The college football bowl schedule is out. Here’s a roundup of regional games of interest:
- Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia Dec. 31
- Memphis plays BYU Dec. 22 in the Miami Beach Bowl
- Arkansas plays Texas Dec. 29 in the Texas Bowl
- Ole Miss plays TCU Dec. 31 in the Peach Bowl
- Mississippi State plays Georgia Tech Dec. 31 in the Orange Bowl
- Tennessee plays Iowa Jan. 2 in the TaxSlayer Bowl
- Arkansas State plays Toledo Jan. 4 in the GoDaddy Bowl
Oregon plays Florida State at 4 PM January 1 in the first of two national championship playoff games, with Alabama vs. Ohio State to follow. Many bars open at 5 PM on New Year’s Day; this year, they may want to back that opening time up an hour or two. Those that stick to the 5 opening time will be leaving money on the table.
Santana has announced a concert at the Orpheum for Saturday, March 14. Tickets will go on sale this coming Friday.
There’s a Center for Southern Folklore Groupon on sale right now. $12 for a value of $25. You can enjoy a show for two, four, or six, or use the value as a credit at the Folklore Store. The store is a great place to shop for Christmas gifts for people into regional music, culture, art, food, or history.
There’s also Groupon for American Apparel which has a store at South Main and G.E. Patterson. $40 worth of stuff for $20 or $80 worth of stuff for $40. American Apparel sells a lot of tube tops so this an excellent place to gift shop for the ladies.
Traffic alert from Wendi Hays (@trafficbabe on Twitter): Adams will be closed for the next nine months between Dunlap and Manassas just east of Downtown. The closure is due to the LeBonheur Parking Garage Project.
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In the news: Delta to start serving craft beer. Good move. Now Delta flyers will have something delicious to drink while they sit on the runway for two and a half hours waiting to take off so they can get to Atlanta and miss their connection.
Diamond Dave is bringing his British Bingo to a new bar: The Blind Bear. Bingo will be tonight and every Monday at 8 PM. $100 worth of prizes, with specials of $4, $6, and $8 margaritas and $6 tacos and quesadillas.
Plans for tonight: No Melissa at Bardog tonight, so no Melissa Monday happy hour. However, the places I would consider alternatives, the Flying Saucer and Silly Goose, will be packed with people pre-gaming for Usher at the FedExForum. Therefore, I’m inclined to go to Bardog anyway for happy hour, where Panda will be subbing for Melissa. With the entire evening open, I may wander over to Blind Bear a few minutes before 8 and give British Bingo a try. Believe it or not, I’ve never been in the three years Dave has been running his bingo games. Might be something fun and different to check out.