Wednesday News Update: Prince Mongo Mural Edition

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 30th 2016 6054 0

Happy Wednesday, Memphis!

Today in Memphis, we have baby animals, festival announcements, and some big-time mural improvements. All that and more in your Wednesday news update.

– So many festivals! The next big ones coming up: Memphis Comedy Fest (March 31 – April 3), Midtown Opera Festival (April 1-10), and Memphis Fashion Week (April 4-9). Get your tickets, make your plans, have some fun.

– Shelby Farms “Heart of the Park” renovations (stage, restaurant, bigger lake, etc.) will be complete this fall, and they’re having a three-day music fest to celebrate. Save the date for September 23-25, 2016.

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– A baby buffalo was born at Shelby Farms. So stinking cute.

– The Memphis Farmer’s Market has their opening day this Saturday.

– Le Bonheur is now designated a “Magnet” hospital, which means that the American Nurses Credentialing Center thinks the hospital is in the top 7 percent in the country in terms of patient care and nursing innovation. Way to go, Le Bonheur!

– We are replacing this terrible Beale Street billboard next Tuesday. I’ll share more details next week – follow me on Twitter for the most up-to-date-information.

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– The original I Love Memphis mural got a facelift thanks to the property owners this week. Looks fantastic. Click here to see a map of all the ILM murals.

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– There are two new-ish food trucks, as reported by the Memphis Flyer. a) Joy Ride just opened a month ago and serves Cuban and Latin food, and b) RAWK’n Grub opened a few months ago and serves gastropub-type food.

– There’s a new mural featuring Prince Mongo on the shipping container bridge at Wiseacre. Art by Birdcap. Sweet.

– Indie Memphis Film Festival is growing again. This year, the festival (November 1-7, 2016) will have film screenings at the Halloran Centre and Overton Square venues as well as Malco’s Ridgeway Cinema Grill theater and the Malco Collierville theater. They’re also adding a category for films made by kids under 18. Read more in this CA article.

– Beale Street Music Festival announced the stage lineups for the three-day festival, which is April 29 – May 1. They’ll announce times later. Get your tickets here.

– The Levitt Shell is undergoing renovations. I’ll be writing a full post about those soon, but in the meantime save the date for their lineup announcement (mid-April) and the 2016 season kickoff on June 1.

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– The Curb Market in Cooper Young opened last weekend in the former Easy Way spot. Their focus is on local products that support a living wage for farmers and artisans. They have meats, produce, prepared foods, baked goods, cut flowers, potted plants and herbs, and more.

– You can now get your RockBone all night long (or at least until 10:30 p.m.). Starting April 15, Memphis Made taproom will be open Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. They’re also going to have Fireside Amber and RockBone IPA available year-round, in addition to the Lucid Kolsch.

– Ghost River has new branding and is finally getting a taproom next to their brewery near the South Main district.

What’d I miss? Let me know your good Memphis news in the comments!

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  2. veena says:

    this makes me so excited to be moving back in a few months!

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