Dia De Los Muertos 2018

Dia De Los Muertos 2018

Dia de los Muertos

PARADE & FESTIVAL

By Kathy Dumlao

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Cazateatro Independent Theatre

Cazateatro Independent Theatre operated actively from 2006 to 2009, under the leadership of Gio López. In 2010 there began a new adventure, when a group of women with a shared dream gathered together to make it come true. That dream was animated by love of theater, and at the same time love of their Latin culture and its vast inner diversity.

These women began to gather weekly under the direction of Mónica Sánchez, strengthening their work as artists and as a theater company. After evaluating various alternative names, they decided to identify the group by the name Cazateatro, but with a variant that would stress inclusiveness: thus Cazateatro Independent Theatre evolved into Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group. What is Dia de los Muertos? Dia de los Muertos has its origins in Aztec traditions honoring the dead. The Aztec Empire’s influence extended throughout present-day Mexico and Central America, while few Native Americans of the present-day U.S. shared Aztec traditions.

Festivities

Dia de los Muertos celebration comes to Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Overton Square

Parade and Festival organized by Brooks Museum and Cazateatro focuses on cultural heritage

MEMPHIS, Tenn., October 17, 2018 – Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Cazateatro are collaborating for a free Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, October 27. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors friends and family members who have died. The mission of the Memphis event is twofold: to preserve and communicate the cultural heritage of Dia de los Muertos and its importance, and to strengthen the cultural identity of Memphis’ Latino community.

The second annual Dia de los Muertos Parade features festive floats and performers making their way to the plaza at the Brooks Museum beginning at 11 a.m. Information about road closures, suggested alternate routes and a street map is included at the bottom of this release.

The community celebration at the Brooks will offer art-making activities, face painting, costumed performers, musical and dance performances, food trucks, information tables from local organizations, and a Catrina/Catrin costume contest. La Calavera Catrina is an elegantly dressed skeleton, first depicted in the work of Mexican printmaker, Jose Guadalupe Posada in the early 20th century. Please come dressed in your best Catrina/Catrin-inspired attire! The contest has four age categories: 6 and under, 7-12, 13-18 and 18 and over. The winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

Performers include Cazateatro, Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis, Stax Music Academy, Herencia Hispana, Los Matachines, Mariachi Guadalajara, Los Viejitos, and Alexis White. The festival begins at the Brooks Museum 12:00 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a small charge for face-painting. A complete schedule of activities is included below.

 

Throughout the day, Mariachi Guadalajara and several Catrinas from Cazateatro will also appear at the Brooks. Additionally, Flickering Lights: Days of the Dead an educational film about the traditions of the holiday will play throughout the event in the Dororthy K. Hohenberg Auditorium. Memphians are invited to join the celebration by bringing a copy of a photograph of a deceased loved one to place on a community altar.

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Important Times

11:00 a.m. – Parade leaves Overton Square, Tower Courtyard

12:00 p.m. – Parade arrives at Brooks Museum, Overton Park

12:00 p.m. – Mariachi Guadalajara, Flickering Lightsfilm, art-making activities begin

12:30 p.m. – Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl (dance)

1:00 p.m. – Stax Music Academy (music)  1:30 p.m. – Los Matachines (dance)

2:00 p.m. – Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group (music)

2:30 p.m. – Catrina/Catrin Costume Contest – Winners Announced

2:35 p.m. – Herencia Hispana (dance)

3:00 p.m. – Los Viejitos (dance)

3:30 p.m. – Alexis White (music)

4:00 p.m. – Event ends

Parade Route

Parade line-up begins at 9 a.m. on Trimble Place between South Florence Street and Cooper Street.

Parade begins at 11 a.m. heading west on Trimble.

North (left) on S. Florence St to Madison Avenue.

West (left) on Madison to North Tucker Street.

North (right) on Tucker to Poplar Avenue.

Parade crosses Poplar at 11:45 a.m. onto Morrie Moss Lane.

North (slight left) on Morrie Moss to the Brooks Museum plaza.

Traffic Information

Please use the following alternate routes if you will be traveling eastbound or westbound on Poplar Avenue between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.

 Traveling eastbound on Poplar:

                  o   Turn right on North McLean Boulevard, then left on Union Avenue to continue heading east

 Traveling westbound on Poplar:

                 o Turn left on North Cooper Street then right on Union Avenue to continue heading west

Please use the following alternate routes if you are planning to visit Overton Park or the Memphis Zoo between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.

 Traveling eastbound on Poplar:

                o Turn left on North McLean Boulevard to enter Overton Park via Prentiss Place.

 Traveling westbound on Poplar:

                o Turn right on Veterans Plaza Drive to enter Overton Park Consider using North Parkway to North McLean Boulevard to access the Memphis Zoo’s main entrance.

Mission: Founded in 1916 and located at 1934 Poplar Ave. in historic Overton Park, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is home to Tennessee’s oldest and largest major collection of world art. More than 10,000 works make up the Brooks Museum’s permanent collection, including works from ancient Greece, Rome and the Americas; Renaissance masterpieces from Italy; English portraiture; American painting and decorative arts; contemporary art; and a survey of African art. The Brooks Museum enriches the lives of our diverse community through the museum’s expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present. For more information about the Brooks and all other exhibitions and programs, call 901.544.6200 or visit brooksmuseum.org.

For more information, contact:

Kathy Dumlao

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Office: 901.544.6246

Cell: 901.827.0414

Kathy.Dumlao@brooksmuseum.org

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Mempho Aftermath

Mempho Aftermath

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Mempho aftermath

By Rebekah Hedges

Mixed drinks flowing, colorful lights flashing and an overwhelming sense of love and acceptance are fresh in my mind after experiencing Mempho Fest 2018.

The second year of the event, hosted at Shelby Farms Park, provided a popular line-up including names such as Post Malone, Beck, Phoenix, Rich the Kid, Janelle Monae and Memphis native Juicy J, among others, and they did not disappoint.

There was such a mix of skills and genre throughout the performers, from alternative rock, to indie pop, and of course R&B and hip hop. I thought this offered the opportunity for everyone to appreciate and enjoy a little bit of everything.

As a personal fan of of Phoenix and Janelle Monáe I was thrilled to attend and check ‘attend my first music festival’ off of my bucket list. Although I have been near events like Texas’ Austin City Limits and smaller music festivals like Hot Springs Arkansas’ Valley of the Vapors this was my first go-around with officially participating in a music festival and it was memorable.

The words echoed by Martin Luther King at the beginning of Janelle Monáe’s track ‘Crazy Classic Life’: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” are fresh in my mind as I reflect on the two-day festival.

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Participating in the front row, camera in hand, I felt as though Janelle Monáe’s whole set embodied those words. Celebrating life, liberties and happiness was the theme.

Monae’s album ‘Dirty Computer’ was performed with such powerful positive energy and spread the messages of self-love and acceptance. The energy was sent throughout the sea of different faces as we sang in harmony. Rainbow flags, as well as countless hands raised in the shape of hearts rocked back and forth simultaneously to Monae’s music.

In an interview with Danielle Young from ‘The Grapevine,’ Monae said her album dealt with what it means to be a part of a marginalized group: “Dirty computers are seen as being full of bugs and viruses and anything to be cleaned out. Dirty computers see their bugs and their viruses—whether it’s their sexuality, their race, their gender—as attributes, as features. This is an album to celebrate us, to celebrate all the dirty computers around the world.”

It may sound strange, but I’m proud to say I’m a dirty computer. This performance was one of the highlights of the festival for me.

I was mesmerized by the Orion Flame Dome and hope to gain the courage to participate in the silent disco in future years.

The most surprising moment I experienced was when I met my random guardian angel; a fellow photographer amongst the crowd that observed my 50 mm fixed lens. He noticed the limitation I was experiencing due to the lens and we chatted between musical sets about camera gear and media.

This was a pure stranger, we had only chatted for about 15 minutes, when he offered to let me use his 85 mm for the next performer. (We’re talking about an estimated $400+ lens!) Love was in the air all around and I felt the generous spirit as I was able to grab some shots of Phoenix, another favorite performer, with the great lens!

Seeing Phoenix for the first time live after being a long time fan was a dream come true. A personal favorite song of theirs is ‘Love Like A Sunset’ which I was pleasantly surprised that they played as it is a lesser known track from their Wolfgang Amadeus album. The bass was blaring and it came in so beautiful I was headbanging at all the right drops.

The cherry on top was touching Thomas Mars’ hand as he came down into the audience to crowd surf.

Though I didn’t take the opportunity to use the campsite option at Mempho, I passed by colorful tents and kind campers who waved hello. I hope to take advantage of this fun aspect of Mempho in the following years.

I was only able to attend and enjoy a couple more performers, but I enjoyed following the @MemphoFest instagram account and discovering other talented photographers through hashtags such as #Mempho and #MemphoFest2018.

Due to the daunting crowd on Day 2 I simply reviewed footage of the adored Post Malone and hope that next year’s line up can continue to top itself.

Mempho 2019, I’m already ready and waiting!

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Unwind for Hope

Unwind for Hope

Unwind for hope

celbrated memphis woman living with HIV

By Hope House

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 29, 2018

Hope House, an organization committed to improving the quality of life for HIV-impacted individuals in the Memphis community, is having their annual event, Unwind For Hope on Thursday, October 18, 6-8 p.m. The event, sponsored by Huey’s, inferno, Just My Memphis and Mercury Valet, is held at Hope House (23 S. Idlewild St.) to celebrate women in Memphis living with HIV.

“Hope House was founded by the Junior League of Memphis, a women’s volunteer organization with a mission to serve the Memphis community. It is only fitting that we continue our legacy of strong women set out to serve others by celebrating our women at Hope House,” says Lenox Warren, Director of Development at Hope House. “The women here not only face the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS but still get up each day and strive for a better future for themselves and their children, while also supporting other women around them.”

The event is $25 for entry and offers guests wine, delicious food and access to local art for sale. There will be 17 local female artists featured at the event including artwork from some of the incredible women served by Hope House. Each artist will be donating a portion of their proceeds back to Hope House and the clients who will be selling artwork are donating 100% of their proceeds to the Hope House Emergency Fund which provides emergency financial assistance for Hope House clients. Featured artist include: Christian Alene, Kim Baldock, Erica Bodine, Fly by Christine, Lydia Frank, Patty Franz and Margaret Holifield, Funlola, Deanna Hamsley, Hope House Clients, Mary Melvin, Olivia James New, Leslie Ponder, Question The Answer, Amanda Solomon, Jessica Tinsley, Whitney Winkler, NJ Woods.

For more information about the event visit www.hopehousememphis.org/upcoming-events.  

See You at the Event!

About Hope House 

Since opening its doors in 1995, Hope House has been dedicated to effectively serving the needs of those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Greater Memphis area. It exists to improve the quality of life for HIV-affected individuals and their families by providing high quality early childhood education and social services. For more information, visit hopehousememphis.org.

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2019 Monster Jam

2019 Monster Jam

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2019 Monster Jam

Tickets now on pre-sale

By Jillian Kaplan

Three Sold Out Performances in 2018 –

Now Featuring Four Monster Jam Performances in 2019!

The Most Family-Friendly, Action-Packed Motor Sport in the World with Four-wheel Racing, Two-wheel Skills, Donuts and Freestyle Competitions returns to Landers Center 

March 29 – 31, 2019

Southaven, MS – September 17, 2018 – Following the success of the First-Time-Ever January 2018 Monster Jam® engagement at Landers Center in Southaven, Monster Jam, announces the pre-sale and on sale dates for the upcoming tour returning to the Mid-South!  The 2019 season will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills, donuts and freestyle competitions at Landers Center beginning March 29 through March 31.  After selling out three consecutive performances in 2018, Monster Jam will now feature a brand-new Friday night show to begin the weekend, totaling 4 performances and 2 pit parties for fans to choose from.

Southaven Monster Jam 2019 tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, September 25th via Ticketmaster; sign up in advance to become a Monster Jam Preferred Customer to get early purchase access to Monster Jam tickets with a special code during the venue pre-sale period from September 18–25:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/preferred-customer-page.

For all the latest news, announcements and updates, be sure to watch the Monster Jam 2019 Season Kickoff Show live streaming on MonsterJam.com on Tuesday Sept 18th at 6:00pm CT.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones.

Fans also have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers by purchasing a Pit Party pass that allows them early access to the event for photo opportunities and autographs.

Check out the arena set-up!

When?

Friday – Sunday // March 29th – 31st, 2019

Friday, March 29 – 7:00pm

Saturday, March 30 – 1:00pm & 7:00pm   //   Pit Party – 10:30am – Noon*

Sunday, March 31 – 2:00pm   //   Pit Party – 11:30am – 1:00pm*

*Pit Party access is only granted with valid Pit Party ticket AND corresponding show ticket.    Saturday 1:00pm show to correspond with Saturday 10:30 – Noon Pit Party

                        Sunday 2:00pm show to correspond with the Sunday 11:30am – 1:00pm Pit Party

Where?

Landers Center – 4560 Venture Dr, Southaven, MS 38671

Tickets

Tickets start at $20

Pit Party Passes start at $15 each

Tickets & Pit Passes will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Landers Center Box Office. **ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply. 

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The StompDown: Youth Impact!

The StompDown: Youth Impact!

The StompDown!

Youth Impact!
by Jerome Robinson
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Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Though stepping may be performed by an individual, it is generally performed by groups of three or more, often in arrangements that resemble military formations.
Stepping may also draw from elements of gymnastics, break dance, tap dance, march, or African and Caribbean dance, or include semi-dangerous stunts as a part of individual routines.  The tradition of stepping is rooted within the competitive schoolyard song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the 1900’s.
It also originally drew heavily from the stage routines and movements of popular R&B groups such as the Temptations and The Four Tops. During the mid-20th century, historically-black fraternities and sororities on United States college campuses traditionally sang and chanted to celebrate “crossing over” into membership of their respective organizations. Stepping is also performed by schools, churches, cheer-leading squads, and drill teams.
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The StompDown Highlights

Djuan Ballinger and his production company brought their step competition to the Cannon Center. The show is called The StompDown! Teams competed for over a $1000.00 in prizes. But this show is about so much more than the stepping. It is about creating a national and international platform for the celebration of the art of stepping while also creating a place to promote the accomplishments of the teams. It is a chance to showcase the engagement and the positive impact these young people are having on their communities. The StompDown is expanding to cities all across the US. It was started in Florida and has already spread to 17 markets around the southeast and is growing fast.

I got a chance to sit down with Shericka Cunningham, the Assistant Director for the show. Shericka shared some of the highlights from the event and some of the hardships bringing the show to Memphis. Teams competing came from as far away as Tallahassee Florida. As this event grows in the Memphis market it will become a major driver for tourism to the city. The events falls on the Friday night before the Southern Heritage Classic and serves as a perfect compliment to activities going on during the Classic Weekend.

 

The Greek Category Winner: Memphis Alumni Chapter Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.  from Memphis, TN.  In the Independent Category, the winner was the Total Complexity Step Team from Louisville, KY.  The winner for the High School Category was the Omega Lamplighters from Tallahassee, FL. Shericka said that one of the highlights of the show is definitely seeing the excitement on the performers’ faces when they arrive and during performances.

 

 

One of the challenges in bringing a show like this to Memphis is getting the endorsements and support from the major influencers of our youth. The StompDown like other events trying to create something big in the city of Memphis, are looking for better support by having community leaders and influencers getting involved, schools supporting organization with youth empowerment movements, and more corporate and small business support. The show organizers wanted to say thank you to JustMyMemphis, the Memphis Urban League, HBCU Student College Fair, and a special thanks to East High School.

Looking forward to next year, Ms Cunningham had this to say: “We will continue to cultivate the relationships within the city that have been established. The Stompdown’s overall objective is to empower the youth. We believe that next year we will give more out scholarships to students in the City of Memphis, highlight local talent on the main stage, and connect with more community leaders and businesses.” Because of the positive effect events like this have on the youth of Memphis and on our local economy, JustMyMemphis is planning on having a major role in next year’s show!

Some of our youth have no exposure to events like The Stompdown. Vision plays a major component, not only for children but for adults as well. As the old adage goes “Seeing is Believing” we want to let our youth see that there is success on all levels especially regarding the performing arts, and see their classmates receive scholarships.

What impact is The Stompdown hoping to have on the young lives in our community? That they can attend The Stompdown and say to themselves, “I can do that!” Once the seed is sown one of our missions is accomplished.

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Gallery 901

Gallery 901

Gallery 901
When art and food collide
By Amanda Krog

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Taste of Gallery
David’s interest in cooking sparked while preparing healthy meals for his grandmother, Dory, who was diabetic. He got his start at a restaurant in Tampa, FL when he was just a teen. He poured water for guests and eventually worked his way up to dishwasher, then prep cook, and so on.
My mother was in the restaurant business, so I’d spend time there after school sometimes, doing my homework and bugging the servers to let me roll their silverware. When I was old enough to get a job it just made sense to find something in the service industry. I was comfortable there.
David left his job this year to pursue opening a restaurant.  He was cooking in people’s homes and we were working events, but he had all this creative energy and needed an outlet. He was having a conversation with Gabe Velasquez and mentioned that we wanted to find somewhere to have a pop up dinner. Gabe had a building! So we got to work putting it together. I contacted artists we knew to see if they wanted to show their work during the dinners. We got a bigger response than expected. Gabe had muralists come in (Adam Exelbierd & Jamond Bullock) and we got the art hung and the name Gallery just stuck.
Dining
The art that is on display at Taste of Gallery, no matter where the event is held, is always for sale. The idea is that there’s art on the walls, art on the plate, even the tables were made by a local carpenter out the the wood from the tear out at 64 S. Main.
We post updates for upcoming events on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can find links to subscribe to our email list or purchase tickets on either page. Tickets are available directly through eventbrite. There’s only 20 seats per dinner, so get them before they’re gone! Each dinner is 6 or more courses and includes wine pairings.

Taste of Gallery Info:

Subscribe to our email list here
We also book private events and in home dinners. Contact Amanda or Dave for info and pricing.

Names of the artists:

Anna Holt Art
Paul Butler
Bonnie Gravette
Karen Parks
Joey Young
Jordan Fisher
Chuey Avila
Jamond Bullock
Adam Exelbierd
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