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May/June 2017

Special Events

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, pnamidsouth.org.

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, peabodymemphis.com.

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, memphisinmay.org.

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, blues.org.

May 11: HSMSC Pup Crawl. Cooper-Young is going to the dogs! Pup-friendly bars and patios offer pup-friendly merchandise, canine-themed drinks, live music (howl!), and tail-wagging eats. 6–9p, Cooper-Young Gazebo, memphishumane.org.

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, blues.org.

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, memphisgreekfestival.com.

May 13: Latino Memphis Festival. A high-energy outdoor fiesta that parties Colombian style! Authentic Colombian cuisine, arts & crafts, kids activities, interactive soccer demos, salsa dancing classes, world-class performances, outdoor marketplace, and more. 9a–4p, Overton Park, latinomemphis.org/festival.

May 17: Bicycle Storytimes and Riding Lessons. From training wheels to two wheels, this interactive program takes a child's once-in-a-lifetime bicycle rite of passage into a memorable one supported by family and friends in this free, educational program, offered in partnership with Revolutions Bicycle Co-op. 2–3:30p, FREE. Cossitt Library Downtown, 33 S. Front, 415-2766, memphislibrary.org/bicycle-storytimes-2017.

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 contest, and all the meat you can eat. Tom Lee Park, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org.

May 19: Bike to Work Day. Events are happening all over the city. Get your friends, family, and coworkers to join you on the road, pedaling your commute. bikewalktn.org.

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 metalmuseum.org/fire 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, cooperyounggardenclub.org.

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, gosouthmain.com.

May 26–27: Library Spring Book Sale. Spring cleaning time! Friends of the Library has set aside the best items to offer in books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, cassettes, sheet music, and who knows what else. Support our library and expand your mind! 10a–4:30p both days, FREE. Central Library, 3030 Poplar, 415-2840, memphislibrary.org/support/friends/book-sales.

May 27: 901Fest.  A celebratory cap to the city's most festive month exalts everything that makes Memphis, Memphis: food, music, merchandise, and people. Live, 901-based entertainment airshow, and a 901-themed fireworks finale. Tom Lee Park, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org.

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, memphisinmay.org.

Jun. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 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, peabodymemphis.com.

Jun. 10: Gibson Guitar 5K. Joe Birch will emcee the 21st annual Gibson Guitar 5K benefiting St. Patrick community outreach. Two factory fresh, Memphis-made guitars will be auctioned off at the after party. $10 cover for roof-top party for non-registered participants. 7p, 145 Lt. Geo W Lee at Second, gibsonguitar5k.com.

Jun. 30: 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.

 

Monthly Highlights

ON STAGE

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, buckmanartscenter.com. May 12: The HillBenders with Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, 8p.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1269, 800-726-0915, cannoncenter.com, ticketmaster.com. Jun. 16: The Bar-Kays and ConFunkShun, 8p.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru May 14: "Dearly Departed." Living and dying in the South are seldom tidy — and always hilarious. Jun. 2–25:  "Ripcord." Golden Girls meet The Odd Couple.

FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, fedexforum.com, ticketmaster.com. See website for complete events listing. May 8: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 40th Anniversary Tour, 7:30p.

Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, gpacweb.com. May 11: An Evening with David Crosby & Friends, 7:30p. Jun. 14: The Bacon Brothers, 7:30p.

Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com. May 12–13: Men Are From Mars — Women Are From Venus LIVE! Jun. 3–4: Annie: The Dance-sical, presented by Ballet on Wheels Dance School.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, hattiloo.org. Thru May 21: August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean." A man in search of soul-cleansing powers discovers the importance of history and freedom. Jun. 9–Jul. 2: "Aida," an enslaved Nubian princess finds her heart entangled with an Egyptian soldier who is engaged to the Pharaoh's daughter.

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

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. 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, playhouseonthesquare.org. May 5–28: Million Dollar Quartet. Jun. 16–Jul. 9: "Priscilla Queen of the Desert." Three friends agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback.

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Thru 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. Jun. 2–25: "South Pacific," a WWII nurse in the South Pacific falls in love with a French expatriate plantation owner.

ON EXHIBIT

Cook Convention Center: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, memphistravel.com/conventions. See website for complete events listing. May 6–7: Dinosaurs Unleashed! A family-friendly, educational walk-through exhibit featuring several prehistoric attractions, discoverthedinosaurs.com.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org. Private estate museum on 17 acres of formal and informal gardens. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Thru Jul. 2: "Scent and Symbolism: Perfumed Objects and Images." May 7–Jul. 23: "Artifact of a Relationship." Local artist and gallery owner Jason Miller photographs everyday objects that have meaning to him.

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. 16: "F.I.R.E: James Wade Jr." explores the evidence of our presence in the industrial, agrarian, and vernacular landscape. Thru Jul. 30: "Implements of Grandeur," showcasing handmade tools by metalsmiths throughout the U.S. May 7–Aug. 27: "Metal in Motion," featuring artists whose work involves moving parts.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. 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. May 27–Sep. 10: "Jurassic Journeys," an interactive dinosaur journey that transcends all boundaries — land, sea, and air!

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, staxmuseum.com. State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. Thru Jun. 30: "Portraits in Soul: Rare Images from the API Archive." Thru 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, woodruff-fontaine.com. Restored 1870s French Victorian mansion. May 17–July 23: "Southern Summers." A collection of cool, crisp, cotton textiles, along with a look at Southern customs and traditions that only happen during the dog days of summer.

ON COMMUNITY

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

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

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