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OUR 1695TH ISSUE 08.19.21 Careful readers of this paper may notice that we have changed our style guide on “Covid-19.” For more than a year, the Flyer style was to capitalize each letter of the word. More and more, it began to feel as though the paper were shouting at the reader, not unlike the sporadic capitalization in the deranged tweets of the former president. So, following the example of a multitude of other legitimate publications, we’re choosing to style the word as “Covid.” That we have been writing about this disease for long enough and often enough to necessitate not one, but two entries into the style guide is, for me at least, a source of dismay. I’m sure most of us have had some version of this moment — the seemingly innocuous event that reminds you how long we’ve been dealing with this problem. If our governor has his way, it may be never ending. On Monday, August 16th, Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order allowing parents to opt their children out of mask mandates imposed by local school districts, such as that of Shelby County Schools. SCS Superintendent Joris Ray immediately announced that he was meeting with SCS board members and their counsel to “review the legalities of Governor Lee’s Executive Order 84.” I imagine the same situation is happening in Davidson County and that the state will be hit with a slew of lawsuits. Again. What worries me is that we continue to allow a fanatical minority to dictate the terms of acceptable behavior. According to a recent Axios-Ipsos poll on mandatory masking in schools, 69 percent of people polled were for the measure. What’s more, 44 percent of Republicans agreed. Let that be a reminder that all this back-and-forth, all this strife and tension, the backsliding after hard-fought gains against the depredations of the disease, is due to the whims of a very small segment of the population. To me, it seems Lee has sidestepped the (expensive) issue of calling a special legislative session while still delivering up an executive action that will play well on Fox News. “Parents know best” and “the government can’t make my health decisions for me” are old standards, and I’m sure his supporters will eat that up. Getting out of this mess will take work and sacrifice, but that’s a hard sell to voters, and anyway, success isn’t guaranteed. But there’s a vocal segment of the population who will remember this as a stand against tyranny. And those people vote. “No one cares more,” tweeted Lee, “than a parent.” The problem is that not every parent is a virologist or nurse or medical doctor. Parents may care the most, but caring does not necessarily equal expertise. I have no doubt that my mother loves me, but I also remember that a frequent pastime was taking my sister and me to the library, then retiring to the smoking section of Perkins or CK’s, where she would drink coffee, smoke, and draw while my sister and I read. Sure, we turned out okay (Look, Ma, no asthma!), but I think any random selection of pediatricians would deliver the verdict that the smoking section of a diner does not make the best playground. So we’re stuck, all of us, bending to the whims of a few because they’re reliable voters who don’t ask for any meaningful change. A viable political candidate, for these voters, is not one who brings jobs to the state or works to improve healthcare access. No, they simply have to tout a gold-star NRA rating, a willingness to waste state funds defending the newest futile and cruel version of a “bathroom bill,” and say something generic about freedom. But it’s a plywood freedom, a facade, a papier-mâché cutout of some red-whiteand-blue fairytale. It’s a freedom without obligation or responsibility, and such a thing is a myth. Anyone selling that version of life is a snake-oil salesman right out of The Music Man. So, as The New York Times this week reports that the Biden administration is set N E WS & O P I N I O N to recommend booster shots of the Covid THE FLY-BY - 4 NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 6 vaccine for eligible adults, we see the POLITICS - 8 damage that can be done by those who deCOVER STORY mand access to society’s benefits without “THE WAY THE COOKIE participating in its responsibilities. CRUMBLES” I hope those of us who feel that way BY JULIE RAY - 10 will abandon this selfish school of thought, WE RECOMMEND - 14 MUSIC - 16 step up, and do their part. Get vaccinated, CALENDAR - 18 wear a mask, stop hurling insults at healthARTS - 23 care workers under the guise of protest. SPIRITS - 24 In the meantime, I hope we don’t have FOOD - 25 to update our style guide entry on Covid FILM - 27 again. C LAS S I F I E D S - 29 LAST WORD - 31 Jesse Davis jesse@memphisflyer.com

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Memphis Flyer: What are the goals for the fellowship? Nikia Grayson: We want to address the maternal and infant health crisis that we are seeing in the Black community. This fellowship will help to train Black midwives in a comprehensive, reproductive and social justice way that addresses the health inequities and systemic racism many are facing in the healthcare system. There aren’t that many midwives in the country and definitely not that many Black midwives. We would love to see more Black midwives in the South caring for their communities in a culturally congruent way.

Why are there higher rates of pregnancyrelated deaths among Black women than among white women? One, there are providers who aren’t listening to their patients and who aren’t recognizing the importance of seeing patients as human and honoring their humanity. Because we have this disconnect between patients and providers, many people are seeking out care late. By the time they come in for prenatal care, many of their issues are exacerbated. Also, we know that patients who are underinsured or uninsured have very few providers they can go to. They also have to learn how to navigate the system. Just the stress of trying to navigate the healthcare system, as well as the stress of being a Black woman, really does take a toll on people’s bodies.

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has a deadline of April 7, 2022. (In the case of local government districts, for commission, council, and school districts, the deadline is January 1, 2022.) The situation recalls a previous significant change in the boundaries of Districts 8 and 9 that occurred in 2011 after the 2010 census. That reapportionment process was the first overseen by a Republican legislative majority, and it resulted in the surrender of a prize hunk of donor-rich East Memphis turf from Cohen’s 9th District to the 8th. Cohen was compensated by territory to the north of Shelby County in Millington.

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Current boundaries of the 9th Congressional District Given the fact of continued GOP dominance of the General Assembly, the valuable East Memphis salient is liable to stay in Kustoff ’s 8th District. The 9th will have to expand somewhere else in the 8th District, which surrounds it — a fact that creates a whack-a-mole situation for Kustoff, who’ll have to compensate, possibly from the adjoining 7th District. Meanwhile, several legislative districts in Shelby County are seriously under-strength in relation to average statewide population figures. These include state Senate districts 29, 30, and 33 — now held by Democrats Raumesh Akbari, Sara Kyle, and Katrina Robinson, respectively — and state House Districts 86, 90, 91, and 93 — represented currently by Democrats Barbara Cooper, Torrey Harris, London Lamar, and G.A. Hardaway, respectively. Significant changes are likely to occur also in legislative reapportionment, possibly in the loss of a seat or two in Shelby County.


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omadic attorney and thespian in risk management bakes her mama’s love into every bite at Macaronagerie. Or so the story goes as Melissa Walker, owner of the Macaronagerie Memphis bakery, explains it. By the time Walker was in high school, she had lived in four states and a baker’s 10 half-dozen cities. Her family moved around

a lot when she was young. The constants in her childhood home — wherever that might be — were that her dad went to work and her mama was an amazing cook. “Mama showed me how to cook and bake for as long as I can remember. I have never taken her for granted. Growing up, I just presumed that everyone’s mama was an amazing cook.” Walker’s smile turns to

a grimace as if remembering an instance to the contrary. “I discovered that was not the case,” her smile returns, “and I learned to appreciate her even more if that is possible.” PIE IN THE SKY One of the items Walker learned to make with her mother early on was custard for a coconut cream pie, her dad’s favorite.

Avoiding making a sweet scrambled egg pie was a sacred task in her home. She learned to whisk a smooth custard unlike anyone else, save Mama. She remembers that Southern Living magazines and annual cookbooks filled the shelves in her childhood kitchens and were used frequently for new ideas, recipes, and just for the fun of reading. She recalls sticky notes,


OUT OF THE FRYING PAN Finally, an old itch needed to be scratched — or rather, baked from scratch, as in cakes and cupcakes. Walker took a cakedecorating class to satisfy her appetite for the culinary arts. A longtime admiration of the artistry in making beautifully decorated cakes and a fascination with tricks of the trade led her to the class during a time when the cake and cupcake industry was growing exponentially. Instead of being a way to manage stress, it became a source of stress. “I realized that there was only so much I could accomplish with my skill set and resources,” said Walker. “It was entirely too stressful of a side hustle to happily maintain.” In the presence of her overflowing effervescence, it is hard to imagine Walker as ever being stressed. But after working so hard to get a cake just right, she found herself fervently, incessantly praying that no one would run into her car during

transport. Piddling along at five miles per hour so every bump in the road does not jostle the cake apart was too much stress. Now Walker says that every time she gets

cover so no one else will come along and rear-end them. Once again, Walker tabled her aspirations for baking.

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behind someone driving unreasonably slow, she does not get frustrated. Instead, she imagines that maybe they are transporting a cake and drives carefully behind them as

CRUMBLES That was many years ago, and she has since returned to Memphis, her city of origin. Walker considers Memphis her home and

has always lived here, even when she didn’t physically live here. In fact, she has hung her apron continuously in Memphis since 2001. She now thrives in risk management and has battered up for baking — again. The inspiration for her path back to the kitchen was the one thing Mama always said about food, “So much love goes into loving the world with the food you make for them.” This time, she started making macarons and cookies as a challenge when she found herself looking for a creative outlet as recently as two years ago. Her boyfriend, Kinon Keplinger, was working 20-hour days as a restaurant manager helping to get a new store open. She found herself with a lot of free time to look up recipes and make desserts for him to eat when he got home. Then she filled more hours by watching more Food Network and reading more social media posts about finding one’s passion. It was then that she decided her passion was to learn how to make something difficult in the realm of baking. As it turns out, macarons are pretty much at the top of the difficult-to-make cookie list. Recalling the aspects of cake making that proved to be enjoyable, she realized that macarons also lent themselves to be amenable to a more artistic and creative path than your average cookie. And without the colossal stress of a cake. She has folded her mama’s words about food into her own expanded version, “Preparing food is such a deeply personal endeavor. Your feelings of love, your feelings of stress/anxiety, your sadness, your resentment, your anger, your excitement, your passion, all manifests itself somehow in your cooking, whether you realize it or not. Your cooking is you.” Perhaps her expanded beliefs are from her favorite college class, Food in Literature. From where hardly matters as Walker’s fervor is now insuppressible. She continues, “The food you prepare is an expression of love and made with the intention of filling the people you care about with the sustenance you created. You are giving them something that will become a part of their bodies; something that will uplift their souls and bring them happiness and joy, something that will become them. That is a great personal undertaking and responsibility that should be handled with the utmost care.” SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES Walker tested and honed her home recipes for macarons and cookies. But it was through weekend work as a hostess at Restaurant Iris that her fringe familiarity with a commercial kitchen put her on the path to retail sales. She gives that credit to Chef Kelly English, owner of Restaurant continued on page 12

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bookmarks, and handwritten notes sticking out of them, many of which she claims are still there today. Often, the end result of a recipe would not be as sleek and beautiful as the glossy photo in the cookbook, but the taste test always passed with flying colors. It was in the kitchens of her childhood where she learned how much love and stress goes into preparing special treats for those you love, those you do not yet know, those you barely know as acquaintances, and even perfect strangers you will never meet. After leaving home, Walker graduated from the University of Memphis as an English major where she found one class in particular suited her taste for learning like no other, a “Food in Literature” class. “Babette’s Feast and Like Water for Chocolate, along with other literature related to food, gave me another insight into how personal food is,” Walker remembers. But the energetic English major decided to table her love of food for the moment and attend law school at Ole Miss University. Walker not only graduated law school but also passed the Tennessee and Mississippi Board of Law bar exams at the same time. She worked as a practicing attorney for two years with a small firm in Hernando before realizing that being an attorney is about as miserable a job as you can possibly hope for. She decided to look for a non-law firm career where her education and skills could be utilized without having to maintain billable hours. This decision led her to the risk management field. She found it a great fit dealing with insurance claims, safety policy issues, litigation management, and “attorney wrangling.” “All this really means,” says Walker, “is that I translate property management to attorneys and translate tort claim legal proceedings to property managers.”

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continued from page 11 Iris, and his trout amandine recipe. English shelved the popular entrée prior to the 2018 renovations to his upscale restaurant. His decision to place it back on the menu once Iris reopened was the inspiration for the magic ingredient Walker added to her cookies. Intoxicated by the aroma of the brown butter being made for the dish, she experimented with the brown butter technique on her own. Then added it to her cookies. She was blown away at the first taste and kept making more. She brought them to the restaurant on weekends when she worked for everyone to try. Everyone loved them. The cookie-baking side-gig blossomed from there. English was so impressed, he asked if Walker would like to sell the cookies at Fino’s. Currently, Fino’s is the only retail outlet where Walker sells her treats under the name Macaronagerie Memphis. In addition to chocolate chip cookies, Walker keeps the corner deli stocked with edible cookie dough and seasonal macarons of various sorts throughout the year. Almost every item has the intoxicating brown butter component. Though she keeps Fino’s stocked as best she can, Walker says that custom orders are coming in regularly. In fact, the bulk of her

business now comes from custom orders and events, which can get in the way of keeping Fino’s stocked with her confections. CONFECTIONARY CURTAIN CALL In addition to holding a law degree, working in risk management, baking, hostessing on weekends, and always looking fabulous like a modern June Cleaver, Walker is active in theater. She even has a few commercials under her apron belt. Because of this tie to acting and theater, she did pre-pandemic custom orders for opening night festivities of theater performances. Fully edible ink pots and quill pens were custom baked for the February 2020 opening performance of Quills at TheatreWorks and the subsequent opening performance of The Book of Will performed at Playhouse on the Square. Walker even created custom chocolate raspberry macarons for Quark Theatre’s opening of What Happens to the Hope at the End of the Evening. The lockdown last year put a crimp in that plan as well as Little Shop of Horrors opening at Playhouse on the Square last May. Walker had planned to create some edible Little Audries. For those not familiar, the irony is that Little Audrey is the people-eating plant in this musical. Tables turned.

PIECE OF CAKE Back on track, trolley tracks to be specific, Walker is making custom confections for the upcoming opening of Hello Dolly! at Theatre Memphis. The production opens on August 27th and will run through September 19th. It will be the first performance for Theatre Memphis with a live audience since the Covid lockdown in March 2020. Walker and Keplinger — who, along with being her boyfriend, is a fellow thespian — landed roles in an upcoming production of Clue at Bartlett Performing Arts Center. The performance is based on the popular board game of the same name and will run November 19th-21st. Both thespians will play suspects, Mrs. White and Professor Plum, respectively. Though it seems custom confections may be in order, Walker is just not sure she will be able to bake and perform, adding, “We shall see.” According to Walker, this fairly steady stream of corporate events, weddings, baby showers, and custom orders all run smoothly largely in part due to “tremendously supportive friends who make the execution of this venture possible at all and my boyfriend who is also talented in the kitchen, knowledgeable about the restaurant/food industry, and so

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supportive of me being successful.” She also credits Todd English, who manages Fino’s, and Chef Kelly English with providing the foundation for growth that she needed to expand. Their belief in her treats and their trusted, candid feedback is invaluable to her, and she is grateful for their support and encouragement. Kelly English even cleared a path for Walker to make macarons with Priscilla Presley for an Elegant Southern Style event at the Graceland complex. Though it has been said to never trust a skinny chef, in this case, it is perfectly acceptable to do just that. Walker comes by her fine fettle through hard work. Her secret? She’s been going to the same boot camp fitness program for over 15 years. Staying busy with a dizzying amount of interests doesn’t hurt either. She got the over-achieving gene from her mama who, in addition to being a great cook, mother, and homemaker, also worked as a nurse. Now it all makes sense, right? Nomadic attorney and thespian in risk management bakes her mama’s love into every bite at Macaronagerie. For custom orders, Walker can be reached through Facebook (Macaronagerie Memphis), on Instagram (macaronagerie_memphis), and by email, macaronageriememphis@gmail.com.


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Memphis Fashion Week (MFW) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In honor of this monumental milestone, the gifts are flowing for fans and friends of Memphis fashion and creativity. The highlight will be on emerging designers from MFW’s Emerging Memphis Designer Project (EMDP). This project was started in the second year of MFW and has continued to be successful, ensuring that new designers’ ideas make it from the sketch pad to the runway. Thirteen emerging designers will have their designs featured on the runway this year. All are local and range in age from 17 to 60. These designers work with University of Memphis professor of fashion design Sonin Myatt for seven months. From concept to runway and everything in between, designers are mentored during this time. “We are so lucky to have Sonin Myatt to mentor our emerging designers,” says Abby Phillips, MFW founder and executive director of Arrow Creative. “What she has done by moving the fashion department at U of M to the art department has been incredible for fashion in Memphis.” All emerging designers apply through an application process and enter one of three divisions — Singles: one to three garments; Mini Collection: five garments as part of a matching collection; and Teen: garments designed by an Overton High School student this year. While the highlight is on EMDP, Phillips also has other surprises in store. “Thursday we will have a creative class, and Friday a pop-up fashion night out,” she says. “And don’t forget the tour of our new location on the 25th. This year is going to be exciting.”

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VARIOUS DAYS & TIMES August 19th - 25th A Taste of Memphis Liberty Bowl Stadium, 940 Early Maxwell, Thurs., Aug. 19, 5-10 p.m., free with registration Celebrate the accomplishments of local neighborhoods and what indigenous leaders are doing to make Memphis a great place. Open Late: Meet the Artist and the Dixons Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park, Thurs., Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m., free Celebrate “Piece of Cake” by Greely Myatt and “Meet the Dixons.” Featuring live music by The Donald Miller Trio.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: 35th Anniversary Malco Paradiso and Collierville Towne Cinema, Thurs., Aug. 19, 7 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 22, 3 p.m., $15 Includes Three Picture Saga, an informative featurette in which cast and crew explore the back story of Star Trek II, III, and IV. Arthouse Film Series: Black Orpheus Crosstown Concourse Theater, 1350 Concourse, Thurs., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., $5 A retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in the streets of Rio during Carnival.

Days of Rage Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper, opens Fri., Aug. 20, 8 p.m., continues through Sep. 19, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., and Sun., 2 p.m., $42 Young revolutionaries who are disavowed with the status quo search to make change rather than wait for it. Soulin’ on the River: Dottie Renaissance Park, 1467 Mississippi, Fri., Aug. 20, 7 p.m., free Summer concert series featuring Memphis-based R&B singer, Dottie. Bring lawn chairs, a cooler, and a picnic.

Virtual Pets Family Day Online from Dixon Gallery & Gardens, dixon.org, Sat., Aug. 21, 10 a.m., free Celebrate pets of all kinds: plant, animal, rock, or imaginary beast, with virtual pet-themed activities. Artist Reception for “Drift” David Lusk Gallery, 97 Tillman, Sat., Aug. 21, 12:30 p.m., free Exhibition of two-dimensional paper pieces and sculptures by Tim Crowder, who raises questions about the mysterious nature of objects and the function of art itself.


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Vicky Love, self-proclaimed science geek and art collector, looked for an art crawl after moving back to Memphis from Nashville. Something not as big and glamorous as River Arts Fest, but a cozy, independent artist pop-up fair working symbiotically with local businesses. “I told myself, ‘They don’t have an art crawl in Memphis? I’m going to claim one,’” Love says. A graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, Love holds a master’s degree in geospatial information systems, and she’s an artist and photographer. Her left and right brain work double duty. She is also the founder of Dear Music Nonprofit, supporting artists and creators with the creation and public performance of their work. “Creating opportunities for others is my calling,” she says. In 2018 and 2019, the Beale Street Artcrawl Festival was amazing, according to Love. Beale was packed. The crawl went online last year due to Covid. This year, the event is a hybrid with an online presence and the live event on Saturday. “It’s hard to step out and believe in yourself and your abilities,” says Love. “Artists believe in their work, but they still need to pay the bills. It was hard before the pandemic. It’s even harder now.” Her pet project is getting the word out that Dear Music Nonprofit not only supports traditional artists but also encourages young artists like Thomias Calderon, who is on the autism spectrum. “I want those young artists who test within the autism spectrum to continue to express themselves and discover more abilities.”

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opportunity to either write or record,” says Ori. “Some songs, like ‘Push Now’ and ‘Heathen Hearts,’ we wrote with Cody Dickinson less than a month after Keep On was released. There’s a special freedom right after releasing an album, knowing nobody’s going to ask you for another one for a while. A lot of the songs have these twists and chord progressions that are a bit more sophisticated, maybe jazzy, or maybe more of a fusion of blues/ soul/gospel/R&B.” For his part, Berlin simultaneously encouraged the band and pushed them out of their comfort zone. “I’m such a perfectionist, and he was more like, ‘Let’s make it dirty,’” Ori says. “I recorded a solo on ‘Push Now,’ and it was good. But

Steve said, ‘No no, make it sound like crap. Make your guitar sound crazy. Turn all your pedals on!’ We were all respectful of the studio and always trying to be clean and tight, and he kind of broke that for us. He was like, ‘Make it sound like shit and record it!’ I learned a lot from him, like how to let go.” Perhaps surprisingly, Berlin, a saxophonist, was not the main motivator for the dazzling horn parts all over the album. “Our first album was very primal,” Ori notes. “But with Keep On and this one, the horns were our decision. We’ve only ever used Marc Franklin and Art Edmaiston. Art arranges half, Marc arranges half, and they decide which ones. It helps freshen things up. “Sometimes Steve didn’t think a song needed horns, but I insisted. We will always have horns on our albums, and hopefully always Marc and Art. They’re part of the band, even though they’re not touring with us. It’s not just having horns; it’s having them specifically because of the style and the feel they bring. It elevates the songs to a different place and grounds it in the Memphis mud. The melting pot. It’s like I turn up the heat of the melting pot by 200 degrees once I have these guys on it.”


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CALENDAR of EVENTS:

August 19 - 25

ART AN D S P EC I A L E X H I B ITS

38th Annual Juried Student Online Exhibition Featuring work by University of Memphis students. Ongoing. ART MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS (AMUM)

“Africa on My Mind”

Exhibition featuring new and recent artwork by Ethiopian artist Dereje Demissie and Nigerian artist Johnson Uwadinma. Ongoing. sUREVBU CONTEMPORARY

“After the Storm”

Exhibition of new work featuring paintings and pottery by Meghean Warner and Amy Hertz in the Levy Gallery. Through Oct. 11. BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL

Artists’ Link Summer Show

Exhibition of work by members of Artists’ Link. Through Sept. 2. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

“Contemporary & Ethnographic Works of Art”

Exhibition of contemporary and ancient works by multiple artists. Ongoing. JAY ETKIN GALLERY

“Divine Legacies in Black Jewelry” Exhibition of jewelry to contextualize the history of modern Black American jewelry production during the 20th and 21st centuries and to expand our understanding of Black jewelers and their work. Through Sept. 12.

August 19-25, 2021

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“Drift”

“Micro-Aesthetic”

Exhibition of two-dimensional paper pieces and sculptures by Tim Crowder. Through Aug. 28. DAVID LUSK GALLERY

Exhibition of microscopic images forming a connection to everyday-life patterns presented by Dr. Amir Hadadzadeh. Through Sept. 30.

“Drip”

ART MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS (AMUM)

Exhibition of paintings by Kevin Ford. Through Aug. 21.

“Mona Hatoum: Misbah”

Exhibition of a contemporary art installation where the viewer stands in a darkened room, lit only by a rotating lantern dangling from the ceiling. Through Jan. 9.

TOPS GALLERY: MADISON AVENUE PARK

“Escape to Water and Sky”

Exhibition of paintings by Ann Brown Thomason on display in the Grand Hall. Through Sept. 30.

MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART

New Art by Dr. Tom Gettelfinger

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

Artwork exhibition in the Crosstown Concourse West Atrium and the Church Health Welcome Center. Through Sept. 30.

Good Juju Elvis Shrine

Write your wish and leave it at the foot of the temporary exhibit. You can also make your own king mug and relax with a glass of wine (BYOB) as you paint your pottery masterpiece. Through Aug. 31.

CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE

“On the Road: Chocolate Cities”

Exhibition featuring multiple artists curated by Larry OsseiMensah, which explores notions of Blackness coupled with the convergence of place and space. Through Sept. 18.

SEIZE THE CLAY

“Hillbilly Rock”

Exhibition featuring items from The Marty Stuart Collection. Ongoing. GRACELAND

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“Hindsight 2020”

Exhibition offering a reflection of the events of 2020 through the lens of artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and others. Through Sept. 30. ART MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS (AMUM)

“IEAA Ancient Egyptian Collection”

Exhibition of Egyptian antiquities ranging from 3800 B.C.E. to 700 C.E. from the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology collection. Ongoing. ART MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS (AMUM)

L Ross Gallery’s “Uncommon Vessels” features paintings by Alisa Free alongside sculptures by Niles Wallace. “Images of Africa Before & After the Middle Passage” Exhibition of photography by Jeff and Shaakira Edison. Ongoing. SLAVE HAVEN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM

“Inside the Walt Disney Archives”

Exhibition celebrating the legacy of The Walt Disney Company archives, with behind-the-scenes access never before granted to the public. Through Jan. 2. GRACELAND EXHIBITION CENTER

“Invisible Aquaphobic Art”

Exhibition of art installation in the plaza fountain that will reveal artworks only when ex-

posed to water by artist Stacey Williams-Ng. Through Aug. 31. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE

“King of Karate”

Exhibit highlighting Elvis’ lifelong passion of the art of karate. Ongoing. GRACELAND EXHIBITION CENTER

“Meet the Dixons”

Exhibition highlighting Margaret and Hugo Dixon’s personal lives, collections, and legacy. Through Sept. 26. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

“Persevere and Resist: The Strong Black Women of Elizabeth Catlett” Exhibition highlighting the historic and current plights of Black women in America. ThroughAug. 31.

MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART

“Piece of Cake”

Exhibition of confectious sculptures by Greely Myatt. Through Sept. 26. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

“Pieta Mondrian”

Exhibition of sculptures by Christopher Chiappa. Through Aug. 21. TOPS GALLERY


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FRATELLI’S

“Sketching Europe: A Tour through the Eyes of Memphian Samuel H. Crone”

Exhibition of sketches and watercolor paintings by Samuel Hester Crone in the permanent collection. Through Sept. 30. ART MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS (AMUM)

“Solid Gold Soul: The Best of the Rest from the Stax Museum”

Exhibition of items from the archives including Isaac Hayes’ white and red tufted-velvet desk and chair, rare photographs of Otis Redding, and newly acquired Bob Abrahamian Collection. Through Dec. 31. STAX MUSEUM OF AMERICAN SOUL MUSIC

“Strata”

Exhibition of work by Coriana Close and Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo. Through Sept. 13. 2021 PROJECTS

“The Louisiana Project”

Exhibition of works by William Eggleston. Through Oct. 24. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART

An immersive exhibit for all ages that takes visitors on an intriguing journey into the marvels of natural engineering. Through Aug. 31.

“Yellow Jack”

The dimly lit mansion will be staged as the 1871 yellow fever epidemic will be recounted and martyrs remembered. Through Aug. 29. WOODRUFF-FONTAINE HOUSE MUSEUM

MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM

Tributaries: Tiff Massey I “Everyday Arsenal”

Exhibition of works inspired by African standards of economic vitality. Includes large-scale and wearable sculptures, music, and performance. Through Sept. 25. METAL MUSEUM

“Uncommon Vessels

Exhibition of New Work by Niles Wallace and Alisa Free. Through Sept. 11. L ROSS GALLERY

“Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings”

Exhibition of works by artist. Through Oct. 3. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

“When We Rode ‘Mike’: The Somerville Accommodation Train, 1914-1920”

Exhibition by the Casey Jones Model Train Group. Ongoing. MORTON MUSEUM OF COLLIERVILLE HISTORY

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Artist reception for “Drift”

Exhibition of two-dimensional paper pieces and sculptures by Tim Crowder. Saturday, Aug. 21, 12:30 p.m. DAVID LUSK GALLERY

Indoor Fairy Garden Planter Party

Put together a unique fairy gardenwith plants and decoration. All supplies will be provided, including plants, pots, soil, and decorations. 18+. $45. Friday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

MGAL Member Showcase and Sale View and purchase artwork by local artists who are members of the Memphis Germantown Art League. Through Aug. 31. WKNO.ORG

Open Late: Meet the Artist and the Dixons

Celebrate “Piece of Cake: Confectious Sculptures” by Greely Myatt and the exhibition “Meet

the Dixons.” Gallery open late, refreshments, and live music by The Donald Miller Trio. Thursday, Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m.

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intimate betrayal heal from infidelity. $40/Session. Thursday, Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m.

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Booksigning for Bill Haltom

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Gallery benefiting artists. Through Aug. 31.

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Senior Studio: Mosaics for the Garden

Learn the basic steps and techniques of mosaic art, then design and create your own piece with Creative Aging and teaching artist Kristi Duckworth. Thursday, Aug. 19, 1:30 p.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

The Movable Collection Artist Talk Series

Artist talks featuring Lawrence Matthews and Catherine Patton. Thursday, Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m. UACMEM.ORG

The Peace Project

Hear the peace offerings made up of artists’ voices, instruments, ambient noises, and reverberations in a healing space featuring work by Hank Willis Thomas. Ongoing. MEMPHIS PARK (FOURTH BLUFF)

Author discusses and signs Sears Crosstown in Memphis: From Catalogues to a Concourse. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE

Memphis Reads

Selected book, Thick: and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom, engages Memphians in the Black female experience in today’s America. Through Oct. 31. CBU.EDU/MEMPHISREADS

Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

Use your library card to check out e-books and audiobooks. Includes Big Library Read connecting readers around the world with the same book at the same time. Ongoing. READS.OVERDRIVE.COM

Virtual Tours at Two

Join a Dixon docent or member of the curatorial staff on a virtual tour of the current exhibitions. Free, $5. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

Friday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Second performance on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. $32. CHUCKLES COMEDY CLUB

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Headliner plus other funny business. $20. Friday, Aug. 20, 8 p.m. THE COMEDY JUNT

Movie Bluffs: Bad Cinema, Good Comedy

Improv comedy following by the live-screening and lambasting of a lousy film. $10. Saturday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. BLACK LODGE

Zoltan Kaszas

From Dry Bar Comedy with over 60 million views, comedian Zoltan Kaszas performs one night only. $20. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. BLACK LODGE

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Exhibition of paintings by Anna Parker. Through Aug. 31.

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Keepers of the Dream Award Applications

Honors students in grades 6-12. Due by September 10, award winners will be highlighted during the Freedom Award Student Forum on October 14. Apply online. Through Sept. 10.

Virtual Pets Family Day

Celebrate pets of all kinds; plant, animal, rock, or imaginary beast. Join the Dixon for a day of virtual pet-themed activities and experiences for everyone. Saturday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.

Features work by regional artists. Includes modern and less traditional arts, as well as traditional art. Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Through Oct. 10.

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Become a steward for the Thistle & Bee mission. Email Oriana for more information, oholmes@thistleandbee.org. Free. Ongoing.

Celebrate and share the accomplishments of local neighborhoods and what indigenous leaders are doing to make Memphis a great place. Thursday, Aug. 19, 5-10 p.m.

Browse and shop available items. Through Oct. 24.

Southern Flea Market

Shop for flea market deals. $2. Saturday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m.

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Beale Street Artcrawl Festival

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United Way of the MidSouth: Driving The Dream

For those impacted by COVID-19. Puts callers in contact with essential services, without individuals having to repeat the circumstances for the call. Follow-up ensures those connections were made. Ongoing. UWMIDSOUTH.ORG

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Family-friendly event featuring artists on Beale Street. Saturday, Aug. 21, 1-7 p.m.

H2Oh! Splash Water Park Garden-themed exhibit with 40+ sprayers including jet streams, mists, geysers, and water tunnels. Free with admission. $15. Through Sept. 6.

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College Football Kickoff Party

Bring your favorite tailgate games and celebrate the football season with music, food trucks, and more. $10. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2-6 p.m.

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KangaZoo Outback Experience

Experience the outback and meet one of Australia’s largest marsupials, the red kangaroo. Free. Through Oct. 31. MEMPHIS ZOO

CORNER OF MISSISSIPPI AND GAITHER

Join Captain Kirk and Spock at the Malco to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Soulin’ on the River: Dottie

Summer concert series featuring Dottie. Bring lawn chairs, a cooler, and a picnic. Friday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. CORNER OF MISSISSIPPI AND GAITHER

Tri-State Blues Festival

Featuring Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson, Bobby Rush, Lenny Williams, Ronnie Bell, Chic Rodgers, and Terry Wright. $36. Saturday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m. LANDERS CENTER

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Arthouse Film Series: Black Orpheus

A retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in the streets of Rio during Carnival. $5. Thursday, Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE

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This one-day event will also feature bonus content with never-before-seen animation test footage. Also screening at Collierville Towne Cinema, 380 Market. $15. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. MALCO PARADISO CINEMA GRILL & IMAX

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FO O D AN D D R I N K

Douglass partners with the Mid-South Food Bank and CTC to assist families in the Douglass community. Saturday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

$15. Thursday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 22, 3 p.m.

Bikini Car Wash and Brunch

Get your car scrubbed while you eat brunch. $20. Saturday, Aug. 21, noon-4 p.m. CANVAS

Canoes + Cocktails

Enjoy a guided evening sunset paddle on the lake followed by socially-distant cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, yard games, and music at Hyde Lake Pavilion. Friday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. SHELBY FARMS PARK

Carpenter Art Garden

Pick up seasonal veggies every Monday and Thursday. Cash or Venmo is accepted. Visit Facebook page for weekly offerings. Mondays, Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. CARPENTER ART GARDEN

City Tasting Tours

Savor tastings at eateries, interact with chefs and managers, and sample local flavors while learning about the city. Ongoing. CITYTASTINGTOURS.COM

Open Late Dinner Series

Join Park+Cherry every third Thursday of the month for their Open Late Dinner Series. Experience special menu items and enjoy the cafe in the evening. Thursday, Aug. 19, 5 p.m.

Large selection of produce and meat. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

Douglass Park Food Banks

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Peabody Afternoon Tea

Traditional English afternoon tea, three-course menu of savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, and warm scones. $35, $45. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1 p.m.

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Food Truck Friday

Every Friday in Garrott Court through September. Features food trucks and lunch in the gardens. Zio Matto Gelato will also be on-site for a sweet treat to cool off in the gardens. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

Haunted Pub Crawl

Knowledgeable and entertaining guides take you on an informative and humorous walking tour of Downtown Memphis restaurants, bars, and taverns. $25. Friday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. THE BROOM CLOSET

Memphis Brew Bus

A 3.5-hour tour and tasting at three local craft breweries. Go behind the scenes to hear the stories of how they got started, their brewing tech-

CHEZ PHILIPPE

At Crosstown Concourse, see the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice unfold in this retelling set in Rio — Black Orpheus. niques, and signature brews. $49. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2 p.m. THE BROOM CLOSET

Memphis Dining Week

A week-long culinary experience to showcase Memphis as a premier dining destination. Benefits Refuge Memphis. Through Aug. 22. MEMPHISDININGWEEK.COM

Namastay at the Moxy

If you attend Memphis River Park’s Sunset Yoga sessions at Fourth Bluff Park every Tuesday and Sunday, swing by Moxy Memphis Downtown for a post-yoga refresher. Sunday, Aug. 22, 6-7 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 24, 6-7 p.m. MOXY MEMPHIS DOWNTOWN

Old Dominick Distillery Tours

See firsthand the dedication and passion put into every bottle. Tours are held Thursdays-Sundays, noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. Reserve your spot online. $15. Ongoing. OLD DOMINICK DISTILLERY

Whitehaven Farmers Market

Features a University of Tennessee extension booth with children’s activities, recipes, and more. Monday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MEDICAL OFFICE COMPLEX

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Full Moon Kayak

Paddle the Mississippi River at night. Saturday, Aug. 21, 7-9 p.m. MUD ISLAND BOAT RAMP

Bring some water, a mat, and a friend. $16. Thursday, Aug. 19, 6:15 p.m. GRIND CITY BREWING COMPANY

Reiki Circles

Guests are seated in a circle of chairs. A short guided meditation will be followed by reiki practitioners (“givers”) working on each guest (“receivers”) for approximately 10 minutes each. $20. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE

SUP Yoga: BYOBoard

Join SUP 901 on Hyde Lake for yoga on paddleboards. Saturdays, 8 a.m., and Sundays, 5:30 p.m., plus select Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. $19. Through Aug. 29. SHELBY FARMS PARK

Tai Chi

Classes held near Woodland Discovery Playground. $8. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. SHELBY FARMS PARK

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Join Peggy Reisser in the Garden, weather permitting. Free, Free. Saturday, Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

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Anthony Cools

Hypnotist and highly regarded entertainer brings his razor-sharp humor to Tunica. $39.50. Saturday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. HORSESHOE CASINO TUNICA

Auditions for Memphis Symphony Chorus

Schedule an audition time by emailing info@memphissymphonychorus.org. All vocal parts (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) are welcome to audition. Sunday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m. BALMORAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Memphis Fashion Week

Bingo Night

Games are free to play, and there’s a prize for every game. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7-9 p.m. CASUAL PINT

Fab Friday Laser Shows: Pink Floyd

Three shows nightly, Dark Side of The Moon at 7 p.m., Welcome to the Machine at 8:30 p.m., and The Wall at 10 p.m. $10. Friday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

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Days of Rage

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Young revolutionaries who are disavowed with the status quo search to make change rather than wait for it. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. $42. Friday, Aug. 20-Sept. 19.

National Civil Rights Museum’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

The museum celebrates with extended hours through Labor Day, free admission on 9/25, opportunities to share your memories, and a special fall exhibition. Through Sept. 25. NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM

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Memphis Redbirds vs. Nashville Sounds

Join Arrow Creative for a tour of the new location, runway show, designer networking, parties, and more celebrating fashion. $150/VIP pass, $60/EMDP general admission, $60/Fashion Night Out. Wednesday, Aug. 25-Aug. 28.

Online Paw Prints House PAWty

Choose meal options from Pete and Sam’s, Ecco, or Restaurant Iris. Tickets include a party pack filled with supplies to host a dinner party with friends and family. Silent auction online. $50. Saturday, Aug. 21, 3-5 p.m. HUMANE SOCIETY OF MEMPHIS AND SHELBY COUNTY

Pick Award Nominations

Recognize and celebrate the people who deliver the best, most authentic Memphis hospitality,

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Shantay You Play Drag Queen Bingo

Be dazzled by Miss Bedazzled herself, Magical Miss Mothie. Prizes awarded. Free. Friday, Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. MOXY MEMPHIS DOWNTOWN

Trivia Night at Celtic Crossing

Trivia Night emceed by Allan Creasy. Parties of eight or fewer will participate in four rounds of 10 questions. Sunday, July 25, 7 p.m. CELTIC CROSSING

Anthony Cools will hypnotize his audience at the Horseshoe Casino, all while bringing his comedy chops.

Now I Am Alone

Performance written by William Shakespeare, conceived and performed by Geoffrey Owens of stage and screen. Through Sept. 4. HATTILOO THEATRE

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Memphis Redbirds vs. Columbus Clippers

Enjoy the game and daily promotions. Tuesday, Aug. 24-Aug. 29. AUTOZONE PARK

Three showings of the stage play, Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21-Aug. 22. LANDERS CENTER

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Ghost Walk

Join the Historical Haunts Investigation Team and explore the macabre and dark history

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Haunted Memphis Bus Tour

Informative and entertaining guides will share tales of murders, hauntings, and dark history. $25. Friday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m. THE BROOM CLOSET

Tales from Elmwood: A Cemetery Walking Tour

Get to know the residents of Elmwood Cemetery on this 90-minute walking tour of the cemetery grounds. $20. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. ELMWOOD CEMETERY

Twilight Tours

Spend an evening at the mansion and enjoy an exclusive tour that will transport you to the gilded age of 19th century Memphis. $30. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. WOODRUFF-FONTAINE HOUSE MUSEUM


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he Dixon Gallery & Gardens teases your sweet tooth with its most recent exhibitions: “Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings” and “Piece of Cake: Confectious Sculptures by Greely Myatt.” The former features 100 works by Wayne Thiebaud in honor of his 100th birthday, which he celebrated in November 2020. The exhibition looks at the entirety of the artist’s career, starting with his earliest works right after World War II and ending with his latest series from 2016 to 2020. Thiebaud’s subjects vary from landscapes to figure paintings, but he is most known for his 1960s paintings of cakes, pies, and other sweet treats. “A lot of times his paintings are inspired by the food displays you might’ve seen at a typical American diner in the middle of the 20th century,” says Julie Pierotti, the Martha R. Robinson curator at the Dixon. “So they have this kind of nostalgia to them for us looking at them today — nostalgia for the diner culture of decades ago.” Critics of the time referred to Thiebaud as the “Walt Whitman of the Delicatessen.”

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Watermelon and Knife by Wayne Thiebaud “You don’t have to have any art history knowledge to come in and look at his work, appreciate it, enjoy it, and learn something,” Pierotti adds. “These are subjects like two ice cream cones that are so a part of our life and our culture that anyone can look at them and smile. “The humor in them is so deadpan, yet it’s quietly dramatic,” she continues. “They speak to something inside of us that is like a guilty pleasure; you have this bodily reaction to it, in your heart and in your gut.” Thiebaud painted in the same manner a baker would frost a cake, with thick coats of

paint that make the viewer want to scrape off a bit with their fingers. Greely Myatt wanted to capture this kind of bodily reaction in his sculptures for the “Piece of Cake” exhibition, also at the Dixon. Just as Thiebaud applied thick layers of paint, Myatt applied layers of brown caulking as the chocolate icing on top of cakes made of wood. The caulking oozes between the layers and drips down the sides. “It’s really gooey and rich,” he says. “You wanna make it look lush, so people wanna lick it rather than just look at it.” Myatt made his first cake sculpture with 54 layers to celebrate his 54th birthday in 2006. After that, he began making cakes and other sweet treats as gifts to celebrate his friends’ milestones and birthdays — gifts that friends like gallery-owner David Lusk and Metal Museum executive director Carissa Hussong have loaned to the Dixon for this exhibition. “I never thought I’d put these pieces in a show,” he says. “I made them because it was my birthday or David’s birthday, and I thought it was funny to make these things you couldn’t eat.” When asked if Thiebaud inspired his confectious sculptures, Myatt says that, as an art professor at University of Memphis for 30 years, he was aware of Thiebaud, but Thiebaud was not why he made these pieces. Rather, the connection between the two occurred serendipitously. “A lot of my work references other art,” he says. “I grew up in Mississippi, where there weren’t a whole lot of art museums or galleries. So my connection with art was not with the high art — modernism — until I went to school. It was sort of a collision between the vernacular art that I grew up with and the art with historical references.” But for one cake in this exhibition, the connection between the two artists was intentional. In honor of the Thiebaud exhibit and his 100th birthday, Myatt sculpted a 100-layer cake that towers 8 feet and sits right next to Myatt’s 54-layer cake — “Wayne and I,” he titles it. The two exhibitions are playful and clever. But as Myatt says, “Humor is a serious form of art. It’s a skill.” And it’s a skill that both Wayne Thiebaud and Greely Myatt possess. “Piece of Cake: Confectious Sculptures by Greely Myatt” is on view at the Dixon until September 26th. “Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings” is on view until October 3rd.

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am not even sure how I wound up sailing in a North American Championship regatta, but there I was — after a brutal day of races that soaked me outside and, after what I can only describe as a Lake Erie bidet, inside as well. We drifted back to the hosting yacht club where a pleasant but serious fellow with a phone in one hand was pointing at the darkening squall line with the other. “Glad you’re back,” he said. “The radar says you’ve got about 30 minutes before that hits.” Well, if the previous three hours were the longest in my life, that “30 minutes” was the shortest; about seven minutes later, we had to tie up and abandon the boat to its fate.

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Sailing is one of those sports that, were it not so damned expensive, you’d ask yourself amid the alternating soaking cold and the wicked heat: “Screw waterboarding, let’s send them sailing!” And, like other expensive hobbies such as duck hunting, golf, or almost flying into space, sailing tends to turn into a lifestyle choice. Which raises the ageold question: What do you do with a drunken sailor? Or a whole dock of wet sailors who’ve recently left their expensive lifestyle choices to the whims of Neptune or some watery goddess who feels compelled to torment sailors? You feed them rum. It’s the drink of island paradises, prison colonies, and drunken sailors. The sailors’ rum is

Mount Gay from Barbados, and it’s hard to go wrong. It tastes like, well, what rum is supposed to taste like. The company gives out just enough of its red baseball caps at regattas to make them the soughtafter sailing accessory. If you’re really hep, the hat will be terminally sun damaged. Pusser’s Rum is trying to break into the market by sponsoring regattas and making sure that the hosting yacht clubs are slinging a lot of discounted product. I’ve reviewed Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof rum here before, which tasted to me like rum-flavored moonshine. Perhaps it wounded me on some emotional level because its standard expression had hints of the same. Still, as I crowded into the yacht club with the boat owners grimly searching for their insurance agent’s phone number, they were practically giving the stuff away in nifty little tin mugs. It was called a Pusser’s Painkiller, and depending on how much pain you are trying to kill, you mix 2, 3, or 4 ounces of Pusser’s with 4 ounces of pineapple juice, 1 ounce of cream of coconut, 1 ounce orange juice, serve on the rocks, and grate with nutmeg. I’m not really a tropical drinks kind of guy, but this was actually very good. If you are a tropical drinks sort or an avid Jimmy Buffet fan, the Painkiller is likely right up your alley, so give it a whirl while it’s still hot. For me, it killed the “moonshine” nose of Pusser’s but raised the question: If you have to drown it in fruit juice and coconut cream to get it down, why drink it at all? Well, in this case, some young thing in a regatta shirt just handed it to me, and sometimes that’s reason enough. The squall passed almost as quickly as it came, leaving the boat dirty but unharmed. I started sailing about 10 years ago when writing a story on the Delta Sailing Association down in Hernando. I was told that I really couldn’t do the story justice unless I learned how to sail. In truth, they were really just short of crew. At any rate, a decade on and I’m up in Cleveland at the North American Championship, vividly not qualifying for the Worlds. Maybe all this inland sailing divorces you from old naval traditions because the crew I learned to sail with all drink martinis. With gin. And they are very adamant about this.


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On a Roll

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Dave Scott Finally, in late 2019, he found the perfect spot. “We were going to sign the lease March 2020. So, thank God for people with good hearts and good intentions.” The real estate guy called him and said, “Hey. This thing over in China seems like it’s picking up. Let’s give it a couple of weeks and see what happens.” Two weeks later — the lockdown. “Luckily, we had the brakes pulled on us.” Going into “survival mode,” Scott says, “the week after lockdown, the business made $48. It was horrible. A month earlier, I had just been contracted with Tri-State Theatre Supply to supply all the Malcos with all the pretzels. Of course, that went down. So I had a little bit of a freak-out, but it only lasted a day or two. I didn’t skip a beat. I got in the kitchen the next week and kept producing.” He was able to sell his bagels at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market. “Everything was relatively nor-

mal down there. Nobody knew what was going on, but customers were showing up. All reports were that being outdoors was a lot safer than being indoors. “The whole community came out supporting us local businesses. They are the reason so many of us who had booths were able to stay afloat through this thing.” And, he says, “I was lucky enough to qualify for a very small amount of PPP money.” Business picked up, but the Covid surge in late November “hurt pretty good.” During that time though, Scott, through Tashie, met Sugar Avenue Bakery owner Ed Crenshaw. Crenshaw let him rent part of his building, so Scott would have a bigger commercial kitchen. Crenshaw also let him use his equipment, including “four of these amazing double-rack rotating ovens I’ve been dreaming about since I began making bagels.” Eventually, Scott was making between 16 and 20 batches of bagels a week. Business picked up again. “People were feeling more comfortable to be out.” None of his products changed flavor or formula, but Scott changed the shape of his pretzels to make them more costefficient. “I decided to make them into knots. They’re the same weight as the big pretzel twists I used to do, but they just look a little smaller.” Scott picked up new locations, including High Point Grocery, Coffee Central in Southaven, and Coffee Central Squared in Hernando. He also started making “pretzel buns” for the black bean burgers at The Bar-B-Q Shop and “little bagel sandwiches” for Retro Coffee and Donuts. “One of the ones I’m most excited about is the new cafe, Ancient Grounds, at the Memphis Zoo.” As for new products, Scott says, “I was thinking of offering some more specialty bagels in the future … and bringing back my fall seasonal varieties. I did a pumpkin spice for October with real pumpkin puree in the dough. And then in November, cinnamon apple bagels.” Things are looking good for Dave’s Bagels, Scott says. “I feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not in survival mode like I was.” To find all locations for Dave’s bagels and pretzels, go to davesbagels.com/vendors.

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ith a few bumps along the way, Dave’s Bagels just kept rolling along. Dave Scott’s popular products now are available in numerous locations, including High Point Grocery. He now makes between 2,000 and 3,000 bagels and pretzels a week. But at one point, he was down to making just 800 to 1,000. Scott, who moved to Memphis from Portland, Oregon, in 2016, began selling his bagels at the Curb Market and eventually branched out. Deciding he wanted an old-school bagel shop, Scott, with the help of City Silo Table + Pantry owner Scott Tashie, began looking for a brick-and-mortar location. “We kept hitting and missing,” Scott says.

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over again, until I get bored and play Tetris? That’s the jumping-off point for Free Guy. Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy, a bank teller in the GTA-like world of Free City who goes through the motions for eight or nine robberies a day. Taking a shotgun blast to the face is no big deal to Guy or his security guard bestie Buddy (Lil Rel Howery). When the player character, who always wears sunglasses, decides to shoot up the bank, Guy just re-spawns in his apartment next to his goldfish. But one day Guy’s world changes. He sees the girl of his dreams, a sunglasses-wearer named Molotov Girl (Jodie Comer), and he makes the impulsive decision to follow her. Soon, he’s standing up to bank robbers and scores a pair of glasses of his own. That’s when he begins to see the world as it really is: artificially constructed for someone else’s pleasure. Free Guy is a gumbo of influences. The basic premise of the virtual world colliding with “real life” has been explored for decades, from Philip K. Dick to Westworld. As early as 1976, Doctor Who had adventures in a virtual reality called The Matrix. The hero of Tron was a game character who achieved selfawareness. Molotov Girl, a coder whose software was stolen by Free City creator Antwan (Taika Waititi), lives in-game in a secret shipping container like a William Gibson character. The MMORPG Free City is as much Fortnite and Ready Player One as it is GTA. Guy’s epiphany is brought about by putting on a continued on page 28

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