Wed update: Marc Gasol, dine out and fight AIDS, financial literacy, LuvGLO, trolley turns 20, eighty3, Memphis Beer Week events today

A huge press conference is scheduled at the FedExForum for 2:30 today. It is expected that the event is to announce Marc Gasol is the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. NBATV and will stream the event.

Dine out and fight AIDS on Thursday. Memphis-area restaurants will participate in Dine Out for Life, in which they will donate a portion of the day’s profits to Friends for Life. Friends for Life is a fantastic charity that supports those who have AIDS and their caregivers. Several Downtown restaurants will take part in the fundraiser, including Rizzo’s Diner (donating a whopping 50% of profits!), Alcenia’s, Blind Bear, Cafe Eclectic, Cozy Corner, Dejavu, eighty3, Evelyn & Olive, Felicia Suzanne’s, Grawemeyer’s, Green Beetle, the Mad Earl, McEwen’s, and Central BBQ.

On Friday there will be a Financial Literacy Celebration in Court Square from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Partners will be on hand to set up accounts, assist with credit repair, and offer assistance with job search, resumes, and career services. Bank On Memphis is presenting this event, which will include live music from Overwater Entertainment. The Memphis Public Library’s JobLINC Mobile Career Center will also be onsite to provide listings to available jobs, aids in locating training opportunities, and one-on-one assistance in job searches and job readiness workshops.

A video has been posted showing the course for Friday night’s LuvGLO run.

Trolley rides will be 20 cents today through Friday to celebrate the MATA trolley’s 20th birthday. Birthday cake will be served tomorrow at noon at the North End Terminal and Friday at noon at Central Station. Free cake? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

Kerry’s blog has suggestions for small things to eat at eighty3, the restaurant inside the Madison Hotel.

Two glass nights for Memphis Beer Week tonight. The 2013 Memphis Beer Week glass will be on sale at the Flying Saucer starting at 7 PM. They will also be tapping three Brooklyn Brewery beers tonight: Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager, Vintage Black Chocolate Stout, and Vintage Monster Ale.

At Central BBQ Downtown, they will tap Ghost River Noble Prized Porter. Eevery purchase gets a free Ghost River pint glass, compliments of the brewery.

Bardog will tap Brooklyn Silver Anniversary, with reps on site to talk about the beer and provide samples.

Local will tap a New Belgium/Yazoo collaboration brew, 5 to 6:30 PM.

That’ll do it for now. I’ll be out after work. I haven’t bought a glass in years but I may get that Memphis Beer Week glass tonight. It has the potential to be a collectors’ item years from now.