Tuesday update

RIP Bill Walton.

Birdie’s, the golf simulation bar on South Main, has announced weekly nine-hole Par 3 tournaments. These will allow you to get some swings in and maybe win a prize, while being short enough not to interfere with your summer vacation.

Blind Bear specials this week: Italian sausage and potato soup; pan-seared chicken breast with wild rice, sautéed zucchini, mushrooms; shrimp and crawfish scampi pasta

Janey Bee Jems will have a pop-up Charm Bar at Stock&Belle on Saturday, June 1 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Brooke Ballard will help you design a charm necklace. The first 30 necklaces can be picked up the day of the Charm Bar, and after that you can arrange for shipment or pickup.

The I-55 bridge will be closed June 9-23.

It’s International Hamburger Day.

The Redbirds host Nashville tonight at 7:05.

I had something weird happen recently. Saturday night I dreamed I was watching an episode of M*A*S*H. It was the one where Frank Burns promised Margaret the moon, and she pointed out he didn’t have the moon.

Then Memorial Day afternoon I checked into the Union Mission and entered the common room. The TV was tuned to the TV Land channel. I expected to see episodes of Gunsmoke and Andy Griffith.

Instead, M*A*S*H came on. THE VERY EPISODE/SCENE I HAD DREAMED ABOUT. I had not seen that show in at least 8 months.

There is no way that was a coincidence.

I’m interpreting it as a reminder from the Universe that we are more powerful than we realize; we possess more than just our basic 5 senses.

That’s all I’ve got today. Back tomorrow with more news.

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Monday update

Steve, the friendly squirrel who lived in the Union-Gayoso block of the Main Street Mall, is believed to be dead. Regulars of businesses in that block have not seen Steve in weeks.

Rat poison is the suspected cause of death. If you’ve ever been on that block after dark, you know there are a lot of rats. I don’t believe anyone was trying to intentionally harm Steve.

Rest in peace, Steve, if you really are gone. Wherever you are now, I hope it’s just plain nuts there.

Beerknurds, save the date: A week from Wednesday will be Captain Keith glass night at the Flying Saucer.

There was a shooting Saturday night about 11 at Danny Thomas and Adams near Level III nightclub.

Memphis Pride Fest is this coming weekend.

The Blues Foundation seeks a museum director.

It’s a slow news day, as I predicted. Back tomorrow.

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Sunday update

As I walked to the farmers market yesterday, I discovered a couple of weekday deals at Rumba Room.

Tuesdays: $11 for three tacos is right in line with what other restaurants in the neighborhood charge, so you’re basically getting a Corona for free. Plus a salsa dance lesson if you want one.

Wednesdays: $15 for a burger is in line with what other restaurants on Main charge – so it’s like you’re getting a margarita for free, and optionally a bachata lesson too.

I got to the Memphis Farmers Market and discovered

  • Master Gardeners were there for free consultations on planting and growing
  • Memphis Public Libraries had a booth there
  • There was a kids’ table with coloring and crafts

Memphis 901 FC got a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh last night.

I would have loved to have this stuff in Thursday or Friday’s blog. But I didn’t know! Did I get knocked off the Market’s weekly e-newsletter mailing list? Or do they not do the newsletter anymore?

More storms could be headed our way. The biggest risk will occur in the overnight hours, but they could get going as early as 3 PM.

Today is World Dracula Day. And there was a man on the Main Street Mall with a Dracula name tag on this morning.

There will be a Mini Wiener Fest at Hi-Tone 5 PM-midnight Memorial Day. Free regular-sized hot dogs.

I had a Cali Burrito at Bardog yesterday. It seems to be becoming one of their new regular specials during brunch. Chorizo, eggs, fries, avocado, queso fresco. It’s delicious but definitely put a couple of napkins in your lap. It’s messy!

Automatic Slim’s brunch news:

I don’t know if I’ll post tomorrow or not. I’ll have the time, but holidays are notoriously slow for news. As is the case with most Monday holidays, I plan on being at Bardog at 8 AM. Come hang out!

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Saturday update

I’m having a Mexican Coke at Memphis Chess Club as I type this. Outside, the Great American River Run is about to start.

Tom Lee Park reopens this weekend. Sunday the park will host a pickleball tournament with cash prizes.

Today is National Wine Day.

In sports news, it looks like an agreement between the NCAA and conferences will allow ACC, SEC, Big Ten, and Big 12 schools to start paying athletes directly. Memphis isn’t in any of those conferences and is therefore looking at the very real possibility of permanent second-tier status.

Prediction: Arkansas wins a national football title by 2034.

Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire play FedExForum Wednesday.

Former Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons thinks Memphis sucks. The feeling is mutual, Chandler.

Shrek the Musical comes to the Orpheum next weekend.

A short post is better than no post, I suppose. About to run an errand then hit the Farmers Market. Back in 72 hours or less with more news.

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Friday update

There were only three trucks in Court Square for the food truck rodeo yesterday. I hope that was only because of the weather. In case anybody is wondering, Smurfey’s Smokehouse (which has a brick-and-mortar location a block away), Tacotitlan, and Rice Burner were the three that showed up.

Choose901 profiles Sarah Cai, co-founder and chef at Good Fortune Co.

Flying Fish has a deal on crawfish this Memorial Day weekend:

Given the shortages we’ve had this season, 4 pounds for $30 is an excellent price.

The Cossitt Library will host an artist mixer from 5 to 7 today.

Sunny Bleau and Nic Cocco play South Main Sounds tonight at 7.

Memphis 901 FC hosts the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Saturday at AutoZone Park. 7:30 PM. Fireworks after the match.

The University of Memphis is hiring a Neighborhood Preservation Clinic Attorney. The position will be located at the Downtown law school.

Grind City Brewing will have live music 3-6 Memorial Day.

There’s a weekend-long Sundresses & Linen party that will bring many visitors Downtown.

It’s National Escargot Day. Bishop would be my recommendation to celebrate.

It’s also National Cooler Day. Fill that thing with PBR!

Memphis in May’s Great American River Run is Saturday.

A luxury hotel, 15 stories, is planned for the corner of Fourth and MLK.

Zio Matto Gelato is the DM’s $10 Deal this week.

Pyramid Wines & Spirits now has High Noon Iced Tea with vodka.

NOAA predicts an extraordinarily busy hurricane season.

Cicada-infused Malort is a thing. Max, will this be coming to your bar soon?

Graphic I saw on ESPN yesterday: Years since Dallas-based teams made the conference finals:

Mavericks 0, Stars 0, Rangers 0, Cowboys 28

That’s all the news for now. Back sometime this weekend.

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Thursday update

Slider Inn Downtown is celebrating Tennessee Whiskey Week with two cocktails: Gold Rush with Blue Note Bourbon and Sour Cherry Negroni with Old Dominick gin. Get them through Saturday.

There’s Star Wars trivia tonight at 7 at Downtown Slider.

Time for me to get on my soapbox again.

This is looking eastbound on Washington Avenue. The intersection in the background is Danny Thomas. Note how the two Bird scooters are parked on the sidewalk. There is NO WAY someone in a wheelchair could get by.

What makes me mad is, this time I know the people in the wheelchairs. This photo was taken about a block from the Union Mission, where I’d estimate 40-60 of the nightly guests have mobility challenges.

I betcha anything those scooters were parked by teenagers on their way to Wendy’s on the corner. Parents, please teach your kids to be considerate of others.

Today is our friend Nappin’ Ass Nate’s heavenly birthday. There will be a celebration at his favorite place at 5 and Nate’s parents will be there.

Effective July 1, drag racing will become a Class E felony in Tennessee.

Today is International Chardonnay Day.

There will be a Beginners’ Watercolor Class on Riverside Drive on Saturday, June 1.

Archer Malmo seeks an Associate Creative Director – Art Director.

Thumpdaddy headlines tonight’s Peabody rooftop party. Upgrade to the VIP experience and get a buffet of popcorn shrimp, BBQ sausages, spanakopita, and fruit skewers.

If you work in hospitality, show proof and get a free general admission ticket to tonight’s Peabody rooftop party to celebrate National Hospitality Week.

That’s it for now. Back tomorrow.

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Wednesday update 2

Memphis magazine has a look at Redbird revelry.

All Blind Bear T-shirts are $15 this week only.

The Cossitt Library is back open and it’s nice and cool inside! Yay!

Also, if you saw a “Temporarily Closed” sign on Bardog’s door this morning, that lasted only a few minutes. They’re back open and Allie Cat is ready to serve you.

Graceland WON’T be auctioned on the courthouse steps tomorrow. A judge ordered the sale to be put on hold.

Back tomorrow.

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Wednesday update

The Cossitt Library was STILL closed yesterday for maintenance issues (A/C out). It leads me to a question for anyone in the HVAC industry who can answer.

When I lived in a high-rise, there were several occasions where the air conditioning was out for 1-2 weeks. The issue was that a needed part had to be shipped from California in each case. Why is California A/C central? Half the state doesn’t even need air conditioning! Email paul.ryburn@gmail.com if you have insight into this.

Having the library closed is not hurting my ability to write this blog, but it is hurting my ability to publish on Medium and earn money.

Backbeat Tours is the subject of Action News 5’s latest 5 Star Story.

Raise a glass of your favorite Old Dominick spirit to National Craft Distillery Day.

Volunteers are needed at Sunset Skate on the river.

The CA has a look inside the Sterick Building.

ALSAC is hiring a creative director.

Looks like I’ll be wandering the Main Street Mall for a while this morning… and not just because the library is closed. Back tomorrow with more news.

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Tuesday update

Been wondering what’s up with that Pac-Man themed building on South Main near Huling? The DNA posted an update this week.

Level Up by Ryan Marsh will be a “barcade” with classic arcade games, pinball, classic video game systems, sports on 10 TVs, and a secret downstairs entrance. The downstairs will be a speakeasy with craft cocktails, live music, and comedy. Late summer is the hopeful opening date. For the full announcement, visit Downtown Neighborhood Association on Facebook.

Widespread Panic plays Radians Amphitheater Friday and Saturday.

From the DM: Slow and painful nightmare ends without closure for Phil Trenary’s family

GG Jackson has been named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.

Graceland could go up for foreclosure auction. If it happens, it’ll be on the steps of the county courthouse Thursday.

Storms are coming overnight tonight.

Tip your server well today, for it’s National Waiters and Waitresses Day.

Blind Bear specials this week: Chicken enchilada soup, chicken Parmesan, chef salad

The Cossitt Library was still closed yesterday for maintenance. No idea if they’ll open today. I wish they’d post an update to Facebook.

That’s it, back tomorrow.

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Monday update

Max’s Sports Bar will host a watch party for Karen Waldrup on The Voice tonight at 7. Karen has been a musical staple at the Farmers Market and other South Main venues for more than a decade.

My buddy Kendall recently redid Local on Main’s website and it looks great. Check it out.

Sad to hear that the Pizza Dis, Pasta Dat food truck was ransacked Saturday morning. The owner is known for hiring people with felonies who otherwise would have trouble getting work.

A bookstore is opening at 55 S. Main in the former Feast & Graze location.

From Bloomberg: Beer sellers use a loophole to break into weed drink market

Get your canned-abis at Bardog

Go Pacers and go Timberwolves. We Memphians gotta support other small-market teams.

From The Guardian: The story of Stax

Building plans have been approved for a Chick-fil-A location in Uptown.

Jeeps on Beale happens Tuesday evening.

E.T. will be this week’s free movie presented by the DNA at BRIDGES. 7:45 PM Thursday.

Thanks to Labelle Haven Baptist Church of Olive Branch for-coming out to the Union Mission to feed and preach to us last night. Their monthly meal of Salisbury steak in onion gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and banana pudding is always received with a warm welcome.

Back tomorrow with more news.

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