VOL. 131 | NO. 157 | Monday, August 8, 2016
The Week Ahead: August 7-14
Happy Monday, Memphis. As many local students return to schools today, fans of The King are starting their pilgrimage to Graceland for the kickoff to Elvis Week. Here’s what else you need to know about this week…
And this week is Elvis Week at Graceland and beyond. It’s not a conventional week across your calendar, but then again Elvis Presley was not conventional.
The festivities and activities begin Wednesday with the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Showcase” in Graceland Plaza.
This might be the last year for the plaza as we’ve come to know it. The remade Graceland Plaza that removes all traces of the shopping center originally there will vanish as the new plaza – or Graceland West – begins to take shape on the land cleared behind it.
The bones and basic structure of the shopping center there during Presley’s lifetime are still there and have been adapted over the decades.
This is also likely the last year for Heartbreak Hotel as the Guest House at Graceland resort hotel across Elvis Presley Boulevard is on schedule for an October opening, which will then lead to the demolition of the old Wilson World Hotel.
The showcase Wednesday is not to be confused with the final round of the Hard Rock segment of the contest that evening at Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street. The winner there advances with the winners from other contests for the semifinals Thursday at The Orpheum; the finals are Saturday evening, also at The Orpheum.
If this too Olympic-y for you, you can just watch the performers come and go around town – a pack of Elvii in all stages of the King’s 42 years on this planet that never fails to turn heads.
The candlelight vigil outside the walls of Graceland isn’t until next Monday, Aug. 15, starting at 8:30 p.m. and stretching into Tuesday morning.
Some non-Elvis music news to report: rocker Joe Walsh is coming to Mud Island Amphitheater Saturday at 7 p.m. Head over to mudisland.com for ticket details.
Paul McCartney fans, you’ve got something to celebrate as well. (Sorry for the abundance of aging ’70s rocker news.) Some former Macca Wings bandmates – Denny Laine and Steve Holley, who played with Paul’s post-Beatles band Wings in different iterations of the lineup – will be at Lafayette’s Music Room on Monday at 8 p.m. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the Wings 1976 live album “Wings Over America.”
The first day of the school year for most of the county’s school-age citizens is Monday.
Teachers have been back for a week, two weeks in some cases. And changes in bus routes went out a week early in the case of Shelby County Schools.
A big goal of Shelby County Schools leaders was to bring an end to the long-held practice of not registering children for classes until the first day of school.
This summer there was a big online registration push that by the end of July had drawn 48,000 students in the books and on the rolls – a little less than half of the school system’s student enrollment.
Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday in a bit of a departure from their schedule of the first and third Tuesdays to make allowances for the summer.
Sometimes it seem like it just wouldn’t be a normal week in Memphis without a night of trivia happening somewhere, and this week is no exception. On Thursday, head over to The Arcade, 540 S. Main St., for another Cerrito Trivia-hosted event.
The subject this time? “Saved by the Bell.”
The action gets going at 7:30 p.m. Register in advance, as always. Not our rules – that’s according to Mr. Belding, aka emcee Kevin Cerrito.
This week, Environmental Court will make its final ruling on the future of Aretha Franklin’s childhood home. The blighted property has been at the center of multiple development efforts that failed to get off the ground. Early June, Judge Larry Potter handed down a demolition order. When confronted with a last-ditch effort to save the house, he granted a six-week reprieve to give the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp. a chance to come up with a fully funded and viable plan for the home’s rehabilitation. That plan will be heard Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
And at the Land Use Control Board meeting on Wednesday, the city-county Office of Planning and Development will present applications for major Memphis projects. Under consideration is an initial major subdivision plan for South City, a modification at Crosstown Concourse to allow a standalone brewery, and the conversion of the former Leader Federal bank building at 158-164 Madison Ave. into a boutique hotel.
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