Street drinking and Saturday news

The cold front has passed through and this weekend we can expect sunshine with highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s, unseasonably cool for Memphis this time of year. Great weekend for patio drinking… or street drinking! When the pedestrian promenade opened on Peabody Place last month, everyone was under the impression that the Silly Goose would be able to serve drinks to people sitting in their section of the promenade. However, a nearby business (gosh I wonder who that could be) complained to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, who informed Goose staff that they had to apply for a separate permit to be able to serve on the promenade. Yesterday I was in there for happy hour, and the bartender told me the permit had just arrived.

If you haven’t made it out to Edge Alley at 600 Monroe yet to check out the biscuits, the coffee, and the shopping, Place at the Table has a review you need to read: Breakfast at Edge Alley

Clean Comedy Experience comes to the Halloran Centre with shows at 4 and 8 today (tickets $20-45). This is your chance to get some laughs without having to hear any offensive words (you know, the kind of words you would hear if you attended one of White House communications director Scaramucci’s press conferences). It’s comedy with honor, class, and dignity.

Bigger Music comes to the Ghost River taproom tonight from 6 to 9. Baily Bigger brings the acoustic guitar and vocals, and Wyly Bigger brings piano and vocals as they perform some of their originals as well as their favorite covers. There is no cover charge to get in and this is a family-friendly show.

The times for the 3-on-3 basketball tournament for the Memphis Police and Fire Departments have been announced: 4-7 PM today and 2-5 PM tomorrow. Come out and cheer the people who keep us safe.

Memphis Parkour will give a demonstration tomorrow, Sunday, July 30, at Your Inner Yogi, 10 N. Second #102, from 1 to 2 PM. The Parkour demonstration will be across the street in Court Square as part of their “Move Memphis!” weekend. The goal is to promote Parkour as a healthy and safe form of recreation that promotes fitness. Pre-register here to get in a raffle for prizes.

By the way, when I clicked on that link, I saw that Your Inner Yogi currently has an intro deal running: 2 weeks of unlimited classes for $19.

The area’s largest and most requested bridal show returns to the Cook Convention Center tomorrow: the Memphis Pink Bride Wedding Show.

The FDA is considering lowing nicotine levels in conventional cigarettes to non-addictive levels. So let me get this straight… right now I can go out and buy a product that is known to contain addictive levels of a drug, and the use of that product has been shown to take years off the average person’s life. But I can’t go to an online poker site, have them pull $5 plus a 50 cent table fee out of my PayPal account, and enjoy three to six hours of a poker tournament, with the chance to win more than my entry back if I survive into the money (potentially many many times more if I’m the last player standing)?

BBQ teammates, if you did not receive an email this week, let me know. We are restructuring the team a bit and gearing up to compete in Best Memphis Burger Fest. There were rumors that the team was finished, but that was merely a momentary lapse of reason.

The Mooch finally forced Reince Priebus out of the White House yesterday. Politico has the analysis. So much fun to sit back and watch all the infighting among the wackadoos. Donald, you’ve outdone yourself; this is the best season of The Apprentice yet, and great job getting it on all cable networks rather then just restricting it to NBC.

That’ll do it for now. Off to the usual Saturday spots.