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been the artis­tic as­so­ciate of the com­pany do­ing per­for­mances and chore­og­ra­phy, has been el­e­vated to as­so­ciate artis­tic di­rec­tor ef­fec­tive July 1. He’ll be work­ing even more closely with founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor Dorothy Gun­ther Pugh. Mcma­hon will no longer dance with the com­pany but will have a greater role in de­vel­op­ing it. Re­tir­ing from Bal­let Mem­phis are long­time fa­vorite dancers Ken­dall G. Britt Jr. and Travis Bradley.

It was a big night for Bradley. He chore­ographed a re­mark­able piece at the event while the mu­si­cal “Mem­phis” — he is a co-chore­og­ra­pher — was play­ing down the street at Play­house on the Square. His work “Step Out of the Shad­ows” (paired with Ghost River Brew­ing Co.) was a ter­rific, fluid piece steeped in emo­tion.

Com­pany dancer Olivia Pow­ell was matched with Wiseacre Brew­ing Co. and cre­ated “If a Top Hat Could Talk,” a witty, funk­in­fused piece that saw Britt (and oth­ers) sport­ing a top hat with at­ti­tude.

Rafael Fer­reras, an­other com­pany dancer, paired with Mem­phis Made Brew­ing Co. to present “Mem­phis Made,” a dis­tinctly Bluff City cre­ation that had fun run­ning with mu­sic rang­ing from Pat Boone’s “Speedy Gon­za­les” to Booker T.’s “Fun.”

The fi­nal piece was “Push­ing the Stone” by Brian Mc­sween for High Cot­ton Brew­ing Co. Mc­Sween is the com­pany’s Bal­let Mas­ter and has been in Mem­phis for only about a year. What­ever con­cerns he might have had about un­der­stand­ing what Mem­phis is all about were put to rest when his in­ven­tive, ex­hil­a­rat­ing piece un­folded to the mu­sic of Va­lerie June and Dead Sol­diers, among oth­ers. An­nes­dale Park Gallery, 1290 Pe­abody Ave.: Jen­nifer Bow­man and Sandy Star­bird: “Pri­mal Rhythms,” through June 18. Open­ing re­cep­tion 6-8 p.m. Fri­day. Bow­man’s ab­stract paint­ings and Star­bird’s pri­mal fig­ures. 901-208-6451. thean­nes­dalepark­gallery.com Dixon Gallery and Gar­dens, 4339 Park Ave.: “Their Line Has Gone Out Through All the Earth: Spring and Sum­mer Flower Draw­ings by Car­lyle Wolfe,” Sun­day through Aug. 7. Artist re­cep­tion at Art Af­ter Dark on June 16. Exhibition features plants that flower from the months of Fe­bru­ary to Au­gust. 901-761-5250. dixon.org David Lusk Gallery-mem­phis, 97 Till­man St.: Nancy Cheairs: “New Paint­ings,” through June 18. Open­ing 6-8 p.m. Fri­day. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Fri­day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat­ur­day. 901-767-3800. david­luskgallery.com Mem­phis Col­lege of Art’s Nesin Grad­u­ate School, 477 S. Main St.: “2016 Bi­en­nial Alumni Exhibition,” Fri­day through Aug. 6 in Hyde Gallery. Re­cep­tion 6-9 p.m. July 29. Work from 28 alumni and for­mer stu­dents in me­dia rang­ing from sculp­ture and ab­stract paint­ings to in­stal­la­tions and video pro­jec­tions. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day; noon-7 p.m. Sat­ur­day and on Trol­ley Nights. 901-272-5100. Mem­phis Col­lege of Art, 1930 Po­plar Ave. (Over­ton Park): “Sankofa: An Ances­tral Jour­ney,” through July 30 in Rust Hall Alumni Gallery. A col­lec­tion of sculp­ture in­cor­po­rat­ing found ob­jects, in­stal­la­tions and ex­cerpts of cre­ative writ­ing. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat­ur­day, noon-4 p.m. Sun­day. mca.edu.

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