Events

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March 29

New Memphis Institute presents: Instant Memphian

Instant Memphian is an uptempo run-through of essential Memphis info, built by those who know the city best — locals.

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March 30

Book signing with Otis Sanford, author of ‘From Boss Crump to King Willie’

Were you aware that the iconic and powerful “Boss Crump” actually owed a measure of his political success to Black voters? Where were you when African Americans became the pivotal force that elected Memphis’s first Black Mayor? Do you know who supported his bid for Mayor and who did not? From Boss Crump to King Willie answers your questions and offers you an in-depth look at the vital role that race played in the political evolution of Memphis from the rise of Edward Hull Crump to the election of Dr. Willie Herenton. Filled with vivid details on the workings of municipal politics, this accessible account by veteran journalist Otis Sanford explores the nearly century-long struggle by African Americans in Memphis to secure recognition, respect and a place at the political table.

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April 8

Citizen Cope: A Benefit Concert for Memphis Tilth

Memphis Tilth invites you to the Clayborn Temple on April 8th for a special performance by Citizen Cope. Concert proceeds benefit local nonprofit, Memphis Tilth.

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March 24

Young Collectors Contemporary Art Fair

Young Arts Patrons announces the second annual Young Collectors Contemporary. The art fair returns to Memphis to take over the city’s newest pre-vitalization project, Clayborn Temple, for a three-day long experience blending the contemporary art scene of Memphis with a hefty dose of international flavor.

March 24: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
March 25: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
March 26: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

General Single-Day Admission: $20
Multi-Pass (3-day unlimited entry): $40
Students/Seniors with valid ID: $15
Group Day-Discount (10 or more): $15

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March 18

Marco Alexander’s Road to Friction

Pop recording artist Marco Alexander imagines a show specifically for the historic and contemporary spirit of Clayborn Temple.

Admission: $15
Time: 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)

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March 12

Soulful Food Truck Sunday

"Soulful Food Truck Sunday" is bringing out some of the best Food Trucks in Memphis!

Musical entertainment by Jerome Chism, Keia Johnson, and Courtney Little.

March 12, 12 PM - 6 PM

$10 online, $15 on-site, $5 children 12 and under, free for children under 2

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February 18

Iris Orchestra presents Celebrating the Past: Creating a Future

IRIS Orchestra presents “Celebrating the Past: Creating a Future," an intergenerational, community-building Family Concert celebrating the music and memories of the Civil Rights Movement, 2 p.m. on February 18.

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February 8

Theology Live with Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman

Grace St. Luke's Church brings its Theology Live series to Clayborn Temple: Father Broderick will interview the Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, Assistant Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale University's Divinity School about her journey to theology, what she's reading, and why she does what she does.

Wednesday, February 8
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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February 4

Memphis premiere: Marvin Booker Was Murdered

Marvin Booker Was Murdered: A Feature Length Documentary Film in Five Acts.

The filmmakers are proud to present a documentary film that takes an in-depth look at how the continued killing of unarmed black men by law enforcement is one of the largest Civil Rights issues facing our country.

“Because if you don’t say something, it’ll be you next time."
- Rev. B.R. Booker, calling out to the community on the steps of the Denver Downtown Detention Center after his son Marvin Booker was murdered, and the city of Denver refused to release timely information about his death.

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January 31

IBC 2017 International Showcase

The International Blues Challenge officially opens at the Clayborn Temple, a key site in the civil rights struggle of the 1960’s where Dr. Martin Luther King spoke. In the spirit of Dr. King’s message, the blues is all embracing and knows no boundaries of color, nationality, or gender. And so The Blues Foundation felt it a fitting place to begin the IBC as we welcome artists from around the world to perform on the night before The Challenge officially begins.

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January 28

ioby presents: Conversation. Connections. Impact: Making change in our backyards

Conversation. Connections. Impact: Making change in our backyards
An ioby convening in Memphis

Join us for an interactive program about power, place, and the work of making change in our backyards.
Saturday, January 28 from 2 to 6 PM at Clayborn Temple

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January 13

Hear Justice: A Just City Benefit Concert

Just City will celebrate the beginning of 2017 with Hear Justice: A Just City Benefit Concert at the historic Clayborn Temple at 6pm - 9pm on the evening of Friday, January 13, 2017, sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union. Performances by Preauxx, Cameron Bethany, A Weirdo from Memphis, Kid Maestro and Aaron James.

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December 19

ASALH hosts “The Crisis in Black Education”

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History presents The 141st Birthday Celebration of Dr. Carter G. Woodson: The Crisis in Black Education: "The Relevance of The Mis-Education of the Negro" - Confronting Illiteracy and Inequality in Education. 6:00pm

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December 22

Memphis Christmas JamborEve

Join Christ City Church, Bluff City Soul Collective, and the rest of Memphis for a Christmas party for one and all.

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December 24

Christmas Eve Service

Join Downtown Church for a special service celebrating the birth of Christ. All are welcome!

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December 28

The Jungle Book (2016) – Free Family Movie Series

Celebrate the holiday season with two free movies at Clayborn Temple. Bring the whole family. Doors at 6. Movie at 6:30.

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December 11

A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas with Kirk Whalum – 7pm

Come celebrate the joy of Christmas through the universal language of jazz with an all-star cast of musicians including Memphis native Kirk Whalum.

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November 28

United Against Violence 901

At 6:00pm on Sunday, November 27, United Against Violence 901 is hosting a gathering with representatives of those standing for the marginalized. With religious leaders, community leaders, and student leaders, we stand together in solidarity against divisive language and discriminatory action.

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November 19

Spillit Story GRAND SLAM

Spillit's annual GRAND SLAM brings together some of the best storytellers in Memphis for an evening of Education themed stories. The evening's raconteurs include: Katie Martin, Evan Katz, Joy Arwood, Tom Simmermaker, Rattlebone Jones, Eilidh Jenness, Julia Hencel and Teddy Crum. We'll have special guest musicians, drinks, and at the end we'll crown our Grand Master Storyteller of Memphis for 2016.

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November 14

Creative Works Presents: Aaron Draplin

Join Creative Works for a special night with legendary graphic designer, Aaron Draplin as he shares the intimate details behind his new book, Pretty Much Everything. A signing and meet & greet will follow the talk, with copies of the book (plus a bunch of other merch) available for purchase.

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