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September 2018

Wish Book: Lay of the Land with John Pearson

09/21/18 – 12/02/18
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Exhibition of photographic works by John Pearson
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 21, 6-8 pm
On view: Sept. 21-Nov. 30
Location: East Gallery & East Atrium
These large-scale, landscape cyanotypes on fabric link the tactile and the visual by committing the photographic process to the physical landscape. Pearson works outdoors on the ground, making 1:1 indexical photographic prints during midday sunlight. In these photographs, view is replaced by elemental record; while the horizon, removed from the composition, becomes the topographic support and source for construction of the images.

Pearson’s intention is not to convey the solely visual appearance of place — in this case, the arid southern California landscape — but rather to invoke a more dynamic experience of place by means of the transformative nature of photography.

Give a Damn! Music + Activism at Stax Records

09/28/18 – 12/02/18
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

On view: September 28-November 30
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 28, 6-8 pm

“Give a Damn,” a title taken from the 1970 Staple Singers song, is the culmination of a year-long examination of Stax Records’ commitment to political activism, community engagement, and social justice in the years following Dr. King’s 1968 assassination in Memphis.

This exhibition is presented by The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and hosted at Crosstown Arts. It features never-before-seen artifacts including Isaac Hayes’ 14-foot long custom-made office desk, stage clothing worn by Johnnie Taylor and Isaac Hayes, rare photos and documents, short films, music, and original artwork contributed by Shelby County students.

November 2018

Crosstown Youth Theater presents Into the Hoods

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the second public “mic check” at Crosstown Arts Theater. The students from Crosstown Youth Theater will present their original play, Into the Hoods — an adaptation of Into the Woods tailored to address real issues that students in Memphis face.
Ranging in age from 10 to 17 years old, Crosstown Youth Theater students come from public schools across the city. The student write, act, and perform in their own plays.
Free and open to the public

MicroCinema Club

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monthly short film screening series, presented by Indie Memphis & Crosstown Arts.

This month: Festival Award Winners 2018
An encore screening of standout short film award winners from the 2018 Indie Memphis Film Festival, curated by Shorts Programmer Brighid Wheeler.

Crosstown Arts Resident Artist Talk

12:00 pm – 2:00 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 of monthly artist talks. This month: Rory Golden, Darius Wallace, Jon Crawford, and Jing Niu.

My Magical Manifesto

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Crosstown Arts resident artist Darius Wallace will present his one-man show, My Magical Manifesto, at the third public “mic check” event at Crosstown Arts Theater. Free and open to the public.


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A collection of artwork from the fall 2018 University of Memphis sculpture students
Through a wide variety of materials and conceptual approaches, these emerging artists illustrate their own development and interaction with the themes of contemporary sculpture.
Organized by the artists

Don’t Stop Dancing to the Music! A Conversation with The Bar-Kays

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with The Bar-Kays’ Larry Dodson and Winston Stewart. Free and open to the public. Moderated by Memphis radio personality (and Crosstown Arts community outreach coordinator) Porsche Stevens, this freewheeling conversation will include stories from the band’s rich past and much more.

The Music of Herbie Hancock

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jazz tribute to Herbie Hancock featuring Keenan Shotwell (piano/ keys), Gary Walker (auxiliary keys), Carl Casperson (acoustic/ eletric bass), Paul McKinney (trumpet/ flugalhorn), and James Sexton (drums).

The Crosstown Jazz Series, presented by Strictly Jazz Entertainment in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, is designed to salute classic jazz music as contemporary musicians perform the work of the legends.

Spins featuring DJ Capital A

10:00 pm – 11:55 pm

A live monthly DJ series at Crosstown Arts

This month: DJ Capitol A (hip-hop, soul, funk)

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!

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