Steppin' Out 

Thursday October 19

Lecture by Jan Hankins

Blount Auditorium, Rhodes College,7 p.m.

Local artist Jan Hankins talks about his latest show "Sleepless," a collection of whip-smart paintings for which toys served as muse. There will be an opening reception at Clough-Hanson Gallery Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Wild About Art

Memphis Zoo, 7 p.m.

Artists from the galleries of Palladio and Market Central will show and sell their work, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Memphis Zoo.

friday October 20

Birthday Celebration at The Dixon

Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 10 a.m.

The Dixon celebrates its 30th anniversary with a 30-hour event, starting at 10 a.m. Friday and ending at 4 p.m. on Saturday. There will be lots of live music, film screenings, yoga, lectures, tours, and more. To get a complete schedule of events, go to www.dixon.org.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Orpheum, 8 p.m., $17-$38

Straight out of New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, keeps a touring rigorous schedule, playing favorites such as "Bucket's Got a Hole in It" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Playhouse Costume Shop

Playhouse on the Square, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Playhouse on the Square is renting costumes for Halloween. Among the offerings are wares from the camp musical Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens. Rentals run from $20 to $50, except for an Elvis jumpsuit, which is going for $150. The shop will also be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Subsidium's Carrousel of Shoppes

Mid-South Coliseum, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Big annual sale with items such as jewelry, clothes, gourmet food, and housewares. Proceeds go to the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. The sale continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

saturday October 21

The Celtic Tenors

Bartlett Performing Arts and

Conference Center, 8 p.m., $20

This Irish tenor trio were inspired by the Three Tenors and perform a mean "Danny Boy."

Star Wars and More

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $12-$76

This Memphis Symphony Orchestra American Pops Concert is a tribute to the music of John Williams, composer of the Star Wars scores and much more. The Memphis Symphony Chorus and the University of Memphis Campus School Children's Chorus will also perform.

Staxadelic 2006

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 7-11 p.m., $100

A costume party with '70s food, dancing, and more to benefit the Stax Museum.

Miss Gay America Revue

Holiday Inn Select-Airport, 9-11 p.m., $12

Part of a weekend of Miss Gay America pageant events. Tonight will include drag performances, featuring former title holders such as Nicole DuBois, Miss Gay America 2006.

Power House Art Auction

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

A fund-raising auction for Delta Axis, including paintings by Paul D. Miller and Josh Smith and photographs by Perry Walker, Allen Frame, and Mary Mhoon Walker. A preview party begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $80 for Delta Axis members and $100 for nonmembers.

Mystery, Murder, Mayhem

Central Station, 9 p.m.

"A Place at the Table" is a series of dinner parties that take place at various venues throughout the year to raise money for Friends for Life. Tonight's Place at the Table finale is the capper to all those parties and will be a masquerade ball.

tuesday October 24

Go Figure!

Children's Museum of Memphis,

9 a.m.-5 p.m., $6 children, $7 adults

Kids can get jazzed about math in this exhibit, which features help from Toad and Frog and the Three Bears.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Orpheum, 7:30 p.m., $10-$60

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about Joseph and his wonderful coat features a number of musical styles and technical razzle-dazzle. Runs through Sunday, October 29th.

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