The Center for Southern Folklore has posted the schedule for the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival this Saturday and Sunday. View it here. This is a 2-day music fest on the Main Street Mall. If you haven’t made plans for the weekend, I highly recommend you check it out. In the next day or two, I’ll try to look at the schedule more closely and post some “Paul’s Picks.” Nice to see Aldo’s Pizza Pies co-sponsoring a music/arts stage. Also, here’s the schedule for the cooking demos that will happen at the festival. The demos usually end with audience sampling. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.
South Main clothing boutique Shop Girl New York is moving to the core next month. The new location will be at 119 S. Main, in the former Christine by Shelton Clothiers space. In preparation for the move, they need to sell all of their current inventory. Therefore, they have discounted everything in their current South Main location 20-70% off. Friday only (the day of South Main Trolley Tour) everything in the store will be 50% off. If you’ve had your eye on something but have held off on buying it, now is the time. Their current location is at 515 S. Main between Butler and G.E. Patterson.
Representative/Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave his speech last night at the Republican National Convention. FactCheck.org has an analysis of his speech.
Meanwhile, President Obama engaged in a half-hour “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday. Here’s the transcript.
The city is close to installing more than 1200 new parking meters Downtown. The new meters will accept credit cards, so no more fumbling through your pocket for change or running to get change at a nearby business. You may pay more for parking soon. Consultants found that Memphis’ rate of $1/hour is among the cheapest in the country, and recommended the city raise rates.
A new 7-week league begins tonight at sports trivia with Kevin Cerrito at the Green Beetle. This time the 7-week grand prize will be Grizzlies tickets. There will be $10 buckets of Miller Lite punch top cans, and football will be on all the TVs with sound on between rounds.
In other sports news, if you’re part of a fantasy football league, the Silly Goose might be a good place to watch Sunday NFL games. They’re running a promotion where, for every member of your league who shows up, you get that many entries in a drawing, up to 10. Drawing will happen at the end of the season, and the winner will get a $300 gift certificate for the Goose. Also on Sundays there will be happy hour prices on domestic beers, and $4 Fireball shots (these are for everyone, not just people in fantasy leagues).
(Disclaimer: I think I’ve got the details about the Goose right, but due to Fireball consumption last night I’m not 100% sure. If I got anything wrong email me or text me and I’ll post a correction)
Mediaverse reports that more layoffs are coming to the Commercial Appeal. They plan to lay off 17 positions, 15 in customer service and 2 in advertising. The work formerly handled by these positions will be outsourced. Sinking ship, I tell ya. Sinking ship.
Tonight is the final night for Sunset atop the Madison, the Madison Hotel’s Thursday night rooftop party series. Elmo and the Shades will bring rhythm and blues to the roof. $7 cover, doors open at 7 PM, cash bar and small plates available.
Following up yesterday’s post about double authentication, today Lifehacker posted How Secure Are You: The Online Checklist. Worth a read. As I said yesterday, a lot of really smart people are getting hacked because their security standards are so 2011.
Still more news, so I’ll probably do a second post tonight after work. Going to take a week off from poker at Max’s Sports Bar due to the weather. I’ll hang out closer to home.