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  • Jun 22-28, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 904

News

  • Everything Must Go?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Everything Must Go?

    The Mid-South Fair sold most of Libertyland’s rides and equipment in an auction earlier today. One notable exception was the Grand Carousel, which the city, at the urging of activist group Save Libertyland, laid claim to. Another exception — though we don’t know why — was this restroom sign. Seriously.

    We could make a joke about the fair wanting to keep its assets covered, but it’s just too easy.

    Read more about the roller coaster of a battle over Libertyland here.

  • Before ’N Sync
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Before ’N Sync

    Can’t get enough of hometown boy — and possible Stax label revitalizer — Justin Timberlake? Check out YouTube.com’s video of a young Justin performing a Christmas medley.

    We can’t verify that it’s him, but check the hair, the moves, and the way the crowd loves him … especially when he starts throwing candy. No wonder he thought that whole Janet Jackson thing was a good idea. Extra points if you can tell us where this video was taken.

  • M.E.M.P.H.I.S.
  • The Daily Buzz
  • M.E.M.P.H.I.S.

    In honor of Bring Your Dog to Work Day, we turn your attention to this MySpace page from a dog — yes, the four-legged kind — whose name just happens to be “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.”

    The dog’s blog entries include “Bow wow to me” and “Woof woof what what.” A bit more interesting are the comments from the many friends of M.E.M.P.H.I.S, such as one from a young woman who writes, “I can’t wait to be licked by your velvety tongue.” Read more — lots more — about this crazy bitch here.

  • Thankyaverymuch
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Thankyaverymuch

    Memphis magazine won a much sought-after award this week at the annual City & Regional magazine association conference, held in Boston. Memphis brought home a Silver Award in the photo essay category, beating Los Angeles magazine and coming in behind powerhouse Texas Monthly.

    The winning entry, "Living Legend," appeared in the July 2005 issue and was shot by local photographer Brad Jones and designed by art director Hudd Byard. The photos depict the ghost of Elvis visiting some of his old haunts, including Pop Tunes, the Arcade, and the Zippin Pippin. (Your issue just became that much more valuable, folks.)

    The competition is open to more than100 members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America that qualify. The contest is a 21-year-old national competition, which has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for the past 10 years.

    Memphis' July issue hits newsstands this week, with SNL's "Lazy Sunday" star and hometown funnyman Chris Parnell on the cover. Do pick it up, or go here to subscribe.

  • Urine Nation
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Urine Nation

    Judging from this marquee, the clever folks at Playhouse on the Square scored big on the multiple-entendre front when International Paper agreed to sponsor Urinetown, a satirical musical about a city where you’re forced to pay for every leak you take.

    I.P. Get it?

    Get Urinetown showtimes and ticket information from the Flyer’s online calendar here.

  • But Where Was Ace?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • But Where Was Ace?

    Or Gene, for crying out loud! Professional golfer Shaun Micheel is a card-carrying member of the KISS Army. A member of the PGA Tour since 1992 and winner of the 2003 PGA Championship, Micheel has realized every KISS fan’s fantasy by joining “the hottest band in the world” on tour, even learning some blood-spitting secrets backstage. Just last weekend, Micheel welcomed Tommy Thayer — Ace Frehley’s most recent successor on lead guitar — to his golf tournament (to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation). For some details, check it out here.
  • Tomb Raiders
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Tomb Raiders

    Researchers from the University of Memphis are unsure what they'll find when they examine the last of seven ancient coffins found in the first tomb uncovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings since King Tut's in 1922.

    "I can't control what is there," said Dr. Otto Schaden, team leader of the archaeologists who made the discovery. "So it doesn't do any good to have false hopes or high hopes or low hopes."

    So begins a nice story in USA Today on the U of M research team's further exploits in Egypt. To read the whole thing, go here.

  • Well, It’s About Time!
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Well, It’s About Time!

    The Waco, Texas, City Council — a group with either a lot of time on its hands, or so busy it takes them 90 years to enact legislation — has passed a resolution condemning the lynchings that took place in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    According to an AP story, the action was probably inspired by distant memories of the lynching of 17-year-old Jesse Washington, a crime that took place in 1916, and became known as the “Waco Horror.”

    And since the National Civil Rights Museum In our city has a photo of the Washington lynching in their collection, the Waco City Council plans to send Memphis a copy of the anti-lynching resolution too.

    Well, now we can all rest easy.

    Read all about it here.

  • We're Number Six!!!
  • The Daily Buzz
  • We're Number Six!!!

    Rolf Pitts writes a lively travel column called "Traveling Light" for Yahoo.com. This week, he lists his 10 favorite places to "wander" in America. So what does Memphis have that compares with Olympic National Park, Big Sur, and Key West?

    Go here and find out.

  • Look Like E.B. Farnum
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Look Like E.B. Farnum

    Deadwood has been cancelled, but you can pay tribute to hometown boy William Sanderson by wearing a new line of clothes based on the HBO series. Read all about it here.
  • Gas X
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Gas X

    Just in time for the travel-heavy Fourth of July holiday, MoveOn.org is holding a National Day of Action for an "Oil-Free" Congress, a series of rallies being staged at gas stations across the country. The aim of the event is to encourage congress to explore other energy alternatives such as biofuels and solar and wind power.

    The Memphis rally is today at 5 p.m. at the corner of Highland and Poplar. For more information, go here.

  • Maynard for Senate
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Maynard for Senate

    Jim Maynard, the local gay atheist/humanist/Democratic socialist, has just been certified by the State Office of Elections as a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate state and federal primary election on August 3rd. This isn’t the first time Maynard’s battled against incumbent Ford. He received 166 votes when he ran as a write-in candidate in the 2004 election. For more, go here:.
  • Three Six Mafia Draws a Crowd
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Three Six Mafia Draws a Crowd

    On Father’s Day weekend, at an event called Family Day in the Park, Memphis’ own Three Six Mafia drew a record 22,000 to the annual event in Columbus, Georgia. While “It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp” ain’t exactly a ditty some of us would associate with small-town moms, dads, and kids, fans of various ages loved rapping along to the Oscar-winning song. They screamed, sweated, and a few teens swooned, requiring treatment for heat exhaustion. No arrests were reported. As one fan said, You have . . . lots of nice people and you don’t have to worry about people shooting because of police.” Read all about it here.
  • Hunka Hunka Burnin' Rove
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Hunka Hunka Burnin' Rove

    In preparation for this week's visit to Graceland by Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and that other guy, you might want to pick up a copy of Koizumi's 2001 CD, Junichiro Koizumi Presents My Favorite Elvis Songs.

    Some of Juni's favorites include "I Can't Help Falling in Love" and "You Gave Me a Mountain." To read more about this bizarreness, go here.

  • On God and Eating Habits
  • The Daily Buzz
  • On God and Eating Habits

    Since he founded the Church Health Center in 1987 to provide medical care to the working poor, Dr. Scott Morris has emphasized the importance of a healthy eating habits. Now he extends that advice to the United Methodist clergy (of which he is a member), who are 20 percent heavier than the general population. “The church ought to lead the way, not bring up the rear,” he said. “If the church has to serve fried chicken in order to draw a crowd, then there is something wrong with the message.

    Morris also elaborated on a Time magazine blog titled “God Does Not Want You To Be Sick,” in which the writer described Morris’ work with patients who believe that sickness is a part of God’s will. The writer calls it fatalism, and it’s a viewpoint Morris battles every day. “God wants us to be healthy and live long and vital lives,” says Morris. Otherwise, he adds, why would Jesus have spent so much of his time healing? For more go here.

  • Morris to TVA Board?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Morris to TVA Board?

    Former MLGW president Herman Morris hopes to be appointed to the TVA Board's last remaining open position. If it happens, Morris would be the first Memphian and the first African American named to the board.

    President Bush appointed six new board member three months ago, but one position remains unfilled. This report says the White House is not commenting on possible appointees at this time.

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Politics

  • Out of Touch
  • Politics Feature
  • Out of Touch

    Some critics have suggested that President Bush is out of touch with America. Recent comments suggest he’s also out of touch with Republican leadership. Recently, while addressing a politically friendly crowd President Bush repeatedly stressed the need to keep Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) as Majority Leader after the November 2006 elections. That’s going to be difficult since Frist, who has eyes on the White House in 2008, is retiring from the Senate, not running for reelection. Read more about it here.
  • A Day Trip, Perhaps?
  • Politics Feature
  • A Day Trip, Perhaps?

    The staff of the Flyer, in Little Rock a week ago for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual conference, was universally blown away by the incredible architecture and the permanent museum collection of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. We can wholeheartedly recommend a jaunt over to that burg to check it out. Just watch out for the 18-wheelers on I-40.

Opinion

  • Viewpoint
  • Standing Down a Lie

    The administration's pretenses that the Iraqis can -- or should -- stand on their own are evaporating.

Music

  • Cry Me A River
  • Music Features
  • Cry Me A River

    A gossip website has reported that Justin Timberlake has dumped his long time girlfriend, Cameron Diaz. According to janetcharltonshollywood.com, a new gossip site whose credibility we have every reason to doubt, claims he broke the news last week. “He informed Cameron that it's over, just as she was about to leave town to film some movie pickups, and according to insiders ‘she is devastated.’ ‘They were a great, well matched couple in many ways but Cameron (at 33) is ready to settle down and wants a commitment, even though she might not admit it.’”
  • Did She Get It Fixed?   Or Not.
  • Music Features
  • Did She Get It Fixed? Or Not.

    You be the judge. Check out Jessica's rocking little sister Ashlee Simpson and (and her new nose?) tonight at the Mud Island Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m. With opening acts Ashley Parker Angel and the Veronicas. Tickets are $37.50.
  • The Fear of the Cat
  • Music Features
  • The Fear of the Cat

    " ... she has one of the tightest backing bands on earth to prop her up - Al Green's Memphis Rhythm Band, including strings, horns and the saint-like Teenie Hodges on guitar ..."

    Who's "she"? None other than shaky chanteuse Cat Power, who's touring England with a crack team of Memphis musicians. Famous for her on-stage breakdowns, Cat is managing to get thru a show or two in the UK. Read one Brit reviewer's take on her performance here.

Film/TV

  • Monster at the Brooks
  • Film Features
  • Monster at the Brooks

    Screening tonight at the Brooks Museum at 7 p.m., Four Eyed Monsters, the second film in the Brooks' indieWIRE "Undiscovered Gems" Series, which features well-received films that have yet to find a distributor. The filmmakers posted podcasts on their Web site chronicling both the making of Four Eyed Monsters and their attempts to drum up interest in the film. The podcasts have become an Internet hit. Read the Flyer story here.
  • Casting Call
  • Film Features
  • Casting Call

    Do you like to hang around bars, or at least look like you do? If so, try your luck at an open casting call for My Blueberry Nights, the English-language film debut for Chinese director Wong Kar Wai. The film, scheduled to shoot in Memphis the week of July 16, stars Grammy award-winner Norah Jones as a young woman searching America’s bars and restaurants for the meaning of love.

    So where in Memphis will production crews be filming? Yes, you guessed, it: The Arcade Restaurant on South Main and the Blues City Café on Beale. Actors for both shoots could come from the open casting, scheduled July 1st from 1 to 4 p.m. at Berryhills Studio, 1890 Berryhills Road in Cordova. “I need bar-types, people with great character faces and look-alikes for the leads,” says Lisa Lax, who is casting locally for the film. “Just bring a resume and photo.” And who knows? You might end up hanging with an impressive list of cast members, including, in addition to Jones, Jude Law, Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz and Kevin Spacey. To read more about the film, click here.

  • Memphis in the Movies
  • Film Features
  • Memphis in the Movies

    Memphis will return to the silver screen again soon, this time in The Rabbit Factory. The film will be set in Memphis (no word yet on filming locations) and is based on the last novel released by Oxford-born author Larry Brown (Joe, Father and Son), who died in 2004. According to Empire Magazine, the film will be helmed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, who directed Glitter (not so good) and Waist Deep (to be released in Memphis this weekend). He also had a bit part in the Memphis film Mystery Train, so maybe he knows the terrain well. Read all about it here.

Books

  • Grueling
  • Book Features
  • Grueling

    "It wasn't until Memphis, on Alive at Nine!, when Watt [Pinson, of Gruel, South Carolina, who's on a cross-country tour featuring his dog, who has given birth to 24 puppies], thought to say, 'I have enough to buy a case of beer and each have one.'

    The man, Alex, laughed. The woman, named Marybeth, said, 'I'm an animal lover, and let me tell you that it's detrimental to give a dog beer. It should be against the law.'

    ... Watt said, 'Yes. Yes it is. I know that. It was a joke, Marybeth. I was only kidding.'

    Marybeth looked at the camera and said, 'Okay. Well. Twenty-four puppies! Coming up next, we're going to show y'all how to bake the perfect peach cobbler.'

    Watt Pinson would remember this segment as being the most effortless, the easiest, the most almost lifelike."

    You read it here, in "Runt," the opening story in George Singleton's new collection of short stories, Drowning in Gruel. He'll be signing in Memphis at Burke's Book Store on Wednesday, June 28th.

Food & Drink

  • Eat Up
  • Food & Wine
  • Eat Up

    The World Rib-Eating Championship — an International Federation of Competitive Eating contest — is being held at the Beale Street Red, White and Blues Independence Day Festival on Monday, July 3rd. Scheduled to compete is Dale Boone, who set a world record by eating 28 reindeer sausage in 12 minutes. For more information on the contest go here.

Sports

  • Counting the KO’s
  • Sports Feature
  • Counting the KO’s

    The good folks at AskMen.com have taken it upon themselves to name the top 10 knockouts in boxing history. Memphis sports fans might be interested to see the fight they have at number seven. Check it out here.
  • Pick Me! Pick Me!!
  • Sports Feature
  • Pick Me! Pick Me!!

    The NBA draft is Wednesday (June 28). Check out the latest forecast from SI.com’s Chris Ekstrand. Three former Memphis Tigers are among Ekstrand’s top 50 selections. Read it all here.
  • What Will Jerry Do?
  • Sports Feature
  • What Will Jerry Do?

    The NBA Draft commences at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The Memphis Grizzlies are slated to pick 24th, with players such UCLA point guard Jordan Farmar, Villanova point guard Kyle Lowry, Illinois point guard Dee Brown, and Florida State forward Alexander Johnson among the players on the Grizzlies' radar. But trade rumors are also rampant, which means the Grizzlies could pick higher and could send some familiar names (Shane Battier? Mike Miller?) packing.

    What will the Grizzlies do? For a sampling of mock drafts from around the country and other draft-related info — updated as the day progresses — check the Flyer’s Grizzlies blog, which returns for the beginning of a potentially busy off-season, here.

  • Draft Duds
  • Sports Feature
  • Draft Duds

    Do you recall that not one, but two players were selected before Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft? Ever considered the WORST picks in draft history? SI.com presents their top 20 busts, and believe it or not, former Memphis Tiger Keith Lee (11th pick, 1985) didn’t make the list. But you will find a U of M product in the countdown. Check it out here.
  • Deep Thoughts by Rodney Carney
  • Sports Feature
  • Deep Thoughts by Rodney Carney

    "It’s almost time for the NBA Draft in New York City and I am going through a range of emotions. I am anxious. I am nervous. I am excited. But most importantly I am ready to join the NBA.

    "Monday I was in Philly to work out for the 76ers at the Wachovia Center. I’ve been nursing a sore ankle the past few days so the first thing I did when I got to the gym this morning was to ice it and then tape it up before I hit the court. I ran through some light workouts and took a tour of the arena with my mom and the coaches.

    "Then I met with a psychologist who confirmed – thankfully – that I wasn’t crazy. Just kidding. The questions were a little strange, but every player who works out for the Sixers goes through it, which eased my mind. When that was all over, I rushed to the airport to catch my flight to NYC and prepare for the big day."

    You can read more of Rodney Carney's thoughts on his NBA.com blog here.

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