Thanksgiving update: Mystery Train, Red Hot Chili Peppers, holiday bazaar at Center for Southern Folklore, dessert/beer pairing and more

It’s Thanksgiving morning, and I’m up early listening to Kerry Crawford‘s show Mystery Train on WEVL 89.9. It’s the first time I’ve ever listened to it, and it is fantastic! I can’t describe the type of music, because she’ll play just about anything – just tune in and see if you like it. I think you will! She’s on every Thursday morning from 8 to 10 AM.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are coming to the FedExForum early next year. The “I’m with You” tour stops here Friday, February 3. Tickets go on sale a week from Saturday, which would be December 3.

Speaking of December 3, that will be a big day at the Center for Southern Folklore. From 10 to 4 they’ll have a Holiday Bazaar. “Shop the Lore”: Items discovered deep in the Center’s storage area, plus artists and craftspeople selling gifts in the Heritage Hallway next door to the Center at 119 S. Main. Looking for a gift for someone who appreciates regional music and culture? This sounds like the place to shop, and it’s not in a mall! The Center’s Folklore Store will also be open for shopping from noon to 6.

From 3 to 5 in the Center, author Robert Hastings will autograph copies of his book “Back When Mary Alice Was Still a Blonde,” a tongue-in-cheek tale about two bickering southern sisters trying to overcome their differences long enough to plan their mother’s funeral.

Then from 8 to 11 that night, the Daddy Mack Blues Band will perform in the Folklore Hall. It will be a big day for the Center!

The Flying Saucer has had a run of successful beer dinners over the past several years. On Thursday, December 8, they’re going to try something different: A dessert and beer pairing with beers by Lazy Magnolia brewery. There will be 5 desserts, each expertly paired with a beer. Manager Mike was telling me about it last night – he says he’s going to make the desserts himself. Tickets can be bought at the Saucer and are $20 for UFO members, $25 for nonmembers.

Sorry for yet another day without a lunchtime post yesterday. I actually had one, but couldn’t get it done and also eat at the office potluck within one hour. I was working on a rather long post about a tour I took Tuesday night. I got an inside look at how some of the organizations that support entrepreneurship in Memphis – EmergeMemphis, Launch Memphis, the LaunchPad, Seed Hatchery – all fit together. I’ll have it up soon. Could finish it today, but I don’t know if Thanksgiving (when my blog readership is about 40% of normal) is the best day to put it up.

Wow I’m noticing how good the speaker on the Kindle Fire is as I listen to Kerry’s show. I don’t even have it hooked up to external stereo speakers or anything, and yet it sounds great.

I’ll be riding my bike for the first time in a while today. Going to ride over to Mud Island this afternoon, where my friend Bob is having some people over for Thanksgiving dinner. “I like to serve dinner in the early afternoon,” Bob told me. “That way we’re all done eating and ready to go out when the bars open.” I like the way he thinks. The Saucer opens at 5, and Thanksgiving tends to be one of the most fun and laid-back days of the year there, so that’s where I’ll be. If it’s like last year I’ll have my nose pressed against the glass at 4:57.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!