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VOL. 132 | NO. 81 | Monday, April 24, 2017

The Week Ahead: April 24-30

Daily News staff

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Happy Monday, Memphis! Those potholes and rough patches of broken asphalt you dodge on your morning commute may be in line for repair pretty soon, and there’s a full list of entertaining and informative events to attend in the coming days, including the annual RegionSmart Summit. Here’s what you need to know about the Week Ahead...

The state Legislature will probably wrap up most of the loose ends from the Tennessee road funding bill on Monday. The passage of the bill by both the state House and Senate last week is a milestone, with the legislation being the central event of the session that began in January. But it is a complex bill with a lot of moving parts – tax hikes and tax cuts. It was rewritten and overhauled once during the debate. The House floor debate before the vote last Wednesday featured 70 amendments.

Once the remaining details are worked out this week in the Capitol, expect Gov. Bill Haslam to probably travel across the state to tout the passage of the bill and sign the legislation in a very public signing ceremony. No dates on the governor’s schedule for that as the week began. But expect it.

It’s books. It’s authors. It’s food trucks. It’s a festival. It’s Bookstock, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center’s free annual author festival for the whole family. The event runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.
Bookstock features 40 authors in all. There is also live music, arts and crafts for children, Cloud901 for teens, a fashion show featuring book characters, a scavenger hunt in the library, storytelling … and of course, what would a festival be without face painting? It wouldn’t be Bookstock, my friends. It just wouldn’t.

Todrick Hall’s “Straight Outta Oz” tour is stopping in Memphis Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. If you’re unfamiliar with Hall, he’s a singer, songwriter, dancer and popular YouTuber who just wrapped up a Broadway run as Lola in “Kinky Boots.” This show is an original mashup of “The Wizard of Oz” and Hall’s adventures from small-town Texas to the Emerald City of “Oz Angeles.”

The historic East Buntyn neighborhood will host its eighth annual East Buntyn ArtWalk Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring regional artists in an open-air bazaar of galleries set up in the front yards and porches of the neighborhood. Pieces painted by residents as well as other Mid-South artists will be on display. St. James Church, 461 S. Prescott, will serve as the “hub” of the event.

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is playing a tribute concert in honor of John Williams, a composer who’s literally written a soundtrack to our lives – a big, brassy, eminently hummable soundtrack. The concert is set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. MSO Principal Conductor Robert Moody will lead the symphony in a host of John Williams favorites, including music from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and more.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland makes his annual budget address to the Memphis City Council at the top of Tuesday’s council agenda. And so begins the city budget season – this one a bit more complex than usual since Memphis will be resetting its property tax rate to calculate the rising property values reflect in the countywide reappraisal. In other words, expect the new recertified rate to go down even though your reappraisal probably went up.

Thursday is also election day in state House District 95. The district is Collierville, Germantown and Eads and these are special primary elections to fill the vacancy in the Shelby County delegation to Nashville created when Republican Mark Lovell resigned just weeks after taking office in the Legislature.
There are about 51,000 voters in the district and most of the turnout – election day and early voting, which ended Saturday – is expected to be in the Republican primary where there are seven contenders. The Democratic nominee, Julie Byrd Ashworth, is running unopposed. She along with independent contenders Robert Schutt and Jim Tomasik automatically advance to the special June 15 general election. They will be joined with the winner of Thursday’s election. We, of course, will have live coverage of the returns @tdnpols.

The second annual RegionSmart Summit will be held Thursday at the Halloran Centre. The event will bring together more than 300 Mid-South leaders in government, economic and community development, planning, architecture, and engineering to learn, connect, and collaborate on the challenges and opportunities that the Mid-South faces.
Speakers at the event include Joe Riley, former mayor of Charleston, South Carolina; New York City parks commissioner Mitchell Silver; authors Peter Kageyama and Ellen Dunham-Jones; and others.

When we last looked in on the sad saga of the city’s tallest building, the 100 North Main building was up for another foreclosure sale on the steps of the Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse, which is on a corner opposite the 100 N. Main Building. That was delayed earlier this month for the sixth time. The substitute trustee in the case said that would probably be the last delay for the empty building that is surrounded by a chain link fence. So at noon Wednesday, there will be another gathering on the courthouse steps to see what comes next for the city’s tallest building.

Jesse Cook, a Canadian guitarist and composer best known for his PBS television special and his 2015 album “One World,” comes to town Thursday for a show at the New Daisy.

The Memphis Redbirds open up a five-game homestand against Round Rock beginning with a 7:05 p.m. game on Thursday. The series continues Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 6:35 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m., and the team wraps up its first homestand of the season Monday with an 11:05 a.m. game. Tickets are available online, at the box office, or by calling 901-721-6000.

Local Democrats begin the process of reforming their local party with a series of public forums, starting with one Saturday afternoon in Raleigh. The Shelby County Democratic Party’s charter was revoked last year by the state party for ongoing dysfunction. A group of local Democrats appointed by the state party leaders are holding the meetings as part of the process of drafting a new set of bylaws and a structure that should have the local party back in action by the summer.

Forging on the River comes to the Metal Museum Friday and Saturday. This annual event is a chance for metalsmiths and enthusiasts to network, exchange ideas and work collaboratively on projects. Internationally renowned guest demonstrator Christoph Friedrich has been a celebrated metalworker since 1968. Pre-registration is required.

The Playhouse Original Art Auction takes place Saturday. This all-day silent art auction culminates with hot bidding at the live, on-stage auction starting at 6:30 p.m. More than 150 professional artists are represented – along with drinks, eats and a full cast of characters.

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.

PROPERTY SALES 105 193 8,028
MORTGAGES 120 239 9,024
BUILDING PERMITS 192 445 17,512
BANKRUPTCIES 27 69 5,228