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.

A few nuggets of Big Star news

Universal Music Group has acquired the international rights to the “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” documentary released in 2012.

Universal also has announced it will release the film later this year “in various configurations” including in a deluxe box set that includes Big Star’s albums in CD format, as well as via digital download and as a standalone Blu-Ray and DVD.

In unrelated Big Star news, Holly George-Warren, author of the newly released biography of Big Star lead singer Alex Chilton – “A Man Called Destruction” – will take part in a conversation next week at Crosstown Arts.

The book is the first biography of Chilton, and the event is April 2 at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Butler Snow adds three in Memphis

Memphis attorney Jenny Kiesewetter and Marianne Clendenen, along with benefits compliance adviser Jamie Red, are joining the business services group of the Butler Snow law firm in Memphis.

Kiesewetter focuses her practice on employee benefits, employee welfare benefits, Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters, executive compensation, healthcare compliance and regulatory matters, and corporate law. Clendenen’s practice focuses on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and employee benefits.

Red joins Butler Snow as a non-attorney benefits compliance advisor. She has experience in matters including employee benefits, healthcare regulatory compliance, corporate and transactional law, insurance and medical malpractice defense, and more.

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