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June 22- 28, 2006

thursday June 22

The Greatest Lunch on Earth

FedEx Forum plaza, noon

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, $12-$75

Come lunch with the circus elephants after they parade to the FedExForum plaza at Third Street and Beale. Clowns and the Windy Street Acrobats also perform as enticement to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus' 135th anniversary shows. Visit www.ringling.com or call 525-1515 for tickets.

Cooking for Two Singles Mixer

Wild Oats, 6:30 p.m.

Learn to cook for two, then mingle with other singles over appetizers and drinks.

friday June 23

Yoga Workshop with Hart Lazer

Midtown Yoga, June 23, 6-9 p.m.; June 24, 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m.; June 25, 9 a.m.-noon, $50 per session

For 25 years, Winnipeg instructor Hart Lazer has studied Iyengar yoga. Now he incorporates Ashtanga yoga into his practice. Learn Lazer's integrated technique by attending his workshop in Memphis one day or all three. Call 270-5373 to register.

Ashlee Simpson

Mud Island Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $37.50

Check out Jessica's rocking little sister Ashlee Simpson (and her new nose). With opening acts Ashley Parker Angel and the Veronicas.

Groove 3

Stop 345, 9 p.m.-6 a.m.

It's not often that you hear good old-fashioned, live electronica anymore. It's definitely not often that you get to hear it for free. But Groove 3 offers the best of both worlds. For two canned goods (hey, that's practically free), you can hear local legends Sean O'Daniels, Skypatrol, and others tear up the turntables. The party also features hip-hop acts like the Memphix Pros (the Tunnel Clones meet Kontrast). Your canned-good donation benefits the Food Bank.

saturday June 24

Spokenword Fest

Hattiloo Theatre, 8 p.m., $5 donation

Ten local spoken-word poets perform to raise money for Hattiloo Theatre, the city's new black repertory.

Memphis Xplorers vs. South Georgia Wildcats

DeSoto Civic Center, 7 p.m.

It may be summer, but it's never too hot for arena football. Call

662-342-1755 for tickets.

sunday June 25

Benefit Concert for

LeMoyne-Owen College

Brownlee Hall, 4-8 p.m.

Jazz keyboardist Alfred Brown, Trio Plus, the New Orleans Jazz Band, and the Mt. Vernon Baptist choir are some of the performers staging a free afternoon concert on the front lawn of Brownlee Hall to benefit LeMoyne-Owen.

Redbirds vs. Albuquerque

AutoZone Park, 2:10 p.m. Evening games Thursday, June 22-Saturday, June 24

Try your hand at the Father's Day catch, rescheduled after rain postponed last Sunday's game.

tuesday June 27

Costa Rican Butterfly Exhibit

Memphis Botanic Garden, through

June 30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Only four more days to visit the Botanic Garden's butterfly exhibit, where a new greenhouse constructed for Memphis In May celebrations is home to more than 1,000 tropical beauties.

wednesday June 28

Running Gag weekly series

Jack Robinson Gallery, 8 p.m., $5

Get a mid-week laugh (and refreshments too) with Memphis' newest improvisational group, called Running Gag. The Wednesday night series runs through August at the downtown gallery, located between South Main and Front streets.

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