Fri update: Bluff City Oktoberfest, I-55, Gus’s, Dine Around in the Edge of the Village, Memphis Madness gets douchebag coverage, World Series watch party, new art shop and more

Bluff City Oktoberfest happens on Riverside Drive tonight and tomorrow. It’s free admission, but you can donate $5 to their charitable partners or bring canned goods if you choose. Live music, artisans, food trucks, and a beer tasting tomorrow from 2 to 6. I’m in for the beer tasting if it doesn’t rain, although I’ll be a bit late.

The Riverside Drive closure caused me to take I-55 South to work for the first time in over a year. They’ve finally finished all that construction around Mallory Avenue and all three lanes are open. Nice! I’ll have to start taking 55 more often. Seems like the drivers are a bit less insane than the ones on 240.

The Love, Memphis fundraiser for Kenya is tonight at Kudzu’s.

From the Flyer: Playing Chicken: The Stretch of Front Street in Front of Gus’s Fried Chicken Isn’t a Parking Lot. THIS IS AWESOME.

There will be a Dine Around in the Edge of the Village next Friday, October 11 from 5 to 9 PM. It will feature restaurants on the edge of the Victorian Village neighborhood. These include Jamaican restaurant Evelyn & Olive, Venezuelan restaurant Arepa & Salsa, French restaurant Monsieur DeMarcus, and farm-fresh food from Trolley Stop Market. Visit for more information. A portion of the night’s sales will benefit the Victorian Village Development Corporation.

Good news and bad news for the Memphis Tigers. Memphis Madness will be one of only nine schools featured in ESPN’s coverage of Midnight Madness on ESPNU October 18. It’s been the first time in several years the Tigers have received that coverage. The bad news? The analyst ESPN is sending to cover Memphis Madness is one of the biggest slimeballs in college basketball, Bruce Pearl. Douchey Brucey was let go from UT after the NCAA assessed a 3-year show-cause penalty for lying in an investigation and directing others to lie. I hope Memphians boo the Bruchebag out of the building.

AutoZone Park will throw a watch party for Game 2 of the World Series, showing the game on their HD video board and on TVs in the club level. Admission will be free, and fans can purchase a buffet of Rendezvous Barbeque, King Cotton hot dogs, Turner Dairy ice cream, and Coca-Cola soft drinks. Season ticket holders who renew that night will get a free wristband for the buffet. Beer will also be available for purchase. The game will be October 24 and gates will open at 6 PM.

The MBJ reports that a new art shop will open at 506 S. Main representing Memphis artists and craftspeople.

Last night I tried the Stoner Pie at the Silly Goose.

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Tater tots covered with queso and chorizo. I forgot to notice whether the Stoner Pie had a little symbol next to it on the menu saying it is recommended by the American Heart Association. I would think not though. You can get bacon or chicken instead of chorizo. Fun times at the Goose. Celebrated a birthday, caught up with a friend we haven’t seen in a while, got a furloughed government employee’s first-hand take on the shutdown.

Early lunch today, meeting, webinars, then home for the weekend and out to the bars. I’m about 50/50 on whether I’ll hit Bluff City Oktoberfest tonight or wait until tomorrow.