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VOL. 132 | NO. 175 | Monday, September 4, 2017

The Week Ahead: Sept. 4-10

Daily News staff

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Hello, Memphis – and Happy Labor Day! Hopefully the promise of an exciting football season and Memphis Redbirds playoff games will help ease you back into work mode after the three-day weekend. Both are in store – along with Goat Days and much more – in The Week Ahead...

Opera Memphis’ Thirty Days of Opera has kicked off, with a bevy of performances planned around Memphis all month. This week’s shows include “Playground King” – an Opera for Kids performance Monday at the Shelby Farms Woodland Discovery Playground – plus shows in Harbor Town, Calvary Episcopal Church, the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library… among several other locales, including...

...The Germantown Festival, which is Saturday and Sunday at the Germantown Civic Club Complex, 7745 Poplar Pike. The festival – now in its 46th year – will feature arts and crafts, live entertainment, an auto show and the ever-popular Running of the Weenies Dachshund race Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

With a division title in hand, the Memphis Redbirds continue their record-setting season as they open up play in the first round of the Pacific Coast League Playoffs with a 7:05 p.m. game Wednesday at AutoZone Park vs. Colorado Springs. The two clubs meet again at 7:05 Thursday. The first 5,000 fans at the first-round games will receive a new-logo Redbirds hat, and there will be $2 beers throughout the playoffs. For more information on promotions, or for tickets, call 901-721-6000.

Saturday marks the return of the Southern Heritage Classic football game to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is 6 p.m. as rivals Tennessee State and Jackson State clash on the gridiron. But there’s also a full menu of other activities associated with the SHC that start Thursday. Check the Classic’s website for a complete listing of events and ticket information for the game.

Memphis holds the second in a set of three public meetings Thursday at the Whitehaven Community Center on the design of the “I Am A Man” Plaza south of FedExForum. The plaza is a commemoration of the 1968 sanitation workers strike that brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, and the centerpiece of the preliminary design features a public art piece with the iconic slogan from the strike.
The plaza will be built on what is now an open lot across Pontotoc Avenue from Clayborn Temple, the church that was a center for organizers of the strike. The Hernando Street side of the church is where the sanitation workers would gather to begin daily marches to City Hall during the three-month strike.

The “South’s grand hotel” marks its 148th anniversary Wednesday in the center of the lobby where historian David Cohn wrote that the Mississippi Delta begins. Keep in mind that was 1935, about a decade into The Peabody’s current location. Before that, the original Peabody – the one without the ducks – was at Main and Monroe.
The full quote, for the record and because it is their birthday after all is: ”The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg. The Peabody is the Paris Ritz, the Cairo Shepheard, the London Savoy of this section. If you stand near its fountain in the middle of the lobby ... ultimately you will see everybody who is anybody in the Delta.” If you are in the lobby at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, you will not only see but hear the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as part of the festivities.

The 28th annual International Goat Days Family Festival takes place Friday and Saturday at USA Stadium in Millington. The fun kicks off Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the World’s Greatest Goat Parade, while Saturday’s events include a goat show, tractor pull, car show and swap meet, barbecue contest, live music and more. Admission is free, and parking is $5 per carload. 

Exposure on 901 Day has come and gone this year, but Railgarten had issued a rain check because of Hurricane Harvey. So instead of celebrating on 9/01, Railgarten – 2158 Central Ave. in Cooper-Young – will offer 12 hours of partying this Friday from noon to midnight. That’s 9/08, not 9/01.
A happy hour is set from noon to 4 p.m., live music starts at 1 p.m., and a Memphis vendors pop-up market – with vendors like Embrace Your Inner, Makeda’s Cookies, Mo’s Bows, 901 Drift and Bozwell + Lily – are all still planned, just a week later than 901 Day.

The Lakeland property where the Belz Outlet Mall once stood and where a mixed-use Lake District has been proposed is scheduled for a foreclosure sale Friday at noon on the steps of the Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse Downtown.

The father and son convicted on federal fraud charges in the silver and gold investment business they ran are back in Memphis Federal Court Tuesday. Larry Bates and his son, Chuck Bates, have separate sentencing hearings before U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman.
They and two other family members were convicted by a jury in a case with 300 victims taken for $18.5 million over an 11-year period.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens is hosting its annual Art on Tap beer tasting festival on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for Young at Art members is free. Tickets for regular MBG members are $30, while non-member and event-day tickets are $45. 
This year’s beverage vendors will include Diamond Bear Brewing Co., Ghost River Brewing, Jackalope Brewing Co., Midsouth Malts, Memphis Made Brewing Co., Sweetwater Brewing Co., Wiseacre Brewing, Yazoo Brewing Co., Topo Chico and Old Dominick Distillery Spirits, to name a few. Celtic Crossing, CFY, Frost Bake Shop, Gus’s Fried Chicken, One & Only BBQ, and Patrick’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill will be on hand to provide food selections from their menus.

Early voting all week long and beyond in Arlington where voters are deciding races for aldermen and school board in the only scheduled election of the year in Shelby County politics. Arlington Town Hall, 5854 Airline Road, is the place to vote. Go to the Shelby County Election Commission website for the hours. Early voting there continues through Sept. 16 and election day is Sept. 21. DEMOCRACY.

Potterfest returns to Memphis Sunday, to celebrate “the start of a new term at everybody’s favorite school of witchcraft and wizardry.” The event at Rec Room, 3000 Broad Ave. from noon to 9 p.m., is a popular Harry Potter-themed event that will bring together local and national performers with activities like trivia, a costume contest and more – as well as vendors and food options.

ANF Architects, at 1500 Union Ave., is hosting an exhibit Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring paintings by Tom Stern and photographs by Jamie Harmon depicting the construction and rebirth of Crosstown. The showing of that work runs until Oct. 5. The project is a personal one for the pair of artists. Stern has lived less than a quarter of a mile from Crosstown Concourse for a decade. Harmon has been documenting changes at the Concourse building for the last five years.

Beatles tribute bands are a dime a dozen, but one commonality among many such Faux Fab Four groups is a tendency to lean toward the group’s catchier, early sound – think, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” and the like. So many of them also try hard to not only look like the band – complete with the mop-top haircuts – but assign themselves to copying whichever band member they most look and sound like. Which makes a band playing Lafayette’s Music Room (2119 Madison Ave.) this Friday different.
They’re a five piece, first of all, and they just look how they look – like a modern band. They also play lots of Beatles deep cuts and later tracks, which tribute bands tend to shy away from, partly because of the difficulty in bringing some of the Beatles’ more experimental, later stuff to the stage. The band is Forever Abbey Road, and their show kicks off at 10 p.m.

“Rustic Memories By Nancy NJ Woods” opens on Monday and continues through Sept. 30 at the Memphis Botanic Garden. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Her paintings depict rural traditions as well as city life.

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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