thursday April 27
"The Scientific Status of
Lecture by William Dembski
University of Memphis, Michael Rose Theatre, 7 p.m.
The University of Memphis hosts mathematician and philosopher William Dembski whose support of Intelligent Design and affiliation with the Discovery Institute have made him a controversial figure. Dembski's argument that evolution through natural selection is statistically unlikely led him to develop an "Explanatory Filter" that mathematically tests ID.
friday April 28
Vaudeville in the House! ...
Keepin' It Real, Ya'll
University of Memphis, Michael Rose Theatre, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $5
Music and dance production highlighting issues such as peer pressure and bullying that kids face today. This is a joint effort between By Faith Theatre Ministries and the Young Filmmakers Foundation, which mentors youth through the arts.
Art Trolley Tour
South Main Arts District, 6-9 p.m.
James Clar unveils Inside/Out, a series of lighting systems installed on the roofs of 10 buildings along South Main. The activity of the lights on each roof reflects the activity within that building.
saturday April 29
Hands On Memphis's annual Servathon (meet at Audubon Park, 8:30 a.m., $25) is a day of community service with as many as 3,000 volunteers painting, cleaning, and doing other projects at a number of nonprofit sites. "Flying High: Under the Big Top!" at the Children's Museum of Memphis (2525 Central, 7 p.m., $100 per person) is for adults only, with proceeds going to the museum's exhibits and educational programs. The Architects' Party at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects (1500 Union, 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., $25) benefits the International Children's Heart Foundation, an organization that provides much-needed medical attention to children with heart ailments in developing countries. Playhouse on the Square's 29th Annual Original Art Auction (51 S. Cooper, 6:30 p.m.) features artwork from more than 100 artists up for bid in live and silent auctions. The 2006 Wolf River Conservancy Benefit & Silent Auction (2027 Madison, $15, 7-10 p.m.) will have live music by Amy & the Tramps.
Greek Dance Workshop
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.,$25
Traditional Greek dances will be taught at this workshop, including the hasapiko, an interpretative dance of sorts involving 300 butchers, 15 generals, and a chief being led across a river by Alexander the Great. The hasaposerviko is like the hasapiko, only faster.
Beauty & the Beast
Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $20-$70
The classic story is interpreted by Ballet Memphis, with choreography by company member Joseph Jeffries. There will be another showing on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Booksigning by Jonna Turner
Barnes & Noble, Wolfchase Galleria, 2-4 p.m.
The latest book by former Memphian Jonna Turner is a whodunnit titled New Pictures of an Old Murder, a Highland Ranch Mystery.
The Lost on Stage Comedy Troupe
Precious Cargo, 8 p.m., $10
Sketch comedy from Lost on Stage, including a spoof of American Idol called Westside Idol. There will also be music by neo-soul group Artis Tree.
sunday April 30
Free Admission Day
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens
This one's a triple-whammy. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Dixon is admitting visitors free on the 30th of each month this year. This 30th is particularly special, however, because today is the opening of a pair of exhibits celebrating two other Memphis institutions celebrating their 30ths: Memphis magazine and Memphis In May. The Memphis exhibit features magazine covers that chronicle 30 years of life in Memphis, while the Memphis In May show is a display of 30 years of the event's posters.
wednesday May 3
"The Role of Media in Democracy"
Fogelman Executive Center, 7-9 p.m.
This panel discussion held by Facing History and Ourselves will feature Jerry Mitchell, a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. Mitchell is known for his investigative work on civil-rights-era crimes, including the Medgar Evers murder.
The panel, which is also being sponsored by the U of M journalism department and the Memphis Urban League, will include Commercial Appeal managing editor Otis Sanford, news editor Jim Turpin of ABC 24 and UPN 30, journalism professor Elinor Grusin of the U of M, and assistant professor of journalism Jin Yang of the U of M.