First of all, let me start off on a sad note by saying that I actually, the whole city lost two good friends last week, with the deaths of Bill Womack, longtime graphic designer and calligrapher and Santa Claus to all who knew him, and Mr. Tom Stergios, the colorful owner of Melos Taverna, my favorite restaurant in Memphis. Both were wonderful men and will be missed. And while The Commercial Appeal did excellent pieces on both men, I have to comment on the headline writers at the daily paper. You are missing the boat here and there. The most glaring missed opportunity was in the Saturday, September 21st edition, regarding the headline for Martha Stewart s column, Ask Martha. The headline read: VINYL WALLPAPER, CONSTRUCTION PAPER GOOD FOR COVERING BOOKS. To be more timely, you should have changed it just a tad to read: VINYL WALLPAPER, CONSTRUCTION PAPER GOOD FOR COVERING UP BOOKS. And instead of her answer to the write-in question, Can you give me a really good recipe for flan? couldn t you have substituted it with, Yeah, I ll tell you about flan. It s a thin piece of nasty lunchmeat on stale white bread that you wash down with water or something that sort of resembles a form of Kool-Aid. And I still maintain that she doesn t have a hair on her you-know what if she doesn t dedicate a column to making stocks. Wonder how many people have written her about that? And you ll notices she hasn t had much to say about picking up certain items at the market. And even though I ve stopped paying much attention to the news, because none of it really matters to me, I have noticed that ol Martha hasn t been in the shady limelight as much as she was several weeks ago. Neither has Osama bin Laden. I fully believe that Martha and Osama are in cahoots to take the pressure off of themselves by paying Saddam Hussein to get out there and try to scare us. The reason Saddam won t let anyone in to examine his weapons is probably because they re all hot glue guns. If Martha comes out with a recipe for Iraq of Lamb anytime soon, you can pretty much bet they ve got some kind of deal going. And if at Christmastime, she starts hanging missile tow on every doorway in sight, it s pretty much clenched. Koran on the cob? You can t deny there s something there. It will all come out soon and we ll be able to pick up Iraqi television stations with a shows featuring Saddam making special holiday lights out of gourds. One can only dream. In the meantime, here s a brief look at what s going on around town this week. If you re reading this on Wednesday before the actual publication date, as many of you do, head over to Over Park Shell noon-10 p.m. for Love Fest 2002, a free concert/event to promote peace at a time when it s well-needed. There will be live music by Blind Mississippi Morris and the Pocket Rockets, The Teresa Pate Quartet, the Ron Franklin Entertainers, Beg to Differ, Bella Sun, The Gabe & Amy ShowShawn Lane, Delta Grass, and others. There s also food by First Congo s Food Not Bombs (see?) feed the homeless ministry, and a few spiritual leaders, poets, and visionaries expressing their thoughts. As for tonight, Thursday, the multi-percussion musical Stomp opens at The Orpheum, while Thornton Wilder s Our Town opens at Rhodes College s McCoy Theatre. At the Hi-Tone, it s Songwriters Night with Rob Jungklas, Billy Hatch, John Murry, and Jed Zimmerman. And there s Songwriters Night with Keith Sykes at The Lounge tonight.