Jul 292014

Very cool news came out this afternoon: The Grizzlies want to turn Tom Lee Park into a pop-up fitness park. The organization would like to see more done with the park during the 10 months of the year it’s not in use, They want to put a number of pop-up fitness stations in the park to help make Memphis more healthy.

Speaking of Tom Lee Park, if you’re on Twitter the @bealestlanding parody account is a good one to follow. If you like @midtownkrogers you’ll probably like @bealestlanding.

The Daily News reported that the Blue Plate Cafe has re-opened following a fire several weeks ago. Not all the paintings are back on the walls yet, but the restaurant is open.

Here’s a link to the latest Bark & Herald newsletter from Bardog Tavern with complete details of the Sunday, August 17 alley party.

Michael Buble is in concert tomorrow evening at the FedExForum. Except heavy traffic in the Downtown core. Allow extra time to get where you need to go and expect to pay an upcharge for parking in the area.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: I am taking vacation Thursday and Friday of this week. There will still be posts, but they will not necessarily happen at the times you expect to see them on weekdays. I may also break information into multiple posts the way I used to do it before I had to cram everything into a lunch break.

That’s it for now. Home from work and on my way out for beer.

Jul 292014

If you have feedback about the recent switch of Riverside Drive from 4 lanes for vehicles to 2, don’t forget that there’s a community meeting about the street tonight. It’s at Beale Street Landing, 251 S. Riverside Drive, at 6:00 this evening.

Important bacon news: There will be a bacon lovers’ Dishcrawl at three restaurants in Memphis on August 13.

The Grizzlies have announced an official Memphis Grizzlies Tennessee license plate. They need 1000 pre-sale orders for the plates to be produced, and once they have the 1000 it will take 4-5 months to produce the plates.

Speaking of the Grizzlies, they’ve dropped the “interim” from Chris Wallace’s general manager title, and signed him to a long-term extension. A good move.

Local cat lady @stephMEM tweeted some exciting news yesterday. A cat circus is coming to Memphis this fall. It will be in the Evergreen Theatre in Midtown in November. Cats will push shopping carts, ride skateboards, and perform other tricks. Also a band made up of cats will perform.

Also in November, Terri Lee Freeman will take over as president of the National Civil Rights Museum. It sounds like they made an excellent hire, someone who will work to increase national and international awareness of the museum.

Social networks screwing up their apps, part 1: Facebook is moving all messaging to its Messenger app. If you try to send messages via Facebook’s mobile app, you’ll be told to go download Messenger. Not a big fan of this decision.

Nor am I a fan of something Foursquare did. It is now forcing users to switch to Swarm to check in. That I don’t mind, but Foursquare went and screwed up the best thing it had going: mayorships. There is no more “mayor” concept, in that the person who checked in the most at a place over the past 60 days became mayor. Instead you get a crown sticker for having checked in the most days of any of your friends. So my 2+ year reigns as mayor of Flying Saucer and Blind Bear have come to an end. BOOOOOOO!!!!

The Midtown Aldo’s Pizza Pies that is opening soon will have a rooftop patio.

That’ll do it for now. Back this evening or tomorrow with more news.

Jul 282014

Only one news item today, and it is not something happening Downtown, but I’m blogging it anyway because it’s a good organization supporting an excellent cause. This Saturday, August 2, The Phoenix Club will hold its summer party featuring the Soul Shockers. It will be from 7 PM to midnight in the Overton Square Tower courtyard. Tickets are $20 in advance and price of admission includes unlimited cold beer and specialty drinks from local sponsors. Proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis and will help pay for mountain bikes for their summer camp.

If there is more news this afternoon I will do an after-work post. I’ll be out for Melissa Monday at Bardog around 5:30.

Jul 262014

I have just learned that one of Memphis’ best mobile food vendors, Memphis Dawgs, will be at Downtown dog park The Barking Lot from 10 to 2 today. There is a pup pool party going on there with pools for dogs and ice sculptures for dogs to lick. While your dog is running around enjoying the great outdoors, you can enjoy Memphis’ best hot dog. They’re made with Nathan’s franks and you will have a variety of toppings from which to choose. Even if you’re not a pet owner, come give Memphis Dawgs a try.

Follow @Memphisdawgs on Twitter to find out where they’ll be selling hot dogs in the future.

Jul 252014

BREAKING NEWS AND IT’S GREAT NEWS: A contract to purchase the Tennessee Brewery has been signed, saving the building for demolition.

I saw a quote on Twitter today that describes my job to a T: “This is front-end dev… 10 hours of fun times building cool things, 10 hours of making it work in IE.” Exactly! Is there a web developer out there who cannot relate to that?

New event at Bardog’s alley party/fundraiser for St. Jude which is set for Sunday, August 17: For $10 you can race a Yuengling motorized cooler for the chance to win one to take home. Sounds like fun and a prize that many Downtowners will have an interest in. Seriously, don’t miss this party, and taking a vacation day on the 18th would not be a bad idea.

The Flyer has a good article about Riverfront Bar and Grill in Beale Street Landing. It will give you a good idea what to expect at this new restaurant, which recently obtained its liquor license.

Here’s info on a wine tasting dinner happening at Paulette’s on Tuesday, August 5.

From Lifehacker: There are some websites that will not let you use your fingers to zoom in when you’re using iOS. Here’s a workaround that lets you zoom in on those sites anyway.

Off to Bardog. I’m on call for work so I’ll be in and out tonight.

Jul 252014
This is what you missed if you weren't at the Silly Goose yesterday for happy hour.

This is what you missed if you weren’t at the Silly Goose yesterday for happy hour.

Yesterday afternoon, the Old Dominick distillery was being discussed on Twitter. It will be on Front Street near Gus’s, and it was suggested that the area be named the Front Street Chicken District. That would be awesome. Let’s make this happen. #FrontStreetChickenDistrict

The Grifters play this week’s free concert in Handy Park. Tonight, 6:30 PM.

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, the second movie in the Harry Potter series, will be shown at the Orpheum at 7 tonight. Doors open at 6, and you can come early for drink specials and movie-themed activities. Tip: If you show your ticket at BB King’s club, they’ll give you a free appetizer with the purchase of two entrees.

A special this week at the Flying Saucer is “Owen’s Flight,” a manager’s pick of three high-gravity and two low-gravity beers. Owen used to bartend the other Saucer out in Cordova and he knows a lot about beers, so I bet he’d pick some good ones for you.

Just Peachy is the theme for the Memphis Farmers Market tomorrow. Peaches are in season, and they freeze well, so you can buy a case and have them year ’round. Saturday is National Dance Day and New Ballet Ensemble & School alum and NYU graduate Frankie Fernandez will be teaching the “easy” dance at 10:15. Music by South Side Supper Club at 7, Kris Acklen at 8:30 and Steven Schad at 11. 7 AM-1 PM, Front at G.E. Patterson. Also don’t forget that the MFM’s Rock ‘n WIld Picnic is tomorrow evening at the pavilion. Buy tickets here.

From Vine: Video of Silly Goose house cola being made. That’s right, they use house-made cola for their hand-crafted mixed drinks.

From the CA: Memphis women are the heaviest female drinkers in America. I can think of a few Downtowners who resemble that remark.

Prince Mongo’s episode of American Pickers will be on the History Channel next Wednesday at 8 PM.

Tickets to the September 22 WWE Monday Night Raw, which will be live from Memphis, go on sale at the FedExForum tomorrow at 10 AM.

Plans for tonight: I’m still on call for work. I’ll be out, but I need to stay in locations where I can get home quickly to post tournament results as they come in. Therefore, I won’t be able to attend South Main Trolley Night or a party I’ve been invited to in that area – I’d really like to, but it would take me 30+ minutes to get home and that’s too long. So I’ll remain close to home – probably Bardog, which is right around the corner.

I will still be at Bardog brunch tomorrow at 11 AM. Panda is out of town, not sure who will be filling in for her.

Time to get a few things done then it’s the weekend. Outta here!

Jul 242014

Circus headlines the Peabody rooftop party tonight. The cover is $10, but if you’re female or a hotel guest you can get in free before 7:00. Admission includes a buffet of smoked Polish sausage, sauerkraut, peppers & onions, and rolls. If you’re in VIP there’s a second buffet of weiner schnitzel sliders, bratwurst, and German potato salad.

Steel Magnolias will be on the big screen tonight at the Orpheum. Movie at 7, but doors open at 6 and you can come early for drink specials and pre-movie activities.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is expanding. They have added three new fermenters to more than double their beer production. This move happened faster than expected, but demand for Memphis Made beer is high. The brewery currently distributes beer in kegs and bottles to more than 60 restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and liquor stores. Visit the brewery’s website here.

There will be a summer pup pool party this Saturday, beginning at 10 AM, at Downtown dog park The Barking Lot at N. Main and Jefferson. In addition to pools for splashing, your dog will be able to enjoy licking ice sculptures made especially for pets. Donations to Mid-South Spay and Neuter will be accepted, either monetary donations or in-kind. Top in-kind needs are distilled water, paper towels, stamps, and copy paper.

The Iron Sheik the real, he not the jabroni like the Tito Santana. He in Rolling Stone, you read or otherwise go f*** yourself.

Funny moment at the Silly Goose last night. One of my friends asked, “So what’s up with that weird guy who follows you around everywhere? I guess he didn’t follow you today?”

“No, that’s him, sitting six seats down the bar from you, eating Thai meatballs and pita points and taking pictures of his food,” I said. Then I showed her a picture of him that has gone viral lately, of him holding a beer at Bardog after he got drunk at a beer festival and fell down in the mud. He had on his still-muddy shirt and a red, white and blue headband in the pic. ‘Merica!

Plans for tonight: If you didn’t see this morning’s post, Jessica will be tending bar at Silly Goose in a tube top at happy hour today, so I guess I don’t need to tell you where I will be. Most likely you can expect a tube top pic on the blog tomorrow.

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Jul 242014

Jessica, who bartends the 4:00-7:30 happy hour shift at the Silly Goose today, has informed me that she will have a tube top on for this evening’s shift.

Jul 232014

Still at work, waiting for very heavy rain to move out of Horn Lake and points north on I-55 before I drive home. I have an absolute phobia of driving in the rain. Since it’s past official quitting time, I might as well type up a post while I wait.

The first of several Food Truck Fridays will happen on the FedExForum Plaza this Friday, June 25 from 11 AM to 1 PM. Several food trucks will be on hand. There will be Grizzlies and FedExForum promotions each week. This Friday, you’ll have the chance to win Michael Buble tickets for the 30th. Arena escorts will be there to assist those who would like to test-drive season tickets.

I haven’t officially confirmed this, but I have seen from a lot of folks on Twitter that Frank’s Deli at Main and Vance is closing. That’s a shame for South Main because it’s the only place within walking distance to get basic grocery needs. I haven’t yet heard about anything going into that space after Frank’s leaves, but it’s on a prime corner and next to the Green Beetle so I doubt it will stay empty long.

AutoZone Park has been recognized by PETA for its vegan offerings. Choices include dogs, wraps, spicy black bean burgers, fruit cups, and pasta primavera salad.

The Daily News has an article by Andre Fowlkes of Start Co. on how Teach for America is leveraging Start Co.’s services.

Want to work at Main and Union? RocketFuel is looking for a web designer.

All right. Rain is finally letting up. I’ll be out at the usual spots in a little while, with trips home to post results as they come in from work.