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1. The Week Ahead: June 18-24 -

Good morning, Memphis! Summer officially arrives Thursday with the solstice (aka the longest day of the year). Celebrate by taking in an evening Redbirds game or outdoor movie – or head indoors for one of nearly a dozen chamber music concerts. Here’s what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

2. Poe Man’s Dream Entrepreneurial Camp Giving Kids Big Ideas -

Logan McNeil, 15, wants to open his own restaurant someday. Diamond Jones, 17, wants to have her own fashion business, even if it’s just selling T-shirts, and her 14-year-old brother, Jordan Jones, believes his future is as a funeral home owner.

3. Events -

AAF Memphis, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, meets Tuesday, June 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, 1 Bass Pro Drive. Stan Lippelman, head of marketing for Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, shares his journey of tackling marketing challenges using data-driven insights. Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit aafmemphis.org.

4. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival returns Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, in Robert R. Church Park, 345 Beale St. The annual event features live music, vendors, senior activities, kids zone and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisjuneteenth.com.

5. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival returns Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, in Robert R. Church Park, 345 Beale St. The annual event features live music, vendors, senior activities, kids zone and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisjuneteenth.com.

6. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Cocktails and Canvases June 14, at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The plein air (outdoor) painting class takes place the second Thursday of each month during 30 Thursdays and uses one of MBG’s 31 gardens as a background. Bring your own beverage and painting supplies. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

7. Corky’s BBQ Eyes Southeast Expansion Under New Partnership -

More and more people across the Southeast will be getting the chance to enjoy Memphis-style barbecue thanks to a new partnership announced Friday between Corky’s BBQ and Dobbs Equity Partners LLC. The deal will help Corky’s to expand its corporate-owned brick-and-mortar footprint, with plans to open 15 additional stores over the next three years, as well as invest and expand the Corky’s food manufacturing and distribution operations.

8. Events -

Allegiant Airlines is hosting a customer celebration Wednesday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central BBQ, 147 E. Butler Ave. The event includes $100 travel vouchers for the first 50 people, free lunch for everyone, chances to win 10 pairs of round-trip tickets, and a presentation of a $5,000 gift to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Cost is free.

9. Events -

Remington College will hold its 3 Lives blood drive for Lifeblood on Tuesday, June 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at its Memphis campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The drive is part of a national effort highlighting the need for minority blood donors to help patients with sickle cell and other blood disorders. Visit 3lives.com.

10. Last Word: The Heat and The Memphis Identity and Stackhouse to Grizz -

What is it that draws us to social events outside when it is this hot? This is a topic where the specifics counsel against generalities. So it could be argued that the beckoning of summer heat – pre-summer heat in this case – that smothers you after greeting you like a brick wall at any door opening is an indication of the degree to which you are of Memphis.

11. Long Road Cider Coming to Midtown -

Long Road Cider, Tennessee’s first active cidery, is expanding with a new location in Cooper-Young.

The cidery has been operating since 2016 out of Barretville, an unincorporated area of Shelby County near Rosemark, but a growing demand for its product led to the expansion into the Memphis market.

12. The Week Ahead: June 11-17 -

Good morning, Memphis! Father’s Day is this weekend – and no matter whether yours is a rocker, a runner or a reader, there’s something to do with dear ol’ dad. Plus, check out where to see Gov. Bill Haslam, former VP Joe Biden and the “winningest woman in racing” in The Week Ahead.

13. Events -

The Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival returns Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, at Robert R. Church Park on Beale Street, with several related events before the three-day festival.

  • Tuesday, June 12: Memphis Juneteenth Jobs & Career Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at JIFF, 254 S. Lauderdale St. Job seekers are encouraged to bring a resume and dress for success.
  • Thursday, June 14: Juneteenth Evening of the Stars, youth talent showcase and awards show, 6 p.m., and Memphis Juneteenth Lifetime Achievement Awards, 8 p.m., Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.
  • Friday, June 15: Festival begins with live music, activities for seniors, kids zone, vendors and more. Hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 16: Veterans 5K Walk/Run, 8 a.m. (registration 6:30 a.m.); festival hours 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 17: Food Truck Sunday and Praise Fest at Juneteenth; festival hours noon-10 p.m.

Visit memphisjuneteenth.com for full schedule.

14. Corky’s BBQ to Partner with Dobbs Equity to Fund Expansion -

Longtime Memphis mainstay Corky’s BBQ has announced a partnership with Dobbs Equity Partners LLC, a company founded by local businessman John H. Dobbs Jr., to further accelerate the worldwide growth of the hometown barbecue brand.

15. Going Global -

Over the past two years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has extended its global reach in a variety of ways, forging new partnerships and alliances to further research efforts for pediatric cancer and blood disorders while investing more than $1 billion to substantially grow its Memphis headquarters.

16. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre performs “Raisin,” a musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” Friday, June 8, through July 1 at 37 S. Cooper St. Visit hattiloo.org for showtimes and tickets.

17. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre performs “Raisin,” a musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” Friday, June 8, through July 1 at 37 S. Cooper St. Visit hattiloo.org for showtimes and tickets.

18. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Zen and Zinfandel June 7, at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The first Thursday of each month features a yoga session led by Sumits Yoga in one of MBG’s gardens – always with a glass of wine nearby. Bring your own yoga mat and beverage. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

19. Dustin Johnson Heads FESJC Field -

The last FedEx St. Jude Classic will not be without star power. In the tournament’s final year under the current format before converting to the World Golf Championships - FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2019, the field will feature World No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 9 Brooks Koepka and No. 15 Henrik Stenson (rankings through June 3).

20. Hollywood Feed Promotes Ross To Director of Marketing -

Anne Ross has been promoted to director of marketing at Hollywood Feed. Having been with the Memphis-based natural pet food chain for more than five years, she now oversees all of the company’s marketing and communication efforts throughout the region in its 70 stores.

21. Events -

The next Teach901 Educator Job Fair is Wednesday, June 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the central atrium of Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. New and experienced teachers are invited to connect with recruiters from local public, charter and parochial schools. Recent college graduates are also invited to network. Visit teach901.com to register.

22. Events -

Saint Francis Health is hosting its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive through Friday, June 8, at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, 5959 Park Ave., and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, 2986 Kate Bond Road. The hospitals will collect cereal and monetary donations for Mid-South Food Bank. Visit tenethealth.com.yy

23. The Week Ahead: June 4-10 -

Good morning, Memphis. Or should we say, “Hush, y’all.” It’s time again for the annual FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament, a Memphis tradition that spans 60 years and has been funneling millions of dollars into the doors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

24. Events -

The Memphis Italian Festival, benefiting Holy Rosary Parish, returns Thursday through Saturday, May 31-June 2, in Marquette Park, 4946 Alrose Ave. The celebration of all things Italian features a variety of food, vendors, bocce and cornhole tournaments, grape stomping, nightly concerts and more. Visit memphisitalianfestival.com for details and a schedule.

25. Events -

Remington College Memphis Campus will celebrate the launch of several new programs with an open house Wednesday, May 30, from noon to 4 p.m. on campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The public can tour the campus, meet instructors and learn about the new programs. Visit remingtoncollege.edu.

26. Last Word: After The Tom Lee Storm, Tiger Lane Changes and Crosstown Growth -

A year ago many of you were without power in the wake of a sudden and violent storm that has come to be known as the Tom Lee Storm. It is the third most powerful storm, according to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division, in terms of those without power and the damage done. It’s called the Tom Lee storm because the 1950s-era Tom Lee memorial in Tom Lee Park – the obelisk – was toppled and shattered as the obelisk fell from the base. A year later, the base that proclaims Tom Lee “a worthy Negro” remains and the obelisk is in storage.

27. Week Ahead: May 28-June 3 -

Happy Memorial Day, Memphis! Once a grand hotel and commercial skyscraper to be located at the base of Beale Street near Riverside Drive, a scaled-back version of the One Beale project is still alive and goes before a key city board for a closing extension this week.

28. Around Memphis: May 28, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out...

29. Events -

The Beethoven Club Music Series, featuring a performance by some of Memphis’ brightest young college classical musicians, continues Tuesday, May 29, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The Beethoven Club of Memphis hosts the series on the last Tuesday of every month. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served. Visit beethovenclubmemphis.org.

30. Are Nonprofits For ‘Them’ Or For Everyone? -

The impact of the nonprofit sector can be felt in all aspects of our individual and collective lives. We may not always see that impact, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Direct services, advocacy, education, research and performing arts are but a few of the types of organizations with impact that rolls, ripples and roars across our country and beyond our borders.

31. Blockparty To Enhance U of M’s Tiger Lane Experience in ’18 -

Just a few years ago, it was a struggle to get fans to show up for University of Memphis football games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Losing was the norm, Tiger Lane as it exists now was just wild imagination, and the notion of the school having use for a professional tailgating partner would have been lunacy.

32. MIFA Marks 50 Years of Interfaith Activism -

When a group of Memphis religious leaders marched from St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral to City Hall the day after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968, they were in the middle of a pivotal year for an ecumenical movement whose impact is still being felt.

33. Events -

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School hosts its third Summer Dance Intensive Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, June 1, at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The four-day program is designed for musical theater students and dancers ages 8 and older who are looking to explore new genres. Tuition is $150. Visit buckmanartscenter.com for details and registration.

34. Events -

Project ChildSafe Memphis will give away free gun locks at all 30 of Memphis’ community and senior centers starting Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Project ChildSafe Memphis and its partners have distributed more than 9,000 gun locks since the program launched in October. Visit projectchildsafe.org for details and memphistn.gov for a list of community and senior centers.

35. St. Jude: $100M for Children With Cancer Global Outreach -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has helped with the treatment of thousands of cancer-stricken children around the world. Striving to reach so many more, the Memphis, Tennessee-based hospital announced a $100 million plan Thursday to expand its global outreach.

36. Events -

Southern College of Optometry, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and the Memphis Business Group on Health will host a preview screening of “To Err is Human” and panel discussion on reducing medical errors Friday, May 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in SCO’s East/West classroom, 1245 Madison Ave. The film, set to be released in November, explores the United States’ third-leading cause of death, medical mistakes. Afterward, representatives from Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Saint Francis Health Care and Regional One Health will discuss preventable medical mistakes and how their systems can work together to reduce errors. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit eventbrite.com for tickets.

37. Schrock Building Game Around His Calling Card of Hitting -

Max Schrock can look at his current manager Stubby Clapp eye-to-eye – something he’s uniquely qualified to do – and see what he needs to do to take that last step up the baseball food chain.

38. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Taste of the Garden May 24 at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Join MBG’s Blair Combest for a tasting of treats that use ingredients from the garden. Bring your favorite beverage to enjoy during the demonstration. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

39. Events -

The Shelby County Office of Resilience will unveil draft recommendations for the Mid-South Regional Resilience Plan and gather feedback at workshops Wednesday, May 23, at the Baker Community Center, 7942 Church St. in Millington, and Thursday, May 24, at the University of Memphis Police Services Building, 460 S. Highland St. Both meetings run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The plan is being developed to address unmet recovery needs for weather-related events in Shelby and DeSoto counties, along with parts of Fayette and Marshall counties. Learn more at resilientshelby.com.

40. Memphis Surgeon Kelly Honored By Pediatric Orthopaedic Society -

Dr. Derek M. Kelly, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Special Effort and Excellence Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

41. Louie’s Wakes Up -

After more than a decade, Sleep Out Louie, Memphis’ favorite fictional vagabond, is returning to the Bluff City. For nearly 20 years, the popular neighborhood bar at 88 Union Ave. was a mainstay for Downtowners and tourists alike who enjoyed the casual atmosphere and vast collection of donated ties, until it closed in 2007 to make room for the Mesquite Chop House.

42. Office Vacancy, Asking Rents Both Rise -

Despite an uptick in the vacancy rate, direct asking prices continued to rise in the Memphis office market during the first quarter of 2018, according to research complied by commercial real estate firm Avison Young.

43. Events -

The Shelby County Office of Resilience will unveil draft recommendations for the Mid-South Regional Resilience Plan and gather feedback at three workshops:

• Tuesday, May 22, at the Hernando Public Library, 370 W. Commerce St. (Hernando, Miss.)

44. The Week Ahead: May 21-27 -

Good morning, Memphis! School ends this week and the long-awaited Explore Bike Share bicycle stations open across the city. The 600 bikes for rent will enable residents and visitors to explore the city, ride to work, visit local landmarks and get some exercise without polluting the air.

45. Last Word: Bar-B-Foo, Grizz Draft Prospects and The Hampline -

Alleged sightings of Dave Grohl at the barbecue contest Thursday in Tom Lee Park and a photograph from a distance that might or might not be the head Foo Fighter. This does happen at the barbecue contest – celebrities quietly coming in with a team. Sometimes not so quietly as when Vice President Al Gore returned in the 1990s to a contest he had a booth at during his time as a U.S. Senator.

46. Dot Transportation To Open Terminal In West Memphis -

With a new distribution terminal opening in West Memphis this month, Dot Transportation, an affiliate of Dot Foods Inc., is looking to hire new truck drivers to add to its fleet.

47. Italian-Themed Restaurant Opens in Memphis Airport -

With is B Concourse modernization plans underway, Memphis International Airport has added a new Italian-themed restaurant to the A Concourse.

Torn Basil, which offers pizza, meatballs, salads, sandwiches and a breakfast menu, is located near gate A27 and will join Lenny’s Subs and Sam Adams Brew House in the A Concourse.

48. Events -

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest returns Wednesday through Saturday, May 16-19, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Among the highlights are the annual Ms. Piggie Idol Contest; the Kingsford Tour of Champions, which gives the public a chance to taste and judge barbecue from competing teams; the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of some of the best competition teams; live music; and more. Visit memphisinmay.org for tickets and a daily schedule.

49. Editorial: Buying Food in a Food City -

The business of food is in a cycle of change from farm to table – whether it’s blowing up the Memphis barbecue stereotype or how we get our groceries.

All parts of that chain are to be found in Memphis business and culture.

50. Events -

The Memphis Greek Festival returns Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland St. Greek food, music, dancing, marketplace, kids’ activities, a food drive-thru and church tours are all part of the festivities. Call 901-327-8177 or visit memphisgreekfestival.com for details.

51. Fall Creek Falls Project Leaves Destructive Trail -

The Fall Creek Falls Inn and Conference Center will soon be in ruins like the livelihoods of the state employees who worked there.

Fewer than half the state employees who worked at the inn found new state jobs after it closed in early April. Some are working for nearly half the pay, and some had to move away from Van Buren County or drive long distances to keep a job with the state.

52. An A-One Idea For Memphis -

A-One Staffing LLC, a female- and minority-owned and operated staffing agency in Memphis, is all about people and all about Memphis.

53. From Enduring to Thriving -

By fall 1967, Memphis had a diverse group of people of faith working on a plan to better the community. Diversity, back then, mainly meant black and white, and Christians and Jews. The notion of them working together was considered bold.

54. Last Word: Veto Override Drama, Iran Reaction & Rise of the Rest Meets Soundways -

Shelby County Commissioners have a busy committee day Wednesday with a budget presentation – county mayor Mark Luttrell’s final one as the county’s chief executive, more discussions about the Graceland plan and a veto override.

55. Italian-Themed Restaurant Opens in Memphis Airport -

With is B Concourse modernization plans underway, Memphis International Airport has added a new Italian-themed restaurant to the A Concourse.

Torn Basil, which offers pizza, meatballs, salads, sandwiches and a breakfast menu, is located near gate A27 and will join Lenny’s Subs and Sam Adams Brew House in the A Concourse.

56. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts its Food Truck Garden Party: Pirates & Princesses on Wednesday, May 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy live music, cash bar, fun in the Play Zone and food trucks. Cover is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers (includes one drink). Buy tickets at memphisbotanicgarden.com/foodtruck or at the gate.

57. Room to Grow -

Local Checkers franchisee group Tristate Restaurants LLC is preparing to open its newest location in Memphis at 3680 Lamar Ave. by early to mid-May, and plans for as many as five more locations over the next couple of years.

58. Events -

The Blues Foundation hosts Blues Music Week Tuesday through Thursday, May 8-10. Highlights include:

  • Tuesday, May 8: Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul concert benefiting TeachRock, 8 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.), Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison; tickets $25.
  • Wednesday, May 9: Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 6:30 p.m (cocktail reception 5:30 p.m.), Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main; tickets $75. Big LLou’s Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam benefiting the Blues Foundation and Generation Blues, 9 p.m., The Warehouse, tickets start at $20.
  • Thursday, May 10: New memorabilia unveiling (10 a.m.) and meet-and-greet with painter Michael P. Maness (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), Blues Hall of Fame Museum, 421 S. Main. Blues Music Awards hosted by Little Steven Van Zandt, 7 p.m. (reception 5:30 p.m.), Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main; tickets $150.

For a complete list of events, visit blues.org.

59. Last Word: BSMF Notes, Political Dominoes and The Teacher Pipeline -

Yes, it rained. There was even hail for a brief period. None of that appeared to make a dent in the run of the Beale Street Music Festival. We are still waiting on exact box office numbers. The park was sold out – Ticketfly and at the gate -- early Sunday evening. It wasn’t a sellout Friday and Saturday but ticket supplies were tight for Tom Lee Park with the festival estimating there were thousands more people Saturday than there were Friday. Much to be said for a lineup this year that managed to strike a balance between hipster, cutting edge nobody-knows-about-this-yet new and used-to-be-big-not-so-long-ago nostalgia.

60. Events -

Luna Nova Music will perform its Belvedere Festival Preview Concert on Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean Blvd. The program includes works to be performed at the 12th annual festival, scheduled for June 20-23. Admission is free; reception to follow. Visit belvederefestival.org.

61. Week Ahead: May 7-13 -

Happy Monday. This weekend is the one between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, but there are still Memphis in May International events to attend. Great month to be in Memphis!

62. Events -

The 2018 Beale Street Music Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive. The kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival includes four stages with more than 60 acts spanning every genre. Tickets are $55 each day; three-day passes are $125 if purchased before May 1 and $165 if purchased after. Visit memphisinmay.org for details and a lineup.

63. 3D Realty Plans to Bring Additional Mixed-Use Communities to Memphis -

Fresh off the Shelby County Board of Adjustment’s April 25 unanimous vote to advance 3D Realty’s mixed-use community underneath the iconic Broad Avenue water tower, James Maclin says the company doesn’t intend on slowing down anytime soon.

64. Local Schools Awarded Grants For Educational Food Gardens -

Tennessee Sen. Mark Norris joined United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation at a kickoff event Wednesday, May 2, at Nexus STEM Academy in Memphis to announce grants totaling $81,000 to 39 Tennessee schools and youth organizations to build or expand existing vegetable gardens, salad bars or beehives, and provide educational resources about agriculture, caring for the environment and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

65. Events -

The 2018 Beale Street Music Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive. The kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival includes four stages with more than 60 acts spanning every genre. Tickets are $55 each day; three-day passes are $165. Visit memphisinmay.org for a lineup.

66. MEM Hosts High School Visual Arts Competition -

Memphis International Airport will host an exhibition as part of its 11th annual High School Visual Arts Competition and announce the winners of the art and photography contests on Thursday, May 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

67. MLK-Inspired -

What today is known as the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis was born out of the city’s fallout from the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968.

68. A First View -

Whenever the leadership at Opera Memphis maps out the lineup for a new season of music, general director Ned Canty has a specific audience member in mind. He’s thinking about that concertgoer who’s attending their very first opera, who’s never been roused by Carmen or had their passion stirred by La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Rigoletto and so many other classics of the genre.

69. Gibson Building Owners to Partner with Orgel Family -

The new owners of the Gibson Guitar Factory building in Downtown Memphis have partnered with a prominent local family to bring the prime parcel of land back to life. 

On Monday, April 30, New York-based real estate investment firm Somera Road Inc., which purchased the 150,000-plus-square-foot building and showroom located at 145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. for $14.4 million in January, announced it would be partnering with Billy and Benjamin Orgel’s Orgel Family LP to redevelop the guitar factory.

70. Memphis in May Reveals 901Fest Lineup -

Memphis in May International Festival has the lineup for the third annual 901Fest, including musical headliners Southern Avenue, hip hop duo 8Ball and MJG, and the Mighty Souls Brass Band.

901Fest, to be held Saturday, May 26, in Tom Lee Park, is the finale to the monthlong Memphis in May festival.

71. Memphis in May Reveals 901Fest Lineup -

Memphis in May International Festival has the lineup for the third annual 901Fest, including musical headliners Southern Avenue, hip hop duo 8Ball and MJG, and the Mighty Souls Brass Band.

901Fest, to be held Saturday, May 26, in Tom Lee Park, is the finale to the monthlong Memphis in May festival.

72. Early Vote in Shelby County Primaries Tops 20,000 So Far -

More than 20,000 voters cast ballots early through Saturday, April 21, in advance of the May 1 election, more than half in the Democratic county primaries.

According to the Shelby County Election Commission numbers, 12,001 of the 20,717 early voters cast their ballots in the Democratic primaries and 8,716 voted early in the Republican primaries through the last weekend of the period.

73. Local, State and Federal Election Cycles Blend On Last Weekend of Early Voting -

Candidates in the August and November elections were out on the last weekend of early voting in Shelby County in advance of the May 1 election day for county primaries.

The events were a mix of candidates from all three elections on the calendar in 2018.

74. The Week Ahead: April 23-29 -

Good morning, Memphis. There’s no better way to start off your week than hearing the beautiful sounds of a world famous boys’ choir from London inside a historic Memphis church Downtown. And the concert is free!

75. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present the regional premiere of “Stupid F#!&ing Bird” Friday, April 20, through May 13 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

76. Editorial: New Economic Development Strategy Requires Changes -

We often find ourselves conflicted when considering the concept of regionalism. In one part of our re-examination of the city’s economic development strategy, we hear that we should play to our strengths in what we go after.

77. New Chef Takes Over at The Brass Door -

A new chef is moving into the kitchen at Downtown’s The Brass Door, taking over for Patrick Reilly, who’s spent the past six months helping to breathe new life into the re-opened Irish pub.

78. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present the regional premiere of “Stupid F#!&ing Bird” Friday, April 20, through May 13 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

79. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Nature at Night Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Join an MBG staff member on an evening guided tour of the gardens. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

80. Events -

The Africa in April International Entrepreneurs’ Business Luncheon is Wednesday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Tickets are $75. Visit facebook.com/africainaprilfestival for details.

81. Amanda Dunham Talks Changes At East Memphis’ Grove Grill -

Twenty years after The Grove Grill opened in Laurelwood Shopping Center, the restaurant is reinventing itself with modernized decor and the recently launched Third Thursday monthly tasting series. Helping drive the changes are chef Chip Dunham – the son of Grove Grill owners Jeff and Tracey Dunham – and his wife, beverage director Amanda Dunham, who both joined the restaurant after moving to Memphis last July.

82. Two Memphis Cooks Compete for WFC Title -

Two Memphis cooks will go head-to-head with eight other food category champs in Bentonville, Arkansas, this weekend to see whose dish is worthy of the event’s ultimate title and grand prize.

83. Supporting Musicians Focus of New Initiative -

Old Dominick Distillery is hosting a bash this week to raise money for a new program that supports Memphis musicians while also turning them into ambassadors for the city.

The Tambourine Bash kicks off at 7 p.m. on April 19 at Old Dominick, 305 S. Front St. It is a first-ever benefit event for the nonprofit Music Export Memphis, which plans to launch a pilot version of its ambassador program later this year.

84. The Week Ahead: April 16-20 -

Good morning, Memphis! It’s time for Africa in April, which in the minds of many Memphians, is the seasonal kick-off for festivals. The annual Southern Hot Wing Festival comes this weekend on Tiger Lane, so get ready for good times to replace that winter weather. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

85. New Restaurant Concept Coming to Overton Square -

A new upscale restaurant called Bogard that will serve contemporary Southern-inspired dishes has signed a 3,790-square-foot lease in Overton Square, Loeb Properties Inc. has announced.

86. Overton Square Adds Two New Restaurants in One Week -

2110 Madison Ave.

Memphis, TN 38104

Lease Amount: 3,790 square feet 

Tenant: Bogard

Tenant’s Agent: Barry Maynard, LRG

Landlord: Loeb Properties Inc.

87. Events -

The Mississippi River Commission will host a public meeting aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi as part of its annual high-water inspection trip Tuesday, April 17, at 9 a.m. at Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Interested parties are invited to present views on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the region, including flood control, environmental issues, recreation and more.

88. Last Word: Mud Island Changes, Zoo Parking and Capitol Hill Revolt On UT Board -

This could be your last chance to see the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park as it has been for about the last 30 years. The park on the southern half of Mud Island opens for the season Saturday. The museum will be open only through July 4 is what is billed as a “limited run” followed by a public engagement process for “reimagining how we tell the story of the Mississippi River in a 21st century way,” according to park general manager Trey Giuntini in a Thursday press release.

89. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold its Spring Plant Sale Friday, April 13, from from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The sale features a wide assortment of plants, herbs, bushes, flowers and more. MBG’s horticulture staff and experienced volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

90. ‘Southern-Inspired’ Restaurant Coming to Overton Square -

A new upscale restaurant called Bogard that will serve contemporary Southern-inspired dishes has signed a 3,790-square-foot lease in Overton Square, Loeb Properties Inc. has announced.

91. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold its Spring Plant Sale Friday, April 13, from from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The sale features a wide assortment of plants, herbs, bushes, flowers and more. MBG’s horticulture staff and experienced volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

92. ‘Food as Medicine’: Church Health grows robust nutrition services at Crosstown -

Health care patients often need as much care and coaching on their nutrition, fitness, or mental health as they may need in dealing with a chronic disease or injury.

Church Health integrates all of those things into its model of care and now trains medical students, residents and practitioners in culinary medicine.

93. Lots of Noise, But Few Results in Legislature -

Just when you think the Tennessee Legislature is going off the deep end, someone will throw them a bungee cord. Maybe a rope made out of hemp would work better because a bungee cord leaves people bouncing, never quite reeling them in.

94. Kroger Spends Millions to Permanently Cut Prices in Memphis and Beyond -

Kroger has made a “multimillion-dollar investment” to permanently cut prices on more than 3,000 products in its grocery stores across Memphis and its multistate Delta Division.

Shoppers will be met with oversized signage announcing the price cuts almost anywhere they turn inside Memphis-area Kroger stores. That includes messaging that completely covers the entrances that shoppers walk through at locations like the Kroger at 1675 N. Germantown Parkway, where a bright yellow image of a few grocery items and the announcement “Say Hello To Lower Prices” covers the doors.

95. Sunday Wine, Liquor Sales Passes in Tenn. Senate -

NASHVILLE – Buoyed by Bible verses and compromise giving liquor stores a head start on Sunday sales, legislation allowing grocery stores to sell wine on Sundays passed the Senate Wednesday on a 17-11 vote.

96. Annual WFGM Awards Celebrate Contributions of Local Women -

Three Memphis women who have dedicated their lives to improving life in the city they call home will be honored for their contributions this week.

The Rev. Sonia Louden Walker, Anita S. Vaughn and Fredrika “Freddi” Felt will be the recipients at this year’s Legends Awards sponsored by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM).

97. New Details on Downtown Hotel, Clark Tower Lands Another Tenant -

477 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Application Date: April 10

Owner: South Main Hotel LLC

98. Football Tigers Holding April 7 Practice in Nashville -

For the second time in Mike Norvell’s three seasons at Memphis, the Tiger football team will venture east on Interstate 40 to Nashville for an open practice. The team will practice on Saturday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at Brentwood Academy, 219 Granny White Pike in Brentwood.

99. TPC Southwind Celebrating 30th Anniversary on April 7 -

TPC Southwind, host of the PGA Tour’s annual FedEx St. Jude Classic, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend with several family-friendly events.

• The annual Fairway 5K race begins Saturday, April 7, at 8 a.m.

100. Events -

Art by Design, a designer showcase benefiting ArtsMemphis, is underway through Sunday, April 8, in the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. More than a dozen interior design team have created custom “vignettes” within a chic gallery showroom, with special presentations each day. Single-day tickets are $20.  Visit artsmemphis.org for details and hours.