Tuesday update

Barboro Alley, the alley that runs alongside Local and Aldo’s Pizza Pies, has been getting a makeover the past few months, with murals being painted on the walls and improved lighting installed. On Wednesday, April 26 from 6 to 9 PM there will be a party in the alley to showcase the art and to activate Main Street. There will be music, ping-pong tables, and games. (Edit: I had the date wrong. More details to come on this party.)

There will be another event worth checking out on the 27th, down south at Loflin Yard. It will be a celebration of new opportunities for Hospitality HUB, as they find new ways to reach out to Memphis’ most vulnerable citizens. The party happens from 5 to 7:30 PM and 10% of all sales in the coach house will go to Hospitality HUB and Work Local and their efforts to offer jobs and reduce blight. There will be a speech by Mayor Strickland at 6 PM.

Oh my. This is going to snarl traffic on Front Street:

The Sound of Music runs today through Sunday at the Orpheum.

This is downright scary: A study found that drivers use mobile devices on 88 percent of car trips. I wonder if use of phones caused the huge wreck that I passed at I-55 and Mallory this morning. There was basically part of a tree sticking out of one of the cars, that’s how bad it was.

Former Memphis Tiger and current L.A. Laker Tarik Black will be in town today to announce the creation of Transformation50 Basketball & Life Skills Camp. The camp, which will be free for 50 children, will target underprivileged city youth. This is part of Black’s plan to give back to Memphis.

Oh and he’s also in town for one more reason…

LYFE Kitchen will have a patio party every Thursday from 6 to 8 PM, with a farmers market and a live music series. This week the live music will feature Josh Cosby and Jeremy Stanfill. Buy any wine, beer, or cocktail, and the restaurant will buy your first taco. Find more details about the patio parties on LYFE Chisca’s website.

Check out my friends South Side Supper Club at Belle Tavern tonight if you’re looking for a reason to get out of the house on a Tuesday. They play 7-10 PM.

I got a really nice note from the Memphis Medical District Collaborative about my coverage of the Maker Mixer at Edge Alley last week. It was my pleasure and I look forward to covering more of MMDC’s events in the future. Hey, someone’s gotta do it!

Here’s some good news:

Posts may be a bit sparse this week. The display on my 7-year-old MacBook died and I’m still figuring out the laptop I inherited from my mom.

That’s it for now. Back tomorrow with more.