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VOL. 131 | NO. 77 | Monday, April 18, 2016

The Week Ahead: April 18-24

The Daily News staff

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Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the dreaded federal income tax filing day, to the scheduled end of the Tennessee Legislature for this session, to a couple of big round-ball games at FedExForum beginning Friday.

It’s tax day. Monday is the deadline to file either your 1040 or your 4868 – your federal tax return or your automatic extension of time to file your income taxes.

The normal April 15 tax day fell on a Friday this year, which is the day Washington, D.C., observes Emancipation Day. It marks the anniversary of the date in 1862 that President Abraham Lincoln signed an early version of the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in the District of Columbia. It came before the broader 1863 Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in general.

If you lived in Maine or Massachusetts, your tax day would be Tuesday because those two states have a Patriots Day holiday. That is the holiday that observes the anniversary of the 1775 battles of Concord and Lexington, the first battles of the American Revolution.

In Massachusetts, Patriots Day is also the date of the Boston Marathon.

Wisconsin has a Patriots Day, too, but it is a public school observance there.

Tuesday in Tennessee is the day accountants refer to as the off-season.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland takes his first budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday in what is an early milestone for his administration just four months into his four-year term of office.

Strickland upset incumbent Mayor A C Wharton in the 2015 elections with a pledge to return City Hall’s priorities to “the basics” as city government continues to weather financial problems.

With just four months in office, the budget is likely to be a bit reserved in some of the changes Strickland wants to make in city priorities.

This is likely the week that the Tennessee Legislature will adjourn for the year to the land of summer study committees and re-election efforts back in the district.

At the end of law week in Nashville, parts of the Haslam administration’s budget proposal were moving to floor votes in both chambers, a sure sign that the end is nigh since the budget is the last item the Legislature traditionally takes up before adjourning for the year.

The timing on the exact end is hard to pin down even when the hour is set for adjournment. Legislators have been known to stop the clocks in the House and Senate chambers or move back the hands of the clock to come in “on time.”

The CEO of JC Penney is back in Memphis Thursday for the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute 2016 Join Hands for Change Gala at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

We say that Marvin Ellison is returning to Memphis because he is originally from Brownsville, Tenn., and he is a former student at the University of Memphis where he worked his way through school.

Among the other details about his time in Memphis, the current CEO of JC Penney, a Fortune 500 corporation, once worked as a security guard in a Memphis Target store.

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine meets on Wednesday. Several items that were introduced at the March meeting will be revisited, including a fast-track PILOT proposal from the Commercial Real Estate Alliance and discussion of EDGE’s local business participation program.

At the March meeting, the CRE Alliance and the Greater Memphis Chamber proposed changes to EDGE’s PILOT, or payment-in-lieu-of-tax program, to make tax incentives more attractive to big business interests.

The CRE Alliance wants the PILOT process to be simpler and mirror the incentive process in North Mississippi, which is outpacing Shelby County in industrial recruitment. The chamber wants more incentives put behind diversity contracting requirements. At the March meeting, the board tabled discussion of the two proposals.

EDGE has been working for the past year on a reboot of its PILOT program, and these adjustments could draw out that process. The EDGE board meets at 3 p.m. at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, 6393 Poplar Ave.

Spring is definitely in the air, as everyone who participates in this Friday’s Broad Avenue Art Walk, which starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 10, will be able to attest. Among other things, you’ll be able to enjoy works by more than 100 artists and craftsmen, plus live painting demonstrations, projection art, and the Grizzlies game broadcast on restaurants and bars along the street. A collection of food trucks will be on hand, and several performances are scheduled for the Water Tower Pavilion.

The next day, head over the Harbor Town Amphitheater for the River Series, a set of shows at the amphitheater on the campus of the Maria Montessori School. The series is open to the public and is a fundraiser for the school. Curated by Goner Records and Shoulder Tap Records, the kickoff of the spring 2016 season at 6 p.m. on Saturday features NOTS and Chickasaw Mound. A $5 donation is requested, and there will be beer from Wiseacre Brewing and food from Miss Cordelia’s.

If you are tracking the progress of the production crew and actors making the television series “Million Dollar Quartet,” this is the week the scene is supposed to shift to shooting scenes in the Beale Street Entertainment District. The production company has been putting out the nets to gather up as many paid extras as possible to fill the 1950s-era set designs with people dressed in 50s attire.

At 10 a.m. Monday, the Kroc Café by Heart & Soul has its grand reopening. The café features executive chef Michael Francis, 15-year food service veteran in Memphis and a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute. Offerings include soups, salads, sandwiches and smoothies. The Kroc Café will have extended hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. Get 10 percent off opening day with any text, Facebook or email promo. The Salvation Army Kroc Center is located at 800 East Parkway South.

On Saturday, meet the South's first black millionaire, a hero of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic, Memphis's first black school teacher, and other African-American notables in Memphis history. It’s all part of the African-American History at 10:30 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery. Call 901-774-3212 or visit elmwoodcemetery.org.

Turn back the clock Saturday night with the Guys & Dolls Speakeasy Parlor. Guys, show up in your best suits. Dolls, wear your best glam. Make sure you're not being followed, and then enter the parlor and enjoy a silent auction and soiree until the spirits run dry. Starts at 7 p.m. at the Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams St., 901-526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com.

The Memphis Grizzlies have a pair of playoff games this week at FedExForum. On Friday at 8:30 p.m., the Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs meet in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series. On Sunday at noon, they play Game 4.

As the No. 7 seed in the West and battling injuries, the Grizzlies are considered heavy underdogs against the No. 2 seed Spurs. But several years ago, the Grizzlies were an 8 seed and upset the Spurs as a 1 seed.

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 associate editor Kate Simone at ksimone@memphisdailynews.com if you have items for consideration.

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