Thursday August 24
Screening of Whole Hog
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 6:30 p.m., $10 for Brooks members, $20 nonmembers
Screening of the documentary Whole Hog, directed by Southern Foodways Alliance resident filmmaker Joe York about pit masters from rural West Tennessee. Barbecue will be supplied by Ricky Parker, one of the featured pit masters, and York will be there to discuss the film, along with Commercial Appeal food writer Leslie Kelly. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 544-6208.
friday August 25
Opening Reception for "Studies in Color and Form" by Gary Beecham
CBU, Ross Gallery in the Plough Library, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Opening reception for an exhibit of colorful glassworks by North Carolina artist Gary Beecham.
Opening Reception for
"Mark Pilgrim: A Different Path"
Material, 6-8 p.m.
Curated by Rhodes senior Joel Parson, this show features work by Mark Pilgrim, a homeless man who took up drawing only two years ago. He has since produced an extensive collection of ballpoint-pen drawings on whatever paper he could find.
Spirit of SRVS
Hilton Memphis, 6:30-10:30 p.m., $45
Benefiting Shelby Residential Vocational Services, this fund-raiser features beers and wines from around the world. A silent auction will include items such as a baby grand piano, a Gibson electric guitar, vacations, a Boston Terrier puppy, and more.
My Fair Lady
Theatre Memphis, 8 p.m., $25
Theatre Memphis opens its 2006-2007 season with the musical My Fair Lady. Starring as the petulant and soot-smeared Eliza Doolittle is Hilary Lanier, and Henry McDaniel III plays Henry Higgins, the man who aims to make Eliza a proper lady.
saturday August 26
"Under the Scars"
Hi-Tone Café, 8 p.m., $5
If the idea of a ponytail tangled in the wheels of a roller skate gets you giddy, head to this fund-raiser for the new Memphis Roller Derby, which will have its first bout in November. The theme tonight is "prom" but given the event's title, "Under the Scars," and by the looks of the poster, this will be a decidedly Corpse Bride-ish affair.
Memphis Botanic Garden, 8:30 p.m., $15-$88.50
The "Live at the Garden" concert series continues with Kenny Loggins, the singer-songwriter behind such hits as "I'm Alright" and "Danger Zone."
sunday August 27
Beauty and the Beast
The Orpheum, 1:30 p.m., $10-$60
Matinee performance (and last of three-day run) of the Disney touring company of Beauty and the Beast, following a beauty named Belle, a beast, a clock, a candelabrum, and a teapot.
Separation of Church and State Talk by Scott Kramer
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 1-3 p.m.
Local attorney Scott Kramer talks about the First Amendment and the separation of church and state in this event hosted by the Memphis Freethought Alliance.
TUESDAY August 29
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Memphis Botanic Garden, Fratelli's in the Garden, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $20 Botanic Garden members, $30 nonmembers
This month's theme is "Tropical Island Getaway," with wines and tropical juices and Caribbean-inspired cuisine.
Booksigning by Joseph Carey
Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.
Joseph Carey, founder of the Memphis Culinary Academy, signs Chef on Fire: The Five Techniques for Using Heat Like a Pro, in which he outlines tried-and-true methods of working with heat when cooking.
Wednesday August 30
Indie Impact Workshop
Media Co-op at First Congregational Church, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free for Memphis Recording Academy members, $5.99 nonmembers
Series of workshops hosted by the Memphis Recording Academy to help "music-industry entrepreneurs." Today's workshop, "Finish What You Started," will cover mastering, CD design, and manufacturing. Panelists include performing artists Al Kapone and Mr. Del as well as Audiographic Masterworks co-owners Mark Yoshida and Brandon Seavers.