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Memphis Is Me

Fri., Aug. 23, 5-10 p.m.
Visible Music College 200 Madison, Memphis Downtown


An annual celebration of the music and people of Memphis, with live music across three stages featuring headliner Sanctus Real. Run by Madison Line Records, Memphis is Me occurs every second to last Friday in August on the campus of Visible Music College Downtown. (901) 381-3939

Puck Food Hall Tasting

Fri., Aug. 23, 5:30 p.m.
Puck Food Hall 409 S. Main, Memphis South Main


Sample food and cocktails from the hall’s various vendors and enjoy live music and photo booths. Ticket includes 10 tokens that can be spent at the bar and vendor stations.

Memphis Tiger Football Kickoff Party

Fri., Aug. 23, 6-9 p.m.
University of Memphis University Center, Memphis University of Memphis


Hear from head coach Mike Norvell, see highlight footage, and participate in a silent auction and raffle. Food and drink provided.

Opening Reception for "Our CHOICES"

Fri., Aug. 23, 6-8 p.m.
CHOICES Midwifery 144 N. Bellevue, Memphis Midtown


Exhibition to create an environment where people can come together in solidarity, raise hope, and hope for a future unaccompanied by a constant threat to reproductive rights. 500-7001

Opening Reception for "Counterpoint"

Fri., Aug. 23, 6-8 p.m.
Crosstown Arts at The Concourse 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280, Memphis Midtown


Exhibition of new work by Scott Carter, a former Crosstown Arts resident artist. (901) 507-8030

Sunset Boulevard

Fri., Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
The Orpheum 203 S. Main, Memphis Downtown


A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return. 525-3000

Electric Watershed

Fri., Aug. 23, 8 p.m.
Carolina Watershed 141 E. Carolina, Memphis Downtown


Another installment of this EDM “music festival in your backyard” hosted by Ben Murray and DJ KAZ.

Hot Cat Dance Party

Fri., Aug. 23, 10 p.m.
B-Side 1555 Madison, Memphis Midtown


Three DJs. Dance the night away. 347-6813

Water Lantern Festival

Sat., Aug. 24, 5-9:30 p.m.


People release their dreams and hopes onto the water in the form of paper lanterns.

Opening Reception for "Seeing Dots"

Sat., Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m.
Epiphany Salon & Gallery 726 North Parkway, Memphis Downtown


Exhibition of new works by Dale Martin and Julie Nouwen. Featuring live music by Soriana Wood and Richard Jacobs. 406-3026

Fight Night

Sat., Aug. 24, 6-11 p.m.
Minglewood Hall 1555 Madison, Memphis Midtown


Boxing event, hosted by the Phoenix Club, benefiting The Boys and Girls Club of Memphis. VIP includes open bar, table service, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. (901) 312-6058

Memphis Bacon & Bourbon Festival

Sat., Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m.
Beale Street Landing Beale and Riverside, Memphis Beale Street

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At the Flyer's fourth annual B & B festival, we'll have creative bacon-inspired dishes of all kinds from some of Memphis' best restaurants, plus an array of distilled spirits to tempt your taste buds. We'll have music and merriment and entertainment ... and did we mention a whole lot of bacon and bourbon? And to make it even more appealing, we're contributing a portion of all proceeds to the Memphis Farmers Market.

Moonlight Classic Bike Tour

Sat., Aug. 24, 8 p.m.
Cancer Survivors Park Perkins Ext. at Southern, Memphis East Memphis

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Nighttime bike ride (10 p.m.) benefiting Meritan, which offers health and support services for children to seniors. Also, cornhole and bling contests with prizes and local food and beer available.

Bowling For Balls VIII

Sun., Aug. 25, 2 p.m.
Billy Hardwick AllStar Lanes 1576 S. White Station, Memphis East Memphis

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Join the fight against testicular cancer and help the Mid-South Men’s Health Organization “save deez nuts.” Includes shoe rentals, three games of bowling, large pizza, pitcher of soda, unlimited Memphis Made beer, and prize entries. 683-2695

Ostrander Awards

Sun., Aug. 25, 6 p.m.
The Orpheum 203 S. Main, Memphis Downtown

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The 36th annual awards, named after beloved Memphis theater icon Jim Ostrander, a long-standing member of the local theater community, honor excellence in a variety of categories, in both the community theater division and the college theater division. Every aspect of stage production – actors, directors, technical personnel, and more – will be recognized. 525-3000

Star Wars: A New Hope

Fri., Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
CTI 3D Giant Theater In the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central, Memphis University of Memphis


Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together to rescue the Princess Leia from the vile clutches of Darth Vader, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the galaxy. (901) 636-2362

Old Forest Hike

Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. and Last Sunday of every month, 10 a.m.
Overton Park off Poplar, Memphis Midtown


Walking tour of the region's only urban old-growth forest. 276-1387

Jazz-A-Fire

Last Sunday of every month, 4-7 p.m.
Brinson's 341 Madison, Memphis Downtown

"Kick Out the Lights"

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31
L Ross Gallery 5040 Sanderlin, Memphis East Memphis


Exhibition celebrating Memphis music, past and present. The title refers to the night Johnny Cash broke all the stage lights at the Grand Ole Opry. 767-2200

Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest

Through Aug. 31

Buy Tickets


Winning authors will be honored with a $200 gift certificate to Novel. For more information, contest rules, and submission, visit website.

Kinky Boots

Through Sept. 1
Playhouse on the Square 66 S. Cooper, Memphis Overton Square


In this musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Charlie has inherited a shoe factory from his father. It sounds like a great deal, except the factory is failing and on the way to being shut down. Enter Lola, a cabaret performer and drag queen, who sees what Charlie can’t – and it’s all in the heel. 726-4656

Jelly's Last Jam

Through Sept. 1
Hattiloo Theatre 37 S. Cooper, Memphis Overton Square


He wore a diamond in his tooth, denied he was black and claimed to have single-handedly invented the genre we know as jazz. Jelly Roll Morton, jazz pioneer reinvented himself so as to conquer the vast American expanse. Born a Creole of color in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, he came of age playing piano in the bawdyhouses of Storyville. 502-3486

Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community

Through Oct. 20


Bicentennial celebration, the exhibit illustrates how the threads of Memphis history form a larger story or web of history. 636-2362

"Place Shapes"

Through Oct. 6


Exhibition of recent work by Elizabeth Alley. 761-5250

Mamma Mia!

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 8
Theatre Memphis 630 Perkins Ext., Memphis East Memphis


Set on a Greek island and to the music of the international pop group ABBA, a young girl plans her wedding while trying to discover who of three men may be her father … all to the distress and ultimate joy of her mother. 682-8323

The Humans

Aug. 23-Sept. 8
Circuit Playhouse 51 S. Cooper, Memphis Overton Square


At Thanksgiving, the Blake family gathers at the run-down apartment of Brigid Blake and her boyfriend. The parents are unhappy that their daughters have left home and have abandoned their religion. 725-0776

"The Sin Park"

Aug. 23-Oct. 20
Crosstown Arts at The Concourse 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280, Memphis Midtown


Exhibition of new work by Wang Chen, a former Crosstown Arts resident artist. (901) 507-8030

"Residual Imprint"

Aug. 23-Oct. 20
Crosstown Arts at The Concourse 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280, Memphis Midtown


Exhibition of new work by Jia Wang, a former Crosstown Arts resident artist. (901) 507-8030

"Counterpoint"

Aug. 23-Oct. 20
Crosstown Arts at The Concourse 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280, Memphis Midtown


Exhibition of new work by Scott Carter, a former Crosstown Arts resident artist. (901) 507-8030

Flight Tour: A Taste of Memphis

Fridays, Saturdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31
Downtown Memphis Various locations, Memphis Downtown

Buy Tickets$315-$400


Up to 16 people per bike enjoy a flight of local spirits and brew during this two-hour pub-crawl with Sprock n’ Roll’s bike bar to Old Dominick Distillery and Ghost River Brewing Tap Room. BYOB, but no glass tour. 901-500-7101
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