NextAvenue(MN): 10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing

NextAvenue(MN): 10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing America’s public gardens are embracing the arts in relaxed, natural settings. Whether it is a large botanic garden or a small green space, these respites from the hustle and bustle of modern life are filled with opportunities to engage with the arts from now through September. You can explore the gardens in your community or while traveling. Use the American Horticultural Society’s online directory to locate a garden. Review the garden’s website to find concerts, performances, movies, author readings, chef demonstrations, floral design instruction, plays, photography lessons, art classes and more. … … Continue reading NextAvenue(MN): 10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing

MDN: Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes

MDN: Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has 100 new works of art in its permanent collection to mark its centennial. But the 100 items, grouped together through Aug. 27 in “Unwrapped! 100 Gifts for 100 Years,” point to a rethinking of the Brooks that began with a major renovation that debuted last year. The exhibition marks an end of centennial observances. “Some of the objects are out in some of the other galleries now,” said Stanton Thomas, curator at the Brooks. “One of our problems is we … Continue reading MDN: Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes

SI Kids: Fifteen-year-old Moziah Bridges Now Has His Own Line of NBA Bow Ties

SI Kids: Fifteen-year-old Moziah Bridges Now Has His Own Line of NBA Bow Ties Fifteen-year-old Moziah Bridges has always thought, “If you look good, you feel good.” Now this native of Memphis, Tennessee, has hit it big with his international bow tie company, Mo’s Bows, which just signed an NBA licensing deal. Moziah always wanted to dress to impress, but he could not find anything to fit his style. So, when he was nine, he and his grandmother started making bow ties for him to wear. Soon they stared selling them in their hometown, hoping others liked the style. Having … Continue reading SI Kids: Fifteen-year-old Moziah Bridges Now Has His Own Line of NBA Bow Ties

MDN: Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant

MDN: Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant Arts Midwest has awarded $1 million in grants to Tennessee Shakespeare Company and 39 other nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states and the District of Columbia to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities. Tennessee Shakespeare Company received the matching grant award of $25,000 for its innovative 2017 Romeo and Juliet Project for the fourth time in its history. The project will perform “Romeo and Juliet” 27 times in 22 Memphis-area high schools and teach more than 700 in-school sessions for 6,400 freshmen with a … Continue reading MDN: Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant

CA: Ted Evanoff: Making movies in Memphis

CA: Ted Evanoff: Making movies in Memphis Marie Pizano never has made a blockbuster movie, though in America’s new golden age of film, which we live in now, even divorced single moms in Memphis can dream of motion picture fame. “I’m sitting on a gold mine of Memphis stories,” Pizano said. “I want to make movies out of them.” Actually seated in a Downtown cafe the other day, talking about her life, Pizano offered her own storyline: She has opened MVP3 Entertainment Group at 5100 Poplar, bought the movie rights to six local books, and this month brought aboard Hollywood insider Steven … Continue reading CA: Ted Evanoff: Making movies in Memphis

Sports Logos: Bucking Trends: The Story Behind the Memphis Redbirds

Sports Logos: Bucking Trends: The Story Behind the Memphis Redbirds In a minor league baseball landscape of increasingly outrageous logos and team names, the St. Louis Cardinals farm system is unusual. Three of the Cardinals’ six affiliates are named directly for their parent club, including Double-A Springfield, High-A Palm Beach, and Rookie League Johnson City. Two of the three Cardinal affiliates with unique names are the Low-A Peoria Chiefs and the Short-Season Class-A State College Spikes. The third is the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, who, of course, are indirectly named for their parent club. The nickname Redbirds has long been an unofficial moniker for the St. Louis Cardinals—in fact, … Continue reading Sports Logos: Bucking Trends: The Story Behind the Memphis Redbirds

Forbes: 15-Year-Old Mo’s Bows Founder Hustles His Way Into NBA Partnership

Forbes: 15-Year-Old Mo’s Bows Founder Hustles His Way Into NBA Partnership While many of basketball’s brightest young stars will help the NBA make millions with their speculator athletic performances during the playoffs, the league is betting that someone even younger might be just as lucrative when it comes to off-the-court potential. The league has entered a licensing partnership with the 15-year-old entrepreneur Moziah “Mo” Bridges and his Memphis based company, Mo’s Bows, which manufactures handmade bow and neckties. The agreement, which was initiated by the league, grants Mo’s the rights to manufacture his products with the logos of NBA clubs, … Continue reading Forbes: 15-Year-Old Mo’s Bows Founder Hustles His Way Into NBA Partnership

Fast Company Magazine: The Big Business Of Bridge Lights

Fast Company Magazine: The Big Business Of Bridge Lights [New York and London are following cities like Memphis and San Francisco and installing LED lighting displays along their river crossings. And it’s not for aesthetics alone: The projects are driving significant economic investment.] Stretching nearly one mile across the Mississippi River between Memphis and Arkansas, the Harahan Bridge is a defining part of the Delta landscape. But until last October, the bridge was inaccessible except for the two rail lines that crossed it. Since the Big River Crossing–a bike and pedestrian path that spans the entire length of the bridge–opened in … Continue reading Fast Company Magazine: The Big Business Of Bridge Lights

HGN: Tootsie Bell’s silversmith work is a rarity in Memphis

HGN: Tootsie Bell’s silversmith work is a rarity in Memphis From an 1,100-square-foot studio in East Memphis, Tootsie Bell operates a rare business. Bell isn’t the only custom jeweler in the city, but she is possibly the only person with a focus on silversmithing. She opened Tootsie Bell silversmith/jeweler in 1995. That restoration and repair work can range from a spoon caught in the garbage disposal to dented teapots. Repair work includes solder breaks, replacing missing parts, removal of engraving, repairing leaks, lacquer removal, oxidation and more. … Bell is original from Senatobia, Mississippi. She moved to Memphis in 1983 … Continue reading HGN: Tootsie Bell’s silversmith work is a rarity in Memphis

HGN: Boutique guitars built and sold on Broad Avenue

HGN: Boutique guitars built and sold on Broad Avenue When Memphian Elliott Ives and his bandmates with The Tennessee Kids joined Justin Timberlake on stage at the 2015 CMA Awards, the show’s up-and-coming star was a Memphis-made guitar. For Memphis Guitar Spa, the performance was an important moment in the launch of what has become its latest focus, production of the Ferner & Hilbolt line of guitars and bass guitars. At the CMA Awards, Ives used a custom guitar built at Memphis Guitar Spa at 2561 Broad Avenue. It was the first of what is now six models of guitars … Continue reading HGN: Boutique guitars built and sold on Broad Avenue