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VOL. 133 | NO. 51 | Monday, March 12, 2018

The Week Ahead: March 12-18

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Good morning, Memphis! Go green and capture the luck of the Irish as both Cooper-Young and Beale Street celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style this week. Maybe you’d prefer to explore the universe with a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist? We’ve got details on those, plus more local happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

The Memphis Branch NAACP holds its annual Freedom Fund luncheon Saturday at the Memphis Hilton, 929 Ridge Lake Blvd., starting at 11:30 a.m. The event is the largest annual fundraiser of the Memphis branch of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, and the guest speaker at this year’s event is national NAACP chairman Leon Russell.

If you’re looking to capture a bit of the luck of the Irish, The Memphis Irish Society and Celtic Crossing will be hosting the 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Cooper-Young Saturday. The festivities kick off in earnest with the 2018 Memphis Irish Society/Cooper-Young St. Patrick's Day Parade at 10 a.m. followed by traditional Irish dancers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live sports, including Six Nations Rugby and Premier League action, will be on the TV inside Celtic Crossing from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., while a variety of live music ranging from traditional Irish music to DJs will be going on from 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.


Beale Street, meanwhile, will be hosting the 45th annual Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday at 3 p.m. The oldest continuously running parade in Memphis traces its roots back to the Irish Eyes of Memphis, a group led by politician Mark Flanagan and late bar owners Thomas Boggs and and Thomas "Silky" Sullivan. These days, the Beale Street Merchants Association hosts the free parade as the centerpiece of four days of events celebrating Irish traditions, heritage and family.

John Mather

Nobel Laureate and NASA astrophysicist John Mather is visiting Rhodes College Thursday for a lecture titled “The History of the Universe from the Beginning to the End: Where Did We Come From, Where Can We Go?” Mather, a senior astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center, will also talk about discoveries made with the Hubble telescope and plans for the James Webb Space Telescope that launches next year.

The Memphis Grizzlies will have three home games at FedExForum this week. Monday the Milwaukee Bucks are in town, Thursday the Chicago Bulls, and Saturday the Denver Nuggets. Each game starts at 7 p.m. For more information go to grizzlies.com or call 901-888-HOOP.


Saturday also happens to be a Grizzlies Beer Tasting Night, starting at 5 p.m. Packages start at $44 and include a game ticket, pregame sampling of Sierra Nevada microbrews and commemorative pint glass. The deadline to buy tickets is Friday night.

The Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ G-League affiliate, will play the Sioux Falls SkyForce at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Landers Center. Visit memphis.gleague.nba.com or call 901-888-HOOP to get your tickets.

Crosstown Arts, 1350 Concourse Ave. will host a jazz tribute to John Coltrane Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring Art Edmaiston on saxophones, Tim Goodwin on acoustic bass, Gerald Stephens on piano, Logan Hanna on guitar and Chad Anderson on drums. It’s part of the Crosstown Jazz Series, presented by Strictly Jazz Entertainment in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, and it’s designed to honor jazz music as contemporary musicians perform the work of jazz icons.

The University of Memphis Progressive Alliance is hosting a walkout and rally in conjunction with the National School Walkout Wednesday at 10 a.m. The purpose is to protest gun violence and convince lawmakers to take action in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


“James and the Giant Peach” makes its regional premiere Friday through April 8 at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St. While the thought of encountering human-sized insects may seem rather terrifying, this musical – like the Roald Dahl book it’s based on – is peachy keen.

Roy Smith, executive director of the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council, and Roland Rayner, president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, will give updates on the $20 million TCAT facility coming to Bartlett and talk about the device industry’s economic impact locally when the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. The lunch meeting at Bartlett Event Center, 5785 Stage Road, will last until 1 p.m. and tickets are $20. 

Duncan McLeod

Also on Tuesday, the premier association for supply chain management, APICS Memphis Chapter, will host a professional development meeting, Top Management Night & Yearly Awards Ceremony, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Duncan McLeod, founder and president of DBM Systems, will talk about managing the future of your business from a sales, operations and supply chain perspective. Cost is $20 for APICS members and nonmembers, $10 for students. Invite your manager to attend for free.

On Sunday, Memphis Germantown Art League presents its annual Star Artist Juried Exhibition at Memphis Botanic Garden. This exhibition in the Visitors Center includes a diverse array of subjects, styles and media from selected members who have won local, regional or national awards. For more information, call 901-636-4100.

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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