Two Memphians honored as top “50 under 40″ emerging leaders

Two Memphians have been honored as top “50 under 40” emerging leaders in social enterprise.

The Social Enterprise Alliance, in conjunction with the American Express Foundation, have put out their list of movers and shakers in the social enterprise world, and Brit Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO of MentorMe, and Sarah Petschonek, founder and executive director of Volunteer Odyssey, both made the list.

MentorMe is a cloud-based platform built for mentoring programs. Volunteer Odyssey connects job-seekers with volunteer opportunities.

Nice to see national recognition being given to deserving Memphians.

Coach Cal has a book coming out April 15

Coach Cal has a book coming out on Tax Day.

“Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out,” was written by Calipari and Michael Sokolove. The Amazon page for the book has a fawning quote from President Clinton: “If you are a college basketball fan like I am, you’ll understand why I’ve long admired John Calipari’s leadership style. While no coach treasures a win more than John, this terrific book reveals his greater purpose—to lead his young players to better lives, and then challenge them to give back to others.”

Probably not going to be much in here about Memphis, judging from the Amazon description:

“In ‘Players First,’ John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball’s most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory.

At its core, Calipari’s coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players—what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another. He is beloved by his players for being utterly honest with them and making promises that he always keeps, no matter what…”

Malco, now preferring free-standing cinemas, is leaving Wolfchase after 2017

Rather than renew the lease to its cinema inside the Wolfchase Galleria mall when it ends in 2017, Malco has decided to replace it by building a new cinema on U.S. 64, west of Houston Levee Road.

Malco spokeswoman Karen Scott said it’s a result of the Memphis-based theatre chain preferring to build free-standing facilities moving forward, rather than as it’s done at Wolfchase operate inside someone else’s facility.

“The Highway 64 corridor is the right place for our future theatre, and the property has been in the family for decades, waiting for the right time,” she said.

Malco’s Wolfchase cinema had been a major tenant of the mall for years but has for a while now been showing more older movies, as opposed to new releases that fill the screens at its other properties.

Kickstarter launched to raise funds for Memphis music history book

Shangri-La Projects has announced a Kickstarter campaign for a book by Ron Hall tentatively titled “Memphis: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years,” to be published this fall.

The book purports to be an exhaustive look at the city’s live concert history from 1955-1985, including hundreds of rare live photographs.

The project is looking to raise $3,00 in book production costs and runs through May 8. For more information, click here.

Live music series called Thursdays Squared coming to Overton Square

Overton Square is getting a regular live music series called Thursdays Squared.

Resource Entertainment Group is launching the event, which will arrive at the Tower Courtyard at Trimble Place and Florence Street on Thursdays starting April 17. It’ll be a concert, but also more than that – a street party with an outdoor music festival feel that includes beer and wine for sale.

Covers will range from $5 to $15 depending on the band. Up first is Party Planet April 17, with special guests including Al Kapone, Ruby Wilson and more.

Dansette

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