Tuesday update

Downtown art lovers, I discovered a new gallery on my morning caffeine run just now: Sam Angel Original Arts. It’s at 8 S. Main, between the Fat Tuesday that is said to open this summer and the front entrance to the Number 10 Main apartment building. There’s a website that at this point is just a “Coming Soon” page, but there’s a slideshow of the artist’s work in the background.

Health Department Director Dr. Michelle Taylor reported to the County Commission yesterday that COVID-19 cases in the county are again on the rise, but the risk factor for the community is still considered low because we’re not seeing an increase in hospitalizations. She gave an interesting statistic: If you’re over 65 and unvaccinated against the virus, you run about the same risk of death as a person who has been using heroin for 1.5 years.

The Grizzlies gave up the lead in the last minute of the game vs. Golden State last night, sending the Warriors to the free-throw line so many times that they picked up a 101-98 win. The Grizzlies are now down 3-1 in the series, which returns to Memphis Wednesday. One more loss and they’re out.

Funny: The New York Times, owner of the Wordle word-guessing game, had to apologize when the Wordle of the day turned out to be “fetus.” They quickly replaced it with a new word.

Lifehacker listed the five most freelancer-friendly cities in the U.S., and Memphis came in at number 4.

Former Memphis Tigers guard Tyler Harris is transferring to South Florida.

There will be a rally and march for Roe Saturday 11:15 AM-1:00 PM at Ida B. Wells Park, 379 Beale. This is one of many rallies around the country to protect abortion rights granted to women in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision. There will be an after-party at Loflin Yard at 1.

Friday, May 20 will be Bike to Work Day 2022, and there will be a party in Health Sciences Park to celebrate. 100 free MemPops, a performance by DJ Daniel Mathis, and food trucks Pok Cha’s Egg Rolls and Taste of D’s will be on site.

The Red Clay Strays will perform a special acoustic set and will do a CD and poster signing at River City Records Thursday, May 19 at 2 PM.

The Memphis Flyer has a look at the Evaluating Essentials exhibit at the Metal Museum.

Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza is getting its own musical with Doja Cat and Dolly Parton.

Brass Door will host Five Fridays of Jazz – well, actually four Fridays, because the first one has already happened. Tickets are $25 and include signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Cocktail attire is requested.

  • May 13: Joyce Cobb Quartet
  • May 20: Le Tumulte Noir
  • May 27: Joe Restivo Quartet
  • June 3: Christopher Donovan

Today is National Shrimp Day. My recommendation would be to celebrate with a Charleston cheddar grit bowl with blackened shrimp, chicken, and Andouille sausage from Sugar Grits.

Local weatherman Joey Sulipeck is in hot water for a controversial tweet he made about Golden State forward/center Draymond Green.

A missing 15-year-old boy was last seen in the 800 block of Adams in the Medical District.

That’s it. Back tomorrow with more news. Everybody stay cool as today is the onset of the heat wave.