VOL. 132 | NO. 65 | Friday, March 31, 2017
Opera Memphis’ fifth annual Midtown Opera Festival will take place Friday, March 31, through April 9 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The Festival is anchored by three intimate operas, all by living American composers, plus “fringe events” that include other musical performances, family events, panel discussions and more. Visit operamemphis.org/mof for a schedule.
The Cotton Museum will hold two book talks with James McCafferty, author of “The Bear Hunter: The Life and Times of Robert Eager Bobo in the Canebrakes of the Old South,” Friday, March 31, at noon, and Saturday, April 1, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Cost is free and includes light hors d’oeuvres. RSVP at memphiscottonmuseum.org.
Author, activist and speaker Shaka Senghor will at Christian Brothers University’s 12th annual Vanderhaar Symposium Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre on campus, 650 East Parkway S. Senghor is the president and co-founder of #BeyondPrisons and the author of “Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison.” Cost is free. Visit cbu.edu/vanderhaar for details.
The 2017 Gandhi-King Conference, themed “Know Justice, Know Peace,” will be held Saturday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Speakers include author Shaka Senghor; Gabriela Benitez, organizer for the Detention Watch Network in Chicago; Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City; and Mahal Burr, Bridge Builders community action coordinator for Bridges USA. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit gandhikingconference.org.
The Shops of Saddle Creek will host Paws 4 a Cause, a celebration of all things dog, on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saddle Creek North, 7615 W. Farmington Blvd. Several Mid-South rescue agencies will be on hand with adoptable dogs, and current pet parents can participate in games, a pet artists’ market, the annual Celebrity Pet Wash and more. Visit facebook.com/shopsofsaddlecreek for details.
The National Civil Rights Museum will host a conversation with Valarie Kaur Saturday, April 1, at 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Kaur is an activist, civil rights lawyer, filmmaker, commentator, educator, entrepreneur and Sikh interfaith leader. She will speak about the Revolutionary Love Project, which champions the ethics of love in an era of rage. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for more information.