Things to Do This Week

June 15- June 21


We’re deep into June and Memphis is still churning out some really unique and exceptional
“things to do” that you’d be crazy to miss. Check it out!


Our featured event this week is the 1st Annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival this
Saturday, June 16th in the Edge District. See event details below. 


Friday 6/15. THUG | An Exploration of Black Masculinity, Orange Mound Gallery (2232 Lamar Ave.), 5:00-8:00pm. 

Join us at the opening reception of THUG | An Exploration of Black Masculinity. Featuring works by Rahn Marion | Eso Tolson | Kenneth Alexander | Terry Lynn | Lawrence Matthews

Curated by Ziggy Mack


Jack O w/ Dirty Streets, Railgarten ( 2166 Central Ave.), 8:00-10:30pm.

Jack “Oblivian” Yarber is one of Memphis’ most influential active rock musician. Jack is now on his seventh solo-album: “The Lone Ranger of Love.” The 2016 album was self-released via Mony Records, Yarber’s own imprint. The full-length album is a follow up to the “Rat City” LP, released in 2011 on Big Legal Mess. Last year, in 2015, Jack O & the Sheiks also dropped their “Live!” LP, a “greatest hits”-caliber setlist of 13-songs.

The Dirty Streets are a young band from the Memphis area who are an obvious product of digging on the likes of MC5, Rolling Stones, James Brown, Cactus, Humble Pie & the Faces.


Saturday 6/16. 1st Annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival, The Edge District, 9:00am- 10:00pm.

The Center for Southern Literary Arts proudly invites you to the first annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | All Day Long
Free and open to the public.

The Edge District, Downtown Memphis, Tennessee
Premiere Palace Ballroom, Marshall Arts Gallery, and more venues to be announced.

Siphne AayeHanif Abdurraqib, EKPE ABIOTO, Kenneth Wayne Alexander II, COURTNEY ALEXANDER, ELOISA AMEZCUA, Alice BolinHeather Dobbins, Alice Faye Duncan, Osayi EndolynArthur Rickydoc Flowers, KAITLYN GREENIDGE, Ravi HowardBarb Johnson, JENNY JOHNSON, LAURA FAITH KEBEDE, Kiese LaymonSarah Nicole LemonAndrea MoralesDaniel José OlderChristina OlivaresKaitlyn Sage PattersonMarco Pavé, ASHANTÉ M. REESE, Maurice RuffinSam SaxRion Amilcar ScottMychal Denzel SmithAdia VictoriaCrystal Wilkinson,

With event partners: Literacy Mid-South (hosts of the original Mid-South Book Fair (2013-2016); Novel MemphisChalkbeat Tennessee; the Southern Foodways Alliance; and many many more to be announced.

Official #MLAF After Party 7pm – 10pm at Premiere Palace Ballroom
With DJ Siphne Aaye
RSVP here (FREE!):

Street Fair (9am-5pm), hosted by Literacy Mid-South, to include dozens of local and traveling organizations, vendors, live entertainment, food, and drink.
Register to exhibit:

The evening before the Festival . . .
Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon: A Benefit for #MLAF18
Friday, June 15 | 6pm – 7pm
Premiere Palace Ballroom
$85 General Admission
$250 VIP includes 2018-2019 Lyceum Subscription

We are pleased to invite you to an intimate, interdisciplinary dinner on the eve of the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival (all day Saturday, June 16, 2018) in the Edge District. We celebrate and honor the intersections of multiple disciplines and Southern storytellers of all sorts at the Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon. Author Kiese Laymon, musician Adia Victoria, chef Desmond Robinson (D.Arthur’s Catering), and documentary photographer Andrea Morales will showcase their work. All proceeds go to benefit the Center for Southern Literary Arts’ first annual festival.

TriState Black Pride Draggin’ You to Brunch, Crowne Plaza Hotel (300 N Second St.), 1:00-3:30pm, $20. 

Saturday’s Brunch just got better! TriState Black Pride presents the 2nd Annual “DRAGGIN’ YOU TO BRUNCH” in Memphis, TN hosted by The Comedian Miss Sophia from Atlanta, GA, and Monica Lusk.

Come out and celebrate the fiercest entertainers in the area as you eat, drink, and enjoy a wonderful brunch all the while being entertained for a purpose of Pride & Unity.

This will not be your ordinary “Drag Show” because we will be celebrating PRIDE 2K18 for TN, MS, & AR in dragalicious fashion. There will be Glitz, Gowns, and Crowns to serve up a heavy dose of magical impersonation. The line-up and atmosphere will be “Dragtacular” and out of this WORLD!

This event will sell-out and early ticket purchase of $20.00 + processing fee is suggested!

Get ready to Dine, Drink, and Dance while performers put on the best Drag Show around!

Time Warp Drive-In: BURN, BABY, BURN, Malco Summer Drive-in (5310 Summer Ave.), 7:00pm-12:00am, $10. 

June has arrived, and for TIME WARP DRIVE-IN, that means one thing: The Burn. Since it’s first year, it’s become a tradition to bring you a night of smoke-filled, mind-bending cinema, focusing on the long history of drug flicks. Join us once again in the clouds for BURN, BABY, BURN!



Featuring new short films from Piano Man Pictures! Retro intermission insanity between all films! And start the night with live music from Terry Prince & the Principles!

Gates open at 7:00, movies start at dusk around 8:15. $10 a person for the whole night!

Brought to you by Black Lodge, Guerrilla Monster Films, Piano Man Pictures, Holtermonster Designs, and Malco.

Sunday 6/17. LGBT Legend Awards 2018, The Haven Memphis (206 GE Patterson Ave.), 7:00pm, $10.  

2nd Annual LGBT 🏳️‍🌈 Legend Awards 2018
Hosted by Stephaine Golden and Raven Kelly
Red Carpet Hosted by YRF Darnell and Dakota Epic
Live Performances by
Asia Marie
Mike Guwap
Teezy Jayy
and special guests!
18 awards given out, Humanitarian of the Year and most importantly Legend of the Year!


Monday 6/18. Undercurrent 045, Memphis Slim House (1130 College St.), 8:00-11:00pm, free. 

Undercurrent is back.

The details: Monday, June 18th at 8pm @ Memphis Slim House
RSVP now:

Memphis Slim House is a creative collaboratory in the heart of Soulsville, and we want you to come check it out next Monday night. We’ll have a food truck and a beer truck on site — and the first 50 drinks are on us.

There’s no cost and no cover. Just show up and #bringyoursoul. Register to save your spot, and join us in connecting every corner of our city’s social scene.

The Mayor’s Young Professionals Council, Shelby Co. TN is helping us pull this one off, and they’re throwing their annual 2018 Leadership Summit in less than two weeks. They’ll have sessions on the state of education, employment, and opportunities for civic leaders in Shelby County. Plus, it’s free — so check it out here:

Tuesday 6/19. Indie Memphis Nights: The Foreigner’s Home, Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill (5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy), 7:00-9:00pm, $10. 

An exploration of Toni Morrison‘s artistic and intellectual vision through “The Foreigner’s Home,” her 2006 exhibition at the Louvre — examining race, identity, “foreignness,” and art’s redemptive power.

Community Sponsors: Literacy Mid-South and Novel Memphis


Wednesday 6/20. Indie Memphis Nights: Brown Ballerina, Collage Dance Collective (2497 Broad Ave.), 7:00-9:00pm, free. 

Presented with The Collective


A unique blend of dance and film featuring a screening of the short film BROWN BALLERINA and discussion with director Chassidy Jade. Performances by film choreographer Shanna Woods and Collage Dance Collective.

BROWN BALLERINA is the brainchild of Chassidy Jade, CEO and founder of Crown Royal Labs. BROWN BALLERINA is a short film about a young woman’s journey of becoming a prima ballerina. The main character Terri goes on an audition, expressing her story through an imaginary dance piece. Touching on issues of race, politics, and social class, BROWN BALLERINA explores the full spectrum of ballet, giving viewers a glimpse into the dance world, as well as common issues we can all relate to.

Community Sponsor: Collage Dance Collective


Thursday 6/21. The Steel Wheels @ Levitt Shell (1928 Poplar Ave.), 7:30-9:00pm, free. 

REE music, great times, family friendly, food trucks, concessions, outdoors, and more! Levitt Shell strives to strengthen and build community by providing FREE music in a great environment.

Entertainment starts promptly at 7:30PM.

Our community partner for Amplify Memphis this concert is MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association).

ABOUT The Steel Wheels:
“Few groups have come as far in such a short period of time as The Steel Wheels…” – NPR’s Mountain Stage

“What sets The Steel Wheels from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia apart from many bands is the combination of their stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of [Trent] Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies. Eric Brubaker on fiddle, Jay Lapp on mandolin, and Brian Dickel on bass weave in and out intricately throughout this record, painting vivid imagery which flows effortlessly, just teasing the lyrics enough to allow them to resonate within you.” – Country Standard Time

Other events:

6/15: Drink-N-Draw at Ghost River ; La Misa Negra @ Levitt Shell 
6/16: African-Print Fashion Now! Community Day @ Brooks Museum
6/18: Trans ID Workshop @ OUTMemphis
6/19: Candidate Meet & Greet @ the Pumping Station
6/20: Cafe Conversations @ Brooks ; The Original Haunted Memphis Bus Tour 
6/21: Woodruff Fontaine House Membership Drive-Preview of the Museum Year ; Golden Girls Trivia ; Grizzlies Trivia & Draft Party @ Memphis Made Brewing ; Dreamgirls @ Playhouse on the Square ; Thirsty Thursdays with Ima @ Dru’s Place

See our full calendar here