The Tennessee Minority Development Council will hold a membership luncheon meeting Friday, Dec. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, assembly room one, first floor, 6200 Poplar Ave. For more information or registration, contact Joyce Tabb at 830-8242 or

The New Ballet Ensemble & School will present “Nut ReMix” Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2:30 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. “Nut ReMix” is Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” reconfigured with ballet, hip-hop, flamenco and African dance. Tickets are $15, $25 and $35. For tickets, call 751-7500 or visit

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Orphanos Foundation will present Handel’s “Messiah” Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. The performance will fund three special performances for students from inner-city and jubilee schools. Tickets range between $15 and $25. For tickets, visit

The Orpheum Theatre will host a performance by Patti LaBelle Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Violinist Ken Ford will open the concert. For more information or tickets, call 525-3000 or visit

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County will hold the Zumba for Paws Zumbathon Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in the gymnasium of Mullins United Methodist Church, 4 N. Mendenhall Road. For a $10 donation, participants can enjoy two hours of Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance fitness program. For more information, call 937-3900 or visit

The Metal Museum will hold its holiday open house Sunday, Dec. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. The event will include holiday music by pianist Hayley Roth, refreshments, exhibitions and hands-on activities from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 774-6380 or visit

The Germantown Community Theatre will host a Christmas Cabaret & Cocktails event Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the theater, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. The evening will include food, drinks, a Christmas cabaret performance and more. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 937-3023 or visit