Checking on the Arts

The Falling and the Rising​ is a new American opera conceived by Sergeant First Class Ben Hilgert of the U.S. Army Soldiers' Chorus, inspired by Opera Memphis' Ghosts of Crosstown project in 2014.

COA: Art in the Loop

Apr 1, 2019

  Moving his broadcast location from the WKNO-FM studios to the streets of East Memphis, Darel Snodgrass will be broadcasting live on Friday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the "Art in the Loop" festival. The 3-day "Art in the Loop" event is a great family-friendly art festival that will be going on April 5 - 7, on Ridgeway Loop Road, between Briarcrest Ave and Ridgebend Road.


There will be an artist market and a juried group of 56 talented artists working in metal, glass, wood, clay, and fiber, plus jewelry, paintings, photography and more. In addition, there will be live music, food trucks, and more.  


Talking about the event, the creator of "Art in the Loop" Greg Belz, joins Kacky Walton for Checking on the Arts. 



February 22 - April 10, 2019
Artist's Reception: Friday, March 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

“Mi Casa es Your House” explores multiple factors of Gonzalez’s Mexican-American identity, celebrating and exploring her Mexican heritage and her acceptance of her dual citizenship status with iconic imagery, mixed with expressions of confusion regarding what is required to be part of a nation, an everyday struggle with immigration, assimilation, discrimination.

Barbara J. King

At Rhodes College on March 21 at 6 p.m., author Barbara J. King will present “Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat,” based on her book of the same title




Combining the past with the present, Memphis College of Art (MCA) hosts the Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition, which showcases work from current faculty, as well as all living Professors Emeriti. The exhibit features a wide variety of art, including photographs, sculptures, twelve feet by twelve feet works, and even a wall of handprints from students and faculty over the years.

The exhibit is on display from February 22 to March 19, with the artist reception from 6:00PM - 8:00PM on March 1st. 

Coordinator of External Engagement Oliva Wall and Associate Professor of Studio Art, Sculpture - Ceramics Area Head Leandra Urrutia join Darel Snodgrass on Checking on the Arts to discuss the Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition. 



Jennifer Chandler

January is National Slow Cooker Month!

Fifteen years ago, Katie Smythe was perplexed about what what The Nutcraker was really about. She went on to recreate the classic holiday ballet, giving it a Memphis twist.

The production, The Nut Remix, features songs from Duke Ellington's jazz remix to Tchaikovsky's Nuckcraker Suite, including authenic Spanish, Chinese and African dances, as well as performances by Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, who stars in the live-action Disney film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

On this Checking on the Arts, Smythe explains what makes this 2018 weekend performance so speical, compared to years' past. 

A veteran of Memphis bands such as Snowglobe and Jeffrey James and the Haul, Jeff Hulett is no newcomer to the Memphis music scene. Hulett's latest album, Around These Parts, features a variety of Memphis musicians, such as Luke White and Jonathan Kirkscey.

Hulett's album release party is Saturday (Dec. 15) at Memphis Made Brewing from 4-6 p.m.




When people think about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, thoughts of science fiction and a creature of some sort might come to mind. However, Rhodes College is challenging people's views about what the classic novel is about. On Thursday, November 15th at 6 p.m., the school is hosting an event celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Guest speaker, Dr. Claire Colebrook is a cultural theorist who plans to introduce and discuss the topic of what Frankenstein can teach us about humans and their relations to nature - namely climate change. 

The program is part of Rhodes'  "Communities in Conversation" lecture series and is preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. To talk about the event and why the school is hosting it, Jonathan Judaken, the Spence L. Wilson Chair of Humanities at Rhodes College, and Judith Haas, Professor of English and the new director of the Search program, chat with Kacky Walton for this WKNO-FM's Checking on the Arts.


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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).