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A few weeks ago, I had a very early flight and needed a ride to the airport. I checked my Uber app and didn’t get any hits. Nobody was up and about. I called the cab company. They said they could have a cab at my door in 45 minutes. But my flight was in an hour, so, I woke my wife and she drove me to MEM, which was not how she planned to start her day. Last week, I returned from another trip, and when I walked out of the lower level of the airport with my bag, I saw a cab, so I hailed him to get a ride home. He was a good guy, full of interesting conversation. I asked him about Uber and how it was affecting his work. “It’s killing me,” he said. “I used to make good money at this. Now, I’m barely getting by.” He went through the usual litany of warnings about Uber: You don’t know what kind of driver you’re getting, they aren’t licensed, etc. During our conversation, I was having to give him directions to my house. When we arrived, I swiped my card in the backseat device. It didn’t work. After several tries, the driver got it to work, but he couldn’t find his pen for me to sign it. Irony, thy name is taxi. Uber drivers have the route to your destination on a screen. When you get there, your credit card is automatically charged, and you just hop out. I like cabs and still take them when it’s easy, but they’re behind the technology curve and the public is moving in other directions. Taxi companies will have to adapt or die. Same with a lot of businesses these days. As everyone knows by now, we’re losing the Booksellers at Laurelwood, the city’s largest independent bookstore. Yes, the space was too large and too expensive, but there’s little doubt in my mind that the primary reason that store revenues were declining is Amazon. I’m guilty. If I’m lying in bed with my laptop and read about a book and decide I want it, I can order it with two keystrokes and have it delivered in two days. It’s too easy. I liked going to Booksellers and still love dropping in to Burke’s books in Cooper-Young and browsing around. I love the smell of the place and the fun of finding a book you never heard of and never knew you wanted until you saw it on a shelf. That’s a different experience — with different rewards. It’s not like going to Kroger to buy eggs. You’re there to wander and discover. But if we want local bookstores — or any local business — to survive, we have to patronize them. And they have to scale their operations to fit their revenues. That’s not unlike the business the Flyer’s in — news media. The unrelenting cyber assault is changing everything. The Commercial Appeal announced this week that it would no longer use paid freelancers, which means long-familiar bylines — Jon Sparks, Fredric Koeppel, Mark Jordan, and others — are gone from the local daily. And what did those folks write about? The local art, theater, and music scene. Gannett, the CA’s corporate master, is using “economies of scale,” which means you’re often getting writing in the CA that’s done by staffers at other papers in the USA Today chain. The CA is scaling its operations to match its revenues and is also caught in the corporate spiral of having to meet earnings numbers for stockholders. If that means fewer reviews of the latest show at David Lusk Gallery or the new Circuit Playhouse offering, so be it. The Flyer is not immune to these financial pressures. While our 90-plus percent pickup rate remains one of the N E WS & O P I N I O N highest in the country for alt-weeklies, NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 4 we’ve scaled back some over the years, THE FLY-BY - 5 as well — fewer full-time staffers, POLITICS -7 EDITORIAL - 9 smaller page counts some weeks. That’s COVER — “WORKING ON BEALE” why I’m always pitching to readers that BY CHRIS SHAW - 10 they look at who’s buying ads in the STE P P I N’ O UT Flyer and patronize those businesses — WE RECOMMEND - 14 and tell them you saw their ad. They’re MUSIC - 16 the ones making it possible for us to AFTER DARK - 18 continue writing about Memphis — not CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 20 just its politics and government, but SPIRITS - 25 also its arts, theater, and music. FILM - 26 There’s no app for that. And no C LAS S I F I E D S - 28 substitution for someone being there to LAST WORD - 31 write about it. Bruce VanWyngarden brucev@memphisflyer.com

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N E V E R E N D I N G E LV I S Nobody in Nashville (or anywhere else, apparently) wants to save the Gallatin Road office building where entertainment manager Col. Tom Parker managed Elvis Presley’s career in exchange for up to half of Presley’s kingly earnings. As a result, this not-very-attractive piece of music management history will be leveled to make room for a car wash. From Nashville Public Radio: “According to the terms of the sale, [the previous owner] gets dibs on everything inside. He may save some items and then sell the antique light fixtures and cabinets, and the wood paneling and complete wet bar from the vintage basement.”

Would look good in bronze … in front of a car wash. By Chris Davis. Email him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

CITY REPORTER B y M i c a e l a Wa t t s

Poorest Memphis neighborhoods have least access to health care. Economically vulnerable communities in Shelby County are still experiencing a lack of health-care resources, according to findings from the area’s two largest hospital systems. Though the two systems’ methodologies differed slightly, hoards of gathered data coupled with community feedback by Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare tell the same tale: It’s harder for those in poor neighborhoods to get access to health care. Specifically, Memphis rests below the national baseline for access to medical care and maternal and infant/child health-care access and exceeds the national average in mortalities due to adult cancer, heart disease, addiction, and gun violence. The lack of care and excess of disease in the poorest ZIP codes affect Memphis’ wellness rates as a whole community when compared nationally. But more indepth analysis by the hospital systems shows familiar themes that have been long present in Memphis. The affected communities are all majority black and impoverished, according to the studies. Resources needed for optimal health — such as reliable public or private transportation, education, health insurance, access to fresh foods, and employment — fall well below the rest of the city, state, and country. Two of the poorest ZIP codes in the country, 38108 and 38109, are identified as especially vulnerable in the reports. Low levels of education, health-care access, and employment have sent the poverty levels for these communities soaring well above the national average. Findings from the reports show that the primary source of health care in these communities is the criminal justice system, particularly for residents suffering from mental illness and addiction. In addition to the financial strain on the Shelby County jail system, hospital emergency rooms are also overtaxed as they are often

used as a primary care provider for Memphis’ poorest. Across Memphis, there has been a sharp increase in deaths related to behavioral and mental health disorders. The age-adjusted death rate due to mental health increased in Shelby County from 18.3 per 100,000 in 2004 to 49 per capita in 2013. Baptist and Methodist’s findings do point to some areas of progress. While access to prenatal care is still a need in Memphis, some advancements have been made in the declining number of teen pregnancies, infant mortalities, and overall maternal health. Memphis once had the highest infant mortality rates in the country, but through increased prenatal care and education, the city has seen that rate drop from more than 13 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2008 to 8.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016. To combat the many critical needs in the overall landscape of Memphis, both hospitals have pointed to community partnerships between hospital systems and communityoriented nonprofits to increase health-care access and education. Though there are ZIP codes in Memphis that endure economically related health deficiencies more than other ZIP codes, the burden of inadequate health-care access is felt by all taxpayers as many Memphians are forced to rely on public hospitals and jails for their health-care needs. A scene from the 38109 ZIP code

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The Lynching Sites Project of Memphis has hired a new project manager to oversee the memorialization of Ell Persons, an African-American man burned alive a century ago in Shelby County. African-American historian John Ashworth will lead a citywide interfaith prayer service May 21st at the site where Persons was murdered, nearly 100 years to the date it occurred. Newspapers in 1917 created a spectacle of Persons’ death for days leading to it, gathering thousands of people to what is now Summer and the Wolf River. After he was set afire, Persons was decapitated and

taken to Beale Street, and his head was hurled at a group of black pedestrians. “What is the effect of the trauma on the AfricanAmerican community from the terrorism that was placed on them?” Ashworth said. “There is so much hidden pain, and it’s having a tremendous negative effect on the entire country — not just African Americans. I think it’s important that we tell the true story about these things.” Ashworth, a Vietnam veteran who served 21 years in the Army, worked last year as the chairman for a memorial committee honor-

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The Persons lynching site ing Elbert Williams, an African-American man, who, in 1940, became the first person in the modern civil rights movement to be killed for his work organizing a local chapter of the NAACP. Along the Hatchie River in Brownsville, Tenn., Ashworth led descendants of Williams back to the site where he was lynched. They collected soil from where the hate crime occurred. It now rests in the Montgomery, Ala. National Lynching Memorial. At least 70 lynchings took place in six West Tennessee counties between 1865 and 1950, according to a report by the Equal Justice Initiative. Persons, joining Williams, will become the second victim of those tragedies to be memorialized. The Shelby County Historical Commission will place a historical marker at the site. “I think there are a lot of good people in this part of the country who are working very hard to move all of us forward,” Ashworth said. “I think this is a chance for the Mid-South to showcase: ‘We may not be where we need to be, but we are a hell of a lot further down the road than we were 100 years ago.’” It’s the many wrongful deaths, swept under the rug but woven into the fabric of America’s identity, that ignite racial tensions across the country, Ashworth said. “How does a young African-American male or female who has grown up in a society that for 348 years was enslaved and for another 150 years was under Jim Crow segregation see themselves?” Ashworth said. “How do they see other people who look like them? There’s internalized pain and shame that’s been passed from generation to generation.” He points to Joy DeGruy’s book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. Through research, DeGruy concludes that for white people to commit hate crimes, they had and have to go through a form of cognitive dissonance to “disassociate themselves from people who they knew were human beings.” Her point is, Ashworth said, that the same thought process is still passed down, the ramifications of violent racism negatively affecting both white and black people. “We need to find a way to have open and honest conversations with each other about how we feel about race,” Ashworth said. “It’s when we pretend there are no problems that we run into problems.”


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Dark Ages Coming? The governmental future as seen by Congressman Cohen, who hints at a new leadership position for himself.

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Carson? Who knew? Whatever the answer was before, the updated answer is: Everyone who attended the 9th District U.S. Representative’s annual public issues meeting for constituents, held on Monday in his third-floor office at the Federal Building downtown. The bouncy chords of the Paul Anka-composed tune that used to signal “Here’s Johnny” rang out once during the nearly two hours of Q-and-A between Cohen and his overflow crowd, and that sound lasted just long enough for the congressman to put the phone on hold and stash it away. Cohen himself was as accessible and upbeat as the tune suggested, and both were ironically at odds with the basic message the congressman had for his constituents. That was summed up in his statement: “We’re going into a new Dark Ages that will make Dwight Eisenhower look like a progressive.” That’s understating the case a bit. Eisenhower, a tough but genial presence known to his generation as “Ike,” was the Allied Supreme Commander in Europe during World War II, and his popularity never sagged very much during the two terms he served as president from 1953 to 1961. Historians, in fact, have already

begun to locate Eisenhower on the moderate end of the political spectrum. In Cohen’s forecast of things to come, the administration of President-elect Donald Trump might well make such past Republican conservative figures as Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan look like progressives. Reviewing Trump’s cabinet appointments, for example, Cohen called Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions “the wrong person to be attorney general.” He regarded the president-elect’s designates for such agencies as the EPA, Energy, and Education as uniformly “awful,” enemies to the legitimate aims of their departments and cases of “the fox in the henhouse.” And, said Cohen, all the other appointees are “just billionaires.” Said the congressman: “He’s cut out the middlemen; he’s put the billionaires in charge, which is called oligarchy. That happened in Russia, and it’s happening here.” Cohen eased up only a bit for Elaine Chao, Trump’s Transportation Secretary designate. The congressman, a member of the Transportation Committee, said “I’ve met her; I know her. I’m going to try to get projects from her. Let’s leave it at that.” The essence of Cohen’s forebodings was that the combination of a Republican Congress and President Trump would mean less money for desirable public programs, more privatization for the gratification of special interests, and an erratic foreign policy. Cohen expressed some hope that a minority of relatively moderate Republican senators might be openminded in forthcoming Senate hearings on the cabinet nominees. He named them as Lindsey Graham of South Carolina,

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State Senator Randy McNally (R-Chattanooga) (center) was sworn in Monday as Tennessee’s new Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Governor. • By a 7-4 vote on Monday, the Shelby County Commission approved another year’s appointment of former Commissioner Julian Bolton as special legal advisor to the Commission at a stipend of $65,000 a year. There were four nay notes — from David Reaves, Mark Billingsley, George Chism, and Steve Basar. The commission also approved a legislative package to present to the current session of the General Assembly. • Deidre Malone, founder and CEO of the Carter Malone Group, a public affairs, advertising, and consulting firm, has been named chairperson of the Memphis chapter of the NAACP and will be installed as such in a ceremony on January 22nd. Malone is a two-time candidate for Shelby County mayor, a former Shelby County Commissioner, and a long-time eminence in civic and Democratic Party affairs, having served the last extant version of the local party as a vice chair. She also logged several years at WLOKAM as a news reporter and anchor and at WMC-TV, Action News 5, as a producer.


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designates named by Donald Trump, and Cohen’s list was fairly inclusive of the President-elect’s entire list. Those singled out by the Congressman included Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions, who, he said, had been wrong on civil rights and civil liberties issues when the Senate rejected him as a potential federal judge in the 1980s and was “no better” now; climate-change rejector Scott Pruitt as director of the Environmental Protection Agency; Betsy DeVos, an advocate of for-profit charter schools, as Secretary of Education; and former Texas Governor Rick “Oops” Perry, who has extensive ties to the oil and gas industries, for Secretary of Energy. Not mentioned specifically by Cohen but equally suspect, surely, are Secretary of the Treasury-designate Steven Mnuchin, a banker with close ties to financial-industry members who advocate loosening government restrictions on Wall Street; Secretary of Labor-designate Andy Puzder, a disbeliever in the minimum wage; Secretary of Commerce-designate Wilbur Ross, an investor best known as a “turnaround artist”;  Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, who publicly confesses knowing nothing about his subject; Secretary of Health and Human Services-designate Tom Price, a former congressman known for his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and public health measures; and Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil oil mogul whose ties with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin are notorious. Most ominous of all is probably Trump’s choice for National Security

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The McDaniel Band plays Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Blues Hall.

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MEMPHIS’ MOST FAMOUS STREET IS “HOME” FOR THE MUSICIANS WHO PLAY THERE.

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t’s a little past 9 p.m. on Beale Street when Gracie Curran starts another set with the High Falutin’ Band. The restaurant side of the Rum Boogie Cafe is half full, a pretty good crowd for a Monday in January. It’s “slow season” on the world famous Beale Street — weeks before the International Blues Challenge brings thousands of tourists from around the globe to the two-block zone, and months before the warm weather brings the big crowds — but Curran works the room as if it’s the last concert of her life. Since forming the band in 2010, she says she’s approached every show this way. She says anyone who’s ever performed on a stage knows that a Monday night is what you make it. “There’s a different energy on Monday nights than on the weekends,” Curran explains. “It’s nice to play to people who came here to see Memphis music, no matter what day it is. It’s a big responsibility.” Curran considers herself a cheerleader or a “chaperone of a good time” when she’s on stage. She never plays with a set list and often asks the crowd what they want to hear. Like any good entertainer, she realizes it’s her responsibility to provide her audience with a temporary refuge from the outside world. “I remember having an office job and working 70 hours a week, so I don’t take for granted getting to tour the country and put everyone in a good mood. Lately there’s been a lot of talk about the political climate, but I want to take you away from all of that,”


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Carson Lamm has been booking on Beale Street for almost 20 years, and his history on the street goes back even further. Lamm oversees booking at the Rum Boogie Cafe, the Blues Hall, the Tap Room, and King’s Palace. If you’ve ever wandered into a bar post-Tigers or

Gracie Curran and the High Falutin’ Band play at the Rum Boogie Cafe. Grizzlies game, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a band he’s booked. “I think the cool thing about Beale Street is that some of the guys who play weekdays with us are the same artists that have a national fan base and travel on the weekend,” Lamm said. “They’re in town doing what they do on a smaller stage, but you still get that quality show. It’s kind of like playing without the safety net, so a lot of times artists will try new things. I booked the North Mississippi Allstars in 1998 at the Blues Hall on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and they used the venue as a breeding ground for writing new songs and trying new things.” “They’d have a new part of a song that they’re basically writing in front of

Cruisin’ Heavy plays Mondays and Tuesdays at Alfred’s on Beale Street.

an international audience. I remember Luther going, ‘Hey man, is it okay if my dad shows up to the gig?’ Then Jim Dickinson would show up, and he’d take it to a whole other level. People like Gracie and the Ghost Town Blues Band represent Memphis on a national stage, and Beale Street is their home base.”

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While the days of the Dickinson brothers playing Monday nights on Beale are gone, there’s another band kicking up dust weekly at the Blues Hall. At first sight, the McDaniel Band might not seem like anything special. You won’t find them in fancy costumes or flexing flashy instruments. But sit in the Blues Hall and listen for five minutes, and you’ll quickly see why the band just might be the bestkept secret in Memphis. Like many Memphis musicians, Chris McDaniel started singing in church when his age was still in the single digits. His mother was also a singer, and McDaniel said that he hasn’t looked back since the first time he heard the Jackson 5. “We’ve been down there [at the

Blues Hall] for the past three years. I also [perform] a little bit at B.B. King’s when they need me, but I started out in Handy Park and things just moved on up. We kept getting better musicians in the band, and now we do everything from the Rolling Stones to the Allman Brothers to Howlin’ Wolf. We keep a crowded house because we do songs that everyone knows and likes.” There’s something spiritual about this band. It’s like going to church — if the reverend was handing out Big Ass Beers. They connect. Those in the crowd seem quick to realize that the McDaniel Band takes each performance seriously. McDaniel often addresses members of the crowd and dedicates the song “Stand by Me” to American veterans every time he sings it. “I had an uncle and two cousins die in Nam,” McDaniel says. “I have another uncle who served 22 years in the Navy, and a lot of other folks in my family were military. “You look out on the streets, and you see homeless veterans, so when I sing ‘Stand by Me,’ I want people to know how grateful we should be for their service. They allow us to do the things we’ve done. I’ve had so many guys from Vietnam come and shake my hand, and they have tears in their eyes, and it brings tears to my eyes, as well. People come up to me and say thank you because they don’t get continued on page 13

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Curran says. “That’s what the blues is for. We all go through stuff — everyone has a struggle — but I want to take you away from that. I love it, and I appreciate it so much. We get to come home from tour and play Beale Street; that’s the best thing in the world to me.” With a voice like Curran’s, luck has little to do it with it. But that sense of gratitude is something that can be found in just about every other performer on Beale, regardless of what kind of music they play. Matt Isbell of Ghost Town Blues Band has no problem admitting that Beale Street shaped his musical career. He’s played the street more than 300 times. His band won second place at the 2014 International Blues Challenge and built an international fan base in the process. “Playing on Beale during the week, you catch a lot of people doing the Southern United States vacation thing, or maybe there’s some convention or something, which means you have the chance to get national exposure in your own backyard. People from other cities will have already seen your band when you go there on tour. Other bands in other cities don’t have that resource. It’s kind of like a built-in fan base in your own backyard. “If it weren’t for [our playing] Beale Street, we probably wouldn’t have gotten second place at the IBC. We wouldn’t have played B.B. King’s funeral, and we probably wouldn’t be a national touring band.”

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continued from page 11 that everywhere they go. Someone has to speak out and say something about it, and I’m just glad I’m in a place where I can meet people from all over the globe and share that.”

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Roxi Love plays at Tin Roof on Beale Street in downtown Memphis.

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Logging long hours on Beale Street means spending time away from friends and family. Making a living playing music might seem ideal to many, but life in the spotlight night after night takes a toll, no matter how many people are applauding. Many Memphis musicians consider Beale Street their home away from home. And when someone in the Beale Street family goes home for the last time, the street holds a funeral procession. “Basically, a tradition on Beale Street is that people who were either involved or played on the street will have their final procession down Beale. It really is an arm of what was the Memphis Music Commission,” Lamm says. “When B.B. King passed away, we had to organize 20 horn players. We’ve done big ones like those, and we’ve done small processions with six horn players. “It’s really an organic and cathartic process, because a lot of the people who show up knew the musicians. It’s their final stroll down Beale Street; it’s paying the ultimate respect to someone to play in their procession. “I had to start a Facebook page for when B.B. King died, because so many people wanted to be a part of it. It’s a process that musicians and the families appreciate. We don’t advertise it. It just happens.” McDaniel was close to legendary Beale Street singer James Govan, who was honored with a Beale Street funeral procession after his death in 2014. “I loved James Govan,” McDaniel says. “There was no voice like his on Beale Street. I’d walk away from my set sometimes to catch him sing. I still think about him and talk about him all the time. If I do ‘These Arms of Mine’ by Otis Redding, I always mention his name.” The gratitude shown on Beale is a two-way street. When you ask a musician about performing in one of the many world-famous clubs on the downtown stretch, the words “thankful” and “lucky” are used without hesitation. While there are certain events — Beale Street Music Fest, the International Blues Challenge, and bike nights — that serve as high-profile functions and draw in the crowds, any night’s a great night to catch a band on Beale, even Monday. Or maybe, especially Monday.

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Whatever happens, significant or mundane, a writer will describe it. S/he’ll reflect on it, fantasize about it, make sense of it and nonsense, too. On November 8th, 2016, something happened — something biggish that surprised lots of people tremendously. This weekend, Memphis joins the Writers Resist movement, fighting the power with descriptions, reflections, fictions, and truths from a diverse slate of eight Memphis authors and an open mic hosted by teacher and poet Aaron Brame. “This is my first political event like this,” says Brame, who co-founded the Memphis chapter of Writers Resist with fellow writer Kat Moore. “I’ve felt motivation like I’ve never felt before. I’m sure a lot of people felt that way too. I’ve kept my political ideas to myself. Now I feel the need to be active in some way, and this dovetails with my experience writing.” The Writers Resist movement was launched in New York by poet Erin Belieu after the presidential election. Sunday’s kickoff will be marked by more than 80 readings from Maine to China. “Guidelines of the Writers Resist national movement have encouraged us to keep the president-elect’s name out of our mouth, which I think is a great idea,” Brame says, explaining that there’s no mandate to abide by those guidelines or read expressly political work. “There’s nothing saying that any of these people need to be reading original works. They can read anything that inspires them in this moment. But I’m looking forward to hearing a lot of original poetry and fiction.” Writers scheduled to read include Anthony Green, Lincoln Coffman, Danian Jerry, Matthew Hellams, Ashley Anna McHugh, Michelle Antoinette Montgomery, and Ashley Roach-Freiman. WRITERS RESIST: MEMPHIS AT BELLE TAVERN SUNDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 7-10 P.M.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers FedExForum, 7 p.m., $45-$100 Super funk rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the Forum tonight in support of their latest release, The Getaway. (Concert-goers will get a digital or physical copy of the album.) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Jack Irons will open.

The O’Jays Horseshoe Casino, 8 p.m., $45-$70 Legendary soul group The O’Jays (“Love Train,” “Back Stabbers”) perform tonight.

Booksigning by Angela Copeland South Main Book Juggler, 6:30 p.m. Angela Copeland signs Breaking the Rules & Getting the Job, useful advice for job-seekers.

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The Science of Beer Pink Palace Museum, 6:30 p.m., $45 ($20 for designated drivers) Popular annual party all about beer, with lectures, activities, giant Jenga, and, of course, beer from area brewers.

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Best of Memphis Minglewood Hall, 8 p.m., $12 School of Rock students pay tribute to current local bands and jam with them. Includes Mark Edgar Stuart, Marcella & Her Lovers, Ingram Hill, Star & Micey, and many more. “#HeretoStay: Art of Resistance” L Ross Gallery, 6-8 p.m. Collaborative group show in support of the immigrant community. Funds raised from the sale of artworks go to the Community Legal Center’s Immigrant Justice Program, MidSouth Immigration Advocates, and Latino Memphis’ Derechos Immigration Program.

Nick Toombs Midtown Crossing, 7 p.m., $17 Comedy and hypnotism from Nick Toombs. The price of admission includes two slices of pizza and a drink. DreamFest Weekend The 1524 (1524 Madison), 7-11 p.m. Annual three-day event dedicated to the spirit of collaboration in Memphis music. Includes a DreamFest concert, Hip-Hop vs. R&B show, and Artistik Lounge. More info: facebook.com/ dreamfestweekend.

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A necklace made of triggers? Art inspired by weapon stockpiles? Armed ducks? These are just a few of the things you’ll see at the Metal Museum’s “Guns, Violence & Justice” exhibit, and people have questions. Curator Grace Stewart says people want to know if the show takes a strong political stance. “They want to know, is it anti-gun or pro-gun? And it’s neither,” she explains. “But I do think it’s anti-gun-violence. And we sincerely hope — no matter where people fall politically, or from a policy perspective about guns and gun rights and restrictions — hopefully they’ll be open to conversations about what they can do about violence in their communities.” “Guns, Violence, & Justice” showcases socially conscious work by six metal artists, while creating a neutral space for conversation. It opens at the Metal Museum Sunday, January 15th, and asks questions about everything from the recreational usage of firearms to community militias. “In America, we view guns as tools for justice and as tools for violence,” Stewart says. “We want to look at how attitudes about guns expand out to how we deal with other people, how we deal with foreign policy, and how we deal with our own communities.” Some of the artwork and jewelry on display is crafted from guns and parts obtained through neighborhood gun buyback programs aiming to get guns off the street.

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Regina Carter Germantown Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. A performance by violinist Regina Carter as part of GPAC’s Jazz Series.

King Day 2017 National Civil Rights Museum, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, with a food drive for the Mid-South Food Bank, edutainment for the kids, a health pavilion, museum tours, arts & crafts, and performances throughout the day.

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Duets for Mellotron One-of-a-kind performance yields haunting new album.

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created the techniques for Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s. “The question was, how do you do it? Do you do it live, with overhead projectors? I didn’t think that was a good idea.” Markham and a crew of editors from Archer Malmo created digitally manipulated HD video of the vintage psychedelic effects to be played along with the music. During the final rehearsals, Grant and Kirkscey modified their compositions. “We were reacting to the visuals,” Grant says. Engineer Kevin Cubbins recorded the weekend of shows at Crosstown Arts, but as the team moved into mix-down mode, tragedy struck. The hard drives and computer equipment containing the recordings were stolen from Cubbins’ studio in a series of break-ins. So the team decided to do it all over again. “I felt bad for Kevin, but I wasn’t upset at the prospect of re-recording,” says Kirkscey. “It’s another chance to do it better.” The second takes came from a private session at the Eggleston Artistic Trust, with Kirkscey supervising the recording. “I realize now that trying to do all of it — the show the visuals, and the recording — at once was probably too much,” says Grant. “This allowed us to focus on the songs, and focus on the recordings. Jonathan did an incredible job of mixing and editing everything.” The finished album, Duets for Mellotron, is a gorgeous collection of sounds. There are nods to composers like Philip Glass and Brian Eno, but the overall vibe is unique. The album’s release on Friday, January 13th will be celebrated with a listening party at Crosstown Arts, beginning at 6 p.m. Grant says there are plans afoot for a second live show once the new Crosstown Arts facility opens in the Concourse building.

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Eggleston has been obsessed with Mellotrons since the Beatles fan discovered that the ethereal intro to “Strawberry Fields” was produced with one. In 2015, Eggleston told Grant he was going to build his own Mellotron, and Grant suggested putting on a house show. “It was really to just show off the instrument.” Grant enlisted his Mouserocket bandmate Kirkscey, a noted cellist and composer, to co-write some songs that would show off the Mellotron’s unique sounds and capabilities. “The Mellotron has a symphonic potential that I thought Jonathan would be good at.” Grant and Kirkscey composed nine songs to be performed on a combination of vintage tape-based Mellotrons and the digital emulators created by the Mellotron company. While the analog Mellotrons can only hold three sounds per tape cartridge, the digital versions offer a bank of every sound created for the instruments, including custom tones crafted for Black Sabbath, Tangerine Dream, Yes, and Wilco. Kirkscey says the instruments are idiosyncratic. “The action of the keyboards is not the most desirable. It doesn’t feel like a piano or synth. You have to get used to it. Sometimes there will be one note that’s horrendously out of tune, while all the other notes are in tune. You can avoid that note, or you can embrace it as an eccentricity. In some of those vocal sounds that are recordings of singers, the singers are … not good. Their singing was out of tune! There’s no amount of tuning that can correct that.” The show took place in the round, with visual effects projected on the walls of Crosstown Arts, created by Eggleston and John Markham, a Californian who learned how to create psychedelic liquid light shows from the people who had

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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.

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

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1st Floor: Mercury Boulevard Mondays-Thursdays, 7 p.m.; DJ Dnyce Sundays, 11 p.m. and Thursdays, 11:30 p.m.; DJ Tubbz Mondays-Wednesdays, 11 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.; 3rd floor: DJ Crumbz Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.; 2nd Floor: DJ Spanish Fly Fridays, Saturdays, 11 p.m.; 1st Floor: DJ Toonz Fridays, Saturdays, 11 p.m.; Sean Apple Sundays, 1 p.m.; Adam Levin Sundays, 1 p.m.; After Dark Band Sundays, 6 p.m.

Handy Bar 200 BEALE 527-2687

Bad Boy Matt & the Amazing Rhythmatics Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

Hard Rock Cafe 126 BEALE 529-0007

Swingin Leroy Friday, Jan. 13, 9 p.m.; Memphis vs. Everybody ll Saturday, Jan. 14, 7-11 p.m.; The Barkays Celebrity Roast Monday, Jan. 16, 5-8 p.m.; Memphis Music Monday Third Monday of every month, 6-9 p.m.

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Kayla Walker Thursdays, 67 p.m.; Susan Marshall Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m.; Nat “King” Kerr Fridays, Saturdays, 9-10 p.m.; Susan Marshall Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.

Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk 310 BEALE 654-5171

The Johnny Go Band Thursdays, Sundays, 711 p.m.; Rockin’ Rob Haynes & the Memphis Flash Fridays, Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke Fridays, Saturdays, 11 p.m.-3 a.m.; The Memphis House Rockers Saturdays, 3-7 p.m., and Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m.

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

Chris Gales Solo Acoustic Show Mondays-Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.; Eric Hughes Thursdays, Fridays, 5-8 p.m.; Karaoke Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.; Live Bands Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.

King’s Palace Cafe 162 BEALE 521-1851

David Bowen Thursdays, 5:309:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m., and Sundays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sensation Band Friday, Jan. 13, 9:30 p.m.1 a.m.; Cowboy Neil Saturday, Jan. 14, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

Sonny Mack Mondays-Fridays, 2-6 p.m.; Cowboy Neil Mondays, Thursdays, 711 p.m., and Saturdays, Sundays, 2-6 p.m.; Sensation Band Tuesdays, Fridays, 711 p.m.; Fuzzy and the Kings of Memphis Saturdays, 711 p.m.; Chic Jones and the Blues Express Sundays, 711 p.m.; North and South Band Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m.

King’s Palace Cafe Tap Room 168 BEALE 576-2220

Big Don Valentine’s Three Piece Chicken and a Biscuit Blues Band Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Myra Hall and the Players Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.midnight; North and South Band Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m.midnight.

New Daisy Theatre 330 BEALE 525-8981

Moneybagg Yo Monday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.

Rum Boogie Cafe 182 BEALE 528-0150

Jeff Crosslin Thursday, Jan. 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Young Petty Thieves Thursday, Jan. 12, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; FreeWorld Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.midnight, and Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m.-midnight; Heather Crosse Sunday, Jan. 15, 7-11 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 16, 7-11 p.m.; Eric Hughes Band Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7-11 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7-11 p.m.

Rum Boogie Cafe Blues Hall 182 BEALE 528-0150

Memphis Bluesmasters Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.midnight; Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars Fridays, Saturdays, 4-8 p.m., and Sundays, 3-7 p.m.; Delta Project Friday, Jan. 13, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Little Boys Blue Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; McDaniel Band Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Silky O’Sullivan’s 183 BEALE 522-9596

Dueling Pianos Thursdays, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m.3 a.m., and Sundays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Blind Bear Speakeasy 119 S. MAIN, PEMBROKE SQUARE 417-8435

Live Music ThursdaysSaturdays, 10 p.m.

Brass Door Irish Pub 152 MADISON 572-1813

Live Music Fridays.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

DJ Dance Music MondaysSundays, 10 p.m.

Rumba Room 303 S. MAIN 523-0020

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

The Silly Goose 100 PEABODY PLACE 435-6915

DJ Cody Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN TICKETS, 525-1515

Masterworks 3: Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 Saturday, Jan. 14, 7:309:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Freedom & Funk Celebration Concert Sunday, Jan. 15, 8-11 p.m.

Center for Southern Folklore 123 S. MAIN AT PEABODY TROLLEY STOP 525-3655

Zeke Johnson/Paulette Regan Second Friday of every month, 11:30 p.m.

Dirty Crow Inn 855 KENTUCKY

Bobbie & Tasha Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.

Earnestine & Hazel’s 531 S. MAIN 523-9754

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

Huey’s Downtown 77 S. SECOND 527-2700

The Joe Restivo 4 Sunday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m.-midnight.

The Orpheum 203 S. MAIN 525-3000

Tedeschi Trucks Band Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:30-10 p.m.

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

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 MondaysWednesdays, 5:30-8 p.m.

Fingertrick Friday, Jan. 13, 9 p.m.; Joe Keegan and the Cut Ties Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 p.m.; Radio Ghost, James Godwin Monday, Jan. 16, 9 p.m.; Milo in the Doldrums Tuesday, Jan. 17; Cricket Orchestra, Syrrup, Reach Wednesday, Jan. 18, 9 p.m.

Huey’s Midtown 1927 MADISON 726-4372

The Pistol and the Queen Sunday, Jan. 15, 4-7 p.m.; The Chaulkies Sunday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Lafayette’s Music Room 2119 MADISON 207-5097

The 1524 1524 MADISON 218-1453

DreamFest Weekend 6 Friday, Jan. 13, 7-11 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, 7-11 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15, 7-11 p.m.

Bar DKDC 964 S. COOPER 272-0830

Marcella and Her Lovers Friday, Jan. 13; Thelma and the Sleaze Saturday, Jan. 14; Benny Ferree Sunday, Jan. 15; Devil Train Monday, Jan. 16; Goner Records Hop and Shop Tuesday, Jan. 17; John Paul Keith Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Boscos 2120 MADISON 432-2222

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

The Buccaneer 1368 MONROE 278-0909

Faith Evans Ruch Friday, Jan. 13, 10 p.m.

Celtic Crossing 903 S. COOPER 274-5151

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

The Cove 2559 BROAD 730-0719

Reach Thursday, Jan. 12; Ed Finney and the U of M Jazz Quartet Thursdays, 9 p.m.; Java Trio Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 p.m.; Justin Bloss with Jesse Dakota Sunday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.; Justin White Mondays, 7 p.m.; Don and Wayde Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

Dru’s Place 1474 MADISON 275-8082

Karaoke Fridays-Sundays.

Jeremy Stanfill and Joshua Cosby Thursday, Jan. 12, 6 p.m.; Ashley McBryde Thursday, Jan. 12, 9 p.m.1 a.m.; Blackwater Trio Friday, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m.; The Outer Vibe Friday, Jan. 13, 10 p.m.; Susan Marshall & Friends Saturdays, 11 a.m.; Loveland Duren Trio Saturday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m.; The River Bluff Clan Saturdays, 3 p.m.; Johnny Mac Duo Saturday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m.; Chris Johnson and Landon Moore Saturday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m.; Graham Winchester and the Ammunition Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Sundays, 11 a.m.; Marcella and Her Lovers Sunday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m.; John Paul Keith and Co. Mondays, 6 p.m.; Charlie Millikin Tuesday, Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m.; John Kilzer Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; Breeze Cayolle and New Orleans Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.; Might Souls Brass Band Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m.

Midtown Crossing Grill 394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

Memphis Ukelele Meetup Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Minglewood Hall 1555 MADISON 866-609-1744

School of Rock Presents: Lucero, Star & Micey, Dead Soldiers, The Memphis Dawls Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

Murphy’s 1589 MADISON 726-4193

Teardrop City with Bark and the Dan Montgomery Three Thursday, Jan. 12; Pig Star Saturday, Jan. 14; Nosebleed with Memory Loss Monday, Jan. 16.


After Dark: Live Music Schedule January 12 - 18 Off the Square Catering

Owen Brennan’s

Hadley’s Pub

19 S. FLORENCE 728-6085

THE REGALIA, 6150 POPLAR 761-0990

2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

Nashville Songwriter’s Assn. Intnl. (NSAI) Memphis Chapter Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

P&H Cafe 1532 MADISON 726-0906

Rock Starkaraoke Fridays; Indeed, We Digress with Winter Classic Saturday, Jan. 14; Open Mic Music with Tiffany Harmon Mondays, 9 p.m.-midnight.

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

Summer/Berclair Barbie’s Barlight Lounge 661 N. MENDENHALL

Possum Daddy’s Karaoke Saturdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Cheffie’s Cafe

Whitehaven/ Airport

Jay’s Birthday Bash with the Nuttin Fancy Band Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 p.m.; No Hit Wonders Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m.

Old Whitten Tavern Marlowe’s Ribs & Restaurant

2800 WHITTEN 379-1965

Live Music Fridays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Cordova Huey’s Cordova 1771 N. GERMANTOWN PKWY. 754-3885

2 Mule Plow Sunday, Jan. 15, 4-7 p.m.; Bluff City Soul Collective Sunday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m.-midnight.

T.J. Mulligan’s Cordova

4381 ELVIS PRESLEY 332-4159

8071 TRINITY 756-4480

The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

Karaoke with DJ Stylez Thursdays, Sundays, 10 p.m.

The Phoenix

Huey’s Germantown 7677 FARMINGTON 318-3034

The Heart Memphis Band Sunday, Jan. 15, 8-11:30 p.m.

Ice Bar & Grill 4202 HACKS CROSS 757-1423

Unwind Wednesdays Wednesdays, 6 p.m.-midnight.

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Wine Bar 9087 POPLAR 755-0092

Live Music on the patio Thursdays-Saturdays, 7-10 p.m.

North Mississippi/ Tunica

1015 S. COOPER 338-5223

The Phoenix Blues Jam Tuesdays, 8-11 p.m.

The Crossing Bar & Grill 7281 HACKS CROSS, OLIVE BRANCH, MS 662-893-6242

Rhodes College, Tuthill Performance Hall

Karaoke with Buddha Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8 p.m.midnight.

2000 N. PARKWAY 843-3000

Faculty Concert Series Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Hollywood Casino

Wild Bill’s

1150 CASINO STRIP RESORT, TUNICA, MS 662-357-7700

1580 VOLLINTINE 207-3975

The Wild Bill’s Band Fridays, Saturdays, 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Live Entertainment Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; 6 Degrees Band Friday, Jan. 13, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Young Avenue Deli 2119 YOUNG 278-0034

Chinese Connection Dub Embassy Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 p.m.

Horseshoe Casino & Hotel AT CASINO CENTER, SOUTH OF MEMPHIS, NEAR TUNICA, MS 1-800-303-SHOE

The O’Jays Friday, Jan. 13.

East Memphis

Intimate Piano Lounge featuring Charlotte Hurt Mondays-Thursdays, 59:30 p.m.; Larry Cunningham Fridays, Saturdays, 6-10 p.m.

Huey’s Poplar 4872 POPLAR 682-7729

The Dantones Sunday, Jan. 15, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Mortimer’s 590 N. PERKINS 761-9321

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

Poplar/I-240 East Tapas and Drinks 6069 PARK 767-6002

Eddie Harris Thursdays, Fridays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Van Duren Solo Tuesdays, 79 p.m.; Elizabeth Wise Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

Neil’s Music Room 5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Rewind Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m.; Benefit for Mia Jones feat. Grand Theft Audio and No Hit Wonders Sunday, Jan. 15, 3 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.midnight.

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RockHouse Live

Leigh Ann Wilmot and Dave “The Rave” Laman Fridays, 6-9 p.m.

High Point Pub 477 HIGH POINT TERRACE 452-9203

Pubapalooza with Stereo Joe Every other Wednesday, 8-11 p.m.

5709 RALEIGH-LAGRANGE 386-7222

Arlington/Eads/ Oakland/Lakeland Rizzi’s/Paradiso Pub 6230 GREENLEE 592-0344

Live Music Thursdays, Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Karaoke and Dance Music with DJ Funn Fridays, 9 p.m.

Bartlett Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center 3663 APPLING 385-6440

Matt Beilis Saturday, Jan. 14.

Live Bands Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Open Mic Mondays Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Live Music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Shelby Forest General Store 7729 BENJESTOWN 876-5770

Tony Butler Fridays, 6-8 p.m.

Collierville

Huey’s Collierville 2130 W. POPLAR 854-4455

Soul Shockers Sunday, Jan. 15, 8-11:30 p.m.

Frayser/Millington Harpo’s Hogpin 4212 HWY 51 N. 530-0414

Live Music Saturdays, 9 p.m.

Germantown

Germantown Performing Arts Center 1801 EXETER 751-7500

Jazz in the Box presents Katie Thiroux, bass & vocals Friday, Jan. 13, 7-8 and 8-9:30 p.m.; Regina Carter Saturday, Jan. 14, 8-10 p.m.

Huey’s Southwind 7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

El Ced and Groove Nation Sunday, Jan. 15, 8:30 p.m.midnight.

Hillbilly Mojo Sunday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Tunica Roadhouse 1107 CASINO CENTER, TUNICA, MS 662-363-4900

Live Music Fridays, Saturdays.

Raleigh Stage Stop 2951 CELA 382-1576

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

West Memphis/ Eastern Arkansas Southland Park 1550 N. INGRAM, WEST MEMPHIS, AR 800-467-6182

Live Music Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

The New Backdour Bar & Grill 302 S. AVALON 596-7115

Karaoke with Tim Bachus Mondays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; DJ Stylez Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

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

551 S. MENDENHALL 762-8200

Huey’s Southaven 7090 MALCO, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-349-7097

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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CALENDAR of EVENTS:

January 12 - 18

TH EAT E R

EACC Fine Arts Center Gallery

The Ugly Duckling, tale by Hans Christian Andersen. www.eacc.edu. $14.50. Sat., Jan. 14, 3 p.m. EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 1700 NEWCASTLE, FORREST CITY, AR.

TheatreWorks

Other People’s Happiness. www.playhouseonthesquare.org. $25-$35. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Jan. 21. 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 New Works: Pottery by Helen Fielder and Paintings by Kathleen Williams, www.stmarysschool.org. Fri., Jan. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483).

Germantown Performing Arts Center

Artist reception for “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend: A New Beginning,” www.gpacweb.com. Sat., Jan. 14, 5-7 p.m. 1801 EXETER (751-7500).

Insight Gallery

Artist reception for Insight Gallery, Sat., Jan. 14, 5-7 p.m. 4063 SYKES.

L Ross Gallery

Opening reception for “HereToStay: Art of Resilience,” exhibition by local artists benefiting Community Legal Center’s Immigrant Justice Program, Mid-South Immigration Advocates, and Latino Memphis’s Derechos Immigration Program. www.lrossgallery.com. Fri., Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m. 5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).

Metal Museum © BBC Worldwide

January 7 - March 3, 2017 Locally presented by:

Opening reception for “Guns, Violence, and Justice,” exhibition by various artists using guns and gun references in their artwork. www.metalmuseum.org. Sun., Jan. 15, 2-5 p.m. 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).

Ross Gallery

Opening reception for “Fused Expression,” exhibition of studio glass by John Littleton and Kate Vogel. www.cbu.edu. Fri., Jan. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY, PLOUGH LIBRARY, 650 E. PARKWAY S. (321-3000).

and Air/Sea Travel

3050 Central Ave / Memphis 38111

January 12-18, 2017

901.636.2362

OTH E R A R T H A P P E N I N G S

1978 Frontier Classic at Freedom River

Two-man “opera,” combining elements of theatrics, music and projection art, that runs approximately 30 minutes. Wed., Jan. 18, 7-9 p.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

“Arf ... For Art”

Adopt a castaway that needs a home and collect original art to support Dogs 2nd Chance. Sun., Jan. 15, 2-6 p.m.

FOR THE RECORD YOU DESERVE

QUALITY

CIRCUITOUS SUCCESSION GALLERY, 500 S. SECOND, WWW.DOGS2NDCHANCE.ORG.

“Intrude” Member Opening

Experience the latest Brooks outside exhibition, featuring artist Amanda Parer’s “Intrude.” Wed., Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Mellotron Record Pick-up

20 2160 YOUNG AVE. | 901.207.6884 HALFORDLOUDSPEAKERS.COM

Blue vinyl gatefold LP package of a live performance by Jonathan Kirkscey and Robby Grant, organized in collaboration with Winston Eggleston. Originally performed during the “Duets for Mellotron” event. $20. Fri., Jan. 13, 10 a.m.8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues., Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Wed., Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS GALLERY, 422 N. CLEVELAND, WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Writer’s Resist: Memphis

National movement of writers seeking to “reinaugurate” their commitment to democratic principles bringing together Memphis writers and artists, as well as anyone interested in resistance through art. Sun., Jan. 15, 7 p.m. BELLE — A SOUTHERN BISTRO, 117 UNION AVE. (433-9851).

C O M E DY

Chuckles Comedy Club

The “Laugh Your Hart Out” Comedy Tour, featuring Crystal Powell and Alfred Kainga, along with Lomax from BET. (421-5905). $12.50. Thurs., Jan. 12, 8-10 p.m. Adele Givens. $27.50. Fri., Jan. 13, 7:30 & 10 p.m., Sat., Jan. 14, 7:30 and 10 p.m., and Sun., Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Dick Gregory: MLK Special, www.chucklescomedyhouse.com. $32.50. Mon., Jan. 16, 6 p.m. 1700 DEXTER.

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.

Booksigning by Tony Fletcher

Author discusses and signs In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett. Wed., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. STAX MUSEUM OF AMERICAN SOUL MUSIC, 926 E. MCLEMORE (946-2535), STAXMUSEUM.COM.

LECT U R E /S P EA K E R

Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker of Early 19th-Century New York

Lecture and master class with Matthew Thurlow. Sat., Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

TO U R S

Old Forest Hike

Walking tour of the region’s only urban old-growth forest. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. OVERTON PARK, OFF POPLAR (276-1387).

Midtown Crossing Grill

Comedy Hypnotist Nick Toombs. Ticket price includes show, two slices of pizza, and a drink. (485-2319), www.hypnoticride.com. $17. Fri., Jan. 13, 7 p.m. 394 N. WATKINS (443-0502).

P&H Cafe

Open Mic, Thursdays, 9 p.m.

E X POS/SA LES

Who’s Hiring Memphis Career Fair 2017

Start the new year with a new career. Tues., Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. THE ESPLANADE, 901 CORDOVA STATION (729-9469), WWW.WHOSHIRINGAMERICA.COM.

1532 MADISON (726-0906).

B O O KS I G N I N G S

Booksigning by Lydia Peelle

Author discusses and signs The Midnight Cool. Live music performance by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show. Mon., Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD, 387 PERKINS EXT. (683-9801), WWW.THEBOOKSELLERSATLAURELWOOD.COM.

Booksigning by Nick Bruel

Author discusses and signs Bad Kitty Takes the Test. Wed., Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m. THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD, 387 PERKINS EXT. (683-9801), WWW.THEBOOKSELLERSATLAURELWOOD.COM.

“Fused Expression” at Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University

S PO R TS / F IT N ES S

Cardinals Caravan Stop

Chance to talk baseball and meet current players, alumni, and broadcasters. There will be autographs for kids, Cardinals prize drawings, and more. Fri., Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m. AUTOZONE PARK, THIRD AND UNION (721-6000), WWW.STLCARDINALS.COM/CARAVAN.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure

Course in Shelby Farms Park open for its second season. Ongoing. SHELBY FARMS, 500 N. PINE LAKE (767-PARK), WWW.GOAPE.COM.

WWE Live

$41. Tues., Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m. FEDEXFORUM, 191 BEALE STREET, WWW.FORUMMEMPHIS.COM.

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GRIZZLIES VS BULLS 8PM SUNDAY, JANUARY 15

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS THURSDAY, JANUARY 12

WWE SMACKDOWN TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

GARTH BROOKS COMING FEBRUARY 2017

Presented by AutoZone. This year’s Sports Legacy Award honorees include Grant Hill, Steve Smith, and Lisa Leslie. Visit grizzlies.com for more info!

This American funk rock band will bring The Getaway Tour to FedExForum. Tickets available!

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Energy Justice Town Hall Meeting

Examine Memphis’ high-energy burdens. Free. Thurs., Jan. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (826-1658), WWW.CLEANENERGY.ORG.

Personal Trainers & Running Buddies Dog Adoption

Dogs available for adoption who would be an excellent fit for people with an active lifestyle (or those who’ve made a commitment to achieving an active lifestyle). Sat., Jan. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 101 S. MAIN, SOUTH MAIN ARTS DISTRICT, WWW.MEMPHISANIMALSERVICES.COM.

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

KIDS

Disney Junior at the Movies with Mickey!

Celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday with an invite to be the first to see Mickey’s new series Mickey and the Roadster Racers. Sat., Jan. 14, 10 a.m. MALCO PARADISO CINEMA, 584 S. MENDENHALL (682-1754), WWW.MALCO.COM.

S P E C IAL EVE N TS

20 Under 30

Celebrate the top 20 Memphians under 30 who are shaping our city’s future and get a sneak peek of the new venue. Wed., Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m. OLD DOMINICK DISTILLERY, 305 S. FRONT.

Science of Beer

Taste beer from local professional and home brewers, enjoy beer/food pairings from local vendors, and talk to local brewers. Fri., Jan. 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m. MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

FI LM

Jan. 18, 7 p.m.

Dale Sanders: Source to Sea

MALCO PARADISO CINEMA, 584 S. MENDENHALL (682-1754), WWW.MALCO.COM.

Documentary film about a world-record holder, champion spear fisherman, and the oldest man to have solo paddled the entire Mississippi River. $5. Sat., Jan. 14, 2 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Museum will show a film that celebrates stories of individuals who have embraced challenges to create positive change in our world. Followed by discussion. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Through Jan. 31.

Live: No Man’s Land

MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Revival of Pinter’s comic classic. Sun., Jan. 15, 1 p.m., and Tues., Jan. 17, 7 p.m.

Wild Africa 3D Through March 3.

MALCO PARADISO CINEMA, 584 S. MENDENHALL (6821754), WWW.MALCO.COM.

Singin’ in the Rain 65th Anniversary

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Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie. one moment to the next. Director Larraín’s assignment is to recreate historical moments already familiar to many viewers, while presenting them in a fresh way for younger people unfamiliar with history. The recreation of the 1962 television tour of the White House, in which Portman is digitally inserted into some existing shots while others are recreated out of whole cloth, is an incredible example of using video texture to set mood. The phantom ride as the motorcade bearing the wounded president races to Parkland Hospital and the foggy sequence in which Jackie tours Arlington cemetery, looking for a place to stake out for John’s grave, feature some particularly inspired work by cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine. Probably due to the presence of Darren Aronofsky as producer, Jackie is as tight a production as you’ll see these days. But it’s all in service to Portman’s layered performance as a woman buffeted by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. As first lady, Mrs. Kennedy saw it as her job to project an image of perfection for the women of America. As a child of Manhattan wealth and a Vassar girl, Jackie was well suited for the role. As Portman reveals, when her world crumbled around her, that quest for perfection turned into yet another unbearable burden. And


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TH E LAST WO R D by Susan Wilson

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There’s a graphic that’s been making its way around social media for a while. It says something like, “I don’t care if you’re gay, straight, black, or white. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you.” I’ve had many friends share it while patting themselves on the back for being so generous with their correctness. On the surface, it sounds great, but inside lurks the real evil: I’m not going to be nice to you until I see you’ve earned it. This tends to be shared by people who will also say they don’t see color. White people such as myself like to say this because it makes us feel like we’re doing a service to you by denying your ethnicity. After all, true equality means we’re all treated white, right? I’ve been thinking about this lately because of our new Cheeto-inChief. Some of my left-leaning friends have spoken up loudly to say, just as my right-leaning friends did when Obama was elected, that Trump is not their president. Here’s the problem. He is. The year 2016 was one of blame cloaked as personal responsibility. Don’t want to get raped? Don’t drink at frat parties. Don’t want to be beaten for being transgendered? Stop being transgendered. Don’t want to be stopped by the police? Don’t dress like a thug. Don’t want to be mocked for your religion? Don’t wear a hijab. Don’t blame me! I voted for Hillary. Can’t blame me! I didn’t vote at all. A few years ago, Elizabeth Warren and President Obama both stirred a bit of controversy for pointing out that no one achieves anything by themselves. They noted that when you build a successful business you do so using roads we all paid for. Your business is protected by tax-paid police and fire departments. Your business used community-financed resources such as electricity and water. Your responsibility as a business is to help repay that. They were both castigated for pointing out these facts. Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple? This is what critics asked. Are you saying he didn’t build that? No, that wasn’t what either of them said. Steve Jobs hired programmers, designers, cafeteria workers, security guards. He wasn’t a one-man office. And even if he were, he’d have still had to buy office supplies somewhere. The point was that your success doesn’t mean that someone else can’t be successful because you won’t help pay for repairing the roads you used to haul your goods across country. When we say Donald Trump isn’t our president, it says that we will not take responsibility for what comes next. It’s a convenient excuse to sit at home and stream Netflix and eat aerosol cheese because, hey, that dude is your problem. Well, hey. Those who voted for him don’t see that dude as a problem. So when the company who makes the computer you use to watch Netflix is the same company as the one that provides your internet service you use to watch that company’s movies, and the cheese you’re squirting on crackers is a subsidiary of that very same company, and you find out this all happened because someone else’s president created a climate in which there is now no place else for you to go for internet and cheese, and your service is now being throttled because you could no longer afford unlimited bandwidth because with no competition that one company could charge whatever it damn well pleases for service, what are you going to do? Now that other person’s president has made it personal, because NO ONE MESSES WITH YOUR MURDER, SHE WROTE MARATHON. When you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. And that means you think you’re entitled to your opinion that climate change is real. And that being gay isn’t a choice. And that bathroom laws aren’t necessary to protect our children. We’ll agree to disagree. But that’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works. You don’t get to deny what you don’t agree with or understand. You don’t get to deny your responsibility as a citizen because your candidate didn’t win. And you certainly don’t get to be a jackass because you think someone else might hurt your special snowflake feelings. We wanted the swamp drained? It’s been drained and is filling up with corporate logos. With men who think they got there with no help from anyone. The 115th United States Congress will be brought to you by Exxon and Hardee’s. So you can get fries with that. I cannot think of anyone more resistant to personal responsibility than a man who railed against a corrupt, rigged election that would put his opponent in power, but once he won, denied that same election was corrupted, despite proof a foreign power he lusts after was involved in corrupting it. But hey, not my problem. I didn’t vote for him. Susan Wilson writes for yeahandanotherthing.com and likethedew.com. She and her husband, Chuck, have lived here long enough to know that Midtown does not start at Highland.

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