Saturday update

I watched the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics at my “home away from home on the south side,” Max’s Sports Bar. We came up with a game – guess how many athletes each country sent. I came remarkably close for the United States, guessing 236 when the actual count was 242.

Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek is at the Memphis Cook Convention Center today and tomorrow.

Tomorrow Makeda’s Cookies at 488 S. Second is hosting Sunday Soul Series: How Sweet it Is Jazz Set. 6:30-9:00 PM. This will be a Valentine’s Day jazz set with complimentary wine and food by Chef Sham. Your $10 admission also gets your name in a drawing for a Valentine’s Day cookie bouquet.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert is at the Orpheum tonight at 7. Watch the classic 1982 movie on the big screen as the film’s musical score is performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Next door at the Halloran Centre tonight, Temple Israel presents a night of laughter and music with comedy legend Robert Klein. 8 PM start time. This show is part of Temple Israel’s mission to be a force for good in the greater community.

Very cool local Kiva micro-loan opportunity: Help a young entrepreneur from the greater Memphis area start a business selling fashionable handbags at affordable prices. She needs $3000 for initial inventory and at the time of this post $1475 has been raised. Can you help get her the rest of the way there?

The Brass Door is having a singles’ mixer on Valentine’s Day for those whose first true love is Guinness (or in my case, PBR).

Rizzo’s by Michael Patrick is having a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $60 a person. This is absolutely my #1 recommendation if you’re trying to figure out where to take your Valentine. Reservations will fill up fast, so don’t hesitate to make them. A few years ago I had plans to have get-to-know-each-other drinks with a woman at the Blind Bear on Valentine’s Day and I was going to ask her if she’d like to have dinner at Rizzo’s once Chef got the new place open. It didn’t work out though.

Great post on the I Love Memphis Blog: Supper, Sips and Songs at Pontotoc Lounge. I have not made it there yet, despite being opened by my friend Daniel Masters from the Silly Goose. Did not realize bartender Cady was a multiple time People’s Choice winner at the Mix-Odyssey competition. Man, that pot roast looks delicious! I need to get down there this week.

This has been all over the news but in case you missed it: The city painted over the wrong muralTs made by Paint Memphis artists last year. Major, major screw-up and someone needs to be held accountable for the mistake. Paint Memphis has said they will not work with the city in the future and I don’t blame them.

The shell of the former Benchmark Hotel at Union and B.B. King has been declared a public nuisance which harms Memphis’ image and which attracts vagrants and rats. The owners have a month to prove they have a plan to rehabilitate the structure and prove they have the financial means to do so.

Downtown agency inferno is looking to hire a PR account executive. One of the great things about inferno is that in addition to vacation and sick time, they give you an additional week to support a cause you are passionate about through their Fuelanthropic initiative.

Professional cat cuddler: This is a thing in Ireland. A few friends of mine will probably be calling their travel agent after reading this.

That’s it for now. Off to brunch at Bardog then over to the Blind Bear for D-RANKS with B-RAD. Got a story for him this week. Back tomorrow with more news.