Summer Calendar 

Summer Calendar

Theater

BARTLETT COMMUNITY THEATRE. Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, 3663 Appling Rd. (info, 382-2527). Showing July 19-27: Damn Yankees, a comedy about a baseball-crazed city.

BARTLETT PERFORMING ARTS AND CONFERENCE CENTER. 3663 Appling Road (385-6440). Actor's Studio Drama Camp with Lisa Lax: Theater workshop for ages 6-14: July 8, 15, 22. $150 per week. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; weekly performance: 2-3 p.m. Fridays.

CIRCUIT PLAYHOUSE. 1705 Poplar (726-4656). Showing through July 14: Over the River and Through the Woods, family comedy about grandparents willing to go to great lengths to keep their grandson from moving away. Showing July 26-Aug. 25: God's Man in Texas, a dramatic comedy about politics behind the scenes in modern-day televangelism.

GERMANTOWN COMMUNITY THEATRE. 3037 Forest Hill Rd. in Germantown (754-2680). Auditions: six men and nine women are needed for 70 Girls 70. Come prepared with 16 measures of a song, dance clothing, and tap and soft-toe dance shoes. 2:30 p.m. Sat., June 29. Fun In Theatre: the theater program has been expanded to Pre-K through 12th-grade students. $75-$225. July 8-27. Showing Aug. 30-Sept. 15: 70 Girls 70, residents of a senior citizens' home become a "gang" of shoplifters to improve their home and themselves.

GERMANTOWN PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE. 1801 Exeter (757-7256). Showing through June 30: The Vagina Monologues.

MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL THEATER. Hyde Chapel (on MUS campus), 6191 Park Ave. (260-1300). Showing July 11-20: Chicago.

MORGAN WOODS THEATRE. 7771 Poplar Pike (757-7206). Showing through June 29: Jack and the Beanstalk. Showing July 29-Aug. 3: Charlotte's Web.

THE ORPHEUM. 203 S. Main (tickets, 743-ARTS). Showing through June 30: Beauty and the Beast. Showing Aug. 6-11: West Side Story.

PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE. 51 S. Cooper (726-4656). Showing through July 28: Dinner With Friends, Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama which examines the effects of divorce. Showing Aug. 9-Sept. 15: Smokey Joe's Cafe, a musical including 40 of rock and soul's greatest hits from the '50s and '60s.

THEATRE MEMPHIS. 630 Perkins Ext. (682-8323). Showing through June 30: The Man Who Came To Dinner. Summer KidsWagon Classes registration: The intense classes will include lessons in acting and stage and costume design, culminating in a performance of Many Moons by James Thurber. $250 per child. 10 a.m. Tues., July 2. Showing July 19-Aug. 4: My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Showing Aug. 30-Sept. 22: 42nd Street, a musical fable about a chorus girl who saves the day when she steps in for the injured star on opening night.

THEATREWORKS. 2085 Monroe at Florence (274-7139). Showing July 5-28: Closer, a play involving two young couples and their attempts to find the intimacies that capture their hearts.

VOICES OF THE SOUTH. At the Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center (reservations, 323-0128). Showing July 10: Places of Enchantment. 8 p.m.

Art

Art Happenings

OPENING RECEPTION. For work by Carol Sams and Tad Lauritzen Wright. David Lusk Gallery, 4540 Poplar Avenue in Laurelwood (767-3800). 6-8 p.m. Fri., July 12.

OPENING RECEPTION. For "Findings: The Jewelry of Ramona Solberg," National Ornamental Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive (774-6380). 3-5 p.m. Sun., July 14.

OPENING RECEPTION. For work by Phyllis Bailey. Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd. (685-1566). 5-7 p.m. Thurs., July 18.

OPENING RECEPTION. For the work of Jack Grue 1896-1956. Christian Brothers University, University Gallery in the Plough Library, 650 East Parkway South (321-3000). 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fri., July 26.

OPENING RECEPTION. For work by Priscilla Cunningham. Durden Gallery, 509 S. Main (543-0340). 6 p.m. Fri., July 26.

OPENING RECEPTION. For "Petite Packages," work by artists who work in small format. Perry Nicole Fine Art, 3092 Poplar, Suite 16 (405-6000). 6-8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2.

OPENING RECEPTION. For "Eight Days in Exile," part of an artists' camping retreat on Horn Island, Mississippi. Artfarm Gallery of Fine Art, 652 Marshall Ave. (848-7880). 6-10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2.

EDGEFEST. "25 Years Without the King." The festival will include area studios and artists spaces open for viewing, art sales, live music, and kids' activities. Marshall Ave. (info, 725-5625). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17.

OPENING RECEPTION. For "Horn Island 18." Memphis College of Art, Overton Park (272-5100). 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24.

OPENING RECEPTION. For work by Steve Winn. Durden Gallery, 509 S. Main (543-0340). 6 p.m. Fri., Aug. 30.

OPENING RECEPTION. For work by David George Hinske. Mariposa ArtSpace, 505 S. Main St. (543-8535). 6-9 p.m. Fri., Aug. 30.

CLOSING RECEPTION. For "Eight Days in Exile," part of an artists' camping retreat on Horn Island, Mississippi. Artfarm Gallery of Fine Art, 652 Marshall Ave. (848-7880). 6-10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 30.

Ongoing Art

ALBERS FINE ART GALLERY. 1102 Brookfield Rd., Suite 103 (683-2256). Showing through July 31: work by Michael Barringer.

ARTFARM GALLERY OF FINE ART. 652 Marshall Ave. (848-7880). Showing August 2-30: "Eight Days in Exile," part of an artists' camping retreat on Horn Island, Mississippi.

ART MUSEUM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS (AMUM). 142 Communications/Fine Arts Building (678-2224). Showing through Sept. 7: "Twenty @ 20," a retrospective exhibition of 20 artists featured during the museum's 20-year history. Showing in the ArtLab through July 27: "Brushes," work by U of M alumnus Ron Koehler.

ART VILLAGE GALLERY. 410 S. Main (521-0782). Showing through June 30: "The Ringside Doctor," photos by Dr. H.H. Johnson, a ringside physician throughout the 1940s and '50s, whose "clients" included boxing greats Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, and Archie Moore.

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY. University Gallery in the Plough Library, 650 East Parkway South (321-3000). Showing through July 12: work by Judith McWillie. Showing July 26-Aug. 30: work by Jack Grue. Showing July 26-Aug. 30: work by Jack Grue 1896-1956.

COURT SQUARE GALLERY AND FRAMING. Highway 64, Somerville, Tennessee, Court Square (466-0011). Showing through July: "Spring/Summer Sampler," work by Ellen McGowan, Keith Webb, Tommy Lynn, and Mark Davis.

DAVID LUSK GALLERY. 4540 Poplar Avenue in Laurelwood (767-3800). Showing through July 6: work by Ted Faiers. Showing July 9-Aug. 3: work by Carol Sams and Tad Lauritzen Wright. Showing Aug. 6-24: The Price is Right 4: Back with a Vengeance.

DAVID MAH STUDIO. 888 S. Cooper (272-8880). Showing through July 8: work by Matthew Hasty.

D'EDGE ART & UNIQUE TREASURES. 552 S. Main (521-0054). Showing through June: work by George Hunt, Judy Woods, Frank D. Robinson, Stephen Hudson, and Debra Edge Taylor. Showing through August: work by George Hunt, Judy Woods, Mary Mayfair Matthews, and Debra Edge Taylor.

THE DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS. 4339 Park (761-5250). Showing through July 14: "Painters of Buenos Aires: School of La Boca 1900-1940," an exhibition of 50 paintings by artists from La Boca, a neighborhood of European immigrants in the Argentinean capital. Showing July 28-Sept. 29: "From Fauvism to Impressionism: Albert Marquet at the Pompidou," 60 paintings and works on paper from the Pompidou Center in Paris, which illustrate Marquet's artistic career from 1900 until his death in 1947.

DURDEN GALLERY. 509 S. Main (543-0340). Showing through July 25: work by Streater Spencer. Showing July 26-Aug. 27: work by Priscilla Cunningham. Showing Aug. 30-Sept. 25: work by Steve Winn.

FLEMING-ASSOCIATES-ARCHITECTS, PC. 5124 Poplar Ave. (767-3924). Showing through Aug. 31: work by Jim Going.

GALLERY 32. Inside the office of Rebecca Barton, D.D.S., 1918 Exeter (854-5044). Showing through July: work by Colleen Newport Stevens, Paul Egolf, Debra Fagan Carpenter, and Janine Hackney; French paintings by Fontaine.

GERMANTOWN LIBRARY. 1925 Exeter Rd. (754-3702). Showing through June 29: work by Barbara Champlin.

GREATER MEMPHIS ARTS COUNCIL. 8 S. Third St., Suite 300 (info, 252-0802). Showing through Aug. 9: "Eight Second Universe: Painting with Light," work by Fred Asbury.

THE HOUSE OF MEWS. 944 S. Cooper (272-3777). Showing through September: work by Debbie Crawford.

JAVA CABANA. 2170 Young (272-7210). Showing through July 4: "Kaleidoscope of Images from the Middle West to the West," photographs by Megan Singleton.

JAY ETKIN GALLERY. 409 S. Main (543-0035). Showing through July: a summer group show featuring new work by gallery artists.

LISA KURTS GALLERY. 766 S. White Station Rd. (683-6200). Showing through July 31: a summer group exhibition.

MARIPOSA ARTSPACE. 505 S. Main (543-8535). Showing Aug. 30-Oct. 27: "A Narrow Slice of Pi," work by David George Hinske.

MAYOR JIM ROUT'S OFFICE. Lobby, 160 N. Main (info, 578-2787). Showing through July: work by Charlie Agnew, Richard Knowles, Leslie Staub, Allison Steward, Anna Tsantir, Pamela Black Wagner, and Jodi Walker.

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN. 750 Cherry Rd. in Audubon Park (685-1566). Showing through July 14: work by Pamela Hassler. Showing July 18-Aug. 25: work by Phyllis Bailey. Showing Aug. 29-Sept. 29.: work by Robbie McQuiston.

MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART. Overton Park (544-6200). Showing through July 21: "Myth, Memory and Imagination," an exhibition from the collection of paintings, photography, sculpture, and folk art assembled by Julia J. Norrell and reflecting the essence of Southern life. Showing through July 28: "Almost Warm and Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art," a traveling exhibit that explores childhood through 40 works by 31 artists. Showing through Sept. 22: "Side By Side, Part II." Showing Aug. 18-Oct. 27: "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion," the 30 Tibetan tangkas in the exhibit range from the mid-13th century to the early 20th century.

MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ART. Overton Park (272-5100). In the Main Gallery: showing through Aug. 4: 10th annual Student Summer Exhibition. Showing Aug. 19-Sept. 14: "Horn Island 18." In the Cossitt Gallery: showing through June: work by Anita Whatley-Khalphani. Showing July-August: work by Gordon Dover.

NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM. 450 Mulberry (521-9699). Showing through Sept. 15: "The Main Event: The Ali/Foreman Extravaganza Through the Lens of Howard L. Bingham," the exhibit captures the 1974 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire.

NATIONAL ORNAMENTAL METAL MUSEUM. 374 Metal Museum Drive (774-6380). Showing through July 7: "Metal Under Glass: An Enamel Invitational," an exhibit of work from American, Jamaican, and English artists. Showing July 14-Sept. 15: "Findings: The Jewelry of Ramona Solberg."

PAUL EDELSTEIN GALLERY. 519 N. Highland (454-7105). Showing through June 30: work by British artists Gary Gilchrist, Jeremiah Stansbury, and Greg Cartmell.

PENCZNER'S FINE ART GALLERY. 1436 Poplar Ave. (278-3217). Showing through Aug. 31: "Hungarian Memories," work by Paul Penczner.

PERRY NICOLE FINE ART. 3092 Poplar, Suite 16 (405-6000). Showing through July: work by Kristen Myers and Andy Reed. Showing August 2-31: "Petite Packages," work by artists who work in small format.

SOUTHSIDE GALLERY. 150 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS (662-234-9090). Showing through July 13: work by Memphis photographer Lake Newton and Boston artist Sarah Beth Wiley.

THEATRE MEMPHIS. Hal Miller Gallery, 630 Perkins Ext. (682-8323). Showing through June 30: work by Isabel Klitzner.

Educational

Exhibitions and Events

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF MEMPHIS. 2525 Central (320-3170). Showing July 1-31: "Playing Together: Games," an exhibit of games requiring strategy, math, coordination, and physical skills. Expanded Addition Opening: grand opening entertainment and festivities will include unveiling the museum's additional 8,000 square feet. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3.

LICHTERMAN NATURE CENTER. 5992 Quince Rd. (767-7322). Summer Nights: The evenings will include a puppet show, amphitheater performance, and a guided family hike. Members $4, nonmembers $5. 6-9:30 p.m. Fri., July 26, and Fri., Aug. 2.

MALLORY-NEELY HOUSE. 652 Adams (523-1484). Showing through Sept. 30: "Five Families: 150 Years," which focuses on the lives of the pioneering families of the Mid-South from the 19th and 20th centuries. Volunteer Orientation, 2-4 p.m. Sat., July 27.

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN. 750 Cherry Road (685-1566). Candlelight Tours of the Japanese Garden of Tranquility: sample Japanese treats and green tea in the Sculpture Garden before exploring Japanese folklore and symbolism with tour guides. Members $3, nonmembers $5, children $1. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., July 18; 7:15 p.m. Thurs., Aug., 15.

MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM. 3050 Central (320-6320). Showing through Oct. 20: "Behind the Scenes: Curious Collections of the Pink Palace," a collection of strange and intriguing items found within the museum.

MEMPHIS ZOO. 2000 Prentiss Place in Overton Park (276-WILD). Showing through Oct.: Butterflies and Spiders: The exhibit includes rare spiders, interactive displays, a spider lay, and more than 40 species of live butterflies in all stages of development. Memphis Zoo Members-only Night, Fri., July 12. The Middle Kingdom -- A Celebration of Chinese Culture: In honor of the exhibit, the opening celebration will include native music, dance, and art. 1-6 p.m. Sun., July 28.

PARKIN ARCHEOLOGICAL STATE PARK. Hwy. 64 and 184 (870-755-2500). Kids' Day: activities will include a waterslide, water-balloon toss, and snacks. 1-3 p.m. Sat., July 6. Kids' Craft Series: Each week kids can make a new Native-American craft like necklaces, corn-shuck dolls, and arrowheads. $1. Through Aug. 3. Saturday Kids in the Park: Free morning activities, including crafts, games, and nature programs. 10:30 a.m. Through Aug. 3.

THE PYRAMID. Showing through Sept. 15: "Czars: 400 Years of Imperial Grandeur," with more than 250 objects from the height of the Romanov Empire.

SHARPE PLANETARIUM. In the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central (320-6320). Showing through June 29: Moldy Oldy Laser Show Festival, Friday and Saturday nights in the planetarium, laser shows with music from the Beatles, Metallica, Pink Floyd, and Pearl Jam. 8:30 and 10 p.m. Showing through Aug. 25: "Backyard Universe," observing the heavens from the backyard, and "Saving the Night," preserving the view of the stars and planets for urban dwellers. Showing through Sept. 8: "Starlit Nights," be introduced to the stars of the Summer Triangle, Scorpius and Sagittarius. Showing through Sept. 22: "Our Place in Space," endangered animals explore the cause of day and night, the importance of the sun, and the beauty of the constellations while trying to complete a crossword puzzle. Showing Aug. 10-16: "Elvis: Legacy in Light," to honor the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, the laser show will feature Elvis' milestone songs. Showing Aug. 30-Nov. 24: "The Voyagers," travel the world and seek out new lands with 15th-century explorers as they navigate the globe using the sun, stars, and moon.

UNION PLANTERS IMAX THEATRE. In the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central (320-6320). Showing through June 28: Journey into Amazing Caves, expedition leaders Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach explore caves in Arkansas, the Grand Canyon, Greenland, and the Yucatan Peninsula, and T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous. Showing June 29-Nov. 15: Space Station, a story of the partnership of 16 nations building a laboratory in outer space.

Tours

DAVIES PLANTATION. 9336 Davies Plantation Rd. (386-0715). Built in 1807, Shelby County's oldest house is an eight-room log structure with period furnishings in a country setting. $4 for adults/$2 for students.

DOWNTOWN ELVIS-STYLE. Walking tour of more than 30 sites related to Elvis, led by the authors of Memphis Elvis-Style. $10 plus 50 cents for trolley fare. Begins at Elvis statue on Beale (info, 761-1838). 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. By reservation only.

GIBSON GUITAR FACTORY. One block south of Beale in the Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum (info, 543-0800, ext. 101). The on-the-floor tour covers the 14 workstations of about 100 workers making over 80 guitars a day, including sanding, painting, buffing, electronics, and final tuning.

MEMPHIS QUEEN LINE. Monroe at Riverside Drive (527-2628). Daily sightseeing cruises, $12.50 adults, $9.50 children, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. every day, 10:30 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Evening music cruises, $34.50 adults, $27 children, 8-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

MEMPHIS ROCK 'N' SOUL MUSEUM. One block south of Beale between Second and Third (543-0800). The artifacts, pictures, words, and, of course, music that defined "the Memphis sound."

SUN STUDIO TOUR AND MUSEUM. 706 Union (521-0664). Learn the story of the legendary "Birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll!" Free tours for Memphis residents.

Concerts

Rock, Blues,

Rap, Country

SCREAM TOUR II. Performances by Lil Bow Wow, B2K, and IMX. Mid-South Coliseum (tickets, 525-1515). $32.50. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., July 25.

EDDIE MILES. The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. (tickets, 525-1515). $30-$35. 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 15.

ELVIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT. The Pyramid (tickets, 525-1515). $20-$75. 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 16.

RANDY NEWMAN. Sixteen-time Oscar nominee and this year's Academy Award winner for Best Song will perform his uncommon brand of musical satire. Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, 3663 Appling Rd. (385-6440). 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 16.

ALICIA KEYS. The Orpheum, 203 S. Main (tickets, 525-1515). $49.50. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Aug. 20.

FESTIVAL IN THE GROVE AT SHELBY FARMS. The new summer-concert series will feature world-class concerts presented in a relaxed setting. Shelby Farms (tickets, 818-9595). Season tickets $100-$325. Kallen Esperian with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Sat., June 29. Bluegrass Festival with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, and Tony Rice, 6 p.m. Sat., July 13. Dennis DeYoung (Styx) with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17. The Temptations with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 30.

Classical, Jazz, World, Gospel

HOPE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. The series will include performances by many of Christian music's most critically acclaimed artists. Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Rd. (info, 755-7721, ext. 1900). Kim Hill, $10 advance, $12 at the door, Sun., July 14. Bruce Carroll, Rob Frazier, and Jim Cole, $10 advance, $12 at the door, Fri., Aug. 2.

LIVE LIVE AT THE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. The second year of classical, jazz, and blues performances. 750 Cherry Rd. (info and tickets, 685-1566). Gates open at 5 p.m. Concerts start at 8 p.m. Pops With the Plants with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Stax Academy of Music, Thurs., July 4. Dr. John, Mavis Staples, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Thurs., Aug. 8. Kathy Mattea with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Fri., Aug. 23.

DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN. A concert featuring music from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. DeSoto Civic Center (525-1515). $40.50-$68.50. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 7

SUNSET ON THE SQUARE CONCERT SERIES. Outdoor summer concert in Collierville's historic Town Square each Thursday through July (info, 853-1666). Free. 7-9 p.m. June 27: Brother's Keeper. July 11: Tropix. July 18: Web Dalton Band. July 25: Noble Sounds.

Opera/Voice

THEATRE MEMPHIS. 630 Perkins Ext. (682-8323). Showing July 19-Aug. 4: My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Adults $25, students $15.

Dance

DANCEWORKS SUMMER DANCE PROGRAM. "A Chance to Dance" will feature guest teachers Judith Davies of Canada and Nancy Ammerman of Nashville. Ages 7-18. Southwest Tennessee Community College (info, 333-5174). July 8-Aug. 2.

Comedy

ROBIN WILLIAMS. The Orpheum (tickets, 525-1515). $52-$97. 8 p.m. Sat., July 6.

Other Shows

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET. The Arlington for the Arts musical-comedy production will combine elements of Shakespeare, science-fiction movies, and rock-and-roll hits. College Hill Park Amphitheater, Chester St., Arlington (info, 539-3636). Fri.-Sun., June 28-30.

MEMPHIS SONGWRITERS' ASSOCIATION SHOWCASE. Performances will include John Dillard, Brian Haynes, Eric Hughes of the Eric Hughes Band, and MSA president Dennis Burroughs. The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 130 Peabody Place (info, 577-0906). 7:30 p.m. Tues., July 2.

ORPHEUM THEATRE MOVIE SERIES. Movie showtimes are 7:15 p.m. Tickets: adults $6, children $5 (info, 525-7800). July 5: The Godfather II. July 12: Annie. Aug. 16: Braveheart. Aug. 23: The Birdcage.

SWING INTO SUMMER. The Bartlett Arts Council will sponsor the community-awareness and fund-raising event featuring live music by the Mercedes Knights jazz orchestra, a silent auction, and a cash-prize swing-dance contest. Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, 3663 Appling Rd. (tickets, 263-3088). $10. 6-10 p.m. Sat., June 29.

VERTICAL IMBALANCE. The Memphis improvisation group will perform games that rely on audience suggestions. Little Theatre, Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext. (info, 309-5422). $5. 10:30 p.m. Sat., June 29.

Literati

BOOKSIGNING BY MADISON SMARTT BELL. Author will sign Anything Goes, the story of a 20-year-old guitarist traveling the country with a rock-and-roll cover band. Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS (662-236-2262). 5 p.m. Thurs., June 27.

BOOKSIGNING BY MELISSA SANDERS-SELF. Author will sign All That Lives: A Novel of the Bell Witch, based on the supernatural legend of the Bell Witch of Tennessee. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Ext. (683-9801). 6 p.m. Thurs., June 27.

BOOKSIGNING BY ELIZABETH MITCHELL. Author will sign Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing, a chronicle of thoroughbred racing as viewed through the performance of Charismatic, the 1999 Kentucky Derby winner, and its jockey, Chris Antley. Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS (662-236-2262). 5 p.m. Mon., July 8.

BOOKSIGNING BY LORIAN HEMINGWAY. Author will sign A World Turned Upside Down, a harrowing account of the tornado that struck Jackson, Mississippi, in March 1966. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Ext. (683-9801). 6:30 p.m. Mon., July 8. Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS (662-236-2262). 5 p.m. Thurs., July 25.

BOOKSIGNING BY CARY HOLLADAY. Memphis author will sign Mercury. Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS (662-236-2262). 5 p.m. Wed., July 10.

BOOKSIGNING BY WILLIAM PRICE FOX. Author will sign Wild Blue Yonder. Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS (662-236-2262). 5 p.m. Wed., July 17.

BOOKSIGNING BY JOHN PERRY. Author will sign Lady of Arlington, the story of Mary Curtis Lee, the great-granddaughter of George Washington and wife of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Ext. (683-9801). 6 p.m. Thurs., July 18.

2002 FAULKNER AND YOKNAPATAWPHA CONFERENCE. The conference will examine "Faulkner and His Contemporaries." Campus of the University of Mississippi and Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS (662-236-2262). Sun.-Fri., July 21-26.

BOOKSIGNING BY E. LYNN HARRIS. Author will sign A Love of My Own. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Ext. (683-9801). 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 8.

BOOKSIGNING BY FANNIE FLAGG. Author will sign Standing in the Rainbow, a novel chronicling the lives of various members of a small Missouri town from the 1940s to 2000. Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS (662-236-2262). 5 p.m. Tues., Aug. 20.

BOOKSIGNING BY SUZANE NORTHROP. Author and renowned psychic will sign Second Chance: Healing Messages from the Afterlife. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Ext. (683-9801). 7 p.m. Wed., Aug. 21.

BOOKSIGNING BY COREY MESLER. Author will sign Talk. Burke's Book Store, 1719 Poplar (278-7484). 5-7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 23.

Speakers

GRACE-ST. LUKE'S SUNDAY MORNING SPEAKER SERIES. Speakers will address current political issues of local, state, or global concern. Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, McClure Hall, 1720 Peabody Ave. (info, 272-7425). 9:15-10:15 a.m. June 30: "Feminist Interpretation of the Bible, Part I," presented by Memphis Theological Seminary professor Mitzi Minor. July 7: "Feminist Interpretation of the Bible, Part II," also presented by Minor. July 14: "Celtic Saints and Their Favorite Thin Places," presented by W. Seldon Murray. July 21: "A Jew's Perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," presented by Dr. David Patterson, director of Judaic Studies at the U of M.

PALLADIO INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES FirST SATURDAY LECTURE SERIES. Cafe Palladio, 2169 Central Ave. (276-3808). Free. 10-11:30 a.m. July 6: "Antiques in a Contemporary Environment," presented by Tomm Walden of Midtown Galleries. Aug. 3: "Recognizing Majolica," presented by Margaret Melcher.

Workshops

SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES. The Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center will teach how assailants choose victims, how to reduce the risk of being attacked, and basic self-defense techniques (registration and info, 327-0233, ext. 126). Free. Bartlett Recreation Center, 7700 Flaherty Place, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thurs., June 20. East Shelby Library, 7200 E. Shelby Dr., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thurs., June 27. Christ United Methodist Church, 4488 Poplar Ave., 10 a.m.-noon Sat., June 29.

CREATIVE GIFTS WORKSHOP. Classes will include learning to make handmade books, spirit figures, mandalas, and personalized comic strips. Clifton Gallery, 3401 Summer (registration 323-2787). $90. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 1.

AVIATION SAFETY SEMINAR. Hosted by the North Central Institute, Clarksville, Tennessee. Holiday Inn Select Downtown, 160 Union Ave. (info, 931-431-9700). Fri.-Sat., June 28-29.

COMPUTER TRAINING SEMINARS. Presented by the American Society of Training and Development. Computer Resource Center, STCC, Macon Cove Campus, 5983 Macon Cove (registration, 333-4277). 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. July 11: "Your Computer As a Digital Multimedia Center." Aug. 8: "Creating Web Pages."

ALGEBRA AND BIOLOGY CAMPS. Memphis Urban Systemic Program will sponsor the free camps for Memphis City Schools students. Fairview Junior High, 750 E. Parkway South (info, 722-4552). "BioExplorations" camp: 8:30-noon. Mon.-Fri., July 8-12. Algebra I camp: 8:30-noon Mon.-Fri., July 22-26.

ORFF SCHULWERK INSTITUTE. Internationally renowned faculty will present the three-level institute. University of Memphis, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music (info, 678-3760). Mon., July 15-Fri., July 26.

FREE WILL BAPTISTS ANNUAL CONVENTION. Memphis Cook Convention Center, 225 N. Main St. (info, 615-361-1221, ext. 344). Sun.-Thurs., July 21-25.

GENERAL GRAND MASONIC CONGRESS CONVENTION. Memphis Cook Convention Center, 225 N. Main St. (info, 313-881-5080). Sun.-Fri., July 28-Aug. 2.

Sports

45TH FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSIC. John Daly, Bob Estes, 2001 winner Chris DiMarco, and other golfers will compete in the professional golf tournament benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tournament Players Club at Southwind (info, 748-0534). Through June 30.

LONG ROAD RACE. The second Memphis MotorWerks and Memphis Amateur Cycling Club road race. Race will begin at Gratitude Methodist Church, Millington-Arlington Rd. (info, memphiscycling.com). $15 plus UCSF license. Race B, 8 a.m., and Race A, 11 a.m. Sat., June 29.

TIME WARNER ROAD RUNNER 5K FIRECRACKER RUN. Benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. (info, 765-4409). $15. 7 p.m. Wed., July 3.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS FOOTBALL. Liberty Bowl Stadium (678-2331). Tickets $7-$20. Home game: Murray State, Sat., Aug. 31.

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS. Minor-league professional baseball team plays home games at AutoZone Park (ticket info, 721-6000). Home games: Portland, 6:05 p.m. Thurs., July 4; 7:05 p.m. Fri., July 5; 6:05 p.m. Sat., July 6; 2:05 p.m. Sun., July 7. Nashville, 7:05 p.m. Thurs., July 11; 7:05 p.m. Fri., July 12; 6:05 p.m. Sat., July 13; 2:05 p.m. Sun., July 14. Tacoma, 7:05 p.m. Fri., July 19; 6:05 p.m. Sat., July 20; 2:05 p.m. Sun., July 21; 7:05 p.m. Mon., July 22. Las Vegas, 7:05 p.m. Tues., July 23; 7:05 p.m. Wed., July 24; 7:05 p.m. Thurs., July 25; 7:05 p.m. Fri., July 26. Nashville, 7:05 p.m. Fri., Aug. 9; 6:05 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10; 6:05 p.m. Sun., Aug. 11; 7:05 p.m. Mon., Aug., 12. Iowa, 7:05 p.m. Tues., Aug. 13; 7:05 p.m. Wed., Aug. 14; 7:05 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 15; 7:05 p.m. Fri., Aug. 16. New Orleans, 6:05 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17; 6:05 p.m. Sun., Aug., 18; 7:05 p.m. Mon., Aug. 19; 7:05 p.m. Tues., Aug. 20. Oklahoma, 7:05 p.m. Mon., Aug. 26; 7:05 p.m. Tues., Aug. 27; 7:05 p.m. Wed., Aug. 28; 7:05 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 29.

MEMPHIS MERCURY. Women's soccer team composed of current and former collegiate-level players. Mike Rose Soccer Complex, off Nonconnah and Forest Hill-Irene (info or tickets, 755-6330). Home game: Chicago, 8 p.m. Fri., July 12.

MEMPHIS EXPRESS. Men's soccer team composed of current and former collegiate-level players. Mike Rose Soccer Complex, off Nonconnah and Forest Hill-Irene (info or tickets, 755-6330). Home games: Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. Fri., July 5; 7:30 p.m. Sat., July 6. Tampa Bay, 6 p.m. Fri., July 12.

MEMPHIS XPLORERS. Arena football. Home games are played in the DeSoto Civic Center (tickets, 525-1515). $7-$25. Home games: Louisville, 7:30 p.m. Sat., June 22. Tulsa, 7:30 p.m. Sat., July 6. Peoria, 7:30 p.m. Sat., July 27.

Expos

MEMPHIS AREA IRIS SOCIETY RHIZOME SALE. Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd. (info, 735-8251).9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., July 13.

BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA. Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. (info, 458-4458). $6-$8. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., July 14.

MARKETPRO COMPUTER SHOW AND SALE. Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. (info, 301-984-5950). Sat.-Sun., July 20-21.

RONALD MCDONALD'S "BIG SCOOP." Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. (info, 312-7478). Sat., July 27.

MID-SOUTH LIVING HOME SHOW. Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. (info, 662-890-3359). Fri.-Sun., Aug. 2-4.

MID-SOUTH HUNTING AND FISHING SHOW. Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. (info, 854-6589). Fri.-Sun., Aug. 9-11.

MEMPHIS CACTUS SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE. Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd. (info, 681-0700). Sat.-Sun., Aug. 10-11.

STELLER PROMOTIONS ANTIQUE SALE. Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. (info, 918-489-5164). Fri.-Sun., Aug. 16-18.

MEMPHIS GIFT AND JEWELRY FAIR. Memphis Cook Convention Center, 225 N. Main St. (info, 241-9865). Sat.-Tues., Aug. 24-27.

KIDS COUNT. Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. (info, 543-2338). Sat., Aug. 31.

Misc. Fun

SATURDAY SUNDOWNS AT THE ZOO. The zoo will extend its hours and lower its prices. Live performances in the amphitheater by Sparkman the Magician. 2000 Prentiss Place (276-WILD). $5. 5-9 p.m. Saturdays, through August.

KIDS IN TECHNOLOGY SUMMER CAMP. Memphis and Shelby County students will learn how to build their own computers. Business Advisors, Perimeter Office Park, 2506 Mt. Moriah Rd. (info, 360-9516). Through Aug. 9.

SUMMER SUNSET SERIES. Events will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Grove, a park on the campus of the University of Mississippi (info, 662-915-7206). June 27: movie night showing of Casablanca. July 4: a holiday celebration. July 11: movie night showing of Shrek. July 14: performance by the Kudzu Kings. July 18: Thacker Mountain Radio Show. July 25: movie night showing of Robin Hood. July 28: performance by the Germantown Symphony.

CASUAL DAY 2002. Memphis employees will make a small donation to dress casually for a cause. Proceeds will benefit UCP of the Mid-South (info, 761-4277). Fri., June 28.,

CELEBRATE AMERICA FESTIVAL. Bellevue Baptist Church's choir and orchestra will salute America's Christian heritage, memorialize the events of September 11, and call for a revival of faith. 2000 Appling Rd., Cordova (347-2000). Free. 6 p.m. Sun., June 30.

WMC STAR-SPANGLED CELEBRATION. This year's event will include a performance by Grammy Award winner Train, Saint Peter Home Picnic in the family area, a car giveaway, and a fireworks finale. Shelby Farms (info, 544-1995). 3 p.m. Wed., July 3.

STARLIGHT SPECTACULAR. The old-fashioned picnic will include a patriotic concert by Bellevue's orchestra. Bellevue Baptist Church, 2000 Appling Rd. (347-2000). Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., July 3.

RED, WHITE, AND BLUES CELEBRATION. With live music and fireworks. Tom Lee Park and Beale Street (info, 529-0999). 4-10:30 p.m. Thurs., July 4.

GERMANTOWN FAMILY FOURTH. With the River City Concert Band, arts, crafts, and fireworks. Municipal Park, Exeter Rd., Germantown (info, 757-7382). 5:30 p.m. Thurs., July 4.

COLLIERVILLE'S 17TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION. With live entertainment and fireworks. Powell Park (info, 853-7433). Thurs., July 4.

BIG SCOOP ICE CREAM FESTIVAL. The festival will include a variety of ice cream to sample, a children's activity land, and an entertainment stage. Agricenter International (info, 529-4055). $8. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., July 27.

SPORTS BALL 2002. Black tie/tennis shoe fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Hosted by Cedric Henderson, with a silent auction, dinner, dancing, and interactive games. The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. (info, 323-5440). $100. 6 p.m. Sat., July 27.

26TH ANNUAL CHOCTAW HERITAGE FESTIVAL. With traditional dances, crafts, and food. Chucalissa Museum, T.O. Fuller State Park (785-3160). Sat., Aug. 3, and Sun., Aug. 4.

Kids

ARTS-AFIRE SUMMER WORKSHOPS. FireHouse Community Arts Center, Memphis Black Arts Alliance, 985 S. Bellevue (info, 948-9522). A Cultural Discovery in the Soul of Memphis: Youth ages 7-18 will develop their artistic talents, learn about the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans, and participate in "Rites of Passage." $325. 7:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Through July 5 and July 8-Aug. 2. Dance Workshops: Participants will learn tap, African, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and Capoeira dance styles. Saturdays, July 8-Sept. 22. Jazz Institute: Jazz musicians and vocalists Lannie McMillan, Nokie Taylor, and Naomi Williams-Moody will lead an intensive 4-day workshop: adults $200, children $150. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., Aug. 5-8; performance: 6:30 p.m. Mon., July 29.

THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. 2525 Central Ave. (458-2678). Kidventures Summer Camp: The camp will include four sessions for children 6-10 years old. Members $80/week. nonmembers $90/week. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., through July 19.

MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART. Overton Park (544-6200). Bon Voyage!: Children ages 10-15 can join cartoonist James Caldwell in creating stories, worlds, and characters of their own. Members $10, nonmembers $15. 1-3 p.m. Sat., June 29.

MEMPHIS SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES. Most branch libraries offer a schedule of regular activities for children. Stop by the branch nearest you for a brochure (info, 725-8895). Grizzlies Summer Reading Club, through Aug. 3.

Casino Events

GOLD STRIKE CASINO. Casino Center Drive in Tunica, MS (1-888-24K-PLAY). Magic Showcase, Sat., June 29. Clarence Clemons, Fri., July 12.

GRAND CASINO. 13615 Old Highway 61 North in Tunica, MS (1-800-39-GRAND, tickets 1-800-WIN-4-WIN). In the Grand Event Center: Little Richard, $19.95, 8 p.m. Sat., July 13. Alabama, $27.50-$32.50, 8 p.m. Sat., July 27. Wynonna, $19.95-$29.95, 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO. In Tunica, MS (1-800-871-0711). In the Safari Bar: Carrie Folks, 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Fri.-Sat., June 28-29.

HORSESHOE CASINO & HOTEL. At Casino Center, south of Memphis, near Tunica, MS (1-800-303-SHOE). In Bluesville: Heart, $35, 8 p.m. Thurs., July 18. Peter Frampton, $35, 9 p.m. Fri., July 19. Ted Nugent, $35, 9 p.m. Fri., July 26. Blondie, $35, 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3. Chicago, $37.50, 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 8. Lynyrd Skynyrd, $35-$37.50, 8 p.m. Wed., Aug. 14.

SAM'S TOWN. At Casino Strip, just south of Memphis, north of Tunica, MS (1-800-456-0711, special event tickets 525-1515). George Jones, $34-$44, 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., June 28-29.

SILVERSTAR CASINO. South of Memphis in Choctaw, MS (1-800-557-0711). Mississippi Boys and Girls Club Classic Golf Tournament: a gathering of NFL players and celebrity athletes will be in attendance throughout the weekend's festivities. Fri.-Sat., June 28-29. In the Starlight Lounge: Noah's Rain, through June 30. Ronnie Wolf, through June 29. In the Blue Note Lounge: Glenn Parker, through June 30.

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