Participate! Memphis is one of only seven U.S. cities to host Choosing to Participate, a nationally acclaimed exhibition and civic initiative designed as a catalyst for conversation about the importance of participation in our community, nation, and world. The exhibit, which runs Sep. 6–Nov. 20 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar, was developed by Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization that works to teach youth to combat bigotry and nurture democracy. Choosing to Participate features a multimedia platform, companion website, and community event series that examine courageous choices made by individuals that changed the course of history. The choices people make — both large and small — may not seem important at the time, but little by little, they shape us as responsible global citizens. This multifaceted educational and civic program encourages visitors around the world to think deeply about the importance of participating in a democratic society: 452-1776, ext. 227, choosingtoparticipate.Org, facing.org. twinkle, twinkle Sure, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but Midsoutherners can find out why in Diamonds, a traveling exhibit showing through Oct. 16 at Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. This high-tech, interactive exhibit journeys the globe, from the depths of North America’s diamond mines to the diamond-rich deposits of Africa. Learn how diamonds were formed deep within the Earth billions of years ago, and follow their fascinating progression through the global marketplace to the final exquisitely cut and set works of art and jewelry made and sold around the word. Special to this showing, the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas contributed regional diamond-related artifacts, including tools, minerals, and stories from its diamondrich site. Visitors also meet an exploration geologist and hunt for a diamond-bearing kimberlite, a type of potassic volcanic rock best known for sometimes containing diamonds.Test gem properties, evaluate gem quality, and explore the many uses for diamonds in modern industry and technology. Ancients believed diamonds were splinters from the stars. The true story is just as fascinating: 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Centennial History of uofM To commemorate the University of Memphis’s 100th anniversary, the university published a limited-edition book: Dreamers. Thinkers. Doers. A Centennial History of the University of Memphis. Produced by UofM history professors Janann Sherman and Beverly Bond, the 128-page coffeetable book is divided into five sections to reflect the school’s changes in name and mission over time. Using a central narrative, fun facts, and a timeline of events, the book depicts how UofM evolved from a small teachers’ college in 1912 into a major metropolitan research university. Hundreds of photos and illustrations help tell the story. Available solely at the University Bookstore on campus and online at uofmemphis.bkstr.com. remembering When Ol’ Man river Got Lit An elegant evening under the bridge spanning Mud Island pays tribute to the 25th anniversary of the lighting of the “M” Bridge (officially named the Hernando DeSoto Bridge) that carries I-40 traffic across the Mississippi. “I remember that I was facing the crowd to watch their reactions when we ‘threw the switch,’” recalls Pat Kerr Tigrett, the bridge-lighting project’s co-chairman and today coproducer of the black-tie anniversary event. “I’m seeing the emotions, from tears to laughter. The bridge and the area had been so black. The only lights that were on before lighting the bridge were the headlights from Tennesseans returning from the West Memphis dog track!” Presented by Memphis Charitable Foundation and The Blues Ball, the 25th Anniversary of the Bridge of Lights, which celebrates Memphis’s legendary musicians and supports numerous charities, brightens the night Sep. 9, 7 p. m., on Mud Island. Reserve tickets at 527-5683 or memphischaritable.org, bluesball.org. City Cheers ... Grill 83, adjacent to the luxurious Madison Hotel at 83 Madison, becomes a certified Project Green Fork restaurant because of its proven commitment to adhere to environmentally sound practices specifically outlined in six PGF areas: sustainable products, recycling, kitchen composting, nontoxic cleaning products, pollution prevention, and reduced energy and water consumption: 333-1224, grill83.com. Memphis College of Art celebrates its 75th anniversary throughout the 2011–2012 academic year with a series of free, commemorative events that include lectures, exhibits, gallery talks, campus tours, and more: 272-5100, mca.edu. See Main Street, the Downtown location of Memphis Family Vision Practice, which provides comprehensive vision care services plus a complete optical boutique, eyes its fifth year on Main Street: 103 S. Main, 495-9900, memphisfamilyvision.com. Hitting the Streets ... The Brass Door, an Irish Pub in the former Memphis Tobacco Bowl building, brings luck and a smokefree atmosphere to the Downtown core, with an ample bar, upstairs seating, downstairs dance floor, and an Irish-infused menu that includes chips and curry, potato and leek soup, the ploughman’s lunch, Brass burger, Irish breakfast, Irish stew, and a fine array of wine and beer: 152 Madison, 572-1813, brassdoormemphis.Com, facebook.com. Cordova’s popular Thai Bistro heads west, opening its newest location on Madison next door to the First Tennessee building. Quick-service meals include five types of curry, signature sushi, and other triedand- true Thai specials and delicacies: 149 Madison, 343-0303, thaibistromemphis.com. On the Move ... Phase 1 of the Emergency Department’s renovation at the Regional Medical Center is complete and open to patients. The area includes new registration and triage spaces, as well as elements designed for increased patient access and comfort, including the emergency parking lot on Jefferson: 877 Jefferson, 545-7100, the-med.org. The Downtown Neighborhood Association launches a new, improved website that includes Downtown Memphis news and links, membership meeting information, Happy Hour Patrol reports, picture gallery, and more: 466-6893, memphisdna.org. Special Deliveries ... For the first time ever, Tennesseans have the chance to have their art displayed across the largest art gallery in the state: the nation’s highways. Tennesseans for the Arts, a statewide arts advocacy organization, launched a free “State Your Plate” contest, open to all state residents who want to submit Tennessee-inspired designs for the state’s next specialty license Plate. Proceeds will directly benefit arts in the state. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15: stateyourplate. Org. Memphis Music Mojo ... What started with 48 hours of musical collaboration among artists who had never met, ended with The Delta Collective, winner of the first-ever Memphis Music Launch — an innovative entrepreneurial music experience facilitated by the Memphis Music Foundation that brought artists and industry together to take a music concept from idea to full-fledged recording and performance and, ultimately, to launch a career: 527-1029, memphismeansmusic.com/MML, deltacollective.Com. Dowtown Departure ... Harry’s Detour, the quiet South Main treasure that hosted delectable dining inside and parties outside on its large grassy area and expansive deck, consolidates its operations into the Midtown restaurant location: Harry’s On Teur, 2015 Madison, 276-7623. In Memorium ... Jim Smoot, professor and dean emeritus of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, who led efforts to secure the former U.S. Customs House at Front and Madison for the school’s new home and then led the monumental task of implementing the move itself. Memorial contributions to the James R. Smoot Scholarship Fund may be made at Playhouse on the Square or online at memphis.edu/law/ faculty/smoot.php.
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