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BRUCE VANWYNGARDEN Editor SUSAN ELLIS Managing Editor JACKSON BAKER, MICHAEL FINGER Senior Editors TOBY SELLS Associate Editor CHRIS MCCOY Film and TV Editor ALEX GREENE Music Editor CHRIS DAVIS, MICHAEL DONAHUE MAYA SMITH, JOSHUA CANNON Staff Writers JESSE DAVIS Copy Editor JULIE RAY Calendar Editor

OUR 1500TH ISSUE 11.23.17 This is the Flyer’s 1,500th issue, which means that we’re almost 29 years old, if you do the math. My, how time flies when you’re having fun! And we are still having fun, that I can tell you, my friends. There have been a lot of changes since February 1989, and a lot of talented people have walked the funky halls and worked in the humble cubicles of our old warehouse office in downtown Memphis. And a lot of talented people are still working here, of course — cranking out stories for print and online, designing pages, and selling local businesses on the effectiveness of our circulation. By almost any measure, the Flyer has become a Memphis institution, with a longestablished circulation of 44,000 and steady pickup rate of around 94 percent each week, rain or shine, year after year. So, why is that? Why is it that our humble weekly can survive when so many papers around the country are shrinking, downsizing, and failing? It’s not a secret, really. It’s the fact that we are local. Our employees are local, and our ownership is local, not a corporate behemoth demanding ever-increasing profit margins to keep Wall Street happy. We just have to stay in the black and keep our readers happy. Or irritated. Or whatever reaction we can get from you, as long as you care enough to read us. The media landscape in this country has been transformed over the past 15 years or so, with local media ownership becoming less and less common, as national corporations buy up locally owned properties and go for “economies of scale.” For example, Clear Channel, now known as iHeartMedia, is the largest operator of radio stations in the U.S., with more than 850 stations (!) under its control. It’s much the same in the television industry. You may have read recently that the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns more stations than any company in the U.S., is poised to acquire many more, as President Trump’s newly appointed FCC chairman loosens regulations — including rules that prohibit corporations from owning more than one station in a market and require local news stations to maintain an office in the community they serve. Sinclair is a right-wing corporation that turns its local outlets into mini-versions of Fox News, including requiring its stations to run conservative political commentary. They will soon own WREG, it appears. Yay. And let’s not forget the Gannett Company, which owns The Commercial Appeal and dozens of other papers around the country. The company has eliminated the CA’s local production and copy-editing operations and laid off many of the paper’s best-known writers and reporters. To further cut costs, Gannett prints most of its Tennessee papers in one plant in Jackson, Tennessee. Due to a company-imposed early print deadline, the CA is now unable to publish about anything that happens after 5 o’clock in the following day’s paper, in the process, making the print sports section essentially worthless. There is no way a local ownership, one that was in tune with — or cared about — its community, would put out a product like that. Gannett, Sinclair, Clear Channel, and N E WS & O P I N I O N other media mega-corporations see the THE FLY-BY - 4 bottom line and little else. Which is another NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 5 reason why we do this annual issue that POLITICS - 7 promotes local holiday shopping. These EDITORIAL - 8 merchants are us. They aren’t big box VIEWPOINT - 9 stores. They aren’t working for stockholdCOVER - “SHOP LOCAL!” ers. They’re working to make a living — BY FLYER STAFF - 10 creating and selling products they believe WE RECOMMEND - 16 in. Sure, Amazon makes it easy to shop MUSIC - 18 from your couch, but Amazon doesn’t give AFTER DARK - 22 CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 24 a darn about Memphis. So, let’s all keep that FOOD - 31 in mind this year and spread some cash SPIRITS - 33 into our locally owned businesses. Shop FILM - 34 local. Eat local. Drink local. Be local. C L AS S I F I E D S - 36 And, yes, read local. LAST WORD - 39 Bruce VanWyngarden brucev@memphisflyer.com

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BARTLETT MAN According to WREG, “A Bartlett man is behind bars after allegedly giving his neighbors the shock of their lives.” It’s hard to know what’s sadder about this story, that poor 65-yearold Martin Centobie was out riding his bicycle in the buff — something that’s never comfortable for anybody — or that this was the shock of anybody’s life. The report went on to note that “after his afternoon ride, the suspect reportedly went behind a wooden fence where he put on his clothes.” Because dressing in front of people would be immodest.

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H E LLO, B O R I S Speaking of WREG, Channel 3, in a party-line vote last Thursday, the FCC altered the rules to allow the unabashedly right-wing media company Sinclair Broadcast to acquire Tribune Media. That means WREG, a Tribune property, will soon be a Sinclair station. That also means several times a week Mid-Southerners will be subjected to the political opinions of former Trump staffer Boris Epshteyn, a man whose informed commentary can sound an awful lot like paraphrased versions of a POTUS tweet-storm. Oh goody.

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N EVE R E N D I N G E LVI S Last week the Guardian, a British news and media website, ran with this terribly subtle headline: “Constipation killed Elvis — here’s how to avoid his fate.” Folks who want to know more about that can either Google it on their own or just eat more fiber. By Chris Davis. Email him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

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Elvis, Oswalt, and Wright Graceland sues, DMC picks CEO, and an unsolved murder gets a new break.

E LVI S S U ES C ITY Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) legally challenged the Memphis Grizzlies’ non-compete agreement that blocks the company from adding a concert hall to Graceland. The Grizzlies’ FedExForum use agreement with the city bans other publicly funded places in the city from holding concerts with more than 5,000 attendees. However, EPE filed a declaratory judgment action with the Chancery Court of Shelby County to contest that. City officials said last week that even after EPE changed its original plan, which included a 6,200-seat concert hall, the city could still sue the company for any damages caused to the city if the Grizzlies were to leave Memphis. OS WALT TO LEAD D M C Jennifer Oswalt was chosen last week as the new president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC). Oswalt was the group’s chief financial officer and had been serving in the CEO position on an interim basis since Terrence Patterson left the post in July. At that time, Oswalt planned to leave the organization and return to Contemporary Media Inc., which publishes The Memphis Flyer, as its CEO. The selection came after a national search by recruitment firm DHR International and was approved unanimously by DMC board members. “Jennifer has the skill set needed to succeed in this job, and her qualifications rose above all, including several national candidates,” said DMC board chairman Carl Person. “We feel very fortunate to have retained her in this role.” Oswalt is a certified public account with a background in accounting, human resources, and business management. She is a native Memphian and a graduate of the Haslam College of Business at the University

of Tennessee. Oswalt serves on the board of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, most recently as co-chair. R EWAR D O F F E R E D I N WR I G HT CAS E The state issued a reward of up to $10,000 last week for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of former Memphis Grizzlies basketball player Lorenzen Wright. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issued the first reward in 2010 after Wright was shot and his body later discovered in an abandoned field. No offender was apprehended within the statutory five-year timeline for the reward. Last week, police discovered a gun that is believed to be one involved in Wright’s death. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich requested that the governor reauthorize the reward. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Memphis Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-2274. Wright played for the University of Memphis and spent 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association. S CAM M E R S TAR G ET M LGW Scammers have been targeting Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) customers, and the utility warned customers not to be deceived by the ruse. MLGW officials said last week that the scammers are calling from 1-888-203-2365, claiming to represent the utility, asking customers to pay their bill immediately and threatening to cut off their utilities if they don’t comply. However, MLGW representatives never call customers personally to request payment. Fuller versions of these stories and even more local news can be found on The News Blog at memphisflyer.com.


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The city, in collaboration with Innovate Memphis and the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) asks that the public take a second survey on concepts for the future of Memphis transit. This is the second phase in a process required for Tennessee’s transit systems to pursue various funding options laid out in Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act that passed in July. The legislation requires that MATA create a transit vision plan before going to the Memphis City Council to request more funding. Planning began in September with stakeholder meetings, followed by community engagement. Now, the question is should MATA allocate resources to services that are more frequent and encourage high ridership or services that cover a larger percent of the city with less frequency. To answer this question, Jarrett Walker + Associates (JWA), the transit consultant group working with the city, drafted four basic network concepts — two of them revenue neutral, two requiring additional funding. Using existing funds, the Coverage concept is most similar to today’s network with routes extending well beyond the city’s core. But, with coverage spread out, most buses would come about every 60 minutes or greater. The Ridership concept, also cost-neutral, concentrates services within the I-240 loop. This means buses on all routes would run every 30 minutes or less. The

downside, though, Scudder Wagg of JWA said, is that some neighborhoods, namely in the eastern and southeastern areas of the city, would lose access to services completely. But, with about $45 million of additional funding, Wagg said MATA could provide a service that increases bus frequency as well as extends coverage outside of the city’s center. “If you don’t increase resources, it’ll be painful,” Wagg said. CEO of MATA Gary Rosenfeld agreed, saying that funding for the city’s transit system has been stagnant for years. “We need to change that for the benefit of the community.” Coverage PLUS would require additional funding. Buses on every route would come every 30 minutes or less, while still servicing most areas that are currently covered. Ridership PLUS proposes the highest frequency services, creating five east-west routes out of downtown — including routes on Poplar, Lamar, and Jackson — and two going north-south traveling from Brooks to Chelsea. Wagg said this concept promotes “seamless transfers.” The PLUS concepts also include replacing fixed-

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Whether one is running for an office anew or is preparing for a reelection race, it is necessary to have a fund-raiser at regular intervals. The most obvious reason for this is, duh, to raise funds. No one (or virtually no one) gets elected these days without having enough money to pay for mailers and other advertising, staffers, office space, etc., etc. Beyond the purely material, though, there are other reasons for doing fund-raisers. A good fund-raising event also serves as a mixer, whereby supporters, donors, staffers, the host, and — believe it — curious voters looking for a horse to back can get together, get a sense of who they are, and gauge something of the long-term outlook for the candidate in question. And, finally, a good fund-raiser is a good party, as well as yet another occasion in a series in which the candidate gets to do his/her song and dance and perfect the campaign message. All those qualities were working for Shelby County Commissioner Reginald Milton last Friday night at a fund-raiser for his reelection campaign held at the Peabody Avenue home of Allison Stiles and Robert Cohen. The address was good, the hosts were known to be quality folks, and the hors d’oeuvres and light libations made for sociability. Most important was the mix of attendees — diverse by race, by gender, by class, and, perhaps most importantly, by party. Former Commissioner Mike Ritz, a Republican, was there. The guest speaker for Milton was 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton was on hand. Organization Democrats were there in force, as were Republicans, independents, and candidates for other offices, taking advantage of the opportunity to show themselves in such company. And Milton put in a good word for himself and his intentions, talking about his history as a proprietor of a nonprofit, working directly in his District 10 community. All in all, the auguries were good for Milton, who may or may not have a significant opponent next year in his county commission reelection bid (in which case, said opponent — or opponents — will surely also get their proper due in this space). The likelihood, though, is that, like most incumbents who have performed well (and well in this case means consis-

tently, with effort, with effect, and with apparent sincerity) Milton should be in good shape for reelection. It was not ever thus. Milton made several runs at elective office before finally winning his current seat in a 2014 nailbiter with Martavius Jones (now a city councilman). And he spent much of his first term learning by trial and error, as one does. He seems to be peaking at a good time. In the last year he has been a prime mover of the commission’s adoption of MWBE (minority and women business enterprises) and LOSB (Locally Owned Small Business) programs, designed to diversify the dispensing of county contracts in the interests of fairness. He also was the force behind the commission’s Enhancement Grants, the device whereby each individual commissioner is allowed to determine the local beneficiaries of county grant funds, a not unimportant source of the current more generalized dispersal of authority that partly underlies the ongoing reapportionment of county power vis-a-vis the commission and the county admininistration.

Milton backed by Cohen at last week’s fund-raiser Milton is one of four commission Democrats (of the current seven party members serving) who will be seeking reelection. The others are Van Turner, Willie Brooks, and Eddie Jones, and each of them no doubt harbors thoughts of offering personal leadership for a party contingent that stands a fair chance of increasing its numbers next year. Milton has served notice of that ambition, by word and deed, and organized the joint filing of the (would-be) returning four at the Election Commision last week. So far he has gone largely unsung in publicity emanating from the commission — in this space and elsewhere. This column is in one sense a means of amending the balance sheet. The man indeed has a song — one likely to become louder in the course of time.

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Fairer Sex As becomes increasingly obvious, we are unmistakably in the middle of a sea change apropos relations between the sexes. That “we” clearly refers to the corridors of power in politics, media, entertainment, and elsewhere. And by the sexes, we mean something beyond the erstwhile binary sense of the word. It is obvious, in this polymorphing world, that a contemporary Noah would be hard put, in filling a lifesaving craft with representative survivors, to restrict himself to the ordinary one-and-onemakes-two. There was a time when the mechanics of the existing sexual universe could be rendered by the old cartoon of a stone-age man using one hand to drag an unconscious female by the hair, while the other hand held the club that rendered her supine and the bully boy’s to dispose of, presumably as a guest, permanent or temporary, in his lair. Crude as that old stock image was as a metaphor for primitive courtship, it bespoke an uncomfortable truth about the enduring algorithms, through stage after stage of social evolution and of gender and power. Now all that is being called into question, and good riddance. The club — which is to say, the male dominance built into the prevailing social model — is being challenged with a vengeance. Maia and Isis are reincarnated as Wonder Woman, who is no man’s tool and won’t be dragged anywhere. The Playboy Philosophy has gone to its reward. The reversals of fortune that have seen Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Charlie Rose, and seemingly countless others purged from their positions of acceptability have been quick and presumably irrevocable.

The parameters of the emerging new order are indistinct, as yet. The old order will no doubt reassert itself to some degree. The giddiness felt by some will doubtless subside. The boundaries between healthy sexual interplay (flirting, hooking up, etc.) and sexual harassment are in flux and are being redefined. And the challenge now is to reform and redefine stable and just forms of behavior. The boys club is being deconstructed. This is a revolution that won’t be accomplished by elaborate blueprints nor by elites with specialized knowledge. It will be determined by men learning to behave and by women reporting bad behavior. The only “guidance” the current moment of transformation has required is an old-fashioned one, summed up in the biblical phrase: “You shall know the truth, and it shall make you free.” The instigators of the powerful change now underway have, for the most part, been members of the American free press doing their jobs: afflicting the comfortable by exposing various male misbehavior and predation, previously behind facades of silence and acquiescence. It is no accident that the deniers of this overdue revolution are represented by bona fide predators — in Washington as well as in Hollywood, New York, Alabama, and elsewhere. But it appears increasingly obvious that those who deny their acions and seek to sustain the dying male-dominated zeitgeist are doomed to be outed.

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VIEWPOINT By Richard Cohen

Murdoch’s Legacy The right-wing media mogul is bringing about the destruction of the Republican Party. It once had the occasional nighttime skeptic, notably Megyn Kelly, but she is gone. In her stead has come Laura Ingraham, who spoke for Trump at the convention, and an even-more abrasive Tucker Carlson. As for the dominant Sean Hannity, he apparently so fears Breitbart News that he went soft on Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is accused of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. (Even Trump withheld judgment.) Moore has become the GOP’s litmus test. The refusal or hesitancy to denounce him is a consequence of where Murdoch’s Fox News has led the party. The GOP has gone so far to the right that it is about to veer off a cliff. The Fox News audience is old, white, and in a cane-stomping rage at the way America is going. It believes in the media mendacity that Trump proclaims and Fox News incessantly echoes. Aside from Fox News, it will trust only similar sources.

But look. Look, in fact, at Virginia. In that state’s recent election, the repudiation of Trump was beyond argument. Non-whites went Democratic in a big way. So did the more affluent suburbs, young people, and women. What’s left for the GOP is rural, less educated, less affluent, and, to be charitable, less young. On the back of any envelope, it’s a bad business plan. Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump have long been friends. Murdoch has occasional access to the Oval Office, where he advises Trump — the amoral leading the immoral. Trump is 71; Murdoch is 86, and the median age of a prime-time Fox News viewer is 68. Anyone can see where this is going. The grim reaper has become a Democratic poll watcher. Murdoch came to the United States from Australia to fulfill his gargantuan ambitions. He bought New York magazine by deceiving his friend Clay Felker. He buckled to China and booted the BBC from his Asian TV network. He has undoubtedly realized his ambitions but will be remembered not for what he built, but for what he destroyed — American political comity and a sensible Republican Party. No amount of Teflon can change that. Richard Cohen writes for the Washington Post Writers Group.

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What’s left for the GOP is rural, less educated, less affluent, and, to be charitable, less young.

NEWS & OPINION

Back in 1983, then-Representative Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.) was fixing eggs for her kids when she looked down and got an idea about President Ronald Reagan. She called him “Teflon-coated” because nothing bad stuck to him. The same could be said about Rupert Murdoch. He’s the Teflon mogul. This year, Fox News, which Murdoch controls, signed Bill O’Reilly to a $25 million-a-year contract, even though the company knew that O’Reilly had recently settled a sexual harassment claim for $32 million. That tidy sum was just the latest of O’Reilly’s sexual harassment settlements, the grand total being about $45 million. Not only was 21st Century Fox aware of the settlements, it even helped O’Reilly come up with some of the money and included, in the new contract, that he would be fired if new allegations arose. Not too long before, Fox News forced out its president, Roger Ailes, who also, it turned out, was a serial sexual harasser. In sum, Murdoch presided over a smarmy frat house where sexual harassment was rampant, and, for the longest time and through Herculean effort, the network managed to look away. Somewhat in the same vein, Murdoch did not know that reporters at one of his British newspapers, the News of the World, were hacking into the phones of newsworthy people. Murdoch, a newspaperman to his bones, apparently never wondered where the scoops came from. One of the hacked phones belonged to a murdered school girl. This was too much even for Fleet Street, but Murdoch, three monkeys in one, apparently never saw, heard, or said anything. Murdoch’s lifelong passion has been newspapers, but his real power base is Fox News. The network is to Republicans what the Daily Worker was to American communists — the only trusted news source. With the possible exception of the way the once isolationist Chicago Tribune dominated the Midwest, there has never been anything like it. In the most recent presidential campaign, fully 40 percent of Trump voters said their main source of news was Fox News. Just 8 percent of them relied primarily on CNN — enough, nevertheless, to send Donald Trump baying at the moon about fake news. These figures are not only bad news for Fox News’ competitor, but they are also bad news for the Republican Party. Fox News has been a force in converting the party of Lincoln into the party of Trump. The network’s allegiance to Trump approaches mindless adoration.

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November 23-29, 2017

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orget about those too-soon, false-alarm jingle bells you’ve been hearing since Halloween, the holiday season begins Friday. It could be argued that Black Friday is a yucky, corporate idea cooked up for yucky, corporate profits (and it is). To many, though, the holiday season begins at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. When Santa waves from his sleigh, it’s time to deck the halls and don your gay apparel. The parade, of course, was a yucky, corporate idea cooked up for yucky, corporate profits. Because America, amirite? But the holidays are here, Bucko, like it or not. And, listen, we understand. You’re not the Grinch. You’re not Clark Griswald, either. You’re just a proud Memphian who’d rather drown in eggnog than scrum in the Black Friday madness. We’ve got you covered. Shop on Small Business Saturday, instead. Since 2010, American Express has sponsored the national campaign connecting shoppers to small businesses in their communities on the day after Black Friday. According to American Express, there are 580,453 small businesses in Tennessee, which comprise 99.5 percent of all businesses in the state. The Small Business Saturday site maps dozens of small businesses in Memphis from Itta Bena on Beale to Flashback on Central and beyond. Shopping locally is important because money spent here with small businesses usually stays here. And you don’t have to skimp on quality or availability because tons of local shops can offer stuff you can find at the big boxes. But more importantly, they have a ton of stuff you won’t be able to find there. So, if you consider the cool factor in your gift-giving, this list is for you. We’ve made it even easier, too. Our reporters are total Memphis nerds, and they know their beats. So, they’ve curated lists — with a little input from other notable Memphians — to help you shop for the foodie on your list, say, or the book lover. So, grab a quart of that nog and put your feet up. Plan your Memphis holiday shopping with our local gift guide and let Black Friday roil somewhere outside the loop. — Toby Sells

FILM

Malco gift cards — Any cinephile on your list will appreciate a gift card from Memphis’ premiere theater chain. You can buy these cards, which are good for both tickets and concessions, and the best part is, they’re reloadable! It’s the gift for a moviegoer that keeps on giving. (Malco, prices vary) Egglestonworks speakers — You’ve invested big in your 55-inch 4K TV, but why does it sound so thin? Picture is only half of the film experience. Treat your ears as well as your eyes with handcrafted speakers from Egglestonworks. The company handcrafts studio quality equipment right here in Binghampton. (Egglestonworks, prices vary) Poster framing — If the movie lover in your life has a poster (or six) of their favorite film(s), treat it right by taking it to the frame shop at the Art Center on Union. Don’t nail that precious one-sheet to the wall — present it like the art piece it is! (Art Center, prices vary) — Chris McCoy

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Matteo Servente, filmmaker Q: How big of a deal was Christmas in your hometown of Toniro, Italy? A: It was always like a big celebration … I’ve always had a great relationship with my family, so getting together is something to look forward to. That’s the meaning of Christmas to me.

ARTS

Photography ’zine — For your pals who appreciate fine photography, order them a copy of Bryan Rollins’ photo booklet featuring Memphis cityscapes and architecture. (shop.bryanrollins.com, $10) Foodie jewelry — Though probably not as tasty as they look, a pair of handsculpted donut earrings from Funola’s Workshop look as good as the real thing. The shop has other “tiny and shiny things,” too, like gingerbread rings, friedeggs-with-a-side-of-bacon earrings, and prickly cactus jewelry sets. (Etsy, $14-$96) Handcrafted candles — Set the holiday mood with the scents of Reillume’s soy candles, all hand-poured into recycled wine bottles collected from Memphis restaurants. (Etsy, $30-$35) Memphis coloring book — Win over all the Memphis-lovers in your life with Signet Sealed’s handdrawn adult coloring book, featuring whimsical illustrations of city landmarks like Crosstown Concourse, Overton Park, Broad Avenue, and more. The shop also has other illustrated goods including Memphis-themed coffee mugs, blankets, and Christmas tree ornaments. (signetsealed.com, $14-$88) — Maya Smith Mary Jo Karimnia, local artist Q: Do you recall any memorable holiday gifts? A: [One year] my husband, three young children, and my mother and I were living together in a cozy house in the Memphis suburbs. Cash was tight, so we made an agreement only to make gifts or purchase gifts from the dollar store. Each family member was allowed $10. We made the kids a folding puppet theater and a set of Alice in Wonderland puppets from scrap fabric. The kids used the theater for 20 years. I always think back to the simple present of a spool of black thread that my mom gave me that year. It felt so to good relish this precious, thoughtful thing.

TECH

Pax 3 vaporizer — For all good techies who have high ambitions and, er, don’t want to go up in smoke. (Vaporwize, $300) iPhone X — It’s not exactly local, but, ’fess up, you’d like somebody (maybe yourself) to spring for the new iPhone X, poop emoji and all. (Apple, $999-$1,249) POG guitar effects — The closest you’ll


Stay up to date with the Flyer News Blog on a new iPhone X; it’s heavy-duty party time with the Icemule Boss at Outdoors, Inc. (below). ever come to being Jimi Hendrix is with the handy POG (Polyphonic Octave Generator) attached to your electric guitar. Allows you infinite octave ranges, synthesizer wah-wah, and God knows what all. (Xanadu Music & Books; Guitar Center, $326) — Jackson Baker

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Christopher Sartain, University of Memphis tech student Q: What tech gift would you like for Christmas? A: A 4K multi-media projector to replace my 1080p version would be nice, though in the long run, what I’m looking forward to is the advanced holographic version. We’re talking serious theater.

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Weber mini grill — Groom your future Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest grand champion. This toy grill playset comes with a removable lid, tongs, wheels, and an assortment of grill-ables like a hamburger, steak, and a piece of shrimp (no whole hog, though). All that’s missing is heat and smoke. (Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, $39.99) KHS Flite 150 road bike — If you live around here, you’ve started seeing bicycles. Tons of them. If you want to get out there but don’t know where to start, head over to Pedaltown Bicycle Co. on Broad. You won’t be overwhelmed with choices, and the store’s road bike from KHS is light, fast, and has plenty of braking power. (Pedaltown Bicycle Co., $499) Handup bike gloves — The Bikesmith and Handup work together like, well, hand-in-glove. The Memphis bike shop is all about bikes and beers. The Chattanooga company says its gloves are “best for grabbin’ [handle]bars and beers.” The gloves are crazy comfortable, come in a ton of cool styles, and the palms of each are loaded with bad-assery. My favorite reads “Party Time!” (The Bikesmith, $29.99) Icemule Coolers Boss — An arms race has rocked the cooler market over the last few years, waged over ice retention, portability, capacity, and, well, the cool factor. Icemule’s Boss gets all that done. Big enough for two cases of beer (or Cokes, or seltzer water, if that’s your thing). Strong enough for backcountry hiking or paddling. Easy to carry and on the eyes, the Boss is ready for the Levitt Shell’s longest show. (Outdoors, Inc., $299) — Toby Sells

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continued from page 11 Jim Steffen, owner, The Bikesmith Q: Do you have a memorable Christmas gift? A: I got a bike one year for Christmas. It was a Schwinn World Sport. It was my first real, new bike that really got me into biking. It was like a racing bike with drop handlebars. I was 12. I still have it.

FOOD

Unconventional guitar from Johnny Lowebow — This irrepressibly experimental maverick is always thinking outside the cigar box, and some axes are real works of art. (Xanadu Music & Books, $150-$900.) Fine custom guitars from Kevin Ferner — Working out of the Guitar Spa on Broad Avenue, Ferner can continued on page 14

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Kelly English, chef/owner of Restaurant Iris and The Second Line Q: What was the best food-related gift you ever received? A: The best thing that I ever got was Le Creuset. It’s a coated cast iron cook line. People have thin cookware that will burn in spots. [Le Creuset] is one of the most even-cooking pots or pans you can get. It behaves as cast iron, but it isn’t as temperamental as to how it can be cleaned. You can ruin cast iron just by looking at it funny.

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Candy spree — If you want somebody to feel like a kid in a candy store, send them to the candy store. Put $20 in their stocking and a note instructing them to spend the money on a spree at Wayne’s Candy Co. This place is as staggering as Santa’s workshop or maybe Willy Wonka’s establishment. Almost every type of candy — from Snickers bars to Mike and Ikes — can be found at Wayne’s. Candy is available to the public at wholesale prices. (Wayne’s Candy Co., prices vary) Dinstuhl’s Ice Chips — If you’d rather personally give candy, visit Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies. The tantalizing Ice Chips — a candy on the soft side with bits of hard candy mixed in — is my personal favorite. (Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies, $12.50) Pies — I wouldn’t mind getting a pie as a gift. Especially if I can eat it all by myself. The sweet potato pie at Grandmaw’s Desserts, Etc. is incredibly delicious. Grandmaw’s also hosts the weekly Sliced Mondays. Slices of pies and the whole and mini pies are available. (Grandmaw’s Desserts, Etc., $5-$18. Orders require two to three days’ notice.) Chipsticks — Bet you can’t eat just three or four “Chipsticks,” chocolate chip cookies from Ricki’s Cookie Corner. They’re soft and delicious. (Ricki’s Cookie Corner, $7.80 per pound) Gingerbread boys — Kay Bakery’s gingerbread boys are made from the Like a kid in a candy store at same Kay Bakery recipe that dates to Wayne’s Candy Co. (top); the 1950s. They’re even decorated the Flo’s Homemade Goodness at same — with red dots for the eyes and Felicia Suzanne’s. nose and a crescent-shaped mouth. (Kay Bakery, 99 cents) Canned goodness — Felicia Willett makes her line of “Flo’s Homemade Goodness” in the kitchen of her restaurant, Felicia Suzanne’s. That’s also where you can buy the tomato jam, pepper jelly, chow chow, pickled jalapeños, and bread-andbutter pickles. They’re made from local ingredients and packaged in blue-and-white decorated jars and gift boxes. (Felicia Suzanne’s, $9-$40) — Michael Donahue

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continued from page 13 make your six-stringed dreams come true, whether classy like this, or with, say, a pink glitter finish and checkerboard binding. (fernerguitars.com, starting at $2,900) Guitars — After opening shop back in the 1980s, local luthier St. Handcrafted wooden Blues Guitar Workshop blew up xylophone made globally. Bono and Clapton are fans; by Sean Murphy you can be one, too! And yes, they too have cigar box guitars.  (Saint Blues Guitar Workshop, $299-$2,650) Hinson amps — Robert Hinson has achieved semi-mythical status among local axe masters, having repaired and built tube amps for over 20 years. They’re affordable and can be built to your specs. (email rhinson2@comcast.net, $300-$800). An Akambira by Sean Murphy — You might have played Murphy’s work on the Greenline. He makes them for public spaces galore. But these serious instruments, from wind chimes to xylophones (all customizable), also sound great in your living room or favorite cave. (beingart.com, $1,395). — Alex Greene Steve Selvidge, Hold Steady guitarist Q: Do any holiday gifts bring back special memories? A: In 1998, I got my dad [Sid Selvidge] a purple two-pickup Danelectro guitar. I was stoked to give that to him. Unbeknownst to me, Joanne [Self Selvidge] had picked me up a Supro double-neck lap steel guitar from the 1930s. Shortly thereafter I call Luther [Dickinson] to tell him about it. And before I can even get the words out, Luther’s like, “Dude, I got a Supro double

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BOOKS

Dog Stories for the Soul — An anthology of stories of man’s best friend, including tales from local authors (and Flyer friends) Frank Murtaugh and Corey Mesler and a few others you may of heard of, such as Willie Morris, John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain. Charming from head to paw. Out December 10th. (sartorisliterary.com, $19.95 paperback) Shelby Farms Park: Elevating a City — Gorgeous coffee table book about one of the city’s greatest assets. There will be a book signing next Tuesday, November 28th, 6 p.m. at Novel. (susanschadtpress. com, $80) Journal and pen — Record your greatest (or lamest) literary thoughts in a cool retro journal from South Main Book Juggler and a handcrafted pen from Spicer Brothers Woodworking. (Journal: South Main Book Juggler, $18; pens: Bingham & Broad and S.Y. Wilson or by special order. spicerbrotherswoodworking.com, $30-$50) The Book of Separation — New memoir of Memphis-raised author Tova Mirvis retracing the undoing of her marriage. (tovamirvis.com, $26) Latin American Paleo Cooking — Pretty cookbook from local blogger (Curious Coconut) Amanda Torres with dishes to draw paleos and non-paleos alike. (thecuriouscoconut.com, $32.99) — Susan Ellis 4040 PARK 901-458-2094

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Witches and wizards

By Chris Davis

It’s hard to imagine how anybody could live a boring life in the world of Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s a dangerous world where battleships float on sea and air, handsome young wizards steal and eat the hearts of beautiful young women, and amorphous blobs of pure malice bubble up from the street and follow you home. Even the witch of the waste is on the prowl. And yet somehow young Sophie, in her drab, older woman’s clothes and the simple practical hat she’s chosen from the family hat shop, has carved out a perfectly ordinary existence inside a steampunk universe that seems to be inspired by both Victorian science-fiction author Jules Verne and Wizard of Oz creator Frank L. Baum. Well, her life is ordinary until she meets the Wizard Howl and insults a tacky witch who curses Sophie by transforming her into a stooped, 90-year-old woman. Master of animated storytelling Hayao Miyazaki has spun more easily followed tales (My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service) and finally cracked the American pop consciousness with Spirited Away. But in spite of a plot that meanders, loose ends that only get looser as the film lumbers forward, and an ending made to try the patience of anyone who requires earnest resolution, Howl’s Moving Castle is one of the most magical films ever made. The eponymous castle isn’t much of a castle, really. It’s more like a broken cottage Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam might have pieced together with industrial detritus and other odd bits of junk, lumbering through a world of war, soldiers, and enchanted scarcrows on enormous chicken feet. The metaphors are rich, and the A-list cast of English-speaking voice actors includes Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, and Blythe Danner. So, if you’ve somehow found yourself living a boring life (inside a hat shop or not), let the hand-drawn and gorgeously detailed frames of Howl’s Moving Castle bring some color to your world. It really is something that should be seen on the big screen, and on Monday, November 27th, you can catch it at Malco’s Cinema Paradiso. “HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE” AT MALCO’S PARADISO, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 7 P.M. WWW.MALCO.COM

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Sheiksgiving Bar DKDC, 10 p.m. Thanksgiving tunes by the Sheiks.

Greed Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m., $22-$38 Drama about a mathematical genius/drug dealer named G. Reed.

Memphis Hungry Turkey 5K Shelby Farms, 9 a.m. Morning 5K, and racers get a fleece and a cinnamon bun. Thanksgiving Potluck OUTMemphis, noon-3 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to this dinner at the LGBTQ center. Turkey and a vegetarian main dish will be provided.

Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Artist Market 1501 Union, 6-9 p.m. Annual holiday market with gifts and artwork by 31 local artists. Tonight’s opening event features music by Paul Taylor and a silent auction benefiting Mewtopia Cat Rescue.

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Take the Soul Train to Christmas Hattiloo Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $30 A grandfather leads his granddaughter and her friends through history on the magical Soul Train. Junie B. Jones, The Musical The Circuit Playhouse, 7 p.m., $25 Musical following Junie B. and her first grade adventures.

Starry Nights Shelby Farms, 6 p.m., $20 First night of this huge annual light show. Peabody Tree Lighting Ceremony The Peabody, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. A day full of events launching the holiday season. Includes the tree lighting by the Clauses after the duck march, plus performances by various school and church choirs as well as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.


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Old Tech Fans of the British TV series Black Mirror will no doubt enjoy Jordan Harrison’s play Marjorie Prime. They share similar concerns and a digital culture-meetsTwilight Zone ethos. Fans of Memphis theater may appreciate it more as a coming-of-age moment for the still relatively new Cloud9 Theatre Company. It’s incredible just how detailed a world you can build when you drop a little colored light on a square of white carpet decorated with not much more than a comfy-looking chair and footstool. All you need is a vivid story and somebody who knows how to tell it. Marjorie Prime, a dramedy about artificial intelligence units developed as companions for the elderly, has both. And Cloud9 brings it all to life in its simple, yet stylish production. What will the world look like when we’re all dead and gone? In the world of Marjorie Prime, it seems likely that artificial intelligences created to run human systems will keep them going in our absence while Primes — incredibly lifelike (a few zillion pixels) holographic representations of loved ones who preceded us in death — will sit around sharing memories that were never theirs to begin with. Maybe they weren’t even ours. There’s plenty of conflict in Harrison’s script, but few confrontations. Even in its darkest moments the story maintains the uncommon lightness and quirky appeal of a George Saunders short story.

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Booksigning by John Stevenson and Robert Dye Burke’s Book Store, 1-3 p.m. John Stevenson signs his pictorial history Libertyland, and Robert Dye, a photography archivist at Graceland, signs his book Memphis: Birthplace of Rock and Roll.

Booksigning of Shelby Farms Park: Elevating a City Novel, 6 p.m. A signing by the team behind the book — Justin Fox Burks, Murray Riss, Marlon Blackwell, Jen Andrews, and Tom Jones.

Ohio Players Horseshoe Casino, 8 p.m., $50 Performance by the band behind such hits as “Love Rollercoaster” and “Fire.”

Memphis’ Last Waltz Hi-Tone, 9 p.m. A tribute to the Band featuring Glorious Abhor, HEELS, and Chinese Connection Dub Embassy. Great Russian Nutcracker Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 2 p.m., $23-$68 Classic ballet featuring Moscow Ballet and giant puppets, elaborate costumes, and nesting dolls.

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Two Big Ones

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The Complete Chris Bell The choicest cuts of this five-LP set (six if you include the interview disc) are well known, having been first compiled by Rykodisc in 1992 as the masterpiece I Am the Cosmos. That LP and Big Star’s debut earned Chris Bell many fans, but that only scratches the surface of his oeuvre. Looking Forward compiles material recorded starting in 1969, when Bell was making the most of Ardent Studios founder John Fry’s largesse with free tracking time. These sessions included a shifting cast of players, including Terry Manning. Often Bell himself does not sing lead. By 1971, the Ardent scene had solidified into a more stable band, Rock City, featuring Jody Stephens as the regular drummer. Their See Seven States is an immediate precursor to Big Star. And while both LPs feature wellcrafted proto-power pop, they chiefly underscore how much further the final Big Star lineup took things, and not only through the addition of Alex Chilton and bassist Andy Hummel: Bell’s own writing, playing, and singing became more focused, and Fry’s engineering and production more crisp. If the early material conjures the late-’60s sounds of, say, the Youngbloods, it falls short of the glorious twin guitar crunch and soaring harmonies that made Big Star’s debut so groundbreaking. After quitting Big Star, Bell began grasping about, both musically and spiritually. The capstone was I Am the Cosmos, and two LPs here feature alternate takes from that era, revealing Bell’s painstaking craftsmanship — and his indecisiveness through multiple mixes. Until now, most Cosmos fans only knew the title track and “You and Your Sister” in their sped-up versions, as released on Chris Stamey’s label in the ’70s and thereafter considered canonical. Finally, we can now hear those songs as they were recorded, a half-step lower in pitch, more relaxed and natural in feel. It’s a revelation. All told, this box is most compelling for the beatific and tragic tale it tells. If some of the material is spotty, one keeps listening to see how the tale unfolds, enriched by liner notes by Bob Mehr and others. It’s a

fitting tribute to an artist who captured ecstasy and sadness in equal measure. At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight Bear Family Productions has outdone itself this time, with a stunning 20-CD set dedicated to the Louisiana Hayride and its host station, KWKH in Shreveport. It’s fitting that the first track evokes the station itself, long before the Hayride began. The first voice we hear is W.K. Henderson, circa-1930, who recorded several 78s as op-eds for broadcast on his new station. “Hello world, doggone ya!” was his signature line. But soon the rants give way to pure music. The success of the 50,000-watt KWKH led to the birth of the ongoing Louisiana Hayride concert series, and live recordings from the weekly shows make for the bulk of this set. Familiar names like Hank Williams or Red Sovine are interspersed with lesser-knowns like Cousin Emmy or Brother Homer. You can hear the genre evolving. As early as 1952, the announcer intones, “Well, we leave it to the youngsters when we want a swingy tune,” before Jimmy Lee plays a zippy instrumental “on his Fender guitar.” By the middle of disc three, it’s 1954, and we hear the debut of Elvis Presley. What’s striking is how the country/jivey hop in Elvis’ first performances fits right in with the “swingy” numbers featured years earlier. Listeners at the time heard him sandwiched between a Lucky Strike ad and bluegrass fiddle breakdown, and it’s all of a piece. By the King’s later performances, of course, he dominates the proceedings, and we hear what may be the first utterance of those hallowed words, “Elvis has left the building.” Many country stars were coming into their own throughout the ’50s and into the early ’60s. Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Webb Pierce, and “Ferlin Husky as Simon Crum” are but a few of the artists who can be heard, through glorious scratchy audio, honing their distinctive sounds in embryonic form. By 1960, it was over, but within its dozen or so years, the Hayride traced a pivotal, swinging time in country music, and this collection, along with the beautiful book (over 200 pages) brings that time to life.


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Brandon Cunning Band Friday, Nov. 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Amber McCain Band Saturday, Nov. 25, 8-11 p.m.; Tucson Simpson Sunday, Nov. 26, 7-10 p.m.

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

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After Dark: Live Music Schedule November 23 - 29 Rum Boogie Cafe Blues Hall

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Memphis Bluesmasters Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars Fridays, Saturdays, 4-8 p.m. and Sundays, 3-7 p.m.; Little Boy Blues Friday, Nov. 24, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Myra Hall Band Saturday, Nov. 25, 9 p.m.1 a.m.; Sensation Band Monday, Nov. 27, 8 p.m.-midnight; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Chris McDaniel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Bar DKDC 964 S. COOPER 272-0830

The Sheiks presents Sheiksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23; Crown Vox with Epps Friday, Nov. 24; Mighty Souls Brass Band Saturday, Nov. 25; Devil Train Monday, Nov. 27; Dave Cousar Tuesday, Nov. 28; Sean Murphy’s One Breath Quartet Wednesday, Nov. 29.

David Collins Jazz and Deborah Swiney Thursday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; The Tinglers Friday, Nov. 24, 9 p.m.; Ms. Hope Clayburn & the Soul Scrimmage Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 p.m.; Ben MindenBirkenmaier Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.

Dru’s Place 1474 MADISON 275-8082

Karaoke Fridays-Sundays.

6 p.m.; Ghost Town Blues Band Thursday, Nov. 23, 9 p.m.; The Shotgun Billys Friday, Nov. 24, 6:30 p.m.; The MD’s Saturday, Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m.; Almost Elton John Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Sunday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m.; Blackwater Trio Sunday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m.; Danielle Nicole (formerly of Trampled Under Foot) Sunday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m.; Kyndle & Adam Tuesday, Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m.; The Michael Brothers Tuesday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m.; Breeze Cayolle & New Orleans Wednesday, Nov. 29,

Evince, Tigerhead, and Missle Shark Saturday, Nov. 25.

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Fall Music Series Fridays.

P&H Cafe 1532 MADISON 726-0906

Rock Starkaraoke Fridays; Thanks for Nothing Comedy Show Saturday, Nov. 25; Open Mic Music with Tiffany Harmon Mondays, 9 p.m.-midnight; Caleb Ryan Martin Tuesday, Nov. 28.

University of Memphis The Bluff 535 S. HIGHLAND

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

East Memphis Huey’s Poplar 4872 POPLAR 682-7729

The Settlers Sunday, Nov. 26, 4-7 p.m.; The Natchez Brothers Sunday, Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Silky O’Sullivan’s 183 BEALE 522-9596

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

TJ Mulligan’s 1817 KIRBY 755-2481

Section 8 Band Friday, Nov. 24, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Wang’s East Tapas 6069 PARK 685-9264

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

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

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Leneal & the Blue Bandits Saturday, Nov. 25, 8-11 p.m.

East Tapas and Drinks 6069 PARK 767-6002

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

Dirty Crow Inn 855 KENTUCKY

Nancy Apple Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Todd Nations And Friends Friday, Nov. 24, 9 p.m.; Savannah Long Saturday, Nov. 25, 9 p.m.; Bobbie Stacks & Her Assets Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Bobbie & Tasha Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.

Neil’s Music Room 5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

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

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

Summer/Berclair

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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Cheffie’s Cafe

Huey’s Downtown

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77 S. SECOND 527-2700

Prime Cut Sunday, Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

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

The Vault 124 GE PATTERSON

Jen and Brian Friday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m.

South Main Loflin Yard 7 W. CAROLINA

Electric Church Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library 3030 POPLAR 415-2700

Sunday Music at 3 Sunday, Nov. 26, 3-5 p.m.

Boscos 2120 MADISON 432-2222

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

Canvas 1737 MADISON 443-5232

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

Celtic Crossing 903 S. COOPER 274-5151

DJ Frogg Thursday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.; Jeremy Stanfill and Joshua Cosby Sundays, 6-9 p.m.; Candy Company Mondays.

Growlers 1911 POPLAR 244-7904

Crockett Hall Tuesdays with the Midtown Rhythm Section Tuesdays, 9 p.m.; Dead Soldiers Friday, Nov. 24.

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

Super T Thursday, Nov. 23, 9 p.m.; Walrus Three Friday, Nov. 24, 9 p.m.; Memphis’ Last Waltz: The Band Tribute Saturday, Nov. 25, 9 p.m.

Huey’s Midtown 1927 MADISON 726-4372

Brody Buster Sunday, Nov. 26, 4-7 p.m.; Royal Blues Band Sunday, Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

5:30 p.m.; Debris Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m.

Midtown Crossing Grill 394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

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

Minglewood Hall 1555 MADISON 866-609-1744

Brennan Villines 30th Birthday Celebration Friday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m.; North Mississippi Allstars Friday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m.; The Hamiltones with the PC Band Sunday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.; Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.

Lafayette’s Music Room

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Ashton Riker Thursday, Nov. 23,

One Million Horsepower with

Railgarten 2160 CENTRAL

DJ Witnesse Thursday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; BAILgarten featuring Tommy Wright lll and Lord T & Eloise Friday, Nov. 24, noon-2 a.m.; The Pirates featuring Tim Regan, Steve Selvidge, Luke White, Brand Robertson & Paul Taylor Saturday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke with Public Record Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Wild Bill’s 1580 VOLLINTINE 207-3975

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

Hadley’s Pub 2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

Twin Soul Friday, Nov. 24, 9 p.m.; Almost Famous Sunday, Nov. 26, 5:30 p.m.; Furious George Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m.

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

Amy LaVere Trio Sunday, Nov. 26, 8-11:30 p.m.

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

The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

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The Rusty Pieces Saturday, Nov. 25, 6-9 p.m.; Songwriters with Roland and Friends Mondays, 7-10 p.m.

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

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Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Greed, www.thecannoncenter. com. $22-$38. Fri., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN (TICKETS, 525-1515).

Circuit Playhouse

Junie B. Jones, The Musical, adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical musical. www.playhouseonthesquare.org. $25$40. Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays, 7 p.m. Through Dec. 23. 51 S. COOPER (725-0776).

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Take the Soul Train to Christmas, musical journey follows Granddad as he ushers his granddaughter and two of her friends back through time on the magical Soul Train. www.hattiloo.org. $30-$35. Sundays, 3 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 17. 37 S. COOPER (502-3486).

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The Orpheum

The Phantom of the Opera, www.orpheum-memphis. com. $24 -$129. TuesdaysThursdays, 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 10.

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Art Trolley Tour

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

Call to Artists for Art Village Gallery Juried Group Exhibition

Opportunity for artists to contribute to the ongoing social and political discussion to inform and influence the perspective of others through art. For more information, visit website. Through Dec. 1. WWW.URBANARTCOMMISSION.ORG.

Artist Conversation for “Angst”

Exhibition of painted photographs by Catherine Erb. Wed., Nov. 29, 5-7 p.m. DAVID LUSK GALLERY, 97 TILLMAN (767-3800), WWW.DAVIDLUSKGALLERY.COM.

Art/Race/Violence: Artist+Community Conversation

Conversation with artist teams Jamin Carter and Mary Jo Karimnia and Terry Lynn and Andrea Morales, led by Ladrica Menson-Furr and Richard Lou. Wed., Nov. 29, noon. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE (FORMERLY SEARS CROSSTOWN), N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY, WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Casting Demonstration Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m. METAL MUSEUM, 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380), WWW.METALMUSEUM.ORG.

Creative Aging’s Senior Arts Series

203 S. MAIN (525-3000).

Holiday sing-along with Lea VanMerkestyn and Theatre Memphis’ A Christmas Carol. $5 donation. Wed., Nov. 29, 1 p.m.

Playhouse on the Square

THEATRE MEMPHIS, 630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323), WWW.CREATIVEAGINGMIDSOUTH.ORG.

Peter Pan, life will never be the same for Michael, John, and Wendy Darling after Peter Pan visits their nursery window offering to take them to the magical world of Neverland. www. playhouseonthesquare.org. $25-$40. Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m., and Fridays, 7 p.m. Through Dec. 31. 66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

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Marjorie Prime, 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist, performed for the first time in Memphis. Explores troubling issues about aging in the digital age By Jordan Harrison, writer-producer of Orange Is the New Black. (272-9323), www.theatreworksmemphis. org. $15. Fri., Sat., 8-10 p.m., and Sun., 2-4 p.m. Through Nov. 26. 2085 MONROE (274-7139).

Winter Arts at Park Place Center, through December 24th

Jazz-A-Fire

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

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Sonnet Contest

Shelby County students are invited to submit their original composition for Rhodes College’s inaugural Sonnet Contest. Winners will receive a prize book and have their poem published. Submit by email, yearwoodl@rhodes. edu. Through March 2, 2018. WWW.RHODES.EDU.

“Stargazer Garden” Flower-Folding

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

WinterArts

Unique handcrafted work by regional artists including a stellar collection of holiday gift ideas crafted in glass, metal, wood, fiber, and clay, plus jewelry and more. Sundays, 12-5 p.m., and Mondays-Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Dec. 24. PARK PLACE CENTER, 1215 RIDGEWAY (260-7486), WINTERARTSMEMPHIS.ORG.

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Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM)

“Desert to Delta: Saudi Contemporary Art in Memphis,” exhibition by 20 artists and a video artist collective from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. www. memphis.edu/amum. Through Jan. 6, 2018. “Africa: Art of a Continent,” permanent exhibition of African art from the Martha and Robert Fogelman collection. Ongoing. 142 COMMUNICATION & FINE ARTS BUILDING (678-2224).

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

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

Clough-Hanson Gallery

“Celebrating 100 Years of Women at Rhodes College,” exhibition of work by 12 current and former faculty alongside alumni, including Mary Sims, Erin Harmon, Alex Carter, Esther Ruiz, and Daisy Craddock. www.rhodes.edu. Through Dec. 2. RHODES COLLEGE, 2000 N. PARKWAY (843-3000).

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Metal Museum

“Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response,” exhibition with historian Dr. Earnestine Jenkins and artist Richard Lou. www.crosstownarts.org. Through Jan. 14, 2018.

“Everyday Objects: The evolution and innovations of Joseph Anderson,” exhibition of works by artist-blacksmith and sculptor highlighting utensils and functional objects. Through April 22, 2018. Master Metalsmith: David Secrest, exhibition by sculptor and blacksmith well known for his incorporation of textures and patterns in forged iron, fabricated steel and bronze sculptures, and furniture. Through Dec. 31. “The Tributaries: Zachery Lechtenberg,” exhibition of enameling techniques applied to jewelry and illustration combined creating brightly colored cartoon style imagery. www. metalmuseum.org. Through Jan. 14, 2018.

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The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

“Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper,” exhibition of recreated historic fashions. Through Jan. 7, 2018. “Boukay,” exhibition of mixedmedia works by Justin Bowles. Through Jan. 7, 2018. “Made in Dixon,” exhibition showcasing the colorful and joy-filled artwork created by artists of all ages in the Dixon’s educational programs. www. dixon.org. Ongoing.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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L Ross Gallery

“Luna Piena,” exhibition of abstract works by Jeri Ledbetter. www.lrossgallery.com Through Nov. 25. 5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).

Memphis Botanic Garden

“In the Midst,” exhibition of abstract paintings by Sophie (Kauerz) Canale. www. memphisbotanicgarden.com. Through Nov. 29. 750 CHERRY (636-4100).

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“By the Book: A Tribute to Dolph Smith,” exhibit focusing on Dolph Smith’s artist notebooks, featuring six on display. Includes the work of 11 artists who have worked with Smith. Through Nov. 26. “Coming to America: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach, 1914-1945,” exhibition of sculptures. Through Jan. 7, 2018. “About Face,” exhibition located in the Education Gallery highlighting the different ways artists interpret the connection between emotion and expression. Ongoing.

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“Creativity and Inclusivity,” exhibition of work created by artists from Memphis Center for Independent Living (MCIL), Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS), and Memphis College of Art. www. mca.edu. Nov. 29-Dec. 14. Jan Hankins, www.mca.edu. Nov. 29-Dec. 14.

Overton Park Gallery

“Vietnam 65 66 67,” exhibition of photography by Donald Earl Bailey (1939-2011). Through Nov. 24. 1581 OVERTON PARK (229-2967).

Playhouse on the Square “Wild in the City: Animals Real and Imagined,” exhibition by Angi Cooper. www.playhouseonthesquare.org. Through Dec. 31. 66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

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What are My Rights? The rights and interests of the class members are automatically protected by the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit and by Class Counsel. Class Counsel have agreed to represent the class members on a contingent fee basis, with any fees and costs to be awarded by the Court only if they obtain a monetary recovery or other benefit for the class. You are not individually obligated to pay any fees to Class Counsel. You may also choose to have your own lawyer represent you, at your own expense, by filing a notice of appearance on your behalf as a class member. As a class member, you have the right to advise the court if at any time you think that you are not being fairly and adequately represented by the named plaintiffs and their lawyers. By remaining a class member, any claims you may have against the defendants for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, negligence, reckless and negligent mishandling of remains, and reckless and negligent infliction of emotional distress will be decided in this case and cannot be in any other lawsuit. You will be notified if any ruling reduces the size of the class. You will also receive notice of, and an opportunity to be heard about, any proposed settlement of the class claims. If you wish to exclude yourself from the class, you must do so in writing. You may not exclude yourself from the claims for equitable relief. All written exclusions must be postmarked by 5:00 pm CST on December 29, 2017 and sent to CMM, P.O. Box 341316, Bartlett, Tennessee 38184-1316.

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*Harrison’s Funeral Home Incorporated *Preston Jefferson, individually and d/b/a Jefferson Mortuary *Millington Funeral Home, Inc. *SLS, LLC, d/b/a Superior Funeral Home Hollywood Chapel *Golden Gate Funeral Home *Shelia Davis Paris *J.A. Lofties Funeral Home *James F. Lofties *J.O. Patterson Funeral Home, Inc. *Joseph Ivy *M.J. Edwards-Whitehaven Chapel Inc. d/b/a M.J. Edwards Whitehaven Funeral Chapel *M.J. Edwards Hillside Chapel, Inc., d/b/a M.J. Edwards Funeral Home Stage Road Chapel *Kenneth Gerald Mays individually and d/b/a Mays Funeral Home *Larry Wolfe, individually and d/b/a Wolfe Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. a/k/a Wolfe Brothers Mortuary

*William Wolfe, individually and d/b/a Wolfe Brothers Funeral Home Inc. a/k/a Wolfe Brothers Mortuary *Quincy S. Barlow, individually and d/b/a Barlow Funeral Home *Anthony Funeral Home, Inc. *George P. Gillespie, individually and d/b/a Gillespie Funeral Home *Eula Gillespie, individually and d/b/a Gillespie Funeral Home *Carol Ford Beasley, individually and d/b/a H.C. Jett/H.C. Ford & Son Funeral Home

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

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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Over-the-top production by world class Russian artists featuring larger-than-life puppets, nesting dolls, and hand-crafted costumes that bring the Christmas spirit to life. $23-$68. Sat., Nov. 25, 2 p.m.

MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

Holiday Artist Market

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Through Dec. 24. 1501 UNION, MIDTOWN, WWW.MEMPHISARTSCOLLECTIVE.COM.

Peabody Tree Lighting Ceremony

Meet in the grand lobby for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and lighting of Peabody Christmas Tree immediately after 5 p.m. Duck March. Fri., Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. THE PEABODY HOTEL, 149 UNION (529-4000), WWW.PEABODYMEMPHIS.COM.

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

Thanksgiving Day Meal for Homeless & Needy

Members of New Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate Thanksgiving in the Fellowship Hall serving a festive meal to those who need a place to celebrate Thanksgiving. Free. Thurs., Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. NEW ALLEN AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1559 S. THIRD (775-0925).

Thanksgiving Potluck at OUTMemphis

Bring your best dish and honor the holiday with LGBTQ friends and family from all over the Mid-South. A turkey and vegetarian main dish will be provided. Thurs., Nov. 23, 12-3 p.m. OUTMEMPHIS: THE LGBTQ CENTER OF THE MID-SOUTH, 892 S. COOPER (278-6422), WWW.OUTMEMPHIS.ORG.

A Visible Christmas

Complimentary tickets available at Visible Music College, the Bookmark at Second Presbyterian Church, and Evolve Bank. Tues., Nov. 28, 7:309:30 p.m. CANNON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN (TICKETS, 5251515), WWW.THECANNONCENTER.COM.

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Make your love affair with Memphis food known. Visit website and vote on your favorite restaurants. Through Nov. 30. WWW.MEMPHISMAGAZINE.COM.

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Leftover Improv, improvised comedy from Memphis’ longest running (and probably weirdest) improv troupe. 18+ $5. Fri., Nov. 24, 8-10 p.m. 394 N. WATKINS (443-0502).

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Booksigning by John Stevenson and Robert W. Dye

Authors celebrate Small Business Saturday by discussing and signing Libertyland and Memphis: Birthplace of Rock and Roll. Sat., Nov. 25, 1-3 p.m. BURKE’S BOOK STORE, 936 S. COOPER (278-7484), WWW. BURKESBOOKS.COM.

Booksigning by Tom Jones, Jen Andrews, Marlon Blackwell, Justin Fox Burks, and Murray Riss

Authors discuss and sign Shelby Farms Park: Elevating a City. Tues., Nov. 28, 6 p.m. NOVEL, 387 PERKINS EXT. (922-5526), WWW.NOVELMEMPHIS.COM.

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10th Annual MRC Recovery Run 5K

Benefiting Memphis Recovery Centers’ Youth Program and In-House School, Transitions Learning Center. $30. Sat., Nov. 25, 9 a.m.-noon. OVERTON PARK, EAST PARKWAY PAVILION (272-7751), WWW.MEMPHISRECOVERY.COM.

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Representing eight different species, this nationally recognized traveling art exhibit features ten giant wooden bug sculptures towering up to 18 feet tall. Through Dec. 31. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 CHERRY (636-4100), WWW.MEMPHISBOTANICGARDEN.COM.

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The Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees

Featuring Festival of Trees, Gingerbread Village, Model Train and Christmas Village, pictures with Santa, and Enchanted Forest Fridays when the sun goes down and the trees sparkle and shine. $6. Through Dec. 31.

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ake your wildly outrageous claims about Memphis, but never call into question its Mexican food scene. Ivan Rabb, bless his heart, made the mistake on Twitter last week and was immediately reprimanded by all of us: the Summer loyalists, the Las Delicias enthusiasts, and all you lucky East Memphis folks with access to Chili Verde during the workday. There’s been no report on whether he has found the Memphis taco truck of his dreams yet, but it’s my pleasure to urge everyone, including Rabb, to “Hustle” over to El 7 Mares on Jackson. El 7 Mares is, like many of our favorite Memphis Mexican haunts, stamped with the seal of approval from the one and only Jesus Himself. I know this because a large, non-threatening Jesus hangs above the bar, there to forgive and encourage you in your tequila-soaked endeavors. My friend and I listened to our hearts and ordered a large pitcher of margaritas for $16. A margarita, though basic enough, is incredibly easy to screw up for so many places. (Now that’s a Tweet thread I would enjoy reading, as I have an ever-growing list of “Wow, I Can’t Believe They Botched the Marg” places.) El 7 Mares did no such thing: It was strong, not too sugary, and served with big straws, like the ones you get with Icees. In keeping with the theme of forgiveness, I was dressed like some sort of mix between 1990s Janeane Garofalo and a dog wearing a sweater, and they still served me. Furthermore, a kid was playing basketball inside while we were there, and although loud noises while I’m dining are egregious sins anywhere else in the country, I am okay with the sound of dribbling in Memphis-area restaurants. The menu at Mares is, of course, extensive. They have a seafood bucket of crab claws and crawfish for $28.99! They also have a huge selection of soups in varying sizes. Assuming Memphis has a winter this year, how delightful will this place be? And it was all so affordable. I’ll pay top dollar for good soup but can always make room for a place that keeps it reasonable and tasty. For our friend Ivan Rabb, there is a drink on the menu called a California Root Beer, apparently one of the few drinks in this galaxy made with Galliano. We stuck with the margaritas, as I am past the age of

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FILM REVIEW By Chris McCoy

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’m a big believer in form following function. That’s why my review of the new Warner Bros./DC movie Justice League will reflect the form of the screenplay: a series of bullet points presented without any overall organizing principle.

• Justice League is not a film. It’s a clip show. You know, like when a TV show has been on a long time and they want to save money late in season six by having all the characters snowed in together and swapping memories of that time in season two when they fought the bear? That’s what Justice League is like, except you’ve never seen the show before. • At least our hypothetical sitcom on its last legs had an interesting villain. I’ll take the bear over Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) any day. At least the bear has a discernible motivation. Steppenwolf is just a mashup of other crappy villains like Apocalypse from the last X-Men movie and that fire-demon thing (checks Wikipedia) Surtur from Thor: Ragnarok. Justice League even lifts the “empty horned helmet clattering to the ground anticlimactically” gag from Ragnarok.

• Oh yeah. SPOILER ALERT: Steppenwolf is defeated. The good guys win. • Now I want to know what happened with the bear. • Another SPOILER ALERT: Superman (Henry Cavill) comes back from the dead in a “we promise, one-time-only, super-special Kryptonian procedure that must involve all of the other Super Friends … I mean, members of the Justice League.” Even though we all know Supes is going to be fine, the resurrection sequence takes up a huge chunk of Justice League’s running time that could otherwise be used for advancing the “plot.” It’s the most tedious part of a tedious movie. • Speaking of which, the scene where the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) dig Superman’s body up from the Kansas graveyard where he’s buried as Clark Kent is probably the most entertaining moment of the film, just for the sheer perversity of it. • The reason Justice League is better than Batman v. Superman is that there’s more Wonder Woman in it. Gal Gadot coasts on the excellent characterization she and Patty Jenkins created in Wonder Woman’s solo film. At one point, Batman (Ben Affleck) says she

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• In my notes, I referred to the McGuffins — glowing energy cubes that convey ultimate power to any creature that possess them — as “Infinity Stones.” In fact, those are the glowing energy cube McGuffins from the Marvel universe. These glowing energy cubes are variously called “the change engine” and “mother boxes” which must be combined to form “The Unity.” Everything in this film is a ripoff, and even the meaningless technobabble is bad. • Jesse Eisenberg appears in the post credit scene as Lex Luthor, as if to say. “Who’s the lame villain now?” • Aquaman’s trident has five points.

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I’m going to take the long way around to my point here, so please bear with me: When I was younger, my parents were really, really hard on me. Find any black person of an age with me, they’ll tell you the same thing. Their parents valued excellence in everything they did. They were held to a high standard for academic and social performance, and if they did not achieve like their parents knew they needed to achieve, they would face consequences. The reasoning for this was simple enough: The world that their children were about to enter would be hypercritical, emotionally violent, and unforgiving. Their work, effort, and labor would be undervalued and dismissed. In the worst-case scenario, they would end up a victim of violence with no real chance at justice. Most folks know this as the whole “twice as good” mantra that was once standard kitchen table conversation between black parents and their children and that has now become part of public empathizing in the wake of the police state’s brutalization of black children and communities. I had no excuses. I showed my hand early by excelling academically and following the rules laid down by power structures, which my parents appreciated but did not accept as my best. Of course, I could do better, they reasoned, because only an unrealistic standard of perfection would keep me from being lynched, tear-gassed, executed, or put in jail. So they pushed me further, harder, with methods that would seem inhumane to outsiders not familiar with the intricacies of black parenting and the nuanced position that comes with being responsible for a black child whose life holds so little value to the rest of the world. I am not making excuses for my parents or for any other black parents out there. Many of our parents’ strategies for keeping us safe traumatized us, created deep insecurities in us, and made us mentally unhealthy in ways that we are still trying to unravel. But for so many of us, this was how they ensured that they loved us and that they wanted us to be safe. And those of us who are able to appreciate our parents’ efforts do so because we realize on an existential level that these structures we live in are designed to disenfranchise and destroy us and that our parents were using the resources and methods they had available to save our souls. Like I said, I’m taking the long way around to my point, but I’m getting there. Our country, and yes, our city is at a tipping point. Nationally, the publicizing of the grand racist political experiment has been a success. Racists and Nazis feel emboldened to demonstrate their commitment to ethno-nationalism and genocide on a massive level, and the recently woke resistance isn’t always the best breakwater in which to stand in the face of this fundamental, sweeping tide of hatred. We’re creeping up on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, a big black mark on our city’s legacy, and our city seems content to continue devoting more of our community resources to those groups that we consider inherently more deserving of our political goodwill and policy assistance, widening the gaps in achievement and possibility for disenfranchised Memphians. I am often accused of being overly critical of our city, of the systems at play here, of the political and economic actors who traffic in discrimination and marginalization in order to pad their pockets and secure their power. But my criticism comes from love for this city that has nurtured me and allowed me to create myself within its bounds. I am talking of the Agape love that Dr. King himself envisioned and championed for deep and lasting community change. This is the kind of love that allows us to look honestly at our community and recognize how it fails at being equitable and democratic. To people who benefit from these deep divisions, this push for love-based systemization of equity is threatening, feels discriminatory. But that’s how we know that our cause is the right one. If people who traditionally hold power are comfortable with our opposing actions, we need to rethink our strategy. Our community is at a crux. The forces of hatred are emboldened. Public interest and development are in the hands of people who do not always have the community’s day-to-day concerns at heart. Disenfranchised and marginalized Memphians are yet crying out for justice and are showing a dedication to achieving it by any means necessary. This is not the time for half-measures, nor half-stepping. This is the time for our community and our leaders to be revolutionary in their policies, actions, and thoughts. This is the time to make existing power structures and the people that benefit from them quiver in their boots. Our city and this country are poised for dramatic change, and it will be the people themselves who determine our direction. We must be hard on ourselves, on our leaders, and exacting in our vision of justice if we want to prevent our communities from being hollowed out by the parties of hatred. Troy L. Wiggins is a Memphis writer whose work has appeared in the Memphis Noir anthology, Make Memphis, and The Memphis Flyer.

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11/24: Brennan Villines 30th Bday Party 12/1: Julien Baker w/ David Bazan & Pillow Talk 12/8: Pokey LaFarge w/ The Easy Leaves 12/26: Christmas w/ the Grateful Dead - Memphis Tributes 12/30: Roots Of A Rebellion w/ CCDE

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11/22- Hawthorne Heights 11/24- Dead Soldiers 11/25- The Dirty Streets 12/15-68’ + Whores 12/31-The Schwag

Coco & Lola’s MidTown Lingerie

Forget the turkey , get her Cosabella! www.cocoandlolas.com

Finest lace - Coolest place 710 S. Cox|901-425-5912|Mon-Sat 11:30-7:00

JESSE & THE TWO SHOTS OF TEQUILA BAND Five Piece Band available for weddings, corporate events, parties etc... in Memphis and Nashville. Song list on website. More information including song lists and booking information at www.rick.business or call 407.608.8015. Calendar will fill up fast so act now. Special discounts for veterans.

MURPHY’S Pool Table • Darts • WI-FI • Digital Jukebox Visit our website for live music listings or check the AfterDark section of this Memphis Flyer KITCHEN OPEN LATE, OPEN FOR LUNCH! 1589 Madison • 726-4193 www.murphysmemphis.com

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CELEBRATING 75 YEARS UPCOMING SHOWS: Wed Nov 22 - Lyfe is Dope Fri. Nov 24 - Key Glock Sat Nov 25 - Tank & Leela James: Savage X the Souls Tour Sun Nov 26 - Poptone Wed Nov 29 - Hollywood Undead w/ Butcher Babies Sat Dec 2 - Curren$y Tue Dec 5 - Daisyland w/ Snails Fri Dec 8 - Downtown LIVE! w/ Alex Bugnon and Julian Vaughn Mon Dec 11 - Kamasi Washington w/ Moonchild Fri Dec 15 - Shinedown Acoustic w/ Smith & Myers Sat Dec 16 - Daisyland w/ Figure and Midnight Tyrannosaurus Fri Dec 22 - The Prince Experience Sun Dec 31 - Daisyland NYE Blackout w/ BT Sun Jan 14 - The Wailers Fri Jan 19 - Greensky Bluegrass Sat Jan 20 - The Eric Gales Band: The Resurrection Reunion Tue Jan 23 - Daisyland XL w/ Datsik, Space Jesus, Riot Ten, Wooli Thu Feb 1 - August Burns Red w/ Born of Osiris, Erra, Ocean Grove Tue Feb 6 - Y&T Tue Feb 13 - Daisyland XL w/ Excision: The Paradox 2018 Tue Feb 20 - AJR Thu Mar 1 - George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Fri Mar 2 - The SteelDrivers Sat Mar 3 - Beth Hart NEW DAISY THEATRE | 330 Beale St Memphis 901.525.8981 • Advance Tickets available at NewDaisy.com and Box Office

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TUT-UNCOMMON ANTIQUES 421 N. Watkins St. 278-8965 1500 sq. ft. of Vintage & Antique Jewelry. Retro Furniture and Accessories. Original Paintings, Sculpture, Pottery, Art & Antiques. We are the only store in the Mid-South that replaces stones in costume jewelry.

11/22: Family Feud Live Band Karaoke w/Public Record - 7p 11/23: Open at 5pm. DJ Witnesse 8p 11/24: BAILgarten!, 12p - 2a. Me & Leah, 3p, The Late Greats, 4p, Tommy Wright, lll, 7p, Lord T & Eloise, 10p, Drag Show w/Moth Moth Moth, midnight. 11/25: The Pirates feat. Tim Regan, Steve Selvidge, Luke White, Brand Robertson & Paul Taylor, 8p. 11/26: Railgating - Grizzlies v. Nets on the big screen w/food & drink specials, 5p railgarten.com • 2166 Central Ave • 231-5043

BOOK REPAIR Have an old book or bible that needs repair? Call Art, Friends of the Library at 901.483.0478.

MEMPHIS ARTS COLLECTIVE HOLIDAY ARTIST MARKET Nov. 24-Dec. 24 • 1501 Union Ave. (near Kimbrough Towers). Opening night silent auction (6-9 pm) to benefit Mewtopia Cat Rescue, music by Paul Taylor. Store Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30-6:30; Fri til 7:00, Sun 12-5. 901-833-9533 www.memphisartscollective.com

I Buy Old Windup Phonographs & Records Esp. on labels: Gennett, Paramount, Vocalion, QRS, Superior, Supertone, Champion, OKeh, Perfect, Romeo, Sun, Meteor, Flip; many others. Also large quantities of older 45’s. Paul. 901-435-6668

CHIP N’ DALE’S ANTIQUES 3457 Summer Avenue • Memphis, TN 38122 EVERYTHING ON SALE! Open Tues-Sat | 901-452-5620 “Celebrating 30 years in Business”

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