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  • Aug 17-23, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 912

News

  • ABORT SNAKE ALERT!
  • ABORT SNAKE ALERT!

    The Sneak Preview alluded to below was LAST NIGHT. Our bad. Damn snakes.

    Muvico Peabody Place Theaters is presenting a sneak preview screening of Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson, tonight at 10 p.m. Tickets are $6.50. Prior to the movie, check out the trailer for Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer's upcoming film Black Snake Moan, also starring Jackson. Brewer will be at the screening giving away posters for his movie.

  • Trash Landing
  • Trash Landing

    There are dumb PR moves and there are REALLY dumb PR moves. Northwest Airlines just pulled off the latter with flying colors.

    The financially troubled airline issued a booklet to some of its soon-to-be-laid-off employees advising them how to "live on less." Helpful suggestions included fishing in the trash for things they like, taking dates for a walk in the woods, and shopping at thrift stores.

    The tips were in a booklet handed out to about 50 workers and posted for a time on its employee Web site. Northwest spokesman Roman Blahoski said some employees who received the handbook had taken issue with a couple of the items. ...

  • They Come in Large, Extra-Large, and Geek
  • They Come in Large, Extra-Large, and Geek

    Want to quickly separate the technophiles from the Luddites? Try one of Clear Function’s Web 2.0 T-shirts.

    Clear Function, a Memphis-based technology company that does Web sites and interface design, recently “launched” three tech-based tees. Each costs $14, and to be completely honest, we don’t understand all of them. But we’re Luddites, so there you go.

    Check them out here.

  • Who Will Be the Roller Queen?
  • Who Will Be the Roller Queen?

    The Memphis Roller Derby invites you to "Under the Scars," its first annual prom, August 26th at the Hi-Tone Café.

    Festivities begin at 8 p.m. with D.J. The Hook-Up and the River City Tan Lines. Based on votes from their peers, MRD will crown two prom queens from the roller derby court. Tickets are $5 per person, available at the door. Black tie and first-aid kits optional. Learn more about these crazy broads here.

  • Chris Klein & Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Chris Klein & Ginnifer Goodwin

    Memphis' own Ginnifer Goodwin makes the "Gawker Stalker" again today. She was seen "checking in or checking out of an apartment building on 6th Ave in Chelsea. The spotter says she's "way cuter than Katie Holmes, and super petite!"
  • It’s Hip to be Square Again
  • It’s Hip to be Square Again

    Midtown health food staple Square Foods has finally re-opened in its new location at 937 S. Cooper. The store has changed its concept to focus more on the restaurant and juice bar and features an expanded menu and more deli-style “grab and go” foods.

    Menu items include prepared salads, side dishes, and entrees with a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options. A small market area will feature non-dairy cheeses, organic eggs, and fresh-baked breads. For more info, go here.

  • This Is Big
  • This Is Big

    Stopping in Memphis today is the world's largest chopper motorcycle — more than 8 feet high and nearly 23 feet long and can sit up to 5. The chopper, created for the Discovery channel show Big, is crossing the country on its way to its new owner in North Carolina, the Wheels Through Time Museum.

    The bike will be at Bumpus Harley Davidson, located at 2160 Whitten Road, at approximately 3 p.m., leaving for Nashville around 4 p.m.

  • Rachel In The City ... Weisz, That Is
  • Rachel In The City ... Weisz, That Is

    If you haven’t been able to see Rachel Weisz — in town filming My Blueberry Nights — with your own two eyes, well, you’re not alone. We keep driving by the Arcade and South Main, but all we see are big white trucks, lots of wires, and black screens.

    But the paparazzi are everywhere … even in Memphis. Check out a bunch of pix here. (Scroll down; no need to sign in.)

  • Selling Air

    Entercom Communications Corp., the nation's fourth-largest radio broadcaster will soon be purchasing 16 radio stations in five states including Tennessee for $292 million in cash. Locally Entercom currently operates 94.1 the Buzz, The River WRVR, and Progressive Talk 680. After the deal has closed Entercom will assume operations of WMC-FM (FM 100), WMC-AM (Country Classics) , and modern rock station WMFS-FM (93X).
  • We Want to Direct
  • We Want to Direct

    To secure the role of sex addict, 'Rae,' in the new Craig Brewer film, Black Snake Moan, Christina Ricci flooded the director with sexually explicit photos of herself until he finally agreed to hire her.

    Dang. If you believe the gossip Web sites, including this one, there really is no business like show business. Right, Craig?

  • Memphis' "Summer of Fear"
  • Memphis' "Summer of Fear"

    Thirty-seven years ago this week, Memphis became a city in fear. In the late summer of 1969, a cold-blooded killer stalked the streets, and over a period of 28 days, police made one grisly discovery after another. In the end, the slayer was captured after a wild chase by a posse of ordinary citizens. After his arrest, George Howard Putt told reporters, “I’d do it all again.” The murder spree began on the afternoon of August 14, 1969 ...
  • The Ultimate Big Brother
  • The Ultimate Big Brother

    And, no, we’re not talking about President Bush.

    The 2006 Big Brother of the Year is Memphian Sylvester Fulton, a control analyst at FedEx. As part of the honor, Fulton (right) met with President Bush last month. Also in attendance was the Little Brother he’s mentored for more than four years, the Big Sister of the Year, her Little Sister, and Judy Vredenburgh, the president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

    To read more, go here.

  • Planet Elvis
  • Planet Elvis

    Elvis may have left the building, but if Beale Street bar owner Silky Sullivan has his way, the King will have a new place in the solar system.

    Sullivan has begun a local campaign to re-name Xenu, the recently discovered pseudo-planet just beyond the orbit of Neptune. He wants to call it Planet Elvis.

    The official task of naming planets belongs to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), but Sullivan believes a little grassroots work can convince the agency to take his advice.

    “Just imagine when a child opens his textbook and sees the planets in the solar system. He’ll say, ‘Look, Daddy, there’s Pluto. And there’s a Hunk of Burning Love,” says Sullivan.

  • Outdoing the Ivies?
  • Outdoing the Ivies?

    College-bound and looking for something better than the Ivy League? Try Memphis. Or, more specifically, try Rhodes College. According to the publishers of the book, Colleges That Change Lives, “The 40 life-changing colleges profiled may be little-known in a status industry, but they are outdoing the Ivies and major universities." ...
  • Railroaded
  • Railroaded

    Do you think you can? Then head over to the Barnes & Noble at the Avenue Carriage Crossing for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. On Thursday, August 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Participants of all ages from across the nation will attempt to set a world record for the largest shared reading experience ever. The book is The Little Engine That Could.

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Politics

  • Hooks Cops Guilty Plea, Bowers Takes Longer to Decide
  • Hooks Cops Guilty Plea, Bowers Takes Longer to Decide

    Wearing a gray pin-striped suit, a businesslike striped tie, and – ultimately – a look of anguish, Michael Hooks Sr., whose resignation as Shelby County commissioner had taken effect at 12:01 a.m., formally pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to accepting $24,000 in bribes during the course of the FBI’s Tennessee Waltz sting. “An error in judgment affects a lifetime,” a visibly contrite Hooks said to reporters afterward. ‘I have nobody to blame but me." Meanwhle, state Senater Kathryn Bowers put off until September 5th a "final report" on her own plea. For more, go to “Political Beat”.
  • Evans Issues Restraining Order on Election Results
  • Evans Issues Restraining Order on Election Results

    After a late-afternoon hearing Wednesday, Chancellor Walter Evans issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Shelby County Election Commission and “its agents, employees, directors and attorneys” from “destroying, changing…modifying [or] moving” any documents, data cards, voter rolls or other relevant records, computerized or otherwise, used in connection with the recent general election. Jay Bailey, one of two lawyers for four Democrats appealing the election results, said Evans also ordered that plaintiffs refer the matter to Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder for the appointment of a special chancellor to hear the now consolidated case.

    Bailey represents Otis Jackson and Vernon Johnson, candidates for Shelby County clerk and Criminal Court clerk, respectively, while Mark Allen is attorney for two other plaintiffs, Juvenile Court clerk candidate Shep Wilbun and Sondra Becton, who ran for Probate Court clerk. (For more, go to "Political Beat".)

  • Ford to Cohen: 'Can support you, but not endorse you.'
  • Ford to Cohen: 'Can support you, but not endorse you.'

    That was what congressman and senatorial wannabe Harold Ford Jr. told Democratic nominee Steve Cohen, Ford’s would-be 9th District successor, last week. Ford had previously said he regarded both Cohen and independent candidate Jake Ford (who happens to be his brother) as Democrats and wouldn’t take sides. Meanwhile, brother Jake was putting his yard signs out, and getting his own endorsement from a local Democratic committeeman. Question: Who does this hurt most? Cohen or Ford himself? For more, go to “Political Beat”.

Opinion

  • Tom Walter

    We note with sadness the passing of longtime Commercial Appeal television writer and critic Tom Walter, who lost his three-year battle with cancer this week. Walter was a gentleman and a professional and a journalist of high order. In his final years, Walter became an inspiration to many for his courage and fortitude in facing his debilitating illness. He was a good man, and we'll miss him.

  • Letter from the Editor

    "I think this bumper sticker is the pits!" the woman wrote. "Instead of supporting OUR president, you put out garbage like this!" ...

Music

  • Walkmen Tonight at Hi-Tone
  • Walkmen Tonight at Hi-Tone

    Formed from the ashes of Brooklyn buzz-band Jonathan Fire Eater, which disbanded in the late ’90s, the Walkmen have been a likely contender to follow the Killers and Franz Ferdinand into the ranks of alt-rock stardom.

    For more info on the Hi-Tone show, go to the Flyer's online music listings.

  • Rush is Right!
  • Rush is Right!

    No, not that evil blimp Rush Limbaugh. We're talking about Bobby Rush, the bawdy 70-something bluesman who taught us all the pleasures and pitfalls of making love to a plus-sized lady. He plays the Tri-State Blues Festival on Saturday, August 19th. Oh sure, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Shirley Brown, J. Blackfoot, and several others will be on hand at the DeSoto Civic Center to lay down the soul, but Bobby’s the man, and you can read our recent interview with him here.

Film/TV

Books

Theater

Food & Drink

  • Bonnie Mack, RIP
  • Bonnie Mack, RIP

    Bonnie Mack, chef at Blues City Cafe, passed away on Sunday, August 13th. Mack, who cooked for movie stars, rock stars, and presidents, was well-known for his BBQ ribs and his generous nature.

    There will be a funeral procession held in Mack's honor on Beale Street at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 19th. The procession begins at Fourth and Beale and ends at Blues City Cafe.

Sports

  • Slammin' Duncan
  • Slammin' Duncan

    Chris Duncan led the 2005 Memphis Redbirds with 21 homers and 73 RBIs. Nonetheless, he entered the 2006 campaign ranked no higher than 15th among St. Louis Cardinal prospects by Baseball America. What do the experts know? As September nears, Duncan has landed the everyday leftfield job in St. Louis, having hit .345 with 14 home runs in only 55 games through Sunday. Read St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz’s thoughts on the Cardinal rookie.
  • Joe Lee For the Defense
  • Joe Lee For the Defense

    "Joe Lee Dunn has coached football for 39 years - 36 at the college level - and during that time it is safe to say the defense has never rested."

    To read the rest of this nice piece in the Jackson Sun about the U of M's defensive mastermind, go here.

  • Tiger Forecast
  • Tiger Forecast

    "OUTLOOK: With the loss of several key performers, the Tigers' hopes of a fourth straight bowl appearance appear to be just out of reach. West has worked his magic before and if a few newcomers can step up immediately, Memphis could fight for a .500 finish. However, the Tigers are most likely a year away from getting back to the eight wins it has averaged over the past three seasons."

    We beg to differ. We think Coach West and his Tigers will go bowling again. But to read this non-homer report that ran in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, go here.

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