Thank you Josh + Friday news

Josh Pastner is to be named the new head coach at Georgia Tech today, taking the University of Memphis off the hook for $10 million remaining on his contract. It’s a win for Josh because he will get to continue as a head coach and keep living his childhood dream, and because Georgia Tech is a better fit for him. It’s a win for the University not only financially, but because the basketball program can move on.

That said, I am not going to celebrate by bashing our outgoing head coach, as many have done online today. Thank you Josh. Our players were never involved in embarrassing off-court incidents under your watch, and we had a stellar record of players graduating on time. Yes you have some things to learn about coaching, but I still believe you have the potential to get there. Best of luck.

The Brass Door will have a special guest chef this evening from 6 to 8 PM. Demitrie Phillips, who you may remember in the past from Cafe Keough and Bardog, will be in the kitchen of the Brass Door for one night only. He will be cooking some classics: Mussels Provençal, Piri Piri Shrimp Polenta with mushrooms, Grilled Tasmanian Salmon citrus buerre blanc, and more. If you don’t have dinner plans, let Demitrie cook you dinner.

Joyce Cobb will perform at the Center for Southern Folklore along with Hank Sable tomorrow night, Saturday, April 9, from 8 to 10 PM.

Want to sell or buy on Craigslist, but are afraid to because of horror stories about buyers being robbed, kidnapped, etc. The Memphis police department welcomes use of their precinct parking lots for Craigslist exchanges.

The Redbirds host the Colorado Springs Sky Sox tonight at 7:05 (gates open at 6). Prior to the game, dueling pianos will perform in the right field stands.

I didn’t make it to Loflin Yard last night, but I have seen pictures from people who did go. I’m not the first person to say this but “rustic” is the first word that comes to mind (in a good way). It feels… I don’t know… Appalachian. Like, if someone showed me photos of the place and told me it was somewhere in the U.S., then asked me to guess where, I would say, “I can’t name the city but I bet it’s within 50 miles of where the Hatfields and McCoys lived.” Most likely a friend and I are going to check the place out tonight after work.

Loflin Yard is making the surrounding area prime real estate. A plan has been submitted for a 10-lot subdivision at 27 W. Carolina next door to Loflin Yard.

Memphis Fashion Week is having a Featured Designers Show tonight at the Cadre Building at Second and Monroe (tickets $50). J Brand presented by Indigo, Hayley Page presented by Maggie Louise Bridal, Abbey Glass presented by Joseph, Faherty Brand presented by Oak Hall, Sachi Memphis, Eclectic Eye, and Spruce presenting Brave Design will be there. 8 PM showtime.

Star-Lite Revue presented by Beale Street Caravan happens tonight at the Halloran Centre. It’s a one-night only gospel, blues and soul extravaganza emceed by WDIA’s James Chambers and Ford Nelson. Rev. John Wilkins will headline, along with gospel acts The Southern Sons, The Masonic Travelers, and The Bell Singers. Jimbo Mathus, Sons of Mudboy, and The Holy Ghost Town Band will bring contemporary Memphis roots and blues. Tickets $23.

From the Daily Beast: Things you can do with your beer other than drink it. You can eat it, you can wash with it.

That’s it for now. Possibly back with some Loflin photos tomorrow.