Monster Jan. 1

SCENE NOW BLOG

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MUSEUMS, STATE PARKS and other things to do and see, please visit the “Things to Do and See” page at the Scene Now blog at sheenabarnett.wordpress.com.

BANCORPSOUTH ARENA

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S SALTIMBANCO AREA TOUR: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8-9, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11. $40 to $110/adults, $32 to $88/children 12 and under. Tickets at BancorpSouth Arena box office, arena outlets, www.bcsarena.com, (662) 841-6528.

WWE SMACKDOWN: Feb. 2. “Road to Wrestlemania” featuring Jeff Hardy, Edge, The Big Show, MVP and more. $60, $40, $30, $20 plus service charge. Tickets at BancorpSouth Arena box office, arena outlets, www.bcsarena.com, (662) 841-6528.

DISTURBED: 7 p.m. Feb. 10. With Sevendust and Skindred. $37.50/general admission floor, $35.50/reserved plus service charge. BancorpSouth Arena box office, arena outlets, www.bcsarena.com, (662) 841-6528.

JEFF DUNHAM: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. $41.50. BancorpSouth Arena box office, arena outlets, www.bcsarena.com, (662) 841-6528.

MONSTER JAM: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 2 p.m. Feb. 28. $17. BancorpSouth Arena box office, arena outlets, www.bcsarena.com, (662) 841-6528.

WINTER JAM 2008: 6 p.m. March 8. Featuring tobyMac, Hawk Nelson, The Afters, NewSong, Francesca Battistelli, Tony Nolan, Stephanie Smith and Precious Girls Club. $10/at the door. (662) 841-6528.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS: 7 p.m. March 16. $19-$60. BancorpSouth Arena box office, arena outlets, www.bcsarena.com, (662) 841-6528.

ROCK/COUNTRY

MUSIC AND DANCE: 7-10 p.m. Jan. 2, House of Music, Ecru. Featuring The Real Country Band and Friends. Donations. (662) 296-8221.

COUNTRY MUSIC AND DANCE: 7-11 p.m. Jan. 2, Mid-Way Music, Sherman. No smoking or alcohol. $5/general admission, free/10 and under. (662) 316-7143, 316-5015.

COUNTRY MUSIC: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 3, Old Church Opry House, Ripley. Featuring Main Street Musicians and guest band. Donations. (662) 837-8709.

LIVE MUSIC: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 3, Ole Liberty School, 4 miles south of New Albany. Featuring Southern Comfort Band. Free. (662) 534-5224.

ELVIS WEEK

ELVIS’S 74TH BIRTHDAY: Jan. 8, Tupelo. Cake at the Birthplace at 2 p.m. Unveiling of the second Mississippi Blue Trail Marker in Tupelo for Shakerag at 3 p.m. at Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau. 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition winner Brandon Bennett in concert at Lyric Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. (662) 844-1935.

THEATER

TUPELO COMMUNITY THEATRE’S “STAR SPANGLED GIRL”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5-7, 2 p.m. Feb. 7, Lyric Theatre, Downtown Tupelo. $15/adults, $6/students and younger. Tickets go on sale Jan. 26. (662) 844-1935.

AUDITIONS

TUPELO COMMUNITY THEATRE’S “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE”: 7 p.m. Jan. 6, Lyric Theatre, Downtown Tupelo. Eight adult men and three adult women. Production dates are March 26-28. (662) 844-1935.

EXHIBITS

AMERICAN MASTERS OF THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST: Jan. 7-Feb. 26, GumTree Museum of Art, Tupelo. Featuring works by George Ohr, Dusti BongŽ, Walter Anderson and Richmond BarthŽ. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Jan. 9. (662) 844-2787.

WILD AND EXOTIC ANIMAL EXHIBIT: Thru Jan. 10, Union County Heritage Museum, New Albany. Animal mounts from the collection of the late Chico Foote. Museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. (662) 538-0014.

“FROM MONUMENTS TO MUFFLERS”: Thru Jan. 16, Learning Resource Center, Itawamba Community College, Fulton. An exhibit detailing Mississippi’s unique outdoor sculptures. LRC hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday; 4-8 p.m. Sunday. Closed Jan. 1. Free. (662) 862-8244.

THEORA HAMBLETT’S “TREES”: Thru Jan. 31, University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford. 23-piece collection showcasing Theora Hamblett’s paintings of horticulture. Museum hours 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Free. (662) 915-7073.

MEMPHIS

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT: Thru Jan. 5, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Photographs from The Memphis World, an African American newspaper published from 1931-1973. (901) 544-6206, pr@brooksmuseum.org.

MASTER’S THESIS EXHIBIT: Thru Jan. 10, Art Museum of the University of Memphis. (901) 678-2224, www.amum.org.

FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, FedExForum. $20/mid-level seats, $30/Gold Circle seats. Tickets bought Nov. 21-28 receive a $5 discount. (901) 525-1515.

“SEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE”: Thru March 6, Crew Training International IMAX Theater, Pink Palace Museum, Memphis. $8/adults, $7.25/seniors, $6.25/children. Group rates available. (901) 320-6362.

CHRIS TOMLIN: March 31, FedExForum. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1. $26, $33, $23 for Chris Tomlin Fan Club members. Ticketmaster, FedExForum box office, (901) 525-1515.