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May 18-24, 2006

thursday May 18

An Evening with Maya Angelou

Cook Convention Center, 7 p.m.,

$50-$100

Circuit Court judge D'Army Bailey has lots of well-connected friends, including best-selling author and poet Maya Angelou, who comes to Memphis tonight to raise money for Bailey's reelection campaign. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or pay $500 for the VIP reception.

friday May 19

Face Off

Tom Lee Park, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Beth Ostrosky may be best known as Howard Stern's girlfriend, but she's also teaming up with Gillette to find a handsome face to advertise the company's new Fusion razor. Ostrosky and representatives from Ford Models will conduct "screen tests" during the Memphis In May barbecue contest. The local "Face of Fusion" contest winner receives a $500 cash prize and a shot at the national competition. Visit

faceoffusion.com for more details.

saturday May 20

Dada Ball

Power House, 8 p.m.-midnight, $20 for Delta Axis members, $25 for nonmembers

Costumes are encouraged but not required at the Delta Axis Dada Ball Masquerade Party, where DJs Lacey + Krissy, music by Kazalok, film presentations by the Media Co-op, art installations, and performance art pay tribute to the spirit of the Dada movement and to Power House's commitment to contemporary film and art.

Symphony in the Gardens

Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 6 p.m., $15-$20

Head to the Dixon Sunday evening for a garden picnic and Tchaikovsky favorites performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Toss an umbrella in the basket along with the Chardonnay because the outdoor concert takes place rain or shine. Tickets and applications for the picnic contests (most elegant, most gourmet, most creative, and best children's) are available at memphissymphony.org.

PAWS for Reading

Memphis Library, Cornelia Crenshaw branch, 11 a.m., Central Library, 1 p.m.

Get your kids excited about summer reading with a little help from a four-legged friend. Children, ages 6 to 11, read their favorite books to dogs who are specially trained to listen attentively. Register at 415-2739 (Central) or 525-1643 (Cornelia Crenshaw).

sunday May 21

Two Soldiers

Brooks Museum of Art, 2 p.m.

Join C. Robert Holloway, production designer for Two Soldiers, for a special screening of Aaron Schneider's Academy Award-winning short film. Free with museum admission.

Celebrate a Centennial

Annesdale-Snowden Historic District

House Tour, 1-5 p.m., $10

Six historic homes, representing the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century, open for tours to celebrate the neighborhood's 100th birthday. Visit

annesdale.com for more information.

tuesday May 23

Daylilies

Memphis Botanic Garden, 7 p.m.

Daylilies are maintenance-free and bloom all summer -- one bud at a time, of course. Find out how to grow these beautiful summer perennials from Mid-South experts at the monthly meeting of the Memphis Area Hemerocallis (that means daylily) Society. Call 685-1566.

Lunch and Lecture

Elmwood Cemetery, noon, $18

The monthly lunch and lecture series at historic Elmwood Cemetery features a slide show by author Perre Magness on "Life, Death and Elmwood." Register in advance at 774-3212.

wednesday May 24

Sierra Club Presentation

Memphis Library, Poplar-White Station branch, 7 p.m.

Learn the political, social, and environmental ideas behind "Smart Growth" from members of the Leadership Academy at the Sierra Club's monthly meeting. Club members also discuss efforts to "Keep the Parks, Grow the Greenways," a movement to enhance existing parks with interconnecting walkways, bikeways, and rails-to-trails conversions.

Art Busy

The Children's Museum of Memphis, 3 p.m.

"Watercolor Fun" is the theme for children ages 4 and up making art projects at the museum's studio. Free with price of admission.

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