Saturday update

There will be a Community Cookout and festival, free for the public to enjoy, in the newly-renovated Morris Park next Saturday, June 10 from noon to 4 PM. Morris Park is on the south side of Poplar between Orleans and Manassas. Here’s what you’ll find there:

The preceding item came from Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s monthly e-newsletter, The Vitals. Sign up to receive The Vitals

Today is National Pineapple Day. My suggestion would be to try the Blue Razz shot at the Blind Bear. It features an Ole Smoky moonshine pineapple slice in a glass of Ole Smoky raspberry moonshine.

Blue Razz shot

Ben-Yay’s has a happy hour now. It runs from 3-6 PM Monday-Friday. $1 off all domestics and well liquors.

My friends Pam & Terry play at the Ghost River taproom on Beale Street today from 4:30 to 7:30 PM. Pam says it’ll be a big pre-party for tonight’s  Memphis 901 FC home match vs. Miami FC. They’ll be throwing T-shirts to the crowd and a limited number of match tickets will be given away. More on tonight’s match

The I-55 bridge (“the old bridge”) will close Friday, June 9-Monday, June 12 for work to be done on the I-55/Crump/Riverside interchange. The CA has the details: what roads will be closed and when, new traffic patterns.

One of the 1968-era cars on display in the National Civil Rights Museum lot was damaged after somebody stood on its roof yesterday afternoon.

The Memphis Pride Parade happens on Beale Street from 1:00 to 2:30 this afternoon. Pride Fest is 10-6 today at Robert Church Park, and there will be an after-party at the New Daisy starting at 8. Tomorrow the celebration will wrap up with the Grand Marshal’s Drag Brunch at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe on Beale.

They say there are going to be protestors due to the controversial new anti-drag law that a restraining order is holding at bay until a ruling next week. There were reports of groups of people refusing to enter businesses Downtown that had hung the rainbow Pride flag on their door or patio.

Just let me say this in response: If you pre-game for the Pride parade this morning, I’d be proud to have you sitting next to me at the bar, whether you’re gay, straight, bi, trans, or whatever. There’s a place for you at my table.

The Morning Brew newsletter contained a list of 25 nonfiction books to read this summer. The very first book on the list might be of interest to some readers of this blog. Last Call at Coogan’s: The Life and Death of a Neighborhood Bar, hitting the shelves this coming Tuesday, is about a much-loved bar in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan. When the building’s owner jacked the rent to the moon, Coogan’s regulars came together to try to save their bar. The author spent years interviewing regulars to put together an accurate feel for New York City bar life.

From ABC 24: What are the chances that Memphis will ever host an NBA All-Star Game? Memphis Tourism director Kevin Kane thinks the number of hotel rooms would be the biggest obstacle.

New online game – Timeguessr – guess the time and location of old photos.

That’s it. As usual, meeting my friends Randy and Theresa and Butt Slut #1 for brunch at Bardog. Back tomorrow.