Last week, it was thought that Elliott Yamin, the untrained underdog with the magical natural voice, would last another week into the Top Two. (We think thats only fair. After all, Els the one who had his ticket bought for last summers American Idol audition in Memphis the one that was rained out by the afterwash of Katrina), so hes almost home folks. But the inside betting today is that the E-train probably got derailed last night when Yamin gave so-so performances on his three esoteric songs.
That leaves Californian Katharine McPhee, the looker, and Alabaman Taylor Hicks, the karaoke spastic, as probabilities to lung it out next week.
See you at the Barbecue Fest, Elliott.
Diaz, the article said, usually either snubs fans who ask for her autograph, or gives them lectures on how "stupid autographs are." Hmmm. Sounds like she needs a few lessons in graciousness from her Southern Gentleman.
And then go buy all new stuff at Spring Market at the Agricenter. Theyll have over 100 booths of clothing, jewelry, gourmet foods, and cookware. Also learn makeover tips from Dan Brickley, host of TLCs A Makeover Story.
Shopping begins May 19th and goes through the 21st. Cover is $7 at the door. For more, go here.
So if someone writes Wash Me on the back window of your vehicle, beware: It just might be a trap.
Chaney and Jeanette S. Martin, an associate professor at the University of Mississippi business school, are the authors of Global Business Etiquette: A Guide to International Communication and Customs (Praeger Publishers). Some more Donts:
Don't do like the businesswoman from Texas who showed up at a conference in Antwerp in a bright-green jacket. (Black would have been more appropriate.) And don't do like the man who made the mistake of wearing a tan suit in the dark-suited company of his Tokyo associates. And definitely don't give a striped tie as a gift to an Englishman. It may just represent a British regiment other than his own!
Lessons learned: Mind your manners. Don't look dumb. According to Jeanette Martin, if you're doing business abroad and you have poor etiquette, "it doesn't matter how intelligent you are. You are going to be viewed as stupid."
The film depicts the effect of a terrorist nuclear attack on the U.S. It stars The Rock as, well, The Rock; Sarah Michelle Gellar as a porn star with a talk show; and last but not least, our own Justin Timberlake as a crazed Iraq War veteran selling a spiritual drug to people in Los Angeles.
If it all sounds a bit, um, goofy, take heart in the praise being aimed at JT. I think you will see Justin do extraordinary work, said Kelly, who called Timberlakes role the spiritual center of the film. Read more about it here.
Martindale hosted a program called Dance Party in the 1950s and 1960s and briefly owned a restaurant in Overton Square.
And now we know why one reviewer kept referring to Hicks bluesy Memphis style, and why another reviewer jested on the eve of the visit by four Idol finalists to Graceland two weeks ago that Taylor Hicks will get to revisit the Memphis places where he and The King hung out when they both were kids in the 1940s. (That joke is based on the 29-year-old Hicks prematurely gray hair.)
At any rate: You da man, Taylor! You da band, Little Memphis! Break a leg. Or, better yet, Knock on Wood.
Clarification: Some Internet sites are reporting that the Memphis Blues Orchestra will be performing with Hicks on next week's Idol finale. That rumor is being denied by members of the band and was evidently based on video clips of Hicks gigging with the band on an Idol-sponsored visit home to Birmingham last week.
"Pattern Recognition: A Ted Faiers Retrospective" - prints from 1952 through 1955 by Ted Faiers. Through July 2nd. Memphis College of Art On the Street Gallery, 431 S. Main.
Last week developers unveiled plans for a 9,000-seat arena that would host hockey, soccer, basketball, and big-name concerts. A group of 13 investors joined together as Arkansas Sports and Entertainment Park to finance the arena and expects to build it off State Highway 12, near the regional airport. Spokesman and ASEP managing member Chris Talley who is also president of Memphis Pro Soccer, an organization thats building a new American Indooor Soccer League franchise in Memphis says the facility could have a $56 million impact on Northwest Arkansas and attract 400,0000 visitors a year. The arena is the first phase of plans that also include hotels and restaurants. For more go here.
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District Attorney Bill Gibbons, a Republican and the target of an organized effort by Democratic nominees for countywide office who objected to his planned attendance at the Democrats' annual Kennedy Day dinner Monday night, confirmed by a formal statement Monday that he would not be attending the event.
Said Gibbons: "I purchased a ticket to the Kennedy Day Dinner held by the Democratic party for two reasons. First, as district attorney, I am the public's lawyer. I consider it part of my job to be present throughout the community in order to listen to people's concerns. Second, many key Democrats who support my re-election had urged me to attend.
"As district attorney, I represent all of the people. In my re-election campaign, I intend to seek the support of all citizens, regardless of party. Our community would be much stronger and less divisive if more candidates for office went the extra mile to reach across party lines. I have always done that and will continue to do so.
"Based on the recommendations of many of my Democratic supporters, I have decided not to attend the dinner tonight."
The attorney general's statement was accompanied by a lengthy list of individuals Gibbons described as his Democratic supporters.
This week's Flyer will provide a follow-up report on the controversy and on the dinner itself, which features a keynote address by Governor Phil Bredesen.
"This program will give a child the opportunity to go through some training to better prepare his body not only for baseball but for sports in general," Redbirds Vice President of Community Relations Reggie Williams said.
D1 Sports Training is owned and operated by both college and professional athletes, including partial ownership by Shane Battier of the Memphis Grizzlies.
"We are proud to have the opportunity to expose a child who would otherwise never have this type of opportunity to have access to this kind of professional training," Williams said.
On Sunday, former Misfit member Michale Graves will stop by the Complex for the Almost Home Tour concert in support of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin, the men convicted of the murders who are also known as the West Memphis Three. Read the story.
With a healthy dosing of Tibetan Goji Berry, Asian Cordyceps, B-Vitamins, Green Tea, Yerba Mate, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, Guarana, and Policosanols, Lightning Bolt will give you the strength you need to punch your adversaries' faces through plate glass windows day in and day out!
For more information on how you can have the energy of Memphis' martial arts master, go here.
Nope. It's. . . John Daly.
The long ball rebel's vinos, which include three "ranges" of vintages, hit Memphis shelves in a week, with national rollouts to follow. The press info promises the products were "conceived and blended to reflect unique and different aspects of one of the worlds most thrilling and big-hearted golfers."
We can only assume that once opened, the bottle begins chain-smoking Marlboros, marries you, trashes your hotel room, divorces you, and then goes out in search of strippers and slot machines. For tasting notes and images, click here .
No word yet on which of the three goes best with Hooters wings and Big Macs.