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August 2016 Events

Special Events

Aug. 2: National Night Out. Honor those who protect and serve, while building community–police partnerships that make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Food, live music, and beverages, hosted by the South Main Association and the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Donations benefit the Beale Street Precinct. 6–8p, Central Station Pavilion,,

Aug. 3: Shelby County History Awards Dinner. The West Tennessee Historical Society awards the best article contributor in TWTHS papers, and the individual or organization for the most outstanding contribution to the area's history. 6:30p, Davies Manor Plantation,

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,

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

Aug. 5: Open Arms Care Jazz & Wine Event. Jazz saxophonist Mark Baker, with performances by Big Baby and Bird Williams headline an evening of food, wine, and radio personality-host Tony Nichelson to benefit Open Arms Care. 6p, Robinson Gallery, 400 S. Front, 371-9774,

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

Aug. 5–6: Back-to-School Pop-Up Shop.  Brand-new Memphis-themed designs in tees, backpacks, hats, lunch boxes, pins, coasters, and more, hosted by Choose901. Enjoy lunch in the artsy South Main District, and bring donations for Memphis Athletic Ministries' backpack donation drive. Fri. 3–7p, Sat. 10a–3p, 477 S. Main, 857-6331,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Aug. 20: Sparkling NIghts. 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, benefitting SRVS's programs and support services. 7–11:30p, Hilton Memphis, 312-6802,

Aug. 20: Taking It to the Streets. Join MIFA volunteers in assisting the Memphis Dept. of Public Works in the city's Anti-Blight Campaign by cleaning trash from the surrounding streets. All supplies are provided. 910 Vance, 529-4521,

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,

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,

Aug. 23–25: Economic Development Forum. Foster intentional growth with insider takeaways from national business leaders. Speakers, forums. exhibit hall, power breakfast, strategies, luncheons, solutions, and opportunities, organized by The MMBC Continuum. Cook Convention Center, 525-6512,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Aug. 26: MCIL Annual Italian Supper. Drive through, take out, or dine in (door prizes)! Spinach lasagna, spaghetti, or half-n-half to benefit Memphis Center for Independent Living. 5–7:30p, Trinity Fellowship Hall, 1738 Galloway, 726-6404,

Aug. 27: Memphis Matters. Share your experience of living and working in Memphis, then see those impressions, observations, and stories come to life via Playback interpretations. 7:30–9:30p, Theatre South, 1000 S. Cooper, 264-0841,

Sep. 2–4: Rock for Love. A weekend of music includes recorded-in-Memphis, garage rockers, roots/soul, folk, and acoustic at a variety of venues to benefit Church Health Center. 272-7170,

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,


Monthly Highlights

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

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

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

Farmers Market Downtown: Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson, 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,, See website for complete events listing. Also see Memphis Grizzlies NBA and University of Memphis Tigers Basketball. Sep 12: Maroon 5, 7:30p. Sep. 17: R. Kelly: The Oct. 14: Amy Schumer Live, 8p.

Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, 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. Sep. 10: On Stage: Booker T. Jones, 4-time Grammy Award–winning soul artist, 7:30p. Sep. 23: On Stage: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a 50th-anniversary tour, 7:30p. Oct. 29: On Stage: Taylor Hicks, American Idol's unique take on Southern soul, 7:30p.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Aug. 12–Sep. 4: "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith," the turbulent story of legendary "Empress of the Blues." Sep. 23–Oct. 16: "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting," the integration of white baseball. Oct. 28–Nov. 20: "The House That Will Not Stand," New Orleans in 1836 and a family secret revealed.
Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball: AutoZone Park, 721-6000, Season runs Apr–Sep. Aug 3–6: Omaha. Aug 12–15: Tacoma. Aug 16–19: Reno. Aug 24–28: Nashville.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Inside FedExForum, 191 Beale at Third, 205-2533, A comprehensive Memphis music experience. Thru Nov. 30: "The Fine Art of Rock," featuring original paintings, drawings, and pen & inks from the most iconic album covers of all time.

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 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.

Mud Island Amphitheatre: 125 N. Front, 800-745-3000,, Open Apr.–Oct. Aug. 13: JD & The Straight Shot with the Joe Walsh Tour.

National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, 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, "The South's Finest Theater." Sep. 8: Stephanie Mills with Jammin' Jay Lamont, 8p. Sep. 10: Sturgill Simpson, country music's rule-breaking musician, 8p. Sep. 11: Shreya Ghoshal, famed Bollywood singer, 6:30p. Sep. 13–18: Memphis Premiere: "Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage." Sep. 21: 3 Doors Down, multiplatinum Mississippi rock band, 8p. Oct. 8: Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough Tour, 8p. Sep. 24: Amos Lee, 8p. Oct. 25–30: Broadway: "Jersey Boys," the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Aug. 12–Sep. 4: "Mamma Mia!" the journey of a young woman looking for her father. Sep. 23–Oct. 9: "King Charles III," Britain's Prince Charles ascends to the throne.

Railroad and Trolley Museum: 545 S. Main, 590-3099, 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, 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, Last Fridays: South Main Art Trolley Tour, shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, 6–9p.

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,

TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, 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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