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VOL. 131 | NO. 217 | Monday, October 31, 2016

The Week Ahead: Oct. 31–Nov. 6

Daily News staff

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Good morning, Memphis – and happy Halloween! From the Indie Memphis Film Fest to the long-awaited opening of the Midtown Kroger, there’s plenty of exciting happenings to keep you busy in the coming days. Peruse what’s going on in The Week Ahead while you munch on the candy you’re supposed to be saving for the trick-or-treaters. (We won’t tell.)

Hey, have you voted yet? Early voting in advance of the Nov. 8 presidential election ends Thursday afternoon, with that being your last day to vote early in Shelby County’s most popular election cycle in terms of turnout. You can cast your ballot at any of the 21 early voting locations – here’s a list – from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The new Midtown Kroger opens Wednesday with lots of curiosity about how regulars of the Seessel’s turned Seessel’s by Albertson turned Schnucks turned Kroger will react to a newer, more spacious store on the same parcel of land.

The Indie Memphis Film Festival is back this week, kicking off Tuesday and running through Nov. 7. MovieMaker Magazine has once again (for the fourth time) this year named the festival one of the magazine’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” and buzzy films showing during the festival this year include “Manchester by the Sea,” which stars Casey Affleck as a man recovering from a personal tragedy and forced to care for his nephew.

The Shelby County Commission meets on Halloween and there is probably some kind of message there. But we’ll leave that to you.
On the agenda is the first of three readings of an ordinance that would allow Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana. This is the companion ordinance to the one passed earlier this fall by the Memphis City Council. The council ordinance applied to the city of Memphis. The county ordinance would apply only to the unincorporated areas of Shelby County outside the boundaries of the county’s seven cities and towns.

The Memphis City Council meets Tuesday.

A flashmob for pantsuit-wearing participants that kicks off at the Memphis entrance to the Big River Crossing Sunday chose its name by co-opting something Donald Trump said about Hillary Clinton at the end of the final presidential debate.
The Nasty Woman Flashmob of Memphis– Trump, remember, blasted Clinton as “such a nasty woman” – will start its pantsuit parade (because everyone who participates has to wear a pantsuit or something that resembles it) on Nov. 6 at 3 p.m.
It’s open to women, men and children – as long as, you know, they’re wearing a pantsuit. The group will turn around once the crossing hits Arkansas and then return to the start. After that, participants can either break away to leave or continue with the group on to Loflin Yard.

The next generation of Memphis artists take center stage this week at Cooper-Young’s annual Young Artist Contest show and reception.
The show celebrates kids from across Memphis who took part in the 2016 Young Artist Contest, themed “Cooper Young and Johnny Cash – Together Again!” All of the entries and winners will be on exhibit Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Peabody Elementary, 2086 Young Ave.

Strut! Memphis, a fashionable fundraiser for the Community Legal Center, takes place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Memphis, 5389 Poplar Ave.
Join more than 350 business, community, social and style leaders for a fashion show, live music, food and wine, a silent auction and more. Plus, proceeds help provide equal justice for Memphis’ working poor – work that the CLC has been doing for more than 20 years. Check out strutmemphis.com for details and tickets.

The Memphis Medical District Collaborative is holding a Freewheel district-wide group bicycle ride Wednesday at 6 p.m., departing from 600 Monroe Ave. So far more than 200 Memphians have taken part in the Freewheel slow rides. They’re free, and people are invited to bring their own bikes or reserve one from MMDC’s fleet. Visit facebook.com/wefreewheel for details.

The Memphis Grizzlies have a busy week at FedExForum. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., they take on young star Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Friday at 7 p.m. the rival Los Angeles Clippers, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, come to The Grindhouse. And then on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers provide the competition.

The Thom Kostura Art Show opens Sunday at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Presented by Paragon Bank, there is free public viewing in the Visitors Center Gallery during regular operating hours. Call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

Longtime Commercial Appeal columnist Geoff Calkins will be discussing and signing copies of his book, “After the Jump: Columns on the 20 Best Years in Memphis Sports,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at AutoZone Park, Club Level (200 Union Ave., in the Home Plate Lounge). Drinks and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., followed by the reading and talk at 7 p.m.

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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