Talk Shoppe will hold a citywide networking party Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.
The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.
Madonna Learning Center will present its annual Christmas play Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. Cost is free; donations accepted. Visit madonna-learning.org.
First Cumberland Presbyterian Church will host the Branch Band Christmas concert Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 8161 Germantown Road in Olive Branch. Visit firstcpchurch.org.
The Downtown Memphis Commission board will meet Thursday, Dec. 19, at noon in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.
The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board will meet Thursday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the MLGW board room, 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host Art After Dark Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. The event will include music by Hattiloo Theatre, a cash bar, and a 7 p.m. tour of the “Ashe to Amen” exhibit. Cost is $7. Visit dixon.org.
The Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host “Inside Sounds Presents an Evening of Acoustic Blues” Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Performers include David Evans, Daddy Mack, and more. Tickets are $15. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.
The Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will present “Fried Glass Onions: Memphis Meets The Beatles in Concert” Thursday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The concert will feature Charles Ponder, Matt Isbell, Dave Smith, Carolyn Griffey and surprise guests. Buy tickets at buckmanartscenter.com.
The Orpheum Theatre will hold its Holiday Open House Friday, Dec. 20, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Doors open at 10 a.m., and highlights include a Mighty Wurlitzer organ concert at noon, a screening of “Miracle on 34th Street” at 2 p.m. and a presentation by “Memphis Movie Theatres” author Vincent Astor at 4:30 p.m. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for a complete schedule.