Tue update: MATA routes, Sriracha, stock photos and more

It looks like I was a little premature reporting that MATA had launched a new bus service among the major north-south and east-west thoroughfares in Downtown and Midtown, called Parkway Express. The service, to have ETA updates via website or text message, is only a proposal at this point. When they get the website up, I’ll link to it, and maybe we can start an e-mail and phone campaign in support of it.

I’ve been told that Sriracha sauce, which I recommended to flavor Bloody Marys, is available at Kroger and Schnucks in the ethnic food section. You don’t have to go to an international market to find it.

Award-winning Downtown restaurant Circa by John Bragg now has a presence on Facebook. You can search for “Circa Memphis” and become a fan.

I got news this morning that sxc.hu, probably my favorite free stock photo website, has been bought out by iStockPhoto. They say they’re keeping SXC free. I hope so. Any time I see corporate America (or corporate wherever) get involved, I get worried they’ll screw things up. If you’re a web developer and you need any royalty-free images, you may want to grab them while the site is still there.

Couple of things coming up at the Power House gallery this week: A panel discussion on Articulating Race and Power through Public Spaces on Thursday, a panel discussion featuring D’Army Bailey, Ernestine Jenkins, Richard Alexander Lou, Lee Millar, Wanda Rushing, and John Weeden. It will be a discussion of how art, space, and place can either break down or reinforce racial/cultural divides.

Then on Friday, they’ll have the finale in their Midnight Matinee series. Tsotsi will be the movie, and doors open at 11:15 PM. Here’s the synopsis: “Tsotsi is the street name of a young Johannesburg delinquent who has taken to a life of crime in order to support himself. One evening, Tsotsi shoots a woman while stealing her car, and only later discovers that her infant son is in the back seat. As Tsotsi finally looks back at his own childhood, he tries to take care of the infant on his own.”

Friday is, of course, South Main Trolley Tour as well, so if you want to see the movie, you could come early for Trolley Tour which is from 6 to 9, then either grab dinner at a good restaurant nearby (Harry’s Detour, Safari, Onix, the Blue Monkey) or hang out at a local bar for a couple of hours (Earnestine & Hazel’s, Calhoun’s) to pass the time. Plenty to do in South Main. During the trolley tour hours, MPACT Memphis will show off their new space at 506 S. Main with live music, the MPACTini, and food. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

Playing an hour of PokerStars, then off to trivia.  With nasty Turbo Dog as the Fire Sale, I’m in no hurry to get to the bar.