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Jan-Feb 2015 Events


Jan. 1, Feb. 5: Cooper-Young Night Out. Live music, retail specials, and assorted cuisine in Midtown's historically hip district. Every 1st Thu. 5–9p, free. 276-7222,

Thru Jan. 4: Victorian Yuletide. Each room is trimmed with festive decorations and festive artifacts from the archives, including the museum's toy and doll collection. Wed.–Sun. noon–4p, Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams, 526-1469,

Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Elvis's mansion welcomes the holiday season with spectacular lights, holiday displays, and special decorations that he originally displayed, both inside and outside the mansion. Graceland, 332-3322,

Jan. 8–10: Elvis Birthday Celebration. Citywide events include Graceland tours, free walk-up times at The Meditation Garden, Elvis artifacts auction, dance parties, movie screenings, and concerts. 332-3322,

Jan. 9–11: Memphis International Auto Show. An automotive paradise with hundreds of new cars, trucks, sports/utility vehicles, alternative-fuel vehicles, and automotive vendors. Fri.–Sat. 10a–9p, Sun. 10a–5p, Cook Convention Center, 576-1200,

Jan. 15: Art and a Movie. Create art, drink wine, play, create, and interact. Afterward, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" film screening and wintrier celebrations. 6p, Dixon Gallery, 761-5250,

Jan. 16: Science of Beer. Taste beers from local professional and home brewers while learning about the physics of beer-making. Chili bar, demos, and beer enthusiasts. 6–9:30p, Pink Palace, 636-2362,

Jan. 19: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Celebrate the life and legacy of MLK and his civil rights movement triumphs at special events throughout the city. National Civil Rights Museum, 521-9699,

Jan. 20–24: International Blues Challenge. The world's largest gathering of blues acts. Blues bands and solo/duo acts from around the world compete in the planet's largest Battle of the Blues Bands. Beale Street clubs, 527-2583,

Jan. 25: Soup Sunday. Soups, breads, desserts, and other delights from more than 50 area restaurants benefit Youth Villages. 11a–2p, FedExForum, 251-5000,

With elite aerialists, astounding acrobats, and a host of specialty performers, "Cirque-tacular's World" spans centuries and continents in an enchanting journey across the globe, Feb. 7, at Buckman Performing Arts Center.

courtesy Buckman Arts Center

Jan. 29: AWA Banquet and Silent Auction. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby is honored at the Association for Women Attorneys' annual banquet. Silent auction benefits UofM Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. 11:30a, UofM Holiday Inn, 844-4438,

Jan. 30: Incognito Art Gala. Bid on what you love, not who you know, with 100 of the Midsouth's finest artists presenting a collection of original works — incognito. Hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, and ways to benefit MBG's outreach and education programs. 5:30–7:30p, Botanic Garden, 636-4131,

Jan. 30, Feb. 27: 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,

Jan. 31: Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Exhibit Unveiling. A permanent exhibit honors the life and legacy of this civil rights icon and trailblazer whose achievements made local and national history. 2p, Central Library, 3030 Poplar, 415-2847,

Jan. 31: Mardi Gras Ball XII: Walking in Memphis. Catch some beads, boogie to Mardi Gras–themed music, revel in the crazy regalia, and benefit Friends for Life. 7p, Minglewood Hall, 331-2575,

Feb. 7: Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Cook-Off. Brrr! Hundreds of plungers are freezin’ for a reason to b-b-benefit Special Olympics. People’s choice chili tasting, donut-eating contest, costume contest, and awards. Spectators free. 10:30a–4p, Mud Island River Park, 683-1271,

Feb. 7–15: Memphis Open. Newly renamed, this ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament attracts star players, with a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. Racquet Club of Memphis, 888-307-7981,

Feb. 21–22, Feb. 28–Mar. 1: Bowlin' on the River Bowl-A-Thon. Teams have a "ball" at bowling alleys throughout the city to "make a strike" for Junior Achievement. Sign up for a team: 507-2068,

Feb. 27: Krewes for Kids. A party with a purpose celebrates Carnival Memphis by raising funds to benefit children's charities. 7p, Botanic Garden, 458-2500,

Feb. 28: Rock the Ribbon! Get your groove on with Dr. Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster. Dress "funky casual," bid on the silent auction, indulge in complimentary libations and appetizers, and dance, dance, dance to benefit Susan G. Komen Memphis–Midsouth. 7p–midnight, The Great Hall, 757-8686,


Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center: 3663 Appling, 385-6440, Jan. 30: "What Would Lucy Do?" starring Suzanne LaRusch, 2:30p & 8p. Feb. 6: DinnerStage: Deering & Down, 7p. Feb. 13: Vivace Valentine's Concert, 8p.

Beale Street: Between S. Main and Fourth, 529-0999,, Home of the blues at the crossroads of rock 'n' roll.

Beale Street Landing: 251 Riverside at Beale, 312-9190,

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art: Pembroke Square, 119 S. Main, 523-ARTS, 

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. Wednesdays: Pay What You Can, 10a–4p. Jan. 10–Mar. 15: "Discover Me: Exploring Identity Through Art Therapy," works from art therapy access program at South Park Elementary School. Thru Jan. 11: "Recent Photography Acquisitions." Thru Jan. 18: "Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt." Thru Feb. 22: "Looking at Women," changes in style and evolving viewpoints. Jan. 31–Mar. 1: 50th Annual Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards," honoring exemplary young artists. Feb. 14–May 10: "This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement."

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, Jan. 23: Upright Citizens Brigade, 8p. Jan. 31: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, 7p. Feb. 7: Cirque-Tacular World, 7p.

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. Jan. 10: MSO: Tribute to Elvis: Birthday Celebration, 7:30p, 537-2500, Jan. 25: Collage dance Collective: "Rise," 2:30p. Feb. 28: MSO: Mozart, Gershwin & Rachmaninoff, 7:30p, 537-2500,

Center for Southern Folklore: 119 & 123 S. Main, Pembroke Square, 525-3655, A showcase of folk art, Southern music, and food.

Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central, 458-2678, See website for daily programs, clubs, and activities. Jan. 19: Ignite the Dream: Happy Birthday to Dr. King, 11a–1p.

Chucalissa Archaeological Museum: 1987 Indian Village, 785-3160, Prehistoric American Indian archaeological site dates back to the 15th century.

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.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Jan. 16–Feb. 8: "Bad Jews," a comedy about the holy and holier-than-thou. Feb. 27–Mar. 22: "Assassins," a shooting gallery of some of history's most notorious players.

Concerts International: UofM Harris Concert Hall, 527-3067, Feb. 4: Cann Piano Duo, 7:30p. Mar. 17: East Coast Chamber Orchestra, 7:30p.

Cook Convention Center: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, See website for complete events listing. Jan. 9–12: Memphis International Auto Show. Feb. 13–15: Memphis Gift and Jewelry Show. Feb. 21–22: Gymstars: Aloha From Memphis, 861-8468, Feb. 26–Mar. 1: Mid-South Farm & Gin Show.

Cooper-Young Historic District: Cooper–Young Intersection, Midtown, 276-7222, 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.

Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange: 65 Union, 531-7826, The story of how a plant built the Bluff City.

Dance Scholars: Southwest TN Community College, 737 Union, 301-3262, Jan. 4–15: New year enrollment period, 1738 Galloway; call for appointment.

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 Mar. 1: Amaryllis Exhibition. Jan. 11– Mar. 29: "Lester Merriweather: Nothing Is For Ever Last," connects contemporary capitalism with colonial conquests. Jan. 22: Warm Up to Wine, wine-tasting class, 6p. Jan. 25–Apr. 19: "Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Art 1400–2000."

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

Elmwood Cemetery: 824 S. Dudley, 774-3212, Historic 1852 grounds are the area's first garden-movement cemetery. Feb. 14: Enduring Love walking tour, 10:30a.

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. Feb. 13–14: Monster Jam, Feb. 22: WWE's First-Ever "Fast Lane" Pay-Per-View, 6:30p,

Fire Museum of Memphis: 118 Adams, 636-5650, A hot time for all ages.

Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, Also see Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing. Jan. 15, 17: MSO & Opera Memphis: "Hansel and Gretel," 7:30p, 537-2500, Jan. 24: IRIS Orchestra: "Defiance and Conscience," 8p, Feb. 14: Tennessee Shakespeare Co.: Valentine's Gala with Broadway soprano Rebecca Luker, 7p, 759-0620, Feb. 21: IRIS Orchestra: "Thankfulness and Transcendence," 8p, Mar. 1: MSO: Mozart, Gershwin & Rachmaninoff, 7:30p, 537-2500,

Gibson Guitar Factory & Showcase: 145 Lt. George W. Lee, 543-0800, Factory tours show the intricate process of building guitars.

Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, 800-238-2000, 332-3322, Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Jan. 8: The Auction at Graceland, 7p. Jan. 8–10: Elvis Birthday Celebration.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Jan. 15–Feb. 15: "Hoodoo Love," hard and irreversible lessons in love. Feb. 10–21: "Who Will Bell the Cat," the story of civil rights icon Benjamin L. Hooks.

Jack Robinson Gallery of Photography: 44 Huling, 576-0708, Works of Jack Robinson and other fine arts photographers. Open by appointment only.

Joysmith Gallery: 46 Huling, 543-0505. African-American artists plus ancestral and contemporary art. Open by appointment only.

Library: Benjamin L. Hooks Central: 3030 Poplar, 415-2700, See website for classes, workshops, and programs.

Library: Cornelia Crenshaw Branch: 531 Vance, 415-2765,

Library: Cossitt Branch: 33 S. Front, 415-2766,

Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince, 767-7322, 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. Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22: Privet Pull, 9a–noon.

Magevney House, Victorian Village, 198 Adams, 523-1484, One of Memphis's oldest remaining residences.

Mallory-Neely House: Victorian Village, 652 Adams, 523-1484, The only historic home in Memphis to retain most of its original furnishings.

Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100, See website for classes, workshops, lunch & learns, camps, receptions, and lectures.
Memphis College of Art — Downtown: 477 S. Main, 272-5100,

Memphis Grizzlies NBA: FedExForum, 205-1234, Season runs Oct–Apr. Jan. 17: Portland, 7p. Jan. 19: Dallas, 4p. Jan. 21: Toronto, 7p. Jan. 24: Philadelphia, 7p. Jan. 26: Orlando, 7p. Jan. 29: Denver, 7p. Jan. 31: Oklahoma City, 7p. Feb. 8: Atlanta, 5p. Feb. 10: Brooklyn, 7p.  Feb. 13–21: All-Star Break.  Feb. 27: Los Angeles Clippers, 7p.

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."

Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Place, 333-6500, See website for workshops, classes, and clubs.

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 Mar. 1: Tributaries: Susie Ganch, familiar forms stripped down to their underlying molecular structure. Thru Mar. 1: "All That Glitters," celebrates 35 years of collecting fine metalwork.

Mississippi RiverKings Hockey: Landers Center, Southaven, MS, 662-342-1755, Season runs Oct.–Mar. Jan. 3: Louisiana, 7p. Jan. 16, 17: Fayetteville, 7p. Jan. 23, 24: Peoria, 7p. Jan. 27: Columbus, 10:30a. Jan. 30: Pensacola, 7p. Feb. 7: Pensacola, 7p. Feb. 17: Huntsville, 7p. Feb. 24: Pensacola, 7p.

National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, "The South's Finest Theater." Jan. 9: "An Evening with Elvis," double-feature movies "Jailhouse Rock" and "Viva Las Vegas," 7p. Jan. 23: Family Series: "Dream Carver," a bilingual musical about thinking creatively, trying new things, and embracing individuality, 6:30p. Feb. 3–Mar. 1: Broadway: "The Lion King." Mar. 6: "50 Shades! The Musical Parody," 8p

Peabody Memphis: 149 Union, 529-4000, Historic Downtown landmark hotel. Daily: Tours with the Duckmaster, 11:30a. 1st Wednesdays: Master Taster’s Club wine tasting, 5–6:30p, Chez Philippe.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Jan. 24–Apr. 19: "Animal Grossology," experience the stinkiest, slimiest, and downright yuckiest creatures on earth.

Pink Palace Museum CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Thru Jan. 9: "Tornado Alley," chase and photograph some of the deadliest storms ever. Jan. 2–Mar. 6: "Meerkats 3D," the twists and turns of life in the Kalahari Desert. "Jerusalem 3D," the crossroads of civilization and faith. "Flight of the Butterflies," the remarkable Monarch migration. Jan. 10–Nov. 13: "Hidden Universe 3D," an extraordinary journey to the birthplace of stars and beyond.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Thru Jan. 4: “Peter Pan,” the boy who won’t grow up flies into Memphis. Jan. 23–Feb. 15: "The Rocky Horror Show." Feb. 20–22: Ballet Memphis: "I Am," a world premiere ballet that rejoices in our civil liberties and reflects on where we still need to go,

Railroad and Trolley Museum: 545 S. Main, 590-3099, The history, technology, and fun of railroading.

Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Thru May 31: "Wonders of the Universe," a tour through the current night skies.

Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum: 826 N. Second, 527-3427,

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.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. Thru June 30: "Soul: Memphis's Original Sound — Photographs by Thom Gilbert," 80 portraits of Memphis-related soul music artists.

Sue Layman Designs: 125 E. G.E. Patterson, 409-7870, Bold shapes and bright colors by renowned Memphis artist. Open by appt.

Sun Studio: 706 Union, 521-0664, Where rock 'n' roll was born.

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, Jan. 8–18: "Tintypes," a timeless musical romp between the turn of the 20th century and the onset of World War I. Jan. 23–Feb. 8: "Of Mice and Men," California migrant workers search for a better life during the Great Depression. Feb. 13–Mar. 1: "Copenhagen," two men in a complex relationship come together in the afterlife.

TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, Jan. 2–25: NewWorks@TheWorks: "We Live Here," a black couple wins a house in a white neighborhood.

University of Memphis Tigers Basketball: FedExForum, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, Season runs Nov.–Mar. Jan. 3: Tulane, 3p. Jan. 14: Cincinnati, 6p. Jan. 17: UCF, 1p. Jan. 28: East Carolina, 8p. Feb. 4: Jacksonville State, 7p. Feb. 7: Temple, noon. Feb.19: Connecticut, 8p. Feb. 26: SMU, 8p. Feb. 28: Tulsa, 7p.

Withers Collection Museum & Gallery: 333 Beale, 523-2344, The former photography studio of legendary photographer Ernest C. Withers.

Wolf River Conservancy: Ghost River State Natural Area, LaGrange, TN, 452-6500,

Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: 680 Adams, 526-1469, Restored 1870s French Victorian mansion. Thru Jan. 4: Victorian Yuletide.

YMCA Fogelman Downtown: 245 Madison, 527-9622, Swim lessons, exercise classes, weight equipment, and coaching.

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