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1. Council Sets Stage for Raise, Keeps Railgarten and Cuts Beale Cover -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 23, a 1 percent across the board pay raise for all city employees setting the stage for a final vote on budget matters at the June 6 council session.

2. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Church Health representatives will discuss health care help for uninsured working Memphians. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

3. Small Fitness Centers Fight Tax Exemption for Larger Competitors -

Jeff Rose and his wife Nancy sank their entire life savings, more than $500,000, into opening the Orangetheory Fitness center in Lakeland in 2015.

4. Pitt & Barbara Hyde Win Simon Philanthropy Award -

Memphis-area philanthropists J.R. “Pitt” and Barbara Hyde have been named recipients of the 2017 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, an annual award administered by The Philanthropy Roundtable that highlights the power of philanthropy to promote positive change and inspire others to support charities that achieve genuine results.

5. Not Just 'Sgt. Pepper': Many 1967 Musical Firsts Echo Today -

NEW YORK (AP) – "Sgt. Pepper" was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark, it stands as just one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now.

6. Jet Owned By Elvis to Be Auctioned After Sitting 30 Years -

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley and featured on the National Geographic Channel is set to be auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years.

7. End of the Track: Railgarten Hopes to Finally Move on From Zoning Woes -

It will be a busy week for Railgarten, as its owners hope a pair of dates with the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Board of Adjustment end the popular Midtown venue’s zoning woes. 

8. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they (police) deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Al Lewis, a member of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

9. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Al Lewis, a member of the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

10. Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest -

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“So while they deployed their resources at BBQ fest, CCC was at Overton Square highlighting the real obscenities,” Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens leader Al Lewis posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

11. Album Celebrating Sun Records Set for May 26 Memphis Release  -

An album celebrating the music of Sun Records will be released Friday, May 26, in Memphis – June 16 worldwide – with proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records,” was co-produced by singer-guitarist Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and Tamara Saviano, a Nashville-based writer-producer. The album was recorded at Sun Studio and Sam Phillips Recording Service.

12. The Week Ahead: May 22-28 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! School is almost over for the year, and you have plenty of chances to get outside in the coming days for the unofficial start of summer – from 901Fest at Tom Lee Park to the opening of the Splash Park at the Children’s Museum. Check out details on those and more events you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

13. Hanover College Class Visits City on MLK Tour -

Hanover College president Lake Lambert is bringing a class from the private Indiana institution through Memphis this week as part of a nine-day trip examining the life, ministry and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

14. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the four-legged-friendly Dog Day at the Garden Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Enter contests, keep cool in the Hot Diggity Dog Kiddie Pool and visit the Doggie Expo for resources on raising a happy, healthy pup. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers at the gate. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

15. May 19-25, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1917: Ell Persons is lynched by a mob of more than 5,000 people at the Macon Road Bridge. Authorities concluded Persons had murdered and raped Antoinette Rappel because they believed the dead girl’s eyes had retained an image of Persons – a practice law enforcement once used that has been thoroughly discredited.

16. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre will present Ken Ludwig’s murder mystery “The Game’s Afoot” Friday, May 19, through June 4 at GCT, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Visit gctcomeplay.org for show times and tickets.

17. Last Word: Food Changes, Tax Breaks and 'The Big Bang' -

Late hours in Washington for another night Wednesday with word of the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here is all of the reaction we had as of late Wednesday from our folks in D.C.

18. Fourth Bluff Friday Returns May 19 -

Fourth Bluff Friday, a popular weekly happy hour at Memphis Park in Downtown, will return this Friday, May 19, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Craft beer will be available from TapBox, food from the Stickem food truck and music from DJ Redeye from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and DJ Waht from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

19. Hanover College Class Visits Memphis on MLK Tour -

Hanover College president Lake Lambert is bringing a class from the private Indiana institution through Memphis this week as part of a nine-day trip examining the life, ministry and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

20. Events -

Sierra Club Chickasaw Group will host a Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan update presentation Thursday, May 18, at 5:50 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. John Zeanah, deputy director of the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, will discuss an overview of Memphis 3.0, the key findings so far, and a summary of community input received to date. Q&A will follow. Visit facebook.com/Chickasaw.Group for details.

21. Pending Elvis Week Will Encompass New Amenities -

Graceland Plaza is just about all gone. Only a few brick storefronts remained Tuesday, May 16, in the area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the late entertainer’s mansion. The late 1960s-era shopping center that became the entry point for tours of the mansion starting in the 1980s is being demolished to become a new entry point and green space for the $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex that opened in March.

22. Ronald McDonald House Welcomes St. Jude Children, Families -

Jill Crocker knew of Ronald McDonald House Charities and its mission to provide a “home away from home” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital families and their children receiving treatment. But she had not been there.

23. Soulful Sounds Made in Memphis Again -

An original Stax Records sign hangs in the stairwell of the new Made in Memphis Entertainment facility as inspiration for artists and guests entering as they head up to the new company’s main offices.

24. Last Word: "A Downward Spiral", Outdoors Pop-Up and Haslam in Raleigh -

At the end of another day of alarming news and denials from the White House, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee used a new phrase that has significance in a cycle of action and reaction and more action in which many of us gauge reaction by whether the person speaking has an R or a D after their name. The lines are that clearly drawn.

25. Events -

Agape North will hold a pop-up shop style party Tuesday, May 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its office, 2132 West St. The party will feature food trucks, live music, live screen-printing and outdoor games, plus the cause-based clothing company will reveal new apparel, including a design inspired by Maya Clark, a Collegiate School of Memphis student and the winner of Agape North’s first T-shirt design contest. Visit agapenorth.com.

26. Last Word: Murphy's, Mount Arlington in Midtown and Surgery Open House -

Senses, the nightclub on the eastern side of the Poplar viaduct, is back. Apparently it’s been back for a little while but the top code enforcement official involved says it is news to him and may be a violation that puts this matter in Environmental Court.

27. Events -

Agape North will hold a pop-up shop style party Tuesday, May 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its office, 2132 West St. The party will feature food trucks, live music, live screen-printing and outdoor games, plus the cause-based clothing company will reveal new apparel, including a design inspired by Maya Clark, a Collegiate School of Memphis student and the winner of Agape North’s first T-shirt design contest. Visit agapenorth.com.

28. The Week Ahead: May 15-21 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! This week, Downtown welcomes barbecue teams from around the world coming to compete in the Super Bowl of Swine. Plus, we’ve got details on the remembrance of a somber moment in Memphis history; a reading festival for kids of all ages; and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

29. Senses Nightclub Reopens, Raising Zoning Questions -

Senses, the controversial nightclub located at 2866 Poplar Ave., mysteriously reopened Saturday, May 6, after sitting empty for several years. And it has plans to continue operations, which may be in direct violation of the local zoning laws.

30. Airbnb, City of Memphis Reach Tax Agreement -

Airbnb has announced it has entered into a tax agreement with the city of Memphis to collect and remit taxes on behalf of its Memphis hosts.

The agreement, which will take effect June 1, will automatically collect and remit local taxes for all Airbnb bookings in Memphis, including a 3.5 percent Memphis Short Term Room Occupancy Tax as well as a Tourism Improvement District Assessment of $2 per bedroom per night.

31. Events -

The Memphis Air Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, at Memphis-Millington Airport, 8101 Hornet Ave. Gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with flying performances from noon to 4:30 p.m. Featured performances include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Leap Frogs, an Air Force F-16 Viper demonstration, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet demonstration teams, the Shockwave Jet Truck and more. Visit memphisairshow.org for details and tickets.

32. Last Word: Weekend Sonic Boom, CLERB's Response and Irvin Salky -

Yes, those were the United States Navy Blue Angels buzzing Downtown Thursday afternoon in advance of their appearance at the Memphis Airshow Saturday and Sunday in Millington. That sound you heard after the flyover wasn’t a sonic boom. I don’t think they have those anymore. It was the sound of a really busy weekend following close behind.

33. Airbnb, City of Memphis Reach Tax Agreement -

Airbnb has announced it has entered into a tax agreement with the city of Memphis to collect and remit taxes on behalf of its Memphis hosts.

The agreement, which will take effect June 1, will automatically collect and remit local taxes for all Airbnb bookings in Memphis, including a 3.5 percent Memphis Short Term Room Occupancy Tax as well as a Tourism Improvement District Assessment of $2 per bedroom per night.

34. Events -

The Memphis Greek Festival returns Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, 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.

35. Airbnb, City of Memphis Reach Tax Agreement -

Airbnb has announced it has entered into a tax agreement with the city of Memphis to collect and remit taxes on behalf of its Memphis hosts.

The agreement, which will take effect June 1, will automatically collect and remit local taxes for all Airbnb bookings in Memphis, including a 3.5 percent Memphis Short Term Room Occupancy Tax as well as a Tourism Improvement District Assessment of $2 per bedroom per night.

36. Events -

Mothers of the Nile will hold its ninth annual banquet Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Broad, 2835 Broad Ave. Those sharing their perspectives include state Rep. Raumesh Akbari, Hope Academy principal Michael Smith and essay contest participants from Hope Academy, whose students are in detention at Juvenile Court. Visit mothersofthenileinc.org for details.

37. Legend Johnny Mathis Still Going Strong, Coming to Memphis -

As the story goes, Johnny Mathis was 8 years old and living on Post Street in San Francisco when his father purchased a piano for $25 and brought it home. But there was a problem: Clem Mathis couldn’t fit the piano through the front door of their small flat.

38. Events -

Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter will meet Wednesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Guest speaker Tom Sampson, regional delivery director of Randstad Technologies’ IT Solutions engagements in the Midwest/Chicagoland area, will address the topic of Agile Transformation. Visit pmimemphis.org for details.

39. Tennessee Senate Approves $37B Budget -

The state Senate approved a $37 billion budget Monday complete with the governor’s IMPROVE Act package of fuel tax increases and tax reductions.

Senators passed the measure 28-2 and sent it to the governor despite opposition led by Democratic Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis, who argued the body would be breaking the Copeland cap, a law prohibiting the spending of revenue that exceeds the state economy’s growth rate.

40. Last Word: Railgarten Redux, Raleigh Springs Mall and Forrest Author Speaks -

Railgarten II, Son of Railgarten, Railgarten, Beyond the Board of Adjustment, Railgarten, Enter The City Council … Take your pick of sequel titles. Railgarten goes back to the City Council Tuesday for at least a committee discussion in which the council considers whether it should take back the special use permit it granted the bar-restaurant. This is a follow up to the Board of Adjustment decision last month to delay any action on approving the other annexes of the business for 30 days.

41. Events -

Chicago blues legend Corky Siegel will perform with musicians from IRIS Orchestra and the Memphis Blues Society Tuesday, May 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lafayette’s Music Room, 2119 Madison Ave. Enjoy dinner and drinks while taking in Siegel’s full-length “Chamber Blues” show. Cover is $5. Visit irisorchestra.org.

42. Morris Park Tent City Calls for City-Run Homeless Shelter -

For several hours Saturday, May 6, a row of nine tents were pitched on Morris Park off Poplar Avenue in a call for a free city shelter for the homeless.

43. Last Word: BSMF, Budget Books and Milli Vanilli -

Three days of sun and mild temperatures for the Beale Street Music Festival. Not to be all “Dawn Lazarus” about the weather. Of course, it wasn’t just that way over Tom Lee Park. And many of us continue to find there is life outside after you have determined your festival days may be behind you. We were all over the place this weekend including Tom Lee Park and Shelby Farms Park and backyards and trails and on a rising river. Can you still claim you were at BSMF if you were within earshot of it?

44. Events -

IRIS Orchestra will present a screening of “Born in Chicago” Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at Malco’s Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. Live music from the Memphis Blues Society starts in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.; a Q&A and meet-and-greet with Chicago blues legend Corky Siegel will follow the screening. Admission is $15. Call 901-751-7669 to order tickets.

45. The Week Ahead: May 8-14 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Festival season rolls on this week with plenty of reasons to get outside, celebrate and … well, be festive. Plus, we’ve got details on a couple of great concerts to check out and the (completely unrelated) reason you might hear drumming around Mud Island in The Week Ahead…

46. Airbnb Sees $1M Economic Impact During Music Fest -

An estimated $1 million of economic activity in Memphis will come from Airbnb guests staying in the city during the Beale Street Music Festival this weekend, according to the accommodations marketplace Airbnb.

47. Trolley Buses Running During Music Festival -

The opening weekend of the Memphis in May International Festival in Tom Lee Park will be a swan song of sorts for the use of trolley buses on the Main Street Mall.

48. Tourism in Memphis Celebrated to the Tune of $3.2B Annually -

Officially, National Travel & Tourism Week runs May 7 through May 13. But Kevin Kane, president and CEO of Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, got a jump on things this past week.

49. Events -

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed will be in Memphis Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Experience up-close encounters with dinosaurs, take a spin in Jurassic Jeeps, and enjoy activities such as bounce houses, a scavenger hunt and Mesozoic Mini Golf. Tickets are $19; children younger than 2 are free with a paid adult. Visit discoverthedinosaurs.com.

50. This Week in Memphis History: May 5-11 -

1990: Milli Vanilli at the Mid-South Coliseum. Months before the Memphis show, the duo of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus had won a Grammy Award as the Best New Artist, and in a Time magazine interview, Pilatus had referred to himself as “the new Elvis.”
The previous December one of the three actual singers on the hit record had said publicly that neither Morvan nor Pilatus sang a note. By November, Milli Vanilli’s producer admitted the duo didn’t sing on the record; their Grammy was taken back by the National Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences four days later.

51. Last Word: RiverPlay, New City Property Tax Rate and House Republican Rift -

The Memphis In May International Festival arrives Friday with the Beale Street Music Festival and hopefully with warmer temperatures than the Thursday chill. Meanwhile, RiverPlay, the conversion of Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Court to a pop-up park linking up Memphis and Mississippi River Parks, makes its debut Friday afternoon.

52. Airbnb Sees $1M Economic Impact During Music Festival -

An estimated $1 million of economic activity in Memphis will come from Airbnb guests staying in the city during the Beale Street Music Festival this weekend, according to the accommodations marketplace Airbnb.

53. Trolley Buses Running During Music Festival -

The opening weekend of the Memphis in May International Festival in Tom Lee Park will be a swan song of sorts for the use of trolley buses on the Main Street Mall.

54. Events -

Carriage Crossing’s Movie Mania series kicks off with a screening of “Moana” Friday, May 5, at dusk in Central Park at the mall, 4674 Merchants Park Circle. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Cost is free. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com.

55. Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis -

Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co.

56. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association will meet Thursday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. Dan O’Brien, partner at inferno, will present “Digital Marketing 101: What to know, how to navigate and why there is nothing to fear.” Cost is $15 for AMA members and $25 for pre-registered nonmembers. Visit amamemphis.org.

57. 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. Panel discussion will follow. Tickets are $12 at events.indiememphis.com.

58. Thompson Securing Funds For Ballet Memphis’ Future -

Amelia Thompson has joined Ballet Memphis as development associate. In her new role, she works on the administrative side of the organization to generate and secure funding for Ballet Memphis’ daily annual operating budget as well as its capital campaigns.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. Last Word: Rain, Rain... Cooper-Young Holding Pattern and Haslam on IMPROVE -

Trees down, power out, Redbirds' Saturday game called early with no fireworks, flooding in some parts of the Mid-South region. So this means Beale Street Music Festival weekend will be clear as a bell, right? Ponchos and boots ready just in case, as well as light sabres.

62. 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... 

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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. 

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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...

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. 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. 

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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. 

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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…

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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...

98. 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.

99. 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?”

100. 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.