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1. Rock for Love 8 to be Held Sept. 5-7 -

Rock for Love 8, the eighth annual Church Health Center benefit concert weekend, is set for Sept. 5-7 at Crosstown (block party), Overton Square and the Levitt Shell.

Friday’s Crosstown block party will feature a rare headlining appearance from the Dirty Streets at the Hi Tone. Earlier in the night, bands will perform at Crosstown Arts, Amurica, the Church Health Center’s bay space and on an outdoor Visible School stage. The night will also feature food trucks, a hula hoop luau, flea market, comedy, art exhibition and more.

2. Rock for Love 8 to Be Held Sept. 5-7 -

Rock for Love 8, the eighth annual Church Health Center benefit concert weekend, is set for Sept. 5-7 at Crosstown (block party), Overton Square and the Levitt Shell.

Friday’s Crosstown block party will feature a rare headlining appearance from the Dirty Streets at the Hi Tone. Earlier in the night, bands will perform at Crosstown Arts, Amurica, the Church Health Center’s bay space and on an outdoor Visible School stage. The night will also feature food trucks, a hula hoop luau, flea market, comedy, art exhibition and more.

3. Music Lounge to Open in Edge District -

The Edge District near Downtown lost a theater but is gaining a new live music lounge in August.

The Dizzy Bird, named after legendary Jazz greats John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker, is slated to open Aug. 2 at 652 Marshall Ave.

4. Events -

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa will hold a volunteer day Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum, 1987 Indian Village Drive. Volunteers help sort artifacts, landscape gardens and trails, and more. Email kjthmpsn@memphis.edu or call 785-3160.

5. Events -

Stage Door Productions will present a locally inspired production of “Godspell” Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20, and July 25-27 at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Buy tickets at stagedoormemphis.org.

6. ‘A Step Closer’ -

The general contractor for the Crosstown redevelopment project recently applied for three building permits totaling $115.3 million as the development team approaches a key period for financing the ambitious project.

7. Events -

Moon River Music Festival, hosted by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, will be held Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, 1930 Poplar Ave. The event will include more than a dozen performers, food trucks, activities and more. General admission is $25. Visit moonriverfestival.com.

8. Events -

Bikesploitation 4 will be held Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. The event will include a live bicycle sculpture, photo booth, live music, film screenings and more. A bike parade and slow ride jam will begin at 11:50 a.m. at six starting points across Memphis. Visit bikesploitation.com for a schedule.

9. Events -

Memphis Orchid Society will hold its annual show and sale Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18, at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Parking and admission are free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for a schedule.

10. Enjoy the Brewery While It's Still Here -

I’ve been looking at the Tennessee Brewery for years. I used to have an office next door, and now from my agency’s current location, I can see its majestic, Romanesque arched windows towering over the South Main Arts District.

11. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

12. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Spring’s Best Plant Sale Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

13. Events -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Memphis Medical Center partners will host Spring at the Park Thursday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Health Sciences Park, at the corner of Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. The event will include arts performances, food trucks and vendors. Cost is free. Call 576-7185.

14. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis education barn, 2525 Central Ave. Museum CEO Dick Hackett will present “Success Breeds Success.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

15. Events -

The Shelby County Trustee’s office will hold a Project H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easier) Financial Literacy workshop Tuesday, March 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Whitehaven Community Center, 4318 Graceland Drive. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

16. Events -

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County will host the “All in for Animals” Texas Hold ’Em charity poker tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at 935 Farm Road. The poker tournament will feature prizes, food, and a beer and bourbon bar. Cost is $50 before Friday, Feb. 21, or $60 at the door. Visit memphishumane.org.

17. Newman Talk Planned at Crosstown Arts -

A photography-related gallery talk will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crosstown Arts Gallery at 422 N. Cleveland St.

18. Newman Talk Planned at Crosstown Arts Dec. 28 -

A photography-related gallery talk will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crosstown Arts Gallery at 422 N. Cleveland St.

19. Crosstown Construction Bidding Process Underway -

Construction documents for the ambitious Sears Crosstown redevelopment project have hit the street.

Memphis-based Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is serving as the general contractor for the $180 million project, and bids for subcontracting work on everything from electrical systems to plumbing went out this week.

20. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission will hold the Downtown Howl-iday pet and family parade Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. from Court Square to AutoZone Park. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at Court Square. Cost is free. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

21. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Nutcracker,” featuring more than 100 dancers and 70 musicians, from Friday, Dec. 13, to Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

22. Events -

Ignite Memphis, Vol. 6, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Twelve Memphians will enlighten attendees on a variety of topics via five-minute, 20-slide presentations. Cost is $15. Visit ignitememphis.com.

23. Gates to Share Creative Vision at Crosstown -

Internationally acclaimed installation and social practice artist Theaster Gates will be in Memphis this week to share some of the beliefs and perspectives that fuel his creative vision.

Gates’ free, public lecture, “A Way of Working,” will be Saturday, Nov. 16, at Sears Crosstown, 495 N. Watkins St.

24. Commercial Real Estate Market Reawakens -

After suffering through a prolonged slump, the Memphis commercial real estate market this year began to shake off the rust that gathered during the “Great Recession,” and brighter days could be ahead for the prime markets in the apartment, retail, office and industrial sectors, according to local experts.

25. Ignite Memphis Connects People, Ideas -

In a couple of weeks, via a series of structured slide-based presentations, a group of creatives will try to live up to the event’s official billing and ignite Memphis.

Undercurrent, which holds regular events around the city to help people connect with fellow Memphians, is producing the latest version of Ignite Memphis, which happens Nov. 19 at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. The gathering will pack in everyone from former I Love Memphis blogger Kerry Crawford, who’ll talk about the secret to happiness, to Rhodes graduate Peter Hall, outlining 10 businesses that can be launched in Memphis for less than $1,000, and Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty, who will touch on video games, pop culture and opera by the time he’s finished.

26. Council Keeps Southbrook Mall Renovation Alive -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 5, to start over again in plans to find a legal use for city funds in renovating the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

And the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave a qualified endorsement through what amounts to a new feasibility study on the mall due before the council in a month.

27. Crosstown Developers Eye Project’s ‘Magic in the Mix’ -

It would seem the only thing that might hold up the locomotive that is the Sears Crosstown $180 million renovation at this point is a much-needed $15 million from the city of Memphis.

A lot of money, but not enough to worry project developers Todd Richardson and McLean Wilson, whose analogy – and attitude – is more pedal power than steam driven.

28. Crosstown Developers Eye Project’s ‘Magic in the Mix’ -

It would seem the only thing that might hold up the locomotive that is the Sears Crosstown $180 million renovation at this point is a much-needed $15 million from the city of Memphis.

A lot of money, but not enough to worry project developers Todd Richardson and McLean Wilson, whose analogy – and attitude – is more pedal power than steam driven.

29. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “I’m a Memphian” author Dan Conaway for a discussion and book signing Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. “I’m a Memphian” is a collection of Conaway’s “Memphasis” columns from The Daily News. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

30. City Explores Crucial Crosstown Funding -

City officials are exploring multiple options for financing $15 million in infrastructure improvements at the Sears Crosstown site, key funding that could make or break the ambitious $175 million project.

31. Time for ‘New ERA’ in Memphis -

Statistically, we know that talented workers are vital to any city’s economy. Cities need creative, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial citizens to start businesses, buy homes, send their kids to school and do all of the things that people do to create value in neighborhoods. When talented people “opt-out” of one city in favor of another, for any reason, some cities win while others lose. It’s no secret that Memphis has been on the losing end of this equation for quite some time.

32. Neighborhood Vitality -

The history at the Four-Way Restaurant is as rich and soulful as the food.

The walls of the South Memphis institution are decorated with photographs of politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders and civil rights icons – including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – who made the famous restaurant at Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue a “home away from home.”

33. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a female business leader lunch Thursday, Aug. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. Female business leaders will discuss various topics, including ways to cultivate programs for women in business. Lunch is Dutch treat. Email rsvp.lpbc@lpinsurance.com.

34. Events -

The Fayette County chapter of West Tennessee Home Builders Association will meet Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at Somerville Bank & Trust, 16790 U.S. 64. U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher will discuss proposed government-sponsored enterprises reform bill. The meeting is open to the public. Cost is $10. Email rterry@mahba.com.

35. Events -

Graceland will host the Elvis Week candlelight vigil Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Admission is free. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information. More Elvis Week events are listed below.

36. New Space -

When Jamie Harmon formally throws open the doors to the first storefront for his Amurica photo studio – later this month, if all goes according to plan – fans of his quirky, trinket-filled photo booth will have somewhere permanent they can visit.

37. Rhodes Program Spotlights Community Service -

Rhodes College’s efforts to make community involvement an important part of student life was recently on display with its second annual REACH (Research, Engagement, and Community History) Symposium held in the Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall.

38. Logjam -

The Overton Park Conservancy is using the summer-to-fall lull at the park to take another look at how to handle the large crowds the park draws as it adds and renovates attractions.

Shuttle buses the conservancy experimented with twice this year worked well. There might be a way to reconfigure the park’s flow, and all of the institutions in the park are talking with each other regularly about events they are planning.

39. Events -

The Daily News will present Literatini, benefiting Literacy Mid-South, Thursday, June 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The event will include martinis and food, an auction, live music and a wine pull. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Visit literacymidsouth.org.

40. Events -

YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South will hold a lunch and learn for those interested in the YMCA Corporate Games Friday, June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its corporate office, 6373 Quail Hollow Road, suite 201. The games will be held Sept. 16-22. R.S.V.P. to Shauna Bateman at sbateman@ymcamemphis.org or 766-7677.

41. Grant Turns Broad Avenue Dock Into Dance Stage -

The concrete surface of the loading dock at Power & Tel on Broad Avenue isn’t good for ballet dancing.

So the dancers with Collage Dance Collective went with modern dance instead Wednesday, May 22, as the Broad Avenue Arts District formally announced a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America that will turn part of the loading dock into a dance performance stage.

42. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Wizard of Oz” Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Visit balletmemphis.org for tickets.

43. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

44. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Memphis chapter will meet Thursday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Daniel Moore of Watkins Uiberall PLLC will discuss best practices in nonprofit accounting. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at afpmemphis.org.

45. Bearing Down -

The old adage “loaded for bear” is fitting for a new full-service branding agency that’s emerged on the Memphis advertising landscape.

“We came up with Loaded for Bear after stepping back and looking at the Memphis creative landscape and what our goals were, which are to prove that great creative can happen in a ‘creative wilderness’ such as Memphis, but also to help our clients be prepared for anything,” said managing director Joel Halpern. “That is where the term came from, an old hiker’s saying that means going off in the prepared for the worst case scenario, or a bear.”

46. Koury’s Success Defined by Partnerships, Programming -

Heather Baugus Koury has been executive director of the American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter for more than a decade, and although she was just named to the distinguished status of Honorary AIA, she’s never considered becoming a practitioner.

47. ADDYs Boast Creative Industry’s Finest -

The tall ceilings and 100-year-old wood flooring of the historic 409 S. Main St. building were right in line with the American Advertising Federation Memphis’ 2013 ADDY Awards ceremony, themed beware of “The Creeping Boredom.”

48. Events -

Nike Inc. will host construction symposiums for locally owned small, women-owned and minority businesses Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Attendees will learn about construction opportunities at Nike’s Memphis expansion. R.S.V.P. to Brenda Montgomery at bmontgomery@memphischamber.com or 543-3500.

49. Creative Space -

By the time Crosstown Arts occupies space in the 1.5 million-square-foot Sears Crosstown building, it will have completed a solid test run of promoting arts-based community and economic development in Midtown.

50. Midtown Momentum -

The Midtown real estate market has long been an anomaly compared to its Bluff City counterparts, with fundamentals as diverse as its demographics.

“The types of real estate that you’ll find in Midtown can be some of the most expensive or some of the most modest when it comes to prices and facility,” said Gary Myers of Gary Myers Co. “Retail in particular.”

51. Kroc Center on Target for January -

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is on track to open in January, almost two years after its groundbreaking.

Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC is scheduled to complete the construction of the 104,000-square-foot learning, recreation and worship center on 15 acres adjacent to the Mid-South Fairgrounds by the end of December.

52. Seminar Underscores Commercial Sectors’ Highs, Lows -

Memphis’ commercial real estate market for the most part appears to mirror national trends, with all four sectors boasting challenges and bright spots so far this year.

That was a message a room full of real estate professionals received when The Daily News hosted its second annual Commercial Real Estate seminar Thursday, Nov.1, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, sponsored by Magna Bank and Evans Petree PC.

53. Rekindling Crosstown -

Video artist Chris Miner says one way to explain the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building is likening it to the process of creating art.

“You get into it with a general idea of what you want to do, but then you kind of let it take you wherever you are going to go or wherever the piece wants to go,” he said.

54. Focused On Crosstown Arts -

Last week we spotlighted the Overton Park Conservancy and shared a fun way we can support their efforts by attending an upcoming Halloween Party at the Sears Crosstown Building on Saturday, Oct. 27. This week let us expand on the other nonprofit beneficiary of that Halloween Party and talk about an organization that is working to both revitalize the Sears Crosstown Building and cultivate the arts here in Memphis: Crosstown Arts.

55. Get Spooky for Overton Park -

Last week we shared a heartwarming story that featured a number of everyday heroes from various organizations and companies, like ServiceMaster and SeniorBsafe, who helped an elderly couple out of a dire situation. This week let us spotlight the Overton Park Conservancy and share a fun way we can support their efforts by attending a Halloween party.

56. Crosstown Stakeholder Pleased With Development’s Direction -

Todd Richardson gave some schemes – albeit changing ones – of the redeveloped Sears Crosstown building in Midtown Friday, Oct. 5, at Universal Commercial Real Estate’s Regional Minority Business Entrepreneur Power Breakfast.

57. Grassroots Effort -

Approaching the second anniversary of “New Face for an Old Broad” and the Historic Broad Avenue Business Association’s painting of its own bike lanes, the Binghampton district has seen activity increase exponentially on several fronts.

58. Daunting Vision -

To say the team behind the redevelopment of the nearly 20-year-vacant Sears, Roebuck & Co. Retail and Catalog distribution facility in Midtown’s Crosstown neighborhood has their work cut out for them would be an understatement at best.

59. The Heart Beats -

THE HEART BEATS. AGAIN. A lifetime ago, screwdrivers with lifetime guarantees came from an art moderne castle, and screwdrivers with orange juice came from the only other Friday’s outside of Manhattan.

60. Medical Providers Excited About Crosstown Potential -

The health care partners who’ve committed to having a physical presence in the soon-to-be-redeveloped Sears Crosstown Tower say they’re excited about the opportunities to join forces in promoting health and wellness in the Memphis community.

61. New Day Coming for Sears Crosstown Urban Village -

The historic Sears Crosstown building in Midtown Memphis is being redeveloped as a mixed-used vertical urban village, with nine “founding partners” in local health care, education and arts organizations that have signed on to occupy 600,000 square feet of the total 1.4 million square feet of space.

62. Tying it all Together -

University of Memphis art student Alex Smythe, who grew up in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood, is extending an invitation to all Memphians to celebrate the revitalization of one of the city’s most diverse communities with the first annual V&E Greenline Artwalk.

63. Speaker to Introduce ‘Urban Magnet’ Concept -

Todd Richardson knows it takes a village to create a village.

Last summer Richardson – Crosstown Arts co-director and a University of Memphis assistant professor – was in Vancouver seeking ideas and connections that could aid in the transformation of the vacant Sears Crosstown building into an arts-based, mixed-use development.

64. Lecture to Explore ‘Urban Magnets’ -

Vancouver-based architect Alan Boniface will present “Urban Magnets: Lessons in Sustainable Place-Making,” on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Memphis College of Art’s Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave.

65. Mobile Letterpress Studio to Visit Memphis -

Moveable Type, a project by Kyle Durrie of Power & Light Press in Portland, Ore., will make a stop in Memphis Monday, Dec. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for an evening of demonstrations open to the public.

66. Events -

Kyle Durrie will bring her Moveable Type Truck to Memphis for a print workshop and presentation with Crosstown Arts Monday, Dec. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sears Crosstown building, at Cleveland Avenue and North Watkins Street. Visitors can tour the truck and print their own letterpress art to take away. For more information, visit www.powerandlightpress.com or www.type-truck.com.

67. Blank Palette -

When best-selling author Richard Florida visited Memphis recently, he spelled out to a room full of artists the formula for building a city’s creative class – attract, retain and engage talent.

68. Biz, Arts Intersection at Center of Whitaker Talk -

The arts and business aren’t independent entities.

The two spheres overlap in many ways – or at least they should – and nonprofit arts groups Crosstown Arts and the UrbanArt Commission are working together to deliver that message to professionals in both arenas.

69. Museum Could Be Great Fit for Memphis’ Future -

A museum is more than old stuff on a wall or under glass.

And with today’s technology, museums increasingly are about more than what can physically be put on display.

The William Eggleston museum may be the ultimate Memphis story – the art world finally catching up to an artist whose work was both of his time and ahead of his time.

70. Coming into Focus -

In the realm of urban attractions, museums present somewhat of a paradox.

Often, they’re privately funded. But in a broader sense – a civic sense – they’re public spaces. They’re open to the public, shaped to address a public issue or meet a public need.

71. Crosstown Arts Looks to Take City to Next Creative Level -

As an arts community, Memphis is world-renowned. The city’s rich, bluesy culture is inextricably tied to its deep traditions in the visual and performing arts.

A newly formed nonprofit is working to take the city one step further – to establish Memphis not only as a strong arts community, but as a strong artists’ community.

72. Survey Will Help Map Artists’ Needs -

A project that could put the “finishing touch” on development in the South Main Historic Arts District takes a step forward this week.

ArtSpace, a national nonprofit that works to create affordable live/work space for artists in cities across the country, partnered earlier this year with the city of Memphis and the Hyde Family Foundations to develop an artists’ residence along South Main.

73. Event Spurs Crosstown Dreams -

Some dreamers hope to save the world. Others just want to change one neighborhood for the better.

Todd Richardson and Christopher Miner, co-directors of the nonprofit Crosstown Arts, believe that rallying artists in an underdeveloped Midtown neighborhood will draw new businesses, residents and community pride under the looming shadow of the vacant Sears Tower.