Go Out! Fun events this week

FRIDAY

Blacksmith Friday

The National Ornamental Metal Museum hosts "Blacksmith Day" with free admission, blacksmithing demonstrations and special deals on unique objects in the gift shop. The current exhibition, "Master Metalsmith: Eleanor Moty," closes Dec. 2.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 374 Metal Museum Drive. Call 901-774-6380, or visit metalmuseum.org.

Not a creature was stirring …

… Not even a mouse named Amos, whose house is accidentally skipped by Santa Claus in the children's holiday comedy "Twas the Night Before Christmas" at the Circuit Playhouse. Amos — with the help of an elf and a spunky little girl — goes to great lengths to make sure Santa doesn't pass him by again in this play by Ken Ludwig ("Lend Me A Tenor").

7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 30 at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper. Pay-what-you-can shows are Dec. 2 and 28. Opening weekend tickets are $22. Call 901-726-4656.

Better the Next Day

The North Mississippi Allstars' Luther and Cody Dickinson perform a "Thanksgiving Leftovers" show at Minglewood Hall with special guests Alvin Youngblood Hart and Lightnin' Malcolm. The Memphis Food Bank will collect canned food and nonperishable items for the needy, and the first 100 people to donate will get a signed commemorative poster.

Doors at 7 p.m. 1555 Madison. All ages. Tickets: $20, available at the box office and at minglewoodhall.com. For more information, call 901-312-6058.

Saturday

Romantic tales

According to legend, the Persian queen Scheherazade saved her marriage, and her life, by telling her husband bedtime stories — 1,001 to be exact. Composer Rimsky-Korsakov captures the exciting adventure and lavish romance of passionate storytelling in his work"Scheherazade,"which the Eroica Ensemblewill play this weekend along with Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 featuring soloist John Novacek.

7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road, and 3 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church, 1000 South Cooper. Admission is free. Call 901-497-9600.

Big Laughs

Stand-up comedy takes over the Orpheum with "Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Comedy Jam." Stand-ups Capone, Tony Robertsand Michael Blackson will perform. The laff-jam also includes tour host Gary Owen and DJ Spinderella.

8 p.m. Tickets $42.50-$52.50. The Orpheum is at 203 S. Main. Call 901-525-3000, or go to orpheum-memphis .com.

Holiday get-down

Woodwinds player and singer Hope Clayburn and her band Soul Scrimmage headline the "Jive Turkey Throwdown Thanksgiving Weekend Blowout" at The Cove. Besides being a chance to work off extra calories, the event is also a fundraiser to help Soul Scrimmage guitarist Robert Allen Parker raise money for his and collaborator Nan Hackman's long-in-the-works music documentary, "Meanwhile In Memphis: Sound Of A Revolution."

2559 Broad; showtime is 10 p.m. Cover: $5. For more information, call 901-730-0719.

Holiday Divas

Susan  Marshall  teams up with  Reba Russell and Kim Richardson for the annual "Ho-Ho-Ho Show"  on Saturday at The Warehouse in Downtown.

Susan Marshall teams up with Reba Russell and Kim Richardson for the annual "Ho-Ho-Ho Show" on Saturday at The Warehouse in Downtown.

A trio of Memphis' finest singers teams up for the annual all-female "Ho-Ho-Ho Show" at Downtown venue The Warehouse. Regulars Susan Marshall, Reba Russell and Kim Richardson perform with special guests.

7 p.m. 36 E. G.E. Patterson. Cover: $10. For more information, call 901-526-5747.

Royal Rap

Memphis MC Royal'T (Timothy Love) performs as his alter ego Lvkah Lvciano, Made Man, on Saturday at The Seen on South Second Street.

Memphis MC Royal'T (Timothy Love) performs as his alter ego Lvkah Lvciano, Made Man, on Saturday at The Seen on South Second Street.

Alternative hip-hop artist Royal'T unveils the latest cassette-release of his alter ego Lvkah Lvciano, Made Man, with a show at the Downtown fashion and art center The Seen. Knowledge Nick and DJ M3 also perform.

Doors open at 9 p.m.; show at 10 p.m. 502 S. Second. Cover: $1, includes a copy of the tape. Call 901-277-0792, or visit checktheseen.com.

Sunday

Ballet on Screen

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art combines dance and film in its "Ballet in Cinema" series with "An Evening with Kylian, Inger and Walerski." Jeri Kylian is director and choreographer of Nederland Dans Theater; the movie offers two of his ballets as well as works by his protégés.

2 to 4:25 p.m. 1934 Poplar in Overton Park. $15; $12 for museum members; free with VIP Film Pass. Call 901-544-6200, or visit brooksmuseum.org.

Pianist on rise

At age 8, Yue Chu won his first piano competition; at 10, he was conducting the youth orchestra in his hometown in China. Now studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, the talented young performer plays a recital of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Rachmaninov as part of the Baron Hirsch Artists Ascending Series.

7:30 p.m. Sunday at Baron Hirsch Synagogue, 400 S. Yates. Free. Call 901-683-7485.

Folk Revivalists

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Performing Sunday at Minglewood Hall, Old Crow Medicine Show — (from left) Kevin Hayes, Cory Younts, Gill Landry, Ketch Secor, Willie Watson and Morgan Jahnig — are one of the top acts leading the recent folk music revival.

Justin Borucki Performing Sunday at Minglewood Hall, Old Crow Medicine Show — (from left) Kevin Hayes, Cory Younts, Gill Landry, Ketch Secor, Willie Watson and Morgan Jahnig — are one of the top acts leading the recent folk music revival.

Mixing old-timey bluegrass sounds with an almost punk-rock vigor and modern lyrical sensibility, the newfangled string band Old Crow Medicine Show is part of the vanguard of the current folk revival that also includes Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers. Over the summer, they released their fourth full-length, Carry Me Back. They perform at Minglewood Hall with former BR549 singer Chuck Mead, the music director for the recent Broadway jukebox musical "Million Dollar Quartet."

1555 Madison. Doors: 7 p.m. Tickets: $29, available at the box office and at minglewoodhall.com. For more information, call 901-312-6058.

Tuesday

Ping-Pong kickoff

The latest in a recent spate of local music industry startups, Ping-Pong Booking & PR celebrates its launch with a party at the Hi-Tone Café. Performing will be Ping-Pong clients Jack O & the Tennessee Tearjerkers, Toxie, and much-buzzed-about Washington state band The Pharmacy.

8 p.m. 1913 Poplar. Cover: $3. For more information, call 901-278-8663 or visit hitonememphis.com.

Thursday

Make it so

If the names Q, Data and Picard mean nothing to you, you're not in the target audience for "Star Trek: The Next Generation — A Celebration of Season 2," a theatrical presentation of two of the most popular episodes from the science-fiction series' 1987-1994 run. The episodes — "Q Who" and "The Measure of a Man" — will be augmented with never-before-seen deleted scenes, cast interviews and other bonuses.

7 p.m., Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall. Tickets: $12.50. Visit malco.com.

Christmas Classic Reimagined

Does Eb Scroo find redemption? Hattiloo Theatre brings back its enduring urban take on "A Christmas Carol" with "If Scrooge Was a Brother," written by Ekundayo Bandele. Opens Thursday and runs through Dec. 16.

Hattiloo is at 656 Marshall Ave. Tickets $18-$25. Go to hattiloo.org, or call 901-525-0009.

'Shorts' People

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Keira Knightley and Tom Mison appear in one of the short films included in the star-studded anthology "Stars in Shorts," screening at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

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Kate Friend/Beat Pictures Keira Knightley and Tom Mison appear in one of the short films included in the star-studded anthology "Stars in Shorts," screening at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Judi Dench, Lily Tomlin, Colin Firth and Keira Knightley are among the actors appearing in the seven short films collected for the anthology "Stars in Shorts." The shorts cover a variety of styles and genres, from the raucous musical "Not Your Time," with Jason Alexander as a suicidal screenwriter, to the science-fiction adventure of "Prodigal," with Kenneth Branagh.

7 p.m., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets: $8, or $6 for museum members. Visit brooksmuseum .org.

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