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Archive: 2014

Discover the Arts: December 25-28

Posted on December 23rd, 2014

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 just a few of many performances and exhibitions taking place from December 25-December ... read more »

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Discover the Arts: December 18-21

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 16th, 2014

Attend a new kind of dance party, take a trip to vaudeville, get craft for the holidays and enjoy the union of music and art. read more »

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Discover the Arts: December 11-14

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 9th, 2014

Enjoy one of everyone's favorite ballets, fly high with the lost boys, have fun in your pajamas and put a fun twist on Shakespeare's hits.  read more »

Topics: Ballet Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, Brooks Museum, Threepenny Theatre Company, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: December 4-December 7

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 2nd, 2014

Enjoy a classic holiday story, shop for unforgettable holiday gifts, usher in the season with beautiful music and revist a beloved children's story. read more »

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Discover the Arts: November 27-30

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 25th, 2014

Explore life's connections through dance, enjoy a Christmas classic on the big stage and take the family on a stellar journey. read more »

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Discover the Arts: November 20-23

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 18th, 2014

See an old classic get a new remix, enjoy the music of the holidays, experience the wonders of mixed-media art and celebrate Memphis' rich Jazz culture. read more »

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Discover the Arts: November 12-16

Posted on November 11th, 2014

Show the kids that learning rocks, see a breathtaking spin on the modern circus, discover what matters in Memphis and treat your ears to a night at the symphony.  read more »

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Discover the Arts: November 6-9

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 4th, 2014

Treat yourself to the musical stylings of a family band, enjoy a day of basketball for charity, watch an Agatha Christie classic tale and learn all about duck decoy carving.  read more »

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Discover the Arts: October 30 - November 2

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 28th, 2014

Spend a day with the family at Ducks Unlimited, enjoy a frightful broadcast not for the faint of heart, find out what a film festival has to offer and discover the work of artists from around the city.  read more »

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Discover the Arts: October 23 - October 26

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 21st, 2014

Explore the work of artists from around the city, have a family-fun day at a festival, enjoy a cutting-edge dance company and create a scary Halloween costume. read more »

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Discover the Arts: October 16 - October 19

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 14th, 2014

Celebrate the third installment of a sensational series, experience the second annual steamroller printing event on broad avenue, see a new play by award-winning playwright and Voices of the South company member, Jerre Dye and join IRIS as one of the greatest violinists of our time, Pinchas Zukerman, makes his Memphis debut. read more »

Topics: IRIS, Ballet Memphis, Voices of the South, Five in One Social Club

Discover the Arts: October 9 - October 12

Posted on October 7th, 2014

Watch the story of Don Juan unfold, show your support for Memphis youth, celebrate 45 years of theatre and enjoy an evening in a well-known mansion.  read more »

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Guest Blog by Caramelized, INTERNATIONAL STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

Posted on October 6th, 2014

ARTSMEMPHIS: INTERNATIONAL STREET FOOD FESTIVAL A welcoming cove in Midtown Memphis sang a different tune last Sunday evening – an international tune, if you will – as over one hundred gathered for a food festival of global cuisine and world-class design. The kick-off event of ArtsMemphis’ culinary series provided classic taste and memorable atmosphere with perfect company and perfect fall weather. read more »

Topics: Culinary Series, Mad & Hungry, Caramelized, ArtsMemphis, Jonathan Magallanes, Jennifer Dickerson, Mac Edwards, Andrew Adams

Discover the Arts: October 2-October 5

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 30th, 2014

Spend your day watching master metalsmiths, watch as one man juggles two employers and enjoy a documentary on hip-hop culture.  read more »

Topics: Metal Museum, Playhouse on the Square, Brooks Museum of Art, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: September 25 - September 28

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 23rd, 2014

Kick off the Culinary Series in the coolest of coves, teach the kids how things move, go on a magic carpet ride and enjoy a night of ballet & jookin'. read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis, Culinary Series, Ballet Memphis, Buckman Performing Arts Center, New Ballet, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: September 18 - September 28

Posted on September 16th, 2014

Attend an opening reception for an eccentric collection, enjoy the classic tale of a famous spider and explore the faces of Memphis. read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis, Hattiloo Theatre, Christian Brothers University. Ballet Memphis, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: September 11-14

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 9th, 2014

Explore what Cooper-Young has to offer, have a family-fun night at the theatre, enjoy a movie with the Opera and see what happens when hatred turns into friendship. read more »

Topics: Cooper-Young Festival, The Kroc Center, Opera Memphis, The Circuit Playhouse, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: September 4 - September 7

Posted on September 2nd, 2014

Enjoy an evening in the garden, visit one of America's favorite families, listen to never before heard music and kick off a fall concert series. read more »

Topics: Ballet Memphis, Theatre Memphis, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Levitt Shell, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: August 28 - August 31

Posted on August 26th, 2014

Celebrate Memphis' rich cultural heritage, see what happens when it's time to meet the parents, enjoy a night of jazz in the park and explore the work of an artist turned scientist.  read more »

Topics: Discover the Arts, Center for Southern Folklore, Hattiloo Theatre, Memphis College of Art

Discover the Arts: August 21-August 24

Posted by ArtsMemphis on August 19th, 2014

Watch a Disney classic come to life on stage, celebrate the end of summer, relive the hits of a famous band and show your support through art. read more »

Topics: Playhouse on the Square, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Levitt Shell, Indie Memphis, Memphis Botanic Gardens

Discover the Arts: August 14-August 17

Posted on August 12th, 2014

Rediscover the world of Mr. Warhol, enjoy one of the city's coolest lounges and explore the work of one of Memphis' artists. read more »

Topics: Brooks Museum of Memphis, Artistik Lounge, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: August 7-August 10

Posted on August 5th, 2014

Take the kids to an interactive gallery, explore the world of hip-hop, enjoy a comedy show and discover the work of local artists.  read more »

Topics: Brooks Museum of Memphis, Marshall Arts, Water Tower Pavilion, WKNO, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: July 31 - August 3

Posted on July 29th, 2014

Learn all about applying for a grant, take a look at this century's hottest armor, watch some of Billy Joel's greatest moments and sing along to one of America's favorite musicals. read more »

Topics: ArtsAccelerator, The Metal Museum, Indie Memphis, The Levitt Shell, The Orpheum

Discover the Arts: July 24 - July 27

Posted on July 22nd, 2014

Channel your inner truck driver at the party of the year, celebrate Memphis' vibrant culture, take a trip to Treasure Island and put a twist on dinner theatre. read more »

Topics: ArtsAccelerator, ArtsMemphis, Broad Avenue Pavilion, HypeLife Arts, The Orpheum Theatre,

Discover the Arts: July 16 - July 20

Posted on July 15th, 2014

Watch riveting short films from Sundance, explore a magical backyard with the kids, enjoy a night filled with art and music, and learn how Memphis has influenced a flimmaker's work. read more »

Topics: Indie Memphis, Memphis Botanic Garden, Dixon Gallery and Gardens New Memphis

Discover the Arts: July 10 - July 13

Posted on July 8th, 2014

Enjoy a night of food and fun, explore collage work on a new level, take the kids out to paint and treat your ears to new Memphis music. read more »

Topics: Shell Out for the Arts, Crosstown Arts, UrbanArt, The Forge

Discover the Arts: July 2 - July 6

Posted on July 1st, 2014

Treat your ears to a free concert, explore the wonders of the farmer's market and celebrate America's birthday.  read more »

Topics: Stax, Levitt Shell, Cooper-Young Farmer's Market

Discover the Arts: June 26 - June 29

Posted on June 24th, 2014

Enjoy a variety of performances at a grand opening, spend the evening in Italy, view the work of southern artists and discover the new Beale Street Landing.  read more »

Topics: Hattiloo Theatre, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Number Inc, Beale Street Landing Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: June 19 - June 22

Posted on June 17th, 2014

Travel back to the 1960s, enjoy a night of music and movies with the family, listen to the musical stylings of Stax alumni and dance the night away to the music of Bollywood. read more »

Topics: Playhouse on the Square, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Stax Music Academy, Collage Dance Collective

Discover the Arts: June 12 - June 15

Posted on June 10th, 2014

Treat yourself to a chamber music festival, watch a wedding-themed double feature, see how science inspires art, explore the works of one of America's favorite artists and enjoy a night of electro-funk. read more »

Topics: PRIZM Ensemble, The Orpheum, The Metal Museum, Artistik Approach, Discover the Arts, The Brooks Museum

Discover the Arts: June 5- June 8

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

Enjoy the musical stylings of a family band, view the work of artists from around the country, attend a concert benefiting LeBonheur and explore the new space of a veteran piano teacher.  read more »

Topics: Shell Out for the Arts, Crosstown Arts, Balmoral Chamber Orchestra, Brenda Buford-Shaw

Discover the Arts: May 29- June 1

Posted on May 27th, 2014

Take the family exploring through the gardens, attend the performance party of the year, see Memphis through the eyes of artists and enjoy the arts in a non-traditional space.  read more »

Topics: The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Project Motion,

Discover the Arts: May 22- May 25

Posted on May 20th, 2014

Get a taste of BBQ and explore the gardens, enjoy a family-friendly theatre festival, find out about forges and more and watch what happens when a girl meets a frog. read more »

Topics: The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Voices of the South, Metal Museum, Ballet on Wheels, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: May 15- May 18

Posted by ArtsMemphis on May 13th, 2014

Explore an art museum for free, laugh your way back to Ancient Rome, join the bike revolution, experience the stylistic diversity of dance and watch as art imitates life. read more »

Topics: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Germantown Community Theatre, Metal Museum, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: May 8- May 11

Posted by ArtsMemphis on May 6th, 2014

Celebrate the presence of the black cultural arts in Memphis, fall in love with a New York based dance company, venture into the world of Vaudeville and treat your ears to some a capella melodies. read more »

Topics: Hattiloo Theatre, Collage Dance Collective, Playhouse on the Square, Delta Capella, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: May 1 - May 4

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 29th, 2014

Enjoy a free bluegrass music festival under the stars, take the kids on a bear hunt, pay homage to the Civil Rights movement through the art of photography and go back in time at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens for a 1920's take on a Shakespearean classic.  read more »

Topics: Germantown Performing Arts Center, The Orpheum Theatre, The Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art and Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Discover the Arts

Discover the Arts: April 25-27

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 22nd, 2014

Discover the arts this weekend! See UnshelteredUnseen at Marshall Arts. Celebrate one of Memphis' historic landmarks when the Tennessee Brewery gets Untapped. Don't miss New Ballet Ensemble's performance of Springloaded. Get a taste of the Hot Foot Honeys, Memphis' only tap dance company. Stroll through the East Buntyn Art Walk. read more »

Topics: UnshelteredUnseen, Marshall Arts, Tennessee Brewery Untapped, East Buntyn Art Walk, Springloaded, New Ballet Ensemble & School, HeArt & Soul, Hot Foot Honeys, The Evergreen Theatre,

Discover the Arts: April 16-April 21

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 15th, 2014

Discover the arts this weekend! Hear the Memphis Boychoir perform a service of Tenebrae. Meet the artists behind the Dixon’s Memphis Illustrated show. Explore imaginative drawing with local artist Melissa Dunn at Flicker Street Studio. Celebrate Earth Day at Shelby Farms with a host of fun, family-friendly activities! read more »

Topics: Memphis Boychoir, St. John's Episcopal Church, Imaginative Drawing, Flicker Street Studio, Arts After Dark, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Down to Earth Festival, Shelby Farms Park and Conservancy

Discover the Arts: April 9-April 12.

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 8th, 2014

See Ballet Memphis’ high flying production of Peter Pan. Check out the action at the Broad Avenue Art Walk. Learn about efforts to make Memphis a healthier city at PechaKucha 9. Witness the expertise of some of Tennessee’s most talented quilters. read more »

Topics: Ballet Memphis, Peter Pan, Broad Avenue Art Walk, PechaKucha 9, Crosstown Arts, Wings Gallery Annual Quilters Show, Wings Cancer Foundation Gallery

Arts In Motion: Ghosts of Crosstown part 2

Posted by Ghost O Crosstown on April 3rd, 2014

Any good ghost knows you can’t possibly pen a great opera without a compelling story and an intriguing score, and that’s just what Ghosts of Crosstown offers: climactic crescendos, a dramatic rise and fall that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Of course, being that I’ve been around the block a few hundred times, I know EXACTLY what to expect.  read more »

Topics: Opera Memphis, ArtsMemphis, Arts in Motion, Midtown Opera Festival

Discover the Arts: April 3-6

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 1st, 2014

Don’t miss the excitement of opening weekend of the second annual Midtown Opera Festival. On Thursday, hit up spark at Crosstown Arts, and then head over to the Hi-Tone to see Bobby Rush. Celebrate Memphis’ most talented student artists at ArtsFest. Celebrate Forging on the River with a Wild Game Dinner at the Metal Museum. read more »

Topics: Midtown Opera Festival, Opera Memphis, spark: loss of innocence, Crosstown Arts, Ballet Memphis, Hi-Tone Cafe, Bobby Rush, Rhodes College, ArtsFest, Wild Game Dinner, Metal Museum

Discover the Arts: March 26-March 29

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 25th, 2014

Discover the arts this weekend! Hear readings by local poetry writers and see works by local artists at Crosstown. Don’t miss one of the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars lecturing on Shakespeare and the humanities at Rhodes College. Get your fix at BROOKS UNCORKED with food, live music and of course, wine. Take in an evening of true stories with Spillit Memphis. read more »

Topics: Crosstown Arts, Impossible Language, Marjorie Garber, Rhodes College, Brooks Uncorked, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Spillit Memphis, Survival

Arts In Motion: Ghosts of Crosstown part 1

Posted by Ghost O Crosstown on March 25th, 2014

Here lies the evolution of Opera and the new angles, messages and audiences it’s reaching. You may know nothing of the subject, be unfamiliar with any noted works or libretti (we’ll get to that one later,) but who said change was easy? Not me. I’m still sneaking up on and scaring the beetlejuice out of people from 1943! By the way, I’m Ghost. Ghost O. Crosstown. (Where’s a rim shot when you need one)?  read more »

Topics: Opera Memphis, ArtsMemphis, Arts in Motion, Midtown Opera Festival

Arts In Motion….bringing you the movement of arts in the city.

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 21st, 2014

ArtsMemphis will present a series of blogs, introducing you to the plans, programs, events, initiatives and campaigns of the organization and its supporters. In each series, we will invite you to the hottest tickets in town, give you background bios on local artists and performers, and share with you everything arts Memphis and its partners have cooking up around the city.  read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis blog, Arts in Motion

Discover the Arts: March 20-March 23

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 18th, 2014

Take in a free lecture about the historic Memphis Church Kneel-Ins at the Pink Palace. See legendary blues guitarist Taj Mahal at GPAC. Experience Alvin Ailey’s junior dance company, Ailey II. Get into the spirit with Theatre Memphis’ production of Jesus Christ Superstar. read more »

Topics: Pink Palace, The Last Segregated Hour, Taj Mahal Trio, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Ailey II, Buckman Arts Center, Theatre Memphis, Jesus Christ Superstar

Discover the Arts: March 13-16

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 11th, 2014

Get your hands dirty at the Spring Break Chalk Festival at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Find your inspiration with IRIS Orchestra’s performance including Haydn and Brahms pieces. Catch the Box Gallery’s Reflections show before it ends. Do some shopping at the Metal Museum’s Cosmic Trunk Show, featuring a variety of works by Tennessee Craft artists. read more »

Topics: Spring Break Chalk Art Festival, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, IRIS Orchestra, The Company We Keep, Box Gallery, Reflections, Metal Museum, Cosmic Trunk Show

Discover the Arts: March 5-March 9

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 5th, 2014

Discover the arts this weekend! Take in Mostly Memphis by PRIZM Ensemble. See Finding Hillywood. Hear the Wolf River Singers. Experience a performance by Inner City South.  read more »

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Discover the Arts: February 26-March 1

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 25th, 2014

Remember recess? Revisit play-time with the performing and visual arts. Learn why Memphis Matters with Playback Memphis. Support the Dixon and your local craftsmen with a pottery show and sale. Don’t miss the legendary Sharon Jones with local favorite Valerie June in what’s sure to be an unforgettable performance. read more »

Topics: Stax Music Academy, Peace, Love & Soulsville, Memphis Matters, Playback Memphis, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, All That's Clay, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Valerie June, Minglewood Hall

Discover the Arts: February 21-February 23

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 18th, 2014

Discover a World of Wonders with a weekend of performances by Ballet Memphis. Brush up on your history of English and American Decorative Art with two talks from the Brooks and the Decorative Arts Trust. See young pianist Benjamin Hochman make his IRIS Orchestra debut with Andrew Sullivan’s The Tempest. Take in some of Memphis’ most important contemporary art at a free reception at ArtsMemphis, featuring a talk by Dr. James Patterson, local collector and President of Delta Axis. read more »

Topics: World of Wonders, Ballet Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Decorative Art Trust, Burghley and Burled: A Massive and Stately English Home & American Style, IRIS Orchestra, Benjamin Hochman, Delta Axis, Delta (Axis) Does Memphis, ArtsMemphis

Discover the Arts: February 21-February 23

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 18th, 2014

Discover a World of Wonders with a weekend of performances by Ballet Memphis. Brush up on your history of English and American Decorative Art with two talks from the Brooks and the Decorative Arts Trust. See young pianist Benjamin Hochman make his IRIS Orchestra debut with Andrew Sullivan’s The Tempest. Take in some of Memphis’ most important contemporary art at a free reception at ArtsMemphis, featuring a talk by Dr. James Patterson, local collector and President of Delta Axis. read more »

Topics: World of Wonders, Ballet Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Decorative Art Trust, Burghley and Burled: A Massive and Stately English Home & American Style, IRIS Orchestra, Benjamin Hochman, Delta Axis, Delta (Axis) Does Memphis, ArtsMemphis

Discover the Arts: February 12-February 16

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 11th, 2014

Find yourself without a date on Valentine’s Day? Fear not, the Brooks has you covered with the second annual Internet Cat Video Festival. If you do need an inspired gift for your sweetheart, visit the Winter Arts Market. See what happens when an American basketball player takes an unlikely gig in Iran. Get silly with musical favorite Spamalot at Playhouse on the Square. read more »

Topics: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Internet Cat Video Festival, Winter Arts Market, Southern Circuit, Indie Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, Spamalot

Discover the Arts: February 6-February 9

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 4th, 2014

Dream Big with the Grizzlies at the Brooks. Enjoy an Egyptology presentation of the University of Memphis. Take in the sounds of Robin Bullock aka the “Celtic Guitar God” thanks to MAMA. Sip champagne and buy something for your sweetheart at the Metal Museum. read more »

Topics: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Dream Big, University of Memphis, Egyptology, Robin Bullock, Memphis Acoustic Music Assocaition, Champagne Sunday, Metal Musem

Discover the Arts: January 28-February 5

Posted by ArtsMemphis on January 28th, 2014

Take in exciting contemporary French cinema at the Tournées French Film Festival at Rhodes College. Don’t miss Tennessee Shakespeare’s innovative take on the Bard’s most famous play. See Big Star drummer Jody Stephens live with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in what’s sure to be an unforgettable Opus One. Join Collage dance Collective for a performance celebrating giants and pioneers of the past. read more »

Topics: Tournees French Festival, Rhodes College, Tennessee Shakespeare Comapny, Romeo and Juliet, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opus One, Big Star, Collage dance Collective, RISE

Discover the Arts: January 22-January 26

Posted by ArtsMemphis on January 21st, 2014

Experience a jam packed weeks of blues music from around the world with the 30th Annual International Blues Challenge.  Exchange local seeds and plant knowledge at the Lictherman Nature Center Seed Swap. Gear up for Valentine’s Day with the romantically concerned Almost, Maine at TheatreWorks. See another date-night play by Voices of the South. read more »

Topics: Blues Foundation, International Blues Challenge, Lichterman Seed Swap, Lichterman Nature Center, Almost Maine, Playhouse on the Square, Yellow Light, Voices of the South, TheatreWorks

Discover the Arts: January 14-January 19

Posted by ArtsMemphis on January 14th, 2014

Don’t miss the wacky and wonderful performance of The Mikado by Opera Memphis. Catch the 3PT perform classic Shakespeare with their production of Macbeth. Experience Christopher Miner’s video work, with the opening of The Gospel According to a Young American. See a screening of Jill Wissmiller’s film, presented by Glitch. read more »

Topics: The Mikado, Opera Memphis, 3PT, Macbeth, Christopher Miner, Clough Hanson Gallery, Jill Wissmiller, Glitch

Discover the Arts: January 10-January 12

Posted by ArtsMemphis on January 7th, 2014

See the opening of the ultimate musical parody at Theatre Memphis. Take the kids to see The Fresh Beat Band. Celebrate the rich history of the Center for Southern Folklore at WKNO. Experience the work of metalsmith Andrew Hayes for his “Tributaries” exhibition. read more »

Topics: The Musical of Musicals, Theatre Memphis, The Fresh Beat Band, The Orpheum, Center for Southern Folklore, WKNO, Andrew Hayes, Tributaries, Metal Museum