Oct 292014

Got a couple of Halloween deals you need to know about. Arby’s will give away free bacon as a topping on any item on Halloween, provided you say “Trick or meat!” when you order. Free bacon? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up at an Arby’s out in California.

Also, Dishcrawl will offer a 15% discount on its upcoming Soul Food Crawl, featuring Tonya Dyson, if you use the discount code “Spooky” when you purchase online.

The National Civil Rights Museum has announced an additional recipient of its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award: Tom Brokaw. Brokaw will be in town December 2 to receive his award.

The folks redeveloping the Chisca want to put a 144-space surface parking lot in the adjacent area to the east of the building.

Little Rock friends – Nikki’s Hot Ass Chips will appear on your store shelves soon. East Arkansas too including West Memphis, Jonesboro, and Forrest City. These are a must-try if you like spicy food. Have a full cold drink nearby though.

Time for beer, back tomorrow with more.

Oct 292014

As longtime readers know, I am not a fan of the AP Stylebook at all and do not follow it on my blog. I think it is overly picky about things like the Oxford comma, and just plain wrong in some instances (for example, calling a handbill a “flier” rather than a “flyer”). However, sometimes I wonder if we need a local Stylebook. For example:

- Griz or Grizz as a shortened version of the Memphis Grizzlies name? (For the record, I prefer two z’s)
- Bluefin or Blue Fin? Seen it spelled both ways.
- South Main Trolley Tour or South Main Trolley Night? I’ve seen both although Trolley Night seems to be the SMA’s preference recently. Or should we even include the word Trolley at all, given that they aren’t running?
- And how the hell do you capitalize the Creole restaurant on Main? DeJaVu? DejaVu? Dejavu? Seen all three, used all three on my blog at times.

Question for my readers who write for the MBJ, Daily News, Flyer or other publications – do you have a standards document to follow for confusing local names?

Last night I played poker at the Blind Bear, and Clay and Ugly from the Mad Earl joined the game. I had blogged about Burlesque Bingo last week, which happens at the Earl Thursdays at 8 PM, but I didn’t make it last Thursday. “You need to come,” Clay told me. “The place gets packed.” So apparently Burlesque Bingo is really popular. How did I not hear about it until two weeks ago?

You know, besides Burlesque Bingo, there’s $2 PBR at the Mad Earl. Why am I not spending more time there? Seems like about two years ago, I got set in my ways always going to the same four bars – Bardog, Blind Bear, Saucer, Goose – and have ignored other places that have opened that are really good.

Tonight at 7 PM is the Flying Saucer’s annual Beerknurd Calendar Release Party. Members of the Saucer’s UFO Club submit pictures of themselves doing stuff in Saucer attire, and one photo from each of the Saucer’s 16 locations makes the cut. Come early, because the calendars will be gone quickly by January or February maybe.

Yesterday I mentioned a new gallery called The Loony Bin at 8 South Main. They have a Facebook page if you want to “Like” them and get their updates.’s extended outlook has lows in the mid 30s Halloween night as well as Saturday. That’s not good, considering a T-shirt (that I don’t want to be covered up) is the major piece of my Halloween costume! Nor is it good because there will be fewer slutty female costumes out. Saturday’s forecast high in the 50s is not good either, because I have an outdoor event, Memphis Farmers Market Barnyard Ball, to attend. (By the way, I have an extra ticket. Who’s going with me? Too bad the Nuh-Uh Girl is no longer in town. She’d be all over some free food.)

Fireball has been pulled from store shelves in two European countries because it doesn’t meet government standards. Wow, I drank that stuff for three years. I hope I didn’t permanently damage my body.

(Kirk is probably doing an “I told you so” dance right now)

Go Grizzlies in the season opener tonight. I’m not going to the game but will be watching it on TV at one of my favorite watering holes. Outta here for now…

Oct 282014

There will be no Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday, November 1. That’s because they are gearing up for two exciting events: Their annual Barnyard Ball party that afternoon, and the beginning of the Winter Market the following Saturday.

The Barnyard Ball is the market’s annual end-of-year party… or maybe I should say end-of-the-regular-season party now that there’s going to be a winter market. It’s from 4 to 7 Saturday at the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson. There will be live music by Star & Micey, and food from MFM vendors as well as from Memphis restaurants. There will also be a Boots & Buckles contest, a cake and wine walk, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased on the MFM website.

(Disclosure as required by the government: They gave me a pair of tickets to the ball)

The winter market starts the following Saturday, November 8. MFM put out word to vendors, asking if they’d be interested in coming back to sell late fall and winter produce, and the response was an overwhelming “YES!” The market will run every Saturday for six weeks.

There’s a free ticket giveaway for tomorrow night’s Grizzlies season opener this afternoon at 3:30 in the FedExForum lobby. Four Grizzlies players will hand out 500 tickets, first come, first served, limit two tickets per person.

The last Friday of the month happens to fall on Halloween, and that means there will be a special Halloween version of South Main Trolley Night this week. Look for jack-o-lanterns in store windows to know which stores will be handing out goodies to trick-or-treaters. Live music by Eric Crays, Taylor Rene Bothwell, Jack Kadien, Yancy & Yancy, Sing for Glenn, Rocky Tallent, Bobby O’Neal and Roger Wild. If you’re an SMA member, there will be an area set up for you next to Bluff City Coffee with beer, wine, and food including Mark Parsell’s famous chili.

A new gallery called The Loony Bin is opening next door to where I live, at 8 South Main. On Halloween they will have a party with food, beverages, and a costume contest kicking off at 4 PM.

Poker night at the Blind Bear at 8! Wonder if the player who publicly berated me at the poker table Sunday night will do so again this evening. Hopefully she will find a 26 year old boy to coug on and leave me the hell alone. Last night she was showing a relatively new Downtowner around and I Facebooked, “It’s so horrible to listen to someone who’s full of shit give someone new a Downtown orientation.” People “liked” my post so apparently they agree.

Rainy afternoon ahead. If you’re playing poker tonight, I will see you at the table.

Oct 272014

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The Halloween party I attended in South Main Friday night had some special guests: The Beastie Boys. DJ Lil’ Eggroll put “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” on and these guys absolutely killed it.

As for me, I was Ickey Woods.

Get some cold cuts… get some cold cuts… WOOOOOOO!!!!!! 44, ladies, that’s me! I’m gonna get some cold cuts today!

I will probably be Ickey again Friday night… but… the person who’s a constant source of drama at poker got mouthy with me last night. You better check yo self before you wreck yo self, young lady. There are a few people who have begged me to dress up as you for Halloween. I had dismissed the idea, responding “Nah… too much,” However, after your verbal attack on me last night, I’m considering it. I wonder if Amazon offers one-day shipping on low-cut tank tops and push-up bras?

Want a free pink Grizzlies headband? Be one of the first 10,000 ticketholders to show up at the FedExForum Wednesday night for the season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tip-off is 7 PM.

Want to meet the folks who write for the Memphis Business Journal? You’ll have a chance to do so Thursday. They’re having an After Hours at Pat Halloran’s club in the Orpheum on the corner of Main and Beale at 5:30. There will be complimentary appetizers and beverages, but you must register in advance to attend.

The River Inn of Harbor Town was recognized nationally by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 25 hotels in the United States.

There’s a Groupon deal going on right now for admission to the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art in Pembroke Square.
Historian Jimmy Ogle will lead a free Beale Street tour tomorrow at lunchtime. Meet in front of the Orpheum at 11:45. The tour will last about 45 minutes. Feel free to bring a camera.

That’s it for now. I’ll be at Bardog for happy hour with Melissa after work.

Oct 242014

Good development news for Downtown: The CEO of Hard Rock Cafe is in talks to build a 200-room hotel Downtown. More hotel rooms mean we can attract bigger conventions, so this is a good thing for our economy.

I wonder if the hotel will have pool parties like the one in Vegas does? I remember seeing tons of pictures of those parties on the Hot Chicks with Douchebags site.

From Fast Company: Inside America’s first cat cafe. These cafes are popular in Japan. People who cannot keep pets in their apartment can go there and enjoy some cuddles with the resident cats along with their coffee.

The Flyer’s Hungry Memphis blog has visited eighty3′s new patio.

The 2014 WSOP Poker Hall of Fame inductees have been named: Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland. Negreanu goes in at age 40, the first year in which he was eligible. The legendary Chip Reese was the only other player to get inducted at age 40.

The Memphis Business Journal’s BBQ Brackets are down to the round of 8. Notable matchup: Central BBQ vs. The Bar-B-Q Shop.

Highs in the low to mid 80s this weekend. Who’s wearing a tube top to RiverArtsFest?

Weekend! The Halloween party I’m going to doesn’t start until 9, so I have time to hit a few of my favorite spots first. Should be a fun night!

Oct 242014

The green buses that have temporarily replaced the Main Street Trolley will detour this weekend due to part of Main being closed for RiverArtsFest. The buses’ alternate route will be:

South on Main
East on Dr. MLK Jr. Ave.
South on Second
East on G.E. Patterson
North on Third
West on Dr. MLK Jr. Ave.
North on Main and begin regular route

I picked up my Halloween costume yesterday! It was an original costume idea, not something I bought off the rack. I took my concept to Josh who does screen printing in the basement of Winfield’s at Madison and Main. He understood what I was looking for and NAILED it. Josh also printed our BBQ team’s 2014 T-shirts and did an outstanding job. If you need custom printing done on shirts I recommend Josh highly.

The Rockin’ RiverArtsFest Preview Party happens on South Main this evening, with performances by Luther Dickinson, Amy LaVere, Ms. Sharde, John Paul Keith and the 145s, and the Mighty Souls Brass Band. It’s free and you can get a first look at the 180 RiverArtsFest vendors.

Tonight is also the first night of the Hard Rock Cafe grand opening celebration. Brasher Rogue performs at the new location at 126 Beale, with Nuttin Fancy and Randy Lee. There is no charge for admission.

The Grizzlies play their final pre-season game against the Miami Heat tonight at 7 at the FedExForum. With all these events going on, expect traffic to be heavy between Union and G.E. Patterson this evening. Expect to pay a premium to park if you can’t find a spot on the street.

The Grizzlies are hosting their annual tip-off luncheon Monday. If you’re willing to part with some $$$$$ you can sit at a table with a player or team executive. All the players will be there. Proceeds raised from the luncheon benefit St. Jude.

The Grizzlies’ affiliate NBA D-League team, the Iowa Energy, will host the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Saturday, November 8 at 5 PM at the FedExForum.

Here are some pictures of the partial solar eclipse we missed yesterday due to cloud cover.

In the news: Super drunk woman mistook jail for a bar. (No, not a local Downtown Memphis story.)

I have enough news for a “Friday update #2″ post after work, so there may be one. Or, I may just push it back until Saturday morning, because I have to get my Halloween costume together. If you’re going to the same Halloween party I am tonight, in the South Main district, I will see you there!

Oct 232014

Well, I got a nice surprise yesterday. About 9:30 I was at the Blind Bear. It was their trivia night but I wasn’t playing; I just happen to be in the Blind Bear a lot that time of night. I was at the end of the bar talking to a few friends, when Charles announced the winner of Best Team Name for this week. It was a table of six, and the prize was a free PBR for each player. I guess none of them like PBR, because they sent all six to me! Thank you! Drinking another six PBRs at that hour would not have been good for my performance at work today, so I worked out a rain check with Colin for most of them.

If you want to watch the Tigers football game at your favorite bar Saturday, better figure out if that bar carries ESPNNews as part of its satellite/cable package. The game will be on that channel at 11 AM. The Tigers travel to SMU hoping to get back on the winning track after a bye week preceded by a loss to the Houston Cougars.

A partial solar eclipse will be visible in the Mid-South today, if clouds don’t cover it up. The blog has details. It will begin at 4:52 this afternoon, hitting its maximum at 5:53, continuing until sunset at 6:14.

Grizzlies official watch parties for select away games have been planned for the 2014-15 season. Here’s the list. One of those parties will be in the Downtown area: December 3, at the Rendezvous, to watch the Grizzlies play the Houston Rockets. The Grizz GIrls and Claw Crew will be at these parties and there will be giveaways. I won a Grizzlies headband playing trivia at one of these last year.

Tony Allen was voted toughest player in the NBA in a recent survey of team general managers. Marc Gasol received 25% of the vote for best center, second only to Dwight Howard.

Comedian Brian Regan plays the Orpheum tonight.

From the Memphis Flyer: The Green Machine mobile grocery store is looking for a permanent home Downtown. The store specializes in fresh fruits and vegetables, and its owners are hoping to fill the void left when the Easy Way at North Main and Jefferson closed. They are looking at the viability of going into the Easy Way space itself (which would be convenient because the equipment is still there), and also of locations in the Vance Avenue and South Main neighborhoods. Here’s a link to the project on ioby.

My favorite blogger/MILF asked me to mention the new bike lanes on Danny Thomas Boulevard. I haven’t seen them yet because I rarely take that street to or from work, but she commented “people are morons and are still driving in them.”

That’s all for now. I’ll be out at the usual places after work. I guess I will have to go to the Blind Bear at some point and finish those PBRs.

Oct 222014

A week from Saturday, November 2, is the annual Harbor Town Dog Show at Nursery Park in Harbor Town. The event is sponsored by Downtown Animal Hospital. This year’s show has a disco theme and there will be a “Doggie Disco Dance Off”. Other categories include least obedient, most glamorous, best rescue dog, most original costume, and best float. For $45 you can enter your dog in two categories. Spectators may attend for free or pay $20 to be in a VIP area with gourmet food and drink.

The Friends of the Library fall book sale is this week at the main library, 3030 Poplar.

If you’re a hockey fan and you’re looking for a place Downtown to watch, Kooky Canuck has the NHL Centre Ice package. Just ask the bartender to switch to your game on one of the many TVs above the bar.

This basketball season, the FedExForum will have three fewer suites, but that space will be converted into theater boxes which are sort of a halfway point between club box seat and suite.

The Grizzlies, by the way, have a pre-season game against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at the FedExForum at 7. Expect heavy traffic Downtown.

That’s the news for now. Time to run up to the Kroger at the top of the hill from where I work and get some cold cuts. I’ll be out at the usual spots after work.

Oct 212014

One of Downtown’s biggest festivals happens this weekend. RiverArtsFest will happen on South Main between Huling and Georgia Saturday and Sunday. 180 artists will have booths and will be displaying and selling their work. There will be live music on four stages, and you can view the schedule here. There will be food vendors as well, and the food is above average compared to typical festival fare. $5 admission each day. There is a free festival kick-off party Friday night.

Want to be a part of the French Fort neighborhood’s revival? There’s a party called An Evening with Friends of the Fort Saturday. It’s at the Marine Hospital on Metal Museum Drive. There will be guided tours of the hospital, horror movies shown on the hospital lawn, an acoustic live music jam, local beer, wine, and Bardog sliders and dogs. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets and even an instrument to jam along with the music, although coolers won’t be allowed. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door and include food, 3 drink tickets, tours and movies.

Hear “Conjunction Junction,” “Interplanet Janet,” and other Schoolhouse Rock classics performed live. The show comes to the Orpheum November 14. Tickets are $15 or $25 for VIP and can be purchased on the Orpheum’s website.

Here’s a video of new Grizzly Vince Carter blocking his former teammate Dirk Nowitzki at the rim.

How wing fans: I have not been by to verify this myself, but I hear that the Mad Earl adjusted its hot wing recipe and the wings are now much, much hotter. A friend of mine ate there yesterday and was very pleased with what she got. I’ll have to get by there soon and try them. By the way, I didn’t make it to Thursday night Burlesque Bingo last Thursday, but hopefully I will make it this week.

I had a relaxing evening last night at three of my favorite bars: Bardog, Flying Saucer, and Blind Bear. The only hitch in the evening came when I nearly got run over by a guy on a bike delivering sliders to an office building on Front Street. I need to look more carefully when I walk, I guess.

That’s it for now. Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days, had some Internet connectivity issues.