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OUR 175OTH ISSUE 09.08.22 Eliza Fletcher. A name I’d not known before last Friday. A mother, wife, sister, daughter, teacher, friend — a woman, who, by many accounts, was a bright light in the lives of those she touched. As a bit of proof, among the memorial posts on my timeline was a video shared to YouTube in March 2020 of her singing “This Little Light of Mine” as part of a series of videos she must have created for the virtual schooling stage of the pandemic. I did not know Eliza. But I have read many tributes to her over the weekend, from some who did know her — through her teaching, friends, neighbors — and many others who did not but were almost equally as crushed by the horrific news. As all of Memphis, and much of the nation now knows, 34-year-old Eliza was abducted on an early morning run on Friday, September 2nd, at Central Avenue and Zach Curlin Street. Unreleased surveillance video showed her struggle with the assailant; her smashed phone and water bottle were found in front of a home near the scene. University of Memphis students, staff, and faculty received a safety alert that morning describing the incident and the few details known at the time. I later received a text message from a friend asking if I was okay — because I live near the university, one mile from where Eliza was violently forced into an SUV, and I take walks almost daily in the area. The weight of what happened to Eliza, as she carried out, from what I’ve read, her normal morning routine — a bit of self-care before the world awoke, before the scheduled demands of work and motherhood took hold of the day — shook a lot of us, especially women. Many of us have had uncomfortable encounters with strangers: the man asking for a phone number at the gas pump, the guy in line at the grocery store wondering if we’re married (“We can just be friends though”), boys catcalling from car windows, or worse. Women, at times, are treated as prey by those without respect or human decency — or the smallest crumb of common sense to know better. And in even scarier instances by those whose intentions are pure evil, as in Eliza’s case. These types of things don’t only happen PHOTO: MEMPHIS POLICE in Memphis, of course, though people are DEPARTMENT/TWITTER quick to claim it’s commonplace here. From Eliza Fletcher national headlines, in Washington over the weekend, a woman was abducted at knifepoint after attempting to help a wayward stranger. She jumped from the car as the aggressor slowed down on a dirt road, where she ran to a nearby home for safety. Stories of missing women and young girls saturate the news everywhere, though not all get the same level of publicity. There may be many reasons for this, but it could be more simply that not all have video footage or physical evidence or a specific timeline of events to follow up on. I’ve seen some online commenters victim-blaming. “She shouldn’t be out running at 4 in the morning,” they read, in some way or another. Maybe 4 a.m. is an odd hour for you, but does that give a predator the right to grab a living, breathing being off the street and shove them into their vehicle? Pluck them from a morning run and take their life? Following the story over the past few days, seeing the inundation of speculative commentary from internet sleuths, and learning of the suspect’s criminal past, hope dwindled by the moment — both for the well-being of Eliza and for a thread of empathy from the general public. When did people become so insensitive? Do you not realize this could happen to you or a loved one? How are violent offenders like Cleotha Abston allowed out of prison? Monsters do roam this Earth. There was, though, an outpouring NEWS & OPINION of love, from those who knew her well THE FLY-BY - 4 NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 6 and others who didn’t at all — fellow POLITICS - 8 runners who are organizing runs locally FINANCE - 9 and nationally in her honor, mothers AT LARGE - 10 whose hugs were a little tighter this COVER STORY morning as they sent their children off “FEELIN’ FESTIVE” BY ABIGAIL MORICI - 12 to school. WE RECOMMEND - 18 I did not know Eliza. But she did MUSIC - 19 not deserve to die this way. Her sons CALENDAR - 20 deserved their mother. Her family and ARTS - 24 friends deserved more days with her. THEATER - 25 May her light continue to shine. FOOD - 27 TV - 28 Shara Clark The Memphis Flyer is now seeking CLASSIFIEDS - 30 LAST WORD - 31 candidates for its editor position. Send your resume to hr@contemporary-media.com.

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Tourism rebounds to pre-pandemic levels in Memphis, nearly back across the state.

The MEMernet was obsessed last week with the truck accident that spilled enough Bertolli Alfredo sauce to temporarily close I-55. Coverage quotes from FOX13’s Kate Bieri went viral, including a tweet from The New York Times that read: “Unfortunately this is Memphis, and we had some pretty intense sun beating down on that Alfredo sauce, and also humidity. It was just not a great recipe for a highway full of Alfredo sauce.”

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Tourism jobs have returned to prepandemic levels in Memphis, and tourism spending is nearly back to pre-pandemic levels across the state. Memphis Tourism and the Greater Memphis Chamber announced last Monday that the leisure and hospitality industries here made a “full recovery” from job losses associated with the Covid-19 pandemic after nearly two-and-ahalf years. The July jobs report from the Chamber’s PHOTO: COURTESY MEMPHIS TOURISM Center for Economic Tourism jobs in the Memphis area were at a record-high 667,200 last month. Competitiveness said tourism jobs rose slightly from June and were up 1.4 percent from February 2020. Job setting $24.5 billion spent here in 2019. That number fell by growth in the sector led it to a record-high 667,200 jobs here 32 percent in 2020 to a record-low of $16.8 billion. last month. The new figure marks the largest visitor spending “Positive job growth in our industry is welcome news as nationally in Tennessee history, officials said. Travelers in Memphis and Shelby County also meets and exceeds hotel the state spent an estimated $66 million per day last year. room night demand seen in 2019,” said Memphis Tourism Tourism activity in 2021 generated $1.9 billion in state and president and CEO Kevin Kane. “The biggest challenge local tax revenues and made the sector the third-highest now facing our industry on a local level is filling available employer in the state. openings. The Memphis destination has recovered at a rapid “Tennessee is crushing it with the largest visitor spending pace and our industry is laser-focused on showcasing how national market share for Tennesseans in our history,” said a job in tourism and hospitality can also develop into a Mark Ezell, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of successful career path.” Tourist Development. “Tennessee is one of the top travel destinations in the world because of our tremendous assets, including our unmatched scenic beauty, diverse cities, and small towns, as well as our world-class attractions, music, cultural, and historical sites.” Shelby County tourism bounced back last year, too, Ted Townsend, chief economic development officer with according to the report, but not to pre-pandemic levels. the Chamber, said the pandemic “decimated” tourism and Visitors spent $3.4 billion in 2021, compared to the record hospitality around the world but said it has made a “full $3.7 billion spent in 2019. However, spending here was up recovery here.” 35 percent compared to 2020 with a spend of $2.5 billion. “This comeback comes as our region continues to set The top three spending categories in Shelby County new records for jobs,” he said. “What that tells me is that tourism last year were food and beverage ($1.1 billion), Memphis has regained its pre-pandemic momentum and is transportation ($826.2 million), and lodging ($544.2 entering a new phase of growth.” million). Retail ($466.8 million) and recreation ($458.6 Tourism across the state has bounced back, too, million) rounded out the top five. according to state data released this week, but not back to Tourism employed nearly 24,000 people for a total labor pre-pandemic levels. Tennessee tourism generated $24.2 income of more than $1 billion. Tourism activity yielded billion in domestic and international travel spending in $276.1 million in state and local taxes. State officials said, 2021, according to data from the U.S. Travel Association and thanks to tourism taxes generated here, each Shelby County Tourism Economics. The figure is just slightly off the record- household pays $744 less in state and local taxes.

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Q&A By Kailynn Johnson

New Blues Foundation interim CEO looks ahead.

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imberly Horton was recently named interim president and CEO of The Blues Foundation after the departure of former president and CEO Judith Black. Horton, originally from Jackson, Mississippi, has served as a manager and agent working with artists like Billy Price, Dexter Allen, Lady A, and more. The Memphis Flyer spoke with Horton as she prepares to move to Memphis to fill this role. Memphis Flyer: What do you think of the state of blues in Memphis right now? Kimberly Horton: The blues is always going to be going strong. It’s just having people in place to have it out on Front Street. I think Memphis is definitely a place where the blues, in my opinion, will always be going strong. Do you think locals still love the blues? What about tourists? The blues is a part of the culture in Memphis. Not just in Memphis, it’s part of the culture, especially for the African-American race. You know Willie Dixon said it best, “Blues is the root, everything else is the fruit.” So, all of the music that we listen to — whether it’s rap, gospel, R&B — all of that has something to do with the blues in some shape, form, or fashion.

with the Recording Academy to do some work with Grammy U, which reaches out to the university capacity for younger folks. Everybody thinks that the blues is sad and drowning, but it’s not. The blues is actually life. So, just getting them re-exposed to where it came from. Piggybacking off of that, you said you’re looking to work with a new generation of blues artists as well and bring more diversity in. Why do you think diversity is so important in blues? I’m saying diversity not just in color, but I’m talking about gender as well. We have some wonderful female artists

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What do you think about the future of blues in Memphis? It’s going to keep going. We’re going to make sure that young people know it’s there, and how and why they got the music that they’re listening to, and hopefully bring interest to the younger generation.

that are blues artists, and a lot of the time they get overlooked because they don’t play a harmonica or a guitar, but they actually sing the blues. So, bringing diversity in that aspect, as well as making sure that our people — my people — know that we still have an obligation to the heritage of the blues.

How do you plan on bringing a new generation of blues in, while also maintaining its already rich history? [We’ll get] the school enrichment programs back in place and do outreach into the community to make sure young folks know the blues is where you got your rap from. The blues is where you got your everything from. That’s going to be one of the major plans. Hopefully, being able to partner

Are there any other changes that you plan to make at the foundation? Even as interim CEO? My main change is to get the confidence of the artists back. They’ve lost confidence in the foundation, so I want to gain the artists’ confidence back, to make sure they know that we’re there, we’re here, we’re thriving, and we’re intending on making sure that the awareness is available.


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POLITICS By Jackson Baker

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The late-season lull was, for better or for worse, anything but dull.

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It was Labor Day weekend, the seam between the dog days of a pit-bull summer and the open road of a hopefully cooler fall, the beginning of a new cycle of county government with the swearing-in of officials and of a pending city election season with early announcements from mayoral candidates. Still, it felt like a lull, and then suddenly the vacuum was filled with a sinister event, the kidnapping and apparent foul play wreaked on teacher and young mother Eliza Fletcher while she was jogging on a city street, and, wherever you went, that was all anybody was talking about. It was the subject of discussion Saturday night at The Magnolia Room in the Overton Square district, where newly inaugurated District Attorney General Steve Mulroy had invited a few guests to share in an “Almost Newlyweds” gathering, the reenactment of the nuptials of his daughter Molly and her Moroccan husband, Abdellah. Mulroy, the perfect host, lost himself in the revelry and line dancing and in a joyous chorus, along with the rest of his Brooklyn-bred family, of “New York, New York.” But some corner of his brain had to be occupied by this ominous new development, joining there such preoccupations as he has about a forthcoming hearing on the fate of two young carjacking suspects accused recently of killing Dr. Autura Eason-Williams, a revered local Methodist cleric. Amy Weirich, Mulroy’s predecessor, whom he defeated in the recent county election, had called for one juvenile suspect, whom she had previously put into a restorative-justice program, to be transferred to adult Criminal Court to be tried for the carjacking murder. The matter broke very late in the election campaign, and Mulroy, as the new DA, in tandem with new Juvenile Court Judge Tarik Sugarmon, will have to make the ultimate recommendation about the transfer, to Criminal Court of one or both juvenile suspects on or

after a hearing on the psychological circumstances of the two, which is scheduled for September 12th in Juvenile Court. A third accomplice in the crime, who has already reached adulthood, is also part of the equation. And now, on top of that conundrum, the Fletcher affair, which has gripped the nation as well as the city, has further dramatized the issue of crime in Memphis. No rest for the weary. • Candidates for Memphis mayor in 2022 aren’t getting much rest, either. Two of them made formal entries into the race last week — local NAACP head Van Turner at an organized announcement at Health Sciences Park and Downtown Memphis Commission president/CEO Paul Young via an online post.

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Van Turner with wife Tammie at Health Sciences Park Turner, who recently left the Shelby County Commission after serving two terms, had his coming-out on a platform erected on the former long-term site of the grave and statue of Confederate Civil War general Nathan Bedford Forrest. Turner is the president of the nonprofit which, in cooperation with city government, took over the park grounds and authorized the removal and relocation of the statue and the remains of Forrest and his wife. • The aforementioned Weirich is already at work as special counsel on the staff of DA Mark Davidson in the 25th judicial district, which serves the several rural West Tennessee counties immediately adjoining Shelby. She began her duties last Thursday at a salary, conforming with state guidelines, of $139,908, only 18 percent less than she made as Shelby DA.


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for bonds is that in a stock market downturn bonds will likely either go down less or even go up some. You might be surprised to learn that is working, even this year. Looking at our portfolios and also target date portfolios from several major fund families, allocations with more bonds are performing better than allocations with more stocks. In other words, bonds are mostly down, but stocks are mostly down more. Bonds aren’t experiencing tremendous outperformance — it would be nice if they were actually up this year — but if you had a crystal ball and allocated more to bonds at the beginning of 2022 you would likely be better off than being 100 percent stocks at this moment. Of course, we have no idea what direction bonds (or stocks) will go from here, at least in the short term. In the long term, we are optimistic to see returns of stocks and bonds in line with historical experience. We are also optimistic that in the event of a more intense stock market correction, bonds will likely perform even better in the likely flight to safety reaction of market participants. As bond prices have fallen, bond yields have risen to a more attractive level, which is another silver lining in this challenging year. One of the biggest complaints is that bonds have had “no yield” for quite some time. With bond yields higher and inflation on the way down, we could be set up for a period where bonds provide a meaningful source of real return in addition to their ability to dampen stock market declines. In short, 2022 has been a challenging year for bonds and stocks, but bonds continue to fulfill a very important role in investment portfolios. Gene Gard is Chief Investment Officer at Telarray, a Memphis-based wealth management firm that helps families navigate investment, tax, estate, and retirement decisions. Ask him your questions or schedule an objective, no-pressure portfolio review at letstalk@telarrayadvisors.com. Sign up for the next free online seminar on the Events tab at telarrayadvisors.com.

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hat’s going on with bonds right now? Though 2022 has been a challenging year for fixed income, you might be surprised to learn that the death of bonds has been greatly exaggerated. For context, bonds historically return less than stocks in the long run. From 1926 until the end of 2021, a large cap U.S. stock index returned over 10 percent a year, while a 5-year government bond index returned about 5 percent. Compounded over time, that is a massive difference. Why would anyone want bonds then? They have two advantages over a 100 percent stock portfolio that you should care about — they are somewhat uncorrelated to stocks, and they tend to have less volatility. Two things that are uncorrelated don’t automatically move in opposite directions — that would be negative correlation. With completely uncorrelated assets, the movement of one has no impact on the movement of the other one. This is something very desirable, since you don’t want everything in your portfolio going down at the same time. Less volatility is also very much a good thing, meaning generally that bonds tend not to fluctuate up and down as much as stocks. This year is a great example — the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond index is down about 10 percent at the time of this writing. That’s one of the worst years on record for bonds, but it would only be a middlingly bad year for stocks. But isn’t this year a bad year for stocks, too? Let’s look at the big picture. For a retiree, one of the worst things that can happen is a large portfolio drawdown in the years just before and after retirement. A crash just before retirement might force a delay to retirement plans. Worse, a crash just after retirement could dramatically change retirement lifestyle as assets are spent down while their prices are depressed. We tend to allocate more to bonds around retirement because our best hope

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License to Ill A not-so-excellent encounter with the Shelby County Clerk’s office.

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omeone I’m close to So I called. The voicemail, which inadvertently let their Tenhelpfully let me know that Wanda nessee vehicle tags expire. Halbert is the county clerk a couple of Since I have more time on times, explained that “wait times may my hands to deal with such situations be longer than usual” and suggested these days, I decided to help out by that I write an email to explain the tackling the project of getting them situation. Dutifully, I shot off an email one of those snazzy new blue license explaining the situation, giving the adplates. I didn’t expect to have much dress and vehicle license number, and trouble, even given the recently wellhoped for the best, even though It felt publicized problems of Shelby County a bit like tossing a sacrificial pineapple Clerk Wanda Halbert’s bureaucracy. into an erupting volcano. Then, in the My optimism was based solely on the interest of science (and maybe getting fact that in early August I ordered a a column out of it), I decided to try to new plate online and it arrived within get through by telephone. What’s the a week. Maybe, I told my friend, things worst that could happen? At 9:17 a.m., are improving. Ha. Ha. Polly? Meet I plugged my phone into a charger, Anna. put it on speaker, and dialed back into Let me review the situation for Wanda World. those of you who haven’t been paying I got the opening voicemail, attention — and that includes clicked through to make a all of you grossly unincall, then soothing music formed Shelby Counbegan, kind of like tians who just voted what you’d hear if to reelect Halbert Kenny G played despite well-pubguitar through a licized reports on Jell-O tube amp. her many problems (What, no reggae?) in executing the Anyway, every 30 duties of her ofseconds I heard: fice. To enumerate: “Your call is very There’s an enormous important to us and backlog of ordered will be answered in the license plates that has order it was received. PHOTO: SHELBYCOUNTYTN.GOV resulted in thousands Please continue to Wanda Halbert of people being at hold.” After the voicerisk for being pulled mail recording told over for expired tags; the local Auto me this 290 times, I heard a click and Dealers Association has complained someone answered. THANK JESUS, a (and complained) that they aren’t human! I explained the situation to the getting temporary (or new) plates for person on the phone and she said the their vehicles; the state comptroller issue could not be resolved without the has criticized Halbert’s performance, license holder coming into the county which opened the possibility of a state clerk’s office in person. takeover; Halbert announced that the “How long is the wait for people when clerk’s office would close for two (nonthey come into the office?” I asked. consecutive) weeks to “catch up”; and “Sir, I’m at a call center,” the person finally the state comptroller confirmed responded. “I have no idea.” that in the midst of all this chaos and A call center. Perfect. public uproar, Halbert decided it was a I decided to drive to the county clerk perfect time to take a vacation trip to satellite office at Poplar Plaza. The line Jamaica. to get into the office snaked around the Still, since I’d had no issues getting corner, maybe 100 people deep. my own plate and tags, I was hopeful I Friends, Shelby Countians deserve could handle all of this online and be better. Halbert needs to own this, but done with it. So I went to the county she won’t. Her response to all of these clerk website and typed in my friend’s issues has been that it’s someone else’s address and the plate number. Oops. fault. She claimed any criticism of her “No such plate number exists,” it said. ill-timed vacation is a “personal attack.” What? After a little reading, I figured No, it is not, Ms. Halbert. You don’t out the issue. The person in question leave your troops — or your constituhad allowed their tags to expire more ency — in the middle of a crisis. You than 90 days ago, meaning I had to were elected to do a job and you’ve “contact the county clerk’s office.” Ugh. failed. All of this is on your plate.


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s you flip your wall calendars to the fresh, crisp September page, after Memphis’ humid, boiling August, you can exhale: It’s almost fall. And that means it’s time for more fairs and festivals, so crack open your planners, pull up your calendar app, tape a sticky note to your head, do whatever you gotta do to make sure you have these fairs and festivals tapped into your autumn plans.

course, the Southern Heritage Classic football game featuring Jackson State vs. Tennessee State at the Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. Various locations, September 8-10 Germantown Festival Some might say weenies aren’t cool by definition, but at this festival, the weenies will prove you otherwise as they gear up for the annual Running of the Weenies at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 10th. So don’t be a weenie! Go show your support at this festival of

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Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration Can I tell you what a yellow card is or what a running back does? No, but I can tell you that the Southern Heritage Classic, a premier sports and entertainment event, will be a good time. And if you don’t believe me, just take a look at the agenda: The O’Jays are putting on a concert, Landers Center is hosting a Classic Funk Fest, the 12 Classic Parade will roll through Park Avenue, and so much more, including, of

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arts that, in addition to the famed race, offers children’s activities, rides and games, entertainment, a car exhibit, community displays, and more. Germantown Civic Club Complex, September 10-11 Goat Days Festival Bah-bah-bah, Bah-Barbara Ann, you got me rockin’ and a-rollin’, rockin’ and a-reelin’ from too long without goats. But take my hand and bring me to the Goats Days Festival and I’m yours. Starting at 7 a.m. with the muchbeloved pancake breakfast, the day features goat yoga, live music all day, local vendors, food galore, a car show, an antique tractor show, a barbecue contest, an all-day kids zone, and so much more. Millington Sports Complex, September 10 Memphis Rox Yoga Festival This festival is yogalicious, definition makes yogis go crazy. (It’s hot, hot.) With more than 15 yoga classes, from acro yoga to handstand workshops, this festival also boasts a kids’ zone, live music, and lectures, including topics ranging from nutrition to personalizing yoga

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Collierville Balloon Festival

through astrology. Memphis Botanic Garden, September 10 Collierville Balloon Festival Enjoy the Wizard of Oz’s preferred mode of transportation at this festival all about the whimsical hot air balloon. Each morning will begin with a breathtaking release of the balloons into the sky, which the family can witness for free before the festival’s activities commence in the afternoon. The day will include a kids’ zone, food trucks, vendors, carnival rides and games, and of course some hot air ballooning. Once the sun goes down, the balloons will light up the sky with an evening balloon glow. Maynard Way, Collierville, September 17-18


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Cooper-Young Festival Whether you’re young or young at heart, when you’re in Cooper-Young, you’re in for some fun with this festival all about celebrating the arts, people, culture, and heritage of Memphis. Bailey Bigger will headline a lineup of great local, original music, and a slew of artisans from Memphis and across the U.S. will be selling handmade, unique, and quirky art. Cooper-Young, September 17 Mint Cream Market: Fall Fest Shop from vintage collectors, craft goods, and unique art at this fest with live entertainment and food trucks. Arrow Creative, September 17 Orion Free Concert Series If you press your ear to a shell, you’ll hear the ocean for free. If you press your ear to the Shell, you might be too close to the stage, but you might also hear some country blues or powerpop, depending on the weekend, also for free. Overton Park Shell, Country Blues Festival, September 17 Memphis Powerpop Festival, September 24 Gonerfest 19 Going, going, gone off to Gonerfest 19 for four days of rocking music, courtesy of Goner Records. The caliber of these artists is too hard to describe in a mere few sentences, which is why I urge you to read our cover story next week because it’s going to be all about Gonerfest. Railgarten, September 22-25 Mid-South Fair If you fancy yourself an old soul, perhaps reincarnated from bygone times, you’ll feel at home at this festival which has been a must-do event since 1856. Fair-goers can enjoy more than 50 rides, a wide array of

ground acts, and of course favorite fair fare — funnel cakes, turkey legs, candied apples — you name it, they’ve perfected it. Landers Center, September 22-October 2 50th Annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair Lots of things are celebrating their 50th this year. I mean, 50 years ago, The Godfather premiered its first installment in theaters, Watergate began to unfold, Jennifer Garner was born, and right here in Memphis, the Pink Palace Crafts Fair took place for the first time. And now, 150 artists in various mediums are coming from around the country to celebrate the fair’s big 5-0. Attendees can marvel at craft demonstrations, enjoy live music, and entertain the kiddos at the petting zoo and with a ride on the choo-choo train, some rock climbing, and pony rides. Audubon Park, September 23-25 Mighty Roots Music Festival We root for music, the mighty, mighty roots music. No longer a rookie, this music fest is back for year two, taking place at the same spot the famous blues singersongwriter Muddy Waters began his love of blues music. Stovall, MS, September 23-24 Aquatseli Bluegrass Festival “Aquatseli” is Cherokee for “our,” so make this bluegrass extravaganza yours and check out the instrument workshops, open jams, square dancing,

clogging, vendors, and more. Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, September 24 Latin Fest Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group’s Latin Fest, where friends and families can listen to and dance to live Latin music, taste Latin food and drinks, enjoy activities for kids, and shop from vendors. Overton Square, September 24 Memphis Comic Expo The Mid-South’s largest comic-creator con has answered the Bat-Signal and is back in Memphis to celebrate your favorite creators, with over 100 artists and writers, a cosplay contest, more than 50 vendors, panels, and more. It’s going to be a marvel. Agricenter International, September 24-25

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Soulful Food Truck Festival Saddle up your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for this journey to the center of your stomach and your soul as you enjoy food from food trucks and vendors, shop from local artisans, and take in music by Carmen Hicks, Angie P. Holmes, and Courtney Little, plus DJs Zoom and Swagg. Tiger Lane, September 25 Bartlett Festival With the Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5K to kick things off, this festival boasts local music, arts and crafts, a car show, children’s activities, a barbecue cooking contest, concessions, and so much more. W.J. Freeman Park, September 30October 1 Mempho Music Festival You know it, I know, the music at Mempho always hits the right note. I mean, how could it not with The Black Keys, Portugal. The Man, Bobby Rush, Amy LaVere, Elizabeth King, and so many more on the lineup? Radians Amphitheater, Memphis Botanic Garden, September 30-October 2

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Wiseacre Oktoberfest Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi hoi hoi! Oktoberfest is back, boy oh boy. So dust off your steins and snap on your lederhosen for a day with food trucks, Mighty Souls Brass Band, the Grizzline, and more. Wiseacre Brewing Company, September 24

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the folks at Mempho. Hardly a week after the big shebang, they are putting on a two-day mini fest, with a lineup featuring Moon Taxi, Tab Benoit, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Daniel Donato, Star & Micey, and Garrison Starr. Overton Park Shell, October 8-9

along with bites of food from each cultural region. Riverside Drive, October 1 King Biscuit Blues Festival Hear ye, hear ye, King Biscuit Blues Festival is back for its annual three-day event, complete with the Flour Power 5K, the Tour da Delta bicycle race, and a Kansas City-sanctioned barbecue contest, all in historic Downtown Helena. Oh, and of course, there’ll be blues music — lots of blues music — on five stages. Helena, AR, October 5-8 Soul of the City Rock around the clock as Elmwood Cemetery’s residents take you through Memphis music history. You’ll meet Sister Thea Bowman, Grammy Awardwinners, rock-and-roll stars, blues crooners, and more. Elmwood Cemetery, October 6-8 Memphis Bacon & Bourbon Festival Bacon? Good. Bourbon? Good. Memphis Bacon & Bourbon Festival? Good. That’s all you need to know. Metal Museum, October 7 Big River Fit Fest Let’s get physical in an HR-approved way. For the love of all things good and pure,

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King Biscuit Blues Festival this fitness fest is designed to expose (again in an HR-approved way) and educate the Mid-South community of all ages and skill levels on fitness, wellness, and health. Mud Island Park, October 8 Edge Motorfest If Cars taught me anything, it’s that life is a highway, and I wanna ride it all night long, and if you’re goin’ my way, well, we’re driving to the Edge, for a day to check out over 150 cool cars, food trucks, vendor booths, and more. Ka-chow, am I right? Edge Motor Museum, October 8 Shell Daze Fall Music Festival The music doesn’t stop when it comes to

Southern Soul Music Festival Jam to your favorite soulful hits and songs by Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Ronnie Bell, Theodis Ealey, Karen Wolfe, and FatDaddy. The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, October 8 Deep Blues Festival Of all the shades of blue, deep blues are my favorite, and you can bet the Deep Blues Festival will be just the right shade of fun as it celebrates traditional and alternative blues with musicians from all over the world. Clarksdale, MS, October 13-16 Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival Are you a streetcar? ’Cause you look like your name should be Desire. Oh, is your name Tennessee? ’Cause you’re the only 10 I see. I promise I’m not a player, just a play-lover, and if you are too, meet me at the Tennessee Williams Festival, where we can enjoy screenings, lectures, and

performances. Clarksdale, MS, October 13-15 Memphis Brewfest Fifty-something bottles of beer on the wall, 50-something bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, and you’ll still have 50-something breweries and cideries to sample from. That’s right, at the Memphis Brewfest, you can get unlimited samples from more than 50 breweries and cideries from around the world. Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, October 15 Memphis Food & Wine Festival It’s wine o’clock somewhere. Sorry. I know what you’re thinking — that’s so cheesy, borderline offensive. If you’re of a certain age, you might even invoke the word cheugy. But I bet you’ll quit your whining when you get to wining and dining at this festival which not only benefits the FedExFamilyHouse but also showcases local chefs alongside acclaimed national chefs and top global vineyards. Memphis Botanic Garden, October 15 Shop Black Fest Support more than 50 local Black-owned businesses of all types at this festival of fun vibes, music, and food. Downtown Memphis, October 15 continued on page 16

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Cooper-Young Beerfest I don’t know if you’ve heard but Taylor Swift is releasing a new album on October 21st, which is worth raising a beer mug to and downing a couple more after. And there’s no better place than the CooperYoung Beerfest the next day. Midtown Autowerks, October 22 RiverArtsFest The Mid-South runneth over with art, and the Mississippi River floweth with inspiration — two phenomena that merge only once a year to create RiverArtsFest, where more than 180 artists from around the country can show off and sell their fine arts. As an added bonus, the festival features artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities for all ages, and local music. Downtown Memphis, October 22-23 World Championship Hot Wing Fest Wing wing wing! Sorry the old chicken can’t come to the phone right now. Why? ’Cause she’s dead. But that’s okay. She died a winner — a winner, winner chicken dinner — well, depending on how things shake up at the World Championship Hot Wing Fest. So don’t let the old chicken’s death be in vain and head on over to sample the competing wings, all while supporting The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. As always, the contest will kick off with the Memphis Second Line Jazz Band leading a flock of chickens in a parade through Tiger Lane and across the main stage to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, October 22 Dia de Los Muertos Parade and Festival Dia de Los Muertos is deadicated to celebrating and honoring ancestors who lived before us. On this day, enjoy a parade beginning in Overton Square with floats and performers making their way to the plaza at the Brooks Museum, where you

can enjoy art-making activities, face painting, music, costumed performers, dance performances, and more. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, October 29 Hambone Festival Presented by artist and musician Stan Street, this music festival features a stellar lineup, a jam night, street parties, and Cruisin’ the Crossroads Car & Truck Show. Hambone Art Gallery & the Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, MS, October 29-November 1

NOVEMBER Fieldaze Memphis Unlike other fields during autumn harvests, Fieldaze doesn’t have any crop circles (or fields for that matter), but it will have UFOs — Unadulterated Fun Outside — with fitness classes, music, food, entertainment, a half marathon, a bike race, a kayak race, and more. Downtown Memphis, November 4-6 Memphis Tequila Festival Da-DA-dada-DA-da-da-da … Tequila! Da-DA-dada-DA-da-da-da … Tastings! Da-DA-dada-DA-da-da-da … Music! Da-DA-dada-DA-da-da-da … Photobooth (and more)! Overton Square, November 4 Fall Beale Street Artcrawl Festival Call me a 6- to 12-month-old baby ’cause I’m gonna be crawling down Beale for this artcrawl that welcomes artists of all mediums and styles from Memphis, Nashville, and surrounding areas. Beale Street, Downtown Memphis, November 5 Memphis Japan Festival Celebrate the history, culture, and people of Japan at this festival featuring food, entertainment, games, crafts, vendors, exhibitors, and more. Memphis Botanic Garden, November 6 Memphis Crafts & Drafts Festival: Holiday Market Draft your friends and family to the only sporting event that matters — holiday shopping. There are no fantasy leagues, only the real deal, and if you can get it done before Thanksgiving, the glory is legendary. So get a head start and do it all in one stop at the Memphis Crafts & Drafts Festival where local vendors will show off their goods, and local craft beers will make the experience all the more enjoyable. Crosstown Concourse, November 12-13

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The ever engaging Junior Brown can tear into a country jam with gusto that’s made him a legend among musicians. Rolling Stone Magazine listed Junior in “50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own.”

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If, out of the blue, you got a call from your employer asking if you wanted to go to space, would you say that’s out of your job description? Would you ask for a couple days to sleep on it? Well, for physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, who got that call from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the answer was clear and immediate: Yes. The mission Arceneaux would be a part of — SpaceX’s Inspiration4 — launched almost a PHOTO: HAYLEY ARCENEAUX year ago on September 15th as the first all-civilian space mission and raised more than $200 Hayley Arceneaux million for St. Jude, a cause near and dear to Arceneaux’s heart ever since she was diagnosed with bone cancer at 10 years old. In fact, when she wasn’t even finished with her cancer treatment, Arceneaux began raising money for the hospital and embarked on what would become a lifelong journey in support of St. Jude. By 2020, she began her dream job working with pediatric oncology patients. “I knew I really wanted to work at St. Jude and help support these kids with cancer treatment and help make their experience something positive, and then also show them what their future can look like after cancer,” Arceneaux says. So when, not even a full year into her job, the hospital asked her about going to space, she couldn’t say no to the once-in-alifetime opportunity. “I wanted to show these kids that anything is possible.” Arceneaux would become the youngest American who has been in orbit, as well as the first pediatric cancer survivor and the first person with a prosthetic body part to go to space. Her story would become an inspiration. “Around the time when I was training I was really touched by people who were reaching out, especially on social media, telling me that my story inspired them to get through hard times and take on big challenges,” she says. “Then I was approached by people who wanted me to share my story in book form.” Once again, Arceneaux said yes, with the hope of reaching children with cancer, girls and women interested in STEM, and anyone needing a bit of hope. “I think writing it really renewed how much gratitude I feel,” she says. “Like, wow, I’m just so fortunate to survive my cancer, have my dream job, have the opportunity to go to space. … The main thing I want people to get out of it, is the importance of hope when you’re going through something hard.” Her memoir, Wild Ride: A Memoir of I.V. Drips and Rocket Ships, covers her childhood, her diagnosis, getting her dream job, the loss of her father, and, of course, her journey to space. “The most challenging part of writing for me was describing what it was like to look at the Earth,” she says. When she first got back from space, only one word came to mind when asked that question: pretty. Now, she has written pages upon pages describing what she meant by “pretty.” To celebrate the memoir’s launch, Arceneaux will do a Q&A at Novel, followed by a book-signing. Line tickets are required to meet the author and are free with a purchase of the book. MEET THE AUTHOR: HAYLEY ARCENEAUX, NOVEL, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 5 P.M.

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“Liminality” Beverly + Sam Ross Gallery, on display through October 8 This exhibition of work by interdisciplinary artist Sepideh Dashti attempts to tackle, through a feminist lens, the artist’s experience of living under the rule of the Islamic Republic in Iran and her subsequent immigration and diaspora. Her work makes use of hair and technology and challenges the ideas of femininity and domesticity. 10-Minute Play Festival: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words TheatreWorks, Friday-Saturday, September 9-10, 8 p.m.; Sunday, September 12, 2 p.m., $15 Nine 10-minute vignettes will be performed, with one rule that a picture frame or painting must be incorporated in some way.

Who Says We Can’t?: A New Musical Works Cabaret Beethoven Club, Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m., free Two local musical theater composers, Spencer Germany and Daniel Ward, have been praised for their works both on and off the stage. “Who Says We Can’t?” captures stories of growth and struggle, as told through the lens of the struggling young (turning not-so-young) adults in America. The evening features premieres of solos, duets, ensemble numbers, and stories, while delivering emotional music and lyrics straight to the heart of Memphis. Admission is free. Donations are accepted at the door. This event is not ticketed, but guests are encouraged to register ahead of time at eventbrite.com. The cabaret will also be streamed virtually.

Poetic Justice: Works by Incarcerated Youth in Memphis Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Sunday, September 11, 4 p.m., free This surprising 45-minute show features poetry written by the participants in TSC’s Poetry Summer Camp for incarcerated youth. The camp helps juveniles find their voices and express themselves through poetry while providing them with an opportunity to process their emotions and connect meaningfully with their peers. Due to anonymity concerns for these minors, they are not permitted to perform publicly, so the piece will be performed by TSC’s professional acting company and directed by Stephanie Shine. Light refreshments will be served following the sharing. Reserve your seat at tnshakespeare.org or by calling (901) 759-0604.


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The lyrical howls of pain are grounded by musical beds that sound more like The Fall than a jam band, due to the players’ devotion to amateurism and DIY rock. This was, after all, the gonzo ’90s in Memphis, a time of allgourd bands and others who thought outside the box. Even the nationally celebrated Grifters were prone to freely improvised noise chaos. Such was the milieu of the Not Shits. “The name rightly implies that we never were a band that was actually going to play out,” reflects Martin, explaining their unique moniker. “We were jamming with Robert Hinson, who has the nickname ‘Hot Licks.’ He can play any instrument. He builds amps and guitars. When we played with Robert, we called ourselves the Hot Shits. But when these tapes came about, Robert wasn’t there, so we became the Not Shits. We thought, ‘It’s not like we’re claiming to be anything. We’re not shit!’” Still, Hinson is very much present in the proceedings, as Hankins points out. “Every instrument you hear on the record, except drums and harmonica, is a Robert Hinson instrument. Robert built the guitar in a Telecaster style. He built the amps and the bass. He had this large piece of wood in sort of a weird, pink fish-shape. So we call it the ‘bass’ [as in the water-dwelling creature].” One such Hinson instrument was the “banjitar,” played by Martin for noise and feedback. “It’s a crazy, madeup instrument — an electric noisemaker, a block of wood with a banjo neck on it,” he says. “I dropped a penny right on the pickups, and it created all kinds of noise. All of the guys were lined up like raccoons at the door, one head above the other.” These days, Martin turns heads as the singer for True Sons of Thunder, with whom he’ll be playing on September 24th for a Gonerfest after-party at the Hi-Tone. And he’s still embracing extemporaneous rather than composed lyrics. “If I start making plans, my anxiety stacks up. So rather than plan anything, I just want to have options.”

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n a city bursting with boundarybreaking music, it’s not unheard of for a band from the past to release archival recordings, their sounds all the more remarkable for sounding fresh decades later. But it’s more improbable for such a band to have been recorded only on a boom box. Yet that’s exactly how the new — and likely only — release from Richard and the Not Shits, The Sun Comes Out Tonight (HoTard), came to be. The album presents tracks recorded between 1997 and 1998 by a band that never played live. But for a time, the semi-regular jams by Richard Martin (vocals, harmonica, banjitar), Eddie Hankins (bass), Roger Moneymaker (drums), and onetime music writer for the Memphis Flyer John Floyd (guitar) led to some inspired musical moments. Their improvised sounds have a minimalist urgency that transcends most informal jams. And the immediacy of the recording is part of the experience. As bassist Eddie Hankins describes his approach to recording engineering at the time, “We had put a boom box up on an amp. It fell off. That’s how it ended up on the floor.” For the chronically creative singer Richard Martin, that was an opportunity. “With the boom box on the floor,” he recalls, “I was laying down, singing right into that condenser mic. On the thick shag carpet. That’s what gave it its thick, rich sound.” His approach to recording vocals is typical of his approach to songs generally. While the entire band was improvising, it was Martin’s extemporaneous lyrics that brought everything into focus. This sometimes makes for very dark material, a fact that an older and wiser Martin is painfully aware of today. “It’s not necessarily that I was inebriated,” he says. “I was going through a divorce, staying on friends’ couches. I was miserable, and I sang about it. It’s a sexist record, but it’s real. I don’t feel that way anymore. The other night when I played for the record release show, I said, ‘If you find yourself feeling like the man on this record, there’s a way out, if you want to contact me.’”

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CALENDAR of EVENTS:

September 8 - 14

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

“Action!: Art in Motion” An educational, interactive exhibition that encourages visitors to think about how two-dimensional art can capture dynamic moments of motion. Through Sept. 25.

MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART

“Another Dimension: Digital Art in Memphis”

Exhibition exploring the rise of mainstream interest in digital art. Through Sept. 11. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART

“From Artisans to Artists: African American Metal Workers in Memphis” Exhibition that traces the role of Black metal workers from Central and West Africa to modern-day Memphis. Through Sept. 11. METAL MUSEUM

“Meet the Dixons”

Learn about Margaret and Hugo Dixon’s personal lives, their collections, and their legacy. Through Oct. 9. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

“POCKETS REX”

Collection of new works by Clare Torina presented in the gallery’s windows and gaps. Through Oct. 14. CLOUGH-HANSON GALLERY

“Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement”

Exhibition of artifacts and images that shed light on important milestones of gay rights history. Through Sept. 26. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

“Time’s Circle”

Exhibition of work by Emi Brady and Michelle Duckworth. Friday, Sept. 9-Oct. 24. BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL

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Friday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-

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Michelle Duckworth’s work is featured in the “Time’s Circle” exhibition alongside Emi Brady at the Buckman Arts Center.

The Brewery Comedy Tour

Featuring Corey Knox, who is part of an up-and-coming comedy scene in Nashville. $12-$20. Thursday, Sept. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. GRIND CITY BREWING COMPANY

5 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 12, noon-5 p.m.

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Featuring Brother on Skates, Champion: The Drinker, and Grigenrod. Supporting the Mississippi Reproductive Fund. $5. Thursday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m.

“Art and Photography by Jon Woodhams” Opening Reception

Supporting Love Doesn’t Hurt. Saturday, Sept. 10, 1-4 p.m.

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Herbal Work Study

Learn from herb garden curator while helping out at the garden, weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs help. Thursday, Sept. 8-Sept. 9, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Community Event: “From Artisans to Artists” This free Art in the Park event will include metalsmith-themed activities for visitors of all ages and skills, metalsmithing demos, and much more. Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

Latin Soul Awards

DAVID CARNES PARK

The Premios Alma Latina recognizes members of the Latino community and their allies for their achievements, leadership, and support in making the MidSouth a better place to live. $15. Saturday, Sept. 10, 5-8 p.m.

“Otherworld” Open House

Open house for Kit Reuther’s exhibition that focuses on nonrepresentational fecund landscapes and futuristic geometric shapes. Saturday, Sept. 10, noon-3 p.m. DAVID LUSK GALLERY

“Random Wandering” Opening Reception

Opening reception for a collection of paintings created from beaches and sand dunes of Florida, fields and swamps of Mississippi to mountains of Alaska. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2-4 p.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

“Simple Pleasures” Art Opening

Support local artist Herb Thomas, blacksmith and illustrator! Friday, Sept. 9, 6-9 p.m. OFF THE WALLS ARTS

“Time’s Circle” Opening Reception Learn more about the art of Emi Brady and Michelle Duckworth. Friday, Sept. 9, 5-7 p.m. BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL

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B O O K E V E N TS

Bookhouse Book Club: Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Burke’s Book Store and Black Lodge present a cinema-themed monthly book club. All meetings will include a short discussion on the assigned book, specialtythemed cocktails, and a screening. Sunday, Sept. 11, 5 p.m. BLACK LODGE

Meet the Author: Dorchelle Spence

Novel welcomes Dorchelle Spence to celebrate the release of Into the Gathering Clouds. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. NOVEL

Meet the Author: Hayley Arceneaux

Novel welcomes Hayley Arceneaux to celebrate the release

of Wild Ride: A Memoir of I.V. Drips and Rocket Ships. Saturday, Sept. 10, 5 p.m. NOVEL

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Drafts and Laughs at Memphis Made

Presenting some of the best standup comedians from the Mid-South free of charge. Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30-9 p.m. MEMPHIS MADE BREWING COMPANY

Fortune Feimster

Stand-up comedian, writer, and actor, Fortune Feimster, is one of the busiest women working today. Friday, Sept. 9, 8 p.m. ORPHEUM THEATRE

Joe Gatto

Joe Gatto, a well-known comedian, actor, and producer,

Lee “LA” Lycan

As seen on FOX, Lycan is creative, well-written, improvisational and always gets the audience involved. Dubbed “The Sears Tower of Comedy,” he is guaranteed to liven up the stage. $15-$30. Thursday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m.

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Mad Hatter’s Family Tea Party Enjoy Drink Me teas and Eat Me treats alongside whimsical characters as you create craft projects. $20-$25. Sunday, Sept. 11, 1-3 p.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

Wacky Hollow

Solve mysteries in this wacky forest maze. Through Oct. 19. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MEMPHIS

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Comedian Lester Bibbs was discovered by Steve Harvey at Sir Laugh Alot Comedy Club in Memphis. Taking on topics related to life, his style is filled with polished appeal. $70. Thursday, Sept. 8-Sept. 11.

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Germantown Festival

Features live entertainment, dachshund race, community displays, car exhibits, rides, games, festival food, arts and crafts, and kid’s activities. Saturday, Sept. 10.

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Memphis Rox Yoga Festival

Fifteen+ yoga classes, lectures, vendors, food trucks, meditation, music, a drop-off kids’ zone, and more! $45-$55. Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration

The mission of the Southern Heritage Classic is to provide an annual cultural celebration as the premier sports and entertainment event in Memphis. Thursday, Sept. 8-Sept. 10. MEMPHIS

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Deep Cover

David Jason is the biggest drug dealer in Los Angeles, and Russell Stevens is an undercover cop who wants to bring him down. $5. Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. CROSSTOWN THEATER

Indie Memphis Film Festival Preview Party

Indie Memphis pulls back the curtain to reveal this year’s film lineup! Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m. BLACK LODGE

Overton Square Movie Series: Wayne’s World

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Science of Wine

This 21+ event offers wine and food pairings with a side of science. $45-$125. Friday, Sept. 9, 6-9 p.m. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

Tipsy Tea Party (21+)

Sip on some of teas with boozy blend-ins, explore the herb garden, and make your own herbal tea mix. $35-$45. Friday, Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

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2nd Annual Dash and Flash

Start with a 5K race followed immediately by a boulder competition. $30. Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. HIGH POINT CLIMBING AND FITNESS

West Fight On

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Comedian, writer, and actor Fortune Feimster comes to the Orpheum on Friday, September 9th. one-mile tribute walk to raise awareness and funds for West Cancer Foundation. Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 a.m. SHELBY FARMS PARK

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Yellow Fever History & Elmwood Cemetery: An Indoor Presentation

Learn how Memphis was devastated by an opportunistic vector from Africa called Aedes aegypti, a terrible lack of sanitation or good hygiene, and a stagnant bayou that cut through Downtown. $20. Saturday, Sept. 10, 1-2 p.m. ELMWOOD CEMETERY

Jackson State Tigers vs. Tennessee State Tigers. Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.

Poetic Justice: Works by Incarcerated Youth in Memphis Featuring poetry written by the participants in TSC’s Poetry Summer Camp for incarcerated youth. Free. Sunday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m.

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Nine 10-minute vignettes will be performed. $15. Friday, Sept. 9-Sept. 11.

Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls

A man moves to write the great American novel. A woman moves to Alaska to start a new life. Babies, wild dogs, komodo dragons, and hula dancers abound in this play about finding your tribe. $20-$25. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Guys and Dolls

This Manhattan-based musical romantic comedy tells the overlapping stories of highroller Sky Masterson and rapscallion gambler Nathan Detroit. Through Sept. 11. THEATRE MEMPHIS

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When Nick and Nigel Bottom decide their theatre troupe rivals that of William Shakespeare the best way to beat him is to hire a soothsayer and write a musical about eggs … right? $30. Through Sept. 18.

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When the Church & the Streets Meet

Guests can audition to go on stage and feel like they stepped into the game show itself. $38$88. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m. ORPHEUM THEATRE

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A white teen, who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two Black waiters who work in his mother’s tearoom, learns that his viciously racist, alcoholic father is on his way home. $35. Through Sept. 25.

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ARTS By Risha Manga

A Gallery of Pixels Memphis Brooks Museum of Art brings digital art to life.

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s a high school student, the last couple years of my life have been hyper-digitized. The pandemic pushed even my freshman year of learning to a digital platform. Like almost every teen I know, out of a combination of boredom and curiosity, I downloaded many apps that allow me to create my own version of digital art — from the photos I curate to post on Instagram to the short videos I make for TikTok. Digital art abounds in today’s world, whether it’s feats of photography, videography, music, dance, or comedy. “As humans and machines become more enmeshed than ever, digital art once again asks us to consider what art can be and how it can be experienced,” says Patricia Daigle, associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Digital art can be loosely defined as any art that uses technology as part of the creative or presentation process. Artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, and virtual reality have opened up many possibilities, allowing artists to create surreal, unique experiences and virtual worlds that transcend traditional boundaries. The “Another Dimension: Digital Art in Memphis” exhibition at the Brooks provides a glimpse into the growing digital art scene in Memphis and features works by Kenneth Wayne Alexander II, Karl Erickson, Coe Lapossy, Sarai Payne, and Anthony Sims. “The exhibition includes works that are purely digital, a combination of the digital and physical, and work that is made digitally for a material existence,” Daigle says. “They range from finely rendered animations to the decidedly low-tech or intentionally glitched. In this context, the digital is not only a tool but a space in which artists can create alternative physical and psychological environments or states of being. “For this exhibition,” continues Daigle, “I wanted to feature [Memphis] artists who were working in digital mediums. There are several artists in our community engaging with digital art in different, interesting ways. Several of the artists in the exhibition — Kenneth Wayne Alexander II, Sarai Payne, and Anthony Sims — were born and raised in the Memphis area and had wonderful, influential art teachers in the public schools they attended.” The works in the exhibit mark a shift away from traditional art forms and mix the traditional and the digital — the style and content of which

reflect changes in society. As part of the exhibition, viewers can peer through a “trapdoor” — a sewer cap on the floor — to watch a video of choreographed art. Another piece, King, features a skull wearing a crown and is a 16-panel digital collage inspired by Memphis street art. “I [thought I] should try and do something to recognize and commemorate the city that really helped me become an artist,” says King creator Anthony Sims. “This city and the community mean a lot to me. The background in the artwork, I actually made it in 2019 when I was living in Memphis,” Sims says. “The character is kind of an ode to street artist Birdcap. And I usually like throwing an ode to Latin-American culture in my art. The blue squares I liked because that’s the color of Memphis: blues [music], Grizzlies is blue, the University of Memphis is blue — that’s Memphis. I titled the piece King because of the crown, which was inspired by an Inca crown.”

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Karl Erickson, Be Almost Miraculous, still of digital video, 2022 With a boom in everything digital, artists can release their artistic skills through many mediums. There are creative tools from open-source programming to apps that artists can use to hone their skills digitally. “I started as a physical artist, that is my realm,” Sims says. “I am a physical painter. Just because you are passionate about something doesn’t mean that you need to put yourself in a box and stay in that box. Once I started making digital art, everything in my life changed. I made the most money and [was] met with the most media success through digital art. Never limit yourself as an artist. Don’t be scared of new technologies.” “Another Dimension: Digital Art in Memphis” runs through September 11th at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Visit brooksmuseum.org for more info.


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s someone who has spent set in Shakespeare’s world, but it has this years studying and watching anachronism aesthetic to it.” That aesthetic musical theater, I can say is a huge part of what makes the show that Something Rotten! is inherently funny, but the performances like one giant inside joke for the theater are what really drive the humor home. crowd, particularly those with a penchant Comedy is the force behind this musical, for William Shakespeare. and it’s also where the company shines the Playhouse on the Square’s production most. I laughed out loud throughout the is the perfect show for anyone who loves production. musical theater. But don’t worry, even if Something Rotten! was originally slated the multitude of theater references are to be performed at Playhouse during flying over your head, you’ll still enjoy it. 2020 but was rescheduled multiple times When I speak to director/choreographer due to the pandemic. The production Whitney Branan on the phone, she reasthat came out of that long interim was sures me, “If you are somebody who is not absolutely worth the wait. Branan took a musical theater or a Shakespeare — I say every opportunity to brag on both her cast this term with pride because I am one — and production crew. “The dancers that nerd, you will still have the best night at were originally cast in this show spent the the theater because it is hilarious.” pandemic upping their game,” she says, Something Rotten! takes place in the explaining that some of the actors used year 1595 during the English Renaissance. the two-year wait as added time to perfect Two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, are their tap-dancing skills. struggling playwrights One of my favorite living in the shadow of things about this the illustrious Shakespecific production of speare. Nick Bottom’s Something Rotten! is ill-fated plan to enlist that Memphis theater a soothsayer to show in particular receives him the future of thenods throughout the ater ends up with him show. Branan shares trying desperately to that she did this with figure out how to pull great intention, even off a full-scale musical reaching out to Christi without knowing quite Hall, the choreogexactly what that is. rapher of Guys and As Branan puts it, “It Dolls, which opened is the story of seeing at Theatre Memphis these Renaissance theon the same night as ater troupe members Something Rotten! PHOTO: BILL SIMMERS try to create this new There are two art form from kind of Justin Allen Tate as the Minstrel eight counts of hints from the future, choreography from and it goes terribly wrong.” Guys and Dolls that make a “special And so the Bottom brothers are pitcameo appearance” in Something Rotten! ted against Shakespeare, who Branan Memphis theater regulars will also spot describes as “the rock star of the day.” Wilallusions to Playhouse favorites such liam Shakespeare is hilariously portrayed Little Shop of Horrors and Kinky Boots. as a man whose fame has gone completely For a show that persevered through two to his head, resulting in a sort of egocenyears of Covid-19 delays, there is a kind tric machismo that makes fun of itself of added affection attached. Branan puts more and more as the show unfolds. it beautifully: “The show is a valentine Rife with pop-culture and theater to Shakespeare, it’s a valentine to theater, Easter eggs, the show’s musical numbers it’s a valentine to musical theater, but are all delightfully tongue-in-cheek. The our work that we’ve done for a couple of ensemble cast truly shows their comedic years on this show is a valentine to the chops in this play, as the dances themMemphis theater community.” selves are often an additional layer in the If you are a theater-loving Memphian, ongoing musical-within-a-musical joke. don’t let this opportunity to show your The characters even poke fun — multiple appreciation to local artists pass you by. It’s times — at iambic pentameter, using not every day that you can see a Broadway modern slang and completely ignoring musical that has been specially personaltheir Elizabethan setting. ized to fit your community. Something Rotten! runs through SeptemAccording to Branan, “The concept ber 18th at Playhouse on the Square. of the show is really cool because it is

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Shelby County Department of Housing (SCDH) is preparing its Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) for the program year that began July 1, 2021 and ended June 30, 2022. The CAPER is required by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to describe CDBG and HOME activities undertaken by SCDH to address housing and community development needs, especially in low- and moderate-income areas of Shelby County, outside the City of Memphis. SCDH expended approximately $1,338,883.27 in Community Development Block Grant funds, $320,205.13 in Community Development Block Grant – COVID Relief funds, and $306,590.61 in HOME funds for the following activities: low-tomoderate income housing rehabilitation and minor home repair; infrastructure/community development improvements to benefit lowto-moderate income communities within the Urban County; public service activities to benefit Urban County seniors; public service activities to address COVID-impact; administrative expenses; and program delivery costs. The CAPER will be available for public review and comment from Friday, September 9, 2022 through Thursday, September 29, 2022 on the Department of Housing website https://www.develop901.com/housing/ planningReporting. The proposed CAPER will also be distributed via email to the City of Memphis main library listserv. To solicit comments on the CAPER, Shelby County Department of Housing will host two public hearings on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 11:00am and 5:30pm with both in person and virtual attendance options. In Person Attendance Option: Shelby County Code Enforcement, Training Room, 6465 Mullins Station Road Memphis, TN 38134. Attendees should enter the Code Enforcement Building through the

Training Room entrance; upon walking up to the building, attendees will need to follow the signage that leads to the Training Room. Virtual Attendance Option: A virtual option to join is also provided, and participants can join the meeting with a computer, tablet, or smartphone at https://www.gotomeet.me/DanaSjostrom or dialing in from a phone +1 (224) 501-3412, Access Code 169-900-933 at the above noted meeting time. Written comments or suggestions regarding the CAPER will be accepted through 6:30 p.m. on September 29, 2022. Written comments should be sent to Dana Sjostrom (dana.sjostrom@shelbycountytn.gov) at Shelby County Department of Housing, 1075 Mullins Station Road, Memphis, TN 38134. SCDH will respond to all written comments within 15 working days of receipt. For questions concerning the public hearing or the CAPER, please contact the Department of Housing at 901-222-7600. Those with special needs that plan to attend the public hearing are encouraged to contact SCDH at (901) 222-7600 by 4:30 p.m on Monday, September 26, 2021 and we will work to accommodate you. Para mas información en Español, por favor llame Dana Sjostrom al 901-222-7601. The Shelby County Department of Housing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or provision of services. Equal opportunity/equal access provider.

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Growing up in Cherokee Heights in Orange Mound, Davis’ first passion was music. When he was 12, he picked out “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men and “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder on his grandmother’s upright piano. About five years ago, he recorded “Dear Memphis,’’ a song about growing up in Memphis, which got radio play. “When I first started doing music, my name was Teddy B,” says Davis. Preacha Tim came later. “I’m a member of a motorcycle club called the High Rollers. The guys who brought me into that club gave me that name. When I first joined, I had a 1300 Suzuki Hayabusa.” Does Davis own a black leather jacket? “Absolutely.” As far as food goes, he says, “I always

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enjoyed eating Chinese food. One day I just started asking questions [at] different Chinese and Japanese restaurants. I would inquire about how to prep the rice and things like that.” His first hibachi cooking attempt wasn’t great. The rice was “very mushy and gummy,” but “the meat turned out really good.” Davis didn’t try hibachi cooking again until a few years later. “I started noticing I was getting a little bit better at it.” About a year or so ago, he began posting pictures of his food “as a joke” online. “I started doing this little segment on my Facebook page called Ghetto Gourmet. I would make meals and give them a name after a street or a neighborhood in Memphis.” Like the Semmes Street Seafood Boil, which included crab legs and shrimp. That turned into the beginning of Hood Hibachi. Davis showcased his hibachi steak meal and his pepper steak and rice meal. He decided to “do this for real” after he got so many requests from people asking if his meals were for sale. Davis had a Hood Hibachi logo made. “The logo is an AfricanAmerican guy. He’s kind of chubby with a chef coat and a do-rag. He has a spatula and a knife in his hand.” Davis bought his first “hibachi grill” — a pancake griddle — at Target, and he began selling hibachi meals online. “We sold so many meals that one day that I couldn’t do it at home again.” That’s when he contacted Memphis Kitchen Co-Op Marketplace, where he’s open for lunch Mondays through Wednesdays. “We probably do about 50 to 60 meals a week.” On weekends, he cooks hibachi meals at people’s homes. Davis, who wants to eventually open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, continues to find time for his songwriting. “That’s still a part of who I am and what I want to do. As odd as it may sound, one of my prayers is that even Hood Hibachi in some kind of way will lead me into the fulfillment of my musical dreams.” Memphis Kitchen Co-Op Marketplace is at 7942 Fischer Steel Road in Cordova. For info on Hood Hibachi, call 901-5631769 or visit hoodhibachimemphis.com.

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TV By Ben Siler

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an elf ’s star-crossed love with a human, and a Harfoot, a Hobbit ancestor, meeting a mysterious comet-delivered Stranger. Shot in New Zealand like Peter Jackson’s original series, the televisual approximation of that trilogy works and is only hampered by the TV mold into which it is poured. Things are a little less epic with A, B, and C plots. This reviewer’s relation to the series is at a remove: A family copy of Fellowship of the Rings was torn in half (it had no cover and started with the Council of Elrond, I turned away). From this sundering I was sent down a dark path, fated to become A Song of Ice and Fire fan, with its more grimdark but down-to-earth sensibilities. My main relationship to Rings is cinematic. As a projectionist for a Malco multiplex out east, I screened all three films for thousands of people, over and over. My favorite thing opening weekend of Return of the King was being able to look out the back of a theater and watch people wipe their eyes in unison on cue to Aragorn’s

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a real-life ocean predator: You could only see the fins. (Wonderfully, it wore its previous boat snack as a shroud.) It and a single Orc refashioned as a slasher-movie monster in a cabin in the woods were shot in ways faithful to the horror elements of Jackson’s originals, and better for it. Likewise, the mystery of angry dwarf Prince Durin IV forcing Elrond into an entirely too fanciful rock-breaking contest resolved in a believable, mundane way: He was eager to banish his friend from his kingdom because Elrond had missed his wedding. Suddenly, dwarf and elf awkwardness was relatable. I can respond to awkwardness, cringe, horror. Grandeur is harder. Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is streaming on Amazon Prime.

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From Albert’s Seat Can a ballpark chair really be that special? Read on. Paint the seat red. Or white. It doesn’t matter. Take a cue from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who painted the upper-deck seats in Three Rivers Stadium where Willie Stargell hit a few of his mammoth shots. If Larry Sutton had hit the 13th-inning home run that won the 2000 PCL championship and capped AutoZone Park’s inaugural season, it would be worth a footnote in the media guide. But the fact that this title-winning, minor-league Mazeroski was delivered by Albert Pujols — this generation’s Frank Robinson — demands acknowledgment. I wrote those words in this space in May 2003, as a 23-year-old Albert Pujols was already rearranging record books for the St. Louis Cardinals. Whether or not the Memphis Redbirds brass read them, by the following April I was able to pose for a picture with my young daughters and what’s come to be known as “The Pujols Chair” at AutoZone Park. This Saturday, the Redbirds will be giving out miniatures of the chair to the first 1,500 fans through the gates. It’s a fitting, and quite distinctive, tribute to the great Pujols as he winds down his gargantuan career in pursuit of — deep breath here — 700 career home runs. The Albert Pujols Story will never be rewritten. Let’s start with PHOTO: SHARON MURTAUGH the most significant number of his 22 major-league seasons: 6,164 The Pujols Chair and friends in April 2004 (and counting). On August 20th, Pujols moved past the greatest Cardinal of them all, Stan “The Man” Musial, for second place in career total bases. It’s a more significant number than home runs, one that measures a hitter’s power, consistency, and durability. (A player gets four total bases for a home run, three for a triple, etc.) Pujols will retire looking up only at Hank Aaron on the total-bases chart. Consider, also, that there have been only four players to accumulate 6,000 total bases: Pujols, Aaron, Musial, and Willie Mays. It’s quite a Rushmore. The best part of the Albert Pujols Story here in 2022 is that he is helping his Cardinals toward a memorable season. The 42-year-old designated hitter (a position new to the National League this year), recently had a pair of two-homer games and delivered a pinch-hit grand slam against the Colorado Rockies on August 18th at Busch Stadium. He is making a farewell tour, of sorts, one with the club for whom he starred his first 11 seasons, but it’s a tour of impact, moments, and profound memories for baseball fans, many of them too young to remember his Rookie of the Year season (2001), to say nothing of a home run that won a minor-league franchise its first championship. About that home run. I was sitting a few rows behind the Redbirds dugout on September 15, 2000, for Game 4 of the PCL championship series between Memphis and the Salt Lake Buzz. The Redbirds led the best-of-five series, 2-1, and were on the verge of securing the championship when they lost a lead late in the game, sending the contest to extra innings. In the bottom of the 13th, Pujols — wearing number 6, as Musial did with the Cardinals — slammed a line drive down the right field line, a ball that will always slice toward the foul pole off the bat of a righthanded hitter. When the baseball dropped into that lucky chair having flown just left of the pole, delirium ensued in the packed ballpark. To connect what we’ve seen from Pujols here, 22 years later, with that moment — across what amounts to a pair of baseball generations — is beyond a basis for comparison. It is the Albert Pujols Story, and it’s a thick volume. My firstborn daughter is now a college graduate and lives in Honolulu. Her little sister is a junior at Saint Louis University. When we’re together and there’s a game in town — in Memphis or St. Louis — we go to the ballpark. (There are LOTS of red seats at Busch Stadium.) When we visit AutoZone Park these days, we tend to reflect, as families do while squeezing precious hours together. And the Pujols Chair is always there. I actually see it as smiling at us. So thank you, Albert Pujols, from the best seat in the house. Frank Murtaugh is the managing editor of Memphis magazine. He writes “From My Seat” and “Tiger Blue” for the Flyer.

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When the baseball dropped into that lucky chair … delirium ensued in the ballpark.

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