Feb 1–5: 27th Annual International Blues Challenge. Blues acts from all over the world come to Memphis for the largest blues competition anywhere! Events take place all over Downtown, from Beale Street to the Orpheum, organized by The Blues Foundation. For a detailed schedule of times and locations, visit blues.org. Feb 1–13: Metal Museum Gift Store Valentine’s Day Sale. One-of-akind items made on-site by local artists are perfect gifts — and on sale! — for your special someone. 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. Feb 3: Cooper Young Night Out. In Midtown’s historically hip district, restaurants and stores host live music, specials, and assorted cuisines.1st Thursdays, 5–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoungnightout.com. Feb 5: Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Cook-Off! Hundreds of plungers are freezin’ for a reason to b-b-benefit Special Olympics, with contests, chili cook-off, activity area, and awards ceremonies. 10:30a–4p, spectators free. Mud Island River Park, 683-1271, polarbearplungemem.org. Feb 5: Keeping the Blues Alive Awards. The Blues Foundation presents awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the blues world. 10a. Doubletree Hotel, 527-2583, blues.org. Feb 5: Cirque du CMOM: Viva! Las Vegas! What happens at Cirque, stays at Cirque! A Sin City–themed extravaganza that features a fundraising evening of dining, dancing, and delights that include phenomenal food, open bar, and live entertainment to benefit CMOM. 7p–midnight, $125. Children’s Museum of Memphis, 485- 2678, cmom.org. Feb 5: Memphis Heart Ball. It’s the 35th year of one of Memphis’ premiere galas. This exclusive black-tie event attracts business leaders, professionals, philanthropists, and other community members to support the American Heart Association. 6p–midnight, $500. The Peabody hotel, RSVP 383-5412, heart.org/memphisheartball. Feb 5 & 19: Civil Rights Leaders Tour. Reflect on the lives of individuals such Dr. Benjamin Hooks, Marvin Ratner, and A.W. Willis Jr., who fought to bring about equal rights. 10:30a, $10. Elmwood Cemetery, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org. Feb 6: An Afternoon of Piano Favorites with Chris Nemec. This benefit concert for the Church Health Center is in memory of Nelle Lewis.2–5p, $20. Hillwood at Davies Manor, 537-0002, churchhealthcenter.Org. Feb 9: The Harlem Globetrotters! Catch their Four Times the Fun tour when it hits Memphis this month and see the Globetrotters’ latest innovation, the 4-point shot! 7p, $18. FedExForum, 205-7139, fedexforum.com. Feb 10: Green Your Home Party with the Plants. Kick off the Winter Plant Sale with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a trio of experts who teach you how to keep your home green through the cold months and all year round! 5–9p, $25. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4121, memphisbotanicgarden.com. Feb 11: Wild at Heart. Treat your sweetheart to this special Valentine’s Dinner prepared by Chef Erling Jensen of Erling’s Restaurant, featuring wines from Carrefour Vineyards. 6:30p, $1,200 (for a table of 8). Memphis Zoo, 333-6752, memphiszoo.org. Feb 11: Party on Patterson. Come Downtown to hear live music, enjoy specials at restaurants and stores, and check out offerings from local artists. 2nd Fridays, 2–9p, free. G.E. Patterson between South Main and St. Martin, partyonpatterson.com. Feb 11: Love the Park/Love the Greenline Membership Mixer. Enjoy cocktails, live music, food, and fun at this membership mixer to support the park and the Greenline trail. Shelby Farms Park, RSVP 767-7275 ext. 311, shelbyfarmspark.org. Feb 11–20: Regions Morgan Keegan Tennis Championships. ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA 500 professionals hit the courts to determine the top men and women tennis players in the nation. 10a–10p, $12+. The Racquet Club of Memphis, 765-4401, memphistennis.com. Feb 12: Works of Heart Valentine’s Auction. A fabulous party to support the Memphis Child Advocacy Center! Enjoy wine, beer, delicious appetizers, and an exciting auction featuring works by regional artists such as Carroll Todd, Tootsie Bell, and Fred Burton.7–10p, $50. Memphis College of Art, 888-4341, memphiscac.org. Feb 12: Chinese New Year Events. Celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit at the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art. Fun for the whole family including stories, arts and crafts, and a calligraphy demonstration! Noon–4p, free. 119 S. Main, 523-2787, belzmuseum.Org. Feb 12: Enduring Love Tour and Dessert Tasting. Stories of lasting love, lost love, and women who should’ve stayed single. Hot chocolate and desserts available after the tour. 2–4p, $21. Elmwood Cemetery, RSVP 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org. Feb 12: Second Annual Grizz Gala. Spend an evening with the Memphis NBA Grizzlies players and coaches for fine dining, wining, and a silent auction to benefit Memphis Grizzlies House at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 6p, $125. Goldstrike Casino, grizzlies.Com. Feb 12: Second Annual Tennessee Shakespeare Company Gala. An Evening of Love Letters and Love Songs: The Valentine’s Masque.Celebrity readers bring to life some of history’s most beloved love letters and songs. 6:30p, $125. University of Memphis Holiday Inn Ballroom, 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org. Feb 13: 21 Chefs: The Great Chefs’ Tasting Event. United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South hosts this fundraiser that is sure to satisfy as guests enjoy samples of appetizers, main courses, and desserts from a wide array of local restaurants. Get up-close and personal with the culinary elite of Memphis and watch and learn from master chefs at a unique, center-stage demonstration area. 3–7p, $50. University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 761-4277, ucpmemphis.org. Feb 13: Mother–Daughter Valentine’s Tea. Learn the history and etiquette of tea, snack on sweet treats, and create a love-ly valentine topiary and your own special tea bag. 2–4p, $20. Memphis Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4130, memphisbotanicgarden.com. Feb 16–20: International Folk Alliance Conference. From films and words to songs and stories, special events and guests fill the days and nights with a showcase of folk artists, performances, film screenings, industry professionals, workshops, panel discussions, and more.Memphis Mariott Hotel, 522-1170, folkalliance.org. Feb 17: Art After Dark: It Happened One Night. Take in the scenery of artist Joe Jones, have a drink and a snack, and enjoy the Depressionera escapist comedy classic featuring Clark Gable. 2p, $7. Dixon 761- 5250, dixon.org. Feb 19, 20, 26, 27: Bowlin’ on the River Bowlathon. More than 4,000 bowlers take to the alleys citywide to raise funds for Junior Achievement. To schedule lanes and times: 366-7800, bowlathon.Com. Feb 22: Tuesdays on the Terrace Wine Tasting. Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Dixieland jazz, a sampling of wines, and a taste of New Orleans cuisine! 6–8p, $35. Memphis Botanic Garden, RSVP 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com. Feb 22: ArtSavvy – The Second City. Join Michael Entman, director and host of FreakEngine, Memphis’s longest-running improv show, for an interactive evening of improv games and exercises where you bring the laughs. 7p, free. Germantown Performing Arts Centre, RSVP 751-7665, gpacweb.com. Feb 22: Art Tour at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Discover the hospital’s new art collection, which features works by the region’s top artists and children’s artwork. The tour is followed by drinks and hors d’oeuvres. 6p, $5. 50 N Dunlap, 578-2787, artsmemphis.org/bravo. Feb 24: Volunteer Expo. More than 80 nonprofit organizations showcase their programs and volunteer opportunities. Make a difference in your community and find the perfect place to put your talents to work!4–7p, free. Oak Court Mall, 523-2425, volunteermidsouth.org. Feb 24: Baubles & Bordeax. Slip on splendid shoes, accessorize with fabulous jewelry, and sip wonderful wines at this benefit for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, which also features a fashion show by some of Memphis’s best boutiques. 6:30p, $50+. Pink Palace Museum, 287- 6308, lebonheur.org. Feb 25: South Main Trolley Tour. Enjoy a trip on the Downtown trolley or stroll through the historic arts district as shops, restaurants, and art galleries open their doors, displaying unique art merchandise and cuisine. Every last Friday, 6–9p, free. South Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.org. Feb 27: Oscar Night America. Celebrate the biggest night in movies at the only Oscar party in Memphis officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Walk the red carpet at and enjoy gourmet food and live music, all to benefit the children of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. 6–11p, $125. Minglewood Hall, RSVP 312-7479, rmhmemphis.org. Feb 25–27: All That’s Clay Pottery Show and Sale. Local and area artists show and sell their latest works. Support local craftsmen and the Dixon and take a piece home! Fri noon–7p, Sat 10a–5p, Sun 1–5p.Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 761-5250, dixon.org. Feb 26: Themes from A Midsummer Night. The IRIS Orchestra and Tennessee Shakespeare Company join forces for a creative exploration of Shakespeare’s drama through the prism of Michael Gandolfi’s evocative music. $55, 8p. Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 751- 7500, gpacweb.com. Feb 26: IEAA Ancient Egypt Family Day. Learn about the wonders of ancient Egypt while experiencing a variety of fun activities! Kids (and their parents) can learn how to write their names in hieroglyphics, make ancient Egyptian jewelry, and more! 10a–2p, free. Art Museum at the University of Memphis, 678-2649, memphis.edu/egypt. Feb 26: Plug In Memphis Music Industry Expo 2011. The Memphis Music Foundation’s signature event provides an opportunity for musicians to network with local music industry service providers.Minglewood Hall, 527-1029, pluginmemphis.com. Feb 27: Youth Villages Soup Sunday. An all-you-can-sample extravaganza featuring delectable soup, gumbo, specialty items, bread, and dessert prepared by some of the Memphis area’s best chefs and restaurants. Eat for a good cause! 11a–2p, $15+. FedExForum, 251-4827, soupsunday.org.
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