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Global Lens Series

Indie Memphis hosts screenings of award-winning films from around world at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Through August. (214-5171,

Live at the Garden Concert Series

Outdoor concert series at the Memphis Botanic Garden with classic touring rock and pop acts. Performing this year: Huey Lewis & the News, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, Steve Miller, and the Goo Goo Dolls. Pack a picnic and lounge on a blanket throughout the show. Through September. (685-1566,

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Memphis Redbirds

Enjoy Triple-A baseball in the fine ambience of AutoZone Park. Get some barbecue nachos or a vegan hot dog while you're there. Through September. (721-6050,

The Orpheum Classic Movie Series

The Orpheum's annual summer series screening favorites such as Gone with the Wind, An Affair to Remember, and Casablanca. This year's series also includes a Memphis Film Fest throughout the month of July featuring Memphis-related films, including Hustle & Flow, Memphis Heat, and The Last Picture Show. Through August. (525-7800,

click to enlarge Memphis Heat at the Orpheum
  • Memphis Heat at the Orpheum

New Ballet Ensemble

Ballet and modern dance meets hip-hop during this performance of Peter and the Wolf by the New Ballet Ensemble at Levitt Shell. Featured in the show is New Ballet Ensemble alum Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, whose impromptu collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma became a YouTube sensation. June 21st. (272-2722,

"Jean-Louis Forain: La Comedie Parisienne"

Huge exhibit of work by French Impressionist painter Jean-Louis Forain opens at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens on June 26th. The opening is preceded by La Fete Forain at the Dixon on June 25th. This gala event, hosted by Mayor A C Wharton and his wife Ruby, will include a three-course meal by chef Jose Gutierrez. (761-5250,



Playhouse on the Square presents this musical based on the 1984 film, with classic '80s tunes like "Let's Hear It For the Boy" and "Footloose." July 1st-July 24th. (726-4656,

LMAO Comedy Explosion

An evening of comedy with DeRay Davis, Lil Duval, and Michael Blackson at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. July 2nd. (800-745-3000,

Independence Day & Fireworks Spectacular

Celebrate America's independence with a massive fireworks show and activities for the whole family on the Mississippi River at the Mud Island River Park. July 3rd. (576-7241,

The Oak Ridge Boys

"Elvira"! The masters of four-part harmony the Oak Ridge Boys perform at Gold Strike Casino. July 9th. (888-245-7529,


Pop group the B-52s — "Rock Lobster," "Love Shack" — take the stage at Minglewood Hall. July 15th. (312-6058,

"Monet to Cezanne/Cassatt to Sargent: The Impressionist Revolution"

An exhibition at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art that traces French and American Impressionism as it evolved through the 19th century and into the modern era. And for more information about a partnership between the Brooks and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens called "A Very Impressionistic Summer," go to July 16th-October 9th. (544-6226,

Ted Nugent

Rock-and-roller and avid hunter Ted Nugent performs at the New Daisy Theatre. July 17th. (525-8979,

Kathy Griffin

Actress, comedian, and star of the reality show Life on the D-list Kathy Griffin brings her comedy show to Harrah's Tunica. If her last show in the area is any indication, nobody and no topic is off-limits for Griffin's raw observations. July 22nd. (1-800-949-4949,

Blues on the Bluff

WEVL's 23rd annual blues festival at the National Ornamental Metal Museum features the Bo-Keys, Lightnin' Malcolm, and Cameron Kimbrough, with official food vendor, Central BBQ. Bring chairs and blankets for an evening on the bluff under the shady oak trees at this popular WEVL fund-raiser. July 23rd. 528-0560,


An exhibition at the Pink Palace Museum focuses on the history and economics of North American diamonds. July 23rd-October 16th. (320-6320,

Bob Dylan

Rock-and-roll legend Bob Dylan performs at the Mud Island Amphitheatre with Leon Russell. July 30th. (576-7241,

14th Annual SportsBall Gala

Annual fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis at Minglewood Hall includes a silent auction, casino games, and more. Guests are encouraged to wear tennis shoes. July 30th. (323-5440,


Ain't Misbehavin'

A tribute to the black musicians of the '20s and '30s who put the Harlem Renaissance to music is at Hattiloo Theatre. Songs like "'T Ain't Nobody's Bizness," "Honeysuckle Rose," and other standards make this culturally significant production a must-see musical. August 4th-28th. (525-0009,

click to enlarge The Delta Fair & Music Festival (September)
  • The Delta Fair & Music Festival (September)

Elvis Week 2011

Elvis fans from the world over descend on Memphis for this annual tribute to the King of Rock-and-Roll. The celebration includes the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest as well as plenty of parties, film screenings, and concerts. August 10th-16th. Candlelight vigil at Graceland, August 15th. (332-3322,

Rock for Love

This rock-and-roll benefit for the Church Health Center is at multiple venues. Local musicians, auction, and activities make this a fund-raising event for the whole family. August 18th-21st. (,

Bye Bye Birdie

Outraged parents, jealous boyfriends, gossipy girls, and more — Bye Bye Birdie is at Theatre Memphis. August 19th-September 11th. (682-8323,

click to enlarge Vocalist Jonathan Blanchard is at the Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center in August.
  • Vocalist Jonathan Blanchard is at the Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center in August.

Jonathan Blanchard

Bass vocalist Jonathan Blanchard performs "Ol Man River," spirituals, and gospel songs at the Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center. August 20th. (239-4213,

Lee Ann Womack

Five-time Academy of Country Music Award-winner Lee Ann Womack performs at the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center. August 20th. (385-6440,

Boston Pops Hollywood Hits

The Boston Pops performs at AutoZone Park as part of a tour of minor-league ballparks. The Pops play movie themes, and Kenny Loggins is joining them. August 21st. (721-6050,

WWE RAW World Tour

John Cena, the Miz, and the WWE Divas are among the wrestling superstars scheduled to appear at FedExForum during this WWE RAW event. August 27th. (745-3000,


Delta Fair & Music Festival

Games, carnival rides, crafts, music, food, contests, and more are part of this annual fair at the Agricenter. September 2nd-11th. (435-7150,

Memphis Music and Heritage Festival

Annual musical extravaganza, with bands performing blues, rock, rap, and more on indoor and outdoor stages around downtown Memphis, and it's all free. September 3rd-4th. (525-3655)

WLOK Stone Soul Picnic

Pack your picnic basket and head to Tom Lee Park for this annual event where the best of Memphis gospel music meets the Mississippi River. 1-10 p.m. September 4th. (527-9565)

Southern Heritage Classic

Jackson State University takes on Tennessee State University at this annual football showdown at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. In addition to the game, there are concerts, a fashion show, a parade, and more. September 8th-11th. (398-6655,

click to enlarge International Goat Days Family Festival (September)
  • International Goat Days Family Festival (September)

International Goat Days Family Festival

At this annual event at the USA Stadium in Millington, revelers celebrate our four-legged friend with goat barrel races, goat-inspired food items, goat chariot races, and milking contests. September 9-10th. (872-4559,

Germantown Festival

The Germantown Festival returns for its 40th year at the Germantown Civic Club Complex. This family-friendly event features two days of arts and entertainment. September 10th-11th. (757-9212,

Zoo Rendezvous

Sample cuisine from local restaurants and hear live bands at the zoo's biggest fund-raising party of the year. September 10th. (333-6757,

Cooper-Young Festival

More than 300 artisans peddle their wares, while local bands jam on outdoor stages during this huge annual festival in Cooper-Young. September 17th. (276-7222,

Tommy Tune

Broadway song-and-dance man Tommy Tune brings his "Steps in Time" show to the Germantown Performing Arts Centre. September 17th. (751-7514,


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