Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Those attending the 51st Annual Liberty Bowl will witness Arkansas take on East Carolina this weekend on Saturday, January 2 at 4:30 pm. The Madison Grill is advertising quite a delicious sounding tailgate to go. Those of you staying downtown may want to order it ahead and pick it up on your way out to the game.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
It's time again for the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art Chinese New Year Art Competition. February 14th, 2010 is Chinese New Year's Day. In anticipation of the New Year, they are announcing their 6th Annual Art Competition. The competition is open to all K-12 students in the Memphis area. This year's theme "Keep Your Eye on The Tiger in 2010" will be a popular one. Entries are due at the end of January 2010. To download an official entry form with all of the details and deadlines, click here.
If you were born in one of these years you were born in a Tiger Year : 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998. According to some very hurried web research, Tiger personalties are described as being sensitive, given to deep thinking, capable of great sympathy. They can be extremely short-tempered, however. Other people have great respect for them, but sometimes Tiger people come into conflict with older people or those in authority. Sometimes Tiger people cannot make up their minds, which can result in a poor, hasty decision or a sound decision arrived at too late. They are suspicious of others, but they are courageous and powerful. Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs.
Horse Years (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)
Dragon Years ( 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000)
Dog Years (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)
Monday, December 28, 2009
If you're not quite the homebody I am, here are some places to go out for New Year's Eve:
The Peabody has two parties, http://www.peabodymemphis.com/holidays/
Saving Abel with Al Kapone and DJ Mark Anderson in the Grand Ballroom, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m., $45 per person, advance online purchase ($50 per person, purchase at the door)
Andy Childs with DJ Cody Rogers and John Felix Trio in the Grand Lobby, Continental Ballroom and Corner Bar, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m., $35 per person, advance online purchase ($40 per person, purchase at the door)
Beale Street's New Year's Eve Celebration @ 8pm.
Free concerts in Handy Park, live bands in every venue, Gibson Guitar drop from a 100 ft tower, and fireworks.
There are numerous other New Year's Eve celebrations and special dinners scattered around downtown. See the CCC's website for event listings: http://www.downtownmemphis.com/experience-downtown/search
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
The Hannah Davis Gallery Trolley Tour Holiday Show featuring 13 artists runs through Jan 9th. 408 S. Front, Suite 105 Huling Row.
Sneak Peek's Black Friday Sale continues through Christmas Eve. Click the image belwo to enlarge:
From Delphinium at 107 G.E. Patterson:
"Delphinium still has lots of great gift ideas and accessories for all of your holiday parties. With new shipments continuing to come in everyday, we have unique and affordable lace or wool scarves, watches for men and women, and simple but classic silver necklaces, just to name a few favorite things. Don’t forget…We do offer gift certificates in any denomination with no expiration date and complimentary gift wrapping too. A few sales through the end of December 31st and that are not to be missed are: Smashbox Cosmetics 50% off, (Excluding lip gloss, lip stick, and Photo Finish Primer), All remaining MD Formations 80% off, Buy One Zents product get One Body Wash Free. (While supplies last)."
Stop by SOB for their happy hour 4 pm - 7 pm $3 drafts and $4 wells.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
'Tis the season for pomegranates. There they sit in the bin at the grocery store looking so pretty and on special - 2 for $5. Until recently I have skipped purchasing them convinced that they were too difficult to eat what with all those pulpy little seeds. It's not like I wanted to use them in some intricate recipe, I just wanted to eat one since they are so good for you. Finally, I was recently instructed on a clever way to deal with these. Be sure you have one that has no little holes in the skin and gently squeeze it all over. When you do this you can hear the pulp around the seeds popping open. But you must do this for a while so I suggest doing it while you watch tv. Eventually, you bite a small hole in the skin and squeeze the juice into your mouth. Voilà! With just a bit of mindless work you have delicious, fresh pomegranate juice. Now, just to let you know this is a delicate process and it's imperative to be patient. I know because the first time I tried this it was a disaster. I was sitting on my couch in a white sweater (you already know where this is going) and well, ended up with an exploding pomegranate. Red juice was everywhere. I'm not sure how it could have made the trajectory it did but suffice it to say that even the wall became a victim. I went to this website :http://www.pomegranates.org/nomess.html and it's full of tips on how to cut and eat pomegranates and use them in recipes. You will see the phrase "Caution: Pomegranate juice stains." a lot on that website. That's true I'm sure but I got all of the stains out of my sweater, couch, and pillows (yes, really, it was a hot mess) with Oxy Clean. No lie.
Ladies get a break at Shelton Clothiers, 147 S Main - www.sheltonclothiers.com
Thursday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec 18. they are offering 30% off everything in the store for women shopping for all the men in their lives. Free gift wrap. Free parking - just bring your parking ticket from any garage downtown and they'll pay it. Plus they will serve wine and hors d'oeuvres from 4-8pm.
From 5:30 to 7:30 tonight it's "Third Thursday" at Main and Peabody Place - Shops and restaurants on this block (which is more or less Main St. between Union and Peabody Place, I think) will offer holiday specials, hot chocolate, carolers, and more.
Monday, December 14, 2009
149 Union Avenue · 901.405.7625
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009 at 8 p.m.Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
The following information was taken from the Orphanos Foundation website: "The Memphis Messiah, an annual benefit performance, is truly a five-star evening. In partnership with Orphanos Foundation, the event brings together: one of the greatest musical compositions ever written, the most life-giving words ever written, the instrumentation of the world-class Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the voices of the world-class choirs at Independent Presbyterian Church and Lindenwood Christian Church, and the comfort and acoustic splendor of the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. In conjunction with the publicly attended concert on December 11, Orphanos Foundation again partners with Memphis City Schools to provide a special program for underserved inner-city children on Thursday, December 10. This includes a fully developed curriculum taught in the school system by trained music educators the week of the event. Approximatley 3,600 Title 1 Memphis area students and 1,800 students from the Catholic Jubilee Schools will see an abbreviated version of the Messiah. The school administrators love this event and plan to continue to bring students in years to come. Their commitment is testimony to how well received this program is to the students."
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Several of these shots are of the 431 S. Main building and its windows which are spectacularly turned out this year. We could take a cue from Lyon (see previous post) and project some eye-catching lights onto some vacant buildings (e.g. the Pyramid) and churches (the one south of FedEx Forum, for example) for a few days in December.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I had lunch today with my Dad aka Aquaman and we decided to try Market Cafe on Madison between Second and Third. The food was really very good; fresh, healthy, tasty and fast. I had the Ham and Cheddar Panini - Amish ham, sweet chow chow*, cheddar cheese and honey mustard sauce on a potato roll while Dad had the Chicken and Brie Club - roasted chicken, green apples, petite greens, bacon, Brie and cranberry mustard on a wheat roll.
* Funny, I sometimes call Poppy a 'sweet chow chow' since she's part Chow, but I digress.
Anyway, I polished off my sandwich along with the mix of thick cut regular potato and sweet potato chips. A fresh salad of tender petite greens sprinkled with golden raisins and pomegranate seeds and lightly bathed in an herb goddess dressing came on the side. There was nothing left on my plate save a lone pomegranate seed. The potato roll the sandwich came on was great as well. Aquaman could only get through half his as he said it was a delicious sandwich but was a "monster". He will be having the remainder for dinner. I stopped short of ordering the chocolate bread pudding on today's dessert menu. I should have gotten it but there I was with the lone pomegranate seed on my otherwise clean plate and Aquaman asking for a to-go box for his half eaten sandwich. I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Ah well, I'll get it next time.
Market Cafe is at 149 Madison. Open M-F 11am - 3pm. Have a look at the menu: http://www.memphismarketcafe.com/
Random downtown photo.
The Jack Robinson Gallery at 44 Huling off South Main has a couple of interesting events coming up this Friday, December 4; the opening of "Dirty Negatives" an exhibit of photography by Don Nix and the River Bluff Forge Council show and sale featuring glass and metalwork items. There is nothing about either Don Nix or the River Bluff Forge Council show that I could find on the Jack Robinson website at the moment. And the River Bluff Forge Council website is currently under construction. Very mysterious events - makes me want to go even more. Seriously, if you haven't been to this gallery this would be a great time to wander through and see some of the permanent collection as well.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
ANNUAL 1/2 OFF GIFT CARD SALE - Wednesday, December 2, 9 am until we run out.
Perfect gift idea for your favorite foodie, co-worker or buy in bulk for employee or client gifts. Gift cards available in $50 increments ONLY (for $25 each). No limit. Cards are valid beginning 1/4/2010. Cards not valid for alcohol, tax, gratuity, take out orders or catering. No pre-orders or phone orders. Cards must be purchased in person. Limited supply. When we run out, we're out!