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Recommended Arts Events for September 7th - 11th

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 7th, 2016

Fall Festivals abound – this weekend check out the Mid-South Book Festival and the Outflix Film Festival, head to the 21st anniversary of Memphis’ original beer festival, then join Ballet Memphis for a Carnival of the Animals and a festival of arts, crafts and food trucks. On Monday, dial it down for an Orchestra + Wind Performance at Shelby Farms Park lake’s edge! read more »


Recommended Arts Events July 6 - 10th

Posted by ArtsMemphis on July 5th, 2016

Explore a hands-on family art gallery, learn how an exhibition comes together, see a Southern gothic tale come to life, get your groove on with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, and celebrate the contributions of women in theatre at a weeklong festival! read more »

Topics: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Metal Museum, TheatreWorks, Playhouse on the Square, Levitt Shell, Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis, Hattiloo

Are You Getting Enough Art? Recommended Arts Events May 11 - May 15

Posted by ArtsMemphis on May 10th, 2016

Many scientists agree that the arts can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve well-being and enhance the way we fight infection. Start improving your life today by collecting art for your home or attending an art festival with the whole family.  read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis, Community Supported Art, Yard Sale, UpRise Festival, Opera Memphis

Discover the Arts: November 11 - November 15

Posted by ArtsMemphis on November 10th, 2015

The spoken word is inextricably woven with ART - experience this yourself with a weekend full of stories of triumph, American music, the creative process, pride and perspective in the following "only-in-Memphis" experiences.  read more »

Topics: Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Literacy Mid-South, UrbanArt Commission, ArtsMemphis

Discover the Arts: September 3 - September 6

Posted by ArtsMemphis on September 2nd, 2015

Labor Day weekend 2015 is all about festivals! These three local festivals showcase Memphis film, music, comedy, visual art and heritage across the city. Events will be going on all weekend throughout midtown and downtown from the Levitt Shell and Malco Studio on the Square to S Main - there's no excuse to not check out at least one event. read more »

Topics: On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Festival, Center for Southern Folklore, Church Health Center

Discover the Arts: August 12 - August 18

Posted by ArtsMemphis on August 11th, 2015

Twist the night away, feel the rhythm, beat the heat and master the metal! It's going to be a ridiculously fun time at the first annual International Rockabilly Festival, the regional premiere of a Broadway dance spectacular, a party with sprinklers and popsicles, and honoring a renowned metalsmith. read more »

Topics: Memphis International Rockabilly Festival, Hattiloo Theatre, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, The Metal Museum

Discover the Arts: April 8 - April 12

Posted by ArtsMemphis on April 7th, 2015

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…Enjoy a unique meal at a former firehouse, delight children with a classic children’s literature character, sing along with the beginning of the Midtown Opera Festival, and experience the latest creations from the Dixon’s educational programs. read more »

Topics: ArtsMemphis Culinary Series, Midtown Opera Festival, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, The Orpheum Theatre

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: 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: 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

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

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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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: 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 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

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

RiverArtsFest Oct. 26- 28, 2012

Posted by Bonnie Thornton on October 22nd, 2012

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

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