Thursday update

Jennifer Biggs of The Daily Memphian has the info on the grand opening of Puck Food Hall at 409 S. Main, which happens tonight at 5:30. The food hall has expanded to 10 businesses with a few more to come. These include a bar, a butcher and deli, a dessert shop, a pizzeria, a coffee and tea shop, a pasta shop, an organic salad shop, a gelato shop, a Mexican restaurant and an American-Chinese restaurant. Space for a chef-in-residence will be added soon.

The Cossitt Library will have a presence at 409 S. Main tonight and tomorrow. They will have their Pop-Up Library from which you can purchase books. They will also be talking about the Memphis Public Libraries’ Explore Memphis summer program, and they will be signing people up to become a Friend of Cossitt and to join their email list.

The Cossitt folks will also be at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. They will have flowers to give away, spring-themed books to read, and coloring activities for the kids. Follow Cossitt Library on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news.

The NBA Finals tip off tonight at 8 on ABC, and I betcha there is going to be a lot of interest from Memphis. Marc Gasol and the Toronto Raptors face off against the Golden State Warriors, and it would be so good to see Big Spain get a ring. The Raptors finished the season with the better record, and therefore will host games 1 and 2 and (if necessary) 5 and 7. Grind City Media has an article about Marc Gasol feeling the support of Memphis and his Core Four brothers as he competes in his first Finals.

On Friday, June 14, River Garden will have a Night Market from 4:30 to 7:30 PM. TapBox will be on site pouring cold beer, and food vendors 4th Cup and Soi Number 9 food truck. There will be hula hoops, yard games, music, and the following vendors:

Bluff City Turning
Estes Designs
IV by David
Primas Bakery and Boutique
MEK Design
Mbabazi House of Style Memphis
Mili’s Flowers And Gifts
Pretty Useful Co
Question the Answer
Terri Scott Illustration

The Memphis Farmers Market’s annual 5K, Crop Hop, is getting even better this year. Due to popular demand, the race will move from Friday night to Saturday morning, with June 15 being the date this year. The race will start and end at the Market, and there will be a new course this year with scenic views and no hills. Race participants get an after-party with Bloody Marys, beer, breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, and more. Also, the great thing about having the race on Saturday morning is that when you finish your run, you’re right there at the Market. Participants will get a reusable tote and a $5 coupon to spend with Market vendors that day. If you want to enjoy the after-party but you don’t want to run, sign up to be a Spirit Runner. Register for the race here.

Memphis magazine has a look at summer on the river, and there’s a lot going on. There will be two Mud Island free concert series. The first, Soulin’ on the River, will be five shows featuring the sound of new Memphis Soul, curated by local artist Tonya Dyson. The second series will be called Vibe on the Island and will feature original Memphis music in a variety of genres, curated by actor/vocalist Bertram Williams. There are daily kayak and paddleboat rentals, and there will be a free kayaking orientation this Saturday at 2 at River Garden. There’s free yoga at River Garden every Tuesday at 6, and there is a new Yoga on the Gulf class combining paddleboarding and yoga in Mud Island River Park’s Gulf of Mexico pool Sundays in June. YOGA! Kids will have arts and crafts activities the first Sunday of every month in River Garden. This Sunday, June 2, kids will be able to craft and paint flags.

Studies show that crime goes up on Beale Street when the Beale Street Bucks cover charge is not in effect. The cover works, plain and simple.

Drunk Uncle, the self-proclaimed “Memphis’ Most Funniest Band,” headlines the Peabody rooftop party tonight. Known to play any song from any genre, the Peabody writes, “You may hear Aerosmith and you may hear Michael Jackson, or you may hear Shania Twain, Big & Rich, Van Halen, The Offspring or the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” $10 to get in, $20 VIP. Admission includes a buffet of mini meatloaves and tater tots. If you’re in VIP you get a second buffet of chicken and biscuits, beef brisket sliders, and mini cheesecakes.

Richard Carrier will be at the Silly Goose tonight 7-10. Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. Read about him here.

That’s all for now. Back tomorrow with more news.