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February 2 - February 8

thursday February 2

4th Annual Non-profit Expo

Memphis Botanic Garden, 5:30-8 p.m.

Event hosted by the civic organization MPACT Memphis to match volunteers to more than 30 nonprofit groups, including the Ronald McDonald House, Memphis in May, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Church Health Center, and 100 Black Men.

Magic: The Science of Illusion

Pink Palace Museum, 6-8 p.m.

Preview of exhibit that allows visitors to participate in a magic show as a helper and as an audience member. Tricks include the "Amazing Living Head."

friday February 3

Talk by Cybernetics Professor Kevin Warwick

FedEx Institute of Technology, 3:30 p.m.

According to his Web site, kevinwarwick.com, robotics expert Kevin Warwick is the world's first cyborg. Seems he implanted a device in his arm that linked his nervous system to a computer. He'll talk about the ethics of such manipulations and more at this presentation before the Philosophy Graduate Student Association Conference.

Art Reception for "Paintings by Rana Rochat"

David Lusk Gallery, 6-8 p.m.

Opening for Rana Rochat's exhibit of colorful encaustic paintings of loops and splatters.

friday February 3

Art Reception for "Forty Shades of Electric Blue Watermelons":

Paintings by Tom Foster

Then & Again, 6-8 p.m.

Opening for Tom Foster's paintings of blues singers and more that have appeared on album covers and in the movies Forty Shades of Blue and Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies.

Toyota National Arenacross

FedExForum, 7:30 p.m., $8-$25

Almost 3 million pounds of dirt will be brought into the FedExForum to build the track for this indoor motorcycle-race series. Includes the Freestyle Jump-Off and the four-lap, winner-take-all Dash-for-Cash. Through Sunday.

saturday February 4

Saturday Morning Matinees

Playhouse on the Square, 10:30 a.m., pay what you can

Ongoing series for kids. Today's featured guest is storyteller Michael J. Vails, who'll be morphing from ghost to boy to spider and traveling to Africa, France, and beyond.

saturday February 4

Art Reception for "Color and Form": Work by Chamnan Eung

Artists on Central, 1-3 p.m.

Opening reception for Chamnan Eung, who once studied portraiture and worked in black-and-white. His paintings have since evolved into abstract ribbons of color, though the artist still follows the strict guidelines of his training.

In addition to the reception for Eung, Artists on Central is featuring the results of its "Worst Art/Best Art" call. The idea was for artists to rework a bad piece of art into something fantastic. Visitors to the gallery can vote on the best of these extreme makeovers by donating money to the Memphis Food Bank.

sunday February 5

Be Strong

Lindenwood Christian Church, 11 a.m.

Choral and orchestral composition written by local musician Chris Nemec that will be featured in a documentary about the recovery of the remains of the Columbia Challenger space shuttle by the citizens of Hemphill, Texas.

monday February 6

Mountain Dulcimer Fiddle Tunes

Singleton Community Center, 7266 Third Road in Bartlett (372-0510), 7 p.m., $65 for Bartlett residents, $70 nonresidents

Dulcimer lessons from Lee Cagle Monday nights through February. Loaner dulcimers will be available.

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