VOL. 132 | NO. 135 | Monday, July 10, 2017
The Week Ahead: July 10-16
Daily News staff
Hello, Memphis! This week, a supercentenarian World War II veteran visits the Bluff City, a classic film flies into the Orpheum, and a piece of the Downtown skyline hits the auction block again. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...
Want to stay cool? Try Sprinkler Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Memphis Botanic Garden. Come to the Great Lawn for slipping, sliding and splashing through a variety of sprinklers. Just bring your swimsuit, a towel, and a picnic lunch (concessions also available). Free to members or with a paid admission. Call 901-636-4122 for more information.
Richard Overton, who is believed to be the oldest living World War II veteran at 111 years old, will visit Memphis International Airport Thursday. The visit, which is Overton’s first, is part of a documentary being produced by local filmmaker Genene Walker of the Grace/Love/Engage project. Veterans group Forever Young and the Patriot Guard Riders are assisting with the event. Overton will arrive at 12:05 p.m. on a Southwest Airlines flight departing from Houston, Texas.
The Orpheum’s summer movie series reaches one of those moments Friday – when you can see a movie you would have been able to see when the historic theater was a movie palace in every sense of the word. The occasion is “The Maltese Falcon” – the 1941 film starring Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, along with Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. It was Greenstreet’s first film role and the first pairing of Greenstreet and Lorre. They and Bogart would turn up a year later in “Casablanca.”
If you pay attention to how much the characters smoke, which tends to be more noticeable in these times than it was in 1941, that’s not just your imagination. Even by the standards of the day, the characters in the thriller did smoke a lot on screen, so much so that the smoke is a part of the atmosphere. But remember... no lighting up in the Orpheum.
Sprouts Farmers Market is opening its fifth Tennessee store this week in East Memphis.
The company is hosting a ribbon-cutting Wednesday at 7 a.m. for the new store at 576 S. Perkins Road. The first 200 shoppers in line will get 20 percent off their purchase, and muffins and coffee samples will be served to everyone in line before the doors open. Also, upon checkout every 15th shopper will get a coupon book.
A few grand opening weekend deals are also in the works. The first 200 customers to make a purchase Saturday will get a coupon booklet for five free deli items. And on Sunday, upon checkout every 15th customer will get a coupon for $5 off a purchase of more than $15 to use on their next visit.
The 100 North Main Building is scheduled for foreclosure auction again Wednesday at noon on the steps of the Judge D’Army Bailey County Courthouse. The auction of the city’s tallest building, which has been empty for years, has been delayed eight times already, which means the odds are high that there will be yet another delay.
The Memphis Redbirds return to AutoZone Park Thursday for a 7:05 game vs. Round Rock. The series continues with a 7:05 game Friday, 6:35 game Saturday (fireworks afterward) and a 2:05 game Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the AutoZone Park Box Office, or via phone at 901-721-6000.
Shelby County Commissioners meet in special session Monday, and they have one item and one item only on the agenda – vote on a county government operating budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. But it won’t be quite as easy as an up/down vote. There are lots of amendments to the budget to be offered by several commissioners. And the dollar amounts in those items have to be adjusted so the budget itself is balanced. At the outset, the amendments, most notably a 3-cent cut in the county property tax rate – taking it to $4.10 – would leave the $1.2 billion budget proposal $2.3 million in the red. It could be a long afternoon at the county building. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. You can follow what happens with our live coverage @tdnpols.
The Shoot and Splice Monthly Film Forum is Tuesday night and offers a great opportunity to either join or connect further with the Memphis filmmaking community. The event will cover a wide variety of both technical and educational aspects of filmmaking, but arriving early to network and connect with other filmmakers is highly encouraged. If you have an idea for a topic you’d like to see discussed, email email@example.com. The event starts at 7 p.m./networking at 6:30. It will take place at 430 N. Cleveland and is free and open to the public.
Stroller Strides, a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies, is holding sessions Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Shelby Farms Park. The workout includes power walking/jogging and intervals of strength and body toning exercise using exercise tubing, your stroller and the environment.
Taught by certified fitness instructors with specialty training with pre- and postnatal woman. Instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to engage and entertain baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom. These sessions are free, while the cost is $45 for a month. Contact Monique Stitts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-222-7272 for more.
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