NO MO WILLIE! Rah rah rah! Plus: Sole, Circa, Trolley Tour, Bravo, and more

WOOOOOHOOOOO! After 17 years, King Willie has finally stepped down. Myron Lowery is the new mayor as of 12:01 AM. The best commentary I’ve seen on the matter was a comment left in response to this CA article. Scroll down and read what cherryblossdotorg wrote on July 30, 6:13 PM. It’s time for Memphians to think about who we want to be.

Don’t forget that Sole Restaurant has a fish monger onsite every Saturday from 8 AM to 3 PM selling fresh fish. This week’s special is Hawaiian barracuda. You could hit Sole and then the Memphis Farmers Market and have all you need for a great dinner. If you’re not on Sole’s e-mail list, you’re missing coupons at the bottom of their weekly e-mails.

Circa is having their 2nd birthday celebration on August 27. They’ll have live music, a cocktail buffet, and drinks from 6 to 7:30 PM, and then there will be happy hour prices at the bar until 10 after that. Half price wine in the dining room all night. Cocktail buffet? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

More details on the Bravo Memphis kick-off party, also on the 27th of August, at Main and Huling. Performances by Ryan Peel and the Blazing Tangerines. Huling Row businesses will be featured, including ArtFunction by Ed Vining, Memphis Downtower Magazine, Hannah Davis Gallery, Marketing Strategies LLC, Joysmith Gallery, Shannon Lazek Personal Training, and the Jack Robinson Gallery. Drinks by D. Canale, and hors d’oeuvres by Whole Foods. Wow Bravo is getting healthy this year. Free food in two locations on Main Street on the same night… guess the Nuh-Uh Girl will be riding the trolley. More info about Bravo here. If you’re between 21 and 45 and you enjoy the arts and want to meet people, this is worth checking out. Kick-off party is free to the public.

The South Main Association now has a group on LinkedIn. Look them up if you’re on LinkedIn and are an SMA member.

The SMA will be serving free Boscos beer and grilling hot dogs and burgers for its members tonight for the South Main Trolley Tour. Not a member? You can join at the entrance, just bring $25. Free burgers and hot dogs? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up. I believe she’s a member of SMA.

Down the street, MPACT Memphis will show off their new digs at 506 S. Main with a grand opening party tonight. Live music, the MPACTini, and food. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up. Actually, she’s already responded “attending” to their event listing on Facebook.

It should be a fantastic night for Trolley Tour – according to the Weather Channel, the forecast is high 84, low 69, with only a 10% chance of rain. It’s rare to get such a nice trolley tour in the month of July, when it’s usually 99 and humid. The galleries will be open and lots of people will be out, so come on down.

Happy birthday to my buddy Frank… we’re having a Trolley Tour porch party in his honor tonight. Air Traffic Mike said he’s making gazpacho and some other people are bringing food as well. Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

Earlier this week I mentioned an Elvis pub crawl in the works… somehow Mike King and I got drafted to coordinate it. Details to come. The date has been changed to Saturday, August 15, and it will involve barhopping among 4 of the best bars in the Downtown core in Elvis gear. Tentatively the lineup will be the Saucer, Bluefin, Hard Rock Cafe, and the Red Rooster, although Mike and I still have to get with some of the bars and finalize plans. Stay tuned for more info.

I went to Calhoun’s for the poker tournament last night. After getting short-stacked early on, I clawed my way back to a respectable third place. I have no regrets about the way I lost either… with three of us left, I got dealt suited Ace-King, and went all-in. Bartender Michele called me and had a queen… I was winning until the river, when a queen showed up and killed me. How can you not go all in with Big Slick when only 3 people are left, though?

I’ll be at Trolley Tour not long after 6, probably splitting my time between my friends’ porch party and the MPACT party, with an occasional swing by SMA for Boscos beer.