Thursday November 16
Bittersweet Restaurant, 5-7 p.m.
98.1 radio personalities Drake and Zeke have taken a turkey hostage. The ransom they demand to keep this bird from being Thanksgiving dinner is canned goods for MIFA. The drop-off point is Bittersweet Restaurant in Germantown, where Drake and Zeke and the turkey will make an appearance.
House on Haunted Hill
Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 6-9 p.m.
The last of the Dixon's Third Thursday Fall Film Festival, House on Haunted Hill, the 1959 horror film starring Vincent Price as a millionaire who hosts the most frightful party at his home where seven murders have taken place.
Booksigning by Don Wade
Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.
Commercial Appeal sportswriter Don Wade signs his book, Always Alabama, a look at the history and fan culture of University of Alabama football. Drinks and tailgating snacks will be served.
Delta Axis Artist Studio Visit
Location will be given upon registration (578-5545), 6-7 p.m., $5, free for Delta Axis members
Painter Nancy Cheairs is the featured artist of tonight's studio visit. Her work, frequently described as mystical, is known for its masterful use of light and rich tones.
friday November 17
A Flower Moment
Memphis Botanic Garden, noon, $15, $10 for Botanic Garden members
This monthly floral-arrangement demonstration includes lunch from Fratelli's in the Garden.
The Pinch Journal Release Party
Monty Shane Gallery, 6-9 p.m.
Release party for the fall issue of The Pinch Journal, a literary journal produced by the University of Memphis graduate creative writing program. The journal includes poetry, artwork, fiction, and nonfiction work.
The Santaland Diaries
Circuit Playhouse, 8 p.m., $25
Based on the essay that launched David Sedaris' career, The Santaland Diaries follows the writer's exploits working as one of Santa's elfs at Macy's.
MCA Holiday Bazaar
Memphis College of Art, 6-9 p.m.
Very popular annual sale of jewelry and artwork by MCA students, alumni, faculty, and staff. There will be silent auction, cash bar, and pictures with Santa. The bazaar continues on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
saturday November 18
Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees
Pink Palace, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $5
Opening day of this annual holiday wonderland of Christmas trees and animated characters will be kicked off with an appearance by Santa who'll be arriving at the museum via helicopter at 9 a.m. Runs through December 31st.
Memphis Potters' Guild 26th Annual Christmas Show & Sale
Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sale and show featuring stoneware, earthenware, porcelain works, and more created by members of the Memphis Potters' Guild.
Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, 8 p.m., $25
Grammy-winning country artist Kathy Mattea returns to BPACC, where her last show sold out. A rare liberal among her country-music peers, Mattearecently completed training to present Al Gore's slideshow on global warming.
sunday November 19
Holiday Market Festival of Gifts
Agricenter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5
Jumpstart your Christmas shopping at this show featuring clothes, jewelry, homewares, and more. Runs Friday through Sunday, with demonstrations on home organization, holiday cooking, and flower arranging through the weekend.
Go to holidaymarketshows.com for a full schedule.
Clifford's Thanksgiving Adventure
WKNO Studio, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $8
Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog andMr. Chuck. There will be games, storytelling, snacks, and more. Clifford and Mr. Chuck will also have their adventure on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.