Friday update

There was a huge fight involving about 10 girls outside a popular nightspot in the Downtown core Wednesday night. Many of the girls were said to be employees of a restaurant about a block from where the fight occurred. Weave was observed on the sidewalk Thursday morning. You just keep on being classy, Memphis.

Cordelia’s Market will host a Spillit Slam in conjunction with Maria Montessori School on Thursday, November 18. What’s that? It’s friends and neighbors coming together to share stories – in this case, stories about finding connection and gratitude in a pandemic. Got a story you want to tell? Throw your name in the hat. 10 names will be drawn and those people will get 7 minutes each to share their personal narrative. The audience will choose a winner at the end. That person will receive a $100 Cordelia’s gift card, a gift basket filled with local products, and an invitation to the grand slam at the end of the year.

DJ Tree & DJ Taz will supply the tunes for your Saturday night at the Blind Bear tomorrow from 10 PM to 1 AM.

The folks at had this to say in a Facebook post about today’s weather:

The main concern for today will be a (perhaps broken) line of storms between 5-8pm along a significant cold front. These storms will be capable of very heavy rain, strong wind gusts to 60 mph, and an isolated tornado. Plan ahead for storms during rush hour/early evening!

Sounds like a good day to cut out of the office about 3:30 and avoid that mess as you drive home.

Looks like a Civil Axe Throwing location may be going in on Talbot Avenue across from Slider Inn Downtown. This would be the company’s second Downtown location. A Civil Axe Throwing opened in Floyd Alley in The Edge in 2020.

Normally I only list Downtown jobs, but these are good folks who are part of the extended Downtown family: SALT|SOY is hiring bartenders. They’d prefer experience but are open to someone with a willingness to learn. Come in with your resume 2-4 PM Tuesday-Saturday.

Michael Donahue recently had a Roxie Burger for his column on Classic Memphis Dining in Memphis magazine. It’s an incredibly juicy cheeseburger made with hoop cheese. Get it at Roxie’s Grocery at Third and Mill in Uptown.

Yesterday I discovered (but did not personally sample) something new: THC-infused drink mix. Although THC is the legal ingredient in marijuana, the distributor explained to me that the drink mix is LEGAL in all 50 states. That’s because a farm bill that was passed in 2018 says that any product made from hemp is as legal as hemp. CBD is extracted from hemp, and then a form of THC called Delta-8 is extracted from the CBD. Despite being legal, you should probably still avoid the drink mix if your work drug-tests you.

Of course, we could avoid all of this legal gray area but doing the thing that makes natural sense: Go ahead and make marijuana legal in all 50 states.

The Memphis Tigers football team improved to 4-3 with a 35-17 home win over Navy last night. Next up for the Tigers: A 6 PM game next Friday at UCF that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

The Memphis Zoo has announced its first Zoo Brew. Brewed by Grind City Brewing Co., the beer is a light, refreshing pilsner with lime. You can get a can at the Zoo’s Cat House Cafe and walk around with it as you look at the animals.

River Time Market & Deli on Court Square is now offering country fried steak sandwiches. Get a small one for $7.99 or a large for $9.99.

The St. Louis Cardinals have fired manager Mike Shildt, who at one time was the manager of the Memphis Redbirds. This move came despite the Cards winning 19 of their last 21 games to claim a spot in the National League Wild Card game. I’ll continue to support the Cardinals but in my opinion, they should have given him one more season.

Chef Tam of Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe made some announcements yesterday:

  • She may or may not have made a green chile mac & cheese
  • It may or may not be your only chance outside catering to get her mac & cheese without seafood
  • She may or may not have the mac & cheese available in her cafe today.

Hmmm. I may or may not stop by and check it out.

As part of its fall fundraiser, the Memphis Farmers Market will have a wine pull tomorrow. Donate at least $20 and pick a side – red or white – and see what you come up with. Great chance to fall in love with a new wine. The market runs from 8 AM to 1 PM every Saturday through the end of October. It’s under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson behind the Power House movie theater. Masks are required for those who have not been vaccinated.

It’s National Grouch Day.

Downtown has a new fire station at 400 Adams. Firefighters will move in about two weeks from now, and it will replace the station at Front and Monroe.

Elmwood Cemetery hosts a Cemetery Cinema Double Feature tonight. They’ll start off with an Elmwood original film, Soul of the City, and then show 1922 silent horror film Nosferatu. Films are shown outdoors and projected onto the roof of the cemetery’s 1852 cottage. Tickets are $17.

Martin Lawrence is at FedExForum tonight.

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