Tue update: Double J limo, Reindeer Games, curry @ Brass Door, Peabody tree lighting, Thanksgiving openings, beer ordinance, get weather app for free

Above: The Double J limo. For Grizzlies and Tigers basketball games, you can pre-game at Double J Smokehouse and Saloon, and they will give you a ride to the FedExForum and back to the J after the game. The saloon is located on G.E. Patterson Avenue at Mulberry.

There’s going to be a new festival in Court Square on Saturday, December 15. It’s called “Reindeer Games” and this is the description copied from the Facebook event listing: “Come help the Idlewild Elementary School’s 5th graders go to Washington D.C. There will be live music, Talent Contest, Art Contest, Yummy food from Downtown Restaurants, Family Fun Race, Cornhole Tournament, Pictures with Santa, Reindeer Games t-shirt sales, Pub Crawl starts at end of festival and more to come. Information will be posted soon so save the Date!!” Pub crawl starts at end of festival? I like the sound of that! The only problem with outdoor winter festivals is that I can’t encourage my readers to wear tube tops.

Tonight is “TCB,” Tuesday Curry and Beers, at the Brass Door. This week they will have a choice of Rogan Josh or vegetarian Bombay Aloo curries for $8 at 5 PM. Seamus and Diamond Dave at the bar, and they will be showing Once on the TV to celebrate Glen Hansard playing the Orpheum on Wednesday. My stomach is really messed up (happens when you take a vacation day and start Pint Nite at 11 AM) but if I get to feeling better after work, I will give this a try.

The Peabody’s tree lighting ceremony is Friday from 11 AM to 7:30 PM. Local choirs will perform, with special appearances by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Memphis, Paul McKinney Quintet, and Children’s Ballet Theater. Santa will be there and his elves will pass out holiday candy.

Kerry has a running list of what will be open on Thanksgiving. Many of Downtown’s bars – Saucer, South of Beale, Bardog, Blind Bear – will be open during the evening hours.

The City Council votes on a final draft that would allow beer tastings in grocery stores today. If you have a minute, email your local councilperson in support of this ordinance. We need to get our beer laws in line with Tennessee’s other big cities.

MemphisWeather.net is giving away its iPhone app for a limited time. Search for it in the App Store.

That’ll do it for now. Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, but like I said, when Pint Nite starts at 11 it’s hard to get much productive stuff done.