Cooper-Young arts and events calendar, October 2013


Blankenship, Cuban art at Gallery Fifty Six

Artist Bryan Blankenship will exhibit “Jumble” during the month of October at Gallery Fifty Six, 2256 Central. There will be an artist’s reception and opening October 4, 5-8 p.m., at the gallery. The exhibition runs through Oct. 26.

The gallery is also hosting a special Cuban art exhibit: “Cronicas De Cuba/Chronicles of Cuba,” featuring the work of Eduin Fraga, painter/collage artist and Abel Ernesto, photojournalist through Oct. 26. Check for more details.

Fennelly and Franklin reading at Burke’s

Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin will return to Burke’s Book Store on Oct. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. to read from and sign copies of their collaboration, The Tilted World: A Novel (William Morrow, $25.99 hardback). Reading will begin at 6 pm.

This is the story of an unhappily married woman who dies a little every day and a noble yet solitary man who feels invisible. Of an orphaned baby, a troubled uncle, a dangerous flapper, a loyal partner, and a flood that will change a people and a nation.

Dennis Lehane says, “A new novel from Tom Franklin is always a reason to get excited, but a novel from Franklin and Fennelly is just cause to throw a block party.”

Fennelly is the author of Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother and Tender Hooks. Franklin is the author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Smonk. They both teach at the University of Mississippi, and are married to each other.

For any questions concerning this event, contact Corey Mesler at 278-7484.

Music at Lindenwood begins in October

Lindenwood hosts classical concert

Music at Lindenwood 2013-14 opens at Lindenwood Christian Church, Union at East Parkway, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a night of opera with a collaboration between the Memphis Symphony Paul and Linnea Bert Classic Accents Series and The Gary Beard Chorale, with Maestro Mei-Ann Chen conducting.

The concert will include opera favorites from Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and more. There will be a gala reception following the show in The Grand Foyer.

Tickets for the concert are $39 from The Memphis Symphony Box Office, (901) 537-2525, or Members of the Music at Lindenwood ‘Conductor’s Circle’ will receive complimentary tickets with their season subscription.

Local singers in benefit concert

“Curtain Up!” with Chris and Friends, Chris Nemec’s annual benefit concert that has helped fund numerous organizations in the Memphis area,will be held at Lindenwood Christian Church Nov. 3 at 4 p.m.

This season’s performance benefits the tremendous efforts of the Church Health Center, and will feature some of Memphis’ favorite local performers: actors/singers Rob          Hanford (“Singin’ in the Rain,” “Drowsey Chaperone”), Lydia Hart (“Singin’ in the Rain,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), Kim Justis (“Sweeney Todd,” “Ruthless”), Joe Lackie (“Sound of Music,” “Curtains”), Jordan Nichols (“Les Miserables,” “Crazy for You”), and Lindsey Roberts (“Peter Pan,” “Chicago”) who will share their talents in a concert conceived by Memphis theater veteran Bennett Wood. Selections include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more.

Tickets are available at (901) 458-1652. $15 General Admission, and $50 Golden Circle.

Memphis artists’ work at MCA auction

Memphis College of Art’s Legacy Art Auction: 100% Local, will be held at the Main Gallery at the Overton Park campus Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. with a viewing Oct. 4-11 during gallery hours.

The auction features MCA legacy holdings, all boasting a Memphis connection, including works by artists Burton Callicott, Ted Faiers, Veda Reed, John Robinette, Dorothy Sturm and many more. All of the artwork will be purchased through silent bids, with the exception of one large 50-inch x 38-inch canvas, “Park in Noon Sun” by Burton Callicott, which will be auctioned live with opening bids beginning at 7:45 p.m.

The auction is free and open to the public. Reservations can be emailed to or phoned to Shawna Engel at 272-5115.  Call 272-5100 for information.

Miami yoga teacher hosting Memphis classes

Get ready for a weekend of healthy, spiritual transformation through Kundalini yoga with Sadhu.

The workshops will take place Oct. 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the dance studio at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper.

Everyone is invited to take their health and destiny to new heights with Sadhu, beginning with Saturday’s workshop: The Power of Mantra: Creating Magic with Our Thoughts & Word. Through practical explanations, Sadhu will teach you how sound is a profound magic that we are wielding all the time. This workshop will demystify mantra and also tremendously empower your conscious awakening and overall well-being, helping you become a master magician to create the amazing life you desire and deserve.

Sunday’s Workshop is Opening the 3rd Eye: Learning to See & Know like the Mystics. This workshop will dramatically open your 3rd eye on the spot and give you the simple tools & techniques to further cultivate and master your highest destiny with crystal clear intuition.

Each workshop is open to beginners. No yoga or meditation experience is necessary. Participants will receive a CD of music and mantras to take home with them and special access to resources that will be covered during the workshops.

Saturday and Sunday’s workshops cost $45 each. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Sign up early at and save $5 on each workshop.

Pickleball tournament benefits good cause

There will be a Pickleball Fun-Raiser benefiting Volunteer Mid-South Oct. 20 from 5-9 p.m. at the Wellworx Sportsplex, 6161 Shelby Oaks Drive. Players from novice to advanced are invited to join this fun, social activity.

Tickets are $30, which includes dinner, two drinks, game play or spectator seat. There will also be a silent auction. Purchase tickets online at

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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