Thursday update

The Memphis Chess Club opened yesterday at 195 Madison. They offer casual play, tournaments, and family play. If you’re new to chess or need a refresher on the game, they have classes for both kids and adults. They also have a full cafe with sandwiches, salads, pizza, and a kids’ menu.

The club is open to the public, and you’re always free to drop in, play, and watch games. However, they think you will find reasons to want to join the club. Here’s their list of weekly events (hat tip to Jerred Price for posting to Facebook. A star indicates registration is required):

  • Wednesdays: Blitz Tournament* 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Thursdays: Ladies’ Knight 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Fridays: Music Knight 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Saturdays: Quads Tournament* 2:00-5:00 PM
  • Saturdays: Adult Beginner Class* 5:00-6:00 PM
  • Saturdays: Adult Open Play 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Sundays: Kids’ Open Play 1:00-4:00 PM
  • Sundays: Kids’ Beginner Class* 1:30-2:30 PM
  • Sundays: Kids’ Intermediate Class* 2:45-3:45 PM

In addition to the scheduled classes, private lessons are also available.

Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team has an opening date: It will be November 25 vs. Ohio State in South Dakota as part of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic. Fans will be allowed but required to wear masks. Strict testing protocols for players and staff will be in place.

In other college basketball news, FedExForum has been selected as a site to host first and second rounds of the 2024 NCAA tournament.

The Memphis Flyer has more information on The Paramount, the restaurant to be opened at Front and MLK Ave. in the former Bluff City Law office from TV.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. has an Alt-Radio beer this month to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Radiothon for the Ronald McDonald House on 98.1 The Max. A portion of the sale of every case of beer will go to support the house, offering parents a place to stay while their kids undergo treatment at St. Jude.

From the Green Beetle:

Hey everyone! Join us and River Rat Rounders Tuesday October 20th to raise money to support Dannie Medlin, the much loved father of two of our employees. We will be doing a tasty sandwich special and donating proceeds from its sale straight to the Medlin family.

Dannie is a hard working self employed father of 4, an avid cyclist and unfortunately was diagnosed with a brain tumor on September 28th. He was immediately admitted for surgery whereby a mass the size of a tangerine was removed. He spent 10 days in the hospital with his wife Diana by his side every second and luckily is home now but they are awaiting on biopsy results. He has a long road ahead of him and we want to do whatever we can to help!

Come join us Tuesday in support of our employees and a family man who needs our help! We will also be hosting a shrimp boil on Sunday the 25th to raise money (details on that to follow).

MLGW is accepting applications for seniors (60 and over) and the disabled to join their winter moratorium program. Those participating in the program won’t have their utilities cut off during the coldest part of the year, December 1-March 1, although charges will continue to accrue.

The Edge Motor Museum will host a car show this weekend.

From The Daily Memphian: Meet the man making a 1700 mile Mississippi River journey in a pontoon boat

The New York Times has a look at when mail-in and absentee votes will be counted for the November 3 election.

Interesting new Memphis publication I found this morning: Scoop Memphis. It seems to highlight crimes not reported by mainstream media. The Downtown Family Dollar and the Silly Goose have both been in the publication recently.

Lyft recently consulted with UT Health Sciences to develop a clean ride guide, a set of standards for properly disinfecting a vehicle between rides in the era of COVID-19.

In other COVID-19 news, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive.

Better take the jacket if you go out: A cold front is bringing big changes today. There’s a chance of afternoon showers followed by a plunge into the mid-40s for Memphis.

The Downtown Dinner & Music Series is back tonight. Music lineup includes

  • Ryan Peel at Main and Monroe
  • Angie Holmes at the mural on Main just north of Gayoso
  • Jay Daskreet at the same mural
  • Mississippi Sounds at the corner of Main and Peabody Place

If you decide to partake in the dining as well as the music, may I recommend the Blind Bear’s new dinner menu? They have an expanded patio just steps away from the music at the mural.

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents Amadeus: Inside the Mind of a Genius tonight at the Halloran Centre.

That’s it for today. I’m off to work, then this afternoon I will be out at Blind Bear and Silly Goose. Back tomorrow with more news.