Checking on the Arts

The Center for Southern Literary Arts will host the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival this Saturday (June 16th), from 9 a.m. to  5 p.m. The festival includes panel discussions around a wide variety of topics, and a street fair. 

Zandria F. Robinson, Alice Faye Duncan, and Jamey Hatley joined us for Checking on the Arts.

 


 

With more than 27 concerts to choose from this year, the Levitt Shell's free music series paves a lot of groove over a small patch of Overton Park grass. Music of all genres and regions, even from Yemen, will be heard beginning May 31st through July 15th. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Cindy Cogbill, director of programming and marketing, talks to WKNO about some of the highlights of the summer line-up. So take a listen and mark those calendars! 

 

Voices of the South

Live music, a silent auction, and a petting-zoo musical are all on the line-up for the 13th Annual Memphis Children's Theatre Festival, hosted by Voices of the South.

The popular Memorial Day weekend event kicks off 6 p.m. Friday at Rhodes Collage and runs through Saturday afternoon. 

VOTS Jenny Madden and Alice Berry discuss this year's lineup with Kacky Walton.

 


Innovative gardens are flourishing in Memphis' historic Cooper Young neighborhood. Also growing: the number of people wanting to check them out. 

The 3rd Annual Cooper Young Garden Walk offers greenthumbs and garden geeks a chance to see what's sproutin' on Saturday and Sunday (May 19 & 20). 

A total of 89 gardens—more than double the amount from the first year—are open for perusal. This year's theme is native plants in an urban setting. 

 

Once more jumping from the television screen to the pages, WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines host Eric Barnes has come out with another novel The City Where We Once Lived. The book depicts an abandoned city where people choose to live. It's divided by the north and south end; as the novel unfolds readers learn the history of the city as well as the complicated, dark past of the characters. A prequel, Above the Ether, is set to be released in March 2019.

 

The arts are as essential as English and math, or so the statistics say. Here's one: students in the arts are four times more likely to earn academic honors.

That's why this Saturday (May 12), Shelby County Schools is highlighting over 900 student performers and nearly a thousand pieces of student artwork from more than 150 different Schools.  

Orpheum Theatre Group

 

As the Orpheum Theatre's regular season comes to a close, education programs take center stage. The Orpheum Theatre's Vice President of Education, Jennifer McGrath, stops by WKNO-FM for an interview with Darel Snodgrass. McGrath talks about some of the upcoming summer educational programs for children. In addition, she mentions a professional development program for teachers, in all fields of study, not just the arts, which helps them integrate some form of artistry into their classrooms.  


Darius B. WIlliams

Hear the “striking voices” of the 1968 sanitation workers and their families – voices of Civil Rights activists who shaped Memphis and the world, now at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library.


Brooks Museum Curator Marina Pacini and University of Memphis English Professor Donal Harris discuss details of the upcoming Seeing Civil Rights Symposium.

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Joseph Killeen

She's been called a "sensation" by Billboard magazine and "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin," by The New York Times.


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