Thur update: Rooftop parties, Grizzlies/playoffs, Saucer beer dinner, Pat Summitt, Hot Wing Fest tip

Today is the first day of the season for the Thursday night Peabody rooftop parties. FreeSol with special guests Neon Trees and Chris Rene will be the featured entertainment. Doors open at 6, ladies free before 7, party goes on until 11, $15 cover includes your first drink, VIP passes available for the season for $100.

Buffet theme for the party is “Spring is in the Air.” There will be asparagus spears wrapped with ham, deviled eggs, miniature quiche Lorraine, and spinach dip with chips. If you’re in the VIP area you’ll have access to a second buffet with miniature lamb chops with mint julep, crab stuffed mushrooms, herb cheese potatoes, and mixed Greens with strawberries, red onion, toasted nuts, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. VIP pass holders will also have access to beer tastings in the VIP area.

Over at the Madison, it’s the second week of their rooftop party series, with the Memphis All-Stars performing. 7-11 PM, $7 cover, cash bar, small plates, sunset view.

I won’t make it to either rooftop party tonight, but I have a very good reason. I’m attending the Yazoo beer dinner at the Flying Saucer tonight at 7. Menu sounds amazing – view it here. I’m not sure if the dinner has sold out or not, but if you want to go, you can call 901-523-8536 and see if there are still tickets. They cap the number of tickets they sell so that the brewmaster has time to talk to everyone and answer questions.

Congratulations to the Grizzlies on clinching a playoff berth with a win last night over New Orleans. If the season ended today, we’d be a 5 seed in the West, playing the L.A. Clippers. With four games left, we could end up as high as 3 or as low as 7. Playoff tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 AM.

Normally I love to hate on the University of Tennessee in this blog, but I have to give them major respect for the classy way they handled the retirement of women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. Keeping her on as Head Coach Emeritus will allow her to still be involved with the program, and for players to learn from, and associate with, the most legendary women’s basketball coach of all time. Her decision to step down is very reminiscent of Lou Gehrig’s decision to retire in 1939. Both could have hung on to their jobs for years if they desired, but instead chose to do the best thing for their program. Classy, classy lady.

Interesting to note that new coach Holly Warlick made $204,000 as an assistant. That’s about what Pastner made when he was an assistant for Cal at Memphis, and he was considered very highly paid at the time. It’s a sign how seriously UT takes women’s basketball.

Pro tip for those attending Hot Wing Fest on Saturday: Start stocking up on dollar bills. That way, you’ll have money to tip the teams at the festival when you sample their wings (tip money goes to the Ronald McDonald House). Just pretend you’re getting ready for a visit to the strip club on Saturday, but then go to the hot wing fest instead.

Looks like there’s enough news for a second post this evening, so check back.