Reading the Memphis Flyer so you don’t have to

Actually, you should read the Flyer even after you read this summary… it’s full of good stuff.  But, here are some high points from this week’s issue:

– The Grizzlies are holding dance team tryouts Saturday, June 14 at 9 AM at the FedExForum.  If you plan on trying out, it’s strongly recommended that you take their jazz workshop tonight at 7 PM at Mid-South Dance Academy, 7014 E. Shelby Drive, as well as two pre-audition classes Thursday, June 5 and 12, at the Methodist Healthcare Practice Facility at the FedExForum, both 7 PM.  Classes/workshops are recommended but not required and cost $25 per dancer.  Must be at least 18 or a high school grad.

– Congrats to my friend Kris Kourdouvelis, who throws some awesome private parties at his warehouse on G.E. Patterson.  He attended a recent auction of Isaac Hayes’ restaurant’s inventory.  He had the winning bids on a baby grand piano, drink mixing equipment, and four semi-circular booths, including the restaurant’s owner’s booth.  Those will make fun additions to his next warehouse party.

– Rep. Steve Cohen’s re-election headquarters open this Saturday, May 31, at noon at 1803 Union Avenue.  Steve has done a great job in Congress during his first term and I look forward to sending him back for another two years (and hopefully many more after that).  More info at

– There’s a “Salvation Healing Revival” with evangelist David Terrell today through June 7 at the fairgrounds.  According to the ad, “Jesus” is healing all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases.  Why did they put “Jesus” in quotes?  Is that his nickname or something?  Is his name really Murray “Jesus” Christ and it’s just that none of us knew because we don’t have a direct hotline to Heaven like this evangelist does?

– There will be a vintage car show – a funky, funky vintage car show – Sunday, June 1 at 345 Madison at 2 PM.  Vintage cars, motorcycles, and travel trailers.  Awards ceremony at 4.

– This week’s Red Rooster ad says “Kamakaze Karaoke, Cornhole, & Tricycle Races” for Sunday.  Sounds interesting.

– Ground Zero’s ad mentions their “Hot blues, cool beer” happy hour – $2 domestic draft 4-7 PM, 7 days a week.  I plan on giving their happy hour a try this afternoon, now that I’ve learned that the Saucer has put yet another mediocre beer on Fire Sale today (Killian’s Red).

Ground Zero’s ad also mentions that they have food by Mac Edwards, founder of McEwen’s.  It mentions a fried green tomato BLT, Mississippi caviar, Big Muddy chicken, and sweet potato fries.

– The Zodiac Ball, the annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, is Saturday night at the Peabody.  Looks like they’re doing a ’60s theme with tribute band Fun Fun Fun.  More info on the event here.

– If anyone is looking for a service industry job Downtown, it looks like the Madison Hotel, Quetzal, and Encore are hiring.

– There’s a loft apartment for rent at 66 S. Front (available 6/15).  Check the “Downtown Apt” section of the Flyer classifieds for details.  It’s rare to find apartments in the Downtown core, and the price ($850) is pretty reasonable for a 1 BR/1 BA in the area.

That’s all for now.  Sitting here watching a computer program process 2,400,000 records and then write them to a database.  Very very exciting.  Can’t wait ’til happy hour.  I plan on being at Ground Zero about 5:15-5:30ish.