Steppin' Out 

thursday December 14

Kallen Esperian Dinner

Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m., $40

A kickoff for The Orpheum's 2007 Broadway season. There will be a three-course dinner served at Brontë, and Kallen Esperian will sing and sign CDs.

friday December 15

Opening Reception for Monty Shane

Montyshane Gallery, 6-11 p.m.

Opening reception for an exhibit of new photographs by gallery owner Monty Shane.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Bartlett Community Theatre,

7:30 p.m., $6-$9

When the organizer of a church Christmas pageant breaks her leg, the duties fall to the Herdmans, a family rich with flaws that sorely needs to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

The Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays

The Orpheum, 7 p.m., $20-$70

A holiday favorite. Ballet Memphis presents their annual production of The Nutcracker.

The Wiseguys

Full Moon Club, 9:30 p.m., $5

Let the games begin. Local improv group The Wiseguys match wits with the folks from the Smarty Pants Theatre of Dayton, Ohio.

saturday December 16

The Art of Ivory

Peabody Place Museum,

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $5

The Peabody Place Museum, specializing in Asian and European art, is showing "The Art of Ivory," featuring more than 70 works made of ivory, some from the Ching Dynasty. Runs through December.

A Sanders Family Christmas

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

The Sanders Family of Smoke on the Mountain return in this holiday production, where they encounter love, war, and Christmas in this musical set in North Carolina in 1941. Performed by the Cumberland County Playhouse.

Time for Three

Germantown Performing Arts Center,

8 p.m., $45

The trio Time for Three performs with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra. Known for their energetic style and virtuosity, Time for Three -- bassist Ranaan Meyer, violinist Zachary DePue, and violinist Nicolas Kendall -- will play Dvorak's Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120, as well as the John Hedges arrangements American Suite and Foxdown.

sunday December 17

Pre-sent/Pres-ent

TheatreWorks, 2 p.m., $15

Last day to catch the annual production of Pre-sent/Pres-ent. Members of the dance company ProjectMotion and the theater troupe Voices of the South are given a gift and then told to create a performance -- comedy, drama, dance, whatever -- based on that gift.

Annual Lessons and Carols Service

Saint John's Episcopal Church, 4 and 7 p.m.

The Memphis Boyschoir and the Memphis Chamber Choir show you how it's done when it comes to Christmas caroling.

tuesday December 18

Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m., $10

This holiday concert by the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale features quite a mix: "Ceremony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten, "Three Medieval Carols" by Parker Ramsey, and Gregorian chants with a bit a jazz improvisation from Michael Jefry Stevens.

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