Tuesday update

The Redbirds are back in town and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening games will now start at 7:05 as we enter the heat of June. Tonight there is a special all-inclusive ticket that includes free hot dogs, hamburger baskets, chips and cheese, popcorn, and small fountain sodas. The ticket is $20 no matter whether you buy Club, Dugout, or Field Box.

Wiseacre will host Pilates on Tap tomorrow night, June 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Certified instructor and professional dancer Stephanie Mei Homm will lead this free, beginner Stott Pilates class at Wiseacre’s pavilion. Bring your own mat.

There was a small fire at Blues City Cafe last night around 8. It was quickly put out and they plan to reopen the restaurant tonight.

An indepedent investigation has cleared the good name of former Memphis Tigers basketball head coach and current Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner. The investigation found that Pastner’s former friend, Ron Bell, was blackmailing him, threatening to report that Pastner impermissibly paid two Georgia Tech players through Bell in order to convince them not to transfer. When Pastner failed to take the bait, Bell’s girlfriend accused him of sexually assaulting her. Bell’s claims were found to be “baseless” and “contradicted by verifiable facts.” I never believed the allegations for a minute and am very happy for Josh that the truth is out. Crazy people who make false accusations are the worst, and people who believe the accusations and help spread them (these people are known as flying monkeys in psychological terms) are a big part of the problem too.

Looking for a good read for your kids this summer? Check out Rise and Shine, a children’s book by local Memphis authors/illustrators. It’s now available at the Center for Southern Folklore.

The Memphis River Parks Partnership tweeted (@memriverparks) that the diggers are in Mississippi River Park, and fabricators are hard at work constructing a tree house, nests and pavilions. The new Mississippi River Park should be finished by Labor Day, just in time for fall weather.

The River Parks Partnership is hiring a summer fellow. The fellowship is full-time from July to the end of October and pays a $10,000 stipend.

Okay, folks, let’s take a minute to discuss men’s restroom etiquette. Particularly, men’s rooms where there are two toilets/urinals (I’ll collectively refer to them as “pissers” from here on out) and a lock on the door. Is it acceptable to lock the door if you’re the only one in there? Here are my thoughts on the matter:

  • If there is no divider between the two pissers (Bardog upstairs, King’s Palace Cafe Tap Room) it’s fine to lock the door for privacy
  • If there is a divider for privacy between the two pissers, WHY would you need to lock the door?

I bring this up because people were locking the men’s room door at Pontotoc Lounge brunch when they were in there by themselves. I don’t get it. It’s inefficient.

Pontotoc, by the way, is offering 50% off lunches Wednesday-Friday of this week. Their lunch hours are 11 to 2.

In the news: Woman sues Bass Pro, “unable to enjoy the normal pleasures of life” after a fall on vomit at the Pyramid on May 14.

The Commercial Appeal Sports Awards, honoring Memphis high school sports accomplishments, happens at the Orpheum tonight at 7 (red carpet at 6). Former Memphis Tigers running back DeAngelo Williams will make a special appearance.

For the next several weeks, two westbound lanes on the I-40 bridge over the Mississippi River will be closed 8 PM to 8 AM as workers remove the old lighting.

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