Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Get Out…

Posted on Wed, Apr 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

…and take the kids with you. At 7 p.m. tonight, the Sierra Club’s offering a backpacking clinic to teach you how to pack and head for the mountains. And they’ll be doling out advice on bringing the little ones along. No word on whether that means stuffing them into your pack when they ask “are we there yet?” for the 20th time. The clinic will be held at the Poplar-White Station Branch library at 5094 Poplar. For more info, call 826-2448.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Memphis Shut Out in Monopoly

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 4:00 AM

No, it's not another Redbirds defeat. It seems Hasbro is updating its hallowed Monopoly game with a more modern “Here and Now” edition. Gamers can choose what U.S. landmarks will be in the new version by going here before May 12th.

But here's rub: Memphis is apparently not on Rich Uncle Pennybags’ radar. Nashville made the list of cities to vote on, as did Atlanta and New Orleans. But the Bluff City was snubbed. Oh well, Monopoly is so … 19th century. We prefer the subtle intrique of CLUE.

Mid-South Fair Doesn't Own Libertyland Carousel

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 4:00 AM

City attorney Sara Hall told the Memphis City Council this morning that the city owns the Libertyland carousel and the Zippin Pippin roller coaster. The MidSouth Fair Board has been trying to sell the two items in recent weeks, but Hall said the city was prepared to file an injunction to stop any further attempt to sell.

The decision represents a substantial victory for the citizen-activist group Save Libertland! which has contended for months that the Fair Board did not own the historically significant carousel and roller coaster.

Uri Geller Wants Elvis’ House

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Famed spoon-bender/psychic/Elvis fan Uri Geller hopes to be the new owner of the first house Elvis bought in Memphis, now for sale on eBay. Geller owns a collection of Elvis memorabilia that he wants to exhibit in the Elvis pad.

"It will have all the bizarre things that Elvis Presley believed in," including his fascination with UFOs, Geller told Reuters. "He was ahead of his time."

Presley lived in the house for 13 months with his parents before moving to Graceland. The property features a swimming pool and the hallway showcases musical note themed wallpaper from 1956, according to the online listing.

Geller faced a setback on Friday when his $300,000 bid for the property was topped by someone willing to pay $300,100. The auction ends May 14. More here.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Brava, Kallen!

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Times may be hard in the Big Easy but the show must go on. And Memphis’ own Kallen Esperian saw that it did last week as she starred as “Madama Butterfly” in the New Orleans Opera Association’s production of the Puccini classic. Performing at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium (the opera company’s temporary home until its permanent base is restored), the lovely soprano delighted the near-capacity crowd in her debut as the geisha girl Cio-Cio-San. For more, go here.

Wendi Update

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The Baltimore City Paper (that city's alternative newsweekly) has more scoop on the Wendi Thomas saga by writer Gadi Dechter.

Apparently, the Memphis return trip came as a complete surprise to the Sun's editor and staff. In fact, Thomas' first column for the Sun was set to debut tomorrow.

A copy of the now-never-to-be-published piece was given to City Paper. Some choice excerpts: "Nearly a month ago, I left Memphis, the city in which I grew up, the city where my parents and boyfriend still live, to take this job. I left behind a city and a state that I know all too well, and a great gig as a columnist there, to opine about a city and a region I barely know at all. I left behind the easy eating of pulled pork barbecue to work for my dinner, hammering out the white goodness in steamed crabs. And sometimes, I wonder if I left my good sense somewhere between the River City and Charm City."

No comment. Well, okay, one comment: That "white goodness" line is icky.

Coyote Purty

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Move over, Hooter’s. Memphis will soon be home to a new sex-charged watering hole. Coyote Ugly, from the movie of the same name where hot female bartenders kick up their heels and flirt with the customers, is adding Memphis to its 14 locations nation-wide.

And yes, they’re looking for babe-ish women to work there. Think you’ve got what it takes? Start practicing your bumpin’ two-step because tryouts are this weekend at 326 Beale.

For more, go here.

"Black Snake Moan" Stirs Early Controversy

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Craig Brewer's next film has already got people talking — or at least the critics. The New York Times reports on Brewer's sexually charged movie and says he's breaking Hollywood's "last taboo."

Let's see ... white nymphomaniac chained to a radiator by a black blues singer. Yep, that ought to qualify. We still want to know where Justin Timberlake fits in with all this.


Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Now that Hustle & Flow is on DVD and available on pay-per-view, there’s no need to settle for punk-ass movie snacks. Check out the recipes on the Web site, Pimp My Snack. .

Tennessee Royal Flush

Posted on Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 4:00 AM

After Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte began plans for renovating the governor’s residence, she realized some things would have to go.

Because she wanted to give Tennesseans the opportunity to see and buy the items — which include a Jacuzzi, pool table, and several toilets, including this black Kohler model from the governor’s master bath — they have been posted online here.

The toilet, which looks like crap, is up to $75. But governors’ bare butts have touched this, which surely makes it a collectors’ item.

She's Baaa-aack

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The Commercial Appeal's recently departed columnist Wendi Thomas is coming home to the CA, according to a story on the CA's website.

After two and a half years as the paper's metro columnist, Thomas left last month to take a similar position at the Baltimore Sun. Apparently, the change didn't take. "My heart is in Memphis," Thomas told the CA Monday. "The Sun is a wonderful paper, and Baltimore is a great city, but it's not home."

Her first column this time around will be in early May. We're betting Memphis barbecue and Momma get a shout-out.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Shooting Wildlife

Posted By on Sun, Apr 23, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Who would have thought penguins could be so beguiling? Yet thanks to Greg Marshall, the executive producer and director of remote imaging at National Geographic, the secret lives of penguins proved to be pretty darn interesting in the recent hit film March of the Penguins.

Learn more about what it takes to shoot extreme wildlife on Wednesday, April 26th at 3:30 p.m., when Marshall speaks at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. For information, call 678-5105.

B.B. King Performs Despite Dual Tragedies

Posted By on Sun, Apr 23, 2006 at 4:00 AM

B.B. King marked his 10,000th performance with a show at his club in New York City's Times Square last Monday night - despite burying his son on Easter Sunday and learning one of his grandsons had been shot dead.

King played a selection of his hits and masked his heartbreak after losing his son Leonard to colorectal cancer.

King, who lost a 14-year-old grandson earlier last week after he was gunned down in a store, drove through the night from Mississippi to arrive in New York on time, according to the New York Daily News.

Friday, April 21, 2006

A Win/Lose Situation

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Congratulations to International Paper for its win at Thursday night’s 15th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee, a fund-raiser for the Memphis Literacy Council sponsored by The Commercial Appeal. Kudos too to one member of the the CA's team, film critic John Beifuss, who placed in an audience-wide individual spelling contest. His prize? A two-year subscription to The Commercial Appeal.

The Flyer also had a dog in the fight. We went down on “animadversion,” defined as adverse criticism. Which is not what we're doing right now. Congrats to all and we hope the Literary Council made buckets of dough.

Tennessee Anti-abortion Plates Put on Hold

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2006 at 4:00 AM

A federal appeals court delayed Tennessee’s production of an anti-choice specialty license plate while the ACLU seeks U.S. Supreme Court review of a ruling upholding the plate as constitutional.

“Tennessee must ensure that all residents can express their views equally,” said Hedy Weinberg, Executive Director of the ACLU of Tennessee. “The state cannot be in the business of limiting some speech while allowing other speech.”

The legislature twice rejected an amendment that would have authorized a “Pro-Choice” specialty plate. The law in question makes a “Choose Life” license plate available to motorists for an annual fee of $35 over and above the basic cost of registering a car in the state. Fifty percent of all funds raised, after expenses, would go to a private anti-choice organization called New Life Resources.

In March, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the ACLU and ruled that the anti-choice plate did not violate free speech rights. Earlier this month, the ACLU announced that it would appeal that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court and also asked the federal appeals court to postpone Tennessee’s production of the plate while the appeal is under consideration.


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