Thursday November 3
Lecture by Philip Pearlstein
Memphis College of Art, 7 p.m.
Two big doings at the Memphis College of Art this week as part of the school's visiting-artist series: If it's realism you want, see and hear master of contemporary figurative painting Philip Pearlstein, who's lecturing in Callicott Auditorium on Thursday at 7 p.m. If it's surrealism you want, see and hear photographer/installation artist Sandy Skoglund who's lecturing in Callicott on Friday at 10 a.m. With illustrator Sue Coe's visit in October, this makes it a banner season of speakers at the MCA.
Friday November 4
Opening reception for "South Meets West" by Jeff Aeling
Lisa Kurts Gallery, 6-8 p.m.
Landscape artist Jeff Aeling's exhibit "South Meets West" compares and contrasts the views as seen from the banks of the Mississippi River and the vistas of Southwest locales in Colorado and New Mexico. So which is better? Consider it a beautiful toss-up.
As it so happens, on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Artists on Central, Dottie Sachritz is having an opening reception for her exhibit, "East Meets West," which also includes landscape paintings of the Southwest.
Saturday November 5
The Opera Ball
The Peabody Grand Ballroom, 6 p.m., $125-250
Celebrating the start of Opera Memphis's 50th season with dinner, dancing, an auction, and entertainment, including performances by Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Boogie in the Books
Central Library, 8 p.m.-midnight, $50
The Memphis public library system has been offering children's books for 100 years. In recognition of this milestone, the library is holding a fund-raiser, with live music, food from area restaurants, children's games, and a silent auction.
Sunday November 6
Circuit Playhouse, 2 p.m.
Based on E.B. White's classic about the friendship between a spider and a pig.
The Cannon Center, 3 p.m., $30-$150
The first season of the Artists Ascending Concert Series, founded 40 years ago by Philip Belz, featured a violinist named Itzhak Perlman. Perlman returns to the series and will perform with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra.
Monday November 7
Riverfront Promenade Forum
Central Library, 6:30 p.m.
The proposal for the landbridge was sunk, so now what? Friends for Our Riverfront are hosting this forum to gather new ideas.
Tuesday November 8
South Main Association Meeting
Zanzibar, 412 S. Main, 6:30 p.m.
It's not every neighborhood meeting that features a talk by Memphis mayor Willie Herenton followed by a holiday fashion show.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Seattle Supersonics
FedExForum, 7 p.m.
Wednesday November 9
The Carl Wolfe Trio
Bistro Aroma, 1779 Kirby Parkway, 7-9 p.m.
Trio led by saxophonist Carl Wolfe performs at the new, weekly Best of Memphis Jazz Wednesdays, sponsored by the local record label, Inside Sounds.