Thursday October 19
Lecture by Jan Hankins
Blount Auditorium, Rhodes College,7 p.m.
Local artist Jan Hankins talks about his latest show "Sleepless," a collection of whip-smart paintings for which toys served as muse. There will be an opening reception at Clough-Hanson Gallery Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wild About Art
Memphis Zoo, 7 p.m.
Artists from the galleries of Palladio and Market Central will show and sell their work, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Memphis Zoo.
friday October 20
Birthday Celebration at The Dixon
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 10 a.m.
The Dixon celebrates its 30th anniversary with a 30-hour event, starting at 10 a.m. Friday and ending at 4 p.m. on Saturday. There will be lots of live music, film screenings, yoga, lectures, tours, and more. To get a complete schedule of events, go to www.dixon.org.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Orpheum, 8 p.m., $17-$38
Straight out of New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, keeps a touring rigorous schedule, playing favorites such as "Bucket's Got a Hole in It" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."
Playhouse Costume Shop
Playhouse on the Square, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Playhouse on the Square is renting costumes for Halloween. Among the offerings are wares from the camp musical Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens. Rentals run from $20 to $50, except for an Elvis jumpsuit, which is going for $150. The shop will also be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Subsidium's Carrousel of Shoppes
Mid-South Coliseum, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Big annual sale with items such as jewelry, clothes, gourmet food, and housewares. Proceeds go to the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. The sale continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
saturday October 21
The Celtic Tenors
Bartlett Performing Arts and
Conference Center, 8 p.m., $20
This Irish tenor trio were inspired by the Three Tenors and perform a mean "Danny Boy."
Star Wars and More
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $12-$76
This Memphis Symphony Orchestra American Pops Concert is a tribute to the music of John Williams, composer of the Star Wars scores and much more. The Memphis Symphony Chorus and the University of Memphis Campus School Children's Chorus will also perform.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 7-11 p.m., $100
A costume party with '70s food, dancing, and more to benefit the Stax Museum.
Miss Gay America Revue
Holiday Inn Select-Airport, 9-11 p.m., $12
Part of a weekend of Miss Gay America pageant events. Tonight will include drag performances, featuring former title holders such as Nicole DuBois, Miss Gay America 2006.
Power House Art Auction
Power House, 8 p.m., $20 for Delta Axis members, $25 nonmembers
A fund-raising auction for Delta Axis, including paintings by Paul D. Miller and Josh Smith and photographs by Perry Walker, Allen Frame, and Mary Mhoon Walker. A preview party begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $80 for Delta Axis members and $100 for nonmembers.
Mystery, Murder, Mayhem
Central Station, 9 p.m.
"A Place at the Table" is a series of dinner parties that take place at various venues throughout the year to raise money for Friends for Life. Tonight's Place at the Table finale is the capper to all those parties and will be a masquerade ball.
tuesday October 24
Children's Museum of Memphis,
9 a.m.-5 p.m., $6 children, $7 adults
Kids can get jazzed about math in this exhibit, which features help from Toad and Frog and the Three Bears.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Orpheum, 7:30 p.m., $10-$60
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about Joseph and his wonderful coat features a number of musical styles and technical razzle-dazzle. Runs through Sunday, October 29th.