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  • May 8-14, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1002

News

  • Vance Lauderdale's Blog: The Man Who Walked on Water
  • Vance Lauderdale's Blog: The Man Who Walked on Water

    "Take a close look at this rather fuzzy image. It's from an old postcard archived in the Lauderdale Library, and it shows just what you think it shows: A gentleman in long pants, jacket, and cap is WALKING down the middle of the Mississippi River. The photo was taken just as he passed Arkansas City, Arkansas, sometime in January 1907 ..."
  • Stax Museum Offers $5 Admission to Celebrate 5th Birthday
  • Stax Museum Offers $5 Admission to Celebrate 5th Birthday

    The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is celebrating its fifth birthday and National Tourism Week with a special $5 admission through next Sunday, May 18.

    The museum opened on May 2, 2003.

    Special exhibits currently at the museum include, "Otis Redding: From Macon to Memphis ...

  • Racquet Club Sale Falls Through
  • Racquet Club Sale Falls Through

    The sale of the Racquet Club of Memphis to a group headed by advertising executives Doug Carpenter and Brian Sullivan has fallen through.

    The sale, which was announced in January and was supposed to close in April, was to have included the club's professional tennis tournaments ...

  • Testimony Begins in Edmund Ford Trial
  • Testimony Begins in Edmund Ford Trial

    It will be "good old Joe" against "Ed and Myrna" in the Edmund Ford trial in federal court in Memphis this week.

    In opening statements Tuesday, attorneys for both sides described how they will present the case in which Ford is charged with using his influence to get billboards approved in exchange for cash ...

  • David Gest is Still Unusual
  • David Gest is Still Unusual

    Even though he no longer lives in South Bluffs or hangs out at Gus' Fried Chicken or raises money with weird concerts like in the good old days when he lived in Memphis, we still like to keep an eye on David Gest ...
  • Andrew Earles at Goner Records -- Just Farr a Laugh
  • Andrew Earles at Goner Records -- Just Farr a Laugh

    Regular Flyer contributor Andrew Earles is primarily a music writer but has for years lived a double creative life as a humorist, performing onstage, on the page, and, perhaps most successfully, on tape via a series of prank phone calls he's produced over recent years with Brooklyn-based partner Jeffrey Jensen ...
  • Lord T to the Rescue for Memphis Music Foundation?
  • Lord T to the Rescue for Memphis Music Foundation?

    Cameron Mann has been the studio manager at Young Avenue Sound recording studio in Cooper-Young for the past few years, though most Memphians may know him better as his alter-ego Lord T. -- the white-wigged half of the comedic rap duo Lord T. & Eloise. This week, Mann, no longer on staff at Young Avenue Sound, adds a new title to his music resume ...
  • TImberlake and MTV Team Up for New Reality Show
  • TImberlake and MTV Team Up for New Reality Show

    MTV has greenlighted a reality game show from Justin Timberlake and American Idol producers FremantleMedia North America.

    "The Phone," pits two contestants in a race against time to accomplish a mission together and win a cash prize. Each episode begins with two hidden cell phones ringing at opposite ends of a major city ...

  • Memphis Superintendent Candidates Face 22 Questions
  • Memphis Superintendent Candidates Face 22 Questions

    Two down, three to go.

    One candidate to be the next Memphis City Schools superintendent was in college 14 years ago. Another has three grown children and says he could retire if he wanted to.

    Both of them got their shot Monday at answering 22 questions posed by members of the school board ...

  • FedEx Issues Lowered 4th Quarter Earnings Forecast
  • FedEx Issues Lowered 4th Quarter Earnings Forecast

    The faltering U.S. economy and rising fuel costs have dealt a blow to Memphis' delivery giant, FedEx. FedEx cut its expectations for fourth-quarter earnings to be $1.45 to $1.50 a share, compared to its prior forecast of $1.60 to $1.80 a share ...
  • Make Mom Happy in Memphis This Weekend
  • Make Mom Happy in Memphis This Weekend

    There are plenty of Mother's Day brunches and buffets this weekend, many of which are listed in our online calendar. But if yo' mama would rather stray from tradition, there are plenty of other fun parent-friendly gatherings this weekend.

    Let mom stuff her face with spanakopita ...

  • Mary Cashiola Debuts "In the Bluff" (the blog)
  • Mary Cashiola Debuts "In the Bluff" (the blog)

    The NYT had a interesting trend story on biodegradable furniture yesterday.

    And we're not just talking about housewares made in an environmentally sound way or sheets that decompose; we're talking about entire couches.

    "As much as this scenario sounds like it was lifted from a Philip K. Dick novel ...

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Politics

  • Former Senator Frist Makes Grim Diagnosis of American Health-Care System
  • Former Senator Frist Makes Grim Diagnosis of American Health-Care System

    Speaking no longer as a mouthpiece for the Bush administration (his task during four years as Senate Majority Leader) onetime heart transplant surgeon Bill Frist told East Memphis Rotarians this week that the nation faced a crisis in providing health care to some 47 million uninsured and that there had been a lack of leadership "at the presidential level" in resolving matters.
  • Ericson Opts Out of Impasse, Seeks New Procedures for Pyramid Solution
  • Ericson Opts Out of Impasse, Seeks New Procedures for Pyramid Solution

    Entrepreneur Greg Ericson, developer of one of the two proposals (Bass Pro Shop's is the other) that the city and county and a Pyramid Re-use Committee have been deliberating on ad infinitum, on Wednesday dispatched a put-up-or-shut-up letter -- apparently rejected -- to county finance officer Jim Huntzicker. The letter contained Ericson's last-ditch proposals.
  • Ambassador Talks Turkey on Kurds, Armenians
  • Ambassador Talks Turkey on Kurds, Armenians

    Members of the Memphis Rotary Club heard some unexpectedly tough talk on Thursday from Nabi Sensoy, ambassador to the United States from Turkey, this year's Memphis in May honoree. Though most of his 30-minute luncheon address to Rotarians at the Convention Center was devoted to the polite bromides expected on such an occasion (example: "I'm looking forward to 'walking in Memphis'"), Sensoy minced no words when it came to several specific problem areas.
  • Cohen Poll Bolsters Candidate's Confidence
  • Cohen Poll Bolsters Candidate's Confidence

    A new poll conducted on behalf of the reelection campaign of 9th District congressman Steve Cohen purports to provide evidence that Cohen is running well ahead of all challengers, including attorney Nikki Tinker, his principal foe in the August Democratic primary.

    The poll, conducted of 400 likely primary voters by Lake Research Partners in late April, shows Cohen with a lead of 52 points over Tinker in a candidate preference poll ...

Opinion

  • Memphis in May and The Perfect Day
  • Memphis in May and The Perfect Day

    Memphis in May. What does it mean to you? Mud-encrusted shoes from Music Fest? The thick, sweet pall of barbecue smoke that hangs over downtown on the month's third weekend? Fireworks at the Sunset Symphony as the finale of "The 1812 Overture"? All of the above?

    My first trip to Memphis was in May 1992. I was in town for a job interview, and I came in a day early to take the measure of this mysterious (to me, anyway) Southern place ...

  • How the Final Five for Memphis Schools Superintendent Stack Up
  • How the Final Five for Memphis Schools Superintendent Stack Up

    The superintendent search isn't over.

    And don't count out the leading non-candidate, Mayor Willie Herenton.

    As of today, the Final Five candidates are flesh-and-blood people, not an abstraction. Even a cursory check of their resumes and responses to questions posed by search team consultants shows that all five have strengths and vulnerabilities -- just like Herenton ...

  • Ask Vance: Neon Signs and Armless Newsboys
  • Ask Vance: Neon Signs and Armless Newsboys

    No listing of the great neon signs in Memphis -- and boy, we have enjoyed some great ones -- would be complete without a mention of the Hart's Bakery sign, which stood like a beacon at Summer and Mendenhall in the 1950s and 1960s. Despite years and years -- well, maybe a half hour here and there, tops -- of searching, I have never been able to turn up a decent COLOR image of this masterpiece. But one day recently ...
  • Bianca Knows Best
  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    For most of my childhood, my mother was unhappy in her relationship with my father. She expressed a strong desire to divorce him on three separate occasions -- I was 12, 19, and 25 years old.

    I am now almost 28, and my mother just recently told me that she and my father have reconciled ...

  • The Memphis Week That Was
  • The Memphis Week That Was

    Everyone is against blight, but blight still wins most of the time.

    In his schools speech this week, Mayor Herenton called for removing blight around schools. Fine, but that is a city and county function, not a school function, and he has been running the city for 16 years. So get someone at Code Enforcement to crack down on blight around schools.

    And then put the squeeze on COGIC and the old Chisca Hotel ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    Memphis in May. What does it mean to you? Mud-encrusted shoes from Music Fest? The thick, sweet pall of barbecue smoke that hangs over downtown ...

Music

  • Annual Blues Music Awards in Tunica Thursday Night
  • Annual Blues Music Awards in Tunica Thursday Night

    The blues may be a foundational element for most of American music, but these days the genre is pretty self-contained -- widely restricted to a network of specialty clubs and festivals catering to a loyal base of fans. The Blues Music Awards -- the annual "blues Grammys" sponsored by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation since 1980 -- is of and for this base of committed fans ...
  • Jug Band Pioneer Will Shade Honored With Grave Marker
  • Jug Band Pioneer Will Shade Honored With Grave Marker

    Early twentieth-century Memphis musician Will Shade slipped into obscurity after a prolific recording career in the 1930s, and then into an unmarked hole in the ground following his death in 1966.

    Shade's music with the Memphis Jug Band -- an outfit that featured homemade instruments like the jug, washtub bass, washboard, and comb in addition to guitar, banjo, harmonica, and kazoo ...

Film/TV

Art

Food & Drink

  • Make Restaurant Reservations Online at MemphisFlyer.com
  • Make Restaurant Reservations Online at MemphisFlyer.com

    Now you can browse our restaurant listings and make a reservation at the same time. Selected restaurants in our listings are participating in an online reservations program called OpenTable. You simply click on the link in the listings and make your reservation ...

Real Estate

Sports

  • FROM MY SEAT:  Former Griz Faces in NBA Spotlight
  • FROM MY SEAT: Former Griz Faces in NBA Spotlight

    It must be vexing to fans of the Memphis Grizzlies to see three players who were part of the Griz rotation as recently as the 2004-05 season within arm's reach of the NBA's version of the Final Four. Wearing colors decidedly different from Beale Street Blue, this trio is making highlights for ESPN, earning talking points from TNT's Charles Barkley, and considering ring size among their most important variables these days.

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