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.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Movin’ On Up

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Still waiting to get your piece of the pie? Can't hurt to do a little dreaming. Check out fully furnished and decorated luxury condos and lofts springing up like daisies in downtown’s South End at the Spring VESTA Home Show. The show runs through April 30th. For more info, go here.

Also, info on South End is here:

Big Screen Delta

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2006 at 4:00 AM

If you missed the screening of Robert Mugge’s New Orleans Music in Exile at the Memphis International Film Festival last month, here’s your second chance.

Catch the film documenting the struggle of Crescent City musicians after Hurricane Katrina this weekend (April 21-22) at the Delta International Film and Video Festival at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Mugge’s film screens on Saturday night, but arrive early on Friday night for a screening of local short films.

For more, go here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Do Mary J. and Mayor Herenton belong to the same church

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 4:00 AM

MSNBC reports that singer Mary J. Blige says God wants her to wear bling. “He wants me to bling. He wants me to be the hottest thing on the block,” the singer told Blender magazine. “I don’t know what kind of God the rest of y’all are serving, but the God I serve says, ‘Mary, you need to be the hottest thing this year, and I’m gonna make sure you’re doing that.’”

You might recall that in his New Year’s Day address in 2004, Herenton said that God had called him to be Memphis mayor and that God gave him a vision for the city. No word on whether God wants him to have bling.

Solo Show

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Photographs taken by Aaron Rothman, head of the photography department at Memphis College of Art, will go on display May 11th at the Gitterman Gallery in New York. This will be Rothman’s first solo show in that city.

The gallery curator says the broad range of images — in both color and black-and-white — “expand the dialogue of landscape photography by creating objects, not windows onto reality, that exist as interpretations of the awe of nature.”

For more information about the show and a sample gallery of images, go here.

Shop Now, or Never

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Shed a tear — and probably some cash — as Otherlands gift shop, one of our favorite Midtown destinations for all things awesome, has a last hurrah/open house today [April 19th] from 5-8. Don’t worry, the popular coffee house will still be serving up all things caffeinated, as well as cards and incense. But soon there will be more room to sit.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

We can't make this stuff up, part II

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2006 at 4:00 AM

No worries here about the Flyer's Pesky Fly growing old, thanks to some German science geeks with too much time on their hands. It's like we've been telling you: the Fly helps you see things more clearly. See it for yourself here.

No, Cybill, No!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Things you learn while googling, part 7: Bravo Network VP and parttime blogger Andy Cohen tells a tale of a rather unorthodox concept pitch by Memphian Cybill Shepherd.

You should read the whole thing here, to really get the full impact. But here's an excerpt:"I have an idea! It's so f---in hot in here, let's all take our shirts off!" she squealed. Her friend was game. "If we take our shirts off, will you take yours off, Andrew?" she purred.

Oy.

Sex Toys and Drinking. Yeeeehaaa!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2006 at 4:00 AM

On Sunday, April 23rd, 7 p.m., at Neil’s in Midtown, the Memphis chapter of Drinking Liberally is holding a Loving Liberally Party to protest the Mississippi Supreme Court’s recent ruling that upheld the ban of sex-toy sales in that poor sex-deprived state. Sex toys will be sold at the event. Smuggle 'em back into Olive Branch and nobody will be the wiser.

Read more about it here.

We're not sure what's going on in the photo (click headline to see our guess), but W's not amused by these antics, we're sure. Damn liberals.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Songs of the Auld Sod

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Celtic Woman is actually five women, and they'll be singin' their Irish hearts out tonight at the Orpheum. The lasses will be performin' traditional and contemporary Irish music, sure and they will. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$55. For info, call The Orpheum, 529-4444. And to read more about 'em, go here.

Face Time

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Okay, so like, this is just the most fun EVER! Go to MyHeritage.com and register (it's free) and then spend the next few hours finding out what celebrities you and your friends look like. See, you upload a picture of a face, like, say, Pat Kerr Tigrett, and the Face-O-Meter (or something like that) scans a library of celebrity faces and pulls up 10 matches. Pat's first match was Julianne Moore. And yes, we can see the resemblance. Oddly, her second match was Warren G. Harding. Strange. But FUN!

New Track Suit?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Hey, Nascar Moms, start your engines for Parisian. The department store will host designers from TrackCouture, a new line of “stylish and sexy” racing-inspired women’s wear, April 22nd.

The line, officially licensed by NASCAR, includes skirts, tanks, pants, and hoodies. Wear the number of your favorite driver or just proclaim your love of the sport.

The clothes probably won’t get you on the pit crew, but hey, who knows?

Tale of Two Cities

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Just as the Commercial Appeal has gotten into the rhythm of producing different editions for different parts of town, The New York Times has announced it's re-doing its suburban sections, too. It seems the Times’ New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, and Westchester editions — once fairly separate entities — will share much of the same content rather than news specific to their particular areas. And instead of the traditional news fare, the sections will emphasize lifestyle trends. We guess the theory is that, whether you live in suburban Memphis or suburban New York, all you really care about is decorating, gardening, and community news.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Elvis, Rubber Ducks, and Panties

Posted By on Sat, Apr 15, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Now, there's a headline! And there's even a story to go with it. It seems that since its purchase of rights to all things Elvis, sports and entertainment conglomerate CKXE has introduced a few Elvis products that have irritated Elvis purists. These would include a plastic Elvis mask with sunglasses attached, an Elvis rubber duck, and, gasp, Elvis panties, so you can wear the King close to your, well, your, um, well ...

But we say, hey, Elvis probably liked panties, so big deal. Rubber ducks, we're not so sure about.

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