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OUR 1653RD ISSUE 10.29.20 It’s the Flyer’s annual Best of Memphis issue. Cynics among you might say being the best of anything in 2020 is like being named least homely stray dog at Memphis Animal Services. But they would be wrong. There truly is a lot to be grateful for in this seemingly unending stretch of masked weeks and days. We Memphians, along with millions of other Americans, are the living embodiment of the old cliché: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Thousands of us — businesses large and small, organizations, nonprofits, families, and individuals — have struggled and experimented and tried to learn how to adapt and scrap and hustle in order keep the bills paid, to keep some sort of revenue coming in, to survive until better times return. We’ve innovated; we’ve created hundreds of new sidehustles; we’ve found new opportunities in the darkest hours and the oddest places. We’re doing our Best. Those of us who are lucky are getting by — juggling childcare, education, work, and tight financial straits, though there’s no clear end in sight. We’re working from our kitchens and bedrooms and dens. We’re spending hours staring at computer screens filled with our co-workers’ faces in little boxes, like some Bizarro World version of Hollywood Squares. We’re living in Zoomland! We’re making plans, discussing business, and talking smack on Slack. Millions of Americans and thousands of Memphians are now “front-line” workers — keeping food and supplies on the shelves of our stores, teaching our children, carrying our mail, delivering our packages, treating the sick and dying in our hospitals. Thousands of people working behind cash registers and steering wheels and server aprons are risking their health to pay their bills, to feed and shelter their families. They wear masks because they come in contact with hundreds of people and are exposed to the virus on a daily basis. They deserve our respect and gratitude — respect we show by wearing masks to help protect them and their families. It’s the Best thing we can do, and millions of us are doing it — something that visibly demonstrates that we Americans, we Memphians, are still capable of caring for others, still capable of working together for the common good. We’re living through a sea-change year, one that will be examined and analyzed in future history books. Was 2020 the end of a short, strange, scary, and aberrant era? Or was it the beginning of the country’s descent into even more chaos and disruption and tribal antipathy? With any luck, we will know a week from now. And frankly, given how 2020 has gone thus far, we are way overdue for some luck. Either way the presidential election goes, the remaining two months of 2020 will likely be very difficult. President Trump will remain in office until January, at least, meaning there will probably continue to be very little national leadership on tackling the coronavirus, which is surging again. If Trump loses the election, God knows what kind of chaos will be unleashed from the White House in the next two months. I can’t imagine it will be pleasant. The best scenario is that he’ll just go play golf. We can always hope. If the Senate flips blue, the current Senate will have little incentive to do anything proactive about the virus — or anything else — and will probably just leave the whole mess — COVID, deficit, healthcare — for the next Senate to deal with. Mitch McConnell will go home, count his money, and ponder what it means to turn blue. The holidays are coming, traditionally a time for getting together with our families — for children, parents, grandparents, and others to gather around the dinner table, to hug and tell stories, to give thanks for another year. That won’t happen for a lot of us in 2020. Traveling around the country will be difficult and even dangerous, particularly for older folks. Cramming a dozen people from all over into a single room is playing with fire. If you’re going to do it, get everybody tested first, unless you want to remember 2020 as Meemaw’s last Christmas. Those 225,000 COVID deaths (and counting) have touched the lives of millions of Americans, when you consider N E WS & O P I N I O N THE FLY-BY - 4 that most of those who’ve left us had NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 6 friends and family who cared about them POLITICS - 8 and who will miss them, especially as the FINANCIAL FEATURE - 11 holidays come around. It will be up to all COVER STORY of us to honor their memory by being our “BEST OF MEMPHIS” Best selves, by doing whatever we can to BY FLYER STAFF - 13 get all of us — even those whose politics WE RECOMMEND - 42 MUSIC - 44 we don’t share — through this strange year, CALENDAR - 46 this strange time. FILM - 51 Love each other. This will end. Be C L AS S I F I E D S - 52 Best. LAST WORD - 55 Bruce VanWyngarden brucev@memphisflyer.com

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N E XTD O O R PO LITI CS Rhonda Young’s “guy on a bike” post blew up on Nextdoor last week, clocking in at 131 comments as of press time. “I was just sitting on my front porch and a skinny white guy rode by on his bike and yelled ‘go back to Europe, cracker,’” Young said. “Not sure what to make of that? I have a Biden sign in my yard.” Comments swirled in political toxicity. But they did yield some hilarious Trump signs reimagined for the Memphis set.

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Fraud, Crime, & COVID-19 Three charged in $1.1M scheme, violent crime on the rise, cases rise as state readies for vaccine. WE E K LY VI R US C O U NTS The fall surge of new virus cases continued last week with new daily cases usually over 200. Active cases of the virus rose over 2,000 again. Shelby County topped 35,000 total cases of the virus last week in a another dismal milestone. Monday: new cases - 287, total cases - 34,508, total deaths - 553 Tuesday: new cases - 342, total cases - 34,850, total deaths - 554 Wednesday: new cases - 227, total cases, 35,077, total deaths - 553 Thursday: new cases - 202, total cases - 35,279, total deaths - 556 Friday: new cases - 208, total cases - 35,487, total deaths - 560

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C OVI D -19 F R AU D STE R S C HAR G E D Three people employed by a Memphis tax firm were charged last week in a $1.1-million fraud scheme taking money from a COVID-19 relief fund. U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant unsealed the charges. They claim Brandy D. Scaife, 42; Janisha L. Jones, 22; and Sharika L. Carpenter, 42; of Better Days Tax Service committed wire fraud and conspiracy. Between April 2020 and June 2020, the three allegedly defrauded the Small Business Administration in a scheme that resulted in 401 fraudulently filed applications seeking Economic Injury Disaster loans for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. If convicted, each defendant faces up to 30 years in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

STATE P LAN S FO R VAC C I N E The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) released its plan last week to distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the state once they are available. • 5 percent will be distributed equitably among all 95 counties. • 10 percent will be used in targeted areas with high vulnerability to illness and death from the virus. • 85 percent will be distributed among all 95 counties based on their populations. “We assure Tennesseans that safe, effective, and approved COVID-19 vaccines will be released in Tennessee when they are available to reduce the spread of the virus,” TDH Commissioner Lisa Piercey said in a statement. “Our vaccine dis-

tribution plan will be modified as more is understood about the virus and the availability of approved vaccines currently in development.” The plan is modeled on recommendations from the CDC and the National Academies of Science in consultation with Tennessee’s Unified Command Group and a stakeholder group of more than 28 partner agencies and offices. The agency is now working to recruit hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and others capable of storing vaccines and administering them to priority populations. VI O LE NT C R I M E R I S ES Despite the initial fall, major violent crime rose by 17.6 percent by the end of the third quarter of 2020, according to numbers released last week by the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute (PSI) and the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission. The increase in major violent crime is directly tied to the significant increase in murders throughout Memphis. Murders were up 62.7 percent in the city of Memphis and 55.1 percent countywide. Aggravated assaults were up 27.2 percent in the city of Memphis and 26.6 percent throughout the county. In both instances, the victims were most likely to know each other. Major violent crime had been trending downward in the first quarter of 2020. Visit the News Blog at memphisflyer.com for fuller versions of these stories and more local news.


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her second race! And she runs as what she is, a cancer survivor who came to St. Jude from Bolivia as a child to get medical treatment that saved her life, and stayed on as a naturalized American and as a research scientist interested most of all in public health — someone given the highest possible endorsement by Marlo Thomas of St. Jude. The negative lines quoted above from the mailer were more likely aimed at Warren or AOC or some other person concerned about firearm violence. Both Salinas and her opponent, John Gillespie, a grant coordinator for Trezevant Episcopal Home, have issued mailouts touting their own claims to office. And the Tennessee Tomorrow PAC has

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BEST OF MEMPHIS 2020

The votes have been tallied, and Memphis has spoken. Ready to see the results of the Memphis Flyer’s annual Best of Memphis readers’ poll? From restaurants to radio, salons to smoke shops, family fun and festivals, and everything in between, you chose your favorites. Winners with “BOM” next to their name absolutely dominated their category. Any ties have also been noted. The Flyer staff had a little fun with this, as well, and chose some of our own faves in this COVID-doomed year. You can find those, including Best Place to Pretend Everything is Normal, Best Wildlife Whisperer, and Best Reason to Break Quarantine (hint: there isn’t one), in the Staff Picks section. This issue was written by Samuel X. Cicci, Shara Clark, Jesse Davis, Michael Donahue, Michael Finger, Alex Greene, Matthew J. Harris, Chris McCoy, Julie Ray, Toby Sells, Jon W. Sparks, and Bruce VanWyngarden. It was designed by Carrie Beasley with images by Justin Fox Burks. Thanks to our readers, those who submitted nominations and voted and those who didn’t. Y’all are the true Best of Memphis. And we thank our advertisers, who make it possible to keep the Flyer free, always.

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BEST BURGER 1. Huey’s 2. Tops Bar-B-Q 3. LBOE

BEST BAR FOOD 1. Huey’s 2. Young Avenue Deli 3. Slider Inn

BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING 1. Huey’s 2. Alex’s Tavern 3. Young Avenue Deli

BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT 1. Huey’s 2. Memphis Pizza Cafe 3. Railgarten

October 29-November 4, 2020

BEST SERVICE

1. Huey’s 2. Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House 3. Houston’s Nailing first place in five categories, Huey’s is a bona fide Memphis institution. From burgers and bar food, for lunch or late-night, the “prescriptions” on the menu hit all the right notes. Kids love it, too, and the service always comes with a smile.

BEST BARBECUE

★ BOM 1. Central BBQ 2. The Bar-B-Q Shop 3. Germantown Commissary

BEST RIBS

1. Central BBQ 2. Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous 3. The Bar-B-Q Shop

BEST HOT WINGS

1. Central BBQ 2. Ching’s Hot Wings 3. The Wing Guru Whether it’s pulled pork, ribs, or wings our readers are after, Central BBQ is 14 the answer. Smoked just right, jerked or sauced, they’ve got the ’cue for you.

BEST BREAKFAST

1. Brother Juniper’s 2. Sunrise Memphis 3. Bryant’s Breakfast They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Brother Juniper’s does it right. From expertly crafted omelets with all the fixins to delicious breakfast burritos (or just a simple two-egg breakfast with bacon), Brother Juniper’s has the goods to get your day going.

BEST LUNCH 1. Elwood’s Shack 2. Huey’s 3. Pho Binh

BEST SANDWICHES

1. Elwood’s Shack 2. Young Avenue Deli 3. Kwik Chek It may not look like much from the outside, but this little shack on Summer packs a big punch in flavor. With a variety of stellar sandwiches on offer — Club, Cuban, or Debris Po’Boy, for example — Elwood’s is a go-to lunch (or anytime) spot for Flyer readers.

BEST BRUNCH

TIE 1. The Beauty Shop Owen Brennan’s 2. Bayou Bar & Grill 3. The Majestic Grille For sweet or savory, classic brunch dishes or those with a modern twist, Memphis just won’t choose between Cooper-Young’s Beauty Shop and Owen Brennan’s out East because they’ve both got it all. Add a mimosa or two, and we’ll cheers to this tie win!

BEST BLOODY MARY 1. Bayou Bar & Grill 2. The Beauty Shop 3. Sunrise Memphis

BEST CAJUN/CREOLE

1. Bayou Bar & Grill 2. The Second Line 3. Owen Brennan’s If you’ve ever been to brunch at Bayou,

you’ve seen the line that forms as soon as they open. We, for one, are there for those Bloody Marys — a little spice and the right amount of booze to get an acceptable mornin’ buzz on. Add beignets, Zydeco wings, or any number of N’awlins-inspired dishes to the mix, and you’ll see why Bayou tops in these two categories.

BEST CHINESE

1. Mulan Asian Bistro 2. Wang’s Mandarin House 3. A-Tan With chicken egg rolls, vegetable spring rolls, and some of the best dumplings in town on a menu that covers a lot of authentically Asian bases, it’s no wonder our readers have named Mulan No. 1 for Chinese cuisine.

BEST ETHIOPIAN

1. Abyssinia Restaurant 2. Stickem 3. Derae Restaurant For a wide range of authentic Ethiopian dishes — Kitfo, Yesiga Wot, Bozeno Shiro, and more — served as a colorful spread (with spongy injera) and bursting with exotic spices, Memphis chooses Abyssinia.

BEST INDIAN

1. India Palace 2. Golden India 3. Bombay House Do you ever daydream about the lamb meatballs from India Palace? I don’t know what kind of magic is added to the sauce they’re swimming in, but I could eat a vat of it. The curry, tikka, and tandoori options are all top-notch as well. Grab an extra piece of naan to help clean your plate, and you’ll understand why it’s Memphis’ best for Indian food.

BEST ITALIAN

1. Pete & Sam’s 2. Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen 3. Bari Ristorante e Enoteca If you’re looking for a mean spaghetti, look no further than Pete & Sam’s. The Romero family’s traditional Italian

Huey’s recipes have been honed in Memphis since 1948, transforming the eatery into a darling of the Bluff City’s dining scene. The oodles of red sauce, pizza, and other favorites will have you saying “Buonissimo!”

BEST MARGARITA

1. Molly’s La Casita 2. Las Delicias 3. Babalu I can’t confirm for sure, but there’s a pretty decent chance that Jimmy Buffett penned “Margaritaville” immediately after gulping down a frozen concoction from Molly’s La Casita. Stick with the classics (or try one of their specialty half-frozen, half rocks), upgrade to strawberry, or treat yourself with some top-shelf excellence.

BEST TACO 1. Las Delicias 2. Maciel’s 3. Babalu

BEST MEXICAN

1. Las Delicias 2. Molly’s La Casita 3. Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana Founder Antonio Martinez keeps the focus firmly on the quality of food at Las Delicias, and since the turn of the 21st century has been delighting diners with his authentic Mexican cuisine. Tacos, tortas, burritos, enchiladas … todas estan deliciosas.

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

★ BOM 1. Casablanca 2. Global Café 3. Petra Cafe Come for the shawarma, falafel, and hummus, stay for the oh-so-addictive tea for which superlatives cannot do justice. Whether it’s a Super Sandwich or the falafel “Big Mac,” there’s no wrong choice when it comes to Casablanca’s Mediterranean and Middle Eastern menu.


★ BOM 1. Bhan Thai 2. Bangkok Alley 3. Pho Binh Variety is the spice of life, but Bhan Thai’s red curry also likes to kick the heat up a notch (don’t count out the Panang and Masaman styles, either). The House of Thai has it all: Bangkok chicken, pad thai, crispy duck, satay, pot stickers, and a sweet Thai iced tea to wash it all down.

BEST VEGETARIAN/ VEGAN

1. City Silo Table + Pantry 2. Pho Binh 3. Casablanca At City Silo, chef Will Byrd turns ordinary produce into an artful array of vegetarian feasts. No beef burgers here; rather, try marinated portobello, or a beet-and-walnut patty. Barbecue fans get their own unique sandwich with the Foxy BBQ, featuring a generous helping of grilled spaghetti squash. A bevy of wondrous veggies awaits.

BEST VIETNAMESE

1. Pho Binh 2. Pho Saigon 3. Lotus Feast on soft yet crunchy bits of tofu sprinkled with just the right amount of lemongrass seasoning. Or try some of the best fried chicken wings in town. For the cold winter months, a hearty bowl of pho will do the trick. While their buffet may be on hiatus, Pho Binh is still the best game in Memphis when it comes to Vietnamese.

BEST JAPANESE

1. Sekisui Pacific Rim 2. Red Koi Japanese Cuisine 3. Sakura Japanese Restaurant Sekisui’s sushi menu adheres to the old Japanese adage of “use the ingredients you have,” with offerings that trend toward either the traditional (California

BEST HOME COOKING/ SOUL FOOD 1. Soul Fish Cafe 2. Cupboard 3. Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe

BEST SEAFOOD

1. Soul Fish Cafe 2. Coastal Fish Company 3. Half Shell Forget chicken soup; the best combo of soul food and seafood is down South. Soul Fish conjures images of fried catfish, fresh vegetables, and okra, but it’s got some other tricks up its sleeve, as well. Tried the Reuben sandwich? Go ahead, you won’t be disappointed.

BEST FRIED CHICKEN

★ BOM 1. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken 2. Joes’ Fried Chicken 3. Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken Just imagine the crisp, crunchy exterior. The scent of freshly baked chicken and spices wafting up, just before the first bite unleashes a torrent of finely compressed juices, hitting you with the wham-bam taste bud assault of Memphis’ best chicken. Whenever someone comes into town, you take them to Gus’s.

BEST PIZZA

1. Memphis Pizza Cafe 2. Aldo’s Pizza Pies 3. Little Italy You read the words up there and now you can smell the Memphis Pizza Cafe. The aroma is warm and inviting like pizza ought to be. It welcomes you in and brings you back. The pizzas are classics you know and love. Memphis has known them and loved them (and the calzones and sandwiches) for 25 years.

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THANK YOU, MEMPHIS, for choosing us as the best juice and smoothie bar !

Our staff offers samples of all of our cold pressed juices, plant based foods that are dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free! Rawgirls Memphis has provided cold pressed juices, plant based foods, medicinal elixirs and smoothies since 2011.

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roll) or the local (community-designed rolls, like the Tiger or Jackson 5). Not a fan of raw fish? The bento boxes have a bit of everything, while sake goes well with any Japanese dish.

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1. Raw Girls 2. City Silo Table + Pantry 3. Tropical Smoothie Cafe The Raw Girls’ iconic, silver, winged food truck is a staple in the Eclectic Eye parking lot and also of Midtown culture. It’s why Colliervillians probably scoff at us for a $9 cold-pressed juice with romaine, kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger, and sea salt. But, dude. Have you ever had one? There’s a reason our readers think they’re the best.

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BEST DONUT SHOP

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★ BOM 1. Gibson’s Donuts Tie 2. Howard’s Donuts Midtown Donuts 3. The Donut Box Gibson’s Donuts is the rock arena and the maple bacon is the rock star. Both are a bit more homespun than that, but the comparison isn’t far off. People — food bloggers, Food Network stars, and foodies in general — hit Gibson’s when they come to town, and they come to get that maple bacon. Alton Brown said Gibson’s is his favorite. Don’t trust him? Trust Flyer readers.

BEST BAKERY

★ BOM 1. Muddy’s Bake Shop 2. Frost Bake Shop 3. La Baguette French Bread and Pastry Shop

BEST DESSERT SHOP

1. Muddy’s Bake Shop 2. Cheesecake Corner 3. La Michoacana If you need to impress at a party or a family gathering, nervous newbies and new girlfriends know you go to Muddy’s Bake Shop. When the white box top is popped, eyes glaze and

Raw Girls minds forget everything else. It comes down to one question: Which one will I pick? Me? Prozac. Every. Dang. Time.

BEST FOOD TRUCK

TIE 1. New Wing Order Cousins Maine Lobster 2. El Mero Taco 3. Say Cheese Cousins Maine Lobster is a franchise with locations in 13 states. New Wing Order (NWO) is Memphis-clusive … for now, anyway. But what they have in common makes them our winners; their food is so good you’ll want to punch someone in the face. Get the Maine lobster roll at Cousins. Get the Hot Wing Nachos at NWO.

BEST PATIO

1. Slider Inn 2. Coastal Fish Company 3. Bhan Thai Slider Inn is a patio powerhouse. Misters in the heat. Covered in the cold. There’s almost no bad time for the Slider patio. I’ve even seen folks out there in a light rain. The magic’s in the quick service that sometimes comes with a sly one-liner. The magic’s in the patio’s unpretentious air. The magic’s in the mix of Memphians who mingle there.

BEST DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT/BAR

1. Loflin Yard 2. Railgarten 3. Slider Inn When it opened, Loflin Yard was an innovation in the old-fangled. The food is simple. Fire pits and conversation are the main attractions. Dogs are honored guests. Unlike some places, dogs at the Yard have room to move and places to flop. Dogs just seem at home at Loflin. Our readers think so, too.


BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE-WATCHING

1. Peabody Hotel Lobby 2. Crosstown Concourse 3. Beale Street Entertainment District Great Memphis stories start with, “I was at the Peabody bar when …” I’ve heard my share of them, and they do not disappoint. The place is a magnet for characters. And why not? It has high ceilings, rich wood, a sophisticated beverage menu, oh, and a mega-fountain filled with live ducks. From wrestlers to regional sales managers, you’ll find them all at the Peabody bar.

BEST LOCAL BREWERY

1. Wiseacre Brewing Co. Tie 2. Ghost River Brewing Co. Memphis Made Brewing Co. 3. Crosstown Brewing Company Wiseacre Brewing is a perfect blend of whimsy and dogged determination. Consider that its flagship beer is called Tiny Bomb and is one of the most carefully crafted in Memphis. Consider its tech-forward brewery Downtown features a bust of Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge. Wiseacre takes having fun seriously.

BEST COFFEE ROASTER ★ BOM 1. Ugly Mug 2. French Truck Coffee 3. Vice & Virtue

BEST LOCAL COFFEEHOUSE

1. Ugly Mug 2. Otherlands Coffee Bar 3. City & State Ugly Mug has been roasting coffee in Memphis for three generations. What we get are some unique coffee blends, a name that’s crazy fun to say, and a bangin’-ass cup of go-juice. Roll into Ugly Mug’s comfortable East Memphis location for coffee, of course, but stay for some breakfast or lunch. You’ll be glad you did.

BEST RESTAURANT FOR DESSERT

1. Cheesecake Corner 2. The Beauty Shop 3. Paulette’s Restaurant You don’t need to eat dinner when you order a hefty slice of cheesecake at Cheesecake Corner. They’re tantalizingly good, and our readers voted them the best.

BEST SERVER

1. Calvin Bell, Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous 2. Taylor Pfohl, Bayou Bar & Grill 3. Dakota Mays, The Gray Canary In-the-know diners hope to snag a table in the back left rear of the north dining room at Rendezvous. They know the friendly, helpful (and all other good adjectives) Calvin Bell will take care of them. He’s a consistent BOM winner.

BEST CHEF

1. Kelly English, Restaurant Iris, The Second Line 2. Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, The Gray Canary, Catherine & Mary’s 3. Michael Patrick, Rizzo’s Who doesn’t know chef Kelly English by now? In addition to his innovative Restaurant Iris and other eateries, English, a consistent BOM winner, is a cheerleader for other local restaurants.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

1. Tamboli’s Pasta & Pizza 2. Coastal Fish Company 3. Moondance Grill Owner Miles Tamboli created something great when he opened Tamboli’s Pasta & Pizza. The food is delicious. And he even makes his own pasta. Look for him in front of the pizza oven.

BEST DATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT

1. Catherine & Mary’s 2. Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House 3. Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar Couples grab a seat at the bar at Catherine & Mary’s. The ambience is just as cool there as sitting at a table. In addition to eating the innovative dishes barside, customers can check out the who’s who coming into the restaurant.

BEST FINE DINING/ NEW AMERICAN

1. Restaurant Iris 2. Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House 3. Southern Social If you mention you’re going to Restaurant Iris, whomever you’re talking to is going say they’re jealous. That’s a given. Chef Kelly English’s elegant Midtown restaurant is well-known for its creative cuisine.

BEST WINE LIST

1. Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar 2. Knifebird Wine Bar 3. Bari Ristorante e Enoteca Flight is the place to savor a glass of vino while enjoying several types of entrées in the same sitting.

BEST STEAK

★ BOM 1. Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House 2. Ruth’s Chris Steak House 3. The Butcher Shop Steakhouse

BEST RESTAURANT

1. Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House 2. Huey’s 3. Tsunami “Folk’s Folly” is synonymous with “steak.” Just walking into the restaurant, diners can smell steak cooking. And there’s a cozy bar, where they can grab a cocktail and, if they choose, eat dinner, while listening to live piano music.

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BEST BEER SELECTION (IN A BAR) 1. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 2. Young Avenue Deli 3. Lucchesi’s Beer Garden The UFO-themed bar Downtown has made its name by having the best beer selection in the galaxy. Frankly, we wouldn’t be surprised if they could even serve up a Romulan Ale or a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Seriously, if anyone could, it would be Flying Saucer. Beam us up.

BEST COLLEGE HANGOUT

1. RP Tracks 2. Railgarten 3. Newby’s Anyone who has spent any time near the University of Memphis campus has popped into RP Tracks for a brew or a bite. It’s the one great uniter between students, professors, and staff. Well, that and maybe getting caught by the train. For excellent BBQ Tofu Nachos and enough beer to float a frat party, it’s got to be RP Tracks.

October 29-November 4, 2020

BEST AFTER-HOURS NIGHT SPOT

1. Alex’s Tavern 2. Earnestine & Hazel’s 3. Paula & Raiford’s Disco Maybe Granny was right and nothing

good ever happens after 2 a.m. But then again, even Granny has been wrong once or twice. So where to go after last call on those nights that just shouldn’t end? Alex’s Tavern. When you need some Rock-Mo’s Chicken Drummies to soak up all that cheap beer? Definitely Alex’s.

BEST NIGHTCLUB

1. Paula & Raiford’s Disco 2. Lafayette’s Music Room 3. Hernando’s Hide-A-Way The best option when you want to “dance, dance, dance the night away” has absolutely got to be Paula & Raiford’s Disco. Don’t mind the (sometimes) long line to get inside, because, believe us, it is worth it. Lightup dance floor, signage forbidding drug use, 40-oz. beer, and all the grooviest hits of yesteryear combine to make Raiford’s Memphis’ Best Nightclub.

BEST CRAFT COCKTAILS

★ BOM 1. Alchemy Memphis 2. The Cove 3. Art Bar at Crosstown Arts

BEST HAPPY HOUR 1. Alchemy Memphis 2. The Blue Monkey 3. Babalu

BEST BAR

1. Alchemy Memphis 2. Lafayette’s Music Room 3. Art Bar at Crosstown Arts The mix masters at Alchemy must have found the secret ingredient to a BOM hat trick. With an overwhelming win for Best Craft Cocktails, and wins for Best Happy Hour and the coveted Best Bar title, the tastefully appointed Cooper-Young bar has all the right ingredients for a happy hour hotspot.

BEST GAY BAR

1. Dru’s Bar 2. Mollie Fontaine Lounge 3. The Pumping Station Dru’s is the little neighborhood bar on Madison Avenue with the cool murals outside. They have karaoke, pool, comedy, and drag shows three nights a week. And cold brews served by friendly staff, of course. Like the mural says, Dru’s is “not just a bar, it’s your bar!”

BEST HOLE IN THE WALL

1. Earnestine & Hazel’s 2. Alex’s Tavern 3. P&H Cafe It’s not every hole in the wall that used to be a brothel, or used to host hometown

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RP Tracks hero Craig Brewer’s famous Heaven and Hell Halloween parties. Or that’s totally haunted, has a long-running jazz night, and serves up a Soul Burger so tasty it’s been known to bring grown men to tears. Maybe that’s why Memphians proudly choose Earnestine & Hazel’s as Memphis’ Best Hole in the Wall.

BEST KARAOKE

1. P&H Cafe 2. Dru’s Bar 3. The Blue Monkey The last six or seven months have been a long year. A really long year. But one of the things keeping us going is the thought of karaoke at the P&H Cafe. The mural on the ceiling, the various portraits of Elvis scattered about, the bobcat above the bar — this is the neighborhood dive where you’re always welcome, no matter how off-key your rendition of “Memory” may be. That’s right, we’re singing “Memory” from Cats, and they still serve us. Bless ’em.

BEST PLACE TO SEE STAND-UP

1. Chuckles Comedy House 2. P&H Cafe 3. The Orpheum In the 14th century, Henri de Mondeville,


a professor of surgery, promoted laughter as a post-operative therapy. Laughter, he said, was the best medicine. He’s not wrong. Laughter causes a release of painnumbing endorphins, and it improves blood flow, too. So get ye to Chuckles for some stand-up comedy and healing humor. Doctor’s orders.

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BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL

1. Young Avenue Deli 2. Highpocket’s 3. P&H Cafe Ah, the Deli. It’s perfectly situated, stumbling distance from all of CooperYoung. Fuel your pool game with a reuben or a Sam I Am sandwich and a local beer, sidle up to the green-felted table, and slap your quarters down. Chalk up your cue, sip on your brew, and get ready to win this thing. Rack ’em up!

BEST SPORTS BAR

1. Brookhaven Pub & Grill 2. Bayou Bar & Grill 3. Huey’s This East Memphis hotspot has everything one could ask for in a sports bar. Impressive selection of foreign, domestic, and local brews? Check. Great pub grub? Check — try Brookhaven favorites like the Memphis Melt or the BLTC. All that, and the game is on. Owner Rick Spell says it best: “We serve fun here.”

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1. Allan Creasy, Celtic Crossing 2. Morgan McKinney, Bari 3. David Parks, The Cove Allan Creasy has topped this list many times in his 15 years behind the bar at Celtic Crossing. But he told the Flyer recently that he feels guilty about it. Others are better at mixology than he is, he said, he’s just quick with a pint and a joke. Nevertheless, hordes of Celtic regulars have decried Creasy’s departure but celebrated his new gig raising political cash for Future 901.

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BEST NEW BAR

1. Slider Inn - Downtown 2. Knifebird Wine Bar 3. Bar Keough Burgers and beer. What more do you need? With their savory sliders and robust drink menu, Slider Inn’s Downtown location tops the list as the Best New Bar in town.

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1. Gold Club 2. The Pony 3. Purple Diamond At the church picnic, Linda served the fried chicken. One man was having trouble deciding what piece of chicken he preferred. Linda helped him out by saying, “Most men prefer thighs and breasts.” For the hottest thighs and breasts in Memphis, see Linda at the Gold Club.

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BEST CASINO

★ BOM 1. Southland Casino Racing 2. Horseshoe Tunica 3. Gold Strike Casino Resort Many identify Southland Casino with its grandest feature: a world-class dog racing track. But this West Memphis institution has much more, including slots, table games, and a high-limit room.

BEST GALLERY October 29-November 4, 2020

1. Brooks Museum 2. Crosstown Arts 3. Metal Museum The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is truly the jewel of Overton Park, with ever-captivating curation that both spans the world and honors local visionaries. Beyond that, in safer times, its performance space brings music and other events, like chamber ensemble concerts or special film events.

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BEST PARK

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★ BOM 1. Shelby Farms Park 2. Overton Park 3. Tom Lee Park Shelby Farms Park offers a true escape from the city’s pavement, glass, and steel with its 4,500 acres of green space. But the sheer variety of activities, from kayaking to axe throwing to the Treetop Adventure zipline course, offers escape from the mundane as well.

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BEST DOG PARK

1. Shelby Farms Dog Park 2. Overton Bark 3. Sea Isle Dog Park The dog park at Shelby Farms, aka The Outback, is a paradise for pups with its 100 acres of open fields, ponds, unpaved trails, and other off-leash areas. But your pooch might think it’s a spa as well, with its doggie bowl/water fountain and dog-wash station.

BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

1. Memphis Zoo 2. Levitt Shell 3. Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium The Memphis Zoo has so many nooks and crannies, kids can explore it for hours. Where else can you turn a corner and find yourself face to face with an inquisitive gorilla? The habitats are brilliantly designed, and their inhabitants help us forget the petty squabbles of Homo sapiens for a while.

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The Negro Motorist Green Book exhibtion is at the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, one of few Green Book sites remaining.

October 3, 2020 – January 3, 2021 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103

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BEST FESTIVAL

1. Cooper-Young Festival 2. Memphis in May 3. Memphis Italian Festival Missing it this year only made C-Y Fest that much more dear. What other festival combines the charm of its neighborhood with the panache of the entire city’s food, arts, and musical fare?

BEST LOCAL BAND

1. Lucero 2. Almost Famous 3. Lucky 7 Brass Band Lucero captured the hearts of many Memphians over 20 years ago. As they’ve grown old with us, they haven’t lost the plot. Bleak tales from Among the Ghosts continue to resonate with the times.

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★ BOM 1. National Civil Rights Museum 2. Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium 3. Stax Museum of American Soul Music “We are talking about the continuation of the struggles that take place in the realm of civil and human rights,” Terri Lee Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum, has said. That spirit of continued relevance shapes the ever-evolving exhibits and perspectives of this globally recognized institution.

BEST PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

1. Minglewood Hall 2. Playhouse on the Square 3. GPAC | Germantown Performing Arts Center With a capacity of 1,600, Minglewood Hall is one of the premiere mid-sized venues that can consistently draw national acts. It’s especially on-point with its hip-hop shows but has always programmed eclectic artists, from Steve Earle to the late Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

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1. Joyce Cobb 2. Amy LaVere 3. Austin Carroll Joyce is a soul and jazz institution, but she’s surprisingly eclectic. Her first record was a minor hit on the country charts. With that inclusiveness in her radio show, she represents the best of what we can be.

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BEST LIVE THEATER

★ BOM 1. The Orpheum 2. Playhouse on the Square 3. Hattiloo Theatre From Alvin Ailey to Elvis Costello to Wicked, the Orpheum brings worldclass performances to Memphis time and time again. Who could resist taking the stage within that classic gilded interior? Hard to believe that only a citizens’ movement, including the late Jim Dickinson, saved it from demolition in the ’70s.

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1. Levitt Shell 2. Live at the Garden 3. Lafayette’s Music Room The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation restores classic bandshells across America, and this one in Overton Park is one of their gems. Aside from the family-friendly space and the well-curated music programming, outdoor venues like this may be the key to enjoying live music as we adapt to COVID-19.

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BEST PODCAST

1. Chris Vernon Show 2. Night Classy 3. Verbally Effective Podcast Chris Vernon took his popular sports talk show from FM radio to the internet a few years ago. Listeners managed to follow him and make him the top votegetter for Best Podcast.

BEST COLUMNIST

1. Geoff Calkins, Daily Memphian 2. Wendi Thomas, MLK50 3. Michael Donahue, Memphis Flyer Geoff Calkins is a perennial winner in this category. Leaving The Commercial Appeal and moving to the online Daily Memphian hasn’t hurt his following among Flyer readers. Sports or human interest, Geoff is the best.

BEST REPORTER

October 29-November 4, 2020

1. Kontji Anthony 2. Joe Birch 3. Jeremy Pierre Kontji Anthony takes the prize in this new category. She’s smart, she’s on top of her game, and she’s on top of the Flyer’s poll. Get your news clues from Kontji!

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BEST RADIO PERSONALITY

1. Ron Olson 2. Drake Hall 3. Gary Parrish A longtime and much-traveled veteran of Memphis’ radio wars, Ron Olson moves into the No. 1 slot as Flyer readers’ favorite radio personality. Perseverance pays off!

BEST LOCAL RADIO SHOW

1. Gary Parrish Show 2. Ron and Karen 3. South Main Soul Club on WEVL Gary Parrish’s blend of humor, entertainment, insight, and the occasional political opinion has landed him at the top of the radio dial for hosting the Best Local Radio Show.

BEST SPORTS RADIO

1. 92.9 ESPN 2. Chris Vernon Show 3. Gary Parrish It’s clear that Flyer readers think 92.9’s lineup is the best sports programming in town from dawn to dusk — talking Tigers, Grizzlies, SEC, and smack.

BEST RADIO STATION

★ BOM 1. WEVL-FM 89.9 2. The River 104.5 3. WKNO Listener-supported and listenerprogrammed, WEVL takes this category year after year. And this year is no exception. Tune in for an eclectic mix of music — from hip-hop to bluegrass to Celtic.

BEST TV NEWS ANCHOR

1. Joe Birch 2. Kontji Anthony 3. Mearl Purvis What can you say about perennial Best News Anchor Joe Birch. He’s won this award so many times we ought to name it after him. Congrats for the millionth year in a row!

BEST TV SPORTSCASTER

★ BOM 1. Jarvis Greer Tie 2. Doc Holliday Jessica Benson 3. Pete Pranica Jarvis Greer is another of WMC-Channel 5’s year-after-year winners. The former Memphis Tiger has a great attitude and stellar reporting chops, plus that everpresent upbeat hometown spirit.

BEST TV WEATHERPERSON

★ BOM 1. Chelsea Chandler 2. Ron Childers 3. Brittany Bryant Chelsea Chandler steps up to the green screen and talks about the weather better than anybody in town, say our Flyer voters. She’s definitely on the radar these days.


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BEST ANTIQUES STORE BEST LOCAL ATHLETIC 1. Sheffield Antiques Mall GOODS STORE 2. Cotton Row Uniques 3. Antique Warehouse Mall If you just have a short amount of time, you probably still can find something you can’t live without at Sheffield’s Antiques Mall by just going down two or three aisles. If you plan on spending some time, get one of their “grocery” carts. Antiques and other pieces in people’s booths change, so customers find new items every time.

BEST GIFT SHOP 1. Cotton Row Uniques 2. Babcock Gifts 3. The Broom Closet

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1. Cotton Row Uniques 2. Bartlett Home Furnishings 3. The Great American Home Store Aunt Gladys has everything. Everyone has an Aunt Gladys. What Aunt Gladys doesn’t have is a hand sanitizer tree ornament, a Chewy Vuiton for Puddles, or a Turkish rug stool. Cotton Row Uniques is the Best of Memphis when shopping for gifts and home furnishings for Aunt Gladys (and yourself).

BEST BEER SELECTION (IN A STORE) 1. Buster’s Liquors & Wine 2. Madison Growler and Bottle Shop 3. Joe’s Wines & Liquor

BEST LIQUOR STORE

1. Buster’s Liquors & Wines 2. Joe’s Wines & Liquor 3. Kirby Wines & Liquors It’s official. Memphis finds Buster’s Liquors & Wines intoxicating. Voted the Best of Memphis for best beer selection and liquor store, we couldn’t be hoppier for your un-beer-lievable success. Cheers!

★ BOM 1. Outdoors Inc. 2. Fleet Feet Sports 3. Breakaway Running

BEST BICYCLE SHOP

1. Outdoors Inc. 2. Victory Bicycle Studio 3. All About Bikes For shoes, water vessels, bikes, and everything in between, Memphis goes outdoors with Outdoors Inc. Bike, hike, and launch from the dike geared up from the best local athletic goods store and bike shop.

BEST BOOKSTORE

1. Novel 2. Burke’s Book Store 3. Barnes & Noble What’s the best bookstore for shelf awareness — the place to not only get books, but puzzles, games, crafts, toys, and more? With more stories than the Tower Center, Memphis voted Novel the best bookstore. Let the good tomes roll.

BEST BUTCHER

★ BOM 1. Charlie’s Meat Market 2. The Fresh Market 3. Thomas Meat & Seafood Market Some places are all meat and no potatoes. Not Charlie’s Meat Market. They’ve got potatoes, too. There’s no mis-steakin’ why Memphis voted this butcher a cut above the rest.

BEST CREATIVE AGENCY

1. Sauce Marketing 2. Archer Malmo 3. Neon Canvas Oh, you saucy little minx, enticing us with your spicy marketing strategies. You add the most flavor and visual appeal to websites, branding, and growth strategies, according to Memphis Flyer BOM voters. You’re awesome, Sauce.

BEST DAY CARE FOR KIDS

1. Lindenwood Christian Child Care Center 2. Memphis Jewish Community Center 3. Christ the King Lutheran Church No kidding, Memphis gave Lindenwood Christian Child Care Center the lion’s share of votes for best day care for kids. With class names for infants to toddlers like lambs, bunnies, and dinosaurs, it’s no wonder they’re the bees’ knees.

BEST EVENT RENTAL VENUE

1. Memphis Botanic Garden 2. Dixon Gallery and Gardens 3. 409 South Main Events What’s the best place in Memphis to have a wedding, host a party, or plan a meeting? Flyer readers voted Memphis Botanic Garden as the best bloomin’ event rental venue in town. It’s no garden variety space.

BEST FARMERS MARKET

1. Memphis Farmers Market 2. Agricenter Farmer’s Market 3. Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market Vegetables and communities must be grown with care. Maybe that’s why Memphis Farmers Market is the pick of the crop when it comes to farmers markets, by adding herb appeal to Downtown Memphis.

BEST FLORIST

1. Pugh’s Flowers 2. Holliday Flowers & Events 3. Rachel’s Flower Shop Ah, what pray tell is that pungent scent of roses and honeysuckle filling the air? It must be Pughy, the world’s only delightfully fragrant skunk, who works so hard for the locally owned Pugh’s Flowers family business. It makes scents that Pugh’s is the Best of Memphis florist.

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BEST GARDEN CENTER

1. Dan West Garden Center 2. Urban Earth Garden Center 3. Midtown Nursery Since 1952, Dan West’s has been the go-to place for your botanic necessities, whether it’s plants, supplies, or knowledge. What you need to grow and what you need to know is either at the original store on Poplar or the facility out in Eads.

BEST GOLF COURSE

1. Windyke Country Club 2. Links at Galloway Golf Course 3. TPC Southwind As a family-oriented country club, Windyke offers not only a terrific golf experience on three courses, but also dining, tennis, and swimming. There are seasonal events throughout the year, and it’s an ideal place to have a banquet or a wedding ceremony.

BEST GROCERY STORE

1. Trader Joe’s 2. ALDI 3. Superlo Foods What does Germantown have that Memphis doesn’t? Yep, a Trader Joe’s, although there’s considerable sentiment for the grocery chain to open another location in the Bluff City. Fans love the prices, the white cheddar popcorn, the selection, the customer service … well, you get the picture.

BEST SPECIALTY TREAT SHOP

1. Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies 2. Jerry’s Sno Cones Tie 3. La Michoacana Muddy’s Bake Shop + Coffee There are several locations around town (and Downtown has reopened), and doesn’t your mouth water when we mention cashew crunch, caramel

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★ BOM 1. Peabody Hotel 2. The Central Station Memphis, Curio Collection by Hilton 3. ARRIVE Memphis It’s called the historic Peabody for a reason. The “South’s Grand Hotel” has charm, elegance, and a warm hospitality to offer guests, along with ducks and their duckmaster, remarkable shops, and a lounge that has entertained the famous, the infamous, and everyday folks.

BEST LAW FIRM

1. Baker Donelson 2. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz Personal Injury Attorneys 3. Burch Porter & Johnson PLLC As one of the city’s best-known firms, Baker Donelson offers trusted counsel, innovative services, an award-winning culture, a wide reach and deep bench of talent, and a powerful commitment to the community. That’s why it’s been a prestigious firm for all of its 130 years.

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BEST LOCAL BANK OR CREDIT UNION

★ BOM 1. Orion Federal Credit Union 2. First Horizon Bank 3. First South Financial Credit Union For some time now, Orion has upped the ante on customer service as well as community involvement. It also has something most credit unions don’t: being cool. Just check out its new headquarters in the old Wonder Bread building near Downtown.

BEST LOCAL FINE JEWELRY STORE

1. Ed Harris Jewelry 2. Mednikow Jewelers 3. Sissy’s Log Cabin With its large inventory of designer watches, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings, Ed Harris is ready to provide what’s needed for an engagement, wedding, anniversary, birthday, or special occasion. If you’re looking for something elegant and unique, he’s got it.


tradition, low student-teacher ratio, and a school that considers itself a community instead of just a campus, and the Brothers are a winner.

BEST LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL

1. White Station High School 2. Snowden School 3. Houston High School Let’s see: Accomplished teachers, upto-date facilities, winning sports teams, state-of-the-art equipment for inperson or remote learning, and a record of achievement at every level. It’s easy to see why parents and students picked White Station as the best public school in the Memphis area. University of Memphis

BEST REGIONAL COLLEGE

BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

1. Christian Brothers High School 2. Lausanne Collegiate School Tie 3. Briarcrest Christian School St. Mary’s Episcopal School Academics? Last year, every graduate of CBHS was accepted to college. Athletics? How about 17 different sports and 45 state championship appearances. Combine that with learning based on the Lasallian

BEST PLACE TO GET VINTAGE/ USED CLOTHING

1. Flashback 2. Goodwill 3. City Thrift “Used clothing”? Oh please, this is like stepping into a vintage department store, packed to the rafters with classic clothes in styles that have remained timeless. And it’s not just clothes — how about lamps, furniture, and other items from times past? We have no idea where longtime owner Millett Vance finds these wonderful treasures, but we’re glad she does.

1. Oak Hall 2. Oxbeau (formerly Dixie Pickers) 3. Outdoors Inc.

BEST LOCAL STORE FOR MEN’S SHOES

1. Oak Hall 2. Outdoors Inc. 3. Breakaway Running Founded in Memphis in 1859, Oak Hall is one of the country’s oldest familyowned businesses. If you’re looking for the very best designer clothes, shoes, and accessories, combined with a relaxing shopping experience and first-class customer service, look here first. As one of their old advertisements proclaimed, “Oak Hall is the store with more.”

BEST LOCAL STORE FOR WOMEN’S CLOTHING

1. Indigo 2. The Ivory Closet 3. Crazy Beautiful At first, it seems a bold move to open a boutique that offers mainly denim clothing, but Indigo takes it a step further than just designer jeans. Customers won’t get the blues when

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★ BOM 1. University of Memphis 2. Southwest Tennessee Community College 3. Rhodes College The Tigers are roaring, and it’s not because of their football or basketball teams. The latest issue of U.S. News & World Report now ranks the U of M at No. 126 in its national list of the nation’s “Top Public Universities,” one of only three schools in Tennessee mentioned in that category.

What’s more, Memphis made the top-100 in “Top Performers in Social Mobility,” and its engineering program was ranked No. 161 nationwide.

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BEST LOCAL STORE FOR WOMEN’S SHOES

1. Joseph 2. Kaufman Shoes 3. Cook & Love Shoes When the Wexner family opened a tiny shoe store Downtown in 1930, they probably never imagined modernday customers would consider it one of the top-rated high-fashion stores in Memphis. But if you’re looking for international designers like Louboutin, Prada, St. Laurent, Gucci, and more, this is the place that lets you put your best foot forward.

BEST MUSIC EQUIPMENT STORE

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1. Amro Music 2. Memphis Drum Shop 3. Martin Music Need a guitar so you can become a rock star? Sure, you can buy one here. But if you’d rather play the flute, bassoon, French horn, or even the oboe, you can

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BEST PET BOARDING/ DAY CARE

1. BrownDog Lodge 2. Dogs Rule Day Care & School 3. Claridge Spa Pet Resort Man’s best friend gets Best of Show treatment at BrownDog, where pets are pampered with a private room, bed, flatscreen TV, three walks daily, a real grass yard, and even personal massages. Heck, we’d stay there ourselves if we could.

BEST PET STORE

★ BOM 1. Hollywood Feed 2. Three Dog Bakery 3. PetSmart The “Feed” part of their name is only part of the story. No matter what kind of critter you have, this store has something for them (and you): bowls, collars, leads, treats, toys, medications, beds, crates, cages, kennels, grooming tools, and yes — even pet clothing. If you come home to Mr. Puddles emptyhanded, don’t blame us if he lives up to his name.

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BEST VET

1. Walnut Grove Animal Clinic 2. The Pet Hospitals 3. Utopia Animal Hospital Since Dr. Chuck Halford founded Walnut Grove Animal Clinic 27 years ago, he and his colleagues have been taking good care of our furry (and scaly) friends. Our readers chose them because they recognize that our pets are members of our families.

BEST REALTOR

1. Ashley Onsby, MidSouth Residential 2. Julie Upchurch, McWaters & Associates Realtors 3. Todd “Too Tall” Adams, Keller Williams Realty The Memphis-area real estate market has never been hotter. Whether you’re looking for a starter home or trying to upgrade your living space, you need someone you trust to represent your interests in a complicated world. Our readers chose Onsby, who works from Arlington to Downtown and all points in between.

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1. Two Broke Bartenders 2. Crone Construction 3. RKA Construction The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of millions of people. No one has been hit harder than food service workers. When entrepreneur Taylor Berger’s restaurants closed for lockdown in March, he put displaced bartenders to work providing home services of all kinds. In just a few short months, Two Broke Bartenders has become indispensable to Memphis.

BEST RECORD STORE

1. Goner Records 2. Shangri-La Records 3. Memphis Music Goner isn’t just carrying on the proud tradition of Memphis music retailing, it’s also a record label and center of a music community. This year, they’ve expanded into another realm. Gonerfest, the annual gathering of the punk rock tribes, moved online and included bands from as far away as Auckland, New Zealand, and Berlin, Germany. Goner proves Memphis music’s worldwide reach.

BEST SEX SHOP

1. Lovers 2. Inz & Outz 3. Romantix What do you want from a sex shop? Selection and discretion. The Memphis favorite Christal’s has changed its name to Lovers, but they’re still sex-positive Flyer readers’ go-to for lingerie, toys, and novelties. Treat yourself when it’s time to spice up the boudoir.

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BEST TATTOO ARTIST

1. Nathan Parten, Trilogy Tattoos 2. Peter Miller, Underground Art 3. Jordan Epperson, Bluff City Tattoo Tattoo artists have been hit hard in the pandemic. Nathan Parten’s fine linework and creative designs have made him a favorite of the Bluff City inked set. He has recently expanded his pallet by making forays into animation, creating music videos for Louise Page and HEELS.

BEST TATTOO STUDIO

1. Bluff City Tattoo 2. Trilogy 3. Underground Art Bluff City Tattoo is a relative newcomer on the scene, having only been founded in 2018. But with heavily illustrated Lucero guitarist Brian Venable as a co-owner and front man, they have quickly become a favorite for Memphis Flyer readers looking to make some permanent alterations to the body beautiful.

BEST ALTERNATIVE SMOKE SHOP

★ BOM 1. Whatever 2. Cloud9 Smoke Shop & Vape Shop 3. Wizards

BEST TOBACCO/ CIGAR SHOP

1. Whatever 2. Tinder Box 3. Madison Tobacco When you’re stuck at home in quarantine, you need to chill. Our readers chose Whatever as the place to go for chillout accessories both basic and exotic. Their profile has been boosted by the legalization of CBD flower and other products. It’s an anxious time, so take the edge off.


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BEST AUTO REPAIR

1. Gateway Tire & Service Center 2. Christian Brothers Automotive 3. Barton’s Car Care When Flyer readers are in the market for new tires, a tune-up, or other auto repairs and want service that’s convenient and affordable, they hit the road with Gateway.

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Since 2012, our customers have trusted us to listen, be authentic, and to help them step out of their comfort zone from time to time, without pressure. That commitment holds true today. As an independent family owned business, we make decisions that align with our core values: family, faith, and community. We offer customers a remarkable shopping experience while strengthening OXBEAU’s commitment to the Memphis area.

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1. Jim Keras Subaru 2. Roadshow BMW 3. Wolfchase Honda The Mayor of Covington Pike wants to put you in a Scubie. Jim Keras has been a trusted name in car sales in the Bluff City for years, and our readers have rewarded the great deals, service, and financing by naming them the Best of Memphis.

1. CarMax 2. City Auto 3. Smith Imports Used car sales have boomed during the pandemic. Edmunds reported Americans bought 1.2 million autos in July alone. In our survey, readers chose the convenience and selection of CarMax, the nationwide retailer with a strong online presence.

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★ BOM 1. Bumpus Harley-Davidson 2. Indian of Memphis 3. Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson You know the ideal socially distanced activity? Speeding down the highway on a roaring motorcycle! Just try to catch me, COVID! For years, it’s been clear: When our readers are ready to hop on a hog, they hit Bumpus HarleyDavidson.

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1. 1776 Men’s Grooming Parlor 2. The Kee Barber 3. Gould’s Salon Spa 1776 Men’s Grooming Parlor offers haircuts, beard trims, and kids’ cuts. Serving both Collierville and Memphis, if you are looking for a close cut, fresh fade, or a prestigious pompadour, 1776 will have you “groomed for freedom,” just like their tagline guarantees.

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1. Gould’s Salon Spa 2. The Well by Pavo 3. The Skin Clinics (Germantown) If you want to step away from reality for a few hours, Gould’s Salon Spa has you covered. Our readers think it’s the best place in Memphis to escape from the stress of the city and melt into relaxation.

BEST PLACE TO GET A TAN

1. Custom Spray Tanning by Bari @ SkinBody Memphis 2. Palm Beach Tan 3. Esthetiques Skin Spa

Pavo Salon We all want good skin, but tanning isn’t necessarily the easiest thing in the world. Luckily, SkinBody Memphis has you covered. They are the No. 1 place Flyer readers choose in Memphis for tanning.

BEST HAIR SALON

1. Pavo Salon 2. Verseau Hair Studio 3. Gould’s Salon Spa Is it their friendly faces? Their talented stylists? Their great service? More than likely, it’s all three that made Memphis choose Pavo Salon as the Best Hair Salon. This high-end salon can do it all while making it look easy.

BEST HAIR STYLIST

★ BOM 1. Erica Richardson, Verseau Hair Studio 2. Angela Windsor-Cummings, Gould’s 3. Jarrad Baker, Hero Saga Salon They say hard work pays off. Erica Richardson at Verseau Hair Studio was voted Best in Memphis last year and continues her streak. Her commitment to her customers and ability to leave them satisfied make her a cut above the rest.

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BEST NAIL SALON

1. Nail Bar & Co. 2. Gloss Nail Bar 3. Envy Nail Bar Nail Bar & Co. turns nails into art. While you can go in and get the usual mani and pedi, they also provide personalized nail art. No matter how you want your nails to look, they will create a design to fit your style.

BEST HEALTH/ FITNESS CLUB

1. Kroc Center Memphis 2. YMCA 3. Any Body Yoga With your body in mind, Kroc Center was an easy choice for Flyer readers’ Best Health/Fitness Club. Their helpful staff, top-notch fitness equipment, and commitment to fitness provide a great place to get fit.

BEST PLACE TO GET WAXED ★ BOM 1. European Wax Center 2. Gould’s Salon Spa 3. The Well by Pavo

With a clean environment and knowledgeable, well-trained staff, the European Wax Center is waiting to spoil you and reinvigorate your skin. Their need to please set them apart in our poll.

BEST SPECIALTY FITNESS STUDIO

1. Any Body Yoga 2. Better Bodies Yoga 3. CycleBar Everybody is welcome at Any Body Yoga. The friendly studio tops the list as the best Specialty Fitness Studio in the city due to its commitment to welcoming all.

BEST MEDICAL AESTHETIC SPA

1. The Skin Clinics (Germantown) 2. SkinBody Memphis 3. Memphis Laser Clinic The Skin Clinics set a pretty high bar when it comes to skin care. Providing a wide array of services, they will help you reclaim your beautiful skin.

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BEST PLACE TO PRETEND EVERYTHING IS NORMAL

Let’s face it: The great outdoors is the safest place to be in these scary microbe-laden times, and Overton Park is the escape destination of choice for lots of Memphians. There’s room to spread out on a blanket on the Greensward, if you’re feeling pastoral. You can hike and bike the miles of trails — paved and unpaved — if you want to exercise or just get into nature. You can play a round of woodsy golf on the old Links course, or take your pups for exercise at the dog park. Get out of the house. Breathe. — BV

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BEST PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Heroes are those who deign to tilt a lance at 2020’s never-ceasing stream of hot, fresh bullshit. Heroes are those Cooper-Young residents who, since the beginning of the pandemic, have fought against it all with a front-yard display of skeletons that’s part social commentary and part salve for the soul. These skeletons have played volleyball, poker, gotten drunk at a bar, and honored the passage of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. — Toby Sells

BEST OF MEMERNET

Ryan Hailey is the funniest, hardestworking citizen of the MEMernet this year. His Ryan’s Shorts YouTube channel spews Memphis comedy gold. For proof, look no further than “Memphis Bass Pro Shop Pyramid

Party Rock Anthem.” “When the aliens come down, all they really want to see is the pyramid by the river down in Memphis, Tennessee. Made of glass and some brass, it’ll knock you on your ass. Make your damn jaw drop. What’s that? It’s our Bass Pro Shop.” — TS

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD STROLL

If nothing else, this year has made us all slow down — and that’s not a bad thing. Starting in late March, I began taking more walks in my neighborhood, Normal Station, and around the University of Memphis campus. I’d taken lots of strolls down those streets over the years, but this year they morphed into mediation-in-motion sessions, a break from the work-fromhome slog, a mental distraction from COVID stress. Each day, I found new beauty: fresh floral blooms in neighbors’ front-yard gardens, college kids practicing their band instruments in the then-deserted U of M parking garage on Southern (the acoustics were phenomenal), and I even made it a mission to walk and photograph every single Tiger statue around campus. When the world was closed and all

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Take time to stop and smell the statues — or, you know, take a picture. we had was home, I grew closer to my neighborhood. I bet you can find similar beauty in yours. — Shara Clark

BEST COVID-19 FIGHTERS/KEEPING SHIT TOGETHERERS

Maybe Alisa Haushalter and Dr. Bruce Randolph weren’t household names in February. But, by now, everyone in Memphis knows that Haushalter, director of the Shelby County Health Department, and Randolph, the Shelby County Health Officer, have led the charge here to keep our collective shit together through this COVID-19 nightmare. Behind the scenes, they watch the virus data and help form the plan on how to fight it. In front of the scenes, they give Memphians the straight dope on our situation and relentlessly crusade for mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand-washing. — TS

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Tobey Dog Park doesn’t have the cool, big-tree shade and hip cachet of Overton Bark or the wide-open spaces and lakes of Shelby Farms Dog Park, but after a months-long COVID shutdown, Tobey Dog Park came back with lush new grass, new seating, a few new plantings, lots of room to run, and a friendly bunch of regulars. It’s become my hounds’ new go-to fave. — Bruce VanWyngarden

is lower than it has been in years? Well, it is. And because of that, there are many new places to explore, most of which were underwater a few weeks ago. Who knows what you’ll find or what you’ll see. Get creative. Drive or bike around and check it out. The Big River Crossing is one way to get there. There’s also a huge sandy beach in Shelby Forest park, just north of the boat launch. Pretend you’re in Miami for an afternoon. (Except Miami doesn’t have the occasional bald eagle.) — BV

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Did you hear that U.S. Representative Steve Cohen bought the New York Mets? Where’s your hometown pride, Steve? Why not buy the Redbirds? Oh, wait. That wasn’t you? Apparently USA Today illustrated a story about billionaire hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen with a photo of the Bluff City’s Steve Cohen. Dammit, Gannett! — Jesse Davis

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Local indie band Blvck Hippie recorded a pair of singles, “Bunkbed” and “Rhodes Avenue,” at Sun Studio during quarantine, and the songs have legs. We at the Flyer were early cheerleaders for the band, fronted by singer/

songwriter Josh Shaw, but the buzz has gone international, landing the group a sponsorship from Ernie Ball and positive reviews from AFROPUNK, The Daily Indie, and La Blogothèque. — JD

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and turmoil of that time clouded his brow. Recalling that in his justpublished autobiography made his show at Crosstown Theater in January especially meaningful. Not only was his son Ted playing guitar, his old friend Carla Thomas and the Stax Music Academy band delivered “B-A-B-Y” with aplomb. — Alex Greene

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Have you ever seen something so unlikely that you’re not quite sure what you are actually seeing? Like if you saw that George Takei was cast in the movie The Blind Side — not in the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy, but as Michael Oher — you might just stand there for a moment and go, “Wait. What? Hm. Okay.” Meet Mr. Casas Japanese and Mexican Food Truck. Wait. What? Hm. Okay. The unlikely food pairing is at first perplexing. A Japanese menu on one side, a Mexican menu on the other. Give it some time. You’ll get used to eating your nachos with chopsticks. — Julie Ray

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Sami Harvey was furloughed from her job at Hilton earlier this year due to the pandemic, but that didn’t keep her down. Harvey set out to save the world, one squirrel at a time. After realizing the need for more licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the Memphis area, she used the downtime to launch Out of the Woods Wildlife Rescue & Rehab from her home in Shelby Forest, where she now cares for injured and orphaned wildlife. The facility — where she treats squirrels, raccoons, foxes, opossums, cryptids, and some birds — houses indoor and outdoor enclosures and enrichment areas, and lots of love. Follow Out of the Woods on Facebook or Instagram (@outofthewoodswildlife) for some of the cutest damn pictures you’ve ever seen, and watch while these sweet little critters grow and heal. — SC

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from all over the country. Conrad Tao is an acclaimed New Music composer based in New York. Yet those forces converged when Iris commissioned Tao to write a piece for the city’s bicentennial. Tao’s “Spoonful,” inspired by and incorporating a recording by Charlie Patton, embodied Memphis history in all its unhinged drama, angst, and humor. — AG

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This one is personal. Chances are it’s personal for you, too. According to breastcancer.org, about one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Most of us know at least eight women. One of those women will be affected. Susan G. Komen is the largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the United States. Our local chapter, Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi, makes sure that 80 cents of every dollar is directed to its mission, and of that, 75 percent remains local. The remaining 25 percent funds breast cancer research. Contemporary Media, the Memphis Flyer parent company, is once again participating this year. The team is racing through Central Gardens for our sisters, mothers, aunts, and other women (as well as men). Come down and cheer our small but mighty group to the finish line as we Race for the Cure. We’ll be starting at 9 a.m. A childhood friend, MaryBeth Werner Connor, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, recently gave us all great news. “All of my cancer is gone,” said Connor. “The chemo worked, and the cancer has been eaten up. No lymph node involvement. I could not have made it through this without all of my family and friends who gave me the strength to handle this and kick cancer’s butt.” MaryBeth, this one’s for you — and for breast cancer research, so that more women can say they kicked cancer’s butt.

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VARIOUS DAYS & TIMES October 29th - November 4th Art + Environmental Justice Conversation Series uac.org, Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m., free with registration Shana M. Griffin of New Orleans is this week’s socially engaged artist who, together with Memphis organizers, will discuss the importance of art at the intersection of environmental activism and struggles for social justice. Bartlett Drive Boo Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, 3663 Appling, Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m., $5-$10 Put on your costume, drive up, and enjoy the views. Leave with a bag of treats. For children ages 4-10. Registration required. No walk-ups.

Alpha Omega Golf Classic Windyke Country Club, 8535 Winchester, Thursday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., $20 Honors the losses incurred on 9/11 and serves as a reminder of how our country was forever changed on that tragic day. Benefits Veterans Services, Inc.

Bats and Bonfires Pinecrest Conference and Retreat Center, 21430 TN-57, Moscow, TN, Friday, Oct. 30, 6-9 p.m., $100 for up to 4 people, $8 additional people Build a functional bat house for your yard, learn about bats, and enjoy activities under the stars with dinner and s’mores.

Hallowed History Tour Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley, Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., $25 Join staff in particularly small groups for a visit to resident scalawags, madams, martyrs, and saints during this all-walking tour. Adults only.

A Virtual Visit with Edgar Allan Poe elmwoodcemetery.org, Friday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., $20 Edgar Allan Poe, portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella, returns from beyond the grave to read several of his works, both wellknown and forgotten, in a virtual format. For ages 13+.

Halloween’s Tell-Tale Heart: Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and Flannery O’Connor Tennessee Shakespeare Co., 7950 Trinity, Friday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $15-$25 A literary celebration. Expect thrills and surprises as these writers take unexpected twists and turns with terrors both real and imagined.

Breathwork: Balancing Our Bodies During Times of Unease aceawareness.org, Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-2 p.m., free This online series will help you use the power of breath to restore the nervous system to a balanced state. Move past blockages and stress and toward holistic healing.


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Gravel Grinder I guess the cat’s out of the bag — or rather, the bike’s out of the shop. Outdoors Inc. showed up in a big way for the Best of Memphis awards. The local sporting goods store took awards for Best Local Athletic Goods Store and Best Bicycle Shop. No wonder, with great events like the Grit & Grind Gravel Grinder. On Sunday, get revved up and ready to bike a pancake-flat course that will be fast and rideable. With a mix of asphalt, gravel, and dirt, be ready to get muddy if it rains. You should be in the clear though. By all accounts, the weather is supposed to be a cool 67 degrees with cloud cover. While the course is currently being updated, Outdoors Inc. says, “The newly improved gravel is complete and looks good. It will be even better with a little time. The race course [this year] is 55 percent tarmac, 45 percent gravel.” Laps are roughly 6.5 miles long. There will be no separate starts for male and female divisions; each lap category will start at the same time. A reminder: Helmets are required. Stay tuned for awards, which will be given to the top five male and female winners in each division (5 Lap, 4 Lap, 3 Lap). After the race, celebrate at Grind City Brewing Company, 76 Waterworks, with entertainment by Chinese Connection Dub Embassy. GRIT & GRIND GRAVEL GRINDER, BIG RIVER CROSSING, CHANNEL 3 DRIVE, SUNDAY, NOV. 1, 9 A.M., $45-$65.

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Scandals & Scoundrels: A Tour of Elmwood Cemetery Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley, Saturday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m., $25 Tour of the infamous residents of Elmwood Cemetery, all of whom have interesting stories. But some of the deep history found at Elmwood comes with a questionable ending. That’s where this tour begins. Hallowdaze: Theatre Memphis Trunk or Treat Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext., Saturday, Oct. 31, noon-3:30 p.m., free Participants can walk from trunk to trunk collecting goodies. Cars will be spaced out and masks will be required.

Memphis Reggae Halloween Brinson’s, 341 Madison, Saturday, Oct. 31, noon-9 p.m. Family-friendly outdoor event. Rock your favorite Halloween costume and enjoy jerked chicken sandwiches, reggae music, and candy. Curbside pick-up available. Black Panther Shelby Farms Park, 500 N. Pine Lake, Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m., $25 per car Family-friendly, socially distant evening featuring the American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Wakanda forever!

The Art of Paper Making with Rebecca Shellabarger Arrow Creative, 2535 Broad, Sunday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m., $125 Learn all about paper pulp preparation and about which papers are best for recycling. All materials included to complete basic sheet formation. Cornhole Tournament FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park, 415 Great View, Sunday, Nov. 1, 1-6 p.m., $75 per team Open to 32 teams of two. Meddlesome Brewery, Old Dominick Distillery, and 9Dough1 will be on site. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

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he singer, songwriter, and rapper Webbstar has one message for music fans: Expect the unexpected. Over his years of music making, he’s skipped across multiple genres, sometimes in a single song. Starting as a young rapper, his first record, Cuffing Season, also showed considerable melodic and R&B chops. The dawn of 2020 saw him introducing serious rock elements into his sound, especially with the single, “Shine,” which could be a collaboration with Gary Clark Jr., but it really springs from his partnership with Micah Wilshire and Ryan Peel. Peel has been integral to Webbstar’s most recent work, further broadening his production palette this summer in having him record with local reggae masters Chinese Connection Dub Embassy (CCDE). That stroke of genius yielded two hot summer singles, “Bad Bad Ting,” a tribute to a certain woman’s hotness released under Peel’s name, featuring both Webbstar and CCDE, and the politically woke “Dem A Callin (Flodgin),” credited to CCDE, featuring Webbstar. Now, under his own name, Webbstar has released a new single created by the same collaboration, the hypnotic reggae soul of “South Memphis Woman.” The stylistic shift might surprise anyone who’s known Webbstar as Derrick Webb, a rapper since grade school, when he had a partner who’s since gained considerable acclaim. “I also work with Memphis Track Boy,” Webb explains. “He produced a lot of stuff for Moneybagg Yo, BlocBoy JB, and other bigtime guys. And a lot of Cuffing Season was done with Memphis Track Boy. He’s had a lot of success. But I’ve known him since third grade! Then we started doing music when I was a sophomore in high school. By 10th

grade, I had already recorded a mixtape. And he was doing beats already. He had a studio in his mom’s house. So we linked up, and the next year, I created a song for my football team. I was a junior at Whitehaven High School.” Football fed his rap talents, but also opened up new perspectives when he got a scholarship to play with the University of Colorado Buffaloes. “I did all that rapping in Memphis, then I went to college in Colorado, with a whole different scene, a whole different culture. I started to really explore different music styles at that time. And I’d say that made me a songwriter. It gave me the ability to move between genres. There’s a lot of different ways into the game.” “South Memphis Woman,” for example, first grew out of Webb’s other great musical love. “My granddaddy used to always play the blues,” he says, “taking me to football games on Saturday mornings. So I had the blues feel, like most Memphis children do.” And that’s what he had in mind when writing the song. “‘South Memphis Woman’ had been in the works in my head, only in my head, for about a year. And I imagined doing it as some kind of soulful blues … a kind of hole-in-the-wall type of feel.” But then came his sessions with CCDE. “We started getting in the studio together, and Ryan brought it up. And when we created it right there on the spot, with Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, they took it in a reggae direction, and it was perfect. I think it was just meant for them to be on that song. They’re so talented, as soon as Ryan told them the idea, we made it

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Webbstar wants his fans to expect the unexpected. immediately. Right there on the spot. That’s all it took.” The track sports CCDE’s trademark groove with subtle atmospherics, Webbstar’s soulful singing, background vocals, and horn punches, adding up to a sound evoking reggae from decades past. As Webb notes, it may not be the direction of most music coming out of Memphis, or anywhere, these days, but he’s undeterred. “Because of the modern thing, some of the better reggae groups today are just not noticed. It’s not in the pop culture right now. It’s its own lane.” He seems to relish surprising music fans with such twists and turns. “It can be hard for people to grab a hold of it at first, until they see the consistency. I’m gonna rap, I’m gonna make some melodies, I’m gonna give you lyrical content, but I’ve been keeping people guessing. I want people to know they can expect the unexpected. But whatever I make, it’s going to have my DNA in it.”

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Learn all about paper pulp preparation and about which papers are best for recycling. All materials included to complete basic sheet formation. $125. Sun., Nov. 1, 1 p.m.

Clue: On Stage, it’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. The host is dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs to find the murderer in Boddy Manor. Oct. 30-Nov. 15.

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Baron von Opperbean’s Exploratorium of Magic, Science, and the Multiverse

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God’s Trombone, enjoy the original production of inspirational sermons by African-American preachers reimagined as poetry, reverberating with the musicality of spirituals. Free. Ongoing. Sarafina!, past production about human rights in the 21st century, written by Mbongeni Ngema. Ongoing. Iola’s Southern Fields, enjoy an online past performance drawn from the writings of Ida B. Wells. Free. Ongoing.

Interactive art installation that will take you on a magical journey. $15. Through Oct. 31. OFF THE WALLS ART, 358 WALNUT, CHRISTOPHERREYES.COM.

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Pinch District Art on the Patio Artists’ Market First Sunday of every month, 2 p.m.

Kudzu Playhouse

Kudzu Playhouse Virtual, join Kudzu social media for donation-based classes, games, scholarship opportunities, and more. Download the app for more fun theater activities and information. Ongoing.

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“Unfolding: The Next Chapter in Memphis,” exhibition of visual art by local Memphis artists, curated by Kenneth Wayne Alexander. artsmemphis.org. Ongoing.

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Playhouse on the Square

Playhouse on the Square at Home, a series of digital content through POTS website and social media platforms. View past performances, engage in quizzes, enjoy digital playwriting, and more. Free. Ongoing. 66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Halloween’s Tell-Tale Heart: Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and Flannery O’Connor, salon curated by Stephanie Shine and Dr. Diane Dombrowski. tnshakespeare.org. Fri., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. 7950 TRINITY (759-0604).

“Wading Birds of the Southern United States” by Joseph A. Sullivan at Gallery 1091, opens Saturday, October 31st University of Memphis, Department of Theatre & Dance

In the Zoom Where It Happens, integrating solo comedy segments with Zoom-based sketches. Share the laughter, not the spittle. memphis.edu. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 31-Nov. 1. 3745 CENTRAL (678-2576).

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Art + Environmental Justice Conversation Series

Weekly series featuring Cannupa Hanska Luger and Rita Harris, Shana M. Griffin, Shanai Matteson and Clean Memphis, and UAC and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Participants will speak on the topic. Free with registration. Thursdays, 6 p.m. Through Nov. 12. UACMEM.ORG.

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“Wading Birds of the Southern United States,” exhibition of a collection of photographs by Joseph A. Sullivan, M.D., featured in his book Talkin’ ’Bout Birds. View online. wkno.org. Free. Oct. 31-Nov. 30. WKNO STUDIO, 7151 CHERRY FARMS (458-2521).

L Ross Gallery

“Amor Fati,” exhibition of new work by Margaret MunzLosch. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Through Nov. 14.

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David Lusk Gallery

“Beauty and Terror,” exhibition of work by Anne Siems. Through Nov. 17. 97 TILLMAN (767-3800).

Memphis Botanic Garden

“Color Obsession,” exhibition of paintings by Claudia TullosLeonard. Through Oct. 31. 750 CHERRY (636-4100).

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

“Arts of Global Africa,” exhibition of historic and contemporary works in a range of different media presenting an expansive vision of Africa’s artistry. Through June 21, 2021. “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. Ongoing. 1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

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The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

“The Beauty of Calligraphy,” exhibition by the Memphis Calligraphy Guild. Through Jan. 3, 2021. “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible,” exhibition of the first handwritten Bible that interprets and illustrates scripture from a contemporary perspec-

“Intrepidly Yours,” exhibition of Spring 2020 BFA work by last graduating class. mca2020bfa.com. Through Feb. 28, 2021. 1930 POPLAR (272-5100).

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Bulb Layering in Containers Demonstration and Q&A with Kim Rucker Mon., Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m.

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Ghost Walk

Explore the macabre and dark history of Downtown Memphis. $20. Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. THE BROOM CLOSET, 546 S. MAIN (497-9486), HISTORICALHAUNTSMEMPHIS.COM.

Hallowed History Tour

Join staff in particularly small groups for a visit to resident scalawags, madams, martyrs, and saints during this allwalking tour. Adults only. $25. Sat., Oct. 31, 9 & 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. ELMWOOD CEMETERY, 824 S. DUDLEY (774-3212).

Metal Museum Audio Tour

Explore the newly updated Sculpture Garden and accompanying audio tour while adhering to safe social distancing. PWYC. Ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. METAL MUSEUM, 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).

Scandals & Scoundrels: A Tour of Elmwood Cemetery Tour of the infamous residents of Elmwood Cemetery. $25. Sat., Oct. 31, 11 a.m. ELMWOOD CEMETERY, 824 S. DUDLEY (774-3212).

A Virtual Visit with Edgar Allan Poe

October 29-November 4, 2020

Edgar Allan Poe portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella returns from beyond the grave to read several of his works, both well-known and forgotten. For ages 13+. $20. Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

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Walking Tour and Ghost Hunt

Part walking tour and part ghost hunt. Tour the South Main district and investigate a well-known site which was the scene of the brutal murder of patrolman Edward Broadfoot in 1918. 13+. $25. Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.

THE BROOM CLOSET, 546 S. MAIN (497-9486), HISTORICALHAUNTSMEMPHIS.COM.

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Crafts Fair Pop-Up Shop

Featuring 30-plus artists and brands. From paintings and home decor to jewelry and candles in a safe and socially distanced pop-up experience. Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Through Dec. 27. MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362).

Wicked Ways Haunted House, Cumberland Warehouse, FridaysSundays Online Fall Plant Sale

Featuring plants for immediate color in the autumn landscape, including mums, pansies, ornamental kale and cabbage. Order online. Curbside pickup. Through Oct. 29. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 CHERRY (636-4100).

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Alpha Omega Golf Classic

Honors the losses incurred on 9/11 and serves as a reminder of how our country was forever changed on that tragic day. $20. Thurs., Oct. 29. WINDYKE COUNTRY CLUB, 8535 WINCHESTER (754-1888), ALPHAOMEGAVETERANS.ORG.

Ballet Memphis Online Pilates and Ballet Classes

Classes offered include Espresso Flow, Stretch & Burn, Fascial Fun, Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Intermediate Mat Flow, and Get Moving. $10. Ongoing, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. BALLET MEMPHIS, 2144 MADISON (737-7322).

Breathwork: Balancing Our Bodies During Times of Unease Use the power of breath to restore the nervous system to a balanced state. Move past blockages and stress and toward healing. Online series. Free. Sat., Oct. 31, 1-2 p.m. ACEAWARENESS.ORG.

Grit & Grind Gravel Grinder

Gravel bikes, cross bikes, or mountain bikes welcome. Choose your Grinder division, 3-5 laps. $45-$65. Sun., Nov. 1, 9 a.m. BIG RIVER CROSSING, CHANNEL 3 DRIVE, OUTDOORSINC.COM.

Komen MemphisMidSouth Virtual Race for the Cure® Race where you are, 5K or family fun one-mile walk. Sat., Oct. 31. KOMENMEMPHISMS.ORG.

Kroc Center Online Fitness Classes

Classes will be offered free and online. From mediation and yoga to Boot Camp and kickboxing, find the right class for you. Free. Ongoing. THE SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER, 800 E. PARKWAY S. (729-8007).

Our Virtual Yoga Downtown

Join Charlie Baxter Hayden for yoga on IG Live, @downtownmemphis. Tues., 6 p.m. DOWNTOWNMEMPHIS.COM.

Virtual PuppyUp Memphis Walk

Walk to promote awareness of canine cancer and fundraise for cancer research to benefit both pets and people. Through Nov. 14. PUPPYUPWALK.ORG.

Ruby Buckle Barrel Race

Wed.-Sat., Nov. 4-7. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (801-6027873), THERUBYBUCKLE.COM.

Tennessee Reining Horse Association

Thur.-Sun., Oct. 29-Nov. 1. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (757-7777), TNRHA.ORG.

Virtual Training & Group Fitness

Workouts for anyone to try at home. Workouts include yoga, barre, exercises for active older adults, and Les Mills training. Visit website to join. Free. Ongoing. YMCAMEMPHIS.ORG.

M E ETI N G S

Churches from the Presbytery of the MidSouth: Sunday Worship Livestream Combined livestream worship. Visit website for more information and livestream link. Sun., 11 a.m. IDLEWILDCHURCH.ORG.

Virtual-T

Weekly Zoom gathering for anyone 18+ who identifies as a member of the trans or GNC community. For login information, email ahauptman@ outmemphis.org. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. OUTMEMPHIS.ORG.


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H O LI DAY EVE N TS

Early Voting for General and Municipal Election

Bartlett Drive Boo

Visit website for mail-in ballot, voting locations, and more information. Through Oct. 29. VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION, SHELBYVOTE.COM.

General and Municipal Election

Visit website for mail-in ballot, voting locations, and more information. Tues., Nov. 3. VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION, SHELBYVOTE.COM.

“The Negro Motorist Green Book”

Exhibition highlighting an annual guide started in 1936 that helped African Americans travel the country and was a resource for the era’s Black-owned businesses. $10. Through Jan. 3, 2021. NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, 450 MULBERRY (521-9699).

Pandemic Parenting: Staying Calm in a Year of Chaos

For those experiencing the unrelenting stress of the pandemic and finding themselves struggling to handle the excessive needs placed on them due to school closures and other challenges. Free. Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. Through Nov. 28. ACEAWARENESS.ORG.

31, 2:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Through Nov. 30. CTI 3D GIANT THEATER, IN THE MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362).

Put on your costume, pull up in your car, and enjoy the views. Leave with a bag of treats provided. For children ages 4-10. Registration required. No walk-ups. $5-$10. Thurs., Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.

Disney’s Moana 2D

Moana meets the once-mighty Maui who guides her in her quest. $10. Sundays, 4 p.m. Through Nov. 30.

BARTLETT PERFORMING ARTS AND CONFERENCE CENTER, 3663 APPLING (385-6440), CITYOFBARTLETT.ORG.

CTI 3D GIANT THEATER, IN THE MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362).

Ghostbusters

Bats and Bonfires

$10. Sat., Oct. 31, 4 p.m.

Build a functional bat house for your yard, learn about bats, and enjoy activities under the stars with dinner and s’mores around a campfire. $100 for up to 4 people, $8 additional people. Fri., Oct. 30, 6-9 p.m. PINECREST CONFERENCE AND RETREAT CENTER, 21430 TN-57 (878-1247), CAMPPINECREST.ORG.

Memphis Reggae Halloween

Family-friendly outdoor event with jerked chicken sandwiches, reggae music, and candy. Curbside pick-up available. Sat., Oct. 31, noon-9 p.m. BRINSON’S, 341 MADISON (654-0041).

Theatre Memphis Trunk or Treat

Participants can walk from trunk to trunk, collecting goodies. Cars will be spaced out, and masks will be required. Sat., Oct. 31, noon-3:30 p.m. THEATRE MEMPHIS, 630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323).

CTI 3D GIANT THEATER, IN THE MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362).

Great Barrier Reef

$10. Sat., Oct. 31, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., and Sundays, 1 p.m. Through Nov. 30.

Wicked Ways Haunted House

Memphis’ largest indoor haunted house. Masks required. $23-$35. Fridays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Through Nov. 8. CUMBERLAND WAREHOUSE, 160 CUMBERLAND, WICKEDWAYSHAUNTEDHOUSE.COM.

Zoo Boo

Activities for the whole family, including pumpkin patch, Magic Mr. Nick, and more. $13 members, $15 nonmembers. Fri.-Sun., 6-9 p.m. Through Oct. 31. MEMPHIS ZOO, 2000 PRENTISS PLACE IN OVERTON PARK (333-6500).

FOOD & DR I N K E V E N TS

Downtown Dinner + Music Series

Distanced, outdoor, and unplugged live music. Thurs., 5 p.m. Through Oct. 29. MEMPHISTRAVEL.COM.

Memphis Dawah Association: Mobile Food Pantry

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Black Panther

$25 per car. Sat., Oct. 31, 5 p.m.

A weekly mobile food pantry organized by Memphis Dawah Association and Mid-South Food Bank. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MEMPHIS DAWAH ASSOCIATION, 837 CRAFT (601-672-0259).

Virtual PuppyUp Memphis Walk, puppyupwalk.org, through November 14th

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Dinosaurs of Antarctica

In ancient times, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures roamed freely. $10. Sat., Oct.

CTI 3D GIANT THEATER, IN THE MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362).

Indie Memphis Film Festival

Enjoy independent films both online and outdoors. Featuring film, forums, and more. $25-$150. Through Oct. 29. INDIEMEMPHIS.ORG.

Movies at The Mallory-Neely: The Lodger

Alfred Hitchcock directs. Limited to 50 per event. Bring blankets and chairs. $8. Thursday, 7 p.m. Through Nov. 26. MALLORY-NEELY HOUSE MUSEUM, 652 ADAMS, MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

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Amok in America Sacha Baron Cohen returns to skewer us in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

(above) Maria Bakalova joins the expedition as Borat’s daughter, Tutar; (below) Sacha Baron Cohen reprises the role of hapless Kazakh television journalist Borat Sagdiyev. least, they were high-minded compared to the oodles of prank shows that now infest YouTube. On the eve of the most important election in America in generations, Baron Cohen brought Borat out of retirement and once again sent him on a tour of America. What he found in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was a country at once familiar and transformed. Since Borat is now a known prankster, he brought along his daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) to take point on some of the more delicate operations. Borat’s mission, as it says in the title, is to bribe Vice President Michael Pence with the gift of a monkey. When the monkey doesn’t survive the trip from Central Asia, Borat decides to use his daughter as the bribe instead. The high point of Subsequent Moviefilm is when Baron Cohen walks into the Conservative Political Action Conference dressed in KKK robes, changes into a rather uncanny Donald Trump costume in the bathroom, and interrupts Pence’s speech with Tutar thrown over his shoulder. The looks of horror and confusion in the room full of Republican activists are what you want out of a Borat movie. But what comes before is even more shocking. The conference was held at the end of February 2020, and continued on page 52

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racy in America. The book is considered one of the first works of modern sociology and political science, and is required reading for any student of American history. Around 174 years later, in 2006, “Borat Sagdiyev” toured America in order to make a documentary he could take back to his native Kazakhstan, so the people of that brutal post-Soviet dictatorship could learn what it meant to be a citizen of a democracy in the 21st century. The resulting film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, became something of a modern classic — for some people, anyway. Kazakhstan, and the plaintiffs behind seven lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from the film’s producers, were less impressed. But Kazakh diplomat Yerlan Askerbekov wrote that the film allowed audiences to “get an outsider’s view of the U.S. and reveal the prejudices of the Americans who Borat interacts with, functioning as a sort of 21st century Alexis de Tocqueville.” Borat is, of course, not really from Kazakhstan. He’s Britishborn comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. The character Borat first appeared on Da Ali G Show, the British comedy show where Baron Cohen would adopt different personae and do interviews with unsuspecting people in “real life” situations. Airing on HBO in the U.S., it was a game-changer, blending reality television with fairly high-minded pranks. At

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n 1831, a French magistrate named Alexis de Tocqueville conned his government, known as the July Monarchy, into sending him on a trip to the United States, ostensibly to investigate the prison system. For nine months, he and a friend traveled through the young republic, making cursory visits to prisons while observing the people and institutions that had grown up in the four decades since the Constitution was adopted. The French Revolution, which quickly followed the American one, had ended in terror and failure, reverting to a constitutional monarchy. De Tocqueville asked why the United States succeeded where the French had failed. What did it mean for a subject of a monarchy to become a citizen of a democracy? And how, the abolitionist Frenchman asked, did the country that so valued equality and human rights reconcile those views with the institution of slavery? In 1835, he published the first volume of Democ-

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NOTICE TO BIDDER(S) continued from page 51 Bids will be received by the Shelby County Government through the Shelby County Roads, Bridges, and Engineering Department, 6463 Haley Road, Memphis, TN 38134 until November 16th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. as shown below: Shelby County is soliciting ONE BID from a title company to provide Closing Services for purchases up to twenty-five (25) improved residential properties and fifty (50) unimproved properties under a federal grant as part of: ● Big Creek Wetland & Recreation Area Project, Activity # 4-NDR-01; Phase Nos. 01, 02 & 03 - from U.S. Highway 51 North to Sledge Rd. ● South Cypress Creek Property Acquisition Project, Activity #2-NDR-04; located within a residential community generally bounded by CN Railroad on the north, Ford Road on the east, West Mitchell Road on the south, and an irregular boundary between Weaver Road and CN Railroad on the west. These Closing Services would include, but not limited to, the following: 1. Review our existing Title Searches and securing any necessary Title Search updates. 2. Preparing all closing documents, including the Warranty Deeds, Releases, Affidavits, Closing Statements, etc. 3. Scheduling and conducting the closings with the property owners. 4. Receiving, escrowing and disbursing closing funds. 5. Processing payoffs on outstanding loans, liens, taxes, etc. 6. Recording the property transfer documents (i.e. Warranty, Releases, Affidavits, etc.) 7. Issuing Title Policies on all acquisitions with a purchase price of $25,000 or greater. 8. Billing the County for closing costs. This Bid must be based upon the provider’s ability/commitment to complete all closings within sixty (60) calendar days from the receipt of the County’s Notice to Proceed with each closing. In order to be considered for the above described Closing Services solicitation, your Bid must be submitted via email to William.Goss@shelbycountytn.gov and must be received by Monday, November 16th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Your Bid response must include the following information: ● Company name and contact information. ● Description of the company, number of years in business and services provided. ● Unit price for closing of each improved residential property. ● Unit price for closing of each unproved property.

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● Shelby County E.O.C Number. ● Current vendor number. Any additional specifications may be obtained from the Shelby County Roads, Bridges, and Engineering Department, by contacting William Goss, 6463 Haley Road, Memphis, TN 38134, (901) 222-7715, TTY Number (901) 222-2301 or for information in Spanish 901-222-4289. As a condition precedent to bidding, each bidder must apply and qualify for a Vendor Number and Equal Opportunity Compliance Eligibility Number prior to submitting your response. NOTE: The Selected contractor will also be required to provide proof of registration within the Federal SAM system to ensure that they do not appear on the debarred/suspended registry prior to issuance of a contract. Shelby County is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, drug-free with policies of non-discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or military service. The Shelby County Roads, Bridges, and Engineering Department encourages participation from WBE, MBE, LOSB, and Section 3 firms and vendors under this CDBG-NDR response . The Shelby County Government reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities therein.

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Pence dutifully repeats the administration’s line that only 15 people have COVID, and that the coronavirus was no threat to Americans. As I write this, more than 225,000 Americans have died of the virus, more than any other country in the world. CPAC is suing, but not for that. Baron Cohen adapted to the pandemic, which broke out while he was filming, by quarantining himself with a pair of altright QAnon fans. The scenes are equally funny and queasy. I am not a huge fan of cringe comedy (it makes me cringe), but I found Borat repeatedly wringing laughs from me. Borat is cluelessly retrograde in his social beliefs and mores. This time around, he makes himself the butt of the joke even more than usual, foreground-

ing Tutar’s arc into a kind of feminism. Bakalova is the star of the instantly infamous scene where she entraps Rudolph Giuliani into what he thinks is going to be a tryst with a naive young reporter in a hotel room. In context, it’s kind of anticlimactic. They’re probably going to get sued again. One thing’s for sure: Baron Cohen and Bakalova have ice water in their veins. Sometimes their counterparts are not unwitting — scenes with a Black babysitter look more like a pro-am improv session. But when it works, it’s a sight to behold. Subsequent Moviefilm delivers queasy laughs for a queasy time in America. Watch it before or after you vote. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is streaming on Amazon Prime.


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Last week, I took my 6-year-old niece with me to early vote. As we walked into the polling place, hand in hand, I lied to her. I didn’t intend to. I just wanted to make the short walk from the parking lot to the building a quick lesson on voting rights. What we’re about to do, I told her solemnly, is very, very important. Slipping into the same voice I use to read bedtime stories, I began: A long, long time ago, there were people who fought really hard to keep people like us — Black people — from voting. But Black people and some white people worked really hard to make sure we could. To make those Black people proud, I said, we have to vote in every election. And, I added as a happily ever after, that’s why we were going to vote today. No sooner had the words left my mouth when I realized I had not been honest. Why had I placed voter suppression in the distant past? Why did I feel compelled to leave out the violence, the blood spilled, the murders? Why did I obscure the villains, leaving them colorless as if their identities aren’t known? The truth is this: Voter suppression, intimidation, and systemic disenfranchisement wasn’t long, long ago or in a place far away. It’s happening now, here, and all around. Since the 2010 elections, 24 states have passed laws making it harder to vote, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. From shrinking the number of early voting locations, cutting back the early voting period, enacting strict voter ID laws, and purging infrequent voters from the rolls, Republican-led attacks against the franchise seem unrelenting. Recently, the Memphis branch of the NAACP sued the Shelby County Election Commission after it limited early voting locations to the Agricenter, which is outside the city core and closer to parts of the county that are majority-white, even though Shelby County is predominantly Black. The NAACP won its suit, but the commission still managed to open late a key early voting site in the city’s core. The commission blamed it on a miscommunication with poll workers, but it read as spiteful, as if election officials were thumbing their noses at voting rights advocates. The NAACP and the Tennessee Black Voter Project have since sued the commission again, “for its refusal to allow voters who submitted timely, but allegedly deficient, voter registration applications to correct any deficiencies in those applications on or before Election Day and then vote regular ballots.” A judge ruled against the commission this week. In Houston, Texas, there have been allegations that volunteer Korean translators were being kicked out of polling places. In Kansas, the lone polling place in the majority-Hispanic town of Dodge City has been moved into the county, a mile from the nearest bus stop. Ever since the Supreme Court overturned parts of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, Southern states previously required to get federal okay before changing election laws rushed to make it harder for Black and brown people to vote. “The decision in Shelby County opened the floodgates to laws restricting voting throughout the United States. The effects were immediate. Within 24 hours of the ruling, Texas announced that it would implement a strict photo ID law. Two other states, Mississippi and Alabama, also began to enforce photo ID laws that had previously been barred because of federal preclearance,” said the Brennan Center. But I didn’t tell my niece about the Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder case that took the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. I didn’t tell her about Mississippi voting rights advocate and all-around badass Fannie Lou Hamer, an Indianola, Mississippi, tenant farmer who was fired by her plantation owner after she tried to register to vote in 1962. Undeterred, she opposed the state’s all-white delegation at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Four years later, she was chosen as a delegate for the party’s presidential nominating committee in Chicago. If I close my eyes, I can see the horrifying image of a battered John Lewis, beaten by a state trooper on Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 for the crime of being a Negro trying to register other Negroes to vote. I know the names of martyrs Andrew Goodman, Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney, Rev. James Reeb, and Viola Gregg Liuzzo, all slain because they sought voting rights for Black people in the South. None of this brutal, gruesome, painful, wretched history did I share with my beautiful, cornrow-wearing, baby teeth-missing, still-needs-a-nap niece. These American stories are the stuff of Black nightmares. So I lied. I turned the fight for the ballot into a fairy tale, where in the end, the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice. And while I hope that comes to pass, I’m not sure that’s true either. I’m not proud of my lie. I was simply trying to shield my niece from what she’ll see soon enough: That the mean people who didn’t want Black people to vote then are still with us now. Wendi C. Thomas is the editor and publisher of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, where a version of this column first appeared.

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