We Recommend: 11-24-05 

Thursday November 24

Thanksgiving Meal at Grill 83

Grill 83 in the Madison Hotel,

11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., $31-$38

Grill 83's holiday menu includes a choice of free-range turkey with cornbread dressing, roasted Chilean sea bass on shrimp risotto, and herb-rubbed rack of lamb for the entrée and pumpkin cheesecake, bananas Foster, and chocolate mousse for dessert. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 333-1224.


Isaac Hayes, 7 p.m.

A little progressive jazz to help digest your Thanksgiving meal.

Friday November 25

Breakfast with Santa

Memphis Botanic Garden, 8-10 a.m., $10

Benefits Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets

FedExForum, 7 p.m.

"Strotential." Named after departed Memphis Grizzlies forward Stromile Swift, "strotential" is potential destined to never be realized. With Swift averaging a meager 9 points and 4 boards off the bench for the Houston Rockets this season, another city is getting all too familiar with the word. See Swift take on his old team for the first time in a game that counts.

Friday November 25

South Main Trolley Tour

South Main Arts District, 6-9 p.m.

Second Floor Contemporary (431 S. Main) is holding its First Annual Holiday Show and Sale, a fund-raiser for its Second Floor Art Alliance. Many of the works from more than 30 well-known area artists -- Greely Myatt, Pinkney Herbert, Hamlett Dobbins, Terri Jones, among others -- will be priced at under $1,000.

The River Bluff Forge Council is having its Holiday Show and Sale at the Charcoal Store (136 East G.E. Patterson). The sale of metalwork and art will continue Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also opening tonight is the Midtown Artists Market Holiday Show (552 S. Main), which will run through December 24th.

saturday November 26

National Indoor Kart Races

Tunica Arena & Expo Center,

3873 Highway 61

Now in its fourth year in Tunica, the National Indoor Kart Races draws more than 1,000 racers who'll compete for $40,000 in prizes.

Thanksgiving Extravaganza

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m., $43.75-$54.75

An evening of R&B featuring Peabo Bryson, Lalah Hathaway, Norman Brown, and Everette Harp.

Sunday November 27

Kit Armstrong

Baron Hirsch Congregation, 400 S. Yates, 3 p.m., free

Kit Armstrong is a 13-year-old pianist and composer who also excels in mathematics and speaks five languages. Armstrong's performance is part of the Artists Ascending Concert Series.

The Boys Choir of Harlem

The Orpheum, 7:30 p.m., $15-$50

The famous Boys Choir of Harlem will sing gospel songs and Christmas carols as part of this event hosted by Cultural Arts for Everyone, an organization dedicated to bringing the community together through the arts.

monday November 28

Alexandra Stoddard Booksigning

Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.

Me me me. That's the theme of Alexandra Stoddard's latest book, Time Alive: Celebrate Your Life Everyday. Stoddard, a well-known interior designer and author of more than 24 books, takes the position that people must tend to their own needs first, that they should loosen up, have fun, and allow themselves some down time.

Tuesday November 29

Christmastime with Michael W. Smith and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra

FedExForum, 7:30 p.m., $23-$33

Christian pop artist Michael W. Smith, a recent subject of the tribute album Ultimate Music Makeover: The Songs of Michael W. Smith, will keep it traditional for this Christmas concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

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