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VOL. 130 | NO. 228 | Monday, November 23, 2015

The Week Ahead: Nov. 23, 2015

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How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from The Peabody’s 36-foot dessert table to your potential (fingers-crossed, maybe not) last chance to see Paxton Lynch at the Liberty Bowl…

(The Peabody Memphis)

For many, the Thanksgiving feast isn’t a home gathering. So here’s some perspective from The Peabody hotel on what it takes to feed its Thanksgiving crowd.
The Peabody estimates it will serve Thanksgiving dinner for 1,800 guests, including 1,400 for the hotel’s brunch this year.
The hotel chefs are preparing 140 turkeys, 500 pounds of potatoes, 20 pounds of cranberries, 200 pounds of green beans, 120 pounds of salmon, 400 pounds of free-range chicken and 120 pounds of prime rib.
The brunch’s dessert table is 36 feet long and will feature 600 mini cookies, 400 mini cheesecakes, 400 creme brulee minis, 200 bite-sized brownies and 5,000 other small desserts.
And what is a brunch without mimosas? The Peabody projects it will go through 30 gallons of orange juice and 150 bottles of champagne.
The Peabody’s 30-foot Christmas tree is up in the lobby where, as the legend goes, the Mississippi Delta begins. The tree and its 20,000 lights reach the ceiling; a team of 20 florists work seven hours to put it up and decorate it.
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We await word from First Tennessee Bank on the stats for its traditional poinsettia tree.

For those feeling especially grateful on Thanksgiving, consider volunteering at one of the many charitable groups in town. Here are some options:
The Memphis Union Mission puts on an annual banquet for the local homeless, and MIFA delivers meals to homebound seniors on Thanksgiving Day. At the Binghampton Community Life Center, the Sunday's Best organization will serve Thanksgiving meals from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is seeking volunteers.
Sarah Petschonek, founder of local group Volunteer Odyssey, organizes a "homeless survival kit" Thanksgiving Day production where bags of hygienic items and snacks are sent to homeless outreach organizations. To find out how to help with the survival kits or get connected to any volunteer opportunity, email her at sarah@volunteerodyssey.com.  

Far be it from us to attempt the holiday gift guide-type features that are the staple of our blogging brethren, but Memphis music fans who have money burning a hole in their pocket on Black Friday might want to listen up:
Omnivore Recordings on Friday has a Big Star-themed addition to this year’s Record Store Day Black Friday lineup. It’s the “Jesus Christ” EP, featuring never-before-released material, according to Omnivore. There’s the song “Jesus Christ,” which appears on the band’s third album, but the collectible 10-inch – which comes pressed on translucent blue vinyl – also features a demo of the song. And there are five other previously unissued tracks.

(Daily News/Andrew J. Breig)

Will it be the last home game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for redshirt junior quarterback Paxton Lynch? How about for fourth-year coach Justin Fuente?
When the University of Memphis wraps up its regular-season schedule Saturday with an 11 a.m. game vs. SMU, it’s possible this could be your last chance to see the two primary change agents in this era of Tigers football.
Lynch is eligible for next spring’s National Football League draft. And early mock NFL drafts not only have Lynch going in the first round, but potentially in the Top 10 overall.
Fuente, who has guided Memphis to its second straight winning season, is considered one of the “hot young coaches” in the country, and there will be no shortage of suitors for his services in the offseason. Among the Power Five schools that will be seeking a new head coach and might be interested: Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. And that’s the short list.
It’s possible, of course, that both could return next season. Tigers fans hope so. But it’s far from a sure thing. If you can’t get out to the Liberty Bowl, the game will be televised by ESPNews.

Downtown’s new Halloran Centre will be the site of the latest installment of Ignite Memphis, where local leaders give passionate presentations about lessons learned. But the lessons are only five minutes long.
A highlight of the event will be “What I’ve Learned As Downtown Memphis Commission President” given by Paul Morris, who just handed the reins to Terence Patterson last week. Get inspired Monday at 7:30 p.m.

The Grizzlies’ home schedule is much busier this week, with 7 p.m. games at FedExForum on Tuesday vs. the Dallas Mavericks and Friday vs. the Atlanta Hawks, the latter being a good excuse to emerge from your turkey- and pie-induced coma. On Sunday, the Philadelphia Sixers will be in town. Note Sunday’s earlier start time of 5 p.m.

The Shelby County Commission meets Monday at 3 p.m. There could be further word on the standoff between the commission and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell over the commission’s plans to hire its own attorney.
Luttrell vetoed the resolution hiring former commissioner Julian Bolton for that job. Meeting last week, the commission overrode the veto. But Luttrell then said, in writing, that he will not sign the contract to make that happen or to pay Bolton with county funds.
That leaves open the possibility of another trip to Chancery Court for county government leaders, who in recent years have been there over the redistricting process and the commission’s rules of procedure.

Other tidbits:

Minglewood Hall, which has been killing it this year in terms of performers, is hosting Craig Ferguson for a show Sunday. Ferguson, of course, is the former host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” hosting duties for which now belong to James Corden.

• The Memphis men’s basketball team has a 7:30 p.m. home game at FedExForum on Monday vs. UT Arlington. If you haven’t seen fabulous freshman Dedric Lawson in person, you’re missing out.

• One Memphis company will talk to Wall Street about its latest quarterly numbers before everybody splits for the holiday this week. Discount retailer Fred’s is hosting an earnings call Tuesday to discuss its results for the quarter ended Oct. 31. Hopefully, company executives will be filled with abundant thanksgiving on the call.

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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