Wed update 2: Peabody rooftop party details for tomorrow, ZipCar, Africa in April, ESPN filming at the U of M this weekend, Redbirds news

This week’s Thursday night Peabody rooftop party will feature Kaleidophonix, DJ Mark Anderson, and Hot Chelle Rae. The drink special will be $4 shots of Fireball, and the food buffet will be a french fry bar with assorted toppings. Those in VIP will also have a buffet of open European sandwiches, crab cakes with corn salsa, and grilled chicken tenderloins with honey mustard sauce. The Grizzlies’ Claw Crew and Grizz Girls will make appearances. Doors open at 6, ladies free until 7. If bad weather threatens (looks like it will) they’ll move the party inside to the Grand Ballroom in the hotel’s skyway.

I have more info on ZipCar, the car sharing program coming to Downtown Memphis. There will be two cars at Main and Gayoso, and two at Main and Huling, each with dedicated parking spaces. The cars can be rented for $7.50 an hour or $69 a day, with gas, insurance, and parking all included. Recent studies indicate members of car-sharing programs cut their transportation costs by up to 70% a year.

Cultural awareness festival Africa in April happens this weekend, Wednesday, April 17 through Sunday, April 21. The fest is in Robert R. Church Park, located on Beale just east of Fourth. The honored country this year is the Republic of Senegal.

ESPN will be on campus this weekend to do a feature on longtime Tigers baseball bat boy Stan “The Man” Bronson. Very cool. I went to a few of Stan’s birthday parties in the Tiger Den when I was a graduate student and instructor at the University of Memphis. One of the nicest people you will meet in this city, for sure.

The Redbirds are back in town Saturday and it will be a fireworks night. Sunday is a day when you can bring your dog to the ballpark and sit in a special section. There will be $1 hot dogs and nationally-known entertainment act Jake the Diamond Dog will perform.

Ahhh. The apartment building charged my A/C with Freon and it feels like Antarctica in here. I saw some people discussing “Who’s a member of the ‘I haven’t turned my A/C on yet, it’s only April’ club?” on Twitter this afternoon. I am definitely NOT a member of that club! Can’t enjoy the cold for too long though… there’s beer to drink. Out to the bars!