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June 2015 Events


Jun. 2–6: Germantown Charity Horse Show. Some of the finest horses in the nation are put through their paces in a run for the blue ribbon. Times and events vary, 7745 Poplar Pike, 754-0009,

Jun. 4: Whet Thursday. Enjoy the museum after hours, with foundry classes, a specialty drink, food truck, live music, and hands-on activities. 5:30–8p, free. Metal Museum, 774-6380,

Jun. 4, 11, 18, 25: Peabody Rooftop Party. Every Thursday through August 13, the rooftop rocks with live entertainment, food, drinks, and connections under the stars. 6–11p, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000,

Jun. 5: 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,

Jun. 5: Born2Win — A Survivor's Journey. An inspirational evening of song, motivation, food, vending, and special artists to benefit Walking Into a New Life, whose mission is to stop domestic violence and help stabilize victims. 6–9p, Germantown Great Hall, 466-6182,

Jun. 6: Books & BBQ Expo. Networking platform promotes literacy by providing opportunities for the reading and writing community. Author talks, workshops, youth activities, short story contest, and barbecue! 10:30a– 7p, Agricenter,

Jun. 6: A Day of Merrymaking. A family day of live music, food trucks, local vendors, hot-air balloon, activities, and dog fun in celebration of Overton Bark's third anniversary. 10a–3p, Overton Park, 214-5450,

Jun. 10–14: FedEx St. Jude Classic Tournament. One of the longest-running stops on the PGA Tour schedule brings golf's finest to town to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. TPC Southwind,

Jun. 11, 21: South Lawn Cinema. Bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets to enjoy a movie. Free popcorn. Wine, beer, and soda available. 8p, Dixon Gallery, 537-2525,

Jun. 12: Literatini. Live music, Martini Death Match, and special guest Marja Mills, author of Harper Lee's memoir "The Mockingbird Next Door," to benefit Literacy Mid-South. 7–10p, Booksellers at Laurelwood, 601-9692,

Jun. 16: Tourism 2020 Memphis Luncheon. Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau's annual meeting luncheon features "Tourism 20/20–Connecting Communities," an energizing vision for the future. 11:30a, Peabody Hotel, RSVP 543-5327,

Jun. 19: The Golf Ball. Golf games, music, live and silent auctions, and a fairway of food to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs. 6:30–10p, Chickasaw Country Club, 278-2947,

Jun. 19–20: Family Campout: Father's Day. Get unplugged and pitch a tent with the family in My Big Backyard. Dinner, breakfast, s’mores, and magical evening activities create a night to remember. 6p–9a, Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

Jun. 19–21: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival. Art/craft exhibitors, car show, Kids Zone, entertainment stage, and food, to commemorate the ending of slavery in the U.S. 11a–10p, free. Robert R. Church Park, Fourth and Beale, 281-6337,

Jun. 20: Outdoors Inc. Canoe & Kayak Race. World-class athletes and recreational paddlers compete in the largest canoe and kayak race in the southeastern United States. 10a, Greenbelt Park, 767-6790,

Jun. 26: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display unusual merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri. 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

Jun. 26: Live at the Garden Season Opener. Music under the stars, surrounded by 96 acres of specialty gardens in the heart of Memphis. Aretha Franklin, "The Queen of Soul," launches the five-concert season. 6:30p gates open, 8:30p concert, Botanic Garden, 636-4107,

Jun. 27: Shell Out for the Arts. Wine, beer, and dinner in a private tent before and during the Stax Music Academy concert benefits ArtsMemphis. 6:30p, Levitt Shell, 272-2722,

Jun. 27: Margarita Festival. Sample from the city's best margarita makers, vote on your favorite, and enjoy entertainment of all concoctions at this 21+ benefit for Volunteer Memphis.  3–6p, Overton Park Greensward, 521-9000,

Jun. 27–28: Great American Backyard Campout. Gather under the stars and connect with nature during family-friendly activities. Bring your tent and camping equipment! 6p–9a, Shelby Farms Park, RSVP 222-7265,

Jun. 30: Vine to Wine at the Garden. Salute! Get in the spirit of Red, White & Blue with a selection of wines perfect for any outdoor celebration. 6–8p, Botanic Garden, 636-4131,


Art Village Gallery: 410 S. Main, 521-0782, Ephraim Urevbu’s permanent collection and artist showcases from exotic lands. Thursdays: Wine Down with Yoga, 6–7p. Saturdays: Yoga, 8–9a.

Bicycle Rides: Jun. 6: Cycle the Greenway at Walnut Grove and Humphreys benefits the Wolf River Greenway, 7:30a,

Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, One of the leading art museums in the American South. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, lunches, and programs. Jun. 6– 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, See Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing and Cannon website for complete schedule. Jun. 9: St. Jude presents John Rich and Friends, 7:30p. Jul. 31: Bell Biv Devoe: Mint Condition, 8p,

Church Health Center Wellness: 1115 Union, 259-HOPE, 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, Thru Jun. 21: "Seminar," four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing lessons. 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, Thru Jun. 24: Pixy Liao: "Experimental Relationship."

Dance Scholars: 1738 Galloway, 301-3262, Jun. 22–30: Registration for A Chance to Dance Summer Camp, held Jul. 6–31.

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. 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 Art Space: 75 S. Main, 647-9242. Thru Jun. 30: Debra Edge, by appointment.

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

Farmers Market Downtown: Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson, Saturdays Thru Nov. 21: All locally produced goods: 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. Jun 20, 21: Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend" welcomes Chamki, Grover's friend from India, Jul. 3: Kevin Hart "What Now?" Tour, 8p, Jul. 13: Imagine Dragons "Smoke + Mirrors" Tour, 8p.

Golf Tournaments: Jun. 5: Ken Sossaman Memorial Golf Tournament at Mirimichi benefits the Orpheum's education programs, 8a & 1p, 529-4288, Jun. 22, 23: BGCM Golf Classic at Chickasaw Country Club benefits Boys & Girls Club, 11:30a, 278-2947,

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Jun. 4–28: "Simply Simone," child prodigy, jazz superstar, civil rights activist, and political exile Nina Simone. Aug. 13–Sep. 6: "In the Heights."

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

Library: Benjamin L. Hooks Central: 3030 Poplar, 415-2700, See website for classes, workshops, and programs. Jun. 10: Music Business Forum, 5–7:30p, free, 576-6850,

Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series: Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,, Gates open at 6:30p; concerts at 8:30p. Jun. 26: Aretha Franklin. 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.

Luna Nova Music: Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean, 493-0958, Jun. 17–20: Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Grace–St. Luke's Episcopal.

Malco Theatres: Studio on the Square, 2105 Court, 761-3480, Jun. 2–Jul. 29: Kids Summer Film Fest.

Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100, 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.
Memphis International Raceway: 5500 Victory Lane, Millington, 969-7223, See website for list of racing activities and events.  Jun. 9: HOT ROD Power Tour, noon–7p,
Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball: AutoZone Park, 721-6000, Season runs Apr–Sep. Thru Jun.1: Salt Lake. Jun. 2–5: Las Vegas. Jun. 11–14: Round Rock. Jun. 23–25: Nashville. Jun. 27–29: Colorado Springs. Jun. 30–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, 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."

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. Sundays in June: Art Talk, 1:30p. Thru Jun. 12: "Tributaries: Vivian Beer," furniture that transforms expectations. Thru Jun. 12: "J. Fred Woell: Art is an Accident," an amalgamation of American imagery, toys, and found objects. Thru Jul. 26: "Adorning the Table."

Mud Island Amphitheatre: 125 N. Front, 800-745-3000, Open Apr.–Oct. Jun. 12: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, with special guest Keb' Mo'.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, "The South's Finest Theater." Jun. 6: Bill O'Reilly & Dennis Miller: "Don't Be a Pinhead Tour," 8p. Jun. 19–21: Broadway: "Mamma Mia!" the ultimate feel-good show. Jun. 23: John Mellencamp, 7:30p. Jul. 14–19: "Motown the Musical" tells the stories behind the hits. Aug. 4: Jill Scott, 7:30p. Thru Aug. 28: Summer Movie Series, most Thu. & Fri.

Peabody Memphis: 149 Union, 529-4000, 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, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Jun. 6–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, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Jun. 30–Mar. 4: "Prehistoric Planet: Walking With Dinosaurs 3D." Thru Nov. 13: "Hidden Universe 3D," a journey to the birthplace of stars and beyond. Thru Nov. 13: "Humpback Whales 3D," close encounters of their ecological survival.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Jun. 19–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: Jun. 14: Cure HHT Team Memphis Walk at Shelby Farms benefits Cure HHT, 9a, Jun. 19: Crop Hop 5K at Memphis Farmers Market Pavilion benefits MFM health and nutrition programs, 6p, Jun. 28: Break-a-Leg 5K at the Orpheum Theatre benefits the Orpheum's education programs, 2p, 529-4280,

South Main Association: 578-7262, 2nd Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details. Jun. 6: SMA at Memphis Farmers Market, 9a–noon, Downtown Central Station Pavilion.

South Main Book Juggler: 548 S. Main, 249-5370. Jun. 6: Memphian Austin McLellan reads from his debut novel, "Twenty Grand, A Love Story," set in Memphis, 1p,

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.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. First Thursdays: Stax Fresh Trax, musician feedback sessions, 6–9p, Thru June 30: "Soul: Memphis's Original Sound — Photographs by Thom Gilbert," 80 portraits of Memphis-related soul music artists.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company: UofM Mainstage, 3745 Central, 759-0604, Jun. 4–21: "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Which is the illusion: our dreams or our waking lives?

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, Jun. 5–28: "Anything Goes," singing-dancing ocean liner overflows with wealth, sailors, a stowaway, gangsters, showgirls, and an evangelist. 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.

University of Memphis: Art Museum: Communication and Fine Arts Bldg. Room 142, 678-2224, Thru Jul. 2: "What I Kept," objects brought from women's countries of origin.

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