Memphis Library Foundation breaks ground on teen lab space Feb. 4

The Memphis Library Foundation has announced it will break ground for its teen lab space in early February.

The foundation has reached its first fundraising benchmark of $1.9 million for the state-of-the-art teen learning lab, where young people will have a chance to pursue their interest in technology with the lab’s features like audio and video production equipment, a sound mixing lab, an art studio, performance stage, creation stations, a gaming zone, a 3D printer and more.

A public groundbreaking ceremony will take place Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. in the future site of the teen learning lab at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. The official name for the lab will be announced at that ceremony.

Beale Street Music Festival named among top 21 music festivals

The Beale Street Music Festival has been named one of the 21 best music festivals by Fuse, a national TV network and website focused on music, concerts and festivals.

Joining BSMF on the list are big festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Festival. When you consider there are some 800 contemporary music festivals each year, according to BSMF, the Fuse list of 21 means Beale Street is regarded as being in the top 3 percent.

The 39th annual Beale Street Music Festival will include 64 acts in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis May 1-3.

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Van Horn leaves TV for Crye-Leike

Meteorologist Tim Van Horn has left WMC-TV Action News 5 and entered the world of real estate.

Van Horn has left the news desk behind and joined Crye-Leike Realtors on a full-time basis as an affiliate broker at the company’s Quail Hollow office.  Van Horn’s last day with WMC was on Sunday, Jan 11, and the veteran meteorologist began working with Crye-Leike on Monday, Jan.  12.

“It’s a combination of doing something that I’ve been wanting and preparing to do, a chance to help others, and see a lot more of my family,” Van Horn, who began working at the station in 1999, wrote on his blog. “I can’t lie. I am excited. I already like the new boss. It’s me.”

Van Horn will be assisting buyers and sellers in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton Counties. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors and Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

“Hot Buttered Soul” gets a new pressing on gold vinyl

Memphis music alert:

Isaac Hayes’ 1969 album, “Hot Buttered Soul,” is getting a new exclusive pressing thanks to Newbury Comics and Stax Records. The new run is on translucent gold vinyl and limited to 500 copies.

The gold run will be released Jan. 20.

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