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  • Mar 16-22, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 890

News

  • Your Right to Buy Sex Toys
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Your Right to Buy Sex Toys

    You have none. At least you don’t if you live in Mississippi. On March 19th, the Mississippi state supreme court upheld a law banning the sale, advertising, or exhibiting of any three-dimensional device used primarily for the stimulation of human genitalia.

    The decision stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Memphis-owned Christal’s chain of adult stores on behalf of its Southaven store. The company claimed that store was forced to close in 2000 because of the state’s ban on the sale of certain “intimate devices.”

    The court's decision upheld a 2003 ruling that contended that the state had an interest in “protecting public physical and mental health and supporting public morality.” Whatever. What it means for you Mississippians is simple: When dildos are outlawed, only outlaws will have dildos. Read more about it here.

    Or you could go here, and learn to make your own sex toys. But that would be wrong, not to mention icky.

  • You Can't Make This Stuff Up
  • The Daily Buzz
  • You Can't Make This Stuff Up

    There was much speculation in Europe last weekend that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were going to tie the knot at George Clooney's Italian villa. Not so, apparently. In fact, the latest rumors are that Brad was back in the states, watching his two favorite teams in the NCAA tournament.

    No word yet on whether the reclusive Brad Mem will be attending tonight's Bradley-Memphis game.

  • <b>Cash & Carry</b>
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Cash & Carry

    Ring of Fire, a musical tribute to Johnny Cash, who began his long, storied career at Memphis’ Sun Studio, opened at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore theatre on Sunday, and the New York critics haven’t been terribly kind. The New York Times’ Ben Brantley claimed that Ring of Fire "wrestles with a real bad case of the cutes," and then compared the musical’s singers to performers on The Lawrence Welk Show. The New York Post’s Clive Barnes described the lighthearted tribute to The Man in Black as, “a Cash-and-carry anthology," and The New York Sun's Eric Grode called Ring of Fire “the theme-park-ready Johnny Cash jukebox musical that has yelped its way to Broadway.” (click headline for more)
  • A Bantamweight Beale?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • A Bantamweight Beale?

    According to the Clarion Ledger, residents of Jackson, Mississippi, are getting antsy about the city’s two-block Farish Street Entertainment District.

    In 2004, the city spent $12 million on street improvements and leased the space to Performa CEO John Elkington. So far, Wet Willie’s daiquiri bar, B.B. King’s Blues Club, the Funny Bone, and Crescent City Café, among others, are planning to open Farish Street locations, but the question is when. Elkington apparently thought new businesses would start opening in April, but it seems construction has been stalled for at least the last two months. “This is a complex property,” Elkington was quoted as saying, “and we’re doing it the right way. If I wasn’t as experienced as we are in these kind of projects, I’d probably give up.”

  • The Daily Buzz
  • Conspiracy Theory

    Simple explanations just won't do. It's much more fascinating to think the government was in on terrorist plots and assassinations.

    In the first article in a three-part series on the History News Network's website, Mel Ayton, author of several books on famous conspiracy theories, takes a look at the thinking behind theories surrounding the JFK and MLK assassinations.

    Ayton says theories accusing the Memphis police of having a hand in the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination stem from flawed testimony by people who claimed to have witnessed a second shooter. He says conspiracy theorists also believe Memphis police didn't secure the site around the Lorraine Motel immediately, which could implicate them as being in on the scheme.

  • The Daily Buzz
  • Spineless Bastards

    The big corporate boys at Johnson & Johnson claim local firm Medtronic ripped off some of their products, which we find, um, patently offensive. Medtronic announced today that it won the case in arbitration. Arbitration? Grow some, why don't you J & J! But our pals at Medtronic are putting the screws to J & J now, claiming the big guys ripped off one of Medtronic's catheter designs. Rather than piss and moan about it, they're taking J & J to court.Who knew the people parts biz was so scandalous? Full story here:
  • "Lord God" Bird Has Skeptics
  • The Daily Buzz
  • "Lord God" Bird Has Skeptics

    According to The New York Times, David Sibley, one of the nation’s premier ornithologists, is a now a nonbeliever in the existence of the ivory-billed woodpecker, which some scientists claim has been spotted several times in eastern Arkansas.
  • Six Degrees of Memphis: The Go-Go's
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Six Degrees of Memphis: The Go-Go's

    Eighties pop band the Go-Go’s are playing Sam’s Town on Friday. We can link them to Memphis by two degrees: Guitarist Jane Wiedlin appeared on season four of VH1’s Surreal Life with rapper Da Brat who is seen here making friends with one of Memphis’ newer residents, David Gest.
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Blue Light Special

    From the Nashville Tennessean today: the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s promotion methods are corrupt and thoroughly tainted by politics, according to Kroll Government Services, a New-York-based agency tapped by Governor Phil Bredesen to study the THP’s suspect hiring and promotions policy. The report states that troopers with better test scores and stronger records are often passed over for promotions in favor of those who are politically well connected.
  • The Daily Buzz
  • We're Here to Help

    From a business story in Sunday’s Commercial Appeal: “The UrbanArt Commission, working with the Memphis Medical Center, has landed the 2006 Knight Foundation Charrette, a community-wide design process that will focus on Winchester Park, the area of town most commonly referred to as Intown.”

    That area of town is called Intown? Commonly? And what exactly is a “charrette”? From the Architecture Archives site: “The term ‘charette’ (apparently, the French prefer one "r") evolved from a pre-1900 exercise at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Architectural students were given a design problem to solve within an allotted time. When that time was up, the students would rush their drawings from the studio to the Ecole in a cart called a charrette. Students often jumped in the cart to finish drawings on the way. The term evolved to refer to the intense design exercise itself. Today it refers to a creative process akin to visual brainstorming that is used by design professionals to develop solutions to a design problem within a limited timeframe.”

  • He Not So Horny
  • The Daily Buzz
  • He Not So Horny

    Pandas are notoriously, well, unhorny. Researchers have even tried panda pornography to get the big fuzzies past the cuddling stage, but to no avail. Now zoologists in China's Sichuan Province are analyzing female pandas' voices, to see if they can come up with an answer to male panda sex apathy.

    According to a report from China Daily, the researchers hope to learn what vocal nuances tickle a boy panda's fancy.

    No doubt officials at the Memphis Zoo are paying close attention after last year's failed attempts to gather sperm from young Le Le.

    Next up: Panda lingerie!

  • <b>Highballs and Hardballs</b>
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Highballs and Hardballs

    Around here, it's not unusual to see folks cocktailing at noon. Heck, it's not even unusual to see it well before noon. And by three in the afternoon, my friend, you're simply late to the game. Guess some Yankees just can't handle the hard-drinkin' ways of us Memphians.

    Pretty soft, for those working on a show called Hardball, if you ask us. From the show's official blog, "Hardblogger," regarding Chris Matthews' time here for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference:

    Drinkin and politickin' (Mark Murray, NBC News Political Reporter): Who says drinkin’ and politickin’ don’t mix—especially here in the South? It’s exactly 3:00 p.m. Memphis time and the bar here in the lobby of The Peabody is packed with people sipping cosmopolitans, wine, beers, and mixed drinks. Which brings us to this question: Are the speeches so far that tedious?

    Ah, Mark, not to worry. There are things much stranger than hard drinking at 3 p.m. From the show's producer comes this entertaining little nugget: It's hard out here for a duck: (Click headline for more)

  • Blood Match
  • The Fly-By
  • Blood Match

    Lifeblood and other donor drives concentrate on African Americans.

Politics

  • Sex and the Single Candidate
  • Politics Feature
  • Sex and the Single Candidate

    Looks like Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker has a crush on a new man: Harold Ford, Jr. Parker will co-host a March 23rd New York fund-raiser for Ford. For $1,000, you get dinner at the Palace Hotel with Ford and 50 other swells. For $300 you can hang at a VIP open bar party at Crobar with Ford and SJP. For $100 you can party at Crobar and see Harold and Jessica onstage for 20 minutes. And, proving that there’s something for every budget, you can get a late-night dessert and policy discussion for $250. Finally, if you love a bargain, you can get the whole magical evening for $1,250.
  • Dixon Trial Date Set
  • Politics Feature
  • Dixon Trial Date Set

    Former Tennessee senator Roscoe Dixon (D-Memphis) will go to trial April 17th on extortion and bribery charges connected to Operation Tennessee Waltz, attorneys and a federal judge said Thursday.

    Dixon made a brief appearance in court before U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla, who confirmed the trial date. “I’m ready to go and it looks like we can proceed on that schedule,” said McCalla.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Discenza told McCalla the government will have all discovery materials including videotapes and transcripts to Dixon’s lawyers by March 30th. Discenza told reporters he expects the trial to last two or three weeks. Dixon and his attorney, William L. Johnson, declined to comment.

    Dixon, who left the Senate in 2005 to take a job as a top aide to Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, is charged with taking payoffs to advance legislation favorable to a sham computer recycling company run by undercover FBI agents. Dixon resigned from the county job after being indicted last May. Dixon previously served a total of 22 years in the Tennessee House and Senate.

  • Told You So
  • Politics Feature
  • Told You So

    We've said for a while that the potential vote for U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. will be elevated by national media attention to this storyline: “Can a bright young charismatic African-American congressman overcome racial bias and his family history to win a pivotal swing-state election for the Democrats?”

    Newsweek hits this very point head-on with an article, “Digging for Dirt in Dixie,” which takes the Republicans to task for alleging a sybaritic lifestyle for the Memphis congressman (“Armani suits, four-star hotels and day-spa pedicures”) on the Web site www.fancyford.com. Key lines in the newsmagazine’s story: “Ford wants to be the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction. And don’t forget family history.” Mayor Willie Herenton, no Ford lover, recently said, “Folks who live outside Tennessee, they don’t have a damn vote!” No, but folks in Tennessee do have Newsweek subscriptions.
  • Take It Back Lessons
  • Politics Feature
  • Take It Back Lessons

    You spend every morning forwarding anti-Bush e-mails to all your friends. You bitch about the sad, sad state of our country to anyone who will listen. But are you really making a difference?

    The folks at Democracy for America are in Memphis this weekend (March 25th-26th) to teach Democrats ways to be more effective in getting their message out and taking back the reins of power. The DFA Training Academy at Southwestern Tennessee Community College's Macon campus features local and national experts on campaign management, field organizing, communications, and grassroots advocacy.

    On Saturday night, Democracy for Tennessee will host a screening of the documentary, Take It Back: The Movement for Democracy and Howard Dean. To register, go here.

  • Trent and Bill, Sittin' in a Tree ...
  • Politics Feature
  • Trent and Bill, Sittin' in a Tree ...

    In a recent interview with the Galveston, Texas, Daily News, Mississippi senator Trent Lott gave gave Tennesse senator Bill Frist low marks, to say the least.

    Lott said Frist didn’t have the experience to lead a political body as fractious as the Senate, adding, “I don’t think he’ll go down in history as one of the greats." Frist, who is dogged by questions about stock transactions involving his family company, plans to step down next year as majority leader to make a run for the presidency. It’s a run that Lott doesn’t think much of.

    “I don’t think he has a shot at that,” Lott said.

    Lott is currently on tour promoting his memoir, Herding Cats. All we can say is meow.

    To read more about Lott’s comments on Bush, Katrina, and Tom DeLay, go here.

  • A Giant Sucking Sound
  • Politics Feature
  • A Giant Sucking Sound

    Survey USA provides monthly polling numbers on various issues, state by state. The latest approval/disapproval polling on President Bush shows some startling reversals of fortune. There are only four states as of March 15th in which a majority of Americans "approve" of the job President Bush is doing.

    In Arkansas, Bush has fallen 28 points since November, to a 34 percent approval rating. In Tennessee, things aren't much better for W, at 39 percent. But Mississippi? Those folks still loves them some Bush — barely: 49 percent of Magnolia Staters approve the Prez, versus 47 percent who disapprove.

    C'mon, Mississippi! Time to catch up with the rest of the country.

Opinion

  • Viewpoint
  • Mayor Agonistes

    Willie Herenton, a true believer in his own mission, keeps on keeping the faith.
  • Letter From The Editor

    Oh God, hear my prayer and deliver me from those of your servants who think you like them better than you like me ...

Music

  • Cooking Up Trouble?
  • Music Features
  • Cooking Up Trouble?

    According to Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com, “Chef” Isaac Hayes did not voluntarily leave his cartoon gig on South Park because of the now infamous Scientology episode. Cue mysterious music. “Isaac Hayes did not quit ‘South Park.’ My sources say that someone quit it for him. I can tell you that Hayes is in no position to have quit anything. Contrary to news reports, the great writer, singer and musician suffered a stroke on Jan. 17. At the time it was said that he was hospitalized and suffering from exhaustion.”
  • Music Features
  • R.I.P. Oleg, Enter Justin

    Did we hear correctly that William Rast, the new clothing line created by Justin Timberlake and his friend Trace Ayala (along with Danny Guez who also helped with Eve’s Fetish and Bow Wow’s Shago), was inspired in part by the General Store at Shelby Forest?

    The line is named after a grandfather of Timberlake and a grandfather of Ayala. William Rast is not groundbreaking stuff. It’s mostly T-shirts and jeans — albeit T-shirts and jeans that cost $42 and $180, respectively. It doesn’t seem to be available locally but you can order it online here.

    And there's also a good story on William Rast from The Village Voice here.

  • Triple Putz?
  • Music Features
  • Triple Putz?

    Seems that hometown hottie Justin Timberlake might be the victim of a plague inking its way across the nation — bad tattoos.

    Timberlake sports one of the seemingly ubiquitous Chinese lettering tattoos in the upcoming flick Alpha Dog, in which he plays one Frankie Ballenbacher. The character is based on legendary badass Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list.

    Needless to say, a tough guy drug dealer needs an equally tough guy tattoo, no? According to the site www.hanzismatter.com, which specializes in translating Chinese letter tattoos, the letters "tattooed" on Timberlake for the role spell out… ICE SKATING.

    Now we at the Flyer don’t have a translator on staff, but judging from this Chinese guy's site, he knows a little more about the subject than some Hollywood makeup artist. It could be worse, though JT. One girl who sent in a photo of her tattoo for translation was crushed to find out it meant CRAZY DIARRHEA. Skate on!

Film/TV

  • Not Walking the Line
  • Film Features
  • Not Walking the Line

    A new HBO series starring Memphian Ginnifer Goodwin has some folks talking Armageddon. The show, Big Love, about a modern-day Salt Lake City polygamist, prompts this comment from Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: “Now, marriage faces what might be its most severe question — whether it can survive the corrosive effects of America’s postmodern culture.”

    Goodwin, a graduate of Lausanne Collegiate School, is coming off her star turn in I Walk the Line, in which she played Johnnie Cash's long-suffering first wife. Ginnifer's musical tastes go way beyond country, however. Her IPod mix includes the likes of The White Stripes, Massive Attack, Joni Mitchell, Sia, and Wilco, to name a few. Check out Gennifer's interview at HBO.

  • Macho, Macho Men
  • Film Features
  • Macho, Macho Men

    What is Macho? How does Macho act? What does Macho smell like? These questions and more are answered in the instructional video Mas Macho in Memphis. Filmed at the acclaimed 2001 Mas Macho Convention in Memphis (What? You don’t remember it?) Well, sit back and watch this 13-minute video diary, as LopeDog, T-Bone, Johnny Mounaki, Don Antonio, and Ricky Del Man tour a Redbirds game, Graceland, and Beale Street. Watch as they destroy The Peabody and keep a vigilant eye for Regis Philbin. Or just watch because it’s weird. Because, it is.

Books

  • Book Features
  • Gordon Parks

    “He’s the godfather of African-American photographers,” Memphis native and D.C.-based photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson said of Gordon Parks, the first African-American staff photographer at Life magazine. Parks died on March 7th at the age of 93, and Johnson was there at the funeral service at Manhattan’s Riverside Church on March 15th, eulogizing Parks and taking pictures. (click headline for more)
  • Disco Geography
  • Book Features
  • Disco Geography

    You remember Sylvester, the cross-dressing disco diva responsible for “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).” Well, the story goes that Sylvester was scheduled to perform in Memphis in 1979. He joined his mother Letha and sister Bernadette for a family reunion in Arkansas. Then he and Bernadette decided to drive to Memphis ... click the headline for the full story.

Food & Drink

  • Tigers Scotch Plans
  • Food & Wine
  • Tigers Scotch Plans

    Looks like the Brooks Museum moved the time of a Thursday-night event to accommodate the Tigers game against Bradley. From an e-mail from the Brooks:

    THURSDAY, MARCH 23

    NEW TIME: 5 p.m.

    The Macallan Scotch Tasting

    Treat yourself to samples of five single malts from The Macallan, universally recognized as one the world's greatest scotch whiskies. The evening includes gourmet tastings from the acclaimed Brushmark Restaurant. You can do both! Enjoy the Macallan Tasting and Watch Tiger Basketball!

    Because of the U of M game scheduled for 6:37 tip-off, the Macallan Scotch Tasting has been bumped up to 5 p.m.

    5 - 5:30 pm cocktails; 5:30 - 6:15 pm seminar

    Questions and Answers to follow, but avid fans can still make it home for the game.

Sports

  • Little Big Man
  • Sports Feature
  • Little Big Man

    While Cinderellas like Bradley and George Mason got most of the press attention in the aftermath of this weekend's NCAA Men's Basketball ball, Pat Forde, espn.com's top college-basketball guru, found time last night to devote his on-line wrap-up column to saluting U of M backup point guard Andre Allen, whose two stellar performances turned a lot of heads in Dallas. "The little man absolutely lacks fear," noted Forde, "which is a key ingredient on the grand stage of March." Here's the link.
  • How Sweet It Is!
  • Sports Feature
  • How Sweet It Is!

    The Memphis Tigers advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1995 by beating Bucknell this afternoon, 72-56. The Tigers, who also set a school record for victories with 32, were led by Antonio Anderson with 13 points, one of seven Tigers who scored at least eight points. (click on headline for more)

  • Thanks, SI!
  • Sports Feature
  • Thanks, SI!

    For believers in the infamous Sports Illustrated cover jinx — a hex that ruins the championship hopes of any athlete or team that appears on the magazine’s cover — the University of Memphis may have received its first break well before tonight’s tip-off against Bradley.
  • What Are the Grizzlies Worth to Memphis?
  • Sports Feature
  • What Are the Grizzlies Worth to Memphis?

    Ah, to see ourselves as others see us. Brian Hendrickson, a reporter for The Columbian, a Washington state newspaper, analyzes, for better or worse, the Grizzlies impact on Downtown Memphis and on our community at large. Hendrickson relates the issue to a debate raging in Portland about the civic need to support — or not — the financially floundering Portland Trail Blazers. The not so surprising verdict from the Memphians he spoke to: The Grizzlies are great! A quote from Chamber of Commerce head John Moore: "I would class it as, if you had something in your skyline and took it out, it would be very noticeable," Moore said. "That's what the Grizzlies mean to us." Read all about it.
  • Sweet 16
  • Sports Feature
  • Sweet 16

    The Memphis Tigers won their third straight game in the NCAA tournament by 16 points to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1992. The Tigers defeated Bradley 80-64. After leading by five at halftime (35-30) Memphis pulled away by the middle of the second half to a comfortable lead and held on behind Rodney Carney's 23 points. The Tigers will face UCLA in the West Region championship game Saturday night. UCLA edged Gonzaga to win the right to take on the Tigers. For details, check out Sports Illustrated.com.
  • Smart, Not Lucky
  • Sports Feature
  • Smart, Not Lucky

    Bucknell is not just smart guys who play a cute brand of basketball and get lucky every March, says ESPN.com. They're smart guys who can play. "They have the SATs, but they've bought into being basketball players," Bucknell head coach Pat Flannery said. "We are a bunch of brainiacs, but we also can play ball." And in another note, university founder William Bucknell still holds the NCAA record for the largest moustache.
  • From My Seat
  • FROM MY SEAT: A Game Abused

    Thank the stars for the NCAA basketball tournament. Because after this month’s baseball news, a nice, overhyped sports distraction is more than a little welcome. At least till Opening Day, April 3rd.
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