Memphis Events

December 2015 Events

Dec. 1: Giving Tuesday. A global day dedicated to giving back, when charities, families, businesses, neighborhoods, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: celebrate generosity by giving: givingtuesday.org.

Dec. 2: Forces of Nature: Wind, Water, Fire. Move to the three forces of nature, as the UofM Wind Ensemble presents works that evoke wind, water, and fire. 7:30p, UofM Harris Concert Hall, 678-2541, memphis.edu/music.

Dec. 4: Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon. Good Morning America co-anchor, author, and cancer survivor Robin Roberts keynotes this benefit for the West Cancer Center. 11:45a, Peabody Hotel, 516-0500, methodisthealth.org/cancerluncheon.

Dec. 4: A Visible Christmas. Visible Music College presents its annual holiday concert, featuring student, faculty, and alumni bands showcasing original holiday songs, as well as Christmas favorites with contemporary, unexpected twists. 7:30p, Cannon Center, 576-1269, visible.edu.

Dec. 4: Holiday Open House and Fundraiser. Live music, food, fun, and fundraising with a silent auction and cash bar to benefit Memphis Center for Independent Living. 4–8p, 1633 Madison, 726-6404, mcil.org.

Dec. 4: Yuletide Open House. A restored 1870s French Victorian mansion and the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities host a merry afternoon, with docents dressed in period attire and recounting the most festive happenings from the past. Holiday decorations, refreshments, and textile displays. 4p, FREE. Woodruff Fontaine House, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com.

Dec. 4–6: Ballet Memphis Nutcracker. Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra present one of Memphis’s most beloved holiday traditions. Orpheum Theatre, 737-7322, balletmemphis.org.

Dec. 5: St. Jude Marathon and 5K. Lace up your shoes — or just watch the fun — at this sanctioned Boston Marathon–qualifying race, followed by a fun-filled weekend to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 7a, AutoZone Park, stjudemarathon.org.

Dec. 5: Breakfast with Santa. Photos, crafts, herbal gift market, and entertainment by Heard of Turtles, Children’s Ballet, and Emmanuel Church bell ringers. 9:15a and 10:30a, Botanic Garden, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Dec. 6: Brooks Holiday Artist Market. More than 35 local and regional artists sell original work, just in time for the holidays. Cash bar, a cappella music, and free museum admission. 11a–5p, FREE. Brooks Museum, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org.

Dec. 6: Jingle Bell Ball. Age-appropriate holiday soirees to benefit children’s charities: Cookie Party (toddlers–2nd grade), 2–3p; Jingle Bell Rock (3rd & 4th grades), 3:30–5p; Mistletoe Mash (5th & 6th grades), 5:30–7p. Peabody Hotel, 527-5683, memphischaritable.org.

Dec. 6: Christmas at St. Mary’s Concert. Rhodes College Singers and Women’s Chorus fill the air with music of the Christmas season. 4p, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar, 843-3775, rhodes.edu/music.

Dec. 7: Luna Nova Winter Concert. Works by Copland, Barber, Casey Rule, and Leo Ornstein create an evening of American music. 7:30p, FREE. Grace-St. Luke’s, 1720 Peabody, 493-0958.

Dec. 9: Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Luncheon. More than 1,000 business and community leaders enjoy music from the Garry Goin Band, lunch, presentations, and announcements. 11:30a–1p, Peabody Hotel, 543-3571, memphischamber.com.

Dec. 11: The Maitre D’s. In the spirit of Christmas, bring non-perishable food items for half-price admission and enjoy holiday crafts, refreshments, and revelry. 6–8p, Stax Museum, 261-6338, staxmuseum.com.

Dec. 12: Holiday Farmers Market. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! An end-of-the-season market with fresh produce, arts and crafts, music, and garden-fresh festivities. 10a–1p, Central Station Pavilion, S. Front & G.E. Patterson, memphisfarmersmarket.org.

Dec. 12: Dance Scholars: Students’ Works & Dances. Ballet divertissements, a modern piece, and jazz pieces, with live music and special guest musicians at this not-for-profit school’s year-end concert. 7p, Southwest Tennessee Community College, 301-3262, dancescholarsinc.org.

Dec. 13: Davies Plantation Christmas Open House. Shelby County’s oldest log house — circa 1830, with period furnishings in a country setting — opens for the holidays. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Tennessee Civil War Heritage Trail. 2–4p, FREE. 9336 Davies Plantation, 386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.org.

Dec. 13: Come Home For Christmas. John Angotti, Kallen Esperian, Wendy Moten, and others present a family Christmas concert to benefit Catholic Charities of West Tennessee. 3p, Cannon Center, 576-1269, thecannoncenter.com.

Dec. 13: The Christmas Spectacular 2015. Music at Lindenwood presents its annual holiday favorite, with chancel choir, orchestra, soloists, organist, trumpeter, and special guests. Nursery available. 7:30p, 2400 Union, 458-1652, lindenwood.net.

Dec. 17: D’Army Bailey Courthouse Tour. Seven kinds of marble from four different states; Cuban mahogany wood; the oldest known bust cast on a sitting president in the White House; statues and figurines, law library, and many other brass appointments highlight a one-hour tour by Shelby County Historian, Jimmy Ogle. Noon, FREE. Adams & Second, 604-5002, jimmyogle.com.

Dec. 17: Home for the Holidays. Stax Music Academy performs a high-energy, soulful holiday concert with a special appearance by the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band. 7:30p, The Cadre Building, 149 Monroe, 946-2535, staxmusicacademy.org.

Dec. 17: Art After Dark. “Sing Along: Classical Holiday Favorites with Brennan Villines” plus light refreshments and cash bar. 6–8p, Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org.

Dec. 17–20: House Happening 3: All is Bright. Project: Motion, a nonprofit modern-dance collective, stages a unique dance event in a one-of-a-kind Victorian mansion, complete with all the trimmings. 214-LEAP, projectmotiondance.org.

Dec. 18–30: Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard. Stroll through falling snow, play in the giant Snow Globe, decorate icicle ornaments, play Mitten Toss and Tic-Tac-Snow, and warm up around the campfire pits, perfect for roasting marshmallows and s’mores. 5:30–8:30p, Botanic Garden, 576-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Dec. 24: Santa Send-Off. Gather on the front lawn and join the parade to see Santa off in the Pedi Flite helicopter, on his way back to the North Pole to begin his Christmas journey around the world! 3p, FREE. Pink Palace Museum lawn, 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org.

Thru Dec. 27: Starry Nights. A Midsouth tradition with more than 1.5 million lights in the area’s largest holiday light show and festival. Mistletoe Village offers arts and crafts, petting zoo, pics with Santa, and hot chocolate. Shelby Farms Park, 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights.

Thru Dec. 30: Zoo Lights. LED-lighting displays, Ferris wheel, Santa’s reindeer, magic shows, ice skating, and the Polar Express Train. 5:30–9:30p on select nights, Memphis Zoo, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org.

Thru Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. A Memphis tradition for children of all ages is filled with animated characters, model trains, decorated trees, and holiday magic.  Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org.

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve at The Peabody. Ring in 2016 at the South’s Grand Hotel and plan to spend the night after the ball drops on a new year. Live music and parties throughout the hotel. 8p–2a, Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com.

Thru Jan. 3: Metal Museum Holiday Store. Metalsmiths hammer out one-of-a-kind creations for a smorgasbord of metal crafts, from jewelry to grilling skewers, for the perfect holiday gifts. Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org.

Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Elvis welcomes the holiday season with spectacular lights, holiday displays, and special decorations that he originally displayed, both inside and outside the mansion. Graceland, 332-3322, elvis.com.

AROUND TOWN EVENTS

Art Village Gallery: 410 S. Main, 521-0782, artvillagegallery.com. Ephraim Urevbu’s permanent collection and artist showcases from exotic lands. Thru Dec. 20: Latin American Fine Arts Exhibition.

Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. One of the leading art museums in the American South. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, lunches, and programs. Dec. 6: Holiday Artist Market, 11a–5p, free. Thru Jan. 3: “Cats and Quotes,” featuring felines from a variety of periods. Thru Feb. 28: “Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America,” more than 60 pieces of American folk art from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School: 60 Perkins Ext’d, 537-1483, buckmanartscenter.com. Dec. 12, 13: Roudnev Youth Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” Sat. 5p, Sun. 2p, balletrussian.org.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, box office 576-1269, 800-726-0915, thecannoncenter.com. See Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing and Cannon website for complete schedule. Dec. 4: Visible Music College presents its annual holiday concert, “A Visible Christmas,” featuring student, faculty, and alumni bands putting contemporary and unexpected twists to Christmas favorites and new, original holiday songs. 7:30p, 576-1269, visible.edu.
Dec. 12: Memphis Symphony Orchestra: “Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular,” 7:30p. Dec. 13: “Come Home for Christmas” concert, 3p.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Dec. 27: “A Tuna Christmas,” Tuna, Texas, takes holiday dysfunction to brand-new heights.

Circuitous Succession Gallery: 500 S. Second, 229-1041, circuitoussuccession.com. Dec. 4, 11, 18: Disco: Holiday cash-and-carry sale, 6–9p, FREE.

Cooper-Young Historic District: Cooper–Young Intersection, Midtown, 272-2922, cooperyoung.org. 1st Thursdays: Cooper-Young Night Out, festive time with live music, retail discounts, and restaurant specials, 5–9p. Saturdays Year-Round: Farmers Market, 8a–1p.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org. Private estate museum on 17 acres of formal and informal gardens. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Tuesdays & Sundays: Current exhibit curatorial tour, 2p. Wednesdays: Munch & Learn Lecture Series, noon. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27: Music in the Galleries, 2–4p. Dec. 10–20: TN Shakespeare Co: “All’s Well That Ends Well,” tnshakespeare.org. Thru Jan. 3: “Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection” and “My Own Places: Paintings and Prints by Martha Kelly.”

Downtown Community Theater and Gallery: 55 S. Main, 240-7438, memphisdowntowntheater.com. Dec. 4–20: “It Sounds Like Memphis,” an energetic, comical, family-friendly, Broadway-style musical featuring the sweet-soul sound of Memphis, inspired by the city’s history, heritage, and people.

Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com. Dec. 12: Melinda Doolittle, “American Idol” season-six contender. 7p.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, hattiloo.org. Thru Dec. 20: “If Scrooge Was a Brother,” mean ol’ Eb Scroo is paid a visit by three revealing spirits.

Memphis College of Art — Downtown: 477 S. Main, 272-5100, mca.edu. Thru Dec. 12: “Breaking Narratives,” the fall 2015 MFA thesis exhibition.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Inside FedExForum, 191 Beale at Third, 205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. A comprehensive Memphis music experience. Tuesdays: Free admission for Shelby Co. residents w/ID, 2–7p. Thru Jan. 31: “60 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Thru May 31: “Jack Robinson: Portraits 1958–72,” celebrating the celebrity photographs by Memphian Jack Robinson.

Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See website for class and demo times. Thru Dec. 6: Master Metalsmith Linda Threadgill: Cultivating Ornament. Thru Jan. 3: Metal Museum Holiday Store. Metalsmiths hammer out one-of-a-kind creations for a smorgasbord of metal crafts, from jewelry to grilling skewers, for the perfect holiday gifts. Dec. 13–Mar. 13: “2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition,” a traveling exhibition from the Gold Museum of Taipei City Government.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. “The South’s Finest Theater.” Dec 4–6: Ballet Memphis and Memphis Symphony Orchestra: “Nutcracker.” Dec. 8–13: Broadway: “Newsies,” a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenage paper boys rallies newsies from across the city to strike against unfair publishing titans in the early 1900s. Dec. 18: Tony Bennett, 8p, tonybennett.com.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America’s first self-service grocery store. Dec. 24: Santa Send-Off. Gather on the front lawn and join the parade to see Santa off in the Pedi Flite helicopter, on his way back to the North Pole to begin his Christmas journey around the world! 3p, FREE. Thru Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. A Memphis tradition for children of all ages is filled with animated characters, model trains, decorated trees, and holiday magic.

Pink Palace Museum CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Dec. 31: “Polar Express 3D,” a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. Thru Dec. 31: “The Light Before Christmas 3D,” an animated holiday film about two children who learn about the night before Christmas. Thru Jan. 8: “Living in the Age of Airplanes in 2D,” flight and its impact on commerce and culture.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Dec. 4–19: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Thru Jan. 10: “Peter Pan,” adventures in Neverland.

South Main Historic Arts District: Between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com. Last Fridays: South Main Art Trolley Tour, shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, 6–9p.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, staxmuseum.com. State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. First Thursdays: Stax Fresh Trax, musician feedback sessions, 6–9p, memphismusic.org. Thru Dec. 31: “Stax: Visions of Soul” celebrates songs from the iconic Stax catalog with specially commissioned works by 16 visual artists.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company: UofM Mainstage, 3745 Central, 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org. Dec. 10–20: “All’s Well That Ends Well,” a young girl finds she can heal death, forgive man, and even redeem humanity, Dixon Gallery.

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext’d, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Dec. 4–23: “A Christmas Carol.”

Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com. Restored 1870s French Victorian mansion. Dec. 4: Yuletide Open House. The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities host a merry afternoon, with docents dressed in period attire (and recounting the most festive happenings from the past), in addition to holiday decorations, refreshments, and textile displays, 4p, FREE. Dec. 17–20: Project: Motion presents “House Happening 3: All is Bright,” a unique dance event in a one-of-a-kind Victorian mansion, complete with all the trimmings: 214-LEAP, projectmotiondance.org.