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October 2018

Soul Cinema

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Film screenings in conjunction with Give a Damn! Music + Activism at Stax Records, on view at Crosstown Arts through Dec. 2.
October screening: Wattstax (1973)
Classic film documenting life in Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles and the 1972 concert at the L.A. Coliseum featuring an incredible roster of Stax Records artists including Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, The Bar-Kays, and many more.


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An exhibition and performance by Jas Marie
Featuring Libya Freeman
Doors at 6 pm | Performance at 7 pm

Pizza Maniac Series

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

El Goodo presents “Opossums, Owl’s Head Mountain, and Beauty School,” an art exhibition in the Pizza Maniac Series.
Organized by the artist

Crosstown Arts Resident Artist Talk

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Crosstown Arts offers multidisciplinary residencies in to visiting and Memphis-based artists and curators, working in any creative discipline including visual and performing arts, music, film, and writing in all genres.
The resident artists discuss their work in a series on monthly artist talks. This month: Ama Codjoe, Jules Johnston, and Karina Alvarez.

Music + Activism = Craftivism at Crosstown Arts

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The G.A.D. exhibition features stories of people who used music to make an impact. Here, we recognize the power we have in our hands. No matter what craft items we provide, you will use your hands to make art that makes a statement about something you feel passionately about.
These projects can be political, personal, or purely for fun, and it’s recommended for EVERYONE.

Stax Tracks: Soul Folk in Action

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Dr. Charles Hughes and special guests as they take a journey through key parts of the Stax Records collection. Each week, everyone will listen to an album or series of tracks in real time, followed by a short presentation, and then an audience response to the music.
On October 9, we will focus on “Soul Folk in Action,” the first Staple Singers record on Stax, recorded in early 1968.
This event is held in conjunction with Give a Damn! ….

Open Crit

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Crosstown Arts’ Open Crit series is a monthly critique event where visual artists are invited to bring new and/or in-progress studio work for critical feedback and group discussion particular to each artist’s practice. All sessions are free and open to the public. Special thanks to Art Center for donating a $25 gift certificate for each participating artist.

MicroCinema Club

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monthly short film screening series, presented by Indie Memphis & Crosstown Arts.
This month: Human Rights & Environmental Shorts
Shorts from the 2018 Human Rights and Environmental Film US Tour. Mariano Pozzi is from Argentina and works for the Human Rights Film Festival of Buenos Aires (FICDH) and the Environmental Film Festival of Buenos Aires (FINCA).
Doors at 6:30 pm | Screening at 7 pm. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

Shoot & Splice: Production Design

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Have you ever wondered how movies achieve a particular look and visual style? Join Production Designer Darian Corley as she takes you through the process of conceptualizing and designing film sets and locations. From breaking down the script to identifying design styles to working with directors and cinematographers, Darian will cover it all.
Shoot & Splice is a monthly filmmaking forum presented collaboratively by Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts.

September 2018


10:00 pm – 11:59 pm

A live monthly DJ series at Crosstown Arts

This month: DJ Siphne Aaye
$5 cover (purchase on Eventbrite or at the door)

The SPINS series will feature music as diverse as the City of Memphis. Each month, a rotating line-up of DJs will play everything from old-school Hip-Hop and House to Ultra Lounge and Afrobeat. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, come chill. Come hang. Come Party!

Crosstown Arts