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VOL. 131 | NO. 232 | Monday, November 21, 2016

The Week Ahead: November 21-27

By Kate Simone

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Good morning, Memphis! As you put the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving plans, take a moment to check out what’s happening in The Week Ahead. From honoring Memphians who have fought injustice to supporting local small businesses, there are plenty of ways to celebrate what you’re thankful for in the Bluff City.

Ignite Memphis fires up again (see what we did there?) Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 203 S. Main St.
We’ve covered Ignite events before, but by way of a recap these are presentation-based events. The gimmick is that all the speakers agree to restrict themselves to 5-minutes presentations that stick to 20 slides which advance every 15 seconds. Tickets to this latest Ignite event include complimentary beer, wine and light appetizers.

Presentation topics this time around range from “Graduation Day at 201 Poplar” to “Have You Lost Your Mind in Memphis?” and “The Memphis Youth Coding Movement.”

Facing History and Ourselves is unveiling its Memphis Upstanders Mural Tuesday at 8 a.m. The public art project, which honors Memphians who chose to take positive action in the face of injustice, is located on one wall of the organization’s office at 115 Huling Ave. It features artwork by Cedar Nordbye and Nelson Gutierrez.
Visit upstandersmural.org for details on the individuals and groups featured on the mural.

The team that’s putting together the Pinch District redevelopment plan are hosting a public meeting Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Balinese Ballroom, 330 N. Main St.
They’ll present the vision crafted for the Pinch District, which rolls together input gathered at two public sessions earlier this year, and will also discuss connectivity between this initiative and nearby projects. For details, contact Brett Roler at roler@downtownmemphis.com.

This coming weekend would be a good time to show Memphis’ small business community some love.
Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday, a national holiday of sorts that’s exactly what the name implies. It’s a time meant to encourage shoppers to patronize small businesses. It’s always the Saturday after Thanksgiving – and, of course, the day after everyone splurges at businesses of all sizes on Black Friday – so here’s hoping the city’s small businesses have plenty to be thankful for, too, this weekend.

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the University of Memphis football team is in action at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium vs. Houston in an American Athletic Conference contest. It’s the Tigers’ last home game of the season. Time of the game had not been set yet because of TV. Check at gotigersgo.com for game time, and get your tickets at gotigersgotix.com.

For you basketball fans, Dedric Lawson and the University of Memphis basketball team play McNeese State at 7 p.m. Tuesday at FedExForum.
Then they’re off to Florida for the Emerald Coast Classic. The first game is Friday at 8:30 p.m. will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. If they win, they’ll play Saturday at 6 p.m., also televised on CBS Sports Network. If they lose, they’ll play Saturday at 3 p.m. and you’ll have to find something else to watch on TV.

The Memphis Grizzlies play the Miami Heat at 7 p.m. on Friday at FedExForum. If center Marc Gasol happens to hit the game-winning shot, he just might break out the dance that point guard Mike Conley called the “Spanish McGregor Walk.”

The Peabody Tree Lighting Ceremony is Friday night, but local choirs will fill the Grand Lobby with holiday classics throughout the day. Following the 5 p.m. Duck March, Santa lights the Peabody Christmas tree. Festivities in the Grand Lobby begin at 11 a.m. Event is free. For more information, call The Peabody at 901-529-4000 or visit peabodymemphis.com.

South Main Trolley Night is Friday night – come stroll through the South Main Historic Arts District, as shops, restaurants and art galleries on Main between Vance and St. Paul avenues display creative merchandise, cuisines and art. The family-friendly event takes place the last Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check out the Trolley Night Facebook page for details.

On Friday, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum will celebrate Jacob Burkle Day – marking what would have been Burkle’s 185th birthday and also celebrating the 160th anniversary of the museum.
Burkle relocated to Memphis after fleeing oppression in Germany and used his home to harbor enslaved Africans as they sought freedom in the North. Members of the Burkle family will visit the museum to celebrate Burkle’s birthday at noon; tours of the museum will be given from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, email heritagetours@bellsouth.net or call 901-527-3427.

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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