Thursday update

Some of our favorite spots on the south end of Downtown are having a Mardi Gras pub crawl Saturday, March 2 from 2 to 11 PM. Ghost River will have Memphis Orleans Street Symphony in their taproom 2 to 4. Carolina Watershed will have a DJ all day long and will also have an Adult Intramural Sports Series. The Mighty Souls Brass Band will start performing at Loflin Yard at 8, and there will be a second line down Carolina Avenue to Watershed. Food and drink specials all day long.

Memphis new pro football team the Memphis Express will have something unique for their first home game at the Liberty Bowl on February 16: A silent disco in The Hub during the game. The Hub is a general admission section for the Express’ rowdiest fans. Get tickets here.

Legendary Midtown dive bar Old Zinnie’s is coming back this spring, thanks to new owners. Longtime bartender James Powell has said he will come back and has talked to others who worked there who may be interested in coming back soon. You know, it’s funny… in 2001 I lived at the corner of Eastmoreland and Avalon. I could have walked to Old Zinnie’s but I wasn’t aware it was such a cool place at the time, and I never did. If I had discovered it back then, I might never have become a Downtowner.

As your #1 source of news and information about The Edge District, it is my pleasure to tell you that there is an upcoming spades tournament at Premiere Palace ballroom  Get These Hands will happen at the ballroom at 629 Monroe on Saturday, February 23 from 7 PM to midnight. Proceeds will benefit MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. With your ticket, soul food bites and your first drink are included. Because alcohol will be served, this is a 21 and up event. If you don’t have a spades partner, one can be found for you. If spades is not your game, you’re still welcome to attend this game night; they’ll have dominoes, bid whist, Uno, and other games.

WMC Action News 5 has a good piece on how Victorian Village is coming back to life. The neighborhood around Adams and Manassas, Memphis’ first suburb, is seeing new construction for the first time in 100 years.

Arkansas beer-tracking Twitter account Woo Pig Brewey reports that Little Rock brewery Rebel Kettle is brewing a chocolate mint beer.

Wow! Too bad Rebel Kettle doesn’t distribute in Memphis. I could sure go for a pint or two of that!

Short post today, and that’s sort of by design. I plan on spending the hours between now and 2 PM refreshing Twitter every few minutes, hoping to hear the Grizzlies got a trade done before the deadline. Back tomorrow with more news.