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April/May Events


Apr. 3, May 1: 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,

Apr. 3–13: Midtown Opera Festival. Chamber operas, panel discussions, parties, and the premiere of “Ghosts of Crosstown,” hosted by Opera Memphis. Playhouse on the Square, 257-3100,

Apr. 4–5: ArtsFest 2014. Support teachers and students and discover the power of arts in education, with live performances, exhibits, and family activities. Fri. 10a–2p, Sat. 10a–4p, free. SCS Board of Education, 160 S. Hollywood, 416-3432,

Apr. 4–5: National Civil Rights Museum Reopening. Apr. 4: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act educational forum, 2–5:30p. Candlelight Vigil, 6p. Apr. 5: All-day commemoration of the completion of a $27.5 million makeover. Parade from Cook Convention Center, 9a. Breaking the Chains grand reopening ceremony, 11a; Freedom Forward Main Stage, noon–till. 450 Mulberry, 521-9699,

Apr. 4–6: Forging on the River. Weekend of blacksmith networking, lessons, demos, lecture, and contests. Metal Museum, 774-6380,

Apr. 5: Le Bon Appetit. Culinary showcase of the nation’s most celebrated chefs, mixologists, pastry chefs, and TV personalities to benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. 7p, $300. Minglewood Hall, 682-9905,

Apr. 5: Memphis Farmers Market Season Opener. Ready to harvest another year of good, local nutrition, live music, food trucks, health events, and entertainment. Saturdays thru Oct. 25, 7a–1p, free. Central Station Pavilion, G.E. Patterson at S. Front,

Apr. 5: Wild Game Dinner. Feast your eyes on the sunset over the Mississippi and enjoy a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, wild food, and a free sunset. 6p, $50. Metal Museum, 774-6380,

Apr. 10: Spirit of Giving Awards. Recognition lunch honoring those who make a positive difference in the lives of others, hosted by Volunteer Mid-South. 11:30a–1p, $50. UofM Holiday Inn, 523-2425,

Thru Apr. 11: Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop. The waffle irons heat up for lunch, and the program is set for a weekday lecture series featuring renowned, inspirational speakers. Preaching series: Mon.–Fri. noon–12:40p, free. Waffle Shop: Mon.–Fri. 11a–1:30p. Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second, 525-6602,

Apr. 11: Broad Avenue Art Walk. Launch the new Water Tower Pavilion and enjoy studios, galleries, music, dance, and the new and improved loading dock. 5–10p, free. Hollywood to Collins, 323-ARTS,

Apr. 11: Frog on a Log Campfire Party. Cozy campfire, evening activities, nocturnal adventures, hot dogs, s’mores, and cider. 7–9p, $12 RSVP. Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

Apr. 11–12: Spring’s Best Plant Sale. Huge assortment of perennials, annuals, tropicals, herbs, shrubs, and trees, plus specialty garden items by local artisans. 9a–5p, free. Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

Apr. 12: Art for Art’s Sake Auction. Celebrate local art with a wide range of artistic creations for sale, benefiting the Cooper-Young Association. 6–9:30p, $25. 2119 Young, 272-2922,

Apr. 12: Home is Where the Heart Is Gala. Dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and an inspirational evening to benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s FedExFamilyHouse. 6–11p, $300. The Peabody, 287-4430,

Apr. 12: Mud Island Season Opener. America’s premier Mississippi River park and Mississippi River Museum open with a splash. Walk the half-mile scale model, enjoy green spaces, and join in the Rock-n-Romp family fun event. 10a–5p, free. Mud Island, 576-7241,

Apr. 12: Screen on the Green: The Wonderland Affair. Grin like a Cheshire cat at this enchanting fundraiser for Bridge Builders. 7p–midnight, $75. The Bridges Center, 260-3752,

Apr. 12: Tree Tour of Elmwood. More than 1,500 trees live on the cemetery grounds — some pre-dating 1852. Join master gardener Jim Dennis for a look at Elmwood’s majestic canopy. 10:30a–noon, $10. 774-3212,

Apr. 13: Memfeast on Broad. Locally sourced dinner, live performances, and voting on the Water Tower Public Art Project. 6–8:30p, $TBA. Broad at N. Merton, 356-2090,

Apr. 13: Beale Street Wine Race. A friendly competition among the city’s restaurant servers, a parade, Queen of the Vine contest, and wine stomp for cash prizes and trophies. 1p, free. Beale Street, 529-0999,

Apr. 17: Crawfish Boil & Gun Bash. Two tons of all-you-can-eat crawfish, silent auction, games, Kids Korner, and hunting and fishing exhibits to benefit Ducks Unlimited. 6–9:30p, $35. Agricenter, 921-9800,

Apr. 17–Aug. 14: Peabody Rooftop Parties. Every Thursday, the rooftop rocks with live entertainment, food, drinks, and connections under the stars. 6–11p, $10, ladies free till 7p. Peabody Hotel, 529-4000,

Apr. 17–20: Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival. Honor the Republic of Burkina Faso through a multiplicity of mediums, including education, fashion, arts, crafts, music, history, and cuisines. Thu. 11a–5p, Fri. 10:30a–till, Sat. 8a–till, Sun. 8a–8p, free. Robert Church Park, 947-2133,

Apr. 19: African-American History Tour of Elmwood. Discover the famous and infamous inhabitants populating the cemetery since 1852. 10:30a–noon, $15. 774-3212,

Apr. 19: Ancient Egypt Family Day. The wonders of ancient Egypt through crafts, demos, and classes. 10a–2p, free. UofM Art Museum, 678-2649,

Apr. 19: Family Egg Hunt. Search 96 acres for hidden eggs and prizes, for grownups and kids alike. Magic show, music, crafts, and photos with the Easter Bunny. 1–4p, $10. Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

Apr. 19: Down to Earth Festival. The biggest Earth Day celebration in the Midsouth includes music, high-adventure play, green vendors, local food, and green fun. 10a–4p, free. Shelby Farms Park, 767-PARK,

Apr. 19: Spring Family Fun Day. Honor Earth Day and sound environmental practices with a fun-filled day of outdoor activities that include hikes, plantings, artifact sorting, and bag painting. 9a–2p, free. Chucalissa, 785-3160,

Apr. 21: Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards. Lunch recognizes distinguished work by public servants of Memphis and Shelby County. Keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, hosted by Rotary Club of Memphis. 11:45a, $50. UofM Holiday Inn, 754-1615,

Apr. 24: Dining Out for Life. Local restaurants donate a percentage of the day’s tab to benefit Friends For Life. List of participating restaurants: 272-0855,

Apr. 24: That’s the Spirit. Wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and speakers to raise awareness of homelessness and the Hospitality HUB. 5:30–7:30p, $50. Jack Robinson Gallery, 575-0555,

Apr. 25, May 30: 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,

Apr. 25–26: Dixon Garden Faire. Wide range of plants for sale, from difficult-to-find natives to the latest cultivars of woody and herbaceous perennials. 8a–4p, free. Dixon Gallery, 761-5250,

Apr. 26: Bookstock 2014. Educational fun, literacy, and learning in a family atmosphere, with author events, balloon artists, face painting, magicians, and scavenger hunt. 10:30a–3:30p, free. Central Library, 415-2709,

Apr. 26: Community Day at the Brooks. Explore “Dali: Illustrating the Surreal” with art-making activities, demos, and short films. 10a–1p, free. Brooks Museum, 544-6200,

Apr. 26: Join Hands for Change Gala. Celebrate the American civil rights movement’s influence on music, fashion, and culture with music, dance, and presentations. 7p, $100. Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks, 678-3974,

Apr. 26: Linking Hands for Life. Mid-South Transplant’s celebration of National Donate Life Month includes family fun, theater, poetry contest, Kidz Zone, and dancing. 2–5p, free. Overton Park at Levitt Shell, 328-4438,

Apr. 26: Playhouse Annual Art Auction. All-day silent auction culminates in hot bidding from a live auction on stage. Drinks, eats, and a full cast of characters. 6:30p live auction, $25. Playhouse on the Square, 726-4656,

Apr. 26: V&E Artwalk. More than 50 local artists, silent auction, art demos, children’s area, and plenty to eat and drink to benefit Midtown’s V&E Greenline. 11a–6p, free. 1625 Tutwiler, 276-1782,

Apr. 27: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival. Memphis’s largest crawfish boil, three stages of entertainment, gumbo cook-off, kids’ area, and food vendors to benefit Porter-Leath. 11a–6p, free (crawfish buckets $20). Riverside between Union and Beale, 577-2500,

Apr. 27: Shelby County Historical Festival. Historic artifacts, “Tennessee on the Brink” history re-enactment, historically oriented organizations, home tour, and refreshments. Noon–5p, free ($8 re-enactment). Davies Manor, 386-0715,

May 1: Dixon Garden Party. A summer fashion show, special giveaways, live music, seasonal wine tasting, and a garden tour. 6–8:30p, Dixon Gallery, 761-2520,

May 2: Pickin’ Picnic. Outdoor music festival under the stars welcomes lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and thigh-slappin’ music. 6p, free. Bartlett Performing Arts, 385-6440,

May 3: Latino Memphis Festival. Fiesta includes cultural activities, food, music, and the Cinco K Mayo Race. 8a–3p, free (race $25). Botanic Garden, 366-5882,

May 3: Get Down & Derby. Celebrate the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby with live viewing, entertainment, Derby-inspired dinner, auctions, and hat contests to benefit Down Syndrome of Memphis. 4–9p, Botanic Garden, 547-7588,

May 3: Pawing Through History. Dogs welcome for a tour focused on animal symbolism found on cemetery headstones. Dogs must be leashed. 10:30a–noon, $25 RSVP. 774-3212,

May 8: Blues Music Awards. Blues performers, industry reps, and fans from around the world celebrate the best in blues recordings and performances. Cocktail reception, auction, dinner, music, and more music. 5:30p, $125. Cook Convention Center, 527-2583,

May 8: Viva Panama. Featuring world-renowned Panamanian jazz musician Danilo Perez, Panamanian folklore dance troupe, and authentic Panamanian cuisine by Chef Charlie Collins. 7:30p, $15. Orpheum Theatre, 525-3000,

May 9–10: Greek Food Festival. Opa! A Grecian feast of kabobs, spanakopita, gyros, and baklava joins marketplace goods, music, culture, and sanctuary tours — rain or shine on Mother’s Day weekend. 11a–8p, free. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, 327-8177,

May 9: Visible Music in May. A music festival featuring student bands, vendors, food trucks, and a sign unveiling. 4:30–8:30p, free. Visible Music College, 200 Madison, 381-3939,

May 10: Mother’s Day Tea. “Momosas” and tea, scones, brownies, and lemon squares, and a short walking tour. 10–11a, $35 RSVP. Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

May 10: Grand Auction. Eat, drink, and bid in the plaza while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, wines, and featured vintners. 6p, $150. Brooks Museum, 544-6200,

May 10: Memphis Heritage Yard Sale. A historic yard sale that includes treasures from long ago — and not so long ago. 8a–3p, free. Howard Hall, 2282 Madison, 272-2727,

May 10: Symphony in the Gardens. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra makes beautiful music in a lush, garden setting. Lawn chairs and creative picnics welcome. 6p, $20. Dixon Gallery, 537-2525,

May 10: Taste the Rarity Beer Festival. Wiseacre Brewing’s invitational festival includes live music, backyard games, food trucks, and the best of the brewers. 3–7p, $50. 2783 Broad,

May 11: Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch. Music, carriage rides, specialty brunch, and acres of beautiful gardens. 10:30a–2p, $TBA. Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

May 17: Bikesploitation 4. Wheel into the world of bicycles, with bicycle art, live sculpture demos, bike music, family fun, and group night ride. Noon–midnight, free. Metal Museum, 774-6380,

May 17: A Symphony for the Devil. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra rocks out — with satisfaction — to the music of The Rolling Stones. 7:30p, $15. Cannon Center, 537-2525,

May 18: Habitat for Humanity Open House. Tour a model home fully decorated with items from the Habitat ReStore and learn about plans for the Uptown neighborhood. 11a–3p, free. 650 Sixth, 322-3510,

May 23: What a Way to Go Tour. Some of Elmwood Cemetery’s residents are better known for how they died than how they lived. Take a lively look at some of the unusual causes of deaths. 5:30–7p, $30 RSVP. 774-3212,

May 27: Vine to Wine at the Garden. “All Things Southern” celebrates our rich culture with Southern wines, cocktails, homemade specialties, and live music. 6–8p, $35. Botanic Garden, 636-4100,


Agricenter International: 7777 Walnut Grove, 757-7777, See website for complete events listing. Apr. 19–20, May 17–18, May 31–Jun. 1: "The Big One" Flea Market, 276-3532, Apr. 26–27: Memphis Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry Show: Sat. 9a–6p, Sun. 10a–5p, $5, 274-7706, May 3–4: Bead & Jewelry Show, 10a–5p, 770-739-0057,

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

Ballet Memphis: 7950 Trinity, 737-7322, (Also see Orpheum Theatre and Playhouse on the Square.) Apr. 4: "Loss of Innocence," casual panel conversation, with refreshments, 6:30–8p, free, Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland.

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center: 3663 Appling, 385-6440, Apr. 4: Ricky Nelson Remembered, 8p. May 8–11: "The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)," All 37 plays in 97 minutes.

Beale Street: Between S. Main and Fourth, 529-0999,, Home of the blues at the crossroads of rock 'n' roll. Wednesdays thru Sep.: Bikes on Beale, 6–10p. 4th Tuesdays thru Oct.: Hot Rods on Beale, 6–10p. May 1–25: Thu.–Sat.: MLGW Plus-1 Jam Stage to benefit MIFA, at the Elvis statue. May 9: Blues Music Awards nominees and winners play in various clubs, 3p–till.

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

Bicycle Rides (helmets required): Apr. 19, May 3, 17: Historic Downtown rides at Memphis Farmers Market Downtown, Central Train Station Pavilion, 9a, 634-0076,

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

Bridges: 477 N. Fifth, 452-5600, Apr. 4: ClimBRIDGES, rock climbing for all ages and experience levels, 6–9p, 260-3749. Apr. 12: Screen on the Green: "The Wonderland Affair," 7p–midnight, 260-3752.

Broad Avenue Arts District: Hollywood to Collins, 323-2090, Apr. 11: Broad Avenue Art Walk, 5–10p, free. May 10, 17, 24, 31: Dance on Broad, 5–8p, free.

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. Apr. 26: Community Day, 10a–1p, free. Thru May 11: "Dali: Illustrating the Surreal," 49 rare, masterful book illustrations. Thru Aug. 17: "Pop Artists on Paper," silkscreens and lithographs celebrating American popular culture.

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, Thru Apr. 9: "Heliades and Naiads: Reflections on Water," paintings by Adam Shaw. Apr. 13: Guy Davis, a beat-up acoustic guitar, an old harmonica, and a voice with enough gravel to pave the interstate, 7p. May 9: Iris DeMent, celebrated country/folk performer, 8p.

Calvary Episcopal Church: 102 N. Second, 525-6602, Thru Apr. 11: Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop. Preaching series: Mon.–Fri. noon–12:40p, free. Waffle Shop: Mon.–Fri. 11a–1:30p.

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. Apr. 12: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 9:30–10:30a, RSVP. Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza, 10a–1p.

Christian Brothers University: 650 E. Parkway S., 321-3000, Apr. 12: Forget-Me-Not Trivia Night to benefit Alzheimer's Day Services, 6:30p, 372-4585,

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. Apr. 3–May 8: Culinary workshops, Thursdays 5:30–7p. Apr. 11–May 9: "Renew," exhibit by painter and CHC patient Jeanne Reynolds.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Apr. 11–May 4: "Grace," a devout couple struggles to remain faithful when their business plan unravels. May 30–Jun. 22: “The Lyons,” a dark comedy about a family matriarch facing a major crossroads.

City Beautiful: 522-1135, Thru Jun. 30: Great American Clean-Up. Register your community beautifying/clean-up project. Tools available for loan.

Clean-ups: Apr. 12: Hook up to Clean Up, 9a–noon, Court Square Park, 235-2416,

Concerts International: 527-3067, Apr. 3: New York Woodwind Quintet, 7:30p, UofM Harris Concert Hall.

Cook Convention Center: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, See website for complete events listing. Apr. 3: Downtown Day sneak preview of Ballet Memphis's "Peter Pan," 11a–1p, Apr. 13: Beauty Elite Wellness Expo, 10a–6p,

Cooper-Young Historic District: 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. Tuesdays: Evergreen Yoga: Pay-what-you-can, 7–8a.

Creative Aging: 272-3434, Apr. 3: Senior Game Day, games provided or bring your own, 1–3p, Jewish Community Center.

Crosstown Arts Gallery: 422 N. Cleveland, 507-8030, Thru Apr. 12: Selected works by the artists and patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Tower 2 Project.

Dance Scholars: Southwest TN Community College, 737 Union, 301-3262, May 17: Open House Performance with classical ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary dance, 7p.

Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale, 595-4414, The hospital's history and Danny Thomas's show-business career and humanitarian work.

David Lusk Gallery: 4540 Poplar, 767-3800, Thru Apr. 19: "The Attendant," Hamlett Dobbins's fellowship at Romes American Academy; reception Mar. 14, 6–8p.

Davies Manor Plantation Museum: 3570 Davieshire, 386-0715, Shelby County’s oldest log house. Open Apr.–Dec. Apr. 5: Plant-A-Row Garden Class, 9–11a. Apr. 27: Shelby County Historical Festival, noon–5p, free ($8 re-enactment).

D’Edge Art and Unique Treasures: 550 S. Main, 521-0054, Works by Debra Edge, Rosa Jordan, Heather Prouty, and Philip Eubanks. Thru Apr. 25: "People, Brass, and Strings," local artist Rosa Jordan.

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. Apr. 5–6: Memphis Flower Show. Apr. 13–Jul. 6: "Memphis, Illustrated," the blurry lines between illustration and fine art. Apr. 13–Jul. 13: "Memphis–Milano: 1980s Italian Design," a retrospective look at the household objects produced by the Memphis collective in Milan, 1981–1988. Apr. 19: Easter Egg Hunt, 10:45a. Apr. 25–26: Dixon Garden Fair, 8a–4p.

Downtown Neighborhood Association: 521-9552, Apr. 22, May 27: 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. Apr. 12: Tree Tour, 10:30a. Apr. 16: Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Home Away From Home, noon. Apr. 19: African-American History Tour, 10:30a. Apr. 26: Willy Bearden's Tour, 10:30a. May 3: Pawing Through History Tour, 10:30a. May 10: Mother's Day Tea, 10a. May 23: What a Way to Go Tour, 5:30p. May 26: History Tour, 10:30a.

Evergreen Presbyterian Church: 613 University, 274-3740, Apr. 14: Rhodes Orchestra and Wind Ensemble: "Inspired," 7:30p. Apr. 25: Rhodes MasterSingers and Symphony Orchestra: "A Tribute to Dave Brubeck," 7:30p.

Evergreen Theatre: 1705 Poplar, 274-7139, Apr. 25–27: The Hot Foot Honeys, Memphis's only professional tap-dance company, 302-5487,

Farmers Markets: Saturdays Year-Round: Cooper-Young Community, 1000 S. Cooper, 725-2221,, 9a–1p. Saturdays Apr. 5–Oct. 25: Memphis Farmers Market Downtown, Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson,, 7a–1p. Wednesdays Apr. 30–Oct. 29: Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry, 636-4100,, 2–6p.

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

Gallery Fifty Six: 2256 Central, 276-1251, Apr. 4–25: Paintings by Claudia Tullos-Leonard; reception Apr. 4, 5–8p. May 2–30: Paintings by Joseph Morzuch; reception May 2, 5–8p.

Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, Also see Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing. Apr. 1–24: "Mysteries and Musings: New Mixed Media Work by Janet Weed Beaver and Angi Cooper"; reception Apr. 6, 2–4p.

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

Golf Tournaments: Apr. 7: Wesberry Golf Classic at Spring Creek Ranch benefits SRVS, 1p, 312-6853, Apr. 21: Agape Kids Classic at TPC Southwind benefits Agape Child and Family Services, 9a, 323-6300, Apr. 28: Hope House Classic at Chickasaw Country Club, 1p, 272-2702,

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: 656 Marshall, 502-3486, box office 525-0009, Thru Apr. 6: "Black Pearl Sings," two women walk the line between exposure and exploitation.

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. Apr. 25–27: New Ballet Ensemble: "Springloaded," 726-9225, May 23–Jun. 1: Stage Door Productions: "Best of Broadway 2," 729-8029,

Levitt Shell at Overton Park: 1930 Poplar, 272-2722, Historic, open-air theater hosts entertainment under the stars. See website for complete listing. May 25: Gedeon Luke & The People.

Library: Benjamin L. Hooks Central: 3030 Poplar, 415-2700, See website for classes, workshops, and programs. May 9: UCAN Job Readiness Fair, 3–5p, 262-8642,

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. Apr. 11–12: Volunteer Plant Sale.

Lindenwood Christian Church: 2400 Union, 458-1652, Apr. 18: "Of the Passion," choir, orchestra, and soloists, 5:30p, free. May 4: "Dueling Keyboards," Julliard-trained virtuoso pianist John Bayless and Gary Beard, 4p, free.

Luna Nova Concerts: Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean, 493-0958,, May 12: Belvedere Music Festival Preview Concert, 7:30p, free.

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

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. Apr. 2–30: "Nature's Calling," art exhibit and sale by Jane Williams; reception Apr. 9, 6–7:30p. Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25: Garden Tram Tours, 11a–noon. Apr. 6, May 4: Signs of Spring Walk, 1p. Apr. 11–12: Spring's Best Plant Sale, 9a–5p. Apr. 19: Family Egg Hunt, 1–4p. May 2–31: Bayberry Shah art exhibit and sale. May 11: Mother's Day Jazz Brunch, 10:30a–2p. May 13: Food Truck Garden Party, 5:30–8p. May 30–Jun. 1: Memphis Potters' Guild Annual Spring Show: Fri. 5–8p, Sat. 9a–6p, Sun. 11a–5p,

The Memphis Challenge: 516 Tennessee, 312-9620, Apr. 23, May 21, Jun. 11: The Power Lunch Series: Engaging the New Class of Memphis Leaders, 11:30a.

Memphis College of Art — Downtown: 477 S. Main, 272-5100, Apr. 16–May 10: MFA Thesis Exhibit. Apr. 21–Jul. 26: Biennial Alumni Exhibit

Memphis College of Art — Midtown: 1930 Poplar, 272-5100, Works by students and alumni in all media. Apr. 3–21: Spring BFA Exhibit, Part I. Apr. 3–May 11: Preston Drum: "Seen You Sigh, Seen You Smile." Apr. 25–May 10: Spring BFA Exhibit, Part II. May 17–Jul. 27: Carl E. Moore.

Memphis Grizzlies NBA: FedExForum, 205-1234, Season runs Oct–Apr. Apr. 4: Denver, 6p. Apr. 9: Miami, 7p. Apr. 11: Philadelphia, 7p. Apr. 16: Dallas, 7p.

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

Memphis Jewish Community Center: 6560 Poplar, 761-0810, Apr. 3–6: MJCC International Jewish Film Festival.

Memphis Music Mondays: Hard Rock Cafe, 315 Beale, 529-0007, Apr. 7, 21, May 5, 19: Music industry networking and ideas exchange, live music, food, 6–9p.

Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball: AutoZone Park, 721-6000, Season runs Apr–Sep. Apr. 11 (7p), Apr. 12 (6p, fireworks night), Apr. 13 (1:30p), Apr. 14 (7p): Iowa. Apr. 19 (6p, fireworks), Apr. 20 (1:30p), Apr. 21 (7p), Apr. 22 (11a): Oklahoma City. Apr. 28–30 (7p), May 1 (11a): Colorado Springs. May 10 (6p, fireworks), May 11 (1:30p), May 12 (7p), May 13 (11a): Round Rock. May 15–16 (7p), May 17 (6p, fireworks), May 18: (1:30p): Omaha. May 23 (7p), May 24–25 (6p, fireworks), May 26 (1p): Oklahoma City. May 27–30 (7p): Iowa.

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: "60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll."

Memphis Skate Park: 2599 Avery, 481-5615, Apr. 5: Memphis Triple Crown Skateboarding Series with free learn-to-skate clinics, 9a–11a.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra: 537-2500, box office 537-2525, Visit website for complete schedule. Apr. 27: "Side by Side," concert with Memphis Youth Symphony, 7p, Cannon. May 3: "Beethoven's Pastorale featuring Beethoven's Fifth," 7:30p, Cannon. May 10: Symphony in the Gardens, 6p, Dixon Gallery. May 16: "The Rebirth of the Dream," commissioned by Mei-Ann's Circle of Friends, 7:30p, Cannon. May 17: "A Symphony for the Devil: The Music of the Rolling Stones with Satisfaction," 7:30p, Cannon.

Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Place, 333-6500, See website for workshops, classes, and clubs. Mar. 1–Oct. 26: Camel rides, 10a–5p.

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. Apr. 4–6: Workshops, blacksmithing activities, and demos. May 11: 10th Anniversary Gates Re-Dedication Ceremony, noon–2p. May 17: Bikesploitation 4, noon–midnight, free. Thru May 25: "A Dog Looks at Bishop," a site-specific installation animated by mechanical elements and sound. "On the Edge," the ways contemporary knife makers push the medium. May 31: The Great Mississippi Whale Watch, 5–11p. May 31–Sep. 7: "Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets," protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils. Thru Jun. 15: "Tributaries: Kirk Lang," a new body of kinetic sculptures.

MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association): 910 Vance, 527-0208, Apr. 5: Day of Reflection and Service program, 10a.

Minglewood Hall: 1555 Madison, 312-6058, See website for complete events listing. Apr. 4: "Live in Concert: The Bar-Kays," 8p,

Mississippi River Museum: Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front, 576-7241, Showcases 10,000 years of Lower Mississippi River history. Open Apr.–Oct. Apr. 12: Season opener, 10a–2p. May 1–31: Memphis in May Panama exhibit.

Mud Island Amphitheatre: 125 N. Front, 800-745-3000, Open Apr.–Oct. Apr. 30: Eric Clapton, 7:30p. May 10: tobyMac, Skillet, Lecrae, 6p.

Mud Island Park: 125 N. Front, 576-7241, America's premier Mississippi River park and museum. Open Apr.–Oct. Apr. 12: Season opener, 10a–5p. Apr. 19: Bass Pro Big Cat Quest fishing tournament. Apr. 20: Easter celebration activities.

National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Third Wednesdays: Lunch and Learn, noon. Apr. 4: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, 2–5:30p. Dr. King Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil, 6p. Apr. 5: All-day commemoration of the completion of a $27.5 million makeover. Breaking the Chains grand reopening ceremony, 11a; Freedom Forward Main Stage, noon–till.

On Location: MEMPHIS: 730-6220, Apr. 24–27: International Film & Music Fest, a four-day extravaganza of local and global films at Malco's Studio on the Square and surrounding venues.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, "The South's Finest Theater." Apr. 1: Family Series: "The Intergalactic Nemesis," a mash-up of radio drama and comic books, 6:30p. Apr. 12–13: Ballet Memphis: World premiere of "Peter Pan," 737-7377, Apr. 18: Ledisi, 8p, Apr. 22–27: Broadway: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." May 1: Family Series: "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," 6:30p. May 8: Viva Panama, 7:30p, May 12: High School Musical Theatre Awards, 7p. May 14: "50 Shades! The Musical," the original parody of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, 7:30p. May 25: Eddie Izzard, 8p. May 27: Morrissey, 8p.

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, Apr. 17–Aug. 14: Rooftop parties, 6–11p. Apr. 20: Easter Brunch, 10:30a–3:30p, RSVP 529-3668. May 11: Mother's Day Brunch, 10:30a–3:30p, RSVP 529-3668.

Pinch District: North Main and Jackson, east of The Pyramid. Memphis's first neighborhood includes live music, pubs, and retail.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Thru Apr. 17: "RACE" lecture series: Thu. 5–7:30p, Sun. 2:30–5p. Thru May 1: "Diversity Dialogues," facilitated discussions surrounding the exhibit "RACE." Mon. & Sat. 9:30a–12:30p and 1:30–4:30p; Thu. 1:30–4:30p. Thru May 4: "RACE: Are We So Different?" Everyday experiences of living with race.

Pink Palace Museum CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Apr. 19–Nov. 21: "Jerusalem," explore the crossroads of civilization and faith. 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.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, May 9–Jun. 1: "Gypsy," musical based on the memoirs of burlesque sensation Gypsy Rose Lee.

Project Motion: 2085 Monroe, 214-LEAP, May 31: "PROMenade," performance inspired by prom, 8p, Co-Motion Studio, 416 N. Cleveland.

Racquet Club of Memphis: 5111 Sanderlin, 765-4401, May 22: Healthy Memphis Common Table Annual Luncheon, with Health Care Leaders Impact Award presentation and keynote speaker Dr. Marshall H. Chin, 11:30a–1:30p, 684-6011,

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

Rhodes College: McCoy Theatre: 2000 N. Parkway, 843-3839, May 24–25: Voices of the South: The Memphis Children's Theatre Festival, 726-0800,

Rhodes College: Music: 2000 N. Parkway, 843-3775, Visit website for additional listings. Also see Evergreen Presbyterian Church. Apr. 11: Chamber Music Concert, 7:30p.

Run/Walk: Apr. 26: Walking as One at Church Health Center Wellness benefits the Church Health Center, 2p, 272-7170, Apr. 27: Earth Day 5K at Shelby Farms Park benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, 2p, 767-PARK,

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

Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Thru May 17: "Mars Quest," a visit to the mysterious red planet. Thru May 31: "Visions of a Spring Night," a tour through the spring night skies.

Shelby Farms Park: 500 N. Pine Lake, 767-PARK, The largest metropolitan park in the country.

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

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

South Main Association: 578-7262, Apr. 8, May 13: 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.

Southland Park Gaming & Racing: I-40 & I-55, exit 279A, West Memphis, 870-735-3670,

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. Apr. 3, May 1: Fresh Tracks at Stax: 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.

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

T Clifton Art: 2571 Broad, 323-ARTS, Distinguished art, custom framing, hip location! Thru Apr. 5: "Bobtanicals," fine-art glassblower Bob Kliszenski. Apr. 11–May 31: "Collection," oils by Mississippi artist Lee Gibson and blown glass by Victor Chiarizia; reception Apr. 11, 5–10p.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company: 759-0604, Apr. 23–May 4: "The Taming of the Shrew," Dixon Gallery.

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, Apr. 4–19: "The Submission," how words reveal bigotry about race and gender. Apr. 25–May 11: "Harvey," a sanitarium becomes the perfect place to prove that Elwood and his imaginary friend may be the sanest of the group.

Tom Lee Park: Riverside between Beale and Georgia. 30-acre park stretches 1.5 miles along the Mississippi River.

University of Memphis: 678-2000, Apr. 3: Hampton Sides: "Telling Stories: The Art and Craft of Narrative History, 5:30p, free, University Center Theater, Apr. 17: Andrew Zimmerman: Radical Life on the Mississippi: A Global History of the American Civil War," 5:30p, free, University Center Theater,

University of Memphis: Art Museum: Communication and Fine Arts Bldg. Room 142, 678-2224, Apr. 5–Jun. 28: "Disappearing Ink," the changing face of print media and its effect.

University of Memphis: Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music: Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central, 678-2541, (Visit website for additional performances of the symphony, chamber orchestra, ensembles, singers, bands, choirs, and recitalists.) Apr. 3: Concerts Int'l: New York Wind Quintet, 7:30p, 527-3067, Apr. 4–6: Memphis Int'l Guitar Festival, 7:30p.

Uptown Neighborhood: 525-4880, May 18: Habitat for Humanity Model Home Open House, 11a–3p, 650 Sixth, 322-3510,

Victorian Village: 671 Jefferson, 523-0235, Known for its grand 19th-century Victorian homes and mansions.

Walking Tours: Downtown History: Host Jimmy Ogle, 604-5002,, free. Apr. 1: Union Avenue, 11:45a, Front & Union. Apr. 8: Beale Street Landing, 11:45a, 251 Riverside. Apr. 13, May 18: Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, 2p, Crump Park. Apr. 15: South Main, 11:45a, Hotel Chisca. Apr. 22: Pinch District, 11:45a, Main & Jackson. Apr. 29: Cobblestones, 11:45a, Monroe & Riverside. May 6: Adams Ave., 11:45a, Adams & Front. May 13: Madison Ave., 11:45a, Madison & Front. May 15: Downtown Courthouse, noon, Adams & Second. May 20: Monroe Ave., 11:45a, Monroe & Front. May 27: Court Square, 11:45a.

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 The former photography studio of legendary photographer Ernest C. Withers.

Wolf River Conservancy: Ghost River State Natural Area, LaGrange, TN, 452-6500, Apr. 5, May 3: First Saturday Paddle, 9a–4p. Apr. 12: Early Birding Ghost Section Paddle, 7a–2p. May 17: Ghost River Eco Trip, 2–8p. May 17: Frog Chorus Walk, 7–10p.

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. Apr. 1–29: Dance lesson of the month: hustle, 8p, Tue. & Thu. May 3: Healthcare Provider CPR, 8:30a, RSVP. May 6–29: Dance lesson of the month: slow lounge/nightclub two-step, 8–9p, RSVP. May 27–Aug. 1: Summer Day Camp for Children and Teens.

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