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Thousands Expected for Inaugural Día Del Niño (Children’s Day) Family Festival on Cinco de Mayo

May 3, 2018 - articles

Free food, carnival rides and gifts for children at multi-cultural event on Saturday   MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new event in Memphis this Saturday, Cinco de Mayo, will celebrate Día Del Niño or Children’s Day, one of the largest fiestas in Mexico. The free family-focused…

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Opera Memphis Announces Trio of Honors

April 24, 2018 - articles

Opera Memphis represents North America at World Opera Forum, receives Innovation Grant and NEA funding   Memphis, Tenn. April 20, 2018 – After finishing another exciting Midtown Opera Festival, Opera Memphis is celebrating success on both the national and international stage. The company’s innovative programming…

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Fun Home at Playhouse on the Square

April 19, 2018 - articles

Fun Home Book and Lyrics by: Aaron Posner Music by: Jeanine Tesori  Playhouse on the Square May 4th – May 27th, 2018 Based on the best-selling graphic novel of the same name, Fun Home introduces us to author Alison Bechdel at three different ages, revealing memories of her…

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Just Announced: Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Orpheum

April 13, 2018 - articles

STEVE MARTIN AND MARTIN SHORT WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEEP CANYON RANGERS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th ORPHEUM THEATRE – MEMPHIS, TN   Legendary actors and comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short are teaming up for a very special night of live comedy and music at the Orpheum…

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A Sinful Act

April 10, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw   When I was still in college back in the late 1980’s, I somehow found myself not only working as a disc jockey at the local radio station in Tuscaloosa, AL (Roll Tide!), but eventually was promoted to having my own morning…

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For Blake Hammond, All the World’s a Stage

April 7, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos by Jeremy Daniel   Very few character actors have had as satisfying a career as Blake Hammond. Over the past twenty years, Hammond has performed on Broadway in such hits as Hello Dolly and Elf-The Musical and even starred as…

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Jerobaum’s Journey: The Art of Doing You

April 5, 2018 - articles

by Joy Doss | above photo by Andrew Eccles, courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater    People love to casually sling around the phrase “Do YOU, boo.” But really, it’s a little more complicated than it sounds. There is an art form to granting yourself the…

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Stupid F**king Bird at The Circuit Playhouse

April 5, 2018 - articles

Stupid F**king Bird Book by: Aaron Posner Music by: James Sugg The Circuit Playhouse April 20th – May 13th, 2018 An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A desirable young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the…

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Upcoming Orpheum Events in April!

April 3, 2018 - articles

(above: Black Violin, photo credit: Colin Brennan)    TITLE: PETER PAN EVENT TYPE: Ballet DESCRIPTION: Steven McMahon’s fantastically fresh staging of Peter Pan is complemented by the scenic talents of Tony Award-winner Beowulf Boritt, gravity-defying ZFX Flying Effects, award-winning costume designer Anne Armit, and a professional cast of…

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A PRETTY LITTLE ROOM: Alice Mitchell at Bolivar Asylum: An Opera Scene

March 30, 2018 - articles

story by Vincent Astor This story is an epilogue to the one previously published in Focus Mid-South magazine, Alice & Freda, by Vincent Astor In a city rich with history and eccentric characters, operatic material is everywhere. The Opera 901 Showcase premiering in April will…

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