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VOL. 131 | NO. 137 | Monday, July 11, 2016

The Week Ahead: July 11-17

Daily News staff

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Time to get your week started, Memphis! Our look at the week ahead includes several chances to indulge your inner art patron – from hanging out with a local comic book artist to being on stage at the Orpheum – plus other need-to-know happenings you’ll want to check out…

The New Memphis Institute has an interesting and timely panel discussion on leadership teed up for this week. It will take place Thursday at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd., where a breakfast and panel discussion gets underway starting at 8 a.m.
Panelists at this free event sponsored by ServiceMaster include Jamie Smith, the chief information officer at ServiceMaster; ServiceMaster senior vice president of human resources Susan Hunsberger; National Civil Rights Museum president Terri Freeman; and Calvin Anderson, senior vice president at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
They’ll share, among other things, their own personal leadership stories and what it means to lead in Memphis.

If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to grace the Orpheum stage, you can find out firsthand Thursday at the Orpheum's Dinner on Stage event.
The event, which kicks off a 6 p.m., includes a three-course meal with wine on the Orpheum stage, plus a cocktail reception, a tour of the theater and backstage, Broadway trivia and an enlightening Q&A session.
In addition, Orpheum president and CEO Brett Batterson will be giving attendees a sneak peek of the renovation efforts that will be underway in the Orpheum’s auditorium, including major painting and cleaning of the gold and silver leaf.
Tickets are $75 per person or $50 for current season ticket holders. Get yours by calling the Orpheum Theatre box office at 901-525-3000 or in person at 203 S. Main St. They’re also available in person at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended.

901 Comics, a new comics shop at 2162 Young Ave., is hosting the first event in its 901 Comics Local Comic Book Artist series this week. Set for Thursday at the shop from 7 p.m. till 10 p.m., it will feature local artist Adam Shaw, who has been featured in more than 50 solo and group art shows around the world. The show also will feature new work by Shaw, and refreshments will be served.

The early voting period in advance of the Aug. 4 election day opens Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown location, 157 Poplar Ave.
On Monday, July 18, it expands to 20 other locations across the county. You can find the locations and hours at shelbyvote.com, the website of the Shelby County Election Commission. And that is when the turnout should ramp up. Whether that is a significant ramp-up or relatively significant remains to be seen.
The early voting period runs through July 30.
Politicos will be watching the turnout numbers closely at the early voting sites within the 8th Congressional District. The turnout information from the election commission will also show which precincts the early voters live in, which should give more specific information.
The election features no statewide primaries for governor or the U.S. Senate. It is an election cycle that comes up once every 12 years in that regard.
Without a statewide race, the Republican primary for the 8th where there is no incumbent seeking re-election becomes the most watched race on the ballot.
See the cover story in the latest edition of The Memphis News for coverage of the 13-candidate field of contenders in the primary, as well as a look at the rest of the ballot.

Just a few days before early voting starts, the two Democratic contenders for state Senate District 33, incumbent Sara Kyle and former state Sen. Beverly Marrero, meet in Crosstown at an event organized by the Memphis Women’s Political Caucus.
The 6 p.m. Tuesday gathering at Amurica Studios, 410 N. Cleveland St., is free.

If you like wine and dessert – and who doesn’t? – you can get both Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave.
The "Southern summer desserts" of the Wine Down series will feature fine wine and delicious dessert bites set to the soundtrack of live music and the backdrop of fabulous art. Tickets are $25 for Dixon members; $40 for nonmembers. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit dixon.org.

Farmers Market at the Garden will run Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Shop for the freshest local produce from the Mid-South, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, homemade baked goods, honey, jams, flowers, handcrafted artisan items and more. For further information, go to memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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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