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VOL. 131 | NO. 197 | Monday, October 3, 2016

The Week Ahead: October 3-9

Daily News staff

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Well, Memphis, it’s a new month and your Grizzlies return to the court for another season of thrills under a new head coach, David Fizdale. The week starts off with a presidential visit – no, not one of the frontrunners, but a Green Party candidate who will be stumping in Crosstown. Here's what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

An upcoming summit will encourage you to leave your car at home. The Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Innovate Memphis are teaming up to tackle the 270 acres of surface parking lots in the Memphis Medical District. The summit will bring together local and national leaders to discuss ways to make areas more habitable to pedestrians.
The free public town hall event "How to Leave Your Car at Home" will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at High Cotton Brewing Co., 598 Monroe Ave.

Green Party presidential contender Jill Stein may be the only candidate for the White House we see here in the general election campaign (though let’s remember that we got quite a deluge less than a week before the March Tennessee presidential primaries).
Stein comes to town Monday for a rally at Amurica Studio, 410 N. Cleveland St., and by the evening she is making another stop in Oxford, south of the border.

The local chapter of the Federalist Society gets presidential Tuesday with a debate that normally starts the day after all of the popular votes are counted. It’s a discussion and debate on the future of the Electoral College between attorney and Republican National Committee general counsel John Ryder of Memphis and attorney and former Tennessee attorney general Robert Cooper Jr. of Nashville.
Both are adjunct professors at the Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville and teach campaign finance and elections.
The group meets at 11:30 a.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St.

It’s another council Tuesday. And the item on the Memphis City Council’s agenda that will be watched most closely is the third and final vote on the pot ordinance, which would decriminalize possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana by allowing a police officer to write a ticket with a $50 fine instead of making a misdemeanor arrest.
Expect lots of debate and some folks who haven’t taken positions on this to date to come off the fence.

In different ways, several events set for this week will showcase Memphis as a destination for and a hub of creative talent, be they anyone from musicians to graphic designers.
The annual Creative Works Conference, a gathering of creatives from around the country, takes place Thursday through Saturday at The Orpheum’s Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. This year’s lineup of speakers and workshop leaders includes designers, illustrators and talent from major institutions like Facebook and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The event kicks off Thursday at 10 a.m. and wraps up with an after-party Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Go here to check out the full schedule. 

Meanwhile, the Moon River Music Festival is back at the Levitt Shell this week Friday and Saturday. It’s the third edition of the festival, and there are close to 20 acts this time. This year is also the first time the festival will span more than one day.
Organizer and native Memphian Drew Holcomb told us a few days ago that “I could have done this in Nashville. It probably would have been easier. Maybe more of a sure thing. But Nashville’s got lots of cool stuff like that. I want to be part of the story of a city continuing to find more great things to share with the world.”

On the tail end of this past weekend’s Bona Fide Blues Festival, two organizations will be hosting blues-related events. On Thursday, the Blues Hall of Fame, 421 S. Main St., will open a new exhibit from internationally acclaimed blues photographer Marc Norberg. The “Black White and Blues: Photographs by Marc Norberg” exhibit will include photographs of Albert Collins, Etta James, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Memphis Slim and Taj Mahal.
That evening, Beale Street will be the site of the Road to the Biscuit Blues Festival, a free block party with live music. The event is held in conjunction with the King Biscuit Blues Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday in Helena, Ark. 

The Memphis Grizzlies are back! The first preseason game of the season is at 7 p.m. Monday vs. the Orlando Magic at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.
First-year Memphis coach David Fizdale makes his debut. Two former University of Memphis players, D.J. Stephens and Chris Crawford, are on the training camp roster. Check out grizzlies.com or call 901-888-HOOP for details and tickets.

Wednesday is Senior Safari Day at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., this day of fun and education for the 55+ crowd includes a leisurely walk through the zoo, activities, and more than 50 vendors with information on hospice, insurance, housing, financial planning and other related services. Sponsored by Professional Network on Aging. Contact the zoo at 901-505-0946 or go to pnamidsouth.org for more.

It’s a quick turnaround for the University of Memphis football team as the Tigers open American Athletic Conference action with a 7 p.m. game Thursday night vs. Temple at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Fans are strongly encouraged to wear white for this “white out” game, and the first 10,000 people through the gates will get a collectible mini Tigers helmet. Visit gotigersgotix.com for ticket information.

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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