thursday February 23
Lecture by Christine Yano
FedEx Institute of Technology, 7 p.m.
University of Hawaii anthropology professor Christine Yano discusses the growing popularity of Japanese kawaii (cute), explaining why, for instance, the adorable Hello Kitty brand is such a ferocious marketing tiger.
The Princely Players
Elder Performing Arts Center,
7:30 p.m., $10-$20
The eight members of the Princely Players originally formed during the civil rights movement. Reunited in the late 1970s, the group tells African-American history, from slavery to the civil rights movement, through song.
friday February 24
Care Bears Live
DeSoto Civic Center, 10:30 a.m. and
7 p.m., $12
Musical in which Care Bears teach a little girl how to make new friends.
Booksigning by Lawrence
Burke's Book Store, 5-6:30 p.m.
Art historian and journalist Lawrence Weschler signs his book of essays Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences.
Measure for Measure
Theatre Memphis, 8 p.m., $20
Opening night of this Shakespeare comedy, in which a regent charged with cleaning up a morals-challenged Vienna propositions a soon-to-be nun.
saturday February 25
P. Allen Smith Appearance
Memphis Antiques, Garden & Gourmet Show
Agricenter International, 10:30 a.m.
Garden designer and TV host P. Allen Smith presents his latest book, P. Allen Smith's Colors for the Garden: Creating Compelling Color Themes.
Holiday Inn, 2490 Mt. Moriah,
10 a.m.-7 p.m., $5
Dying to know what your future holds? Someone at Mid-South Sanctuary's first-ever Psychic Fair might be able to help. The fair will feature Tarot card readings, aura photography, a talk by energy healing expert Shelley Kaehr, and more.
sunday February 26
Le Pavillon, 1052 Brookfield Rd., 1-6 p.m.
Showcase and sale featuring work from Colin Ruthven, Monty Shane, Jeff Unthank, Helen Wunderlich, and Judy Vandergrift. A portion of the proceeds go to the Church Health Center. The showcase continues on Monday,
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Menopause, the Musical
The Orpheum, 3 p.m., $40-$50
Menopause, the Musical features 25 reworked songs from the '60s and '70s celebrating and commenting on
sunday February 26
The Soul of Ray Charles
Friends for Life Concert
New Daisy Theatre, 6:30 p.m.
Shelby County mayor A C Wharton emcees the ninth annual concert, benefitting HIV/AIDS service organization Friends for Life. Among the artists performing Ray Charles songs are Eddie Harrison and the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, Teresa Pate, Reni Simon, and the Tennessee Mass Choir.
monday February 27
Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 7-9 p.m., $20
The Temprees are the featured artists of this month's Last Monday in Studio A! concert. The Temprees are also known as the "Lovemen," and their hits include "Love's Maze" and "Love ... Can Be So Wonderful."
Rhodes College, McCoy Theatre,
Rhodes alum Charles Holt performs his one-man show, Black Boy, based on the autobiography of Native Son author Richard Wright.
wednesday March 1
"Literacy: Within Reach"
Joysmith Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
First day of annual exhibit of works that pertain to black literacy. Show includes pen-and-ink and charcoal drawings by featured artist James Pate.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art First Wednesday
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art,
6-9 p.m., $5
The theme of this month's First Wednesday is "Double Take," a celebration of photography. The event will include music by Kelley Hurt as well as a photography-inspired dance by Ballet Memphis, a talk about digital photography, and admission into the museum's two photography exhibitions.