dance Classes, Memphis College of Art, Siphne Sylve, Left Hand Siging, Playhouse on the Square, Aloha Evlis, Memphis Symphony Orchestra