A love letter to trivia, poker, and live bands, plus a ton of Friday news

Dear trivia, poker, and live bands,

Tonight I realized something important. All these years I took you for granted. I never realized how much I enjoyed you until you weren’t around anymore. I’m truly sorry. Please come back.

Paul Ryburn
9:32 PM Thursday, October 28, 2021

There. I said it. And now, let’s get on to the news.

Tonight is a huge night in Downtown Memphis, as the Music on Main festival happens on three stages and at various shops and restaurants on and around South Main. Let’s have a look:

In Barboro Alley, Main at Barboro next to Aldo’s Pizza Pies:

  • 2:30: Memphissippi Sounds
  • 4:00: Lydia Warren Band
  • 5:30: Maxann

G.E. Patterson Stage by the Arcade Restaurant:

  • 6:00: Dottie
  • 7:30: Southern Avenue

Beale Street Stage by the Orpheum:

  • 6:00: The PRVLG
  • 7:15: Al Kapone
  • 9:00: North Mississippi Allstars

Other things to do in the area tonight:

  • Central Station Hotel: Halloween party
  • Slider Inn Downtown: Max Kaplan in the Slider Out yard 7-10
  • Earnestine & Hazel’s: Mobile beer and shot carts out front; Werewolf Metal by New Science System at 8
  • The Vault: Brenton Parker playing late night
  • Vibe & Dime: Bourbon tasting
  • Civil Axe Throwing South Main: Grand opening
  • Odds Atelier: Fashion Killer Halloween party
  • Max’s Sports Bar will have the World Series on
  • Primas Bakery + Boutique: Viva la Plant Bus will pop up outside
  • Paper & Clay: Greenhouse by Ainsley pop-up selling homemade juices
  • Carolina Watershed: Jackie and Kota at 8 PM

The Downtown Memphis Commission is hosting a State of Downtown virtual panel discussion Wednesday, November 3 at 11 AM. Panelists include

  • Paul Young who runs DMC
  • Rick Shadyac from ALSAC/St. Jude
  • Beverly Robertson from the Greater Memphis Chamber
  • Mark Resnick from the Brooks Museum

The event will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook.

A bill in the Tennessee House would strip local health departments’ authority to override the governor’s executive orders during times of health emergencies. 6 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, including Shelby, have independent health departments that have autonomy. If the bill passes, if Shelby County health officials wanted stricter restrictions than the rest of the state, they would have to ask the Tennessee Department of Health. Also, if the bill passes, future county health department directors would be chosen by the state rather than County Mayor Harris.

For those of you who live in The Rise out in The Edge District, you can now show your Smart Partner card at Sabor Caribe to receive 10% off your order. If you call in a to-go order, say you’re a Smart Partner. The discount cannot be combined with specials of the day or other discounts.

In other Edge District news, Evelyn & Olive is selling stuffed jerk Thanksgiving turkeys starting at $65. Call 901-748-5422 to place your order. Orders must be paid in full at the time you place them.

YOGA! Chloe Elam will host an all-levels yoga class in Butler Park on Saturday, November 6 at 9 AM. Following the class, walk over to By the Brewery restaurant for a cup of coffee, on them. Register here. You’ll need to bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Silly Goose will have its Halloween party Saturday, October 30 from 10 PM to 3 AM. The Goose is now keeping its wood-fired pizza oven operating late into the night on weekends.

LeMoyne-Owen College will hold a homecoming pep rally in Court Square Saturday at 10:30 AM. Following that, Bruce Johnson Hall on the LOC campus will host volleyball (noon), women’s basketball (4 PM) and men’s basketball (6 PM).

I saw a commercial advertising the Monday, December 6 live broadcast of WWE Monday Night Raw from FedExForum. The matches are always subject to change, but as of now, the main event is a six-man tag team match: RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Matt Riddle) and WWE Champion Big E vs. Bobby Lashley, A.J. Styles, and Styles’ personal colossus Omos.

South Point Grocery, the grocery store planned for Webster Avenue in the South Main District, now has its own Facebook page.

The Grizzlies defeated Golden State in overtime, 104-101, to improve to 3-2 on the season. The Grizz return home, where they will host Miami (Saturday) and two games against Denver (Monday and Wednesday).

FedExForum is no longer requiring fans to wear masks at Grizzlies and Tigers games. The entrance policy, however, is still in effect – you must show proof of at least one dose of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test result no more than 72 hours old.

The DM has a podcast with an inside look at the Bigfoot Festival happening at Memphis Made Brewing Co. tomorrow.

Lil Baby plays FedExForum tonight, along with Gunna, 42 Dugg, and Mooski. The vacc-or-test policy enforced at Grizzlies and Tigers games does not apply to this show.

The CA has a preview of Downtown Dining Week.

UGH the forecast… high 56 with light rain showers and a northwest wind at 14 miles per hour… low 50 with a slight chance of drizzle tonight. I’m going to triple-layer my PBR hoodie, a windbreaker pullover, and a T-shirt (but don’t worry, I will still have shorts on) and try to enjoy tonight’s festival despite the cold. Back tomorrow with more news.