Wednesday update

The Healthy 901 Festival will happen Saturday, April 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Overton Square courtyard. It is free to attend and will feature the following:

  • Cooking demos by local chefs, who will give you plenty of tips on how to cook healthy
  • Free fitness classes all day long – try as many as you want
  • Local health experts will be on site to share tips: medical care, diet, personal care, fitness

Sounds like it’s worth a trip to Midtown! Mark that date on your calendar!

As part of International Blues Challenge week, Grammy nominee Janiva Magness will sign copies of her book Weeds Like Us today at the Blues Foundation headquarters on South Main from noon to 1. She will also do readings from the book and a Q & A.

There’s a Pacific Northwest Blues Showcase today at Club 152 beginning at 11:30 AM.

It’s the first of two wristband nights for the IBC quarterfinals tonight on Beale. Grab you a wristband and get entrance to over a dozen clubs and hear some of the world’s finest blues.

The Memphis Tigers play UCF on the road in Orlando tonight at 6 PM in what is a must-win game if the Tigers want to stay on the bubble. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

The Memphis Grizzlies improved to 23-24 with a 104-96 win over Denver last night, pulling within one game of .500. That moves them into a 2 1/2 game lead over San Antonio for 8th place in the Western Conference standings. (Isn’t it nice that I don’t have to link to Tankathon to discuss the Grizzlies’ relevance in the standings this year?) The Grizzlies will have their chance to get to .500 tonight at Madison Square Garden, taking on the New York Knicks (13-35 and missing rookie sensation R.J. Barrett). Grizzly Bear Blues has  a game preview.

The Daily Memphian has a report on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company’s return to the Orpheum next month. The Orpheum’s current VP and COO. Dacquiri Baptiste, left the Ailey dance company to take her position at the theater and is happy to be reunited.

South Main Sounds will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a special show Friday, January 31 at 550 S. Main at 7 PM. Musicians will include Bree Ogden, Dan Montgomery, Andrew Ryan, Amy Jamison and Scott Southworth Music. Friday is also South Main Trolley Night so there will be plenty to do in the area.

The Memphis Flyer has a look at things to eat and drink at the Arrive Hotel at 477 S. Main. In the hotel you will find two bars, a bakery, and a coffee shop. The lobby bar, Bar Hustle, has a drink called Bird Graveyard. That is fantastic! (Instagram to the rescue if you don’t get the inside joke.)

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