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Thursday September 21

Third Thursdays: Art After Dark

Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 6 p.m.

It's murder at the Dixon during its Art After Dark Fall Film Festival. The first feature will be The Pit and the Pendulum, based on the Edgar Allan Poe story and starring Vincent Price.

José Limón Dance Company

Buckman Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m., $28

José Limón Dance Company, masters of modern dance, launch their 60th anniversary season at the Buckman. During this, their first appearance in Memphis, the company will revive signature pieces, including The Moor's Pavane and Dances for Isadora. There will be another performance Friday at 7 p.m.

Sketches of Frank Gehry

Brooks Museum of Art, 7 p.m., $5 for Brooks members, $7 nonmembers

Held in conjunction with Architecture Month. This 2005 documentary by director and Frank Gehry-friend Sydney Pollack features the architect (Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Seattle's Experience Music Project) in his studio, on job sites, and in his home.

Mid-South Fair

Mid-South Fairgrounds,

10 a.m.-10 p.m., $5, $20 wristbands

Rides, food, concerts, games, and more starting today at the Mid-South Fair, now in its 150th season.

friday September 22

Loot

TheatreWorks, 8 p.m., $12.50

A zany British comedy by Joe Orton, Loot follows an inept bank robber who stashes his take in his mother's coffin.

Othello

Theatre Memphis, 8 p.m., $20

Got a hankie? The Shakespeare drama Othello opens Theatre Memphis' Next Stage 2006-2007 season.

saturday September 23

2nd Annual Mid-South Salsa Convention

Jack Robinson Gallery, noon-4 a.m.

A day and night of dance instruction and salsa music, including sessions on the cha-cha-cha and partner-work and music from Orquestra Symbiosis.Convention continues through Sunday. For more information, go toSalsaMemphis.com.

Bowzer's Rock and Roll Party

Sam's Town, 8 p.m., $15

Part of the 7th Annual Delta River Cruisin' weekend, dedicated to the hottest hot rods in the region. Sha Na Na's Bowzer performs favorite tunes from the '50s and '60s.

Sunday September 24

World Series of Poker Circuit Tournament

Grand Casino, through October 4th

It's on: the World Series of Poker Circuit Tournament kicks off in Tunica. Players can compete for buy-ins ranging from $300 to $5,000. First-place winner gets a buy-in to the finale in Las Vegas.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Family Series

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 2:30 p.m., $15 adults, $8 children

Tonight's kick-off concert will feature acrobats from Tesseract. The day begins at 1:15 p.m. with musical bingo and a petting zoo.

Booksigning by Mo Willems

Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 3 p.m.

Reading, booksigning, and illustration demonstration from Caldecott-winning author Mo Willems to introduce his new book Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct. It's about a helpful, cookie-baking, and apparently clueless dinosaur. Willems will also be at the Barnes & Noble on Germantown Parkway on Monday at 10 a.m.

monday September 25

Banned Books Week

Virtual Panel Discussion

University of Memphis, Ned R. WcWherter Library, 9 a.m.

A videoconference in recognition of Banned Books Week, featuring writers Chris Cutcher and Sonya Sones, both of whom have had their books banned, and American Library Association intellectual-freedom expert Kent Oliver. Banned Books Week continues through Friday with readings from banned books --To Kill a Mockingbird, James and the Giant Peach, The Tropic of Cancer, among them -- each day at 11:30 a.m. at the library.

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