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1. The Week Ahead: May 1-7 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! May has arrived, which means it’s time to kick off the Memphis in May International Festival with the always-popular Beale Street Music Festival – and that’s just one of the events music lovers will enjoy this week. Plus, check out where to celebrate Star Wars fans’ favorite holiday and other happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead... 

2. Events -

The Professional Network on Aging 2017 Senior Expo will be held Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Attracting more than 2,500 seniors and caregivers, the annual expo highlights services, programs and goods that cater to the senior market. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

3. Events -

Indie Memphis and Church Health will host the premiere screening of “The C Word” Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Malco Paradiso, 584 S, Mendenhall Road. This bold documentary about how we view cancer features Church Health’s Dr. Scott Morris and Memphis cancer survivor Chris Wark. A panel discussion will follow. Tickets are $12 at events.indiememphis.com.

4. April 28-May 4, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1990: The U.S. Gymnastics Federation hosts the Pyramid Challenge, a gymnastics competition between East Germany and the U.S., at the Mid-South Coliseum. The competition – which comes five months after the Berlin Wall was dismantled and less than six months before a unified Germany emerges – doesn’t turn into a long-running series.

5. Events -

A Crosstown Concourse job fair will be held Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Atrium of the Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. The fair will feature 15 tenants looking to fill more than 60 positions in a range of fields, including health care, arts, operations, retail and security. Visit crosstownconcourse.com/jobfair to register. 

6. Events -

Art by Design, a designer showcase benefiting ArtsMemphis and featuring Memphis’ top interior designers, will be held Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29, at Propcellar, 2585 Summer Ave. Events include a VIP reception Thursday at 6 p.m.; the Cambria Kick-Off Party on Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and General Admission Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with demonstrations and presentations scheduled throughout the day. Visit artsmemphis.org/artbydesign for details and tickets.

7. Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks -

Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.

8. The Week Ahead: April 24-30 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Those potholes and rough patches of broken asphalt you dodge on your morning commute may be in line for repair pretty soon, and there’s a full list of entertaining and informative events to attend in the coming days, including the annual RegionSmart Summit. Here’s what you need to know about the Week Ahead...

9. Memphis Made Brewing Starts Concert Series -

This month, Memphis Made Brewing Co. is starting up something to showcase its love of the Bluff City’s music and community: the Memphis Made Community Concert Series.

10. Events -

The 31st annual Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 21-23, in Robert R. Church Park (Fourth and Beale streets). The festival will showcase the Republic of Togo from an international perspective, with music, food, a diverse cultural marketplace and more. Hours are 8 a.m. until late night; admission is $5. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for a complete schedule.

11. Last Word: The Day After, $21.9M More for SCS and First Tennessee Overdrafts -

Take That For Data, Indeed. The Grizz crack the century mark over the Spurs 105-94 in a motivated Game 3 of the playoff series before a loud and proud Forum. Game 4 is Saturday on Beale. Meanwhile, Markel Crawford chooses. He will be leaving the Tigers basketball program for Ole Miss.

12. Memphis Made Brewing Co. Starts Benefit Concert Series -

This month, Memphis Made Brewing Co. is starting up something to showcase its love of the Bluff City’s music and community: the Memphis Made Community Concert Series.

13. Porter-Leath's Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival Returns Sunday -

Known to some as the unofficial start of the spring festival season in Memphis, the 25th annual Stinson’s Industrial Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival benefiting Porter-Leath takes place Sunday, April 23, from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. at Wagner Place, between Union Avenue and Beale Street.

14. Memphis Airport Unveils Updated Modernization Plan -

The Memphis International Airport unveiled an updated $214 million, multiyear plan to completely overhaul its B Concourse, where almost all of the airport’s operations will be consolidated upon completion.

15. Events -

The 31st annual Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 21-23, in Robert R. Church Park (Fourth and Beale streets). The festival will showcase the Republic of Togo from an international perspective, with music, food, a diverse cultural marketplace and more. Hours are 8 a.m. until late night; admission is $5. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for a complete schedule.

16. MIM Exchange Students Visit Colombia as Memphis Ambassadors -

The Memphis in May International Festival has been a local fixture since the 1970s, and everyone knows about the music and barbecue festivals, but a significant and little known student exchange program that happens each year with the honored country might just be the iconic festival’s biggest long-term contribution.

17. Events -

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute’s Join Hands for Change Gala: Pursuing the Dream to Reality will take place Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Civil rights pioneer, politician and diplomat Ambassador Andrew J. Young will present the keynote at the gala, which celebrates the institute’s 20th anniversary. Buy tickets at hooksgala2017.eventbrite.com. 

18. Events -

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute African-American Male Initiative Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St., room 304. The symposium will feature national and local efforts to increase positive educational and social outcomes for African-American males. Free and open to the public. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks for details.

19. Bikesmith Adding New Events, Expanding to Crosstown Concourse -

Jim Steffen is pedaling harder this year. The proprietor of The Bikesmith – an operation that includes a truck that doubles as a mobile bike shop and a retail presence inside a converted auto garage at 509 N. Hollywood St. – is making good on his ambition to do more this year.

20. Shaffer Named Executive Director Of Rebranded BLDG Memphis -

John Paul Shaffer recently was named executive director of BLDG Memphis, the rebranded entity that brings the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Mem-phis under a single organizational identity.
In his new role, Shaffer’s job is to guide the organization in its mission of supporting neighborhood revitalization through a network of organizations and individuals working in the community development space – which BLDG Memphis does primarily through organizational capacity building, community education and engagement, and public policy and advocacy – as well as to promote the new brand. 

21. Madison Avenue Park Sets Opening Lineup -

Madison Avenue Park, the new Downtown micro-park and art gallery across the street from The Brass Door, has announced a schedule for its Friday, April 21, grand opening.

The festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. regardless of the weather and will include music, movies, art and food.

22. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Sound of Music” Tuesday, April 18, through April 23 at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

Norris Avenue M.B. Church’s 2017 career fair will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church’s family life center, 1423 Norris Road. Ten employers are participating; applicants should bring resumes and be prepared for possible on-site interviews. Call the church at 901-942-0847 or 901-942-1430 for details.

23. Last Word: Gasol on Gasol, Detroit's Riverfront and Governor's Race Shifts -

Gasol on Gasol in San Antonio this Easter weekend where the Spurs ran away with game one Saturday of the first round playoff matchup 111 – 82. Game 2 and vengeance is Monday in San Antonio with a Thursday evening game on Beale.

24. The Week Ahead: April 17-23 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! You’ve got plenty of reasons to celebrate this week: The Grizzlies are in the NBA Playoffs, the Africa in April festival is back, and the area is getting greener with both a park and a greenway opening. Check out the rest of our top picks in The Week Ahead…

25. Daily News Wins 9 Awards In Tennessee AP Contest -

The Daily News garnered nine awards in the 2016 Tennessee Associated Press News Excellence Awards presented by the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors. The awards were announced Saturday, April 8, in Nashville.

26. Events -

The Dunavant Public Servant Awards luncheon, co-sponsored by The Rotary Club of Memphis East and The Daily News, will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Awards will be presented to Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and Memphis Public Library & Information Center director Keenon McCloy, and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will give the keynote. Tickets are $50. Call 901-754-1615 or email lmhughes@costconsulting.net.

27. Last Word: Derailed, The View From Pyramid Harbor and New History -

“Do Not Occupy” notices posted Thursday afternoon on most but not all of the newly-opened Railgarten complex on Central Avenue east of Cooper in Midtown. Local code officers acted after questions about whether the owners of the complex had approval for intermodal containers being used as part of the structure. The restaurant part of the structure in what was once an ice house remains open. There was already a lot of grumbling from neighbors about the music volume and late hours as well as parking for the development

28. Events -

SRVS Kids & Families will host the 21st annual 5K Bunny Run and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, April 15, at 9 a.m. at Independent Presbyterian Church, 4738 Walnut Grove Road. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The event includes a visit by the Easter bunny, egg hunt, music, food trucks and more. Visit bunnyrun.racesonline.com for registration fees and information.

29. Events -

The fourth annual Bringing Out the Leaders Networking Event will be held Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the University of Memphis University Center, 499 University St. College students from across the Mid-South will have the opportunity to connect with top business, community and political leaders at this program sponsored by the nonprofit Setting the Standard Enterprise. Cost is free; registration required. Visit stsenterprise.org.

30. Daily News Wins 9 Awards In Tennessee AP Competition -

The Daily News garnered nine awards in the 2016 Tennessee Associated Press News Excellence Awards presented by the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors. The awards were announced Saturday, April 8, in Nashville.

31. Last Word: Restless Off Season, Memphis Open Closes and Single-Family Rentals -

This is proving to be a restless off-season for Tigers basketball and it is not even summer yet. Add freshman guard Keon Clergeot to the Tigers players exiting the program with word still to come from Markel Crawford. Meanwhile, the Tigers have signed their second junior college recruit – Kyvon Davenport -- at forward.

32. PRIZM Music Camp and Festival Expands -

Memphis’ PRIZM music camp and international chamber music festival is adding a new location as well as an extra week of programming.

The PRIZM Ensemble, formed in 2004, consists of classically trained Memphis musicians who specialize in chamber music and work to develop and promote Memphis-area talent through education and performance opportunities.

33. Events -

The fourth annual Bringing Out the Leaders Networking Event will be held Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the University of Memphis University Center, 499 University St. College students from across the Mid-South will have the opportunity to connect with top business, community and political leaders at this program sponsored by the nonprofit Setting the Standard Enterprise. Cost is free; registration required. Visit stsenterprise.org.

34. Events -

The Super Chevy Show auto show kicks of its 2017 national tour Friday through Sunday, April 7-9, at Memphis International Raceway, 5500 Victory Lane in Millington. The show will feature drag racing, a professionally judged car show, a nonjudged “Show ‘n’ Shine,” an automotive swap meet, a pro show with jet cars and wheelstanders, and more. Visit superchevy.com/show for hours and tickets.

35. Events -

The Metal Museum will kick off its 2017 Whet Thursday series April 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Attendees can tour the museum and grounds, watch a metalsmithing demonstration, and enjoy food trucks, cash bar and live music. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.

36. The Week Ahead: April 3-9 -

This week, Memphis marks the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination with events at the National Civil Rights Museum and elsewhere. The Week Ahead also holds a look into the science of Overton Park’s Old Forest, a chance to support cancer research with Relay for Life, and much more...

37. EBiz Solutions Announces New Tech, Local Partners -

Memphis-based digital business solutions firm eBiz Solutions has lined up new local partners in addition to announcing new technology it can offer clients.

In addition to providing web applications and digital solutions, eBiz now specializes in app development and process automation for new and expanding companies. The firm has launched its first stage of process automation platform using Office 365 SharePoint for Data Facts, and it’s launching a location intelligence app Jinzgo, which connects local businesses to consumers across the country based on their current location and preferences.

38. Memphis Continues Pursuit of New Convention Center Hotel -

More Downtown hotel rooms. Lots of them. And preferably under one roof.

“We need a big hotel,” said Chuck Pinkowski of Pinkowski & Co. “Four hundred, 500, 600, 800, 1,000. We need a big hotel at the Cook Convention Center to see more conventions. The question is: How do you fund improvements to the convention center and how do you fund a big hotel?”

39. Midsouth Food Truck Fest Returns in May -

Midsouth Food Truck Fest organizer Stanley Perrin is preparing for the May 13 return of his yearly bash celebrating food truck culture in Memphis and is hoping to outdo the attendance numbers of the festival’s first two years.

40. Last Word: Watching the Masthead, Dunavant Award Winners and Gin Blossoms -

Jones Lang LaSalle says it can save the University of Memphis and by extension the state 12.5 percent of the cost of running its facilities. That’s included in a statewide higher education facilities contract the Haslam administration appears poised to award in a fast-moving return to privatization proposals. But the administration is encountering resistance from legislators who cite a letter from the Tennessee Comptroller that calls into question the cost savings estimates.

41. EBiz Solutions Announces New Tech, Local Partners -

Memphis-based digital business solutions firm eBiz Solutions has lined up new local partners in addition to announcing new technology it can offer clients.

In addition to providing web applications and digital solutions, eBiz now specializes in app development and process automation for new and expanding companies. The firm has launched its first stage of process automation platform using Office 365 SharePoint for Data Facts, and it’s launching a location intelligence app Jinzgo, which connects local businesses to consumers across the country based on their current location and preferences.

42. Griffin Joins Memphis in May To Lead Marketing Efforts -

Robert Griffin has joined Memphis in May International Festival as director of marketing, a role in which he’s responsible for all marketing and communication programs, promotions, media and public relations, marketing research and sponsorship activation for the annual festival. 
Griffin comes to Memphis in May with nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing and advertising.

43. Last Word: Tri-State Inks Move to Midtown, Main and Gayoso and 'Wise Trek' -

The open land across Union Avenue from AutoZone Park remains just that as some of it has changed hands again. Vision Hospitality buying the land that had been the location of the Greyhound bus station at Union and Hernando. Vision Memphis LLC sold to Vision Hospitality of Knoxville for $4 million, according to a warrant deed we reviewed Monday.

44. Rudd Says University Redirecting Neighborhood -

The railroad tracks between Highland Avenue and Zach Curlin Drive have been a fact of life and a border of sorts for as long as there has been a University of Memphis – even before it was called the University of Memphis.

45. Events -

The city of Memphis Division of Engineering will hold an open house-style public input meeting on 10 Memphis street repaving/bike lane projects Monday, March 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Attendees can learn about the 10 repaving projects, many of which contain bike lanes in the proposed design, and offer written comments and questions. For more information, email nicholas.oyler@memphistn.gov.

46. 901 Popper Throwdown Taking Place Saturday -

The group behind the Best Memphis Burger Fest is behind a new signature food event, the 901 Popper Throwdown, happening Saturday, March 25, at High Cotton Brewing Co. The free, family-friendly event will feature jalapeno popper cook-offs, a jalapeno-eating competition, live music, and High Cotton brews.

47. Events -

The second series of Memphis 3.0 public meetings kicks off with three meetings this week:
• Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.: Oakhaven High School, 3125 Ladbrook Road
• Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.: Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St.
• Thursday, March 30, 5:30 p.m.: Glenview Community Center, 1141 S. Barksdale St.
The comprehensive planning team will share research that has been conducted since the first set of rallies, which generated more than 10,000 comments, and seek input on specific topics to help shape priorities and goals. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and a schedule of April meetings.

48. March 24-30, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Guilty verdicts in the federal court trials of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis, the only two members of the Craig Petties drug organization to go to trial in the largest drug and racketeering case ever brought in Memphis federal court. Each is convicted of multiple drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire charges and sentenced to life in prison.
The Lewises are relatively low-ranking members of a multistate drug organization whose center is the Riverside neighborhood of South Memphis. They are assigned to kill rival drug dealers and those within the organization suspected of cooperating with authorities. The trial testimony paints a vivid picture of the larger organization and its disintegration.
Petties, along with his childhood friends, builds an organization that deals directly with the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, importing tons of cocaine and marijuana into the city via truck trailers and sending millions of dollars in drug money back to Mexico. Petties flees to Mexico in 2002 after police discover him in a house with 600 pounds of marijuana. It puts Petties and his organization on the radar of federal drug agents. Petties runs the drug organization from exile for six years before he is captured in Mexico and returned to the U.S. as the cartel splinters violently.
A year before the trial, Petties pleads guilty to federal charges in a sealed court hearing and is later sentenced to multiple life sentences. His attorneys argue that Petties did offer some cooperation short of testifying. But prosecutors say he never provided any significant information they didn’t already know and that he feared for his life if he cooperated in any significant way.

49. Last Word: Veep Visit, Women and Baseball and Civil Rights Cold Cases -

Game time at FedExForum for the NCAA South semifinals and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be here to cheer on the Butler Bulldogs. The Butler mascot – a live bulldog – was already in town Thursday making the rounds. I think March Madness requires that all involved up their mascot game if they get this far. So UCLA, we expect to see a live bear roaming Beale Street. You might be able to work a deal with the zoo on this. But if there’s a cost split make sure you nail down those percentages.

50. Memphis Mayor's Office to Help Save Franklin's Birthplace -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis mayor's office is pitching in to help figure out the future of the dilapidated house where soul singer Aretha Franklin was born, a lawyer said Thursday.

51. Events -

A Second Series Of Memphis 3.0 Public Meetings Begins Saturday, March 25, At 10 A.m. At Oakhaven High School, 3125 Ladbrook Road. The Comprehensive Planning Team Will Share Research That Has Been Conducted Since The First Set Of Rallies, Which Generated More Than 10,000 Comments, And Help Shape Priorities And Goals For Memphis 3.0’S Vision. Visit Memphis3point0.Com For Details And A Schedule.

52. Grizzlies Scholars Launches Next Generation of Leaders -

Handing drums to a group of eighth-grade boys may not sound like the most relaxing way to spend a Saturday. But according to Frank Shaffer, it makes perfect sense.

53. Events -

The 2017 Bartlett Business Expo will be held Thursday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bartlett Recreation Center, 7700 Flaherty Place. A variety of local businesses will showcase their goods and services. Free and open to the public. Visit bartlettchamber.org.

54. Last Word: No More Lottery Balls, The Voucher Bill Advances and UCLA -

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the Overton Park Greensward controversy is back on. Just this past weekend, I was in the park noting the metal barrier that separates Greensward pedestrians from Zoo parkers and that the barrier was not “decorated” with save the greensward paraphernalia as much as it has been the previous three springs.

55. Events -

An Islamic art and calligraphy presentation and workshop will take place Wednesday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cordova Library, 8457 Trinity Road. Attendees will be able to try their hand at Islamic calligraphy. Cost is free. Visit muslimsinmemphis.org/events for more information.

56. Music+Arts Studio Expands Independent Film Distribution -

Music+Arts Studio in Cooper-Young wants to work with more filmmakers. The studio, which began distributing films with Mike McCarthy’s “Cigarette Girl” in 2014 and has released two short films since then, is now expanding its digital distribution for independent filmmakers.

57. Last Word: 'Ono Poke and the Ghost of The Luau, Council Day and $3 Concerts -

The ghost of the Luau lives on. Loeb has a new tenant for the Shops of Chickasaw Gardens called ‘Ono Poke that features Hawaiian cuisine. And the restaurant will be just about on the other side of Poplar Avenue from where the Luau used to stand with its large concrete Easter Island head, Polynesian dishes and Hawaii Five-O era architecture – not the remake, the real Five-O and the real McGarrett.

58. 901 Popper Throwdown Taking Place Saturday -

The group behind the Best Memphis Burger Fest is behind a new signature food event, the 901 Popper Throwdown, happening Saturday, March 25, at High Cotton Brewing Co. The free, family-friendly event will feature jalapeno popper cook-offs, a jalapeno-eating competition, live music, and High Cotton brews.

59. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, March 21, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Keith G. Anderson, a cardiologist at Sutherland Cardiology Clinic and president of the Tennessee Medical Association, will discuss numerous health care topics, including how federal health care reform could impact Tennessee. Cost is $20 at the door. Email taylor@memphisrotary.org to register.

60. Chuck Berry's Influence on Rock ‘n’ Roll Was Incalculable -

Rock n' roll was more than a new kind of music, but a new story to tell, one for kids with transistor radios in their hands and money in their pockets, beginning to raise questions their parents never had the luxury to ask.

61. Last Word: Calipari Madness, Wolfchase 20 Years On and The Path Beyond Chemo -

John Calipari returns to Memphis at week’s end after Kentucky advanced Sunday to the NCAA South semifinals at FedExForum Friday. But based on the way his team played Sunday after a close game with Northwestern Saturday he might not be here long.

62. The Week Ahead: March 20-26 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…

63. Events -

Aspen Dental, in partnership with Alpha Omega Veterans Services, will provide free dental care for Memphis veterans via its MouthMobile mobile dental office Tuesday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza, 170 N. Main St. Appointments are required and can be made by contacting AOVS at 901-729-2345.

64. Gaelic Football League Preparing for Kick-Off -

The aptly named Gaelic Football Spring Pub League in Memphis kicks off a couple of weeks after St. Patrick’s Day on April 2 and it’s looking for new members.

Gaelic football contains elements of field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and basketball, and the spring club league is open to all, regardless of gender, fitness or skill level.

65. Dance Theatre of Harlem At Orpheum In April -

Dance Theatre of Harlem is booked for a limited engagement at the Orpheum April 29 and 30, the theater announced Tuesday, March 14.

The performances will include four works: “Vessels,” “Chaconne,” “Change” and “Return.”

66. Beale Street Music Fest One of World’s Best -

The Beale Street Music Festival has been named to the 2017 List of the World’s 300 Best Festivals by Everfest.

With only 105 North American festivals on the prestigious global list, the Beale Street Music Festival is joined by such major festivals as Burning Man, Coachella, Lollapalooza and SXSW among others.

67. Events -

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music will open its “A Century of Funk: Rufus Thomas at 100” exhibition with a reception Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Join the Stax Music Academy Rhythm Section and Thomas’ friends and family for a special concert and panel discussion. Cost is free. The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 31. Visit staxmuseum.com.

68. Last Word: James Cotton, A Quiet Jackson Day in Memphis and 'A Football School' -

When you think of the blues and harmonica – James Cotton probably comes to mind – Sonny Boy Williamson too, who taught Cotton how to play.

69. Local Concert Business Amping Up, Keeping Memphis Promoters Busy -

The concert business appears to be healthier in 2017, with more performers and artists on tour than in recent years – and more of them are booking shows in Memphis.

But it’s never that simple in the business of shows, where booking is a process and touring is becoming more of a necessity.

70. Memphis Museums and Attractions Broaden Reach With Host of Upgrades -

Elvis Presley Enterprises made a splash in recent weeks with the grand opening of the 200,000-square-foot museum, restaurant and retail complex known as Elvis Presley’s Memphis. But the Graceland operator isn’t the only local institution upgrading what it offers visitors.

71. Wolfchase At 20 -

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

72. Beale Street Music Fest One of World’s Best -

The Beale Street Music Festival has been named to the 2017 List of the World’s 300 Best Festivals by Everfest.

With only 105 North American festivals on the prestigious global list, the Beale Street Music Festival is joined by such major festivals as Burning Man, Coachella, Lollapalooza and SXSW among others.

73. Yanckello Makes Artists’ Vision a Reality -

Sadie Yanckello never thought her job would involve buying carloads of old TVs from flea markets. Then she started working at Crosstown Arts.

It was August 2015, and the artist Lawrence Matthews was preparing for his upcoming show, “In a Violent Way.” In the show, Matthews performs original music in front of a bank of television screens playing media depictions of racial violence in America.

74. Last Word: Lakeland Date Set, Silos in South Main and Trespassing in Apartments -

Here comes the Governor’s race with Randy Boyd doing the honors here in Memphis Wednesday at the top of the second day of his fly-around. Boyd’s opening sounds very much like he is running as the heir apparent to Gov. Bill Haslam – although there are no heirs in politics, at least not without an election. He talked a lot about hitting workforce development and job goals of the Haslam administration if he is elected Governor in 2018.

75. Events -

NAWBO Memphis will hold a reception honoring Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland on Thursday, March 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Memphis Bioworks, 20 Dudley St., suite 200. The reception celebrates Strickland and the city’s Office of Diversity for moving the needle to ease access for women- and minority-owned enterprises to do business with the city. Cost is free with a suggested donation of $15. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

76. Loflin Yard Developer Working on New Restaurant Concept Downtown -

Two of the developers of Loflin Yard are planning to restore another vacant lot in the South Main Arts District into an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant using repurposed metal grain silos.

Owner Brad Barnett and developer Mac Hopper took their plans to repurpose a vacant, overgrown 15,000-square-foot lot at 141 E. Carolina Ave. and an existing building across the street at 134 E. Carolina Ave. to the Center City Development Corp. Wednesday where they were granted a $57,550 Exterior Improvement Grant to assist with outdoor renovations.

77. Dance Theatre of Harlem At Orpheum In April -

Dance Theatre of Harlem is booked for a limited engagement at the Orpheum April 29 and 30, the theater announced Tuesday, March 14.

The performances will include four works: “Vessels,” “Chaconne,” “Change” and “Return.”

78. Events -

NAWBO Memphis will hold a reception honoring Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland on Thursday, March 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Memphis Bioworks, 20 Dudley St., suite 200. The reception celebrates Strickland and the city’s Office of Diversity for moving the needle to ease access for women- and minority-owned enterprises to do business with the city. Cost is free with a suggested donation of $15. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

79. Gaelic Football League Preparing for Kick-Off -

The aptly named Gaelic Football Spring Pub League in Memphis kicks off a couple of weeks after St. Patrick’s Day on April 2 and it’s looking for new members.

Gaelic football contains elements of field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and basketball, and the spring club league is open to all, regardless of gender, fitness or skill level.

80. Events -

An Islamic art presentation and exhibit on the topic “What Is ‘Islamic Art’?” will be held Wednesday, March 15, at 5 p.m. at the Germantown Library, 1925 Exeter Road. The Muslims in Memphis month event will also feature hands-on activities. Cost is free. Visit muslimsinmemphis.org for a full schedule of events.

81. Events -

The fourth annual Memphis Multicultural Career Expo will be held Monday, March 13, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The event brings together job seekers from different backgrounds and communities with hiring managers from more than 30 Memphis companies. Attendees are strongly recommended to wear professional attire and bring business cards and copies of their resume. Cost is free; visit careerexpomemphis.com for advance registration and a list of participating employers. 

82. Redbirds Bring Rendezvous Back to AutoZone Park -

Rendezvous will return as the official barbecue supplier for the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park as part of a multiyear agreement.

Starting this year, Rendezvous’ smoky Memphis-style meats will again be available at the Downtown ballpark. Rendezvous has been in business since 1948.

83. Events -

The fourth annual Memphis Multicultural Career Expo will be held Monday, March 13, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The event brings together job seekers from different backgrounds and communities with hiring managers from more than 30 Memphis companies. Attendees are strongly recommended to wear professional attire and bring business cards and copies of their resume. Cost is free; visit careerexpomemphis.com for advance registration and a list of participating employers.

84. African Art Begins Transition at Brooks Museum -

For many visitors to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the museum’s African art collection has been a modest display of traditional African art symbolized by a grouping of large masks on a plain wall.

85. Events -

Party at the Plaza, a kickoff party for a yearlong art installation by Cat Peña, will be held Thursday, March 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the plaza at 600 Monroe Ave. (at Marshall Avenue). Hosted by the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, The Edge District and Downtown Memphis Commission, the party will include live music by John Paul Keith, beer from High Cotton Brewing, and more. Cost is free. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

86. New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application -

1350 Concourse Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104 

Permit Amount: $1.2 million

Application Date: March 2017

Owner: Crosstown Concourse

87. Last Word: Reappraisal Roller Coaster, Closing the Airport Post Office and District 95 -

Four years ago was a very different time in the world of property reappraisals. For the first time in the memory of most, if not all, of the local elected officials looking at how much money they would have, the 2013 reappraisal of property for tax purposes didn’t grow or at least remain level. Values were down reflecting the depths of the recession and more importantly the housing crash.

88. Redbirds Bring Rendezvous Back to AutoZone Park -

Rendezvous will return as the official barbecue supplier for the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park as part of a multiyear agreement.

Starting this year, Rendezvous’ smoky Memphis-style meats will again be available at the Downtown ballpark. Rendezvous has been in business since 1948.

89. Clayborn Temple Restoration Approaches One-Year Mark -

Box lunches and stained glass were the order of the day as developers of Clayborn Temple hosted the Rotary Club last month at the landmark Downtown church.

It was one in a series of events Frank Smith and Rob Thompson have hosted at the AME Church since they reopened its doors last October to explore uses for it and start a fuller renovation in time for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the spring of 2018.

90. Last Word: Who Needs To Be Watched, Hopdoddy and Fresh Fed Numbers -

Three Memphis City Council members on Behind The Headlines had quite a bit to say about protesters and lists and police surveillance. Council chairman Berlin Boyd and council members Kemp Conrad and Worth Morgan all say the surveillance question, which is the central issue now that the City Hall list has been pared significantly, is complex because of public postings and protests in public places.

91. The Week Ahead: March 7-13 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Get your taste buds ready: Both Memphis Black Restaurant Week and the inaugural Vintage901 festival are taking place in the coming days. We’ve got details on those, plus plenty of other fun activities and entertainment to check out in The Week Ahead… 

92. Last Word: Changes on EP Boulevard, March Madness at Rhodes and Cheffies -

I don’t think it worked out this way on purpose – but the $45 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” opens the same day that episode two of “Sun Records” airs on CMT.

93. Time for a Divorce -

IT’S OVER. LET’S MAKE IT FINAL. I said divorce might be best in a column two years ago, so let’s get on with it already. After all, it was a shotgun wedding.

94. Busiest Season for Sports Hits Big Orange Country -

It’s the busiest time of the year for Tennessee athletics. There’s even some football to whet your gridiron appetite.

The Vols begin spring football practices March 21, and the DISH Orange & White Game is April 22 at Neyland Stadium. By then, much will have happened in Big Orange Nation.

95. Snapshots: Graceland Expands The King’s Domain -

Five months after opening a 450-room, $92 million resort hotel in Whitehaven, Graceland opened a $45 million entertainment complex Thursday, March 2, just two blocks away.

The two projects are the largest expansion of Graceland since the mansion of the late Elvis Presley was opened for tours in the early 1980s.

96. Events -

WKNO Gallery Ten Ninety One will exhibit “Autobiography: Works by Martha Kelly” Thursday, March 2, through March 31 in the WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Road. A closing reception will be held March 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 901-458-2521 or visit wkno.org.

97. Germantown Community Theatre Looks for Sustainable Growth -

From a philosophical perspective, Germantown Community Theatre artistic director Justin Asher says continued existence – and the theater is in its 46th season – is its own evidence.

“No matter what you call it, when theater communities come together to produce art for art’s sake, it’s a good thing,” he said.

98. Spring 2017 River Series Lineup Announced -

The lineup for the Spring 2017 River Series concerts benefiting The Maria Montessori School has been announced.

The series will kick off April 23 with gospel blues artist Rev. John Wilkins with Crystal Shrine; followed by Tobin Sprout, formerly of Guided by Voices, with Elf Power on May 21; and UK alt-rock legend Robyn Hitchcock with Robby Grant on May 28.

99. Events -

The city of Memphis Office of Business Diversity & Compliance Outreach will host “Diversity Programs 301: Certification Registration Rally: Getting on the OBDC Registry” Wednesday, March 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., room L50. Gain a more in-depth understanding of the city’s Supplier Diversity programs and how to leverage them to grow your business. Also, register your certifications on site with access to standby assistance. Cost is free. Register at eventbrite.com. 

100. YWCA to Hold 20th Annual Benefit Luncheon March 8 -

The YWCA of Greater Memphis will feature Grammy Award nominee Michel’le at its 20th annual benefit luncheon for domestic violence, scheduled for March 8.

Known for her childlike speaking voice, Michel’le’s 1989 debut album sold more than 1.5 million copies and produced such hits as “Turn off the Lights,” “Nicety” and “Something in My Heart.” Decades later, she returned to the limelight as a reality TV star on “R&B Divas: LA,” which aired on TV One from 2013 until 2015.