Monday update

Yesterday I was surfing Twitter and hit upon a very interesting piece of news. @BradPee posted a photo of the former Scoops location on G.E. Patterson across from Cheesecake Corner. I did not know that Scoops closed a few weeks ago. There was a sign in the window that said, “Coming Soon: Litttle Italy,” which I am taking to mean a second location of the popular Little Italy restaurant in Midtown. I got to try their pizza at a BBQ meeting this spring and it is very good.

It can be hard to find stuff to do with kids Downtown on Halloween, but Trolley Stop Market has an option for you. They will have a Trick or Treat from 5:00 to 8:30 PM on the 31st. Tickets are $10 per child under 12 and there will be candy, crafts, pizza and a beverage. For adults there will be dinner and drink specials. Seating is limited, so order your ticket through Everbrite if you want to go.

Wednesday is expected to be a very wet day, so whatever your Halloween plans are, better have an alternative it they’re outside.

Ghost River is celebrating the taproom’s second birthday this Saturday, November 3. From noon to 4 they’ll have a Small Shop featuring Madame Poindextra’s. The New Wing Order food truck will be back at the brewery serving their delicious wings, tacos and fries. The Lucky 7 Brass Band takes the stage at 8 PM (no cover). New beers will make their debut, and there will be giveaways all day long.

The South Main Association’s November meeting has been announced for Stock & Belle, 6 PM social, 6:30 program, for Tuesday, November 13, and they have a star-studded lineup of presenters. Kevin Kane, CEO of Memphis Tourism, will speak on the impact of tourism in South Main and what it means to the city. Tim Mulqueen, head coach of Memphis 901 FC, will inform the SMA about Memphis’ new pro soccer team. Krista Flanagan will speak on the St. Jude Marathon that will pass through South Main on December 1 (neighborhood guide here). The 2019 board elections will also be held at this meeting. Members free, guests $10.

As your number-one source of news and information about The Edge District, it’s my pleasure to tell you of an upcoming opportunity to play cards for charity… and this card game isn’t poker.

GET THESE HANDS! A spades tournament and game night benefiting MLK50 Memphis will be held at the Premiere Palace Ballroom, 629 Monroe, on Saturday, November 10. Register to play and the soul food buffet and first drink are on the house. If you don’t have a spades partner, one will be found for you. Winning pair earns a trophy, bragging rights, and free drinks for the rest of the night. Not into spades but still want to be a part of the fun? No problem, they’ll have dominoes, bid whist, Uno and other games. Alcohol will be served so this is a 21+ event.

I wonder if they know they stole Braun Strowman’s catchphrase?

Saturday I posted Pontotoc Lounge’s fall/winter menu and noticed one of the appetizers that I had never tried, chickpea fries with harissa ketchup and comeback sauce. I love chickpeas and chickpea-based products, but I guess I’d never ordered the fries because I’m not a huge fan of ketchup. Yesterday I was thinking, “What is harissa, anyway?” and I Wikipedia’d it. Harissa is a hot pepper chili paste from the Maghreb, most commonly associated with Tunisia, but also used in Morocco and Libya. Yum! Now I want to try those fries. As long as ketchup is interesting, not just the boring red stuff out of a Heinz bottle, I don’t mind it. The chickpea fries come with a side of Mississippi comeback sauce too, and I’m sure that’s good.

Singer Bettye LaVette, who has reimagined the works of artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Bruce Springsteen, will perform at the Halloran Centre this Saturday, November 3. Tickets are $35.

In other Halloran Centre News, Kafe Kirk, the jazzy, groovy, series of performances by Kirk Whalum, returns to the Centre December 2, this time joined by a special guest: Sheila E. Due to demand a second concert has been added on the same day.

The Daily Memphian has a photo gallery of this past weekend’s RiverArtsFest.

From Mashable: The 10 types of trolls you’ll spot in the wild. Don’tcha just hate those crazy trolls?

That’s it for this Monday. Back tomorrow with more news.