Enjoy Star Wars with a lightsaber flask and more Thursday news

Are you going to see the new Star Wars movie this weekend? Better check out this article from Toyland on how to have better refreshments while you watch the movie. Basically it involves a flask disguised as a toy lightsaber. I approve.

130 new apartments have been approved for the southwest corner of Tennessee and Butler, across from the Tennessee Brewery. There was some concern that the high density could congest narrow Mina Avenue, but a study shows that Mina should be fine.

There will be a wine tasting at Quench tomorrow from 5:30-7:30. Come learn about wines and if you like what you taste, purchase a bottle or two to take home.

Holly has a list of places open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Memphis. (It’s a list in progress, so bookmark it and check back when these days get closer.)

Meanwhile, Choose901 has a growing list of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve. I’m leaving the Christmas and New Year’s Eve lists to the other bloggers this year. The reason why is that I will be leaving town Christmas Eve and coming back on Christmas Day, and I typically hate New Year’s Eve so I don’t bother to do an event roundup. This year, however, I feel like I will be in the mood to celebrate, and have my eye on either Silly Goose or Max’s Sports Bar as possible destinations.

Beale Street remains unaffected by Overton Square’s success, with sales up 6% this year.

Appetite for Destruction, the premier Guns N’ Roses tribute band, plays Tin Roof on Beale Street Saturday at 10 PM.

Project: Motion will perform House Happening 3, a holiday dance performance, at the Woodruff-Fontaine Museum today through Sunday.

The annual STAX Music Academy holiday performance, Home for the Holidays, is tonight at the Cadre Building at 7:30. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Occasionally you will see a special cask of beer rolled out for one night only at the Flying Saucer. From Arkansas brewery Moody Brews (hey, you stole our name, almost): Why you should care about cask-conditioned beer

Memphis Firefighers (@mffa1784) tweeted that the application process is open, if you are interested in a career fighting fires.

Jennifer Biggs has a review of LYFE Kitchen in East Memphis. We will have one Downtown in the Chisca soon.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies is having some fun with Star Wars. Yesterday the Darth Maul was the Downtown Slice of the Day. Today it’s the Jango Fett. For those curious, the Jango Fett has a vodka cream base, with bacon, sausage, ham, and pepperoni. Now that sounds like my kind of pizza!

I probably am not going to make it to the Memphis City Football Club informational session this evening at the Brass Door (starts at 5:30), but I am in touch with the operators of the club and hope to have lots of information for you soon. My main plan tonight is the Silly Goose Christmas party with the John Paul Keith Trio and DJ Cody, which kicks off at 9. Come enjoy some Christmas cheer with Naughty Santa! Possibly a second post after work, so check back.