At approximately 1:17 I heard the sound of two guns shooting amid engines revving. Lying in bed, I guessed the approximate location to be Second and Union, but a look at Nextdoor reveals it may have been further down. Summing up Nextdoor posts:
- Multiple shooting victims at Second and Beale (that was on the police scanner)
- Shooting suspects were possibly stopped at Vance
- Police were putting up crime scene tape near the new Hyatt Centric (which is becoming an almost-weekly occurrence)
- Because the police had so many crime scenes, it took a very long time and lots of waits in traffic for people to get from the south side of Downtown to the north side
I checked all the local news outlets – none of them have anything yet on this story. Maybe gunshots Downtown have become so common on the weekends that they’re not considered “news” anymore.
My prediction (and I hope I get this one wrong): It’ll take a restaurant customer sitting on a patio getting hit with gunfire before the police crack down.
Tickets for the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz playoff games 3 and 4 will go on sale to MVP season ticket holders tomorrow at 10 and to the public at 2. Times and TV:
- Game 3: Saturday, May 29, 8:30 PM. ESPN
- Game 4: Monday, May 31, 8:30 PM, TNT
Should the series go to a Game 6, that one will be in Memphis Friday, June 4, time and TV to be determined.
I don’t have a link because it’s subscriber only, but the CA interviewed Miss Suhair of The Little Tea Shop and she says her restaurant will be back.
Normally golf is a sport I don’t follow, but there’s a reason to tune in today. Phil Mickelson, age 50 years, 11 months, 1 week, is atop the leaderboard at the PGA championship. He will become the oldest golfer ever to win a major if he maintains that lead today.
Cicadas are plentiful right now… and they’re edible. Huffington Post has 10 recipes to help you take full advantage of nature’s bounty of these critters. In the recipes you’ll find everything from cicada tacos to cicada chip cookies. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.
The Grizzlies will host a Watch Party tonight at Fourth Bluff Park, 1 N. Front near the law school. Activities begin at 7 PM with game tip-off at 8:30. While supplies last, attendees get a Nxt Up Memphis growl towel and a Grizzlies face mask. The Claw Crew and Grizz Girls will be there, and there will be food trucks and MemPops.
Loflin Yard will host a watch party of their own, with an extended happy hour and $3 barrel-aged cocktails and draft beer.
Perjorie T. Roll celebrated her first time to stand on the bar at Bardog in over a year with their signature Jameson slushie:
Paula and Raiford’s Disco will hold a three-day storage sale June 4-6. Don’t worry, Paula isn’t closing the place. She’s just clearing stuff out to make way for the new. You’ll be able to buy home decor, furniture, speakers, clothing, and shoes.
Craft Axe Throwing is holding a beach party this afternoon. Dress like you’re going to the beach and get 15% off. Note that you have to wear closed-toed shoes, though, as a safety precaution since there are axes flying around.
Yubu and The Ancient Youth Band plays Loflin Yard today at 12.
Enjoy some ’60s and ’70s power pop this afternoon at Ghost River with The Bugaloos – Magical History Tour. The show starts at 4 PM.
Wishing a very happy birthday to Downtown’s own Nappin Ass Nate today. I’m sure the day will be full of sugar-free Red Bull vodkas and naps for him.
That’s it for today. I took last week off from professional writing to enjoy a restriction-free, mask-free week out on the town. I really need to get back to it today though. Or maybe tomorrow. Back tomorrow with more news.