Friday update

Don’t forget that today is the grand opening of River Garden at Mississippi River Park, Riverside and Jefferson. Rides begin at 4, program at 5.

Got another gift card special to tell you about. On Tuesday, November 20 from 3 to 7 PM, Sleep Out Louie’s will have a Buy One, Get One gift card sale. The deal will be available in store only Sleep Out’s is in the Peabody Place/ServiceMaster complex next door to Texas de Brazil on Second Street.

Lucy Dawn, Amy Jamison, Rose Ragsdale, Sydney Carty and Mark Edgar Stuart will provide the live music tonight at Songwriter Night #101 at South Main Sounds, 550 S. Main. Tonight’s set will be structured a little differently with Mark doing a 30 minute solo set.

Carolina Watershed is having a Power Hour 8-9 PM tonight and tomorrow night. $2 bottled domestics during the hour, and grab a burger to go with your beer for $10.

Big River Crossing is no longer a bridge to nowhere. There are now trails on the Arkansas side that provide excellent views of the sun rising over the Memphis skyline. There is also a trail that ends at the original Pancho’s in West Memphis.

I haven’t heard a whole lot of feedback about Downtown Dining Week from my fellow Downtowners this week, and I haven’t participated in DDW myself yet. However, I have heard good things about 117 Prime, a friend complimenting the excellent soup, brisket, and cheesecake on the $20.18 special this week.

The Daily Memphian introduces you to some of the artists who live and work in the newly-opened South Main Artspace Lofts.

Know what it’s time for today and tomorrow? GTL. It’ll be time to get ready with gym, tan, laundry. Then on Sunday Night it will be T-shirt time as Daisyland brings DJ Pauly D (of Jersey Shore fame) to the New Daisy Theater. I need to find a woman who’s DTF after the show and take her as my date.

Chez Philippe in the Peabody Hotel will host afternoon tea with Santa the afternoon of Sunday, December 2. Tea will be served along with a variety of sweets and treats, plus a gingerbread duck cookie decorating station. $30 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Pro wrestling fans: On Monday, January 7, WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts will come to the Hi-Tone as part of his “Dirty Details Tour: Tales from the Pit.” It will be an uncensored night of comedy, stories from the road, and Q&A. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Jake was considered a master of ring psychology and in the 1980s, up-and-coming heels would often do a program with Jake before rising to challenge champion Hulk Hogan. Jake was known for finishing opponents with his signature move, the DDT, then unbagging his 12-foot long python Damien and placing him on top of his fallen opponent.

There will be a rally to protect the Mueller investigation on the Civic Center Plaza tomorrow at noon. There is fear that now that Trump has fired Jeff Sessions and appointed Sessions’ former chief of staff as acting attorney general, special counsel Mueller will be fired and the investigation into obstruction of justice/collusion with Russia/money laundering by the GOP will be brought to a premature end.

I don’t support the boycott against Gibson’s Donuts because Marsha Blackburn made an appearance at a Memphis location right before Election Day. Although I think Marsha is a monster who is in the pocket of lobbyists and special interest groups, she is entitled to visit a retail location and make purchases just like any other citizen of the United States. As a Senate candidate she’s bound to attract attention and media coverage, but that’s going to happen no matter where she goes. It’s not like Gibson’s contacted the Blackburn campaign and invited her. Also, once she was there, what were they going to do, kick her out and alienate her supporters in a very red state? In this day and age when our society has so many problems, it just seems to me that there are better hills to die on than this one.

That’s the news for now. I’m going to make an early visit to Bardog this morning, maybe have their Downtown Dining Week lunch special. After that I will take it easy at home the rest of the day. Back tomorrow with more news.