Thursday, August 31, 2006

Peabody Celebration

Posted on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 4:00 AM

In 1975, the Belz family purchased a run-down Peabody hotel and worked six years refurbishing it. To mark the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the hotel's reopening, there will be a celebration today starting at 4:45 p.m. in the Grand Lobby. In addition, J.R. "Pitt" Hyde, founder of AutoZone, will be inducted into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame.

Killing Machine

Posted on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Memphis-based Buck Gardner Calls has just introduced a new product — the "Calling Coach." The Calling Coach, suggested retail price $9.99, is a 2-inch hand-held device that produces the sound of a duck or goose call. The hunter can then practice making the calls himself.

The Calling Coach is for duck and goose calls only, but there are plans to make them for other animals.

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to Speak Here

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 4:00 AM

On September 11th, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will speak at the annual meeting of the Memphis Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Foundation. The speech will be at noon in the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody Hotel. Deadline for reservations (call 527-3573) is Friday, September 1.

Ginsburg was appointed by President Clinton in 1993, and is only the second woman to have been appointed to the court.

Potter Mouth

Posted on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 4:00 AM

If you missed Judge Larry Potter's harsh words to lawyers defending the public nuisance charges against the Black Tail Shake Joint (the city has had to file these same charges four times since the club's opening), you've missed a scene quite possibly as entertaining as the ones happening inside the strip joint itself. Judge Potter's off the chain! To watch the video of the finger-wagging tongue lashing, click here.

American Idol is Coming ... And It Could Get CRAZY.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 4:00 AM

In Birmingham, American Idol auditions drew 10,000 people, so you might want to avoid the area around FedExForum this weekend. Unless you like the idea of hearing 10,000 people practice their oh-so-unique versions of "I Will Always Love You."

The AI Website's helpful hints for contestants coming to Memphis are also amusing. A sample: Apparently, [Memphis] is the primary FedEx distribution center, but lucky for you they fly passengers in and out as well. Amtrak is another option, with stops all along the Mississippi. If you're getting there by car, here are a few things you might need to know about getting around Memphis: I-40 is a good route into town. Take I-240 to complete the sojourn into downtown Memphis. Parking is basically free everywhere but downtown. When downtown, the "Parking is Fun" garage comes highly recommended ...

Sumo Seagal

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 4:00 AM

A recent photo of Memphis transplant Steven Seagal suggests he may be thinking of ditching his martial arts guru/guitar slinger image for that of a sumo wrestler.

The photo, located at the celeb gossip site TMZ.com, shows a heavy-set Seagal decked out in some sort of tight Star Trek-esque zippered shirt, and the pounds are definitely packed.

Perhaps the weight gain is a result of his newfound rock star life. For more, go here.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

TLC from SFA to NOLA

Posted on Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The Ole Miss-based Southern Foodways Alliance has a series of programs geared toward helping the citizens of New Orleans — especially those in the restaurant industry and those who love its cuisine. They continue to gather volunteers to help rebuild Willie Mae Seaton's Scotch House and will be hosting a fund-raising dinner for the famed soul food restaurant on September 6th at Johnny’s Half Shell in Washington, D.C. In addition, the SFA is now compiling an oral history titled “New Orleans Eats.” If you’d like to make a contribution to the history or to get more information on the other projects, go to the SFA web site.

More New Urbanism

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 4:00 AM

A Gulf Coast town is taking a taking a page from Memphis’ own Harbor Town in its aim to recreate itself in the “new urbanism” style. Leaders of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, which was spared much of Katrina’s wrath, say they want the burg to represent the best of small-town America before sprawl and strip malls ruined the landscape. Though Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour would like to see all coastal towns rebuilt using the new urbanism concept, those devastated by Katrina, obviously, will have a harder time. For more go here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Doggie Bagged

Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Nothing lasts forever. Not even some names. Southland Racing Corporation (SRC) of West Memphis announces that as part of a big-bucks expansion, Southland Greyound Park is dropping the dog from its moniker; effective this month, it will simply be called Southland Park. Barry Baldwin, president of SRC, waxes eloquent about the reasons for the change: “The new name bridges the historical traditions and heritage of Southland Greyhound Park, a cornerstone of the West Memphis community for fifty years, with a new beginning.”

Besides its change in title, the park will add new amenities — a night club, sports bar with national sports events, live entertainment, and special events. The new and improved facility should open by the end of the year. For more go here.

Let It Snow

Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Now this is cool: The Children's Museum of Memphis has just announced that whenever the temp is 28 degrees or below, it will set machines to produce up to 3 inches of snow to cover the facility's lawn.

Charrettes Are the New Black

Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 at 4:00 AM

In July, a charrette — community design sessions — was held for the downtown area around Winchester Park.

Now it's Germantown's turn. Per the city Web site: "Imagine designing a city, complete with a revitalized and energetic center that encompasses things to do, places to shop, and places to live. It's not a computer game; the planning process is becoming a reality in Germantown.

City leaders want citizen input in defining the future of Germantown's central and outlying business districts. They've set September 20 through 26 as a week for resident citizens to offer input and insight on how redevelopment can improve and enhance the city."

And the Winners Are

Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The 23rd Annual Ostrander Awards, held last Sunday at the Memphis Botanic Garden, found the Memphis theater community celebrating one of its most exciting seasons in ages. Theater Memphis’ production of Cats and Playhouse on the Square’s Take Me Out took top honors, and congratulations to the Flyer’s own Chris Davis, who directed the Rhodes College production of Ubu Roi, a winner of three Ostranders.

Key

CP=Circuit Playhouse, GCT=Germantown Community Theatre, HPAC=Harrell Performing Arts Center, NSTM=Next Stage at Theatre Memphis, POTS=Playhouse on the Square, Rhodes=McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College, TM=Theatre Memphis, U of M=University of Memphis

Community Ostrander Awards

Direction of a Play: Dave Landis, Frozen (CP)

Leading Actor (play): Jonathon Lamer, Frozen (CP)

Leading Actress (play): Irene Crist, Frozen (CP)

Supporting Actor (play): Mark Mozingo, Take Me Out (POTs)

Supporting Actress (play): Mykel Pennington, Kimberly Akimbo (NSTM)

Dramatic Production: Take Me Out (POTS)

Musical Production: Cats (TM)

Direction of a Musical: Bob Hetherington, Urinetown (POTS)

Music Direction: Angelo Rapan, West Side Story (HPAC) and Gary Beard, Cats (TM)

Choreography: Mitzi Hamilton and Kathy Caradine, Cats (TM)

Leading Actor (Musical): Robert Hanford, Jesus Christ Superstar (HPAC)

Leading Actress (Musical): Rachael Saltzman, Urinetown (POTS)

Supporting Actor (Musical): Bill Andrews, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (CP)

Supporting Actress (Musical): Megan Bowers, Urinetown (POTS)

Ensemble Acting: Cast of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (CP)

Cameo Role: Barry Fuller, Cats (TM)

Sound Design: Matthew Stone, Child’s Play (TM)

Makeup and Wigs: Parker and Barbara Sanders, Cats (TM)

Set Dressing: Bill Short, I Am a Camera (GCT)

Props: Bill Short, I Am a Camera (GCT)

Lighting Design: Travis Richardson, Take Me Out (POTS)

Costume Design: Andre Bruce Ward, Cats (TM)

Set Design: Nick Mozak, Take Me Out (POTS)

Behind the Scenes Award: Melinda Bott (POTS)

Original Script: Playwrights’ Forum, Heartstrings

College Awards

Set Design: Carrie Ballenger, Parade (U of M)

Leading Actor (play): Chadwick Rodgers, Einstein’s Dreams (U of M)

Leading Actress (play): Erin McGhee, Tongue of a Bird (Rhodes)

Supporting Actor (play): Michael Khanlarian, Einstein’s Dreams (U of M)

Supporting Actress (play): Amy Gray, The Tempest (Rhodes)

vLeading Actor (Musical): Josef McClellen, Parade (U of M)

Leading Actress (Musical): Annie Freres, Parade (U of M)

Supporting Actor (Musical): Kevin Murphy, Parade (U of M)

Supporting Actress (Musical): Stephanie Kim, Parade (U of M)

Music Direction: Mark Ensley, Parade (U of M)

Choreography: Jay Rapp, Parade (U of M)

Ensemble Acting: Cast of Ubu Roi (Rhodes)

Cameo Role: Franklin Willis, Parade (U of M)

Set Dressing: M. “Jonz” Jones, In the Blood (Rhodes)

Props: Chris Davis, Ubu Roi (Rhodes)

Lighting Design: John McFadden, Parade (U of M)

Costume Design: David Jilg, Ubu Roi (Rhodes)

Sound Design: Michelle Lyn Cook-Brown and Hank Neuhoff, Tongue of a Bird (Rhodes)

Best Production: Parade (U of M)

Direction: Bob Hetherington, Parade (U of M)

Larry Riley Rising Star Award: Stephanie Kim

Monday, August 28, 2006

Stock Exchange

Posted on Mon, Aug 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Could your trash be someone else's treasure? Find out by taking your antiques, collectibles, and other items to Les Passees annual Stock Exchange consignment sale. Drop off begins Tuesday at Perimeter Shopping Center at 5246 Summer Avenue. The sale begins September 15th.

Go to the Les Passees Web site, to find out what kind of items are acceptable.

Black Snake Moan Posters

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The release of Memphis director Craig Brewer's movie, Black Snake Moan, has been delayed to let Snakes on a Plane mania die down. (That ought to be happening any day, judging from word of mouth about that overhyped bomb.) But these hot posters for Black Snake are plenty of buzz on the Internet. Go here for a sample.

Our Little Old Lady is Number One!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Maria Esther de Capovilla, the woman Guinness World Records considered the oldest person on Earth, died yesterday in Ecuador. She was 116.

That means Memphis moves into the record books, folks. Our own 116-year-old, Elizabeth Bolden, is now the oldest woman alive! To honor Bolden, we here at Contemporary Media are giving her a lifetime subscription to Memphis Magazine.

To read more, go here.

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