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March/April 2017

Special Events

Mar. 2–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,

Mar. 4: Cognac, Cars & Cigars. Light up! Cognac and premium cigars, luxury cars, and NBA player–owned cars throughout the lawn. Local cuisine, live music, and more to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-South. 5–9p, Pink Palace front lawn, 259-1378,

Mar. 4: A Stroll Down Black Broadway. Two live bands, buffet, served hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and three mini-performances inspired by "Aida" to raise funds for Hattiloo Theatre. 6–10p, Hattiloo Theatre, 525-0009,

Mar. 4: Mix-Odyssey. Grab your Mix-Odyssey passport and experience premier craft cocktails from Memphis's best mixologists, hors d'oeuvres pairings, fortunetellers, and new surprises to benefit Volunteer Odyssey. 7p, Bridges, 447 N. Fifth,

Mar. 6–12: Black Restaurant Week. Take a delicious culinary taste of black-owned restaurants in Memphis. Minority-owned restaurants offer specials and deals to help raise awareness of black-owned culinary businesses. Dig in!

Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27: Memphis Heritage Preservation Series. "Landmarks in Memphis Music" includes a field trip, presentations, and discussions with music historians, history makers, and history observers. 7–8:30p, Howard Hall, 2282 Madison, 272-2727,

Mar. 8: YWCA Luncheon Benefit. Guest speaker singer/actress Michel'le from "Surviving Compton," speaks to benefit the YWCA Abused Women's Shelter. Noon–2p, UofM Holiday Inn, 3700 Central, 320-6002,

Mar. 10: Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings. Grand sommelier Laurie Forster presides over a three-course dinner designed to experience the perfect pairings, benefitting Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis. 6–10p, Halloran Center,

Mar. 10: Shakespeare Gala. Pre-performance dinner buffet, post-performance dessert buffet, open bars, wine pull, live auction, and a Shakespearean performance by Broadway's critically acclaimed soprano and original Ariel, Sierra Boggess, to benefit Tennessee Shakespeare Co. 6p, Germantown Performing Arts Center, 759-0604,

Mar. 11: Silky O'Sullivan's St. Patrick's Day Parade.Wear your green and bring the family for the city's largest parade, with bands, cars, dancers, floats, and plenty of Beale Street beads! 3p, FREE. Beale Street,

Mar. 10–12: Southern Women's Show. Fashion, health, beauty, demos, shopping, decorating, food, celebrity guests, workshops, contests, and prizes — just for starters! Agricenter, 800-849-0248,

Mar. 10–12: Vintage901. A new, intimate festival, perfect for foodies, wine lovers, and music aficionados. A trio of events over three days includes tastings, tapas, salsa, soul, jazz, food, and community to benefit Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis.

Mar. 18: Suds and Stories. Frosty beverages and a light-hearted historical presentation on the men and women of the Emerald Coast who rest in Memphis. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day! 1p, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

Mar. 23: Rufus Thomas at 100 Concert. A special concert by the Stax Music Academy Rhythm Section and panel discussion highlights songs and anecdotes from Thomas's lengthy career. And yes, there will be birthday cake! 7p, FREE. Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL,

Mar. 23: Flying Brushes Art Show. Appetizers and wine complement artwork created by the ARTists of Open Arms Care, an intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities. 6–8p, FREE. Jack Robinson Gallery, 400 S. Front, 371-9774,

Mar. 24–26: Young Collectors Contemporary. Memphis's artist-centric, curated art fair showcases the freshest art and design from around the nation, in an engaging environment to discover emerging artists, become educated on collecting, and support artists unknown. Fri. 1–8p, Sat. 9a–5p, Sun 9a–3p. Historic Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando,

Mar. 25: Legends and Leaders Gala.The New Tri-State Defender turns 65! Black-tie event honors past and present business, political, and civic trailblazers in Memphis. Music, dinner, and tributes, with keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Chavis, president/CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. 6:30p, Domino's Event Center, 501 St. Jude Place, 523-1818,

Mar. 28: Vine to Wine. Kon-Nichi-Wine! Celebrate the season of cherry blossoms with sake, plum wines, and must-have Japanese delights, including tasty samplings, Pokémon, and displays. 6–8p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4131,

Mar. 30: Battle of the Birds. Take thee out to the ballpark and warm up for the 2017 AAA baseball season, with an exhibition game between the Memphis Redbirds and its parent team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Special ticket packages available. 7p, AutoZone Park, 721-6000,

Mar. 31: 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,

Mar. 31–Apr. 1: Hope House Yard Sale. Clothing, household items, sporting equipment, jewelry, free HIV testing, and more to support those affected by HIV. Fri. 8a–2p, Sat. 7a–2p, 23 S. Idlewild,

Mar. 31–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. 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. 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,

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 27–29: 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,


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,, Mar. 2: "Rockin' Road to Dublin," combines the art of Irish dance, the power of rock 'n' roll, and the finish of Broadway, 7:30p. Mar. 9: Mothers Favorite Child, 7p, Apr. 15: Marsha Ambrosius, Eric Benet, Will Downing, 8p.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Mar. 17–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, Mar. 9: "Philharmonia Quartet, Berlin," an evening with the standard-setting chamber ensemble, made up exclusively of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, 7:30p. 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. Mar. 5: Charlie Wilson's In It To Win Tour. Mar. 8: Stevie Nicks, 7p. Mar. 16: Bon Jovi: This House Is Not For Sale Tour, 7:30p.

Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, Mar. 18–19: IRIS Orchestra: "City of Song," a first-time staged collaboration with Opera Memphis and University of Memphis. 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, Mar. 4: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, with Marcella & Her Lovers, 7:30p. Mar. 17: The Malpass Brothers, 7:30p. Apr. 26: Todrick Hall's "Straight Outta Oz," 7:30p.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Mar. 10–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.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, Thru Mar. 5: "Beautiful — The Carole King Musical." The true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom to become one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Mar. 8: ZZ Top, 8p. Mar. 9: "Decades Rewind," more than 60 songs blended into medleys from the most prominent decades in music history. Mar. 10:  Garrison Keillor with special musical guest, 7p. Mar. 24–26: Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Apr. 8–9: Ballet Memphis: "Wizard of Oz." Apr. 29–30: Dance Theatre of Harlem. 14 racially diverse dance artists perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Mar. 3–26: "Lord of the Flies." An ordinary group of schoolboys, marooned on an island, see ordinary standards of behavior collapse.

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, Mar. 10–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, Mar. 3–Apr. 22: "Into a Birdless Sky," works by Jason Stout. Opening reception Mar. 3, 6–9p. Mar. 3–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 Mar. 26: "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now." Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's curatorial team logged more than 100,000 miles, traversing the U.S. to visit nearly 1,000 artists to offer an unusually diverse and nuanced look at contemporary American art from nearly every region. 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: "Fire: 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 Mar. 6: "Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery" documents the lives endured by slaves and celebrates the freedom they never dreamed possible. Mar. 16: Book & Author Series: "A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle" with author Crystal Sanders, 6p.

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." Mar. 10–Aug. 31: "A Century of Funk: Rufus Thomas at 100," photographs, promotional materials, stage costumes, and other memorabilia of "The World's Oldest Teenager." 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.

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.


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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