Wednesday update

Beginning at 5 this evening, Zinnie’s at Madison and Belvedere will hold a fundraiser for our friends Connor Hunt and Brian Coletta who were killed in a car crash early Saturday morning. Every dollar they take in, including tips, will go to Connor’s and Brian’s funerals.

This Saturday, there will be a public memorial for Connor and Brian at Growlers, 1911 Poplar, from 6 to 10 PM. There will be live entertainment by Chris Johnson & Adam Quinn and by DJ Kaz. They will accept donations for the funerals and to take care of the families, or if you prefer you can donate online.

A Cancer Blows benefit concert has been announced for the Cannon Center on Saturday, September 24. Memphis Symphony Orchestra conductor Robert Moody will team up with Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Loughnane (Chicago), Wycliffe Gordon, and former members of Canadian Brass to create a show that will blow cancer away.

The August South Main Social has been announced for Tuesday, August 9 at Good Fortune Co. Come celebrate the Asian noodle/dumpling restaurant’s 1-year anniversary and hear the latest South Main news. Complimentary cocktails and light fare will be provided. Free for South Main Association members, $20 for non-members (join here).

University of Memphis AD Laird Veatch: “Please pay our players.” Even as recently as 5 years ago, you’d never hear a college athletic director say that.

Inches, the taco shop and bar on Harbor Town Square, has a lunchbox special Tuesday-Friday from noon to 4 PM: Two tacos with a drink and a side of chips for $10. They have grilled chicken, grilled steak, grilled pork, and veggie tacos. They also have a grilled chicken Caesar salad with a drink for $10. And they have buy one, get one half-off Inch-a-Ritas (house margaritas).

From the CA: 100 apartments are planned for The Dermon Building, a high-rise at Court Ave. and North B.B. King Blvd. Hey, CA staff: You aware there’s a website called Dank News that is scraping your content?

Michael Donahue of the Memphis Flyer goes on a Mississippi River excursion in this week’s We Saw You.

The West Australian thinks Memphis hotels rock.

Transportation company Bolt has unexpectedly shut down, leaving hundreds of dead e-scooters on the streets of major U.S. cities.

In related news, Morning Brew reported that Bird, which operates many of the scooters in Downtown Memphis, went public last year at a company valuation of $2.3 billion. Now it’s worth $135 million, a loss of 94%. I will freely admit I take pleasure in seeing those stupid scooters fail.

Today is Grab Some Nuts Day. I swear I’m not making this up.

If you paid your MLGW bill on Tuesday, August 2, you might wanna check your bank statement.

Memphis Heritage is hosting a Sip and Save from 5-7 this evening at the James Lee House, 690 Adams. Sip a drink, have a bite to eat, and learn how you can help preserve more Victorian-era mansions like the James Lee.

I got out to my usual happy hour spots for the first time in 12 days yesterday and got caught up on the gossip… and, man, there was plenty of it. The times, they are a-changin’. My legs could probably stand a day off, but I want to get a different person’s perspective on all that is going on, so out I will go again today. Back tomorrow with more news.