Ministry plays the New Daisy tonight, with opening bands Carpenter Brut and Allen Weaponry. Tickets are $38-50 with doors opening at 7:00 and the show starting at 8:00.
Got a tremendous volunteer opportunity to tell you about. The Memphis River Parks Partnership is seeking ambassadors to help spread the good news about the transformation of our riverfront. Applications will be taken today through the end of the year, with volunteers selected in January. Man oh man… if my legs were totally healed from the problems I had last month (they’re much better by the way) I would absolutely sign up for this.
I’m watching Price Is Right as I type this. Just saw a man, the first of three to spin the Big Wheel, hit a 75 on his first spin and he spun again and went over a dollar. Spinning again on a 75 seems like a really bad mathematical move. I would think if you’re first to spin, you spin again on a 65 and stay on a 70. If you’re second to spin and the first person went over, you spin again on a 50 and stay on a 55. (Technically, spin/stay on 50 would be even money if all you care about is getting to the Showcase, but because you have a chance to hit another 50 and win $1000 and a bonus spin, the math tilts in favor of spinning again on 50.) Fellow math people, do you agree? Anything I’m missing in my logic here?
Hozier has been announced for the Orpheum for March 26.
South Main Book Juggler has announced the January meeting of their book club for Thursday, January 17 6 to 8 PM. The book will be Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westower. Books can be purchased at the Juggler.
The Memphis Redbirds have announced that Cardinals Caravan will return to AutoZone Park on Friday, January 18. Meet team members and coaches of the Redbirds’ major league affiliate the St. Louis Cardinals and learn about their plans for 2019. More information will be coming soon.
Memphis Tigers running back Darrell Henderson has been named a first-team All-American. Here’s the complete list.
More good news for Tiger football fans: Coach Norvell has indicated he isn’t leaving for greener pastures at the end of the season, that he really likes Memphis and intends to stick around. There was interest in the head coach of the Tigers from several Power 5 schools.
Saturday is another doubleheader day at FedExForum, with the Tigers hosting Tennessee at 11 and the Grizzlies hosting the Houston Rockets at 7. If you’re attending the Tigers-Tennessee game and want to make Christmas better for a child, bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Tiger Toy Drive. Toys will be distributed to local children.
As for the Grizzlies game, be one of the first 5000 there to receive a special “Winter Slam” holiday card to celebrate the second of several Wrestling Nights throughout the season. The cards are made by Mercury Printing. There will also be a Wingsday Special where you can get two Terrace IV tickets and two 5-piece boneless wings from Wing Guru.
Even more local sports news: The University of Memphis will be offered an even bigger piece of the American Athletic Conference’s TV deal if they and other top schools commit to staying in the conference through the end of the deal.
Okay, let’s see if we can find some non-sports news to talk about… the Orpheum has a few holiday shows this week and weekend. Tomorrow night (Wednesday) Harry Connick Jr. will toast the city and sing a selection of holiday favorites. Saturday there will be three performances of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at 11, 3, and 7. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, a holiday tradition for many years, rolls into the Orpheum on Sunday.
Downtown’s Visible Music College has a radio station that broadcasts all Memphis music, all the time. Check it out at 100.3 FM. Broadcast range is pretty limited but covers Downtown, Midtown, and areas inside the 240 loop.
There’s a GoFundMe for medical expenses for Benny Elbows, a local comedian who was injured in a carjacking this past week. Ben performs as part of the Bluff City Liars and recently brought Kids in the Hall co-founder Kevin McDonald to Downtown Memphis. Cerrito Trivia and Bingo tweeted yesterday that Ben is also one of their hosts.
I found a good new Memphis wrestling blog and wanted to pass it along for my readers into pro wrestling. The first post covers the end of 1973. Those of you who started watching Memphis wrestling around the time I did remember Jerry Lawler as a good guy fighting Jeff Jarrett and Eddie Gilbert. In 1973, though, Lawler was a heel/bad guy fighting Jeff’s dad Jerry Jarrett and Eddie’s dad Tommy Gilbert.
Whew! Finally to the end of the massive amount of news I had to cover today. Time to spend some time investigating portable Linux installations to revive a dead computer, then after that I’ll get out and about. Back tomorrow with more news.