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thursday August 3

Booksigning by Imogene Joyner

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library,

6 p.m.

In the 1950s, Memphian Imogene Joyner was the pen-pal of Hee Ho Lee, future first lady of Korea. In the 1960s, she was a missionary in the Belgian Congo and had to be evacuated with other American citizens when violent uprisings occurred after Congolese independence from Belgium. Joyner shares these stories and more in her book A Life of Many Tales.

The Speakeasy

Jack Robinson Gallery, 8:30 p.m., $5

An evening of music, dance, poetry, and performance art.

friday August 4

Opening Reception for "The Price Is Right"

David Lusk Gallery, 6-9 p.m.

This event, now in its ninth year, is a chance to get your hands on work by the area's best artists, including Json Myers, Greely Myatt, Tad Lauritzen Wright, Kat Gore, Tim Crowder, Mel Spillman, and many more. All work is priced to move at less than $1,000.

Opening Reception for "Trio"

Perry Nicole Fine Art, 6-8 p.m.

"Trio" features the work of Martha Kelly, Arline Jernigan, and Mary Long. Kelly paints Memphis landscapes, Jernigan examines the workings of organic beings above and beneath the surface, and Long specializes in multimedia work, embellishing her encaustic paintings with gold leaf and other materials.

Opening Reception for "The Pen is Mightier: Literary & Legendary Caricatures"

L Ross Gallery, 6-8 p.m.

Mike Caplanis' pen-and-ink and watercolor portraits simultaneously pay tribute to and gently poke fun at well-known authors, musicians, politicians, and other public figures.

Ronnie McDowell's Tribute to the King

Horseshoe Casino, $40, 9 p.m.

Longtime tribute artist Ronnie McDowell performs Elvis songs just in time for the kick off of Elvis Week.

saturday August 5

Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals

Children's Museum of Memphis, 2 p.m.

Kids of all ages learn about all kinds of music from Joe Murphy.

The Stamps Quartet

DeSoto Civic Center, 7 p.m., $19

Formed in the 1920s, the gospel group the Stamps Quartet performed as backup singers for Elvis from 1971 through 1977 and have also appeared with Tammy Wynette, Leslie Uggams, and Willie Nelson.

monday August 7

WWE Raw

FedExForum, 7 p.m., $20-$40

Someone's gonna get the hurt put on them at tonight's WWE professional wrestling event.

tuesday August 8

Elvis Fan-Appreciation Day

Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tupelo, MS, 10:30 a.m.

Elvis Week officially begins at this annual gathering of fans from around the world at the tiny Tupelo house where Elvis was born.

Booksigning by Murray Silver

Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.

Former rock-concert promoter and assistant to the Dalai Lama Murray Silver signs When Elvis Meets the Dalai Lama, his account of working with the past century's most notable icons.

Wednesday August 9

Sing Like a King

Playhouse on the Square, 6 p.m.

Located at the site of Elvis' favorite movie theater, the Memphian, karaoke-ers make like the King for a chance to win one of the theater's seats.

Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club

Power House, 7:30 p.m.

This month, the Micro Cinema Club presents the work of the Ice Capades, a Chicago-based collection of filmmakers and video artists. The shorts feature topics as diverse as thumb-wrestling and immaculate conception.

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