VOL. 131 | NO. 102 | Monday, May 23, 2016
The Week Ahead: May 23-29
By Kate Simone
Alright, Memphis, it’s time to get this week started with our roundup of happenings you need to know about.
The 2016 Memphis In May International Festival closes out Saturday with a pair of new additions to the monthlong lineup.
The Saturday by the river begins with the Great American River Run – a half-marathon and a 5K run with a riverside and Downtown route. There is, of course, a post-race party, which then segues into 901Fest – four stages in Tom Lee Park featuring local music and arts, from Al Kapone and Frayser Boy to the North Mississippi Allstars to Opera Memphis and the New Ballet Ensemble & School.
The idea here, and it may be an evolving concept, seems to be local and diverse and not as much of an emphasis on the stages and what happens there at the expense of those who stay after the run and those who come for the music and the arts.
To dot the I on that point, 901Fest also includes an air show.
The Shelby County Commission meets Monday. On their agenda are dollar figures that figure in the transition from one fiscal year to another, with June 30 as the boundary between the two.
Like their City Council counterparts, the commission is still reviewing the administration’s budget proposal.
But unlike the City Hall process, the county’s process crosses some political boundaries with a consolidated budget that includes the budgets of other countywide elected officials.
Another weekend, another festival in Overton Park. This Saturday, it’s Hattiloo’s Annual Black Arts Fest at Veterans Plaza in the park.
It’s a free three-hour event put on by Hattiloo Theatre, the city’s black repertory theater company, that starts at noon and includes spoken word, dance, magic and Hispanic theater, all put on by various black arts groups in the city.
We’ve suspected for quite some time that the park is magic. And this confirms it. You think the city did the on-street parking on North Parkway? Puh-lease.
On Monday, Hattiloo will hold a panel discussion about the lack of diversity in show business, especially in Hollywood. Ekundayo Bandele, director and founder of Hattiloo, will speak on the panel, along with Kirk Whalum, recording artist and GRAMMY award-winning saxophonist, and local singer Stephanie Bolton. The free event takes place at the Hattiloo Theater, 37 S. Cooper, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Ikea gets all dressed up this week. Cranes will place giant, 8-foot-tall letters reading Ikea Home Furnishings on the south side of the upcoming store.
The installation begins Tuesday afternoon and will continue through the week. The width of the entire sign is 144 feet.
Construction is progressing to meet the 271,000-square-foot store’s planned opening this fall.
The classic animated movie “Toy Story” will be showing Thursday at 8 p.m. as part of Dixon Gallery & Gardens’ South Lawn Cinema. Bring blankets, chairs, snacks and friends; popcorn is complimentary while supplies last. Admission is free for members, while nonmembers can purchase tickets at dixon.org or call 901-761-5250 for more details.
The school year, at least for Shelby County Schools, comes to an end Friday with a half day of classes.
And then it is straight into the Memorial Day weekend.
The day before the end of the school year, Lakeland Schools System leaders and Lakeland city government officials break ground for the new Lakeland Prep Middle School at Canada Road and U.S. 70.
Running school systems is always about remaining several months ahead mentally. And that is certainly the case as we await the summer.
Collierville leaders broke ground just last week on the new Collierville High School.
Meanwhile, those involved in the planning for the new Crosstown High have a heightened social media presence with a new Facebook page.
For SCS leaders, this is a crucial week for reasons off campus. They take their budget proposal to Shelby County Commissioners Wednesday for a review in budget committee.
And the indication is there will be a lot of questions and discussion, with a lot of the necessary votes still up in the air.
The SCS board has a work session Tuesday that could include more discussion about the board’s decision last week to delay a vote on closing Carver High School.
Muddy’s Bake Shop is continuing its book club this Wednesday.
May’s featured book is the New York Times bestseller “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown. From a description by Muddy’s, the author “puts forward a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.”
The store’s book clubs are open to everyone. This month’s runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the shop at 5101 Sanderlin Ave.
The Downtown Memphis Commission meets Thursday at noon. Last week, the Center City Development Corp. agreed to lead a $5 million privately-funded project to install LED lights along the Harahan Bridge. Staff will also present highlights from the month in marketing, operations and development.
There’ll be a few music events to check out this week at venues like Overton Square and Memphis Botanic Garden.
On Thursday, the public is invited to head to the square for an event that happens the last Thursday of each month through October: an evening of live acoustic music in Overton Square’s Tower Courtyard that starts at 6:30 p.m. This week will feature Karen Hoffman, Kenny Hays, Half Step Down with John Fleskes, as well as Billy Wilson and Larry Willis.
Summer Symphony at the Live Garden, meanwhile, is Saturday night at Memphis Botanic Garden. Join a new Memorial Day weekend tradition as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra meets Live at the Garden for a holiday evening beneath the stars Saturday night. Bring picnic blankets, camp chairs, and coolers. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. For details, call Memphis Botanic Garden at 901-576-4107 or go to summersymphonylive.com.
And the River Series at Harbor Town on Saturday night will feature local music by Memphis roots/Americana trio Motel Mirrors, with swamp soul maven Marcella & Her Lovers, along with food from Miss Cordelia's and beer from Wiseacre. Attendees are asked to make a minimum $5 donation, which supports Maria Montessori School. 6 p.m., Harbor Town Amphitheater, 740 Harbor Bend, 901-527-3444, facebook.com/riverseriesattheharbortownamphitheater .
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