Fri update: Bluefin toy deal, Tigers vs. UALR, The Nutcracker, Victorian holiday party, growler shop open, make a fireside poker, Cotton Museum family event, and more

From now until Christmas, if you bring in a new, packaged toy to Bluefin, they will give you a free appetizer or sushi roll. Maximum $10 value.

Lots going on today. The biggest event Downtown will be at the FedExForum, where the Tigers take on the UALR Trojans. Despite having grown up in Little Rock, I will be rooting for the Tigers tonight.

Ballet Memphis’ performance of The Nutcracker is tonight at 7:30, with additional shows through Sunday.

Tonight is also “Holiday Happenings” at the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum. See this beautiful Victorian mansion trimmed with lights and attention to the tradition of a Victorian Yuletide. Reception and entertainment provided. Minimum suggested donation $20. Call 901-526-1469 to make reservations.

Beer news: The new growler shop opens at the Cash Saver on Madison today. Bring your own growler and get it filled up with beer, or purchase a growler for $5 if you don’t have one.

I also want to touch on a couple of events that will happen tomorrow before I have time to get out of bed and make a post. I was very excited when I read the Downtown Memphis Commission’s weekly email newsletter and saw “poker class.” I’m always up for learning more about poker! Then I re-read it, though, and realized it said “fireside poker class.” For $90 (members)/$100 (non-members), a blacksmith at the Metal Museum will teach you how to make a poker for your fireplace. Class time is 9 AM tomorrow morning.

Also tomorrow morning, the Cotton Museum on Union will host Gimme Some Holiday Fun: A Family Day. Cookbook author Laurie Triplette will be demo. There will be sing-alongs, crafts, treats, and an appearance by Santa. The event is free and open to the public. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

When the Flying Saucer has a special glass for its Wednesday glass night, they send out an email the previous week to the bar’s UFO Club members. There’s a video previewing the glass, followed by a quiz you can take for $5 off your tab. Today there was a video for the Christmas glass, followed by a quiz with the following question:

Which barleywine is most representative of the English style?
A) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
B) Avery Hog Heaven
C) Anchor Old Foghorn
D) Bud Ice

On this blog I try to provide helpful tips that will make your Downtown Memphis experience more fruitful. Today I have one such tip: The quiz answer is NOT D) Bud Ice.

Very excited about tonight. My apartment building is having a private holiday party for its residents, and they’re holding it in Cafe Keough, the soon-to-open coffeehouse at 12 S. Main. We’ll get a sneak preview. The cafe is getting beer and liquor licenses and will serve a lot more than coffee. Should be a fun evening. It’s nice to be an invited guest to Christmas parties.

Oh, and since the Nuh-Uh Girl lives in my building… Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up. That’s all for now. Looking forward to seeing my neighbors this evening.