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VOL. 130 | NO. 213 | Monday, November 2, 2015

The Week Ahead: Nov. 2, 2015

Daily News staff

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How was your weekend, Memphis? Here's our first weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the Indie Memphis Film Festival to Mississippi elections...

If you love the outdoors and good weather, these are the days you’ve been missing. And few things are as “fall” as a fall festival, and the kickoff of Miss Cordelia’s Saturday Market series this weekend seems like one more thing worth adding to the list of things to do in Memphis. There’ll be a growler station, local food and beer sampling, pop-up retail and food specials.

Big changes to Downtown are going before the Downtown Memphis Commission's Design Review Board on Wednesday.

The board is expected to approve the first five phases of the redevelopment of Central Station, which would bring 200 additional apartments, a Malco movie theater and significant street enhancements to the Downtown Amtrak station.

Also under consideration is Belz Enterprises' application to construct three internally illuminated signs across the upper three floors of the 15-story Peabody Office Tower.

In the application, Belz says that signage would be used to attract office tenants, but multiple light-up signs at the roof line are against design code for the South Main Mall subdistrict. To balance competing interests, the staff recommends conditional approval if the signs are made smaller and not illuminated.

The open board meetings are held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the DMC conference room at 114 N. Main Street.

Thought you were done with elections for the year? Maybe those campaign ads from Mississippi were just a horrible mistake, you might have said.

No such luck. This is election week in Mississippi with voters there going to the polls Tuesday for a statewide and countywide set of general elections. The ballot is topped by a race for governor in which incumbent Republican Phil Bryant is seeking a second term. Of interest across state lines is the referendum question that requires full funding of public education by Mississippi state government. It's of interest in Tennessee as the quest for full state funding of the Tennessee Basic Education Program has gone to court.

Early voting continues this week in Memphis in the runoff contests for five seats on the Memphis City Council. Election day in the contests, which will determine where most of the new faces on the council come from, is Nov. 19. The districts covered by the runoff races constitute 70 percent of the city, according to Shelby County Elections administrator Richard Holden.

Tuesday is the kick-off date for the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The 18th iteration of Memphis' flagship independent film festival will bring workshops, lectures, shorts, feature films, award-winners and indie darlings to screenings at the Halloran Centre, Circuit Playhouse, Studio on the Square, Hattiloo Theatre and other Midtown and Downtown locations.

A highlight of the festival, which runs through next Nov. 10, is the 25th anniversary of “Metropolitan.” Director and screenwriter Whit Stillman will be on hand to discuss his Academy Award-nominated film on Friday and will lecture on the screenwriting process Saturday.

The city’s three major sports teams will all be in action this week, with the University of Memphis football team playing a home game, the Memphis basketball team playing an exhibition game and the NBA’s Grizzlies starting what will be their longest road trip of the season.

The Football Tigers host American Athletic Conference foe Navy at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Navy is in the hunt for the AAC West Division title, along with Houston. The Tigers meet the Houston Cougars the following Saturday, Nov. 14, in another critical conference game.

The Grizzlies, who started the season with a 30-point home loss to Cleveland, rebounded with a win in their second game. But they set out on a five-game road swing that starts with a game Monday, at the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who knocked them out of the playoffs last season, and then wrap up the road trip on Monday, Nov. 9 at Staples Center against the rival Los Angeles Clippers (with Matt Barnes now playing for the good guys).

The Basketball Tigers will host LeMoyne-Owen in an 8 p.m. exhibition game at FedExForum on Friday. The team opens the regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. vs. Southern Miss. The Tigers were picked by AAC media to finish fifth in the conference this season.

Book lovers, we’re talking to you now. One of the interesting things about Muddy’s Bake Shop in East Memphis – we know, besides the decor and the Prozac and the strategically placed elves – the shop hosts a regular book club. On Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Muddy’s Book Club will be discussing “Mindset” by Carol Dweck.

We’ve followed the imaginative entrepreneurship of Muddy’s founder Kat Gordon for years, and this – the club – is one more example of her thinking outside the box, of wanting to do more than just have a simple dessert shop and to turn it into something of a destination, with a community around it.

The day after the Muddy’s event, big-time author Dave Eggers will be in Memphis, at the Creative Arts Building at 2375 Tiger Lane. He’ll be speaking at the “Memphis Reads” event at 7 p.m.

Other tidbits:

The current city council continues to parse what actions they should take as six of them leave office and a new mayor prepares to take office in January. The council meets Tuesday at City Hall. The delays are balanced with departing council members seeking one last try at proposals that reflect long-held priorities. The current council may have more of those priorities than past councils: Most of the current council has been together since winning election in 2007.

On the Daily News Video page, look for a discussion of local literacy efforts featuring Kevin Dean of the Mid-South Literacy Council on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

And for those of you still wanting more of a fall fix, don’t forget about the Fall Art Walk and Water Tower Lighting on Broad this Friday. Exhibits by more than 70 artists, plus live music and food.

The Daily News staff compiles The Week Ahead for you, our readers, every week. You'll receive it as part of our Monday online edition. Email managing editor Jane Donahoe, at jdonahoe@memphisdailynews.com, if you have items for consideration.

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