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From Jazz to Zither to Contemporary Classical: Summer of Music Kicks Off at Crosstown Arts

May 23, 2017 - articles

  Crosstown Arts will operate a full-time music department — centered around a performance space in Crosstown Concourse dubbed the “Listening Room” — once the organization is settled into their new space inside Concourse. But the contemporary arts organization isn’t waiting for its fall move…

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Epiphany Community Garden: Pastor Monica Web Helps a Congregation Grow

May 22, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

story by Jamilyn Cole | photos by Greg Campbell     Focus: I’m thrilled that we’re getting a chance to chat and to introduce you to the readers of Focus Magazine! Pastor Monica: Thank you so very much for profiling Epiphany Lutheran Church! Hello to…

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David Merino has got it “Covered” in 20th Anniversary Tour

May 19, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

(Above) David Merino plays Angel, a drag queen percussionist with AIDS living La Vie Boheme in the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour coming to the Orpheum Memphis on June 16. Credit Carol Rose, 2016.    by Kevin Shaw   Do you remember where you were when…

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Move over music and barbecue. Here comes Columbian culture!

May 19, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

story by Robert Griffin, Director of Marketing, Memphis in May | photos courtesy of Memphis in May   While the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest are the perennial media magnets each Memphis in May Festival, the education and cultural…

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Chinese Zither Virtuoso to Perform at Crosstown Arts

May 18, 2017 - articles

Contemporary music podcast Sonosphere, in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, is pleased to present “An Evening with Wu Fei,” an interactive performance by the genre-bending composer, guzheng virtuoso, and vocalist from Nashville, on Friday, June 30, at 8 p.m. at the Crosstown Arts gallery at 422 N….

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Latino Memphis Festival brings an authentic cultural experience to Shelby County

May 15, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

This past Saturday Latino Memphis drew crowds of folks to their annual festival at Overton Park. This year they collaborated with Memphis in May to celebrate and feature Colombian culture. Hundreds gathered around the main stage throughout the day to watch some amazing performances–from the Colombian Folkloric…

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Senior LGBT: Audrey May

May 15, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

by Jamilyn Cole | photo by Joan Allison   Since you were the owner of Meristem Bookstore (feminist bookstore and gathering ground) for eight years, what’s your favorite book? That’s like asking who’s your favorite child — can’t pick just one! But I can tell…

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Tiny Homes and Big Dreams

May 12, 2017 - articles

Story & photo by Robin Beaudoin   Standing in front of a charming red-shuttered 832-square-foot new home, flanked by azaleas, is Reverend Dwayne Jones, preacher, architect, and general contractor, fresh from leading a mission trip to Haiti. He is gentle and stalwart with his arms…

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Sunday Pride Cookout at Dru’s Place a Lively Success

May 10, 2017 - articles

There was a great turn out for the Mid-South Pride Cookout at Dru’s Place last Sunday afternoon with a good crowd of folks out enjoying the new patio and the amazing weather! Volunteers were grilling up hamburgers and hotdogs, and passing out stout Jell-O shots–the…

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RENT 20th Anniversary Tour Stops at the Orpheum

May 9, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour Coming to Memphis June 16-18, 2017   TICKETS ON SALE NOW   The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will play at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN for a limited engagement June 16-18, 2017.  Tickets are on sale now and available at…

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