The whirlwind of the holiday season is behind us and now January is here in its quiet, winter glory. It’s a month to make plans, a month to catch up, a month to hit the gym to peddle off those inevitable December pounds. It’s not really a month to load up the calendar with social events, right? Wrong! Loads of great Memphis events are on tap this month, and we’re here with the definitive list to help you continue the party right on into 2017. Happy New Year!
January 3-28, 2017: Tad Lauritzen Wright At David Lusk Gallery
Tad Lauritzen Wright rings in the New Year for David Lusk Gallery as the first show of 2017 in Memphis. The entirety of Wright’s show, The Politics of Power, is made up of his signature single line drawings, centering on Greek and Roman mythology. Details online at David Lusk Gallery.
January 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017: Painting with Glenda Brown
Join award-winning portrait artist and author Glenda Brown for individual art lessons in a group setting, as she helps you turn your photograph of a landscape, still life, pet or botanicals into a masterpiece! Class dates are Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, and the cost is $185 for the series of classes. Find more information at mbg.com.
January 5-8, 2017: Elvis’ Birthday Celebration at Graceland
The week commemorating the King’s birthday is action-packed, this year and every year. Join locals and tourists from across the globe at Graceland for events ranging from an Elvis artifact auction to a “Club Elvis” dance party to birthday cake and coffee following the Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, January 8. For ticket information and a full schedule, visit graceland.com.
January 6, 2017: MRO presents Dvorak and Vaughan Williams featuring Barrie Cooper
The Memphis Repertory Orchestra takes the stage at The Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center performing Antonin Dvorak’s warm and iconic Symphony no. 8 in G Major, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending with Memphis Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Barrie Cooper as soloist. The show starts at 8 p.m. at The Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. Free admission. Go online for more information at mropresents.org.
January 7, 2017: Harlem Globetrotters
Hoop it up at the Fedex Forum and catch the Harlem Globetrotters at a fun-filled night for the whole family. The event starts at 7 p.m. and you can purchase tickets starting at $23.50 online at ticketmaster.com.
January 7 & 8, 2017: Pure Barre Open House
Pure Barre studios in Collierville, Germantown, and Memphis celebrate the new year with an open house at all locations January 7 and 8. Festivities include free classes, giveaways, and more. Hours vary by studio, and you can learn more online at purebarre.com.
January 12, 2017: Angela Copeland Book Signing Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job at Booksellers
Career coach and columnist Angela Copeland shares advice and signs her book, Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job at The Booksellers at Laurelwood starting at 6:30 p.m. Find event details online at The Booksellers at Laurelwood.
January 12, 2017: Red Hot Chili Peppers at FedExForum
On Thursday, January 12, head to the FedExForum as the Red Hot Chili Peppers take the stage for their latest tour. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $45. Buy tickets online at ticketmaster.com
January 13, 2017: The Science of Beer at the Pink Palace Museum
Learn everything there is to know about beer at the Science of Beer, which features tastings, mini-lectures and a chance to interact with expert brewers. Tickets start at $35, and the hoppy fun starts at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com.
January 13, 2017: School of Rock Best of Memphis at Minglewood Hall
Young musicians from the School of Rock pay tribute to Memphis’ top current bands by performing the artists’ original music alongside the artists themselves. With appearances by Big Star, Lucero, Star & Micey, Dead Soldiers, Memphis Dawls and more, this will be a night to rock out, Memphis-style. Purchase general admission tickets for $10 at ticketfly.com.
January 14, 2017: Bike to Lunch: Loflin Yard
The Revolutions Bicycle CoOp Bike to Lunch begins at Revolutions and follows a 6.5 mile route to end at Loflin Yard. No bike? No problem! Rent one — and you’ll need a helmet, too. Meet at 10 a.m. at Revolutions on S. Cooper Street, and find more information online at the Revolutions Facebook page.
January 14, 2017: Regina Carter at GPAC
Over a span of more than two decades, violinist Regina Carter has established herself as an enduring and creative force in jazz, and she brings her diverse array of musical influences to GPAC for one night only. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $40. Find tickets online at gpacweb.com
January 14 & 15, 2017: Musical Tribute to MLK
Vocalists Morgan Beckford and Jonathan Blanchard team with dancer William Roberson for a performing arts tribute honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Buckman at St. Mary’s. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Details online at jonathanblanchard.com
January 15, 2017: Beginner Sushi Class at Memphis Made Brewing
Learn how to roll your own sushi at Memphis Made Brewery in a special class just for beginners where you’ll not only learn to roll, you’ll find out where to shop, what to buy and how to safely and confidently serve raw fish at home! Class starts at 2 p.m., the cost is $40, and details are online at birminghamsushiclasses.com.
January 27, 2017: Incognito! Silent Art Auction and Party
Join guest host Kacky Walton of WKNO’s “Checking on the Arts” for an evening of art, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment … all while you bid on original, anonymous works of art! The annual event, sponsored by SunTrust, runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden. Art in this year’s auction is inspired by natural places in the Mid-South, and artists’ names will be revealed at the close of the auction. Proceeds from tickets and art sales benefit Memphis Botanic Garden’s programming. Learn more at memphisbotanicgarden.com.
January 31 through February 4, 2017: International Blues Challenge
The 32nd annual International Blues Challenge features blues musicians from around the world who are gathering in Memphis to compete for cash, prizes and industry recognition. Presented by The Blues Foundation, this yearly event kicks off January 31 and the competition runs throughout the week at Beale Street venues, concluding with the finals at the Orpheum Theater. A basic pass costs $100. For more information and a full lineup of events, visit blues.org.
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