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Long before the Shelby Farms Greenline became the city's cycling and running hotspot, there was the V&E Greenline, a 1.7-mile urban trail converted from an old railroad track that runs from the Sears Crosstown building to Rhodes College.

This year, Crosstown Arts is bringing its fourth annual MemFeast dinner to the V&E Greenline on Saturday, May 18th, from 7 to 10 p.m. The concept for MemFeast is simple: Artists present ideas for public art projects, the dinner's attendees listen as they dine, and at the end of the meal, each attendee votes for his or her favorite. The winner gets $5,000 to make the art project a reality.

Dinner will be served outdoors near the Avalon and Tutwiler intersection of the greenline (with a back-up rain location on Sears Crosstown's bottom floor), and the artists' ideas will be focused on a public art project to be installed along the V&E Greenline. Artists include Anthony Lee and Kiersten Williams, Sean Murphy and Anne Froning, Elisha Gold, Jeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh, and folks from the National Ornamental Metal Museum.

The meal (all meat-free) will be prepared by Chef Miles McMath and will include a vegan slider bar, vegan andouille sausage, French lentil "caviar," curry spiced tofu, farro risotto, grilled kale, and much more. Deering & Down will provide live music.

In years past, MemFeast winners have included a "bomb-the-blight" guerrilla gardening project by Tommy Wilson, the lighted Sears Crosstown building by Robin Salant, and April, a film about a little girl from Soulsville by Nicki Newburger, Alan Spearman, Mark Adams, Sean Faust, and Morgan Jon Fox.

MemFeast 4, Saturday, May 18th, 7-10 p.m., 1625 Tutwiler. $35. crosstownarts.org/memfeast-4

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