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VOL. 133 | NO. 116 | Monday, June 11, 2018

The Week Ahead: June 11-17

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Good morning, Memphis! Father’s Day is this weekend – and no matter whether yours is a rocker, a runner or a reader, there’s something to do with dear ol’ dad. Plus, check out where to see Gov. Bill Haslam, former VP Joe Biden and the “winningest woman in racing” in The Week Ahead.

The inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival is Saturday in the Edge District, presented by the Center for Southern Literary Arts and Literacy Mid-South. Consider this the sequel to the Mid-South Book Festival held in 2014-2016. Along with readings, conversations and performances at several Edge District venues, you can check out the #MLAF18 Street Fair on Marshall Avenue between South Orleans and Monroe. Best of all, the festival is free … which means more money to spend on books, natch.

Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival returns Friday through Sunday at Robert R. Church Park on Beale Street. If you’re not familiar with Juneteenth, it’s an annual commemoration of the day the last slaves were freed in Texas on June 19, 1865. The Memphis festival comes around on Father’s Day weekend and features lots of music, vendors and activities for all ages. Related events this week include a job fair Tuesday, and both a youth talent showcase and the Juneteenth Lifetime Achievement Awards presentation Thursday.

Operation Stand Down Midsouth, a nonprofit that helps homeless veterans become self-sufficient, is holding its Veterans 5K Run/Walk Saturday in conjunction with Juneteenth. It starts at 8 a.m. at Robert R. Church Park, then heads down Beale and alongside Riverside Drive. The money raised helps OSDM connect veterans with housing, employment opportunities, mental health resources, and other transitional programs and services.

Meanwhile, the Military Retirees of the Tri-State Area will present their second annual Troops and Boots 5K Run/Walk Saturday. This one starts at 8 a.m. at the MRTSA/R.Q. Venson VFW Clubhouse, 280 Cynthia Place. Registration is $25, and the money goes to fund scholarships for high school seniors.

Bill Haslam

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is in Memphis Wednesday for several appearances, starting with a Collierville Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Ridgeway Country Club. Haslam is expected to have a lot to say about education reforms and changes during his two terms as governor. Later in the day, Haslam attends a political rally for Republican state Rep. Mark White of Memphis – a reminder that this is an election year, even as Haslam heads toward the end of his second term.

Haslam can’t run for a third term because of the state’s two-term limit. But the day after the Collierville gathering, most of the major contenders in the Aug. 2 Democratic and Republican statewide primaries to succeed him are expected in town. Thursday’s gubernatorial forum during the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual convention is one of several highlights of the four-day gathering that begins Wednesday. Memphis attorney Charles Newman will be honored during the Lawyer’s Luncheon Friday with the Young Lawyers Division Fellows’ Leech Award for Public Service.

Amy Faulk (classracer.com)

Amy Faulk, dubbed “the winningest woman in racing” by the National Hot Rod Association, is headlining NAWBO Memphis’ 2018 Women’s Business Accelerator graduation Tuesday. She’ll be talking about both her careers – race car driver and CEO of automotive technology manufacturer Hypertech Inc. – as NAWBO celebrates the women entrepreneurs in its 2018 accelerator cohort. It starts at 4:30 at Collierville Auto Center, 651 W. Poplar.

It’s a Food Truck Garden Party – Superheroes vs. Villains – from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Memphis Botanic Garden. Along with a variety of food trucks, Cause-Play Memphis will be joining the party, as well as 901 Comics and Pain't It Cool Body Art. Live music provided by Josh and Jeremy of Star and Micey. Cover is $5 for MBG members and $10 for nonmembers, and that includes one drink ticket.

Former Vice President Joe Biden visits The Orpheum Friday in a national tour that is part book tour, part stumping for midterm candidates and part exploratory campaign stop for a possible 2020 bid for the presidency. And yet, it’s a ticketed event on a tour of such speaking engagements Biden is on. Not that The Orpheum is divorced from politics; the theater hosted an election eve event when Bill Clinton was seeking re-election in 1996 that featured actors Danny DeVito, Matt Damon and Claire Danes along with director Francis Ford Coppola – all of whom were in Memphis to film “The Rainmaker.”

The Memphis Redbirds wrap up a homestand with a 12:05 p.m. businessperson’s special Monday vs. the Reno Aces (Arizona). Tickets available at the box office. Or call 901-721-6000. 

Bring your blankets, chairs, snacks, and friends to Dixon Gallery & Gardens Thursday for a South Lawn Cinema screening of “Pitch Perfect.” The gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. – and it’s a sing-along. Admission is free for Dixon members. Non-members, $5; children ages 4-10 years old, $2; children 3 & under, free.

The Chimes Square Movie Nights series in Overton Square, meanwhile, shifts to Friday this week with a special screening of “The Princess Bride” at 8 p.m. You’re welcome to bring folding chairs and blankets to the Chimes Square courtyard, just no outside coolers or alcohol. The series returns to its Thursday night schedule next week.

The new owners of the former Benchmark Hotel and a local investment group will be seeking tax incentives from the Downtown Memphis Commission Tuesday. Magna Hospitality Group out of Warwick, Rhode Island is asking for a 15-year PILOT to demolish the old skeleton hotel at 164 Union and replace it with a new four-star hotel. Meanwhile Robert Mallory, Mark Parmley and Vince Smith, doing business as 138 Partners LLC, are seeking a 10-year PILOT for a 68-unit apartment building across the street from the National Civil Rights Museum.

PRIZM Ensemble’s ninth annual Music Camp and International Chamber Music Festival kicks off Monday. Over the next two weeks, more than 70 Memphis-area students from a range of socio-economic and racial backgrounds will be learning from PRIZM faculty – professional musicians from all across the U.S. – then performing with them at 10 themed evening concerts. All the performances are at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove, and are open to the public.

And if your dad rocks – or if you’re a dad who rocks – head to Railgarten Saturday for Dadstock, “a rockin’ day devoted to dads and dad bands.” It’s an all-afternoon, all-ages Father’s Day concert featuring a half-dozen bands – and no cover charge. No word on whether they’ll require you to tell a dad joke to get in, but you might as well brush up just in case.

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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