Thursday update

Kooky Canuck is the place to be for lunch today. The Canadian participants in the International Blues Challenge will come together to perform in the Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase. The show starts at 11:30 AM. Get some poutine while you listen to the blues.

There’s another showcase going on at the same time, a Women in Blues showcase over at Alfred’s.

If late-night blues are more your thing, check out the Endless Blues Showcase at Blues City once the second day of IBC quarterfinals wrap up at 11 PM. There’s also a late-night Galaxie Showcase at B.B. King’s.

In other music-related news, Goner Records will host a pop-up sale today at Cafe Keough, 12 S. Main, from 2 to 5 this afternoon. Come check out their selection of blues and R&B records and get a coupon for their location in Cooper-Young.

The Grizzlies reached .500 last night with a road victory against the New York Knicks. They still hold eighth place in the West by 2 1/2 games, the San Antonio Spurs having won last night also. The team most likely to challenge Memphis for that final playoff berth, though, is not the Spurs, but rather the New Orleans Pelicans, currently 5 games back of Memphis. With #1 draft pick Zion Williamson having recently returned to the team, New Orleans is more dangerous than its record indicates. The Grizzlies take on the Pels in New Orleans tomorrow night at 7.

It’s Game Night at cigar bar Robusto by Havana Mix tonight. Jenga, spades, and dominoes will be on the menu.

This is the biggest indicator yet that the print media business is going the way of the dinosaur: Warren Buffet got out of the newspaper business this week.

A map of Uptown’s upcoming Snuff District was released by developers yesterday. In addition to new townhomes, the design includes a riverwalk extension, a new river park, and a promenade.

I really like MPD’s new strategy of fighting back against interstate shootings, road rage, and aggressive drivers. Instead of holding radar guns on the side of the road, they are going to drive in unmarked cars along with the flow of traffic. They’ll be on the lookout for drivers tailgating, passing on the shoulder, speeding excessively, and otherwise driving aggressively. Those are the people who make the interstate so dangerous, not the guy doing 63 in a 55.

Off to work. Afterward I plan to watch some of the impeachment hearings, which will be in their final day of Q&A before a vote is taken on whether to call witnesses. Back tomorrow with more news.