thursday May 25
The Memphis Zoo's
100th Birthday Celebration
The Memphis Zoo, 6:30 p.m.
The Memphis Zoo celebrates its 100th birthday, holding special events through Monday. For more information, go to www.memphiszoo.org.
Benefit Reading for
Burke's Book Store
Otherlands, 7 p.m., $5 minimum donation requested
This fund-raising reading for the financially strapped Burke's Book Store features some of Memphis' most popular writers, including Robert Gordon, The Commercial Appeal's Fredric Koeppel, and Flyer contributors Andria Lisle and Tim Sampson.
friday May 26
Booksigning by Janis F. Kearney
The Cotton Museum, noon-2 p.m.
Janis F. Kearney, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, signs her memoir Cotton Field of Dreams about growing up poor in the Arkansas Delta. But this is actually three events: 1) brown-bag lunch and lecture by Kearney at noon; 2) ribbon-cutting for the museum at 1 p.m., and 3) the booksigning by Kearney until 2 p.m.
South Main Art Trolley Tour
South Main Arts District, 6-9 p.m.
Be sure to stop at "Hoodoos, Hants, and Other Blues People" by George Hunt at D'Edge and "Pattern Recognition: A Ted Faiers Retrospective" at "On the Street" Gallery.
saturday May 27
A Black Cowboy Rides the
Children's Museum of Memphis, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $6 for children and $7 for adults
Educational exhibit showing what life was like for a young cowboy driving cattle on the Chisholm Trail. There will be cowboy gear and clothing as well as a chuck wagon and a bucking bronco.
St. Jude Dream Home Opening
825 Deep Woods Road, Collierville, noon-5 p.m.
First chance today to check out first prize in this raffle to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: a $400,000, four-bedroom, four-bath home located in the Preserve at Oak Grove subdivision in Collierville. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.stjudedreamhome.org.
Murder Most Fowl
Gallina's, 8014 Club Center Drive, Cordova, 7-10 p.m., $30
Is that blood or spaghetti sauce? Interactive production put on by Death Du Jour Mystery Dinner Theater at the Italian restaurant Gallina's. Reservations are required (377-0143 or e-mail email@example.com).
monday May 29
Silence of the Dead -- Voices of the Living
National Civil Rights Museum, 1 p.m.
Presented by the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center at the National Civil Rights Museum, this Memorial Day protest of the Iraq war will be followed by a march to the Federal Building and a brief vigil.
Last Mondays in Studio A!
Featuring Toni Green
Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 7-9 p.m., $20
Catch soul singer Toni Green, who has had a long career both solo and performing with Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, and Millie Jackson, among many others.
tuesday May 30
Booksigning by Ace Atkins
Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.
Ace Atkins signs his new novel, White Shadow, which is based on a real, particularly gruesome murder of a mob boss in 1950s Florida.
The Orpheum, 7:30 p.m., $27.50-$75
This popular musical set to ABBA tunes -- about a bride-to-be with three possible fathers and one slutty mother -- returns to The Orpheum.
wednesday May 31
"Costa Rica: Art of
Joysmith Gallery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Last day to check out this colorful exhibit of work by members of a Costa Rican folk-art cooperative known at Corazones Valientes.