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VOL. 131 | NO. 22 | Monday, February 1, 2016

The Week Ahead: Feb. 1, 2016

Daily News staff

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How was your weekend, Memphis? The good news is you officially made it through January. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week, from a frigid swim to a FedExForum double-header…

The last time The Daily News wrote about the South Main Artspace Lofts was back in December when SouthernSun Asset Management and Loeb Properties Inc. each donated $10,000 to fund the affordable housing development while AutoZone made a “major contribution.”
Following an expectation that the $12.9 million project would close its funding gap in December and kick off construction in February, Artspace is hosting a townhall meeting to share updates, next steps for 2016 and “good news galore,” according to project representative Kerry Hayes. The event will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at retailer Stock & Belle, 387 S. Main St.

The Overton Park greensward controversy was relatively quiet for a week. That should end Tuesday when the Overton Park Conservancy holds a public hearing at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art as part of the park traffic and parking study the conservancy has commissioned. That study is commissioned with the cooperation of all of the park’s institutions as well as the conservancy, including the Brooks and the Memphis Zoo.

The always popular and always cold Polar Bear Plunge – with the much warmer and tasty chili cook-off – returns on Saturday. Great cause, too, with proceeds benefitting Special Olympics. People’s Choice Chili Tasting will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A donut-eating contest will be at 2 p.m. (Homer Simpson has been banned, so you’ve got a shot), costume contest at 2:30 p.m. and the plunge at 3 p.m. It all happens at Mud Island River Park. Spectators get in free. For more details, call 901-683-1271 or go to specialolympicsmem.org.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his annual State of the State address in Nashville Monday evening. Items to look for in the speech include increased state funding for K-12 education, which likely still won’t fully fund the state’s formula for each school system under the BEP 2.0; a push for his higher-education restructuring of the Board of Regents; and possibly some comments on the schools voucher bill that so far he is backing. The so-far part depends on what amendments may be offered by the Tennessee Legislature.

The tribute concerts keep coming. On the heels of the recent show in which Memphis musicians tipped their hat to the late David Bowie, the Hi Tone this Saturday plays host to the sixth annual Bob Marley and the Wailers tribute show. Per the show’s Facebook page, artists include Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Jahlistic, The Irie Lions, Kristafar Robbin, Siphne Aaye, Azarael as well as “special guests.” Doors open at 8 p.m., and there’s a $10 cover.

Kicking off the week at Crosstown Arts, Indie Memphis and Film Fatales (a collective of female filmmakers in Memphis) are presenting the inaugural Film Fatales Speaker Series Monday, featuring Shelby County’s deputy film commissioner Sharon Fox O’Guin.
Attendees will be able to learn about resources the commission makes available to indie filmmakers, film-related tax incentives and more. Networking starts at 6:30 p.m., and the workshop kicks off at 7 p.m. (The event is free.)

Here’s something for the foodies. On Friday, the 387 Pantry (at 387 S. Main St.) is hosting a roundtable discussion on how food culture in Memphis is building the city up “as a capital of culinary innovation and exploration.” A few chefs, farmers and “culinary craftspeople” have been invited to participate in a discussion about, among other things, recent changes as well as Memphis’ role “in the broader context of the Southern food renaissance.” Interested? Just hungry? Both? Space is limited, and 60 tickets are available for $15 each at the 387 Pantry or online cheffarmermaker.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the discussion gets going at 7 p.m.

The University of Memphis will take the court at FedExForum this week for two of their more highly anticipated American Athletic Conference games of the season, first playing Connecticut at 8 p.m. on Thursday and then Cincinnati on Saturday. Note the early start time – 11 a.m. – for the game against the Bearcats. It’s part of a Saturday doubleheader at FedExForum with the Memphis Grizzlies taking on the Dallas Mavericks that night at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Memphis College of Art will be the site of a Valentine’s-themed benefit for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will feature an auction with more than 100 heart-themed pieces created by leading regional artists. Complimentary appetizers, wine and beer are also part of evening. Call the Child Advocacy Center at 901-525-2377 or go to memphiscac.org for more information.

A lot of care is going into Facing History and Ourselves’ new mural as the nonprofit education organization wants Memphians to submit local leaders who stood up against injustice. Facing History will kick off the Memphis Upstanders Mural with a breakfast reception at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. The Urban Art Commission and the seven-member steering community will be on hand and Memphis Facing History director Marti Tippens Murphy will share stories of the city’s lesser known but influential Memphians.

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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