IBC kicks off and more Tuesday news

The International Blues Challenge happens today through Saturday on Beale Street and in nearby clubs. This a chance for locals to hear some of the best blues in the world, and insiders have told me the early days are some of the best days to go. There’s an International Showcase on Beale Street today starting at 5:30. Complete schedule for the week is here.

Trolley Stop Market has Valentine’s Day news: They are now taking orders for heart-shaped pizzas for the holiday. If you want to have a party for your group or office and plan to order 10 or more 20-inch pizzas, they can give you a discount.

Also, Trolley Stop will have a special Farm to Table 3-course meal the weekend of February 12-14. There will be live music, and they will have family-friendly and vegetarian options for those who need them.

Damn. Eddie Van Halen is 61 today.

The Tigers play a road game at UCF today at 6, televised on CBS Sports Net. After Sunday’s bad loss to ECU, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether we should keep Josh Pastner as coach. Geoff Calkins explains that it would not be cheap to let Pastner go. There’s no buyout clause and the U of M would owe Pastner $10 million.

St. Jude has a Liason, Marketing Strategy & Planning position open.

Elmwood Cemetery is hosting a tour of the Elmwood Cottage Saturday at 1 ($15). Assistant Director Bob Barnett will share the building’s stories and history, and the stories of some of the 1866 building’s furnishings. Attendees will get to see records of slaves buried before the Civil War, and grave sites of people who died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1878. More info here.

The monthly South Main Trolley Night happens Friday from 6 to 9 with a pink trolley bus to ride and most stores in the area open late. Art Village Gallery (410 S. Main) will have an Out of Africa exhibit, and South Main Sounds (550 S. Main) will have Songwriter Night #21.

The five proposals submitted to redevelop the south end of Mud Island have been released to the public.

Club Paradise will reopen as a community center. B.B. King, Bobby Rush and many other blues musicians played the famous club at 645 East Georgia in the 1960s.

A Southern classic: Felicia from Felicia Suzanne’s has a video tutorial on making fried green tomatoes.

That’ll do it for now. I’m getting my hair cut after work, so I will be late getting out. I went a short time between haircuts this time: 3 months and 27 days, as compared to the 7+ months I went between the last two haircuts. I will probably watch the Tigers at the Blind Bear afterward.