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VOL. 133 | NO. 26 | Monday, February 5, 2018

The Week Ahead: Feb. 5-11, 2018

Daily News staff

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Good morning, Memphis! If you’re looking for a legit reason to “space out” this week, The Orpheum’s got you covered with two out-of-this-world events. Meanwhile, LeMoyne-Owen College honors Black History Month and a pair of local nonprofits celebrate the hope and heart of the city. And that’s just a taste of what’s on tap in The Week Ahead.

Everybody’s favorite celebrity scientist always on the cutting edge of pop culture, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, is returning to Memphis – and, specifically, returning to The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. – after a sold-out show at the venue in 2017. His lecture Wednesday at 7 p.m. will be to teach us “Ten Things You Should Know About the Universe.” (...One of which is that The Daily News is a universally comprehensive source of news about business, politics and the public interest. Ahem.)

Speaking of pop culture, The Orpheum is also hosting a concert Saturday you won’t want to miss: E.T. The Extraterrestrial in Concert,” starting at 7 p.m. It’s a showing of director Steven Spielberg’s classic film “E.T.,” with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score in sync to the film projected on an HD screen. Tickets are available through TicketMaster.

Though Valentine’s Day isn’t technically until next week, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center is celebrating early with its annual Works of Heart valentine art show and auction. The 26th annual benefit – taking place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Memphis College of Art – features more than 120 gallery-quality heart-themed pieces contributed by regional artists.
If you want to preview the works before the auction, they’ll be on display all week, with “heart sitter” volunteers on hand to provide info on artists, assist with early bidding and sell tickets.

Dr. Charles McKinney, chairman of Africana studies and an associate professor of history at Rhodes College, talks about “creative extremists” at LeMoyne-Owen College’s Black History Month Chapel Wednesday, Feb. 7,  at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave.
The 11 a.m. event sponsored by LeMoyne-Owen’s Center for African and African-American Studies is based on an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King’s letter from a Birmingham jail: “The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be? … The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

HopeWorks has been helping Memphians find hope and jobs for 30 years. The nonprofit is celebrating that accomplishment Saturday at its 10th annual Morning of Hope fundraiser, featuring Andre Norman, a Boston-based speaker and counselor who will share his story of redemption and self-empowerment after serving 14 years in prison. Saturday’s breakfast starts at 8:30 at Highland Church of Christ, 400 Houston Levee Road.

In the government and political arena… this is a meeting week for both the Shelby County Commission and the Memphis City Council – the commission on Monday at 3 p.m. and the council Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Neither of the elected bodies is just looking for something to do, but they are in a relative lull before the start of budget season – that time of year when line items are questioned, new dollar amounts are proposed for various projects, and budget books are an essential companion. It’s coming. As for the Monday and Tuesday sessions, you can find live coverage of both @tdnpols to keep up with the ebb and flow.

This is the last full week of jockeying for a position in the May Shelby County primary elections. For the most part, those who are thinking seriously about running have picked up their qualifying petitions – though surprises aren’t uncommon in politics. Still, at this point, the activity largely is shifting to candidates dropping off those petitions or making a decision about whether to stay in the race. The filing deadline is Feb. 15 at noon.

As that deadline approaches though, candidates in the August state and federal primaries and the nonpartisan county elections for judges and Shelby County Schools board are just getting into the game. The pulling and filing season in these races overlaps with the county primaries a bit. These candidates began pulling petitions last month, and their deadline is April 5 at noon. DEMOCRACY.

The Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival, hosted by the Memphis Jewish Community Center, continues this week with three screenings: “The Midnight Orchestra” Tuesday in the MJCC Belz Theater, “An Act of Defiance” Thursday at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill, and “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” Sunday in the Belz Theatre.
The festival, now in its fourth year, features award-winning Jewish-themed films throughout February. Get tickets and info on all the screenings here.

The Memphis Grizzlies have been on the road a lot recently, playing a current stretch of six games with five of them away from FedExForum. The team will host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday in Memphis, though. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

University of Memphis Tigers basketball hosts American Athletic Conference newcomer Wichita State on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at FedExForum. The Shockers, ranked No. 16 in the AP Top 25, are second in the AAC behind Cincinnati with a 7-3 conference record, 17-5 overall. The Tigers then entertain UCF on Sunday, a 3 p.m. tip at FedExForum. Central Florida has a 5-4 conference mark just like Memphis going into the week of Feb. 5-11.

New Moon Theatre Company is premiering “Eurydice,” a mid-century reimagining of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus as told through the eyes of its eponymous heroine, Friday at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. The show runs through Feb. 25, with Friday and Saturday shows starting at 8 p.m. and the Sunday shows starting at 2 p.m Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, and military, and can purchased online, at the door or by calling 901-484-3467.

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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