The 15 Film Series at Clayborn Temple continues Thursday evening, with a film documenting an often-overlooked piece of Memphis history: The Invaders. A new, radicalized group of civil rights activists, The Invaders were inspired by militant leaders like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. The group, emerging in 1967 in Memphis, consisted of college students, Vietnam vets, musicians and intellectuals, and would step away from the doctrine of non-violence when the situation required it. This film looks at the significance and history of this group, and its influence on MLK in his final days. There will be a reception at 6 and the film will be shown at 7. A panel of Dr. Colby Smith, Calvin Taylor, John Gary Williams, Chikita Smith, Juanita Thornton, Roy Turks and John Bowen will participate in a discussion following the film, curated by Bertram Williams. Here’s a trailer of the movie.
It’s dollar King Cotton night at the Redbirds. First pitch 7:05 vs. Oklahoma City.
Hot Rods on Beale happens the 4th Tuesday of the warm-weather months… and for June, that would be tonight. The American Muscle Car Club and the Perfect Nemesis Car Club will have their rides parked on Beale for the public to see tonight, 6-10 PM.
La La Land, rated PG-13, will be the free movie shown tonight on the big screen at Beale Street Landing. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Showtime is 8:30 and the movie is 128 minutes long.
I stopped by the Blind Bear last night, and discovered that Moonshine Monday is now Moonshine & Margarita Monday. $3 moonshine shots, $6 moonshine cocktails, $4 silver & grapefruit tequila shots, and $6 silver & grapefruit margaritas.
South Main Sounds will host Songwriter Night #59 at 550 S. Main Friday night, June 30 from 7 to 9 PM. Performers will include Sturges Nikides & Mandy Lemons, Danny Green, Claire Radel, and Levi Smith.
That’s it for now. I will be out at the Great Streets block party, around Peabody Place and Main, after work. If you don’t see me on the street, come in the Silly Goose and find me.
… Oh, that reminds me, one more thing. I posted photos this morning of the new public seating along Peabody Place, and I also posted the photos to Facebook. One person commented that the Silly Goose section of the public seating looks good but needs shade. The manager there has confirmed that large umbrellas have been ordered and should be here around the end of the week.
Back tomorrow with more news, and I hope to see you at the block party this evening.