Friday update

Moe’s Food Truck Wars, benefiting Streets Ministries, happens in Court Square this afternoon from 3 to 7. Local food trucks will choose their best dish and have it judged by local personalities. This event is free to attend, there will be giveaways and live music, and beverages will be available. Participating food trucks include

El Mero
Say Cheese
Mojo Cafe
Smurfey Smokehouse
Melting Pots
Eat At Eric’s
Fresh Gulf Shrimp
Sin City Grillers
901 Dough
Le Culinaire
Fabulous Flavors
Voodoo Cafe
Rice Burner
Snow Haus

The Joe Biden Promise Tour comes to the Orpheum tonight at 8. Please run in 2020, Uncle Joe!

The annual Juneteenth celebration returns to Robert Church Park this weekend. It’s a celebration of freedom, respect for all cultures, and a three-day urban music festival.

Two young Memphians have fallen in love with their new home in the Pinch District at 358 N. Main and plan to open a coffee shop on the ground floor. They are going to call it Comeback Coffee and hope for it to be a place that brings people from Uptown, Mud Island, and St. Jude together.

Earlier this year Memphis got a bike-sharing service. Now we’re getting an an electric scooter sharing service called Bird. The scooters will be available starting today at stations in Downtown, Uptown, Midtown, South City, and Cooper-Young. Bird will host a free helmet giveaway today in Court Square at 3:30.

South Main Sounds at 550 S. Main hosts an evening with Joe Leathers and Friends tonight at 7. Leathers, author of multiple top-forty hits, will perform with Rice Drewry, Rollin Roasti, and Andrew Solomito.

Hay! Make Father’s Day Local! is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. At the Market, you can get Dad a nice piece of meat or seafood to throw on the grill. Can’t get him a tie at the Market though! Folks from the Downtown Cossitt Library will be there from 8 to noon for Father’s Day reading, and you can make Father’s Day cards for the men in your life. Live music all day long. The Market happens every Saturday from 8 am to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson. Weather permitting, my troll and I plan on being there tomorrow morning!

Some of the WWE stars appearing on Smackdown had a negative experience while in Memphis this week. According to the Wrestling Online Newsletter, WWE Superstars Rusev and Lana had items stolen from their room at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown, including cash from Rusev’s wallet and Lana’s camera (and it happened on Rusev Day, for heaven’s sake!) Smackdown general manager Paige also had items stolen from her room, and tweeted harsh words toward the hotel.

Brass Door will open at 5 AM tomorrow for World Cup matches. France vs. Australia is at 5 AM, followed by Argentina vs. Iceland at 8 AM, then Peru vs. Denmark at 11 AM, then Croatia vs. Nigeria wraps up the day at 2 PM. $4 White Russians and Heinekens, small breakfast items starting at 5 AM, match menu available at 8 AM. Wonder how many people will hang out on Beale until the bars close at 5 then walk over to Brass Door to continue drinking?

Love Never Dies, said to be the best musical Andrew Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since Phantom of the Opera, will come to the Orpheum September 4-9. Tickets go on sale July 13.

Meghan from the Memphis Flyer thinks you should go to Westy’s and talk to Mr. Jake.

There’s a rumor going around that the Grizzlies are shopping around a trade of the #4 pick and Chandler Parsons. If that happens, drafting Thabeet will no longer be the stupidest thing Chris Wallace ever did here.

For lunch yesterday, I finally made the journey to Las Delicias at Quince and 240. It was my first time ever to eat at a Las Delicias restaurant, although I have bought their fare at festivals around Memphis. Rather than order one big entree, I decided to sample around the menu a bit.

I got a chorizo taco for $2, served on two small corn tortillas and topped with onion and cilantro.

I also got a pork tamale for $2. They have chicken tamales as well.

Charro beans, in a soup form cooked with chorizo, ham and bacon, were $3.25. I’m glad I tried these. I almost got the tortilla soup instead, but then thought, I always get tortilla soup at Mexican restaurants, might as well be different. These were outstanding and the charro beans are going to be my go-to item when I return to Las Delicias.

Way more authentic than most Mexican restaurants and getting out of there for $9.72 before tip is not bad at all. Now, I know what many of you are thinking – Paul, you didn’t try the guacamole? City Market carries Las Delicias guacamole in their grab & go so I can get it anytime.

Wonderful news this morning! A U.S. district judge revoked Paul Manafort’s bail, sending him to jail pending the his July trial on bank fraud charges and his September trial for money laundering charges. The judge said there was nothing she could do that was less restrictive. “This is not middle school. I can’t take away his phone.” As one source I follow on Twitter pointed out, this is Special Counsel Mueller effectively telling ol’ Paulie Walnuts, “Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life, if you don’t cooperate and tell us everything you know about the Trump criminal enterprise.”

The week is almost over and my reward of a Banana Hammock slush at Max’s Sports Bar is within sight. Last week I was tired and stayed confined to my bar stool at Max’s almost the entire time. Not so this week. I plan on mingling all over the place! Back tomorrow with more news.