Monday, May 15, 2006

Still Cooking- Even In Florida

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2006 at 4:00 AM

If this guy still lived in Memphis, we would have put him in the annual “Who’s Who” listing of our sister publication, Memphis magazine, years ago.

This week, Mark Cook, now living in Palm Beach, will receive the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year Award. Cook is president of Royal Palm Management, which includes a glitzy hotel and several high-profile businesses in Florida, and is active in more than half a dozen charities in the area, among his accomplishments.

And if that last name sounds familiar, it should. He is the son of prominent Memphis businessman Edward R. “Ned” Cook, whose name just happens to be the “Cook” part of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

You can read all about the accomplishments of his son here.

This Is So Fly

Posted on Mon, May 15, 2006 at 4:00 AM

We happened upon this cool little graphic showing radar of FedEx aircraft arriving in Memphis during a storm. We especially dig the groovy soundtrack. Check it out here.

Say Anything

Posted on Mon, May 15, 2006 at 4:00 AM

You think Memphis In May is the only thing happening in Memphis in May? As rhetoricians might say, "Bitch, please."

Really, they might, and you can ask them during the Rhetoric Society of America 2006 conference being held in Memphis May 26th-May 29th. Topics include: "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word to Say: Official Apology and Rhetorical Agency in Contemporary Danish Politics," "Reintroducing the Body into Ethos Formation and Expression," "Late 19th Century Southern Suffrage Rhetoric and the Tangled Intersections of Racial and Gendered Politics," and much, much more. For more information, go to the RSA Web site here.

Somehow, He Knew He Would Get It

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Psychic Uri Geller and two partners have bought the Tennessee house Elvis Presley lived in before moving to Graceland, with a winning bid of $905,100 on eBay, he said on Monday.

"We are unbelievably pleased. This is a piece of history," Geller told Reuters network. "We intend to restore it to its old glory. We would like to bring sick children there (for tours), Palestinian children, Israeli children, American children," the Israeli-born Geller said. "Hopefully one day we might get approval to turn it into a museum."

Geller had originally bid $300,000 last month but a bidding war ensued and the price ballooned, he said. During the process he was approached by dozens of people wanting to go in with him, he said. He chose two, New York lawyer Jim Gleason and Lisbeth Silvandersson, a Swedish-born jewelry maker who lives in England, as equal partners. To read more, go here.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Rachel McAdams? Nice Work, Ira.

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Apparently, the disappointing box-office showing for his Sundance Film Festival winning Forty Shades of Blue hasn’t slowed down Memphis-bred filmmaker Ira Sachs. According to Variety, Sachs has put together an impressive cast for his next film, including Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Patricia Clarkson, and Rachel McAdams.

Sachs told the Flyer last year that the film, titled Marriage, is a period piece, set in the 1940s, about a man who decides to kill his wife. Sachs likened the film to great Edward G. Robinson dramas from the 1930s such as Scarlet Street and The Woman in the Window.Variety reports production on the film is set to begin in July. No shooting location is mentioned, but Sachs said last year that Memphis wouldn’t be a good fit for the San Francisco-set film. For more, go here.

Polar Opposites Attract?

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2006 at 4:00 AM

A hunter in Northwest Territories, Canada, shot and killed what is believed to be the first documented cross between a grizzly bear and a polar bear in the wild. Though the two bear species have occasionally mated in captivity, it has been considered unlikely to happen in the wild because of differences in their habitat and mating season.

The cross-species bear’s fur is described as being like a polar bear but with patches of brown. Its its claws, back, and face more closely resemble a Grizzly.

DNA tests determining species paternity are pending. We just have one question: Where has Memphis Grizzlies’ mascot Grizz been spending his off-seasons?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

More Than Mud

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

It seems every year at Beale Street Music Festival, attendees wind up drenched, cold, and miserable in pursuit of their favorite bands. But there’s so much more to Memphis In May. You know, like that whole "honored country" part.

This year, it’s Costa Rica, and there are a number of events going on all over the city honoring the native music, food, and culture of that country. One such event is “Costa Rica: Rhythm & Rainforest” at The Orpheum tonight. It features dance by Ballet Folklorico, a performance by Costa Rican singer/songwriter Luis Angel Castro, piano music played by Manuel Obregon, and Caribbean cuisine by Chef Oscar. And you get it all for only $11.

For more, go here.

Something New for Pot Lovers

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

No, not that kind. For art pottery collectors, just about anything from Pisgah Forest Pottery in North Carolina is considered very desirable, and the best pieces are those marked on the bottom with the name of the founder, Walter Stephen (1876-1961). What many people don’t realize, is that Stephen got his start in Memphis, when he established a little pottery firm called Nonconnnah Potteries in 1904. He later moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where he developed the unusual shapes and high glazes that have made Pisgah Forest Pottery so distinctive.

A new book, Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Pottery of Walter B. Stephen, has just been published. You can read more about it here.

American Idol Update: Lisa Marie Shows Up; Daughtry Goes Down

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Lisa Marie finally showed up in footage from Graceland that was shown in Wednesday night’s Elvis-week “results” show. She was shown driving the four would-be Idols around the grounds in a go-cart. One of them, the favorite for lo these many weeks — Chris Daughtry — lost the contest for viewer votes and was, in the words of “Suspicious Minds,” his exit song, “caught in a trap.”

Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, and Elliott Yamin (pictured) are the remaining finalists. Yamin, who has had a dramatic rise of late, is the underdog — a high school dropout, product of a broken home, deaf in one ear, a diabetic, little, nerdy, and nervous. But, as judge Randy Jackson puts it, “This boy can sing!”

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

American Idol Chatter

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2006 at 4:00 AM

After watching last night's video footage of American Idol contestants at Graceland, we just have one question: Where was Lisa Marie? The king’s daughter was nowhere to be seen, despite reliable reports that she was there, along with mom Priscilla and the four Idol finalists (who will be winnowed down to three after Wednesday night’s announcement of fan voting).

Our scores: Elliot Yamin schleps all the way up to A+ for “If I Can Dream” and “Trouble;” Taylor Hicks gets a B- for “Jailhouse Rock” and “In the Ghetto;” “Chris Daughtry a C+ for “Suspicious Minds” and “A Little Less Conversation;” and Katherine McPhee a D for off-center/over-the-top renditions of a “Hound Dog/All Shook Up” medley and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Bright Lights, Big City

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2006 at 4:00 AM

A CBU graduate named David McKenzie is presently working as an assistant professor at the solar physics group at Montana State University. Among other things, he is working on “the analysis and observation of solar flares and the structures that produce them, and the behavior of magnetic fields during solar flares.” We’re sure this is all very interesting, but what we like the most about his website is this rather unusual aerial photo of Memphis, taken in the dark. The view is looking south. It’s a large image, so you’ll have to scroll back and forth, up and down, to see the whole city. That’s the Mississippi River to the right, and if you look carefully you can make out the parallel lines of the runways at Memphis International Airport.

Take a closer look here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

No Cracks

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2006 at 4:00 AM

A current listing on eBay advertises two antique bottles — one for Cocaine Hydrochlorate, the other for Glyco-Heroin — originally from a Memphis apothecary. Currently, bidding is up to $100 for the set. Sadly, both are empty, but they date between 1910 and 1915. Oh, for the days when you didn’t have to hide your stash in a balloon in your bum.

Sibling City Rivalry

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Sibling City Rivalry Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine released its first “50 Smart Cities” list yesterday, and guess what? Memphis didn’t quite make the cut. Using cost of living and quality of life to determine the rankings, the magazine cited Nashville as its number one. Dang it. They must have a thing for Shania Twain.

To view Kiplinger’s slide show go here.

Stomp To It

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Wednesday’s your last chance to experience New Orleans swamp pop and blues while its in the Bluff City. Catch Sleepy Labeef, Lady Bo, Fillmore Slim, The Rebirth Brass Band, and more during the last day of Ponderosa Stomp at The Gibson Lounge downtown.

Normally hosted by New Orleans, the show temporarily moved to Memphis as the Crescent City re-builds. Proceeds benefit musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. For more, go here.

Monday, May 8, 2006

Two Memphis Cops Busted on Drug Charges

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Two more Memphis police officers have been arrested in the corruption investigation known as Tarnished Blue.

At a press conference Monday, U.S. Attorney David Kustoff and Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin identified the officers as Patrolman Ted M. Williams of the Traffic Enforcement Unit and Officer Terrance Lashun Harris of the Southeast Precinct. They were arrested Sunday and are in custody pending a Monday afternoon court appearance.

The arrests bring to 19 the total number of Memphis policemen arrested in the wide-ranging corruption investigation.

Williams, 43, has been on the force since 1994. He is charged with robbing drug dealers traveling on Interstate 40 in Memphis. An undercover informant set up a sting operation supposedly involving Mexicans dealing marijuana. Harris, 32, has been an officer since 1997. He is charged with dealing cocaine. An undercover investigation began after IRS agents told police that Harris had assets far in excess of his income. He owns a Dixie Queen fast food restaurant, a house in Southaven, a 2003 Hummer, a 2001 Corvette, and had deposited $132,297 in the bank between March and May of 2004.

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