In early July, the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center sent out a call to artists in the hopes of finding original work by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight ally folks for an upcoming show.
The submissions have come in, and the center is opening its doors for the "Artistic Unity" art reception this weekend. Stop in at 892 S. Cooper on Sunday, August 1st from 4 to 7 p.m. to see the show.
The show includes work by Monty Shane, Edie Love, Lily Love-Cloys, Katie Jones, Amy Jones, Seamus Lode, Linda Crowley, Jazmine Coke, Jim Brasfield, Bill Branch, Carissa Bledsoe, Kristi Bauer, Holly Ashmore, Shanti McKinnie, Johnathan Payne, Paula Kirsten Payton, Heather Pike, Ashley Porter, Julia Puckett, Le Rhodes, Shannon Rhodes, Randi Romo, Claire Ryan, Diane Thornton, Sam Viviano, Brandon Wallace, and Rosalind Wilcox.
On another arts-related note, the Emerald Theatre Company (the city's only LGBT theatre group) will hold auditions for the comedy Porn Yesterday on Monday, August 2nd at 7 p.m. at Central Christian Church (531 S. McLean).
Yes, I realize a church seems an unlikely audition venue given the play's title, but Porn Yesterday is about a gay male porn star trying to break into a legitimate acting career. The Emerald Theatre Company is seeking five males in their mid-20s to late-50s for the show, which is scheduled to run September 10th-19th at TheatreWorks. Call 828-5247 for more information about the audition.