VOL. 132 | NO. 180 | Monday, September 11, 2017
The Week Ahead: Sept. 11-18
The Daily News
Hey, Memphis! This week we’re gearing up for the Cooper Young Festival and a packed house at the Tigers vs. UCLA game. Plus, Uptown Funk heads Downtown and The Joker hits East Memphis. Here’s what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead…
The Cooper Young Festival, a perennial favorite around these parts, takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Now in its 30th year, the festival is the largest single-day event held in Memphis – organizers are expecting more than 130,000 attendees this year – and it also serves as a fundraiser for the Cooper Young Business Association. The lineup features 17 musical acts, plus visitors can shop from local merchants and around 425 guest artisans from around the country. Several pre-festival events are also in the works, like the Art Invitational on Thursday at CoWork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper St., and the Festival 4-Miler on Friday, starting at 7 p.m. at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper.
Pop superstar Bruno Mars brings his 24K Magic World Tour to FedExForum Sunday. The singer, of course, has a strong musical connection to the Bluff City – he and Mark Ronson recorded the incredibly catchy hit “Uptown Funk” at Royal Studios. Sunday’s show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
The Live at the Garden concert series, meanwhile, welcomes the Steve Miller Band for some classic rock and roll under the stars Friday at 8 p.m. Gates at at Memphis Botanic Garden open at 6 p.m.
This is the last concert in the #LATG17 series, so get out there before the season slips away!
The folks at the Memphis Area Transit Authority working to restore the trolleys will reach a milestone this week, though you may not notice it. Starting Wednesday, MATA will restore power to the overhead electrical lines on the section of North Main Street between A.W. Willis and Greenlaw avenues. The technical term is that the lines will be “energized.” This doesn’t mean you will be able to ride one of the steel-wheeled trolleys just yet. One step at a time. But it does mean you just might – might – see the MATA workers testing out the trolleys if you happen to be in the area at a certain time.
Eastbound traffic on Wolf River Boulevard will be complicated this week as the city of Memphis begins work on a sanitary sewer main. This is the stretch of road west of the Vineyards Apartments, and the eastbound curb lane will be closed for the three weeks it is estimated this will take for the cleaning and inspection of the existing line as well as installing the new pipe. Once they get to the installation process, the eastbound curb lane and the center lane will be closed.
The Memphis Botanic Garden is hosting its “Astronomy Night” Food Truck Garden Party Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road Participating trucks include Fuel, Say Cheese, Smokin’ Hot BBQ, Goodness Gracious and Sushicide Squad.
Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday at 3 p.m. at the Vasco Smith Administration Building, 160 N. Main St., and officially begin the last year of their current four-year term of office. In county government, elected officials begin their terms on Sept. 1, taking office a little less than a month after they are elected – and 2018 is one of those election years. As Monday’s meeting gets underway, a new leader of the body takes the gavel… and that would be chairwoman Heidi Shafer. She was selected by her fellow commissioners last month without opposition and with a unanimous vote.
On another political note, this is the last week of early voting before Arlington’s Sept. 21 election day – which, as our stellar government/politics reporter Bill Dries is quick to note, is the only regularly scheduled election of 2017 in Shelby County politics. On the ballot are races for aldermen and the Arlington school board. Arlington has about 8,000 voters, and through the first full week of early voting it looked like about 200 or so were going to turn out. The last day of early voting in these elections is Saturday, and the only place to do it is at Arlington Town Hall, 5854 Airline Road. You can check the Shelby County Election Commission’s website, for the hours. Because democracy.
After having its game at UCF last weekend canceled because of Hurricane Irma, the University of Memphis football team is back in action Saturday with an 11 a.m. game vs. UCLA at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. A near-capacity crowd is expected, and fans are encouraged to arrive early.
The developing Memphis 3.0 plan – the city’s long-range master plan for development and neighborhoods – begins its next step this week. The first of four workshops examining specific growth scenarios through 2040 is Thursday in Raleigh. The idea is to better understand community values and residents’ preferences surrounding population and job growth. The Thursday session is at the Raleigh Community Center, 3678 Powers Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The G.E. Patterson 5K for Pre-K starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. Walk or run a USA Track and Field-certified route through the heart of Downtown to benefit Porter-Leath's preschool programs, which provides more than 6,000 at-risk infants and toddlers with high-quality early childhood education at no cost. The 5K starts at Temple of Deliverance COGIC, 369 G.E. Patterson Ave., and on-site registration ($30) starts at 7 a.m.
The so-called “Tom Lee Storm” that rolled through here in May is a fading memory as we contemplate the recent string of hurricanes and tropical storms south of us and what it will mean for the weeks ahead. However, Memphis Public Works is still cleaning up from the Memorial Day weekend storm in what has become a more systematic way – namely right-of-way tree trimming which you may be seeing in your neighborhood this week or later this month. The contractors working for the city are looking for damaged tree limbs, which includes those judged to be dead, dying or leaning in the right of way. That means you might see some of the debris curbside from their work. (Those same workers have seven days to remove them.) It also means this is the last call for you to put any storm debris curbside for pickup. The deadline for that is Oct. 1. The city suspended strict enforcement on curbside pickup of storm debris because of the storm and goes back to regular enforcement Oct. 15. So, tick-tock. The loose rules here apply to vegetative debris. So make sure that is separate from the other types of waste or there could be a delay in the curbside pickup. Fun fact: As of Sept. 7, city Solid Waste and its contractors had removed more than 408,000 cubic yards of storm debris from the May storm.
The Elmwood Players present first-person narrative accounts of what life was like during the Yellow Fever epidemic. The program, lunch included, is at noon Wednesday in the Elmwood Cemetery Chapel. Meet costumed characters with stories of triumph and tragedy. RSVP to 901-774-3212 and visit elmwoodcemetery.org for details.
And in Nashville this week, the Tennessee Legislature’s summer study committees are still at work even though it’s after Labor Day. The only change, really, is that the legislators can’t wear white or seersucker. Seriously though, state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown will chair a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on Capitol Hill Monday on residency requirements for police officers and the effectiveness of state laws that add to prison sentences for crimes in which a gun is used. This hearing starts at 10 a.m. and there should be a video feed on the Legislature’s web site.
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