thursday May 11
Women's Foundation Lunch & Learn
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, noon-1:30 p.m., $25
The topic of today's lunch is "Work/Life Balance" and will include a panel of corporate and nonprofit leaders discussing the importance of the family-friendly workplace.
Artist Studio Visit
Material, 2553 Broad, 6-7 p.m.
Delta Axis program that offers a rare peek at an artist's workspace. Featured artist for this month is Hamlett Dobbins, director of the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes and owner of the gallery, Material.
friday May 12
Opening Reception for "Ted Faiers: Pattern Recognition"
On the Street Gallery, 6-8 p.m.
Second of a two-part retrospective of work by Ted Faiers. The first, showing at Power House through May 14th, consists of 15 paintings from the 1950s through the 1970s. The second features prints from 1952 through 1955, which includes Faiers' first few years in Memphis.
Barbie: Live in Fairytopia
The Orpheum, 7 p.m., $13-$37.50
Legally Blonde is a movie being adapted for the stage. Barbie: Live in Fairytopia is an elaborate production adapted from a movie that went straight to DVD. Through Sunday.
saturday May 13
Memphis Farmers Market
Central Station, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
The long-awaited Memphis Farmers Market downtown opens. The market will feature fresh produce and handmade goods. There will also be programs today in recognition of Memphis In May and National Safe Kids Week.
Art of Good Taste Grand Auction
Brooks Museum, 5:30 p.m., $125
Among the many fine items up for bid are an under-counter wine cellar from Viking, an Annie Leibovitz photo of June Carter and Johnny Cash, and a case of 2000 Chateau Desmirail. Attending the event will be the colorful Dan Philips, who is a champion of Australian wine and the founder of Grateful Palate and the Bacon of the Month Club.
Cook Convention Center, 8 p.m., $36
You saw him in the Outkast video for "So Fresh, So Clean." Now this family-friendly comedian from Atlanta comes to town to headline the "Live Comedy Blast in the South Hall."
Ports of Call Gala
Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 6:30 p.m., $100
Silent auction, dinner, dancing, and live Latin music honoring this year's Memphis In May country, Costa Rica.
sunday May 14
"The Artful Teapot"
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 1-5 p.m., $4-$5
Imagine the forms a teapot can take and then check out this exhibit drawn from the 6,000-piece collection of Gloria and Sonny Kamm.
Mom & Pops
Temple Israel, 1376 E. Massey,
5:30 p.m., $10-$18
You didn't pick your mother, but you can take her to this picnic featuring bluegrass pickin' from Eric Lewis and Andy Ratliff. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will also be there and will perform selections from West Side Story, Mendelssohn, and Aaron Copland.
monday May 15
John Michael Talbot
Church of the Holy Spirit,
2300 Hickory Crest Drive, 7 p.m., $20
Christian artist John Michael Talbot stops in Memphis as part of his "Monk Rock," featuring songs from his 2005 release, Monk Rock. The concert is also a fund-raiser for Mercy Corps' hurricane-relief efforts.
wednesday May 17
Booksigning by Howell Raines
Off Square Books, Oxford, 5 p.m.
Former New York Times editor Howell Raines signs The One That Got Away. In this memoir, Raines, who was pushed out at the Times in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal, ties together memories of his childhood, his love of fishing, and the not-always-pure motives of journalists and politicians.