Friday update

The Memphis Grizzlies host the Utah Jazz tonight at FedExForum at 7. This will be one of two nationally televised Grizzlies games (ESPN) this season, the other being the MLK Day game; however, there are a couple of reasons why you might want to check this one out in person.

  • First-ever matchup between rookie Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant and former Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, live and in the flesh
  • First 5000 fans get a commemorative Grizzlies arm sleeve

Lansky at the Peabody will have a Blue Note Distillery Whiskey Tasting in the store today from 9 AM to 6 PM. Try the product, chat with a distillery rep, and browse the store.

Huge congratulations to Michalyn Easter-Thomas, who defeated Berlin Boyd in the District 7 City Council runoff by almost a 3-to-1 margin. Boyd had worn out his welcome on the Council, at times being too much of a pawn of corporate interests. Replacing him with someone who will be a voice of the people was a great move on the part of the voters. Easter-Thomas will represent the northern part of Downtown and Mud Island, as well as North Memphis and Frayser.

Looks like the SAE chapter at Rhodes hasn’t changed much since I was there. Their chapter suspended since February, they are the co-defendants in a lawsuit alleging sexual assault. When I attended college there, one year they had their end-of-year party and spray-painted WOMEN ARE OBJECTS on their outdoor deck.

Memphis 901 FC will host a Fan Forum at the Brass Door next Thursday, November 21 at 7 PM. This will be a question-and-answer session with Tim Howard, Coach Mulqueen, and team president Craig Unger. Come learn about moves the team is making in the offseason toward improvement next year.

Completely random deal I found yesterday that I thought I’d pass on to my readers: Nearly completely out of bath soap, I walked over to Walgreens, expecting to come out of there with a 3-pack of Dial or Irish Spring. However, I found that Yardley soap was on sale for 69 cents a bar, more than 50% off. Made in London, the creamy coconut bath bar is said to soothe and hydrate with shea butter, aloe, and Vitamin E. So I’m living the high life now! You have to have a Walgreens card to get the deal.

Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman dropped his lawsuit against the NCAA yesterday, and the university deemed him ineligible to play… and that’s a good thing. It’s a necessary step toward a settlement in the dispute between the university and the NCAA. Wiseman will likely be suspended for several games but should be eligible around the time conference games start, and the NCAA will save face, avoiding the embarrassment of a lengthy legal proceeding. Also, the Tigers will likely have to vacate wins against South Carolina State and UIC. Two bad losses will drop Memphis’ seed in the NCAA tournament, but that’s far better than being banned from postseason play altogether.

Wiseacre will host Showgirls and Suds in its taproom tomorrow night. Performers include Foul Play Cabaret from Hot Springs, Lady Doo Moi, Lona Zul, Meka la Creme from Durham, North Carolina, Lady Problems, and Frankie La Femme. They will be doing their thing to the sounds of The Sheiks. Tickets are $25.

Memphis Flyer barfly Meghan Stuthard has a review of the underground lounge of 3rd & Court Diner.

There’s a report that Butch Jones is being considered for the head coaching position at Arkansas. NOOOOOOOOOO! Jones is the incompetent former Tennessee head football coach who had a trash can on the sidelines (which has its own Twitter account) in which defenders would dunk the football following a turnover. He’s also the coach who declared his team “Champions of Life” following a very mediocre season. If Arkansas hires that ass clown, I am done cheering for their football program. As I’ve said for the past several years, you are who you associate with, and I do not want to be associated with a loser like Butch.

As your #1 source of news and information about The Edge District, it’s my pleasure to link you to this High Ground News article about Boxlot, the micro-retailer at 607 Monroe. Housed in shipping containers, the shopping complex is seeing more foot traffic, and is gearing up for an anticipated busy holiday season.

Cordelia’s Market is now carrying Mini Pot Pies in their grab & go for $4.99.

Now this is my kind of recipe: Ground beef/jalapeno cornbread casserole

New Ballet’s Nut Remix is at the Cannon Center this weekend.

Josh Threlkeld plays acoustic soul tonight at Loflin Yard 7 to 10.

Elvis Costello plays Graceland tonight… ummm isn’t that the wrong Elvis?

Off to work, and after that my last weekend in my 40s officially begins! I’ll hit the Blind Bear this afternoon, then after that will have a decision between Silly Goose, Longshot, and Slider Inn as my late afternoon hangout. Back tomorrow with more news.