an emperor’s Lunch In the cool basement of the Pembroke Square Building, surrounded by a world-class collection of 19th-century Chinese and rare Judaic art, lunch is being served. The Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art dishes out a delicious combination of aesthetic and savory cultural experiences. The Emperor’s Lunch is designed for 10 to 80 people, seated in the Dynasty Banquet Room.Reservations should be made no later than one week before the desired date. The cost is $12 and includes a Chinese box lunch and beverage, preceded or followed by a docent-led tour of more than 900 works of art, including exquisite jade and ivory carvings, Tang Dynasty pottery, and a 150-million-year-old dinosaur egg. A large portion of the Chinese art is from the Qing Dynasty (1644–19ll). There’s also the Wooly Mammoth Tusk Gallery and Judaic Gallery, all filled with an amazing assortment of artistry, craftsmanship, and history — all awaiting discovery at 119 S. Main. Young and old alike are welcome. For menu and reservation information, call 523-ARTS or email info@ belzmuseum.org. CITY BLOCKS City Cheers ... For the first time, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital makes U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital list. Four specialties are recognized for their excellence: neurology/neurosurgery, orthopaedics, nephrology, and cardiology. In the same report, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is named the nation’s third-best children’s cancer hospital: lebonheur.org, stjude.org, usnews.com/childrenshospitals. Downtown Neighborhood Association, created to promote enjoyment and enhancement of Downtown living, marks 30 years of working to ensure that Downtown provides a safe, progressive, and highquality lifestyle for its residents, businesses, and visitors. Commemorative anniversary T-shirts designed by two local artists are available, and annual memberships start as low as $25: 466-6893, memphisdna.org. The Pink Palace Family of Museums is Again accredited by the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by an American museum. Fewer than four percent of the museums in the country earn this status: 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. University Place, a multifamily community designed by Architecture Inc., becomes Tennessee’s first LEED-certified neighborhood. The mixed-income, Hope VI redevelopment of the Lamar Terrace Housing project is one of only a dozen sites nationwide that are LEED-certified — which denotes communities that are designed according to energy-efficient and environmentally friendly guidelines: 526- 5080, archincmemphis.com. The Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission’s website, filmmemphis.Org, took second place at the Association of Film Commissioners International annual trade show. AFCI is the official worldwide organization for film commissioners: afci.org/news. Hitting the Streets Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being Office opens at 50 Peabody Place, offering health outreach workers and programs: 287-4700, lebonheur.org. “I Love Memphis” murals began popping up around the city, a combined effort of the UrbanArt Commission, the city, and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. The mural project debuted in Cooper-Young near Central, painted by Brandon Marshall and inspired by MCVB blogger Kerry Crawford, who photographed hundreds of people throughout the city holding her handmade “I Love Memphis” sign: 543-5300, mcvb.org. On the Move ... Ardent Studios, one of the premiere recording studios in the country, opens Ardent Film Department, a full-service production company: 2000 Madison, 725- 0855, ardentstudios.com. Literacy Mid-South, which works to eradicate illiteracy in the area through oneon- one tutoring, group programs, and other initiatives, launches a new website that provides a more user-friendly interface for those seeking help with literacy needs: 327-6000, literacymidsouth.org. City of Good abode ... Summer is for reading, but not for many living in poverty. When children become good readers, they are more likely to become better learners throughout life — and stay out of trouble. Boys Incorporated’s Books for Boys Campaign needs age-appropriate books — new or used — for boys 6–12 years old. Boys Inc. will pick up donated books: 361-6433, boysincorporated.Org. Complimentary back-to-school haircuts for youths ages 17 and under are available July 25–Aug. 6 at Remington College’s Memphis campus. Call for an appointment: 396-8625. Downtown Departures ... Gator Print, after nearly three decades in the printing business at 65 Monroe, stops the presses for a final time. In Memorium ... Trumpeter Rudy Williams, the “Mayor of Beale Street,” who played his horn on the famous street for more than 50 years, will be missed as Memphis music’s goodwill ambassador, leading funeral processions down Beale, welcoming visitors, and delighting all within earshot of his melodious refrains. energy Smart Two new programs have launched to help Shelby County residents reduce energy consumption. “Get Energy Smart @ Your Library” is a twohour workshop that imparts practical tips and hands-on instruction. Attendees leave the sessions with a tote valued at $50 that includes gadgets and tools to complete simple do-it-yourself projects at home that will save money and energy. “Kill-A-Watt Checkout” answers that all-puzzling question: How much does it cost to run my home appliances? To identify electricity-gorging culprits, Kill-A-Watt devices can be checked out from area libraries with a valid library card. The device is an electricity-usage monitor that plugs into an ordinary wall socket in your home. You then plug your appliance into the monitor to assess energy usage. Each device is pre-programmed with MLGW rates, and by finding out how much electricity it takes to operate an appliance, you can begin managing electricity usage — and saving lots of money. Both programs — offered through a team effort by Memphis Light Gas & Water, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Memphis Public Library — are free, but registration is required for the “Get Energy Smart” workshop, which runs through August at various branches. Call 415- 2700 or visit memphislibrary.org. Love, Love Me Do! Forty-five years ago, on Aug. 19, 1966, at the Midsouth Coliseum, The Beatles stormed into town, bringing their rock-androll sensation to Memphis for the first concert performance, which became known as the infamous “firecracker concert” because someone threw a lighted firecracker on the stage. In celebration of this 45th anniversary, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is hosting an exhibition of 36 recently rediscovered photographs, hidden away for more than 45 years.The photos of The Fab Four were taken in ‘63 and ‘64 by award-winning producer, director, and photographer Paul Berriff. This exhibit marks only the second U.S. display since being rediscovered. The Beatles Hidden Gallery opens July 1 and runs through Sep. 11. The museum, located at the corner of Third and Vance on the FedExForum plaza, is open daily, 10a. m.–7 p.m. For more information, call 205- 2533 or visit memphisrocknsoul.org. Memphis Music Launch Memphis Music Launch, an innovative new program developed by the Memphis Music Foundation, is the first of its kind in the nation. It began with Launch Weekend, a 48-hour music and entrepreneurial experiment that brought 70 artists together to pitch song ideas, vote on their favorites, form teams, and take a concept all the way through to a fully recorded single (with accompanying business and marketing plan) in only two days. At the end of the weekend, four finalists were selected to compete in the Memphis Music Launch Showcase, July 8, 7 p.m., at the New Daisy Theatre.There, 90 days after first coming together, the groups will compete for an industry prize package valued at more than $4,000 designed to launch an artist’s career, including a pressing and distribution deal, photo shoot, logo and branding assistance, a paid performance, and a bonus cash prize. The finalists are an eclectic crosssection of contemporary Memphis music: the inspirational sounds of ButtaMD; experimental rock band Arvada; the R&B stylings of Go Judo Presents: Sunny Uppercut; and the acoustic/Latin/hiphop fusion of The Delta Collective. Showcase tickets are $5 at the door. The goal of Memphis Music Launch is to ignite collaboration and healthy competition, while maintaining a focus on the foundation’s core mission: educating musicians about the music industry and helping them make a living doing what they love. For more information, call 527-1029 or visit memphismeansmusic.com/MML.
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