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, blues.org/keeping-the-blues-alive.
Thru 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, blues.org.
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, specialolympicsmem.org.
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, cmom.com.
Feb. 10: Whiskey, Wine & Chocolates. Your taste buds will tingle when chocolatier Phillip Ashley creates an array of designer chocolates and confections to pair with select whiskey, wines, and cocktails. 7–10p, Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden/whiskeywine-chocolates.
Feb. 11: Bodine Bash. Music, live and silent auctions, food, and a FUNdamental good time to benefit the Bodine School. 7p, Minglewood Hall, bodineschool.org.
Feb. 11: Love on the Rocks. A walking tour among the romantically challenged, dearly departed includes tragic (and humorous) tales of love gone wrong. 10:30a, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org.
Feb. 11: Staxtacular! An unforgettable event that combines the worlds of sports, music, and philanthropy to benefit the vital mission of the Stax Music Academy. 7p, Stax Music Academy, staxtacular.com.
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, gosouthmain.com.
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, komenmemphis.org/rock-the-ribbon.
Mar. 2–Apr. 7: Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop. Renown preachers from around the country deliver inspirational, thought-provoking, action-invoking words, followed by delicious scratch-made food that celebrates our Southern roots. Preaching series Tue–Fri, noon–12:40p; waffle shop Tue–Fri, 11a–1:30p. Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second, 525-6602, calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching.
Mar. 4: Cognac, Cars & Cigars. Light up! Cognac and premium cigars, luxury cars, and NBA player–owned cars throughout the lawn. Local cuisine, live music, and more to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-South. 5–9p, Pink Palace front lawn, 259-1378, cognaccarsandcigars.com.
Mar. 6–12: Black Restaurant Week. Take a taste of black-owned restaurants in Memphis. Minority-owned restaurants offer specials and deals to help raise awareness of black-owned culinary businesses. Dig in! facebook.com/memphisblackrw.
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27: Memphis Heritage Preservation Series. "Landmarks in Memphis Music" includes a field trip and presentations and discussions with music historians, history makers, and history observers. 7–8:30p, Howard Hall, 2282 Madison, 272-2727, memphisheritage.org.
Mar. 10: Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings. Grand sommelier Laurie Forster presides over a three-course dinner designed to experience the perfect pairings. 6–10p, Halloran Center, vintage901.com.
Mar. 10: Shakespeare Gala. Pre-performance dinner buffet, post-performance dessert buffet, open bars, wine pull, live auction, and a Shakespearean performance by Broadway's critically acclaimed soprano and original Ariel, Sierra Boggess, to benefit Tennessee Shakespeare Co. 6p, Germantown Performing Arts Center, 759-0604, tnshakespeare.tix.com.
Mar. 10–12: Southern Women's Show. Fashion, health, beauty, demos, shopping, decorating, food, celebrity guests, workshops, contests, and prizes — just for starters! Agricenter, 800-849-0248, southernwomensshow.com.
Mar. 10–12: Vintage901. A new, intimate festival, perfect for foodies, wine lovers, and music aficionados. A trio of events over three days include tastings, tapas, salsa, soul, jazz, food, and community to benefit Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis. vintage901.com.
Mar. 18: Suds and Stories. Frosty beverages and a light-hearted historical presentation on the men and women of the Emerald Coast who rest in Memphis. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day! 1p, Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org.
Mar. 23: Rufus Thomas at 100 Concert. A special concert by the Stax Music Academy Rhythm Section and panel discussion highlight songs and anecdotes from Thomas's lengthy career. And yes, there will be birthday cake! 7p, FREE. Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, staxmuseum.com.
Mar. 23: Flying Brushes Art Show. Appetizers and wine complement artwork created by the ARTists of Open Arms Care, an intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities. 6–8p, FREE. Jack Robinson Gallery, 400 S. Front, 371-9774, openarmscare.org.
Mar. 30: Battle of the Birds. Take thee out to the ballpark and warm up for the 2017 AAA baseball season with an exhibition game between the Memphis Redbirds and its parent team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Special ticket packages available. 7p, AutoZone Park, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com.
Mar. 31: 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, gosouthmain.com.
Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, buckmanartscenter.com. Feb. 3: Mark Nizer in 4D. One of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers performing today, 7p. Feb 12: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. The most esteemed, Grammy Award–winning Cajun groups in music, 7p. Apr. 7: Sounds of Kolachi Pakistan, 8p, soundsofkolachi.pk. Apr. 22: Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche, father-daughter Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter legends, 8p, lw3.com.
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1269, 800-726-0915, cannoncenter.com, ticketmaster.com. 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. Feb. 26: "The Perfect Pastor," a prominent, greatly respected pastor faces disgrace, loss of faith, and the hardest decisions of his life, 7:30p. Mar. 2: "Rockin' Road to Dublin," combines the art of Irish dance, the power of rock 'n' roll, and the finish of Broadway, 7:30p.
Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru 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. Mar. 17–Apr. 9: "The Bridges of Madison County" captures the expanse of the American heartland along with the yearning entangled with one of life's most painful questions: What if? Apr. 21–May 14: "Dearly Departed." Living and dying in the South are seldom tidy, and always hilarious.
FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, fedexforum.com, ticketmaster.com. See website for complete events listing. Feb. 2–4: Garth Brooks. Feb. 17–18: Monster Jam, 7p. Mar. 8: Stevie Nicks, 7p. Mar. 16: Bon Jovi: This House Is Not For Sale Tour, 7:30p.
Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com. Feb. 3: "The Meeting," an eloquent depiction of a hypothetical meeting between Malcolm X and MLK, 6:30p. 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, hattiloo.org. Thru 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. Mar. 10–Apr. 2: "Crowns the Gospel Musical." Church hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history.
McCoy Theatre: Rhodes College Campus, 843-3839, rhodes.edu/mccoy. Feb. 17–26: "The Unencumbered." Seven men creep hopefully toward immortality, and the 3 women who keep them alive, 7:30p.
Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. Feb. 3: "Rock the Presidents," Childsplay Theatre brings the history of our top executive office to high-energy life, 6:30p. 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. Mar. 8: ZZ Top, 8p. Mar. 9: "Decades Rewind," more than 60 songs blended into medleys from the most prominent decades in music history. Mar. 24–26: Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Apr. 29–30: Dance Theatre of Harlem. 14 racially diverse dance artists perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire.
Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru 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? Mar. 3–26: "Lord of the Flies." An ordinary group of schoolboys, marooned on an island, see ordinary standards of behavior collapse.
Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext'd, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Thru 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, theatreworksmemphis.org. Feb. 3–19: New Moon Theatre: "Hamlet."
Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org. Private estate museum on 17 acres of formal and informal gardens. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Thru 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, metalmuseum.org. The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See website for class and demo times. Thru Apr. 16: Tributaries: Caitie Sellers. Finding the familiar among common themes and ubiquitous materials. Thru Apr. 30: "Guns, Violence and Justice." Guns and gun references in art address issues impacting our lives.
National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Feb. 1–28: "Groundbreakers: African-American Ballerina Stories of Triumph and Struggles." 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, memphismuseums.org. Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Thru May 1: "Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disaster," the most extreme traveling exhibit ever to hit (just figuratively, we hope) the museum. Thru May 6: "Extreme Deep: Mission into the Abyss," hands-on exploration of life at the bottom of the sea.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, staxmuseum.com. State-of-the-art museum at the original site of Stax Records. Thru Jun. 30: "Portraits in Soul: Rare Images from the API Archive." Mar. 10–Aug. 31: "A Century of Funk: Rufus Thomas at 100," photographs, promotional materials, stage costumes, and other memorabilia of "The World's Oldest Teenager." Apr. 7–Jul. 31: "Hit the Road Stax!: Wayne Jackson, the Stax/Volt Revue, and the 1967 European Tour," celebrating the 50th anniversary of this legendary tour through the eyes of Wayne.
Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com. Restored 1870s French Victorian mansion. Thru Apr. 30: "Timeless Romance." Celebrate the traditions of love through the ages, with courting customs and romantic gestures from the turn of the century into the 1920s.
Concerts International: UofM Harris Concert Hall, 527-3067, concertsinternationalmemphis.org. Mar. 9: "Philharmonia Quartet, Berlin," an evening with the standard-setting chamber ensemble, made up exclusively of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, 7:30p. Apr. 27: Violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky and pianist Cathal Breslin, 7:30p.
Pink Palace CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Feb 4–5: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," 4p. Feb. 11–12: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," 4p. Feb. 18–19, 25–26: "Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal," 4p. 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. Thru Mar. 3: "Wild Africa 3D." Meet amazing creatures while exploring the most dramatic continent on Earth.
Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. 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. Thru Jun. 2: "Back to the Moon for Good," a look back at the race to the moon, and a look ahead to the future. Thru 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.
Downtown Neighborhood Association: 521-9552, memphisdna.org. 4th Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details.
South Main Association: 578-7262, gosouthmain.com. 2nd Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details.
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