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April 13-19, 2006

thursday April 13

Thacker Mountain Radio

featured author Stephen Wright

Off Square Books in Oxford,

Mississippi, 5:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public, Thacker Mountain Radio is a weekly broadcast that features author readings and live music. Tonight's guest is Stephen Wright, who will be reading from his comic Civil War novel, The Amalgamation Polka, which was recently described in a New York Times book review as a work patterned after Heart of Darkness but more akin to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

friday April 14

Back to the Future 2

FedEx Institute of Technology, 7 p.m.

After we mentioned this free time-travel-themed film series last month, we were informed that we left out the most important part of these screenings: free candy and popcorn! Tonight's Back to the Future II is the last of the series.

"Life, Love, & Lust"

Tribute to Marvin Gaye

Gibson Guitar Lounge, 7 p.m.,

$20 and $30

This annual tribute to the late great soul singer Marvin Gaye is divided into two shows: "4Play" begins at 7 p.m. "Rocking After Midnight" at 10:30 p.m. Soul artists Larry Springfield, Men-Nefer, Nujynisis, and others will perform.

saturday April 15

Cooking and Growing Herbs

Touliatos Nature Center, 10 a.m., $10

Seminar covering the basics of planting and cooking herbs.

Nnenna Freelon

Bartlett Performing Arts and

Conference Center, 8 p.m., $20

Part of this performance by Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon will be a tribute to Billie Holiday.

sunday April 16


The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $47.50

British duo Floetry -- singer Marsha Ambrosius (the Songstress) and emcee Natalie Stewart (Floacist) -- bring their blend of jazz, hip-hop, neo-soul, and spoken word to the Cannon Center.

monday April 17

"It's Your Right To Live or Die -- or Is It?"

Lecture by Dr. Larry Churchill

University of Memphis, Michael Rose Theatre, 7 p.m.

Larry Churchill, the Ann Geddes Stahlman Chair in Medical Ethics at Vanderbilt University, will talk about issues pertaining to the death and dying.

Reading by Naomi Shihab Nye

University of Memphis, Fogelman

Executive Center, 8 p.m.

The River City Writers Series hosts the prolific Naomi Shihab Nye, whose novels and poetry for adults, children, and teens are drawn from her experiences as a

Palestinian-American and her surroundings in San Antonio, Texas. 

tuesday April 18

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

FedExForum, 7 p.m., $5-$225

The Grizzlies have already secured their third consecutive playoff birth, but this final regular-season game against Western Conference rival Clippers could still have an impact on where each team is seeded for the post-season. The Grizzlies and Clippers have been in a close contest for the conference's 5th seed for weeks, and, at press time, the race was still on. The game also provides a showcase for two of the game's most improved young players: Clippers forward Elton Brand and his all-star counterpart, the Grizzlies' Pau Gasol.

weDnesday April 19

Memphis College of Art Alumni Association Film Screening

Studio on the Square, 7 p.m., $8 ($5 for MCA students and alumni)

The debut of this event will feature work by provocative local filmmaker John Michael McCarthy as well as film shorts by MCA students.

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