Steppin' Out 

thursday September 7

Artist Studio Visit

Media Co-Op, First Congregational Church, 6-7 p.m., free for members of Delta Axis, $5 for nonmembers

Tonight, Delta Axis takes visitors for its monthly behind-the-scenes look at area artists' studios to the Memphis Digital Arts Co-operative (Media Co-Op).

Opening Reception for New Work by Chick Huettel, Cathy Lancaster, Alex Walter, and Priscilla Cunningham

Café de France in Palladio Antique Mall, 6-8 p.m.

This opening reception will also feature a dinner at Café de France: crawfish enchiladas, roasted Cornish hens, and desserts from the French Bakery.

friday September 8

Opening Reception for Bob Eoff and Laurie Samuels

Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Opening reception for the work of area painters Bob Eoff and Laurie Samuels.

Opening Reception for "Now & Then: Works Not Seen"

Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts, 6-9 p.m.

Never-seen-before paintings and drawings by former U of M painting teacher Larry Edwards, inspired by what he calls the three Fs: foolishness, foibles, and the frailities of human behavior.

Momentum 8

Gibson Lounge Rooftop, 8 p.m., $25

This annual Ballet Memphis event will

feature choreography by Garrett Ammon and Joseph Jefferies. Runs through Sunday.

Patti Austin

The Peabody Grand Ballroom, 9 p.m., $43.75-$49.75

Best known for her hit duet "Baby Come to Me" with James Ingram, Patti Austin made her stage debut at the Apollo at age 4 with Dinah Washington. Austin will be joined tonight by pianist Alex Bugnon, guitarist Norman Brown, and saxophonist Paul Taylor.

saturday September 9

Downtown Chalk Art Festival

Central Station Pavilion, 9:30 a.m.-noon, $20

Sponsored by AIA Memphis, this chalk-drawing contest has categories for children, adults, and families, with competitors choosing from three themes: "Memphis Architecture," "Public Spaces," and "My Favorite Thing About Downtown Memphis."

Emergency Preparedness Class

Theatre Memphis, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Do you ever find yourself wondering, Is that man choking or is he just being dramatic? Go to the Emergency Preparedness training class being held on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis.

Opening Reception for "Unsaid"

David Lusk Gallery, 4-6 p.m.

Born in Memphis, living in Munich, and having lived in New Orleans, Maysey Craddock has a lot to say, and that spills over into work that features sentences embroidered on found textiles and sculptures made from typewriters.

Fall National Championship Anvil Shoot

USA Stadium, Millington, noon

Part of the International Goat Days festival is the anvil shoot, which, if we understand correctly, involves launching an anvil into the air from a hole in the ground packed with gun powder. This contest will feature such competitors as David "Gator Bait" Blackwell and Mike "Shine" Stringer, who invented a shooting system for the super-modified anvil.

sunday September 10

Healing Field: A 9/11 Tribute

Agricenter International, through September 17th

The "Healing Field," a display featuring 3,412 flags representing those who died on 9/11, originated in Ohio a year after the 2001 event. Now, there are Healing Fields across the country.

11th Annual Orpheum Art & Antique Auction

The Orpheum, 1:30 p.m.

A fund-raiser for the Orpheum, this event features both silent and live auctions with items such as artwork from area artists and antiques.

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