Christian Brothers University will host a panel discussion titled “Let’s Talk About Race” Thursday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. in Spain Auditorium at CBU, 650 East Parkway S. A diverse panel of CBU students will discuss their lives and dispel myths. Cost is free. Visit

Ardent Studios will host a music industry mixer Thursday, Jan. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Ardent, 2000 Madison Ave. The event is open to musicians, students, and music industry service providers. Visit

Rhodes College will host a lecture by New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Mankoff will offer an insider’s look at cartooning and what makes a good cartoon work. Cost is free. Visit

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive Friday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Support Solutions, 5909 Shelby Oaks Drive, suite 100. Visit for eligibility guidelines and appointments.

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Incognito Art Gala and Silent Auction Friday, Jan. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. The auction features anonymous, original works by 100 Mid-South artists. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit

The Buckman Performing Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will hold an opening reception for “Spirit. Mind. Courage. Anger: Mixed media works by Carol DeForest and Tim Andrews” Friday, Jan. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Visit

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Jan. 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email

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

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