Monday update

It may be a bit early to ask this question, but I’m going to go ahead and do it: Will any of the bars Downtown be open during the day on New Year’s Day? In general, most bars stay closed until 5 on New Year’s, so that employees have time to recover and clean up following a busy New Year’s Eve the night before. However, New Year’s Day is a Sunday Fun Day this time around… you know people are going to want to get out, especially people like me who hate New Year’s Eve and will probably stay in that night. If you’re going to be open during the day 1/1/2017, email me at or hit me up on Facebook and I will start compiling a list.

A Venezuelan food truck is coming soon to Memphis. Arepas and other Venezuelan cuisine will be sold. Yum!

Congratulation to Downtown Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Elizabeth Emmerson on being named a Tennessee Lottery Educator of the Week.

Stevie Nicks will play FedExForum Wednesday, March 8. Tickets go on sale a week from today.

The final of four Volunteer Odyssey Pop-Up Parties will happen tomorrow evening, Tuesday, December 6, from 5 to 8 PM at 101 South Main. There are volunteer projects as short as 101 seconds that you can complete. You can make toys for dogs and cats for the Memphis Humane Society, design holiday cards for retirement communities, or prepare mailers for Memphis Libraries and LITE Memphis. There will be a selfie station, and I Love Memphis will be there taking photos and selling T-shirts. RSVP here.

The Grizzlies have acquired guard Toney Douglas via the NBA hardship rule. With Mike Conley out for six weeks, the team needed a veteran who can run the point. Coach Fiz has prior experience with Douglas, having worked with him in Miami when Fizdale was an assistant coach.

The Memphis RiverKings have a Merry Gritmas! deal going on through tomorrow, where $25 gets you a ticket to Friday night’s RiverKings game as well as a ticket to a Grizzlies game.

Lights On! is an event happening tomorrow night in the Medical Center District from 5 to 7 PM. Participants will meet at the Memphis Medical District Collaborative at 656 Madison, and then volunteers will assess the district, reporting street lights that are out, Afterward there will be hot cocoa and snacks at the Collaborative. Register to participate here.

Memphis Made has announced the next of its extremely popular beginner sushi classes. The class will be held on Sunday, January 15 from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. You’ll learn where to shop, what to buy, and how to make the perfect sushi rice. You’ll also learn about all the different sushi sauces, including Bang Bang and Eel Sauce. By the end of the class you will know how to safely and confidently serve raw fish at home.

Thanks to one of my readers for sending me a link to this… was not aware this existed. Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can canjo with antique reclaimed wood neck

College football bowl games have been announced! As I kind of suspected, Georgia will be the SEC representative in the Liberty Bowl, playing TCU on Friday, December 30 at 11 AM on ESPN.

As for the Memphis Tigers, they will represent the American Athletic Conference in the Boca Raton Bowl, playing at 6 PM on Tuesday, December 20 versus Western Kentucky. ESPN will broadcast that game as well.

Mississippi State gets a waiver to play in a bowl with a 5-7 record, and will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida to play Miami (Ohio) in the St. Petersburg Bowl at 10 AM on Monday, December 26, televised on ESPN.

On Thursday, December 29, the Arkansas Razorbacks will be in Charlotte, NC to battle Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl. 4:30 kickoff with the game televised on ESPN,

Tennessee, having recently been awarded the title Champions of Life by head coach Butch Jones, will play in the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Friday, December 30. The Life Champs will play Nebraska in a game with a 2:30 kickoff on ESPN. Wonder if the Music City Bowl is what Vol fans had in mind when they were all saying “this is gonna be our year” back in September.

Alabama-Washington and Clemson-Ohio State are the playoff semifinal games. As I expected, Ohio State moved down one in the rankings for being the only team of the four that did not win its conference championship.

View the full bowl schedule here.

That’s it for now. Possibly a second post tonight or in the morning.