Tonight's opening reception at the Midtown Artists Market at Palm Court offers a great way to shop and help support local artists; features more than 30 booths selling paintings, pottery, photography, clothing, jewelry, and other artworks. and tonight's opening reception at David Mah Studio on Cooper features the work of two of Memphis' finest painters: Mah and James Starks. It's opening night at Theatre Works for The Santaland Diaries, based on the hilarious David Sedaris piece about his part-time job as Krumpet the elf at Macy's in New York during the Christmas holidays. Should be quite the holiday treat. Could prevent some suicides. Former Men at Work singer Colin Hayis at the Lounge tonight. The Reba Russell Band is at Patrick's tonight and Saturday night. The Subteens and Syrup are at Young Avenue Deli. Tonight's big Shangri-La Christmas
Party at the Madison. Flame featueres the Bloodthirsty Lovers (Dave Shouse, Jason Paxon, Shelby Bryant, and Paul Taylor), Shelby Bryant's Cloud Wow Music, the Bo-Keys, and DJs Redeye Jedi and Chase One; profits benefit the Memphis mjusic copllection at the Main Library. And, lest you fear there's no culture to be found in Souhthaven, let it be known that the Knights of DeSoto Chess Club is offering free chess instruction and matches for all alges each Friday at the Burger King on Stateline Road. So there.