Thursday December 8
Women as Peacemakers
VECA offices, 1680 Jackson, 6 p.m.
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, The Women's Action Coalition, and the Vollintine-Evergreen Community Association host this event focusing on the role of women in bringing order to war-torn countries such as Rwanda, Israel/Palestine, and Liberia.
Friday December 9
Memphis Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
First Congregational Church, 8 p.m., $38
Bach's Suite No. 1, Mozart's "Exsultate jubilate," Vivaldi's "Gloria," and other baroque and classical Christmas music from soprano Margaret Bragle, mezzo soprano Martha Hart, the Memphis Symphony Chorus, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
friday December 9
Murphy's, 9:30 p.m., $5
Full disclosure: Denise Parkinson used to work at the Flyer as a copy editor, and if she approaches Save Libertyland! with anywhere near the vigor she did copyediting, then don't expect her to back down quietly. Parkinson has already made noise in the local media with this protest to save the Libertyland theme park, and tonight, she'll be making a different kind of noise at the first of a series of events to raise money and awareness about the cause. Her band, the Revolutionaires, will open for the Zippin Pippins, and local filmmaker John Michael McCarthy will be filming Libertyland testimonials for a documentary about the protest.
saturday December 10
Piece(s) on Earth
TheatreWorks, 8 p.m., $20
Now in its fourth year, this Voices of the South production has become a holiday tradition. Artistic director Jerre Dye gathers a group of artists and gives each a gift -- a picture, a bit of text, music, etc. -- around which the artist then creates a performance.
Tonight's Pre-sent/Pres-ent will be followed by a dessert reception with the artists.
Saturday December 10
The Conscious Soul Sista Show
The Old Daisy, 9 p.m., $12-$15
A night of soul from Phu'Cha & Potlickor, spoken-word group Brotha's Keepa, traditional African dance and percussion group Bantaba Dance Company, and others in honor of strong women, with special nods to Erykah Badu, Phu'Cha, Jill Scott, and india.arie. The evening will include a fashion show, featuring designs by Phu'ChaWear and PowwahLine Clothing. Proceeds go to BoomBox, a teen mentoring program.
monday December 12
Kallen Esperian CD Signing
Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.
Part of Davis-Kidd's Home for the Holidays concert series with performances by local artists. Opera star Kallen Esperian will sing Christmas songs as well as numbers from her new CD, Lover Come Home, which features such romantic standards as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "I'll Be Seeing You."
tuesday December 13
I Promised I Would Tell:
A Conversation with Sonia Weitz
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library,
Facing History and Ourselves hosts Holocaust educator Sonia Weitz, whose book of poems, I Promised I Would Tell, recounts her experiences in five Nazi concentration camps.