VOL. 132 | NO. 79 | Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute’s Join Hands for Change Gala: Pursuing the Dream to Reality will take place Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Civil rights pioneer, politician and diplomat Ambassador Andrew J. Young will present the keynote at the gala, which celebrates the institute’s 20th anniversary. Buy tickets at hooksgala2017.eventbrite.com.
The Stax @ 60 concert series wraps up Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The Bo-Keys and special guests will perform rarely heard songs from the early years of Satellite and Stax by groups like the Barracudas, the Triumphs, Prince Conley and others. In addition, several artists from those early days will participate in a pre-concert discussion and Q&A. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.
The Russian National Ballet will perform “Don Quixote” Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. Buy tickets at gpacweb.com.
The 31st annual Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 21-23, in Robert R. Church Park (Fourth and Beale streets). The festival will showcase the Republic of Togo through music, food, a diverse cultural marketplace and more. Hours are 8 a.m. until late night; admission is $5. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for a complete schedule.
Germantown Performing Arts Center will host its GPAC Gala: Celebrating Memphis Music Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at GPAC, 1801 Exeter Road. Put on your best Uptown Funk attire and enjoy live and silent auctions, live Memphis music, and a gourmet meal prepared by Erling Jensen. Tickets are $250. Visit gpacweb.com.
Buckman Performing Arts Center will host Fathers and Daughters: An Evening with Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. at Buckman Performing Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Tickets are $35. Visit lw3.com and lucywainwrightroche.com.
The 25th annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival benefiting Porter-Leath will be held Sunday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Wagner Place and Riverside Drive between Union Avenue and Beale Street. The largest one-day crawfish festival in the Mid-South features buckets of crawfish ($20 for 3 pounds), live music, contests, kids’ area and more. Admission is free. Visit porterleath.org.