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November-December 2017

Special Events

2nd Tuesdays, Year-Round: South Main Association Meetings. Public information and social meeting. SMA's purpose is to promote the future of the historic arts district, while remaining passionate about preserving its past. 6p social, 6:30p, program, locations vary. 578-7262,

4th Tuesdays, Year-Round: Downtown Neighborhood Association Meetings. Public information and social meeting. DNA's purpose is to promote, enhance, and protect the quality of life in Downtown Memphis, and to maintain and foster a spirit of community for Downtown Memphis businesses, and visitors. 6p social, 6:30p programs, locations vary. 521-9552,

Last Fridays, Year-Round: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. 6–9p, FREE, Main: between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

Nov. 1–6: Indie Memphis Film Festival. The event that transforms the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists and audiences. Includes gala screenings in seven venues across the city. Weekend Block Party at Union and Cooper.  214-5171,

Nov. 1–19: 5th Annual Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival. Nine-day festival provided by the Memphis Jewish Community Center has something for everyone. Author talks featuring many different authors; a Celebrating Empowered Women's Luncheon; Mandala Art Workshop; youth & family event; and visit the Shainberg Art Gallery. 6560 Poplar, 259-9230,

Nov. 2: The Beach Boys. Led by Mike Love and veteran member Bruce Johnston. Few acts can match The Beach Boys concert presence, spirit, and performance. 7p, Orpheum Theatre, 525-3000,

Nov. 2: The Zion Community Project. Annual fundraiser dinner to help with the restoration of historic Zion Cemetery, the oldest African American cemetery in Memphis. 6:30p, 1400 block of S. Parkway E., 261-3228,

Nov. 3: Hoedown for Hearing. Dust off your boots for a night of dancing, live music, best western-dressed contest, raffles, games, prizes, s'mores, and more. Proceeds support Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. 7–10p, Menagerie Farm, 3135 Shea Road, Collierville, 758-2228,

Nov. 3: Bash at the Botanic. Help support Creative Aging with a night of food, dancing, silent auction, and live entertainment featuring Joyce Cobb and the Bosco's Trio, Marcela Pinilla, and Diana Stein. 7–10:30p, Botanic Gardens, 485-5369,

Nov. 3–Dec. 15: From Trash to Treasure. Presented by The Levy Gallery of the Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School. Featuring new works by reclaimed, folk artist Frank Lilly. Opening Nov. 3, 5–7p. FREE, Levy Gallery, 60 Perkins Ext, 537-1483,

Nov. 3: Keller Williams. A one-man band with intricate guitar techniques, producing a jammin' hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica. 8p, Buckman Center for the Performing Arts, 60 Perkins Ext, 537-1483,

Nov. 4: Shake(s), Rattle & Roll. Directed by Stephanie Shine. Creatively links Memphis music to the works of Shakespeare! Discover chart-topping, foot-stomping Shakespeare featuring Jillian Barron and Zach Williams in a musical 45-minute performance. FREE, 2p, Memphis Zoo, 759-0620,

Nov. 4: 11th Annual Harvest Party. Party the night away for a great cause. All proceeds benefit the work of the Cotton Museum. Music, food, a silent auction. 7–11:59p, The Warehouse, 36 G E Patterson, 531-7826,

Nov. 4: Michael McDonald. See five-time Grammy Award winning vocalist and acclaimed singer/songwriter Michael McDonald and special guest Marc Cohn. McDonald's new release, Wide Open, is his first album of new music in nearly a decade. 8p, Orpheum Theatre, 525-3000,

Nov. 5: Desert to Delta Symposium on Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia. Art Museum of Memphis is presenting a project and overview of Saudi Arabia.  FREE, 1–6p, Art Museum University of Memphis, Room 250, 678-2000,

Nov. 9–11: Merry Marketplace. Three day shopping extravaganza with live music, holiday happy hour, painting classes and more. Special events include Girls' Night Out, Everyday (S)heroes Night, and Saturday with Santa. Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin, 452-2151,

Nov. 10: Julius Caesar. Directed by Stephanie Shine. Seven actors 'blaze forth' this 75-minute performance of Shakespeare's epic Roman story of fate, friendship, and honor. FREE, 5:30p, Overton Square Music Amphitheatre, 759-0620,

Nov. 10: Turnout. Memphis Ballet dancers are turning out short pieces of their favorite works or turning on the lights at night for an open rehearsal. See four fun favorites that have traveled all over. Stay to mix and mingle with food and drinks, and the dancers. 7:30p, Ballet Memphis, 737-7322,

Nov. 10: Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Carmen-maria Mandley. Shakespeare's timeless exploration of surprising young love and mortal violence unfolds with care during this 90-minute production that is fast, physical, and daring. FREE, 8p, Overton Square Music Amphitheatre, 759-0620,

Nov. 11: Memphis Heritage's Adopt a Door Fundraiser. Silent auction of artwork and furniture crafted from salvaged doors and windows. Works created by local artists, architects, woodworkers and preservation enthusiasts to help save and reuse architecturally and historically significant buildings, parks, and cultural artifacts in Shelby County. 7p, Howard Hall, 2282 Madison, 272-2727,

Nov. 11. Greenway Soirée. Wolf River Conservancy's signature event complete with live music, dinner and drinks, and live and silent auctions. Come celebrate the Wolf River. 6–10p, 6745 Wolf River Blvd, 452-6500,

Nov. 11: Howl at the Moon. Streetdog Foundation’s 5th annual premier fundraiser.
Enjoy local music, live auction, food and drinks, and more. All donations benefit the rescuing and rehoming of the stray and abandoned dogs of Memphis. 6–11p, The Warehouse, 36 E. GE Patterson, 483-0515,

Nov. 11: Soiree in the Spotlight: The Orpheum Auction Reimagined. Begin the evening with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Halloran Centre. Then, enjoy food and an open bar, live and silent auctions, dancing, and live music and entertainment at the Orpheum. Proceeds benefit the theater’s community and education programs. 6:30–10p, Orpheum Theatre, 529-4280,

Nov. 12: Do Good with Food! Downtown Neighborhood Association’s fundraiser for the Mid-South Food Bank. Buffet-style brunch, free valet parking, live music by Pam and Terry. Bring non-perishable protein food items to help feed those in-need during the holidays. 11a–2p, Bleu-Westin Downtown, 221 S B.B. King Blvd., RSVP,

Nov. 12­­–13: Heart Full of Soul. Multi-sensory event featuring a six course dinner, cocktails, and live performances to benefit the Stax Music Academy. 6p, Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin, 485-8735,

Nov. 13–19: Downtown Dining Week 2017. More than 50 participating restaurants offer three-course dinners and special menus for $20.17 and two-for-one lunches and special lunch menus for $10.17. Go to to print out $1 parking coupon valid at two garages from 6–10pm.

Nov. 16: Rhythmic Circus–Red and Green. Tap into the spirit with this new holiday experience as it introduces rapid-fire tap dance with holiday music that you know and love. 6:30p, Orpheum Theatre, 525-3000,

Nov. 16–Jan. 6: Christmas at Graceland. The Annual Graceland Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 16 at 6p includes special guests, an Elvis-inspired Santa, kids' activities and more. Tours of Graceland are extra special during the holiday season with the interior and exterior of the mansion decorated for the holidays. See holiday decor originally displayed by Elvis. Graceland, 332-3322,

Nov. 17–Dec. 30: Zoo Lights. LED-lighting displays, Ferris wheel, Santa's reindeer, magic shows, ice skating, and the Polar Express Train. 5:30–9:30p, Memphis Zoo, 333-6500,

Nov. 17: Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science. Television personality, author, and Food Network star will be live at the Orpheum Theatre to share a new form of entertainment, a live culinary variety show. 7p, Orpheum Theatre, 525-3000,

Nov. 17–18: MCA’s 67th Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser. Work from students, faculty, alumni, and trending local artists. Ticketed Opening Celebration Nov. 17, 6–10p. Open to the public Nov. 18, 9a–6p. FREE. Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar, 272-5100,

Nov. 17–19: Nut Remix Featuring Lil Buck. Creative reinvention of the ballet classic The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition featuring classical ballet to hip-hop, flamenco to traditional African dance, with Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band. Cannon Center, 255 N Main, 726-9225,

Nov. 17–19: Memphis Potters’ Guild Holiday Show & Sale. Features work by local artists, in porcelain, stoneware and earthenware. Opening reception Nov. 17, 5–8p. Sat. 9a–6p, Sun. 11a–5p FREE, Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, 685-1566,

Nov. 18: Tree Lighting. Kick-off the holiday season Downtown with the annual tree lighting and lots of festivities. Peabody and Main,

Nov. 18: Playhouse on the Square's 48th Birthday Party. An evening of celebration, food, games,
and drinks. 6–9p. 66 S Cooper, 725-0776,

Nov. 18: Santa Landing. Santa will land on the front lawn of the Pink Palace to kick off the Enchanted Forest! FREE, 9a, Pink Palace, 636-2362,

Nov. 18: Royal Studios Sixty Soulful Years. Celebrate with a night of music, dancing, film, and fun. Take a look at the past, present and future of Royal with incredible performances across all genres. 7­­–10p, Orpheum Theatre, 775-3790,

Nov. 18–Dec. 24: Holiday Movies. The Light Before Christmas 3D:  Stop motion animated film about two young children who learn about the night before Christmas. Polar Express 3D: A doubting boy boards a magical train headed to the North Polar and Santa’s home. How The Grinch Stole Christmas 2D: The Grinch tries to take away Christmas from the citizens of Whoville. Dates and times vary. CTI 3D Giant Theater, Pink Palace, 636-2362,

Nov. 18–Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. Walk through a winter wonderland of animated characters, model trains and dozens of decorated trees. Proceeds benefit Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Open Fri. nights in Dec. until 9p. Pink Palace, 636-2362,

Nov. 24–Dec. 24: Holiday Artist Market. View work from 31 collective members in fine craft and collectibles. Market kicks off with an opening charity silent auction on Nov. 24; Solstice party, Dec. 16, 6­–9p. Open Mon.–Sat. 10:30a–6:30p, Fri. 10:30a–7:3-, & Sun. 12–5p. Memphis Arts Collective, 1501 Union, 833-9533,

Nov. 24–Dec. 26: Holiday Wonders at the Garden. Multiple outdoor venues featuring Snowy Nights, Sculptures Bright, Trees Alight with interactive activities, magical lighting, music, food, drinks. No waiting with reserved/timed entry tickets. Advance purchase through Ticketmaster recommended. Open weekends and Christmas week, 5:30–8:30p. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4100,

Nov. 24–Dec. 29: Starry Nights. Visit the largest holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South. The magic of the holidays is brought to life through the drive-through light displays, cozy campfires, and visits with Santa in the Mistletoe Village. Sun–Thu 6–9p, Fri & Sat 6–10p. Shelby Farms, 222-7275,

Nov. 25–Dec. 24: WinterArts. Features a stellar collection of affordable gifts by more than 30 local artists. Explore a collection of holiday gift ideas crafted in glass, metal, wood, fiber, and clay; plus jewelry, and more! ArtWorks Foundation. FREE, 826-3196,

Nov. 29–Dec. 10: The Phantom of the Opera. Cameron Mackintosh's new production of The Phantom of the Opera features newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design and is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52. Orpheum Theatre, 525-3000,

Dec.1, 3: Magic Of Memphis Spectacular. Memphis Symphony Orchestra begins a new holiday musical tradition for family and friends. It's a sparkling celebration that features the very best talent from this magnificent musical community. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 576-1200,

Dec. 2: Memphis Grand Carousel Grand Opening. After a full restoration, the 32 jumpers, 16 standers, and a new ADA-compliant chariot allow everyone to experience the beautiful carousel. A new Carousel Pavilion and Ballroom at the Children’s Museum showcases the city treasure. 2525 Central, 10a, 458-2678,

Dec. 2: St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Lace up your shoes — or just watch the fun — at this sanctioned Boston Marathon-qualifying race, followed by a fun-filled weekend to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Second and Monroe, 8a, 800-565-5112,

Dec. 2: Breakfast with Santa. Bring your children to the magic of the holidays at Shelby Farms Park and enjoy private breakfast with Santa! 9–11a, First TN Foundation Visitor Center, 222-7275,

Dec. 2: Memphis Holiday Parade. Be a part of the grandest holiday parade in the region! Join in the fun on America's most iconic street to ring in the holiday season with marching bands, steppers, twirlers, floats, and all sorts of sights! FREE, 2p, Beale Street, 526-0115,

Dec. 2–3: Roudnev Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker. The dancers  offer a traditional interpretation of this endearing holiday classic. The whole family will delight to Tchaikovshy's Nutcracker inspired by Buckman's resident dance company. 60 Perkins Ext, 537-1483,

Dec. 3: Metal Museum Holiday Open House. Celebrate the start of the holiday season! Take a class, shop for hand-made gifts in the Museum store, sip on hot chocolate or spiced cider while warming yourself by the fire pit. FREE, 12–4p, 347 Metal Museum Drive, 774-6380,

Dec. 7–10, 14–17: Waiting for Gold by Samuel Beckett. Directed by Dan McCleary. The masterwork of the 20th Century may also by Beckett's absurdly comedic response to William Shakespeare's masterwork of the 17th Century. Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 759-0620,

Dec. 8: Ja Rule & Ashanti. Live in concert. 8p, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N Main, 576-1200,

Dec. 9: Holiday Farmers Market. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! Memphis Farmers Market has your holiday season's shopping covered, from gifts to treats to dinners. 9­a–1p, Central Station Pavilion, S. Front at G.E. Patterson,

Dec. 15–16: Holiday Concert Weekend at Graceland. Celebrate the 60th anniversary of "Elvis' Christmas Album" with the King himself. Experience the very first holiday concerts ever to take place on the Graceland campus, featuring Elvis live in concert and on the big screen, accompanied by a live orchestra, legendary gospel greats and an all-star rock ‘n’ roll band. Graceland, 332-3322,

Dec. 16–17: Sesame Street Live! Let's Party! Take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration! The inaugural production under Feld Entertainment's new partnership with the non-profit educational organization, Sesame Workshop features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more in a brand-new sensory adventure. Cannon Center, 576-1200,

Dec. 30: Starry 4K Fun Run/Walk. See Starry Nights at the speed of light as you race through the show! This family friendly fun run is the last chance to experience Starry Nights in 2017. 6p, Shelby Farms Park, 222-7275,

Dec. 31: Hard Rock Cafe's NYE Guitar Drop. Count down on Beale Street and ring in the New Year with the famous Guitar Drop. 126 Beale, 529-0007,

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