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VOL. 133 | NO. 46 | Monday, March 5, 2018

The Week Ahead: March 5-11, 2018

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Good morning, Memphis! Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner, but you don’t have to sit around waiting to “spring forward” next Sunday. From defying gravity at “Wicked” to creating a ChalkFest masterpiece, here’s our list of things to do in The Week Ahead....


The Broadway hit “Wicked” flies back to The Orpheum Theatre Wednesday for a 19-day run. The musical prequel to L. Frank Baum's classic “Wizard of Oz” is the untold story of Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, long before Dorothy arrives in the Land of Oz. This show’s always popular (or should we say “pop-yoo-oo-lar”), and along with regular tickets available through Ticketmaster, The Orpheum is holding day-of-performance lottery drawings for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 cash each.


The Five Fridays of Free Jazz concert series is kicking off its third season at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., thanks to a partnership between Memphis Public Libraries, the Levitt Shell and the Memphis Library Foundation. The series opens this Friday at 6:30 p.m. with World Soul Project, a group of musicians who blend Brazilian and African beats with hip hop, jazz and funk. Concerts continue every other Friday through May 4 – and they’re all free, with food and beverages available for purchase.


On your marks, get set, shop! The Southern Women’s Show returns Friday through Sunday at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, featuring shopping, celebrity guests, food, fashion shows and, yes, more shopping. Each day has its own events/promotions – Friday is Girls’ Night Out, Saturday is Mother-Daughter Day and Sunday is Teachers Day. Check the show’s website for each day’s schedule and advance tickets (including the new VIP Shoppers Package, which comes with special goodies/bonuses).


ChalkFest, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s annual spring festival, returns Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local artists will basically transform the museum’s plaza into a colorful canvas for chalk art. Attendees will get to enjoy a bevy of things such as food trucks, music by DJ Siphne Aaye, a performance by New Ballet Ensemble and School with spoken word artist Steven Fox, and the ability to make a Pinwheel for Peace for MLK50. You can bring your own chalk or buy a box from the museum for $3.

The Memphis City Council meets Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers. As always, you can follow Bill Dries’ live coverage at @tdnpols.

The Pink Palace Museum opens a new exhibition Saturday called “Remembering the Dream” that tells the chronological story of the civil rights movement through 10 photos from Memphis photojournalist Ernest C. Withers’ “I Am a Man” portfolio, along with civil rights-era artifacts, including an original “I Am a Man” placard from the 1968 sanitation workers strike and a cover letter from the memorandum of understanding with the city of Memphis addressing the workers’ complaints. The exhibition is on display through Jan. 27 as part of MLK50, the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Memphis Grizzlies play only one home game this week: the Utah Jazz on Friday at 7 p.m. The first 5,000 fans through the door get a Chandler Parsons hat. As for away games, the Grizz play at San Antonio on Monday, Chicago on Wednesday and Dallas on Saturday.

The University of Memphis baseball team will be home at FedExPark for a weekend series vs. Little Rock. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Visit gotigersgo.com for tickets and other details. 

The Mississippi RiverKings will be on the home ice at the Landers Center on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Both games are vs. the Peoria Rivermen.

The Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ G-League affiliate, will play the Santa Cruz Warriors at noon Saturday at the Landers Center.



The Shelby County Election Commission is holding a voter registration drive all week at the Whitehaven branch library, 4120 Millbranch Road. Along with registering to vote, you can test out a sample ballot on a voting machine. Because democracy.

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave., hosts a pair of free events Friday. The first is a 6:30 p.m. opening reception for Patricia Rainer’s photography show, “The Chaos and the Cosmos: Inside Memphis Music’s Lost Decade, 1977-1986.” Rainer is a longtime Memphis music photographer, and this is the first exhibition of her work. The second is a 7:30 p.m. book signing/reading with Robert Gordon for his latest book, “Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music’s Hometown,” which hits shelves Tuesday. Gordon is a music journalist with several books under his belt, including “It Came From Memphis.” Publisher’s Weekly calls his latest an “excellent collection of essays,” while Elvis Costello says it’s “an emotional map of musical Memphis.”


And last but not least, it’s time to “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time, which (finally!) begins Sunday at 2 a.m. Most cellphones and computers adjust automatically, but you’ll need to move the rest of your clocks forward or risk being an hour late for whatever’s on your Sunday sched. Pro tip: Fire officials suggest testing your smoke detector and changing the batteries when DST begins and ends. Just, y’know, be nice and wait until everyone’s awake and out of bed.

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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