Friday update

If you’ve thought about adopting a pet recently, right now you can name your own price and possibly save a life. Memphis Animal Services, as of yesterday afternoon, had not even one empty dog kennel. They don’t want to have to put perfectly healthy and sociable animals to sleep. So, for the rest of August, when you adopt a pet from MAS, you can name your own adoption fee.

If you can’t make a long-term commitment to a pet but you want to help keep a shelter animal alive, they are looking for two-week fosters. You can fill out the foster application online, in advance, so when you come in you don’t have to wade through a bunch of paperwork. What to expect when fostering a pet

The Majestic Grille’s Friday lunch special, fish & chips, has proved so popular that they have started offering it as a lunch special on both Thursdays and Fridays.

In honor of the contributions of All-Star player and social activist Bill Russell, the NBA will retire number 6 across the league. Players who currently wear the number, including the Lakers’ LeBron James, will be allowed to continue wearing it, but it won’t be able to be assigned to a player going forward. Russell played from 1956 to 1969 and led the Boston Celtics to 11 championships during those years. Russell died last month. He was mentioned in Kurtis Blow’s 1983 hit Basketball:

Bill Russell didn’t take no junk
And Darryl Dawkins got a monster dunk
To the hoop, y’all
In yo’ face

This afternoon at 3 PM at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts, Ted Torres Martin recreates Elvis’ 1973 concert Aloha from Memphis. It was broadcast on satellite around the world. Ticket prices are $60-$85.

Yubu plays Slider Inn Downtown (I’m assuming the outdoor patio) tonight at 6.

The Woodruff-Fontaine House hosts Cold Supper, Hot Whiskey, and a Touch of Fever tonight from 6 to 9 PM. This will be an Old Dominick whiskey tasting, paired with summer food. There will also be tours of the mansion, set up as it might have been during the 1878 yellow fever pandemic. $60 per person. Of course, since booze is involved, this event will be 21 & up and you’ll be asked to present ID.

Starting next week, SIlly Goose will streamline its hours a bit: They’ll open at 2 PM Monday-Friday but will retain their noon opening time on the weekends. They’ll have happy hour Monday through Thursday.

Here’s a link to the FedEx-St. Jude Invitational leaderboard for those of you interested in that tournament. Did you know that the TPC Southwind golf course has a border collie who acts as a maintenance dog?

Today is Vinyl Record Day. I recommend a visit to River City Records on the Main Street Mall.

Briarcrest High School’s choir opened for Foreigner at the Orpheum last night. The band works with local schools in the cities they visit to support music education.

Grape. plays the Ghost River taproom at Main and Crump tonight from 6 to 9.

Streetdog Foundation has its annual Bow Wow Luau this Saturday from noon to 4 at Loflin Yard.

  • Leashed dogs are welcome
  • $25 donation to Streetdog gets you a limited-edition glass. Get that glass filled for only $3 a serving noon to 4 – includes draft beer, wine, well drinks, slushies
  • Doggie fun area
  • Photo booth
  • Silent auction
  • Cake
  • Best collar contest for dogs

The Memphis Redbirds take the field at 7:05 tonight vs. the Indianapolis Indians. They will be the Memphis Turtles for tonight’s game, and the first 1000 fans receive a free Memphis Turtles T-shirt. A specialty ticket gets you access to an all-you-can-eat spread of mac & cheese, bacon bits, buffalo chicken, ham, broccoli, green onions, mushrooms, jalapenos, hot dogs, chips, soda, and water. $24 dugout, $21 field box.

There was a report of an armed bar fight around 11:30 last night very close to where I live in the Downtown core. One of the two men had a gun. If you go to a bar in Memphis, please don’t take it as a personal offense if security wands you or pats you down for weapons. They’re just trying to keep you safe. It sucks that it’s this way, but people carrying guns is just a fact of life in this city.

The CDC has issued new COVID guidance: Most people do not need to quarantine if exposed to a known case. The exceptions are places like jails and nursing homes where people are together in tightly-packed living settings. It’s still recommended that people who ARE a known case (i.e. they tested positive) isolate for 5 days and mask up for 10 days.

POLITICO Playbook reports that the classified documents from the Trumpster’s presidency that he took home to Mar-a-Lago may contain information about U.S. nuclear weapons. That could be a problem considering who Trump’s best friend is (hint: rhymes with “tootin'”).

That’s all the news for today. Back tomorrow.