• Issue Archive for
  • Apr 2-8, 2009
  • Vol. 1, No. 1049


  • Harold Harvey and the Sad Story of "Chunkie Boy"

    Not too long ago, I was wandering around Forest Hill Cemetery, as I like to do sometimes, and spotted a rather unusual tombstone. As you can see, it's a marker for a fellow named Harold Harvey, who was born in 1924 and died in 1947. But what caught my eye was the nickname inscribed on the tombstone: "Chunkie Boy" ...

    Learn more about Chunkie Boy and other Memphis weirdness at Vance Lauderdale's one-of-a-kind blog.

  • Memphis Madness: The Flyer Four

    North Carolina might have won the NCAA National Championship, but here at Flyer headquarters, we're down to the Flyer Four: soul legend Al Green, WMC-TV weatherman Dave Brown, Congressman Steve Cohen, and FedEx founder Fred Smith.
  • Drink for a Good Cause This Weekend

    A night of booze, fancy buffets, and plenty of friends is always fun. But it's even better when you’re tippling to support a charity or nonprofit organization.

    Toast to live performing arts at the annual Wine and Roses Gala, a fund-raiser for the Germantown Performing Arts Centre. As the name implies, the event features a wine tasting, as well as live music by pianist Pnina Becher. It begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. ...

  • James Hyter (1922-2009)

    No matter how hard his fans clap or call out for an encore James Hyter, the Mid-South's most famous bass voice, won't be coming back to sing about the peaceful ambivalance of the mighty Mississippi River.
  • Code Read

    A proposed city/county code would make urban redevelopment easier.
  • Flyer Flashback

    To mark the Flyer's 20th anniversary, we're looking back at stories from our first two decades.

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  • Town's Sounds

    The City Champs stake their claim on Memphis' instrumental-band legacy.



  • FROM MY SEAT: Of Hot Bats and a Cool Economy

    With the St. Louis Cardinals opening their 2009 season Monday (followed by the Memphis Redbirds' lid-lifter Thursday night at AutoZone Park), Memphis fans got a preview of things to come last weekend with a pair of exhibition games at Third and Union. Announced attendance Friday night was 7,506, about half the capacity of AutoZone Park. There were way too many empty seats on a cool but clear weekend night with Major League Baseball in town ...



  • $5 Cover to Debut May 1st

    Craig Brewer's Memphis-set music-scene-centered MTV series $5 Cover will debut Friday, May 1st, the filmmaker told the Flyer this afternoon.


  • EDITORIAL: A Loyal Opponent

    U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander has an uncanny ability to strike the right kind of bipartisan notes even while upholding the interests and precepts of the Republican Party (whose caucus chairman he is in the Senate). Such was the case again Tuesday when the state’s senior senator and former governor addressed members of the Memphis Rotary Club.
  • Unforgivable Inaction

    It has now been two weeks since we reported the strange recalcitrance of the Republican members of the Shelby County delegation to expedite or even deal with legislation of various kinds recommended by the Shelby County Commission, acting as a body.
  • Goners

    It's Gone. General Motors and the American car business as we knew it. Five-percent unemployment. Daily print newspapers. Early retirement. Second homes. Half the money in your 401(k) account. Tuition savings. Maybe your job. And the nine-year reign of J
  • Hang Up and Buy Your Cheetos!

    It's a nice, sunny day, perfect for a cold beer on the porch. Which is why I'm standing in line at a corner market with a six-pack. I'm waiting patiently, along with a couple of other people behind me.

    The guy at the counter, however, is having logistical problems. With his left hand, he's holding up his pants (the waist of which is below his Tommy Hilfigered buttocks) ... More here.

  • A Common Code?

    When Harbor Town -- one of Memphis' most celebrated neighborhoods -- was being constructed, it was technically illegal. Still is, actually.
  • Bianca Helps a Troubled Couple

    Dear Bianca,

    My husband and I almost got a divorce earlier this year over some mistakes he'd made in the past. Even though it'd been ages since he'd cheated, I was never been able to fully trust him again.

    After years of dealing with that, we decided to split, but I couldn't get rid of him ...

  • The Rant

    If I'm ever informed that I only have one minute to live, I'm heading straight for an NCAA basketball game. Not just because I'm a fan, but because the final 60 seconds of a college game can seem like an eternity.
  • Letter from the Editor

    It's a nice, sunny day, perfect for a cold beer on the porch. Which is why I'm standing in line at a corner market with a six-pack. I'm waiting patiently, along with a couple of other people behind me ...


Food & Wine

  • Let's Eat

    A calendar of area food events.
  • Crawfish Invade Memphis

    Popular legend claims crawfish are descendants of lobsters that shrunk in size while traveling from Maine to Louisiana in search of the Cajuns who were banned to the swampy state in the late 1700s.

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