Calendar: Children’s museum, Burke’s book signings, Playhouse and Gallery Fifty Six art shows

Cooper-Young parade marks Independence Day

The Cooper-Young Community Association will once again hold a patriotic parade on July 4th.  The event starts at 10 a.m. at Peabody Elementary School. Participants are invited to help the neighborhood celebrate Independence Day by decorating their bikes and wagons in red, white and blue and dressing up in their most patriotic gear. Children and pets are welcome. Visit for more information.

Free jam sessions give rise to music at Phoenix

The Phoenix, located inside Cooper-Walker Place at 1015 South Cooper, is hosting two weekly jam sessions. Mondays is Cowboy Bob’s Roundup, an open mic event of acoustic music led by “Cowboy” Bob Sawyer. Bluezday Thursday is led by Abdul Wahid Mostafa, another dedicated local musician. Anyone who wants to sing and play is welcome, just bring your instrument and enthusiasm. Free bottled water and beer are provided. Both events start around 8 p.m. For more information, visit Cooper Walker Place on Facebook.

Bookstore hosts Mississippi authors

Burke’s Books at 936 S. Cooper has two book signing events in July.

On July 10 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Lisa Howorth will be at Burke’s to sign copies of her debut novel, Flying Shoes ($26.00, hardback, Bloomsbury).

Lisa Howorth lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where she and her husband, Richard, opened Square Books in 1979. Lisa received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2007. This is her first novel.

With its quirky characters that only a small town could produce, Flying Shoes traces a still-unsolved molestation and murder case of the author’s nine-year old stepbrother, a crime that shook her community on Mother’s Day, 1966.

Jayne Anne Phillips, author of the bestseller Lark and Termite says, “Flying Shoes braids a love knot of new South, old South, and haunted South that catches at the reader’s heart, even as the humor and sadness of her rollicking prose has us slipping off our own shoes and moving to the music of her voice.”

Acclaimed photographer Maude Schuyler Clay returns to Burke’s on Thursday, July 17th, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM to sign copies of her new book, Delta Dogs (University of Mississippi Press, $35.00, hardcover).

For the past fifteen years, Clay has been driving the back roads of the South, photographing her native Delta. She has developed hundreds of images of eroding architecture, misty bayous, small stands of woods, endless rows of crops … and dogs. Clay has spotted and captured the elemental spirit of dogs eking out existences from this majestic landscape.

Clay was born in Greenwood MS. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the National Museum for Women in the Arts. She resides in the Delta still, in Sumner MS.

Actor and fellow Delta native Morgan Freeman has said of her work: “Maude’s inclusive landscapes are so evocative of the seeming timelessness of the Mississippi Delta. I am reminded of the eye of Eudora Welty.”

Burke’s also recently announced expanded summer hours, It is now open Friday and Saturday nights till 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 278-7484 or visit for more information.

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Museum keeps kids cool

The Memphis Children’s Museum is helping kids beat the heat this summer with “H2Oh! Splash” spray park exhibit. The garden-themed attraction boasts over 40 sprayers, including flowers, leaves, split and jet streams, magic mist, turtle, crab, snail, water jelly, geysers, aqua dome, spray loops, cylinder spray, and water tunnel. The park is open daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Labor Day.

In addition the museum has a daily activities for children through out the summer, covering everything from reading to visual arts, the sciences, and music. For a complete list of event sand other information, visit

Playhouse hosts MCA grad’s digital art

Memphis College of Art graduate Josh Brinlee new exhibit, ‘Transformations” is up at Playhouse on the Square’s MCA Gallery through July 20.

Brinlee, a 2012 MFA graduate from MCA who currently teaches at his alma mater and at the University of Mississippi, works in the emerging field of appropriation and digital manipulation, techniques made famous by Shepard Fairey in his iconic image of Barack Obama. This new exhibit features Brinlee’s appropriation and reimagining of historical feminine portraiture, breaking their attachments to provenance and representing themselves anew. The images are constructed from scanned segments of female portraits and allegorical painting from art history. They are layered and manipulated so that only traces of the original scan can be seen.

Playhouse on the Square’s MCA Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.

Josh Brinlee, The Queen

Miss. mystery writer shows art at C-Y gallery

“In Remembrance of Things Past,” a new exhibit of work by Mississippi artist and author John Armistead opens July 5 at Gallery Fifty Six, located at 2256 Central Ave.

A resident of Tupelo, Mississippi, Armistead is a pastor and mystery novelist who has penned five books. His paintings in oil and pastel are noted for the evocative rendering of rural scenes. An artist’s reception will be held July 11 from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 25.

Call 901-276-1251 or visit for more information.

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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