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My dad used to sing backup for Robert Johnson. No, not that Robert Johnson. I don’t mean the famed blues guitarist who allegedly sold his soul to the devil for unmatchable guitar chops. The Robert Johnson I mean was a local cat. He collected guitars and had a real love of ’50s-style rock-and-roll. He auditioned for the Rolling Stones, played lead guitar for John Entwistle, and ran with some of the guys who formed Black Oak Arkansas, but if listeners know his music, they probably know him as the skinny guy wielding a Les Paul and smiling from under Coke-bottle glasses on the cover of his solo album Close Personal Friend. Anyway, my dad carried gear and sang backup for Johnson. He’s told me stories about playing The Fillmore, and true to fashion for my pops, he was more interested in talking about nailing the drummer’s kit to the stage — “I mean, he whacked those drums real hard” — than about basking in memories of his glory days. All this to say, my dad didn’t really plan on a career. I know that seems naive to the point of being unbelievable in this day and age, but it’s the truth. He’s told me that he thought he’d get a decent factory job and that would be PHOTO: LINDAPARTON | DREAMSTIME.COM enough to live a modest but comfortable life. I think he just wanted to sing in bands, read his Bible, and play with his kids. Clock out, go home, and leave work at work. Of course, that was around the time most U.S. factories were moving overseas, chasing low wages and more relaxed environmental regulations. Poor timing, but who can predict the future? I’m sure there were plenty of people who invested in commercial real estate in 2019. People will always need office space, right? Right? This all brings me to the news that Ford Motor Company has announced plans to build an electric vehicle and battery manufacturing plant at the Memphis Regional Megasite. It’s exactly the kind of factory job my dad wished he could have had. Construction won’t begin until January and the plant isn’t projected to open until 2024, so I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but this sounds like good news to me. Kudos to the folks at the Greater Memphis Chamber and everyone else here who has paved the way for this investment. The project is expected to bring 6,000 new jobs and $5.4 billion to West Tennessee. There will be hurdles, of course, and I’m sure I’ll be critical of some components of the plan in the future. (I’m not crazy about the proposed $500 million in state incentives, but even a humanities guy like me can do the math between million and billion.) For now I can’t help but think of 6,000 people with access to jobs, hopefully with good benefits. And getting in on electric vehicles is thematically appropriate for West Tennessee. Why shouldn’t we lead the nation in this arena? After all, we’re the home of refusing to build oil pipelines through residential areas or highways through parks. And no, I’m not so hopeful as to think that electric cars alone will avert a climate crisis. Nor do I believe that one solution can fix any of the problems that we face. Climate change, poverty, public health, the resurgence of white supremacy — these issues demand a multifaceted approach. My hope is that more electric cars means fewer carbon emissions, greater investment in green technology. Also, it’s a hell of a lot easier to do the work to advocate for change if you’ve got a full stomach and rent is paid. I hope 6,000 more people N E WS & O P I N I O N will have more food security, more time THE FLY-BY - 4 to spend on things they enjoy. NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 6 POLITICS - 8 When we talk about numbers like this, AT LARGE - 9 it’s so easy to forget that we’re talking COVER STORY about people. But if 6,000 more Tennes“BEST OF MEMPHIS” seans, some of them Memphians, have BY FLYER STAFF - 11 work that affords them a decent wage, WE RECOMMEND - 42 some dignity, and time to spend on MUSIC - 44 CALENDAR - 46 themselves, I count that as a good thing. FOOD - 50 It’s probably a better gig than backup TV - 51 singer/drum kit positioner, anyway. C LAS S I F I E D S - 53 Jesse Davis LAST WORD - 55 jesse@memphisflyer.com

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Orange Mound organizes, new license plates next year, and a book by Flyer columnist Bruce VanWyngarden.

The MEMernet overflowed with live music last week. Gonerfest celebrated its 18th year at Railgarten. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performed at the Botanic Garden. Opera Memphis sang at Latin Fest. Ensemble X performed at Collage Dance Collective. Scheidt at the Shell brought the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble to Overton Park’s Levitt Shell. M E M P H I S D O N’TS

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Travel blogger Wolters World gave more than 16 minutes worth of “the Don’ts of Visiting Memphis” in a YouTube video published this week. Here’s a sample: Don’t worry about walking with your beer on Beale Street. Don’t complain about the heat and humidity. Don’t expect the ribs to be “sauced up.” Don’t feed the Peabody ducks. M E M-B E R S H I P Memphian astronaut Hayley Arceneaux punched her Memphis membership card last week. “One week ago I came back to Earth and celebrated with the best cold fried chicken of my life,” she POSTED TO TWITTER tweeted. BY HAYLEY ARCENEAUX

M O U N D U P P LAN Organizers of a communitycentered revitalization plan for Orange Mound are seeking resident feedback. The plan, Mound Up, is a collaboration between JUICE Orange Mound and the Rhodes College Urban Studies Department that began in the spring of 2020. Britney Thornton, founder of JUICE, is leading the charge to create a strong resident-driven plan about future development in Orange Mound. “When people show up ready to develop, they’re not trying to wait on you to come up with your plans,” she said. “We want to be ready and in position to know what our asks PHOTO: COURTESY are. Otherwise, we would just have to STATE OF TENNESSEE follow the lead of people who show up ready with money.” Thornton said the goal is to get Memphis’ first neighborhood built for African Americans by African Americans, 350 responses to the survey on the Orange Mound, is vulernable to displacement, organizers worry. plan by the spring in order to have a finalized plan by the end of the says, “[T]his amounts to a fine.” spring. Tennessee’s winning design will be announced this fall and availThornton said the motivation to initiate the plan came as she able to the public in January 2022. began to notice a shift in the market with more interest in Orange Mound properties. She feared that if there was no intervention, B R U C E VANWYN GAR D E N B O O K people in Orange Mound would be displaced. Contemporary Media, Inc. (CMI), the parent company of STATE P LATES the Memphis Flyer and Memphis Voting ended Monday for a new design of the Tennessee state magazine, announced that it is license plate. publishing a collection of the Tennessee plates are updated and redesigned every eight years, if writings of Bruce VanWyngarfunds are approved for it by the Tennessee General Assembly. den, who was Flyer editor from “As Tennessee celebrates 225 years of statehood, it’s a perfect time 2001-2021. to redesign our license plate and feature the tri-star that represents The book is titled Everything each of our state’s unique grand divisions,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee That’s True. The book consists Bruce VanWyngarden said in a statement. of selected columns and features State law requires each plate to carry the words “Tennessee,” from the Flyer and Memphis “Volunteer State,” and “tnvacation.com.” State law also allows Tenmagazine, and it is illustrated by noted Memphis artist John Ryan. nesseans a plate option with the words “In God We Trust.” “Bruce writes about Memphis and about humanity with a deftly American Atheists, the Mississippi Humanist Association, and calibrated wisdom; no one can blend grace, generosity, and acerbic three nonreligious Mississippians sued state officials over license wit better,” said CMI CEO Anna Traverse Fogle. plates in June. New license plates issued there in 2019 carry the Advance orders for signed and personalized copies are being state’s new seal, which contains the words “In God We Trust.” taken now at Memphis magazine’s Shopify site. Car owners in Mississippi can pay $32 for a license plate without Visit the News Blog at memphisflyer.com for fuller versions of these stories and more local news. the words “In God We Trust.” The lawsuit by American Atheists


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The skies are as unfriendly as they’ve ever been. Last week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported 4,385 instances of unruly passengers on commercial flights so far this year. Of those, 3,199 were related to wearing a face mask, now required on all flights by law. However, those numbers are only the ones that have been reported to the FAA and are likely way higher. On Thursday, the U.S. House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation reviewed the issue of what government officials call “air rage.” So far, the FAA has investigated 755 air rage events and brought 154 law enforcement cases against unruly passengers. The FAA can propose a fine of up to $37,000 per violation in unruly passenger cases, and an incident can involve multiple violations. In testimony Thursday, Teddy Andrews, a flight attendant and member of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, told lawmakers one incident made him reconsider his career choice. On a flight, he approached a passenger who refused to wear a mask. “He looked at me, and here I will not repeat the vile epithet he used, he said, ‘N*****, I don’t have to listen to a damn thing you say, this is a free country,’” Andrews said. “I was completely taken aback. I didn’t know what to say. Then he continued, ‘You heard me, N***** boy.’” The man eventually put his mask on, but not before Andrews reminded him that failing to comply with flight rules could restrict his ability to fly the airline in the future. Sara Nelson, a flight attendant and

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Unruly passengers could face a fine of up to $37,000 per violation. president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, said, “These numbers are staggering and, if they continue at this rate, may result in more incidents in 2021 than the entire history of commercial aviation.” A recent union survey of 5,000 flight attendants found that 85 percent of them reported an incident with an unruly passenger — 58 percent of those reported at least five incidents. “Many respondents recounted aggressive incidents, including shoving, kicking seats, throwing trash at flight crew, defiling the restroom in response to crew member instructions, and following flight crew through the airport to continue yelling and harassment,” Nelson said. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) asked Nelson if the survey results yielded any information on the demographics of unruly passengers, like race, age, or residence. Nelson did not have specifics but noted that passengers were more likely to anger over face mask rules in regions where masking policies were not consistently communicated or where there was “very clear opposition to masks.” “We have had a lot of incidents out of Charlotte,” Nelson said. “We’ve had a lot of incidents out of Florida airports and out of Texas. I’m not saying there aren’t incidents out of other places at all. But there seems to be a higher concentration [in the South].”


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“Doing the Same Things Twice” Previously unresolved issues return again to the Shelby County Commission. Where the Shelby County Commission is concerned, some issues would seem to be eternal. Several of them got their latest looking-over Monday, September 27th, at the body’s regular

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Monday meeting. There was the issue of city-county governmental consolidation, an issue also being discussed on the City Council these days. Somehow a proposal from Commissioner Reginald Milton to develop potential concrete remedies for historically blighted Memphis neighborhoods had transmogrified into a discussion about the prospect of consolidation — one in which the usual discords and divisiveness associated with that issue came to the fore. Milton listened patiently to the querulous back-and-forthing, and, as

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the matter devolved into a question of race-based issues. A 2012 Memorandum of establishing a powerless ad hoc committee Understanding between the county and the on consolidation, with himself as chair, DOJ had resulted in specific remedies for Milton finally had enough. improvement spelled out. As he saw it, the opportunity to come Some changes were made in accordance up with hard and practical solutions to an with the MOA, and in 2018, a request that eternally intractable array of had been initiated by then Mayor socioeconomic problems was Mark Luttrell to remove the being steered into the see-no-evil, monitors was accepted by the do-no-good timidity of a study DOJ. group. A local group, the Shelby County Juvenile Justice “To hell with every one of you Consortium (CJJC), which was who let this happen, forget it! I’m dissatisfied with the rate and out!” Milton said. extent of reform in the court, had And so was the agenda item, urged that the monitors return never even subjected to a vote. PHOTO: JACKSON BAKER A vote did occur on another Reginald Milton to re-evaluate court operations “as … relates to protecting the revived matter, this one the Constitutional Rights of the children of question of whether federal monitors Shelby County, Tennessee,” and that request should return to Shelby County to recame to the County Commission for its examine the status of Juvenile Court, which approval. the Department of Justice had investigated After several citizens, including members and found riddled with bureaucratic and

of the CJJC, testified to continuing abuses at Juvenile Court, including an “appalling” rate of prisoner transfers to Criminal Court, members of the commission took sides on the matter, with the body’s conservatives tending to see the new charges as overstated and based on incomplete information, and others seeing that very lack of complete information to be suspicious in itself. In the end, the commission voted 8 to 4 in favor of the federal monitors’ return with the four dissenters being Commissioners Brandon Morrison, Mark Billingsley, David Bradford, and Amber Mills, and with Commissioner Mark Wright abstaining. Another revived issue on Monday was that of the creation of a “blueribbon” advisory committee on mayoral appointments to the Shelby County Ethics Commission, a controversial proposal which, in its final form, had been seriously watered down.


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t’s a simple question, really, one I’ve heard numerous times in recent months: “Who’s going to live in all these new apartment buildings in Midtown?” New complexes have sprouted all along Madison — across from Minglewood, next to Cash Saver, at the corner of McLean. There are new apartments at McLean and Union and more going up at Sam Cooper and East Parkway. There is no doubt that there is an apartment-building boom. So, who’s going to live in all these new apartments? The question got even more interesting on the heels of just-released U.S. Census data that show Midtown and Downtown (where another apartment-building boom has occurred) both actually lost a little population between 2010 and 2020. There seems to be a disconnect. I asked two developers (both of whom asked to comment anonymously) and a former president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors. Interestingly, all pointed to the recession of 2008 as a major turning point in the housing market. “After 2008, it was the same all over the country,” said one of the developers. “The single-family home building business got decimated, so the supply of new housing was constrained for a number of years. There was a demand shift to less owner-occupied housing, more rental housing. Some of that is still playing out.” “Midtown is really hot,” said the other developer I talked to. “Houses go on the market and sell within hours. There’s not much new housing stock, really — nowhere to build. Developers develop what the market demands, and right now, that’s apartments. And these apartments are getting leased.” Kathryn Garland, immediate past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors agreed that the Midtown market is tight. “It’s gotten to where some people might want to sell, but they’re afraid they won’t be able to get another house in the area, and they can’t afford to close on a new house before selling their old one, so they stay put, which keeps the market tight. And many landlords lost a lot of money during the pandemic because of the

eviction freeze. I know some who are turning rental units into BnBs, just to try to recoup. And that also tightens the available housing.” So how do we reconcile population loss with an apartment-building boom. There are several possibilities, not all mutually exclusive. It’s possible, for example, that Midtown’s population fell lower at some point, say 2015, and started to pick back up in the past couple of years, which looks like a boom. It’s also possible that the demand for Midtown housing and the attendant rental increases have driven the less-affluent to other neighborhoods, countering the population growth of new people moving in. “I’m still not convinced the data has caught up with any of what’s happened in the past couple of years,” said one of the developers. “The pandemic has impacted housing in ways we’re still not completely understanding. People whose company headquarters are in New York or Chicago are now letting their employees work from anywhere. Some of those people are moving to markets like Memphis because they can afford nicer apartments and homes. We haven’t been able to quantify that yet, but it’s happening.” “The pandemic is affecting the commercial market, as well,” said Garland. “Commercial realtors will tell you that the office space market has changed entirely. Companies are downsizing their space, moving to Zoom meetings, letting employees work wherever they like. Things are in flux.” But what happens when all the young people moving in get older, have children, want a yard and a dog? Does the apartment bubble burst? “Of course, the apartment bubble could burst,” said one developer. “You’re always trying to figure out your next move. Sometimes, you just pull in your wings and see where the demand goes.” “Often, apartment buildings become condo buildings as demand changes,” said Garland. “There are lots of older folks, retirees, who are moving into apartments and condos in Downtown and Midtown when they downsize. Their homes out east get bought by young families. It’s all a cycle.”

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BEST HOT WINGS

1. Central BBQ 2. The Wing Guru 3. Ching’s Hot Wings There’s something heavenly about slowsmoked meats. A rack of ribs, some jerked wings, or a pile of pulled pork smoked with hickory and pecan wood at Central BBQ proves it — and our readers agree.

BEST BREAKFAST

1. Brother Juniper’s 2. Bryant’s Breakfast 3. Sunrise Memphis Breakfast isn’t breakfast unless you eat it at Brother Juniper’s. It’s literally a break in your morning to relax and eat eggs, bacon, and everything else you might whip up in your kitchen. But then it might not taste as good. And who really wants to make pancakes when you can get them within minutes?

BEST LUNCH 1. Elwood’s Shack 2. Huey’s 3. Soul Fish Cafe

BEST SANDWICHES

1. Elwood’s Shack 2. Young Avenue Deli 3. Kwik Chek Try one of their Best Sandwiches with their Best Lunch when you take that important break in your day at Elwood’s. Try pulled pork, pimento, and other sandwiches, including subs. And, if you want to put it between bread, you can make Elwood’s one-of-a-kind steelhead trout tacos qualify as a sandwich, too.

BEST BRUNCH 1. The Beauty Shop 2. Owen Brennan’s 3. The Majestic Grille

BEST BLOODY MARY

1. The Beauty Shop 2. Bayou Bar & Grill 3. Sunrise Memphis Since it won Best Brunch and Best Bloody Mary, The Beauty Shop is a double hitter for foodies who want to combine the drink with food. The Bad Boy Bloody Mary — the tangy, mostlyfor-mornings cocktail — goes perfectly with brunch fare, which includes everything from beignets to biscuits. And you can get grits, of course.

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BEST CAJUN/CREOLE

1. Bayou Bar & Grill 2. The Second Line 3. Owen Brennan’s You don’t have to go to Louisiana for Cajun or Creole food. You just have to go to Overton Square. “Laissez les bons temps rouler” — “Let the good times roll” — is a term you can use every day at Bayou.

BEST CHINESE

1. Mulan Asian Bistro 2. Wang’s Mandarin House 3. A-Tan I may or may not have exceeded my delivery food budget ordering Mulan Asian Bistro this summer. The restaurant’s extensive menu — from sushi to hibachi to traditional Chinese dishes — can cure just about any Asian fare craving.

BEST ETHIOPIAN

1. Abyssinia 2. Global Cafe 3. Stickem Poplar Avenue’s popular Ethiopian eatery edged out a win in this competitive category. Abyssinia’s wot, a traditional chicken stew, and lamb gomen are perennial favorites, but don’t sleep on the vegetarian combo.

BEST INDIAN

1. India Palace 2. Golden India 3. Bombay House India Palace, buffet, oh how we miss you. The lamb meatballs. The garlic naan. The mushroom bhaji. Tandoori chicken. Okay, we’re drooling just thinking about it, and so are our readers.


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BEST ITALIAN

1. Pete & Sam’s 2. Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen 3. Ciao Bella Italian Grill Nothing beats Pete & Sam’s for celebrations or just dining with friends or alone in a cheerful restaurant that defines restaurants. The bar and redecorated dining room with comfy booths are great accompaniments to the food, which includes classic Italian dishes, as well as other cuisine, including fried chicken and steaks.

BEST MARGARITA

1. Molly’s La Casita 2. Las Delicias 3. Babalu How about a nice, award-winning treat next time you go out for Mexican? Molly’s La Casita sure knows its way around the classic concoction. Whip it up frozen, on the rocks, or even halfand-half with Molly’s secret recipe. Or grab some of that top-shelf goodness with a mix of Bribon 100 percent agave tequila and Grand Marnier.

BEST TACO

1. Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos 2. Taco Nganas 3. Las Delicias Maciel’s has long been a haven for hungry Flyer staff Downtown, but now Midtown folks get to enjoy the city’s best tacos, too. There are classics like chicken and beef, but Maciel’s throws together anything from veggie options to al pastor. My heart goes out to the fried tinga tacos, a spicy chicken blend that threatens to spill over the edge of the crunchy shell.

BEST MEXICAN

BOM 1. Las Delicias 2. El Mezcal 3. Molly’s La Casita It’s all in the name, isn’t it? Everything on the Las Delicias menu — tortas, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, you name it — is a hit. Founder Antonio Martinez has kept the focus on high-quality authentic Mexican cuisine since he opened the restaurant nearly two decades ago, and it’s still going strong today.

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BOM 1. Casablanca 2. Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe 3. Global Cafe Head to Casablanca for some of their knockout special tea, and have another cup, and another cup, and another cup, and oh my gosh, this is my sixth cup and I haven’t even ordered yet. No exaggerations here; the tea is the perfect accompaniment to a falafel big mac sandwich, or one of many shawarma dishes. 1. Bangkok Alley 2. Mulan Asian Bistro 3. Thai Bistro Bangkok Alley has made its mark on Memphis with its Thai cuisine and sushi, as evidenced by locations all over town. It certainly has some of the best red curry I’ve ever tasted, a smooth milky sauce slowly seeping into a soft bed of rice and enriching some nice cuts of chicken (or whatever protein is chosen. There’s no wrong choice at Bangkok Alley).

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1. City Silo Table + Pantry 2. Pho Binh 3. Raw Girls Beef? What’s that? Give me one of City Silo Table + Pantry’s Silo Burgers (based around black and kidney beans, green lentils, and quinoa) any day. Or perhaps the Beet Walnut Burger or even the Portobello Burger for our mushroomminded friends. City Silo’s vegetarian and vegan takes on staple dishes show that you don’t have to compromise on flavor.

BEST VIETNAMESE

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1. Pho Binh 2. Pho Saigon 3. Lotus It used to be a ritual to put on my snorkel and goggles and dive headfirst into Pho Binh’s lunch buffet. Lemongrass tofu! Low-key some of the best fried chicken in town! Egg rolls! So many choices, so little time, so ‘twas best to just pile that plate up high and hope for the best. The buffet may be no more, but everything that made Pho Binh a primetime lunch spot is still there, ready for hungry Memphians.

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1. Soul Fish Cafe 2. Cupboard TIE 3. Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe Patrick’s Pescatarians can go to town at Soul Fish. They can order salmon, trout, and catfish dinners. But Soul Fish also sells barbecue, hot wings, and tacos, among other items. And guppies have their own menu list, which includes chicken tenders and PBJ sandwiches.

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BEST FRIED CHICKEN

BOM 1. Gus’s Fried Chicken 2. Jack Pirtle’s Chicken 3. Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken If you want to see for yourself why Gus’s made the No. 1 spot, drive by Gus’s on Front Street. People are waiting to get in. You have to drive slowly to watch out for hungry people rushing across the street to get in the door. Gus’s serves a pleasingly-spiced chicken. Pile it on your plate and you’ll probably eat every bit of it.

BEST PIZZA

1. Memphis Pizza Cafe 2. Aldo’s Pizza Pies 3. Little Italy When Memphians want a superb slice of pizza, they choose this namesake cafe. From barbecue chicken to the Hey Meat! pie to the s’mores dessert pizza, there’s something for everyone.

BEST SMOOTHIES/ JUICES

1. Raw Girls 2. Smoothie King 3. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Amy and Hannah Pickle have expanded their operation to two locations, and Memphis Flyer readers can’t get enough. Juice cleanses are their speciality.


BOM 1. Gibson’s Donuts 2. Howard’s Donuts 3. Midtown Donuts You know if you can get a maple bacon donut, you’ve found the right shop. Gibson’s sells those as well as 47 other flavors. It’s also a place to see and be seen. Depending on the hour, it’s the contemporary version of the malt shop, where teenagers jam into the place for their favorite circular treats.

BEST BAKERY

BOM 1. Muddy’s Bake Shop 2. Frost Bake Shop 3. La Baguette

BEST DESSERT SHOP 1. Muddy’s Bake Shop 2. Frost Bake Shop 3. Cheesecake Corner

BEST SPECIALITY TREAT SHOP

1. Muddy’s Bake Shop 2. Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy Company 3. Frost Bake Shop If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, you might want to take a trip to Muddy’s Bake Shop. Whether it’s a cookie, a cupcake, or a whole cake, Muddy’s has you

covered. Their treats are even better than grandma’s baked goods.

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BEST FOOD TRUCK

BEST DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT/BAR

1. Taco Nganas 2. El Mero Taco 3. Cousins Maine Lobster Did someone say Taco Tuesday? At Taco Nganas, every day is Taco Day. The tacos are authentic, tasty, and made fresh every time. As far as food on wheels goes, Taco Nganas is doing it right.

BEST SEAFOOD 1. Coastal Fish Company 2. Soul Fish Cafe 3. The Half Shell

BEST PATIO

1. Coastal Fish Company 2. Slider Inn 3. Railgarten

BEST DATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT

1. Coastal Fish Company 2. Folk’s Folly 3. Flight Lobster ravioli, shrimp and grits, and Chilean sea bass are just a few of the offerings at Coastal Fish Company. The fresh seafood is a winner, and the view of

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1. Loflin Yard 2. Railgarten 3. Slider Inn Loflin Yard is the best place to grab food and a drink with your four-legged friend. The spacious yard makes a great place for you and your dog to kick back and relax.

BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE-WATCHING

Tie 1. The Peabody Beale Street 2. Overton Square 3. Crosstown Concourse Memphis has some interesting characters, and there’s no better place to see them than at the Peabody or on Beale Street. Plop down in the lobby of the Peabody or take a stroll on Beale, and you’ll be sure to catch a glimpse of Memphis’ best.

BEST LOCAL BREWERY

BOM 1. Wiseacre Brewing Co. 2. Ghost River Brewing Co. 3. Crosstown Brewing Co. Memphis showed Wiseacre a ton of love this year. An extraordinary amount of votes for the brewery earned it the title in the category. They have beers for everyone: a Tiny Bomb Pilsner for, say, the craft curious; a Bow Echo Hazy IPA for, say, the trend-chaser; and endless seasonals (like the Tarasque saison) to keep beer nerds coming back for more.

BEST COFFEE ROASTER 1. Ugly Mug 2. French Truck Coffee 3. Otherlands

BEST LOCAL COFFEEHOUSE

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1. The Cheesecake Factory 2. The Beauty Shop 3. Paulette’s Restaurant It’s unclear if they actually have a factory out there on Germantown Parkway where those delicious cheesecakes are made, but it doesn’t matter to Flyer readers. They say The Cheesecake Factory has got the best restaurant desserts in Memphis.

1. Kelly English 2. Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman 3. Erling Jensen Kelly English is well-known for his restaurant ventures, including Fino’s from the Hill, The Second Line, Restaurant Iris, and the soon-to-open Panta. He’s also no slouch on social media. But it’s English’s well-regarded chef skills that have led him to be named the Best of Memphis.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

1. Torchy’s Tacos 2. Hen House Wine Bar 3. Salt|Soy Torchy’s Tacos has quickly become the new spot for tacos in a town that loves its tacos. Maybe it’s that great location,

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BEST WINE LIST

1. Flight 2. Knifebird Wine Bar 3. Folk’s Folly Flight has long been known for its extensive wine menu and its flights of wine and food pairings. This year was no exception, as Flyer readers named the Downtown dining mainstay’s wine selection the best in the city.

BEST FINE DINING/ NEW AMERICAN 1. Folk’s Folly 2. Coastal Fish Company TIE 3. Restaurant Iris Flight

BEST STEAK

BOM 1. Folk’s Folly 2. The Butcher Shop 3. Buckley’s Grill

BEST RESTAURANT

1. Folk’s Folly 2. Huey’s 3. Coastal Fish Company Folk’s Folly is a Memphis institution — dark and intimate, yet relaxing and fun. And they’re still serving those great steaks and the finest New American dining in town.


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NIGHTLIFE BEST BEER SELECTION (IN A BAR) 1. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 2. Young Avenue Deli TIE 3. Lucchesi’s Beer Garden The Casual Pint The Flying Saucer was pints deep in craft beer before craft beer was cool. Back in the day, the Downtown bar was one of the few places Memphians could get an IPA, dunkel, or hefeweizen. So much has changed since the bar opened in 1997. But, luckily, the Flying Saucer has not.

BEST COLLEGE HANGOUT

September 30-October 6, 2021

1. RP Tracks 2. Newby’s 3. Railgarten Between classes or on late nights out, RP Tracks has been the spot for college hangs for years. Hungry? Thirsty? Want to shoot a game of pool? Order some tofu nachos and a pint of Meddlesome and grab a cue.

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BEST AFTER-HOURS NIGHT SPOT 1. Paula Raiford’s Disco 2. Earnestine & Hazel’s 3. Alex’s Tavern

BEST NIGHTCLUB

1. Paula Raiford’s Disco 2. Lafayette’s Music Room 3. Atomic Rose There’s something magical about the smoke and lights in Paula Raiford’s Disco — it almost transports you to another time. There’s nothing like a night out dancing, and our readers concur Raiford’s is the place.

BEST CRAFT COCKTAILS

1. Alchemy 2. Old Dominick Distillery 3. The Cove

BEST HAPPY HOUR

1. Alchemy 2. Huey’s 3. Brookhaven Pub & Grill Alchemy is Memphis-famous for two things: hand-crafted cocktails and happy hour. It’s little surprise, then, that the C-Y hot spot took top honors in both categories this year. The cocktails are a study in the art of the unexpected. Consider the Good Ol’ Thyme with moonshine, banana, lemon juice, white wine, Topo Chico, and (you guessed it) thyme.

BEST BAR

1. Bardog Tavern TIE 2. Young Avenue Deli The Cove 3. Brookhaven Pub & Grill If you love bars, you love Bardog Tavern. There’s no gimmick, no schtick. They have killer food, a drink for every taste, and excellent service from folks who know and care about bars. If you’re looking for an authentic experience, Memphis knows you can’t go wrong at Bardog.

BEST GAY BAR 1. Dru’s Place 2. Atomic Rose 3. The Pumping Station

BEST KARAOKE

1. Dru’s Place 2. The Blue Monkey 3. TJ Mulligans Memphis might be crowned the best city for barbecue, but you’re just as likely to see a crown on a queen named Barbie Queued with a microphone at the winner for best gay bar and karaoke, Dru’s Place.

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BEST HOLE IN THE WALL

1. Earnestine & Hazel’s 2. Alex’s Tavern 3. The Cove Hole in the wall? More like soul in the wall — soul music, soul burgers, and lingering souls. Steeped in Memphis history from Abe Plough’s pharmaceutical start to namesake hairdresser cousins Earnestine and Hazel, this Memphis AF institution is the soul of the city.

BEST PLACE TO SEE STAND-UP COMEDY

1. Chuckles Comedy House 2. Hi Tone 3. Orpheum Theatre Y’all, Mo’Nique (yes, that one from The Parkers and The Mo’Nique Show) tore the house down at Chuckles over Labor Day weekend. That’s the caliber of talent the Cordova club books on the regular. Comedians coming soon have been featured on HBO, Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central, BET, and more.

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL

1. Young Avenue Deli 2. HighPocket’s 3. RP Tracks Memphis pool sharks — and newbies alike — prefer to rack up a game of eight-ball at Young Avenue Deli. With a massive selection of draft beers and a food menu to fuel the game, you can’t go wrong.


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1. Gold Club 2. The Pony 3. Purple Diamond She twerks hard for the money. Which is why Gold Club wins the Memphis Flyer readers’ gold medal for best strip club in this Olympic year. Our patriotic pride swells for the place where stars and strips are forever. Gold Club, you are the best of the breast.

BEST BARTENDER

1. Alex Moseley, Alchemy 2. Amy Richards, The Half Shell Mendenhall 3. Justin Hoffman, Atomic Rose Bartending is in Alex Moseley’s blood. Scroll his Instagram for proof. Not only are most of his photos taken behind several Memphis bars, his IG handle is @alexthealchemist901 and his bio reads, first and foremost, “I’m Alex. Creator of cocktails.”

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1. Wiseacre Brewing Co. Downtown 2. Hen House Wine Bar 3. Salt|Soy Wiseacre’s new taproom has become a must-see since it opened last year. The massive indoor space is full of air and light. The beer garden outside delightfully sprawls as a welcome urban oasis. It all comes with Wiseacre’s signatures of precision brewing, originality, and flat-out fun.

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1. Brookhaven Pub & Grill 2. Young Avenue Deli 3. Huey’s If you can’t make it to the ballpark, Brookhaven Pub & Grill is the next best thing. Dozens of flatscreens line nearly every available surface of the muchloved East Memphis establishment. No matter your sport or whether you like to watch from the bar or an outside patio, you’ll feel at home.

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BEST CASINO

1. Southland Casino Racing 2. Horseshoe Tunica 3. Gold Strike If you think Progressive Ultimate Texas Hold’em is a Frisbee lovefest in Austin, you’re not getting out enough. Southland has that and more: slots, a high-limit room, blackjack, craps, roulette, and carnival games like Three Card Poker and Mississippi Stud. And racing dogs singing, “Kill da Wabbit!”

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BOM 1. Memphis Zoo 2. Shelby Farms Park 3. Levitt Shell The Memphis Zoo is the finest way to break the spell of screens and reintroduce the family to the living world. The gorillas have no iPads; the pandas have no phones. The elephants content themselves with playing their trombones. In brilliantly designed habitats, see creatures living in harmony with their environment.

BEST FESTIVAL

BEST PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

1. Cooper-Young Festival 2. Beale Street Music Festival 3. World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Cooper-Young, named one of the “Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Association, is what makes this art and music festival unique. Beyond the arts and crafts, community groups, and three stages of music (two this year), you have the bucolic surroundings of Memphis’ largest historic district.

BOM 1. Orpheum Theatre 2. Levitt Shell 3. Playhouse on the Square Its curation of world-class productions, from Hamilton to Hadestown, makes this a beacon for theater lovers, but the Orpheum is about more than just theater. From genre-busting musicians like Black Violin to comedians like John Crist, artists revel in performing in this classic space. Its built-in acoustics and decor transport you to another realm.

BEST GALLERY

BEST LOCAL BAND

1. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 2. Memphis Botanic Garden 3. Crosstown Arts Since 1916, the Brooks Museum has been a beacon of the arts in the MidSouth — all the arts. With 29 galleries, two art classrooms, a print study room, a research library, and a state-of-the-art auditorium, it favors the visual arts, but don’t miss offerings like Iris Orchestra’s chamber music series.

1. North Mississippi Allstars 2. Lucero 3. Almost Famous Hailing from our sister state to the south, this blues-based group is beloved in Memphis. After their group DDT (with Paul Taylor), Luther and Cody Dickinson played Beale Street and the Antenna Club before hitting it big. They’ve never settled for one style, pursuing innovation with each new album.

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BEST LOCAL SINGER

1. Joyce Cobb 2. Amy LaVere 3. Marcella Simien Those who know Cobb’s voice as a WEVL DJ may not realize the heights to which her voice can soar, but she’s a stellar performer. Though she excels at jazz, her first single was a country song, and her self-penned “Dig the Gold” borders on Afrobeat funk. A singer truly beyond category.

BEST MUSEUM

1. National Civil Rights Museum 2. Children’s Museum of Memphis 3. Stax Museum of American Soul Music The National Civil Rights Museum is something Memphis can be proud of, evoking the troubled quagmire of race relations in this country even while offering hope that change is possible. There’s poetic justice in making the site of a tragedy such an inspiration, embodied in this year’s 30th Freedom Awards.

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BOM 1. Shelby Farms Outback 2. Overton Bark 3. Sea Isle Dog Park What makes Shelby Farms Park the Best of Memphis? Is it the 40 miles of trails, the Greenline, the fishing, the bison, the woodland and water playgrounds, the horseback riding, the dog park, or the zip line? Maybe it’s just the space — 4,500 acres of it. It’s the perfect place for humans and dogs alike to escape from the city’s concrete jungle.

BEST PLACE TO SEE LIVE MUSIC

1. Levitt Shell 2. Lafayette’s Music Room 3. FedExForum The Memphis Open Air Theatre, as it was known in 1936, is the crown jewel of both Roosevelt’s WPA and Memphis, hosting countless musical artists over the decades. The Levitt Shell has preserved both the structure and its inclusive mission, curating concerts, mostly free, with keen ears for all genres.

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1. Ja Morant 2. Penny Hardaway 3. Jerry Lawler Why did Ja Morant one day try to jump over 6’8” Kevin Love? “He was in the way,” said Morant. The young point guard is already a superstar, and Grizzlies fans should expect to enjoy his explosive performances for years to come. With Morant at the helm, the sky’s the limit for the growing Grizz team.

BEST SPORTS TEAM

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1. Memphis Grizzlies 2. Memphis Tigers Basketball 3. Memphis Tigers Football Has any sports team ingrained itself into the fabric of its community as much as the Grizzlies have? Grit ’n’ grind is a way of life here, and the Grizzlies remain a beacon for anyone in Memphis looking to band together, have a good time, and surge our team and city forward.

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BEST LOCAL PODCAST

1. Rise & Grind 2. Drake Hall Memphis 3. The Gary Parrish Show It’s only been a year, but Grind City Media-produced Rise & Grind hosts Jessica Benson and Meghan Triplett have already placed themselves at the forefront of Memphis podcasting with their fresh take on what a morning sports show can be. Whether it’s sports, pop culture, Memphis mayhem, or anything entertainment, it’s fair game.

BEST LOCAL INSTAGRAM

1. Choose901 (@choose901) 2. Holly Whitfield (@ilovememphisblog) TIE 3. MemphisAsF_ck (@memphisasf_ck) Sir Meatball and Milkshake (@sir.meatball) The ’gram with the glam is Choose901. Memphis is one fine-looking city, and Choose901’s Instagram is primed to prove it. From the glowing neon Kellogg’s sign to the Mighty Lights of Hernando DeSoto Bridge, from the sunflowers in bloom at the Agricenter to sunset on the Mississippi, Choose901 packs a pretty picture punch.

BEST NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST 1. Geoff Calkins 2. Otis Sanford 3. Michael Donahue

BEST WRITTEN REPORTER

1. Geoff Calkins 2. Jennifer Biggs 3. Otis Sanford Geoff Calkins is a favorite, a repeat winner in these categories, and it’s no wonder why. The Associated Press sports editors have named Calkins the best sports columnist in the country five times, so it’s no surprise our readers think he’s the best in Memphis.

BEST BROADCAST REPORTER 1. Joe Birch 2. Kontji Anthony 3. Joyce Peterson

BEST TV NEWS ANCHOR

1. Joe Birch 2. Kontji Anthony 3. Joyce Peterson The Best TV News Anchor award really should be called the Joe Birch Award. Joe can’t help but take home the top prize in this category year after year. It must be because Memphians trust him, and in the news, trust matters.

BEST RADIO PERSONALITY

1. Ron Olson 2. Drake Hall 3. Gary Parrish Ron Olson is a Memphis native and 25-year veteran of morning radio, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or 25 about Memphis and what Memphians want to hear. And our readers love him for it.

BEST LOCAL RADIO SHOW

1. Ron and Karen Morning Show 2. The Gary Parrish Show 3. Drake Hall Memphis Ron Olson and Karen Perrin are Memphians’ favorite radio hosts to wake up to. Whether they’re keeping listeners company on their morning commute or while they’re drinking coffee on the porch, Ron and Karen are a dynamic daytime radio duo.

BEST SPORTS RADIO

1. ESPN 92.9 2. Grind City Media 3. Sports 56 Tigers and Grizzlies, oh my! It’s not a frightening forest in the land of Oz — it’s Memphians’ go-to choice for sports radio, ESPN 92.9. Crank the radio dial over to 92.9 and settle in to root, root, root for the home team.

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BEST RADIO STATION

1. WEVL 2. 98.1 The Max 3. WKNO FM How many radio stations feature soul music, blues, Hawaiian slack-key guitar, noise rock, new wave, classic country, and more (so much more)? Not many. That’s why, year after year, our readers choose listener-supported WEVL as the best radio station in Memphis. Rock on, WEVL.

BEST TV SPORTSCASTER

BOM 1. Jarvis Greer 2. Jessica Benson 3. Pete Pranica With a winning smile and more than 40 years on the job, Jarvis Greer is the BOM. Our readers agree that when the game is on, his is the voice they want calling it. Congratulations on the big win (again!), Jarvis!

BEST TV WEATHERPERSON

BOM 1. Chelsea Chandler 2. Ron Childers 3. Brittney Bryant Morning and midday meteorologist, traffic reporter, and raccoon enthusiast (Don’t believe me? Check her Twitter.), is there anything Chelsea Chandler can’t do? When the weather’s wilding out, Chelsea is the weatherperson Memphians trust.


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BEST ANTIQUES STORE

1. Sheffield Antiques Mall 2. Palladio Home & Garden 3. Antique Warehouse Mall You’re gonna need a bigger shopping cart. Sheffield is a big deal with more than 300 dealers spread out over 78,000 square feet and packed with antiques, collectibles, jewelry, lighting, floral arrangements, and decorative accessories. Plus the outside patio has all your garden irons, statuary, and outdoor furnishings.

BEST GIFT SHOP

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1. Maggie’s Pharm 2. Babcock Gifts 3. Cotton Row Uniques This cute little Midtown shop has something for everyone — customizable fragrances, toiletries, coffee, tea, herbs, and a variety of novelty gifts just scratch the surface. Memphis loves Maggie’s!

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1. IKEA 2. Palladio Home & Garden 3. Cotton Row Uniques As good Americans, we all demand our freedom of assembly, and nowhere is that more available than at IKEA, even though it’s Swedish. Not only is it a favorite place to get stuff for your house, but it’s highly interactive (you put it together yourself). Also: meatballs.

BEST BEER SELECTION (IN A STORE)

1. Buster’s Liquors & Wines 2. Cash Saver 3. Joe’s Wines & Liquor

BEST LIQUOR STORE

1. Buster’s Liquors & Wines 2. Joe’s Wines & Liquor TIE 3. Yorkshire Liquors Kirby Wines & Liquors Even though its renovation was complete in 2015, walking into the “new” Buster’s still strikes that “ahhh” chord of a heavenly choir. Acres (it seems) of beer, wine, spirits — and everything that goes with them — are all right at your fingertips, and the possibilities seem endless.

BEST LOCAL ATHLETIC GOODS STORE

1. Outdoors Inc. 2. Fleet Feet 3. Breakaway Running Outdoors Inc. sets the standard for outdoor clothing, outdoor gear and equipment, and outdoor shoes and sandals. For everything from canoes to tents to fleece jackets, they’ve got you covered.

BEST BICYCLE SHOP

1. Victory Bicycle Studio 2. Outdoors Inc. 3. All About Bikes Flyer readers have declared victory for Victory Bicycle Studio when it comes to two-wheeled transportation. Whether it’s road bikes, mountain bikes, tri-bikes, or gravel bikes, Victory has got you covered. And check out their spinning classes if you prefer to bike indoors.

BEST BOOKSTORE

1. Novel. 2. Burke’s Book Store 3. Barnes & Noble They’ve changed names and locations over the years, and customers remained faithful. But you know a bookstore is really special when rumors — and eventually the sad news — swept over the city that it would close. That was a few years ago, a new ownership group took over, and our readers come to Novel to, well, read. What a novel concept!

BEST BUTCHER

BOM 1. Charlie’s Meat Market 2. The Fresh Market 3. Thomas Meat & Seafood Market Charlie is no longer behind the counter of the little butcher shop he opened on Summer Avenue in 1967, but the second generation of the Hogan family has once again been voted the No. 1 place for any cut of meat you could ever want.

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BEST CREATIVE AGENCY

1. Sauce Marketing 2. Archer Malmo 3. Ray Rico Freelance “Every business needs some flavor,” say the principles of Sauce Marketing. For a few years, this women-owned full-service agency — which first opened in founder Kim Hummel’s Bartlett garage — has been voted the city’s top creative agency by our readers, who obviously enjoy the taste of what’s cooking there.

BEST EVENT RENTAL VENUE

1. Memphis Zoo 2. FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms 3. Crosstown Concourse Memphians have a wide selection of places that can hold a small business meeting or conventions. They all offer first-rate services, wonderful catering, and ultra-modern facilities. But what makes the Memphis Zoo our readers’ top choice is something no other place offers — a unique environment, surrounded by lions, tigers, bears, oh my!

BEST FARMERS MARKET

1. Agricenter Farmer’s Market 2. Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market 3. Memphis Farmers Market When Memphians look for fresh produce, dairy, and meat sourced from local and regional farmers, they choose the long-running Agricenter Farmer’s Market, open six days a week during market season.

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BEST LAW FIRM

1. Ballin, Ballin & Fishman 2. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz 3. Burch, Porter & Johnson The case to be made for Ballin, Ballin & Fishman is the firm’s results in pursuing criminal defense, personal injury, and business and commercial litigation. If you need zealous representation for a legal issue, the attorneys at BBF are ready to bring it on.

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BEST FLORIST

1. Pugh’s Flowers 2. Holliday Flowers & Events 3. Garden District I like tulips in the garden. I like tulips of many hues. But my favorite tulips are the tulips I get from Pugh’s (and roses, mums, daisies, and more). You can’t have any flowers from the Best of Memphis florist if you haven’t botany.

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1. Dan West Garden Center 2. Midtown Nursery 3. Urban Earth Dan West is the BOM diggity according to Memphis Flyer readers. In fact, you dig and Dan West Garden Center will have plants, flowers, and shrubs to fill the hole. You will also find the best bows, ribbons, wreaths, ornaments, and trees at the Christmas Shop. Fir real.

BEST GOLF COURSE

1. TPC Southwind 2. Windyke Country Club 3. Mirimichi Golf Course The golf course where the pros play in the FedEx St. Jude TPC is also the course Flyer readers have named the best in town. Which seems logical. If it’s good enough for Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Bubba Watson, it’s not surprising it’s been named the best in Memphis.

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Shops of Saddle Creek

1. Coco & Lola’s 2. Trousseau 3. A Fitting Place If you find that your cup is half full or half empty, maybe you need a cupless bustier. You can get one at Coco & Lola’s, Best of Memphis winning lingerie shop. Shop teddies, camisoles, and garters. We recommend them in lace — it is knottier.

BEST GROCERY STORE

1. Trader Joe’s 2. Kroger 3. Fresh Market He’s no average Joe, Trader Joe. He’s traveled the globe to find the best groceries so you don’t have to. But you already know that. From gluten-free to vegan cheese, olive us Memphians think you are just souper.

BEST SHOPPING CENTER

1. Shops of Saddle Creek 2. Laurelwood Shopping Center 3. Carriage Crossing PSA — you might not be able to buy a saddle or see a creek at the Shops of Saddle Creek. What you can get is just about anything else. Trendy and iconic shops in a central location with curving lines, archways, and fountains wins this shopping center bragging rights as the best in Memphis.

BEST HOTEL

1. The Peabody 2. Central Station Hotel 3. The Memphian The Peabody has their ducks in a row. From cheese and quackers at Chez Philippe to the light touch of Feathers Spa, Memphis finds that the South’s grand hotel fits the bill. Memphians voted this Best of Memphis hotel quite ducky.

BEST LOCAL BANK OR CREDIT UNION

BOM 1. Orion Federal Credit Union 2. First Horizon Bank 3. First South Financial Credit Union Orion not only gets it right when it comes to handling your money, it offers solid customer service as well as community involvement, including a love for the arts.

BEST LOCAL FINE JEWELRY STORE

1. Mednikow Jewelers 2. Sissy’s Log Cabin 3. Ed Harris Jewelry Mednikow Jewelers has been familyowned since 1891, which means they take a personal interest in helping you find something timeless, elegant, and beautiful. The vast selection and international reputation guarantee that you’ll sparkle.

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BEST REGIONAL COLLEGE

BOM 1. University of Memphis 2. Rhodes College 3. Christian Brothers University The Tigers have a good reason to roar. Don’t just take our word for it. U.S. News & World Report ranks U of M #258 in its 2021 ranking of “Best National Colleges and Universities,” #98 in its list of “Top Performers in Social Mobility,” and here’s the kicker — #98 in “Top Public Schools.” And the football and basketball teams are pretty darned good, too.

BEST PLACE TO GET VINTAGE/USED CLOTHING

1. Goodwill 2. Flashback 3. Plato’s Closet We remember when the various Goodwill outlets offered piles of donated clothes and cast-offs, and they’ve really made an effort to improve their quantity

— and quality. Looking for something at a good price to wear to work, a party, or even the prom? You might find it here. Even if you don’t, it’s fun to look around.

BEST LOCAL STORE , FOR MEN S CLOTHING 1. Oak Hall 2. James Davis 3. Lansky Bros. The name itself — Oak Hall — conveys a certain high-level quality, don’t you think? And that’s what you’ll find here. Whether going to a casual garden party or the finest gala, this store, in business since 1859, will dress you in style. First-rate service and the city’s top tailors ensure anyone can look their best.

BEST LOCAL STORE FOR SHOES

1. Kaufman Shoes 2. Oak Hall 3. Joseph We don’t care if, just the day before, you bought the best shoes you ever owned, and you came to Kaufman just to “look around.” You’ll walk out with a new pair of shoes, boots, flats, sandals, or whatever can fit on your feet. This family-owned business, a Memphis institution since 1947, offers comfort, style, selection, and great prices.

BEST LOCAL ,STORE FOR WOMEN S CLOTHING

1. Indigo 2. The Pink Door 3. Oak Hall Did you know that Indigo is one of the largest denim retailers in the South? Memphis thinks they’re jeanious. Voted by Flyer readers as the BOM, purse-shoe your fashion dreams at Indigo, the best local store for women’s clothing.

BEST MUSIC EQUIPMENT STORE

1. Amro Music 2. Yarbrough’s Music 3. Memphis Drum Shop What’s the simplest musical instrument you can think of — a triangle, maybe? Amro has those. What’s the largest — a grand piano comes to mind, or a standup bass? Amro has those, too. Look, if you suddenly decide to create your own orchestra, Amro is the one-stop shop for everything you could possibly need.

BEST PET BOARDING/ DAY CARE 1. BrownDog Lodge 2. Camp Bow Wow 3. Walnut Grove Animal Clinic BrownDog Lodge is like the Ritz Carlton for dogs. They offer lodging, grooming, and day care so dogs can play, get pampered, and relax all in one place.

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BEST PET STORE

BOM 1. Hollywood Feed 2. Petco 3. PetSmart Whether you need a toy for your puppy or food for your goldfish, Hollywood Feed has it all. The friendly staff will help you find everything you need for your animal companions.

BEST VET

1. Walnut Grove Animal Clinic 2. The Pet Hospitals 3. McGehee Clinic for Animals The Walnut Grove Animal Clinic is the best place in the city to go if your pet is ailing. The professional, friendly staff knows what they are doing and will have your pet feeling better in no time.

BEST REALTOR

1. Julie Upchurch, McWaters & Associates Realtors 2. Todd Adams, Keller Williams Realty 3. Ashley Onsby, MidSouth Residential There’s one thing everyone agrees on: Memphis’ real estate market is absolutely nuts right now. Our readers trust Upchurch to help them navigate the ups and downs of finding a new home, and getting the biggest return from their old one.

BEST HOME REMODELING SERVICE

1. Two Broke Bartenders 2. Bluff City Exteriors 3. Salvaggio Group Last year, Two Broke Bartenders was cobbled together to provide new career paths for workers thrown out of the restaurant and hospitality industry by the Covid pandemic. Today, they’re the most-trusted hammer-swingers in the business.

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BEST RECORD STORE 1. Goner Records 2. Shangri-La Records 3. Oxbeau It’s a record store, a recording label, a music festival, and now a streamer. Zac Ives and Eric Friedl’s Memphis institution shows no signs of slowing down.

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BEST TATTOO ARTIST

1. Jordan Epperson, Bluff City Tattoo TIE 2. Vanessa Waites, Underground Art Ben Reese, No Regrets Tattoo Emporium 3. Jason Owens, No Regrets Tattoo Emporium You want to start an argument in Midtown? Ask who’s the best tattoo artist in the city. This year, Jordan Epperson’s fans rallied for his clean lines and subtle color sense.

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BEST TOBACCO/ CIGAR SHOP

1. Whatever Shop 2. Tinder Box 3. Wizard’s With three locations and a laid-back attitude, this little shop is a Flyer fave. You can find whatever you need to smoke, whatever smoke you smoke, at Whatever.

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1. No Regrets Tattoo Emporium 2. Underground Art 3. Bluff City Tattoo You need to trust the place where you get tattooed. Memphis Flyer readers trust the all-star artist lineup at No Regrets to live up their name.

BEST ALTERNATIVE SMOKE SHOP 1. Whatever Shop 2. Wizard’s 3. Ounce Of Hope

1. CarMax 2. City Auto 3. Jim Keras With two stores in the area, CarMax can find you just about any wheels you need. It’s known for its no-haggle policy and is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars. And that’s why customers keep coming back.

BEST AUTO REPAIR

1. Gateway Tire & Service Center 2. Christian Brothers Automotive 3. Steve’s Tire and Auto There are more than a dozen Gateway centers to take care of not only tires but oil changes, brakes, alignments, and all sorts of automotive fixes. Its reliable service will keep you rolling.

BEST NEW CAR DEALERSHIP

1. Jim Keras Subaru 2. Lexus of Memphis 3. Wolfchase Honda The dealership has won awards for taking care of business because it’s not just about moving vehicles, but about treating the customer — and the community — just right. They care, and they’ll sell you a great new car.

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1. Ounce of Hope 2. Whatever Shop 3. Metro Hemp Supply Company Feeling stressed? Sure, we all are. Visit Memphis’ homegrown CBD store for all the latest cannabinoids to help melt that stress away. Flower, gummies, brownies, crunchy treats — you name it, Ounce of Hope makes it.

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1. Gould’s Salon Spa 2. Germantown Day Spa 3. La Bella Skin Bar

BEST PLACE TO GET A FACIAL

1. Gould’s Salon Spa 2. Germantown Day Spa 3. La Bella Skin Bar When every week seems to last longer than the last, it might be time for some me-time at Gould’s Salon Spa, our readers’ top spot for relaxation. Plus, their facial is sure to leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

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1. The Kee Barber 2. 1776 Men’s Grooming Parlor 3. High Point Barber Shop If Memphis is all about the mane, then Kee will make yours look splendid, whether you need a first-rate haircut, a sharp shave, some beard-and-’stache work, or even gray blending. Bonus: Great conversation included.

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BEST HAIR STYLIST

1. Jessica Brittingham, Verseau Hair Studio 2. Morgan Myers, Verseau Hair Studio 3. Pamela Arcega, Cosmic Blonde What do you want in your hair stylist? Someone who’s talented? Knowledgeable? Honest? Well, Jessica Brittingham at Verseau Hair Studio checks all those boxes, so it’s no wonder that she’s been voted the best hair stylist in Memphis. continued on page 36


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BEST NAIL SALON

1. Nail Bar & Co. 2. Gloss Nail Bar 3. Envy Nail Bar Nails are perhaps the hardest canvas for any artist to master, but the technicians at Nail Bar & Co. have mastered the craft. Their nail art belongs in a gallery.

BEST HEALTH/ FITNESS CLUB

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1. Kroc Center 2. YMCA 3. Germantown Athletic Club When it comes to fitness, Kroc Center is Memphis’ top pick for all fitness levels. The helpful staff makes sure to care for the mind as well as the body. With topnotch equipment, personal training, and group fitness classes, there’s something for everyone.

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BEST PLACE TO GET WAXED

1. European Wax Center 2. Brazilian Wax by Andreia 3. Gould’s Salon Spa Let’s face it: Waxing isn’t the most pleasant experience; it always comes with just a little bit of pain. But the staff at European Wax Center is sure to put you at ease. Their friendly and welcoming attitudes and high quality of care will get you through those brief moments when you want to scream.

BEST SPECIALITY FITNESS STUDIO

1. HOTWORX 2. Pure Barre 3. Delta Groove Yoga If you’re looking to jazz up your fitness routine, our readers have the place for you. At HOTWORX, you get to exercise in a heated studio. Infrared heat penetrates the skin, making you sweat like crazy and leaving you exceptionally satisfied after your workout.

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BEST SPECIALITY MEDICAL SERVICES

1. Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics 2. ZüpMed 3. Memphis Dermatology Clinic Whether you have an ache in your shoulder, your knee, your foot, or your neck, Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics has your back. Our readers can attest to the clinic’s attentive, compassionate, and respectful care.

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BEST MEDICAL AESTHETIC SPA

1. Germantown Day Spa 2. Gould’s Salon Spa 3. Eden Spa and Laser Clear, beautiful skin is the dream, and, well, at Germantown Day Spa that dream can come true. You will leave with rejuvenated skin, floating on cloud nine.


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Sure, Memphis has an overabundance of the supernatural — ghosts, lost souls, and tall tales. But tell me where you can see some magic and learn some magic history in a seriously magical place. I’ll tell you where. The WoodruffFontaine House Museum. Yeah, the house not only has ghosts (hello, Mollie Woodruff ), it has its very own resident magician, Jeffrey Day. I recently attended Day’s magic performance called The Mesmerist. Not only did he perform magic, he went through the history of Victorian magic. I attended with family members from 10 to 77 years old. We all loved it. My 10-year-old niece almost didn’t get to attend though. When I asked her to get her mom’s permission to see a Victorian magic show, she said that her mom told her it wasn’t age-appropriate. I said, “What did you ask her?” She apparently asked if she could go to a Victoria’s Secret show. Once that was straightened out, a magically good time was had by all. — Julie Ray

When the National Civil Rights Museum talks about their “continuation of the struggles,” it’s not just empty rhetoric. Their Freedom Awards are as relevant as ever today. On October 14th, awardees Michelle Obama and the Poor People’s Campaign led by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will be recognized in a virtual ceremony hosted by Lamman Rucker. — Alex Greene

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BEST EXIT Steam said it best: “Na Na Na Na Hey Hey-ey! Goodbye!” Nathan Bedford Forrest, disgraced Confederate general, slave trader, and a founder of the Ku Klux Klan, hit the road this summer, never to return. That awful equestrian statue of him in Health Sciences Park is gone (and so are the bodies of Forrest and his wife). That awful bust of him in the Tennessee State Capitol is gone, too. Good riddance. Now, let’s get rid of the racist underpinnings that kept them up for so long. Vote. — Toby Sells

BEST ENTRANCE Ida B. Wells, the fearless investigative journalist who worked for civil rights, finally got a proper spot in Memphis. A new statue of Wells stands in a plaza named in her honor on the corner of Fourth and Beale. She fought against lynching and for voting rights, even after a mob ransacked her Memphis office. Wells was a total Memphis badass. She deserves a statue, and her deeds deserve remembering. — TS

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When it comes to outdoor venues, Railgarten is always on the right track.

BEST PRIVATE VENUE MAKING MEMPHIS MUSIC SAFE When Railgarten opened, it seemed like a novelty. Volleyball with your music? Why not? Now, with outdoor venues exponentially safer than any other, the open-air stage down by the tracks deserves a shout-out for rising to the occasion in this pandemic. Not only have they kept music safe, they’ve kept it local with their five-day 901 Fest. — AG

BEST REASON TO GET LIT As in literature. Who do you take me for? The Bluff City’s readers were blessed with a plethora of books by locals and former locals. Valerie June Hockett’s first poetry anthology hit shelves this spring, and Rhodes professor Caki continued on page 40

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“Batmane” — that was it. That was the tweet. What would be different about Batman if he were from your city, Peter Lucier asked. Some MEMernet warriors talked about Shoney’s and barbecue, about a Batmobile that couldn’t handle snow, but the winning tweet had to be chef Kelly English’s “Batmane.” — Jesse Davis

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Wilkinson’s The Survival Expo brought even more poet power. Former MLK50 managing editor Deborah D. Douglas takes the reader to important sites all over the American South (including Memphis, of course) in a magnificent guide to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. Rhodes College alum Mary McCoy released Indestructible Object. Former Opera Memphis director of production and stage manager Erin A. Craig released Small Favors. To top it all off, four Memphians were featured in Marvel’s Black Panther prose anthology Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda. The collection was edited by Memphis-born Jesse J. Holland and features stories by Holland, Sheree Renée Thomas, Danian Darrell Jerry, and Troy L. Wiggins. And the year’s not even over. So what are you waiting for? Go get some Memphis lit. — JD

BEST SMACKDOWN OF AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL TENNESSEE LAW BY A FEDERAL JUDGE I honestly can’t choose. It’s a tie. In early September, federal Judge Sheryl Lipman issued a temporary restraining order against Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 84, which allowed parents to opt their children out of mask mandates issued by school districts, such as Shelby County Schools. A week later, a federal appeals court

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Kids blossom and flourish thanks to Carpenter Art Garden. upheld a lower court’s decision to block a Tennessee abortion ban that was signed into law last year. Judge Martha Daughtrey wrote that the provisions of the law are “constitutionally unsound.” Look, I wish Tennessee lawmakers would stop writing unconstitutional laws attempting to overturn local mandates or police women’s bodies, but until we kick that particularly loathsome legislative habit, I’ll settle for celebrating the laws getting struck down. — JD

BEST ART GARDEN The Carpenter Art Garden works with the kids in Binghampton to get them involved in arts, educational, and vocational programs. There’s a garden, yes, but so much more, including spaces for learning everything from cooking to computers to bicycles. The ongoing mission is to develop citizens and leaders while letting the neighborhood blossom. It’s all about what a caring community should be. Plus you can get fresh organic produce! — Jon W. Sparks

BEST BOTCHED COVID RESPONSE All that stuff Governor Bill Lee has done over the last 19 months. — TS


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The Byhalia Connection Pipeline would probably be in construction mode right now if not for the courageous and consistent efforts by local activists. Memphis Community Against the Pipeline kept the issue hot with a series of rallies. Protect Our Aquifer kept the issue correct, providing much of the underlying scientific information. Armed with passion and their voices, these groups and more helped change minds of city and county leaders. Ultimately, the companies behind the project gave up. — TS

BEST FREAK WINTER STORM In February, Memphis was hit with winter weather that set seven records here, including records for coldest afternoon highs and morning lows and several snowfall records. MLGW officials said the freezing temperatures froze and broke 89 water mains, causing the utility to issue a boil water advisory. Temperatures plummeted to singledigit levels. Water was shut off at more than 4,000 residences, vaccination was halted at several sites, and car-washing

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facilities were temporarily shut down. And there was snow and ice everywhere. That was this year. It seems like it was ages ago. Seriously, isn’t that completely bonkers? — JD

BEST URBAN WILDERNESS Memphis’ only state park has a lot going for it these days. T.O. Fuller was the first state park open for African Americans east of the Mississippi River. A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in the area initiated construction of the facilities in 1938. It was designated Shelby County Negro State Park in 1938 and was later changed to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, a prominent African-American educator. Several years ago, the state shut down the golf course on the land, and it has been reclaimed as a natural area with hills, lowlands, forests, and lots of wildlife, all connected by trails based on the former golf cart paths, making for great birding and hiking. Discover one of Memphis’ most well-kept secrets: a great natural getaway inside the city limits. — Bruce VanWyngarden

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Singer-songwriter Rachel Maxann

By Jesse Davis

Memphis is a beacon. It attracts artists from the world over, inviting them to make a home — and an album or film or other work of art — here. One such artist is Rachel Maxann, the Ohio-born singer-songwriter who will be performing, with her band, on a double bill with Alice Hasen this weekend at Crosstown Arts’ Green Room. Maxann first visited the Bluff City on a tour. “Memphis was one of my stops, and I fell in love with it,” she says. She adds that she thought it might make a nice place to make a home, though she didn’t expect to find herself back in the Bluff City so soon. “I was doing cruise ships when the pandemic happened. Then of course everything sort of went to a halt. … I actually would consider Memphis my first actual ‘home’ in a while,” the singer explains, saying that while she enjoyed the freedom and the friends she made while performing on a cruise ship, even before the pandemic made it a necessity, she had begun to long for a place to settle down. To paraphrase the late country songsmith Tom T. Hall, that’s how she got to Memphis. Now, with an ace group of Memphis musicians forming her band, Maxann is ready for her second performance at The Green Room — her first with a full group. Those performers are drummer Robb Aquadro, bassist Zach Riddick, and keyboardist/producer Doug Walker, and together they blend indie elements with what Maxann describes as “postmodern folklore.” “It’s becoming a very Memphis-made sound. It’s really exciting,” she says. That sound can be heard on the band’s recently released EP, Belonging to Forever. The EP’s “Goddess” is a stunning example, with haunting production and a soaring vocal performance from Maxann.

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Mario Gagliano channels the creativity of a musician in the kitchen. Food, p. 50

Is Memphis Animal Services hiding animals’ medical reports for a reason? Last Word, p. 55

VARIOUS DAYS & TIMES September 30th - October 6th Mid-South Fair Landers Center, 4560 Venture, Southaven, MS, Thurs.-Fri., Sept. 30-Oct.1, 4 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., Oct. 2-3, noon, $10 Featuring a petting zoo, fair food, rides, attractions, entertainment, contests, and more. The Secret Garden Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext., Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., and Sun., 2 p.m. through Oct. 10, $35 An orphan is sent from India to live in her distant family’s gloomy mansion on the English moor where she discovers magic and a secret garden.

Collierville Chamber Business Expo H.W. Cox Community Center, 444 W. Powell, Thurs., Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free Eat at local food trucks, shop local businesses, and support your local community at the largest business showcase in the Mid-South. Dark Match Comedy Meddlesome Brewing Company, 7750 Trinity, Thursday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., free Enjoy a local brew while being entertained by the comedy of Comma Comedians and some of the best comedians in the Mid-South.

Mighty Roots Music Festival Stovall Gin Company, 6436 Oakhurst Stovall, Clarksdale, MS, Fri.-Sat., October 1-2. $30-$65 Enjoy music in the soil that inspired Muddy Waters in Stovall, Mississippi. Marie and Rosetta Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper, opens Fri., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., continues Thurs.-Sun. through Oct. 24, $30 Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and a young protégée, Marie Knight, become one of the great duos in musical history.

Dixon Beer Garden The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park, Friday, Oct. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free Enjoy a variety of local brews, yard games, and more in a garden setting featuring live music by local artist Kiña del Mar. Ron White Horseshoe Casino, 1021 Casino Center, Tunica, MS, Friday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., $50 Stand-up comedian, actor, and author, best known as a charter member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, performs for one night only.


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Clowning Around

By Jesse Davis

“I am sitting in my car because the building next to my apartment is on fire,” Belinda Carroll tells me on a phone call in advance of her stop at Memphis’ The Comedy Junt this Friday. “The building is abandoned. Nobody’s hurt at all. It started last night, and I got home from a gig and saw all these fire trucks.” When she’s not sitting in her car watching fire trucks, Carroll spends time sitting in her car as it rides the roads between stops on her comedy tour. In fact, the Portland, Oregon-based performer will be bringing her Clown Car Album Tour to Memphis. “You have to come to my show. It’s a joke in my act, and I’m not going to explain it at all,” Carroll says when asked about the tour’s “Clown Car” name. She does hint though. “I’m bringing friends,” she says, noting that she’ll have some fellow comedians in tow for the tour. “We all like each other so far.” The tour is an 11-stop affair, with shows in Nashville, Atlanta, Memphis, and Huntsville, Alabama, on Pride Weekend. “I am a member of the alphabet, so I’m a member of the LGBTQ community,” Carroll says, noting that she’s the founder of the Portland Queer Comedy Festival. “I do smart comedy. I talk politics, I talk dating.” As if being a festival founder and comedian aren’t enough on the resumé, Carroll says she’s also a former blues singer, which is why she wanted to be sure to stop in Memphis. “I will be doing a little bit of singing in my act.” How’s that for a carload of talent? BELINDA CARROLL’S CLOWN CAR ALBUM TOUR, THE COMEDY JUNT, 4330 AMERICAN WAY, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 8-10 P.M., $15.

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The Soul Shockers Seen: Trans Visibility Community Day Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar, Sat., Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free with museum admission Explore “On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits by Mark Seliger” and take home an activity kit designed to raise the visibility of transgender people. Zootoberfest Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place, Sat., Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., continues weekends in Oct., $12 plus zoo admission Guests can purchase a commemorative stein and sip beer. Refill for $6.

Artist Meet and Greet for “In Time” 2021 Projects, 55 S. Main, Sat., Oct. 2, noon-3 p.m., free Exhibition of work by Kate Roberts and Brittney Bullock that explores each artists’ study of time through processes of labor, accumulation, consumption, filtration, and decay.

Community Garden Day in Orange Mound Orange Mound Community Garden, 2514 Park, Sun., Oct. 3, 9-11 a.m., free Volunteer for a community service opportunity, meet people, learn from expert gardeners, and reap the harvest from your labor.

Fright-tober Crosstown Concourse, 1300 Concourse, Sat., Oct. 2, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., every Sat. in Oct., free with registration Features kid-friendly matinee movies in the afternoon and adult-themed horror films in the evenings.

Come From Away The Orpheum, 203 S. Main, opens Tues., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., continues Tues.Sun. through Oct. 10., $25 - $125 The true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them.

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MUSIC By Alex Greene

Mempho Mingles Memphis Music with Megastars The festival brings hometown heroes and national acts alike to Memphis Botanic Garden.

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ith Memphis in May having canceled the 2021 Beale Street Music Festival entirely, back in those uncertain days of spring, concertgoers are thanking their stars that the city has a fall alternative. This Friday, the Mempho Music Festival launches its fourth iteration with a lineup that, true to form, mixes local luminaries with national acts. This year, it will be more convenient than ever, setting up shop in the Memphis Botanic Garden rather than Shelby Farms. Everyone is pinning their hopes on their favorites. One friend is focused on Austin’s Black Pumas, described by some as “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown”; another lights up at the thought of seeing Memphis native Julien Baker; still others are dead set on hearing the gritty, soulful stomp of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Mempho is sure to have all tastes covered, though there are markedly fewer hip-hop acts than ever relative to previous years, when such artists as Anderson .Paak, Nas, or Wu-Tang Clan were featured. Still, the diversity is impressive, and audience members can seamlessly see every artist on the bill. In addition to the Garden’s permanent Radians Amphitheater, a second stage will be set up. As one act performs, the next can set up in the other space, ready to hit it soon after the previous act’s finale. And then there’s the Incendia Dome, sponsored by Whatever, complete with pyrotechnics and DJs playing to wireless headsets issued to everyone who steps inside. Onlookers peeking in will see only a throng of dancers gyrating in complete silence. One thing is clear: With all due respect to co-headliners The Avett Brothers, the kings of this event are Widespread Panic, who cap off both the sold-out Friday and Saturday slates. Mike Smith, the festival’s head of production, who’s also worked for years as Widespread Panic’s production manager, says that’s not unusual, especially with everyone’s favorite jam band.

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“They almost never do just one night in a location,” he says. “They always play at least two nights everywhere they go. Usually three. Widespread Panic realizes that they’re creating music destinations for people, making it easier for ticket buyers who might say, ‘Hey, let’s go to Chicago for the weekend, or Memphis.’” Indeed, for Panic fans, the uniqueness of each performance makes multiple shows a real draw. “One of the things with Widespread Panic is, they never repeat a song night to night,” says Smith. “Their repertoire is so large that it may be three or four or five shows before you hear the same song repeated in a set list. And there are literally songs that they may not play for two or three years at a time. There are fans out there ‘chasing that song.’ They come to every show, just hoping that that’s the night their song is going to get played.” The band’s devoted following also brings a different demographic to bear on this year’s Mempho Festival. As Smith points out, “The Widespread Panic crowd is a very mobile crowd. If you look at our ticket sales, we’ve got a lot of people coming in from Georgia and the Carolinas. And a lot from Colorado. I think Denver’s one of our top three markets that tickets are sold in right now. Typically for any festival, you get some travelers, but this year, because of this lineup, we’re getting a lot more people from out of town.” That also helps bring a fresh audience to Memphisbased groups, always an important ingredient in the festival bearing the city’s name. “We always try to incorporate what we consider to be some of the local stars that we have to offer,” Smith notes. “Memphis has some of the best talent in the world playing in our backyard. That’s definitely one of the missions of Mempho, to introduce those talents to new people.” Mempho Music Festival takes place October 1st-3rd at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Gates open at 3 p.m. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required. Covid testing available on site. Visit memphofest.com for details.


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CALENDAR of EVENTS:

Sept. 30 - Oct. 6

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

“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

“Borders”

Exhibition of metal sculptures by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. Through Oct. 31. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

Claudia Keep

Exhibition of paintings. Through Nov. 6. TOPS GALLERY

“Enchanted Forest Fire”

Exhibition of new work by Pam Hassler and Jimpsie Ayres. Through Oct. 16. L ROSS GALLERY

“Genealogy”

Exhibition of watercolor paintings and films inspired by the patterns of blood, memory, and history. Free. Through Nov. 7. BYKRISKEYS.COM

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“Hindsight 2020”

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)

“Images of Africa Before & After the Middle Passage”

Exhibition of photography by Jeff

Create your own moving cartoons. $120. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 3:30-5 p.m.

Art Explorers: A Class for Mini-Makers

SLAVE HAVEN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM

Explore illustration, sculpture, and mixed media projects in this fun and interactive after-school class. $120. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 3:30-5 p.m.

“Indefinitely Wild”

Exhibition of work by Angi Cooper and Janet Weed Beaver. Through Sept. 30.

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Artist Meet and Greet for “In Time”

“Inside the Walt Disney Archives”

Exhibition of work by Kate Roberts and Brittney Bullock. Saturday, Oct. 2, noon-3 p.m.

Exhibition celebrating the legacy of The Walt Disney Company archives. Through Jan. 2.

Exhibition of work by Kate Roberts and Brittney Bullock. Through Oct. 15.

“Finding Place”

Animation for MiniMakers

ARROW CREATIVE

CLOUGH-HANSON GALLERY

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

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and Shaakira Edison. Ongoing.

GRACELAND EXHIBITION CENTER

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

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A reminder of human kindness after the events of 9/11, the Tony-nominated Come From Away opens this weekend at the Orpheum.

Exhibition of sculptures by Raina Belleau. Through Oct. 16.

“Escape to Water and Sky”

Send the date, time, place, cost, info, phone number, a brief description, and photos — two weeks in advance — to calendar@memphisflyer.com or P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS, ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS WILL APPEAR IN THE FLYER’S ONLINE CALENDAR ONLY.

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Boehm Collection Online Auction

“In Time”

Exhibition of original porcelain sculptures by Edward Marshall Boehm. Through Oct. 1.

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“Kaleidoscope”

Exhibition of work by The Artists Group of Memphis. Online viewing only. Friday, Oct. 1-Oct. 31. WKNO.ORG

“Light Is A Place”

Exhibition of 20 photographs by Huger Foote. Through Oct. 9. DAVID LUSK GALLERY

“Micro-Aesthetic”

Exhibition of microscopic images presented by Dr. Amir Hadadzadeh. Through Sept. 30. ART MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS (AMUM)

“Mona Hatoum: Misbah”

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. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART

“Mourning Memphis”

Hear the tales of the first families while viewing a beautiful Victorian mourning collection displayed and staged throughout the mansion. Through Oct. 31. WOODRUFF-FONTAINE HOUSE MUSEUM

New Art by Dr. Tom Gettelfinger

“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, photographs of Otis Redding, and Bob Abrahamian Collection. Through Dec. 31.

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

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CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

“On Christopher Street” Exhibition of portraits of transgender residents by Mark Seliger. Through Jan. 9. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART

“Painted Odyssey”

Exhibition of paintings by NJ Woods. Sunday, Oct. 3-Oct. 31. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

“Southern Landscapes”

Exhibition of works by Jim Henderson. Saturday, Oct. 2-Dec. 2.

“The Louisiana Project”

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

“The Southern Gothic Oracle”

Exhibition of paintings by Stacey Williams-Ng. Through Oct. 2. JAY ETKIN GALLERY

“The Yellowing”

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

Joy of Quilting Pop-Up Shop & Show

Exhibition of works by artist. Through Oct. 3.

Regional quilt artists will have available quilts in the show for sale. Through Sept. 30.

THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

WOMAN’S EXCHANGE OF MEMPHIS

“Yin & Yang: Duality of Structure and Expression”

Seen: Trans Visibility Community Day

Exhibition of installation, painting, film, and sculpture works by Emily C. Thomas. Through Oct. 31.

Exhibition of watercolors by Mary Anne McCraw and Howard Carman. Through Oct. 30. FRATELLI’S

Seeking painters to submit their work to a juried competition that highlights emerging contemporary artists. Through Oct. 31.

Explore the special exhibition “On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits by Mark Seliger” and take home an activity kit designed to raise the visibility of transgender people. Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART


CALENDAR: SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 6 Volunteer Weed Wrangle

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Volunteer to weed with garden staff. Friday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-noon.

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.

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN

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Novel at Home: Kerry F. Crawford and Leah C. Windsor with Jerri Green

Dark Match Comedy

Featuring the best comedians from around the Mid-South. Thursday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. MEDDLESOME BREWING COMPANY

Ron White

Irreverent comedy by Ron White. $50. Friday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. HORSESHOE CASINO TUNICA

Mid-South Maze

Features vintage and antique furniture pieces, collectibles, and home decor, as well as some sale pieces and clearance items available. Friday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.

Belinda Carroll’s Clown Car Comedy Tour

THE COMEDY JUNT

Collierville Chamber Business Expo

Fall Vintage Market

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Carroll, as seen on IFC and MTV, is bringing herself and all of her funny friends to amuse you. $15. Friday, Oct. 1, 8-10:30 p.m.

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KangaZoo Outback Experience

Meet one of Australia’s largest marsupials, the red kangaroo. Free. Through Oct. 31.

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Wacky Hollow

Features a life-sized board game for the whole family. Children are guided through the forest maze to uncover the identity of a mysterious prankster. Friday, Oct. 1-Nov. 28. THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MEMPHIS

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Christianee (pronounced Chris-tee-knee) Porter performs as her character Ms. Shirleen. $30. Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Community Garden Day in Orange Mound

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Uniting neighborhoods and cultures. Tuesday, Oct. 5. CTCMIDSOUTH.ORG

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Celebrate and share the accomplishments of local neighborhoods and what indigenous leaders are doing to make Memphis a great place. Thursday, Sept. 30, 5-10 p.m. LIBERTY BOWL STADIUM

Mempho Music Festival

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Enjoy 13 music acts over two days in Stovall, MS (four miles from Clarksdale, MS). $30, $65. Friday, Oct. 1-Oct. 2. MIGHTYROOTSMUSICFESTIVAL.COM

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Featuring fun events, silent auctions, raffles, and shopping. $10. Friday, Oct. 1-Oct. 3. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL

Ron “Tater Salad” White brings his comedic chops to Tunica’s Horseshoe Casino on October 1st.

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After We Fell

Romantic drama, based on novel of the same name. $15. Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.

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God’s Not Dead: We the People

Christian homeschooling families who are ordered to return their children to the public school testify in a congressional hearing. Also screening at Collierville Towne Cinema. $15. Monday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.

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Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Investigates the many ways that we alternately celebrate, conceal, and manipulate our own histories in an attempt to find spiritual resonance in our surroundings. $5. Thursday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. CROSSTOWN THEATER

Wine for Wishes

Charitable wine event for young professionals. Silent auction, live entertainment, and food. Friday, Oct. 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m. CADRE BUILDING

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Sample wine and spirits from national and international wineries while local bands play in the background, benefiting The Dorothy Day House. $60. Saturday, Oct. 2, 5-9 p.m. MISSISSIPPI RIVER PARK

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Day of the Dog

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In late April, the city of Memphis abruptly changed course and shut down access to records that show how the city-owned animal shelter treats the dogs and cats in its care. The map to reach this decision is familiar to those of us in the public records community and sobering to anyone who wants government to be open and accountable to its citizens. PHOTO: RANDOMELA | DREAMSTIME.COM It usually starts with a person inside government who doesn’t want particular information in the records to be revealed. Next is a call to someone in the government’s legal department and then another lawyer and another lawyer until a “case” can be made to withhold the records. It often does not matter if the reasoning undermines the public records law, which the Tennessee Supreme Court has said “serves a crucial role in promoting accountability in government through public oversight of governmental activities.” The result is that, bit by bit, the well-traveled path by some government lawyers feeds and breeds a culture of casual disregard for the transparency citizens deserve and expect. A citizen’s only real option in the face of this type of defense of government secrecy is to hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit to try to enforce a law that no one inside government will enforce. And, as those who follow this road know, most citizens just don’t have the time and cash. Here’s what happened in Memphis: A citizen, long involved with animal rescue groups in Memphis, asked for records related to a particular animal kept by Memphis Animal Services (MAS). These included medical records that would show the treatment of the animal by the city-owned shelter. But a few months earlier, the animal service’s director, Alexis Pugh, had asked the city’s legal department whether such medical records could be withheld. “MAS sometimes receives very broad requests for animal medical records from people who have no connection to the animals, so they are very interested in whether there is a statutory basis for withholding these records,” the city’s attorney wrote to the state’s Office of Open Records Counsel (OORC), an office created to help citizens and government understand the public records law. The city’s attorney was probing whether the state law that provides privacy for human medical records could also be understood to allow the city to deny access to animal medical records. Lee Pope, the attorney in the OORC, said, “[I]t does not make sense that the provisions [in state law] governing patient records would apply to animal patients,” but he ultimately deferred to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH), which licenses veterinarians and vet facilities. Paige Edwards, an attorney for the state health department, told the Memphis law department that animal medical records are not considered public records. As the state sees it, as confirmed in an email to me, no differentiation exists in the law between human and non-human patients when it comes to a patient’s privilege of confidentiality. If you didn’t catch that: Dogs and cats possess a right equal to humans to keep their medical records private. This was enough for the Memphis legal department, and MAS stopped fulfilling public records requests that would show medical treatment that its vets were giving (or not giving) to animals in its shelter. “Effective April 26, 2021, the TDOH in congruence with the OORC determined that animal medical records are exempt from disclosure,” the Memphis law department told the citizen in an e-mail. (Later, the law department said euthanasia records could be released.) For people concerned about such animals, this was a blow. Under a previous administration, the city-owned shelter was raided by the Sheriff ’s Department in an animal cruelty investigation. People were fired and criminal charges were filed. The city worked to turn things around, but now a new veil has been dropped to hide behind. Are animals receiving proper medical care? Are they getting pain medication? Or are they being left to suffer without it in cages until their euthanasia date or until someone adopts them? Is the medical diagnosis of some animals such that it would be more humane to euthanize rather than wait several days for a possible adoption? And, perhaps most importantly, why does MAS want to hide this information now, after all these years? MAS has a $4.45 million expenditure budget. In addition to city funding, it gets donations. Government officials often like to control the message about their programs, so they release information when they want and in the context they desire. The public records law operates differently. Citizens have the right to access information in public records, unfiltered. The public records law provides a check on what government officials say. Remarkably, despite the city’s new reasoning that animal medical records are just as secret as human medical records, the Memphis shelter still gives out medical information in mass emails to rescue groups, hoping to find someone to adopt sick animals. But if a person were to ask for animal medical records as a check on how the shelter treated animals, the city says it doesn’t have to release them. A record that documents how a city-owned agency treats a dog or cat in its custody is the type of public record that promotes accountability of government activities. Exploiting an imagined right of privacy of a dog is a twisted way to shield the government’s treatment of that dog. Deborah Fisher is executive director of Tennessee Coalition of Open Government.

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It’s been framed as an issue of animal privacy rights, but public records requests are a matter of government transparency.

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