Thur update: New arts group, Lowenstein Building, Memphis Memories

Saw something very cool in the Downtown Livin’ It Up bulletin today: The organization that puts on RiverArtsFest is starting a group called ARTitude for younger art lovers who love to attend parties. $50 membership gets you entry to at least 5 parties between now and RiverArtsFest, a poster, and a T-shirt. This sounds like a great idea! More info about ARTitude here.

Preservation Magazine, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has an article on their site about the Lowenstein Building at Main and Jefferson.

WKNO is working on a new “Memphis Memoirs” show focusing on Downtown Memphis. They’re looking for memorabilia from Downtown from the 1900s through the 1970s to feature on the show. If you have something they might be interested in, give them a call at (901) 325-6525 or e-mail them at

Home from work.  Hopefully I’ll make it to the bar before the rain starts…

Wed update: Madison Hotel news, developer position

For those expecting an April Fool’s Day spoof, sorry, couldn’t think of anything worth posting this year.  I wasn’t feeling well and took the night off from trivia and from the Silly Goose’s $2 drink night.  I’ve been told the team got third place.

A Little Rock radio station broadcast a rumor this morning that Nolan Richardson may come out of retirement to coach Memphis Tigers basketball.  That would be a great move.  Richardson took Arkansas to the national title in 1994, and is the kind of high-profile coach who could operate at the level Cal did.  He’s also an excellent recruiter and might be able to keep most of the 2009-10 recruiting class intact.  The downside is that Nolan is already in his 60s, so it’s not like he’d stick around for 15-20 years and build a dynasty.  If not Nolan, I agree, his protege Mike Anderson at Missouri is the man to get.

If we hire Bruce Pearl I may have to move to another city.

Got an update from the Madison Hotel… they’ll kick off their summer rooftop party series Thursday, April 9, same night the Peabody kicks off.  Elmo & the Shades will be the first week’s entertainment.

They’re also starting a “Madison 400” club.  Membership gets you and a guest entrance to all rooftop parties, access to the roof on Fridays and Saturdays, privileges to run a monthly tab at Grill 83 and the Madison (upon credit approval), 15% off published room rates, 10% off food at Grill 83, 10% off on-site catering, 24 valet parking passes, and one night in a Deluxe room at the Madison.  Entry fee is $400 per year.

One of my recruiter contacts is looking for a UI developer working with Silverlight and VB.NET.  If you’re interested e-mail me at and I’ll put you in touch with her.

That’ll do it for now… off to work.