Normally hosted by New Orleans, the show temporarily moved to Memphis as the Crescent City re-builds. Proceeds benefit musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. For more, go here.
Peacock is a strong writer and she'd come up with a clever concept, to wit: "Poet Wallace Stevens '13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird' is about the vagaries of perception. This story is about how we see things too. And so: 13 ways of looking at an ivory-billed woodpecker."
Imagine our surprise when we opened Sunday's New York Times Sunday Magazine article on the Ivory-bill, also broken into 13 segments and also called you guessed it "13 Ways of Looking at an Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
It may not exactly be plagiarism, but it's damn close, and our feathers are ruffled. You can read our story here. You can find theirs on your own.
The Baltimore City Paper has more scoop on the Wendi Thomas saga. Read it here.
Our scores: Elliot Yamin schleps all the way up to A+ for If I Can Dream and Trouble; Taylor Hicks gets a B- for Jailhouse Rock and In the Ghetto; Chris Daughtry a C+ for Suspicious Minds and A Little Less Conversation; and Katherine McPhee a D for off-center/over-the-top renditions of a Hound Dog/All Shook Up medley and Cant Help Falling in Love.
Tommy Mottola? Graceland? Dont ask. Or, rather, ask Mr. Sillerman, Prsicilla, Scientology International, Kevin Kane, or all of the above. Somebodyll know the connection. Anyhow, the four finalists Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, and Elliot Yamin were in town ostensibly to tune up with Mottola for next weeks performance round, after which one more of them will be Returned to Sender.
Bring out your fiddle and jam, or pull up a lawn chair and enjoy the show. Its free. Indoor concert Saturday night features Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Shows at 8 p.m. $20.
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The Salvus Center is operated by a former United Methodist physician who has "reclaimed his call from God" and opened a faith-based health clinic for working people who have no health insurance coverage. Salvus is Greek for salvation.
Fees range from $5 to $30, depending on a person's income. For people below the poverty level, prescription drugs are issued on a sliding scale, from $1 (generic) to $3.
The Church Health, which opened 17 years ago by Dr. Scott Morris, a former Methodist minister, sees 40,000 patients a year and has an annual budget of $10 million.For more about the Salvus Center, go here.
At a press conference Monday, U.S. Attorney David Kustoff and Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin identified the officers as Patrolman Ted M. Williams of the Traffic Enforcement Unit and Officer Terrance Lashun Harris of the Southeast Precinct. They were arrested Sunday and are in custody pending a Monday afternoon court appearance.
The arrests bring to 19 the total number of Memphis policemen arrested in the wide-ranging corruption investigation.
Williams, 43, has been on the force since 1994. He is charged with robbing drug dealers traveling on Interstate 40 in Memphis. An undercover informant set up a sting operation supposedly involving Mexicans dealing marijuana. Harris, 32, has been an officer since 1997. He is charged with dealing cocaine. An undercover investigation began after IRS agents told police that Harris had assets far in excess of his income. He owns a Dixie Queen fast food restaurant, a house in Southaven, a 2003 Hummer, a 2001 Corvette, and had deposited $132,297 in the bank between March and May of 2004.
To view Kiplingers slide show go here.
It seems Lindsay is battling Justin's gal Cameron Diaz over jealousy about their mutual former heartthrob Jared Leto.The battle took place inside the VIP section of Shag club (wherever that is).
Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan, and Cameron Diaz have a lot in common including dating Jared Leto!
Read all about the catfights, the writing on bathroom walls, the "please don't smoke" tiff, and more here.
A writer named Lea Brandenburg included the story in a list of inspiring factoids for the Web site creativityforlife.com. Her version goes this way: In the 1950s, one of the best ways struggling new talent could start on the road to fame and fortune was to appear on a nationally televised program called the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. A singer from Tennessee tried out for the show, but failed the audition. Today few people under 50 remember the Ted Mack Amateur Hour or any of the winners" of the audition the singer failed, but every year the legend of the young man from Tennessee, Elvis Presley, grows.
For comparisons sake, some of those who did win on Macks highly rated TV show were Pat Boone and the Rock n Roll Trio, a Memphis group that included Tommy and Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison, all of whom became well-known in their own right.
True or not, the question took on a quirky relevance last week when American Idol sent its four remaining competitors to Graceland for some instruction from record exec Tommy Mottola. Proving that in pop music as in life, what goes around comes around. Sooner or later.
Ford also discussed his Tennessee Senate race, claiming to be leading in all the polls and to have out-raised everybody. He showed his new TV ad attacking big oil profits (but sounded accommodating toward new drilling in Alaska), took issue with President Bushs appointment of General Michael Hayden to head the CIA, defended his dear friend almost like a cousin or brother, Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy, and piece de resistance touted FedEx founder Fred Smith as a possible successor to current Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, whose resignation Ford has called for.
It was enough to once again win Imus' adoration. The host said at one point, Ford would be elected to the Senate if theres a God in Heaven.
The Gadfly (aka Marty Aussenberg) is back with more ruminations on the Rove/Plame affair. Read it all here.
Ford is launching television and radio ads tomorrow that attack the oil companies for getting rich off of the average American family. The Post reports that In the commercials, Ford is shown pumping gas at an Exxon station while detailing the $100 billion in profits "Big Oil" made in 2005, and the $400 million retirement package for former Exxon Mobil chairman Lee Raymond that "you and I paid for."
Ford goes on to propose an elimination of tax breaks for oil companies and an investment in alternative fuel technology while also making an appeal for change. "If you're fed up every time you fill up, send a new generation to the Senate," he says.
Read all about Tennessee's newest populist here.
The nickname "Mr. Twelve-to-One"? It's an acknowledgement of his willingnness to cast the single dissenting vote on the council. Read more here.
So says the press release for Rain, the third installment of Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa. Rain is the latest graphic novel available at comic-book shops, conventions, and the authors Web site and it's from husband-and-wife team Martheus and Janet Wade of Memphis. He's the graphic artist; she's the co-writer and inks her husband's drawings.
And Shianndrea (I swear I saw someone wearing that nametag at Mapco, the other day.)? She's a "female butt-kicker." The earth's future is in her hands. You've been warned.
Steve Austin, the $6 million-dollar food reporter for The Detroit News interviewed Three 6 Mafias DJ Paul this week, asking the Oscar-winning rap star questions about his groups dining habits. As it happens, DJP is a Food Network junkie, and he gave a special shout-out to the award-winning cheeses of Fiscalini Farms. Superb, Paul said, name-checking his dairy broker, the Cheese Impresario, Barrie Lynn. Lynn, who authors a column in The Beverly Hills Times called Cheese Matters, created special cheese baskets for winners at the 78th Academy Awards. Read more here.
"The 25 year-old Jones states my ideal mate is intelligent, has a sense of humor, goal oriented, sweet, sincere, and honest a woman who is capable of making me a better person.
Well, at least he's not a confirmed bachelor.
Asked about the upside of little-used (by Fratello) rookies Hakim Warrick and Lawrence Roberts, whom West selected in last summers draft, The Logo said, I think Hakim Warrick could be a great player if he played. Maybe Im wrong. I didnt coach him. I think Lawrence Roberts would rebound the ball, if he played. Ouch!
Later, West was asked about former Grizzly Bonzi Wells, who is playing brilliantly for the Sacramento Kings in the playoffs but whom Fratello dismissed from the Grizzlies during last years playoffs. The question was, Why couldnt [Wells] play for this team? Wests pointed response: Im not the one to answer that.
For more on what West said today and what it might mean, see our Grizzlies blog here.
Hopefully, Victoria Gotti won't show up.