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VOL. 132 | NO. 155 | Monday, August 7, 2017

The Week Ahead: August 7-13

By Kate Simone

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Hello, Memphis! While many local kids head back to school, plenty of Elvis fans are flocking to the city to celebrate The King’s life and legacy. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

Belle Forest second graders show off their school gear during Gear Up 4 School Day on August 1. Gear Up 4 School Day gives families the opportunity to register for school, show proof of immunization, pick up class supply lists and sign up for school clubs. (Daily News/Houston Cofield)

Monday is the first day of school for much of school-age Shelby County. While the calendar says the end of summer is in September, this is the traditional end of summer for many. And that end of summer comes sooner than it probably did for many of the parents of those returning to school today. Remember the holiday students used to get at the start of the school year – late August or early September – for the Mid-South Fair? Second question, how many of you remember the Mid-South Fair when it was at the Fairgrounds and not in Southaven? You know, pre-Tiger Lane, when the Children’s Museum was the National Guard Armory and the Grand Carousel was at Libertyland.

The Memphis in May International Festival announces the 2018 honored country Thursday, and we also should get a detailed look at the box office for this year’s festival that honored Colombia. And maybe a few surprises are in store?

The first-place Memphis Redbirds open up a four-game homestand Monday at 6:35 p.m. vs. Omaha (Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals). The series continues at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday (doubleheader), 6:35 p.m. Wednesday and 7:05 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 901-721-6000 or visit memphisredbirds.com.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones (facebook.com)

Live at the Garden returns to Memphis Botanic Garden on Friday, featuring St. Paul & The Broken Bones. An expanded eight-piece lineup of the widely praised soul-based rock unit, along with Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, plays under the stars, surrounded by acres of gardens in the heart of Memphis. Gates open at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

An interesting discussion in Germantown Thursday evening wants you to think differently about development. The discussion, by the city of Germantown’s Economic and Community Development department and the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, will feature urban design consultant Joe Mincozzi. Mincozzi is principal of Urban3, a consulting firm out of Asheville, N.C. The discussion is at 6:30 p.m. at The Great Hall and Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road. The city’s link includes a TEDx Talk by Mincozzi.


Metal in Motion,” featuring artists whose work involves moving parts, continues at the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. The museum, which is the only one in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork, offers a wide range of classes and demonstrations. Check its website for a schedule.

On Wednesday at 9 a.m., the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. decides the fate of PGK Properties’ request for tax assistance on its ambitious plan to renovate the former Wonder Bread factory. The developers of the $73 million project – which includes a 480-space parking garage, 286 apartment units and 150,000 square feet of commercial space – are seeking a 20-year tax abatement to help bring the project to life.

Fans honor Elvis at the 2016 Candle Light Vigil at Graceland. (Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

Elvis Week 2017, honoring the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll 40 years after his death, kicks off this Friday and runs through Aug. 19. More than 40 events are happening in and around Graceland, including plenty at The Guest House at Graceland and the new entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
While we’ll also feature some of these in next week’s Week Ahead, we wanted to give you a taste of what’s in store...

• Friday, Aug. 11: Elvis Fan Reunion, 2 p.m., Graceland Soundstage A (at Elvis Presley’s Memphis)

• Saturday, Aug. 12: Elvis Presley 5K Run Benefiting Livitup, 8 a.m., gates of Graceland; The Auction at Graceland, auction of more than 300 Graceland-authenticated artifacts from private collectors, 12:30 p.m., Guest House at Graceland; The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Celebration Concert, 8 p.m., Graceland Soundstage A

Sunday, Aug. 13: George Klein’s Elvis Mafia Reunion, 5 p.m., Alfred’s (197 Beale St.); A Salute to Sun Records hosted by John Paul Keith, 8 p.m., Graceland Soundstage A

Monday, Aug. 14: A Band of Legends Remembers Elvis, 8 p.m., Graceland Soundstage A

Tuesday, Aug. 15: Candlelight Vigil, quiet procession that usually lasts into the early morning hours as fans walk to Elvis’ gravesite and back in quiet remembrance, 8:30 p.m., gates of Graceland

Wednesday, Aug. 16: ELVIS: Live in Concert, a 40th anniversary celebration concert with full symphony orchestra, 8 p.m., FedExForum

Friday, Aug. 18: Inside the Archives, look inside the Graceland Archives to learn how artifacts are protected and see some of the unique and prized items it holds, 3 p.m., The Guest House at Graceland; Hollywood Night at The Guest House at Graceland, 8 p.m.

For a complete list of events and ticket information, visit elvisweekmemphis.com.

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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