Tue update: Wine tasting for Hospitality HUB, South Main Trolley Night, nice Bardog poker prize, Civil Rights Museum, high-gravity beer news, bad news for long-term unemployed, Jimmy Ogle

There will be a wine tasting on Thursday, April 24 to benefit the Hospitality HUB, a nonprofit that helps people out of homelessness. The tasting will be at Jack Robinson Gallery from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. There will be music by Lee Taylor, and special guests will include Pat Morgan, author of The Concrete Killing Fields. Tickets are $50 each and you can buy them here.

South Main Trolley Night is this Friday from 6 to 9 PM. Live entertainment will include

  • Po Boys @ Green Beetle
  • Mara Danielle @ Sache
  • Pistol & The Queen @ Earnestine & Hazel’s
  • Joe Guyton @ Art Jamn: Listen!
  • Eric Crays/Steve Black/Brett Nelson @ Rizzo’s
  • Faith Evans Ruch @ Signal Flow PR
  • Wally Wright @ Grawemeyer’s
  • Tim Plunk @ Double J (6-8 p.m.)
  • Bean @ Double J (8-10 p.m.)
  • More music at Downtown Candle Company and Memphis Thing

as well as the following art shows:

  • Nancy Apple @ Ghost Lot next to Earnestine & Hazel’s
  • Opening of Rosa Jordan’s “People, Brass and Strings” @ D’Edge

Bardog Tavern is upping the ante for its weekly poker tournament. The winner of this week’s tournament will get two suite level tickets to the NCAA South Regional Sweet Sixteen at the FedExForum. The game is held every Wednesday night in the Underdog Room downstairs.

Speaking of Bardog, I was in there last night for happy hour and Melissa gave me two really nice PBR buttons:

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The newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum is about to reopen. On April 4 there will be a program in honor of the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s death starting at 11 AM, with a commemoration and candlelight vigil at 6. The following Day, April 5, Community Day, the museum will open to the public.

From the MBJ: Tennessee craft brewers are getting closer to getting high-gravity beers in grocery stores.

Also in the MBJ: A study indicates that only 1 in 10 long-term unemployed get hired each year. For more information, CNBC has an in-depth article about the study.

Congratulations to Jimmy Ogle, who was named Shelby County historian yesterday. He is known for his walking tours of Downtown, including his famous manhole cover tour.

It may be cold outside, but things could be worse. The Nashville area is getting thundersnow right now.

Tonight is the 16-week poker league final table at the Blind Bear, and I have qualified for a seat. Play starts at 8 PM. Jamie has said he has a lot of really awesome prizes for this final table. Good luck to all my opponents tonight, and especially to my buddy Dennis who is celebrating a big birthday. For those who didn’t qualify, there will be a side game. See you at the table!