Mon update: Downtown Dining Week starts today, Salty Dogs, Tennessee Parks & Greenways party, Big Wheel Race, Beetle brunch

Breaking BAD news: NBA talks have broken down, players’ union has begun steps to decertify. Most likely there will not be a season. Sucks. :(

Downtown Dining Week begins tonight. Many restaurants will offer 3-course meals for $20.11 tonight through Sunday. I’ll say it one more time: If you plan on dining at these restaurants, make reservations NOW. They will fill up, and it may already be too late if you’re shooting for the “prime time” dinner hour at the more popular places. A few of the restaurants (Bardog, for example) don’t take reservations.

Those in the Salty Dogs runners group: Bardog will need the Underdog space for dinner tonight, so the weekly run will start at Ferraro’s instead at 7 PM. Ferraro’s is at Main and Jackson, just north of the I-40 bridge.

This isn’t a Downtown event, but I was asked to mention it and it’s in support of a good cause. The Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation is hosting “Cocktails and Conversation” at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Friday December 2 from 4:30-7:00 PM. They will introduce their new West Tennessee Parks and Greenways Coordinator at the event, and there will be live music by Kevin Sheahan and friends. Refreshments will be provided, and you’ll be able to learn more about the parks and green spaces in your own backyard. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the website.

The Beale Street Big Wheel Race scheduled for Saturday, November 26 now has its own Facebook event listing. You can respond “attending” to keep up with the latest news on the race.

The Green Beetle has announced that they will start serving brunch on Sunday. This coming Sunday, November 20, they will have a live feed from RadioMemphis from 12 to 2.

Two big events happening Downtown in the next 24 hours: The Pixies play the Orpheum tonight at 8. Then, tomorrow at 11 AM, the Memphis Tigers play their first regular-season game at the FedExForum, hosting Belmont. Belmont went 30-5 last year and should be a serious challenge for the Tigers. Our nonconference schedule is not as loaded with cream puffs as it was last year.

Sorry for no blog post yesterday… I was experiencing stylesheet problems which apparently happened when I upgraded to OS X Lion/Firefox 8. It only happens on Firefox, so I guess my solution will be to switch to Chrome or Safari.

This should be a good week! My iPhone 4S will be here in a couple of days, my Kindle Fire may arrive (they’re shipping early), and I have Friday off. Lots of new toys, and time to play with them! I’ll be at Pint Nite at the Saucer at 6 tonight. Undecided whether I’ll do poker at the Goose at 10.