MAY 2011 April 29–May 1: Beale Street Music Festival. Four big stages, more than 50 acts, and one outrageous weekend on 33 acres overlooking the Mississippi River. Fri 5p–12:30a, Sat 1p–12:30a, Sun 1p–10:30p. Tom Lee Park, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org. May 1–31: Memphis in May. An entire month filled with the city’s largest events and cultural experiences surrounding this year’s celebrated country, Belgium. See page 21 for a list of Memphis in May events or visit memphisinmay.org. Thru May 8: Romeo and Juliet. The Tennessee Shakespeare Company presents a multi-stage production of the bard’s most famous work. Picnic on the grounds before the play begins, then follow the action. Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 759-0604, dixon.org. Thru May 31: Memphis City Beautiful. Organize your neighbors, school, church, and business to clean up, recycle, and beautify your community. Register your event and borrow tools from the Memphis City Beautiful Tool Bank. Bags and gloves are available. 522-1135, cityofmemphis.org. May 3: Miracle Maker Blast. Celebrate and support the many miracles of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at this party for the whole family, featuring live entertainment, a silent auction, food, and drinks. 6:30–9:30p, $25. Pink Palace Museum, 287-6308, lebonheur.org. May 4: Master Taster’s Club. Join fellow wine enthusiasts at the Peabody Cor- Ner Bar every first Wednesday for sampling of four wines selected by Sommelier Jeremy Nash and appetizers from the Peabody chefs. 5–6:30p, $15. Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com. May 4: Tiger Lane Crit Series. More than 100 local bicyclists compete in a three-race series of criterium races at the new Tiger Lane area and the concourse of the Liberty Bowl Stadium. Proceeds benefit the Mid-South Food Bank. 5:45p, $5. 335 S. Hollywood, 482-2302, memphiscrits.com. May 5: Blues Music Awards. More than 65 award nominees from around the globe at a night filled with their appearances and performances in a dinnertable setting that celebrates the best in blues. 5:30p, $125. Cook Convention Center, 527-2583, blues.org. May 5–6: Memphis Greek Festival. Greek traditions with homemade food, dance, wine-tasting bar, marketplace, competitions, and more spell Opa! 11a– 10p, $3. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 572 N Highland, 359-1055, memphisgreekfest.com. May 5: Flashback: For the Young at Heart. Casual affair lets grandparents and empty-nesters explore the museum, talk with board and staff, and dance to music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Food, wine, and beer, plus a wine pull and special prize drawings. 6–9p, $45. Children’s Museum of Memphis, 458-2678, cmom. Com. May 5, 12, 19, 26: Peabody Rooftop Parties. The South’s Grand Hotel hosts live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and sunset views over the Mississippi River. 6–11p, $10, ladies free till 7p. Peabody Hotel, 529-3668, peabodymemphis. Com. May 5: Cooper-Young Night Out. In Midtown’s historically hip district, restaurants and stores host live music, specials, and assorted cuisines. 1st Thursdays, 5–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoungnightout.com. May 6: Gift of Life Gala. The National Kidney Foundation of West TN honors the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute at this black-tie fundraiser featuring dinner and cocktails. 6:30p, $125. Peabody Hotel, 682-6185, nkfwtn.org. May 7: Outdoors Inc Canoe and Kayak Race. This 3-mile race on the Mississippi River begins at the mouth of the Wolf River, zips past Mud Island Park, and finishes at the Memphis Harbor. Picnic on the banks of the river and watch or boat up! 10a, free. Greenbelt Park, 482-5998, outdoorsinc.org. May 7: Grand Auction: Life is a Cabernet. The Silver Oak family of wines headlines this dinner featuring food from local restaurants and live and silent auctions. 5p, $150. Brooks Museum, 544-6209, memphiswineandfoodseries.org. May 7: A Night in Shanghai. The Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s annual fundraising gala celebrates China with a sumptuous on-stage dinner, musical entertainment, and silent and live auctions. 6:30p, $150. 1801 Exeter, 751- 7505, gpacweb.com. May 7: Midtown Memphis Record Swap. A gathering of dealers and buyers of rare and unusual vinyl Lps and 45s features Djs, giveaways, and music trivia contests. 11a-7p, free. Hi Tone Cafe, 1913 Poplar, 722-0095, hitonememphis.com. May 7: Pawing through History. Bring your puppy for a guided tour of the grounds that focuses on the animal symbols found on the headstones. 1p, $15. Elmwood Cemetery, RSVP 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.com. May 8: Mother’s Day Brunch at the Peabody. Enjoy a traditional Mother’s Day feast in addition to regular brunch favorites at this Southern family get-to-Gether, an old-fashioned but elegant way to celebrate Mom. 10a–3:30p, $50 adults, $20 youth. Peabody Hotel, 529-3668, peabodymemphis.com. May 8: Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch in the Garden. The Japanese Garden features a gourmet buffet, live music by the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, roses, and carriage rides. 10:30a–2p, $40. Memphis Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com. May 8: Mother’s Day Brunch at the Brooks Museum. Celebrate Mom with a special meal at the Brushmark Restaurant, featuring roast prime rib, smoked salmon, shrimp and ricotta crêpes, and more. 11a–2:30p, $35. Brooks Museum, RSVP 544-6225, brooksmuseum.org. May 10: Girls’ Night Out. The American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women event features a delicious, heart-healthy meal with food from some of Memphis’s finest chefs. 5–9p, $100. Hilton Memphis, 383-5418, goredforwomen. Org. May 12–14: Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. The Super Bowl of Swine smokes out all the meat you can eat and hundreds of teams compete for more than $110,000 in prizes and bragging rights. Thu–Fri 11a–midnight, Sat 10a–10p. Tom Lee Park, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org. May 13: Sleep Out on the Mississippi. Sleep under the stars next to Ol’ Man River at the beautiful Mud Island River Park. Tent, dinner, live entertainment, recreational activities, campfire with marshmallows, and breakfast are provided. RSVP 576-7237, mudisland.com. May 13: Best of Visible: 10 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Live music performances by Visible Music College alumni and students. 7p, free. 200 Madison, visible.edu. May 19: Wined Thru the Galleries. A playful competition in the galleries takes you and a team of 2–4 friends on a journey through the world of art. Solve mysteries, with stops for food and wine along the way. 6:30p, $20. Brooks Museum, 544-6225, brooksmuseum.org. May 20: Bikesploitation. Memphis filmmakers present their own short films interspersed with others from around the country at this film festival/biking extravaganza. Livefrommemphis.com/bikesploitation. May 20: Downtown Bike to Work Day. Get in gear and make tracks to work, as hundreds of cities across te country rediscover the bicycle as a viable means of transportation. 575-0540, downtownmemphis.com/biketowork. May 20: Wizard Family Party. It’s time for Wizard School! Celebrate the opening of The Wizard’s Garden with a fun picnic for the entire family. Visit the Potions Classroom, Wand Workshop, and Herbology Lab, where you’ll learn what it takes to be a plant wizard. 6–8p, $5 w/admission. Memphis Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com. May 21: Above Par Classic. A casual yet upscale dining and auction event featuring local restaurant and catering stations, wine and beer tastings, live and silent auction, music, and a $10,000 putting challenge to benefit PKD Foundation. 5:45p, $65. Windyke Country Club, pkdcure.org/memphischapter. May 21: Whiskered Wine with Petcasso Art. Spend a purrr-iceless evening tasting dog/cat–labeled wines joined by wags and wagers of tasty treats and an art show of pothered creations to benefit Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services. 6–8p, $25. T Clifton Gallery, 2571 Broad, 213-8210, tcliftonart.com. May 24: Tuesdays on the Terrace Wine Tasting. Relive sounds from the past season’s performers at the Live at the Garden Kick-Off Party. Sample wines and hors d’oeuvres at this perfect terrace event. 6–8p, $35. Memphis Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com. May 26: Paws for Art. Pieces inspired by pets and created by local artists are auctioned off at this art reception held at beautiful WaterWorks. Help provide a temporary home and second chance at life for the injured and abused animals in our city. 6–8p, $25. 741 S. Cox, 937-3903, memphishumane.org. May 27: South Main Trolley Tour. Enjoy a trip on the Downtown trolley or stroll through the historic arts district as shops, restaurants, and art galleries open their doors, displaying unique art merchandise and cuisine. Jugglers, magicians, musicians, face painters, and more at this month’s carnival-themed evening. Every last Friday, 6–9p, free. South Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.org. May 27–29: Elvis Presley Car Show. A fun outdoor event with a festival atmosphere complete with music, food and an impressive display of hundreds of classic automobiles to see and enjoy. Fri 2–6p, Sat 8:30a–6p, Sun 8:30–2p, free. Graceland, 332-3322, elvis.com. May 28: Family Day White Out. Wear all white at this citywide event where young people and their families can come out and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities, including a red-carpet VIP entrance, games, food, contests, face painting and a youth dance. 4–10p, $10. Cook Convention Center, 832-9910, familydaywhiteout.com. May 28: Memphis in May Sunset Symphony. The swan song to Memphis in May. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy the Memphis Symphony Orchestra on the banks of the Mississippi River with a spectacular fireworks finale! 3–9p, $8. Tom Lee Park, 525-4611, memphisinmay.org.
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