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  • Apr 7-12, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 893

News

  • Here’s the Deal
  • Here’s the Deal

    The World Poker Tour, which puts on the popular Travel Channel show, is bringing its two-day WPT Boot Camp to Gold Strike Casino, Saturday and Sunday, April 15th and 16th. Set up like a fantasy camp for poker players, students will receive intensive instruction in bluffing and betting and everything in-between from Linda Johnson (aka “The First Lady of Poker”) and other well-known players. For more information, visit the WPT Web site here .
  • Discount Jesus
  • Discount Jesus

    Famed televangelist nutbag Pat Robertson, notorious for blaming every natural disaster and harrowing world event on God’s wrath, will open a Nashville bureau for his allegedly popular, allegedly Christian, talk show, The 700 Club. Robertson’s crew will work out of the Christian Broadcast Network’s studio, which is housed — ironically enough — in a former Wal-Mart store. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Read more here.
  • Nashville Skyline?
  • Nashville Skyline?

    We’re used to being sneered at by Nashvillians. They’re superior to us in every way, don’t you know. Yet a recent meeting of Nashville’s Downtown Partnership included Memphian John Dudas, vice president and director of strategic planning for Belz Enterprises, which has done much to put Memphis’ downtown on the map. Speaking in a panel discussion, Dudas pointed out that “some cities are hurt by thir own success,” drawing more restaurants and bars than other types of retailers. But NDP’s director Tom Turner acknowledged that Nashville's downtown has a bigger problem. A lack of, well, people. “We’re not even close to where we need to be,” Turner said. He's got that right. To read more, go here.
  • Spaced Out
  • Spaced Out

    Convinced you see strange flying objects in the sky? Certain you’ve been probed by aliens? Or perhaps you've probed an alien. Whatever. Take your tales to the monthly UFO discussion group Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station Branch library.

    The meeting is an open forum for people to discuss sightings and general interest in the paranormal. Keep an eye out for Uncle Martin.

  • Devil’s Music
  • Devil’s Music

    Dubbed the Empress of Blues, legendary singer Bessie Smith’s life was cut short by a tragic car accident. But in Theatre Memphis’ production of The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, her soulful sound comes back to life through the voice of local jazz legend Joyce Cobb.

    Cobb portrays Smith in her final concert and addresses Smith’s alcoholism, lesbianism, sexual escapades, and the horrors of facing the KKK in the Deep South.

    The Devil’s Music opens Thursday, April 6th at the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis.

  • New History Collections Online
  • New History Collections Online

    Local history buffs now have access to three remarkable collections focusing on local history, and they can be found in a rather unexpected place: The Shelby County Register of Deeds home page. An “Archives” link at the top take you to new collections devoted to the Dr. Martin Luther King assassination, Shelby County Schools, and even the county milk supply. In the King exhibit, you can view hundreds of photos showing the boarding house used by James Earl Ray as a sniper’s nest, photos of Ray, photos of King, and copies of police reports. The highlight is the series of audiotapes which can be downloaded as MP3 files. These include one tape which compiles the frantic police radio broadcasts following the assassination, along with actual recordings of Ray’s trial. (Click headline for more)
  • Save Taxes, Gas — and the Earth
  • Save Taxes, Gas — and the Earth

    A letter from the National Transportation Research Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee says the IRS has officially acknowledged the certification by Ford and Toyota that several of their 2005 and 2006 vehicles qualify for the hybrid tax credit enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

    The web site www.fueleconomy.gov provides a list of Ford and Toyota hybrids that qualify for the credit, along with the official credit-dollar amount for each. It also provides estimates for Honda vehicles that are still awaiting IRS certification acknowledgement. It also provides official EPA fuel economy estimates for all hybrids, side-by-side comparison of hybrid models, and an explanation of how hybrids work.

  • China Town?
  • China Town?

    Will there be more Memphis-China Links soon?

    Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi — Forbes magazine's second most powerful woman in the world — is in the United States this month to sign $15 billion worth of U.S. goods and services. After spending about $4 billion in L.A. and buying telecommunication equipment, software, and automobiles, respectively, from Motorola, Microsoft, and General Motors, Wu is expected in Memphis to sign contracts for U.S. cotton, soy, and poultry.

    Someone better alert Joe Brown.
  • Jack Robinson Exhibit in N.O.
  • Jack Robinson Exhibit in N.O.

    On Thursday, April 6th, the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University is holding an opening reception for its first post-Katrina show. The exhibition, “Capturing Southern Bohemia,” is a collection of photographs of New Orleans taken in the 1950s by the late Memphian Jack Robinson. “Capturing Southern Bohemia,” curated by Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman, debuted at the Jack Robinson Gallery the weekend before Hurricane Katrina hit. For more information on the show, go to the Tulane Web site here.
  • Great Gator
  • Great Gator

    WMC-TV Channel 5 reported yesterday that a fisherman saw a big one while at McKellar Lake. A big alligator, that is. Maybe even 7 feet long. Channel 5 didn’t see anything when they went to check out the man’s story, so it could simply be a fish story. Or maybe not. There have got to be some weird chemicals in the water around President's Island. Stay tuned. Or just go rent Lake Placid.
  • Logan Young Found Murdered
  • Logan Young Found Murdered

    Logan Young, an Alabama booster convicted of bribing a high school football coach to get a top recruit for the Crimson Tide, was found dead this morning in his Memphis home. Police are investigating it as a homicide.

    Police hadn't yet confirmed the body was that of Logan Young, but his defense attorney said it was the Alabama booster.

    Memphis Police Sergeant Vince Higgins said, "We're treating it as a mystery homicide."

    Higgins said officials assume the victim was Young but needed to use fingerprints and dental records to confirm the identity.

    Defense attorney Jim Neal says he had been told the body was found by a housekeeper. Reached at his Nashville office, Neal said he received two or three calls about it and they all said Young was found "killed in his home."

    Young was 65.

    He was free on bond while his lawyers appealed his conviction for peddling the talents of defensive lineman Albert Means.

  • Kate Does Dusty?
  • Kate Does Dusty?

    This rumor got some play on our favorite celeb Web site, socialitelife.com: Supermodel/coke fiend Kate Moss is going to play Dusty Springfield's lesbian lover in a biopic directed by Ang Lee.

    The Web site notes a report in a British gossip paper that said Moss is in the film opposite Charlize Theron, who will play Dusty. Rowrr! Go here, to read more.

    Is it snowing yet?

  • Risqué Bizness
  • Risqué Bizness

    Think you can rock someone’s world with a few sexy phrases? Well, break out your pen and paper and record your poetic fantasies.

    This Sunday, April 9th, Memphis Live! Entertainment is holding auditions for “Risqué,” an evening of passionate and tastefully erotic poetry to be held at The Complex on April 28th. Auditions begin at 4 p.m. at the Complex. Hmmmm...what to wear?
  • Sharon Stone Visits Memphis
  • Sharon Stone Visits Memphis

    People magazine, in its “Caught in the Act” online segment, had this simple item, which they apparently deemed newsworthy: “Sharon Stone was seen dining with a group of friends at Hollywood restaurant Memphis.” No explanation about why this was newsworthy. Is Memphis a good restaurant? Is it a bad place for Ms. Stone to be? Is it unusual that she has friends, and dines with them? Curious minds want to know. Actually, all we want to know is, how was she sitting, exactly? Read the whole exciting story – actually, that IS the whole exciting story, here.

    You’ll have to scroll way down, past the latest scoop on Paris Hilton, to even find it.

  • Special Delivery
  • Special Delivery

    An Arkansas farmer got an unexpected delivery today from a FedEx cargo plane. The plane, a MD-10 jet, was en route from Memphis to Seattle when it lost a portion of its engine. The 5- to 6-foot piece of the engine landed in a farmer’s field about 70 miles northwest of Memphis. No injuries were reported.
  • Things You Learn While Googling ...
  • Things You Learn While Googling ...

    ... Neil Diamond wrote a song called “The Memphis Flyer.” And, well, let’s just say it’s no “Sweet Caroline.” In fact, it sucks. A sample lyric: Take me home on the Memphis Flyer/ Take me home to a point down south/ Got to go just to keep from dying/ Come on, baby,/ You and me gonna play house ... You can read all the lyrics and even hear the song here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
  • Fight Free
  • Fight Free

    As part of its Blue Ribbon Initiative to address student behavior, Memphis City Schools started the "The Fight Free 50" program, which challenged all Middle and High Schools to see if they could go 50 consecutive days between December 5, 2005 and March 1, 2006 without a physical altercation.

    The results are in, ladies and gents, and the winner by unanimous decision is Hollis F. Price Middle School, which met the goal of 50 days without a fight. The reigning high school champ is Westwood High, which managed 37 consecutive fight-free days.

    The winning schools received tickets to a Grizzlies game.

  • The New Bennifer
  • The New Bennifer

    With rumors circulating about a possible new film starring the pair, it looks like our boy Justin Timberlake and his honey Cameron Diaz are on their way to becoming the new Ben and Jennifer.

    According to Irish newspaper The Kingdom, the pair may star in a film about Olympic skaters with J-Tim playing a speed skater and Diaz portraying a figure skater. All we can say is, remember Gigli?

    On a related note, the couple will also be lending their voices to the third Shrek film (appropriately titled Shrek the Third), set to premiere in May 2007.

  • Satifying Stax
  • Satifying Stax

    Forty years ago this month, Stax legend Otis Redding hit the Top 40 with his cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.” Pay your respects to the late Big O by watching him teach these kids how to really shake ’em down!
  • Whole Lotta Picture Takin’ Goin’ On
  • Whole Lotta Picture Takin’ Goin’ On

    Traffic along Union Avenue slowed Tuesday afternoon as drivers gawked at rockabilly legend Jerry Lee Lewis posing in front of Sun Studios. The Killer was being photographed with a brand-new red Cadillac for a Vanity Fair cover. (We're guessing it's for the upcoming annual music issue.) Everything apparently went smoothly and nobody got shot – except Jerry Lee.
  • A Touch of Stealth
  • A Touch of Stealth

    Well, we knew something was fishy when we showed up for our massage appointment and saw, ahem, greasy handprints... and a footprint on the massage room wall in a most curious place. Now we're not saying anything was amiss at this local spa, we're just sayin'... But A Touch of Health is just one in a long line of businesses that close up shop in the dead of night, leaving customers holding the bag. Crump Padgett Antiques comes to mind, as does the Blue Moon restaurant (where Elfo's is now), whose employees came to work to find they were locked out. For good.

    As our dear, drunk uncle used to slur, "You'll never go broke in Memphis operating a liquor store." Something to think about for these belly-up business folks. Read the full story here.

  • River Returns
  • River Returns

    Chattanooga was once known solely for its choo-choo. But that train has left the station, replaced -- somewhat amazingly -- by Chattanooga's charm.

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Politics

  • Re-Apprenticed?
  • Re-Apprenticed?

    Memphis lawyer Bren Olswanger, who achieved some national name recognition last year as a long-running player on Donald Trumps’s TV show The Apprentice, now wants to try a different challenge. He filed this week as a candidate for the General Sessions Criminal Court judgeship held by incumbent Gwen Rooks, who is running for reelection. Among his credentials: the bow-tie look currently favored by at least two sitting judges. Eventually, The Donald gave Olswanger the much-to-be-dreaded verdict: “You’re fired!” But will the voters of Shelby County say, “You’re hired?” Judge Rooks should be forewarned. Here is what Olswanger said on The Apprentice Web site last year: “I have bit my tongue on numerous occasions in this process. Quite frankly I’m tired of the taste of blood in my mouth. Then again, maybe the blood in my mouth is just making me thirsty for more.” Gulp!

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    Each week, I get a letter or two along these lines: "Enough with the rants about how the war on terrorism is wrong ...

Music

  • We Can't Make This Stuff Up
  • We Can't Make This Stuff Up

    Oh Canada, what will you think of next? Seems that Okanagan Life publisher Paul Byrne loves Memphis. A lot. So much so, in fact, that he's written a musical about the city's magazine. "INK! The Musical" hits the boards April 14 to 23 at Performance Works on Granville Island in Vancouver, British Columbia. The play revolves around the publisher of Memphis magazine, "Milt," and the magazine's alcoholic editor "Connie." Guess art does imitate life, after all. What's next? "EXTRA! EXTRA! The Commercial Appeal Story," broken down into nine, shorter one-acts featuring actors from your neighborhood, of course. Read all about it here.
  • Big Star Tribute Back on Tap
  • Big Star Tribute Back on Tap

    A planned tribute album to Memphis underground-rock pioneers Big Star that was first slated to be released in 1999 will finally hit the racks this spring. Due May 23rd, on Koch Records, the album, titled Big Star, Small World, will feature covers of Big Star songs from several alt-rock notables, including Whiskeytown, the Afghan Whigs, and Teenage Fanclub. What we can’t wait to hear: Wilco’s take on the classic adolescent ballad “Thirteen.” Big Star will next grace a local stage Friday, May 5th at the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. Read more about it here.

Film/TV

Books

Art

Food & Drink

  • Burp-tastic!
  • Burp-tastic!

    Prohibition — thank god that’s over. On April 7th, breweries across the county celebrate Brew Year’s Eve, the 73th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Locally, you can down celebratory brewskis at Boscos Squared as they unveil their Spring Malt Tonic especially for the occasion. A portion of Boscos’ beer sales tomorrow night will benefit the Brewers Association, which benefits small brewers in the United States. For more info, go here.
  • The Pits
  • The Pits

    What’s so funny about peace, love, and barbecue? Nothing. A book by that very title just won an award of excellence from the National Barbecue Association, and that award went to? Co-authors Mike Mills and his daughter, Amy. Mills is known as “The Legend.” Legend for being a pitmaster and the only three-time Grand World Champion of the Memphis in May International Barbecue Festival. The book follows the circuit -- the “shrines, shacks, joints, and right-respectable restaurants.” And for “right-respectable,” that includes Memphis’ own Cozy Corner. For more info, go here.

Sports

  • Going For Two
  • Going For Two

    Two franchise milestones are in play when the Grizzlies host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at FedExForum. With a Grizzlies win tonight and a loss by the New Orleans/Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies would clinch their third consecutive playoff birth. A win tonight would also move Mike Fratello past Hubie Brown for most coaching wins in Grizzlies franchise history with 84. (And, yes, that’s just a dozen more games than Phil Jackson won in one season with Michael Jordan’s Bulls a few years ago.) For more on tonight’s game and the Griz’s playoff hopes, check out Beyond the Arc, the Flyer’s Grizzlies blog.
  • Skip in the Bigs
  • Skip in the Bigs

    Last season, Skip Schumaker was a sparkplug for the Memphis Redbirds, leading the team with 127 hits and 13 stolen bases. Wednesday night in Philadelphia, Schumaker connected for his first major-league home run, helping St. Louis beat the Phillies, 4-3. He’s the subject of today’s column by Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • Should He Stay Or Should He Go Now?
  • Should He Stay Or Should He Go Now?

    A prominent University of Memphis booster says basketball coach John Calipari has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at North Carolina State but may still decide to stay at Memphis.

    Rick Spell, who is close to both Calipari and athletic director R. C. Johnson, said Calipari is being offered $2 million a year to compete regularly against the likes of Duke and North Carolina. Like Memphis six years ago, North Carolina State is struggling. “They need a silver bullet,” said Spell.

    On the other hand, Spell says, “expectations will be through the roof,” and the results that Memphis and Calipari have achieved in the last six years — one appearance in the Elite Eight — would not satisfy NC State. Plus, Spell said, Calipari genuinely likes Memphis and has a great team coming back that will contend for the national championship.

    “Before yesterday I would have said he was staying,” said Spell. “Now I’m not sure.”

    To find out how all of this is playing in North Carolina, go here.
  • Redbirds still haven't won a game.
  • Redbirds still haven't won a game.

    Okay, so this headline was a joke when we first posted it Friday after the Redbirds loss in the season opener. But now it's not so funny. The Redbirds are 0-4 after getting swept in their weekend series in Oklahoma City. C'mon, Birds. Time to fly. Or at least, wake up.
  • Redbirds Still Haven't Won a Game.
  • Redbirds Still Haven't Won a Game.

    We ran the above headline as a joke after the Redbirds' season-opening loss last Friday. It was funny then (sort of). Now, not so much.

    After Monday night’s loss in New Orleans, the Redbirds are the only winless team left in the Pacific Coast League. Their 0-5 start is the worst in franchise history. Read a report of the 16-inning battle with the Zephyrs here.

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