thursday March 23
Frog and His Friends
The Orpheum, $8-$20, 7 p.m.
Do you have monsters under your bed? Frog feels for you. Watch him and his friends, Duck, Pig, and Hare, work through this and other issues in this family-friendly show featuring puppets and songs.
friday March 24
Booksigning by Pearl Cleage
Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.
Blue Hamilton and wife Regina return in the latest novel by Pearl Cleage, the bestselling author whose What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was an Oprah Book Club pick.
FedEx Institute of Technology, 7 p.m.
Before Jake Gyllenhaal was a gay cowboy, he played the mixed-up teenager, Donnie Darko, who is warned of the impending end of the world by a man-sized rabbit in this time-bending cult classic released in 2001 and then rereleased in 2004. Part of the FedEx Institute's monthly Friday Film Series, which features films about time travel.
Lantana Projects Silent Auction Benefit & Bash
Nineteenth Century Club, 7-10 p.m., $25
Bid on artworks from an impressive set of artists from around the world, including contemporary British painter George Shaw, whose work has hung at the Tate in London, and Jeremy Deller, another British artist whose approach is a mash-up of folk, pop, and performance art. Funds go to Lantana Projects, a new international artist residency program.
saturday March 25
Work O' the Weavers
Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church, 7350 Raleigh-LaGrange Road in Cordova, 7:30 p.m., $15 advance and $20 at the door
Work O' the Weavers is a quartet celebrating the music of the Weavers, the influential folk group that was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for its protest songs.
Germantown Performing Arts Centre,
8 p.m., $45
Award-winning baritone and Met vet Nathan Gunn joins the IRIS Chamber Orchestra to perform a number of selections, including a new work by 30-year-old composer Huang Ruo.
sunday March 26
MidSouth Con 24
Holiday Inn Select Hotel, 2240 Democrat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $35
Last day of MidSouth Con 24, the annual sci-fi convention, which includes seminars, art and writing contests, gaming, filking, and a blood drive. For more information, go to midsouthcon.org.
Lecture by Dr. Andrew Newberg
Rhodes College, Blount Auditorium,
The title of Andrew Newberg's lecture is "Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief." Newberg, director of clinical nuclear medicine and assistant professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied the brain activity of praying Franciscan nuns and meditating Buddhists.
monday March 27
Last Mondays in Studio A
Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 7-9 p.m., $20
This month's concert features music by the Memphis Soul Survivors, the house band for Wild Bill's. Joining them will be Miss Nikki.
tuesday March 28
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Memphis Botanic Garden,
5:30-7:30 p.m., $20 members and
The theme of this month's wine tasting is "Cherry Festival of Wine," featuring red and white wines and cherry hors d'oeuvres and desserts from Fratelli's.
Hobey Ford's Animalia
Elder Performing Arts Center,
7:30 p.m., $10
Master puppeteer Hobey Ford brings his exquisitely crafted puppets to perform his latest show, Animalia, about the animal kingdom.