Two Ballet Memphis artists to perform in Tokyo

Hideko Karasawa and Kendall G. Britt Jr. of Ballet Memphis will perform at the Ballet Asteras 2013 Gala in Tokyo.

Ballet Asteras is a showcase for Japanese dancers who perform outside Japan. Karasawa and Britt are one of only eight pairs of dancers from around the world invited to participate in Ballet Asteras and Ballet Memphis is the only U.S. company represented.

You can find out more about Britt, Karasawa and Ballet Asteras here.

Pick The Floor Designs For The Tigers

As they head into a new conference,  the University of Memphis basketball teams are asking fans to help develop a new playing floor at FedExForum. The floor will be featured on national television regularly through the new American Athletic Conference television agreement with ESPN and CBS. The Tigers have narrowed the field down to four final designs, which you can see here.

Black Girls Code meet and greet in Memphis

The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls Code is holding a meet and greet next week to share details about its upcoming workshop in Memphis about the ways the chapter hopes to make a splash in Memphis.

The reception will be from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave, on June 19th. During the event, the public will have the opportunity to engage with group members, discuss the mission of Black Girls Code and learn how to best support the group’s upcoming events and activities.

Black Girls Code was established in 2011 by Memphis native Kimberly Bryant, and in 2012, its first full year of programming, the initiative was able to touch the lives of more than 800 girls in 16 cities around the globe.

The purpose of the group is the increase the number of women of color in the digital space.

For additional information about the Memphis efforts, contact Meka Egwuekwe at or 901.484.4203.

Krystal restaurant chain expanding in Memphis

Krystal Co. is expanding in the Memphis market, bringing its restaurants that serve signature small square burgers to potentially three new locations. Planning is under way now.

The company is looking to create possibly more than 40 jobs per store.

Some quick facts about the company: it’s headquartered in Atlanta, has 387 restaurants and operates in 11 states.

Metal Museum Then And Now

The National Ornamental Metal Museum is bringing back former apprentices to showcase their recent work along with works they made while at the museum.
It should provide an interesting look at the connections between the museum’s metal shops and its galleries.
The program will be on view from June 14 to September 8.