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 cbu.edu.
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 ardentstudios.com.
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 rhodes.edu.
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 redcross.org 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 memphisbotanicgarden.com.
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 buckmanartscenter.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.