Wednesday update

Yesterday I blogged that the Redbirds will have a big Easter celebration with a candy hunt on the field after the April 16 game. The candy will be dropped from a helicopter. Thanks to Air Traffic Mike for emailing this link about the original candy bomber, Gail Halvorsen. He dropped candy for children during the Berlin airlift of 1948-49. Halvorsen is still alive and kicking at age 96.

Home game 1 and 2 tickets for the Grizzlies in the opening round of the NBA playoffs go on sale Saturday, April 8 at 10 AM. We don’t yet know the seed, the opponents, or the dates or times… but we do know there is nothing like the atmosphere at Grizzlies home games in the playoffs. It’s almost Growl Towel time!

Ghost River is having a pre-game Grizzlies giveaway tonight at their taproom from 5 to 7:30. Lucky fans will win tickets to go to the Grizzlies game vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at FedExForum tonight at 7. For those who don’t win tickets, you can watch the game at the taproom. Yippie Trippie & The Porkstars will have their food truck on site.

There’s a future Grizzlies game you might want to start planning for, the one on Sunday, April 9 at 5 PM vs. the Detroit Pistons. If you’re one of the first 4000 in the gate, you get a Tony Allen pepper grinder.

Four-piece, high energy blues and roots band Sister Lucille comes to Memphis from Southwest Missouri to play The Dirty Crow Inn Friday night from 9 to midnight. Their inspiration comes from Beale Street and they are versed in blues and entertainment.

The taproom manager at High Cotton (who is welcome to come say hello the next time she sees me at Clarence’s bar) feels so strongly that you should come have a beer when they open at 4, that she’s willing to use a double negative to do it.

Also, if you buy a 6 pack of beer in the taproom tonight, you’ll get a free sample of beer as thanks for stopping by.

The Church Health Center has a software support specialist position open.

Daaaaamn. The Memphis Tigers basketball team was expecting to lose Dedric Lawson, but this morning it was announced that his brother K.J. is transferring as well. Not good for Tubby Smith.

Very, very good news for Memphis: The Calvary Rescue Mission is breaking ground on a new homeless shelter. The shelter will be built next to an adjacent building at 960 South Third and will house 112 homeless men a night.

Eric Hughes Trio returns to the Blind Bear this Friday from 9 PM to 1 AM.

The Grand Majestic Riverboat Co. will begin offering one-to-three week riverboat cruises on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers this fall. Memphis will be one of the port cities.

Russell Westbrook comes to town as the Grizzlies play the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 7 at FedExForum.

That’s all for now. Out at the usual place tonight. Back tomorrow.