Attention artists: The Center for Southern Folklore is hosting its first-ever Memphis Music and Heritage Festival Design Competition. The winning artist’s work will be featured on all posters, T-shirts, and promotional materials. The festival happens Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend and showcases the best regional music, art, and cooking.
Know a lot about your hometown? There will be two Memphis trivia nights happening Downtown this week. The first will be tonight at Ferraro’s Pizzeria and Pub at N. Main and Jackson. 8 PM start time, $1 PBR, and they will show the Grizzlies game and stay open late. On Thursday, there will be a game at the Green Beetle, also at 8 PM, with a special of $10 buckets of 16-ounce Miller Lite. Both games will feature six rounds of questions about Memphis movies, music, sports, history, and more.
The Flyer’s Hungry Memphis blog reports on Grizzlies-themed food and drink. There are a couple of Downtown options including Go Grizz! lemon macarons at the Corked Carrot, and blue Grizz shots at South of Beale.
Big news in the battle to make online poker legal: The first legal online poker room has opened in Nevada today. You have to be 21 or older and physically within the state of Nevada to play (note that I didn’t say you have to be a resident of Nevada). You can deposit funds via Mastercard, check, wire transfer, or in person at affiliated casinos.
Maybe this will wake the Tennessee legislature up to the fact that this is a source of revenue. Why would they want to continue to let Memphis-area residents go to Tunica or Southland to play poker, when they could play in the comfort of their own home? Also, online poker cash games can operate at lower levels than casino games can. If you’re learning to play, it’s far less expensive to sit down at a 1-cent/2-cent Hold’em game with a stack of $2 than it is to sit down at a $1/$2 casino table with a stack of $200. It’s less expensive to enter a $2 online multi-table tournament when you’re learning the game than to enter a $35 tournament at a casino.
Little Rock’s Peabody ducks will make their last march this week. The hotel is being converted into a Marriott.
Google Now is now available for iPhone users. It’s part of the Google Search app. I just gave it a try and it told me the temperature is 79 and recommended a nearby barbecue restaurant. I guess this thing has the potential to be useful.
Start time for Friday’s home game against the Clippers will be 8:30 PM.
Plans for tonight: I’ll start at the Flying Saucer as usual, although I may deviate from my usual Dos Equis Lager order and drink a Flying Horse instead. After that, over to Blind Bear for the official Grizzlies watch party. Let’s pick one up on the road this evening, and force the Clippers to face elimination in front of a rowdy Grizzlies crowd Friday night!