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Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Begin Again” (R for profanity) Musical tale of female empowerment about a struggling singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley) who dumps her philandering, pop star boyfriend (Adam Levine) in order to pursue her own career with the help of an alcoholic, disgraced record exec (Mark Ruffalo). Supporting cast includes Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, CeeLo Green and James Corden.    
 
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence and brief sexual innuendo) Fourth installment of the sci-fi franchise finds a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) attracting the attention of scientists, transformers, a power-hungry businessman (Stanley Tucci) and a paranoid government bureaucrat (Kelsey Grammer) after they discover the deactivated leader (Peter Cullen) of the Autobots. With John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles and Ken Watanabe. 

Hattiloo Theatre – new venue, same mission

hattiloo 600As grand openings go, what’s in store for the Hattiloo Theatre is meant to be much more than a celebration of its new aesthetic structure. 

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday (June 28th) and continuing through midnight, the black repertory’s new venue at 37 South Cooper in Overton Square will usher in attendees during the Community Grand Opening sponsored by FedEx and The Mustang Fund. 
 
Founder and Artistic Director Ekundayo Bandele, who is known to be meticulous about providing an excellence and presence that serves and validates the black community in the Bluff City, will be center stage. 

Merger of Memphis music Organizations hailed as ‘a win’

The Memphis Music Foundation, chaired by Stax Records legend Al Bell, will merge with The Consortium MMT, an incubator for emerging musical talent music 600focused on soul music and founded by Hall of Fame songwriter and producer David Porter.

The planned merger was announced Wednesday.
 
The combined entity will continue use of the name The Consortium MMT, with the Music Foundation’s flagship initiative renamed the Memphis Music Resource Center (MRC) at The Consortium MMT. Porter will remain chairman and president of The Consortium MMT, with Bell serving on The Consortium MMT Board as a director.

Nikki Giovanni had this to say

During her appearance at the National Civil Rights Museum on Sunday,
giovanni 600world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni recited her iconic poem “Ego-Tripping” to a standing-room only crowd in the 350-seat auditorium. After her performance, Giovanni told The New Tri-State Defender of her hopes for the museum and her hope that young people take an active part in the “international world.”
 
Said Giovanni:

Coach T’ lined up for high school sports combine

 
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The Second Annual Premier Sports Nation High School Football Combine will be held Saturday (June 28th) at the Dulins Sports Complex at 7790 Fischer Steel Rd. in Cordova.
 
The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is a team effort by renowned former high school coach Tim “Coach T” Thompson and Leroy Watson Jr. of TigerSportsReport.com (Memphis.Rivals.com).