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FREE OUR 1369TH / ISSUE 05.21.2015 / COVER STORY P.16 It’s Saturday morning and Memphis has the blues. The rain is coming down, slow and persistent from a low gray sky. It soaks the grass, fills the gutters, and falls hard on the flowers left on the Beale Street sidewalk outside of B.B. King’s club. The King of Blues left us on Friday, gone after 89 years, one of the last living links to a long-ago Memphis — the era of WDIA and the old pre-tourist Beale Street — an era we’ll never see the likes of again. And on that same Friday, just a block away on the now-booming Beale Street, our beloved Memphis Grizzlies were eliminated from the NBA playoffs. Grit ’n Grind came up short against the flashy, splashy hotshots from the Golden State. It’s Saturday morning and Memphis has the blues. A double shot. I’d spent that Friday on a 12-hour drive back from a vacation in Western Pennsylvania. I listened to the radio all day, and on almost every show — from NPR to sports-talk radio — B.B. King was discussed and eulogized. His music was everywhere; past interviews were replayed. His humanity and humility came through as clear as one of his signature guitar lines. He spoke as he played — with elegance, dignity, and perfect timing. He was seen, without question, as a national treasure. And he belongs to Memphis. Now, Mayor Wharton is suggesting that we honor B.B. King by naming a street after him. This is a great idea, and certainly not unprecedented. One of our major thoroughfares is named after Danny Thomas, who founded the world’s greatest children’s hospital, St. Jude. Another is named after Elvis Presley, the king of rock-and-roll. B.B. King deserves no less. The mayor has suggested Third Street, which runs through the east side of downtown before trickling into a hodge-podge of less-than-stellar retail mini-malls and decaying urban sprawl, before it hits the I-240 loop south of town. I think we can do better for the King of the Blues. We should rename Riverside Drive for B.B. King. It’s one of our most beautiful and iconic streets. Coming from the South, from the bluff, you get a wonderful view of the Mighty Mississippi and Tom Lee Park below, and the M-Bridge in the distance. It runs along the riverfront, past the boats and the harbor and the cobblestones, where N EWS & O P I N I O N LETTERS - 4 cotton from the fields was once loaded and THE TIMES CROSSWORD PUZZLE - 4 unloaded — and where the blues were born. THE FLY-BY - 6 It’s the best way to enter the city, the way I AT LARGE - 10 drive all my first-time-in-Memphis visitors POLITICS - 12 from the airport. EDITORIAL - 14 VIEWPOINT - 15 I’d like to see a statue of B.B. King in COVER STORY Ashburn-Coppock Park, just before the “ROCKABILLY MAN” street that would bear his name descends to BY JOSHUA CANNON - 16 the river, a river named for the state where SPORTS - 20 King was born. STE P P I N’ O UT Lots of cities have a Riverside Drive. If WE RECOMMEND - 22 Memphis is going to have a B.B. King BouMUSIC - 24 AFTER DARK - 26 levard, let’s do it up right. We’re Memphis BOOKS - 30 and we can have the blues every day. CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 32 And in this case, that would be a very FOOD - 38 good thing. FILM - 40 Bruce VanWyngarden C L AS S I F I E D S - 43



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On Toby Sells’ Fly-By story, “Multimillionaire’s The Kitchen restaurant promises healthy food, leads to healthy debate” … Well, Kimbal, we can always go on a diet, skip a third helping, but ugly goes to the bone (are we seeing a theme here?). CL Mullins Please note that Musk is not denigrating Memphis, the author of the [The Medium] blog post is. And, really, how many people have seen that? Is The Medium a big thing? The only thing that Musk says is that line about opening in other, larger cities, if not for the social aspect. And that’s just good business. What’s wrong with that? Frankly, I’m really excited about The Kitchen. I wish he would open other locations before waiting for Crosstown. nobody

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f l y o n t h e w a l l Baby On Board { BYE FELICIA Fly on the Wall has shared many images of WMC reporter and trendsetter Jason Miles crawling under a car to illustrate his story. Now, for the sake of symmetry, here’s a picture of Miles’ colleague Felicia Bolton standing on top of a car.

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“I’m standing on a car that’s not moving right now,” Bolton said, in a brave report from the station’s Union Avenue WMC parking lot, where the journalist never once shied away from the fact that she was, in fact, standing on the roof of a silver, four-door compact like a crazy person. Bolton was narrating a story that had taken place at Mud Island’s Greenbelt Park, where an 8-year-old fell from the roof of a moving car. Bolton’s own vehicle remained safely parked near the news van, and at no point was she flung to the asphalt.


HAPPY “CARJACKER” A Memphis security guard has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of indecent exposure. Todd Albritton was arrested last week after being identified as the man caught on cell phone videos, while driving around Memphis naked. According to various, extremely awkward news reports, Albritton was also “pleasuring himself.” To be fair, the alleged self-pleasuring “carjacker” was never completely naked. He was always seen wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. And a smirk.

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C ITY R E PO RTE R By Alexandra Pusateri

Shelby County’s infant mortality rate is lowest in a century but still higher than U.S. rate. In 2005, when a series of Commercial Appeal articles was published, the infant mortality rate (IMR) for Shelby County was 14.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. The county was ranked third-highest in the country and was similar to rates in developing countries. Those newspaper articles spawned a Tennessee governor’s summit in 2006, which aimed to tackle the issue head-on statewide. Now, 10 years of work by various agencies in Shelby County has resulted in the lowest reported infant mortality rate in 100 years: 9.2 deaths per 1,000 live births. But it’s still much higher than the national rate of 6.17 per 1,000 live births, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s 2014 World Fact Book data. Dr. Michelle Taylor, a maternal and child physician for the Shelby County Health Department, said a range of possibilities — sudden infant death syndrome, lack of immunizations — contribute to the high IMR. The rate is usually a “general health and wellness indicator” for communities, Taylor said. As medical knowledge on how to take care of infants increases, infant mortality has decreased over time, particularly over the past 60 years. “Even though we’ve had a 30 percent reduction in the mortality rate in the last 10 years, we still know there’s a lot

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of work to do,” Taylor said. “We know there’s a gap between African-American and white infants. We’re trying to change that as well.” Premature births also contribute to a high IMR. According to the Urban Child Institute, 13 percent of babies born in 2013 were preterm. Of those, 15 percent of black infants were born preterm, compared to 9 percent of white infants.

“Even though we’ve had a 30 percent reduction in the mortality rate in the last 10 years, we still know there’s a lot of work to do.” — Michelle Taylor Low-income families also tend to have an effect on the IMR when there aren’t enough resources in the community, either medically, nutritionally, or economically. “We know that if you’re under-resourced, your diet may not be as good,” Taylor said. “You may not have as many opportunities for employment. You may continued on page 8

Marvin Stockwell, Founding member of Coliseum Coalition

Organizers of this Saturday’s Roundhouse Revival event hope to create more enthusiasm around saving the Mid-South Coliseum. A group of community activists led by Marvin Stockwell, Jordan Danelz, and Mike McCarthy formed the Coliseum Coalition earlier this year to try and spare the Coliseum from the wrecking ball. They have already sparked a bit of a revival for the building, putting the long-shuttered Coliseum back on the minds of Memphians. They hope the Roundhouse Revival event — May 23rd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Coliseum — gets people physically close to the building with promises of food, beer, music, and, of course, some good old Memphis wrestling. But Coalition members hope people get emotionally close to Coliseum, too, by seeing its promise and making their ideas part of the public discourse on its future. Stockwell said progress is being made, city leaders are hearing the group’s ideas, and that new and

Coliseum Coalition — Jordan Danelz, Mike McCarthy, and Marvin Stockwell potentially viable ideas for the Coliseum are springing up. — Toby Sells Flyer: What has changed since we spoke in February? Marvin Stockwell: Things have

moved from feeling fairly adversarial [with city leaders] and a little Davidversus-Goliath to much more collegial and friendly. Specifically, continued on page 8




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“Baby” continued from page 6 struggle to take care of yourself during pregnancy, meaning that you may not get prenatal care as early as you would like.” On May 7th, during an Infant Mortality Reduction Summit in Memphis, agencies focused on measures that would further lower the rate. The Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative looks at prenatal care access, breastfeeding initiation, and teen birth rate, as well as appropriately spacing out pregnancies to 18 months apart and seeking care within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. “We found our rate was still higher than it needed to be,” Taylor said. “There were several concerned citizen organizations, agencies, and nonprofits that weren’t going to let that stand. With the summit we had a couple of weeks ago, we had people from all walks of life, people who have been engaged in this fight. They’re ready to make that paradigm shift to the next level in working on this issue.” The health department has launched two technological initiatives: a blog, called the Shelby County Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative, centering on the issue and an iPhone and Android app. The free app, called B4Babylife, is designed to help people remain healthy before, during, and after pregnancy. “The blog is going to continue the conversation we had on May 7th, and we’ll have local experts, community leaders, and members blog about how to continue to reduce the rate in Shelby County,” Taylor said. The next step in terms of lowering the IMR isn’t one step, she said, but a collection of steps needed to continue driving the number down. By organizations stepping up collectively, each issue can be tackled one at a time by various groups. “We have to do it as a community,” Taylor said. “You know, there are not a lot of initiatives that I know of in Shelby County that have lasted 10 years. [This has been] 10 years of work that different groups of people have been trying to maintain and make sure that we continue to pay attention to the issue. That’s a long time for any locality, any group of people, to continue working on a problem.”

“Q & A” continued from page 6 we’re working with [city director of Housing and Community Development] Robert Lipscomb now directly. We’ve had a half a dozen conversations with him and a few meetings. What is the biggest goal for the Coliseum Coalition? What we really want is a fresh batch of input on the Fairgrounds plot and the fate of the Coliseum. There has been input on it, but most is about eight years old. …. I sat across the table from Robert Lipscomb and he said virtually the same thing. What are the biggest changes you’ve seen coming out of Memphis City Hall? They are sponsors of our event. So, that backs up — beyond a shadow of a doubt — that Robert Lipscomb and the city means what it says. The second piece of evidence on that front is … Robert Lipscomb is bringing in the National Charrette Institute and the Urban Land Institute to get public input on the projects, city precinct by city precinct. Will people be allowed inside the Coliseum Saturday? We’re not going to be able to get in. It’s not a matter of never, but the things we’d have

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Are any viable re-uses for the building being explored now? Former Harlem Globetrotter LaMont Robinson would like to move the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame [now based in Cleveland] to a renovated Coliseum. Another idea is the Wrestling Hall of Fame, and it’s worth noting that [Memphis wrestlers] Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee are very much behind the idea. Another idea … and all I’ll say is I do know that one of the silent partners of [Wiseacre Brewing] took a tour of the Coliseum. There’s some connection there. We still don’t know who it is, but I’ll bet they’re going to be there [Saturday]. What do you want people to know before they come out to the event? Come prepared to have a blast. We have an amazing lineup. Second of all, bring your best re-use ideas for the Coliseum and for the Fairgrounds. Dream as big as you can possibly dream because the Fairgrounds and the Coliseum are too huge an opportunity to get this wrong. We need all the smart minds we can get to think about the best use for them. For more information on the event, see “Reviving the Roundhouse” on page 23.

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There’s more to LGBT equality than gay marriage, even though it’s a bit hard to see that through all the news coverage surrounding the impending Supreme Court decision on that issue. But the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) has set its sights on those other issues in its new, five-year local government advocacy agenda. The agenda, which looks at everything from anti-bullying policies in schools to affordable housing for LGBT seniors, sets the stage for TEP’s lobbying efforts in local governments throughout the state through 2019. This is the LGBT advocacy organization’s second agenda since its founding in 2004. The first agenda was focused on getting LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances passed in cities and counties throughout the state, and TEP has been largely successful in those efforts, including in Memphis and Shelby County. “This agenda is different from TEP’s first agenda because we had to focus on ourselves in the first agenda. Now, because some local governments are banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, we’re freer to work in coalition with them,” said TEP Executive Director Chris Sanders. Here’s a rundown of what’s on the new local government agenda: 1) Domestic partner registries — These will only be needed if the Supreme Court doesn’t rule in favor of same-sex marriage next month. But if that happens, TEP will begin pushing for cities and counties to establish registries, which are often accepted by private employers as proof of a relationship for the company’s own domestic partner benefit programs. 2) Safe schools — Shelby County already has an anti-bullying policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, but TEP will push for other school systems across the state to adopt similar policies. 3) Gender transition health care for city/county employees — TEP will push for cities and counties to include genderrelated health care, such as hormones for transgender people, in insurance programs for their employees. “One thing that gets lost in policy discussions about LGBT issues, with marriage at center stage, is the work that needs to be done to make sure transgender individuals are able to live healthy and safe lives,” said Jonathan Cole, chair and president of TEP. 4) Building relationships with law enforcement and district attorneys to address hate crimes and domestic violence. 5) Funding for youth transitional housing — Nationally, about 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT. And sometimes, privately run shelters, specifically


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When I first met Pierre Kimsey I had no idea what to make of him. It was an era when it seemed everyone in the television industry was trying to find the elusive magic formula that would capture viewing audiences in whatever media markets we were in. The “happy talk” format, which often painfully forced interactions between news anchors, was just starting to become a trend. I could imagine to uncomfortable viewers it verged on the voyeuristic. Here were people in a previously onedimensional box suddenly sharing snippets of their personal lives when they were on camera in an attempt to humanize themselves with a strained 30-second exchange of conversation. But I knew, when Pierre and I watched in disgust — at the now defunct Fort Pierce, Florida, television station WTVX — while two of our anchors feebly struggled to talk to one another, I’d found a kindred spirit. What I didn’t know was it would be the beginning of a 30-year bond between two people who saw an opportunity to explore television as the free-form medium we thought it was meant to be. WTVX, a UHF start-up, was the perfect testing ground for us. Pierre was hired as feature reporter and film critic. I reported and anchored sports, but was pressed into service for news stories, as well. Our station struggled to find an identity in one of the fastest-growing television markets in the country. Since we had to fill hours of news time with a small staff, it was imperative that on occasions, we would stretch the envelope of creativity. I specifically remember when, in his role as film critic, Pierre came up with the idea of doing a review of one of the original trilogies of Star Wars movies. He enlisted my help as co-starring in a fourminute piece in which he portrayed Han Solo and I was his nameless co-pilot. I was nameless because Pierre, long before such concerns existed, worried that casting me as “Chewbacca the Wookie” might come off as racist. In true Pierre form, the preparations and logistics were meticulous. We commandeered station owner Frank Spain’s twin engine plane, which was parked in the station’s lot. Our fellow employees came out and rocked the plane as if it were undergoing an attack.

The finished product was seamless. With his usual unselfish nature, Pierre gave me all the laugh lines while he played the foil. It was brilliantly edited and produced … and when the ratings came in, it was stunningly obvious, almost nobody watched it. Thus was life at X-34! After working together for a couple of years, Pierre took a job in Detroit and became a sensation. We kept in touch through the years as I eventually landed in Memphis, and he fell from the stars in Detroit as a feature reporter to be resurrected in Huntsville, Alabama, as a producer of award-winning documentaries. We eventually reunited at WHBQ to work together on investigative stories. It was during that time I came to fully recognize the talent and caring for the human condition Pierre had behind his cultured and sometimes distracted demeanor. As I related in a recent WKNO tribute to Pierre with my television colleagues Jackson Baker, Bill Dries, and Andrew Douglas, issues such as the depth of poverty and racism in Memphis truly angered and befuddled him. He wasn’t naïve enough to believe that every man could be transformed into a foot soldier for change. However, unlike many of us, he was willing, until proven otherwise, to give everyone he met the benefit of the doubt. Pierre’s unmatched body of television work was reflective of his attempt to reach the core of people’s feelings. He assumed a life’s mission to make that one-dimensional box come alive, not through idle chatter but by producing thought-provoking weekly programs and thoroughly researched documentaries for WKNO. My biggest heartbreak is in knowing that for all the lives he may have unknowingly touched and motivated, Pierre died alone. The circumstances of his death will haunt me for the rest of my life. Why didn’t I ask him about his health? Why didn’t I have him over to the house just to talk with him about whatever was going on in his life? Why didn’t I know there might be something amiss? The answers to those questions were just a phone call away. Yet, it was a phone call I didn’t make. Decades ago, I didn’t know what to make of my first meeting with Pierre Kimsey. But I learned, as so many viewers also did, to appreciate his creative genius. He will be sorely missed. Les Smith is a reporter for WHBQ Fox-13.

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Short-changing the Schools At one point in the Shelby County Commission’s crash session on aspects of school financing on Monday, the subject of charter schools came up amid a discussion of whether closing schools actually saved taxpayer money.  Shelby County Schools (SCS) Chair Teresa Jones noted wanly that, while her board can decide on school closures for financial reasons — and has done so frequently — it has no such authority over charter schools, regarding which the Tennessee Board of Education is now the principal overseer, thanks to actions of the Tennessee General Assembly. That part of the conversation was a reminder of the degree to which local control of public school education has succumbed to the dictates of state government, like so much else that used to be the prerogative of local jurisdictions — control of firearms in municipal parks, for example, or the right to impose wage and anti-discrimination standards in the public sphere. But nowhere has what many see as the quashing of local choices been more pronounced than in the administration of public education. One of the premises of SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s recent request of the county commission for an additional $14.9 million fund-

ing had to do with the interruptions and diversions in state outlays caused by the hodge-podge of overlapping of school types and districts that — for better or for worse — have transformed the landscape of local education. It may sound progressive and civic-minded when one state school official, such as Candice McQueen, the recently named Tennessee Commissioner of Education, speaks in Memphis on Monday about a new abundance of “choices,” and it may sound decisive when another, Chris Barbic, head of the state’s Achievement School District, boasts that his efforts to revamp student results in the “failing” schools he administers (a majority of which are in Memphis) are not  answerable to any potentially troublesome school board. But the reality in both cases is that local control of education, once a given, has been pre-empted. The aforementioned session held on Monday by the county commission, in tandem with SCS Budget Chair Shafer looks almost prayerful as she confronts educational spending dilemmas.

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officials, was largely about the dislocations caused by this shift in responsibility, and a key component of that discussion was the allegation that Nashville has been consistently short-changing the several school districts of Shelby County of the funding levels required by the state’s own Basic Education Program (BEP). The problem is not Shelby County’s alone. Back in March, the Hamilton County (Chattanooga) Board of Education, after meeting in the state capital with representatives of Tennessee’s other major urban school districts, including SCS, filed suit against the state in Nashville Chancery Court, contending that the state’s underfunding of BEP-ordained levels amounts to the better part of a billion dollars and “shifts the cost of education to local boards of education, schools, teachers, and students, resulting in substantially unequal educational opportunities across the state.” That, in a nutshell, is the issue that confronts SCS and the county’s six municipal school districts, as well as Shelby County government, which has responsi-



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being sought to keep up funding for various educational strategies that were formerly taken care of by expired or expiring grants from the Gates Foundation and the Race to the Top federal competition won by Tennessee. The fate of SCS’ fund request was really just a sideshow to the meeting’s main purpose — which was to look critically at the county’s school-funding predicament vis-à-vis the aforementioned alphabetized issues: the BEP; OPEBs (Other Post-Employment Benefits), meaning the benefits contractually owed to retirees in addition to pensions; and MOE (maintenance-of-effort funding), the educationalspending minimums prohibited by the state from being reduced for any reason other than drops in student numbers. It was on the matter of OPEBs that Luttrell had become most didactic, pointing out that, while county government had seen the writing on the wall regarding the escalating unaffordability of such costs, “others had not,” and he specified SCS as a major procrastinator. Memphis, too, had belatedly begun to reduce OPEB costs, almost to the vanishing point, and he suggested SCS did the same. County Financial Officer Swift turned the screw a little tighter, noting that at current levels of obligation, OPEB expenses would be costing SCS something like $94 million annually — a sum which, he said with classic understatement, did not seem “feasible.” The status of MOE obligations on Shelby County government at large was treated as a related phenomenon, but any hopes of getting to the bottom of it were fairly well scotched by a consensus view of the administration and county attorneys that MOE amount for a given jurisdiction were predicated on the third year of a scheduled spending cycle — the latest of these beginning with the de-merger brought about by the creation of six suburban school districts.   The commission will give all these matters another goround on Wednesday, its regular committee day.





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bility for making up the deficits in school funding. Whatever the result of this legal action, the everaggrandizing state educational apparatus, the governor’s office, and the General Assembly have been put on notice. · More from that crash session on Monday: Public school education in Shelby County may never again become the political football it was during the years of merger/ de-merger controversy, but it’s begun to move in that direction again, for purely budgetary reasons. Not quite two weeks after a request for additional funding by SCS Chief Hopson that occasioned a reaction from Shelby County Commission members that several observers described as a “love-fest,” the thrill is definitely gone, and the $14.9 million add-on money sought by Hopson now looks like so much pie in the sky — in a very overcast sky, at that. The meeting was called by commission budget Chair Heidi Shafer to re-examine the issue of school funding in general (and funding in relation to three initialized considerations — BEP, OPEBs, and MOE — in particular). Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell — who attended the meeting and, along with his CAO, Harvey Kennedy, and CFO, Mike Swift, intervened at key moments — laid it on the line, bluntly: “We cannot afford $18 million [the amount of Hopson’s request, plus an additional amount that would be routed by average-daily-attendance (ADA) formula to the county’s municipal schools].” Luttrell topped that by adding, as an aside to SCS representatives on hand, “You might try looking at lay-offs.” One of the issues, clearly, is the mayor’s concern that

his proposed 2015-2016 budget of $1.18 billion, which must be acted on by the commission before the fiscal-year deadline of July 1st has been squeezed down to a level that avoids the need for a tax increase this year — although subsequent teasing by various county hands has revealed a de facto surplus of $6 million that is theoretically available for ad hoc needs. That yields another issue, one alluded to even at the aforementioned love-fest of May 6th — the fact that SCS officials have chosen not to tap that $178 million fund balance of theirs to cover the projects they want paid for.  School officials have accounted for this reluctance in various ways — some roundabout, some not, some (in defense of maintaining a healthy reserve) even commonsensical — but commission members seem much less inclined to indulge SCS on the point than they were two weeks ago. Commissioner David Reaves, a former SCS board member himself, put it straightforwardly to the various representatives of SCS — CFO Alicia Lindsey and members Teresa Jones (chair), Kevin Woods (vice chair), and Chris Caldwell (SCS budget chair) — who spent the better part of three hours fielding inquiries from the commission. Said Reaves: “The reality is, how do you justify having that much money in a savings acccount and asking for $18 million? It’s tough to justify.” Commissioner Walter Bailey, arguably the most lenient commission member on budgeting for schools, asked the SCS reps a series of questions designed to establish the point that they had already cut their ambitions for next year’s budget to the bone. But he got very little backup from other commission members, even the most SCS-friendly among them. Clearly, the likelihood is that SCS will be forced to scale back its monetary request — much of which is


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indefinable longing. Each note — held or clipped, bent or played straight, isolated or in sequence — was an infinite universe of meaning. Though B.B. King was no academic scholar, his knowledge of musical properties was profound and arose both from the gigs he did and from his path-finding service in the late ’40s and early ’50s as a disc jockey on Memphis’ WDIA-AM, the nation’s first all-black radio station.

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It was as a performer, though, that he was best known and will remain so, through recordings that will be played as long as there are means to hear them and places on earth where people are free to do so. B.B. King was not just a musical maestro, he was an emissary of civilization itself. God willing, he is one thrill that will never be gone.

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sound that is often overlooked, even in otherwise reasonable and authoritative accounts. That has to do with the elements of precision and control that underlie all the city’s characteristic musical products. From the tightly energized backing given to Elvis Presley’s earliest Sun recordings by Scotty Moore’s electric guitar and Bill Black’s bass to the massed harmonics of the Memphis Horns over at Stax/Volt, our city’s musical exemplars would pioneer in all the ways in which the raw and elemental stuff of life can be captured live and contained. That, if you will, is “the Memphis sound.” No one represents this defining characteristic better than B.B. King, the maestro of the blues guitar, who died last week at age 89 and rightly received plaudits and eulogies from all over the globe. What distinguished B.B.’s playing was his unique single-string style, in which notes were played one at a time, rather than in ensemble or chord form, and each note sang its own song of sadness or joy or playfulness or

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resources to musicians when there’s no infrastructure for success? What’s the point of equipping musicians with industry knowledge when very few opportunities to put that knowledge to use exist? Without a focus on developing local industry, we are simply better preparing our musicians for when they eventually leave town in search of opportunity. Memphis musicians don’t need another resource center that teaches them how to manage a MySpace account or to sign them up for antiquated organizations such as NARAS. Memphis certainly does not need to turn over its only source of music funds to an organization serving only one genre of music. Memphis musicians need innovation. They need a way to be seen and heard beyond local showcases at the Hard Rock Cafe. They need an army of online content creators with as many avenues to get their music out to the world as possible. There are shows going on in all parts of the city. Go film them. Go record them. Help them get their stuff on the internet, where fans discover music today. Don’t give millions of dollars to one organization. Instead, fund smaller, grassroots content creators, because you never know when one of those may blow up into something bigger. Maybe if Darius Benson (a 20-something content creator and the cover story subject of the Flyer’s May 7th issue) had received local funding or had an infrastructure to help move his career forward, he’d be staying in Memphis instead of heading to Los Angeles in search of greener pastures. Fans don’t get behind an educational institution. They get behind artists, their favorite bloggers, records labels, studios, and TV/web shows. It takes a lot less capital to fund these kinds of stylecurators and content producers and raises the community as a whole. Please don’t throw money away on old industry or a not-for-profit educational model. Fund excellence, fund risk takers, fund innovators. The Music Commission, Music Foundation, Memphis Music Town or whatever they may call themselves in the future, are the old guard from a dying industry model. Getting rid of them is a no-brainer. Fold Memphis music and film into business and economic development and quit treating music like a charity case. Instead, invest in its development by putting money in the hands of artists, content developers, and the infrastructure that directly supports them. Christopher Reyes is a musician, filmmaker, artist, and experientialist.

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It has been obvious to anyone who takes a moment to look that funding the Memphis Music Commission has been a waste of money for some time. The biggest problem with the commission is that it treats other Memphis music organizations like competition and duplicates their efforts in an attempt to appear relevant. The best example is the fact that they think they need to provide local musicians with performance opportunities. There are plenty of clubs, house shows, and organizations, such as Rocket Science Audio, Goner Records, Ardent Studios, Memphis Rap, and Ditty TV that are better equipped to accomplish that mission and have a greater reach. The commission’s amateurish performance videos have a very low number of views on YouTube, which are tangible, measurable stats for what these programs are contributing to Memphis music. They have no platform, fans, or following. Who do they think they are helping? To put it into perspective, my former organization,, has been dormant for three years. In our time, we filmed and recorded thousands of Memphis music performances. The content we created is still generating views on our YouTube channel. Around 1.4 million views and counting. If Live From Memphis had been granted $250,000 a year (the Music Commission’s annual budget from the city), we could have more than quadrupled our output, as well as our reach. Can you imagine what would happen if, Goner Records, or RocketScienceAudio. com were similarly funded? Then there was the not-for-profit Memphis Music Foundation, which, over four or five years, provided many of the same services as the Music Commission while blowing through somewhere around $4 million of private funds. Can anyone tell us what those funds did for the local music industry? As for Councilman Jim Strickland’s proposal to fund Memphis Music Town, how will they be different? While I agree with Strickland that the Memphis Music Commission, in its current state of overpaid staff and lack of any measurable accountability, should not continue to receive funding, I fail to see how simply shifting tax dollars to a not-for-profit organization solves the problem. One glimpse at the Memphis Music Town web presence tells me that it’s a bureaucratic bad idea. Why continue to provide educational


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hen I walk into my grandparents’ home, my Nonnie, Peggy, is standing over the stove. Bacon and eggs crackle in the skillet, and as I lean down to kiss her on the cheek, the sound of my Pop’s singing carries throughout the kitchen. “Pop’s in his room,” she says, pointing to a closed door at the back of the house. With every step, his voice and the strumming of his acoustic guitar grow louder and louder. I stand outside of his door and sing along under my breath to a song I’ve heard all of my life:

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Once I enter Pop’s room, I’m in his world. He’s holding his Martin, sitting in a chair with a four track and a page full of scribbled lyrics on a table in front of him. “Hey, Grandson,” Pop says, standing up to hug my neck. “I had an idea come to me in the middle of the night, so I woke up and wrote it down. I’m trying to make sense of it now.” James Wesley Cannon has built his life around music. A teenager of the 1950s, he pioneered rockabilly alongside Elvis Presley, Bill Black, and many others. He’s still writing, hoping to put out another record of material he’s been sitting on for years. At 82, his voice is still a booming baritone. When he digs deep into his belly for a stronger note, he finds a pulsating vibrato. His hair is as thick as ever, held together with pomade and hairspray. He’s rockabilly to his core. Mementos of his musical pursuits decorate the room. Yellowed write-ups from Billboard, Rolling Stone, and the

Memphis Press-Scimitar are preserved in Ziploc bags. A list of nominees from the fourth annual Memphis Music Awards, for which he was nominated for Outstanding Male Vocalist and Outstanding New Songwriter along with Alex Chilton, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Willie Mitchell, Rufus Thomas, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley, are tucked away in a folder. “James, Joshua,” Nonnie yells from the kitchen. Breakfast is served. Nonnie’s cooking is no frills. Black coffee, greasy eggs. She’s been doing it all of her life for guests and family. Jerry Lawler, Larry Raspberry, Jimi Jamison, and Rufus Thomas — they ate her cooking. Pop and Nonnie always enjoyed entertaining people. “I had a bad habit of walking up to people and saying

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James Wesley Cannon plays a tune for his grandson, Joshua Cannon

‘Hey, I want to talk to you,’” Nonnie says. “Next thing you know, we’d have them over for supper.” We’re finishing breakfast when Pop’s phone rings. A smile spreads across face, the wrinkles in his cheeks revealing a man weathered by experience. It’s Johnny Black, one of the last-living friends from Pop’s childhood. Johnny’s older brother, Bill, was Elvis’ first bass player and later went on to have success with the Bill Black Combo. Bill recorded Pop’s first song, “Danny’s Dream Girl,” and pushed him to play music more seriously. In 1962, he opened Lyn Lou Studio on Chelsea Street, where he and Pop would spend hours working on mixes. When Bill passed away in 1965 at just 39 years old, Jim Cannon poses for a promo at Blue Light Studio, which was located at Beale Street and Second Avenue.

Pop was by his bedside, playing the songs they’d grown up on and written together. “He was so full of music,” Pop says. “He would count with his hands like we did when we were in the studio together.” Pop would later be the best man at the wedding of Bill’s son Louis Black. “How do you feel about some company?” Pop asks Johnny over the phone. He looks my way and nods his head up and down. We finish off the last of Nonnie’s coffee, and we’re soon on our way to have another cup with Johnny. He’s 83 and has just gotten out of the hospital after a close call with the flu. He and Pop have been making a point to see more of each other lately. “Johnny told me he thought he’d be on a walker from Continued On Page 18

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(Left) Jim Cannon (left), Jean Jennings (middle left), Johnny Black’s wife Carolyn (middle right) and Elvis (right) mingle at a party at Cannon’s mother’s house on Colby Street; (Below) Jim Cannon (left) and Johnny Black (right) pick and sing at Cannon’s mother’s house at party for Cannon before he left for Korea. Carolyn Black (right), Vivian Miller (middle), and Joseph Buck Cannon (left) watch and sing along behind them. Johnny, who is left handed, would flip his guitar around and play it upside down.

rockabilly man continued from page 17 now on,” Pop tells me. “I said, ‘Maybe you will and maybe you won’t. If you are, don’t give up on walking. Push yourself a little more every day. Don’t just roll over.’” The two are notes from the same chord. Johnny saw Pop battle malaria and polio. They apply a similar mindset to music: against all odds, never stop. When we arrive at Johnny’s house, the two men hug like long lost brothers. We sit down on the couch in his living room, and they are back at the beginning.

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In 1948, Pop and Johnny Black met when their parents moved into the Lauderdale Courts, a lowincome housing project located between Danny Thomas Boulevard and Third Street. Coincidentally, a young boy named Elvis Presley moved into the Courts with his family not long after. As more families joined the community, the Lauderdale Courts became a creative environment that fostered the growth of the Memphis sound. When the sun was out, a fresh-faced troupe would take Pop’s guitar and any additional instruments they could gather to the Triangle, a patch of grass at the northeast corner of the Courts now covered by I-40. Elvis, Pop, Johnny and Bill Black, Johnny and Dorsey Burnette, Paul Burleson, Charlie Feathers, Jack Earls, and whoever else found their way to the shade would sit beneath a towering sycamore tree for hours, trading licks and talking music. The Blacks’ mother, Ruby, kept her door wide open for the teens. “If it hadn’t been for Mrs. Black, we may have scattered to the four winds,” Pop says. “She’s the mother of rock-and-roll.” In the 1950s, Memphis was still very much a segregated city. But the Courts was a melting pot of black and white. The teenagers had a common interest unmoved by race, and when country and blues rubbed shoulders, rockabilly was born. “There were no distinctions,” Johnny says. “With musicians, there is no black and white. We’re all brothers. You don’t look down on one another. You’ve got a common denominator, and that’s music. That’s where it begins and ends.” It wasn’t uncommon for other musicians to drop by the Triangle and join the jam sessions. At any given time, there could be 30 to 40 teenagers gathered in a circle, clothes dirty from a day’s work, joyfully passing their instruments around. But it was one local musician, about eight or nine years older than the typical group, who stopped by and changed the way they thought about music altogether. “There were four or five of us sitting around one afternoon,” Johnny says. “We were playing a little country because that’s all we knew. Then a young black man came along and said, ‘Can I play your guitar?’ We had never heard anything like that. We were not only amazed, but we were delirious.” Sometime later, they would hear the visitor playing on KWEM, a West Memphis radio station that featured many live performances from Mid-South musicians, and discovered his identity: He was B.B. King. “Everybody who was going to be anybody was a nobody,” Pop recalls. Johnny, three years older than Elvis, remembers the moment he realized Presley wouldn’t stay a nobody. One day in 1951, while a group of teenagers was throwing a baseball, Elvis and Johnny sat on the sidelines. Johnny had just purchased a used bass, and the two were picking when Elvis went into Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right.” “The rhythm Elvis had was gigantic,” Johnny says. 18 “You talk about tearing it up. I told Bill, ‘You’ve got 18 to hear this guy.’ But it was about two or three years

before they would get together.”

Catching The Train

Pop was drafted in 1953 to fight in the Korean War. He turned 21 years old in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But even in Korea, Pop stayed connected to Memphis music. In a 1973 interview with the Memphis Press-Scimitar, he said, “Bill Black’s mother was always writing to me when I was overseas, telling me about ‘this little record’ Elvis had coming out.” That “little record” was “That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” the double-sided single that launched Elvis into stardom in 1954. Pop returned to Memphis in 1955 and started a band with Johnny and Dorsey Burnette called the Bluff City Six. They recorded a demo at Sun Studio with Bill Justis, whose song “Raunchy” was the first instrumental rockand-roll hit, but nothing came of it. “When I got back out of the service, everyone I knew who had any talent was on Sun or some other label,” Pop says. “I started chasing the rainbow, but it looked like the train had already pulled out of the station.” Still, he pressed on. James and Peggy became Mr. and Mrs. Cannon in 1959, and got a family underway. As Pop balanced the life of a traveling musician with that of a working, family man, he spent nearly every free moment in the studio. Chips Moman, who worked with Elvis and the Box Tops, produced two of his songs, “Evil Eye” and “Underwater Man.” In 1966, Jim Cannon, then 25 years old, took six songs into Sonic Studios on Madison Avenue to record with Roland Janes. After numerous takes and hours of recording, Janes told him only one of his songs was any good, but that he needed a B-side. Determined, Pop went home and wrote until the early morning. “I put pencil to paper and didn’t stop until I had, ‘Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy,’” Cannon says. “Roland could take a razor blade to tape when he was cutting a song, and you’d never know there was a stitch on it. He said ‘You’ve got a pretty good start on a song, but it’s not a song yet.’ He took part out of the chorus, put it on the front for an introduction and said ‘that’s going to be your A-side.’ Roland was a master musician.” Pop pressed 1,000 records through his own WesCan Publishing company and sold them out of the back of his car. But in 1970, The Wilburn Brothers recorded a version of the song and released it through Decca Records. “Country Boy” received national airplay and made it

as high as no. 4 on some radio charts. Author Dorothy Horstman named her first book, an anthology of country songs and the stories behind them, after it. Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn recorded a version of the song that was shelved due to a dispute between their labels. It has never been released. When Pop was 36 years old, he found himself in a conference room with executives from United Artists, who asked him to write lyrics to four different song titles. Pleased with the outcome, they started to negotiate a contract until they found out his age. “They liked all of them, but I didn’t get the contract,” Pop says. “They said it would take 10 years to make anything off of me, and they didn’t think they would get their money back. Everybody has got an opinion. They are what they are. If you believe in it, you stay with it.” In 1973, Pop got lucky when Fretone Records founder Estelle Axton, a co-founder of Stax Records, signed him as an artist for the label. One of Fretone’s first singles was “Frumpy,” a Christmas song Pop wrote about a pet frog who overhears a group of children talking about being too poor to have a Christmas. The frog hops to the North Pole and works as Santa’s helper to ensure the children have gifts under their tree. James Govan also recorded a version of the song. Looking back, Pop sees his time at the Triangle as his formative years. Underneath a sycamore tree on that patch of grass, a group of teenagers stumbled upon rockabilly — a genre that would become synonymous with Memphis. Some, like Elvis and B.B. King, became known all over the world as forerunners of the sound. Others, like Pop, would scratch the surface — making a mark but never etching their name into history books. Still, Pop says his involvement is something he holds close to his heart. “We were just playing what we felt,” Pop says. Before he finishes his thought, he takes a sip of coffee and realizes it’s cold. Johnny continues for him. “I don’t think we really realized [the impact we had],” he says. Pop checks his watch and finds that we’ve been talking for more than two hours. Johnny stands up from his recliner, and they hug again before pausing a moment. The room is silent. Pop looks at me, his smile appearing again. “If it hadn’t been for the bunch of us over there, I don’t think there would be rock music,” Pop says. “Not then, anyway. Some went really big, others didn’t. But we followed our dreams. We gave it all we got.”

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Farewell, Griz After a gallant effort, the off-season looms large.

May 21-27, 2015



here’s lots to say about whether the Memphis Grizzlies’ season was a successful one or not, or whether they did as well as they could have against the Golden State Warriors, given the circumstances. There’s no doubt that their ever-present lack of offensive firepower and outside shooting played a big role in their elimination, but so did the laundry list of injuries to Mike Conley — a wrist issue, a bum foot that never got all the way healed, a broken face with titanium plates in it and a nasty recovery from a tough surgery, and then an ankle injury on top of all of that — and the fact that Tony Allen tried to play Game 6 and contribute on defense but could neither run nor jump because of his hamstring injury. The Grizzlies got bitten by the injury bug at the worst possible time; that’s not an excuse for why the Warriors were about to handle them in six games, but anyone who says that didn’t play a factor is being dishonest. So now the season is over. Coming into this year it felt like The Year — it felt like it had to be. It still feels that way a little bit, but the truth is that it wasn’t The Year. Until the Grizzlies figure out how to score enough to keep up with the modern NBA, it will never be The Year, and this season made that even more painfully clear than the 2013 Western Conference Finals did. Defense and a maniacal determination not to lose from your best players will only get you so far. Given the way the Griz played until the All-Star Break, it felt like maybe the formula had been found. But after the Jeff Green trade (and maybe because of it but I’m not sure we’ll ever know the full story) things started to fall apart for a while, in a way that never really pulled back together until the playoffs, and even then only for some of the games. We may never see that group of Grizzlies again, the ones who were the best team in the league, with a top-five offense and defense. This offseason is going to be one long gut check. Marc Gasol is a free agent, and while it seems likely that he’ll stay — and the Grizzlies haven’t made much noise about being worried that he’ll leave — that’s certainly not a guaranteed thing. Gasol has to now see, just like the rest of us do, that this team as currently configured will have to get extremely lucky to advance past a truly elite team in the playoffs. They’re very good, and no one wants to play them, and they’re always a threat,

but that might be the extent of it without catching some lucky breaks along the way. Even if Gasol stays, there’s work to do. The wing positions still don’t produce enough. Jeff Green has a player option he’ll probably pick up — and no one should fault him for that, really — and Vince Carter will still be here. There are exciting young players at the end of the bench in Jordan Adams, Jarnell Stokes, and Russ Smith (and JaMychal Green is also on a multi-year deal), so there are players to develop. Backup point guard is better than it’s ever been, but Nick Calathes is a restricted free agent. There’s a high probability that next year’s Grizzlies will look very different in some ways.

This was a legendary regular season that turned into a frustrating one, that then turned back into a legendary playoff run featuring a point guard who put a mask on. For now, though, the 2014-15 Grizzlies are done. This was a legendary regular season that turned into a frustrating one, that then turned back into a legendary playoff run featuring a point guard who put a mask on and carried the team to some improbable wins, even though he had no business doing so. We didn’t get to see them play for as long as we’d hoped, because in the end they weren’t who we wished they would be. But that’s how things go sometimes, and even in those moments it’s better to embrace what’s there than be dissatisfied by what isn’t. We’re entering a very important summer for the franchise and its future and its fanbase. But even in these moments of loss, there’s a sense that this was a special year, a year of things that will not soon be forgotten. There will be more about this season and what it was in these pages, but now is the time for gathering ourselves, catching our breath, remembering the thundering roar of the Forum when the masked Mike Conley was introduced before Game 3, the way every other sound in the world was drowned out by the howl of the crowd, even the sound of your own thoughts. In that roar, somewhere, is everything. Kevin Lipe writes the “Beyond the Arc” Grizzlies blog for




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What do you do when your father dies and leaves you a nearly bankrupt shoe factory that specializes in expensive, outdated men’s shoes? If you’re Kinky Boots lead character Charlie Price, you let a fabulous drag queen named Lola convince you turn those boring old wingtips into sparkling high-heeled boots. That’s the premise for Kinky Boots, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that’s currently playing at the Orpheum through May 24th. Based on the 2005 film of the same name, with music by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Feinstein, Kinky Boots is a tale about opening closed minds and staying true to oneself. “The overriding message is to just be who you want to be, and you can change the world,” said Kinky Boots swing actor J. Harrison Ghee, who is playing the role of an Angel, one of Lola’s supporting drag queens. Ghee, who occasionally fills in for Lola’s lead role, has been doing drag for years. “My years of personal drag have really prepared me for this opportunity to play such a heavy role. Lola is a drag cabaret performer who is outgoing and rambunctious and has an internal struggle of being accepted by her father. You see that played out in the song ‘Not My Father’s Son.’ Her goal is to get everyone to accept others and to love and give love,” Ghee said. The North Carolina son of a preacher man had a bit of a meta moments when he performed in his home state. “I got the chance to play Lola in North Carolina for my father. And that was very much an interesting experience, to have to sing ‘Not My Father’s Son’ and he’s in the audience,” Ghee said. “To have our story play out on stage was a real full-circle moment. He texted me after he saw the show and told me he was proud of who and what I am. This show is really changing everyone’s lives.” “KINKY BOOTS” AT THE ORPHEUM THROUGH MAY 24TH. ORPHEUM-MEMPHIS.COM

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Overton Square 45th Anniversary Overton Square, 5-11 p.m. A three-day party celebrating Overton Square’s 45th anniversary, with music on two stages. Among those performing are Jimmy Davis, the Mighty Souls Brass Band, and Larry Raspberry & the Highsteppers. The Memphis Public Library will have a Story Teller’s Corner set up to collect stories about Overton Square.

Friend of the Library Spring Book Sale Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Huge book sale featuring books, magazines, records, DVDS, CDS, and more priced at $2 or below.

The Big Lebowski The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 8 p.m. An outdoor screening of this beloved Coen Brothers’ film about bowling, a rug, and a kidnapping. Part of the Dixon’s South Lawn Cinema series. There’s free popcorn, and wine and beer will be available for purchase.

“It Starts with Pink: A Case Study” Memphis College of Art, 6-8 p.m. Opening reception for the photographic series by Katie Benjamin, which addresses gender equality through the color pink.

A look at Richard Alley’s debut novel, Five Night Stand Books, p. 30

Polkas to Polonaises All Saints Episcopal Church, 7 p.m. A concert in honor of Memphis In May’s honored country Poland. Includes popular folk and dance tunes as well as classical works. The Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival McCoy Theatre, Rhodes College, 7 p.m. Annual event presented by Voices of the South. Friday kicks off with an opening night celebration. On Saturday, there will be workshops, strolling performances, and a different show on the hour.

Dwight Yoakam Horseshoe Casino, 8 p.m., $41.50-$102 A performance by Honky Tonk Man Dwight Yoakam. Herbal Celebration Memphis Botanic Garden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Includes hourly talks and cooking demos, as well as crafting with herbs. Members of the Memphis Herb Society will also be on hand to answer questions, and there will be an herbal marketplace with plants, crafts, and more.

Reviving the Roundhouse

9PM –1AM By Chris Davis

Mike McCarthy brings the Memphis heat like an old school wrestling promoter. “Have you heard all the stuff the Coliseum Crushers have been saying about Memphis music history?” he asks, referring to a couple of smack-talking ruffians, sure to get what’s coming to them when they square off against a pair of Coliseum-loving Memphis legends this weekend. “The Coliseum Crushers are from parts unknown,” McCarthy says, building momentum like a freight train. “They wear masks, have a complete lack of understanding about mid-century modern architecture. They’re afraid to show their faces, and I really hope that Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee shut them up in the ring.” It’s the perfect pitch for the Roundhouse Revival, a benefit concert and wrestling exhibition organized to raise awareness about ongoing efforts to save and repurpose Memphis’ Mid-South Coliseum, the arena where Jerry “the King” Lawler famously dropped Hollywood comedian Andy Kaufman on his head. “Parking’s free,” says McCarthy, the Memphis-based artist, musician, and filmmaker. “The music’s free, and so is the wrestling. We’ll sell you a beer, and there will be food trucks, but we want people to come out and see what’s possible.” Visitors to the Roundhouse Revival can compete in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, and there will be two wrestling rings erected in the parking lot. One for music, and one for actual wrestling. “As far as the music goes, we were trying to do a mix of country, gospel, pop and blues,” McCarthy says. “So the overall effect is rock-and-roll and hip-hop. Because if you squeezed all that other stuff out of a tube, that’s what you’d get.” The one thing visitors won’t get this go-round is a chance to see music inside the Coliseum. “We made due diligence and followed the correct protocols to get into the building, but that can’t happen this time,” McCarthy says. “So be prepared for Roundhouse Revival 2, which will be based around limited access to the building,” he adds hopefully. ROUNDHOUSE REVIVAL AT THE MID-SOUTH COLISEUM SATURDAY, MAY 23RD, 10 A.M.-6 P.M. FREE.



Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical University of Memphis Theatre Building, 7 p.m. Tennessee Shakespeare Company and the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance team up for Showplace Memphis, a series of musical readings. Tonight’s show explores the life and career of Rosemary Clooney.

Weird Al Yankovic Horseshoe Casino, 8 p.m., $31.50-$102 A performance by comedian Weird Al Yankovic, known for his satirical hits “Eat It,” “Another Rides the Bus,” and “Tacky.” Joyce Cobb Benefit Lafayette’s Music Room, 4 p.m. A fund-raiser for ailing R&B artist Joyce Cobb, featuring Ruby Wilson, Susan Marshall, Reba Russell, and others.

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“Ver De Livre” Glitch (2180 Cowden), 6-10 p.m. A group exhibit of sketchbooks, zines, photo albums, handmade books, altered books, and more. Glitch will also host an all-ages show on Wednesday, May 27th, 7-10 p.m., with Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles, Taylor Loftin, and Gopes Butsers. Admission is $5.


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Celebrating the Cosmos The life and work of Chris Bell will be celebrated at the Hi-Tone this weekend.


his Friday, the Hi-Tone will host an all-star concert in tribute to one of Memphis’ most revered underground heroes, the late Chris Bell. Bell is best known as a founder of the legendary power-pop group Big Star, and one-half of the songwriting partnership (along with Alex Chilton) that spawned the outfit’s magnificent debut album #1 Record. After its release in June of 1972, #1 Record garnered positive critical reviews but ultimately flopped from a sales perspective due in part to both shoddy distribution and promotion. This disappointment led to dissent in Big Star’s ranks, and Bell left the group - which would go on to record two more influential studio albums, Radio City and Third, in the ’70s. After his departure from the band, Bell spent the next several years working on solo recordings during off hours at Ardent, the local studio/label that was also home to Chilton and Big Star. However, only two of those recordings would see the light of day in his lifetime. In December of ’78, Bell was tragically killed in a car accident, thus silencing one of Memphis’ most transcendent rock-and-roll voices. After Chilton’s untimely death in 2010, Big Star’s status rose again, and there have since been numerous tribute concerts staged around the world to honor the band. Until now, none have been focused primarily on Bell, who is often overshadowed by his more famous counterpart. That changes on Friday when a powerhouse group of local musicians (Jody Stephens, Van Duren, Vicki Loveland, Keith Sykes, Rick Steff, Stephen Burns, Richard Rosebrough, Paul Taylor, and many more) organized by Michigan-based journalist Rich Tupica and Ardent producer/engineer Adam Hill will take to the Hi-Tone stage to celebrate the entire Bell catalog. We sat down with Tupica and Hill to find out more about the show this Friday.

May 21-27, 2015

Flyer: How did the idea for a Chris Bell tribute show come together? Rich Tupica: The idea was hatched, I think in January or February 2015. I had been planning a May 2015 trip to Memphis for quite some time, and the original

plan was to have John Fry (Big Star producer/Ardent founder) give me a tour of Memphis. Fry was going to show me locations vital to Big Star or places we’d discussed over the phone for the past couple of years. Then, as we all know, sadly John passed away. That’s when the idea for a Chris tribute came to mind. I figured if the John Fry tour wasn’t going to happen, I would somehow still make this a Bell-centered trip and honor a songwriter I’ve been heavily researching since May 2012, when I started the book. The concert is a way to bring together Chris’ fans, family, and friends. I’m really looking forward to it. How did you put the band together? Tupica: The musicians were chosen mostly by Adam. But we did decide early on to try and include friends of Chris Bell - musicians he actually played with at some point. There are other musicians I would have loved to have, but with a limited budget, we stuck close to Memphis for this one. Adam Hill: Dan Shumake [drums/guitar], Chris Gafford [bass], and I had been playing with Stephen in the Scruffs, so I knew those were the guys to help me with this. Rick was a must as well. Is Chris Bell underappreciated within the legacy of Big Star? Tupica: I think Chris Bell is usually a footnote in many of the magazine articles, and that’s due to the short amount of time he spent in Big Star. Bell may have founded the band and its sound, but he left after the first LP, which makes it easy to write him off early on. But, for me, Big Star’s fourth record is that I Am the Cosmos LP. That’s his post-Big Star body of work, and, no matter what, I think Chris was always intertwined in the Big Star saga. Chilton, Stephens, and [bassist Andy] Hummel were even featured on some of the Cosmos tracks - they were still palling around.

Sadly, though, Bell died very early. I think him not being around to take advantage of the Big Star resurgence didn’t help matters. He died young. Hill: Maybe so, Alex repeatedly stated that he joined Chris’ band. What are you hoping to accomplish with Friday’s show? Tupica: This show is an out-of-pocket, labor-of-love project. Both Adam and I are huge fans of Chris’ sonic abilities and also his life in general, so it’s been great to put together an event that will bring together like-minded fans. Hill: We hope to do the material and Chris’ legacy justice. I’m honored to have gone from a fan of the music to actually sitting next to John Fry and remixing some of Chris’ work with him. What songs are you most excited about hearing in a live setting? Tupica: I am excited to see all of them live. There are no live recordings of Chris Bell’s solo material, only studio versions and the outtakes. I’ve always been curious about how much energy his songs would have on a stage. He played very few shows and most of them were acoustic. He did perform some of his solo material with the Baker Street Regulars (a mid-’70s Memphis band that featured Bell, Stephens, and Duren), but they never recorded any gigs. In fact, this tribute show will probably cover more of Bell’s catalog than he was able to do while he was on the planet. I hear the Bell family might attend, and I hope this set brings about happy memories for them. Hill: All of them, this has never really been done before to my knowledge. The Chris Bell tribute concert takes place Friday, May 22nd at the Hi-Tone. Doors open at 8 p.m., and admission is $13.



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King’s Palace Cafe’s Patio

138 BEALE 526-3637

Alfred’s 197 BEALE 525-3711

Karaoke Thursdays, TuesdaysWednesdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. and Sundays-Mondays, 10 p.m.2 a.m.; Jim Wilson Fridays, Saturdays, 6-9 p.m.; DJ J2 Fridays, Saturdays, 9:30 p.m.5 a.m.; Kevin and Bethany Paige Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; Chris Hill Saturday, May 23, 6-9 p.m.; Memphis Jazz Orchestra Sundays, 6-9 p.m.

B.B. King’s Blues Club 147 BEALE 524-KING

The King Beez Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.; B.B. King All Stars Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Will Tucker Band Fridays, Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Lisa G and Flic’s Pic’s Band Saturdays, Sundays, 12:30 p.m.; Blind Mississippi Morris Sundays, 5 p.m.; Memphis Jones Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. and Sundays, 5:30 p.m.; Doc Fangaz and the Remedy Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.

Blue Note Bar & Grill 341-345 BEALE 577-1089

Queen Ann & the Memphis Blues Masters Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Brad Birkedahl Band Thursdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; Stunning Cunning Band Friday, May 22, 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 23, 9:30 p.m.; Earl “The Pearl” Banks Tuesdays, 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 23, 5 p.m.; The Memphis 3 Sundays, Mondays, 7 p.m.; FreeWorld Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

Flynn’s Restaurant and Bar

162 BEALE 521-1851

Itta Bena 145 BEALE 578-3031

Susan Marshall Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m.

Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe & Honky Tonk

Memphis Bluesmasters Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Plantation Allstars Fridays, Saturdays, 3-7 p.m.; Low Society Sundays, 8 p.m.-midnight and Friday, May 22, 8 p.m.midnight; 901 Band Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m.-midnight; The Dr. “Feel Good” Potts Band Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; McDaniel Band Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

King’s Palace Cafe’s Tap Room

Silky O’Sullivan’s

168 BEALE 576-2220

Don Valentine Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Mississippi Big Foot Fridays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Low Society Friday, May 22, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Delta Project Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m.-midnight; Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

310 BEALE 654-5171

The Jason James Trio FridaysSundays, 7-11 p.m.; Rockin’ Joey Trites and the Memphis Flash Saturdays, 3-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m.

King’s Palace Cafe 162 BEALE 521-1851

David Bowen Thursdays, 5:309:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m. and Sundays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

182 BEALE 528-0150

Mack 2 Band Mondays-Fridays, 2-6 p.m.; Nate Dogg and the Fellas Thursdays, Fridays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.; McDaniel Band Saturdays, 2-6 p.m.; Darrell Wilson Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.; Cowboy Neil Sundays, 2-6 p.m. and Mondays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.; Chic Jones Sundays, Tuesdays, 6:3010:30 p.m.; Sensation Band Wednesdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.


Chris Gales Thursdays-Saturdays, Tuesdays-Wednesdays noon-8 p.m.; Karaoke ongoing, 8:30 p.m.

Rum Boogie Cafe’s Blues Hall

Rum Boogie Cafe 182 BEALE 528-0150

Vince Johnson and the Boogie Blues Band Thursdays, 8 p.m.midnight, Friday and Saturday, May 22-23, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Pam and Terry Fridays, Saturdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; David Hudson & Brad Webb Saturday, May 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Memphis Blues Society Jam Sundays, 7-11 p.m.; Eric Hughes Band Monday and Tuesday, May 25-26, 8 p.m.-midnight; Matt Lomeo Blues Band Wednesday, May 27.

183 BEALE 522-9596

Barbara Blue ThursdaysFridays, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., Saturdays, 5-9 p.m., and Sundays, 4-9 p.m.; Dueling Pianos Thursdays, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., and Sundays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.midnight.

Wet Willie’s 209 BEALE 578-5650

Live Bands Fridays, Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.

Brass Door Irish Pub


152 MADISON 572-1813


Live Music Fridays.

Melting Pot: Artist Showcase Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.

Live Pianist Thursdays, 5:308:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30-9 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and MondaysWednesdays, 5:30-8 p.m.

Double J’s Smokehouse & Saloon

380 E.H. CRUMP 744-2225

Brinson’s 341 MADISON 524-0104

124 E. G.E. PATTERSON 335-0251

Live Music Thursdays, 711 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Grawemeyer’s 520 S. MAIN 526-6751

Evan Farris Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Fridays, 6-10 p.m.

Huey’s Downtown 77 S. SECOND 527-2700

Darren Jay and the Delta Souls Sunday, May 24, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Memphis Sounds Lounge 22 N. THIRD 590-4049

Grown Folk’s Music 7:30 p.m.

Onix Restaurant & Jazz Lounge Blind Bear Speakeasy 119 S. MAIN, PEMBROKE SQUARE 417-8435

Live Music Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 p.m.

Old School Blues & Jazz Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m.

Purple Haze Nightclub 140 LT. GEORGE W. LEE 577-1139

DJ Dance Music ongoing, 10 p.m.

Rumba Room 303 S. MAIN 523-0020

Saturday Salsa Night Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.-3 a.m.

The Silly Goose 100 PEABODY PLACE 435-6915

DJ Cody Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

Spindini 383 S. MAIN 578-2767

Jeff Crosslin Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.

412 S. MAIN 552-4609

Neo Soul and R&B Thursdays, 7-10 p.m.; Smooth Jazz Fridays, 8-11 p.m.; Old School R&B Saturdays, 8-11 p.m.

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Papa Top’s West Coast Turnaround Friday, May 22, 10:30 p.m.; Goner’s DJ Shopping Bag & Hot Tub Eric Saturday, May 23, 10:30 p.m.; John Paul Keith Band Wednesday, May 27, 7 p.m.

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Loveland Duren Fridays, 710 p.m.; Two Peace Saturdays, 7-10:30 p.m.

Blue Monkey 2012 MADISON 272-BLUE

Karaoke Thursdays, 9 p.m.midnight; Marcella & Her Lovers Friday, May 22; Kirk Smithhart Saturday, May 23.

Dru’s Place 1474 MADISON 275-8082

Karaoke Fridays-Sundays.

Hi-Tone 412-414 N. CLEVELAND 278-TONE

Graham Winchester Saturday, May 23; Ghoul Tuesday, May 26; Open Open Mic Comedy Night Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

The Buccaneer

2170 YOUNG 272-7210

1368 MONROE 278-0909

Detective Bureau Thursday, May 21; Walsh & Young Saturday, May 23, 5-7 p.m.; Toy Trucks Saturday, May 23, 10 p.m.; Wil’s 75th Birthday Party Sunday, May 24, 47 p.m.; SkyAcre and Avenging Angels Sunday, May 24, 10 p.m.; Devil Train Mondays, 8 p.m.; Dave Cousar Tuesdays, 11 p.m.

Camy’s 3 S. BARKSDALE 725-1667

Live Music Fridays.

Celtic Crossing 903 S. COOPER 274-5151

Chris Johnson Thursdays, 10 p.m.; DJ Tree Fridays, 10 p.m.; DJ Taz Saturdays, 10 p.m.; Jim & Larkin Sunday, May 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jeremy Stanfill and Joshua Cosby Sundays, 6-9 p.m.; Charvey Mac Tuesdays, 8:30-11:30 p.m.

Minglewood Hall 1555 MADISON 866-609-1744

Cole Swindell, Clare Dunn Friday, May 22, 8 p.m.

Murphy’s 1589 MADISON 726-4193

Joybomb Thursday, May 21; Phantom Head Friday, May 22; Shards of Humanity, Napalm Christ with Process of Suffocation, Reserving Dirtnaps Saturday, May 23.

Overton Park Golf Shack 2080 POPLAR

2015 Park Friends Music Series every other Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.

Huey’s Midtown

2120 MADISON 432-2222

Sunday Brunch with Joyce Cobb Sundays, 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.

2400 UNION 458-8506

Wing and a Prayer Sundays, 9:45 a.m.

Overton Square

1927 MADISON 726-4372

Johnny Azari Sunday, May 24, 4-7 p.m.; The Chaulkies Sunday, May 24, 8:30 p.m.12:30 a.m.

Boscos Squared

SALAD DAYS SCREENING AT THE BROOKS MUSEUM The American hardcore punk movement may have been birthed in L.A. during the late ’70s, but Washington, D.C., is where the original movement’s aesthetic, musical, and attitudinal characteristics would coalesce into its first and longest lasting identity, before subsequently giving way to some seminal developments in post-hardcore as the ’80s progressed. The scene and its still-active label Dischord Records exported a dream team of profound future influence and all-around excellent supporting players: The Bad Brains, Teen Idles, S.O.A., Iron Cross, Minor Threat, Youth Brigade, Government Issue, The Faith, Void, Scream, Dag Nasty, Embrace, Fire Party, Marginal Man, Rites of Spring, Holy Rollers, Jawbox, and of course, the anomalous magic of Fugazi. Salad Days: A Decade of Punk Rock in the Nation’s Capital (1980 – 1990) is an impressively thorough, succinctly edited narrative on DC hardcore, post-hardcore, and associated grass-roots cultural/political movements told through live footage and interviews with key participants, including the perpetually charming and insightful Ian MacKaye as well as Henry Rollins, future Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Government Issue’s John Stabb, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, plus many more members of the above-mentioned bands. Over the entirety of its 2 hours and 23 minutes, the documentary maintains a steady momentum, an impressive thoroughness, and some commendable journalistic accuracy regarding such often-misunderstood and revisionists-damaged subjects like the origin and immediate bastardization of “straightedge” and the unwitting genesis of the term “emo.” Salad Days, named after the final EP by Minor Threat, has set the current bar for documentaries covering American hardcore’s early history (or a facet thereof) and is a must-see for anyone interested in the modern history of underground rock. Writer/director Scott Crawford is a music journalist, musician, and graphic designer who was founder and editor-in-chief of Harp Magazine from 2001 to 2008 before he launched the online music portal Blurt in 2009. — Andrew Earles Salad Days: A Decade of Punk Rock in the Nation’s Capital (1980 – 1990) screens at the Brooks on Thursday, May 21st at 7 p.m. $5-$9.

Jazz with Jeremy & Ed Thursdays, 9 p.m.; Frank & Zeke Friday, May 22, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.; Hope Clayburn & the Soul Scrimmage Saturday, May 23, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.; Open Jam Sundays, 6 p.m.; Jimmy Ellis Sunday, May 24, 6 p.m.; Juke Joint Blues Jam Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Karaoke Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

Lindenwood Christian Church

Java Cabana Hanna Star & the Teenage Teenagers Sundays, 1:303 p.m.

Lafayette’s Music Room 2119 MADISON 207-5097

Jimmy Davis Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m.; Riverbluff Clan Thursday, May 21, 9 p.m.; Henry Gross Friday, May 22, 7 p.m.; Devil Train Friday, May 22, 10 p.m.; The Settlers Saturday, May 23, 11 a.m.; Magpie Saturday, May 23, 3 p.m.; The Memphis Sheiks Saturday, May 23, 7 p.m.; Sam Riggs & the Night People Saturday, May 23, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Sunday, May 24, 11 a.m.; Joyce Cobb Benefit Concert featuring Ruby Wilson, Nancy Apple, Susan Marshall, Reba Russell and more Sunday, May 24, 4 p.m.; “Memphis Made” Will Tucker Monday, May 25, 8 p.m.; Jeremy Stanfill CD Release Party Monday, May 25, 8 p.m.; “Country Showcase” Mike & the Moonpies Wednesday, May 27, 8 p.m.


Overton Square 45th Anniversary Celebration May 21-23, 5-11 p.m.; Bluesday Tuesday Tuesdays, 6:309:30 p.m.

P&H Cafe 1532 MADISON 726-0906

Rock Starkaraoke Fridays; Open Mic with Tiffany Harmon Mondays, 9 p.m.midnight.

The Phoenix 1015 S. COOPER 338-5223

Bluezday Thurzday Thursdays, 8-11:45 p.m.; Cowboy Bob’s Roundup Mondays, 8-11:45 p.m.; Sing for Your Supper last Tuesday of every month, 6:30-9 p.m.

Rockhouse Live Midtown 2586 POPLAR

Under Surveillance Live Saturday, May 23, 10 p.m.midnight.

Strano Sicilian Kitchen 948 S. COOPER 552-7122

Davy Ray Bennett Wednesdays, Sundays, 6-9 p.m.

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The Soul Connection Fridays, Saturdays, 11 p.m.-3 a.m.


El Toro Loco

Huey’s Poplar

521 S. HIGHLAND 323-0900

2809 KIRBY PKWY. 759-0593

4872 POPLAR 682-7729

Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Karaoke and Dance Music with DJ Funn Mondays, 7-10 p.m.

East Memphis

Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House


551 S. MENDENHALL 762-8200

590 N. PERKINS 761-9321

Brookhaven Pub & Grill 695 BROOKHAVEN CIRCLE 680-8118

Live Music Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

University of Memphis

Memphis Pink Palace Museum 3050 CENTRAL 636-2362

Intimate Piano Lounge featuring Charlotte Hurt Mondays-Thursdays, 5-9:30 p.m.; Larry Cunningham Fridays, Saturdays, 6-10 p.m.

Dan McGuinness Pub

Fox and Hound English Pub & Grill

4698 SPOTTSWOOD 761-3711

5101 SANDERLIN 763-2013

Acoustic with Charvey Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

Karaoke Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

Ghost Town Blues Band Sunday, May 24, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Van Duren Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

T.J. Mulligan’s 1817 KIRBY 755-2481

Karaoke Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

The Windjammer Restaurant 786 E. BROOKHAVEN CIRCLE 683-9044

Karaoke ongoing.

Underground Open Mic Night Sundays, 6:307:30 p.m.

Poplar/I-240 Neil’s Music Room 5727 QUINCE 682-2300

The Thrill at Neil’s featuring Jack Rowell and Triplthret Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; HeBGeB’s Saturday, May 23, 9 p.m.; Sax on Sunday: Straight-Ahead and Mainstream Jazz fourth Sunday of every month, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Gene Nunez and Debbie Jamison Tuesdays, 6 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Owen Brennan’s THE REGALIA, 6150 POPLAR 761-0990

Lannie McMillan Jazz Trio Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.




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After Dark: Live Music Schedule May 21 - 27 Summer/Berclair High Point Pub 477 HIGH POINT TERRACE 452-9203

Delta Joe Sanders & Friends every other Tuesday, 8-11 p.m.; Pubapalooza with Stereo Joe every other Wednesday, 8-11 p.m.

Old Whitten Tavern 2800 WHITTEN 379-1965

Live Music Fridays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Karaoke with Ricky Mack Mondays, 10 p.m.1 a.m.; Open Mic with Susie and Bob Salley Wednesdays, 8 p.m.



Huey’s Collierville

Haystack Bar & Grill

2130 W. POPLAR 854-4455

Memphis All Stars Sunday, May 24, 8-11:30 p.m.

6560 HWY 51 N. 872-0567

Karaoke Nights at The Stack Wednesdays-Fridays, Sundays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

Ice Bar & Grill

Fitz Casino & Hotel

4202 HACKS CROSS 757-1423

711 LUCKY LN., TUNICA, MS 800-766-5825

Unwind Wednesdays Wednesdays, 6 p.m.-midnight.

Mesquite Chop House 3165 FOREST HILL-IRENE 249-5661

Pam and Terry Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.

Maria’s Restaurant 6439 SUMMER 356-2324

Karaoke Fridays, 5-8 p.m.

The Other Place Bar & Grill 4148 WALES 373-0155

Karaoke Saturdays, 9 p.m.1 a.m. and Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Whitehaven/ Airport Marlowe’s Ribs & Restaurant 4381 ELVIS PRESLEY 332-4159

Live Entertainment Wednesdays-Sundays, 6 p.m.

Fox and Hound English Pub & Grill 6565 TOWNE CENTER, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-536-2200

Live Music Thursdays, 5 p.m.; Karaoke Tuesdays.

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Horseshoe Casino Tunica 38664 CASINO CENTER, TUNICA, MS 800-357-5600

In Legends Stage Bar: Live Entertainment Nightly ongoing; Dwight Yoakam Friday, May 22, 8 p.m.; “Weird Al” Yankovic Sunday, May 24, 8 p.m.

Huey’s Southaven 7090 MALCO, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-349-7097

Karaoke with DJ Stylez Thursdays, Sundays, 10 p.m.

Steve Reid and Roy Brewer Sunday, May 24, 8 p.m.midnight.

Winchester/ Hickory Hill

5960 GETWELL, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-890-2467

Mesquite Chop House Pam and Terry Thursdays, 7-10 p.m.

Half Shell 7825 WINCHESTER 737-6755

Tunica Roadhouse

FreeWorld Saturday, May 23, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.


Live Music Fridays, Saturdays.

Wadford’s Grill & Bar

Live Music Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7-10 p.m.; Karaoke and Dance Music with DJ Funn Fridays, 9 p.m.

Bartlett Bartlett Station Municipal Center 5868 STAGE 380-4771

Grif ’s Gifts Live - Welcome To The Stage Mondays-Sundays, 6 p.m.

Hadley’s Pub 2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

Bob Boccia Unplugged Thursday, May 21, 8 p.m.-midnight; The Brian Johnson Band Friday, May 22, 9 p.m.1 a.m.; Basketcase Saturday, May 23, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; The Nuttin’ Fancy Band & Swingin’ Leroy Sunday, May 24, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Jonez’n Wednesday, May 27, 8 p.m.-midnight.



Live Bands Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Open Mic Mondays Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Live Music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Fouled Out Summer Tour Tuesday, May 26, 9:30 p.m.-midnight.

Shelby Forest General Store 7729 BENJESTOWN 876-5770

Tony Butler Fridays, 68 p.m.; Shelby Forest Pioneers Saturday, May 23, 12-3 p.m.; Gary Keith Sunday, May 24, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

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Fox and Hound English Pub & Grill

Belmont Grill 9102 POPLAR PIKE 624-6001

847 EXOCET 624-9060

Karaoke Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

The Brothers Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m.

Huey’s Cordova

Huey’s Southwind

1771 N. GERMANTOWN PKWY. 754-3885

The Beat Daddys Sunday, May 24, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

T.J. Mulligan’s Cordova 8071 TRINITY 756-4480

The Lineup Tuesdays, 8 p.m.midnight.

7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Wine Bar 9087 POPLAR 755-0092

Live Music on the patio Thursdays-Saturdays, 710 p.m.; Half Step Down Fridays, 7-10 p.m.

The Sensations Sunday, May 24, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

North Mississippi/ Tunica

Huey’s Germantown

The Crossing Bar & Grill

7677 FARMINGTON 318-3034

7281 HACKS CROSS, OLIVE BRANCH, MS 662-893-6242

Young Petty Thieves Sunday, May 24, 8-11:30 p.m.; Huey’s Germantown Humpday Patio Party with Charvey Mac Wednesday, May 27, 5-7 p.m.

Karaoke with Buddha Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8 p.m.midnight.

Dan McGuinness 3964 GOODMAN, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-890-7611

Mugs Pub Karaoke Fridays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Stage Stop 2951 CELA 382-1576

Open Mic Blues Jam with Brad Webb Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.

West Memphis Southland Park Gaming & Racing 1550 N. INGRAM, WEST MEMPHIS, AR 800-467-6182

DJ Crumbz Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Club Night Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Karaoke Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Boot Scootin’ Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

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662DJ, Karaoke/Open Mic Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.


Arlington/Eads/ Oakland

474 CHURCH, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-510-5861

Acoustic Music Tuesdays.


BOOKS By Leonard Gill

Blue Notes

Richard Alley’s debut novel, Five Night Stand.

May 21-27, 2015



azz lover Richard J. Alley doesn’t play jazz himself, but Oliver Pleasant and Agnes Cassady do. And both of them are star players in Alley’s new novel, Five Night Stand (Lake Union Publishing). Alley isn’t a laid-off Memphis newspaperman either, but Frank Severs is. And in Five Night Stand, Severs is in New York City the week that Pleasant is playing in the basement club of a Manhattan hotel. It’s a farewell gig before the aged Pleasant — who grew up in segregated, small-town Mississippi and who went on to become a world-class jazz pianist — moves to Memphis to live out his days with his sister and niece. Cassady — a 22-year-old white jazz pianist from Memphis now playing clubs in New Orleans — is in New York too. She’s there to see about the medical condition that is threatening her career, but she’s taking in Pleasant’s five-night stand as well. Severs, a 41-year-old struggling freelancer, is on hand too to interview Pleasant for a future article, but he’s struggling with the tensions inside his marriage back home in Memphis and with his own deferred dreams of being a novelist. That’s a very brief summary of Alley’s ambitious debut novel — one that follows the complicated lives and troubled back stories of its three lead characters — but this isn’t his first novel. It’s his third (the first two are unpublished), and it draws on the author’s knowledge of jazz, his Memphis roots, and his career in journalism. A former freelance columnist for The Commercial Appeal, Alley is now editor of Inside Memphis Business and a contributing writer at Memphis magazine, both of them sister publications of The Memphis Flyer. In a recent interview with Alley, the topic wasn’t journalism, however. It was the road to publication. After failing at finding an agent and publisher, in 2014, Alley entered Five Night Stand in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel competition, where it reached the semifinal round. (From 2,000 submissions down to 100 in Alley’s genre.) When Five Night Stand didn’t make it to the next round, Alley admitted to thinking: “Maybe that’s it. What’s next? What do I do?” An acquisitions editor at Amazon Publishing knew what to do. According

to Alley, “She picked up the manuscript, started reading it, got sucked in, took it to her people, made the offer to publish, and here we are.” But that’s not where Five Night Stand once stood. It began as a short story featuring only Pleasant and Cassady — a story that, once written, went back into Alley’s desk drawer. When he reread it, he realized that the story was really a long outline to a more fully developed story. It could be fleshed out to make a novel. The five days and nights that the story covers: The structure for a novel was there. Alley wrote in other, minor characters. He wrote in another, major character: Frank Severs. But if you think Severs is a stand-in for the author, Alley never saw him that way. Their circumstances are too dissimilar. One thing they do share, however: journalist turned fiction writer. Alley as a fiction writer proved his talent by winning Memphis magazine’s annual fiction contest in 2011. But he’s been penning short stories since he was in his late teens. He’d just never “focused on it, never thought of it as something you really worked toward.” Nor had Alley stopped to think of himself as a fiction writer in the company of other writers. Novelist and short-story writer Richard Bausch saw to that in the creative writing workshop he led in 2010, when he was teaching at the University of Memphis. “Bausch doesn’t give much advice as far as the nuts and bolts of structuring a story or even how to go about getting published,” Alley said of the workshop. “What he did do was to treat us all as equals. He called us ‘writers,’ and that was huge for me. I was freelance writing at that point and had just won the Memphis fiction contest, but it was still hard for me to refer to myself as a writer. Bausch made it okay. He made me see that there is value in the process regardless of the end product and whether or not it was published. That was the boost I needed just when I needed it.” It’s the very same boost novelist Frank Severs needs — and that Oliver Pleasant gives him — in the life-changing, closing pages of Five Night Stand. Richard J. Alley will be at Burke’s Book Store on Thursday, May 21st, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign copies of Five Night Stand. The reading is at 6 p.m.






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International Blacksmith Day


The Evergreen Theatre

Celebrate blacksmiths with free admission and forging demonstrations throughout the day. Free. Sat., May 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Musica, Sabor, y Herencia Latina Bilingual Play, llevando el humor y sabor de nuestra cultura. A bilingual play with Latin flavor. (846-5640), www. $15. Fri., May 22, 8-10 p.m.


1705 POPLAR (274-7139).

Faith Temple Ministries

Munch and Learn

Auditions for My First Time, seeking two Caucasian actors, ages 16 to 18 years - one male and one female - to audition for a made-for-TV stage play. (274-5502), Mondays, Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.

Bring a brown bag lunch; sodas and water will be supplied. Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

Polkas to Polonaises


Germantown Community Theatre

Fun evening of Polish music in celebration of Memphis In May. Program ranges from popular folk and dance tunes on the accordion to great classical works. Reception follows. Free. Fri., May 22, 7 p.m.

The Fox on the Fairway, modern farce set in the high-brow world of a golf and country club. Full of mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans. $21. Sundays, 2:30 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through May 31. 3037 FOREST HILL-IRENE (754-2680).

Hattiloo Theatre

Purlie Victorious, Purlie Victorious is a flamboyant, selfordained minister. Religious hypocrisy, racial bigotry, civil rights issues and the changing Southern society backed by forced integration are subjects in this play that reflected the turbulent social issues of the time. (525-0009), $24. Thurs.-Sun., 7:30 p.m. Through May 24. 37 S. COOPER (502-3486).

The Orpheum

Kinky Boots, a struggling shoe factory owner works to turn his business around with help from Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. events/detail/kinky-boots. $20. Thurs., May 21, 7:30-9:45 p.m., Fri., May 22, 8-10:15 p.m., Sat., May 23, 2-4:15 and 810:15 p.m., and Sun., May 24, 1:30-3:45 and 7-9:15 p.m.


SpringFest Playhouse on the Square

Kiss Me, Kate, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew set to Cole Porter’s greatest score. www.playhouseonthesquare. org. $35-$40. Thursdays-Sundays. Through May 31. 66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Our Freedom and Yours, set on November 7, 1867, in Lodz, Poland, the plot develops around the night before Aldridge has invited locals to witness a dramatic autobiographical presentation. Wed., May 27, 7:30 p.m. UNION AVENUE CAMPUS, 737 UNION (333-5300).

May 21-27, 2015

203 S. MAIN (525-3000).

The Fitz

Stephanie Mills Live, legendary actress and performer takes the stage. $40-$70. Fri., May 22, 9 p.m. 711 LUCKY LANE (1-800-766-LUCK).


Livin’ Fat, winner of the Norman Lear Comedy Award. Set in the 1970s about a family who “happens” to receive some illegal money. (213-7444), $15-$20. Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Through May 30. 2085 MONROE (274-7139).

University of Memphis, Department of Theatre & Dance

Tenderly, based on the life of Rosemary Clooney, who was hailed as America’s favorite girl singer, in this exhilarating and inspiring new musical biography. www.tnshakespeare. org. $15. Sat., May 23, 7 p.m. 3745 CENTRAL (678-2576).


with Memphis’ favorite

DJ Crumbz!

Sunset Symphony’s grand finale celebration Saturday at Tom Lee Park



“Ver De Livre,” featuring DJ Reading and group exhibition of artist books. Fri., May 22, 6-10 p.m. 2180 COWDEN (734-6136).

Memphis College of Art

Opening reception for “It Starts with Pink: A Case Study,” exhibition of photographs by Katie Benjamin. Fri., May 22, 6-8 p.m. 1930 POPLAR (272-5100).


Architecture and Our Youth Design Competition

Winners for 4th to 12th grade level youth in Shelby County will receive prizes and their artwork will be on exhibit during May. Through May 31. HOWARD HALL, 2282 MADISON, WWW.MEMPHISHERITAGE.COM.

Art After Dark

Galleries and gardens will be open until 8 p.m. featuring light refreshments, entertainment, and a cash bar. Free with admission. Every third Thursday. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250).

Call to Artists: Midtown Crossing Grille Mural Project

Submit proposals for a mural at Midtown Crossing Grille, a new restaurant in the Crosstown neighborhood. See website for details. Through May 22.

Artist/producer showcase. Free. Sun., May 24, 3 p.m. BRINSON’S, 341 MADISON (524-0104).


Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM)

Beth Van Hoesen, exhibition by artist/printmaker. www. Through July 2. “What I Kept,” exhibition revolving around the objects that international women brought over from their home countries. Through July 2. “Africa: Art of a Continent,” permanent exhibition of African art from the Martha and Robert Fogelman collection. Ongoing. 142 COMMUNICATION & FINE ARTS BUILDING (678-2224).


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“Where They Were and Where They Are Now,” exhibition and 40th Anniversary Art Show Retrospective featuring the work of about 20 artists previously shown over the years in the gallery. www. Through June 30.


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1500 UNION (278-6868).

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art



“Chinese Symbols in Art,” exhibition of ancient Chinese pottery and bronze. www. Ongoing.

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Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

“Who You Are,” exhibition of contemporary artwork and a study of the Polish Coat of Arms in the form of collages by Jamera Dorgowski. www. Through May 31.


3030 POPLAR (415-2700).

Cafe Pontotoc

Circuitous Succession Gallery

“Musa,” exhibition of multimedia works by Juan Rojo. By appointment through May 22. Through May 22. 500 S. SECOND.

David Lusk Gallery

“An Epoch,” exhibition of new paintings on panel and mylar by Jared Small. Through May 23. 4540 POPLAR (767-3800).

Eclectic Eye

“Origins,” exhibtion of self-portraits painted with clay from Canada and the United States, specifically in Mississippi, by Eunika Rogers. Through June 24. 242 S. COOPER (276-3937).

Gallery Ten Ninety One “Two Views: Expressions of Abstracts,” exhibition of paintings by Rose Sitton and Pat Traylor. Through May 28. WKNO STUDIO, 7151 CHERRY FARMS (458-2521).

Germantown Performing Arts Center MGAL Spring Juried Art Exhibit, exhibition by Memphis Germantown Art League. (921-1767), www.gpacweb. com. Through May 27. 1801 EXETER (751-7500).

Jay Etkin Gallery

“Passion & Reason,” exhibition of recent paintings and works on paper by Pamela Hassler. Through May 31. 942 COOPER (550-0064).

L Ross Gallery

“Sisters,” duo exhibition for Lisa Jennings and Jeni Stallings. Through May 30. 5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).

“Heartbeat,” exhibition of work inspired by Poland by Marilyn Trainor Storey and Chris Morrow. www. Through May 30. 750 CHERRY (636-4100).

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

“500 Years of Medallic Art in Poland,” exhibition revealing a history of medallic art in Poland starting with its beginning during the reign of the Jagiellonian kings and ending with contemporary medals. www.brooksmuseum. org. Through May 31. “Arp, Man Ray, and Matta: Surrealists,” exhibition of Surrealist artists’ books by Hans Arp, Man Ray, and Matta. Through July 12. “20th Century Color Woodcuts: Japonisme and Beyond,” exhibition of American and British prints. Through Sept. 8. “British Watercolors from the Golden Age,” exhibition of watercolors from the late18th through the early-20th centuries. Through Sept. 20. “Play,” exhibition exploring the intersection of play and art using pieces from the permanent collection. www. Through Sept. 20. “Cats and Quotes,” exhibition featuring felines in paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and prints paired with famous quotes about felines from a variety of periods. www. Through Jan. 3, 2016. 1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

Memphis College of Art

“It Starts with Pink: A Case Study,” exhibition of photographs by Katie Benjamin. Through July 27. 1930 POPLAR (272-5100).

“It Starts with Pink: A Case Study” exhibition by Katie Benjamin at MCA Memphis Jewish Community Center’s Shainberg Gallery

“Traces of Memory,” exhibition of photographs by the late Chris Schwarz offering a contemporary look at the Jewish past in Poland. www. Through May 31. 6560 POPLAR (761-0810).

Metal Museum

“Metal Artifacts from Poland, Brothers Lopienska,” exhibition of works by the historical firm founded in 1862, including the lighting fixtures for the Parliament of the Union of South Africa and the restoration of Warsaw monuments. www.memphisinmay. org. Through May 31. “Art Is an Accident,” exhibtion of an amalgamation of American imagery, toys, and other found objects by J. Fred Woell. www.metalmuseum. org. Through June 12. “Tributaries: Vivian Beer,” exhibition of furniture combining contemporary design, craft, and sculptural aesthetics. Through June 12. 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).

Mississippi River Museum

“Chopin and His Works,” exhibition of photographic displays from The Chopin Museum in Warsaw telling the fascinating story of Poland’s most famous composer. Through May 31. MUD ISLAND RIVER PARK, 125 N. FRONT (576-7232).

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National Civil Rights Museum

Chuckles Comedy Club

“Human Rights and Struggle,” exhibition of notable Polish posters, presented in conjunction with the Poster Museum at Wilanow Palace, Warsaw. Through May 31. 450 MULBERRY (521-9699).

Painted Planet

Gallery Artists on View, exhibition by gallery artists. (338-5223), Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

P&H Cafe

“Fluidity: Explorations in Glass,” exhibition of glass art by Christie Moody. (321-3243), gallery. Through May 22. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY, PLOUGH LIBRARY, 650 E. PARKWAY S. (321-3000).

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“Contemplative Forms,” exhibition of ceramic sculpture by Anne J. Froning. www. Through May 31. 5530 SHADY GROVE (683-7329).


Stax Museum of American Soul

“Soul: Memphis’ Original Sound,” exhibition of photography by Thom Gilbert. www. Through June 13. 926 E. MCLEMORE (946-2535).

Sue Layman Designs

“Conclusion of Delusion,” exhibition of original oil paintings by Sue Layman Lightman. Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 125 G.E. PATTERSON (409-7870).

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“Birds,” exhibtion of fine art collage by Laura Adams. Through June 14. 2571 BROAD (323-2787).

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Kong Wee Pang, exhibition of works. Through May 31. 820 S. COOPER (725-0091).

TOPS Gallery

“Material Will: Force In Form,” exhibition of new works by Memphis-based painter Dale McNeil. www. Through May 31. 400 S. FRONT.


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LOL Memphis Sketch & Improv Comedy Show, featuring improv games and sketch parodies. Cast members perform small sets throughout the show to introduce what’s coming next. (654-8594), $10. Fourth Monday of every month, 7-9 p.m.

Members of the Argentine Tango Society give lessons and tango demonstrations in the Rotunda. Included with museum admission. Third Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

Open Mic Comedy, Thursdays, 9 p.m. 1532 MADISON (726-0906).

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Melting Pot: Artist Showcase, open mic night hosted by Darius “Phatmak” Clayton. $5. Thursdays, 7-11 p.m. Strictly Hip Hop Sunday, featuring open mic, live band, and DJ. $5, ladies free. Sundays, 5 p.m. 341 MADISON (524-0104).

Crosstown Arts

Impossible Language: PoetryReading Series, celebrate spring with fresh, unique voices in contemporary poetry featuring readings from Ruth Baumann, PJ Williams, Ashley Chambers, and Heidi Staples. www.crosstownarts. org. Sat., May 23, 7 p.m. 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030).


LoveSpeaks, Fridays, 11 p.m.-2 a.m. 515 E.H. CRUMP.

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Open Mic Nite, www. Thursdays, 8-10 p.m. 2170 YOUNG (272-7210).

Memphis Pink Palace Museum

Underground Open Mic Night, come experience amazing and creative artists as they showcase their uplifting gifts of spoken word, song, dance and Christian rap. (461-4911), Free. Sundays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362).


Booksigning by Logan Masterson

Author discusses and signs several short stories, Canticle of Ordrass series, and Ravencroft Springs. Sat., May 23, 2-5 p.m.

Booksigning by Richard J. Alley

Author reads and signs Five Night Stand. Thurs., May 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. BURKE’S BOOK STORE, 936 S. COOPER (278-7484), WWW.BURKESBOOKS.COM.

Booksigning by Susan Waits

Author reads and signs Another Round. Sat., May 23, 1-3 p.m. SOUTH MAIN BOOK JUGGLER, 548 S. MAIN (249-5370), WWW. SOUTHMAINBOOKJUGGLER.COM.


Breaking The Barriers of Mental Health Brunch

Panelists include Gwendolyn Prater, Elanor Harris, W.J. Bassa, and former reality TV star Michelle Henderson. $30. Sat., May 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. MEMPHIS MARRIOTT-EAST, 5795 POPLAR (517-1071), WWW.BRANDYJFLYNN.COM.


An Evening Tour of Elmwood

Step back in time and see the world through Victorian eyes. The Elmwood trees and 80 acres of adornments will enchant during a stroll through the cemetery after hours. $20. Fri., May 22, 5:30 p.m. ELMWOOD CEMETERY, 824 S. DUDLEY (774-3212), WWW.ELMWOODCEMETERY.ORG.

Garden Tours

Short guided tour around the Dixon grounds. Garden Docents will highlight currently blooming plants and other points of interest. Tuesdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Through June 30. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

Shelby County Courthouse Tour

Cameras allowed for this unique tour. Meet on the Southwest steps at Adams Avenue and Second Street. Free. Thurs., May 21, noon. SHELBY COUNTY COURTHOUSE, ADAMS AND SECOND STREET (604-5002), WWW.JIMMYOGLE.COM.

Tours at Two

Join a Dixon docent or member of the curatorial staff on a tour of the current exhibitions. Free for members. $5 nonmembers. Tuesdays, Sundays, 2-3 p.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

Tuesday Tour: Pinch District

Meet Jimmy Ogle at Westy’s, 346 North Main (at Jackson Avenue). Free. Tues., May 26, 11:45 a.m. VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION (604-5002), WWW.JIMMYOGLE.COM.


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Friends of the Library Spring 2015 Book Sale

Most items priced at or below $2 benefiting Memphis Public Library collections and community services. Fri., May 22, 8-10 a.m., and Sat., May 23, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2700), WWW.MEMPHISLIBRARY.ORG.


2nd Annual Magnolia Festival

Carnival featuring rides for kids of all ages. May 28 is Family Night with live music at 7 p.m. and unlimited rides with wristbands for $20. Wed.-Sat., May 27-30. LATIMER LAKE PARK, 5633 TULANE, WWW.SODESOTO.COM.

Herb Festival

Local experts will give hourly talks and demos on cooking and crafting with herbs. Free with admission. Fri., May 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Walk in the Park

Meet at the temporary Visitor Center near the Woodland Discovery Playground. Sundays, 2:30 p.m. SHELBY FARMS, 500 N. PINE LAKE (767-PARK), WWW.SHELBYFARMSPARK.ORG.

Zoom Through the Zoo

Annual four-mile race and one-mile fun run. Participants follow the course through the zoo and Overton Park benefiting the Memphis Zoo. Thurs., May 21, 5-7 p.m. MEMPHIS ZOO, 2000 PRENTISS PLACE IN OVERTON PARK (333-6500), WWW.MEMPHISZOO. ORG.


Being Spiritual and LGBTQ: Group Conversation

Ongoing discussion group facilitated by a rotating group of local clergy supportive and encouraging of LGBTQ people. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. MEMPHIS GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER, 892 S. COOPER (278-6422), WWW.MGLCC.ORG.


“H2Oh! Splash”

Water park with a garden theme featuring more than 40 sprayers, spray loops, water tunnels, and more. Free for members, $15 nonmembers. Through Aug. 31. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MEMPHIS, 2525 CENTRAL (320-3170), WWW.CMOM.COM.

National Missing and Exploited Children’s Day

Hang out with McGruff the Crime Dog, firefighters, and police officers. Participate in fun crafts and activities promoting safe family fun. Fri., May 22, 2-4 p.m. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MEMPHIS, 2525 CENTRAL (320-3170), WWW.CMOM.COM.

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Pop-up skate park with boards and helmets that can be checked out for free. Winner of the Best Trick Contest takes home a hoody from Sergio Kosco Sports. Sat., May 23, 10 a.m. MID-SOUTH COLISEUM, 996 EARLY MAXWELL (274-3982), WWW.SKATELIFEMEMPHIS.ORG.

Tai Chi

Classes held near Woodland Discovery Playground. $8. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. SHELBY FARMS, 500 N. PINE LAKE (767-PARK), WWW.SHELBYFARMSPARK.ORG.

Speaker Mike Worsham’s topic will be Yalobusha County Records. No dues and all are welcome. Every third Wednesday, noon-2 p.m. Through Nov. 30. OLIVE BRANCH PUBLIC LIBRARY, 6619 COCKRUM (662-895-4365), WWW.OBGC.LIMEWEBS.COM.

Open Enrollment for Tennessee Shakespeare Company Youth Camp

Two camps offered for children in grades 4 to 12 beginning June 8. For more information and registration, visit website. $250-$500. Through May 31. UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, MEMPHIS (678-2000), WWW.TNSHAKESPEARE.ORG.


Antarctica Revisited Challenges

Pink Palace Manager of Education Alex Eilers is going to Antarctica this winter to study Weddell Seals. Join in on special challenges at the museum. Ongoing. MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.ANTARCTICAREVISITED.COM.

Azaleas Color Memphis

Enjoy the redesigned planting areas using new selections and color combinations to create architectural interest. Through May 25. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW. DIXON.ORG.

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Career Fair

Free. Sat., May 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. JERUSALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 1761 W. SHELBY (438-5744).

Peabody Rooftop Party Aug. 16.

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Untapped Revival

Featuring beer and food trucks. Sundays, noon, and Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. Through May 31. TENNESSEE BREWERY, 495 TENNESSEE.

Vine to Wine at the Garden: Ooh, la, la! Indulge in French wines accompanied by hors d’oeuvres by Eclectic Catering. Door prize by Whole Foods. Must be 21 to attend. $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Tues., May 26, 6-8 p.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 CHERRY (636-4100), WWW.MEMPHISBOTANICGARDEN.COM.

Roundhouse Revival

Featuring local beer, food trucks, guided tour, roller derby, and more. Main event to feature Jerry “the King” Lawler and Superstar Bill Dundee. Sat., May 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MID-SOUTH COLISEUM, 996 EARLY MAXWELL (274-3982).

Scavenger Hunt at the Square

Morning of adventure at the Square. Get a team together or go solo. Grand prize assembled by the tenants at Overton Square. Sat., May 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. OVERTON SQUARE, MIDTOWN, BIKRAMYOGAMEMPHIS.COM.

Shimmy Mob Memphis 2015

Featuring food, laughs, and shimmies benefiting the Family Safety Center. Sat., May 23, 7-9 p.m. BUMPUS HARLEY-DAVIDSON, 2160 WHITTEN RD. (372-1121).

Thursday Evening Extended Museum Hours

Seasonal extended hours. Tour the galleries and grounds, watch a metalworking demonstration, and enjoy “20 Minutes: Conversations with the Collections Manager.” Thurs., May 21, 5-7 p.m. METAL MUSEUM, 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380), WWW.METALMUSEUM.ORG.


Memorial Day at Elmwood

Join the staff of Elmwood for a traditional Memorial Day clean up. Stop back by the Cottage for lemonade, cookies, and small American flags. Special tour by Willy Bearden. $15 for optional tour. Mon., May 25, 10:30 a.m. ELMWOOD CEMETERY, 824 S. DUDLEY (774-3212), WWW.ELMWOODCEMETERY.ORG.

Memorial Day Program

Remember our Veterans at the Halls Cemetery with a culmination in the playing of Taps. Mon., May 25, 5 p.m. THE VETERANS’ MUSEUM, 100 VETERANS’ DRIVE (731-836-7400), WWW.DYAAB.US.

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Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)

Documentary examining the early DIY punk scene in the nation’s capital. Bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, and others released their own records and booked their own shows. $9. Thurs., May 21, 7-8:30 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (5446200), BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

South Lawn Cinema presents The Big Lebowski

Picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets welcome. Includes free popcorn, and wine, beer, and sodas available for purchase. Free for members, $5 nonmembers. Thurs., May 21, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.1 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 1000 S. COOPER (278-6786).

Macy’s Zoo Brew

Join the Memphis Zoo for Memphis’ largest beer tasting event, featuring the Soul Shockers, the Sensations, and Dingo Entertainment. $40-$60 members, $45-$70 nonmembers. Fri., May 22, 7-10 p.m. MEMPHIS ZOO, 2000 PRENTISS PLACE IN OVERTON PARK (333-6500), WWW.MEMPHISZOO.ORG.


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t was bound to happen. One of these days, the Farmers Market Challenge was going to get rained on. Fortunately, Jennifer Chandler has a good sense of humor. “You should have been here earlier,” she quips. “It was like a wet T-shirt contest.” In 1993, at the tender age of 23, Chandler gave up a career in international finance to attend one of the world’s top culinary schools, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. A whiz with a rolling pin, she graduated at the top of her class. Since then, she’s written four cookbooks and appeared on Food Network’s Dinner Impossible. She runs a successful food consulting business, writes a recipe column for The Commercial Appeal, and produces a weekly radio segment for WKNO-FM. She’s as busy as anyone in Memphis, but somehow, she still finds time to cook healthy suppers for her family. “That’s sacred time,” she explains. “It’s the one time every day when we can spend 30 minutes together without distractions.” When I arrive at Memphis Farmers Market, Chandler is already there. She’s been signing copies of her latest book, The Southern Pantry Cookbook. Outside, the rain is really coming down, and she admits to being a little wet. But that doesn’t dampen her spirits; she makes a beeline for the asparagus at Ly Vu Produce. “I was snooping around earlier to see who has the best ones,” Chandler explains. I can see what she means. The spears are bright green and plump, with a slight purplish cast to the tips. The fresh mint looks good too; we pick up a bunch. Moving deeper into the market, Chandler selects goat cheese from Bonnie Blue Farm, butter lettuce from Bennett-Burks Farm, and strawberries from Jones Orchard. Of course, it wouldn’t be lunch without a bouquet of fresh flowers, so Chandler


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Like a buxom diner waitress who’s secretly slipping strychnine into the desserts, the third season of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer cheerfully serves up its generous, sugary helpings of lethal satire to a hungry, trusting and unsuspecting clientele that really should be larger. So what if the ratings aren’t much different than they were? Schumer’s comingout party feels imminent. Later this summer, she’s starring in the Judd Apatow-directed comedy Trainwreck, and as Variety’s Andrew Wallenstein noted on May 10th, continued on page 42

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This week’s 45th anniversary celebration of Overton Square brings back a flood of memories which, in itself, is an accomplishment.

TGIFriday’s was a year old when I showed up, so if my math is correct, I was 23 when I


I’d just moved back to town after a six-year absence, when I got the call. A new club had opened across the street from Friday’s where Boscos now stands, called The Looking Glass. In contrast to the frenzy at Friday’s, this was more of a businessman’s club with the long wooden bar leading into a plush lounge area. They wanted live music but not a whole lot of noise, so I got the solo job, playing nightly, Wednesday through Saturday. The sitting room was constructed to look like a library, with overstuffed couches and bookshelves filled with someone’s castoff antiquities. There was a platform in the corner with a high bar stool on top. Every time I took the stage, it was like climbing an obstacle course, but from there I could watch the whole crazy scene of Memphians celebrating the passage of an ordinance allowing liquor by the drink. The Southern Baptists had kept Memphis a cocktail-free town for 50 years, and now the city was ready to party. As for personal exposure, a student from Ole Miss named Holmes Pettey came in one night, and the next thing I knew, I was opening for the Allman Brothers in Oxford. When Lafayette’s Music Room opened in August of 1972, I became the Square’s unofficial go-to guy for a warm-up act. Friday’s manager and former Box Tops drummer, Thomas Boggs, moved me across the street where, instead of playing four sets a night, I became the opening act for some of the major artists of the day. Lafayette’s wasn’t just a rock club. They booked jazz musicians like Herbie Hancock, Buddy Rich, and Chick Corea, or you could drop by the next week and catch Waylon Jennings or Earl Scruggs. Billy Joel was touring behind his first album, Piano Man, when he played Lafayette’s. I strummed pleasantly for the packed house, but Billy Joel blew them away. Between shows, I went to the dressing room and, after introducing myself, I told Billy that I really believed he was going to make it. He smiled and told me he appreciated it. Hey, you’ve heard of the “butterfly effect.” Who’s to say my few words of encouragement didn’t make all the difference? When I was finishing up my set before Barry Manilow made his Memphis debut, I told the audience that they would love this guy with the piano that lights up like a Christmas tree, which sent Manilow’s manager into a rage, chasing after Thomas Boggs, screaming that I had ruined Barry’s schtick. Then there was the night Kiss performed. By this time, the jam-packed Square had created a burgeoning local music scene that went for three blocks in either direction. At one point, there were at least a dozen clubs within walking distance featuring hometown pickers — 13, if you counted Yosemite Sam’s. Lafayette’s was filled with curiosity seekers when Kiss shook the stage. I stood in the back, and when Kiss cranked up, it was like being cuffed across the ear. The band wasn’t halfway through their grotesque routine when the audience started jamming the exits. Kiss cleared out Lafayette’s in 30 minutes. Wanna know why? There were 10 local bands on the street with better musicians than Kiss, and they didn’t need stage make-up to get the message across. Kiss made no waves here and were considered to be a short-lived novelty act, reeking of desperation. Of course, now they’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while I’m here, 40 years later, still reminiscing about the gig. Kansas was another band too loud for the room. They hadn’t even gotten to “Dust in the Wind” before the decibel level sent customers running into the night with bleeding ears. On the other hand, Minnie Ripperton was heavenly and Leon Russell was cool. Henry Gross became a Memphis favorite after his Lafayette’s appearance and returns to the same room this weekend for a longanticipated encore. When Boggs asked me to put a band together for a slow Tuesday night, I called some guys and we started a weekly jam that drew in some of the city’s best players. One night, I looked around and four of the six musicians onstage were in the teen sensations, Randy and the Radiants — only now we were old enough to drink. The band reformed on the condition that we drop the “Randy” from the name. The Radiants became one of Lafayette’s rotating house bands, playing for a month at a time, and the place was jammed every night. Some of the waiters would periodically line the foot of the stage with vodka tonics, which the legendary Andrew Love referred to as “show-biz medicine.” The room was jumping when Rufus Thomas walked in. None of us had met Rufus yet, but we were booked to back him up at a charity show later that month. I was delighted to invite Rufus up to the stage while the audience roared its approval. Mr. Thomas called the key and the tempo and the band broke into an uproarious 10-minute blues jam with Rufus pulling out every risque verse he knew. The audience went nuts and screamed so loudly it was hard to hear him when he walked back to me and said tersely into my ear, “Never invite me up again without asking my permission first.” It was as heartbreaking to see Lafayette’s Music Room close back then as it is heartwarming to see it reopened now. So get out there and start making some new memories. This week’s gathering of original Overton Square performers is our chance to pass the torch. And guess who’s opening? Randy Haspel writes the Recycled Hippies blog, where a version of this column first appeared.

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began singing in the Square.


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