So, tip-off in the NCAA South Regional is not until 4:05, giving you half an afternoon to kill. What to do with half an afternoon? My suggestion… grab some grub.
About 5 blocks south of the FedExForum, on G.E. Patterson Avenue, Max’s Sports Bar is having its bi-weekly crawfish boil. You get two pounds of crawfish, plus taters, corn, and sausage for $10 (troll not included). Plus they have pints of PBR for only $2.50. You can’t find a better deal on crawfish and beer than that! Glaze who caters Max’s crawfish boils has got the recipe right. Consistently good, consistently spicy. Max’s is at 115 G.E. Patterson. Go to the traffic light at Main and G.E. Patterson and turn east (away from the river) and it’s at the far end of the building that also houses Arcade restaurant. After you eat, Max’s has a limo that will shuttle you to the arena and back.
If you want something closer to the Forum, do what I do on Sundays… at 119 S. Main there is a speakeasy called the Blind Bear. It opens at 11 and there are $3 mimosas, Bloody Marys, cinnamon whiskey, and moonshine until 6 PM. My favorite bartender in all of Memphis B-RAD will take good care of you.
Pierre Landaiche, the general manager and vice president of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, will be the speaker at Tuesday’s Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting. Mr. Landaiche will speak about the planned $900 million upgrade to the convention center, tying it to the Cannon Center next door and to the Wolf River Harbor nearby. The meeting will be at Kooky Canuck, 87 S. Second, with social at 6 PM and program at 6:30. Free for members, $10 for non-members; go here to join. There will be light appetizers and a cash bar. Hmmm, isn’t Tuesday the day that Kooky fire-sales its 34 ounce mixed drinks for $5? Could be a really interesting meeting.
The National Civil Rights Museum is giving $2 off to those attending the game. Show ticket stub or state ID to get the discount. Check out their exhibit on the L.A. riots in the wake of the Rodney King arrest.
Even after leaving this Earth, the man’s style was impeccable… Hollywood Raiford had a disco themed visitation Friday afternoon. He was dressed in his white suit and his gold crown, with his red cape next to him. You know, when I first moved Downtown in 2002 and people asked why, I explained “now I will be able to walk to Raiford’s.”
I am going to take my blog’s own advice today. Starting out atBlind Bear for D-RANKS with B-RAD at 11, then down to Max’s for cray without a side of cray cray this afternoon. Back to the Blind Bear for a special performance by Grace Askew at 9. Sunday Fun Day! Back tomorrow with more news.