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  • Apr 14-19, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 894

News

  • 100 Years B.C.
  • 100 Years B.C.

    Everybody knows about BC Powder, that little blue and white packet that you dump in a glass of water for a headache or hangover. Well, we bet there are two things you did not know about BC. First, that it is celebrating its 100th anniversary. And second (and more to the point) that BC Powder is made right here in Memphis at the GlaxoSmithKline manufacturing plant on Presidents Island. In fact, in September, the company will hold an anniversary celebration here, featuring a 1929 Ford and vintage dispensing equipment from the early days of the Memphis plant. Mark your calendars, and learn more about BC Powder here. The drinks are on us.
  • Sex Toys and Drinking. Yeeeehaaa!
  • Sex Toys and Drinking. Yeeeehaaa!

    On Sunday, April 23rd, 7 p.m., at Neil’s in Midtown, the Memphis chapter of Drinking Liberally is holding a Loving Liberally Party to protest the Mississippi Supreme Court’s recent ruling that upheld the ban of sex-toy sales in that poor sex-deprived state. Sex toys will be sold at the event. Smuggle 'em back into Olive Branch and nobody will be the wiser.

    Read more about it here.

    We're not sure what's going on in the photo (click headline to see our guess), but W's not amused by these antics, we're sure. Damn liberals.

  • How About Silence When You're On Oprah?
  • How About Silence When You're On Oprah?

    Priscilla Presley supports Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' plans for a silent birth for their soon-to-be-born bambino. In London to introduce her new line of bed linens, Presley said Scientology is misunderstood and urged people to learn more about her religion.

    "If people actually read L. Ron Hubbard's teachings," Presley said, "they would understand that drug-free silent births show respect to the baby and stop them becoming unbalanced.

    If it only worked for adults, we'd be all for it. Read more about it here.

  • Do Mary J. and Mayor Herenton belong to the same church
  • Do Mary J. and Mayor Herenton belong to the same church

    MSNBC reports that singer Mary J. Blige says God wants her to wear bling. “He wants me to bling. He wants me to be the hottest thing on the block,” the singer told Blender magazine. “I don’t know what kind of God the rest of y’all are serving, but the God I serve says, ‘Mary, you need to be the hottest thing this year, and I’m gonna make sure you’re doing that.’”

    You might recall that in his New Year’s Day address in 2004, Herenton said that God had called him to be Memphis mayor and that God gave him a vision for the city. No word on whether God wants him to have bling.

  • Face Time
  • Face Time

    Okay, so like, this is just the most fun EVER! Go to MyHeritage.com and register (it's free) and then spend the next few hours finding out what celebrities you and your friends look like. See, you upload a picture of a face, like, say, Pat Kerr Tigrett, and the Face-O-Meter (or something like that) scans a library of celebrity faces and pulls up 10 matches. Pat's first match was Julianne Moore (go here to see it). And yes, we can see the resemblance. Oddly, her second match was Warren G. Harding. Strange. But FUN!
  • Plane Talk
  • Plane Talk

    With the airline industry in the toilet — and a teeny, tiny, non-smoking one, at that — it’s only natural to wonder how it’s going to affect us. Other than less elbow room and no pretzels, that is. Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines, which flies as Northwest Airlink, will discuss its first quarter results during an investor conference call Thursday, April 27th. Not an investor? The call will be webcast at Pinnacle’s Web site.
  • Dread Elvis
  • Dread Elvis

    Conspiracy buffs who think Elvis is alive and John F. Kennedy was a black man will be delighted to learn that Bubba Nosferatu: The Curse of the She-Vampire, a prequel to Don Coscarelli’s Elvis Bubba Hotep is, apparently, in the works. Camp king Bruce Campbell, who played an elderly Elvis in the original film will appear in the sequel as a much younger, voodoo-obsessed King of Rock-and-Roll. More here.
  • Tale of Two Cities

    Just as the Commercial Appeal has gotten into the rhythm of producing different editions for different parts of town, The New York Times has announced it's re-doing its suburban sections, too. It seems the Times’ New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, and Westchester editions — once fairly separate entities — will share much of the same content rather than news specific to their particular areas. And instead of the traditional news fare, the sections will emphasize lifestyle trends. We guess the theory is that, whether you live in suburban Memphis or suburban New York, all you really care about is decorating, gardening, and community news.
  • Holy Crap
  • Holy Crap

    Wade Jones has built a career around a styrofoam cup that Elvis used onstage in 1977. Let that sink in for a minute. And there's this: Wade recently sold three tablespoons of water from this holy styrofoam grail on eBay for $455, proving that the world is doomed. Or something. Now Wade is bringing Elvis’ backwash holder to Memphis. He will appear in Memphis with the Elvis Cup June 30th on FM100, 600 WREC, Doc Walker’s Elvis Radio show, and Fox 13. To read more about this insanity, go here.
  • Elvis, Rubber Ducks, and Panties
  • Elvis, Rubber Ducks, and Panties

    Now, there's a headline! And there's even a story to go with it. It seems that since its purchase of rights to all things Elvis, sports and entertainment conglomerate CKXE has introduced a few Elvis products that have irritated Elvis purists. These would include a plastic Elvis mask with sunglasses attached, an Elvis rubber duck, and, gasp, Elvis panties, so you can wear the King close to your, well, your, um, well ...

    But we say, hey, Elvis probably liked panties, so big deal. Rubber ducks, we're not so sure about. Click headline to see additional items.

  • Big Screen Delta
  • Big Screen Delta

    If you missed the screening of Robert Mugge’s New Orleans Music in Exile at the Memphis International Film Festival last month, here’s your second chance.

    Catch the film documenting the struggle of Crescent City musicians after Hurricane Katrina this weekend (April 21-22) at the Delta International Film and Video Festival at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Mugge’s film screens on Saturday night, but arrive early on Friday night for a screening of local short films.

    For more, go here.

  • Logan Young’s Death An Accident
  • Logan Young’s Death An Accident

    Logan Young’s death is now believed to be the result of an accidental fall down his stairs, Memphis Police announced in a press conference this afternoon.

    “Based on our findings, the cause and manner of Logan Young’s death has been determined as blunt force trauma to the head, apparently accidental,” said Memphis police director Larry Godwin.

    Homicide director Joe Scott recounted the theory of what happened to Young late Monday night using a sketched layout of his home.

    According to Scott, Young had was heading up the stairs with a bowl of salad and a soda or juice drink when he lost his balance and fell backwards, hitting his head on a wrought-iron stair post at the bottom of the stairs.

    Click headline to read more.

  • Solo Show
  • Solo Show

    Photographs taken by Aaron Rothman, head of the photography department at Memphis College of Art, will go on display May 11th at the Gitterman Gallery in New York. This will be Rothman’s first solo show in that city.

    The gallery curator says the broad range of images — in both color and black-and-white — “expand the dialogue of landscape photography by creating objects, not windows onto reality, that exist as interpretations of the awe of nature.”

    For more information about the show and a sample gallery of images, go here.

  • Elvis & Ali
  • Elvis & Ali

    Bloomberg.com reports that CKX has bought the rights to Muhammad Ali’s likeness, name, and image for $50 million. CKX is Robert Sillerman’s media company, which has a similar deal with Elvis Presley Enterprises. Read the Bloomberg story here.

    Elvis and Ali apparently knew each other, according to this undated Ali quote from the Elvis Information Network: “Elvis was my close personal friend. He came to my Deer Lake training camp about two years before he died. He told us he didn't want nobody to bother us. He wanted peace and quiet and I gave him a cabin in my camp and nobody even knew it. When the cameras started watching me train, he was up on the hill sleeping in the cabin. Elvis had a robe made for me. I don't admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know.”

  • No, Cybill, No!
  • No, Cybill, No!

    Things you learn while googling, part 7: Bravo Network VP and parttime blogger Andy Cohen tells a tale of a rather unorthodox concept pitch by Memphian Cybill Shepherd.

    You should read the whole thing here, to really get the full impact. But here's an excerpt:"I have an idea! It's so f---in hot in here, let's all take our shirts off!" she squealed. Her friend was game. "If we take our shirts off, will you take yours off, Andrew?" she purred.

    Oy.

  • Movin’ On Up
  • Movin’ On Up

    Still waiting to get your piece of the pie? Can't hurt to do a little dreaming. Check out fully furnished and decorated luxury condos and lofts springing up like daisies in downtown’s South End at the Spring VESTA Home Show. The show runs through April 30th. For more info, go here.

    Also, info on South End is here:

  • In the Zone
  • In the Zone

    A film crew from Denver is in Memphis this week, photographing Memphis homeowners for an HGTV show they call “Rezoned,” which focuses on people living in buildings not originally intended as homes.

    In Memphis, they are filming the South Main residence of Kent and Melanie Pafford, which was once operated as a laundry and bakery, and the home of their next-door neighbor, metalsmith Jill Turman, whose renovated two-story building has housed everything from restaurants to candy manufacturers and soft-drink companies.

    The Memphis homes will be included in future “Rezoned” episodes. No specific date has been set for airing. Read more about “Rezoned” here.

  • A Win/Lose Situation
  • A Win/Lose Situation

    Congratulations to International Paper for its win at Thursday night’s 15th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee, a fund-raiser for the Memphis Literacy Council sponsored by The Commercial Appeal. Kudos too to one member of the the CA's team, film critic John Beifuss, who placed in an audience-wide individual spelling contest. His prize? A two-year subscription to The Commercial Appeal.

    The Flyer also had a dog in the fight. We went down on “animadversion,” defined as adverse criticism. Which is not what we're doing right now. Congrats to all and we hope the Literary Council made buckets of dough.

  • Shop Now, or Never
  • Shop Now, or Never

    Shed a tear — and probably some cash — as Otherlands gift shop, one of our favorite Midtown destinations for all things awesome, has a last hurrah/open house today [April 19th] from 5-8. Don’t worry, the popular coffee house will still be serving up all things caffeinated, as well as cards and incense. But soon there will be more room to sit.
  • A New View
  • A New View

    Members of the Riverfront Development Corporation, the City Council, and the downtown business community officially opened the newest stretch of the bluff/river walk. The newest part of the path snakes behind the Rivermark and connects Ashburn Coppock Park to Martyr Park, which is in front of Founders Point neighborhood. “Founders Point is beautiful, but it’s a well-kept secret. Now the secret will be out,” said Council member Barbara Swearengen Holt. “The riverwalk has moved closer to its destination … the National Ornamental Metal Museum.” Finally! We might have a good way to get to the National Ornamental Metal Museum.
  • New Track Suit?
  • New Track Suit?

    Hey, Nascar Moms, start your engines for Parisian. The department store will host designers from TrackCouture, a new line of “stylish and sexy” racing-inspired women’s wear, April 22nd.

    The line, officially licensed by NASCAR, includes skirts, tanks, pants, and hoodies. Wear the number of your favorite driver or just proclaim your love of the sport.

    The clothes probably won’t get you on the pit crew, but hey, who knows?

  • Logan Young Redux
  • Logan Young Redux

    Paul Finebaum, the controversial Alabama sports-radio host and newspaper columnist, suggests that there might be yet another twist in the Logan Young case. According to a Finebaum “source,” Young was covering for a much more influential ‘Bama booster and was risking his court case by comporting with a married woman. Finebaum’s tale has all the elements of a novel: sex, violence, corruption, sports, and money. Of course, like a novel, it’s very possibly fiction, or as it’s called in literary circles: Total BS. Decide for yourself here.
  • Justin 'n Cameron... yeah, yeah, we know...
  • Justin 'n Cameron... yeah, yeah, we know...

    Cameron Diaz coyly tried to keep her left hand hidden at the Kids Choice Awards on Saturday, making us wonder about the significance of the glittering diamond band on her wedding ring ringer. Socialitelife.com has new speculation about Cameron Diaz and Memphis uberhottie Justin Timberlake's couple status. "If they aren’t engaged and/or married yet, we’re sure they sealed the deal after Justin’s burping triumph at the KCAs. If cheering your boyfriend on during a burping contest isn't love, then I don't know what is!"

    It seems our boy Justin showed his belching chops at the recent Kids Choice Awards. Eww.

  • We can't make this stuff up, part II
  • We can't make this stuff up, part II

    No worries here about the Flyer's Pesky Fly growing old, thanks to some German science geeks with too much time on their hands. It's like we've been telling you: the Fly helps you see things more clearly. See it for yourself here.
  • Tennessee Anti-abortion Plates Put on Hold
  • Tennessee Anti-abortion Plates Put on Hold

    A federal appeals court delayed Tennessee’s production of an anti-choice specialty license plate while the ACLU seeks U.S. Supreme Court review of a ruling upholding the plate as constitutional.

    “Tennessee must ensure that all residents can express their views equally,” said Hedy Weinberg, Executive Director of the ACLU of Tennessee. “The state cannot be in the business of limiting some speech while allowing other speech.”

    (Click headline to read more.)

  • Songs of the Auld Sod
  • Songs of the Auld Sod

    Celtic Woman is actually five women, and they'll be singin' their Irish hearts out tonight at the Orpheum. The lasses will be performin' traditional and contemporary Irish music, sure and they will. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$55. For info, call The Orpheum, 529-4444. And to read more about 'em, go here.
  • No Sweat
  • No Sweat

    It's getting hot in here, but hey, it's a sweat lodge.

We Recommend

  • Shamrock Songs
  • Shamrock Songs

    Celtic Woman delivers traditional and contemporary Irish music.

Politics

  • Ophelia Pain
  • Ophelia Pain

    The special state Senate committee which for months has been looking into last year's disputed special election in Memphis' District 29 voted 4-1 Thursday afternoon to recommend voiding Senator Ophelia Ford’s election. The Democrat's 13-vote margin over Republican Terry Roland has been steadily eroded as votes were found to have been cast by dead people, felons, and voters outside District 29.

    Even two former Democratic defenders of Ford's position, Jim Kyle of Memphis and Roy Herron of Dresden, joined Republicans in Thursday's vote to void the election. Memphis lawyer David Cocke, who represents Ford, vowed to take the case back to court before a vote by the full Senate might be scheduled for next Wednesday.

  • Kurita Withdraws from Senate Race
  • Kurita Withdraws from Senate Race

    State senator Rosalind Kurita planned to announce via a statement at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon that she is withdrawing from the U.S. Senate Democratic primary. Kurita's exit leaves 9th District U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. unopposed in his quest for the Democratic nomination.

    Further details soon, here.

  • The Big Shill
  • The Big Shill

    Joe Ford Jr. was an entertainment lawyer in California before arriving in our midst recently to launch his candidacy for Congress in the 9th District. He will do a star turn of sorts next week when, as co-producer of Flip the Script, an “urban romantic comedy,” he makes himself available for two showings of the movie at the Malco Studio theater in Overton Square. Ticket price for the film, which stars Robin Givens among others, is $20 a head.

    Present for the evening along with Ford will be the film’s main producer, Tia Yoka McMillan. The two will answer questions after each showing, said publicist Patricia Rogers. First question: Why so much for a ticket? Next question: Is this a fund-raiser for Ford’s campaign? Rogers has already answered that one with no, though she said that, if all goes well, a sequel is in the works, entitled Mr. Ford Goes to Washington. She swears she isn’t kidding.

    Speaking of flipping scripts, the plot of the film has to do with several college friends gathering at a friend’s funeral and reprising their relationships. Hmmmm. That sounds familiar.

Opinion

  • Bringing Home the Green (Eyeshades)
  • Bringing Home the Green (Eyeshades)

    The Memphis Flyer is the winner of two 2006 Green Eyeshade Awards. Staff writer Chris Herrington received a first-place award in the Criticism category for a series of film reviews published in 2005, and senior editor John Branston received a third-place award in the Investigative division for his four-part series on the bizarre trial of medical examiner O.C. Smith. Security guards found Smith wrapped in barbed wire, with a bomb strapped to his chest, but after a lengthy investigation, police accused Smith of staging the whole thing.

    Sponsored by the national Society of Professional Journalists, the Green Eyeshades — the name derived from the green visors work by old-timey newspaper editors — are an annual competition saluting the best print and broadcast journalism in 11 Southern states.

    A complete list of winners will be posted later this week on the Green Eyeshades Web site.

  • Letter from the Editor

    All I'm interested in is "fairness."

    I've been with the Flyer for six years now and I've almost led the team to several national awards ...

Music

Film/TV

  • Cease-Fire
  • Cease-Fire

    Oscar nominee Joyeux Noel commemorates a great moment in the history of peace.

Books

  • “Please Publish This Press Release in Your Newspaper”
  • “Please Publish This Press Release in Your Newspaper”

    “Power, money, fame, looks, aren’t these the attributes wanted by most beautiful women in the world?” (You said it.)

    “Most of us, unendowed as we think we are, have much substance to offer a woman, if we get the proper exposure.” (Unendowed men with much substance, here’s your chance for some exposure.)

    “Glitz, glitter, and things that shine do offer initial distractions preventing the average man from auditioning for the part of ‘Knight in shining armour [sic].’ Never before has a manual been presented that provides the skills you need to capture the heart of a beautiful woman. ... No one likes to lose.”

    So don’t be a loser. And Don’t Be Afraid To Ask!!. It’s a book subtitled “How To Date a Beautiful Woman.”

    This press release has been brought to you by author Bob Lott (who also wrote How To Find, Meet and Date a Beautiful Woman), and here we are publishing it. Does our Web site count?

Food & Drink

  • Africa in April
  • Africa in April

    Sample spicy African food. Buy yourself a headwrap. Listen to some reggae. Or just pretend you're Brad or Angelina. Submerge yourself in culture at the 20th annual Africa in April festival.

    This year’s fest honors Sierra Leone, the rice-rich country on the Western coast of Africa, and will be held downtown in Robert R. Church Park on Beale through Sunday.

Sports

  • Redbirds Go for 8 in a Row Tonight
  • Redbirds Go for 8 in a Row Tonight

    Do we sense a trend here? According to John Guinozzo, Memphis’ preeminent baseball historian, the Redbirds’ 0-7 start is the worst in 129 years of baseball in the Bluff City. But hey, our boys lead the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts with 80. Oh, wait. That’s our hitters . . . and that’s bad. Read more about it here.
  • Strokin'
  • Strokin'

    With reserve sharp-shooter Mike Miller a leading candidate for the NBa’s 6th Man Award, which is given to the game’s best bench player, the Grizzlies sent promotional “M&M” candy boxes out to hoops writers and broadcasters across the nation. The boxes contain plenty of persuasive information, including that Miller is the leading bench scorer in the league and that he’s one of only three players in the past decade to have a triple-double off the bench. But the boxes are also emblazoned by a rather awkward slogan: OTHER TEAMS MELT AT THE STROKE OF HIS SHOT.

    Our first thought: Either the person who wrote this has never had a conversation about basketball in their lives or thought it would be funny to run their copy through a English-to-German translation program and back again. Our second thought: DIRTY!

  • Game On!
  • Game On!

    The schedule for the Grizzlies first-round playoff series with the Dallas Mavericks has been set. The series opens Sunday, April 23rd, in Dallas with tip-off at 8:30 p.m. Because the NBA is trying to squeeze in national television slots for eight seven-game first-round series, Griz fans will have to wait until Saturday, April 29th for their first home playoff game — at the FedExForum at 4:30 p.m. For a full analysis of the series, see Beyond the Arc, the Flyer Grizzlies blog.
  • Out With the Old
  • Out With the Old

    Oh, the irony. Matt Leinart, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from USC who’s projected to be a top three draft pick this year, was allowed to sit and watch a Tennessee Titans practice this week while visiting with Titans coaches and management in Nashville. But Steve McNair, the Titans' Pro Bowl iron man and undisputable face of the franchise, has been banned from the same practice facility because of a nasty contract dispute.

    Leinart wrote about his visit to Nashville in his ESPN online diary found here. As for McNair, Green Bay might have a quarterback vacancy soon. We hear they like guys from Mississippi.

  • Redbirds Alumni Report
  • Redbirds Alumni Report

    Looks like it may be a long summer at AutoZone Park. With our hometown Redbirds in a 1-10 nosedive to start the season, we choose to reflect on former Memphis players shakin’ things up in The Show. And who better to start with than Albert Pujols. Was it only six years ago that Sir Albert homered to win the Pacific Coast League championship for Memphis? Read about his latest exploits (three home runs Sunday, including a 9th-inning game-winner).
  • Redbirds Win! Redbirds Win ... er, wait ...
  • Redbirds Win! Redbirds Win ... er, wait ...

    The Memphis Redbirds won their first game of the year last night after beginning the season with a record nine straight losses. The 'Birds beat Omaha 10-3, beginning a one-game win streak that saw them climb to within five games of first place in their division. In celebration, rowdy revelers partied 'til dawn on Beale Street. (Then again, rowdy revelers party 'til dawn on Beale Street every Saturday night, so there may not have been a direct connection.)

    At any rate, the PRIDE is back and 'Birds fans eagerly look forward to today's 2:10 p.m. Easter Sunday game at AutoZone Park.

    UPDATE: Birds lose Sunday.

  • The Weakest Crowd?
  • The Weakest Crowd?

    “Of the 16 teams in the playoffs, Memphis has the weakest crowds,” said Denver Post NBA beat writer Marc Spears, appearing this morning on Sports-56 WHBQ’s "The Morning Rush."

    The Grizzlies rank 26th of 30 teams in the NBA in per-game attendance, but that isn’t what Spears was talking about. He meant noise, passion, energy.

    “I don’t see why Memphis crowds shouldn’t be like the ones in Sacramento,” Spears said, referring the cowbell-banging crazies that have made Sacramento’s Arco Arena one of the league’s better homecourt advantages over the past decade.

    Well, tonight is the last chance to prove Spears wrong before the playoffs start, as the Grizzlies play their final regular-season home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on “fan appreciation night.” Tipoff is 7 p.m. and the game is not televised, so there’s only one way to see it.

Special Sections

  • Since My Baby Left Me ...
  • Since My Baby Left Me ...

    Robert Sillerman, the billionaire who last year bought an 85 percent stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises, plans to demolish Heartbreak Hotel across the street from Graceland. In its place he’ll build two 400-room hotels, convention space, restaurants, and an amphitheatre.

    Meanwhile, on the Las Vegas strip, the entrepreneur envisions an “interactive” Elvis exhibit and is pondering whether to crack down on the King’s impersonators, suggesting they may need to be “authorized.”

    The idea prompted one impersonator to comment: “I have this image of old ladies going to underground shows and giving passwords at the door.” Read more here.

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