Volunteer Memphis will offer a Disaster Relief Volunteer Fair for community members interested in disaster preparedness and relief on Thursday, May 18th, from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p. m. at the Central Library. Attendees will learn about being prepared for the next disaster, opportunities to contribute to Hurricane Katrina relief, and how to be a part of the solution after the next big disaster. Agencies such as the Health Department, Crisis Center, Humane Society, Salvation Army, MIFA, and many more will be on hand to answer questions.
Youngsters who attend can create cards to send to displaced children of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The event is free and open to the public.
Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, and Elliott Yamin (pictured) are the remaining finalists. Yamin, who has had a dramatic rise of late, is the underdog a high school dropout, product of a broken home, deaf in one ear, a diabetic, little, nerdy, and nervous. But, as judge Randy Jackson puts it, This boy can sing!
Really, they might, and you can ask them during the Rhetoric Society of America 2006 conference being held in Memphis May 26th-May 29th. Topics include: "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word to Say: Official Apology and Rhetorical Agency in Contemporary Danish Politics," "Reintroducing the Body into Ethos Formation and Expression," "Late 19th Century Southern Suffrage Rhetoric and the Tangled Intersections of Racial and Gendered Politics," and much, much more. For more information, go to the RSA Web site here.
This year, its Costa Rica, and there are a number of events going on all over the city honoring the native music, food, and culture of that country. One such event is Costa Rica: Rhythm & Rainforest at The Orpheum tonight. It features dance by Ballet Folklorico, a performance by Costa Rican singer/songwriter Luis Angel Castro, piano music played by Manuel Obregon, and Caribbean cuisine by Chef Oscar. And you get it all for only $11.
For more, go here.
If this guy still lived in Memphis, we would have put him in the annual Whos Who listing of our sister publication, Memphis magazine, years ago.
This week, Mark Cook, now living in Palm Beach, will receive the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerces Business Leader of the Year Award. Cook is president of Royal Palm Management, which includes a glitzy hotel and several high-profile businesses in Florida, and is active in more than half a dozen charities in the area, among his accomplishments.
And if that last name sounds familiar, it should. He is the son of prominent Memphis businessman Edward R. Ned Cook, whose name just happens to be the Cook part of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
You can read all about the accomplishments of his son here.
The cross-species bears fur is described as being like a polar bear but with patches of brown. Its its claws, back, and face more closely resemble a Grizzly.
DNA tests determining species paternity are pending. We just have one question: Where has Memphis Grizzlies mascot Grizz been spending his off-seasons?
Yikes. Bombshells about Michael Jackson. The mind reels. Will Gest explain that whole glove thing, or reveal that Michael's nose is reeeeeally small due to 19 plastic surgeries? Or will he just confirm that Jacko is whacko?
The book will also expose secrets from the lives of Debbie Reynolds, Dionne Warwick, Esther Williams, and Smokey Robinson.
The literary world awaits. Write, David, write! For more, go here:
"We are unbelievably pleased. This is a piece of history," Geller told Reuters network. "We intend to restore it to its old glory. We would like to bring sick children there (for tours), Palestinian children, Israeli children, American children," the Israeli-born Geller said. "Hopefully one day we might get approval to turn it into a museum."
Geller had originally bid $300,000 last month but a bidding war ensued and the price ballooned, he said. During the process he was approached by dozens of people wanting to go in with him, he said. He chose two, New York lawyer Jim Gleason and Lisbeth Silvandersson, a Swedish-born jewelry maker who lives in England, as equal partners. To read more, go here.
A new book, Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Pottery of Walter B. Stephen, has just been published. You can read more about it here.
Sachs told the Flyer last year that the film, titled Marriage, is a period piece, set in the 1940s, about a man who decides to kill his wife. Sachs likened the film to great Edward G. Robinson dramas from the 1930s such as Scarlet Street and The Woman in the Window.Variety reports production on the film is set to begin in July. No shooting location is mentioned, but Sachs said last year that Memphis wouldnt be a good fit for the San Francisco-set film. For more, go here.
You see, Code star Tom Hanks sports the "Camaro Crash Helmet" in the movie, and it's no accident! According to an article in The San Francisco Chronicle, Hanks' hideous hairiness is all part of a conspiracy by the Catholic Church. Think about it: Jesus wore one.
Heres writer Peter Hartlaubs theory: "Where do a lot of people with mullets end up? In prison. What was the only movie where Hanks played a prison guard? The Green Mile. Who did Hanks' Green Mile co-star Michael Jeter play in Sister Act II: Back in the Habit? Father Ignatius. And who, ultimately, gave Father Ignatius his orders? The Vatican.
"Could it be clearer what is behind this?" Hartlaub continues. "The Vatican, after hiding for centuries the true story that Jesus had a mullet, conspired with hundreds of celebrities in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s to make the haircut popular so they could reveal the truth."
If you've got more books than shelf space, think of donating them to the New Orleans Public Library. The library is looking for hardbacks and paperbacks, and books that the library can't use will go to fund-raising efforts or directly to families affected by Hurricane Katrina. Tell the post office you're making a donation, and your shipment can go library rather than book rate. You'll be saving on postage, and you can write the donation off your taxes.
The address is New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112-2007, attn: Rica A. Trigs, Public Relations. For more information, go here.
And now my friends, at this most sacred time of year The Memphis in May Barbecue Festival Yankee devil-people are trying to steal the Lords favorite bone from the humble Southern God-fearing grillers of this once proud nation. For this reason and more, the Flyer is boycotting the devil-looking-person from Marthas Vinyard and his heretically named Web site, Barbecuebible.com. And were especially boycotting their sinfully delicious mac and cheese.
Sports Illustrateds John Donovan proclaims Pujols is baseballs new King of Swing in his latest column.