The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis will host the 15th annual Graduate Association of African American History conference Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Center theater, 499 University St. Kevin Mumford of the University of Illinois will present the keynote, “Beyond the Closet: Reinventing African American Gay History, 1963-1988.” Cost is free. Visit for details.

STRUT! Memphis 2013, a fashion show to benefit the Community Legal Center, will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Memphis, 5389 Poplar Ave. The event will include live and silent auctions and a look at the latest fashion trends. Tickets are $50. Visit

Monogram Food Solutions will host Meat Me in Memphis on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Columns at One Commerce Square. The soul-and-sausage-themed event will feature signature dishes from Memphis chefs as well as live entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation. Call 259-6625 for details and tickets.

Rhodes College will host a Communities in Conversation lecture titled “Judeo-Christianity, Zen-Buddhism and Environmental Ethics,” Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is free. Visit

The Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College will host a guest artist recital by guitarist Cain Budds on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Tuthill Performance Hall/Hassell Hall on the Rhodes campus, 2000 North Parkway. Visit

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email

Gallery 363 at Leadership Memphis will present art by Kat Gore and Amy Hutcheson on Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the gallery, 363 S. Main St. The show will be on display through Nov. 25. Call 278-0016.

Disciple Design will host the opening of “Africa Squared,” featuring photography by Craig Thompson, Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Disciple gallery, 390 S. Main St. Visit