By Tamara Cook
The first Thursday of every month is when the independent businesses of Cooper-Young open up their doors and dish out the fun. You don’t want to miss this month’s First Thursday Night Out, November 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., in the historically hip area of Midtown called Cooper-Young. This months festivities include art shows, live music, drawings, free refreshments, and discounts on everything from massages and chocolate to co-workspace and sushi.
Join us to celebrate the the winners and participants of this year’s Young Artist Contest at Peabody Elementary School, located a half-block west of Cooper on Young Avenue. Come and browse submissions by students from the Memphis area on display in the school’s cafeteria. This is a very popular contest that drew over 388 entries in 2013. The reception is 6- 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Cooper Young Business Association. Enjoy free refreshments while you take in some great art. Bring your friends!
New Ballet Ensemble (2157 York) invites you to an open rehearsal of the Hip Hop Battle from their popular holiday show “Nut Remix.” Company graduate Maxx Reed, straight off Broadway’s “Spiderman: Turn Out the Dark,” joins the ensemble 7 – 8 p.m. This is a great event to have the whole family attend.
Local band, Forrest Avenue, will play at the gazebo starting at 6 p.m. This popular neighborhood band consists of Stan Eisen, Nelson Strothers, Michael Holzemer, David Allen, and Steve Bishop. Forrest Avenue is known for their take on classic rock-and-roll music that highlights everything from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones. Office co-op Cowork Memphis (902 S. Cooper) is featuring a StartUp Grind 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jerome Hardaway a Memphis native and Air Force veteran, will talk about his new non-profit, Frago. The venture began when Hardaway raised $10,000 in 27 hours to help pay for a fellow soldier’s funeral. To ensure future veterans would never have that happen, Hardaway started to take a proactive approach to the challenges that veterans face during their sometime difficult return to civilian life.
Me & Mrs. Jones (889 S. Cooper) is hosting a Wine & Nibbles tasting 5-8 p.m. Local artists Katie Lang and Lizzy Ragsdale will have their art and jewelry on display and for sale during this time. Café Ole (959 S. Cooper) has live music by Charvey McLemore starting at 7 p.m. on the patio and discounts on a large assortment of drinks, buckets and food. Charm Boutique (2296 Young Ave.) has a large sale on all winter coats and jackets. Across the street at Imagine Vegan Café (2299 Young Ave.) you can get buy one, get one on beer purchases. Young Avenue Glassworks (906 S. Cooper) is offering 10% off all purchases.
Visit Alchemy (940 S. Cooper) 4-7 p.m. for happy hour prices on select beverages and enjoy their small plate appetizers. The Growler (921 S. Cooper) will be offering special prices on Memphis Made Brewery pints and flights 5-8 p.m. Jay Etkin Gallery’s (942 S. Cooper) featured artist is Nathan Yoakum, showcasing his recent resin paintings and sculptures in copper wire. Sweet Grass (937 S. Cooper) has a special three-course dinner of favorites that chef Ryan Trimm grew up on; just ask for the Throwback Thursday special. Allie Cat Arts (961 S. Cooper) is showcasing a large assortment of art by over 80 local artists just in time for the holiday season.
The Beauty Shop (966 S. Cooper) and Bar DKDC (964 S. Cooper) will have special prices on small plates and drink specials. Visit DKDC’s vintage photo booth for a keepsake of the night! Celtic Crossing (903 S. Cooper) has live music on the patio along with discounts on the Celtic Combo and beer specials. At Java Cabana (2170 Young Ave.), it’s open mic night 8-10 p.m. with half price lattes 5-7 p.m. Young Avenue Deli (2119 Young Ave.) and Soul Fish Café (862 S. Cooper) have a buy one adult entrée, get a child entrée for free special. Meet the trainers at Memphis Fitness Kickboxing (2183 Young Ave.) and sign up for a free week of kickboxing!