Saturday update

Well, well, well, where are my manners? In my Tuesday update post, I listed college football games today of interest to Memphians… and I forgot the most important game of all!

  • UTSA at Memphis, 2:30 PM, ESPNU

The Roadrunners are 3-0 and have been mentioned as a candidate to be invited to the American Athletic Conference (they’re currently in Conference USA) to replace one of the teams that will leave for the Big 12. They got a win over a Power Five team, Illinois, in their season opener. This should be a good matchup.

Dr. Michelle Taylor, Health Department Director, said a new health directive will be issued next week but no easing of restrictions is expected. Although case numbers and the reproduction rate are down, we’re still at a high rate of COVID hospitalization. Each bed taken up by a COVID patient is a bed not available for someone with another illness or trauma.

Disney’s The Lion King plays the Orpheum November 11-28, but if you have kids, Tuesday, November 16 is the day you’ll want tickets. It’ll be Kids’ Night.  Kids can enjoy pre-show crafts, a photo booth, and a packet introducing them to the theater. There’s special pricing for a limited time: Call 901-525-3000 Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, to purchase tickets, and get a child’s ticket free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Activities start at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7:30.

There’s a nice pic of Downtown Memphis in 1910 that got posted to Reddit.  The Gayoso House is in the lower left, so the pic appears to be looking north from Main & Peabody Place (then Main & McCall).

It’s National Lobster Day, and I would recommend either the lobster omelet that Bardog almost always has as a Saturday brunch special or Slider Inn’s lobster roll. It’s also International Rabbit Day, so I hope Flopsy Buns enjoys his day.

From WREG: What we know about Collierville Kroger shooter U.K. Thang

There’s an art festival at Real 2 Reel Photography, 136 G.E. Patterson, today.

Mr. Happy plays Slider Inn Downtown at noon.

Plans for today: Got a difficult choice to make between expensive PBRs, small PBRs, no PBR at all, or reasonably priced PBR that comes with a 20 minute walk. Life is complicated. Back tomorrow with more news.

Friday update

The Grizzlies have released their 2021-2022 promotional schedule. Here’s a look at some of the giveaway highlights:

  • October 20 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (opening night): Free Beale Street Blue T-shirt to first 10,000
  • October 30 vs. Miami Heat: Free Grizzlies face masks to first 10,000
  • November 12 vs. Phoenix Suns: Free Brandon Clarke mini-hoop to first 5000
  • November 26 vs. Atlanta Hawks: Free Jaren Jackson Jr. slides to first 3000
  • December 11 vs. Houston Rockets: Zach Randoph jersey retirement ceremony. Commemorative vinyl record to first 5000
  • December 31 vs. San Antonio Spurs: Free Dillon Brooks sunglasses to first 5000
  • January 11 vs. Golden State Warriors: Free Grizzlies Tech Suit hoodie to first 3000
  • January 17 vs. Chicago Bulls: MLK Day Game
  • January 28 vs. Utah Jazz: Tony Allen jersey retirement night. Commemorative vinyl record to first 5000
  • January 29 vs. Washington Wizards: Free Grizzlies Tech Suit pants to first 3000
  • March 5 vs. Orlando Magic: Free Grizzlies fanny pack to first 5000
  • March 26 vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Free Grizzlies shoelaces to first 5000

It’s South Main Trolley Night, with galleries and shops in the district staying open until 9 or later. Many of them will put out wine or beer and hors d’oeuvres for their patrons, and some may offer specials. There will be live music throughout the arts district. The weather will be beautiful (forecast 80/58 with southwest wind and no chance of rain), so come on out.

Sky King, Kayce Russell, Justin Williams, and Kyndle Wilde will perform at South Main Sounds, 550 S. Main, for Trolley Night from 7 to 9 PM.

Save the date! Thursday, December 23 is the Blind Bear’s 10th birthday. Needless to say, there will be a big party. Blackjack with prizes for the winners, live music, and a photo booth are among the plans for the evening.

Guided kayak tours return to the Wolf River Harbor tonight.

Maggie Miles comes to the Tin Roof on Beale Saturday at 7 as part of the Nashville Hits the Roof Tour.

If you have good handwriting and attention to detail, MIFA could use your help. They’re putting together a team of volunteers to write handwritten messages in their holiday cards. Contact vbc@mifa.org if interested.

Texas band Vandoliers plays a free show at Carolina Watershed tonight at 7. Chris Hamlett opens.

Worth a Lyft or an Uber: Wiseacre’s Oktoberfest happens at its Broad Avenue location tomorrow. Mighty Souls Brass Band, the Grizzline, Oktoberfest beer pairing classes. Food trucks on hand will include Hot N Heavy Dogs, Yippie Trippie, and Gourmade.

It’s an honor and a privilege to play a service academy in football, yet the Tennessee Vols athletic department chose to drop a 2022 contest with Army to pick up the much less highly regarded Akron Zips the same day. The move cost UT $100,000 and ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum torched the university for its decision. Why did Tennessee do it? Probably because loading up their nonconference schedule with cream puffs is their only chance to reach 6-6 and become bowl-eligible.

I don’t have much to say about the Collierville mass shootings other than to send prayers to those affected and their families. It’s a shame it is not as easy to get access to mental health care as it is to get access to a gun.

The website Sorry Anti-Vaxxer tells the stories of people who were fervently against the COVID vaccines and ended up dying or becoming severely ill with the virus.

A very happy birthday to my friend Mary Pat! I hope you have a wonderful day.

That’s it. Back tomorrow.

 

Thursday update

Memphis 901 FC got an important win last night at AutoZone Park. The club defeated Indy Eleven, 1-0, to gain 3 points in league standings. Memphis is now tied with OKC Energy for fourth place in the Central Division (top 4 teams at the end of the season advance to the playoffs), pulling ahead of Indy Eleven and also Atlanta United 2.

A fire broke out in the kitchen of Automatic Slim’s last night. No one was injured.

The Grizzlies have announced an open practice Sunday, October 3 at 1:30 PM at FedExForum (doors open at 1), the DM reports. Details:

  • First 500 through the doors will receive an autographed photo of a Grizzlies player (which one you get will be a surprise)
  • Players will compete against each other for $15,000 for charity
  • MVP season ticket holders will be invited to a “State of the Grizzlies” speech by Josh Kleiman and Jason Wexler

The DM also reports that the Grizzlies are surveying their season ticket holders on attendance policies for this season. A source told the online newspaper that a policy requiring vaccination or a negative test is being considered. I would 100% support such a policy and would be considerably more likely to attend Grizzlies games this season with it in place.

A.D. Smith presents the red carpet premiere of Killer the Movie tonight at 7. Ten friends are quarantined together. One of them is a killer. Can they figure out who before it’s too late? Tickets are $25-45 and the show is intended for 13 and up.

The space that holds Felicia Suzanne Restaurant is now listed on the commercial market. Felicia has announced that her restaurant is moving but has not yet announced a location.

The 7-day average of new COVID cases continues to fall. It was down to 409 yesterday morning, which would work out to about 44 cases per 100K residents. There’s a COVID task force press conference at noon… wonder if anything will be announced? I’d like to see the mask mandate go away at the end of the month, but I trust health department director Dr. Taylor’s judgment.

From the Tampa Bay Times: If you want Mike Norvell out, remember, Florida State football could become another Tennessee. Meaning, stability in the head coaching role will keep FSU from becoming its conference’s punching bag the way the Tennessee Vols have become in the SEC.

That’s the news. Back tomorrow.

Wednesday update

I had to run by First Horizon this week to get a new debit card because my old one was cracked. The new cards are all white except for the numbers and the First Horizon logo. That’s a horrible color scheme for a debit card. Why? Because it too much resembles a receipt. I just know at some point I won’t notice my card sitting in the plastic tray with the receipt after the card has been run, and I will walk out without it.

Worth a Lyft or Uber: The Soulful Food Truck Festival returns to Tiger Lane this Sunday. 24 food trucks will be on hand along with 8 other food vendors. There will be live music and DJs all afternoon. Options will be available for vegetarians and vegans. Insider tip: Go visit my friends at the Robinson Smokehouse food truck. Great local people cooking up some delicious food.

The World’s Largest Outdoor Escape Game comes to Downtown Memphis Saturday, October 23. There are 21 clues your team of 2-6 must solve to grab your share of the pirates’ loot. $50 + $2.50 ticket fee per team.

Memphis 901 FC hosts Indy Eleven tonight and the Memphis club is looking to make a playoff push. Indy Eleven is one point ahead in the standings, making this a very important match for Memphis to win at home. Kickoff is 7 PM.

The Memphis Hustle, G-League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, are hosting two free “Back to Basketball” clinics Sunday, September 26 at the Landers Center.

  • Ages 6-10: 12:00-12:45 PM
  • Ages 11-16: 1:15=2:00 PM

Learn more about the clinics here.

For the final 10 games of the season, Minor League Baseball will participate in a “Homers that Help” campaign. For each home run hit during those games, the team will donate $50 to charity. The team hitting the most home runs will receive an additional $5000 donation. For the Memphis Redbirds, Memphis Little League is the chosen charity. The team has been on a roll lately, hitting 7 homers in 5 games.

Cordelia’s Market hosts Thirsty Thursdays this fall. Every Thursday from 5 to 8, beginning tomorrow, the market will have Oktoberfest beer specials along with special events like trivia, crafts, and movie nights.

Westy’s has brought back their Blue Plate Special: From 11 AM to 2: 15 PM weekdays you can get meat-and-two, meat-and-three, or four-veggie plates.

The Paint Memphis Paint Festival will be held Saturday, October 9 at 660 S. B.B. King Blvd. from 12 to 5 PM. The festival will feature 150 artists plus live painting, food trucks, vendors, and a kids’ area. The festival after-party will be at Carolina Watershed 7 to 11 that night, featuring Al Kapone, Grrl Power Hour, Outer Ring, and Jombi.

COVID Act Now has Shelby County down to an average of 49.0 cases per 100K residents. That’s a significant drop because the CDC recommends everyone mask, including those fully vaccinated, when there are more than 50 cases per 100K in a community. If the numbers continue to trend in the right direction, will the Health Department consider dropping the county-wide mask mandate?

Memphis Made Brewing Co. has brewed a light, refreshing beer called Gonerbrau just in time for Gonerfest, the celebration of local music that runs tomorrow through Sunday.

In other beer news, Sam Adams is releasing a beer so strong that it will be illegal in 15 states, including Arkansas and Mississippi but not Tennessee. At 28% ABV, the beer is five-and-a-half times stronger than typical domestic beers. Even though it can be legally sold here, it won’t be cheap: The price will be $250 for a 25-ounce bottle.

From WREG: Police investigating two armed carjackings on Mud Island

The Orpheum asks your patience if you experience longer wait times than usual this fall. Like many other businesses, they are struggling to fully staff up.

It’s National White Chocolate Day and National Ice Cream Cone Day.

Only 50% of city employees are vaccinated and the City Council is considering mandating it. That figure lags Shelby County overall, which COVID Act Now shows as 51.8% vaccinated. I must say I am disappointed that the Memphis Police Department (47%) and Fire Department (48%) aren’t showing a better example to the public.

The Broom Closet is offering an Equinox Sound Energy Meditation by certified sound healer Matt Petty. Singing bowls, gongs, and instruments will produce sounds that will help participants raise their vibrational frequency. Cost is $10. Bring a yoga mat or blanked. Space is limited so you will want to make a reservation.

That’s it for today. I said I might not do a post today and I ended up doing a long one. Back tomorrow or Friday.

Tuesday update

Oops, I forgot the word “Monday” in my Monday update post yesterday. Hopefully everyone figured it out.

Three armed robberies were reported on Mud Island over the weekend on Nextdoor. Two happened at the Riverset apartments and one happened in the parking lot across from Riverset. The times listed were Saturday at 6:30 AM, Saturday at 8:00 PM, and Sunday at 10:45 AM. If you live on the Island and see anything suspicious, do not hesitate to call 545-COPS and report it.

River Time Market and Deli on Court Square has announced new fall hours. They are 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Saturday.

From the MBJ: The Memphis Clover Club will open in the former 3rd & Court space and the lounge in its basement. It’s being opened by Tim Quinn, who recently took over ownership of Downtown Local. The food will be “international Southern fusion” and they have hired musician Rodd Bland to be the entertainment director.

Memphis made the list of Reader’s Digest 20 Romantic Getaways.

From Food & Wine: Tater tots are finally getting the festival they deserve

There will be a ribbon-cutting for chiropractic clinic Memphis Spine & Sport tomorrow at noon.

The DM reports that 114 N. Main, the building in which the Downtown Memphis Commission resides, is set for commercial renovation.

Two Girls and a Whip is back, this time as a bakery, and with new “girls.” Its owners are part of the group that also owns The Vault, Earnestine & Hazel’s, Paramount, and Backlot.

The National Civil Rights Museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary with free admission this Saturday.

Is it too early in the week to look at college football matchups of interest to Memphians this weekend? I don’t think so.

  • 12 Notre Dame vs. 18 Wisconsin, neutral-site game at Soldier Field in Chicago, 11 AM, FOX
  • LSU at Mississippi State, 11 AM, ESPN
  • 7 Texas A&M vs. 16 Arkansas, neutral-site game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, 2:30 PM, CBS
  • Arkansas State at Tulsa, 4 PM, ESPN+
  • Tennessee at 11 Florida, 6 PM, ESPN

A cold front moves through today. The MemphisWeather.net forecast has rain and storms becoming likely this afternoon, followed by a very pleasant low of 59. After that we’ve got three days of 70s highs/50s lows.

The recently-renovated Renasant Convention Center is experiencing some major electrical issues. They better get those fixed pronto, because the annual AutoZone sales convention will bring 3000 people to the convention center next week.

The annual Memphis Bacon & Bourbon Festival happens Friday at the Metal Museum. Bacon-inspired dishes and plenty of bourbons to sample… what’s not to love? A part of the proceeds will benefit the Memphis Farmers Market.

This season’s Memphis Songwriters Series, hosted by Mark Edgar Stuart, kicks off Thursday at the Halloran Centre. The performers will be Kina del Mar, Kyndie Wylde, and Joshua Cosby.

That’s it for today. It’s 9:42 as I type this and it looks like an outflow boundary from the cold front, with some intense storms, will be here in about half an hour. Grab an umbrella! I may take a day off from blogging tomorrow but I’ll be back with more no later than Thursday.

update

Felicia Willett-Schuchardt, the owner of Felicia Suzanne Restaurant, dropped a shocking piece of news on social media Saturday: 20 years after construction began on the Brinkley Plaza location, the restaurant is moving. Michael Donahue has a report in the Memphis Flyer. The new restaurant will be in Memphis but she won’t yet say where.

The Daily Memphian has more on the shift of Raymond James Tower to residential. That was not the owner’s original desire, the DM reports, but multiple brokers told him it would not be feasible to lease the entire building as commercial space.

I got a tip this weekend that Max’s Sports Bar now has White Russian slushies. Yum! (The tipster, by the way, was the same person who told me about the police action at Flava House. If you don’t know about that, keep scrolling down to my Sunday update post.)

It’s National Pepperoni Pizza Day, and there are a number of good options. Silly Goose, Slim & Husky’s, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, and Little Bettie inside Downtown Wiseacre can take care of you.

Don’t forget that you can catch a free performance of King Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses by Tennessee Shakespeare Company tonight at Downtown Wiseacre.

Professionals’ networking group The Link Up Memphis will have a networking event at Grind City Brewery tonight 6:30-8:30.

That’s it for today’s post. Again, if you haven’t read about the recent police action on the block of Main between Union and Gayoso, keep scrolling for Sunday’s post.

Sunday update – Raid on Main Street

When you live Downtown, you have to expect a certain amount of noise – revelers going “Wooooooo!” the nights of Music Fest, the occasional revving engine, fireworks. However, the folks who live on the block of Main between Union and Gayoso have had far more than their fair share of noise to deal with lately.

Large crowds have been gathering on that block every night of the week, and I’m not talking 9, 10 at night – I’m talking about the wee hours of the morning. The crowds have been loud and unruly, making it hard for those who live in the many condos and apartments on that block to get a decent night’s sleep.

About a week ago, a man was out walking his dog at 5:30 AM and the crowd was still there. He approached them and asked them to please keep the noise down because people were trying to sleep. The crowd became aggressive and a man identifying himself as Flava House Security allegedly pulled two guns on the dog walker and threatened to arrest him.

This past week after numerous posts on Nextdoor about the matter, residents gathered together and asked the Memphis Police Department for help. (My source of this information, by the way, is a regular reader of this blog who lives on that block of Main.)

Police responded by sending undercover agents to Flava House Lounge, followed by a raid on the business. According to my source, this led to the following charges on people in and around the business:

  • Felony arrest for sale of marijuana
  • Conspiracy to sell crack cocaine
  • Bartender serving without an ABC card
  • Security operating without a license

My source said that police allegedly found marijuana and cocaine in plain view. My source also told me that the security guard who pointed guns at the dog walker was arrested for aggravated assault.

Kudos to MPD, who put the operation together within only a few days of hearing the residents’ complaints. They sent the message loud and clear that criminal behavior will not be tolerated.

On to the news… Let’s hear it for those Memphis Tigers, who defeated another SEC team yesterday, topping Mississippi State 31-29. Check out this punt return by Calvin Austin III that will be on ESPN’s highlight reels this week.

Mississippi State had downed the ball at the Memphis 6, but the referee had not yet whistled the play dead. That allowed Austin to sneak through several Bulldogs players, scoop up the ball, and take it to the house.

Memphis improves to 3-0. Next Saturday the Tigers host UTSA in a 2:30 game at the Liberty Bowl.

Couple of big SEC games coming up next Saturday… Texas A&M and Arkansas will play in a 2:30 neutral-site game in Arlington, Texas. The Razorbacks have a chance to prove that they’re back as a force to be reckoned with in the SEC for the first time since Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle ride.

Also, it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year, the annual WHOOPIN’ that Florida puts on the Tennessee Vols. This year’s beating will happen in Gainesville with kickoff at 6:00. Florida has won 15 of the last 16 meetings and this doesn’t look to be Tennessee’s year.

Here’s a link to James Aycock’s COVID Week-in-Review. The biggest news is good news: Hospitalizations are down 23% over the past two weeks, a sign that we may be past the current surge’s peak.

ZZ Top plays the Orpheum tonight. Tickets start at $59.50 and there are front row, gold, and silver premium ticket packages. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will open.

In celebration of National Talk Like a Pirate Day, there will be a Pirates’ Raid at River Garden Park this afternoon 1 to 4.

Test-drive a youth acting class at Lily Roze Studio, 810 S. Main, this Sunday or next from 3 to 4.

That’s the news for today. Back tomorrow with more.

Saturday update

Some big things are happening at the Mississippi State vs. Memphis at the Liberty Bowl this afternoon. Former Memphis Tiger Isaac Bruce will participate in the Tiger Walk, and prior to the walk he will do a two-hour autograph session. At halftime he will be honored for his 2020 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Prior to the kickoff there will be a moment of silence for the late, great former Tiger Danton Barto, who passed away last month from COVID.

A rumor has been floated by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that Grizzlies power forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. is in line for a contract extension in the 4-year/$100 million range.

Keith Potter, Executive Chef at Cimas, the restaurant inside the new Hyatt Centric Hotel, joined WREG Live at 9 this week. He demonstrated how to make blackened cobia with sweet pea hoppin’ john.

An FDA advisory panel recommended yesterday not to advise giving a COVID booster shot to most people. The data supports recommending the booster for those 65 and older and for those with severe illnesses, but not the population at large. Gotta be fair and call him out: It was a mistake on President Biden’s part to talk so much about booster shots in last week’s speech before the scientists had a chance to announce their ruling.

The Risky Whiskey Boys bring their We’re Not Posers Tour to Slider Inn Downtown at noon tomorrow.

Tonight is the final fireworks night of the season at the Memphis Redbirds. First pitch vs. the Louisville Bats is at 6:15 with fireworks following the end of the game.

If you go to the Cooper-Young Festival today, please be safe. Wear a mask, distance yourself from other people as best you can, and if you’re not fully vaccinated, please consider taking a year off from the festival.

Also be aware that it is going to be damn near impossible to get a Lyft or Uber between about 1 and 7 today, and if you manage to score one you’re gonna pay a hefty surge charge.

One more thing – the cell phone networks tend to get overwhelmed at Cooper-Young Fest, so if you plan on meeting up with others, better not rely on a call or a text.

It’s highly unlikely I will go to Cooper-Young today. Going to lead off at Bardog and catch up with friends I didn’t get to see last week when it was closed for renovations.

Friday update

If you purchased chicken in the past decade, you may be eligible for a payout from a class action settlement. The settlement stems from a lawsuit accusing six chicken producers of price-fixing.

Let’s take a look at what college football games of interest happen tomorrow.

  • Tennessee Tech at Tennessee, 11 AM, SEC Network
  • 1 Alabama at 11 Florida, 2:30 PM, ABC
  • Georgia Southern at 20 Arkansas, 3 PM, SEC Network
  • Mississippi State at Memphis, 3 PM, ESPN2
  • 22 Auburn at 10 Penn State, 6:30 PM, ABC
  • Tulane at 17 Ole Miss, 7 PM, ESPN2
  • 19 Arizona State at 23 BYU, 9:15 PM, ESPN

The University of Memphis is reminding fans that cowbells aren’t allowed at Liberty Bowl Stadium.

It’s National Monte Cristo Day. My pick would be the Waffle Monte Cristo with real maple syrup from Kooky Canuck.

Get ready for a soggy weekend at the Mississippi State-Memphis game, Cooper-Young Fest, and other outdoor activities. Local 24’s Chelsea Chandler has us at a 70% or greater chance of rain for the next four days.

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox comes to the Halloran Centre tomorrow night. Weinberg is a music historian, drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and was band leader for Conan O’Brien for 17 years.

It’s an unusually slow news day for a Friday. That’s all I’ve got. Back tomorrow with more news.

Thursday update

A new three-day festival called Fieldaze comes to Memphis November 5-7. The purpose of this festival is to celebrate all there is to do outdoors in our city. The headlining events will be

  • The 5th annual Peer Power BRX Half Marathon + 5K Saturday, November 6
  • Huzzah! on the Harbor Kayak Memphis Race Saturday, November 6
  • Annual Outdoors Inc. Grit & Grind Gravel Grinder Bike Race

However, Fieldaze’s celebration of the outdoors will extend beyond the intense and the competitive – there will be plenty of leisurely and recreational activities as well. Some of those will include

  • Envision Memphis scavenger hunt
  • A kickoff event Friday, November 5 at Wiseacre Downtown
  • A Zumba class
  • Grizzline performance
  • #NFstrong 5K
  • Yoga (several classes throughout the weekend)
  • A walking tree tour of Elmwood Cemetery
  • Line dancing
  • Mighty Lights viewing on the river
  • Swing dancing
  • Wiseacre Sunday brunch
  • Kick It 5K
  • Sunday Skate

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis Travel, Wiseacre, Hyatt Centric, and Beale Street.

The DM reports that Raymond James Tower will be renovated into 300 apartments. The tower’s namesake occupant moved out a couple of years ago following a dispute over non-working elevators. The building, at Front and Jefferson, will be renamed the Memphis Waterfront Tower.

The DNA’s Jerred Price reported that workers discovered a bonus as they were restoring the cobblestones along the river: an extra 5300 square feet of cobblestones that had been buried.

Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe has introduced a coffee line called Sip Topics Coffee.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association has announced its September membership meeting. It will be at Artspace Lofts, which provides 63 affordable live/work spaces for artists and their families. The special guest speaker will be C.J. Davis, Memphis police chief. The meeting will take place Tuesday, September 28. Social hour starts at 5:30 with presentation at 6:30.

I had a chance to try the Cereal N Milk cookie from Insomnia Cookies yesterday. It’s Fruity Pebbles, marshmallows, and white chocolate chips on a brown butter cookie. Pretty tasty!

Jackson Avenue and Lamar Avenue could soon have new names if the City Council follows the recommendations of the street renaming committee. Also, Manassas between Madison and Union is recommended to be renamed Black Lives Matter Street because of its proximity to the park where the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue once stood.

Today is National Guacamole Day.

Joe Nichols and Larry Fleet play a free show in Handy Park tonight at 7. It’s part of the KIX on Beale series.

Jordan Mobley provides the tunes at Moxy Memphis, 40 N. Front, tonight 7 to 9.

That’s it for today. Back tomorrow with more news.