VOL. 130 | NO. 223 | Monday, November 16, 2015
The Week Ahead: Nov. 16, 2015
Daily News staff
How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from a Stax lecture on music and the Vietnam War to Hillary Clinton’s visit…
Memphis hasn't seen a prominent local bank acquisition in a while. That changes Monday morning when new signage goes up at Magna Bank locations around the city – and the Magna Bank name goes away.
Over the weekend, Magna staffers were busy with the systems conversion required as part of the final step in consummating Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners' acquisition of Magna, which was announced earlier this year. Pinnacle has been a bit quiet in recent months after a burst of hiring from other banks, but now its real work begins.
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton is in Memphis Friday for what her campaign is billing as a “grassroots organizing meeting.”
Republican contender Jeb Bush was here Nov. 6 for a private fundraiser that made few ripples. And, if you’re keeping track at home, Republican presidential contender Ben Carson was in West Memphis last month; there was an August rally at Agricenter International by fellow GOP contender Ted Cruz; and another GOP contender, Bobby Jindal, came through in March.
You can expect more of this as we near Tennessee’s March 1 presidential primary.
Fans of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles career are in for a musical treat this week. After the Fab Four split, and after a brief stint as a solo artist, McCartney assembled a new band, Wings, various incarnations of which helped him record hits like "Band on the Run" and "Listen to What the Man Said." Two former Paul sidemen, ex-Wings members Denny Laine and Steve Holley, will be in Memphis Tuesday to play a show at the Hi Tone.
A drop of development in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital's recently announced $9 billion expansion will go before the Board of Adjustment this week. The hospital is planning a three-story data center at the northeast corner of St. Jude Place and the Danny Thomas Boulevard overpass. St. Jude needs to get zoning approval for the building because it’s taller and set farther back from the street than what is usually allowed in the district.
The Board of Adjustment meets Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Memphis City Council chambers
The University of Memphis basketball team has a rare 4 p.m. game time on Tuesday vs. No. 8 Oklahoma at FedExForum. The unique start time is because of ESPN’s annual 24-hour college hoops marathon. The Tigers also have a 7 p.m. home game Thursday vs. Grambling State.
This is the week the new Memphis City Council finally comes into focus. Runoff election day in five council races is Thursday. Polls in the five districts are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We will follow election returns @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols, and post web stories summarizing the unofficial returns.
Before election day, look for a story on the runoffs’ early voting turnout because, well, we are into that kind of stuff around here. We know everything about early voters except who they voted for. And what happens in the early vote is usually an indication of what will happen when the election day votes are tallied.
Six incumbents and two rookies were elected to the city council Oct. 8. These five races went to two-candidate runoffs because single-member council districts require a winner receive a majority of the votes.
Meanwhile, the existing Memphis City Council meets Tuesday at City Hall.
Stax Museum also is getting political with an upcoming lecture titled, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Music, Race and the Vietnam War.” Authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner will present how the popular sounds of Eric Burdon, John Fogerty and James Brown influenced soldiers’ lives as a way of connecting with the world back home and coping with the complexities of war. This event also includes Stax Records artists who are military veterans.
Admission is free. The lecture takes place Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave.
The four teams of the inaugural EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator have been going through startup boot camp for the past 14 weeks, and it’s all coming to a head at Demo Day on Thursday.
The teams will present five-minute pitches to investors and community members on products set to change the logistics industry. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology.
Some teams will stay in Memphis and launch their companies here and others are headed back to their hometowns, so stay for the reception afterward to congratulate the entrepreneurs on their hard work and see about a purchasing order.
The old ABA (American Basketball Association) is long gone from the pro basketball world and from Memphis. But this season, the Memphis Sounds uniforms will get their due. With Monday’s Western Conference matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Memphis Grizzlies will unveil their throwback Memphis Sounds uniforms in the first of eight Hardwood Classics Nights at FedExForum, presented by First Tennessee Bank. The Grizzlies will wear the red and white throwback uniforms on five different nights this season. And of course, beating the Thunder in any style of uniform is a whole lot of fun.
Hardwood Classics at FedExForum will feature “groovy” entertainment programming and unique “old-school” giveaways, including Monday’s Memphis Sounds pennant giveaway (to the first 5,000 fans in attendance). Tacky holiday T’s and car air fresheners are on the giveaway schedule for future Hardwood Classics nights.
This coming week will be a big one for the geeks amongst you. You'll be able to get your con on when the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention – details at memphiscfc.com – gets under way starting Friday at the East Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.
The Grizzlies also will be at home Friday to play James Harden and the Houston Rockets. The game starts at 7 p.m.
And the Memphis football team plays at Temple on Saturday at noon. Television for that game has not yet been announced.
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