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Arts in brief

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Naomi Moody, ‘Lost on Stage Comedy Troupe,’ Jazz-A-F!RE and more Spend an evening with Naomi Moody

‘From This Moment on…and evening with Ms. Naomi Moody’ unfolds on Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. at Theatreworks at 2085 Monroe Ave.

Moody promises to bring her own unique style of music to the Memphis state during this performance in which she will pay homage to her roots, heritage and professinal works. The setting will reminiscent of the European supper clubs of the 70s & 80s.

Accompanying Moody during the Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Company production will be select, world-class musicians with Memphis roots.

Call for reservations, which must be paid by Aug. 1. VIP seating is $50, with $30 for standard seating. Bluff City will deliver tickets when two or more are purchased. For tickets, call 901-946-6140. For more information, visit bluffcitytriart ­theatre.com and Facebook.

FireHouse Little Theatre presents ‘Lost on Stage Comedy Troupe’

The Memphis Black Arts Alliance’s FireHouse Little Theater will present the “Lost on Stage Comedy Troupe” with a quartet of skits written and directed by Erick Brooks on Aug. 11-12 at the Evergreen Theatre, 1705 Poplar Avenue.

The founder of Honeybaby Productions, Brooks says, the new comedy troupe will perform every other month and consists of local performers who are dedicated to captivating audiences through old school comedy and entertainment.

The performance features four original skits, including “Westside Idol,” which is a take-off on “American Idol” with a twist; “Sanford and Son,” featuring Lamont as a baby; “The Couples Retreat,” featuring three highly dysfunctional couples; and “Good Times,” featuring characters from the hit TV comedy.

Show times are 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. To reserve tickets, call Memphis Black Arts Alliance at 901-948-9522 or purchase online at www.brownpapertickets/events/189692.

Memphis jazz to feel heat of Jazz-A-F!RE

Jazz-A-F!RE heats up Memphis jazz on Aug. 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 pm at the FireHouse Community Arts Center, 985 South Bellevue.

Enjoy soulful Memphis Jazz via the Jazz-A-F!RE Ensemble, featuring the FireHouse Community Arts Academy faculty – vocalist Naomi Williams Moody, vocalist-trumpeter William ‘Nokie’ Taylor, bassist Kent Suggs, guitarists Lance Thompson and Ed ‘Jupiter SkyKing’ Finney, along with regulars Stephen Lee on piano and James ‘Bishop’ Sexton on drums.

Attendees are invited to BYOI (bring your own instrument) and perform during the final hour.

Admission to the monthly Jazz-A-F!RE is free. Donations are welcome and tax-deductible. Refreshments are available.

For more information, call Memphis Black Arts Alliance at 901-948-9522 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at The Hattiloo Theatre

The Hattiloo Theatre at 656 Marshall Ave. will be the setting as the J.W. Kathy Gibson Foundation presents “Ain’t Misbehavin’ during an Aug. 4-28 run.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. for Thursday through Saturday performances, and 3 p.m. for Sunday performances.

A pay-what-you-can, dress rehearsal is set for Aug. 3, with doors open at 7 p.m.

Sold out dates are Aug. 4-7, 12, 13 (evening & matinee), and 19.

Subscribers who want to reserve seats should visit http://www.hattiloo.org/seat_reservations.php.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/182268.

Keeping up with Playhouse on the Square

Early Bird Subscriptions

Aug. 1 is the deadline to save an additional $20 on the subscription package of your choice. Call 901-726-4656 to subscribe.

Here’s the 2011 - 2012 Season: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Aug. 12-Sept. 4; “Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical,” Aug. 26-Sept. 18; “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” (Not part of the subscription package; special rates for subscribers), Sept. 8-10; “Gem of the Ocean,” Sept. 23-Oct. 16; “Avenue Q,” Oct. 7-30.

Final Week

“Dividing the Estate” runs through July 31 at The Circuit Playhouse. Stella Gordon is determined not to divide her 100-year-old Texas estate, despite her family’s declining wealth and the looming financial crisis. But her three children have another plan. Old resentments and sibling rivalries surface. Call 726-4656 for tickets.

“Eleemosynary” runs through July 31 at TheatreWorks. The story examines the lives of three generations of extraordinary women – precocious Echo, who single-mindedly dominates a national spelling contest, her estranged mother, Artie, and eccentric grandmother, Dorothea.

Call 726-4656 for tickets.


A casting call has been set for young female actresses, ages 7-14, to play Annie and the Orphans. All roles will be double cast.

Auditions begin a 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper.

The show runs Nov. 18-Dec. 23, with weekday morning matinees. All children involved must be able to get a signed release from their principal allowing them to miss two to three mornings of school every week during performances. Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, Oct. 11

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