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OUR 1509TH ISSUE 01.25.18 Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once famously said, “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” If Brandeis is correct, we no longer have a democracy in the U.S., or, at best, we are damn close to losing it. An economic report released this week by the Oxfam organization concluded that income inequality has reached unprecedented levels. To illustrate, Oxfam noted that three Americans — Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett — hold a total of $263 billion in wealth, which is equal to the holdings of the lower 50 percent of the American population at large, or 160 million people. So, to reiterate: Three guys have as much money as the total amount of wealth held by 50 percent of American citizens. Worldwide, the figures are just as staggering. Oxfam reported that 42 people now own as much wealth as the bottom 3.7 billion people living on the planet. The U.S. governing bodies — the House and Senate — are mostly run by millionaires who became millionaires by doing the bidding of billionaires via special interest lobbies and corporate donations. The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision — which decreed, essentially, that corporations are people with the right to “free speech,” meaning they have the right to contribute unlimited funds to political advertising — has polluted and corrupted the electoral process to an astonishing degree in just eight years. The Trump presidency has stepped it up another notch Louis by appointing billionaires to Brandeis most key cabinet positions. And almost without exception, they are serving the very corporations they are supposed to be regulating. Millions of acres of our National Parks are being sold off to mining, oil, and lumber interests. Off-shore drilling rights are being granted near the beaches, coral reefs, and fishing grounds of our coastal states. Banking and financial investment regulations are being loosened. Environmental laws are being repealed or rolled back or ignored. Public school funding is being curtailed, as money gets funneled into for-profit “educational” institutions. Health care is becoming a luxury the poor and working-class can’t afford. All in the name of greed. All in the pursuit of accumulating more money by those who already have more than most of us would see if we lived 10 lifetimes. We’ve been here before in our history, most recently in 2007-2008, when the subprime mortgage crisis nearly destroyed the economy. The Wall Street cowboys thought the Ponzi-scheme housing bubble they’d created would never burst. But it did, and fabled financial institutions, including Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, Citibank, and AIG went down in flames. The U.S. automobile industry went on life support. The government threw $700 billion at the banks to bail them out, and poured another $800 billion stimulus into the economy. It worked, eventually, but a lot of folks got burned; a lot of folks lost everything. Now, here we are, 10 years later, and it’s party time again. Regulations? N E WS & O P I N I O N We don’t need no steenking THE FLY-BY - 4 regulations! The economy is booming! NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 5 Unemployment is low. The stock POLITICS - 7 market is hitting another all-time high VIEWPOINT - 8 every week. What could go wrong? COVER - “20<30” Maybe nothing. Maybe we just soar BY CHRIS MCCOY - 10 and soar into the great wide open, as the WE RECOMMEND - 16 MUSIC - 18 rich keep getting richer and the poor AFTER DARK - 20 keep getting screwed by the trickleCALENDAR - 23 down myth. But karma is a bitch, and ART - 29 the universe has a way of correcting FOOD - 30 imbalances. So do democracies, if they SPIRITS - 33 can survive long enough to vote the FILM - 34 money-changers out of the temple. C LAS S I F I E D S - 36 Bruce VanWyngarden LAST WORD - 39




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DAM M IT, GAN N ETT Dear Mom and Dad, I’m sorry I didn’t check in safe on Facebook after the earthquake in Memphis and West Tennessee. But jeepers, I didn’t even know there was an earthquake in Memphis and West Tennessee until I saw it on the news. Still, I can understand how you might be concerned after seeing pictures of collapsed buildings like this one published online by the USA Todayowned version of The Commercial Appeal. It looks catastrophic, I know.


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But that picture’s a random video still somebody found on the web and not a current picture from Memphis or West Tennessee.


Or maybe you saw this picture. It’s super-scary, right? Anyway, Mom and Dad, it’s possible that this quake (which I didn’t feel) caused some damage somewhere. But, near as I can tell, no multi-story buildings from New Zealand collapsed in Memphis last week. Love Your Pesky Fly DAM M IT, GAN N ETT, TO O Some fun redundancy in a recent health column in The Commercial Appeal: “Flu is now widespread in every state but Hawaii — and Tennessee is no exception.” And neither is Arkansas. Or Connecticut. Or any other state not named Hawaii. Not even Florida. By Chris Davis. Email him at

N EW H O M E FO R STATU ES? Memphis Greenspace, Inc. announced last week that since they purchased two city parks and removed Confederate statues from them, there has been a number of offers to take the monuments. Those interested in the Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest statues include Civil War sites, the city of Savannah, Georgia, the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum in Biloxi, members of the Tennessee General Assembly, and white separatist affiliates. Also removed from Memphis Park was Confederate soldier Capt. Harvey Mathes’ bust, which Mathes’ great-grandson wants to move to his home in Atlanta. Van Turner, president of Greenspace, Inc., asks for the state’s help in finding the proper home for all three of the monuments, which are currently being stored in an undisclosed location. AI R B N B PAYS TA X ES Airbnb will start automatically collecting taxes on behalf of its Tennessee hosts beginning in March, the company announced last week. The company’s new statewide tax agreement with the Tennessee Department of Revenue will allow Airbnb to collect 7 percent in state tax and between 1.5 and 2.75 percent in local tax from each booking. Each year, more than $13 million in local and state tax revenues are due from Airbnb stays, and this new agreement is meant to ensure that all of it is seamlessly collected. Memphis is one of the 350 cities nationwide that has partnered with Airbnb in the past. In May, the city made an agreement with Airbnb, authorizing the company to collect and

remit Memphis’ occupancy and tourist taxes. N O - G O FO R AMA Z O N H Q2 Retail giant Amazon issued a list of finalists for its $5 billion new headquarters, HQ2, last week, and Memphis wasn’t on it. The Memphis City Council offered Amazon $60 million in cash and $10 million in public investments to recruit the company here. The proposal was one from 238 cities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. From there, Amazon chose 20 finalists. Among them were Nashville, Atlanta, and Austin. TH E C ITY’S STATE As the city’s 200-year anniversary approaches, the administration will shift its focus toward reinvesting in the city’s core. That’s what Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said during his second State of the City address last week. Through de-annexation, expansion of tax-incentive zones, road and infrastructure improvements, fighting blight, and the activation of city parks, the city will “build up” the core, the mayor said. But, reducing crime rates in the city remains the top priority at city hall, he said. To do that, the city has a five-component plan, which includes hiring more officers, working with state legislators to increase the penalty for violent crimes, creating more jobs in the city, giving young people something productive to do, and lastly, expunging more non-violent crimes.

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Leaders plunge into water issues for the present and the future. State officials announced last week they’ve found a new spot on the Mississippi River for the “poopline” and that they’ve assembled a new team focused on Tennessee’s water future. A 35-mile pipeline from the Memphis Regional Megasite in Haywood County is still slated to dump 3.5 million gallons of treated wastewater into the river every day. But locals in Randolph, the original site of the pipe’s end, convinced state leaders that the spot on the river gets shallow or dries up completely in summer months. Pumping it there, they said, would leave the wastewater to gather in large, dirty pools instead of mixing with the massive volumes of Mississippi River water. “We came up with a solution to move the outflow pipe a couple of miles south into what we’ll call the real deep channel flow of the Mississippi,” Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe told the state Senate Commerce and Labor Committee last week. “[The current outflow] may not be the most perfect location in the summertime when the river is way down and those sandbars do expose themselves.” Some 500,000 gallons of the daily wastewater carried by the new pipeline would be sanitary wastewater from the city of Stanton, Tennessee. This part of the plan led many on Facebook to call the project the “poopline.”

Rolfe said the state has permission from about 75 percent of the property owners along the pipeline route to build the line on or across their land. However, a “handful” of owners have said “there’s not a price [they could be paid] where they’d grant the easement.” Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (R-Jackson) asked Rolfe, “How long is the process of eminent domain to scare the other 24 percent-25 percent of the other properties?” Rolfe said it could be a six- to ninemonth process, “but I can assure you the [Tennessee Attorney General’s] office has a good strategy to pursue those avenues.” Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced a committee to develop “TN H2O,” a plan to include “an assessment of current water resources and recommendations to help ensure Tennessee has an abundance of water resources to support future population and economic growth.” “Abundant, clean water has been a strategic advantage for Tennessee and is critical to our quality

How can Tennessee best protect its water resources? of life,” Haslam said last week. “We need to ensure this critical natural resource is managed appropriately as our state continues to grow and prosper.” The development of the committee was spurred, in part, by recent concerns over the use of the Memphis Sand Aquifer, the source of the city’s drinking water, to cool a new Tennessee Valley Authority energy plant. Also, Haslam said a plan is needed to address recent droughts, “failures of wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, interstate battles over water rights,” and the fact that the state’s population is set to double in the next 50 years. TN H2O will focus on surface and groundwater, water and wastewater infrastructure, water reuse and land conservation, as well as the institutional and legal frameworks around water issues. Locally, the committee includes Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Col. Michael A. Ellicott Jr., commander, U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers Memphis District.

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Crossing Party Lines The surprise is that White has also identified herself as an adherent of the campaign of County Commissioner Terry Roland, a Republican, for Shelby County mayor. She turned up in Roland’s company last week when the commissioner formally filed for mayor at the Election Commission, and she posed with Roland, along with other supporters, for a widely distributed photo of the event. This sparked an immediate and impassioned thread on Facebook, initiated by a Democratic activist. Other Democrats joined in with their own negative reactions, to which White eventually responded defiantly, telling one critic: “I’m not colluding. I chose and have a voice to make my own decision to vote like I want to. … I don’t care who you vote for. Your voice is your voice.”  However unprecedented, White’s public endorsement of Roland would not seem to violate any stricture of the election code. But the local Democratic Party has a primary board, appointed just last Saturday, which apparently

Vontyna Durham White (second to the left of Republican mayoral candidate Terry Roland), is running as a Democrat for county commission but has antagonized fellow Democrats by her support for Roland. has the authority to declare her an invalid contender in the party primary. That board has not yet met to consider the issue but almost certainly will at some early point. STATE SENATE, DISTRICT 33: The question of party fidelity is also an issue in the reelection race of Democratic Senator Reginald Tate, who has drawn the ire of his party colleagues over the years for what some of them see as his collaboration with Republicans in the General Assembly. Tate for some years held an office with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative

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think tank which mass-produces sample legislation for its members in the legislatures of various states. Responding to criticism from fellow Democrats, Tate resigned his affiliation with ALEC. But he had acquired a primary opponent, health-care executive Katrina Robinson, who would seem to have hearty support of those Democrats alienated by Tate’s political coziness with the GOP. On the matter of association, Robinson has a potential problem of her own, though it has nothing to do with any choice on her part or actions of hers. Her sister Sherra Robinson Wright, was recently arrested in California in connection with the 2010 murder of her then husband, exUniversity of Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright. Robinson herself has not been implicated in any part of the legal proceedings, and says she has had very limited contact with her sister. She vows to run a viable campaign, steering clear of any publicity or distractions resulting from the Wright case.  SHELBY COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT 5: This East Memphis enclave — currently represented by Commission chair Heidi Shafer, a Republican — may be on its way to becoming a swing district on the 13-member commission (currently consisting of seven Democrats and six Republicans), and one sign of that is the fact that the four persons who have so far drawn petitions to run for it divide equally between the parties. The two Republicans are Geoffrey Diaz and Richard Morton, both with activist backgrounds. The Democrats are Michael Whaley and the aforementioned Shelandra Ford, who is considering more than one race. What makes this district somewhat striking is that two of the candidates — Republican Diaz and Democrat Whaley — are staking out centrist positions. Realtor Diaz, who has an Hispanic background, maintains a core group of Latino residents of the district, with whom he meets to discuss issues of diversity and programs for economic opportunity. Diaz is willing to declare himself a “moderate,” something virtually unheard of these days among Republicans, who tend to prefer the self-description of “conservative.” And Whaley, Tennessee director of an education-related non-profit agency, has engaged consultant Steven Reid, a prominent force in the past campaigns of Mayor Jim Strickland and GOP 8th District Congressman David Kustoff; Reid stresses his own candidate’s intent to reach across party lines.

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The election lists are still forming, but already the number of unusual developments in the 2018 election season are way beyond the norm. Several of them cast a bit of light on the question of partisan identity. Where to start? SHELBY COUNTY CLERK: Well, there was the fact that Danny Kail and his wife Sohelia Kail, both veterans of county government and both political activists, had each drawn petitions to run for Shelby County clerk as Republicans. Note the verb form, “was.” Danny Kail is well known in political circles as an active Democrat, who over the years has run unsuccessfully for both Probate Court clerk and Probate Court judge, losing the Democratic primary for clerk in 2010 in the first instance and gaining the Democratic Party endorsement for judge in 2014, though his opponent, incumbent Judge Karen Webster, somehow ended up being listed as the party choice on a semi-official local Democratic newspaper. The two experiences combined to sour Kail, the county’s former liaison officer on labor issues, on his future potential as a Democrat and led him to declare last fall, when he was serving as CAO for the Criminal Court clerk’s office, as a GOP candidate for the county clerk’s job.  To the surprise of many, Sohelia Kail also drew a petition for the Republican primary for the same position. The bottom line, explained Danny Kail this week, was that he decided to yield to his wife, whom he said he deems to be a superior candidate as a longtime budget analyst with the Sheriff ’s Department. So he is dropping out, and she was, at mid-week, scheduled to formally file for county clerk. Others drawing petitions for the position are Republicans Arnold Weiner and Donna Creson and Democrats Shelandra Ford, Jamal Whitlow, and Mondell B. Williams. Weiner, Whitlow, and Williams have completed their filing. SHELBY COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT 10: This is another case of blurred political lines. Incumbent Commissioner Reginald Milton, a Democrat, seems destined to face an opponent in the party primary, one Vontyna Durham White, who has not only drawn a petition but has filed for the commission seat.



The question of partisan fidelity predominates, one way or another, in several pending races this election year.



DACA Dilemma The nation has just witnessed another orgy of political partisanship on steroids — the 69-hour governmental shutdown resulting from a standoff between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, with the GOP members

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carrying water for the immigration hardliners in President Donald Trump’s White House. The ostensible issues involved in the standoff were hardly trivial, with congressional Democrats basing their position on a determination to see the passage of enabling legislation for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and Republicans being just as determined to keep anything involving DACA out of the continuing resolution bill that was being prepared to maintain the operations of the federal government. What underscores the absurdity of the conflict is the fact that, by general consent, clear majorities existed in both parties favoring DACA, which would shield from deportation and other penalties the children, many of them now grown and active participants in the economic and civic life of America, who were brought here by parents who were themselves illegal aliens.  Legislation to restore DACA was made necessary when Trump last year arbitrarily revoked the executive order by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, that had established the program. Trump, who has an obvious fetish for eradicating any possible vestige of Obama’s two terms, claimed (and claims) that he, too, favors the concept of DACA but contended at the time that only Congress should authorize the program and set a deadline of March 4th for legislative

reauthorization. Basing their stand on a distrust of Trump’s long-evident proclivity for reversing his stated positions regularly and whimsically, the Democrats obviously wished to nail the issue down as far in advance of the President’s arbitrary deadline as possible. Republicans, taking their cue from the aforementioned administration hardliners, resolved to resist dealing with DACA without a clear go-ahead from Trump, who has insisted on coupling DACA reauthorization with Congressional appropriations to enact his Great Wall fantasy on the border with Mexico, as well as on approval of an assortment of other harsh antiimmigrant positions. Hence, after some typical back-and-forthing from Trump that made hash of attempts to negotiate the matter, the impasse. Disagreements are inevitable within a democratic framework, but they should be based upon legitimate divisions of opinion, not on UsAgainst-Them invocations of party loyalty, which was so obviously the cause of the DACA standoff. The governmental shutdown was fairly quickly ended when the Democrats blinked and concurred with a GOP formula for a continuing resolution to extend to February 8th, at which time the DACA issue will still need resolution, and more urgently. To everybody’s shame, party was put before country.

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Pavement vs. Parks The final decision on the Memphis Zoo parking lot redesign will signal what Memphis values most.

Why sacrifice acres of parkland for parking when demand for parking is predicted to fall? Will Memphis be smart enough to plan ahead? Will we design with the future in mind? Urban planners tell us that in the next few years, self-driving cars and ride-sharing will become widespread, dramatically reducing the need for parking. Why sacrifice acres of parkland for parking when demand for parking is predicted to fall? Will Memphis be smart enough to plan ahead? Will public preferences be considered when making major decisions like these? Mayor Strickland made public involvement and transparency a key part of this project. In response, scores of people have filed comments with P-HD, the vast majority of which argued for preservation of parkland, environmentally friendly lowimpact development design, elimination of the ring road, and forward-thinking approaches to congestion. A petition advocating similar positions recently gained over 2,000 signatures in just a few days. The public clearly values parkland over pavement. Will Memphis listen and respond to park users’ input? Memphis has a chance to take its place with forward-thinking cities all around the nation by embracing public green space, innovative traffic solutions, and public involvement. If we can do this project right, it’s a promising sign for our city’s future. Eric Gottlieb has lived in Memphis since 1998. He administers the Facebook page, Stop Hurting Overton Park.

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How much parkland will be lost? By using efficient design, a good plan can be developed that costs the people of Memphis far less than three acres of parkland. Some citizen-generated designs even suggest that the resolution’s firm requirements can be met within the zoo lot’s current boundaries. Parks, green lines, and other natural amenities have been shown to attract talented young entrepreneurs and creatives. They are positively associated with health and wellness outcomes in urban populations. Will Memphis recognize the value of free public green space over pavement? Will there be a ring road? The ring road supposedly addresses congestion, but in fact it just displaces traffic onto what is currently parkland, damaging park users’ experience in the process. Using “free” parkland to solve transportation challenges is reminiscent of the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s discredited and unsuccessful effort to run I-40 through Overton Park decades ago. Will Memphis embrace, protect, and preserve the park experience, or will we sacrifice it by using outdated approaches in an attempt to ad-

dress traffic flow problems? What creative measures will be used to address congestion? Developing the zoo entrance on North Parkway into a proper entrance gate would encourage the use of the 350 or so parking spaces there and in the Snowden school lot.  This would keep hundreds of cars out of the park entirely. Raising the price of parking and eliminating free parking for zoo members would encourage visitors to walk, bike, bus, Uber, or park for free in Overton Park and nearby neighborhoods. Replacing pay-as-you-enter with pay kiosks or parking apps (as is done downtown and in Overton Square) would avoid backups caused by delays as drivers pay at the gate. Will Memphis reveal its innovative spirit to find creative new solutions?


Decisions will soon be made that will impact the future of Overton Park and the surrounding neighborhoods for years to come. These choices offer insights into our priorities as a city and how those priorities are determined. In response to growing public outrage over the Memphis Zoo’s continued use of Overton Park’s Greensward for overflow parking, the Memphis City Council passed a resolution specifying parameters for a way forward. The resolution requires building 415 new “front-door” parking spaces that must conform to certain size minimums. It explicitly allows planners latitude to adjust the remaining design elements specified in the resolution. The Overton Park Conservancy, neighborhood groups, and other supporters of Overton Park raised $1.5 million to support the project. Mayor Jim Strickland then convened a group to hire a designer (they chose Powers-Hill Design, P-HD) and to work out the details of the plan. P-HD submitted three concepts, each of which transfer almost three acres of parkland to the zoo, significantly more than park supporters understood would be required. Each option includes a “ring road” that places hundreds of moving vehicles per day within arm’s reach of park users. These plans are currently being revised. We ask that city planners consider a number of important questions before settling on a design:





very year, the Flyer devotes an issue to honoring the best and brightest Memphians under 30. This year, our readers nominated more than 50 exceptional young people from all walks of life. Whittling the list down to 20 was a difficult — and inspiring — job. There is so much talent here.

As always, 20<30 is about what these young people are doing, but it’s mostly about the future. These are some of the young leaders who will shape tomorrow’s Memphis, and we’re giving you a preview of what that city might look like. Short version: We’re in very good hands, indeed.



When we say the 20<30 will build the future of Memphis, in Jessica Beasley’s case, we mean that literally. Beasley is a structural engineer and designer for Varco Pruden Buildings. In a typical day, she says, “I’m told about a project that needs to be built, and I’m either given some architectural plans, or we have to use our imagination.” Beasley then creates the buildings virtually to estimate the cost of the materials and labor that will be used to build them. “Starting from nothing and creating something is pretty awesome!” Originally from Nashville, Beasley was inspired to become an engineer by the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering mentor program. Beasley is paying it forward with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Junior program. “The kids in that program are so passionate about learning and knowing. It’s just crazy where Memphis is about to go, and it starts with the youth.” She’s also taken a much more direct route to influencing the future: Jessica and her husband Quincy have just 10 welcomed a new son, Nathan Kingsley Beasley, into the world. January 25-31, 2018



What does Jared Bulluck, Senior Director of Community and Alumni Engagement for Leadership Memphis, like about the Bluff City? “The potential it has to be great,” he says. “Any time there’s something new and exciting happening, I like to be a part of that. I feel like, with the work I do today, I’m attuned to those situations and to the individuals doing great things in Memphis.” What has his time at an organization devoted to preparing and mobilizing leaders taught him? “A good leader is charismatic, enthusiastic, and passionate about the work they do,” he says. “To be a good leader, you have to have a good team around you. The only way for you to succeed is for everyone else around you to succeed.” Bulluck says increased diversity is the only way forward for Memphis. “The nature of my work, and why I was so attracted to being here at Leadership Memphis, is because we continue to bring people from all across the city, all across the socioeconomic spectrum together, to make these connections and make themselves better.”

Forty years ago, Charles Carpenter founded a law firm in Memphis. “He’s been around so long, there are attorneys who are now judges, and he trained them.” says Corbin I. Carpenter, who now practices with his father at the firm. “We do corporate and municipal finance. That’s heavy transactional work,” he says. “Public work projects, big revenue bonds, single- and multi-family housing. That’s what I like. In my job, we are able to help the masses. Low-income, impoverished people deserve to have quality housing.” Carpenter also serves as the chairman of the board of STS Enterprises, a mentoring and service program that helps shape the future of young, at-risk men and women. “We talk about grooming, we talk about sex, we talk about manhood, the importance of respecting your brother, the importance of giving back and financial literacy. We teach them everything from A to Z to give them the tools they need to go toward college, to go toward the workforce, to go toward service. It’s up to people who have it or know how to get it to go and uplift the unempowered and impoverished people.”


“My stepdad was in an accident around the time I graduated high school,” Nathan Crumley recalls. “He was burned pretty significantly. So I spent a lot of the summer between high school and college in a burn unit in North Carolina.” That experience put Crumley on a path to a nursing degree at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. His last few years have been spent working in the burn unit at Regional One Health. “I’ve dealt with a lot of people with lifealtering injuries. People are a lot stronger than they give themselves credit for. They dig down deep into their reserves and find some really inspiring strength.” (Crumley’s tips on how to avoid ending up in the burn ward: Don’t cook meth, don’t burn trash or leaves in your back yard, and never, ever throw gasoline on a bonfire. “That’s a good way to mess yourself up real quick,” he says.) Crumley has recently taken a new position in the St. Jude pediatric ICU. “My path is guided from my experiences,” he says. “As an infant, I spent time as a patient in the pediatric ICU. I’m hoping I can make kids’ experience, and the experience of their parents, the best it can be.”

When Victoria Honnell came to Memphis as a Rhodes College freshman, she knew no one in Memphis. “I have no family within 1,000 miles of the South,” says the native of New Mexico. “I wanted my own little adventure, to try something new.” Honnell’s grandfather was a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where her father is a chemical engineer, and her mother a laboratory assistant. “I was destined to be some kind of scientist, but I’m the first biologist in the family,” she says. She majored in neuroscience, and with her hard-science degree, Honnell could have gone anywhere after undergrad, but she decided to stay. “Memphis was my home; it was comfortable. I really enjoyed the neighborhood. And I liked seeing how Memphis has grown since I came here in 2011. I love this city.” Along with 11 others, Honnell was accepted into the inaugural class of St. Jude’s new Ph.D program, where she is studying to be a developmental neurobiologist. “I know we’re the guinea pigs, but St. Jude is known for exceptional work, and I don’t think their Ph.D program is going to be any different.” Honnell also trains as a long distance runner, and recently competed in the St. Jude marathon. But science and research are her abiding passion. “Advancing cures for different diseases and improving human life. That’s my drive.”


Lawrence Matthews is a painter, photographer, and multi-media artist. As “Don Lifted,” he is one of Memphis’ most innovative popular hip-hop musicians. And now, inspired by the music videos he has done with Kevin Brooks and the work he has done with Northwest Prep School, Crosstown Arts, and Binghampton’s Carpenter Art Garden, he is moving into filmmaking. “I don’t think about anything as not connected. I make stuff. I’m just a creator, just an artist. My gift is the gift of creation. That’s what I’m noticing as I get older. It’s not ‘I can paint’ or ‘I can rap’ or ‘I can sing.’ I can create things. I wish I had understood that when I was in high school and college. Now I see that I can do whatever I choose to do.” Don Lifted is planning a full schedule of singles and music videos ahead of the September release of his second album Contour. Matthews is also working on his first full-length documentary, which will address gentrification and its impact on the lives of Memphis’ vulnerable youth. “These choices that the overarching powers are making are ruining the lives of young black kids,” he says. “I want to tell their story with the platform I have. The future will have more of that from me — using my platform to educate and try to change things.”

How did Brandon Ramey get into ballet? “It happened by chance,” he says. “It was a school trip to the see the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker. I was seven years old, and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.” In 2009, Ramey was attending the San Francisco Ballet School when he auditioned for Ballet Memphis’ Dorothy Gunther Pugh. “Within a couple of days, she had a contract in the mail for me,” he says. “When I first showed up in Memphis, it was culture shock for sure. I thought Memphis was a pyramid and Graceland and blues music. But it’s been so much more than that.” For Ballet Memphis, the 6’5’’ Ramey has been the lead dancer in Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Darting Eyes, and Water of the Flowery Mill. In 2011, he was paired with Virginia Pilgrim in The Nutcracker. “She was the sugarplum fairy, and I was the cavalier. It was that fairytale story. We stared working together, then dancing together, and there was some chemistry there that was just a little bit deeper than all that, and we fell in love.” Now married, the couple recently got a new house in Cooper-Young and teach together at the new Ballet Memphis school. “When I moved here, Overton Square was boarded up. The French Quarter Inn looked like a haunted hotel. Just seeing what Memphis has done over the past nine years has been incredible.”




was living in Boston, there was a really high barrier for entry. You couldn’t jump on a bill with another local band. Here, people are more like, come on in, the water’s fine.” Rooker is a project manager with the UrbanArt Commission. “I remember the first time I came to Memphis, I was driving through Cooper-Young and I loved that trestle piece, which was actually an UrbanArt Commission piece. It really drew me to living here. So the opportunity to come on at UAC was very appealing to me,” she says.

“We’re trying to strategically reimagine what public art should look like and how people interact with it.” Rooker is a core organizer with the Memphis Feminist Collective. Her band, Name and the Nouns, will release its first album early this year, and she recently got engaged to her long-time boyfriend. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve been able to plug in, meet fabulous people, and do creative projects. I think this is sort of the perfect place for me to spend my twenties. I’m not leaving anytime soon.”

Music has always been a force in Emily Rooker’s life. Her father, who died when she was seven, was a singer and guitarist. She started piano lessons when she was 12, and vocal lessons when she was 14. In high school, she was into choir, community theater, and at age 16, recorded her first album. She left her native Michigan to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, but once she came to Memphis, she fit right in. “I feel like the musicians here are so welcoming and encouraging. When I

Rehana Rashid came to Memphis after getting a degree in marketing from the University of Alabama. She thought she would be getting into advertising, “but it took a turn into holistic well-being and wellness,” she says. “I grew up dancing and doing ballet, classical dance. I then started getting into fitness when I came to Memphis. I developed a Barre program that went back to the fundamental techniques in ballet, and put that into a community center setting.” Rashid’s holistic wellness studies led her to Bali, where she trained at Awakened Life School of Yoga. “That was when I was going through a really bad divorce. It was a natural step for me and helped me heal myself. I think that’s the way God or the Universe works.” Now, Rashid is the marketing director for the Kroc Center, where she also teaches multiple fitness and yoga classes. “The Kroc Center is a great place to be. It was developed to be a place that was strategic, serving both affluent and underprivileged neighborhoods.” Rashid says she loves the Bluff City because it’s a place where she can make a difference. “I found faith and friends and what became a family. I’ve seen that change happen in my own personal life, and I’ve been humbled to see that change in others. There’s been a lot of pain in Memphis, but there’s a lot of healing as well.”

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Growing up in Memphis, Susanne Salehi says she felt like an outsider. “There was a sense of always being different. ‘Where are you from?’ Well, my dad is from Iran, if that’s what you’re asking. That’s why I look this way. I barely notice now, but when you’re a kid, you’re more sensitive to these things.” This summer, Salehi will begin the MFA writing program at the University of the South in Sewanne. Her current emphasis is on creative nonfiction. “I’ve been exploring what it means to be the Other. I just came out as a lesbian three years ago. So I’m still trying to find my place with all that, especially in the South.” Salehi is currently the Grants and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Southern College of Optometry. “I started wearing glasses in the first grade, so I know that wearing glasses can change a life. If you can’t see, it’s not just academics, it’s your shyness. Not to mention that 80 percent of your learning is done visually. So I’m huge on making sure that everyone, children especially, is able to access eye care.” She is also passionate about her volunteer work, which includes mentoring at Youth Villages, and planning events for OUTMemphis. “That’s what I love about it here,” she says. “You can get involved and make a difference.”





Steven Sanders was a fixture on the football field at Whitehaven High School. “What drew me back every summer to the two-a-days was the guys in the trenches with me. That made it worthwhile to me. The biggest thing I took away from it was leadership. When I was named captain my senior year, they saw leadership qualities in me that I didn’t see in myself.” After a year of playing college ball, Sanders returned to Memphis to pursue a marketing degree. “The business classes I took, most of them focused on FedEx — how FedEx got started, and what they did to be successful.” Sanders now works for the Memphisbased logistics giant as a marketing specialist. “The biggest lesson I’ve taken away from working there is the emphasis FedEx places on its employees. At FedEx, we believe in living PSP — People, Service, Profit. That concept is all around. If you take care of the people, they’re going to perform well for your customers and drive them to provide great service, and that great service is going to turn into profits.” Sanders is passionate about helping Memphis by volunteering as a mentor for at-risk youth, presenting a face of success many of his mentees never thought possible. “Once they see someone who looks like them, who has come from the same circumstances that they have come from and has made it out of that, for a lot of them, it is life-changing.”

Even though her current job description is Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder and Brain-Based Leadership Coach, Louisa Shepherd is a classically trained clarinetist. “When I was studying music, I was a really entrepreneurial person. I was coming up with ways to make money by selling musical equipment. I came up with innovative ways to issue musical equipment to people using barcodes. My teacher was like, ‘You’re really going places. But maybe not playing.’” Shepherd is the Director of Collective Impact at Epicenter, Memphis, where she helps prepare people for tomorrow’s economy. “I believe the future of work is one that entrepreneurs will have an upper hand in,” she says. “When my parents were young, it was like, go to school, get a job, and they’ll take care of you forever. Now, that’s just not the case. People need to embrace that.” Epicenter Memphis’ ambitious mission is to create 500 new companies and 1,000 new entrepreneurs in the Bluff City by 2025. “This place is really ripe with opportunity on the entrepreneurial level. I thought it was a really great place for me to pursue my business, coaching creative people, first-time executives, in career and business strategy. I want to help other people see this city like I see this city.”

J.B. Smiley was four years old when his parents divorced. “I spent the summers in South Memphis, and the school year I spent in East Memphis and Bartlett,” he recalls. “Definitely different perspectives. I go to one part of town, and people tell me I’m rich. I go to the other part of town, and I’m like, ‘Man, I’m poor!’” Smiley was a basketball star at Bolton High School, and went on to play college hoops at Tennessee Tech before transferring to the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, a move he credits with expanding his horizons. “I used to tell people that I wanted to be Michael Jordon and Johnny Cochran. Nobody told me I couldn’t be both things.” Smiley got a law degree from the University of Arkansas, then practiced corporate law with a big firm. “Financially, it was very rewarding,” he says. “But something was missing.” So Smiley struck out on his own. “Now, I like to do the kind of law I like to do,” he says, “which is interacting with people — hearing their stories, trying to find solutions to their problems.” Then he ran across a study revealing that people in the 38026 and 38126 zip codes have a life expectancy 13 years lower than the national average. Now, he is running for the District 8 seat on the Shelby County Commission. “I believe God puts you in certain positions so you can carry out his mission.”


at a restaurant in Collierville,” he says. “I was cooking food on the line before I could drive. I went to the University of Arizona to try to be a doctor like my dad, and that taught me the science behind cooking — denaturing alcohol, breaking down foods into chemical compounds, the physical properties of things.” Steiner’s medical ambitions didn’t last long, but his side hustle of selling cheesecakes took off. “I built up enough money to fund an LLC before I was 20,”

he says. He attended L’Ecole Culinaire in Memphis, and opened his first restaurant when he was 23. Steiner says his cooking is inspired by his family’s heritage. “My cuisine is kind of a fusion: Old World, working with your hands, and Moroccan, working outside on a spit, and the SicilianMediterranean world, working with fish. If you could create anything from scratch, you absolutely have to do it. That’s how my grandmothers taught me to cook.”

For years, a progression of eateries came and went on the northeast corner of Cooper-Young. Then, Strano moved in and appears to have broken the curse. The Italian restaurant has amassed a loyal following and a solid reputation, thanks to chef and owner Josh Steiner. Steiner grew up on a farm in the Germantown/Collierville area. His passion for cuisine came early. “When I was 13 or 14, I lied about my age on an application so I could go wash dishes


He grew up in Midtown, but Miles Tamboli found his passion on the farm. “It’s as natural as eating. You get the hang of it real fast. And it’s really calming to do that kind of work.” Tamboli went to Tulane University, intending to study medicine. But as he learned more about the factors that go into health, he became more socially motivated. “I got more interested in the social and institutional factors that influence

health. The solution to health inequality is to change the way we work as humans, to change the way we interact with each other, to change the job market, to change the way cities are laid out, to change the opportunities young people have.” For the last three years, Tamboli has run the Girls, Inc. Youth Farm, in Frayser. Last year, he and his crew of 12 raised and distributed seven tons of food. “The girls who are part of the program really run the business. It’s a program for young women who want to do something different, something meaningful, and want to try out this farming thing.” Tamboli served on Mayor Strickland’s transition team and the board of the Memphis Farmer’s Market. This year, he will start an Agri-STEM curriculum on Bolton High School’s 1,200 acres of land. “I think this is a really interesting time for Memphis. We’re seeing the impact of a lot of new investment, and a lot of growth in terms of the people who are staying here, and the people who are moving here. Growing up here, everyone wanted to leave. Now, I don’t see that so much.”











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“I grew up interested in film,” says May Todd. “My dad and my grandpa used to show me old movies, and I really loved it. I didn’t know I could do it as a livelihood until I got to college.” Todd was one of the first graduates of the film program at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Her first real film was Paradise, Florida. “I’m really proud of it because we finished it! It’s on Amazon now.” She served as a production

coordinator on Tim Sutton’s exploration of the mass shooting phenomenon, Dark Night. “Here in Memphis, working on Silver Elves with Morgan Jon Fox gave me the same sense of camaraderie with a really small crew, working to get something that was creative, genuine, and compelling.” In 2014, Todd met Ryan Watt of Indie Memphis and quickly got a job offer. “I loved Memphis, and I love movies, and I wanted to be a part of making Memphis proud of our movies.” Indie Memphis has grown into one of the country’s most respected regional film festivals, and Todd has been instrumental in developing the successful Youth Film Festival. “I think it’s amazing to bring kids together who are making things in their back yard, or making films with their teachers’ help, to come together and find out that they’re not doing it alone — there’s a community there. We give them a theater experience, where they can invite their friends and say, ‘I’m not the nerd that missed that dance. I am a creative individual who made this movie!’”

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For Kirbi Tucker, the University of Memphis is a family tradition. “My grandmother wanted to go to the University of Memphis, but was not allowed because blacks couldn’t attend.” But Tucker’s parents and her uncle got degrees from U of M. She remembers her mother taking her to the university when Tucker was seven. “We went to Richardson Towers, and my mom

asked a young lady if we could see her dorm room. She told me, ‘This is where you’re going to go to school, and this is the dorm you’re going to stay in.’” Today, Tucker is an admissions counselor, helping to recruit more than 5,000 students a year to the institution she loves — while also teaching courses on academic strategies and studying for her Ph.D in Education. “The students are concerned about whether or not they’re going to get a job once they graduate. But they’re also excited about doing great things in the community. A lot of my students want to help. They just need someone to help provide them with the information they need. What I tell my family friends is, if you have someone in your life who you can mentor, take that opportunity.” Tucker says her number-one priority is decreasing income inequality. “I would really love to see the poverty rate in Memphis decrease. Right now, we’re at 27 percent, which is awful. I think about my ancestors, women who weren’t even allowed to read. That was the law! Now, me being able to go to any university I can get accepted to and to read and learn as much as possible in America, it’s inspiring to say the least.”


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Molly Wallace grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, the daughter of a pair of educators who taught at Gallaudet University. “That’s what got me into Teach For America,” she says. “I grew up in public schools. Some of them are the best-funded public schools, and some of them are the worst. There’s just a lot of systemic racism and inequality at work there.” She taught English for two years in

some of the poorest neighborhoods in Memphis in charter schools. “They’re so focused on closing the achievement gap in literacy and math that they don’t have extracurricular stuff or electives or sports programs. A lot of Teach For America teachers will get to Memphis, be assigned English as their teaching position, and then they get to a classroom and there’s nothing there. We end up calling back home to mom and dad and saying, ‘I need you to ship me all of my books from my childhood.’ “Do you think the teachers at Germantown High are shipping their childhood books to their classrooms? No! I think it’s absurd that the students who need it the most don’t get it. As an English teacher, I could affect maybe 100 students per year. But a librarian could effect a whole school.” Wallace found a willing partner in KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools. “In one semester, we raised enough money for a library, and I built it the next semester. Now I’ve built another one in a different KIPP school. My goal is to keep doing this in all the KIPP schools. It’s really worth it when it comes to investing in kids’ reading and helping them build a reading habit.”


Stephen Whitney was a freshman in college when a deep fryer caught on fire, burning his arms, legs, and feet. “It was life-changing. It made me think, what do I truly enjoy? I asked, ‘What is my purpose, and how can I fulfill that purpose?’” Through music, was the anwer he came up with. “Everyone and their brother in Memphis can play an instrument,” he says. “I realized that there’s nobody helping these musicians. Who is getting them gigs? I wanted to be the one making it happen.” He co-founded Whitney Entertainment Brokers, which has put on more than 150 live events in the city, and in 2013, while still a student at University

of Memphis, joined the Blues Foundation, where he works as the Membership, Sales, and Production Coordinator. He also founded the city’s first African-American craft brew festival, the Taste the Flavors Craft Brew Event, which benefits the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee. “Memphis’ strength is that we’re so rich in history — civil rights, music, and food. Another strength is, that we’re a diverse city. I want to connect the dots and help groups connect with each other.” The Memphis Flyer would like to thank Ballet Memphis for the use of their beautiful new space located in Overton Square. For rental information, contact Allan Kerr at or 901-214-2425.




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Scovia Wilson was born in Sudan in 1994, in the midst of one of the worst humanitarian crises of the last 50 years. “My dad died in that war, and we had to leave and go to a refugee camp in Kenya. So my life started there.” Wilson learned English at a British school in Uganda, and her family came to Memphis when she was nine. Wilson excelled at Snowden Elementary School, and went to ECS in the eighth grade. “I had never been in one spot with so many white people,” she says. “But the teachers were very welcoming. I played all the sports. I was in clubs. I dove into it. My first priority was education. So many people sacrificed for us to be in America and to have this education.” Wilson obtained her American citizenship while a sophomore at the University of Memphis, where she majored in journalism and public relations. After college, she started the Behind Bluff City podcast with OEM Network. One of the people she interviewed was photographer Katie Barber, who had traveled to Sudan with Operation Broken Silence, the Memphis nonprofit advocacy group devoted to helping the desperate masses in the war-torn country. Soon afterward, Wilson signed on with the group as a fund-raiser and activist. “The genocide is still going on. Sudan’s dictator has orchestrated the death of over 2,000,000 people,” she says. “In the Nuba mountains, we have a school in the refugee camp that is helping a thousand kids right now — but there are 25,000 kids there.” Wilson finds the current immigration debate in the U.S. appalling. “As a Sudanese refugee, the fact that there are people out there who are afraid of me is so overwhelmingly sad. You think immigrants are terrorists because you have no idea. They’re another human being who comes from God. It’s heartbreaking that people who are coming here for safety don’t feel safe. How I see it, everyone is a refugee. We’re always running away from something.”


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Finding Neverland star John Davidson has an affinity for the double role he plays in the spectacle-laden musical adaptation of Finding Neverland. “As Captain Hook, I give [Peter Pan author J. M.] Barrie the same advice I’d give anybody getting into the business,” he says. “Find the child within yourself, because to find out who you are is the greatest challenge of life. I’m telling Barrie, ‘Don’t write what you been writing. And don’t write what everyone expects you to write. Write your story.’ Then, as Charles Frohman who’s Barrie’s producer, I’m trying to talk him out of writing a play for children. ‘It will be a disaster,’ I tell him. ‘Children don’t have money; they can’t buy tickets!’” When it comes to the business of show there are worse people to take career advice from than Davidson. The clean cut actor started on Broadway in the 1960s before packing up his Pepsodent smile and taking his act to Hollywood, where he became a ubiquitous game show presence, recorded albums, and landed notable guest spots on popular shows. Davidson hosted That’s Incredible, The New Hollywood Squares, and was a frequent substitute for Tonight Show icon Johnny Carson. But between appearances on The Love Boat and in made for TV films like Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders II, Davidson continued to work as a song and dance man. “Until this time, my favorite roles have been Don Quixote in Man of la Mancha and playing Harold Hill in The Music Man. But now this is by far my favorite role,” Davidson says. “I’m at my best when I can chew on the scenery, and each of these roles gives me a chance to do that. It is exhausting and I just love it and I’m so grateful. “In my mind, I’m the luckiest guy in the world to have this role,” says Davidson who, at 76, describes Finding Neverland’s Hook/Frohman as, “the role of a lifetime.” "FINDING NEVERLAND" AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE JANUARY 23RD- 28TH. $24-$125 ORPHEUM-MEMPHIS.COM (901) 525-3000

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“Out of Africa” Art Village Gallery, 4-7 p.m. A collector’s first look at the newest “Out of Africa” show with contemporary work from African and international artists. Show includes a cappuccino pop-up bar, cocktails, food, and live music from DJ Crystal Mercedes.

Perfect Arrangement Circuit Playhouse, 8 p.m., $25 Red scare-era comedy about state department employees deemed “sexual deviants.”

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“Incognito!” Art Soiree and Silent Auction Memphis Botanic Garden, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., $35 Annual party and silent auction featuring unsigned “incognito” works by local artists.

SATURDAY January 27 Crosstown Arts Openings Crosstown Arts, 6-8 p.m. The new galleries in the Crosstown Concourse host four openings. Emily C. Thomas’ “Imprismed” in the West Gallery feaures paintings, sculpture, and digital objects that examine “psycho-sexual energies.” Elizabeth Alley explores Icelandic narratives in “Two Stories of Iceland” in the East Gallery. Terri Phillips’ “Don’t Look for my Heart” in the West Gallery addresses ruin and despair. Pam McDonnell’s “Material Equivalence” in the East Gallery takes on the idea of “duende,” reacting to another’s creativity.

Gary Morris Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, 7:30 p.m. Concert by Texas singer and writer of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” What Lies Beneath Elmwood Cemetery, 1:30 p.m., $20 Tour on the secrets and hidden histories of this historic cemetery. Staxtacular Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 7 p.m.-midnight, $175 Annual gala event hosted by Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, and Paije Speights. Proceeds go to the Stax Music Academy.


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Body Language

By Chris Davis

What would it look like if real life versions of the pins and markers used by Google maps crashed into the Earth and started trampling Midtown Memphis like they were the stars of a Japanese Kaiju movie? Would it look like gentrification? That’s a thematic conceit of Charles Taylor’s short video C-Town, currently on display in Rust Hall as part of the Memphis College of Art’s “(dis)placed bodies” exhibit. Taylor is one of 16 participants in a multidisciplinary effort to consider how bodies are “(dis)placed by intersections between poverty, available jobs with living wages, decent housing, quality education, and justice in Memphis.” The exhibit was created with MLK50 in mind and inspired by one of Martin Luther King’s comment that, “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” “(dis)placed bodies” is also multi-institutional, showcasing the work of artists and non-artists in graduate programs at MCA and University of Memphis. The work includes examples of animation, photography, sculpture, poetry, and assemblage. “(dis)placed bodies” gives viewers a lot of opportunities to compare and contrast work. Darcie Beeman Black’s an MFA candidate specializing in metals, but working with plastic for “(dis)placed bodies”. Her entry — a ragged, asymmetrical net of transparent chain — is literally difficult to see. Nearby, a collection of old newspaper and magazine articles printed on clear plastic sheets and layered by Leslee Bailey-Tarbett, doctoral student and literacy instructor at the University of Memphis, reveals uncomfortable truths about one Memphis neighborhood association’s self-concept of preservation as activism. As much a visual essay as an art exhibit, “(dis)placed bodies” does exactly what its organizers intended by exploring a world where people have been “shifted by structural economic, racial, sexual, gender inequalities against their will.” For those who like to discuss those sorts of things, there’s an artists reception scheduled January 26th from 6-8 p.m. “(DIS)PLACED BODIES” AT MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ART’S RUST GALLERY THROUGH JANUARY 30TH, WITH A RECEPTION JANUARY 26TH., 6-8 P.M. FREE. MCA.EDU/






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Sanitation Worker Interview Church of Holy Communion (4645 Walnut Grove), 9:15 a.m. Otis Sanford interviews sanitation workers, Rev. Cleo Smith, Baxter Leach, and Rev. Leslie Moore.

Olate Dogs Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $25-$32 Professional dog act and winner of America’s Got Talent.

“The Real Beauty: The Artistic World of Eugenia Errázuriz” Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 2 p.m. Show featuring Eugenia Errázuriz’s collections and works featuring her. There will be a lecture today at 2 p.m. by curator Julie Pierotti.


MONDAY January 29 Mono Slam Hattiloo Theatre, 7 p.m., $5 Monologue slam with winners taking home cash. Finale in six weeks.




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Farewell to Wild Bill’s

One of Memphis’ last juke joints has shut down.


January 25-31, 2018

or many years, you could often find me at 1580 Vollintine, in a sleepy strip mall in the Klondike neighborhood. There, at the juke joint known as Wild Bill’s, it felt like the party would never end. Many of us took out-of-town friends there. Cyndi Lauper, Yo-Yo Ma, and filmmaker Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu were among the many luminaries who visited over the years. Director Dan Rose shot a scene there for his underground epic, Wayne County Ramblin’ (featuring Iggy Pop), casting two-thirds of the Gories and Lorette Velvette as the house band. Everyone reacted with the same fervor: Wild Bill’s was unlike any other place on the planet. “We had people from all different countries visit every weekend,” says vocalist and author Charles Cason, who emceed at the club. “I remember when I was performing at B.B. King’s, the tourists went up and down Beale Street and saw everything they needed to see, and then they’d ask where they could see pure, unadulterated down-home blues. We’d always recommend Wild Bill’s. In the early days, you flung the door open to Wild Bill himself — William Storey, a native of New Albany, Mississippi, who came to Memphis in 1937, started driving a cab in 1948, and began running nightclubs in 1964. He eventually opened Wild Bill’s in the early 1990s. Despite his sobriquet, Wild Bill was a somber cat. He’d eyeball you, hold up a number of fingers based on the size of your group, and once you handed over the cover charge, he’d slide off his stool and guide you past the band to a seat at one of the three long rows of card tables that lined the room. They sold cold 40-ounce beers and hot fried buffalo fish and fried chicken. When the dance floor got hopping, waiters Buddy and Mike strode up and down the room with giant plastic chitlin buckets, collecting tips. The band was typically an amalgamation of groups like the Hollywood AllStars and the Blues Busters, with plenty of special guests and pick-up musicians thrown into the mix. For a white person like me, Wild Bill’s offered a glimpse of a Memphis that others thought had


For a white person like me, Wild Bill’s offered a glimpse of a Memphis that others thought had dried up and blown away decades before. The smoky milieu was home to a unique black subculture, dominated by people of my grandparents’ generation — and I always felt welcome. dried up and blown away decades before. The smoky milieu was home to a unique black subculture, dominated by people of my grandparents’ generation — and I always felt welcome. Its proximity to the Rhodes College campus made it a haven for college kids wanting a taste of the real blues. “Wild Bill’s was like church, with its own congregation,” says musicologist David Evans, who recorded most of the club’s musicians for University of Memphis label High Water Records. “In the 1980s and 1990s, there were a few clubs like that, but Wild Bill’s was just about the last

one standing. These clubs were for the black community. White folks started visiting, and I think at Wild Bill’s, whites became a large factor, once they discovered it.” House guitar player Levester “Big Lucky” Carter died in 2002, leaving a large hole. Storey himself died in 2006, leaving the club to his wife, Lerlene, who ran the joint for several more years. Keyboardist William “Boogie” Hubbard, who had honed his craft backing up the likes of Memphis Minnie, passed soon after. And in 2012, effervescent bassist Melvin Lee died, leaving drummer Don Valentine as one of the few original members of the house band. In more recent years, Wild Bill’s was run by a woman named Michelle (who did not respond to queries for this story). Around the first of the year, local stations ran stories about the club’s demise. According to news reports, landlord Rashad Alasdi pulled the plug on the venue because rent hadn’t been paid since last May. Cason contradicts that report, asserting that the property owner was actually behind on property taxes. “It had to be something extremely crucial for [the club owner] to close at a time like that,” Cason says. “Here it was the weekend of New Year’s Eve. It was going to be a full house, wall-to-wall. And on December 29th, we suddenly got the notice that it was closed. The feds had enough consideration to call ahead and let her know that the taxes were way behind and they were coming to lock down Wild Bill’s. They suggested she carry out her stuff in advance — otherwise, everything inside the building would be confiscated.” Evans laments Wild Bill’s closure, noting its impact on the local music community. “The musicians were part-time,” he says. “They made all right money, and most of the people who came to listen to them were their friends. It was also an incubator of talent, where younger musicians could sit in. Some musicians might have gotten their start at Wild Bill’s, or found the impetus to keep playing. Wild Bill’s kept Memphis blues going in the black community on a weekly basis.”

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After Dark: Live Music Schedule January 25 - 31 Club 152 152 BEALE 544-7011

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 Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; B.B. King’s All Stars Mondays, Thursdays, 7 p.m., and Fridays, 9 p.m.; Will Tucker Band Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Lisa G and Flic’s Pic’s Band Saturdays, 12:30 p.m., Sundays 2:30 p.m.; Memphis Jones Fridays, 5 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

Handy Bar 200 BEALE 527-2687

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

Itta Bena 145 BEALE 578-3031

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 MondaysThursdays, 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.

King’s Palace Cafe Patio 162 BEALE 521-1851

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

Purple Haze Nightclub 140 LT. GEORGE W. LEE 577-1139

168 BEALE 576-2220

Big Don Valentine’s Three Piece Chicken and a Biscuit Blues Band Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Myra Hall Friday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m.-midnight; Delta Project Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Rum Boogie Cafe

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

Live Music Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 p.m.

Brass Door Irish Pub 152 MADISON 572-1813

182 BEALE 528-0150

Young Petty Thieves Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; FreeWorld Friday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m.-midnight and Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.-midnight; Sensation Band Sunday, Jan. 28, 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.

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. 26, 8 p.m.-midnight; Little Boy Blues Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Chris McDaniel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Silky O’Sullivan’s

Live Music Fridays.

Dirty Crow Inn 855 KENTUCKY

Nancy Apple Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Christine DeMoe Friday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.; The Po Boys Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m.; Bobbie Stacks and friends Wednesdays, 8-11 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.

The Vault 124 GE PATTERSON

Camille Rae Friday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.

South Main

Earnestine & Hazel’s

Loflin Yard

531 S. MAIN 523-9754

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

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 130 PEABODY PLACE 523-8536

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

Huey’s Downtown


Electric Church Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

South Main Sounds 550 S. MAIN 494-6543

Third anniversary show featuring Christine DeMeo, Camille Rae, Steve Schad, Savannah Long and Nick Long Friday, Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m.

77 S. SECOND 527-2700

Young Petty Thieves Sunday, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.


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.

DJ Dance Music MondaysSundays, 10 p.m.


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.

Monday, Jan. 29; Dave Cousar Tuesday, Jan. 30; Some Sons of Mudboy Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Blue Monkey 2012 MADISON 272-BLUE

Karaoke Thursdays, 9 p.m.midnight.

Boscos 2120 MADISON 432-2222

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

Canvas 1737 MADISON 443-5232

Karaoke Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.; Kyle Pruzina Live Mondays, 10 p.m.-midnight.

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

Jazz with Ed Finney, Deb Swiney & David Collins Frog Squad Thursday, Jan. 25, 8-11 p.m.; Lickety Grit Friday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.; Hope & the Soul Scrimmage Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 p.m.; David Collins & Frog Squad Sunday, Jan. 28, 6-9 p.m.; Russel Lee Weaver Monday, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m.; Ben Minden-Birkenmaier Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6-8 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.


Crosstown Arts

964 S. COOPER 272-0830

430 N. CLEVELAND 507-8030

Disco Night with Damp Velour Thursday, Jan. 25; Marcella and Her Lovers Friday, Jan. 26; Goth Night with All the Colors of the Dark Saturday, Jan. 27; Namazu Sunday, Jan. 28; Devil Train

Memphis Music Gives Fest 2018 Friday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

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Ghost Town Blues Band Saturday, Jan. 27; 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 Band Sundays, 6 p.m. and Mondays, 7 p.m.; FreeWorld Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

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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Otherlands Coffee Bar

Young Avenue Deli

Huey’s Poplar

Owen Brennan’s

1911 POPLAR 244-7904

641 S. COOPER 278-4994

2119 YOUNG 278-0034

4872 POPLAR 682-7729

THE REGALIA, 6150 POPLAR 761-0990

John Kilzer Saturday, Jan. 27, 8-11 p.m.

Chris Johnson Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m.

P&H Cafe


1532 MADISON 726-0906

Rock Starkaraoke Fridays; Volk, Raytracer, The Conspiracy Theory Saturday, Jan. 27; Open Mic Music with Tiffany Harmon Mondays, 9 p.m.-midnight; C.J. Boyd, Avery Vaughn, Jacques Granger with Alyssa Moore Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The Settlers Sunday, Jan. 28, 4-7 p.m.; Twin Soul Sunday, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m.-midnight. 590 N. PERKINS 761-9321

University of Memphis The Bluff 535 S. HIGHLAND

DJ Ben Murray Thursdays,

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

Wang’s East Tapas 6069 PARK 685-9264

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

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

Summer/Berclair Cheffie’s Cafe 483 HIGH POINT TERRACE 202-4157

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

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

412-414 N. CLEVELAND 278-TONE

Gary Morris Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Trezevant, Small Friday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.; Refreshingly Heavy Saturday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.; DJ Zirk’s Birthday Bash Sunday, Jan. 28, 9 p.m.; Hudson Falcons Shamefinger Red Squad Monday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; World War Me, Oh, Weatherly, Sunsleep Tuesday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m.; The Rotten Mangos, The Ellie Badge, Movie Night Wednesday, Jan. 31, 9 p.m.

Hadley’s Pub 2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

Twin Soul Friday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m.; The Shotgun Billies Sunday, Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m.; Juno Marrs Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m.

Old Whitten Tavern 2465 WHITTEN 379-1965

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

Huey’s Midtown

RockHouse Live

1927 MADISON 726-4372

Joe Restivo 4 Sunday, Jan. 28, 4-7 p.m.; Soul Shockers Sunday, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

5709 RALEIGH-LAGRANGE 386-7222

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

Java Cabana 2170 YOUNG 272-7210

Gritty blues with Zeke Johnson Friday, Jan. 26, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Lafayette’s Music Room

Shelby Forest General Store

2119 MADISON 207-5097

7729 BENJESTOWN 876-5770

Midtown Crossing Grill 394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

Steak Night with Tony Butler and the Shelby Forest Pioneers Fridays, 6-8 p.m.; Robert Hull Sundays, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Collierville Huey’s Collierville 2130 W. POPLAR 854-4455

Amber McCain Trio Sunday, Jan. 28, 8-11:30 p.m.

Cordova Fox and Hound Sports Tavern 819 EXOCET 624-9060

Karaoke Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

The Phoenix 1015 S. COOPER 338-5223

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

Railgarten 2160 CENTRAL

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.

Yesse Yavis Friday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m.; Walrus Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke with Public Record Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Minglewood Hall

Senses Nightclub

1555 MADISON 866-609-1744

School of Rock Germantown “Tribute to Chris Cornell” Friday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

Murphy’s 1589 MADISON 726-4193

Eric Lewis and Paul Taylor Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6-8 p.m.

2866 POPLAR 249-3739

Unique Saturday Saturdays, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

The Tower Courtyard at Overton Square 2092 TRIMBLE PLACE MEMPHIS, TN 38104

Acoustic Courtyard Last Thursday of every month, 6:309:30 p.m.

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

Newby’s 539 S. HIGHLAND

Grape Friday, Jan. 26, 10 p.m.

East Memphis Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House 551 S. MENDENHALL 762-8200

Intimate Piano Lounge featuring Charlotte Hurt MondaysThursdays, 5-9:30 p.m.; Larry Cunningham Fridays, Saturdays, 6-10 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, 6-8 p.m.

High Point Pub

Huey’s Cordova


1771 N. GERMANTOWN PKWY. 754-3885

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

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

Neil’s Music Room

The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Doug McMinn Band Saturday, Jan. 27, 2-5 p.m.; Memphis Funk ‘N Horns Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.; Benefit for John Moore feat. Almost Famous, David Kurtz Band, Band of Brothers, and more Sunday, Jan. 28, 3-8 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Bluff City Soul Collective Sunday, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Whitehaven/ Airport

Frayser/Millington Harpo’s Hogpin

Marlowe’s Ribs & Restaurant

Live Music Saturdays, 9 p.m.

4381 ELVIS PRESLEY 332-4159

Huey’s Millington

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

4212 HWY 51 N 530-0414

8570 US 51 N

John Paul Keith Trio Sunday, Jan. 28, 4-7 p.m.

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Marcella Simien Trio Thursday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m.; Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute Thursday, Jan. 25, 9 p.m.; Shelby Lee Lowe Friday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.; Almost Elton John Friday, Jan. 26, 10 p.m.; School of Rock Germantown Saturday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m.; Caney Creek Company Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m.; Mojo Medicine Machine Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m.; Emily Chambers Sunday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m.; The Cold Stares Sunday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.; Kat and Geoff Monday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m.; Kyndle & Adam Tuesday, Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m.; Taylor Smith & the Roamin’ Jasmine Tuesday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m.; 3RD Man Wednesday, Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m.; Kris Lager Band Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m.


Destroyer of Light Thursday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m.; Opposite Box with Native Blood Friday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.; The Brazen Youth with Tigerlake & Bradford Evans Friday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.; Opposite Box Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; Taylor Kropp with Skylar Gregg Sunday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.; Band & A Beer with Dan Garber & Dr Pookie Tuesday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m.; Crockett Hall Tuesdays with the Midtown Rhythm Section Tuesdays, 9 p.m.


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Possum Daddy or DJ Turtle Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.; CeCee Fridays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Possum Daddy Karaoke Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.

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

4212 HWY 51 N

3964 GOODMAN, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-890-7611

Huey’s Southwind 7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

The Sensations Sunday, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Huey’s Germantown 7677 FARMINGTON 318-3034

Five O’Clock Shadow Sunday, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Ice Bar & Grill

February 3

4202 HACKS CROSS 757-1423

With their rich a cappella harmonies and a stage presence that can be felt in every seat of the house, these musicians use their voices in unison to recreate different musical instruments from drums to brass to guitars.

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Wine Bar

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

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


North Mississippi/ Tunica

9087 POPLAR 755-0092

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

Acoustic Music Tuesdays.

Fox and Hound Tavern 6565 TOWNE CENTER, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-536-2200

Live Music Thursdays, 5 p.m.; Karaoke Tuesdays.

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

Live Entertainment Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

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

Royal Blues Band Sunday, Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.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.

West Memphis/ Eastern Arkansas Sammy Hagar’s Red Rocker Bar & Grill 1550 N. INGRAM

Dantones Band Friday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.-midnight and Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m.-midnight.

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

The ShotGunBillys Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.-midnight; Karaoke with Tim Bachus Mondays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; DJ Stylez Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

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

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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.


Circuit Playhouse

Perfect Arrangement, inspired by the true story of the American gay rights movement. Classic sitcomstyle laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door. Adult situations and language. $35. Sundays, 2 p.m., and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Feb. 18.

AT LICHTERMAN NATURE CENTER Saturday, January 27 Breakfast with the Birds 7:30 - 9:30am

51 S. COOPER (725-0776).

The Evergreen Theatre

Civil Rights/Civil Wrongs II, presented in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the 50th Anniversary of his demise. Several plays are featured, with comedic overtones to broach the pain of the times and subject. $20. Sun., 3 p.m., and Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 28.

tickets: 901.636.2211

1705 POPLAR (274-7139).

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The Orpheum

Finding Neverland, the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. www. $25-$85. Through Jan. 28. 203 S. MAIN (525-3000).

Playhouse on the Square

Once, tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his love songs. Adult situations and adult language advisory. www. $25$45. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays. Through Feb. 11. 66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

Theatre Memphis

Fences, set in the 1950s, the evolving African-American experience is explored as a former star of the Negro baseball league is excluded from the major leagues during his prime. www.theatrememphis. org. $25. Sundays, 2 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 4. 630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323).


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. $15. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., and Sun., 2 p.m. Through Jan. 28. 2085 MONROE (274-7139).

Art Village Gallery

Opening reception for “Out of Africa,” exhibition of contemporary artwork by four emerging artists, including Nigerian-born artists, Adewale Adenle and Norbert Okpu, and international rising stars, Robert Pruitt and Miles Regis. Fri., Jan. 26, 6-9 p.m. 410 S. MAIN (521-0782).

Crosstown Concourse

Opening reception for “Material Equivalence,” exhibition of new work by Memphis-based artist Pam McDonnell. Curated by Anna Wunderlich. www.crosstownarts. org. Fri., Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m. Opening reception for “Imprismed,” exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and digital objects that constructs a dialectic between the repression and cultivation of psycho-sexual energies through the ages by Emily C. Thomas. Fri., Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m. Opening reception for “Two Stories of Iceland,” exhibition of small paintings and drawings, a narrative exploration of Icelandic stories and landscape by Elizabeth Alley. Fri., Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m. Opening reception for “Don’t Look for My Heart,” exhibition of a canopy of black garments that loom over a pond of demolished confections, evoking a scene of quiet despair and a state of ruin by Terri Phillips. www.crosstownarts. org. Fri., Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m. N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY.

Memphis College of Art

Artist reception for “(Dis)placed Bodies,” exhibition of crossdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration by Dr. Susan Nordstrom at University of Memphis, O. Gustavo Plascencia at Memphis College of Art, and graduate stu-

Opening reception for “Out of Africa” at Art Village Gallery, Friday, Jan. 26th dents from both institutions. www. Fri., Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m. Artist reception for Warren Greene, exhibition of paintings with monochrome color palettes on crisply constructed square panels. Fri., Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m. 1930 POPLAR (272-5100).


Art Trolley Tour

Tour the local galleries and shops on South Main. Last Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m. SOUTH MAIN HISTORIC ARTS DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN.

Beats of Africa Dance Party Music sets by local favorite, DJ Crystal Mercedes, performed as a kick off to opening night of “Out of Africa.” $10. Fri., Jan. 26, 9-11 p.m. ART VILLAGE GALLERY, 410 S. MAIN (521-0782), WWW.ARTVILLAGEGALLERY.COM.

Casting Demonstration Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m.


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.

“Incognito!” Art Soiree and Silent Auction Join Kacky Walton for an evening of art, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. Purchase your favorite painting outright or at auction. Admission includes two drink tickets for beer or wine. $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Fri., Jan. 26, 5:30-8 p.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 CHERRY (636-4100), WWW.MEMPHISBOTANICGARDEN.COM.


Performances and bring your own instrument to join. $12. Last Sunday of every month, 4-7 p.m. BRINSON’S, 341 MADISON (524-0104), WWW.MEMPHISBLACKARTSALLIANCE.ORG.

Looking Inward: Mindfully Looking at Art

Program, led by Stephen Black, delves into the restorative powers of art and meditation to help participants quiet the mind, observe art, and let go of mental clutter to experience art in new ways. Free. Fourth Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.

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Metal Museum Internship Opportunity

Seeking intern to assist Registrar/ Librarian in cataloging and rehousing periodicals in the library collection. For more information and application, visit website. Through Feb. 1. WWW.METALMUSEUM.ORG.

Opening Lecture: “Old World Grace, Modern Taste”

In conjunction with exhibition “The Real Beauty: The Artistic World of Eugenia Errázuriz.” Traces the life of the influential Chilean expatriate patron of the arts. Sun., Jan. 28, 2 p.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

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Sunset Baby, dynamic play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom the brutal politics of freedom. www.hattiloo. org. Through Feb. 11.


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Clough-Hanson Gallery

Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM)

“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).

“Supreme Being: The Symmetry of What You Saw and What You Say,” exhibition of “undisciplinary” works by Rashayla Marie Brown using a diverse array of media including writing, photography, voiceover acting, and an installation. Through Feb. 16. RHODES COLLEGE, 2000 N. PARKWAY

Art Village Gallery

“Out of Africa,” exhibition of contemporary artwork by four emerging artists, including Nigerian-born artists, Adewale Adenle and Norbert Okpu, and international rising stars, Robert Pruitt and Miles Regis. Jan. 25-March 3. 410 S. MAIN (521-0782).

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

“Chinese Symbols in Art,” ancient Chinese pottery and bronze. Ongoing.


Crosstown Concourse

“Wish Book: William E. Jones,” exhibition of new work. www. Through Feb. 11. “Don’t Look for My Heart,” exhibition of a canopy of black garments that loom over a pond of demolished confections, evoking a scene of quiet despair and a state of ruin by Terri Phillips. Jan. 26-March 11.

“Imprismed,” exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and digital objects that constructs a dialectic between the repression and cultivation of psycho-sexual energies through the ages by Emily C. Thomas. Jan. 26-March 11. “Material Equivalence,” exhibition of new work by Memphisbased artist Pam McDonnell. Curated by Anna Wunderlich. Jan. 26-March 11. “Two Stories of Iceland,” exhibition of small paintings and drawings, a narrative exploration of Icelandic stories and landscape by Elizabeth Alley. Jan. 26-March 11. N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY.

David Lusk Gallery

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

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Paula Kovarik, exhibition of fiber art. Through April 1. “Dixon Dialect: The Susan and John Horseman Gift,” exhibition of 28 works by 25 American and European artists donated to the Dixon’s permanent collection by Susan and John Horseman. Showcases each work in the gift. www. Jan. 28-April 1. “The Real Beauty: The Artistic World of Eugenia Errázuriz,” exhibition traces the life of the influential Chilean expatriate patron of the arts and her impact on 20th-century design through her belief in high-quality minimalism. www.dixon. org. Jan. 28-April 8. 4339 PARK (761-5250).

EACC Fine Arts Center Gallery

“Delta Woman’s Joy,” exhibition of work by Cheryl Moore. www.



Eclectic Eye

“Relief,” exhibition of paper-cut maps by Katie Maish. (2763937), Free. Through Feb. 14. 242 S. COOPER (276-3937).

FireHouse Community Arts Center

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


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

Olate Dogs at the Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s, Saturday, Jan. 27th

“My Kin Is Not Like Yours,” exhibition of works by Debra Edge. Ongoing.

“beginnings,” exhibition of new works by the Artists Group of Memphis. Through Feb.

Jack Robinson Photography Gallery

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

L Ross Gallery

“Make Spillmanville Great Again,” exhibition of paintings and gouache narratives detailing a zany and unpredictable world by Bobby Spillman. Through Jan. 27. 5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).

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).

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“About Face,” exhibition located in the Education Gallery highlighting the different ways artists interpret the connection between emotion and expression.

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“Temporal Narratives,” exhibition of photography by three Memphis-based photographers: Yasmine Omari, Andrea Morales, and Louis Tucker. www. Through Jan. 31.

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Ernest C.Withers and the Civil Rights Movement.


Black Resistance. The Historic Photos.

Ernest Withers (1922-2007) is internationally recognized for his images of Black resistance, from pickets and sit-ins to his iconic photographs of the 1968 sanitation strike. This exhibition showcases some of his best-known works from one of the defining events of the city of Memphis.


C A L E N DA R: JA N UA RY 2 5 - 3 1 continued from page 24 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. Through April 22. 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).

Mint Cream Studios

“Mountain Top Dreams,” exhibition of mixed media, paintings, and prints from MLK era and Civil Rights Movement. Mixed media, paintings & prints. Through Jan. 31.

1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

525 N. MAIN.

Memphis College of Art

National Civil Rights Museum

“(Dis)placed Bodies,” exhibition of cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration by Dr. Susan Nordstrom at University of Memphis, O. Gustavo Plascencia at Memphis College of Art, and graduate students from both institutions. www. Through Jan. 30. Warren Greene, exhibition of paintings with monochrome color palettes on crisply constructed square panels. www. Through Jan. 30. 1930 POPLAR (272-5100).

Metal Museum

“Alchemy4,” exhibition of contemporary enamels produced in the last two years with 150 objects created by 98 students in accredited degree programs throughout the world. www. Through April 29. “Everyday Objects: The Evolution and Innovations of Joseph Anderson,” exhibition of works by artist-blacksmith and sculptor highlighting utensils and functional objects. www.

Schoenster, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gallery Artists, exhibition of work by Charlie Ivey, Virginia Schoenster, Lou Ann Dattilo, and Matthew Hasty. Ongoing. 540 S. MENDENHALL (767-8882).


Downtown Disco

Bring your boas, bell-bottoms, all things that glitter, and come bust a move. Best costume wins a cocktail from Civil Pour. Free. Fri., Jan. 26, 8-11 p.m.

“Art In Action,” exhibition by featured artists who transform past and present struggles against hate and bigotry into emotional graphic statements. Through Jan. 29.

SOUTH MAIN MARKET, 409 S. MAIN (341-3838).


Midtown Crossing Grill

450 MULBERRY (521-9699).

Krish Mohan & Andrew Frank, socially conscious comedians use comedy as a vehicle to address and start conversations about big topics like war, the misuse of religion, race, class, and more. $10. Tues., Jan. 30, 8 p.m.

Ross Gallery

“The Sunny Side,” exhibition of recent porcelain and stoneware by Niles Wallace, professor of ceramics at University of Memphis. Through March 1. “Forge Cast Fabricate,” exhibition of work by Metal Museum artists Lewis Body, Sarah Dorau, Kacy Ganley, Kevin Burge, Lori Gipson, Anastasia Green, Eva Langsdon, Jim Masterson, Jeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh, and James Vanderpool. Through March 1. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY, PLOUGH LIBRARY, 650 E. PARKWAY S. (321-3000).

394 N. WATKINS (443-0502).


Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum

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

Talbot Heirs

Debra Edge Art. Ongoing.

Terri Phillips’ “Don’t Look for My Heart” at Crosstown Concourse 99 S. SECOND (527-9772).

Village Frame & Art

“20th Century Memphis Photographs,” exhibition of work by Charlie Ivey and Virginia

Booksigning by Wintrell Pittman

Author discusses and signs Children of the World Book Series. Sat., Jan. 27, 2 p.m. NOVEL, 387 PERKINS EXT. (9225526), WWW.NOVELMEMPHIS.COM.


Checking an Unchecked President: How Tennessee Can Help Prevent War with North Korea The Memphis Friends Meeting presents a talk by Diane Randall, the leader of the national Quaker lobby Friends Committee on National Legislation. Free. Sun., Jan. 28, 4-5:30 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 1000 S. COOPER (272-9850).

Self-Advocacy Brunch, Discussion Forum

People with disabilities will discuss how they overcame obstacles and affected policy issues by engaging in public advocacy. Sponsored by The Arc Mid-South. Free. Fri., Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon. BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (327-2473), WWW.THEARCMIDSOUTH.ORG.

Sierra Club with Tracy Leak: Green Schools

Learn about what Shelby County Schools are doing. Free. Thurs., Jan. 25, 5:45-7 p.m. BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2700).


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

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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.

Registration for Disability Day on the Hill

People with disabilities lobby state legislators about issues important to them. Bus leaves from The Arc Mid-South offices, 3485 Poplar, for Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. Registration required to attend by Jan. 26, 4 p.m. For more information and registration, call or visit website. $35. Through Jan. 26. (327-2473), WWW.THEARCMIDSOUTH.ORG.

Graceland Excursions Trips: Tupelo, Mississippi–Birthplace of Elvis Presley

Experience the rural setting of Elvis’ upbringing and see where it all began in the two-room house where he was born, the church he attended in his youth, and artifacts from his modest beginnings. $99. Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. GUEST HOUSE AT GRACELAND, 3600 ELVIS PRESLEY (3323322), WWW.GRACELAND.COM.

Old Forest Hike

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

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), WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/YELLOWROCKGHOST/.


Soul Market

Enjoy vendors with unique products, great food, music, and more. Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. THE DEN, 656 MARSHALL (773-738-9019), WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/EVENTS/315928685480546/.

Poplar; Wed.: Millington-Baker Community Center, 7942 Church; Thur.:Southaven Library, 8554 Northwest. Tues.-Thur., Jan. 30-Feb. 1. WWW.RESILIENTSHELBY.COM.


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2018 Grand Krewe of Ptah Coronation Coronation of Ptah’s King and Queen. Sat., Jan. 27, 8 p.m.-midnight. THE GREAT HALL AND CONFERENCE CENTER,



Olate Dogs

2013 winners of America’s Got Talent are led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas. High-energy, fast-paced performers wow with doggie-friendly and amazing pet tricks. $32, $25 kids. Sat., Jan. 27, 2 and 7 p.m. BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL, 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483), WWW.BUCKMANARTSCENTER.

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Staxtacular 2018

Hosted by Memphis Grizzlies star Mario Chalmers and Paije Speights, Features great cocktails and cuisine, dancing to live music, auctions, free valet parking for all guests, and more. $175. Sat., Jan. 27, 7-11 p.m. STAX MUSEUM OF AMERICAN SOUL MUSIC, 926 E. MCLEMORE (261-6338), SOULSVILLEFOUNDATION.ORG.

Honorees include Karl Schledwitz, Kim Heathcott, Daniel Weickenand, and Jennifer Kruchten. Includes breakfast. $25. Fri., Jan. 26, 7:30 a.m.

What Lies Beneath: Stories and Secrets of the Elmwood Cottage


What’s hiding in the archives at Elmwood? Gather for drinks, food, and conversation with Assistant Director Bob Barnett as he shares Elmwood’s stories, secrets, and hidden treasures. $20. Sat., Jan. 27, 1:30 p.m.

2018 Vision Board Party

Display images that represent whatever you want to be, do, or have in your life. Free. Thurs., Jan. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m. UNIVERSAL PARENTING PLACE, LEMOYNE-OWEN COLLEGE,


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Memphis Music Gives Fest 2018

Five 45-minute acts of local musicians/bands perform and a handful of local vendors will be showcased benefiting St. Jude Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. Refreshments provided. Fri., Jan. 26, 7 p.m.


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.

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.


GFWC Metro Memphis Woman’s Club

Volunteer community service organization for Memphis women. Monthly guest speaker, service project, and other activities. Projects include domestic violence, advocates for children, arts, and more. Free. Fourth Thursday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m. COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, 3475 CENTRAL, WWW. GFWC.ORG.

Mid-South Regional Resilience Plan Public Meetings

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“He said, ‘Why don’t you come on back? I got a little extra room. You want to use it for your studio?’” Covington, who had married, also was encouraged by his wife, Vanessa, who said he should participate in a fine arts competition sponsored by Church of God in Christ. He won the “Visual Artist’ category and went on to win a partial scholarship, which he used to attend Memphis College of Art. Over the years Covington’s subjects have ranged from landscapes to “country stuff ” — barns and outhouses — to Rockwell-ish “expressions of life.” He now paints a lot of music-themed works. Covington discovered Center for Southern Folklore about 15 years ago when he was trying to find someplace to hang his artwork. “I noticed they had some artwork on the wall and met Judy [Peiser, Center for Southern Folklore founder and executive producer]. I’ve been with them ever since.”

Covington began selling his paintings at the Center’s Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. “Most of the people buying my artwork are people from out of town.” “Art Covington uses his art to tell us about the people and places he knows,” Peiser says. “From someone talking on the phone to the Pyramid at Memphis, Art’s work allows us to know more about this place we call home.” One of Covington’s popular works is “Kings of Beale” — his Memphis take on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover. Instead of the Beatles, he painted W. C. Handy, Elvis, Isaac Hayes, and B. B. King. And instead of Abbey Road, the men are crossing Beale Street. “It’s such a beautiful place,” Covington says. “Especially at nighttime when it’s all lit up. I wish I had time to put it all in there, but I just wanted enough so people would know, ‘Hey. This is Beale Street.’”

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rt Covington began selling his artwork when he was five years old. He copied cartoon characters. “I did Popeye and Mighty Mouse, and I would take them to my dad,” he says. “I would leave them on his chair. “I would come back to get it maybe later that evening. I got through playing. There would be a nickel or a quarter.” Covington, 61, who now shows his art locally at Center for Southern Folklore, Gallery 56, and Painted Planet, credits his dad for encouraging him to pursue art. “He saw that talent in me. As a matter of fact, later on, I guess around my junior high years, he and my sister enrolled me into this mail art course.” They discovered the Famous Artists School art course on a matchbook. It said “Draw Me.” “And when you open it up [it’ll have] a little bulldog or something there. I think mine was a boxer. I drew the boxer and they sent it in. They’re supposed to let you know if you have talent or not.” It was costly, Covington says. “I think it’s like $800. Back then, that was a lot of money. Norman Rockwell was one of the faculty members there.” He stuck with it for a year. “I was too young. I eventually started missing my classes.” Covington’s parents said, “We’re not going to be wasting our money on you. You’re not committed enough right now.” “Draw Me” wasn’t a total waste of money; Covington learned “the foundation of how to project images. I never had anyone showing me that. How to make the foreground darker and, as you get closer, make the images lighter. And how to do the lines. The perspective.” Noted Memphis artist George Hunt was Covington’s next inspiration. Hunt was Covington’s art teacher at Carver High School. “I would watch over his shoulder and see how he applied the paint to his artwork.” But, Covington says, “I did not know that he was such a phenomenal artist because he didn’t put it out there. He didn’t brag about his stuff.” Covington got away from painting after he got a full-time job. “I would paint just to get a few dollars here and there. When I got inspired to do something I would do it, but it was just every now and then.” Hunt invited him to paint at Carver.


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Book It Perre Coleman Magness’ Southern Sympathy Cookbook; a book club at Ghost River.

What is it about funeral foods that drew you? I think funeral food is the ultimate comfort food. It’s made with love and for love. When people make a meal for a friend in need, they choose the things they do the best, so it is always good, home cooking. And I love the traditions around Southern funerals and how people truly come together to celebrate

life. Plus, reading obituaries from around the South and gathering stories about funeral traditions has been very entertaining! The subtitle is “Funeral Food with a Twist.” What’s the twist? The recipes are true classics, with some creative twists and modern takes. I think the funeral spread has often been the realm of canned soup and packaged mixes. I’ve reworked traditional recipes to use fresh ingredients — like chicken spaghetti that uses freshly roasted poblano peppers, fresh tomatoes, and real cheese, or Jack and Coke Cake, a traditional Coca-Cola cake with Jack Daniels. I’ve covered everything from breakfast to snacks to casseroles and sweets. And of course, it’s a Southern funeral food book, so I couldn’t skip the gelatin salad — but I promise they are fresh and good, with nary a dollop of Cool Whip in sight!


Is there a wrong dish one can bring to a wake? Cupcakes? Ha! I’d leave off the sprinkles and the candles. I think as long as it comes from the heart, it’s the right thing. But come on, take the chicken out of the bucket.

What is your favorite funeral food? You can’t go wrong with caramel cake, and for me, pimento cheese is always the right thing. Like a lot of people I spoke to while working on this project, I think you can’t go wrong with fried chicken. I know it can get a bad rap, but a ham really is useful. And hey, I’m a born and bred Memphian, so pulled pork with a good sauce. You seem to focus in on Southern cuisine. Will you be branching out? Southern cooking is where my heart is. There is such a rich diversity and




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BOOK IT history, and I feel like I am constantly discovering new ideas or learning more about old ones. We’ve got such an abundance of beautiful, local, and regional produce and so many people creating interesting products that I find it endlessly fascinating. I do branch out — I travel quite a bit and love to explore new cuisines and ideas, but I always seem to come back to my roots.

“There is such a rich diversity and history, and I feel like I am constantly discovering new ideas or learning more about old ones.” We all know that most book clubs are about the drankin’. A new book club collaboration between Ghost River and Novel gets straight to it. The inaugural meeting, held last Friday, revolved around the book Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This book, super creepy, most certainly led to a juicy discussion. The book club is held on the third Thursday of every month. Stay tuned for next month’s selection. Ghost River’s Suzanne Williamson fielded some questions about the club.

Where did the idea come from? Ghost River came up with the idea and reached out to Novel to partner. Novel is very excited about the partnership. We are excited to work together and have a successful club. How did you choose the book? Novel chose the first book. We thought that we would discuss future titles with members of Get Lit(erary) early on. Every club has a feel, and we want to see where that lands. What do you envision for the book club? Memphians and Ghost River have a great interest in Novel’s success. We also thought that it would be a great idea to connect young and old, bridge downtown and East Memphis through this book club. Ghost River’s Tap Room has always been a community Tap Room, and this is another opportunity to host the community. How frequent is it? We will be meeting once a month — the third Thursday of every month. What’s the next book? We have a selection, but have decided to get input at our first meeting. We want to make sure our club reaches most of our member’s interests.

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Chile Con Dixon A wine-tasting can introduce you to your new favorite wine. Or, at least, something new.

without getting into an entire bottle or trying to take on a whole country or varietal at once, which is heroic, sure, but likely to end in drunken frustration. It’s best to take a smallish herd of friends so there are people around who refuse to take you seriously. You just might stumble on your new favorite go-to and get a little insight into your palate in the process. Which is really the point. Or you might learn something ridiculous. The featured Santa Rita 120 Reserva Especial was launched in 1982 to commemorate the 120 years since the winery’s founding — in 1880. Hmmm. And for good measure, the 50th anniversary commemoration was bottled in 2014. The math doesn’t work at all; I’ve double checked it. The bottom line is that the folks at Santa Rita down in Chile’s Central Valley know how to make some solid wines, but bookkeeping like that might explain the great pricing.

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positive that there really is something preternatural about the pairing of wine and cheese. A little fruitier and not as big, was the 120 Pinot Noir — earthier than a typical Pinot, it had a hint of vanilla to keep it interesting. It was paired with a mushroom quesadilla with Monterey jack. While they went to together nicely, the fellow from Buster’s casually mentioned that it paired well with Dr. Pepper. A little unorthodox, but it’s always nice to know you’ve got options. As for the whites, there was a lovely Sauvignon Blanc that was fresh and grassy. Sipping a glass while picking at some feta and olives, it was hard to not start pining for warmer weather to get here (something I’m certainly going to regret before next fall). Since I’m not a fan, I casually ignored the Chardonnay, but the tasting notes looked delightful and Wine Enthusiast magazine rated it a Best Value. The tasting was a great way to sample and learn a little something



emingway once said that the only way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them. True, if a little nerve-wracking. If Papa is to believed, he knew something about finding a new favorite wine — namely by trying a new wine. That can be expensive, which I also find nerve-wracking. Fortunately, Memphis abounds with wine tastings, and after a week of being snowed in, the charming Mrs. M suggested the Dixon Gallery and Garden’s quarterly Wine Down — Cheese edition. “Well, A, it’s wine and cheese,” she said sensibly, wiping the cabin fever from her brow. And with an A like that, you don’t really need a B. There are other wine tastings across the city that occur on a regular basis if you can’t stand beautiful art and lovely surroundings. No matter where you go, the controlled tasting is really the best way to learn about wine and — more importantly — what wines you like. There is really only so much learning on-trend buzzwords from wine snobs and making yourself omnipresent at happy hour will teach you. A Catered Affair handled the food, and Buster’s Liquors & Wine supplied five Chilean wines, most from the 120 Reserva Especial line by the Santa Rita winery. Since Chilean wineries first pushed their way into the American market in the late 1980s, they have tended to fall in and out of fashion without much fanfare — not unlike my Wallabees. The upshot here is that the prices on Chilean wines have never really shot to the moon despite routinely turning out a solid product. The wines we tasted last weekend all had a very reasonable price point — around $10. Remember, that there is no trial without error, so while you may not like everything you try, you aren’t going to run afoul of actual plonk. The Cabernet Sauvignon was a big fruity number with spice and chocolate that was paired with a variety of aged and smoked goudas supplied by Murray’s Cheese. This alone was proof



Passive Aggression Daniel Day-Lewis stars as an obsessive fashion designer in Phantom Thread.


arly in the 2015 documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Cobain’s aunt Mary says offhandedly, “I’m glad I wasn’t born with the genius brain.” Artists, scientists, inventors, and creatives of all sorts have a long history of struggling to fit in. Maybe because their creative drive, rooted in a need for novelty, renders them allergic to the ordinary world. To do your best work, sometimes you have to put the world at arm’s length and follow your muse where it leads you. But for those stuck in the ordinary world, this can be very irritating. Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) definitely has the genius brain. His House of Woodcock is the best and most prestigious haute couture establishment in postwar London. His clients include the rich, famous, and royal. His fangirls tell him they want to be buried in one of his dresses. Reynolds was taught his trade by his mother, whom he and his spinster sister Cyrill (Lesley Manville) idolize long after her death. Cyrill acts as a kind of gatekeeper and manager to Reynolds. The attention to detail that has brought

him fame and fortune comes with a side order of obsessive compulsive disorder. Reynolds is the human incarnation of the word “persnickety.” Woodcock has had a string of girlfriends who he keeps around until he tires of them and Cyrill runs them off. One day, he’s having breakfast at a quaint restaurant near his country home when he sees a beautiful waitress named Alma (Vicky Krieps). He asks her out in a most unusual way, and soon she is living with him and Cyrill. Their relationship eventually evolves into a three-way battle of wills, with Alma striving to get closer to Woodcock, while Cyrill tries to maintain her grip on her brother. Phantom Thread is writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth film, and if there’s one thing you can say about Anderson’s career, it is that he never does the same thing twice. Another thing you can say about Anderson is that his work can be divisive. Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood enjoyed near universal acclaim, but as for Magnolia, The Master, and his last film, Inherent Vice, well,

Daniel Day-Lewis (left) and Vicky Krieps tangle their lives in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film about fashion and passion, Phantom Thread. you either love them or you hate them. Personally, I loved Inherent Vice, which puts me in the minority, and I can’t stand Punch Drunk Love, which alienates me further. So, for me, Anderson is hit or miss. Day-Lewis, who earned a Best Actor Academy Award in There Will Be Blood, is pretty brilliant as Reynolds, the kind of guy who wears a blazer and vest over his pajamas. He cannot be satisfied, even by success. The day before a beautifully sewn royal wedding dress is to be shipped off he declares it “ugly.” His relationship with Alma plumbs new depths of passive aggression. But Alma gives as good as she gets, and maybe since she is the first person to ever stand up to him, he can’t let her go, even when their affair

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Wonder Wall Humans start lying at about age two. I caught my otherwise angelic niece in the most minor fib — about whether she’d been to the potty. What struck me wasn’t the ease with which she lied right to my face, but how quickly she realized her mendacity would catch up to her. It’s as if I could see the gears turning in her head as she weighed her options. Take the praise and continue the lie, only to later be exposed as full of crap, both literally and figuratively? Or tell the truth and avoid whatever potential messes await? She looked at me, she looked at her mom, and she blurted: “I’M JUST KIDDING! HA HA HA.” If only our nation’s president could be so reasoned and mature. Imagine being so committed to an idea that you’re willing to shut down the federal government over it. Now imagine it’s an idea that everyone has told you is simplistic, impractical, and ineffectual. Listen, hear me out — it’s a wall. But not just any wall. A big beautiful $20 billion dollar wall for keeping the brown people out. Mr. Deal Man never expected Democrats to say “Sure, we’ll do your wall, whatever” just to watch him and his band of nationalists and neophytes blow it again. Get your big beautiful wall, but get owned by libs in the process? Talk about a catch-22. For a few years now, I have wondered how no one has sufficiently explained to Mr. Trump that planes can fly over walls, even 55-foot-tall ones. One would think someone who owned an airline would have considered that. Overstays, according to the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, have outnumbered border crossers every year for the past decade. These are people who come here legally and allow their visas to expire, for whatever reason. Maybe war broke out or a natural disaster happened back home. Maybe they like the food better. A wall isn’t going to keep them out. Most unauthorized immigrants have been here more than a decade, and a third of them didn’t come from Mexico. The number of apprehensions at the border between the U.S. and Mexico dropped by about half last year, with virtually no changes in enforcement. Maybe people are “flooding in” from elsewhere. Maybe they’re flying. Maybe they don’t want to live in a shithole where that guy is in charge. To hear the president tell it, the border is like Texarkana, where you can just hopscotch between countries. “Tee hee! I’m in Mexico! Tee hee! Now I’m in Arizona!” And drugs are imported by a guy throwing a bag of drugs to his buddy on the other side. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be called smuggling. In reality, most illegal drugs arrive by vehicles, with the product hidden in creative ways. Some drugs arrive disguised as cargo. Maybe your cheap Mexican produce made its journey alongside some hollowed-out watermelons full of heroin. Again, nothing a wall could contain. He knows these things. He could have ended the charade on day one by saying “Folks, the wall is a metaphor.” But the lie has consumed him and there’s no turning back. Chief of staff John Kelly gave his boss the perfect out, saying Trump’s views on the wall had evolved since he was a candidate. He could have said (tweeted, probably) “General Kelly is right. As president, I have more information at my disposal. Coming from a more knowledgeable place, I’ve concluded a wall is a bad investment. I know this will disappoint some people, but I took an oath to lead the entire country, and I hope you’ll understand that I feel this is in our best interest.” He could have instead pledged to address the opioid crisis in a meaningful way beyond declaring an emergency — a move that would actually help the white rural voters I keep reading about in The New York Times. He carried four out of the five states with the highest rates of opioid-related deaths — and lost by less than half a percentage point in the fifth. Addressing the root cause would stem demand for those backpacks full of heroin that allegedly keep hitting people over the head. But that’s not what any of this is about, which makes last weekend’s shutdown so much more enraging than the previous. Holding children’s health care and DREAMers’ futures hostage in exchange for hardline and heartless immigration policy isn’t about priorities or responsible spending or even keeping the country safe. It’s catnip for the GOP’s new base of whitegrievance rage-aholics, who are the only ones troubled by the presence of immigrants in this once-welcoming nation. There were so many ways to compromise without looking like a weak loser who sucks at deals, but now the party that controls both houses of Congress and the presidency is so committed to half-baked soundbyte strategies they can’t even keep the government from shutting down. What a time. Jen Clarke is a digital marketing specialist and an unapologetic Memphian.

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The Wall



A simplistic, impractical, and ineffectual idea is bringing us all down.



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