There s an opening reception tonight at Studio 1688 for a holiday art show by Thomas Nolan. Ballet Memphis kicks off it s weekend performance of The Nutcracker at The Orpheum. The Grizzlies play New Jersey tonight at FedExForum. At the Hi-Tone it s the Shangri-La Xmas Party with Vending Machine, Care, and The Hook-up DJs. Back at the Blue Monkey there s a Keith Sykes CD-Release Party. And as always, The Chris Scott Band is at Poplar Lounge.