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April/May/June 2017

Special Events

Apr. 1: Hope House Yard Sale. Clothing, household items, sporting equipment, jewelry, free HIV testing, and more to support those affected by HIV. 7a–2p, 23 S. Idlewild,

Apr. 1: Memphis Farmers Market Season Opener. Harvest another year of good, local nutrition, live music, food trucks, health events, food demos, entertainment, and more. Saturdays thru Oct. 28, 7a–1p, FREE. Central Station Pavilion, G.E. Patterson & S. Front,

Apr. 1: Scandals & Scoundrels. Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous. Sinners and saints. Mayors and madams. Politicians and perfectly ordinary citizens. Everyone has a story — not always with a happy ending. 1p, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

Apr. 1: Down to Earth Festival. Celebrate sustainability at the biggest Earth Day celebration in the Midsouth. Live music, high-adventure play, eco-friendly vendors, local/sustainable food options, and clean, green fun. 10a–5p, FREE. Shelby Farms Park, 222-7275,

Apr. 2: Kite Flying Day. Go fly a kite! Bring your kite and a picnic lunch — or buy a kite and a sack lunch — and watch the wind work its wonders to benefit the Church of the River youth group. Also explore Big River Crossing and Martyrs Park. Noon, Church of the River, 292 Virginia,

Apr. 2: Shelby County History Festival. Historical displays and walking tours at Shelby County's oldest log house open to the public. Noon–4p, Davies Manor Plantation, 386-0715,

Apr. 4: Where Do We Go From Here. The National Civil Rights Museum commemorates the tragic event that occurred on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel by launching a yearlong tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., culminating April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Keynote speakers, special presentations, laying of the wreath, and a moment of silence: 6:01p, National Civil Rights Museum, 521-9699,

Thru Apr. 7: Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop. Renowned preachers from around the country deliver inspirational, thought-provoking, action-invoking words, followed by delicious scratch-made food that celebrates Southern roots. Preaching series Tue–Fri, noon–12:40p; waffle shop Tue–Fri, 11a–1:30p. Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second, 525-6602,

Apr. 7: Annual Children's Memorial Flagraising. In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Advocacy Center raises the Children's Memorial Flag for Shelby County children who died as a result of child abuse or neglect. Ceremony includes brief remarks by community leaders, music, and a dove-release for each child remembered. Noon–12:30p, FREE. Civic Center Plaza,

Apr. 7–8: Dixon Garden Fair. This annual spring plant sale features difficult-to-find natives, choice shrubs, herbaceous perennials, fragrant plants, and gardening experts. Fri. 9a–4p, Sat. 9a–2p, Dixon Gardens, 761-5250,

Apr. 8: Elmwood & The Civil War Walking Tour. When Elmwood was founded in 1852, the original proprietors set aside eight acres for the interment of veterans who died in the line of fire. More than 1,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War rest there now. 10:30a, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

Apr. 8: Mud Island Season Opener. America's premier Mississippi River park and museum opens with a splash. Walk the half-mile, to-scale river model, enjoy green spaces, and join in on family-fun activities and entertainment. 10a–5p, 576-7241,

Thru Apr. 9: Memphis Riverfront Soccer Cup. Kick into action and watch 16 coed teams with players age 18-plus battle it out for the championship. Noon–till, Tom Lee Park,

Thru Apr. 9: Midtown Opera Festival. Three intimate operas by living American composers, one-of-a-kind dance and workshop performances, aerialists, panel discussions, cabaret, and cocktails. Playhouse on the Square, 202-4533,

Apr. 11: Redbirds Season Opener. Play ball! The Memphis Redbirds face the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in its 2017 season opener. Root, root, root for the home team! 7p, AutoZone Park, 721-6000,

Apr. 13: Peabody Rooftop Party Opener. Weekends start on Thursday nights, through Aug. 17, with hot bands, cool drinks, and sky-high views of sunsets on the Mississippi River. 6–10p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000,

Apr. 13: Legends Award Reception. These annual awards pay tribute to women whose work embodies the mission of the Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis: Pat Morgan, Catalyst Award; Barbara Holden Nixon, Innovation Award; Edith Kelly-Green, Philanthropy and Leadership Award. 6–8p, The Columns at One Commerce Square, 578-9346,

Apr. 15: African-American History Walking Tour. Meet the South's first black millionaire. A hero of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. The city's first black schoolteacher. And many other notable blacks who helped make Memphis. 10:30a, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

Apr. 15: Bacon and Bourbon. Celebrate two well-appreciated Southern traditions with a variety of restaurants and an array of distilled spirits to benefit the Memphis Farmers Market. 6–9p, Central Station Pavilion, 521-9000,

Apr. 16: Easter Brunch at The Peabody. Hop into a lavish brunch with dozens of hot and cold breakfast items, salads, seafood, side dishes, and holiday favorites. Oh, and a 32-foot-long dessert station! 10a–2:30p, The Peabody, 529-4000,

Apr. 19–23: Africa in April. Honor The Republic of Togo through music, arts, crafts, fashions, food, education, culture, and history. 8a–till, FREE. Robert Church Park, 901-947-2133,

Apr. 21: Hoedown for Hope. Grab your cowboy hat and spurs and two-step down to music, food, beer, dancing, a mechanical bull (really!), silent auction, and vintage treasures to benefit Hope House. 7:30–10:30p, Propcellar, 272-2702,

Apr. 22: Southern Hot Wing Festival. Here's to the chicken hot wing, the drummie, the flat flap, and the hot, smacking lips. Watch 70 teams peck it out for top prizes to benefit Ronald McDonald House. Music, family entertainment, and the best wings in town. 11a–7p, Riverside between Jefferson and Union,

Apr. 22: Memphis Brewfest. Celebrate great American craft beer and the finest, most exotic beers in the world. Beer professionals and brew enthusiasts gather to sample suds of all colors, styles, and tastes, to benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. 4–7:30p, AutoZone Park,

Apr. 22: Krewes for Kids. A special fundraiser benefitting the Carnival Memphis Children's Charities Initiative includes cocktails and other surprises. 7–11p, Crosstown Concourse,

Apr. 22: Walk the Vine. Purchase tickets for wine or beer pours at six area restaurants and enjoy live entertainment while helping fund a Johnny Cash statue and marker at Cooper and Walker in Cooper-Young, where Johnny and the Tennessee Two launched a legend. 4–7p, 276-7222,

Apr. 23: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival. Live music on three stages, crawfish bobbing, arts & crafts vendors, children's play zone, and VIP Swamp Tent experiences at this benefit for Porter-Leath. 11a–7p, FREE. Wagner Place between Union and Beale, 577-2500,

Apr. 23: Harbor Town River Concert Series. Rev. John Wilkins, Crystal Shrine, and DJ Leroy, along with food, drinks, popsicles, and craft beer. 3–7p, Maria Montessori School Amphitheater, 740 Harbor Bend, $5 donation,

Apr. 27: Tribute Luncheon. More than 1,600 city leaders, business executives, public and private foundations, and nonprofits, along with keynote speaker Tamron Hall, celebrate a legacy of philanthropy, leadership, and collaboration, to benefit Vision 2020. 11:30a–1:15p, Cook Convention Center, 578-9346,

Apr. 27: Hospitality Hub Fundraiser. A special evening to help meet the needs of Memphis's most vulnerable people includes drinks, live entertainment, food, and special guests. 5–7:30p, Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina, 522-1808,

Apr. 27–29: Art by Design. 13 teams of Memphis's top interior designers create vignettes within a chic gallery showroom, featuring their talent in a variety of style and art to benefit ArtsMemphis. VIP dinner, kick-off party and public openings. Propcellar, 2585 Summer, 578-2787,

Apr. 28: Dining Out for Life.Nationwide, thousands of restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit local HIV/AIDS agencies. In Memphis, Friends For Life provides food, housing, support services, education, and prevention service to more than 6,000 individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. For a list of participating restaurants, visit:

Apr. 28: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

Apr. 28–30: Forging on the River. Metalsmiths and enthusiasts network, exchange ideas, and work collaboratively on projects. Internationally renowned guest demonstrator Christoph Friedrich has been a celebrated metalworker since 1968. Pre-registration required. Metal Museum, 774-6380,

Apr. 29: Playhouse Original Art Auction. An all-day silent art auction culminates in hot bidding at the live, on-stage auction that evening. More than 150 professional artists are represented. Drinks, eats, and a full cast of characters. 6:30p, live auction begins. Playhouse on the Square, 725-0776,

Apr. 29: Guys and Dolls Speakeasy Parlor. Guys, show up in your best suits. Dolls, where your best glam. Assume an alias. Make sure you're not being followed, and memorize the password. Then enter the parlor and enjoy a soiree, benefitting Woodruff-Fontaine House, until the spirits run dry. A little party never killed nobody. 7–10p, 526-1469,

Apr. 29: Bookstock 2017. Memphis Public Library's largest author festival returns with carnival-style, family fun. Four keynote authors, more than 40 local authors, book signings, live music, food trucks, cooking demos, door prizes, storytimes, and fun for the kids. 11a–3p, 3030 Poplar, 415-2709,

Apr. 30: BYOBike at Elmwood. This bicycle tour wheels through a spring afternoon, back through the history of Memphis with a knowledgeable and freewheeling tour guide! 2p, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

May 2: PNA Senior Expo. Professional Network on Aging hosts the metro-Memphis premier senior event, with vendors, services, programs, and goods tailored specifically to the senior market. 9a–2p, Agricenter Int'l, 730-0528,

May 4, 11, 18, 25: Peabody Rooftop Party. Weekends start on Thursday nights, through Aug. 17, with hot bands, cool drinks, and sky-high views of sunsets on the Mississippi River. 6–10p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000,

May 5–7: Beale Street Music Festival. Named one of the world's 300 best festivals, this three-day music-infusion plays out on multiple stages with top acts from around the globe, to create one bodacious party in Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. 525-4611,

May 10: Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Honor 2017's inductees with a cocktail reception, followed by a ceremony worthy of entry into the Hall of Fame! 5:30p, Halloran Centre, 527-2583,

May 11: Blues Music Awards. No red carpet, no black tie, no green room. BUT all the BLUES you can stand during the world's best night of the blues. 5p, Cook Convention Center, 527-2583,

May 12–13: Memphis Greek Festival. Opa! Greek food, music, dancing, marketplace, kids activities, food drive-thru, and church tours. 11a–8p, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, 327-8177,

May 17–20: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. The Super Bowl of Swine smokes and squeals with hundreds of teams competing for tens of thousands of dollars in prizes. Ms. Piggie competition, best booth contes, and all the meat you can eat. Tom Lee Park, 525-4611,

May 20: Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition. The general conference at the Metal Museum, May 18–21, includes foundry workshops, lectures, and expert talks and demos. But Saturday, May 20, is Family Fun Day, with food trucks and hands-on activities, 10:30a–2p. Visit for details on both.

May 20–21: Cooper-Young Garden Walk. Revel in 80+ gardens with personality. Quaint, quirky, and imaginative gardens that utilize space and purpose include chickens, beehives, raised beds, funky art, secluded patios, fountains, ponds, she-sheds, gardens, and more. Vendors, food specials, speakers, and educational booths. 9a–3p,

May 26: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

May 28: Great American River Run. Designed for all ages and all skill levels, this race course weaves through the streets of Downtown, co-mingling history, revitalization, and the runner's high! Live entertainment and post-race food and beverages on the river bluff. 525-7611,


Monthly Highlights


Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, Apr. 7: Sounds of Kolachi Pakistan, 8p, Apr. 22: Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche, father-daughter Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter legends, 8p, May 12: The HillBenders with Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, 8p.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1269, 800-726-0915,, Apr. 6: Hattiloo Theatre and Memphis Symphony Orchestra: "The Strange Fruit," remembering the lives lost to lynchings in Memphis, 7p. Apr. 15: Marsha Ambrosius, Eric Benet, Will Downing, 8p. Jun. 16: The Bar-Kays and Confunkshun, 8p.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Thru Apr. 9: "The Bridges of Madison County" captures the expanse of the American heartland along with the yearning entangled with one of life's most painful questions: What if? Apr. 21–May 14: "Dearly Departed." Living and dying in the South are seldom tidy, and always hilarious.

Concerts International: UofM Harris Concert Hall, 527-3067, Apr. 27: Violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky and pianist Cathal Breslin, 7:30p.

FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000,, See website for complete events listing. Apr. 8: Panic! At The Disco. Apr. 14: Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy, 7:30p. May 8: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 40th Anniversary Tour, 7:30p.

Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, Apr. 29–30: IRIS Orchestra: "A Passion for Dance," a first-time collaboration with Ballet Memphis for the final IRIS program of the season.

Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, Apr 8–9: Collage Dance Collective: "Spring Season," five new beautiful works. Apr. 26: Todrick Hall's "Straight Outta Oz," 7:30p. Apr. 29: Charisse LIVE Tour. May 12–13: Men Are From Mars — Women Are From Venus LIVE! Jun. 3–4: Annie: The Dance-sical, presented by Ballet on Wheels.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Thru Apr. 2: "Crowns the Gospel Musical." Church hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history. Apr. 28–May 21: August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean." A man in search of soul-cleansing powers discovers the importance of history and freedom.

Mud Island Amphitheatre: 125 N. Front, 800-745-3000,, Jun. 8: Norah Jones: Day Breaks World Tour, 8p.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, Apr. 8–9: Ballet Memphis: "Wizard of Oz." Apr. 18–23: Broadway: "The Sound of Music." Apr. 29–30: Dance Theatre of Harlem. 14 racially diverse dance artists perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. May 4: Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels, 7p. May 26–27: Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash. Jun. 3: Brit Floyd: Immersion World Tour 2017. Jun 16–18: Broadway: RENT: The 20th Anniversary Tour. Jun. 24: Comedy's Most Wanted Tour, armed and dangerously hilarious, 7:30p. Jun. 25: Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance Tour.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, May 5–28: Million Dollar Quartet.

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, Thru Apr. 2: "Side Show," based on the true story of conjoined twin women. Apr. 7–23: "Rasheeda Speaking." Office politics and protocol are central in a confrontation between co-workers. Apr. 28–May 14: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." The family relationships of a bigger-than-life wealthy Southern tycoon are explored, for better and worse.


Circuitous Succession Gallery: 500 S. Second, 229-1041, Thru Apr. 22: "Into a Birdless Sky," works by Jason Stout. Thru Apr. 22: Carol Buchman landscapes,

Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, Private estate museum on 17 acres of formal and informal gardens. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Thru Apr. 29: "Hello Holland: 230,000 Tulips."

Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380, The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See website for class and demo times. Thru Apr. 16: Tributaries: Caitie Sellers. Finding the familiar among common themes and ubiquitous materials. Thru Apr. 30: "Guns, Violence and Justice." Guns and gun references in art address issues impacting our lives. Apr. 23–Jul. 16: "F.I.R.E: James Wade Jr." explores the evidence of our presence in the industrial, agrarian, and vernacular landscape. May 7–Aug. 27: "Metal in Motion," featuring artists whose work involves moving parts.

National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Thru Apr. 29: "Los Angeles Uprising: 1992," by Jose Galvez, Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Thru May 1: "Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disaster," the most extreme traveling exhibit ever to hit (just figuratively, we hope) the museum. Thru May 6: "Extreme Deep: Mission into the Abyss," hands-on exploration of life at the bottom of the sea.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. Thru Jun. 30: "Portraits in Soul: Rare Images from the API Archive." Apr. 7–Jul. 31: "Hit the Road Stax!: Wayne Jackson, the Stax/Volt Revue, and the 1967 European Tour," celebrating the 50th anniversary of this legendary tour through the eyes of Wayne.
Thru Aug. 31: "A Century of Funk: Rufus Thomas at 100," photographs, promotional materials, stage costumes, and other memorabilia of "The World's Oldest Teenager."

Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: 680 Adams, 526-1469, Restored 1870s French Victorian mansion. Thru Apr. 30: "Timeless Romance." Celebrate the traditions of love through the ages, with courting customs and romantic gestures from the turn of the century into the 1920s.


Pink Palace CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Thru Jun. 23: National Geographic's "Extreme Weather 3D."


Downtown Neighborhood Association: 521-9552, 4th Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details.

South Main Association: 578-7262, 2nd Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details.

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