Son of Giant Hole, free food tip and more

If you live in the Downtown core and need to get to Riverside Drive to get to work, I would just avoid using Monroe to get there for the foreseeable future. Back in December, the city dug The Giant Hole between Front and Main and left it covered with metal plates for months. Yesterday they dug Son of Giant Hole.

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There were trucks that said MLGW on them, but I have also heard they are replacing one of Memphis’ oldest telephone exchanges. Personally, I think they just like digging holes.

Okay. I promised you an insider tip this weekend, so let’s get going on that. Tuesday, August 2 there will be an event under the pavilion at the Farmers Market at Front and GE Patterson. It’s National Night Out, an opportunity to thank our police officers, firefighters and other first responders for the work they do. It’s also a chance for the community to meet with our police officers and talk about how we can work together to protect our neighborhoods. There will be food and live music. More details to come but this is always a fun night.

So here’s my insider tip. I have not seen hours for this event published yet, but I will get them for you this week. What you want to do is not be fashionably late to National Night Out. Be there the very minute it starts. Why, you ask? Give me three words.

Jack Pirtle’s chicken.

Okay, indulge me just a little and give me four words.

Free Jack Pirtle’s chicken.

Restaurants from all over Downtown come out and supply food for National Night Out at the pavilion, but Memphians know where the good stuff is. Those two-pieces and chicken tenders and liver dinners will be gone in less than 20 minutes. Better put this one on the calendar, or you will miss out!

I should start a list of “you’re not a true Memphian until you…”  You’re not a true Memphian until you dip a piece of chicken in Jack Pirtle’s gravy.

While we’re on the subject of Jack Pirtle’s… they have a school supply drive barrel at Bluff City Coffee, 505 S. Main, through Wednesday. They are asking the public to fill it up with school supplies for the children of Memphis.

Free yoga returns to the Farmers Market this coming Saturday, July 30. There will be a yoga class by Downtown Yoga at the Market at 10 AM. Sign up here. YOGA!

Have you not got around to watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet? Well, you can watch it Tuesday, for free. It’s the finale of Twilight Tuesday at Beale Street Landing, with the movie shown for free on the big screen at 8:30 PM.

Giveaway alert for the kids at the Redbirds this evening: The first 1500 kids age 12 and under at AutoZone Park this evening get a free Rockey Redbird lunchbox. Kids run the bases after the game, and the first 2500 get a free Prarie Farms ice cream treat. Gates at 5, first pitch 6:05.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is hosting Plunge to Expunge, a fundraiser for JustCity’s Clean Slate Fund, Friday August 12 from 4 to 7 PM. As you can imagine, it is a lot easier to find a job when you don’t have a criminal record… however, those eligible for expungement have to pay a $450 fee to make it happen. It’s not easy to come up with $450 when you don’t have a job. There will be a dunking booth with celebrity dunkees including Al Kapone, Katrina Coleman, Pastor DeAndre Brown, Professor Daniel Kiel, and Andy Cates. Music by Agent C of The Detective Agency.

SNOZberry returns to Beale Street this Friday, July 29, from 7 to 10 PM.

When I go to Grizzlies games, I enjoy seeing Z-bo and TA and Big Spain and all the guys play. I enjoy watching Grizz shoot T-shirts out of a cannon and I enjoy watching the Grizz Girls dance. But the thing I look forward to the most is a performance by the Grizzlies Grannies and Grandpas, their over-50 dance team. These guys and gals are fantastic… and they’re looking for you. Audition to be a part of the Grizzlies Grannies and Grandpas Saturday, August 20. If you want to get a head start, there are some clinics earlier in the month.

Paulette’s has announced its August Wine Dinner by chef Jeremy Jaggers for Tuesday, August 2 at 7 PM. There will be wines from California, Italy, Argentina and Washington. Courses will include a Popcorn Grit Cake, Creole Duck, Crab Stuffed Fliet Mignon, and Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake. $65 per person plus tax and gratuity.

That’s all for now. Time for D-RANKS with B-RAD at the Blind Bear. Sunday Fun Day!