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Special Events

Jan. 5–8: Elvis Birthday Celebration. Birthday cake, receptions, tours, shows, ceremonies, panels, games, dinners, and other festivities throughout the city celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll. 332-3322,

Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Tours are extra special with the mansion's interior and exterior decorated for the holidays with all of Elvis's favorites, including red-velvet drapes, life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and Presley family Christmas artifacts. 332-3322,

Jan. 13: Science of Beer. Taste beer from local professional and home brewers and learn about the science behind their favorite brew through activities, mini-lectures, and talks with the experts. 6–9:30p, Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362,

Jan. 13: School of Rock Memphis: Best of Memphis. Young musicians pay tribute to Memphis's top current bands by performing the artists' original music along with the artists themselves, including Star & Micey, Dead Soldiers, The Memphis Dawls, Lucero, Marcella and her Lovers, and Susan Marshall. 8p, Minglewood Hall, 336-2781,

Jan. 13: Cardinals Caravan. Meet current players, talk baseball, get autographs, enter prize drawings, and get ready to "play ball"! Season tickets are on sale now! 6:30p, AutoZone Park, 721-6050,

Jan. 16: King Day 2017. Remember the life and legacy of one of the most prolific humanitarians and leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement with daylong family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank Drive, and Lifeblood Drive. 8a–6p, FREE. National Civil Rights Museum, 521-9699,

Jan. 21: UrbanArt Anniversary. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of an independent, nonprofit organization committed to excellence in developing public art and urban design in Memphis. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, wine, and artistic salutes. 6–9p, The Medicine Factory, 85 Virginia West, 454-0474,

Jan. 27: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

Jan. 27: Incognito! Art Auction and Party. An evening of art, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres, with silent auction bidding and special guest host Kacky Walton of WKNO's Checking on the Arts. 5:30–7:30p, Botanic Garden, 636-4131,

Jan. 29: Soup Sunday. A smorgasbord of soups, breads, desserts, and other delicacies from area restaurants, as well as live music, contests, magic show, and more to benefit Youth Villages. 11a–2p, FedExForum,

Jan. 31: Association for Women Attorneys Annual Banquet. Cocktail reception, dinner, and program that includes special honors, induction of the 2017 AWA board officers and committee chairs, and scholarship presentations. 6–8p, Tower Center at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar, 577-6152,

Jan. 31–Feb. 4: The International Blues Challenge. Blues musicians from around the world compete for prizes and industry recognition at the world's largest gathering of blues acts, which includes a youth showcase. Beale Street venues and The Orpheum, 527-2583,

Feb. 3: Keeping the Blues Alive Awards. The Blues Foundation bestows 16 individuals and organizations with its prestigious award that honors those who helped keep the blues going strong. Meet the award recipients over lunch, and thank them for singing the blues. 11a, DoubleTree Downtown, 527-2583,

Feb. 4: Polar Bear Plunge & Chili Cook-Off. Brrr! Hundreds of plungers are freezin' for a reason to b-b-benefit Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. People's Choice Chili Cook-Off Tasting 10:30a–2:30p; Plunge Registration 11a–2:30p; Plunge Costume Contest 2p; Polar Bear Plunge 2:30p. Spectators free. Mud Island River Park, 683-1271,

Feb. 4: Cirque du CMOM. Saddle up! Deep in the heart of Memphis, a cultural wonderland meets the wild, wild west, with exotic cowboy fare and rodeo fun to benefit Children's Museum of Memphis. Yee-haw, y'all! 2525 Central, 458-2678,

Feb. 11: Bodine Bash. Music, live and silent auctions, food, and a FUNdamental good time to benefit Bodine School. 7p, Minglewood Hall,

Feb. 24: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262,

Feb. 25: Rock the Ribbon. Dance the night away with The Garry Goin Group, bid on silent auction items, eat, drink, and support the Susan G. Komen Memphis-Midsouth. Get your groove on! 7p–midnight, The Great Hall, Germantown, 757-8686,


Monthly Highlights

ON STAGE: December 2016

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, Feb. 3: Mark Nizer in 4D, the juggler your mother warned you about! 7p.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1269, 800-726-0915,, Jan. 15: Freedom and Funk Celebration Concert with The Bar-Kays and Confunkshun, 8p. Feb. 7–8: Shen Yun, a performance of traditional Chinese culture. Feb. 23: Wild Kratts Live! 6:30p. Feb. 12: Valentine's Weekend: Laugh-A-Thon, 6p.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Jan. 27–Feb. 19: "Hand to God." A foul-mouthed sock puppet named Tyrone shows us that sometimes our deepest and darkest desires fit like a glove.

FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000,, See website for complete events listing. Jan. 12: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 7p. Feb. 2–4: Garth Brooks. Feb. 17–18: Monster Jam, 7p.

Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, Feb. 4: Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, 7:30p. Feb. 17: Kathy Mattea: The Acoustic Living Room featuring Bill Cooley, 7:30p. Feb. 18: The Mersey Beatles: Four Lads From Liverpool, 7:30p.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, Jan. 20–Feb. 12: "Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin." An openly gay, black proponent of non-violent civil disobedience is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787,  Jan. 13: A.J. Croce, multi-instrumentalist roots-rock artist, 7:30p. Jan. 17: Tedeschi Trucks Band with North Mississippi Allstars, 7:30p. Jan. 24–29: "The Bodyguard: The Musical," a breathtaking, romantic thriller. Feb. 10–12: "The Illusionists: Live From Broadway." A mind-blowing spectacular showcasing talents of 7 of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Feb. 13: "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies." Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson leads an enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong, 7p. Feb. 28–Mar. 5: "Beautiful — The Carole King Musical." The true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom to become one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, Jan. 20–Feb. 12: "Rock of Ages." It's the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood'. Will the rock-and-roll fairy tale end when German developers plan to turn the Sunset Strip into a capitalist strip mall?

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, Jan. 20–Feb. 5: "The 39 Steps," a parody of the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. Feb. 10–26: "Sense and Sensibility." Sisters weather the heartache as they learn what love can be.

TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, Jan 6–29: POTS@TheWorks: "Other People's Happiness." When you give up your happiness for everyone else, what is your breaking point?

ON EXHIBIT: December 2016

Blues Hall of Fame: 421 S. Main, 527-2583, Thru Jan. 15: "Black, White, and Blues by Marc Norberg," a collection of 33 artful black-and-white photographs of blues musicians across the decades. Thru Jan. 15: "Ernie Patton Paints the Blues," 10 paintings of Blues Hall of Famers.

Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, One of the leading art museums in the American South. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, lunches, and programs. Thru Jan. 8: "Red Grooms, Traveling Correspondent," a news correspondent's eye for telling detail with a lens focused on New York and Tennessee.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, Private estate museum on 17 acres of formal and informal gardens. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Thru Jan. 15: "Wayne Edge: A Sense of Wonder," sculptural works out of organic elements of Earth and its atmosphere. Thru Jan. 15: "Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art," the first major exhibition to explore the multifaceted meanings of these outdoor subjects in painting and sculpture. Jan. 29–Mar. 26: "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now." Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's curatorial team logged more than 100,000 miles, traversing the U.S. to visit nearly 1,000 artists to offer an unusually diverse and nuanced look at contemporary American art from nearly every region.

Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380, The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See website for class and demo times. Thru Jan. 1: Master Metalsmith: Hoss Haley, a sculptor well known for his works in steel, concrete, and bronze. Thru Jan. 22: Tributaries: Cozette Philips, sculpture that raises ecological consciousness by capturing the mark of existence in something that is fleeting, impermanent, and affected by its surroundings.

National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Feb. 16: Book & Author Series: "Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South" with author Talita LeFlouria, 6p. Thru Mar. 6: "Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery" documents the lives endured by slaves and celebrates the freedom they never dreamed possible. Mar. 16: Book & Author Series: "A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle" with author Crystal Sanders, 6p.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Jan. 31–May 6: "Extreme Deep: Mission into the Abyss," hands-on exploration of life at the bottom of the sea.

ON SCREEN: December 2016

Pink Palace CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Thru Mar. 3: "Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D," a breakthrough look at the secret world within the ocean depths. Thru Mar. 3: "National Parks Adventure 3D," the ultimate off-trail adventure into the mountains and canyons of our national parks. Jan. 7–Mar. 3: "Wild Africa 3D." Meet amazing creatures while exploring the most dramatic continent on Earth. Jan. 7–8: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Jan. 14–15: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Jan. 21–22: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Jan. 28–29: "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings."

Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, Thru Mar. 19: Winter Seasonal Stargazing: hop through current constellations, learn cool star names, and groove to space music. Thru Mar. 31: "Black Holes," a fully immersive journey through one of the most mystifying phenomena in the universe. Jan. 2–June 2: "Back to the Moon for Good," a look back at the race to the moon, and a look ahead to the future. Jan. 30–Sep. 2: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure." Join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, on an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon.

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