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VOL. 131 | NO. 67 | Monday, April 4, 2016

The Week Ahead: April 4-10

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 in the coming days, from an observance of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to your first chance to visit Mud Island River Park this season.

Monday marks 48 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
In those 48 years, the anniversary of that day as marked in Memphis has transitioned from a gathering primarily of those with King and in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s to a gathering of various causes and new leaders who have emerged since King’s death.
Today many of those convening at what is now the National Civil Rights Museum were born after King’s death.
The commemoration of King's assassination begins Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., in the courtyard below the balcony where King stood when he was shot.
The guest speaker is Rev. Alvin O’Neal Jackson, the former pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church from 1979 to 1997. Today he is pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City.
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., who was with King at the Lorraine Motel in 1968, is in the city Monday as well and has been invited to speak at the museum’s commemoration.
The wreath on the balcony railing will be changed as part of the ceremony with a moment of silence at 6:01 p.m., the moment King was shot.


The fifth annual Memphis Fashion Week runs Monday through Saturday. Various parties and fundraisers take place during the week to support the Memphis Fashion Fund, which sponsors fashion design classes at Memphis College of Art and provides ongoing assistance for up-and-coming local designers as part of the Emerging Memphis Designer Project.
Monday is the kickoff party at Chickasaw Oaks Village. Wednesday is the VIP Preview Party at Lafayette’s Music Room, and Thursday is the Memphis Fashion Fund Party at Saddle Creek. All the events start at 5:30 p.m.
The actual fashion shows are on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the featured designer show happens at the Cadre Building. Starting at 8 p.m., Faherty Brand, Dilettante Collection, Abbey Glass and JBrand will show their latest collections. On the following night, 16 designers who are part of the Emerging Memphis Designer Project will show their work at Memphis College of Art. Tickets are available at memphisfashionweek.org

Kroger has set a “wine media day” for Tuesday at its new Germantown location, at 7735 Farmington Blvd., in anticipation of the July 1 arrival of wine in some – not all – of its Memphis-area stores.
The chain has invited media members to join Kroger executives and local wine vendors for a brief store tour and what it’s calling a “wine 101 session.” Note to our colleagues in the press... if you weren’t aware of the event, perhaps you can be persuaded to attend by the free gift from Murray’s Cheese and the complimentary bottle of wine Kroger says it will provide.

The Memphis Grizzlies continue their quest for a sixth straight trip to the postseason, and to secure as high as the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, with a 7 p.m. game Tuesday at FedExForum against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls.
On Friday at 7 p.m. the Golden State Warriors come to town and they may be playing for a chance to make history. Back in the 1995-96 season, Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls went 72-10, the best record in NBA history. The Warriors were 68-7 heading into the weekend with home games April 1 vs. Boston and April 3 vs. Portland. If they were to win both those games and then beat Minnesota and San Antonio at home, they be 72-7 when getting to Memphis, with a chance to break the record. Even if they drop a game, they could potentially tie the Bulls’ record. The Grizzlies and Warriors also end the season together at Oracle Arena in Oakland on April 13.

The Shelby County Trustee’s office continues with its new online format for tax sale auctions.
This week, 427 tax delinquent parcels are for sale. The properties will be split into four batches and sent to auction at CivicSource.com.
Each batch opens for bid on Tuesday at 8 a.m. and closes at staggered times: Batch 1 ends Wednesday at 6 p.m.; batch 2, Wednesday at 8 p.m.; batch 3, Thursday at 6 p.m.; and batch 4, Thursday at 8 p.m.
The opening bid for a property includes its delinquent city and county taxes, accrued interest and penalty charges, court costs, attorney fees as well as service and title costs.
The first online tax sale ran Jan. 19-21. About 100 bidders turned out, which is more than double what previous tax sales have averaged. Eighty-one of the 438 properties listed were sold. Investors within Shelby County purchased 63 of those properties.

For a bit of music industry news, Ardent Studios on Thursday is hosting the next in its series of music industry mixers at the legendary recording facility at 2000 Madison Ave.
Guests will get to mingle and network with Ardent staff and representatives from Visible Music College, the Memphis Slim House, Musistic, The Blues Foundation, Stonebridge Mastering, SelectOHits and Summit Graphics.
The event is Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also, Ardent is giving away five days of studio time in honor of its 50th anniversary at this event.

Thursday at noon is the candidate filing deadline for those running on the Aug. 4 ballot.
The set of state and federal primary elections along with a county general election race for General Sessions Court clerk and a set of nonpartisan local races is the busiest of the three countywide ballots this election year … though the November ballot, topped by the presidential general election, will be the most popular in terms of voter turnout, based on a long track record in voter turnout percentages.
But back to the August ballot and the Thursday filing deadline.
This is when incumbents learn if they will have opposition, how serious that opposition is or if they will basically win re-election at the filing deadline.
The real political scrum is in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District because incumbent Republican Stephen Fincher has decided not to seek re-election.
Nothing creates a line of candidates like an open seat.
By contrast, 9th District U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis has relatively scant opposition forming in the Democratic primary. It could very well be the easiest election year Cohen has had since he claimed the seat in 2006.
The group of incumbents looking to see who escapes without opposition are Shelby County’s state Representative and state Senators. Of the two state Senate seats and 14 state House seats on the Shelby County ballot this year, every incumbent plans to seek re-election.
At our most recent check on who has petitions out, six of those 16 incumbents had no opposition. And some of them probably aren’t too wild about calling attention to that possibility.
Once Thursday’s noon deadline passses, those who make that deadline have another week to drop out of the races if they wish.

Baseball returns to AutoZone Park on Thursday as the Memphis Redbirds open their 2016 season with a 7:05 p.m. game vs. Colorado Springs. It’s the start of an eight-game homestand that includes another 7:05 game on Friday, a 6:35 first pitch on Saturday and a 2:05 start on Sunday.?
The AutoZone Park box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday on non-game days and opens at 10 a.m. on game days. You can also call 901-721-6000 or go to memphisredbirds.com for tickets and detailed information about promotions and discounts.

Mud Island River Park opens for its season – it’s 34th – on Saturday.
There is some thought around the idea of seeing the park as it exists now because it could change in the near future.
The Riverfront Development Corp. has two finalists for a redevelopment of the island park – which has remained basically the same since its early 1980s opening, with a few upgrades through the years and the addition of a Memphis Belle pavilion before the Belle moved and the pavilion's cover was shredded in a storm.
The museum has been upgraded over the years mainly to permanently deal with a once persistently leaky roof. It’s walk-through riverboat models are a memorable moment now for generations of Memphians. And they are a museum experience that has proven to be timeless even as technology’s advance has rendered other parts of the museum, well, not so timeless.
The River Walk, the scale model of the Mississippi River, has proven to be high-maintenance. But the riverwalk remains a sentimental favorite. That is thanks in part to some exceptional work by horticulturalists who have made it come alive with well-placed plantings in the spring and summer.
The other part of the sentiment factor is the countless memories of children wading in the tiny waters of the tiny river and watching as boats of paper or leaves make their way down a gentle current of clear water. And when big imaginations in little bodies invariably wander, there are the small city layouts all along the River Walk’s banks for them to ponder.
It’s hard to imagine those elements not remaining in some way in a renovated and repurposed park as well as the amphitheater.
But look again starting Saturday to measure what has been with what could be about to come.

You also could spend your Saturday exploring the wonders of ancient Egypt – from writing your name in hieroglyphs to making your own copy of a real ancient Egyptian amulet to participating in a scavenger hunt.
These are a few of the activities families can experience during the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology (IEAA) Family Day on Saturday at the Art Museum of The University of Memphis. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Those bringing large groups should make a reservation by calling 901-678-2649.
Guided tours of the Egyptian exhibition at the Art Museum also will be available. The popular “School for Scribes” will be held again this year. In an intensive one-hour session, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian language, including the Rosetta Stone and how the ancient Egyptian language was rediscovered. Scribes must be 10 years of age or older, and enrollment is limited. Call 901-678-2649 to reserve a place.
Free parking is available in the Central Avenue lot, and paid parking is available for $2 per hour in the Fogelman Executive Center garage on Innovation Drive, just south of Central Avenue. The Art Museum is located in the Communication and Fine Arts Building, 3750 Norriswood Ave., room 142.

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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