The Week Ahead: June 25-July 1

Monday, June 25, 2018, Vol. 133, No. 126

Good morning, Memphis! Your lawn chairs and blankets will get plenty of use this week as a bevy of concerts jam out under the night sky. Plus, South Main lights up for Trolley Night, dinosaurs roar into the Agricenter and much more in The Week Ahead…

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The annual Patriotic Pops concert, presented by members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Second Presbyterian Chancel Choir, returns to the Levitt Shell Thursday. Special guests Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass join this year’s show, which wraps up with a fireworks finale. That’s not all on the Levitt Shell schedule this week. Paul Thorn  and the Blind Boys of Alabama make a stop on their co-headlining tour Friday night. Expect a blend of the Blind Boys’ Grammy-winning gospel and Thorn’s bluesy roots rock. And the Stax Music Academy Summer Music Experience grand finale concert is Saturday night. This annual show is packed with talented middle and high schoolers who are wrapping up Stax Academy’s monthlong music intensive.
All three shows start at 7:30. And like the rest of the shows in the summer concert series, they’re free and family-friendly – just bring blankets or chairs and stretch out.

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In other concert news, Widespread Panic plays two shows at Mud Island amphitheater Friday and Saturday. That’s after a three-night stand at Red Rocks in Colorado, which like Memphis is pretty much a guaranteed tour stop for the band.

And Calling All Angels: Train is performing Friday as part of the Live at the Garden series at Memphis Botanic Garden. Gates open at 6:30 so you can Meet Virginia (assuming you have a friend named Virginia) for a bite to eat or a drink from Buster’s Botanical Bar. Then, settle in for the 8:30 show, where Train will probably Play That Song you like so much. Don’t just Drive By; pick up your lawn tickets from Ticketmaster.

The cafeteria at Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court is getting a mural. The work by juvenile detainees at the court has been underway for a while and will be formally unveiled Tuesday. Crosstown Arts is working with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on the project with artist Terry Lynn, half of the artistic duo TWIN, coordinating the work with the teens.


The traveling dino-themed extravaganza Jurassic Quest comes to Agricenter International Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Journey through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods, viewing more than 100 true-to-life-size dinosaurs along the way. Then check out dino crafts, interactive dino babies, dino science stations – even get your face painted (like a dino, of course). VIP tickets also give kids unlimited access to dino rides, fossil digs, inflatables and more. Tickets are available at the door or on JQ’s website.

South Main Trolley Night returns Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Enjoy art exhibitions, live music, and shopping as businesses, galleries, restaurants and shops stay open late.

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The ACE Awareness Foundation, a nonprofit that educates communities about the effects of adverse childhood experiences, is hosting “Reclaiming Joy Through Prevention and Healing” Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the second-floor atrium of Crosstown Concourse. The event is a celebration of the foundation's work, plus a welcome for new executive director Renée Wilson-Simmons. (Read more about Wilson-Simmons in our profile.) Admission is free, but registration is required.

One more filing deadline to make the Aug. 2 ballot complete in Shelby County and ready for your early-voting pleasure in about three weeks. Monday is the deadline for any of the six contenders who filed by last Thursday for the special election on the August ballot for the Super District 9 council seat that is up for grabs. It’s unlikely anyone in the group of six will budge but you never know. This is summer politics after all.

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Bluff City Coffee will go before the Shelby County Board of Adjustment Wednesday for new signage at coffee shop’s 945 S. Cooper St. location. Owner David Adams wants to install new signage on the pole that’s stood at the corner of Cooper and Young since Esso installed it in the 1940s. However, since current sign regulations require the pole to be replaced, Adams is seeking a variance from the board.

Overton Square’s Chimes Square Movie Night series wraps up Thursday with an 8 p.m. screening of “The Sandlot.” Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars. Or preorder dinner from your favorite Square eatery and make it dinner and a movie.

It’s a Food Truck Friday at Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Pick up lunch from the Arepa 901, Stickem and/or MEMPopS trucks, or visit Dixon’s Park & Cherry Cafe. Admission to the gardens is free from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – plenty of time for a lunchtime stroll before you head back to work.


The class “Make Your Own: Fibulas” will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Metal Museum. A fibula is a simple forged wire brooch that is based on a safety pin design. Learn to make a taper, bend, and forge wire to create your own designs. It’s $10 and for ages 7+ (15 and younger must have an adult present; younger children may require assistance). Preregistration is required, and members must call the museum at 901-774-6380 to reserve a seat. 

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