Thursday update

The Memphis Union Mission posted an urgent equipment need to Facebook yesterday. I’m going to copy it below in case anyone can help.

As a lot of you know we are in the process of building a new Men’s Emergency Shelter! The current building is over 50 years old and so is most of the equipment. This past week we the large commercial washing machine went on the blitz and then 2 of the 3 backup residential washer also went out. We are running clothes, towels, sheets, etc. back and forth across Poplar Avenue to another facility, but the load is too much.
You may not know this, but we average 192 men who stay at the shelter overnight. In the winter we will be serving over four people system-wide nightly. Every man who comes in gets a hot shower (towel); a clean change of clothes, and of course dinner and breakfast.
You can see the need! We are in need of 3 new residential washers. We can pick them up! We would like to pick them up at the Home Depot located at 1627 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104. Is there anyway that you could help? Please email me at if you want to get one for the men!
The link to Home Depot is below:

Tonight is Tropical Thursday at River Garden Park on N. Riverside Drive from 7 to 9 PM. Come dance to Latin music while enjoying river views. Don’t know how to dance in the Latin style? No worries – some of the best dance teachers in Memphis will be there.

As your #1 source of news and information about The Edge District, it’s my pleasure to tell you about a Midnight Halloween Party at Club Spectrum (600 Marshall) on Saturday, October 26. The event is BYOB and cover is $20.  There will be an extra special Halloween drag show at midnight.

Thompson Square and Teddy Robb play a free, all-ages show at Handy Park (B.B. King Blvd. at Beale Street) as part of the KIX 106 Fall on Beale concert series tonight at 7:30.

Two performances for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert have been announced at the Orpheum for Saturday, November 30. The movie will play on the big screen while the Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs the score.

Service industry jobs: The GM of the Downtown Huey’s posted that she’s looking for hostesses, expeditors, and food runners.

Three punks attempted to rob the wrong people in an alley near Front and Talbot. Two men were looking at some art in the alley when the three would-be robbers pulled guns on them. The two men were FBI special agents. They pulled their concealed weapons, sending the punks running away. While I’m glad the robbery was thwarted, this shows the need for increased police presence in South Main, as a deterrent.

There’s a butcher dinner tonight at Puck Food Hall, 409 S. Main. The event is hosted by City Block Salumeria and features courses by Dave Krog of Dory, Nick Scott of Alchemy, and Chris Thorn and Mitchell Marable of P.O. Press. The event will wrap up with dessert by Franck Oysel of Interim. Tickets are $100 with an optional $30 beverage pairing.

Your Inner Yogi will host Silent Yoga on the Square at 5:30 PM this Sunday, October 20. This event will combine yoga and silent disco, complete with headphones. Cost is $15 and advance reservations are recommended. YOGA!

Trivia at Blind Bear every Wednesday continues to be a blast. Patrick releases the categories in advance. This week one of the topics was war. So I studied the great wars of history – the Peloponnesian War, the Hundred Years’ War, the Wars of the Roses… didn’t help much. Among the questions were: How do you win the card game War? as well as Name 5 songs from the band War’s greatest hits album. Same as last week though… I don’t regret studying the wrong stuff because I learned a lot.

The Center for Southern Folklore invites you to a taping of The Hollywood Show Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. Mid-South singers, dancers, and comedians will perform.

Charcuterie has become a big thing in Memphis lately, and Food and Wine has some useful info: Cheese rinds you can and can’t eat off charcuterie boards

That’s the news for today and I’m off to work. Back tomorrow.