Checking on the Arts

The Communities in Conversation lecture series continues at Rhodes with Stephanie Elizondo Griest, discussing her new book "All the Angels and Saints: Dispatches from the US Borderlands" on Thursday October 18th at 7 pm in Hardie Auditorium (reception at 6:30).


"Every origami design has a beautiful and almost perfect star that the paper reveals when you unfold it," says Kevin Box, explaining how he got into the art of origami.

Knowing that any unraveled origami piece shows a star changed Box's perception about his art and what he was doing at the time. Since then, Box has worked with several world renowned origami artists to create a process of turning paper origami into bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel sculptures.

The casting process, which Box has pioneered, allows his sculptures to weather seasons and climates.

Starting Friday through March 24, over twenty-four sculptures will be on display in and outside the Memphis Botanic Gardens. The exhibit will have an audio tour by Kevin Box and other artists who have helped him along the way.

Here's what Box had to say on Checking on the Arts.

Take a walk through suspended metal or have a yoga session while admiring 16th Century paintings. The Brooks Museum's fall collection of artwork and projects have something to please most anyone.

The museum plans to introduce new exhibits and artwork, ranging from a 24-foot tall tree made from recyclable materials to photographs from famous Memphis photographer, Ernest Withers. 

The Brooks Museum's curator of strategic engagement, Andria Lisle, talks about what to expect from the museum for the coming fall season.


Justin Fox Burks

Nothing says summer more than peaches and grilling so why not enjoy them together!


 

Memphis offers a multitude of fun things to do. However, even people who have lived here for years can sometimes find it daunting to discover their niche. 

New Memphis is an organization that targets individuals who are looking to know more about the City of Memphis and how to get involved in the community. 

On Thursday, August 30th, New Memphis is hosting an event called Exposure, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Autozone Park. It's free and fun for all ages. The event celebrates the city and shows Memphians a variety of opportunities to get involved. There will be a local celebrity kickball game, various community volunteer sign up opportunities, local food, and much more.

Anna Mullins, vice president of communications and strategic initiatives, joins Checking on the Arts host, Kacky Walton to talk about Exposure.

Dr. Jim Bailey has a vision of a more effectual and proficient health care system, which targets preventive health care issues, but costs much less than what people are currently paying.

As author of The End of Healing: A Journey through the Underworld of American Medicine, he will explain the importance of understanding effective health care and how to demand it as part of the Healthy City Town Hall and Book Signing.

The event, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, is at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. He'll be joined on a panel by Shantell Leatherwood, chief executive officer for Church Community Health Services, and Scott Morris, founder and CEO of Church Health.

The Memphis Public Library's Explore Memphis started in June and was aimed at keeping children and teens mentally active during their summer break.


Playhouse on the Square's final production of the 2017-18 season is a world premiere.

CRIB, by Gino Dilorio, won the 2016 NewWorks@TheWorks Playwrighting Competition.  

Director Jaclyn Suffel discusses the play about a college basketball star and the expectations of academia.

 

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Conversations between NASA's mission control and astronauts walking on the moon may not seem like "the right stuff" of classical music.

But Memphis Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Moody thinks that space chatter will make for an intriguing libretto during one concert in the MSO's 2018-19 line up. 

The season is packed with three concerts series: Masterworks, Classic Accents and Pops. Special guests include Telly Leung and Ryan Anthony. 

Here Moody discusses what to expect during the 2018-19 season.   

 

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Though the Memphis College of Art is now entering its final years of operation (doors close in May of 2020), students are still working on their degrees and, more importantly, making art. 

Now is the time to check out MCA's last biennial student exhibition, which ends this Sunday (July 15) with a celebration and awards ceremony 6-9 p.m. Friday (July 13).

In addition, MCA has created a new donor club, called 1936 Club, organized to help ensure the top educational quality for their current students. 1936 Club was in a response to the school's decrease in funds since the announcement of its closing. 

Both Kristian Rambo, alumni and advancement coordinator, and Bud Richey, VP of student affairs and dean of students, discuss MCA's last exhibit and the 1936 Club.

Darel Snodgrass

A Checking on the Arts road trip, to a unique event.

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