Things to Do This Week

August 17- August 23


We’ve got a great list of things to do this week–especially on Thursday 😉 


Our featured event this week is our very own Focus Awards 2018 which will be held at The Atrium at
Overton Square next Thursday, August 23rd. See event details below. 


Friday 8/17.  Continuum Music Festival, Crosstown Arts (1350 Concourse Ave. Suite 280), 6:00-9:00pm, $10. 

A festival of collaborations among musicians and artists of diverse genres from Memphis and beyond, bringing to life unique performances and workshops in the award-winning Crosstown Concourse.

Please note: All events on Saturday, August 18 BEFORE 5:45 pm are free and open to the public and DO NOT require a ticket. Events on Friday, August 17 and events after 5:45 pm on Saturday, August 18 do require a ticket.

Performances by: Amy Lavere & Will Sexton with musicians of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, IMAKEMADBEATS, ~Nois Saxophone Quartet, Artistik Approach, Troika String Trio, Blueshift Ensemble and ICEBERG New Music, if … else, Crosstown Winds, Vibes & Waves crew, among many others.

Interactive workshops:
Sound Scavenger Hunt
Mindful Listening Workshop
The Polyrhythmic Body: A Movement Excursion for Non-dancers Who Love Music
“I Am Sure My Music Has a Taste of Codfish in It”: Thoughts on the Relationship Between Food and Music
Suggestions on How to Listen to Contemporary Classical Music

Ticket prices:
Friday – $10
Saturday – $20 (all events after 5:45 pm require a ticket; events before 5:45 pm are free)
Festival Pass – $25

Sponsored by Amro Music and Memphis Botanic Gardens


Saturday 8/18. A Tour of Tasteabilities, 119 N Riverside Dr., 9:30am-1:30pm. 

Black History + Food Tasting Tour. A Collaborative with A Tour Of Possibilities LLC and City Tasting Tours that journeys through the untold stories in Memphis’ history followed by a food tasting experience in Soulsville and Downtown Memphis.


Memphis Matters @Playback Memphis (1000 S Cooper St.), 7:30-9:00pm, $12+. 

Through a unique combination of improvisational theatre, personal narrative, and community dialogue, Memphis Matters provides audiences a wonderful opportunity to connect with the ‘heart’ of Memphis. At performances, we gather together to reflect on our identity as citizens of this unique and growing city. Seeing our impressions, observations, and stories come to life via Playback strengthens our shared community and lifts our collective civic spirits. You are always welcome you to share a story, or just sit back and watch the magic unfold.

All ticket proceeds from every Memphis Matters show go towards funding shows for our community partners. These shows take place within programs serving under served populations and benefit groups in need.

Memphis Matters is sponsored by First Tennessee, ArtsMemphis, The Tennessee Arts Commission, and the support of individuals like you.


Sunday 8/19. Takoyako Pop Up at Launch Process Coffee (584 Tillman St.), 12:00-5:00pm. 

We’re doing up Japan’s most beloved street food at Launch Process! Takoyaki are fried balls of dashi based dough, filled with pickled ginger, green onions, and octopus, topped with Japanese mayo, homemade takoyaki sauce, and crispy bonito flakes. If you’re not a fan of octopus you can sub shrimp(ebiyaki) or tofu(tofuyaki). We’ll also have a delicious Japanese curry, kare raisu, with tofu, carrots, and potatoes. The tofuyaki and kare raisu are both vegan.

Our drink specials for this event are a matcha latte and a Japanese style flash-chilled iced coffee.



Moth Moth Moth @ Haus of Phantosea @ Dru’s Place (1474 Madison Ave.), 9:00pm, $3.

Moth Moth Moth & The Haus of Phantosea take the stage Dru’s Place every 3rd Sunday with a show that is sure to astound you! $3 cover charge. Must be 21& up with a valid ID.


Monday 8/20. COR Meals on Wheels-benefiting MIFA (910 Vance Ave.), 10:00am-12:00pm. 

COR members have been delivering hot meals on Mondays (except holidays) for over 10 years to seniors and/or disabled Memphians. If you would like to particpate, please contact Betty Turner.

Undercurrent 047, Work/Cowork/Create (340B Monroe Ave.), 8:00-11:00pm, free. 

The details: Monday, August 20th at 8pm @ Wonder / Cowork / Create


We always try to connect you with the most interesting people and places in the city. This month, we’re heading to the Edge district to check out Memphis’ newest creative coworking space before it opens to the public. Join us and be one of the first people to see the new space.

There’s no cost and no cover. Just show up and #bringyoursoul


Tuesday 8/21. Outflix Preview Party & Short Film Competition, Crosstown Arts (430 N Cleveland St.), 6:30-8:30pm, free. 

Outflix Film Festival Preview Party & Local Short Film Competition
Sponsors: Jacob & Scott Gettig, Christine Weinreich & Nathan Weinreich

Join us for the preview party of the 21st Annual Outflix Film Festival. The event will reveal this year’s festival line-up and winners of our local short film competition. Special guest judges from Oxford Film FestivalIndie Memphis, and the local filmmaking community will also host a panel discussion following the competition. Light food and beer/wine provided (ID required). Free to the public. Donations accepted.

The local short films that we will be showing are:

Graham and Zeke (8 minutes)
Director – Cheryl Monique
Producers Allie Sultan (in attendance) and Cheryl Monique
Graham Bell and Zeke Miller, a transgender couple, are navigating life mid-transition. They share their insights surrounding love, gender, and pet snakes. Through this film they invite us into their lives, openly discussing the ups and downs that they face in their journey to a more perfect union.

Motions (9 minutes)
Director – April “skyy” Blair (in attendance)
Two women meet, fall in love and go through the motions in a very short span of time.

Conway Pride (22 minutes)
Director – Stephen Stanley
Producer – Joe Bush
Producer – James Winston
The small Arkansas town of Conway has had an annual LGBT Pride Parade since 2004. Its 2017 edition is threatened when the founders and local activists, John and Robert, both pass away. The adopted children of the couple band together to save a local institution and honor their gay dads.

The 2018 Outflix Film Festival runs September 7-13th at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill. To learn more information about this year’s festival, visit: Outflix Film Festival is a program of OUTMemphis: The LGBTQ Community Center for the Mid-South.

Wednesday 8/22. Indie Memphis Nights: The Work @ Crosstown Arts (430 N Cleveland St.), 7:00-9:00pm, free.

FREE // Pay-What-You-Can

Follow three men during four days of intensive group therapy with serving convicts in a rare and powerful look into rehabilitation.


Thursday 8/23. Focus Awards 2018, The Atrium at Overton Square (2105 Madison Ave Ste 7), 6:30-9:30pm, $50. 

While our table seats are SOLD OUT we are realizing a limited number of standing room only tickets the week of the event!

You’re invited to the Third Annual Focus Awards! We’re coming to MIDTOWN this year! The Focus Awards are the Mid-South’s premier awards for recognizing LGBT persons and allies who are making a significant impact on the LGBT community through their leadership, career achievements and personal qualities, and who also inspire others to excel.

This red carpet event will be help August 23rd, 2018 at The Atrium and will feature an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. The event will kickoff at 6:30pm with red carpet photos followed by a cocktail reception and awards presentation.

Dress code for this event is semi-formal.


See our full calendar here