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  • Jul 26 - Aug 1, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 961

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  • Memphis Postcards From the Past
  • Memphis Postcards From the Past

    Want to see full-color images of the old Claridge Hotel or the original version of Baptist Hospital or the Elks' Club, or all sorts of other long-gone Memphis landmarks? Sure you do. ...
  • Tennessee Waltz Techie Moves On
  • Tennessee Waltz Techie Moves On

    A key member of the federal government's Tennessee Waltz prosecution team is leaving the building.

    No, not David Kustoff, My Harrison, Tim DiScenza, or FBI agents Mark Jackson and Brian Burns. The departing member is, in a way, more important than any of them. ...

  • Graceland to be "Overhauled"
  • Graceland to be "Overhauled"

    AP — The thousands of Elvis Presley fans descending on Memphis for the 30th anniversary of his death August 16 won't see much sign of it, but plans are moving along for big-time changes at Graceland.

    Managers of Presley's famous home want to overhaul its tourist complex -- with a new visitors center bigger than a football field, a convention hotel, and high-tech museum displays that can give a new, digital life to the King himself ...

  • Tennessee Sales Tax "Holiday" Set for Next Weekend
  • Tennessee Sales Tax "Holiday" Set for Next Weekend

    Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Revenue officials are reminding Tennesseans that the second annual Sales Tax Holiday begins this Friday, August 3, at 12:01 a.m.and ends Sunday, August 5, at 11:59 p.m.

    This holiday provides statewide sales tax exemption for school and art supplies and clothing priced $100 or less per item and computers ...

  • One Beale Selling Fast
  • One Beale Selling Fast

    One Beale is already booming. Only a week after the Carlisle Corp. opened sales for the mixed-use development project at the foot of Beale Street, one fourth of the condos have been reserved.

    The complex, which will be the largest in Memphis ...

  • Vote Now for the Best Of Memphis!
  • Vote Now for the Best Of Memphis!

    It's that time of year again, time to cast your ballot for the one and only Best of Memphis contest. You can get a ballot in this week's Flyer, or you can vote online by clicking the Best Of Memphis icon on our website.

    Or you can just click THIS and go right to the ballot.

  • Memphis to be Featured City in "Garden & Gun"
  • Memphis to be Featured City in "Garden & Gun"

    Garden & Gun magazine (no, we're not making that up) has chosen Memphis as its "City Portrait" for the Fall 2007 issue, set for newsstands August 28th. According to a press release, the magazine's third issue, called The "Mighty Mississippi", will "highlight Memphis' famous music, world-class barbeque, and renowned entertainment venues ...
  • Have You Voted Yet?
  • Have You Voted Yet?

    It's been touted as the most important vote of the year. It's the Flyer's Best of Memphis Readers Poll, and, of course, we're the ones doing the touting.

    Vote now.

  • The Orpheum To Hold "Garage Sale"
  • The Orpheum To Hold "Garage Sale"

    At this garage sale, chandeliers will provide the lighting.

    On Friday, July 27, The Orpheum Theatre will host a summer garage sale consisting of office furniture, theater merchandise, show posters, and Broadway show memorabilia ...

  • Elvis Spotted in Hawaii
  • Elvis Spotted in Hawaii

    "His hair is slicked back, vest plastered on, microphone tilted toward his lips and flared pants draped to the floor."

    On Thursday, a bronze statue of Elvis was unveiled in Honolulu. The statue was commissioned by TV Land to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death. The statue shows Elvis as he was during the 1973 concert "Aloha from Hawaii," the first to be broadcast in satellite...

  • John Ford's Sentencing Date Rescheduled
  • John Ford's Sentencing Date Rescheduled

    Former state senator John Ford's sentencing date has been reset for August 27th, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

    Ford, who was convicted of bribery earlier this year, had been scheduled to be sentenced on July 31st.

  • B.B. King Lauds Eric Clapton at Chicago Blues Fest
  • B.B. King Lauds Eric Clapton at Chicago Blues Fest

    "I'll probably embarrass him, but I just need to do it, Eric,' King said, lifting his red plastic cup of water. 'I’ve been around the world. I’ve met kings and queens. But I’ve never met a better man, a more gracious man -- my friend Eric Clapton ...
  • South Main: The Way It Was
  • South Main: The Way It Was

    The images are pretty bleak, but it's the way South Main was back in the mid-'80s. The photos are by Robert McGowan and are featured in Culture Grits magazine...
  • Get to Know The Bouffants
  • Get to Know The Bouffants

    Thanks to mile-high wigs, flashy sequin gowns, and lots of makeup, Memphis’ Bouffants aren’t the average party band. Learn all about them during “The Bouffants Undressed” at Theatre Memphis this weekend...
  • HBO Opts for Another Year of "Big Love"
  • HBO Opts for Another Year of "Big Love"

    HBO has renewed Big Love for a third season, which will launch in 2008.

    The series, which stars Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, and Memphian Ginnifer Goodwin as members of a polygamist family hiding out in the suburbs of Utah ...

  • Rick Ankiel: Marvel Comics Superhero
  • Rick Ankiel: Marvel Comics Superhero

    Our hometown minor league baseball enterprise has announced a most inventive promotion. The first 1,500 fans through the AutoZone Park turnstiles August 10 will receive a Marvel Comics comic book with the Incredible Hulk, Superman, Iron Man, Rockey the Redbird, and, not least, ‘Birds outfielder Rick Ankiel...
  • Back-to-Back Stax on WKNO Wednesday and Thursday
  • Back-to-Back Stax on WKNO Wednesday and Thursday

    WKNO is premiering a new documentary that takes a look into the journey of 14 Stax Music Academy students and a group of faculty members as they embark on the first ever Stax Music Academy Summer Tour.

    One of the highlights of the tour featured the young musicians opening the festivities for the 19th annual Porretta Soul Festival in Porretta Terme, Italy.

We Recommend

Politics

  • 'Suspicious' Morris Takes Drug Test, Challenges Others to Do So
  • 'Suspicious' Morris Takes Drug Test, Challenges Others to Do So

    That Mayor Willie Herenton won't debate is a vexation to opponent Herman Morris, as is the fact that the mayor apparently is willing this year to go without additional fundraisers or polling or possibly even conventional campaigning. But what really seems to get Morris' goat is that Herenton won't submit to a drug test. (Nor, for that matter, has anybody but Morris himself so far.)
  • No-Show Herenton Wins Democrats' Straw Poll
  • No-Show Herenton Wins Democrats' Straw Poll

    A few score Shelby County Democrats showed up at the Rendezvous Thursday evening to pay $50 a head for the privilege of voting in a mayoral straw poll while raising money for the party. Dark horse Randy Cagle was there. The only mayoral candidate who was there from start to finish was Herman Morris. Carol Chumney came late and addressed the crowd, as had Morris early. John Willingham had a spokesperson on hand who talked him up before the attendees. Only Mayor Willie Herenton was absent and went unspoken for. The winner? Willie Herenton.
  • Mayor's Race: Who's on First?
  • Mayor's Race: Who's on First?

    It's been one whole week since the Memphis mayoral field got set on the ballot (unless, of course, Robert "Prince Mongo" Hodges wins his appeal to get back on). Who's gone up and who's gone down in the meantime? Jackson Baker takes a look in "Political Beat".

Opinion

Music

  • Memphis Punk Icons, The Klitz, Regroup Tonight
  • Memphis Punk Icons, The Klitz, Regroup Tonight

    Los Angeles had the Go-Go's and the Runaways. New York had the Angels and the Shangri-Las. In Memphis, during a certain era, the most talked about girl group was The Klitz. The band -- with Lesa Aldridge, Gail Clifton, Marcia Clifton, and Amy Gassner (billed as Kerry, Darla, Candy, and Envy Klitz, respectively) -- sprang onto the Midtown scene in 1978 and quickly worked its way into local rock-and-roll lore.

    Alex Chilton, Aldridge's boyfriend and creative partner, served as their impresario ...

  • Hooked
  • Hooked

    The Memphis Pops Festival pays tribute to an unheralded part of Memphis music.

Film/TV

Food & Drink

Real Estate

Sports

  • Mike Coolbaugh: A Redbird Remembered
  • Mike Coolbaugh: A Redbird Remembered

    Frank Murtaugh: 'Human beings suffer freak injuries. Sadly enough, there are deaths that, with the passage of time, we can label as "freaky." Then there's what happened to Mike Coolbaugh in Little Rock on July 22nd.'
  • FROM MY SEAT:  A Redbird Remembered
  • FROM MY SEAT: A Redbird Remembered

    Human beings suffer freak injuries. Sadly enough, there are deaths that, with the passage of time, we can label as "freaky." Then there's what happened to Mike Coolbaugh in Little Rock on July 22nd.
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