Memphis Downtowner January/February 2017 : Page 10

SPECIAL EVENTS Jan. 5–8: Elvis Birthday Celebration. Birthday cake, receptions, tours, shows, ceremonies, panels, games, dinners, and other festivities throughout the city celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll. 332-3322, graceland.com. Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Tours are extra special with the mansion's interior and exterior decorated for the holidays with all of Elvis's favorites, including red-velvet drapes, life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and Presley family Christmas artifacts. 332-3322, graceland.com. Jan. 13: Science of Beer. Taste beer from local professional and home brewers and learn about the science behind their favorite brew through activities, mini-lectures, and talks with the experts. 6–9:30p, Pink Palace Museum, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Jan. 13: School of Rock Memphis: Best of Memphis. Young musicians pay tribute to Memphis's top current bands by performing the artists' original music along with the artists themselves, including Star & Micey, Dead Soldiers, The Memphis Dawls, Lucero, Marcella and her Lovers, and Susan Marshall. 8p, Minglewood Hall, 336-2781, schoolofrock.com. Jan. 13: Cardinals Caravan. Meet current players, talk baseball, get autographs, enter prize drawings, and get ready to "play ball"! Season tickets are on sale now! 6:30p, AutoZone Park, 721-6050, stlouis. cardinals.mlb.com/stl/community/caravan. Jan. 16: King Day 2017. Remember the life and legacy of one of the most prolific humanitarians and leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement with daylong family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank Drive, and Lifeblood Drive. 8a–6p, FREE. National Civil Rights Museum, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Jan. 21: UrbanArt Anniversary. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of an independent, nonprofit organization committed to excellence in developing public art and urban design in Memphis. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, wine, and artistic salutes. 6–9p, The Medicine Factory, 85 Virginia West, 454-0474, urbanartcommission.org. Jan. 27: 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. Jan. 27: Incognito! Art Auction and Party. An evening of art, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres, with silent auction bidding and special guest host Kacky Walton of WKNO's Checking on the Arts. 5:30–7:30p, Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com/incognito. 10 Watch this! Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson leads an enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong. "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies," Feb. 13, 7 p.m., The Orpheum. DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 courtesy Orpheum Theatre Jan. 29: Soup Sunday. A smorgasbord of soups, breads, desserts, and other delicacies from area restaurants, as well as live music, contests, magic show, and more to benefit Youth Villages. 11a–2p, FedExForum, youthvillages.org. Jan. 31: Association for Women Attorneys Annual Banquet. Cocktail reception, dinner, and program that includes special honors, induction of the 2017 AWA board officers and committee chairs, and scholarship presentations. 6–8p, Tower Center at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar, 577-6152, facebook.com/ memphisawa. Jan. 31–Feb. 4: The International Blues Challenge. Blues musicians from around the world compete for prizes and industry recognition at the world's largest gathering of blues acts, which includes a youth showcase. Beale Street venues and The Orpheum, 527-2583, blues.org. Feb. 3: Keeping the Blues Alive Awards. The Blues Foundation bestows 16 individuals and organizations with its prestigious award that honors those who helped keep the blues going strong. Meet the award recipients over lunch, and thank them for singing the blues. 11a, DoubleTree Downtown, 527-2583, blues.org/keeping-the-blues-alive. Feb. 4: Polar Bear Plunge & Chili Cook-Off. Brrr! Hundreds of plungers are freezin' for a reason to b-b-benefit Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. People's Choice Chili Cook-Off Tasting 10:30a–2:30p; Plunge Registration 11a–2:30p; Plunge Costume Contest 2p; Polar Bear Plunge 2:30p. Spectators free. Mud Island River Park, 683-1271, specialolympicsmem.org. Feb. 4: Cirque du CMOM. Saddle up! Deep in the heart of Memphis, a cultural wonderland meets the wild, wild west, with exotic cowboy fare and rodeo fun to benefit Children's Museum of Memphis. Yee-haw, y'all! 2525 Central, 458-2678, cmom.com. Feb. 11: Bodine Bash. Music, live and silent auctions, food, and a FUNdamental good time to benefit Bodine School. 7p, Minglewood Hall, bodineschool.org. Feb. 24: 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. 25: Rock the Ribbon. Dance the night away with The Garry Goin Group, bid on silent auction items, eat, drink, and support the Susan G. Komen Memphis-Midsouth. Get your groove on! 7p–midnight, The Great Hall, Germantown, 757-8686, komenmemphis.org/rock-the-ribbon. MEMPHISDOWNTOWNER.com

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