Another Elvis week is just about in the books. The candles have been put away for another year and Elvis Presley Boulevard is open again to traffic.
And Graceland itself is not for sale, as we detailed in our Friday edition.
But a long delayed expansion of the Graceland area into a kind of Elvis resort remains in limbo because the majority share of Elvis Presley Enterprises is up for sale by CORE Media.
CORE Media’s most notable effort was an agreement with Digital Domain Media Group to produce a hologram of Presley for use in future performances. Digital Domain is the company that produced a hologram of rapper Tupac Shakur that drew a lot of attention when it was unveiled at the end of the Snoop Dog set at the Coachella Music Festival in 2012.
At week’s end there is this from the Digital Music News web site – a report that Sony Corp. is among those interestedn buying the majority share of EPE.
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More coming in the Wednesday edition, which goes online Tuesday afternoon, about local reaction from our federal prosecutor about the “Smart on Crime” initiatives announced by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Monday in San Francisco.
The initiatives amount to prosecutors being more selective about who they prosecute and whether they charge them with crimes that upon conviction have mandatory minimum sentences. It also includes more use of re-entry programs supervised by a federal court judge for those who complete their sentences.
The reentry docket has been a regular feature of Memphis Federal Court dockets since 2011.
We wrote about it as a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, about two years ago.
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U.S. Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx was in Memphis last week. While here, one of his stops was the FedEx World Hub at Memphis International Airport.
He’s blogged about his visit on the Dept. of Transportation website.
“The FedEx facility covers more than 800 acres and is operated by more than 11,000 FedEx employees moving an average of over 1.5 million packages through the hub each day,” Foxx writes. “What I saw is a terrific example of using innovation to improve transportation.
“With more than 10,000 arrival and departure flights every month, FedEx and Memphis International have been on the forefront of implementing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation (NextGen) air transportation initiative. NextGen has made possible a significant improvement in FedEx’s ability to move airplanes in and out of Memphis. For example, by working together on just one new NextGen approach last fall, government and industry have increased the airport’s capacity by 17 percent.”
Front Porch Art recently helped artist Rebecca Phillips wrap up a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for her Memphis Type Illustrated series. The project was 100 percent funded in two weeks, so Front Porch Art is now sharing some of what the business learned using Kickstarter to fund an artistic venture.
- Give people something valuable to support – “People enjoy supporting something that matters.”
- Offer rewards that get people talking – “You want your backers to talk about you to their friends long after your project is complete.”
- Reach out for support – “If you build it and don’t tell anyone about it, no one will come.”
- Be generous. Offer backers the best rewards you can – “You may feel like a starving artist, but don’t let that make you lose sight of what you’re hoping to accomplish.”
To read more, hit up the Front Porch Art blog.
This weekend, ArtsMemphis is unveiling something called ArtsAccelerator.
It’s a new incentive grant for visual artists, and what’s important about it is it’s the first in the organization’s history to directly support individual, working artists.
ArtsMemphis will start allocating the grants this fall. Meanwhile, there’s a kickoff celebration at Crosstown Arts Sat., Aug. 10, from 8 p.m. to midnight, launching ArtsAccelerator.
It’s free and open to the public, with donations welcome. There will be free refreshments including beer and wine, the Fuel food truck will be there, there will be a DJ dance party, and more.
For more information, head on over to the Facebook page for the event.