Mon update: Anthony Bourdain @ Orpheum, Elvis week events including pub crawl, Kerry visits Aldo’s, possible Victorian Village B&B, Gibson Guitars settles with the gov’t, fashion makeover

No lunchtime post today due to a lack of news. Fortunately enough stuff came in for an after-work post…

Anthony Bourdain will bring his “Guts & Glory” tour to the Orpheum Friday, November 2. He’ll share open, candid insights about his career and travels, and there will be a Q&A with the audience. More details here. Food-related event? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will try to score a free ticket.

Elvis Week 2012 kicks off Friday, August 10, commemorating the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death. Here is a list of events.

One more event which is not an “official” event, but which is a lot of fun, is the annual Elvis pub crawl Downtown. It’s a charity pub crawl that benefits the Mid-South Food Bank. Wear your Elvis or Priscilla gear and bring cash or a non-perishable food donation to the Flying Saucer at 7 PM Saturday, August 11. Participants will stumble to Blue Fin, Blind Bear, Silky’s, Purple Haze, and then back to the Saucer. If you don’t feel like going to the grocery store to get canned goods to bring, that’s fine – the Food Bank can turn each dollar you donate into nearly $4 worth of food.

Kerry from the I Love Memphis Blog visited Aldo’s Pizza Pies with a friend and tried several dishes that I haven’t had yet. Read her review here. Thanks to Kerry, the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and stuffed peppers are now high on my list of things to try.

The Daily News has lots of Downtown news today. Pending a City Council vote, the James Lee House at 690 Adams could be converted into a luxury bed-and-breakfast. This could be the start, it is said, of the transformation of Victorian Village into a walking neighborhood with many entertainment options like Cooper-Young or Overton Square. I would love to see that! Read the article here.

Also in the Daily News, Gibson Guitar has settled its case with the feds. The guitar maker got in trouble with the government for using illegally imported wood from Madagascar.

The Daily News also reports that the owner of Backbeat Tours will get a televised fashion makeover on TLC’s “What Not to Wear” Tuesday at 9 PM.

I need to start a new social network/iPhone app that sends location-based notifications when your friends nearby are wearing tube tops. Sunday morning I got a text from someone saying I should have gone to the Blind Bear the night before, because she had a tube top on. That does me no good at all.

My friend Karen posted a bunch of photos from last night’s Sunday karaoke at the Double J. I have to admit it looked like fun and they drew a good crowd. Much better than the photos I used to see from the since-discontinued Saturday karaoke night at the Monkey, which looked about as exciting as watching paint dry. Perhaps I need to give it a chance sometime (just listening, not singing). I haven’t seen any pics of Robo there, which must be a huge relief to the eardrums of South Main.

Programming note: I’m off Wednesday-Friday, so posts will appear on a “whenever I feel like it” schedule rather than “when I have time.” There will be plenty of content though. I don’t take vacations from the blog.

Tonight’s my only evening this week which is followed by another workday, and I can’t think of a better place to spend it than Pint Nite at the Flying Saucer. Almost all draft beers $3 a pint.