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August 2015 Events


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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Aug. 7: MCIL Italian Supper. Spinach lasagna, spaghetti, or half-and-half: Pick up supper on your way home and help support the Memphis Center for Independent Living. Drive-thru only: 5–7p, Trinity Fellowship Hall, 1738 Galloway, 726-6404,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Aug. 15–16: Memphis International Rockabilly Festival. Two stages and two city blocks, featuring Sun Records rockabilly legends and artists, Classic Muscle Car Hot Rod Show, rockabilly tattoo parlor, book signings, and VIP meet-and-greets. 106 Union,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Aug. 29: Over the Edge. Rappel down One Commerce Square, one of Memphis's tallest buildings, to support Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. The first 75 qualifying applicants receive all equipment and training, but need to bring $1,000 and nerves of steel. 8a, 683-1271,

Aug. 29: Orpheum Art Sale. Shop a brilliant array of pieces from local artists. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar while benefiting the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. 1p, Orpheum Theatre, 529-4226,

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,



Askew Nixon Ferguson: 1500 Union, 278-6868, Aug. 14–Sep. 3: Matthew Hasty, hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the South; opening reception Aug. 14, 5:30–7:30p.

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

Blues Hall of Fame: 421 S. Main, 527-2583, Thru Nov. 30: Dick Waterman's Blues: Fifty Years of Blues Photography.

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. 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, See Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing and Cannon website for complete schedule. Aug. 22: Memphis Comedy Fest, 7:30p

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, 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 Aug. 24: "Secret Artwork in the Medicine Cabinet." 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. Sep. 25–Oct. 27: Artwork by homeless citizens of Memphis.

Cook Convention Center: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, See website for complete events listing. Aug. 25–27: 2015 Economic Development Forum, 525-6512,

Cooper-Young Historic District: Cooper–Young Intersection, Midtown, 272-2922, 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, Aug. 1–7, 24–30: Dancers Inc. class registration,

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. 1: Jun Kaneko: Sculptures in the Garden, large-scale, hand-built installations.

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

Evergreen Theatre: 1705 Poplar, 274-7139, 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, 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. Sep. 27: Disney on Ice: Frozen, 2:30p.

Golf Tournaments: Sep. 25: Alpha Omega Veterans Services Golf Tournament at National Golf Club benefits AOVS, 1p, 729-2345,

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

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Aug. 13–Sep. 6: "In the Heights," meet a variety of characters living in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the northern tip of Manhattan.

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.

Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series: Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,, Gates open at 6:30p; concerts at 8:30p. Aug. 15: ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke. Aug. 29: Rob Thomas with Plain White T's. Sep. 4: Martina McBride. Sep. 18: Daryl Hall & John Oates.

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, 2–6p. Aug. 3–26: "Vertical Plant Portraits," Randy Burns art exhibit and sale. "Nature Inspired," paintings by Lee West.
Memphis Music Commission: 576-6850, 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, Season runs Apr–Sep. Aug. 15–18: Albuquerque. Aug. 19–22: El Paso. Aug. 31–Sep. 3: New Orleans.

Memphis Riverboats: Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside, 527-BOAT, Open Mar–Oct.; private charters year-round. Sightseeing cruises, dinner & music cruises, and airboat rides. First Fridays and Saturdays thru Oct. 3: Dinner cruises, 7:30–9:30p. Thru Oct. 31: Daily public sightseeing cruises, 5p.

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. Aug. 7–Sep. 11: "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."

New Daisy Theater: 330 Beale, Sep. 18: Arch Enemy, 8p. Sep. 25: Here Come the Mummies, 8p. Oct. 16: Paul Thorn, 8p. Oct. 17: Ben Rector w/Judah & The Lion, 8p. Oct. 23: Drive-By Truckers, 8p.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, "The South's Finest Theater." 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. Sep. 10: Southern Heritage Classic Concert: Gladys Knight, with guest Jammin Jay Lamont, 8p. Sep. 19: Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, 8p. Oct. 3: Singer-songwriters John Prine and Jason Isbell, 7:30p.

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

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. 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, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. 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, Aug. 14–Sep. 6: "Billy Elliot the Musical," regional premiere, a young boy trades his boxing gloves for dancing shoes.

Run/Walk: 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, Sep. 7: Chick-fil-A 5K at Front & Gayoso benefits Junior Achievement, 9a, 366-7800, Sep. 18: Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler at 769 S. Cooper benefits the Cooper-Young neighborhood, 7p, 272-2922, Sep. 19: G.E. Patterson 5K at Temple of Deliverance Church, 369 G.E. Patterson, benefits Porter-Leath's preschool programs, 8a, 577-2500,

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. First Thursdays: Stax Fresh Trax, musician feedback sessions, 6–9p, Thru Dec. 31: "Stax: Visions of Soul" celebrates songs from the iconic Stax catalog with specially commissioned works by 16 visual artists.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company: UofM Mainstage, 3745 Central, 759-0604, 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, 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. Thru 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,

TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, Thru 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, Aug. 1–Sep. 19: Samuel H. Crone: drawings and sketches trace the artistic development of this 19th-century "Memphis" artist; reception Sep. 18, 5–7:30p.

Walking Tours: Downtown History: Host Jimmy Ogle, 604-5002,, free. Aug. 20: Downtown Courthouse, noon, meet Adams & Second.

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