Friday update

A Memphis nonprofit got a nice write-up on a major magazine website this week. My Sistah’s House was mentioned in Vogue‘s article Across the South, a Trans Housing Movement Grows.

If you can raise $1000 for a campaign called Heights for Hunger by October, you could get a chance to rappel down the 25-story First Horizon Building with Action News 5’s Ron Childers.

Catherine & Mary’s is hiring a bartender.

It flew under most people’s radar, but a new health directive was issued yesterday further relaxing COVID restrictions. Drinking fountains are now open and plexiglass barriers can be removed.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. has two limited-release beers out this week. Berzerker is a Norwegian IPA, brewed with a load of Lotus and Trident hops and Norwegian yeast. It comes in at 6.6% ABV. Norwegian legend says that berzerkers fought in a trance-like state and drew their power from the bear. If John Nord visited Memphis, he would drink this beer.

Americans consider July 4 to be Independence Day, but the Brits consider it a day of colonial aggression. Colonial Aggression, a 4.7% Extra Special Bitter, has light malt on the front end, followed by a hint of biscuit and a light hoppy brightness. Read more about the new beers

Memphis made the national news (albeit the national news network with the worst reputation) for all the wrong reasons again. From FOX News: Tennessee driver charged with attempted murder tried to plow down Memphis police officer on sidewalk. This was the July 4 incident at Front and G.E. Patterson.

The SMA holds its July South Main Social Tuesday at the Central Station Hotel. Downtown Memphis Commission President Paul Young will speak, and there will be drinks and light fare. 6-7 PM. Free for SMA members, $20 for non-members.

A Taste of Uptown, an art and tasting experience, comes to Grind City Brewing Co. Tuesday, July 13 from 6 to 9 PM. Five-course dinner by Chef Jimmy Gentry, each course paired with Grind City beer. Art exhibition and private concert by McKenna Bray. Cost is $100.

From Vox: Why does everything feel more expensive post-pandemic?

A Soulful Summer Night with Bird Williams comes to the Halloran Centre tomorrow night. Tickets are $45-55 and include a complimentary buffet.

The Good Life DJs, DJ Brandon and DJ Rawhouse, spin dance tunes on the lawn of Slider Inn Downtown tonight from 6 to 10 PM.

Alex Walls performs a virtual Friday concert from Health Sciences Park today during the lunch hour. Catch the concert on Facebook Live.

A state of emergency has been declared in Tokyo over concern for rising COVID variant cases. As a result, spectators won’t be allowed at the Summer Olympics. What this means for you: Go get vaccinated if you haven’t already, to ensure the Shelby County Health Department doesn’t re-introduce stupid restrictions on our freedoms.

That’s it for this morning’s news. Back tomorrow.