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VOL. 131 | NO. 97 | Monday, May 16, 2016

The Week Ahead: May 16-22

Daily News staff

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With a barbecue-filled weekend behind us, it’s time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the Memphis in May Triathlon (where you can work off that pork belly) to the city’s first Palestine Festival (where, yes, there will be even more food).

Attorneys for Global Ministries Foundation and the Bank of New York Mellon are in Memphis federal court Thursday about the Warren and Tulane apartments. The bank wants a receiver appointed for the two GMF-owned complexes, which are emptying out after federal officials cut the subsidies all of the residents use to pay rent over code violations.
GMF agrees that a receiver is a good idea but disagrees vehemently with the reasons Bank of New York says one is necessary.

If you want to catch the Memphis Redbirds in action this week, you might be able to work it into a long lunch. The Redbirds have 11:05 a.m. games on Monday and Tuesday, rest on Wednesday, then play Thursday and Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 6:35 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
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 for tickets at 901-721-6000 or go to memphisredbirds.com for tickets and detailed information about promotions and discounts.

Memphis City Hall

It is council day at City Hall Tuesday. While the council’s budget hearings dominate the schedule, look for an auction of the old Memphis police headquarters at Adams and Second to liven things up a bit during the main council session itself. The city has several offers and has stipulated that whoever buys the structure must maintain its police station facade and redevelop it as a boutique hotel.
The city is required to take bids from other interested parties, with the first bid coming in at least $500 more than the initial offer.

Quick – what’s the name of that Pixar movie about a lovable robot who goes on a series of space-related adventures with his beloved “Eve-uh”? If you answered “Wall-E” before we even finished typing this sentence – and especially if you’re a Pixar fan – you might want to head over to Mellow Mushroom in East Memphis, at 5138 Park Ave., on Tuesday for Pixar trivia led by the captain of trivia himself, Kevin Cerrito.
Cerrito, who hosts trivia events at a variety of hotspots around town, has a new location this time with the Mellow Mushroom location. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and there are limited spots, so register first here.

Lt. Col. Oliver North will serve as host for “An Evening with Heroes” on Tuesday night. This Salvation Army fundraiser includes dinner and inspirational stories from the community's servicemen, first responders, and program participants. The program runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. 901-260-9120, uss.salvationarmy.org.

Here come the Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown and Millington elections.
Actually they aren’t on the ballot until Nov. 8, along with the state and federal general elections topped by the race for the White House, but the contenders for the local races in these four suburbs can begin pulling qualifying petitions starting Friday.
The Collierville and Millington ballots are topped by mayoral races, along with the aldermen and school board races that are on the ballots in all four cities.
Don’t forget that between now and November, there’s that Aug. 4 election that determines who advances to the November ballot in races for the Tennessee Legislature as well as Congress.

Who doesn’t love a party? The folks at My HQ are throwing an alley party this week at 95 S. Main. The festivities go from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. You’ll party beneath new lighting in Barboro Alley, and some of what will be on hand at this free event include craft beer at happy hour pricing provided by Local Gastropub; DJ Epic; ping pong tables, cornhole and extra seating.

The Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine meets on Wednesday. While an agenda has yet to be posted, an update on two possible amendments to EDGE’s tax incentive program is likely. At the April EDGE meeting, the board established a committee to review the establishment of a Fast Track PILOT, a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package that closely mirrors the tax incentive package in North Mississippi.
Also at the previous meeting, the board established a committee to review diversity-contracting requirements for businesses seeking tax breaks. The Greater Memphis Chamber, which seeks laxer requirements, is a major player along with the Black Business Directory, which wants stricter requirements.

Thursday’s “Toast of the Town” offers an opportunity to taste a very rare collection of single-cask, single-malt Scotch whiskey – all imported from Edinburgh, Scotland – and to benefit Theatre Memphis. Music, song and tradition enhance the tasting experience, featuring a seated dinner, bagpipes and Templar Knights. Starts at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Road Extended. 901-682-8323, theatrememphis.org/scotch-tasting .

Think you’ve got talent? Friday night you get a chance to prove it at “Voices-A-F!RE.” This is an open mic event and is a BYOI (bring your own instrument) showcase for new and experienced artists to present poetry, comedy, music and performance before a live audience. The event runs from 8 to 10 p.m. at FireHouse Community Arts Center, 985 S. Bellevue, 901-948-9522, memphisblackartsalliance.org.

Overton Park Greensward

The Palestine Festival makes its debut Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Overton Park. This celebration of the city’s growing Palestinian community comes two weeks after the return of the annual Latino Memphis Festival, held in the same Greensward space at Overton Park, and the Memphis Greek Festival over on North Highland. The month once dominated by the Memphis in May International Festival has blossomed into a festival season that rivals the more established one from late summer into fall.
The Palestine Festival will be very food-centric, with catering from the city’s network of Middle Eastern restaurants, and the food will be free until the supplies run out. Look for tabouli, grape leaves, fresh breads, baklava, falafel and Arabic coffee.
But it’s not all about the food. There will be fashion, music and dancing as well.

The ecumenical group that has been calling for more accurate historical markers around town will mark a grim anniversary Sunday at Shelby Oaks and Bartlett Road. The area is the site where Ell Persons was lynched by a mob on May 22, 1917.
Persons was jailed in the murder of a teenager, and Memphis police detectives of the day were convinced he did it because they brought in a specialist to examine the eyes of the dead girl. The specialist said he could see the reflection of Persons’ forehead left in the child’s eyes. The long-discredited method was enough for a well-organized mob, aided by accounts in local newspapers of the gathering mob.
It’s one in a series of lynchings from the 19th into the 20th century that the group of religious leaders wants recognized.

Fitness freaks will want to check out the Memphis in May Triathlon Saturday and Sunday. Not to be confused with Memphis in May’s new Great American River Run on April 28, this festival for athletes and spectators will include 700 triathletes plus 1,500 fitness enthusiasts coming from all across the nation for the competition. Watch the action and visit the Sports Expo, with vendors, demos and speakers. Edmond Orgill Park, Millington, runsignup.com/race/tn/millington/memphisinmaysprinttriathlon.

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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