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  • Apr 20-26, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 895

News

  • Schweet!
  • Schweet!

    Now that Hustle & Flow is on DVD and available on pay-per-view, there’s no need to settle for punk-ass movie snacks. Check out the recipes on the Web site, Pimp My Snack.
  • B.B. King Performs Despite Dual Tragedies
  • B.B. King Performs Despite Dual Tragedies

    B.B. King marked his 10,000th performance with a show at his club in New York City's Times Square last Monday night - despite burying his son on Easter Sunday and learning one of his grandsons had been shot dead.

    King played a selection of his hits and masked his heartbreak after losing his son Leonard to colorectal cancer.

    King, who lost a 14-year-old grandson earlier last week after he was gunned down in a store, drove through the night from Mississippi to arrive in New York on time, according to the New York Daily News.

  • Burke’s Book Store Closing?
  • Burke’s Book Store Closing?

    Burke’s Book Store, a Memphis institution since 1875, may be forced to close unless it can resolve its increasingly bleak financial situation.

    Owners Corey and Cheryl Mesler mailed a letter to the store’s customers this week, saying “we are not generating enough revenue to pay our bills.” They cite a number of reasons: “Sales are down. Superstores are soaking up every available book dollar from independents. And people are shopping online instead of browsing.”

    The Meslers say they are searching for a way to save the store, located at 1719 Poplar. Among other things, they are encouraging people to do more shopping there. In the long run, however, “it must be said right now that we need cash in the form of donations.” This may seem like a desperate move, but they point out that other communities have saved bookstores this way.

    “And Burke’s, we are sorry to say, has come to that,” concludes their letter. “This is our plea for help. We are hoping for a positive response.”

    For more information, visit the Burke's Book Store Web site here.

  • Mid-South Fair Doesn't Own Libertyland Carousel
  • Mid-South Fair Doesn't Own Libertyland Carousel

    City attorney Sara Hall told the Memphis City Council this morning that the city owns the Libertyland carousel and the Zippin Pippin roller coaster. The MidSouth Fair Board has been trying to sell the two items in recent weeks, but Hall said the city was prepared to file an injunction to stop any further attempt to sell.

    The decision represents a substantial victory for the citizen-activist group Save Libertyland! which has contended for months that the Fair Board did not own the historically significant carousel and roller coaster.

  • She's Baaa-aack
  • She's Baaa-aack

    The Commercial Appeal's recently departed columnist Wendi Thomas is coming home to the CA, according to a story on the CA's website.

    After two and a half years as the paper's metro columnist, Thomas left last month to take a similar position at the Baltimore Sun. Apparently, the change didn't take. "My heart is in Memphis," Thomas told the CA Monday. "The Sun is a wonderful paper, and Baltimore is a great city, but it's not home."

    Her first column this time around will be in early May. We're betting Memphis barbecue and Momma get a shout-out.

  • Tennessee Royal Flush
  • Tennessee Royal Flush

    After Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte began plans for renovating the governor’s residence, she realized some things would have to go.

    Because she wanted to give Tennesseans the opportunity to see and buy the items — which include a Jacuzzi, pool table, and several toilets, including this black Kohler model from the governor’s master bath — they have been posted online here.

    The toilet, which looks like crap, is up to $75. But governors’ bare butts have touched this, which surely makes it a collectors’ item.

  • Brava, Kallen!
  • Brava, Kallen!

    Times may be hard in the Big Easy but the show must go on. And Memphis’ own Kallen Esperian saw that it did last week as she starred as “Madama Butterfly” in the New Orleans Opera Association’s production of the Puccini classic. Performing at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium (the opera company’s temporary home until its permanent base is restored), the lovely soprano delighted the near-capacity crowd in her debut as the geisha girl Cio-Cio-San. For more, go here.
  • "Black Snake Moan" Stirs Early Controversy
  • "Black Snake Moan" Stirs Early Controversy

    Craig Brewer's next film has already got people talking — or at least the critics. The New York Times reports on Brewer's sexually charged movie and says he's breaking Hollywood's "last taboo."

    Let's see ... white nymphomaniac chained to a radiator by a black blues singer. Yep, that ought to qualify. We still want to know where Justin Timberlake fits in with all this.

  • Uri Geller Wants Elvis’ House
  • Uri Geller Wants Elvis’ House

    Famed spoon-bender/psychic/Elvis fan Uri Geller hopes to be the new owner of the first house Elvis bought in Memphis, now for sale on eBay. Geller owns a collection of Elvis memorabilia that he wants to exhibit in the Elvis pad.

    "It will have all the bizarre things that Elvis Presley believed in," including his fascination with UFOs, Geller told Reuters. "He was ahead of his time."

    Presley lived in the house for 13 months with his parents before moving to Graceland. The property features a swimming pool and the hallway showcases musical note themed wallpaper from 1956, according to the online listing.

    Geller faced a setback on Friday when his $300,000 bid for the property was topped by someone willing to pay $300,100. The auction ends May 14. More here.

  • Wendi Update
  • Wendi Update

    The Baltimore City Paper (that city's alternative newsweekly) has more scoop on the Wendi Thomas saga by writer Gadi Dechter.

    Apparently, the Memphis return trip came as a complete surprise to the Sun's editor and staff. In fact, Thomas' first column for the Sun was set to debut tomorrow.

    A copy of the now-never-to-be-published piece was given to City Paper. Some choice excerpts: "Nearly a month ago, I left Memphis, the city in which I grew up, the city where my parents and boyfriend still live, to take this job. I left behind a city and a state that I know all too well, and a great gig as a columnist there, to opine about a city and a region I barely know at all. I left behind the easy eating of pulled pork barbecue to work for my dinner, hammering out the white goodness in steamed crabs. And sometimes, I wonder if I left my good sense somewhere between the River City and Charm City."

    No comment. Well, okay, one comment: That "white goodness" line is icky.

  • New Life for a Landmark
  • New Life for a Landmark

    A group of Memphis developers recently played a key role in saving a historic diner in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

    Four years ago, the Valenti Management Group purchased the property to build a Wendy’s and donated the 1954 diner to the American Diner Museum. They allowed the neglected eatery to remain on the site during construction of the fast-food restaurant. Just long enough for diner buff Ronald “Fezz” Linden to learn about the former Community Diner, purchase it, move it to a new location, and restore it. Oh, and to rename it “Fezz’s Diner.

    It’s a complicated story with a happy ending. Read more about it here:

  • Get Out…
  • Get Out…

    …and take the kids with you. At 7 p.m. tonight, the Sierra Club’s offering a backpacking clinic to teach you how to pack and head for the mountains. And they’ll be doling out advice on bringing the little ones along. No word on whether that means stuffing them into your pack when they ask “are we there yet?” for the 20th time. The clinic will be held at the Poplar-White Station Branch library at 5094 Poplar. For more info, call 826-2448.
  • Coyote Purty
  • Coyote Purty

    Move over, Hooter’s. Memphis will soon be home to a new sex-charged watering hole. Coyote Ugly, from the movie of the same name where hot female bartenders kick up their heels and flirt with the customers, is adding Memphis to its 14 locations nation-wide.

    And yes, they’re looking for babe-ish women to work there. Think you’ve got what it takes? Start practicing your bumpin’ two-step because tryouts are this weekend at 326 Beale.

    For more, go here.

  • Shooting Wildlife
  • Shooting Wildlife

    Who would have thought penguins could be so beguiling? Yet thanks to Greg Marshall, the executive producer and director of remote imaging at National Geographic, the secret lives of penguins proved to be pretty darn interesting in the recent hit film March of the Penguins.

    Learn more about what it takes to shoot extreme wildlife on Wednesday, April 26th at 3:30 p.m., when Marshall speaks at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. For information, call 678-5105.

  • Blue Suede Booze
  • Blue Suede Booze

    A California-company that personalizes bottles for corporate clients and wine clubs, is making vino a little more rock-and-roll. The company’s Graceland Cellars line, licensed by EPE, includes a new addition, the Velvet Elvis, a cabernet sauvignon in a 1.5 Liter Magnum featuring a “velvet painting” of the King. And it comes in a black velvet-lined gift box. Other Graceland wines include the Blue Suede chardonnay, Jail House Red merlot, and All Shook Up sparkling wine.

    So which one goes best with a peanut butter and banana sandwich?

  • Memphis Shut Out in Monopoly
  • Memphis Shut Out in Monopoly

    No, it's not another Redbirds defeat. It seems Hasbro is updating its hallowed Monopoly game with a more modern “Here and Now” edition. Gamers can choose what U.S. landmarks will be in the new version by going here before May 12th.

    But here's rub: Memphis is apparently not on Rich Uncle Pennybags’ radar. Nashville made the list of cities to vote on, as did Atlanta and New Orleans. But the Bluff City was snubbed. Oh well, Monopoly is so … 19th century. We prefer the subtle intrique of CLUE.

  • Demo Drama

    Playhouse on the Square set to demolish neighboring antique mall.
  • A New Fix

    Physicians and federal officials look at a new way to treat drug addiction.

We Recommend

  • Breaking Barriers
  • Breaking Barriers

    True Heads and NBE: They had their differences, and then they danced.

Politics

  • Hu’s Who
  • Hu’s Who

    What do Henry Kissinger, Tim Russert, Barbara Bush, Michelle Kwan, Tommy LaSorda, and FedEx CEO Fred Smith have in common? They were all part of last Friday’s star-studded luncheon guest list for visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao hosted by President Bush.

    An hour later, they were all hungry again.

Opinion

  • Perfect Storm

    Redbirds are slumping, but AutoZone Park was still a home run for Memphis.
  • Letter From The Editor

    Every once in a while I like to peruse the personal ads, those micro-type listings in the back of the classifieds ...

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Sports

  • DeAngelo on the Clock

    With the NFL draft this Saturday, longtime football writer Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News presents his analysis of the running backs on the board. Check out where the U of M’s DeAngelo Williams ranks in Gosselin’s various categories here.
  • What Should the Grizzlies Do Tonight?
  • What Should the Grizzlies Do Tonight?

    The Grizzlies lost Game 1 in their playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday night, 103-93. Despite getting out-rebounded 24-6 (no, that isn’t a misprint) in a first-half in which star forward Pau Gasol scored only three points, the Grizzlies were able to get within one point of the favored Mavs in the third quarter before Dallas pulled away. Gasol rebounded with a fine second half (21 points and 6 rebounds), which the Grizzlies will need more of to pull the upset in Game 2, set for tonight in Dallas.

    What adjustments should the Grizzlies make? We break it down at Beyond the Arc, the Flyer’s Grizzlies blog here.

  • Tigers to Tigers ...
  • Tigers to Tigers ...

    Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger Larry Porter, a running back for the U of M who set rushing records during his 1990-1993 tenure here (and is ranked as the fifth leading rusher in Tiger history) has been named the assistant head football coach for another group of Tigers — the purple-and-gold team at LSU.

    Originally from Columbus, Georgia, he coached at UT-Martin and Arkansas State before joining the staff of Les Miles at Oklahoma State. When Miles was named head coach at LSU last year, Porter came along. For the full story, go here.

  • Action Jackson
  • Action Jackson

    The Grizzlies and Mavericks may be just one game into building a playoff history. But ask anyone on the Dallas payroll about Memphis’ Bobby Jackson, and they’ll have an opinion. Read what Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News has to say here.
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