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  • Dec 27, 2007 - Jan 2, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 983

News

  • Bringing in the New Year in Memphis? A Few Suggestions ...
  • Bringing in the New Year in Memphis? A Few Suggestions ...

    Next year is going to be a great year. It has to be, because 2007 was disappointing at best. Sure, some good things happened. But somehow the resignation of Alberto Gonzales, a very brief Police reunion tour, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows really can't get rid of the Virginia Tech shootings, the never-ending war in Iraq, and Barry Bonds' continuing major-league career. Even locally, 2007 delivered a fractious mayoral election, and The Pyramid is still waiting for someone to pay its rent.

    So, what exactly is it that's going to make '08 so great ...

  • Giselle at GPAC Sunday
  • Giselle at GPAC Sunday

    Now that Tim Burton, the cinematic master of all things macabre, has brought Stephen Sondheim's gore-soaked musical Sweeney Todd to the screen, perhaps he should turn his attention to classical dance. He'd be hard-pressed to find subject matter more suited to his dark, comic-book romanticism than Giselle, which the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre is bringing to the Germantown Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, January 6th...
  • "When Ads Were Art" at Botanic Garden
  • "When Ads Were Art" at Botanic Garden

    While most of Irene Miller Rodkin's art is unsigned, chances are, if you lived in Memphis in the 1970s and much of the '80s, you know her work well. That's when Rodkin was the main staff fashion artist for the Goldsmith's in-house advertising department. A collection of her illustrations will be on display in the exhibit "When Ads Were Art" at the Memphis Botanic Garden...
  • Ernest Withers Tribute in "NY Times Magazine"
  • Ernest Withers Tribute in "NY Times Magazine"

    Ernest C. Withers had not been a Memphis police officer very long when he saw the limits of his power. In 1948, he became one of the first nine black police officers hired by the city. They were allowed uniforms, patrol cars and guns, but they were barred from patrolling white neighborhoods or arresting white people. Their job was to keep the peace in black Memphis, particularly inside the thriving and jiving Club Ebony, Club Paradise, Club Handy, Currie’s Club Tropicana and other night spots ...
  • Nominees for Blues Music Awards Announced
  • Nominees for Blues Music Awards Announced

    The nominees for the 29th annual Blues Music Awards, presented by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, are out, with Bobby Rush, Watermelon Slim, and Bettye LaVette leading the way.

    All three are nominated for the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, as well as album of the year for LaVette's "The Scene of the Crime" and Watermelon Slim & the Workers' "The Wheel Man" and acoustic album of the year for Rush's "Raw."

    Additionally, Rush is up for acoustic artist of the year and soul-blues male artist of the year; LaVette is up for contemporary-blues female artist of the year; and Slim is up for band of the year, contemporary blues album of the year, contemporary-blues male artist of the year, and song of the year for "The Wheel Man ..."

    More Flyer music coverage.

  • Predictions for 2008: a Quiz
  • Predictions for 2008: a Quiz

    A do-it-yourself quiz for Memphis prognosticators and Flyer readers.

    1. The current buzz phrase most likely to be forgotten a year from now will be (a) Aerotropolis (b) political consultant (c) Blue Crush (d) monetize.

    2. The next big deal for Memphis that will show tangible progress in 2008 will be (a) Biotech zone on the site of old Baptist Hospital downtown (b) makeover of Sears Crosstown (c) Fairgrounds (d) Shelby Farms. ...

We Recommend

Politics

  • Is Our Long National Nightmare About to End?
  • Is Our Long National Nightmare About to End?

    Sez Cheri 'Mad as Hell' DelBrocco: 'In the immortal words of President Gerald R. Ford, at the close of another calamitous Republican Presidency, "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over." Give or take another 365 days, we can celebrate the same. Join a campaign, make a difference, and have a Happy New Year!'

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    An editor's office is a bit like an attic. Things get put into it, but seldom does anything come out ...

Music

  • Harlan T. Bobo and Amy LaVere Highlight the Year in Memphis Music
  • Harlan T. Bobo and Amy LaVere Highlight the Year in Memphis Music

    A lot of the usual suspects in local music were quiet in 2007. Recent headliners Three 6 Mafia, North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Snowglobe, the ex-Oblivians (Jack Yarber and Greg Cartwright), and ex-Lost Sounds (Alicja Trout and, to an extent, Jay Reatard) all took the year off as far as releasing new albums. Meanwhile, the past loomed large again in the form of a relaunch of Stax records, which spurred a welcome avalanche of reissue and archival material.

    But into this new-music breach, lots of good stuff emerged, including (obviously or arguably) improved sophomore releases from the likes of Tunnel Clones, Harlan T. Bobo, and breakout star Amy LaVere ...

  • In the Mix
  • In the Mix

    Country spitfires, indie rockers, and cross-cultural provocateurs lead our 2007 picks.

Film/TV

Art

Food & Drink

  • Memphis: The Year 2007 in Food and Dining
  • Memphis: The Year 2007 in Food and Dining

    Nationally, LA Weekly writer Jonathan Gold's 2007 Pulitzer Prize in the criticism category — the first Pulitzer ever presented to food writing — was a great accomplishment. Not so great was Colby Buzzell's Esquire article about the tamale trail, which presented a disappointingly stereotypical view of the South.

    Locally, Commercial Appeal food critic Leslie Kelly departed the Bluff City in early 2007 and now freelances for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. During her three-year stint at the CA, Kelly's enthusiastic, stranger-in-a-strange-land approach drew her share of both loyal followers and angry detractors ...

  • The Best Wines for the Holidays
  • The Best Wines for the Holidays

    With the holiday season comes not only "Jingle Bells" but also a chorus of corks popping. There are a bevy of choices when it comes to this style of wine — traditional and modern and sometimes even a little of both. Yes, bubbly can be expensive, but when chosen wisely, it is worth every single penny. Whether it's dry, sweet, or in between, there are quality offerings in every category and some that do more than surprise.

    Gosset was founded in France's Ay region of Champagne by Pierre Gosset in 1584. He immediately established the level of quality and maniacal attention to detail that is still carried out in the winery today ...

Sports

  • Tigers-Georgetown Wrapup ...
  • Tigers-Georgetown Wrapup ...

    If University of Memphis fans felt hung over after their football team's loss Friday night in the New Orleans Bowl, they didn't sound like it Saturday morning as the second-ranked men's basketball Tigers overwhelmed the number 5 Georgetown Hoyas in FedExForum with a little help from the sixth man.

    The first top-5 college basketball match-up in the city's history excited and delighted the announced crowd of 18,864 ...

  • Pistons Rout Grizzlies, 92-67
  • Pistons Rout Grizzlies, 92-67

    (AP) - Tayshaun Prince scored 16 points and Antonio McDyess added 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the streaking Detroit Pistons to a 92-67 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

    The Pistons, who have won four straight and 11 of 13, got 14 points each from Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton. Rookie Arron Afflalo added a career-best 12 ...

  • Tiger Scout, Northwest Division
  • Tiger Scout, Northwest Division

    A family visit to Seattle turned into a serendipitous scouting trip for this Memphis cyber-correspondent, as the two biggest nonconference opponents that remain on the Memphis Tiger basketball schedule -- Tennessee and Gonzaga -- squared off in the annual Battle in Seattle ...
  • No. 2 Memphis Holds Off Arizona, 76-63
  • No. 2 Memphis Holds Off Arizona, 76-63

    (AP) - Robert Dozier had 18 points, Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17 and second-ranked Memphis beat No. 17 Arizona 76-63 on Saturday night, the third time the Tigers have knocked off a ranked opponent this season.

    Shawn Taggart added 15 points and seven rebounds to help the Tigers (11-0) match the second-best start in school history, dating to the 1982-83 season ...

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