Flyer Flashback 

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

Let's take a trip in the Way-Back Machine to the misty days of 1991. It's the weekend of March 10th, and you're looking for something to do, so you flip through the 28-page Memphis Flyer for inspiration.

For dinner, you're tempted by the ad for Lupe & Bea's Texican Restaurant, which is offering new Cuban cuisine. But then you notice the ad for Sleep Out Louie's "Louisiana Night," with crawfish, oysters, and soft-shell crab. Yum! Or you could head to East Memphis and try La Patisserie Bistro's "fine French cuisine in an informal atmosphere." So many choices.

After dinner, the options also are staggering. You could go see the local premiere of Jim Jarmusch's set-in-Memphis flick Mystery Train at the Fare 4 Theatre. Or you could head to Poor Red's at Park and Getwell and groove to a John Lennon impersonater and the Plastic Yo-Yo Band.

Not hip enough for you? Then get yourself over to Six-One-Six and dig the Gunbunnies. Or head to Night Moves and listen to the "badass birds in a bar" — otherwise known as the Fabulous Thunderbirds with Jimmy Vaughn. Not your style? Feminist folk singer Holly Near is at the Peabody Alley. And at the Antenna club, you can get punked by the Modifiers, the Bumnotes, and Angerhead.

And to show that some things never change, here's the beginning of Tim Sampson's We Recommend column: "I am so happy to be an American. There's nothing I like better than living in a country where the police can just knock on your door and search your house anytime they like."

— Bruce VanWyngarden

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