Checking on the Arts

Prison Stories V is Voices of the South’s latest outreach program, providing a year-long writing and theatre intensive for women currently serving time in the Shelby County Prison System.

Based on the cult film of the same name, a Greek muse descends from the heavens to 1980's Venice Beach, California, to inspire struggling artist Sonny to create the greatest entertainment achievement possible (at least in the 1980s): a Roller Disco!  The muse falls in love with the mortal, and her jealous sisters plot to bring them down.  

Dr. Neal Larson is well-known for discovering and excavating the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex known as Sue, and the associated legal battles that went along with that discovery.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company just finished their fourth season with a production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," performed on the beautiful South Lawn of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.  Not content to rest on their laurels, this year they are offering Summer Shakespeare Camps for young actors.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Tennessee Shakespeare Company Education Director Stephanie Shine about the upcoming camps.

 

For more information, www.tnshakespeare.org.

The Prizm Chamber Music Festival returns to Shady Grove Presbyterian Church the week of June 11.  Although the classes are closed, there will be four concerts open to the public, at 7 pm on the 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th.  Each performance will feature the unique instrumentation and eclectic musical selections for which the group is known.   Darel Snodgrass spoke with Prizm Ensemble founder Lecolian Washington about the upcoming festival.

 

For more information, http://www.prizmensemble.com/.

On Friday, June 8th, the University of Memphis presents the annual Delta Conference, a fascinating and fun look into the history, traditions, lore and art of our region.  Two of the presenters this year are local filmmaker Willy Bearden and beloved artist and art educator Dolph Smith.  They spoke with Darel Snodgrass about the conference and their own parts in it.

 

For more information about the Delta Conference http://www.memphis.edu/deltaconference/

This summer, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will showcase the diversity, vitality, and creativity of African American art in The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art, an exhibition of more than 100 important and thought-provoking paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media works selected from private and public collections in Memphis.

A vacant residential lot in the North Memphis neighborhood of Speedway Terrace is slowly filling with stone pathways, benches, flowers, and sculpture made by local artists and neighborhood children.  It's a dream realized by local artist Thomasin Durgin, who conceived the idea a decade ago.  She gradually saved enough money to buy the lot at 1095 Forrest Avenue, and set about to create a public arts space.  In addition to creating a beautiful, peaceful place for neighbors to gather, she has delighted in the positive impact her project has had on the children who have volunteered to particip

Icons in Transformation, a dramatic 120 piece traveling exhibit, includes the contemporary work of acclaimed Russian abstract expressionist, Ludmila Pawlowska, along with Russian traditional icons from the Vassilevsky Monastery/Suzdal. After touring cathedrals of Europe and the United States, this must-see exhibit is now in Memphis at Calvary Episcopal Church through June 22.  

Hers is a twilight voice, a liquid silk from the heart of Tennessee.  It is tailor-made for lullabies and lyric blues; and so, for that matter is Valerie June's spirit.  For years June quietly built her brand in Memphis, where magnetic Southern charm and stunning stage presence earned her a feature spot on MTV web series $5 Cover.  But no reality show could capture the true reality of this talent:  a self-taught guitarist, banjoist and songwriter, June has crafted a sound that draws on the best of southern traditions. 

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