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VOL. 133 | NO. 135 | Monday, July 9, 2018

The Week Ahead: July 9-15

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Good morning, Memphis! This week delivers a blast with some entertainment straight out of the '80s, plus your chance to tour a midcentury property in the midst of a restoration. Plus, we share what you need to know about early voting, I-240 closures, and plenty of other local happenings in The Week Ahead...

What is known as the Frayser Bauhaus is open Thursday for tours presented by Memphis Heritage Inc. The 1948 house turned doctor’s office at 3590 Thomas St. is being renovated and restored by Dana Gabrion of Gabrion Properties. The “after hours” tour is the latest in a series by Memphis Heritage that includes an inside look at the restoration of historic properties. The tours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with tickets at the door and in advance. (P.S. Check out Bill Dries’ December feature on the Frayser Bauhaus here.)

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo play the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica on Friday. The couple marked 35 years of rock two years ago. Their career also has included a foray into a blues album many years ago and an early, early date just after the first album at High Roller in Midtown, about where The Bar-B-Q Shop is today.

Meanwhile, more of the ’80s surfaces Friday as the Live at the Garden concert series at the Memphis Botanic Garden features Boy George & Culture Club and The B-52s. Gates open at 6:30 p.m,, concert starts at 8:30 p.m. The B-52s have a long history in a city that loves a great party band. One of the more inspired schedules of the Beale Street Music Festival in recent years was the Bar-Kays followed by the B-52s, with the B-52s coming out to watch the party get started and then keeping it going. Hopefully the same happens at the Garden.

And rounding out Friday's '80s trifecta, the Orpheum Summer Movie Series features the 1989 Disney comedy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” starring Rick Moranis. The movie starts at 7, but get there at 6 for activities in the lobby, including a drink special and photo booth with movie-themed props and quotes – and while costumes aren't required, they're always welcome. 

Pink Palace Museum hosts Family Science Night: Earth and Space Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Gaze through telescopes on the lawn with the Memphis Astronomical Society, or stay inside and explore outer space from the comfort of the AutoZone Dome Sharpe Planetarium. Plus, you can take part in hands-on activities and experiments, and speak to astronomers, physicists, engineers and other scientists.

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 election day begins Friday and runs through July 28. Three locations are open July 13-17 (with a break on Sunday): Abundant Grace Fellowship Church and New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, both in Whitehaven, and the Shelby County Election Commission offices at Shelby Farms.
Twenty-four additional early voting sites open July 18. You can cast your ballot at any of them, regardless of what election day precinct you live in, and your ballot will have the proper district races for where you live, plus the countywide and statewide races. Here are the locations and hours of all the early voting sites.

So what can you expect on the ballot?
• The Shelby County general elections for mayor, all 13 County Commission seats, various countywide offices and several sets of nonpartisan races, including four special elections for judges – two Circuit Court, one Criminal Court and one General Sessions Court.
• There are also state and federal primary elections to decide who advances to the state and federal general elections in November. That includes the statewide primaries for Tennessee governor and U.S. Senate. The Senate race isn’t much to look at as far as the primaries go. Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn are already essentially running their general election campaigns with an eye on November, not August. But the four major contenders in the Republican primary for governor is the top of the ballot attraction here. And the Democratic ballot is topped by a two-way primary race for governor.
• But wait, there’s more: A special election for a Memphis City Council seat, a countywide referendum on raising the pay of the sheriff and county mayor, and of course, elections for positions on the executive committees of the state Democratic and Republican parties.

The pop-up Saddle Creek Beer Garden, the first of its kind in Germantown, opens Saturday in the Saddle Creek space formerly occupied by Grimaldi’s. The beer garden promises “local brews, local eats and 901 summer fun” – including food trucks, cornhole, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4 and live music – in a casual atmosphere. It’ll be open Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of September. Keep up with each week’s musical acts and food trucks on the Facebook event page.

Every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. this summer have fun with Memphis Music Trivia and Crosstown Brewing. Hosted by Rock N’ Soul Museum. Prizes include $50 for first place, $20 for second, and $10 for third, plus a secret surprise for the team that has the best name.

The $54 million replacement of four bridges across Interstate 240 in East Memphis – known as Memfix 4 – begins Wednesday. The four bridges to be replaced are Poplar Avenue eastbound and westbound, Park Avenue and the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge. Street closures start this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. with the closing of the I-240 eastbound ramp to Poplar, plus intermittent overnight closings of westbound lanes on Poplar with one lane remaining open to traffic.
This ramps up – no pun intended – later in the month when both Interstate 240 and Poplar across the interstate will be closed in both directions. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The construction schedule depends on the weather. 

Carolina Watershed is holding its Greater Memphis Chamber ribbon cutting Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Downtown restaurant, 141 E. Carolina Ave., has been open since January, and this event formalizes its membership in the chamber. As part of the festivities, they'll be offering a $10 burger-and-beer special from 4 to 7 p.m. that day.

The developer who wants to build a boutique hotel on the site of the former Plush Club/Club Crave goes before the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday to seek a 15-year PILOT incentive for the project. TCH Memphis LLC is planning a five-story, 120-room hotel on the northeast corner of Fourth and Beale streets. Originally built in the 1970s as the Muhammad Ali Towne 2 Cinema, the venue most recently found life as a series of nightclubs. Nick Patel of TCH Memphis is also the developer of a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn currently under construction on Union Avenue across from AutoZone Park.

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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