VOL. 132 | NO. 121 | Monday, June 19, 2017
The Week Ahead: June 19-25
Daily News staff
Hello, Memphis! Summer officially arrives in our Central time zone at 11:24 p.m. on Tuesday, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Well, we know what summer in Memphis means – a heapin’ helpin’ of humidity. Stay cool with all these hot happenings in The Week Ahead...
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On Monday, Crosstown Arts is taking its monthly event series Connecting Crosstown to the newly opened Curb Market.
The event is essentially an invitation for residents and business owners in Crosstown to meet their neighbors and get a peek inside Curb Market’s new space inside Crosstown Concourse at 495 N. Watkins.
The tour gets started at 5 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.
Curb Market specializes in locally grown produce, dairy, meats, craft beers, and more. Its owner is Peter Schutt, who also owns The Daily News Publishing Co., and it features a full kitchen, as well as hot and cold prepared dishes for dine-in and carry-out. It’s meant to serve as a source of healthy and organic products for customers as well as a storefront for meat and vegetables raised on Schutt’s farms in Dancyville and Whiteville, Tennessee. One of the market’s other highlights is an in-house butcher shop.
Also on Friday, the Live at the Garden concert series kicks off with Little Big Town.
The Memphis City Council meets Tuesday at City Hall. And although the council made most of the major decisions of budget season two weeks ago, there are still a few loose ends to be dealt with. There is also some final spending and appropriations decisions to made in the current fiscal year that ends June 30. Sadly there is no countdown to the new fiscal year with a big glass ball or guitar that drops before cheering crowds. Just a new set of books.
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The Carpenter Art Garden in the heart of Binghampton is hosting a fifth anniversary art show this week.
On Friday, the art garden will celebrate five years of what originally started as an abandoned property with one mural and over time evolved into a community of opportunity for the surrounding neighborhood.
The art show at 295 Carpenter St. will showcase artwork from all the children involved, as well as the adults who have taught at the garden throughout the years. The event will also include music, wine, beer and food from local Memphis staples like Felicia Suzanne's, Bayou Bar & Grill, Huey's, Rendezvous and others.
The Memphis Branch NAACP will mark its centennial Saturday with its annual Freedom Fund luncheon at the Hilton in East Memphis. The 11:30 a.m. gathering features former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. and former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry as keynote speakers.
And as we mentioned in the cover story of our weekly newspaper, The Memphis News, there will be plenty of discussion about the here and now and the relevance of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.
Old Dominick Distillery will formally open on Front Street Saturday. The event, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., is a fundraiser for New Memphis Institute.
The distillery and tasting room had a soft opening earlier because that’s what you do when you are in the business of food and drink and atmosphere. And when you are in the whiskey business, you do that plus you have to let your product age – the whiskey that is.
The story of the business, which is also part of the draw, has plenty of age on it. As for Old Dominick – that is the whiskey brand. The real-life person was Domenico Canale, who came to Memphis in 1859 from Liguria, Italy. His first business on his own was a fruit cart that included wine and whiskey made by his uncle.
After the Civil War, Domenico and his brother Peter started Canale & Bro., a wholesale grocery, candy company and liquor supplier with its own brand of bourbon whiskey, Old Dominick. When Peter left the business, it became D. Canale Co.
Domenico Canale died in 1919 after the state had enacted prohibition – the city had first refused to enforce it and then ignored it until national prohibition forced distilleries to stop making their wares and switch to alternatives for a time.
The Shelby County Schools system takes its budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission Wednesday in committee sessions. The budget part should go pretty smoothly. The commission isn’t quite as far along in its budget season as the city council, but it is close.
School system leaders, however, might field a few questions about allegations of grade changing and other irregularities made in a letter earlier this month by former Trezevant High School principal Ronnie Mackin. Commissioners have indicated they want to know more. At this point, the school system has audits underway on the grade-changing allegations and has a panel of three attorneys investigating other allegations in Mackin’s resignation letter.
If you like movies, there are a couple events slated this week where you can watch a flick under the stars. Not the Summer Drive-In, mind you, but on the banks of the Mississippi or on the other end of the county in Germantown.
Beale Street Landing is the venue for Twilight Tuesday, a free outdoor movie series that will feature “The Wiz” at 8:30 p.m. on the landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and grab a spot on the landing’s sloping rooftop. “The Wiz” and other movies during the series will be projected on a 24-foot screen at the bottom of the landing. Visit downtownmemphis.com for details.
And the city of Germantown hosts its “Reel” Family Time Outdoor Movie Series beginning Friday at dusk. “The Secret Life of Pets” will be the first showing. Also free, patrons are encouraged to spread out on the lawn with a blanket or chair around the Kiwanis Pavilion at Municipal Park, 1900 S. Germantown Road, where the movie will be screened. Concessions will be available for purchase. Go to germantown-tn.gov for more.
On Thursday, the 2017 NBA Draft gets underway at 6 p.m. (Central) on ESPN. Your Memphis Grizzlies don’t have a pick in either of the two rounds of the draft, but that doesn’t mean the team won’t try to work out a deal to get a player. Fan favorites Tony Allen and Zach Randolph – part of the Core Four that have thrilled Grizz for several years – are eligible to explore playing for other teams, so it’s a draft that will draw a lot of local interest.
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