August events and news: MGLCC anniversary and more

Greg Giegucz is one of the artists featured in ICONS at Allie Cat Arts. The show will open with a reception Aug. 10.

MGLCC marking 10-year-anniversary

Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 892 S. Cooper, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Cooper-Young with a party, open to friends, families and straight allies, Aug. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m.

There will be balloon artists and face painting for children as well as a DJ and food. We would love for you to meet our staff and volunteers and possibly find your niche in our community!

“Our Cooper Young neighborhood has helped us create the safe space so important to our community,” the group said. “We want to say thank you for making us feel welcome, respected and comfortable. Cooper Young rocks!”

Get your image on Barksdale mural

Work on the Barksdale mural will begin soon, after the McLean mural has finished, but residents still have time to get their silhouette painted on the mural. Email Kristan Huntley at or drop by her office at 2298 Young to drop off your photo or get more information. You must be a resident or in some way connected to Cooper-Young.

ICONS at Allie Cat Arts

This month Allie Cat Arts presents ICONS, an exhibition of images that tap into the shared experiences of our modern lives – extracting history, infusing the future and dispersing the present, in celebration of Elvis Week and the gallery’s one-year anniversary.

Icons are recognizable images, people, or words that symbolize the beliefs, morals, fears and hopes of a culture. The show features icon-inspired works by local artists Barry Joyce, Debbie Crawford, Greg Giegucz, Adam Hunt, Karen Capps, Susan Younger, MJ Reeves, Band In My Hand, Meredith Wilson, Robyn Nickell, Caolinn Golden, Daniel Counce, Jessica Kellicut, Sandra Phelps, Rhonda Test, Clyde Johnson Jr, and Jason Peck.

The opening reception is Aug. 10 from 5-9pm at Allie Cat Arts, Cooper Street behind Café Ole. Dress as your favorite icon. Refreshments will be served. The show runs through the month of August (or until sold out).

Jazz and Wine event at CBU

The 2nd Annual Soul Serenade Jazz and Wine Event will be held Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. at Christian Brothers University in to raise funds and awareness to the services provided in the Memphis area to 64 families. The proceeds from this event will benefit Open Arms Care – Memphis Operation.

The event will feature jazz saxophonist Mark Baker, as well as other musical artists including Gypsy Dudes, Lee Taylor and The Glo. In addition, this year’s event will feature a special performance by a finalist on Team Aguilera from the third season of “The Voice” television show, Celica Westbrook.

The event will take place at Christian Brothers University Theater located in De La Salle Hall on the campus of Christian Brother University located at Central and Parkway.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

The reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. During the reception, the guest will be able to enjoy wine and appetizers. The show, hosted by State Representative Antonio Parkinson, will begin at 7.

Open Arms Care – Memphis Operations is a nonprofit organization that provides residential and vocational services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the city of Memphis.

To purchase tickets in advance, call 371-9774 or visit:

Guitar duo plays jazz, bluegrass

The Memphis Acoustic Music Association will present the International Guitar Duo in concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at Otherlands Coffee Bar, 641 S. Cooper.

Fresh from their recent European tour, the duo is returning for their second concert in Memphis. New Zealand’s Mark Mazengarb and New Yorker Loren Barrigar play a repertoire of stunning guitar duets and songs ranging from jazz to bluegrass and country, incorporating the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Les Paul.

Admission is $12. Tickets can be purchased at otherlands, The Booksellers at Laurelwood and online at For more info on the duo visit their website at

‘Memphis and Beyond’ reception

Gallery Fifty-Six, at 2256 Central Ave., will host a reception Aug. 2 for an exhibition of paintings by Terry Kenney called “Memphis and Beyond.” The show will run through Aug. 30. Visit for more information.

Java Cabana’s August music calendar

Java Cabana’s music schedule features the following performers this month:

August 9, Daniel Amedee; August 10, Steve Lockwood & John Chambliss; August 11, Flint Blade & Honeydew; August 17, Mark Allen; August 21, Pop Wagner; August 30, Screamin Eagle & Zeke Johnson.

Miniatures art exhibition

David Perry Smith Gallery, 703 New York Street, presents Miniatures, small works by gallery artists, through Aug. 31.

The gallery will host an opening Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. Call 606-9690 for information.

Burke’s owner pens poetry book

Corey Mesler’s new book of poetry, Our Locust Years (Unbound Content) is now available at Burke’s Book Store on Cooper. The cost is $16 and Mesler, who owns Burke’s Books, can sign or inscribe. It can also be ordered at

Richard Tillinghast, author of Today in the Cafe Trieste and The Stonecutter’s Hand, says:

“Corey Mesler is a poet of intimacy and honesty with a gift for memorable lines and phrases such as “a chapel shaped like a farm” and “She entered my life / like a battered dresser, all / drawers open . . .” His poems are intimate, wistful, and often erotic. Though he does not go out of his way to establish settings and a sense of location, his poems are subtly and yet unmistakably evocative of the city where he lives, particularly of midtown Memphis. Everyone who owns a book or two by Peter Taylor, who loves the music of Booker T. and MGs and Jessie Winchester, will want to have Corey Mesler on their bookshelves.”

MCA opening annual Horn Island exhibit

Memphis College of Art will present the 29th annual Horn Island Exhibition in the Rust Hall Gallery at 1930 Poplar in Overton Park from Aug. 19 through Sept. 27. A reception will be held on Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rust Hall Gallery.

The works in the exhibition are the outcome of an 11-day annual trip to Horn Island, Miss. for MCA students, faculty and alumni. Faculty member Don DuMont is the director of the Horn Island program. He coordinates the travel arrangements and logistics for the expedition, which immerses the participants in nature on the undeveloped island, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The program begins before departure as the artists begin work on a journal/sketchbook for the trip. DuMont says a visit to the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, Miss. is always the first stop, as Anderson, an American artist who spent much of his childhood and adult life in coastal Mississippi, drew heavily on the environment and wildlife of Horn Island in his work.

Once on the island, participants live in primitive conditions, as there are no amenities. Over the years, the Wednesday night of the trip has become a favorite, featuring a dinner of SPAM and a contest for the most elaborate headdress made with found objects. “It can be anything from baseball caps with items affixed on them, to full island regalia,” says DuMont. The expedition usually numbers around 35, but DuMont recalls 52 participants on the 20-year anniversary trip.

Following the expedition, participants are given several weeks to develop a body of work based on their island experience. Participants create work for the exhibition that may include photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics and book arts. Students gain additional experience as they participate in the installation and logistical planning of the exhibition.

Royal Family at Theatre Memphis

The Royal Family, a classic comedy set in the 1920s home of Broadway’s most legendary acting family of the century, takes center stage at Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage as the Cavendish clan struggles with fame, egos and career-altering decisions. Playing Aug. 16-Sept. 1, three generations of actors act out with outrageous road bumps and hilarious mix-ups that are the daily fare for this eccentric, lovable group of stars and the supporting players in their lives.

Shows run Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students with valid ID, $10 for children under 12. Call the box office at 682-8323 or visit

Wiseacre features two new brews in cans

Wiseacre Brewing Company, which will open later this year on Broad Street, announced it will have two new beers for sale by year’s end. Tiny Bomb American Pilsner and Ananda IPA, an India Pale Ale, will be packaged into cans and available for year-round purchase. Wiseacre, a startup by to Memphis-born brothers with experience from the Chicago brewing scene, will be the first craft brewery in Tennessee to can beer.

Wiseacre commissioned artist and Memphis native Rachel Briggs to design the artwork for both Tiny Bomb’s and Ananda’s packaging.

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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