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July Events


"I'm Afraid to Leave My House," an acrylic and graphite on canvas panel, is part of an exhibit by Carl Moore that explores the questions and ideas of everyday life, based on the way we live and interact as a collective social group. "Uncommon Ground" is on view at the Memphis College of Art in Midtown through July 27.

courtesy Memphis College of Art

Jul. 3: 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,

Jul. 4: 4th of July on the Island. A bang-up good time includes fireworks, food, music, and activities for all ages. 10a–till, Mud Island, 576-7241,

Jul. 4: Red, White & Boom. What's more patriotic than baseball? Watch the Redbirds battle the New Orleans Zephyrs, followed by a fireworks extravaganza. 6p, AutoZone Park, 721-6000,

Jul. 5: 60 Years of Elvis Celebration. Daylong celebrations and tours at Sun Studio, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and Hard Rock Cafe; free, limited-edition posters at Graceland; special Backbeat Tours trips; and a free Elvis Salute concert at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park, 7:45p. Details at

Jul. 10: Cocktails with the Curator: Marisol. Join Marina Pacini for cocktails, conversation, and a private tour of "Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper." 5:30–7:30p, Brooks Museum, 544-6200,

Jul. 11: Benny Awards Luncheon. Television judge Glenda Hatchett keynotes this awards ceremony hosted by the Black Business Association that recognizes superior achievement in minority businesses and supportive corporations. 11:30a, UofM Holiday Inn, 526-9300,

Jul. 11: Scandals & Scoundrels. Walking tour focuses on the more notorious Memphians at rest in Elmwood. Adult beverages and light bites. 5:30–7p, Elmwood Cemetery, RSVP 774-3212,

An exhibit of new paintings by John Armistead opens with a July 5 reception, 5–8 p.m., and continues through July 25 at Gallery Fifty Six.

courtesy Gallery Fifty Six

Jul. 11: Firefly Glow Party. Light up the night and make yourself glow for a party at the Illumination Station. Shining crafts, Atomic Glow Lab, LED hoop performance, campfire, s’mores, and concessions. 7–9p, Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131,

Jul. 12: Cotton Museum Family Day. Scavenger hunts, crafts, music, storytellers and children’s activities and programs. 10a–3p, free. Cotton Museum, 531-7826,

Jul. 17: Art After Dark. Painter Nick Pena hosts the opening of "Nick Pena: Processing the Ideal," paintings that re-visualize the perceptions of the American Dream and the effects that has on our environment. Music, munchies, libations, and tour. 6–8p, Dixon Gallery, 761-5250,

Jul. 19: Back to School Family Affair. Free dental, vision, and blood pressure screenings; free immunizations and preschool physical exams; free backpacks with school supplies for the first 1,000; and employment opportunities. 10a–2p, UTHSC Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison, 448-2360.

Jul. 19: WEVL Blues on the Bluff. Mini blues festival with a spectacular river view includes live music from The Bo-Keys and the Garry Burnside Band to benefit WEVL FM 89.9. Cash BBQ and drink bars. 6–11p, Metal Museum grounds, 528-0560,

Jul. 19: MS/TN Black Rodeo. Professional cowboys perform phenomenal feats of skill in several categories, cowgirls, junior barrel racing, and calf roping for kids, hosted by Justa Cowboy Association. 7:30p, Landers Center, Southaven, MS, 800-745-3000,

Jul. 20: Creative Aging's Variety Show. Seniors from across the city show off a wide array of talents that will impress, amuse, and inspire the audience while benefiting Creative Aging of the Midsouth. 3p, 3535 Kirby, 485-5369,

Jul. 22: Talk of the Town Personal Lunch. Beauty industry icon George Barnes hosts his 40th anniversary in business with champagne, hors d'oeuvres, museum tours, and special guests. Noon, Withers Museum, 333 Beale, 523-7864.

Jul. 24: Art & Movie: Nam June Paik. A Fluxus salute to the South Korean–born video artist in the shadow of her site-specific Vide-O-Belisk sculpture in the rotunda. Create art, drink wine, and listen to cellist Jonathan Kirkscey. 6p, Brooks Museum, 544-6200,

Jul. 25: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts district, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display unique merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

Jul. 26: Dinner on Stage. An inside peek includes backstage tour, film, three-course dinner with wine, Broadway trivia, and Q&A session. 6p, Orpheum, 525-3000,

Jul. 26: Rock ‘n’ Wild Picnic. Picnic under the pavilion at the Memphis Farmers Market and enjoy Rock’n Dough pizza, So Fresh mobile juice bar, wine, live music, and locally grown family fun. 5–8p, S. Front and G.E. Patterson,

Jul. 26: SportsBall. Black-tie and tennis-shoes extravaganza delivers games for grown-ups and futures for kids, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. 7p–midnight, Minglewood Hall, 323-5440,

Jul. 29: Vine to Wine at the Garden. Hello, summer! Red, white, and blue wines, live music, and local eats for the 21+ crowd. 6–8p, Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131,


Agricenter International: 7777 Walnut Grove, 757-7777, See website for complete events listing. Jul. 19–20: “The Big One” Flea Market, 276-3532, Jul. 26–27: Bead & Jewelry Show, 770-739-0057, Gun & Knife Show, 563-927-8176,

Art Village Gallery: 410 S. Main, 521-0782, Ephraim Urevbu’s permanent collection and artist showcases from exotic lands.

Beale Street: Between S. Main and Fourth, 529-0999,, Home of the blues at the crossroads of rock ‘n’ roll. Wednesdays thru Sep. 24: Bikes on Beale, 6–10p. 4th Tuesdays thru Oct. 28: Hot Rods on Beale, 6–10p.

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art: Pembroke Square, 119 S. Main, 523-ARTS, Saturdays and Sundays thru Aug. 10: Summer Movie Series, 12:30p–till, free.

Blues Foundation: 421 S. Main, 527-2583,

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. Thru Aug. 17: “Pop Artists on Paper,” silkscreens and lithographs celebrating American popular culture. Thru Sep. 7: “Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper,” works by Marisol Escobar that elucidate her artistic evolution through various media, including bronze casting, wood carving, assemblage, terracotta, drawing, and printmaking. Thru Sep. 21: “The Eclectic Sixties,” works culled from Brooks’s permanent collection.

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School: 60 Perkins Ext’d, 537-1483, Jul. 17: Memphis Repertory Orchestra: “Voyagers,” a world premiere, 8p,

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.

Center for Southern Folklore: 119 & 123 S. Main, Pembroke Square, 525-3655, A showcase of folk art, Southern music, and food. Fridays and Sundays thru Jul. 27: Cinema Showcase, Fri. 1p, Sun. 5p.

Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central, 458-2678, See website for daily programs, clubs, and activities. Thru Sep. 1: H2Oh! Splash spray park exhibit.

Chucalissa Archaeological Museum: 1987 Indian Village, 785-3160, Prehistoric American Indian archaeological site dates back to the 15th century. 3rd Saturdays: Volunteer Day, 9a–1p.

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.

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. Wednesdays thru Aug. 27: Red Hot Summer Music, 6:30–8:30p, free. Saturdays Year-Round: Farmers Market, 8a–1p.

Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with an even bigger heart, wants to win the heartthrob and integrate a popular TV dance show in 1960s Baltimore. "Hairspray" dances into Playhouse on the Square Jun. 20–Jul. 13.

courtesy POTS

Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange: 65 Union, 531-7826, The story of how a plant built the Bluff City. Jul. 12: Family Day, 10a–3p, free.

Dance Scholars: Southwest TN Community College, 737 Union, 301-3262, Jul. 5–31: A Chance to Dance summer program; registration Jun. 1–30.

D’Edge Art and Unique Treasures: 550 S. Main, 521-0054, Works by George Hunt, Debra Edge, Philip Eubanks, Rosa Jordan, John Sadowski, and others. Jul. 25: Trolley Night Art Reception, 6–8p.

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. Thru Jul. 6: “Memphis, Illustrated,” local artists blur the lines between illustration and fine art. Thru Jul. 13: “Memphis–Milano: 1980s Italian Design,” a retrospective look at the household objects produced by the Memphis collective in Milan, 1981–1988. Jul 13–Oct. 5: “Nick Pena: Processing the Ideal,” paintings that re-visualize the perceptions of the American Dream and the effects that the pursuit has on our environment. Jul. 27–Oct. 5: “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal,” the first major exhibition devoted to the American realist/Impressionist artist since his death in 1942. “Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100.” Thru Sep. 1: Free admission for active military personnel and their families.

Downtown Neighborhood Association: 521-9552, Jul. 22: Monthly public information meeting every 4th Tuesday: 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. Jul. 11: Scandals & Scoundrels storytelling tour, 5:30p. Jul. 12: Jimmy Ogle’s Elmwood walking tour, 9a.

Farmers Markets: Saturdays Year-Round: Cooper-Young Community, 8a–1p, 1000 S. Cooper, 725-2221, Saturdays thru Oct. 25: Memphis Farmers Market Downtown, 7a–1p, Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson, Tuesdays thru Oct. 28: Church Health Center Wellness, 10a–2p, 1115 Union, Wednesdays thru Oct. 29: Botanic Garden, 2–6p, 750 Cherry, 636-4100, Thursdays thru Nov. 20: South Memphis Farmers Market, 10a–6p, 1400 Mississippi, 946-9675,

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. Jul. 30: Michael Buble, 7:30p.

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

Gallery Fifty Six: 2256 Central, 276-1251, Jul 5–25: New paintings by John Armistead; reception Jul. 5, 5–8p.

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, The home of Elvis Presley. Thru Feb. 2015: “60 Years of Elvis” commemorates the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s first recorded song.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Jul. 18–Aug. 3: “Once on This Island,” a calypso-flavored retelling of the traditional “Little Mermaid” tale.

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.

Kroc Center: 800 E. Parkway S., 729-8007, See website for fitness programs, swimming activities, cultural events, and educational opportunities. Jul. 18–27: Stage Door Productions: “Godspell,” the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life, 729-8029,

Landers Center: 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven, MS, 662-342-4842, See website for complete events listing. Jul. 2: New Edition: Live in Concert with Doug E Fresh, 7:30p. Jul. 19: First Annual Mississippi Tennessee Black Rodeo, 7:30p, 800-745-3000,

Levitt Shell at Overton Park: 1930 Poplar, 272-2722, Historic, open-air theater hosts entertainment under the stars. See website for complete listing. Jul. 3: Patriotic Pops Concert, 7:30p. Jul. 5: 60 Years of Elvis Concert, 7:30p, free. Fridays Jul. 25–Sep. 5: Indie Memphis Concert Film Series, dusk, free,

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.

Lindenwood Christian Church: 2400 Union, 458-1652, Jul. 13: “American Salute,” patriotic favorites, 4p, free.

Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series: Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,, Gates open at 6:30p. Jul 12: Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry. Aug. 1: Jennifer Nettles. Aug. 22: Styx. Sep. 20: Darius Rucker.

Magevney House Victorian Village, 198 Adams, 523-1484, One of Memphis’s oldest remaining residences. 1st Saturdays: Open 1–4p, free.

Malco Theatres: Studio on the Square, 2105 Court, 761-3480, Thru Jul. 30: Kids’ Summer Film Fest at all Malco theaters, Tuesdays–Wednesdays.

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. Jul. 2–31: Christine Best art exhibit and sale; reception Jul. 17, 5:30–7:30p.

Memphis College of Art — Downtown: 477 S. Main, 272-5100, Thru Jul. 26: Biennial Alumni Exhibit.

Memphis College of Art — Midtown: 1930 Poplar, 272-5100, Works by students and alumni in all media. Thru Jul. 11: “Best in Class 2013/2014,” the most innovative and creative undergraduate artwork. Thru Jul. 27: “Uncommon Ground.” Carl Moore examines the ideology that things are not always as they seem; reception Jul. 27, 2–4p.

Memphis International Raceway: 5500 Victory Lane, Millington, 969-7223, See website for list of racing activities and events. Jul. 25: Midnight Madness.

Memphis Music Commission: 125 N. Main, 576-6850, Jul. 7: Memphis Music Monday, music-business networking, 6–9p, Hard Rock Memphis, 315 Beale.

Every Friday and Saturday through July 26, Memphis musicians perform melodious magic aboard the trolleys, 6–8 p.m.

courtesy Memphis Music Commission

Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball: AutoZone Park, 721-6000, Season runs Apr–Sep. Jul. 4–5 (6p, fireworks), Jul. 6 (6p): New Orleans. Jul 7–9 (7p), Jul. 10 (noon): Nashville. Jul. 17–18 (7p), Jul. 19 (6p, fireworks), Jul. 20 (6p): Colorado Springs. Jul. 21–24 (7p): Omaha.

Memphis Riverboats: Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside, 527-BOAT, Open Mar–Oct.; private charters year-round. Sightseeing cruises, dinner & music cruises, and airboat rides.

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 January 2015: “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 Sep. 7: “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets,” protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils.

Mississippi River Museum: Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front, 576-7241, Showcases 10,000 years of Lower Mississippi River history. Open Apr.–Oct.

Mud Island Park: 125 N. Front, 576-7241, America’s premier Mississippi River park and museum. Open Apr.–Oct. Jul. 4: 4th of July on the Island, 5p.

Music Resource Center (Memphis): 431 S. Main, 527-1029,

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.” Jul. 30: Grammy Award–winner Ray LaMontagne and The Belle Brigade, 7:30p. Thru Sep. 5: Classic Summer Movie Series, 7p.

Overton Square Arts & Entertainment District: 2109 Madison, 726-4656, Tuesdays thru Jul. 8: Memphis Blues Society Bluesday Tuesdays in the Tower Courtyard, 6:30–9:30p, free, 833-2315, Thursdays thru Aug. 28: Live music, beer and wine, and party time in the Tower Courtyard, 6–11p, 543-1155,

Painted Planet Artspace: 1015 S. Cooper, 338-5223. Jul. 11: Red, White & Blues: All music-themed art, all mediums, 6–9p.

Peabody Memphis: 149 Union, 529-4000, Historic Downtown landmark hotel. 1st Wednesdays: Master Taster’s Club wine tasting, 5–6:30p, Peabody Corner Bar. Thursdays thru Aug. 14: Rooftop parties, 6–11p.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America’s first self-service grocery store. Thru Sep. 1: “Twice Bitten: Giant Insects and Live Tarantulas.” Thru Oct. 11: “I AM an Icon,” how the “I Am a Man” sign has served as an icon for social, political, and artistic expressions.

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 Nov. 21: “Flight of the Butterflies,” the remarkable monarch butterfly migration and the scientist who spent 40 years with them. “Tornado Alley 3D,” join storm chaser Sean Casey. Thru Dec. 31: “Jerusalem,” explore the crossroads of civilization and faith. Thru Jan. 9: “Meerkats 3D,” the twists and turns of life in the Kalahari Desert.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Thru Jul. 13: “Hairspray,” a big girl with an even bigger heart.

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

Run/Walk: Jul. 3: Stars and Stripes 5K at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Tiger Lane benefits Ready Shelby, 7p, 274-2202, Jul. 19: IIDA Design-A-Wish 5K at Pink Palace Museum benefits Make-A-Wish, 8a,

Segway Experience of Memphis Tours: Peabody Hotel, 149 Union, 529-4108, Two-hour tours of the city on personal Segway gliders.

Experience an "Adventure of Love" at Sue Layman Designs, 125 E. G.E. Patterson, every Thursday 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and by appointment, through July 26.

courtesy Obsidian Public Relations

Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Thru Jul. 31: “Starlit Nights,” a journey across summer night skies. Thru Aug. 1: “Hubble Vision 2,” a tour of the cosmos.

Shelby Farms Park: 500 N. Pine Lake, 767-PARK, The largest metropolitan park in the country. Saturdays and Sundays in July: Splash + Splatter, a water-themed playground for all ages, Sat. 10a–5p, Sun. noon–5p.

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

Soulsville USA: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, Historic music neighborhood.

South Main Association: 578-7262, Jul. 8: Monthly public information meeting every 2nd Tuesday: 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. Jul. 10: Stax Fresh Trax: Memphis musicians of any genre can submit music for this listening session and receive feedback from their peers and industry experts, 6p, free, 576-6850, Thru Oct. 31: “And the Grammy Goes to Memphis,” a showcase of the various Grammy Awards for music attributed to this region.

Sue Layman Designs: 125 E. G.E. Patterson, 409-7870, Bold shapes and bright colors by renowned Memphis artist. Open by appt. Thru Jul. 26: “Adventure of Love,” open Thursdays 11a–3p.

Sun Studio: 706 Union, 521-0664, Where rock ‘n’ roll was born. Jul. 5: 60th anniversary celebration of Elvis’s first hit, 10a–5p, cake-cutting noon.

TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, Jul. 11–Aug. 3: POTS@TheWorks: “4000 Miles,” twenty-something Leo bikes from Seattle to New York to move in with his 91-year-old grandmother, 726-4656,

Tops Gallery: 400 S. Front, 340-0134, Open by appointment. Thru Jul 20: “Plain English,” paintings by former Memphian Corinne Jones.

Victorian Village: 671 Jefferson, 523-0235, Grand 19th-century Victorian homes and mansions.

Walking Tours: Downtown History: Host Jimmy Ogle, 604-5002,, free. Jul. 17: Downtown Courthouse, noon, Adams & Second.

W.C. Handy Home: 352 Beale, 527-3427, Former home of the Father of the Blues.

W.C. Handy Performing Arts Park: 200 Beale, 526-0115,

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

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

YMCA Fogelman Downtown: 245 Madison, 527-9622, Swim lessons, exercise classes, weight equipment, and coaching. Jul. 1–31: Dance Lesson of the Month: Rumba, Tue. & Thu., 8–9p.

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