Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Grammys: Rootin' for the Home Team

Posted on Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Tonight's the night for making Grammy dreams come true. The awards show, celebrating its 52nd year, is the tentpole event for the music industry and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Virtually every year has some kind of Memphis flavor. This year the connection comes from nominees MGMT, Robert Gordon, Justin Timberlake, Booker T. Jones, and Mavis Staples. Read the rest at Sing All Kinds.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tigers Lose to SMU, 70-60

Posted on Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Tiger coach Josh Pastner has emphasized all winter that there’s no game his team is supposed to win, that particularly in this transition season, no opponent can be overlooked.

The SMU Mustangs shouldn’t necessarily be overlooked, but today’s matinee was a game the Tigers were, indeed, supposed to win.

Read the rest of Frank Murtaugh's take at Tiger Blue.

A Hot Survey for a Cold Day

Posted on Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Snowbound and bored? Take a survey for Memphis magazine's upcoming "Hot List" issue.

Details here.

A New Market for Downtown?

Posted on Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Jill and Keith Forrester of Whitton Farms are planning on opening Trolley Stop Market in April. Read more at Hungry Memphis.

Friday, January 29, 2010

MCS, MPD Pledge To Increase School Safety

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

In the wake of Tuesday’s East High School incident, in which police found two students in possession of a loaded gun, Memphis City Schools and Memphis Police Department representatives gathered this week to underline their efforts to increase safety measures in schools.

MCS Superintendent Kriner Cash said he aimed to “reassure the community that the safety of Memphis schools and the corridors to and from those schools are top priority.”

Already this year, 10 guns have been found in schools; at this time last year, only six had been discovered. MCS plans to increase their already frequent metal detector checks in all schools, as well as keep better watch on school entrances and exits.

Police Director Larry Godwin reinforced Cash’s concern, stating their shared dedication to ensuring school safety. The MPD plans to increase patrols in the areas surrounding schools, while working with Juvenile Court to “interrupt the source of the firearms.”

“We will make those arrests and do the things we have to for those violent individuals who are disrupting the good students of Memphis City Schools,” Godwin said.

The Trust Pays program, which was recently implemented in all schools and asks students to report criminal activity to a faculty member they trust, was used in the situation at East High and a recent episode at Hamilton High. Cash commended the efforts of students and teachers in the past year to lower overall incidents on campuses, but insisted that these recent occurrences involving guns command the commitment of the entire Memphis community to school safety.

"Crazy Heart": Small Film for Big Lead

Posted on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 8:00 AM

The bad news first: Crazy Heart, a new film about a washed-up country-music star trying to deal with age, alcoholism, abandoned children, a career in decline — and new hope provided by the love of a younger woman — suffers in comparison to two films it bears much resemblance to: Tender Mercies and The Wrestler.

Read the rest of Greg Akers' review here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

NYT's Ode to Midtown Memphis

Posted on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Didja see the long piece on "indie" Memphis in The New York Times' travel section today?

Here's a taste: "This is indie Memphis, a long way from the tourist crush of Beale Street and Graceland, in spirit if not in actual distance. Midtown, just a short drive from a downtown famous for its blues, jazz and barbecue hounds, is its hipster epicenter. a diverse area that is now home to posh cocktail bars as well as divey rock clubs and longstanding juke joints. It parties late, very late, and stays friendly through the night."

Read it here.

Why Is This Man Smiling?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Because Adam Kleinheider, the celebrated blogger-aggregator for the Nashville Post and the City Paper up thataway, has his rapier moving pretty good at the expense of "Chamelon" candidate Harold Ford Jr. in this week's Viewpoint.

Tigers Win Over Marshall

Posted on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 7:17 AM

The Memphis Tigers earned their biggest win of the season to date, a 75-72 victory at Marshall.

Read more at Tiger Blue.

Women on a Mission

Posted on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Virginia McLean of Friends of Our Riverfront and June West of Memphis Heritage are both forces to be reckoned with.

So who are they? John Branston has the details in City Beat.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What Women Want

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 2:35 PM

The latest on the Style Sessions blog: law school style, scarves, and Shelton Clothiers' Mark It for Market party.

From "Pipe Dream" to the Opening of "Pippin"

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Chris Davis turns the camera on the crew of Playhouse on the Square on the eve of its first production in its new building.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Council To Discuss Midtown Overlay

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 2:23 PM

The Memphis City Council's planning and zoning committee moved forward today on a plan for a Midtown Overlay district.

The council directed the Office of Planning and Development to work with the Memphis Regional Design Center and the Midtown Development Corporation to develop the overlay. For more, visit Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff blog.

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 12:59 PM

... and helps an overly protective sister.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Griz Pull Out Win Over Orlando, 99-94

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 9:56 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies won their 11th straight home game and tied last year's win total by beating the Orlando Magic Monday Night. See Beyond the Arc for more.

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