Wed update: Hard Rock Cafe, July 4 at AutoZone Park, walking tour Groupon, crosswalk signals, High Cotton taproom, Google Images: your fashion advisor

The weekend is drawing closer. Friday-Sunday three-day weekends are much more rare than Saturday-Monday. I’m getting excited although I don’t yet have much of the weekend planned out… perfectly okay with that, because the spontaneous weekends are often the best. The one thing I do have planned is finding out if some friends of mine cook burgers as well as they cook grilled ribs with mustard sauce.

I polled my Facebook friends on whether they thought locals will go to Hard Rock Cafe more often once it opens in its new location at Second and Beale (former EP Delta Kitchen building). The response was a resounding YES. Downtowners seem to be very excited about Hard Rock. The times I went to the old location, the food and service were both well above average.

You probably already know that there will be fireworks following the July 4 Redbirds game. However, a lot else will be going on too. The first 1000 fans in the park will get a red rally towel. Before the game (4:00 to 6:00) there will be a block party in the plaza with live music and $2 Coors Light. There will be an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet ticket package, and there will also be baby races sponsored by Fertility Associates of Memphis.

There’s a Groupon for Sunset Walking Tours’ Historic Downtown Memphis Walking Tour. $29 for two ($58 value) or $49 for four ($116 value).

From Gizmodo: Why countdown clocks for pedestrians cause more car crashes. You may have seen the newly upgraded crosswalk signals Downtown, which tell pedestrians how many seconds they have left to get across the street. These signals also tell drivers how long they have, which can lead to tailgating as drivers try to make it through. I have to admit I’m guilty of this at the last light before I get home from work, the one at Second and Madison.

High Cotton has announced its plans for the weekend for its taproom at 598 Monroe. On Thursday, Taco Shack will be there. On Friday, there will be special Fourth of July hours of noon to 7, with fresh gulf shrimp. Saturday the taproom will once again open at noon, with food trucks in the afternoon, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Sun Studio around the corner.

From Lifehacker: Use Google Image search to match unmatchable clothing. Of course, you don’t have this problem if you wear tube tops. Tube tops match everything!

The Brooklyn Nets are said to be close to signing a deal with Lionel Hollins to make him head coach. It didn’t work out with the Grizzlies but I’m happy to see Hollins get another opportunity to be a head coach. He’s a fine coach and a fine man.

Way too much news to post in a lunch break, so check back. There will be an evening post. Topics will include Graceland, the possible return of a beloved social space, the possible return of a not-so-beloved social space, Jerry “The King” Lawler and possibly more.