The University of Memphis will host its Black History Month opening ceremony and presentation of the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. James L. Netters Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University St. Visit memphis.edu for a schedule of other Black History Month activities.
Memphis College of Art will host an opening reception for “herstories,” featuring works by regional female artists, Friday, Jan. 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main St. The exhibit is on display through March 1. Visit mca.edu.
Painted Planet Artspace will host its grand reopening Friday, Jan. 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 1015 S. Cooper St. The event will spotlight Anne Enoch’s “Anne’s World” show and live music by The Delta Project. Cost is free.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra will present Opus One with Big Star Friday, Jan. 31, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale St. Jody Stephens, the last surviving original member, will join the symphony for a Big Star salute. Tickets are $25. Visit memphissymphony.org.
Voices of the South will present “Prison Stories VIII,” a performance of work written by women serving time in the Shelby County jail, Friday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 2, at TheatreSouth, 1000 S. Cooper St. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20. Visit voicesofthesouth.org.
The Center for Southern Folklore will host a benefit acoustic guitar concert by Bobby Rush Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the center, 119 S. Main St. A reception hosted by DejaVu begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is a $50 donation; proceeds benefit the center’s youth programs, music sessions and Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. Visit southernfolklore.com or call 525-3655.
Germantown Performing Arts Center will host Doc Severinsen & The San Miguel 5 Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. at GPAC, 1801 Exeter Road. The concert will spotlight classical Spanish melodies with a jazz flair. Buy tickets at gpacweb.com.
Network of Memphis will meet Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Dixie Cafe, 4699 Poplar Ave. The women’s networking organization will host Mark Dean, executive director and CEO of Volunteer Mid-South. RSVP at networkmemphis.org by Friday, Jan. 31, at noon.
Memphis Botanic Garden will host The Memphis Knights Big Band at the Garden Monday, Feb. 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. The 18-piece band will perform everything from Glenn Miller standards to modern jump jive and wail. Suggested donation is $5. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Rhodes College will host its annual Batey Lecture Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Historian Paul Harvey will present “The Color of Christ: Sacred Myths and Their Racial Mask.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.
Luna Nova New Music Ensemble will perform in concert Monday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean Blvd. The concert will feature pianist Maeve Brophy, guitarist Mark Volker, and flutist John McMurtery. Cost is free. Visit lunanova.org.
Rhodes College will present “Berlin 1885: La Ruee Sur L’Afrique (The Division of Africa)” as part of the Tournees French Film Festival Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu/tournees for upcoming films.
Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 482-0354.
Rhodes College will present “Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat)” as part of the Tournees French Film Festival Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu/tournees for upcoming films.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Feb. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christian Brothers University’s Sabbatini Lounge, 650 East Parkway S. Jeremy Park, president of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will discuss his new book, “Giving Back With Purpose.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.
The Memphis Library Foundation will host an appreciation luncheon honoring seven long-standing board members Thursday, Feb. 6, at 11:30 a.m. at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. The honorees were among volunteers who raised $21.5 million to build the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Tickets are $60. Visit memphislibraryfoundation.org.
The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Student Chapter of the Federalist Society will host a panel discussion titled “The Overcriminalization of Federal Law” Thursday, Feb. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Cost is free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 462-2616.