Steppin' Out 

thursday Oct. 12

Talk by Bernard Siegel

Rose Theatre, University of Memphis, 7:30 p.m.

Bernard Siegel is the executive and founder of the Genetics Policy Institute and will talk about the politics of stem-cell research.

Talk by Warren St. John

Bryan Campus Life Center,

Rhodes College, 7:45 p.m.

New York Times writer and author of Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer Warren St. John talks about fan mania in the first of the Rhodes College Sports and Society Lecture Series.

friday Oct. 13

Little Shop of Horrors

Theatre Memphis, 7:30 p.m., $25

Horror-spoof musical about a plant with an insatiable appetite for blood.

Omar Faruk Tekbilek

Buckman Performing and

Fine Arts Center, 8 p.m., $25

Musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek performs a mix of Middle Eastern and Western songs on the ney, the baglama, and the zurna. There will also be a performance on Saturday at 8 p.m.

saturday Oct. 14

Wifflestock 2006

Zinnie's East, 9 a.m.

Now in its 10th year, 20 teams battle to be wiffleball champs while raising money for the Ronald McDonald House. At 2 p.m., there will be a game with a team of local celebrities who'll go against a team made up of Hooters girls. The tournament continues on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Saturday Morning Matinee

Playhouse on the Square, 10:30 a.m., pay what you can

Saturday morning storytelling series for kids. Today's featured guest is Annie McDaniel, who will share stories about growing up on a riverboat on the Mississippi.

Barrage

Bartlett Performing Arts and

Conference Center, 8 p.m., $20

Barrage is an 11-piece Canadian fiddle band that plays a mix of Cajun, Celtic, country, swing, and more and punches it up with raucous choreography.

The Laramie Project

Studio Theatre, University of Memphis, 8 p.m., $10 students and seniors,

$15 adults

Drama based on police reports, court testimony, and interviews following the tragic circumstances of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, who was fatally beaten and abandoned in a desolate field in Laramie, Wyoming.

sunday Oct. 15

Herb Kosten Charitable Fund Tennis Tournament

The Racquet Club of Memphis, noon-5 p.m.

A fund-raising tournament in honor of the late Herb Kosten, a builder and fixture on Memphis tennis courts. Benefits the Herb Kosten Charitable Fund for research and cure for pancreatic cancer.

10th Annual Downtown Home Tour

Various locations, noon-6 p.m., $10

A self-guided tour featuring 13 homes from South Main to Uptown. This year's tour focuses on New Urbanism, which emphasizes a mixture of homes, retail, and recreation spaces. Tickets can be purchased at Bluff City Coffee, Miss Cordelia's Grocery, and Café Francisco.

tuesday Oct. 17

Freedom Awards

Memphis Cook Convention Center,

6:30 p.m., $200

Annual awards presented to those who've championed civil and human rights causes. This year's honorees are singer Stevie Wonder, Doctors Without Borders founder Dr. Bernard Kouchner, and civil rights movement pioneer Dr. Joseph Lowery.

David Sedaris

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts,

8 p.m., $26.25-$36

David Sedaris reads from his humorous essays which touch on everything from dealing with attic mice to mistakenly being in his underwear in front of strangers.

wednesday Oct. 18

Shawn Colvin

Germantown Performing Arts Centre,

8 p.m., $30

Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin won a 1998 Grammy for Song of the Year for "Sunny Came Home."

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