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August-September Events


Aug. 1: MCIL Italian Supper. Drive-thru, take out, or dine in with spinach lasagna, spaghetti, and bake-sale items to benefit Memphis Center for Independent Living. 5–7:30p, Trinity Fellowship Hall, 1738 Galloway, 726-6404,

Aug. 2: Fullerfest 2014. Birds of prey program, arts and crafts, entertainment, basketball tournament, car show, and fun for the family. 9a–4p, free. T.O. Fuller State Park, 1500 W. Mitchell, 543-7581,

Aug. 4: Memphis Knights Big Band. Jitterbug across the floor to Glenn Miller standards, Latin dance numbers, and modern jump jive and wail to benefit garden horticulture programs. 7–9p, Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

Aug. 5: National Night Out Downtown. Bring lawn chairs, meet police and fire department workers, and spend time with your neighbors during America's Night Out Against Crime. Free food, drinks, music, and fun. 6–8p, Memphis Farmers Market Pavilion,,

Aug. 6: Shelby County History Awards Dinner. History buffs, buffet dinner, and the first "State of the County History Address" by newly appointed Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle. 6:30p, Davies Manor, RSVP 604-5002,

Aug. 7: Backstage Bash. A "star's view" of the theater begins with entry through the famous Stage Door followed by life-behind-the-scenes experiences. Music by The Super 5, heavy hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktail, silent auction, and self-guided tours. 6–10p, Orpheum Theatre, 529-4288,

Aug. 7, Sep. 4: 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,

Aug. 7: The Gyneka Awards. Opening-night performance for Women's Theatre Festival includes tributes to women who exemplify theater arts in their respective fields. 7p, Circuit Playhouse, 213-7566,

Aug. 8: Jazz and Wine Event. Jazz saxophonist Mark Baker, Queen of Beale Ruby Wilson, wine reception, appetizers, and silent auction to benefit Open Arms Care Memphis. 6–9p, CBU De La Salle Hall, 371-9774,

Aug. 8–9: Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis. A theater extravaganza of performances about women, directed by women, and written by women. Readings, workshops, and special events. Midtown Theater District, 213-7566,

Aug. 8–9: Park + Pajamas. Family sleepover with a nocturnal nature hike, stargazing with astronomers, and breakfast with the buffalo. 7:30p–9:30a, Shelby Farms, 767-7275,

Aug. 9: Moonlight Paddle. Paddle the Wolf to a sandbar, build a bonfire, cook hot dogs and s'mores on the grill, tell river stories, and paddle back under the light of a full moon. 7p–midnight, Houston Levee Bridge, 452-6500,

Aug. 9–17: Elvis Week. Elvis tribute contests, Hound Dog Tours, movies, dance parties, trivia, receptions, 5K, candlelight vigil, and everything Elvis-imaginable. 332-3322,

Aug. 12: Tales from the Plague. The work of a mosquito changed the history of Memphis forever. Yellow Fever authors read book excerpts and discuss the epidemic's impact. 5:30p, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

Aug. 14: Auction at Graceland. First-ever auction of Graceland-authenticated Elvis artifacts, which include rare and exceptional items. 7p, 332-3322,

Concerts International begins its 2014–2015 season with “Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,” Sep. 16, 7:30 p.m., at the University of Memphis.

courtesy Concerts International

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. 16: Breakfast with a Keeper. Enjoy a hot breakfast in the China exhibit with the zookeepers, and hear a special talk about the giant pandas while watching a training session. 7:30a, Memphis Zoo, 333-6509,

Aug. 16: The Perfect Nanny's Night. Join Memphis Child Advocacy Center for a magical evening of libations, heavy hors d'oeuvres, music by the John Bass Trio, entertainment-themed auction, and a premium seat for an unworldly performance of "Mary Poppins." 6p, Playhouse on the Square, 888-4342,

Aug. 19: The Great Wine Performances. Wine-tasting done Playhouse-style, featuring trivia contests and costumed actors. 6–8p, Playhouse on the Square, 726-4656,

Aug. 20: The Real Good Party. Real good music by Good Company Trio, real good appetizer buffet and sweet bites, real good happy hour prices, and real good art and auctions to benefit Real Good Dog Rescue. 6–9p, Tower Center at Clark Tower,

Aug. 20–27: Memphis Redbirds Final Home Games. AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals plays Sacramento (Aug. 20–23) and Fresno (Aug. 24–27) during its last 2014 home series. AutoZone Park, 721-6000,

Aug. 21: Start Co. Demo Day. 18 startup teams showcase their entrepreneurial efforts to investors, industry executives, and the community. 1–6p (keynote address 4p), free. Orpheum Theatre, 213-7795,

Aug. 23: Orpheum's Annual Art Sale. The area's top artists, wine tasting, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and music. Artists receive 75%; the new Centre for Performing Arts & Education receives 25%. 1–4p, Orpheum Theatre, 525-3000,

Aug. 23: Uniquely Beverly. A special send-off tribute to NCRM's long-serving nonprofit president includes roasts and toasts, music, dancing, and farewell well-wishes. 7–10p, National Civil Rights Museum, 521-9699,

Aug. 23: Paw Prints Party. Seated dinner, open bar, live music, and tail-wagging silent and live auctions to benefit Humane Society of Memphis. 5:30p, Woodland Hills, 937-3903,

Aug. 23: Art of Caring. Moveable Feast catering, silent and live auctions, music, and libations in a lush garden setting to benefit the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief. 5:30–7:30p, Botanic Garden, 227-7125,

Aug. 23: Spirit of SRVS. Silent and live auctions, international wine tastings, local appetizers, and entertainment by Party Planet to benefit SRVS. 7–11:30p, Hilton Memphis, 869-7787,

Aug. 23: Midnight Classic Bike Tour. Non-competitive ride between Midtown and Downtown is open to bike lovers of all ages and abilities. Bike vendors, repair experts, food, and beer. Midnight, Tiger Lane at Central & Hollywood, 766-0678,

Aug. 24: Chocolate Fondue Fundraiser. An afternoon of chocolate, assorted fruits, and desserts to benefit 2Unique Community Salvation Foundation. 3–6p, Balinese Ballroom, 330 N. Main, 489-2386,

Aug. 24: Summer Social Jazz Brunch. Live music by Kirk Whalum, cuisine by Erling Jensen, and a jazzy benefit performance by Collage dance Collective. 1–4p, Botanic Garden, 800-1873,

Aug. 26: Vine to Wine at the Garden. A European vacation! Taste your way through Europe, with wines from Italy, France, and Germany. 6–8p, Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

Aug. 29: Zoo Brew. Beers from around the world, live music, and food. 7–10p, Memphis Zoo, 333-6572,

Aug. 29, Sep. 26: 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,

Aug. 29–Sep. 7: Delta Fair & Music Festival. "Everyone's Fair" includes live music, contests, exhibits, exotic animals, races, pig wrastlin', and fair food. Agricenter Int'l, 213-7469,

Aug. 30: WLOK Stone Soul Picnic. Family entertainment and fun throughout the day, with nationally known gospel artists from across the country. 1–10p, free. Tom Lee Park, 527-9565,

Aug. 30–31: Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. In the heart of the city, music, culture, arts, food, and rhythms of the Memphis/Delta region showcase our diverse traditions. 11a–11p, free. Center for Southern Folklore, 525-3655,

The Art Museum of the University of Memphis presents selections from its collection of Andy Warhol portrait Polaroids in “Andy Warhol Portraits: Art and Irony,” on view through Sep. 13. The exhibit reveals the process behind the portraits, which in turn reveals the sitters — whether stars or suburbanites — as ordinary people eager for their moment of reflected glory.

courtesy AMUM

Aug. 30–31: MEMFest. A weekend of unique experiences in the Broad Ave. Arts District includes music, entertainment, arts, workshops, demos, and all the creativity you can handle to benefit the Harwood Center. 1p–till, Broad Ave.,

Sep. 2: Whet Tuesday. Join in a foundry class, explore museum galleries, whet your appetite with specialty drinks or food-truck fare, listen to live music, or simply enjoy the sunset on the river. 5–7p, Metal Museum, 774-6380,

Sep. 4: The Peabody's 145th Anniversary. A dinner celebration of the South's Grand Hotel and its 145 years of building a legacy in Memphis, featuring chefs of Peabody past. 7p, Chez Philippe, RSVP 529-4188,

Sep. 5–7: Rock For Love 8. Concerts at Crosstown, Overton Square, and the Levitt Shell rock out to benefit the Church Health Center. 272-7170,

Sep. 6: Zoo Rendezvous. Pounce on a wild time at The Great Catsby, with four bands and more than 80 restaurants and bars to benefit the Memphis Zoo. 7–10:30p, Memphis Zoo, 333-6757,

Sep. 6–7: Germantown Festival. More than 400 arts and crafts vendors, Kid Zone, Running of the Weenies, auto show, and other family entertainment. Sat. 9:30a–6p, Sun. noon–6p, Civic Club Complex, 757-9212,

Sep. 10: Voices of Yellow Fever. The history of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic comes alive through the stories of those who experienced it, in this live theater performance. Noon, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

Sep. 11: Conversation+Cocktails. Informal discussions with Memphis artists explore how the built environment affects their work, and how their work affects the architectural fabric of the city. 6–8p, AIA Memphis, 511 S. Main, 525-3818,

Sep. 11–13: Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration. Memphis's premier sports and entertainment extravaganza includes concerts, VIP parties, golf tournaments, college fair, conferences, parade, battle of the bands, and more. 398-6655,

Sep. 13: Cooper-Young Festival. The biggest party of the summer! 17 bands on three stages, more than 435 art vendors, children's area, food, and blocks of creativity. 9a–7p, 276-7222,

Sep. 13: Museum Day. Participating museums across the city offer free or discounted admission prices throughout the day. For a list of museums:

Sep. 13: Japanese Festival. The Midsouth's largest celebration of Japanese culture, food, arts, and activities. Asian market tent, performances, and hands-on fun. 10a–4p, Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

Sep. 13: Southern Heritage Classic. Football rivals Jackson State and Tennessee State meet on the gridiron, surrounded by fanfare, pageantry, tailgating, special halftime show, and the famous Classic 5th Quarter. 6p, Liberty Bowl Stadium, 398-6655,

Sep. 14: Architects Bike Tour: Downtown. Architect-led bike tour highlights sustainability and environmentally friendly designs throughout Downtown. 9a, AIA Memphis, 511 S. Main, 525-3818,

Sep. 15: Baddour Fashion Show and Auction. Luncheon benefiting The Baddour Center features Baddour choir, The Miracles, children's and ladies fashions, silent auction, and program. 11:30a, Hilton Memphis, 888-4BADDOUR,

Sep. 18: Autumn Walking Tour and Toast to the Dahlias. Garden tour with dahlia expert Brent Heath of Gloucester, VA, followed by a toast to the dahlias and Art After Dark event. 5p, Dixon Gallery, 761-5250,

Sep. 18: Downtown Memphis Commission Annual Party. Meet the city's movers and shakers, get informed on current Downtown events, and enjoy your community friends and neighbors. 4–7p, free. The Columns at One Commerce Square, 575-0540,

Sep. 18: Art for Jobs. Art show and sale featuring more than 70 local artists to raise funds and awareness for Advance Memphis, helping people in 38126 move from poverty to stability. 5–8p, free. 769 Vance, 543-8525,

Sep. 19–20: St. Jude Ride Memphis. 24-hour, team-relay cycling event for riders of all ages. Live music, food, and cycling fun. Form teams of 12 or fewer to raise funds for St. Jude. 6p–6p, Tom Lee Park, 800-238-6030,

Sep. 20: Tour De Coop. Guided and self-guided bicycle tour of urban chicken coops, gardens, and beehives to benefit GrowMemphis. 8a, Wiseacre Brewing, 2783 Broad,

Sep. 20: The Greenway Soiree. "Wilderness chic" attire and lounge chairs welcome at this adults-only fundraiser for The Wolf River Conservancy, featuring the Wolf River Rednecks. 6–9p, Wolf River Greenway, 452-6500,

Sep. 21: Best Memphis Burger Fest. Premier burger-eating and cooking competition offers bites of different types of burgers from a variety of cooks. Live music, prizes, and showmanship. 10:30a–6p, Minglewood Hall,

Sep. 27: Mid-South Pride Festival and Parade. Musicians, bands, speakers, dancers, and other performers join food vendors and 80 vendor and info booths in a salute to Midsouth pride. 10a–6p, Robert Church Park, 283-1116,

Sep. 27: Cycle of Life Tour. Tour the area's first garden-movement cemetery — on your bike! The rolling hills of Elmwood provide moderate exercise while a guide entertains you with stories from the past. 10:30a, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212,

One of the most acclaimed singer/songwriters of the past 30 years, Suzy Bogguss balances folk, country, and bluegrass tradition with mainstream sensibility. The Grammy-winning songstress performs Sep. 26 at Buckman Arts Center.

courtesy Buckman Arts Center

Sep. 28: DNA Riverboat Ride. All aboard! One-hour cruise offers a unique perspective of Memphis, history tidbits, cash bar, and photo opportunities to benefit the Downtown Neighborhood Association. 5p, Beale Street Landing, 218-7384,

Sep. 28: SPAYtacular. Music by Ciera Ouellette, Brandon Ticer, and Tommy LoBianco. Silent auction, wine, beer, and Ecco food to benefit Mid-South Spay & Neuter. 3–6p, Ecco, 1585 Overton Park, 324-3202,

Sep. 30: Vine to Wine at the Garden. It's a BBQ feast in My Big Backyard with a down-home (but grown-up) party. Live music by Minor Street Strings and eats by Central BBQ. 6–8p, Botanic Garden, 636-4100,


Agricenter International: 7777 Walnut Grove, 757-7777, See website for complete events listing. Aug. 8–10: Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza, 867-7007, Aug. 16–17, Sep. 20–21, Sep. 27–28: Memphis Flea Market, 276-3532, Aug. 29–Sep. 7: Delta Fair & Music Festival, 867-7007,

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

Backbeat Tours: 140 Beale, 527-9415, Aug. 9–17: Hound Dog Tours: Elvis tribute tours with a twist, dates and times vary.

Ballet Memphis: 7950 Trinity, 737-7322, (Also see Orpheum Theatre and Playhouse on the Square.) Sep. 6: Midsummer Night's Dream, 7:30p, Botanic Garden.

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center: 3663 Appling, 385-6440, Aug. 21: Legend Series: Charlie Daniels Band, 8p. Sep. 12: John Corbett Band, 8p. Sep. 25–28: Bartlett Repertory Co.: Steve Martin's "The Underpants."

Beale Street: Between S. Main and Fourth, 529-0999,, Home of the blues at the crossroads of rock 'n' roll. Fridays thru Aug. 29: Memphis Jams on Beale, free concerts in Handy Park, 6:30p. 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.

Bicycle Rides (helmets required): 1st & 3rd Saturdays thru Oct. 18: Bill's Downtown Bike Rides, 9a, Memphis Farmers Market Pavilion,

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, Aug. 6–Sep. 19: Levy Gallery: "Thunder and Lightning and Other Stories," paintings and etchings by Carol Buchman; reception Aug. 8, 5:30–7:30p. Sep. 26: Suzy Bogguss, folk, country, and bluegrass tradition, 8p. Sep. 26–Oct. 31: Levy Gallery: "Love Letter (to Light)," watercolors by Carla Lobmier; reception Sep. 27, 5:30–7:30p.

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. 16: An Evening with Dionne Warwick, 8p. Aug. 23: UNCF Gala/Concert featuring The Whispers, 7p, 435-1527,

Center for Southern Folklore: 119 & 123 S. Main, Pembroke Square, 525-3655, A showcase of folk art, Southern music, and food. Aug. 2: Mojo Hand & Rice Drewry, 8p. Aug. 8: Deering and Down, 8p. Aug. 9: A Tribute to Mose Vinson, 8p.

Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central, 458-2678, See website for daily programs, clubs, and activities. Aug. 2: Meet Your Favorite Cartoon Characters, 10a–1p. Thru Sep. 1: H2Oh! Splash spray park exhibit. Sep. 6: Games with Grandparents, 10a–1p.

Christian Brothers University: Beverly & Sam Ross Art Gallery: 650 E. Parkway S., 321-3243, Aug. 15–Oct. 2: "Face It Memphis!" 106 photographic portraits; reception Aug. 15, 5:30–7:30p.

Chucalissa Archaeological Museum: 1987 Indian Village, 785-3160, Prehistoric American Indian archaeological site dates back to the 15th century. Aug. 16, Sep. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13: Volunteer Days, 9a–1p, drop in, no RSVP needed.

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, Aug. 22–Sep. 14: "The Best of Enemies," the true story of hatred turned to lasting friendship between a black civil rights activist and an exalted cyclops of the KKK.

Concerts International: UofM Harris Concert Hall, 527-3067, Sep. 16: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 7:30p.

Cook Convention Center: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, See website for complete events listing.

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.

The closing reception for “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets” at the Metal Museum is Sep. 5, 5–7 p.m.

courtesy Metal Museum

Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange: 65 Union, 531-7826, The story of how a plant built the Bluff City. Aug. 1–31: "Parting Shots & A Look Back," a final exhibit of new and past works of Dolph Smith; reception Aug. 1, 6–9p; artist talk Aug. 14, 6–8p.

Crosstown Arts Gallery: 422 N. Cleveland, 507-8030, Thru Aug. 9: New collage works by Lester Julian Merriweather,

Dance Scholars: Southwest TN Community College, 737 Union, 301-3262, Aug. 15–23: Dance Program Open Registration by Appt.

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, Aug. 1–24: Price is Right, original works priced $1,000 or less. Sep. 3–Oct. 11: "and" by Greely Myatt.

David Perry Smith Gallery: 703 New York, 606-9690, Contemporary gallery representing local talent.

Davies Manor Plantation Museum: 3570 Davieshire, 386-0715, Shelby County’s oldest log house. Open Apr.–Dec.

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.

Dinner Theater: Death Du Jour Mystery Theater, Spaghetti Warehouse, 40 Huling, 210-0545, Aug. 23: "Elmwood Blues," the cold case of an infamous blues musician heats up during a blues revival concert, 7p. Sep. 20: "I Shot You, Babe!" a trip to the races, to be taken to the cleaners, 7p.

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. Aug. 8: Wine Down at the Dixon, 6–8p. Aug. 23: Dixon Family Night, 5–8p. Thru Sep. 1: Free admission for active military personnel and their families. Sep. 5: Art on Tap, 6–9p. Sep. 18: Autumn Walking Tour and Toast to the Dahlias, 5p. Thru Oct. 5: "Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal," the first major exhibition devoted to the American realist/Impressionist artist since his death in 1942. Thru Oct. 5: "Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100."

Downtown Neighborhood Association: 521-9552, Aug. 26, Sep. 23: 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. Aug. 9: Dale Schaefer's Tour of Elmwood, 9a. Aug. 12: Tales from the Plague book reading and discussion, 5:30p. Aug. 28: Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture: Chinese Funerary Art, noon. Sep. 10: Voices of Yellow Fever, live theater performance, noon. Sep. 13: Yellow Fever History Tour, 10:30a. Sep. 27: Cycle of Life Tour, bicycle tour, 10:30a.

Evergreen Theatre: 1705 Poplar, 274-7139, Thru Aug. 2: Friends of George's: "George's Truck Stop and Drag Bar 2," drag comedy-musical.

Farmers Markets: Mondays–Saturdays thru Sep. 30: Urban Farms Market, Mon–Fri 8a–6p, Sat 9a–3p, Tillman and Sam Cooper, 503-9653, 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, Saturdays thru Oct. 25: Memphis Farmers Market Downtown, 7a–1p, Central Train Station Pavilion, S. Front and G.E. Patterson, Saturdays Year-Round: Cooper-Young Community, 8a–1p, 1000 S. Cooper, 725-2221,

The Whispers, one of R&B’s most popular vocal groups, headlines the 44th annual UNCF Gala/Concert at the Cannon Center, Aug. 23.

courtesy LeMoyne-Owen College

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. Oct. 5: Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour, 7p.

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

Fountain Art Gallery: Chickasaw Oaks Plaza, 3092 Poplar, 458-7100, Contemporary, fine art by Midsouth artists. Aug. 22: "Introductions" opening reception, 6–8p.

Gallery Fifty Six: 2256 Central, 276-1251, Aug. 1–29: Hailey Cafiero, Memphis College of Art; reception Aug. 1, 5–8p. Sep. 5–26: "Right in Front of Me," paintings and drawings by Shamek Weddle; reception Sep. 5, 5–8p.

Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, Also see Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing. Sep. 19: Jazz in the Box: Susan Marshall, 7p & 8:30p. Sep. 27: Dr. John: Tribute to Louis Armstrong, 8p.

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

Golf Tournaments: Aug. 11: Alzheimer's Association–West TN Golf Classic at Ridgeway Country Club, 8:30a, 565-0011, Aug. 18: Celebrity Sports Golf Tournament at Spring Creek Ranch benefits LeMoyne-Owen College, 8a, 435-1527,  Sep. 5: AIA Memphis Golf Open at Colonial Country Club, 11a, 525-3818, Sep. 12: Ken Sossaman Memorial Golf Tournament at Tunica National benefits the Orpheum's education programs, 8a & 1p, 529-4280, Sep. 13: Ed "Too Tall" Jones Golf Classic at Tunica National benefits Southern Heritage Classic, 8a, 398-6655,

Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, 800-238-2000, 332-3322, The home of Elvis Presley. Aug. 9–17: Elvis Week. Aug. 15: Candlelight Vigil, 8:30p–till.

Harrell Performing Arts Theatre: 440 W. Powell, Collierville, 457-2780, Sep. 12–21: Oklahoma!

“Fertile Ground” showcases Collage dance Collective’s powerful dynamism and reputation for balancing innovation and tradition: Playhouse on the Square, Sep. 12–14.

courtesy Collage dance Collective

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Thru Aug. 3: "Once on This Island," a calypso-flavored retelling of the traditional "Little Mermaid" tale. Aug. 21–Sep. 14: "Stick Fly," longstanding family tensions reach a boiling point as two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege. Sep. 26–28: New Ballet Ensemble: "Freefall," 726-9225,

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. Sep. 6, Oct. 18, Nov. 8, Dec. 6: Parents' Night Out, for youth 6 months–12 years, 4–8p. Sep. 12–21: Stage Door Productions: "Wind in the Willows: Mr. Toad's Mad Adventures," 729-8029,

Landers Center: 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven, MS, 662-342-4842, See website for complete events listing. Sep. 12: Classic Music Festival with Charlie Wilson, Joe, and Mint Condition, 7:30p.

Leadership Memphis Gallery 363: 363 S. Main, 278-0016, Open by appointment only. Aug. 26, Sep. 26: Livable Cities: Sustainable Design by Memphis Architects, 6–8p.

LeMoyne-Owen College: 807 Walker, 435-1000, Aug. 22: Sunset 5K, 7p, 435-1527. Aug. 23: Celebrity Sports Breakfast with Elliot Perry, 9a, 435-1527. Sep. 12: Greek Showdown Step Show, 7p, 603-9003,

Levitt Shell at Overton Park: 1930 Poplar, 272-2722, Historic, open-air theater hosts entertainment under the stars. See website for complete listing. Fridays thru Sep. 5: Indie Memphis Concert Film Series, dusk, free, Sep. 5–Oct. 12: Fall Concert Series.

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

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. Aug. 16: Scarecrow-building seminar, 10a, free. Sep. 11–Nov. 21: Scarecrows!

Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series: Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107,, Gates open at 6:30p. Aug. 1: Jennifer Nettles with guest Brandy Clark. Aug. 22: Styx. Sep. 20: Darius Rucker with guest Sam Hunt.

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. Aug. 2–30: Christy Ford art exhibit and sale; reception Aug. 3, 3–5p. Sep. 13: Japanese Festival, 10a–4p. Sep. 28: Dog Day at the Garden, 2–5p.

James Taylor and his All-Star Band take it to the river Aug. 6 at Mud Island Amphitheatre.

courtesy Beaver Productions

Memphis College of Art — Downtown: 477 S. Main, 272-5100, Aug. 20–Sep. 19: "Between Canvas and Frame"; reception Aug. 29, 6–9p.

Memphis College of Art — Midtown: 1930 Poplar, 272-5100, Works by students and alumni in all media. Aug. 15–Oct. 3: "Constructions." Aug. 18–Oct. 3: "Horn Island 30"; reception Sep. 6, 5:30–6:30p.

Memphis International Raceway: 5500 Victory Lane, Millington, 969-7223, See website for list of racing activities and events. Thursdays thru Sep.: Test N Tune, 6:30p. Aug. 8, Sep 12: Street Warz, 8:30p. Aug. 9, 10, 23, Sep. 13, 27: Summit Bracket Racing, 4p. Aug. 29, Sep. 26: Midnight Madness, 7:30p.

Memphis Music Commission: 125 N. Main, 576-6850,
Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball: AutoZone Park, 721-6000, Season runs Apr–Sep. Aug. 7–8 (7p), 9 (6p, Elvis Night), 10 (6p), 11 (7p): New Orleans. Aug. 20–22 (7p), 23 (6p): Sacramento. Aug. 24 (6p), 25–27 (7p): Fresno.

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 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. Sep. 2: Whet Tuesday, after-hours museum party, 5–7p. Thru Sep. 7: "Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets," protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils; closing reception Sep. 5, 5–7p. Sep. 12–Nov. 30: Master Metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray displays her meticulous workmanship, sense of history, and unexpected playfulness; reception Oct. 5, 5p. Sep. 13: Museum Day, 2-for-1 admission.

Midsouth Fairgrounds and Tiger Lane: 940 Early Maxwell. Sep. 6: Convoy of Hope Midsouth, 10a–3p, 888-926-4592,

Minglewood Hall: 1555 Madison, 312-6058, See website for complete events listing.

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 Amphitheatre: 125 N. Front, 800-745-3000, Open Apr.–Oct. Aug. 6: James Taylor, 8p.

Mud Island Park: 125 N. Front, 576-7241, America's premier Mississippi River park and museum. Open Apr.–Oct.

“Right In Front of Me,” paintings and drawings by Shamek Weddle, opens at Gallery Fifty Six on Sep. 5, 5– 8p.m.

courtesy Gallery Fifty Six

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

Opera Memphis: Clark Opera Memphis Center, 6745 Wolf River Pkwy, 257-3100, Sep 1–30: 30 Days of Opera, performances every day, free, throughout the city. Check website for locations.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, "The South's Finest Theater." Aug. 12–14: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contests. Aug. 16: "Elvis: That's the Way It Is," premiere screening of the Warner Bros. newly remastered documentary film, 8p. Aug. 20: Crosby, Stills and Nash, 7:30p. Thru Sep. 5: Classic Summer Movie Series, 7p. Sep. 9: Needtobreathe, 8p. Sep. 11: Classic Concert: Empress of Soul Gladys Knight with special guest Jammin' Jay Lamont, 8p. Sep. 12: Classic Comedy Jam, 8p. Sep 19: Penn & Teller, 8p. Sep. 24–Oct. 5: Broadway: "The Phantom of the Opera,"

Overton Square Arts & Entertainment District: 2109 Madison, 726-4656, Thursdays thru Aug. 28: Live music, beer and wine, and party time in the Tower Courtyard, 6–11p, 543-1155,

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. 14: Rooftop parties, 6–11p. Sep. 4: The Peabody's 145th Anniversary Dinner, 7p, Chez Philippe, RSVP 529-4188.

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 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. Thru Oct. 26: "Makin' Whoopee," wedding and trousseau clothing from the '20s and '30s.

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, Aug. 15–Sep. 7: "Mary Poppins," the Banks children's new nanny is like none they could ever imagine. Sep. 12–14: Collage dance Collective: "Fertile Ground," five new works by up-and-coming and nationally acclaimed choreographers. Sep. 25–Oct. 12: "One Man, Two Guvnors," an award-winning celebration of British comedy.

“Face It Memphis!” is a collection of 106 photographic portraits by 19 local photographers, on exhibit at the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University, Aug. 15–Oct. 2. Opening reception is Aug. 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Above: “Wigged Survivor” by Rog Spahr.

courtesy CBU

Railroad and Trolley Museum: 545 S. Main, 590-3099, The history, technology, and fun of railroading. Oct. 4: Save the Date! Central Station's centennial celebrations are being planned.

Run/Walk: Aug. 16: Elvis Presley 5K Run at Graceland benefits Livitup Inc., 8a, 316-0377, Aug. 22: Sunset 5K Run/Walk at LeMoyne-Owen College benefits LOC, 7p, 435-1527, Aug. 23: Forrest Spence 5K at Overton Park benefits the Forrest Spence Fund, 8a, 490-1264, Aug. 23: Dogwood Dash at Marquette Park benefits The Angel Program, 8a, 274-2202, Sep. 1: Chick-fil-A 5K at AutoZone Park benefits Junior Achievement, 9a, 366-7800, Sep. 7: The Color Run at Liberty Bowl Stadium benefits DeNeuville Learning Center, 8a, Sep. 12: Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler at Cooper and Young benefits Cooper-Young Community Assoc., 7p, Sep. 20: GEP 5K for Pre-K Run/Walk at 868 N. Manassas benefits Porter-Leath, 8a, 577-2500, Sep. 27: Miles for Meals at Audubon Park benefits Mid-South Food Bank, 8:30a, 527-0841,

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 Sep. 14: "Starlit Nights," a journey across summer night skies. Thru Sep. 14: "Hubble Vision 2," a fascinating tour of the cosmos.

Shelby Farms Park: 500 N. Pine Lake, 767-PARK, The largest metropolitan park in the country. Aug. 17, Sep. 21: Family Fun Hikes, 2–4p.

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

Five-time Grammy Award–winning Dionne Warwick performs a selection of hits from her five-decade career in “An Evening with Dionne Warwick,” Aug. 16, at the Cannon Center.

courtesy Rebecca Edwards

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

South Main Association: 578-7262, Aug. 12, Sep. 9: 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. Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26: Live concerts in the famed Studio A, 2p, free to Shelby Co. residents with ID. 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. Aug. 29, Sep. 26: Wine reception during South Main Trolley Night, 6–9p.

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

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, Aug. 22–Sep. 14: "The Addams Family," regional premiere of the weird and wonderful world of Charles Addams's creations. Sep. 19–Oct. 5: "The Member of the Wedding," tomboy Frankie comes of age in a small Southern town in the '40s.

Arts and crafts, Kids Zone, Running of the Weenies, and food, family, and fun at the 43rd Annual Germantown Festival, Sep. 6–7. See Special Events listing.

courtesy Germantown Festival

TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, Thru Aug. 3: POTS@TheWorks: "4000 Miles," 20-something Leo bikes from Seattle to New York to move in with his 91-year-old grandmother, 726-4656, Aug. 15–16: Honeybaby Productions: "Long Time Since Yesterday," revealing glimpses of six women after the burial of a friend, 529-7454. Aug. 22–24: Peace & Love Productions: "Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn," two lonely, elderly ladies speak of their imminent demise with wisdom and humor, 463-7267.

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

University of Memphis: Art Museum: Communication and Fine Arts Bldg. Room 142, 678-2224, Thru Sep. 13: "Andy Warhol Portraits: Art and Irony," portrait Polaroids. "Follow Me," sculptures by Andrew James Williams. "The Hunting Set," Shara Rowley Plough's seven-year exploration of conspicuous consumption and material culture. Sep. 20–Nov. 26: "Juvenile-in-Justice: Photographs by Richard Ross," multidisciplinary project documents the placement and treatment of American juveniles. "Perceptions of Me," how Memphis teens perceive themselves.

Uptown Neighborhood: 525-4880,

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

Walking Tours: Downtown History: Host Jimmy Ogle, 604-5002,, free. Aug. 21, Sep. 18: Downtown Courthouse, noon, Adams & Second. Sep. 14: Memphis & Arkansas Bridge Walk, Crump Park, 2p. Sep. 16: Manhole Cover & History Tour, Union & Front, 11:45a; Sep. 23: Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside, 11:45a; Sep. 30: South Main Street, Hotel Chisca, 11:45a.

Every third Saturday of the month is Volunteer Days at Chucalissa, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., when archaeology novices and experts alike sort artifacts, help landscape nature trails, and garden outdoors. Open to groups, individuals, and children with adult supervision. Drop in for however long you can dig it!

courtesy Chucalissa

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. Aug 5–28: Dance Lesson of the Month: Cha Cha, Tue. & Thu., 8–9p. Sep. 2–30: Dance Lesson of the Month: Waltz, Tue. & Thu., 8–9p.

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