Ballet Memphis will present “Nutcracker,” featuring more than 100 dancers and 70 musicians, from Friday, Dec. 13, to Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at

ANF Architects will hold an opening reception for Sally Hughes Smith’s “fire in the bones” Friday, Dec. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its offices, 1500 Union Ave. The show runs through Jan. 10. Visit

Memphis Heritage and Crosstown Arts will hold an opening reception for “newman ‘2’ … the next generation,” a new selection of photos from the Don Newman archive, Friday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crosstown Arts gallery, 422 N. Cleveland St. Visit

Literacy Mid-South will hold its Art of Reading fundraiser and Book Sale Preview Party Friday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Germantown Community Theatre, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. The book sale will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the theater. Tickets for Art of Reading and the preview party are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Visit

The Cotton Museum will host its Gimme Some Holiday Fun Family Day Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. The event will include crafts, cooking demonstrations with cookbook author Laurie Triplette, live music and more. Cost is free. Visit

The Downtown Memphis Commission will hold the Downtown Howl-iday pet and family parade Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. from Court Square to AutoZone Park. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at Court Square. Cost is free. Visit

The Germantown Community Chorus and Germantown Symphony Orchestra will present their Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. Buy tickets at

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will hold its Holiday Artist Market Sunday, Dec. 15, from noon to 5 p.m. at the museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. Admission is free and includes access to Brooks’ galleries. Visit

Gallery Ten Ninety One will host an opening reception for the Bartlett Art Association exhibit, featuring 80 pieces by local artists, Sunday, Dec. 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Road. Call 458-2521.