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My wife and I checked out the new IKEA on Monday. Wowsers, that place is huge. We walked for miles, but we scored a sweet Blomma, a couple Mongstads, and a Pjätteryd. I’m also enjoying the jar of Sylt Lingon. We had to park 100 yards away from the entrance, probably because the lot was so full of people from Nashville. I don’t know what the Swedish word for busy is, (I’m guessing “hölyshyttz”) but that place is definitely hopping. The Flyer staff took a week off between Christmas and New Year’s. I spent part of my time in New Mexico, visiting family. And let me just tell you, this carry-on luggage situation is Out. Of. Hand. People are schlepping so much stuff on planes these days that it takes 20 minutes just to get off after you’ve landed. Here’s a free idea, courtesy of my brother: Everybody who doesn’t have carry-on luggage gets to deplane first, leaving the schleppers to battle it out among themselves. You’re welcome. While in Las Cruces, my brother and I took a walk in the Rio Grande River. That’s right, in the Rio Grande, which in the wintertime is nothing but a broad stretch of dirt, due its being shut off by an upstream dam. Insert “build a wall” joke here. Speaking of jokes, our president-elect appeared to spend most of his holiday break (Excuse me, “Christmas break”) tweeting. He reiterated his love for Vladimir Putin, continued disparaging the investigation of the nation’s intelligence networks into Russian hacking, gloated several times about his election victory, and complained that a new CNN book on his campaign used an unflattering picture of him on the cover. I keep wondering when it’s going to hit him that he has the most important job in the world coming up on his agenda in two weeks. Maybe his inauguration will wake him up, though I doubt it. And even that event has proven problematical, mainly in that no “A List” stars have agreed to perform. The Rockettes were slated to dance, then many of the dancers decided to opt out. The Morman Tabernacle Choir is still on the docket, but now some of those folks are getting cold feet. At this point, the entertainment may be six Rockettes, the Morman Tabernacle Quartet, and Ted Nugent performing “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang.” Though I hear the Red Army Chorus is available. Trump’s premier media supplicant, Sean Hannity, interviewed Julian Assange, who conveniently said that the Russians weren’t involved in Wikileaks, thereby moving former conservative media outlet Fox News further into the Soviet camp. In other news, Hannity has also agreed to become Pravda’s New York correspondent. It really is mind-boggling, when you think about it. Fox News, the former bastion of right-wing conservatism, has become the most prominent American media booster of Vladimir Putin, a thuggish dictator who shoots down civilian airliners and murders his political opponents. Imagine if someone had suggested this scenario a year ago. You would have thought they were insane. It’s a topsy-turvy world right now, and 2017 is looking like one for the books, as Trump continues to deflect and postpone questions about how he’ll insulate himself from his business N E WS & O P I N I O N interests while president. Meanwhile, NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 4 Congress proposed, then backed off THE FLY-BY - 5 — due to public outrage and a critical POLITICS -8 tweet from Trump — ridding itself EDITORIAL - 10 of that pesky Office of Congressional VIEWPOINT - 11 Ethics. If there were ever a clearer COVER — “ONE WEIRD TRICK” indication that we’re flirting with BY FLYER STAFF - 12 becoming a kleptocracy (or a STE P P I N’ O UT tweetocracy?), I don’t know what it WE RECOMMEND - 20 would be. MUSIC - 22 AFTER DARK - 24 Meanwhile, on Twitter, First CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 28 Daughter/Lady Ivanka Trump hustled FOOD - 31 “Happy New Year” coffee mugs with SPIRITS - 33 her daddy’s face on them. I’d buy one, FILM - 34 but I got a “Liberal Tears” kaffeekopp at C LAS S I F I E D S - 36 IKEA, and I’ve grown attached to it. LAST WORD - 39 Bruce VanWyngarden brucev@memphisflyer.com

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f l y o n t h e w a l l Bought the Farm { WEIRD CRIME Who peed in your cornflakes? Hard to say. But a criminal investigation was opened when video surfaced of a man urinating on a conveyor belt at Memphis’ Kellogg’s factory. Delta Airlines flight attendant Rachel Trevor of Memphis became the Robin Hood of airplane-bottle liquor sales when she was arrested for stealing approximately 1,500 itty-bitty bottles of booze from Delta and selling them on Craigslist for a buck a piece. The in-flight value was $12,000. Derrick Thomas, arrested in Jonesboro, Ark., for indecent exposure and “enjoying himselfs,” decided to expose himself again — to justice. After leaving the courtroom for a drink of water, Thomas returned with his shirt off, his pants around his ankles, his arms in the air, quoted as saying “Court is back in session.” LaShundra Smith, charged with indecent exposure for being partially nude on a bench at Mary Elizabeth Malone Park, told officers she was “trying to air out.” WEIRD NEWS WMC owns this category, thanks to the Jerica Phillips exposé “Demonic Weaves Believed to be Root of Hair Crimes.” A few weeks later WMC also shared a story about a woman who saw an angel climbing a rainbow. Aw. WEIRD CURRY This year’s blurry, security camera photo of the year — former Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd stealing his opponent’s yard signs.

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Tennessee farmers are cashing in on the local food movement.

The federal government never measured just how much Tennessee farmers sold directly to customers at, say, a farmers market, but when it did (for the first time this year), it found a huge, farm-fresh, steaming pile of cash. Tennessee consumers spent more than $58.7 million with farmers directly in 2015, according to the first survey on direct-to-consumer sales from the federal government. Across the country, Tennessee ranks 15th for the number of farms selling directly to consumers. “We know that many people care about what they eat and want to know where their food comes from,” said Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton. “This survey shows what that farmer-to-consumer relationship is worth in Tennessee.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted the survey to get data on the growing and changing local-food sectors across the country. It found that 4,148 Tennessee farms sold food directly to consumers in 2015, and more are getting in the game in a hurry. “The number of farms selling directly to consumers increased more than 500 in the three years since the [last agriculture census],” said Debra Kenerson, a Tennessee state statistician. “This shows tremendous growth in a short period of time.” The farm sales include fresh foods like meat and vegetables but also edible processed foods like bottled milk, cheese, meat, jam, cider, and wine. Farmers sold these goods to institutions like schools, universities, hospitals, wholesalers, and distributors. But farmers also sold their goods directly to the person who would eat them at farmers markets, farm stores, roadside stands, through community supported agriculture

(CSA) arrangements, online sales, pick-your-own operations, and mobile markets. Sandy Watson, a board member with the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market, said the more consumers are educated on the importance of eating locally sourced, healthy food, the more likely they are to hit farmers markets for their weekly grocery shopping. This, Watson said, is fueling the local food movement. That movement is responsible for the year-over-year growth seen at the Cooper-Young market and responsible for the big numbers the government found when looking at directto-consumer farm sales. Those big sales figures, too, provide a “real opportunity for more farmers to capitalize on the ‘buy local’ movement,” Kenerson said. The strength of that “buy local movement” is a big reason the Cooper-Young market is now open year-round. “We don’t stop eating when winter comes, and many of the local farmers are producing year-round,” Watson said. “Our winter market is just as busy as the spring/summer market, and some of the best vegetables are those grown in the winter.” While much of the food consumed in Memphis was not likely grown here, a move is underway to change that. Last year, the East Arkansas Planning and Development District and the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability launched Delta Roots: The Mid-South Regional Food System Plan. The plan lays out a 20-year path to a local, sustainable food network here in which consumers will eat more locally grown products and farmers can cash in on the $550 million 5 annual demand for produce in the Memphis area.

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Q&A with Knox Shelton New Literacy Mid-South director says illiteracy is a bigger problem than most think. Literacy Mid-South, the nonprofit organization that hustles to provide literacy resources to Mid-Southerners regardless of age, has recently acquired a new executive director, Knox Shelton. Shelton, who visited Memphis frequently as a child with his family, told his mother at the age of 6 that he would move to our fair city as an adult. After graduating from college, he made good on his promise and secured a job with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis. Shelton became immediately immersed in what he describes as collaborative and innovative efforts by nonprofits all over town

that had the overarching goal of addressing systemic problems among the disenfranchised. The work of LM especially caught his eye, and when the opportunity to join the organization arose, Shelton jumped on it. The former interim and now permanent director of LM sat down with The Memphis Flyer to talk about the state of literacy in Memphis, and how he plans to continue advocating for a literate city. — Micaela Watts Flyer: In your assessment, what is the level of

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literacy in Memphis, for children and adults, right now? Knox Shelton: It’s terrifying. A lot of progress is being made, but some of the most recent scores released by the state of Tennessee show that, yes, some progress is being made in some of our schools, but we are nowhere near where we need to be. For adults, I didn’t realize just how many adults were struggling to read. I didn’t know that one in seven Memphians were reading at or below a third-grade level. Do you think Memphians, in general, have a grasp on how serious this problem is? Probably not, because if you hear that someone reads on a third-grade level, you don’t think about the fact that they probably can’t read a prescription label or accurately read a bus route map. You might understand that they have trouble filling out a job application, but there’s so many other things that you can’t do, that we might not often think about. It’s a quality-of-life issue, and I don’t think people look at it that way. Do you have any new programs down the line that you want to launch? I wouldn’t say you could expect any new programs, but you can expect some changes, as we are far from fixing what our community is facing. In particular for the kindergarten through third-grade reading, there are so many factors that affect a child’s literacy level. It’s not just making sure they are exposed to reading. It’s making sure they are getting the proper health care. It’s making sure their eyesight is checked. Even dental problems among kids can interfere health-wise with their ability to learn. With all of those factors in mind, we’re going to really be looking to bring in a lot of health organizations into our network, so we can really get healthcare assistance to our kids. What additional support, besides funding, does LM need from the city of Memphis? It’s really a community buy-in. It’s something that shouldn’t be limited to just our partner organizations. We need church congregations, we need parents and grandparents to pitch in. ... Everyone needs to be aware of just how serious this problem is for our city. We need everyone to buy into this, because everyone can play a role in fixing this problem.


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Still At It Former Mayor Herenton and Congressman Cohen make waves for the new year. to a series of statements about urban crime that were bound to be received either as a provocation or as a challenge, depending on the attitude of the listener. With the fact of a dramatic rise in the Memphis homicide rate serving as the background of his remarks, Herenton made a point of focusing on “black male youth” and “black-on-black crime” and laid a major portion of the burden for addressing the problem on the affected population itself.  “The people who are shooting, they aren’t riding deep in Germantown and Collierville,” he said. “They’re riding in Orange Mound. They are riding in Binghamton. They are riding in Frayser.” The public entities normally charged with dealing with crime were “floundering,” said Herenton, who, without mentioning names, cited the offices of the Willie Herenton (left) and Steve Cohen

sheriff and the Juvenile Court judge, as well as the Memphis/Shelby County Crime Commission. He went on: “I’ve had some people tell me the answer to this city’s problems would be if we had an AfricanAmerican mayor. The critics used to say the same things about me. I was the first black mayor, and people would say we need a white mayor. I don’t care what color the mayor is. All I want is a good mayor.” To the end of enabling Strickland to become just that, Herenton called for 10,000 African-American men to volunteer as mentors for black youth. “They need to help this mayor with blight, tutoring, afterschool programs, the Boy Scouts — all kinds of things.” Herenton referred to such a collective effort as constituting a “new path,” a term he also uses to describe his ongoing proposal for model charterschool dormitories in Shelby County for youthful offenders.

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Neither current Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen nor former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton have any intention of hanging it up.  Those two realities, each with significant bearing on the coming year and beyond, were made evident on the last day of calendar year 2016 when the two familiar public figures each addressed separate public prayer breakfasts. Both made some possible waves with their remarks. Herenton was the guest key-noter at the first New Year’s prayer breakfast held by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland at the Guest House at Graceland. Though his speech conformed in general to the theme of citizen volunteerism enunciated by Strickland at the event, the former mayor’s most widely noted statements had to do with what he saw as the imperative of the city’s African-American community to improve its circumstances, not by appealing for help from others but through action of its own. Or, as Herenton, who served from 1992 to 2009 as the city’s first elected black chief executive, put it: “No one can help us if we don’t help ourselves. It’s up to us, to protect us from us.” That was his preamble


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That both addressed existing reports of Cohen’s possible exit from public life and gave them further fuel, but toward the end of his remarks at the breakfast, the Congressman decisively dismissed the prospect. “There have been some rumors around that I was going to retire,” Cohen said. These, he said, waggishly, citing statesman/financier Bernard Baruch as the author of remarks normally attributed to Mark Twain, had been “greatly exaggerated.”  Cohen declared categorically: “We’ll be here in 2018, and we’ll be here in 2020. I plan to run for reelection.” He declared he was a better Congressional server today than ever before and said, “I’ll do it as long as you want me to do it.” The Congressman disclaimed yet another rumor, that he intended a future run for the Senate. “It’s cool to be in the United States Senate,” he said, “[but] this state is red.” Noting his first abortive race for Congress in 1996, when he was defeated by Harold Ford Jr., as well as one for Governor in 1994, Cohen said, “I’ve tilted at windmills before. … I’m not running for another office the rest of my life that I can’t win.” Vowing always to “speak truth to power,” Cohen warned of imminent dangers to the Affordable Care Act, public education, and the environment resulting from the combination of a Donald Trump presidency and a GOPdominated Congress. Cohen said the forthcoming Trump administration has sold out to “Exxon and Russia,” a fact presumably signaled both by Trump’s choice of the giant oil company’s CEO Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state and by the presidentelect’s non-stop flattery of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Noting the Russian government’s dependence on international oil sales, Cohen said, “All they want is to drill the Arctic.” As for Trump, Cohen said he did not trust “this presidency not to use the IRS or the FBI” as tools against dissenting citizens, and he warned, “When an individual becomes the power and not the country — like Benito Mussolini — that’s fascism.” In an apparent reference to Congressional Republicans’ intent to have the Constitution read aloud, Cohen said, “I hope when they read the impeachment clause, they understand it.” Though most of his remarks concerned issues of domestic import, the Congressman made a point of stressing the importance of a “peaceful solution in the Middle East.” Referring to renewed controversy over Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank, Cohen said, “What the Israelis are doing now is wrong. … We need peace there. Israel needs peace.”

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Well, here it is: 2017. And anybody entering this new year who is optimistic about the state of things in America and around the world is by definition a Trump voter. The rest of us have forebodings out the kazoo — no few of them having to do with the man whose two most famous resolutions are to build a wall and to make American great again. The outlines of the wall are already evident. The problem is that the one Trump has already begun to construct is not the one he promised to build between the U. S. and Mexico. That one, we suspect, will remain within the boundaries of myth. We doubt that the GOP barons of privilege who rule Congress will sacrifice the revenues needed to finance that boondoggle — unless they can conjure up a way to siphon tax dollars to various wellconnected construction companies. No, the real wall is the barrier the soon-to-bepresident of all of us has erected between the separate parts of this nation. When Time magazine gave the Huckster-in-Chief his due, naming him Person of the Year, it referred to him on the cover as “Presidentelect of the Divided States of America.” That’s about right. And the division is not just the one exposed in the widening electoral rift between the blue states of the two coasts and the red states of the hinterland, but between those of us who trust in some form of verifiable reality and those for whom such a regard is beside the point. Like the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Though the Looking Glass, the Donald  can say “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” And said twice as many more. Can Trump really believe, apropos his loss of the popular vote by the grand total of nearly 3 million voters, that that formidable gap consisted entirely of “illegal” voters? Does he have any evidence to support that, or his famous claim that

climate change is a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese? Or, most recently and notoriously, that the entire intelligencegathering apparatus of the government he is about to head is mistaken in its painstaking conclusion that the Russian government engaged during the election in internet hacking on his behalf? It is this last assertion, along with Trump’s dangerous and foolhardy reliance on the good faith of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, that exposes the sheer presumption of his campaign slogan about making America “great” again. There is nothing great or even tolerable about the concept of hitching our nation’s future to the whims of a despot who even now is bringing death and destruction to innocent civilians in Syria, undermining the independence of his neighbor nations, and doing his best to undermine the historic shield of NATO. There is a silver lining, and it goes by the name of bipartisanship. Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are now touring the threatened nations of Eastern Europe in an effort to reassure the worried populations and governments there that America will not forsake them. There are glimmers of hope, too, that there are enough concerned Republicans in Congress to join with Democrats in thwarting the more reckless domestic plans of the new president. The statement was often made, after our nation had passed through the ordeal of Watergate, that “the system works.” We suspect it’s in for another test now — a big one. Happy New Year, and buckle your seatbelts. 

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about the specter of a Muslim registry, the disappearance of healthcare and women’s rights, the vulnerability of people of color, executive corruption, etc., there are plenty of forms of direct action available. Call your representatives. Donate money. Volunteer. Protest, if that’s your bag. None of these actions should interfere with one’s journalistic objectivity. It is possible to be both objective in our professional lives and to know where our beliefs lie.  The night after Trump was elected, I joined several thousand residents of New York in Union Square for a march to Trump Tower. I was there as a protestor, not a journalist, though I broadcast images of the protest on social media. What were we protesting? Some held signs rejecting the election: “Not My President” appeared in Sharpie on white posters. Others were there as feminists, or for immigrant rights and anti-Muslim discrimination, or to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, or for Black Lives Matter. The protest was less about a single issue and more about a broad sense of the injustices of power — something that has never been a partisan concern.  

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One of the strange aftereffects of Donald Trump’s election has been the rapid elevation of a previously minor (and generally boring) sub-genre of journalism: Journalists Writing About Journalists. Particularly in New York, where I am based, the amount of professional hand-wringing and sackcloth-wearing on the part of the media can seem extreme. “How could this have happened? Did we cause it?” ask my colleagues, never the humblest people, in the glossy pages of The Atlantic and The New Yorker. These petitions for understanding and/or forgiveness are followed by the inevitable question: “What now?”  Terms have been coined to describe the current situation, most of which are appropriately hyperbolic considering that this political era is one of overstatement. We are told that we live in a “post-fact” democracy. And perhaps it is true. The gates seem to be closing on a responsible Washington press corps, to be replaced by random 160-character dispatches of presidential “truthiness.” The media is seen as the source of all evil, a cauldron of bloodletting and partisan gossip, sometimes by journalists themselves. Individual reporters have been shamed in tweets by the elected leader of the free world, who has also rebranded The New York Times as “The Failing New York Times.” Meanwhile, Russian hackers are afoot, or not afoot, depending on what you read. The situation is not great.  But if you are like me, you are probably tired of reading slackjawed journalistic accounts of how journalism is failing. Our problems are no mystery: We got here because contemporary journalism is too often a toxic combination of a commodified race to the bottom and a feedback loop. Surely the answer is not to add more to the feedback loop (though this article belongs in that morbid company. Sorry).  I don’t think we don’t need a sea change in the field. We do need to keep doing our best and most rigorous work. We need to pay attention. We also need to stop vainglorious overestimations of the ability of journalism to form national opinion. It is a rare writer who can convince someone to change a dearly held belief, much less a whole country.  The more interesting question for the coming weeks and years is not, “What can we do now as journalists?” but “What can we do now as people?” If you, like me, are a writer worried

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We’ve all seen the ubiquitous internet ads with the headline “One Weird Trick to a Smaller Belly” (or financial success or a larger wang or more hair). If you click on one of these, you’ll inevitably get a narrated, animated video that urges you to keep watching for 15 or 20 minutes, until the “weird trick” is finally revealed. Well, the Flyer’s weird tricks don’t require watching a video; you just have to keep reading. You’re welcome. And Happy New Year!

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HOW TO RELAX Before Olivia Lomax opened Delta Groove Yoga Studio in 2013, she worked in finance. Her job, coupled with being a mother of three, created a mountain of anxiety in her life. Lomax combated that stress with a routine she developed at age 17 after suffering a sports injury. “Doing my yoga practice before work or after the kids went to bed was my saving grace,” Lomax says. “I began to notice that I was doing yoga for the stress relief more than for the physical benefits. I would notice a significant change in my mood and ability to remain calm.”  There’s an efficient, two-fold way to remedy anxiety, Lomax says. Focus on your breathing and living consciously will follow. “The body follows the mind and the mind follows the breath,” Lomax says. “If you have a hard time slowing down the breath, move your body to start to coordinate everything. Put away all electronics — unplug. Drink a glass of water. Then slow the breath down to less than three breaths per minute. Inhale for seven seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and exhale for seven seconds.  “Living consciously means practicing an intelligent awareness of what is really happening inside your body and mind and understanding how you are accessing the energy to run these systems,” Lomax 12 says. “We go to great lengths to ensure our phones and computers are the latest technology and

HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR HOUSE Your house is a mess. Articles of clothing hang not in closets but on the backs of chairs. Newspapers and magazines have accumulated, and you find yourself wanting to hang on to certain unread copies without knowing when you’ll get to them. And even if you have everything in order, you wonder if you’ve got the right stuff on the walls or the furniture in the right places. We’ve all been there, some of us more than others. So what do you do? Well, there are professionals, right here in the River City, who can help you deal with it. There’s Teresa James of Cordova, for example, who used to enjoy helping out friends with such problems and who finally realized that home organizing could be a business. So, starting around 2009, “Organize and Stage Your Home” became an ad hoc title she now uses to advertise her services. She’ll consult with you on the phone and also arrange to come out and take a look for a modest hourly fee. The trick, she says, is to prioritize. What do you need and where do you need it? And what are you hanging on to that you never use? Those things are just in the way, so suck it up and give them to other people who need them more. Or, as she puts it, “Go ahead and release!” (James will take stuff away and distribute it, if you don’t want to.) And, hey, there’s even a tax write-off! Most home organizers don’t do maintenance as such, but they’ll assist you in landing a housekeeper from a market supply that’s none too commodious. And people like James can be invaluable when you’re moving, on either end of the move. The main thing is to find the help you need and get on with it. — Jackson Baker

HOW TO GET FIT IN SEVEN MINUTES A DAY A couple of years back, The New York Times published a story called “The Scientific 7-Minute Workout.” It resurfaced in my social media a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to give it a shot. The workout consists of 12 exercises, each done for 30 seconds, which technically would be a 6-Minute Workout, but they give you 10 seconds to transition from one exercise to the other, I suppose. Or die. This routine makes up for its lack of duration with its intensity. You start with 30 seconds of jumping jacks, then go through 30 seconds each of wall sitting, crunches, pushups, running in place, chair-stepping, planking, deep squats, etc. After seven minutes of this, you will be breathing hard. Unless you’re in shape already, which is disgusting. From the Times article: “In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair, and a wall, [the workout] fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.” It’s definitely made a difference in how I feel, though for the first few days, how I felt was sore. Really sore. But now it’s become more tolerable, though it still makes me sweat, which is the point, of course. And the upside is that after seven minutes of


“steady discomfort,” you’re done. Google it if you’re interested. — Bruce VanWyngarden

HOW TO DRAW My “one weird trick” to “draw better” is to use a pencil and draw very, very lightly and quickly. Most people try to draw a drawing the way they look at a drawing. They want nice, dark, perfect lines. They want to start at the top left corner of the page and draw perfectly until they get to the bottom right-hand side of the page and it’s amazing.  Instead, start with faint stick figures, making sure everything you want is on the page and in proportion. Then you hang all the stuff that has to be there on the stick figure, drawing more detail and more heavily until it looks done. Having said that, I’ll add that I can tell everyone in a classroom to “draw lightly and quickly with a pencil” and typically, everyone in the class will go into default mode and gouge the hell out of their paper. — Greg Cravens

a marinade or a simple vinaigrette. Think about how acids, vinegar specifically, can turn a cucumber into a pickle. Gentry extolls the virtues of acids in such fare as a butternut squash puree, a chimichurri sauce, or a stock reduction. “Acid bridges the gap from flat to heavy; it gives you that full flavor,” he says. — SE HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT Millions of Americans woke up New Year’s Day with dreams of (and maybe even plans for) a trimmer waist. But many will trip and fall and quit that weight-loss journey this year because they won’t let themselves eat doughnuts, or bacon, or a Gibson’s maple bacon doughnut. The advice from Star Ritchey, running coach, personal trainer, and owner and founder of Midtown running group Star Runners: Just eat the damn doughnut, already. “I believe that restricting foods [unless for allergies] causes people to obsess over what they can’t have, which leads to binging,” Ritchey says. “I’d rather you focus on willpower and moderation and eat dessert a few times a week than eat cookies until you’re sick because you’ve deprived yourself of them.” Ritchey says she’s never told a client to cut out a specific food. But she does set limits on how often they eat out, or eat dessert, or (gasp!) how much alcohol they drink. Also, Ritchey recommends focusing on the things the body needs first — water, fruits, veggies, protein, and fiber. If you get all of that stuff first, you may not have any room left for junk food. “Your body will begin to crave this way of eating,” she says. Fad diets can shave off pounds, but the pounds often come back after the diet is dropped, and the dieter hasn’t learned anything. “If you change your mindset to eating all foods but in a more responsible way, it becomes habit and you’re more likely to keep the weight off.” Here’s a quick, sample breakfast from Ritchey: a glass of water (it’s important to drink water all day), a cup of berries (high in fiber/fruit), and a serving of Greek yogurt or egg whites (both have protein). — Toby Sells HOW TO COOK BETTER Jimmy Gentry worked under culinary big dog Erling Jensen and has taught at L’Ecole Culinaire. Currently, he runs Paradox Catering and the super-secret supper club Paradox Underground Experience. In January, Gentry’s latest project, Café Brooks by Paradox, opens in the Brooks Museum. Gentry’s weird trick for how to make your cooking really sing: Embrace acid. “People underestimate acids — lemon juice, lime juice, vinegar,” he says. Gentry says just one capful of vinegar can brighten up a dish and make it “10 times better.” If you want to get technical, just Google “acid in cooking.” Otherwise, consider the power of acids in

HOW TO SPEAK IN PUBLIC Public speaking coach Irene Crist’s advice for instantly becoming a better public speaker may conflict with everything you’ve ever heard about proper public speaking: “Put your hands in your pockets,” she says. Crist, who’s helped to improve communication skills at a variety of Memphis businesses, isn’t advising speakers not to be physically expressive. “But you’ve got to stop worrying about your hands,” she says. “If you’re worried about your hands, you’re not focused on connecting with your audience. Forget them. If you’re going to move them, move them, if not, leave them alone. But stop thinking about them. Thinking about them gets everybody every time.” Crist has other tips, too, like: She thinks bullet points are better than memorized speeches because they help “you be you” and make it less likely for you continued on page 15

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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR WARDROBE Sophie Jones not only liked to play dress-up as a kid, she also liked to cut up her clothes — much to the chagrin of her mother. This led, naturally enough, to her studying apparel and textiles in college. She then worked styling the women’s runway for Ralph Lauren in New York. She knows a thing or two about fashion. Jones, who’s back in town working for a PR firm, Hemline, describes her own aesthetic as monochromatic and masculine with a feminine touch. Her one weird fashion trick for you? “Display images of your favorite fashion looks in your closet to help improve your wardrobe.” More from Jones: Collect images from fashion magazines or shopping mailers or print out images from Pinterest. Hang them in a place that you will see as you get ready. Recreate looks from the images, which is especially beneficial when in a hurry or can’t think of what to wear. This method will inspire new outfits and help you discover ways to incorporate the pieces you love but don’t know how to wear. It will also remind you of pieces in your closet that get forgotten about when folded away. Jones also advises that you make smarter purchases to create a cohesive wardrobe that all works together and simultaneously eliminates clutter. — Susan Ellis

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“We … ensure our phones … are the latest technology. How often do we do that for our body and minds?” PAY YOURSELF FORWARD You’ve got that old-fashioned holiday hangover after binging on a delicious (but rich and expensive) season of presents, parties, booze, and food. But now the season’s cheery gleam has

faded into that cold, unforgiving light of winter, and you’ve got to face the facts about how much you spent while wearing that Santa hat. But for some, Christmas isn’t all about giving. It’s also a season of receiving — that annual raise, a holiday bonus, or even the promise of a tax refund in a few months. One weird trick for anyone who comes into an unexpected financial bump, according to Brian Douglas, a financial advisor with South Main’s Guidingpoint Financial Group, is simple: financial time travel. “If you’re fortunate enough to receive a raise, bonus, or tax refund this year,

consider giving half to yourself now and half to your future,” Douglas says. “One half could help you put yourself in a better financial position today by making an extra payment on your student loans or mortgage. The other half could then fund your retirement account, either by starting or contributing to your IRA, 401(k) or 403(b).” It’s advice as solid as sterling: Pay yourself before you pay everyone else. “Your raise or refund could make a big difference in the total you have set aside for retirement, particularly if you’re still years from retirement and have time for compounding interest on your side,” Douglas says. — TS

HOW TO DO AN EASY MAGIC TRICK “For me, all magic is great,” Michael Clayton says. Clayton is a Memphis magician who does it all — closeup, stage-work, and manipulation. He’s been a working magician since his teens and counts Houdini, Doug Henning, Lance Burton, and Bill Bixby (he starred in The Magician) among his idols.

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They call him the Red Headed Stranger, and even if you know Willie Nelson’s oeuvre backward and forward, the list of hits is still stunning: “Crazy,” “Nightlife,” “Hello Walls,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “Pancho & Lefty,” “Bloody Mary Morning,” “Pretty Paper,” “Always on My Mind,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys,” and on and on. That’s the bare surface of one of the most extraordinary catalogs in pop music. Like his friend, mentor, and fellow Texan, Ray Price, Nelson’s never believed in boundaries. Waylon Jennings described his friend and fellow outlaw as an “original free spirit,” who refused to let honky-tonk roots stop him from moaning the blues or recording a Joni Mitchell song or entire albums of jazz standards. On the other hand, Nelson never stopped carrying a torch for the plaintive ballads and hard barroom shuffles he played as a brief but important member of Price’s band, the Cherokee Cowboys. In June, Nelson revisited those early days when he released his 71st studio album, For the Good Times, a tribute to Price who passed away in 2013, six years after he, Nelson, and Merle Haggard toured together, billing themselves “Last of the Breed.” There are only a few things in this world we can be sure of. The sun rises in the east. Nobody ever wins an argument on the internet. And every night, somewhere in the world, for as long as he’s above ground and able to draw breath, Willie Nelson is singing for generations of fans, sandwiching a generous selection of hits between ageless renditions of “Whiskey River” and “On the Road Again.”

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“Philosophy of Beauty Re-examined” David Lusk Gallery, 6-8 p.m. Opening reception for works by Tad Lauritzen Wright. “Philosophy of Beauty Re-examined” is made up of single-line drawings centering on Greek and Roman mythology.

Wild Africa 3D CTI 3D Giant Theatre, various times An exploration of the animals of Africa.

Viva Las Vegas Sing-A-Long Guest House Theater, Guest House at Graceland, 7 p.m. Moviegoers can sing along to the Elvis movie Viva Las Vegas during this screening. Part of the Elvis Birthday Celebration. Don’t Be Afraid of Dave Losso Hi-Tone, 8 p.m. Comedy from Denver-based comedian Dave Losso.

An Acoustic Evening with Jason Isbell Germantown Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m., $35 Concert by former Drive-By Trucker and lauded singer Jason Isbell. Nate Silverstein Bridge Sectional Agricenter International, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $12-$16 Huge bridge tournament. Through Sunday.

Archives Show and Tell Guest House Theater, Guest House at Graceland, 11 a.m. Graceland’s director of archives Angie Marchese leads this talk on some of the estate’s most treasured items. Part of the Elvis Birthday Celebration.

Pops 2: Elvis at the Movies Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs this “cinematic celebration of the King.” Terry Mike Jeffrey performs as well.

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New Works

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Other People’s Happiness is a portrait of a family in chaos. It’s also the latest winner of Playhouse on the Square’s NewWorks@TheWorks competition, a contest built to locate and develop promising new plays and playwrights. As described by this season’s victorious author, Adam Seidel, Other People’s Happiness explores one main question — “When you give up your happiness for everyone else, where is your breaking point?” Director Leah Bray Nichols is tight-lipped about the plot, afraid she’ll give too much away. “It’s about a family — a couple married for 35 years and their adult children. They’re confronted with new information, and everybody has to re-examine their identity.” The “information” concerns the family and the recently passed-down family business. Like a cyclone, it rips them from their comfort zones and drops them in a foreign circumstance where nothing makes sense. “And they’re not able to go back,” Nichols says. In addition to developing new plays, New Works may also be a proving ground for aspiring directors. Apart from some recent experiences working as an assistant director to Jordan Nichols on Mamma Mia! and Dave Landis on The Country House, Nichols has spent her 20 years in the business on stage, with no real plans to refocus. “It took me so long to say yes,” she says, happy that she did. “I love it. Actors look at you differently when you’re on that side of the stage.” As a performer, Nichols has made notable appearances in plays and musicals like August: Osage County and Violet. Seidel is a New York-based playwright whose dark comedy Catch the Butcher was a 2015 New York Times Critics’ Pick.

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Artists’ Link New Year Show Gallery Ten Ninety One, 2-4 p.m. Opening for this group show featured works by members of Artists’ Link, which has been connecting artists to the community since 1989.

Booksigning by Steve Bradshaw The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 6:30 p.m. Steve Bradshaw signs and discusses his latest novel, Evil Like Me, about psychic weaponry, brain lesions, and murder.

Carousel Paradiso, 2 p.m. A 60th anniversary screening of this Rodgers and Hammerstein film starring Shirley Jones.

Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony Graceland, 9:30 a.m. Annual proclamation of Elvis Presley Day in honor of his birthday. Afterwards, there will be cake!

Watchers of the Sky Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 7 p.m. Screening of this acclaimed documentary on genocide. Part of the Brooks’ and Facing History and Ourselves’ Upstander Film Series, which highlights individuals who spoke out and stood up for others. A discussion follows each screening.

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New Memphis Music A look at upcoming releases from the local music scene

Valerie June’s new album The Order of Time drops this March.

month to release new music, so we’re going to pretend that Radio Ghost is a 2017 release for Taylor’s sake. Recorded at Royal Studios, Taylor has an A-list of guest appearances, including Luther and Cody Dickinson, Shannon McNally, and Boo Mitchell in the producer’s chair. The album is available at all local record stores.

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Brandon Taylor — Radio Ghost (Madjack Records) Release Date: Available Now Mississippi transplant Brandon Taylor camped out at Jack Oblivian’s place while recording the album Radio Ghost, but don’t expect to hear any garage-rock guitar licks on Taylor’s folky debut. Radio Ghost was released last December, a truly dismal

Terry Prince and the Principles — You Are Here (self-released) Release Date: Available Now Terry Prince and the Principles dropped this four-song EP on the second-to-last day of 2016, and the songs on You Are Here are just as indebted to later-era Lou Reed as they are to “Blue Album”-era Weezer, especially the song “Time Warp at the Drive-in, Part II.” The other three songs on You Are Here are just as likely to get stuck in your head. Fun fact: Flyer copy editor Jesse Davis

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Southern Avenue is a band that needs little introduction at this point, but you can expect this album to show Stax fans far and wide that Memphis soul is still very much intact. already on your radar. If you’ve missed the band’s live show but you’re a fan of JB Horrell’s previous offerings (Noise Choir, Moving Finger, Reginald), “weird punk” earth-shattering guitar riffs, or megaphones, this is the group for you. The perfect band for inducing an acid flashback. Look for a track premiere via Noisey sometime this week.

Southern Avenue — Southern Avenue (Stax Records, Concord Music Group) Release Date: February 24th, 2017 Named after the city street that runs from the easternmost city limits all the way to Soulsville, Southern Avenue have been making waves since their formation, and singer Tierinii Jackson graced the cover of our Summer Music Issue last July. Since then, the band landed a deal with Stax, did some extensive touring, and somehow found time to record their debut album. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero), the 10-track debut from Southern Avenue features guest appearances by Luther Dickinson (do we see a trend developing here?) and Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys, among others. Southern Avenue is a band that needs little introduction at this point, but you can expect this album to show Stax fans far and wide that Memphis soul is still very much intact. While the band will do some pretty extensive touring following the release of their new album, they do have two dates at Lafayette’s Music Room and the Rum Boogie Café booked early in the year.

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Valerie June — The Order of Time (Concord Music Group) Release Date: January 27th, 2017 The first new album from Valerie June in three years drops at the end of this month. After debuting the song “Astral Plane,” NPR ran a lengthy interview with June in which she revealed that she originally wrote the song for Massive Attack, and Ann Powers compared June’s writing to Alice Walker or Bell Hooks. June will be on tour with Sturgill Simpson and Norah Jones to kick off the year, but hopefully a Memphis date is in the works.

Aquarian Blood — Last Nite in Paradise (Goner Records) Release Date: February 10th, 2017 The Midtown family-freak band, Aquarian Blood, will release their debut album on Goner Records next month, and if you enjoyed either tape the band has released, or their singles on Goner and Pelican Pow Wow (New Orleans), then this LP is probably

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Alfred’s 197 BEALE 525-3711

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

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

The King Beez Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.; B.B. King’s All Stars Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Will Tucker Band Fridays, Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Lisa G and Flic’s Pic’s Band Saturdays, Sundays, 12:30 p.m.; Blind Mississippi Morris Sundays, 5 p.m.; Memphis Jones Sundays, Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.; Doc Fangaz and the Remedy Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Club 152 152 BEALE 544-7011

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

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

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

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King’s Palace Cafe Tap Room

310 BEALE 654-5171

168 BEALE 576-2220

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

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

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

King’s Palace Cafe 162 BEALE 521-1851

David Bowen Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m., and Sundays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Cowboy Neil Friday, Jan. 6, 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 7, 9:30 p.m.

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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, 711 p.m.; Chic Jones and the Blues Express Sundays, 711 p.m.; North and South Band Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m.

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Dirty Crow Inn 855 KENTUCKY

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.

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

Rum Boogie Cafe

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182 BEALE 528-0150

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Dantones Band Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The Pistol & the Queen Sunday, Jan. 8, 8:30 p.m.midnight.

Blind Bear Speakeasy

Mollie Fontaine Lounge

Big Don Valentine’s Three Piece Chicken and a Biscuit Blues Band Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; North and South Band Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m.midnight.

Eric Hughes Band Thursday, Jan. 5, 7-11 p.m.; Sensation Band Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.midnight; Doc Fangaz and the Remedy Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m.-midnight; Mississippi Bigfoot Sunday, Jan. 8, 7-11 p.m.; Jeff Jensen Band Monday, Jan. 9, 7-11 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7-11 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7-11 p.m.

Rum Boogie Cafe Blues Hall 182 BEALE 528-0150

Memphis Bluesmasters Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.midnight; Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars Fridays, Saturdays, 4-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and Sundays, 3-7 p.m.; Chic Jones Saturday, Jan. 7, 4-8 p.m.; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; McDaniel Band Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

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Live Music ThursdaysSaturdays, 10 p.m.

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

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

Huey’s Downtown

679 ADAMS 524-1886

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

Brass Door Irish Pub

Paulette’s

152 MADISON 572-1813

RIVER INN, 50 HARBOR TOWN SQUARE 260-3300

Live Music Fridays.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN TICKETS, 525-1515

Pops 2: Elvis at the Movies Saturday, Jan. 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Center for Southern Folklore Hall 119 S. MAIN AT PEMBROKE SQUARE 525-3655

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

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

DJ Dance Music MondaysSundays, 10 p.m.

Rumba Room 303 S. MAIN 523-0020

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

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Tall David Thursday, Jan. 5; DJ Dikk Yogha and DJ Neutral Flex Friday, Jan. 6; Chickasaw Mound and Aquarian Blood Saturday, Jan. 7; John Paul Keith Sunday, Jan. 8; Devil Train Monday, Jan. 9.

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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.

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Karaoke Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.

MARK EDGAR STUART LIVE AT LOFLIN YARD Loflin Yard brought live music to their sprawling grounds in the spring of last year, and the downtown bar/venue has just announced that they will be hosting a weekly songwriter night every Wednesday. First up in the weekly series is Mark Edgar Stuart, Nick Redmond of Star and Micey, and Jana Misener of the now-defunct Memphis Dawls. Loflin Yard booker Kevin Cubbins said that the songwriter night was a result of local musicians hanging out at the relatively new bar. “We have bands on the weekend, but we really just wanted to focus on songwriters for a weekly show,” Cubbins said. “A lot of musicians hang out at Loflin Yard and were already discussing doing something like a songwriter night in the coach house.” To headline the first songwriter series, Cubbins tapped Stuart, the local songwriter responsible for the stellar albums, Trinity My Dear, Blues for Lou, and, most recently, the single Don’t Blame Jesus — all released through local label Madjack Records. “A lot of people don’t understand that music is a part of Loflin Yard,” Cubbins said. “People tend to think of Loflin Yard as a bunch of guys hanging out in pink shirts and shorts, but there’s always been music here, and the barn on the property is an indoor music venue. It’s heated, and it sounds great in there.” Songwriter night is free to attend, and with the abundance of local songwriters in Memphis, you can expect the event to grow, especially as the weather gets nicer. — Chris Shaw Mark Edgar Stuart, Nick Redmond, and Jana Misener, Wednesday, January 11th at Loflin Yard, 8 p.m., no cover, 21 and up.

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

The Cove 2559 BROAD 730-0719

Ed Finney and the U of M Jazz Quartet Thursdays, 9 p.m.; Big Barton Friday, Jan. 6, 9:30 p.m.; Low Country Nationals Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 p.m.; Justin White Mondays, 7 p.m.; Don and Wayde Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

Dru’s Place 1474 MADISON 275-8082

Karaoke Fridays-Sundays.

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

Sports Junction 1911 POPLAR 244-7904

Live music Saturdays.

Wild Bill’s 1580 VOLLINTINE 207-3975

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

Huey’s Midtown 1927 MADISON 726-4372

The Joe Restivo Four Sunday, Jan. 8, 4-7 p.m.; 901 Blues Band Sunday, Jan. 8, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Lafayette’s Music Room 2119 MADISON 207-5097

Chris Johnson and Landon Moore Thursday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m.; Southern Avenue Thursday, Jan. 5, 9 p.m.; Heath N’ Justin Friday, Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m.; Susan Marshall & Friends Saturdays, 11 a.m.; Travis Roman Duo Saturday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m.; The River Bluff Clan Saturdays, 3 p.m.; Jeffrey and the Pacemakers Saturday, Jan. 7, 3 p.m.; Johnny Mac Duo Saturday, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m.; The Cassette Set Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 p.m.; John Paul Keith and Co. Mondays, 6 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m.; Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers Sunday, Jan. 8, 4 p.m.; Sarah Gayle Meech Sunday, Jan. 8, 8 p.m.; The Joe Restivo 4 Monday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m.; Paul “Snowflake” Taylor Tuesday, Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m.; John Kilzer Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; Breeze Cayolle and New Orleans Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.; Brad Birkedahl Wednesday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m.

Midtown Crossing Grill

University of Memphis Triple S 1747 WALKER 421-6239

Fun-Filled Fridays First Friday of every month, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Ubee’s 521 S. HIGHLAND 323-0900

Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

East Memphis Dan McGuinness Pub 4694 SPOTTSWOOD 761-3711

Karaoke Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

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

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

Fox and Hound Sports Tavern 5101 SANDERLIN 763-2013

Karaoke Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

Howard Vance Guitar Academy

P&H Cafe

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

Memphis Ukelele Meetup Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. 1532 MADISON 726-0906

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

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

T.J. Mulligan’s

Rizzi’s/Paradiso Pub

Huey’s Germantown

Fox and Hound Tavern

8071 TRINITY 756-4480

7677 FARMINGTON 318-3034

6565 TOWNE CENTER, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-536-2200

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

6230 GREENLEE 592-0344

The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

Frayser/Millington Harpo’s Hogpin

Ghost Town Blues Band Sunday, Jan. 8, 8-11:30 p.m.

Ice Bar & Grill 4202 HACKS CROSS 757-1423

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

4212 HWY 51 N. 530-0414

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

Live Music Saturdays, 9 p.m.

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.

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Horseshoe Casino & Hotel

The Windjammer Restaurant

AT CASINO CENTER, SOUTH OF MEMPHIS, NEAR TUNICA, MS 1-800-303-SHOE

Karaoke Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

786 E. BROOKHAVEN CIRCLE 683-9044

Willie Nelson Friday, Jan. 6.

Karaoke ongoing.

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

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The Dantones Sunday, Jan. 8, 8 p.m.-midnight.

East Tapas and Drinks 6069 PARK 767-6002

Tunica Roadhouse

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

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

Live Music Fridays, Saturdays.

Neil’s Music Room

Raleigh

5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Memphis Funk ‘N’ Horns Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m.; Mojo Rhythm Method Sunday, Jan. 8, 6-10 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.midnight.

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

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

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

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

Cheffie’s Cafe 483 HIGH POINT TERRACE 202-4157

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

Maria’s Restaurant 6439 SUMMER 356-2324

Karaoke Fridays, 5-8 p.m.

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Rockstar Karaoke hosted by Charlie Belt Thursday, Jan. 5; Brian Johnson Friday, Jan. 6, 9 p.m.; Backstreet Crawlers Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 p.m.; Thump Daddy Sunday, Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m.

Old Whitten Tavern

Whitehaven/ Airport Marlowe’s Ribs & Restaurant 4381 ELVIS PRESLEY 332-4159

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

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

Shelby Forest General Store

Haystack Bar & Grill 6560 HWY. 51 N. 872-0567

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Tony Butler Fridays, 6-8 p.m.

Dantone Band Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

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Charvey Mac’s Six String Lovers Sunday, Jan. 8, 8-11:30 p.m.; Pamela K. Ward Sunday, Jan. 8, 8:30 p.m.midnight.

Cordova Fox and Hound Sports Tavern 819 EXOCET 624-9060

Karaoke Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

1801 EXETER 751-7500

An Acoustic Evening with Jason Isbell Thursday, Jan. 5, 8-10 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 6, 8-10 p.m.

Huey’s Southwind 7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

Nite Life Sunday, Jan. 8, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

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

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

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

Dan McGuinness 3964 GOODMAN, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-890-7611

Acoustic Music Tuesdays.

Blues Jam hosted by Brad Webb Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.; The Dantones Friday, Jan. 6, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Open Mic Night and Steak Night Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-midnight.

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

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

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

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

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CALENDAR of EVENTS: JANUARY 5 - 11 T H EAT E R

New Moon Theatre Company

Auditions for Killer Joe, readings from the script for the roles of three men and two females. For more information, visit website. www.newmoontheatre.org. Sat., Jan. 7, 3 p.m. AT THEATREWORKS, 2085 MONROE (484-3467).

Playhouse on the Square Auditions for Million Dollar Quartet, casting for the roles of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Sam Phillips. For more information, visit website. www. playhouseonthesquare.org. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 7-8. 66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

TheatreWorks

Other People’s Happiness, on a weekend trip to the family cabin, Sara tells John that after 30 years of marriage, she is leaving him for a much younger man, leaving her entire family in chaos. www. playhouseonthesquare.org. $25-$35. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Jan. 21. 2085 MONROE (274-7139).

ART I ST R EC E P TI O N S

David Lusk Gallery

Opening reception for “Philosophy of Beauty Re-Examined,” exhibition of single-line drawings, centering on Greek and Roman mythology, by Tad Lauritzen Wright. www. davidluskgallery.com. Fri., Jan. 6, 6-8 p.m. 97 TILLMAN (767-3800).

EACC Fine Arts Center Gallery

Opening reception for “Small Works on Paper,” exhibition and gallery talk of artwork no larger than 18 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry. www.eacc.edu. Sun., Jan. 8, 2-4 p.m.

DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS, ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS WILL APPEAR IN THE FLYER’S ONLINE CALENDAR ONLY.

WKNO Studio

Memphis Jewish Home

Opening reception for Artists’ Link New Year Show, www. wkno.org. Sun., Jan. 8, 2-4 p.m.

Marty Parker and Rose Sitton, exhibition with a portion of the proceeds benefiting MJHR. (758-0036), www. memphisjewishhome.org. Through March 31.

7151 CHERRY FARMS (458-2521).

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

36 BAZEBERRY (758-0036).

Metal Museum

Art Therapy Information Session

“Tributaries: Cozette Phillips,” exhibition. www.metalmuseum. org. Through Jan. 22.

Learn about the profession and practice of art therapy. Paige Scheinberg will introduce the history, treatment goals, unique benefits, and settings in which you may find and/or utilize an art therapist. Sun., Jan. 8, 2-3:30 p.m.

374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).

Playhouse on the Square Terry DeWitt Art Exhibit, Jan. 6-Feb. 19. 66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

Scottish Rite

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

Call to Artists: Arts Accelerator Workshop

“Philosophy of Beauty Re-Examined” at David Lusk Gallery

Visual artist grant available. For more information, registration, and workshops, see website. Through Jan. 16. WWW.ARTSMEMPHIS.ORG.

Call to Artists

Seeking art and artifacts from people going through, or who have been through, a breakup of any kind. This exhibition focuses on those objects and their stories and aims to offer one final bit of catharsis. Through Jan. 27. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Cooper-Young Art Tours For more information, featured artists, and pop-up performances, visit website. First Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m.

Heather Long Art Show Fri., Jan. 6, 6 p.m.

ECLECTIC EYE, 242 S. COOPER (276-3937), WWW.ECLECTIC-EYE.COM.

Memphis Magazine’s Fiction Contest

Authors must live within 150 miles of Memphis. Entries

must be postmarked by February 1, 2017. For more information, see website. $20. Through Feb. 1. WWW.MEMPHISMAGAZINE.COM.

MFW Calls for Designers Designers will have the opportunity to showcase their line on the runway with professional models and hair and makeup. Official MFW trunk clothing sales throughout the week. For more information, visit website. Through Jan. 15.

WWW.MEMPHISFASHIONWEEK.ORG.

Small Shop Saturday

COOPER-YOUNG DISTRICT, CORNER OF COOPER AND YOUNG, WWW.COOPERYOUNG.COM.

January 5-11, 2017

EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 1700 NEWCASTLE, FORREST CITY, AR.

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.

Featuring a weekly local vendor in the tap room. Meet the artists and learn about their crafts. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. GHOST RIVER BREWING, 827 S. MAIN (278-0087), WWW.GHOSTRIVERBREWING.COM.

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The Annesdale Park Gallery

“Confluence,” exhibition of still life paintings by Diana Harvey and landscape paintings by

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Dolores Justus. (208-6451), www.theannesdaleparkgallery. com. Through Jan. 10. 1290 PEABODY (208-6451).

ANF Architects

Memphis Botanic Garden

Atelier Artists-Jackson Art Show, www.rawlinsongallery. com. Through Jan. 31.

Peggy McKnight & Cecil C. Humphreys, Jr. www.anfa. com. Through Jan. 7.

750 CHERRY (636-4100).

1500 UNION (278-6868).

“Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent,” exhibition of work by Red Grooms, a Nashville native who moved to New York in 1956, a fascinating figure in post-World War II American art, and naturalborn storyteller. Through Jan. 8. Rotunda Projects: Nnenna Okore, exhibition of abstract objects fashioned from burlap and inspired by textures, colors, and landscapes from her immediate environment. Through April 2. Selections from William Eggleston’s Portfolios, exhibition of 18 photographs from most of the portfolios in the Brooks Museum’s collection. www. brooksmuseum.org. Through May 31.

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

“A Sense of Wonder,” exhibition of sculptural works out of natural objects that reference organic elements of Earth and its atmosphere by Wayne Edge. Through Jan. 15. “Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art,” exhibition exploring the multifaceted meanings of outdoor subjects in both painting and sculpture, ranging from the Colonial era to World War II. www.dixon.org. Through Jan. 15. 4339 PARK (761-5250).

Lucius E. & Elsie C. Burch Jr. Library

Thomas Tidwell, www.colliervillelibrary.org. Through Jan. 31.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

501 POPLAR VIEW, COLLIERVILLE (457-2600).

True Story:

“Circuitous Succession Epilogue lll,” exhibition and third installment curated by Jason Miller within the circa-1909 Scottish Rite building. www. circuitoussuccession.com. Through Jan. 25. 825 UNION.

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church

“Advent Emerging 2,” exhibition of works by Bill Tracer. www.shadygrovepres.org. Through Jan. 8. 5530 SHADY GROVE (683-7329).

TOPS Gallery

“maybe nothing was said/ might be continued,” exhibition by Jerry Phillips. www. topsgallery.com. Through Feb. 4. 400 S. FRONT.

Village Frame & Art

Gallery Artists, exhibition by Charlie Ivey, Virginia Schoenster, Lou Ann Dattilo, and Matthew Hasty. Ongoing. 540 S. MENDENHALL (767-8882).

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SITM Burlesque Show Casting Call Looking for burlesque and boylesque performers for Valentine’s Day show. Sun., Jan. 8, noon. EMPIRE HAIR SALON, 615 S. COOPER.

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2017 Miss Memphis & Shelby County Pageant $15. Sat., Jan. 7, 7 p.m.

BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL, 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483).

Art After School: Exploring Collage with Kerrie Rogers

412-414 N. CLEVELAND (278-TONE).

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2017 Shelby County Outstanding Teen and Miss Memphis Princess

Kids third through sixth grade will be inspired by artists Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters, and Lance Letscher to make our own collages. All materials included. $150. Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m. Through Feb. 14.

Open Mic Comedy, Thursdays, 9 p.m. 1532 MADISON (726-0906).

$10. Sat., Jan. 7, 11 a.m.

FLICKER STREET STUDIO, 74 FLICKER (767-2999), FLICKERSTREETSTUDIO.COM.

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Spring 2017 STARS Program Open Registration

Auhor discusses and signs Evil Like Me. Tues., Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.

BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL, 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483).

Classes for children ages 6 and up begin January 19th with final performance in May. Through Jan. 18.

THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD, 387 PERKINS EXT. (683-9801), WWW.THEBOOKSELLERSATLAURELWOOD.COM.

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Civil Rights/Civil Duties: How Can It Be Fixed?

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Meet on the fourth floor in the History Department to join discussion group to inform and educate. Everyone attending can contribute. Thurs., Jan. 5, 5:30 p.m.

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BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2700).

REGISTRATION: 10am to 1pm & 4pm to 7pm each day

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Application process and possible interview with an employment specialist. Fri., Jan. 6, 9 a.m.

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Gun & Knife Show

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Bike Swap 2017

Bike bargains, beer, friends, and food with a portion of proceeds benefiting American Diabetes Association. Sat., Jan. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. MINGLEWOOD HALL, 1555 MADISON (866-609-1744), WWW.MINGLEWOODHALL.COM.

Blues & BBQ Gymnastics Invitational

USA Gymnastics-sanctioned competition. Fri., Jan. 6, 8 a.m.

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Family Fun Hike

Educational recreation for adults and children of all ages. Second Sunday of every month, 2-4 p.m.

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.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure

Course in Shelby Farms Park open for its second season. Ongoing.

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Harlem Globetrotters $26. Sat., Jan. 7, 7 p.m. FEDEXFORUM, 191 BEALE STREET, WWW.FORUMMEMPHIS.COM.

FitzgeraldsTunica.com • 1-662-363-LUCK (5825) • Must be 21 and a Key Rewards member. See Cashier • Players Club for rules. Management reserves the right to cancel, change and modify the event or promotion. Gaming restricted patrons prohibited. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-522-4700.

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Call to Artists for Ag Day Poster Contest: “Agriculture: Food for Life”

Third to eighth graders in any school or homeschool in Shelby County are eligible to enter. See website for submission information. Through Feb. 27. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (452-2151), WWW.AGRICENTER.ORG.

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C A L E N DA R: JA N UA RY 5 - 1 1 continued from page 29 24th Annual Martin Luther King Commemorative Award Program

Honoring outstanding students for exemplifying the qualities of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Musical guests include Barbara “Sissy” Davis, Colors of Gospel Choir, Bellevue Baptist Church Choir, and others. Lakisha Johnson will serve as emcee. Sun., Jan. 8, 3 p.m. BLOOMFIELD FULL GOSPEL CHURCH, 123 S. PARKWAY (948-3078).

“Back to the Moon for Good”

Fifty years ago, the U.S. was in a heated race to the moon. This program reflects on that legacy and looks to the future, motivated by the Google XPRIZE. $7. Through June 2. SHARPE PLANETARIUM, MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

Educator Appreciation Event

Pre-K through grade 12 educators and homeschoolers enjoy discounts, giveaways, and more featuring reception, STEM product demonstration, and chance to win a set of Sterling titles for your class. Free. Tues., Jan. 10, 4-5 p.m. BARNES & NOBLE, 2774 N. GERMANTOWN (386-2468), STORES.BARNESANDNOBLE.COM.

Fourth Bluff Ice Rink

Featuring live musical performances, Frozen singalong nights, DJ skate nights, themed weeks, and more. $10. Through Jan. 31. MISSISSIPPI RIVER PARK (FORMERLY JEFFERSON-DAVIS PARK), OFF RIVERSIDE DRIVE, WWW. MEMPHISRIVERFRONT.COM.

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Rumba, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Tango, Waltz, Mambo, Salsa, Swing, and more! Call & schedule first lesson. Adults only. Kids and teen classes coming soon. Must be 21, have not had lessons at DanceSmiths within last 12 months, may not be combined with any other special/coupon/introductory offer.

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Lego Architecture: Chicago and Paris Skylines

Help build new LEGO® Skyline collection in-store display for London and Chicago. Enjoy being creative and collaborative with other customers by building with LEGO® Architecture Studio white bricks. Thurs., Jan. 5, 7-7:30 p.m. BARNES & NOBLE, 2774 N. GERMANTOWN (386-2468), STORES.BARNESANDNOBLE.COM.

Memphis Naturals Vision Board Party

Socialize and create your vision for 2017. Light refreshments and swag bags from Doo gro. Thurs., Jan. 5, 6 p.m. BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2700).

Nate Silverstein Bridge Sectional

$12-$16. Thur.-Sun., Jan.5-8, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (737-8087), WWW.AGRICENTER.ORG.

“Small Works on Paper” at EACC Fine Arts Center, Sunday Speaking to Heaven Gallery® with Rhonda Manning

Psychic medium will directly connect with your crossedover loved one. $25. Sun., Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m. LIFEVIBRATION CENTER, 2010 EXETER (324-2586), WWW. PSYCHICMEDIUMRHONDA.COM.

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Christmas at Graceland Interior and exterior of the mansion decorated for the holidays. Through Jan. 8.

GRACELAND MANSION, TICKET OFFICE PAVILION ON ELVIS PRESLEY BLVD. (332-3322), WWW.GRACELAND.COM.

Elvis at the Movies

Terry Mike Jeffrey joins the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for a salute to Elvis Presley. Sat., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. CANNON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN (TICKETS, 525-1515), WWW.MEMPHISSYMPHONY.COM.

Elvis Birthday Celebration

Featuring Viva Las Vegas sing-a-long, fan club events and receptions, tours, Club Elvis, The Auction at Graceland, Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony, and more. Thurs., Jan. 5. GRACELAND, 3717 ELVIS PRESLEY (332-3322), WWW.GRACELAND.COM.

FO O D & D R I N K EVE NTS

Condomonium 2017 Designer Brunch

Have some fun, some bubbly, and share ideas about what works in terms of techniques for working with condoms. Sun., Jan. 8, 11:30 a.m. CHOICES, 1726 POPLAR (791-9384).

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Carousel 60th Anniversary

1956 film adaptation of the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name based on Ferenc Molnár’s non-musical play Liliom. $13.50. Wed., Jan. 11, 2 & 7 p.m. MALCO PARADISO CINEMA, 584 S. MENDENHALL (682-1754), WWW.MALCO.COM.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

$9. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 7-8, 4 p.m. CTI 3D GIANT THEATER, IN THE MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

Metropolitan Opera 2017: Nabucco

$21. Sat., Jan. 7, 11:55 a.m., and Wed., Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m. MALCO PARADISO CINEMA, 584 S. MENDENHALL (682-1754), WWW.MALCO.COM.

MicroCinema Club: Documentary Shorts Festival Encore

Wed., Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m.

CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

One Piece Film: Gold $11. Tues., Jan. 10, 7 p.m.

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

Shoot & Splice: Social Justice Filmmaking

Tues., Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW. CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Upstanders Film Series

Museum will show a film that celebrates stories of individuals that have embraced the challenges to create positive change in our world. Followed by discussion. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Through Jan. 31. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.


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Chew on This The latest on Le Jardin and Sushi Jimmi. By upscale he means beef bourguignon, shrimp etoufee, Italian sausage manicotti, spanakopita, pastitsio, moussaka — and that’s just the entrees. He also offers dips, appetizers, and spreads such as Buffalo Chicken Dip, Pimento and Cheese with Roasted Garlic, and Smoked Gouda and Sun Dried Tomato Dip, as well as sides, including Roasted Brussels and Sweet Potatoes in Maple Butter, Three Cheese Mac and Cheese with Chorizo Sausage, and Basil Marinated Mushrooms. He can’t keep the Irish Car Bomb Bread Pudding with Creme Anglaise in stock. “We put it on Facebook that we have a fresh batch, and we have people in here in 15 minutes,” John says. He and his wife set up shop in the Chickasaw Crossing shopping center at 2877 Poplar. They hired a pro to come up with the menu and prepare the food — Karen Roth of Erling Jensen and Alchemy acclaim, who cooks everything in a com-

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space to open any day now. “I got lucky,” Sinh says. “Any time Shon needs me, I will never turn him down.” Plans include a “real sake bar,” with flavored sakes and even $200-per-bottle sakes; a drive-through; bento boxes with pork chops, char siu, or roasted pork belly; as well as omakase — multiple-course meals specifically selected and prepared by Sinh for $60 to $100. Of course, he will also offer everyone’s food-truck favorites, including his signature sushi burritos. “I’m known for my fusion dishes,” Sinh says. “I do real Asian fusion that you don’t find anywhere else in Memphis.” Also keep your eyes peeled for a second food truck, name yet to be determined, offering his take on banh mis. Sushi Jimmi the restaurant is located at 2895 Poplar. Follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SushiJimmi. Real Asian fusion

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FILM REVIEW By Chris McCoy

Space Cookie Taraji P. Henson leads a talented cast in the disappointing Hidden Figures.

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araji deserves better. Hidden Figures is about a lot of things. It’s the story of three AfricanAmerican women: Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and Katherine Goble Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), who played integral roles in getting NASA off the ground in the early 1960s. It’s about women overcoming sexism and black people overcoming racism by proving that they are just as good as, or better than, those who doubt and look down on them. It’s about how working toward a difficult, shared goal creates community and puts our differences in perspective. But mostly, it’s about Taraji P. Henson being a badass. Here is a fact: Everyone loves Taraji. Craig Brewer loved her when he saw her in 2001’s Baby Boy and cast her as the lead in his 2005 classic Hustle &

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Flow, which would prove to be her breakout role. Now, 11 years later, she and Hustle costar Terrence Howard lead one of the most popular shows on television, Empire. The major appeal of the primetime, music-industry soap opera is watching Taraji unleash free form badassery onto a world of men who underestimate her. (My dream is that one day Taraji will take up Tina Turner’s chainmail mantle and appear as Auntie Entity in a Mad Max film. But I digress.) In Hidden Figures, Taraji’s not running Bartertown, but her character, Katherine, is the smartest computer at NASA Langley. The film is

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THE LAST WORD by Randy Haspel

Elvis at 82

THE LAST WORD

An auspicious date on the musical calendar arrives January 8th. That’s when we celebrate Elvis’ 82nd birthday, otherwise known as Winter Elvis Week. In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Elvis business is bigger than ever. Forbes magazine said that Elvis earned $27 million in 2016, second only to his son-in-law, Michael Jackson, among deceased entertainers. His estate is estimated to be close to $400 million. Graceland is gearing up for an influx of visitors with a menu of movies, concerts, and receptions, including one for fan club presidents at the new, posh resort/hotel, the Guest House at Graceland. I have yet to visit, but the photographs make it look luxurious and my musician friends are raving about the 464-seat theater and concert hall. Among other activities, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra plays the Cannon Center with celebrated Elvis impressionist Terry Mike Jeffrey. Also, there is an auction of Elvis stuff acquired from third-party collectors. Listen, if I can’t make it by, will somebody pick me up an authentic “TCB” necklace? I’m starting to think that Elvis is never going to give me one. But, then again, you never know. It still amazes me that 40 years after Elvis’ death, the crowds just keep growing. Of course, there are still scores of fans who are convinced that Elvis faked his death for a multitude of reasons and that he is still with us today. In fact, he’s about to come out of the closet, or coffin, as the case may be. According to the Portly Gazelle, it began with a mysterious fax sent from Graceland to Time magazine saying only, “It’s time.” But I suspect that’s one of those fake news sites we’ve been hearing so much about lately. A more credible source called Empire News reported that a homeless 80-year old man with a white beard was found deceased under an overpass in San Diego. The only thing anyone knew about him was his friends called him “Jesse.” So a curious coroner ran his DNA through a national data bank and came up with an exact match to the King. The episode received so much press attention that experts were quick to deem it a hoax, which only proves that Elvis is still out there somewhere. He’s been sighted so many times in Ottawa, Canada, that a street has been renamed “Elvis Lives Lane.” He’s been spotted in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in a grocery store in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and fishing on the Salmon River in Idaho. He also made a quick cameo appearance in a Home Alone movie. The most probable explanation comes from the FBI, only it’s still classified. An unnamed agent claimed that Elvis lost $10 million in a property deal connected to the Mafia. Fearing for his life, Elvis gave secret grand-jury testimony against the mob and went into the Witness Protection Program in 1977, and now lives in South America on a farm. Go ahead and scoff but there’s even an “Elvis Presley Is Alive” Facebook page with 14,000 followers. The administrator, who prefers anonymity, says they promise “one post per day” leading up to the proof that Elvis staged his own demise, and any person asserting otherwise will be banned from the page. The most recent online frenzy was caused when someone posted a YouTube video of a groundskeeper at Graceland with long, white hair and a beard that was surreptitiously filmed and supposedly of Elvis at 80. The problem was he looked like a middle-aged man with a pony-tail and a beer gut, wearing a red “Elvis Week” T-Shirt, a crumpled, blue baseball cap, and baggy jeans with a wallet sagging from the back pocket. That was the dead giveaway. When was the last time Elvis needed to carry a wallet?  He was also doing groundskeeper-like things such as pulling weeds and watering. At one point, a bald man appeared in the scene. Maybe it was Carl Perkins. The Daily Express U.K. newspaper sent investigators to Memphis and discovered the man’s name is Bill Barmer, an employee of Elvis Presley Enterprises and current internet sensation. The most bizarre YouTube video is called “Elvis Presley — I’m Alive,” posted by the Knights of the King’s Realm, in which they assert that recordings have emerged with Elvis singing songs from the ’90s. When the tapes were unearthed, a “Las Vegas TV special investigative unit” rushed out to run the new tunes through a computer voice-print analysis and found an “exact match” to one Elvis A. Presley. Naturally, the songs have been collected in an album you can purchase titled KINGTINUING, featuring the title tune, “I’m Alive.” The track list includes: “Tears in Heaven,” “La Vida Loca,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Have I Told You Lately,” (which I guess is a remake of his classic 1957 version, unless the King is covering Van Morrison), and “Candle in the Wind,” with both the original Marilyn Monroe version and the “Goodbye England’s Rose” version. “E” had a thing for Princess Di in the 1990s, I guess. The singer sounds vaguely like the ’70s’ Elvis, backed by revolting, 1990s techno music. Possibly the worst of both worlds, but the video has 2 million views. You think this is going away? I’m not an Elvis impersonator, but I am an Elvis channeler, and being a conduit, the King has asked me to deliver a message regarding the “I’m Alive” phenomenon. Elvis sayeth thus, “Y’all cut that mess out before I have to come down there from sitting at the left-hand of the Lord and karate-kick some ass Kang Rhee-style.” Randy Haspel writes the “Recycled Hippies” blog, where a version of this column first appeared.

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