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  • Aug 24-30, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 913

News

  • And the Winners Are
  • And the Winners Are

    The 23rd Annual Ostrander Awards, held last Sunday at the Memphis Botanic Garden, found the Memphis theater community celebrating one of its most exciting seasons in ages. Theater Memphis’ production of Cats and Playhouse on the Square’s Take Me Out took top honors, and congratulations to the Flyer’s own Chris Davis, who directed the Rhodes College production of Ubu Roi, a winner of three Ostranders.

    To read the list of winners, click “Read More” below.

  • Hey Hey Hey
  • Hey Hey Hey

    Bill Cosby will perform a one-night-only show at the Orpheum on October 21st to benefit Dillard University in New Orleans. Dillard, a historically black liberal arts university, suffered losses of more than $300,000,000 from Hurricane Katrina.

    Tickets go on sale Friday.

  • Charrettes Are the New Black
  • Charrettes Are the New Black

    In July, a charrette — community design sessions — was held for the downtown area around Winchester Park.

    Now it's Germantown's turn. Per the city Web site: "Imagine designing a city, complete with a revitalized and energetic center that encompasses things to do, places to shop, and places to live. It's not a computer game; the planning process is becoming a reality in Germantown.

    City leaders want citizen input in defining the future of Germantown's central and outlying business districts. They've set September 20 through 26 as a week for resident citizens to offer input and insight on how redevelopment can improve and enhance the city."

  • Memphis Is The Best
  • Memphis Is The Best

    "Men of Memphis — There is a tremendous amount of luck that puts a ship in position to be heroic, but that's where the luck ends and the hours of preparation and the fundamental commitment to success takes over ... You seized the opportunities every time and you always delivered."

    The men of the submarine USS Memphis, that is. The sub named after our hometown won quite an honor last week: the Battenberg Cup, given to the ship or submarine selected by the Naval commander as the best in the fleet.

    The Memphis just returned from a tour of duty with Operation Iraqi Freedom. To read more, go here.

  • Lots of Love For Junior
  • Lots of Love For Junior

    "... Ford is still very much in the hunt, and after just a few minutes in his presence, it’s no mystery why: He is, in the tradition of Southern pols ranging from Huey Long to Bill Clinton, a preternaturally gifted campaigner. Young, single, handsome in a way that pols almost never are (he is the only elected official I’ve ever seen who could have a successful career as a model), blessed with a perfect ear for both political argument and the exigencies of local politics, Ford is a sight to behold."

    To read more of this gushing Washington Post profile of Democratic Senatorial candidate Harold Ford, go here.

  • Parnell to be Ousted from SNL?
  • Parnell to be Ousted from SNL?

    Far be it from us to spread unsourced gossip ... Well, actually, that's exactly what we do sometimes. So take it for what it's worth that several showbiz Web sites are speculating that Memphian Chris Parnell may not be long for Saturday Night Live. Read more chronic speculation here.
  • Doggie Bagged
  • Doggie Bagged

    Nothing lasts forever. Not even some names. Southland Racing Corporation (SRC) of West Memphis announces that as part of a big-bucks expansion, Southland Greyound Park is dropping the dog from its moniker; effective this month, it will simply be called Southland Park. Barry Baldwin, president of SRC, waxes eloquent about the reasons for the change: “The new name bridges the historical traditions and heritage of Southland Greyhound Park, a cornerstone of the West Memphis community for fifty years, with a new beginning.”

    Besides its change in title, the park will add new amenities — a night club, sports bar with national sports events, live entertainment, and special events. The new and improved facility should open by the end of the year. For more go here.

  • Stock Exchange
  • Stock Exchange

    Could your trash be someone else's treasure? Find out by taking your antiques, collectibles, and other items to Les Passees annual Stock Exchange consignment sale. Drop off begins Tuesday at Perimeter Shopping Center at 5246 Summer Avenue. The sale begins September 15th.

    Go to the Les Passees Web site, to find out what kind of items are acceptable.

  • Female Playwrights Wanted
  • Female Playwrights Wanted

    From the Women's Playwright Initiative: "The Women Playwrights’ Initiative (WPI) will produce a full-length original play written by a woman playwright living in the Southeast. Playwrights residing in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia may submit the first 15 pages only of no more than two scripts."

    Deadline for submission is November 1st, with the selection to be announced in February 2007. The play will be produced in Orlando.

    For more information, go the WPI Web site.
  • Midtown Artists Market Closes
  • Midtown Artists Market Closes

    The Midtown Artists Market, which featured a funky array of locally produced arts and crafts, has closed after its air conditioning unit was stolen for the second time this summer. Although MAM is closing up shop on Madison near Overton Square, it’s not going away for good. MAM artists will be represented at the Cooper Young Festival in September, and there are plans to produce cooperative home shows throughout the fall and winter months.
  • Mall of Memories
  • Mall of Memories

    With the recent discovery of two corpses near the old Mall of Memphis site, the former retail hotspot just can’t seem to shake the bad rep it gained in its last several years of business.

    But that hasn’t stopped some Memphians from waxing poetic about the mall’s heyday in the 1980s. Two Web sites dedicated to sharing fond mall memories are loaded with stories to warm the hearts of former mallrats everywhere.

    At MallofMemphis.org , read about one man’s experience sneaking his under-aged girlfriend into the Chelsea Street Pub to watch the skaters at the Ice Chalet. Another guy gets all dreamy about the old popcorn shop’s rainbow-colored corn.At this site, you can read about annual pics with Santa and the day Lil’ Bow Wow was spotted shopping at EB Games.

  • Black Snake Moan Posters
  • Black Snake Moan Posters

    The release of Memphis director Craig Brewer's movie, Black Snake Moan, has been delayed to let Snakes on a Plane mania die down. (That ought to be happening any day, judging from word of mouth about that overhyped bomb.) But these hot posters for Black Snake are getting plenty of buzz on the Internet. Go here for a sample.
  • Our Little Old Lady is Number One!
  • Our Little Old Lady is Number One!

    Maria Esther de Capovilla, the woman Guinness World Records considered the oldest person on Earth, died yesterday in Ecuador. She was 116.

    That means Memphis moves into the record books, folks. Our own 116-year-old, Elizabeth Bolden, is now the oldest woman alive! To honor Bolden, we here at Contemporary Media are giving her a lifetime subscription to Memphis Magazine.

    To read more, go here.

  • Tom Foster Art Reception
  • Tom Foster Art Reception

    Tonight during the South Main trolley tour, Then and Again will host an opening reception for "Barbarian Records Survivors Presents: Moon Lake 'N' More," which features work by underground artist Tom Foster and his old artists-in-arms Jim Blake and Jim Dickinson. Read more about it in this week's Flyer.
  • “I Won’t be a Roscoe Dixon,” vows Williams
  • “I Won’t be a Roscoe Dixon,” vows Williams

    A federal judge set a November 6th trial date for Calvin Williams, former chief administrator for the Shelby County Commission. U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays set the date Friday after prosecutor Tim DiScenza said he was ready for trial.

    As he rode down an elevator with reporters following the brief hearing, Williams said, “I won’t be a Roscoe Dixon. If I didn’t have a defense I wouldn’t be going to trial. ...

  • Memphis Movie Studio?
  • Memphis Movie Studio?

    The Memphis Daily News is reporting that talks are ongoing between local officials and Australian-based Village Roadshow Pictures to entice the company to set up a film production facility here. Village Roadshow has produced numerous high profile films in recent years, including: Ocean's 12, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and others." Read more here.
  • More New Urbanism
  • More New Urbanism

    A Gulf Coast town is taking a taking a page from Memphis’ own Harbor Town in its aim to recreate itself in the “new urbanism” style. Leaders of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, which was spared much of Katrina’s wrath, say they want the burg to represent the best of small-town America before sprawl and strip malls ruined the landscape. Though Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour would like to see all coastal towns rebuilt using the new urbanism concept, those devastated by Katrina, obviously, will have a harder time. For more go here.
  • Air Grizz
  • Air Grizz

    Local shoe designer Checliss “Big C” Rice landed a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies to market special team logo shoes to fans.

    The shoes, produced by Rice’s Gametime Athletics, will be available in five styles and colors by the start of preseason in October.

    Earlier this year, Rice released the M-Town line of shoes, bright, multi-colored urban-style shoe styles with names like the Mound (orange and white), the Marley (yellow and green), and the Mayor (black and grey).

    For more on Gametime Athletics, read the Memphis Flyer story here.

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Politics

  • Cohen Gets a Ford Endorsement…
  • Cohen Gets a Ford Endorsement…

    It ain’t Junior, or not THAT Junior, a certain senatorial candidate whose many talents include an unmatched agility in straddling controversial issues. This endorsement comes from Joe Ford Jr., the relative newcomer to Memphis-area politics who proved engaging enough to voters to finish third in this month’s Democratic primary balloting for the 9th District congressional seat. “I support Steve Cohen. I’ve always said I’d endorse the winner of the Democratic primary. I respect the process,” says young Joe, an entertainment lawyer just now finishing up some business in California but determined, he said, to return to Memphis to forge his legal and political future.
  • Bowers Exits Senate, Citing 'Medical Reasons'
  • Bowers Exits Senate, Citing 'Medical Reasons'

    State Senator Kathryn Bowers, the Tennessee Waltz indictee who told reporters after a court hearing last week that she was concerned about her health, announced Monday that she was resigning her office on “medical advice.” Bowers’ resignaton comes in time for the local Democratic Party to appoint a successor on the November ballot for her District 33 senate post. The party will have until September 28th to meet and do so, said Jim Kyle, the Democrats’ Senate leader and Bowers’ Memphis colleague. Kyle also noted that illness and a finding of legal ineligibility were the only two allowable reasons for a certified nominee to exit the ballot. Bowers, whose resignation becomes effective on September 1, is scheduled to make a formal plea in federal court on her extortion case four days later. (For more, go to "Political Beat".)

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    I used to wonder how the writers for The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, the Late Show, and other topical comedy programs managed to come up with so much fresh material

Music

  • DIY
  • DIY

    Don’t wait for your crappy band to get signed. Start your own music label. You can start by attending the Indie Impact Workshop Series hosted by the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy. The series is designed for wanna-be music industry entrepreneurs and it only costs a measly $5.99 per workshop (we’re not sure why they couldn’t just make it $6). The first workshop, “Finish What You Started” deals with mastering, cover design, and the manufacturing end of things. It’s Wednesday night at the Media Co-op. For more, check out the Flyer’s searchable listings.
  • J.T. Rocks D.C.
  • J.T. Rocks D.C.

    " ... this is Timberlake now, at 25: A scruffy-faced, foul-mouthed, beer-swilling, pelvis-thrusting blue-eyed soul man who sings sexualized, sophisticated pop songs, wears sleek retro suits with skinny ties and is, at the moment, touring smallish rock clubs where he's generally blowing away more mature audiences who more or less consider him to be the epitome of contemporary-pop cool. Which he totally is -- in my expert, adult opinion."

    The adult opinion is that of the Washington Post music writer who caught — and loved — J.T.'s D.C. show at the 9:30 Club. Check it out here. To compare to Flyer music critic Chris Herrington's take on Timberlake's performance last week at the New Daisy, go here.

Film/TV

Art

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Food & Drink

Sports

  • DeAngelo is "Contagious"
  • DeAngelo is "Contagious"

    NFL rookie and former U of M great DeAngelo Williams is making heads turn in Charlotte, returning a kick 98-yards for a touchdown last night as the Carolina Panthers beat the Miami Dolphins in a preseason battle. According to the Charlotte Observer’s Tom Sorensen, Williams’ “always happy” personality is quickly catching on with fans, his teammates, and the media. More on Williams’ contagious attitude here.
  • Parrish on Barbee
  • Parrish on Barbee

    Gary Parrish spent seven years at The Commercial Appeal covering University of Memphis basketball: highlights, lowlights, and in between. Parrish is now a columnist at CBS Sportsline. Read his take on the recent hiring of U of M assistant Tony Barbee by UTEP here.
  • World B-Ball Smackdown: Shane vs. Pau?
  • World B-Ball Smackdown: Shane vs. Pau?

    Maybe they never won an NBA playoff game together, but Grizzlies star Pau Gasol and ex-Griz fan favorite Shane Battier could be on a collision course at the World Basketball Championships, which begins elimination play this weekend in Japan. Spain and the USA will line up on opposite sides of the 16-team bracket and are the favorites to meet in the gold medal game next week. Gasol is having another dominant tournament, currently third in scoring (behind fellow NBA stars Yao Ming and Dirk Nowitski) and 6th in rebounding in leading his Spanish national team to a perfect 5-0 record in preliminary play. Batter has settled into a key bench role for the undefeated US team, playing double-digit minutes in every game so far while shooting 60 percent from three-point range.

    Spain opens elimination play against Serbia & Montenegro Saturday. Team USA squares off against Australia Sunday. The World Basketball Championships are being broadcast on ESPN2 and NBATV. Check listings for game times, and scope out everything’s that’s happening at the tournament here.

  • Thiero Leaves U of M
  • Thiero Leaves U of M

    Alas, Almamy, we hardly knew ye. And now the 6' 10" University of Memphis forward is transfering to Duquesne. Thiero, who graduated from Memphis is May, is taking advantage of a new NCAA rule that allows undergrgraduate students to transfer schools and become eligible immediately.

    Thiero played in 28 games over three seasons from 2002-05 but sat out the 2005-06 season with a knee ligament injury. To read more, go here.

  • Kickin' It in Boston
  • Kickin' It in Boston

    A former Tiger football player turned NFL rookie has a starting gig – and his name isn’t DeAngelo. Martin “Automatica” Gramatica was cut yesterday by the New England Patriots, losing a training camp battle with ex-Tiger Steven Gostkowski for starting kicker duties. Gostkowski, a fourth-round pick by the Patriots in this year’s draft, will replace the big right boot of Adam Vinatieri, who left New England for the Indianapolis Colts this offseason. More here.
  • A Rose For the U of M?
  • A Rose For the U of M?

    “The Memphis rumors are all over. There is no school ahead now, but people are saying a lot of negative things,” Reggie Rose said. “All I know is (the Tigers) were (ranked) in the top five last year and had two first-round (NBA draft) picks. Derrick is a let-me-prove-you-wrong kid.”

    Chicago's Simeon High School's Derrick Rose is the Next Big Thing, a point guard who's widely considered the best college prospect in the country. The big news this weekend is that he's narrowed his college options to five. And yes, Memphis is still very much in the mix. Read more here.

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