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July-August 2017

Special Events

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

Thursdays thru Sep. 28: The 15 Film Series. Weekly screenings kick off with an outdoor block party featuring food trucks, vendors, and DJ. Films engage with three Memphis themes: history, art, and spatial justice. 6p, FREE. Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando,

First Thursdays thru Oct. 5: Whet Thursdays. An after-hours, family-friendly event with museum and grounds tours, live local music, food truck fare, demos, gallery talk, and the best sunset in Memphis. 5–8p, Metal Museum, 774-6380,

Saturdays thru Oct. 28: Memphis Farmers Market. Locally grown produce, producers, prepared foods, artisans, music, food trucks, demos, and special activities. 7a–1p, Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson,

Last Fridays, Monthly, Year-round: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

Jul. 1: Live at the Garden: Boston. Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, otherworldly sound, and exceptional musicianship, Boston performs a totally live show, under the stars, surrounded by acres of gardens in the heart of Memphis. 6p gates open, 8p concert. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,

Jul. 11, 18, 25: Twilight Tuesdays Outdoor Movie Series. Enjoy movies under the stars, on a 24-foot screen at the sound end of Memphis’s largest grass roof. 8:30p, Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside at Beale, 312-9190,

Jul. 22: SportsBall. Evening wear and tennis shoes is the dress code for this extravaganza that features games for grownups and futures for kids, benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters. 7p, Minglewood Hall,

Jul. 22: WEVL 89.9 Blues on the Bluff. Mini blues festival with Ghost Town Blues Band, Marcella and Her Lovers, and The MD’s. Cash food and drink bars, free sunset river view — all to benefit WEVL FM 89.9. 6–11p, Metal Museum grounds, 528-0560,

Aug. 3: Bourbon and Bows. Silent auction, bourbon tastings, appetizers, live jazz, cigar bar, and fabulous food to benefit the Midsouth-Area Business Travel Association operations. 6–8p, The Crescent Club,

Aug. 11: Live at the Garden: St. Paul & The Broken Bones. An expanded 8-piece lineup of the widely praised soul-based rock unit, along with Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, under the stars, surrounded by acres of gardens in the heart of Memphis. 6p gates open, 8p concert. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,

Aug. 11–19: Elvis Week. Celebrate the music, movies, and life of Elvis Presley with a full week of events that includes concerts, contests, auctions, talks, and many 40th-anniversary special events. 332-3322,

Aug. 15: Candlelight Vigil. After an opening ceremony at the gates of Graceland, fans may walk up the driveway to Elvis’s gravesite and back down, carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so. 332-3322,

Aug. 18–19: Drop the Mic Poetry Slam. As part of the MLK50 yearlong commemoration, this sanctioned event with the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” includes a free symposium on Friday (9a–5p, National Civil Rights Museum) with workshops about enhancing creativity and engagement as a poet. The Slam, held on Saturday (5p, Minglewood Hall), is a competition featuring poets performing original works before an audience and judging panel.

Aug. 19: Sparkling Nights. Silent and live auction, savory appetizers, samplings of vintage wines, and a uniquely painted commemorative piece of artwork by Memphis artist Joey Evangelisti, who captures on canvas what he cannot express in words. Honoring SRVS co-founder Dorothy Wilson, this event benefits SRVS’s support services for people with disabilities. 7–11:30p, UofM Holiday Inn,

Aug. 26: Live at the Garden: Seal. He has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and is known for his international hits. Many-time award-winning Seal brings his broad-reaching talents for an evening under the stars, surrounded by acres of gardens in the heart of Memphis. 6p gates open, 8p concert. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,

Thru Aug. 25: Orpheum Summer Movie Series. Grab a themed drink special, test your movie trivia knowledge, take a picture at the photo booth, and enjoy the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before watching a classic movie on the big Orpheum screen. Don’t forget the popcorn! Show schedule:

Aug. 28–31: Memphis Redbirds Final Home-Game Stretch. Batter up! AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals plays Iowa for its final home-game series of 2017. Take thee out to the ball game and experience Memphis state-of-the-art stadium and “America’s favorite pastime.” AutoZone Park, 721-6000,

Thru Aug. 31: RiverPlay. Public gathering and recreation space along the river includes a variety of flexible and multi-use amenities, including playing fields, basketball court, skating rink, ping pong, chess, and other family-friendly, pet-friendly activities. Sun–Thu 3–8p, Fri–Sat 3–10p, FREE. Riverside between Jefferson and Court,


Monthly Highlights


Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1269, 800-726-0915,, Jul 1: “The All White Shorts & Heels Dress to Impress Concert,” with Keith Sweat and Glen Jones, 7p.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Aug. 25–Sep. 10: “The Flick,” regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize–winning play about two co-workers.

FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000,, See website for complete events listing. Aug. 5: James Taylor & His All-Star Band, with special Guest Bonnie Raitt, 7:30p. Aug. 16: “ELVIS: The Wonder of You 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert,” 8p.

Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, Jul. 29: “Clean Comedy Experience,” stand-up comedy without offensive words, 4p & 8p. Aug. 12: Eric Stanley Life Tour, 8p.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Thru Jul. 2: “Aida,” an enslaved Nubian princess finds her heart entangled with an Egyptian soldier who is engaged to the Pharaoh’s daughter. Aug. 11–Sep. 3: “Ruined,” a rain forest bar and brothel’s matriarch keeps peace between customers from both sides of the war-torn Congo.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, Jul 13: Dancing with the Stars: Live! Hot Summer Nights, 7:30p. Jul. 25–30: Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Aug. 19: Eric Roberson, 8p. Thru Aug. 25: Orpheum Summer Movie Series,

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Thru Jul. 9: “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” Three friends agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Aug. 11–Sep. 3: “9 to 5.” Three working women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.

TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 726-4656, Jul. 7–30: “Victory Blues.” WWII has ended, and the world that Jerry Greisinger returns to has little to do with the one he left.


Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, Thru Jul. 30: “A Feast for the Eyes: 200 Years of American Still-Life Painting from the Hevrdejs Collection. Thru Aug. 27: “Unwrapped! 100 Gifts for 100 Years.” Centennial gifts from patrons and support groups. Thru Sep. 10: “Rotunda Projects: Nnenna Okore.”

Calliope Gallery: 456 Tennessee, 201-2991. Thru Aug. 26: “Transmissions: New Works by Amy Hutcheson,” abstract, mixed-media works on paper,

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 Jul. 2: “Scent and Symbolism: Perfumed Objects and Images.” Thru Jul. 23: “Artifact of a Relationship.” Local artist and gallery owner Jason Miller photographs everyday objects that have meaning to him. Jul. 16–Sep. 24: “Ed Giobbi in Memphis” and “Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art.”

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 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. Thru Aug. 20: “Metal in Motion,” featuring artists whose work involves moving parts.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America’s first self-service grocery store. Thru Sep. 10: “Jurassic Journeys on Land, Sea, and Air,” an interactive dinosaur journey that transcends all boundaries — land, sea, and air! Thru Feb. 24, 2018: “LeMoyne-Owen College: A Beacon of Hope,” explores the unique past of this historically black college.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: Now open 7 days a week, 10a–5p, through July 31: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. 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.” Thru Sep. 30: “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 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.


Pink Palace CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Thru Nov. 10: “Aircraft Carrier 3D” immerses you in air and sea operations aboard a modern Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Thru Sep. 22: “Summer Seasonal Stargazing” tours the audience through the summer night sky. Thru Nov. 17: “Life: A Cosmic Story” explores the possible cosmic origins of life on planet Earth. Thru Dec. 31: “Sunstruck” explores our nearest star in all its glory.


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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