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August 2018

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.

Shoot & Splice: Filmmaking Within Your Means

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join prolific Memphis filmmaker Mark Jones as he presents his workshop and discussion, “Filmmaking Within Your Means.” Mark will share his writing and filmmaking ethos, including writing for realistic and simple locations and minimizing the amount of speaking roles. But most importantly, this workshop will help teach you how to embrace your supposed creative limitations to make a wholly unique and original film.

Resident Artist Pecha Kucha

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Crosstown Arts resident artists will deliver talks in the Pecha Kucha format.

The key to Pecha Kucha is the 20×20 format: all presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, making each presentation concise and dynamic. If you’re wondering what “Pecha Kucha” means, it draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat.”

Mt. & Valley

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join local singer/songwriter Josh Waddell as he celebrates three years of making music in Memphis. 

You will hear the stories behind his original music as well as experience his soothing Americana style in an intimate, inviting space. This will be a unique event, as Waddell will share future plans and introduce a new collaboration effort: MT & VALLEY. 

Opening performance by Arkansas native Katie Ferron.

Babu Press Presents Marvin and the Marvelous Map

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Babu Press and Memphis Symphony Orchestra principal oboist Joseph Salvallagio present this fun and educational event, perfect for the whole family.
Come enjoy an original children’s story featuring audience participation and musical accompaniment by MSO musicians Joseph Salvallagio (oboe), Mark Wallace (cello), and Jenny Davis (flute). While kids enjoy the concert, parents can enjoy French Truck Coffee’s 2-for-1 Saturday mimosa special and coffee with breakfast.
There will also be a fun craft component for everyone after the performance! Free and ….

Austin Blue

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Art show and music video release
Organized by the artist

The City of Tomorrow

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Performance by The City of Tomorrow, a woodwind quintet with a fearless aesthetic and a commitment to 21st-century music, in the Central Atrium of Crosstown Concourse. Free and open to the public.


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An exhibition and performance by Nubia Yasin, Jas Marie, and Osarugue Otebele

MicroCinema Club

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Monthly short film screening series, presented by Indie Memphis & Crosstown Arts.
This month: FilmFatales Shorts
Join us for a selection of short films presented by Indie Memphis and Film Fatales, highlighting underrepresented voices including content by and about women of color and the LGBTQ community.
Full film line-up here.
Doors at 6:30 pm | Screening at 7 pm.
Admission is pay-what-you-can.

July 2018

International Memphis Music & Arts Showcase

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for the official launch of the International Memphis website. Admission is free and we will be celebrating the diverse array of international culture and art in Memphis. There will be performances throughout the evening as well as visual art on display.
Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and Salzberg Global Seminar

Crosstown Arts