Wednesday update

A judge has ruled it’s illegal for the Blue Suede Brigade officers to write parking tickets Downtown. The officers often targeted people parked in alleys. Yesterday I watched a different officer – not MPD, he was wearing a shirt that identified him being an officer with private company CDA – write tickets in the block of Monroe between Front and Main.

A $5 cover is being reinstated for Beale Street for the rest of the month, following crowd surges and a shooting on the street the nights of Music Fest.

Sold-out crowds caused cell service problems at Tom Lee Park during Music Fest. The problems were said to affect some vendors who were taking credit and debit cards. If anyone from Memphis River Parks Partnership is reading this: I think we can all agree that Wi-Fi in Tom Lee Park would be nice to have and would make people want to spend more time there.

For the first time ever, October festival RiverArtsFest will have an emerging artists program. Artists will receive mentoring from people involved with the festival. Apply here and use the code RAFEMERGE.

City Councilman Berlin Boyd, at times a controversial figure and a target of criticism by activists, will have challengers in the upcoming election, most notably Jerred Price.

Urban Art Commission is seeking two summer interns. These will be paid positions. Must be a rising junior or senior living in, or going to school in Memphis, and must be FAFSA eligible. Graphic design, photography, or curatorial skills are a plus.

Paris has banned electric scooters from sidewalks. Those things are vehicles and belong on the streets.

I’ll let you in on a little secret as to why our BBQ team has run so well the past couple of years: We’ve started using project management software called Basecamp. It is great. We can have discussions, assign to-dos, share PDFs when we discuss things like T-shirt design. Every day it sends out a recap of what happened the day before, so everyone stays in the loop. It prevents “oh, we decided that at the bar the other night, you weren’t there” problem which we sometimes had in past years, and which I see affecting other teams.

The Redbirds play a day game today at 11:05 AM. It’s an Education Day and there will be robotics demonstrations from local schools.

Robert Stock, the founder and designer of the Robert Graham line of clothing, will make an appearance at Lansky Bros. on Saturday, May 18 1 to 4 PM. Robert will introduce guests to his latest business venture, Robert’s Club.

One-fourth of the new Forum Flats apartments, 55 of 205 units, were destroyed in a Sunday morning fire. The apartments were not yet occupied.

Jennifer Biggs of the Daily Memphian has a look at the new Soi No. 9 permanent location in the Medical District. The Thai restaurant will continue to operate its food truck, a favorite at the Thursday Court Square food truck rodeos.

Also in the Daily Memphian today, Tanja Mitchell has an excellent piece about creating a Downtown for everyone.

Memphis musician Tav Falco recently had his signature Hofner electric guitar stolen. Falco’s band was loading a minivan with equipment for a tour out West. They went inside for only a few minutes, and came back to find their stuff gone.

From the Washington Post: Open-office plans don’t work. Nope. Thanks to Copeland Coaching for sharing this article on social media.

Jamie Baker will play The View on the Residence Inn’s rooftop tomorrow evening from 5 to 8.

Bedrock Eats & Sweets at Main and Vance is hiring a part-time front of house position. You get easy hours, competitive, pay, and waffles. Email if interested.

Mud Island River Park, now open for the season, has received some upgrades and now allows dogs.

The former Gibson building caught fire yesterday. The building is the future home of FedEx Logistics, and the area of the building that was damaged was set to be demolished next week anyway. FedEx plans to move into the space April of next year.

Food and Wine has a list of the most popular liquors in every state. Not surprisingly, Jack Daniel’s is the most popular in Tennessee. In Arkansas and Mississippi, it’s Fireball.

The National Civil Rights Museum has won a prestigious award. The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is given to museums and libraries that have made exceptional contributions to their communities. The award will be presented in DC next month.

Before I hit Publish, I want to thank my many incredible friends and blog readers for their support this past week. You all mean the world to me. Good news – I am caught up on rent, I have spending money, and the debit card works again. I have a consulting project I’m working on this week, and next week will be all about the Moody Ques.

Life’s gonna be all right. Back tomorrow with more news.