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  • Sep 7-13, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 915

News

  • Create Your Own "Black Snake Moan" Trailer
  • Create Your Own "Black Snake Moan" Trailer

    Those creative folks behind the hype for Craig Brewer's soon-to-be-released Black Snake Moan have come up with a cool gimmick: You're invited to create your own Moan preview trailer by downloading various audio and video modules and reassembling them -- or by adding your own. Go here for details.
  • Which is Witch?
  • Which is Witch?

    Halloween is almost upon us, as evidenced by all the ghoulish décor now on sale at drug stores. But if you want to see what a real witch looks like, head to Audubon Park on Saturday, September 9th, for an open-to-the-public Open Lunar Circle.

    Anyone can join in the celebration, regardless of religious beliefs. Dress comfortably and bring a chair or blanket. Drums and noisemakers are also welcome. The group gathers at dusk in the park area across from Theatre Memphis.

  • On Time, Every Time
  • On Time, Every Time

    Hummingbirds have incredible internal clocks. These tiny birds, (you could mail eight with a single stamp), have been known to visit the same place at the same time year after. If you want to learn more about these elusive creatures, visit the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, Mississippi. They’re hosting the Hummingbird Migration Celebration today through Sunday. For details, go here.
  • Timberlake in The New Yorker
  • Timberlake in The New Yorker

    “Does anything need bringing back less than sexy?” — from a review of Justin Timberlake’s “Future Sex/Love Sounds" in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Read the rest of the mostly positive review here.
  • SexyBack Back
  • SexyBack Back

    J-Tim returns to Memphis to perform for a Good Morning America segment Friday morning on Beale St between Second and Third St. Timberlake is expected to perform a three-song set sometime between 7 and 8 a.m. There is no ticketing (it’s a street, people) so of course it’s first-come, first-served on vantage points, but come early because organizers expect upwards of 10,000 to attend. For details on where you should park and info on local media coverage (in case you don’t feel like showing up), go here.
  • Where's The Fire, Rover?
  • Where's The Fire, Rover?

    Last week, police department officials were pretty embarrassed when they discovered the fire hydrant on the sidewalk outside their K-9 unit was fake — placed there years ago so the dogs would have a nice place to pee.

    But a nonworking hydrant violated an ordinance requiring hydrants within certain distances of public buildings, so now the city is going to pay $20,000 to have a real hydrant installed. That's a real pisser.

    But if you want a hydrant for your little pupster, a company appropriately named Yuckos offers faux hydrants for a mere $375. If you splurge for one and plunk it down in your front yard, just hope the fire department knows it’s not hooked up if your house catches on fire.

  • Naked Man Alert!
  • Naked Man Alert!

    Ever since P.T.’s Show Club became The Pony, there’s been a serious dearth of naked men on stage in this town. But a play at TheatreWorks promises to change all that, if only through September 17th. In Party, a play about seven gay men who get together once a month for a little soirée, all cast members wind up nude by play’s end.

    It’s performed by members of the Emerald Theatre Company. For more, check out the Flyer’s searchable listings.

  • Good Dog
  • Good Dog

    Keep an eye out for the clever ads that feature people pining for their pets. It’s part of a marketing campaign for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. The nonprofit is hoping to raise funds for their new 23,000 square foot facility at Shelby Farms by playing up the companionship dogs and cats provide.
  • Cybill for Sale
  • Cybill for Sale

    We know you’re out there. Cybill Shepherd fans that just can’t resist acquiring mementos of Memphis’ golden girl. If you’re in the market, Ebay’s got 10 Shepherd collectibles for sale online this week. Like an autographed copy of her Rolling Stone cover from the 1980s (bidding starts at $24.99) and a vintage photo from her 1971 breakthrough film, “The Last Picture Show.” To see more, go here.
  • Dixon's Sentencing Put Off for a Month
  • Dixon's Sentencing Put Off for a Month

    A week which began with one surprise event on the Tennessee Waltz front has ended with another. Three days after state Senator Kathryn Bowers’ unanticipated decision on Tuesday to stand trial on charges of bribery and extortion, her already convicted Senate predecessor, Roscoe Dixon, on Friday saw his judgment day deferred for a full month – until October, on Friday the 13th. Dixon’s lawyer Coleman Garrett asked for the extension of today’s scheduled sentencing because of “personal reasons” that, as explained from the bench by presiding judge Jon McCalla, involved a serious illness involving Garrett’s younger brother, hospitalized in Jackson, Mississippi.

    Tim DiScenza, the government’s chief prosecutor, offered no objection to the postponement but stressed, as did McCalla, the need for Dixon’s team to keep to the newly scheduled October date. In a brief conversation with reporters afterward, Dixon, who had looked more tense Friday morning than he had during his earlier trial, acknowledged that his personal circumstances were “tough” but said he would endure through whatever came next.

  • Adrian Rogers - Woot!
  • Adrian Rogers - Woot!

    The Tennessee Baptist Convention will be held this November at Bellevue Baptist Church. The day before the convention begins, there will be a pastors' conference, which is dedicated to late Bellevue leader Adrian Rogers. From the Web site: "[Rogers} was a consistent example of a great soul winner, committed pastor, and a friend to pastors of churches large and small. This magnificent edifice in which we meet today stands in honor and to the glory of God the Father and the Lord Jesus, but also as a glimpse of the visionary leadership Adrian Rogers gave to this great body of believers."

    At least one Baptist blogger has a problem with this. Read about it here.

  • Gest Again
  • Gest Again

    Local oddity celeb and concert promoter David Gest is in the news yet again, and while it's not quite as repulsive as the previous report of his former assistant suing Gest for sexual harassment (silly guy, suggesting he dip Gest's penis into hot fudge is just a joke — lighten up!), it does remind us what questionable judgment the guy seems to have.

    Gest's lawyers are trying to get out of a prenup the impresario signed with ex-wife Liza Minnelli, citing 'substantial nondisclosure" on Minnelli's part. So what did the little songbird not disclose? Only that she had herpes and was more than likely going to put back a few bottles of vodka each day and beat him silly. Now, Gest's not saying he wouldn't have married her had he known, but he never would have signed a prenup.

    Read about the sordid affair here. Then go take a shower.

  • Two Tom Lee Memorials on track
  • Two Tom Lee Memorials on track

    Tom Lee, the riverman who rescued 32 people from a capsized steamer in 1925, will soon have not one but two memorials in the riverfront park that bears his name.

    The obelisk damaged in the 2003 windstorm has been relocated several hundred yards south of its former location, which makes it look larger because of its proximity to the river. Orange tape circling the monument is scheduled to be removed this month after lights are installed.

    A second memorial depicting a scene from the actual rescue will be installed in October, according to the Riverfront Development Corporation. It will be at the northern tip of the park where the old monument was erected in 1952. The artist is David Alan Clark.

  • Dress Up for Success
  • Dress Up for Success

    Playhouse on the Square will be opening up its costume closet on Friday and Saturday, October 19th and 20th for Halloween rentals. Available for rent are costumes from the disco musical Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens and stage weapons. Fees range from $20 to $50, but a white Elvis jumpsuit will set you back $150.
  • WREG Channel 3 to be Sold
  • WREG Channel 3 to be Sold

    The New York Times Company announced Tuesday that it would sell its nine television stations, including WREG Channel 3 in Memphis. The stations are all profitable, the company said, but it wants to focus on its print newspapers and digital properties.

  • Pidgeon and the Little Sisters
  • Pidgeon and the Little Sisters

    "How do you think stripping dwarf sisters would be any different from any other strippers? Would you be compassionate and automatically believe their lives had been an epic struggle to hurdle social barriers and overcome massive obstacles not faced by average sized people? Or would you just assume they’d been in a tree trunk making cookies, or in a polar igloo packing Santa’s sled?"

    From a story by the always-interesting former Memphian/writer/actor/dwarf Eugene Pidgeon, writing in the New Haven Advocate about a dwarf strip act called Little Sisters.

    Read the rest here.

We Recommend

Politics

  • The Shake on Jake
  • The Shake on Jake

    It ain't over yet in the District 9 congressional race. State Senator Steve Cohen, the Democratic nominee, is still favored (especially after last week's double-mayor endorsement coup), but the independent candidacy of Jake Ford has acquired some stout Ford-family backing. And Republican Mark White's still there, too. For more, go to "Political Beat".
  • It's Official: Cohen Gets the Mayors' Vote!
  • It's Official: Cohen Gets the Mayors' Vote!

    The two biggest names among local African-American office-holders headed an all-star cast which, at a Wednesday morning press conference, conferred enthusiastic support on the Democratic nominee for the 9th District congressional seat, state Senator Steve Cohen.

    Speaking before a festive crowd on Cohen's behalf at a stand set up in front of the Federal Building downtown were Memphis mayor Willie Herenton and Shelby County mayor A C Wharton. "It is very simple: Steve Cohen is the best qualified candidate for this job," Herenton said of Cohen, whom he characterized as having "a wealth of experience and a knowledge of the governmental process." In his turn, Wharton said, 'This is a joyous day in which we're looking at those things which unite us and not those things that divide us."

    Also speaking were two figures whose personal histories link them to the history of the Civil Rights movement - just-retired General Sessions Judge Russell Sugarmon and longtime NAACP head Maxine Smith. (For more, go to "Political Beat".)

  • Jr. Is Barnstorming
  • Jr. Is Barnstorming

    Looks like senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. is looking for roadside barns to hang his signage. From the Greene County Democrats Web site:

    "Lacy Holloway; Chair Person of the Harold Ford Barn raising Committee of North East Tennessee is offering a great opportunity to help Harold Ford, Jr., in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Lacy is searching for barns with great visibility on major roadways or either interstate in North East Tennessee. This is a low cost avenue to support Rep. Ford as he campaigns from Mountain City to Memphis."

  • Do Not Enter
  • Do Not Enter

    Retired Congressman Lacy Clay, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has written a memo saying it’s "critical" that membership in the CBC remains exclusively black.

    According to Clay’s memo, "The CBC welcomes support from others in the House and Senate, especially those with liberal credentials but it is critical that its membership remain exclusively African American." The memo was written after two white, Jewish congressional candidates, Tennessee’s Steve Cohen and New York’s David Yassky suggested that they would seek membership in the CBC in order to better serve majority black districts.

    Read more here.

  • Ex-Morgan Keegan Head Aiming at the Senate
  • Ex-Morgan Keegan Head Aiming at the Senate

    Next Tuesday will determine whether a former president and chief operating officer of Memphis' Morgan Keegan brokerage firm keeps alive his hopes of  representing Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate. The hopeful is Republican primary candidate Stephen Laffey, now serving as the mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, and running as a hard-right conservative against the moderate GOP incumbent, Lincoln Chafee. Laffey, who began as an executive with Morgan Keegan in 1992, departed his perch at the top of the Memphis firm in 2001 as the result of what The Commercial Appeal then called a "shift in power" and what a Rhode Island paper this week called "a palace revolt."

Opinion

Music

Film/TV

Books

  • He's a Loser
  • He's a Loser

    This just in: Jared Fogle, the guy who lost 250 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches, will be at Davis-Kidd Booksellers Friday, September 15th to sign his new motivational book, “Jared, the Subway Guy – Winning Through Losing: 13 Lessons for Turning Your Life Around.”

Food & Drink

  • Burritos & 9/11
  • Burritos & 9/11

    After a long delay, the second location of Blue Coast Burrito is opening at the Avenue at Carriage Crossing on Monday, September 11th — a date, certainly, that doesn't conjure images of tacos and salsa. Making the best of it, Blue Coast Burrito will donate 10% of all total sales earned opening day to the Families of September 11 charity.

Sports

  • Wharton Takes on Courier in Tennis
  • Wharton Takes on Courier in Tennis

    Shelby County mayor A C Wharton takes on tennis great Jim Courier at (where else?) Court Square tomorrow. It's a publicity stunt for the Stanford Tennis Championships, which will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. First serve is around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.
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