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Crosstown Arts Events — July 2017

June 22, 2017 - articles

MUSIC Thelonious Monk: The Music of Monk Saturday, July 8, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Crosstown Arts Gallery, 422 N. Cleveland St. Jazz performance featuring Stephen Lee (piano), Johnny Yancey (Trumpet), Sylvester Sample (Acoustic Bass) and Nygel Yancey (Drums) celebrating the legacy of Thelonious Monk….

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Black Pride a Shining Example of What Pride Can Be

June 20, 2017 - articles

story & photos by Chellie Bowman   I personally admit that I haven’t been to Memphis pride in a few years. As I get older and the earth gets hotter, I’ve found myself making more and more excuses to forego its warm weather festivities. Additionally,…

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Cotton Pickin’ Squares

June 19, 2017 - articles

by Anita Moyt | photo by Greg Campbell   Every Monday evening, starting at 7, Justin Russell can be found with microphone in hand calling for the Cotton Pickin’ Squares (CPS), Memphis’ only GLBT square dancing organization. Groups of eight stand at the ready as…

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Outbid 2017: An Evening of Pure Imagination + Serious Fundraising

June 16, 2017 - articles

Story & photos by Chellie Bowman   Last Saturday night dozens of members from the community arrived at the Clark Opera House for OutMemphis’ annual fundraiser “Outbid 6”, including several of us from Focus. The theme this year was a Willy Wonka inspired design with…

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Nothing Sounds Like Memphis

June 13, 2017 - articles

story by John Paul Keith | photos courtesy of Shenanigans Photography   In the summer of 2016, rising British folk star Emily Barker found herself passing through the Bluff City. A native Australian, she relocated to the UK several years ago and launched a career there….

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BRENNAN VILLINES: Celebrating Success

June 9, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos by Greg Campbell   Plenty of musicians have called Memphis home throughout the years and almost all of them seem to have a remarkably “dramatic” backstory to go along with their success. Add Brenna Villines (a child prodigy pianist) to…

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Opera Memphis Wins Innovation Grant

June 8, 2017 - articles

TOTAL OF $1.4 MILLION AWARDED TO OPERA MEMPHIS AND OTHERS TO FOSTER INNOVATION    OPERA AMERICA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF INNOVATION GRANTS GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY THE ANN AND GORDON GETTY FOUNDATION   June 1, 2017 (New York) — OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and…

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South Pacific: A Somewhat Enchanted Evening

June 7, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw   In 1975, at the age of nine, I was so desperate to be an actor that I dyed my hair jet black, wore a sarong and rubbed dark brown makeup all over my face, torso, arms and legs. I thought nothing…

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert heads off into the Outback at Playhouse

June 6, 2017 - articles

by Anita Moyt | image courtesy of Playhouse on the Square   Priscilla, Queen of the Desert drives across the stage at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper, June 16 to July 9. The cult-classic, award-winning movie from 1994 was reinvented as a musical in 2007. But…

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Heart Strings: How a 1989 Musical United Memphis & Raised Critical Funds for HIV/AIDS

June 2, 2017 - articles

by Vincent Astor | photos courtesy OUTMemphis, and David Sheppard ©2017 DIFFA   According to a Chicago Tribune article from September 7, 1989, Heart Strings was ‘an upbeat musical production that brought its songs and dances of hope in the fight against AIDS’ to 30…

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