March arts events

Hankins showing work at Gallery 56

Gallery Fifty Six welcomes Jan Hankins to the gallery for an exhibition March 1-30. Hankins has worked as a sign maker and muralist in the Memphis area since the 1960s, with his handiwork displayed on the signs and sides of establishments such as Otherlands, Midtown Yoga, Evergreen Yoga and the Memphis Drum Shop, according to a recent profile in the Commercial Appeal.

The exhibition will begin with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. March 1 at the gallery, 2256 Central Ave. Call 276-1251 for more information.

CMOM saying happy birthday to Dr. Seuss

The Children’s Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central Ave., will honor a famous birthday March 2: Dr. Seuss.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the museum will celebrate the wild, wacky, and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss, an author who epitomizes the love of children and learning. Children can read the classic stories, make Thing 1 and Thing 2 pencils, fish for red fish and blue fish, and design buttons of Dr. Seuss characters. Families can test their Seussical knowledge as they participate in the Who’s Who of Dr. Seuss game for prizes and everyone can take away a book during the book giveaway.  The Cat in the Hat will make an appearance at noon. Activities are included with museum admission.

For more activities at the Children’s Museum of Memphis, visit www.cmom.com.

Debbie does Circuit Playhouse stage

The regional premiere of Debbie Does Dallas will hit the Circuit Playhouse stage March 1-March 24, directed and choreographed by Courtney Oliver and starring Cassie Thompson (Legally Blonde) in the title role.

While the play promises some bawdy sexual humor, there is no nudity. In it, all-American small-town sweetheart Debbie Benton has one dream: to become a Texas Cowgirls cheerleader. When she gets her big break, the only thing standing between her and success is the bus fare to Dallas. She and her friends get after-school jobs but when their jobs just don’t cut it, Debbie’s boss has an idea of how good girls can earn lots of money performing “little favors.” The girls get down to it with enthusiasm and through sex, sweat, and tears they raise enough money for Debbie to achieve her dream.

The New York Daily News called it, “Racy and raucous, a lighthearted, fast-paced thoroughly engaging and hilarious send-up.”

Debbie Does Dallas runs March 1- 24 at The Circuit Playhouse at 8 p.m Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. The pay-what-you-can performance is 8 p.m. March 7. The Circuit Playhouse is located at 51 S. Cooper St. For more information or to make reservations, please call 726-4656 or purchase tickets online at playhouseonthesquare.org.

Kong Wee Pang exhibit at MCA

Memphis College of Art announces its newest Alumni Exhibition, Mutations, by Kong Wee Pang. The exhibition will run through March 24 in the Alumni Gallery in Rust Hall, Overton Park.

Kong Wee Pang moved to the United States in 2001 from Malaysia and Singapore. She received her BFA at Memphis College of Art in 2004 and is now art director at Archer>Malmo. Her curious, whimsical personality finds expression through media like watercolor, charcoal, ink, acrylic, wood stick, silkscreen and digital.

“In this body of work, I combined the figure with abstraction into a hybrid I called the ‘figurative abstract,’” explained the artist in a statement. “The early figurative abstract drawings convey the interaction of my past and present life experiences in duality.”

Rust Hall’s Alumni Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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