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Thursday November 23

Thanksgiving Meals

Various locations

Cooking not your thing? Well, you have a lot to be thankful for this holiday because there are plenty of options for eating out on Thanksgiving. From 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Madison Hotel is offering a four-course dinner featuring your choice of Ashley Farms turkey, Niman Ranch ham, or herb-crusted rack of lamb. For dessert, there's pumpkin crème brûlée. The meal is $32 to $35 plus tax and tip. Call 333-1224 for reservations.

There's brunch at The Peabody, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with all the usual Thanksgiving fare along with regular brunch items. Cost is $39.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 5 to 12, with tax and tip. Call 529-3668 for reservations. Capriccio Grill will also offer Thanksgiving favorites along with its usual menu. Cost is $32.95 with tax and tip. Call 529-4199 for reservations.

Haven't had your fill? MO's Memphis Originals will host a Thanksgiving Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $6. Breakfast and sandwiches can also be ordered. The Inn at Hunt Phelan's Thanksgiving, from noon to 5 p.m., will be buffet-style. Cost is $39 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Call 525-8225 for reservations.

friday November 24

They Sing Christmas Up in Harlem

Hattiloo Theatre, 8 p.m., $12-$15

Musical version of Dickens' Christmas Carol set in 1930s Harlem, featuring jazz and gospel songs.

Watoto de Afrika

Peabody Place Entertainment and Retail Center, 6 to 8 p.m.

Watoto de Afrika, a group of students ages 9 to 17, perform dance routines, hymns, spirituals, jazz and blues songs, and more. Repeat performances Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

saturday November 25

Caitlin's Help for Hope House 5K

Shelby Farms Information Center, 8 a.m.

This 5K is named in honor of Caitlin Steiger, who at age 14 raised $25,000 for Hope House. Hope House provides services to children and their families coping with HIV/AIDS. For more information, go to hopehouse5k.com.

Le Bonheur Club Christmas Cottage

Agricenter International, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $5-$7

Put a dent in your Christmas shopping at this year's Le Bonheur Club Christmas Cottage, which will feature jewelry, clothes, toys, pottery, and more.

monday November 27

Booksigning by Ken Tanner

Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.

Ken Tanner signs Never Order Barbeque in Maine: Proven Career Strategies From People Who've Been There/Done That. The book includes advice on identifying what you want from your work life and how to get it.

Last Monday in Studio A!

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 7-9 p.m., $20, free to Stax members

Held in conjunction with Stax' current exhibit "Milt Hinton: All That Jazz -- A Behind the Scenes View of Jazz in the 20th Century," this month's concert features music from Sal Crocker & the Strictly Jazz Quintet.

tuesday November 28

Ring Them Bells

A Holiday Cabaret and

Cocktail Buffet

Theatre Memphis, 6:30 p.m., $100

A night of song and dance -- with contemporary and traditional Christmas songs -- presented by director Bennett Wood and Theatre Memphis musical director Gary Beard.

wednesday November 29

Calvary and the Arts

Calvary Episcopal Church, noon, $6

At today's lunchtime concert, the Rhodes Singers, led by Tim Sharp, perform Advent and Christmas choral works. Pork loin with chutney glaze will be served after the concert.

A Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols

Second Congregational Church, 11 a.m.

A Christmas concert, featuring songs from the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean, led by ethnomusicologist Godwin Sadoh.

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