Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mallory-Neely House to Re-open

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Hannah Sayle reports on the scheduled re-opening of the historic Mallory-Neely house in Victorian Village.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Memphis RiverArtsFest Kicks Off

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

South Main's RiverArtsFest is this weekend. Flyer art critic Dwayne Butcher has some thoughts about it.

15 Memphis Halloween Parties

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Looking for a place to off that slutty witch costume or just scare someone into drinking heavily? Here are 15 Memphis Halloween parties you can hit this weekend.

Newark’s Mayor Booker Whets the Appetite for Diversity at Bridges Affair

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Newark Mayor Cory Booker
It seemed fitting, in more than one way, that Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, should be the featured speaker at Thursday’s 90th Anniversary Leadership in Action Luncheon” of Bridges in Memphis at the agency’s modernistic downtown facility.

At Stanford, the young African-American scholar-athlete ran something, in fact, called “The Bridge,” identified by Wikipedia as a “student-crisis hotline.” He has a brother, Cary Booker, former chancellor of Memphis' Soulsville Charter School and co-founder of the troubled Omni Prep here later on. And, somewhat more, it would seem, than his brother, Cory Booker is an over-achiever — a political star of the first order, in fact, as the overseer of a well-publicized up-by the bootstraps regime in a city that was once sorely troubled.

All of that makes him a good fit for Memphis and for Bridges, whose function would seem to be that of connecting disparate parts into a cohesive whole.

Booker is as much motivational speaker as politician, and his remarks to the Bridges audience sounded — and looked — very much like a reprise of elements in speeches he is used to giving hither and thither. Which is to say, what he had to say wasn’t really Memphis- or Bridges-specific, but his auditors seemed to be pleased with it all.

This is a man who can weave hipster words like Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness” into the same set of remarks as his father’s word “po” (as in, “I was po’. I couldn’t afford the other two letters!”) and with various other lingoes and allusions across the breadth and width of a diverse American culture.

This is a man whose experience has certainly been diverse. A Rhodes Scholar and high school all-American in football, he has ample experience, too, on the front lines of urban experience, having made his name politically by means of a prolonged hunger strike he undertook to publicize the fact of open drug traffic on the streets of Newark.

That got him elected to the city council, and, after two tries, he would end up being elected Newark’s mayor, where he could implement various plans for big-city regeneration — like constructing parklands out of junk space and organizing community responses to the aforesaid drug problem. And as a public figure he has been hands on to the point of entering a burning building to personally save a trapped woman from certain death.

So there is substance to the man — though, to be perfectly candid, his high-pitched breathy recitation of his life and times seemed at times little more than a practiced pro forma overview, and not even someone as geared to the inspirational sell as he could really make the invasion of Normandy in World War Two belong to a catalogue of cross-cultural events that he called “a conspiracy of love.”

But Booker was there to whet the appetite, and, like the light luncheon meal of sandwich wrap and gazpacho served along with plastic cocktail glasses containing French fries, he no doubt succeeded.

Emcee for the affair was Mearl Purvis of Fox-13 TV, and among the luminaries attending were Mayors A C Wharton and Mark Luttrell and Congressman Steve Cohen.

Booker was a figure of animation as the featured speaker at Thursday's luncheon.
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  • Booker was a figure of animation as the featured speaker at Thursday's luncheon.

Follically Challenged

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Randy Haspel takes a break from politics to discourse about his life-long battle with baldness.

Library Card ID Ruling Provokes State-wide Reaction

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Jackson Baker reports on reaction around the state to the Tennessee Appeals Court ruling on Memphis Library photo-ID.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"The Paperboy" Seeks Sleaziness

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Addison Engelking saysThe Paperboy isn't as courageous or kinky as it wants to be.

Let's Hate the Titans, Part Deux

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Greg Akers, like a pigskin-stewin' Emeril LaGasse, kicks it up a notch, with Why Memphians Should Hate the Titans, Part II.

Teamsters To Picket Republic/Allied Waste

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Teamsters Local 984 plans protest of solid waste company over concerns about retirement security. Bianca Phillips has the story.

Grizzlies Sale to Pera Approved

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Michael Heisley's out and Robert Pera's in as the new majority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. Chris Herrington has the story.

Southern Foodways Symposium

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Foodies — celebrity and otherwise — gathered in Oxford last weekend to celebrate Southern food, particularly BBQ. Hannah Sayle was there and has yummy pictures.

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2012 season previews for the Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis Tigers

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Frank Murtaugh and Chris Herrington preview the upcoming Memphis Tigers and Memphis Grizzlies season. Plus, B-ball "tail-gating" tips from Susan Ellis and Hannah Sayle.

Presidential Debate Doubts

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 4:00 AM

John Branston says the candidates are dodging the truth rather than engaging in a real debate.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How Many Ways Can You Eat a Cupcake?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Give some young Memphians a bunch of cupcakes and a video cam and you'll get some pretty silly stuff.

Memphis Should Hate the Tennessee Titans

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Greg Akers lets it all out and explains why true Memphians should never root for the Nashville Titans. He feels better now.
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