VOL. 132 | NO. 160 | Monday, August 14, 2017
The Week Ahead: Aug. 14-20
The Daily News
Hello, Memphis! School was the big opening last week, but this week it’s the majestic Crosstown Concourse, the 1.5 million-square-foot tower on Cleveland Street at North Parkway. It is hosting a six-hour extravaganza of tours, music, food and the arts. Check out the details, plus more Elvis Week events and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead...
Crosstown Concourse (Daily News File/Patrick Lantrip)
Crosstown Concourse, the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building, has its formal opening Saturday, including lots of live music in the plaza and performance areas in the 1.5 million-square-foot structure. There also will be art installations and exhibits galore. The opening of the concourse comes 90 years to the month after then-Mayor Rowlett Paine cut the ribbon on the original Sears Crosstown… at a time when Babe Ruth had hit 60 home runs in one season, before the stock market crashed and two years after Tom Lee rescued several dozen people whose boat has capsized on the Mississippi River. These days we have two mayors to cut the ribbon – Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.
The live music and art starts at around 2 p.m., and the formal ceremony is at 3 p.m.
The same day will be a busy one across the county. In Germantown, civic leaders will formally open the Riverdale Elementary School addition to the public for tours from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to innovative groupings and areas for students to work, the addition has the network necessary to support the computers and digital devices students use. There is a mixed-use science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab; a natural rain garden with an amphitheater overlooking the garden; and visual arts components, including an outdoor patio for painting and a pottery kiln. The choral and instrumental music spaces, meanwhile, include practice rooms, storage and soundproofing.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company will also be at the Riverdale tours Saturday, breaking in the amphitheater with excerpts from “Shakes, Rattle and Roll” – its production that fuses Memphis music with the words of Shakespeare. They also will be happy to talk about the company’s partnership with the Germantown Municipal School District.
Rock for Love 11, the annual concert benefiting Church Health, will be held this weekend. The festivities run Friday through an after-party Saturday at the Hi-Tone. There's a Makeshift 6 release party Friday at the Hi-Tone to start the celebration, featuring a collection of artists, DJ Al Kapone and emcee Gary Parrish. Doors open at 7 p.m., the event starts at 8, and there's a $5 cover. The next day, things move to Crosstown Concourse, where artists will play in the plaza, atriums and Church Health Community Room from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. An after-party with Chinese Connection Dub Embassy as the house band will close things down at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Hi-Tone, for which there's a $5 cover.
The annual Elvis Presley candlelight vigil starts Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland. After an opening ceremony, fans may walk up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite and back down, carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which usually stretches into the early hours of the next morning.
And while the candlelight vigil is Elvis Week’s traditional centerpiece, plenty more events are planned straight through Saturday. Among them…
• The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest spans several days as tribute artists celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and vie for the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2017. Expect lots of jumpsuits and blue suede shoes. Fair warning: All the shows appear to be sold out, but you might be able to snag a photo or autograph.
• “ELVIS: Live in Concert” is Wednesday at 8 p.m. at FedExForum. In this live concert event experience, a full symphony orchestra performs live on stage with Elvis on the big screen. Plus, the evening will feature a special appearance by Priscilla Presley and other surprise guests. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com.
• Go Inside the Archives to learn more about how the Graceland Archives protects the artifacts and see some of the most unique and prized items that it holds. This free event is Friday at 3 p.m. at the Guest House at Graceland, and limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Check the official Elvis Week schedule for dozens more events planned throughout the week.
Archbishop Dorian Baxter – aka Elvis Priestly (www.christthekinggraceland.ca)
Couples, celebrate your “Burning Love” on Beale as Archbishop Dorian Baxter – aka Elvis Priestly – performs wedding vow renewal ceremonies Wednesday through Sunday between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Café & Honky Tonk, 310 Beale. You “Can’t Help Falling in Love” again as Baxter, a real Anglican archbishop, leads you in vows that may or may not include “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.” The $20 ceremonies include a special Elvis wedding vow renewal certificate and are SO much better than “Crying in the Chapel.” (Ahem. We’re done with the puns now, so don’t get “All Shook Up.”)
In addition, Elvis Priestly will be rocking Club Handy, 200 Beale, with performances starting at 8 p.m. after the ceremonies each night. And he’ll be signing his book, “From Mombasa to Memphis,” Wednesday at 4:30 at Jerry Lee Lewis’.
A Memphis company is giving one Elvis fan the chance to stay in his boyhood home. ALCO Management Inc. is sponsoring the Thank You Very Much Sweepstakes for a free weekend stay in Elvis’ childhood apartment in Lauderdale Courts – now known as Uptown Square. ALCO, which rehabbed Lauderdale Courts and manages Uptown Square, says the two-night stay is valued at $500 and the trip can be taken any weekend from Sept. 1 to July 31, with the exception of Elvis’ birthday week (Jan. 1-12). Contestants enter on ALCO’s Facebook page by liking the “Thank You Very Much” post between now and Aug. 31, with the winner to be drawn Sept. 1.
Sparkling Nights runs from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. This benefit for SRVS will feature silent and live auctions, savory appetizers, samplings of vintage wines, and a unique, commemorative painting by Memphis artist Joey Evangelisti, who captures on canvas what he cannot express in words. Honoring SRVS co-founder Dorothy Wilson, proceeds go toward the nonprofit’s support services for people with disabilities.
The first of four public meetings to solicit input on the preliminary concept for “I Am A Man” Plaza is in New Chicago Saturday. This isn’t a formal hearing but a chance for the public to come and go from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Chicago Community Development Corp., 1036 Firestone Ave., and comment individually on the renderings and ideas. The plaza is to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will be installed on what is now an open lot at Pontotoc and Hernando just south of Clayborn Temple. The street outside the church was the starting point for the daily marches by the strikers to City Hall, and the church was a hub of strike activity in 1968.
The first-place Memphis Redbirds return to AutoZone Park Tuesday with a 6:35 p.m. game vs. the Nashville Sounds. The series continues at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday and with 7:05 p.m. games on Thursday and Friday. The Redbirds play New Orleans at 6:35 p.m. Saturday and again at 2:05 p.m. Sunday. For more information on promotions or for tickets, call 901-721-6000 or visit memphisredbirds.com.
100 North Main (Daily News File)
The 100 North Main building, Memphis’ tallest skyscraper, is once again scheduled for a foreclosure auction Wednesday at noon on the steps of the Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse at Second Street and Adams Avenue. The building has been vacant for several years and this is the ninth time its been scheduled to go on the block.
On Wednesday, the Center City Development Corp. will vote on a proposed partnership with the South End Improvement Alliance to overhaul the railway underpass along G.E. Patterson Avenue. The goal of the partnership would be to enhance the area’s walkability in advance of the $55 million Central Station redevelopment. The CCDC and SEA have partnered twice before to renovate other neglected underpasses in the area.
A close approximation of the Rocket Man will play Lafayette's Music Room this weekend. The act is "Almost ... Elton John," and the faux piano man plays the Overton Square venue at 2119 Madison Ave. Saturday at 10 p.m. It will be a journey through Elton's catalog from the ’70s to today. As a measure of his skill on the ivories, "Almost...Elton John" was the featured act for Elton John's 60th Birthday celebration in New York City at a fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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