Monday, August 31, 2009

The Ostranders: Memphis Theater Community Turns Out in Force

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Chris Davis went to the Ostranders last night and has LOTS of video. Fun stuff.

Tigers Football '09: The Next Step?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Frank Murtaugh offers five keys to a successful season for the Memphis football team.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Last Night at Ronnie's

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Simone Wilson and Susan Ellis dropped by on Ronnie Grisanti's final night.

Friday, August 28, 2009

City Proposes Skate Park Location

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Even though redevelopment plans for Mud Island are still in the early phases, local skaters may soon have a new home.

The city's park services division has proposed Glenview Park, south of Southern at McLean, as the site for a $440,000 skate park.

For more, visit Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff blog.

Iverson to Memphis?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 2:23 PM

The Allen Iverson Watch is back on for the Grizzlies, announced by Iverson himself via this Twitter post yesterday:

Well I am about to begin another workout session. Agent informed me that Memphis made us an offer on yesterday. Stay tuned.

Herrington has some thoughts.

Turner Family Picnic This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 2:18 PM

As Michael Flanagan noted in this week's Flyer, one of the Mid-South's most unique traditions, the Turner Family Picnic, is slated for Gravel Springs, a rural outpost near Senatobia, Miss., this weekend. Check it out.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Great Mayoral Debate: First Impressions

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Flyer senior editor Jackson Baker, CA columnist Wendi Thomas, and Main Street Journal publisher Jonathan Lindberg questioned a phalanx of mayoral candidates Thursday night.

Bruce VanWyngarden offers a quick impression. Jackson Baker has 10 thoughts on the debate, with more to come.

Derrick Rose Needs to Spill It

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM

R.C. Johnson and Shirley Raines are taking the heat for the NCAA's decision to strip Memphis of its 38 wins and championship game banner, but Derrick Rose is the one who should be on the hot seat, says John Branston.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ronnie Grisanti's to Close This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 8:08 PM

This weekend will mark the end of an era in Midtown restaurant circles, when Ronnie Grisanti and Sons, a perennial winner in the "Best Italian" category in the Flyer's Best of Memphis readers' poll, shuts its doors for a final time at its Chickasaw Oaks Plaza location.

"Twenty-five years here on Poplar has been a great run for us," says Ronnie Grisanti, whose eponymous restaurant had earlier been located downtown on Beale Street, and where Sun Studio now sits on Marshall. "But I'm 70 years old now, and it's time for me to pass the baton to my son Alex." Most of the current restaurant staff -- along with Ronnie himself -- will relocate at the family's other restaurant, Elfo's, in Germantown, which will be renamed in the near future as simply "Grisanti's," continuing a family tradition that began one hundred years ago this year, when Grandfather Rinaldo opened the first Memphis Grisanti's downtown, across from Central Station on Main.

"The Grisantis have been at the heart of fine dining in this city for over a century," said Ronnie, "and I expect that my sons and grandchildren will continue that tradition for decades to come." With its colorful graffiti-covered walls, decorated with art from around the world as well as photographs of the city's most famous and notorious characters, Ronnie Grisanti and Sons has long been a Midtown institution, one that will be sorely missed by everyone who's ever feasted there upon the family's authentic Tuscan cuisine.

But Ronnie is convinced it's time to move on. "We have been blessed with some of the most loyal customers in the world, many of who are now regulars at our Germantown location. We hope others will join them." He added that all gift certificates from the Poplar location will continue to be honored at Elfo's, as will any bookings and banquets on the books at Ronnie Grisanti and Sons.

The restaurant's final evening will be this Saturday, the 29th.

Literacy Looks

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM

The Style Sessions team hit up the Memphis Literacy Council's Taste of Cooper-Young last week. The food was great, and the fashion was, too.

For a sample of local style, click here.

Mayor's Race Heats Up

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Willie disses everybody; Myron disses Willie and Thaddeus; Wharton kicks it off; Chumney's in the wings. ... Jackson Baker's got it all at Political Beat.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 12:45 PM

... and helps a reconciling couple work things out with friends.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Herenton Says He Won't Run for Mayor

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Former mayor Willie Herenton
  • Former mayor Willie Herenton
Speaking on the radio show of blogger Thaddeus Matthews Monday afternoon, former mayor Willie Herenton announced that, despite the fact that he had drawn a petition to run for his old job, he would not become a candidate for mayor in the October 15th special election.

Nor, said Herenton, would be support his onetime campaign chairman, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, with whose policies the former city mayor said he disagreed. One case in point was the particular strategy Wharton is pursuing to achieve consolidation — one that excludes the two separate school systems, city and county.

Wharton will be the next mayor, however -- with as much as 65 percent of the vote, Herenton would add. "The only person" who could prevent that, the ex-mayor said, was "Willie Herenton," and he himself would be bending his energies to achieving victory in the 9th District congressional race against incumbent Steve Cohen.

"He [Wharton] ought to thank me [for not running]," Herenton said. He added later that, if he had run against Wharton in the special election, "I'd have had to beat up on him real bad."

The former mayor said also that he did not intend to endorse any of the other candidates in the large field that has now declared for city mayor. He devoted considerable time in the broadcast to pejorative statements about mayor pro tem Myron Lowery, who would not win and did not deserve to win, he said.

Herenton insisted that his declared race for the congressional seat now held by Cohen, whom he had endorsed in 2006, was a reality and that he would begin his campaign for the office in earnest in January.

Asked by Matthews whether he stood by his characterization in the Flyer's July 2 issue of Cohen as an "asshole," Herenton affirmed that he could think of "no better term" to describe the congressman, whom he also termed a "hypocrite."

Herenton said he had been told by several former Jewish supporters that they could not support him in his race against Cohen. "I respect that," said the former mayor, who went on to say that blacks were unique as an ethnic bloc in that they allowed themselves to be divided.

Lesbian Couple Escorted From Whalum's Church

Posted on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 3:30 PM

In what they said was an effort to learn more about mayoral candidate Kenneth Whalum, Yas Meen and Monique Stevens visited the reverend's New Olivet Baptist Church Sunday morning. But they claim the experience resulted in verbal attacks and expulsion from the church.

Bianca Phillips has more.

Beer to Be Sold at Liberty Bowl for U of M Games

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Mayor Myron Lowery announced this morning that beer will be sold at the Liberty Bowl Stadium during U of M games.

City CAO Jack Sammons said the administration and facility managers project beer sales to net $200,000. To read more, visit the City Beat blog.

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