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OUR 1672ND ISSUE 03.11.21 Irish poet Oscar Wilde opined in his 1899 essay, “The Decay of Lying,” that “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” The shortened version of Wilde’s quote — life imitates art — has become something of a go-to aphorism in the ensuing decades. But it seems to me life is no longer imitating art so much as it is imitating a reprise of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and we’ve all fallen down the rabbit hole. How else to explain the bizarre phenomenon of Fox News spending countless hours of airtime last week on the decision by the publishers of the Dr. Seuss children’s books to not reprint six titles because they contained ethnically insensitive or xenophobic content? You can easily look up the images in question online. They’re mainly racial-stereotype caricatures that were commonly used in the 1930s and 1940s, and it’s pretty understandable why the books wouldn’t be reprinted in 2021. But that reasoning doesn’t adequately stoke the Fox News outrage machine. Nope. The real reason Seuss books are going away is because of liberal “cancel culture,” the current rallying cry of the snowflake right. To their credit, it’s a useful phrase, really, one that can be applied to almost anything that is stopped or rejected. The Commercial Appeal, for instance, has just replaced its long-running conservative cartoon, Mallard Fillmore (which “balanced” Doonesbury), with another conservative political cartoon, Prickly City, which features the adventures of a conservative young Black woman who once fell in love with Tucker Carlson. I am not making this up. Unless Wikipedia made it up. At any rate, letter writers to the CA are predictably complaining that lame duck (literally) Mallard Fillmore is the victim of cancel culture. The truth is Cancel City? less outrageous: The editors at the CA, a privately owned company, decided to pull one conservative cartoon and replace it with another one. It’s kind of like when Beverly Hill SVU (or whatever) gets the axe from CBS. Or like when thousands of Fox viewers demanded the resignation of Shepard Smith when he came out as gay. Or was that different? But wait, there’s more. It turns out that the ancient plastic toy, Mr. Potato Head, is also a victim of cancel culture. And also the subject of many hours of pearl-clutching commentary in conservative media circles. How dare they remove the fedora and mustache of Mr. Potato Head?! What’s next, G.I. Josephine? It’s kind of like when conservatives went nuts and boycotted the Dixie Chicks after they criticized George W. Bush. Or was that different? Cancel culture has also become the rallying cry of conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill. Last week, in referencing public attitudes toward COVID, President Biden said, “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking, that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask. Forget it. It still matters.” The nerve! Thankfully, our own Senator Marsha Blackburn was quickly on the case, defending the downtrodden Neanderthal people on Fox News: “Neanderthals are hunter-gatherers. They’re protectors of their family,” she said. “They are resilient. They’re resourceful. They tend to their own. Joe Biden needs to rethink what he is saying.” No one had the heart to tell Marsha that Neanderthals have been extinct for a few thousand years. I mean, except for a few descendents in Congress, the ones who tried to cancel the last election. Or was that cancellation different? Senator Ted Cruz asked Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland how he felt about N E WS & O P I N I O N cancel culture in a Senate hearing. Garland THE FLY-BY - 4 responded: “I do not have an understanding NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 6 of the meaning of the term sufficient to comPOLITICS - 8 ment.” Which sounds about right. FINANCIAL FEATURE - 9 Shouty Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan COVER STORY “DAY TRIPPIN’” demanded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi BY FLYER STAFF - 10 hold a congressional hearing on the pressing WE RECOMMEND - 14 national crisis of cancel culture. She ignored MUSIC - 15 him, thereby missing a golden opportunity CALENDAR - 16 to schedule such a hearing and then cancel it FOOD - 19 at the last moment. FILM - 20 That would have been artful. C LAS S I F I E D S - 21 Bruce VanWyngarden LAST WORD - 23 firstname.lastname@example.org
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STATE: E X P I R E D From left: State officials say expired vaccine not harmful, VAC C I N E N OT HAR M F U L Memphis Zoo officials rebut “worst” ranking. A state health official said no harm will come to Shelby Countians who received an expired COVID-19 vaccine from the Shelby Coun- ganization, but zoo officials said their elephant program meets ty Health Department, though the shot may be less effective. and beats professional standards. Dr. Lisa Piercey, commissioner of the Tennessee DepartIn Defense of Animals (IDA), a California-based internament of Health (TDH), said last week that many from the tional animal protection organization, has released its “Worst Memphis area have contacted her office recently, worried they Zoos for Elephants” list every year since 2004. Memphis Zoo received an expired dose of the vaccine. Piercey said many made the list in 2020 mainly on the September death of elhave a paper record of their vaccine from the health departephant Tyranza. IDA said the elephant was 56 when she died. ment that shows their shot had expired, sometimes more than “Memphis Zoo touted Tyranza as being the oldest African two weeks before they received it. elephant in North America — but this isn’t saying much,” reads Piercey said her office investigated, and she believes many the report. “… zoos cannot defend against one undeniable fact: of these instances can be linked to a clerical error by the health all research shows elephants die far younger in zoos than in department. Many sheets with an expired date were printed the wild.” and taken to a vaccine site here, she said. However, TDH is Zoo officials said theirs is a “highly respected elephant pronot “resting on that assertion as a final decision. We’re verifygram that exceeds both expectations and requirements by the ing those cases ourselves.” But she said TDH believes the “vast [Association of Zoos and Aquariums, AZA].” majority” of the cases were clerical. “One key facet of our program is allowing the elephants to “Nothing bad is going to happen if you get an expired vachave choice and control over their environment and we allow cine,” Piercey said. “The worst thing that can happen is that our elephants the choice over whether or not to shift onto the vaccine is not as effective as a temperature-controlled or exhibit, what yards they’d prefer to inhabit, and whether or not unexpired vaccine would be.” to participate in training sessions,” the zoo said. Z O O R E B UTS ‘WO R ST’ R AN K Memphis Zoo ranked eighth on this year’s annual “Worst Zoos for Elephants” list published last week by an animal rights or-
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When the aging Raleigh Springs Mall was pegged for renovations, Tom Marshall, CEO of OT Marshall Architects, was excited to take on a project in an area that was near and dear to his heart. A Raleigh native, he remembered the initial construction of the old mall. “I’m from Raleigh, and as an architect, I remember riding my bicycle to the mall and watching the construction. It was the largest thing being built in my day, so it was an exciting thing,” Marshall said. “The mall was sort of the community icon. It’s where we all went to enjoy ourselves, where we went to meet our friends.” Marshall and the city of Memphis launched planning and construction on the new Raleigh Springs Civic Center in 2018. A lot of care went into retaining the community feel that the former mall had brought to the neighborhood. Shops were replaced with a public library that doubles as a communal meeting place. A trail and lake were also created to provide a safe place to walk. But the defining feature of the Civic Center is its skate park. Designed by world-renowned skate park developers Wormhoudt, the skate park sits at one end of the lake and attracts a myriad of faces. And while the park has become a neighborhood staple for youth, the idea was initially pushed for by the elderly residents of Raleigh. “The Raleigh Community Council realized that the future rests with the youth, and so they wanted to bring diversity to the area,” Marshall said.
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The new skate park at Raleigh Springs Civic Center “This is probably one of Memphis’ most diverse areas. There’s a large number of African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic Americans that come to the skate park. Young and old as well.” Before renovations, local skaters would use the mall as an impromptu hang-out spot. In doing so, they would bump into elderly members of the Raleigh community who used the area as a walking trail. “It was the older folks in the community center that said, ‘Hey, we need to give those poor kids a real place to skate,’” Marshall said. “There was a lot of communication between folks that were inhabiting the mall for the purposes of their morning or afternoon walks and the skateboarders,” he continued, “and so we wanted to design something that integrated both.” Patrick Tionloc, a local skater who came to Memphis from the Philippines, said that he likes how the park gives skaters in Raleigh a place to call their own. “I got into skating when I was in college in the Philippines, but I stopped skating when I got into the States because I didn’t know there was a skate park in Memphis,” he says. “I like that now there is a place that’s really easy for the beginners who want to get into skating or for people that are experienced.”
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COVID-19 as a factor weighing in favor of an absentee-voting application. • It is hard to believe that I won’t get to see Drew Daniel again. Although he had become 40-something and thereby ineligible to be a member of the Young Republicans, he was given permanent status as “honorary elder” by that local group even as he rose in estimation among his party’s seniors, winning their Statesman Award in 2019 for the 9th Congressional District. Though he was a legacy Republican from an established GOP family, he was an almost archetypal version of the youthful political activist — the eternal volunteer and doorbell-ringer — idealistic, dedicated, in for the outreach as well as the fellowship. He was somehow untarnished by the seamier, cynical side of politics and utterly uninvolved with anything slashing or over-ideological.
A persistent issue in Tennessee government is whether state law should trump local. Drew died over the weekend, and this came as a total surprise to many who knew him. He apparently suffered from diabetes, a disease that, it would seem, figured in his demise. Granted, he was physically frail in appearance, though appearances could be deceiving. He was a runner and was used to running 10 miles a day. As recently as the big snow, he kept to that pace while the rest of us were shivering in our blankets. I always enjoyed seeing Drew on my political rounds. He was the sincerest and best kind of citizen, and as likable as anybody I’ve ever known. I don’t know how many friendships he had across party lines, but he deserved to have many. • Former Memphian Hendrell Remus, who was recently elected chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, will have a homecoming of sorts on Wednesday, March 24th, when he becomes the guest speaker, via Zoom, for the Germantown Democratic Club, an unusually active group that is resuming its pattern of regular meetings, suspended during the pandemic, and hopes to be resuming inperson meetings in short order.
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fter a year of quarantines, shutdowns, and cabin fever, a little road trip can really cure a vacation itch — without the time off from work, hotel fees, plane tickets, etc. that often accompany an actual vacation. With several options within a few short hours of the city limits, it’s easy to hop in the car, see the sights, unplug, and have some fun — and even be back home by sundown.
CALICO ROCK, ARKANSAS My status as an angler is amateur at best, but when I was younger, my family used to make pilgrimages to Calico Rock in Izard County, Arkansas, to fish for trout in the White River. I’ve done well enough with lures and live bait, from the boat and from the shore, but I’ve never made the leap into the die-hard world of flyfishing. Whether I caught much or not, though, it was some of the most fun I can remember having. As I recall it, as the water swirls around your rubber waders or the bow of your boat, it’s cold — piercingly so. The White River, fed from the depths of Beaver Lake, is 10 famously frigid. It’s the kind of shocking chill that will jolt you awake, driving thoughts of
the city and the job from your mind. All the better to tune into the quiet rhythms of the Natural State. I made the three-hour trip to Calico Rock myself just a few weeks ago. Fishing season had not yet started back up, but I enjoyed myself hiking along the banks of the meandering Calico Creek. I snapped a few photos, thought about fishing trips of old and those still to come, and enjoyed the clean, crisp, cool air. Of course, the adventurous MidSoutherner venturing into the Arkansas wilds need not stop at Calico Rock. The Little Red River and the Black River are known to be excellent fishing spots as well; and Lake Ouachita, a jewel of a lake, is hard to beat for camping, hiking, and canoeing. Or, for those less sporty types, and I’m speaking from experience now, just kick back by the campfire with a good book and a bottle of bourbon and enjoy the scenery. — Jesse Davis TAYLOR, MISSISSIPPI The rustic village of Taylor is, as Faulkner called it, “a postage stamp of native soil.” But it’s an interesting stamp, and reputedly
the only real Mississippi town name that Faulkner allowed into his novels. It’s also a nice day-trip destination — about 90 minutes from Memphis — offering a melange of vintage small-town structures, local art galleries, and memorable food, both plain and fancy. The story goes that in the 1970s, when real estate prices started rising in Oxford, a number of painters, potters, musicians,
and other refugees moved to Taylor, giving it a cachet of bohemia that still remains. The weathered and largely unrestored main thoroughfare also remains, with a few plank buildings and a rustic gas pump and board sidewalk. You can visit local galleries and shops, drop into Carter’s Store for “dry goods,” and, if you’re willing to hang around on the front porch until a table opens (a pleasant experience, usually), you can eat
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if you explore the backroads. Which is what Faulkner would recommend. — Bruce VanWyngarden REELFOOT LAKE — TIPTONVILLE, TENNESSEE I’m on my vintage Indian Scout with the sun on my back and the wind in my hair. Helmet be damned. The daydream comes to a sudden halt with four words, “Are we there yet?” I came back to reality driving a 2014 minivan with two “I’m bored” preteens and a “Where are we going again?” septuagenarian. Earlier at home, my 7- and 9-year-old nieces uttered the words “I’m bored” one too many times. Aunt Juju sprang into action loading everyone in the car for another infamous “crazy aunt” mystery trip. On these trips, I don’t say where we are going; It’s a surprise. Thirty minutes in, someone always asks, “How long until we get there?” I look at my phone and say, “In about whenwe-arrive hours.” The 7-year-old was wearing a tie-dye
sweatshirt with Christmas tree pajama pants. Reelfoot Lake in Tiptonville, Tennessee, is about 100 miles through some quaint small towns and, luckily, has a relaxed
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some of the famous catfish at Taylor Grocery & Restaurant. You can also take it with you if indoor dining is still not an option you’re interested in. If catfish isn’t your thing, you’re in luck. You can sample some fine Southern fusion cuisine — and maybe an artisanal cocktail or two — at Grit, which is located in the new Plein Air development, not far from Taylor’s main drag. (Which is a very small main drag, for the record.) The homes in Plein Air are classic Southern design, with front porches and lawns, sort of like Seaside in Florida or Memphis’ Harbor Town. It’s a nice neighborhood, and “The Mill” is a popular site for weddings. There are a couple of shopping opportunities in Plein Air, as well. And the drive back can be fun,
continued from page 11 bet to fill the void on a cold, overcast day. Google Maps suggested Highway 14. Not only is this route an extra hour, it’s boring. Best take Highway 51; it’s more entertaining, and the route is only two hours. We missed the bald eagle tour, the park was closing soon, and the kids got hungry hours ago, necessitating a stop at Sonic. No one was hungry for Boyette’s, but we did see eagles and find a Youth Ninja Course — a very scaled-down version of American Ninja Warrior’s obstacle course. That was a hit. I’ve been to Reelfoot Lake and Boyette’s before via Highway 51. You’ll just have to take my word that it’s a worthy day trip. Best enjoyed on a vintage Indian Scout. — Julie Ray
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HOLLY SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI A day trip for me means eating. A trip to Holly Springs, Mississippi, only about an hour from Memphis, ensures lots of good eating. And more. A must is Phillips Grocery, known for its hamburgers made with secret ingredients. I like to eat on the porch and drink a Nehi grape or orange with my burgers at the restaurant, housed in a circa 1882 saloon. They also have a great chicken sandwich. Marshall Steakhouse, a massive restaurant owned by Randall Swaney, is a shrine to beef. In summer, catch a show on the outdoor stage. You also can eat outside at one of the many tree-shaded picnic tables. For fabulous catfish, barbecue, and other cuisine, visit Clancy’s Cafe in Red Banks, 10 minutes from Holly Springs going toward 12 Memphis. Desserts include cakes made by owner Tyler Clancy’s grandmother.
Places to go between eating include the Marshall County Historical Museum, which area Baby Boomers might compare to the old Pink Palace Museum, which was full of everything. This museum encompasses several floors and includes vintage clothing, toys, dolls, quilts, and old farm tools. The nearby Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery exclusively features art by the late Holly Springs artist. Check out the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum and Cultural Center of African and African-American History, which highlights worldwide contributions in history, art, and culture. If you’re an Elvis fan, drive by (it’s not open to the public) Graceland Too, which the late Paul MacLeod once devoted as a shrine to the King. Venture less than an hour away to Tupelo to see more Elvis. This is where his childhood home is located. And grab JACKSON BAKER
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something to eat at one of Elvis’ former hangouts, Johnnie’s Drive-In. Finally, on your way to and/or from Tupelo to Holly Springs, get an extraordinary homemade apple or peach pie at Flick’s Truck Stop in Potts Camp. — Michael Donahue THE CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM AND LIBRARY — LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS Though it has, like other national installations featuring historical government archives, undergone temporary closure, the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock should be on anybody’s future list, and should be generally available soon, given the advent of multiple vaccines and, as of early 2021, intensified anti-COVID policies at all levels of government. Located just off the first interstate exit at Little Rock, as one heads west on I-40, the library stands in cantilevered splendor on a 30-acre park. Inside, it contains archival collections and research facilities, as well as mementoes galore of the 42nd president’s time in office: photographs and videos of key historical moments and artifacts of Clinton’s travels as chief executive, along with replicas of documents ranging from important treaties to personal correspondence with the likes of Elton John. And yes, a saxophone. Visitors have the opportunity to go interactive, sitting at exact replicas of the cabinet table in Clinton’s White House conference room and at the famed Resolute desk in an Oval Office space that models Clinton’s taste and, we learn, has been largely replicated in Joe Biden’s choice of decor. And not just sit; both of these historical spaces are
(left) B.B. King Museum in Indianola; (right top) Robert Johnson’s grave in Greenwood; (right middle) Delta Blues Museum; (right bottom) Hubert Sumlin marker in Greenwood outfitted with easily operated audio-visual reminders of the events, both momentous and personal, that occurred there and can be re-experienced by the visitor. A lot of history here at one’s beck and call, and close by! — Jackson Baker DELTA BOUND Memphis is lucky to have, right on its doorstep, nothing less than the crucible of some of America’s greatest music. That would be the Mississippi Delta, of course, and for anyone hankering to get out of town, it can be the perfect escape. Thankfully, barreling down Highway 61 (in a convertible,
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anyone?) is COVID-safe. Along the way, watch for the signs of the Mississippi Blues Trail (msbluestrail.org), which alert travelers to significant locations in the music’s history. One of the first you’ll see stands in the cemetery where Memphis Minnie is buried, just west of Walls, where she grew up. Others are found near Tunica, Clarksdale has over a half dozen, and that’s just the beginning. Stopping off to soak in the Delta landscape, while learning blues history, is a glorious escape on a sunny day. But the blues museums along the way are also an
option. In one recent trip to see several Delta museums, I had them all to myself. The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, and the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, among others, can provide hours of education and entertainment. But there’s more to the Delta than just music. See the current Delta Magazine for a comprehensive guide to public art in the region, from murals to sculpture to architecture. The area is bursting with creativity, as spaces like the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian,
the Mathews-Sanders Sculpture Garden in Cleveland, or the H.C. Porter Gallery in Vicksburg make abundantly clear. Meanwhile, those who love nonmusical history have plenty to discover, starting with the multi-state Civil Rights Trail (civilrightstrail.com), which has many markers and sites through the Delta. Greenwood sports the Museum of the Mississippi Delta, covering prehistory, Native American life, art, agriculture, and the Civil War. But beyond such curated experiences, the simple art of walking and exploring can thrive in the Delta, whether it’s taking in the historical downtowns of Clarksdale, Greenwood, or other towns, or — my favorite — exploring cemeteries. To sit beside Robert Johnson’s final resting place outside of Greenwood, as dusk sets in, makes for a day trip that reverberates deep in the soul. — Alex Greene WILSON, ARKANSAS With the redevelopment and building boom going on in Downtown Memphis and other parts of town, you might be forgiven for not looking too far outside the Bluff City Bubble. But if you avert your gaze slightly, you’ll catch a glimpse of a small-city renaissance happening just 45 minutes up I-55. The town of Wilson, Arkansas,
(population hovering just under 1,000) has been reborn over the last decade since the Wilson family sold its land to The Lawrence Group in 2010. The group, which has experience running wineries and vineyards, is revitalizing the former logging and sawmill town into a Delta tourist hotspot. The city’s 21st-century approach is built around the Wilson Wine Experience, which includes frequent six-course thematic dinner events curated by Norbert Mede and Chef Roberto Barth. Set at different historic locations around Wilson, Mede’s keen taste for good vintages meshes superbly with Barth’s unique approach to Delta cooking. Those with a bit more thirst can focus on one of Wilson’s weekly wine tastings, and easily spend the better part of a day catching some music at The Grange at Wilson Gardens, or diving into the free Hampson Archeological Museum, which contains artifacts of the pre-Colombian people who inhabited the Delta from 1400 to 1650. Even if wine (and it’s some good wine) isn’t your thing, there’s something for everyone in Wilson, and there’s even more on the horizon. Month by month, the city adds more activities to its roster, including a crawfish festival slated for the end of April. So keep an eye on the calendar; if you need a quick escape, it’s always a good time to visit Wilson. — Samuel X. Cicci
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Get out the chalk, hit the sidewalk, and share all your masterworks on social media. Tag your museum in your art for chances to win fun prizes.
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By Julie Ray
Many readers may remember when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, leaving a permanent scar in the form of a massive crater — and a life-affirming catharsis. Students of University of Memphis Theatre and Dance will engage the audience with traditional Greek elements of tragedy in a modern production. The play seeks to reevaluate how we deal with hate in our world and shows us how vital a final gesture rooted in love can be. Madisen White, a freshman at the U of M, landed the leading role in The Women of Lockerbie. An unexpected change in her educational plans gave way to this amazing opportunity. The Memphis native attended high school in Temecula, California. Planning to earn her college degree in San Francisco, the pandemic altered her itinerary. Her parents felt it would be best for her to come back home to Memphis to attend college. She agreed. Memphis recognized her talents by casting her as Madeline Livingston, the character who lost her 20-year-old son in the crash. “The events are real, but the characters are fictional,” White says. “The characters are representational. My character represents a grieving mother who has lost a child.” White’s voice openly elicits the raw feelings of her character. She hesitates when asked about the other characters, finally exclaiming, “I don’t want to give anything away!” Seems there might be a lot more to this performance. What White does want the public to know: “The performance is about healthy grieving and the fact that grieving does take time. You need a community to grieve.”
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Madisen White portrays a grieving mother who lost her son in the Lockerbie plane crash.
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“Bold Women Change History: The Women of Elmwood, Part One” Online from Elmwood Cemetery, elmwoodcemetery.org, Thursday, Mar. 11, 6 p.m., $10 Kim Bearden tells the story of the women who are at rest in Elmwood Cemetery, via Zoom. Each of them has a unique story to tell.
The Night Watcher Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper, opens Friday, Mar. 12, 7:30 p.m., continues through Apr. 4., $150/four-seat package The story of a woman who chooses not to have children, only to be pulled into the real-life struggles of kids of all ages, races, and backgrounds.
Virtual Artists’ Talks for Local Black Artists Online from the Salvation Army Kroc Center, krocmemphis.org, Thursday, Mar. 11, 6-7 p.m., free Exhibition in honor of Black History Month featuring conventional and unconventional techniques with a variety of paintings, illustrations, and mixed media.
Virtual Memphis Beerfest Online at virtualmemphisbeerfest.com, Saturday, Mar. 13, 2-6 p.m., $15-$78 Purchase your ticket, pick up your beers (or have them delivered), and join your hosts Kevin Cerrito and Cash Saver’s Taylor James in the virtual taproom via Zoom. Interact with scheduled tastings, Q&As with brewers, live trivia, interactive panels, and live music from Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith, and more.
Drive-in Movies: Wonder St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar, Saturday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., free During Lent, enjoy movies including popcorn, soda, and more. This week’s screening is about a boy born with facial differences who becomes the most unlikely of heroes as others struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance. Bring canned poptop food for Pop Top ministries. A Very Punk St. Patty’s RockHouse Live, 5709 Raleigh LaGrange, Wednesday, Mar. 17, 5 p.m., $25 Featuring Ramones tribute band, Sedated, performing a celebration of the music of the Ramones, plus special guests.
How did you come to produce “Slow Down”? He’s Bob Marley’s grandson. Skip’s A&R, Jermi, said they’d been trying to work with everybody, but he didn’t have any chemistry with anyone. They didn’t know what to do with him. So I said, cool, let’s do it. When the session came, I tried to catch his vibe. I played a drum pattern I had, and this bass line, and Skip started flipping out! And then everybody immediately started writing. The vibe and magic just came together and I think we had the whole song done within an hour. Then we thought, man, wouldn’t it be crazy if H.E.R. got on this? I added a live horn section, and that was all she wrote on that one. You never take being nominated for granted, but at the same time, you’d like to win. We’re going against Beyoncé, but we’re actually coming in as the favorite. And then there’s always next year. Another song, another artist.
Memphis producer nets Grammy nomination.
everal local artists are in the running to snag Grammy Awards this coming Sunday, March 14th, including many familiar local names, such as the North Mississippi Allstars, Don Bryant, Bobby Rush, and West Memphis’ Yebba. But there’s another Memphis native in the running whose name is not as widely known: Rykeyz, aka Ryan Williamson. Such is often the fate of producers. And yet it’s no small feat to capture the brass ring of the No. 1 R&B track in the country, as Rykeyz did with “Slow Down” by Skip Marley featuring H.E.R., nominated for Best R&B Song and featured on Marley’s Higher Place, which is also nominated for Best Reggae Album. I reached out to Rykeyz in L.A., where he now lives, to get the scoop on his Memphis roots and how he came to be one of the most sought-after producers in contemporary music. Memphis Flyer: You’ve said you were already a gigging musician around Memphis before you attended Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003. How did you come to it at such a young age? Rykeyz: I was serious, probably, from the womb, man. ’Cause you know, my dad is one of the great Memphis musicians: Ernest Williamson. He played keyboards
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with everyone you could think of and is probably best known for producing the 1991 hit by Wendy Moten, “Coming Out of the Rain,” with Nikos Lyras. He and Niko had a production team and did a bunch of stuff together. So I pretty much grew up in studios, sneaking into his sessions. I just soaked all that in. And my dad always had a thousand keyboards set up in the house, so I would always go through the sounds. I was obsessed with sounds and with drums. Mostly I was a drummer. I started in the marching band at Cordova High School. I was always obsessed with old music. I was that kid who didn’t know any of the songs on the radio at the time. I was always studying the greats instead, like the Beach Boys — I was obsessed with the harmonies — or Steely Dan, or Earth, Wind & Fire. I was a band guy. Then, once I moved to Boston, it really opened up my ear to the current music, like hip-hop and R&B.
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Was that when you started producing tracks? At Berklee, I said, “Let me get into this production thing.” And I excelled at that quickly. Making tracks around campus. I had a writing partner, and we were the main cats at Berklee. Back then, there were only two or three cats doing it. We had our own little label and signed some people at Berklee as artists. Then I had an internship at Island/Def Jam, and I sent one of my tracks to an artist at the label named Razah. It ended up becoming a single very quickly. I was still interning, and I had a song on the radio! Ne-Yo signed me to his production company, and I learned a lot with him. Then I moved to L.A., and within four months, I had a publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing. So here we are today.
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CALENDAR of EVENTS:
March 11 - 17
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From the Frontlines of COVID-19, online series that spotlights healthcare workers who share emotional insight of their critical work as they care for those who have been impacted by the virus. hattiloo.org. Free. Ongoing. The Night Watcher, the story of a woman who chooses not to have children, only to be pulled into the real-life struggles of kids of all ages, races, and backgrounds. $150 for four seats. Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m., and Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Through April 4. 37 S. COOPER (502-3486).
Kudzu Playhouse Virtual, join Kudzu social media for donation-based classes, games, scholarship opportunities, and more. Download the app for more fun theater activities and information. Ongoing. P.O. BOX 47 (888-429-7871).
Orpheum Virtual Engagement, join Orpheum staff, artists, and students for activities, interviews, and more on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Visit website for more information. Ongoing. 203 S. MAIN (525-3000).
Online on Stage, a Theatre Memphis Facebook group that serves as a clearinghouse for performers wanting to share their talents. Featuring storytime, readings, or performance art. Ongoing. 630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323).
University of Memphis, University Center Theater
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Open Registration for Apprenticeship at the Metal Museum
“Beauty in Isolation: Perspectives from a Father and Son,” exhibition of watercolors and pen and ink work by father and son artists David and Jared Rawlinson. Through April 30.
Peruse the art and craft of fine metalwork digitally. Featuring past gallery talks from previous exhibitions, interviews with artists, and demonstrations including “Beauty in the Boundary,” the museum’s exhibition of gates and railings. Free. Ongoing. METAL MUSEUM, 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).
Virtual Artists’ Talks for Local Black Artists
Exhibition in honor of Black History Month featuring conventional and unconventional techniques with a variety of paintings, illustrations, and mixed media. Thurs., March 11, 6-7 p.m. THE SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER, 800 E. PARKWAY S. (729-8007).
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
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4339 PARK (761-5250).
242 S. COOPER (276-3937).
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750 CHERRY (766-9900).
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Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM)
“Africa: Art of a Continent,” exhibition of African art from the Martha and Robert Fogelman collection. Ongoing. “IEAA Ancient Egyptian Collection,” exhibition of Egyptian antiquities ranging from 3800 B.C.E. to 700 C.E. from the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology collection. Ongoing.
Virtual Artists’ Talk for Local Black Artists at the Kroc Center, Thursday, March 11th, 6-7 p.m., krocmemphis.org rhodes.edu. Ongoing. RHODES COLLEGE, 2000 N. PARKWAY (843-3000).
“Nightlife,” exhibition of an outdoor light installation by Lake Roberson Newton. Ongoing.
142 COMMUNICATION & FINE ARTS BUILDING (678-2224).
“ALPHABETANICAL,” works utilizing only the stamp by John Salvest. Through March 20.
“Art 260: Curation in Context,” exhibition of work by student artists in partnership with seasoned artist curators.
David Lusk Gallery
97 TILLMAN (767-3800).
800 E. PARKWAY S. (729-8007).
L Ross Gallery
“Queens,” exhibition of photo-realistic portraits of empowered women by Becca Hand. The series draws inspiration from traditional playing card iconography. Viewed by appointment. Through March 31.
Through March 26.
“America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution,” exhibition of work by late 19th century to World War II American impressionism painters. Through May 9. “Learning to be Astonished,” exhibition of impressionistic landscapes created during the COVID-19 pandemic by Jimpsie Ayres. Through April 4.
All materials for the Blacksmithing Apprenticeship are due by March 5 with award notification by March 19. The Foundry Apprenticeship deadline is March 12 with award notification by March 26. Through March 12.
Artists’ Link Spring Showcase and Sale, exhibition of over 100 pieces of art by more than 40 artists. Online viewing only. wkno.org. Through March 31. WKNO STUDIO, 7151 CHERRY FARMS (729-8722).
Jay Etkin Gallery
Permanent Collection: “The Flow Museum of Art & Culture,” ongoing. 942 COOPER (550-0064).
The Salvation Army Kroc Center Local Black Artists, exhibition in honor of Black History Month featuring conventional and unconventional techniques with a variety of paintings, illustrations, and mixed media.
“Organic Geometery,” exhibition of new works by Michael Barringer. Through March 13. 5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).
Memphis Botanic Garden Memphis/Germantown Art League Spring Exhibition, through March 30. 750 CHERRY (636-4100).
“Power and Absence: Women in Europe,” exhibition explores the representation of women in Europe from around 1500 to 1680, known as the Renaissance and Early Baroque period. brooksmuseum.org. Ongoing. “Arts of Global Africa,” exhibition of historic and contemporary works in a range of different media presenting an expansive vision of Africa’s artistry. Through June 21. “Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis,” exhibition of works inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria by Victor Ekpuk. Ongoing. 1934 POPLAR (544-6209).
“Newman to Now” Virtual Exhibit, exhibition of historic photographs taken by Don Newman between the 1940s and ’60s and contemporary photographs of the same sites taken by photographer Gary Walpole to explore continuity and change in Memphis’ built environment. memphisheritage.org. Ongoing. 2282 MADISON (272-2727).
“Tributaries: Ben Dory,” exhibition of works paying homage to traditional granulation, an ancient and intricate technique of
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The Women of Lockerbie, the grief and anger due to the aftereffects
of the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing lead to a life-affirming catharsis. The Women of Lockerbie asks the audience to reevaluate how we deal with hate. memphis.edu. Free with registration. Wed-Sat., Mar. 10-13, 7:30-10 p.m.
Send the date, time, place, cost, info, phone number, a brief description, and photos — two weeks in advance — to email@example.com or P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS, ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS WILL APPEAR IN THE FLYER’S ONLINE CALENDAR ONLY.
Travel back millions of years at Fossil Fest for a two-day paleontology party at the Museum of Science & History,
MARCH 27th & 28th
CALENDAR: MARCH 11 - 17 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).
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Mid-South Artist Gallery Artists, exhibition of work by Becky McRae, Sandra Horton, Jean Wu, Jon Woodhams, Marina Wirtz, Michelle Lemaster, Pat Turner, and others. Ongoing. 2945 SHELBY (409-8705).
“An Angle to the Place I Live In,” exhibition of sculptural paintings by Ezra Tessler that contend with both the physical and ontological limits of the medium. Through April 10. 400 S. FRONT.
Tops Gallery: Madison Avenue Park
“An Angle to the Place I Live In,” exhibition of sculptural paintings by Ezra Tessler that contend with both the physical and ontological limits of the medium. Through April 10. 151 MADISON (340-0134).
“We Deliver for Memphis,” exhibition of work honoring essential workers on digital billboards along I-55 near Downtown Memphis at West I-55, I-55 at Hwy. 61, and 240 at Airways. uacmem.org. Ongoing. SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
“Opera Speed-Runs” Series by Jake Stamatis
Tales of Hoffman on YouTube by Handorf Company artist. Free. Ongoing. OPERA MEMPHIS, 6745 WOLF RIVER (257-3100).
Wednesday Opera Time
Join Opera Memphis every Wednesday on Facebook for an assortment of live events including “Opera for Animals,” Bingo Opera, and more. Free. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. OPERA MEMPHIS, 6745 WOLF RIVER (257-3100).
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Chuckles Comedy Club
Shuler King, $22-$46. Fri.Sun., Mar. 12-14, 6:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. 1700 DEXTER.
Live Weekly Comedy with John Miller, open micstyle. Free. Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m. 282 N. CLEVELAND (278-TONE).
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“Bold Women Change History: The Women of Elmwood, Part One”
Kim Bearden tells the stories of the women who are at rest in
Elmwood Cemetery, via Zoom. Each of them has a unique story to tell. $10. Thurs., March 11, 6 p.m. ELMWOOD CEMETERY, 824 S. DUDLEY (774-3212), ELMWOODCEMETERY.ORG.
On the Table: Activism in the Workplace In this session, New Memphis will explore social justice in the workplace and how employees and employers are expected to communicate their values. Free with registration. Wed., March 17, 6 p.m. NEWMEMPHIS.ORG.
Reader Meet Writer: Gina Wilkinson
Author discusses When the Apricots Bloom: A Novel of Riveting and Evocative Fiction. Free with registration. Thurs., March 11, 6 p.m. NOVEL, 387 PERKINS EXT. (922-5526), NOVELMEMPHIS.COM.
Virtual Book Launch: Dr. Steven Gundry
With an introduction from Arianna Huffington, world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and bestselling author of The Plant Paradox series launches The Energy Paradox. $50-$100. Sun., March 14, 2:30 p.m. NOVEL, 387 PERKINS EXT. (922-5526), NOVELMEMPHIS.COM.
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Ongoing, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
BALLET MEMPHIS, 2144 MADISON (737-7322).
The Historical Haunts Investigation Team explores the macabre and dark history of Downtown Memphis. $20. Saturdays, 8 p.m. THE BROOM CLOSET, 546 S. MAIN (497-9486), HISTORICALHAUNTSMEMPHIS.COM.
Metal Museum Audio Tour
Explore the newly updated Sculpture Garden and accompanying audio tour while adhering to safe social distancing. PWYC. Ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. METAL MUSEUM, 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).
Old Forest Hike
Walking tour of the region’s only urban old-growth forest. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. OVERTON PARK, OFF POPLAR (276-1387).
Walking Tour and Ghost Hunt
Part walking tour and part ghost hunt. Tour the South Main district and investigate a wellknown site which was the scene of the brutal murder of patrolman Edward Broadfoot in 1918. 13+. $25. Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. THE BROOM CLOSET, 546 S. MAIN (497-9486), HISTORICALHAUNTSMEMPHIS.COM.
Shop the Elmwood store online for books, cards, mugs, and more. Ongoing. ELMWOOD CEMETERY, 824 S. DUDLEY (774-3212), ELMWOODCEMETERY.ORG.
The Perfect Wave: Digital Boat Show
Fully digital, immersive experience aimed at engaging with consumers in this dynamic boat show season. Free. Through Aug. 31. EXPERIENCEMASTERCRAFT.COM.
Featuring a large selection of furniture, rugs, crystal, sterling silver, antiques, and other treasures benefiting the Woman’s Exchange of Memphis. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through April 16. WOMAN’S EXCHANGE ART GALLERY, 88 RACINE (327-5681).
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Ballet Memphis Online Pilates and Ballet Classes
Visit website for more information. Classes offered include Espresso Flow, Stretch & Burn, Fascial Fun, Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Intermediate Mat Flow, and Get Moving. $10.
Slow Your Roll Saturday Morning Meditation
Join mindfulness and meditation teacher Greg Graber’s meditation session in the Church Health Meditation Garden. No sign-up is required. Masks are a must. Saturdays, 9:30-10 a.m. Through Dec. 25. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE, 1350 CONCOURSE.
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Churches from the Presbytery of the MidSouth: Sunday Worship Livestream
Combined livestream worship. Visit website for more information and livestream link. Sun., 11 a.m. IDLEWILDCHURCH.ORG.
Free Tax Prep
United Way of the Mid-South will prepare and file taxes for low- to moderate-income families. Walkup or drive-through locations available. Visit website for locations. Free. Through March 15. UNITED WAY OF THE MID-SOUTH, 1005 TILLMAN (433-4300), UWMIDSOUTH.ORG.
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fusing primarily gold spheres. Through April 3.
4/15-18: 17th Juke Joint Festival & Related Events 4/18: Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (post-JJF) 5/8: 15th Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest 5/29: 3rd Red’s Old-Timers Blues Fest 5/29-31: Goat Fest 8/13-15: 34th Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival 10/1-2: Mighty Roots Music Festival 10/10: Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (post-Biscuit) 10/10: Super Blues Sunday – downtown venues 10/14-16: Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival 10/14-17: Deep Blues Fest
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A Very Punk St. Patty’s
Featuring Sedated. A celebration of the music of the Ramones and special guests Slamhound. $25. Wed., March 17.
Novel Virtual Book Club
For more information on joining book club discussion, visit website or follow on social media. Members can get 10 percent off this month’s book to have shipped or pick up curbside. Free. Third Wednesday of every month, 7-8:15 p.m.
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Countdown to 100
Join Theatre Memphis on their social media for special items counting down to the theatre’s 100th birthday. Follow using #TM100 or #SHINEONTM. Through May 20. THEATRE MEMPHIS, 630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323), THEATREMEMPHIS.ORG.
DIG Memphis Mysteries
While at home, do some investigative work to solve a mystery from a collection of images in the digital archives. New photo posted weekly. Ongoing. BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2700).
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“Dinosaurs in Motion”
Interactive STEAM experience featuring 14 recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics inspired by actual fossils. Visitors are invited to touch and learn. $15. Through
May 2. MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362).
Herbal Work Study
The first two hours will be spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the Herb Garden. The last hour will be spent learning about weekly gardening subject. Second Saturday of every month, 8:15-11:30 a.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 CHERRY (636-4100).
Lenten Preaching and Waffle Shop
Some speakers will participate via Calvary social media. In-person speakers will have advance sign-up. New this year, a lineup of local musicians. Waffle Shop will serve through pre-orders and take-out food. Wednesdays, Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., noon & 5:15-6:15 p.m. Through March 26. CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 102 N. SECOND (525-6602), CALVARYMEMPHIS.ORG.
Let’s Go to the Garden
Enjoy daily spring break activities for the family. Free with admission. Through March 12, and Through March 19. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 CHERRY (636-4100).
Lunchtime Meditations with Amy Balentine
Explore a variety of meditation practices designed to help you find balance and reduce stress.
Join live or enjoy past meditations online. Fridays, noon. DIXON.ORG.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunts
Choose an outdoor familyfriendly scavenger hunt. A portion of the proceeds benefit HopeKids. $13-$40. Ongoing. VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION, LETSROAM.COM.
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United Way of the MidSouth: Driving The Dream
For those impacted by COVID-19. Puts callers in contact with essential services, without individuals having to repeat the circumstances for the call. Follow-up ensures those connections were made. MondaysFridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (888-709-0630), CALL.DRIVINGTHEDREAM.ORG.
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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Music Cruise
Wear green and set sail along the Mississippi River. Enjoy a buffetstyle meal featuring some Irish favorites, and a live band. $50. Wed., March 17, 7 p.m. MEMPHIS RIVERBOATS, 45 S. RIVERSIDE (527-2628), MEMPHISRIVERBOATS.NET.
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A weekly mobile food pantry organized by Memphis Dawah Association and Mid-South Food Bank. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MEMPHIS DAWAH ASSOCIATION, 837 CRAFT (601-672-0259).
Virtual Memphis Beerfest
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CUBA: Journey to The Heart of The Caribbean
Through the eyes of Cuban artists, historians, and scientists, the film provides an intimate look at this vivacious island nation. $10. Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. Through March 28. CTI 3D GIANT THEATER, IN THE MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362).
During Lent, enjoy movies featuring popcorn, soda, and more. Bring canned pop-top food for Pop Top ministries. See website for movie titles. Free. Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Through April 2. ST. MARY’S EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL, 700 POPLAR (626-6763), STMARYSMEMPHIS.ORG.
Indie Memphis Movie Club
Weekly virtual screening opportunities, plus online Q&As on Tuesday evenings between programmers and special guests. Ongoing. INDIEMEMPHIS.ORG.
Free. Fri., March 12, 7-9 p.m. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY THEATER, 650 E. PARKWAY S. (321-3369), CBU.EDU.
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A series of chef-led virtual dinners with special wines brought to you live via Zoom from Brooks Museum featuring Chef Jimmy Gentry and Buster’s. $90. Fri., March 12, 6:30 p.m.
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OVER-PERFORMING MOST COUNTIES IN THE STATE than most other counties in the State of Tennessee.
Chris Mosby But Mosby came full circle with his desserts when Schweitzer asked him to make a cheesecake for Hen House co-owner Michaela Dockery’s upcoming birthday. “It was funny,” he says. “I had literally just perfected my cheesecake for Mother’s Day. I made cheesecake for my mom.” He made his “most basic cheesecake” for Dockery. “The original recipe. Just cream cheese with a little bit of lemon juice and lemon zest as acid to make it fresh. The crust is nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Spiced.” Dockery loved it. Hen House now offers Mosby’s chocolate cheesecake on the menu. But getting back to Mosby’s mom. How did she like that cheesecake he made her for Mother’s Day — more than 10 years after he made that first cheesecake for her? “She said it was great.” Hen House Wine Bar is at 679 S. Mendenhall; (901) 499-5436.
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symptoms. Shelby County has administered over one hundred fifty thousand vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccinations help to prevent contracting the disease and developing severe symptoms. Shelby County has administered over one hundred fifty thousand vaccinations.
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hris Mosby made his first cheesecake when he was 14. It was for his mother. And it was a disaster. “I overcooked it so bad,” Mosby says. “The milk solids and fat had separated. It split and cracked on the top. It was just terrible.” His mom just said, “Thank you,” Mosby says. She didn’t eat it. “Thank you, Jesus. I think she’d be sick if she did.” Now pastry chef at Hen House Wine Bar, Mosby, 26, a native Memphian, began cooking simple dishes when he was 8. “My mom helped at first. And once I started getting stuff down, I started branching out and doing other stuff. “To me, cooking is pure creation. You take whatever and make it into anything. There’s no defining lines. I’m the type of guy who wants to rewrite the book on reinventing the wheel. So if I can find a different way to do something, I’m going to do it ’cause it’s just fun.” Mosby also enjoyed art — until he saw the piece he entered in a high school show. “The teacher made adjustments to my work. I didn’t like this.” He was livid. “I was thinking, ‘This could never happen in a kitchen.’ ’Cause the worst thing to do with a dish when it’s done is for someone else to put some hot sauce on it or something.” Mosby decided to focus on cooking. He went to work at Rafferty’s, where he rose from host to server to bartender to cook. He got a shot at making desserts after he moved to Old Venice Pizza Co. (now Venice Kitchen). “One of the owners was saying how he didn’t like the desserts they were getting, so I was like, ‘Hey. If you’re not happy with the desserts, I could come in and make something. If you like it, I could come in on Sunday and put it on the buffet.’ “So I did cinnamon rolls. And they went bananas: ‘This is the best cinnamon roll we ever had. We’ll do this on Sunday.’” They then let him make whatever buffet desserts he wanted to make.“I went crazy,” Mosby says. “I made donuts, scones, Danishes. After a couple of months, I ended up doing cheesecakes.” He also worked at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Bartlett. The restaurant, which is part of a chain, had its own mini cheesecakes, but Mosby added his touch. “Normally, you’d just put it on a plate, put some whipped cream and a mint leaf on it, and send it out. I thought that was boring.”
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Return of the King Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall rule Zamunda in Coming 2 America.
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t’s really impossible to overstate how huge a star Eddie Murphy was in the 1980s. At the beginning of the decade, he single-handedly saved Saturday Night Live after the original cast — and the audience — had moved on. He made his big-screen debut in 1982’s 48 Hours, and two years later, he was so big he turned down Ghostbusters for Beverly Hills Cop, which became the highest-grossing comedy in history. In 1988, Murphy, fully in control of his career, made Coming to America. The big-budget comedy ($36 million, or $81 million in 2021 dollars) was based on a character he created, Prince Akeem Joffer, the scion of a fictional African country who bucks the tradition of arranged marriage and comes to Queens in search of a liberated American woman to be an equal partner. It was directed by John Landis, the pop cinema genius behind The Blues Brothers and the heady Murphy vehicle, Trading Places. Landis perfected the hangout movie, where plot was secondary to gags and character moments to help the audience identify with the movie star, and created worlds you want to live in. Modern superhero movies take a lot from Landis’ approach. The film was a huge success, earning the 2021 equivalent of $790 million. Eventually, Murphy, with no more worlds to conquer, lost interest in stardom and drifted off to raise his 10 children. In 2019, Murphy mounted a comeback with
the help of ace screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Dolemite is My Name gave him the opportunity to play his idol, underground comedy legend Rudy Ray Moore. Directed by Memphian Craig Brewer, Dolemite was universally praised, and generated Oscar buzz. Most importantly, working with Brewer on material he cared about seemed to rejuvenate the reluctant superstar. Exactly why Coming to America became an enduring classic, and what that says about the culture, is too big a subject to tackle in a newspaper review. (Come to my TED Talk!) One clue can be found in Black Panther. The vision of Zamunda, Prince Akeem’s fully functioning, wealthy African nation state, owes a lot to the comic book Wakanda. Murphy and Brewer use the longbrewing sequel as an opportunity to throw a hangout party in the aspirational African paradise. Most of the original cast is back, first and foremost Arsenio Hall, whose turn as Semmi, Prince Akeem’s put-upon sidekick, made him a star. The Murphy-Hall comic duo drove Coming to America as they played multiple roles, all of which clicked perfectly. Coming 2 America takes those characters out for a victory lap. The wisecracking old guys in the barber shop are now very old, but still cutting heads. Hall’s Reverend Brown is still saving souls on discount in Queens, and he now has a Za-
Eddie Murphy (left) and Arsenio Hall return to rule the screen in Coming 2 America (above); Hall, Murphy, and Clint Smith (below) mundan counterpart in a shaman named Baba. Murphy’s unknown soul sensation Randy Watson is still fronting Sexual Chocolate. Brewer’s filmmaking superpower is that he can get a good performance out of a fire plug. Coming 2 America is a star vehicle, but all Brewer films are ensemble works, because he pays equal attention to the bit players. As Queen Lisa, Shari Headley picks up with Murphy like they’ve been married for 30 years. John Amos, a TV legend from Good Times, pours his heart into a scene with his regal son-in-law. James Earl Jones is magnificent as King Joffer, whose premature funeral provides the cameo-heavy, musical set piece — Brewer’s forte. First among the newcomers in the sprawling cast is Wesley Snipes, who steals the show every time he cakewalks into the palace as General Izzi, Akeem’s rival from the nation of Nexdoria. SNL alums Leslie Jones and Tracy Morgan practically ooze charisma as the new American cousins. Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle, the bastard son Akeem must retrieve from Queens, has the unenviable
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