• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 22-28, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 943

Art

News

  • “Making the Band 4” is on Its Way to Memphis

    With Making the Band 4 rising swiftly on the horizon of this season’s reality television shows, Diddy (a.k.a. P. Diddy; a.k.a. Puff Daddy; a.k.a. Puffy; a.k.a. Sean Combs, etc., you get the idea) has taken to the road — and that road includes Memphis ...
  • Mayor Wharton's Son Charged With Statutory Rape

    A C Wharton III, the oldest son of Shelby County mayor A C Wharton, was arrested Tuesday in Knoxville. He was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl he met in a chat room on the Internet. Wharton III is being held on a $50,000 bond. ...
  • City Council Wants New Voting System

    Attention, Diebold! Shelby County voters aren’t the only ones getting new voting machines this election season. The city of Memphis is currently taking proposals for a new City Council voting system. ...
  • Vella New's Spirit Passes

    Memphis, a city never short of interesting characters, lost one of them last week when Vella New passed away at the age of 72.

    Better known as Vella the Fortune Teller ...

  • Mayor Wharton Can Do More Push-ups Than You Can

    Some Shelby County officials are springing into fitness, some quite literally.

    Shelby County government’s Health and Wellness Committee is hosting a “Spring Into Fitness” day at Wellworx on Main Street for county employees and their families ...

  • Edmund Ford's YOU TUBE Debut

    Edmund Ford's City Council freak-out now has a soundtrack.

    Some genius has taken footage from the 17-minute diatribe at a City Council meeting earlier this month ...

  • Life is Dead

    Life, the once seminal American magazine, which in recent years has been relegated to an insert in Sunday newspapers (including The Commercial Appeal), is dead. ...
  • 'Memphis Soul' Finds a Home in Chicago

    Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones found a lot to like in the play "Memphis Soul: The Story of Stax Records":

    "A warm, Memphis-style sun shone Sunday on the Black Ensemble Theater. ...

  • Daughter Writes Play on Fisher Case

    "Memphis, Tennessee. A house with white pillars and black maids. Country clubs and aerobic classes. Drugs and murder. A story about the new South. Tragic, comic, startling." That's the description of Rebecca Fisher's autobiographical, one-woman show, The Magnificence of the Disaster, on stage now in San Francisco. Fisher's mother, Emily, was murdered in her Central Gardens home in 1995. ...
  • Better With Age

    Breaking bands took a backseat to enduring stars -- especially a band of Stax soul brothers -- at the South By Southwest Music Festival.
  • Elvis, Thomas Kinkade, and Graceland at 50

    If you love Elvis, Thomas Kinkade — or both — you can plunk down $250 to attend "The Light & Legend Event" this Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th. You'll get to see the unveiling of Kinkade’s original painting entitled "Graceland, 50th Anniversary. ..."
  • "Mayor of Frayser" Returns

    If you've been searching the Web for the illustrious King of God's Country (a.k.a. Frayser) lately, you may have come up empty-handed. The Mayor of Frayser's Web site, once linked to the Stage Stop's Web site, has been down for the last few months.

    The Mayor (a.k.a. Ritchie Pierce) claims he was accused in something he calls "Operation Tennessee Gangsta Walk ..."

  • Memphis: Back to the Future

    Memphis, like so many cities today, is a community beset with problems. Crime seems out of control, our transportation system seems to operating at maximum capacity, and we still fret about diseases that should have been brought under control decades ago (such as the flu). Sometimes it’s just too much trouble to get through the day. ...

We Recommend

Music

  • Rock 'n' Soul Museum Honors Al Green and Willie Mitchell

    The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum hosts its second “Memphis Music Salute” reception tied to the “50 Years of Soul” celebration.

    On Thursday, March 22, from 5 until 7 p.m., the museum’s “Memphis Music Salute” reception will honor two legendary performers ...

Politics

  • Roll Call Sees Challenges to Cohen in 2008

    In its edition of Thursday, March 22, the Capitol Hill insiders' publication takes a look at the 9th District congressman's actions so far -- and the likelihood of opposition at the polls two years from now.
  • Quick Decision Expected on District 89 House Seat

    Names are beginning to be dropped in the hat for consideration as interim state representative for House District 89, just vacated by newly elected state Senator Beverly Marrero. The Shelby County Commission is expected to advertise for applicants on Monday and to appoint someone within a one- or two-week time frame thereafter.

  • Dems Prepared for Contests in District 89; Commission Sets Vote on Interim Rep

    As the Shelby County Commission voted Monday to hold interviews with potential candidates for interim state representative in House District 89 on Tuesday, April 2, with a vote on the interim member scheduled for a week later, on April 9, contests were developing on the Democratic side of the aisle – both for the interim position and for the right to serve as permanent member via a special election.

  • Bailey, Norman Square Off in Dem Chairmanship Contest

    What amounted to the first one-on-one encounter between would-be Democratic chairmen Jay Bailey and Keith Norman took place Monday night at the Pickering Center in Germantown through the auspices of the Germantown Democratic Club.(Wonder why Richard Fields' ears are burnig....)

Sports

  • FROM MY SEAT: Turn the Page

    Seldom in this state's history -- sports or otherwise -- has a single force done such damage to hearts and minds from Knoxville to Memphis in so brief a period of time as has Greg Oden.
  • Memphis Falls to Ohio State, 92-76

    Memphis traded baskets and leads with Ohio State for most of the game, but the Buckeyes pulled away in the last five minutes as Memphis lost three key players to fouls and OSU center Greg Oden dominated the paint — and Joey Dorsey. ...
  • Theismann Out at Monday Night Football

    There was a small piece of Memphis in last season's Monday Night Football broadcasts, as Bluff City resident Joe Theismann was the lead analyst for ESPN's first season with the popular franchise. That's gonna change, though, as a former rival of Theismann's will enter the booth as his replacement. ...
  • Tigers vs. Texas A&M Pre-game Snark Party

    Hipster sports Web site Deadspin.com's Mitch Martin and Jay Busbee have a snarky preview of the Tigers-Aggies game today. A sample:

    Mister, If You Don't Shut Up, We're Going To Kick One Hundred Percent Of Your Ass ...

  • Memphis Tops Aggies, 65-64 to Move to Elite Eight

    AP -- Antonio Anderson isn't the player Memphis would have picked to go the line with a chance to advance to another NCAA regional final.

    But there Anderson was, shooting free throws with 3.1 seconds left in a game in which he had already blown two open layups and missed three straight free throws.

    "I wanted to choke him at halftime," Memphis coach John Calipari said.

Film/TV

  • Recommended Viewing

    When the Space Shuttle Columbia tragically disintegrated upon re-entry in 2003, it scattered debris and body parts all across Sabine, Texas. Of Good Courage, an unsettling but ultimately inspiring hour-long film assembled by David Perry and David Wayne Brown of the Memphis-based advertising agency Conaway-Brown documents the courageous efforts of Sabine’s citizens to recover the gruesome remains of seven lost astronauts. The Memphis International Film Festival screens Of Good Courage at Malco’s Studio on the Square on Saturday, March 24th at 10 a.m.

    Read more on the film festival in this week's Flyer.

Opinion

Books

Food & Wine

  • Memphis on the Cheap

    Memphis For Less, the Web site that lets you buy local goods and services for considerably less than retail, currently has a great crop of bargains — especially on food. ...
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