The Daily News and In-Synk will host a Leadership Lunch and Learn discussing Marcus Buckingham’s book “The One Thing You Need to Know” Friday, Jan. 17, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Triumph Bank boardroom, 5699 Poplar Ave. Tickets are $20. Visit lnltheonething.eventbrite.com.
The Circuit Playhouse will present “Other Desert Cities” Friday, Jan. 17, through Feb. 9, at the theater, 51 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.
The Memphis International Auto Show will be held Friday, Jan. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Cost is $8 for adults, and $6 for seniors, children and military members. Visit motortrendautoshows.com/memphis for hours and a show schedule.
New Day Children’s Theatre will present an encore of “Shrek the Musical” Friday, Jan. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Kroc Center, 800 E. Parkway. Buy tickets at newdaytheatre.org.
Memphis College of Art and the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team will host a reception for the “Fight [Gun] Violence” design collaboration Friday, Jan. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rust Hall main gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave. Call 272-5100 or visit mca.edu.
The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Lisa C. Hickman, author of “Stranger to the Truth,” for a discussion and book signing Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.
Opera Memphis and the Japanese-American Society of Tennessee will host a Japanese festival Saturday, Jan. 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. Cost is free. Opera Memphis’ performance of “The Mikado” starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $33. Visit operamemphis.org.
The Shelby County Democratic Party will hold the 2014 Kennedy Day Dinner, “The Year of the Woman,” Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at BRIDGES, 477 N. Fifth St. Rep. Barbara Lee of California will speak. Tickets are $100. Call 314-4617 or 830-3283.
Staxtacular, a Stax Music Academy fundraiser hosted by the Memphis Grizzlies, will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The event will include a buffet, live and silent auctions, and performances by the Bo-Keys and Stax Music Academy students. Tickets are $150. Visit staxtacular.com.
The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Laurie Halse Anderson, author of “The Impossible Knife of Memory,” for a discussion and book signing Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.
The National Civil Rights Museum will hold a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday, Jan. 20, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. The event will include tours of the “Freedom Sisters” exhibit, music and a preview of the Lorraine Motel exhibit renovations. Cost is $3, $2 with donation of canned goods, or free with Lifeblood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.
The LeMoyne-Owen College Memphis alumni chapter will host the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 20, at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select Memphis Airport, 2240 Democrat Road. Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will speak. Tickets are $50. Visit loc.edu/alumni or call 435-1530.
Be the Dream MLK Commemorative Celebration will be held Monday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Mason Temple, 930 Mason St. The worship service will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will be followed by community service projects around the city. Visit bethedreammemphis.com.
The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday parade will be held Monday, Jan. 20, starting with a 10 a.m. convening program at the corner of Main Street and Auction Avenue. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and travels down Main Street, Exchange Avenue and Second Street to the National Civil Rights Museum. Call 870-5267.
Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association will host a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at MIFA, 910 Vance Ave. Fred’s Inc. president and CEO Bruce Efird will speak, and the finalists for the teen oratorical contest will be announced. Visit mifa.org.
The 30th Annual International Blues Challenge will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 25, at multiple Downtown venues. The event features performances by more than 250 blues acts from around the world, competitions and workshops. Visit blues.org for tickets and a schedule.
The Gardens of Germantown Memory Care and Parham Estate Law will host an estate planning lunch and learn seminar Tuesday, Jan. 21, at noon at Gardens of Germantown, 3179 Professional Plaza Drive. Cost is free; RSVP required. Email email@example.com or call 755-5450.