Dodgeball, NYE party, soccer tryouts, Thanksgiving dinner and more: Sat update

Dodgeball is coming to Downtown Memphis! On Saturday, November 19, there will be a dodgeball tournament on Peabody Place between Main and Second, with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. Entry fee is $400 for a regular team, $1000 for a corporate team, with 100% of the money raised going to charity.

The Cadre Building presents Exhilaration on New Year’s Eve. Lord T & Eloise, DJ Wick-It The Instigator and DJ Jordan Rogers will perform, along with dance group Priceless.crew. Michael Kelly will emcee. There will be a balloon drop at midnight, two ice luges, and much more. The event benefits the Memphis Songwriters Association. The Cadre is at 149 Monroe at the corner of Second.

Want to play semi-professional soccer? Memphis City FC is holding tryouts at Christian Brothers High School Saturday, November 19. The fee to try out is $40 if you pre-register or $50 if you walk on. You must be at least 16 years of age by the day of the tryout.

Want a delicious Thanksgiving dinner without all the prep work? Let one of Downtown’s best restaurants, LUNCHBOXeats, cook for you! They will sell you an entire Thanksgiving dinner (feeds 6-8; traditional $119, deluxe $189), or you can pick individual entrees, sides, or desserts. Here’s a list. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Give them a call, they may be able to pull it off! Pickup days are Tuesday, November 22, Wednesday, November 23, and (for an additional fee) Thursday, November 24.

Anyone know why they put MAC & CHEESE in all caps when all the other sides are properly cased? Their mac & cheese is pretty good, so I won’t argue. Today I will ask around and see if others agree. I have a feeling I will see one of my readers who is a mac & cheese fan later this morning…

The Voice of Romance, crooner Johnny Mathis, comes to The Orpheum Sunday, June 25, 2017. He’ll perform his favorites and greatest hits. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10 AM. (Hey, the 18th is my birthday! I’d prefer a PBR instead of a Johnny Mathis ticket if anyone is buying presents.)

Cafe Pontotoc is hiring. The restaurant, at 314 S. Main, is looking for full-time and part-time servers. Server experience is preferred. Come by between 2 and 4 in the afternoon Tuesday-Friday and fill out an application. No phone calls.

As a computer person I have to nerd out at this news: the unveiling of Last August the Obama Administration signed an order stating that 20 percent of the government’s future software projects to be open source. is the place for you to view all the code and there are 50 different projects from 10 different agencies. Thanks, Obama!

Now you can buy pills that cause you to poop glitter. 2016: The year of glitter poop, Pokemon Go, and President Trump. I’d call it the absolute nadir of modern society, but I better not jinx 2017. I tell you one group of people who I bet are mighty excited about the arrival of glitter poop: plumbers.

My least favorite time of the year, Standard Time, begins tonight. At 3AM this morning Daylight Time ends and clocks “fall back” an hour to 2 AM, then there is a second 3 AM an hour later. In case you’re wondering, no the ABC does not let bars stay open until the second 3 AM. However, when clocks “spring forward” in March, they make bars close at 2 AM. So bars don’t gain an hour in the fall and they lose an hour in the spring. Something seems not right there.

They need one of these at the Flying Fish.

Last night I was out at the bars, and I was thinking about the “what’s going on in the city of Memphis” email that Mayor Strickland sends out every week. I thought about his “we intend to be brilliant at the basics” catchphrase and I wondered, would that work as a pickup line? Maybe I’ll go to Silky’s tonight and approach a bachelorette party. “Hey, baby, the ladies tell me I’m brilliant at the basics. Wanna find out?”

Hey, I’ve heard worse.

I found something new in the Halloween candy bowl at work this week: A Butterfinger peanut butter cup. Anyone know if they have those at Maggie Moo’s? I would love to get that mixed in with some ice cream.

I’ve been playing around with electoral maps this week. Here’s a scary one:


McMullin wins Utah, making the electoral vote work out like this: Clinton 268, Trump 264, McMullin 6. No candidate would get the 270 needed for a majority. Given current state polling it is entirely possible this scenario could happen.

The election would be thrown to the incoming House of Representatives, with each state delegation getting one vote. The top three candidates would be required to be on the first ballot. The Republican state delegations outnumber the Democrats, so Trump would seem like a lock for the presidency. However, recognizing the danger Donald Trump represents to the Constitution and America’s reputation in world affairs, Republicans would engage in horse-trading to split their vote between Trump and McMullin. No candidate would get a majority on the first ballot. On the second ballot, the Representatives could nominate whoever they want… leading to the 45th President of the United States, Paul Ryan.

Alternate outcome: The lower 48 vote exactly as the map above, and we all go to bed Tuesday night thinking no candidate gets a majority. Then at 5 AM, the race is called in Alaska, which flips blue for the first time in 52 years… leading to the 45th President of the United States, Hillary Clinton, winning 271 to 261 to 6.

Here’s a throwback photo: On November 5, 2008, we gathered at Calhoun’s Sports Bar (now Max’s) to watch the results of the Obama vs. McCain presidential election.


This picture was taken right after the election was called for Obama. Most of the people in the bar were pretty happy.

Any bars showing the election results with sound this year? Only place I’ve heard of so far is the High Cotton taproom, and I really don’t want to go east of Danny Thomas. Unless the Midtown Kroger had an election watch party, that’d be the best thing ever…

It’s Farmers Market time! I am ready for breakfast from the tandoori truck. After that I’ll stop by Earnestine & Hazel’s to say hello to Clarence, then over to Max’s to get a good seat for the Arkansas and Memphis games.

Fri update #2: India Fest, TechCamp Memphis, chili cook-off and more

Downtowners: There are three events coming up tomorrow, Saturday, November 5, that are definitely worth considering a trip east of Danny Thomas. The first one is India Fest out at the Agricenter in Cordova. The theme this year is the Festivals of India. All day from 10 AM to 8 PM you will be able to take in activities like Bollywood Dancing Shows and Henna Painting. There will be plenty of delicious Indian cuisine, and you can shop from over 50 Indian vendors.

The next event tomorrow that I would recommend is TechCamp Memphis at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. IT and marketing professionals, web designers, and students are among the target audience for this event. There will be sessions on content creation and design, online marketing, and development. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with your peers as well as to learn.

The third event is a chili cook-off at Overton Square tomorrow beginning at 10 AM benefiting the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee. The foundation helps meet the social, educational, and recreational needs of those with disabilities. $10 gets you a tasting wristband so you can sample all the teams’ chili, and there is a beer tasting wristband as well. Downtown friends – come down and support the Blind Bear team or support them online with a donation to the foundation. Judging happens at noon and there will be live entertainment until 4. Come try Colin’s famous chili!

If none of the events I just named float your boat, there’s a sweet potato festival in Vardaman, Mississippi too.

Are you planning on coming to a Grizzlies game sometime this season, and you want to know what all your options are to get something to eat? Alexis All-Access has a look at food favorites at FedExForum.

Claybrook Farms’ November discount bundle is now on sale. You get six 12 oz. ribeyes, four 12 oz. strip steaks, and four 1 1/2 lb. packages of ground beef. This is a $185 retail value but you can get it for $150 with the discount.

That’s it for now. I’ll lead off at Silly Goose happy hour after work then figure out my plans for the evening. Back tomorrow, already got some good stuff for my Saturday post.

Friday morning update

The Art of Science happens at the Hyde Gallery, 477 S. Main, next Friday, November 11, from 6 to 9 PM. This collection saw more than two dozen Le Bonheur researchers paired with local artists. The artists interpreted the significance of the researchers’ work in unique ways, in order to show the beauty of science and power of art at their intersection. The artists and scientists will be present at the November 11 opening to discuss their work. The show runs through December 16.

A new Fairfield Inn and Suites is coming to the northwest corner of Third and Union, across from AutoZone Park and former site of that shitty hotel that housed the Denny’s on the ground floor. Happy to hear about Fairfield and I hope they don’t bring back Denny’s!

Rhapsody in Black, a one-man show that confronts racism in America, will happen at the Halloran Centre on Friday, November 18 (hey, that’s my birthday!) at 6:30 PM. LeLand Garitt uses unflinching honesty to convey his life experiences and how they helped him understand and transcend racism in America. He talks of growing up in an underprivileged neighborhood, to experimenting with crime and drugs, to scholastic achievement, to an acting class where he was just about the only African-American in the room. He talks about being marked “The Other” in moving detail. The show is recommended for ages 15 and up due to adult language and situations.

Holly has a sneak peek of the new Ghost River tap room on the I Love Memphis blog. It opens Saturday at Main and Crump. Looks nice!

The Main Street Busking Challenge is back on the Main Street Mall from 5 to 8. Listen to live music by street musicians and vote for your favorite.

Are you ready for some flopping? The Grizzlies host the L.A. Clippers tonight at FedExForum at 7. The Grizzlies have announced a partnership with Uber to help get fans home from games safe. New Uber riders who are Grizzlies fans can get $15 off their first ride, and there will be perks and promotions for Uber-riding Grizzlies fans throughout the season.

From the CA: Justin Timberlake discusses his dual role as executive music director and voice actor for the newly released movie Trolls. Don’tcha just love those crazy trolls?

Some of you may remember that board game by the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” author that taught players how to get rich. You’d start off in the “Rat Race” and the goal was to get out of the “Rat Race” and on to the “Fast Track.” Well, now there’s a board game to teach activists how to succeed. In this game, you don’t have opponents, which makes sense. All the players are on the same team to strive for their cause.

Cheap beer alert: This Saturday only, Madison Growler inside the Midtown Cash Saver will give customers $2 off any growler fill that costs $6 or more. An effort to draw people away from the new growler shop at Union Kroger, I would bet?

The giant neon rooster proposed as signage for Old Dominick Distillery got nixed by the Design Review Board. Too bad, it seemed a very appropriate sign for the Front Street Chicken District (credit @Kerry901 for the name).

Time for work… check back, probably another post at lunchtime.

Thursday update

Yesterday was the payoff for “steal a base, steal a taco” at Taco Bell from 2 to 6 PM. I wonder how many people told their bosses they needed to leave work early so they could go early vote, and then went to Taco Bell instead?

Another very-cool sounding job has landed on my radar: There’s an opening for a Marketing Technologist at Oden.

The Dirty Crow Inn has a hamburger special this week that is made with a Gibson’s Maple Bacon Donut bun. In other news, Just Around the River Band featuring Savannah and Kenny Long plays the Crow Friday from 8 to 11. Savannah has been on the Memphis music circuit for several new years, and is now taking it to a whole new level with her dad Kenny on keyboards. The songwriting duo will entertain you with originals and amazing covers.

The Metal Museum will be offering a cast aluminum light plate switch class this Saturday from 1 to 5 PM.

A Paint & Sip Night comes to The 101, the pop-up space at 101 S. Main across from Aldo’s, Saturday November 12 from 7-9 PM. You will be able to paint a festive snowman while sipping on wine (BYOB). Tickets are $35 and the class is limited to 30 spots.

Cupcakes, Cocktails and Cursing makes its comeback at The 101 from 6-8 PM November 30. This is a women-only event. It’s your chance to talk about women’s issues, relationships, or whatever you want. $8 to get in, or $5 if you bring your own wine glass.

Jam Up and Jelly Tight is the theme this Saturday at the Paris Adult Theater… er, I mean the Memphis Farmers Market. The Market invites you to SPREAD the love around this Saturday (I’m not kidding, this was in their weekly email)… spread it on toast, biscuits, English muffins, waffles, and crackers. The Market has all kinds of jams and jellies ranging from sweet to sour to savory, or make your own using fresh ingredients from the Market. Kids can make candy corn turkeys at the crafts table 9-11. The UT Pediatric Obesity Program will be at the Market 8:30-12:30 if you want to get your height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, heart rate, and inbody measures checked. They will also be handing out literature about the pediatric obesity program at LeBonheur. Live music by Adam Levine 10-12:30. Pet adoptions by Dogs 2nd Chance 9-noon. The Market runs every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM at the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

The next time you sit down at the bar and think, “What beer do I want?” you might want to rethink that Yuengling. The owners of the brewery have endorsed Donald Trump. You don’t even have to look outside of Memphis to find alternate beers to drink, with great craft brews by Memphis Made, Wiseacre, Ghost River, and High Cotton produced here. But if you do look outside of Memphis, may I recommend the PBR?

Speaking of High Cotton, they are putting their Oktoberfest and Hefeweizen on fire sale this evening from 5 to 8 for the low price of $1 a pint. You can get growler fills of those beers for $5 during that time. They are trying to clear those beers off the taps to make room for new offerings.

Did you miss the biggest event in American history since the May 10, 1869 completion of the first transcontinental railroad in North America? I am talking of course about the opening of the new Kroger on Union Avenue in Midtown. If you weren’t able to be there, the always-excellent @midtownkrogers Twitter account has a recap.

Congratulations to all my friends and readers who are Chicago Cubs fans after the 108-year drought came to an end last night. I didn’t stay up to watch the nearly 5-hour 10-inning game, which is a shame because I have been told I missed the ending to the most exciting game in the history of Major League Baseball. Kevin Cerrito had a comment on the game:

So true, so true.

It’s National Sandwich Day and when you buy a sub and a drink at Subway today, you get a free sub and also one will be donated to the Mid-South Food Bank.

That’s it for now. As usual I will be out at Silly Goose happy hour after work.

The greatest day in the history of Memphis

Today is something of a city holiday here in Memphis. No, it’s not the anniversary of the city’s founding, or the anniversary of the day Memphis got its city charter back following the yellow fever outbreak. This is something far more important. It’s the GRAND OPENING OF THE KROGER ON UNION!!!!! This is the date humans have been anticipating since our lineage broke away from the australopithecenes 2.9 million years ago. The Memphis Flyer has a slideshow. Sushi bar, Corky’s BBQ, cheese shop, sandwich shop, growler station, etc., etc.

Geoff Calkins of the CA reported that the first customer inside the new Kroger bought Meow Mix treats.

If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow @midtownkrogers. This is a parody account, not the store’s official account, but it’s damn funny. Itwill keep u up to date on all the #dicsounts and #produce at Krogers.

Ghost River’s new taproom opens this Saturday, November 5. Hours will be 4:00-10:30 Wednesday-Friday, noon to 10:30 Saturday, noon to 9 Sunday. The taproom is in their brewery at Main and Crump.

Miss Cordelia’s and Cordelia’s Table are having a party from 5 to 8 this evening to welcome Good People Brewing Co. from Birmingham, Alabama to Memphis. Along with Good People beer, there will be food by El Mero Taco, The Creamery, and Sweet Street Treat. You might be able to score some free swag too! In addition, the Bikesmith mobile bike repair shop will be out there, so if you need to get your bike fixed, bring it!

Bar owners and managers: There’s a program at a bar in Lincolnshire, UK that you might want to consider implementing in your own bar. It’s called Ask Angela. “Hi, I’m Angela,” reads a poster in the women’s restroom. The poster tells the women if they are there with a guy, and the situation has started to feel weird, creepy, unsafe, to come to the bar and ask for “Angela.” The bar staff will understand this means the woman needs help to get out of her situation, and will discreetly call a taxi or do whatever they can to help her, without making a big fuss.

A posterboard, a pen, and ten minutes of staff training could potentially prevent a sexual assault from happening from what started as an encounter at their bar. That sounds like a winner to me. No-brainer.

Shelby County Schools are hiring a Director of Talent Management. The successful candidate will manage evaluation of instructional effectiveness.

Flu season is right around the corner. Do you want to learn more about the influenza virus, and research that is being done here in Memphis to combat it? Come to Cafe Electic (the Midtown location) next Wednesday, November 9 to hear a talk by St. Jude scientist Dr. Erik Karlsson.

INSIDER TIP: Dr. Karlsson knows a thing or two about BBQ as well. :mrgreen:

Only two days left to early vote in Tennessee. Remember, you can early vote at any location, but if you wait until Election Day, you have to go to your assigned polling place. Here’s a list of early voting locations. Remember, after you early vote, it is your duty as an American to post a photo of your “I voted” sticker to Facebook, or at least post a selfie taken outside the polling place. You know, in history class they teach you about the Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party; that’s all BS. The real reason The 13 Colonies broke away from England is that citizens of the colonies wanted to guarantee their descendants the right to post “I voted” stickers to Facebook.

It’s free taco day! Free Doritos Locos tacos (1 per person) at Taco Bell 2-6 PM today because of a “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” promotion triggered by a stolen base in game 1 of the World Series.

This makes no sense:

“Grizzlies” has two z’s but they abbreviate it “Griz”. “Fizdale” has one z but they abbreviate the name “Fizz.” WTF? I’m normally not a style Nazi who gets all constipated when I see two spaces after a period or “e-mail” rather than “email,” but the Griz/Fizz thing just bothers me.

Roser with the info about a sweet Grizz giveaway happening Friday night:

For tonight’s Grizz game, FedExForum will keep the Bud Light Bar & Grill open through the 4th quarter and after the game so that fans may watch the conclusion of World Series Game 7.

And finally there’s this from Memphis “Traffic Babe” Wendi Hays:

Yeah, I know I’m going kinda crazy with the Twitter embeds today.

This is my second post today, so keep scrolling to read this morning’s news, which was about Breakfast with Santa, Clark’s Christmas, 50% off gift card sale and other events coming up at the Majestic Grille. Tonight, I will probably hit the Silly Goose for happy hour, although a trip to my “home away from home on the south side,” Max’s Sports Bar, to watch the Grizz and the Cubs is not out of the question. Both have PBR so it’s a can’t-lose proposition!

Holiday special events at the Majestic Grille

One of my very favorite restaurants in all of Downtown, the Majestic Grille, has announced its holiday special events for 2016, and it is quite a lineup. Kicking things off this year is Downtown Dining Week at the Majestic from November 7-13. For that week, many restaurants Downtown offer three-course dinners for the low price of $20.16, and some offer great lunch values for $10.16. View the entire list of restaurants here. Reservations are highly recommended since the Majestic is one of the most popular Dining Week venues. It is requested that when you make your reservations, you tell them that you will be ordering from the Downtown Dining Week menu rather than the regular one.

The next event is Majestic Supper Club on Tuesday, November 15. Owners Patrick and Deni recently took a vacation to Europe, making stops in Patrick’s native country of Ireland as well as Paris, Bordeaux, and London. They will share with you some of their favorite dishes from the trip, wine, and maybe a story or two. This is a six-course dinner, and reservations are required. $75 per person, plus tax and a 20% gratuity, will be required at the time of the booking.

November 30 is the day every year that is anticipated by Downtown diners: The Majestic’s half-off gift card sale. They open the doors at 8 AM and sell $50 gift cards for $25 until they run out. You can buy as many as you want, but you have to purchase them in person; no phone orders or advance orders accepted. The cards do have some restrictions: You can’t use them until January 2, 2017, and they can’t be used for catering, gratuity, take-out, alcohol, or private events. The cards also can’t be used with special promotions such as Downtown Dining Week. Still, they are a great deal! Enjoy one of Patrick’s filets or the roasted half chicken or my “DAWG” John D’s Breakfast for half the price. If you own or manage a business Downtown, gift cards would make great holiday gifts for your employees.

Brunch with Santa is next up on Saturday, December 17. Santa will personally visit every table (please allow an hour and half for the event because this will take time). Bring your camera to get your kids’ photo with Santa! $18 plus tax and gratuity for children ages 2-10. Their brunch includes an entree from their special Santa brunch menu, a cookie, hot chocolate, lollipops, and a parting gift. Older children and adults can order from the Majestic’s regular brunch menu. Reservations are required and there are seatings at 9:30, 10, 11:30, and noon. This is one of the Majestic’s most popular events and will sell out well in advance of the 17th, so if you want to go, I advise you not to delay booking a table.

Tuesday, December 20 is the 9th annual Clark’s Christmas Dinner. This is a LOT of fun and is booked full weeks in advance – I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a waiting list before Thanksgiving – so once again, if you want to go, do not hesitate to make a reservation. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is shown on the big screen, and there are costume contests with prizes for best tacky sweater and best male, female, couple, and group character from the movie. There is a special dinner menu for $26.95 (that strawberry trifle is not to be missed!) and their regular dinner menu will be available too.

Their Their New Year’s Eve dinner will be held on December 31 this year. Regular dinner menu at regular prices (no obnoxious upcharges as some restaurants do that evening) plus a few of Chef Patrick’s entree and appetizer specials. Paul McKinney & the Knights of Jazz bring the live music beginning about 8 PM. Opening at 5 and staying open late, this is a spot where you can come early to get a good meal before your NYE party or come later and ring in the new year at the Majestic. Reservations required.

I want to take a minute to especially endorse New Year’s Eve at the Majestic… as most of you know, I am not a fan of that holiday in general, because it turns into Amateur Night most places. I have done several NYEs at the Majestic and I can tell you there is no Amateur Night there. Great place to go with friends. It’s elegant but not haughty, a place where you can enjoy a laid-back holiday eve while getting some delicious food in you.

The next day, they’ll have New Year’s Day Brunch from 10 to 3 and will not be open for dinner that evening.

Note that online reservations are not accepted for many of these events, so call 901-522-8555 if you want to go.

That’s it for now. I expect to be back at lunchtime with a news post.

Tuesday update

Happy 93rd day of August!

It’s November 1 and the forecast high for Memphis is 87.

Dear Undecided Voter is the topic at The Civil Pour this month at Loflin Yard 7-9 this Thursday, November 3. This is the place to revive the art of civil discourse, of face-to-face discussion. This is where you can respectfully discuss issues with your fellow citizens, without it turning into a debate or an argument. This month’s topic… are you for HER? Are you for HIM? Or neither? Or are you sitting this election out? No matter what your stance, your two cents’ worth is welcome at The Civil Pour.

Memphis Made turns 3 this Saturday, November 5, and they are celebrating with their MALTED festival. There will be limited release beers including Orange Drewlius and Nut ReMix, as well as live music, giveaways, and food trucks. Big Barton, Pezz, and Mark Edgar Stuart. At 5 the brewery’s neighbors New Ballet Ensemble & School will have a special performance. They are set to perform their nationally acclaimed Nut Remix (for which the beer is named) next month at the Cannon Center, and at MALTED they will perform one of the most exciting pieces from that production, the Hip-Hop Battle. It will be ballet like you’ve never seen it before! The RAWK’n Grub food truck and MEMpops will be on site. First 50 people in the door (opens 1 PM) get a special 16-ounce Belgian-style MALTED pint glass, and there will be other giveaways throughout the day.

Next Wednesday, November 9, there will be a student art showcase at the Wiseacre taproom from 4 to 10 PM. Work from students of the University of Memphis, Memphis College of Art, and Rhodes College will be on display and for sale. 20% of beer sales that evening will be donated to a Shelby County school. In addition, there will be Beer Trivia in the taproom that evening.

You just can’t make this stuff up… there’s a hotel in Oklahoma City that is legendary for being haunted. Some teams outright refuse to stay there, while others continue to book the hotel for games against the OKC Thunder. Former NBA player Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) said one of the ghosts inappropriately touched him. World Peace said the ghosts were all over him and he had to just accept it. “They touched me all over the place. I’m taking one of the ghosts to court for touching me in the wrong places.”

Calvary Episcopal Church at 102 N. Second is hosting Lobsterpalooza this Saturday from 6 to 10 PM. Come enjoy a delicious lobster dinner, bid on silent auction items, dance and watch SEC football on TV. All proceeds benefit Calvary’s ministries.

Need to pick up dessert for Thanksgiving? On Wednesday, November 23, Rm Petit Cakes will be selling their goods at the Midweek Market, 101 S. Main, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

National Sandwich Day is this Thursday, November 3, and Lenny’s will be selling their subs for 25% off.

That’s it for now. I may do a second post after work.