The Mid-South Art Gallery is partnering with Holy Chow of St. Elisabeth’s Guild to provide free meals to veterans, shut-ins, the home bound and those in need: Members of the Gallery will cook free meals and distribute them at 11 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month at the United Methodist Church 5676 Stage Rd. Bartlett. To sign-up, contact Frederick Morris at 409-8705. If you know a vet or someone in need please sign them up.
The Hidden Orpheum: A Virtual Fundraiser will take place Thursday, April 29th at 7pm. "An opportunity to showcase parts of the Orpheum people never see when they are visiting the venue in person," said Brett Batterson, President & CEO.Tickets are $40 and on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit orpheummemphis.com.
"Wonderstruck": Painting exhibition or works of Beth Edwards now through May 1. Open house Sat. April 24, noon-3 p.m. David Lusk Gallery, 97 Tillman St.
Golden Cross Senior Ministries Virtual Open House: Tue. April 6, 10 a.m. To register visit goldencross.org/virtualopenhouse
Brighter Financial Futures for our Special Needs Children: Four-week course via Zoom, April 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT. Week 1, Challenges for those with special needs; Week 2, supporting our special needs families; week 3, financial planning for children with special needs; Week 4, reviewing opportunities and resources. Register at https://tinyurl.com/bff4snc Brought to you by VistaPoints Special Needs Trusts and Resource Center, and Strategic Financial Partners.
Legally Blonde (JR.), The Musical: Presented by Desoto Family Theatre Kids: Thur.-Sat., April 8, 9 & 10- 7 p.m.; Sat., April 10, & Sun., April 11 at 2 p.m. Landers Center, 4560 Ventura Dr., Southaven. Performed by the teen aged talent of DFT. Seating is at 50% capacity and doors will not open until 30 minute before curtain. Masks are recommended particularly in common areas. https://www.ticketmaster.com/the-theatre-at-landers-center-ticketssouthaven. Concessions will be sold in individually wrapped bags during pre-show and Intermission.
Memphis Songwriters Association songwriting competition finals: April 8, Halloran Center at the Orpheum. Memphis Songwriters Association present the top eight finalists from 88 entries and 49 songwriters to appear for its songwriting competition. Who will be selected as the 2021 songwriter of the year? Come find out for yourself. The Shelby County Health Department procedures and practices will be enforced at this event. Please review these carefully at orpheum-memphis.com/covid19 before purchasing your tickets and arriving at the venue.
Home Show of the Mid-South: April 9, 10 & 11, Fri. noon - 7p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Agricenter. $10 adults, $5 seniors & military, 16 & under free. Masks mandatory at all times., (you may remove mask to eat while seated in designated eating areas). Temperature checks administered at entrance to all patrons. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend. Must maintain social distancing with your party from other attendees.
Sidewalk poetry contest: April 11, 2-4 p.m. in The Grove at GPAC. Commemorating National Poetry Month In collaboration with the Germantown Community Library, Germantown Parks & Recreation Department, and the Department of Public Works, the Germantown Public Art Commission announces the Word Travels Annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Winning poetry entries will be imprinted on sidewalks throughout the city. Come to participate in literary activities provided by the library, and enjoy food truck fare, live music and more at this family-friendly, outdoor event. The event is free and registration is required.
FourSights III “virtual/reality”: presented by Gallery Ten Ninety-One in association with Mid-South Artist Gallery. Featuring art from Sandra Horton, Becky Ross McRae, Frederick Lyle Morris, and Jon Woodhams. The works cover a range of media. This unique show can be seen virtually at WKNO.org and in person at the Mid-South Artist Gallery, located at 2945 Shelby Street in Bartlett. Reception April 10, 2-4 p.m. at Mid So. Artists Gallery.
Art in the Loop Festival: April 16-18, Ridgeway Loop Road at Briarcrest Ave. Explore works in metal, glass, wood, clay, fiber & more at this outdoor art festival in East Memphis. Celebrate our Region’s artists, enjoy music & sample the fare of the town’s top Food-Trucks. Facemasks are required. Fri. 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. For parking and more information go to http://www.artintheloop.org.
Lichterman Nature Center Plant Sale: April 16 – May 29. All plants are propagated onsite using sustainable horticulture. To request an on-site appointment, e-mail Nature. Reservations@memphistn.gov or call 636-221 between 11 am and 2 pm. Tue.-Sat.
Crawfish, Gus’s & Mighty Souls: Sat., April 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Gates open 5 p.m. Outdoor food, drink, or coolers are not permitted. Southern spring celebration with food and music in The Grove at GPAC. Crawfish boil, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, and the most fun band around, Mighty Souls Brass Band. Registration required at gpacweb.org.
Lunch at the Gallery: April 25 at noon, Mid-South Artist Gallery. Lunch is free, serving a table of 4 - Catering provided by the “Chicken Salad Chick”. Shop for original artwork by local and regional artists. 2945 Shelby Rd, Bartlett, Reservations call 409-8705.
Spring Plant Sale at Memphis Botanic Garden: April 22-25, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & April 26-30, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. In-person shopping dates are at its Nursery at the Garden. Beginning May 5 online shopping will be available through May 28. 750 Cherry Rd.
English Tea at the Woman’s Exchange. Tue. April 27, 2-4:30 p.m. $25. 88 Racine Street. Handmade sweets and savories including Rev’s famous scones. Call the WE at 327-5681 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. M-F or reservations. Browse the 2021 WE consign shop until April 16.
Theatre Memphis Thursdays on the Plaza: New-Every Thurs. from April 29-July 15 in front of the newly renovated facility at 630 Perkins Ext. Enjoy the Menke Sculpture Garden during events (all subject to COVID protocols in place). From blues to trivia, Cash/credit card bar with wine and craft beer, as well as a nosh or two. All tickets sold on site the night of the event. May 6, Musical Theatre Trivia Night – FREE; May 13, Nick Black - $5 cover charge; May 20, “Happy 100th, TM – Liberace and Friends Cabaret” (in the Lohrey Theatre) - $100 per person;
Strings in the City: April 30, 8 p.m., $25, The Orpheum Theatre. Hear sounds inspired by Memphis rise from Main and Beale at the Orpheum’s first-ever series of Candlelight Concerts. Under the direction of assistant conductor Kalena Bovell, members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s string section will play the music of Memphis, outdoors, just a block from the river at the Front Street side of The Orpheum. All tickets are sold in pairs as general admission. If a patron violates physical distancing requirements will be upheld. Tickets available through the Orpheum box office or Ticketmaster.
Iris Orchestra with Nancy Zhou: May 1, 2 p.m. this concert will take place outdoors in The Grove at GPAC Featured food truck will be El Mero. Concert will be available for viewing online following the event.
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 12 -15. Shelby County Health Department-approved modifications to the event include significantly reducing overall capacity and number of competition teams, drastically reducing general admission tickets, expanding team spaces, reducing operating hours, temperature screening, face mask requirements, social distancing and other safety protocols. Tickets went on sale March 29 are expected to sell out quickly due to capacity restrictions. Tickets will not be available at the gate. All tickets must be purchased in advance via Eventbrite link at www.memphisinmay.org.