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OUR 1506TH ISSUE 01.04.18 Information is power, but disinformation is also power. We’ve learned this the hard way over the past 18 months. Not so long ago, we read newspapers and watched the national television news to gain our information. We all got our information from what was meant to be one of the cornerstones of our democracy — the free press. That’s no longer the case. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media have changed everything. Facebook, in particular, has become a central focal point for information — and disinformation — distribution. And it’s how we — you and me and most everyone you know — built Facebook and made Mark Zuckerberg rich and powerful. He owes everything to us and the content we provide. That’s because Facebook needs “content” like a zombie needs brains. It survives and grows by providing a constant stream of information. When you go to your Facebook page, there’s always something new. And that’s because millions of people, here and around the globe, helpfully feed Facebook with fresh content. Sure, there are your vacation pictures and ubiquitous videos of frisky cats and cute goats, but much of that content consists of links to news articles and opinion pieces. The problem is that it’s all presented like a veggie platter at your office party — a news story from The Washington Post, a video from Alex Jones, a Breitbart “expose,” a Flyer editor’s column — it’s all just consumable content to Facebook, a way to keep you coming back for more. Content is king. But if content is king, those who present the content are the king-makers, the ultimate arbiters of what the public consumes as “news.” And what we’ve learned the hard way is that our new content distribution systems can be gamed. They can be gamed by Facebook algorithms that ensure you see ads that tempt you over and over to buy that pair of Timberlands you looked at on Zappos. com. And they can be gamed by bad actors who buy information about your interests and opinions and target you with content that shapes your worldview, that drives and reinforces your political disposition just as effectively as Zappo’s can shape your desire to buy those Timberlands. These days, the truth is just another product. It’s available, but it’s queued up in your Facebook feed next to all the other products: lies, disinformation, propaganda, huckster schemes, and cat videos. This is a dangerous and vulnerable situation for a democratic republic that relies on an informed public to set the course for its leaders. It’s exacerbated by the decline of the country’s traditional bastions of reliable information — its daily newspapers. With few exceptions, our great city newspapers have shrunk to shells of their former glory days; they have fewer reporters, fewer pages, and fewer subscribers. How many Harvey Weinsteins and Roy Moores are out there? If not for the New York Times and Washington Post, we wouldn’t have learned of either man’s sordid past. However flawed those newspapers are, they are essential to our democracy. Without the free press, propaganda becomes easier. Lies can be repeated without fear of rebuttal. Agendas that serve only to further empower the already powerful are easier to get away with. For example, polling tells us that 77 percent of Americans wanted net neutrality, but the powerful didn’t want it, so it went away. A great majority of Americans were opposed to the GOP tax plan, but we got it anyway, because the corporations who own Congress wanted it. Most Americans do not want to see the Affordable Care Act destroyed, but millions of Americans are about to lose health insurance or pay much higher N E WS & O P I N I O N premiums. The vast majority of AmeriTHE FLY-BY - 4 cans want stricter gun laws, but the NRA NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 5 doesn’t and the NRA controls Congress. POLITICS - 8 If we the people don’t control Congress, EDITORIAL - 10 we’ve lost our country. If the will of the VIEWPOINT - 11 people can be so easily ignored, the system COVER - “YOU’RE DOING IT is broken. I believe we’re at a tipping point, WRONG!” BY FLYER STAFF - 12 here on the precipice of 2018. Great crises MUSIC - 19 loom. The current situation — with a WE RECOMMEND - 20 president who appears to be mentally unfit AFTER DARK - 22 for the office and a Congressional majority CALENDAR - 24 that appears to have sold its soul for manBOOKS - 30 na — can’t be allowed to stand. We all need FOOD - 32 to seek the truth — and speak the truth to SPIRITS - 33 power. The future of our country lies in the FILM - 34 balance. Happy New Year. Saddle up. C L AS S I F I E D S - 36 Bruce VanWyngarden LAST WORD - 39 brucev@memphisflyer.com

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H O LY [E X P LETIVE]! Memphis provocateur Thaddeus Matthews caught a viral wave last week when a live, profanity-laden rant on Facebook shocked viewers and nonlocal media outlets like Raw Story, who were unaware of the longtime radio personality’s shock-jock history. Having reinvented himself as the foul-mouthed pastor of Naked Truth and Empowerment Ministries, Matthews made headlines for cursing out critics who don’t think it’s right for pastors to curse. Matthews response: “I’m the cussing pastor, while your motherf*ckin’ pastor ain’t doing a godd*mn thing.”

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Qualifying rounds began earlier this week for a brand new basketball team that will don the Memphis blues. But it’s unlikely you’ve ever heard any of the players’ names on ESPN. The Memphis Grizzlies are a founding team of a new league. But it’s unlikely any of those teams will ever meet face-to-face on the floor of FedExForum. The new league is for esports, or electronic sports — video games — and right now thousands of players from all over the world are vying to join 17 brand new basketball teams for the very first season of NBA 2K League. Anyone who grew up around video games knows NBA 2K. The game debuted in 1999 and looks like a real, live basketball game. The teams and players are real, too, down to the mascots and tattoos. In esports, teams compete live and, yes, people tune in to watch the games. The industry is expected to grow to $1.5 billion by 2020, and the esports audience was expected to reach 385 million by 2017. In Memphis, the Grizzlies have hired Lang Whitaker as the general manager of Grizz Gaming, the city’s new esports team. “As someone who has voraciously consumed both basketball and video games for my entire life, being the general manager of Grizz Gaming is, in many ways, the culmination of my life’s work,” said Whitaker. “I always told my mom that playing video games would one day pay off. Today is that day.”

To qualify for invitationonly try outs in February, players must win 50 games in NBA 2K18’s pro-am mode and fill out an online application by the end of January. The qualifier is open to anyone in the world who is 18 or older and has a copy of NBA 2K18 on either Xbox One or PS4. Players selected from the tryout will be drafted to league teams in March. Drafted players will get a “guaranteed, competitive salary,” according to the league’s website, benefits, and housing, meaning each player drafted for Grizz Gaming will be brought to Memphis for the season. Players will create their own player avatar, instead of playing as Marc Gasol, for example. Each game will feature two teams in five-on-five gameplay. The games will be broadcast, though “the league is currently in media rights discussions,” according to the NBA 2K League website. In a recent Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, the esports league’s managing director, Brendan Donohue, said salary figures have yet to be finalized, along with other details like quarter lengths, and on which console games will be played. “Grizz Gaming provides the Memphis Grizzlies organization and our partners with a new avenue to engage with a passionate and dedicated fan base through an esports team that reflects our culture and identity,” said Jason Wexler, Memphis Grizzlies president of business operations. NBA 2K league play tips off in May.


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MF: How will the UAC go disenfranchised. Our team is about contracting more local, here to understand what the minority, and women artists? barriers to applying might be for LK: There is an incredible artists and to removing them and breadth of talent and creativity opening up the process. in Memphis, but the crosssection of local artists who MF: What does the future of are actively working in public UAC look like? LK: This question is at the spaces gets much smaller. Some heart of the strategic planning calls to artists for city-funded process that we are undertaking projects will only be open to over the next several months, and local artists, but it’s going to take we look forward to sharing that more than that. in the summer. The board and We often see greater staff at UAC are committed to responses from local artists being a greater resource to artists on national calls quite simply and neighborhoods and pushing because there are more places for greater equity for artists and for those calls to be seen. art experiences in our city. We are having to develop We also remain focused on new marketing strategies to inserting Memphis into national share artist calls and leverage UrbanArts’ Lauren Kennedy dialogues around art and public partnerships and relationships to help spread the word. space and supporting creative Our team will also consistently provide workshop exchanges between artists working in different contexts and training opportunities to help artists navigate the and media. Memphis should not operate in a bubble, and submission process. we will continue exploring how to grow public art through For some artists, we recognize that we have to all the avenues available to us. See the full Q&A at memphisflyer.com rebuild trust and relationships where artists have felt

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A Useful Distraction The GOP establishment is using Trump for its own ends. As we begin 2018, President Donald Trump claims he is picking up speed after the late December passage of tax cut legislation. But the tax cut is even less popular than the president. And his approval rating is the lowest in history for any first-year president. The real problem is that tax cuts for the rich are not what candidate Trump promised his populist supporters. Trump said he was going to raise taxes on the rich and eliminate deductions that favored the investor class, while cutting taxes on the middle class. He also said he was going to end the carried interest deduction that allows hedge fund millionaires to pay at a lower tax rate than working-class Americans. The bill Trump signed does the exact opposite. It gives a big tax cut to the rich and allows the carried interest deduction to remain. Trump has distracted the nation with his clown show while the “too big to fail” crowd of corporate lobbyists, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Koch brothers passed a tax bill to make themselves even richer. This is a triumph for establishment Republicans. For most of 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan were ridiculed

on right-wing talk radio and conservative websites for not advancing the Trump agenda. The Republican Congress’s approval ratings sank lower than Trump’s. But in retrospect, it looks as if McConnell and Ryan never cared about their low ratings. They wanted the president to fill up the front pages with his attacks on them, as well as bluster, bullying, and scandal. It allowed them to work without the glare of public scrutiny for a rushed tax bill that gives small, temporary breaks to Trump’s “forgotten” working people while the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers get 83 percent of the benefit. Establishment Republicans also let Trump have the spotlight while working in the dark to advance three other long-held agenda items. Firstly, allowing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve; secondly, repealing the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act; and thirdly, pushing poorly qualified but pro-business and anti-regulation judges onto federal courts. Establishment Republicans plan to use Trump as a distraction once again in 2018. While Trump is caught up battling the special counsel probe into alleged collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia, McConnell and Ryan plan to cut federal

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POLITICS Democrats need a net gain of 24 House seats to wrest back control. Twenty-three districts currently represented by GOP congressmen voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Seven of them are in deep-blue California. When control of the House flipped from Democrats to Republicans in 1994, the GOP picked up 54 seats. In 2006, the Democrats won control of the House by picking up 31 seats. In 2010, control switched again with the GOP netting 63 seats. The GOP has something of a “red wall” in the House through years of gerrymandered districts by Republican governors and state legislatures. But as the 2016 election proved with Hillary Clinton’s fabled “blue wall” in the electoral college, walls work great — until they are breached.

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One of the most underreported stories of 2017 was the failure of Republicans to recruit top-tier candidates with name recognition and fundraising prowess to run for these seats. Democrats are growing in confidence as they see the second and third-rate Republican contenders. And Democrats need a confidence boost. They are defending an unenviable 26 Senate seats — one more than expected, because there will be a special election in Minnesota as a result of Senator Al Franken’s resignation — while the GOP is defending only eight. Trump gave his conservative supporters heartburn earlier this year when he struck a temporary spending deal with Congressional Democrats. It is good that Trump appears to get along so well with “Chuck and Nancy” — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The smart money says he will be spending a lot more time with them when they are Senate Majority Leader and Speaker this time next year. By then, the Republican Establishment will be done with the Trump show. Juan Williams is an author, and a political analyst for Fox News Channel. Jackson Baker’s regular Politics column will return next week.

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Officials at the highest levels of local government toiled in secret harmony over many months to devise the complicated plan that yielded the seamless choreography of the night the Confederate statues came down. The government process is most often likened to the ugly, blood-and-guts process of making sausage, so anything seamless is an improvement. The Memphis City Council publicly heard plans, options, legal opinions, and more for weeks, as the ordinance to remove the statues moved through the legislative and legal process. But in the end, council members unanimously approved a plan that was never vetted in a public hearing. During the day of Tuesday, December 20th, government officials began enacting a process that was shielded from the public and the press. While council members went about their daily business at city hall, police readied to secure the parks for the statues’ removal. Contracts selling the parks to Greenspace Inc. had been proofed, finalized, and waited only for Mayor Jim Strickland’s signature. When the time came, council member Edmund Ford Jr. brought a substitute ordinance to his colleagues. Surely every council member knew what the ordinance contained and surely each and every one of them had already agreed to it. Because they all approved the new rule without discussion. They didn’t read it aloud. They didn’t even offer up copies of it to the public after the vote. The public was left in the dark. With the council vote in hand, Strickland quickly signed the sale

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documents. Police mobilized, possibly even before the ink had dried. Soon, blue lights flooded Health Sciences Park on Union Avenue and Memphis Park on Front Street. We’ve been supportive of the removal of the Confederate statues numerous times in these pages, but we cannot support the new precedent for the city council to do whatever it wants without any public inspection or input. What if the council had simply sold Overton Park’s Greensward to, say, the Memphis Zoo? The new precedent would have certainly streamlined that process, of which more than one council member complained. Council member Kemp Conrad recently poked fun at the public’s mistrust of the city council. During a discussion of proposed changes to the city’s rules for permitting races, protests, and other public gatherings on WKNO’s Behind the Headlines, Conrad joked that “It’s not like [council member Reid Hedgepeth] is riding around in a black helicopter trying to figure out a way to quash free speech.” But if you wonder why some Memphians don’t trust the council, look no further than the vote that brought those statues down. Experts could argue, perhaps, that the method of the final vote was completely legal. And they may be correct. But is it the right way to govern? We don’t think so. The public has every right to know what their council is voting upon. They earn that right every time they pay taxes and every time they pull the handle in a voting booth.

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This begs the question of why a 74-year-old former governor, who has not been on a Tennessee ballot since 2006, would enter a Senate race when he has never been a legislator, only a mayor and a governor. Bredesen’s entry video indicated not that he would serve as a rebuttal to the GOP, but that he would work across the aisle with legislators to get things done. He did not even indicate that he would work to save the Affordable Care Act, upon which many Tennessee lives depend. For some of the activist groups that have risen in the aftermath of last year’s election, the question that will be asked is this: Who is this guy, where did he come from, and has he been paying attention? For younger Democrats, who may not be old enough to remember his administration, Bredesen is reminiscent of a past they never knew.

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Only longtime Democrats, with nostalgia for the days when they held power, seem to be excited over a Bredesen candidacy. He is certainly to the right of those new activists, who are raising new generations of Democrats. While Mackler is not exactly Bernie Sanders, his appeal would have skewed younger and more in line with the people knocking on doors and making phone calls. Without Mackler in the race, Bredesen can focus on the general election. A Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee poll taken in October, before Bredesen’s entry, showed him with a 46-41 lead over Blackburn, which may have been the deciding factor for him to get in the race. As the headliner of the Democratic ticket, he won’t just be responsible for his own victory, he will be expected to help raise turnout levels in downballot races, especially those in the state legislative races. It’s a lot to ask from someone who won’t have been on a ballot for 12 years; for Tennessee Democrats, it appears to be the best chance at this time. Steve Steffens, is a longtime Democratic activist and the proprietor of Leftwingcracker.com weblog.

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With the announcement of former Governor Phil Bredesen that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker, it looked like the Tennessee Democratic Party would have not one, but two primaries at the top of their ticket in August. However, the withdrawal on December 13th of newomer James Mackler leaves the Senate primary all to Bredesen, at least for now. This would have worked well in Shelby County, where county-wide Democratic candidates face a general election in August at the same time as state and federal primaries. In recent years, with few statewide candidates, this has hurt local Democrats, who were wiped out, except for Assessor Cheyenne Johnson. The gubernatorial primary features House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley, who is beloved by his caucus and has a good reputation for working with local leaders, and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who is given some of the credit for the rapid growth in Davidson County. They are similar in age and temperament, and each has a good working knowledge of government operations. However, the true divide among Tennessee Democrats was more visible in the Senate primary. The initial entrant in the race was Nashville attorney Mackler, whose bio notes that he quit his job in the early 1990s in order to enter the Iraq War. He entered the race before Corker announced that he would not seek re-election; however, Corker’s withdrawal from the race did not prevent Mackler from demonstrating why he wanted the office or from assailing the presumed GOP front-runner, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn. Mackler is only 44 years old and had not sought public office prior to this race, which had some longtime Democrats worried about how he would do in a statewide election. That said, he appeared to have the ability to draw younger voters, as well as those who have stayed out of the process, back to the voting booth. As reviews of the 2016 election have indicated, non-voters have hurt Democrats the most — with a lack of enthusiasm being a major problem. The election of Donald Trump to the presidency dramatically increased leftward activism here and throughout the country; the Democrats need to be able to turn this interest into votes.

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YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG Ten ways to improve your outlook and your life in 2018

How to Be Funnier

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So you’re an edgy comedian? Do you really think you’re in some vanguard of shock-troop comics dropping the N-word on people for the first time? If so, you’re doing it wrong. To borrow a line from all those Avengers movie trailers, “The world is changing.” As more and more people awaken to inequality, institutional dysfunction, and secret oppression of all kinds, it gets harder and harder for the hard-touring hack to get by on jokes about rape, the mental capacity of Polish people, or the general assumption that LGBTQ lifestyles are a punchline in and of themselves. Still, every time a comedian goes too far and gets in trouble, the cry goes up: Political Correctness is killing comedy. Memphis comics Katrina Coleman and Richard Douglas Jones recently shared a story from open mic night at the P&H Cafe about how they watched negative crowd response flip an aspiring funny guy’s punchline from something cliche and negative, to something almost empowering — and still funny! Midtown’s a charming place, so naturally Midtowners love the pleasure of their own company. The P&H crowd is self-entertaining, and any performer who’s ever tanked there knows the sick, sinking feeling you get when the crowd starts ignoring you and talking among themselves. But the famously open and accepting bar doesn’t put up with mess and vocally rebuked a comic for his routine about how upsetting it was to see his son playing in a dress. The joke tanked twice, but the comic kept it in his set. He even kept a bit of its original tone in order to divert 12 expectations. But

marinade or dressing. I mean, lots and lots of marinade. (Shiberou’s own is a combo of soy, worcestershire, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper, and pineapple.) The fried tofu will soak it up. He then grills it to “bring it up a notch.” The grilling caramalizes the marinade and elevates this tofu to greatness. “That’s all I know about tofu,” says Shiberou. — Susan Ellis

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the routine’s emphasis shifted from heteronormativity to fashion. “He changed the punchline to, ‘AND HE’S CLEARLY A SUMMER,’” Coleman says emphatically. “It made the joke hilarious. Thereafter, I saw it kill at a state fair in Mississippi and multiple other places.” There are probably some good rules to follow, like “don’t punch down.” But better joke telling may come down to how much the teller values cheap shots and cheap laughs. Comedy is craft, and there’s nothing cheap about good craftsmanship. — Chris Davis

How to Cook Tofu

Is your tofu tofunky? A flavorless and flat disappointment? We turned to the

person, Ermyias Shiberou of Blue Nile and Stick ’em food truck — who makes the best tofu in town — for tips. Those tofu kabobs off the Stick ’em truck read as sorcery. How on earth can tofu be so fatty and decadent? Shiberou achieves this by cutting a firm square of tofu into large one-inch squares and does not press the tofu at all. That extra water is what makes the inside so moist. Then he deepfries the squares at around 350 or 375, making sure they don’t touch. When he takes them out a few minutes later, he then douses them with a

There’s a reason stores like Kroger and Home Depot always have an attendant on duty near their self-checkout machines: Too many people do it wrong. You may be one of them — seldom able to get through the whole process without hitting a snag and having to timidly raise your hand to ask Charlotte for help. It shouldn’t be that hard, really. Scan the bar-codes for your items, put them in a bag, press “PAY,” insert your debit card or a few bills, and take your receipt. Easy, right? Oh, wait. Those bananas have to be weighed? Dang. “Ma’am?” The important thing is not to panic. Everything you need in order to do checkout like a pro is there: a scale, a list of items and prices, a keypad. You can do this. Maybe. The first thing to remember is not to get too ambitious. Think of the selfservice line as you would the “15 Items or Less” line. In other words, don’t attempt to self-checkout $250 worth of groceries. That’s a job for Brenda over on aisle six. If you have a week’s worth of groceries, just go wait in line and look at your phone. It’ll be over before you know it. Second, be aware that if you buy produce, you’re probably going to have to weigh it and key in an item code. Same with some baked goods. If that sounds scary, then don’t attempt it. You’ll only tick people off. If you do attempt it, you’ll have to key in a PLU


Brush your teeth, idiot.

The words “brush your teeth” sound so … self-explanatory. You got the brush. You got the teeth. Bada-bing. Bada-boom. I was wrong.  I know someone once explained the correct procedure to me along the way. But it wasn’t until I was facing disappointing reports at the dentist’s office that I stumbled upon Quip.  Reviews say it’s like “Apple designed a toothbrush,” or “Tesla’s toothbrush.” For me, it was small and used regularold AA batteries instead of a bulky charger. So, I was in.  The brush came with these Ikea-esque directions. But unlike Ikea’s, these directions were clear, precise, and — for me — revelatory.   Brush at a 45-degree angle, the directions said, because brushing your teeth really means brushing your gums. Derp. Also, they said, brush for two minutes, breaking up your mouth into four, 30-second segments. The Quip brush pulses for me at intervals for a derpfree workout. Finally, don’t wash out your mouth after you brush. Do it, and all that fluoride goodness is washed away. — Toby Sells

Rinse & Repeat

Surely, you know how to wash your own hair by this

point. But, chances are, you’re doing it wrong — and too often, according to Meagan Kitterlin, salon director of Pavo. Kitterlin says your scalp will tell you when it’s dirty and needs a wash. Laying off washing provides some relief for taxed hair. If your hair tends to be oily, use a shampoo with an astringent. If it’s dryer, go for a creamier shampoo. You then get your hair wet, apply your product to your scalp (use less product if it’s from a salon), massage the product into a lather. “You should massage your scalp in and out of the shower. It helps prevent premature hair loss,” Kitterlin says. After you rinse the shampoo out, you’ll want to apply a conditioner or hair mask. You’ll apply it mid-length down and leave it in for the duration for the shower. Rinse that out with hot water, followed by cool water. “It adds shine and seals in moisture,” Kitterlin says. For stretching in between shampoos, Kitterlin says, “Dry shampoo is amazing. It’s good for daily upkeep, and it adds texture.” A good dry shampoo absorbs oil and is good for freshening up after a workout. For those with curls, Kitterlin recommends a cowash, which is a conditioning wash that doesn’t weigh down curls. “Overwashing is kryptonite,” she says. — SE

How to Cure a Headache

After the excitement of the new year wears off, the normal day-to-day stress is bound to return. And when the stress arises for some of us, so does a throbbing, achy headache. And for me, nothing is more bothersome or distracting than that. Usually I give in, reach for a bottle of Excedrin, and pop two of them. But, in the spirit of the new year, I’ve been trying some natural, healthier ways to nip my headaches in the bud. But, before we talk remedies, let’s talk prevention. If you experience a lot of headaches, maybe start with asking yourself these two questions: First, are you drinking enough water each day? That could be a contributing factor to your headaches. Coffee, sugary drinks, and alcohol can further dehydrate you, too. So pour yourself a glass or eight of water and drink up. Second, are you getting enough hours of sleep? Lack of sleep or irregular sleep patterns can trigger a headache like nothing else. On the flip side, too many hours of sleep can also cause one. The best thing to do is to figure out how many hours of sleep your body needs and consistently try

to get that amount. When the headache has already kicked in, here are two remedies that I find useful. Massage a drop of either

Want to see stuff that only contains the word “Buttholegate?” Just throw it in quotation marks. So, you search: “buttholegate” and relive summer 2017, when times were simpler. Finally, want to see every time the word “Buttholegate” has appeared in the  the Flyer? Google it like this: buttholegate site:memphisflyer. com.  It’ll bring up every time the word has appeared on our site. I tried it. Here’s the result: Flyer: 2, Commercial Appeal: 0. Your move, CA. — TS

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peppermint or eucalyptus oil on your temples, forehead, or wrists. Tension will be released, and your headache will likely subside. Try stretching. Tension headaches can be caused by staying in the same position for too long. I once read that hunching over a computer screen, can put up to 30 extra pounds of pressure on your neck. So every 30 to 60 minutes at work, get up, stretch — dance if you have to. Just keep moving. — Maya Smith

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This lesson is not for everyone. Memphis is crawling with accomplished musicians who are not afraid to learn a song and perform it. But I encounter so many who are. My brother, a theoretical physicist, once saw me play and confessed, “I’m amazed that you can do that!” People are far too mystified by music. It’s a holdover from those childhood piano lessons. One of my favorite books is How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons (Cannel & Marx, 1976), its point being that sight-reading will not necessarily help you keep music in your life. Photographer William Eggleston, who has improvised and played by ear since he was four, likens sight-reading to typing, which gives short shrift to all the classical and session musicians of the world but contains a kernel of truth: Sightreading alone is not enough. For many it’s a barrier to simply playing — and listening. What my favorite piano book says in 240 pages, Jim Dickinson says in two. In his recent (posthumous) memoir, I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone, he describes a childhood encounter with a man he referred to privately as “the Phantom.” Sitting briefly at the Dickinson family piano, the Phantom turned to young Jim and revealed a secret: “Everything in music is made up out of codes.” As Dickinson writes, “I thought, ‘Codes … Secret codes!!! Like Captain Midnight.’” “This is how you makes a code,” said the Phantom. “You take one note, any note. Then you goes three up and four down, just like in poker. Three up and four down and you gots a code.” As Dickinson explains, “Of course, he meant chord … a major triad.” But “code” is more appropriate. It’s what stymies would-be tunesmiths who humbly think they could never play a song. Learn some “codes” and bash out a song. Just remember, Jim broke the code, and Jim was a maker. Be like Jim. — Alex Greene continued on page 14

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number or item number from the list near the checkout machine. Or call Charlotte over, which kind of defeats the purpose. Got some coupons? Don’t try it. Just don’t. No one wants to watch you try to key that crap in. And finally, remember: The whole point of using the self-checkout line is to save time. If it takes you longer to checkout and bag your own groceries by yourself than it would to let a pro do it, don’t muck up the self-checkout line just to prove a point. We’re in a hurry back here. — Bruce VanWyngarden

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Win an Internet Argument

Many of us have spent years engaged in running arguments across the internet, trying to desperately to convince our fellow Americans to turn away from encroaching fascism. How’s that been working out? Obviously, we need to get better at changing people’s minds. Here, according to science, are some tips: 1. STAY CALM: Yes, it feels good to yell at your opponents. It’s also counterproductive. You want them contemplative, not defensive. If you look hostile, you risk activating their tribal instincts and shutting out your words. 2. ASK “WHY?”: Don’t try to talk your opponents out of their position — help them talk themselves out of it. Drill down into their reasoning by asking them to articulate it. Then they can find the holes themselves. Be prepared to do the same. 3. K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Fox News reasoning is so effective because it demands very little mental work except blaming the “Other” for all problems. The less mental energy the listener expends, the more persuasive they will find the argument. Remember: The brain is like a muscle. It literally burns energy to think, and when it works too hard, it gets sore. When a student says “calculus makes my

brain hurt,” they’re being literal. Keep your sentences as short and simple as possible: noun, verb, object. The less energy they burn understanding your words, the more energy will be available for reasoning. 4. REFRAME THE ARGUMENT: Sun Tzu says, “Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy shall be fresh for the fight.” Choose the battlefield. Make your position the default position, and make them come to you. This is why plutocrats call the estate tax the “death tax” — it changes the argument from “Why should people have excessive wealth they didn’t earn?” to “Why should dead people pay taxes?” 5. SMILE WHEN YOU SAY THAT: If you’re face to face, make eye contact. Nod. Encourage empathy. Point out areas where you are in agreement. Compliment them. “That’s a good point, but …” 6. BE A GOOD WINNER: People can be stubborn because they’re afraid of looking stupid. Allow your opponent to back down from their position gracefully. Give them a way to save face. Your default mode should not be “You’re wrong!” It should be “Join us!” 7. KNOW YOUR REAL AUDIENCE: The hard truth is, you’re probably not going to change the mind of the person you’re arguing with. The guy who comes out swinging in

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only take you so far. Consider how one reaches any conclusion. You start building premises slowly and methodically: Point Number One, hmmm; Point Number Two, okay; and you keep this up all the way to, say, Point Number Seven, when, all of a sudden, your mind abandons the whole pile-up, you let go (or surrender, if you will), and with a swoop of unpremeditated intuition, you are transported all the way to Point Number Ten, the Eureka! The tell. The reveal. That wasn’t you who did it, it was the aforesaid Lady Luck who filled in your blanks, or, if you want to keep things gender-free it was the IT of Zen. There’s the right way, the wrong way, and, er, The Way. And, baby, it don’t belong to you. — Jackson Baker

defense of white supremacy is likely not persuadable, but there will be other, more persuadable people who will be reading your words and watching how you conduct yourself in the argument. Even if you lose the battle with this particular troll, a solid rhetorical style can still win the war. — Chris McCoy

On Figuring Things Out

The advice I consider most relevant to the theme of this week’s cover story came from good ole Sergeant Rollins, the kind-hearted World War II vet and Army careerist who oversaw my R.O.T.C. instruction way back in the day at Central High School. “There’s the right way, the wrong way, and the Army way,” he informed us, and that paean to transcendent authority made as much sense to me then as a paradox can. I choose to apply that same kind of thinking to the issue of how one finds a solution, any solution, or courts Lady Luck. And make no mistake: She’s out there, somewhere, in the warp and woof of Einstein’s universe, just outside the reach of Newton’s logic and the doomed presumption of those mathematical “systems” that habitual gamblers think they can apply to the workings of fate. “By-the-numbers” can

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Raelyn and Willie and the Boys Willie Nelson’s granddaughter comes to Memphis with a pocketful of surprising influences.

It reminds me of the cowpunk bands from the ‘80s … Jason and the Scorchers were a Nashville band and kinda did the cowpunk thing. We’ve been compared to them a lot. It’s funny, because Jason is now Farmer Jason, on our Channel 8, the kids’ channel. He pops up and says, “It’s Faaaarrrmer Jason!” And he starts

fucking around on one, and started playing our songs on it, and I’m like “I think I wanna play this when we play!” We plug it into an amp, so it sounds like a really high guitar. And it turned into this cool thing that I can make a lot of fun moves with, ’cause it’s really teeny tiny. So I guess my whole thing is to try to be as different as possible. It sounds like kind of a voyage of discovery for you, as you dig into stuff like the Replacements … Yeah, it’s opened my mind to all this stuff I didn’t even know about! Like the Clash. I didn’t know about the Clash, you know? Oh my god, and Joan Jett! I met her, and she’s the coolest. She’s so teeny tiny and so down to earth. Just the sweetest chick. Has the band ever joined your grandpa on any gigs? We played Farm Aid in 2014. And my Aunt Amy and I have plans for an Animal Aid, too, similar to Farm Aid but for animals. We actually started a nonprofit organization called Willie’s Kids, to create humane education that can be used in schools globally. To help generations be more mindful of animals. You know, it also connects with the factory farming here, ’cause it’s really bad for the environment, really bad for the animals, and really bad for us, the stuff that they’re putting into these animals. It’s just incredible, the greed for money and the over-consumption of meat that people are doing. It’s too much. We don’t need it.

singing kids’ songs. That’s how I knew him. So my band guys started showing me videos of Jason and the Scorchers, and I’m like, “That is Farmer Jason from Channel 8!” And let me tell you this: JB was doing a Replacements cover album, all on ukuleles. It’s a really cool album. It made me fall in love with the Replacements — I had never heard of them. Anyway, he had all these ukuleles sitting around the studio. So I was just

Willie must be proud that you’re carrying on the tradition of being both compassionate and a little ornery. Well, my grandpa has always said the number one rule is, “Don’t be an asshole”; number two is, “Don’t be an asshole”; and number three is, “Don’t be a fucking asshole.” The Raelyn Nelson Band plays Lafayette’s Music Room on Thursday, January 4th at 9 p.m.

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Memphis Flyer: I saw your first EP cover was an homage to the Ramones. Were they a big influence on your sound? Raelyn Nelson: Yeah. Cheap Trick and Big Star. All the guys in the band brought that into our music. Mine are like Loretta Lynn and all the old country greats. Kitty Wells. My mom kept me pretty sheltered with music when I was younger. It was a lot of Amy Grant, a lot of Christian music, my grandpa’s music, and old country. That’s kinda where she kept me until I got into my teens, then I ventured out little bit and got into the country scene at that time. I was a big Dixie Chicks fan. And my main influence is my grandpa. He gave me my guitar when I was 14; it’s what I’ve written all my songs on. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t even wanna sing. When my kids were babies, I was stuck at home while they were sleeping all the time. I picked up the guitar again and started writing some of the songs that you hear now. Jonathan Bright [JB], my music partner and guitar player, had a studio, and I was just looking for a place to record these songs. I recorded two or three, and by the end, he was like, “We should write some songs together and form a combo and play!” All of the guys I originally got were already in a band with JB, very much a part of the underground rock scene here in Nashville. Those guys [JB and Preach Rutherford] and my drummer chick [Angela Lese] are all rock-and-roll based, and I’m the one who’s country. Of course, I love the hybrid of old

country and rock-and-roll. It’s super fun, and everyone can’t help but get up and dance to it.

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aelyn Nelson, granddaughter of Willie, makes her Memphis debut this Thursday at Lafayette’s Music Room. Purists beware: though she’s a mom of three, she exudes the rock-and-roll energy of a much younger soul, tempered by the wisdom only an outlaw grandpa can bring.

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The Giant Rat of Sumatra entered the imaginations of Sherlock Holmes fans in The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire. It wasn’t an auspicious mention, really, just a colorful quip from the great detective to his biographer and companion Dr. Watson. “Matilda Briggs was not the name of a young woman,” Holmes said to Watson. “It was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared.” From that point, this rodent of unusual size took on a life of its own. In 1942, the tale was told on radio with the airing of Edith Meiser’s “The Giant Rat of Sumatra” episode of the The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The rat is often referred to in a series of Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, and comedy fans with a thing for terrible puns will be familiar with the Firesign Theatre’s comedy LP The Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra starring Hemlock Stones and his friend Dr. Flotsom. This is also the tradition from which Memphis’ Sherlock Holmes fan club takes its name. And the time has come once again for the Giant Rats of Sumatra to congregate and raise a toast to the world’s greatest consulting detective on his birthday, January 6th. This year, the Giant Rats will congregate in the Walnut Room at the Racquet Club to eat, drink, check out Holmes memorabilia, play trivia games, and enjoy a concert by violinist Alice Hasen. Classic movies will be screened, and Dr. Karen Golightly will speak on the topic of “Victorian Crime and Horror.” Festivities begin with a 6 p.m. happy hour/cash bar. Period dress is encouraged, not mandatory. THE GIANT RATS OF SUMATRA CELEBRATE SHERLOCK HOLMES BIRTHDAY SATURDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 6 P.M. $57 INCLUDES ANNUAL DUES AND CORNISH HEN DINNER. 870-792-8679

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FRIDAY January 5

SATURDAY January 6

SUNDAY January 7

The Nate Silverstein Tournament Agricenter International, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $12 A super-huge bridge tournament.

“Beginnings” Levy Gallery, Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for this group show from the Artist Group of Memphis.

Elvis’ Memphis Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m., $15-$88 A tribute to the tunes Elvis made in Memphis, from Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Young Marx Malco Paradiso, 1 p.m. A screening of the play of the early life of Karl Marx.

“(Dis)placed Bodies” Memphis College of Art, 10 a.m. A cross-disciplinary show from students of University of Memphis and Memphis College of Art exploring how people are displaced through poverty, class, housing, and justice. Tree Recycling Memphis Botanic Garden, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. The garden will take your tree and turn it into reusable material.

Memphis Made Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 8 p.m., $10-$15 Part of the Memphis Made series, featuring Americana rockers the Dead Soldiers. All Saints in the Old Colony TheatreWorks, 8 p.m., $15 Story of Irish brothers in Boston. The family is falling apart.

Graceland Excursions Trip: Tupelo Graceland, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $100 A new bus tour to Elvis’ birthplace.

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As this column is being typed, there are very few tickets left for Memphis’ latest TedX conference at the Halloran Centre. Bad news for those who want to hear the speakers live, but that doesn’t mean slowpokes can’t still enjoy the show in real time. All speakers will be live-streamed over the internet, and the raw footage will be edited and archived for future viewing. For the lucky few who grab the last tickets, TEDx organizer Anna Mullins gives us a taste of what’s in store. Memphis Flyer: The TEDx is just like a regular TED talk but local, right? Anna Mullins: TEDx follows all the same rules. It's an idea-driven talk. It’s less than 18 minutes, and the conference is intended to cover a vast array of ideas. What are some of the talks you’re excited about? We have talks covering everything from technology to food. [Music producer] Boo Mitchell is going to talk about his father [Willie Mitchell]’s legacy. There’s a talk about diversifying the arts and what that means. TED talks had so much buzz a few years ago but not as much lately. What does a zeitgeist moment like that mean a few years later? I’m sure every market is different. We’ve sold out every year. But part of the TED requirement is that we capture all of these on video. Last year, our videos were viewed more than 200,000 times. This year, we’re going to have a world-class doctor from St. Jude talk to us, and you don’t have to be a medical professional to appreciate it. That’s what’s so relatable about TED, not just as a brand, but as a format. They’re supposed to be conversational and intentionally provocative. TEDX AT THE HALLORAN CENTRE SATURDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 8:30 A.M. AND 1:30 P.M. TEDXMEMPHIS.COM/

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WWE Monday Night Raw FedExForum, 6:30 p.m., $35 The WWE Monday Night Raw event returns to Memphis and will feature Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Sasha Banks, and Bayley.

Front Porch Music Series Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 6-8 p.m. A music series with videos, performances, talks, and more. Tonight will feature the Memphis Jazz Workshop High School Ensemble.

Tea for Three Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 7:30 p.m., $50 Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford gather to talk about the “hardest unpaid job in the world,” touching on civil rights and women’s rights.

Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony Graceland, 9:30 a.m. They do it every year. City officials declare it Elvis Presley Day in honor of his birthday. Followed by cake!

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After Dark: Live Music Schedule January 4 - 10 Alfred’s 197 BEALE 525-3711

Gary Hardy & Memphis 2 Thursdays-Saturdays, 6-9 p.m.; Karaoke Thursdays, TuesdaysWednesdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. and Sundays-Mondays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; Mandi Thomas Fridays, Saturdays, 6-9 p.m.; The 901 Heavy Hitters Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; Flyin’ Ryan Fridays, Saturdays, 2:30 a.m.; Memphis Jazz Orchestra Sundays, 6-9 p.m.

B.B. King’s Blues Club 143 BEALE 524-KING

The King Beez Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.; B.B. King’s All Stars Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Will Tucker Band Fridays, Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Lisa G and Flic’s Pic’s

Band Saturdays, Sundays, 12:30 p.m.; Blind Mississippi Morris Sundays, 5 p.m.; Memphis Jones Sundays, Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.; Doc Fangaz and the Remedy Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.

Blue Note Bar & Grill 341-345 BEALE 577-1089

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

Blues City Cafe 138 BEALE 526-3637

Blind Mississippi Morris Fridays, 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m.; Brad Birkedahl Band Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; John Paul Keith Thursday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m.; Earl “The Pearl” Banks Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Brandon Cunning Band Sundays, 6 p.m., and Mondays, 7 p.m.; FreeWorld Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

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Live Music WednesdaysSundays, 7-11 p.m.; Live DJ Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 p.m.; Third Floor: DJ Tubbz Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

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The Amazing Rhythmatics Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

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Nat “King” Kerr Fridays, Saturdays, 9-10 p.m.

King Jerry Lawler’s Hall of Fame Bar & Grille 159 BEALE

Chris Gales Solo Acoustic Show Mondays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m.; Eric Hughes solo/acoustic

Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.; Karaoke Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.; Live Bands Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.

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Big Don Valentine’s Three Piece Chicken and a Biscuit Blues Band Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Delta Project Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.-midnight; Myra Hall Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.-midnight.

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David Bowen Thursdays, 5:309:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m., and Sundays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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Young Petty Thieves Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Sensation Band Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.midnight, Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.-midnight and Sunday, Jan. 7, 7-11 p.m.; Eric Hughes Band Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Gracie Curran Tuesdays, 8 p.m.midnight; Plantation Allstars Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

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After Dark: Live Music Schedule January 4 - 10

Delta Cats, Billy Gibson & Linear Smith First Friday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dirty Crow Inn 855 KENTUCKY

P&H Cafe 1532 MADISON 726-0906

Jazz with Ed Finney, Deb Swiney & David Collins Frog Squad Thursday, Jan. 4, 8-11 p.m.; Big Barton Friday, Jan. 5, 9 p.m.; The Burners Jazz Saturday, Jan. 6, 9 p.m.; David Collins & Frog Squad Sunday, Jan. 7, 6-9 p.m.; Russel Lee Weaver Monday, Jan. 8, 6-9 p.m.; Ben MindenBirkenmaier Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.

Nancy Apple Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Bobbie & Tasha Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.

Amy LaVere Trio Sunday, Jan. 7, 4-7 p.m.; Scott Thompson’s Dog Horse Rescue Unit Sunday, Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Lafayette’s Music Room 2119 MADISON 207-5097

The ShotGunBillys Thursday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m.; Raelyn Nelson Band Thursday, Jan. 4, 9 p.m.; Luthi Friday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m.; Groovement Friday, Jan. 5, 10 p.m.; Memphis Funk-N-Horns Saturday, Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m.;

Rock Starkaraoke Fridays; Open Mic Music with Tiffany Harmon Mondays, 9 p.m.-midnight.

Railgarten 2160 CENTRAL

John Paul Keith Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.; McKenna Bray Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke with Public Record Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

East Memphis Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School 60 N. PERKINS EXT. 537-1483

Dead Soldiers Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.

Howard Vance Guitar Academy 978 REDDOCH 767-6940

First Friday at Five Coffee House Concert First Friday of every month, 5 p.m.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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130 PEABODY PLACE 523-8536

Songwriters with Roland and Friends Mondays, 7-10 p.m.

Hadley’s Pub 2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

Huey’s Downtown

Full Circle Saturday, Jan. 6, 9 p.m.; Hadley’s Customer Appreciation Party with Furious George Sunday, Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m.; The No Hit Wonders Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.

77 S. SECOND 527-2700

Bluff City Soul Collective Sunday, Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Mollie Fontaine Lounge 679 ADAMS 524-1886

Collierville

Dim the Lights featuring live music and DJs First Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.

Huey’s Collierville 2130 W. POPLAR 854-4455

The Heart Memphis Band Sunday, Jan. 7, 8-11:30 p.m.

Paulette’s RIVER INN, 50 HARBOR TOWN SQUARE 260-3300

Cordova

Live Pianist Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30-9 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30-8 p.m.

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

The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

Rumba Room

Frayser/Millington

303 S. MAIN 523-0020

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

Huey’s Millington 8570 HWY 51 N.

The Silly Goose

The Pistol & the Queen Trio Sunday, Jan. 7, 4-7 p.m.

100 PEABODY PLACE 435-6915

DJ Cody Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

Toni Green’s Palace 4212 HWY 51 N.

South Main

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

Loflin Yard 7 W. CAROLINA

Growlers 1911 POPLAR 244-7904

Crockett Hall Tuesdays with the Midtown Rhythm Section Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

3030 POPLAR 415-2700

Boscos 2120 MADISON 432-2222

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

Celtic Crossing 903 S. COOPER 274-5151

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

Summer/Berclair

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

Amber Rae Dunn Hosts: Earnestine & Hazel’s Open Mic Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.

Front Porch Music Series Memphis Jazz Workshop High School Ensemble Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Lannie McMillan Jazz Trio Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cheffie’s Cafe

531 S. MAIN 523-9754

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Owen Brennan’s THE REGALIA, 6150 POPLAR 761-0990

483 HIGH POINT TERRACE 202-4157

Earnestine & Hazel’s

Electric Church Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

Dantones Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.; Blackwater Trio Sunday, Jan. 7, 4-8 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Hi-Tone 412-414 N. CLEVELAND 278-TONE

Battle of the Bands Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.; The Clinics, Levi J Miller, Wesley Wolffe Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.; Battle of the Band Flyers Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.-midnight; Za Fest IV Saturday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m.; Castaway, Insvrgence Sunday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m.; Not Tight, So Soon the Truth, Minor Nine Monday, Jan. 8, 8 p.m.; Travesura, China Gate, Geist, Richard Dalton Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.

Aquanet Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Sunday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m.; Jeffrey and the Pacemakers Sunday, Jan. 7, 4 p.m.; Marcella and her Lovers Sunday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m.; Terry Wall & the Wallbangers Monday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m.; Mario Monterosso Tuesday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m.; Breeze Cayolle & New Orleans Wednesday, Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m.; Mighty Souls Brass Band Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.

Midtown Crossing Grill 394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

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

Mulan Asian Bistro 2149 YOUNG AVE 347-3965

Chris Gales Sunday Brunch First Sunday of every month, 12-3 p.m.

Wild Bill’s

Mortimer’s

1580 VOLLINTINE 207-3975

590 N. PERKINS 761-9321

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

Van Duren Solo Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wang’s East Tapas

Amro Music Store

Poplar/I-240

1477 CASINO STRIP RESORT BLVD., TUNICA, MS 662-363-0711

East Tapas and Drinks 6069 PARK 767-6002

Come Fly with Me Sunday, Jan. 7, 2-3:30 p.m.

The Bluff

Neil’s Music Room

535 S. HIGHLAND

DJ Ben Murray Thursdays, 10 p.m.; Bluegrass Brunch with the River Bluff Clan Sundays, 11 a.m.

El Ced and Groove Nation Sunday, Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

North Mississippi/ Tunica

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

2918 POPLAR 325-6403

Huey’s Southwind 7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

6069 PARK 685-9264

Lee Gardner Fridays, 6:30-9 p.m.; Eddie Harrison Tuesdays, 6:30-9 p.m.

University of Memphis

Germantown

5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Dantones Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.-midnight;

Sam’s Town

The ShotGunBillys Friday, Jan. 5, 9p.m.

Raleigh Stage Stop 2951 CELA 382-1576

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

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119 S. MAIN AT PEMBROKE SQUARE 525-3655

Huey’s Midtown 1927 MADISON 726-4372

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The Cove 2559 BROAD 730-0719

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TuT-uncommon AnTiques 421 N. Watkins St Memphis, TN 38104

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.

• Huge selection of jewelry precious and costume, 1850 to 1950 • Retro Furniture • Pottery & Glass • Collectibles & Art We replace stones in costume jewlery.

Wed - Sat 11-5 Sun 12-4

Work by Barry Buxbaum and Ray Vunk at Jack Robinson Gallery. TH EAT E R

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School

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Tea for Three, explores hopes, fears, quirks, and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford in what Mrs. Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in the world,” benefiting placement of a Women’s Suffrage and Civil Rights Monument on Civic Center Plaza. www.teaforthree.com. $50. Wed., Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483).

New Discovery Christian Church

Auditions for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, all roles available for ages 14 and over. Visit website for more information and audition form. www.kudzuplayers.com. Sat., Jan. 6, 9 a.m. 961 VINSON ROAD.

TheatreWorks

All Saints in the Old Colony, after emigrating from Ireland to South Boston, Kierman’s family fell apart. Though he sacrificed his own life to raise his three younger brothers, they are not all that grateful. www. theatreworksmemphis.org. $15. Sundays, 2 p.m., and ThursdaysSaturdays, 8 p.m. Through Jan. 28. 2085 MONROE (274-7139).

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

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School

Opening reception for “beginnings,” exhibition of new works by The Artists Group of Memphis. www. buckmanartscenter.com. Fri., Jan. 5, 5-7 p.m. 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483).

David Lusk Gallery

Artist reception for “Dimension,” exhibition of paintings on panel and velum by Jared Small. www. davidluskgallery.com. Fri., Jan. 5,

6-8 p.m. 97 TILLMAN (767-3800).

Eclectic Eye

Artist reception for “Relief,” exhibition of paper-cut maps by Katie Maish. (2763937), www.facebook.com/ events/158015651466430/. Fri., Jan. 5, 6-8 p.m. 242 S. COOPER (276-3937).

OT H E R A R T HAPPE N I NGS

Casting Demonstration

inaugural Sonnet Contest, Winners will receive a prize book and have their poem published. Submit by email, yearwoodl@ rhodes.edu. Through March 2. WWW.RHODES.EDU.

“Stargazer Garden” Flower-Folding

Stop by and fold a paper flower for collaborative art installation. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE (FORMERLY SEARS CROSSTOWN), N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY, WWW. CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m.

METAL MUSEUM, 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380), WWW.METALMUSEUM. ORG.

Cooper-Young Art Tours

For more information, featured artists, and pop-up performances, visit website. First Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m. COOPER-YOUNG DISTRICT, CORNER OF COOPER AND YOUNG, WWW. COOPERYOUNG.COM.

Crosstown Arts Digital Lab

Six-station computer lab supports Memphis’ creative community by providing artists and musicians full access to industry standard art- and music-making technology. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Open Crit

Visual artists are invited to bring new and/or in-progress studio work for critical feedback and group discussion particular to each artist’s practice. All sessions are free and open to the public. Tues., Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Sonnet Contest

Shelby County students are invited to submit their original composition for Rhodes College’s

O N G O I N G ART

Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM)

“Desert to Delta: Saudi Contemporary Art in Memphis,” exhibition by 20 artists and a video artist collective from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. www.memphis. edu/amum. Through Jan. 6. “Africa: Art of a Continent,” permanent exhibition of African art from the Martha and Robert Fogelman collection. Ongoing. 142 COMMUNICATION & FINE ARTS BUILDING (678-2224).

ANF Architects

“Flying Colors,” exhibition of works by Sally Hughes Smith. www.anafa.com. Through Jan. 12. 1500 UNION (278-6868).

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

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

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library “Christmas in Memphis,” exhibition of photos. www. memphislibrary.org. Through Jan. 6. 3030 POPLAR (415-2700).

Bingham and Broad

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

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School “beginnings,” exhibition of new works by The Artists Group of Memphis. www. buckmanartscenter.com. Jan. 5-Feb. 26. 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483).

Crosstown Concourse (formerly Sears Crosstown)

“Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response,” exhibition of multidisciplinary art in collaboration with visual culture historian Dr. Earnestine Jenkins and artist Richard Lou. www.crosstownarts.org. Through Jan. 14. “Lavender’s Landscape,” exhibition of latex and urethane on panel, triptych large works by Anthony Lee. www.crosstownarts.org. Through Jan. 14. N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY.

David Lusk Gallery

“Dimension,” exhibition of paintings on panel and velum by Jared Small. www.davidluskgallery. com. Through Feb. 3. 97 TILLMAN (767-3800).

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

“Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper,” exhibition of recreated historic fashions. www.dixon.org. Through Jan. 7. “Boukay,” exhibition of mixedmedia works by Justin Bowles. www.dixon.org. Through Jan. 7. 4339 PARK (761-5250).

Eclectic Eye

“Relief,” exhibition of paper-cut maps by Katie Maish. (2763937), www.facebook.com/ events/158015651466430/. Free.


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FireHouse Community Arts Center

Mosal Morszart, exhibition of works by Black Arts Alliance artist. www. memphisblackartsalliance.org. Ongoing. 985 S. BELLEVUE (948-9522).

Fratelli’s

“Local Color,” exhibition of paintings of local landmarks by students under the direction of Fred Rawlinson. www.memphisbotanicgarden. com. Jan. 4-Feb. 28. 750 CHERRY (766-9900).

Jack Robinson Photography Gallery

Barry Buxbaum and Ray Vunk, exhibition of mixed media on panel. Through Feb. 23. 44 HULING (576-0708).

Java Cabana

“Putting the Pieces Together,” exhibition of new paintings by Erica McCarrens. Through Jan. 24. 2170 YOUNG (272-7210).

Jay Etkin Gallery

“The Paper Show,” exhibition of new work on paper by RoyTamboli, Mary Long, Nathan Yoakum, Pam Cobb, Juan Rojo, Jay Etkin, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, and others. Through Jan. 15. 942 COOPER (550-0064).

Marshall Arts Gallery

“Love of Art” and “Memphis,” exhibition of work by Nikki Gardner and Debra Edge by appointment only. (647-9242), Ongoing. 639 MARSHALL (679-6837).

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

“Coming to America: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach, 1914-1945,” exhibition of sculptures. www. brooksmuseum.org. Through Jan. 7. “About Face,” exhibition located in the Education Gallery highlighting the different ways artists interpret the connection between emotion and expression. www. brooksmuseum.org. Ongoing. “Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis,” exhibition of works inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria by Victor Ekpuk. www.brooksmuseum. org. Ongoing. 1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

Memphis College of Art

“(Dis)placed Bodies,” exhibition of crossdisciplinary and crossinstitutional collaboration by Dr. Susan Nordstrom at University of Memphis, O. Gustavo Plascencia at Memphis College of Art, and graduate students from both institutions. www.mca.edu. 0. Jan. 4-30.

Warren Greene, exhibition of paintings with monochrome color palettes on crisply constructed square panels. www.mca.edu. Jan. 4-30.

Trezevant Manor Art Gallery

Artists’ Link Group Exhibition, Through Jan. 4. 177 N. HIGHLAND (325-4000).

1930 POPLAR (272-5100).

Village Frame & Art

Metal Museum

“Everyday Objects: The evolution and innovations of Joseph Anderson,” exhibition of works by artist-blacksmith and sculptor highlighting utensils and functional objects. www.metalmuseum. org. Through April 22. “The Tributaries: Zachery Lechtenberg,” exhibition of enameling techniques applied to jewelry and illustration combined creating brightly colored cartoon style imagery. www.metalmuseum.org. Through Jan. 14.

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

Booksigning by Jean Morris Long at Novel, Sunday, January 7th

374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (7746380).

Talbot Heirs

Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum

99 S. SECOND (527-9772).

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

Southside Gallery

“Passages,” exhibition of landscapes by Robert Malone. (662-234-9090), Through Jan. 6. 150 COURTHOUSE SQUARE, OXFORD, MS (662-234-9090).

Debra Edge Art. Ongoing.

TOPS Gallery

“Man Finds Meteorites in His Yard (This Is Planet Earth),” exhibition of new works by Josef Bull. www.topsgallery. com. Through Jan. 12.

“Man Finds Meteorites in His Yard (This Is Planet Earth),” exhibition of new works by Josef Bull. Through Jan. 12. 151 MADISON (340-0134).

7887 POPLAR (861-6227).

Poplar-White Station Branch Library

Poetry Society of Tennessee Monthly Meeting, (361-0077). First Saturday of every month, 2-4 p.m. 5094 POPLAR (682-1616).

B O O KS I G N I N G S

Booksigning by Jean Morris Long

540 S. MENDENHALL (767-8882).

Author discusses and signs Miracles on the Bayou. Sun., Jan. 7, 2 p.m.

DAN C E

NOVEL, 387 PERKINS EXT. (9225526), WWW.NOVELMEMPHIS.COM.

Karsilama Tribal Belly Dance Open House

Featuring door prizes, mini intro class, performances, and more. All welcome. Bellydance is fun, a great low-impact exercise, and not the least bit scary. Wed., Jan. 10, 7:15-9 p.m. BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL, 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483), WWW. KARSILAMADANCE.COM.

400 S. FRONT.

Tops Gallery: Madison Avenue Park

p.m., and Wednesdays, noon.

PO ET RY / S P O K E N WO R D

Epiphany Lutheran Church

Centering Prayer, opportunity for silent contemplation, followed by inspirational poetry and readings. www. epiphanylu.org. Sundays, 5

Booksigning by Susanna Lancaster

Author discusses and signs The Growing Rock. Thurs., Jan. 4, 6 p.m. NOVEL, 387 PERKINS EXT. (9225526), WWW.NOVELMEMPHIS.COM.

C O N F E R E N C ES/ C O NVE NT I O N S

TEDxMemphis Conference

Affords Memphis visionaries the chance to share their ideas with a captivated in-person audience and with an equally engaged audience online. Sat., Jan. 6. THE HALLORAN CENTRE, 225 S. MAIN (529-4299), WWW. NEWMEMPHIS.ORG.

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Bite-Sized Tours

Order lunch from Park & Cherry, and then Dixon staff members and docents will lead a quick tour of their favorite works of art or plants in the garden. Your lunch will be waiting for you after tour. Thurs., 11:45 a.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW. DIXON.ORG.

Calvary Episcopal Church Tours

Docent-led tours discuss stained glass windows, architecture, and symbols in Christian art. In addition, private tours are available by appointment for a suggested donation of $10 per person. Free. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 102 N. SECOND (525-6602), WWW. CALVARYMEMPHIS.ORG.

City Tasting Tours

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Savor tastings at five eateries, interact with chefs and managers, and sample local flavors while strolling down Main Street and enjoying new art installations and historic landmarks. WednesdaysSaturdays, 1:30 p.m. WWW.CITYTASTINGTOURS.COM.

Cutting Garden Tours

Garden docents will focus on the cutting garden each week on Saturday morning. Meet in the Catmur Foyer to see the large urn design and start tour. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW. DIXON.ORG.

Preview Graceland Excursions Trip: Tupelo Tour departing from Graceland Guesthouse to Elvis’ birthplace. Visit website for more information. $100. Mon., Jan. 8, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. GRACELAND, 3717 ELVIS PRESLEY (332-3322), WWW.GRACELAND. COM.

Preview Tour: Musical Landmarks of the Mississippi Delta Tour Trace the influences that inspired the creation of

rock-and-roll music. Expert tour guides will narrate a detour down the backroads and explore the deep roots of blues culture. $119. Thurs., Jan. 4, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. GUEST HOUSE AT GRACELAND, 3600 ELVIS PRESLEY (332-3322), WWW.GRACELAND.COM.

Yellow Fever Rock & Roll Ghost Tour

See what used to be, Memphis style, with Mike McCarthy. Call to schedule a personal tour. Ongoing. (486-6325).

E X POS/SA LES

Gun & Knife Show

$12. Sat., Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (757-7777), WWW. RKSHOWS.COM.

Soul Market

Enjoy vendors with unique products, great food, music, and more. Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. THE DEN, 656 MARSHALL (773738-9019).

S PO R TS / F IT N ES S

Body & Soul Yoga

Senior yoga with membership, $15 per year. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. HOUSTON LEVEE COMMUNITY CENTER, 1801 HOUSTON LEVEE (384-3885), WWW.HLCCMEMPHIS. ORG.

Cornhole Tournaments at Ghost River Brewing Co.

Weekly tournament with a 70 percent payout. Format and number of teams paid based upon number of entries. All teams guaranteed two games. $25 team. Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. GHOST RIVER BREWING, 827 S. MAIN (278-0087).

Get Right 4 the Night Get fit and have fun with Kellye Crawford. $10. Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m.

FIREHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER, 985 S. BELLEVUE (948-9522), WWW. MEMPHISBLACKARTSALLIANCE.ORG.

WWE Monday Night Raw

$35. Mon., Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m. FEDEXFORUM, 191 BEALE STREET, WWW.FORUMMEMPHIS.COM.

M E ETI N G S

Memphis Area Beekeepers Meeting

Meet in wing “C” at the back of the Expo Center. Open to anyone who is interested in bees and beekeeping. Second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (757-7777), WWW. MEMPHISBEEKEEPERS.COM.

Meristem Women’s Book Club

Read and explore written works by women and LGBT authors. Second Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. OUTMEMPHIS: THE LGBTQ CENTER OF THE MID-SOUTH, 892 S. COOPER (278-6422), WWW.MGLCC.ORG.

KIDS

Boys Hip-Hop Classes

For boys ages 5-10. $135 per semester session. Wed., 6 p.m. Through March 21. BALLET ON WHEELS DANCE SCHOOL & COMPANY, 2085 MONROE, WWW. BALLETONWHEELS.ORG.

Teen Book Club

Read and discuss the book of the month, eat a few snacks, play a review game, discuss the book read, vote on our next book. For teens, 6th-12th grade. Free. Second Monday of every month. COLLIERVILLE LIBRARY, 91 WALNUT (457-2601), WWW. COLLIERVILLELIBRARY.ORG.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Education Programs

Featuring an opportunity for students to participate in playshops, performances, and learn about TSC. For more information, visit website. Through June 30. WWW.TNSHAKESPEARE.ORG.

S P EC IA L EVE NTS

Big Gay Dance Party Vol. 2

Mash-ups of ’80s and ’90s hits and current favorites. General admission includes unlimited keg beer. VIP admission includes open bar, full buffet, and special seating. $10-$50. Sat., Jan. 6, 8 p.m. STOP 345, 345 MADISON (507-2720), WWW.FRIENDSFORLIFECORP.ORG.

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Current star of the Broadway musical, Hamilton, Gonzalez exudes a sultry sophistication that makes for an unforgettable evening of elegance, romance and celebration.

For tickets: (901) 525-3000 Orpheum-Memphis.com Group discounts: (901) 529-4226 Sponsored in part by:

FitzgeraldsTunica.com • 1-662-363-LUCK (5825) • Must be 21 and a Key Rewards member. See Cashier•Players Club for rules. While supplies last. Tax and resort fee not included in listed price. Advance hotel reservations required and subject to availability. $50 credit or debit card is required upon hotel check-in. Arrivals after 6pm must be guaranteed with a credit card. Management reserves the right to cancel, change and modify the event or promotion. Gaming restricted patrons prohibited. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-522-4700.

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Different themes each week. Free. Thursdays, 8-9 p.m. MEMPHIS MADE BREWING COMPANY, 768 S. COOPER (207-5343), WWW.CERRITOTRIVIA.COM.

Fire & Ice Memphis magazine/ Memphis Flyer Polar Bear Team

Join the Memphis magazine/Memphis Flyer team help raise funds for Special Olympics. Click the ticket link to show your support for Special Olympics and your favorite media folks. Through Feb. 3. WWW.SPECIALOLYMPICSMEM.ORG.

Friday Night Dance Party

H O LI DAY E V E N TS

Away in 100 Mangers: Nativities from Around the World

Memphis Symphony Orchestra: Elvis in Vegas $15-$88. Sat., Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Nollaig na mBan: Woman’s Little Christmas

Special exhibition of nativity scenes from over 45 countries. See the Nativity Story as it is envisioned by people from the world over, reflecting diverse aspects of each of their countries. $5, $15 for family up to 5 people. Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 6.

CANNON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN (TICKETS, 5251515), WWW.THECANNONCENTER.COM.

A celebration of the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas, when the men take charge of kids and the women head to the pub. Sip, stretch, do yoga, and enjoy an appetizer buffet. RSVP by phone. $95. Sat., Jan. 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

F O O D & D R I N K E V E N TS

BRASS DOOR IRISH PUB, 152 MADISON (572-1813), WWW. THEBRASSDOOR.COM.

BIBLE MUSEUM ON THE SQUARE, 140 E. MULBERRY (8549578), WWW.BIBLEMUSEUMONTHESQUARE.ORG.

Hear Wednesday Morning Musicians at Eucharist in Sisters’ Chapel followed by a community breakfast. The program will feature a wide variety of musical styles with instruments and vocals. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.

Music at St. Mary’s

ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL, 700 POPLAR (527-3361), WWW. STMARYSMEMPHIS.ORG.

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Young Marx

Sun., Jan. 7, 1 p.m., and Tues., Jan. 9, 7 p.m. MALCO PARADISO CINEMA, 584 S. MENDENHALL (6821754), WWW.MALCO.COM.

Themed outdoor dance parties featuring illuminated dance floor, food vendors on site, and beer and wine available with a valid ID. Free. Fridays, 6-9 p.m. MEMPHIS PARK (FOURTH BLUFF), FRONT AND MADISON, WWW.THEFOURTHBLUFF.COM.

Grant for Student Pet Owners

Maddie’s Fund has given a substantial grant to help offset surgery costs for student pet owners. For more information or to make a surgery appointment, call or visit website. #ThankstoMaddie $20. Ongoing.

ATTENTION PLATINUM • SAPPHIRE • PEARL • CELEBRITY PLAYERS

SPAY MEMPHIS, 854 GOODMAN (324-3202), WWW. SPAYMEMPHIS.ORG.

Guided Meditations

Includes a sitting meditation and a walking meditation designed to increase balance and stability. Visit link to download guided meditations to your mobile device. Ongoing. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (7615250), WWW.DIXON.ORG/TOUR-THE-GARDENS.

“LeMoyne-Owen College: A Beacon of Hope”

Exhibition of a central institution in Memphis since its founding in 1871 as the LeMoyne Normal and Commercial School. Ongoing. MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (6362362), WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

Memphis Fighting Game Community Local Play

Play, learn, and compete in the classic arcade tradition with local players. Various fighting games such as Street Fighter, Tekken, and MvC: Infinite. Equipment player provided, extra setups welcome. BYO Controller. First Sunday of every month, 1-5 p.m. GREATER MEMPHIS MAGIC ARENA, 7505 HWY 64, WWW. MEMPHISFCG.COM.

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Night Out With the Vets

LGBTQ veterans will be offering up Jell-O shots for a $1 donation each benefiting LGBTQ Veterans Alliance. $5. First Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.-midnight.

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DRU’S PLACE, 1474 MADISON (870-740-2992), WWW. LGBTQVETERANSALLIANCE.COM.

Senior Karaoke and Dance Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.

UNDER THE WATER TOWER, 1280 BROOKHAVEN CIRCLE.

CONGRATULATIONS! Jackpot Winner, Brigitte S.

Tree Recycling at The Yard

Recycle Christmas trees and support the Garden. Bring your tree to be recycled into reusable materials. $5 for every tree will be donated to Memphis Botanic Garden, if mentioned. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., and Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Jan. 29.

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THE YARD, 1735 THOMAS (833-9273), WWW. MEMPHISBOTANICGARDEN.COM.

VolunCheers

Drinks and snacks are provided for volunteer happy hour to help a different organization with a specific task each month. Usually held the second Tuesday each month. For location and time, see website. Ages 21-plus. Second Tuesday of every month. VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION, WWW.VOLUNTEERODYSSEY.COM.

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his rich, layered novel opens with the mysterious disappearance of a girl, Rebecca “Becky” Shaw, on the Irish moors. But, lest you think you’re in for another page-turner like Gone Girl or Girl on a Train, be aware that the author has something deeper in mind, which becomes clear four or five pages in. Reservoir 13 is what you might call a sociological thriller: McGregor is more interested in what happens to the lives of the people in this small village after the disappearance than in the particulars of the crime, if indeed a crime has been committed. The book resembles Dylan Thomas’ Under Milkwood more than it does Mary Higgins Clark’s Where Are the Children? It reminded me also of A. S. A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife, which has been described as a domestic noir. In that novel we are aware from page one that a murder has been committed, but the narrative is more concerned with the characters than the felony. McGregor’s prose style and approach are unique. His sentences circle the subject, build on non-sequiturs and juxtapositions, accumulate like imagistic flashes. When he mentions the missing girl, the reader is shocked back to the center, having become rapt in the happenstances of the village where the action takes place. McGregor employs a large mise en scène and populates it with individuals, all acutely drawn, in a democratic process similar to what Robert Altman used to do in films like Nashville and Gosford Park. Are any of these good folks guilty of a crime, complicit somehow in Becky’s disappearance? The answer is secondary to the analysis of each character, to the psychology of what makes us human, what makes us stick together or fly apart. The amassing of mundane elements and facets of character, the bone-deep life of the village, create a complex quilt of intensely rendered components: “The clocks went back and the nights overtook the short days. The teenagers walked home

from the bus stop in the dark. A man fitting the missing girl’s father’s description was seen walking farther and farther away from the village.” And: “By April the first swallows were seen and the walkers were back on the hills. At the heronry high in the trees above the quarry there was a persistent unsettledness of wings.” And: “Jane Hughes held a service at the church to mark five years since the girl had gone missing, and this time the mother managed to attend. Care was taken not to call it a memorial service. …” There’s a grace and shimmer to McGregor’s prose reminiscent of the great Irish writers like William Trevor and Brian Moore. There’s also, at times, a drunken poetic cadence that recalls the bravura of Scotland’s James Kelman. But McGregor is his own man, and, ultimately, his style is as idiosyncratic as it is utilitarian. His seemingly simple sentences carry great weight. What the author seems most interested in is the passage of time, how it flows around and through us no matter what occurs. How we reckon it, how we are aware of it, never varies. “The clocks went forward,” he says, “and the evenings opened up and the days stood a little straighter on their feet. The catkins came out on the willows by the river and swung wildly in the wind.” Seasons change, animals arrive and depart, the air is cooler, the rain more insistent, people move away, and some come back and some don’t. The river rises and then abates. Holidays come and go. Men and women get together, break apart. Lambings, parties, marriages, deaths. There is a rhythm to life that even death is woven into. Even the death of a child. As the years go by, the picture of Becky changes. She’s near 15 now, now 17. Computer generated imaging comes into play. This is how she would look if she’s still alive. She’s still alive, many say. Years on, some of the villagers still feel they are under the Curse of the Missing Girl. Even in McGregor’s elegant, controlled, lapidary technique, the mystery still rises to the surface. What happened to Rebecca “Becky” Shaw?


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Now open: The Liquor Store and Sunrise.

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couple weeks ago, a customer at Five in One Social Club on Broad was hungry. Where should she go to lunch?, she asked the owners. What about Bounty? The owners suggested the newly open Liquor Store, as Broadway Pizza was the only place in the area serving lunch. It was a scenario exactly pictured a few years back by Lisa and Luis Toro of the high-end gift and coffee shop City & State. When a liquor store just about a block away from City & State became available, Toro kept her eye on it, sure that other folks could see the wide-open market for a breakfast and lunch place. No one did, so Toro took on the project herself, opening the Liquor Store. “There was a black ceiling, black wood beams. There was no plumbing,” says Toro. What it did have, according to Toro, was “such personality, such character. “The sign’s iconic.” What Toro envisioned for the space was “mid-century Miami” — bright whites and playful palm leaf prints of Toro’s own design. The mood she was going for was “happy.” Happy, indeed. Folks can follow their bliss down the cocktail menu with its trio of toast-worthy champagne drinks. There’s also the intriguing Negroni Bianco with pisco, cocchi Americano, port, vermouth, bitters, and palo santo — described as “a spirit-forward brandy cocktail with a mysterious smoky finish.” The breakfast menu, available all day, includes classic egg plates and pancakes as well as biscuit sandwiches. For lunch, vegan and vegetarians will most certainly tuck into the Cuban Platter, a colorful array of fried plantains, black beans, yellow rice, and other veggies. More Latino/ by-the-sea influence is seen in the crab cakes with a lime vinaigrette and the fantastic Dulce De Leche cake from Ali Rohrbacher. Next up for the Toros is expanding the smallish space. The plan is to add storage containers for a bar and a patio area in the back. Sunrise opened on November 27th downtown, more than a year after it was supposed to. The founders held a “soft opening” the week beforehand to work out the kinks. One thing they adjusted was the biscuit recipe. They reworked the recipe to make it hold up better to the ingredients — ingredients such as housesmoked sausage, eggs, chicken, cheese,

pork shoulder, steak, and pickles. Other dishes include the Bim Breakfast, a popular dish with pork, scrambled egg, kimchi, scallion, daikon served over sticky rice. The Three Amigos Tacos are breakfast tacos with eggs, chorizo, potatoes, cotija, salsa, and jalapeños. The menu, says manager Johnny Lawrence, “goes a little against tradition. We were not anticipating the [Bim Breakfast] to be the best-seller. The Chicken biscuit is doing well. It’s not your everyday chicken biscuit. Its cajun batter is super crispy, a little spicy. It’s very Southern.” Another thing worth crowing about is Sunrise’s house-smoked meats, specifically the salami and sausages. They took advantage of the old smokers left behind by the Neelys, who used to operate a restaurant in that space.

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jar, and place in a cool, dry place for at least two weeks. Strain, and decant into a bottle. Or just make a spiced pear syrup. Via their food blog, Nerds with Knives, Matt and Emily recommend chopping a few sweet pears and combining them with a cup of water, ½ cup white wine, a cup of sugar, a cinnamon stick, star anise, and a strip of lemon zest to make a variation on simple syrup. Once that’s done, use it as the base for a Spiced Poached Pear Cocktail, a blend of vodka, Lillet Blanc, spiced pear syrup, and fresh rosemary.

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The website for Tito’s Vodka, one of my favorite brands, has their own recipe for a Spiced Pear Cocktail, which also has a spiced syrup for the base. This one is flavored with cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, a vanilla bean, allspice, cloves, and star anise. Combine a half-ounce of the finished product with an ounce of Tito’s, and a half-ounce each of pear liqueur and pear nectar. Shake, pour into a martini glass, and top with Champagne or Prosecco. It’s also easy to make your own roasted pear puree: Just core and slice two Bartlett pears, then roast them until they begin to caramelize. Toss the pears into the blender with a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves. Now you’ve got the base for a bourbonpear mixer, made by adding a cup of puree to two cups of bourbon and ½ cup maple syrup. Refrigerate the mixer for up to four hours, then use it to make a sparkling bourbon pear cocktail by topping the mixer with sparkling wine. Drink enough of these, and you’ll see a partridge in a pear tree, even though Christmas was last month.

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ears are having a moment. My interest in the winter fruit, a staple of holiday gift baskets, was piqued in late November, when I discovered a recipe for a sparkling pear sangria on the website The Kitchn. There, the cocktail was touted as a Hanukkah crowd pleaser, but it’s simple enough to make for any gathering. Core and slice a few green pears (Bartlett or D’Anjou), and toss into a pitcher filled with Prosecco (or cava), pear liqueur, lemon juice, and seltzer. Don’t have pear liqueur in your liquor cabinet? St. Germain Elderflower liqueur will do. Ever since sampling that crisp, elegant drink, I’ve noticed pear cocktails popping up everywhere. Downtown, Automatic Slim’s has a Peartini (made with Absolut Pear) on the menu; on the other side of town, East Tapas & Drinks has a version of the pear martini that includes an infusion of ginger. At Alchemy in Cooper-Young, you can sip a concoction that includes pear puree, pear vodka, and Prosecco. A bottle of that Absolut Pear, which you should be able to find on the shelf of your favorite liquor store, is something I recommend having on hand this time of year. The subtle flavor addition makes the tedium of January a little easier to tolerate, especially if you use it to create drinks like the Tuscan Pear, which I found on The Spruce. This cocktail, served in a lowball glass, is an easy blend of pear vodka, limoncello, a ginger liqueur (if you have it), simple syrup, and orange juice. If that’s not your style, check out AbsolutDrinks. com for inspiration: You can make a Pears Mule, a pear and mango Collins, a Pear Fizz, and much, much more. You can also make your own pear vodka, if you have the time. Simply core up to 10 pears and cut them into wedges, place in a sterilized jar, and cover with vodka. Seal the

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FILM REVIEW By Chris McCoy

Loving the Amphibian Guillermo del Toro returns to form with The Shape of Water.

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ish. Everybody loves them, but some people really love them. Okay, I’m going to try to keep the jokes to a minimum in this review, because Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a good movie. You might even call it the Citizen Kane of fish fetishist films. Okay, I’ll stop. I promise. The Shape of Water begins beautifully, with an art deco apartment completely submerged in water, with the furniture floating everywhere and our heroine Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) suspended in ecstacy. The apartment drains suddenly as Elisa wakes from her dreamworld to dis-

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cover that she is still in 1962 Baltimore, and her existence is just as dreary as she left it. Elisa, rendered mute from a childhood injury that left her throat scarred, works in housekeeping at a secret government lab. She’s not unhappy, per se — she’s got her bestie Zelda (Octavia Spencer) to watch her back at work, and her neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins), a commercial artist freelancing after he lost his job for being gay — but she’s not exactly fulfilled, either. The highlight of most days for her is masturbating in the tub. Yeah, she’s got a thing for water. The apartment, by the way, is above a movie theater

Sally Hawkins stars opposite Doug Jones in Guillermo del Toro’s aquatic monster romance masterpiece, The Shape of Water. called The Orpheum whose signage and interior look almost exactly like Memphis’ venerable downtown treasure. A lot of weird stuff goes through the lab, so the housekeeping staff is used to keeping their mouths shut and mopping up the occasional pool of unexplained blood. But nothing prepares Elisa for the moment she sees the lab’s latest “asset,” a humanoid amphibian creature that, for complex copyright reasons, I can’t say looks like a super-cool version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. In charge of the Asset is Colonel Strickland (Michael Shannon), a sexually harassing creep whose idea of scientific research is torturing the gentle Amphibian Guy with an electric cattle prod he calls his “Alabama Howdy-Do.” Elisa takes pity on the poor fish out of water and starts sneaking into the lab to feed him eggs and play him Benny Goodman tunes on her portable turntable. As his condition deteriorates and she overhears plans to vivisect the Asset, she hatches a hare-brained plan to bust him out of the lab and return him to the ocean. Once she gets him back to her apartment, their relationship deepens, and Elisa finds herself on slippery ground.


FILM REVIEW By Chris McCoy Naturally, things spiral out of control, and she and her new fishy beaux are plunged into a whirlpool of Soviet spies, shady scientists, and aquatic intrigue. The Shape of Water grew out of del Toro’s failed pitch to direct a reboot of The Creature From the Black Lagoon for Universal’s monster universe. Those execs are probably kicking themselves for passing over del Toro in favor of Tom Cruise’s excruciatingly boring remake of The Mummy. The Shape of Water is a return to form for del Toro after his gothic horror romance Crimson Peak — which, admittedly, some people liked, but which I thought was tedious and silly. The difference here is Hawkins, whose near wordless performance mixes perfectly with del Toro’s always inven-

tive visual sense. She actually manages to have good chemistry with the six-foot amphibian, played in a horribly restrictive, CGI-augmented suit by Doug Jones (but not that Doug Jones, senator-elect from Alabama). Sure, the premise is goofy as a clownfish, but late in the film, when Elisa slips into a dream where she and her Special Amphibian Friend dance together in an Astaire-Rogers musical number, I realized that del Toro had drawn me into this world. The Shape of Water will charm the pants off of you, and you won’t even care about the fishy smell afterwards. The Shape of Water Now playing Ridgeway Cinema Grill

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THE LAST WORD by Randy Haspel

Beatitudes

The Gospel of Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump

m e m p h i s f l y e r. c o m

Jesus: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Trump: “Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser.”  “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and you all know it. Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure. It’s not your fault.” “As for my yacht, The Trump Princess, it is a dazzling trophy … for me, you see, the important thing is the getting, not the having.”  Jesus: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Trump: “Nobody could have done what I’ve done for Puerto Rico with so little appreciation. So, what’s your death count? Sixteen? You can be very proud, only sixteen instead of thousands in Katrina. … Such poor leadership ability by the mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything done for them.” Jesus: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Trump: “Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.” “I like money. I’m very greedy. … I love money, right?” “I’m the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Ross Perot isn’t successful like me. Romney? I have a Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.” Jesus: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Trump: “First of all, I am a great Christian, and I am. I am. Remember that.” “Why do I have to repent? Why do I have to ask for forgiveness if [I’m] not making mistakes?” “When I drink my little wine … and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness.” Jesus: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Trump: “Torture works! … Would I approve of waterboarding? You bet your ass I would — in a heartbeat. And I would approve more than that. Believe me, it works. And you know what? If it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway.” “I’m putting people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they’re going back. … When someone crosses you, my advice is, ‘Get even!’” Jesus: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Trump: “I did try and fuck her; she was married. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. … When you’re a star, they let you do it. … Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” Jesus: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Trump: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. … If forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” “With Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures … that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.” Jesus: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Trump: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” “When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. … When someone hurts you, just go after them as viciously and violently as you can.” “If you do not get even, you are just a schmuck. I love getting even.” Jesus: “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” Trump: “You tell people a lie three times, they will believe anything. You tell people what they want to hear, play to their fantasies, and then you close the deal.” I don’t know about you, but in a two-man race, I’ll be voting for the liberal candidate: Jesus. Randy Haspel writes the “Recycled Hippies” blog.

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Among the more perplexing phenomena of the Cult of Trump is the nearly universal backing the president gets from people who identify as Evangelical Christians. Recent exit polls showed eighty-five percent of evangelicals cast their votes for a man who is the antithesis of Christian teaching. Did they hate Hillary so much that they voted for a sybarite? Prosperity gospel pastor Paula White, chosen by Trump to pray for him at the inauguration, encouraged viewers of the Jim Bakker Show to be obedient and loyal to Trump because it is what God wants. Author Lance Wallnau said God spoke to him and claimed, “I really believe that the mercy of God intervened in the last election cycle.” Reverend Franklin Graham, the poorly informed son of Nixon pal Billy Graham, gushed, “Never in my lifetime have we had a president willing to take a strong, outspoken stand for the Christian faith like President Trump has.” And Texas mega-church pastor Robert Jeffress said, “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un.” If that were God’s will, you would think He wouldn’t need help from Trump. It’s unfathomable to me how conservative Christians can still be the main defenders of this crude idolater of mammon. My Catholic education informs me that Matthew chapters 5-7 contains the Sermon on the Mount, otherwise known as the Beatitudes. These words are the basis of Jesus’ early moral teachings, so let’s check the record and see how the family values agenda is stacking up.

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