Fri update: Project Homeless Connect a success, monster trucks and Clifford the Big Red Dog, free vet services for animals in 38105, Iron Sheik on the Olympics, live music recommendations

The Commercial Appeal has an article about services the homeless received at Project Homeless Connect yesterday at the Cook Convention Center. Among the highlights: 46 offered housing, 42 had fines and court costs waived, more than 100 received glasses, 162 had medical screenings, 50 got prescriptions, 140 received city IDs, 152 received haircuts. Truly a fantastic program that helps those who need it most.

YEEEEHAAAAWWWW! The Advance Auto Parts Monster Truck Jam is tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 at the FedExForum. Itellyouwhatman, it sure is fun to see em big ol trucks crush them cars, man, and if you sit in the front rows you might be lucky enough to git sum mud splashed on you. Yeah I won’t be going.

Clifford the Big Red Dog will be live at the Orpheum tomorrow for 11 AM and 6 PM shows. Yeah I won’t be going to that either.

If you live in the 38105 zip code and are a pet owner, it’s your lucky day. PetSmart Charities has awarded Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services a $71,000 grant to perform spay and neuter surgeries and administer rabies vaccinations to pets residing within that zip. You must provide proof of residence. Parts of Uptown, Victorian Village, and The Edge neighborhoods are in that zip code.

The International Olympic Committee has voted to remove wrestling as a sport in the 2020 Olympics. A lot of people are protesting the decision, including retired wrestler The Iron Sheik. In an article he wrote for The Bleacher Report, he called the IOC “a dumb jabroni” and said that “Every hundred year, mother make baby like the Iron Sheik, the Michael Jordan, or the Jesus.” Well okay then. I didn’t know Iranians believed in Jesus.

A few live music recommendations for this weekend:

  • Funk de Ville plays Club 152 tonight at 7 PM. I caught them a couple of times when the Saucer was still booking bands. They are excellent.
  • The Swamp Katz (classic rock) play the Brass Door tomorrow night at 8. $5 cover. I really enjoyed them at the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival last fall.
  • Jeffrey and the Pacemakers (’60s British Invasion rock) play Huey’s Sunday at 8:30. Great show and great stories if you’re into that kind of music.

More news than I have time to post this lunchtime… a second post should be up around 6 tonight.