Thursday December 7
Booksigning by Corey Mesler
Burke's Book Store, 5-7 p.m.
Burke's owner Corey Mesler signs and reads from the five chapbooks he wrote in 2006.
A Toast to Living History
Memphis College of Art,
5:30-8:30 p.m., $25
Wine tasting and presentation of the documentary The Arts Interviews, a look at longtime artists in the community, including Ted Rust, Marjorie Liebman, Murray Riss, Richard Knowles, and others.
Booksigning by William Bearden
Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.
William Bearden signs Memphis Blues: Birthplace of a Music Tradition, which examines the birth of the blues and its influence on other music genres.
The Orpheum, 7:30 p.m., $10-$65
Wonderful Town is a musical following two sisters who move to New York City in pursuit of a dream job and a dream man. Runs through Sunday.
friday December 8
Sam's Town, 7:30 p.m., $15
Fund-raising event for Variety Children's Charity featuring Ashley Parker Angel, Brooke Hogan, Cheyenne Kimball, Bowling for Soup, and others. Emceed by Hulk Hogan and Jamie Kennedy.
Booksigning by Joe Werner
Memphis Literacy Council,
902 S. Cooper, 6-8 p.m.
Joe Werner signs The Tinsmith's Son, his memoir about growing up in Memphis from the 1930s on and the tough characters he met in and out of his father's sheet-metal shop. Werner is donating 20 percent of book sales to the Literacy Council.
Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center, 8 p.m., $10-$20
Annual performance of the New Ballet Ensemble's Nut Re-Mix, a reimagining of The Nutcracker set on Beale Street.
First Congregational Church,
8 p.m., $38
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs a number of classical holiday favorites, including Pachelbel's "Canon" and Bach's "Air on a G String."
saturday December 9
Lindenwood Christian Church,
7:30 p.m., $12
A Christmas concert featuring the Lindenwood Chancel Choir and Orchestra and the Gary Beard Choral performing selections from the Messiah and Robert Shaw's Many Moods of Christmas.
Café Soul, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $25
Concert presented by the World Class Jazz Series and the Jazz Foundation of Memphis with trumpet player Rod McGaha, pianist and composer Donald Brown, and drummer Renardo Ward.
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $45-$55
Comedian Katt Williams performs his stand-up Pimp Chronicles, which was recently featured on HBO.
Classical Ballet Performance
Bartlett Performing Arts and
Conference Center, 7:30 p.m., $15
Classical Ballet of Memphis-Germantown performs dances from The Nutcracker and The Littlest Angel.
sunday December 10
12 String Tom's Annual Christmas Festival
Old Millington Winery, 3-6 p.m.,
toy donation requested
Annual toy drive benefiting the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots, with music by Corey Osbourne, David Evans, Tom Gorbea, Jerry Browning, and others.
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Germantown Performing Arts Centre,
3 p.m., $20
Kallen Esperian performs in the Opera Memphis presentation of Amahl and the Night Visitors, which follows the story of a crippled child with a habit of stretching the truth who is visited by three kings on their way to meet a special child.