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  • Oct 19-25, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 921

News

  • Bill Cosby at the Orpheum

    Bill Cosby raises funds for the historically black liberal arts college Dillard University, ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, with a show Saturday, October 21st, at the Orpheum Theater.
  • Volunteer Memphis and Hands On Memphis Merge

    Volunteer Memphis is a group that matches people to volunteer projects. Hands on Memphis is another group that matches people to volunteer projects. Yesterday, it was announced the two groups will merge.

    Ken Hall, former excutive director of Hands on Memphis, said the merger will help the nonprofits that both groups serve.

    The new group will probably not be called Hands on Memphis Volunteers. A name will be announced in the future.

  • Gold Rush at Graceland

    Survivor creator Mark Burnett's latest venture is an online pop-culture-trivia gameshow called Gold Rush, in which contestants vie for more than $1 million in prizes.

    Today's Gold Rush episode was filmed at Graceland, and ...

  • First Peek of Libertyland Doc

    Tonight at 9 p.m., on the last evening of the Indie Memphis Film Fest, Mike McCarthy will screen Memphicentric, a mix of the local filmmaker's old and new work. Among the offering is a sneak preview of Destroy Memphis, the documentary about the effort by grassroots group Save Libertyland! to keep the amusement park open. The screening is at Muvico.

    A closing night party for the film fest follows at 11:30 p.m. at Earnestine & Hazel's.

  • Runway Debut of Timberlake's Fashion Line

    "Timberlake's duds are disco-ready," according to an AP report about a fashion show for William Rast, a line of clothing Timberlake and a friend created about a year ago.

    The show, the runway debut of William Rast, was held in a Hollywood nightclub...

  • Feds Bust 10 in Memphis Prostitution Ring

    While Memphis was making headlines as the nation’s second most-violent city, 150 law enforcement officers from local and federal agencies were shutting down six Memphis brothels that brought in prostitutes from New York, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Mexico. ...
  • Freedom, Sedarises

    It was an interesting Tuesday evening at the Cannon Center. In one part, Stevie Wonder received the National Civil Rights Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Freedom Awards ceremony. In another, humorist David Sedaris read several of his essays and talked about possibly moving to Japan to quit smoking. Or try to, for the first time in his life.

    And, yes, we know that’s a picture of Amy Sedaris, David's sister. David declined to tell any “Amy stories” — saying now that she was known it felt like gossip — so to the audience member who asked, we hope this offers some solace. Oh, and she has a new book out, so you can read about her yourself.

  • Infamous Memphis Censor Built Lincoln American Tower

    With all the news about the Lincoln American Tower — one of four downtown buildings heavily damaged or destroyed in last week’s downtown blaze — so far nobody has mentioned the building’s most famous — some would say infamous — tenant.

    Lloyd T. Binford, president of the Memphis branch of the Columbia Mutual (later Lincoln American) Insurance Company, had the gleaming white tower built in 1925 overlooking Court Square. But insurance was just his day job...

  • Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

    Just in time for Halloween, local orthopedic center, the Campbell Clinic passes along some tips from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand on how to carve a pumpkin safely.

    To read those tips, click on the headline.

    To learn how to carve a pumpkin that looks like Elvis, go to Spookmaster.com.
  • Time For A Tennessee Quake?

    Okay, we’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news when it comes to the impending Tennessee earthquake. The good news is that one quake doesn’t beget another, so says Monday’s New York Times. The 6.4 quake off Peru wasn’t because of the 6.8 quake in Papua New Guinea or the 6.7 quake in Hawaii last week.

    The bad news ...

  • Ken Jennings' Take on Memphis

    Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings was in Memphis last weekend for the Southern Festival of Books. Judging from his blog entries — which refer to Elvis glasses, coleslaw, and a sexy elevator — it sounds like he had a good time.

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Politics

  • Study Shows Increase in TN Same-Sex Couples

    The Williams Institute, based out of the UCLA law school, recently released the results of its study of gay, lesbian, and bisexual demographics between 2000 and 2005. One result: a 30 percent increase in the number of same-sex couples across the country. Researchers don’t see this as a huge jump in the GLB population, thinking, instead, that the increase may be due to same-sex couples feeling more comfortable about revealing their sexuality than ever before.

  • Herenton: Ford Gets a Pass on Race

    Even as the national media are conferring Noble Victim status on Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. for alleged race-based innuendoes in an RNC-sponsored TV commercial which GOP opponent Bob Corker has repudiated, Memphis mayor Willie Herenton sees Ford as getting a full pass on the racial front because of his light skin. “He can go places and do things that I can’t,” says the mayor. As for Herenton himself, who faces reelection next year, “I’m just too dark.” For other ruminations on race and the races, including a reminder of the testy relationship between Memphis’ best-known African-American office-holders, go to “Political Beat”.
  • Joe Ford Jr. Responds to Threats From Jake Ford Campaign

    In political circles, much talk has been has been devoted to the perplexing question of when the other major candidate named Ford would repudiate the increasingly bizarre bully-boy tactics of the Jake Ford congressional campaign. Well, finally, he has. Whoops....This denunciation comes from the former major candidate named Joe — as in Joe Ford Jr., who finished third this year in the 9th District congressional primary won by Democratic Party nominee Steve Cohen and then promptly endorsed Cohen.

Opinion

Music

  • The Most Surreal Justin Video EVER!

    Even more so than the one for Cry Me a River. Seriously. In this, a 21-second clip from a British comedy show, Bo! in the USA, Justin gets slapped in the face with lunchmeat. And seems to enjoy it. Or at least not hate it.

    View the meat-slapping after the jump.

Film/TV

  • Indie Memphis Film Festival Daily Pick: Thursday

    The Indie Memphis Film Festival concludes today at Muvico’s Peabody Place theatre, with prize-winning local documentary Nobody screening at 8:45 p.m. (See Flyer story.) But be sure to show up early for another prize-winning local film, The Importance of Being Russell, which won the festival committee’s own prize for “excellence in filmmaking” ...
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival Daily Pick: Wednesday

    The Indie Memphis Film Festival continues today at Muvico’s Peabody Place theatre, and the best bet might be Reel Man, a documentary about industrial and educational film archivist Skip Eisheimer, which screens at 8:30 p.m., with an appearance and demonstration by Eisheimer. To learn more about Eisheimer’s organization, A/V Geeks, see their Web site. For more information on the Indie Memphis Film Festival, see the festival Web site.

    To read what one Flyer critic has to say about Eisheimer and Reel Man, click on the headline.

  • Indie Memphis Award Winners

    Local filmmakers Alan Spearman and Lance Murphy were the big winners over the weekend as award recipients were announced at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The duo took home the award for Best Documentary (and its $400 cash prize) in the festival’s Hometowner Competition for their film Nobody, and followed that up by winning the Kodak Tennessee Filmmaker’s Award, which comes with $1,000 in film stock.

Books

Theater

Fashion

Food & Drink

  • Chef Wally Joe Heads to The Brooks

    Brushmark Restaurant at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art welcomes a new chef to oversee daily lunch operations as well as the museum’s special events. Chef Wally Joe — creator of Wally Joe’s Restaurant in Memphis and KC’s in Cleveland, Mississippi — will continue his involvement with these eateries while he and his chef de cuisine, Andre Adams, shake things up at Brooks Museum. ...

Sports

  • Tigers Crack Top 100

    Sports Illustrated doesn’t stop at 25 in their weekly Power Rankings. On this week’s chart, the University of Memphis sits precisely at 100, with their eye of the Tiger firmly on the Bulldogs of Mississippi State (98). A short winning streak might allow the U of M to catch C-USA rival Rice and break into the Top 90. Keep your fingers crossed, and check out the complete rankings at the Sports Illustrated site.
  • SI on Memphis Basketball

    Sports Illustrated has released its forecast for the 2006-07 NBA season, and Memphis fans beware. Prospects for the Grizzlies earning their first Southwest Division title look rather grim. Read about it here.

    More about Memphis hoops comes from SI.com’s Seth Davis, who was in town last week to file a report on the University of Memphis basketball team’s prospects for the 2006-07 season. He covered everything from ....

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