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Recommended Arts Events October 5th - 9th

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 5th, 2016

From Rock to Chamber, from Downtown to Germantown, it's a weekend full of MUSIC with a few of our favorite local ARTISTS sprinkled in.   read more »


Recommended Arts Events: August 17th - 21st

Posted by ArtsMemphis on August 16th, 2016

This weekend, it’s all about awards! Check out an encore screening of popular Narrative Shorts, enter your own music for a Grammy Award, get a sneak peek behind the Motown scene, spend an evening amongst The Dixon’s art and gardens, and don’t miss Memphis Theatre’s biggest night of the year. Plus, there’s a bonus event happening on Tuesday! read more »

Topics: Crosstown Arts, Indie Memphis, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter, Memphis Slim Collaboratory, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, The Ostrangers Theatre Awards

Recommended Arts Events July 27 - 31, 2016

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 26th, 2016

Skip the heat this weekend and visit the dinosaur exhibit at the Pink Palace Museum. Check out Joseph Camp’s new works at Crosstown Arts – he’s there for one night only. Friday night, hit South Main for art, music, and more, and be sure to stop at the Hyde Gallery. Spend Saturday morning doing cool gold leaf activities at the Metal Museum. Cap your weekend at the Center for Southern Folklore with fantastic local music. read more »


Make this a weekend to remember: Recommended Arts Events May 19 - 22

Posted by ArtsMemphis on May 17th, 2016

Forge lasting memories at these unforgettable arts events... This weekend, take your pick from a compelling survey of Southern art, a magical ballet, a Hip-Hop extravaganza, true confessions read aloud from real-life diaries, and a play about one of the world's most famous plays. read more »

Topics: Crosstown Arts, Number Inc., Germantown Community Theatre, Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center

Reinvent Your (Out)Look: April 6 - 10

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 7th, 2016

Let this week’s arts events will transform you – inside and out!  Get fashion help, learn how to prioritize your creativity, take a closer look at some cultural traditions and personal relationships, and give your soul a lift with amazing gospel, blues and soul music. read more »

Topics: Memphis Fashion Week, Beale Street Caravan, Ballet Memphis, Crosstown Arts, UrbanArt

Spring in the South: March 16 - March 20

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 15th, 2016

How does Spring make us feel? Henry Van Dyke’s poem "Spring in the South” expresses it best.  "Love, love, love, and pure delight of living: Winter is forgotten: here's a happy day!"  Truly celebrate Spring by attending one of these great events.  read more »

Topics: Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Ballet Memphis, Crosstown Arts, Voices of the South

Black History: Feb. 3 - Feb. 7

Posted by ArtsMemphis on February 2nd, 2016

February has a way of sneaking up on you. but you better get busy if you are going to take advantage of all the amazing events crammed into the shortest month of the year – Black History, Valentine’s Day, Superbowl Sunday, Awards shows,Mardi Gras and more. Celebrate February with the arts!   read more »

Topics: Germantown Community Theatre, Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Crosstown Arts, Opera Memphis, Juneteenth Celebration

Discover the Arts: Happy New Year -December 29 - January 5

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 28th, 2015

Here is to new beginnings, new ideas, new energy and to an exciting and surprising new year! Stay safe and warm until 2016 at a museum, a comedy show or a class.  read more »

Topics: Dving Purpose Management Group, Blues Music Hall of Fame, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Crosstown Arts, Indie Memphis

Discover the Arts: December 23 - December 27

Posted by ArtsMemphis on December 22nd, 2015

Happy Holidays from ArtsMemphis.  We hope you enjoy time off with family and friends by attending a play, a Christmas service, a musical feast or kindergarten for grown-ups. You can take it easy at one of these fun holiday events.  read more »

Topics: Playhouse on the Square, First Baptist Church Memphis, Five in One Social Club, Crosstown Arts

Discover the Arts: October 21 - October 25

Posted by ArtsMemphis on October 20th, 2015

The arts are on FIRE - outdoor festivals, an artist talk, Shakespearean comedy and an unorthodox pumpkin carving extravaganza!  read more »

Topics: RiverArts Fest, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Rhodes College, Creative Aging, Crosstown Arts

Discover the Arts: August 26 - August 30

Posted by ArtsMemphis on August 25th, 2015

Are you curious about public art and the Crosstown neighborhood? Good news. There are several fantastic exhibitions, screenings, award shows and casting calls to satisfy yourcuriosity this week. Choose from an opening reception featuring 14 visual artists with public art projects in Memphis or a collaborative exhibition featuring works from several artists living and/or working in the Klondike Smokey City, New Chicago and Crosstown neighborhoods. Or are animated films, the performance arts, acting and filmmaking  more your speed? Check out a film ... read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis, Crosstown Arts, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Ostrander Awards, Katori Hall

Discover the Arts: July 29 - August 2

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 28th, 2015

Be enlightened. Let art teach you something new about a far-off place, family, wine or a stranger. See the premiere of a Southern family drama that depicts a young man's yearning to escape from an abusive home life. Learn the science behind your favorite vintages. Explore hidden treasures in a collabortive art installation. Listen to the true stories about feeling like a fish out of water. read more »

Topics: Voices of the South, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, Crosstown Arts, Amurica Photo

Discover the Arts: July 22 - July 29

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 21st, 2015

If not for your love of art, what would you do on a hot late July weekend in Memphis? We have a mix of indoor/outdoor activities that will be sure to get your mind off the hot, humid temperatures. Interact with Chinese artists who have more than 5,000 years of artistic lineage influencing their work. Celebrate 27 years of fun on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in a beautiful park-like setting. Learn all about the art of camping. Enjoy six short films that won awards at this year’s Sundance Festival.  read more »

Topics: Memphis College of Art, WEVL 89.9 FM, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Indie Memphis, Crosstown Arts

Discover the Arts: June 24 - June 28

Posted by ArtsMemphis on June 23rd, 2015

The arts are beckoning you to experience our rich culture and cutting edge art- won't you come share the good news! Come together around tamales at the inaugural festival celebrating delicious Latin American food, art and culture. See how art and activism have the power to change perceptions, demystify taboos, and expand world understanding. Strenghten the arts by attending a concert by our city's most talented young performers as they share the Memphis Sound. Find one of the keys to confronting race and social injustice. read more »

Topics: Centro Cultural, Caritas Village, Crosstown Arts, ArtsMemphis, Levitt Shell, Marshall Arts, Circuitous Succession

Discover the Arts: June 10 - June 14

Posted by ArtsMemphis on June 9th, 2015

Cool off at these hip art events around town. Critically acclaimed, genre-busting musicians Black Violin play a free concert, classical music is alive and well at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, middle school students dance professional repertoires in Springloaded and escape the hustle and bustle of the city on a tour of rural routes.  read more »

Topics: Levitt Shell, PRIZM Ensemble, New Ballet Ensemble and School, Indie Memphis, Crosstown Arts

Discover the Arts: June 4 - June 7

Posted by ArtsMemphis on June 2nd, 2015

Welcome to summer break. Hit up the amazing shows, lectures and performances going on including a presentation on muralism in international contexts, a darkc omedic odyssey, a Midsummer Nights Dream, and a large-scale multi-media installation incorporating audio, video, digital photographs, and tamale leaves!  read more »

Topics: UrbanArt Commission, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Crosstown Arts, Centro Cultural

Discover the Arts: April 1 - April 5

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 31st, 2015

Hop around Memphis this weekend, Crosstown: hosts a timed presentation in a relaxed community setting, Cooper Young: has a sampling of new site specific dances and a premiere of a play adapted from the 1899 novel by Kate Chopin, Downtown: view new paintings by Dale McNeil in Memphis' only undergound gallery. read more »

Topics: Crosstown Arts, Voices of the South, TOPS gallery, Racine + Southern Dance Exchange

Discover the Arts: March 11 - March 15

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 10th, 2015

Experience the joy a young child seeing a theater performance for the first time with Hattiloo at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library for a lively update of Little Red Riding Hood. Reminisce with a New York rapper with Memphis roots at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. You + Me equals a unique opening at Crosstown Arts and hang out at the Lounge where you will hear various musical styles ranging from Big Band, Soul, Hip Hop and everything in between.  read more »

Topics: Hattiloo Theatre, GIVE365, Crosstown Arts, Artistic Lounge, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Discover the Arts: March 6-March 8

Posted by ArtsMemphis on March 3rd, 2015

Find out how out our relationships influence art, discover how music helped a movement, follow what happens in a post-war drama and fill your weekend with laughter. read more »

Topics: Crosstown Arts, Brooks Museum, Germantown Community Theatre, Memphis Comedy Festival, ArtsMemphis

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: 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: 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

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

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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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: 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: 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

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: 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