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VOL. 132 | NO. 195 | Monday, October 2, 2017

Week Ahead: Oct. 2-9

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Hey, Memphis! Prepare to rock out this week as the Mempho Music Festival hits Shelby Farms Park and Wilco plays The Orpheum. Plus, Beale Street memorializes one of its own, Memphis legal pros discuss the Confederate monuments issue, and much more in The Week Ahead…


The inaugural Mempho Music Festival is at Shelby Farms Friday and Saturday for what organizers are calling a “festival experience filled with music, food and nature that appeals to people of all ages.” Among the headliners: Cage the Elephant, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Cold War Kids and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday, with music stretching late into the night both days.


On the other end of the city, the Broad Avenue Arts District is hosting the First Fridays on Broad event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. City & State will be releasing its new fall menu; Wiseacre Brewing Co. will be open until 10 p.m.; and other area tenants like Falling Into Place, Merchants on Broad, T Clifton Art, Bingham & Broad, Mbabazi House of Style, Five in One Social Club, Found Memphis, Maximo’s on Broad, Bounty on Broad and Broadway Pizza will be participating.

The late Irvin Salky gets a brass note on Beale Street Saturday in a ceremony at Silky O’Sullivans. Salky, who died earlier this year, founded the Beale Street Music Festival in 1977 when the festival was actually on Beale, Tom Lee Park was much smaller, and the city was not that friendly toward music festivals. He also represented several legendary music figures from the street’s history, including Furry Lewis and Phineas Newborn Jr.

Wilco (orpheum-memphis.com)

Wilco is at the Orpheum Thursday evening on a tour that has included some benefit work for storm victims in Texas. Meanwhile, Jeff Tweedy has been working with Mavis Staples on an album that comes out in November. Singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy is opening the Memphis date.

Beale Street in Downtown Memphis. (Daily News File/Houston Cofield)

The Beale Street Task Force meets Monday morning to begin putting together recommendations for the Memphis City Council on the entertainment district. The 9:30 a.m. session at City Hall marks the home stretch for the group assembled and led by City Council chairman Berlin Boyd to make recommendations specifically on whether to continue the cover charge to get into the Beale Street Entertainment District on Saturdays after 10 p.m.

The Memphis City Council meets Tuesday at City Hall, starting with committee sessions at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 3:30 p.m. meeting of the full council at City Hall. Follow @tdnpols for live coverage of the full council meeting, plus updates from committee sessions.

Take Them Down 901 effort, Earle Fisher, from left, Tami Sawyer, center, and Andre Johnson. (Daily News File/Bill Dries)

City council attorney Allan Wade and the city chief legal officer Bruce McMullan will be spending their lunch hour Tuesday a few blocks away at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law for a forum on the legal issues surrounding the city’s push to remove Confederate monuments from city parks. The 11:30 a.m. forum also features state Sen. Lee Harris and Tami Sawyer of Take Them Down 901, with associate professor of law Daniel Kiel moderating the discussion.

The Growers' Choice Fall Plant Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Memphis Botanic Garden. This is a one-day opportunity to shop a variety of plants, trees, shrubs and edibles grown on-site in the nursery and greenhouse. Expert staff and volunteers are on hand to help, and admission is free.

“A Bug’s Life” Movie Night is also happening at Memphis Botanic Garden Saturday. Buzz your way through the garden to see the gargantuan insect sculptures of David Rogers’ “Big Bugs at the Garden” exhibition, then picnic alongside larger-than-life ants as you watch “A Bug’s Life” on the big screen. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the screening starts at 7.

Christmas hasn’t arrived – yet – but it’s just around the corner. Mistletoe Merchants returns to Agricenter International Friday through Sunday. Shop one-of-a-kind finds to make the holidays merry and bright. Nearly 200 vendors will be offering home furnishings, gourmet foods, jewelry, kids' gear and more.


Creative Works is hosting its 2017 conference Thursday through Saturday – three days of “inspiration, growth and connections” at the Halloran Centre. Attendees will get to hear from national speakers, attend workshops and shop a curated vendor market. The free market runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and brings together designers, makers, manufacturers and brands from across the country.

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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