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VOL. 131 | NO. 192 | Monday, September 26, 2016

The Week Ahead: September 26-October 2

Daily News staff

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Hello, Memphis! This week kicks off with a presidential debate on the national stage. It wraps up with a hefty dose of bona fide blues, played on several stages much closer to home. And that’s just a taste of what you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

Jesmyn Ward, whose 2011 National Book Award-winning novel “Salvage the Bones” was selected as this year’s Memphis Reads featured book, is coming to town for a pair of discussions midweek.
On Wednesday, Ward will give the Memphis Reads public lecture and sign books at 7 p.m. in the Christian Brothers University theater, 650 East Parkway S. Then on Thursday, she’ll participate in an open Q&A in Rhodes College’s McCallum Ballroom, 2000 North Parkway, at 6 p.m. following a 5:30 p.m. reception. Check out memphisreadsbook.org for more info.

The second annual Bona Fide Blues Festival gets underway Friday and Saturday in Overton Square, with 30 performers from the Memphis region playing the square’s free outdoor stage as well as indoor stages at Lafayette’s Music Room and the Blue Monkey.
The Memphis Blues Society put together the festival about a year ago with a couple of ideas that would separate it from other blues festivals. First, it is about blues performers from the area. Second, it is in a place that draws Memphians as well as tourists. Third, it sets a standard for what the performers are paid – nothing less than $100 per person on stage playing the blues.
The Daily News is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s festival, which features Leo Bud Welch, Sons of Mudboy, Southern Avenue, Super Chikan, Wampus Cats and Barbara Blue.
Ruby Wilson was to perform as well. The Queen of Beale Street, who died in August, will be remembered at the festival.
You can see both days’ schedules and buy wristbands for the indoor venues at bonafidebluesfest.com.

The Germantown Municipal School District holds a public hearing Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Houston High School on the preliminary plans to build a new Germantown Elementary School.
The Germantown Mayor and Board of Aldermen have put down $33,000 on a 33-acre site on Winchester Road east of Forest Hill-Irene Road on the east side of Crestwyn Drive. The Germantown school board wants to hear what the public thinks of the location south of Poplar Avenue.

Developers of the $17 million South Main Artspace Lofts will break ground Thursday to formally begin construction on the set of 58 units of affordable housing that will allow artists to have a work space where they live. Artspace also includes a gallery space and an outdoor arts garden.

Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday afternoon, and among the items on the agenda is the slate of committee assignments for commissioners from the new chairman, Melvin Burgess.
The commission also votes on a resolution from commissioner David Reaves that Reaves hopes will start the ball rolling on returning Bolton High to its origins as an agricultural high school. The resolution isn’t binding on anyone. It encourages talks between Agricenter International and Shelby County Schools.

Also Monday, Undercurrent – the gathering of young professionals – is back. This time the event will be held at Rec Room, 3000 Broad Ave., at 7 p.m. We call it an event, but it’s a bit looser than that. No agenda, no speakers.
This one is also special – it’s also a kind of preview party for this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival. Trailers will be playing on Rec Room’s huge projection screens. Indie Memphis is picking up the tab for beer until it runs out, and there’s no cost or cover to attend.

Get physical on Wednesday with the Move It Memphis 5K. An evening race benefiting the Greater Memphis Chamber includes the Mississippi River sunset and an afterparty at Downtown's newest hot spot, Loflin Yard. moveitmemphis.racesonline.com for more details.

Well, it’s finally here. Debateapalooza. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton finally meet on the same stage for the first of three presidential debates Monday night, and TVs at gathering spots around the city are likely to be checking in on it. One such location planning to host a debate watch party is the Fox & Hound at 5101 Sanderlin, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Stroll through the historic arts districts, as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display creative merchandise, cuisines, and art on Friday’s South Main Art Trolley Tour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 901-578-7262, gosouthmain.com.

The Rev. Dr. Alvin O'Neal Jackson Retirement Celebration is Friday evening. From 1979 to 1997, Rev. Jackson guided the congregation of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church to make major strides for the advancement of our city and the nation. Celebrate his and Tina Jackson's retirement in a free, open-to-the-public reception. 7 p.m., 70 N. Bellevue, 901-729-6222, theblvd.org.

More than 140 artists from all over the world will converge on North Memphis this Saturday, paintbrushes in hand.
They’re in town for Paint Memphis’ one-day paint festival, Soul Food 5, taking place on the 0.3-mile Wolf River floodwall near North Evergreen Street and Chelsea Avenue. When the event wraps up at 5 p.m., every inch of both sides of the wall will be painted.
P.S. We’re loving the photos of last year’s event scrolling through the background of Paint Memphis’ site, paintmemphis.org.

And we can’t forget the Big One.
Ole Miss will host the University of Memphis when the football rivalry resumes Saturday at 6 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. The game will be televised on ESPNU, ESPN2 or the SEC Network alternate channel.
Ole Miss and Memphis have split their meetings the last two seasons – the Tigers won 37-24 in Memphis last year; the Rebels were victorious 24-3 in 2014.

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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