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

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.

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.

Monday, April 24, 2006

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.

"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.

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.

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.

Schweet!

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. .

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.

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

Logan Young Redux

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

Paul Finebaum, the controversial Alabama sports-radio host and newspaper columnist, suggests that there might be yet another twist in the Logan Young case. According to a Finebaum “source,” Young was covering for a much more influential ‘Bama booster and was risking his court case by comporting with a married woman. Finebaum’s tale has all the elements of a novel: sex, violence, corruption, sports, and money. Of course, like a novel, it’s very possibly fiction, or as it’s called in literary circles: Total BS. Decide for yourself here.

Holy Crap

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

Wade Jones has built a career around a styrofoam cup that Elvis used onstage in 1977. Let that sink in for a minute. And there's this: Wade recently sold three tablespoons of water from this holy styrofoam grail on eBay for $455, proving that the world is doomed. Or something. Now Wade is bringing Elvis’ backwash holder to Memphis. He will appear in Memphis with the Elvis Cup June 30th on FM100, 600 WREC, Doc Walker’s Elvis Radio show, and Fox 13. To read more about this insanity, go here.
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