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February 2016 Events

Feb 5–6: Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale. Choose from a large selection of house plants, custom potting, container arrangements (your pot or theirs), terrariums, and specialty garden gift items. Master gardeners available to assist. 9a–5p, FREE. Botanic Garden, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Feb. 6: Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Cook-Off. Brrr! Hundreds of plungers are freezin' for a reason to b-b-benefit Special Olympics. People's Choice Chili Tasting 10:30a–3p, donut-eating contest at 2p, costume contest at 2:30p, and the plunge at 3p. Spectators free. Mud Island River Park, 683-1271, specialolympicsmem.org.

Feb. 6: Works of Heart. A valentine auction with more than 100 heart-themed pieces created by leading regional artists, plus complimentary appetizers, wine, and beer, to benefit Memphis Child Advocacy Center. 7p, Memphis College of Art, 525-2377, memphiscac.org.

Feb. 6: Cirque du CMOM. Havana nights! A cultural wonderland of mambo dancing and salsa kings make for a deliciously fun evening. 7p, Children's Museum of Memphis, 458-2678, cmom.com.

Feb. 9: Love Songs to Memphis. Joyce Cobb and the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra bring the love to Memphis, with the best in vocal jazz and the big-band sound. 7:30p, FREE w/RSVP, UofM Harris Concert Hall, 678-2541, memphis.edu/music.

Feb. 12: Whiskey, Wine, and Chocolates. An evening with chocolatier Phillip Ashley, as he pairs delicious creations with a variety of whiskey, beer, wine, cocktails, and champagne to benefit Memphis Botanic Garden. 7–9p, Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Feb. 12: Taste of Passion. A valentine-inspired celebration that benefits the Mid-South Transplant Foundation includes live music by Obekt12, exclusive foods of passion, museum tour, drinks, dancing, and lots of love. 6:30p, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, 328-4438, midsouthtransplant.org.

Feb. 13: Afro-Cuban Valentine's Dinner. A sultry and succulent Afro-Cuban feast to heat up all cold-weather hearts. 7–9p, Art Village Gallery, 410 S. Main, RSVP 521-0782, artvillagegallery.com.

Feb. 14: Mother-Daughter Valentine's Tea. Sampling of teas, sweets, and eats. Sweetheart crafts to make and take. 2–3:30p, Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Feb. 14: Love and All That Jazz. Live jazz from saxophonist Jim Spake and friends, along with inspirational readings about love. 11a, FREE. Church of the River, 526-8631, churchoftheriver.org.

Feb. 18–21: Al Chymia Shrine Circus. Fun times under the big top include animal rides, acrobatic feats of derring-do, animal performances, clowns, and a crazy good time. Agricenter Showplace Arena, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

Feb. 19: Canvases Art Auction. Bid on more than 60 paintings, prints, and photographs to benefit Midsouth Sober Living. The Farmer's Mac Edwards provides artful hors d'oeuvres, and renowned artist Jay Etkin creates a live, custom piece. 6–9p, Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union, 481-8030, midsouthsoberliving.org.

Feb. 19–21: Ballet Memphis: Places. First in an exciting new series of original work by sought-after young choreographers takes you places — past, present, and future — through an entirely new lens of dance. 2p & 8p, Playhouse on the Square, 737-7322, balletmemphis.org.

Feb. 20: The Stroll. Stroll through three 15-minute "Wiz"-inspired performances that include a magician, musicians, and dancers on the outskirts of a lobby transformed into the Land of Oz. Munchkins, flying monkeys, tasty brews, and "fun-raising" for Hattiloo Theatre, my pretties. 7–10p, 37 S. Cooper, 525-0005, hattiloo.org.

Feb. 20–21, 27–28: Bowl-A-Thon. Teams have a "ball" at bowling alleys throughout the city to "make a strike" for Junior Achievement. Sign up a team: 366-7800, bowlathon.org.

Feb. 21: Soup Sunday. SLURP! Warm up inside and out with a smorgasbord of soups, breads, desserts, and other delicacies from area restaurants and caterers to benefit Youth Villages. 11a–2p, FedExForum, 251-5000, youthvillages.org.

Feb. 26: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com.

Feb. 27: Rock the Ribbon. Silent auction, appetizers, libations and Dr. Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster, benefiting Susan G. Komen Memphis-Midsouth. 7p–midnight, The Great Hall, komenmemphis.org.

Feb. 27: Krewes for Kids. Don Mardi-Gras cocktail attire and celebrate Fat Tuesday at this Carnival Memphis soiree to raise money for Carnival's 2016 children's charities. 7–11:30p, Botanic Garden, 458-2500, carnivalmemphis.org.

 

AROUND TOWN EVENTS

Art Village Gallery: 410 S. Main, 521-0782, artvillagegallery.com. Ephraim Urevbu’s permanent collection and artist showcases from exotic lands. Thru Feb. 29: "Out of Africa," contemporary works from Africa and the diaspora.

Ballet Memphis: 7950 Trinity, 737-7322, balletmemphis.org. Feb. 19–21: "Places," a new series of original work by sought-after young choreographers, 2p & 8p, Playhouse on the Square.

Blues Hall of Fame: 421 S. Main, 527-2583, blues.org. Thru Apr. 30: "A Cast of Blues," sculpted faces of legendary blues musicians, created by Sharon McConnell-Dickerson.

Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. One of the leading art museums in the American South. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, lunches, and programs. Thru Feb. 28: "Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America," more than 60 pieces of American folk art from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School: 60 Perkins Ext'd, 537-1483, buckmanartscenter.com. Feb. 11: An Evening of Cabaret and Comedy with Ana Gasteyer, 7p. Mar. 16: Hubbard Street 2 Dance Chicago, one of the biggest names in contemporary dance, 7p. Apr. 16: Sierre Leone's Refugee All Stars, musicians who met in Guinea refugee camps, 8p, sierraleonesrefugeeallstars.com.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, box office 576-1269, 800-726-0915, thecannoncenter.com. See Memphis Symphony Orchestra listing and Cannon website for complete schedule. Feb. 26: Memphis Symphony Orchestra: "The Memphis Messiah," a charitable concert to benefit children at risk, 7:30p, memphismessiah.org.

Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Feb. 21: "The Other Place," a successful drug company scientist finds her life falling to pieces.

Circuitous Succession Gallery: 500 S. Second, 229-1041, circuitoussuccession.com. Thru Mar. 14: "Strong Women," photos by Lawrence Jasud.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org. Private estate museum on 17 acres of formal and informal gardens. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Tuesdays & Sundays: Current exhibit curatorial tour, 2p. Wednesdays: Munch & Learn Lecture Series, noon. Thru Apr. 3: 1820s British emigre artist Thomas Cole's "The Voyage of Life," four allegorical landscapes that apply British aesthetic theory of the sublime to the American landscape.

Downtown Neighborhood Association: 521-9552, memphisdna.org. 4th Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details.

FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745-3000, fedexforum.com, ticketmaster.com. See website for complete events listing. Also see Memphis Grizzlies NBA and University of Memphis Tigers Basketball. Mar. 18: Fall Out Boy's "Wintour is Coming," 7p, 866-448-7849.

Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts: 225 S. Main, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com. Feb. 13: Robin Spielberg, one of America's most beloved pianist/composers, 7p. Feb. 19: Family Series: "Doktor Kaboom!: Live Wire," interactive science comedy show, 7p. Feb. 24: "Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning," the artist who challenged America to know itself, 7p. Feb. 26: Family Series: "Moby Dick," set sail for a whale of a tale, 7p.

Hattiloo Theatre: 37 S. Cooper, 525-0009, hattiloo.org. Thru Feb. 7: "The Brothers Size," the relationship between two very different brothers is complicated by the arrival of a former cellmate.

Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince, 767-7322, memphismuseums.org. Open year-round for self-guided trail backpacking and nature programs/exhibits. Tue.–Sat.: Wild Lunch with the Animal Keepers, noon. Saturdays Thru Feb. 27: Privet Pull, 9a–noon.

Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. See website for classes, workshops, lunch & learns, camps, receptions, and lectures. Feb. 21, Mar. 13: Signs of Spring Walk, 1:30p.

Memphis Grizzlies NBA: FedExForum, 205-1234, grizzlies.com. Season runs Oct–Apr. Feb. 6: Dallas, 7p. Feb. 8: Portland, 7p. Feb. 12–15: All-Star Break. Feb. 19: Minnesota, 7p. Feb. 24: Los Angeles Lakers, 7p.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Inside FedExForum, 191 Beale at Third, 205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. A comprehensive Memphis music experience. Tuesdays: Free admission for Shelby Co. residents w/ID, 2–7p. Thru May 31: "Jack Robinson: Portraits 1958–72," celebrating the celebrity photographs by Memphian Jack Robinson.

Memphis Slim Collaboratory: 1130 College, 527-1029, memphismeansmusic.com. Thru Mar. 31: "Burning Bridges as I Light the Way Forward," objects and images of Tobacco Brown.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra: 537-2500, box office 537-2525, memphissymphony.org. Visit website for complete schedule. Feb. 20: "Bolero!" 7:30p, Cannon Center. Feb. 21: "Bolero!" 2:30p, GPAC.

Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Place, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org. See website for workshops, classes, and clubs.

Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See website for class and demo times. Thru Mar. 6: "Douglas Harling: Residence of the Heart," contemporary gold granulation techniques. Thru Mar. 13: "2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition," a traveling exhibition from the Gold Museum of Taipei City Government. Mar. 13–May 22: "F.I.R.E. Glenn Zweygardt: Then & Now," works by the former professor of sculpture at New York State College of Ceramics. Mar. 20–Jul. 10: "Inches from the Earth," a large group show by contemporary metalsmiths, inspired by the intimacy and preciousness of insect life.

Mississippi RiverKings Hockey: Landers Center, Southaven, MS, 662-342-1755, riverkings.com. Season runs Oct.–Mar. Feb. 6: Huntsville, 7p. Feb. 26, 27: Macon, 7p.

National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Chronicles the key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Mar. 5–Apr. 30: "Kin Killing Kin," original works by Ohio artist James Pate that focus on youth and gun violence in our communities.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. "The South's Finest Theater." Feb. 5: Family Series: "Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey," Marvin the Moon Mouse wants to be popular, 6:30p. Feb. 9–14: "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," getting away with murder can be so much fun! Feb. 19: Family Series: "Contra-Tiempo: Agua Furiosa," a bold, multi-lingual Los Angeles–based dance company, 6:30p. Feb. 20: "Stomp," the international percussion sensation, 2p & 8p. Apr. 16–17: Ballet Memphis: "Cinderella," balletmemphis.org. Apr 23: "Puscifer," featuring Maynard James Keenan, 8p.

Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. Exhibits include Memphis history, geology, and America's first self-service grocery store. Feb. 6–May 1: "Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters," the immense geological and meteorological forces that shaped our planet.

Pink Palace Museum CTI 3D Giant Theater: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Mar. 4: "Living in the Age of Airplanes in 2D," flight and its impact on commerce and culture. "Journey to Space 3D," experience space flight history, the space shuttle program, and humanity's next stop: Mars! "Prehistoric Planet: Walking With Dinosaurs 3D," experience a year in the life of dinosaurs — fighting, feeding, migrating, playing, and hunting.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Jan. 10: "Peter Pan," adventures in Neverland. Thru Feb. 14: "American Idiot," an exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans.

Railroad and Trolley Museum: 545 S. Main, 590-3099, mrtm.org. The history, technology, and fun of railroading. New exhibit: A historical display of the different types of rail used from pre–Civil War times to the present.

Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Jun 3: "Firefall," a journey throughout Earth's violent history. "Astronaut," learn what it takes to become an astronaut. "Seasonal Stargazing," a full-dome audiovisual experience. "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon.

South Main Association: 578-7262, gosouthmain.com. 2nd Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting: 6p social, 6:30p program. See website for details.

South Main Historic Arts District: Between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, gosouthmain.com. Last Fridays: South Main Art Trolley Tour, shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, 6–9p.

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