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July-August 2015 Events

SPECIAL EVENTS

JULY 2015

Jul. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Peabody Rooftop Party. Every Thursday through Aug. 13, the rooftop rocks with live entertainment, food, drinks, and connections under the stars. 6–11p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com.

Jul. 3: Cooper-Young Art Tours. Art exhibits, pop-up galleries, music, and dance performances in Midtown's historically hip district. Every 1st Fri., 6–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoung.com.

Jul. 7, 14, 21, 28: On Location: Memphis Shorts Festival. Review short films in the categories of Live Action, Documentary, and Animation to determine which film from each category gets screened during the OL:M international film and music festival. 7p, free. Hard Rock Cafe, 126 Beale, 730-6220, onlocationmemphis.org.

Jul. 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4: Movie on the Rooftop. Date night, family outing, friend meet-up — enjoy happy hour at Riverfront Bar & Grill, order a to-go snack, and head up to the grassy roof for the movie of the night. 8:30p, Beale Street Landing, 312-9190, memphisriverfront.com.

Jul. 11: Kids Ultimate Fitness Challenge. Kids of all ages (adults, too!) flex their physical fitness skills at the nation's largest mobile fitness event, traveling coast to coast to promote healthy activity. A time-based obstacle course ends with a 20-foot confidence climb and dash to the finish. Activities for the entire family! 10a–6p, free. Audubon Park, 206-489-8056, allstaractive.com.

Jul. 18: All Access 18+. Play, create, and connect in celebration of "The Art of the Video Games" exhibit. Live music, "Tron" movie screening, art-making stations, gaming tournament, and cash bar. Free if you wear overalls and a mustache. 5–9p, Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org.

Jul. 19: Wine and Dine. 13 Memphis chefs present tastings of their choice paired with fine wines, serenaded by the tunes of Ed Finney and Bob Buckley to benefit Special Olympics. 6:30p, Tower Center, 5100 Poplar, 683-1271, specialolympicsmem.org.

Jul. 22: ADA Parade and Rally. Bring banners, horns, and signs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 11a–1p, from City Hall, 170 N. Main, to the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry, 327-2473, thearcmidsouth.org.

Jul. 25: Rock'n Wild Picnic. Party under the pavilion at the Memphis Farmers Market and enjoy Rock'n Dough pizza, So Fresh juice bar, wine and beer, music by The Three Kings, and locally grown fun. 5–8p, S. Front & G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org.

Jul. 25: SportsBall. Black-tie-and-tennis-shoes extravaganza features games for grownups and futures for kids, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. 7p–midnight, Minglewood Hall, 323-5440, msmentor.org.

Jul. 25: WEVL Blues on the Bluff. Mini blues festival with a spectacular river view includes live music, cash BBQ and drink bars, and dancing in the park to benefit WEVL FM 89.9. 6–­11p, Metal Museum grounds, 528-0560, wevl.org.

Jul. 25: Family Night: The Art of Camping. Learn camping tips, make art projects, gaze at the stars, enjoy traditional camp snacks, and test your explorer skills. 5–8p, free. Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org.

Jul. 28: Vine to Wine at the Garden. Viva la Vino! A selection of Italian wines accompanied by Italian-influenced hors d'oeuvres. Door prizes, tree readings, and shopping. 6–8p, Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com/winetastings.

Jul. 29: Art Dash. Around 100 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, artdash.brownpapertickets.com.

Jul. 31: Cossitt's Friends of the Library Book Sale. Step into new worlds, with fiction and nonfiction books, comic books, books on tape, CDs, magazines, VHS tapes, and DVDs. 11a–4p, Cossitt Library, 33 S. Front, 415-2766, memphislibrary.org.

Jul. 31: Science of Wine. Introducing Science of Beer's older, more genteel sibling. Learn the science behind the grape while tasting new wines and noshing on heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts. 6–9:30p, Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org.

Jul. 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, gosouthmain.com.

AUGUST 2015

Aug. 1: Spirit of SRVS. Sample from Memphis's finest restaurants, sip vintage wines, bid on silent and live auctions, and dance to The King Beez at this benefit for programs and support services for people with disabilities. 7–11:30p, Hilton Memphis, 312-6802, srvs.org.

Aug. 4: Movie on the Rooftop. Date night, family outing, friend meet-up — enjoy happy hour at Riverfront Bar & Grill, order a to-go snack, and head up to the grassy roof for the movie of the night. 8:30p, Beale Street Landing, 312-9190, memphisriverfront.com.

Aug. 6: Whet Thursday. Join in a foundry class, explore the galleries, purchase specialty drinks and gourmet grilled cheeses, listen to live music, and take part in "Conversations with the Collections Manager," 5:30–8, free. Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.

Aug. 6, 13: Peabody Rooftop Party. Final rooftop parties of the season rock with live entertainment, food, drinks, and connections under the stars. 6–11p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com.

Aug. 7: Open Arms Care Jazz and Wine. Jazz styling of saxophonist Mark Baker and vocals from Memphis legend Ruby Wilson headline an evening of wine, appetizers, and silent auction. 6–9p, CBU De La Salle Hall Theater, 371-9774, openarmscare.org.

Aug. 7: Cooper-Young Art Tours. Art exhibits, pop-up galleries, music, and dance performances in Midtown's historically hip district. Every 1st Fri., 6–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoung.com.

Aug. 7: Firefly Glow Party. End-of-summer illumination event, with shining take-home crafts, Atomic Glow Lab, LED hoop performance, and dance party. Bring your light-up bling! 7–9p, Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Aug. 7: Backstage Bash. Experience life backstage while enjoying Memphis food, craft beer, desserts, a specialty cocktail, music by The Super 5 — all on the iconic Orpheum stage. 7p, Orpheum Theatre, 525-7800, orpheum-memphis.com.

Aug. 8–16: Elvis Week. Elvis tribute contests, Hound Dog Tours, movies, dance parties, trivia, receptions, 5K, candlelight vigil, and everything Elvis-imaginable. 332-3322, elvisweek.com.

Aug. 15: Moon River Music Festival. Americana, folk, and Southern rock entertainers, including Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Needtobreathe, Switchfoot, and Myla Smith. Noon–till, Levitt Shell, moonriverfestival.com.

Aug. 15: Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil. Fans visit Elvis's gravesite and return carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. 8:30p–till, free. Graceland, 332-3322, elvisweek.com.

Aug. 18: The Great Wine Performances. A theatrical wine tasting with 10 wine stations spread throughout the theater, staffed by famous characters. Test your theater knowledge for prizes. 6–8p, Playhouse on the Square, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org.

Aug. 22: Family-Friendly Paddle, Picnic, and Swim. A pleasant 8.2-mile section of the Wolf River is yours for the day, complete with hiking trails, picnic sandbars, shady trees, and canoe-centric scenery unparalleled. 9a–3p, RSVP 452-6500, wolfriver.org/activity-calendar.

Aug. 25: My Big Backyard BBQ. Down-home (but grown-up) party with picnic-perfect wines and beers, eats by Central BBQ and Eclectic Catering, and toe-tapping music by Minor Street Strings. 6–8p, Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Aug. 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, gosouthmain.com.

Aug. 29: Midnight Classic Bike Ride. The Lunar Festival begins at 10p, and the bicycles roll out in waves at midnight for a 17-mile, noncompetitive, by-the-light-of-the-moon ride at this fun-filled fundraiser for Meritan. Bring bling! Helmets and RSVP required. 10p, Tiger Lane, 335 S. Hollywood, 766-0613, meritan.org.

Aug. 31–Sep. 3: Memphis Redbirds Final Home Games. AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals plays New Orleans Zephyrs during its final home-game series for 2015. AutoZone Park, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com

AROUND TOWN EVENTS

Beale Street Landing: 251 Riverside at Beale, 312-9190, memphisriverfront.com. Tuesdays thru Aug. 4: Movies on the rooftop, 8:30p, free.

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. 13: "The Art of Video Games," 85 examples featuring the most influential artists and designers. Thru Jan. 3: "Cats and Quotes," featuring felines from a variety of periods.

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. 25: Date Night with Glenn Jones, 7:30p. Jul. 31: Bell Biv Devoe: Mint Condition, 8p, mixandmingle.net. Aug. 22: Memphis Comedy Fest, 7:30p

Center for Southern Folklore: 119 & 123 S. Main, Pembroke Square, 525-3655, southernfolklore.com. A showcase of folk art, Southern music, and food. Jul. 11: Daddy Mack Blues Band CD Release Party: "A Bluesman Looks at Seventy," 8p.

Church Health Center Wellness: 1115 Union, 259-HOPE, churchhealthcenter.org. Indoor walking track, heated pool, group exercise, racquetball and basketball courts, cooking and dancing classes, health education, workshops, seminars, diabetes and hypertension classes, yoga, and pilates. Tuesdays thru Oct. 27: Farmers Market, 10a–2p.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Aug. 21–Sep. 6: "Buyer and Cellar," regional premiere, one-man comedy explores a struggling actor who works in Barbra Streisand's basement.

Circuitous Succession Gallery: 500 S. Second, 229-1041, circuitoussuccession.com. Thru Jul. 24: "Doomed to Repeat," a large retrospective of new paintings by Lawrence Matthews III. "Toile Landscapes," intricate cutout landscapes by Shara Rowley Plough. "Transition Flux," new Southern vernacular sculpture work by Jeff Mickey. Jul. 31–Aug. 25: "Secular Sacred: Spiritual Vibes & Transcendent Experience," paintings by Thomas Murray. Aug. 28–Sep. 23: "Sacred Vessels," surreal portraiture by J.N. Miller. "Trav-fo-tog," Clark Buchner travel photography and Saj Crone African-experience photography.

Cooper-Young Historic District: Cooper–Young Intersection, Midtown, 272-2922, cooperyoung.org. 1st Thursdays: Cooper-Young Night Out, festive time with live music, retail discounts, and restaurant specials, 5–9p. Saturdays Year-Round: Farmers Market, 8a–1p.

Dance Scholars: 1738 Galloway, 301-3262, dancescholarsinc.org. Jul. 16–17, 30–31: A Chance to Dance Informances. Aug. 1–7, 24–30: Dancers Inc. class registration, dancersinc.us.

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. Tuesdays & Sundays: Current exhibit curatorial tour, 2p. Wednesdays: Munch & Learn Lecture Series, noon. 3rd Thursdays: Art After Dark, galleries and gardens stay open until 8 p.m., with entertainment and cash bar. Thru Nov. 22: Jun Kaneko: Sculptures in the Garden, large-scale, hand-built installations.

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. 6–12: Bluff City Tri-Art: "Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking," 946-6140. Aug. 21–29: Bluff City Tri-Art: "Making Folk Happy," country girls move to Memphis in the 1920s, 946-6140.

Farmers Market Downtown: Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org. Saturdays Thru Nov. 21: All locally produced goods: 7a–1p.

FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, fedexforum.com. See website for complete events listing. Also see Memphis Grizzlies NBA and University of Memphis Tigers Basketball. Jul. 3: Kevin Hart "What Now?" Tour, 8p, whatnowtour.com. Jul. 13: Imagine Dragons "Smoke + Mirrors" Tour, 8p.

Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, 800-238-2000, 332-3322, elvis.com. Aug. 8–16: Elvis Week: Elvis tribute contests, Hound Dog Tours, movies, dance parties, trivia, receptions, 5K, candlelight vigil, and everything Elvis-imaginable, elvisweek.com. Aug. 15: Candlelight Vigil, 8:30p–till.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, hattiloo.org. Aug. 13–Sep. 6: "In the Heights."

James Lee House: 690 Adams, Victorian Village: Thru Jul. 31: Works by MCA alumna Chloe York, Tue.–Thu. 3–5p.

Levitt Shell at Overton Park: 1930 Poplar, 272-2722, levittshell.org. Historic, open-air theater hosts entertainment under the stars. See website for complete listing. Thru Aug. 2: Free concert series.

Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince, 767-7322, memphismuseums.org. Open year-round for self-guided trail backpacking and nature programs/exhibits. Tuesdays–Saturdays: Wild Lunch with the Animal Keepers, noon. 4th Saturdays: Trail Blazin' Volunteers, 9a–noon.

Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series: Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107, liveatthegarden.com, ticketmaster.com. Gates open at 6:30p; concerts at 8:30p. Jul. 17: Rob Thomas with Plain White T's. Aug. 15: ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke. Sep. 4: Martina McBride. Sep. 18: Daryl Hall & John Oates.

Malco Theatres: Studio on the Square, 2105 Court, 761-3480, malco.com. Thru Jul. 29: Kids Summer Film Fest.

Marshall Arts: 639 Marshall, 406-6978, marshallartsmemphis.com. Thru Jul. 23: "Preservatif," art made from 21,000 pounds of expired condoms, promoting sexual education and benefiting people living with HIV/AIDS. "Preservatif is the French word for condom. preservatifexhibition.com.

Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. See website for classes, workshops, lunch & learns, camps, receptions, and lectures. 2nd Tuesdays thru Oct. 13: Food Truck Garden Party, 5–8p. Wednesdays thru Oct. 28: Farmers' Market at the Garden, Wednesdays, 2–6p. Jul. 1–29: "Spirit of Havana," photographs by the late David Gingold. "Smoky Mountain Sunrise," oversized prints by Lyn Kyle. Aug. 3–29: Randy Burns art exhibit and sale.
 
Memphis Music Commission: 576-6850, memphismusic.org. Jul. 6, 20, Aug. 3, 17: Memphis Music Monday, an after-work, music-business networking event, 6–9p, Hard Rock Memphis, 126 Beale. Aug. 12: Music Business Forum, 5–7:30p, Ardent Studios, 2000 Madison.
Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball: AutoZone Park, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com. Season runs Apr–Sep. Thru Jul. 3: Oklahoma City. Jul. 8–12: Nashville. Jul 24–27: Iowa. Jul. 28–31: Oklahoma City. Aug. 15–18: Albuquerque. Aug. 19–22: El Paso. Aug. 31–Sep. 3: New Orleans.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Inside FedExForum, 191 Beale at Third, 205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. A comprehensive Memphis music experience. Tuesdays: Free admission for Shelby Co. residents w/ID, 2–7p. Thru Jan. 31: "60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll."

Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Place, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org. See website for workshops, classes, and clubs. Jul. 4: Military Appreciation Day.

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. 26: "Adorning the Table." Aug. 7–Nov. 15: "Hollowware" and "A Kind of Confession"; reception Aug. 7, 6–8p, free. Thru Aug. 27: Thursdays: Extended museum hours, with metalworking demo and Conversations with the Collections Manager, 5–7p, free. Thru Sep. 6: "Tributaries: Seth Gould."

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. "The South's Finest Theater." Jul. 14–19: "Motown the Musical" tells the stories behind the hits. Aug. 1–2: "Menopause the Musical." Aug. 4: Jill Scott, 7:30p. Aug. 6: The Wendy Williams Sit Down Tour, 8p.  Aug. 11–13: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Thru Aug. 28: Summer Movie Series, most Thu. & Fri.

Overton Square Arts & Entertainment District: 2109 Madison, 726-4656, overtonsquare.com. Thru Oct. 27: Bluesday Tuesday, free concert series, 6:30–9:30p.

Peabody Memphis: 149 Union, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com. Historic Downtown landmark hotel. 1st Wednesdays: Master Taster’s Club wine tasting, 5–6:30p, Chez Philippe. Thursdays thru Aug. 13: Rooftop Parties, 6–11p, ladies free till 7p.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Thru Sep. 7: "Wicked Plants," a hands-on experience with some of the world's most diabolical botanicals — without the risk of pain, poisoning, dismemberment, or death!

Pink Palace Museum CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Saturdays in July: “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 4p. Saturdays in August: “The Incredibles,” in 2D, 4p. Aug. 9–13: “Jailhouse Rock” in 2D. Thru Nov. 13 "Hidden Universe 3D," a journey to the birthplace of stars and beyond. Thru November: "Humpback Whales 3D," close encounters of their ecological survival. Thru Mar. 4: "Prehistoric Planet: Walking With Dinosaurs 3D."

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Jul. 12: "The Gospel at Colonus," based on "Oedipus" and set in a contemporary African-American gospel church service. Aug. 14–Sep. 6: "Billy Elliot the Musical," regional premiere, a young boy trades his boxing gloves for dancing shoes.

Run/Walk: Jul. 18: Design-a-Wish 5K at Pink Palace Museum benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation and IIDA Tennessee Chapter, 8a, designawish.racesonline.com. Aug. 29: Forrest Spence 5K and Fun Run at Overton Park raises funds for the non-medical needs of critically ill children, 8a, 490-1264, forrestspencefund.com.

Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Ongoing: "Wonders of the Universe," a tour through the current night skies.

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.

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. First Thursdays: Stax Fresh Trax, musician feedback sessions, 6–9p, memphismusic.org. Jul. 17–Dec. 31: "Stax: Visions of Soul" celebrates songs from the iconic Stax catalog with specially commissioned works by 16 visual artists; opening Jul. 17, 6–8p, free.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company: UofM Mainstage, 3745 Central, 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org. Aug. 15: "The Oliver Experiment": What if your entire life were a Broadway musical, and you had no clue? 7p.

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Jul. 10–26: Summer Musical Showcase: "Liberace!" Aug. 21–Sep. 13: "The Producers," get-rich-quick schemers promote a sure-fire Broadway flop, only to see it succeed.

TheatreSouth: 1000 S. Cooper. Jul. 31–Aug. 16: Voices of the South: "Temple of the Dog," a teen's journey to manhood and escape from an abusive home life, 726-0800, voicesofthesouth.org.

TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, theatreworksmemphis.org. Jul. 10–Aug. 2: NewWorks@TheWorks: "Mountain View," a story of survival in the mountains of Appalachia.

University of Memphis: Art Museum: Communication and Fine Arts Bldg. Room 142, 678-2224, memphis.edu/amum. Thru Jul. 2: "What I Kept," objects brought from women's countries of origin. Jul. 25–Sep. 19: Samuel H. Crone.

Walking Tours: Downtown History: Host Jimmy Ogle, 604-5002, jimmyogle.com, free. Jul. 16, Aug. 20: Downtown Courthouse, noon, meet Adams & Second. Jul. 19: Memphis & Arkansas Bridge Walk, 2p, Crump Park on Metal Museum Drive.

Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com. Restored 1870s French Victorian mansion. Thru Aug. 16: "Southern Summers," cotton textiles and wedding dresses. Aug. 12–November: "Memphis Mourning," mourning rituals highlighting the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878.

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