Opera soprano Kallen Esperian, vocalist Susan Marshall and classical guitarist Lily Afshar perform at Paw Prints 2011, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County fundraiser, at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The party also will include live and silent auctions. 7-11 p.m. 750 Cherry Road. Tickets: $100 per person and $150 per couple in advance, or $100 per person and $200 per couple at the door (memphishumane.org); call (901) 937-3900. want to miss a special 25th anniversary presentation of “The Phantom of the Opera,” in a production that was filmed live onstage at London’s Royal Albert Hall. (The screening repeats at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.)
1 p.m., Paradiso. Tickets: $20. Visit malco.com.
Local playwright Tyrone Terry presents his inspirational, gospel music-filled production about a woman’s struggle with breast cancer, “Pressing On,” at Fayette-Ware High School. The event is a benefit for the Baptist Women’s Directed by University of Memphis law professor Daniel Kiel, “The Memphis 13” is a new documentary that chronicles the story of “some of the civil rights movement’s smallest pioneers,” the first-graders who were the first students to desegregate Memphis City Schools in 1961. The film features interviews with members of all 13 families, as well as with some of the white students who witnessed the transition. 6 p.m, Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall. Admission: free. Visit thememphis13.com.