MARCH EVENTS: ‘Spamalot’ and much more

'Monty Python's Spamalot' at Playhouse on the Square

‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ marches into Playhouse on the Square

It’ll be a very silly time at Playhouse on the Square as the troupe presents “Monty Python’s Spamalot” through Feb. 16.

This Tony Award winner for Best Musical and Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding New Musical is a comedy “lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. King Arthur, so dubbed when the Lady of the Lake gave him Excalibur, travels England in search of knights for his Round Table who go on a search for the Holy Grail. Musical numbers include “He Is Not Dead Yet” and “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.”

The show runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. No performance Feb. 9 due to the Unified Professional Theatre Auditions.  Tickets: $35 Thursdays and Sundays, $40 Fridays and Saturdays. $22 Seniors/Students/Military. $15 Children under  18. For more information or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656 or purchase tickets online at playhouseonthesquare.org.

Physicist to sign books at Burke’s

Burke’s Book Store will welcome back Memphis native Alan Lightman on Feb. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. to read from and sign copies of his new book, “The Accidental Universe: The World we Thought we Knew” (Pantheon, $24 hardback).  Reading will begin at 6 pm.

Lightman is the author of six novels, two collections of essays, and several books on science.  A theoretical physicist as well as a novelist, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT and was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment at MIT in science and in the humanities. “A Walden for our digital, cosmological, and quantum age from a modern-day Thoreau,” said Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” about Lightman’s work. Lightman is also the author of “Einstein’s Dreams” and “Reunion.” He currently lives in the Boston area.

Wind quintet to perform at St. Marys

Cooper-Young Wind Quintet, a woodwind and brass group, will perform a free concert Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave.

The Cooper -Young Wind Quintet is comprised of five Midtown musicians who come together to give semi-annual concerts featuring both classical and contemporary music. The upcoming concert will include works by Franz Danzi, Kevin Cornelius, Samuel Barber, and Malcolm Arnold.

Show your love for Overton Park

The Annual Park Friends Membership Valentine Party will be Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. at the Overton Park Golf House. The party is for Park Friend members and those who want to join in the love of the park. Park Friends memberships start at $20 for individuals for those who would like to join at the event. There will be food, drinks and music Jim Spake and Joe Restivo.
Children’s Museum plans night out

The Children’s Museum of Memphis’ annual fund raiser, Cirque du CMOM, will be Saturday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. to midnight. The theme this year is “Memphis Strong.” This 21+ party is held at the museum with hors d’oeuvres, open bars and all the best that the Bluff City has to offer.

Musical performers include Ruby Wilson, Al Kapone, American Idol star Alexis Grace and B.B. King’s Club’s House Band. Silky O’Sullivan’s is providing dueling pianos for the VIP room while Raiford’s Disco is manning the dance floor.

Ciao Bella, Café Society, Lucchesi’s, Mesquite Chop House, The Second Line and Rendezvous  are just a few of the more than 30 restaurants that will be providing food for the night. The annual auction that coincides with the party is being held online again at www.BiddingForGood.com/CirqueduCMOM, January 31 – February 9. Even if you cannot attend the party, you can still bid on a multitude of fabulous items from the comfort of your home! All proceeds benefit the museum.

Individual tickets are $150. All proceeds benefit the museum, its exhibits and educational programs. Tickets can be purchased online at CMOM.COM or by calling 901-458-2678, ext. 221.

Student works on display at MCA

Blind Date, a student-curated exhibition at Memphis College of Art, will be on view through Feb. 24 in the Rust Hall Lower Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m.

The exhibition is curated by Barrett Smyth and Brittany Vega who were awarded the honor through the submission of their joint proposal in the Curate This! call in October. For Blind Date, Smyth and Vega selected 15 artists and partnered them with one of the other selected artists. Each artist was asked to learn about their partner through their name, city, picture and an image of their work. Using only this information and the visual information they perceive in the images, they were directed to create their own piece, describing their partner.

The participating artists include Holly Carden, Samantha Wigginton, Gino Pambianchi, Jade Thiraswas, Anna Lacy, Karen Maggs, Jeff Muncy, Molly Van Roekel, Amanda Nalley, Alexa Helton, Beth Heustis, Alexander Swilley, Taylor Loftin, Devon Murphy and Megan “Tess” Lindsey.

Rust Hall’s Lower Gallery is open Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday noon – 4 p.m.  All MCA exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Theatre Memphis stages Miller play

Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning drama comes to life on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis through Feb. 9.Sowtimes are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID. Call the box office at 682-8323 or go to www.theatrememphis.org. Theatre Memphis is located at 630 S. Perkins.

Playhouse accepting new scripts

Playhouse on the Square is accepting scripts for the Second Annual “NewWorks@TheWorks” Competition. A panel of local directors, actors and designers will review all submitted scripts and select six to receive staged readings during the 2014-15 season. After the six readings have been presented, Playhouse on the Square will select two that will receive full productions during the 2015-16 season.  These two new works will receive world premieres at Playhouse’s third performance space, TheatreWorks.

Along with these fully mounted productions, the two winning works will each be awarded a prize of $500. The playwright(s) of each play will also be flown to Memphis to take part in the rehearsals and development of the new work. There is a $15 entry fee for the competition, which must be paid along with the submitted script.  Only check and money order will be accepted.  Any script submitted without the entry fee will not be considered.For questions and rules on how to enter, contact Jordan Nichols, director of new works, at jordan@playhouseonthesquare.org.

Volunteer Expo coming February 25

In the spirit of a volunteer fair, dozens of Mid-South nonprofit organizations will be available in one location for community members to learn about programs and volunteer opportunities throughout the area. Sponsored by Volunteer Mid-South, the Volunteer Expo will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Avenue.

The expo is free and open to everyone. Whether you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, becoming a board member, researching which nonprofit you want to donate to, or just interested in what your community has to offer, please come. No reservations are required.

All nonprofit agencies are invited to participate. If your agency is interested in reserving booth space for a small fee, please visit http://www.volunteermidsouth.org to sign up online or contact Amanda Kiser at Volunteer Mid-South, (901) 523-2425, ext. 200 or akiser@volunteermidsouth.org. Amanda can also answer any questions regarding the Expo.
NJ Woods art at Kroc Center

Artist NJ Woods is the featured artist at the Kroc Center’s Junior League gallery. Works are on display through Feb. 15 at the center, located on East Parkway just south of Central.

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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