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VOL. 131 | NO. 227 | Monday, November 14, 2016

The Week Ahead: November 14-20

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Good morning, Memphis! It’s finally feeling like fall outside – just in time for Graceland to flip with switch on Elvis’ Christmas light display. Plus, we have details on a couple of autumn-themed parties, plenty of basketball, and more to keep you busy in The Week Ahead…

The Graceland Lighting Ceremony festivities begin Thursday at 6 p.m. The free event features Elvis' traditional Christmas decorations and the lights are officially turned on for the season and will remain on until Graceland’s Elvis Birthday Celebration on Jan. 8. Santa and special guests are scheduled to fly in, too. Visit graceland.com for more details.

The Creative Works organization is continuing its work of spearheading programming outside of its big conference, as it helps bring together the city’s creative community in a regular, dedicated way. On Monday, Portland-based graphic designer Aaron Draplin – creator of the familiar Field Notes brand of notebooks – will be in Memphis. For $12, the public can attend a presentation by Draplin at 7 p.m. at Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando St., to hear about the process behind his new book “Pretty Much Everything,” which is a survey of his design work, among other things. Visit Creative Works’ website for details and tickets.

Speaking of design and art, the UrbanArt Commission and the city of Memphis will be dedicating local artist Colin Kidder’s “Raised River” sculpture along the Wolf River Greenway on Saturday.
The event, set for Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wolf River Greenway Trail, will include a performance by Opera Memphis and coffee and donuts. "Raised River" was commissioned as part of the city of Memphis' Percent for Art Program and made possible by the UrbanArt Commission. 

The Cotton Museum’s 10th annual Harvest Party will be held Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight at The Warehouse, 36 G.E. Patterson. Guests will enjoy live music, dancing, Memphis food, silent auction and open bar at the museum’s biggest annual fundraiser. Buy tickets at memphiscottonmuseum.org.

Memphis Botanic Garden’s Cider Smash Campfire Party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Come out for a cozy campfire for the whole family – includes a cider press to smash apples into homemade hot-spiced cider, an apple seed to grow at home, hot dogs, s'mores, and drinks. RSVP required; buy tickets on MBG’s website or call 901-636-4131.

College basketball season tips off Monday at 7 p.m. at FedExForum as the University of Memphis takes on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The game marks the debut of new Tigers coach Tubby Smith.
If you can’t make it to opening night, there are two more chances to catcher the Tigers at home this week. On Wednesday, they play a 7 p.m. game vs. Milwaukee. And on Saturday, Savannah State comes in for a game that tips at 11 a.m. Get your tickets at gotigersgotix.com. 

The Memphis Grizzlies return to action at FedExForum on Saturday with a 7 p.m. game vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota opened the season in Memphis and this will be the T-Wolves’ last visit here this season.

A significant Downtown Memphis project is one item in the spotlight when the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St.
Carlisle Landing LLC, which is planning the $215 million One Beale mixed-use project on Wagner Street overlooking the river, is seeking to refinance a loan with Trustmark Bank. Carlisle Landing received a PILOT from the CCRFC in 2010 and needs deeds of trust executed to Trustmark to pave the way for the refinancing. The One Beale project has evolved a few times in the planning process. Earlier this year, principal Chase Carlisle told the Memphis Rotary Club the developers were exploring a third tower, possibly an office high-rise. 

In other Downtown news, the 2016 Downtown Memphis annual meeting is taking place Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre.
In addition to a cocktail hour, the Downtown Memphis Commission will outline some of its upcoming priorities and plans, including public space considerations for the Main Street Mall and surrounding area. They’ll also be presenting Downtown Vision Awards to some of the individuals and groups who have positively impacted Downtown.
Pre-registration is required. Visit the DMC’s website to buy your tickets.

Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday and among the items on the agenda is the election of a new chairman for 2017. The presidency isn’t the only institution with a transition, you know. Kemp Conrad has been chairman for 2016 and Edmund Ford Jr. the vice-chairman. The council has three meetings left on its 2016 calendar, including Tuesday’s. Conrad doesn’t leave the council with the transition; he just moves to a different seat at council meetings and doesn’t have to run them anymore. 

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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