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When I walked into Starbucks Saturday morning, it was stuffed like a vente latte machiato with an extra shot of espresso. Nowhere to sit. So I leaned against the wall and waited for my order. As I looked around, I noticed literally everyone in the place was staring at a phone, a tablet, or a laptop. Even the four people at one table who seemed to be communicating with each other all had their phones in their hand or on the table. Normally, I wouldn’t pay much attention to that fact. It’s pretty much the way of the world these days: People are attached to their devices — to the hum of the hive mind. But my consciousness has been raised recently by a book called How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price. My copy arrived in an Amazon package, a gift from my son, who wrote the song quoted above; “TSLAMP” stands for “Time Spent Looking At My Phone.” (Shameless plug: It’s on MGMT’s new album, Little Dark Age, which is pretty great.) Anyway, he sent me the book, and it’s been a revelation. Price quotes Steve Jobs, who said in 2007, when introducing the iPhone: “Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” And smartphones have changed everything. They provide our music, texts, weather, email, news, sports, social media, gaming — and even the occasional phone call. Your phone is within reach right now. But smartphones aren’t passive devices; they interrupt us and urge us to seek the tiny gratifications, the payoff of new information, the validation of friends and strangers who “like” or ignore the pieces of our life we submit to the world for approval. They beep, buzz, ding, and ring. They flash alerts across the screen, constantly diverting our attention from the world, from the person we’re with. The average American checks their phone 47 times a day. For those between age 18 and 24, that number is 82. Price documents how smartphones have affected our attention span, literally reshaping our brains to become less capable of focusing for long periods. She notes the differences in reading a print product and reading something on your mobile device: A book has no built-in distractions. The brain has the bandwidth to focus on and absorb what’s being read. Try reading, say, a 3,500-word Atlantic article on your iPhone. You have to make a decision every few seconds on whether to ignore an ad or whether to click a related link in the text. If you click either, it’s quite possible you’ll get sucked into a web wormhole and never return to the original article. Wonder why you can’t make yourself finish a book or a long magazine article? Blame your phone. And yourself, for becoming addicted to it. In our defense, smartphones are designed to mimic the most addictive device ever invented: the slot machine. The magic of the slots is in the intermittent reward. We pull the lever over and over, seeking the buzz that comes from a surprise payoff. Smartphones are identical, constantly tempting us to sample the allure of the “new.” So why make a device that is so distracting and addictive? It’s an obvious N E WS & O P I N I O N answer: money. Phones provide a pathway THE FLY-BY - 4 to our wallets — via ads on our social NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 5 media, apps, and websites — and via the POLITICS - 7 collected information about our browsing EDITORIAL - 8 habits, our “likes” and interests. Phones VIEWPOINT - 9 keep us connected to those who want to COVER - “STARS UNDER THE sell us something. All those folks sitting in STARS” Starbucks are the product. And so are you. BY ALEX GREENE - 10 Price’s book may not get you to “break WE RECOMMEND - 12 MUSIC - 14 up” with your phone — and indeed, she’s AFTER DARK - 16 not really expecting you to — but just SPECIAL FEATURE learning how your phone uses you and FAIRS & FESTIVALS eats your time and your brain is enough. BY JESSE DAVIS Knowledge is power. I think this book CALENDAR - 26 should be taught to every American BOOKS - 36 school kid around the seventh grade. FOOD - 38 We need to train ourselves and our chilSPIRITS - 41 dren to use smartphones as tools, rather FILM - 42 than vice-versa. C L AS S I F I E D S - 44 Bruce VanWyngarden LAST WORD - 47 brucev@memphisflyer.com

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Okay, that’s not true. Nobody asks that. People send pictures and suggest mean punchlines. But if somebody did ask, I’d say the monologue jokes aren’t as much fun to write as they used to be. And I’d remind that person we’re not alone. Gannett’s not the only company out there trying to make a buck, and our suffering isn’t unique. On April 6th, ESPN dinged The Denver Post for a story titled “The Ultimate Visitors Guide to Coors Field” that was illustrated with an enormous photograph of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

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On April 7th, The New York Times published a story describing The Post as being in “open revolt” against its owner, a New Yorkbased hedge fund owner. “News matters,” The Post published in an angry editorial, acknowledging problems and nipping the hand that feeds it. “Colo. should demand the newspaper it deserves,” the editorial continued. Memphis, too. By Chris Davis. Email him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

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MLK, Water, & Graceland Memphis commemorates King, clean water moves, & Graceland expands. R E M E M B E R I N G M LK Thousands gathered here last week to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. On the 50th anniversary of his death, crowds overflowed from the National Civil Rights Museum courtyard. They heard words of reflection and encouragement from civil rights leaders, elected officials, and faith leaders. At 6:01 p.m., the time King was shot, the crowd went silent as a wreath was hung from the balcony of room 306. Bells around the country echoed the one in the museum courtyard, which rang 39 times, once for each year of King’s life. A march earlier that day honored the 1968 sanitation workers. Thousands, joined by Senator Bernie Sanders, walked from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees’ Local 1733 to Mason Temple where King gave his final speech. PAR KS AN D P LA Z AS Last week, the city unveiled a new reflection site dedicated to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On the northwest corner of MLK and Second, the mini-park features Richard Hunt’s “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” sculpture that was created in the 1970s. The “I Am A Man” plaza honoring the 1968 sanitation workers also opened last week. The centerpiece of the plaza located near Clayborn Temple is the phrase “I Am A Man” sculpted in stainless steel. The wall bordering the site is engraved with the names of the 1,300 sanitation workers who participated in the 1968 strike. WATE R R U LES New rules are now being considered for well permits by the Shelby County Groundwater Control Board, changes intended, in part, to help protect the area’s drinking water. Some of the major changes in the rules include new classifications for different types of wells (depending on how much a user intends to draw from them), siting guidelines

for new wells, and limits on water use. Permits for large wells — like the five the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) drilled into the Memphis Sand Aquifer — would be automatically appealed to the ground water board for a hearing. G R OWTH AT G R AC E LAN D Two pieces of the next expansion phase of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ (EPE) Graceland were approved last week by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County (EDGE) during a specially called meeting. The board voted in favor of an 80,000-square-foot exhibition and convention center. They also approved an amendment to Graceland’s Economic Impact Plan,

increasing their TIF (tax increment financing) by 15 percent to build a 6,200-seat performance venue. EPE agreed to privately fund the arena if they received the increase. Still, the board, as well as city officials, are concerned that the arena could violate the city’s noncompete clause with the Grizzlies for the FedExForum. C R EATIVE S O LUTI O N S Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) president Jennifer Oswalt said in a statement last week that she hopes to “find a solution that works for all” on the recent eviction of downtown artists, Chris Reyes and Sarah Fleming from their home of 25 years. Fuller versions of these stories and even more local news can be found on The News Blog at memphisflyer.com.


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TVA investigators say millions spent on new airplanes not justified. Decisions for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) management to recently spend $17.7 million on two airplanes were not justified, according to a recent report by TVA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). In May 2015, TVA management bought two aircraft — an $11.2 million Citation jet and a $6.5 million King Air turboprop — citing safety concerns for flight crew and TVA staffers. Internal investigators found that management failed to perform cost comparisons, provide adequate business justifications, or get proper authorizations for the purchases. The purchases may also have broken federal law, the report said. Investigators said the moves prevented the agency from accurately proving the need for the planes. Also, personal use of the planes by TVA CEO Bill Johnson “may cause reputational risks for TVA with regard to misuse (or perceived misuse) of the aircraft,” according to the OIG’s report. TVA management disagreed with several of the findings in the report. It focused largely on cost effectiveness, not safety, they said. “TVA was aware of additional costs associated with a jet at the time of purchase and these costs were deemed acceptable to improve the margin of safety for our pilots and passengers,” reads a letter to the OIG’s office from Jacinda Woodward, TVA senior vice president of resourc-

es and river management, and William Cronin, director of safety and aviation services. Using the jet adds 7 percent to the cost of TVA flights, the two said in the letter. OIG investigators found it cost $4,542 per flight hour to operate the jet and $2,249 per flight hour to operate the turboprop. Time savings for using the jet were “negligible,” the report said. For a 700-mile trip to West Palm Beach, Florida (the longest recent flight by TVA officials), using the jet saved TVA less than 30 minutes when compared to the turboprop. TVA flights are typically less than 300 miles, according to the report. On those flights, using the more-expensive

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TVA’s Bill Johnson and one of its new jets. jet usually saved about 10 minutes. For 129 flights between Chattanooga and Knoxville, using the jet versus driving saved 26 minutes. Investigators said they found 13 days in which the agency’s aircraft were used by Johnson for personal reasons. OIG found flights to and from Raleigh, North Carolina, where Johnson has a second home, other flights stopped in Raleigh to either pick Johnson up or drop him off to and from other locations, and more. Johnson’s wife accompanied him on three of these dates, the report said. “None of the other reasons given for diverting the aircraft from the most direct route to the final destination to pick up or drop off the CEO were for official government reasons,” the report says. TVA management told investigators that all but one of those flights had a business purpose. The other, “personal” flight occurred when the CEO’s spouse had a medical issue at their second, personal residence in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the CEO was in Memphis, Tennessee on TVA business. The investigator’s report focused on a window of time from July 2015 to February 2017. Since then, TVA bought another jet at around $10 million and a luxury helicopter (once owned by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones) for about about $7 million.

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The Democratic legislative contingent in the General Assembly survived a potential kerfuffle in the party’s ranks. Indeed, when Haslam named his choices to the new board on Monday, two members had prominent Shelby County pedigrees: Bill Rhodes, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of AutoZone, and Bill Evans, former director and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The new trustee configuration also allows for seven advisory boards for the separate UT campuses. Co-sponsor for the bill, incidentally, was state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, who has remained on the legislative scene because of the failure so far of the U.S. Senate to confirm his appointment by President Donald Trump to the federal judiciary. The delay in confirmation has left others dangling besides Norris, who before being named by Trump had seemed ready to run for governor. Meanwhile, several would-be contenders to succeed Norris in the Senate, including Shelby County Commission chair Heidi Shafer, are forced into a wait-and-see posture regarding a possible confirmation and special election sometime in the future.

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• Upon the conclusion of the April 5th filing deadline for federal and state candidates last week, Tennessee Democrats made a point of boasting the fact that party candidates are vying for 111 of the 117 state legislative seats on this year’s ballot (including every seat up for grabs in Shelby County). That’s the largest number since the days of Democratic hegemony in Tennessee, and it revived party hopes for a blue wave in this year’s election cycle. To some extent, the rising tide of party candidates offsets the recent one-two punch suffered by the Tennesee Democratic Party resulting from preliminary Federal Election Commission figures, later revised, appearing to show a negative financial balance for the party’s organization, followed by the firing of party executive director Jason Freeman, who was abruptly replaced by Jeff Teague, former CEO of Planned Parenthood for Middle and East Tennessee. More recently, the Democratic legislative contingent in the General Assembly — outnumbered by a Republican super-majority but normally maintaining a fairly tight bond — survived a potential kerfuffle in the party’s ranks that had threatened to develop the week before last. The issue was a bill, initiated at the behest of GOP Governor Bill Haslam, calling for a reduction of the members of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees from 27 to 11, all to be gubernatorial appointees, in the process eliminating seats guaranteed to Democrats as members of the state’s minority party and seats re-

served for Shelby County as well. The bill passed in both the Senate and the House, in the latter body by a single vote. Two Shelby County Democrats — Representatives John DeBerry and Raumesh Akbari — voted for the bill, a fact that riled some key party members, though the party caucus had adopted no particular position and other Democrats professed themselves unbothered. The vote by DeBerry, who is notoriously (and proudly) independent of party discipline, was relatively unsurprising; that by Akbari, a rising party star and a candidate this year for the state Senate, was a different matter. Akbari stoutly denied that her decision was prompted by any sort of quid pro quo; there had been a bit of muttering to that effect among one or two fellow Democrats, while several other Democrats defended Akbari against any such suspicion. Said one, debunking the idea that Akbari’s vote would prejudice local interests: “There’s no way the governor won’t appoint somebody from Shelby County.”

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Last week was a hugely important one in the political environment, largely because of the multitudes, including extraordinary numbers of eminent visitors, who took part in the MLK50 observances here — events impressive and emotionally powerful enough to arrest the attention of the entire world. As a Memphis native who vividly remembers the tragic events of 1968 and had written about them at the time, I was keen to be on the scene for the week of memorials. Unexpectedly, though, I spent most of the week, including the key anniversary date of Wednesday, April 4th, in the hospital. (Thanks to all well-wishers; I’m okay now, so far as I know.) I followed events as well as I could via television and the extensive coverage of others, including several of my Flyer colleagues.  

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So MLK50 has come and gone, and the city, by and large, managed to acquit itself well with its advance preparations, its attention to the occasion, and the meaning of that occasion to history and the world at large, as well as with the welcome provided to the numerous visitors, distinguished and otherwise, who came to pay homage to the great martyr who fell here half a century ago. It is an awkward thing to construct an anniversary ceremony out of what, by Greek or Shakespearean or any other standard, is a tragedy, as the vocabulary used by those who covered the various events indicated. “Commemoration” was the word most often used, though here and there, from the lips of the most well-intentioned commentators, would come variations on the word “celebrate.” Clearly, in such cases, it was Dr. Martin Luther King himself, not the ill fate of his assassination, that was being celebrated, but there were still twinges that came with hearing the word or its derivatives. Nevertheless, there are indeed things to celebrate in the wake of MLK50. The various commemorative marches, of sanitation workers and others, came off with a respectful dignity that reminded us why it was that King was in our midst on the fateful day of April 4, 1968. He had come with a high-stakes task — to lead a nonviolent second march on behalf of the striking sanitation workers to prove that the unruly one — sabotaged by vandalism — that he had attempted a week earlier had been an aberration and that his presence and leadership could still guarantee a nonviolent mass demonstration. King was committed to what he saw as the most transformative mission of his life, a Poor People’s March scheduled in the coming week for Washington, D.C. — one intended to begin a months-long assault on the reality

of poverty in the United States. So long as the memory of his original violencetainted march in Memphis was not offset by a successful second one, people’s trust that his methods of peaceful nonviolence would prevail in the nation’s capital was at serious risk. After King’s assassination, the Poor People’s Campaign, lacking another leader of equivalent stature, moral clarity, and charismatic appeal, was doomed to failure and, essentially, was abandoned. In that sense, the aborted second march by King in Memphis had been the last best hope for the revolution in national consciousness he had hoped to bring about. Maybe it is true that, as the proverb says, the poor will always be with us. The much-vaunted War on Poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson only three years earlier had begun to fizzle out, undermined by the pull on national resources of the Vietnam War (opposition to which had also become a central tenet of the civil rights leader’s mission). King had meant to test that thesis of intractable poverty, and no leader, religious or political, has emerged since with sufficient empowerment and wherewithal to pick up the standard. So it is that, for all the local triumphs that can be justly attributed to Memphis for its handling of the the 50year commemoration, the fact remains that the city, reckoned by so many measures as the most impoverished urban clime in the nation, is an ironic example of the incompleteness of Martin Luther King’s mission.

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VIEWPOINT By Richard Cohen

Unmatched Courage By conquering his fear, Dr. Martin Luther King revealed his true greatness.

Looking back now, he could not believe how hard they had hated and how bitterly they had fought for a system that swiftly collapsed and nobody missed. Good riddance, Jim Crow. And then he mentioned King. He had met King when King had come to town to protest the murders and put up bail for an associate. King stood on the steps of the county courthouse and said, “The murderers of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner are no doubt within range of my voice.” From behind him, King heard Price mutter, “You’re damn right, we’re right here behind you.” Price had not pulled the trigger on the three, but he had arrested them, jailed them, and then handed them over to the Ku Klux Klan to be shot. He got six years for violating their civil rights. I met King only once, but indulge me if I think I grasped the greatness Price saw: It was immense courage. Price had not read King’s speeches or fathomed the profoundness of nonviolence, but he was a man and he stood,

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He knew he was on the target end of countless scopes mounted on countless rifles. He was a dead man walking.

like most men do, in awe of men who have conquered fear. That does not mean that King was never afraid. The vehemence of the hate he encountered in 1966 in Chicago deeply shook him. The crowds were big-city big, thick with Carl Sandburg’s onetime hog butchers, young men who mistook their white skin for achievement. King was shaken, “unprepared for the villainy he saw in the world,” as his friend Harry Belafonte says in the current HBO documentary King in the Wilderness. King died in that wilderness. King’s last years were painful, lonely with worry for his life and for his reputation. As I watched this remarkable documentary, I scrutinized King’s face for even a hint of fear. I saw nothing. King thought J. Edgar Hoover was attempting to drive him to suicide by leaking details of his sex life. He knew he was on the target end of countless scopes mounted on countless rifles. He was a dead man walking, but he walked anyway, each day donning a bull’s eye. On the last night of his life, he rose from a sickbed to extemporaneously make a stirring speech that foreshadowed his death. “And I’ve seen the Promised Land,” he said. “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” He was killed the next day. Winston Churchill called courage “the quality which guarantees all others.” In King’s case, it guaranteed his adherence to nonviolence. It was a difficult, often enraging choice, but it presented white America with a moral challenge. Come be as good as I am, King seemed to be saying. Morality begat morality. King was never going to be the equal of his opponents. He was always their better. Cecil Ray Price brought up Martin Luther King on his own. I did not ask about him. It seemed he wanted to tell someone that he had encountered a great man. Price had blood on his hands and hate in his heart when he met King, but he knew instantly that he had met his better. He saw then what we all see now. It has been 50 years, but the vision grows sharper, and King grows greater. Richard Cohen writes for the Washington Post Writers Group.

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Not long after he had been freed from prison, the former deputy sheriff met me at the motel where I was staying. His name was Cecil Ray Price, and he had been convicted of sending three civil rights workers to their deaths. Their names — never to be forgotten — were Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney. This was Philadelphia, Mississippi, 11 years after the 1964 murders, and I recall it now because of what Price said about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Price had come face to face with greatness. “That Dr. King,” he said. “He had something. There was something about that man.” Price sat heavy on the bed. He had found a job working on a fueldelivery truck, and he was grateful for that. He was appalled at what he had done and glad things had changed even though it was tough for his son, who was being hassled by some black kids in school. But the school was no longer segregated, and that was good, and the town was no longer so damp with hate, and that was good, too.

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Memphians may anticipate the onset still claims him, and he will surely of summer weather with a dollop of bring some surprises to his Shell Mindi dread, but one institution that makes performance. “We love Harlan,” notes Abair summer downright glorious here is the Pitts. Other local talent will include Orion Free Concert Series at the Levitt the Stax Music Academy, which Shell, now in its 10th year. Stretching continues to stun audiences with the out on the grass with family and friends professionalism of their students. More under the open sky is a time-honored locals will be featured in the fall season, way to beat the heat, since before the yet to be announced. days of air conditioning. And the Along with the music, the Levitt eclectic approach the Levitt Shell brings Shell will be enriching the summer to curating acts guarantees that there concert experience with additional will be something for everyone. Today features. Amplify Memphis, for we announce the full lineup for the example, exposes the large crowds to summer season. different nonprofits from around the I asked Anne Pitts, executive city. “We have a wonderful partner director of the Levitt Shell, a bit with it in Volunteer Odyssey, who about the performers they’ve have created a network for people to chosen, and one show in discover nonprofit organizations and particular sprang to mind. how to get involved and give back to “Paul Thorn has been a those organizations through volunteer staple for us at the Shell,” lineup that stand spotlight this year.” service,” says Pitts. “So every Thursday says Pitts. “We love having out. “Mindi Abair “Meta and the Cornerstones during the summer and fall him. He is a crowd favorite, is an incredibly is one act that I’m really concert series, we’ll be and he’s also just a really talented artist, a looking forward to. They’re highlighting a different Brian Owens innovative artist.” saxophone player, a reggae band I saw in nonprofit. They’ll The Tupelo, Mississippi, and her band is just New York six or seven range from larger native mixes rootsy rock-andout of this world. It’s one years ago, and we organizations like roll with story-telling that builds an of those huge bands. That’s gonna booked them that next the YMCA or MIFA uncanny intimacy with audiences. And be an amazing show. War and Treaty, year. But they never get or St. Jude, who now he’s collaborating with some true we’re really excited about them. Their down to this region, so may have undericons of the South. “He and the Blind career is skyrocketing, and they’re it’s very very rare to be recognized programs, Mike Farris Boys of Alabama teamed up last year, getting in all the major festivals. And able to pull them in. Mike to smaller organizations and they’ve done a record together as then Brian Owens and the Deacons of Farris and the Roseland Rhythm like Dorothy Day House, the Mission Temple Fireworks Revival,” Soul: We actually had them last year, Revue is a big favorite here. Ray Wylie the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry, says Pitts. “When I heard about that, I when a band had to cancel for health Hubbard, I’ve been a fan of his for Room in the Inn, Clean Memphis, thought that would be an amazing live reasons and we had to scramble, and decades. And then Liz Vice is another Refuge Memphis, and the Memphis show. The Levitt Foundation, which we found Brian Owens. He put one. She’s getting a lot harder to Athletic Ministry.” is the national foundation that helps on just a killer show. It’s a book, so we’re thrilled that “Also,” adds Pitts, “we’re trying to guide all the different Levitt pavilions great big soul band, with we were able to make it reduce traffic in Overton Park. Their across the country, sponsors a Levitt a great big sound, happen.” pedestrian-friendly campaign makes it national tour each year. We all get and he has this The lineup is easier for people to cross over Poplar or together and we nominate different tremendous voice. also sprinkled the Parkway into the park.” To that end, groups that we would love to see make And, because with some local the Shell will continue its Bike Valet the rounds of all the pavilions. So we he didn’t get the acts, thanks to the service. This year, checking your bike nominated [Paul Thorn and the Blind full headline Memphis Music will come with extra incentives. “We’ll Boys] and the Levitt Foundation looked experience last Series, sponsored have giveaways each night, with free into it and the stars aligned.” year, being a last by Regional One. bike helmets and bike lights and fun While Pitts notes that picking minute addition, we Th ough Harlan T. little things that you always need when Meta and the wanted to make sure Bobo now resides you ride your bike around the city.” 10 out one group is like “choosing your Cornerstones favorite children,” there are a few in the that we gave him a nice in France, Memphis Finally, food and drink will have a

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itself on creating a familyfriendly experience. “On Sundays, we have our family series, where we provide extra Liz activities for kids,” Vice says Pitts. “We partner with different organizations like the Memphis Public Library and Carpenter Art Gardens and the Memphis Botanic Garden to provide fun art-related activities for kids before the concerts begin.” With all of that, not to mention great music, why would you ever go home?

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By Susan Ellis

Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar. Sometimes, it serves as an inspiration. Bruce Meisterman was sitting on his deck, under an umbrella, smoking a cigar, when it came to him. He’d do a new project, something different. The fruits of that seed, planted on the deck, is “Suburban Cigar,” opening this weekend at ANF Architects. Full disclosure here: Meisterman used to work for the Flyer’s sister publication, IMB. But his passion was clearly photography. In 2012, he published Arn? Narn., a book of black-and-white images of Newfoundland. These images are stark, pristine — telling the story of the price of overfishing to the area. “I didn’t think it would ever be seen,” says Meisterman of “Suburban Cigar.” A curator at AFN prodded him into showing. The images — 19 in all — tell the story of a couple in saturated, cartoonish hues. This is a story of the South with a wink at the movie American Beauty and the work of Duane Michals. The couple is doing couple-y things. But what that story is exactly is up to the viewer to discern. Is that couple married? Is there infidelity? What is going on? “I’m interested in what people think of it,” says Meisterman.

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Dr. Voynich and Her Children McCoy Theatre, 7:30 p.m. In the future, abortion is banned, and a doctor and her apprentice travel the country performing them and evading the law.

The Molly Ringwalds The Peabody Rooftop, 6 p.m., $15 Spring has officially sprung with the return of this weekly party. Performing tonight is the ’80s-tastic band the Molly Ringwalds.

Fashion Night Out Highland Strip, 5:30 p.m., $60 Meet the designers and shop the looks during this Memphis Fashion Week preview event.

Who Gets to Be American University Theatre, Christian Brothers University, 7 p.m. A talk about immigration policy by Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition. Part of the Vanderhaar Symposium.

Spillit Slam Amurica, 7 p.m. Tonight’s theme for this storytelling series is unlucky. Phillip Phillips Horseshoe Casino, 8 p.m., $25-$45 Concert by this American Idol winner.

Disco Godfather Rocket Science Audio (1583 Madison), 8-10 p.m. Comedian Ben Compton joins the Dirty Movies folks to make fun of this 1979 film about drugs, disco, and a deejay ready to kick some ass. Memphis Fringe Festival TheatreSouth, 7 p.m. Shows in the spirit of the International Fringe Festival in Scotland.


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Bottoms Up! Have you ever stopped to wonder where Broadway musicals come from? If you’ve never taken an intro to theater class, it’s probably a mystery. Something Rotten, a musical set in merry old England when Shakespeare was a rising star, won’t set the record straight, but it does propose one utterly preposterous vision of how things might have gone down when sibling playwrights, Nick and Nigel Bottom, in a desperate attempt to escape Shakespeare’s shadow, heed the words of a soothsayer and set about the task of inventing theater with concurrent singing, acting, and dancing. Something Rotten’s an irreverent audiencepleaser in the spirit of Parker & Stone’s Book of Mormon, only instead of religion, this show by actual siblings Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick with John O’Farrell takes on Shakespeare, and showbiz. The brothers Kirkpatrick know something about hustling stories and songs. Karey went to Hollywood where he’s written for Disney and penned the screenplays for films like Chicken Run and A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Wayne went to Nashville, and his songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, and Eric Clapton, who won a song of the year Grammy for Kirkpatrick’s “Change the World.” “There are bits of us in it, for sure,” Wayne Kirkpatrick says. “Probably more than anything, you can see it in the insecurities of writing that come out in the Nigel character. You can also see it in Nick and Nigel’s ambition. And sometimes in their envy. “Shakespeare represents all of those people that tend to step over you and have things happen to them along the way,” Kirkpatrick says. “And you think, ‘Oh, why can’t I just get something like that to happen to me once!’” Sometimes it does happen. Something Rotten opened in 2017, ran for 742 performances, and was nominated for nine Tony awards.

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and go into the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot.” He gulps, pauses, then utters a soft expletive. “When I come down there, history comes alive for me. It’s almost overwhelming. Even the Mississippi River is something I can’t quite take in — that it somehow comes from Minneapolis and ends up flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.” Goulden’s Sunday performance will mark the fifth stop on a three-country tour promoting his inspired new album, Construction Time & Demolition, which was cut at his home studio in Catskill, New York, finished and mixed at the Bomb Shelter, Andrija Tokic’s Nashville studio, and released last week on Southern Domestic Records. “I was gonna call it Forty Years, because it was supposed to come out exactly 40

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years after my first album,” Goulden says, “but all these other people already did that. It’s been 40 years since the Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, and the Sex Pistols, and I thought, I don’t want to be involved in that nostalgia trip!” Despite the title change, Construction Time & Demolition adroitly documents Goulden’s trajectory from his youth in East Sussex and his stint in art school to his career during and after the Stiff Records years. Moody, brilliant, catchy and frequently hilarious, it also tackles the apathy of the Trumpian world in true punk fashion. River Series featuring Wreckless Eric with Alex Greene Sunday, April 15th, 3-6 p.m. $5, with proceeds going to Maria Montessori School Harbor Town Amphitheater, 740 Harbor Bend Road

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t’s been 21 years since Goner Records co-owner Zac Ives happened across a Wreckless Eric cassette tape passed from Greg Cartwright to the late Jay Reatard. Another decade has passed since Wreckless Eric, aka Eric Goulden, made his Memphis debut at the original location of the Hi-Tone, thanks to Ives, who tracked him down while on vacation in England. Ever since, the punk singer/songwriter, best known for his 1977 Stiff Records hit “Whole Wide World,” has made Memphis a stop on his infrequent U.S. tours, performing at a variety of venues including Gonerfest, Burke’s Book Store, and the Galloway House. He’s played solo, with his wife Amy Rigby, and once, with reunited cult faves the Len Bright Combo on their only American tour date — coincidentally their second gig in a quarter-century. This Sunday, he returns to headline the second installment of the spring River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater, which begins at 3 p.m. Goulden remembers that first Memphis gig, which occurred in July 2006, with lightning precision. “It was like playing to a lot of braying idiots,” he says. “You Memphians think you know about music because of Elvis Presley and Alex Chilton, but you know fuck all about music because you just talk about yourselves. I had to wonder, is there someone who is listening?” Of the Burke’s Book Store gig in October 2012, Goulden says, “Things changed; it was the first time I felt people were listening.” The next fall, when Goulden returned to play Gonerfest, he decided that Memphis was “quite fun.” “There must be a Memphis outside of Goner Records, but I don’t know it,” Goulden says, constantly referencing the Cooper-Young record shop, as he names the landmarks he knows in the city. Burke’s is “the bookstore around the corner from Goner,” and Galloway House, where Goulden and Rigby performed in spring 2016, is “that chapel down the road from Goner.” Yet Goulden is a fan of more than just garage rock. “I grew up loving Stax Records, Otis Redding, and Booker T. & the MGs,” he says. “I’ve never been to Graceland, but I have been driven past Elvis’ Audubon house. Memphis is fascinating — of course it is, that’s a dumb thing to say. It’s another world. You can walk around


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DJ Dance Music MondaysSundays, 10 p.m.

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

Rumba Room

Canvas

303 S. MAIN 523-0020

1737 MADISON 443-5232

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

The Silly Goose 100 PEABODY PLACE 435-6915

DJ Cody Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

Karaoke Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.; Kyle Pruzina Live Mondays, 10 p.m.-midnight.

Celtic Crossing 903 S. COOPER 274-5151

Jeremy Stanfill and Joshua Cosby Sundays, 6-9 p.m.; Candy Company Mondays.

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Blind Mississippi Morris Fridays, 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m.; Brad Birkedahl Band Thursdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; Earl “The Pearl” Banks Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Brandon Cunning Band Sundays, 6 p.m., and Mondays, 7 p.m.; FreeWorld Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

130 PEABODY PLACE 523-8536

Silky O’Sullivan’s

Big Don Valentine’s Three Piece Chicken and a Biscuit Blues Band Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Cowboy Neil Friday, April 13, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Rum Boogie Cafe

Blue Note Bar & Grill

138 BEALE 526-3637

King’s Palace Cafe Tap Room

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

168 BEALE 576-2220

200 BEALE 527-2687

King Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar & Grille

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

Sonny Mack Mondays-Fridays, 2-6 p.m.; Cowboy Neil Mondays, Thursdays, 7-11 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 2-6 p.m.; Sensation Band Tuesdays, Fridays, 7-11 p.m.; Fuzzy and the Kings of Memphis Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.; Chic Jones and the Blues Express Sundays, 7-11 p.m.; North and South Band Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m.

Myra Hall Band Friday, April 13, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fuzzy Saturday, April 14, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sensation Band Monday, April 16, 8 p.m.midnight; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Chris McDaniel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

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Midtown Crossing Grill

2559 BROAD 730-0719

394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

Natalie James and the Professor Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; “The Happening” Open Songwriter Showcase Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Minglewood Hall 1555 MADISON 866-609-1744

Nightwish Decades North America 2018 Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m.

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School

613 UNIVERSITY 843-3775

60 N. PERKINS EXT. 537-1483

Wild Bill’s

Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House

Rhodes Spring Choral Concert: “Songs of Stars, Light, Fire, & Flame” Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m. 1580 VOLLINTINE 207-3975

The Wild Bill’s Band with Tony Chapman, Charles Cason, and Miss Joyce Henderson Fridays, Saturdays, 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Folk All Y’all Listening Room at Studio688

China’s HAYA Band Saturday, April 14, 8-9:30 p.m.

551 S. MENDENHALL 762-8200

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

day, April 14, 8 p.m.; Flashback Sunday, April 15, 4-7 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Summer/Berclair Cheffie’s Cafe 483 HIGH POINT TERRACE 202-4157

Songwriter Night hosted by Leigh Ann Wilmot and Dave “The Rave” Saturdays, 5-8 p.m.

Black Pussy, Negro Terror, MojoThunder, Native Blood Thursday, April 12, 9 p.m.; Onus, Pressed, the Animal’s Comfort, Admiral Longtooth Friday, April 13, 9 p.m.; Mickey Factz (XXL Freshman), Alfred Banks, PreauXX, Ricky Davaine, U901 Sunday, April 15, 8 p.m.; Palm Daze, the Halfways, Millbrook Estates Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m.; Crockett Hall Tuesdays with the Midtown Rhythm Section Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

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Chris Johnson Unplugged Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m.; Derryl Perry Thursday, April 12, 9 p.m.; Szlachetka Friday, April 13, 6:30 p.m.; Almost Elton John Friday, April 13, 10 p.m.; The Copper Children Saturday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.; Seeing Red Saturday, April 14, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m.; Mark Edgar Stuart Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m.; Fingertrick Sunday, April 15, 8 p.m.; Mitchell Ferguson Monday, April 16, 6 p.m.; Jacob Stiefel Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.; Royal Blues Band Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m.; Breeze Cayolle & New Orleans Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.

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Rock Starkaraoke Fridays; A Man Called Stu, Soviet Shiksa, Damned Rivers Saturday, April 14; Nellen Dryden, Volk Sunday, April 15, 8 p.m.; Open Mic Music with Tiffany Harmon Mondays, 9 p.m.-midnight; Natty D’s/Rebuilder, JR Truth, Zigadoo Moneyclips Tuesday, April 17.

Playhouse on the Square 66 S. COOPER 726-4656

Midtown Opera Festival: 901 Showcase; Welcome to Grc Lnd: 2030 Saturday, April 14, 5 p.m.

Railgarten 2160 CENTRAL

Live Band Karaoke with Public Record Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

4872 POPLAR 682-7729

University of Memphis

Twin Soul Sunday, April 15, 8-11:30 p.m.

The Bluff

Laurelwood Shopping Center

535 S. HIGHLAND

422 S. GROVE PARK 682-8436

Memphis LIVE MondaysSundays, 8 p.m.-midnight; DJ Ben Murray Thursdays, 10 p.m.; Bluegrass Brunch with the River Bluff Clan Sundays, 11 a.m.

East Memphis Brookhaven Pub & Grill 695 BROOKHAVEN CIRCLE 680-8118

Dantones Band Friday, April 13, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

T.J. Mulligan’s 64 2821 N. HOUSTON LEVEE 377-9997

Brian Johnson Band Friday, April 13, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

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

The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

Frayser/Millington Old Millington Winery 6748 OLD MILLINGTON 873-4114

Susie and Bob Salley Sunday, April 15, 3-6 p.m.

Toni Green’s Palace 4212 HWY 51 N

Toni Green’s Palace MondaysSundays, 7 p.m.; Live DJ Thursdays, Fridays, 7 p.m.

Germantown Germantown Performing Arts Center 1801 EXETER 751-7500

Howard Alden Friday, April 13, 7 p.m.; Cyrille Aimée Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.

Huey’s Southwind 7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

The King Beez Sunday, April 15, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Huey’s Germantown 7677 FARMINGTON 318-3034

2059 MADISON 207-7397

Paul Taylor Quintet Thursday, April 12, 7-10 p.m.; Lickety Grit Brass Band Friday, April 13, 7-10 p.m.; Chris Johnson Saturday, April 14, 12-3 p.m.; Joe Johnson Saturday, April 14, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

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New Church Memphis 4917 MACON

Jordan Feliz: The Future Tour Thursday, April 12, 7-10 p.m.

Five O’Clock Shadow Sunday, April 15, 8-11:30 p.m.; The Pistol & the Queen Wednesday, April 18, 6-9 p.m.

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Carlos Ecos Thursday, April 12, 6-8 p.m.

Bartlett

Horseshoe Casino & Hotel

Poplar/I-240

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center

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East Tapas and Drinks 6069 PARK 767-6002

Eddie Harris Thursdays, Fridays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Van Duren Solo Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.

Neil’s Music Room 5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Vinyl Revival Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m.-midnight; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Natchez Satur-

3663 APPLING 385-6440

Melba Moore Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Hadley’s Pub 2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

Section 8 Band Friday, April 13, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Full Circle Saturday, April 14, 9 p.m.; Cruisin’ Heavy Sunday, April 15, 5:30 p.m.; AM Whiskey Wednesday, April 18, 8 p.m.

Phillip Phillips Friday, April 13.

Raleigh Stage Stop 2951 CELA 382-1576

Blues Jam hosted by Brad Webb Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.; Open Mic Night and Steak Night Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-midnight.

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The Dantones Sunday, April 15, 4-7 p.m.; The Heart Memphis Band Sunday, April 15, 8:30 p.m.midnight.

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Huey’s Midtown

Steak Night with Tony Butler and the Shelby Forest Pioneers Fridays, 6-8 p.m.; Flash Mob Ukelele Saturday, April 14, 12-3 p.m.; Possum Drifters Sunday, April 15, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Cordova

Folk All Y’all: Nobody’s Girl Thursday, April 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

1927 MADISON 726-4372

7729 BENJESTOWN 876-5770

Royal Blues Band Sunday, April 15, 8-11:30 p.m.

688 S. COX ST 9016266763

The Boombachs, Tyke T, the PRVLG Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m.; Thelma and the Sleaze, Craig Brown Band Friday, April 13, 7 p.m.; The Zoo Girls, American Music Standard and Kyle Walz Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Get Money Stop Hatin Tour Sunday, April 15, 9 p.m.; Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Dead Soldiers Wednesday, April 18, 8 p.m.

Shelby Forest General Store

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Paul Anthony Thursday, April 12, 8-11 p.m.; 4-2-GO Friday, April 13, 9 p.m.; The Skitch Saturday, April 14, 5:30 p.m.; Rants Saturday, April 14, 9 p.m.1 a.m.; David Collins & Frog Squad Sunday, April 15, 6-9 p.m.; Richard Wilson Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.; Ben MindenBirkenmaier Wednesday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.

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Fun! Fun! Fun! »»»»»» For all the things that sometimes divide us, Memphians have a knack for coming together. Anyone seeking proof need only refer to photos of the streets outside the National Civil Rights Museum last week, when crowds converged to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was downtown that morning, and I saw black and white people, and young people and men and women old enough to remember April 4, 1968. I saw people coming together. And coming together is one of the things we’re good at in Memphis, right up there with making genre-bending music and getting really, incredibly invested in basketball. Whether it’s in remembrance or in celebration, whether we’re standing up for our city or sitting down with a plate of crawfish and corn on the cob, here’s our comprehensive guide to the Mid-South’s fairs and festivals.

APRIL

Lucero Family Block Party Hometown heroes Lucero bring the turned-up twang with their annual block party, a celebration of alt-country, roots rock, or whatever the heck you want to call it at Minglewood Hall. Turnpike Troubadours, Deer Tick, Louise Page, and Mighty Souls Brass Band will round out the all-star lineup. Minglewood Hall, 1928 Poplar, April 14th, 3 p.m. $25-150. Overton Square Crawfish Festival Spring has officially sprung when traffic in Overton Square shuts down for the Crawfish Festival. This annual outdoor celebration proves that the humble mudbug can draw quite a crowd as Midtown turns out for the one-day festival. Overton Square, April 15th. Free.

April 12-18, 2017

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival The 26th annual Rajun Cajun festival benefits Porter-Leath and is expected to draw up to 35,000 attendees. The free festival features live music, crawfish bobbing, crawfish eating, and crawfish racing. This year, 24 gumbo teams will compete in the annual Cash Saver Gumbo Cook-Off to vie for the skillet trophy and a cash prize. Wagner Place and Riverside Drive, between Union and Beale, April 15th, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

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Binghampton — and all the cultures that make the neighborhood so unique. Wiseacre Brewery, 2783 Broad, April 21st, 1-7 p.m. Free. Tambourine Bash A party at Old Dominick with music by Chinese Connection Dub Embassy and the ShotGunBillys, the Tambourine Bash benefits Music Export Memphis and will help fund their new Ambassador program. The goal is to train touring musicians in ways to help promote the Bluff City, essentially to become ambassadors for Memphis. Old Dominick Distillery, April 19th, 7-10 p.m. $25-50.

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River Series at Harbor Town Amphitheater The River Series kicked off on April 1st with performances by Little Bandit and Coco Hames, adopted Memphian and former bandleader of the Ettes, but there are still more concerts to come. If a Sunday afternoon of music on the banks of the Mississippi isn’t enough to get your attention, the proceeds benefit the Maria Montessori School. And the lineup for the rest of the season is jam-packed with eclectic music pairings, including Wreckless Eric with Flyer music editor Alex Greene on April 15th, and Los Cantadores with local songwriter extraordinaire Mark Edgar Stuart on April 29th. Stuart has made many a grown man cry with his heartbreakingly honest “Remote Control” off his Blues for Lou LP; so don’t sleep on this one. Harbor Town Amphitheater. April 15th and 29th.

Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival The 32nd annual Africa in April cultural awareness festival honors Equatorial Guinea. This family-friendly festival is four days of food, music, and a diverse cultural marketplace in Robert Church Park downtown. Each day of the festival has a different theme showcasing different aspects of the featured country. Beale Street & Robert Church Park. April 19th-23rd. Admission $5-10.

V&E Greenline Art Walk Set against a neighborhood park in the Voluntine and Evergreen area, this art walk finds attendees strolling between artist booths and massive shade trees. This family-friendly fund-raiser supports the V&E Greenline and park, with live music as well as food and art vendors. V&E Greenline, April 28th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Beale Street Wine Race It takes grit to make it in the service industry, especially in the heavy-bevy central of downtown Memphis. So when servers compete in the Wine Race, , only the swiftest and most fleet of feet will be crowned champion. Fans of the race gather downtown to cheer on their favorite bartenders and servers as they compete in the Olympics of drunken, downtown races. April 29th, 1 p.m. Free.

MAY

Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival BSMF always kicks off Memphis in May, the month-long, city-wide celebration of music, culture, and barbecue. Three days of music on the Mississippi River, BSMF is Memphis at its most turned up, ready to revel in rock-and-roll and show off the Bluff City to the thousands of people the festival draws from around the Mid-South. Some highlights from this year’s lineup include Jack White (who just released one of his most experimental — and coolest — records to date), Alanis Morissette, Erykah Badu (!), and the Flaming Lips. The hometown talent on display includes Tav Falco and the Panther Burns and Chinese Connection Dub Embassy. Tom Lee Park, May 4th-6th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $125.

Kaleidoscope Food Festival The second annual Kaleidoscope Festival continues the

Levitt Shell Concert Series This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the remodeled Levitt Shell’s free concert series. One of the most historic venues in town, the Shell has been host to a star-studded roll call of talented musicians (Elvis Presley and Mudboy in the Neutrons, for starters). In its 10 years of operation, the Levitt Shell has put on more than 500 free, family-friendly concerts in Overton Park. Performers this year will include Memphis’ own Harlan T. Bobo, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and North Mississippi All-Stars. This year’s series will include three ticketed “Stars at the Shell” concerts, and if prior “Stars” shows are anything to go by (Mavis Staples! Emmylou Harris!), these won’t be events to miss. Levitt Shell, May 31st through July 15th; and September 6th through October 21st. 7:30 p.m. in the summer, 7 p.m. in the fall. Free.

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Bacon and Bourbon Fresh off the success of our first Whiskey Warmer, we’re hosting the third annual Bacon and Bourbon, one of the Flyer’s signature events. It’s an evening of bourbon and pork tastings, with live music and all kinds of additional fun activities. What is best in life? It’s simple — whiskey and bacon. Memphis Farmers Market, April 21st, 6-9 p.m. Admission $35.

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continued from page 18 Latino Memphis Festival This year, Latino Memphis brings the energy of Carnival to the heart of Memphis with their Fiesta do Brasil, celebrating the culture of Brazil. The high-energy festival features the Brazilian martial art known as Capoeira, the Cinco K Mayo 5K, a salsamaking championship, sizzling samba dancing, and a parade led by the UT Martin Ensemble. Overton Park, May 5th, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

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Memphis Greek Festival The Memphis Greek Festival is celebrating 60 years of Greek culture, food, and dancing. The congregation of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church invites Memphians on a getaway to the 60th annual festival. This year’s festivities feature a marketplace and the music of the Kostas Kastanis. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, May 11-12th, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $3 or three canned items. Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest There’s no better time to pig out on pulled pork than the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, aka Barbecue Fest. And every summer, the third weekend of May means downtown Memphis is sailing on a sea of barbecue sauce (and, of course, beer. Lots of beer). But is it vinegar or tomato based? (The sauce, not the beer.) Pulled or chopped? While most days, a strongly held opinion on the proper presentation of pork can be grounds for fisticuffs, this weekend is about celebrating the humble hog in all its forms. Tom Lee Park, May 16th-19th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 donation per vehicle. Dog-A-Roo Dogs are the gods of frolic, to paraphrase 19th-century clergyman and abolitionist Henry Lloyd Beecher. And anyone who has ever spent an afternoon at Overton Bark or aimlessly watching puppy videos on YouTube can surely back up Mr. Beecher’s claim. So it’s only fitting that our four-legged, frolic-loving friends get a festival of their own. Dog-A-Roo is a puppy-friendly festival featuring the Fourlegged 4K Fun Run, a talent and costume

contest, and a rescue parade. Outback Off-Leash Dog Park, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, May 12th, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. 901Fest The celebratory cap on the Memphis in May International Festival, 901Fest glorifies all things Memphis. This year’s lineup has yet to be released, but it’s sure to feature some Memphis favorites. With the Mississippi as a backdrop, 901Fest is the city’s wind-down party after the month-long festivities of Memphis in May. Tom Lee Park, May 26th, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

JUNE

Memphis Italian Festival With trivia, live music, and a stomach-rumbling, droolinducing selection of food vendors, this family-friendly festival celebrates ItalianAmerican heritage in Marquette Park in East Memphis. The Holy Rosary Parish brings together food, music, and vendors for a weekend-long celebration. Marquette Park, 4946 Alrose, June 1st-3rd. The Memphis Flyer Margarita Festival What’s your flavor? Standard-issue lime or perhaps something a little more adventurous? Blended or on the rocks? There’s no need to get salty — the Flyer’s fourth annual Margarita Festival offers Memphians the chance to cool down by sampling margaritas from some of Memphis’ hottest restaurants. Overton Park Greensward, June 2nd. FedEx St. Jude Classic Golf for a good cause, the St. Jude Classic is celebrating its 60th year. The professional tournament brings golfers to Memphis as a stop on the PGA tour. This year, returning champion Daniel Berger, who won in 2016 and 2017, competes to be the third person to have won the tournament three or more times. TPC Southwind, June 4th-10th. Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Making classical music available in a rock-and-soul town, Luna Nova Music’s 12th annual Chamber Music Festival will feature works from the 20th century, including Debussy, Ibert, and Piazolla, as

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Memphis Literary Arts Festival The Center for Southern Literary Arts is throwing the inaugural Literary Arts Festival this June in the historic Edge district. The festival will feature a street fair, 30 presenters, group panels, discussions, and readings. The list of award-winning authors and local literary guests is set to drop just as this issue goes to press, so watch for more information as the date nears. June 16th. Free. Anime Blues Con This three-day festival is a celebration of Japanese culture, anime and manga, cosplay, comics, and video games. In addition to the cosplay contest and a formal ball, this year’s convention features special guests Josh Grille (Attack on Titan), Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist), and Jen Brown, the voice of Harley Quinn for DC Universe Online. Memphis Cook Convention Center, June 29th-July 1st. $35-$80.

JULY

The Memphis Flyer’s Burger Week Break out your stretchy pants, because Burger Week is back for its third (!) year. It’s our annual celebration of some of the best burgers Bluff City has to offer. Participating restaurants will offer specialty burgers for a special price. Please remember to tip, because great service and one-of-a-kind burger creations are worth it. Various locations. WEVL Blues on the Bluff Longtime Best of Memphis winners WEVL haven’t released the lineup for this year’s Blues on the Bluff yet, but previous shindigs have included performances by all-stars such as Julien Baker, the Bo-Keys, and Ghost Town Blues Band. (Full disclosure: I host the My Morning Mixtape program for WEVL.) Live music, beer, and barbecue all served on the picturesque grounds of the Metal Museum, make Blues on the Bluff one of the summer’s signature parties. Even better, as a fund-raiser for the 42-year-old independent radio station, it’s a party for a good cause. 374 Metal Museum Drive, July 22nd, 6 p.m. Memphis Zine Fest From the Dadaist manifestos of the early 20th century to the continued on page 22

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AUGUST

Elvis Week Each year, Elvis fans from all over the world hop on the “Mystery Train” to Memphis for this weeklong tribute to the King of Rock-and-Roll. Marking the 41st anniversary of Elvis’ death, this celebration honors the musical legacy, from Sun to RCA, of one of Memphis’ most successful pioneers and includes highlights from his extensive musical catalogue, his films, performances by tribute artists, and, of course, the Candlelit Vigil at Graceland. Various locations. August 11-19th. Ostrander Awards It seems the theater scene in Memphis just keeps growing. From Playhouse to the Hattiloo to Theatre Memphis to the Orpheum for touring performances, theater lovers in Memphis are spoiled for choice and could be forgiven for sometimes forgetting that not all cities of Memphis’ size have so much programming to boast of. And the Ostrander Awards are all about taking a moment to appreciate the theater talent on hand in the Bluff City. The annual awards ceremony honors excellence in the Memphis theater community and celebrates the best work of the previous year’s season. The Orpheum Theatre, date and time to be announced.

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Rock for Love The annual benefit concert for the Church Health Center, Rock for Love brings together some of the best bands and most singular solo acts for a good cause. Founded in 2007, this music series is a weekend of special concerts on different stages across the city. Dates and locations to be announced.

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SEPTEMBER

Delta Fair & Music Festival The Delta Fair & Music Festival is cause to celebrate. Because you just can’t stay home by yourself and eat a Pronto Pup and a funnel cake and hold onto your self-respect. This annual festival features Delta music, rides, games, livestock shows, and food vendors. Plus, did we already mention funnel cakes? Agricenter. September 1st-10th. $10. Memphis Music and Heritage Festival The nonprofit Center for Southern Folklore presents performances by artists of all stripes — musicians, dancers, poets — celebrating the unique cultural heritage of the Mid-South. There are blues, folk, and jazz performances, and that hardly scratches the surface, as two blocks downtown along South Main are transformed into a celebration of the culture and the rhythms of the South. September 1st-2nd.

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Guests will be allowed a rare look into the other side of antebellum life through a rare surviving structure with historic interpretations by Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project, featured in Garden & Gun Magazine. Culinary Historian, Michael W. Twitty will discuss the cooks of antebellum kitchens and the lives of enslaved people’s unique role in giving the South her mother cuisine through live cooking demonstrations. Additional historic interpreters will illustrate the roles of an antebellum brick maker and laundress all during The Holly Springs Pilgrimage of Historic Homes Tour.

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Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival Observed across the country on June 19th, Juneteenth is a commemoration of African-American Emancipation Day. The lineup has yet to be released, but last year’s celebration featured a performance by the Bo-Keys, so the bar is set high. Taking place on Father’s Day weekend, the festival features a job fair and a youth talent show as part of its mission to emphasize education and achievement. Robert R. Church Park, June 16th-18th. Free.

zine boom of the ’90s, creators have found ways to get their voices heard on their own terms. Memphis Zine Fest celebrates the creators who believe there’s room for physical media in the Information Age. Viva la print, baby! Details to be announced.

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well as works by Luna Nova composers. Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, June 20th-23rd at 7:30 p.m. Free.

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continued from page 21 Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration Held at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and generating somewhere in the neighborhood of $21 million for the Memphis economy, the Southern Heritage Classic is the annual game between Jackson State and Tennessee State. Each year, upwards of 45,000 fans descend on Memphis for the game, a tailgate party, and a weekend of music, fun, and football. September 6th-8th.

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Germantown Festival one of the longest continuously run festivals in the Memphis area, it may be the only festival in the area to offer an auto show, live entertainment, and most importantly, the running of the weenies dog race. The 47th annual Germantown Festival provides a free, family-friendly weekend. 7745 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Saturday, September 8th, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, September 9th, noon-6 p.m. Free. Cooper-Young Festival Held in Memphis’ largest historic district and featuring live music, art vendors, handcrafted goods, and food and beer vendors on every corner, Cooper-Young Fest is Midtown’s yearly

Mid-South Fair This annual festival is over 160 years old and is one of the only festivals listed in these pages that features both a horticulture show and carnival rides. And we haven’t even mentioned the historic talent contest (whose previous contestants included a young Elvis Presley) or the stunt dog show or the concerts. And I’m pretty sure they have funnel cakes here, too. Southaven. September 20th-30th. Gonerfest 15 One night last autumn, I ran into a gaggle of leather-clad Japanese musicians outside the Cash Saver. Huddled in the parking lot of the Madison Avenue store, they pulled out a Gonerfest program and invited me to their upcoming show. After some juggling of vegetables and growlers of Memphis beer, we exchanged CDs and handshakes and went on our way. Every year, in addition to bringing garage and punk-rock bands to Memphis from all over the world, Goner Records’ Gonerfest makes those kinds of weirdly

magical meetings possible. And for that, we should all thank our friendly, neighborhood record store. Multiple locations. September 27th-30th. Mid-South Pride Festival If you have never been to the Pride Festival, I recommend you remedy that this September. The festival takes over downtown with live music, talent shows, vendors, and the most colorful and diverse parade I’ve ever seen winding its way around the FedExForum. MidSouth Pride is the largest gathering of the LGBTQ community in the MidSouth, and the event celebrates inclusion and diversity and features musical performances, vendors, and a parade. September 28th-30th. Unreal Film Festival Fans of the strange and macabre, the far out and fantastical, rejoice! Founded in 2011 by Cellardoor Cinema, the Unreal Film Fest focuses on horror, sci-fi, and fantasy feature-length and short films. September 22nd-24th. Outflix Film Festival Every year, the Outflix Film Festival presents a film program diverse in themes and genres. One of the many excellent examples of Memphis’ growing film community, Outflix is a program of OUTMemphis, an organization that empowers, connects, continued on page 24

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RiverArtsFest Autumn in Memphis offers a golden window for strolling along South Main, locally brewed ale in hand. Summers are sticky and insect-infested, and winters, even the mildest ones, tend to linger on the dreary and gray side of the spectrum. But autumn offers a bug-free couple of months with a pleasantly crisp chill that is the perfect excuse for a light sweater and an early-afternoon toddy. What I’m getting at is that RiverArtsFest could hardly be more perfectly timed, and you can expect to see me there, sipping a local beer and browsing the art on hand. South Main Arts District. October 26th28th. Art on Tap One of Memphis’ oldest beer festivals, the Dixon Gallery and Garden’s Art on Tap celebrates 23 years this September. Beer lovers and art aficionados gather on the gorgeous grounds of the art museum to sample beer from around the globe. Date to be announced. Tequila Festival The only festival with an unofficial theme song by the Champs. Sing along, you know all the words: “Tequila!” Made from the blue agave plant, which grows primarily in the highlands of the Mexican state Jalisco, tequila is the fiery drink of outlaws and troublemakers, and this festival is all about celebrating it. Details to be announced.

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April 12 - 18

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The Evergreen Theatre

Dragnificent 2018: Dragnificent Doo-wop, music from the ’50s and ’60s, the show includes original skits, production numbers, and group performances benefiting Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc. www.theatreworksmemphis.org. $25. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Through April 15. 1705 POPLAR (274-7139).

Hernando High School Performing Arts Center

Kudzu Playhouse Call for Male Vocalists: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, be part of the choir in upcoming production. Show dates are July 13-22. Rehearsals begin May 5. www.kudzuplayers.com. Through April 30. 805 DILWORTH LANE, HERNANDO, MS.

McCoy Theatre

Dr. Voynich and Her Children, a traveling herbalist and her apprentice journey through the heartland of the U.S. in the future. Society has regressed. A life-altering choice is made that changes everything. www. rhodes.edu. Free. Thur.-Sat., Apr. 12-14, 7:30 p.m.

April 12-18, 2017

RHODES COLLEGE, 2000 N. PARKWAY (843-3000).

Send the date, time, place, cost, info, phone number, a brief description, and photos — two weeks in advance — to calendar@memphisflyer.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.

Something Rotten! at the Orpheum Theatre, through April 15th

The Orpheum

Something Rotten!, in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” www.orpheum-memphis.com. $25-$125. Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m., Sat., 2 & 8 p.m., Fri., 8 p.m., and Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 p.m. Through April 15.

OT H E R A R T HAP P E N I N G S

Artists’ Link Meetings

Speakers include, April: Jack Kenner, nature photographer; May: Fred Rawlinson, critique session. Third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m.

203 S. MAIN (525-3000).

Theatre Memphis

An Act of God, it turns out that God is sinfully funny as he introduces a radical rewrite of the Ten Commandments. Sometimes using strong language and acerbic humor, he answers existential questions. www.theatrememphis.org. $25. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Through April 22. 630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323).

University of Memphis

The Servant of Two Masters, love, mystery, and buffoonery in the wild story of servant Truffaldino who wreaks havoc when he attempts to wait on two different masters at the same time. (678-3184), www.

JASON’S DELI, 3473 POPLAR (324-3181).

“Beneath the Surface: Life, Death & Gold in Ancient Panama” memphis.edu. $20. ThursdaysSaturdays, 7:30-9:45 p.m. Through April 21. THEATRE AND COMMUNICATION BUILDING, 3745 CENTRAL.

A R T I ST R E C E PT I O N S

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Opening reception for“Suburban Cigar” and “A Perfect Home,” exhibition of photography by Bruce Meisterman and sculpture by Nikii Richey. www.anfa.com. Fri.,

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Opening reception for “Proxemics,” exhibition of spring 2018 BFA thesis work by Alexandra Barnett, Megan Chen, Lizzie Dean, Natalie Eddings, Paige Ellens, Whitney Gresham, Kit Huddleston, Emilio Norman, and Denise Wakeman. (678-2216), www. memphis.edu. Fri., April 13,

Artist reception for “Where We Gather,” exhibition of works by Erika Roberts. (591-5735), www.erikaroberts.studio. Fri., April 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 440 POWELL, COLLIERVILLE (853-3228).

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Exhibition of finds from Pre-Columbian cemetery of Sitio Conte in central Panama, a mysterious and complex society that thrived there more than 1,000 years ago. Ongoing. MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

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CALENDAR: APRIL 12 - 18 continued from page 26 artists, music, and dance stages. Free. Sat., April 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. BROAD AVENUE ARTS DISTRICT, BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD AND COLLINS (493-4696), WWW.BROADAVEARTS. COM/EVENTS.

Memphis Fashion Week

See both local and national designers on the runway. $60$800. Wed.-Sat., April 11-14. MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ART, 1930 POPLAR (272-5100), WWW.MEMPHISFASHIONWEEK.ORG.

Saturday Sketch

For ages 15-plus. Sketch in the gardens or galleries with a special guest instructor each month. Bring a pad of paper or a sketchbook. Pencils and colored pencils only. Free with admission. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

O N G O I N G ART “The Visceral World,” exhibition of color photography by William Eggleston, Huger Foote, Adam Bartos, and Stephen Shore. www.20twelve. com. Through July 25. 2531 BROAD.

Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM)

“Monster Marks,” exhibition of work from Memphis collections that make us think about

Chen, Lizzie Dean, Natalie Eddings, Paige Ellens, Whitney Gresham, Kit Huddleston, Emilio Norman, and Denise Wakeman. www.memphis.edu/ amum. April 13-27.

142 COMMUNICATION & FINE ARTS BUILDING (678-2224).

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“Rooted & Grounded,” exhibition of photos by GIRL 24. Documents teen girls and business women nominated and selected to share past and present stories told through hair and identity. MLK50 event. www.artvillagegallery.com. Through April 12.

3715 CENTRAL.

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“Papercutting of Countryside and Cities,” exhibition combining the art of papercutting with the beauty of landscapes in cities, towns, and countryside by Gillian J. Furniss. www. memphisbotanicgarden.com. Through April 28.

575 S. MENDENHALL (521-0782).

ANF Architects

“Suburban Cigar” and “A Perfect Home,” exhibition of photography by Bruce Meisterman and sculpture by Nikii Richey. www.anfa.com. April 13-May 17. 1500 UNION (278-6868).

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“Where We Gather” by Erika Roberts at Harrell Performing Arts Center, April 13th-June 25th

how we define monsters. www. memphis.edu/amum. Through July 28. “Africa: Art of a Continent,” permanent exhibition of African art from the Martha and Robert Fogelman collection. Ongoing.

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

“Chinese Symbols in Art,” ancient Chinese pottery and bronze. www.belzmuseum.org. Ongoing. 119 S. MAIN, IN THE PEMBROKE SQUARE BUILDING (523-ARTS).

Bingham and Broad

“My Kin Is Not Like Yours,” exhibition of works by Debra Edge. Ongoing. 2563 BROAD (323-3008).

750 CHERRY (766-9900).

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School

“Modern Take on a Fresco and marciART,” exhibition of paintings by Lou Ann Dattilo and jewelry by Marci Margolin Hirsch. www.buckmanartscenter.com. Through April 16. 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483).

The Cotton Museum

“Went Out for Cigarettes,” exhibition of images and titles that explore and rediscover the American South with contradictions and hidden meanings by Ryan Steed, grandson of a cotton farmer and son of a literature teacher. Through

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May 31. 65 UNION (531-7826).

Crosstown Concourse

“Goodnight My Love,” exhibition of photographs from the Ernest Withers collection, including works from Withers’ archive of more than one million negatives that have never been seen by the public. www. crosstownarts.org. Through May 13. N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY.

David Lusk Gallery

Rob Matthews, Libby Johnson, www.davidluskgallery.com. Through April 14. 97 TILLMAN (767-3800).

FireHouse Community Arts Center

“I Am Here,” exhibition of work by Najee Strickland, Immon Johnson, Rahn Marion, and Naima Peace. www.mbaafirehouse.org. Through April 30. Mosal Morszart, exhibition of works by Black Arts Alliance artist. www.memphisblackartsalliance.org. Ongoing. 985 S. BELLEVUE (948-9522).

Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, University of Memphis

“Proxemics,” exhibition of spring 2018 BFA thesis work by Alexandra Barnett, Megan

Harrell Performing Arts Theatre

“Where We Gather,” exhibition of works by Erika Roberts. www.erikaroberts.studio. April 13-June 25. 440 POWELL, COLLIERVILLE (8533228).

Jay Etkin Gallery

Jane Keltner, exhibition of paintings. www.jayetkingallery. com. Through April 14. 942 COOPER (550-0064).

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CALENDAR: APRIL 12 - 18 continued from page 28 exhibition of paintings by Chuck Johnson and ceramics and sculpture by Niles Wallace. www.lrossgallery.com. Through April 28. 5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

April 12-18, 2017

“Art of Science,” exhibition showcasing the beauty of science and the power of art. Featuring scientific imagery reinterpreted by local-area fine artists. www.mca.edu. Through April 18.

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1930 POPLAR (272-5100).

“Black Resistance: Ernest C. Withers and the Civil Rights Movement,” exhibition focuses on and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the events from March 27 through April 8, 1968. Through Aug. 19. “African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style,” of traditions of African dress featuring colorful, boldly patterned printed cloth highlighting the interplay between regional preferences and cosmopolitanism. Through Aug. 12. “Rotunda Projects: Lisa Hoke,” exhibition of over-the-top installation of recycled and repurposed materials reflecting aspirations for the work and fears of expecting too much. Through June 3. “About Face,” exhibition highlighting the different ways artists interpret the connection between emotion and expression. Ongoing. “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. www. brooksmuseum.org. Ongoing. 1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

Spring Plant Sale at Memphis Botanic Garden, Friday, April 13th through Saturday, April 14th

Memphis College of Art

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Memphis Jewish Community Center’s Shainberg Gallery

Live music provided by the Edd Jones Orchestra. Performances by Ben Stovall and Jorja Jolly. $12 members, $15 nonmembers. Sat., April 14, 7 p.m.

“Collaborations,” exhibition of work by 16 pairs of Mid-South artists. www.tennesseecraftsouthwest.com. Through April 26.

ADVENT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1879 N. GERMANTOWN PARKWAY, WWW.USADANCEMEMPHIS.COM.

6560 POPLAR (761-0810).

Metal Museum

“Alchemy4,” exhibition of contemporary enamels produced in the last two years with 150 objects created by 98 students in accredited degree programs throughout the world. Through April 29. “Everyday Objects: The Evolution and Innovations of Joseph Anderson,” works by artist-blacksmith and sculptor. www.metalmuseum.org. Through April 22. 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).

Ross Gallery

“Looking at the World,” exhibition of paintings by Claudia Tullos-Leonard. Through May 2. “Riding the Bevel,” exhibition of work by artists from the MidSouth Woodturners Guild in the gallery foyer. www.cbu.edu/ gallery. Through April 24. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY, PLOUGH LIBRARY, 650 E. PARKWAY S. (321-3000).

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“Images of Africa Before & After the Middle Passage,” exhibition of photography by Jeff and Shaakira Edison. Ongoing. 826 N. SECOND (527-3427).

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

“The Chaos and the Cosmos: Inside Memphis Music’s Lost Decade, 1977-1986,” exhibition of photography by Patricia Rainer. www.staxmuseum.com. Through July 31. 926 E. MCLEMORE (946-2535).

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“The Daily Avalanche,” exhibition of new drawings and prints by John Shorb. www.topsgallery.com. Through May 13.

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“20th Century Memphis Photographs,” exhibition of work by Charlie Ivey and Virginia Schoenster, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gallery Artists, exhibition of work by Charlie Ivey, Virginia Schoenster, Lou Ann Dattilo, and Matthew Hasty. Ongoing. 540 S. MENDENHALL (767-8882).

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“Green Lights and Lifelines,” exhibition by Kristi Duckworth and by Nancy Morrow. www. wkno.org. Through April 27.

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Dirty Movies Presents: Disco Godfather, local and regional comedians make fun of movies at this monthly show. This month Ben Compton (as seen on Comedy Central) will join us to riff on the film Disco Godfather. (846-1252), Free. Fri., April 13, 8-10 p.m.

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Booksigning by Eric Barnes

Author discusses and signs The City Where We Once Lived. Sat., April 14, 6 p.m. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE, N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY.

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13th Annual Vanderhaar Symposium: “Who Gets to Be American: Immigration Policy and Our Multicultural Democracy”

Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), as the keynote speaker. Guest speakers: Mauricio Calvo, Karen Spencer, Dr. Nabil Bayakly, and Maria Herrera. Free. Thurs., April 12, 7-9 p.m. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY THEATER, 650 E. PARKWAY S. (321-3369), WWW.CBU.EDU/VANDERHAAR.

“Dying A Good Death”

Short worship service, coffee break, and information series featuring Thomas Buckner, Mary Turner, and Reverend Weber, who will speak about planning for death, including legal matters, and more. Sundays, 10 a.m. Through April 22. EPIPHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7887 POPLAR (861-6227), WWW.EPIPHANYLU.ORG.

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“I Matter” Conference

Focusing on legal, educational options youths with disabilities will have during transition into adulthood. Speakers include Probate Judge Kathleen Gomes and attorneys William King Self Jr. and Ruby Wharton. $25. Sat., April 14, 9 a.m.-noon. UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, UNIVERSITY CENTER (327-2473), WWW.THEARCMIDSOUTH.ORG.

Building the Future: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, $20. $8-$20. Fri.-Sat., Apr. 13-14, 9 a.m.

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26th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

Spring Plant Sale

Huge assortment of perennials, annuals, tropicals, herbs, shrubs, and trees, plus specialty garden items by local artisans. Expert garden staff and Master Gardeners on-hand to assist. Fri.-Sat., Apr. 13-14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 CHERRY (636-4100), WWW.MEMPHISBOTANICGARDEN.COM.

Enjoy live Cajun rock and funk entertainment from local award-winning artists, crawfish contests, gumbo cook-off, and VIP swamp tent. Free. Sun., April 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. WAGNER PLACE, BETWEEN UNION AND BEALE, WWW.PORTERLEATH.ORG.

Lucero Family Block Party

Featuring music, vendors, tattoos, and more. $25$150. Sat., April 14, 3 p.m.

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Featuring some 30 acts at 20-plus venues in Bluestown, U.S.A. $20. Sat., April 14.

The Memphis Fringe Festival

12 shows from 12 different companies over two weekends. $10 per show, $65 festival pass. April 13-22. THEATRESOUTH, INSIDE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 1000 S. COOPER (726-0800), WWW.VOICESOFTHESOUTH.ORG.

Midtown Opera Festival: 901 Showcase

Visit website for schedule of events. Through April 14. PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE, 66 S. COOPER (726-4656), WWW.OPERAMEMPHIS.ORG.

MINGLEWOOD HALL, 1555 MADISON (866-609-1744), WWW.MINGLEWOODHALL. COM.

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Teens between the ages of 12-19 are invited to join Jack and Jill exploring career fields along with hands on activities in the CLOUD901 Teen Learning Lab. Free with registration. Sat., April 14, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2700).

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Experience the rural setting of Elvis’ upbringing and see where it all began. $99. Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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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).

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Memphis Fashion Week: Trunk Show

Shop designers featured on the runway as well as local designers. A one-stop shop for clothing and accessories. Fri.-Sat., Apr. 13-14, 10 a.m. HIGHLAND STRIP, 551 S. HIGHLAND, WWW.MEMPHISFASHIONWEEK.ORG.

NACAC National College Fair

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) invites students and parents to explore the college search process. Free. Thurs., April 12, 9-11:30 a.m. & 6-8 p.m. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (501940-3088), NACACFAIRS.ORG.

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Charles Finney Memorial Ride

Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club (MHBC) founder Charles Finney passed away in 2012. In his memory, riders can choose from three routes — 19, 36, and 63 miles — benefiting Church Health. Sat., April 14, 7 a.m. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE, N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY, WWW.CHURCHHEALTH.ORG.

Grizzlies Prep Mini-Golf Classic

Family and tournament play. $5-$50. Sat., April 14, 12-8 p.m. GRIZZLIES PREP CHARTER SCHOOL, 168 JEFFERSON (474-0955), WWW.TEACH901.COM.

Redbirds v. Iowa

Fri., April 13, 7:05 p.m., Sat., April 14, 6:35 p.m., Sun., April 15, 2:05 p.m., and Mon., April 16, 11:05 a.m. AUTOZONE PARK, THIRD AND UNION (721-6000), WWW.MEMPHISREDBIRDS.COM.

fashion and careers benefiting The Mirror Me Foundation. Fri., April 13, 6-9 p.m. METRO 67 APARTMENTS, 67 MADISON, WWW.THECURVYSOCIAL.COM.

Legends Award Reception

Pays tribute to women whose work embodies the mission of the Women’s Foundation. $50. Thurs., April 12, 6-8 p.m. THE COLUMNS AT ONE COMMERCE SQUARE, 120 MONROE (578-9346), WWW.WFGM.ORG.

Memphis Fashion Week Emerging Designers

Local emerging designers showcase collections on the runway. $60-$250. Sat., April 14, 7-10 p.m. MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ART, 1930 POPLAR (272-5100), MEMPHISFASHIONWEEK.ORG/EVENTS.

Memphis Fashion Week: Fashion Night Out Featuring drinks, appetizers, and $20 MFW bucks to shop the trunk show. $60. Thurs., April 12, 5:30-8 p.m. HIGHLAND STRIP, 551 S. HIGH-

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Booze, Blues & Boogie

Featuring music by Vince Johnson & the Plantation Allstars, food by DejaVu, and live auction benefiting Memphis Blues Society. $40. Fri., April 13, 7-10 p.m. HATTILOO THEATRE, 37 S. COOPER (502-3486), WWW.HATTILOO.ORG.

Memphis Brewfest

Benefiting Paren Projet Muscular Dystrophy. $45. Sat., April 14, 4-7:45 p.m. LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM, 335 S. HOLLYWOOD (7274344), MEMPHISBREWFEST.COM.

Overton Square Crawfish Festival

Sat., April 14, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. OVERTON SQUARE, MIDTOWN, WWW.OVERTONSQUARE.COM.

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“Page-to-screen” book club.

Redbirds v. Omaha

Thurs., April 12, 7:05 p.m. AUTOZONE PARK, THIRD AND UNION (721-6000), WWW.MEMPHISREDBIRDS.COM.

South Memphis Glide Ride

The Big Jump Teen Ambassadors take scenic routes through South Memphis and consider how to improve bicycle facilities and connectivity within the area. Free. Thurs., April 12, 6-7 p.m. SOUTH MEMPHIS FARMERS MARKET, CORNER OF MISSISSIPPI BOULEVARD AND SOUTH PARKWAY EAST (726-6409), WWW.REVOLUTIONSMEMPHIS.COM.

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Explore an exciting new field of biology where scientists are engineering the creatures of tomorrow. $6 nonmembers. Thurs., April 12, 1-2 p.m. MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2359), WWW. MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

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For ages ages 12 through 24 months. Interactive program for toddlers and caregivers to explore the Dixon. Reservations required. Free for members, $8 nonmembers. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW. DIXON.ORG.

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Black Tie and Tennis Shoe Ball

Featuring I Heart Memphis band and skit competition for the Grand Krewe of Ptah’s annual fund-raiser benefiting Childrens Charities of Carnival Memphis. $60. Sat., April 14, 8 p.m.-midnight. AL CHYMIA SHRINE CENTER, 5770 SHELBY OAKS.

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Memphis Fashion Week: Featured Designers

Featuring one-of-a-kind designers like Rachel Roy Ituen Basi from Nigeria, Sloane, and Daniel Magana bridal. $60-$250. Fri., April 13, 7-10 p.m.

Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk, Broad Avenue Arts District between Hollywood and Collins, Saturday, April 14th

GRACELAND, 3717 ELVIS PRESLEY (332-3322), MEMPHISFASHIONWEEK.ORG/EVENTS.

Screening of movie based on Bernard Malamud’s classic baseball novel. Group discussion following the movie. Free. Sat., April 14, 2-5 p.m.

Paws 4 a Cause

BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2726).

Pet adoption event and celebration of all things dog. Sat., April 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. SHOPS OF SADDLE CREEK, POPLAR AND WEST FARMINGTON RD., WWW.SPAYMEMPHIS.ORG.

Peabody Rooftop Parties

Live music and beautiful views of the sun setting over the Mississippi River. Ladies get in free before 7 p.m. 21plus, $10-$15. Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Through Aug. 16. THE PEABODY HOTEL, 149 UNION (529-4000), WWW.PEABODYMEMPHIS.COM.

Italian Film Festival: L’ora Legale

In a Sicilian town, a new mayor is to be elected. Wed., April 18, 7 p.m. UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, UNIVERSITY CENTER, WWW.MEMPHIS.EDU.

Wider Angle Film Series: The Teacher

In Slovak with English subtitles. Free. Tues., April 17, 7 p.m. BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2726).


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B O O KS By Richard J. Alley

North vs. South Eric Barnes’ The City Where We Once Lived.

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Awe-inspiring, thought-provoking, and sometimes disturbing, works featured from Memphis collections make us think about how we define monsters. To commemorate MLK50, a selection of works shows how contemporary artists use monstrosity to explore ideas and emotions relating to race and racism. Curator: Sherry CM Lindquist, Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History

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n The City Where We Once Lived, we never learn of which city Eric Barnes writes. In its post-apocalyptic state, it could be San Francisco after the big one. With its rampant flooding, it could be post-Katrina New Orleans. With its clear line of delineation between the haves and have-nots, it could be Memphis. The North Side of the city, divided from the South Side by a highway with a single overpass as egress between the two, is long neglected and blighted. Something has eroded the North, leaving it seemingly uninhabitable, and we’re only given hints as to what that something might be. Those who remain do so by choice, living wherever they choose. Our protagonist, who remains unnamed throughout, lives alone in a high-rise hotel. We see the North Side through his eyes from his lofty perch and as he wanders around the barren and desolate streets. Over time, we come to know his tragic story, but the information is parceled out by Barnes who is in no hurry to tell his tale. Where his previous novel, Something Pretty, Something Beautiful (he’s also the author of the novel Shimmer) is all movement and adrenaline, The City is subdued, quiet and unsuspecting. The quiet, though, is punctuated by head-spinning action. A character asks, “What is your capacity for violence?” Barnes has a voice for violence and a heart of compassion, and the human element of his story is in neighbor helping neighbor. There is a dizzying moment of chaos followed by a beautiful moment when the citizens of the North End come together to help those from the South. It doesn’t matter the city because its inhabitants’ behavior is universal. The North End is a land of sameness, of routine, and this may be the truest element of any post-apocalyptic story. How many of us, faced with the end of civilization as we know it, would take to the road to search out like-minded societies or create such a society ourselves? Who would fight zombies to the death while foraging for a cure? Not many, I suspect. Instead, we might be more apt to surrender and lie down on a sofa under the cover of blan-

kets. And that’s just what the hero wants to do here. His memories weigh him down, yet he goes to work every day to put out a newspaper for the North Side. Maybe it’s the momentum of routine that will keep us alive come the end of days. In his wanderings around the city, researching the history of long-empty buildings and grim neighborhoods, he comes across people in the same situation — a woman working at the water pumping station, a security guard at the abandoned airport. The people of the North End keep doing what they’ve always done because, dystopia or not, everyone needs a purpose. Though the city and characters remain nameless — the woman and the boy, the preacher, the gardener, the pressman — there is a lot going on here: climate change, industrialized pollution, manmade flooding. There is also the possibility that this isn’t an isolated case, but that it’s happening in communities worldwide. But maybe Barnes is making a simpler statement. He writes, “The South End is the suburbs to the North End. The sprawling, senseless suburbs that will also someday be abandoned. You can’t build places of substance and duration only as an antidote to what you have for so long neglected.” We learn that, as the problems with the North End became apparent, the citizens and politicians gave up on it and escaped to the south. As a result, the South End is overcrowded, congested with traffic, and a place where “surfaces of everything are like plastic, the neighborhoods finished along sharp lines and dull curves that are repeated, again and again, on every house, every block, every subdivision for many miles.” Barnes doesn’t name his city because this is every major metropolitan city in America dealing with sprawl and neglect and blight and a citizenry far too accommodating of the easy way out. Our man in the North End doesn’t take the easy way out, and, in the end, it’s a life worth fighting for. Eric Barnes signs The City Where We Once Lived at Crosstown Arts, Friday, April 14th, 6 p.m. Benefiting Overton Park Conservancy.


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FOOD By Michael Donahue Spencer Coplan

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how you’re supposed to do it.’ “And I never really was good at math or grammar, geography, things like that,” says Coplan. “So, to have someone say, ‘That salad looks really good,’ was kind of helpful to me as a teenager. To be like, ‘I can do something and not be scolded for it.’” Coplan briefly went to culinary school for a year at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. “But I felt I could learn faster getting paid at a restaurant than paying lots of money to learn at a school.” He got a job working for Tom Douglas at Etta’s Seafood in Seattle. Every year or so, Coplan changed jobs. He helped open RN74 for Michael Mina and Le Petiti Cochon, a little offal restaurant. He also worked at John Sundstrom’s Lark restaurant.

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“I don’t know if it just comes easy to me, but I can understand flavors. Something about food really calms down my anxious brain.” Coplan moved to Memphis after Teach for America placed his girlfriend, Jordan Ayers, in Memphis. “I said, ‘Well, I’m a cook. I can go anywhere.’” His friend told him Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen was one of the top restaurants in Memphis. “I like pretentious fine dining because my first job was pretentious fine dining. I’ve always done it. I like the tweezers. I like the big white plates. The small amount of food.” Coplan got a job at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, where he began experimenting with his own style of Chinese food. He’s captivated by Asian food. “I spent a lot of my after hours in [Asian] restaurants in Seattle. I would go eat late night Chinese food or ramen or Korean food and really liked that kind of food.” Coplan’s expertise in Chinese cooking was a result of “a lot of cookbooks and a lot of time messing around making staff meals for my colleagues. Just kind of being like, ‘Well, how does this taste? Does this taste like General Tso’s chicken?’” But he doesn’t want his Asian food to be made exactly like Asian cooks make it. “I don’t want to be authentic. I want the ketchup, the sugar, lots of hoisin sauce. And not authentic Chinese food.” Americanizing it? “Definitely,” he says. “I have no problem admitting that.” For instance, instead of chilis and other fancier ingredients, the sauce in Coplan’s General Tso’s chicken includes “orange juice and sugar and ketchup and hoisin sauce.” He wanted to “open up something that is cheap and casual and something that is accessible to everyone. Everyone knows what fried rice is. Everyone knows what beef and broccoli is.” Coplan indulges his love for white tablecloth cooking by working a few nights a week at The Gray Canary. His goal is to one day open a bar that sells Chinese food. “Like Slider Inn. Just the same except instead of sliders, beef and broccoli and such.” So, do people think Coplan is Asian? “Well, I have a Vietnamese man that works with me. And now we make the joke if anyone asks, ‘He’s Spencer.’”

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I asked my usual travel bar question: “Can you recommend a local beer?” This always gets locals excited. True, in Chicago, the townies always get excited about the home team — they might talk funny, but they are loyal to a fault. They will have opinions on “their” beer; they’ll ask you what you like, what are your go-to’s. If they know your hometown brew, then the fun really starts. Only one time did this question ever end up with a lousy beer being set before me. It was in Georgia, and someone had been getting clever with peaches. It tasted like the IHOP of beer. Of Memphis’ craft breweries, only one, Wiseacre, is available much beyond Shelby County. What tends to throw you in a place like Chicago is that some of their heavy-hitting locals

are available nationally. It was cold and raining, and the barman pointed me to a Lagunitas Imperial Stout. In truth, Lagunitas is headquartered in sunny Petaluna, California, but that didn’t seem to matter, as he pointed over his shoulder in the direction of the company’s Chicago brewing facility. All the bartender knew — other than he’d rather be talking to the girl in the pink cowboy hat — was that the brew coming out of that tap was made in town by some people who rooted for the Cubs even in the lean years. Ergo, said the barman, it’s local. And why not? You really don’t want to be too pedantic about these things. Lagunitas Imperial Stout is rich, like a Guinness milkshake, with a big, toasty malt finish and chocolate notes. The ABV is a whopping 9.9 percent and is described by the people who make it as “dark, thick, and scary.” But Lagunitas, while a great beer and available in Memphis, wasn’t as local as I’d had in mind. And despite the weather at the time, stouts and porters are like the tweed of the beer wardrobe — I just feel silly putting them on after Easter. The next one I tried was a Tuna Extra Pale Ale from a brewery calling itself Half Acre. It has two breweries, both in Chicago, and one nearby in Lincoln Park. Why do they call it Tuna? According to the website: “We don’t know. Just say it, ‘I’ll take a tuna.’ It feels good. The ocean is a magical place.” I can’t argue; I’ve read my Hemingway. Although that sounds like something the Key West/Havana Papa would say, not the kid from Chicago. At any rate, the Tuna Extra Pale Ale is a great, light quaffer. At 4.7 percent ABV, it won’t knock your melon if you drink it at summer (or Hemingway) speed. It is easy on the hops, so it won’t get bitter in the heat. The citrus zest lightens things up with an almost sweet finish. It would be a winner on a hot day — or whatever these people call summer up here — while watching the Cubs not quite make it.

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TH E LAST WO R D by Aylen Mercado

#FreeManuel

Manuel Duran

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The arrest of local journalist Manuel Duran was viewed live. In a virtual sense, we were there with him. We were there as he reported on the theatrical protest at 201 Poplar on Tuesday, April 3rd. He let us be witnesses, via his phone, as he live-streamed for Memphis Noticias and interviewed individuals who had gathered for a multi-lingual and multi-cultural peaceful demonstration. He’s a well-known Spanish-language journalist, and he was reporting on a protest against immigration detention and private prisons. He was doing his job, his press credential was visible, and he was the only journalist arrested by the Memphis Police Department that day. While there were other journalists on site, only Duran talked us through Tuesday’s action as it was happening — giving us unedited, live footage. He filmed protesters holding signs while others lined up, in the spirit of performance activism, dressed in blue scrubs with chains and shackles, others theatrically representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. He showed us, through his eyes, as someone spoke the following words — which continue to ring in my ears today: “We are changing the narrative. Poverty is not the problem. It’s the people who create, engineer, and perpetuate poverty, that is the problem. We have to take the fight to them. This is just a representation of their power, but now, they’ve even monetized jails where they have people working for little to nothing.” Duran is a Memphis journalist, and he was doing his job. His commentary throughout the livestream reminded us what this protest, led by the Coalition for Concerned Citizens (C3), Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz (CUUV), and Fight for 15 members, was really about. It was to bring attention to the continued injustices created by private prisons and the prison industrial complex. They were not only calling out the disproportionate rates that black and brown people are incarcerated and how their bodies are exploited for cheap labor, but were also calling for an end to the collaboration between Shelby County and ICE. As Duran says, this is a simple request by the people, given that ICE has increasingly been targeting folks with noncriminal arrests. He also reminded his Spanish-speaking viewers to recognize that while the separation of families through deportation is affecting the hispanic community, black people, too, are tied to this struggle, as black and brown communities are both exploited by private prisons. Duran was doing his job. And we followed him as he filmed protestors crossing Poplar on the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the Shelby County Justice Center. And we walked backwards with him as he followed police requests to get off of the street. And we watched as an MPD officer pointed at Duran and a protester next to him, and the officer said to nearby cops, “Get ’em, guys.” Our vision, through Duran’s phone, is shaken. We see the black concrete, the officer’s shoes, and hints of the blue scrubs. We hear a car alarm blaring beats in between people’s screams — and then, we, the viewer, are on the ground looking up at the gray, cloudy sky. In those same hours the city was observing the MLK50 activities, journalists, photographers, and individual Facebook live-streamers were also documenting this demonstration and the arrests of eight protestors and of one journalist, Manuel Duran. All charges were dropped, and everyone walked, except Duran. While the sheriff and the county have claimed that there is no collaboration with ICE, Duran’s detention proves otherwise. Their unwillingness to release him came despite overwhelming community support for him. More than 130 organizations and businesses and over 1,000 people made phone calls and sent emails. The sheriff had no obligation to honor the detainment request by ICE, further proving that the city and county are isolating those seeking truth. In his live-stream, Duran pointed out that there were many journalists at the demonstration because “es importante esta noticia.” This news is important. Duran wanted to share this news with those who could not be there, with those who fear the hyper-surveillance in downtown Memphis, and who feel excluded from #IAmMemphis by means of criminalization. He wanted to show us that when our families are under attack, our communities will show up and support each other to address the causes of injustices and inequities. Tuesday’s arrests were made with no valid reason. Even Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich had to admit that “[there] was not sufficient evidence to go forward with the prosecution.” But those arrests reveal what is a different Memphis for some and just a daily reality for others. This is not the first time that the state has picked up, arrested, or detained prominent community organizers. In fact, you may remember, earlier this year, we commemorated the life of a particular famous civil rights leader who was targeted for his message in a very similar way. #FreeManuel Aylen Mercado is a brown, queer, Latinx chingona pursuing an Urban Studies and Latin American and Latinx Studies degree at Rhodes College. A native of Argentina, she is researching Latinx identity in the South.

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