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VOL. 132 | NO. 170 | Monday, August 28, 2017

The Week Ahead: Aug. 28-Sept. 3

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Hey, Memphis! It’s time to celebrate 901 Day – but not before you hit Tiger Lane Thursday for the University of Memphis Tigers’ season-opening football game. Plus, check out “the prince of kosher gospel” in concert and more hot happenings in The Week Ahead...

Young professionals are invited to come out to Railgarten at 2166 Central Ave. Monday at 7 p.m. for the next scheduled Undercurrent gathering. For those who don’t know, Undercurrent is a regular bash at which millennials and young professionals are encouraged to show up and just – mingle and get to know each other. There’s no agenda, except, well that informal mingling part. There’s no cost and no cover, you just have to RSVP at undercurrent040.eventbrite.com. Ping pong will be free all night, and the first 50 drinks are on the house. Undercurrent is also giving away six two-day passes to the Mempho Music Festival – two VIP passes and four general admission passes. You must RSVP and be present to win.

Speaking of Railgarten, it’s hosting a slew of happenings for 901 Day for 12 hours of partying Friday from noon to midnight. To give an idea of what attendees can expect: A happy hour is set from noon to 3 p.m.; live music starts at 1 p.m.; and a Memphis vendors pop-up market – with vendors like Embrace Your Inner, Makedas Cookies, 901drift and bozwell + lily – runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. … Plus lots more in store.


The biggest venue for 901 Day, however, will be AutoZone Park on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Almost every conceivable community organization that is active in Memphis will be on the grounds of the premier Triple-A baseball stadium to celebrate all things Memphis. At its core, the annual Exposure on 901 Day, a now annual event coordinated by New Memphis Institute, is designed to get residents from all over the city to make contacts and become active in some of these many worthwhile organizations. A highlight of 901 Day will be the celebrity kickball game that features Memphis personalities from all career paths playing what one participant last year described as an “irreverent” game of kickball. A lot of laughs, good food, entertainment and a good time should be had by all. And admission is free.

Joshua Nelson (facebook.com)

Joshua Nelson, aka “the prince of kosher gospel,” is headlining the Memphis Jewish Community Center’s 2017 gala Wednesday at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. Nelson, who was born and raised Jewish, began combining Hebrew liturgical texts with gospel music while studying in Israel… and kosher gospel was born.
Read more about Nelson and get tickets to Wednesday’s gala on MJJC’s website.
Oh, and we highly recommend checking out his spirit-filled cover of Mahalia Jackson’s “How I Got Over.” It’s fantastic.

(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

University of Memphis football, coming off an 8-5 season under coach Mike Norvell, kicks off the 2017 season vs. Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Tigers were picked in the preseason to win the American Athletic Conference’s West Division. Tickets: http://www.gotigersgotix.com

The Memphis Redbirds wrap up the home portion of their regular season schedule with a four-game series vs. Iowa (Cubs) Monday through Thursday. The Monday through Wednesday games start at 6:35 p.m. and the Thursday game is at 7:05 p.m. For more information on promotions, or for tickets, call 901-721-6000.

Thursday’s your last day to hang out in RiverPlay, a pop-up recreation space on Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Court streets. It includes a variety of flexible and multi-use amenities: playing fields, basketball court, skating rink, ping pong, chess, and other family-friendly, pet-friendly activities. RiverPlay will be open from 3 to 8 p.m., and admission is free.

Bargain-hunters and deal-seekers, Broad Avenue is the place to be this Friday. The Broad Avenue Arts District is hosting its First Friday Sidewalk Sale from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with deals in front of every store. Participating stores include Bingham & Broad, T Clifton Art, Five in One Social Club, Falling Into Place and Found Memphis, to name a few.

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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