Thursday update

Good news for movie lovers: Malco expects to have the new movie theater in South Main open in time for the next Star Wars sequel. The theater will go into the building that in the past has been The Powerhouse at Central Station, with a projected opening date of summer 2017.

The Peabody will raffle off a Fireball golf bag and a Michelob Ultra bike at its rooftop party season finale tonight:

Great quote by Maya Angelou (but then, is there such a thing as a not-great quote by the late Dr. Angelou?) that I found yesterday on Twitter: “When somebody shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” This is very true. Hillary Clinton tweeted it about Donald Trump’s campaign shakeup but never mind politics; I have found this principle quite useful in guiding me through my dealings with people.

Baked to Perfection is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. Most people expect to see fruits and vegetables at a farmers market, but this one also has quiches, breads, cookies, pastries, tarts, and more. The UT College of Pharmacy will be there from 7:30 to noon to answer any questions you have about medicine – bring a list of medications you take and doses. They will also offer free blood pressure checks. Music by MFM Music Director Mark Parsell’s “Fielder’s Choice” from 8:30 to 10 and Tony Maynard 11-12:30. From 9:00 to 11:30 kids can make their own corn fan to stay cool. Also at the market this week, you can get a temporary tattoo and participate in the #LoveMyMarket photo challenge (click the link for more details). The Market runs every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

The Market, in its weekly email, apologized for the current parking situation. There is a lot of construction going on that has taken away many of the market’s spaces, but when it is over, there will be a beautiful new area. The market organizers advise using the street parking along Front, G.E. Patterson, Georgia, and Carolina. You can also walk, bike, take the trolley, or take the bus there.

There’s an all-you-can-eat buffet ticket for the Redbirds game this evening. Tonight’s special: Wings.

Tickets that include the buffet are $12 bluff, $17 field box, and $20 dugout. You get a free 20 oz. Coca-Cola product included in the price. If you’re a college student, you can sit on the left field bluff for $5 with valid ID (does not include buffet), and there will be $2 domestic drafts at the left field bar. The opponent tonight is the Reno Aces with the first pitch at 7:05.

Very cool: BBQ teams Sweet Swine O’ Mine and Natural Born Grillers are in Louisiana as part of Operation BBQ, putting out 18,000 meals to people affected by the recent flooding.

BreakFest 901, a celebration of breakfast at the Broad Avenue water tower on Saturday, September 24, has announced the participants in its Bloody Mary contest: Babalu, Cafe Ole, Cafe Pontotoc, The Arcade, Silly Goose, Brass Door, and Tart. Hmmm… I may have to hop in a Lyft and get out to BreakFest that day, not only to support the Downtown competitors in Bloody Mary, but because the event benefits Urban Bicycle Food Ministry.

An ordinance has been introduced to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Memphis. It would become a civil offense with a fine of $50 to possess or exchange less than half an ounce. Community service as a punishment would also be possible.

University of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart has announced he will retire next year. Here’s a look back at the legacy he will leave. Ran Cuonzo Martin off, hired a football coach who went 10-14 in the SEC in three seasons, presided over the athletic department at the time during which a Title IX lawsuit claimed a “hostile sexual environment” was tolerated by the department… great job Dave, this kind of leadership hasn’t been seen in our state since R.C. Johnson was AD at Memphis.

Note for fans of the Memphis Made taproom: They will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 19, for a private event.

That’s all for now. Possibly a second post after work, then will be Goosin’ it for happy hour.

Wed update: Big event coming to AutoZone Park and more

There will be a big event called Exposure on 901 Day at AutoZone Park from 6 to 9 PM Thursday, September 1. Come out and be exposed to all that is good about Memphis. Learn about over 150 organizations, find some hidden gems, watch a local celebrity kickball game, eat and drink, learn about ways you can give back to our city. Appropriately enough for such an independent-minded city, Independence Bank is the sponsor. Sounds like fun. I WILL go to this (sorry Jess, you’ll have to do without me at the Goose that night) and will soak up as much information to blog about as I can in the three hours allotted. If your organization wants me to stop by your booth on 9/01, shoot me an email at paul@paulryburn.com and I will come by.

The Redbirds will play a doubleheader tonight, with the first game starting at 6:05. If you had a ticket for last night’s game, you can exchange it for a ticket for tonight. Tickets for tonight include both games.

This could be really useful for those who travel: Open Hotel Alert lets you know via text or email when a previously booked-up hotel has a room become available.

Check out this Local Memphis Live interview with Kitty Wompas and Bardog owner Aldo. They discuss the Breakway-Bardog 5K, the Monroe Fest, and Kitty’s head shaving on Sunday, August 28 which they hope will raise a big ol’ pile of money for the children being treated at St. Jude.

SNOZberry returns to Beale Street Friday, August 26. They will play Club 152 from 7 to 11 that evening.

RIP John McLaughlin, longtime host of McLaughlin Group on PBS. The show featured lively debate – and at times flat-out argument – among the liberal and conservative members of his panel. I watched the show every Friday night in the late ’80s and early ’90s to stay on top of the issues of the day. Panelist Eleanor Swift wrote up her memories of McLaughlin.

The Double Your Dollars gift card sale is happening today at both Kooky Canuck locations.

The Downtown Huey’s is once again open, renovations having been completed.

Also with renovations having been completed, the Summer Movie Series returns to the Orpheum this Friday, August 19, with 1978’s Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John shown on the big screen at 7. Come early at 6, because Memphis Grizzlies mascot Grizz will be there, as will the Grizz Girls. There will be a Grizzlies swag toss from the stage prior to the showing of the movie.

From statistics site FiveThirtyEight: How much space does a fart take up in your body? I would think this is the stupidest topic they will report on today, but then I remember they will probably be covering a Donald Trump speech sometime this afternoon.

Jess may have to do without me at the Silly Goose on 9/01, but not tonight. I will be there for happy hour, possibly after publishing another post.

MPD releases photo of Edge carjacking suspects and more (Tue update #2)

Memphis Police have released photos of two subjects wanted for carjacking in The Edge Sunday. Two men approached the victims at 667 Monroe as they sat in their car. They demanded the victims get out, and then sped off in the victims’ 2006 white Ford Mustang. A short time later they used the victim’s credit card at a nearby store.

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Chef 4 A Day will present a luau party Saturday, August 27 from 3 to 7 in the afternoon at No. 2 Vance. Chef Shanon Arnold will serve up a taste of Hawaii. There will be Hawaiian cuisine along with hula dancers and island music. $25 tickets include two generous portions of appetizers, fruit/dessert, and an alcoholic beverage or non-alcoholic if preferred.

Quench is having another educational wine tasting Friday from 5 to 8. It will be a free sampling of an Italian Pinot Noir and a California Cab.

There will be a Drink, Dance, Donate party in the vault of Metro 67 Friday night. Money goes to St. Jude and a $10 minimum donation is requested. Dance the night away and enjoy Wiseacre beer. The St. Jude Marathon team “Allie’s Allies” is hosting the party.

The MBJ has an article about The Pub at the Brass Door which has its grand opening tomorrow. The Pub (in the former Mad Earl) space will appeal more to sports fans, with 14 TVs, while the Brass Door itself will focus more on upscale drinking and dining and will start opening for breakfast. Don’t forget that tomorrow is St. Practice Day.

A break in the rain allowed for a much-appreciated dry drive home, and a dry walk to the Blind Bear for happy hour. 40% of the work week is in the rear view mirror. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday update: Ducks, Crows, and more news

Possibly the most famous and unique job in all of Memphis is now open. The Peabody is looking to hire a Duck Master. In addition to walking the five famous ducks down the red carpet twice a day, the Duck Master is responsible for maintaining their living quarters. The Duck Master also takes the ducks on “field trips” to visit school and other groups. The position is full-time and is in the hotel’s Marketing/Public Relations department.

Thoughts and prayers to those in south Louisiana dealing with historic flooding. One of my Facebook friends lives in Baton Rouge and her Facebook posts the past couple of days have told the story. She posted a video of a full-sized pickup truck floating away, only about the top 6 inches of the cab above water. She posted, “My friend is at (street address), can anyone rescue him?” Later she posted, “We have a boat and four people including an Army medic, and we’re going out rescuing. Let us know if anyone needs help.” It’s just a tragic scene down there.

Are you an artist? Do you like “five star dive bar” The Dirty Crow Inn on Crump Boulevard? They are looking for someone to design a crow mascot that can be reproduced on marketing and promotional material. Submit your entry at the Crow through August 31, with name, date submitted, and contact information on the back. Entries on bar napkins will be accepted too. The artist whose work has been chosen will be announced the first week of September, and will receive $100 cash and a $100 bar tab.

I was in the Crow for only the second time Sunday night… I like the place a lot but it’s so far away that I don’t get there often. I saw the new outdoor deck for the first time and it is fantastic! Well done Paul and Bones! That deck is going to get a lot of use once fall temperatures arrive.

Want to donate to the Kitty Wompas head shaving fund but can’t be at the Bardog alley party/Monroe Fest on Sunday, August 28? You can donate online. Click either “Donate now” or “Make a donation” and under “Are you donating to a team?” pick KITTY WOMPAS HEAD SHAVING. In case you missed my previous posts, Kitty, a server at Bardog and burlesque dancer, is shaving her head to raise $20,000 for the kids of St. Jude.

Burning Las Vegas along with special guest RedOne will play the final Thursday night Peabody rooftop party this Thursday, August 18. Admission is $15 at the door with the first 200 ladies free. Admission includes a buffet of island jerk chicken and grilled pineapple slices. Drink specials will be mystery margaritas and Firefly Ginger Snap. If you’re in VIP you get an additional buffet of whole roasted Mojo pig, black beans and rice, pineapple salsa, and mini rum cakes. Pineapple Passion will be the VIP drink special.

Mark the calendar for a couple of Downtown Neighborhood Association events next week. Tuesday, August 23 is the monthly DNA meeting, and the speaker will be a good one: Tom Bowen, the University of Memphis athletic director. With football right around the corner, it will be a chance to hear him discuss the football program and the prospects for the university to get invited to join the Big 12. The meeting will be at the Memphis Chamber, 22 N. Front, with social time at 6:00 and program at 6:30. No cost for members, $10 for guests.

Thursday, August 25 will be the monthly DNA happy hour. This month they are meeting at the Double J, the smokehouse and saloon on G.E. Patterson. There is no cost for this event, whether you are a member or not. There is no program, just a time to get to know your neighbors.

From Thrillist: The 12 best spaces for big groups. The Downtown Central BBQ and Loflin Yard are mentioned. I haven’t been to a large group event at either of those, but the third venue, the Majestic Grille, I have been in every meeting space they have available. I have been to art shows in the Innovators’ Room in the back, I have been to an event supporting Rep. Steve Cohen upstairs, and I have been to a wedding reception for which the entire restaurant was rented. I cannot say enough good things about the Majestic as a space for groups; definitely check it out if you’re looking.

You probably don’t need an additional reason to hate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, but I will give you one. The Kim regime is promoting dog meat as the next big superfood. For maximum tenderness, they recommend beating the dog to death before skinning it and cooking it.

Another free MyHQ Sunset Yoga class will be offered at the park at Front and Jefferson tomorrow evening, Wednesday, August 17 from 6:30-8:00. There will be free red and white wine served after yoga, and you’re welcome to bring a picnic basket.

Memphis Farmers Market has created a Facebook event page for Farm Fest, its fall party on Sunday, September 25 at Loflin Yard. Being the huge fan of fresh produce that I am, of course my mouse pointer went straight for the “Going” button as soon as I found the page. I hope to see you there!

Wet Tuesday out there. Everyone be safe on the roads this afternoon!

Saturday pictures plus Sunday news

My day yesterday started with a walk to City Market. I was already planning my day out in my mind. With a Moody Ques event at 6 and my position as Director of PR, I knew I would have to adult yesterday, taking photos to promote the team. Cafe Keough had words of encouragement:

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Later in the morning I Farmers Marketed, again striking out trying to find mint so Bardog could make mojitos. At least the rain stayed away. Keeping to my usual schedule, about 10:40 I began my walk up Main Street back to the Downtown core. As I passed Bluff City Coffee, I heard “Paul!”

I turned around. It was my friend Zack who lives over in The Edge, across from High Cotton. Zack recently returned from a trip to Colorado to see the opening of a bridge his brother designed. He handed me what at first appeared to be a paper bag. “I saw this in Colorado and knew I had to get it for you.”

It wasn’t a paper bag. It was a koozie, with the Pabst Blue Ribbon logo, designed to look like a paper bag:

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Memories of Sunday Night Swill at the Saucer! THANK YOU Zack! This is a gift I will actually use every day. I used it at Blind Bear where they sell PBR in 16 ounce cans. The cans fit perfectly, and everyone there loved the koozie. Zack, one of these days I will have to join you at the High Cotton taproom for a beer. I will leave the koozie at home that day though; I doubt I would be the most popular person in the room if I put a can of their Scottish Ale in a PBR bag.

Since I mentioned High Cotton, that brings me to my first news item: They’re having another live music Sunday Fun Day with live music from 4 to 6. Denver, Colorado band Metafonics brings everything from groovy electro funk to psychedelic jazz fusion, and when they travel they enjoy collaborating with local artists.

My next stop was Bardog, whose window seating offers scenic views of The Giant Hole.

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Seriously, City of Memphis? You ever going to get this thing done? With all the 3:45 AM jackhammering last week, I was hoping for more progress than this.

My “DAWG” John D was of course on his phone playing Pokemon Go. “I’m evolving,” he told me, explaining that one of the goals of the game is to evolve the Pokemon you catch into some kind of higher Pokemon beings.

I wish we could evolve people who play Pokemon into people who don’t play Pokemon.

A poster for Kitty Wompas’ Cat House, the burlesque show happening at Bardog next Saturday, August 20 at 9, was on the window. (Click to view image in larger size)

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Four women (plus some dude) will perform in a burlesque show. They are going to build a stage upstairs and are probably going to have to cover the windows. The performers will walk on the bar to the stage. The show is free, but Panda will be walking around with a tip bucket. All tips will go toward the $20,000 Kitty is raising for St. Jude, culminating in her head being shaved on the 28th at Bardog’s alley party/Monroe Fest.

Next stop was the Blind Bear. As I was sipping my bag of PBR three people came in and asked if they could put $5 on their card to play pool. “It’s cash only,” they were told. None of them had a dollar to get quarters. How can you walk around with NO cash on you? I understand we live in the age of the debit card, but what happens if the bank cancels your card (for example, if they suspect identity theft) and you don’t know yet? I can’t imagine going out without at least $30 in my wallet.

A little before 6, it was time to order a Lyft to the Poplar-Highland area for my BBQ/burger team’s burger tasting. It was a chance for our cooks Frank and Erik to practice before Best Memphis Burger Fest on the 28th (unfortunately the same day as the Bardog party; I hope this is the only year that ever happens).

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Teamwork by the cook team: Frank was in charge of the grill…

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and Erik was in charge of dressing the burgers. (Nice photobomb, Travis)

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Lucy, the cutest dog in the world. Okay, that may be going a bit far, but at least she’s the cutest dog I’ve ever met named Lucy.

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Team treasurer Misty feeding Lucy carrots

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Nice buns

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If you like spicy, you will love our entry in the Specialty Burger category. Man, that was hot!

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Our Traditional Cheeseburger entry, hopefully the burger that will propel us into the World Food Championship in November.

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Dinner is served! Specialty and Traditional burgers were put out for team feedback.

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Erik prepping the final burger to be presented to the team, a black bean veggie burger.

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Our Veggie Burger entry was our highest burger score last year, and we plan on kicking it up even further this year. Vegetarians love the Moody Ques!

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I caught a ride back Downtown. As I left Frank said, “Hang on, Paul, get one more picture. This is the money shot, right here.” Steam coming off the grill.

Thanks to Frank and Laura (and Lucy) for having us out. We got to eat some good burgers and enjoy some camaraderie with the team. We hope to see everyone at Tiger Lane on the 28th!

That’s the Moody Ques news, but I also have news about our friends on one of the other BBQ teams, Porkosaurus. Their famous rub is now available for purchase at two new locations. If you’re Downtown, you can get it at South Main Sounds at 550 S. Main. North Mississippi residents, you can get the rub at The Butcher’s Block in Southaven.

As The Pub at the Brass Door (in the space that was formerly The Mad Earl) opens, they are going to need new faces to round out their staff. If you are interested in a barback/dishwasher position, give them a call at 901-572-1813.

The Redbirds host Tacoma at 6:05 tonight (gates at 5:00). First 2500 kids under 12 get an ice cream treat from Prarie Farms, and on exiting the game everyone gets a coupon for a free medium one-topping when they purchase any large pizza at regular price from Papa John’s. The all-inclusive Club Level tickets will be discounted to $40 for this game, and the in-seat-service Owner’s Seats discounted to $60.

On South Main Trolley Night, Friday, August 26, Stock & Belle is having a celebration of its first birthday. You can get 20% off all apparel that night. There will be coffee by Dr. Bean’s Coffee and Tea Emporium, beer by High Cotton, food by the El Mero Taco truck parked outside, and from 7 to 9 there will be music by Brennan Villines. The party will happen at 387 S. Main.

My friends in the airline business will enjoy this: The 70 worst people at the airport, ranked

Zeke Johnson & Friends (blues/folk) perform at the Center for Southern Folklore this afternoon at 5.

Corinne Bailey Rae performs at the New Daisy tonight. Doors open at 6, show at 7. Special guest Brennan Villines. Tickets $25-28.

Whew! Long post, and I’m not done yet; next up is getting the photos posted to the Moody Ques website. After that it’ll be time for D-RANKS with B-RAD at Blind Bear’s Sunday brunch. I have lots to tell B-RAD and of course I want to show him my new koozie too. Sunday Fun Days get more fun every week and this will be no exception.

Volunteer for Project Homeless Connect + more Saturday news

Want to do something positive to help the Downtown Memphis area’s many homeless? Sign up to volunteer for Community Alliance for the Homeless’s Project Homeless Connect at the Cook Convention Center on Thursday, October 20. It’s a day to connect with the homeless and help them get the services they need. Some of the services include health, medical, dental, mental health, housing counseling, veterans’ benefits, legal services, Medicaid, food stamps, hair care, and help getting ID. Volunteers (the day of, more on that in a moment) must be 18 and are required to attend a training.

Under 18 or can’t be there on October 20 but want to help nonetheless? Packets of supplies will be handed out that day and they can use donations of socks (adult sizes), blankets, travel-sized grooming products, winter caps, scarves, gloves, or bottled water. They also need volunteers to arrange the items in packets prior to the day of the event.

The Queen of Beale Street has passed away. Ruby Wilson died at age 68 yesterday. Perhaps she is somewhere in the great beyond, singing a duet with Elvis with B.B. King on guitar. RIP Ms. Ruby.

The Hungry Memphis blog has information on the plans for Kooky Canuck’s move next door to 87 S. Second. The doors at the future location can be opened for more of a patio feel for the Saturday and Sunday brunch they plan to add to the menu. They will expand their draft beer offerings, including more local products. The new space will retain many of the original lodge elements, but with an updated look.

Wiseacre may not be planning to open a second brewery location in the Mid-South Coliseum. It’s one option of several to expand their capacity. They got their 10-year plan done in only 3 years, and now are looking to serve some of the big markets in the Midwest and Northeast.

The Redbirds are offering a special ticket promo package, coupling tickets to two games with your choice of one of several of the most popular promotional items this season. You get tickets to the August 28 game, which is the season home finale, along with the AAA National Championship Game to be held at AutoZone Park September 20. Options for your promotional item include the replica Yadier Molina jersey, the replica Redbirds jersey, the cooler backpack, the beach towel, or the Redbirds performance T-shirt. The item of your choice will be guaranteed and will be available for pickup at the National Championship game. Packages are $22 field box, $25 dugout seating, and $29 for club level. You can order the package here.

Interesting: Linguists analyze Donald Trump’s words. Learn some of the linguistic tricks he uses to soften inflammatory statements, to justify outright lies, and to get people to believe his viewpoint is more widely accepted than it actually is.

Loflin Yard has a new charcuterie plate. It’s a plate of house-made sausages and curated cheeses made by Miss Cordelia’s and Cordelia’s table. The sausages and cheese are exclusive to Loflin Yard.

As an American I am embarrassed by goalkeeper Hope Solo’s comments following the USWNT’s 4-3 shootout loss to Sweden in the Olympics. Solo called the Swedes “cowards” for the conservative strategy they employed. Well, Hope, that’s sports. You study your opponent and pick the moves that are most likely to defeat them. Are the Grizzlies “cowards” for grinding out wins instead of running it up and down the floor like Golden State? I think not. Congratulations to Sweden on a well-planned victory. As for you, Hope, time to hang up the gloves. Now that Tonya Harding is no longer on TruTV’s The World’s Dumbest… as a commentator, maybe you can take her place.

My plan for today is to eat some burgers! Right around 6 I’m catching a Lyft out to the University of Memphis area for a Moody Ques team burger tasting. Pitmasters Frank and Erik have several ideas for Best Memphis Burger Fest, and the team will provide feedback on which direction to go. Fun fact: We’re probably the only burger/BBQ team whose top two pitmasters both sit on the board of the Memphis Farmers Market. With that in mind, and being the huge fan of fresh produce that I am, I will lead off this morning at the Market. I can’t stay long though; I have a planning meeting with my Moody Ques teammate John D at 11. In the past 6 months we have convinced our team president to start drinking PBR, and we are going to discuss other ways we can make the Moody Ques even better. I called the Sheraton and requested a meeting room, but they were booked up all weekend so I guess we’re going to have to meet at the bar at Bardog instead. Time to get things going on what I am hoping will not a be a soaking wet day.

 

Friday update

The ‘birds are back in town again! Memphis kicks off an 8-game homestand tonight with a 7:05 PM game against the Tacoma Rainiers at AutoZone Park. Come early (gates open at 6) for a couple of different reasons. First of all, there will be a block party with live music prior to the game. If you’re a fan of St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, you will especially want to get there early. First 2000 fans in the gate get a special Yadi-AIR freshener. Be sure to use promo code “NCRM” when buying tickets, so that $4 of your ticket price will be donated to the National Civil Rights Museum.

Want a great job Downtown? LEO Events is seeking a Meeting and Events Coordinator. The company helps put together events worldwide, and their office is at 265 S. Front. I know some of the people there (including one of the co-founders) and this is an excellent place to work.

Tonight is the first pop-up beer garden for Fourth Bluff Fridays from 4:30 to 8:00 with the Mighty Souls Blues Band playing.

Don’t forget that there is a community fundraiser with beers from all the Memphis craft breweries plus some other sources tomorrow night, Saturday, August 13, from 7-10 at the High Cotton taproom, 598 Monroe. It’s to raise money for medical bills for two men who were shot in The Pinch shortly before Officer Verdell Smith was killed by the same assailant in a vehicular homicide on Beale Street. In addition to all the beer, there will be live music by Sarah Simmons. The HiQ BBQ, Memphis Mojo Cafe, and Hot Mess Burritos food trucks will be parked outside.

Dammit… I would like to go to this, not only to support the two victims, but because it’s very cool to see all the breweries working together, and to be able to sample their product in a more intimate environment than a beer festival. However, I have to adult tomorrow night. My BBQ/burger team is having a tasting and as Director of Public Relations, I have to be there to get pictures as well as any news tidbits that need to be shared with the team.

(Okay, let’s be honest… I doubt I will do a whole lot of adulting tomorrow night… :mrgreen: )

The FAA is seeking applicants for Air Traffic Controller positions through August 15. You have to have a certain type of personality for this job (particularly, you need to handle stress well) but once you pay your dues, this is a career that leads to high pay. I have several friends who are ATCs and retired ATCs and they seem to love their jobs.

Brad Birkedahl plays the Hard Rock tonight in celebration of Elvis Week. Two shows beginning at 7 PM. I have known Brad for over a dozen years and his music is on point. Elvis fans will enjoy hearing Brad.

Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma Comedians… they come and go… they come and go. Next Thursday, August 18, they will be coming… to the Memphis Made taproom for Draughts & Laughs IV. $2 admission, show time at 7:30.

Start Co. is hosting an adult field day called Summer Never Stops at Loflin Yard on Wednesday, August 17. All your favorite games will be there, including bocce, cornhole, and life size beer pong. There will be a 60-second pitch competition about any topic you want, an Instagram competition, and a scavenger hunt. It’s a night of adult fun with great food, beer, and music.

While I was at the Silly Goose last night, they changed the hours on their door. They’re now 11 AM-3 AM Monday-Friday and 10 AM-3 AM Saturday-Sunday. In case anyone is wondering, no I will not be taking advantage of the 10 AM weekend opening time. 10 is Farmers Market time for me on Saturday, and I just can’t be out that early on Sunday.

Bluff City Bark reports that Memphis Veterinary Services has a lab/pharmacy tech position open.

Motel Mirrors perform tomorrow, Saturday, August 13, at the Coach House at Loflin Yard. If you can’t get enough live music there, there will be more nearby, as Justin Moore will be on stage at The Dirty Crow Inn 9-12 tomorrow.

Sad to hear that the Queen of Beale Street Ruby Wilson is in the hospital in serious condition. She had a stroke in 2009 but recovered.

That’s all for this post… happy hour plans TBD, as Friday is my “wild card” day.

Mexican restaurant coming, Kooky moving, Farm Fest and more (Thur update #2)

The Downtown core will get a new Mexican restaurant around February of next year. After its lease expires October 31, Kooky Canuck will move down the street to 87 S. Second. That will allow a regional Mexican chain, Las Margaritas, to move into the current Kooky location at 97 S. Second. It will offer authentic Mexican cuisine in a hacienda-style atmosphere. I found the website for the West Memphis Las Margaritas if you want to get an idea what the place will be like.

Be sure to check out the featured article in this week’s Memphis Flyer, Downtown Boomtown. It explores the massive amount of development Downtown has seen under Paul Morris who used to run DMC through 2015, and under Terrence Patterson who runs DMC now.

From Forbes: You may have trouble finding pumpkin beer this fall. The problem dates back to the pumpkin shortage of 2015. Breweries that didn’t get their orders for puree in early may have trouble finding it now.

dutchDutch, the rescue dog I have been blogging about lately, got to leave the Memphis Animal Shelter yesterday and spent his first night in his forever home. I got to meet him briefly, and although he looks emaciated now, once he gets his heartworm treatment taken care of and once he gets about a month of good meals in him, he is going to be quite a dog. Dutch’s new owner reports that he is smart and does well on a leash, although he is shy about eating in front of people and prefers that they leave the room once they put his bowl down. People have really stepped up and have raised more than half the $1100 he will need for his heartworm treatment. You still have time to go to Dutch’s GoFundMe page and pitch in.

Things will be peachy keen at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. It’s National Peach Month, and the Farmers Market has suggestions on picking the perfect peach. They say to look for one that’s golden to yellow with splashes of red sunsets, and they advise using your whole hand as opposed to just your fingers to check for ripeness, because peaches bruise easily. The UT Extension Institute of Agriculture will demonstrate how to make tomato bruschetta at 10, 10:30, and 11. Live music by Bailey Bigger 8:30-10 and Dave Madison 11-12:30. Don’t forget to dine at South of Beale between 7 and 10 tonight; proceeds will go to the Farmers Market. The market is open every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

SAVE THE DATE! Memphis Farmers Market’s Farm Fest comes to Loflin Yard Sunday, September 25 from 5 to 8 PM. Star & Micey will provide the live music, and there will be plenty of amazing local foods as well as local beer and wines. There will be both regular and silent auctions. This should be a lot of fun and I am always looking for an excuse to hang out at Loflin Yard! Tickets are $50 at the gate, but can be purchased in advance for $40 through September 24. Vendors and volunteers can get a discounted $25 ticket, and there’s a no alcohol ticket for $20.

If you’re a runner, check out this list of upcoming races Downtown.

The semifinals of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest happen tonight at the Orpheum at 7 PM. Tickets are $32, a $75-145 two-day pass to the semis and the finals (on Saturday). Tonight 20 of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world will bring hours of his music to the historic theatre.

The first episode of South Main Sounds Live is now on YouTube.

Tin Roof will have samplings of Goose Island IPA every Friday at 5:45 PM through September 2.

While we’re on the subject of geese, I will be out at the Silly Goose after work, although I will be drinking a PBR rather than a Goose Island beer. Could be another post later today.

Thursday morning update

The Redbirds have designated Thursday, August 25 as “Grit & Grind Night” at AutoZone Park. Two Grizzlies, former Memphis Tiger D.J. Stephens and first-round draft pick Wade Baldwin IV, will be on hand to sign autographs. First 5000 through the gate will receive a special Redbirds/Grizzlies Growl Towel. The Claw Crew, Grizzlies Grannies and Grandpas, and the Blue Bunch will be there as well. The Redbirds will be wearing Grizzlies-themed jerseys, which will be auctioned off throughout the game. There’s a special promo code “GRIZZNATION” you can use for a $16 field box seat, $19 dugout seat, or $23 club level seat, with those using the promo code getting a free Redbirds hat and a voucher that can be redeemed for a hot dog and soda. First pitch is 7:05 vs. the Nashville Sounds, with gate open at 5:30.

Another big Redbirds theme ticket will happen sooner, this coming Saturday, August 13. A special $25 field box or $28 dugout ticket will get you a bobblehead of Cardinals and former Redbirds pitcher Trevor Rosenthal – and it talks! This is the second to last Fireworks Saturday of the season at the Redbirds.

Belz has acquired the Tri-State Bank property at the northeast corner of Main and Beale. A mixed-use commercial development is planned for that space. Tri-State Bank has already found another building to which it will relocate.

The Peabody Corner Bar is now serving local beer on tap. I counted two High Cotton tap handles, one Ghost River, two Memphis Made, two Wiseacre, and a tap pouring legendary beer of Memphis Goldcrest 51.

Susan Ellis of the Memphis Flyer has a couple of pieces of food news: Sushi Jimmi has confirmed the opening of a restaurant. It will be near the old Senses building on Poplar and will serve the same menu as the food truck. Vegan restaurant Pink Diva Cupcakery has closed its Florida Street location and will focus on catering and its food truck from now on.

Mr. Mister: The misting system on Max’s Sports Bar’s outdoor patio has been installed. (Photo credit: Shane Paris)

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The Memphis Made taproom is hosting Paint with Pints Sunday, August 21 from 2 to 4 PM. Angelina Mazzanti and Tyler Robinson will teach the basics of water colors. They’ll have paper and some supplies but participants need to bring their own water colors and brushes. $20 gets you a pint of beer as well as art instruction.

Loflin Yard will have a 901 Day celebration with Choose901 Thursday, September 1. Local vendors, special themed drinks, and a special dinner box that will be available for purchase. The event is free to the public.

That’s it for now, off to work. Possibly another post at lunchtime.

Kitty’s Cat House, BBQ Fest, St. Practice Day and more Wednesday news

I would be willing to venture a guess that most of my readers have never been to a burlesque show… nor have I. Want to experience burlesque without having to leave Downtown, and while supporting the kids of St. Jude? Come to Kitty Wompas’ Cat House Saturday, August 20 at 9 PM at Bardog Tavern. Kitty is shaving her head for St. Jude at the Bardog alley party (Monroe Fest) on Sunday the 28th. The burlesque show is free to attend, but tips will be accepted and will count toward the $20,000 Kitty’s head shaving is raising for St. Jude. Besides Kitty, performers include Requi Emma, Hustle & Glow, Delilah, Fatima Fox, and Larry Clark.

Memphis in May has announced the dates and honored country for BBQ Fest 2017, and there is a change. The public dates for BBQ Fest are May 17-20… four days rather than the usual three. As I understand it, Wednesday will be Friends & Family as it has been in the past, but it will also be open to the public. Not quite sure how that will work. I hope to find out more in the next few days.

The honored country will be Colombia. That should be a fun one! Our friends over at Porkosaurus have an advantage here, with a Colombian on the team. The Moody Ques don’t have any Colombians but we do have a team member from South America, so perhaps she will have ideas for our 2017 booth. Team members, don’t forget we have a burger tasting Saturday 6-10 at Frank’s, RSVP to moodyques@gmail.com if you plan on coming.

Tin Roof has a few specials to celebrate Elvis Week this week. You can get a peanut butter and banana sandwich, Elvis’ favorite, with chips for $7. With any entree purchase this week, you get a free “Trail of Elvis” appetizer. The bar has a $7 Elvis Week shot: Irish cream, vanilla vodka, and Creme de Banana with a peanut butter rim.

Happy St. Practice Day! On the 17th of every month, The Brass Door will throw a party to “practice” for the big event on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. The first practice will be Wednesday, August 17 and it will also be the grand opening of The Pub at the Brass Door. The Heart Memphis Band will play 8 to midnight. The party will be in the alley as well as the bar and there will be Fireball, Guinness, Jameson and raffles. $10 admission includes two tickets – one raffle ticket and a ticket for a pint of Brass Door Red. Angry Irishmen will be the drink special and there will be fire sales throughout the night.

Food Truck Night at Miss Cordelia’s and Cordelia’s Table will feature three food trucks and two breweries. Sushi Jimmi, Joy Ride, and MemPops will be selling food. Nashville’s Fat Bottom Brewing and Little Rock’s Diamond Bear Brewing will have beers on tap and will have reps there to talk about their beers. Tonight 5-8 PM.

Dutch, the beagle/shepherd mix I wrote about the other day, has been successfully rescued from the Memphis Animal Shelter. My friend who is adopting him had to go to what was termed “the kill shelter” where dogs had red and green cards on their cages. A red card means, “Stop, don’t kill this one, adoption in progress” where green means “this one can be put down.” It’s really sad and you have to cover your eyes to avoid making eye contact with the dogs with the green cards. Anyway, my friend who rescued Dutch took a huge financial hit to save him, because the dog has to have surgery to cure him of heartworms. Donations to Dutch’s GoFundMe will be much appreciated and will go directly to the hospital performing the surgery. If donations exceed vet bills, anything extra will go to Streetdog Foundation so that other dogs may be rescued as well.

A plan has been submitted to save the Mid-South Coliseum with Wiseacre Brewing as its anchor tenant. Wiseacre wants to occupy 65,000 square feet of the building. Is this a sign that Wiseacre is looking toward going national and competing with craft breweries like Samuel Adams and Yuengling? That could be good for Memphis. Also, imagine pre-gaming for Tigers games at the Liberty Bowl a short walk away at the Wiseacre taproom!

A second man is now on trial for the 2013 South Main shooting death of popular nurse David “Tucci” Santucci. Mario Patterson is charged with killing Santucci with the intent to commit robbery. A second suspect, Dondre Johnson, was convicted last September.

If you’ve been to Grizzlies games at FedExForum, you have heard the announcer introduce “YOUR… Memphis… GRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrizzlies!” However, for the 2016-17 season you will hear a different voice, because announcer Rick Trotter has been let go by the team. He was also employed by The Downtown Church, which released a statement saying Trotter was terminated May 27 for “moral failures of a sexual nature.” He is accused of taking photos up four women’s skirts at the church. Geoff Calkins’ column on Trotter is a good read.

Mayor Strickland pledged to answer questions asked in response to the July 11 Black Lives Matter protest, and he has done so.

Happy birthday to two of Downtown’s favorite barkeeps, Daniel from the Silly Goose and Paul from the Dirty Crow Inn.

That’s the news for now. I possibly have more coming today, so check back. As usual Silly Goose will be my Wednesday plan for after work.