Fri update: Grizzlies pre-season, shipping deadlines, Brass Door, building on South Main purchased, St. Jude Marathon

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Grizzlies will play one pre-season game at home, prior to the start of the shortened regular season on Christmas. On December 16 the Grizzlies will host the New Orleans Hornets at the FedExForum. The team will then travel to New Orleans for a pre-season road game on the 21st.

News you can use: Here’s a list of holiday shipping deadlines for many major stores, broken down into regular, express, and fastest shipping. I found the list in this post on Lifehacker, an excellent site to bookmark or subscribe to.

The Plaintiffs Trio will play a free concert in the Cavern, the Brass Door’s underground live music space, tonight at 9. However, don’t show up fashionably early: The Irish pub will be closed from 4:30 to 9:00 tonight.

One of the few vacant buildings left in the South Main Arts District was 498 S. Main. It’s a one-story building that had black finishing on the outside. I used to peek in the windows, and in between the blinds I could see a collapsed ceiling, and elements of a nautical theme. I always kinda hoped the owners of the Cove would buy the building and open a second location, but it’s not to be. The Memphis Business Journal is reporting that architecture firm UrbanArch has purchased the building. They will make it their office after repairing the ceiling and making other renovations. Always good to have more people working Downtown! Insider tip: After work, walk around the corner to Max’s Sports Bar to watch sports and enjoy one of the 10 beers on tap. May I recommend the PBR?

If you plan on driving Downtown tomorrow, keep in mind that it’s the St. Jude Marathon/Half Marathon and that many streets will be blocked. Expect delays.

Speaking of the race, if you’re running, there are a lot of “carb up” restaurant specials going on tonight. Here’s a list. If I had to make one pick from this list, it would be the Mardi Gras Pasta from King’s Palace Cafe. That is one of the best dinners on Beale. For value carbing, you can’t beat the deal at Kooky Canuck: $5.99 all you can eat spaghetti. (Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up for that special, claiming she’s running the race.)

This is the only day of the weekend for which I don’t have plans; nevertheless, I’ll be out somewhere. Time to grab a quick lunch and count down to the weekend.