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VOL. 131 | NO. 62 | Monday, March 28, 2016

The Week Ahead: March 28-April 3

Daily News staff

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Alright, Memphis, are you sure you found all your Easter eggs? Before you make one more sweep of the yard, check out this week’s roundup of local happenings – from the sweet sounds of “Zelda” to what’s being dubbed a “Mini-MEMFix” in East Memphis…

The de-annexation bill goes back to the Tennessee Senate’s state and local government committee Tuesday in Nashville to sift through approximately a dozen amendments the group didn’t get to in its session last week.
The committee session should determine what the next step is in what has become a high-profile political issue here in Memphis. With the new week we should also have a better idea of how the state House is reacting to changes the Senate made last week that would apply the de-annexation referendums to all parts of the state.
And opinions from the attorney general’s office are still on the way for two state senators with different legal questions.

Livable Memphis is taking a scaled-back version of its MEMFix series to East Memphis on Wednesday to get input on improving walkability around Clark Tower and Brookhaven Circle.
MEMFix: East will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5100 Poplar Ave. (the intersection between Clark Tower and iBank Tower) and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. along Brookhaven Circle West.
This “Mini-MEMFix” is designed to test infrastructure changes to increase bicycle and pedestrian traffic while calming vehicle traffic, and to build consensus on a vision for the area.
Livable Memphis’ Mobile Porch will be on hand to capture public input and ideas for community revitalization. Those stopping by can also expect pop-up recreational activities, temporary crosswalks and parking for area restaurants and stores. In addition, Fino's East, Porcellino's, Bangkok Alley, and Brookhaven Pub & Grill will be offering special promotions and gift certificates.

Carpenter Art Garden

The Carpenter Art Garden hosts a “Fall in Love with Binghampton” festival on Friday, with art for sale by Binghampton children and the local artists who have helped instruct them over the past year. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 2481 Broad Ave. A $20 donation is suggested.

Tuesday kicks off the 2016 Vine to Wine series at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Sample wines from around the world and enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres and music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 901-636-4100 or go to memphisbotanicgarden.com.

The next stop for the Memphis Area Transit Authority board is a Tuesday meeting to vote on a series of route and timing changes for the city’s bus system.
The goal is for the set to be cost neutral and increase frequency as well as shorten trips along the routes that are being modified. If approved, the changes would take effect May 1.
The updates are the start of a much longer discussion about an overhaul of a bus system that MATA president Ron Garrison has said is “on the verge of collapse” without more funding.

The Memphis Area Transit Authority and Livable Memphis are hosting an input session for the final public review of MATA’s Midtown Area Connector plan, which aims to improve service in the Midtown core with seven corridor alternatives. The public input session takes place on Monday, starting at 5:30 at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave.

The Memphis Branch NAACP holds its annual Freedom Fund Luncheon fundraiser Tuesday at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The keynote speaker will be attorney Benjamin J. Crump, whose law firm, Parks Crump Attorneys at Law LLC, represents the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.
Martin was shot and killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., and Brown was shot and killed in 2014 by police in Ferguson, Mo.
Both incidents are part of a string of incidents that have raised questions about police responses and were instrumental in the start of the Black Lives Matter protest movement.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies start a three-game homestand at FedExForum, 191 Beale St., on Monday night with a visit from the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard. Wednesday night the Denver Nuggets come to town, and on Friday it’s the Toronto Raptors, the team that many observers believe could give LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers the toughest test in the Eastern Conference playoffs. All game times are at 7 p.m.

If the cure for your spring fever is baseball, Ole Miss will play the University of Memphis on Wednesday in a 6:30 p.m. game at AutoZone Park, 200 Union Ave.

Video game fans, this one’s for you. A four-movement symphony is coming to The Orpheum Thursday you’ll want to be aware of – “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” concert, set for 7:30 p.m.
The show, accompanied by action on a giant screen, will feature music from a few games, such as “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,” “The Wind Walker,” “Twilight Princess” and “A Link to the Past” and more, in addition to soundtracks from “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,” and new music from the remake of “The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.”
The music, plus the visuals and game imagery on the screen, should be enough to give a 1UP to all involved.

An award-winning documentary that goes behind the scenes at The Memphis Zoo hits the big screen Thursday for a one-week run before it goes to digital release.
“The Keepers,” directed by local filmmakers Sara Kaye Larson and Joann Self Selvidge, won feature film awards at the Nashville Film Festival and Indie Memphis Film Festival, and was an official selection at the Port Townsend, Sedona, and Oxford Film Festivals
Malco Studio on the Square kicks off the screenings Thursday at 7 p.m. with an event hosted by Indie Memphis that includes a Q&A with the directors and zookeepers featured in the film. Your last day to catch “The Keepers” at Studio on the Square is Thursday, April 7.

And Overton Park is hosting its fourth annual Reading Flash Mob on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s free and open to the public, and visitors are encouraged to stop by the Literacy Mid-South tent while they’re there.

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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