Monday update

Work on the bike and pedestrian corridor that will connect Downtown to Midtown has begun. Front and Peabody Place were re-paved and re-striped this past weekend. Peabody Place will have a pedestrian promenade with tables where pedestrians can lounge, much like the promenade at Monroe and Marshall over in The Edge.

There are a couple of events coming up at Old Dominick Distillery on Front. On Saturday, June 24, the distillery hosts an event called The Memphis Spirit Returns. $30 admission includes Old Dominick handcrafted cocktails. There will be a full bar with cocktail samples. Famed Memphis chefs will supply the food, including Kelly English of Iris, Jose Gutierrez of Entourage, Felicia Willett of Felicia Suzanne’s, and Patrick Reilly of the Majestic Grille. Live music by the South Side Supper Club, Bluff City Backsliders and the Memphis Second Line Jazz Band. Cocktail crafting by talented Memphis bartenders and mixologists. A portion of the proceeds will benefit New Memphis Institute.

The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau will host Double Vision, a Memphis travel cocktail mixer, this Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 at Old Dominick. This is an event for Memphis businesses that are interested in capitalizing on an annual audience of 11 million visitors.

The Memphis Grizzlies will be holding auditions next month for my very favorite thing about attending Grizzlies games: The Grizzlies Grannies and Grandpas, a 50-and-over dance squad that performs during breaks in the game.

A new art gallery is coming to the South Main district: Calliope Gallery at 456 Tennessee Street. The gallery will host a reception for its inaugural exhibit, “Transmissions: New Works by Amy Hutcheson” on Saturday, June 24 from 5 to 8 PM. Amy is the owner of Downtown Yoga on South Main Street and is strengthening her connection to the neighborhood through her art,

The Salty Dogs running club will run a 3-miler through Health Sciences Park this evening. It is free to participate and the run starts and ends at Bardog Tavern. 7 PM start time. Following the run there will be specials in Bardog’s Underdog Room.

Legal problems continue to pile up for the Trumpster: The District of Columbia and the state of Maryland are suing him in his official capacity as president. They claim that Trump is using the presidency to enrich himself, violating the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses of the Constitution.

Even Smirnoff Vodka is trolling Trump now. Their new ad campaign touts that the vodka is made in America, “But we’d be happy to talk about our ties to Russia under oath.”

In other news, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open session at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon.

That’s it for now. Probably going to hit Bardog after work. Back tomorrow.