Friday update #2

There’s going to be a party on the plaza in The Edge next Thursday, March 9, from 4 to 6 PM. It will be a celebration of the dynamic new art installation by Cat Pena at the intersection of Monroe and Marshall. This year-long installation, funded by the Downtown Memphis Commission, will wave over that intersection and is part of the streetscape improvements planned for the neighborhood.

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience takes the stage at the Halloran Centre tomorrow night, Saturday, March 4 at the Halloran Centre. The band has toured more than 45 countries over the years. Simien will be joined by his daughter Marcella and her band Marcella & Her Lovers.

The menu and pairings for Paulette’s March Wine Dinner have been released. The dinner happens Tuesday, March 7 at 7 PM. Lobster tail and filet mignon are among the courses.

More than 3100 Vietnamese immigrants live in the city of Memphis, most of them living in the area around Cleveland and Jefferson. Many of them were refugees from the Vietnam War in the 1970s, or descendants of refugees. Their culture, food and markets have provided rich diversity to the Crosstown area, and serve as an example of why the U.S. needs to continue to open its arms to refugees and immigrants. High Ground News has a look at Vietnamese in Memphis.

There’s more news in this morning’s post. Almost weekend time, and I’m going to change things up tonight and lead off at the Blind Bear after work. Back tomorrow with more.