Friday update

The Memphis Redbirds have announced a ’90s Night at the ballpark for Saturday, April 29, with special guest Principal Richard Belding from “Saved by the Bell.” There will be a special ticket called Detention with Mr. Belding at the Max where you will get a Meet & Greet with Mr. Belding, a game ticket in a suite, and a dinner menu inspired by The Max near Bayside High. Dinner will feature burgers, fries, onion rings, tots, soda, and an ice cream Sundae bar. Mr. Belding will be signing autographs through the fourth inning in this celebration of all things ’90s. Game time is 6:35 PM.

There will also be this deal on ’90s Night:

This is the dawning of the age of asparagus is the theme this Saturday at Memphis Farmers Market. “We’ve got another beautiful Saturday in front of us,” reads the weekly Market email. Clearly they didn’t watch a weather forecast before hitting Send. Pick Tennessee has a handy What’s in season this month? guide to help you know what to expect at farmers markets. Live music by Tony Manard 8:30-10 and Merit Koch 11-12:30. The Market happens under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM. If you go between 10 and 11, there’s a good chance you’ll see me there! And if you don’t, I’m probably sipping a PBR at Earnestine & Hazel’s down the street!

Hmmm playing ’50s and ’60s rockabilly and country tunes on E&H’s jukebox while it storms outside sounds darn near perfect… other than the “getting there while it’s storming outside” part… I’ll try to work something out.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is starting a new monthly concert series to benefit local nonprofits, choosing a different nonprofit to support each month. The first concert will be this Sunday, April 23, benefiting Citizens to Preserve Overton Park. Cash donations will be taken at the door, and a portion of proceeds will be given to CPOP. Doors open at 1 and Brandon Taylor leads off with the live music at 2. The Moon Glimmers take the stage at 3, there’s a free brewery tour at 4, and then the Turnstyles play at 5. Food trucks Arepa901 and MEMpops will be on site all day.

If you’re free this afternoon, Memphis Medical District Collaborative could use your help from 2 to 4. They will be organizing a clean-up of The Edge District, in particular The Edge Neighborhood Triangle Park and Floyd Alley. Meet at the MMDC office (656 Madison) at 2 for assignments and refreshments.

The first ever Ignite Memphis Edu will happen at Clayborn Temple on Monday, April 24. Ignite is a format in which 12 speakers fire off 20 slides in 5 minutes each. Ignite has been popular in Memphis for several years, but this one will be a bit different: All the talks will be about education. Some of the city’s most passionate and talented people will share their perspective.

There’s a new podcast called The Rub. It’s about BBQ, grilling, and competition cooking.

Temporary tenants have been named for the OPEN on Main Street initiative. Fourteen vendors will occupy spaces at 7 and 9 N. Main for one month each between May and November. Tenants will be able to set up shop rent-free. Of particular note: Phillip Ashley Chocolates in November!

From the Flyer: Three-time gumbo champ at Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest spills all her secrets

Want to taste the cuisine of Memphis in May’s 2017 honored country, Colombia? There will be a Taste of Colombia dinner at Chez Philippe Saturday, May 13. Chef Juan Felipe Camacho, highly regarded in the South American food scene, will prepare the dishes of his native country. Cost for the dinner is $75 and you need to make reservations in advance.

Help get RiverPlay ready:

Ludacris has pulled out of Music Fest. 2 Chainz will be his replacement. He will be on stage Saturday, May 6.

Off to work. Possibly back at lunchtime with more news.