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VOL. 132 | NO. 150 | Monday, July 31, 2017

The Week Ahead: July 31-August 6

Daily News staff

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Hello, Memphis! It's time to wave goodbye to July and hello to August, and there's plenty to keep you busy this week. Check out our top picks, plus more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...


Undercurrent is celebrating four years of the young professionals-focused event series Monday at 7 p.m. at Old Dominick Distillery.
As part of the “spirit-filled” event, a specialty cocktail is being crafted that’s free and limited to the first 100 guests, thanks to sponsors Creative Works Conference and Start Co. A variety of cocktails featuring Old Dominick spirits will also be available at the bar, and the event will include food, music and a great view. Attendees just need to show up – there’s no agenda – and just focus on meeting other people.


Singer-songwriter James Taylor brings his band to FedExForum Saturday, Aug. 5, for a show that kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Bonnie Raitt is billed as a special guest. How Sweet It Is to have news outlets like this one to remind you of shows like these.

While we’re on a music kick, Malco is hosting a meetup of Dead Heads in cinemas nationwide Tuesday to celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday. It’s being celebrated in Memphis at Malco’s Cinema Paradiso, and the 7th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies features the band’s performance at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on July 12, 1989. The Cinema Paradiso is at 584 S. Mendenhall Road, and the show gets going at 7 p.m.

(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday now that they have wrapped up a kind of complicated budget season. So Monday’s agenda is mostly about getting set up for the new fiscal year, which actually began July 1. There are some dollars amounts for the still new fiscal year to continue software contracts and the like. The meeting is at 3 p.m. at the Vasco Smith Administration Building, 160 N. Main Street. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols, for live coverage on what will probably be a short and quick agenda. Because long or short, hard or easy, it is still DEMOCRACY.

Shelby County Democrats meet in Midtown Saturday to complete their party reorganization by electing a new chairman. There are five contenders for the job and group of more than 100 on the Democratic Grassroots Council who will have a vote in this.

(Daily News File)

Larry Bates and Chuck Bates, the father-and-son team convicted earlier this year of defrauding customers who bought gold and silver through their family company, are due in Memphis Federal Court Thursday for sentencing by U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman. And they give every indication of pre-sentencing filings by their attorneys of contesting much of the criteria for the sentencing, including whether investors should have known better. Prosecutors estimate the amount of money lost is more than $21 million.

ServiceMaster posts its second-quarter financial statements Monday and in a conference call with investors and analysts may have more to say about the sudden change of leadership at the Memphis-based company announced last week as well as the spinoff of its American Home Shield division.

And on Wednesday afternoon, Memphis-based Wright Medical Group Inc. holds a conference call with analysts and shareholders on earnings for its second quarter that ended June 25. The consensus estimate for Q2 earnings among 16 analysts is for a loss of 9 cents per share on revenue of $178.17 million, according to Yahoo Finance. The conference call begins after the closing bell at 3:30 p.m. Central time.

The Design Review Board will take a look at the plans submitted by two Main Street property owners who are looking to spruce up their facades in order to help attract new tenants to their properties.
Nat Newburger, who owns the buildings located at 47 and 51 S. Main, and his neighbor, retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder, who owns 55 S. Main, were both recently awarded grants from the Center City Development Corp. to help with the exterior improvements. Both Newburger’s and Holder’s plans include elements designed to restore aspects of their more-than-century-old buildings’ original look. However, the plans must be approved by the DRB at its Wednesday meeting before going into effect.

Quick Hits

Bourbon and Bows: Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at The Crescent Club: Silent auction, bourbon tastings, appetizers, live jazz, cigar bar, and fabulous food to benefit the Mid-South-Area Business Travel Association. Go to msabta.org to get more details.

“Metal in Motion,” featuring artists whose work involves moving parts, continues at the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, 901-774-6380, metalmuseum.org. The only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to fine metalwork. See website for class and demo times.

“Summer Seasonal Stargazing” tours the audience through the summer night sky. Continues through Sept. 22 at Sharpe Planetarium, 3050 Central Ave., 901-636-2362, memphismuseums.org.

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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