Save the Dates: May Events in Memphis

May in Memphis means plenty of festivals, live music, art shows, and more. Check out these events, put them on your calendar, and share with your friends.

Screening at Studio on the Square at 7pm
Tickets are $10/$8 for members, seniors, and students w/ valid student ID.
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Indie Memphis and Memphis In May come together to celebrate the cinematic offerings of our northern neighbor, Canada, as we present four distinct films from different Canadian filmmakers. First up is Philippe Falardeau’s 2011 film, MONSIEUR LAZHAR.  At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film will be followed by a Q&A led by Laura Loth, French Professor at Rhodes College and organizer of the Tournees Film Festival.

 See our list of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo here.

Playhouse on the Square is showing Memphis the Musical from May 6 to May 29. That gives you a month of opportunities to see a truly Memphis story on stage. Inspired by actual events in Memphis, the musical brings to life the story of disc jockey, Huey, and club singer, Felicia as they both soar through the airwaves in a story that has a whole lot of Memphis soul. The story is based loosely on Dewey Phillips who was one of the first disc jockeys to feature black music on air in the 1950s. Now, you can see this riveting story unfold in Memphis at Playhouse on the Square with 16 different performances spanning the month of May.

Screening at Studio on the Square at 7pm
Tickets are $10/$8 for members, seniors, and students w/ valid student ID
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For two decades, Memphian Kallen Esperian was the toast of the opera world: discovered by Pavarotti, and a favored co-star of Placido Domingo, she sang often at La Scala and The Met.  Then a series of life blows took her away from the international spotlight.  This is the story of what happened to Kallen Esperian, and her ongoing attempt to resurrect her career. Director Steve Ross and Kallen Esperian will be in attendance for a Q&A immediately following the film. Presented in collaboration with The University of Memphis’ Department of Communication.

Screening at Studio on the Square at 7pm
Tickets are $10/$8 for members, seniors, and students w/ valid student ID
Purchase Tickets HERE

The third film on the Canadian film series is Sarah Polley’s documentary that explores the director’s own family’s secrets—including one intimately related to Polley’s own identity. A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. Winner of dozens of Best Documentary awards by festivals and critic associations. Sarah Fleming, Lara Johnson, Sara Kaye Larson, & Joann Self Selvidge of Film Fatales, a collective of Memphis-based female filmmakers, will host a Q&A conversation immediately following the screening.

Screening at Studio on the Square at 7pm
Tickets are $10/$8 for members, seniors, and students w/ valid student ID
Purchase Tickets HERE

The final film in the Canadian film series is cult auteur David Cronenberg’s 1983 classic VIDEODROME. Cronenberg’s violent take on media and politics is relevant now more than ever. A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. Film writers John Beifuss, Chris McCoy, & Marina Levina will host a Q&A conversation immediately following the film.

Join Overton Square the last Thursday of every month through October for an evening of live music in The Tower Courtyard. Bring your lawn chairs and listen to the acoustic melodies of Memphis musicians in the heart of Midtown, Memphis. Free admission.

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