Wrestling Night at the Redbirds and more Friday news

Kayfabe suffers a fatal blow at AutoZone Park tonight.

What’s kayfabe, you ask? It’s a pro wrestling term from the old carnival days, referring to hiding the fact at all costs that wrestling is scripted. Tonight, at Wrestling Night with the Redbirds, we have an advertised match of former WWE star Kevin Thorn (Mordecai) versus Rockey Redbird. We all know the bird’s gonna win, right? Rockey is being trained by Jerry “The King” Lawler and Dustin “Five” Starr. That will be just one of the pre- and post-game wrestling matches in the Plaza, and there will be autographs signed by Lawler as well as “The Birdman” Koko B. Ware, “The Superstar” Bill Dundee, “Mr. Personalities” Derrick King, and Dave Brown. The Redbirds’ opponent tonight is Omaha and first pitch is 7:05.

Def Leppard and Journey co-headline a concert at FedExForum tonight. I wonder which is higher, the average age of the wrestlers signing autographs at the ballpark or the average age of the members of Def Leppard and Journey?

1939 movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington plays the big screen of the Orpheum tonight at 7. It’s about an idealistic man filling a vacancy in the U.S. Senate, only to collide with political corruption. Seems like this movie could have been made in 2018 as easily as 1939.

Spill the Beans is the theme at this Saturday’s Memphis Farmers Market. The great thing about shopping at the Market rather than the grocery store is that you can chat with the growers and get first-hand information about the food you are eating. Magic Beans will be the theme in kids’ Craft Corral this week. There will be live local music throughout the day. The Market runs from 8 AM to 1 PM every Saturday under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson. I plan on being there tomorrow morning!

This coming week is Memphis Medical District Week and there will be activities every day. Here’s the list:

Monday, July 9 – Kickoff breakfast at Sunrise 6-9 AM. Open to employees and students of Medical District anchor institutions.

Also Monday, July 9 – Kickoff ice cream popups at Health Sciences Park, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and Baptist College with Scoops, MEMPops, and Sweet Gelato participating. This is open to the public.

Tuesday, July 10 – Professional Lunch & Learn at the Southern College of Optometry

Wednesday, July 11 – Service Day partnering with MIFA, Memphis Food Bank, and the Ronald McDonald House

Thursday, July 12 – Happy hour at Mollie Fontaine’s 5:30-7:30 PM

Friday, July 13 – Carnival celebrating the Medical District 4-7 PM at Treedom, between Second and Third on A.W. Willis Avenue

Saturday, July 14 – Back to School Health Fair 8 AM-noon at Health Sciences Park

The MBJ has a profile of Anisa Troutman, new executive director of Clayborn Temple. Her long-term vision sees the building not just as a spiritual hub, but as a self-sustaining center of community, education, and ideas.

Memphis Animal Services has too many animals at the shelter, so they are offering a special: Adopt any pet for only $30, and also a special where you can adopt two kittens under 6 months old for the price of one. View adoptable pets at the shelter

Some of my readers have expressed hope that I will once again be friends with someone returning to town later this month. I am willing to consider that if he sits down with me and hears the entire truth, and then decides what to do with it.

Today on the reality show called America: Trump plans on gifting Kim Jong-un an Elton John CD with “Rocket Man” on it. At the summit last month, Trump asked Kim if he had ever heard the song and he said he had not. So Trump is personally gifting Kim the CD, autographed by Trump. You just can’t make this stuff up. July is “be kind to a dictator month” I guess.

Having a productive day at work and I plan on rewarding myself with beers at Max’s Sports Bar and later Nate’s bar at Earnestine & Hazel’s tonight. Back tomorrow with more news.