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18 On the Town

~ with michael donahue (also page 169)

22 Newcomer’s Guide


The 4-1-1 on the 901.


25 Arts & Culture

A look at the city’s rich creative landscape.

~ compiled by shara clark

28 Staging a Comeback

After 45 years in the spotlight, Germantown Community Theatre plans its next act. ~ by chris davis


32 Who’s Who

Our annual guide to the Memphis names (and faces) you need to know.

46 Our Greatest Hits

Forty years after his death, we look back at four decades of Elvis Presley in the pages of Memphis magazine. ~ by michael finger

52 Happy 100

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art celebrates a century with a special birthday exhibition. ~ by chris mccoy

on the cover: Beale Street at night PHOTOGRAPH BY KAREN PULFER FOCHT

58 City of Note(s)

Memphis Music: Keeping its deep history fresh. ~ by alex greene



64 Transition Team

Memphis sports enthusiasts have witnessed a season of change unlike many before. ~ by frank murtaugh


76 A City of Faith


With its churches, synagogues, and temples, Memphis has forged ties between its races and religions. ~ by rabbi micah greenstein

99 Then and Now

Photographic montages of Memphis streetscapes. ~ by john pickle

102 A Picture of Health


A look at recent advancements in Memphis’ thriving medical scene.

~ compiled by samuel x. cicci

170 Memphis (ISSN 1622-820x) is published monthly for $15 per year by Contemporary Media, Inc., P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101 © 2017. Telephone: 901-5219000. For subscription info, please call 901-521-9000. Subscription customer service mailing address is Memphis magazine, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. All rights reserved. • Periodicals Postage Paid at Memphis, TN. Postmasters: send address changes to Memphis, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101.

113 Education

A comprehensive look at Shelby County schools, public and private.

~ compiled by michelle mckissick


166 Night Moves

Raise your glasses — and prepare for some fun on the town. ~ by jesse davis

170 Dining: Top 10 Dishes for 2017

Our annual pick of best courses to eat roams from pork broth ramen to corn soup that captures the taste of summer. ~ by pamela denney


182 City Dining

Our all-new guide to Memphis-area restaurants.

192 Connections

Memphis on the web-o-sphere. ~ compiled by kevin lipe


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Chris Honeysuckle Ellis BORN APRIL 14, 1956


a journeyman working actor, he spends most work days waiting for the phone to ring, diverting the silence by scribbling frivolous likenesses of the quick and the dead, slandering the dead on his Facebook page with at least one new drawing per day alongside audacious broadsides that not infrequently offend the sensibilities of the delicate without scruple of orthodoxy, respect for the dead, or of the codes of decency prescribed by Facebook which not infrequently gives him a one-day time-out, but so far has not banished him altogether. Some of his caricatures and their acidic drolleries appear in this issue of Memphis magazine; also in a show opening August 17th at the University of Memphis Art Gallery; and in his forthcoming book, Ellistrations.



rayser native Chris Honeysuckle Ellis, whose middle name is probably an alias, remembers as a representative Memphis life experience the time he was asked to leave Graceland in 1987, whereby hangs a lengthy tale that is not without points of interest. In the intervening decades he has been asked to leave Epcot, Medici Chapel, Hearst Castle, Tiennenmann Square, the Rose Bowl of Pasadena, and the Museum of Tolerance. Between expulsions he has lived in Los Angeles, making his way amid the world’s ruin as a character actor in film projects which include My Cousin Vinny, Apollo 13, Armageddon (just the movie version, not the historical event), Catch Me If You Can, That Thing You Do, and Dark Knight Rises, as well as in numerous TV doctor shows, lawyer shows, and forensic shows. Being

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PUBLISHER/EDITOR kenneth neill EXECUTIVE EDITOR michael finger MANAGING EDITOR frank murtaugh SENIOR EDITOR shara clark ASSOCIATE EDITOR samuel x. cicci ARTS & LIFESTYLE EDITOR anne cunningham o’neill FASHION EDITOR augusta campbell FOOD EDITOR pamela denney CONTRIBUTING EDITORS jackson baker, john branston,

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gricenter International’s “Feast on the Farm Gala” was billed as a “country chic evening.” The Wolf River Rednecks provided the music, and 10 area food services — which included restaurants and caterers — provided the cuisine for the June 10th fundraiser for Agricenter International, held at the facility on Walnut Grove. About 350 people attended, said Christine Donhardt, chairperson of the event and Agricenter International’s director of communications. More than $84,690 was raised. That amount includes proceeds from an online auction held after the event, Donhardt said. Agricenter International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to agricultural research, conservation, and education. “We’ve educated tens of thousands of people,” she said. “The idea was just to connect people with the farm.”

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A Graceland selfie

THE 4 -1-1 ON THE 901 compiled by julia baker


emphis, perhaps best known as the Home of the Blues and the place where Elvis Presley found his fame, is also home to many modern attractions for newcomers and residents alike. A plethora of attractions summon visitors to our city from all over the world; among them: the Memphis Grizzlies, the National Civil Rights Museum, barbecue, and live music on Beale. If you’re a baseball lover, an outdoor enthusiast, or an art fanatic, young or old, there is bound to be something in Memphis that will suit your fancy. Whether you are new to the city, visiting, or a long-time resident, these attractions, helplines, offices, and transit and safety connections will help you get where you need to go.

ATTRACTIONS AutoZone Park: 200 Union Ave., 721-6050, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid: 1 Bass Pro Dr., 291-8200, Beale Street: Downtown, 526-0115, Blues Hall of Fame: 421 S. Main, 527-2583, Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central Ave., 458-2678,

Chucalissa Museum: 1987 Indian Village Dr., 785-3160, Cooper-Young District: Midtown, 276-7222, Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange: 65 Union Ave., 531-7826, Davies Manor Plantation House: 3570 Davieshire Drive, Bartlett, 386-0715, FedExForum: 191 Beale St., 205-2525 Fire Museum of Memphis: 118 Adams Ave., 636-5650,

Gibson Beale Street Showcase: 145 Lt. George Lee Ave., 544-7998, Golf & Games Family Park: 5484 Summer Ave., 386-2992, Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd., 332-3322, Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince Rd., 6362210, Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry Rd., 636-4100, Memphis Rock ’N’ Soul Museum: 191 Beale St., 205-2533, Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Pl., 333-6500, Mud Island River Park: 125 N. Front St., 576-7241, Museum of Biblical History: 140 E. Mulberry, Collierville, 854-9578, National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry St., 521-9699, Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main St., 525-3000, Overton Park: 1914 Poplar Ave., 214-5450, Pink Palace Museum & Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central Ave., 636-2362, The Peabody: 149 Union Ave., 529-4000,

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Sun Studio was opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, and more all have recorded here.


“If music was a religion, then Memphis would be Jerusalem and

Abused Women’s Crisis Hotline: 725-4277, Alcoholics Anonymous: 454-1414 (24-hr. hotline), Animal Services: 2350 Appling City Cove, Bartlett, 636-7297 Better Business Bureau: 3693 Tyndale Dr., 759-1300, Memphis Crisis Center Child Abuse Hotline: 2747477, Community Services Agency: 2670 Union Extd., Suite 500, 222-4200 Crime Stoppers: 600 Jefferson Ave., Suite 451, 528CASH (2274), Fire Services: 65 S. Front St., government/fireservices.aspx, 636-1400

Sun Studio its most holy shrine.”

AUTHORIZATION Birth & Death Certificates: Memphis & Shelby County Health Department, Vital Records Office, 814 Jefferson Ave., Rooms 101-103, 222-9693, Building Permits & Inspection: Department of Construction Code Enforcement: 6465 Mullins Station Rd., 222-8300, Shelby County Office of Planning & Development: 125 N. Main St. #468, 576-6601 Shelby County Register of Deeds: 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 222-8100, Hunting & Fishing Licenses: Tennessee Wildlife Division, 800-372-3928, Marriage Licenses: Both parties must appear for issuance of the license. Proof of Social Security number is required. Downtown Office: 150 Washington Ave., Second Fl. East Branch Office: 1075 Mullins Station Rd., West Wing. Millington City Hall: 4836 Navy Rd. Cost: $97.50. 222-3000 Memphis Area Legal Services: 11th Floor, Falls Building, 22 N. Front St., 523-8822 Memphis Bar Association: 145 Court, 527-3573, Passports: Main Post Office, 555 S. Third St., 521-2559, Property Tax: City Treasury Office, 125 N. Main St., 522-1111 Property Value: Shelby County Assessor Office: 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 222-7001, Voter Information: Shelby County Election Commission, 150 Washington Ave., Suite 200, 222-1200,

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Jk Shelby Farms Park: 500 N. Pine Lake Dr., 222-7275, STAX Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-7685, Sun Studio: 706 Union Ave., 800-441-6249, W.C. Handy House Museum: 352 Beale St., 527-3427, Woodruff-Fontaine House: 680 Adams Ave., 526-1469,

Greater Memphis Chamber: 22 N. Front St. #200, 543-3500, Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County: 935 Farm Rd., 937-3900, Memphis/Shelby County Public Library & Information Center (Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library): 3030 Poplar Ave., 415-2749, Poison Emergency: 800-222-1222 Suicide & Crisis Hotline: 274-7477, Time & Temperature: 526-5261 Veterans Services: 2670 Union Extd., Suite 500, 222-4237

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Sam Phillips 1923 — 2003


un Records founder/producer Samuel Cornelius Phillips gave the world Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, the world’s first all-girl radio station, Elvis Presley, and Rock-and-Roll. Here is where we are supposed to say how pure and superb were the Sun sessions of Elvis, and how from his first days at RCA the dissolution had begun. Not I. No, if you will take the word of a man who will not deceive you, not Honeysuckle. Give me your Lieber and Stoller Elvis, your RCA Elvis: your “Jailhouse Rocks,” your “Treat Me Nices,” your “Teddy Bears,” and to a lesser extent, your “King Creoles.” Yet we acknowledge Sam Phillips, who ascended into heaven on July 30, 2003, first because he breathed rouach, the breath of life, into a genre that was without form and void, with darkness over the surface of the Mississippi, and because I happened to have this 20-year-old drawing in my computer and was too lazy to draw Buffalo Bob Smith, host of the Howdy Doody TV show from 1956 to 1958, who died the same day in July.


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Greater Memphis Chamber: 22 N. Front St., 543-3500, Mayor’s Office: 125 N. Main St. #700, 636-6000, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau: 47 Union Ave., 543-5300, Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission: 496 S. Main St., Suite 101, 527-8300, Memphis City Beautiful: 664 Adams Ave., 636-4410, Memphis Area Association of Governments: 8289 Cordova Rd., Suite 103, 729-2871,

PUBLIC SAFETY Emergency: 911 Memphis Police Non-Emergency: 545-2677 (COPS) Memphis Fire Non-Emergency: 527-1400 Shelby County Sheriff Non-Emergency: 379-7625 Shelby County Fire Non-Emergency: 222-8000

TRANSIT Bus & Trolley: Memphis Area Transit Authority, 444 N. Main St., 274-MATA (6282), Memphis International Airport: 2491 Winchester Rd., 922-8000, Train Station: Central Station, 545 S. Main St., 526-0052,

UTILITIES & RECYCLING Residential Telephone: Bell South, 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 385-4966, Cable: Comcast, 3476 Plaza Ave. #102, 259-2225, Memphis Light, Gas, & Water Division: 245 S. Main St., 544-6549 (MLGW), Public Works Division/Solid Waste Management: 125 N. Main St., 636-5742

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VEHICLE COMPLIANCE Drivers License Service Centers: 5266 Summer Ave. #75, 543-7920 3200 E. Shelby Dr., 367-3639 220 U.S. Highway 51 (Covington), 475-2517 5019 West Union Rd. (Millington), 745-7020 Registration & Renewal: County Clerk’s Office: 150 Washington Ave., 222-3000 3412 Plaza Ave., 222-3000 4122 Elvis Presley Blvd., 222-3000 2037 Exeter Rd., 222-3000 4836 Navy Rd., 222-3000 3616 Austin Peay Hwy., 222-3000 1075 Mullins Station Rd., 222-3000 Traffic Fines: City Court Clerk’s Office, Traffic Violations Bureau, 201 Poplar LL-80, 636-3400,

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reativity — perhaps the most distinctive thing for which Memphis is known. Whether expressed through music, dance, art, or food, it’s embedded into the fabric that weaves us all together. At any given time, you can catch a play, view an art exhibit, or hear live music at one of many great local venues. Here, we showcase a few of those venues — as well as dance troupes, theatrical groups, and more — that contribute to our diverse and extensive arts scene. Be sure to explore the Bluff City’s rich cultural landscape, made better, in part, by those listed on the following pages.

VISUAL ARTS & EXHIBITIONS Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art 119 S. Main St., 523-2787 Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library 3030 Poplar Ave., 415-2700 The Dixon Gallery and Gardens 4339 Park Ave., 761-5250

Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd., 636-4100 Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Overton Park, 1934 Poplar Ave., 544-6200 Metal Museum 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380

STUDIOS & ART GALLERIES Circuitous Succession 825 Union Ave., 229-1041 David Lusk Gallery 97 Tillman St., 767-3800 Gallery Fifty-Six 2256 Central Ave., 276-1251 Gallery Ten Ninety One at WKNO 7151 Cherry Farms Rd., 458-2521




Rodin sculpture at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Jay Etkin Gallery 942 S. Cooper, 550-0064 L. Ross Gallery 5040 Sanderlin Ave. #104, 767-2200 Thomas Kinkade Inspiration Gallery 2760 N. Germantown Pkwy., #112 612-2668 Broad Avenue Arts District Broad Ave./Sam Cooper Blvd. Creation Studios 2637 Broad Ave., 367-9727 Five in One Social Club (VINI) 2535 Broad Ave., 308-2104 MetalWorks Design Studios 2537 Broad Ave., 327-4000 T. Clifton Art Gallery 2571 Broad Ave., 323-2787 South Main Arts District Art Village Gallery 410 S. Main St., 521-0782 Jack Robinson Gallery 400 S. Front St., 576-0708

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Memor a ble Memphia ns by chris honeysuckle ellis

B.B. King 1925— 2015


he thrill was gone away for good when on May 14, 2015, B.B. King paid the debt we all must pay. Beale Street’s cobbled blocks might have exuded a kind of magic in the simpler time when B.B. King and Elvis and untold numbers of others who trod those pavements created a live tradition in popular music unsurpassed to this hour. Maybe it was the water. Certainly the earthy charm of B.B. King and his beloved guitar Lucille altered music history of the twentieth century, no small feat for one who could not sing and play at the same time. King lived for 89 years of constantly advancing obesity with diabetes that eventually cost him his ambulation, but not the use of his magical fingers — which always stopped at some indeterminate spot where the fret board began — nor the lyricism of a voice to which even your president’s malevolent children respond gleefully, possibly for the novel experience of hearing words lifted in song of any person who has “really really paid some dues.”

MUSIC & DANCE Ballet Memphis 7950 Trinity Rd., 737-7322 Children’s Ballet Theater 5111 Sanderlin Ave., 921-0388 Dancers, Inc. 3981 Macon Rd., 301-3262 Germantown Symphony Orchestra 794-9730 IRIS Orchestra 1801 Exeter Rd., 751-7669 Memphis Symphony Orchestra 585 S. Mendenhall, 537-2525 New Ballet Ensemble and School 2157 York Ave., 726-9225 Opera Memphis 6745 Wolf River Greenway, 257-3100 Project: Motion 2085 Monroe, 214-5327

Rumba Room 303 S. Main St., 523-0020 STAX Music Academy 926 E. McLemore Ave., 946-2535

THEATER Germantown Community Theatre 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Rd., 453-7447 Hattiloo Theatre 37 S. Cooper St., 525-0009 New Day Children’s Theatre 4630 Merchants Park Cir., 853-9669 Playhouse on the Square & Circuit Playhouse 66 S. Cooper St./51 S. Cooper St., 726-4656 Rhodes College McCoy Theatre 2000 N. Parkway, 843-3834 Theatre Memphis 630 Perkins Extd., 682-8601 TheatreWorks & Evergreen Theatre 2085 Monroe Ave./1705 Poplar Ave.,

Ss COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES The Art Museum at the University of Memphis 3750 Norriswood Ave., 678-2224 Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery, Christian Brothers University 650 E. Parkway, 321-3432 Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College 2000 N. Parkway, 843-3442 Memphis College of Art 1390 Poplar Ave., 272-5100

Steaming it up on Beale Street.


John Robinette Art 505 Tennessee St., #308, 523-9804 Joysmith Gallery 46 Huling Ave., 543-0505 Leadership Memphis Gallery/ Gallery 363 363 S. Main St., 278-0016 Rainbow Studio 400 S. Front, 521-0400 Robinson Gallery 400 S. Front St., 576-0708 Sue Layman Designs 125 G.E. Patterson Ave., Suite 103 409-7870

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THEATRICAL GROUPS Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe 274-1000, Playback Memphis 264-0841, Poplar Pike Playhouse 755-7775, Stage Door Productions, Kroc Center 729-8007, Tennessee Shakespeare Company 759-0604, Voices of the South 726-0800,


Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Lannie McMillan warms up backstage for a performance at Cook Convention Center.




BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove 6285 Snowden Ln., Southaven,

662-892-2660 Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center 3663 Appling Rd., 385-6440 Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center at St. Mary’s School 60 Perkins Extd., 537-1486 Cannon Center for the Performing Arts 255 N. Main, 576-1200 Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) 1801 Exeter Rd., 751-7500 The Harrell Performing Arts Theatre 440 W. Powell Rd., Collierville, 457-2780 Kroc Memphis, Nancy R. Crosby Worship and Performing Arts Center 800 East Parkway S., 729-8007 Lafayette’s Music Room 2119 Madison Ave., 207-5097 Landers Center 4560 Venture Dr., Southaven,

662-280-9120 Levitt Shell 1928 Poplar Ave., Overton Park, 272-2722 Live at the Garden Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd., 636-4107 Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities University of Memphis 678-3732, Minglewood Hall 1555 Madison Ave., 312-6058 Mud Island Amphitheater 125 N. Front St., 576-7241 The Orpheum 203 S. Main St., 525-3000

ARTS ORGANIZATIONS ArtsMemphis 575 S. Mendenhall, 578-2787


274-7139 University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance 144 Theatre Building, 678-5643

Beethoven Club 263 S. McLean St., 274-2504 The Blues Foundation 421 S. Main St., 527-2583 Center for Southern Folklore 119 S. Main St., 525-3655 The Consortium MMT 22 N. Front St., 543-3559 Crosstown Arts 422 N. Cleveland, 507-8030 Lindenwood Concerts 2400 Union Ave., 458-8506 Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc. 985 S. Bellevue Blvd., 948-9522 Memphis Chamber Music Society 758-0150 Memphis/Germantown Art League Memphis Jewish Community Center 6560 Poplar Ave., 761-0810 The Recording Academy 1910 Madison Ave., #536, 525-1340 School of Rock 400 Perkins Extd., 730-4380 9309 Poplar Ave., Suite 102, 209-4170 UrbanArt Commission 3485 Poplar Ave., Suite 225, 454-0474

READINGS & BOOK SIGNINGS Barnes & Noble 2774 N. Germantown Pkwy., 386-2468 4610 Merchants Park Cir., #521 (Collierville), 853-3264 Burke’s Book Store 936 S. Cooper, 278-7484 Java Cabana 2170 Young, 272-7210 Novel 387 Perkins Extd. River City Writers Series University of Memphis, 678-2651

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nce upon a time (a long time ago), the powers that be (or were) at Germantown Community Theatre worried that the company’s name (frequently nicked to GCT), sent the wrong message to patrons, would-be patrons, and the donor community at large. Strange as it sounds in our heavily networked day and age, the offending word was “community.” Even now, the expression “community theater” smacks of the pejorative, as if it were necessarily synonymous with words like provincial, naive, or amateur and all the other stuff Christopher Guest made fun of in his terrific community-theater satire, Waiting for Guffman. Patrons would almost certainly take “Germantown Theatre” more seriously, wouldn’t they?

Though the words “Germantown Theatre” actually were immortalized in the form of a frosted-glass office door panel, the identity crisis was short-lived. The C found its way back between the G and the T before most folks noticed it was MIA, and the quaint, quietly ambitious 112-seat venue on Forest Hill-Irene continued to attract top talent, collect shelves-full of awards, and build enviable education and children’s programming initiatives, all while struggling to leverage its role as the namesake playhouse in one of the South’s more affluent suburbs. In March, 2017, after many seasons of ups and downs, GCT’s board made a bracing public announcement: The theater wasn’t just broke, it was potentially broken. Considerable debt had been accrued and regardless of the quality of work on stage, audiences were choosing to be just about anywhere else. Things only got worse from there. Funds raised as part of a months-old capital campaign had been misapplied to cover the theater’s day-to-day operating costs, and the then-executive director added his name to an increasingly long list of shortlived theatre leaders. Trust in the tiny suburban institution was evidently compromised, so the GCT board took a leap of faith. Following an example set by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in 2014, when that grand old organization announced its impending financial collapse and put out a general call for rescuers, GCT took their troubles directly to the Germantown community, not knowing for sure who — if anybody — might be there to catch them. It’s the 45-year-old playhouse’s latest dance with the slippery c-word, as a new crop of leaders and board members work to figure out not only where GCT fits, but also, what it means.


oday Germantown Community Theatre’s identity is largely tied to its longtime home in a converted early-twentieth-century county schoolhouse on Forest Hill-Irene, although the quaint city-owned

above, left to right: These are the bones of Germantown Community Theatre, stripped of its sturdy brick, signature awnings, welcoming porch, rear deck and rehearsal hall. The intimate playhouse on Forest Hill-Irene started life as a quaint, country schoolhouse. property is technically the company’s third location. Midwifed by the Germantown Women’s Club, GCT came kicking and screaming into the world in 1972 with a production of You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water Is Running, a collection of comedy sketches by Tea and Sympathy playwright Robert Anderson, staged in the Germantown Community Center. In its earliest incarnation the theater was run by Terry Holcomb, a Nashville transplant then still enrolled in graduate school at Memphis State University. After its trial show, the newly minted producing body moved into its first permanent home in a tiny, 60-seat chapel behind Germantown Presbyterian Church, on a stretch of Germantown Road that no longer exists. Comic actor turned director Ann Marie Hall describes the original chapel space as a place where the regional acting community could, “do some plays outside of Midtown Memphis,” where opportunities for actors were fairly limited. “We all just wanted to be on stage, and we were willing to drive to Germantown to do it,” she says. Actually, Memphis’ now-vibrant and diverse theater culture was considerably small-

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er in 1972, when GCT sputtered to life. There were fewer local companies and they received a lot more attention from the city’s two daily newspapers and other media. Front Street Theatre, the professional house where stars like Dixie Carter and Polly Holliday got their start, was freshly dead. Theatre Memphis was still the Memphis Little Theatre, housed in the poolhouse at the Pink Palace, and subscription sales were strong enough that walkup tickets were sometimes hard to come by. Jackie Nichols, whose thriving family of theaters helped Overton Square remain viable

a space the size of a postage stamp. Rone’s first show at GCT was American Primitive, a historical verse drama about the revolutionary lives of John and Abigail Adams. It starred a young but still mostly unknown Jim Ostrander just prior to the celebrated voice and stage actor’s debut at Theatre Memphis. The versatile and indefatigable Ostrander worked on every stage in town, becoming synonymous with the best of what the city’s theatrical community had to offer. In 2001, a year before he succumbed to cancer of the jaw, the Memphis magazine and

Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, an experiment in turning federal money over to states for the purpose of creating jobs. “To qualify you had to have a bachelor’s degree and you had to have been unemployed for a year,” says Seacat, who’d attended Memphis State with Holcomb, and had spent the requisite time jobless. “I was able to get The Commercial Appeal’s theater writer, Bob Jennings, to finally pay attention to us,” Seacat says of his tenure at GCT. “That opened us up to more people.” The additional exposure resulted in added

during the Midtown drinking and dining ArtsMemphis-sponsored Memphis Theatre district’s leanest times, had just moved his Awards (founded in 198x) were christened Circuit Playhouse into a converted movie The Ostranders in his honor. house at the corner of Poplar and Evergreen. Playhouse on the Square, Nichols’ flagship ormer executive director professional company, wouldn’t launch until Brent Davis describes GCT as a “theater 1975, the same year Theatre Memphis celeof firsts,” because — like the great Ostrander brated its 55th anniversary by moving into — so many people got their start there. Bill its expanded facilities on Perkins Extended, Short, associate director of the Barret Library then near the heart of Memphis’ booming at Rhodes College and a Eugart Yerian honeastward migration. oree himself, takes the concept further. Short, John Rone, a Yugart Eurian Ostrandwho also got his start in Germantown, compares the experience er Award honoree for lifetime service of working there to to theater in Mema big commercial phis, describes the show’s pre-Broadway John Rone compares executive original GCT locarun in New Haven, succession at Germantown to the Connecticut. “Only tion as an absurd little place with no it wasn’t a test site,” study of ancient Roman history. wing space, no f lyShort says. “It was a space, no stage-right proving ground.” exit, and a bizarre, B efore ret u r negress-blocking portion of the stage that ing to Memphis and taking a position with could be raised like a drawbridge to allow MIFA, Jim Seacat spent 20 years working as the marketing and communications director patrons into the auditorium, then lowered to complete the playing space. at the Actor’s Theatre in Louisville, home “That would probably be a code violation to the Humana Festival of New American today,” Rone muses. The ex-chapel was a place Plays. He got his start at GCT where, with a little help from President Richard Nixon, he where tiny budgets required big imaginations, and where he, and so many of Memphis’ became the company’s second paid employee. name-brand actors, designers, and directors He would eventually succeed Holcomb as learned their craft, squeezing baroque mysexecutive director. teries, Neil Simon farces, and enormous mu“They had something called a CETA grant,” sicals like Anything Goes and Damn Yankees onto Seacat says, describing the WPA-inspired

performances, and rough shades were cut from particle board to cover the old chapel’s stained-glass windows, making Sunday matinee performances of popular hits like The Amorous Flea and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie possible at last. With non-existent budgets and lighting provided by floodlamps wrapped in old paint cans, GCT relied on creative solutions to mount challenging plays and popular musicals.





hile Theatre Memphis may have struggled for a time in the 1990s, following the retirement of its longtime executive director Sherwood Lohrey, and Playhouse on the Square has gone through changes and navigated its own share of hard times, both companies have enjoyed relative stability when compared to GCT, where executive directors seldom have lasted more than three years. John Rone compares executive succession in Germantown to the study of ancient Roman history. “There are all these Caesars that come in, and some of them don’t stay very long,” he says, naming as many past executives as he can remember off the top of his head: Bonnie Robinson, Joanne Malin, Kyle Hatley, Deborah Harrison, Bo List, Cori Stevenson, Leigh Walden, Brent Davis, Keith Salter, and the list goes on from there. The company moved to its current location in 1981, under the leadership of Carrie Morrow, a tireless theater warrior described A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 29

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Jim Ostrander and Susan Brindley in the 1991 production of Bell, Book & Candle.

above: The Foreigner in 1995 with (L to R) Brent Davis, Beverly McCraw, and John Rone.

by Bill Short as “having the strength of purEntzminger says GCT is serious about growing audiences, mending tattered pose to work day and night, on both sides of the hall, raising the money and putting relationships, and showing a commitment on the shows.” to responsible arts programming and manUnder Morrow’s direction, a new stage agement. “We used a cost-reduction strategy was constructed on top of the older stage for next season,” he says. One slot has been in a room that had once doubled as the old cut from the season entirely, and instead of school’s cafeteria and auditorium. Wing staging lavish musicals, the company is lookspace remained minimal, and lighting could ing for quality low-royalty and royalty-free be tricky in the low-ceilinged theater but, material. To hedge against future crises, a somehow, sprawling Shakespearean epics like new committee was formed to respond to the Romeo and Juliet and musical extravaganzas specific needs of whistleblower situations. To like Guys & Dolls and Fiddler on the Roof were grow its audience and its appeal to sponsors, made to fit. “It’s always had a chamber theater Entzminger hopes GCT can reimagine its quality,” says Short, who acted, directed, deidentity and its relationship with Germansigned for, and served town, Memphis, and on the board of GCT Shelby County. until he scaled back The aim, EntzAdams is a realist who worries that minger explains, is his participation in 2009. “Every scene’s the small company can sell out every to use all of GCT — a close-up.” inside and out — and show and still not cover expenses. The intimacy that develop it, not just as makes GCT such a a place where resiunique experience dents may choose to for patrons can also make it a tougher sell see a show or two a year, but as a cultural for sponsors, since the little room has to sell hub where people gather regularly for art out its entire weekend to do the kind of numopenings, food, and music events. “We have bers that Memphis’ larger playhouses turn to find opportunities for programming that out in a night. aren’t going to get in the way of what we Board member Justin Entzminger is clearalready do with theater,” he says. “We’ve got eyed about the size issue. “We’re never going to figure out how to engage more people.” to be able to say we attract in a night or even Actor and board member Brian Everson in a weekend the audience that Theatre Memagrees. “We had great success with the Johnphis or Playhouse has,” he explained when ny Cash musical Ring of Fire,” he says, seeing a possible relationship between the kinds of GCT took its bad situation public this past live music GCT might host and the kinds of spring. “But we have a strong relationship musicals GCT might stage in the future. with audiences in East Memphis, Collierville, and Cordova. So we can’t speak to quantity, “We know there’s work to do to repair but we can speak to community and loyalty.” some relationships,” Entzminger says. “But



we’re serious about getting the work done. We want to be thought of as a place that’s trusted and as a place where, when you’re with us, you’re supported.”


r. Bo Adams, the GCT board president, thinks support and gratitude should extend beyond the creative and consumer communities to the philanthropic community as well. “We’ve done a terrible job of thanking prior donors but we’re addressing this, and making sure they’re recognized,” he says. Adams is also a realist who worries that the small company can do well, sell out every show, and still not always cover daily expenses. Deeper cuts to both manpower and salaries are being considered, he says. But more than the money, Adams is focused upon connecting the city of Germantown to its theater and re-connecting the theater to the people who’ve nourished and sustained it over the years. Recently, Adams was a special guest at a meeting of the Germantown Women’s Club, when leadership announced a new $2,000 challenge grant benefitting the theater — a challenge that was quickly met by supporters. “I’d say we had drifted apart,” Adams speculates, unable to explain how the theater grew estranged from its volunteer base and the women’s organization that birthed it. Between debt forgiveness, emergency giving, and austerity measures GCT managed to keep its doors open. In the 2016-2017 season (is this correct?), top-drawer productions of shows like Haint, an original Southern gothic mystery by GCT’s artistic director Justin Asher, and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass

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Chris Davis in Fiddler on the Roof, 1991.

Menagerie marked a solid return to artistic excellence. Box office revenue stabilized and showed gains for the comedy The Game’s Afoot. An events committee was established and charged with finding reasons for people to visit the grounds and sample the GCT as a regional amenity. “We’re looking for events to alert and attract the community,” Adams says. “Local music on the stage, an art gallery with local artists. Events where they can discuss their work. Food truck nights and things like that.” Adams hopes to re-create the kind of energy and family atmosphere former GCT board member and occasional director Madalyn McKnight Stanford describes when she talks about the time when the theater borrowed an idea from sports fans and launched a monthly tailgate party before the Sunday matinee. “People would come for the food and they would stay for the show,” Stanford says. That’s the community spirit former GCT executive director Brent Davis tried to capture when the company adopted the motto “GCT: Come Play.” It’s the sense of mutual purpose another former executive director, Bo List, gets at when talking about the need to bring volunteers through the doors. “At any given time, there were large numbers of retirees, students and adults needing to complete community service hours [in the building]. That, more than anything else we did in my time there, put the “community” in “community theater.” Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo buys his adult daughter theatre subscriptions for her birthday. He awakened to the value of community theater many years ago, watching the same daughter watch The Best Christmas

very year in August, as curtains fall on summer musicals all over town, and area playhouses ready themselves for the launch of a new season, area actors, directors, designers, musicians, chorus dancers, and backstage crews gather downtown to drink, gnosh, gossip, and toast the finest shows and performances of the year at Memphis’ mother-theater, The Orpheum. Every year, more and more fans follow them to soak up the vibe and catch some knockout comedy, song, and dance as area theaters stage concert-style selections from their nominated shows. The annual Ostrander Awards were created by Memphis magazine and ArtsMemphis working together to honor excellence and foster community. The “Ossies” were named for Jim Ostrander, a beloved character actor, and the awards ceremony evolved Divine comedian over time from a relatively small private party into a Sister Myotis fun public event, and a one-night showcase for some of the region’s finest vocal talent. For show-biz types, it’s a family reunion. For everybody else it’s a chance to see some of the year’s best moments revived in one place. Divine comedian Sister Myotis returns to host the 2017 awards ceremony. Actor Irene Crist, whose retirement from the stage was announced in these pages in February, will be honored with the Eugart Yerian award for lifetime achievement. Crist, who still plans to teach and direct, ended her acting career in June after starring in David Lindsey-Abaire’s Ripcord opposite 2016 Eugart Yerian honoree Karen Barile. The 2017 Ostrander Awards are slated for Sunday, August 27. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., with the awards and show at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale later this month and will be available online via memphismagazine,com and at the Memphis Flyer’s theater blog, Intermission Impossible.

Pageant Ever at GCT. “You could wave your hand in front of her face and she wouldn’t notice,” he remembers. As a freshman alderman, Palazzolo participated in “sundowning” the Morgan Woods Children’s Theatre, an arts program run through Germantown Parks & Recreation. He says he appreciates the subsequent partnership that the city has cultivated with GCT to create children’s programming and family entertainment.


amily theater” is an expression usually employed to describe safe spaces where nobody’s challenged by “adult content.” To GCT’s credit (but probably not its philanthropic benefit), the company has always tried to address the whole family, including children, teens, and grownups who sometimes enjoy a heady drama by Tennessee Williams or a ribald Steve Martin farce. Memphis actor Greg Boller is a GCT “first” whose story of father/daughter bonding mirrors Palazzolo’s, and illuminates another facet of “family” theater. Today, Boller is one of Memphis theater’s most recognizable faces, having performed all over town in epics like Lord of the Flies at Playhouse on the Square and in smaller, edgier work like Tracy Letts’ terrifying,

nudity-laden Bug at TheatreWorks. But the Ostrander-nominated performer might not have gotten on stage as an adult at all if his daughter Rae hadn’t come home from Christmas Pageant rehearsals worried because the actor playing “Dad” had to drop out of the show. Boller filled in, and after his first taste of the spotlight, he never stopped auditioning and doing shows. “Lots of parents got to share the stage with their children at GCT,” Boller says of his Christmas Pageant experience. “To me, that’s a very special meaning of ‘family theatre.’” Ask a dozen people to describe what community theater means and you’ll get a dozen wildly different answers. GCT is all things to all people. It’s a theater of firsts, a family theater, and a teaching theater devoted to classics but not afraid of new work. Taking stock of the theater’s history and service, Bo Adams says he’s confident in the brand but anxious to see what happens next. “We’ve got a lot of things we’d like to see happen, but until we have an executive director we don’t always have somebody to make sure it happens,” he says. Auditions for that starring role are ongoing, should you wish to be part of something very special. A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 31

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The sun sets over Hyde Lake at Shelby Farms Park.

OUR A NNUA L GUIDE TO THE CIT Y ’S MOV ERS, SHA K ERS, A ND OTHER NE WS -MA K ERS compiled by memphis magazine staff


fter the architect Christopher Wren was laid to rest in the crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, his son placed a simple marker on his grave. Translated from Latin, it reads, “If you seek his monument, look around you.” When noted Memphis architect Roy Harrover passed away on December 13, 2016, his extensive portfolio didn’t include a cathedral, but he designed a church well-known to most Memphians, the ultra-modern Church of the River. It’s easy enough to look around this city and admire other monuments to his genius: Memphis International Airport, Mud Island River Park, Commerce Square, and countless other public buildings in this city. Michael Rose also left behind an impressive legacy. The former chairman of Holiday Inns, who passed away April 2, 2017, established the Promus Companies in Memphis, and gets credit for the hotel chain’s successful transition to the gaming industry, with Harrah’s Casino. He operated on a more local scale, but it’s possible Robert Raiford was as well known as either of these two gentlemen. After all, Raiford’s Hollywood Disco became a Memphis institution, drawing visitors from all walks of life. Other celebrities who left us behind in recent months included longtime Memphis sports broadcaster George Lapides, Ruby Wilson (“The Queen of Beale Street”), restaurateur Ronnie Grisanti, and Irvin Salky, the civilrights attorney and community activist, hailed by the Memphis Flyer as “the resident conscience” of this city. Some of the people spotlighted on the following pages stand shoulder to shoulder with these; others may have not yet established the same legacy, but they are young, and there’s still time. We hope you enjoy (and agree with) our selection of the 2017 movers, shakers, and other news-makers of Memphis.



JEN ANDREWS Executive director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy since 2016. After graduating with a B.A. in English literature from Rhodes College in 2006, planned to attend graduate school at the University of Arkansas. To save money decided to wait a year and apply for a new opening at what was then the Shelby Farms Park Alliance. As the first official employee of what would become the Conservancy, worked alongside Laura W. Morris to grow the park into a greater natural attraction for the larger Memphis community. Recent improvements include Patriot Lake (now Hyde Lake) expanded from 52 to 80 acres, a new visitors center, lakeside pavilions, events center, restaurant, and pedestrian promenade. WARD ARCHER Founder of Archer Records and Music+Arts Studio. Former ad agency executive who engineered the merger of two Memphis agencies in 1990 to form Archer Malmo, now Tennessee’s largest ad agency, where he served as CEO. Archer Records also manages the Blue Barrel Records imprint; combined artists include Amy LaVere, John Kilzer, Lily Afshar, the Mighty Souls Brass Band, Caleb Sweazy, Alex da Ponte, and The Memphis Ukulele Band. Film sound projects include Craig Brewer’s Mike Conley film, The Conductor, McGhee Monteith’s prizewinner He Could’ve Gone Pro, director Waheed AlQawasmi’s Lives Restarted, and Stephen Ross’ Kallen Esperian: Vissi d’arte. In 2017, Archer founded nonprofit Protect Our Aquifer to challenge TVA’s plans to cool the new Allen power plant with drinking water from the Memphis Sands Aquifer. Also serves on the boards of the Indie Memphis Film Festival and the Beale Street Caravan radio network. B.A., Rhodes College.

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MERI ARMOUR President and CEO, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Has been with hospital since 2007. Helped oversee Le Bonheur’s $100 million fundraising campaign, completion of a $340 million hospital, and recruitment of some of the country’s most sought-after physicians and staff. Le Bonheur has been named one of the “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report multiple times. Received a 2014 Ruby R. Wharton Award and the 2008 Children’s Hospital Association Advocacy Award. Named Communicator of the Year by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2009. Named YWCA Woman of the Year (Cleveland, Ohio) in 2005, and was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow in 2008. Armour is also a registered nurse.

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CHARLES “CHUCK” BR ADY President/CEO of the Memphis Zoo since 2003. Zoo has been voted among the country’s best for many years and has undergone renovations costing more than $90 million since early 1990s. Active in conservation efforts for various species and has served on the boards of the Giant Panda Conservation Foundation and the Jaguar Conservation Fund. Played a key role in negotiations with the Chinese government that brought a pair of giant pandas to the zoo in spring 2003. Zambezi River Hippo Camp premiered in 2016, the latest in zoo’s transformation to more environmentally sound habitats for its animals.

BRE T T BAT T ER SON President and CEO of the Orpheum Theatre Group. Recently oversaw renaming and branding of the nonprofit organization that operates the historic Orpheum Theatre and newly constructed Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. Founded the Memphis Cultural Coalition, a discussion roundtable composed of the CEOs of the leading nonprofit cultural institutions in the Mid-South. Announced in February that the mega-hit Broadway musical Hamilton will be coming to the Orpheum in the 2018-2019 season, marking the show’s first performances in Tennessee. In 2017 introduced a new performing-arts camp for children who have experienced the death of a parent, Mending Hearts Camp, to Memphis. Formerly executive director of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre and COO of Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit. B.A. from Augsburg College and M.F.A. from Tulane University. JACK BELZ As chairman and CEO of Belz Enterprises, Belz heads one of the South’s largest real estate and development firms. A longtime booster, activist, and participant in downtown development, probably best known for bringing back The Peabody hotel. The driving force behind Peabody Place, a two-million-square-foot mixed-use development stretching for eight blocks that welcomed ServiceMaster’s headquarters in 2017. Has worked with the Memphis Housing Authority and Henry Turley Company to develop Uptown, including the demolition of the Hurt Village housing project and construction of approximately 1,000 new single-family and multifamily units near St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Also partnered in downtown projects such as Harbor Town and South Bluffs. Received the Leadership Memphis Community Leadership 2000 Award, named 2003 Master Entrepreneur by the Society of Entrepreneurs, and presented the Kether Shem Tov Award from the Orthodox Union, one of the highest honors bestowed on members of the worldwide Jewish community. BAYA RD BOY L E JR. Chairman of Boyle Investment Company, one of the region’s largest commercial, industrial, residential, and mixed-use developers. Major projects in the Memphis area include Schilling Farms, Ridgeway Center, Gardens of River Oaks, and Moriah

Woods, among others. A third-generation real estate developer, in 1960, after graduating from Washington and Lee University, joined the company founded by his father, Bayard Boyle Sr. Served as president 1971-1986, CEO since 1978, and chairman since 1986. Board member of Rhodes College, St. George’s School, and Pathfinder International. Board member and chairman of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Inducted into the Society of Entrepreneurs in 2001.

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ybill Shepherd was good enough for Larry McMurtry, who dedicated his novel Texasville to her, and quite good enough for Ronald McDonald, who appeared with her at a telethon in 1981, so one imagines she is good enough for you. She certainly is good enough for me. McMurtry became her friend while working her first movie, The Last Picture Show, and Ronald McDonald disappeared before her very eyes during that telethon, as informed sources can attest. I never saw The Last Picture Show, nor anything else she ever appeared in except that telethon, but you may be sure that on that Labor Day Weekend she generated a notable stack of contributions. Ronald McDonald, not so much. When she pointed out that during the run of the popular television program Moonlighting her salary was consistently about 50 percent as much as that of her male costar, she was called the B-word, which is the applicable term, as all boys and girls must know, for females who illuminate wage inequities in the workplace.


CRAIG BREWER Memphis’ most accomplished film director and screenwriter. Filmed the Oscar and Sundance award-winning movie Hustle & Flow, mostly in Memphis; followed by Black Snake Moan, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Received the Governor’s Award in 2005 from the Tennessee Film Commission for his contributions to the film industry. Served as executive producer on the 2012 documentary/concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me. In 2015, created a short film, Marc Gasol of Memphis, for the Grizzlies. Brewer also serves as a writer, director, and co-executive producer on the hit show Empire, reuniting him with Hustle & Flow stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. He is developing multiple feature projects as well as television projects for 20th Century Fox Television. RUBY BRIGHT Executive director and chief administrative officer of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Since 2004, Bright’s leadership has helped the City of Memphis to leverage $120 million in federal HOPE VI grants by raising nearly $10 million to support case management services for more than 3,200 former public housing families. Oversaw the launch of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan which focuses on reducing poverty in zip code 38126. Recognized for her expertise in strategic leadership, community relations, operational management, marketing, and fund development. Previously served as board chair of the Women’s Funding Network, an organization of Women’s Funds from around the world. Leadership awards include the 2016 Memphis Heritage Trail Trailblazers Award and the 2013 Memphis Theological Seminary Henry Logan Starks Award. SCOT T BROCKMAN President and CEO, Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority since 2014. Joined the Authority in 2003 after working at Tucson, Des Moines, and Sarasota-Bradenton airports. Accredited Airport Executive (AAE). A native of Cincinnati; holds degree in accounting from Florida Southern College. Current chairman of the executive committee for the board of directors for the

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NED CANT Y General director of Opera Memphis since January 2011. Has directed shows for Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, and Florida Grand Opera, as well as productions in China, Israel, Italy, and Canada. As festival director of the New York Television Festival until 2010, helped grow it into one of the premier events in the media industry. Has taught or lectured at Columbia University, Amherst College, Juilliard, and The Curtis Institute. In 2012 launched “30 Days of Opera,” a monthlong festival of free performances throughout Memphis. In 2013 launched the Memphis Midtown Opera Festival to focus on rarely produced and original works, including the world premiere, “Ghosts of Crosstown,” performed inside the then-abandoned Sears Building with audience-held flashlights as the only light source. Member of Opera America Board of Trust. Named Inside Memphis Business CEO of the Year in 2017. PAUL CHANDLER Executive director of the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) and a department head with the City of Germantown. Responsible for all entertainment, arts education, fundraising, performing arts, and visual art programs associated with GPAC. Currently designing and developing an outdoor performance venue called The Grove at GPAC, which will serve the region and create an audience-building program for the indoor venue and all of its primary users. Also creating a new public art strategy for the City of Germantown. Successful in creating new revenue streams and increasing ticket sales at GPAC. Serves on the board of directors of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Rock ’n’ Soul Museum, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and the Americana Music Society. STUBBY CLAPP Manager of the Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. First season at helm marks a return to franchise where Clapp starred as a back-flipping second-baseman from 1999 to 2002. Member of 2000 Pacific Coast League championship team. In just second month at helm, led club to first 11-game winning streak in 20-year franchise history. Native of Windsor, Ontario, played in 23 games for Cardinals in 2001. Served most recently (2015-16) as hitting coach for Toronto Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate. NANCY COFFEE Since 2004, president and CEO of New Memphis, the organization that works to attract, develop, activate, and retain talent for a more vital and prosperous Memphis. New Memphis serves the complete spectrum of leaders, from

mid-career high-performers to millennials on the rise. Previously vice president of ArtsMemphis and served as program officer at the Council on Foreign Relations. Educated at Dartmouth, London School of Economics, and University of Chicago. Board member of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, Greater Memphis Chamber, and New Leaders, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum. Native of Boulder, Colorado.

STEVE COHEN Serving sixth term in U.S. House of Representatives from Memphis’ 9th District. A graduate of Vanderbilt and University of Memphis Law School, was first elected to Congress in 2006 after over 20 years as an influential member of the state Senate, where he midwifed the Tennessee state lottery into being and was the body’s most prominent progressive. Ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, has been instrumental as member of Transportation Committee in getting Transportation Improvement Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants for Memphis area; is co-sponsor of pending legislation requiring leg-room standards on commercial airlines. Named member of House Ethics Committee in 2017. Has been handily re-elected since winning seat vacated by Harold Ford Jr. in 2006. Instrumental in gaining federal funding for Big River Crossing, pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi opened in 2016. Has been an outspoken congressional critic of President Donald Trump. JERRY COLLINS President and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water since 2007. Under his leadership, MLGW is a multiple winner of the American Public Power Association’s RP3 award for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Native Memphian, former director of public works for the City of Memphis. Registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee. Awarded Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Alumnus Award and the Herff Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering by the University of Memphis. Former president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association, former president of the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Pollution Control Association, and former board member for the International Water Environment Federation. Currently serving as chairman of the board for United Way. MIKE CONLE Y Longtime point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies; first player to spend 10 full seasons with the franchise. Has played in more games (706), delivered more assists (4,011), and scored more points (10,050) than any other player in team history. Turns 30 in October 2017. Averaged a career-high 20.5 points per game in 2016-17, leading Griz to NBA playoffs for seventh consecutive season. Two-time winner of the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award (2014 and 2016). Signed then-richest contract in NBA history ($153 million over five years) in 2016 that should keep him in a Griz uniform at least through the 2020-21 season. contin u ed on page 40

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AL GREEN Lured to Memphis from his native Forrest City, Arkansas, by producer Willie Mitchell in the 1970s and racked up seven top-10 soul hits in a three-year stretch, since selling more than 20 million records. Turned to gospel music after a religious conversion in 1973. Became an ordained preacher and founded the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Whitehaven, where he serves as pastor. Multiple Grammy Award winner. Member of the Rock-and-Roll, Gospel, and Songwriters Halls of Fame. In 2003, had albums listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time. 2014 Kennedy Center honoree. Named one of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” by Rolling Stone (ranked 66th).

MICAH GREENSTEIN Senior rabbi of Temple Israel, Tennessee’s oldest and largest synagogue. Named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America” by Newsweek, Humanitarian of the Year by the Memphis City Council, and earned the 2012 President’s Humanitarian Award from Memphis Theological Seminary. Named 2013 Memphian of the Year by Memphis magazine. President of the Memphis Ministers Association with board service including the NAACP National Board of Directors, National Civil Rights Museum, United Way, St.

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AUDRE Y GREGORY Recently named CEO of St. Francis Healthcare, responsible for overseeing all areas of operations at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. Born in Jamaica and moved to the United States for college, traveling with her husband during his military career in the U.S. Army. Earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and a Ph.D. in global leadership from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Began her career with Tenet Healthcare, which operates St. Francis, in 2004 at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Florida, as director of emergency services before advancing to director of nursing and, in 2008, chief nursing officer. In 2011, promoted to COO at St. Francis Hospital where she was responsible for all aspects of day-today operations at the 519-bed facility. In 2014, promoted to CEO at Placentia-Linda Hospital in Placentia, California. K AT ORI HALL Recently named artistic director of Hattiloo Theatre, Overton Square company established by Ekundayo Bandele. Memphis native, graduate of Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Juilliard School. Award-winning playwright, with recent works The Mountaintop (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play), Hurt Village (2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Children of Killers, Hoodoo Love, and many others. Other honors include Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York Fellowship, ARENA Stage American Voices New Play Residency, Brian Family Award in Drama from Fellowship of Southern Writers, and John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement from Columbia University. Made her directing debut with 2012 film adaptation of Hurt Village. TRAC Y HALL Named president of Southwest Tennessee Community College in July 2015. Previously served as vice president for academic affairs at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park and as associate dean of instruction at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley in Kansas City, Missouri. Holds a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in educational leadership and policy analysis, and a master’s from Wichita State University. Serves on several professional and civic organizations and has participated in mentoring, management, and leadership conferences. LEE HARRIS Minority leader of the Tennessee state Senate, won election to four-year term in 2014, defeating incumbent Ophelia Ford in first victory ever by anyone over an incumbent member of the well-established Ford political family. Previously won election to open Memphis City Council seat in 2011 over Kemba contin u ed on page 8 0

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by michael finger


ince we work so far in advance, the editors of a monthly magazine rarely get the chance to shout “Stop the presses!” as you hear in almost any movie made about the newspaper business. But that is precisely what happened on August 16, 1977, when we — along with millions of other people around the globe — learned the stunning news of the death of Elvis Presley.

The news affected us in a special way. Our September issue was actually at the printer, and it dawned on us that to crank out a city magazine that made no mention of the demise of the King of Rock-and-Roll would make us look sadly out of touch with our city. So 40 years ago, we did something that we have never done since. We indeed stopped the presses, pulled the cover story planned for the September issue, and went into crisis mode. We quickly recruited Jackson Baker, at the time a talented freelance contributor (and now senior editor of our sister publication, the Memphis Flyer)) to craft a comprehensive overview of the life of Elvis. Titled “End of an Era,’ it is widely considered, then and now, one of the finest articles ever produced about Elvis Presley — an accomplishment even more remarkable considering we gave Baker a freelance writer’s most dreaded deadline — telling him, in effect, “We need it yesterday.” To supplement the main story, back in those days before the internet and Google and Photoshop and, for that matter, even word

processors, we cobbled together a special 16-page section that included classic images of the King from various photographers and illustrators. In a matter of days we assembled all the pieces of the puzzle, and the September issue made it to newsstands and on schedule. Looking back on it, that issue still stands the test of time. For proof, we can look at the final paragraph of Baker’s eloquent essay: “That, after all the splendor of his career, Elvis would die in his own home of natural causes like many another middle-aged American male before him is something that probably never crossed his mind. And perhaps it was this circumstance that gave his face the look of surprise which so many thought they observed as he lay in his casket. Many of his former hit songs were played on radio and television in the days after his death, but one of them received singular attention and sounded especially haunting. It was the ballad which began, ‘Are you lonesome tonight? / Do you miss me tonight?’ For much of the world at large, the answer was, and would continue to be, Yes.” The September 1977 cover story (such a classic that it has been reprinted several times in this magazine since that first appearance) was just the beginning. Over the years, we have focused on just about everything Elvis — from his early beginnings to his enduring fame. As we near the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death, we take a look back at some of the top stories in our years of covering the King of Rock-and-Roll. What you’ll read here are just snippets, of course. For the full story, simply visit our website,

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hings got considerably more light-hearted with this issue, when we put together a compilation of any and all things Elvis. Some of these items were actually for sale — key rings, coloring books, license plates, and other souvenirs — but we also compiled lists of books, films, his number-one songs, and even fan clubs. To fill out the section, we added cryptic notes scribbled on the wall at Graceland (“It’s all your fault I’m here with my woman,” was just one example), along with a list of Elvis songs that most certainly did not make any top-10 lists: “Petunia, The Gardener’s Daughter,” “Queenie Wahine’s Papaya,” and — perhaps strangest of all — “Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.” Remember that one? Nobody does.

“The King and His Kingdom”

W “Taking Care of Business?” AUGUST 1979


wo years after Elvis’ death, his legend lived on, but our city still hadn’t figured out a way to capitalize upon — we hesitate to say “exploit” — his fame. “Elvis fans come to Memphis to see something, and besides Graceland, there’s nothing to see,” said Deloss Walker, an ad agency president. Efforts to rename the Mid-South Coliseum or some city park had failed, as had plans to erect a 25-foot statue of the King at some undisclosed location. What was in the works was a larger-than-life but considerably scaled down statue that would be installed in a plaza on Beale Street. But, as this story illustrated, that was it. “If Elvis was the rockand-roll prophet and harbinger of a new popular culture,” wrote freelancer Joe Mulherin, “he has remained without substantial honor in his own country.”

“Stalking the Grim Reaper”


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he story that Elvis died of natural causes began to crumble when rumors surfaced that the King’s death was due to a drug overdose. Reporters with The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Press-Scimitar had already begun to focus their attention on Dr. George Nichopolous, Elvis’ personal physician. But the story became national news when a former Memphian named Charlie Thornton, then working as a producer for ABC News, came to town to do a little digging on his own. He soon brought along Geraldo Rivera, and freelancer Tom Martin examined “How ABC Unearthed the Elvis Story.” “It can’t be denied,” says Martin, “that if ABC had never pursued its investigation, the revelations of Elvis’ massive prescription drug habit (as well as the doctor and pharmacist who facilitated that habit) might never have become public. Until ABC came to town, it seemed that in all corners the case was closed.”

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e have a confession to make. It took us almost ten years to jump on this bandwagon, but we began to realize several things: Fans come to Graceland in August to commemorate the death of Elvis. Those fans buy anything and everything related to Elvis. Fans might — just might — buy copies of Memphis magazine if we put Elvis on the cover that month. So we did just that, year after year. For 1987, we took the easy way out: We excerpted a few chapters from Elvis World, a new book by noted pop culture writers Jane and Michael Stern. “Elvis World is not one place,” the authors proclaim. “It is the universe defined by all he stands for: music, of course, and movies, but also the cascade of material things he consumed, the fans he enraptured, and stuffed shirts he outraged. Ten years after his death, Elvis World is thriving, built around the provocative symbol Elvis continues to be.”



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ee what we mean about using any gimmick — no matter how silly — to get Elvis on the cover in August? This was actually a pretty fun story. Contributing editor Mary Loveless explained, “Therein lay my mission: to chronicle, over a period of one year, the treatment of Elvis Presley in the tabloids.” What she found was more than we expected. From the Sun, National Enquirer, National Examiner,, and other rags, we culled such eye-catching stories as: “Caveman Looked Like Elvis,” “Elvis’ Ghost Talks to Me,” “I am Elvis Presley’s Long-Lost Twin,” and — our personal favorite — “UFO Alien Sang ‘Love Me Tender.’” Loveless explains this one, originally published in the Sun Sun:: “It seems that one Gifford Marvinson of England had a visitor from outer space. The farmer was terrified, until the alien who emerged from the spaceship began to sing ‘Love Me Tender.’ ‘A calm suddenly fell over me,’ he supposedly told the

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Sun’, ‘and I felt at one with the entire universe. . . . I guess it was some form of greeting, to show they meant no harm.’” No word on what the alien — or the English farmer — did after that.

“Hunka Hunka: The King’s Final Years” JULY 1993


he standard “take” on Elvis is that his early music — the raw stuff of rock-and-roll — was superior to his later, Las Vegas-style numbers. But Flyer music critic John Floyd questioned that conventional wisdom, beginning with the colorful observation: “So much of Elvis Presley’s musical and cultural legacy is based on the work he did in the 1950s that, for the average observer of pop music, Elvis may have well as died when his duck’s ass was buzzed off in the Army.” Floyd argues convincingly that pitifully few music writers — and even few fans of rock-and-roll — know anything about Elvis’ mid-1960s and 1970s output beyond “the wretched movies, the sequined jumpsuits, and the Hershey-bar sideburns.” After taking a critical look at the King”s later recordings, he concludes, “Studying the music that too many people swept under the carpet won’t get you to the bottom of the Elvis phenomenon, but it will give you an idea of how massive his importance to people’s lives really is — and how massive his contributions to American music and culture really were.”

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n this issue, associate publisher (and now F LYER editor) Bruce VanWyngarden took a then-and-now look at our city’s musical legacy. Elvis, of course, was featured prominently in the story, and VanWyngarden pondered what Memphis would be like if Elvis were alive today. He reaches a rather chilling conclusion: “What would Elvis be doing in 1995, at age 60? Running a dinner theater in Branson? Hawking TCB belt buckles on QVC? Would he have gone the way of Wayne Newton, a paunchy zillionaire playing in Las Vegas — or the Tunica casinos — six weeks a year? Or might he quietly have retired to a farm in Collierville, or started an Elvis theme park, or become a Scientologist? The possibilities are endless, but the hard truth is that it’s difficult to come up with any scenario involving a live Elvis that would have had the long-term economic impact on Memphis that his death has had.”

Elvis fan clubs donate to charity each year, and pointed out that many Elvis fans are pained by the constant media bashing. Said the president of one club: “There are some crazies out there who go off the deep end. I think they might be lacking something in their lives. But the media just zeroes in on them and that skews the whole thing.”

“Celebrating the Century: 100 Years of Memphis Memories, Moxie & Mayhem”



lvis shares the cover with political boss E.H. Crump and FedEx founder Fred Smith with good reason. In this special issue produced by John Branston, our editorial director of special projects, we took a look back at the most important people, places, and events of the past 100 years. Convening a panel of experts, we compiled lists of the city’s top authors, athletes, musicians, and more, and then we came to the hard part: picking the Memphian of the Century. It came down to a split decision, and the case for including the King was indeed compelling. “Elvis gets more ink, more books, more television coverage, and of course, more air time than any Memphian since DeSoto,” said Branston. University of Memphis history professor Charles Crawford hammered the point home very succinctly: “Though dead, he still lives.”

“Elvis: A Twenty-Year Salute”



n addition to reprinting Jackson Baker’s original essay on Elvis published 20 years earlier, in this special issue we took a look at one aspect of the Elvis culture that lives on: his die-hard fans. Most of the time, these people are dissed and dismissed — crazed pretenders to the throne who dress up in Elvis jumpsuits, don gaudy sunglasses, and preen outside Graceland, to the bemusement of other tourists. But in “A Man of Many Fans,’ associate (later senior) editor Marilyn Sadler discovered that the Memphis phenomenon touches people of every age, class, country, and profession, including lawyers, engineers, politicians, and reporters. She also noted the thousands of dollars

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ow do you measure fame? Not by Nobel Prizes, Oscars, or Grammys. No, in 2000, the true impact of a celebrity could be measured — even counted — by the number of items bearing that person’s name or likeness that were sold online. Writing that year, senior editor Michael Finger discovered that the King of Rock-and-Roll was indeed the King of eBay, with more than 7,000 Elvis-related items — records, eight-track tapes, books, T-shirts, sunglasses, toy guitars, salt-and-pepper shakers, you name it — for sale any day, every day: “Elvis’ dominance of eBay puts him considerably ahead of the Beatles (6,103 items), the Rolling Stones (2,136), and Frank Sinatra (1,701). In fact, as a A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 49

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brand name, Elvis Presley is only topped on eBay by Barbie and Disney.” Nothing has really changed, except those numbers now seem absurdly small. Today, Elvis still rules a sizeable domain on eBay, with more 243,000 items presently for sale. By comparison, the Beatles have 187,000 items listed, and pop superstars like Lady Gaga (19,800) and Katy Perry (18,500) don’t even come close. The most expensive Elvis item as this issue went to press in July 2017? An envelope — an “Elvis Presley First Day Cover #1,” described as “the most valuable Elvis Presley stamp and first-day cover in the world.” A bargain, too, at $1 million.

“In Tribute: Those Who Would Be the King”

“A Handshake with the King”


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h i s s t o ry t o o k a c o n s i d e r a b ly m o r e personal approach, when Frank Murtaugh Jr., the father of our managing editor, recalled a chance meeting with Elvis at the very beginning of the singer’s career. Murtaugh and a friend had wandered into the old Katz drug store on Airways one September evening in 1956, and Elvis happened to be in the building, buying toys for kids in a local hospital. The friend walked up to Elvis and shook his hand, and Murtaugh did the same. Elvis acknowledged both with a cursory, “Nice to meetcha,” and that was that — as far as Elvis was involved. Not for Murtaugh: “My celebrity at having shaken the hand of the man who would be King has stood me well, these 47 years. Although Elvis has been dead for 26 years, when I relate my encounter I get more attention now than when the legend was alive.” He



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y this time, Memphis magazine had explored Elvis’ life, his music, his movies, his fans, his place in history. But there was one group that remained “on the fringe” — those people who worshipped the King so much that they sought to become him. We mean, of course, the Elvis impersonators or — as some prefer to be called — interpreters. Photographer Vern Evans had been compiling photos of Elvis impersonators for years, and this issue collected the best of his images. The range is impressive, from El Vez, the Hispanic Elvis who became an international sensation, to Toni Rae, one of the few female impersonators. Evans, at the time living in Los Angeles, got the idea when he watched a TV program about an Elvis impersonators convention in Memphis. He came to our city, took some pictures, and over the next few years photographed more than 100 impersonators. Unlike others who have snapped similar photos, we noted, “Evans treats his subjects with the same respect they show their idol.”

had met people all over the world who wanted to hear his “Elvis story.” The never-ending interest led Murtaugh to conclude, “There is an aura now associated with his name alone. Elvis is no longer just a singer, an entertainer — he is an institution.”

“50 Years of Rock-and-Roll”


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n July 5, 1954, a then-unknown teenager named Elvis Presley stepped into the Union Avenue studio of producer Sam Phillips and changed the world. In uniting blues and country into a new form called rockand-roll, Presley and Phillips created a cultural future that continues to reign.” So wrote Flyer music editor Chris Herrington, as part of the introduction to a coffee-table book produced by our company and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau that chronicles 50 years of Memphis music. The July/August issue of Memphis excerpted several chapters from the book, and in the chapter devoted to Elvis, Herrington concluded that “rock-and-roll would sweep the world, and it all started in Memphis on July 5, 1954.”

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“Living Legend”


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here would Elvis hang out today, we wondered, if he were still alive — or if he could at least come back, in spirit? Surely he would visit his beloved Graceland, and want to see how his records were selling at Pop Tunes. Would he like to take one more ride on the Zippin Pippin roller coaster, revisit his old high school, sit in the window of his apartment in Lauderdale Courts, and maybe even sip a soda at the Arcade? With the help of an Elvis impersonator who served as Elvis’ “spirit,” talented photographer Brad Jones captured the ethereal images in this photo essay. Fantasy? Perhaps. But, “for many of the King’s fans, Elvis Presley has never left the building.”




hat’s just a sampling. The complete Elvis compendium from Memphis magazine’s archives would certainly include Jackson Baker’s profile of Priscilla Presley (“Who Was This

Woman? Who Was This Girl?” from July/August 1998), Baker’s look at Jack Soden, who has been running Graceland since it opened (“Keeper of the Kingdom” from July/August 1992), and even stories told by former neighbor Eleanor Sykes (“Elvis Remembered” from July/August 2000). In more recent issues, we’ve expanded the coverage of the King to include homes and properties he owned in other states. Our lifestyle editor Anne Cunningham O’Neill showed readers “The King and His Castles: A Visit to Two of Elvis’ California Homes” (August 2014 City Guide), and senior editor Shara Clark introduced readers to his enclave in Mississippi with “Home on the Circle G Ranch: Elvis Presley’s Retreat from Superstardom” (August 2016). For 40 years, we’ve covered the King, and it seems we will continue to do so for the next 40 years. For full versions of these and many other Elvis-related stories, go to

Does the spirit of Elvis still roam the halls of Humes high school?

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ne of our city’s greatest treasures is the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, tucked away beneath the trees of Overton Park. It is the largest art museum in the state of Tennessee, and, founded in 1916, it’s also the oldest. The Brooks celebrated the century mark with an extensive renovation that revitalized the interior by opening up new galleries. And to fill the new spaces, curator Stanton Thomas cooked up an idea: “Unwrapped: 100 Gifts for 100 Years” campaign. Beginning in 2014, the museum’s supporters and art institutions all over the world donated pieces of all shapes and sizes to enrich the museum’s permanent collection.

above: Willie Cole American, b. 1955 Home and Hearth, 2012 Serigraph, 40/50

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of Experimental Printmaking Institute; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016 PA.2016.42 © Willie Cole

opposite page: Red Grooms American, b. 1937 Memphis On My Mind, 2015 Enamel on epoxy

Commissioned by Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; funds provided by the Halliday family in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. William P. Halliday, Jr.; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016 2015.29 © 2015, all rights reserved Red Grooms

left: Felipe Archuleta American, 1910-1991 Zebra, 1981 House paint on wood with broom bristles Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of John Jerit; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016 PA.2016.69 © Estate of the artist

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top left: Gorham Manufacturing Company American (Providence, Rhode Island) Pitcher, ca. 1900 Sterling silver

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of Alice GoodmanRuthven in memory of Julius Goodman & Son Jewelers 1862-1990; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016 2015.22

bottom left: Lino Tagliapietra Italian, b. 1934 Mandara, 2005 Glass

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of Buzzy Hussey and Dr. Hal Brunt, 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016, PA.2016.75.; © Lino Tagliapietra

“It was done very discreetly,” says Thomas. “We had identified, over the past few years, things that were worth acquiring. We never put out an open call. We approached people very carefully.” While the curators admit that gathering these rarities was often a touchand-go prospect, in the end the museum happily exceeded the goal. Now, some of the choicest fruits of their labors — thanks to the donors’ generosity — are on display in the Brooks’ massive temporary exhibition gallery. The eclectic nature of “Unwrapped: 100 Gifts for 100 Years” makes it unlike most shows to appear in the space. “When we first started installing the collection, there was concern about what it would look like,” says curator Marina Pacini. “Would it be weird if there was stuff from so many different places, materials, and pieces? Instead, it’s been a complete joy.”

above right: Mildred Meriweather Gabbert American (Senatobia, Mississippi), 1845-1935 Crazy Quilt, ca. 1885 Silk

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of Robert R. Meacham, Jr. and Annabell Meacham; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016 2014.2

Visitors to the exhibit are greeted by Lino Tagliapetra’s 2005 sculpture Mandara. The Italian glassmaker is best known for monumental pieces that hang from the ceiling. But this exquisite piece is the size of a rugby ball. “It really shows off the extraordinary skill he has not only blowing glass, but also cutting glass,” says Thomas. “One of the things that’s so beautiful about this is the layers of color that are intersected by cut lines. It just glows with its own inner light. “We have a really strong decorative arts collection from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but little from the twentieth and twenty-first, he continues. “It’s really wonderful to add something like that, which not only fills in a gap in the collection but also shows what kind of decorative arts are being made in the twenty-first century.”

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above left: George Segal American, 1924-2000 Woman on Bench, 1997 Plaster, metal, and wood

Gift of The George & Helen Segal Foundation Inc.; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016 2014.5 © The George and Helen Segal Foundation / VAGA, New York, N.Y.

top center: Jimmy Lee Sudduth American, 1910-2007 Crocodile, ca. 1996 Acrylic on wood

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Bequest of Ester Sparks Sprague; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016; 2015.9.2; © Estate of the artist

The family of Mildred Merriwether Gabbart donated a priceless heirloom to “Unwrapped”: a crazy quilt. “This was a piece she worked on in the 1870s and 1880s,” says Thomas. “She willed it to the family, and the descendants decided to give it to us as part of the gifts campaign.” The center of the quilt depicts a couple riding in a horse-drawn carriage which Thomas says is the artist and her husband. “Every day, her husband would come home from work — he was a big landowner and merchant in Senatobia — and he would pick up his wife and they would go for a little spin away from the 11 children that they had.” Actual portraiture in a quilt is extremely rare, says Thomas. “There’s a real individuality about it. It’s great folk art, in addition to being a great example of quilting.”

above right: David Smith American, 1906-1965 Untitled, 1957 Oil on paper

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Dr. George A. Coors, Irrevocable Charitable

Remainder Trust in memory of Irene Gwin Russell, the Barnhardt Trust, Dr. James K. Patterson, Dr. Rushton E. Patterson, and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Collections Management Committee in honor of Honey and Rudi Scheidt; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016; 2015.17; © The Estate of David Smith/ VAGA, New York, N.Y.


he array of new pieces is dizzying. There’s a huge sculpture from the estate of American Pop Art master George Segal. New York photography collector Peter J. Cohen contributed snapshots of African Americans taken in the middle of the twentieth century. (Pacini says the dozens of pictures of unknown people smiling, laughing, and going about their daily business counts as only one gift.) Dating from the middle of the nineteenth century is a f lip-top, twist-top, trick-leg card table from famed cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe. A major work from late in the career of Carroll Cloar, Avenue of Trees, adds to the museum’s already extensive collection of works from arguably Memphis’ greatest painter. The largest — and perhaps last — sculpture from Nancy Graves, Metaphore and Melanomy, has already taken a place of honor in the A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 55

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top: Hassan Hajjaj Moroccan, b. 1961 Mandisa Dumezweni, 2011

Metallic lambda print on Dibond with wood and plastic mat frame; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase with funds provided by the Eva Bernhardt Acquisition Fund; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016 PA.2016.18; © Hassan Hajjaj

museum’s contemporary gallery. And from 1925 is a glass brick in the shape of a goddess’ face, originally part of a fountain that was the centerpiece of the Paris exhibition that kickstarted the Art Deco movement. “This was in a collector’s house here in Memphis,” says Thomas. “He had it mounted on a wall, and asked if I could climb up and get it for him. I was shocked to find out that it weighs almost 40 pounds. It’s a massive chunk of material, partly because of the lead content in the glass.”


erhaps the most poignant work among the hundred gifts is Hidden in Plain Sight by Bunny Berson. “It’s a deeply personal documentation of a family tragedy that has a deep connection to Memphis,” Pacini says.

above left: Duncan Phyfe American (b. Scotland), 1770-1854 Card Table, ca. 1810

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Mahogany solids and veneers with satinwood, pine or tulip poplar secondary; brass wire edging on skirt; brass paw feet and hinges; Gift of John and Tina McWhorter; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916-2016 2016.8.3

above right: Nancy Graves American, 1940-1995 Metaphore and Melanomy, 1995 Bronze

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of Martha and Robert Fogelman; 100 Gifts for 100 Years, 1916- 2016 2016.7a-e; © Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc./ VAGA, New York, NY; Umi-Mori Art Museum

The Memphis artist, who now lives in St. Louis, painstakingly handcrafted a book from letters sent to her mother by her grandparents, who were Jews trying to escape from Germany in 1939 before they disappeared into the maelstrom of war. All gifts from the centennial campaign will carry a distinctive icon on their information cards, and being a part of that special collection was a big motivator for the museum’s benefactors, most of whom are from the area. “We’re building for the next hundred years,” says Pacini. “It’s been an extremely satisfying process, to go out into the community and get a really great response from our donors who want to celebrate the history and future of the institution.” “Unwrapped: 100 Gifts for 100 Years” remains on display through August 27th. For more information: bro ok smuseum .org

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Dead Soldiers



s William Faulkner wrote, “The past isn’t dead. It’s not even past.” No truer words could apply to Memphis music. Here, all roads lead to the blues, and the best blues are played by those who learned them as a family tradition. Blues Music Award winner Cedric Burnside carries on the tradition of his father, R.L. Burnside. Sharde Thomas keeps her late grandfather Othar Turner’s Rising Star Fife and Drum Band marching. Beale Street, of course, offers a smorgasbord of music on any given night, played by a dizzying, shifting lineup of local blues talent. Blind Mississippi Morris, the Rev. John Wilkins, and Earl Banks are among the best, and the Ghost Town Blues Band are among the most successful; but you might stumble across something more primitive, such as the cigar-box guitar playing Johnny Lowebow, or old-timer Zeke Johnson, who played with the late Furry Lewis. And for some live blues with more edge, look no further than Wild Bill’s, where you buy beer by the forty and the dancing gets freaky.

The great Stax Records certainly had a heap of blues in its trademark soul sound. Though the original studio was demolished in the 1980s, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music was built from the original blueprints. Stax Music Academy student bands play throughout the year, even touring internationally, and classic Stax alums like Booker T. Jones or David Porter will instruct or even perform with them. One local band, the MD’s, specializes in the music of Booker T. and the MG’s, and original hitmakers the Bar-Kays still perform nationally, having scored a hit as recently as 2012. The Grammy William Bell earned for his 2016 record, This Is Where I Live, speaks volumes about the continued relevance of Stax. Another case in point: the rise of Southern Avenue, a band who went from winning the International Blues Challenge to being signed to the rejuvenated Stax label in less than a year’s time. Herman Greene


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Welcome Back Dr. Judith Williams We are pleased to announce that Dr. Judith Williams will be returning to Adams Patterson Gynecology & Obstetrics on Sept. 15, 2017. Dr. Williams’ specialties include: high-risk obstetrics, basic infertility, adolescent medicine, menopause, and minimally invasive surgeries.

Alex Chilton 1950— 2010


ixten-year-old Box Top Alex Chilton needed a ticket for an aeroplane (no time to take a fast train); 59-year-old Big Star Alex Chilton needed health insurance, for the want of which he was unable to get medical help that might have prevented his early death at 59 on March 17, 2010. As front man for the very successful 1960s garage band The Box Tops, he enjoyed a three-year career with one #1 hit, three top tens, three national tours, and a gross income in the aggregate of about $10,000 — such were the fortunes of meteoric garage bands of the 1960s. He lived most of his life in his native Memphis, Tennessee, and though our paths never quite crossed, one night during the Reagan years while at a Midtown ale house, I heard someone say, “Hey, that’s Alex Chilton,” but I was already out the door in pursuit of mood-altering contraband and didn’t look over my shoulder. That’s as well as I knew the man, but those who knew him rather more intimately speak of him as a beacon on the hill whose abiding cult following has the conviction of ants worshipping at a toad stool with lents and ramadans and ham-squattings in cold cheerless rooms — not the world with which I am most familiar. But that song, about “My Baby, She Wrote Me A Letter” — not bad for a 16-year-old white kid from East Memphis.

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Sun Studio’s success was initially based on its museum as well, but several years ago, Matt Ross-Spang outfitted it with vintage equipment, enhancing its appeal as a working studio. And while Sam Phillips Recording Studio has been run as a studio since it was built in 1960, the death of its visionary head engineer and manager, Roland Janes, prompted a renewed determination to draw new artists. Ross-Spang stepped in at Phillips as well, producing, engineering, and mixing a wide range of projects, including Way Down in the Jungle Room (featuring his remixes of Elvis Presley tracks from 1976).

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the legendary band. Stephens also plays occasionally with Big Star Third, an all-star ensemble that recreates the original group’s moody swan song album. And, as evidenced by this year’s re-release of Big Star’s Third and Alex Chilton’s A Man Called Destruction, the Ardent vaults continue to yield fresh outtakes for reissues rich with bonus tracks. As vinyl LPs and analog recording hold their own, other studios dating back to Memphis’ heyday are also keeping things current. The Hi Rhythm Section (most recently heard on Robert Cray’s new album) works largely out of the late, great Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios, now overseen by his son Boo Mitchell. Since the stunning success of “Uptown Funk,” recorded in its hallowed halls, Royal has received a jumpstart and now encompasses a record label, a radio station app, and a series of shows this summer and fall celebrating its 60th anniversary. One of these will feature the Bo-Keys, Scott Bomar’s longstanding project, equally adept at funky soul instrumentals and backing up classic singers like Percy Wiggins or Don Bryant, who wrote and sang for Hi Records in its heyday.

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Boo Mitchell also engineered the new album by the North Mississippi Allstars, Prayer for Peace, a recent Billboard blues chart topper. The Allstars, of course, are the living embodiment of local legacy, Luther and Cody Dickinson being true heirs to the wisdom and talent of their father, producer/musician/writer Jim Dickinson. When not touring, the younger Dickinsons can also be heard with their comrades, under the name Sons of Mudboy. As the moniker implies, they are all fellow progeny of seminal 1970s rockers Mudboy and the Neutrons, whose members included Jim Dickinson, Lee Baker, and Sid Selvidge. The latter’s son, Steve Selvidge, a celebrated guitar-ringer in his own right, can often be heard with the Sons of Mudboy or leading his own band.


Aside from the ongoing influence of the above legends, reunions of older local heroes abound. Depending on your timing, you could catch one-off shows by

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1970s and 1980s mavericks like Tav Falco’s Panther Burns or the Klitz, genre-breakers like Human Radio, Snowglobe, or Big Ass Truck, politically edgy rockers like Neighborhood Texture Jam, or garage pioneers like the Oblivians. Indeed, Jack Oblivian can still be heard regularly with his slamming backup group the Sheiks. “The past isn’t dead. It’s not even past.” Which brings us inevitably into the present. Innovators are springing out of the Memphis woodwork these days, most famously in hip hop. Just this year, Marco Pavé may have dropped one of the genre’s most innovative albums. The scene also boasts IMAKEMADBEATS, the mastermind behind the Unapologetic collective. Mining similar sonic and political territory, the Iron Mic Coalition also works jointly. There’s a current crop of producers as well, including Kenneth Wayne Alexander II and Teddy Walton. Of course, the current king of Memphis rap is Yo Gotti. But earlier rappers who put Memphis on the map haven’t disappeared, with Al Kapone, Kingpin Skinny Pimp, Gangsta Pat, and Three 6 Mafia/Da Mafia 6iX still releasing material.





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Meanwhile, other modes of sonic power, poetry, and rage are gestating in the city’s garages and clubs, where the spirit of punk is thriving. Goner Records, with its record label and annual Gonerfest, is encouraging newish bands like perennial favorites Aquarian Blood or Nots. Others, like Pezz, forged a staying power in pre-Goner days. But like the blues, punk can refract into a million directions, shading into metal and thrash. Some, like James and the Ultrasounds, may prefer more boogie in their sound. And do we call local kings of the road Lucero country/punk or punk/ country? Either way, Ben Nichols’ ever-advancing songwriting always echoes a grittier Memphis.

Singer/songwriters are thriving in the Bluff City. Some are born to the Mid-South, from veterans like Cory Branan, Rob Junkglas, John Kilzer, Paul Taylor, Grace Askew, and Linda Heck, to new faces like Mark Edgar Stuart, Chris Milam, or Julien Baker. Other songwriters, like yours truly, have the Mid-South thrust upon them, including notable transplants Mike Doughty, duo Amy LaVere & Will Sexton, and the trio Deering & Down (featuring Memphis native Doug Easley). Some of our local writers play mostly as leaders of crack bands, such as John Paul Keith, Dan Montgomery, Marcella Simien, Jeremy Scott, Robby Grant, Kelley Anderson, or the indefatigable Graham Winchester, each group plying a unique ensemble chemistry. Some bands are even more tight, sharing songwriting, arrangements, and vocals in a thick musical weave — such as the eight-piece Dead Soldiers, complete with four-part harmonies. While larger bands tend toward longer jams and instrumental gems, where they take it from there is unpredictable — as with such disparate groups as FreeWorld, Devil Train, Hope Clayburn, or the folksier Bluff City Backsliders. One newcomer to the large band scene, while not as jam-o-centric, is the Love Light Orchestra, whose full horn section backs

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Though elusive, pockets of jazz can still be found in Memphis. Apart from more ad hoc groups, established bands range from the funkiest little trio in town, the City Champs, to the larger Detective Bureau, to the Mighty Souls Brass Band, who take tuba-driven street parade music in unexpected directions. Most Memphis jazz emphasizes funky grooves over swinging bop, but on the more traditional side there’s the Django Reinhardt-inspired Le Tumulte Noir. On the more experimental side, we have MonoNeon, the avant garde bass

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virtuoso who can be heard on the internet more than in clubs. And finally, we have the largest ensemble of them all, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, which has survived since 1960 against all odds. Classical music has a devoted core following here, even with shifting audience numbers. The MSO (also including the Memphis Symphony Chorus and the MSO Big Band), can range from grandiose thunder to the lightest, swinging-est Duke Ellington jaunt, as it does fluidly every year when accompanying the New Ballet Ensemble’s Nut-Remix, a Memphis-flavored, eclectic take on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. There are even more adventurous outfits, such as the PRIZM Ensemble and the Blueshift Ensemble, who lean more toward edgier, contemporary chamber music.

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Oddly enough, such intense listening veers into the same territory as more experimental Memphis groups, such as Duet for Mellotrons, the light-activated tones of >manualcontrol<, or the local sonic adventurers comprising the newly inaugurated Memphis Concrète Festival. Which, in its own eerie way, may bring all this diversity back full circle, to the lonely atmospherics of solitary blues, played on a diddly-bow broomstick wired to a cabin wall: All of us are haunted by the history. A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 63

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ince September 2016, each of the four teams seen on most local t-shirts has been under the guidance of a new coach (or in baseball terms, manager). The results have been, as you might expect, mixed. But passions remain high for Bluff City ball games. Win some and lose some, maybe. But grind. Always.


hree playoff seasons proved enough for the Memphis Grizzlies and coach Dave Joerger to tire of one another. The longtime assistant (and highly successful minor-league coach) departed for the head chair with the Sacramento Kings in May 2016, opening the door for David Fizdale at FedExForum. Like his predecessor, Fizdale arrived in Memphis as an acclaimed assistant — owner of two championship rings from his days with the Miami Heat — but no head-coaching experience. Fizdale established his authority by announcing before the 2016-17 season tipped-off that two-time All-Star Zach Randolph would move to the bench and serve as the team’s sixth man. The move created room in the starting lineup for a younger version of Z-Bo

(JaMychal Green), while in theory creating second-unit mismatches for the 35-year-old Randolph. The Griz also welcomed free-agent sharpshooter Chandler Parsons from Dallas, unloading a max contract of just under $95 million (for four years) to land — finally — the kind of player who might stretch opposing defenses to the three-point line. The Randolph move worked, the power forward averaging 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in his supporting role (just under 25 minutes per game). The Parsons move, not so much. Plagued by balky knees, Parsons appeared in only 34 games and shot a miserable 34 percent from the field when he did play (27 percent from long range). The missing offense — or the lack of addi-

tional offense — meant the all-too-familiar Memphis grind toward a playoff berth. The Grizzlies finished next-to-last in the NBA in scoring (100.5 points per game) but allowed only 100.0 points per contest (third in the league). Fueled by the fattest contract in the history of the league ($153 million over five years), point guard Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with a career-high 20.5 points per game and became the first player in franchise history to score 10,000 for his career. Center Marc Gasol also established a new personal scoring standard (19.5 ppg) on his way to a third All-Star selection. Swingman Tony Allen managed to earn second-team All-Defense honors despite turning 35 in January. The Griz enjoyed a pair of six-game winning streaks before Christmas, but found themselves chasing the likes of Golden State (plus Kevin Durant), San Antonio (minus Tim Duncan), and Houston in a top-heavy Western Conference. Nine losses over their final 12 games landed Memphis (43-39) the seventh seed and a first-round postseason tilt with the Spurs. Familiarity may breed contempt — this was the fourth playoff series between Memphis and San Antonio since the Grizzlies’ “core four” first banded together for the 2010-11 season — but it only took two games in Texas for Fizdale to see enough. Minutes after his team fell behind, 2-0, in the series, the rookie coach seized his postgame press opportunity to point out — and accentuate — the disparity in foul calls. (The Spurs attempted 32 free throws to the Grizzlies’ 15.) After several tense minutes, the coach leaned into his microphone and, for posterity, uttered the words, “Take that for data.” Local t-shirt manufacturers rejoiced. The Grizzlies rallied to win a pair of games at FedExForum — the first after a lengthy pregame standing ovation for Fizdale — but were unable to put the clamps on Kawhi Leonard, who scored 29 points in the Spurs’ Game-6 clincher. The Grizzlies added a pair of second-round draft picks in June (forward Ivan Rabb from Cal and guard Dillon Brooks from Oregon), then signed veteran guard Tyreke Evans (a Memphis Tiger in 2008-09) to add punch in their backcourt. But an era ended on July 4th when Randolph signed a free-agent contract with none other than Joerger’s Kings. The Grizzlies’ top career rebounder — whose uniform number, 50, will be retired — leaves as one of the most popular athletes in Memphis history, having taken the Griz to the playoffs in seven of his eight seasons in Beale Street blue. At press time, it appeared Allen — the Grindfather himself — would follow Randolph into the Memphis sunset, one scenario being a sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Anthony Miller broke every major single-season receiving record for the U of M in 2016.

— senior Doroland Dorceus and sophomore Tony Pollard — will help determine if another 500-point season is in order. The Tigers’ home schedule includes Louisiana-Monroe (Aug. 31), UCLA (Sept. 16), Southern Illinois (Sept. 23), Navy (Oct. 14), Tulane (Oct. 27), SMU (Nov. 18), and East Carolina (Nov. 25).



agging attendance at FedExForum for Memphis Tiger basketball games all but screamed for a change at the top of the program. When head coach Josh Pastner received an offer to take over the Georgia Tech program after the 2015-16 season, he all but leaped at the opportunity. (Pastner earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Yellow Jackets to a 21-16 record.) University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen chose Pastner’s successor with an aim (at least on the surface) of dramatically altering the face of the program. Replacing the 38-yearold Pastner would be 65-year-old Tubby Smith, he of 557 career wins and the 1998 national championship as head coach at Kentucky. Thanks in part to a dreadfully weak nonconference schedule, the Tigers found themselves 17-6 in early February. Sophomore Dedric Lawson (19.2 points per game and 9.9 rebounds) was on his way to all-conference honors in the American Athletic Conference and his brother K.J. (12.3 and 8.1) was bound for AAC Rookie of the Year hardware. But Smith’s roster proved woefully thin, with four starters forced to play more than 32 minutes per game. A season-ending tailspin began with a loss at UCF on February 4th, followed by six more defeats over the team’s final eight games, the final two by 41 points (to SMU) and 30 points (again to UCF, in the AAC tournament). A 19-13 record meant a third straight year without postseason play and contributed to a mass exodus of eligible players, primary among them the Lawson brothers (along with their father Keelon, who served as Smith’s director of player development) and Markel Crawford, like the Lawsons a native Memphian and starter who played heavy minutes. Smith has been forced to replenish with ju-

Tubby Smith endured a rocky first season at the helm of the Memphis Tiger basketball program. nior-college transfers. With but two veterans returning (point guard Jeremiah Martin and forward Jimario Rivers), Tiger fans will need to get acquainted with the likes of Kareem Brewton (a guard from Eastern Florida State College), Kyvon Davenport (forward from Georgia Highlands College), and Raynere Thornton (swingman from Gordon State College). Jamal Johnson, a four-star recruit from Alabama, will compete for playing time in the Tiger backcourt.

ot that long ago a crowdfavorite at AutoZone Park for his back-flips as he took the field, Stubby Clapp returned to the Memphis Redbirds as the team’s manager for the 2017 season. Stocked with a roster that included three of the St. Louis Cardinals’ top ten prospects — catcher Carson Kelly, pitcher Luke Weaver, and outfielder Harrison Bader — the Redbirds reeled off the first 11-game winning streak in the franchise’s 20-year history. Supporting players like first-baseman Luke Voit and middle-infielder Paul DeJong were productive enough to find themselves playing for the Cardinals before the All-Star break. As of mid-July, the Redbirds had the best record in Triple-A (60-33) as they pushed for a return to the Pacific Coast League playoffs (where they last appeared in 2014).



ike Norvell found himself with a unique challenge (in these parts) upon taking over the University of Memphis football program: building on his predecessor’s success. In 2015, under Justin Fuente, the Tigers started the season 8-0 and set a single-season scoring record of 522 points (40.1 per game). Even with the loss of quarterback Paxton Lynch (a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos), the 2016 Tigers became the second team in the history of the program to put 500 points on the scoreboard (505, or 38.8 per game). Junior transfer Riley Ferguson took over the signal-calling duties and proceeded to break Lynch’s single-season record for touchdown passes (32). Thanks in large part to record-breaking wideout Anthony Miller, Ferguson threw for 3,698 yards, second in Tiger history only to Lynch’s 2015 campaign. The U of M went 8-5 and reached postseason play a third straight season (falling to Western Kentucky in the Boca Raton Bowl). Ferguson is back and will again be targeting Miller who, despite setting Tiger records with 95 receptions for 1,435 yards and 14 touchdowns, failed to make the American Athletic Conference’s all-conference team. A pair of tailbacks

Daniel Berger emerged from a crowded field of contenders to win his second straight FedEx St. Jude Classic, only the fourth golfer to repeat in the tournament’s 60-year history. The 24-yearold Floridian shot a 10-under-par 270 to win by a single stroke (over Charl Schwartzel and Whee Kim) to take the $1.15 million winner’s check. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY FESJC - GETT YIMAGES

Come winter, Memphians like to call our town “Hoop City.” But in 2016, the Bluff City became the football capital of Tennessee. No fewer than four local high school teams won state championships in Murfreesboro, precisely half the total. Whitehaven went undefeated and won its first 6-A title in four years, while Lausanne took the Division II-A crown in only its fourth season of varsity competition. East won the 4-A championship (the Mustangs’ first since 1999) and Trezevant won its second straight 2-A title.

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City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods (MDPN) offers a summer league for boys age 5-18. Register March-April. Season runs May-July. Entry fee: $200 per independent team, $100 per Community Center team. Bartlett Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) offers leagues for boys age 5-17. Register early February. Season begins in March. Entry fee, T-Ball/Coach Pitch League: $300 per team and $15 for each non-resident; Recreational League: $450 per team and $15 for each non-resident; Competitive League: $500 per team and $15 for each non-resident; 17 & Under League: $500 per team. For individuals, $75 per resident and $90 per non-resident. Collierville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department (CPRCA) offers fall leagues for kids age 7-14. Register June-July. Season runs August-October. Entry Fee: $95 per Collierville resident; $145 per non-resident. Gameday Baseball offers a boys 6th and 7th grade middle school league. Registration by February for a season that runs March-May. $1,000 per team. Germantown Baseball League (GBL) offers baseball and softball leagues for age 5-18. Register NovemberFebruary. Season runs March-May. $150-$195 per resident and $175-$220 per non-resident. For more information, please visit

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BASKETBALL MDPN offers spring and fall leagues for boys and girls age 5-18. Register March-April or September-October. Seasons run April-June and November-March. Entry fee: $200 per team, $100 Community Center Team in the fall. CPRCA offers recreational leagues for boys and girls grades 1st-12th. Register in mid-September. Season runs December-March. Entry Fee: $95 per resident for the first child/ $75 each additional child, $145 per non-resident for the first child/ $125 each additional child. Germantown Parks and Recreation Department (GPRD) offers leagues for boys in 1st-10th grade, and girls age 7-14. Register August-October. Season runs NovemberMarch. Fee: $117 per resident, $163per non-resident. GPRD offers Challenger Basketball leagues designed for children with special needs. Registration: DecemberJanuary with league running weekly January-February. Ages: 6 to 16. Fee: $35. For more information, call 757-7375.

CHEERLEADING Germantown Football League offers cheerleading for age 5-12. Register May-early July. Season begins in August. Early Bird Entry Fee: $125 per resident, $165 per non-resident. Normal Entry fee: $145 per Germantown resident and $185 per non-resident. Germantown Youth Cheerleading offers recreational leagues for Grades K-6. Register in April. Season begins in August. Entry fee: $135 per resident and $172 per non-resident. Contact Craig Melton at cmelton@ or call 757-7375.



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Wings Gymnastics Memphis offers cheer squads for girls Grades 1-6. Register year-round. Season runs September-April. Week-long summer cheer camps. Power Tumbling grades 1-8 (boys and girls) and gymnastics (boys and girls) for ages 2.5-14 years old. Entry fee: $35 for one child and $50 for two or more.

FLAG FOOTBALL CPRCA offers recreational leagues for 1st-8th graders. Register June-July. Season begins in August. Registration fee: $115 per Collierville resident, $165 per non-resident. MDPN offers flag recreational leagues for boys. Register August-September. Season runs September-October. Entry fee: $100 per independent team, $50 Community Center team. MDPN offers flag recreational league for ages 18 and up. Registration begins early August. Season runs September-October. Entry fee: $600 per team.

FOOTBALL Germantown Football League offers team play for age 5-12. Register May-July. Season begins in August. Early Bird Entry Fee: $180 per resident, $260 per non-resident. Normal Entry fee: $200 per resident and $280 per nonresident. Also offering cheerleading (see section for details).



The First Tee of Memphis brings golf and life-skills coaching to kids of all ages. Introduce your child to the game of golf, program taught on public courses across the city. Seven-week sessions run in the fall, spring, and summer. $55. or karlon@ Memphis city’s Public Links program includes complimentary green fees for golfers 17 years and younger. The program helps break down cost barriers for city youth who are interested in learning to play golf. Each course provides loaner clubs and lessons from golf professionals. Any City Memphis course, except Galloway, is available Monday through Friday and after 12 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

MDPN offers leagues in four divisions for girls age 5-18. Register in Mid-March. Season runs May-July. Entry fee: $200 per independent team, $100 Community Center Team. BPRD offers leagues for girls age 5-17. Register in early February. Entry fee: $75 per resident and $90 per nonresident. CPRCA offers recreational fall leagues for girls age 7-14. Register June-July. Season runs August-October. Entry fee: $95 per Collierville resident, $145 per non-resident. Germantown Baseball League (GBL) offers girl’s softball leagues for age 4-14. Register November-February. Season runs March-May. Prices vary per age group and resident/non-resident. For more information please visit



Memphis Lacrosse Youth League offers team play for grades K-8 for the spring season (February-May). Registration is in January. Fees vary. memphislacrosse. No-Excuse Lacrosse offers summer and fall select travel teams for grades 3-12. Registration/tryouts in September. Fees vary. Rise Lacrosse offers a wide range of Memphis lacrosse leagues, indoor for boys U11-18+ and girls U13-high school. Fee: $150 per person. Register beginning in May. Season runs June-August. The Houston Lacrosse Club provides lacrosse for boys and girls, grades 3 to 12, at all skill levels. Registration in January. Season runs February-April. Fees vary by level. Visit for more information.

MDPN offers teams for boys and girls age 18 and under at designated community centers. Contact Aquatics Department: 547-8018. Germantown Swim Team offers teams for ages 6 and up. Registration fee for new swimmers: $215, plus additional quarterly fees. or email srobinson@ Memphis Tiger Swimming offers a year-round competitive team with professional coaching and instruction for beginners to Olympic level, beginning at age 5. Registration fee: $127 per child, plus additional fees. Monthly dues vary by group.


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MidSouth Futbol Club offers recreational leagues for boys and girls age 4-12 and competitive leagues for boys and girls age 8-19. Registration starts in July. Seasons run August-December and January-June. Fees vary. Legends Germantown Soccer Clubs offer spring and fall recreational and competitive leagues for boys and girls age 3-18. Register in December for spring Season or June for the fall season. Seasons begin in February and August. Fees vary per level. germantownlegendssoccer. com BPRD offers fall and spring leagues for age 4-18. Register in early February and May. Seasons run March-May and June-August. Fees vary by age group. Collierville Soccer Association offers recreational leagues for age 4-18 and competitive leagues for age 7-18. Register in May-June and January-February. Seasons run August-November and February-May. Fees vary per age group and level. Memphis Liberty Soccer offers competitive leagues and clinics for kids of all ages. Tryouts and Registration in May-June. Season runs August-November. Fees vary per age group. Weekly training sessions open to the public. 572-1813 or

SOCCER MDPN offers four league divisions for boys and girls up to age 18. Register February-March or July-August. Seasons begin in March and September. Entry fee: $100 per independent team, $50 per Community Center Team.

TENNIS Memphis Public Tennis Centers are owned by the City of Memphis and managed by Tennis Memphis. Three tennis centers — Leftwich, Wolbrecht, and Eldon Roark — are open to the public seven days per week and offer open court time, adult walk-in clinics, junior programming, league play, tournaments, and private lessons.

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MDPN offers co-ed leagues for age 14-18. Register February-March. Season runs March-May. $200 per independent team, $100 Community Center team. BPRD offers leagues for girls age 5-17. Register in early February. Season runs March-April. Entry fee: $50 per resident and $65 per non-resident. CPRCA offers leagues for girls Grade 3-8. Register JulyAugust. Season runs September-November. Entry Fee: $95 per resident for the first child/$75 each additional child, $145 per non-resident for the first child/$125 each additional child.

ADULT SPORTS BASKETBALL MDPN offers summer and fall leagues for men and women age 18 and up. Register April-May or SeptemberOctober. Seasons run May-August and NovemberFebruary. Entry fee: $400 per team. BPRD offers fall for men age 18 and up. Register in September. Seasons start in November. Entry fee: $500 per team.

CYCLING Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club offers weekly bicycle rides and social events for all ages and skill levels. Many rides do not require membership. Fee: $40 per year for individuals and $65 per year for households. Mid-South Trails Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that encourages off road cycling. The MSTA web site offers a calendar of mountain bike racing and other events, detailed maps of Memphis Area Trails, and area trail conditions. Dues: $30 per year for individuals and $45 per year for households.


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CPRCA offers men’s and women’s leagues for participants 18 and up. Register September-October. Season runs October-December. Entry fee: $575 per team. Teams may have only two non-Collierville residents per team.

KICKBALL MDPN offers leagues for spring and fall, age 18 and up. Register in February or July. Seasons run April-August and September-October. Entry fee: $500 per team for spring and $350 per team for fall. BPRD offers co-ed leagues for age 18 and up. Register until August 22nd for fall season. Entry fee: $375 per team. GPRD offers co-ed leagues for age 18 and up. Register February-March for spring season and July-August for

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om Lee rescued 32 white people from probable death by water one night in 1925 when the steamboat in which they were being served by black people sank in the Mississippi River south of Memphis. For his valor he was given a home to live in until he died on April 1, 1952 (when they kicked out his widow). After his death a section of Memphis riverfront property was nominated Tom Lee Park and marked with a marble obelisk commemorating TOM LEE — A WORTHY NEGRO. For decades that commemorative stone was the first point of municipal interest I would show to bewildered and incredulous out-of-town visitors — even before Graceland. Please tell me it is still there. [Editor’s Note: A storm in July toppled the obelisk, shattering it. As we go to press, plans to repair or replace it are uncertain. Sorry, Chris.]

Ss fall season. spring season runs April-June and fall season runs September-November. Entry fee: $320 per team. CPRCA offers co-ed leagues. Register July-August. Season runs August-October. Entry fee: $100 per team.

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Season runs January-September. Always accepting new referees and non-skating officials. Fee: $45 per month. Men now able to participate in open league practices and attend scrimmages. Email for more info.

SOCCER Greater Memphis Soccer Association offers men’s, women’s, and co-ed leagues for fall, spring, summer, and Indoor, age 16 and up. Fee: $100-135 per season for individuals., email: info@

SOFTBALL MDPN offers leagues for spring and fall, ages 18 and up. Register in February or July. Seasons run April-August and September-October. Entry fee: $500 per team for spring, and $350 per team for fall. BPRD offers men’s, women’s, and co-ed leagues for spring and fall. Register in February and July. Seasons run April-June and September-November. Entry fee: $400 per team. CPRCA offers men’s and co-ed leagues for age 18 and up. Register July-August. Season runs August-October. Entry fee: $550 per team. GPRD offers fall and spring softball for men and women, with both men and co-ed leagues for ages 18 and up. Register in July or February. Season runs SeptemberNovember and April-July. Entry fee: $500 per team.

TENNIS Memphis Tennis Association offers year-round leagues for men and women age 18 and up. Runs the local USTA Tennis Leagues. BPRD offers men’s singles and doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Register in February. Season begins in March. Fee: $15 per individual.

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CPRCA offers Adult Tennis Clinics and Camps and Adult Recreational Tennis Leagues during the summer. Season runs June-August. Register in May. Entry fee per league is $29 for residents and $39 for non-residents. Participants can view available programs on our website or register at collierville

TRACK Memphis Runners Track Club offers a racing schedule of events, retail discounts for running merchandise, training, and weekly workouts. Fee: $25 per year and $45 for two years for individuals and $30 per year and $55 for two years for households.




MDPN offers co-ed leagues for ages 18 and up. Register in August. Season runs September-October. Entry fee: $250 per team. BPRD offers spring, summer, and fall Leagues. Seasons run March-May, June-August, and SeptemberNovember. Entry fee: $210 per team. CPRCA offers co-ed leagues, recreational, and Open. Register in May. Season runs May-July. Entry fee: $225 per team.

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W ITH ITS CHURCHES, SY NAG OGUES, A ND TEMPLES, MEMPHIS HA S FORGED TIES BET W EEN ITS R ACES A ND R ELIGIONS. by rabbi micah greenstein editor’s note: Selecting our first “Memphian of the Year” in 2013 was an easy task. Rabbi Micah Greenstein, senior rabbi at Temple Israel, the oldest and largest synagogue in Tennessee, was a National Scholar at Cornell University and a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. When he came to Memphis in 1991, as an assistant rabbi, he quickly committed himself to countless humanitarian causes and became a community voice for all people in the city. In 2012 and 2013, he was named by Newsweek as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America. In this year’s “City Guide,” we thought it only appropriate to ask Micah Greenstein to discuss the place that religion plays in everyday life in the Bluff City.


hen you move to Memphis, the second question asked after your name is invariably, “What church do you attend?” Whether you are a Christian of any denomination, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Unitarian, you name it — perhaps the most overlooked selling point for Memphis is its community of faith.

The Memphis faith community is unparalleled — and not simply for amazing gospel voices in the predominantly African-American churches, or the sizeable Southern Baptist presence here. In the Memphis tapestry of faith, the mosques are beautiful, the Hindu Temple is magnificent, the Roman Catholic Cathedral is breathtaking, the Greek Orthodox Church is legendary, the Latino community is vibrant, and the synagogue I lead, Temple Israel, is the oldest and still the largest Jewish house of worship in the state of Tennessee. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, one of the American Jewish community’s most notable scholars, may well have been describing the entire Memphis religious community (and not just synagogues) when he wrote, “The synagogue is not a building; it is the set of sacred relationships that constitute the community and the equally sacred acts that f low from it.” Pastors across creedal lines have expanded their appreciation for the ways in which God finds expression in faith traditions beyond one’s own. The Memphis community of faith is distinguished, therefore, by the

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way we have built bridges — not barriers — across theological lines. This means that in Memphis, one practices religion not only in the way one treats the Bible, but also in the way one treats others different from oneself. I can recall one Sunday morning, not too long ago, when I spoke before the congregation of First Baptist Church, as part of an interfaith pulpit exchange. We talked about the Holocaust, among other things, and that moment said a lot about this city — the love and goodness in everyday people. The notion of a Baptist minister and a Jewish


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building; it is the set of sacred relationships that constitute the community and the equally sacred acts that flow from it.” — R a b b i L aw r e n c e Hof f m a n

Jk rabbi exchanging pulpits on each other’s Sabbaths may be a foreign concept to most generations in the history of our two faiths. And we may still have a long way to go, but we have come so far. It’s important to remember that. It is no accident that Memphis, among America’s most poverty-stricken cities, is also among our nation’s most generous in terms of charitable giving. Memphis is a magnificent counterpoint to the rabid individualism and decline of civility and cooperation in so much of America today. As our country experiences political polarization and the erosion of basic decency, our city recently went “all in” to build a catalyst for community and named it the Crosstown Concourse. The landmark building embraces merchants, residents, and Church Health, helping those unable to afford traditional healthcare. Its motto? “Better Together.” Unlike a metropolis too big to forge one citywide identity, and unlike vacation communities created intentionally as escapes and getaways, the Memphis faith community addresses pressing issues head-on, from supporting access to healthcare and quality public education to cultivating a revulsion for violence and for a lack of sensitivity to others’ suffering. Religion in Memphis is, at its core, a stabilizing force, not a divisive one. It’s not about proving another person wrong in what he or she deems sacred. It’s about mutual enrichment, respect, and appreciation. That’s the ethos of Memphis and its greater community of faith. Sure, there are triumphalists of all stripes

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who push narrow agendas and seek to fuse religion and politics. For some, religion remains fundamentally about saving souls for the next world. However, for most Memphians, religion is about our collective responsibility for saving lives in this world, and to finish what God started “in the beginning” stages. There are indeed many ingredients in the Memphis religious mix, but what most distinguishes this faith community is the saving of lives as our primary collective mission — the indigent, the poor, and the forgotten. Yes, we may well have more churches than gas stations in Memphis; yet miraculously, religion and science continue to co-exist and strengthen one another here, as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Baptist Memorial, St. Francis, Regional One, UTHSC, and Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare all demonstrate. Memphis has proven to be a model for interfaith relationships, out of which have grown America’s largest faith-based health clinic (the Church Health Center) and the continuing impact from the formation of MIFA (the Metropol-


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Jk itan Inter-faith Association), formed in the aftermath of Dr. King’s assassination in this city 50 years ago next April. Charming Charleston, South Carolina, has been dubbed “steeple city” for the historic churches dotting its downtown landscape. Memphis deserves the moniker “soul city” for the faith foundation that undergirds every facet of our city’s infrastructure. Whether in Memphis or Charleston, the future of religion throughout America, especially in polarizing times, hinges upon building bridges across theological lines instead of retreating into sectarian silos. As I look back over my own 25 years in this city, I can see how this approach has always been a unique and lasting contribution of the Memphis faith community to and for the greater good. The word “Jew” actually means “thankful,” and my years here have been about love, hope, and gratitude. I have discovered more friends across racial and religious lines than I ever had in Los Angeles, New York, or Boston. Here, I found people who aren’t about theology, but about faith in action.

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contin u ed from page 45 Ford. As councilman, highlight was sponsorship of successful resolution extending anti-discrimination to LGBT city employees. Accomplishments in Senate include passage of 2017 bill requiring open access to records in police-shooting cases; worked across aisle with Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey on legislation to safeguard Memphis aquifer. Briefly considered congressional race in 2016. Professor of law at the University of Memphis, is considered possible candidate for County Mayor in 2018. Was educated at Overton High School, Morehouse College, and Yale Law School.

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J A M E S H O LT President and chief executive officer of Memphis in May International Festival, Inc., one of the nation’s largest, most successful civic events. MIM now operates with an annual budget of $8.5 million and generates an estimated economic impact of more than $70 million annually to the City of Memphis. Previously spent nearly two decades in the entertainment industry, promoting and directing headline concerts, special events, and music festivals and managing recording artists and national touring properties. During his tenure, MIM has received more than 180 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Event Association (IFEA). Accredited Certified Festival and Event Executive (CFEE) and served on the Board of Directors of the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA) for seven years; in 2014, he was named its World Board Chairman.

MARJORIE HASS Named the new president of Rhodes College beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Previously served as president of Austin College in Sherman, Texas, since 2009. While there, she grew the size of the college’s applicant pool and increased student retention, strengthened the school’s financial situation, and improved the college’s environmental sustainability. During her tenure, the school was recognized for its achievements by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, and the Princeton Review, and the school earned a spot on Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives. Past chair, board of directors, National Association for Independent Colleges & Universities. Member, Texoma Medical Center board of directors and the Hockaday School in Dallas board of trustees. Former board member, Council for Independent Colleges. Earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A L I S A R . H A U S H A LT E R Appointed by Mayor Mark Luttrell as director of the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) in 2016, responsible for leading local public health efforts to promote, protect, and improve health in Shelby County. The SCHD, with more than 500 employees, provides a wide range of public health services including environmental, laboratory, infectious disease, immunization, child health, health promotion, and public health emergency response. Alumna and faculty member of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, serving on local boards including the United Way of the Mid-South, Community Foundation, and ACE Awareness Task Force. Recognitions include the 2017 John W. Runyan Jr. Community Nursing Leader Award, the 2015 Nemours’ Leonard L. Berry Award for Service Excellence Finalist, and the 2014 Nemours Transformational Nursing Leader Award. S A L LY J O N E S H E I N Z Since February 2011, executive director of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), the volunteer-supported agency that provides housing, financial assistance, food, and other services to some 50,000 people in this area annually; also provides programs for vulnerable seniors and families in crisis. Heinz was previously MIFA’s vice president of development. Originally from Memphis and a graduate of Rhodes College. Also has a master’s degree in American

studies from the University of Texas. Previously worked as executive director of Memphis Heritage, marketing director at Robert F. Sharpe and Co., and director of development at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art until starting at MIFA in 2007.

Roy Orbison 1930 — 1988


oy Orbison yodeled that rockabilly mess with a voice like that of Enrico Caruso. He was both a tenor and a baritone and was said to have had a four-octave range like Yma Sumac, but what really drove the chicks and the booking agents wild was his throaty labial drum roll “RRRRRRRRREOW” that made “Purdy Woe-mun” his best-selling single. He attributed the lovely timbre of his singing voice to sipping from puddles in the West Texas oil fields of his early childhood, and Elvis would never appear on the same bill with him because of a mutual understanding that while Elvis was as beautiful as the David of Michelangelo, purblind Orbison was the crooner nonpareil. During a rare rest stop at his Tennessee home on December 6, 1988 to visit his motherless children, he was all right for a while, he could smile for a while, but later that day a coronary occlusion took him to hillbilly heaven at age 52, and left us crying, crying, crying . . .


DORSEY HOPSON Superintendent since 2013 of newly reorganized Shelby County Schools, the nation’s 14th largest school district. Graduate of the University of Memphis and Georgia State College University of Law; served as counsel to several Georgia school systems before becoming general counsel for then Memphis City Schools in 2008. During MCS-SCS merger process of 2011-13 worked in harness with former SCS counsel Valerie Speakman, becoming interim superintendent of new SCS before gaining permanent appointment by SCS board; has been reappointed twice, most recently in 2017. Guided district through difficult process of city-county school merger, followed rapidly by de-merger as six Shelby County suburban systems. Has overseen controversial school closings in under-populated inner-city areas, and in early 2017, produced an “Assessment Framework” to establish criteria for school closings. BARBARA HYDE Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Family Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life in Memphis. Known for her advocacy and involvement in public education reform, has led numerous efforts to bring innovative education initiatives to Memphis, most notably KIPP Academy, Teach for America, and New Leaders. Born in California and raised in Atlanta. As a founding member and past chair of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, she led the master planning and fundraising efforts to transform the park into a world-class amenity for the 21st century. Board member of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, KIPP Memphis, New Leaders, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, UNC Capital Campaign Committee, Complete Tennessee, and Yale University Gallery Governing Board. J.R. “PIT T” HYDE As president of Malone and Hyde in 1968 and CEO in 1972, was the youngest CEO listed on the New York Stock Exchange for a decade. Founded AutoZone in 1979, one of three Fortune 500 companies with its headquarters in Memphis. After a

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successful career in business and following his retirement in 1997, Hyde has become one of the leading philanthropists in the city. He and wife, Barbara, are active in civic affairs and key supporters of education reform in both the district and at the state level. Also instrumental in the founding of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Memphis Tomorrow, and the National Civil Rights Museum. Part of the civic partnership that helped bring the NBA Grizzlies to Memphis.

FRED JONES President of Summitt Management Corporation, an entertainment consulting firm. Founder of the annual Southern Heritage Classic, a weekend of events climaxed by the football matchup between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University. Played annually the second Saturday in September at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (September 9th this year), the game has averaged more than 50,000 in attendance since first held in 1990. Recipient of the 2010 Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Memphis. In 2014 received Music Business Award from the W.C. Handy Heritage Awards. Added to the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame in 2010. BRYA N JORDA N Chairman, president, and CEO of First Horizon National Corporation, the parent company of First Tennessee Bank and FTN Financial. Before being named to his current position, was First Horizon’s chief financial officer. Prior to joining First Horizon, was chief financial officer for Regions Financial Corp. Experience also includes key positions with Wachovia (formerly First Union Corp.) and KPMG. Named Best CEO, mid-cap category, Institutional Investor magazine’s 2013 All-American Executive Team. Board member, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, AutoZone, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, Tennessee Bankers Association, and Operation HOPE. Chairman, Youth Villages, Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America, and Memphis Tomorrow. Earned B.A. in finance and accounting from North Carolina’s Catawba College. KEVIN K ANE President and CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and its satellite offices in Washington, London, and Germany. Also president and CEO of the Memphis Management Group, which manages the Memphis Cook Convention Center and the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. A lifelong Memphian and graduate of Christian Brothers High School and the University of Memphis. Serves on many boards, including Destination International (executive committee), U.S. Travel Association, International Tennis Hall of Fame (executive committee), Metropolitan Memphis Hotel Lodging Association, Christian Brothers High School Board of Trustees, and the Greater Memphis Chamber. DAVID KUSTOFF Elected congressman from Tennessee’s 8th District in November 2017 general election after edging several name Republican candidates in hotly contested GOP primary. Had previously been long-term law partner with Jim Strickland, close friend from their days

as University of Memphis undergraduates and at UM Law School, maintained legal partnership until Strickland’s 2015 election as Memphis Mayor. Served as Tennessee campaign manager for presidential campaigns of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, made unsuccessful first congressional try in Republican primary for 7th Congressional District in 2002. Was appointed by Bush as U.S. Attorney for Tennessee’s Western Division, served until 2008. Is one of two Republican Jewish members of House, and, with U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat, one of two Jewish members serving Memphis area.

PAT RIC K L AWLER Since 1980, has served as CEO of Youth Villages, which has grown from serving 25 youths daily to offering hope to more than 24,000 children each year as one of the largest private providers of services to troubled children and their families in the country. Has established specialized treatment programs involving more than 2,800 employees in 72 locations across 13 states. Began as a counselor at Tall Trees Guidance School at age 18 and then worked at the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County for five years before becoming CEO of Youth Villages. Frequent guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and Columbia University. The White House has cited Youth Villages as an example of “effective, innovative non-profits” that are “high-impact, result-oriented” organizations. In 2016, was named Master Entrepreneur by the Society of Entrepreneurs.


JERRY LEE LEWIS Also known as “The Killer,” Lewis is a native of Ferriday, Louisiana. Came to Memphis in the 1950s to record for Sun Studios. Shot to fame with blockbuster hits “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire.” Was the first inductee into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame. His pioneering contribution to the genre was recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 2008 was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Named to Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004, and in 2005 received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys. Resides in Nesbit, Mississippi, in a ranch house with a piano-shaped pool. Ventures out for a yearly appearance at the Beale Street Music Festival. In 2009, was the opening act of the 25th Anniversary Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame Concert in Madison Square Garden. In 2013, opened the Jerry Lee Lewis Café & Honky Tonk on Beale Street. Has released more than 60 albums; his latest, Rock and Roll Time, hit #30 on the Billboard Rock Chart in 2014. DEBBIE LITCH Executive producer of Theatre Memphis since June 2004. Has held the position of director of development at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art as well as interim executive director and director of marketing and development at the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Was entertainment director for the Boca Raton Hotel and Club and Royal Viking Cruise Line. Litch has received the Memphis Symphony Hebe Award, Germantown Arts Alliance Patron of the Arts Award, Gyneka Award from the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis, and the Memphis Ostrander Janie McCrary


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“Putting It Together” award. Performance credits include featured soloist with the Memphis Symphony Pops Orchestra, The World Goes ’Round, My Way, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hot ’n Cole, Curtains, The Sondheim Celebration, and The Boy from Oz at Theatre Memphis.

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JASON LIT TLE President and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care. He is the fifth president in Baptist’s 105-year history, and under his leadership Baptist has grown from a 14-hospital system to 21 hospitals. Earned bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University of Tennessee, where he received the prestigious Whittle Scholarship and was elected student body president. Also holds master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Came to Baptist in 2002 after serving as operations administrator at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. A member of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Health Care Industry Council and serves on boards of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Church Health, American Heart Association, Greater Memphis Chamber, New Memphis Institute, and the Tennessee Hospital Association. BOB LOEB President of Loeb Properties, Inc., best known for its redevelopment of the Overton Square entertainment district in Midtown, and now active with the redevelopment of the Highland Strip in the University District. Also involved in the revitalization of the Broad Avenue Arts District. Graduated from SMU and has worked closely with brother Lou Loeb since both joined the family business, previously run by their father. Since 1887, four generations of the Loeb family built businesses that included barbecue restaurants, laundries, and dry cleaners. The company has transitioned to commercial real estate and development under current Loeb leadership. Named 2014 Memphian of the Year by Memphis magazine. Named 2014 Communicator of the Year by local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and, in 2016, inducted into the Society of Entrepreneurs.

MARK LUT TRELL Mayor of Shelby County since his election in 2010; had previously served two terms as sheriff. Though elected as a Republican, has frequently stated that county elective positions should be nonpartisan. An expert in incarceration and a cost-cutting sheriff, attempted to pursue savings through consolidation of overlapping services as mayor. Launched, in partnership with former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, an ambitious industrial recruitment program and E.D.G.E. Board to oversee activities. Played influential role in 2012 as member of Transition Planning Commission on city/county school merger. Won second four-year term in 2014 against Democratic nominee Deidre Malone. Term-limited, unsuccessfully sought 8th District congressional seat in 2016. Has consistently produced balanced budgets, but from 2015 on has been locked in power struggle with County Commission over control of funding.

Jerry Lee Lewis BORN 1935


erry Lee Lewis, like Charles Darwin, mocked God and married his first cousin, though that’s about where the similarities end, as Darwin was never much for playing the piano with his foot and throughout his life Jerry Lee has been less concerned with sea turtles of the Galapagos Islands and more concerned with chickens in the barn what barn my barn. Jerry Lee’s non-matrimonial cousin, TV preacher Jimmy Swaggart, plays the piano only with his fingers, and though their music is identical, Jerry Lee never conflated great balls of fire with the righteous flames of hell, while Swaggart never emptied a pistol into the ceiling of TGI Friday’s at Overton Square as The Killer did one playful night in 1972. Notwithstanding his indifference to natural science, Jerry Lee continues to baffle that very academic discipline by continuing to live hard upon his three and eightieth year. Peradventure it is the clean living, demonstrable Christian ethics, and the America First values that keep him vertical and ventilating.

Ss E S T E L L A M AY HUE- GRE E R President and CEO of the Mid-South Food Bank, which fights hunger in a 31-county service area. Has worked for the organization since 1996 as agency relations director, director of programs, and vice president and chief operating officer. Among her accomplishments: initiating childhood hunger programs, starting the Mobile Pantry program to increase

food distribution to rural counties, streamlining warehouse and distribution operations, and launching the Feeding Seniors initiative. In 2012, Shelby County government transferred the USDA commodity distribution program to MidSouth Food Bank. Current member of the Trezevant Manor Board of Directors, UT College of Medicine Advisory Board, and Kiwanis Club of Memphis. Received the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year award from Memphis City Council.

KEENAN McCLOY Director of Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Responsible for system that includes 18 locations, has a circulation of almost two million items, and serves more than three million customers annually, working in partnership with Friends of the Library and the Foundation for the Library. Bachelor’s degree in history, University of California at Berkeley. Previously served as director of city’s Division of Public Services and Neighborhoods, and before that, manager of Sexual Assault Resource Center. Founder and executive committee member of Diversity Memphis. Current and former board member of wide range of community organizations, including Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood, National Conference for Community and Justice, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence, Rhodes College Institute for Executive Leadership, and Memphis Literacy Council. ANDREA MILLER Named twelfth president of LeMoyneOwen College in 2015. First female president in school’s 155-year history. Memphis native. Twenty years’ experience in higher education includes stints as chancellor of SOWELA Technical Community College and Baton Rouge Community College, both in Louisiana; former executive vice president for academic and student affairs of Southwest Tennessee Community College; and assistant dean at the University of Nevada-Reno. Holds M.S. and Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology, with post-doctoral fellowship from Cincinnati College of Medicine. ANTHONY MILLER Record-shattering wide receiver for the University of Memphis football team. In 2016, set program records for receptions in a game (15) and season (95), and receiving yardage in a game (250) and season (1,434). Needs 71 receptions and 854 yards as a senior to establish new career marks at the U of M. Has been primary target for two record-setting Tiger quarterbacks: Paxton Lynch and Riley Ferguson. Graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis where he was a champion hurdler and long-jumper. L AWRENCE “BOO” MITCHELL Chief manager and engineer of Royal Studios, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017 and where such hits as Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand The Rain” were recorded. Has worked over the years with such world-renowned artists as Bruno Mars, Rod Stewart, Mark Ronson, Melissa Etheridge, Robert Cray, Dee Dee Bridgewater, the North Mississippi All-Stars, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Boz Scaggs, Wu-Tang Clan, and John Mayer. Mitchell is also past president of the Memphis Chapter of the

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Recording Academy, and producer of the documentary Take Me to the River, which won the 24 Beats Per Second Award for best music film, 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Has won several awards from NARAS for working on Grammy Award-winning and nominated projects. Won a Grammy in 2015 for his production work on the single “Uptown Funk.”

ROBERT MOODY Appointed in 2015 as the music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. A native of Greenville, South Carolina. Studied at Furman University and the Eastman School of Music in New York. Also holds position of music director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, artistic director of the Arizona Musicfest, and music director of the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra. Internationally acclaimed conductor, having guest-conducted such world-class orchestras as the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. International work has included the Slovenian Philharmonic and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. His work can be heard on multiple commercial audio recordings. DR. SCOT T MORRIS Founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in a converted Midtown house in 1987 to provide quality, affordable healthcare for uninsured working people and their families. Master of divinity degree from Yale University, M.D. from Emory University. Board-certified family practitioner and ordained United Methodist minister. Thanks to financial support from foundations, churches, corporations, and individuals, and the volunteer help of doctors, nurses, dentists, and others, the organization has grown to become the largest faithbased healthcare organization of its type in the country. Has served 70,000 patients since inception including 16,291 unique individuals in FY 2016. Author of several books, including God, Health, and Happiness. Recently oversaw the organization’s move to Crosstown Concourse. E M I LY B A L L E W N E F F Appointed executive director of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in April 2015. Under her direction, the museum’s centennial-year celebration included the opening of Inside Art, a gallery dedicated to visual literacy; two new series, Rotunda Projects and Brooks Outside; and permanent galleries for the art of Carroll Cloar and native-son photographers William Eggleston and Ernest C. Withers. Previously served as director and chief curator of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma and served nearly two decades as the first curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A graduate of Yale University, Rice University, and holder of a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership in NYC. BARBARA NEWMAN President of the Blues Foundation. B.A., political science, Brown University. After college, worked at National Westminster Bank in New York City. Moved back to Memphis and served as treasurer on the board of directors for Bornblum Solomon Schechter School. In 2007, took over as executive director of Beth Sholom Synagogue, handling the facility,

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administration, human resources, and communications. In October 2015, took the reins at The Blues Foundation and worked quickly to welcome five new inductees at the Blues Hall of Fame Awards. Works closely with community organizations, previously acting as board chair for Planned Parenthood — Greater Memphis Region. Over the past 15 years, has helped to produce concerts and nonprofit fundraising events. Member, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Folk Alliance International, and Americana Music Association.

MARK NORRIS Majority leader of the Republicandominated state Senate. Nominated by President Donald Trump for a federal judgeship in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. (Must be confirmed by U.S. Senate.) Had been considering a run for governor in 2018. Was the primary author in 2011 of the controversial Norris-Todd bill establishing guidelines for merger of Memphis City Schools with Shelby County Schools that ultimately allowed new suburban school districts. Successfully managed governor’s Improve Act of 2017, raising gas tax on behalf of state infrastructure projects. Promoted tax relief for veterans and elderly. Unabashedly conservative but works well across the aisle and on bipartisan objectives locally. A lawyer and farmer living in Collierville. MIKE NORVELL Head football coach at University of Memphis. Led Tigers to 8-5 record in 2016, his first season at the helm. Among youngest coaches in country (turns 36 in October 2017). Has emphasized speed, particularly an attacking offense. Tigers scored 505 points last fall, second in program history only to 2015 team (522). Previously served as offensive coordinator at Arizona State, where Sun Devils ranked 23rd in the country in total offense in 2015. Worked under coach Todd Graham at ASU, Pitt, and Tulsa. Played collegiately at Central Arkansas where he left program as career leader in receptions. DR. WILLIAM NOVICK Formed the Novick Cardiac Alliance in 2014 after founding and leading the International Children’s Heart Alliance for 20 years. Has taken surgical teams to more than 20 countries and operated on more than 4,000 children. Graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his general surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania before entering the cardiothoracic residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Was the sole pediatric cardiac surgeon at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee as a pediatric cardiac surgeon. Named Paul Nemir Professor of Surgery and International Child Health in 1999. Has authored multiple papers on congenital heart disease, contributed to several books on pediatric heart disease, intensive care, and thoracic trauma, as well as co-authored Healing the Heart of Croatia. Featured in 2003 Oscar-winning documentary Chernobyl Heart.

STEPHEN PIKE Director of museums for the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums, which includes Memphis Pink Palace Museum, Crew Training International IMAX Theater, Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center, Magevney House, Mallory-Neely House in Victorian Village, and Coon Creek Science Center. New developments brought full-dome video to planetarium and strategic plan for a science center focused on health, nutrition, and wellness to Memphis area. Former executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Previously assistant director of the Smithsonian National Associates Program in Washington, D.C. Awarded a doctoral fellowship in English at Temple University. DAVID PORTER An original architect of Memphis soul music and Stax Records’ first salaried songwriter in 1963 at just 22 years old. Porter’s songs, including “Soul Man” and “Hold On, I’m Coming,” have sold more than 300 million units worldwide. A native Memphian and active community leader, Porter has served on many local boards and commissions, including the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Youth Villages, and the Stax Museum Foundation. Opened Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) on the second floor of the Greater Memphis Chamber in 2012, a national music mentorship nonprofit allowing industry veterans to develop young talent in Memphis. Inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame along with fellow Memphian, songwriting partner, and lifelong friend Isaac Hayes in 2005. In 2015, named by Rolling Stone one of “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” with more than 1,700 songwriting and composing credits. DOROTHY GUNTHER PUGH CEO/founding artistic director of Ballet Memphis, now in its 31st season. Vanderbilt University graduate has led Ballet Memphis to national prominence. The company has performed to glowing reviews in New York, Paris, and at the Kennedy Center. Honored as an Outstanding Arts Administrator by the Tennessee Arts Commission, a recipient of the Women of Achievement Award for Initiative, and recipient of grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore initiatives for redefining mid-size ballet companies in the nation. Chair of Artistic Directors Committee for Dance/USA as well as its Committee on Equity and Inclusion. A fellow in the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, one of only 100 arts leaders globally chosen due to innovative leadership and capacity for long-term success. The company will move into its new home in Overton Square in 2017. MICHAEL RALLINGS Police Director, City of Memphis, appointed by Mayor Jim Strickland in August 2016 to succeed retiring director Toney Armstrong. Had previously served as interim director, earning plaudits for calm, measured response to Black Lives Matter street demonstrations in July 2016. Member of MPD since 1990, had worked himself up through ranks. Cooperated with U.S. Department of Justice in review of Memphis police procedures and worked with Strickland to increase pay and benefits for officers in

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drive to rebuild numbers of MPD force. Took adamant stand against City Council initiatives to liberalize marijuana penalties in 2017. Supported “Beale Street Bucks” admission fees as crime control method.

DR. LEWIS REICH President of Southern College of Optometry (SCO) since January 2016. Formerly executive vice president for academic affairs, joined SCO’s faculty in 2008 following nearly a decade of service at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where he served as associate professor and assistant dean for student affairs. A 1988 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, completed a residency in low-vision rehabilitation at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and later joined the faculty. Received his Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 1999. Founded in Memphis in 1932, SCO is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with more than 500 students and residents from 40 states. The college’s public clinic, The Eye Center at SCO, serves more than 60,000 patients annually. SCO’s Community Outreach program reaches more than 12,000 children throughout Shelby County. The college also operates University Eyecare, a full-service clinic on the campus of the University of Memphis. BILL RHODES Chairman, president, and CEO of AutoZone, Inc. Oversees the nation’s leading auto parts retailer and a leading distributor of auto parts and accessories, a $10.5 billion Fortune 300 company with almost 6,000 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Brazil. Civic engagement includes board member of Memphis Tomorrow, trustee of Rhodes College, treasurer of the National Civil Rights Museum, vice president of Youth Programs, Inc., the governing body of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, and vice chairman of the golf tournament. Minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. Rhodes serves on the board of Dollar General Corporation and is current chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Named 2013 CEO of the Year by Inside Memphis Business. TODD RICHARDSON Benjamin Rawlins Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis, co-leader of Crosstown Concourse, and co-director of Crosstown Arts. Since 2010, has helped lead the transformation of the former Sears Crosstown distribution center, a 1.5-million-square-foot building on the National Register of Historic Places, into Crosstown Concourse, a vertical urban village anchored by local organizations in arts, education, and healthcare, as well as a diverse range of retail and residential. Opened in 2017, the $200 million project recently received an Innovation Award from Inside Memphis Business and the 2015 John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award. Has lectured and published internationally on topics ranging from art and architecture to religion and politics.

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Arkansas. After graduating Hendrix College, where he attended on a basketball scholarship, began working at a Memphis bank but returned to family business, operating new VW dealership in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Returned to Memphis in 1985 as a sales manager for Homer Skelton Toyota, helping build the dealership into second largest Toyota franchise in America. In 2007, purchased Landers Ford dealership in Collierville. Today, the Landers Automotive Group operates six dealerships in Tennessee and Mississippi. Actively involved with Southaven Rotary, North Mississippi Fellowship of Christian Athletes, MidSouth Food Bank, and other organizations.

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KENNETH ROBINSON In February 2015 named president/CEO of United Way of the Mid-South, serving Shelby County and seven surrounding counties in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Has served as volunteer (and former board member) with organization more than 20 years. Former pastor and CEO of St. Andrew AME Church, where he spearheaded the Circles of Success Learning Academy, one of Tennessee’s first charter schools when it opened in 2003. Former Tennessee Commissioner of Health (2003-07) and advisor to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. Earned B.A. and M.D. at Harvard, Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School. G AY L E R O SE Founder and CEO of EVS Corporation, a cloud backup and disaster recovery company headquartered in Memphis. Chairman of the Rose Family Foundations private charity. Chair of the board of the Memphis Symphony. In 2012, received the Inside Memphis Business CEO of the Year Award. In 2008, named Humanitarian of the Year by Diversity Memphis. Internationally recognized in 2007 with the Changing Face of Philanthropy Award from the Women’s Funding Network. Most well-known for helping to land the NBA Memphis Grizzlies basketball team. Co-founder of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Recently founded Team Max, a grass-roots, virtual volunteer organization that honors the memory of her late son. Earned degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and Harvard University. In 2015, presented an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Northern Iowa. 901-674-5522

ELIZABETH ROUSE President and CEO of ArtsMemphis, the Mid-South’s primary arts funder that sustains Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthens local communities through the arts. In 2016, ArtsMemphis awarded nearly $3 million to the Memphis arts community through more than 160 grants. During Rouse’s tenure, ArtsMemphis has allocated more than $40 million in Shelby County. A native of Mobile, Alabama, she graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Joined ArtsMemphis in 2006 and is a graduate of Leadership Memphis. Active member of Idlewild Presbyterian Church and the Junior League of Memphis.

Kathy Bates BORN 1948


athy Bates kicked the dust of Shelby County off her feet on the morning after graduating high school at White Station in East Memphis and — rarely if ever turning back — lit out for the boards of New York theatre, which acknowledged the arrival of a chubby Southern teenager with eyes agape, breaths caught, and f ingers held above the strings and keys. Thence, with affections tending westerly, she assumed the mantle of Oscarwinning movie star. She is the chubby embodiment of gracious manners on set (it is not ever thus), not least with strangers who might have declared to her a shared affection for her high school speech and drama teacher, the late Gene Crain, much loved by a generation of Memphis actors and at whose name her visage lights up like those of angels we have heard on high. She probably would never need to shatter my kneecaps with a sledge hammer to keep me around.


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MARK RUSSELL Named executive editor of The Commercial Appeal in June 2017, the first African American to lead the newsroom in the paper’s 176-year history. Had served as managing editor since 2013, after moving to Memphis from Florida, where he was the executive editor and managing editor of the Orlando Sentinel. Other newspaper stints include the Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Wall Street Journal. Native of St. Louis; earned degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Taking helm of the city’s daily newspaper during time of transition, with major staff cuts and move of all printing operations to Jackson, Tennessee.

RIC H A RD SH A DYAC JR. President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, since 2009. Has led ALSAC to become the top healthcare charity in the country and the top not-for-profit healthcare brand four years in a row. Born in Washington, D.C. Holds bachelor’s degree in political science from Marquette, law degree from Loyola-Chicago. Volunteer efforts include Memphis

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DAVID RUDD Named 12th president of the University of Memphis in May 2014. Priorities are to increase enrollment, improve student access, grow community partnerships, expand research, and contain the cost of higher education. Bachelor’s degree from Princeton; master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from University of Texas. Has been responsible, in part, for more than $18 million in research funding. Under his leadership, the Finish Line program is helping former students return to complete their degrees at little or no cost. Launched and completed Year of Service initiative, providing 500,000 man-hours of service throughout Memphis and the Mid-South. U of M set records for fundraising in 2015 ($38 million) and 2016 ($39 million).


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JOHN SMARRELLI JR. President of Christian Brothers University since 2009 and its first permanent lay president. Received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Postdoctoral work in biochemistry from the University of Virginia. Received National Academic Advising Association Pacesetter Award in 2006 and Loyola University Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996, along with authoring numerous articles published in scientific journals and textbooks. Serves on the boards of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Memphis Rotary, Catholic Charities, Gulf South Conference, Salvation Army, Economic Club of Memphis, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and is currently the chairman of the Crosstown High School Board. DARRELL SMITH Tournament director for FedEx St. Jude Classic (FESJC), PGA Tour event held annually in Memphis since 1958. Succeeded longtime director Phil Cannon in 2016. Originally hired as operations coordinator in charge of all tournament operations in 2005. Left in 2010 to become director of operations at AT&T Byron Nelson Championship in Texas, but returned to Memphis a year later to serve as tournament manager. During his short time as tournament director has spearheaded a peer-to-peer

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volunteer fundraising program, an enhanced InnerWorkings (Wednesday) Pro-am that features two professionals per amateur team, and several new venues including the Island Club and the Patriot’s Outpost. Total prize money at 2017 event was $6.4 million. Graduate of the University of Tennessee.

FREDERICK W. SMIT H Founder, Chairman, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics companies and a vital economic engine in the Memphis region. The $58 billion global transportation company, launched in 1973, is the region’s largest employer, with a local workforce of 32,000. More than 400,000 worldwide team members handle some 13 million shipments each business day. Smith is a leading business voice in national energy policy and alternative fuels. Served in the Marines in Vietnam late 1960s. Named to the Aviation Hall of Fame, and winner of the Circle of Honor Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. FedEx is regularly included among “World’s Most Admired Companies” and the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

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DR. DAVID STERN David Stern, M.D., is the Robert J. Kaplan Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Since he joined UTHSC in 2011, has sought to integrate the College of Medicine into the fabric of the Memphis community. Has directed initiatives to address healthcare needs of the community, including the UT Mobile Stroke Unit to speed stroke treatment and improve outcomes; the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth to address the root of violence by improving the lives of young people; and the Center for Addiction Science to tackle the epidemic of substance abuse. Came to UTHSC after a career as a physician-scientist, mainly at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and as a dean at the Medical College of Georgia and University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. JIM STRICKLAND Memphis Mayor, elected in multi-candidate 2015 city election race, upsetting previous Mayor A C Wharton. Previously served two terms on city council, as member from mid-city district, from 2007 to 2016. Focused on budgetary discipline during council service and served as budget chairman several times, but campaigned during mayoral race on triple themes of public safety, blight eradication, and governmental accountability. Adopted slogan, in office, of “Brilliant with the Basics.” Launched Memphis 3.0 initiative of public meetings in 2017 to help prepare new strategic plan for city. Helped broker compromise between Overton Park Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy over volatile parking-on-Greensward issue. Graduate of the University of Memphis, where he was student body president. Former chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party and longtime former law partner of David Kustoff, now a Republican member of congress from the 8th District.

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TINA SULLIVAN Executive director of Overton Park Conservancy, which has raised more than $7 million to improve Overton Park since assuming management of the park in 2012. Current projects include access improvements for pedestrians, cyclists, and persons in wheelchairs and measures to improve the health of the Old Forest State Natural Area. Led negotiations to develop a plan to remove cars from Overton Park’s Greensward. Graduate of the University of Memphis and New Memphis’ Leadership Development Intensive. Charter member of GiVE 365 at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. Serves on the board of directors of the Midtown Memphis Development Corporation and on the Mayor’s Nonprofit Advisory Council, leading the Environment and Conservation Committee. MARK SUT TON Named CEO of International Paper in November 2014 and chairman of the board of directors in January 2015. Previously president and chief operating officer, and led the company’s global businesses. First joined IP in 1984 as an engineer with the Pineville, Louisiana, mill, and later moved to Thilmany, Wisconsin, as mill manager. Transferred overseas and was named vice president and general manager of European corrugated packaging operations in 2002, where he oversaw operations across seven countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Relocated to Memphis in 2005 as vice president of corporate strategic planning. Named senior vice president of global supply chain in 2007, senior vice president of printing and communications paper in 2009, and senior vice president of industrial packaging in 2011. Holds B.S. in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University. Serves as a board member for the American Forest & Paper Association, the Kroger Company, Memphis Tomorrow, and New Memphis. GINA SWE AT Director of Fire Services for the Memphis Fire Department. First female to command MFD. Upon being promoted in January 2016, one of only five women in the United States to serve as fire chief. Originally joined department in 1992; promoted to lieutenant in 1998 and battalion chief in 2001. Named division chief in 2008. Graduate of Freed-Hardeman University where she also played basketball. Earned master’s degree in strategic leadership from the University of Memphis in 2013. PAT KERR T IGRE T T Fashion designer, patron of Memphis music, entrepreneur, collector, and philanthropist. Chairman and CEO of Pat Kerr, Inc., a couture design firm. Founder of the Memphis Charitable Foundation, umbrella organization for the Moonshine Ball, the Blues Ball, the Jingle Bell Ball, and the Nutcracker Ball benefiting Memphis music, children, and the arts. Her designs have been featured in retail windows of Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel, as well as in books and magazines, including Martha Stewart Weddings, The Tiffany Wedding Book, and The Plaza Hotel Wedding

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PHIL TRENARY President and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber since 2014. Under his leadership, the Chamber’s mission is focused on providing economic growth for all in Memphis including initiatives to grow local, small, minority-, and women-owned businesses. Since 2014, the Chamber has recruited or retained 20,399 jobs and $2.6 billion in capital investment through economic development efforts. To spur future growth, helped launch the Chairman’s Circle, a leadership body dedicated to transforming Memphis through immediate advocacy efforts and long-term initiatives such as the launch of the EPIcenter to create 1,000 entrepreneurs, getting Memphis Clean by 2019, and a Long Range Plan for Memphis. HENRY TURLEY Downtown real estate developer and spearhead of residential renaissance on banks of Mississippi. With Jack Belz, Turley developed the upscale Harbor Town residential and commercial community on Mud Island, the low- and moderate-income Uptown residential development north of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and South Bluffs, where he lives. Native of Memphis and graduate of the University of Tennessee. Leading revitalization in Jackson, Tennessee, with Healthy Community, which helped city earn first place in the 2013 U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Awards. Currently leading the $55 million redevelopment of Central Station in the South Main Arts District. MICHAEL UGWUEKE President and chief executive officer, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Became president and CEO of the six-hospital, 13,000-employee system in January 2017. Received bachelor’s degree in biology from Shaw University, master’s of public health from Emory University, and doctorate of health administration and leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina. Over the last 26 years served in planning and operational leadership roles in healthcare organizations in Atlanta, Sarasota, Washington, D.C., and the Chicago area. Ugwueke was the 2012 Modern Healthcare Top 25 Minority Executive. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), member of the ACHE Board of Regents, and a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives. Sits on the boards of many institutions, including the National Civil Rights Museum, the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, and Memphis Tomorrow. JOHN VERGOS Born the same year (1948) that his father, Charlie, opened one of Memphis’ most famous restaurants, Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, and with brother Nick and sister Tina, now manages this world-famous barbecue restaurant that has played host to many notable celebrities and politicians


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MIKE WARR President of Porter-Leath Early Childhood Foundation and executive vice president for development and new business for Porter-Leath. Currently involved in restoration of historic buildings on site of 154-year-old children’s home. Native of Jonesboro, Arkansas; earned degree in business administration from University of Arkansas. After stint in U.S. Navy, where he was a food service officer on an aircraft carrier, moved to Memphis, where he began working for Steak & Ale chain. Later took over operation of Number One Beale, and opened Captain Bilbo’s and Caramba Mexican Restaurant downtown. Also an investor in Gonzales & Gertrude’s, Bayou Bar & Grill, and Le Chardonnay. Had long been involved with civic work involving child-care organizations; became executive director of Porter-Leath in 1998. Present development includes renovation of main orphanage building (constructed 1854) and administration buildings (constructed in 1927 and 1974). AMY WEIRICH Shelby County District Attorney General since 2011, was appointed that year by Governor Bill Haslam to succeed former boss Bill Gibbons. A 20-year-plus veteran of the D.A.’s office, Weirich was formerly chief prosecutor of the Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit and division leader for the Special Prosecution Unit in criminal court. Graduate of Germantown High School, University of Tennessee at Martin, and University of Memphis Law School. Won reelection in 2012 as Republican candidate against Democratic opponent Carol Chumney and won again in 2014 for a full eight-year term, handily defeating former TV jurist Joe Brown. DAVID WILLIAMS President and CEO of Leadership Memphis since 2004. Under his leadership, LM has expanded its program portfolio to prepare more executives as well as emerging and grassroots leaders, graduating 150 program participants annually. Its action initiatives include Graduate Memphis, which strives to increase post-secondary attainment, and Volunteer Memphis, which works to increase voluntarism. Native Memphian, former VP of marketing and community development for St. Joseph Hospital. Former board chair for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, and former board chair for Playhouse on the Square. Healthier Communities Fellow of the American Hospital Association, 1998. Holds M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver. Awarded the 2014 University of Memphis Charles E. Thornton Outstanding Journalism Award, as well as the 2014 Health Care Impact Leader Award from the Healthy

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G.E. PATTERSON AT SOUTH MAIN: John Pickle established Eleven One Media to focus on residential, commercial, and industrial photography. Most of his images show present-day Memphis, but he has a special fondness for this city’s

rich past. When he comes across an especially appealing old photograph, he likes to search for the location, and as you can see on these pages, blend then-and-now images to show the same scene today. The Arcade Hotel, erected in 1914, was a

businessman’s hotel for travelers arriving at Central Station across the street. Made famous when featured in the 1989 Jim Jarmusch film Mystery Train, it was damaged by fire and demolished. Today, the site of the Arcade Hotel is a vacant lot.

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PIGGLY WIGGLY, SOUTH FRONT AND NETTLETON: Before Clarence Saunders invented the self-service grocery store, shoppers handed their list to a clerk, who fetched whatever they needed from shelves behind the counter. Not only did Piggly Wiggly change the way we shopped, it changed the way products were packaged and advertised, since now it was the customer — not the grocery clerk — who chose the items they wanted for their family. Piggly Wiggly became a national chain, and Saunders erected massive warehouses to hold the merchandise for his stores. This handsome red-brick building was erected in the 1920s on South Front Street, and the old photo shows the street when the only vehicles were Model T cars and open-cab produce trucks. This intersection looks remarkably the same today, and Saunders’ old warehouse has been converted — like so many other buildings in this area — into apartments and condos.

CENTRAL STATION: Built in 1914, Central Station — the main terminus in Memphis for the Illinois Central Railroad — was never considered the most beautiful train station in town. Architectural historians usually give that honor to the much more elaborate Union

Station just a block down Calhoun Street (the wide street shown here) or even the older Poplar Street Station, blocks away to the north. But it is the only one of these old stations that has survived, and though it sat dormant for years, coming to life when the City of New Orleans,

Amtrak’s only passenger train still running through Memphis, made brief stopovers. Recently refurbished into nice apartments, the main concourse — a vast open area that carries its old neon signage and waiting-room benches — has become a popular site for wedding

receptions and other public events. It’s easy to find, too, thanks to its distinctive smokestack — part of the power house under construction in the old view here. Calhoun Street is now G.E. Patterson Blvd., honoring the longtime bishop of the Church of God in Christ.

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UNION AND MAIN: In the early 1900s, this view of Main Street, looking north from Union, showed only a half-dozen cars along the curb, and a pair of electric-powered trolleys passing halfway down the street, just across from Court Square. The overall scene has changed very little. Vintage trolleys made a comeback for several years, though maintenance issues with the refurbished cars have, for now at least, taken them off the street — renamed Main Street Mall when it was converted to a pedestrian thoroughfare in 1975. The old Jacobi Pharmacy at left, with its sign advertising “Nitrous Oxid Oxygen,” made way for the red-brick Three Sisters Building. Down the street, the tall Commerce Title Building has been converted to residences. Shops and restaurants that attracted Memphians in the early 1900s have been converted to new purposes in recent years. Janssen’s Restaurant, at right, for example, is now home to the Radio Center Flats apartments.

RIVERSIDE DRIVE: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was involved in the construction of Riverside Drive — a massive undertaking that was called “the most costly highway in the world.” The Corps was responsible for maintaining the Mississippi River, and throughout

the late 1800s and early 1900s, massive chunks of the bluff had a disturbing tendency to slough off into the Mississippi River, one time while a locomotive (like the one shown here) was pulling freight cars along the top of the bluffs. The new project not only pulled the river

back quite a ways, helping to stabilize the bluffs and prevent erosion from the strong currents, but provided a dramatic entrance to downtown Memphis. The “then” portion of this image shows Riverside Drive on March 28, 1935, as a parade of 300 cars driven by VIPs,

accompanied by a freight train, officially opened the new roadway. In later years, the open space between the road and the river was renamed Tom Lee Park, to honor the river worker who rescued more than 30 people after the riverboat M.E. Norman sank near here in 1925.

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more anatomy and is much more efficient than previous models, requiring less usage than smaller detectors. Audrey Gregory, Ph.D., CEO of Saint Francis Hospital - Memphis and Saint Francis Healthcare, was joined by members of the Greater Memphis Chamber to open the new lab back in March. “We are pleased to provide this technology to assist our physicians and staff who are dedicated to providing the highest quality services and care to our patients,” says Gregory. “Our new EP Lab is part of our ongoing efforts to expand our heart and vascular services for the Memphis community.”


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xpansion is the buzzword these days. The Medical District ties many of our local organizations together, but their reach extends further outward with each passing year. Everywhere you look, be it St. Jude, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, or West Cancer Center, Memphis’ medical organizations are finding new and innovative ways to increase the efficiency of healthcare to denizens of the Mid-South. Beyond Midtown, patients in East Memphis, Collierville, and even out of state have better access than ever. If an apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away, rest assured that you won’t find a better group of groundbreaking medical professionals anywhere else.


andeep Rajan, M.D., has seen firsthand how proper treatment can affect a patient with a rare and benign blood disorder. Someone in a wheelchair might be able to walk again, or a patient will no longer require dialysis once properly treated. Since joining UTHSC three years ago, Rajan has been working to make sure that Mid-South patients with bleeding disorders are able to receive the care they need. To that end, Rajan is the medical director of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center established by the College of Medicine. The clinic is the only one of its kind within a 150-mile radius, pointing to an effort to address needs specific to the community. With comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment for all noncancerous and benign blood disorders now available, Rajan thinks it will greatly help an estimated 750 to 800 people in the area suffering from such afflictions. A main focus of the clinic will be to treat hemophiliacs, while more common conditions such as anemia, thalassemia, and thrombosis are treatable as well. More care options include coverage of Hepatitis C, platelet disorders, abnormal proliferation of blood cells in the bone marrow, abnormal iron metabolism, and women’s health issues like excessive bleeding and clotting.


o assist in its ongoing mission to help heart and vascular patients in the Memphis community, Saint Francis Hospital opened a new Electrophysiology Lab as part of the Heart and Vascular Center. Heart and vascular patients at the hospital can now expect state-of-the-art technology and advanced functionality. The new lab, running on Innova technology from General Electric, is designed to handle a wide variety of electrophysiology procedures. The floor-mounted system provides highly advanced image clarity, while it also covers

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While patients previously had to seek out multiple specialists for the preceding conditions, the new clinic provides an all-in-one stop. “Comprehensive care is the guiding force behind treating bleeding disorders,” says Rajan. “Outcomes are better, and the cost is cut down.” The clinic will also have primary care physicians for routine checkups and collaborate with other specialists around the area.

Methodist University Hospital Breaks Ground For New Campus


ack in October 2016, Methodist University Hospital kicked off the largest ever expansion project in the revamped Medical District. At the corner of Eastmoreland and Bellevue, workers began construction on a $280 million plan that features new venues for cancer treatment and transplant services, among other things. “Our master campus plan will be a catalyst for transforming healthcare for patients

in Memphis, the Mid-South, and beyond,” says Michael Ugwueke, now CEO and president of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “The new tower will be designed to provide significant improvement in the patient care experience by enhancing f low and efficiency. The centralization of transplant services and the opening of a new cancer center will continue to advance our mission of providing high-quality healthcare to all patients.” Part of the plan includes a 440,000-squarefoot tower with room to advance many aspects of the hospital’s healthcare. The transplant services will be consolidated into a two-story inpatient and outpatient Transplant Institute. The expanded facilities and better technology aim to build a foundation for an exceptional research program and an improved environment for patients and families. In addition, the West Cancer Center location on Union Avenue will be combined with hospital-based surgical services and inpatient care to provide a single all-encompassing cancer center, while a new parking plaza will add 700 parking spots and create direct access into the tower. Finally, the demolition of the Crews Wing creates space for two recreational garden areas for patients. The modernization project is expected to be finished in the first quarter of 2019.

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est Cancer Center finished another year of incredible growth with the opening of a new 123,000-square-foot location last November. The continued expansion is born of a partnership between three of the largest Memphis medical players: West Cancer Center, Methodist Healthcare, and the the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). The new campus means that the trio’s venture to provide comprehensive healthcare to the

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Mid-South continues to flourish. “Our East Campus location on Wolf River Boulevard provides another accessible point of care to the more than 35,000 patients we see each year,” says Erich Mounce, CEO of West Cancer Center. “This facility is but one component to a critical focus of our partnership — to bring the most innovative cancer care and treatment to our patients, all on their home front. That means ensuring we have multiple locations throughout the region that allow patients to receive the care they need while staying close to home.” Over the past few years, West Cancer Center extended its reach, with new locations in Collierville and West Memphis while simultaneously boosting the faculty with highly specialized physicians. Its expansion looks set to continue, with recent residency and educational programs proving that the three medical institutes’ partnership remains steadfast.

Memphis Medical District Collaborative Moves Forward With Plan to Revitalize the Medical Center


tretching all the way back to 2014, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) effort is starting to bear fruit. The success of the Medical District and its employees is of huge importance to the success of the city, and the MMDC is doing all it can to improve the entire area. A three-pronged strategy was devised, focusing on improving infrastructure, centering economic circulation into the district, and identifying the most optimum paths for growth. MMDC’s mission is built around the eight anchor institutions for the district (Baptist College of Health Sciences, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Methodist/Le Bonheur, Regional One Health, Southern College of Optometry, Southwest Tennessee Community College, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center). Despite the collective of medical institutions employing more than 16,000 individuals, many of them were based outside the Medical District and spent their money elsewhere. Last year, the initiative truly kicked off, with efforts under way to attract more residents and increase spending in the area. Millions of dollars are being used to direct purchasing power to small local business, while the hospitals and institutions look to the neighborhood to fill approximately 3,200 positions expected to open over the next five years. With the aim of a thriving local community, there’s never been a better time to be in the Medical District.

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Church Health Completes Move to Crosstown Concourse


fter successfully rebranding itself, Church Health completed its move into Crosstown Concourse earlier in 2017. The move immediately gave the organization increased capacity for all of its medical services, as well as a greater scope for its extracurricular community activities, such as interactive cooking classes. The new residence at Crosstown Concourse, giving the organization a more centralized location, allows it to more easily connect with and teach the larger community about health. “The work we do is no longer about a center, it’s about engaging the church and all people of faith about health in the world,” says founder and CEO Dr. Scott Morris. “We also see each person as one unique heartbeat at a time. I believe our new brand reflects this broader way of fulfilling our mission.” Church Health hasn’t rested on its laurels either; an earlier agreement to host a YMCA facility on-site has come to fruition. Replacing the wellness center that the organization previously operated in the Medical District, the Church Health YMCA provides an easy fitness option to employees, clients, and residents. Membership to the specific facility also allows entry to the other 10 YMCA locations in Memphis. To date, Church Health treats around 58,000 individuals without relying on any government funding, with treatment based on patients’ income.

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fter being diagnosed with cancer, Bernita Glass was given six months to live without a stem cell transplant. Luckily for her, Dr. Salil Goorha, medical director of Baptist Cancer Center’s Malignant Hematology and Transplant Program, attended a conference where he learned about a haploidentical (half-matched) transplant. While the procedure itself is only performed at a few centers around the country, the donor pool for African Americans is very small. The haploidentical transplant became a primary option for Glass. “In stem cell transplants,” says Goorha, “we first look for a hundred percent match.” The haploidentical transplant was originally used for sickle cell anemia patients, but can now be used to treat cancer. Transplanting stem cells can give a sick immune system a boost when fighting disease. Researchers discovered that when patients received cyclophosphamide, a chemotherapy drug, it preserved stem cells and the cells that combat cancer, all which could help Glass if a transplant were successful. “With haplo, we can rely on a 50 percent genetic similarity from a relative,” he says. For Glass, it turned out that her son was

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ccess to healthcare is a boon to those in need, but sometimes it can be tough to find time to make an appointment. Last summer, Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics did its part to smooth the process. Walk-in clinics opened at each of its five Memphis-area locations: Germantown, Collierville, Cordova, Southaven, and the Medical Center. Patients with orthopaedic injuries can walk in to access medical services without a prior appointment. Specifically, the clinics treat sprains, strains, breaks, and other similar injuries. The decision to provide walkin services was made to address the needs of patients in the surrounding community. “Phenomenal response to our After Hours Clinic and overall patient volumes at our general clinic reinforced our belief that patients today seek greater access to the services we provide,” says Dr. Frederick Azar, Campbell Clinic’s chief of staff. “Our new Walk-In Clinic provides access to these services without an appointment, allowing urgent, acute orthopaedic issues to be treated sooner. Improved access will help our patients get on the road to recovery sooner.” Alongside the normal team of physicians at each location, Campbell Clinic added fulltime physician Dr. James Robinson to bolster the staff at the Germantown facility. The clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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ancer-combating juggernaut St. Jude continues its multi-year expansion plan as it looks to revitalize the area west of its campus. With the city working to improve infrastructure and eliminate blight in the Pinch District, ALSAC looks to raise the funds necessary to have its plan come to fruition. Nine billion dollars has been earmarked — $1 billion for the physical aspect of the campus, while the other $8 billion will fund programs and technology. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam promised that the state would give up to $12 million to help fund infrastructure. Ultimately, the revitalization would blend the St. Jude campus with the Pinch District through commercial development to make the area more appealing to hospital employees and patients. New housing and researching facilities will create up to 1,800 new jobs, while the renovations should double the organization’s economic impact on the community.

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his July, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital opened a new Tupelo Clinic for young patients in Mississippi. Located in the Tupelo Commons development near the shopping mall at Barnes Crossing, the clinic contains specialists for allergy, cardiology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, surgery, and pulmonology. The walls are lined with colorful artwork, while a special toy section allows patients to take gifts home with them after a checkup. For years, Le Bonheur specialists have been traveling to Tupelo, but they now have a clinic to call their own. While pediatricians formerly worked out of a Med-Serve space in partnership with North Mississippi Medical Center, the new 12,000-square-foot clinic doubles the available space, allowing for more specialists and patients. The space also added X-ray, ultrasound, lab, and telemedicine services. To help bolster the expansion, Le Bonheur has already increased the number of cardiology visits from two to five days a week. The specialists are all from the Memphis location, but are assisted by two permanent on-site nurse practitioners. The new clinic will ultimately increase the efficiency of care for the 28,000 Le Bonheur patients living in North Mississippi.

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he search for the right school for your child is a monumental task, whether you’re just getting started with preschool or transitioning from elementary to middle and high school. Fortunately, there are a lot of options in the greater Memphis area. On these pages is a list of schools and background information on various types of school environments to jumpstart your effort — because knowledge is power! To get started, read about those options in this article, then go online to the Memphis School Guide (, an independent nonprofit website developed to help parents more closely examine the education landscape. On the site, you’ll find a link under each section with additional school profiles and data provided by Ginger Spickler with Memphis School Guide.


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rivate schools are not funded by the state and must fund operations by charging tuition, though many private schools offer some form of financial aid. Schools are typically run by an independent body (a school board, the Catholic Diocese, etc.), and as they are exempt from state oversight and mandated testing, faculty have the freedom to choose their own standards and educational approach. While the majority of private schools in Memphis have a religious affiliation, there are also a number of non-religious schools focusing on a wide variety of methodologies and

approaches. The Memphis Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) and the Catholic Diocese of Memphis represent a large number of private schools in Memphis. When weighing whether your family can afford a private school, you’ll want to ask about all the associated costs. In addition to tuition, most private schools charge fees for books, activities, technology, meals, etc. However, some private schools were designed specifically with low-income families in mind, and these may be a great choice if you qualify. Many private schools also have a birthday cut-off date that is earlier than that of public schools, some as early as June 1. Check school websites for details. A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 113

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ll students in Shelby County are zoned to a neighborhood public school and have a right to a seat in that school. But you can also choose a different traditional public school if it seems like a better fit (and the school has space). There are no academic entrance requirements for traditional public schools. All public schools are tuition-free and follow state-estab40lished ACRESguidelines OF FUN for standards, safety, and evaluation.

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ptional Schools are all part of the Shelby County Schools district and may offer a themed education, similar to “magnet” schools in other cities. In some Optional Schools, all classes are considered Optional, while others operate as a “school within a school,” featuring some Optional and some traditional classrooms in each grade level. All Optional schools have varying academic acceptance requirements.



nnovation Zone (iZone) Schools are a subset of public schools (all in the SCS district) that operate with more resources and autonomy from the district than other SCS public schools. Administrators at the school level are given more freedom over staffing, budgets, programs, and schedules (iZone schools typically have a longer school day). They may experiment with innovative teaching or technology-usage methods. NOTE: While these schools got to the iZone for being on the state’s Priority List of schools in the bottom 5 percent for student achievement, many schools in the iZone have enjoyed strong test-score growth since their turnarounds, so pay more attention to these schools’ growth scores than achievement scores.



harter schools are public schools (tuition-free) but operate more independently from the school district than traditional public schools do, particularly in regard to curriculum or the hiring of staff (teachers must be state-certified). All charters operating in Tennessee are not-for-profit. Some charters are single-site schools, while others are part of a larger charter management organization (CMO) that may operate multiple schools. To date, in Shelby County, all charters have been authorized by either Shelby County Schools (SCS) or the Achievement School District (ASD).

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When learning begins at Hutchison, there is no limit to where a girl can go. Values, leadership development, and commitment

to service are at the very heart of learning. Outstanding academics, competitive athletics, and a wide array of arts programs open worlds of opportunity. World-class teachers cultivate young women with a passion for achievement and the confidence to think for themselves. Graduates develop the resilience to meet life’s challenges and the determination to realize their dreams.

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ichard Halliburton was the only manchild yet to matriculate at the Hutchison School for Girls in Memphis (mother was a teacher, he was a mama’s boy). He was a consort of royalty, celebrity, Amelia Earhart, and silent screen dreamboat Roman Navarro, and he personified the true sparkle of the 1930s, if you are one to whom the 1930s had any sparkle at all. He was a travel writer and bold adventurer who wrote best-selling books about all his adventures, except those involving Navarro. Halliburton was approached at The Peabody Hotel early in 1939 by political kingmaker E.H. Crump with the proposal that Halliburton run for Tennessee governor. Halliburton told Crump that he was then preparing for a solo sail from Hong Kong to San Francisco in a Chinese junk and that they could talk about it when he returned. Unfortunately, the little junk capsized in a storm a few days east of Hong Kong on March 24, 1939, with WWII just around the corner. No trace of him or of the junk was ever found. His last radio transmission was, “Wish you were here.” That’s what I meant about the true sparkle of the 1930s.


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For answers to more frequently asked questions about charters, visit the Tennessee Charter School Center at SCS charter schools do not draw from attendance zones — if you are interested in applying for your child, you must apply directly to the school. If there are more applicants than spaces available, a lottery is used to determine who will get a spot. Most ASD schools (including the charters) do have attendance zones, and priority is given to students living within that zone. However, eligibility has opened up. Check the ASD section of the Districts page on for information.



Together as part of one family girls and boys benefit from a single gender classroom, yet at times also benefit from collaboration. At St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School we combine the best of both for an academic experience like no other in Memphis. We are family! Email to schedule a tour today!



f your child is attending a Shelby County School for the 2017-2018 school year, you will need to register online. The registration process is offered in both English and Spanish. NOTE: Parents must have an active email account in order to register via computer or smartphone. Parents can register online for their child’s zoned school or an approved transfer location. If your child is a new student who has attended an out-of-state or non-public school, you must visit their zoned school or approved transfer site before beginning the online registration process. Documents required include: a Tennessee Department of Health Immunization Certificate with proof of a physical, two approved forms of proof of residence, and the student’s social security card. If your child is a returning student, you will receive an access code via email. You will use the code to begin the registration process. Certain documents (proof of residence and immunization records) will also need to be uploaded or brought to your child’s school for the registration process to be complete. Go to to learn more.

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ptional schools offer a world of choices to students. SCS has two Optional programs: 33 schools use the school-within-a-school approach (Optional program and traditional classes), while 15 schools are Optional only (meaning all students participate in the program). In the following profiles, Optional programs are described, and Optional only schools are designated with an asterisk (*).

*Balmoral Ridgeway Elementary School 5905 Grosvenor Avenue, 38119 • 416-2128 • Grades: 1-5 • • International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Primary Years Programme. Balmoral Ridgeway teaches students to be critical thinkers with a worldwide perspective. Bellevue Middle School 575 S. Bellevue Boulevard, 38104 • 416-4488 • Grades: 6-8 • • The Enriched Academics/ College Preparatory program emphasizes the liberal arts

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AN ANCHOR FOR LIFE Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School is a coed, independent school located in the heart of Midtown’s beautiful Central Gardens neighborhood. Since 1947, GSL has been preparing boys and girls to become creative problem solvers, confident lifelong learners, and responsible citizens in their communities and the world. Come see firsthand why so many Mid-South families choose to make GSL their Anchor for Life.


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with a focus on honors language arts/English, mathematics, and sciences. Arts and music electives offered. Bolton High School 7323 Brunswick Road, 38002 • 416-1435 • Grades: 9-12 • or /boltonhighib • The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme provides an academically rigorous curriculum that emphasizes international awareness and interdisciplinary learning. Automotive Tech and Information Tech programs prepare students for college and careers. Dr. William Herbert Brewster Elementary 2605 Sam Cooper Boulevard, 38112 • 416-7150 • Grades 1-5 • • The Enriched Academics/M.A.S.T. program emphasizes accelerated learning in math, art, science, and technology. State-of-the-art technology, a visual arts room, and interactive science lab. Brownsville Road Elementary School 5292 Banbury, 38135 • 416-4300 • Grades: 1-5 • brownsvilleroadelementary • The Enriched Academics/ International Studies program provides students with advanced multicultural educational opportunities. Each grade concentrates on the customs, cultures, and languages of a specific country. *Carnes Elementary School 943 J.W. Williams Lane, 38105 • 416-3206 • Grades: 1-5 • • The Environmental Science program encourages students to become environmental explorers by integrating science into the core curriculum. Outdoor classroom, lab experiences, and field trips. Central High School 306 S. Bellevue Boulevard, 38104 • 416-4500 • Grades: 9-12 • • The College Preparatory program offers academics for college-bound students and includes honors-level and AP courses in all subjects. Central also offers an outstanding arts program. Colonial Middle School 1370 Colonial Road, 38117 • 416-8980 • Grades: 6-8 • scsk12. org/colonialmiddleschool • Arts and Academics. The Creative and Performing Arts program focuses on art, music, band, drama, creative writing, and dance. The Enriched Academics provides challenging courses in language arts, math, science, and social studies. *Cordova Elementary School 750 Sanga Road, Cordova, 38018 • 416-1700 • Grades: 1-5 • cordovaelementary • Enriched Academics accelerates the learning environment through hands-on teaching and learning strategies, the use of supplemental books, visiting artists, and technology programs like Edmodo, a monitored social network for students, parents, and teachers. *Cordova Middle School 900 Sanga Road, Cordova, 38018 • 416-2189 • Grades: 6-8 • • Computer and Environmental Sciences provides students with a range of educational opportunities to solve real-world problems through inquiry-based, hands-on learning. Students are well-prepared for any college prep high school program. Craigmont High School 3333 Covington Pike, 38128 • 416-4312 • Grades: 9-12 • • The College Preparatory for International Studies program focuses on social studies, language arts, and world languages. Students examine issues of international scope, and collaborations with civic organizations like Memphis in May expose teens to the international scene. Craigmont Middle School 3455 Covington Pike, 38128 • 416-7780 • Grades: 6-8 • • The Enriched Academics/ International Studies prepares students to live and work in an increasingly global society. Builds an understanding of world cultures

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via a concentration on languages and social studies, international activities, and literacy. *Cummings School 1037 Cummings, 38106 • 416-7810 • Grades: 1-8 • • Developing Masterful Mathematical Minds (DM3) offers students a world-class education with an emphasis on mathematics, woven across the curriculum. Cummings is a laboratory school for LeMoyne-Owen College’s Department of Education. *Delano Elementary 1716 Delano, 38127 • 416-3932 • Grades: 1-5 • • The Computer/ Technology program aids students in developing critical thinking, reading, writing, and math skills. Students also use computer technology, digital cameras, and closedcircuit TV. *Double Tree Elementary School 4560 Double Tree, 38109 • 4168144 • Grades: K-5 • doubletreemontessorischool • As a modified Montessori/ Technology school, Double Tree offers learning via hands-on, self-correcting materials in individualized work in grades K-3. Fourth- and fifthgrade students use computer labs and mobile laptops. Douglass High School 3200 Mt. Olive Road, 38108 • 416-0990 • Grades: 9-12 • douglasshighschool • The Public Service and Communication Arts program prepares students to become global leaders and communicators who support community grassroots efforts.

*Douglass Elementary School 1650 Ash Street, 38108 • 416-5946 • Grades: *K-5, 6-8 • • The Chess and Public Service programs offer students enrichment opportunities that are interwoven into the curriculum. Problem-solving assignments encourage hard work, perseverance, and creativity. Downtown Elementary School 10 North Fourth Street, 38103 • 416-8400 • Grades: 1-5 • • The Enriched Academics/ Social Studies program takes advantage of its unique urban location by using Downtown Memphis as a “living laboratory” in which students learn from the people, places, and other resources available within a short distance from the school. Students

take frequent field trips to historical, educational, and cultural sites in the downtown area. East High School 3206 Poplar Avenue, 38111 • 416-6160 • Grades: 9-12 • • East High is transitioning to a new T-STEM Optional Program. With Memphis being a global hub of the transportation industry, the program will be a pipeline to high-demand degrees and career fi­ elds in transportation, distribution, and logistics. *John P. Freeman Optional School 5250 Tulane Road, 38109 • 416-3156 • Grades: 1-8 • scsk12. org/johnpfreeman • The Enriched Academics/ College Preparatory program is designed to stimulate creativity and develop critical thinking skills. Freeman is the district’s only totally optional school for grades one through eight. Germantown Elementary School 2730 Cross Country Drive, 38138 • 416-0945 • Grades: 1-5 • germtownelementary • The Enriched Academics/ International Studies program provides problem- and project-based learning and multicultural/cross- curricular activities. Students develop the intellectual, emotional, and social abilities necessary to become creative problem solvers. Germantown High School 7653 Old Poplar Pike, 38138 • 416-0955 • Grades: 9-12 • germantownhighIB or / germantownhighcapa • Germantown’s



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International Baccalaureate and College Preparatory/ Creative and Performing Arts programs garner national recognition for achievements in academics and the arts. Germantown Middle School 7925 C.D. Smith Road, 38138 • 416-0950 • Grades: 6-8 • germantownmiddle • The Enriched Academics/ College Preparatory program provides every student a wide range of challenging, educational opportunities. Students readily transition to the International Baccalaureate Programme at Germantown High. Grahamwood Elementary School 3950 Summer Avenue, 38122 • 416-5952 • Grades: 1-5 • • The Enriched Academics program recognizes each child as an individual possessing a unique combination of talents and skills. Experienced faculty help provide successful learning opportunities at this competitive school. Havenview Middle School 1481 Hester Lane, 38116 • 416-3092 • Grades: 6-8 • • The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) program offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with realworld lessons. *Idlewild Elementary School 1950 Linden Avenue, 38104 • 416-4566 • Grades: K-5 • idlewildelementary • Idlewild’s well-rounded curriculum combines enriched science, technology, art, and music with academic excellence. Keystone Elementary School 4301 Old Allen Road, 38128 • 416-3924 • Grades: 1-5 • • ECO: Educating Children Through the Outdoors is the focus at Keystone, where enriched academics includes: primary/ intermediate CLUE; outdoor classroom (gardens, pond, “grow rooms,” and amphitheatre); science and computer labs; and weekly instruction in art, music, and P.E. Keystone has won awards for its students’ academic achievements. Kingsbury High School 1270 N. Graham, 38122 • 4166060 • Grades: 9-12 • • With its Global Health Studies: Applied Health Science and Health Science Policy program, graduates are well prepared for college or careers in the healthcare professions. *Oak Forest Elementary School 7440 Nonconnah View Cove, 38119 • 416-2257 • Grades: 1-5 • • With its International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Oak Forest provides students with a worldclass education with a global emphasis. The school’s mission is to develop lifelong learners who collaborate to solve real-world problems. Instruction in Chinese, art, Orff music, and student leadership is provided. Overton High School 1770 Lanier Lane, 38117 • 416-2136 • Grades 9-12 • overtonhigh • The Creative and Performing Arts program helps students develop their talents through an intense study in vocal and instrumental music, jazz, orchestra, dance, drama, visual arts, broadcasting, and creative writing. Optional students are part of CAPA Academy and can take Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Peabody Elementary School 2086 Young Avenue, 38104 • 416-4606 • Grades: 1-5 • • Enriched Academics/ International Studies. Peabody is a multicultural mecca, incorporating international studies as a distinguishing feature. Each grade studies a different country for an in-depth, global learning experience. Ridgeway High School 2009 Ridgeway Road, 38119 • 416-1802 • Grades: 9-12 • International • Baccalaureate World School (IB). Ridgeway offers a program of study recognized worldwide for its academic rigor and excellence.

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Equipping For over 50 years, Christ the King has been equipping children for the next level of learning. Accredited by AdvanceED and NLSA, students receive oppor tunities to become all they can possibly be. Classrooms are equipped with 21st century technology. Advanced honors classes allow our graduates to enroll in Memphis’ finest private high schools.



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Ridgeway Middle School 6333 Quince, 38119 • 416-1588 • Grades: 6-8 • • The International Baccalaureate World School Middle Years Programme focuses on developing well-rounded, internationally minded students who are principled thinkers and risk-takers. Innovative teachers prepare students to be successful at the school. Riverwood Elementary School 1330 Stern Lane, Cordova, 38016 • 416-2310 • Grades: 1-5 • • The Environmental Science and Community Service program emphasizes building excellence through community consciousness. Teachers lead students in inquiry-based, hands-on learning to solve real-world problems across the curriculum. *Rozelle Elementary School 993 Roland (38114) • 416-4612 • Grades: K-5 • • Creative and Performing Arts. Instructors at Rozelle use the arts to teach academic subjects and develop individual skills. Sherwood Elementary School 1156 Robin Hood, 38111 • 416- 4864 • Grades: 1-5 • scsk12. org/sherwoodelementary • The Academic Enrichment Through the Arts program requires students to read children’s classic literature, current books, and periodicals to develop problem-solving, listening, and writing skills. Involvement by ArtsMemphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and The Dixon Gallery and Gardens enriches the program. *Maxine Smith STEAM Academy 750 E. Parkway South, 38104 • 416-4536 • Grades: 6-8 • • The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) program provides challenging and inquiry-based educational experiences that prepare students to compete in the global workforce and develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. Snowden School 1870 N. Parkway, 38112 • 416-4621 • Grades: 1-8 • • Snowden’s Enriched Academics/College Preparatory program offers a challenging curriculum that stresses academics, creativity, and social development. Elementary offers in-depth study in all core subjects plus Spanish and the arts. The Middle School program combines advanced academics with diverse exploratory course offerings. *Springdale-Memphis Magnet Elementary School 880 N. Hollywood Street, 38108 • 416-4883 • Grades: 1-5 • • Exploratory Learning provides an innovative environment that encourages real-world learning and science exploration. Arts and leadership development also available. Treadwell Elementary School 3538 Given, 38122 • 416-6130 • Grades: K-5 • • The Dual Language Immersion program is a bilingual education in a culturally diverse environment. Groups of English-speaking students are paired with groups of native speakers of another language to provide a unique foreign language immersion experience. *Vollentine Elementary School 1682 Vollintine, 38107 • 416-4632 • Grades: K-5 • scsk12. org/vollentineelementary • Science Exploration: Scholars Tackling Academic Rigor Scientifically (STARS) integrates differentiated instruction with science discovery. Cooperative learning groups, peer- and cross-age tutoring, and a hands-on approach all facilitate learning. Whitehaven Elementary School 4783 Elvis Presley Boulevard, 38116 • 416-7431 • Grades: 1-5 • • The Enriched Academics program features a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The STEM curriculum is designed to build cooperative

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learning, creativity, and higher-level thinking skills using innovative tools. Whitehaven High School 4851 Elvis Presley Boulevard, 38116 • 416-3000 • Grades: 9-12 • whitehavenhigh • The College Preparatory/ Business and Finance programs provide a broad scope of student opportunities ranging from a business/finance program emphasizing career preparation to Advanced Placement classes designed to prepare students for college work. White Station High School 514 S. Perkins, 38117 • 416-8880 • Grades: 9-12 • • College Preparatory. Ranked on Newsweek’s list of the top high schools in America, this optional program is designed to provide a broad liberal arts foundation for collegebound students in science, mathematics, medicine, law, education, business, computer science, and public/social service. Earn college credit through Advanced Placement courses. Graduates accepted to competitive and selective universities. White Station Middle School 5465 Mason, 38120 • 416-2184 • Grades: 6-8 • • The College Preparatory program provides academically enriched instruction in English, math, science, social studies, fine arts, and world languages in a state-of-theart facility. Willow Oaks Elementary School 4417 Willow, 38117 • 416-2196 • Grades: 1-5 • willowoakselementary • The Enriched Academics Through the Arts and Technology program offers a curriculum that exceeds state performance standards in reading, math, science, social studies, computer technology, and the arts. Wooddale High School 5151 Scottsdale, 38118 • 4162440 • Grades: 9-12 • • College Preparatory and Aviation/Travel and Tourism programs. Students follow a broad outline for a major in English, math, science, or social studies. The Aviation/ Travel and Tourism program is an integrated aeronautics curriculum that enhances the study of math, science, engineering, technology, and travel and tourism with emphasis on preparing students for post-secondary education or training in these fields.



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Arrow Academy of Excellence 645 Semmes Street, 38111 • 207-1891 • • Grades: K-3 Aspire Coleman Elementary School 3210 RaleighMillington Road, 38128 • 567-7068 • • Grades: PK-7 Aspire East International 6870 Winchester Road, 38115 • 646-6516 • Grades: K-1 Aspire Hanley Elementary 1 680 Hanley Street, 38114 • 567-7084 • Grades: PK-8 Aspire Hanley Elementary 2 680 Hanley Street, 38114 • 416-5958 • Grades: PK4-6 Aurora Collegiate Academy 3804 Given Avenue, 38122 • 249-4615 • • Grades: K-5

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Bluff City High School 4950 Fairley Road, 38109 • 7308169 • • Grade: 9 Opening 2017 Circle of Success Learning Academy 867 South Parkway E., 38106 • 322-7978 • • Grades: K-5 City University School - Boys Preparatory and Girls Preparatory 1475 East Shelby Drive, 38116 • 755-2219 • • Grades: 6-8 for boys & girls City University School of Liberal Arts 1550 Dunn Avenue, 38106 • 775-2219 • Grades: 9-12 City University School of Independence 1475 East Shelby Drive, 38116 • Grades: 9 Cornerstone Prep-Lester Campus 320 Carpenter Street, 38112 • 416-3640 • • Grades: K-6/Capstone Education Group, Achievement School District Cornerstone Prep-Denver Elementary 1940 Frayser, 38127 • 416-3640 • Grades: PK-5 DuBois Consortium of Charter Schools DuBois Elementary for Entrepreneurship 4443 Germantown Road, 38125 • 509-6190 • Grades: K-12 Additional schools include: DuBois Elementary / Arts & Technology DuBois High School of Art & Technology DuBois Middle & High / Leadership & Public Policy DuBois Middle School of Arts & Technology Du Bois Entrepreneurship 4475 S. Germantown Road, 38125 • 844-3235 • Grades: K-5 DuBois Leadership and Public Policy 8800 Winchester, 38125 • Grades: 6-11 Fairley High 4950 Fairley Road, 38109 • 730-8160 • • Achievement School District • Grades: 9-12 Freedom Preparatory Academy Elementary & Middle Westwood, 778 Parkrose Road, 38109 • 8811149 • • Achievement School District • Grades: PK-5 & 6-8 Freedom Preparatory Academy High 5132 Jonetta Street, 38109 • 259-5959 • • Grades: 9-12 Gestalt Community Schools 3175 Lenox Park Boulevard #410, 38115 • 213-5161 • • Grades: K-12 • Humes Preparatory Academy, 659 North Manassas, 38107 • Grades: 6-8 • Power Center Academy Middle School, 6120 Winchester, 38115 • Grades: 6-8 • Power Center Academy High School, 5368 Mendenhall Mall, 38115 • Grades: 9-12 Kaleidoscope School of Memphis 110 N. Court Avenue, 38103 • 623-1888 • • Grade 6 Opening 2017 KIPP: Memphis Collegiate Schools • KIPP: Memphis Academy Elementary, 2248 Shannon Avenue, 38108 • 881-5130 • Grades: K • KIPP: Memphis Academy Middle School, 2110 Howell Avenue, 38107 • 791-9793 • Grades: 5-6 • KIPP: Memphis Collegiate Elementary, 230 Henry Avenue, 38107 • 791-9391 • Grades: K-1 • KIPP: Memphis Collegiate Middle, 230 Henry Avenue, 38107 • 791-9793 • Grades: 5-8 • KIPP: Memphis Collegiate High, 2110 Howell Avenue, 38107 • 791-9792 • Grades: 9-11 • KIPP: Memphis Preparatory Middle, 2230 Corry Road, 38106 • 881-5128 • Grades: 5 • KIPP: Memphis University Middle, 3966 Sewanee Road, 38106 • 577-3370 • Grade: 6 Leadership Preparatory Charter School 4190 Elliston Road, 38111 • 512-4495 • • Grades: K-3 Legacy Leadership Academy 3333 Old Brownsville Rd, 38134 • 949-1040 • • Grades 6-12 • Opening 2017 grades 6-8

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DO MORE with your education. At UofM, we like to say an education isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. That’s because each day at UofM brings more than new lectures and assignments. It brings new opportunities. Not just to learn, but to experience. To create. Solve. Build. Tear down and start again. Grow, explore and express. And you get to be a part of it.

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2017 COLLEGE GUIDE! By SAMUEL X. CICCI The first steps onto a college campus can mingle excitement and trepidation. Students’ comfortable community of family and friends is replaced with a whole new set of peers, professors, and rivals to shape how they continue to grow. College is a period of transition, where young men and women can explore their various interests and learn valuable education and life skills that will set them on their way toward adulthood. There are a variety of different ways to define personal success, but many set financial gain as the ultimate benchmark. College graduates are more likely to find steady employment, and in general, a higher level of educational attainment means a higher income. The following graphic, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows 2016 unemployment rates and median income amounts for people (25 years and older) with varying levels of education.

WHY GO TO COLLEGE? The answer isn’t complicated. A college education is a long-term investment. As suggested by the graph below, the money you make is tied to your highest level of education. It should also go without saying that well-educated and experienced individuals will have easier times locating job opportunities than those without a degree.







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MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS IN 2016 $1,664 $1,745 $1,380

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$819 $756 $692 $504 ALL WORKERS: $885

Note: Data are for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers. Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

For anyone wondering whether college attendance is worth it, the answer speaks for itself. A college degree not only staves off potential unemployment, but is a useful tool in building up job opportunities and total income. The almost 300 percent median weekly earnings increase from a high school diploma to a doctorate makes pursuing a degree in higher education, if financially viable, a must. 3

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FORGING AHEAD Preparedness is key to success.

habit to develop for both your personal and professional lives. While there are a decent number of scholarships and financial aid options available to most students, there is never any guarantee. Start a college savings fund for your child as early as possible. Once your child hits middle school, it’s time to begin actively preparing for college. Below are preparedness checklists for both students and parents from junior high through high school, provided by the Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Education.

A teacher. A doctor. An astronaut. What did you want to be when you grew up? Plans — and interests — change as we grow, and before we know it, high school is in the rearview mirror and adulthood is upon us. Kids should keep goals in mind, even in lower school, and parents should help to kickstart the action. Parents, take the initiative early on. Help your children develop an interest in reading and learning at a young age. Keep an eye on your child’s progress in school and be firm about the importance of maintaining good grades and attendance records. Being present and punctual is an excellent


Junior high school is a time for feeling out skills and interests. Becoming involved in extracurricular school or community activities can help with that. Students are encouraged to develop strong study habits and testtaking adeptness. Parents should maintain in-depth communication with their child and his or her teachers, while actively saving for the child’s education. Students: • Think about college as an important part of your future. Discuss your thoughts and ideas with family and with people at school. • Take challenging and interesting classes to prepare for high school. • Ask your parent or guardian to help you research which high schools or special programs will most benefit your interests. • Develop strong study habits. • Do your best in school and on standardized tests. If you are having difficulty, don’t give up — get help from a teacher, tutor, or mentor. • Become involved in school- or community-based activities that let you explore your interests and learn new things. • Speak with adults, such as your teacher, school counselor, or librarian, relatives, or family friends who you think have interesting jobs. Ask them, “What do you like about your job?” and “What education did you need for your job?” Parents: • Use FAFSA4caster (at to find out how much federal student aid your child might receive. This information will help you plan ahead. • Continue saving for your child’s college education. • Talk to your child about his or her interests and help match those interests with a college major and career. • Help your child develop good study habits, such as studying at the same time and place every day and having the necessary materials to complete assignments. • Stay in contact with your child’s teachers and counselor, so they can let you know about any changes in your child’s behavior or schoolwork. • Keep an eye on your child’s grades on his or her tests and report cards, and help him or her find tutoring assistance, if necessary.


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2016 COLLEGE GUIDE 2017 High School It’s time to get serious about planning for college if you haven’t already. Students should be diligent with their schoolwork and grades, as maintaining a high grade point average (GPA) during this time will increase the chances for scholarships. Ask about taking more challenging courses and start actively searching for the college you’d like to attend. This will be a time for taking college-required standardized tests, applying for admission to colleges that interest you, and applying for any and all available scholarships. Parents should encourage their children to explore their academic and extracurricular interests while taking on new responsibilities outside of school. 9TH GRADE Students: • Take challenging classes in core academic subjects. Most colleges require four years of English, at least three years of social studies (history, civics, geography, economics, etc.), three years of mathematics, and three years of science, and many require two years of a foreign language. Round out your course load with classes in computer science and the arts. • Begin saving for college if you haven’t already. • Get involved in school- or community-based activities that interest you or let you explore career interests. Consider working, volunteering, and/ or participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts, or science. Remember — it’s quality (not quantity) that counts. • Ask your guidance counselor or teachers what advanced placement courses are available, whether you are eligible, and how to enroll in them. • Start a list of your awards, honors, paid and volunteer work, and extracurricular activities. Update it throughout high school. Parents: • Talk to your child about college plans as if he or she will definitely go to college. • Keep an eye on your child’s study habits and grades — stay involved. • Encourage your child to take advanced placement or other challenging classes. • Add to your child’s college savings account regularly and make sure you are fully aware of the provisions of the account. 10TH GRADE Students: • Meet with your school counselor or mentor to discuss colleges and their requirements. • Consider taking a practice Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) or the PLAN exam. • Plan to use your summer wisely: work, volunteer, or take a summer course (away or at a local college). • Go to career information events to get a more detailed look at career options. • Research majors that might be a good fit with your interests and goals. Parents: • Find out whether your child’s school has college nights or financial aid nights. Plan to attend those events with your child. • Help your child develop independence by encouraging him or her to take responsibility for balancing homework with any other activities or a part-time job. 11TH GRADE Students: All Year • Explore careers and their earning potential in the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( Or, for a fun interactive tool, try the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search at • Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations by college representatives.


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2016 COLLEGE GUIDE 2017 Fall • Take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.

parent(s) has (have) not completed tax forms, you can provide estimated information on your federal student aid application, but remember to make any necessary changes later. • As soon as possible after January 1st, complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), along with any other financial aid applications your school(s) of choice may require. You can complete the FAFSA online or on paper, but completing the application online is faster and easier. You should submit your FAFSA by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying, usually by early February. • After you submit the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks. Quickly make any necessary corrections and submit them to the FAFSA processor. • Complete any last scholarship applications.

Spring • Register for and take exams for college admission. The standardized tests that many colleges require are the SAT, the SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require. • Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s scholarship search (careerinfonet. org/scholarshipsearch) to find scholarships for which you might want to apply. Some deadlines fall as early as the summer between 11th and 12th grades, so prepare now to submit applications soon.

Spring • Visit colleges that have invited you to enroll. Summer before 12th grade • Narrow down the list of colleges you are considering attending. If you • Review your college acceptances and compare the colleges’ financial aid offers. can, visit the schools that interest you. • Contact colleges to request information and applications for admission. • Contact a school’s financial aid office if you have questions about the aid that school has offered you. In fact, getting to know your financial aid Ask about financial aid, admission requirements, and deadlines. staff early is a good idea no matter what — they can tell you about • Decide whether you are going to apply under a particular college’s early deadlines, other aid for which you might wish to apply, and important decision or early action program. Be sure to learn about the program paperwork you might need to submit. deadlines and requirements. • Use the FAFSA4caster financial aid estimator and compare the results to • When you decide which school you want to attend, notify that school of your commitment and submit any required financial deposit. Many the actual costs at the colleges to which you will apply. To supplement schools require this notification and deposit by May 1st. any aid FAFSA4caster estimates you might receive, be sure to apply for scholarships. Your goal is to minimize the amount of loan funds you Parents: borrow. • Work with your child on filling out the FAFSA. Parents: • Take a look at your financial situation and be sure you’re on the right track Further checklist items and additional college preparedness information can be found at to pay for college. • Talk to your child about the schools he or she is considering. Ask why those schools appeal to your child and help him or her clarify goals and priorities. • Attend college fairs with your child but don’t take over the conversation with the college representatives. Just listen and let your child do the talking. • Take your child to visit college campuses, preferably when classes are in session. • Make sure your child is looking into or already has applied for scholarships. • Ask your employer whether scholarships are available for employees’ children. 12TH GRADE Students: All Year • Work hard all year — second-semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility. • Stay involved in after-school activities and seek leadership roles if possible. Fall • Meet with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements. • If you haven’t done so already, register for and take the standardized tests required for college admission. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require. • Apply to the colleges you have chosen. Prepare your applications carefully. Follow the instructions and pay close attention to deadlines. • Well before your application deadlines, ask your counselor and teachers to submit required documents (e.g., transcript, letters of recommendation) to the colleges to which you’re applying. Winter • Encourage your parent(s) to complete income tax forms early. If your 8

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Here are the top five and the median annual starting wages of people employed within those fields: Computer Sciences: $69,214 Engineering: $63,754 Mathematics and Statistics: $58,554 Business: $51,452 Health: $33,000

Take every factor into consideration when choosing a major. Your chosen field of study generally determines your future career path. Though it is an important decision, it’s not one to be rushed. Take time in high school and early college to explore new and different classes, even classes that don’t seem interesting at first, and get to know your passions and skill sets before declaring a major. Use this as a period of discovery and choose a class or two each semester in a discipline or department you don’t know much about. Branching out early on might help you come to a decision sooner. Of course, it’s not a bad idea to consider the job market and earning potential when choosing a major. A study released earlier this year by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showed which majors led to the highest entry-level salaries right out of college.

While these majors offer significant wages for new college graduates, data released in May 2015 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show occupations in the medical field as the most lucrative jobs in the United States. Following are the top five jobs and their annual mean incomes: Anesthesiologists: $258,100 Surgeons: $247,520 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: $233,000 Obstetricians and Gynecologists: $222,400 Orthodontists: $221,390 Other top-paying medical professions include dentists, pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, nurse practitioners, prosthodontists, and pediatricians.

THE DECIDING FACTOR Explore your options before choosing a major.

Your career path is often guided by your chosen field of study in college. But don’t rush the decision. Take time in high school and early college to explore new and different classes and interests — even some classes that may not at first appeal to you. Get acquainted with your passions and find your strengths and skill sets before declaring a major. Use this time as a period of discovery and choose at least one class each semester in a discipline or department with which you aren’t very familiar. This type of exploration early on might help you come to a decision sooner. Of course, it’s not a bad idea to consider the job market and earning potential when choosing a major. A study released in October 2016 by the job-search website Glassdoor showed which majors led to the highest entry-level salaries. Here are the top five, their median annual starting wages, and popular entry-level jobs within those fields: Computer Sciences Median base salary: $70,000 Jobs: software engineer, systems engineer, web developer

While these majors offer significant wages for new college graduates, data released last year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show occupations in the medical field — for those with doctoral or professional degrees — among the most lucrative jobs in the United States. The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses and dental hygienists) was $63,420 in May 2016.

Electrical Engineering Median base salary: $68,438 Jobs: electrical engineer, systems engineer, software developer Mechanical Engineering Median base salary: $68,000 Jobs: mechanical engineer, design engineer, project engineer

Following are the top five medical jobs and their annual median income:

Chemical Engineering Median base salary: $65,000 Jobs: chemical engineer, process engineer, project engineer

Physicians and surgeons: $208,000+ Dentists: $159,770 Podiatrists: $124,830 Pharmacists: $122,230 Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners: $107,460

Industrial Engineering Median base salary: $64,381 Jobs: industrial engineer, quality engineer, production planner

Other medical professionals that receive high pay include optometrists, physician assistants, veterinarians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Statistics, Nursing, Management Information Systems, Finance, Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Accounting, and Economics are others that show good entrylevel pay potential.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare occupations was projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs.


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Q&A WITH VICKI ENGLEHART THOMPSON DEAN OF COLLEGE COUNSELING, ST. MARY’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL By Samuel X. Cicci Memphis: What are some of the things high school students need to do to prepare for college? Thompson: Getting a good start in high school is important, so students should spend their freshman year developing good study skills and exploring the curriculum offerings of their school. If a student is interested in selective colleges, they should play to their strengths and strive to take the most rigorous courses available to them in the subjects that interest them the most; it is not necessary to take an AP, IB, or honors level course in every subject. The rigor of a student's schedule should be more challenging each year so that a college can easily see, that with maturity and growth, a student knows how to roll their sleeves up and dig in. The most important factors used in college admission are the grades earned in high school classes and the rigor of those courses. If a student is interested in science or engineering, they may want to seek out a research opportunity to provide some tangible evidence of their interest in the field. It is important to use freshman year to "try on" a few extracurricular activities. Depth, not breadth, in activities is key. Colleges look for students who have committed to their interests and risen to leadership roles in those activities. Students don't need to do it all! There is a lot of talk about well-rounded students, but it is certainly just as appealing to be "well-angled" if a student has a real interest in something.

home, net cost, majors or programs offered), they can begin to narrow the list of the thousands of options available in the U.S. There is nothing better than a campus visit to help a student determine if a school is the right fit. Be sure to attend the admission presentation and take a campus tour to get the best overview. While it is ideal to see students on campus, summer visits can also be good for a student's first visit to a school. Be open to suggestions from your college counselor and teachers about what colleges might suit you. Think broadly about the schools you'll add to your college list. This is ultimately your search and you should keep your preferences in mind. There really isn't just one perfect school; there are many that can offer a student what they are looking for and provide a great experience.


What are some benefits to filling out the FAFSA? Completing the FAFSA is easy, free, and provides a student access to the largest sources of financial aid to pay for college. Students may apply at and should never pay to submit a FAFSA through any other online source. Many colleges and states (including Tennessee) use the information from the FAFSA to determine if a student is eligible for state and school aid. It is best to check which forms your colleges may require to consider you for aid. The FAFSA application is available on October 1st each year, and applicants can use tax information from the prior-prior year to complete the form. While seniors can submit the FAFSA anytime after October 1st, juniors can use the FAFSA4caster to get an early read on their eligibility for state and school aid (also available at Families can go to the Net Price Calculator on the financial aid page of any college website and get a good idea of what the student might qualify for in need-based aid and scholarship.

How would you advise students on selecting a major? There is a myth about selecting the "right" major in college and that it can guarantee or predict a student's future. Gaining a broad education that teaches a student to think critically, communicate effectively, become global-minded, and collaborate with others will position them well for any career. Between 20 to 50 percent of students begin college as undeclared. Don't let this worry you! Focus on your values and interests to help guide you. Students will hear a lot about finding their passions, and I think this is difficult for adolescents. High school is about preparing well for college. College is about identifying passions, determining direction, and gaining related experience. Most of the students I meet with have little or no idea about what they want to study in college, but with some basic ideas about likes and dislikes you can identify schools that will provide great preparation for any major or career. Students can find some helpful information at or at Both resources provide information on choosing a major and offer short surveys or quizzes that can give a student some initial ideas for career exploration.

Which year in school should students begin the college process? What advice would you give them on selecting a college that is right for them? The journey through high school and the college process are important parts of a student's education; they are not separate entities. They work together to help a student prepare well for a post-secondary experience. Getting into college is not the most important piece; finding success once there is critical. High school students have busy lives so they can begin researching and visiting colleges as early as freshman year while on a family vacation. We have great options to explore right here in Memphis! A visit to the University of Memphis and Rhodes College would serve a student well and provide great examples of a large, public university and a national liberal arts college, without having to leave the city. Once a student has determined their drivers (large, small, location, distance from 12

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The HOPE Scholarship offers additional funding for students statewide.

You’ve chosen a college. But how are you going to pay for it? Hopefully you’ve been consistently adding to a continuing education fund or savings account. But if your savings aren’t quite enough to cover the costs, there may be options available to assist. Many Tennessee residents attending eligible in-state institutions qualify for funds through the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program. The traditional HOPE Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who meet the minimum requirements. The need-based HOPE Aspire supplemental award is available to those whose adjusted gross income is $36,000 or less. The General Assembly Merit Scholarship (GAMS), also known as the HOPE Merit, is a merit-based supplemental award. The traditional HOPE Scholarship is awarded to entering college freshmen who meet the following requirements: • Apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at Applications must be received by September 1st for fall semester or February 1st for spring and summer semesters. Early application is recommended. • Have been a Tennessee resident for at least one year prior to application date. • Graduate from a Tennessee eligible high school. Exceptions may be granted to Tennessee residents who meet certain criteria, including those who graduate from high schools located in bordering out-of-state counties. • Enroll in one of the eligible Tennessee public

colleges, universities, or private colleges. • Entering freshmen must achieve a minimum of a 21 ACT (or concordant equivalent score on the SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests or have an overall weighted minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA). • ACT/SAT exams must be taken on a national test date or state test date prior to the first day of college enrollment after high school graduation. The ACT residual test is not accepted. • Must enroll within 16 months following high school graduation at any postsecondary institution. Enrollment at an ineligible

postsecondary institution during the 16 months will make the student permanently ineligible. The HOPE Scholarship can be renewed annually if requirements continue to be met. Qualifying recipients who attend four-year or two-year institutions with on-campus housing can receive up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore and up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior.

PROGRAM ELIGIBLE INSTITUTIONS INCLUDE: Aquinas College Austin Peay State University Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Belmont University Bethel University Bryan College Carson-Newman University Chattanooga State Community College Christian Brothers University Cleveland State Community College Columbia State Community College Cumberland University Dyersburg State Community College East Tennessee State University ETSU - School of Pharmacy Fisk University Freed-Hardeman University Hiwassee College Jackson State Community College John A. Gupton College Johnson University King University Lane College Lee University LeMoyne-Owen College Lincoln Memorial University Lipscomb University Martin Methodist College Maryville College Memphis College of Art

Middle Tennessee State University Milligan College Motlow State Community College Nashville State Community College Northeast State Community College O’More College of Design Pellissippi State Community College Rhodes College Roane State Community College South College Southern Adventist University Southwest Tennessee Community College Tennessee State University Tennessee Technological University Tennessee Wesleyan University Trevecca Nazarene University Tusculum College Union University University of Memphis University of Tennessee, Chattanooga University of Tennessee, Knoxville University of Tennessee, Martin University of Tennessee Health Science Center University of the South Vanderbilt University Volunteer State Community College Walters State Community College Watkins College of Art and Design Welch College

Students who qualify for the HOPE Scholarship but decide to attend an out-of-state regionally accredited institution will not receive the award; however, if the student transfers back to a HOPEeligible institution in Tennessee, the student may receive the award if he/she has met all academic and non-academic requirements while attending the out-of-state institution. Visit collegepays for more information. Prospective students are encouraged to do their research and apply for all available scholarships and grants for which they qualify. Begin with filling out the FAFSA, which is used by colleges across the county to determine the amount of financial aid to award to students. In addition to standard need- and meritbased awards, many schools offer scholarships based on academic achievement, area of study, and other more specific criteria. When choosing a school, be sure to ask about all available financial aid, what’s needed to qualify, and respective deadlines. While many students are eligible for an unsubsidized Stafford Loan regardless of income or circumstances, loans should be taken out only if necessary.


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2017 COLLEGE GUIDE Southwest Tennessee Community College 737 Union (38103)/5983 Macon Cove (38134) 333-5000 Enrollment: 8,327 (fall 2016) Faculty: 200 full-time Tuition: $156 (plus fees)/credit hour or $2,029.50/term (in-state); $642 (plus fees)/ credit hour or $7,861.50/term (out-of-state); subject to change, visit cashier/tuition.htm for current info. A $31 maintenance fee will be assessed for each hour over 12 credit hours. Nursing and Allied Health students will be charged a $20 per credit hour program fee. Housing: N/A











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University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law 1 N. Front Street (38103) | 678-2421 Enrollment: 306 Faculty: 28 full-time, 42 part-time Tuition: In-state tuition for year: $19,197 (based on 30 credit hours) In-state tuition for one semester: $9,598.50 (based on 15 credit hours) Out-of-state annually: $26,402 (based on 30 credit hours) Out-of-state for one semester: $13,201 (based on 15 credit hours) Housing: $9,962/year (estimate) University of Memphis Central Avenue (38152) | 678-2000 Collierville Center: 215 W. Poplar, Collierville (38017)678-5515 Millington Center: 6500 Navy Road, Millington (38053)678-4171 Enrollment: 20,585 Faculty: 930 full-time Tuition: $4,658.50/$10,514 (undergraduate, 12 hours, in-state/out-of-state per semester); $5,851.50/$10,731.50 (graduate, 10 hours, in-state/out-of-state per semester) Housing: $4,280-$6,560/year (residence halls); $6,560-$7,240year (apartments/ townhouses); $6,940-$9,240/year (student family housing)

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2017 COLLEGE GUIDE University of Mississippi - DeSoto 5197 W.E. Ross Parkway, Southaven, MS (38671) 662-342-4765 Enrollment: 600 Faculty: 21 full-time, 47 part-time/adjunct Tuition: $341.25/$977.25 per credit hour (undergraduate, in-state/non-resident); $455/$1,303 per credit hour (graduate, in-state/non-resident). Non-resident undergraduate students with a 2.0 GPA receive the Regional Campus Out-of-State Scholarship to cover non-resident tuition at UM-DeSoto. Non-resident graduate students admitted to a master’s program at UM-DeSoto also qualify for the Regional Campus Out-of-State Scholarship. Housing: N/A University of Phoenix - Memphis Campus 65 Germantown Court, Cordova (38018) | 751-1086 Enrollment: 2,900 Faculty: 160 Tuition: Varies, visit for more info Housing: N/A Vatterott College 2655 Dividend Drive (38132) | 761-5730 6991 Appling Farms Parkway (38133) | 3722399 L’Ecole Culinaire: 1245 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova (38016) | 754-7115 asp Enrollment: 1,350 (combined) Faculty: 70 full-time (combined) Tuition: Varies by program, see website for details Housing: N/A Visible Music College 200 Madison Avenue (38103) | 381-3939 Enrollment: 143 Faculty: 19 Tuition: $650/credit hour (includes books and all technology; no fees) Housing: $6,000/year

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Baptist College of Health Sciences 1003 Monroe Avenue (38104) | 575-2247 Enrollment: 1,076 (fall 2016) Faculty: 65 Tuition: $423/credit hour (fall 2017) Housing: $1,400 double occupancy, $2,300 single occupancy/trimester Concorde Career College 5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 132, Memphis, TN (38137) | 901-761-9494 7900 Airways Boulevard, Suite 103, Southaven, MS (38671)662-429-9909 Enrollment: 900 Faculty: 65 Tuition: Varies by program; visit disclosures Housing: N/A Methodist Healthcare Education Program Methodist University Hospitals Schools of Radiologic and Imaging Services 1265 Union Avenue (38104) | 516-8099 RADIOLOGIC SCIENCE SCHOOL Tuition: $6,000 plus books/year ($12,000 for 2-year program) ADVANCED MEDICAL IMAGING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Tuition: $1,000/3 months DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM Tuition: $10,500 plus books/15 months


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2017 COLLEGE GUIDE RELIGIOUS COLLEGES AND SEMINARIES Bethel University 5885 Ridgeway Center Parkway, Suite 100 (38120) 767-2367 Enrollment: 2,982 Tuition: $362/credit hour (undergraduate), $495/credit hour (Master of Science in Criminal Justice), $595/credit hour (MBA) Housing: N/A Harding School of Theology 1000 Cherry Road (38117) | 761-1350 Enrollment: 194 Faculty: 12 full-time Tuition: $630/credit hour Housing: $545-$760/month

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Memphis Theological Seminary 168 E. Parkway South (38104) | 458-8232 Enrollment: 233 (spring 2017) Faculty: 15 full-time Tuition: $520/credit hour Housing: Available, price varies Mid-South Christian College 3097 Knight Road (38181) | 375-4400 Enrollment: 50 Faculty: 12 Tuition: $174/credit hour Housing: $1,600-$2,400/year


Arkansas State University Mid-South (ASU Mid-South) 2000 W. Broadway Ave., West Memphis, AR (72301) | 870-733-6722 Enrollment: 1,836 (Fall 2016) Faculty: 124 (46 full-time, 78 adjunct) Tuition: $92/credit hour (in-county), $112/ credit hour (metro area) Housing: N/A

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Belhaven University 1500 Peachtree St., Jackson, MS (39202) | 601-968-5940 Enrollment: 1,354 (traditional; does not include online) Faculty: 95 full-time, 120 adjunct (does not include online) Tuition: $11,363/semester, $11,863/semester (arts majors) Housing: $4,000/semester (room and board) Birmingham-Southern College


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900 Arkadelphia Rd., Birmingham, AL (35254) 1-800-523-5793 Enrollment: 1,340 Faculty: 100 full-time Tuition: $16,600/semester Housing: $11,971/year (room and board) Delta State University 1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS (38733) | 1-800-GOTODSU Enrollment: 3,587 (fall 2016) Faculty: 614 Tuition: $3,369.50 /semester (full-time), $281$375/credit hour (part-time) Housing: $2,125 -$2,400/semester John Brown University 2000 W. University Street, Siloam Springs, AR (72761) | 479-524-9500 Enrollment: 2,686 (total: grad, undergrad, and degree completion; 1,365 undergrad) Faculty: 86 full-time, 127 part-time Tuition: $26,144/year (with fees) Housing: $9,040/year

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Mississippi College 200 S. Capitol Street, Clinton, MS (39058) | 601-925-3800 Enrollment: 5,200 Faculty: 229 full-time Tuition: $17,392/year Housing: $8,510/year (room and board) Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS (39762) | 662-325-2323 Enrollment: 21,622 (fall 2016) Faculty: 1,210 full-time, 174 part-time (2016) Tuition: $8,318/year (in-state), $22,358/year (out-of-state) for 2017-2018 Housing: $9,615/year for 2017-2018 (average room & board, required for freshman) Samford University 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL (35229) 205-726-2011 Enrollment: 5,471 (fall 2016) Faculty: 353 full-time Tuition: $29,640/year (full-time, undergraduate; fall 2017) Housing: $2,297-$4,429/semester Tennessee Tech University 1 William L. Jones Drive, Cookeville, TN (38505) 931-372-3101 Enrollment: 9,609 (spring 2017)

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The University of Tennessee at Martin 554 University Street, Martin, TN (38238) | 731-881-7000 Enrollment: 6,705 (fall 2016) Faculty: 296 full-time (fall 2016) Tuition: $4,618/semester (in-state, undergraduate, 2017-18, for students who have fewer than 60 hours), $5,031/semester (in-state, graduate 2017-18) Housing: $2,100/semester (estimate, Ellington and Browning Hall, private room), 2017-18

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Watkins College of Art, Design & Film 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville (37228) 615-383-4848 Enrollment: 300 Faculty: 20 full-time, 40 adjunct Tuition: $21,750/year Housing: $3,300/semester Webster University 470 E. Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO (63119) | 800-981-9801 Enrollment: 16,091 (worldwide campuses combined) Faculty: 195 full-time, 737 adjunct (combined) Tuition: $595-$665/semester hour for civilians, $360/semester hour for military; online: $780/semester hour for civilians, $470/ semester hour for military Housing: available, price varies


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Christ the King Lutheran School 5296 Park Avenue, 38119 • 682-8405 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 18 mos.-8 • Tuition: $6,500-$8,200 • Enrollment: 265 • Religious affiliation: Lutheran • Special Ed classes: Plus, Discoveries Christian Brothers High School 5900 Walnut Grove, 38120 • 261-4900 • • Student body: male • Grades: 9-12 • Tuition: $12,000 • Enrollment: 880 • Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic Collegiate School of Memphis 3353 Faxon Avenue, 38122 • 591-8200 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 6-12 • Tuition: $10,000 • Enrollment: 290 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian Evangelical Christian School Main Campus *7600 Macon Road, 38018 • 754-7217 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 6-12 • Tuition: $6,635$16,150 • Enrollment: 700-800 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian *Additional Location: 1920 Forest Hill-Irene • 754-4420 • Grades: JK-5 Fayette Academy 15090 Hwy 64, Somerville, 38068 • 465-3241 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-12 • Tuition: $6,500 • Enrollment: 600 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian First Assembly Christian School 8650 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, 38018 • 458-5543 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: JK-12 •Tuition: $4,718-$9,646 (resource extra) • Enrollment: 790 • Religious affiliation: interdenominational Christian Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School 246 S. Belvedere, 38104 • 278-0200 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 2 yrs.-8 • Tuition: $2,800-$15,200 • Enrollment: 550 • Religious affiliation: Episcopal Harding Academy East Memphis Upper School 1100 Cherry Road, 38117 • 767-4494 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 18 mos.-12 • Tuition: $4,895-$12,395 • Enrollment: 945 • Religious affiliation: Christian *Additional Locations: Harding Academy – Cordova Lower School, 8350 & 8360 Macon Road, 38018 • 767-4494 • Grades: 18 mos.-6 Harding Academy – East Memphis Lower School, 1106 Colonial, 38117 • 767-2093 • Grades: 18 mos.-6 Hutchison School 1740 Ridgeway, 38119 • 761-2220 • • Student body: female • Grades: Age 2-12th grade • Tuition: $6,188-$20,108 • Enrollment: 872 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian

Immanuel Lutheran School 6319 Raleigh LaGrange, 38134 • 388-0205 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK3-8 • Tuition: $6,490-$6,710 • Enrollment: 225 • Religious affiliation: Lutheran Lamplighter Montessori School 8563 Fay Road, 38018 • 751-2000 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 18 mos.-8 • Tuition: $9,525-$13,950 • Enrollment: 120 • Religious affiliation: nonsectarian Lausanne Collegiate School 1381 W. Massey, 38120 • 474-1000 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-12 • Tuition: $13,060-$20,790 • Enrollment: 883 • Religious affiliation: nonsectarian Macon Road Baptist School *11015 Highway 64, Arlington, 38002 • 290-5555 • Grades: K4-12 • • Tuition: $5,350-$6,500 • Enrollment: 675 for all locations • Religious affiliation: Baptist *Additional Locations: 9182 Highway 64, Lakeland, 38002 • 937-0766 • Grades: K3, K4, K5 • 3540 Tomlin Road, Oakland, 38060 • 465-3329 • Grades: K3-2 Margolin Hebrew Academy-Feinstone Yeshiva of the South 390 S. White Station Road, 38117 • 682-2400 • • Grades: PK-12/co-ed (PK3-8), female (grade 9-12), male (grade 9-12) • Tuition: $7,231-$19,170 • Enrollment: 180 • Religious affiliation: Jewish Maria Montessori School 740 Harbor Bend Road, 38103 • 527-3444 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 18 mos.-8 • Tuition: $8,000-$10,000 • Enrollment: 121 • Religious affiliation: none Marshall Academy 100 Academy Drive, Holly Springs, MS, 38635 • (662) 252-3449 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: K3-12 + Pre-school Daycare • Tuition: $6,152-$6,660 • Enrollment: 230 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian Memphis Junior Academy 50 N. Mendenhall, 38117 • 683-1061 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-12 • Tuition: $3,790-$8,780 • Enrollment: 65 • Religious affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist Memphis University School 6191 Park, 38119 • 2601300 • • Student body: male • Grades: 7-12 • Tuition: $19,950 • Enrollment: 640 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian New Hope Christian Academy 3000 University Street, 38127 • 358-3183 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 3 years-6 • Tuition: sliding scale based on income • Enrollment: 411 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian Northpoint Christian School 7400 Getwell Road, Southaven, MS, 38672 • (662) 349-3096 • •

Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK3-12 • Tuition: $4,695$9,675 • Enrollment: 1,078 • Religious affiliation: Christian Presbyterian Day School 4025 Poplar Avenue, 38111 • 842-4600 • • Student body: male • Grades: 2 years-6 • Tuition: $8,450-$18,860 • Enrollment: 615 • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian Rossville Christian Academy 280 High Street, Rossville, 38066 • 853-0200 • rossvillechristian. com • Student body: co-ed • Grades: K4-12 • Tuition: $5,980-$6,150 • Enrollment: 320 • Religious affiliation: Interdenominational Christian St. Agnes Academy/St. Dominic School 4830 Walnut Grove Road, 38117 • 767-1356 • Student body: St. Agnes, female; St. Dominic, male • Grades: 2K-12 (girls), 2K-8 (boys) • Tuition: $7,345-$16,700 • Enrollment: 880 (combined) • Religious affiliation: Catholic St. George’s Independent School Collierville Campus, 1880 Wolf River Boulevard, Collierville 38017 • 457-2000 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-5 Germantown & Memphis locations • Grades: 6-12 at Collierville • Tuition: $8,270-$19,500 • Enrollment: 1,150 (all locations) • Religious affiliation: Judeo-Christian *Additional Locations: Germantown Campus, 8250 Poplar, 38138 • 261-2300 • Grades: PK-5; Memphis Campus, 3749 Kimball Avenue, 38111 • 261-3920 • Grades: PK-5 St. Mary’s Episcopal School 60 Perkins Extended, 38117 • 537-1405 • • Student body: female • Grades: 2 yrs.-12 • Tuition: $2,550-$19,850 • Enrollment: 860 • Religious affiliation: Episcopal Tipton-Rosemark Academy 8696 Rosemark, Millington, 38053 • 829-6536 • tiptonrosemarkacademy. net • Student body: co-ed • Grades: K3-1 • Tuition: $4,808-$8,485 • Enrollment: 650 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian Westminster Academy 2500 Ridgeway Road, 38119 • 380-9192 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: JK-12 • Tuition: $7,165-$12,900 • Enrollment: 295 • Religious affiliation: reformed Christian West Memphis Christian School *1600 N. Missouri Street, West Memphis, AR, 72301 Elementary Campus • (870) 735-0642 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-3rd • Tuition: $4,900-$6,900 • Enrollment: 200 • Religious affiliation: Christian *Additional Location: Middle School and High School, 1101 N. Missouri Street • (870) 400-4000 • Grades: 4-12 Woodland Presbyterian School 5217 Park, 38119 • 685-0976 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 2 years-grade 8 • Tuition: $8,161-$13,370 • Enrollment: 350 • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian


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AGAVE MARIA — If your soul is set on sangria or your mind is made up and you need a margarita, then Agave Maria may just be your paradise. This downtown bar and restaurant offers weekend margarita specials, and the saints of music history décor make it a uniquely Memphis variety of Mexican restaurant. 83 Union, 341-2096

ALEX’S TAVERN — Every night has to end — or does it? When last call comes too early and you know the night still has more to offer, this out-of-the-way bar keeps the beer and burgers coming until way past your bedtime. But that’s okay — some nights just get a little crazy. 1445 Jackson, 278-9086

ALCHEMY — If anyone can make a cocktail taste and look like the elixir of life, it would be the mixologists at this Cooper-Young nightspot. With valet parking, a plush-yettasteful interior that oozes atmosphere, and the aforementioned delicious cocktails, Alchemy is one of Midtown’s swankier spots, and their small plates are perfect for sharing — and making a good impression on the first date. 940 S. Cooper, 726-4444

B.B. KING’S BLUES CLUB — Blues on Beale Street — it’s a pretty basic formula. Because when you get something right, why mess with it? While the late B.B. King won’t be stopping by the stage for a set, the legendary King Beez make sure this downtown bar is still home to some of the best 12bar blues around. 143 Beale, 524-KING

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ou deserve a nice night out. Just this summer, you survived straight-line winds and the Great Power Outage of 2017, and you’ve already begun mourning Zach Randolph’s transfer to Sacramento. By anyone’s measure, you’ve earned a stiff drink. But where to go? Memphis has a lot on offer in the nightlife department, and it’s not like you want to waste your party energy deciding where you’ll end up for the night. Whether you’re looking for an undiscovered hole in the wall, searching for a great band to groove to, or hunting your new happy-hour hangout spot, somewhere in Memphis, the perfect nightspot is waiting for you. Here’s our guide.

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BAR DKDC — Hip since it opened its doors, chef Karen Carrier’s little Cooper-Young bar has grown into one of the coolest and coziest venues to catch a late-night concert. If the specialty cocktails, ever-changing menu, and famous photo booth aren’t enough of a lure, the roster of regular performers should tempt even the most stoic of wallflowers. DKDC is often host to such Bluff City favorites as Marcella & Her Lovers, Logan Hannah, and Dead Soldiers. 964 S. Cooper, 272-0830 BARDOG TAVERN — This downtown bar has it all — a jukebox brimming with hand-picked hits, a wide drink selection, a colorful cast of regulars, and a menu packed with tasteful spins on creature-comfort dishes. After just a short stop into this Monroe Avenue bar, you’ll start feeling like a beloved regular yourself. 73 Monroe, 275-8752 BLIND BEAR SPEAKEASY — For the local or tourist feeling a little old school after a day spent soaking up the history downtown, this speakeasy-style bar should hit the spot. Rap on the door, tell security the password (accessible on the Bear’s social media sites), and step into the swanky downtown bar for weekly drink specials, poker tournaments, or a retro rock-and-roll show. 119 S. Main, 417-8435 THE BLUFF — One of the newest spots on the Highland Strip, the Bluff is already earning a reputation for bringing up-and-coming musical acts to its stage. And when local or touring bands aren’t tearing it up onstage, there’s always the Wednesday-night cornhole tournaments or the Bluegrass Brunch. 535 S. Highland, 454-7771 BOSCOS — If you craved a craft brew before the beer boom, Memphis could seem as dry as a country ditch. But Boscos broke craft-beer ground and brought the brews, and their Midtown Brown is still one of the best Memphis beers around. This Overton Square bar and restaurant serves up craft beer flights and delicious food — try the


BABALU TACOS & TAPAS — Love tacos and I Love Lucy? That just goes to show you have great taste, and the folks at the I Love Lucy-themed Babalu have got you covered. Their special spins on the margarita can be dangerously delicious. And after a long night at Babalu, you might have some explaining to do. 2155 Madison, 274-0100; 6450 Poplar, 410-8909

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Germantown Purist pizza; you won’t regret it. 2120 Madison, 432-2222 BRASS DOOR IRISH PUB — This gorgeous and historic downtown pub is all wood and brass upstairs and red velvet curtains and black-and-white tile in the basement. Irish breakfast is served all day, and soccer is always on-screen. That and the British bingo night make this Madison Avenue pub the perfect place to grab a Guinness or hoist a Harp. 152 Madison, 572-181320 THE CASUAL PINT — A new addition to the Highland Row, this bar and beer garden offers a wide variety of brews on tap. Tap takeovers, karaoke, and trivia nights make the Casual Pint a great campus-area choice to get a growler filled or toss back a craft beer… or several. 395 S. Highland, 779-2967 CELTIC CROSSING — Cooper-Young’s neighborhood watering hole has everything a great bar needs: A

long-running trivia night, delicious grub, and friendly wait staff give this Irish pub a home-away-from-home feel that makes it hard to leave. So pick a spot on the patio or toe up to the bar inside, and order a drink or two — you’ll probably be staying a while. 903 S. Cooper, 274-5151 THE COVE — The ship-shaped bar, along with some of the other piratical appointments, hail from Anderton’s Restaurant, and the low lighting and Memphis history give this Broad Avenue bar character by the boatload. Wednesday-night karaoke, jazz night, fresh oysters, and specialty cocktails — the Memphis Mule is worth a taste — make the Cove a worthy stop when you land in Memphis. The Cove may not be the only pirate-themed bar where you can drink absinthe and eat oysters next door to a guitar spa, but it’s probably the coolest. 2559 Broad, 730-0719 CLUB SPECTRUM — When you’ve just got to dance all night, and all you need is a beat to get things going, this LGBTQ dance club has the groovy hits and the stocked bar to fuel your dance party, and everyone is welcome. If the music really grabs you, hop onstage and take a turn around the stripper pole. 616 Marshall, 612-1911


DIRTY CROW INN — This new Downtown watering hole takes the neighborhood bar template and checks every item off the list. Soul food? Check. Alcohol? Check. Friendly bartenders? Double-check. And you also might catch a local rocker or country-warbler playing a special solo set on stage. The only way to know for sure is to check in at the Dirty Crow Inn. 855 Kentucky, 614-2309 DIZZY BIRD MUSIC LOUNGE — If you’re more into local jazz great the late Phineas Newborn Jr. than B.B. King or Booker T. & the MGs, there’s a nightclub for you. This Marshall Avenue bar keeps the focus on jazz, and it’s a great spot to sip a drink and watch local musicians — both on and offstage. 652 Marshall, 610-1661 EVELYN & OLIVE — Since its grand opening in 2012, this bar has been serving up a tasty pairing of Jamaican spice and Southern cuisine. Stop in for soul, sass, drinks, and live music. 630 Madison, 748-5422

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EARNESTINE & HAZEL’S — Located around the corner from Memphis magazine’s offices, this one-time brothel is allegedly one of the most haunted buildings in the U.S. Whether or not any specters are hanging at this downtown bar, it’s the home of the soul burger and host to weekly jazz and open mic nights. If you’re craving an authentically artery-clogging slice of fried Heaven and a A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 167

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juke joint vibe, Earnestine & Hazel’s is not to be missed. 84 East G.E. Patterson, 523-9754 FLIGHT RESTAURANT & WINE BAR — For the aspiring wine aficionado, this downtown bar and restaurant serves flights of wine based on their region. The only thing to do is queue up some California vintages and peruse the loaded menu in this nightspot with class galore. 39 S. Main, 521-8005

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MOLLIE FONTAINE LOUNGE — If architecture is your jam, then this repurposed Victorian-era mansion better be on your list. Each room in this multiple-storied bar has a different esthetic, making Mollie Fontaine Lounge one of the classiest and quirkiest bars in the Bluff City. 679 Adams, 524-1886

FLYING SAUCER — Name a beer, any beer, and Flying Saucer probably has it in stock. From Scottish ales to the most hop-heavy of IPAs, the Saucer’s selection is hard to beat. And if you manage to drink your way through the drafts on tap — no small task — then you’ll enter beer-nerd Valhalla and get your own plate on the wall. Peabody Place, 523-7468; 1400 N. Germantown Pkwy., 755-5530

NEWBY’S — This University-area bar bills itself as “the crown jewel of the Highland Strip,” and with 40 years of history and a newly remodeled and upgraded interior, including a state-of-the-art beer tap system, they’ve earned some bragging rights. 539 S. Highland, 730-0520

GROWLERS — Want to catch a concert or watch the Grizz game where Elvis used to practice karate? Well, new Midtown bar and venue Growlers is one of Memphis’ go-to game-watching destinations, and it’s located in the same building that once housed Kang Rhee’s dojo. If the cool factor alone of drinking an Ananda where the King used to show off his seventh-degree black belt moves isn’t enough, the Poplar bar boasts an excellent sound system, local brews on tap, and a blue bear-themed logo that should make any Grizzlies fan feel at home. 1911 Poplar, 244-7904

P&H CAFÉ — This much-beloved Midtown holein-the-wall has been a home away from home to a star-studded lineup of Memphis’ misfit artists. Home to popular open mic and comedy nights, more lost weekends have started and ended at the P&H than we would like to admit. 1532 Madison, 726-0906 PAULA & RAIFORD’S DISCO — For anyone bitten by boogie fever, this downtown dance club has the cure. With a raised stage, flashing lights, an in-house drum kit, and a collection of booming hits from the 1970s and on, it’s no wonder there’s often a line outside the famous nightspot chock full of character. The wait is worth it, though, and infectious dance grooves and a cold 40-ounce beer await the patient reveler on the other side of the threshold. 14 S. Second, 521-2494

HI-TONE — Relocated to Crosstown from its original spot on Poplar, this historic live music venue has played host to some of the most notable local and nationally touring bands. The Hi-Tone often hosts benefit concerts featuring a star-studded lineup of local talent, but on any given night, listeners can pop the top on a PBR and feast their ears on Talking Heads cover bands, the heaviest of metal acts, or anything in between. 412-414 N. Cleveland, 278-8663 HOG AND HOMINY — Southern cuisine, craft cocktails, and quirkily classy atmosphere set this East Memphis bar apart. It’s one of the best spots for dinner to turn into after-dinner drinks. (The brunch menu makes for great hangover food, too.) 707 W. Brookhaven Circle, 207-7396 KING JERRY LAWLER’S HALL OF FAME BAR & GRILLE — Jerry Lawler opened a new bar and restaurant on Beale, and it’s as cool and eclectic as anyone could expect from a nightspot run by the king of Memphis wrasslin.’ Stop by for a beer and a burger before Hot Rod Night on Beale. 159 Beale, 523-1940 LAFAYETTE’S MUSIC ROOM — Lafayette’s reopened in 2014, and since then the historic bar and venue in Overton Square has been booking the best local and touring acts. This is the spot if you want to check out a new (but soon-to-be-legendary) local band or just check out the venue where power-pop hometown heroes Big Star used to jam on their jangly guitars. 2119 Madison, 207-5097 LOCAL GASTROPUB — Whether you’re kicking along the cobblestones downtown or partying in Overton Square, you’re not far from great gourmet bar food. Local Gastropub serves up classic favorites with a tasteful attention to detail. 95 S. Main, 473-9573; 2126 Madison, 725-1845 LOFLIN YARD — The former grounds of the Loflin Safe & Lock Co. have been transformed into a gorgeous bar and venue that may as well be the Bluff City’s newest, smallest park — just with High Cotton and Wiseacre on tap and local music legends on stage. Barrel-aged cocktails, soulful American cuisine, and a meandering creek make this downtown nightspot one of the most picturesque places in town. 7 W. Carolina, 249-3046 MINGLEWOOD HALL — Maybe you used to buy guitar picks or drum sticks at Strings and Things. Either way, now you can catch notable touring acts when they step onstage at the Midtown music venue. Minglewood continues to bring a diverse array of musical acts, charitable

events, wrasslin’ competitions, and decades-themed dance parties to the Bluff City, so if you need high volume and an undeniable good time, looks like your decision just got easier. 555 Madison, 312-6058

Johnny Cash 1932 — 2003


ohnny Cash went one toke over the line, sweet Jesus, on September 12, 2003, partly because of a broken heart over the death of his wife three months earlier, and partly because he had lived 70 years as a heavy drug user, so if some sanctimonious preacher ever tells you that speed kills, you can point at the King James Bible, then at a picture of Johnny Cash, and declare, “Not every time, Showfolks.” The Bible part is unnecessary and just for show, as it was for Johnny. He died on a Saturday, and the following morning I showed up at an Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills (not Johnny’s room) draped in inky black raiment and cowboy boots. (I own cowboy boots.) The priest celebrating Eucharist that Sabbath morn was a good ol’ Texas boy who, after pressing the host into my hand as I knelt piously scanning the wine list (Beverly Hills), grabbed my shirt front and muttered reverently, “I’m the only one in this church knows why you’re dressed like that Body of Christ, bread of heaven, body of Chr . . .” Heaven hold Johnny Cash and all penitent sinners in the bosom of Abraham. That music of his, however, is the soundtrack of hell. Thus saith the Lord.


RAILGARTEN — Midtown’s sprawling new entertainment complex is built from repurposed railroad cars, and with multiple food and drink options, hometown favorites playing sets onstage, and outdoor games and picnic tables sprinkled throughout the grounds, Railgarten offers plenty in the way of nighttime diversions. Be prepared to pay to park or to walk a little bit, as this hot spot is bound to be hopping. 2166 Central, 231-5043 THE REC ROOM — What do you get when you refurbish a bunch of old arcade games, add giant screens for console-based video games, throw in a couple of pool and foosball tables, and add alcohol? A barcade, possibly the most iconic pairing since Lennon met McCartney or peanut butter had its first fling with chocolate. If you just can’t beat the high score on Mrs. Pac-Man, maybe a draft of something tall, dark, and local will help. At least, it couldn’t hurt. 3000 Broad, 209-1137 SLIDER INN — Located where Peabody meets Cooper, this motorcycle-themed bar has cracked the code for creating the perfect neighborhood watering hole. Sliders galore, walls decorated with empty Jameson bottles, and a wooden patio perfect for whiling away the summer nights, this Midtown bar is a go-to destination for anyone seeking the Cheers formula. 2117 Peabody, 725-1155 WILD BILL’S — A pilgrimage to the home of the blues wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Wild Bill’s. This little bar has a lot of soul, and locals and blues-loving tourists alike gather here to sip 40-ounce beers and listen to wild blues jams. Whether 12-bar, bottleneck slide, or Delta blues is your poison, Wild Bill’s is the spot for you. 1580 Vollintine, 726-5473 YOUNG AVENUE DELI — Come for the sweet potato fries, stay for the huge selection of local, domestic, and craft beers. Or the UFC watch parties. Or the summer series of free Saturday-night concerts. 2119 Young, 278-0034 ZEBRA LOUNGE — This piano lounge, tucked into Overton Square, offers the savvy reveler a sophisticated spot to sip a cocktail and listen to a local legend tickle the ivories. 2114 Trimble Place, 249-8147

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^6 with michael donahue ^6 WHAT: Big Wig Ball

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total of $60,000 was raised at the Big Wig Ball. That probably made the beneficiary — Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital — flip its wig. In a good way. It’s a record amount for the annual event, said Le Bonheur liaison Timorie Belk. More than 200 people, most of whom wore some type of colorful, outlandish wig, attended the event, held June 23rd at the Annesdale Mansion in Midtown. Entertainment was provided by Charvey Mac, deejay Justin Jaggers, and Elton John impersonator Jerred Price. Food came from CFY Catering. Liza Routh and Kyle Cannon served as the event co-chairs.

1 Sinclaire Montgomery and Dan Johnson 2 Griffin Lonardo and Hayley Efird 3 Paige and Collier Turner 4 Chigozie Mason 5 Ben Prudhomme and Mollie Miller 6 Patrick Nelius and Audrey Sharp 7 Lloyd and Courtney Allen 8 Stephen and Liza Routh



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or the past few years, I’ve tried to center my home cooking around fruits and vegetables. I grow a vegetable garden in my back yard; I tote salad in a jar to work; and I plan menus around the seasonal produce that f loods our grocery stores and farmers markets. So imagine my surprise when my preliminary 20 picks for this year’s Top 10 Dishes leaned so heavy on proteins. At least three chicken dishes popped into the running: fried chicken and angel biscuits at Joes’, woodroasted chicken with panzanella at Kitchen Bistro, and a

memorable chicken, succotash, and roasted garlic mash served at Wilson Café. Beef dishes also stood out in my culinary memory, with three making my final list. Yet, as I talked to chefs about how they prepared the Top 10 picks, I saw produce as significant team players, building f lavor, adding color, and anchoring seasonally conscious cooking into restaurant DNA. I hope you agree that my favorite Memphis dishes of the past 12 months — presented in no ranked order; the list includes runners-up at each restaurant — are a delicious way to embrace your veggie-centric proteins.




espite enthusiastic social media, I hesitated to try Lucky Cat’s ramen, worried that it wouldn’t match the wonderful ramen I’d loved in New York. What a chump. From the first soft-boiled egg, dyed a little by a soak in soy sauce and drizzled with garlic/scallion oil, to dinner’s final slurp, I couldn’t be more pleased. Bacon from Jackson’s Marmilu Farms — rendered and ground with kombu — builds the ramen flavor base, explains Chef Zach Nicholson. “We add some very concentrated chicken stock, dachi, and some other things, and combine it with slow-cooked pork broth,” he says. The fragrant bowl, steaming hot, offers other treasures as well, including wood ear mushrooms, grilled pork shoulder, noodles — soft and bouncy — and sous vide bok choy the color of emerald green. Contender: Memphis BBQ Steamed Buns with Creamy Sesame Slaw

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hef Ben Smith cooked in Hawaii before opening Tsunami 19 years ago, and his love for the islands continues to influence his menu. His latest adaptation is Pau Hana, a Hawaiian term that means “done working” but translates more practically to let’s get a beer after work. At Tsunami, Pau Hana dishes — served Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. — change weekly. On a recent visit, we ordered $6 glasses of Kim Crawford rose along with two snacks: shrimp with chilled rice vermicelli in a refreshing coconut broth and Teriyaki Spam musubi, a marvelous bite of grilled Spam and sushi rice held together with nori. “Spam is the Hawaiian national dish, and I love it,” Smith says. Up next: tuna carpaccio and French fries seasoned with Furikake. Contender: Cocktail of the Day

9 2 8 S . C OOP E R S T. (901-2 74-2 5 56)


When Joe Spotts and Joseph Soliman lived in Ecuador, they operated a

weekly pop-up restaurant in their sprawling two-floor apartment, serving more than 100 customers every Saturday night. Although the menu routinely changed, fried chicken earned a permanent monthly rotation. Lucky for us, the chefs have opened a restaurant in the former Farmer space, serving fried chicken with roasted chili gravy that is — here goes — better than Gus’s. “In Ecuador, our guests said our fried chicken had flavor to the bone, and it really does,” Spotts says, crediting Soliman for the recipe, which includes 16 secret seasonings. “Joseph won’t even tell me what the spices are,” Spotts says, but he will share this: Chicken is marinated for 24 hours and cooked in a blend of peanut and vegetable oil.

Contender: Grasshopper Pie

2 6 2 S . HIG HL A ND S T. (901-3 37-700 3)



For years I’ve wondered why avocado toast — the darling of California brunch

— hasn’t had its moment in Memphis. Happily, Chef Kristi Bush is stepping up with a pickled version that subtly changes the flavor profile of the proteinpacked fruit. “We peel them, slice them in half, and pickle them overnight,” Bush explains, detailing the brine’s ingredients: vinegar, sugar, water, lemon, garlic, rosemary, peppercorns, and crushed red peppers. Served in slices on brioche toast with cream cheese and micro greens, the pretty play of green hues is a simple statement with a big and memorable taste. Introduced last month, the toast exemplifies the new menu from CFY Catering at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ cafe: updated spins on lunchtime favorites.

Contender: Chocolate Chip Sandwich Filled with Cookie Dough

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he components of Chef Dave Krog’s Interim Burger fill in a dinner plate like a culinary coat of arms: Romaine and pickles, roasted Roma tomato, an impressive Claybrook Farms beef burger, and two thick strips of bacon, crisscrossed in the center of softly melted cheddar. I approach eating the burger with a ritual that goes like this: First, I eat a couple of fries — skin on and seasoned. Next, I pile lettuce, pickle, and tomato (in that order) on the patty, spread garlic aioli on the bun, stack the bun on top, and give the burger a little squish. How the burger and its garnishes stay inside the bun is a mystery, but I suspect the f lame-grilled patty’s uniform size plays a leading role. Contender: Meatballs with Marinara and Shaved Grana Pandano

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Chef Andrew Adams captures the taste and color of summer with a

bowl of sweet corn soup as stunning to look at as it is to eat. He starts with high-quality corn, cuts off the kernels, and uses the cobs to make vegetable stock. “The stock doesn’t look yellow, but it really pulls out the flavor of the corn,” he explains. Next, he sweats the kernels, adds them to the stock and purees the ingredients together. The corn becomes the thickener, so the finished soup needs very little cream. At pick up, Adams bedecks the soup with its crown jewels: tomatoes, green onions, cilantro microgreens, and Australian spanner crab (a newcomer to American menus) poached in sumac brown butter.

Contender: Blue Crab Cake with Spicy Ginger-Coconut Sauce

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ruth be told, I was weary of Brussels sprouts and their prominent place on restaurant menus until a recent visit to Catherine & Mary’s, where I ordered Chef Ryan Jenniges’ shareable small plate, a sympatico pairing of texture and taste in every forkful. The inspiration for the dish was two-fold, Jenniges says: cacao e pepe — Italian for cheese and pepper — and “burnt ends.” The salad starts with the hearts of raw sprouts, first shaved and tossed with sherry vinegar and olive oil and then topped with cacao e pepe sauce. Next, the plate is garnished with fried sprout leaves and bits of smoked beef brisket. And finally, honey infused with Calabrian chiles is drizzled on top. Contender: Oysters with Spinach, Brandade, and Paddlefish Caviar

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Little wonder the pastrami at the heart of Raven & Lily’s spectacular

sandwich is so good. Locally produced by Smok’d, the pastrami reflects owner Shayne Boling’s culinary credentials — he was a chef at La Tourelle and Erling Jensen — and his Mississippi roots. “I grew up surrounded by hickory trees,” Boling says. “My family has always smoked.” For his Memphis pastrami, Boling starts with brisket, cured for four or five days in a marinade with proprietary spices. Next, he rubs the brisket with peppercorns and coriander (also smoked) and a Creole seasoning blend before smoking over hickory nuts. “That crust of spices locks in the flavor,” Boling explains. “That’s the magic that makes the meat melt in your mouth.”

Contender: Chocolate Soufflé with Vanilla Anglaise

7 700 HIG H WAY 6 4 , O A K L A ND , T E NNE S S E E (901-2 35 -7 300)



A s culinary director of the Westin on Beale Street, Chef Ana Gonzalez ties brand dining with broad appeal to Southern sensibilities. No dish illustrates this coming together more deliciously than her apple pie, a dessert so appealing that Youth Village Soup Sunday participants voted it the event’s best dessert. “People from Memphis want things a little Southern,” says Gonzalez. “I make the crust, of course, and the crust is very buttery.” Organic apples add to the f lavor, as do cinnamon sticks, toasted and ground up as a pie ingredient. “It really pops out the f lavor,” Gonzalez explains. So does an oversized scoop of cinnamon ice cream layered on top.

Contender: Smoked Jalapeño Rubbed Salmon Tacos

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Separating the experience of eating at Como Steakhouse from the taste

of a hand-cut filet mignon wrapped with bacon is impossible, so don’t try. Instead, slip back to one of the restaurant’s two open pits and watch grill master Donnell Lewers work his magic. Ask how many steaks he has prepared over the last 15 years, and he’ll likely laugh and say, “Millions. It’s gotta be millions.” Ask for cooking tips, and he gets more specific: “A steak needs the flavor and the heat that comes from charcoal. And you can’t just walk away from it. You’ve got to pay attention.” And what about the temperature? Cook to medium rare. “I tell people all the time, if you want a well-done steak, then just cut your belt and eat that leather.”

Contender: Como Delight with Pecans, Pudding, and Whipped Cream

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Voted Best Pizza, come see why! With 60+ beers and handcrafted cocktails we offer slices, pies, fresh salads, sandwiches, and the most authentic NY cheesecake in town. Approaching our 5th year in the heart of downtown on the trolley line, we feature a hip atmosphere and spacious patio. Great for large parties or before a big game! Kid friendly and downtown delivery. Eat more pie!

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Arcade Restaurant

Bangkok Alley

The Arcade Restaurant opens at 7:00 a.m. every day. Memphis’ oldest café is located in the South Main Historic District, on the trolley line. Surrounded by glowing neon signs and 1920s architecture, diners enjoy such modern favorites as pesto, feta, and walnut pizza. Also serving country ham, sweet potato pancakes, hot plate lunches, cheeseburgers and fries. Large private dining room available. Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights open until 11 p.m. with a full bar. Sensational spiked shakes, marvelous Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and spectacular specialty drinks.

Come and enjoy Bangkok Alley’s award-winning Thai cuisine and the area’s most outstanding sushi. Fresh ingredients and the creativity of our sushi chefs allows Bangkok Alley to provide you with the best sushi in the MidSouth. Three locations to serve you: 715 W. Brookhaven Circle, 901.590.2585; Collierville, 2150 West Poplar Avenue, 901.854.8748; Downtown Memphis, 121 Union Avenue, 901.522.2010.

The Bar-B-Q Shop

Bounty on Broad Bardog Tavern

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Belle Tavern

Bhan Thai • 901.249.6580 • • 901.572.1896

1324 Peabody Avenue • 901.272.1538 •

Come to Belle Bistro’s new alley bar Belle Tavern in back of 117 Union in Barboro Alley (between Main Street and the Peabody hotel) for your late libation and menu by Belle’s Chef David Johnson featuring Mixologist Chris Ferri.

Owner Molly Smith along with Chef Sorrasit “Alex” Sittranont offers original Thai cuisine in an elegant, friendly environment both inside and outdoors. Our newly expanded patio is sure to capture your presence! Longtime favorites are pad Thai, tiger cry, crispy duck, tuna and many more. Voted Best Thai 2003-2015. Lunch Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and dinner Tuesday – Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Closed Monday.

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Blues City Cafe

The Bluff

For ribs, catfish, steaks, tamales, and seafood gumbo, head to Blues City Cafe on Iconic Beale Street. Enjoy lunch or dinner in our main dining room with the kitchen exposed, or VIP section with a 1958 Pink Cadillac on the wall. Dance the night away to live music seven nights a week in the Band Box, an authentic juke joint. The kitchen stays open late until 3 a.m. serving our full menu.

As one of the newest bars in Memphis, The Bluff has quickly proven to be a hot spot for music, sports, food and drinks. With 8,000 square feet, The Bluff is one of the largest venues in the city with three separate bars, a massive music hall, an overlooking mezzanine, and two outdoor patios. We offer a Cajun-style menu featuring the best of the deep-south including our authentic po-boys, burgers, and delicious Cajun-inspired dishes. And let’s not forget about our Sunday brunch featuring delicious Nola-style options and mimosa pitchers. You can enjoy live music four nights a week or catch the big game on our 30+ TVs and 15 ft’ HD projector.

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Broadway Pizza

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138 Beale Street • 901.526.3637

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903 S. Cooper St. • 901.274.5151 • Celtic Crossing is an authentic Irish pub located in the heart of Midtown’s beloved Cooper-Young. Custom art and imported furniture from Ireland create a cozy neighborhood hangout where you’ll always find good food, cold Guinness, and lively conversation. There’s always something going on at Celtic Crossing. Open 7 days a week, we offer lunch and dinner, featuring daily specials. We also offer brunch Saturday and Sunday, with live EPL Soccer matches, Celtic music and drink specials. Don’t miss a thing; check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ciao Bella

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Located in the heart of East Memphis, Ciao Bella Italian Grill serves authentic Italian cuisine and hand-tossed gourmet pizzas. We offer a full bar with an extensive wine list, beautiful patio, and private party facilities with full visual equipment. Dine in or carry out. Catering available. Happy Hour Sunday 4-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday 11-7p.m. Open for dinner 7 days a week. Lunch served weekdays. PGF Certified.

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Cooper Street 20/20

The Cupboard

Cooper Street 20/20 is located conveniently in the heart of Midtown’s Cooper-Young neighborhood. For Gourmet on the Go, you can choose from over 70 quality prepared entrees, soups, starters and sides. Each dish is made from scratch in the kitchen of Kathy Katz and prepared using only the finest ingredients including many gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. The concept is simple: take out, heat in, eat well. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. PGF-certified.

The Cupboard Restaurant was established in 1943 and has been a Memphis favorite of both Memphians and visiting celebrities for nearly 75 years. We specialize in Southern food with an emphasis on fresh veggies. The Cupboard is a perennial winner of culinary awards. In Memphis magazine’s restaurant readers’ poll, The Cupboard has been honored with first place in the “Best Down-Home” category. Memphis Flyer readers have voted the restaurant first place for “Best Down-Home/ Soul Food.” The Cupboard guarantees your satisfaction, or the owner, Charles Cavallo, will make it right on the spot. Come in today and try the delicious daily specials or the best breakfast in Memphis, served all day, everyday. Breakfast special is ONLY $4.99. Open every day 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

565 Erin Drive • 901.205.2500 •

800 S Cooper Street • 901.871.6879 •


83 Madison Avenue • 901.333.1224 • eighty3 features globally inspired cuisine with Southern sensibilities. Enjoy an array of delectable “shared” plates or choose your own entrée to savor — inside or out with the bustling backdrop of Main Street at the eighty3 patio year-round. eighty3 features specialty cocktails, daily happy hour food specials, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

2519 Broad Avenue • 901.410.8131 • 5101 Sanderlin Center, 901.729.7687,

1400 Union Avenue • 901.276.8015 •

Elwood’s Shack

4523 Summer Ave. • 901.761.9898 We have a very diverse menu. Some of our favorites include the Texas Beef Brisket (marinated in Guinness Stout), the Certified Angus Roast Beef (served cold, New York style), the Jamaican Jerk Wings, Bleu Cheese and Jalapeno Cole Slaw, and our Roman-style pizzas, just to name a few. Open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Catering is available.

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1044 Road• •901.763.3700 901.763.3700• • 1044 S. S. Yates Yates Road In an elegantly sophisticated, yet warm and inviting atmosphere, Erling In an elegantly sophisticated, yet warm and inviting atmosphere, Erling Jensen’s Jensen’s appetizers, such as Maine Lobster Pancakes or Jumbo Lump appetizers, such as Maine Lobster Pancakes or Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, are Crabcakes, are totally amazing. A few entrees to mention are Seasonal totally amazing. A few entrees to mention are Seasonal Sea Food, Elk Chop and Sea Food, Elk Chop and Filet of Buffalo. Small Plates and Specialty Drinks Filet of Buffalo. Small Plates and Specialty Drinks at the bar. Wine Dinners at the bar. Wine Dinners offered every Friday night. Sundays are Special: offered every Friday night. Sundays are Special: three courses for $38. Jensen’s three courses for $38. Jensen’s approach is globally inspired and classically approach is globally inspired and freshest, most executed,using the freshest, mostclassically seasonalexecuted,using ingredients to the produce meals of seasonal ingredients produce the highest caliberContact for 19+ us years. the highest caliber forto19+ years.meals Dinnerofnightly 5pm-10pm. for Dinner nightly p.m. Contact Special Events5orp.m.-10 Corporate Affairs. us for Special Events or Corporate Affairs.

Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar 39 South Main • 901.521.8005 •

Flight is honored to be named Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S. by Open Table for 2016. Flight offers the finest service featuring a knowledgeable wait staff from which guests can gain valuable insight to enhance their dining experience. Flight is the ideal place for any occasion, while it’s wine cellar is perfect for banquets and celebrations. Complimentary valet is offered seven nights a week and Sunday brunch.

Forest Hill Grill

Holiday Deli & Ham Co.

Forest Hill Grill offers an eclectic menu which includes, delicious appetizers, burgers and sandwiches, steaks, chops, seafood and desserts. We also have a full service bar which includes many local draft beers on tap. We are locally owned and operated and use locally sourced products when available. Daily lunch specials, a happy hour menu and a variety of evening appetizer, entre and dessert specials. One of the best weekend brunch menus in town (Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.). Visit our website for upcoming specialty dinners and pairing events. Open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–10p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Local Memphis deli for 25 years! Serving the best salads, sandwiches, soups and more. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner with four locations. At Holiday we feed you like family and don’t ask you to do the dishes! Try our famous Pimento Cheese, or our favorite Cobb Salad. We also have delicious desserts and freshly made, locally roasted gourmet coffee. Find the closest location near you or place an order online. Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


Interim Restaurant & Bar

Huey’s is is celebrating celebrating over over47 45years yearsofof“Blues, “Blues,Brews, Brews,and andBurgers” Burgers.” Home Huey’s and has of the World Famous Huey Burger, voted Best Burger for 31 consecutive been voted Best Burger for 33 consecutive years by the readers of Memphis years by the readers of Memphis Magazine! music magazine! Enjoy live music on Sundays, sip on aEnjoy local live brew, shooton frillSundays. picks in Shoot frill picks in the ceiling, and write on the walls. The menu offers over the ceiling and write on the walls. The menu offers 13 different burger choices, 13 different burger choices, a variety of delicious sandwiches ranging from a a variety of delicious sandwiches ranging from a grilled tuna fish sandwich to steak sandwich to a grilled tuna fish sandwich, awesome salads, and yummy a reuben, awesome salads and yummy homemade soups. Enjoy one of the homemade soups. Eight convenient locations. For directions and hours of World Famous Huey Burgers at one of our nine convenient locations. For operation, please visit directions and hours of operations, please visit

A highly visual state-of-the-art kitchen is fused with the dining room to enhance the relationship between the staff and the audience of guests at Interim Restaurant. Chef David Krog melds southern cuisine with traditional French preparations to create food that is not only beautiful, but also delicious and approachable. Whether for celebration, business, date night, or just to get together with friends, Interim will provide an unforgettable dining experience.

9102 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN • 901.624.6001 •

5040 Sanderlin Avenue • 901.818.0821 •

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Itta Bena

145 Beale Street • 901.578.3031 •

Mama Gaia

Crosstown Concourse 1350 Concourse Avenue • 901.203.3838 •

Up the fire escape above BB King’s Blues Club lies Memphis’ “hidden gem” Itta Bena. Itta Bena embodies the charm and inspiration of fine southern dining, from date night to rehearsal dinners or milestone celebrations, Itta Bena has something for everyone. Itta Bena invites you in for a cool libation and southern cuisine with a Delta twist in a relaxed atmosphere with unrivaled southern hospitality. For reservations of 12 or more call 901.202.9114.

Memphis’ first organic restaurant offers a vibrant and award-winning menu which is mainly Mediterranean-inspired. Mama Gaia serves delicious health food that is made from scratch and boosts your energy, while the average wait time is impressive (under five minutes). They don’t use any refined sugar on the menu and offer a lot of vegan and gluten-free options. Mama Gaia also offers online-ordering, pick-up, delivery and catering. You can download their loyalty and online-ordering app in the app store by typing in “Mama Gaia.”

Marlowe’s Ribs & Restaurant

Medallion - Holiday Inn / U of M

Family-owned and operated since 1973, Marlowe’s is the longtime gathering place for Elvis fans. Known for Pink Cadillac limo rides featuring Elvis memorabilia on the walls and tables. Fully stocked gift shop, spectacular barbecue featured on Food Network, traditional American fare, Southern hospitality, and a full bar. Dine in or take out, plus delivery to area hotels. One mile south of Graceland. Open Noon-3 a.m. daily.

Select this this award-winning award-winning hotel hotel for for your your catering catering needs. needs. Located Located in in the the Select heart of of Memphis, Memphis, we’re we’re first first in in banquets banquets up up to to 1,000 1,000 people people and and receptions receptions heart up to to 1,400. 1,400. Our Our European-trained European-trained chef chef reigns reigns over over aa 12,000-square-foot 12,000-square-foot up ballroom with with aa permanent permanent stage stage and and three three wood-inlay wood-inlay dance dance floors. floors. Ice Ice ballroom carvings, wedding wedding cakes, cakes, and and hand-made hand-made hors hors d’oeuvres d’oeuvres are are among among our our carvings, specialties. Also Also try try our our fabulous fabulous Sunday Sunday brunch. brunch. specialties.

Memphis Pizza Cafe

Mulan Asian Bistro

4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. • 901.332.4159 • Our crust is prepared one way — thin and crisp. Choose one of our specialty Our crust is prepared thinextensive and crisp.ingredients Choose one of and our specialty pizzas or create your one own way from—our list, see why pizzas or create your“Best own Pizza” from our and see why we’ve been voted 20extensive years in ingredients a row. Bestlist, pizza. Coolest we’ve been “BestOverton Pizza” Square 23 years a row. Best -pizza. Coolest workers. Fivevoted locations: at in 2087 Madison 901.726.5343, workers. Five locations: Overton at 2087 Madison — 901.726.5343, East Memphis at 5061 Park Ave.Square - 901.684.1306, Germantown at 7604 W. East Memphis at 5061 ParkSouthaven Ave. — 901.684.1306, Germantown at 7604and W. Farmington - 901.753.2218, at 5627 Getwell - 662.536.1364, Farmingtonat—797 901.753.2218, Southaven at 5627 Getwell — 662.536.1364, Collierville W. Poplar - 901.861.7800 and Collierville at 797 W. Poplar — 901.861.7800.

3700 Central Avenue • 901.678.8200 or Mulan Asian Bistro has been rated No. 1 in Memphis for over 5 years and is the only Chinese restaurant serving authentic Szechuan Cuisine! Now serving you from three locations: Midtown, East Memphis, and Collierville/Germantown area. Let us cater your family gathering, wedding or anniversary party. We have private dining rooms available at our Midtown and East Memphis locations. We deliver up to 10 miles and are the only restaurant that delivers sushi in Memphis! Located at 2149 Young Ave. in Memphis, 901.347.3965; 4698 Spottswood Ave. in Memphis, 901.609.8680 and 2059 Houston Levee in Collierville, 901.850.5288. Order online or! A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 179

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Pancho’s Mexican Foods

Newby’s — come for the game, stay for the wings, pizza, sandwiches, and the best beer in town. The rest of the menu is delicious as well. Great venue to see and hear local music. Awesome Daily Food Specials Sunday through Thursday. Open daily 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Celebrating 40 years of good times!

Take a trip to Mexico right here in Memphis. Pancho’s has wowed Memphians with its unique Mexican flavors since 1956. It’s the perfect in-town getaway. Famous for its mouth-watering cheese dip, Pancho’s also serves up a variety of tacos, enchiladas, and mix-and-match platters. 717 North White Station in Memphis, 901.685.5404, and 3600 East Broadway, in West Memphis, AR, 870.735.6466.

Pimentos Kitchen + Market

Raven & Lily

Pimentos Kitchen + Market is a local Memphis kitchen, ready to serve up handcrafted breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This fresh new experience serves neighboring business professionals, families, and anyone who wants quick, fresh, and healthy dining options. Guests can expect a full menu of delicious egg dishes, comforting sandwiches, fresh entrees, and signature sides, all while washing it down with a fresh smoothie or local beer.

Raven & Lily Restaurant is a chef-run, modern, southern eatery located in Oakland, Tennessee. Specializing in low-country and southern-inspired dishes, thoughtfully crafted with local, high-quality ingredients. You can expect to find fresh seafood dishes including our signature shrimp and grits, generous sandwiches, steaks and decadent deserts. Lunch hours are 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; dinner hours are 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, and 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Brunch on Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations are welcome but not required.


Restaurant Iris

539 S. Highland Ave. • 901.730.0520 •

6450 Poplar Avenue #123 • 901.602.5488 •

52 South Second Street • 901.523.2746 • 888.HOGSFLY •

The Vergos family has been cooking up food in a downtown Memphis alley since 1948. The pork ribs are legendary, as are the waiters and the vintage Memphis décor. Winner of numerous awards in Southern Living and other publications, the menu offers barbecued ribs, pork shoulder, beef brisket, cheese plates, barbecue nachos, Greek salads, local beers and wine. We ship our ribs overnight, too! Call about private parties for lunch and dinner. Open for dinner, Tuesday - Saturday. Lunch, Friday - Saturday only. Closed Sunday and Monday.

7700 US-64 Oakland • 901.235.7300

2146 Monroe Avenue • 901.590.2828 • Home of James Beard Award semi-finalist and one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” for 2009, Chef Kelly English is inspired by the familiar flavors from his childhood in southern Louisiana and incorporates that inspiration into each dish he cooks. Restaurant Iris appeared on the Food Network’s Guilty Pleasures and was voted Memphis’ “Best Restaurant,” “Best Service,” and “Best Chef,” in 2012, 2011, and 2010 by Memphis magazine readers.

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R.P. Tracks

Slider Inn

RP Tracks has been serving the University of Memphis area since 1987. It is home to the World Famous BBQ Tofu Nachos, in addition to various other uniquely “Tracks” dishes. We have a full bar and a large beer selection including our favorite local beers on tap. We also offer brunch every Saturday and Sunday. RP Tracks is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-3 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Dine-in or carry-out. Please visit our website to see our full menu.

This is where most of the neighborhood comes to eat, drink, and play. We are dishing out burgers, chicken, fried green tomatoes, homemade meatballs, and many more custom sliders. Proudly serving the Mid-south’s only authentic lobster roll, a savory delight prepared with fresh Maine lobster shipped in three times a week. Try our house-made Jameson Slushie; it won’t disappoint. We’ve been told we have one of the biggest patios in town, but we’re not into comparing. Kitchens open till 2 a.m., bar closes at 3 a.m. Downtown location coming soon; come see what all the fuss is about!

Tops Bar-B-Q

Wang’s Mandarin House / East Tapas & Drinks

Tops Bar-B-Q Bar-B-Q Inc. Inc.isisMemphis’ Memphis’oldest oldest and only home-owned chain of 15 Tops and only home-owned chain of 15 barbecue restaurants, restaurants, serving serving real real Memphis Memphis pit pit barbecue barbecue since since 1952. 1952. Now Now barbecue serving brisket brisket and and ribs. ribs. Slowly Slowlycooking cookingpork porkshoulders shouldersthe theold-fashioned old-fashioned serving way over overreal realhardwood hardwood charcoal hickory imparts way charcoal andand real real hickory woodwood imparts that that characteristic moist, smoky flavor that has distinguished our products for characteristic moist, smoky flavor that has distinguished our products for over half a century. Coming August 2015: We’re relocating our Southaven over half a century. General offices: 5720 Mt. Moriah Road, 901.363.4007. location to 313 Stateline Road. General offices: 5720 Mt. Moriah Road, 901.363.4007.

Come to Wang’s to enjoy fine traditional and contemporary Chinese Cuisine, voted Memphis best since 1986. Our services include a lunch buffet, dinein, take-out, free deliveries, and catering. We also have a private room for business meetings and/or parties. Or go next door to East Tapas and Drinks which offers unique small plates prepared with an Asian twist, a long list of libations like no other, and live music on selected evenings. East is the place to wind down and relax after a long day of work.

Woman’s Exchange

Young Avenue Deli

The Woman’s Exchange Tearoom is a treasured gem, part of the “little house” at 88 Racine. Chef Emanuel Bailey and his staff daily order and prepare an array of foods, ranging from fresh vegetables, tenderloin (a Thursday tradition), homemade vegetable soup, and cornbread to mouth-watering caramel brownies. When you finish eating, you can browse the gift shop for that perfect present or an outfit for one or all of the grandchildren.

Referred to as “The Deli” by locals, a neighborhood favorite for over 20 years. The menu features unique sandwiches made from scratch, hand-breaded cheese sticks, vegetarian fare, Memphis’s Best hand-patted hamburgers, and the Top 10 French Fries in the nation (USA Today). Cocktail menu and fully stocked bar, with more than 150 beers and 36 draft options. Large groups are welcome, in a family-friendly environment with pool tables, big screen TV, jukebox, and a pet-friendly patio. Open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. 7 days a week, with full menu served until 2 a.m. Take-out and delivery available.

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88 Racine Street • 901.327.5681 •

2117 Peabody Avenue • 901.725.1155 •

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n this month’s issue, you will note that we have made major changes to our monthly Dining Guide. Given that this guide has not changed significantly over the past two decades, we hope you will agree with us that it was time for a new look and a new approach.

When I moved to Memphis in 1990, the restaurant scene was quite predictable: excellent meat and threes, barbecue to die for, and traditional fine dining. As a transplant from Los Angeles, I whined quite a bit: “There’s nothing to eat in this town except steaks, burgers, and barbecue.” Even then, of course, that subjective opinion was not entirely true. I lived in Hickory Hill, where Rick Farmer had brought Left Coast cuisine to California Café located on a busy corner on Winchester. Emerald Thai, at its former location on Mt. Moriah, was delicious and authentic, and Automatic Slim’s served Caribbean fusion near The Peabody downtown. (Thank you, Karen Carrier!) But my oh my, how things have changed. Instead of predictable, words like “innovative” and “award-winning” now define the local culinary

scene, thanks to creative and energetic chefs, menus focused on new Southern cooking, and a city of people who like to eat out. These days, Memphis diners have a different kind of problem: deciding where and what to eat from hundreds of choices. Here at Memphis magazine, we want to help, so we’ve reorganized our Dining Guide by neighborhood and suggested 50 must-try restaurants ranging from barbecue joints to upscale dining. You’ll recognize the must-try picks by the “Top 50” logo. Recently opened restaurants are similarly noted with the word “New.” Staff members knowledgeable about dining in Memphis worked together to select the 50 must-try restaurants for our initial list. (We will update the Top 50 every August, for the magazine’s annual City Guide). For starters, we only considered full-service restaurants

locally or regionally operated; no bars, coffee shops, bakeries, or national chains appear in our Top 50. Eligible restaurants also had to be established and located within metropolitan Memphis. Our emphasis was as much upon intriguing dining experiences as it was, obviously, upon excellent cuisine. Of course, the Memphis staff ’s decisions were subjective; they ref lect individual proclivities. But we worked with a guiding principle: If local diners were to eat at all 50 must-try restaurants over a year, they would acquire an excellent culinary portrait of Memphis that reflects our culture, our civic history, and our damn good food. We hope you find our revised Dining Guide useful and informative. If we’ve overlooked one of your favorite restaurants — one you think should be noted as a must-try — let us know and tell us why at We look forward to your comments and will follow up with a larger story about our Top 50 project later this year.

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A Curated Guide to Eating Out


emphis magazine offers this curated restaurant listing as a service to its readers. Broken down alphabetically by neighborhoods, this directory does not list every restaurant in town. It does, however, include the magazine’s “Top 50” choices of must-try restaurants in Memphis, a DINING SYMBOLS group that is updated every August. Establishments open B — breakfast less than a year are not eligible for “Top 50” but are noted as L — lunch “New.” This guide also includes a representative sampling D — dinner of other Bluff City eating establishments. No fast-food SB — Sunday brunch facilities or cafeterias are listed, nor have we included WB — weekend brunch establishments that rely heavily on take-out business. X— wheelchair accessible Restaurants are included regardless of whether they ad MRA — member, Memphis vertise in Memphis magazine; those that operate in multi Restaurant Association ple locations are listed under the neighborhood of their $ — under $15 per person without drinks or desserts original location. This guide is updated regularly, but we $$ — under $25 recommend that you call ahead to check on hours, prices, $$$ — $26-$50 and other details. Suggestions from readers are welcome; $$$$ — over $50 please contact us at

CENTER CITY AGAVE MARIA—Menu items at this Mexican eatery include short rib stuffed poblanos, shrimp and crab enchiladas, and grilled lamb chops. 83 Union. 341-2096. L, D, X, $-$$ ALDO’S PIZZA PIES—Serving gourmet pizzas — including Mr. T Rex — salads, and more. Also 30 beers, bottled or on tap. 100 S. Main. 577-7743; 752 S. Cooper. 725-7437. L, D, X, $-$$ THE ARCADE—Possibly Memphis’ oldest cafe. Specialties include sweet potato pancakes, a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, and breakfast served all day. 540 S. Main. 526-5757. B, L, D (Thurs.-Sat.), X, MRA, $ AUTOMATIC SLIM’S—Longtime downtown favorite specializes in contemporary American cuisine emphasizing local ingredients; also extensive martini list. 83 S. Second. 525-7948. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ BANGKOK ALLEY—Thai fusion cuisine includes noodle and curry dishes, chef-specialty sushi rolls, coconut soup, and duck and seafood entrees. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. at Brookhaven location; call for hours. 121 Union Ave. 522-2010; 2150 W. Poplar at Houston Levee (Collierville). 854-8748; 715 W. Brookhaven Cl. 590-2585. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ BARDOG TAVERN—Classic American grill with Italian influence, Bardog offers pasta specialties such as Grandma’s NJ Meatballs, as well as salads, sliders, sandwiches, and daily specials. 73 Monroe. 275-8752. B (Mon.-Fri.), L, D, WB, X, $-$$ BEDROCK EATS & SWEETS—Memphis’ only Paleocentric restaurant offering such dishes as pot roast, waffles, enchiladas, chicken salad, omelets, and more. Closed for dinner Sun. 327 S. Main. 409-6433. B, L, D, X, $-$$ BELLE: A SOUTHERN BISTRO—Brisket in a bourbon brown sugar glaze, and chicken with basmati rice are among the specialties; also seafood entrees and such vegetables as blackened green tomatoes. Closed for dinner Sun. and all day Mon. 117 Union Ave. 433-9851. L (Sat. and Sun.), D, WB, X, $-$$$ BELLE TAVERN—Serving soups, salads, sandwiches, and more, including smoked turkey and homemade dumplings with jalapeno Johnny cakes and beef short rib tamales. 117 Barboro Alley. 249-6580. L (Sun.), D, $ BLEU—This eclectic restaurant features American food with global influences and local ingredients. Among the specialties are a 14-oz. bone-in rib-eye and several seafood dishes. 221 S. Third, in the Westin Memphis Beale St. Hotel. 334-5950. B, L, D, WB, X, $$-$$$ BLUEFIN RESTAURANT & SUSHI LOUNGE—Serves Japanese fusion cuisine featuring seafood and steak, with seasonally changing menu; also, a sushi bar and flatbread pizza. 135 S. Main. 528-1010. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ BRASS DOOR IRISH PUB—Irish and New-American cuisine includes such entrees as fish and chips burgers, sandwiches, salads, and daily specials. 152 Madison. 572-1813. L, D, SB, MRA, $

CAFE 7/24—Specialties at this Southern eatery include Mr. Charles’s Fried Catfish and slow smoked barbecue ribs. Closed Sun. 94 S. Front. 590-3360. L, D, X, $ CAFE KEOUGH—European-style cafe serving quiche, paninis, salads, and more. 12 S. Main. 509-2469. B, L, D, X, $ CAFE PONTOTOC—Serves a variety of internationally inspired small plates, as well as salads and sandwiches. Closed for dinner Sun. 314 S. Main. 249-7955. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ CAPRICCIO GRILL ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE— Offers prime steaks, fresh seafood (lobster tails, grouper, mahi mahi), pasta, and several northern Italian specialties.  149 Union, The Peabody. 529-4199. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$$ CATHERINE & MARY’S—A variety of pastas, grilled quail, pâté, razor clams, and monkfish are among the dishes served at this Italian restaurant in the Chisca. 272 S. Main. 254-8600. D, X, $-$$$ CHEZ PHILIPPE—Classical/contemporary French cuisine presented in a luxurious atmosphere with a seasonal menu focused on local/regional cuisine. Afternoon tea served Wed.-Sat., 1-3:30 p.m. (reservations required). Closed Sun.-Tues. The Peabody, 149 Union. 529-4188. D, X, MRA, $$$$ COZY CORNER—Serving up ribs, pork sandwiches, chicken, spaghetti, and more; also homemade banana pudding. Closed Sun.-Mon. 745 N. Parkway. 527-9158. L, D, $ DEJAVU—Serves Creole, soul, and vegetarian cuisine, including po-boys, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. 51 S. Main. 505-0212. L, D, X, MR, $-$$ DIRTY CROW INN—Serving elevated bar food, including poutine fries, fried catfish, and the Chicken Debris, a sandwich with smoked chicken, melted cheddar, and gravy. 855 Kentucky. 207-5111. L, D, $ EIGHTY3—Contemporary menu of steaks and seafood offers a variety of eclectic specialties; also weekly specials, small plates, appetizers, and patio dining. 83 Madison Ave. 333-1224. B, L, D, WB, X , MRA, $-$$$ EVELYN & OLIVE—Jamaican/Southern fusion cuisine includes such dishes as Kingston stew fish, Rasta Pasta, and jerk rib-eye. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun.-Mon. 630 Madison. 748-5422. L, D, X , $ FELICIA SUZANNE’S—Southern cuisine with low-country, Creole, and Delta influences, using regional fresh seafood, local beef, and locally grown foods. Entrees include shrimp and grits. Closed Sun. and Mon. Brinkley Plaza, 80 Monroe, Suite L1. 523-0877. L (Fri. only), D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ FERRARO’S PIZZERIA & PUB—Rigatoni and tortellini are among the pasta entrees here, along with pizzas (whole or by the slice), with a variety of toppings. 111 Jackson. 522-2033. L, D, X, $

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THE FIVE SPOT—Tucked behind Earnestine & Hazel’s, this popular eatery features innovative bar food by chef Kelly English. Closed Mon.-Tues. 531 S. Main. 523-9754. D, SB, X, $-$$ FLIGHT RESTAURANT & WINE BAR— Serves steaks and seafood, along with such specialties as bison ribeye and Muscovy duck, all matched with appropriate wines. 39 S. Main. 521-8005. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ FLYING FISH—Serves up fried and grilled versions of shrimp, crab, oysters, fish tacos, and catfish; also chicken and burgers. 105 S. Second. 522-8228. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN—Serves chicken with signature spicy batter, along with homemade beans, slaw, and pies. 310 S. Front. 527-4877; 215 S. Center St. (Collierville). 853-6005; 2965 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 373-9111; 730 S. Mendenhall. 7672323; 505 Highway 70 W., Mason, TN. 901-294-2028. L, D, X, MRA, $ HAPPY MEXICAN—Serves quesadillas, burritos, chimichangas, vegetable and seafood dishes, and more. 385 S. Second. 529-9991; 6080 Primacy Pkwy. 683-0000; 7935 Winchester. 751-5353. L, D, X, $ HUEY’S—This family friendly restaurant offers 13 different burgers, a variety of sandwiches and delicious soups and salads. 1927 Madison. 726-4372; 1771 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-3885; 77 S. Second. 527-2700; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-4455; 7090 Malco Blvd. (Southaven). 662-349-7097; 7825 Winchester. 624-8911; 4872 Poplar. 682-7729; 7677 Farmington Blvd. (Germantown). 318-3030; 8570 Highway 51 N. (Millington). 873-5025. L, D, X, MRA, $ ITTA BENA—Southern and Cajun-American cuisine served here; specialties are duck and waffles and shrimp and grits, along with steaks, chops, seafood, and pasta. 145 Beale St. 578-3031. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$
 KOOKY CANUCK—Offers prime rib, catfish, and burgers, including the 4-lb. “Kookamonga”; also late-night menu. 87 S. Second. 578-9800; 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy. 1-800-2453 L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ THE LITTLE TEA SHOP—Downtown institution serves up Southern comfort cooking, including meatloaf and such veggies as turnip greens, yams, okra, and tomatoes. Closed Sat.-Sun. 69 Monroe. 525-6000, L, X, $ LOCAL GASTROPUB—Entrees with a focus on locally grown products include truffle mac-and-cheese and braised brisket tacos. 95 S. Main. 473-9573; 2126 Madison. 725-1845. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ LOFLIN YARD—Beer garden and restaurant serves vegetarian fare and smoked-meat dishes, including beef brisket and pork tenderloin, cooked on a custom-made grill. Closed Mon.-Tues. 7 W. Carolina. 249-3046. L (Sat. and Sun.), D, $-$$ THE LOOKOUT AT THE PYRAMID—Serves seafood and Southern fare, including cornmeal fried oysters, sweet tea brined chicken, and elk chops. 1 Bass Pro Dr. 620-4600/291-8200. L, D, X $-$$$ LUNA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE—Serving a limited menu of breakfast and lunch items. Dinner entrees include Citrus Glaze Salmon and Cajun Stuffed Chicken. 179 Madison (Hotel Napoleon). 526-0002. B, D (Mon.-Sat.), X, $-$$$ LYFE KITCHEN—Serving healthy, affordable wraps, bowls, sandwiches, and more; entrees include herb roasted salmon and parmesan crusted chicken. 272 S. Main. 526-0254; 6201 Poplar. 684-5333. B, L, D, WB, X, $ MACIEL’S TORTAS & TACOS—Entrees include tortas, hefty Mexican sandwiches filled with choice of chicken, pork, or steak. Also serving fried taco plates, quesadillas, chorizo and pastor soft tacos, salads, and more. Closed Sun. 45 S. Main. 526-0037. L, D, X, $ THE MAJESTIC GRILLE—Housed in a former silent-picture house, features aged steaks, fresh seafood, and such specialties as roasted chicken and grilled pork tenderloin; offers a pre-theatre menu and classic cocktails. 145 S. Main. 522-8555. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ McEWEN’S ON MONROE—Southern/American cuisine with international flavors; specialties include steak and seafood, sweet potato-crusted catfish with macaroni and cheese, and more. Closed Sun., Monroe location. 120 Monroe. 527-7085; 1110 Van Buren (Oxford). 662-234-7003. L, D, SB (Oxford only), X, MRA, $$-$$$ A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 183

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MESQUITE CHOP HOUSE—The focus here is on steaks, including prime fillet, rib eyes, and prime-aged New York strip; also, some seafood options. 5960 Getwell (Southaven). 662-8902467; 88 Union. 527-5337; 3165 Forest Hill-Irene (Germantown). 249-5661. D, SB (Germantown), X, $$-$$$ MOLLIE FONTAINE LOUNGE—Specializes in tapas (small plates) featuring global cuisine. Closed Sun.-Tues. 679 Adams Ave. 524-1886. D, X, $ PAULETTE’S—Presents fine dining with a Continental flair, including such entrees as filet Paulette with butter cream sauce and crabmeat and spinach crepes; also changing daily specials. River Inn. 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3300. B, L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ PEARL’S OYSTER HOUSE—Downtown eatery serving seafood, including oysters, crawfish, and stuffed butterfly shrimp, as well as beef, chicken, and pasta dishes.  299 S. Main. 522-9070. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ RENDEZVOUS, CHARLES VERGOS’—Menu items include barbecued ribs, cheese plates, skillet shrimp, red beans and rice, and Greek salads. Closed Sun.-Mon. 52 S. Second. 523-2746. L (Fri.-Sat.), D, X, MRA, $-$$ RIZZO’S DINER—Chorizo meatloaf, lobster pronto puff, and lamb belly tacos are menu items at this upscale diner. 492 S. Main. 304-6985. L (Fri.-Sat.), D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ RIVERFRONT BAR & GRILL—Beale Street Landing eatery serves a limited menu of sandwiches and salads. Closed Monday. 251 Riverside Dr. 524-0817. L, X, $ SABOR CARIBE—Serving up “Caribbean flavors” with dishes from Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Closed Sunday.  662 Madison. 949-8100. L, D, X, $ SOUTH MAIN SUSHI & GRILL—Serving sushi, nigiri, and more.  520 S. Main. 249-2194. L, D, X, $ SPINDINI—Italian fusion cuisine with such entrees as woodfired pizzas, gorgonzola stuffed filet, and fresh seafood; large domestic whiskey selection. 383 S. Main. 578-2767. D, X, $$-$$$ TERRACE—Creative American and Continental cuisine includes such dishes as filet mignon, beef or lamb sliders, chicken satay, and mushroom pizzetta. Rooftop, River Inn of Harbor Town, 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3366. D, X, $$ TEXAS DE BRAZIL—Serves beef, pork, lamb, and chicken dishes, and Brazilian sausage; also a salad bar with extensive toppings. 150 Peabody Place, Suite 103. 526-7600. L (Wed.-Fri.), D, SB, X, $$-$$$ TUSCANY ITALIAN EATERY—Menu includes paninis, deli subs and wraps, soups, and desserts. Closed Sat.-Sun.  200 Jefferson, #100. 505-2291. B, L, X, $ TWILIGHT SKY TERRACE—Offers small plates of tostados, nachos, flatbreads, paninis; also hand-crafted cocktails and sweeping rooftop views of the downtown Memphis skyline. Open, weather permitting. The Madison Hotel, 79 Madison. 333-1224. D, WB, X, $ UNCLE BUCK’S FISHBOWL & GRILL—Burgers, pizza, fish dishes, sandwiches, and more served in a unique “underwater” setting. Bass Pro, Bass Pro Drive, 291-8200. B, L, D, X, $-$$ THE VAULT—Shrimp beignets, stuffed cornish hen, and bacon-wrapped chicken roulade are among the dishes offered at this Creole/Italian fusion eatery. 124 G.E. Patterson. 591-8000. L, D, X, $-$$


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148 NORTH—French cuisine meets Southern comfort food here with menu items such as chicken and waffles, duck confit, and JKE’s Knuckle Sandwich, made with lobster knuckle and puff pastry. 148 N. Main. 569-0761. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ BROOKS PHARM2FORK—Serving fresh vegetables and meats responsibly grown by area farmers. Entrees include Marmilu Farms Pork Triangle Steak, Old School Salmon Patties, and Pan Seared Lake’s Catfish. 120 Mulberry. 853-7511. D, X, $-$$ CAFE PIAZZA BY PAT LUCCHESI—Specializes in gourmet pizzas (including create-your-own), panini sandwiches, and pasta. Closed Sun. 139 S. Rowlett St. 861-1999. L, D, X, $-$$ CIAO BABY—Specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza made in a wood-fired oven. Also serves house-made mozzarella, pasta, appetizers, and salads. 890 W. Poplar, Suite 1. 457-7457. L, D, X, $

EL MEZCAL—Serves burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, and other Mexican cuisine, as well as shrimp dinners and steak. 9947 Wolf River, 853-7922; 402 Perkins Extd. 761-7710; 694 N.Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 755-1447; 1492 Union. 274-4264; 11615 Airline Rd. (Arlington). 867-1883; 9045 Highway 64 (Lakeland). 383-4219; 7164 Hacks Cross Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-890-3337; 8834 Hwy. 51 N. (Millington). 872-3220; 7424 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 417-6026. L, D, X, $ EMERALD THAI RESTAURANT—Spicy shrimp, pad khing, lemon grass chicken, and several noodle, rice, and vegetarian dishes are offered at this family restaurant. Closed Sunday. 8950 Highway 64 (Lakeland, TN). 384-0540. L, D X, $-$$ FIREBIRDS—Specialties are hand-cut steaks, slow-roasted prime rib, and wood-grilled salmon and other seafood, as well as seasonal entrees.  4600 Merchants Circle, Carriage Crossing. 850-1637; 8470 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 379-1300. L, D, X, $-$$$ RONNIE GRISANTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT— This Memphis institution serves some family classics such as Elfo’s Special and chicken ravioli, along with lighter fare and changing daily chef selection. Closed Sun. Sheffield Antiques Mall, 684 W. Poplar. 850-0191. L (Mon.-Sat.), D (Thurs.-Sat.), X, $-$$$ JIM’S PLACE GRILLE—Features American, Greek, and Continental cuisine with such entrees as pork tenderloin, several seafood specialties, and hand-cut charcoal-grilled steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 3660 Houston Levee. 861-5000. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ MULAN ASIAN BISTRO—Hunan Chicken, tofu dishes, and orange beef served here; some sushi, too.  2059 Houston Levee. 850-5288; 2149 Young. 347-3965; 4698 Spottswood. 609-8680. L, D, X, $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE CUISINE—Featuring an extensive sushi menu as well as traditional Japanese and hibachi dining. Hours vary for lunch; call. 3670 Houston Levee. 861-4309; 3402 Poplar. 249-4690; 7164 Hacks Cross (Olive Branch). 662-890-9312; 2200 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 425-4901. L, D, X, $-$$$ RAVEN & LILY—Eatery offers innovative Southern cuisine with such dishes as onion ring and pork rind salad, chipotle hot chicken with spiced cabbage, and shrimp and grits benedict. Closed for lunch Monday. 7700 Highway 64 (Oakland, TN). 235-7300. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ THE SEAR SHACK BURGERS & FRIES— Serving Angus burgers, fries, and hand-spun milkshakes. Closed Mon. 875 W. Poplar, Suite 6. 861-4100; 5101 Sanderlin, Suite 103. 567-4909. L, D, X, $ STIX—Hibachi steakhouse with Asian cuisine features steak, chicken, and a fillet and lobster combination, also sushi. A specialty is Dynamite Chicken with fried rice. 4680 Merchants Park Circle, Avenue Carriage Crossing. 854-3399. L, D, X, $-$$

CORDOVA BOMBAY HOUSE—Indian fare includes lamb korma and chicken tikka; also, a daily luncheon buffet. 1727 N. Germantown Pkwy. 755-4114. L, D, X, $-$$ THE BUTCHER SHOP—Serves steaks ranging from 8-oz. fillets to a 20-oz. porterhouse; also chicken, pork chops, fresh seafood.  107 S. Germantown Rd. 757-4244. L (Fri. and Sun.), D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ FOX RIDGE PIZZA—Pizzas, calzones, sub sandwiches, burgers, and meat-and-two plate lunches are among the dishes served at this eatery, which opened in 1979. 1769 N. Germantown Pkwy. 758-6500. L, D, X, $ GREEN BAMBOO—Pineapple tilapia, pork vermicelli, and the soft egg noodle combo are Vietnamese specialties here. 990 N. Germantown Parkway, #104. 753-5488. L, D, $-$$ KING JERRY LAWLER’S MEMPHIS BBQ COMPANY—Offers a variety of barbecue dishes, including brisket, ribs, nachos topped with smoked pork, and a selection of barbecue “Slamwiches.” 465 N. Germantown Pkwy., #116. 509-2360. L, D, X, $ JIM ’N NICK’S BAR-B-Q—Serves barbecued pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, and fish, along with other homemade Southern specialties. 2359 N. Germantown Pkwy. 388-0998. L, D, X, $-$$ MISTER B’S—Features New Orleans-style seafood and steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. and Mon.  6655 Poplar, #107. 751-5262. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ PRESENTATION ROOM, THE—American bistro run by the students of L’Ecole Culinaire. Menu changes regularly; specialties may include such items as a filet with truffle mushroom

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(INCLUDES POPLAR/ I-240) ACRE—Features seasonal modern American cuisine in a stylish setting using locally sourced products; also smallplates/bar. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 690 S. Perkins. 818-2273. L, D, X, $$-$$$ AGAVOS COCINA & TEQUILA—Camaron de Tequila, tamales, kabobs, and burgers made with a blend of beef and chorizo are among the offerings at this tequila-centric restaurant and bar. 2924 Walnut Grove. 433-9345. L, D, X, $-$$ ANDREW MICHAEL ITALIAN KITCHEN— Traditional Italian cuisine with a menu that changes seasonally with such entrees as Maw Maw’s ravioli. Closed Sun.-Mon. 712 W. Brookhaven Cl. 347-3569. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE—Offering several varieties of eggs benedict, waffles, omelets, pancakes, beignets, and other breakfast fare; also burgers, sandwiches, and salads. 6063 Park Ave. 729-7020; 65 S. Highland. 623-7122. B, L, WB, X, $ BENIHANA—This Japanese steakhouse serves beef, chicken, and seafood grilled at the table; some menu items change monthly; sushi bar also featured. 912 Ridge Lake. 767-8980. L, D, X, $$-$$$ BLUE PLATE CAFÉ — For breakfast, the café’s serves old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes (it’s a secret recipe!), country ham and eggs, and waffles with fresh strawberries and cream. For lunch, the café specializes in country cooking. 5469 Poplar. 761-9696; 113 S. Court. 523-2050. B, L, X, $ BRYANT’S BREAKFAST—Three-egg omelets, pancakes, and The Sampler Platter are among the popular entrees here. Closed Mon. and Tues. 3965 Summer. 324-7494. B, L, X, $ BUCKLEY’S FINE FILET GRILL—Specializes in steaks, seafood, and pasta. (Lunchbox serves entree salads, burgers, and more.)  5355 Poplar. 683-4538; 919 S. Yates (Buckley’s Lunchbox), 682-0570. L (Yates only, M-F), D, X, MRA, $-$$ BUNTYN CORNER CAFE—Serving favorites from Buntyn Restaurant, including chicken and dressing, cobbler, and yeast rolls.  5050 Poplar, Suite 107. 424-3286. B, L, X, $ CAPITAL GRILLE—Known for its dry-aged, hand-carved steaks; among the specialties are bone-in sirloin, and porcini-rubbed Delmonico; also seafood entrees and seasonal lunch plates. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. Crescent Center, 6065 Poplar. 683-9291. L, D, X, $$$-$$$$ CASABLANCA—Lamb shawarma is one of the fresh, homemade specialties served at this Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant; fish entrees and vegetarian options also available. 1707 Madison. 421-6949; 5030 Poplar. 725-8557. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CIAO BELLA—Among the Italian and Greek specialties are lasagna, seafood pasta, gourmet pizzas, and vegetarian options. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun.  565 Erin Dr., Erin Way Shopping Center. 205-2500. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ CITY SILO TABLE + PANTRY—With a focus on clean eating, this establishment offers fresh juices, as well as comfort foods re-imagined with wholesome ingredients. 5101 Sanderlin. 729-7687. B, L, D, X, $ CORKY’S—Popular barbecue emporium offers both wet and dry ribs, plus a full menu of other barbecue entrees. Wed. lunch buffets, Cordova and Collierville.  5259 Poplar. 685-9744; 1740 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 737-1911; 743 W. Poplar (Collierville). 405-4999; 6434 Goodman Rd., Olive Branch. 662-893-3663. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$

ERLING JENSEN—Presents “globally inspired” cuisine: specialties are rack of lamb, big game entrees, and fresh fish dishes.  1044 S. Yates. 763-3700. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ THE FARMER—Serving upscale Southern cuisine, with a focus on locally grown ingredients. Among the specialties are smoked beef tenderloin and shrimp and grits. Closed for dinner Sun.-Mon.  3092 Poplar #11. 324-2221. L, D, X, $-$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE—Serves wet-aged and dry-aged steaks, prime beef, chops, and seafood, including salmon, Australian lobster tails, and a catch of the day.  6245 Poplar. 761-6200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FOLK’S FOLLY ORIGINAL PRIME STEAK HOUSE—Specializes in prime steaks, as well as lobster, grilled Scottish salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, rack of lamb, and weekly specials.  551 S. Mendenhall. 762-8200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FORMOSA—Offers Mandarin cuisine, including broccoli beef, hot-and-sour soup, and spring rolls. Closed Monday.  6685 Quince. 753-9898. L, D, X, $-$$ FRATELLI’S—Serves hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts, all with an Italian/Mediterranean flair. Closed Sunday. 750 Cherry Rd., Memphis Botanic Garden. 766-9900. L, X, $ FRANK GRISANTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT— Northern Italian favorites include pasta with jumbo shrimp and mushrooms; also seafood, fillet mignon, and daily lunch specials. Closed for lunch Sunday.  Embassy Suites Hotel, 1022 S. Shady Grove. 761-9462. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ THE GROVE GRILL—Offers steaks, chops, seafood, and other American cuisine with Southern and global influences; entrees include crab cakes, and shrimp and grits, also dinner specials.  4550 Poplar. 818-9951. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $$-$$$ HALF SHELL—Specializes in seafood, such as King crab legs; also serves steaks, chicken, pastas, salads, sandwiches, a ”voodoo menu”; oyster bar at Winchester location.  688 S. Mendenhall. 682-3966; 7825 Winchester. 737-6755. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ HERITAGE TAVERN & KITCHEN—Featuring classic cuisine from the country’s five regions, including lobster rolls, fried chicken, smoked tamales, Green Goddess shrimp, and more. 6150 Poplar, Regalia. 761-8855.L, D, WB, X, $-$$$ HIGH POINT PIZZA—Serves variety of pizzas, subs, salads, and sides. Closed Monday. 477 High Point Terrace. 452-3339. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ HOG & HOMINY—The casual sister to Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen serves brick-oven-baked pizzas, including the Red-Eye with pork belly, and small plates with everything from meatballs to beef and cheddar hot dogs; and local veggies. Closed for lunch Mon.  707 W. Brookhaven Cl. 207-7396. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ HOUSTON’S—Serves steaks, seafood, pork chops, chicken dishes, sandwiches, salads, and Chicago-style spinach dip. 5000 Poplar. 683-0915. L, D, X $-$$$  INTERIM—Offers American-seasonal cuisine with emphasis on local foods and fresh fish; macaroni and cheese is a house specialty. Closed for lunch Sat.  5040 Sanderlin, Suite 105. 818-0821. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ LA BAGUETTE—An almond croissant and chicken salad are among specialties at this French-style bistro. Closed for dinner Sun.  3088 Poplar. 458-0900. B, L, D (closes at 7), X, MRA, $ LAS DELICIAS—Popular for its guacamole, house-made tortilla chips, and margaritas, this restaurant draws diners with its chicken enchiladas, meat-stuffed flautas, and Cuban torta with spicy pork. Closed Sunday. 4002 Park Ave. 458-9264; 5689 Quince. 800-2873. L, D, X, $ LISA’S LUNCHBOX—Serving bagels, sandwiches, salads, and wraps. 5030 Poplar, 761-4044; 5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy., Suite 101. 767-6465; 2659 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 1200; 2525 Central (Children’s Museum); 166 S. Front. 729-7277. B, L, $ LOS COMPADRES—Serves enchiladas, burritos, tamales, tacos, and vegetarian dishes; also Cuban entrees.  3295 Poplar. 458-5731. L, D, X, $-$$ LOST PIZZA—Offering pizzas (with dough made from scratch), pasta, salads, sandwiches, tamales, and more.  2855 Poplar. 572-1803; 5960 Getwell (Southaven). 662-892-8684. L, D, X, $-$$ LYNCHBURG LEGENDS—This restaurant with a Jack Daniels’ theme and Southern cuisine serves such entrees as Bourbon Street salmon, buttermilk-fried chicken, and grilled

steak and wild mushroom salad. DoubleTree Hotel, 5069 Sanderlin. 969-7777. B, L, D, X, MRA, $- $$$ MARCIANO MEDITERRANEAN AND ITALIAN CUISINE—Veal Saltimbocca with angel hair pasta and white wine sauce is among the entrees; also steaks, seafood, and gourmet pizza. Closed Sun.  780 Brookhaven Cl. 682-1660. D, X, $-$$
 DAN MCGUINNESS PUB—Serves fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, burgers, and other Irish and American fare; also lunch and dinner specials.  4694 Spottswood. 761-3711; 3964 Goodman Rd. 662-890-7611. L, D, X, $ MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE—Serves tandoori chicken, masala dosa, tikka masala, as well as lamb and shrimp entrees; also a daily lunch buffet, and dinner buffet on Fri.-Sat.  6524 Quince Rd. 753-8755. L, D, X, $-$$ MELLOW MUSHROOM—Large menu includes assortment of pizzas, salads, calzones, hoagies, vegetarian options, and 50 beers on tap. 5138 Park Ave. 562-12119155 Poplar; Shops of Forest Hill (Germantown). 907-0243. L, D, X, $-$$ MOSA ASIAN BISTRO—Specialties include sesame chicken, Thai calamari, rainbow panang curry with grouper fish, and other Pan Asian/fusion entrees. Closed Mon. 850 S. White Station Rd. 683-8889. L, D, X, MRA, $ NAM KING—Offers luncheon and dinner buffets, dim sum, and such specialties as fried dumplings, pepper steak, and orange chicken.  4594 Yale. 373-4411. L, D, X, $
 NAPA CAFE—Among the specialties is miso-marinated salmon over black rice with garlic spinach and shiitake mushrooms. Closed Sun.  5101 Sanderlin, Suite 122. 683-0441. L, D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ NEW HUNAN—Chinese eatery with more than 80 entrees; also lunch/dinner buffets.  5052 Park. 766-1622. L, D, X, $ OLD VENICE PIZZA CO.—Specializes in “eclectic Italian,” from pastas, including the “Godfather,” to hand-tossed pizzas, including the “John Wayne”; choose from 60 toppings.  368 Perkins Ext. 767-6872. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ ONE & ONLY BBQ—On the menu are pork barbecue sandwiches, platters, wet and dry ribs, smoked chicken and turkey platters, a smoked meat salad, barbecue quesadillas, and more. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 751-3615; 567 Perkins Extd. 249-4227. L, D, X, MRA, $ ONO POKÉ—This eatery specializes in poké — a Hawaiian dish of fresh fish salad served over rice. Menu includes a variety of poké bowls, like the Kimchi Tuna bowl, or customers can build their own by choosing a base, protein, veggies, and toppings. 3145 Poplar. 618-2955. L, D, X, $ OWEN BRENNAN’S—New Orleans-style menu of beef, chicken, pasta, and seafood; jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and crawfish etouffee are specialties. Closed for dinner Sunday. The Regalia, 6150 Poplar. 761-0990. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ PARK + CHERRY—Partnering with CFY Catering, the Dixon offers casual dining within the museum. Menu features sandwiches, like truffled pimento cheese, as well as salads, snacks, and sweets. Closed for breakfast Sun. and all day Mon. 4339 Park (Dixon Gallery). 761-5250. L, X, $ PETE & SAM’S—Serving Memphis for 60-plus years; offers steaks, seafood, and traditional Italian dishes, including homemade ravioli, lasagna, and chicken marsala.  3886 Park. 458-0694. D, X, $-$$$ PF CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO—Specialties are orange peel shrimp, Mongolian beef, and chicken in lettuce wraps; also vegetarian dishes, including spicy eggplant. 1181 Ridgeway Rd., Park Place Centre. 818-3889. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ PHO SAIGON—Vietnamese fare includes beef teriyaki, roasted quail, curry ginger chicken, vegetarian options, and a variety of soups. 2946 Poplar. 458-1644. L, D, $ PORCELLINO’S CRAFT BUTCHER—Small plates, charcuterie selections, specialty steaks, house-made pastries, and innovative teas and coffees are offered at this combination butcher shop and restaurant featuring locally sourced menu items. Restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. Butcher shop open until 6 p.m. 711 W. Brookhaven Cl. 762-6656. B, L, D, X $-$$ PYRO’S FIRE-FRESH PIZZA—Serving gourmet pizzas cooked in an open-fire oven; wide choice of toppings; large local and craft beer selection. 1199 Ridgeway. 379-8294; 2035 Union Ave. 208-8857; 2286 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 207-1198; 3592 S. Houston Levee (Collierville). 221-8109. L, D, X, MRA, $ RIVER OAKS—A French-style bistro serving seafood and steaks, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 5871 Poplar Ave. 683-9305. L, D, X, MRA, $$$ A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 185

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anda Wilson’s folksy demeanor, explosive head ornaments, gaudy excesses in costume jewelry, and moderately cold beer won the hearts and business of midtown drunkards, journalists, writers, and assorted glitterati at the midtown Memphis P&H Cafe which she owned and operated for most of her lifetime. Her instinctive pastoral skills were such that everyone walking through her portals considered that theirs was a particularly close friendship that abideth forever out of the common mold of communal amity. The ubiquitous lit cigarette at her fingertips killed her by slow inexorable degrees and with finality on January 30, 2015, but she always declared, “Baby, if you can’t make 70 by a good road, don’t go.” Her exact age had been a matter of speculation and dispute since the early 1970s, but she was just about 70, or close enough.

Ss RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE—Offers prime steaks cut and aged in-house, as well as lamb, chicken, and fresh seafood, including lobster.  6120 Poplar. 761-0055. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ SALSA—Mexican-Southern California specialties include carnitas, enchiladas verde, and fajitas; also Southwestern seafood dishes such as snapper verde. Closed Sun. Regalia Shopping Center, 6150 Poplar, Suite 129. 683-6325. L, D, X, $-$$ SEASONS 52—This elegant fresh grill and wine bar offers a seasonally changing menu using fresh ingredients, wood-fire grilling, and brick-oven cooking; also a large international wine list and nightly piano bar. Crescent Center, 6085 Poplar. 682-9952. L, D, X, $$-$$$ STAKS— Offering pancakes, including Birthday Cake and lemon ricotta. Menu includes other breakfast items such as beignets and French toast, as well as soups and sandwiches for lunch.  4615 Poplar. 509-2367. B, L, WB, X, $ SUSHI JIMMI—This food truck turned restaurant serves a variety of sushi rolls, fusion dishes — such as kimchi fries — and sushi burritos. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Mon. 2895 Poplar. 729-6985. L, D, X, $ SWEET POTATO BABY CAFE—The Eggplant Parmesan panini and mac and cheese hushpuppies are among popular dishes offered. Menu includes a variety of desserts, including Sweet Potato Baby Cake. Closed Sat.-Sun. 1005 Tillman. 608-1742. L, D, X, $ THREE LITTLE PIGS—Pork-shoulder-style barbecue with tangy mild or hot sauce, freshly made coleslaw, and baked beans. 5145 Quince Rd. 685-7094. B, L, D, X, MRA, $ TOPS BAR-B-Q—Specializes in pork barbecue sandwiches and sandwich plates with beans and slaw; also serves ribs, beef brisket, and burgers.  1286 Union. 725-7527. 4183 Summer.

324-4325; 5391 Winchester. 794-7936; 3970 Rhodes. 323-9865; 6130 Macon. 371-0580. For more locations, go online. L, D, X, MRA, $e WANG’S MANDARIN HOUSE—Offers Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, and spicy Hunan entrees, including the golden-sesame chicken; next door is East Tapas, serving small plates with an Asian twist.  6065 Park Ave., Park Place Mall. 7630676. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ WASABI—Serving traditional Japanese offerings, hibachi, sashimi, and sushi. The Sweet Heart roll, wrapped — in the shape of a heart — with tuna and filled with spicy salmon, yellowtail, and avocado, is a specialty. 5101 Sanderlin Rd., Suite 105. 421-6399. L, D, X, $-$$ WOMAN’S EXCHANGE TEA ROOM—Chicken-salad plate, beef tenderloin, soups-and-sandwiches, and vegetable plates are specialties; meal includes drink and dessert. Closed Sat.-Sun.  88 Racine. 327-5681. L, X, $ ZAKA BOWL—This vegan-friendly restaurant serves build-your-own vegetable bowls featuring ingredients such as agave Brussels sprouts and roasted beets. Also serves tuna poke and herbed chicken bowls. 575 Erin. 5093105. L, D, $

GERMANTOWN AMERIGO—Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine includes pasta, wood-fired pizza, steaks, and cedarwood-roasted fish. 1239 Ridgeway, Park Place Mall. 761-4000. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ BROOKLYN BRIDGE ITALIAN RESTAURANT— Specializing in such homemade entrees as spinach lasagna and

lobster ravioli; a seafood specialty is horseradish-crusted salmon. Closed Sun.  1779 Kirby Pkwy. 755-7413. D, X, MRA, $-$$$ FOREST HILL GRILL—A variety of standard pub fare and a selection of mac ‘n’ cheese dishes are featured on the menu. Specialties include Chicken Newport and a barbecue salmon BLT. 9102 Poplar Pike. 624-6001. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ GERMANTOWN COMMISSARY—Serves barbecue sandwiches, sliders, ribs, shrimp, and nachos, as well as smoked barbecued bologna sandwiches; Mon.-night all-you-can-eat ribs.  2290 S. Germantown Rd. S. 754-5540. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ THE KITCHEN BISTRO—Tomato soup, pan-roasted ribeye, sticky toffee pudding, and dishes made using in-season fruits and veggies are served at this establishment at Shelby Farms Park. 415 Great View Drive E., Suite 101. 729-9009. L, D, X, $-$$ LAS TORTUGAS DELI MEXICANA—Authentic Mexican food prepared from local food sources; specializes in tortugas — grilled bread scooped out to hold such fillings as brisket, pork, and shrimp; also tingas, tostados and such sides as steamed corn. Closed Sunday.  1215 S. Germantown Rd. 751-1200; 6300 Poplar. 623-3882. L, D, X, $-$$ MISTER B’S—Features New Orleans-style seafood and steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. and Mon.  6655 Poplar, #107. 751-5262. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ THE PASTA MAKER RESTAURANT—This Italian eatery specializes in artisanal pasta. Entrées include Spaghetti allo scoglio, Penne Boscaiola, and Fusilli Primavera. Gluten-free options available. Restaurant closed Mon. and Sun. (cooking classes by reservation Sun.). 2095 Exeter, Suite 30. 779-3928. L (Thurs. only), D, X, $-$$ PETRA CAFÉ—Serves Greek, Italian, and Middle Eastern sandwiches, gyros, and entrees. Hours vary; call. 6641 Poplar. 754-4440; 547 S. Highland. 323-3050. L, D, X, $-$$ PIZZA REV—Specializes in build-your-own, personal-sized artisanal pizza. Choose from homemade dough options, all-natural sauces, Italian cheeses, and more than 30 toppings. 6450 Poplar. 379-8188. L, D, X, $ RED KOI—Classic Japanese cuisine offered at this family-run restaurant; hibachi steaks, sushi, seafood, chicken, and vegetables. 5847 Poplar. 767-3456. L, D, X $-$$ ROYAL PANDA—Hunan fish, Peking duck, Royal Panda chicken and shrimp, and a seafood combo are among the specialties. 3120 Village Shops Dr. 756-9697. L, D, X, $-$$ RUSSO’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA AND WINE BAR—Serves gourmet pizzas, calzones, and pasta, including lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo, scampi, and more.  9087 Poplar, Suite 111. 755-0092. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ SAKURA—Sushi, tempura, and teriyaki are Japanese specialties here. 2060 West St. 758-8181; 4840 Poplar. 572-1002. L, D, X, $-$$ SOUTHERN SOCIAL—Shrimp and grits, stuffed quail, and Aunt Thelma’s Fried Chicken are among the dishes served at this upscale Southern establishment. 2285 S. Germantown Rd. 754-5555. D, SB, X, $-$$$ WEST STREET DINER—This home-style eatery offers breakfast, burgers, po’boys, and more. 2076 West St. 757-2191. B, L, D (Mon.-Fri.), X, MRA, $

MIDTOWN (INCLUDES THE MEDICAL CENTER) ABYSSINIA RESTAURANT—Ethiopian/Mediterranean menu includes beef, chicken, lamb, fish entrees, and vegetarian dishes; also a lunch buffet. 2600 Poplar. 321-0082. L, D, X, $-$$ ALCHEMY—Southern fusion, locally grown cuisine features small and large plates; among the offerings are pan-seared hanger steak, quail, and lamb chops; also handcrafted cocktails and local craft beers. 940 S. Cooper. 726-4444. D, SB, X, $-$$ BABALU TACOS & TAPAS—This Overton Square eatery dishes up Spanish-style tapas with Southern flair; also taco and enchilada of the day; specials change daily.  2115 Madison. 2740100; 6450 Poplar, 410-8909. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ BAR DKDC—Features an ever-changing menu of international “street food,” from Thai to Mexican, Israeli to Indian, along with specialty cocktails. 964 S. Cooper. 272-0830. D, X, $ BAR LOUIE—Serves small plates, flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and such large plate entrees as blackened fish tacos and baked mac-and-cheese.  2125 Madison. 207-1436. L, D, WB, X, $-$$

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CIT Y DINING LIST BAR-B-Q SHOP—Dishes up barbecued ribs, spaghetti, bologna; also pulled pork shoulder, Texas toast barbecue sandwich, chicken sandwich, and salads. Closed Sun. 1782 Madison. 272-1277. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ BARI RISTORANTE ENOTECA—Authentic Southeastern Italian cuisine (Puglia) emphasizes lighter entrees. Serves fresh fish and beef dishes and a homemade soup of the day. 22 S. Cooper. 722-2244. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ BARKSDALE RESTAURANT—Old-school diner serving breakfast and Southern plate lunches.  237 Cooper. 722-2193. B, L, D, X, MRA, $ BAYOU BAR & GRILL—New Orleans fare at this Overton Square eatery includes jambalaya, gumbo, catfish Acadian, shrimp dishes, red beans and rice, and muffalettas.  2094 Madison. 278-8626. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ BEAUTY SHOP—Modern American cuisine with international flair served in a former beauty shop. Serves steaks salads, pasta, and seafood, including pecancrusted golden sea bass. Closed for dinner Sunday. 966 S. Cooper. 272-7111. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ BELLY ACRES—At this festive Overton Square eatery, milkshakes, floats, and burgers rule. Burgers are updated with contemporary toppings like grilled leeks, braised tomatoes, and sourdough or brioche buns. 2102 Trimble Pl. 529-7017. L, D, X, $ BHAN THAI—Authentic Thai cuisine includes curries, pad Thai noodles, and vegetarian dishes, as well as seafood, pork, and duck entrees. Closed for lunch Sat.Sun. and all day Mon.  1324 Peabody. 272-1538. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ BLUE NILE ETHIOPIAN—Kabobs, flavorful chicken and lamb stew, and injera (flatbread) are traditional items on the menu, along with vegetarian options. 1788 Madison. 474-7214. L, D, X, $-$$ BOSCOS—Tennessee’s first craft brewery serves a variety of freshly brewed beers as well as wood-fired oven pizzas, pasta, seafood, steaks, and sandwiches. 2120 Madison. 432-2222. L, D, SB (with live jazz), X, MRA, $-$$ BOUNTY ON BROAD—Offering family-style dining, Bounty serves small plates and family-sized platters, with such specialties as chicken fried quail and braised pork shank. 2519 Broad. 410-8131. L (Sat. and Sun.), D (Mon.-Sat.), SB, X, $-$$$ BROADWAY PIZZA—Serving a variety of pizzas, including the Broadway Special, as well as sandwiches, salads, wings, and soul-food specials. 2581 Broad. 454-7930; 627 S. Mendenhall. 207-1546. L, D, X, $-$$ CAFE 1912—French/American bistro serving such seafood entrees as grouper and steamed mussels; also crepes, salads, and French onion soup. 243 S. Cooper. 722-2700. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ CAFE BROOKS BY PARADOX—Serving graband-go pastries, as well as lunch items. Menu includes soups, salads, and sandwiches, such as the Modern Reuben and Grown Up Grilled Cheese. 1934 Poplar (Memphis Brooks Museum of Art). 544-6200. B, L, X, $ CAFE ECLECTIC—Omelets and chicken and waffles are among menu items, along with quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, and burgers. Menu varies by location. 603 N. McLean. 725-1718; 111 Harbor Town Square. 590-4645; 510 S. Highland. 410-0765. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $ CAFE OLE—This eatery specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine; one specialty is the build-your-own quesadilla. 959 S. Cooper. 343-0103. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ CAFE PALLADIO—Serves gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches, and desserts in a tea room inside the antiques shop. Closed Sun. 2169 Central. 278-0129. L, X, $ CAFE SOCIETY—With Belgian and classic French influences, serves Wagyu beef, chicken, and seafood dishes, including bacon-wrapped shrimp, along with daily specials and vegetarian entrees. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun.  212 N. Evergreen. 722-2177. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CANVAS—An “interactive art bar” serving salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads. 1737 Madison. 619-5303. D, $ CELTIC CROSSING—Specializes in Irish and American pub fare. Entrees include shepherd’s pie, shrimp and sausage coddle, and fish and chips.  903 S. Cooper. 274-5151. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ CENTRAL BBQ—Serves ribs, smoked hot wings, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, turkey, nachos, and portobello sandwiches. Offers both pork and beef

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barbecue.  2249 Central Ave. 272-9377; 4375 Summer Ave. 767-4672; 147 E. Butler. 672-7760. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CHEF TAM’S UNDERGROUND CAFE—Serves Southern staples with a Cajun twist. Menu items include totchos, jerk wings, fried chicken, and “muddy” mac and cheese. Closed Sun. and Mon. 2299 Young. 207-6182. L, D, $ THE CRAZY NOODLE—Korean noodle dishes range from bibam beef noodle with cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables, to curry chicken noodle; also rice cakes served in a flavorful sauce. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 2015 Madison. 272-0928. L, D, X, $ ECCO—Mediterranean-inspired specialties range from rib-eye steak to seared scallops to housemade pastas and a grilled vegetable plate; also a Saturday brunch. Closed Sun.-Mon. 1585 Overton Park. 410-8200. L, D, X, $-$$ FRIDA’S—Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex standards, including chimichangas, enchiladas, and fajitas; seafood includes shrimp and tilapia. 1718 Madison. 244-6196. L, D, X, $-$$ FUEL CAFE—Focus is on natural dishes with such specialties as bison burgers, quinoa chili, and tacos; also vegan and gluten-free options. Closed Sun.-Mon. 1761 Madison. 725-9025. L, D, X, $-$$ GOLDEN INDIA—Northern Indian specialties include tandoori chicken as well as lamb, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian dishes. 2097 Madison. 728-5111. L, D, X, $-$$ GROWLERS—Sports bar and eatery serves standard bar fare in addition to a pasta, tacos, chicken and waffles, and light options. 1911 Poplar. 244-7904. L, D, X, $-$$ HM DESSERT LOUNGE—Serving cake, pie, and other desserts, as well as a selection of savory dishes, including meatloaf and mashed potato “cupcakes.” Closed Monday. 1586 Madison. 290-2099. L, D, X, $ IMAGINE VEGAN CAFE—Dishes at this fully vegan restaurant range from salads and sandwiches to full dinners, including eggplant parmesan and “beef” tips and rice; breakfast all day Sat. and Sun. 2158 Young. 654-3455. L, D, WB, X, $ INDIA PALACE—Tandoori chicken, lamb shish kabobs, chicken tikka masala are among the entrees; also, vegetarian options and a daily lunch buffet. 1720 Poplar. 278-1199. L, D, X, $-$$ JASMINE THAI AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT—Entrees include panang chicken, green curry shrimp, and pad thai (noodles, shrimp, and peanuts); also vegetarian dishes. Closed Mon.-Tues.  916 S. Cooper. 725-0223. L, D, X, $ LAFAYETTE’S MUSIC ROOM—Serves such Southern cuisine as po boys and shrimp and grits, and wood-fired pizzas. 2119 Madison. 207-5097. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ LBOE—Gourmet burger joint serves locally sourced ground beef burgers, with options like the Mac-N-Cheese Burger and Caprese. Black bean and turkey patties available. 2021 Madison. 725-0770. L, D, X, $ LITTLE ITALY—Serving New York-style pizza as well as subs and pasta dishes. 1495 Union. 725-0280, L, D, X, $-$$ LUCKY CAT RAMEN—Specializes in gourmet ramen bowls, such as Bacon Collards Ramen, made with rich broth. Bao, steamed buns filled with various meats and veggies, also grace the menu. 247 S. Cooper. 633-8296. L, D, X, $-$$ MAMA GAIA—Greek-inspired dishes at this vegetarian eatery include pitas, “petitzzas,” and quinoa bowls. 1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 137. 2033838. B, L, D, X. $-$$ MARDI GRAS MEMPHIS—Serving Cajun fare, including an etouffee-stuffed po’boy. Closed Mon.  496 Watkins. 530-6767. L, D, X, $-$$ MAXIMO’S ON BROAD—Serving a tapas menu that features creative fusion cuisine; entrees include veggie paella and fish of the day. Closed Mon. 2617 Broad Ave. 452-1111. D, SB, X, $-$$ MEMPHIS PIZZA CAFE—Homemade pizzas are specialties; also serves sandwiches, calzones, and salads.  2087 Madison. 726-5343; 5061 Park Ave. 684-1306; 7604 W. Farmington (Germantown). 753-2218; 797 W. Poplar (Collierville). 861-7800; 5627 Getwell (Southaven). 662-536-1364. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ MOLLY’S LA CASITA—Homemade tamales, fish tacos, a vegetarian combo, and bacon-wrapped shrimp are a few of the specialties.  2006 Madison. 726-1873. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ ONIX RESTAURANT—Serves seafood dishes, including barbecued shrimp and pecan-crusted trout, and a variety of

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CIT Y DINING LIST salads and sandwiches. Closed Sun. 1680 Madison. 552-4609. L, D, X, $-$$ PAYNE’S BAR-B-QUE—Opened in 1972, this family owned barbecue joint serves ribs, smoked sausage, and chopped pork sandwiches with a standout mustard slaw and homemade sauce. 1762 Lamar. 272-1523. L, D, $-$$ PEI WEI ASIAN DINER—Serves a variety of Pan-Asian cuisine, including Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai. Noodle and rice bowls are specialties; a small plates menu also offered. 1680 Union Ave., #109. 722-3780; 2257 N. Germantown Pkwy. 382-1822. L, D, X, $-$$ PHO BINH—Vietnamese, vegetarian, and Cantonese specialties include lemon tofu and spring rolls.Closed Sunday. 1615 Madison. 276-0006. L, D, $ RAILGARTEN—Located in a former rail station space, this eatery offers breakfast items, a variety of salads and sandwiches, and such entrees as short rib mac-andcheese and fish tacos. Also serves shakes, malts, floats, and cream sodas. 2166 Central. 231-5043. B, L, D, $-$$ RESTAURANT IRIS—French Creole cuisine includes shrimp and delta-grind grits, and New York strip stuffed with fried oysters and blue cheese. Closed Sun. 2146 Monroe. 590-2828. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ ROBATA RAMEN & YAKITORI BAR—Serves ramen noodle bowls and Yakitori skewers as well as rice and noodle dishes. 2116 Madison. 410-8290. L, D, X, $ THE SECOND LINE—Kelly English brings “relaxed Creole cuisine” to his new eatery; serves a variety of po-boys and such specialties as barbecue shrimp, and andouille, shrimp, and pimento cheese fries. 2144 Monroe. 590-2829. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ SEKISUI—Japanese fusion cuisine, fresh sushi bar, grilled meats and seafood, California rolls, and vegetarian entrees. Poplar/Perkins location’s emphasis is on Pacific Rim cuisine. Menu and hours vary at each location. 25 Belvedere. 725-0005; 1884 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 309-8800; 4724 Poplar (between Perkins & Colonial). 767-7770; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-0622; 2990 Kirby-Whitten (Bartlett). 377-2727; 6696 Poplar. 747-0001. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ STANLEY BAR-B-QUE—Serving a variety of barbecue dishes and smoked meats, as well as burgers, sauerkraut balls, and pretzels with beer cheese. 2110 Madison. 347-3060. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ STONE SOUP CAFE—Cooper-Young eatery serving soups, salads, quiche, meat-and-two specials; and daily specials such as Italian roast beef. Closed Monday. 993 S. Cooper. 922-5314. B, L, SB, X, $ STRANO SICILIAN KITCHEN & BAR— Presenting a Sicilian/Mediterranean mix of Arab, Spanish, Greek, and North African fare, Strano serves small plates, wood-grilled fish, and hand-tossed pizzas such as the King Alaska, with salmon and chevre. Closed Mon. 948 S. Cooper. 275-8986. L, D, WB, X, $$-$$$ SOUL FISH CAFE—Serving Southern-style soul food, tacos, and Po Boys, including catfish, crawfish, oyster, shrimp, chicken and smoked pork tenderloin. 862 S. Cooper. 725-0722; 3160 Village Shops Dr. (Germantown). 755-6988; 4720 Poplar. 590-0323. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ SWEET GRASS—Low-country coastal cuisine includes such specialties as shrimp and grits. Closed Mon. The restaurant’s “sister,” Sweet Grass Next Door, open nightly, serves lunch Sat.-Sun. 937 S. Cooper. 278-0278. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ TART—Combination patisserie, coffeehouse, and restaurant serving rustic French specialties, including baked eggs in brioche, topped with Gruyere, and French breads and pastries. 820 S. Cooper. 725-0091; One Commerce Square. B, L, WB, X, $-$$ TROLLEY STOP MARKET—Serves plate lunches/dinners as well as pizzas, salads, and vegan/vegetarian entrees; a specialty is the locally raised beef burger. Also sells fresh produce and goods from local farmers; delivery available. Saturday brunch; closed Sunday. 704 Madison. 526-1361. L, D, X, $ TSUNAMI—Features Pacific Rim cuisine (Asia, Australia, South Pacific, etc.); also a changing “small plate” menu. Specialties include Asian nachos and roasted sea bass. Closed Sunday. 928 S. Cooper. 274-2556. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ SABROSURA—Serves Mexican and Cuban fare, including arroz tapada de pollo and steak Mexican. Closed Sun. 782 Washington. 421-8180. L, D, X, $-$$

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COLETTA’S—Longtime eatery serves such specialties as homemade ravioli, lasagna, and pizza with barbecue or traditional toppings. 1063 S. Parkway E. 948-7652; 2850 Appling Rd. (Bartlett). 383-1122. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CURRY BOWL—Specializes in Southern Indian cuisine, serving Tandoori chicken, biryani, tikka masala, and more. Weekend buffet. 4141 Hacks Cross. 207-6051. L, D, $ DELTA’S KITCHEN—The premier restaurant at The Guest House at Graceland serves Elvis-inspired dishes — like Nutella and Peanut Butter Crepes for breakfast — and upscale Southern cuisine — including lamb chops and shrimp and grits — for dinner. 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd. 443-3000. B, D, X, $-$$$ DWJ KOREAN BARBECUE—This authentic Korean eatery serves kimbap, barbecued beef short ribs, rice and noodles dishes, and hot pots and stews. 3750 Hacks Cross, Suite 101. 746-8057; 2156 Young. 207-6204. L, D, $-$$ THE FOUR WAY—Legendary soul-food establishment dishing up such entrees as fried and baked catfish, chicken, and turkey and dressing, along with a host of vegetables and desserts. Closed Monday. 998 Mississippi Blvd. 507-1519. L, D, $ INTERSTATE BAR-B-Q—Specialties include chopped pork-shoulder sandwiches, ribs, hot wings, spaghetti, chicken, and turkey. 2265 S. Third. 775-2304; 150 W. Stateline Rd. (Southaven). 662-393-5699. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ LEONARD’S—Serves wet and dry ribs, barbecue sandwiches, spaghetti, catfish, homemade onion rings, and lemon icebox pie; also a lunch buffet.  5465 Fox Plaza. 360-1963. L, X, MRA, $-$$ MARLOWE’S—In addition to its signature barbecue and ribs, Marlowe’s serves Southern-style steaks, chops, lasagne, and more.  4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. 332-4159. D, X, MRA, $-$$ UNCLE LOU’S FRIED CHICKEN—Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for good reason: fried chicken (mild, hot, or home-style); jumbo burgers four patties high; strawberry shortcake, and assorted fruit pies. 3633 Millbranch. 332-2367. L, D, X, MRA, $

SUMMER/BERCLAIR/ RALEIGH/BARTLETT ASIAN PALACE—Chinese eatery serves seafood, vegetarian items, dim sum, and more. 5266 Summer Ave. 766-0831. L, D, X, $-$$ ELWOOD’S—Casual comfort food includes tacos, pizza and sandwiches. Specialties include meats smoked in-house (chicken, turkey, brisket, pork), barbecue pizza and steelhead trout tacos. 4523 Summer. 761-9898. B, L, D, X, $ EXLINES’ BEST PIZZA—Serves pizza, Italian dinners, sandwiches, and salads. 6250 Stage Rd. 382-3433; 2935 Austin Peay. 388-4711; 2801 Kirby Parkway. 754-0202; 7730 Wolf River Blvd. (Germantown). 753-4545; 531 W. Stateline Rd. 662-342-4544 (check online for additional locations). L, D, X, MRA, $ GRIDLEY’S—Offers barbecued ribs, shrimp, pork plate, chicken, and hot tamales; also daily lunch specials. Closed Tues.  6842 Stage Rd. 377-8055. L, D, X, $-$$ LA TAQUERIA GUADALUPANA—Fajitas and quesadillas are just a few of the authentic Mexican entrees offered here. 4818 Summer. 685-6857; 5848 Winchester. 365-4992. L, D, $ LOTUS—Authentic Vietnamese-Asian fare, including lemon-grass chicken and shrimp, egg rolls, Pho soup, and spicy Vietnamese vermicelli. 4970 Summer. 682-1151. D, X, $ MORTIMER’S—Contemporary American entrees include trout almondine, several chicken dishes, and hand-cut steaks; also sandwiches, salads, and daily/ nightly specials. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun.  590 N. Perkins. 7619321. L, D, X, $-$$ NAGASAKI INN—Chicken, steak, and lobster are among the main courses; meal is cooked at your table.  3951 Summer. 454-0320. D, X, $$ PANDA GARDEN—Sesame chicken and broccoli beef are among the Mandarin and Cantonese entrees; also seafood

specials and fried rice. Closed for lunch Saturday.  3735 Summer. 323-4819. L, D, X, $-$$ QUEEN OF SHEBA—Featuring Middle Eastern favorites and Yemeni dishes such as lamb haneeth and saltah. 4792 Summer. 207-4174. L, D, $ SIDE PORCH STEAK HOUSE—In addition to steak, the menu includes chicken, pork chops, and fish entrees; homemade rolls are a specialty. Closed Sun.-Mon.  5689 Stage Rd. 377-2484. D, X, $-$$


A-TAN—Serves Chinese and Japanese hibachi cuisine, complete with sushi bar. A specialty is Four Treasures with garlic sauce.  3445 Poplar, Suite 17, University Center. 452-4477. L, D, X, $-$$$ THE BLUFF—New Orleans-inspired menu includes alligator bites, nachos topped with crawfish and andouille, gumbo, po’boys, and fried seafood platters. 535 S. Highland. 454-7771. L, D, X, $-$$ BROTHER JUNIPER’S—Breakfast is the focus here, with specialty omelets, including the open-faced San Diegan omelet; also daily specials, and homemade breads and pastries. Closed Mon.  3519 Walker. 324-0144. B, X, MRA, $ CHAR RESTAURANT—Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, this eatery offers homestyle sides, char-broiled steaks, and fresh seafood. 431 S. Highland, #120. 249-3533. L, D, WB, X, $-$$$ DERAE RESTAURANT—Ethiopian and Mediterranean fare includes fuul, or fava beans in spices and yogurt, goat meat and rice, and garlic chicken over basmati rice with cilantro chutney; also salmon and tilapia. Closed Monday. 923 S. Highland. 552-3992. B, L, D, $-$$ EL PORTON—Fajitas, quesadillas, and steak ranchero are just a few of the menu items.  2095 Merchants Row (Germantown). 754-4268; 8361 Highway 64. 380-7877; 3448 Poplar, Poplar Plaza. 452-7330; 1805 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 624-9358; 1016 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-5770. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ JOES’ FRIED CHICKEN—Specializes in fried chicken and comfort sides such as warm okra/green tomato salad and turnip greens. Entrees include salmon patties and chicken fried steak. Closed Mon. 262 S. Highland. 337-7003. L, D, X, $ MEDALLION—Offers steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta entrees. Closed for dinner Sunday. 3700 Central, Holiday Inn (Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality). 678-1030. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ ROCK’N DOUGH PIZZA CO.—Specialty and custom pizzas made from fresh ingredients; wide variety of toppings. 3445 Poplar Ave., Ste. 1. 512-6760; 7850 Poplar, #6 (Germantown). 779-2008. L, D, SB, X, $$

OUT-OF-TOWN BIG JOHN’S SHAKE SHACK (TACKER’S)—This family-run establishment offers plate lunches, catfish dinners, homemade desserts, and a variety of hamburgers, including a mac ‘n’ cheese-topped griddle burger. Closed Sun. 409 E. Military Rd. (Marion, AR). 870-739-3943. B, L, D, $ BONNE TERRE—This inn’s cafe features American cuisine with a Southern flair, and a seasonal menu that changes monthly. Offers Angus steaks, duck, pasta, and seafood. Closed Sun.-Wed.  4715 Church Rd. W. (Nesbit, MS). 662-781-5100. D, X, $-$$$ BOZO’S HOT PIT BAR-B-Q—Barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, and subs. 342 Hwy 70 (Mason, TN). 901-294-3400. L, D, $-$$ CATFISH BLUES—Serving Delta-raised catfish and Cajunand Southern-inspired dishes, including gumbo and fried green tomatoes. 210 E. Commerce (Hernando, MS). 662-298-3814. L, D, $ CITY GROCERY—Southern eclectic cuisine; shrimp and grits is a specialty. Closed for dinner Sunday.  152 Courthouse Square (Oxford, MS). 662-232-8080. L, D, SB, X, $$-$$$

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