Thursday update

The new sign is up at Downtown Walgreens

Saturday will be costume contest time at both Ghost River locations. At the taproom and Main and Crump, dress to impress the beertenders no matter what time of day you come in. They’ll hand out prizes every hour.

At the Beale Street taproom, the costume contest will happen between 8 and 9 PM. Be prepared to strut across the stage. Prizes:

  • 1st place: Ghost River sweatshirt and $1 off a 4-flight
  • 2nd place: Medallion T-shirt and stickers
  • 3rd place: Ghost River pint glass and stickers

Ghost River will have limited-batch Halloween beers at both locations this weekend.

If you’re bummed out that the free outdoor yoga classes Downtown come to an end as October does, the DMC points out that you have a few more yoga opportunities as part of the Fieldaze festival happening the weekend of November 5-7.

  • Saturday, November 6 from 11 AM-noon: Flow Yoga with Candace from Yoga Kickback at Wiseacre Downtown
  • Sunday, November 7 from 2-3 PM: Flow Yoga with Candace from Yoga Kickback at Wiseacre Downtown
  • Sunday, November 7 from 5-6 PM: Sunset Yoga with Bridget in Fourth Bluff Park


Yeah, about that Sunset Yoga class on the 7th: Technically, the sun will set before that class begins. Daylight Time ends at 3 AM on Sunday, November 7, when the clocks will “fall back” to Standard Time. Sunset that day should occur around 4:59 PM. UGH.

People always ask, if the clock falls back to 2 AM, are the bars allowed to stay open until the second 3 AM that occurs that night, which would be 4 AM if we didn’t switch over to Standard Time? The answer is no, and the reason behind observing the earlier closing time is that the people on the Tennesee Alcoholic Beverage Commission are a bunch of assholes.

Struggle Jennings, the grandson of country music legend Waylon Jennings will perform with his band A Killer’s Confession Tuesday night at Tin Roof. Doors open at 7, show at 8.

The DMC wants to take the frustration and confusion out of parking Downtown. In a meeting of the Downtown Mobility Authority yesterday, the DMC unveiled a plan to become the information hub for parking in the area, price parking to encourage shorter stays on street parking and longer stays in garages, and to unlock vacant garages and lots for parking.

In case you missed my second post yesterday: The mask mandate is over!!! Health Directive No. 27 changes its language to make masks in most public indoor spaces “highly recommended” rather than a “must.” Masks are still required in schools, government buildings, and on public transportation. The health department warns that the mandate could be brought back if the holiday season leads to another surge in case numbers.

The Grizzlies stumbled in a 116-96 loss to Portland last night. They’ve got to turn around and get right back in the saddle, with a 9 PM game at Golden State tonight.

Today looks like my first PBR hoodie and shorts day of the year, with a temperature of 60 as I type this and not expected to get much warmer during the day. Good chance of rain, gusty winds, low of 50. I notice that’s extended outlook has a good chance of below-normal temperatures for the November 4-10 period. Typically highs are 64-67 during that stretch and lows about 20 degrees lower. “Below normal” temps could indicate our first lows in the 30s of the season.

The Peanut Shoppe will not die at the end of 2021. The CCDC approved a $30,000 retail tenant grant yesterday to upgrade the shop’s new location at 121 S. Main. The shop has to move from its current space at 24 S. Main at the end of the year. This is exciting news indeed. If you live too far away to shop the Main Street location, you can order online.

WREG Live at 9 has a look at next week’s Downtown Dining Week. I must say, I’m a little disappointed that, only 4 days out from DDW, half the participating restaurants have not uploaded their menus to the DDW website. I usually do a “Paul’s Picks” of the best menus right before the week starts, but what’s the point when half the menus aren’t available?

I will say this: Rizzo’s and Felicia Suzanne Restaurant are worth a DDW reservation even without seeing the menu. Those are two restaurants that always show out big time for Downtown Dining Week.

The pandemic caused cigarette sales to rise last year. It’s the first time in 20 years sales went up from the previous year.

Today is National Chocolate Day.

A man is charged with stabbing his wife to death at the Edison Apartments near Danny Thomas and Jefferson yesterday. He allegedly tried to clean up the blood with household cleaner and a vacuum.

View a list of trucks that will be at today’s Court Square food truck rodeo. DJ John Best will supply the tunes.

Max Kaplan will perform an acoustic set for the season finale of Live at the Tracks at Central Station tonight 6:30-9:30.

Memphis’ music incubator The Consortium MMT presents Raneem Imam and Better in Color at Moxy Memphis tonight 6 to 9.

Plans for tonight: I’ll probably play the always-fabulous Bad Bear Bingo with Sharmin at the Blind Bear (8 PM start time) then grab a 6-pack at City Market and come home and watch the Grizzlies-Golden State game. Hmmm… given the market’s tendency to close earlier than its posted time, maybe I better go ahead and get that beer run done now. Back tomorrow with more news.