VOL. 132 | NO. 94 | Thursday, May 11, 2017
Mothers of the Nile will hold its ninth annual banquet Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Broad, 2835 Broad Ave. Those sharing their perspectives include state Rep. Raumesh Akbari, Hope Academy principal Michael Smith and essay contest participants from Hope Academy, whose students are in detention at Juvenile Court. Visit mothersofthenileinc.org for details.
Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, will take place Thursday, May 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Twelve Cooper-Young restaurants will offer special canine-themed drinks for the evening and will donate 10 percent of sales from Pup Crawlers to HSMSC. Participants should first stop at the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue for a free wristband to ensure their drink sales are counted. Visit memphishumane.org.
Barnes & Noble Wolfchase will host author Ace Atkins Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the store, 2774 N. Germantown Parkway. Atkins will discuss “Little White Lies,” his new book in Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. For more information, call 901-386-9445.
A Bobby “Blue” Bland statue dedication will take place Friday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the southeast corner of South Main St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The dedication is being held in conjunction with The Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards Week. Visit blues.org.
Overton Park Gallery will hold an opening reception for Susan Maakestad’s “Sightlines” Friday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1581 Overton Park Ave. The exhibition will be on display through June 3. Email email@example.com for details.
BMA Fest, part of The Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards Week, will take place Friday, May 12. A $10 wristband gets visitors into 10 Beale Street clubs featuring special entertainment all evening. Hours vary per club. Visit blues.org for a list of performers at each participating venue.
The Turtle Island Native American Association will hold the 12th annual Turtle Island Powwow Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at USA Stadium, 4351 Babe Howard Blvd. in Millington. The event will feature an appearance by John Wayne’s grandson John T. Wayne, dance performances by Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl, Native American vendors and more. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for ages 6-14 and 65-plus, $10 for families and free for military in uniform. Call 901-876-4015 for more information.