Tuesday update

This is Negroni Week at bars around the world. A classic Negroni is made with campari, gin, and vermouth, although there are many variations. Imbibe Magazine created Negroni Week six years ago to celebrate the drink and to raise money for charities. Participating bars choose a charity from the official list, make an initial donation, and then donate a portion of Negroni drink sales during the week. The Silly Goose is participating. Here’s a look at its special drink menu for the occasion:

Other Downtown bars participating in Negroni Week are Belle Tavern and Pontotoc Lounge.

The Orpheum has announced a digital lottery for tickets to the musical Hamilton, which comes to the theater July 9-28. Every show, forty people will be selected to buy tickets for the low price of $10.

You can buy a harness for your chicken and go on chicken walks. Yes, that’s really a thing. Just don’t walk your chicken too close to Gus’s or Jack Pirtle’s.

The Redbirds return to AutoZone Park tonight to host a 6:35 game versus Nashville. Rockey’s Yard Sale will happen at the park this evening. Promo items and game-used gear will be on sale at the 3rd Base Cove during the game.

A sinkhole has appeared in South Main.

Watch out for the sinkhole if you go to the National Civil Rights Museum or Central BBQ Downtown.

Don’t forget that the Downtown Parking Study Open House is tomorrow 5-7 PM at Comeback Coffee.

The co-owner of the New Daisy on Beale Street has been arrested for bouncing a $19,000 check to concert promoters. The theater has been closed to the public since January, and shows scheduled for January and February still appear on its sign.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. has announced they are releasing easy-drinking Cat Nap IPA on a year-round basis.

There was an event this past weekend, a fundraiser. It got some mainstream media coverage, but not until very late in the week when many people had already logged off for the weekend. Because I am a unique Downtown influencer, I could have used my blog to aggressively promote this event from two months ago all the way up to the day it took place. I am pretty sure they would have taken in hundreds of additional dollars in registration fees and donations if I had helped get the word out. However, I decided not to promote or attend this event because the organizers associate with a person who lies about me. Those who are not aware what  I am talking about are welcome to ask me face-to-face. I’m not a very hard person to find.

But enough about that… let’s talk about an event I am PROUD to aggressively promote two months out! The Breakaway-Bardog 5K and Monroe Avenue Festival will happen Sunday, August 18. This event raises tens of thousands of dollars for St. Jude. There’s a race in the morning, and Monroe is blocked off from Front to Main for a street festival with a beer garden, vendors, a raffle, a meatball eating contest, a dunk tank, and lots more fun. Mama Aldo, if you still read this blog, please let your son know that if there’s anything I can do to help promote this awesome block party, all he has to do is ask.

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles plays the Orpheum tonight. They’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road with hits from that album, as well as perform early Beatles favorites.

Hot Rods on Beale returns to Beale Street at 6 PM tonight. Come check out the collection of muscle cars.

Cozy Corner BBQ over on North Parkway has added catfish to their menu, but only on Sundays. They invite all their customers to come visit them for some catfish or some BBQ after church.

Ariana Grande has added some dates to her Sweetener World Tour, and one of those dates will be at FedExForum. She’ll be here December 7 with tickets going on sale to the public this coming Monday.

Food & Wine has a good tip on how to get a bigger hotel room for free, without being “that guy” who’s always asking for a free upgrade. Ask for a corner room. Because of the way hotels are built, corner rooms tend to be bigger than those in the middle, but they’re not so much bigger that a higher rate is charged for them.

Ugh. I just read the recap of WWE Monday Night Raw, and it sounds like that show has become practically unwatchable. They have a roster teeming with talent, and yet the CEO’s 49-year-old son is main eventing and beating the best guys in the company. I may cancel my WWE Network subscription if the quality doesn’t get better soon.

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