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Whether you're a patron of the arts or you just like to eat, drink, and be merry, there's a lot going on this weekend. Memphis' biggest playhouses — Theatre Memphis and Playhouse on the Square — are staging two of the biggest shindigs of the season.

On Friday, November 6th, Theatre Memphis is throwing a "90 Years Young" party with an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dancing, and a piano concert by Richard Glazier showcasing a century of songs from the American musical theater. It's been a good run for a theater that was, quite literally, born in a stable before moving to the east wing of the Pink Palace, where a stage was constructed over Piggly Wiggly founder Clarence Saunders' indoor pool. Theatre Memphis moved to its current location at Perkins and Southern in 1975, and last year its magnificent sculpture garden was named a public-art "Heritage Site" by the UrbanArt Commission.

Theatre Memphis also will host a kids' celebration with a performance at 2 p.m. of Rikki Tikki Tavi by ShoWagon on Saturday, November 7th, along with crafts, scavenger hunt, and birthday cake. Tickets to the kids' event are $5 per person, but a family pack of six tickets can be purchased for $20. Tickets to "90 Years Young" are $90. Call 682-8323 for reservations.

Meanwhile, back in Midtown, Playhouse on the Square is hosting its annual "Curtain Up: Taste of Playhouse" party on Saturday, November 7th. That means a sumptuous three-course meal, three musical acts, and dancing on stage until the cows come home — or 11 p.m., whichever comes first. Tickets are $100. Call 726-4656 for reservations.

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