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1. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins for a discussion and signing of his latest novel, “The Innocents,” on Monday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

2. Events -

The city of Memphis will hold its first “We Mean Business” Symposium on Tuesday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Hundreds of small and minority-owned businesses will convene to learn about certification, registration and contracting opportunities with city government. Earl Graves Jr., president and CEO of Black Enterprise Magazine, will present the keynote. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited; RSVP to bdcinfo@memphistn.gov.

3. Events -

Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold two public meetings Wednesday, July 20, to present short-term investments for multimodal projects in the Memphis metropolitan planning area. The meeting will take place at MATA Central Station, 545 S. Main St., from noon to 1 p.m. and at Bartlett City Hall, 6400 Stage Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Email pragati.srivastava@memphistn.gov for more information. 

4. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood and Crosstown Arts’ story booth will host Donald Ray Pollock, discussing and signing “The Heavenly Table,” on Tuesday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the story booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Visit crosstownarts.org.

5. Events -

Art Dash 2016, benefiting Friends for Life, will be held Wednesday, July 20, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St. Pay $125 for a premium ticket, and when your number is called, dash for your chosen piece of art from around 100 donated works. Art Dash Friends tickets, for those who want to enjoy the party without taking home a piece, are $25. Buy tickets at brownpapertickets.com or email blake.meador@friendsforlifecorp.org.

6. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host a Garden Lit meeting to discuss David George Haskell’s “The Forest Unseen” on Monday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Meet fellow readers and discuss nature-based books at this series led by a certified Tennessee naturalist. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

7. After The Bridge -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

8. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Summer Movie Series will feature two movies on Friday, July 15: a matinee of “Muppet Treasure Island” at 2 p.m. and “North by Northwest” at 7 p.m., both at The Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Adult tickets are $8 for each movie; children 12 and younger are $6. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

9. Man Charged With Killing Memphis Police Officer Has Court Date -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man charged with shooting three people and then running over and killing a Memphis police officer is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing.

Justine Welch faces charges of first degree murder, attempted murder and evading arrest in what authorities have called a crime spree on a busy weekend night in downtown Memphis on June 4. He is scheduled to appear before a judge Wednesday with his public defender.

10. Events -

Ghost River Brewing Co. and Wolf River Conservancy will host Drink a Beer, Save a River on Tuesday, July 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Miss Cordelia’s, 737 Harbor Bend Road. A dollar from every Ghost River Beer sold will flow directly to the conservancy. Visit wolfriver.org.

11. Events -

West Tennessee Historical Society will meet Monday, July 11, in Memphis University School’s Wunderlich Auditorium, 6191 Park Ave. Nora Tucker, manager and curator of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame, is the guest speaker. Visit wths-tn.org for details.

12. Events -

BRIDGES president and CEO Cynthia Ham will host a lunch and learn discussion about the importance of youth-led social change in Memphis on Thursday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bridges, 477 N. Fifth St. Free, secure parking at Fifth and A.W. Willis Avenue. RSVP to cconway@bridgesusa.org or 901-260-3724 by Tuesday, July 12.

13. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the premiere of “Moonvine,” a winner of the 2014 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, July 8, through July 31 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

14. Events -

Attorney J. Anthony Bradley will present free seminar on VA Aid & Attendance Benefits on Thursday, July 7, at 2 p.m. at Berclair Church of Christ, 4536 Summer Ave. The seminar is geared toward World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans as well as their spouses, surviving spouses and caregivers. RSVP to the church at 901-406-0310, or call the Bradley Law Firm at 901-937-2800.

15. Events -

Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold a free tax workshop for new businesses Thursday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Center’s Memphis Training Room, 555 Beale St. Tax specialists from local and state agencies will provide information and answer questions on complying with registration and tax requirements. Registration required. Visit tn.gov/revenue/article/tax-workshops or call 800-342-1003.

16. The Week Ahead: July 4-10 -

Happy Fourth of July, Memphis! We hope you’re enjoying a long weekend – and if you do have to work today, we hope you’re able to sneak out early enough to watch some of the local fireworks displays tonight. Here are details on a few of them, plus other local happenings you need to know about this week…

17. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Ghosts of War” author Brad Taylor and special guest Mark Greaney for a discussion and signing Tuesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

18. Events -

Riverfront Fireworks Spectacular will take place Monday, July 4, at Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front St. The park opens at 3 p.m., live music and children’s activities begin at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display will launch from the southern tip of Mud Island at 9:15 p.m. Visit memphisriverfront.com.

19. Events -

The second annual On Location: Memphis Shorts Festival will kick off with a screening of live-action shorts Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 126 Beale St. At the end, the audience will vote on their favorites, with the winner granted access to the OL:M International Film & Music Festival in August. Cost is free. Visit onlocationmemphis.org.

20. July 1-7: This week in Memphis history -

2014: Hard Rock Cafe Memphis’ new location opens at the corner of Beale and Second streets after 17 years at Beale and Hernando.

1976: ZZ Top headlines a Fourth of July concert at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium that also includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult and the Outlaws. Tickets are $12 at the gate.

21. Last Word: Highlander, Aretha's House and When The Old Daisy Was New -

There is Highland Row and Highland Strip and they do not meet, although they are just a short walk from one another near the University of Memphis.

That is going to be a handy point of reference because the area in general – called the University District – is coming along so well that you are going to be reading more about it.

22. Events -

Gallery Ten Ninety One will host an opening reception for the 35th Juried Exhibition of the Tennessee Watercolor Society on Friday, July 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Drive. The exhibit of 30 selected paintings will be on display through July 28. Visit wkno.org or call 901-458-2521.

23. Frank Stokes, Epitome of the ‘Memphis Sound,’ Given Just Memorial -

Nathaniel Kent remembers his grandfather as an older man in his 70s by the mid-1950s who came over with his guitar – ill and near the end of his life.

24. Chef Shuttle Delivery Partners With St. Jude -

Restaurant delivery service Chef Shuttle has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Between Monday, June 27, and Sunday, July 3, Chef Shuttle will donate $5 from every order to St. Jude as part of a Chef Shuttle Cares promotion.

25. The Week Ahead: June 27-July 3 -

It's been a long time coming, but Friday is the kickoff for wine sales in grocery stores. While you're getting your corkscrews ready, check out what else is going on this week – from a deadline in the greensward mediation process to a special superhero stop at St. Jude...

26. Chef Shuttle Delivery Service Partners With St. Jude -

Restaurant delivery service Chef Shuttle has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Between Monday, June 27, and Sunday, July 3, Chef Shuttle will donate $5 from every order to St. Jude as part of a Chef Shuttle Cares promotion.

27. Uber, Lyft Battle Governments Over Driver Fingerprint Checks -

DETROIT (AP) – Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.

Following incidents where Uber drivers were found to have criminal records, a number of state and local officials have proposed fingerprint background checks for ride-hailing drivers – often with the support of local taxi companies.

28. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson -

Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.

The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.

29. The Week Ahead: June 20-26 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a new headstone for one of the Beale Street Sheiks to an event to celebrate (and buy from) Memphis' maker community. 

30. Beale Manager Deadline Approaches -

With just days left to apply, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority’s search for a firm to manage the entertainment district is drawing more interest than it did in its first round.

31. Editorial: Measuring a Memphis Summer -

If you’ve not consulted your calendar for the beginning of summer and assumed it is already here, that’s completely understandable.

The summer finds the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis basketball team – the city’s two dominant sports franchises – each rebuilding.

32. Believe It or Not -

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

33. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present a new production of “The Wizard of Oz” Tuesday through Sunday, June 14-19, at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for showtimes and tickets.

34. Last Word: Orlando, Rain Delay At Southwind and Church Health Center's Move -

Many of us were watching the streets of our own city closely this weekend – the places where people gather for good times when the weather is warm and the sky is clear. Lately some of those places have been the settings for vivid and sudden reminders that all is not well in our city.

35. Beale Manager Application Deadline Approaches -

With two weeks to apply, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority’s search for a firm to manage the entertainment district is drawing more interest than it did in its first round.

Jeff Sanford, a consultant to the authority for the search, said 13 firms have expressed interest in the request for proposal in addition to the four companies who applied in the first round.

36. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank for a discussion and signing of her latest release, “All Summer Long,” on Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Ticketed VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

37. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.

38. Last Word: ServiceMaster Incentives, Muvico Memories and the Beale Street Cover -

It looks like the conversion of Peabody Place mall to the new headquarters of ServiceMaster is a $33.3 million job. That could be a running total depending on a PILOT amendment to come.

39. Beale Street Rolling Out Saturday Summer Cover Charge -

A $10 Saturday cover charge for the Beale Street Entertainment District returns this weekend as one of several measures to improve safety on the street.

The cash-only charge is in effect Saturdays after 10 p.m. through August and can be paid at one of five entrances into the district.

40. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, June 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

41. Last Word: A Distinct Reaction, City Hall's Budget Season and BreakFest On Broad -

Funeral services for Memphis Police Officer Verdell Smith are set for Friday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova.

The day before that Downtown leaders will gather in Handy Park on Beale Street to talk about new measures to make the district safer.

42. Strickland Adds Forces to Combat Rising Crime in Memphis -

There is violent crime in Memphis and then there are the homicides – the murders.

Homicide is a violent crime.

But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland made a distinction between it and other violent crimes Monday, June 6, in what looked to be the start of a more visible anti-crime strategy that will include the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

43. Last Word: A Different Aftermath and Trolleys Aren't Just for Tourists -

A week that will likely end with the funeral of a Memphis Police officer began with a discussion about violent crime that is even at this early point proving to be different from the past discussions we’ve had at times like these.

44. Strickland Says THP and Sheriff's Office To Assist In Beefed-Up Police Presence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Monday, June 6, that the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be part of a heightened response to violent crime in Memphis.

45. Strickland Says THP and Sheriff's Office To Assist In Beefed-Up Police Presence -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Monday, June 6, that the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be part of a heightened response to violent crime in Memphis.

46. Events -

Church Health Center’s Farmers Market kicks off its 2016 season Tuesday, June 7, at 1115 Ave. A healthy cooking class begins at 9 a.m.; the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs every Tuesday through Oct. 25. Visit churchhealthcenter.org/farmersmarket for details.

47. Weekend Crime Rampage Frames Criminal Justice Debate -

Now what? The two-word question was one of many reactions as the week began to a Downtown crime spree Saturday night in which a Memphis Police officer died and three people were shot and wounded – two in critical condition Sunday at Regional One Health center.

48. Last Word: Delayed Reaction, UTHSC Simulates and Ali Takes On The Fords -

If you like to unplug on the weekends, you probably got plugged back in sooner than expected Sunday to the violent rampage Downtown Saturday evening. It ended with a Memphis Police officer dead – run over at Beale and B.B. King – allegedly by a suspect in the shootings of three people on Downtown’s northern end – two of them in critical condition – less than a half hour earlier.

49. Reaction Grows to Death of Memphis Police Officer In Downtown Crime Spree -

A violent half-hour rampage from one end of Downtown to the other ended Saturday evening with the death of a Memphis Police officer who was hit by the suspect’s car at B.B. King Boulevard and Beale Street. Three people were shot and wounded -- two critically -- at two locations on Downtown’s north end.

50. Police Officer Killed, Three Wounded In Downtown Spree -

A violent half-hour rampage from one end of Downtown to the other ended Saturday evening with the death of a Memphis Police officer who was hit by the suspect’s car at B.B. King Boulevard and Beale Street. Three people were shot and wounded -- two critically -- at two locations on Downtown’s north end.

51. The Week Ahead: June 6-12 -

Time to get this week started, Memphis! There’s plenty to keep you busy in this week’s roundup of need-to-know happenings, from the 50th anniversary of a seminal civil rights moment to a blast from the '80s-movie past...

52. Officials Seeking Solutions To Beale Street Stampedes -

Beale Street leaders can’t agree on a method to control overcrowding and violence among visitors.

Paul Morris, former manager of Beale for the Downtown Memphis Commission, tells local media that two back-to-back incidents occurred Sunday, the latest in a string of at least 18 stampedes since 2013.

53. Officials looking for Solution To Beale Street Stampedes -

Beale Street leaders can’t agree on a method to control overcrowding and violence among visitors.

Paul Morris, former manager of Beale for the Downtown Memphis Commission, tells local media that two back-to-back incidents occurred Sunday, the latest in a string of at least 18 stampedes since 2013.

54. Last Word: Downtown Crime Discussions, Greensward Arrests and Lead Pipes -

An after-midnight stampede on Beale Street a week after one person was killed and two other people were wounded in a random shooting a block north of the entertainment district.

Summer is here by tradition if not by the calendar just yet. And Downtown there is already a debate behind the frequent declaration that Downtown is the safest area of the city.

55. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

56. Last Word: Before the Rain on Beale, No More Laser Quest and School's End -

Just before the rain moved in and local TV just got all silly about it, David Fizdale was taking a look around Beale Street. And he got recognized and even posed for a few selfies.

If that’s not enough for you, here’s the Associated Press confirmation and a bit about the mechanics of how this all came about. Fizdale met with majority owner Robert Pera Wednesday in California and then came to town Thursday for more meetings.

57. New Daisy Planning 74th Birthday Bash -

The New Daisy Theatre is celebrating its 74th birthday in a few weeks and is inviting the public to celebrate it with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

58. Editorial: Look at the ‘Grand Plan,’ Then Look Beyond It -

From a supermarket to a community center. From a produce section to a climbing wall. That is now the plan for a major part of the Soulsville redevelopment.

It’s easy to be skeptical at moments like this. Part of the skepticism comes from a long civic experience of well-meaning people who have come to our city with the goal of doing something for us that they believed we should do but imagined we couldn’t or wouldn’t do.

59. Mud Island Search Becomes Dilemma -

The Riverfront Development Corp.’s time before the Memphis City Council’s budget committee this week was short.

60. Events -

Job Fair and Educational Summit for U.S. Veterans and People Living With Disabilities will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Meet with more than 50 local employers along with 30 community services and training providers. Breakout sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will cover interviewing tips, job preparedness skills and lifestyle issues. Cost is free. For more information, call 901-636-7940, 901-438-0412 or 901-726-6521.

61. New Daisy Planning 74th Birthday Bash -

The New Daisy Theatre is celebrating its 74th birthday in a few weeks and is inviting the public to celebrate it with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

62. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, May 17, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

63. Events -

Memphis College of Art will present “Best in Class 2015/2016,” an exhibition of the most creative undergraduate artwork from the academic year, on Monday, May 16, through July 8 in the Rust Hall main gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave. The exhibit features work from 45 artists across a range of disciplines. Visit mca.edu.

64. Agricenter Generates $524M For Shelby County Economy -

Agricenter International generated 1.3 million visitors in 2015, producing an overall economic impact of $524 million, according to a study announced Wednesday, May 11.

That dollar amount reflects the value of all goods and services produced within the Shelby County economy as a result of Agricenter International and the business entities operating as tenants, combined with visitor spending from events, according to the 2015 Economic Impact Study conducted in March by Younger Associates.

65. Opera Memphis: If You Sing – Anywhere – They Will Listen -

For everything else opera might be, Ned Canty has made it his business to see opera as opportunity.

The general director for Opera Memphis, when Canty came to town five years ago the company was in decline.

66. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on government contracting Thursday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach small-business owners how to successfully compete for government contracts. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

67. Food Tour Event Launches This Weekend -

When you’re a foodie like Cristina McCarter who proudly flies the flag of her favorite local restaurants, you attract certain reactions from friends.

One, in particular, is a frequent occurrence – the phone call McCarter gets often from a friend asking the same question. “Where should I eat this weekend?”

68. Agricenter Generates $524M For Shelby County Economy -

Agricenter International generated 1.3 million visitors in 2015, producing an overall economic impact of $524 million, according to a study announced Wednesday, May 11.

That dollar amount reflects the value of all goods and services produced within the Shelby County economy as a result of Agricenter International and the business entities operating as tenants, combined with visitor spending from events, according to the 2015 Economic Impact Study conducted in March by Younger Associates.

69. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a job fair Wednesday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. CDS is seeking to fill hundreds of positions for all shifts at accounts in North Mississippi. Applicants should come prepared for an interview. For more information and details on available positions, call 901-473-6385.

70. Memphis Musician Loan Program Awards First Loan -

Memphis musician and Beale Street fixture Eric Hughes is finishing his latest album with help from a non-traditional source.

71. Last Word: Behind Grit N Grind, Brooks at 100 and Massacre -

This is a 12-month-a-year basketball town. There’s the season, possibly a post season, which by NBA standards is a second season. (Yep, they are still playing.) And then there is the rest of the year when whatever has been about to boil over behind the façade of sports clichés finally begins to spill out into the open.

72. The Week Ahead: May 9-15 -

Alright, Memphis, grab your calendars! Whether you want to book it over to the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival or just baste in the scent of barbecue, there’s plenty to do this week. Here’s our roundup...

73. Massacre: 1866 and the Battles Over How Memphis History is Told -

At the end of March with much secrecy, Rev. Keith Norman took delivery and responsibility for a large, heavy crate that stayed in his office for the next month.

“Don’t tell anybody, don’t let anybody get it, if they come in and say they work for the park commission or anybody, tell them to show identification,” were the instructions said Norman, who is president of the Memphis Branch NAACP.

74. Last Word: Overt Acts, Fringe Element and Roller Derby -

Gang cases in Memphis Federal Court are fairly common. Federal gang cases in which murder or attempted murder to further a criminal enterprise is among the charges are not common.

The last case to surface was also the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis Federal Court. It was the 2008 case against Craig Petties and his multi-state drug operation with direct ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

75. South Front Hits its Stride as Standalone Corridor -

South Front Street, which stretches Downtown from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Central Station, is emerging as its own standalone residential and commercial corridor. What was once a heavy industrial area and warehousing district for South Main’s department stores is undergoing a transformation into Downtown’s most residentially dense neighborhood.

76. Events -

Center for Southern Folklore will host Bill Donoghue for a seminar and Q&A titled “Sonny Boy Williamson II: Rock’s Missing Blues Link” on Wednesday, May 4, at 3 p.m. at 119 S. Main St. Following the seminar, co-researcher Jim Basnight will perform Delta-style selections on his 12-string guitar. Cost is free. For reserved seating, email jlpeiser@gmail.com or call 901-525-3655.

77. Events -

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will host the 45th annual Steak n’ Burger Dinner, featuring a keynote by Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, on Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Kids can enjoy a pre-event games area before sitting down to enjoy a meal where adults eat burgers and kids eat steak. Tickets are $200; proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs. Visit bgcm.org for details.

78. Last Word: BSMF Looks Up, Overton Park Respite and Slow Economic Growth -

The Beale Street Music Festival box office numbers won’t be in for a bit yet. But it looks like the three-day event that ended Sunday evening with Beck and Paul Simon weathered the weather very well, maybe better than usual.

79. Events -

Memphis Branch NAACP, Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association and the National Park Service will hold a public forum Monday, May 2, from 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. The forum and panel discussion is part of the commemoration of the 1866 Memphis Massacre. Visit naacpmemphis.org for details and a schedule of related events.

80. The Week Ahead: May 2-8 -

So, you think this is the “off-week” of the Memphis In May International Festival – the gap between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. But, while Tom Lee Park gets a breather, there are plenty of cultural experiences to soak up across Memphis. Here's our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about...

81. MLGW's Plus-1 Jam Returns During Memphis in May -

After a hiatus in 2015, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will once again celebrate Memphis music during Memphis in May celebrations with live music on an MLGW stage on Beale Street near the Elvis statue north of MLGW’s Administration Building.

82. Events -

Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 30, with special discounts, giveaways and events at Burke’s Book Store, 936 S. Cooper St., and The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Among the highlights: participate in Litographs literary tattoo chain; purchase exclusive IBD books and art pieces; and visit both locations to be entered to win one of 10 prizes. Visit burkesbooks.com and thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com for full schedules.

83. Alternate Transit Options for Beale Street Music Festival -

For those who plan to attend the Beale Street Music Festival this weekend but want to avoid the parking hassles, there are other options for getting there.

The festival will feature three new bike rack zones this year, according to Innovate Memphis, at the following entrances that will be marked with signage:

84. Events -

Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 30, with special discounts, giveaways and events at Burke’s Book Store, 936 S. Cooper St., and The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Among the highlights: participate in Litographs literary tattoo chain; purchase exclusive IBD books and art pieces; and visit both locations to be entered to win one of 10 prizes. Visit burkesbooks.com and thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com for full schedules.

85. Snapshot: ‘Dearly Beloved’ Prince Fans … -

A free Tuesday, April 26, showing of the movie “Purple Rain” at The Orpheum Theatre drew a capacity crowd that lined up on Beale between Main and Front streets hours before the screening. Orpheum CEO Brett Batteson said Prince’s management had contacted the theater about booking a date at the venue just days before the entertainer’s death.

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86. Last Word: The Friendly Church on the Parkway and Paxton Lynch's Mom -

He came to Memphis in the late 1950s from Chicago as the first pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, the “friendly church on the parkway” in a city that was anything but friendly to the causes of Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles.

87. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

88. MLGW Music Event Returns During Memphis in May -

After a hiatus in 2015, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will once again celebrate Memphis music during Memphis in May celebrations with live music on an MLGW stage on Beale Street near the Elvis statue on the north side of MLGW’s Administration Building.

89. RedBall Project Bounces Into Memphis April 28 -

A 250-pound red inflated ball will mark the centennial celebration at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art starting April 28.

The RedBall Project by artist Kurt Perschke moves to a different site every day through May 7, when it returns to the Brooks entrance for the formal centennial celebration of the museum’s opening.

90. Last Word: Prince, Violent Crime Numbers, and a Parkside Post Script -

Prince. It’s hard to think of a musician with a more complete knowledge of music as a social and cultural force and the ability to let that force inhabit his music and what he wanted to accomplish.
It is that knowledge and its use from obscurity to the pinnacle of fame and acclaim to his own journey for personal fulfillment that, to me, defines what has been lost.
Music mattered to Prince unlike it had ever mattered before. All of the influences analyzed and synthesized by someone born in rock and roll’s first wave pushed forward in a sound that combined rock and roll and rhythm and blues and funk with purpose and confidence.
It wasn’t a denial or downplaying of any of those music categories – all were present sonically and culturally. No juggling or quick changes.
That was his talent and it’s hard to think of anyone who has been as knowledgeable, intentional and successful -- commercially and artistically – in that combination.
Prince is remembered here for not only playing the city’s largest arenas but for his legendary after shows on Beale Street that brought an entertainment insider cachet the district has rarely seen since its early 1980s reopening.
His was an intensity and sense of purpose rarely seen and possessed in such a way in the 60 years since rock and roll started in this very city, kicked off by both Rocket 88 and That’s Alright Mama.
So why couldn’t the city’s rock radio stations do more than talk about Prince into commercial breaks after another Nickelback rock block and actually play some of his music to acknowledge such a huge genre crossing artist?
Not cool.

91. Bridging a Divide -

The Mid-South is united by more than the Mississippi River, but that’s what it took to get the region’s mayors in the same room.

In the aftermath of the 2011 Mississippi River flood, damage stretched from Millington’s naval base to Memphis’ Beale Street. Leaders of the affected municipalities had to come together to apply for FEMA grants and plot their way out of devastation.

92. Last Word: Budget Basics, A Peak At Greensward Mediation and Elvis & Nixon -

Spurs 94 – Grizzlies 68 in game 2 of the NBA playoffs. The TNT post-game show just showed the highlights of the game while Shaq and Charles Barkley talked about how big the women are in San Antonio. I’m not making this up. They didn’t even try to talk about the game. This is just grim.

93. RedBall Project Bounces Into Memphis April 28 -

A 250-pound red inflated ball will mark the centennial celebration at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art starting April 28.

The RedBall Project by artist Kurt Perschke moves to a different site every day through May 7, when it returns to the Brooks entrance for the formal centennial celebration of the museum’s opening.

94. Last Word: A Dog Named Elvis, Soulville's Change and Highlander Politics -

For those who stopped watching in the fourth quarter, The Grizzlies lost to the Spurs 106-74 in San Antonio Sunday to open the NBA's second season. If you put together the second and fourth quarters it would have been close. But oh the first and third quarters.

95. The Week Ahead: April 18-24 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the dreaded federal income tax filing day, to the scheduled end of the Tennessee Legislature for this session, to a couple of big round-ball games at FedExForum beginning Friday.

96. Beale Landing Architecture Wins International Honors -

Beale Street Landing has been named the best marina or port in the world for 2016 in the fourth annual Architizer A+Awards.

A jury of designers, urban planners and architects selected the landing, designed by RTN Architects of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the most architecturally significant marina or port for 2016.

97. Second Beale Street RFP Opens Friday, April 15 -

A second request for proposals to manage the Beale Street Entertainment District opens Friday, April 15, with the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority taking a second round of applications.

The authority reopened the process after reviewing four applications from the first round.

98. Events -

The Bo-Keys will perform an album release concert for “Heartache by the Number,” on Thursday, April 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Admission is $10 at the door. Visit staxmuseum.com for details.

99. Beale Landing Architecture Wins International Honors -

Beale Street Landing has been named the best marina or port in the world for 2016 in the fourth annual Architizer A+Awards.

A jury of designers, urban planners and architects selected the landing, designed by RTN Architects of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the most architecturally significant marina or port for 2016.

100. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold the Spring’s Best Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. MBG’s largest sale of the year features a wide assortment of plants plus specialty garden items by local artisans. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.