East Buntyn neighborhood gearing up for ArtWalk

The East Buntyn neighborhood is gearing up once again for the East Buntyn Artwalk.

The sixth annual version of the festival that celebrates art and community kicks off April 18 (rain date, April 19), with homeowners hosting regional artists in their front yards. Those open-air galleries will display and sell work by neighborhood residents, as well as pieces by artists from around the Mid-South, representing an expected pool of over 60 artists.

St. James Church at 461 S. Prescott will serve as ArtWalk’s hub, hosting live music, a silent auction, food trucks and more. There also will be a silent auction tent, live entertainment and food trucks like Lickety Split and Rock’n Dough.

Sponsoring partners for the free event are University Neighborhood Development Corporation, Highland Area Renewal Corporation and St. James Anglican Church.

Additional festival information and Artist Applications can be obtained by going online to www.eastbuntynartwalk.com or by visiting East Buntyn ArtWalk on Facebook or Twitter.

Here’s a video of last year’s event:

Memphis street newspaper “The Bridge” celebrates second anniversary

This weekend will mark the second anniversary of the launch of “The Bridge,” Memphis’ first street newspaper that addresses the hardships of the some 2,000 Memphians living on the streets.

The first edition launched on March 21, 2013. The team behind it approached members of the homeless population and paid them to share their stories and artwork for publication, in addition to training them as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits.

According to Caroline Ponseti, a Rhodes junior who helped found the paper, $32,000 has been put directly into the hands of the homeless as a result of “The Bridge.” And the paper’s top vendors make up to $540 per month.

“The Bridge” on March 25 will host a two-year anniversary celebration at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave. that’s free and open to the public.

ZeroTo510 gets major honor

Some big news for ZeroTo510, Memphis’ medical device startup accelerator program –

According to ZeroTo510 co-founder Allan Daisley, today at SXSW and in Techcrunch, the program was announced as one of the top 20 accelerators in the U.S.

ZeroTo510 was ranked 15th in the nation by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.

From Allan: “We’d like to thank our team, our partners, our mentors, our board, and especially the entrepreneurs and graduates of ZeroTo510 for the hard work and collaboration that made this recognition possible.”

It’s official – the Commercial Appeal has a new owner

It’s now official – the Commercial Appeal has a new owner, based in Wisconsin.

As we and others have reported for months, the CA’s longtime owner – the E.W. Scripps Co. – has decided to spin off all its newspaper properties, combining them with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s owner Journal Communications to form a new public company, Journal Media Group.

Shareholders of both companies today approved that transaction, a related piece of which includes Scripps and Journal also merging their broadcast and digital properties, separate from the newspaper company. Those transactions are expected to close early in the second quarter.

The new newspaper company will have about 3,600 employees, operate in 14 markets and be headquartered in Milwaukee.

Scripps shareholders didn’t have to reach too much to vote “yes” on the deal. The company is giving them a $60 million special dividend. The newspaper division has also been an albatross on Scripps’s neck for some time now.

In the fourth quarter, Scripps’ newspaper unit saw its profit tumble to almost half of what it was a year earlier. Things were worse in the third quarter, when the division reported a profit margin of less than 1 percent.

Upcoming tribute concerts for Memphis music legends

A few tribute concerts to late Memphis music icons are in the works.

Coming up April 22 is “Press/Play: A celebration of John Fry and John Hampton,” happening April 22 at the Levitt Shell in honor of Fry, the founder of Ardent Studios, and Ardent engineer and producer Hampton.

They died within days of each other in December.

Exactly one month later, meanwhile, on May 22 at the Hi-Tone, a Chris Bell tribute concert will be held. Bell was the guitarist and songsmith, along with Alex Chilton, who helped launch the legendary power pop act Big Star.

For that, a band led by Ardent’s Adam Hill will perform songs from Bell’s solo record “I am the cosmos” plus Big Star’s first record “#1 record.” Guests will include Van Duren, Richard Rosebrough and more.

Dansette

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