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he holidays have always been a special time at Hattiloo Theatre, filled with reverence, tradition, and culture. Hattiloo’s fi rst season in 2006, featured They Sing Christmas Up in Harlem. In later years came Black Nativity, The North Star, Forget Me Not Christmas, and eventually, If Scrooge Was a Brother, written by the theatre’s founder and CEO, Ekundayo Bandele, which quickly became a local holiday tradition. This season, Hattiloo has paused that tradition to bring audiences something new, and, what’s more, in a whole new venue.

Ekundayo’s new holiday adventure, Take the Soul Train to Christmas, is a lively production he describes as “the R&B Christmas playlist sung to almost every style of dance that Black people have come up with, from Yoruba ring dances to the breakdance battles of the 1980s.” Since the grand performance calls for a grand stage, Take the Soul Train to Christmas will be performed at the Cannon Center on Saturday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m.

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Veteran director, Tony Horne, will fill the 2,000-seat venue with the holiday magic that drives the imaginative story of Ida (Kaja Kelson) and her two friends, Nat & Rosa (Kristian Anthony Wright and Shiloh Sanders), who are struggling to write research papers about how African-Americans have historically observed Christmas. Ida’s Granddad

(Stephen Dowdy), a former Pullman Porter, comes to the rescue, summoning the magical “Soul Train,” to transport his granddaughter and her friends back through time. Emma Crystal’s aweinspiring choreography with musical arrangements by Ashley K. Davis whirl the characters back to slavery in the 1800s, then on to the Harlem Renaissance, where Billie Holiday (Samantha Lynn), performs a beautiful rendition of “I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” They move forward from the Civil Rights Movement, to the “Blacksploitation” era of the 1970s, through the glory days of Hip-Hop, and, finally, back to the same Brooklyn brownstone where their travels had begun. It’s a high-reaching production that reflects Hattiloo’s artistic growth as it stretches its bounds. Over the past year, the Black repertory theatre has been in the national press — a lot! From Delta Airline’s Sky Magazine, to Garden & Gun magazine; an honorable mention in the New York Times owing to its partnership with Ballet Memphis; a paragraph in the Sunday edition of the Washington Post; and a feature in American Magazine, this production is sure to continue Hattiloo’s national coverage, as the role of “Narrator” will be performed by TV and fi lm star Harry Lennix, who currently portrays Assistant Director of CounterTe r r o r i s m , Harold C o o p e r, o n NBC’s The

Blacklist. Lennix was also featured in the films Ray, The Matrix: Reloaded, and The Five Heartbeats, to name a few. Hattiloo has also assembled a dynamic cast of locals including Frank Johnson, Noelia Warnette-Jones, Emmanuel McKinney, and vocalist Stefani Bolton, who has performed with Lenny Kravitz and Angie Stone. The ambitious musical promises to be one of the Mid-South’s most impressive holiday productions. Take the Soul Train to Christmas is made possible by title sponsor Dr. Rodric Miller with support from the First Tennessee Foundation (ArtsFirst). Dr. Miller, who has several dental offi ces across Memphis, lends his support to this production because “it’s important that such stories are told and are told well.” Hattiloo honors Dr. Miller’s support by doing what it’s known for doing: producing relevant and impactful theatre that just happens to be a barreling train-ride of fun. Happy Holidays!

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While you and your family were enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend, hundreds of people wrongly spent the holiday at Shelby County jail, literally lost in the system, due to a new, malfunctioning computer records program. Just City, a Memphis nonprofit group concerned with improving our criminal justice system, filed suit against Sheriff Bill Oldham on behalf of an inmate who spent 11 days in jail after being picked up on a traffic stop. The inmate was not informed of the charges against him, and it took nearly two weeks to get him out. Many other inmates were kept in jail unlawfully, even after they’d posted bail, due to failures in the new system. Without Just City’s efforts to shine a light on the problem, most of us would never have known about it. And while most of us were enjoying an evening out or a night at home watching the Grizzlies last week, a couple dozen citizens met at the Abe Goodman Clubhouse in Overton Park to discuss ways to fight the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plans to drill wells in our pristine Memphis Sand aquifer. TVA’s original plans called for using wastewater to cool its new plant. The change of plans to instead tap our aquifer for that purpose were made without public input. Without the Sierra Club raising the alarm, most of us would have never known of the problem, and TVA would have quietly drilled wells into our fresh water. These are just two examples that demonstrate the power that can be wielded by activist, concerned citizens. Another, of course, was the Save the Greensward movement, which, after a prolonged battle, ultimately resolved the long-festering issue of Memphis Zoo parking on public parkland. I could list dozens more examples of citizen involvement in tackling the many issues we face — endemic poverty, lack of legal representation, animal services, public transportation (see this week’s cover story), literacy, women’s rights, education. You name the issue, and there is probably a group of concerned citizens working to improve the situation. We owe them all our thanks. These are folks who recognize that change — real change — only comes from a commitment to volunteer one’s time, effort, and money. Governments, at any level, can only do so much. And it looks like for the next few years our state and federal governments are going to be run by folks who don’t believe government can do much of anything, except cut taxes and privatize government services to siphon taxpayer money to corporate interests. And to make it worse, we have a president-elect who appears to spend most of his spare time watching television and reacting to it on Twitter. In the past few days, he’s spent every spare moment criticizing the media, insulting individual reporters, and baselessly claiming that millions of votes were cast illegally. And this is the man who won the election. At some point, the grownups in the GOP are going to have to acknowledge that a horrible mistake has been made. We’ve elected a man who bypasses daily intelligence briefings but doesn’t miss a night (or morning) of CNN or Fox News, a man whose byzantine world-wide business connections will present daily conflictN E WS & O P I N I O N of-interest potential, and a man whose NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 4 mental stability is clearly questionable. THE FLY-BY - 6 Though I truly hope I’m wrong, I POLITICS -10 fear we are in for a chaotic near future. EDITORIAL - 12 Which is why organizations like Just City, VIEWPOINT - 13 the Sierra Club, MIFA, Mid-South Food COVER — “BUS STOPPED” Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Literacy BY MICAELA WATTS - 14 Mid-South, and countless others I could STE P P I N’ O UT name are more important now than ever WE RECOMMEND - 18 before. An involved, organized citizenry MUSIC - 20 can mobilize more quickly to speak truth AFTER DARK - 22 CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 26 to power and stand up to injustice and ART - 30 government overreach. FOOD - 31 I believe power will need to be spoken SPIRITS - 33 to — loudly and vociferously — in the FILM - 34 year to come. Stay woke. C L AS S I F I E D S - 36 Bruce VanWyngarden LAST WORD - 39 brucev@memphisflyer.com

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N E V E R E N D I N G E LV I S Q: Is there anything cooler than TV’s original Six Million Dollar Man talking about the time he snuck onto the set of his buddy Elvis’ movie and wound up in the picture? A: Not this week there isn’t. In a wide-ranging interview about his role as Bruce Campbell’s father on the TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead, former Six Million Dollar Man star Lee Majors told the A.V. Club about his uncredited role as a waiter in Clambake. Majors crashed Clambake’s bar scene wearing a fake mustache and one of those, “tasseled cup hats that the Shriners wear.” By Chris Davis. Email him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

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Crime, I-240, & #ThanksgivingInJail New crime figures are out, the flyover is open, and many spent the holiday behind bars. Cohen against TVA plan The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) should not use fresh water from the Memphis Sand Aquifer to cool its proposed, natural-gas-powered energy plant here, said Rep. Steve Cohen last week. Cohen said the TVA should stick to its original plan to use wastewater from Memphis Light Gas & Water to cool its plant instead of pulling 3.5 million gallons of Memphis drinking water per day from the aquifer. Cohen called TVA’s new proposal “unprecedented.” “The potential for increased pollution in the aquifer brought on by an increase in well-drilling and waterpumping has also been a matter of concern for residents and for leaders in the Tennessee environmental community,” Cohen said. The Shelby County Groundwater Control Board was to give an up or down vote on two of the wells the TVA wants to drill into the aquifer. The power authority has permits for three wells already in hand. SURJ protests Black Friday The local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

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Many “checked in” at 201 on Thanksgiving. protested at the corner of Germantown Parkway and Giacosa Place (close to Wolfchase Mall) during the Black Friday shopping event, joining a national movement to boycott businesses affiliated with Donald Trump and to re-direct those dollars to local, black-owned businesses. “Join us as we call for an end to white supremacy and the

Little Bird’s Ruby Zielinski (left) and Ellie Eberts (right) discuss the Made By project.

Makers Marked New study maps makers and their needs. You have hundreds of options in Memphis for supporting small businesses this holiday season, and, thanks to a new initiative, you may also be able to find them. Results of a new study of Memphis makers were to be unveiled Thursday, a study to identify those working with their hearts and hands and what they need to sustain them in Memphis. The Made By project aims to answer two overarching dilemmas for Memphis makers. How do we grow a landscape where skilled makers and artisans survive? How do we guarantee there is a competitive economy in Memphis that helps their businesses thrive? Little Bird Innovations, a local consulting firm, is helping answer those questions. As one of two key partners in the Made By project, Little Bird is conducting dizzying amounts of research to find these exact solutions for the Memphis area. To be certain, the process of identifying patterns and

needs for the local makers’ economy is bewildering work. It’s not sexy. It’s tedious. It’s dozens of seven-foot-tall poster boards layered with stack upon stacks of sticky notes that link common findings. While the work may not seem sexy, it’s the first of its depth in the nation. “Made By represents an exciting opportunity to really shift the landscape for Memphis makers,” said Nicole Heckman, co-founder of Little Bird.


destruction of black and brown lives,” SURJ said in a Facebook message. “We are showing up to end white silence on racism.” SURJ aims to mobilize white people who want to contribute to national issues that disproportionately affect people of color.

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#ThanksgivingInJail Several Memphians checked into 201 Poplar on Thanksgiving Day. Well, they checked in there on Facebook, anyway. They were hoping to draw attention to the fact that hundreds of inmates spent the holiday at the Shelby County Jail — not home — this year and not because they ought to be locked up, necessarily. Many spent Thanksgiving in jail because of the mass confusion caused as county officials continue to install a new computer system for the jail and the court system. “There are hundreds of individuals in the jail who should be free but aren’t,” said Kerry Hayes, a consultant for Just City. Crime numbers a mixed bag New numbers from the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission show that the major violent crime rate continued to be slightly above those recorded during the same time last year but lower than a decade ago. From January 2016 to October 2016, there were 1,530.7 major violent crimes (murders, robberies, rapes, and aggravated assaults) per 100,000 people in Memphis. For Shelby County during the same time, there were 1,162.2 crimes. The figures are up slightly from the same time period last year (4.2 percent down in the county, 3 percent down in the city). However, both figures are down from 2006 (14.4 percent down in the county, 11.1 down in the city). The area’s murder rate (the amount of murders per 100,000 people) was up around 25 percent in both the county and the city, the report said.

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COPS are listening The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) was set to begin its first listening sessions here this week, part of a lengthy review of the Memphis Police Department’s (MPD) community policing policies regarding the use of deadly force. The review was announced last month, touted as a partnership between DOJ and the MPD and one sought by Memphis leaders.

The shifts and needs that Heckman is referring to are slowly being unearthed through surveying hundreds of makers. The findings will be paramount to identify what will power a local maker economy. For example, did you know that there is no local source in West Tennessee for purchasing bulk raw clay? The closest distributor is in Nashville, which leaves ceramics makers the choice of paying hefty delivery fees or making a road trip. Other patterns in Little Bird’s research reveals makers’ needs for part-time help with taxes, social media, ordering, and shipping. Heckman calls these findings “specific pain points.” And, in order for Memphis to become more manageable for independent makers wanting to start businesses, they need to be addressed. Results of the Made By project should be rolling out in waves throughout the next few months, ultimately leading up to the reveal of a master plan for moving Memphis in the direction of being a city supportive of microenterprises. Outside of Memphis, this project is drawing national interest. Etsy, the online-only market for start-up and established artisans, sold more than $1.93 billion in goods in 2014. Etsy selected Memphis to participate in its Makers Summit in Brooklyn this year. On December 1st, Little Bird and their partnering organization EPIcenter will be sharing their research findings at an event to be held at the Century House. According to Heckman, representatives of Etsy will be there to make a special announcement. Vishant Shah, one of the strategy leads at Little Bird, believes this movement to embrace makers stems from something else altogether. “More and more, we are learning that people want a connection with the person they are buying goods from. They want to be connected to the maker, their story, and they want to spend their money and feel as though they are part of something.”

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Will the city’s first Bitcoin ATM normalize electronic currency? Schirmer, a Chicagoan by way of Memphis, is a 10-minute walk from his apartment. While Bitcoin makes sense for the online marketplace, Schirmer said he doesn’t see the currency finding a wider audience. “I don’t think there is a way one can simplify it to make it universally appealing,” Schirmer said. “Bitcoin is not a simple currency. It is in fact very complicated and requires at least some personal research.”

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Just past the front doors of a Medical District Shell station sits Memphis’ first Bitcoin ATM — only the third machine like it in Tennessee. Young and achingly complex, Bitcoin is an electronic currency created in 2008 by a still-anonymous programmer operating under the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin operates on a peerto-peer network with no banks serving as middlemen between transaction. Decentralized, too, the currency sneaks past economic barriers around the world. The number of retailers accepting Bitcoin surpassed 100,000 in 2015, according to figures gathered by digital payment processor BitPay. With the assistance of ATMs, exchanging traditional currency for electronic cash is easier than ever. The machines, built by leading U.S. Bitcoin ATM network Coinsource, are the company’s answer to naturalizing the buying and selling of the currency. Located at 967 Linden, Memphis’ lone ATM joins 60 other machines spread across seven other states including California and New York. “Our reach in the South is growing,” said Coinsource CEO and co-founder Sheffield Clark. “Many thousands of Americans have begun to realize that Bitcoin is becoming a stable payment option and a lucrative form of investment as well.” Understanding the currency’s design is vital to using a Bitcoin ATM. At the machine, you’ll select an amount to transfer. For larger amounts, you’re required to scan valid identification. Coinsource will then send a code to your cellphone to verify the transaction. Finally, for first-timers, you’ll need to create a Bitcoin wallet, where the currency is stored, to receive an electronic address. Rather than using your name, Bitcoins are exchanged anonymously from there. Because it is still growing, Bitcoin’s unpredictability garners a lack of trust from those who know little about the currency, said Max Garzon, a computer science professor at the University of Memphis. Each coin, broken down, is a growing file that carries a transaction history from its original owner. They’re difficult to trace, though, and while they’re even more difficult to counterfeit or steal, it is possible. “To store a million dollars in cash takes a lot of space,” Garzon said. “With cyber cash, there’s no limit to how much you can store. But there’s also no limit to how fast someone could take your money away. That’s a security challenge.” The nearest Bitcoin ATM to Daniel

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POLITICS By Jackson Baker

Dems on the Rebound A group of 75 to 80 people showed up at the Steamfitters Union Hall Monday night for a session which was billed in advance as a “debriefing” with state Democratic Party chairman Mary Mancini — the first of several such affairs which Mancini intends to hold all across the state of Tennessee. As the westernmost part of the state, Shelby County was as logical a starting point for such a mission as any. There were good reasons other than the strictly geographic for Mancini to start off her tour in Memphis, however.  One reason is that Shelby County is one of three counties — Davidson (Nashville) and Haywood (Brownsville) were the other two — carried by the party’s presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 election. For the record, those three counties, plus Hardeman (Bolivar), were the only counties in 2012 that went for President Obama, the party’s standard-bearer that year.  Shelby County — on the strength, essentially, of its large African-American vote — is something of a bedrock constant for Democratic presidential candidates, though not necessarily anymore for statewide candidates. Or, for that matter, for countywide candidates, given that Republicans have been accustomed, for the last several county-

wide elections, to get electoral sweeps, or near-sweeps. A second reason is the fact that in January the state Democratic executive committee will meet in Nashville and elect a chair for the next two years, and it makes sense for Mancini, who intends to run for reelection, to touch base with Democrats in Shelby County, which is still the state’s largest county, population-wise. This is especially the case inasmuch as wealthy businessman Bill Freeman, Mancini’s fellow Nashvillian and Tennessee’s most active donor to Democratic candidates

State Democratic chair Mary Mancini at Memphis stop on debriefing tour

and causes, made a conspicuous pre-election foray into Memphis in early November, during which he let it be known that he intended to run for governor in 2018. In the wake of the statewide election results, in which the Democrats lost one seat overall in the state House of Representatives and failed to gain in the state Senate, Freeman said point-blank that the party needed a new chair. At this point, it remains to be seen whether there will be a Freeman-backed candidate for the chairmanship as such, but, given his gubernatorial ambitions and his known history as a generous source of party funds, Mancini is in no position to take Freeman lightly. That’s especially the case, since, as she acknowledged Monday night, the party had not possessed the $5 million or so this year that she estimated would have been necessary to provide full backing for all the candidates who ran in Tennessee under the party label.  And a third reason why Memphis was a logical starting place for Mancini’s debriefing tour is the embarrassing one that there is at the moment no formal Shelby County Democratic Party, as such, the party organization here having been decertified by Mancini herself back in August, in the aftermath of a lengthy dispute between herself and an SCDP majority over the issue of whether and how to settle an ongoing financial scandal in the local party. The local party had also, as Mancini pointed out at the

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State party chair Mary Mancini inaugurates a statewide “debriefing” tour in Shelby County.


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Referring to statistics showing that 45 percent of the state’s electorate had not become involved in this year’s election, MacInnes said, “Those are the voters we should be reaching out to. We should be saying, ‘Why are you not involved in the political process? What is it that the Democratic Party should be should be doing for you and [to] represent you?’” He suggested more concerted party effort to reach potential party cadres on the internet. And there was Alison Berger, an activist in efforts to curb gun violence, who said she discovered in her outreach efforts that it was the Democratic Party which seemed most to concur with her point of view and her goals. As a result, she said, she had become involved with “Pantsuit Nation” and other party-oriented organizations and causes. “Now, I’m a staunch Democrat,” she said, recommending that the party expand by seeking out alliances with single-issue groups like her own. On one key question, when the Shelby County Democratic Party might be able to reconstitute itself, Mancini pinpointed March as the normal time for local party reorganizations and the likely date for Shelby County as well.

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at the Construction Code Enforcement Office building, was for the Shelby County Water Quality Control Board to hear an appeal by Scott Banbury of the Sierra Club of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s intent to drill two wells into the Memphis Sand aquifer. However the Board should rule on this, one of the two entities contending in the matter — either TVA or the members of the local environmentalist movement associated with Banbury — will be certain to appeal the finding. So the saga will continue until some kind of ultimate resolution is achieved. That being the case, our point here is to regret that the ground rules for Wednesday’s hearing were unduly restrictive, in that the meeting, at TVA’s request, was not to be held under the Tennessee Administrative Procedures Act, which would have allowed the appellants the right of discovery and the ability to subpoena witnesses. Moreover, the appellants were denied in their request for a modest continuance so as to allow several of their pre-arranged expert witnesses to return from a professional meeting that was being held in Ecuador this week. The circumstances of the hearing were thus not ideal for either a full presentation of facts nor a sense of what we see as a clearly mounting community sentiment questioning TVA’s intent to use water from the aquifer to cool its forthcoming natural-gas power plant. At issue is whether TVA’s plans are a) unnecessary in light of other available coolant possibilities and b) possibly

hazardous to the aquifer’s supply of famously pure drinking water. Both matters go way beyond mere legalistic concerns and deserve the fullest possible even-handed public vetting. We trust that such will be allowed to take place.   The Recounts While we have made our peace with the presidential-election results and don’t foresee any likelihood of overturning them, we find no harm in the ongoing efforts by the Green Party’s Jill Stein and others on behalf of official recounts in three key Midwestern states where the vote outcome was unusually close. Given the anomaly of a relatively large popular-vote margin — 2.2 million and growing — for defeated candidate Hillary Clinton over electoral-vote winner Donald Trump, the need for the fullest possible accounting is both obvious and, as we see it, necessary to put to rest the ongoing doubts and recriminations.  That President-elect Trump does not see things in that light and has resorted to ill-tempered and ad hominem tweets against the recount process is, we think, unfortunate and likely to further the sense of political divisiveness in the country. We can only hope that whoever it was in the Trump campaign that got temporary control of the candidate’s tweeting finger in the last stages of the presidential campaign can now prevail on the president-elect to cease and desist in his objections until the counting is over and done. That’s in his interest, too.

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VIEWPOINT By Steve Basar

NOLA’s Good Example The Crescent City offers Memphis a guide to the solution of our raging homicide problem.

Of 80 cities across the United States with a population of more than 250,000, Memphis is in the top 10 for murders, robbery, property crime, aggravated assault, and burglary. We also need to direct resources toward crime prevention on the order of the data-driven analysis of Milwaukee’s Homicide Review Commission. We need a comprehensive, systematic approach to be able to identify the most at-risk youth and the areas where additional resources need to be allocated. We cannot arrest and prosecute our way out of crime. We have a high number of youth not working, who have criminal records, and who feel disconnected from society. We are not the only community facing high crime, but we have been unusually lacking in the resolve to define the problem and put together an effective strategy to address it. That can begin to end this week. I am asking the County Commission to adopt a “Memphis for Life” strategy, and I propose appropriate budget amendments to allocate resources toward the initiative. We can choose to be leading the nation in homicides, or we can do something about it. I choose action. Steve Basar is a member of the Shelby County Commission and chairman of the budget and finance committee.

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Services, Law Enforcement, and Shelby County Schools need to work together in this endeavor. It will require extensive cooperation and coordination, but if we are to be successful, it must be done. New Orleans has seen sustainable success reducing homicides over the past four years because that city is focusing on its at-risk population of young African-American males. One small example is a midnight basketball league that attracted more than 10,000 participants this spring. The success of New Orleans is being recognized and copied by other cities, such as Gary, Indiana. We can and should move quickly to begin implementing the most successful programs from New Orleans, and we should cast a wide net to see what is working elsewhere.

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Last week was Thanksgiving, and more than 200 Memphis citizens were not able to celebrate with their families this year because we, as a community, do not have a handle on homicides. The murder rate in Memphis is up 40 percent from last year. That is totally unacceptable, and we have to do more than get mad about it. There is no silver bullet, but there are three steps that I believe will make a difference and put us on the path to meaningful solutions. The first and most important step is defining the problem. In Memphis, crime is epidemic. Of 80 cities across the United States with a population of more than 250,000, Memphis is in the top 10 for murders, robbery, property crime, aggravated assault, and burglary. While all crime is deplorable, I believe that reducing homicides should be the number-one priority of county government, city government, and the law enforcement community. If we can all agree that reducing murder is our number-one objective, then we can get to work on achieving our objective. We need a comprehensive murderreduction strategy. The second step is to break the problem down and find root causes. I have been looking at the statistics in Memphis for a few years, and we can identify a small segment of the population that is responsible for a majority of the homicides. The data clearly shows that African-American males between the ages of 19 and 29 represent more than half of both the victims and perpetrators of our homicides, and yet this group constitutes less than 8 percent of our population. When faced with the data, it is difficult to ignore the obvious need to find effective strategies to address this population if we are to stem the rise in murders. In fact, this is exactly what other communities have realized and are now addressing. The third step is to identify specific strategies to address the root causes. The city of New Orleans has a strategy called “NOLA for Life,” and I believe we need to adopt a similar strategy. The number-one pillar of the New Orleans approach is embedded in the motto “stop the shootings.” If we want to be successful, we need to have a similarly clear message, and all the resources in city and county government should be tasked to finding and implementing solutions. The Health Department, Community

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COVER STORY BY MICAELA WATTS / PHOTOS BY JUSTIN FOX BURKS

Bus Stopped The battle over Route 31 illuminates larger issues facing Memphis’ public transportation system.

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eorgia A. King, 76, is a Memphian who needs her floral-decorated cane to assist in her instantly recognizable, purposeful stride. Whenever she steps out of her apartment near Victorian Village, she is likely to encounter grins and hugs from other Memphians as she makes her way around to her various destinations.   Most call her “Mother King,” a moniker earned from her reputation, built by decades of organizing work for Memphis’ poor and her involvement with the civil rights movement.   Since she herself relies on public transportation, pushing for equitable public transportation is high up on King’s exhaustive list of interests and pet projects. Shortly after the Occupy Memphis protests of 2011, King formed a Transportation Task Force, which would 14 become the Memphis Bus Riders Union in early 2012.

Georgia King, known across Memphis as “Mother King,” perches at a community development center in New Chicago. Long familiar with the ails of Memphians reliant on MATA, she started a transit-focused task force in 2011 which would later evolve into the MBRU.

No matter where she is in Memphis — or what else is occupying her time — she watches the Memphis Area Transit Authority buses. “I watch for everything. Is the bus let down for disabled passengers? Does the driver look tired? Are the buses running when they are supposed to?” King is not alone in her vigilance. She is joined by the other members of MBRU as well as the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 713. Together they monitor the pulse of MATA, and right now one of their major concerns is restoring access to the historic, and once well-used Route 31 Crosstown, which was discontinued in 2013. Crosstown 31 ran primarily along Cleveland and connected many North and South Memphis neighborhoods. For months, members of MBRU have been knocking on doors in tuckedaway neighborhoods that used to bookend the 31. Demographically, these


time” MATA would save money forming the new No. 42 Crosstown — which also connects North and South Memphis — by eliminating duplicate routes while still being able to adequately serve customers on both ends. “Fast forward to today, and MATA still serves those communities with Route 42 and six other routes,” Garrison wrote, specifically referring to the New Chicago and Riverview-Kansas neighborhoods. At last count, there are 1,700 petition signatures that say otherwise. “There’s definitely no proof of that,” said Carnita Atwater, the executive director of the New Chicago Community Development Corporation. “Because the 42 won’t circle around some of these neighborhoods.” Atwater keeps frequent tabs on the residents of the New Chicago area through

“Most people out here don’t even own a bicycle, and walking to the nearest stop certainly isn’t always an option,” Atwater says. And jobs aren’t her only concern. “Another major concern is families not being able to go into other communities to see family members. And churches. If you live in North Memphis, but your church is in South Memphis, you’re out of luck, come Sunday.” According to Google Maps, 60 churches are directly on or within a few blocks of the old Route 31. Down the line in South Memphis, the Riverview-Kansas neighborhood tells a similar tale. Just like New Chicago, recent census data shows the South Memphis neighborhood to be majority black and with a disproportionate amount of residents living in poverty and with a high unemployment rate.

The Cut When the decision was made to eliminate the 31 in 2013, MATA was facing a $4.5 million deficit in its yearly operating budget. MATA’s then chief executive officer, William Hudson, said that route eliminations would be necessary in order for MATA to continue to operate. Among other route changes that were made that year, a new route No. 42 Crosstown was created that combined and replaced Route 10 Watkins, Route 43 Elvis Presley, and the Crosstown 31. At the time, Hudson defined vulnerable routes as ones with a low ridership, specifically 25 or fewer customers per hour. However, study findings in the Short Range Transit Plan, a transit study produced by independent consulting firm Nelson/Nygaard just two years prior to its cut, showed Crosstown 31 as Memphis’ third highest-used bus route, with an average of 2,600 riders daily. The route was second only to the 43 Elvis Presley, which funneled 2,700 daily riders between the heart of the city and South Memphis neighborhoods. If you spread 2,600 riders over 19 hours of operation, the 31 had an average of 136 riders per hour. Unless there was a drastic (and undocumented) decline in Route 31’s ridership in the two years between the study findings and the route’s elimination, the old Crosstown route didn’t fit Hudson’s definition of low ridership. A few years later, it wasn’t the number of daily riders that MATA officials pointed to in defending the cutting of Route 31. Rather, it was a finding of the same SRTP study that said MATA would save funds by combining two of its five highest-used routes.

Very Long Walks, Very Few Stops In a September 2016 guest column in The Commercial Appeal, MATA’s CEO, Ron Garrison, acknowledged the movement to restore Route 31 and pointed to the SRTP study findings that said “at the

Ron Garrison, CEO of MATA, stands in front of a trolley.

Decades of inadequate funding of Memphis’ buses have created a swath of problems without clear solutions. her work at the NCCDC. Half community center and half museum, the NCCDC is a bustling hub within an economically depressed area. From the building, you can see the towering smokestack of the long-closed Firestone Tire and Rubber Company — a reminder that steady jobs were once considerably more plentiful in the area. Now many of the residents are dependent on the bus to reach their jobs. Atwater says MATA’s new route isn’t working. “I can tell you that many people have lost their jobs because of [the elimination of] Route 31. We did questionnaires after, and we can verify that.” Like King, Atwater’s concern is focused on the dozens of smaller neighborhoods that the new Crosstown route doesn’t directly extend to and that feeder routes don’t regularly reach.

The Riverview-Kansas area wa s once the south loop for Route 31, and it shares the challenges that New Chicago has with MATA’s 31 replacement plan: lots of residential pockets that would require a resident to either walk an hour or more — and cross over an interstate — to access the new Crosstown route, or use multiple bus transfers.   Neither one of those options work for those facing some degree of immobility, or for those who are so financially strapped that transfers must be carefully budgeted. In fact, data gathered by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a researchbased think tank for urban sustainability, shows the costs of public transportation for residents living in both neighborhoods comprises more than 20 percent of their take-home income.

Coming Soon to Crosstown ... The opening date for the Crosstown Concourse in the former Sears building has been set for May 2017, and among what have been dubbed as the “founding tenants” is Church Health Center, which has as its primary purpose serving the working poor. Its new location in the Concourse means that affordable health care is shifting a few blocks north from the health center’s current location on Peabody, to a location more in the middle of the Midtown/downtown area. For the new Crosstown bus route, the question becomes whether or not the route and its feeders can efficiently and economically bring residents from New Chicago and Kansas-Riverside to the Concourse for health-care access, not to mention the hundreds of jobs that will be available in the area once the Concourse opens. “Crosstown, interestingly enough, was called Crosstown because it was once the easiest place to get to in Memphis,” says Church Health Center founder Scott Morris. “It was once where the trolley lines crossed, and so it was the easiest place to get to in Memphis.” In Morris’ view, current public transit deficits have resulted from a mixture of decades of underfunding and a lack of creativity and cutting-edge solutions from previous administrations.   “I’ve looked at their finances over time, and I don’t know how they do what they do,” said Morris.   For the purposes of the CHC, Morris is more concerned that Memphians reliant on public transit have the routes they need to get to school and work.   “The number one predictor of anyone’s health and outcome is their education, not their doctor,” says Morris. He says that most of the CHC’s patients, at the very least, have their transportation to work figured out, since a person must be employed to receive services from the CHC. But Morris is still concerned about the problems associated with the loss of Route 31 and the problems concerning MATA as a whole. Referring to Garrison as “intriguing,” Morris says he has spent enough time around MATA’s leader to determine that he “doesn’t have his head stuck in the sand.” While Morris isn’t entirely familiar with all of the dynamics of restoring Route 31, he says it’s a conversation that neither he nor Garrison is ignoring. Morris says that solutions offered in lieu of Route 31 work for some, but not all. He adds, particularly around Crosstown, that people are “thinking long and hard and deep about this issue.   “I met with Garrison last week, and I was saying, ‘We have to make this work for everyone at Crosstown. It can't be just about the middle- and upper-class people who are coming there to work,’” continued on page 16

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neighborhoods are majority black and marked by the all-too-familiar poverty that disproportionately strangles many black neighborhoods in Memphis. Armed with clipboards, volunteers with MBRU have been asking residents to sign their name to a petition and endorse the restoration of Crosstown 31.   So far, they have more than 1,700 signatures, roughly 900 or so shy of the estimated number of riders that rode Route 31 daily for work and to get necessities, such as groceries, before it was discontinued. The signatures are important, but they can only change so much, which is why Mother King is hoping city officials are watching and listening to the efforts of the two unions. After all, she says, “If the only people protesting are the ones that need this route, nothing will get done.”

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What’s to be done — if anything is to be done — about communities affected by Route 31’s elimination remains to be seen. But, if there’s one sentiment that MBRU, Local 713, Morris, and Garrison can all agree upon, it’s that decades of inadequate funding of Memphis’ buses have created a swath of problems without clear solutions. Route 31 has become a focal point for conversation and action, but it’s also just one problem in a public transit system that’s beleaguered by an aging fleet, outdated infrastructure, inadequate bus stop shelters, and sometimes inconsistent stops on established routes. Where there are inadequate transit services, poverty is sure to follow, as we know from mountains of data compiled over the years. The most recent poverty figures (compiled in 2014 by data guru Elena Delavega at the University of Memphis) shows a startling income disparity between those who drive to work and those who use public transportation. Residents living in the major Memphis metropolitan area who drive to work have a median income of $34,199. The median income for those who use public transit is just $16,450. If that bus rider’s median income

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supports more than one person, they are officially below the poverty line. While, it’s unclear how many children living in poverty rely on a public-transit dependent adult, the links between transportation access and earning capacity are statistically quite apparent. How much can Garrison do to fix the system? His course of action is ultimately tied to how much money the city council is willing to put into MATA’s budget. In the meantime, the city’s two transportation unions plan to keep pushing to publicize the challenges facing citizens dependent on public transportation — and for the money to address the issues. Until that happens, citizens like Georgia King plan to keep watching the buses. “This isn’t about one person, this is about us as a city,” she says. “We’re locked in together. We’d love to get out, but we can’t … so here we are.”


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Thanksgiving’s passed, and everywhere you look, Christmas ornaments are coming out. That means it’s also time for area playhouses to revive their holiday classics. Here’s a quick survey what’s in store. Memphis actor/director Jason Spitzer’s been helming A Christmas Carol since Theatre Memphis decided to reinvent its signature show in 2010. This year, he’s not only directing the Victorian ghost story, he’s stepping into the slippers of the show’s iconic miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s not the first time the artist has directed himself. “I find I’m one of the only directors who’ll cast me,” Spitzer says. Playhouse on the Square’s going back to Neverland with Peter Pan, and Circuit’s going back to first grade with Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells!. For older audiences, Circuit Playhouse is also reviving David Sedaris’ popular Santaland Diaries with Jonathan Christian as Crumpet, Macy’s crankiest elf. The Hattiloo Theatre’s breaking with tradition, putting away its annual production of If Scrooge Was a Brother and moving its new holiday show to the Cannon Center. Take the Soul Train to Christmas is a musical revue compiled by Hattiloo founder Ekundayo Bandele and featuring actor/director Harry Lennix, best know for work in films like The Matrix Reloaded and on NBC’s crime thriller, The Blacklist. If you’d still like to see A Christmas Carol through a different lens, Memphis’ bilingual theater troupe Cazateatro’s got you covered with Tio Pancho a Christmas Story at TheatreWorks. Meanwhile, out on Forest Hill-Irene, Germantown Community Theatre celebrates the holidays with Rope, a gruesome thriller based on the Leopold and Loeb murder case. Because they’re rebels. Rope is at Germantown Community Theatre, December 2nd-18th. HOLIDAY SHOWS HAPPEN ALL OVER TOWN THROUGH JANUARY. CHECK “FLYER” LISTINGS FOR DATES AND TIMES.

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Everyday Star: A Visible Christmas Concert Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Annual Christmas concert from the Visible Music College’s students, staff, and friends.

Holiday Group Exhibition L Ross Gallery, 6-8 p.m. Annual holiday group show featuring works by Eli Gold, Lisa Jennings, Annabelle Meacham, Jeanne Seagle, Chuck Johnson, and more.

Southern Junkers Market Agricenter International, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $8 Vintage stuff, cool junk, upcycled wares, and more are for sale during this event. Continues Saturday.

Snowy Nights My Big Backyard, Memphis Botanic Garden, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $10 Featuring a musical light display, plenty of “snow,” a mitten toss, a giant Light Bright, and roasting of marshmallows.

Agnes Stark Holiday Show & Sale Agnes Stark Studio (12675 Donelson in Collierville) Annual holiday show and sale featuring the pottery works of Agnes Stark.

The Grizzness: The Branding Story of the Memphis Grizzlies University Club of Memphis, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $25 The Grizzlies’ John Pugliese and Anthony Macri discuss the development of the Grizzlies brand over the past 15 years. Presented by the American Marketing Association.

SATURDAY December 3 The Outer Vibe Lafayette’s Music Room, 10 p.m. Described as “sounds like Clint Eastwood drinking a piña colada at a Dick Dale concert.” Stumbling Santa Flying Saucer downtown, 7 p.m. Annual downtown pub crawl in which participants dress as Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus or Elf on the Shelf or whatever while collecting toys for the kids of Porter-Leath.

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Tripping Balls By Chris Davis “Seductive” is the word multi-media artist Thomas Everett Green uses to describe the visual triggers of addiction. “It’s like you just quit smoking,” he says, “and you see this sexy person who’s smoking a cigarette and exhaling the smoke really slowly. And suddenly you really want a cigarette.” Green’s recent work may be colorful, slick, and soothing to look at, but it’s inspired by addiction and disease. “I started thinking about addiction as disease, and that’s when I started looking into microscopic imaging,” says Green, whose show “Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine” opened in the Memphis College of Art’s Rust Hall Alumni gallery last week and runs through December 7th. “That’s how I ended up with this drive to make circular paintings based off of microscopic imaging,” he explains. Green’s process has evolved over the past four years. At first, he was only making round, microscope-inspired paintings. Then he started animating his paintings and projecting them in controlled environments with original music. Then he began to install paintings in clusters or constellations reminiscent of mold or bacteria. Green describes “Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine,” which was named for different kinds of LSD, as a “quiet, peaceful show,” featuring paintings only. “Some of them are very large,” he says. “So there’s a lot to look at.” Green’s work has been collected by hospitals like Le Bonheur, the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and the West Cancer Center, increasing the artist’s interest in the relationship between art and health. “A lot of hospitals are taking TVs out of their waiting rooms because there can be a lot of negativity there,” he says. “They’re replacing them with art, because art helps to relieve anxiety and stress.” A RECEPTION FOR THOMAS EVERETT GREEN’S EXHIBIT “PURPLE MICRODOT, YELLOW SUNSHINE” WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 6-8 P.M. MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ART’S RUST HALL ALUMNI GALLERY. FREE.

Chili Cook-off Memphis Made Brewing Co., 1-4 p.m., $10 Beans or naw? Chili cook-off benefiting UCAN of Memphis’ antibullying program. The HOHOHO Burlesque Show Hi-Tone, 8 p.m. Annual burlesque show put on by the Memphis Roller Derby.

Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 3-5 p.m. A concert by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra featuring holiday classics. Acrobats from Cirque de la Symphonie perform. Holiday Open House Metal Museum, noon-5 p.m. Guests can make their own ornaments and shop for handmade gifts in the museum’s store. There will be a bonfire as well and hot cider and holiday-themed treats.

“A Life’s Work” Circuitous Succession Gallery, 2-6 p.m. Opening reception for this exhibition of paintings by local artist Evon Gokturk. An Italian Christmas Second Presbyterian Church, 6-7 p.m. Holiday concert with the Westminster singers and guest soloist Mary Wilson. On the program are Vivaldi’s “Magnificat” and Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto.”

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Presley’s mad-scientist style of home recording, as Le Bon produced the album earlier this year in a proper California studio. The result is a kaleidoscope of krautrock, California psych, free jazz, and late ’70s New York City rock, and the album hasn’t moved more than a few feet from my turntable since I bought it. Heavy Metal — LP (Static Shock) A completely odd and perfectly offensive punk album from the band known as Heavy Metal. There isn’t a whole lot out there to learn about the two-piece band hailing from Berlin, Germany,

save for BandCamp with a link to buy the album. The internet yields no other information on Heavy Metal, and the album’s “lyric sheet” is just a piece of construction paper that reads “ANTI LYRIC SHEET.” Probably the best punk record I’ve heard this year. Merchandise — A Corpse Wired for Sound (4AD) Merchandise fans knew a change in the band’s sound was probably coming after the Florida boys signed to indie label titan 4AD. Their first offering for the label — After the End — was met with Tim Presley of White Fence, DRINKS


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The Fall — Bingo-Master’s BreakOut! (Superior Viaduct) I tried not to mention a reissue in this list, but not including the debut single from The Fall would just be irresponsible. Mark E. Smith is still making music as The Fall (occasionally with Tim Presley), but this threesong attack is arguably one of the best punk singles of all time and definitely some of the band’s best work. This was technically a Record Store Day release — the original came out in 1978 — but there are still copies of the reissue floating around. The Fall’s discography

Omni — Deluxe (Trouble in Mind) Omni’s Deluxe wins surprise album of the year. The perfect summer record from a band that literally seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. If you dig around hard enough, you can find an Omni feature on the Flyer website written by yours truly.

Rixe — Les Nerfs a Vif (La Vida Es En Mus) The Oi! sub-genre of punk can be a little tricky to master, and more often than not, bands that attempt the classic British sound miss the mark. That rule doesn’t apply to Rixe, whom I had the pleasure of watching in Los Angeles this summer before quickly buying all of the merchandise they had to offer. Rixe’s 2016 EP, Les Nerfs a Vif, is like taking a trip back in time, and opening track “Hexagone” is an instant classic.

Cheena — Spend the Night With … (Sacred Bones) Cheena had all the hype a new band could ask for prior to the release of their debut album, but critics were quick to call the band all sorts of things that

they weren’t. Sure, members of Cheena have played in some of the biggest bands to come out of New York City’s underground rock scene of the last five or so years, but Cheena deserves to be looked at as its own project. From that vantage point, Spend the Night With … is one of the most interesting and complex albums of the year. Also, any band that can get Daniel Stewart (Total Control, UV Race, Distort) to write a press release deserves a spot on a year-end list. Exploded View — Exploded View (Sacred Bones) This record sounds like if the Velvet Underground and Isolation Ward shared a practice space, got their scheduling dates mixed up, and decided to create a family band. Exploded View’s debut LP weaves so many genres together so seamlessly that you can’t help but wonder what the record collections of the band members of Exploded View have to offer. Albums like these are why we yearn for new music in the first place. Exploded View takes the listener on a journey through both familiar and unfamiliar territory, accessing different emotions in the process. Essential listening in 2016, and mindblowing with each and every listen.

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After Dark: Live Music Schedule December 1 - 7 Saturdays, 12:30 p.m., and Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Brandon Cunning Trio Sundays, 6 p.m., and Mondays, 7 p.m.; FreeWorld Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Johnny Go Band Thursdays, Sundays, 711 p.m.; Rockin’ Rob Haynes & the Memphis Flash Fridays, Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke Fridays, Saturdays, 11 p.m.-3 a.m.; The Memphis House Rockers Saturdays, 37 p.m. and Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m.

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

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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.; Gracie Curran Friday, Dec. 2, 9:30 p.m.; Cowboy Neil Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30 p.m.

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Big Don Valentine and the Hollywood Allstars Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; London Lane and the Ivories Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.-midnight; North and South Band Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.-midnight.

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Gracie Curran Thursday, Dec. 1, 7-11 p.m.; FreeWorld Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.midnight; JoJo Jeffries & Ronnie Caldwell Saturday, Dec. 3, 4:307:30 p.m.; Taylor Made Blues Band Sunday, Dec. 4, 711 p.m.; Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars Monday, Dec. 5, 7-11 p.m.; Ghost Town Blues Band Tuesday, Dec. 6, 711 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7-11 p.m.

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J Train Blues Band Saturday, Dec. 3, 8-11 p.m. 855 KENTUCKY

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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.

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

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Everyday Star: A Visible Christmas Concert Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Memphis Bluesmasters Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Plantation Allstars Fridays, Saturdays, 48 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Little Boys Blue Friday, Dec. 2, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; McDaniel Band Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

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

Bobbie & Tasha Live at the Dirty Crow Inn Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.

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

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The Chaulkies Sunday, Dec. 4, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

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Ed Finney and the U of M Jazz Quartet Thursdays, 9 p.m.; Big Barton Friday, Dec. 2, 9:30 p.m.; The Gentlemen Combatants Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 p.m.; Keil Grove Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.; Justin White Mondays, 7 p.m.; Don and Wayde Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

CLAY OTIS TRIBUTE AT THE HI-TONE This Thursday night, friends and family of Clay “Otis” Hardee will gather for a memorial show at the Hi-Tone. Memphis music suffered a great loss when Hardee passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on the night of Thursday, October 20th. He was 35 years old. As a longtime member of the Memphis music community, Hardee started out as a band cheerleader of sorts before getting on stage himself and releasing album after album of thoughtful yet humorous music that only he could create. To memorialize the larger-than-life mascot of Memphis music, a handful of prominent musicians and bands will gather for a weeknight showcase. Toby Vest, Luke White, the ADDults, Snowglobe, the Sheiks, Dead Soldiers, and the Plaibois will all perform, in addition to appearances by Jack Oblivian, Kelly Anderson, and Dave Shouse. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Clay Hardee Memorial Fund, and those in attendance are encouraged to wear Clay Otis-themed outfits (meaning coke bottle glasses, sneakers, and a cardigan). Longtime friend and collaborator Toby Vest remembered Clay in an interview with the Flyer earlier this year: “Even though he wasn’t born here, he was a true Memphis original and a true believer in the mystical power of this city to transform people,” said Vest. “The music he leaves behind is a testament to that. He was a musical pied piper. He convinced so many of us to follow him down musical paths we might not have taken on our own by simple force of will and his unbridled enthusiasm for the talents of the people around him.” — Chris Shaw Clay Otis Tribute, Thursday December 1st at the Hi-Tone, 8 p.m. $5

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Clay Otis Tribute Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.; Gin Wigmore Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Memphis Roller Derby Presents: The HOHOHO Burlesque Show Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.; Don’t Be Afraid of Comedy Sunday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.; NOBUNNY Sunday, Dec. 4, 9 p.m.; Nick Waterhouse Monday, Dec. 5, 9 p.m.; Hovvdy, Bonus, Fishplate, Elf Rage Tuesday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

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The Ammunition Friday, Dec. 2; Aquarian Blood Saturday, Dec. 3; ShangriLa holiday party: Cassette Set with Relentless Breeze Sunday, Dec. 4; McStays, Janus, Greene, Velvette and crew Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Joe Restivo 4 Sunday, Dec. 4, 4-7 p.m.; Soul Shockers Sunday, Dec. 4, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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Cafe Eclectic 603 N. MCLEAN 725-1718

Rhodes Night at Cafe Eclectic Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Nellen Dryden Thursday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m.; Southern Avenue Thursday, Dec. 1, 9 p.m.; Johnny Mac Duo Friday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.; Dr. Bacon Friday, Dec. 2, 10 p.m.; Susan Marshall & Friends Saturdays, 11 a.m.; The River Bluff Clan Saturdays, 3 p.m.; The Outer Vibe Saturday, Dec. 3, 10-11:45 p.m.; The Outer Vibe Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Sundays, 11 a.m.; John Paul Keith & Friends Mondays, 6 p.m.; John Kilzer Tuesday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.; Breeze Cayolle and New Orleans Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.

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Big Smo, Ethan Willis and the Long Goners Thursday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.; Rock N’ Releaf featuring the Dead Soldiers, John Paul Keith, the Mighty Souls Brass Band Sunday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

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Music in the Galleries Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

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

Mulan Asian Bistro 2149 YOUNG 347-3965

Chris Gales Sunday Brunch First Sunday of every month, 12-3 p.m.

Murphy’s

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

1589 MADISON 726-4193

I.A.T.S.E. Local 69 Christmas Jam Friday, Dec. 2; Gasoline Grace Saturday, Dec. 3.

Fox and Hound Sports Tavern 5101 SANDERLIN 763-2013

Karaoke Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

P&H Cafe

Harding Academy

1532 MADISON 726-0906

Rock Starkaraoke Fridays; Peak Physique Saturday, Dec. 3; Open Mic Music with Tiffany Harmon Mondays, 9 p.m.-midnight.

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Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God Sunday, Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m.

Howard Vance Guitar Academy

Sports Junction 1911 POPLAR 244-7904

Live music Saturdays.

Wild Bill’s

978 REDDOCH 767-6940

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

1580 VOLLINTINE 207-3975

Huey’s Poplar

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

4872 POPLAR 682-7729

The Pistol & the Queen Sunday, Dec. 4, 8:30 p.m.midnight.

University of Memphis

Mortimer’s 590 N. PERKINS 761-9321

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

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

Ubee’s

4055 POPLAR 454-0034

Christmas Concert: An Italian Christmas Sunday, Dec. 4, 6-7 p.m.

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T.J. Mulligan’s

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Maria’s Cantinna 6717 AIRWAYS, SOUTHAVEN, MS (662) 772-5926

Full Effect Band Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

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Live Bands Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Open Mic Mondays Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Live Music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Saving Abel Tuesday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.-midnight.

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Ghost Town Blues Band Sunday, Dec. 4, 8-11:30 p.m.

819 EXOCET 624-9060

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4202 HACKS CROSS 757-1423

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

6069 PARK 767-6002

Eddie Harris Thursdays, Fridays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Carlos & Adam from the Late Greats Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.; Van Duren Solo Tuesdays, 79 p.m.; Elizabeth Wise Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

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

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

5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Sax on Sunday: Straight-Ahead and Mainstream Jazz Every fourth Sunday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Goo Goo Dolls Friday, Dec. 2.

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

Delta Rain Sunday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Tunica Roadhouse

Owen Brennan’s

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

THE REGALIA, 6150 POPLAR 761-0990

Live Music Fridays, Saturdays.

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

Raleigh

Summer/Berclair 661 N. MENDENHALL

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

Cheffie’s Cafe 483 HIGH POINT TERRACE 202-4157

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

High Point Pub 477 HIGH POINT TERRACE 452-9203

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

Stage Stop 2951 CELA 382-1576

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Maria’s Restaurant 6439 SUMMER 356-2324

Karaoke Fridays, 5-8 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Neil’s Music Room

Barbie’s Barlight Lounge

Fox and Hound Tavern

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

Young Petty Thieves Sunday, Dec. 4, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

East Tapas and Drinks

Acoustic Music Tuesdays.

Shelby Forest General Store

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

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

Tony Butler Fridays, 6-8 p.m.

The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

Collierville

Frayser/Millington

Huey’s Collierville 2130 W. POPLAR 854-4455

The Dantones Sunday, Dec. 4, 8-11:30 p.m.

Bartlett Old Whitten Tavern

10135 NATIONAL CLUB, COLLIERVILLE

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

8071 TRINITY 756-4480

7729 BENJESTOWN 876-5770

Memphis National Golf Club

2800 WHITTEN 379-1965

T.J. Mulligan’s Cordova

Neon Velvet Band Friday, Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m.

Harpo’s Hogpin 4212 HWY 51N 530-0414

Live Music Saturdays, 9 p.m.

Germantown Germantown Performing Arts Center 1801 EXETER 751-7500

Catholic Charities presents Family Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.

Huey’s Southwind 7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

Memphis All Stars Sunday, Dec. 4, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

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

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

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

Crossroads Arena 2800 SOUTH HARPER RD.

“The Lyfe and Laughter Tour” featuring Lyfe Jennings Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 p.m.12:30 a.m.

Open Mic Blues Jam with Brad Webb Thursdays, 711 p.m.; Blues Jam Every Thursday Night hosted by Brad Webb Thursdays, 711 p.m.; Krooked Jester Friday, Dec. 2, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Seeing Red Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Open Mic Night and Steak Night Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-midnight.

West Memphis/ Eastern Arkansas EACC Fine Arts Center Gallery EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 1700 NEWCASTLE, FORREST CITY, AR

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Southland Park 1550 N. INGRAM, WEST MEMPHIS, AR 800-467-6182

Dantone Band Friday, Dec. 2, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; Live Music Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

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

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

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Holidays at the

PINK PALACE Nov 19 - Dec 31, 2016

CALENDAR of EVENTS:

December 1 - 7

Send the date, time, place, cost, info, phone number, a brief description, and photos — two weeks in advance — to calendar@memphisflyer.com or P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS, ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS WILL APPEAR IN THE FLYER’S ONLINE CALENDAR ONLY.

TH EAT E R

Circuit Playhouse

The Santaland Diaries, the world’s crankiest elf, Crumpet, recounts his training and his hilarious encounters with surly parents and their greedy children. www.playhouseonthesquare.org. $25$40. Sundays, 7 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 23. 51 S. COOPER (725-0776).

First Congregational Church

Memphis Matters. Personal stories of lives in Memphis and the Mid-South will be interpreted by actors through experimental theatre. (2640841), www.playbackmemphis.org. $15. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 2-3, 7:30 p.m. 1000 S. COOPER (278-6786).

Germantown Community Theatre

Rope, suspenseful tale of murder and dinner made famous thanks to a movie directed by Alfred Hitchock. www.gctcomeplay.org. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Through Dec. 18. 3037 FOREST HILL-IRENE (453-7447).

Harrell Theater

A Christmas Story, The Musical. www.colliervilleartscouncil.org. $12-$20. First Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m., and first Friday, Saturday of every month, 7 p.m. Through Dec. 11. 440 WEST POWELL ROAD.

Playhouse on the Square

Peter Pan. www.playhouseonthesquare. org. $25-$40. Fridays, 7 p.m., and Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 31.

3050 Central Ave / Memphis 38111

December 1-7, 2016

901.636.2362

630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323).

TheatreWorks

Tio Panchos: A Christmas Story, the classic Christmas story of Scrooge with a Latin twist. (846-5640). $15. Fri., Dec. 2, 8-9:45 p.m., Sat., Dec. 3, 8-9:45 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 4, 2-3:45 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 12-5 p.m.

AGNES STARK’S STUDIO, 12675 DONELSON (867-9240).

AIDS Memorial Quilt

Two panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt representing Shelby County will be on view during regular museum hours. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 2-4. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

2085 MONROE (274-7139).

Fresh: A Performance Art Showcase

A R TI ST R E C E PT I O N S

RHODES COLLEGE, CLOUGH HALL, 2000 N. PARKWAY (843-3000), WWW.RHODES.EDU.

Circuitous Succession Gallery

Memphis Magazine’s Fiction Contest

Artist reception for “A Life’s Work,” by Evon Gokturk. (229-1041), www.circuitoussuccession.com. Sun., Dec. 4, 2-6 p.m.

Crosstown Arts

Artist reception for “Avignon,” by Nick Canterucci, www.crosstownarts.org. Sat., Dec. 3, 6-9 p.m.

Free. Fri., Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m.

Authors must live within 150 miles of Memphis. Entries must be postmarked by February 1, 2017. For more information, see website. $20. Through Feb. 1, 2017. WWW.MEMPHISMAGAZINE.COM.

Open Studio: Anne J. Froning and Sally Markell

430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030).

Sun., Dec. 4, 1-5 p.m.

Flicker Street Studio

199 CHEROKEE, 199 CHEROKEE.

Artist reception for “Let Me Whisper in Your Ear,” from a diverse group of artists. flickerstreetstudio. com. Fri., Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Shoot & Splice Cinema Trivia Party

74 FLICKER (767-2999).

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

Artist reception for “Tea Tree Oil,” collaboration by Leanna Hicks and Taylor Loftin. www.foundmemphis.com. Fri., Dec. 2, 6-10 p.m.

Featuring trivia master/Commercial Appeal film critic John Beifuss, holiday cocktails, BBQ sandwiches, and more. Free. Tues., Dec. 6, 6:30-9 p.m.

WinterArts 2016

Artist reception for Holiday Group Exhibition at L Ross Gallery amum. Through Dec. 17. “Africa: Art of a Continent.” Ongoing. 142 COMMUNICATION & FINE ARTS BUILDING (678-2224).

ANF Architects

Peggy McKnight & Cecil C. Humphreys Jr. www. anfa.com. Through Jan. 7, 2017. 1500 UNION (278-6868).

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School

“Pattern Recognition,” by Jennifer Sargent. www. stmarysschool.org. Through Dec. 12. 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483).

David Lusk Gallery

“Unfolding Shores,” by Maysey Craddock. www. davidluskgallery.com. Through Dec. 23. 97 TILLMAN (767-3800).

Diane’s Art, Gift, and Home

“Lineages,” exhibition of wire sculpture by Nikii Richey. Through Dec. 11. 1581 OVERTON PARK (276-7515).

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

“A Sense of Wonder,” by Wayne Edge. www.dixon. org. Through Jan. 15, 2017. “Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art.” www.dixon.org. Through Jan. 15, 2017. 4339 PARK (761-5250).

EACC Fine Arts Center Gallery

“Structural Landscapes,” by Jeff Horton. www. eacc.edu. Through Dec. 19. EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 1700 NEWCASTLE, FORREST CITY, AR.

Eclectic Eye

“Eye on Color,” by Debbie Crawford. www. eclectic-eye.com. Through Jan. 4, 2017. 242 S. COOPER (276-3937).

Fratelli’s

Fred Rawlinson, www.memphisbotanicgarden. com. Through Dec. 29. 750 CHERRY (766-9900).

Insight Gallery

2491 BROAD (652-0848).

Hand-crafted works by regional artists. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m., and Sundays, 125 p.m. Through Dec. 24.

Germantown Performing Arts Center

EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTER, 5058 PARK (260-7300), WWW.WINTERARTSMEMPHIS.COM.

Marshall Arts Gallery

1801 EXETER (751-7500).

L Ross Gallery

www.rawgirlsmemphis.com facebook.com/rawgirlsmemphis

Participants will paint portraits of their pets to benefit Streetdog Foundation. $65. Sun., Dec. 4, 3-6 p.m.

Agnes Stark’s Holiday Show and Sale

Artist reception for Germantown 175th Anniversary Photo Exhibit, www.gpacweb.com. Sat., Dec. 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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4th Annual Project Pet-Portrait Painting Party

Theatre Memphis

Found Studio

Midtown Location: 242 South Cooper East Memphis Location: 5502 Poplar

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

PINOT’S PALETTE, 5040 SANDERLIN, SUITE 111 (761-0012), WWW.PINOTSPALETTE.COM.

500 S. SECOND.

P!NK PALACE MUSEUM

1930 POPLAR (272-5100).

66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

A Christmas Carol, additional matinee on Dec. 20, with evening performances Dec. 19-21. www. theatrememphis.org. $30. Thursdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Through Dec. 23.

• Enchanted Forest • Polar Express 3D • The Light Before Christmas 3D • Season of Light in the Planetarium

Fri., Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. Artist reception for “Purple Microdot, Yellow Sunshine,” by Thomas Everett Green. www.mca. edu. Fri., Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m.

Artist reception for Holiday Group Exhibition, www.lrossgallery.com. Fri., Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. 5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).

Memphis College of Art

Opening reception for 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition.

ONGOI NG ART

The Annesdale Park Gallery

Robyn Horn. www.theannesdaleparkgallery.net. Through Dec. 6. 1290 PEABODY (208-6451).

Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM)

“This May Surprise You.” www.memphis.edu/

InSight Gallery Exhibition, Through Dec. 30. 4063 SYKES.

“Fine Places,” exhibition of work by Tom Wixo, Sarah McFalls, Jessye McDowell, Eric Cagley, T. Michael Martin, and Mellow Mountain Coalition (Hamlett Dobbins & Tad Lauritzen Wright). Through Dec. 5. 639 MARSHALL (679-6837).

Memphis Botanic Garden

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Decorators & Designers, Don't Miss This.

The Private Art Collection OF

CHARLES AND MARY TUTHILL 397 Dickinson

274-3000

Sunday December 4th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday December 5th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday December 6th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

ARTISTS WHOSE WORKS ARE INCLUDED:

Charles Tuthill Jim Hardin Colin Ruthven Jim Dixon John Robinette Mary Sims John McIntire Ted Faires Georg Shook

Marvin Yates Lon Anthony Harris Sorrell Mike Geary Ron Pekar Charles Harper Kay Robinson Jackie Ware

Architectural Fragments Cane Collection Ink Well Collection

laborative piece reflecting their unique but complementary styles. www.memphisbotanicgarden.com. Dec. 1-28. 750 CHERRY (636-4100).

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

“Cats and Quotes.” Through Dec. 30. “Create. Imagine. Explore.” Through Dec. 4. “Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent.” Through Jan. 8, 2017. Rotunda Projects: Nnenna Okore. Through April 2, 2017. Selections from William Eggleston’s Portfolios, exhibition of 18 photographs from most of the portfolios in the Brooks Museum’s collection. www. brooksmuseum.org. Through May 31, 2017. 1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

Memphis College of Art, Nesin Graduate School “Human Nature,” the 2016 Fall MFA Thesis. www.mca.edu. Through Dec. 16. 477 S. MAIN.

Metal Museum

Master Metalsmith: Hoss Haley. www.metalmuseum.org. Through Jan. 1, 2017. “Tributaries: Cozette Phillips.” www.metalmuseum.org. Through Jan. 22, 2017. 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).

Ross Gallery

NEW YEAR’S EVE HOLLYWOOD | SEEING RED | DJ MARK ANDERSON

GENERAL ADMISSION:

$40 Online Pre-Sale, $50 at the Door

VIP PASSES:

December 1-7, 2016

$150 per person, Includes: Access to Party and Stella Artois VIP Lounge, Hors d’eourves, Champagne and Stella Artois, Valet Parking. peabodymemphis.com/NYE2016 901.529.4000

“Abstract Thoughts,” by Sandra Horton. www.cbu.edu. Through Dec. 15. “Forge, Cast, Fabricate,” www. cbu.edu. Through Dec. 15. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY, PLOUGH LIBRARY, 650 E. PARKWAY S. (321-3000).

Scottish Rite

“Circuitous Succession Epilogue lll,” third installment curated by Jason Miller. www. circuitoussuccession.com. Through Jan. 25, 2017. 825 UNION.

St. George’s Episcopal Church

MGAL Winter 2016 Juried Art Exhibit, (754-7282), www.stgchurch.org. Through Dec. 28. 2425 SOUTH GERMANTOWN (7547282).

DA N C E

Ballet on Wheels Sat., Dec. 3, 1 p.m.

THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD, 387 PERKINS EXT. (6839801), WWW.THEBOOKSELLERSATLAURELWOOD.COM.

Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker $28-$68. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

CANNON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN (TICKETS, 525-1515).

C O M E DY

P&H Cafe

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

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PO ET RY /S PO K E N WO R D

Crosstown Story Booth

Impossible Language, featuring readings by Erin Elizabeth Smith, Emily Capettini, and Jennie Frost. www.crosstownarts.org. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. 422 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030).

B O O KS I G N I N G S

Booksigning by Ashton Lee

Author discusses and signs Queen of the Cookbooks. Wed., Dec. 7, 6 p.m. THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD, 387 PERKINS EXT. (683-9801), WWW.THEBOOKSELLERSATLAURELWOOD.COM.

Booksigning by Joy Bateman

Author discusses and signs The Art of Dining in Memphis 3. Champagne and food will be served Thurs., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD, 387 PERKINS EXT. (683-9801), WWW.THEBOOKSELLERSATLAURELWOOD.COM.

Author discusses and signs The Art of Dining in Memphis 3. Fri., Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. WOMAN’S EXCHANGE TEA ROOM, 88 RACINE (327-5681), WWW.WOMANS-EXCHANGE.COM.

Booksigning by Michael Finger

Effervescent author discusses and signs Memphis in Motion: How the Automobile Changed Our City. Tues., Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD, 387 PERKINS EXT. (683-9801), WWW.THEBOOKSELLERSATLAURELWOOD.COM.

LECT U R E /S P EA K E R

“Civil RightsCivil Duties”

Panel discussion featuring Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, Dr. Sharon Stanley, Scott P. Marler, Beverly A. Tsacoyianis, and others. Thurs., Dec. 1, 5:307:30 p.m.

Artist reception at Flicker Street Studio, Friday and Saturday BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2700).

E X POS/SA LES

Southern Junkers Vintage Market

Featuring 80 vendors with vintage, antiques, art, jewelry, farmhouse, gifts, and Christmas decor. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 2-3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (412-5485).

S PO R TS / F IT N ES S

Crosstown St. Jude Marathon Spirit Station

Join Crosstown neighbors in cheering on the St. Jude marathoners. DJ and spirit gear to share, but feel free to bring your own signs, pom poms, etc. Sat., Dec. 3, 9-11:30 a.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure

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

SHELBY FARMS, 500 N. PINE LAKE (767-PARK), WWW.GOAPE.COM.

M E ETI N G S

“The Grizzness: The Branding Story of the Memphis Grizzlies”

American Marketing Association December luncheon presents Memphis Grizzlies’ John Pugliese and Anthony Macri who will take attendees through the evolution of the brand over the last 15 years. $15 members, $25 nonmembers. Thurs., Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. UNIVERSITY CLUB OF MEMPHIS, 1346 CENTRAL (866-3114), WWW.MEMPHISAMA.ORG.


CALENDAR: DECEMBER 1 - 7 Memphis 3.0

Core focus areas are connectivity, sustainability, livability, and opportunity including strategies for enhancing land use, transportation, environment, city systems, growth and prosperity, neighborhoods, and civic capacity. Through Dec. 10. WWW.MEMPHIS3POINT0.COM.

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

FI LM

Chili Cook-Off

Compulsive Practice

Bring friends and family together for warm chili all to benefit UCAN of Memphis anti-bullying program. $10. Sat., Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m. MEMPHIS MADE BREWING COMPANY, 768 S. COOPER (262-8642), WWW.UCANOFMEMPHIS.ORG.

Downtown Food Tours

KIDS

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

$10-$25. Through Dec. 23.

CIRCUIT PLAYHOUSE, 51 S. COOPER (725-0776), WWW.PLAYHOUSEONTHESQUARE.ORG.

TheatreKids Spring Musical Registration

Savor tastings at five popular eateries, interact with chefs and managers, and sample a range of local flavors while learning about Memphis historic landmarks. Meeting location disclosed with ticket purchase. $55. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION, WWW.CITYTASTINGTOURS.COM.

Little Fugitive

A compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists who live with their cameras to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. Screened on the hour. Free. Thurs., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Landmark film directly influenced the French New Wave. $9. Wed., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Tharlo

Modern-day Tibetan fable, shot by renowned filmmaker Pema Tseden in beautiful black and white. $9. Sun., Dec. 4, 2 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

Documentary about Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. $9. Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Wuthering Heights

Foreign film adaptations with a fresh and radically distinct take on Emily Brontё’s classic novel. $5. Fri., Dec. 2, 1 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Open to students grades 7-12. Rehearsals begin Jan. 3 for Willy Wonka. Through Dec. 16, 2017. BARTLETT PERFORMING ARTS AND CONFERENCE CENTER, 3663 APPLING (385-6440), WWW.BPACC.ORG.

S P E C IAL EVE N TS

Le Jardin Grand Opening Celebration

Provides gourmet meals to go by chef Karen Roth. Thurs., Dec. 1, 4-7 p.m. LE JARDIN MEMPHIS, 2877 POPLAR (672-7000), WWW.LEJARDINMEMPHIS.COM.

H O L I DAY EVE N TS

The 15th Annual Toy Truck

Drop off new, unwrapped toys as well as cash, check, or credit card donations at Bud Davis Cadillac from Wednesday through Friday and at WMC Action News 5 on Saturday. Thurs., Dec. 1, 6 a.m.6 p.m., and Fri., Dec. 2, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. BUD DAVIS CADILLAC, 5433 POPLAR (577-2500), TOYTRUCKMEMPHIS.ORG.

Choose901 Holiday Pop Up Shop

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 • 9:30PM

Get Memphis-themed shirts, hats, mugs, hoodies, and more in time for holiday gift giving. Please note: Debit and credit cards are preferred. Exact cash only. Fri., Dec. 2, 3-7 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 3, 1-7 p.m.

Whether you’re naughty or nice you can earn entries with your winning hands every day!

CLAYBORN TEMPLE, 294 HERNANDO, WWW.CHOOSE901.COM.

Receive entries now through January 6 while playing Blackjack, Craps, 3-Card Poker, Roulette and Mississippi Stud.

Collierville Tree Lighting Ceremony Thurs., Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs glittering holiday favorites while Cirque de la Symphonie’s acrobats perform. Sun., Dec. 4, 3-5 p.m. CANNON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN (537-2525), WWW.MEMPHISSYMPHONY.ORG.

The Magic of the Holidays

Animated Christmas display featuring over 45,000 lights and 160 channels of computer animation located at 6928 Briarhill in Bartlett. Tune radio to 94.3 FM and listen to the lights. Through Dec. 31.

$

60,000

PROMO CASH SWEEPSTAKES FRIDAYS & SATURDAY DECEMBER 2-24 • 6pm – 10pm Twenty winners of $250 in Promo Cash between 6pm - 9pm. Five winners of $500 in Promo Cash at 10pm.

Tuesdays in December 3pm

10X

WWW.THEMAGICOFTHEHOLIDAYS.COM.

Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Artist Market

Shop local for the holidays with over 25 vendors. Opening night silent auction benefits Caritas Village with music by Paul Taylor. Solstice Party on Dec. 17, 6-9 p.m. Through Dec. 24.

POINT VALUE

1501 UNION, MIDTOWN (833-9533), WWW.MEMPHISARTSCOLLECTIVE.COM.

Memphis Men of Harmony Chorus Annual Christmas Concert: “A Christmas Homecoming”

Earn 50 points for a free tournament entry.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

December 30 • 4pm

ALL MACHINES • 3PM – 5PM & 9PM – 11PM

Earn 150 points for a free tournament entry.

VIDEO POKER PLAY EARNS 25% OF THE STATED AMOUNT.

$15. Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m.

ST BENEDICT AT AUBURNDALE HIGH SCHOOL, 8250 VARNAVAS, CORDOVA (260-2840), WWW.MEMPHISMENOFHARMONY.COM.

The Polar Express 3D

A young boy boards a magical train headed to the North Pole one snowy Christmas Eve. During this trip of self-discovery, the boy learns the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. $12. Through Dec. 31. CTI 3D GIANT THEATER, IN THE MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

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heeler Williams’ 1961 female forms “Spring, Summer, Fall,” flanking the main entrance of the Brooks Museum, cycles from birth to death. In a softer and much more abstract way, Nnenna Okore’s “Sheer Audacity” also offers commentary on aging, deterioration, and the temporary state of things. “Sheer Audacity” is the second in the Brooks’ Rotunda Series, a part of the museum’s year-long centennial celebration. Assembled over two days and designed especially for the rotunda, Okore’s installation follows the looming “Rage of the Ballet Gods” by another artist of Nigerian descent, Yinka Shonibare. Okore teaches sculpture at Chicago’s North Park University. The daughter of a professor and a librarian, she often examines her American identity versus her Nigerian identity and the contrasts between her homeland with that of the States. She says her works are inspired by the landscape and natural attributes. Her works also require tedious processes, time-consuming steps, and repetitions, something she says she enjoys greatly, a reflection of the non-microwave nature of completing simple tasks (specifically cooking) in Nigeria. Okore’s exhibition, like Shonibare’s, examines the relationship between humans and the environment. While Shonibare’s art explores climate change via Greek mythology, Okore’s burlap work draws inspiration from the environment and the decay and erosion of natural objects. The three themes that guided her throughout the creation of the piece were transience, transformation, and the breaking down of objects. “Sheer Audacity” descends from the floor above. There’s webbing and multiple figurative limbs, so that visitors don’t just view the work, they inhabit it. They can press their faces right up to burlap, smell the slight mustiness the material emits. The heavy use of red, a favorite color of Okore’s, makes the piece feel

like a living organism, and it takes on a quality of an aquatic animal — a three-dimensional sketch of an octopus or an exploded jellyfish. The piece is punctuated with blobs of orange, blue, and burgundy, and a pile of fabric sits in a heap on the floor in the center of the piece as if said creature has shed its skin or rid itself of waste. Okore’s pieces typically consist of organic materials, often burlap or reclaimed discarded materials such as old magazines, phone books, plastic grocery bags, or newspapers. The use of found objects is a way for her to showcase the abundant nature of such materials and to critique American wastefulness, consumerism, and excess. Her work allows her a chance to return those items back to a natural

Nnenna Okore’s “Sheer Audacity” at the Brooks Museum of Art

state and offer a brief stay in the cycle of depletion of those natural resources. Each installation of Okore’s typically takes two to three months to create. Okore transported this work in smaller pieces to Memphis from Chicago not knowing what the final form would look like until she started putting it together. The shrinking, shriveling, and shedding of the burlap used in “Sheer Audacity” reveals the beauty in aging and shows how fleeting everything is around us, how everything, all of us, last but a while. Through April 2nd


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“There are eight award-winning and celebrated chefs taking us to their favorite gems and secret spots, where we shot photos of them,” Schadt says. Chefs include Kelly English, John Currence, John Besh, Donald Link, Walter Bundy, Chris Hastings, Jeremiah Bacon, and Kevin Willmann. Lisa Buser rose to the task as photographer for this book, the eye behind Wild Abundance, A Million Wings (which explores duck hunting across the Mississippi flyway), and Memphis: Sweet, Spicy & a Little Greasy (pretty self-explanatory). Most of the text is from the chefs — meditating on why fishing is important to them, why it is important for conservation, and why it is important to the culinary world — accompanied by recipes. “They talk about growing up fishing, fishing with their parents or grandparents, and why it’s important to them,” Schadt says. There are also fishing tips from the

On the other side of that coin, I also come from a family of women who love to compare and contrast their special recipes. Enter Joy Bateman. Bateman (a senior account executive for Flyer parent company CMI), is the visionary behind The Art of Dining cookbook series. She has produced The Art of Dining in Memphis 1 and 2, The Art of Dining in New Orleans 1 and 2, and similar books for Amelia Island, Nashville, and Knoxville. Happy Holidays to me and the women in my family. Bateman just released her third installment of the Art of Dining in Memphis, featuring recipes from 53 area restaurants. “It’s not just a cookbook. It’s also a restaurant guide that gives you places and ideas of some of the best food and restaurants in that city,” Bateman says. She first got the idea while standing outside a small bookstore in New York, where she noticed a cookbook highlighting various New York eateries, illustrated by the author. Bateman, who comes from a long line of artists and who is a celebrant of good food, thought she’d give it a try herself. Between publications, she always keeps her eyes and ears, and tastebuds, peeled for what to include in her next publication. “There are more restaurants than I could possibly include in the book,” Bateman says. “I have to end it somewhere, or I would still be writing it.” Bateman will have two signings this week: Thursday, December 1st at Booksellers at Laurelwood at 6 p.m, including Champagne and door prizes, with music by Rick Camp; and Friday, December 2nd at the Woman’s Exchange of Memphis, 88 Racine. Her books can also be found at RSVP Stationers, More Than Words Gifts, Ménage Fine Stationery & Gifts, as well as online at joysartofdining.com.

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In less than a week, you can bottle your own gingerbread liqueur. The website Boozedandinfused.com, a blog created by two left-coast friends, offers a recipe that calls for cinnamon, cloves, fresh ginger, and molasses, which is steeped with a blend of white rum, vodka, and brandy. Cook, then rest for 48 hours, strain, and let it rest for four more days so the molasses flavor fully incorporates into the liquor. If that sounds too sweet, try the pear and cranberry liqueur, which uses spices and fresh and dried fruit to infuse a brandy/vodka blend for approximately three weeks. Also on the site: A recipe for Apple Pie Bourbon (alas, it requires a full month of steeping) and one for Irish Cream, which is ready immediately and must be consumed within two weeks. For any of these recipes, or the myriad others available in cookbooks and online, you’ll want to find the right bottle to go with your infusion. Visit a beer and wine supply store, or see what’s available at your local restaurant supply store. Check out the craft store aisles, or go online to order bottles. If you’re in a pinch, Mason jars can make wonderful containers for infused liqueurs. Whatever you buy, run your bottles through the dishwasher and dry thoroughly before using. Use the computer or hand-write labels or tags, and include an appropriate cocktail recipe on a card along with the gift.

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for coffee and dessert lovers, and it’s easy to create a version of it using sugar, vodka, and almond and vanilla extract. If vodka’s not your thing, you can also infuse tequila for as little as a few days or as long as a week. Jalapeños, fruits, and herbs up the flavor ante. Make sure that you start with 100-proof alcohol, as it will be diluted in the infusion process.

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ne of the best gifts I’ve received in recent years was a bottle of homemade limoncello, decanted into a swing-top glass bottle and tagged with a sweet note from the givers, good friends who live in the VollentineEvergreen neighborhood. They’d visited southern Italy the previous summer and wanted to share the lemony liqueur with friends at home. It was a thoughtful, elegant present that I sipped on for months. With a little more than three weeks to go before Christmas and the first day of Hanukkah, you still have time to make your own liquor infusions as gifts this holiday season. Whatever you choose to make, be sure to taste as you go. Steeping some infusions too long can cause them to become bitter. Strain your infusions well, and watch for cloudiness in the final product. When in doubt, toss it out! If you’d like to create your own limoncello, there are hundreds of recipes available. A few call for longer steeping periods — a recipe on Epicurious.com calls for 80 days in a cool, dark place — but others recommend just a few hours or days in the freezer. All you do is steep lemon zest in simple syrup, then add vodka and water. No special equipment is required other than a vegetable peeler. Whichever recipe you follow, be sure to use 100-proof vodka, which will keep your limoncello a liquid instead of freezing solid. To make an even simpler vodka infusion, add several fresh rosemary sprigs (make sure it hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides) to a few cups of inexpensive Smirnoff. The blend needs to steep for a week, but as a contributor to the blog Potluck at Oh My Veggies points out, the green rosemary sprigs floating in clear vodka look beautiful — and quite appropriate for the holidays — on day one. There’s nothing wrong with assembling it and giving it immediately, with a note for your friends to put it in the pantry for a week before opening. At the end of the week, they should remove the rosemary and store the vodka as they would any other liquor. Or concoct a homemade riff on Amaretto, an almond-y liqueur that originated in Saronno, on the northern end of Italy. Amaretto is a perfect gift

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f you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a Princess,” says Maui, demigod of land and sea voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, of Moana, the eponymous heroine of the new Disney animated extravaganza. Moana, voiced by a high school freshman named Auli’i Cravalho, is not technically a princess, but rather the daughter of Chief Tui Waialiki (Star Wars veteran Temuera Morrison), leader of Motunui, a picturesque village on a lovingly rendered Polynesian island. But those are just details that have been temporarily glued to the ever-evolving ideal of the Disney Princess. Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas — the stars of Disney’s animated musicals are all gathered under the same corporate banner at princess.disney.com. They’re the bait that hooks the young girls into the Disney corporate synergy machine: See the movie, buy the merch, ride the ride. It’s easy to get cynical about all of it (and if you’re not feeling cynical yet, don’t worry, I’m cynical enough for both of us), but the truth is, Disney’s just really damn good at making these movies. From before Homer told the story of Achilles setting out across the wine-dark sea, we’ve understood that kids

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho are the voices behind the demigod Maui (left) and Moana, the eponymous teen “princess” of Disney’s new animated feature. need heroes. Stories of trials, bravery, and purpose help us fill in the blanks of who we want to be and, thus, who we become. In the past, Disney’s youngest female fans had Sleeping Beauty as a hero: a character whose best qualities are her utter passivity and attractiveness to men. Now, they have Moana, and it’s a big improvement as role models go. Instead of waiting for a man to come save her and drag her off into domesticity, Moana makes her own

decisions. The only men in her life are her stalwart but overprotective father and the vain, tempestuous demigod. Moana is bereft of romance, and it’s all the better movie for it. Instead, it’s the story of a young woman trying to cajole the men around her into doing the right thing and then giving up and just doing it herself. But in stripping the patriarchy from the Princess, all that’s left for directors Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, and Chris Williams is a pretty straightforward Hero’s Journey, complete with an eccentric, elderly mentor (Gramma Tala, voiced by Rachel House); a descent into the underworld (for a musical number with a hostile giant crab); and a good, old fashioned leap of faith. Did you catch that there are four directors? I think that’s a record for a non-anthology movie. But that’s Disney under the direction of John Lasseter, who brought the fluid, iterative, team-based creative process with him from Pixar. There’s one official screenwriter (Jared Bush), but at least seven people get “story by” credits — and yet the film still steals beats from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Mad Max: Fury Road. There are no missteps, but no big chances are taken, either. The number of animators stretches well into the hundreds, and the evidence of that investment is up on

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Mr. Tangerine Man Did you see that rancid kumquat’s recent tweet, “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Is the walking Orange Terror Alert admitting the election was rigged? I’m sorry. My blood pressure is at risk. I made a promise to myself to remain calm about this nasty business and concentrate only on what’s positive, which is why I’ve chosen to tell you about my cat. I still can’t believe that my country elected a dunk-tank clown as their president.  I’m not a “cat person” by tradition. In fact, I come from a family that actively disliked cats. There’s a word for it: ailurophobia.What about those Russian hackers and Ukrainian “fake news” sites that meddled in our election?  My grandmother had a skin tag on her little finger that she always told us had come from being scratched by a kitten when she was young. It wasn’t until adulthood that I found out she was lying. They plan to privatize Medicare and Social Security. This cat loathing was passed down to my mother, who, in turn, passed it down to my sister and me. I never had any experience being around a cat until college, when I lived with two of them. They didn’t like me and I didn’t like them, but they came in a package-deal with a young lady who wasn’t very conscientious about maintaining the litterbox. When we all parted amicably, that ended my cat fraternization. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for Attorney General? He has opposed every immigration bill for two decades. Last week he said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” Kiss legalization goodbye. We’re dog people over here. We have three — two older black dogs and a speckled pup named Nancy. All of them are rescues, but Nancy’s the only one we got from the shelter. Steve, the oldest, just wandered up one day, and Carney (named after Rodney) is my stepson’s dog who became part of the pack after his daddy found an apartment. The Secretary of Defense’s nickname is “Mad-dog.” So, we can’t have visitors unless they have a lot of patience and don’t mind enthusiastic barking. Heaven forbid a friend ring the bell without knowing the snarling rage about to erupt on the other side of the door. Trump has repeatedly brushed off the President’s daily briefing. I don’t even know how this happened, but now I share my side of the bed with a puppy who weighs 90 pounds. There’s so much hair lying around that you could create an entirely new dog. And we’ve invested more in dog beds than some poorer countries’ GDP. Are we just forgetting the $25 million fraud settlement to victims of Trump University? There are now 75 open lawsuits against Trump, from unpaid contractors to angry golf club members cheated out of their dues. It’s too late for obedience school. These animals don’t even let the pizza delivery guy get a foot in the door. Can you imagine how they’d treat a cat? While I was sitting on the porch one day, a kitten strolled through the bushes and sidled up into my lap. A neighbor yelled, “Do you want that cat? She’s been hanging around for weeks.” This habitual midnight tweeter actually demanded equal time from a comedy show. His chief strategist is an unapologetic white nationalist and anti-Semite. Of course, I had no intention of keeping the cat, which I named Peaches. She’s very soft and a ginger color. We gave her food and water, and she wouldn’t leave the front porch. My wife, Melody, fixed her a basket to sleep in. There ain’t gonna be any stupid wall. I visited several times a day because she was so sweet and would bump noses with me when feeling affectionate. One day, two cats were heard fighting, and Peaches was gone. A large tomcat was eating her food which we immediately removed, but Peaches didn’t return. The secretary of education never attended a public school, married the heir to the Amway fortune, believes in for-profit education, and donated $9.5 million to the Trump campaign. Fun fact: Her brother, Erik Prince, was the founder of Blackwater USA mercenaries, who did such a bang-up job in Iraq. She was gone a month before Melody got a text on her “Nextdoor” app that Peaches was spotted two blocks over living in a cardboard box inside a culvert. When we drove over and called to her, she came out of the ditch and jumped straight into the car. The National Policy Institute, A Neo-nazi front group, celebrated the election in the nation’s Capitol, with cries of, “Hail Trump,” and the Hitler salute.  Peaches’ new home was a garage, in which to hunt mice, and a screened-in porch to sun herself. She was afraid of the dogs at first, but after a little catnip, she calmed down. Over 400 hate crimes have been recorded since the election. I was finding the cat fascinating. I watched a Netflix video called The Lion in Your Living Room to help me understand her mannerisms, including the love-bite which I discouraged. Also, she’s very vocal, and each “meow” means something different. We got her spayed and chipped, and then it got cold. We had no choice but to bring her in and risk what canine hysteria might follow, but to our surprise, the dogs were calm — except Nancy, who wants her to play. If Trump claims presidents are exempt from conflict-ofinterest statutes and intends to continue involvement in his business, which one will be his day job? Peaches has her own room now and seems content to stay there. She’ll come out eventually, but there’s no rush. I’ve begun wondering, have I become a cat person in my dotage? I hear her prowling around at night, but because of my upbringing, I keep thinking she’s trying to steal my credit card. Hey, Mr. Tangerine Man, play a song for me. In the jingle-jangle morning, I’ll come following you. Randy Haspel writes the Recycled Hippies blog.

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