Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, will present “The Gospel of Mary Reads the Gospel of John” as part of Rhodes College’s annual Batey Lecture Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m.in the Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Free and open to the public. Visit rhodes.edu/events for details.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present an introductory course titled “Disaster-Proofing Your Business” Thursday, March 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Fires, power outages, floods and other disasters can wreak havoc on small businesses. Learn what steps to take before a disaster hits to save time and money later. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

Nobel Prize winner John Mather will present “The History of the Universe from the Beginning to the End: Where Did We Come From, Where Can We Go?” as Rhodes College’s 2018 Peyton Nalle Rhodes Physics Lecture on Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. in McNeill Concert Hall on Rhodes’ west campus, 613 University St. Mather is a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope. Free and open to the public; reception and book signing will follow. Visit rhodes.edu/events for details.

Rhodes College’s Pearce Shakespeare Endowment will present a lecture by MacArthur Fellow Marc Shell titled “Islandology” Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Shell, the Irving Babbitt professor of comparative literature and a faculty associate at the Center for the Environment at Harvard University, will examine the geographical, political, and rhetorical importance of islands, from Shakespeare’s plays to contemporary ecological crises. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu/shakespeare for details.

Circuit Playhouse will present “James and the Giant Peach” Friday, March 16, through April 8 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

The Memphis Grizzlies host a Grizzlies Beer Tasting Night Saturday, March 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the Grizz play the Denver Nuggets at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Packages, which start at $44, include a game ticket, pregame sampling of microbrews and commemorative pint glass. Buy tickets at grizzlies.com by Friday, March 16.