Steppin' Out 

thursday August 31

Sesame Street Live:

"Super Grover! Ready for Action"

DeSoto Civic Center, 7 p.m., $11-$17

Grover needs your help, kids. His superness has been sapped, so you and his friends Elmo, Big Bird, and Zoe must sing him back right. Along the way, learn about healthy living and the importance of good nutrition, proper hygiene, and a full night's sleep. There will be two shows on Friday at

10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m.

friday September 1

Opening Reception for New Works by Reyna Castano

Joysmith Gallery, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

This exhibit features the colorful abstract paintings by Mexican artist Reyna Castano.

Opening Reception for

"You Are Here" by Amy Pleasant

Rhodes College,

Clough-Hanson Gallery, 6-8 p.m.

Amy Pleasant's "You Are Here" features a wall installation and ink drawings on paper that show tiny people revealing life's larger picture by simply going about their business.

saturday September 2

Beastly Bargain Sale

Memphis Zoo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The zoo is holding it semiannual sale of apparel and animal-themed goods. Runs through Sunday.


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

Patricia Carreras leads an afternoon full of traditional Hispanic storytelling and puppetry.

Always, Patsy Cline

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, 8 p.m., $20

This tribute to country queen Patsy Cline is presented by the Tennessee professional theater troupe the Cumberland Country Playhouse and stars Kellye Cash.

Tommy Drake

Comedy, Tennessee, 8:15 and 10:30 p.m.

Texas-based performer Tommy Drake went from being a prop comic to being the opening act for Cher on the second leg of her Farewell Tour.

sunday September 3

Biker Sunday

Cornerstone Church, 5998 Elmore Road, Southaven, MS, 10:30 a.m.

Bikers can get their motors running and their God on during this special service at Southaven's Cornerstone Church. Lunch follows the service, which will then be followed by a riding tour through DeSoto County.

Opening Reception for

"Young and Old Masters of Israel"

Memphis Jewish Community Center, Shainberg Gallery, 2-4 p.m.

"Young and Old Masters of Israel" comes from the collection of the Safrai Fine Art Gallery in Jerusalem and features oil paintings, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs by Israeli artists.

Lyfe Jennings

The Orpheum, 7:30 p.m., $35.50-$49.50

Soul/R&B artist Lyfe Jennings got serious about his music while spending 10 years in prison for arson. Within a month of his release he was performing at the Apollo. His debut album, Lyfe 268-192 (268-192 was his inmate number), was released in 2004 and contained the hit single "Must Be Nice." His latest, The Phoenix, was released in August.

Wednesday September 6

Book Discussion With Mary Monroe

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 6:30 p.m.

Mary Monroe is the author of the trilogy God Don't Like Ugly, God Still Don't Like Ugly, and the recently published God Don't Play. The books follow a voluptuous heroine named Annette Goode. In the latest book, life is good for Annette -- save for the anonymous hate letters she's receiving and the gnawing sense that they're being sent by her husband's former lover, who may or may not have his name tattooed on her ass.

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