Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Republic Restaurant and Nightclub, the new place opening this Saturday night, August 29th in the old EP's space at Beale and Second, tweets that they are "excited about changing nightlife in Memphis forever." http://twitter.com/RepublicMemphis
I don't know what that means but I'm just about overjoyed that they cleaned up the corner of Peabody Place and Second where they installed their new signage.
Delphinium has their new Fall merchandise in. Behold the word from their newsletter:
"Good news for those of you who have been patiently waiting for new goodies...we are back from NYC with literally a store full of new items! Almost every item on our shelves is new, out this week. Bags of all shapes, sizes and colors. Fun and classic jewelry for every budget! Come out soon and update your Fall wardrobe. "
New season = new bags and accessories.
Circa is celebrating their 2 year anniversay tonight. The space next to them that formerly housed Track Couture is temporarily displaying artwork for their event. Please read the details from the Circa website: "Please join Circa by John Bragg as we celebrate our 2nd Anniversary!
6:00 to 7:30 PM Anniversary Wine Reception
7:30 PM Silent Art Auction & Live Auction
8:00 PM Live Entertainment & Dinner 3-course Prix-Fixe Dinner - $90 per person (call now - only 50 seats are available for dinner)
Proceeds will be donated to Help the Least of These: A Memphis-based organization working to build schools and better children's lives in Kibera/Africa." http://www.circamemphis.com/
The Memphis Farmer's Market wants you to know they will be knee deep in squash this week: http://www.memphisfarmersmarket.com.Like a goofball I've been patiently waiting all week for Saturday so that I can go to the Farmers Market and get some McCarter coffee. I was even fretting that I may have to wait until the following Saturday to get it there as I may be staying in the Far East this weekend. The McCarter website, which I posted a link to earlier this week, says they sell their coffee at Miss Cordelia's, Harbor Town Coffee and Beignet Cafe - all downtown! In addition, they also sell their coffee at the Agricenter, so I would have been set in the Far East as well. I should read my posts more often.
One of the last movies of the Orpheum's summer series, "Gone with the Wind", is playing tomorrow night, August 28, at 7:15. I took my grandfather to see this at the Orpheum a few years ago and it is the last thing he and I did alone together before he died. This is not a sad fact, but a happy reminder for me. He was a man of very few words but he was a master at saying the most appropriate, perfectly timed and correctly worded one liners. It was never calculated, he just had a gift for saying exactly what needed to be said in exactly the right way. Economy of word and thought. "Gone with the Wind" has some pretty good one liners as well:
"You know what trouble I's talkin' 'bout. I's talking 'bout Mr. Ashley Wilkes. He'll be comin' to Atlanta when he gets his leave, and you sittin' there waitin' for him, just like a spider."
"I'll think about that tomorrow."
"A cat's a better mother than you."
"What gentlemen says and what they thinks is two different things"
"Fiddle-dee-dee. War, war, war; this war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. "
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. "
"You still think you're the cutest trick in shoe leather. "
"Marriage, fun? Fiddle-dee-dee. Fun for men you mean."
"I want everybody who's been mean to me to be pea-green with envy!"
"You're coarse, and you're conceited. And I think this conversation has gone far enough. "
I ran across some thoughtful insight on the character of Scarlett on the NPR website, click here to read it: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18482709
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
And is what's new directly related to what's different in the scene below?
Actually, what's different is often more heard than seen and it's very quiet tonight.
I happened to snap this shot today of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Shelby County Jail, weird, no?
You will definitely stay cool at tonight's Indie Memphis movie offering, "Adventures of Power" at Malco's Studio on the Square, 7:30 pm. Like air drumming? Click here to see the trailer: http://www.adventuresofpower.com/#/Video/. This film was the Indie Memphis ‘08 Audience Award-winner for Narrative Feature.
The monthly South Main Trolley Tour is this Friday night as I mentioned above and you will find the usual merriment as well as gallery and shop-hopping. This would be a good time to check out the newly opened pub South of Beale as well as check in on the 48 hour progress at Frank's Deli. Also, urban streetwear boutique Sneak Peek will have it's grand opening during the trolley tour.
This is random, but I had to take a photo of this counterbalanced fire escape ladder in Center Lane Alley between Union and Monroe. I walk past this a million times a week and never noticed it until today. I have not seen another contraption like this one downtown, though there are bound to be others. Click on the photo to enlarge it as it's a little tough to see the details.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
1st Course: Cape Codder Cocktail; Retro Shrimp Cocktail
2nd Course: Marqués de Cáceres Rioja (we drank the heck out of this in Barcelona); Lobster Rolls with Lemon Vinaigrette and Garlic Butter
Dessert: Boston Cream Pie Martini; New England Whoopie Pie
Monday, August 24, 2009
Rio Loco tells me, “Señorita, we have a margarita special everyday 4pm – close, $6.99 jumbo margaritas. See you tonight.” Confident, I like that. www.riolocomemphis.com
The Happy Mexican has a 2 for 1 margarita special on Mondays for the regular, normal human-sized margarita. www.happymexican.com
Onix has been advertising a “Margarita Monday” but when I called to find out about it, no one answered the phone. It may have started early. www.onixrestaurant.com
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The other product on the radar that's worth mentioning: Moroccan Oil. Where have I been and how long has this stuff been around? Genius. Pure genius. It's expensive yes, but now that I've used it myself I can say it's so worth it. It's an oil for your hair that smells fantastic, makes your hair super soft and takes all the frizz away. You use just the tiniest amount in your hair when it's damp and style it however you normally do. Even though it's an oil, it does not make your hair oily or weigh it down. The Downtown Gould's in the Peabody carries it as do all the Gould's locations, I think, and a few other places around town. And of course, you can always get it online : www.moroccanoil.com
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I picked up a few facts from Jimmy Ogle's streets and bridges presentation today at the Cotton Museum. I was only able to stay for half the presentation and my head was swimming with information about streets. Lunch time is tricky during the week, what with having to actually work, so I had to miss all the talk about bridges. I'll have to catch this again sometime.
The geographic center of the city is Southern Avenue and Goodwyn Street - about where Memphis Country Club is.
E.H. Crump Blvd. was originally named Iowa Street. Many of the streets around the south side of downtown are named after states: Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Kansas.
Avenues run East-West and Streets run North-South
The first five streets going south from Poplar (and Front) are named after the first five Presidents: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. The first three streets going north from Poplar (and Front) are named after the City's founders, Winchester, Jackson and Overton. None of the three ever lived in Memphis. They all lived in middle Tennessee.
Found out what the Confused Study is: C.O.N.F.U.S.E.D. Study = Consistency Of Names For Urban Streets Evaluation & Discussion
Stereo Alley (between Court and Madison) is so named because KLYX radio station was in the Arcade building there and used to broadcast out into the alley. KLYX, which originally signed on in 1965 is now KJMS.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Grizzlies have announced their "Power Packs" ticket packages for the 2009 -2010 season:http://www.nba.com/media/grizzlies/MG_PackFlyer_0910.pdf
An update on the Streets and Bridges lecture this Thursday at the Cotton Museum at noon: There will be numerous slides and the talk covers the four Mississippi River bridges, the naming of streets, lore surrounding famous streets, and other street and bridge themed topics. Most intriguing is something called "The Confused Study" which I have never heard of before and which Jimmy O. promises to expound upon.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The Center for Southern Folklore continues to have their Brown Bag lunch concert series with Slidin' Clyde Roulette (great name!) this Thursday, Aug. 20 and Mike Darby & The House of Cards on Friday, Aug. 21. Free, bring your own lunch or buy lunch at the Center. http://www.southernfolklore.com/; www.clyderoulette.com/band.htm
Monday, August 17, 2009
Picking up from yesterday's post, the "Under Lock and Key" collection of the larger exhibit was even better than I imagined and some of the locks were fascinating both in their design and function. For a little more than the price of a large chai latte you can gain admission to the National Ornamental Metal Museum and its beautiful grounds... cheers:
The cupola from the vacant building next to the museum, a former U.S. Army Reserve center.
As a side note, the metal museum also has a really great gift shop that sells jewelry, kitchen utensils, wine bottle stoppers, lightswitch plates, metal hooks and hangers, serving and decorative bowls, keychains and a lot more. I received these neat pewter measuring spoons a few years ago as a gift from some co-workers and I had never seen anything like them before. They have them in the museum gift shop and they are made by a company called Beehive Kitchenware.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Photo from Friday night on the cobblestones looking across the harbor at Mud Island Amphitheater with Steely Dan in concert.
I am paying a visit to the The National Ornamental Metal Museum this afternoon to see their "Permanent Collection Four Ways" exhibit. These are four separate exhibits from their largely unseen metalwork collection. One of the exhibits I am most interested in seeing is "Under Lock and Key" which showcases historic and handmade locks. I have to admit it's been literally 20 years since I've darkened the door of the museum so this visit is long overdue.
Check out some of the pieces and the story behind a couple of the collections:
The JG Braun Collection
The Herbert P. MacNeal Collection
Some other metal that catches my eye everytime I stroll past are the handmade copper serving pieces by metalsmith Ben Caldwell hanging in the window of the Art Under a Hot Tin Roof gallery at 117 S. Main. Here is a photo of the gorgeous little things glistening in the sun:
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
We're reelin' in the years tonight for sure as Steely Dan plays Mud Island.
Recently, someone asked me about Onix restaurant and it just so happens I went there after work last Friday with some friends. The atmosphere is good, the interior doesn't seem to have changed much since it was Zanzibar, and the food is good but I didn't get to stay late enough to hear the band. They have live R&B every Thursday and Friday and live jazz on Saturdays. It's always packed on those nights so the music must be great.
Frank's Market Deli at S. Main and Vance has changed ownership but the deli seems to have remained the same, thankfully. I've become addicted to the smoked turkey with bacon. They still have no website so you can't look at the menu online. By the way, Pepperite printing just on the other side of Franks and the Green Beetle finally completed their renovation and it looks much better. When they were in full swing they had removed the old facade and you could see the original brick with the words "war surplus" faintly painted across it, though the faded and worn appearance of the words gave the building all the more personality. I was hoping they would find a way to incorporate that into the renovations but that didn't happen. A few months back I thought about getting a shot of that and I can't believe I never did given the amount of photos I take.
Save the Date for the next big dowtown festival: Memphis Music and Heritage Festival : September 5 - 6, 2009, from Peabody Place to Gayoso avenue on Main St., 11 AM - 11 PM each day, FREE.
The Memphis in May festival has announced their 2010 honored country will be Tunisia. I am reminded of the Sidi Bou Cafe and Shisha Lounge that was at the corner of Main and Adams because the owner was from Tunisia. So, I expect to see hookah smoke and BBQ smoke co-mingling in the air over Tom Lee Park in 2010.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I rallied as promised and tracked down the best Elvi in the world all in one place. In the Peabody lobby last evening the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contestants gathered around for the daily duck march with the Duckmaster. They (the Elvi that is, not the ducks) serenaded the crowd of onlookers with "Heartbreak Hotel". One from among them was chosen as the Honorary Duck Master for the day. He did a good job of shooing the little avian superstars back to the elevators and up to their suite on the roof. The semifinals of the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will be at the Cannon Center tonight and the finals are tomorrow night. The ducks are here every night.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The Arcade Restaurant at GE Patterson and S. Main, www.arcaderestaurant.com
Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Miss Polly's Soul City Cafe on Beale Street, www.misspollysmemphis.com
Their slogan is "Let's All Get Sancti-fried"
Pork** Salad Annie - pulled pork bbq on mixed greens
Love Me Tender - Chicken Tender sandwich
Jail House Special - Fried Bologna sandwich
An array of hot buttered fried pies
**What the heck is poke/polk anyway?:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokeweed
BB Kings on Beale Street, www.bbkingclubs.com
June Bug - Coconut Rum, Banana Liqueur, Melon Liqueur, Sour Mix served with red sugar rim
CC Rider - Vodka, Blue Curacao and Cranberry Juice
Boll Weevil - Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Grenadine and Lemonade
Wednesday Nights are Bike Night on Beale and BB's offers $5 hamburgers, $6 cheeseburgers and .25 cent chicken wings
Alfred's on Beale, www.alfredsonbeale.com
Offers "meat and three" weekday lunch specials. Choices include fried catfish, country fried steak and chicken tenders as well as daily offerings. Vegetables include fried okra, black eyed peas, corn pudding and fried green tomatoes.
Little Tea Shop, 69 Monroe (no website)
THE meat and three lunch spot that never disappoints. Open Monday - Friday 11 am - 2pm.
The owner, Suhair Lauck was awarded a Center City Commission Vision Award this year for her contribution to downtown. Congratulations Sue!
Center for Southern Folklore, 119 S. Main, www.southernfolklore.com
A cool little place on Main Street with a great gift shop and live entertainment. Menu items include greens, yams, hot water cornbread and cobbler. 901-525-3655 - call about hours.
The garden on Huling now has a famous bride and groom for scarecrows. I saw them out on my walk with Poppy. She didn't notice them until we got right in front of them and freaked out, barking and snarling, they scared her so badly. So I guess they work, though Poppy's not likely to ravage the veggies.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Visting Elvis fans may like to know that there is a free Sun Studio shuttle, which runs every hour, 7 days a week, from the Rock 'n' Soul Museum to Heartbreak Hotel, Graceland, Sun Studios and back.
Also good for visitors to know about is a company called Backbeat Tours that offers five different Memphis tours. The Mojo Tour highlights include Sun Studio, Stax and Beale Street; The Hound Dog Tour focuses on Elvis, highlights include Sun Studio, Lauderdale Courts and Humes High School; The Graceland Tour is just that; The Historic Memphis Walking Tour features Cotton Row, Court Square and the Cobblestones among other sites and the Haunted Memphis Walking tour points out some of the inexplicable and scary history of downtown at such sites as the Orpheum and Handy Park.
American Dream Safari hosts similar tours but also some that go further afield into Mississippi and Arkansas. Tours offered have some pretty great names like "Drive by Shooting", "Road Therapy" and "Juke Joint Full of Blues" plus the tour vehicle is a 1955 pink Cadillac.
I am doing my best to get some pictures of visiting Elvi to post, but so far they have eluded me. Alright, I didn't really go out of my way to find them this weekend as my nice neighbors gave me a HUGE amount of jalapenos and banana peppers and a few peaches mixed in there as well, all of which I gladly accepted. So, I was busy whipping up enchiladas and ate so much I could barely move let alone think about getting out in the heat to scurry about snapping photos of Elvi. I'll rally.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Since I was out East in the Far East**, I decided to roll South down Germantown Parkway towards my parents house with the idea of stopping in to kick it with Aquaman and Co., when I saw all the sunflowers at Shelby Farms seemingly smiling brightly at the traffic blowing past. I had to stop and snap a couple of photos:
**I would post my Memphis map that delineates all the degrees of "out East" but I can't find where I filed it. I'll find it some other time. For right now, click on the Kabob International link above to see their location.
Well, over the past few months it seems like every time a new place opens on South Main, some other place closes. Tyiese Scarpa shoe store is closed and totally empty as the fixtures, furniture and inventory are cleared out revealing an empty store waiting for the next tenant. And even more bad news is that Power House, the contemporary art space on G.E. Patterson, is closing as well.