Friday update

Tonight is Memphis Chicks night at the Redbirds. It will be a celebration of Memphis’ long-time Double-A team, with former Chicks Joe Abone and Anthony Johnson throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. The team will be wearing Memphis Chicks jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game to benefit the Redbirds Community Fund. Block party in the plaza before the game with select $2 beers. First pitch is 7:05 and the opponent is the New Orleans Baby Cakes. I mean, I get it, finding the baby in the king cake, but, Baby Cakes? Really?

Classic 1971 Clint Eastwood movie Dirty Harry will be shown on the big screen at the Orpheum tonight at 7.

Must-listen music alert: The Memphis Flyer has a Dr. Herman Green playlist. Catch the legendary Beale Street saxophonist on stage with FreeWorld Sunday night at 9:30 at the Blues City Band Box.

Looking for something fun to do Monday night before holiday Tuesday? Wiseacre is having a cornhole tournament and game night Monday at 7 PM, and every Monday throughout the summer. Teams of two can sign up to play. Winning team gets choice of item from their merch wall or a $10 bar tab, and an entry to win tickets to the brewery’s Symphonic Fermentation Fair in October. Every Monday will also be came night featuring bocce, giant Jenga, mini golf, badminton, hook ring, 4 Square, Legos, and board games. All are free to play, with a deposit required for some.

Seth, co-organizer of Best Memphis Burger Fest, has said this will be happening at the festival this year:

He’s ordered 125 rubber burgers and a kiddie pool, and is looking for a ketchup sponsor. Ah, Memphis, where you bob for crawfish in the spring and burgers in the fall.

Alcohol-infused MEMPopS are coming. You won’t be able to buy them at the store, but they can be made for parties and private events.

I hate it that I missed the updated group photo taken at Max’s Sports Bar last night. I didn’t know about it until about six hours before, and I had already mapped out an evening in the Downtown core in my mind. I have always been so proud to have been in the original 2012 group photo.

A multi-time BBQ Fest champion has created a sauce and a rub for Williams-Sonoma.

Front page of the New York Daily News today:

Even Republicans are blasting Trump on Twitter now, saying his tweets are beneath the dignity of his office. It’s time for them to use those tweets as evidence of mental unfitness to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Cheeto Voldemort from said office. Then again, that would leave us with President Pence, which would be pretty scary too.

I wish Mattis would run in 2020… now that’s a case where I would consider crossing over and voting Republican. We could use an Ike Eisenhower-type figure in the White House these days.

Just a few more hours at work and then it will be time for a four day weekend! I love it when I can get four consecutive days off work for the price of one vacation day. Tonight I plan to start off at the Silly Goose for happy hour, then get down to South Main for their super-size trolley night with a second line jazz band marching down Main and then the Grizzline. I definitely plan on stopping by Earnestine & Hazel’s and having a PBR or ten in Keenan’s memory. I’m sure I’ll probably pop in Max’s Sports Bar too. Time to get a few more hours’ work done, then celebrate not having to cross the Mississippi state line again until Wednesday morning!

Thursday update

Yesterday after work I visited MFM Squared, the new Wednesday Memphis Farmers Market in Court Square from 4-7 PM. They had a good selection of vendors, maybe a half to two-thirds as many as the Saturday market. Whether you’re going down there for produce, flowers, or something to take home and heat up, you’ll find it there. The vendor booths themselves were not actually in Court Square, but rather in two rows along the Main Street Mall with an aisle in between them. The Fuel food truck was in the park itself, as was the musical entertainment – although they had to give up on live music yesterday because the sprinklers kept coming on. Hopefully they can get with the city and get that fixed for next week.

For Saturday’s Market, Boom! 4th on the Farm is the theme. Kids can make patriotic magnets to put on the refrigerator. Live music by Kim Garmon 8:30-10 and Claire Radel 11-12:30. The Saturday Market happens 7 AM to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

You may have heard that a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Memphis (weather permitting) on August 21. The blog has details on how to view the eclipse. It will start at 11:23 AM, be at its peak at 1:23 PM, and end at 2:50 PM.

In memory of the late Queen of Beale Street, a Ruby Wilson Scholarship Fund has been set up for the Stax Music Academy. The goal is to carry Ruby’s legacy to a new generation of female singers.

Hilton Street: From Memphis to Chicago is Earnest E. Lacey’s third book regarding the journey of his family. This book looks at the Laceys’ life during 1950s Jim Crow Memphis and the transition to Chicago during The Great Migration. It looks at the heroes: family, friends, and teachers who shaped Lacey’s moral compass. He will be at South Main Book Juggler tomorrow night, Friday, June 30 from 6 to 9 PM, signing copies of his book.

COGIC has filed about $5 million in permits for affordable housing in Downtown Memphis. The units will be near the Ghost River brewery and will hold about 75 units. There will be a 3000 square foot community building as well.

Tonight is the special all-you-can eat breakfast ticket at the Redbirds. With the ticket you get a seat for the game, as well as scrambled eggs, waffles with strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and maple syrup, sausage, bacon, potatoes, cheddar grits, and fruit salad, plus hot dogs for families and friends with varying food preferences, and one Coca-Cola product or bottled water per person. College students can get a left field bluff ticket for $5 with ID (does not include buffet). There will be select $2 draft beers at the park. First pitch is 7:05 with the gates opening at 6.

Yo Gotti & Friends Birthday Bash 5 happens tonight at FedExForum. 7 PM start time.

The Commercial Appeal’s BBQ-themed podcast The Rub discusses grilling out on the Fourth with Seth from Best Memphis Burger Fest.

Job news: inferno has an art director position open.

There is new information on what intelligence is held, and by what countries (and by the Washington Post), on Trump, Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Pence, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Steve Bannon, Reince Preibus, and other key players in Trump’s campaign and administration.

That’s it for now, back tomorrow with more. I’ll be out at Silly Goose for happy hour, then out at Blind Bear later in the evening to catch a performance by Kaleidoscope.

Memphis Farmers Market Squared starts up today and more Wednesday news

It’s opening market day at MFM Squared! Memphis Farmers Market is adding a second market, to be held on Wednesdays at Court Square 4-7 PM, through the end of September. MFM posted the vendor list for today to Facebook:

“Today’s vendors will be: Bake the Bean Pie, Cosgrove & Lewis Handmade Luxury Soaps, Dettelbach Farms, DFP Originals, Gardens Oy Vey, Girls Inc. of Memphis, Grecian Gourmet, Las Delicias, Lazy Dog Farms, Ly Vu’s Produce, Lydia’s Healthy Edibles, Pontotoc Ridge Blueberry Farm, Richardson Veg Farm, The Produce Tribe, Whitton Farms, Yia Home Grown Produce, My Heavenly Creations, Willow Oaks Farm, Goodness Gracious Cookies, Ripley Produce, Flo’s, Kirk Country Farm, Mama D’s Italian Ice/Food Truck, Delta Sol Farm, Fuel Cafe/Food Truck”

Snowglobe provides the live entertainment tomorrow night, Thursday, June 29, for the weekly Peabody rooftop party. $10 to get in, or free before 7 for ladies and hotel guests. Admission includes a buffet of grilled chicken legs and jalapeno popper dip with Ritz crackers. If you’re in VIP you have a second buffet of BBQ smoked sausage, potato salad, and strawberry mango salsa with cinnamon chips. Drink specials will be a peach margarita and Firefly ginger snap moonshine.

The Memphis Flyer has made an excellent decision. Starting today, people will have to verify their identity with either Facebook or Google to leave comments on Flyer website articles. Allowing users to post anonymously enabled trolls, sock puppets, and people who would make everything about race and/or threaten other commenters or Flyer staff. If you’re not willing to back up what you say with your own real name, good riddance.

By the way, be sure to grab a copy of the new Flyer out today. The cover story is “Living Legend,” and it covers the life of FreeWorld’s Dr. Herman Green.

The Memphis Animal Shelter is running a patriotic special from now through July 3 – adopt a pet for $17.76.

A contract has been signed with an architect to build the pedestrian bridge from The Pinch over Front to Bass Pro at the Pyramid. (Linked article includes a slideshow)

You just can’t fix stupid: A woman from Long Island is suing a bar with a mechanical bull after she was thrown off the bull and tore her ACL. She claims that bar employees should have noticed she was too drunk and not permitted her to get on the bull.

From 5 to 8 at Miss Cordelia’s tonight, there will be live music by Jamie Baker, and the Double J Egg Roll Express and El Mero Taco food trucks will be on site.

Update about Canada Day at Kooky Canuck this Saturday, July 1 – Canadian music icon Val Halla will appear at the Downtown Kooky Canuck from noon to 1 PM.

That’s it for now. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that I am going to the Farmers Market after work! Given that it’s only a block away from where I live, I am going to be checking out any pre-prepared grab & heat later foods a lot more than I do at the Saturday market. That Grecian Gourmet booth is one I am going to have to check out for sure. Following the market I will do happy hour at the Blind Bear, where I hear there will be a familiar face behind the bar. Hope to see you at the market, and I’ll be back tomorrow with more news.

Tuesday update #2

The 15 Film Series at Clayborn Temple continues Thursday evening, with a film documenting an often-overlooked piece of Memphis history: The Invaders. A new, radicalized group of civil rights activists, The Invaders were inspired by militant leaders like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. The group, emerging in 1967 in Memphis, consisted of college students, Vietnam vets, musicians and intellectuals, and would step away from the doctrine of non-violence when the situation required it. This film looks at the significance and history of this group, and its influence on MLK in his final days. There will be a reception at 6 and the film will be shown at 7. A panel of Dr. Colby Smith, Calvin Taylor, John Gary Williams, Chikita Smith, Juanita Thornton, Roy Turks and John Bowen will participate in a discussion following the film, curated by Bertram Williams. Here’s a trailer of the movie.

It’s dollar King Cotton night at the Redbirds. First pitch 7:05 vs. Oklahoma City.

Hot Rods on Beale happens the 4th Tuesday of the warm-weather months… and for June, that would be tonight. The American Muscle Car Club and the Perfect Nemesis Car Club will have their rides parked on Beale for the public to see tonight, 6-10 PM.

La La Land, rated PG-13, will be the free movie shown tonight on the big screen at Beale Street Landing. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Showtime is 8:30 and the movie is 128 minutes long.

I stopped by the Blind Bear last night, and discovered that Moonshine Monday is now Moonshine & Margarita Monday. $3 moonshine shots, $6 moonshine cocktails, $4 silver & grapefruit tequila shots, and $6 silver & grapefruit margaritas.

South Main Sounds will host Songwriter Night #59 at 550 S. Main Friday night, June 30 from 7 to 9 PM. Performers will include Sturges Nikides & Mandy Lemons, Danny Green, Claire Radel, and Levi Smith.

That’s it for now. I will be out at the Great Streets block party, around Peabody Place and Main, after work. If you don’t see me on the street, come in the Silly Goose and find me.

… Oh, that reminds me, one more thing. I posted photos this morning of the new public seating along Peabody Place, and I also posted the photos to Facebook. One person commented that the Silly Goose section of the public seating looks good but needs shade. The manager there has confirmed that large umbrellas have been ordered and should be here around the end of the week.

Back tomorrow with more news, and I hope to see you at the block party this evening.

Great Streets Kick-off party preview

In anticipation of tonight’s Great Streets party on Peabody Place, I went down there yesterday afternoon to get some photos of the new seating and other pedestrian amenities on the street.

Looking west from Main toward Front Street, tables and chairs have been set up next to the Gayoso House.

Benches at the intersection of Main and Peabody Place. There are also many bike racks for those who choose to ride their bikes to the area.

Seating in front of the Silly Goose. The Goose can legally serve drinks on this section of the pedestrian promenade. They are bringing in a server to work the party tonight to ensure speedy service if you sit out there.

A view from one of the tables in front of the Silly Goose

More tables in front of the Flying Saucer at Peabody Place and Second

One thing you may have noticed about all these tables – there’s nobody sitting at them! That’s to be expected. Yesterday, when I took the photos, was the first weekday with the pedestrian promenade fully open. People are still getting used to the new street. Also, I took the photos at the height of the summer afternoon, and it was pretty hot. Once the sun dipped behind the Waterford to the west of the street, the seating became much more inviting. Good news for the party tonight – is predicting a high of only 86 – 5 degrees below normal for this time of year – with a northeast wind of 7 miles an hour and a 0% chance of rain. Comfortable humidity levels are expected too.

For those who haven’t heard of the Great Streets Kick-off Party, it happens tonight on the section of Peabody Place shown above, 5 to 9 PM. There will be sidewalk sales by retail shops, restaurants and bars in the area. Free photos in the Amurica photo booth, and MEMPopS will be selling their frozen pops. Chinese Connection Dub Embassy will perform. Sprock ‘n Roll party bikes will be giving rides. The project is organized by the Downtown Memphis Commission and is made possible by the city’s division of engineering and the Urban Art Commission.

I’m excited about the party tonight! Come down and say hello!

Monday update

The finishing touches have been put on the Peabody Place part of the Great Streets project. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 27, there will be a party on Peabody Place at Main Street from 5 to 9 PM to celebrate. Chinese Connection Dub Embassy will perform live. You can get your photo made in the Amurica photo booth. MEMPopS will be there selling sweet frozen treats. Adjacent restaurants and bars will have specials, and there will be remarks from project sponsors. This is a free event, open to the public.

The Redbirds return to town tonight, facing Oklahoma City at AutoZone Park. 7:05 first pitch.

The Children’s Museum of Memphis will host Stroll with the Trolls Saturday, August 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Last year’s Trolls movie will come to life. You’ll be able to meet some of your favorite Trolls and get photos with them. There will be a Doodle Bugs Arts and Crafts Studio, and you can design hair extensions to match the color of your favorite Troll’s hair. Themed face painting and balloons as well. Tickets $3 members/$18 non-members in advance, or $5 members/$20 non-members at the door.

Celebrate Canada Day at Kooky Canuck this Saturday, July 1. There will be $1.50 Molson Canadian draft, and specials on Canadian food all day. Customers are encouraged to wear their Canadian colors. There are 32 Canadian whiskies at the bar. This is an especially big celebration for Canada Day this year, because it will be Canada’s 150th birthday.

The Center for Southern Folklore has CDs – four of them in all – of Beatles songs covered by great Memphis artists including John Kilzer, The Memphis All-Stars, and Kevin Paige. Get them here.

Miss Cordelia’s will have live music by Jamie Baker tonight from 5 to 8 with Stanley’s Sweet Street Treat and MEMPopS parked outside. $1 off all draft pints.

Marc Gasol makes enough money to send people to the grocery store to do his shopping for him. But instead, he chooses to grow his own food. Very cool.

Captain Underpants (see yesterday’s first post if you don’t get the reference) will become the first president in almost 20 years to not host a Ramadan dinner.

I didn’t get a chance to hang out on the new Peabody Place promenade this past weekend, so I think I will head down there after work. Back tomorrow with more news.

Things you can’t un-see + Sunday news

The Memphis Farmers Market is seeking volunteers for MFM Squared, its new, second market which will run on Wednesdays 4-7 PM in Court Square. Sign up here.

Crooner Johnny Mathis plays the Orpheum tonight, with special guest Gary Mule Deer. Tickets $52-128.

Memphis Magazine has a good article on Jimmy Sinh, the man behind the Sushi Jimmi food truck and restaurant.

Memphis Magazine also shared a memory of a cafe called Bergville which operated at 459 Union, in the area then known as Auto Row and now known as The Edge, in the 1930s.

Stock & Belle at 387 S. Main will host Buti & Bubbles on Sunday, July 16 from 2 to 4 PM. Buti Yoga combines power yoga with cardio-intensive tribal dance and body-sculpting movement. If you take the class, you need to bring your own mat, and water and a towel are a good idea too. There will be champagne and shopping following the class.

I missed my high school reunion in Little Rock this weekend. It was just too soon to go back to the city where I said goodbye to my mom. If any Hall High Warriors are reading this, feel free to send me a friend request on Facebook if you want to stay in touch.

Time to head to the Blind Bear for my regular Sunday stop at D-RANKS with B-RAD. Probably going to be there most of the afternoon. Back tomorrow with more news.

Saturday update #2

The Flying Saucer celebrates its 20th anniversary of the Memphis location all day today. From 11 AM to 2 AM, there will be Bar Olympics. You can compete in beer pong, human foosball, a Big Wheel Race and more. Of course there will be special beers for the occasion, in addition to the 200 beers in bottles, cans, and on draft that they always carry. They’ll tap Sweetwater 20th Anniversary IPA, and Yazoo Embrace the Funk Sour and Wild Ales.

Broadway play Love Letters is at the Halloran Centre tonight at 8 PM. The play chronicles the relationship between rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-as-an-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III over the course of 50 years. There’s a special reason to go see this… the part of Ladd will be played by Memphis’ own Pat Halloran, namesake of the theater and president of the Orpheum for many, many years. Tickets are $50-250. Proceeds from the production will go to the Creative Movement Studio at the Church Health Center in Crosstown.

Over at the Orpheum tonight will be Comedy’s Most Wanted Tour featuring five of the funniest “damn” comedians on the planet: Lavell Crawford, Corey Holcomb, J.J. Williamson, Dominique, and DC Young Fly. DJ Traci Steele will entertain the crowd between sets.

There will be a house & disco music fitness festival today at Handy Park at Third and Beale, with music by Tj Carter and DJ Brandon McCarty of House in the Mid-South. Buy tickets to get up on stage and work out. There will also be vendors in the park promoting fitness and wellness.

The Union Mission posted that the ladies staying at Moriah House have some very specific needs right now. These include size 4, 5, and 6 diapers, bottles for 4-6 month olds, and canned goods. These can be dropped off at the administrative office at 170 Tillman 8 AM-5 PM Monday Friday, or anytime at 383 Poplar.

This is my second post today. Make sure to read about the sunset at The Front Porch at Beale Street Landing that I got to see last night too. With the storms long gone, it’s time to get out and enjoy a beautiful weekend in Memphis!

Mississippi River sunset at The Front Porch @ Beale Street Landing

Last night our BBQ team treasurer Misty celebrated her birthday at The Front Porch, the recently reopened restaurant in Beale Street Landing. The closest restaurant to the river, there is a large outdoor patio with a seating area and lots of red rocking chairs for an ideal Mississippi River view.

Unfortunately, due to storms moving through and another birthday celebration a few blocks away, I didn’t make it down to The Front Porch until almost 8 PM. Therefore, I didn’t get to try any of their food, which is a shame because I have heard good things. However, Jennifer Biggs from the Commercial Appeal gave the restaurant a first look and wrote about the food. (Edit: I linked to a menu but it was the wrong Front Porch.) For the reopening, the restaurant is being temporary operated by Patrick & Deni Reilly of the Majestic Grille, so you know their standards for the quality of menu items and service is high.

A wonderful early summer evening. I hope to be back soon. I have Saturday news but I will save it for a separate post, in order to encourage people to share and tweet this one and get the word out about this excellent restaurant and gathering space.

Big Friday update: Breakaway-Bardog 5K and Monroe Avenue Fest, Ticer and Hudman to open restaurant in Old Dominick, and more

One of the best outdoor events of the late summer party season has been announced for Sunday, August 20 – the Breakaway-Bardog 5K and Monroe Avenue party. This is a massive event thrown by Bardog Tavern, its sibling restaurants, and its neighbors on Monroe Avenue to raise many tens of thousands of dollars for St. Jude. It starts off with a 5K race, and later in the day there is a dunk tank, raffle, a craft beer garden, a meatball eating contest, and a head shaving, all to raise money for the children’s hospital. Best of all – the party is not the same day as Best Memphis Burger Fest this year, so no one will have to choose between the two events!

Speaking of Best Memphis Burger Fest, here’s a link to the cooking application. Whether you’re a chain of restaurants or a guy with a grill in the back yard, you are welcome to compete.

Captain Keith of the Flying Saucer has an excellent blog post on how the craft beer scene has changed over the past 20 years. In the 1990s the Saucer played a vital role in introducing craft beer to markets like Little Rock and Memphis. That awareness has allowed craft breweries to flourish, and many have become pubs as well, opening their own taprooms. That makes the Saucer both the customer and the competition of local craft breweries. The Saucer is happy to carry local craft beers as long as the quality is consistently high.

Chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, the chefs behind Catherine & Mary’s, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, and Hog & Hominy, plan to open a restaurant in Old Dominick Distillery. It will be in the north side of the building with windows overlooking the Mississippi River.

No Beans About It is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. Actually, though, there will be plenty of beans for sale! The Master Gardeners will be back to answer your questions. Live music by Josh Cosby 8:30-10 and Juliana Hale 11-12:30. The Market happens every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

Can’t make it Saturday? The second location of the Farmers Market, MFM Squared, starts up on Wednesdays 4-7 PM in Court Square this coming Wednesday, June 28.

Want to support St. Jude and drink beer? Stop by Memphis Made Brewing Co. 1-10 PM this Saturday and put a $20 in the donation box, and you will receive a free pint. Specifically the money will be going to the Memphis to Peoria Fundraiser. The Outta the Box food truck will be on site, and if you’re around at 4 PM you can go on a free brewery tour.

Great article on the Memphis Magazine website: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of Clayborn Temple

South Main Sounds Songwriter Night #58 happens tonight 7-9 PM at 550 S. Main. Music by Rodney Shawn Phillips and Ethan Phillips, Roger Wild, Brandon Taylor, Lauren Barth, and Kayln Fay.

I hope everyone survived the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy this morning. I worked from home from 7:30-9:30 to avoid the worst of it. Funny how the two most productive hours I worked this month were the two I spent not sitting in a cubicle. I saw on Twitter that flooding got so bad on 240 near the Union exit that cars had to turn around at one point. Seems like Cindy snarled traffic every bit as bad here as Katrina did in 2005 – and Katrina was still a tropical storm when it visited Memphis.

More rain is forecast for tonight, and as a result The Fourth Bluff has tweeted that tonight’s event will be canceled.

This is going to be a fun thread on Twitter:

I still think “Cheeto Voldemort” that protesters screamed outside Trump Tower can’t be topped.

This is good too:

Fun night for me ahead, rain or no – a friend’s birthday party at The Front Porch, the restaurant in Beale Street Landing being temporarily operated by Patrick and Deni Reilly of the Majestic Grille. It will be my first time to see the place since it re-opened and I am excited about the view of the Mississippi, as well as the menu. I will try to take some pictures, so check back tomorrow.