Wed update: Trolley night, Grizz draft party, new PHP dev group, MPACT happy hour, and more

First of all… GO USA!!!!! Our nearly last-minute goal not only advances us to the knockout round, but as winner of group C we have the 1:30 PM game Saturday, rather than the 9 AM game on Sunday. No getting up at the crack of dawn! I’ll have more to say in a minute, but let’s get the news out of the way first.

This Friday is the last Friday of the month, which means it will be Trolley Night on South Main, with many of the galleries open from 6 to 9. Mascots from Memphis’ sports teams – Tigers, Grizzlies, RiverKings – will be out. Play one-on-one basketball, strap on a pair of skates, or take a belly dancing lesson from Memphis Raqs. At 9 there will be a free outdoor showing of “Eli Parker is Getting Married?”

Continuing the convo thread from Twitter – #thingscolderthandowntownsaucer The interior of the mascots’ costumes on Friday night.

If you’re an SMA member, look for them grilling out in the lot next to Bluff City Coffee at Trolley Night. Free burgers, dogs, and Boscos beer for SMA members. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

Question from a reader, who saw a one-piece tube top/shorts outfit the other day: “If jean shorts are called ‘jorts,’ should the outfit I saw be called ‘torts?'”

The Grizzlies are having an NBA draft watch party and a Select-a-Seat party tomorrow night at the FedExForum. Come cheer with the Grizzlies as they make their picks for 2010. If you purchase your 2010-11 season tickets tomorrow night, you’ll receive a replica Grizzlies jersey of the first draft pick, and an invitation to an exclusive meet-and-greet on Friday. You must call 901-888-HOOP to take advantage of this offer.

MPACT Memphis is having another “happy hour with a twist” Tuesday night. This one will feature an open bar at Earnestine & Hazel’s from 6 to 7. There will be an open bar, free appetizers, an open bar, and networking. In addition to the open bar, there will be discussion of “The Feedback Project,” an attempt to implement the suggestions given by the young professional community in the Voice of MPACT Survey. I wonder if “more events with open bars” was one of the things young professionals wanted. Oh, and also, free appetizers? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

There’s a new Memphis PHP developers’ group forming, and they’re having their first meetup tomorrow night. Details here.

All right, back to the World Cup… I’m receiving e-mails about Local. They decided to show the USA-Algeria game on both upstairs TVs. “The girl behind the bar did suggested we could go downstairs to watch the England game but as both games relied on each other that’s not the point,” wrote someone who was there. He said a lot of people went around the corner to the Silly Goose, which came through with both games.

In the process of deciding where to watch Saturday’s game. Things I’m looking for in a Saturday watch venue: Air conditioning, a decent beer to drink that’s under $3, and a place where I’ll have friends there. Just a reminder to local bar managers.

Outta here for now, it’s lunchtime…