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July/August 2016 Events

Special Events

Jul. 4: Fourth of July on the Island. Fireworks, food, and family fun. Kids rides, music, and a patriotic view of the Mississippi River. No pets, alcohol, or grills. Food and drink concessions available. 3–9:45p, Mud Island River Park, 576-7241, mudisland.com.

Jul. 4: Red, White & BOOM! One of the greatest 4th of July fireworks shows in the city happens after the Memphis Redbirds play the Nashville Sounds. Spend an All-American 4th with hot dogs, baseball, and fireworks. 6:35p, AutoZone Park, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com.

Jul. 5, 12, 19, 26: Twilight Tuesday. Free movies on the grass roof of Beale Street Landing, against the backdrop of the Mississippi River. Before the movie, splash around in Island Play, climb Big John the catfish, or join friends for sunset drinks in the breezeway. Call ahead for a to-go order to eat during the movie. No coolers, pets, or picnic baskets. 8:30p, Riverside Drive at Beale, 524-0817, memphisriverfront.com.

Jul. 5, 12, 19, 26: On Location: Memphis Shorts Festival. View and review short films in the short categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary. The top film from each category is screened during the Memphis International Film and Music Festival Aug. 11–14. 7p, FREE. Hard Rock Cafe, 126 Beale, 730-6220, onlocationmemphis.org.

Jul. 7: Whet Thursday. Explore the museum after hours and enjoy live music by Brennan Villines, cash bar, food truck, and an outdoor, spectacular view of the Mississippi River. 5–8p, FREE. Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.

Jul. 7, 14, 21, 28: Peabody Rooftop Party. The weekends start on Thursday nights with hot bands, cool drinks, and sky-high views of the Mississippi River sunset. 6–10p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com.

Jul. 10–16: Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis. Theatrical performances written by women, directed by women, and performed by women. 34 performances, 6 workshops, daily solo performances, and more. Hattiloo Theatre, 37 Cooper, womenstheatrefestivalofmemphis.org.

Jul. 14: The Gyneka Awards. This year's women-in-theater honorees are Joyce Cobb, Irene Crist, and Tonea Stewart. Reception, ceremony, and the play performance of "Come Thanksgiving." 5p, Hattiloo Theatre, 37 Cooper, womenstheatrefestivalofmemphis.org.

Jul. 15: Alabama Shakes. On the island, under the stars, experience an intimate outdoor concert on the banks of the Mississippi River, with Grammy-winning American blues rock band Alabama Shakes. 7p, Mud Island Amphitheatre, 576-7241, will call & box office 125 N. Front, mudisland.com.

Jul. 20: Art Dash. Pieces of art are up for grabs! When your ticket number is called, dash for your chosen piece of art. Will you get there first? Hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and a dashing good time to benefit Friends for Life. 7–10p, Circuit Playhouse, 272-0855, brownpapertickets.com/event/2552055.

Jul. 22: Pirate Picnic in My Big Backyard. A pirate ship has crashed in My Big Backyard! Explore the island and see what tropical treasures you can find. Create your own pirate flag, go on a botanical treasure hunt, and bring your own pirate picnic. 6–8p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Jul. 23: Cossitt's Friends of the Library Book Sale. Step into new worlds, with fiction and nonfiction books, comic books, books on tape, CDs, magazines, tapes, and DVDs. 11a–3p, FREE. Cossitt Library, 33 S. Front, 415-2766, memphislibrary.org.

Jul. 23: SportsBall. Black-tie-and-tennis-shoes extravaganza features games for grownups and futures for kids, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. 7p, Minglewood Hall, 323-5440, msmentor.org.

Jul. 23: WEVL 89.9 Blues on the Bluff. Mini blues festival with a spectacular river view that includes The Maitre D's, The Bo-Keys, and the Garry Burnside Band. Cash food and drink bars and dancing in the park to benefit WEVL FM 89.9. 6–11p, Metal Museum grounds, 528-0560, wevl.org.

Jul. 29: Live at the Garden: Billy Currington. With 2,500 people seated at white-linen tables and 4,000 people partying on the lawn, bring food and drinks (or purchase on site), relax, and listen to some of the hottest touring artists in the world. 6p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107, liveatthegarden.com.

Jul. 29: 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, gosouthmain.com.

Aug. 4: Whet Thursday. Explore the museum after hours and enjoy live music by Brennan Villines, cash bar, food truck, and an outdoor, spectacular view of the Mississippi River. 5–8p, FREE. Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.

Aug. 5: First Friday: Yellow Jack! Yellow Fever is coming, and the mansion is preparing to shutter for a season of mourning. The epidemic will be recounted and the martyrs remembered. 5–8p, Woodruff-Fontaine House, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.org.

Aug. 5: First Fridays on Broad Avenue. Stroll the avenue and enjoy the neighborhood dine-and-shop vibe of Memphis's most eclectic arts and boutique district. 5–8p, 2571 Broad, 323-2787, broadavearts.com.

Aug. 6: Midnight Classic Bike Tour. Bike lovers of all ages pedal through the legendary Lunar Festival, replete with live band, free bike check-ups, bling-your-bike-and-you contests, food, and drinks, then roll out across the city for a midnight ride to benefit Meritan. 10p, Tiger Lane, 766-0600, meritan.org.

Aug. 10–16: Elvis Week. Celebrate the music, movies, and life of Elvis Presley with a full week of events that include Elvis tribute-artist contests, concerts, 5K run, auction, sock hop, and candlelight vigil. 332-3322, elvisweek.com.

Aug. 4, 11, 18: Peabody Rooftop Party. The weekends start on Thursday nights with hot bands, cool drinks, and sky-high views of the Mississippi River sunset. 6–10p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com.

Aug. 11–14: On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Festival. A competitive, diverse mix of local and global films, along with preview party, industry discussions, awards brunch, and grand prizes. Studio on the Square, 2105 Court, onlocationmemphis.org.

Aug. 13: Joe Walsh. On the island, under the stars, experience an intimate outdoor concert on the banks of the Mississippi River, with American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. 7p, Mud Island Amphitheatre, 576-7241, will call & box office 125 N. Front, mudisland.com.

Aug. 13: The Kitchen at Shelby Farms Grand Opening. Food, cocktails, live music, and an auction to benefit the Kitchen Community, a program that is establishing 100 learning gardens at area schools by 2018. 6–11p, 500 N. Pine Lake, 767-7275, thekitchen.com.

Aug. 13: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The final round features the top 10  "Elvises" from around the world, competing for the 2016 title, $20,000 in cash, and more. 7p, The Orpheum, 332-3322, elvisweek.com.

Aug 15: Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil. Fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis's gravesite, then come back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. 8:30p–till, free. Graceland, 332-3322, elvisweek.com.

Aug. 16: Great Wine Performances. With characters in full costume describing the wines, guests enjoy a theatrical wine tasting with a chance to test their theatrical skills for a slew of prizes. Fear not if your knowledge of theater is equivalent to a cheap merlot: There are ways to beat the game. Benefits Playhouse on the Square. 6–8p, Playhouse on the Square, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org.

Aug. 20: Spirit of SRVS. "Sparkling Nights" features live and silent auctions, savory appetizers, samplings of vintage wines, and a uniquely painted commemorative piece of artwork by FM 100's Morning Show host Ron Olson, all to benefit SRVS's programs and support services. 7–11:30p, Hilton Memphis, 312-6802, srvs.org.

Aug. 20: The Most Amazing Race. Teams of 3 journey through Downtown Memphis, competing and completing a variety of physical, mental, and social challenges. After all challenges are met, it's off to the finish line and the after party at Beale Street Landing! Benefits The Salvation Army. 8:30a, Halloran Centre starting line, 260-9120, salvationarmymemphis.org.

Aug. 20: Tomato Tasting! Garden-to-table party where visitors sample 10 varieties of kitchen-garden-grown tomato dishes, drinks, and accompaniments, as well as a tour of the manor house. Noon–4p, Davies Manor, 3570 Davieshire, 386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.org.

Aug. 24–28: Memphis Redbirds Final Home Games. Batter up! AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals plays Nashville for its final home-game series of 2016. Take thee out to the ball game and experience Memphis's state-of-the-art stadium. AutoZone Park, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com.

Aug. 25 Live at the Garden: REO Speedwagon. With 2,500 people seated at white-linen tables and 4,000 people partying on the lawn, bring food and drinks (or purchase on site), relax, and listen to some of the hottest touring artists in the world. 6p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107, liveatthegarden.com.

Aug. 25: SheetRock 'n' Roll. Join Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood for an evening of nationally renowned chefs, exclusive dessert chocolate, and entertainment orchestrated by Grammy Award–winning producer Boo Mitchell to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. 6–10p, Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison, 761-4771, memphishabitat.com/dinner.

Aug. 26: Monuments on the State Capitol. The first monument outside the state Capitol that reflects women's contributions to Tennessee's history is unveiled in Nashville's Centennial Park on Women's Equality Day. The sculpture features five important women involved in the ratification battle in 1920. A monument in Memphis is planned next! 11a–1p, Centennial Park, Nashville, tnsuffragemonument.org.

Aug 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, gosouthmain.com.

Sep. 5: Chick-fil-A 5K. Hit the Downtown streets to benefit Junior Achievement of the Mid-South. Run the final steps in the outfield of AutoZone Park, then enjoy eats, treats, and music. 8a, AutoZone Park, 274-2202, cfa5k.racesonline.com/register.

 

Monthly Highlights

Bass Pro Shops: 1 Bass Pro Shops Drive, 800-227-7776, basspro.com. Thru Jul 24: FREE Family Summer Camp Lessons: learn the basics of camping, fishing, archery, and hunting.

Blues Hall of Fame: 421 S. Main, 527-2583, blues.org. Thru Oct. 2: "Screamin' the Blues," images by French photographer Francoise Digel make their U.S. debut.

Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. One of the leading art museums in the American South. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, lunches, and programs. Thru Sep. 4: "Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars," an exploration of world culture via photography and videography. Thru Nov. 6: "Rage of the Ballet Gods," a sculptural installation by Yinka Shonibare

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, box office 576-1269, 800-726-0915, thecannoncenter.com. See Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing and Cannon website for complete schedule. Jul 2: Capone & Friends Live, 8p. Jul 30: Platinum Elite Clean Comedy, 8p. Aug. 13: Praise 2016 Gospel Choir Contest, 8p.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Aug. 19–Sep. 4: "Disgraced," regional premiere and Pulitzer Prize–winning drama about a Muslim-American lawyer, his wife, and beliefs about identity.

Circuitous Succession Gallery: 500 S. Second, 229-1041, circuitoussuccession.com. Thru Sep. 1: San Diego artist J. Raymond Mireles photographs; closing reception Aug. 26, 6–9p.

Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange: 65 Union, 531-7826, memphiscottonmuseum.org. The story of how a plant built the Bluff City. Every last Wednesday: BOGO admission tickets.

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

Evergreen Theatre: 1705 Poplar, 274-7139, theatreworksmemphis.org. Jul 29–30, Aug 5–6: Friends of George's: "The Drag Boat." Set sail on "The Princess of the Sea," filled with sequins, scandals, and songs, friendsofgeorges.org.

Farmers Market Downtown: Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org. Saturdays thru Nov. 19: Locally grown produce, producers, prepared foods, artisans, music, and activities, 7a­–1p.

FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, fedexforum.com, ticketmaster.com. See website for complete events listing. Also see Memphis Grizzlies NBA and University of Memphis Tigers Basketball. Jul 8–10: Cirque du Soleil: OVO.

Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com. Jul. 7: Brandy Clark, 8p. Aug. 25: Nik West, bassist, singer, and songwriter, 7p. Thru Aug. 26: Summer Movies Series, with pre-show activities, selfie station, and movie-themed drink specials.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, hattiloo.org. Jul 10–16: Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis, womenstheatrefestivalofmemphis.org. Aug. 12–Sep. 4: "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith."

Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. See website for classes, workshops, lunch & learns, camps, receptions, and lectures. Aug. 27: Forrest Spence 5K, 8a, 490-1264, forrestspencefund.org.

Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball: AutoZone Park, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com. Season runs Apr–Sep. Jul 4–6: Nashville. Jul 7–10: Round Rock. Jul 22–25: Iowa. Jul 26–29: Oklahoma City. Aug 3–6: Omaha. Aug 12–15: Tacoma. Aug 16–19: Reno. Aug 24–28: Nashville.

Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See website for class and demo times. Thru Jul. 31: "In the Garden," work that can be enjoyed outdoors. Thru Oct. 2: "Drawings of E.A. Chase: Designs of a Pioneer Modernist," a rare collection of more than 90 drawings by one of America's most significant blacksmiths.

National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Thru Sep. 6: "Inspiring Greatness Through Words and Deeds: The Art of Baret Boisson," portraits of heroes, in paintings on canvas, ceramics, and painted cigar boxes.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. "The South's Finest Theater." Thru Aug 26: Summer Movies Series, with pre-show activities, selfie station, and movie-themed drink specials.

Overton Square Arts & Entertainment District: 2109 Madison, 726-4656, overtonsquare.com. Tuesdays thru Sep 20: Bluesday Tuesday, FREE, 7:30–9:30p, Tower Courtyard. Last Thursdays thru Oct: Acoustic Courtyard, FREE, 6:30–9:30p, Tower Courtyard.

Pink Palace Museum CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Nov. 18: "Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D," a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Aug. 12–Sep. 4: "Mamma Mia!" the journey of a young woman looking for her father.

Railroad and Trolley Museum: 545 S. Main, 590-3099, mrtm.org. The history, technology, and fun of railroading. New exhibit: A historical display of the different types of rail used from pre–Civil War times to the present.

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

South Main Historic Arts District: Between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com. Last Fridays: South Main Art Trolley Tour, shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, 6–9p.

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Jul 15–31: "Debbie Sings: Judy, Just for You," a journey through Garland's early movie years and into her triumphant Carnegie Hall performance.

TheatreSouth: First Congo Church, 1000 S. Cooper. Aug 27: Playback Memphis: "Memphis Matters." Share your experience of living and working in our city, 7:30–9:30p, 264-0841, playbackmemphis.org.

TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, theatreworksmemphis.org. Jul 8–31: POTS@TheWorks: "Moon Vine," world premiere of a Southern gothic tale come to life. Aug. 5–6: Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre: "The Great Cable Cooking Show Contest," comedy about chefs winning The Best Sammich Contest, 946-6140. Aug. 20–21, 27–28: "Come Thanksgiving." A mother returns home as mysteriously as she did 13 years ago on Thanksgiving Day, 946-6140.

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