February is filled with events to please Memphians of all ages: sports fans, lovers of all things culinary, fashionistas and arts enthusiasts … get your calendar ready to pencil in these dates for the coming month.
Carlyle Wolfe and Anne Siems at David Lusk Gallery
Until the day breathes…, a showing of works by Carlyle Wolfe, opens on Friday, February 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and runs from February 4 to March 8. This is Carlyle’s first solo exhibition in Memphis. Her large multi-media paintings are an intense study of color in nature. Few have the chance to rise early and observe the exchange of light and color that occurs between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00 in the morning. Carlyle made this her career for an entire year–studying the different hues of color, rhythms and patterns that develop in order to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world’s ultimate design. Carlyle Wolfe at David Lusk Gallery: davidluskgallery.com.
A new exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Anne Siems, Trees, opens: Friday, February 7, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at David Lusk Gallery. The show runs from February 4 to March 8, 2014. For many years in her art, Siems placed her ghostly figures and woodland friends in an imagined location–a serene blending of European forests and early American landscapes. In Trees, Siems is, for the first time in her career, depicting a contemporary and very recognizable place–the Pacific Northwest, her home of the past two decades. Read more about the artist and see a preview of her work online at davidluskgallery.com.
Memphis Fashion Week Model Search
Bring your modeling talent to a local runway! On February 7, the Model Search for Memphis Fashion Week 2014 will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Ballet Memphis. Models selected will participate in the highly anticipated runway shows on March 28 at Annesdale Mansion and March 29 at General DeWitt Spain Airport.
Memphis Fashion Week is dedicated to cultivating local and regional fashion and is the only event series in town that brings together stylists, designers, photographers and models to showcase local talent. Each year, MFW picks venues that showcase our city’s unique charm and soul. This year’s locations are certainly no exception.
Proceeds from the events benefit the Emerging Memphis Designer Project and the Memphis Fashion Fund. In addition to the runway shows, other 2014 fashionable events include a Thursday night kick-off party, in-store events on Saturday and after parties each night! memphisfashionweekend.com
Hemingway’s Table: ArtsMemphis
This event is part of a 2013-’14 ArtsMemphis Beauty and the Feast Culinary Series. On Sunday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m., enjoy both Beauty: Channel classic Key West, Memphis style, at a seafood feast in one of Memphis’ hippest new restaurants, plus entertainment by the New Ballet Ensemble and Roy Brewer AND Feast: Chefs Ryan Trimm (Sweet Grass, Southward Fare & Libations), Keith Bambrick (McEwen’s Memphis), Jonathan Magallanes (Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana). Event styling by Selena McAdams of Spruce.
They will seat a total of 70 people for this one-of-a-kind evening at Southward Fare & Libations, and it is filling up fast! $125 per person. culinary.artsmemphis.org
The Children’s Museum of Memphis (CMOM)—Memphis Strong!
The 2014 theme for Cirque du CMOM is “Memphis Strong!” The big night is February 8, and proceeds benefit The Children’s Museum of Memphis. Event co-chairs Keelan French and Stacey Hussey have been busy organizing a memorable night for close to 1,000 partygoers.
This year’s gala is celebrating CMOM and our great city. Memphis and Shelby County have a powerful and diverse economy that has led the region into becoming a global leader in logistics, bioscience, film and music. Whether it’s being the largest city in Tennessee, #4 on the list of Happiest Cities for Job-Seeking College Grads or home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other city in Tennessee, Memphians have a lot to brag about.
Show your support for CMOM and your city at the Cirque du CMOM 2014 Gala. There are many ways to join in the fun. Learn more about attending the event and participating in their onsite and/or online auction: www.cmom.com.
U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships
The 2014 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, the only men’s professional indoor tennis tournament in the United States, welcomes fan favorites to Memphis such as Feliciano Lopez (ESP) Ryan Harrison (USA) and Jack Sock (USA), all taking center court at The Racquet Club of Memphis in February.
The tournament runs from February 8 to 16, beginning with qualifying matches on Saturday and Sunday, followed by an AutoZone Pro-Am featuring the Bryan Bros and Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. First rounds of singles and doubles begin on Monday at 11:00 a.m.
Plan ahead to take part in special events throughout the week such as the Svedka Party Deck, Ladies’ Day lunch and tennis, and Valentine’s Day specials. For tickets and more information about the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, visit www.memphistennis.com.
Wicked at the Orpheum
Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and every time it plays Memphis, it breaks box office records. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Showing in 2014 at the Orpheum from January 29 to February 16. Purchase tickets here: orpheum-memphis.com.
Note: WICKED is recommended for children ages 8 and older. To ensure the enjoyment of all patrons, children under the age of four are not permitted to attend Broadway performances.
Brighten up cold winter days and join in a color explosion at Artini: Color! on February 8 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Enjoy music by Mighty Souls Brass Band, a martini bar and colorful hors d’oeuvres by A Catered Affair. Cocktail attire and jewel tones encouraged for this vibrant, dazzling affair. The party begins at 7:00 p.m. Young at Art members are admitted free; guests, $35.
Young at Art is one of many special membership categories at Dixon, that targets young professionals ages 25 to 40. Learn more about Young at Art here: www.dixon.org/youngatart.
RSVP for the Artini event by February 4 to email@example.com or call 901.312.1241.
Memphis Botanic Garden Mother-Daughter Valentine’s Tea
Plan a “love-ly” afternoon with your daughter at the MBG annual Mother-Daughter Tea. Create Valentine crafts and gifts, enjoy Valentine treats and sample a variety of teas. This tea party is on February 9, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required; space is limited. For MBG members, admission is $15, and for non-members, $20. For more reservations and more information, call 901.636.4131 or visit www.memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Jordan Alexander Trunk Show at Oak Hall
At the Jordan Alexander trunk show on February 13 and 14, join celebrities, prominent figures and media personalities—such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Pink, Katie Couric, Joan Rivers, Julia Roberts, Miranda Lambert, Brooklyn Decker, Kristen Stewart and more—by adding a piece from the Jordan Alexander collection to your jewelry box. This designer jewlery suits a variety of price points. Selected pieces available at Oak Hall range from $150 to $5,000. oakhall.com
Desserts at The Mighty Olive
Stop by The Mighty Olive on Valentine’s Day between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. to taste desserts made with olive oils and vinegars. Simply let them know you are coming, and they will have plenty for everyone. themightyolive.com
If you would like to make your own desserts with olive oil and vinegar at home, learn how in a workshop at The Mighty Olive led by a chef from L’École Culinaire on February 22 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Follow The Mighty Olive on Facebook to learn more about this event and other workshops throughout the year: www.facebook.com/MightyOliveOil.
Read more about The Mighty Olive on StyleBlueprint: The Mighty Olive is Magnifco!
Valentine’s Cruise on the Mississippi
Take a Valentine’s Cruise on the moonlit Mississippi River. Choose to cruise on either Friday, February 14 or Saturday, February 15. Cruises will depart from the new Beale Street Landing where Beale Street meets the Mississippi River. The Riverboat starts boarding at 6:30 p.m. and will set sail for a two-hour cruise at 7:00 p.m. The Valentine’s Cruise includes dinner, band and cash bar. The menu includes: Beef Brisket, Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrots and a Captains Dessert. For prices and more information call 901.527.2628 or visit www.memphisriverboats.net.
Art after Dark: Movie Night
Art After Dark at Dixon Gallery and Gardens takes place on the third Thursday of each month. On February 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., join the Dixon for a movie night, featuring Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye, the 2003 documentary showing the photographer’s amazing ability to create photographs blending geometry and the capturing of a moment. The movie begins at 6:30. www.dixon.org
Skif Trunk Show at Kittie Kyle
The latest in Skif’s collection will be on display from February 24 to March 1 at Kittie Kyle in Chickasaw Oaks Village. Skif is known for the comfort and style of their predetermined patterns, but they are able to make small alterations such as adding or subtracting to sleeve length. Customers can also choose unique color combinations before ordering a sweater to maximize customization. Explore the relaxed style of Skif designs in February, just in time for transitioning into spring. kittiekyle.com
From Barefoot to Stilettos with local author Marie Pizano
Meet Marie Pizano at an evening book signing party on February 27. Celebrate this local author along with a martini bar and live music by Chris Hill, all at More Therapy in Chickasaw Oaks Village from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: From Barefoot to Stilettos Night at More Therapy
Marie’s memoir, From Barefoot to Stilettos, tells the story of her life thus far, from her childhood days of living on food stamps, gangs and double-dutching on the streets of south-side Chicago to surviving a life changing accident, moving to Memphis and living a trophy-wife life, dealing with the mean girls, the monster-in-law, panic attacks, becoming a mother, to her post-divorce years and defeating the odds of building an entertainment powerhouse, all while rediscovering herself, her life, and her power.
Marie will also be signing her book at Social for a meet and greet afternoon event on February 6 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m: From Barefoot to Stilettos Meet and Greet at Social. For a complete listing of From Barefoot to Stilettos book signings in February, visit frombarefoottostilettos.com
Check out our ongoing Happenings, a curated list of up-to-date ideas for enjoying your city even more. posted each week. If you have a Happening to submit, please do so here: styleblueprint.com/happenings-submission.
Have a “love-ly” February 2014!