VOL. 131 | NO. 177 | Monday, September 5, 2016
The Week Ahead: September 5-11
Daily News staff
Happy Labor Day, Memphis! We hope you’re wrapping up this three-day weekend on a relaxing note – and, if you buy into arbitrary fashion etiquette, that you’re enjoying wearing your white clothing and seersucker suits one last time. There’s plenty going on this week, from Mid-South Book Fest to the Southern Heritage Classic, so let’s get right to it…
The Labor Day Chick-fil-A 5K is Monday. Hit the Downtown streets to benefit Junior Achievement of the Mid-South. Run the final steps in the outfield of AutoZone Park, then enjoy eats, treats and music. It all starts at 8 a.m. at AutoZone Park, 901-274-2202, cfa5k.racesonline.com/register.
This is Southern Heritage Classic week in Memphis with the 27th annual matchup between Jackson State and Tennessee State universities at the Liberty Bowl.
The football game is the centerpiece of what has become an array of events that are a cultural celebration.
The events begin Thursday morning at 10 a.m. with a tailgate party at Tiger Lane and Tobey Park. That evening, Stephanie Mills headlines the Classic Concert at The Orpheum Theatre.
The tailgate party continues Friday with the Tom Joyner Morning Show broadcasting live from Tiger Lane. There’s also a college fair at the nearby Pipkin Building that morning and a coaches luncheon Friday at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown.
The Classic Music Festival at Landers Center in Southaven on Friday includes Maze with Frankie Beverly and KEM.
Saturday is game day with yet more tailgating, the Ed “Too Tall” Jones Golf Classic at Tunica National on Saturday morning and the Classic Parade in Orange Mound.
Also on the morning calendar is a battle of the bands at Whitehaven High School stadium and a fashion show at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.
Kickoff is at 6 p.m., with the JSU and TSU bands putting on a halftime show that is both a tradition of the game as well as a highlight.
The two bands return after the game for the finale for what is billed as the “Classic 5th Quarter.”
The Mid-South Book Festival will bring together 75 local and national authors at Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse. The event runs Wednesday through Saturday.
This year’s festival includes author panel discussions, a literacy summit for educators and nonprofit leaders, and a Student Writers Conference for young writers. Saturday is the free street fair where food trucks, vendors and live readings will comingle on Cooper Avenue.
Outflix, Memphis’ LGBTQ film festival, kicks off on Wednesday. The opening film, “Girls Lost” is about a group of bullied girls who consume a magical plant that turns them into boys. Throughout the week, festival organizers will screen six documentaries, 14 short films and 12 features. Outflix concludes on Sunday. All screenings take place at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill. Individual tickets and festival passes are available.
On Tuesday, you can celebrate a small piece of Memphis history that had a big impact on the world at the Pink Palace Museum.
Sept. 6, 2016, marks the 100-year anniversary of the very first Piggly Wiggly and self-service shopping. A life-size replica of the very first Piggly Wiggly store is at the Pink Palace, which was built by the same man who built the Piggly Wiggly franchise, Clarence Saunders.
Piggly Wiggly was founded in Memphis and was the first self-service grocery store.
Before Saunders tweaked the system, shoppers had to ask for a clerk’s assistance to retrieve the items they needed from off the shelves. Saunders designed a systematically arranged store that offered cash-and-carry shopping. He believed that if he offered lower prices than his competitors, people would wait on themselves, pay cash and carry the bags home.
And it just so happens admission to the Pink Palace Mansion and Museum is free to visitors Tuesday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Doors to the Greater Memphis Chamber open to the general public on Thursday. As part of a Chamber 101 open house, members and non-members will gain an inside look at the chamber’s departments and attend a networking reception. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Cinemax television series “Quarry” makes its debut Friday evening. The show was filmed on location in Memphis the summer of 2015 in what has been a long road to production and then to an air date.
The city plays itself circa 1972 and the central character is a Vietnam veteran who has returned to the city a very different person than when he left. From the previews and promos circulating, this is a decidedly dark drama. It’s a different era than the 1950s backdrop for the CMT series “Million Dollar Quartet” that debuts in October and is about Sun Records.
"Million Dollar Quartet" doesn’t look as grim as "Quarry," but it doesn’t dodge the realities of the times and real-life personalities that are characters in the drama.
"Quarry" has been gathering critical buzz since June when critics began getting their first glimpses of the show.
“The Fine Art of Rock” remains on display at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum inside FedExForum, 191 Beale at Third Street. Come see a comprehensive Memphis music experience (it will be on display through Nov. 30) featuring original paintings, drawings and pen & inks from the most iconic album covers of all time. Call 901-205-2533 or visit memphisrocknsoul.org for more.
Neither rain nor snow nor even holiday weeks shall keep Memphis trivia buffs from their appointed rounds.
Cerrito Trivia is back at it this week, and if you remember MTV’s TRL days, if you binged on Kimmy Schmidt or watched any movies in the 2000s, get thee to a trivia table. Here’s how the week breaks down:
On Tuesday, Cerrito Trivia is hosting Classic MTV Trivia. That’ll happen at Rec Room from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Thursday, the Arcade restaurant is hosting Cerrito Trivia, this time focused on the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. That one is from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Darn, the theme song is now stuck in my head.)
Also on Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Indie Memphis is presenting a Cerrito Trivia event focused on movies of the 2000s.
As always, head over to cerritotrivia.com for more rules and details.
"Drawings of E.A. Chase: Designs of a Pioneer Modernist," a rare collection of more than 90 drawings by one of America's most significant blacksmiths, remains on display at the Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Drive. This is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See metalmuseum.org for class and demonstration times or call 901-774-6380. This exhibit remains on display through Oct. 2.
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