Fri., Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m.
Opening reception for Melissa Farris’ “Happy Cannibals,” works informed by mid-century design and better living through plastic. more »
Gallery Fifty Six
Fri., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.
Opening reception for this exhibit of paintings, photographs, and sculptures depicting Memphis landmarks by Michael Stoughton. Also opening in Gallery C is the Senior Thesis Exhibition for Christian Brothers University students Simon Hua and Antoine Lever. more »
Crosstown Arts Office
Fri., Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m.
Other Art Happenings
New York-based photographer talks about her work featured in the show “Salvage,” which includes images from her book about the family business, Joe’s Junk Yard. The evening also includes a performance by Interrobang starting at 8 p.m. more »
Dec. 7-8 | $25
Annual fund-raiser for Voices of the South featuring Sister Myotis, Sister Ima Lone, and Sister Velma Needlemeyer stirring up holiday cheer via karaoke. Encore Saturday at 7 p.m. more »
New Ballet Ensemble & School
Annual New Ballet Ensemble production of their energetic take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, which mixes hip-hop, ballet, and Beale Street influences. Continues through Sunday. more »
The Birdhouse Gallery
Fri., Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m.
A combination opening reception for a group show and grand opening at this new gallery that features art, music, and food. more »
Sat., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.
A holiday parade with floats and local groups sponsored by the Tri-State Defender. Parade-watchers are encouraged to bring a new toy to be donated to the Neighborhood Christian Center. more »
Memphis Farmers Market
Sat., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Annual market featuring crafts, handmade gifts, and more. more »
Sports / Fitness
Sat., Dec. 8, 11 a.m. | $30
Runners are encouraged to don their gaudiest holiday sweater for this 5K, which will include snow machines, sled hills, holiday music, and an after-race party with a mustache contest. more »
Jack Robinson Photography Gallery
Sun., Dec. 9, 2-5 p.m. | $40
A fund-raising party benefiting Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services. The event will include a silent auction, plus brunch food, a Bloody Mary bar, and music from Vanessa Winter and Deering & Down. more »
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
David Thompson signs David: The Illustrated Novel Volume 2, the continuation of the biblical story of King David. more »