Sunday, April 30, 2006

30 x 3

Posted on Sun, Apr 30, 2006 at 4:00 AM

To celebrate its 30 anniversary, the Dixon Gallery & Gardens is admitting visitors free on the 30th of each month this year. This 30th is particularly special, however, because today is the opening of a pair of exhibits celebrating two other Memphis institutions celebrating their 30ths: Memphis magazine and Memphis In May. The Memphis exhibit features magazine covers that chronicle 30 years of life in Memphis, while the Memphis in May show is a display of 30 years of the event’s posters. For more information, go the Flyer’s online calendar, here.

Graffiti Buster

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2006 at 4:00 AM

It’s not exactly biotech, but an announcement by the Memphis-based Markee company last month could have lasting repercussions. Or more accurately, not-so-lasting repercussions. The company introduced its Dry Erase paint, a clear coating substance that makes walls dry-eraseable. We’re thinking maybe Graceland — especially with its new National Historic Landmark status — should invest in a few cans.

Showerin' in Memphis

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2006 at 4:00 AM

From our secret vice — Google Video — comes this soapy rendition of "Walkin' in Memphis." Don't say we didn't warn you.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Forward Fashion

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Move over, Pat Kerr Tigrett. D.I.Y. designers are taking over the Bluff City. Who needs fancy name brands when you can make your own duds with some vintage fabric and a few safety pins?

Light Years Vintage on Cooper is holding an open-call for aspiring designers for their Summer D.I.Y. Fashion Bazaar to be held the second week in June. They’re looking for handbags, reconstructed clothing, screen-printed tees, whatever.

Herd up your Stitch n’ Bitch buddies and get to work fast because the deadline’s May 15th.

For more, go here.

Naked Etiquette

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

It’s about that time of year to start vacation planning. Which summer hot spot will be your destination? Just in case a nude beach lands on your radar, writer Alan Goldsher offers up the dos and don’ts for fun in the sun, au natural.

Dress for Success

Posted on Fri, Apr 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Elvis’ former home isn’t the only kingly purchase you can make on e-bay. Item #8410316830 is a vintage gold lame jacket that’s almost identical to the one designed as part of Elvis’ famous $10,000 suit. Like Elvis’ jacket, which was cut into thousands of pieces and given away with his four-record box set Elvis: The Other Sides, Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors, who were famous for outfitting the Western movie stars and honky-tonk heroes of the 1950s and ’60s, created this metallic beauty.

Heavy Metal

Posted on Fri, Apr 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Inspired by time spent at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, choreographers for ProjectMotion’s Metallurgy: The Properties of Dance have used movement to explore the ideas of alchemy, strength, desire, forging, mining, blasting and — in whimsical honor of the Metal Museum’s annual repair days — bent spoons. For the particulars (when, where, and how much), check out the Flyer’s new searchable online calendar listings here.

They Built This City on Rock-n-Roll

Posted on Fri, Apr 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

First, they were Jefferson Airplane, a hippy-trippy band that sang about Vietnam and free love. But things got all futuristic in the 1980s, and the airplane morphed into a spacecraft. They become known as Jefferson Starship, a pop group specializing in the now-missing art of the power ballad. They’re back, and nothing’s going stop them now. For a hefty sum ($250), you can see them at the Pyramid at a dinner and silent auction to benefit the American Cancer Society on Saturday, April 29th. Not a Starship fan? The money’s for a good cause, and it may be your last chance to see the Pyramid sans stuffed dead animals. For more info, go to the Flyer's searchable online calendar here.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

We’re No. 50!

Posted on Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Memphis ranked last in a study by the Tenneseee Center for Policy Research in comparing the state’s 50 largest cities in four areas: community allure, minimal/local business tax burden, workforce skill/value, and strategic location business amenities. At or near the top in all categories were such metropoli as Farragut, Mount Juliet, Maryville, and Franklin. Nashville finished at 15th, Knoxville 34th, and Chattanooga 38th. Read more about it here.

Bring On the Pancakes!

Posted on Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Because Memphis needs more late-night, early-morning, post-party breakfast places, the International House of Pancakes franchise plans to open three more of the restaurants in the Memphis area. We welcome more IHOPs, but no matter how many Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruities we have, nothing can replace Howard’s donuts. Read more about it here.

Intelligent Design Talk at U of M

Posted on Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Tonight, the University of Memphis hosts mathematician and philosopher William Dembski, who will give a lecture titled “The Scientific Status of Intelligent Design.” Dembski’s support of Intelligent Design and affiliation with the Discovery Institute has made him a controversial figure. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Michael Rose Theatre.

In more evolution news, is it just happenstance that Dembski’s visit coincides with the opening of Theatre Memphis’ run of Inherit the Wind? Read Flyer staff writer Chris Davis’ take here.

MLGW Consultant Rotan Lee Dead at 57

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Rotan Lee, who became something of a household word in Memphis in 1998 as a consultant on MLGW, died this week of heart failure in Philadelphia. He was 57.

Lee came to Memphis at the invitation of Mayor Willie Herenton, who wanted to explore the possibility of selling publicly-owned MLGW. The study never went anywhere, and Lee soon became a lightning rod for criticism. He was paid $150,000 plus expenses.

Lee was a well-known figure in Philadelphia. He was school board president, newspaper columnist, and radio talk-show host among other things.

“It wasn’t just Lee’s imposing 6-foot-4 stature that made him hard to ignore,” wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer in an editorial Wednesday. “He was one of the most articulate champions of educational achievement for all children that Philadelphia has ever had.”

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

New Life for a Landmark

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

A group of Memphis developers recently played a key role in saving a historic diner in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Four years ago, the Valenti Management Group purchased the property to build a Wendy’s and donated the 1954 diner to the American Diner Museum. They allowed the neglected eatery to remain on the site during construction of the fast-food restaurant. Just long enough for diner buff Ronald “Fezz” Linden to learn about the former Community Diner, purchase it, move it to a new location, and restore it. Oh, and to rename it “Fezz’s Diner.

It’s a complicated story with a happy ending. Read more about it here:

Blue Suede Booze

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

A California-company that personalizes bottles for corporate clients and wine clubs, is making vino a little more rock-and-roll. The company’s Graceland Cellars line, licensed by EPE, includes a new addition, the Velvet Elvis, a cabernet sauvignon in a 1.5 Liter Magnum featuring a “velvet painting” of the King. And it comes in a black velvet-lined gift box. Other Graceland wines include the Blue Suede chardonnay, Jail House Red merlot, and All Shook Up sparkling wine.

So which one goes best with a peanut butter and banana sandwich?

Burke’s Book Store Closing?

Posted on Wed, Apr 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Burke’s Book Store, a Memphis institution since 1875, may be forced to close unless it can resolve its increasingly bleak financial situation.

Owners Corey and Cheryl Mesler mailed a letter to the store’s customers this week, saying “we are not generating enough revenue to pay our bills.” They cite a number of reasons: “Sales are down. Superstores are soaking up every available book dollar from independents. And people are shopping online instead of browsing.”

The Meslers say they are searching for a way to save the store, located at 1719 Poplar. Among other things, they are encouraging people to do more shopping there. In the long run, however, “it must be said right now that we need cash in the form of donations.” This may seem like a desperate move, but they point out that other communities have saved bookstores this way.

“And Burke’s, we are sorry to say, has come to that,” concludes their letter. “This is our plea for help. We are hoping for a positive response.”

For more information, visit the Burke's Book Store Web site here.

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