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Thursday Sept. 28

Booksigning by Melinda Thompson

Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2 p.m.

Booksigning by Robert Hicks

Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.

A couple Southern-themed booksignings today at Davis-Kidd. The first is by Melinda Thompson, who signs Swag: Southern Women Aging Gracefully, a collection of humorous essays that began as e-mails. Thompson covers such topics as swimsuit shopping, family reunions, and cemetery etiquette.

Robert Hicks signs Widow of the South, now in paperback. This historical novel follows Carrie McGavock, a woman whose home is taken by Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest to use as a field hospital during the Civil War.

MercyMe

DeSoto Civic Center, 7 p.m. $27

Christian rock group MercyMe performs songs from their widely praised hit album Coming Up To Breathe. Opening is Audio Adrenaline on their farewell tour.

Robert Stone Reading

University of Memphis,

Psychology Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Novelist Robert Stone, author of National Book Award-winner Dog

Soldiers, reads from his works. Part of the River City Writers Series.

friday Sept. 29

South Main Trolley Art Tour

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

Monthly opportunity to see what's going on in South Main. There are a few opening receptions at the galleries tonight, including one at the Jay Etkin Gallery for "Stir Crazy," new paintings by Pamela Hassler.

Waiting for Godot

Rhodes College, McCoy Theatre,

7:30 p.m., $2 for Rhodes students, $10

Opening McCoy's latest season is the tragicomedy Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, following two men posing impossible questions waiting for a man who could provide the answers.

saturday Sept. 30

2nd Annual Wet-Nose 5K

Run & Dog Walk

Bert Ferguson Center, 8505 Trinity,

Cordova, 8:15 p.m.

This 5K run/walk raises funds for the Guardian Angel Pet Rescue organization, which will use the money to provide veterinary care for homeless animals.

4th Annual Dancesmith's

Charity Ball

DanceSmiths' Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 2435 Whitten, 7-10:30 p.m.

Participants "get down" to raise money for the Le Bonheur Cardiac Kids Camp for children with heart conditions. The ball will feature local celebrity dancers and a silent auction.

saturday Sept. 30

Mid-South Maze

Agricenter International, noon-10 p.m., $5 children, $7 adults

Make like Children of the Corn in this annual maze of maize. There's also a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and a corn cannon.

IRIS Chamber Orchestra

Germantown Performing Arts Centre,

8 p.m., $45

The IRIS season opens with music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and other composers. Husband and wife team Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony are the featured artists, both playing Stradivarius violins.

sunday Oct. 1

Kelly Johnson

Full Moon Club, 6 p.m.

You know Kelly Johnson as the manager of Molly's La Casita. Tonight, she straps on her guitar for a rare music performance. Proceeds go to the cancer organization Flying Colors.

The Spinners

Mid-South Fair, Mid-South Fairgrounds, 8 p.m.

Motown hit-makers the Spinners have an extensive playlist to choose from: "Games People Play," "Then Came You," "The Rubberband Man," among them.

4th Annual Memphis Gaymes

Various Locations, through October 8th

Presented by the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center in recognition of October 11th's National Coming Out Day, the Memphis Gaymes includes a parade and competitions in bowling, darts, basketball, softball, Scrabble, and more. Olympic diver Greg Louganis is the Gayme's special guest and will present the medals during the closing ceremony. For more information, go to mglcc.org.

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