Thur update #2: Give the gift of assistance and more

Do you have a friend, family member, or business associate who is impossible to shop for? Someone who already has everything, and you don’t know what to give them as a Christmas or holiday gift? Why not visit MIFA’s holiday catalog and honor them with a gift that supports our most vulnerable neighbors.

A $150 Senior Package will give a homebound senior nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks from Meals on Wheels. A $250 Family Package will pay the utility bill and keep the lights on for a family that has fallen on unexpected hard times. A $500 Deluxe Package will fund a spectrum of critical interventions for a senior or family facing a crisis.

Lita Ford plays the New Daisy tonight. Tickets $25-30.

Check out the Memphis Flyer’s cover story this week, Sports Talkin’, profiling some of our local sports radio personalities. I leave the office at 4:45 every day and turn on the Gary Parrish Show for “GP’s 4 notable stories at 4:44” (It rarely actually starts at 4:44; 4:48 is probably the average). The Flyer is right, GP is as likely to talk about news headlines or pop culture stories as he is about sports, especially during that segment. It makes for good entertainment as I’m getting tailgated at 70 MPH by someone checking their Snapchat.

The Blind Bear has announced its New Year’s Eve plans. From 5 to 9 they will serve dinner (menu yet to be announced) at a price of $35 per individual or $60 per couple. From 8:00 on a $17 cover will be charged, with FreeWorld playing starting at 9:30 and photographer Joseph Warner taking pictures. Make reservations at (please indicate whether you will be having dinner or not). I haven’t talked to my friends yet to see what they are doing NYE, but I am leaning in the direction of the Bear that evening. I have never rung in a New Year there, and of my several bar homes it is first among equals. I think it may be time.

I have a request from my friends to be more active on Instagram. Several of my friends either never joined Facebook, my main social media outlet, or they joined it and then decided to leave. From now on I will try to remember to make sure any photos I post to Facebook go to Instagram as well. Follow me on there at @paulryburn.

Friday night at 550 S. Main is the final songwriter night of 2016 from 7 to 9 PM. Locals Mike Mielenhausen, Nick Long and Ben Dayton will make their debut, while Lucciana Costa and Rachel Coats of Bashville (did you mean Nashville, Mark?) join the songwriter night from three hours East of here. Veteran Savannah Long will make her 4th appearance on the stage as well.

NOGA! High Cotton tweeted that there will be no Thursday yoga tonight at the taproom, although the Mojo food truck will be there and the brewers will be canning fresh batches of ESB and Scottish ale.

Stats site FiveThirtyEight has an article about the regions with the fastest startup growth. Pine Bluff, Arkansas??!?! I had no idea! My father’s side of my family is from that region, although I haven’t been down there in many years. My friend Pete has family in that region and travels there frequently. Next time I beat his ass at pool I will have to ask Pete about goings-on in and around Pine Bluff.

Red Stripe beer is being produced in Jamaica once again, for the first time in many years. The first cases of Jamaican Red Stripe have arrived in the U.S.

That’s it for now. I was going to go to the yoga class at High Cotton tonight, but since it has been canceled I guess I will take the evening in a different direction, and sit at the bar at Silly Goose and drink PBR instead.