Beale Street Artcrawl Festival Returns Saturday

Vicky Love, self-proclaimed science geek and art collector, looked for an art crawl after moving back to Memphis from Nashville. Something not as big and glamorous as River Arts Fest, but a cozy, independent artist pop-up fair working symbiotically with local businesses. “I told myself, ‘They don’t have an art crawl in Memphis? I’m going to claim one,’” Love says.

A graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, Love holds a master’s degree in geospatial information systems, and she’s an artist and photographer. Her left and right brain work double duty. She is also the founder of Dear Music Nonprofit, supporting artists and creators with the creation and public performance of their work.

“Creating opportunities for others is my calling,” she says.

In 2018 and 2019, the Beale Street Artcrawl Festival was amazing, according to Love. Beale was packed. The crawl went online last year due to Covid. This year, the event is a hybrid, with an online presence and the live event on Saturday.

“It’s hard to step out and believe in yourself and your abilities,” says Love. “Artists believe in their work, but they still need to pay the bills. It was hard before the pandemic. It’s even harder now.”

Her pet project is getting the word out that Dear Music Nonprofit not only supports traditional artists but also encourages young artists like Thomias Calderon, who is on the autism spectrum.

“I want those young artists who test within the autism spectrum to continue to express themselves and discover more abilities.”

Beale Street Artcrawl Festival, Beale Street, Downtown Memphis, Saturday, Aug. 21, 1-7 p.m., free.

901 Day is Coming! Here’s Your Guide for Celebrating:

901 Day presents 24 hours for us to be loud and proud about the love we have for our city—and the best thing about it is there are hundreds of ways for you to show your city pride.

You could learn some history, support a local business, go on a photo walk, slice a pool, stream Memphis music, purchase that one-of-a-kind piece made by a local artist…I think you get the picture.

We’ve got so much to be proud of here, and this celebration only comes once a year. To make the most of 901 Day 2021, keep scrolling for lists, local discounts, and suggestions that’ll help you do the day justice—because this is our city, this is our day, and as Blocboy JB would say, “Look Alive!

WHERE THE PARTIES AT:

Meet us in the Edge District: A Choose901 Block Party

Ain’t nothing like a block party bash to get folks in the mood to celebrate our city—and from 4PM to 9PM, we want y’all to come kick it with us under the streamers on Monroe. In partnership with Memphis Medical District Collaborative, the Downtown Memphis Commission, and the Edge District Business Association, We’re taking over the Edge Plaza to bring y’all an evening of entertainment, featuring DJs, dancing, food trucks, and more festive fun to commemorate the occasion.

Here’s what we have planned:

Our friend DJ Capital A of WYXR is taking the stage to set the vibes. You can catch him under the “Say Hello” sign doing his thing from 4PM-8PM.

There’ll be food trucks on-site keeping ya fed:

But don’t sleep on the Edge District eateries in the area, because they’re bringing the heat, too: Chef Tam’s Underground CafeEdge Alley, and Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria.

Memphis Made is coming out to pour beers, and Ashley Butler of Ashe Bar will be slinging drinks—and High Cotton Brewing Company is right down the way with crisp, cold beer flowing straight from the tap.

Speaking of High Cotton [and Edge Alley, mentioned above] when 9:01PM strikes, the after party continues there! Our very own DJ Travi$ will be on the 1s and 2s, and we’ll be getting down until it’s time to get gone!

And y’all know it’s not a party without pics. That’s why we’ve got The Mane Wilding working on a photo booth setup to incite FOMO from the fire pics you’ll be posting.

As the day draws near, we’ll be posting updates on our Facebook Event Page—so let us know you’re coming, and hope to see you there!

**The public art piece entitled “There is More to be Proud of”,” is a component of MMDC’s Marshall/Monroe streetscape improvement project. The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) provided project funding to support this work and commissioned extraordinary artwork by local artist Cat Peña. This shimmering, soothing, shade-casting public art installation was unveiled to the public at a party on the plaza in March 2017**

SCS celebrates opening of new Medical District High School

Bundles of red, white and blue balloons adorned the entrance to the new Medical District High School, where dozens gathered Thursday, Aug. 5, to celebrate its opening.

The school will welcome its first cohort of ninth-graders Monday, Aug. 9, when the Shelby County Schools district begins its year.

About 85 students are set to join that cohort Monday, and a few more are in the application process. The school had a goal of 80 to 100 students, according to district spokeswoman Jerica Phillips.

World Golf Championships Inspires St. Jude’s Patient’s Through Colorful Art and Powerful Stories of Hope

With many of the world’s top golf professionals in Memphis for the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational through August 8, patients from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital once again provide inspiration through their colorful art and powerful stories of hope.

As the sole charitable beneficiary of the tournament, officials featured St. Jude patient artwork, adorning custom FootJoy shoes, PING golf bags and TaylorMade putter covers.

All brought global awareness to the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving Children.

Orion Federal Credit Union to acquire Financial Federal Bank in Memphis-based merger combo

The Memphis metro’s largest credit union has an agreement in place to acquire one of Memphis’ largest locally based banks.

Orion Federal Credit Union announced Wednesday, Aug. 11, a definitive agreement to acquire Financial Federal Bank in an all-cash transaction.

Both institution’s boards have approved the deal. Details of the transaction were not initially disclosed.

Tom Lee Park Renovation Begins

The $60-million renovation of Memphis’ signature downtown park got two critical green lights: one from Mayor Strickland’s Riverfront Steering Committee, the other from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Tom Lee Park sits on a 30-acre berm that helps stabilize the bluff along the Mississippi River at Memphis. Structural changes must be approved by the Corps of Engineers. Tuesday, July 20, 2021, the Corps issued the 408 permit needed to make so many of the wonderful features seen in renderings possible.

The Mayor’s Riverfront Steering Committee also approved the design and the Strickland administration made an important decision.

Miss Tenn. competition comes to Memphis

Miss Tennessee competition comes to Memphis

The Miss Tennessee competition is back this year after 2020’s COVID-19 pause — and it’s in Memphis.

Lydia Fisher sits in a carriage during the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Competition's Show Us Your Parasol parade on Beale Street, Sunday, June 27, 2021 in Memphis, TN.

Thirty Miss Tennessee representatives from across the state have descended upon the Bluff City for rehearsals, public appearances and three nights of competition, our Bob Mehr reports.

The competition takes place July 1-3 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Memphis.