Wed update: Thunderbird convention, LaunchMemphis calendar, burger eating contest, Redbirds, poker, stuff going on tonight

Memphis will host the world’s largest Thunderbird convention this weekend. Friday from 11 to 4, 300 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbirds will be on display at the Cook Convention Center. The ‘birds will also be on display at Graceland Saturday 11 AM to 1:45 PM, and on Beale Street Sunday 2 PM to 5 PM. The Daily News has more details.

The LaunchMemphis Fall 2012 calendar of events has been released. If you are an entrepreneur, are interested in being one, or would like to support entrepreneurship in Memphis, there’s something on there for you.

The Best Memphis Burger Fest has announced an eating contest for the September 30 festival at Minglewood Hall. Two-person teams will compete each other. The team that eats the most of a 7 1/2 pound Kooky Canuck Kookamonga burger will be declared the winner. Winning team gets a $100 Kooky Canuck gift card.

The Redbirds return to town tonight for their last homestand, which runs through August 30. Tonight is Tooth Fairy Night. The Tooth Fairy will be signing autographs during the game, and after the game kids can run the bases with the Tooth Fairy. Sponsored by Delta Dental. When I was a kid in Little Rock I got autographs by Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Bob Feller at Arkansas Travelers games, but never the tooth fairy. Dammit I missed out. Maybe the fairy only works AAA and higher.

This week a federal court ruled that poker is a game of skill. The government, the plaintiff in the case, was given an opportunity to bring in an expert to testify that poker is predominately a game of chance, but could not find an expert who would say so. Read the Poker Players’ Alliance press release about the ruling here. The momentum continues to grow for online poker to be legalized and regulated in the U.S.

Speaking of poker, congratulations to Tim on his victory at the Blind Bear final table last night. He will be eating well for a while, with several hundred dollars in restaurant gift cards awarded as the prize. A new league with new point standings will begin next Tuesday at 8 PM.

Stuff going on tonight: DJ Superman at Bleu, 7 PM; Bikes on Beale; bingo with Diamond Dave at the Brass Door, 7:30; half price pizza and wine at Pa Pa Pia’s; glass night at the Saucer, 7 PM; trivia night at Blind Bear, 8 PM.

Before I went to the Bear, I stopped by Aldo’s Pizza Pies for the Slice of the Day. It was the Button Man with pepperoni added.

The Button Man consists of tomato sauce, mozzarella, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and black olives. It’s basically a supreme pizza without the meats, which is kind of cool because it allows you to add the meats you want – a “build your own supreme” in a sense. Alternately, you can order it without any meats and have a really good veggie pizza.

I like the Slice of the Day concept too. It lets me sample all of Aldo’s pizzas one by one, without having to invest in whole pies. Then, when I am ready to lay down some money for a 12 or 18 inch pizza, I know which one I like the best.

That’s the news for the day. Most likely I’ll be at the Bear for trivia tonight.