Checking on the Arts

  Lynne Sachs is a filmmaker and poet who grew up in Memphis and is currently living in Brooklyn, New York.  Her moving image work ranges from short experimental films, to essay films to hybrid live performances.

So Much Film

By every yardstick, anti-Semitism in the US and Europe is rising and worsening in ways not seen since the 1930s. Filmmaker Andrew Goldberg explores this process in his film “Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations."

  Swedish Jam Factory is a dynamic duo, making up and breaking rules as it goes along. Thomas Bergstig and Isaac Middleton met in Memphis at Playhouse on the Square. What started as killing time between scenes, developed into a fascinating art form that defies genre. Pioneering a new hybrid of tap dance and musical expression, they found international fame on Sweden’s Got Talent. Imagine Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, frenetically pounding away at the piano, guitar, ukulele, accordion and saxophone, as their synchronized taps provide the percussion. It’s a high-energy, quick-footed, rollicking good time that leaves audiences in awe and dancing in the aisles.


Swedish Jam Factory will be playing at The Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center on Friday, January 31 at 8pm.  Click here to learn more.  


Susan Schadt Press

Memphis Reads presents panelists Charles Hughes, Geoff Calkins, and Zandria Robinson to help celebrate Memphis’ bicentennial by discussing the book, Memphis: 200 Years Together at 6 pm, Wednesday September 18 at Christian Brothers University Theatre and Thursday September 19 at McNeil Concert Hall at Rhodes College. The panels are free and open to the public and will be moderated by Shelby County Mayor, Lee Harris, and followed by a concert by Motel Mirrors, featuring Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith.


Beginning September 15, Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.

Justin Bowles

Artist Justin Bowles has transformed the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University into Temple of the Cha-Cha-Hua, a fantasy environment that will hopefully speak to a sacred space inside each of us: the essence of our childhood dreams. 

James Carey

For 35 years, Memphis College of Art (MCA) students have been following in the footsteps of American artist Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) as they make a 10-day excursion to Horn Island, an uninhabited barrier island off the coast of Mississippi. This year marked the 35th, and final, Horn Island expedition for MCA. 

William-Adolphe Bouguereau is a 19th-century French academic painter whose works included – but are not limited to – historical, religious, and genre scenes. During the Gilded Age in America, Bouguereau’s paintings were in high demand; causing many of Bouguereau’s paintings to reflect America's taste and preferences during the Gilded Age.  

 The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art showcases a major exhibit called “Bouguereau and America”, which is currently on view up through September the 22nd.   The new Associate Curator of European and Decorative Arts at the Brooks, Dr. Rosamund Garrett, joins Kacky Walton for Checking on the Arts to discuss the Brooks Museums newest exhibit.  

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins landed on the Moon during the United States Apollo XI mission. This year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo XI.  

After a decade of collecting photos, Ryan Adams has organized the Shift+Gallery’s first-ever exhibit, “Edge of Space: Apollo XI, Orbiter, and Viking I”. The exhibit, which is located inside Edge Alley restaurant, will showcase photographs taken during the Apollo XI, Orbiter, and Viking I missions.  “Edge of Space: Apollo XI, Orbiter, and Viking I” opens Tuesday, June 25th with an open reception from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The exhibit ends on August 30th.    

Orpheum Theatre Group

The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education, part of the Orpheum Theatre Group, has just announced its 2019-2020 season.