Normally I wouldn’t lead off a blog post with news of a non-Downtown business, but this time I am making an exception. Mark your calendars: Two weeks from today, Saturday, August 6, The Slider Inn celebrates its 5th birthday. The Slider Inn is the sister restaurant of Downtown bars Bardog Tavern and Aldo’s Pizza Pies, and it has one of the best patios in Memphis. All the local breweries will be serving beer on the patio, and there will be bobbing for beer, live music, cornhole, and $3 mini-slushies. Contest with details to be announced at a later date. Us Downtowners may have to get together to split a Lyft or Uber out there to see our “DAWG” John D in his native habitat. For those of you who rarely get out of Downtown, the Slider Inn is at the corner of Peabody and Cooper.
Next Friday at South Main Trolley Night, South Main Book Juggler will host a signing of what sounds like a really good book, Run for Freedom. Here’s a summary from the event’s Facebook page:
Run for Freedom, a Historical Paranormal Romance follows two runaway slaves—
Freedom and her twin brother Triumph.
The author asks the question, “Are you willing to die for a fleeting chance at
life?” The choice was to run for freedom or die never having been valued as a human—as a woman. The penalty was the same—death!
The signing will be 6-8 PM on Friday, July 29.
The Brass Door is accepting applications for servers Monday and Tuesday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Applicants must have server experience, a current ABC card, and transportation. They are asking that you apply in person; no phone calls.
Tickets are now on sale for the Mid-South Pride Fest Pride Concert at Handy Park on Friday, September 23 from 7 to 10 PM. Seeing Red, Tori WhoDat and DJ Spaceage will perform. The event will be hosted by Freak Nasty. $5 in advance or $10 at the door.
A study was done of all the 2016 presidential candidates and President Obama, examining 50 statements that were made since 2007 as to what degree of truth or lies was in them. Folks, I present to you what I like to call the “Mendacity Meter.” The statements are graded as “Pants on Fire” (as in “Liar, liar, pants on fire”), False, Mostly False, Half True, Mostly True, or True.
The 2016 candidates who lied the least, by this ranking: Jeb and Hillary. pic.twitter.com/OkcgZhCKsl
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) July 22, 2016
Hillary Clinton is often called a liar, but the study shows that label may not be accurate. Not only is she near the bottom of the chart (where top of the chart is “biggest liar,” but she actually scored better than Bernie Sanders (although it was close, and Sanders was the only one to have no “Pants on Fire” in the chart at all).
As for who lies the most, c’mon, do I even have to tell you? Hint: He gave a speech Thursday night.
As for who lies the least, if you like your president the way you like your coffee (strong and black) I think you will be pleased.
Jeb and Kasich were rated the most honest Republicans.
It’s a telling sign of American politics that no candidate got much beyond the 50% line with “mostly true” and “true” statements.
Too bad there isn’t a Mendacity Meter for Downtown locals…
The Downtown Neighborhood Association has two events coming up next week. On Tuesday they will have the monthly meeting, this month at Spindini. Speakers will include Lynn Sitler, Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner, and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. Social time at 5:45, Sitler speaks at 6:10, Luttrell at 6:45.
Then on Thursday, it will be DNA’s monthly happy hour, this month at the Hard Rock Cafe. No agenda, just social time with your neighbors. Non-DNA members are always welcome at the happy hours. 6 PM is the start time.
In a post later this weekend: An insider tip on how to get the most enjoyment out of an upcoming event. Be sure to check back. I’ll give you a hint: It’s a tip the Nuh-Uh Girl would use if she were in town.
Keeping an eye on the weather, but as of right now it looks like I am safe to walk to the Memphis Farmers Market here in a bit. Still on a search for mint, and of course I will hit the food trucks. Back tomorrow with more news.