Items of interest in this week’s Memphis Flyer

Time for the weekly look at the Memphis Flyer for items of interest to Downtowners.  But first, an announcement:  I’ve completed my overhaul of the Tube Top Boutique, adding eBay auctions (which means, thousands of new items) in addition to the Amazon items that were already there, and I updated the color scheme and layout a little.  Tube tops make great Christmas gifts, so check out the updated site!

All right, here we go through the Flyer:

p. 25:  Artist Dwayne Butcher, AKA The Art Butcher, and two other MFA candidates at Memphis College of Art will present their thesis works in the college’s “On the Street” gallery Friday, November 28.  “Be sure to come out if you’re tired of your relatives and want to see an interesting show,” he says.  There’s a pic of him in the Flyer with a lot of Dos Equis Lager bottles.  I knew there was a reason I liked Dwayne.

Also p. 25:  Former presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will be at Davis-Kidd Monday night, December 1, at 8 PM to sign copies of his book Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America. I couldn’t vote for Huckabee for president because my values are very different from his, but there’s no question he did an outstanding job as governor of Arkansas.  His book is about how to get the Republican Party back on track.

p. 32:  Looks like Jillian’s Thursday night trivia specials have changed.  They’re now advertising $3.50 Fat Tire, Newcastle, and Blue Moon drafts, and $3 specials.  Hey, they have a website now!

p. 35:  Now here’s an event that sounds very cool.  On Tuesday, December 2 at Westy’s, there will be a reunion for the old North End/Jefferson Square clubs.  Starting at 6 PM, there will be pictures of the early Memphis rock scene, plus performances by Richard Cushing and FreeWorld, Peter Hyrka and Victims of Circumstance, Klaudia & Rico, and Rebekah.

p. 37:  There’s a good article on the new Sole restaurant in the Westin, which is in the old Daily Grill space and is being operated by the people who run Interim.  Says 3/4 of the menu will feature seafood.

Also p. 37:  There’s an article about On the River Seafood & More on Main just north of Union.  On Thursday, December 4 they’ll have a grand opening, with specials on import and domestic beers and the introduction of a new menu item, Hoppin’ Hot Frog Legs.  I’ve eaten there twice already, and the food has been excellent and a good value for the money both times.

Also on p. 37:  This isn’t a Downtown event, but worth mentioning:  There will be a benefit at Neil’s in Midtown (McLean at Madison) to raise money for Molly’s La Casita bartender James Ragghianti.  7-midnight Tuesday December 2, $5 cover, Jim Dandy, Rusty Lemon and other musical guests.  I don’t know James but it’s good to support our friends in the service industry who take such good care of us when we go out.  Many of them don’t have medical insurance and sometimes get into situations where they need our help.

p. 44:  A “help wanted” for the Blue Monkey is almost unreadable due to the blue background.  They’re looking for experienced front-of-house and back-of-house people for both the Downtown and Midtown locations.  Apply in person between 2-4 PM weekdays.  Encore, Quetzal, and Jillian’s are also looking for help.

p. 49:  Hey, the Flyer remembered to include Free Will Astrology this week!  Good job guys!

Back page:  The National Civil Rights Museum is now offering half-off admission for the remainder of 2008.  You can call yourself a Memphian without having visited Graceland, but the NCRM is a required stop for true Memphians.  If you haven’t been yet, now is the time to go and save some money.

Heading up to the Saucer in about an hour for some $2.75 Sunset Wheat.  I’ll be at Bardog by 6, then Big Foot later, and possibly Blues City even later.