Okay, cupids, it’s time to change your relationship status to “In Love With Memphis.” With a fabulous lineup of events this month, you can show your love for your significant other and your city by cheering on the Grizz, celebrating your love/hate relationship with comfort foods and caffeine, and exploring the art (and the heart) of the Bluff City.
Through February 27, 2016: No: 10 Anniversary Show at L Ross Gallery
L Ross Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary with a show featuring the works of over 30 gallery artists and will run through February 27. lrossgallery.com
February 5, 2016: Ugly Mug Cafe Open House
Ugly Mug Coffee shows off its cool new coffee house/café at 4610 Poplar (the corner of Poplar and Perkins) from 6-8 p.m., with free tastings, coffee samples, tastings of its new healthy breakfast offerings, and live music. Find more information online on Ugly Mug’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/uglymugcoffeetn.
February 6, 2016: Cirque du CMOM Havana Nights
The annual Children’s Museum of Memphis fundraiser takes on a decidedly Cuban flair in what is sure to be one of the hottest parties of the year! Event starts at 7 p.m. at 2525 Central Avenue. Purchase tickets online: cmom.com
February 6, 2016: Kallen Esperian at Germantown Performing Arts Center
Opera Memphis is excited to welcome back Bluff City legend Kallen Esperian for an evening of opera, musical theatre and more at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. Featuring the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and a number of special guests from Memphis and beyond, this evening promises to be one for the ages. Limited tickets for an exclusive reception with Kallen are also available. Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. operamemphis.org
February 6 – 14, 2016: Memphis Open at The Racquet Club
The Memphis Open at The Racquet Club of Memphis celebrates its 40th year as one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP World Tour. This year’s lineup includes the Bryan Brothers, Sam Querry, Tommy Haas and many more. Tickets range from $10-$100. and can be purchased here: memphisopen.com
February 6 – 28, 2016: Public/Art/ists Part I at Crosstown Arts
The first part of a multi-venue exhibition, Public/Art/ists Part I focuses on public arts in Memphis – and those who create it. The works of over 40 artists in the exhibit include every imaginable media, from sculpture to textiles to video and large-scale installations, and are displayed through February 28. Artists include Beth Edwards, Cat Pena, Tootsie Bell, Kristi Duckworth, and Brandon Marshall, among others. Find more information on the opening reception and exhibit at Crosstown Arts, go online on the Public/Art/ists Part I Facebook page: www.facebook.com
February 6, 2016: Works of Heart at the Memphis College of Art
The Valentine-themed Works of Heart auction and party features 100 heart-themed pieces created by leading regional artists including John McIntire, Tootsie Bell, John Robinette, George Hunt, and Maritza Davila. General admission includes complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers. memphiscac.org
February 11, 2016: An Evening of Cabaret and Comedy with Ana Gasteyer
Most of us fell in love with Ana Gasteyer’s flair for irony and character-driven comedy on six seasons of Saturday Night Live, where she unabashedly played, and often sang, at full-tilt. Following her departure, she stacked up stage, screen and television credits, including Mean Girls, Suburgatory and The Goldbergs. Catch her for one evening only at the Buckman Center for the Performing Arts at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. buckmanartscenter.org
Through February 14, 2016: American Idiot at Playhouse on the Square
Based on Green Day’s Grammy award-winning multi-platinum album, this hard-hitting, so-right-now show follows the journey of a new generation of Americans, led by Johnny, Tunny and Will as they struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. playhouseonthesquare.org.
February 20, 2016: STOMP at the Orpheum
STOMP features an eight-member troupe that uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. www.orpheum-memphis.com
February 20, 2016: Fall in Love with Binghampton
The Carpenter Art Garden invites you to Fall in Love with Binghampton – and we bet you won’t be able to resist! Kids from Binghampton – and the local artists who have taught them their craft – will exhibit their works, which will be for sale. Proceeds benefit the Carpenter Art Garden, and the entry fee is just $10 at the door. Call 901-734-7565 for more information. Choose901.com.
February 27, 2016: Memphis Grizzlies Watch Party at Kooky Kanuck
3 Shades of Blue and Choose901 have teamed up for a series of Grizzlies watch parties, and the next is at Kooky Kanuck in Downtown Memphis, and you can join in the fun! There will be food and drink specials, plus giveaways, all night long. A raffle (with $1 tickets) benefits the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation. More information on the event Facebook page.
Through April 17, 2016: Contemporary Classics at the Metal Museum
Contemporary Classics features work that has a contemporary take on a classic piece of jewelry or object. This work is modern, unique and timeless so it will never go out of style. At the Museum Store Gallery January 9 through April 17. metalmuseum.org
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