art Cooker Things are sizzling at the Metal Museum during the 4th Art Cooker Show, firing up inspirational grills, smokers, and other cooking vessels through July 24. Taste/See brings together a diverse group of artists, blacksmiths, metal casters, and sculptors from across the nation to showcase creations inspired by a passion for food, friends, and form. In short, “to make a goulash or melting pot of creativity.” As with previous cooker shows, the exhibit aims to feed the body and provide sustenance for the spirit. As with any family BBQ, you may see cousins you don’t know and aunts and uncles you haven’t seen in a long time. Held on the grounds of the Metal Museum at 374 Metal Museum Drive, Taste/See is creative grilling at its best. For more information, call 774-6380 or visit metalmuseum.org. Lending Nashville a treasure For the very first time, ancient Egyptian artifacts from the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology (IEAA) of the University of Memphis can be seen outside of Memphis in an innovative, three-part exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals: Treasures from Tuutankhamun includes more than 120 objects from IEAA, the only major public collection of Egyptian antiquities in the Midsouth. The objects range from stone tools more than 6,000 years old to modern American “Egyptomania.” Visitors are first introduced to the culture and history of ancient Egypt, with authentic antiquities dating from the entire range of ancient Egyptian history. IEAA-loaned objects include combs, jewelry, and furniture that illustrate daily life. Papyrus and coffin fragments and statues of Egyptian gods illustrate their ideas about the afterlife. The show also includes several objects from the IEAA collection that have rarely been exhibited, including a ring inscribed with the name of Tutankhamun’s grandmother, Queen Tiye; a scarab inscribed for his father, Akhenaten; and beads inscribed for Tutankhamun. The final part of the exhibit speaks to the influence of ancient Egypt on early Tennesseans, which can be seen in the very name of the city of Memphis. Objects in the “Revivals” section range from obelisk-shaped clocks and sphinx-shaped bookends to movie posters with Egyptian motifs and engravings of Egyptian landscapes. Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals is free and is on view through Sep. 4. For more information, call 800-407-4324 or visit tnmuseum.org. Dig in with the Family Families are invited to explore the world of archaeology and Native American traditional cultures at Chucalissa Archaeological Site, 1987 Indian Village, a museum/laboratory/training/ education facility located on land once inhabited by the original forefathers of Memphis. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., visiting families experience the same learning and interactive opportunities provided to visiting school groups. The Hands-On Archaeology Lab demonstrates the stages that artifacts pass through from the time of excavation to when they’re put on museum display. Participate in the Drumming Across Cultures activity, join a scavenger hunt, create a pinch pot ceramic bowl to take home, and more. Tours, exhibits, children’s educational programs, museum store, crafts, and more are available at various times. Family Days run through Aug. 15, and the program lasts about two hours. The cost is included in the admission price: $5 adults, $3 youth. For more information, call 785-3160, email email@example.com, or visit memphis.edu/chucalissa. Curb Couture trashion Show Green couture hits the runway June 5 with original designs by Memphis’s leading fashion figures, accompanied by all the partying and glamour you’d expect to find at Fashion Week in New York or Paris — with a twisted dent. This inaugural event benefiting Memphis City Beautiful showcases clothing, jewelry, and other accessories designed and created from things found in recycling bins! Kittie Kyle, Oak Hall, and Joseph are just some of the fashionistas whose original works of art will strut the stage. All designs must be constructed from at least 50 percent recycled materials. This show of curb couture, held on Main Street in front of the Cannon Center at 255 N. Main, 6–8 p.m., includes food, wine, silent auction, and modeling of creations. It’s art. It’s hip. It’s a perfect time to show your green-chic. Tickets are $50; rain date is June 12. For more information, call 522-1135 or visit curbcouture.eventbrite.Com. CITY BLOCKS City Cheers ... Soulsville’s Stax Music Academy plays out 10 years of mentoring young people using music as a tool: 926 E. McLemore, 946-2535, staxmusicacademy.org. The 1,300 workers who took part in the historic 1968 sanitation strike in Memphis are inducted into the Labor Hall of Fame in Washington, DC: 202-693- 6600, dol.gov/oasam/programs/laborhall The Baddour Center, a unique community in Senatobia, MS, where adults with intellectual disabilities live among their peers, is awarded the 2011 Nonprofit of the Year by the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi: 888-4BADDOUR, baddour.org. The award-winning Majestic Grille turns five years old inside the former Majestic No. 1 theater, a silent picture house built in 1913 that entertained moviegoers for three decades — and still does inside the restaurant: 145 S. Main, 522-8555, majesticgrille.com. Hitting the Streets Adelman Law Firm PLLC, a boutique law firm located inside historic Central Station, marks its 10th anniversary of insurance defense and business litigation with the opening of Conflict Resolution Center of the Mid-South LLC, where certified mediators practice innovative approaches to mediation: 545 S. Main, 529- 9313, adelmanfirm.com. Who’s Your Crawdaddy? Johnny G’s Creole Kitchen answers its slogan question by bringing a taste of Nawlins to Beale Street, serving affordable, authentic Creole food that includes eight different gumbos, po’ boys, crawfish, oysters, jambalaya, etouffee, and red beans and rice: 156 Beale, 528-1055, bealestreet.com. Exercise Unlimited buys, sells, and trades commercial and residential exercise equipment, and it’s got a warehouse filled with inventory that includes treadmills, steppers, ellipticals, and exercise bikes, as well as strengthbuilding equipment such as circuit machines, home gyms, benches, and weight sets. With 20 years’ experience, the company also refurbishes, repairs, and maintenances exercise equipment of all types. Walk-ins welcome: 387 S. Front, 335-6993, exerciseunlimited.com. Ugly Juanita’s joins the Beale Street family, setting up next to W.C. Handy Park to sell “cheap tacos, cheaper blues.” True to her word, Juanita’s serves $2 mojado tamales — “so fresh that Immigration is looking for them” — $2 soft tacos, $2 side items, and $2 tequila, all at 200 Beale. Open in Handy Park. Dream Berry Frozen Yogurts & Treats chills out at 94 S. Main, introducing the self-serve yogurt craze to Downtown and offering 100 percent natural and healthy products, free Wi-Fi, and outdoor seating.Soak up the sun! 343-0685, yourdreamberry.Com. On the Move ... Energy Fitness launches its Mobile Fitness Division, which brings the most qualified certified trainers to the convenience of your home, office, park, or gym: 552 S. Main, 523- 2348, energymemphis.com. UrbanArt Commission, whose commitment is to elevate the profile and relevance of artists and their role in our community, launches a new website to support its mission. The new site contains the largest free, online database of artists in the area, a complete photographic index of all UrbanArt projects, current RFQs for artists, details on a new mural program, and much more: 454-0474, isartalive.com, urbanartcommission.org. Special Deliveries ... June is National Great Outdoors Month. Pack your camping gear, then visit the largest searchable database of more than 3,300 privately owned and operated campgrounds in the U. S. to determine where you’d like to pitch a tent: gocampingamerica.com. Memphis Music Mojo ... The Levitt Shell at Overton Park, famous for hosting Elvis Presley’s first paid concert on July 30, 1954, and subsequently hosting Johnny Cash’s debut the following year, celebrates its 75th anniversary. Born as a recovery project during the Great Depression, the Shell hosts free summertime concerts Tuesdays and Thursdays–Saturdays through June 21: 272-2722, levittshell.org. City of Good abode ... The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis received a $100,000 gift from the Farris Bobango PLC Law Firm, which will be used to recognize an outstanding faculty member each year: 1 N. Front, 678-2421, memphis.edu/law. Habitat for Humanity opens Re- Store, a discount home improvement store that accepts donations for and sells gently used or brand-new items that include cabinetry, flooring, tools, furniture, appliances, and hardware. All ReStore items are in excellent condition and sold at 50–90 percent off the retail value. Grand opening is June 9–11, 9am–5pm: 7130 Winchester, 737-8673 (RESTORE), memphisrestore.com.
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