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27 The 2017 Ostrander Awards

The best of the best of Memphis theater. ~ by chris davis

33 Red and Elvis

In the early Fifties, no one could have imagined Elvis Presley as a global phenomenon, Red West as the first Memphis Mafia member, and their friendship going up and down like the Zippin Pippin. ~ by jon w. sparks


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38 Two Decades in the Dark

The inside story of the turbulent history of the Indie Memphis Film Festival. ~ by chris mccoy

42 Awakening Paper

Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave’s lifelike paper creations come to the Dixon Gallery. ~ by shara clark

54 great homes

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Smoky Mountain Magic A whirlwind weekend in the Smokies offers firsttimers tons of fun. ~ by shara clark

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The Green Beetles Our trivia expert solves local mysteries of who, what, when, where, why, and why not. ~ by vance lauderdale

70 The Essence of Education

Marjorie Hass arrives to bring a bright future to Rhodes College ~ by samuel x. cicci


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Our Gardens’ Last Hurrah A variety of plants put on their best show in the fall. ~ by christine arpe gang

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The Character of Our Country Why Congress should make the Dream Act the law of the land. ~ by mauricio calvo


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his list is excerpted from the 2016 topDentists™ list, a database which includes listings for more than 130 dentists and specialists in the Memphis Metropolitan area. The Memphis area list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at www. For more information call 706-364-0853; write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email or visit




SELECTION PROCESS “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist age for all the nominees within the specialty and the would you refer them to?” geographic area. Borderline cases are given careful This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and to help us determine who the topDentists should be. comments are taken into consideration while making Dentists and specialists are asked to take into condecisions. Past awards a dentist has received and status sideration years of experience, continuing education, in various dental academies can play a factor in our manner with patients, use of new techniques and techdecision. nologies, and of course physical results. Once the decisions have been finalized, the included The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license listed online with the American Dental Association, and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of as well as dentists listed online with their local dencongratulations are sent to all the listed dentists. tal societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the Of course there are many fine dentists who are not opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists that they feel included in this representative list. It is intended as a should be included in our list. Respondents are asked sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dento put aside any personal bias or political motivations tistry in the United States. A dentist’s inclusion on our and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her felwhen evaluating the other nominees. low dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar remain confident that our polling methodology largely with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of compiled and then averaged. The numerical average dentists available anywhere. required for inclusion varies depending on the aver-



This list is excerpted from the 2016 topDentists™ list, which includes listings for more than 130 dentists and specialists in the Memphis Metropolitan area. For more information call 706-364-0853 or email or visit www. topDentists has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2009-2016 by topDentists, Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission. D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 61

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Connectivity, With Place

When you’re in touch with the world, there’s no place like home.


suspect that not many of you know exactly who was the world’s first “internet service provider.” Yes, Prodigy or AOL would be excellent guesses, since those two companies dominated the dial-up world of the 1990s. But no, the world’s first such service provider was born in 1791, long before phrases like “internet access” and “digital universe” entered our everyday vocabularies.

Samuel Morse was best known in his lifetime, icans spent five hours a day watching tv, a report not as a scientist, but as an artist. A native of that caused national alarm. What would those New Haven and a Yale graduate, he settled in alarmists say today if they knew that Amerihis hometown and became wildly successful as cans today devote an average of 10 hours and 39 one of America’s foremost portrait painters. In minutes to screen time, according to a 2016 poll. 1825 he was on assignment in Washington, D.C., That’s an average; when do half of them sleep? where he was painting (of all people) an elderly To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan, the General Lafayette. One day a messenger arrived medium is way more than the message these at his studio, delivering a letter from his father, days, especially since hyper-connectivity has informing him that Mrs. Morse now created perhaps the was recovering well from an most powerful monopolies of all time. As of June 30 of this illness. The next day another messenger came bearing grim year, the top four American news: His wife was dead. public companies in terms of The rest, as they say, is hismarket capitalization were tory. Overwhelmed by his loss, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Morse devoted most of the rest Amazon. Connectivity is king. of his life towards discovering King though the internet something that might be quickmay be, however, something er than letters delivered by else is happening all across America. Perhaps it’s coincihorseback. The result was the patent he received, in 1847, for dence, but Memphis of today is the invention of the telegraph, very different from Memphis a device that could regularly of 1990. Consider what we interrupt an electrical current have now: Big River Crossing, June 1983 and thereby send messages Crosstown Concourse, farmhundreds of miles through wires, connecting ers’ markets everywhere, a vibrant theatre and distant cities as they had never been connected arts scene, better restaurants, and ever-more-dybefore. He also came up with the notion of giving namic neighborhoods? Most importantly, we letters specific current interruptions, giving birth are a more diverse and less divided community than we perhaps have ever been in our history. to, yes, the Morse Code. We’ve come quite a way down the connectivSure, we still have our problems, raw povity highway since the mid-nineteenth century. erty being foremost among them. But maybe Telegraph begat telephone; telephone begat ra- we’re paying more attention to what we have dio; radio begat television. In the 1980s, the fun all around us because we spend so much of our really started, when cable tv took center stage time “living” somewhere out there in the ether. I have to believe that’s the case; for one thing, and dominated our electronic lives, Memphis magazine devoted a cover story to the subject! this magazine has never been more popular (the Then came the internet, and thanks to people editor says modestly) and the fact that we share like Bill Gates and Sergi Blin the world of con- our name with the city we live in, I believe, has nectivity has been transformed. As we all now a lot to do with that. We’ve witnessed an incredible rebirth of not know, the pace of technological change is now measured in decades rather than centuries; can just interest, but pride in all things local. The measuring in years and months be far behind? irony seems clear. Convoluted national politics But a funny thing happened on the way to notwithstanding, the Internet Age has had a hyper-connectivity. We’re now not just Mem- hand, here in Memphis, in creating a different phians; we are citizens of a world where what kind of connectivity, something that must be happens online is oftentimes more “real” than called a greater connectivity with place. what happens to each of us in our daily lives. I Kenneth Neill publisher / editor recall a 1970s survey that determined that Amer12 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7

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n Evening at the R.I.T.Z. (Rendezvous in the Zoo) was the theme of this year’s event, held September 9th at the Memphis Zoo. “People got into the theme,” said Tim Dalfiume, Memphis Zoo director of events. “It was sort of a celebratory theme to have fun with.” Restaurants latched onto the theme with decorated booths. The servers at Paradox Catering were painted gold. Josh Steiner, chef/owner of Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, wore a red sequined jacket as he dished up gazpacho made with ingredients from his garden. About 80 stations — restaurants and bars — participated in this year’s event, which drew some 3,500 guests, Dalfiume said. G3: The Garry Goin Group, January Noise, Kathryn Stallins Band, Brennan Villines Band, and Atlanta Party Band provided the music. “The weather was autumnal,” Dalfiume said. “With the theme, the weather, and the incredible restaurant and bar talent plus the bands, it was an evening for pure success.”






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happy circumstance — tagging along with my son for three months while he does medical school rotations in the South — has given me a might-be-a-resident’s view, albeit ranging from only a few days to a few weeks, at four river cities less than a day’s drive from Memphis.

Baton Rouge


aton Rouge is really wet and really crowded. The population has nearly doubled since Hurricane Katrina, and the amount of construction going on in the wetlands is alarming. The lovely LSU campus with its lakes and live oaks is only a couple miles from downtown and feels like the proverbial university built to support a sports program. Next to the stadium, mascot Mike the Tiger is getting a new abode that will cost almost as much as a football coach’s salary. Housing is scarce, and we paid $1,400 for a month for a one-bedroom apartment through Airbnb. The riverfront reminded me of Memphis: lots of barge traffic, an aging convention center, walkways and fountains, and not much to look at on

the other side. There were fewer tourists than Memphis. Maybe the casino was getting them. Or the humidity keeps them away. Iconic statue: Huey Long, famed as The Kingfish, in the Old Capitol. Sticky number: 20 inches of rain in two days in August of 2016.




hattanooga, if you believe Outside magazine, is America’s Best Town Ever. Of course if you believe Walter Cronkite and remember the Seventies, it was once America’s Dirtiest City. Quite a transformation, if you walk the pedestrian bridge over the TenLouisville nessee River and look back at Lookout Mountain and the specouisville is the flip- tacular art museum at the edge side of Memphis demo- of downtown. Oh, the joys of a graphically, with about manageable river as opposed to the same population but a 25 one that rises and falls as much as percent higher mean household 50 feet in a year. Nice, but as my son reminded me, income. It’s sort of Nashville with“You don’t pick a Cheap cities are out the traffic and city to go paddlecheap for a reason. high prices. The boarding and rock university, once an climbing.” Cheap archrival of Memphis, is 10 min- shot! There’s also a university utes by car from the riverfront. with 11,000 students, an Amazon The EPA says the Ohio River is fulfillment center, super-fast inmore polluted than the Mississip- ternet, a free downtown shuttle pi, but it doesn’t look it. Pleasure bus, battlefields that put Civil boats and kayaks are common- War monuments in their proper place, parks abundant, and the place, and easy access to Nashpedestrian bridge doesn’t have ville and Atlanta. Housing is to compete with a railroad. It also pricey: A one-bedroom condo helps that Jeffersonville, Indiana, in the Southside historic district on the other side, has its own at- lists for $250,000. tractive riverfront. Louisville has consolidated government but hich would be a there are 83 towns in Jefferson bargain in Nashville, County, lest anyone think consolwhere a small fixer-upidation means unity. Iconic statue: per in East Nashville goes for Abraham Lincoln. Corporate angel: $300,000. I used to live there and

loved it; now I avoid it, probably because I remember too much. There’s the traffic, the television series, the ho-hum Cumberland River, the snootiness, the consumption culture, the parking that’s a bitch. In my nightmare I am trapped in a drunken blonde’s bachelorette party on Lower Broadway on a weekend. Sticky number: The population of the Nashville region is growing by 100 people a day.





emphis, my children’s now 30-something friends tell me, is not the place it used to be. It has changed for the better. There’s the bike bridge, the Greenbelt Park, Harbor Town, Crosstown Concourse, FedEx, St. Jude, and you can buy a house for $200,000. Yes but, says the Old Man, rolling his eyes: It also fights old battles over and over, charges $10 to get into its entertainment district, and racked up 228 homicides in 2016, a sticky number if there ever was one. Cheap cities are cheap for a reason. You pays your money and takes your choice.


Rolling back the clock and rolling up the miles by car and on foot, I tried to imagine what it would be like to start a career in Baton Rouge, Nashville, Chattanooga, Louisville, and Memphis. My unscientific survey was geared toward livability, riverfront activity, icons, and first impressions. Memphis stacks up pretty well in some categories, and pretty badly in others.

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the real underlying root causes of our challenges: racial segregation, insufficient funding, failed transportation, household poverty, and parental education.” For Sturgis, it comes down to a willingness to change. “Our partners have the will to improve and change what we do to get better outcomes,” he says. “That is true for most. For others, the path will be more challenging, and we will have to face those roadblocks to change through our political voices.” For example, 11 percent of people living in poverty have associate’s degrees or higher. “We fail every time we let people fall out of the system,” says Sturgis. “As t is often said that Memphis needs a vision, and a community, we can’t put this Mark Sturgis knows what it should be: Every child back on the people but on the who graduates from high school will be prepared for systems, so that if someone gets to that place, we can say, ‘Here college, career, and success in life. are all the other opportunities.’” “A child-focused agenda is retion and care, effective teachers Shelby County faces daunting ally a people-focused agenda,” he and school leadership, safe and realities: Only 7 percent of high says. “It is often said, as hyperbole, healthy learning environments, school graduates in Shelby County schools are ready for college or that our children are our single after-school and summer learngreatest investment, but if you ing, dropout precareers, based on their ACT take a moment to consider this, vention, access to “It is often said that our s c o re s . T he the value of a healthy, thriving, and college, effective children are our single Memphis MSA successful generation cannot be transportation to greatest investment, and is ranked #1 in ignored. The future trajectory of a services and reperson, family, or place hinges on sources, and stayouth 16-24 years if you take a moment to the majority of us broadening and ble, safe homes old who are neiconsider this, the value of ther working or deepening our economic power, for children and and ultimately, building equitafamilies. in schools. And, a healthy, thriving, and bly designed systems that secure Speaking with according to a successful generation opportunity and resources across the passion of Tennessee Comcannot be ignored.” every subgroup.” the community mission on Chilorganizer that Sturgis is executive director dren and Youth of Seeding Success, an organizahe once was, working in the Misreport, Shelby County ranks last tion whose work below the radar sissippi Delta fighting inequality, among Tennessee’s counties in the pulls together people from variSturgis sees Seeding Success as well-being of children. ous fields who agree to focus on And yet, these challenges just “propelling us to move from deep a common set of goals “that take insight to innovate. prove that the stakes are high a child from cradle to career, no “Our current systems produce and that Seeding Success’ partmatter what it takes.” the exact outcomes they were inners cannot give up. To do this, Seeding Success is tentionally designed to achieve,” “We believe that changing active across a broad spectrum he says. “We can also spend the little things can get big results,” of issues: early childhood educatime to redesign them to solve says Sturgis. “We can develop


even bigger changes in the educational core system to find the highest opportunities to work with students and families and to bring other organizations into the system.” He points to “bright spots across programs and schools.” For example, the 130 graduates from Memphis’ first adult charter school, Goodwill Excel Center, saw an average $10,000 increase in income, suggesting an approach to the 130,000 adults in Shelby County who do not have high school degrees. At the other end of the educational spectrum are the 7,500 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K. “That means we are only 1,000 seats — 50 classrooms — shy of the estimated goal for Shelby County, and the kids in our pre-K now outperform the national average,” Sturgis says. “It proves we can put the systems in place to build success.” In a partnership between the City of Memphis, Shelby County Schools, Literacy Mid-South, and 16 nonprofit organizations, more than 15,000 students were in summer learning programs that proved that around 1,440 minutes of intervention prevented the normal two months of reading loss in the summer. Meanwhile, other programs have reduced chronic absenteeism by as much as 25 percent. “We can and must do better,” Sturgis says. “I believe we can because I see it every day across our partnership. If enough of us join in an accountable process, we can live up to the promise of every child, from cradle to career, and not just as hyperbole, but as a real system.” It’s hard to think of a more compelling vision for Memphis and Shelby County.  


The Seeding Success organization offers hope for the future of every child “no matter what it takes.”

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Memphis Tequila Festival

This Halloween season, get in touch with spirits — of the tequila variety — at Memphis Tequila Festival, which is hosted by our sister publication, the Memphis Flyer. Enjoy 15 varieties of tequila, food, fun activities, and live DJ music. As glasses raise, so will proceeds for Volunteer Memphis. Overton Square Courtyard, 2101 Madison Ave.

10.13-10.14 St. Jude Ride Memphis



Memphis Grizzlies vs. Orlando Magic


rizzlies fans, it’s finally here. We’ve all been waiting impatiently since April, and now it’s time to hit the FedExForum for our home team’s first preseason game against Orlando Magic. Ah, the thrill of basketball season. Hurry up and get your daily or season tickets. FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

Anderson Paak at Mempho Music Fest


Mempho Music Fest

Get ready for Big River Presents’ first annual Mempho Music Festival at Shelby Farms. Cage the Elephant, Jason Isbell and the 500 Unit, and Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals will be headlining the festival, accompanied by various local and national acts that include Cold War Kids and Southern Avenue. This festival, meant to highlight Memphis culture, will also feature some of the best barbecue this city has to offer. Shelby Farms Park, 6903 Great View Dr. N.,

Register your group or as an individual for a 6- or 24-hour bicycle relay at St. Jude Ride Memphis, a fundraising event to help save lives. Early-evening and late-night dinner will be served, along with performances by Grace Askew, Charvey Mac, and Airside. Tom Lee Park, Riverside Dr.


The 45th Annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair

Bring the family out for a day of fun, shopping, and music. Children can engage in several activities that include

Free World


Freeworld 30th Anniversary Concert

Having been together since 1987, Memphis-based band Freeworld celebrates its 30th anniversary this month at Levitt Shell. Freeworld’s music encompasses a variety of sounds rolled into one, with funky, psychedelic, groovy tunes inspired by Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan and The Meters, and others. Levitt Shell at 1928 Poplar Ave.

educational exhibits, kids’ crafts, rides, and interactive family activities, while shopping, food, demonstrations, and live performances will keep the rest of the family entertained. The Pink Palace’s mission is to keep regional arts, crafts, and other traditions alive, as well as to provide the public with the preservation of historical skills through hands-on events and activities, so be sure to come out and support them. Audubon Park, Corner of Park Ave. & S. Goodlett St.

Facing History and Ourselves

10.13-10.31 Park in the Dark

Through the month of October, Park in the Dark offers a series of outdoor nighttime activities at Shelby Farms Park. The monthlong schedule of events will feature a movie night on October 13th, showing Hocus Pocus and Friday the 13th on the Great Lawn. A Park + Pajamas Campout will be held October 20th, when patrons can spend the night in the park and enjoy Halloweenthemed snacks, activities, and guided nocturnal hikes. Memphis Astronomical Society will be present for Stargazing Night on October 28th, with telescopes set out at the visitor center. On October 31st, the Booffalo Bash will feature trunkor-treating, pumpkin-painting, nature hikes, and more. Shelby Farms Park, 6903 Great View Drive N.

Missouri (Earthbound Beer); the list goes on. Beerfest’s purpose is to support and promote local and regional brewers and to raise money for the CooperYoung Community Association to keep the neighborhood clean and safe. Make sure to take part in this worthy cause while imbibing to your heart’s content. Midtown Autowerks, 795 Cooper St.


Memphis Food & Wine Festival

This month, there’s a slew of festivals for almost every drinker out there. If you’re not into beer or tequila, the Memphis Food & Wine Festival may very well suit your fancy. Savor a glass of premium wine (with hundreds to choose from) while indulging in a gourmet entree served up by Parisian Michelin three-star


Cooper-Young Beerfest

If you’re into brews, cruise on over to Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest. In its ninth consecutive year, Beerfest offers up nearly 30 unique regional microbrews for sampling. Get a taste of Alabama (Singin’ River Brewing Company), Kentucky (West Sixth Brewing),


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Zoo Boo

Join Memphis Zoo and Le Bonheur for eight days of celebration at Zoo Boo. Dress up as a princess or zombie (or zombie princess?) and take a hayride, get lost in the straw maze, or watch an amazing magic show. In between activities, trick-or-treat at the numerous candy stations. Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Pl.


Tributaries: Zachery Lechtenberg


keynote speaker. Cobb also holds Zachery Lechtenberg is an upan Ira Lipman professorship at and-coming artist who combines Columbia University Graduate illustration and metalworking School. skills to create colorful pieces of Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge jewelry. He uses various enameling Lake Blvd. techniques to add vibrant, cartoonish designs to jewelry, and pieces are placed in matching Foo Fighters illustrated packaging. The final Rock out with the Foo Fighters as result is a unique collectible item the band promotes the release that would make the perfect of its latest album, Gold and ornament. This exhibit is open Concrete. Known for hits such until January 18, 2018. as “Everlong,” “My Hero,” and National Ornamental Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Dr. “Monkey Wrench,” the band has captured hearts since the mid-’90s and continues today. Newly released singles “Run,” “The Line,” and “The Sky is a Neighborhood” will have you rocking, bopping, and singing along. Make sure to get your tickets before they sell out. FedExForum, 191 Beale St.



chef Guy Savoy and his crew of guest chefs (many of whom hail from Memphis). All of that, plus live blues music by Ghost Town Blues Band and Jack Rowell and the Royal Blues Band, will make for a night to remember. Proceeds from the festival will benefit FedExFamilyHouse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to help provide housing for children receiving treatment at the hospital. Memphis Botanic Garden, 790 Cherry Rd.

into masterpieces — by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. Borchgrave is internationally renowned for her tromple l’oeil paper recreations of historical fashion, including reimaginings of garments worn by the Medici, costumes of Ballet Russes, and Mariano Fortuny’s pleated Delphos gowns. Be sure to lay eyes on this one-of-a-kind art at The Dixon this fall. For more on the artist, see page 42. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave.



Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

Debuting on October 15th and continuing until January 7, 2018, this exhibit at The Dixon Gallery features paper creations — painted, folded, and fashioned

Fashioning Art from Paper

John Mulaney

Join Emmy Award-winning funnyman John Mulaney at the Orpheum Theatre for an evening of laughs and entertainment. Mulaney began his professional career in New York City writing for Saturday Night Live, helping to create character Stefon and appearing as a Weekend Update correspondent. He continues to write for documentary series and sitcoms and has released various albums and stand-up specials. Most recently, he has starred alongside Nick Kroll in Oh, Hello on Broadway. Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St.


Zachery Lechtenberg, Her Gift, 2017.



2017 Facing History and Ourselves Benefit Dinner

This event celebrates the nonprofits’ efforts toward making the world a better place — a world without racism, antisemitism, and prejudice. For 25 years, Facing History and Ourselves has provided schools and communities with resources needed to bridge the gap. The evening will commence with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the program and dinner at 6:45 p.m. New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb will be the

2017 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Each year, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to those thinkers and doers who have made a mark on the city’s music industry. These music pioneers will be celebrated through spoken word, live performances, and tributes. The event coincides with others to create a weekend-long celebration of music, with an opening reception at Stax Museum on October 25th and Music Cities Convention at Halloran Theatre on October 26th and 27th. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts 255 N. Main St.


Day of the Dead Fiesta

Celebrate Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) and honor life, culture, and tradition with Latino Memphis. It’s a suit-andtie fiesta: Think formal wear, but with fun activities. Meet Lady of the Dead La Catrina, get a sugar skull painted on your face, and then hop in the photo booth to commemorate the occasion. Live bands and artists will perform onstage so you can dance the night away. The Columns 1 Commerce Square

10.27-10.29 River Arts Fest

Experience the finer arts in life at River Arts Fest with more than 200 exclusive visual and musical artists from around the country, who will set up shop throughout South Main Street to showcase and sell their works of art. The Art Center will provide a handson arts station for children and adults to create their own masterpieces. More than 30 acts will perform on three stages while you shop, draw, and relish in culinary delights from two food courts and beer and wine booths throughout the festival. Judges will vote for the best artists in a variety of categories, two of which are “Best in Show” and “Best in Memphis.” Proceeds from the festival will benefit students through college scholarships, master classes, and school grants. South Main Arts District, Downtown 


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Facing History with Marti Tippens Murphy


f there is ever a time for Facing History and Ourselves, it’s a year like 2017. This nonprofit educational organization aims to teach young people about the most potent forms of social injustice that show up in daily headlines — and to give them ways to deal with purveyors of hate.

For 25 years, the Memphis chapter has been providing schools with curricula that show how history, for good or ill, is made by the choices of individuals. The international organization has local roots, founded as it was 41 years ago in Brookline, Massachusetts, by native Memphian Margot Stern Strom, a Central High School graduate acutely aware of the racial disparities of the South. In Massachusetts, she helped develop a classroom course on tolerance and human behavior that examined how the Holocaust came about. This was the genesis of the organization that now helps people have difficult conversations about race, hate, and discrimination. Memphis is one of Facing History’s 10 locations in the United States, England, and Canada. The organization also has educational partnerships around the globe, including China, France, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. Marti Tippens Murphy is executive director of the local office. She grew up in Memphis and got a degree in international studies

from Rhodes College. She went to California where she stayed nearly two decades, much of that time with the Los Angeles chapter of Facing History, including four years as director. She came to Memphis to helm the operation here three years ago, taking over from Rachel Shankman, who founded the local chapter in 1992. This month, the 2017 Memphis Benefit Dinner will be held to celebrate 25 years of Facing History in Memphis. Keynote speaker Jelani Cobb is a staff writer at The New Yorker where he writes about race, history, justice, and culture. He also holds the Ira Lipman professorship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The dinner is October 23rd at the Memphis Hilton. For more information, go to In a recent interview, Murphy spoke of the work the Memphis chapter has done, how it’s addressing contemporary events involving neo-Nazis and Confederate monuments, and her vision for the future.

Memphis magazine: What impact has Facing History and Ourselves had in Memphis? Marti Tippens Murphy: I was recently talking with our board reflecting on what it was like before Facing History, and what the impact is now. Twenty-five years ago there wasn’t a curriculum in schools that helped kids really grapple with the most difficult issues we still face today. Now there is. But there always will be new kids that need Facing History, so we are helping through our curriculum, which is historical, and stories of individuals who had choices to make in history. We’re empowering kids to think about the world and their relationship to it. We, through our resources, help kids understand that there’s power in identity and knowing who you are and what you believe, and what you’re willing to stand up for. We want them to understand that history is not just a set of facts and figures and dates, but the choices that individuals made that created the world we live in today. If they’re looking at the most pressing challenges of things that we still haven’t gotten right, they can trace those back to the roots of things that we maybe hadn’t dealt with in the past. For most of us, including myself, we grow up not necessarily knowing all of the truth of history, and particularly when it comes to the United States and what happened in the critical periods both during and after slavery. So, we have resources on the Reconstruction period, and on the Holocaust, and on the Civil Rights Movement, and those things all connect to how we understand the way to move forward. Not just on a local level, but on a global level if you think about questions around immigration and refugees and genocides that continue to happen. What is the age range and how do you reach them? We offer a middle- and high-school curriculum. We work primarily with teachers, giving them resources and


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training, because that has a multiplier effect. If teachers are able to change their practices and be more effective and bring these resources, then we can reach so many more students. It all fits within the curricula depending on what kids are studying. For example, in sixth grade it’s going to be around identity and community, what it means to be a member of a community, who do we stand up for, and how we create that. It’s so relevant as kids are going into middle school. In some of the other middle school grades, we might be looking at different reading, like Anne Frank, or in the eighth grade the Reconstruction period is taught. In high school we have a state-recognized elective, Holocaust and Human Behavior. So in different grades in high school, students can take that. They can take Facing History in a literature class, for example, with the teaching of To Kill a Mockingbird, which every student reads. It’s one of the most widely taught novels in our country, but our approach is unique in terms of not only giving the historical context, but also raising big questions around justice. There is also direct work with students through our student leadership program

at some 15 schools. It identifies leader students who go through Facing History training so they learn how to lead conversations with their peers around race, what it means to be a member of a community, around bullying, and so on. We’ve had students go through Facing History for 25 years, so they take that with them into their civic and professional lives. We also have a group for young adults called Facing History Together, which is for people who had Facing History in high school, or maybe they didn’t but they are intrigued and interested in that work and want to support it. They get to participate in outside-ofthe-classroom conversations where they get tools to think about how in their own communities they might talk about racial inequality or immigration, but with that Facing History lens. We’ve always done community events, whether through teach-ins or bringing speakers like Jelani Cobb to town. Those help us think about what it means to be an American and how we can work together. Facing History has the capacity to bring communities together and we are always looking for ways to do that. We continue to work with young adults because, as a country, we are not doing a very good job of that right now. We’re in our siloed spaces where we don’t have ways that we can reach across, and really come to some understanding and be solution-oriented enough with kids. MM: What are some of the partnerships you’ve worked on? We’ve had a long partnership with Playhouse on the Square — pretty much every year there’s a play that connects to our themes. We’ve partnered with the National Civil Rights Museum, where we did a series last year with talks connected to one of their initiatives. We commissioned the Upstanders mural across from the museum, which was in partnership with the UrbanArt Commission. We wanted to get people talking about proactive, positive examples in the past of how people



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by chris davis s always, there were lots of winners at this year’s Ostrander Awards presentation at The Orpheum, the Memphis magazine and ArtsMemphis-hosted party honoring the past season’s best actors, designers, directors, dancers, and vocalists. In a crowded and spectacular field, three honorees really stood out.

It’s not easy to hush the rowdy Ostranders crowd. stead of taking a bow or speaking her mind, O’Gray Accustomed to being on stage, rather than in the audefiantly yanked a bit of her gown from under the dience, the actors, dancers, singers, and musicians who front wheel of the chair where it had gotten stuck, gather for Memphis’ annual theater awards barely know and sat back down again to be taken off stage. To how to act when the spotlight’s on somebody else. But on nobody’s surprise, it was the evening’s most compelSunday, August 27th, the night of the 34th Ossies, Ruby ling performance. O’Gray brought the whole house — irrepressible drag O’Gray is an actor with an enviable resume, as well queens and all — to total pin-drop silence when she came as a resourceful director, and a playwright with more forward to receive the Janie McCrary Putting it Together than 70 scripts under her belt. She’s also an indepenAward. O’Gray has been a fixture dent producer who’s seen to on the local theatre scene for sevit that most of those scripts eral decades, and determination have been given the chance to spread across her face when she get up on their feet and walk around. rose from her wheelchair in the middle of the Orpheum stage. She saw her first show at Memphis’ storied Front St. “I think everybody thought I was going to go back to the Theatre when she was only 7 microphone and say something,” years old and has worked with O’Gray says, recalling the moBeale Street Repertory Theatre, ment when things got quiet. InPlayhouse on the Square, and Glenda Mace and Ruby O’Gray PHOTOGRAPH BY DON PERRY

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other regional institutions. But O’Gray has always taken less-traveled roads, making a home just outside Memphis’ mainstream, bridging gaps, and building community. For her work as an independent producer with Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Company and the bi-annual Women’s Theatre Festival, O’Gray was honored with the Janie McCrary Putting it Together Award — one of the night’s top honors, and an award that might as well have been created with Ruby O’Gray in mind. As Memphis theater stalwart Pat Bogan made clear in her Ostrander night introduction, putting it together is exactly what O’Gray is known for. “This woman knows how to get something done,” Bogan announced, encouraging the audience at The Orpheum to Google her name and be amazed. “I can only skim the surface,” she said. “I never did this for money,” O’Gray says of her life in show business, recalling hard-won success and fairytale opportunities that didn’t end happily ever after. “I did it for respect.” In 1977, O’Gray received an offer to work on Norman Lear’s hit TV series Good Times, but with a husband, three daughters to raise, and triplet sons who were born oxygen-deprived and in need of special attention, she chose instead to stay in Memphis, take care of her family, write her own plays, and create unique performance opportunities for underserved

asked before bringing the 2017 Eugart Yecommunities of performers, designers, and rian Lifetime Achievement Award Winner directors. Irene Crist to the Ostranders’ stage. “When the Beale Street Repertory Theatre shut down, I realized there were very Icon is the right word, too. As a performer few places producing shows that had people Crist, who was profiled in last February’s isof color in them,” O’Gray says. sue of this magazine, has taken starring roles in epics like The Putting It Together Award “I never did she received isn’t presented evThe Lion in Winter at Theatre ery year. It’s a special honor for this for money. Memphis and in smoldering members of the Memphis thedramas like Burn This at the I did it for ater community who’ve shown Circuit Playhouse. She’s made exemplary leadership, tenacity, quirky turns in musicals like respect.” and the vision to create somePippin and The Full Monty. As a — RU BY O’ GR AY thing out of nothing. This year’s teacher for Playhouse on the honor came as a complete surSquare’s conservatory, she’s prise to O’Gray who, in addition to her work shared her gift across generations. as a playwright and producer, launched the Crist is also known for her work as a Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis in director. In this past season she helmed 2012, and the Gyneka Awards for women of Ostrander-winning productions of Disachievement in Memphis theater. graced and Hand to God. She’s previously “I wasn’t even going to the Ostranders this won an Ostrander for her simultaneous year,” O’Gray says, citing issues with her chair. staging of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America Tricked into believing she was a presenter, (parts one and two), and Christopher Duthe honor was kept secret until it was anrang’s Chekhovian romp, Vanya and Sonia nounced. “It’s my favorite award,” she says. and Masha and Spike. Although she plans to continue teaching and directing, Crist retired from peramlet may have wrestled forming live onstage in June of this year with some tough questions, but Memphis actor, director, and all-around theater after a typically top-shelf appearance in enthusiast Jerry Chipman isn’t easily outDavid Lindsay-Abaire’s screwball comedy, done. “How do you introduce an icon?” he Ripcord.


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Three examples of costumes by Andre Bruce Ward (top to bottom) Cats, Dangerous Liaisons, and Liberacé! PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY THEATRE MEMPHIS


t’s probably safe to say that the Ostrander night’s biggest individual winner wasn’t nominated for anything this season. Memphis actor, singer, dancer, wit, wag, and fashionista Lindsey Roberts announced — after 10 years of service as executive director of the Ostrander Awards — that she’d be stepping down and moving on. While Roberts was honored with a keepsake and some inspiring words, her real prize was the spectacular maturation of the awards show itself. A decade ago, the Ostranders were a fun annual reunion for theater folk, but closed to the public and pretty basic. Roberts took the event to a whole new level, moving it from cramped quarters at Memphis Botanic Garden to The Orpheum, a natural home where the Ostranders could grow from a simple party into an exciting annual event seasoned with music and comedy. Her excellent replacement, Elizabeth Perkins, has some awfully fabulous shoes to fill.


heatre Memphis’ Side Show took home more gold than any other play or musical with technical wins for lighting,

heatre Memphis’ longtime costumer didn’t win any awards this season. No scandal there. With a boatload of design Ostranders to his credit and a Eugart Yerian Lifetime Achievement Award, there aren’t many ways left for the Memphis theater community to honor Andre Bruce Ward, who remains one of its most inspired and inspiring artists. Nevertheless, on the night of the awards this feather-fond stitcher’s achievements were once again recognized in light of his retirement from Theatre Memphis’ costume shop after 40 years of service and sequins. That recognition, along with Andre Bruce Ward the announcement of costumer Austin Blake Conlee’s Larry Riley Rising Star Award win, brought a certain special symmetry to the 2017 ceremony. Ward was only planning on staying at Theatre Memphis for two years when he arrived on the job August 15, 1977 — one day before the momentous day when, on the other side of town, Elvis Presley died. Some 250 shows later, Theatre Memphis named Ward, who’s clothed Mame, Medea, Henry Higgins, and Hamlet, “costume designer emeritus.” “Thank goodness he stayed,” said Debbie Litch, executive director of Theatre Memphis, introducing Ward to the award-night audience. “Little did I know he would become my greatest advisor, cheerleader, and inspiration but more importantly my very best, loving friend.” Austin Blake Conlee says he’s only met Ward on a few occasions, but as a homegrown costume designer who graduated from Arlington High School and the University of Memphis, it was impossible for him to escape the local master’s raw influence. “I was always inspired by the things Andre put on stage, and by looking at the pictures in the book Theatre Memphis published for him,” Conlee says in a phone

costume, and wigs. It’s only appropriate that Dani Chaum and Gia Welch (who played the freakshow musical’s conjoined twins) shared the award for best leading actress in a musical. Circuit Playhouse’s intense production of Disgraced also took top honors, winning for best dramatic production, netting another best director award for Lifetime Achievement honoree Irene Crist. Playhouse on the Square’s lively take on Million Dollar Quartet won this year’s best musical

interview from Utah, where he’s currently serving as wigmaster for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. “Costume people and designers pull references from other people, and definitely look to other artists. In Memphis there is no one whom I look up to more than Andre. Because of his body of work, but also because of the style he originated. He definitely set the bar very, very high.”

Austin Blake Conlee and Emma Crystal PHOTOGRAPH BY DON PERRY

Conlee picked up three prizes this season. In addition to being named the Larry Riley Rising Star recipient, he won Ostranders for both costume and hair and makeup design for the University of Memphis’ strong production of Little Shop of Horrors. “I’ve always loved that show,” says Conlee, who first encountered Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s gruesome musical at The Orpheum when he was 8 years old. “And it’s very hard to upstage the plant.” Not that he didn’t try. By building dresses for the show’s heroine (Audrey) that mixed three-dimensional synthetic flowers into a mid-twentieth-century floral pattern, Conlee brought a new look to the 35-year-old show, and incorporated Little Shop’s magical realism into the costume design. Though Conlee is currently plying his skills elsewhere, he’ll soon be returning to Memphis to work on productions of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte for the University of Memphis’ Opera Program, and to work on the New Moon Theatre Company’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice.

prize, while best director went to Playhouse veteran Dave Landis for his stylish and endlessly appealing staging of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The remaining awards were shared between a number of productions, including Beauty and the Beast at Theatre Memphis, Hand to God at Circuit Playhouse, Haint at Germantown Community Theatre, the New Moon Company’s Hamlet, and others. Give a round of applause to the complete list of winners on the next page. O C T O B E R 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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very year since 1983, Memphis magazine and ArtsMemphis (formerly the Memphis Arts Council) have celebrated the Memphis theater world’s biggest shows and brightest stars, and 2017 was perhaps the best-attended such event in the community’s history. Now held in The Orpheum Theatre (also a co-sponsor) every August, the Ostranders are named in honor of the late, great Jim Ostrander, a legendary Memphis actor. The awards honor top productions, designers, and performers from the previous theater season, in this case, 2016-17. Take a look through the list of our local theater community’s best and brightest, and make sure you get your tickets now for this year’s terrific offerings.

COMMUNITY & PROFESSIONAL DIVISION SET DESIGN: Jack Yates – Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Memphis

PROPS: Betty Dilley – The Odd Couple, Germantown Community Theatre LIGHTING DESIGN: Jeremy Allen Fisher – Side Show, Theatre Memphis HAIR/WIG/MAKE-UP DESIGN: Buddy Hart, Rence Phillips, Ellen Inghram – Side Show, Theatre Memphis COSTUME DESIGN: Amie Eoff – Side Show, Theatre Memphis MUSIC DIRECTION: Thomas Bergstig and Nathan McHenry – Sisters of Swing, The Circuit Playhouse SOUND DESIGN: Carter McHann – Victory Blues, POTS@TheWorks CHOREOGRAPHY/FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY: Daniel Stuart Nelson and Courtney Oliver – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Playhouse on the Square SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Jo Lynne Palmer – Haint, Germantown Community Theatre SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA: Gabe Beutel-Gunn – The 39 Steps, Theatre Memphis LEADING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Michele Somers Cullen – Haint, Germantown Community Theatre LEADING ACTOR IN A DRAMA: Jordan Nichols – Hand to God, The Circuit Playhouse SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Claire D. Kolheim – Mamma Mia!, Playhouse on the Square SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Nathan McHenry – Million Dollar Quartet, Playhouse on the Square LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Dani Chaum and Gia Welch – Side Show, Theatre Memphis LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: David Foster – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Playhouse on the Square LARGE ENSEMBLE: Million Dollar Quartet, Playhouse on the Square SMALL ENSEMBLE: Sisters of Swing, Circuit Playhouse CAMEO/FEATURED ROLE: Ron Gordon – Hamlet, New Moon Theatre Company BEST PRODUCTION OF AN ORIGINAL SCRIPT: Victory Blues, POTS@TheWorks EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION OF A DRAMA: Irene Crist – Disgraced, The Circuit Playhouse EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Dave Landis – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Playhouse on the Square BEST DRAMATIC PRODUCTION: Disgraced, Circuit Playhouse BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION: Million Dollar Quartet, Playhouse on the Square BEHIND THE SCENES AWARD: Katharine Hughen GYPSY AWARD: Noelia Warnette-Jones JANIE MCCRARY PUTTING IT TOGETHER AWARD: Ruby O’Gray LARRY RILEY RISING STAR AWARD: Austin Blake Conlee EUGART YERIAN AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Irene Crist


SET DESIGN: Jesse White – Spring Awakening, University of Memphis PROPS: Danica Horton – Little Shop of Horrors, University of Memphis LIGHTING DESIGN: Anthony Pellecchia – Spring Awakening, University of Memphis HAIR/WIG/MAKE-UP DESIGN: Austin Blake Conlee – Little Shop of Horrors, University of Memphis COSTUME DESIGN: Austin Blake Conlee – Little Shop of Horrors, University of Memphis MUSIC DIRECTION: Jacob Allen – Spring Awakening, University of Memphis SOUND DESIGN: Jo Sanburg – Anon(ymous), University of Memphis CHOREOGRAPHY: Jill Guyton Nee – Spring Awakening, University of Memphis SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Marian Anderson – A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But A Sandwich, Southwest Tennessee Community College SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA: Blake Currie – Anon(ymous), University of Memphis LEADING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA: Vermico Smith – The Amen Corner, Southwest Tennessee Community College LEADING ACTOR IN A DRAMA: Jorge Guaman – Anon(ymous), University of Memphis SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Erica Peninger – Spring Awakening, University of Memphis SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Cody Rutledge – Little Shop of Horrors, University of Memphis LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Brittni Taylor Rhodes – Little Shop of Horrors, University of Memphis LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Jacob Clanton – Little Shop of Horrors, University of Memphis LARGE ENSEMBLE: Spring Awakening, University of Memphis CAMEO/FEATURED ROLE: Naivell Steib – Anon(ymous), University of Memphis BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT: When It Rains, Southwest Tennessee Community College EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION: Stephen Hancock – Spring Awakening, University of Memphis

Amy Nabors in South Pacific PHOTOGRAPH BY DON PERRY

BEST PRODUCTION: Spring Awakening, University of Memphis SPECIAL AWARD: MJ Evans and Jenny Wilson – Video Production, The Unencumbered, McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College;

Kennon Cliche & John Phillians – Puppeteer and Voice of Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors, University of Memphis

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Jordan Nichols in Hand to God

Dani Chaum and Gia Welch in Side Show

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Irene Crist accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award

The cast of Beauty and the Beast



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In the early 1950s, nobody could’ve imagined Elvis as a global phenomenon, Red West as the first Memphis Mafia member, and their friendship going up and down like the Zippin Pippin. by jon w. sparks

R above: Elvis and Red in the backyard of the house at 14 Goethestrasse in Bad Nauheim, Germany, in 1959. ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY PAT AND RED WEST, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED

ed West and Elvis Presley were friends ever since the day in high school when Red broke up a plan by some punks in the boys room to give shy outsider Elvis an unwanted haircut with a pair of scissors. Red, a burly athlete standing 6-1, told the bullies, “You’re gonna have to give me one first.” They tucked tails and skeedaddled. The events between that moment and Red’s death in this past July could fill a book, and that’s just what he and his wife Pat were finishing up when an aortic aneurysm felled the man who was not only a friend and confidant to Elvis, but also someone who had carved out his own career as an acclaimed songwriter and film and television actor. I’ve had the privilege of working with Pat and Red to tell their story. There are hours of interviews, detailed notes, and memorable photographs going into the forthcoming book about this couple who have had the experiences of a lifetime.

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A Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper clipping showed Elvis attending Pat and Red West’s wedding in July 1961 UM SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Pat and Red West

In the early 1950s, of course, not a soul could even beyond attending the same school. Elvis’ have imagined that Red would become the folks had come from Tupelo, Mississippi; Red’s sharecropping family from Bolivar, first member of what would become the Memphis Mafia, that ElTennessee. The families vis would become a globsettled in Memphis pubal phenomenon, and that lic housing — Lauderdale their relationship would Courts for Elvis, Hurt have the ups and downs Village for Red. Red was of the Zippin Pippin. more into sports but had a Soon after graduatmusic background. There ing from Humes High wasn’t anything they School, Elvis was purcouldn’t talk about. suing his singing career, Those days were remarkable, even if they touring high school audidn’t quite realize it. ditoriums, taverns, and Usually, it was just the baseball fields around the South — wherever two of them, with Elvis’ he could make his music. band taking their own car This was before fame had — Bill Black slapping the taken over, of course, and bass and Scotty Moore one day, during a chance on guitar, and later, D.J. meeting with Red, Elvis Fontana on drums. Red Elvis and Red make music asked him if he’d like to made sure Elvis had what come along. Red agreed he needed — guitars at to the spontaneous request, looking forward the ready and a car for a quick getaway. From to the company and helping out on the road. the very start, there was a need for Red to use The two teenagers had plenty in common his fists to keep the peace.


Red and Elvis were always friends, although they had serious disagreements from time to time. On a few occasions Red would leave the fold to follow his own dreams. He always came back, until that last split a year before Elvis died when Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father, told Red he was fired, along with two other bodyguards, Sonny West (Red’s cousin), and Dave Hebler. Elvis didn’t want anyone interfering with his drug dependence and when Red had roughed up a supplier, that was the last straw. But even after that, the two could never deny their friendship. And Red was always quick to acknowledge that Elvis changed the course of his life. Red met Elvis’ secretary, Pat Boyd, and they wed after a few short weeks in 1961. Their long marriage was an extraor-


Elvis and Red relax in Biloxi, Mississippi, in the 1950s

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dinary partnership that produced two sons and six grandchildren who were always at the center of their lives. Elvis also introduced Red to Hollywood, and Red never stopped auditioning and booking roles in films and television. His songwriting career was also impressive, with nearly 100 songs recorded by various artists, including Elvis. But all this was in the future back in the mid-1950s, before Colonel Parker, before the huge hits, before the movies, before the fame. In those days, Elvis was scrambling to find a stage to perform on and was glad to have Red’s friendship and vice versa. The first time Red joined him for a gig on the road was for a concert in Grenada, Mississippi, and it foreshadowed the years to come. Below are some excerpts from the soonto-be-published book by Red and Pat West on life with — and often without — Elvis Presley.


he first time Elvis and I hit the road, it was a rainy day and we were headed to a performance in Grenada, Mississippi, about 100 miles south of Memphis on U.S. 51. On the way down there, we slid off the road — nothing serious, but

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“A hand grabbed my shoulder and I knew it wasn’t Elvis’. I spun swinging 10-101-2045

and clocked the other guy whose head hit the floor right between Elvis’ feet.” our Ford Fairlane got stuck in the mud. Elvis tried to get us out and wasn’t having much success, so I got behind the wheel and rocked the car, shifting back and forth from reverse to drive. That worked, but Elvis, who was pushing outside, got a big spray of mud on his clothes. For this kind of one-time gig, you performed in the clothes you traveled in — there was no wardrobe or dressing room. The mud stain was noticeable but not all that bad, and Elvis explained to the crowd what happened, and the audience enjoyed the show. “It was here that I began to not only watch Elvis perform, but watch how the crowd watched him. I noticed how he’d move, the way he shook his legs and how the audience would go nuts. He was working the crowd like a natural. “Afterwards, a couple of young ladies invited us to one of their houses and we followed and had a soda with them. We didn’t stay long since we had a long ride back to Memphis in the rain, but before we left town, we pulled into a cafe to eat. We were working on our sandwiches when a couple of guys came into the otherwise deserted diner.  “Right away one of them started off saying, ‘So, you just come into town and mess with my

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girlfriend, huh?’ We listened to this crap for a minute or two and got up to leave. But one of the guys noticed the mud on the back of Elvis’ pants and started hooting, ‘Look at him! He’s so scared he’s shit in his pants!’ “That was over the line for me. The guy was sitting on one of those stools at the counter and I confronted him saying, ‘You got a problem?’ He said, ‘You’re right, I got a problem with you going over to see my girlfriend.’ I fired back, ‘It didn’t seem like a problem for her.’ With his dander up even more, he said, ‘I’ve got something in my pocket that’ll take care of you …,’ but while he was reaching for whatever it was, I’d already knocked him off the stool. Right then, a hand grabbed my right shoulder and I knew it wasn’t Elvis’. I spun swinging and clocked the other guy whose head hit the floor right between Elvis’ feet. I turned back to finish the first guy, but he’d run behind the counter, all out of fight.


One of Red West’s best-known roles was 1989’s Road House. Other roles included The Rainmaker, Goodbye Solo, and Black Sheep Squadron.



“I knew not to hang around, so I grabbed the keys from Elvis and went out into the rain to get the car. When I pulled up to the door of the diner, there was Elvis — talking to these guys. “Now that’s where we were different. “Neither one of us ever wanted trouble, although we didn’t run away from it either. But where I knew when to leave the scene, Elvis would stick around if you let him, talking with the enemy or chatting up the girls. He was no longer that loner kid from high school. “Our evening wasn’t over yet. “I hustled him out of the diner and he got behind the wheel. We headed back to Memphis and I had a cigarette as we talked and laughed about the events of the night. I rolled the window down to toss the butt, and damned if it wouldn’t roll back up, letting buckets of rain through the window. We sure weren’t going back to Grenada to get it fixed, but the only thing we had as a remedy was Elvis’ guitar case, which I put in the window and leaned against the entire way back to Memphis, checking the mirror to make sure Mississippi law enforcement wasn’t taking an interest in us.”

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lvis spent two years in the military, from March 1958 to March 1960. Most of that was in Germany, where Elvis did his duty as a soldier. Unlike most soldiers whose only income was Army pay, he was able to have friends and family nearby, and Red was one of those he wanted to be around. Red had just been honorably discharged after serving two years in the Marine Corps when he went to see Elvis in boot camp, “to wish him luck, say goodbye, and then figure out something to do until he got back in a couple of years.” But as happened several times in Red’s life, things took a different turn. “Elvis said he wanted me and Lamar Fike to go with him, Vernon, and grandma Minnie Mae Presley to Germany. He’d rent a place there and we’d all stay together. It was a much smaller version of his Memphis Mafia, but we were needed as much as ever, being there as friends providing companionship and associates to take care of business, which in this

“It didn’t help that Fabian was No. 1 on the charts and that the guy couldn’t sing. But the teen heartthrob was taking attention that would have gone to Elvis.” case was handling security and making sure whatever he wanted done got done. “I was with him for the first eight months of his tour in Bad Nauheim. It was a tough time for Elvis and that didn’t have anything to do with his duties in the U.S. Army. He was a good soldier, never getting into trouble and doing what he was supposed to do. “For Elvis, the problem was something that wasn’t happening: performing. It didn’t help that Fabian was No. 1 on the charts and that the guy couldn’t sing. But the teen heartthrob was taking attention that would have gone to Elvis had circumstances been different. “One day I walked into the living room in the house we were renting. Nobody else was around and Elvis was sitting in there alone, quiet and staring at the floor. I told him he looked like he’d had a rough day and asked if everything was all right. “He looked up at me and said, ‘Red, I reached the top, man. I had it made and suddenly it was snatched away. I was drafted into the Army, then my mother dies while I’m in boot camp and I’m shipped to Germany and my father’s screwing a sergeant’s wife while the man’s away on duty freezing his ass off. I’m sick of this shit. I’m here and my career is finished. It’s hard to handle.’ “I knew exactly what he meant. Just months before, my father had died the same day that contin u ed on page 113

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emphis is a speck on the map, but it’s amazing how influential it’s been in the arts,” says Dr. James Patterson. In the early 1990s, the physician and avid art collector co-founded a nonprofit organization called Delta Axis. “We set about trying to highlight

the culture of the Delta, and to start communications through the region. We had shows starring regional, national, and international artists.” Delta Axis’ specialty was curating art exhibitions in unexpected places long before the term “popup shop” entered the popular lexicon. So in 1998, when University of Memphis film student Kelly Chandler got a group of would-be Memphis filmmakers together in The Edge coffee shop to show their films on a sheet hung on the wall, Patterson took notice.

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n 2001, the festival got a new sponsor, Time Warner Cable. “I think we had $15,000, a huge sum of money for us,” says Edwards. Indie Memphis moved to Beale Street, setting crowd records that would stand for years. The guest of honor was Albert Maysles, legendary director of documentaries such as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens. “People have these great memories of this romantic Beale Street festival, and how cool that was,” says Edwards. “It was packed with people.


“Indie Memphis was us applying what we were doing with the visual arts to film,” he says. Chandler’s affair attracted around 40 people. The festival’s only income came from the sale of vodka-infused Jell-o shots. Attempts to contact her for this story were unsuccessful, but all evidence suggests that she found the experience difficult. “It’s really easy to start a festival. It’s not so easy to keep one going,” says Les Edwards, who has, “The film scene we at various times over the last have in Memphis two decades, been a volunteer, board member, and executive is because of Mike director for Indie Memphis. McCarthy and Craig Chandler turned the operation of the festival over to DelBrewer, Morgan ta Axis. Natalie Entzminger Jon Fox, Natalie and Patterson organized the Memphis Independent Film Entzminger, and Festival in the summer of James Patterson. All 1999, screening films in the these different people basement of Memphis College of Art. Once again, their emwho were just sort of phasis was on work by local doing it, not really artists. “We basically showed evknowing what we were erything that existed that doing. And it was not year,” says Patterson. “At the same time, the digital revolufor the money!” tion occurred. People didn’t — L E S E DWA R D S have to use film any more, so the number of people who were making films increased.” At some point around the turn of the century, the festival got a theme, The Soul of Southern Film, and a name change. “I was on the organizing committee early on,” says Edwards. “I remember someone presenting several potential names, and Indie Memphis was one of those. We all said, ‘Yeah, that’s it.’” By 2000, the audience was numbering in the hundreds at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Edwards was a volunteer. “Natalie was in charge, and it was really well organized. She knew exactly what she wanted to do, and she had James as the spiritual advisor,” he recalls. “It was kind of amazing to me. There was catered food, and a party with a band at Palm Court in Overton Square. … I was selling tickets, working from morning to night. But I kept hearing talk about this movie called The Poor And Hungry.” Edwards begged off his shift and snuck into the screening of the film directed by a young Memphian named Craig Brewer. “It was sold out,” he says. “I recall people standing in the aisles. I saw that movie, and it was a game changer for me. There was something going on here in town.” The Poor and Hungry won the Narrative Feature competition, and went on to win big at the Hollywood Film Festival, besting films with 100 times its budget. It put both Brewer and Indie Memphis on the map. “The film scene we have in Memphis is because of Mike McCarthy and Craig Brewer, Morgan Jon Fox, Natalie Entzminger, and James Patterson,” says Edwards. “All these different people who were just sort of doing it, not really knowing what we were doing. And it was not for the money!”

The 2017 festival will include the world premiere of Thom Pain, starring Rainn Wilson from The Office.

Indie Memphis will celebrate maverick filmmaker Abel Ferrara with screenings of his films Bad Lieutenant (1992) and The Blackout (1997).

Uptight! pays tribute to the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

But from where I stood, it wasn’t like that.” During a screening of Lee Lee’s Kin at the New Daisy Theater, “The beer man came, and he propped open the doors, letting in sunlight. His job is to bring the beer in, and he doesn’t give a damn about anything else going on. I’m trying to talk to this guy, and he’s a lot bigger than I am, and he’s having none of it. … We were taking bars and turning them into movie theaters, That’s really expensive and hard to do.” Three months after the festival, the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred. “All of a sudden, the world is different,” says Edwards. “We lost sponsors. We can’t find any funding. James Patterson steps up as he O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 39

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Six Great Films from Indie Memphis History 1. THE POOR AND HUNGRY (2000)

When Indie Memphis started in 1998, Craig Brewer was a clerk at a Barnes & Noble bookstore. He had tried to shoot a movie called Melody’s Surviving the traditional way, on film, and failed miserably. His father, Walter Brewer, had read an article about the new digital video technology that enabled DVD-quality images and editing on a desktop computer, and suggested Craig try it. Soon after, Walter Brewer passed away of a sudden heart attack, and Craig poured his meager inheritance into what would become a game changer for Memphis film, and the first big hit for Indie Memphis. The melancholy story of a Memphis car thief who falls in love with a cello player not only launched Brewer’s Hollywood career, but also the careers of actors John Still, Lindsey Roberts, T.C. Sharpe, Eric Tate, and Dennis Phillippi. Since then, Brewer has served as an inspiration and mentor for a generation of Memphis filmmakers.


Indie Memphis was started by Memphis filmmakers as a place to show their work, but in 2001, the festival moved to Beale Street and attracted record crowds with an expanded lineup that included more out-of-town movies than ever before. Little Rock native David Gordon Green’s film George Washington premiered at the Orpheum Theatre, and the meditative tale of three poor kids from North Carolina became the hit of the festival. Roger Ebert and The New York Times called the film one of the best of the year. Green went on to a distinguished career that included directing Pineapple Express and HBO’s East Bound and Down, while actor Paul Schneider starred in NBC’s Parks and Recreation. “It really opened my eyes to what indie film could be,” says former Indie Memphis director Les Edwards.


In June 2005, Collierville teenager Zach Stark came out to his parents as gay. They forced him to enroll in a gay reparative therapy facility called Love In Action. The night before he left home, he posted a long, tearful message about his plight on the early social media network MySpace. A grassroots protest movement sprang up in response to the injustice, and director Morgan Jon Fox was there with his camera. At Indie Memphis 2005, he screened a rough cut of the documentary that was as moving as it was raw and angry. That could have been the end of it, but Fox continued to work on the project on and off for the next five years. By the time the final documentary was ready for Indie Memphis 2011, Love In Action had closed and its director John Smid had come out as gay and reputed his former actions. The film transformed from a vitriolic tirade into a testament to the power of compassion and acceptance. This Is What Love In Action Looks Like is a landmark in LBGT cinema and helped kick off a national movement against so-called “ex-gay” treatments. In a world where political protests are regularly organized via social media, it’s more prophetic and relevant than ever.


In 1993, filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (shown at right with Jason Baldwin) heard about a gruesome murder of three children in West Memphis, Arkansas. Three teenagers, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin, were accused of the murder, and the filmmakers convinced HBO to finance a documentary about the trial. But once on the ground in West Memphis, Berlinger and Sinofsky became convinced that the West Memphis Three were innocent, and the trial, which ended with Echols sentenced to death and Misskelley and Baldwin to life in prison, was a historic miscarriage of justice. For 18 years, the filmmakers led a movement to try and exonerate them, and just weeks before the premiere of Paradise Lost 3, which presented new forensic evidence, the West Memphis Three were finally released from prison. Baldwin, barely two months out of prison, attended the emotional Indie Memphis screening, and the film went on to be nominated for an Academy Award.

5. THE KEEPERS (2014)

Memphis directors Joann Self Selvidge and Sara Kaye Larson kicked open the door to the indie film boy’s club with this finely wrought documentary. The Keepers is an intimate portrait of the people who keep the Memphis Zoo running, day in, day out. Using only the words of their subjects, Selvidge and Larson explore the deep, complex relationships between humans and their animal charges. You’ll never look at a giraffe the same way again. The film is currently available for streaming on Amazon and Hulu under its new title See The Keepers: Inside The Zoo.

6. PATERSON (2016)

In 1989, independent director Jim Jarmusch came to Memphis to film Mystery Train, creating an indelible portrait of Downtown when it was down and out. In 2016, Indie Memphis announced a new partnership with Amazon Studios, the online retailer’s venture into film production and distribution. The first fruits of the new era included Jarmusch’s film Paterson, which screened at Indie Memphis more than a month before its release. The film features Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Adam Driver as an aspiring poet working as a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey. Its exquisite pacing, beautiful images, and stunning performance by Driver made it the hit of Indie Memphis, and earned Driver’s canine star Nellie the Palm Dog Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. — by Chris McCoy

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Indie Memphis 2017


n November 1, 2017, the Indie Memphis Film Festival will open its twentieth year with one of

to create the Memphis Skate Park. The weekend of November 3-5 will see the biggest

the biggest events in its history: the world premiere of

party in Indie Memphis history. South Cooper Street

Thom Pain. Based on a Pulitzer Prize-nominated

in Overton Square will be blocked off between Circuit

play by Will Eno, the film stars Rainn Wilson of The

Playhouse and Playhouse on the Square, and a giant

Office as an everyman delivering a rambling mono-

tent with a screen will be erected where the annual

logue that has been described as standup comedy meets

music video competition will play out in front of an

Beckett. Rainn, Eno, and director Oliver Butler will be at the Halloran Centre for a red carpet premiere. The closing night film will be Memphian Lynne Sachs’ — a member of the prolific Sachs family of filmmakers — experimental documentary Tip of My Tongue. “It’s kind of a hybrid experimental documentary where she invites people to her apartment to reflect on their childhood. There’s a lot about


her childhood in Memphis,” says festival executive director Ryan Watt. This is her 28th documentary. Next year’s anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination is the inspiration for the MLK50 series, a special collaboration between Indie Memphis and the National Civil Rights Museum. Among the seven films screening at Hattiloo Theater is Uptight!, a rarely seen 1968 work by Cleveland, Ohio, filmmaker Jules Dassin starring Ruby Dee. The story is based on John Ford’s 1935 film The Informer, and it includes documentary footage of King’s funeral that was suppressed at the time of its release. “Uptight! is an under-acknowledged landmark,” says Indie Memphis programmer Brandon Harris. Another rarely seen film in the series is the 1970 documentary King: A Filmed Legacy From Montgomery To Memphis, which will screen


on Sunday, November 5th. Among the Memphis films announced to run at

audience of revelers. Topping off the anniversary

the festival is Good Grief, a documentary about

block party will be Thank You, Friends! Big

the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief in

Star’s Third Live... And More, a concert

Collierville. Directors Melissa Anderson Sweazy and

film featuring members of R.E.M., Wilco, and Indie

Laura Jean Hocking, along with cinematographer and

Memphis alum Robyn Hitchcock performing the

producer Sarah Flemming, have created this moving

legendary Memphis album, Third, in its entirety. Jody

profile of children and teenagers who have lost family

Stephens, the drummer and only surviving member

members, and the counselors who help them live

of the group, plays in the film and will be on hand for

with the aftermath. On a lighter note, Finding

the screening. — by Chris McCoy

Toby is an action-packed skateboard documentary

always does to backstop the funding, and we hired Lisa Maniscalo to run the festival, and she hired Will O’Loughlen as her assistant. So it looked like things were going to be fine, until Lisa comes down with leukemia. She has to back out, and Will ran it.” In 2002, the festival moved to Muvico, a giant multiplex in the Peabody Place mall. Indie Memphis 2003 featured the debut of Morgan Jon Fox’s raw, social realist drama Blue Citrus Hearts, and Bubba Ho-Tep, a horror comedy starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley. The films were better than ever, but the crowds stayed away. “We were competing against beautiful weather. Nobody came. I thought we had lost our mojo,” says Edwards. “There were special moments, but it lost its festival feel. We were questioning if we should keep doing this. It’s a lot of work. But once again, James kept it going.”

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during Indie Memphis’ November 1-6 run,

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t would not be the last time the festival was pushed to the brink, but it bounced back quickly. In 2006, there were a record seven local features. “And all of them were good,” says Edwards. Local films that year included comedies Grim Sweeper by Edward Valibus’ Corduroy Wednesday collective, Mark Jones’ Fraternity Massacre on Hell Island, and The Importance of Being Russell, a special effects tour de force by director Sean Plemmons starring cable-access TV legend John Pickle. The Bridge by Brett Hanover was the first-ever feature film about the Church of Scientology. But when Scientology officials got wind of the film’s existence, an army of well-heeled lawyers descended on Memphis and forced the film to withdraw from the competition. Hanover was 16 years old at the time. As the festival was in progress, word came down that Muvico, the festival’s home of five years, was in trouble. “We had always wanted to be at Malco,” says Edwards. “In the early days, Malco didn’t have the ability to host a film festival. Now they were able to do that. I met Jimmy Tashie [Malco executive vice president] at Boscos. Here we had done this film festival as his competitor for many years, and now that they’re going out of business, we needed to come to him. I’m thinking this is going to be a very awkward conversation. But Jimmy, being Jimmy, said, ‘Of course! We would love to have your festival.’” contin u ed on page 7 6 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 41

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Perhaps the world’s foremost craft artist in the historical fashion field, Isabelle de Borchgrave working in her Brussels studio in the late 1980s. ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS

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Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave’s lifelike paper creations come to The Dixon Gallery.

F by shara clark

our thousand miles across the Atlantic Ocean, on Chaussée de Vleurgat in Brussels, Belgium, an unassuming art studio exists quietly amid a row of apartment buildings. Past a pitchblack window front with a splash of red lettering that reads “Isabelle” and through a darkened

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garage where motion lights flicker on to lead the way lies a wonderland of animated characters in elaborately adorned period clothing, alive with color and all hand-made with one simple material — paper. Inside the studio, sunlight streams through high glass windows, illuminating stacks of painted fabrics, paper chandeliers, and kaftans, marked with vivid yellows, blues, and purples, that hang overhead. A wire mesh ballerina dangles from the ceiling, poised for a pirouette, in a lime-green paper-crafted tulle tutu. Color explodes against the white-wall backdrop of the studio — a living thing itself, astir with the sounds of shuffling paper, the whir of hair dryers, and hands and minds in motion. This whimsical world sprung from the imagination of 71-yearold artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. On this sunny day in late July, she sits at a table with a paintbrush in hand. With quick, even strokes, she brushes black on the edges of gold patterns stamped on strips of white paper. These will soon become ribbons on a garment modeled after one worn by King Francis I, France’s first modern king. She and her team of collaborators — just three others at work in the studio this day — busy themselves with this and other projects that will be on

top: Isabelle de Borchgrave crafts fashion through history using one simple material — paper.

bottom row: Large strips of plain white paper are painted, braided, and shaped into embellishments for costumes.

The above images show the creation process for the Princess of Condé, inspired by a Peter Paul Rubens portrait.

Isabelle’s team helps her bring her visions to life. Each detail, from embroidery to accessories, is paper.

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“It’s very interesting to see how people dressed in [past centuries] and how the fashion changed.” display at upcoming exhibitions. Soon they’ll start on a Memphis-themed commissioned piece for The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the first stop on an American tour that kicks off later this month. Isabelle’s trompe l’oeil paper recreations of historically significant clothing — representing Marie Antoinette, the House of Medici, Ballet Russes, the designs of Mariano Fortuny, and more — have become renowned the world over. “I love fashion through history; the story about fashion,” she says, sharply focused on her brush strokes though it’s clear her hands know what to do with little effort. “It’s very interesting to see how people dressed in [past centuries] and how the fashion changed.”



Isabelle de Borchgrave Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, 2017 Inspired by a ca. 1610 portrait by Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640) in the collection of the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh Mixed media, primarily acrylic, ink, metallic powder, and adhesive on paper mounted on wire armatures or mannequins Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh Photograph by Travis Hutchison

sabelle’s love for art came early; as a child, she filled sketchbooks — and walls in her home — with drawings. Her mother enjoyed painting, and once Isabelle learned that art, “I never stopped painting,” she says. She started art school at 14, pursuing studies at the Centre des Arts Decoratifs in Belgium and later at Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts, where she mostly sketched models with charcoal. “It wasn’t art in the sense of ‘teach me color,’” she says through the accent of her native French tongue. “But it was interesting, the fact that I had to draw all the time. After, you can find your way, but you know to have something in your hand.” Her love for fashion, on the other hand, was almost happenstance. During an inspirational trip to Sidi Bou Said in northern Tunisia, she observed a workshop with young girls learning to paint designs on silk, and she took the techniques back home with her. “I was around 17, 18 — at that time in Belgium, you have a big ball, a big evening, [and wear] long dresses,” she remembers. “We had O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 45

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clockwise from top left Isabelle de Borchgrave Delphos Dress and Knossos Shawl, 2008 Based on a photograph of a model taken by Fortuny in 1909 Mixed media, primarily acrylic, ink, metallic powder, and adhesive on paper mounted on mannequin Collection of the artist

Isabelle de Borchgrave Delphos Dress and Shawl, 2006-7 Based on Delphos dress with stenciled silk belt. ca. 1920–1930 with a fine silk gauze shawl all-over stenciled in multicolored floral design with Venetian glass bead trim. Mixed media, primarily acrylic, ink, metallic powder, and adhesive on paper mounted on mannequin Collection of the artist

Isabelle de Borchgrave Petit sac brode, 1994

Mixed media, primarily acrylic, ink, metallic powder, and adhesive on paper Collection of the artist

Isabelle de Borchgrave Delphos Dress and Knossos Shawl, 2008 Based on a photograph of a model taken by Fortuny in 1909

Isabelle de Borchgrave Blue Shoes with Flowers

Mixed media, primarily acrylic, ink, metallic powder, and adhesive on paper Collection of the artist

Mixed media, primarily acrylic, ink, metallic powder, and adhesive on paper mounted on mannequin Collection of the artist

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Says Isabelle, “Maybe you can’t find good lace — because you have an idea in your head and you want exactly that. With paper, you can have it.”

three balls a week, and I had no dress, so I decided to make my own dress.” She’d had no training in “couture fashion,” but with her painting experience and the methods she’d learned in Tunisia, the process came naturally. Rather than painting on paper, she used fabrics — silk and cotton — and decorated them with scenes inspired by her travels: country landscapes, the seaside. Soon, she says, “Everybody wanted to have my dress because it’s so colorful; it was like a painting, moving.” While the dresses she created were originally intended for herself and friends, she soon developed a client list and opened a studio. She started a fashion line — cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and jewelry — and displayed her work in fashion shows. But as hand-crafting dresses became an expensive endeavor, she says, “I abandoned fashion, but I kept the [practice of] painting on fabrics.” She directed her focus to “decoratives” — table linens, pillowcases, curtains, and ceramics — and spent the next decades designing home furnishings and textiles. In 1994, however, a chance encounter changed her path yet again. During a trip to New York for the Metropolitan Opera’s premiere of La Traviata, a production for which fellow Belgian Thierry Bosquet had designed sets and costumes, Isabelle met with Rita Brown, a costume historian and conservator. The two visited the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and there, Isabelle says, “Fashion came back in my blood.”

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n Isabelle’s Brussels studio library, books on fabrics, art, and design occupy the shelves: Book of Silk, Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Museum, Arts & Crafts: Carpets, L’Art Persan, Ceramica Italiana, 1800 Woodcuts, Art India. Buckets of paint, jars of powdered pigments, and bundles of paintbrushes rest on nearby storage carts waiting to bring life and movement to sheets of plain white paper. Isabelle points to a large, wide roll of white paper — much like those used by teachers to cover bulletin boards. “Everything is done with the same paper,” she says, tearing off a bit and rubbing it between her fingers. “I play with paper to try to give back the spirit of the fabrics.” Through her work — wetting, drying, folding, braiding, crumpling, painting — paper is magically transformed into lace, fur, embroidery, silk, or chiffon; made into dresses, hats, shoes, purses, pearls, and scarves. Anything one can dream, or see in a painting or photograph, Isabelle can fashion, using a bit of imagination, with a roll of paper, scissors, glue, and paint. “Paper costs nothing and you can find it everywhere,” says Isabelle. “Maybe you can’t find good lace — because you have an idea in your head and you want exactly that. With paper, you can have it.” Scrapbooks in her library show samples

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and first-tries at recreating specific fabrics, patterns, and colors. Each time she travels, she paints what she sees and adds to her scrapbooks. “Travel is of big importance to drive some new ideas,” she says. “Otherwise, you stay with the gray sky and green river and nothing arrives.” Next to travel, art and history have been her biggest influences. Her vision for new work often comes “through the paintings,” she says. “I visit all the museums and try to see all I can see.” Isabelle’s creations in recent years are not exact replicas but artistic impressions of costumes worn through history, such as a court dress worn by England’s Queen Elizabeth I, depicted in a 1599 portrait by Nicholas Hilliard; royal garb worn by Cosimo I de’ Medici, based on a portrait by Ludovico Cardi; and a sumptuous gown inspired by Francois Boucher’s 1756 portrait of Madame de Pompadour. “Very often they don’t exist anymore — the fabrics you can see in the painting — because [they have been] destroyed, but the paintings stay. I want to give back what I receive from the painting — to a costume,” says Isabelle. “Often, you have someone sitting, and I put them standing, and I have to make the shoes and the hair; I do it in three-dimension. [The process] is like un jeu — to play.” contin u ed on page 52

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A five-stop American tour of Isabelle de Borchgrave’s work kicks off at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens on October 15th. With nearly 100 pieces on display, Dixon director Kevin Sharp says, “It’s one of the largest exhibitions we’ve ever put on by just about every measure.” Sharp and colleagues from the other exhibition venues toured Isabelle’s Brussels studio in 2014. “It became obvious that this would be a great show for us to do,” says Sharp. “The illusion is extraordinary. When you see these dresses, the last thing you think of is paper. It’s just an amazing thing to see.” Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper will be on exhibit at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens October 15, 2017, through January 7, 2018, before moving to Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, Florida), Oklahoma City Museum of Art, The Frick Art & Historical Center (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and Artis-Naples/The Baker Museum (Naples, Florida).

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think you have to never forget what’s happened in the past,” Isabelle says. “If you are able to see and understand [the past], you can discover, and if you’re not able to to do that, maybe you are not able to do something new.” Some of Isabelle’s most lauded works have been from her four major collections — Papiers à la Mode, The World of Fortuny, Splendour of the Medici, and Les Ballets Russes, each inspired by costumes and fashion through the ages. “I am very interested with the turn of the last century, when you had all of the artists come together in Paris,” she says. Her Ballet Russes pieces focus on costumes — many of which she reimagined from photographs

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Isabelle de Borchgrave Le Cheval de Mer (Sea horse), 2010 Based on costumes designed by Natalia Gontcharova for Sadko, 1911 Mixed media, primarily acrylic, ink, metallic powder, and adhesive on paper mounted on wire armatures Collection of the artist

— used by the Paris-based ballet company, which performed throughout Europe and North and South America from 1909 to 1929. “When I discovered Ballet Russes — j’adore,” she says. “[Sergei] Diaghilev left Russia for the revolution and arrived in Paris with no money. He gathered dancers, musicians, and painters. He worked together with big artists in Paris — Picasso, Matisse.” With little money for production purposes, the collaborators initially used potato sacks to create costumes, says Isabelle — “very ugly fabrics.” The ballet company would go on to be considered the most influential of the twentieth century. Isabelle’s intricately detailed Ballet Russes costumes mimic the colorful creations designed by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Léon Bakst, and others. Another of Isabelle’s greatest loves is iconic

Isabelle’s intricately detailed Ballet Russes costumes mimic the colorful creations designed by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Léon Bakst, and others. designer Mariano Fortuny, who worked with couture fashion from 1906 to 1946. “He was very important for me because I really love the fabrics, the dresses, the life of the man,” she says. Fortuny’s delicate Delphos gowns, dresses made of finely pleated silk that flows along the natural curves of the body, have greatly inspired Isabelle’s work, both in creating costumes and in her paintings. “The difficulty to arrive at the [paper] pleat was really a challenge, but when I found that, I began to make my pleated paintings and I never stopped,” she says. “Fortuny gave me an incredible present; without him I never would have pleated paper.” Her awe-inspiring Fortuny collection extends the illusion of pleated silk, with airy Delphos dresses and silk gauze shawls crafted with nothing more than manipulated paper. “That’s the challenge; that’s what I like,” says Isabelle. “When you see a painting, it’s silk, it’s velvet, it’s lace; you may have no idea, but little by little you discover, and try to give back that spirit.” Isabelle’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, with permanent installations at the Palace of Versailles (a depiction of the living room of Marie Antoinette), the Tsarskoye Selo Museum in Saint-Petersburg, Russia (a paper gown inspired by Empress Elizabeth Petrovna), and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona (paper creations representing Papageno, Billie Holiday, and the Chinese Tang dynasty). A retrospective selection of her work will be on display this month at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens. To commemorate her first exhibition in Memphis, she and her team are creating a special Elvis-inspired paper costume. “It’s not just a question of, ‘I would like to make a dress’ — no. It’s alive, it’s big, it’s a story,” says Isabelle. “I would like people to feel how passionate I am with what I do. And I really want to do more. I’m not finished.”   Memphis magazine wishes to thank a Dixon benefactor for providing travel resources that allowed us to undertake this very special story.

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ATMOSPHERE” by a n n e cu n n ingh a m o ’ n eill ph otography by c h i p pa n k e y


than Allen furniture is as American as apple pie. Even the most uninitiated among us relative to interior décor has heard of this iconic company. Founded in 1932, it has long been associated with high-quality, classic, early-American style furniture. Today, though, there is no single Ethan Allen look, and its many collections (“Sonoma,” “Brooklyn,” and “Capitol Hill” for example) offer classic design with a modern perspective. Denise Hummingbird St. PeterScarbrough and husband Tom Scarbrough own a condominium in the Claridge House at the corner of North Main and Adams,

left: It's all about the view as these happy homeowners like to say when describing their lightfilled, downtown aerie. right: A framed vintage brochure for Hotel Claridge makes for entertaining decor as it describes “Charming Hospitality in downtown Memphis” with single rooms starting at $2.50. Air-conditioned rooms were 50 cents per person extra.

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left: Homeowners Denise Hummingbird St. Peter-Scarbrough and her husband Tom Scarbrough, formerly transplants to Memphis, have fallen in love with the city. below: Mirrored chests, a luxe upholstered sleigh bed, geometricstyled lamps, and a purple accent wall make this a stylish bedroom.

and their furniture is all by Ethan Allen. The cool and elegant interior is courtesy of Brenda Duck, the company’s designer in the Memphis area. I was fortunate to meet Duck at a party hosted by one of my colleagues here at Memphis magazine. I asked her about a favorite recent design job, and she immediately said she had been “mesmerized” by this great couple and had loved working with them. It sounded like a great story, and let’s face it, wouldn’t anyone be intrigued with a homeowner named Denise Hummingbird St. Peter-Scarbrough? I later was not one bit surprised to find out that her heritage is part Jewish, Catholic, and the North Ameri-

can Ojibwe tribe in Canada! An added piece of this story is that their 16th-floor condominium is in the former Claridge Hotel, built in 1924, and now on the National Register of Historic Places. Their home incorporates part of what was once the renowned rooftop Balinese Room, where the likes of Tommy Dorsey and Elvis performed. Tom Scarbrough, who is originally from Knoxville, is regional sales director of First Data Corporation, and his wife is a former sales and marketing executive in the field of computer software and now consults in the insurance business. They are transplants to our city, which by the way they have grown to love dearly. Hum-

mingbird tells me that between them they have lived and worked in places like Spokane, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, and Seattle, among other cities. Although they had known each other previously, the couple “bonded over barbecue” and were married in Charleston in 2010. You could say this pair is all over the map. After living away for several years, they finally moved into the Claridge House condominium last May. They love the beautiful views from their light-filled aerie (dare I say fit for a hummingbird) with its 16-foot ceilings. The skyline view from their windows of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the renovated Sears Crosstown building

above: The interior designer pulled from several Ethan Allen collections to make this sleek, modern space indeed — as requested by the homeowners — feel like “the Ritz.”

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above: This cool-looking kitchen doesn’t get much of a “workout” from the busy homeowners, who are often either away on business or frequenting favorite downtown restaurants. right: Brenda Duck is Ethan Allen's interior designer extraordinaire.

reminds them of Chicago. They walk everywhere downtown including to the Orpheum, AutoZone Park, Lansky Brothers at the Peabody and their favorite restaurant, Flight. This couple eats healthily and neither drinks alcohol, and as they laughingly like to say, “Two liquor stores closed when we stopped!” What’s more, they tell me they go to bed at 8:30 p.m. and get up at 3:30 a.m. to work out and await delivery of their Wall Street Journal. Turns out they have been married for seven years and have never seen midnight together.

But don’t think they are all work and Spartan discipline as they both love to play golf at Galloway. Clients and designer have formed a mutual admiration society, and the couple told me “they cannot say enough about Brenda Duck and her expertise and wonderful personality.” They point to the fact that she is a good listener whom they fortunately first met in 2016 when they walked into the Ethan Allen Store on North Germantown Parkway in Cordova. It so happens that Tom had worked as a delivery boy for the company in his youth and was

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acquainted with the high quality of its furniture. Not only that but complimentary design service is an Ethan Allen tradition; not surprisingly, the Scarbroughs found inspiration and help from an experienced design professional, who in this case was Brenda Duck. The designer comes by her talents honestly as her mother was a designer at Goldsmith’s, and her father was responsible for the magnificent windows at the late, great department store Julius Lewis, located at 1460 Union Avenue. When this store

opened its interior was described as “a scene of fairyland beauty.” Not surprisingly Duck deeply appreciates Ethan Allen furniture, and she told me she is often on the lookout at estate sales for vintage pieces. Her clients wanted a fresh slate, with everything new, light, and bright with “nothing to water or feed.” Every piece was pulled from different Ethan Allen collections with the exception of the art on the walls (the wow factor!). The three Liudmila Kondakova paintings are from the Martin Lawrence

gallery in Dallas. Duck drew up a f loor plan and the couple approved it. The soothing neutral paint colors used — Patience and Dried Lavender — are by Sherwin-Williams. To allow visitors to get close to the windows to take in the views, the furniture is not placed against the walls. The carpeting is courtesy of Kiser’s Floor Fashions; Hamilton’s Fireplace Shop converted the fireplace from wood-burning to electric. Snyder’s Plumbing did the work on the renovations in two bathrooms. All of the lighting is new,

The designer Brenda Duck comes by her talents honestly as her mother was a designer at Goldsmith’s, and her father was responsible for the magnificent windows at the late, great department store Julius Lewis located at 1460 Union Avenue.

right: The interesting artworks lining this hallway include framed porcelain feathers and an image of famed Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.

as are the kitchen appliances. The result is a gorgeous home that is timeless and tailored. Hummingbird and Tom love their place not only for the view and quality of life it offers but for its convenience to the airport since they both travel so much for business. The Delta Sky Club is home away from home for them, and they confessed they had only slept in their bed 106 days out of 365 in the past year. They always stay in luxury hotels, and consequently Duck says she was under pressure to make their place “resemble the Ritz.” Surely everyone will agree with interior designer Brenda Duck (and me, for that matter) that Denise Hummingbird St. Peter-Scarbrough and her husband, Tom Scarbrough, are intriguing people with a unique home and a fascinating lifestyle.  

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by shara clark

our friends, a full tank of gas, and a plan: That’s how a summer weekend began for a carload of Memphians heading east in August for a ladies-only trek to the Smoky Mountains, where we’d mix a little bit of relaxation with a lot of excitement. From a hot tub to a roller coaster, from underground exploration to a thrill-ride 500 feet above the trees, this action-packed journey was one for the books. After a six-and-a-half-hour scenic drive and a shift in elevation, we settled into a three-story luxurious log cabin at the tip of Brother’s Cove in Sevierville, Tennessee. With floor-to-ceiling windows, three balconies, two spa-tubs, a game room with shuffleboard and foosball, and a hot tub overlooking the mountains, the amenities in The Lost Texan (our cabin) were plentiful. The quiet Natural Retreats community offered ample space between neighboring vacationers, and a communal pool was the perfect relief from the summer heat. If we could have stayed put all weekend, we would have; but alas, adventure awaited.




fter a long, hard night of hot-tubbing under the stars, we started Saturday’s journey by fueling up on comfort food at The Old Mill Restaurant, 10 miles away in Pigeon Forge. Known for its Southern-style meat-and-two offerings, house-made biscuits, and fluff y, sweet corn fritters, the two-story eatery was abuzz with hungry patrons who’d made a day trip to The Old Mill Square. “A working tribute to the Smokies’ pioneer days,” the Square features

The mill at Old Mill Restaurant PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY THE OLD MILL

a general store, a candy kitchen, and several small retail shops. The Square’s centerpiece, a 200-year-old water-powered gristmill, is still used to stonegrind grains for many of The Old Mill Restaurant’s recipes, as well as for the making of moonshine, rum, and other spirits crafted at Old Forge Distillery next door. No time for moonshine just yet though, as we’d set our sights on a subterranean excursion half an hour away: Forbidden Caverns. The hour-long tour through Forbidden Caverns led us 250 feet underground, offering an up-close look at crystal-clear streams and space-like rock formations, including, according to our sweet-as-pie tour guide, Melinda, the largest wall of rare cave onyx or dripstones known to exist. A cool 58 degrees inside year-round, the cave requires minimal physical effort to maneuver, so the trek was an easy one, with tour-goers of all ages eager to see cave critters and learn about the history of this dark, deep hole in the ground. Long ago, it was a winter shelter for Eastern Woodlands Indians, who found a constant source of fresh water in the cave’s underground river and used the supply of flint and chert to craft tools and weapons. From the early 1920s until 1943, moonshiners moved in, also finding value in the cave’s fresh wa-

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ter flow — believed to come from a lake beneath English Mountain — for the making of moonshine and whiskey. And of course, the isolated location was ideal for the “underground” nature of the business. A trip through the caverns does require a good pair of shoes, as water dripping from stalactites forms puddles in places and creates a slip-and-slide effect on rock ramps (thankfully, there are handrails). But don’t worry about “cave kisses” — Melinda says if a drop of water falls on you, it’s good luck. Good luck aplenty, we decided it was moonshine time, so we headed back to Pigeon Forge and, with our sights on the Ferris wheel in the distance, made our way to The Island.



ne could spend an entire day (or longer; there’s a Margaritaville hotel on site) at The Island, an entertainment complex with more than 35 retail and specialty shops, rides, restaurants, an arcade, and the moonshine we’d be waiting for. First things first: a tasting at Ole Smoky, a distillery with an on-site still, one of three locations of the Gatlinburg-based producer. With thimble-sized sample cups, we tried 10 types of alcoholic treats, including old-fashioned white lightnin’, hunch punch and apple pie-f lavored moonshines, a decadent coffee liqueur, and a kick-ofspice mango habanero whiskey. Ole Smoky’s shelves were chock-full, with 40 varieties of moonshine and whiskey available, most of which are made and jarred right there. After wetting our whistles, we made a quick detour a few doors down to Dick’s Last Resort — a notoriously raunchy restaurant and bar with an intentionally obnoxious staff — to get a real-deal drink of moonshine by

way of a full-size Hillbilly Shootout. The concoction consists of Ole Smoky White Lightnin’, Southern Comfort, melon liqueur, and a splash of pineapple juice, delivered with a straw and a tall paper-bag hat, scrawled with a cheeky insult, for the drinker to wear while imbibing. A step outside the front doors of Dick’s, we came face-to-face with the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel, which, with its multicolored flashing lights, had been our original draw to The Island. From inside the all-glass gondolas, passengers can soak in a spectacular view of the mountainous skyline. The four of us fit comfortably in the eight-passenger vessel, and the built-in air conditioning made for a nice, cool ride. Outside The Island’s shops, dozens of folks lounged in adirondack chairs around the dancing fountain, which as the sun began to set, provided a colorful light show. Others gathered around Old Smoky’s outdoor stage to enjoy live music. Since we’d been on the go all day, we retreated to The Lost Texan to grill out on the deck — and, of course, enjoy the hot tub — against the silhouette of the mountainside and the cicadas’ serenade.

out on our two-and-a-half-hour adventure, which included a bit of scenic hiking between ziplines. The Legacy Mountain course takes riders through seven lines, with the highest at 500 feet above treetops and the longest at half a mile. We’d later learn that some consider this course a bit more advanced than other local options, since adult zippers must manually hand-brake (by gripping the cable with a leather-gloved hand) to slow themselves down from upwards of 50 miles per hour when coming in for a landing. This proved tricky, as did steering, which required skillful maneuvering of a metal clasp to keep from


spinning around like a top. After mastering the moves, the spectacular bird’s-eye views of the Smokies and Mount LeConte, the third highest peak in the national park, made this an outstanding ride. Our guide, Randy, was quick to calm the nerves and even rode the first big line tandem with one friend who (briefly) demanded to turn back when her fear of heights kicked in full-force. Once we expertly landed the last line, we were ready to do it all over again, though that would have to wait until our next trip. With adrenaline pumping, we left the ziplines and headed to Gatlinburg for a tour of Ripley’s Aquarium. Named Best U.S. Aquarium (2017) by USA Today, Ripley’s is home to 10,000 sea creatures, representing more than 350 species. Meandering through Shark Lagoon, a U-shaped glass tunnel walkway with sharks as long as 13 feet swimming overhead, transports you into the ocean for an arm’s-reach view. Standouts here also included the mesmerizing sea nettle, leafy sea dragons, the Coral Reef exhibit, and Stingray Bay. The aquarium also offers additional options for extra fees, including a glass-bottom boat ride, a Penguin Encounter (you can pet a penguin!), and Splash with the Stingrays, where you can swim with stingrays in Touch-a-Ray Bay. After an hour or so with the fishes, we’d worked up an appetite, so we took a walk through the tourist-filled streets of Gatlinburg, past several shops, old-time photo booths, and other attractions, to Smoky Mountain Brewery.


’ve never been t h at m uc h of a thrill-seeker, and one such item wasn’t on our original Sunday agenda. Nevertheless, two of the four of us a bundle of nerves, we set out for Legacy Mountain Ziplines in Sevierville. Upon arrival, we saw that our zip group of about a dozen included a few youngsters. If they could do it, so could we. The guides secured us into our gear and piled us into a van for a bumpy ride up a mountain. After a brief instructional presentation and one short “test line,” we set

The Island, featuring the 200-foot Great Smoky Mountain Wheel PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY THE ISLAND


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ith four Tennessee locations — the first in Gatlinburg opened in 1996 — Smoky Mountain Brewery is the oldest craft brewery in East Tennessee. The microbrewery makes its beer in small batches on site, with its signature mainstays and a rotating menu of seasonal offerings. I opted for the Black Bear Ale, a rich and malty English-style brown ale that paired perfectly with the Brewery Ale Steak. Marinated in garlic, mustard, and their Cherokee Red Ale, an Irish-style ale with a hint of sweetness, the sirloin was cooked to perfection. Alongside creamy mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli swimming in

As twilight fell on afternoon, the cabin’s street lights flickered on, and crickets chirped a nighttime tune. We four watched, quietly, and when we could no longer see the sun through the eclipse glasses, it was time. For two glorious minutes, we gazed, with naked eyes, as the sun’s rays beamed from behind the moon, creating the not-often-seen Bailey’s beads, also called the “diamond ring.” There was a surreality in those still moments, a connectedness with mankind and nature. And as the moon moved past, nearby birds sang a morning song, stirred, as we were. Not much could top that experience, (and I do suggest you all seek out the path of totality for the 2024 eclipse), and as our Smoky Mountain adventure came to a close, we had

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house-made beer cheese, this was a plate of food worth coming back to. The energetic atmosphere, with live acoustic music and attentive service, was a bonus. Full bellies and the adrenaline from Legacy Mountain long gone, we ducked into Ripley’s Haunted Adventure on the way back to the car for one final thrill before night’s end. Here, an elevator takes scare-seekers up to a 10,000-square-foot “haunted” mansion. Time inside is spent feeling your way through pitch-darkness, with random loud sounds coming from who knows where adding to the adventurer’s jumpiness. Well-timed animatronics, live actors, and elaborate horror-themed rooms lend to the terror. The last leg of the haunt sent us through a hallway with rubber walls that caved in on our sides as we fumbled for the exit.

but one last stop to make before hitting the road back to Memphis. We’d passed by the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, the second longest mountain roller coaster in North America, several times throughout the weekend. At night, it’s lit with more than 300,000 colored lights, but during the day, from our solo-rider cars, we could take in the views — towering, slender trees at each side with branches reaching high over the course — as we crept slowly up, up, up before plummeting down from a height of nearly 4,000 feet. Through the high-speed descent’s sharp curves and stomach-tingling ups and downs, I laughed and nearly cried, thinking for sure the car would leave the tracks. Fortunately, it’s built to prevent that, and I lived to tell the tale. As first-timers vacationing in the Smoky Mountains, our crew barely scratched the surface of what the area has to offer. Between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge (and less than a 20-minute drive separating them), days can be fast-paced and packed with action in the cities’ centers or slow and serene in a cabin in the country. Whichever you choose, you’ll find it here. Who knows? You might also find, as we did, the courage to try something new, or memories to cherish for years to come.  



s luck would have it, the solar eclipse fell on our last day in the Smokies, where, the internet previously informed me, coverage would be 99.9 percent. With our bags all packed ready to bid farewell to our lovely weekend home, we stood outside, eyes to the sky, surrounded by majestic mountain beauty and a canopy of trees that proved the perfect projector for crescent shadows.

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The Green Beetles Our trivia expert solves local questions of who, what, when, where, why, and why not. Well, sometimes.

by vance lauderdale

DEAR VANCE: I found an old postcard for an establishment with the unusual name of the Green Beetle Lunch Room, and I wondered what you can tell me about it. — r.b., memphis.

right: A hand-colored postcard shows the original Peabody Hotel, a group of buildings at Main and Monroe.

My, that’s an enticing name for an eatery, isn’t it? I wonder if Green Beetle Stew was one of the specialties? Your hand-colored postcard shows a rather inviting lunch room, complete with red-tiled floors, rows of ceiling fans, a massive brass cash register, and — right at the foot of the stairs — a large cuspidor, just the thing you want to see before a mouth-watering meal. Although the long marble-topped counter is prominently featured, the card assures us that tables were apparently available (somewhere) “for ladies and gentlemen.” What’s more, and you know they would never lie about such things, this eatery was the “best place in the city for a splendid meal at a moderate price.” Now the card clearly identifies the location as the Peabody Hotel, but I rather quickly determined that the Green Beetle was never located in the present-day landmark on Union, but was instead tucked into the basement of the first Peabody Hotel, located at Main and Monroe (right). Not many people seem to remember this place, but it was erected in 1869 by a Memphis businessman named Hu. L. Brinkley (yes, that’s how he spelled his first name: “Hu.” — with a period). Some sources say he origDEAR R.B.:

inally gave the property his own name, but within a year renamed it the Peabody Hotel after George Peabody (1795-1869), an interesting character who is often described as simply a “philanthropist.” Scott Faragher and Katherine Harrington, authors of the book The Peabody Hotel, explained that “he became extremely successful in dealing with financial matters between English and American companies” and we’ll just leave it at that. In short, he was much like the Lauderdales. But unlike the Lauderdales, he never lived here. Born in Massachusetts, he lived in Boston, Washington, D.C., and then London, which is always surprising when one reads about so many things named after him in Memphis (Peabody Hotel, Peabody Avenue, Peabody Park) and elsewhere in America (George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville). But I digress. Let’s get back to the Green Beetle. I confess I wasn’t able to find much about this place. I turned up no old menus, or anything that mentioned its managers, or how the name came to be. It first shows up in city directories in 1917, simply described as “The Place To Eat” and remained in business until 1923. That’s when the original Peabody closed, and the complex of four separate buildings that made up the hotel was demolished to make way for the new Lowenstein’s department store building. Meanwhile, a few blocks away, demolition was also taking place on Union Avenue, to make way for the new Peabody, the one standing today. Although the new hotel had all sorts of restaurants, snack bars, and eateries, the Green Beetle wasn’t one of them. So why do I say Green Beetles (plural) in the title of this column? Well, in 1939, an enterprising fellow named Frank Liberto, an Italian immigrant with only a fourth-

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all accounts, Liberto was grade education, opened a decent, hard-working a cafe at the southwest fellow, and some of his corner of Main and Vance employees remember that and called it — yes — the “when times were rough, Green Beetle. Why such he would give the food an unappetizing name for left on the steam table to a place where you hope schoolchildren for their you don’t find bugs in your food? “I was about meals.” 24 and it was my first But times then got realbusiness,” Liberto told ly rough, for children and a Memphis Press-Scimitar everybody else trying reporter in 1971. “There to make a living downtown following the 1968 had been a place at Peadeath of Dr. Martin Lubody and Main [I assume he means the place in the ther King, and in 1971, the Green Beetle closed Peabody when it was on “About the most expensive thing we served its doors after 38 years in Main] called the Green business. “I just can’t get Beetle. I said to myself, ‘If was a 10-ounce T-bone steak for 25 cents.” I ever grow up, I’m going anybody dependable to — Frank Liberto to run a place like that.’” work nights,” Liberto told reporters. “Last Saturday it was time for the 3 p.m. shift, Picking the name was as simple as that. There was and nobody showed up. I just said, ‘I quit.’” apparently no connection between the Peabody’s Green The location was shuttered, along with many other Beetle Lunch Room and the cafe, except Liberto rebusinesses along the street, for years. But as membered and liked the name. Was it the best choice everyone knows, downtown made a for a restaurant? Well, in that same 1971 article, even comeback, and after going through the newspaper wondered about that, but concluded, a series of owners, in 2011 the old “Although the two giant green beetles on the front Green Beetle was purchased by have deceived many persons, the place is attractive and Josh Huckaby, the grandson neat.” And Liberto himself insisted, “We have had an ‘A’ of Frank Liberto. He kept the rating ever since we have been in business.” curious name, because he had Liberto’s first Green Beetle was a little place, and he and his wife, Mary, did all the work themselves. “I did no choice; according to the all the cooking, then served and collected the dishes,” cafe’s website, “the deed states any establishment at 325 South he told the Press-Scimitar. “My wife was the waitress and Main must be named Green cashier. We worked from 6 a.m. to midnight. It was hard Beetle.” work, but we were young.” You can’t get those 25-cent Their food must have been tasty, because the Green T-bones, anymore, but patrons Beetle moved into a larger space, just across Vance, can still enjoy the Green Beetle and a year later moved again, to an even larger buildBurger — and other tasty items ing that once housed a grocery store. His neighbors — at the little eatery that calls in the same busy block included L&N Cleaners, New Flower Shoe Repairs, Bernstacky Casket Supplies, and itself “the oldest tavern in town.” Well, that’s the story of the first the Ambassador Hotel. This was a convenient location, and second Green Beetles, but since it was right next door to the liquor store that I feel bad because I didn’t Liberto also owned on South Main Street, called simply solve two mysteries: 1) Frank’s Liquors. Who came up with In that 1971 article, Liberto recalled that diners could such a distinctive get a decent plate lunch for only 15 cents. Coffee was name, and 2) Why a dime. “About the most expensive thing we served is a “31” scribbled was a 10-ounce T-bone steak for 25 cents.” Can you i n i n k on t he imagine? Even by 1971, as the photo here shows, pafront of that old trons could enjoy a breakfast of eggs and sausage or postcard? bacon for only 65 cents (and coffee was still a dime). By

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left: A newspaper photograph shows Frank Liberto closing the doors of the Green Beetle in 1971. The longtime eatery would re-open under new ownership and does a brisk business today. Its specialty: the Green Beetle Burger. below: Frank Liberto, founder of the Green Beetle, in 1971.

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here’s no set template for the day-to-day life of a college president. The calendar constantly throws out various obstacles and challenges, requiring on-the-fly thinking. For new Rhodes College

president Marjorie Hass, taking the helm of the school meant overcoming several personal and social hurdles. The first was the decision to leave her comfortable position in a city she’d grown to love. For eight years prior to accepting the job in Memphis, Hass had served as the president of Austin College, a liberal arts school in the city of Sherman, Texas. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Hass received a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She cut her teeth in education early as an assistant professor of philosphy at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Her ascension through the ranks there included the positions of interim dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs before being appointed as the college’s first provost. After exemplary work at Muhlenberg College, she was offered the position of president at Austin College in Sherman, where she supplemented her education experience as a board member of the Council for Independent Colleges and a presidential sponsor for the Texas Women in Higher Education conference. Sherman, a small city with a population of around 40,000, close to the northern border of Texas, is a different beast than Memphis.

Rather than have jitters about the move, however, Hass jumped into her new city and culture with aplomb. “It’s been a pleasure to join the Rhodes community and of course the larger Memphis community,” she says. “July 1st was my first day here, and my husband and I were able to jump right into some of the cultural offerings of the city.” Certainly, in terms of cultural adaptation, there haven’t been any growing pains. Hass already looks at home in her new office, sipping herbal tea from a large red Rhodes mug, and has identified Barret Library, the refectory, and a pointed archway by Robinson Hall as some of her favorite spots on campus. A whirlwind first few months provided exposure to some of the city’s best offerings, including the final performance of Aida at Hattiloo Theatre, several trips to the National Civil Rights Museum, and restaurants ranging from The Four Way to The Peabody. When pressed about the debate between Memphis barbecue

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struction on Robertson Hall, a $34 million facility with more than 50,000 square feet of study, classroom, and research space. The new space supplements what was already a strong science program at the school. “Rhodes sends more students to medical school than probably any other small liberal arts college,” says Hass. “Our numbers rival many of the larger institutions and universities as well, not just in terms of percentage, but the number of students. We’d already built a world-class faculty and attracted some of the most talented students in the country, and now we have a facility that lives up to that reputation.”

school. She is not only the first female president of the institution, but also the school’s first Jewish president. One student was so excited at the new appointment that she created the #breakingthestainedglassceiling hashtag. “That was great,” says Hass, “but it’s also been wonderful to be welcomed not just by the new students — we’re starting as freshmen together and I’ve had several opportunities to meet them as a group — but by the upperclassmen. They’ve been very welcoming, very forthcoming about what they think makes Rhodes a special place, and really eager to see what the college will become under my leadership.” For her part, Hass doesn’t want to take up the mantle of Rhodes president and simply maintain the status quo. Rather, her sights are set on analyzing what the school’s strengths are, what it needs to do better, and how the administration can implement a strategic plan going forward. Several new undertakings have already improved the college; chief among them is the unveiling of a new science building. In August, Rhodes finished con-

To accompany Robertson Hall, Rhodes also renovated Briggs Hall, which is now dedicated to computer science and holds a virtual reality lab, and connected the two buildings with the Bill and Carole Troutt Quadrangle. Despite the many positive developments happening on campus every day, the start of Hass’ tenure was nearly thrown into turmoil. Two months after the announcement of her appointment in December 2016, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I was floating on air, and preparing for a semester of transition, and then I heard this news,” she says. “I would say the first reaction was, like anyone who receives a serious medical diagnosis, shock.” Luckily for Hass, doctors detected the cancer early and were able to provide treatment. After outpatient surgery and a week of abbreviated radiation therapy, they suggested chemotherapy to prevent recurrence. The treatment cycle proved tricky; chemotherapy is a very difficult process, especially during a heavy period of both personal and professional transition. The news couldn’t have come at


and that of her home state of Texas, she diplomatically talks up the qualities of both styles. Hass’ desire to connect with her new surroundings has made the transition easier, with the Rhodes community offering a welcoming hand. Faculty speak highly of her. “For 18 years, Rhodes was blessed with President Troutt’s thoughtful leadership,” says Cary Fowler, a Rhodes alumnus and chair of the board of trustees. “The tradition continues with the arrival of President Hass, whose passion for the mission of the college and whose boundless positive energy will enthuse and inspire all in her orbit.” For Rhodes, Hass’ appointment signals a new direction for the

President Marjorie Hass addresses students in the entryway to the recently finished Robertson Hall.

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a worse time, with Hass ready to begin the next step of her career in a new position away from a city she’d known for eight years. However, she decided to undergo the chemotherapy over the summer. One session was typically followed by several weeks of recuperation before having to go back in for a follow-up. Over the summer, she attended four sessions before being cleared. The process, while daunting, didn’t get her down, and she wants to use the experience to help others who are in her position. “I’m grateful for the women who have shared their breast cancer stories with me,” says Hass, “and I’ve made myself a commitment to share my story with others, if only to make people realize they’re not alone.” She cites a wonderful support network as a critical component of making it through and encourages women to continually take preventive measures. “I was fortunate that my breast cancer was

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detected early, making my treatment much less onerous and making me feel much less at risk,” she says. “Early detection is very important, so I encourage women to get regular mammograms, and to ask for 3D imaging if the mammograms won’t be enough.” It’s impossible to detect that Hass has just gone through chemotherapy considering the fervor in which she’s leapt into her new role. While some might struggle with the process, she’s already thinking about the school’s next steps toward the future. One major goal is to expand Rhodes’ community outreach. While the school already provides many student interns and employees to various businesses and organizations throughout the city, Hass believes Rhodes should act as a local and national leader for liberal arts education. Having worked in education since the 1990’s, Hass has a pretty good idea of what makes a liberal arts education successful. “The notion that you provide an education where talented students spend time and build relationships with world-class professors, and in a setting that fosters community and engagement, that’s where my heart is,” she says. Hass doesn’t want that community and engagement to apply only to current Rhodes


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students either. While the gates around campus may be off-putting to outsiders, the school’s West Campus expansion was designed to specifically create a more accessible space. The college bookstore, which joins two residence halls and a campus safety office, recently moved across University Street, while several administrative buildings are centered there as well. Going forward, there are plenty of opportunities for that space, and the school is thinking hard about what they can do with West Campus. “I think there are many open questions for Rhodes about what the future will be for the space,” says Hass. “As part of our strategic planning process we’ll be having that con-

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versation, but it does create the opportunity for us to create spaces that are explicitly welcoming to the community.” Establishing a well-rounded and engaging community relationship benefits both Memphis and the school’s academic curriculum. While Rhodes already has a strong foundation for liberal arts education, Hass wants to mold the school into an even better version of itself. “I think we need to think about the next step in terms of how we will continue to keep the institution vibrant and alive, and how we will continue to do our best to make it affordable to our students,” she says. “I’ve been challenging our faculty, staff, and students to think about ways that Rhodes can grow toward that.” Sometimes change can be tough. Rhodes is already recognized for its academic achievement, but schools can always improve, and Hass wants to lead the charge into the future. Community outreach, a beautiful campus, and new facilities are all beneficial to the advancement of learning, but at its core, everything the school does is designed to improve its students. “What matters most to Rhodes is not our buildings, but what happens inside them,” Hass says. “It’s that relationship-driven teaching and learning that is the hallmark of a Rhodes education.” 

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n 2007, Indie Memphis found a new home at Studio on the Square, where it took up all five screens for the entire weekend. Edwards, who had been the de facto director for five years, was facing festival burnout. Producer Bob Compton pledged $100,000 to hire the festival’s first-ever fulltime director, and a national search was on. Erik Jambor, a founder of the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, was hired in March 2008. “It was a major turning point in the festival,” says Edwards. “I had only been to Memphis one time, to see U2 at the Liberty Bowl,” says Jambor. “It was just when things were taking off anew in Overton Square. The first thing I got taken to was the groundbreaking for Playhouse on the Square. Congressman [Steve] Cohen was there. It made me feel like the festival was connected. What we wanted to do was to build a community that went beyond the filmmakers who had been participating for a decade.” Educating the wider public was a constant challenge. “People just don’t know what to expect at a film festival if they have never gone,” explains Jambor. “Even now when indie film is a category on Netflix and Amazon, people don’t know what a festival is. If you’ve never been, you think it’s only for filmmakers or industry people. ‘I’m just a film fan. What am I supposed to do at this festival?’ “What we’re trying to do in festivals like Indie Memphis is to get an audience excited about films and get them to come to see films they might never have a chance to see again,” says Jambor. “I would go speak to different groups, and people just didn’t know what it was. It started to slowly spread out of the core group, and now it’s gotten exponentially bigger.”


y 2010, Indie Memphis was hosting gala screenings at Playhouse on the Square. In 2011, Duncan Williams, Inc. became the festival’s presenting sponsor, increasing the budget dramatically and bringing in films such as Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. “That was a big year, because we finally had films that people were reading about in the New York Times, or hearing about on NPR,” says Jambor. “We’d get people to the festival, and while they’re there, they read the program, meet some filmmakers, and then go see something they didn’t know about by a filmmaker who lives down the street.” Jambor made a point of connecting the once exclusively local festival with the national film industry. “Once someone comes in and sits on a jury, they have a great time, and they want to come back,” he says. “That’s how Brandon Harris got involved originally. He came down with his film Redlegs. He stayed involved, and now he’s programming the fest.” Indie Memphis continued to expand in

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scope and reach. But the festival gods are fickle, and in 2014, disaster struck. That year, the festival was larger than ever, but attendance faltered. “I think there were a whole lot of factors. Halloween falling on a Friday night turned out to be much different than when it was on a Wednesday or Thursday,” says film producer Ryan Watt. “And on top of that, there was awful weather the whole

“Every great city needs a great film festival. It’s one of those cultural attractions that you expect in a real city.”

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There are lots of great people fighting breast cancer. At Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth we are the unique ones in our community who fight it every step of the continuum of care. No one does what we do to fight breast cancer here at home.

We fund breast cancer research with the because she had some symptoms for 80 other Komen affiliates and Susan G. several months and not only were they Komen and we are the largest nonprofit not going away, they were getting more funder of breast cancer research in this serious. This young woman was based in country. Only the U.S. government funds Texas. We received the call from our grantee and we shared the number of an more. Susan G. Komen is approaching affiliate in Texas that could help but said $1 billion dollars in research funding and please give her our number if she has any the organization is only 35 years old. That trouble at all. Soon after we received a call from is incredible. This commitment to research, this her and she shared her story and then commitment to mission, this commitment said: “I called the number you gave but to fighting breast cancer is why Susan G. they didn’t answer.” Once again I was Komen Memphis-MidSouth chooses to reminded that time matters. What if she be an affiliate. We choose to partner with didn’t get the courage again to make that the best organizations dedicated to call? We gave her the number of another fighting breast cancer on all fronts: education, healthcare, support, advocacy, affiliate in Texas that was closer geographically and told her that might and research. No one else does what we do. Susan not be the exact affiliate she needed to G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth has be working with but that they would help contributed over $3 million to breast her get a doctor’s appointment. She cancer research and almost $10.5 million called us back and said they had helped to local community grants. And it’s all and she had an appointment and promised she would go. This focus on raised right here at home. We are often the first phone call or breast cancer and network connectivity email or Facebook message when is something that only Komen provides. someone discovers a lump (or worse) We do one thing, we do it very well, and and does not know whom to turn to. We we do it across the nation. work with our community partners and This is why Komen grants are the best healthcare providers in our important: we provide funds for men or community to ensure that everyone — women — regardless of age — for breast both women and men, regardless of healthcare who are uninsured or underinsurance, regardless of age — get the insured. The government programs prohibit men and are written for women healthcare they need. Last month one of our partners ages 40-65. received a request for assistance from a We are helpers. We raise funds to young woman who, with her husband, help anyone who needs us. We will fund are long-haul truck drivers and they were the second diagnostic mammogram in a overnighting in Memphis for a few days year when the insurance company won’t. and she found the courage to make a call We will fund the costs for a doctor visit.

We will fund treatment. We will help. We will keep working for you until you have an appointment with one of our healthcare partners. We will keep supporting you. This is Emily (above), she has been gracing this page every year since she was a baby at her first race in 2010. Emily represents the future, a future that we are working toward that ends breast cancer forever. Your registration, your donation is how we will make this happen. When we started in 1993 the fiveyear survival rate was 79 percent. Today, with early detection, it is 99 percent. Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth has been involved every step of the way. Join us in saving lives.


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The milestone reflects the strength, growth, and endurance of one organization’s front-line position in the fight to beat breast cancer. (Qualities that help a runner finish a 5K when you think about it.) But we must also consider how brief 25 years might be viewed when measuring the phenomenal improvement in breast-cancer care since 1993 (the year of the first race). “In 1993, the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer was 79 percent,” says Elaine Hare, CEO of Komen Memphis-MidSouth. “Today, with early detection, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent.” That first race attracted 1,753 participants and raised $35,000. Last year, more than 7,000 people ran or walked the downtown course and $750,000 was raised to climb a little closer to the desired cure rate of 100 percent. To date, more than $10 million has been granted locally (see page 18), with 50 percent of all funds raised serving the areas in which they were raised. (More than $3 million — 25 percent of net revenue — has also been contributed to Komen’s national research program.) Hare emphasizes the critical role the organization’s grant committee plays in the careful and targeted distribution of

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grants. The committee (between 12 and 20 members) meets every winter to decide where and how the biggest impact can be made when grants are awarded (starting April 1st). “Members of the grant committee aren’t known to the board or public, so everything they decide is beyond reproach,” says Hare. “We’re careful to have no one on our committee who can benefit financially from our grantees. We have informed, educated people deciding where we send our dollars. The aim is to meet the needs of all people across our geographic region, and all income levels.” That geographic region is expanding, as Komen Memphis-MidSouth is merging with Komen Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias, adding 59 Mississippi counties to the 23 already covered by the affiliate headquartered in Memphis. (The Central Mississippi affiliate has also coordinated races, one in Gulfport and another in Jackson.) The unified affiliate will be called Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi and headquartered in Memphis under Hare’s leadership. “How do you say no,” wonders Hare, “to one of the poorest states in the country? You don’t. Memphis may be in Tennessee, but we’re the biggest city in Mississippi.” The fight against breast cancer is being won, but is hardly over. “Women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer are living, and a lot longer,” says Hare. “There are ladies living today who wouldn’t have had this kind of survival rate even five years ago.” Thanks in part to greater awareness and access to mammograms via the Affordable Care Act, Memphis has dropped from first to eighth among U.S. cities in deaths from breast cancer among African Americans. “If you’re poor and you work an hourly wage,” notes Hare, “you’re not giving up income for a half day’s work to see a doctor about something that doesn’t hurt.” Until women (and men) are no longer dying from breast cancer, the Race for the Cure will remain a pivotal event for this region. “It’s a grassroots effort,” emphasizes Hare. “This is done by the people [affected by breast cancer]. And it’s local. We get to decide our leadership, our board, our grant committee, and decide what’s best for our community.” The color pink has never been more powerful.

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COMMUNITY PARTNER RESOURCES Susan G. Komen MemphisMidSouth Grant Recipients Alliance Healthcare System

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GRANTS 1993 - 2017

Alliance Charitable Foundation $66,000 Baptist Healthcare Foundation $34,105 Baptist Medical Group, Memphis Breast Care $76,000 Baptist Memorial Hospital Cancer Center $35,400 Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto $381,887 Baptist Memorial Hospital East/Women’s $2,838,346 Baptist Memorial Hospital Tipton $30,000 Breast Cancer Institute $300 Carpe Diem of the MidSouth $8,950

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Children and Family Services $417,663

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Christ Community Health Services $399,240

Pink Sunday $74,472

Church Health Center $1,320,015 DeSoto Health and Wellness Center $130,000 Julie B. Baier Foundation $882,918 Memphis Cancer Foundation $206,831 Memphis Center for Reproductive Health $750 Memphis Chapter of Hadassah $1,100 Memphis Health Center $77,000

Reach for Recovery $5,000 St. Andrew AME $8,000 St. Francis Hospital $52,800 STAARS $44,500 Tennessee Men’s Health Network $8,649 The Memphis Cancer Center $30,453 Regional One Health (Regional Medical Ctr at Memphis) $878,260

Tipton County Commission on Aging $78,014 TN Department of Health $82,950 Total Women Body System/ Necessities Bag $5,000 University of Tennessee $25,500 University of TN/West Institute for Cancer Research $171,000 Urban Health Education & Support Services $272,556 West Tennessee Area Health Education Center $717,155 Wings Cancer Foundation $123,082 YWCA of Greater Memphis $141,655 TOTAL $10,436,549

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BAPTIST AGAINST BREAST CANCER Baptist Hospital has been there from the very beginning. Since the initial decision to become a presenting sponsor, the past 25 years have seen Baptist stand tall as a proud supporter of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Over that quarter century, the hospital has seen over half a million dollars in sponsorship head towards the Komen Foundation. Last year, Baptist teams raised an additional $16,318 dollars on their team. In response, the Foundation has given Baptist around $3.4 million in grants that have been utilized to improve direct patient care. “This has been for patients that need a mammogram, or even a biopsy or physician care,” says Beth Turner, administrative director of the Baptist Women’s Health Center. “The recipients include lots of different entities within the Baptist Family.” The grants allow Baptist and its affiliates to provide continued treatment to underserved or uninsured patients. “The other thing that happens with that money is that Baptist matches those funds. Last year, the women’s health

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center matched each donation at 50 percent to deliver care for patients.” To help fight breast cancer, Baptist offers every type of screening. In addition to mammograms, Baptist is the only facility in town to have a machine that can provide ABUS screenings, which detect dense breast tissue. All of the diagnostic and invasive procedures are handled by Baptist as well, which includes ultrasound biopsy for patients with lesions that wouldn’t normally show up during a screening. Each option is available to ensure that patients receive the most thorough care possible. Beyond screenings, Baptist takes care of pre-surgery processes as well. “The other thing we do, and we were the first one in Memphis to do this, was radioactive seed localization,” says Turner. “Our radiologist puts a radioactive seed into the lesion, and the surgeon can use a geiger-counter during the operation to find a lesion and determine the best approach.” Once surgery is completed, further tests are undergone to make sure both the lesion and radioactive seeds have been properly removed from the body. The whole process provides a much safer, more comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing experience for breast cancer patients. These good practices have led to Baptist receiving two major accreditations: ACR (American College of Radiology) center of excellence and by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers). Those two accreditations put Baptist in the top five percent of institutions for quality in the United States and have led to them being in the 95th percentile nationally for patient satisfaction. Once race day is on the horizon, Baptist employees are all too eager to join in the support. “We have teams from several different entities and we are all incorporated together to make one big Baptist team,” says Turner. “We’ve even received awards the last several years for having the largest groups involved.” That support is very important for Turner to see. “The Komen Foundation does so much to educate women in our community, and also does a lot to provide care for the underserved population.” Due to recent efforts, Memphis has dropped from 1st to 8th for the disparity of breast cancer deaths in AfricanAmericans vs. caucasian counterparts. While there’s still a long way to go to fix that gap, Baptist and Komen are leading the charge to continue providing accessible care to all parts of the community.


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TEAM IPINK This year marks the ten-year anniversary of International Paper’s partnership with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Every year when the race rolls around, the company does its best to promote breast cancer funding and awareness inside and outside the organization, with both executives and employees eager to spread the word about breast cancer and help the race achieve its maximum potential. With a multi-pronged effort that includes community outreach, internal education, and even special product promotions during October, International Paper has continuously proved that it wants to be a leader when it comes to the fight against breast cancer. Each year, the HP Paper brand, a subsection of the larger International Paper family, donates $50,000 to the local Memphis chapter of the Komen Foundation, while the food services division donates another $10,000 on top of that. Employees also do their best to chip in, creating a unified front for the company. Since the company began its support, IP has raised and donated close to $800,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Beyond a financial aspect, International Paper hosts an annual event for its employees known as Pinktober. “It’s a way that we try to raise money with employees and raise awareness for them as well,” says Brian Rabe, the HP brand manager for North American papers. “We have lunch and learns and events where we put word out about the race. Most of our employees either sign up as volunteers or register for the race. We’ll see them out there with their families, either working a booth or running.” Last year, team IPink was one of the largest teams in the mid-south.



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The lunch and learns are the pick of the bunch. International Paper brings in a renowned expert in the breast cancer field to discuss the issue. Last year featured an oncologist from West Cancer Center, while this year’s guest will be Alyssa Throckmorton, MD, with a lecture on October 10th focused on breast cancer risk reduction, breast density, genetic testing, and clinical trial participation. Rabe says that, for a company as large as International Paper, supporting the race is the right thing to do. Leading up to the event, IP’s signature feature is its pink reams. Each shipment of papers contains useful information about breast cancer awareness. “It’s a great way to donate money to a great cause and let people know,” he says. “IP even partners with companies like Office Depot to create buzz around the pink reams during October, with third-party sellers eager to participate. While the pink reams have been a hit in the United States, IP and the Susan G. Komen Foundation have set their sights higher and are looking to expand their efforts to increase breast cancer awareness abroad. “We’re starting to expand globally with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. HP manages papers all over the world; we’re really starting to increase our efforts in Europe, and we’re looking at Brazil as well. It’s really great that we’re able to expand our efforts internationally.”

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WEST’S RACE FOR WOMEN The mission of West Cancer Center, stretching back to Bill West, has always been personal. He opened West Clinic long ago to find a cure for his mother, who had contracted breast cancer, and pushed himself to find a way to eradicate that disease. While efforts are ongoing to combat breast cancer, the West Cancer Center family keeps that passion burning hot as they strive to help as many people in Memphis as possible. That desire to help starts from the ground up. West Cancer Center has been supporting the Race for a long time, from before the institution partnered with Methodist Healthcare. Whenever the Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure preparations begin, West Cancer Center employees enthusiastically join in the support efforts, coming up with different ways to ensure care is available to all corners of the community. “It gets to be a bit competitive around here,” says Keesha Green, community outreach and relations coordinator. “You have various departments competing to raise funds, and you always want to be on the top, so there are always a lot of competitions when it comes to creating teams and T-shirts and then rallying around the event.” Come race day, West Cancer Center employees can be seen volunteering at booths, cheering on the competitors, racing for a West team, or even racing on the team of a current patient. West’s enthusiasm to tackle the breast cancer problem is critical to its success in Memphis. Possessing the highest breast cancer mortality disparity rate among African-American women only a few short years ago, colossal





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efforts have been undertaken to address it. Using money from Komen grants, West provides screening and diagnostic services for women who can’t afford them. In addition, the Center hosts lectures and seminars throughout the community to train lay individuals as community healthcare advocates. Partnering with a number of congregations and civic organizations, West provides tools to an individual who can pass them along to her own community and refer people to the screening programs. While there have been other races in the past, Green says that Race for the Cure stands out since it gives back funds that go back directly to the community. To hone in on the issue, West consulted a study by the Avon Foundation. “We were able to look at that more closely on a granular level and have found the specific areas which have the highest disparity,” says Green, “so we’re targeting our efforts to those areas. It’s made a big dent.” After so many years, the drive to improve community healthcare still burns strong at West Cancer Center. Green is proud of the efforts that the entirety of the Center puts in and feels it’s critical that they help the Susan G. Komen Foundation. “We believe at West that if you have the ability to help someone, you should do so. Where someone lives doesn’t determine what quality of treatment they should have, and we want to be able to provide the best healthcare possible because of the great technology and doctors we have here.”

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LANDERS FOR THE CURE The Landers Ford dealership in Collierville has once again stepped up to partner with Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure as a sponsor. Landers Ford is locally owned by Kent Ritchey and Don Kitchens, both lifelong automobile dealers who operate several other franchises in the Mid-South. The Landers family of dealerships is heavily engaged in the community and partners regularly with charitable causes, including Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Ritchey finds the partnership with Komen to be an important one because breast cancer has affected everyone’s lives in some way. “I would venture that probably no one can say they don’t know someone — a friend, relative, associate, customer — who hasn’t been touched by it,” he says. “It’s always good to honor those folks, and it’s also a great way to raise money to help find a cure.” Each year, Landers forms a Race team made up of associates and their families and friends — typically between 30 and 50 people. “We open it to all of our stores, in Memphis and Southaven,” says Ritchey. Landers has race-themed shirts made and gives them to every associate, nearly 400 of them. “The week of the Race, we ask them to wear those shirts; the associates just absolutely love them, and keep them. It really makes everyone feel like part of the effort.” On Race day, associates at their sponsor booth give away thousands of gift items, and Landers displays some of the newest Ford vehicles on the market, offered by the dealership’s seven locations. This year, attendees can expect to see the new Ford Edge, Ford Escape, and Jeep Wrangler. Landers also wraps a convertible Ford Mustang with Race signage, a rolling billboard for the cause that becomes a pace car for the event. “Thousands of racers get their picture taken with it,” Ritchey says. This year, to further raise awareness to the cause, Landers is offering Pink license plate frames in all of their dealerships. The Landers Race for the Cure sponsorship is through the Ford store in Collierville, located at the corner of Poplar and Houston Levee. At any given time, customers can find 450 new Fords and 150 pre-owned automobiles on the lot. For more information about Landers, visit

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Kimberly Bacon received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree from the University of Memphis. After working in the commercial interior design industry for the Knoll Company, she opened a design practice focused on the residential marketplace. For the past 27 years, she has owned Bacon Interiors which has transitioned into Easy Living Interiors. Kimberly’s philosophy is that the home should be a retreat with real-life design solutions and fresh, simple style.

Attorney Laura Bailey has been named a Rising Star for two consecutive years in Super Lawyers List, issued by Thomson Reuters. She practices in the areas of employment law, commercial and business litigation, and personal injury. Laura is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. She provides pro bono legal services to TennCare waiver recipients. Laura is a native Memphian and earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee before going on to earn her juris doctor from the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She enjoys helping clients find practical solutions for their legal needs.

Misty Becker graduated from the University of Memphis’s Cecil L. Humphreys School of Law in 2000. Mrs. Becker has devoted 100 percent of her practice to representing clients in divorce, custody, and support matters. She is rated one of the Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Memphis by ThreeBestRated. com, and named one of the Top 10 Best Attorneys for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service for the past three years in a row and 10 Best Law Firms for 2017 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Mrs. Becker lives with her husband and three kids in Fayette County. In her spare time she teaches taekwondo, does Olympic weightlifting, and is the finance officer for her daughters’ Girl Scout troop.

Kristy L. Bennett obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1999. She is licensed in Mississippi and Tennessee. Ms. Bennett has spent the majority of her legal career handling employment and civil rights cases. She served as Legal Director of the ACLU of Mississippi from 2008 through 2010. Ms. Bennett has obtained jury verdicts and settlements for, or in excess of, one million dollars for her clients. In June 2016, Ms. Bennett joined with Tressa V. Johnson to open their own practice, Johnson & Bennett, PLLC, in Memphis. The firm primarily represents employees who have been discriminated against in the workplace as well as those who have personal injury claims. Ms. Bennett, a native Memphian, lives with her husband and three children in DeSoto County.




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Anna brings her passion for helping people and drive for excellence to real estate. A native of West Tennessee and long time Memphian, Anna loves this city and helping her clients’ dreams come true. Anna was Rookie of the Year in 2015, after a successful first year in the business. She was ranked #9 in Crye-Leike in 2016 out of over 900 agents. Anna has achieved Multi-Million Dollar Club status each year she has been in the business. She has studied and obtained designations and certifications as a Seller Representation Specialist, Real Estate Negotiation Expert, Graduate of the Realtor Institute, and Pricing Strategy Advisor. Her ambition, drive and work ethic place her at the top of the field. Anna’s clients appreciate her availability, work ethic, and negotiation skills. She represents buyers and sellers in Shelby, Tipton, Fayette, and Haywood Counties.

Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor. With over 30 years in Real Estate, Vicki is Vice President and Managing Broker with Crye-Leike Realtors. A Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club, Vicki has taken an active role in the real estate industry, serving on the Realtor Political Action Committee, The Grievance Committee, and Past President of the Young Realtors Group. She is a Certified Real Estate Specialist. Vicki received the Lion Heart Award for Volunteer Service for Youth Villages and served as two-term Race Director for the YV5K Run. In 2014 she established BARC, Blackwell Animal Rescue Center, a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abused and abandoned animals. In 2016 she was awarded the Rotary-Paul Harris Fellow Award as recognition for exceptional service. Vicki is licensed in TN and MS.

Emma Cockerham is the owner of Infinity Events, an independent eventplanning business serving the greater Memphis area, and specializing in weddings. While planning her own wedding in 2012, she realized her passion in this industry. Starting her career with corporate planning, she soon found that her heart lied within the social sector. Emma believes that every event should be timeless, memorable, and infinite. She strives to harness a client’s personality and vision, and help manifest that within an event’s design. Emma’s collaborative approach thrives on creating the perfect planner/client rapport. Emma and her husband, Jason, are expecting their first child in October.

Maggie Cooper is a shareholder with the Memphis office of Lewis Thomason, a Tennessee law firm with offices across the state. Ms. Cooper defends medical providers, professionals, and corporate entities in malpractice, product liability, and premises liability litigation. She has tried numerous cases to verdict and has been a MidSouth Super Lawyer in general civil litigation since 2012. Outside of the office and courtroom, Ms. Cooper serves on the board of Memphis College Prep Elementary School. She has also held leadership positions with the Memphis Bar Association, Junior League of Memphis, and the American Bar Association TIPS Section.







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Memphis Neurology is pleased to announce the arrival of Elizabeth Cruz, M.D. Dr. Cruz received her Medical Degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre Y Maestra (Dominican Republic). She performed her Pediatric residency at Flushing Hospital (Flushing, New York) and her child neurology and neurophysiology fellowships through Stony Brook Univ. Medical Center. Dr. Cruz is board-certified with the ABPN and is currently accepting pediatric patients. She practices general child neurology but has a strong interest in neurophysiology and epilepsy. Dr. Cruz is an active member of the Am. Epilepsy SOC, Am. Acad. of Neurology, and the Am. Clinical Neurophysiology SOC. She is very compassionate and dedicated to her patients.

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Nikki Huffman of Landers Auto Group has played a key role in the Automotive Industry for the last 14 years. She is an assistant to Kent Ritchey and has effectively help manage Landers Auto Group, working with 12 different manufacturers along with corresponding financial sources. She assists in franchise acquisitions, hiring, training, and managing the day to day business. As a survivor at a very young age, she found she could make a difference in thousands of lives. She has been at the head of many great causes across the Mid-South for many years. Nikki has served and given countless hours to Susan G Komen, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, St. Jude Marathon, and the Collierville Education Foundation. She has a desire to be successful and make a difference in our community.




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A graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, is known for winning large verdicts and fighting vigorously for her clients. She has dedicated her nearly decade long career to personal injury and employment law. Ms. Johnson is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which admits only those lawyers who have won million-dollar judgements for their clients. In June 2016, she joined Kristy L. Bennett, Esq. to open their own practice, Johnson & Bennett, PLLC, in Memphis. The firm primarily represents employees who have been discriminated against in the workplace. Tressa is a licensed member of the TN and the MS Bars. In 2016, she was named a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star. She fights every single day for her clients and it is their strength in the face of great adversity that motivates her.

Stephanie Lawson has been in the real estate industry and property management field since 2001. During that time her client base and rental property business has flourished. Stephanie started Desoto Management & Investments, LLC in 2008, and she currently has clients throughout the United States and abroad. Her company has helped hundreds of investors and owner occupants find the most suitable home for their needs. She will be happy to help you find the home of your dreams.

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Teresa Ray is the owner of Pro Stone Kitchen & Bath in Olive Branch, MS. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Memphis in 1997 with a degree in Home Furnishings Merchandising. After a successful career designing kitchens at King Kitchens, Teresa saw the need for a place for customers to choose cabinets, countertops and flooring in one place which led to the opening of Pro Stone. Teresa’s designs have been in many magazines and won Best kitchen at the Vesta Home Show. Pro Stone was recently featured in “Stone World”, a national trade magazine. She has worked along her husband Sean for 17 years.

Margaret Reid is a founding partner at the law offices of Butler Sevier Hinsley & Reid, PLLC. Margaret, along with the other attorneys in the firm, focuses her practice on domestic and family law matters such as divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, juvenile court matters and adoption. A 2004 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, Margaret practices in both Tennessee and Mississippi. She is a member of the Tennessee, Mississippi and Memphis Bar Associations. Margaret received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001.

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Dr. Stiles is a Midtown neighbor and neighborhood doctor for the whole family, being double-boarded in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Her many interests include adolescents, obesity and breastfeeding. She is the Chair for the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a member of Memphis Medical Society, Memphis Pediatric Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American College of Physicians/ASIM. She received her B.S. in Biochemical Engineering at the Univ. of MissouriColumbia. After working as an engineer for 10 years, she got her MD at the Univ. of Cincinnati, and residency at the Univ. of Illinois, Chicago.

Pam owns Magnolia Lighting along with her husband Paul. They have two children who are planning their careers around the family businesses. Under Pam’s management Magnolia Lighting has grown from a tiny 800 sq. ft store to 4 beautiful stores totaling 24,000 sq.ft. with the main store being in Hernando, just 15 minutes from Memphis. Her first priority in business is to make sure that Magnolia Lighting maintains a high quality of service and selection. Outside of business Pam and Paul have two children, a member of Colonial Hills Church and serves as Trustee and on the Personnel Team. She has served on the Hernando Chamber of Commerce Board as well as the Desoto Economic Council and The North Mississippi Builders Association Board.

With over 25 years of experience in Real Estate Sales, Jennifer joined the Hobson Realtor team in 2016. Now a 15-year resident of Memphis, and a transplant from the Washington D.C. area, I could not have found a more perfect city to be a part of. As a restoration hobbyist this city has some of the most fantastic architecture in the country. It’s a privilege to help find the perfect location for a buyer or assist a seller in moving to the next chapter in their life. Whichever role I’m in as a Realtor, all are an equally satisfying experience.

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continued from   page 37 Gladys Presley died, and Elvis and I mourned together. We didn’t know what Colonel Parker’s plans were except to keep Elvis from performing during the enlistment. Things looked bleak. I told him, ‘Elvis, one of your favorite gospel songs is “I Believe in the Man in the Sky.” It says, “I believe with His help that I’ll get by.” Think about that song and know that everything’s going to work out as long as you believe. This is just a slight detour.’ “Elvis thought about that and then got up and went to the piano and played that song. I sat in the corner of the room, overcome by emotion, and I couldn’t say another word. But after Elvis did that song, we both felt, somehow, that things would work out all right.”


Red attends the premiere of Goodbye Solo at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008

hat was one of those serious moments out of the spotlight, when a terrified. The rest of us stayed in character. “Once we got into the suite, we walked to friend relied on a friend. Other times, it was one big goof, as in the silliest shootout the bar. Sonny had quietly separated and gone in Las Vegas. In those days, Red and his cousinto the kitchen nearby where he couldn’t in Sonny were Elvis’ bodyguards who dealt be seen. When I knew he was in position, I with everything from overzealous fans to announced, ‘OK, boys, we made it.’ Sonny, serious threats. then, disguising his voice, hollered ‘Presley, “Whenever it got tense, we’d figure out you son of a bitch!’ and fired his gun. “J.D. Sumner, the patriarch of the Stamps, some way to lighten things up. And with Elvis, that meant spreading around some mispushed Elvis to the floor and got on top of chief. One time in Las Vehim. J.D.’s nephew Dongas, Elvis and I worked “We made it to the elevator and nie Sumner tried to jump out a plan that would over the bar and succeedgot up to the 30th floor and I have some fun with the ed in knocking over botsnapped, ‘Everyone stay back so Stamps Quartet, the tles and banging up his I can see outside!’ The Stamps group that sang backup knee. Ed Enoch slid over for Elvis. Normally after to the other side of the were quiet — and terrified.” a concert, Elvis and the bar and shouted, ‘Gimme Stamps would go up to the suite and sing a gun!’ And the tenor, who was very religious, gospel songs just because that’s what they found a place to pray. “Each of the two security guards fired and all loved to do. After this particular concert, I pulled the singers aside and said, ‘Boys, we’ve then fell ‘dead.’ I fired in Sonny’s direction and got another threat. You stay behind me as we then took a bullet. The Stamps couldn’t see go up to the suite, and follow my lead.’ Sonny and he stuck his hand out from around “Earlier that day, I’d gotten some blank the bar where the musicians watched, terribullets for me, Sonny, and two security guards fied. Donny picked up a can of tomato juice who were all in on it. We put them in our and threw it at his hand, missing it completely. guns before Elvis’ performance and it’s a good “And then Sonny walked out and they all thing nothing happened during the concert, nearly fainted. Afterwards, when they got because we’d have been in a mess of trouble. over the upset and were laughing about it, When the performance was over, I led the J.D. said, ‘You know, I pushed Elvis down way down the long hallway with Elvis and and could feel him shaking. I thought he the Stamps following and Sonny and the two was scared, but he was just laughing!’ And guards on ‘high alert.’ We played it for all it nobody laughed harder than Elvis.”   was worth. I would get to a corner and hold A HELL OF A RIDE: RED WEST — up my hand, peek around the corner and then Recollections of a Remarkable Life Before, tell everyone to hurry it on up. We made it During and After Elvis & The Memphis Mafia to the elevator and got up to the 30th floor by Red and Pat West with Jon W. Sparks, and I snapped, ‘Everyone stay back so I can will be published next year. see outside!’ The Stamps were quiet — and O C T O B E R 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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Our Gardens’ Last Hurrah A variety of plants put on their best show in the fall.

left: Asters and soldago. right: Red and yellow twig dogwood. PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRISTINE ARPE GANG

by christine arpe gang


y favorite season depends on when the question is posed. In winter, I would wax on about my excitement when the first sprouts of spring push through the cool soil with an unstoppable force to find the sunlight. I imagine the fiery furnace in the core of the Earth getting hotter and the sun getting brighter until sleeping plants want to start singing and dancing on their seasonal stage. Call me fickle, but in late summer when flowers turn into ugly seed heads and leaves lose vitality, I can hardly wait for the arrival of my new favorite season, autumn. As the days change from hot and humid to cool and crisp, working in the garden is almost a pleasure. Even better are special flowers and foliage that we behold only for a few weeks in the fall. While it is our gardens’ last hurrah before winter, it is not, except for annuals, a prelude to their death. Most of our plants will take a winter nap, but in our climate, gardens and natural landscapes are never totally dormant.


f your garden peters out without a fall flourish, you might think about adding a few new plants or redoing some beds. Garden designer Tom Pellett likes to celebrate seasonal delights by dedicating a specific area to plants that peak in spring and summer and another to those that wait until fall and winter to shine. “It’s easier to divide them instead of having one bed doing all of the work for a year,” he says.

Mystic Spires, a perennial salvia, could find a place in both beds because it produces true blue flowers on 18- to 30-inch spikes from spring until the first frost, provided the dead flowers are routinely snipped off and the entire plant is cut back by about a third in early summer. That may seem drastic but the flowers return quickly. Two other worthy salvias restrain themselves until late summer and fall: Mexican bush sage with its velvety blue-purple flowers, and pineapple sage, whose fruity scented foliage and red flowers are nectar sources for migrating hummingbirds. Two asters — the medium-size October Skies with light lavender flowers and Raydon’s Favorite, a taller one with dark blue flowers — are also fall charmers. Those blue and purple flowering plants look even better when they have some bright yellow companions like Fireworks, a 36-inchtall goldenrod with intensely yellow flowers on arching branches. Another option is the giant leopard plant, which sends up clusters of yellow daisy-like blooms amid its glossy

solid green or variegated green and yellow kidney-shaped leaves. Gardeners also can’t beat the fall foliage of Japanese maples like Osakazuki, whose bright green leaves turn to a brilliant crimson, or Lion’s Mane, which becomes a mass of gold and crimson crinkled leaves. And don’t forget the buttery-yellow fan-shaped leaves of the ginkgo tree that all drop at the same time to cover the ground in a gorgeous golden blanket. Amsonia, also known as Bluestar, is a perennial most prized for its clusters of small blue flowers in the spring. But its feathery leaves take on an attractive goldish-bronze hue in autumn. This plant is tough enough to thrive on a median on Wolf River Boulevard in Germantown just west of the bridge over the Wolf River. It would be difficult to ignore the seas of white, yellow, purple, and bronze mums that flood into our nurseries and big-box merchandisers every fall. A few well-placed pots of these flowers will certainly add pops of pizzazz to tired autumn landscapes. Although they are perennials, their tight and compact growing habit is not always as pleasing in the garden as it is in nursery pots. But ornamental specialist Carol Reese makes room for some older varieties such as Ryan’s Pink, a lovely loosey-goosey plant with pale pink daisy-like flowers with yellow centers. She also likes plants in the newly

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developed Igloo series like Fireworks Igloo, Frosty Igloo, Dainty Pink Igloo, and Cool Red Igloo. To my eye, Ryan’s Pink resembles the Sheffield Pink chrysanthemum I’ve been growing for years. It’s well worth waiting until mid-October to see its blooms. I want to grow one of Reese’s other recommendations: Spirea “Ogon” or Mellow Yellow, a low-growing shrub with thousands of tiny white flowers in early spring, willowy yellow leaves in summer, and then brilliant orange/russet fall color. Reese also likes the yellow foliage of the bottlebrush buckeye and the golden glow of leaves on coral bark maples in the autumn sun. Winter-hardy edibles like emerald green curly parsley; yellow, orange, and red Rainbow Lights Swiss chard; and deep purple Red Russian kale are also great for their lush colors and tasty leaves from fall through winter.


ome gardeners make long to-do lists in the fall, but there isn’t that much anyone really has to do to prepare the garden for winter. One of Reese’s recommendations is great for lazy gardeners like me: Put the pruners down. I always like orders that give me permission not to work. Prune nothing, she says. If you

absolutely must have a tidy garden, go ahead and remove unsightly seed heads on the ends of the stems of echinaceas and other perennials. You won’t be depriving the birds that feed throughout the winter on those seeds if you scatter them on the ground after you throw the heads in the compost pile. General pruning on shrubs and trees should wait until they are fully dormant in December. Most gardeners wait until mid-to-

Upcoming Events T H E M A D I S O N C O U N T Y M A S T E R G A R D E N E R S will hold a fall plant sale from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, October 6th, at the University of Tennessee West Tennessee Research and Education Center, 605 Airways Blvd. in Jackson, Tennessee. You can find many perennials and other permanent plants at the F A L L P L A N T S A L E A T M E M P H I S B O T A N I C G A R D E N from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 7th. It’s located at 750 Cherry Rd. in Audubon Park.

late February for major pruning. Early pruning can rob a shrub of stored carbohydrates, reducing its hardiness and vigor. It can also encourage new and tender growth that will be killed back by the next frost. It’s a good idea to protect plants that are only borderline winter-hardy here, says Jim Crowder at Memphis Botanic Garden. He

advises putting a modest layer of coarse mulch around the base of the plant out to the space underneath its longest branches. Avoid touching the trunk with the mulch. Do not use finely ground hardwood bark mulch, which can form a tight mat that does not allow water and air to move through it. Choose coarse pine bark mulch, pine straw, or other grassy materials. Autumn is also the time to sow seeds for poppies, larkspur, bachelor’s buttons, and columbines. Ellen LeBlond suggests mixing the tiny seeds with sand or cornmeal and sprinkling them on soil that has been loosened by raking. “After you sow the seeds, tamp them down with your feet or the back of a rake so they don’t wash away,” says LeBlond, who formerly worked in the horticulture department at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Crowder is a fan of yellow and red twig dogwoods, shrubby plants that brighten fall and winter landscapes. They need a moist to wet site and some sun. One thing the experts agree on: Fall is the ideal time to plant perennials, shrubs, and trees. The plants will get a jump-start on acclimating to the soil. Because September and October are typically dry months, however, Reese recommends waiting until November to install most new plants. Then, when Old Man Winter has left and spring arrives, just step back and watch your garden grow.

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Party Platter Wineries, celebratory chefs, and Memphis music come together for Le Bonheur’s FedExFamilyHouse.

WHO: ◗ Memphis Food & Wine Festival WHAT: ◗ 200 wines and plates from 34 chefs WHERE: ◗ Memphis Botanic Garden WHEN: ◗ October 14th WHY: ◗ Benefit for Le Bonheur FedExFamilyHouse HOW: ◗ Tickets ($200) at

photographs by justin fox burks

Soon after its inaugural event, the Memphis Food & Wine Festival was branded one of the best parties of the year. The photos on this page from last year explain why: Balmy weather, tented stations for sampling, generous wine pours, and dozens of accomplished chefs, including festival organizer José Gutierrez from River Oaks, pictured below passing out plates.


ow does the second Memphis Food & Wine Festival top the success of its inaugural event? Tweak the event’s layout for 2,500 guests at Memphis Botanic Garden, add Michelin Three-Star Chef Guy Savoy to an impressive culinary lineup, crank up the Memphis music, and pour lots (and lots) of wine. “We showcase some wines that people will recognize and some that are new to the market,” explains John Adams, marketing director for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Tennessee. “But all the wines are exceptional to complement the quality and marquee of the chefs.” Dishes prepared by nationally known chefs are equally diverse, ranging from wild salmon with olive tapenade and lemon confit from Chef Thierry Rautureau at Seattle’s Loulay Kitchen to grilled Royal Red shrimp with rum barrel hot sauce from Chef Tory McPhail at the Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. Local chefs are also well-represented, including the three chefs profiled here, who talked to student journalists from the University of Memphis about their influences in the kitchen and the food they like to serve. — Pamela Denney

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For Chef Valarie Hall, Wild Game Inspires Culinary Adventure

Peabody Chef Andreas Kisler Looks Back at His European Roots

Sweet Grass Chef Ryan Trimm Talks Porchetta and Chick-fil-A

by ethan middleton

by ana alford

by collins peeples




embers of the Ridgeway Country Club in Collierville are likely accustomed to Chef Valarie Hall’s propensity for unusual ingredients. She likes to experiment with dishes like pasta made with wild boar meat, a dish served last year at the first Memphis Food & Wine Festival. “I also make a wild boar risotto at the club that is so popular I will never be able to take it off the menu,” she said recently, before describing her plan for this year’s festival: white truffle chanterelle risotto with duck confit chicharrones.

Memphis: Why do you like wild boar? Chef Valarie Hall: I’m a real big fan of wild game meat. Just the appeal of having something different draws people in. I like to make sure everyone is broadening his or her taste buds, and I think people really taste the love in my food. How long have you been cooking? I’ve been a professional pretty much since I was born. My grandfather was a butcher, my grandmother was a baker, my father and brother are chefs. I’m one of those crazy people who love doing this. What inspires you to make new dishes? My inspiration comes from my country club members right now. Being in a country club is completely different than being in an independent restaurant. It’s like you’re cooking for your family every single night. I really try to appeal to them and let them try things they’ve never had before. That always keeps my energy level growing and allows me to be creative. What other interesting animals do you use in your dishes? I work with venison, a little bit of oxtail, and some frog. I’m kind of all over the map. I’m always trying to sneak some wild game in most of my food. Where do you get your ingredients? A lot of my wild game meat comes from Texas. There’s a company called Broken Arrow Ranch that I have a great relationship with. Anytime they have some fun new products, they call me up right away.

hef Andreas Kisler, executive chef at downtown’s historic Peabody Hotel, takes advantage of his world experience and love for ethnic foods to bring beautiful dishes to Memphis diners. At last year’s Food & Wine Festival, he served truffle-cured wagyu strip, marinated in Ghost River beer overnight, roasted, and plated with crispy rye bread and a cool pear slaw to brighten up the spices. This year, Chef Kisler moves in a different direction with egg cauliflower custard, smoked lobster, and caviar.

s executive chef at Sweet Grass and Sweet Grass Next Door in Cooper-Young, Chef Ryan Trimm is a busy man. Fortunately, he still finds time to participate in fund-raisers like the Memphis Food & Wine Festival, where last year he prepared porchetta with Hoppin’ John, a blend of rice and black-eyed peas. At this year’s event, Trimm will highlight fare from his new raw oyster bar at Sweet Grass, serving both roasted oysters and oysters on the half shell with a variety of sauces and condiments.

How many years have you been cooking? Chef Andreas Kisler: About 45 years now. I’m very old. I am from Europe, so there if you do not go to the university at the age of 15, you start your career.

Why do you participate in the Memphis Food & Wine Festival? Chef Ryan Trimm: Three reasons: First of all, Jose called, and when Chef calls, you do whatever he says. Second, it’s for the FedExFamilyHouse, which is just an amazing place. And third, this event is such a cool thing for our city.

Do you remember the first dish you ever made? Actually I do. It was a cheese and ham toast. I was working in a fine hotel and that was my job for about a month. Did you fall in love with cooking automatically? Yes and no. I don’t know why I liked cooking. No one in my family is a chef. When I became a chef, times were different. There weren’t as many culinary TV shows like there are now. Did anyone inspire you while learning to be a chef? I met a chef when I started who was very passionate about it, and he brought me into it and made me passionate, too. How did you know you wanted to be a chef? My parents asked me what I wanted to do and without even thinking about it, I just always knew I wanted to cook. Do you have a favorite dish to cook? No. Do your parents have a favorite child?

How did you make your porchetta? We took about a 60-pound hog and deboned it. Then we took all the meat out of it, except for the belly. We cured the belly and took the rest of the meat and made a sausage and then we brined the loins. Then we went back, laid the sausage in, did a layer of spinach and brandied apricots, put the loins in, rolled it up, and roasted it. Do you remember the first meal you ever cooked? It was probably eggs of some sort. I’m not exactly sure. I was probably 8 or 9 years old. The thing that sticks in my mind is that I used to make cappelletti with my grandmother a lot. She was known for making all these raviolis and pastas. Do you eat fast food, and do you eat out? As far as fast food goes, the kids love Chick-fil-A. So, we’ll go to Chick-fil-A sometimes as a treat. As far as eating out, it’s tough. I have two little ones and I’m at work a lot, but when we do, we try to hit up some of our favorite restaurants in town like Tsunami. 

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clockwise from bottom left: Chef Drew Bryan prepares entrees like seared salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes and an olive and caper tapenade (above), while wife Courtney Bryan focuses on customer service (“We are happy to customize dishes for our customers’ needs,” she says). Try the table snack for either two or four, or at lunch, a croque madame layered with shaved ham, Gruyere cheese, and whole grain mustard cream sauce with a sunny side up egg on top. For dessert, try pana cotta, lemon pound cake, or chocolate bundt cake (bottom).

Tidbits: Blue Honey Bistro


fter a weekend dinner at Blue Honey Bistro, I ask my dinner-mates to name a favorite dish. My husband doesn’t hesitate: The coffee, prepared at the table in a French press pot. The salmon, says a friend, praising the entree’s soft moist center — peach-colored like an Orange Crush rose — and its olive-caper tapenade. Another friend needs a nudge to pick something new, so he moves easily to dessert: a first-rate chocolate Bundt cake with cherry ice cream and crème anglaise, all house-made. And for me? Purple cauliflower soup, swirled with pureed arugula into a gorgeous tapestry of grape and green. The space is small at Blue Honey but gracious, like a family dining room dressed up for a holiday meal with stemware, white linens, and extra chairs pulled up to the table. “We like to do things small and personalized,” says Courtney Bryan, who runs the front of the house, while her chef husband, Drew Bryan, handles the kitchen. “On any given night, people will know other people eating at another table. We love the visiting back and forth.”

The decision on the bistro’s name — like most things at Blue Honey — is shared between husband and wife. Blue is the couple’s sentimental color, honey is a name Drew liked, and blue honey is produced randomly by bees near Fayetteville, North Carolina. Courtney discovered the mystery in a Google search. “The phenomenon is weird, and we are a little weird because we are together all the time,” Courtney says. “So Blue Honey seemed like a perfect name.” Open since June, the bistro serves lunch and dinner and expects a liquor license soon. They plan to serve cocktails and about 40 wines, mostly boutique labels. While menus are limited — only five entrees for dinner — the choices are approachable and full-flavored, like brown butter scallops with bacon, cannellini beans, and Mississippi blue rice. And to start? A trio of table snacks: pimento cheese, black-eyed pea humus, and deviled ham, chunky with sweet pickles like my mother used to make. Blue Honey Bistro, 9155 Poplar Ave., Suite 17 in Germantown (901-552-3041) $-$$$


by pamela denney

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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 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. The crown jewel of The Peabody for 35 years. Afternoon tea served Wed.-Sat., 1-3:30 p.m. (reservations required). Closed Sun.Tues. The Peabody, 149 Union. 529-4188. D, X, MRA, $$$$ COZY CORNER—Serving up ribs, pork sandwiches, chicken, spaghetti, and more; also homemade banana pudding. Closed Sun.-Mon. 745 N. Parkway and Manassas. 527-9158. L, D, $ DEJAVU—Serves Creole, soul, and vegetarian cuisine, including po-boys, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. 51 S. Main. 505-0212. L, D, X, MR, $-$$ 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, $-$$$ EVELYN & OLIVE—Jamaican/Southern fusion cuisine includes such dishes as Kingston stew fish, Rasta Pasta, and jerk rib-eye. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun.-Mon. 630 Madison. 748-5422. L, D, X, $ FELICIA SUZANNE’S—Southern cuisine with low-country, Creole, and Delta influences, using regional fresh seafood, local beef, and locally grown foods. Entrees include shrimp and grits. Closed Sun. and Mon. A downtown staple at Brinkley Plaza, 80 Monroe, Suite L1. 5230877. L (Fri. only), D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ FERRARO’S PIZZERIA & PUB—Rigatoni and tortellini are among the pasta entrees here, along with pizzas

(This guide, compiled by our editors, includes editorial picks and advertisers.)

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Masters of


The Memphis Chamber Music Society and Concerts International are proud to present the Juilliard String Quartet. This world class ensemble will enlighten and inspire us with their insights into three gems from the quartet repertoire: Beethoven’s Op. 18, No. 5, Haydn’s Op. 76, No. 5, and Beethoven’s Op. 127. Masters of Music performing Music of the Masters!


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(whole or by the slice), with a variety of toppings. 111 Jackson. 522-2033. L, D, X, $ 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, $-$$ THE FRONT PORCH—Beale Street Landing eatery serves Southern-inspired appetizers, such as Crispy Grit Bites, along with burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Closed Monday. 251 Riverside Dr. 524-0817. L, X, $ GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN—Serves chicken with signature spicy batter, along with homemade beans, slaw, and pies. 310 S. Front. 527-4877; 215 S. Center St. (Collierville). 853-6005; 2965 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 373-9111; 730 S. Mendenhall. 767-2323; 505 Highway 70 W., Mason, TN. 901-2942028. L, D, X, MRA, $ HAPPY MEXICAN—Serves quesadillas, burritos, chimichangas, vegetable and seafood dishes, and more. 385 S. Second. 529-9991; 6080 Primacy Pkwy. 683-0000; 7935 Winchester. 751-5353. L, D, X, $ HUEY’S—This family friendly restaurant offers 13 different burgers, a variety of sandwiches and delicious soups and salads. 1927 Madison. 726-4372; 1771 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-3885; 77 S. Second. 5272700; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-4455; 7090 Malco Blvd. (Southaven). 662-349-7097; 7825 Winchester. 624-8911; 4872 Poplar. 682-7729; 7677 Farmington Blvd. (Germantown). 3183030; 8570 Highway 51 N. (Millington). 873-5025. L, D, X, MRA, $ ITTA BENA—Southern and Cajun-American cuisine served here; specialties are duck and waffles and shrimp and grits, along with steaks, chops, seafood, and pasta. 145 Beale St. 578-3031. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$
 KOOKY CANUCK—Offers prime rib, catfish, and burgers, including the 4-lb. “Kookamonga”; also late-night menu. 87 S. Second. 578-9800; 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy. 1-800-2453 L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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. 620-4600/2918200. 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. Well-stocked bar. 145 S. Main. 522-8555. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ McEWEN’S ON MONROE—Southern/ American cuisine with international flavors; specialties include steak and seafood, sweet potato-crusted catfish with macaroni and cheese, and more. Closed Sun., Monroe location. 120 Monroe. 527-7085; 1110 Van Buren (Oxford). 662-234-7003. L, D, SB (Oxford only), X, MRA, $$-$$$ MESQUITE CHOP HOUSE—The focus here is on steaks, including prime fillet, rib eyes, and prime-aged New York strip; also, some seafood options. 5960 Getwell (Southaven). 662-890-2467; 88 Union. 527-5337; 3165 Forest Hill-Irene (Germantown). 249-5661. D, SB (Germantown), X, $$-$$$ MOLLIE FONTAINE LOUNGE—Specializes in tapas (small plates) featuring global cuisine. Closed Sun.-Tues. 679 Adams Ave. 524-1886. D, X, $ PAULETTE’S—Presents fine dining with a Continental flair, including such entrees as filet Paulette with butter cream sauce and crabmeat and spinach crepes; also changing daily specials, and great views. River Inn. 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3300. B, L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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. Michael Patrick among the city’s best chefs. 492 S. Main. 304-6985. L (Fri.-Sat.), D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ SABOR CARIBE—Serving up “Caribbean flavors” with dishes from Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Closed Sunday.  662 Madison. 949-8100. L, D, X, $ SOUTH MAIN SUSHI & GRILL—Serving sushi, nigiri, and more.  520 S. Main. 249-2194. L, D, X, $ SPINDINI—Italian fusion cuisine with such entrees as woodfired pizzas, gorgonzola stuffed filet, and fresh seafood; large domestic whiskey selection. 383 S. Main. 578-2767. D, X, $$-$$$ TERRACE—Creative American and Continental cuisine includes such dishes as filet mignon, beef or lamb sliders, chicken satay, and mushroom pizzetta. Rooftop, River Inn of Harbor Town, 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3366. D, X, $$ 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, $-$$ THE VAULT—Shrimp beignets, stuffed cornish hen, and bacon-wrapped chicken roulade are among the dishes offered at this Creole/Italian fusion eatery. 124 G.E. Patterson. 591-8000. L, D, SB, X, $-$$

COLLIERVILLE 148 NORTH—French cuisine meets Southern comfort food here with menu items such as chicken and waffles, duck confit, and JKE’s Knuckle Sandwich,

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CIT Y DINING LIST made with lobster knuckle and puff pastry. 148 N. Main. 5690761. 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, $-$$$ RONNIE GRISANTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT— This Memphis institution serves family classics such as Elfo’s Special and chicken ravioli, along with lighter fare and changing daily chef selection. Closed Sun. Sheffield Antiques Mall, 684 W. Poplar. 850-0191. L (Mon.-Sat.), D (Thurs.-Sat.), X, $-$$$ 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). 662-8909312; 2200 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 425-4901. L, D, 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 ragu. Service times vary; call for details. Closed Fri.-Sun. 1245 N. Germantown Pkwy. 754-7115. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ ON THE BORDER—Dishes out such Tex-Mex specialties as fajitas and Southwest chicken tacos; also fresh grilled seafood specials. 8101 Giacosa Pl .881-0808; 6572 Airways (Southaven). 662-655-4750. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $ SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT—Entrees include tempura, teriyaki, and sushi, as well as grilled fish and chicken entrees. 2324 N. Germantown Pkwy. 384-4122. L, D, X, $-$$ TANNOOR GRILL—Brazilian-style steakhouse with skewers served tableside, along with Middle Eastern specialties; vegetarian options also available. 830 N. Germantown Pkwy. 443-5222. L, D, X, $-$$$


(INCLUDES POPLAR/ I-240) ACRE—Features seasonal modern American cuisine in an avante-garde setting using locally sourced products; also small-plates and iconic 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, $-$$ AMERIGO—Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine includes pasta, wood-fired pizza, steaks, and cedarwood-roasted fish. 1239 Ridgeway, Park Place Mall. 761-4000. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ ANDREW MICHAEL ITALIAN KITCHEN— Traditional Italian cuisine with a menu from two of the city’s top chefs 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. Possible the best biscuits in town. 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, $$$-$$$$ CASABLANCA—Lamb shawarma is one of the fresh, homemade specialties served at this Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant; fish entrees and vegetarian options also available. 1707 Madison. 421-6949; 5030 Poplar. 725-8557 ; 7609 Poplar Pike (Germantown). 425-5908. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ 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, $-$$$ CITY SILO TABLE + PANTRY—With a focus on clean eating, this establishment offers fresh juices, as well as comfort foods re-imagined with wholesome ingredients. 5101 Sanderlin. 729-7687. B, L, D, X, $ CORKY’S—Popular barbecue emporium offers both wet and dry ribs, plus a full menu of other barbecue entrees. Wed. lunch buffets, Cordova and Collierville.  5259 Poplar. 685-9744; 1740 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 737-1911; 743 W. Poplar (Collierville). 405-4999; 6434 Goodman Rd., Olive Branch. 662893-3663. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ ERLING JENSEN—For 20 years, has presented “globally inspired” cuisine to die for: specialties are rack of lamb, big game entrees, and fresh fish dishes.  1044 S. Yates. 763-3700. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ 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, $$$-$$$$ FOLK’S FOLLY ORIGINAL PRIME STEAK HOUSE—Specializes in prime steaks, as well as lobster, grilled Scottish salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, rack of lamb, and weekly specials. Now celebrating their 40th year.  551 S. Mendenhall. 762-8200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FORMOSA—Offers Mandarin cuisine, including broccoli beef, hot-and-sour soup, and spring rolls. Closed Monday.  6685 Quince. 753-9898. L, D, X, $-$$ 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, $-$$$ THE GROVE GRILL—Offers steaks, chops, seafood, and other American cuisine with Southern and global influences; entrees include crab cakes, and shrimp and grits, also dinner specials.  Founder Jeff Dunham’s son Chip is now chef de cuisine. 4550 Poplar. 818-9951. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $$-$$$ HALF SHELL—Specializes in seafood, such as King crab legs; also serves steaks, chicken, pastas, salads, sandwiches, a ”voodoo menu”; oyster bar at Winchester location.  688 S. Mendenhall. 682-3966; 7825 Winchester. 737-6755. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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, $-$$$ HIGH POINT PIZZA—Serves variety of pizzas, subs, salads, and sides. Closed Monday. A neighborhood fixture. 477 High Point Terrace. 452-3339. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ 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, $-$$$ HOUSTON’S—Serves steaks, seafood, pork chops, chicken dishes, sandwiches, salads, and Chicago-style spinach dip. Farmous for first-class service. 5000 Poplar. 683-0915. L, D, X $-$$$  O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 121

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CIT Y DINING LIST 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, $-$$$ THE KITCHEN BISTRO—Tomato soup, pan-roasted ribeye, sticky toffee pudding, and dishes made using in-season fruits and veggies are served at this establishment at Shelby Farms Park. 415 Great View Drive E., Suite 101. 729-9009. L, D, X, $-$$ 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 handtossed 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. New on the BBQ scene, but worth a visit. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 751-3615; 567 Perkins Extd. 2494227. 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—Chef Jose Gutierrez’s French-style bistro serves 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, $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE—Offers prime steaks cut and aged in-house, as well as lamb, chicken, and fresh seafood, including lobster.  6120 Poplar. 761-0055. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ SALSA—Mexican-Southern California specialties include carnitas, enchiladas verde, and fajitas; also Southwestern seafood dishes such as snapper verde. Closed Sun. Regalia Shopping Center, 6150 Poplar, Suite 129. 683-6325. L, D, X, $-$$ 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. 6081742. 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. 3244325; 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. 763-0676. 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 buildyour-own vegetable bowls featuring ingredients such as agave Brussels sprouts and roasted beets. Also serves tuna poke and herbed chicken bowls. 575 Erin. 509-3105. L, D, $

GERMANTOWN BLUE HONEY BISTRO—Entrees at this upscale eatery include brown butter scallops served with Mississippi blue rice and herb-crusted beef tenderloin with vegetables and truffle butter. Closed Sun. 9155 Poplar, Suite 17. 552-3041. D, X, $-$$$ BROOKLYN BRIDGE ITALIAN RESTAURANT— Specializing in such homemade entrees as spinach lasagna and lobster ravioli; a seafood specialty is horseradish-crusted salmon. Closed Sun.  1779 Kirby Pkwy. 755-7413. D, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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, $-$$ GERMANTOWN COMMISSARY—Serves barbecue sandwiches, sliders, ribs, shrimp, and nachos, as well as smoked barbecued bologna sandwiches; Mon.-night all-youcan-eat ribs.  2290 S. Germantown Rd. S. 754-5540. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ LAS TORTUGAS DELI MEXICANA— Authentic Mexican food prepared from local food sources; specializes in tortugas — grilled bread scooped out to hold such powerfully popular fillings as brisket, pork, and shrimp; also tingas, tostados. 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, $

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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. 274-0100; 6450 Poplar, 410-8909. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ BAR DKDC—Features an ever-changing menu of international “street food,” from Thai to Mexican, Israeli to Indian, along with specialty cocktails. 964 S. Cooper. 272-0830. D, X, $ BAR LOUIE—Serves small plates, flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and such large plate entrees as blackened fish tacos and baked mac-and-cheese.  2125 Madison. 207-1436. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ 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, $-$$ BEAUTY SHOP—Modern American cuisine with international flair served in a former beauty shop. Serves steaks salads, pasta, and seafood, including pecan-crusted golden sea bass. Perennial “Best Brunch” winner. Closed for dinner Sunday. 966 S. Cooper. 272-7111. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ 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, $-$$ CAFE 1912—French/American bistro owned by culinary pioneer Glenn Hays serving such seafood entrees as grouper and steamed mussels; also crepes, salads, and French onion soup. 243 S. Cooper. 722-2700. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ CAFE BROOKS BY PARADOX—Serving graband-go pastries, as well as lunch items. Menu includes soups, salads, and sandwiches, such as the Modern

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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, $-$$ CENTRAL BBQ—Serves ribs, smoked hot wings, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, turkey, nachos, and portobello sandwiches. Offers both pork and beef barbecue.  2249 Central Ave. 272-9377; 4375 Summer Ave. 7674672; 147 E. Butler. 672-7760. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ 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, $-$$ HM DESSERT LOUNGE—Serving cake, pie, and other desserts, as well as a selection of savory dishes, including meatloaf and mashed potato “cupcakes.” Closed Monday. 1586 Madison. 290-2099. L, D, X, $ IMAGINE VEGAN CAFE—Dishes at this fully vegan restaurant range from salads and sandwiches to full dinners, including eggplant parmesan and “beef” tips and rice; breakfast all day Sat. and Sun. 2158 Young. 654-3455. L, D, WB, X, $ INDIA PALACE—Tandoori chicken, lamb shish kabobs, and chicken tikka masala are among the entrees; also, vegetarian options and a daily all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. 1720 Poplar. 278-1199. L, D, X, $-$$ 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, $

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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. 6338296. L, D, X, $-$$ MAMA GAIA—Greek-inspired dishes at this vegetarian eatery include pitas, “petitzzas,” and quinoa bowls. 1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 137. 203-3838 ; 2144 Madison. 214-2449. B, L, D, X, $-$$ MARDI GRAS MEMPHIS—Serving Cajun fare, including an etouffee-stuffed po’boy. Closed Mon.  496 Watkins. 5306767. 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, $-$$ MOLLY’S LA CASITA—Homemade tamales, fish tacos, a vegetarian combo, and bacon-wrapped shrimp are a few of the specialties.  2006 Madison. 726-1873. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ NEXT DOOR AMERICAN EATERY—The Kitchen’s sister restaurant serves dishes sourced from American farms. Menu features chorizo bacon dates, spicy gulf shrimp, and dry-aged beef burgers. 1350 Concourse Avenue Suite 165. 779-1512. L, D, X, $ ONIX RESTAURANT—Serves seafood dishes, including barbecued shrimp and pecan-crusted trout, and a variety of salads and sandwiches. Closed Sun. 1680 Madison. 552-4609. L, D, X, $-$$ PAYNE’S BAR-B-QUE—Opened in 1972, this family owned barbecue joint serves ribs, smoked sausage, and chopped pork sandwiches with a standout mustard slaw and homemade sauce. About as down-toearth as it gets. 1762 Lamar. 272-1523. L, D, $-$$ 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, $-$$
 PHO BINH—Vietnamese, vegetarian, and Cantonese specialties include lemon tofu and spring rolls. Closed Sunday. 1615 Madison. 276-0006. L, D, $ RAILGARTEN—Located in a former rail station space, this eatery offers breakfast items, a variety of salads and sandwiches, and such entrees as short rib mac-and-cheese and fish tacos. Also serves shakes, malts, floats, and cream sodas. 2166 Central. 231-5043. B, L, D, $-$$ RED FISH ASIAN BISTRO—From the former 19th Century Club building, serves sushi, teriyaki, and hibachi. Specialities include yuzu filet mignon and Chilean seabass. 1433 Union. 454-3926; 9915 Highway 64 (Lakeland). 729-7581; 6518 Goodman (Olive Branch). 662-8745254. L, D, X, $-$$$ RESTAURANT IRIS—French Creole cuisine includes shrimp and delta-grind grits, and New York strip stuffed with fried oysters. Chef Kelly English is a Food and Wine “Top Ten.” Closed Sun. 2146 Monroe. 590-2828. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ 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, $

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CIT Y DINING LIST THE SECOND LINE—Kelly English brings “relaxed Creole cuisine” to his newest 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—Chef Ryan Trimm takes Southern cuisine to a new level. Low-country coastal cuisine includes such specialties as shrimp and grits. Closed Mon. 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. Chef Ben Smith is a Cooper-Young pioneer. 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, $-$$

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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. Around the corner from the legendary Stax Studio. 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. A bona-fide Memphis institution. 4818 Summer. 685-6857; 5848 Winchester. 3654992. 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, chicken dishes, and handcut steaks; also sandwiches, salads, and daily/ nightly specials. A Memphis landmark since the Knickerbocker closed. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun.  590 N. Perkins. 761-9321. 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—This little cottage is a breakfast mecca, offering 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, $-$$ JOES’ ON HIGHLAND—Specializes in fried chicken and comfort sides such as warm okra/green tomato salad and turnip greens. Entrees include salmon patties and chicken fried steak. Closed Mon. 262 S. Highland. 337-7003. L, D, X, $ MEDALLION—Offers steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta entrees. Closed for dinner Sunday. 3700 Central, Holiday Inn (Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality). 678-1030. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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, $$-$$$ COMO STEAKHOUSE—Steaks cooked on a hickory charcoal grill are a specialty here. Upstairs is an oyster bar. Closed Sun. 203 Main St. (Como, MS). 662-526-9529. D, X, $-$$$ 126 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7

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LONG ROAD CIDER CO.—Specializes in hard apple ciders made with traditional methods. Cafe-style entrees include black eye peas with cornbread and greens, chicken Gorgonzola pockets, cider-steamed sausage, and housemade ice creams. Closed Sun.-Wed. 9053 Barret Road. (Barretville, TN). 352-0962. D, X, $ MANILA FILIPINO RESTAURANT—Entrees include pork belly cutlet with lechon sauce, and shrimp and vegetables in tamarind broth; also daily combos, rice dishes, and chef specials. Closed Sun.-Mon. 7849 Rockford (Millington, TN). 209-8525. L, D, X, $ MARSHALL STEAKHOUSE—Rustic steakhouse serves premium Angus beef steaks, seafood dishes, rack of lamb, and more. Breakfast menu features griddle cakes, and lunch offerings include hamburger steak and oyster po’ boys. 2379 Highway 178 (Holly Springs, MS). 628-3556. B, L, D, X, $-$$$

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CASINO TABLES BOURBON STREET STEAKHOUSE & GRILL AT SOUTHLAND PARK—1550 Ingram Blvd., West Memphis, AR, 1-800-467-6182. CHICAGO STEAKHOUSE AT THE GOLDSTRIKE—1010 Casino Center Dr., Robinsonville, MS, 1-888-24KSTAY /662-357-1225. FAIRBANKS AT THE HOLLYWOOD—1150 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, MS, 1-800-871-0711. JACK BINION’S STEAK HOUSE AT HORSESHOE—1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, MS, 1-800-303-SHOE. LUCKY 8 ASIAN BISTRO AT HORSESHOE—1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, MS, 1-800-303-SHOE. SAMMY HAGAR’S RED ROCKER BAR & GRILL AT SOUTHLAND PARK—1550 Ingram Blvd., West Memphis, AR, 1-870-735-3670 ext. 5208 THE STEAKHOUSE AT THE FITZ —711 Lucky Ln., Robinsonville, MS, 1-888-766-LUCK, ext 8213.

MEMPHIS BARBECUE COMPANY—Offers spare ribs, baby backs, and pulled pork and brisket, along with such sides as mac and cheese, grits, and red beans. 709 Desoto Cove (Horn Lake, MS). 662-536-3762. L, D, X, $-$$ NAGOYA—Offers traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi bar; specialties are teriyaki and tempura dishes.  7075 Malco Blvd., Suite 101 (Southaven, MS). 662-349-8788. L, D, X, $-$$$
 PANCHO’S—Serves up a variety of Mexican standards, including tacos, enchiladas, and mix-and-match platters; also lunch specials.  3600 E. Broadway (West Memphis, AR). 870735-6466. 717 N. White Station. 685-5404. L, D, X, MRA, $ PIG-N-WHISTLE—Offers pork shoulder sandwiches, wet and dry ribs, catfish, nachos, and stuffed barbecue potatoes. 6084 Kerr-Rosemark Rd. (Millington, TN). 872-2455. 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, $-$$ RAVINE—Serves contemporary Southern cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, locally grown foods and a menu that changes weekly. Closed Mon.-Tues. 53 Pea Ridge/County Rd. 321 (Oxford, MS). 662-234-4555. D, SB, X, $$-$$$ STEAK BY MELISSA—Aged, choice-grade, hand-cut steaks are a specialty here. Also serving fresh seafood dishes, plate lunches, burgers, and sandwiches. 4975 Pepper Chase Dr. (Southaven, MS). 662-342-0602. L, D, WB, X, $-$$$ WILSON CAFE—Serving elevated home-cooking, with such dishes as deviled eggs with cilantro and jalapeno, scampi and grits, and doughnut bread pudding. 2 N. Jefferson (Wilson, AR). 870-655-0222. L, D (Wed. through Sat. only), X, $-$$$

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The Character of Our Country Why Congress should make the Dream Act the law of the land.

by mauricio calvo


n the fall of 2016, David Aguilar, Chantel Barcenas, and Daniela Garcia, three Dreamers who had never met before, wrote the poem “Unheard,” the first three stanzas of which are featured on this page, in collaboration with Crosstown Storybooth and Latino Memphis. Twelve months ago, we were getting out of the summer heat and entering the most heated presidential campaign in recent history. Twelve months ago, most people had never heard of DACA and didn’t know what being a Dreamer meant. Twelve months ago, David, Chantel, Daniela, and approximately 10,000 other Tennesseans, their families, friends, and employers still felt that their dreams would come true.

But on this year’s September 5th, the Memphis Latino community awoke to a nightmare. That was the day that President Donald Trump announced that he would revoke, in six months’ time, former President Barack Obama’s 2012 Executive Order re. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — known as the Dream Act — a policy that shielded from deportation some 800,000 young adults brought to the United States by their parents illegally. Unless the Republican-controlled Congress enacts legislation before March 5th, DACA will expire, and the Dreamers will celebrate the New Year by becoming illegal aliens. DACA was an attempt by President Obama to provide a temporar y f ix for this particular piece of our outdated immigration system, one that impacted young people brought as children to the United States. Its restrictions were many, but the policy provided an opportunity for unintentional immigrants to continue contributing to A mer ica n so ciet y. DAC A recipients had to meet many requirements, going through lengthy processes that included registration, background checks, being fingerprinted and paying fees, to name but a few. Contrary to what Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems to think, DACA is not amnesty for illegals; it provides clarity for innocents. In no way was the Dream Act proposed by President Obama any kind of “open border”


A poem composed by David Aguilar, Chantel Barcenas, and Daniela García

No soy de aqui, ni de alla. My life has brought me to a middle zone, fluent in two cultures, but neither is my home. Feeling American in July yet feeling Mexican in September. But I’m never enough of either. I’m expected to like spicy and to be spicy but can’t handle the heat. And when did our customs become a parade yet silenced in our time of need? When I was a child, I was deaf to the English tongue, brought here without a choice, without a voice, muted by anti-immigrant rhetoric, separated from my sibling. Today I am blinded by uncertainty — Will I ever see my family again? Will I go to college? Will I be here next year? ...

proposal. Unfortunately, those Americans who seem to struggle with the reality of undocumented immigrants also seem to struggle with each and every attempt to document them. Yes, our Congress has kept kicking the can down the road, first under President Obama and (now) under President

Trump. Whatever anyone thinks about the politics involved in his September 5th decision, Congress now must make some kind of final judgment on the Dream Act before next spring. America deserves a commonsense immigration process, one that includes a roadmap for New Americans who aspire to

be citizens, and the Dream Act is a very good first step, one that reflects our values and addresses our needs. We will all be better off when these innocent immigrants can be set up to succeed, when they can work, go to school, start businesses, and start on the road to full citizenship. Nearly a million strong, the Dreamers are essential to a reinvigorated economy, as they become confident, educated consumers, contributing diverse viewpoints and cultures to our country. Eliminating the program altogether is not an option; the alternative is too awful to contemplate. The only supremacy that we should be talking about these days is “the supremacy of the people through their elected representatives,” as recognized in Article I of our Constitution. All Memphians have an opportunity, and a duty, to impress upon our Senators and Representatives the urgency and relevance of this issue. Passage of the Dream Act is essential, not only for David, Chantel, and Daniela, but for the colleges they attend, for the businesses where they work and shop, for the houses they are renting and buying, and for all of us in this city and region. Fairness is fundamental to our human character and to us as American citizens. Mauricio Calvo has been executive director of Latino Memphis since 2008. Born in Mexico City, he came to Memphis in 1993 and is a graduate of Christian Brothers University.

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Memphis magazine, October 2017  

It's The Women's Issue! The art of Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Dixon, Remembering Red West, the Ostrander Awards, our Indie Memphis retros...

Memphis magazine, October 2017  

It's The Women's Issue! The art of Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Dixon, Remembering Red West, the Ostrander Awards, our Indie Memphis retros...