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Old Dominick Distillery Grand Opening AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic Gala Bourbon, Bacon & Blues Wine Down at the Dixon Orion Federal Credit Union Feast On The Farm Live at the Garden: St. Paul & the Broken Bones with Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors Art of Dinner Walk To End Alzheimer’s Luncheon Rhythm On The River Blues On The Bluff

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Learning Is Hot: Dixon’s Art on Fire Noshing, Sipping & Giving: The Memphis Food & Wine Festival Artful Insects at the Memphis Botanic Garden The Most Beautiful Color of All: Memphian Artist Kelly Fischer at GPAC

Regulars 30 4Home: Big Ideas for Small Spaces 40 Theater Across the Mid-South 42 Fashion: Art Meets Speed 56 Gallery with Ken Hall 58 Weddings 63 Recipes: Game On! 68 Mix & Mingle 70 Memphis Impact September 2017 / 13

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Seek the Peace and Prosperity of the City in which I have placed you. ‫ י ִהְ י ֶה ָלכֶם שָ ׁלֹום‬,‫ ִכּי בִשְ ׁלֹומָ ּה‬ :‫י ְהו ָה‬-‫ אֶ ל‬,‫ ו ְהִ תְ פַ ּלְלּו בַעֲ דָ ּה‬,‫ אֲ שֶ ׁר הִ ְגלֵיתִ י אֶ תְ כֶם שָ ׁמָ ּה‬,‫שְ ׁלֹום הָ עִ יר‬-‫ו ְדִ ְרׁשּו אֶ ת‬ ‫ז‬. JEREMIAH 29:7

T HE R I S E AN D FA L L O F HE R O ES Whatever Saul sent him to do, David did it so successfully that Saul gave him rank in the army. This pleased all the people, and Saul’s officers. When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing…As they danced they sang ”Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands.” Saul was very angry… 1 Samuel 18: 5-8 ‫ דוד עשה את זה כל כך בהצלחה כי שאול‬,‫מה שאול שלח אותו לעשות‬ ‫ כאשר‬.‫ וקציניו של שאול‬,‫ זה היה מרוצה מכל האנשים‬.‫נתן לו דרגה בצבא‬ ‫ יצאו הנשים מכל‬,‫האנשים חזרו הביתה אחרי שדייויד רצח את הפלשתים‬ ‫ בעודן רוקדות הן‬... ‫ערי ישראל כדי לפגוש את שאול המלך בשירה ובריקוד‬ ‫שרו “שאול הרג את אלפיו ואת דוד עשרת אלפיםיו” שאול היה מאוד כועס‬ The Bible tells of the rise and fall of both Saul and David, the first and second Kings of Israel. This passage shows us that for a season both men enjoyed the status of national heroes together. The passages all introduce the weakness in Saul that would lead to his fall and destruction of his kingdom. The prophet Samuel in his books 1st and 2nd Samuel in fact records the rise and fall of both men. Saul’s jealousy destroyed him, while David’s infidelity will lead to murder, war with his own son and ultimately a divided Kingdom. This summer, Memphis has had to endure headlines about the frailties and missteps of two of its sports heroes. First, Hugh Freeze’s missteps cost him his job which is minor compared to the pain he has cost his family. Coach Freeze was known by many a charity in Mississippi as a man who cared about those in need. Second, Zach Randolph announced to Memphis that he would be leaving the Grizzlies to play for Sacramento; this announcement was greeted by Memphis and the Grizzlies with a cry of sadness and gratefulness. The Grizzlies announced the retirement of his jersey. The airways and social media were filled with thoughts on how Memphis and Z-Bo both rose above themselves because of each other. Z-Bo hadn’t been gone a month when the headlines changed from highlighting the qualities of our home-town hero to the missteps of a sports figure throwing a party that got a little out of hand. In both cases, the elevated status of these men made them targets for their behavior

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outside the norm, but if we are all honest, most of us could not survive the status of hero if all our thoughts and actions were made known to the public. The strength of the Mid-South is not its public heroes but its tens of thousands of private heroes. These heroes fill our churches, synagogues and notfor-profit organizations. Their staffs, members and volunteers are all called to work quietly and most often with recognition to make a difference in their communities. This past Lee Stafford at the doors of week, I walked the grounds Montpelier Missionary Baptist of an old abandoned Church in West Point, Mississippi cemetery and church with my mentor and friend Lee Stafford. Lee has been quietly restoring the old abandoned Montpelier Missionary Baptist Church near West Point, Mississippi. Lee grew up visiting and singing in the choir as a child, and he told me, “I must be kin to half of the people buried here.” In its day, the church was a vital part of the community. While it was abandoned over 50 years ago, the cemetery still serves the lineage of those member-families with the most recent headstone from a death in 2016. Lee, and the many people who are helping restore the property, are not heroes in the traditional meaning; they are the heroes that change a community one small kindness and deed at a time. They don’t have to worry about their own human frailty to bring them down, because they don’t seek to live in the limelight. 4Memphis may briefly shine the limelight on the silent heroes of the Mid-South, and it is hopefully not to lift them up for a fall, but to inspire others to join them in making a difference in Memphis.

September 2017 Volume VII • Number 11 PUBLISHER

Jim Walker jim@4memphis.com MANAGING EDITOR

Sandi Butler Hughes sandi@4memphis.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR

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N OT E S It was a day of celebrating the return of the original Memphis spirit, Old Dominick. Artfully crafted cocktails using the Old Dominick spirits were poured, plus appetizers by Memphis’ finest chefs, and live music through the afternoon. Liquor-by-the-drink is available in the Tasting Room and on the Rooftop Patio - share a sip soon!





Mark O. Ramirez

June 24, 2017

Old Dominick Distillery


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Doug Windham, Karen Carlisle, Clark Schifani, Anne Wesberry & John McCormick

Joe Huskey & Hannah Williams

Kristen Weber, Jordan McCutchen, Michelle Garcia & Missy Alsobrook

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Andy & Jason Wells

Parker Patterson & Kaitlin Thomas

Colin Harnish & Shelby Geminn

Kellie Walker & Melanie Short

Julie & Mark Van Blaricon

Mark Stuart & Jason Adkins

Jay Sieleman & Priscilla Hernandez

Greg & Marty Marbry

Joslyn Hebda & Justin Jackson

Patrick Sullins & Nina Dowell


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AutoZone Liberty Bowl


The 23rd annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic was held Monday, June 26 at Ridgeway Country Club, and to kick off the tournament festivities a “Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner” was held at the Hilton Memphis Hotel on Sunday, June 25. Guests enjoyed cocktails, bidding at a fabulous auction, followed by dinner. All proceeds from the tournament directly benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.





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June 25, 2017

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Shane Waldroup and Scott Barnes, who are avid bourbon collectors, hosted a rare tasting to benefit the Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. Loving the thrill of the hunt to find those rare and allocated bourbons, Waldroup and Barnes have over 150 different varieties and distilleries. Guests were given an opportunity to taste many rare bourbons and go from barrel to barrel station where Steven Plunk of Germantown Village Wine & Liquor helped facilitate a blind tasting. Enthusiastic supporters of Special Olympics were given scorecards to rate their favorites, which were then identified to them later in the evening. Jimmy Gentry of Paradox Catering & Cuisine also creatively paired the bourbons with bacon and small bites to create a most memorable evening while raising money for programs.

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July 15, 2017


Veronica & Brett Batterson

David & Toni Evans

Alex Stanfill, Lyman Anderson, Scott Barnes & Shane Waldroup

Melissa Taylor & Lisa Taylor

Beth & Tim Maxwell

Brian Califf, Cindy Hearn & Lindsay Califf with Shane Waldroup & Scott Barnes

Brian Douglas & Angela “Marilyn� Moon

Brittany Enochs & Brian Douglas

Josh Woods, Kevin Wilson & David Wiggins

Steven & Ashley Plunk

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Brad Tuber, David Wiggins, Kevin Wilson & Shane Waldroup

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The July Wine Down at the Dixon was a fabulous opportunity in the middle of summer to enjoy delicious appetizers and taste a variety of fine wines amongst the splendor of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.





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July 21, 2017

Dixon Gallery & Gardens


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N OT E S Orion Federal Credit Union was founded in 1957, and recently celebrated their 60th Anniversary. Employees and friends gathered at Catherine & Mary’s to toast the big event! Orion FCU has grown to become the largest credit union in west Tennessee, with over 60,000 members and offers a full spectrum of banking options ranging from savings and checking accounts to home, auto, commercial, and personal loans. Congratulations, Orion!





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August 4, 2017

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Daniel Weickenand & Andrea Fowlkes

Jamie Robert, Carol Hagan, Ken Neill & Joey Hagan

Sarah Petschonek, Eric Matthews & Casey Condra

Diane Jalfon, Cole & Daniel Weickenand John Sr., Michelle & Hon. John Fowlkes Jr.

Dawn Graeter, Mayor Jim Strickland & Harold Graeter

Carol Hagan, Marta & John Stineff

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Trey Carter & Terry Ingram

Stuart & Randi Harrington

Floyd Brummett, Avneet Cheema, Kurt Snyder & Theresa Benavidez


Learning is The Dixon Gallery & Gardens’ Art On Fire event benefits Memphis & the Mid-South.

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Dixon twice a year to explore the galleries and gardens and complement their art lessons.

n Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Dixon Gallery & Gardens will host its eighth annual Art on Fire fundraiser. Last year was a blazing success with over 1,200 guests and even more are expected this year. Art on Fire is an event that unites guests from all around the Memphis community who come to have fun and support the Dixon’s Education Programs! Each year, the Dixon partners with over 20 Memphis restaurants for an evening of live music and entertainment, fire dancers, and an auction all centered around a massive bonfire on the Dixon’s South Lawn. It is always a fun and exciting evening under the stars. The Dixon is well known for creating scholarly and inspiring art and garden exhibitions. Lesser known is that the Dixon offers vital arts education for Memphis and the Mid-South. The funds raised by Art on Fire deliver key resources to support free programs that serve a wide range of groups, from underprivileged families, individuals with different developmental challenges, and at risk youth. Through the Shelby County Schools Adopt a School program, the Dixon’s outreach instructors visit Willow Oaks Elementary and Sharpe Elementary every month. They provide art lessons to all their pre-k, kindergarten and first grade classes, which adds up to 200 students. Students are also invited to the 26 / September 2017

The Art to Grow outreach program offers a hands-on, creative experience for pre-k through 8th grade students in Memphis and the Mid South. The activities relate directly to current exhibitions on view in the museum and gardens. The colorful Art to Grow cargo van and its talented and creative instructors visit schools, churches, libraries and summer camps, bringing art and horticulture to their learning space. The curriculum offered provides students with stimulating and creative experiences teaching art concepts and skills that meet the curricular needs of elementary students in art, math, science and social studies. Each lesson includes a presentation on the topic and a hands-on activity. Inspired by the Meet Me at MOMA Alzheimer’s Project, the Dixon created an outreach program specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s. Mosaics include the participation of diagnosed individuals, family, friends, loved ones and caregivers. A licensed art therapist introduces participants to an interactive dialogue about selected works of art from the Dixon’s collection. The hands-on activity included in the program makes art accessible and enjoyable to people with dementia and their caregivers. Mosaics can be implemented at care facilities or at the Dixon. These are just a few of the many community programs offered by the Dixon and supported by the funds raised through Art on Fire. When you attend Art on Fire, you support these programs and many more. Tickets are on sale now at dixon.org/artonfire. Be sure to join us for the “hottest night of the year” and give Memphis area students continued opportunities to experience the Dixon.

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Noshing, Sipping & Giving The Memphis Food & Wine Festival By Sandi Butler Hughes | Photography by Justin Fox Burks hat began as a “what if” conversation among friends, over a glass of wine naturally, has grown into a major fundraising event...a must-have ticket, and in the inaugural year was listed as one of the top 10 best parties of 2016. And now, on October 14, the Memphis Food & Wine Festival is back for year two! The Memphis Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) showcases exquisite foods from renowned chefs from around the world, plus vintners pouring over 150 wines from 40 wineries selected especially for the evening. Festival-goers not only get to enjoy the fabulous cuisine and fine wines, but they also get to tantalize their taste buds for a good cause -- they are supporting FedExFamilyHouse, the beneficiary of the event. FedExFamilyHouse is a home-away-from-home for out-of-town families of children being treated at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. In 2016, $100,000 was donated, a phenomenal sum for the first year of a totally new event for Memphis. “The inaugural Memphis Food & Wine Festival was the greatest single culinary event in the history of the city,” said Kevin Kane, President and CEO of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. And 2017 is on-track to be even bigger and better! This year’s event, with over 34 chefs, offers an expanded lineup that is a who’s-who of culinary excellence, both locally and worldwide. Top local chefs participating include José Gutierrez of River Oaks, Wally Joe and Andrew Adams of Acre, Erling Jensen of Erling Jensen, Andreas Kisler and Konrad Spitzbart of The Peabody, Russell Casey of Bounty on Broad, along with Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass. Ryan explained that his involvement in the MFWF is about sharing the culinary arts as well as giving back. “FedExFamilyHouse is such an important part of Le Bonheur and the patients 28 / September 2017

they treat. It’s easy to think about the costs that the medical treatment puts on a family, but often times it’s the hotel stays, the food, and definitely the emotional taxes that can cause more stress on a family,” he said. “FedExFamilyHouse helps to alleviate some of these issues, and although I can’t support to the amount I would like, Memphis Food & Wine Festival helps me to give back in the best way I know how.” Memphis is emerging as a “foodie city,” and the MFWF is further promoting the Bluff City as a culinary hot spot, as evidenced by the list of outof-town-chefs participating. The impressive list includes Ken Frank of the Michelin-starred La Toque in Napa; Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans; and a festival favorite, Deb Paquette from Etch and Etc. in Nashville. Other notable guest chefs are Thierry Rautureau of Loulay Kitchen & Bar and Luc in Seattle and Hugh Balthrop with delectable Sweet Magnolia Gelato from Clarksdale, MS. The MFWF also welcomes acclaimed French chef Guy Savoy. He has five well-respected Paris restaurants, including his flagship entity Restaurant Guy Savoy. This crown jewel holds three Michelin Stars and is consistently chosen by top international restaurant critics as one of the world’s greatest fine-dining establishments. If Paris is too far for dinner, he also has a musttry, North American flagship Restaurant Guy Savoy located in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Chef Savoy not only wanted to be a part of this incredible new food festival, but he was intrigued by Memphis. He committed to participate in the MFWF on the conditions that he could eat some of our famous barbeque and visit Beale Street for our world-renowned blues. Our city has a mystique, even for the most continental and seasoned world travelers. Fine cuisine is complemented by fine wines, and so the MFWF sommeliers and winemakers will be offering expert guidance for attendees. Approximately 40 vintners and wineries including Frank Family Vineyards, Silver Oak,

Twomey, and Gerard Bertrand will be pouring chardonnays and brut roses to cabernets and pinot noirs. Guests will be sipping these fine wines from beautiful Riedel crystal stems that are also a collectible “party favor.” A festival that is spotlighting the best of Memphis would not be complete without homegrown Memphis music. This year’s music lineup features the Ghost Town Blues Band and the Jack Rowell Royal Blues Band - two phenomenal local bands with a reputation for playing great Memphis music. The MFWF is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to showcase Memphis’ culinary talent while raising funds and awareness for a selected non-profit. The festival is held on the grounds of The Live Garden at Memphis Botanic Garden, so the setting, scenery, and sound is pure perfection. With high-top bistro tables scattered throughout the space and reserved table seating, guests have a chance to mix and mingle - sip and sample their way around the entire festival area. So, what began as a “what if” conversation among friends – Al LaRocca, Sherry & Bob Chimenti, José Gutierrez, Colleen DePete and Nancy Kistler – has become a reality and a tasteful treat to embrace. “We all have a true appreciation of great food and great wine,” claims Sherry Chimenti, “and we all believe in promoting and giving back to our city. FedEx was on board as a strong supporter of this event as it was being launched, and quickly joined by many sponsors in the Memphis community.” Through the power of friendship and vision, The Memphis Food & Wine Festival is an evening of culinary excellence making a difference in our city, for our city! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit memphisfoodwinefestival.org.

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Interior design has no limits, and small spaces are no exception. These areas can still have big style and impact. Four interior designers offer their expert advice on how to make the most with a smaller space.

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Always think vertically in a small space. Use tall furniture and built ins to draw the eye upward. If using curtains or shades, start them at the crown molding for maximum height. Vertically striped wallpaper and fabrics also create the illusion. When using drapery, extend the rod so curtains don’t partially cover the window. Windows are a small rooms best friend. They draw the eye outward to bring in the landscape. Wallpapering the ceiling also draws the eye up. Anything that moves your eye up makes the room look larger.

Small spaces can be a real challenge. One must decide the function and mood of the room. There are many things to consider. Let’s explore some of them. COLOR For a light and airy room pale, cool colors make the walls recede. Greens, blues, lavenders, and whites expand the space visually. A hard finish such as eggshell or pearl is light reflective, which helps to illuminate. Paint the same color on walls and trim for visual continuity. This unifies the space. Using different shades of the same color, walls, furniture and accessories create a coherence that makes the space feel more open. Opt for lighter on the floor as well as walls. This helps create an airy feeling.

LIGHTING Overhead lighting in a small space is the kiss of death. Always use lamps to spread light around the room. Small pools of light enhance and romanticize the space.



Scale is of utmost importance. Keep furniture small in scale. Use sofas and chairs that show legs not skirts. Don’t use overstuffed upholstery. This keeps the space from looking cumbersome. Place larger furniture on the wall opposite the entrance so it will not crowd the space. Make use of glass and lucite in your small space. Several coffee and end tables are offered in the medium as well as sofa tables. These pieces take up very little space visually. Using mirrors in a small room can achieve a sense of depth. Placing mirrors on opposite walls facing each other enhance depth immensely. They also add light and sparkle. Mirrors create the illusion. It’s all “smoke and mirrors” as they say.

Make use of hidden storage through multipurpose furnishings. Use ottomans for storage and extra seating. End tables with drawers and a trunk for a coffee table are excellent choices. Tall bookcases are also a great storage option and add visual interest. They could be painted the same color as the wall so they would visually recede. That goes for case pieces as well.

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ACCESSORIES As I said, use small-scale furniture. Now I say use large scale accessories sparingly. A large painting anchors the space. Don’t do a montage of small pictures that clutter the walls. A few well-placed objects are much better than small collections that confuse the eye. One must avoid clutter at all costs. Remember this overall truth. Keep it Simple.

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” - Socrates

What’s trending right now in Memphis is a monochromatic palette with fabric, walls, and accessories all matching. I really don’t follow trends that will leave a room dated in just a few years because I always want to be sure a space feels good, whether it’s done today or was done years ago.

Not all small spaces are created equal, but here are a few things to consider…

After meeting with my clients, I look at their goals, what I want for them, and I tend to push the envelope in creating the right atmosphere. In a dining room, texture and drama are important. In small places I will choose a dominant wall. From there, I will choose paper, artwork, or sculpture to be the focal point. Oftentimes, I will use mirrors to create greater illusions and layer lighting for added impact. Honestly, small spaces are fun challenges and really shape my projects in ways that are welcome surprises. My aesthetic ranges from traditional, to Mid-Century, to contemporary, and striking the balance between seriousness and comfort in any client’s home.

My younger self would scoff at that sentiment and navigate in the opposite direction, but with the passage of time, my middle-aged self accepts the concept of “less is more”. National trends show more Americans embracing the “less is more” attitude by choosing smaller, simpler living spaces - especially millennials. The lure of a small space is undeniable for numerous reasons and connotes a coziness only achieved by a limited amount of square feet, hence the photographed image, which is from a recent installation of a small paneled library approximately 180 square feet.



I’ve been working as a designer for more than 20 years and small space challenges come up all the time. For me, creating mood is all about the art of the mix and I combine textures, hues, and objects that span decades and epitomize the personality of my client. I really start by looking at the room itself, whether it is a powder bath or a living area, and so forth. Identifying the needs of the place and pulling out what’s in my imagination is where it all begins. No space is too small. The dining room is an area of the home that I find should be intimate, and there are so many ways to get the most out of it if it’s a tight space. This is a room for sharing important meals along with the everyday pleasures of life and it can range from chic to sexy and anywhere in between.



PATTERN & TEXTURE Pattern and texture are companions like grilled cheese and tomato soup. Tomato soup alone is sufficient, but adding the cheesy component elevates the whole experience. Likewise, using a mix of soft fabrics with pattern and texture adds great depth. Use caution selecting these fabrics as too much pattern can overwhelm a diminutive space and a lack of pattern can create a dull vibe. SCALE & PROPORTION Too little scale and proportion can wreak havoc on a small space just like too much salt or pepper can ruin a dish. Select furniture that does not overpower the room and is appropriate for the room’s purpose. Upholster furniture in fabrics that are similar to the wall color so your eye flows through the room rather than stopping on one particular piece. Installing one large piece in the room, such as artwork or a mirror, adds drama as well as scale. A large mirror will also reflect light and make the room seem larger than it’s actual size. Similarly, an exaggerated (large) flush-mount lighting fixture installed on a ceiling instantly opens up the room adding to the scale and proportion of the room.



CINDY MCCORD First of all, choose a paint color that provides a beautiful background for fabrics and furnishings. Benjamin Moore’s “Linen White” and “Floral White” are two of my favorites. Paint walls, trim, ceilings and cabinets all the same color to give the space a more unified look. Evaluate your amount of natural light and take advantage of every bit of it! Do not cover your windows and doors with heavy treatments, but use lightweight solid panels that are mounted on the outside of the windows. This creates warmth and softness in the space. Using simple hardware in iron or wood in soft tones or finishes also helps to create the smooth, clean openspace feel. The scale of furnishings you use is so important in a small space. There are many options for comfortable or interesting seating without using over-

If your space is somewhat lackluster, consider adding architectural details, such as picture frame molding to the walls or installing floor to ceiling floating shelves for an instant makeover.

sized upholstery pieces. Once again, using solids and textures for the bigger pieces can help give the space an airy feel. Then, use a splash of color or design in your sofa or chair accent pillows. Interesting pieces of art can complement and add to a space. Don’t over accessorize. Use a few of your favorite pictures and items that mean something to you. Keep things simple and clean! Soft lighting with table and floor lamps are so important. Lamps needs to be near areas where one might sit to read. I always like to leave one lamp on so when I come in to a room at night it feels more welcoming. I use soft, pink light bulbs and I love everything on dimmers. So whether you are working with a studio, small apartment or starter home, just remember, simple is better! September 2017 / 31

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The Expo Center at Agricenter International was adorned with hundred of sunflowers for the annual Feast on the Farm Gala. The evening was a fundraiser for Agricenter education programs, and included a spirited live auction led by Jeff Morris of Morris Auction Group. The successful night raised over $80,000 in net proceeds for the non-profit dedicated to agricultural research, education, and conservation.





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artful insects at the Memphis Botanic Garden By Sandi Butler Hughes Photography courtesy of David Rogers


hese bugs could be the star of a sci-fi movie, but instead they are the star attraction at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The “Big Bugs at the Garden” exhibit opens Saturday, September 16, and will be on view until New Year’s Day. The giant sculptures are created from natural found forest materials, and are the inspired work of artist David Rogers. Based in Long Island, NY, David had an artistic epiphany in 1990 while visiting a cousin’s farm in Vermont. “I encountered a maple sapling bent over from previous winter’s ice storm. There was something about the curvature and posture of this particularly ravaged tree – a backbone to a large beast, perhaps that suggested a new life for the tree.” Over the course of 12 days, he created a “dinosaur” sculpture using dried branches and different varieties of tree saplings. “This first large-scale branch construction sculpture encompassed and crystallized all of my previous work and life experience. It would forever transform my perception of what could be conceived and created using all-natural materials,” he explained. David always thought bugs were a great subject matter, and he decided to create the bugs to be larger-than-life so when we see them in nature, we might see them in a different way. “I thought if I reversed the natural scale maybe we would observe them differently and the more important role they play in nature,” he said. Since in 1994, his Big Bugs have toured public and 34 / September 2017

private botanical gardens and nature centers in 40 states, including the prestigious National Arboretum and the United States Botanic Garden, both in Washington, DC, and Disney World Epcot Center in Orlando, FL. “My initial goal was simple enough, I was inspired to make sculpture out of the natural materials that was fun to look at. The exhibit evolved to become something much bigger by raising awareness, as well as providing more opportunities for broader educational platforming,” he said. While at the Memphis Botanic Garden, a series of special bug-themed events are planned including an opening-day picnic on the lawn (September 16), movie nights (A Bug’s Life, October 7; Beetlejuice, October 28), a young-adult/millennial-oriented Bug (pub) Crawl (September 30), and many more during

the exhibit’s 100+ day run. While normally Terminix is tasked with eradicating bugs, they are the presenting sponsor for the Big Bugs exhibit. Additional supporting sponsors are International Paper, Speer Charitable Trust, AutoZone, and Orion Federal Credit Union. With their help, the Memphis Botanic Garden is reaching out to schools throughout the community to encourage and assist in their attendance and educational opportunities, courtesy of these enormous insects. Experiencing Big Bugs is free with garden admission. Call 901-636-4100 or visit memphisbotanicgarden. com/bigbugs for full schedule of events and information.

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Memphian Kelly Fischer to Exhibit

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Art Collection at GPAC in September and October elly Fischer is no stranger to Memphis. Or Switzerland, or Italy, or France. The list continues and she is bringing new paintings and collectable works to Memphis— her home, for a special exhibition opening at GPAC (Germantown Performing Arts Center) September 23. Curated by Mariavelia Savino, the show will include paintings of vibrant color—some abstract and some more structured. The big difference in this Memphis show (vs. her shows all over the world) will be the pricing. Kelly has established special pricing for her hometown in order to give back to GPAC and the Memphis arts community. Her prices have increased over the past few years as she has collectors and buyers who love her style and the size of some of her pieces. The show will include some paintings that are 8’ x 6’ in size. “I love big paintings and when you go to New York or Italy and see a massive painting in a room, it makes a huge impact,” says Kelly.

Painting since the age of six, Kelly says that art and writing are her passions. She has also published a series of children’s books—one of which is the inspiration for the upcoming show. “When I was six and we took painting classes, there was a girl in our class who sold one of her paintings for $5. I remember feeling that surge of wanting that—people wanting to buy my art--and it is as real today as it was then,” says Kelly. Since that point, she has evolved as a trained and former Montessori School founder and Headmistress (English Montessori School of Bern, Switzerland), writer, publisher and artist. Kelly is a wife and mom to four children and resides both in Bern, Switzerland and Memphis, TN. “I love to come home to Memphis and paint. A single painting can take me a week or two or it can take me up to six months, depending on the structure.” When in Memphis painting, she uses her garage as her studio due to the size of the canvases as well as the massive amounts of paint she uses. “I can get paint everywhere and not have to worry about it here,” she says. One of the inspiring things about Kelly is her ability to connect with people and engage to get their feedback on her work. “I like hearing people react to my art—both the good and the bad, and most artists don’t want that. I love it,” she says. Kelly’s engagement has certainly paid off. Recent exhibitions include locations like Palm Beach, FL; Bosina; London, England; Santa Fe, NM; Miami, FL; Venice Italy; and Zurich, Switzerland, to name a few. After the GPAC show, it’s back to Italy for Kelly. “It’s hard work and you have to put yourself out there and go do these shows to grow and improve,” says Kelly. And the people she meets love her work, buy her work and collect her work. In fact, when the word gets out that Kelly’s paintings are priced especially for Memphis, it

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would not be surprising for her collectors across the globe to purchase them over the phone. Depending on size and structure, Kelly’s paintings are selling on average for about $8,000. Some of her commissioned work has sold for $17,000. The GPAC show will include approximately 20 paintings all priced under $4,000 and less. So it is possible that buyers from out of town will find out and purchase over the phone. This pricing is a one-time, only available in Memphis type of show because Kelly loves Memphis and GPAC and believes in giving back. “I love Memphis and I want people to have my art at a more affordable price than what I can get internationally or in New York or Miami.” The exhibition opens at GPAC with a reception (open to public) September 23 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Her art will hang in GPAC through October 31 and will be for sale immediately. In fact, Kelly has already sold 3 paintings as the word is spreading but don’t worry—she’s painting everyday until the show and is replacing what she has sold. “I get up at 5:00 a.m. everyday and start painting so there will be a lot to choose from in this show.” Kelly’s email is rtf-writers-studio@hotmail.com.

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Set in a rain forest bar and brothel in the war-torn Congo, the establishment’s matriarch, Mama Nadi, keeps peace between customers from both sides of the civil war, as government soldiers and rebel forces alike choose from her inventory of women, many already “ruined” by rape and torture. Inspired by interviews she conducted in Africa with Congo refugees, this play is an engrossing and uncommonly human story with humor and song. Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Muhammad Ali forms a bond with Stepin Fetchit - the first Black Hollywood actor to become a millionaire, albeit, by embodying a demeaning stereotype. Ali wants to learn Black fighter Jack Johnson’s legendary “anchor punch” that he believes Fetchit, who was friends with Johnson, knows. Inspired by their actual friendship, the play explores how each dealt with the pressure of being a Black public figure trying to shape his identity in the face of outside forces

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Pushed to their boiling points, coworkers Violet, Judy, and Doralee concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, and bigoted boss. In a hilarious turn of events, they live out their wildest fantasies – giving their boss the boot! While their boss remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover taking control of the company that had always kept them down.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I

Great Family Fun. Shrek, an embittered ogre, and his loyal steed Donkey embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful yet temperamental Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive powerhungry Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around making it a singing and dancing extravaganza.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” and “Shall We Dance.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

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This 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, where three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film theatres in the state named The Flick. For Avery, this isn’t a dead-end job. It’s a way to get closer to the art form he loves. Passionate debates about cinema lead to a friendship of sorts with co-workers Sam and Rose. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen.

Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block…the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration – enter Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. Set against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics, their love quickly blossoms into his greatest masterpiece.

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Lost in Yonkers

Germantown Community Theatre | September 1-17 Lost in Yonkers is a coming-of-age story set in Yonkers, New York. Simon’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play centers around two brothers, Arty and Jay, who live with their grandmother and their mentally challenged Aunt Bella, while their father travels, desperately trying to scrape enough money together while working as a salesman to pay off his debts to a loan shark, and their mother has died of cancer. Over the course of the play, the young boys learn lessons about love, responsibility and the importance of family that will carry them into adulthood.

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Hattiloo Theatre | September 29- October 22 In the autumns of their lives, three longtime girlfriends find themselves living single. Jo is recently widowed; Mary’s husband has left her for a younger woman; and Wilhelmina has been busy pursuing her career. Using their social status and wealth, they ensnare younger male suitors and assume the role as “cougars” - or, in this case, “black panthers”. But the younger men have their own plans.


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Culinary enthusiasts and those who are interested in making healthy meals enjoyed an interactive cooking class at the Church Health Center. The series of cooking classes feature Memphis-area culinary talents who guide attendees through new and delicious dishes at the new teaching kitchen at Crosstown Concourse. The tickets to participate in this class benefit Church Health’s nutrition programming.

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July 19, 2017

Lafayette’s Music Room


The annual “Memphis Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kickoff” was held for community members interested in participating in the Walk in November, and many Memphians attended this fun kick-off event. The walk itself will be held at Tiger Lane at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium & Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 4. Mark your calendars that World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

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Phyllis & Destiny Whitmore Zachary Hatley & Sandra Williams

Daniel Lund, Jessy Doyle, Andrew Veteto & Gavin Yates

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Royal Studios 60th Anniversary Kick Off

Happy 60th to the world-famous Royal Studios! A kick-off party held at Royal Studios on Willie Mitchell Boulevard served as the launch of a three-part anniversary celebration, and guests were treated like rock stars at this party - dining on Yvonne “Aunt Von” Mitchell’s famous soul food dinner, the same meals prepared for artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Bruno Mars and more. The night celebrated the rich history of Royal and Poppa Willie with live music from the Bo-Keys and legendary musician Don Bryant. Check out Royal Studios website for the next two anniversary events coming up this fall!





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July 28, 2017

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Willie Bland, Yvonne Mitchell, Mae Cleaves, Delois Hodges with Deborah & Ashley Williamson

Dinah Mitchell & Andreas Williams

Pat Mitchell-Worley & Catrina Guttery

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Archie “Hubbie” Mitchell, Pat Rayner, Herbie O’Mell, Howard Grimes & Rev. Charles Hodges

Liza & Stephen Routh with Locke Isaacson

Boo Mitchell & Hal Lansky

Cecilia Walker & Matthew Heffington

Patrick & Deni Reilly

Leah & Benjamin Mitchell

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Because Maurice and Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire were born in Memphis, I think it fair that our city can claim September as our very own anthem of fall. It’s the beginning of school and football weekends, festivals and the performing arts season. Not quite crisp enough for sweaters but on the verge, September marks a new year in many ways. Like a fresh coat of

paint on an old house, September reminds us of the possibilities . A good party song like the Earth, Wind & Fire tune appropriately sets the tone. This is a month you want to grab hold of and dance with. The list below offers everything from lectures to a bike ride, with which to fill your dance card. Don’t be a wallflower!

SEPTEMBER ART EVENTS 8 1 8 “Fathom” Ryan Rasmussen art opening

“SCORE” art opening for Garen Shrader

Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, 5-7pm

Gallery Ten Ninety-One, WKNO, 5-9pm

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 6-9pm


The Dixon’s annual beer tasting!

“Making Marks” Greely Myatt art opening

“Four Knowledge II” art opening

David Lusk Gallery, 6-8pm

“Rebirth of Crosstown” art opening

Photography by Jamie Harmon and painting by Tom Stem documenting the redevelopment.

Art on Tap

Germantown Community Theatre. Through 9/17.

L Ross Gallery, 6-8pm

Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects, 5:30-7:30pm

A 20 year retrospective of Shrader’s work.

Lost in Yonkers

Jeni Stallings & Lisa Jennings art opening

Artist talk by Dolph Smith Brooks Museum, 2pm

“Rustic Memories” NJ Woods art opening

Crosstown Arts, 6-8pm Group art show featuring Kat Gore, Janet Smith, Lisa Williamson, and Beth Winterburn.

Memphis Botanic Garden, 3pm

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Lecture by Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief


Voices of Yellow Fever


Memphis Reads 2017 book selection, Christian Brothers University, 7pm

Elmwood Cemetery, noon

GPAC, 7 & 8:30pm


David Rogers “Big Bugs” Exhibit


The Secret Sisters

A performance and lunch.


Hank Willis Thomas lecture Memphis College of Art, 6pm With his artworks in such institutions as the MOMA, Whitney, Guggenheim, High, and National Gallery, Thomas speaks with authority as he delivers the lecture “I am. Amen.”

Art of Caring art auction benefitting Baptist Reynolds Hospice House FedEx Event Center Shelby Farms Park, 6pm


12 Angry Jurors Theatre Memphis. Through 10/1.

Fetch Clay, Make Man Hattiloo Theater. Through 10/15.

Jazz in the Box: Adrian Cunningham

Memphis Botanic Garden. Through 1/1/18.

Buckman Performing Arts Center, 7pm Duo with close harmonies.

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One Big Home film screening Indie Memphis and Urban Land Institute, Crosstown Arts, 7pm

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Metal Museum. Through 9/24.

Ian Hendry art opening Levy Gallery, Buckman Performing Arts Center, 5-7pm

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Tour de Cloar Brooks Museum, meet at 1112 Main St., Earle, AR, 10am Bring your bike and meet at the Crittenden County Museum to embark on tour of sites which inspired Carroll Cloar paintings.

Repair Days Bring your broken metal objects as metalsmiths of all kinds come to Memphis to repair and restore.


Painting by Kat Gore, Four Knowledge II show at Crosstown Arts beginning 9/8.

Opera Memphis performance Levitt Shell, 7pm

Paint Memphis 787 S. Willett, noon-6pm Dozens of artists create a public art mural under a bridge. Watch & enjoy!

The Promise of America Memphis Symphony, Cannon Center, 7:30pm

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Weezie Steffner & Daniel Pouget The Wedding Date: JUNE 16TH, 2018 Ceremony Location: SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH


How we met: Daniel and I both attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We had not met each other until our senior year of college. One of my best friends, who also happened to be friends with Daniel, told me, “you have to meet my friend, Daniel. I know you will love him!” Long story short, our friend was absolutely right, and we hit it off. Now almost three years later, we are engaged! We are so happy to be living in Memphis, and we cannot wait until June 16th, 2018!

Laura Leigh Leavell & Nathan James Armstrong Date: MARCH 10, 2018 Location: LEAVELL CHAPEL—NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

How we met: We started talking this time last year when Nathan was going to shows to shoot for 901Music. He asked me to go to a concert with him, but the concert was about an hour away and I didn’t want to be stuck in the car with a guy I barely knew for one whole hour. We talked on and off after that for about a week and he asked me to get dinner in Memphis, which sounded like a much better option (quick escape routes). That first night that we had dinner, we got a little glimpse into each other’s personalities so we went out again. On the second date we really started to get to know each other’s hearts. We found out that we were passionate about a lot of the same things and in the following months we would get to work alongside each other a lot. It was fun seeing how we had very different sets of gifts and abilities, but the more time we spent together the more we saw that the Lord was bringing us together for bigger purposes. We know that this relationship is not about us and we are excited to use it for Him.



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Bethania Baray & Mark Evan Harrison Ceremony Location: DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS Reception Location: DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS Makeup Artist: BETHANIA (THE BRIDE) Photographer: THANKFULLY TAKEN Florist: EVERBLOOM DESIGN Caterer / Bakery: 17 BERKSHIRE Invitations: MINTED


How we met: We met at a mutual friend’s birthday celebration. I was a little late to the party, so by the time I arrived, the only seat left was next to Evan.

Our most memorable wedding moment: Evan and I decided not to do a first look, so the anticipation of seeing him at the end of aisle had my adrenaline pumping so hard before the ceremony. Evan remembers our ceremony the most. There is nothing quite like verbally vowing to be with the person you love for your entire life.

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game on! Photography by Mark O. Ramirez Finally, it’s football season again! This month, our restaurant partners have created great munchies to share if you’re tailgating at the stadium or watching on your big screen in the comfort of home. ERLING JENSEN

LOBSTER AND PLANTAIN TACOS 3 pounds Maine lobster Aromatics (onions,carrots,celery,garlic,bay leaves,peppercorns) Boil lobster and aromatics for seven minutes, shock in ice Crack and shell lobster meat (set aside)

BACON WRAPPED OKRA POPPERS 6 okra pods 3 ounces Beemster cheese

3 strips thick cut bacon cut in half

Cut okra in half and hollow out, place half an ounce of Beemster in okra pod, cut in half and wrap in bacon. Grill until melty and crispy.


PLANTAIN TACO SHELL Slice medium ripe plantains on mandolin and fry in taco shell mold at 350 degrees

2 ripe avocados 1 lime (juice and zest)

Salt and pepper to taste

Puree all ingredients in a food processor (set aside)

WATERMELON-MANGO PICO DE GALLO 1 Cup small diced watermelon 1 Cup small diced mangos I medium shallot brunoise 1 tsp. minced garlic

1 lime (juice and zest) 1 orange (zest only) Salt and pepper to taste Boston Bibb lettuce for garnish

GARNISH Basil Oil Micro Greens

Fresh orange slices

Mix all ingredients except bibb lettuce and let stand for thirty minutes in refrigerator to meld. Place inside Boston Bibb Lettuce leaves as a bowl

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1 poblano 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper 4 strips bacon, cut into lardons (thin strips) ½ small onion, minced 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced plus adobo sauce to taste 1 can 365 fire roasted diced tomatoes,

drained well 12 ounces grated medium or sharp cheddar, about 3 cups packed 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 can 365 evaporated milk salt and pepper to taste

Roast the peppers: on a gas stovetop, place the peppers directly on the burner and turn on medium-high heat. Turn the peppers with tongs, charring the peppers on all sides until blackened. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam. Alternatively, cut the peppers into large pieces, removing any seeds or ribs, skin side up on a sheet pan. Place under the broiler and cook until the skin is blackened. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam. Once cooled, remove the skin, seed the peppers and chop. Set aside. In a medium fry pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove the cooked bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Add the onion to the bacon fat and cook until softened and translucent. Add the roasted peppers, bacon, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and tomatoes to the skillet, cooking just until heated through. Take off the heat and set aside. In a double boiler or in a microwave-proof bowl, mix together the shredded cheese and cornstarch. Stir in the evaporated milk. Over a double boiler, whisk the cheese mixture until smooth. If heating in the microwave, heat on half power for 45 second intervals, stirring in between each batch, until smooth. Once melted, add in the tomato-pepper mixture, seasoning to taste with salt, pepper and additional adobo sauce if desired. Serve warm with chips. 64 / September 2017

8 ounce filet mignon 4 yeast rolls 1 baby portobello mushroom, sliced 1/2 small red onion, sliced

1/2 red bell pepper sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup parmesan shredded salt and pepper to taste

PESTO MAYO 8 basil leaves 2 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup parmesan, grated 1/2 mayonnaise salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor, combine basil, garlic, oil, parmesan and blend. Mix pesto with mayonnaise and season to taste. Cut the filet into 4 2-ounce slices. Season with salt and pepper and grill to desired temperature. Place a saute pan over mediumhigh heat. Once hot, add oil and onions, peppers and mushrooms. Saute 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened. Slice rolls in half and spread pesto mayo on both sides. Assemble sandwiches: filet, vegetables, and parmesan cheese. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes at 350° to melt the cheese and brown the rolls.


BRENNAN’S SRIRACHA SHRIMP 1 pound 40/50 Shrimp seasoned flour: 3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon pepper

Whisk till fully incorporated EGG WASH 3 eggs, whole

¼ cup whole milk

Whisk till fully incorporated. Divide seasoned flour in two separate bowls; put egg wash into a third bowl. Flour shrimp into dry flour mixture, then into the egg wash, and again into the dry ingredients. Fry in 350 degree fryer for 3 minutes. Strain shrimp from fryer and place onto a paper towel lined pan. In separate bowl, put ¼ cup Sriracha Tartar Sauce and toss fried shrimp in sauce. SRIRACHA TARTAR SAUCE 3 shallots, diced 2 tablespoons garlic, diced 8 cups mayonnaise 1 ½ cups sriracha 1 cup lemon juice

2 cups cornichons, sliced 1 tablespoon onion powder ½ cup sugar salt & pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in mixing bowl, stir until fully incorporated. Garnish serving dish with iceberg lettuce, piquante peppers and sriracha tartar sauce.


STOUT BRAISED SHORT RIB SLIDERS SHORT RIBS: 3 tablespoon olive oil 4 large beef short ribs 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 onion, sliced 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons cumin 24 ounces Guinness beer 1 1/2 cups beef stock 1 teaspoon cornstarch

SLIDERS: 12 Brioche rolls, cut in half and toasted 6 ounces extra sharp cheddar

cheese, sliced Dill pickles

Preheat oven to 380 degrees. In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the short ribs on all sides, including the ends, until browned, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove the meat to a clean plate and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the dutch oven and cook until the onions are translucent, approximately 3-4 minutes. Stir in the meat, spices, Guinness, and beef stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook uncovered on the stove for 20 minutes. Then cover the dutch oven and cook in the oven for 2 hours, until the short ribs are fork tender and falling off the bone. Remove the meat to a plate to cool. Place the dutch oven with the cooking liquid back on the stove over high heat. Reduce the liquid by half. Rapidly whisk in cornstarch to ensure no clumps form. Continue reducing the sauce until it is thick. Using your hands or two forks, shred the short rib meat. Add

the meat to the thickened sauce. Stir to combine. To assemble the sliders, place the bottom half of every toasted brioche roll on a clean baking sheet. Add approximately 2-3 tablespoons of short rib meat coated in the sauce to the bottom half of every bun. Top each slider with cheddar cheese. Melt the cheese under a broiler set to high (watch them closely!) for approximately 30 seconds. Add pickles and the top half of rolls. September 2017 / 65





1 bowl full of fresh corn tortilla chips, fried 8 ounces BBQ pulled pork 8 ounces nacho cheese sauce green onions, as needed

diced tomato, as needed fresh chopped cilantro, as needed sliced jalapenos, as needed sour cream, as needed

In a large bowl, place tortilla chips and top with the BBQ pork and nacho cheese sauce. Garnish with green onions, diced tomato, cilantro and then drizzle with sour cream. Serve and enjoy!

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1 medium onion, diced ½ stick butter 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced 1 large container Lucchesi’s Italian Spinach

3 cups artichoke hearts 8 ounces cream cheese 1 cup parmesan cheese salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter then add onion and garlic; saute until onion is soft and clear. Add spinach, artichoke hearts, and cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a serving dish and top with parmesan cheese. Serve warm with your favorite chips.



INTERIM CHICKEN WINGS To prepare chicken wings: toss wings in 1 cup brown sugar, Âź cup cinnamon, Âź cup salt , and cayenne to taste. Bake wings on 350 until done. If desired place wings in fryer to achieve crispy skin. Toss wings in thai chili sauce and garnish with green onion


GARLIC AIOLI 2 tablespoon mayo juice from half lemon

Choose your favorite vegetables. In small bowl mix 3 cloves minced garlic, kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste, and fresh parsley. Lightly brush the vegetables with the oil and place on the grill. Pictured: corn, peppers, onions, broccolini, portobello mushroom.

1 clove minced garlic salt to taste

Using a mandolin shave russett potatoes to desired thickness. Fry in 350 degree oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and season with salt or favorite herbs.

Mix all ingredients together

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mix&mingle JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARD WINE DINNER The Capital Grille recently hosted an extra-special wine tasting dinner with Joseph Phelps Vineyards. The evening featured the fine fare from Capital Grille chefs and world-class wine pairings from the family-owned and operated wine estate in Napa Valley.

Blake Hazlerig, Sarah Leonard, Chris & Jennifer St. Marie with Chef Josh Burkeen

Carla Riley & Dena Ward

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Mary Taylor Kurdelmeyer & John Pickle

Eric & Erin Muller

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Kevin Sharpe & Jennifer Chandler

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What’s in Our Name

Since its first issue in March, this portion of the 4Memphis magazine that features teenagers has been called Memphis Impact, and I’m sure many people are curious as to why. Sure, the fashion section is fluffy and fun to check out every month, but what is this magazine doing to actually impact Memphis in a positive way? Until this issue, the Impact staff has tried to incorporate articles that include volunteer work or put a spotlight on kids who are impacting Memphis in their own way, but this month the staff has decided to make it blatantly obvious how we want to change and help our community. Starting now, the Impact staff plans to visit a different nonprofit each month to see first-hand how these various charities are contributing to the Memphis community in their own way. Ranging from animal shelters to free clinics, we plan to see how every single operation makes Memphis a better place. After volunteering ourselves by walking dogs, reading to third graders, or cleaning up the streets, we will release an article explaining how to get involved with that specific non-profit and what the service there consists of. If any nonprofit wants to be featured, we encourage them to reach out to us as we would love to visit! Otherwise, we plan to volunteer places where the members feel most passionately about. My name is Langston Myers, and I am a sophomore at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. I am the Editor of Memphis Impact, and I am an avid writer, which is my inspiration for the creation of Memphis Impact. I write not only for this magazine but for my school newspaper and another online magazine. I swim and play tennis for St. Mary’s and am a cheerleader for MUS, but I am also involved in student government programs like Model United Nations. When I am not doing homework or any of these things, I spend just about every waking hour at youth group.

As Impact is a fairly new portion of the magazine, we want to contribute to these nonprofits as much as we can, even if we can’t give much financially. Aside from the publicity of being featured in the magazine, we plan to begin merchandise sales in September featuring our brand new logo! We will sell t-shirts, hats, stickers, you name it. Anything that we can put a logo on, we will sell. All the proceeds will go to the charity we have featured that month, so every sale counts! At the end of the day, 4Memphis wants to say something powerful with its influence. Not everyone has an opportunity to have such a loud voice and sometimes the people that do misuse it. This staff wants to bring the people in our city together by lending a helping hand when possible, and contributing in a way that is not just by typing something up on a computer or snapping a picture, but by actually serving. As of September we are accepting applications! Any high schoolers interested in journalism, graphic design, photography, fashion, or philanthropy are encouraged to send their resumes to meredith@4memphis.com!

Contents September 2017

70 From the Editor and Contributing Staff 71 Church Health 72 Fall Fashion Shoot 73 School’s out for summer...practices?

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My name is Carolyn Lane, and I am a junior at St. George’s Independent School. I am excited to be a part of Memphis Impact and hope to continue writing articles and designing pages in the future. As Memphis Impact’s final layout editor, in addition to my own pages, I construct the final InDesign file to be sent to press each issue. I will be Editor-in-Chief of my school’s newsmagazine next year, which won best newspaper/magazine in Tennessee the past two years. I am the editor-in-chief of my school’s literary magazine, a Bridge Builder, and the coordinator of book club. I was chosen to represent Tennessee in the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Program, which accepts one journalist per state. I look forward to seeing where the magazine goes in the future.

My name is Margo Valadie and I am a junior at St. George’s Independent School. I am so excited to get the opportunity to be a part of the Memphis Impact staff. I have helped work on the layout of the Emerging Fashion Designers Q&A, and look forward to contributing my photography and design skills to stories in the future. At my school, I am the Editor-inChief of the Yearbook staff, a student ambassador, and can always be seen with a bag of camera equipment. I am thrilled to be on Memphis Impact and cannot wait to work on future issues with this super talented staff.

My name is Mary Elizabeth Whitmire, and I am a junior at St. Agnes Academy. I am delighted to be a part of Memphis Impact, for which I write and take pictures. Outside of the magazine, I devote most of my time to creating art or participating in theatre. I am also active as the president of an organization with Madonna Learning Center and an upcoming editor of my school’s art and literary magazine, Calliope. I am so excited to see how Memphis Impact will inspire the future leaders of Memphis.

My name is Madison Grinder, and I’m a sophomore at Hutchison School. I’m honored to be a part of the Memphis Impact staff as a writer and photographer, and I have loved working on projects, including Memphis Fashion Week and Emerging Bands and Artists in Memphis. Aside from my position at Memphis Impact, I play volleyball and lacrosse for my school and play competitive lacrosse with No Excuse. I also spend my time volunteering at many service organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Su Casa, and the special needs program at Second Presbyterian Church. I’m so excited to be a part of the growth of 4Memphis Impact and can’t wait to see it develop.

My name is Alice Crenshaw, and I am a junior at St. George’s Independent School. I work as a graphic designer and photographer for Memphis Impact. Away from the magazine, I enjoy spending as much time as I can outside, whether it is backpacking, camping, playing lacrosse, or water skiing. I spend a large amount of my time taking photos, painting, drawing and playing guitar. With my hectic schedule I find it very important to spend quality time with my friends and my family, so I am constantly working to stay involved with them. I come from a large family and being with them and hearing their stories inspires my art, so I believe that is the most important of my life to me.

My name is Merrill Culpepper, and I am a sophomore at St. Mary’s. I am the stylist for Memphis Impact and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing addition to 4Memphis. I have always loved fashion and how confident someone’s style can make them feel. Along with working for Memphis Impact, I play soccer and lacrosse for my school, and I am also involved in YoungLife. I cannot wait to continue styling for Memphis Impact and to see where the magazine goes in the future.

Photography by Lindsey Lissau


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By Merrill Culpepper

Crosstown Concourse, otherwise known as the old Sears building,

per flowers will be strung together and will create a flower curtain that will

recently reopened its doors and is now home to different businesses, or-

be installed near Church Health in the fall. We were able to make multiple

ganizations, restaurants, and so much more. Madison Grinder, Alice Cren-

flowers and put them in a huge bin with all of the others that have been

shaw, and I had the opportunity to visit Crosstown and more specifically,

made by people passing by. This project brings the Memphis community

Church Health. While we were there, we learned about the many different

together and engages everyone in an Art Project that they might have not

ways this organization helps the greater Memphis community.

been able to participate in otherwise. We got to experience the great things Church Health is doing for Memphis and how much more it

We started our volunteering in the Church Health Nutrition Hub,

will be able to do in its new location at Crosstown.

where we got to learn all about the different opportunities in the kitchen. We helped set up the food for a cooking class, called the Culinary Medicine Community Cooking Class offered every Thursday, which teaches not only healthy cooking, but also how to use the different equipment in a kitchen. Culinary Medicine Continuing Medical Education Classes and

Church Health could use volunteers anywhere from Nutrition Teaching Kitchen to reading to children. Go to www.churchhealth.org for more information

The Art of Dinner Series are two additional classes offered in the Church Health Nutrition Hub. The Hub teaches the Church Health Center community how to make healthy meals with good flavor and helps people enjoy these meals in community.

Another activity we got to participate in was the Stargazer Garden

Art Installation, which is a collaboration installation with Church Health and Crosstown Arts, led by Crosstown Arts resident Eric Clausen. Crosstown Arts will have different installations every nine months, this being one of the firsts. Anyone who enters Crosstown is encouraged to make a paper flower near Church Health in the West Atrium. All of these pa-

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Left: skirt and necklace from Threads, top from Sachi Right: dress from Indigo

Left: Jeans from Indigo, bomber jacket and purse from Sachi, glasses from Peepers Optical Shoppe Right: top and purse from Threads, pants from Sachi, Jacket from Indigo, glasses from Peepers Optical Shoppe

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Left: jumpsuit and necklace from Threads, glasses from Peepers Optical Shoppe Right: dress from Sachi, purse from Threads, glasses from Peepers Optical Shoppe

Fall Fashion

Left: top from Sachi, necklace and shorts from Threads, jacket and purse from Indigo, Glasses from Peepers Optical Shoppe Right: dress and jacket from Sachi, purse from Indigo, shoes from Threads, glasses from Peepers Optical Shoppe

School’s out for summer...practices? Practices dominate athletes’ summers By Carolyn Lane For most high school students, summer is the ideal time to rest and relax after months of homework and school-related stress have upended any semblance of a normal social or sleep schedule. But to many fall athletes, summer break means one thing: time to prepare for the upcoming season. According to MUS senior Benjamin Freeman, who placed 16th at the state crosscountry meet last year, Memphis University School (MUS) cross-country runners began practice June 1 and practiced multiple times a week. “We practice six days a week over the summer and we start between 6 and 6:30 a.m. at Shelby Farms or MUS,” Freeman said. “Two days a week they are at Shelby Farms and four days a week they are at MUS.” While to some these practices may begin too early, according to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s 2017-2018 Handbook, “in the Summer there are no restrictions in regard to practice” for any sport with the exception of the two-week dead period, during which no coach-run practices can be held. Since there are so few restrictions from TSSAA, many football teams begin to prepare for the upcoming season in June though they practice without the use of pads. “OTAs [summer MUS football practices] go on for two to three weeks in June then there’s a dead period enforced by the TSSAA where you’re not allowed to practice for two weeks,” MUS senior Daniel Schumake said. “After that dead period, we have another two weeks of OTAs then we start two-a-day practices.” For many, TSSAA’s enforced dead-week period, which typically falls the last week of June and first week of July, allows athletes to take a break and go on vacation without having to worry about missing practices. “A lot of people take vacations in the dead period,” Schumake said. “The dead period gives everyone a chance to take a break. Waking up in the summer at 6 or 6:30, when all of your other friends are getting to sleep in, kind of sucks because they’re asking you to do all these things and you can’t because you have football in the morning, so that two weeks is crucial.” Similar to the cross-country team at MUS, the St. George’s cross-country team begins practicing the second week of June, which Varsity boys cross-country captain Lucas Williamson believes greatly improves success at the beginning of the season. “The people who were running the whole summer are the people who are in the

top eight at practice and they’re looking really strong at this current point, even before heading into speed work,” Williamson said. “I think these summer runs have set us up much better than year’s past.” While cross-country and football begin team practices in June, at some schools, sports like girls soccer do not begin team practices until the end of July. For example, St. George’s varsity girls soccer began on July 20 when the team traveled to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga to attend a preseason team camp and only after camp did they begin daily practices, something St. George’s junior Emma Bennett believes has both its positives and negatives. “I think I actually appreciate two-a-days because it’s all at the end and you can do basically anything you want for the rest of your summer so it’s great that the coaches allow that,” Bennett said. “I’d think I’d offer optional practices though... because that way you can bond with the team throughout the whole summer instead of just showing up and being with each other for four hours – even though there’s no problem with that – and it’s not as much of a shock physically when you get to two-a-days.” According to Schumake, the MUS football team is closer because of summer practices. “We’re absolutely closer and I think that’s why we do it. I mean it’s great to get the extra practice time in and to make sure that everyone’s there so you can get work done but I honestly think it’s more about the relationships that you form,” Schumake said. “You’re with your teammates for eight hours, so you get to talk to people you might not have talked to if you had not been on the team.” While cross-country is not considered a team sport in the way other sports typically are, MUS cross-country senior Hastings McEwan got to know the younger runners because of summer practices. “It’s kind of cool taking the younger guys to practice, getting to know them and to see their dedication levels as they continue with cross country for the next four years,” McEwan said. In the end, Bennett believes that summer practices are beneficial in the long run. “Two-a-days are hard, and when I’m in two-a-days, I’ll definitely be complaining about them but I understand their importance and understand their practicality,” Bennett said. “They definitely help and I’m definitely in a lot better shape than I was beforehand.” September 2017 / 73






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