Thur update: Power House closed, Mexican buffet for SMA, “Plug In” mixer, Travel Channel, sales tax holiday, and more

The Commercial Appeal reports that the Power House art gallery has closed. That’s kind of a shock, considering that this summer they’ve been more active than ever, hosting midnight movies, public forums, and kids’ events. Like everyone, though, they got hit by the tough economic times. Best wishes to those involved with the Power House and thanks for 6 great years.

The South Main Association has asked me to note some changes to their meeting next Tuesday at the Happy Mexican. Instead of complimentary hors d’oeuvres, there will be a complimentary dinner buffet. (Somewhere in an office building out in Collierville, the Nuh-Uh Girl is jumping for joy.) There will also be a cash bar. Hmmm with Steve Cohen appearing, I may have to skip trivia and show up for this one… Steve needs our support to ensure a victory over King Willie in the primary next year. Besides, with social hour starting at 6 and Steve not getting there until 8, there will be plenty of extra time to drink margaritas.

Memphis communications organizations AIGA, AAF, and PRSA will have a “Plug In” mixer tonight at Minglewood Hall. There will be drink specials by three advertising industry bands – Vending Machine, The Revisions, and WatchPaper. Drink specials, free appetizers.

The Travel Channel’s Great Weekends with Samantha Brown will re-broadcast its visit to Memphis this Saturday, August 8, at 9 PM. The show filmed Sam hanging out at Elvis’ favorite table at the Arcade, stopping by Alcenia’s for some soul food, and dancing at Hollywood Disco. A sneak peek of the show can be found here.

This weekend is a sales tax holiday. From Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, any single clothing item under $100 can be bought without paying sales tax. I know that Lansky and Shelton Clothiers are among the Downtown stores that will be featuring their under-$100 items. Good weekend to do some shopping.

Good article on the Majestic Grille’s employee art exhibit to be held next Wednesday, August 12, in the Commercial Appeal today.

Also in the CA today – it was announced that Wicked will return to the Orpheum in fall 2010. That’s great news for Downtown, because it brought a lot of business not only to the theatre itself, but to nearby businesses and attractions.

Plans for tonight: I’m going to play on PokerStars for a few hours, then head to the Saucer around 9:00 to see The Dempseys.