Memphis will be playing music, dining, dancing and more to welcome the May flowers after all of these April showers! We have also included a reminder to vote for your favorite nonprofit organization in our $5000 SB Memphis Charity Giveaway … one of the most exciting Happenings this month!
May 2014: $5000 SB Memphis Charity Giveaway: You Vote; We Give!
StyleBlueprint is proud to be a part of the Memphis community and we are excited to offer our SB Memphis $5000 Charity Giveaway, continuing through this month. Each week you will have one opportunity to vote. At the end of the contest, StyleBlueprint Memphis hand delivers a check for $5000 to The WINNER! Vote for your favorite charity, here: $5000 SB Memphis Charity Giveaway: You Vote; We Give! (If you would like to share the ballot with you voters, copy and paste this link: http://bluepr.in/memphischarity)
May 2014: Memphis in May International Festival
Memphis in May “brings the world to Memphis and Memphis to the world” by hosting some of the city’s largest events like the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony. Memphis in May also produces extensive education, international, and economic programs for the city. To see the Memphis in May schedule, read about individual events and purchase tickets, click here: memphisinmay.org
May 2014: Thursdays Squared
A new live music experience happening this spring and summer at the Tower Courtyard (Trimble Place and Florence Street) on Thursday nights. Taking place in the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square (adjacent to parking garage) from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Thursdays, April 17 – August 28. Live bands, wine and beer sales, giveaways and more. Covers will be affordable ($5 to $15 depending on the headlining band); beer and wine will be for sale, and there will be parking in the parking garage. overtonsquare.com
May 1: First Thursday Night Out in Cooper Young
May 1 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. is the monthly “First Thursday Night Out” in Cooper Young. Independent business owners in the area stay open late and dish it all up. Live music can be found at the Neighborhood Gazebo located at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue and in other restaurant venues up and down the street. Browse and enjoy refreshments at local antique and retail shops while you are there. Be sure to sign up for drawings and giveaways, too! Night Out starts promptly at 5 p.m. The antique and retail shops are open until 9 p.m., and the restaurants and bars usually stay open until well past midnight—a guaranteed good time for your family and friends. cooperyoung.biz/night-out
May 1: Dixon Garden Party with Anthropologie
On May 1 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., spend an enchanting evening at the Dixon with a summer fashion show, garden tour, live music, special giveaways and seasonal wine tasting. The event will take place in the Hughes Pavilion at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Advance tickets suggested. $25 members and $35 non-members. dixon.org
May 1 – 3: Carol Peretz Trunk Show at Kittie Kyle
Carol Peretz will be holding a trunk show at Kittie Kyle in Chickasaw Oaks Village beginning on May 1. Do you have a special occasion this season, or even a springtime wedding on the calendar? Carol is a NYC-based fashion designer known for her ability to achieve timeless appeal within the context of current trends. Her name is synonymous with formal gowns, but Carol’s more casual designs are equally enticing. Meet Carol and view her newest collection this Thursday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. styleblueprint.com/memphis/guide/kittie-kyle
May 9 – 10: The 56th Annual Memphis Greek Festival
May 9 and 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., rain or shine, Memphis’s annual Greek Festival will bring traditional Greek fun, food, dancing, children’s activities … and did I emphasize “food” enough. Do not miss the chance to sample the wonderful flavors of this festival weekend. If you cannot stay, pick up food to take home! Your family will thank you. Always a delicious event! The Athenian Dance Troupe will perform inside the tent Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 12:00 and 6:00 p.m. The Dining Hall (a grand outside tent) will have a Grecian Feast like no other in town, consisting of Grecian Chicken or Pork Kabob, Rice Pilaf, Spanakopita, Grecian Style Green Beans, Greek Bread, Dolmathes, Pastry Pre-Packs, Baklava Cheesecake, soft drinks and water. Plus, a full assortment of pastries in the Marketplace. Hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, located at 573 N. Highland. Adults, $3 and Children, $1 (ages 6-11). Children 5 years and younger are FREE. Find out more, here: memphisgreekfestival.com
May 10: Mind Over Makeover
On May 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., learn how changing your mind can change your home, health and happiness. Join Leslie Schilling of Schilling Nutrition Therapy,LLC and her team for a “makeover”: A self-care and design workshop like no other, just in time for Mother’s day (but this event is for awesome gals with or without kiddos). Tickets are $20 and include mimosas, munchies, design secrets, self-care tips, take-home goodies and your makeover. Sit back, relax and pamper yourself! Purchase tickets, here: eventbrite.com or email Leslie with questions about this fun self-care event: [email protected] or [email protected]
Apr 22–May 31: Don Estes Exhibition at David Lusk Gallery
Perdido Bay in lower Alabama is a constant source of inspiration for Don Estes. The combination of water and sky serve as the foundation of his latest series of paintings at David Lusk Gallery in Memphis. As an abstract painter, Estes interprets horizon lines and landscape into multi-colored and multi-dimensional land stratums. The result is an energetic and vibrant display of color, shape and form. In this exhibition, Perdido, there are paintings ranging in size from small 20×24” works to monumental 6×9’ canvases. The Perdido collection focuses on predominately middle key colorations, while introducing overlapping vertical sections within the artist’s recognized horizontal structure. The exhibition runs from April 22 to May 31, with an opening reception on Friday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. davidluskgallery.com
Apr 22–May 31: Carroll Todd at David Lusk Gallery
Fabricated Lies is the title of sculptor Carroll Todd’s latest body of work at David Lusk Gallery Memphis. The title is a playful take on his work – often modeled on life but in the end an illusion. Working in precisely formed and welded sheet bronze, Todd’s sense of child-like wonderment of nature is clearly inserted in Fabricated Lies. The pieces are large, stretching up to nine-feet in height, and tiny – some are less than four-inches. Similarly, some are easily understood for what they are – mouse, factory, tree – while others are more abstract. Todd’s work is included in public collections at The Arkansas Arts Center, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Little Rock Airport, Rockefeller Center, Tennessee State Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art – Amsterdam. Fabricated Lies runs from April 22 to May 31 at the David Lusk Gallery, with an opening reception on Friday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. davidluskgallery.com
May 31: FedEx St. Jude Classic Shrimp & Cocktails
The inaugural FedEx St. Jude Classic Shrimp & Cocktails is set for Saturday, May 31 at The Hub at TPC Southwind. This exciting new fundraising event will feature an auction, a longest drive contest, live music and fabulous Southern fare! Tickets: $50. Attire: Caddyshack casual. Call for more information: 901.373.5051 or visit St. Jude online: stjude.org/shrimpandcocktails.
This is a sampling of what’s happening in Memphis this May … check out our Homepage Happenings section each week to see additions, updated almost every day! Don’t see your event? Send in a Happening submission to StyleBlueprint.