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  • May 18-24, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 899

News

  • Cameron's Not So Nice
  • Cameron's Not So Nice

    According to a survey done for Newsday, Johnny Depp topped the list of Hollywood's best and worst autograph signers. Homeboy Justin Timberlake’s main squeeze, Cameron Diaz, was named the worst.

    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.

  • Business Etiquette for Dummies
  • Business Etiquette for Dummies

    You’re up for a new job and your prospective boss invites you to dinner. You're presented with a baked potato. If you tear off the foil, wad it into a ball, and set the ball on the tablecloth, the potato may be baked, but your goose is cooked. This, according to Lillian H. Chaney, professor of office management and an expert in business etiquette at the University of Memphis.

    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 “Don’ts”:

    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."

  • You Can’t Win ’Em All
  • You Can’t Win ’Em All

    Takegreatpictures.com recently ranked the Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest 7th in its top 10 event and destination picks for taking pictures this spring. It’s number 1 pick for pix? The World Grits Festival in St. George, South Carolina.
  • American Idol: Memphis Has a Dog in the Hunt!
  • American Idol: Memphis Has a Dog in the Hunt!

    Now that the competition for the next American Idol comes down to Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee, (with our previous sentimental favorite, Elliott Yamin, having been eliminated this week), we find out that Hicks’ band back home in Birmingham performs under the name “The Little Memphis Blues Orchestra.”

    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.

  • Free Porn, Desperate Housewives, and American Idol
  • Free Porn, Desperate Housewives, and American Idol

    These are allegedly the top three search subjects on the Internet these days. The first is a myth; the second soap-opera fiction; and the last is (theoretically, at least) “reality.” In tonight’s American Idol semifinal elimination, one of the three remaining contestants will return to “real” reality.

    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 that’s only fair. After all, El’s the one who had his ticket bought for last summer’s American Idol audition in Memphis — the one that was rained out by the afterwash of Katrina), so he’s 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.

  • Shop Til You Drop
  • Shop Til You Drop

    It’s that time of year. Out with old, in with the new. Clean out your over-stuffed underwear drawer. Donate that sweater you haven’t worn since 1992 to Goodwill, and get rid of all those socks that have lost their mates.

    And then go buy all new stuff at Spring Market at the Agricenter. They’ll have over 100 booths of clothing, jewelry, gourmet foods, and cookware. Also learn makeover tips from Dan Brickley, host of TLC’s A Makeover Story.

    Shopping begins May 19th and goes through the 21st. Cover is $7 at the door. For more, go here.

  • Southland Tales
  • Southland Tales

    Director Richard Kelly (left) impressed the critics with his last film, Donnie Darko. His latest, Southland Tales — maybe not so much. At least that’s the first reaction at the Cannes Film Fest.

    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 Timberlake’s role the “spiritual center of the film. Read more about it here.

  • Another Arena
  • Another Arena

    Another Mid-South sports venue is in the works, this one in the Arkansas Ozarks town of Bentonville, which is also the headquarters of Wal-Mart.

    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 that’s 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.

  • Clean Getaway
  • Clean Getaway

    Channel 5 Eyewitness News reported Wednesday that robbers are targeting Memphis car washes. On Tuesday, May 16th, a man was carjacked at a car wash on Highland; the thieves got the man’s white Pontiac Grand Prix and $20 in cash. Apparently, three other similar incidents have occurred since April.

    So if someone writes “Wash Me” on the back window of your vehicle, beware: It just might be a trap.

  • A Nod for Wink
  • A Nod for Wink

    From Overton Square to Hollywood Boulevard: Former Memphis television star Wink Martindale is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wink’s star will be placed between Suzanne Sommers and Tom Hanks. The “installation,” as they call it, is June 2nd.

    Martindale hosted a program called Dance Party in the 1950s and 1960s and briefly owned a restaurant in Overton Square.

  • Things Just Didn't Pan Out
  • Things Just Didn't Pan Out

    Viking Culinary Arts, one of the cornerstones of Peabody Place and the downtown Main Street Mall, has closed. A sign on the door says other Viking retail locations in Memphis will remain open. The downtown store at 153 S. Main is closing at a time when downtown, and South End in particular, are enjoying a boom in residential construction.
  • All the Cool Kids are Doing It
  • All the Cool Kids are Doing It

    More than 30 percent of the 9th-graders in Memphis City Schools have had sexual intercourse. Almost 70 percent of MCS seniors have. And Memphis students were above the state and national averages on questions concerning sex with multiple partners, pregnancy, dating violence, and low condom use. That’s according to a “self-reported” survey developed by the Center for Research on Women at the U OF M and administered by MCS. For more go here.
  • It's a Boy for Isaac Hayes
  • It's a Boy for Isaac Hayes

    People magazine is reporting that Adjowa and Isaac Hayes are the parents of a baby boy. Nana Kwadjo Hayes — Hayes's fourth son and his first with Adjowa — was born April 10, said spokesman Rob Moore. Nana, means "King," and Kwadjo (pronounced "Kwo-Jo") means "boy born on Monday" (April 10 was a Monday). Hayes was named honorary king of Ghana's Ada region in 1992 in honor of his humanitarian work. He and Adjowa were married in May 2005. To read more, go here.
  • Ted Faiers: A Memphis Original
  • Ted Faiers: A Memphis Original

    If you haven't dropped in to see the Ted Faiers exhibit downtown, you need to do so. Faiers was a true original whose works influenced a generation of painters.

    "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.

We Recommend

  • Misfit Case
  • Misfit Case

    Former Misfit stops in Memphis to support Damien Echols' book.

Politics

  • Democratic Chairman Gets Ultimatum
  • Democratic Chairman Gets Ultimatum

    Seven local Democratic Party nominees have addressed a letter/ultimatum to party chairman Matt Kuhn (pictured), that "demanded" he disinvite two leading Republicans – Sheriff Mark Luttrell and Ditrict Attorney General Bill Gibbons – from Monday night's Kennedy Day Dinner, an annual party fund-raising affair that will feature Governor Phil Bredsesen. A storm of controversy has erupted in Democratic ranks over the planned appearance at the affair of Luttrell and Gibbons, both of whom have prominent Democratic supporters and frequently cross party lines on such occasions. Read more.
  • All’s Well That Ends (if this Democratic Brouhaha Ever Does End)
  • All’s Well That Ends (if this Democratic Brouhaha Ever Does End)

    After all the fuss and bother over the weekend about the prospect of Republican nominees attending the Shelby County Democrats’ Kennedy Day Dinner, there was no taint of Republicanism when the newly cleansed Democrats’ dinner actually took place this week. Sheriff Mark Luttrell bowed out gracefully, and District Attorney General Bill Gibbons responded to an intermediary’s plea that he do likewise. The D.A. got his check returned by a heavily pressured Democratic chairman Matt Kuhn, who had a few sardonic things to say at the dinner about his party’s ongoing rites of purification. Read more.
  • Gibbons Bows out
  • Gibbons Bows out

    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.

  • Common Cause
  • Common Cause

    Looking down the road, GOP Senate candidate Hilleary reaches out to rival Bryant for a joint effort of sorts.
  • Return of the Gadfly
  • Return of the Gadfly

    The question arises: What is the government's (and, in particular, the Bush administration's) motivation for its domestic surveillance and recently revealed telephone data gathering programs? Oh sure, they say it's to catch terrorists (so much for the validity of the "fighting them over there so we won't have to fight them over here" mantra). But it's pretty obvious by now that the government hasn't needed (and doesn't need) to break the law to catch terrorists. Read more here.

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    That's right, friends -- pork. And that starts with P and ends with K and that spells, uh, well, tax dollars up in barbecue smoke ...

Music

  • Loaded
  • Loaded

    Walkie Talkie is a blossoming local band with a distinctive sound.
  • Don't Stroke Out!
  • Don't Stroke Out!

    The Strokes concert (with The Apples in Stereo) originally scheduled for the Orpheum Theatre on Monday, May 22, has been moved to the New Daisy Theater. Same date, same time. All tickets previously purchased will be honored.

    You may resume net-surfing now.

  • Warn the President. The Dixie Chicks Are Coming!
  • Warn the President. The Dixie Chicks Are Coming!

    After filling The Pyramid twice in the past five years, the Dixie Chicks will debut at FedExForum this September as part of their “Accidents & Accusations” tour. The Chicks’ just-announced Memphis date is Wednesday, September 27th. Since the Chicks last packed Memphis concert came well after the band drew ire for attacking the President from a London stage, controversy shouldn’t hurt the band much here.

    For more info on the Chicks upcoming tour, go here. To read the Flyer’s take on the group’s new album, Taking the Long Way, which hits store racks tomorrow, go here.

Film/TV

  • West Memphis Three Movie
  • West Memphis Three Movie

    Variety reported last week that Dimension films has purchased the rights to Mara Leveritt’s book Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three, which covered the murder of three young boys and the controversial conviction of three teens in West Memphis in the early 90s. The film will be directed by Scott Derrickson and and written by Paul Harris Boardman, who worked together on The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Read the story here.

    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.

Art

Food & Drink

  • Kick-Ass Juice
  • Kick-Ass Juice

    Got the Monday-morning blues? Need something for that post-barbecue fest hangover? If so, now might be the perfect time to try Steven Seagal’s Lighting Bolt Energy Drink!

    “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.

  • Celebrity Sippin'
  • Celebrity Sippin'

    Ah, golf. A gentleman's sport if there ever was one. Which is why it makes perfect sense for a PGA golfer to team up with a wine company to create a signature line of links-inspired drinks. Who is this cultured connoisseur? Davis Love III? Tiger Woods?

    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 world’s 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.

Sports

  • That’s “beh-JAY-gus”
  • That’s “beh-JAY-gus”

    He’s currently on the cover of three national golf magazines, one of which says his surname means “chick magnet” in Spanish. PGA rookie Camilo Villegas will be in Memphis for the upcoming FedEx St. Jude Classic. His gallery will be the one with the teen squeals. Read about Villegas here.
  • Redbirds Give a Gift
  • Redbirds Give a Gift

    One member of the Redbirds RBI program has been selected to receive one year of elite athletic training with D1 Sports Training, a speed, strength and agility training facility in Cordova.

    "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.

  • NBA Mock Draft
  • NBA Mock Draft

    Check out the latest forecast from HoopsHype.com. You’ll see where the Tigers’ Rodney Carney might land … and how an old Tiger foe may well become a new resident at FedExForum. But hey, where’s Shawne Williams?
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