Sunday update

TEDx Memphis comes to the Levitt Shell October 30. You have until June 15 to apply to give a talk. Talks must be no more than 18 minutes in length.

The South Main Association will have its monthly South Main Social at Wiseacre Brewing Co. at B.B. King Blvd. and Butler Ave. Tuesday, May 11 at 6 PM. Speakers will include

  • Wiseacre co-founder Kellan Bartosch
  • Big River Market owner Nick Barbian and architect Ryan Morris
  • South Main Nutrition owner Kim Derryberry
  • Good Fortune Co. owners Arturo Leighton and Sarah Cai

The event is free for SMA members, $20 for non-members. Join the SMA here. Due to COVID restrictions, an RSVP does not guarantee a spot at the event.

By the way, I was out from 11 AM to 8:30 PM yesterday at several different venues. My general observation was that people were observing social distancing about as much as drivers on I-240 observe the speed limit. And really, that’s fine. Anyone who wants a vaccine has had plenty of time to get one. It’s time for the remaining distancing restrictions to go away.

Here’s a link to James Aycock’s COVID Week-in-Review for this week. The most alarming statistic: Not even 11,000 people were vaccinated last week, down from 35,000 four weeks ago. James also shares a New York Times article with insight into vaccine skepticism.

Former Memphis Tigers running back was selected number 150 in the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Gainwell was one of the stars of the 2019 team that went to the Cotton Bowl before sitting out the 2020 season.

Rizzo’s by Michael Patrick is looking for an energetic part-time host or hostess to work 3-4 shifts per week.

Cinco de Mayo is Wednesday! Any Downtown restaurants or bars doing specials for Cinco de Drinko? Send ’em to me at or on Facebook and I’ll compile a list. Remember, folks, St. Pat’s is for the amateurs. Cinco is for the pros.

Reminds me… Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of Shelby County moving into Phase 1 of re-opening. The preachy Facebook “health experts” nearly lost their shit that places would be open for dine-in on Cinco de Mayo. Bars were not allowed to be open during Phase 1, but this is before the health department understood there are no bars in Tennessee – there are limited-service restaurants, two of which served me drinks on Cinco last year.

WREG has video of the St. Patrick’s parade on Beale yesterday. Also, the article notes that the annual Africa in April festival will be rescheduled for August of this year.

There’s a Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch at Butterific Bakery & Cafe, 488 S. Second, noon to 4 today. Brunch by Situational Cravings, day drinks by The Pop-Up Bartender, 2 PM speech by Lady Shea of Power Gospel 99. All moms will receive a gift bag and vendors will be on site selling Mother’s Day gifts.

It’s Sexy Sunday featuring Paula Raiford and DJ Mo at Carolina Watershed today 3-9. $10 cover.

Grassfire Bluegrass Band plays Loflin Yard today at noon.

That’s the news for today. Back tomorrow with more.