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  • May 29 - Jun 4, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1005

News

  • Bar-Kays Play Baghdad ... and Other Music Notes
  • Bar-Kays Play Baghdad ... and Other Music Notes

    Memphis soul legends, the Bar-Kays, are currently touring Iraq and Kuwait, performing for U.S. troops. They've visited troops in camp, hospitals, and one of Saddam Hussein's palaces. They recorded video footage, even conducted interviews with troops, and have taken plenty of pictures along the way ...
  • Laugh, Dance, and Get a Workout This Weekend in Memphis
  • Laugh, Dance, and Get a Workout This Weekend in Memphis

    Most Flyer staffers can drink and smoke with the best of 'em, but despite our unhealthy ways, we still want to help you get a whole-body experience this weekend.

    Start by laughing off stress at Craig Gass' performance at Comedy, TN tonight. Gass is known for his hilarious celebrity impersonations

  • Free Film/TV Workshop Next Week; Applications Due Thursday
  • Free Film/TV Workshop Next Week; Applications Due Thursday

    James Spies, nationally-known film and television producer (Nothing but the Truth, The Contender, Commander-in-Chief), will be in Memphis to lead the first of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission's crew training workshops June 7th and 8th at the University of Memphis ...
  • Stax Play "Ride On" Previews This Weekend
  • Stax Play "Ride On" Previews This Weekend

    "Memphis didn't have a professional football team or a professional basketball team [in the '70s]," says freelance writer-turned-playwright Tony Jones chomping down on a footlong chili slaw dog from Al's Tasty Burger on Crump. "What Memphis had was Stax records."

    Jones recalls the days when the Tasty Burger was located on McLemore near Stax records, and when the studio musicians would come into his mother's beauty shop to bum enough change for one of Al's slaw-and-baked-bean-slathered franks. These are the kinds of memories Jones shares in his play Ride On: How Stax Records Influenced our Dreams, which previews Sunday at Southwest Tennessee Community College....

  • Council Votes 10-3 to Cut School Funding
  • Council Votes 10-3 to Cut School Funding

    After an hour and a half of debate - modest by the yardstick of past council controversies - the Memphis city council voted by the surprising margin of 10-3 to cut $66 million from its annual contribution to the budget of Memphis City Schools. The successful proposal was offered by freshman councilman Bill Morrison, a teacher himself, and It carried with it what Morrison said was an 18-cent reduction in the city property-tax rate -- from $3.43 to $ 3.25.

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Politics

  • The Gadfly Takes On Big Oil
  • The Gadfly Takes On Big Oil

    Sez Marty Aussenberg: "As if it's not bad enough we're being ripped at the pump, these thieves are now charging us to fill the air in our tires. Shouldn't fifty (or a hundred) bucks entitle you to a bit of free air (especially since keeping tires properly inflated is a major way of increasing gas mileage)? What is going on here?"
  • Tinker Gets Nod Again from Emily's List
  • Tinker Gets Nod Again from Emily's List

    After a lengthy delay, during which Nikki Tinker and her supporters became visibly restless, the feminist PAC Emily's List has finally conferred its endorsement on the 9th District congressional challenger, whom it had also backed during Tinker's first try for the office in 2006.
  • Who Wants to be the Next Mayor? An Update
  • Who Wants to be the Next Mayor? An Update

    The odds on Mayor Willie Herenton's taking leave of his current job for a MacArthur-like return as superintendent of the city's schools fluctuate wildly from week to week. But if there should turn out to a mayor's race this year, we have a basic cast-of-characters in waiting ...
  • Opponent Barnes May Benefit from Kurita Showdown with Senate Dems
  • Opponent Barnes May Benefit from Kurita Showdown with Senate Dems

    A confrontational meeting last week between state Senator Rosalind Kurita (D-Clarksville) and other members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate ended with old wounds exacerbated and with the probability that Kurita's primary opponent this year, Tim Barnes, will be the recipient of some concerted party support, sources tell the Flyer.

Opinion

  • Should Memphis Police Officers Pay to Live Outside City Limits?
  • Should Memphis Police Officers Pay to Live Outside City Limits?

    The town of Tunica doesn't have much turnover on its tiny police force. Of its 10 officers, half of them have been on the job for more than a decade.

    But that wasn't always the case. Before the growth of the area's gambling industry, the police department would hire someone; they'd stay a year, then leave.

    "We were a training ground," says Chief Richard Veazey. "We couldn't compete with the larger towns and counties ..."

  • Bianca Knows Best
  • Bianca Knows Best

    A few months ago, my roommate and I moved into a new apartment. At the time, I was in between jobs and had no money to offer for the deposit and first month's rent. I also couldn't help with the utility bill deposit. When I finally found a job, it didn't pay much. And since I was so behind on other bills -- credit cards, school loans, etc. -- I was still unable to help my roommate with rent and utilities ...
  • Why Hillary Won't Quit
  • Why Hillary Won't Quit

    The New York Times recently ran down a list of women who might someday become the nation's first female president. Out of both courtesy and caution, it included Hillary Clinton, but the whole point of the exercise was that it is not going to be her. Her campaign is all but over, but that's no longer the point. She's ending it in a way to start all over ...
  • The Memphis Week That Was
  • The Memphis Week That Was

    A new book highlights a famous Memphis sporting event. No, not the Tyson-Lewis fight or the Memphis Tigers run to the NCAA Final Four or Michael Jordan's impersonation of a minor-league baseball player at Tim McCarver Stadium. Crazy Good, by Charles Leerhsen, is about Dan Patch, a horse that ran several times at the Memphis Trotting Association's track some 100 years ago ...
  • New Stuff Downtown and a Walk Through the Old Forest
  • New Stuff Downtown and a Walk Through the Old Forest

    Went to the Music Foundation's new Musicians' Resource Center on South Main last night. (My friend Jeff is secretly a Memphis music mogul, but don't tell anyone.) It was pretty swank. Almost made me wish I played some instrument, just so I could go there and use their computers.

    Then we headed over to the new downtown Blue Monkey. At the time the old Blue Monkey burned down, I think I was eating lunch there about once a week ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    In an interview last week in South Dakota, Democratic presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton tried to make a case for staying in the race for the nomination ...

Music

Film/TV

  • Filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai's Trip through Americana Imagery
  • Filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai's Trip through Americana Imagery

    The corner of South Main and G.E. Patterson has to be one of the most filmed locations in the country outside of New York and Los Angeles. For the past 20 years or so, many films have been shot in Memphis, and it seems like they all end up at this intersection, especially within the doors of the Arcade restaurant. From Elvis ghost stories in Mystery Train to a pre-tragedy family milkshake break in 21 Grams to a bizarrely boisterous celebration of its perfectly respectably chili in Elizabethtown, the Arcade has become a movie star.

    It can seem a little silly sometimes that in a city full of promising locations, this one intersection is so ubiquitous. That the great Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai chose to set a third of his American debut, My Blueberry Nights, in Memphis and the action takes place entirely in and around the Arcade and kitty-corner bar Earnestine & Hazel's seems overly predictable.

    Instead, My Blueberry Nights becomes something like the location's apotheosis....

Theater

Food & Drink

Real Estate

Sports

  • Grizzlies to Draft Love ... or Beasley ... or Randolph?
  • Grizzlies to Draft Love ... or Beasley ... or Randolph?

    Chad Ford just posted the third edition of his mock draft, with the Grizzlies taking Kevin Love with the fifth (and N.C. State's J.J. Hickson at #28). Ford also pushed Anthony Randolph as a better pick and suggests the Grizzlies could make a play for Michael Beasley ...
  • Timberwolves to Draft Love? And Other Grizzlies' Draft News
  • Timberwolves to Draft Love? And Other Grizzlies' Draft News

    DraftExpress.com has posted a great round-up of rumors that leads with the suggestion that the Timberwolves, picking 3rd, may be targeting Kevin Love, who I've seen projected anywhere from 5th to 16th in mock drafts.

    Draft Express' Jonathan Givony brings the Grizzlies into this discussion with this passage ...

  • FROM MY SEAT: The SSJC Offers Hope in the Fairway
  • FROM MY SEAT: The SSJC Offers Hope in the Fairway

    The absence of Tiger Woods notwithstanding, this weekend's 2008 Stanford St. Jude Championship will feature a field of golf talent to soothe any worries of the Tiger-centric broadcast team from CBS.For competition at its highest level, this is precisely the kind of field we crave.

Special Sections

  • Ex-Vol Pro Wrestler Challenges Entire City of Memphis to "Make a Free Throw"
  • Ex-Vol Pro Wrestler Challenges Entire City of Memphis to "Make a Free Throw"

    Okay, we here in Flyerville are rarely disposed to reproduce PR-gimmick press releases, but this one, from wrestling organization Total Nonstop Action Entertainment, got us. We reprint it for your entertainment. Enjoy:

    Former Tennessee Vols center and current Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling superstar Kevin Nash challenges the entire city of Memphis to a free-throw contest at TNA's "Slammiversary" pay-per-view event June 8 at the DeSoto County Civic Center.

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