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Macrch 2-8, 2006

thursday March 2

"Current Paintings by the Memphis 10"

Memphis Botanic Garden, 5-7 p.m.

Opening reception for an exhibit by the Memphis 10, a group of friends of 15 years who meet monthly to create works of art.

Casino: Gettin' Paid By Any Means Necessary

The Orpheum, 8 p.m., $34-$49

Easy money? Not by a long shot in this comedy, featuring R&B performers Gerald Levert and Kelly Price, about two women who go to a casino to celebrate a birthday but end up getting involved in all kinds of (man and money) drama.

friday March 3

Opening of Northwest Passage

Memphis Zoo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., $8-$13

The zoo unveils its new $23 million exhibit featuring polar bears, eagles, ravens, seals, black bears, and more.

Grand Opening of Memphis Cotton Museum

Memphis Cotton Exchange, 65 Union (531-7826), 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $3-$5

The Cotton Museum includes artifacts and historical videos focusing on the cotton industry.

"Red Grooms:

Selections from the

Graphic Work"

Art Museum of the University of

Memphis, 5-7:30 p.m.

Opening for a collection of prints spanning 40 years by graphic artist and Nashville native Red Grooms. Grooms, who created performance-art-like "happenings" in New York in the 1950s and '60s as well as short films, is perhaps best known for his "sculpto-picto-

ramas," mixed-media, three-dimensional works often depicting vibrant cityscapes populated by interesting characters.

Chinua Hawk

Bartlett Performing Arts and

Conference Center, 7 p.m., $30

R&B singer-songwriter Chinua Hawk, who has worked with Celine Dion and Wyclef Jean, performs in the cozy setting of BPACC's Dinner Stage, which features a catered buffet dinner.

Third Day

FedExForum, 7 p.m., $23.50-$35.50

If you are a Gomer, then you are a true-blue fan of the Grammy-winning Christian rock band Third Day, which performs tonight with opening act the David Crowder Band.

saturday March 4

Magnificent Desolation:

Walking on the Moon

Pink Palace IMAX Theatre, $6.25-$8

The 12 astronauts who walked the moon tell what it was like in this IMAX film produced and narrated by Tom Hanks.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Children's Museum of Memphis, 2 p.m., $6-$7

Celebrate the 102nd birthday of the man who brought you The Cat in the Hat with cats from the Memphis Humane Society.

Kurt Elling and His Trio

University of Memphis, Rose Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $10

This cat can scat. Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling ends U of M's Jazz Week 2006 with a performance that will feature the university's 17-piece Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra.

sunday March 5

Vesta Home Expo

Agricenter, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $4-$8

Last day of the three-day expo presented by the Memphis Area Home Builders Association and featuring the home and garden companies that outfit the houses of the Vesta Home Show.

Oscar Night America 2006

Pink Palace, 6 p.m. $125 and up

Red carpet, black ties, and actor Steven Seagal at this Academy Awards ceremony-viewing party to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis and the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

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