Friday update

Do I have any furloughed federal employee readers, or federal employees working without pay? I’ve learned about a few deals that I wanted to pass on. Stax Museum is offering free admission to federal employees until the government shutdown ends. If you’ve never been, you should go – this museum chronicling the history of soul music is one of Memphis’ best.

The Harlem Globetrotters, performing at FrdExForum tonight, are offering free tickets to federal employees to their shows until the shutdown ends.

Also, my friends out at RAWK’s Grub inside the Citgo at 630 N. Highland are offering 50% off entree, side, and drink to federal employees for the duration of the shutdown.

While we’re on the subject of the shutdown, I’d like to place an idea in my readers’ minds. Over the years I have seen a group of about five Coast Guard members come in for lunch at Bardog Tavern. The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military not under the Defense Department, and therefore they are working without pay during the shutdown. It would be a really cool gesture if someone came up to Bardog, bought a $100 gift card, and asked for it to be left behind the bar to pay for the Coast Guard people’s lunch as thanks for their service the next time they came in. I’d do it myself if I were working full-time right now.

And while we’re on the subject of Bardog… the latest weather forecast has rain and thunderstorms throughout the day tomorrow, with the temperature steadily dropping from the 60s to the 30s throughout the day, which could cause the last few hours of the precipitation to fall as snow. I just want to remind everyone that there is $2 Fireball at Bardog when it is snowing.

Saturday’s 3 PM home game vs. SMU will be Throwback Saturday for the Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team. They will have their Memphis State gear on and are inviting fans to do the same.

Speakers have been announced for the annual TEDx Memphis conference on February 2 at Crosstown Arts Theater. The focus of the conference will be “ideas for the next century.”

A new food festival, the Craft Food and Wine Festival, is coming to Memphis on June 23 at The Columns at One Commerce Square. There will be two 2-hour sessions, in which attendees go to vendor booths and receive samples of their culinary offerings. The event will benefit the Church Health Center.

The Washington Post reports that the Golden State Warriors are using a G-League assignment to measure Demarcus Cousins’ rehab and his ability to play. “Boogie” gladly accepted the assignment. So, let’s see… a multi-time All-Star being paid far less than his worth this season is willing to go to work in the G-League, but Chandler Parsons is not. I really hope Chandler never spends another minute in a Grizzlies uniform. I also hope no team is stupid enough to sign him to a new contract once his current massive contract runs out.

That’s all I have for today folks. Back tomorrow with more news.