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OUR 1511TH ISSUE 02.08.18 I’m a fan of Nextdoor.com, and by “fan,” I mean I like to make fun of it. If you’re not familiar with Nextdoor, it’s a social network built on geographical neighborhoods. People gripe about their missing newspapers; they ask for recommendations for plumbers; they ask, “fireworks or gunshots?” on a daily basis; they are obsessed with “suspicious looking teens” (who are usually wearing hoodies and have a dark complexion). But mostly, Nextdoor is about pets — lost pets, found pets, pet grooming, dogs seen wandering around, parakeets, even. As a member, I get a daily email from Nextdoor.com that lists all the posts of the day in sequence. I noticed a while back that the random juxtaposition of the post titles form a kind of found poetry, and so I’ve taken to making screen shots of a few of these and putting them on Twitter as “your nextdoor.com moment of zen.” Last week, I posted this, which I thought had a certain three-act play feel to it: Mr. Potts Gunshots? Mr. Potts is Found! People tweeted funny remarks. “Was Mr. Potts murdered?” etc. Ha ha. It was just a silly Twitter moment, and I quickly forgot about it. Then, while driving home, I saw a sign on the Eclectic Eye that read “Welcome Home Mr. Potts.” It hit me that maybe there was more to this Mr. Potts saga than I knew. And there was. Much more. Mr. Potts, a gray, flat-faced 10-year-old feline, wandered off from his Midtown home Mr. Potts on December 11th. His owners, Clay and Gracey Smythe, and their children, Stanley, James, and Leo, were devastated. They posted pictures of Mr. Potts around the neighborhood; they posted his mugshot on Nextdoor. No response. Around Christmas, there was a sighting of a thin, gray cat near Summer and Holmes, miles from Midtown, but it wasn’t Mr. Potts. In early January, a cyclist reported that a dead cat matching Mr. Potts’ description was lying on Cleveland, but it wasn’t him. Over the next few weeks, the Smythes followed up on several tips, but none bore fruit. Mr. Potts, it appeared, was gone. And if he was alive, he was out in some of the coldest January weather Memphis had seen in years, and unlikely to survive. The Smythes offered a $1,000 reward, but still no luck. In late January, Clay Smythe figured Mr. Potts wasn’t coming back, so he took all of his beloved cat’s food, toys, and kitty litter and left them in front of the House of Mews in Cooper-Young. It was a donation that took a Gift of the Magi twist a couple days later. On Smythe’s birthday, January 26th, the Cifaldi family, who live near Summer Avenue, posted photos on Nextdoor of a stressed, frail cat they’d found in their garage. A number of people saw the post and immediately notified the Smythes, who scurried over to the Cifaldis’ house, where they encountered a wobbly, emaciated creature curled into a ball. It was Mr. Potts! He recognized his family, gave a cry of recognition, and fell over. They rushed him to the Summer Avenue Emergency Animal Hospital, where he was given fluids and nursed back to the point where he could return home in a few days. It’s a hell of a story. Mr. Potts survived six weeks of winter weather, wandering countless miles around Memphis, living on God knows what. It’s a story of faith: The Smythes persisted long after most families would have given up. It’s story of a neighborhood, and a community, and good people’s willingness to go the extra mile to save someone’s beloved pet. And it’s a story with a happy N E WS & O P I N I O N ending. Lots of happy endings, really. THE FLY-BY - 4 The Cifaldis donated $500 of their NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 5 POLITICS - 7 reward to an organization that helps rescue VIEWPOINT - 8 animals. There’s a bumper sticker being COVER - “NEW RULES!” made that reads, “Mr. Potts is Midtown,” BY FLYER STAFF - 10 and proceeds from the sale will go to the WE RECOMMEND - 14 House of Mews. It’s more like “Midtown is MUSIC - 16 Mr. Potts,” at this point. AFTER DARK - 18 Perhaps Gracey Smythe summed it CALENDAR - 20 up best in a post on, yes, Nextdoor: “It FOOD - 27 makes me smile to see how many people VALENTINE EATS - 28 care about this. … It shows such beautiful FILM - 34 humanity and love!” C L AS S I F I E D S - 36 Bruce VanWyngarden LAST WORD - 39 brucev@memphisflyer.com

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N EVE R E N D I N G JTI M Seems like there was a time when Memphis’ own Justin Timberlake could do no wrong. But reviews of JT’s Super Bowl halftime show are far from glowing. The Daily Beast looked back in awe at halftime shows by Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga before concluding, “No costume changes. No stunts. No guests. (Not even NSYNC!) Just warbled noise. Once upon a time, Justin Timberlake brought sexy back. Now we’d like a refund.” The Washington Post wasn’t nearly so kind: “We begin to unclench our teeth by the time he reaches ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ — not because it’s the most confused feel-good anthem of this feel-scared era, but because the show is almost over. And then it is. And a feeling of togetherness washes over us, a feeling of certainty that we all just witnessed something unambiguously underwhelming.” By Chris Davis. Email him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

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Greeks, a Road Diet, & Pollution Law would ban frats, Peabody may get new look, Arkansas plants pollute Memphis air. (D O N’T) G O GREEK A new bill that would ban Greek organizations on state campuses won’t stop hazing and other issues often associated with fraternities and sororities, according to an official at the University of Memphis. Last week, Rep. John DeBerry, DMemphis, sponsored the legislation to promote safety on campus, he said. “We can’t pretend we don’t see it anymore or that women aren’t being sexually assaulted and that some of the fraternities aren’t breaking the rules and laws,” DeBerry said. But Dr. Darrell Ray, vice president of student affairs at the U of M, said hazing and underage drinking are not limited to fraternities and sororities. When such incidents occur at Greek organizations, he said, they become more visible. H OTE L A “N U I SAN C E” The highly visible shell of a downtown hotel was declared a public nuisance last week. Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter said his court will supervise the development of the former Benchmark Hotel at Union and B.B. King. The property, owned by Nashville-based MNR Hospitality, has been stripped to the floors and posts for two years. The site is an “eyesore,” according to Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) president Jennifer Oswalt, who said it also presents” significant safety concerns.” The DMC filed a lawsuit agains the property owners in November. P EAB O DY R OAD D I ET The stretch of Peabody from Bellevue to Cooper may get a new look soon. City officials plan to resurface the 1.7 mile stretch this summer. They plan to reduce that part of the street from four traffic lanes to two, add a turning lane, bike lanes, and a striped parking lane. The city’s engineering division was slated to present two plans to the public Tuesday. The difference in them is the placement of the bike lanes. Bike lanes on Peabody are one piece of a gathering infra-

structure puzzle that will create a “seamless network of safe bike facilities from downtown and the Mississippi River in the west to unincorporated areas in the east,” said Nicholas Oyler, the city’s Bikeway and Pedestrian program manager. C ITY CAN’T S E LL STATU ES Memphis officials cannot sell nor transfer Confederate monuments removed here last year, according to a court ruling last week. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle also ordered mediation for city officials and the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), the group who has sued the city for the removal of the statues. SCV said on Facebook last week they were “victorious” while members of the city legal team working on the issue said they fully expected the chancellor’s ruling. E N E R GY P LANTS PO LLUTE M E M P H I S Coal-fired power plants in Arkansas are polluting Memphis’ air. That’s according to a new report from Sierra Clubs in Tennessee and Arkansas. Two power plants — one south of Little Rock, the other in northeast Arkansas near Newark — “emit enough pollution to raise the levels of unhealthy ozone smog in the Memphis area,” according to the groups. In 2008, local officials started to clean up the city’s air and by 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said air here finally met federal standards. So, some were disappointed that out-of-state sources were undercutting the hard-earned air quality improvements. Fuller versions of these stories and even more local news can be found on the News Blog at memphisflyer.com.


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Groups hit agency on pricing and water tests. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) played defense last week against groups claiming its energy pricing strategy was unfair and that it had, again, delayed the release of sensitive water tests. Since 2011, TVA has been charging its residential and small business customers more while charging its industrial customers less, according to a report issued last week from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). The shift has added more than $1.4 billion to TVA’s smaller customers over the last six years, according to the report prepared by Synapse Energy, a Massachusetts energy economics research firm. Now, the average TVA household is paying $110 more now than it did in 2011, the report said. “It’s a fact that many citizens, in particular citizens of color, in cities and rural areas across Tennessee, are having to choose between paying utilities bills rather than acquiring necessary food and medicines,” said Jimmy Garland, vice president of the Tennessee State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). But TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said while his agency gave summaries of service studies to SACE, the numbers in its report were not verified by TVA. The

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agency is mandated to provide electricity at the lowest possible cost, he said. “In the last five years, TVA has increased overall wholesale rates in small, measured increments to avoid putting an undue burden on our consumers,” Brooks said. “Those increases have generally been below the rate of inflation.” In a separate move, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) chided the TVA for what it saw as another delay in the release of tests that could affect Memphis’ drinking water. Last year, TVA drilled five wells into the Memphis Sand Aquifer, the source of the city’s drinking water.

It planned to pump 3.5 million gallons of water from the aquifer every day to cool its new natural gas power plant here. That plan was halted last year when groundwater tests near the wells found high levels of toxins, including lead and arsenic. The SELC and and the local Protect Our Aquifer group fear that the wells could draw those toxins into the city’s drinking water. TVA ran the wells last year to test the water. SELC attorney Amanda Garcia said TVA promised at the time to release the results by the end of that month but didn’t. The agency, then, delayed the release of the results until January, she said. Through a state records requests, Garcia found a document that says TVA won’t release the results until March. “We are concerned that the public — and especially regulators — are not being made aware of the results of this test that is supposed to provide insights on whether the cooling water wells at the gas plant are safe to operate,” Garcia said. But Brooks, the TVA spokesman, said, simply, they don’t have the results. “[The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation] has asked that we put all the results together at once …,” Brooks said. “We’re still awaiting the final results.”

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Milestones Several political situations may be due for a change of circumstance. on the city’s behalf. • If two Middle Tennessee lawmakers have their way, litigants in Shelby County may begin facing longer waits to have their cases heard, starting next year. A new bill, SB2511/HB2679, co-sponsored by state Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and state Representative Glen Casada (RFranklin), would denude the 30th Judicial District (Shelby County) of “one division of circuit court or chancery court” as part of a complicated process to provide two new courts in Middle Tennessee. The rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul effect of the bill would also mandate a shift of one circuit or chancery court division from the 20th Judicial District (Nashville, Davidson County) to the 21st (Williamson). Simultaneously, the elimination of a court in Shelby County would make possible the creation of a new court in the 16th District (Rutherford, Cannon counties). Casada, the Republican majority leader of the state House of Representatives, hails from one county that would benefit from the exchange (Williamson, a fast-growing suburban “doughnut” county adjoining Nashville), while Ketron’s home base is in another (Rutherford). The last time legislation was introduced to diminish court representation in Shelby County was in the General Assembly session of 2014 when one of Shelby County’s own, state Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), introduced Senate bill 1484, which would have eliminated two Circuit Court divisions in Shelby County. That bill was based on a study prepared by state Comptroller Justin Wilson, which was dispatched to members of the General Assembly, including Kelsey, who serves as chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Entitled “Tennessee Trial Courts Judicial Weighted Caseload Study,” the document suggested, based on population figures, that Shelby County was overrepresented in the number of its courts. The contention was stoutly resisted by members of the Shelby County legal community. Then Circuit Court Judge W.A. “Butch” Childers noted, among other things, Shelby County’s disproportionate number of medical malpractice litigations and “pro se” cases relating to the county’s higher incidence of poverty. Then state Senator Jim Kyle, now a Chancery Judge himself, noted as well the swelling of Shelby County dockets resulting from cases involving commuting citizens from adjoining areas. Eventually, that 2014 bill was withdrawn by Kelsey, and no doubt similar objections will be made by local lawyers and judges to the new legislation.

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• Back in 2010, one of the three serious Republican candidates for Tennessee governor was Ron Ramsey, the state senator from Blountville in the state’s northeast corner. Ramsey had already made his mark by becoming the first GOP speaker/ lieutenant governor in history, succeeding longtime Democrat John Wilder. Ramsey would finish third in the Republican primary in 2010, behind current Governor Bill Haslam and then Chattanooga Congressman Zach Wamp. Unexpectedly, he chose not to run for reelection to the General Assembly in 2016 and, despite forecasts of another gubernatorial bid this year, he’s not running for anything. So what is Ramsey doing now? Well, he’s tied in with the Farrar and Bates firm in Nashville, which does a fair amount of lobbying work for municipalities and, in fact, numbers the city of Memphis among its clients. So, theoretically, Ramsey could be working his legislative contacts on Capitol Hill on behalf of the Bluff City at some point. Latest word, though, is that  while Memphis is keeping the firm on retainer, Farrar and Bates has not as yet been asked to lobby any issues and have not registered

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On Tuesday, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell delivered what amounted to a valedictory address to the Rotary Club of Memphis at Clayborn Temple. It was to be his last address to that group as a Shelby County official, and the termlimited mayor loaded up his remarks with an outgoing incumbent’s customary litany of accomplishments — in his case: fiscal solvency, serious reductions in the county debt, economic development, and reduction of unemployment. And, to his credit, Luttrell spent some time on two problems still much in need of being addressed: a lack of economic diversification and the ongoing plague of opioid addiction in Shelby County. On the latter score, he and members of the Shelby County Commission have agreed on the need for litigation to recover on damages to the county’s population, but have been at loggerheads on a specific legal strategy. But, the Mayor said, “we’re getting close” to agreement, and in this he was backed up by a frequent critic, Terry Roland, who was one of several county commissioners in attendance and confirmed to the crowd that “we’re closer than you think.” In neither case, however, were specifics mentioned.

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It is with melancholy that I find myself saying goodbye to Spin Street. Walking through the big record store at Poplar and Highland felt like walking through a time capsule, but with a slightly B-grade movie atmosphere. The store’s odd array of eclectic items carried a silent scream against pragmatism and reinforced the efficacy of pop culture: An authentic Star Trek lamp in the shape of the Starship Enterprise, a red-hot lava lamp, slightly frighteninglooking bobble-heads, giant house slippers in the shape of a Marvel comic book hero, a retro record player, or the old, crumbling tattered record covers of Isaac Hayes. These weren’t items I needed in a society that plays music on its phones. Just items I wanted. In our quick evolution into a digitalized society, CD and record stores are going the way of chain bookstores, assigned to be relics of history and, sadly, to a soon-tobe-forgotten part of the city’s past. What I will miss most about Spin Street is the largerthan-life Elvis that hung over the store’s entrance. He was hard to miss. Two stories high, hovering inside a glass encasement, this Elvis was an ubermensch. This Elvis could represent anything to the imagination; Elvis preserved for posterity as a specimen in a high school biology vial; Elvis the extraterrestrial alien sandwiched between flying-saucer-shaped disks on both sides of the glass; Elvis flying off in a space capsule with the glow of blue neon lighting the way. It was Saint Elvis, the resurrected one, in his shining glory, with a halo of light circling his head, as he ascended into the heavens. It was Elvis, the forerunner of Justin Timberlake, the on-call performer, standing ready, in suit and tie, for the next big show. It was the uniquely Memphis Elvis, not the Las Vegas Elvis. When I first moved to Memphis, one of the first “Elvis spottings” I had was of the Spin Street Elvis. It always

felt a bit like this Elvis offered his watchful gaze over the traffic, hovering 10 feet off the ground of Highland and Poplar (not 10 feet off of Beale; sorry, Marc Cohn), a protector of the crossroads. It seemed a bit as though this Elvis was looking out for me, the new girl in town. Many a summer day, in the suffocating, mosquito-charged, thickas-a-slice-of-bread heat, I would make my way into Spin Street, arms chock full of my used CDs. In shorts, a T-shirt, and flip flops, I would wait in a 30-minute line, until a friendly, slightly grungy dude, who looked like he had smoked a little too much of the herb the night before, held each of my individual CDs up to the light with his shaky hands. I would watch the sunlight bounce off each CD rim, finally to be given an offer: “Cash or credit in the store?” I was always broke, and I always responded with “Cash, please.” As a young woman, that extra $10, $20, or, on a good day, $30, could buy a pack of Diet Cokes and enough survival food to make it a few more days in the city. Now, I am just another aging Generation X-er but, in my youth, CDs meant more than just entertainment. Sometimes, they meant fast cash and food. CD stores like Spin Street meant a place where one could get lost, nights of getting absorbed by the racks of music, where the tension of the outside world gave way to aisles marked “Rap” or “Rock.” Some people believe in the patron saints of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Church or in the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, and that is all well and good and fine. I just happen to have believed in the Spin Street Elvis, the patron saint of pop culture and Poplar Avenue. Once a part of the unique Memphis Kitsch, that Elvis has now left the building. Paula Hayes is an English instructor at the University of Memphis.

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Dating, Love, and Sex in the age of #metoo and Tinder Love and Sex. It’s all so confusing in this world of dating apps and #metoo activism and phone porn and casual hookups. Having sex and falling into a relationship has never been easier — or more difficult, depending on who you ask. Ever helpful, your Memphis Flyer staff has ventured out into the fray, interviewing actual combatants and the occasional expert to give you the lay of the land in 2018. Some of it is tongue-in-cheek (ahem) and some of it is solid advice. But one bit of eternal wisdom still prevails: Be careful. It’s a jungle out there.

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Hey man, it’s 2018, and dating apps are getting old! You’ve met everyone in your age range within a 19-mile radius already, so it’s time to meet your next lovable loser in a new way. Sure, you’re single this Valentine’s Day, but if you learn these fresh rules, you won’t be by, say, Memorial Day. Think about it: Come 2019, you’re not going to want to spend the nuclear holocaust in your sad, pathetic bunker alone. Listen up. Here are … 12 New Rules 1. Discuss your newfound sobriety on various social media platforms. This is going to garner you way more attention and thus land you more dates than drunkenly hitting on someone at the old Melange bar ever did!  2. Experiment with Snapchat filters to smooth out your skin, make your eyes look brighter, and attract the type of mate who’s into humans with big ears and wagging tongues. Of course, when all your kids join the Furry community, you’ve only yourself to blame, Snap-people.  3. Honesty is the best policy, so lay all your cards on the table! No, really, lay these Bingo cards on the table. It’s Memphis Eskimo Brother/ Eskimo Sister Bingo, and I’m accepting donations to my GoFundMe.  4. If there’s one thing that always 10 breaks the ice, it’s some good sports

talk. Are you Team Tank the Grizzlies or not? Argue with your date about it. Make a scene in public. Fool around later anyway, regardless of whether a consensus was reached. 5. Be Chandler Parsons. That’s a pretty good rule for dating in 2018. If you can’t be Chandler Parsons, try to have a strong jawline and $94 million on hand.  6. Support local businesses by having food delivered via UberEats as often as possible. The more your order, the higher the likelihood the driver will call you and ask which crib is yours. Getting someone to come over is half the battle!  7. Let that lack of originality flag fly! Alert your love interests that you’re a boring hack ahead of time by demanding date ideas on Facebook and ending the post with “… aaaand GO!” 

So, what’s Bearden’s advice for people who date? “I think just be a normal human being. Be someone who wouldn’t freak you out. If your flavor of crazy mixes with another person’s flavor of crazy, I think it all comes down to that. 8. Attend a protest together. Meet at a protest. Meet at a rally. Adopt a rescue dog and flirt with the foster parent. Whatever it is, you’re guaranteed explosive civic-minded sex afterward and, if you’re lucky, a halfway decent egg-white omelet the next morning. 9. It’s the year we’ve all been waiting for! Now that you’re over 30, your friends’ exes are fair game. Fair, desperate, sad game. Go for it. 10. Get a divorce. If you’re on the fence, go ahead and hop to it! If my research proves true, divorced people are at a higher risk of being in another relationship very quickly. Marriages are like strokes: With each one, the next one becomes more probable. You just have to take that first teensy-weensy

step into Divorce Land to get this ball rolling! 11. Date the boss. You’re both screwed if anyone finds out, so let that secrecy serve as the cornerstone of your relationship. Plus, aren’t you running out of options here? 12. Quit going to the gym. Has that ever worked as a way to meet people? It’s a trick question because, yes, it has probably worked exactly one time: for that sporty couple that lived next door to the Griswolds in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Why would you want to be like them? Now, there’s no need to thank me. I know you’re blown away by my insight, but this is probably a good time to tell you that I’m not very good at taking my own advice and, come to think of it, was single all of 2017 and thus far in 2018. But this is the year that I take the bullshit by the horns! I’m following these rules, and I’m going to make dreams come true! — Meghan Stuthard

Treat Your Waitress Like A Human #Metoo is hopefully giving new guidelines on sex and consent to any man out there who might not understand “no” or “stop.” But some of those same men need a sit-down about how they treat their servers. Most get it. Tennessee restaurants can pay an hourly rate as low as $2.13. Your server is hustling, not flirting. But some don’t. To them, servers are Westworld robots built to serve, of course, but also to be viewed, and to, perhaps, hear of a lusty notion that crosses the mind.  For clear answers on diner conduct, I turned to experts — Hooters girls. Sex (at least sexiness) is threaded in their company’s DNA. Here are some short answers (for Hooters, at least). Look, don’t ogle. Flirt, don’t talk dirty. And never, ever touch a Hooters girl.  The lunchtime crowd at Hooters downtown last week was largely bearded, hard-hatted, or camouflaged. Despite the environment’s invitation

to fun, the crowd was sedate, almost boring. Whoa. Hooters has changed, I thought. But lunchtime was usually pretty straight, I was told. Though I caught a few eyes flicking up and down at the girls, the guys mostly looked at their phones or watched TV. The nighttime crowd was a different story, though. That crowd was why my bartender said she liked to work days. She didn’t say how they were different, exactly, but her deep eye-roll said enough.  A Midtown server told me that diner conduct hasn’t changed much after #metoo. She never gets hit on at one job, but at the other, “there’s sometimes the drunken ‘take-it-too-far’ dudes that will make comments or try to hit on me [badly].” Another former server said she never experienced any sexual harassment, really, but for the occasional “you’re hot” written on receipts. But she pointed me to the Missed Connections portion of Memphis Craigslist that had one man searching for a Huey’s waitress with a black hat and hair in a pony tail. “You are absolutely stunning,” the man said. 

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The Break-Up Expert If you want to talk about dating, check with Savannah Bearden. She does a comedy show called “The Break-Up Show.” “It’s an ensemble cast with six of us and we get real stories, real texts, emails, screenshots of Tinder messages people send us, and we read them out loud,” she says. “We give commentary. We re-enact bad dates.” As far as the material, Bearden says: “No matter what your age, you can understand it. “I think it’s the realization that certain people actually exist in the world. One of my favorite bad dates that we re-enact: The guy picks the girl up. She’s really already drunk at 6:30 p.m. They go have sushi. The entire date he’s hearing this monologue of racial slurs. She also talks about her mother, who she refers to as a pill popper. “And then she starts sobbing at the table. It’s so weird. Then he hears her say, ‘I just love Jap food, but I hate Japs.’ “Then he goes to drop her off. He doesn’t want to come inside. He hugs her, and she bites him on the neck and runs out of the car. “People hear a story like that and they think, ‘This can’t be real.’ Pretty much the thread that runs through the show is, ‘It can’t be real.’ “I would say 75 percent of our show is submissions from dating websites, crazy messages you get and weird interactions. It’s become so pervasive. We’ve never run out of material. As for dating sites, it’s 95 percent men. They’re ridiculous. They say terrible things. “A guy may write, ‘You’re so beautiful’ and other flowery comments

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when he messages a woman. “If the girl politely declines, ‘Not interested,’ the guy goes ‘Okay, whatever, bitch.’” So, what’s Bearden advice for people who date? “I think just be a normal human being. Be someone who wouldn’t freak you out. If your flavor of crazy mixes with another person’s flavor of crazy, I think it all comes down to that.” — Michael Donahue

A Primer on Dating Apps If you’re looking for companionship, odds are you’re looking online. Apps like Tinder and Bumble, have become indispensable dating tools. After a Facebook post asking for people to share their experiences, I was

inundated with responses. Here’s what they had to say about online dating dos and don’ts. What attracts people to your profile? Appearance certainly counts, but the way you present yourself counts more. The most frequently mentioned turn offs for women were men holding guns and dead animals. (“I don’t know why men are so into posing with dead fish, but they are.”) Men with no pics of themselves is a red flag for women (“That’s a sign that they’re married.”), as are group pics. (“It’s like they’re trying to hide behind their hotter friends.”) As for the guys, they’re sick of seeing selfies with Snapchat filters. (“Can you politely suggest women stop doing this?” read a message with two dozen pics attached.) The biggest turnoff for both sexes? Trump supporters. Most men reported feeling like they were expected to send the first message, but women reported sending the first message about half the time. Both sexes reported liking Bumble’s requirement that women send the first message. As one man says, “When guys are hiding behind the internet, they can really be creeps.” Nearly 100 percent of women report receiving unsolicited penis pics. “They’re not asking for anything in return. They’re just sending them. What satisfaction are they getting? I don’t know.” Another woman said, “I think men think, ‘I like my dick so much, why wouldn’t you like a picture of my dick?’” One respondent reported receiving an image of a man’s fresh gunshot wound. Others quickly tired of the avalanche of come-ons. “I would be on OK Cupid for a few minutes, and it was just ‘Hello, hello, hello’ And then you get someone who asks if you will pee on them.” Opening messages that work tend to be conversation starters demonstrating genuine interest, such as questions about mutual interests. “Don’t lead with ‘I think you’re very attractive.’ Lead with ‘I read in your profile that you’re a film buff. What are your favorite films?’” Try to spell correctly. (“You wouldn’t apply to a job stating that you’re ‘gud @ makin koffee in shit’, so don’t apply for access to my sex organs with ‘luv 2 make out’.”) If things are going well, the next step is to exchange phone numbers. (“THE PHONE NUMBER IS SACRED! Treat it like the Ark of the Covenant. You wouldn’t smear your dick all over the Ark, so don’t smear it on my phone.”) A couple of women said rejection at the messaging phase triggered stalking behavior in a man, with one saying the stalking persisted for two and half years, and another reported being physically threatened by a neo-Nazi from Southaven. One woman said she continued on page 12

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But let’s get serious for a minute. The restaurant industry has one of the highest rates of sexual harassment, according to a 2014 study by the nonprofit Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROCU). Now, since #metoo, more restaurant workers are coming forward. That study found that 78 percent of the hundreds of female servers interviewed said they’d been sexually harassed by a customer. But it’s not just customers. Restaurants’ top ranks — owners, chefs, managers — are male-dominated, according to the ROCU report. Females largely comprise front-of-house roles, like servers. This makes restaurants ripe for bad behavior, the report said.  In 2016, Cheddar’s Casual Cafe paid $450,000 to 15 people here because the company allowed a hostile work environment at its Winchester Road location. Managers sexually harassed female employees, “made requests for sexual favors and explicit sexual comments, and subjected female employees to unwelcome touching.” — Toby Sells

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thought the #MeToo movement has had some impact on men’s behavior, but not enough. “Men are being more polite when they use the apps, because they know it can be screen-shotted. But in person, it’s the same old ‘Boys will be boys’ bullshit.” There are different standards when it comes to setting up a meeting, but the most commonly mentioned timeframe was after a week of exchanging texts. (“Anything beyond that feels like sneakiness.”) It’s in-person where the real horror stories come out. One woman with a “strict two-drink limit” reported being drugged by a date who ordered her a drink before she arrived. “Never let your drink out of your sight,” she says. But while it often feels like dating apps are, as one woman put it, “playgrounds for emotionally unavailable, narcissistic clowns,” almost most say the experience has been generally positive. (“Two of the men I met on Tinder are now my really good friends. It proves women and men can be friends with boundaries.”) One man says he was about to uninstall the app when he got a “detailed and intriguing message” from a woman, and it was “love at first sight. It’s kind of funny that it would happen this way, because neither one of us thought it would.” — Chris McCoy

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Bad teeth, bad breath, and bad attitudes are the top turn-offs in a potential partner, according to the results of a recent Flyer survey of 100 30-ish and younger Memphians. Lies, arrogance, and aggressiveness, along with openmouth chewing and shrill voices made the list, too. But we didn’t just set out to determine what pushes people’s buttons, we wanted to examine today’s dating etiquette as male and female roles, among other norms, change in society. When it comes to making the first move, 63 of the respondents said it’s acceptable for the guy or the girl to go for it these days. Still, 61 percent thought that the guy should pick up the bill on the first date, while about a quarter said whoever plans the date should pay for it, and 15 people thought it’s okay to go Dutch. So, it’s fine for a girl to ask a guy out, but it looks like most agree that the guy should still sponsor the first date no matter what. We were also interested in learning where young singles go to mingle and meet potential partners. We found that even in the age of Catfish castastrophes and Craigslist Killer casualties, more than 30 percent said they’d still be willing to meet someone

online. Among our respondents, the women were twice as likely as men to look online to meet a significant other. Other top spots to meet that special someone include social events, school, work, church, and bars. Once the dating commences, a whopping 74 percent said they prefer to date exclusively, as opposed to dating around. And this was the one question that received almost identical responses from both sexes. Finally, if you’re looking to get lucky, about 35 out of the 100 folks said they’re comfortable with being intimate with a new partner after two weeks, while 27 percent are ready to knock off some bases on the first date. — Maya Smith

Memphis: Porn Again Over at Pornhub, Memphians searched most for the term “ebony” in 2014. That was followed, in order, by “black,” “lesbian,” “cartoon,” and “massage.” The city’s favorite porn star that year? Lisa Ann, whom Pornhub describes as a “perennial MILF favorite.” All of these insights, are the thanks to the latest numbers from Pornhub’s number crunchers. The powerhouse porn site keeps up with America’s kinks over at a related site called Pornhub Insights. In 2017, Tennesseans most commonly misspelled the search term “porn” as “porm.” But so did New Yorkers, Californians, Idahoans, and a bunch more. It’s not as bad, maybe, as commonly misspelling “lebsiam” (Texas), or “ewbony” (Florida), or even “anature” (Mississippi). But the site gave Mississippians props for having the longest average viewing time of folks in any other state. Last year, Tennesseans searched most for the term “cartoon,” same as Arkansas, Nebraska, and Vermont. These states were outliers, though, as most other states searched for “lesbian,” “step sister,” and “step mom.” Across the southeast, though, “ebony” was the dominant search term, while “teen” and “lesbian” blanketed much of the rest of the country.  Pornhub Insights also reports that traffic increases in Southeastern Conference (SEC) cities when the students return. Female traffic plunged in Washington, D.C., during the Women’s March this year. Searches for porn star Stormy Daniels skyrocketed after news of her affair with President Donald Trump emerged. All traffic in Hawaii plummeted 77 percent below normal during the minutes of the missile alert last month, but it surged up 48 percent more than normal in the minutes immediately following it. — TS


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Nita Rocks

Nita Makris

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You can’t stop the Stage Stop. The longrunning venue for hard rock and blues (and even a dash of country now and then) will continue its traditions of live music and insanely long happy hours. But after Saturday night’s party, the top of the hill in “Rockin’ Raleigh” will never be the same again. “With me, it was all about the music,” says the Stage Stop’s owner, Nita Makris. After 42 years of minding the shop and playing second mother to wayward rockstars, Makris is retiring. The Stage Stop wasn’t always a music venue. “It was topless for about 6 months,” Makris says, recalling a fateful phone call from her husband Steve. “He called me out there and said he was auditioning this band and wanted me to listen to them. It was a young guy, and he did a lot of Elvis and I’m an Elvis fan, so I said, ‘If it was up to me, I’d hire him.’ Later on, my husband asked if I thought I could run the place, and I said, ‘I don’t think I can; I know I can.’” And she did. Things may have started with an Elvis act — jumpsuit and all — but the Stage Stop’s reputation for good sound (and a stage with a built-in drum riser) also caught the interest of the hard rock and metal bands. “I’ll get to see all my old kids that I feel like I’ve raised,” Makris says of Saturday night’s retirement party. “I’ve thrown them out,” she says. “I’ve barred them. I’ve done whatever I had to do because I never put up with no junk.” She also wore out one of the toy water guns she’d use to correct customers and musicians she heard cussing. “I guess if a plastic squirt gun is only supposed to last 10 years, 42 is enough for me,” she says. Makris’ real life daughter plays guitar and sings with the band Seeing Red, who’ll provide the evening’s entertainment. NITA'S RETIREMENT PARTY AT THE STAGE STOP SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH, 9:30 P.M.-1:30 A.M.

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Memphis Film Prize 2018 Kick-off Party The Cove, 6-9:30 p.m. Local filmmaking community competes for $10,000 in prizes with two $500 grants available.

Eurydice TheatreWorks, 8 p.m., $20 Orpheus seen through the eyes of Eurydice who travels to the underworld to see her father.

“Conversations: Art + Music + Poetry” Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Opening reception for works by young African Americans associated with the Carpenter Art Garden.

Home Show of the Mid-South Agricenter International, noon-7 p.m., $8 Home expo featuring Matt Blashaw of DIY’s Yard Crashers.

Amid opioid crisis, Jeff Sessions (above) leads the crusade against cannabis. The Last Word, p. 39

“Talk Talk Talk: Late ’70s” David Lusk Gallery, 6-8 p.m. Opening reception of wood sculpted canvas paintings and woodcuts from the ’70s by the late artist Ted Faiers. Doktor Kaboom! It’s Just Rocket Science The Orpheum, 6:30 p.m., $15 Learn about space travel and math during this show.

John Grisham: Arkansas Rainmaker The Muller Home, 6 p.m., $55 The works of John Grisham are read during this Southern Literary Salon presented by the Tennessee Shakespeare Company. More info: tnshakespeare.org. Mindy Smith Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 8 p.m., $28 Mindy Smith performs a mix of country, folk, and Christian music, with sound that is “sharp and fine.”


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Phone Home By Chris Davis Keitaro Harada conducts lots of live movie scores. The associate Conductor of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has a cinema-centric repertoire that ranges from Harry Potter and Home Alone to Raiders of the Lost Ark. This Saturday, February 10th, he’ll lead the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in a live concert screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. “It’s definitely a skill set they never teach you in school,” Harada says of the live score experience where the evening’s star — the orchestra — is technically cast in a supporting role. “The tricky part about doing a movie live with orchestra is the music is already someone else’s artistic interpretation,” Harada explains. “The moment a conductor decides to do something different, things fall apart.” Some conductors utilize a click track to hold things together, but Harada doesn’t like chasing mechanical beats. “You can let the orchestra sing a little bit more,” he says. “You can let them play music instead of being a machine.” That’s an idea Harada takes directly from E.T. composer John Williams and director Steven Spielberg. “I’ve worked closely with John Williams,” Harada says. “Steven Spielberg and John Williams hosted a concert and were talking about the score when Elliott is on the bicycle and he flies. In the studio, they did that take so many times and it was never together. So Spielberg turned off the monitor so the screen was completely dark and told John to just conduct the music beautifully — the way you would if you were in a concert hall. That’s what John did. And Spielberg adjusted the movie to the recording.” “E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL” IN CONCERT AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 7 P.M. $15- $88, ORPHEUM-MEMPHIS.COM

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On Sunday, at Ghost River, there will be the Annual Galentines Brunch with cupcakes from Two Girls and a Whip, Chocolate ale, and food from Flying Sobie’s.

Tilted Hearts Pinball Tournament Memphis Made Brewing Company, 1:30 p.m., $10 IFPA-sanctioned event with a three strikes format.

South Main Mardi Gras Bar Crawl Ghost River Brewing, noon-midnight A Mardi Gras pub crawl, from Ghost River to Dirty Crow, Loflin Yard, and Carolina Watershed. Sprock N Roll Party Bike will provide transportation.

Works of Heart Memphis College of Art, 7-10 p.m., $75-$200 Annual event featuring an auction of works created around a heart from over 100 area artists. Benefits the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.

GRB Valentine’s Market Ghost River Brewing, noon-4 p.m. Pick up a little sweet something for your sweetie during this Small Shop Saturday Artists Market, with pins, patches, cards, jewelry, and more.

Love on the Rocks Elmwood Cemetery, 10:30 p.m., $20 Love stories from beyond the grave! Ranges from tragic tales to love gone wrong and some funny and astounding tales as well.

Dr. Ernest C. Withers Home Historical Landmark Unveiling Festivities Withers Home (480 W. Brooks), 10 a.m.-noon An unveiling of the landmark designation of the home of photographer Ernest Withers.

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Bloodshot Bill A rockabilly legend hits Memphis for the Ameripolitan Music Awards.

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he rockabilly revival act: Memphians know such bands all too well. They fill bars from Beale to Bartlett, slicking back their hair, flipping their collars, rehearsing their hiccups, and climbing their upright basses. As a fan of classic rockabilly, I can sympathize. But too often, revivalists hit the stylistic touchstones and remain content to simply stay there. (Indeed, this plagued the genre from the beginning, when industry giants tried to profit from the haunted sounds first discovered by indie labels.) Nevertheless, there are still those whose love of rockabilly pushes them to go beyond the gestures and capture the unhinged spirit of the originals. Which brings us to Bloodshot Bill. A self-described “Trinitalian” (half Italian, half Trinidadian) from Montreal, Bloodshot Bill began playing one-man shows in the late 1990s. Like the Gories’ Mick Collins, Bloodshot Bill first played drums as a youth, bringing that percussive approach when he switched to guitar in his twenties. At the time, he had no particular focus on rockabilly per se. “My holy trinity is Charlie Feathers, Hasil Adkins, and Link Wray, but I kinda got into that stuff later,” he says. “At first, I was influenced by old country music and early rock-and-roll stuff. It wasn’t until I started playing that people started telling me, ‘Hey, you sound like this guy.’ I didn’t know who Hasil Adkins was, so I checked him out and obviously I had to buy every record after that.” Comparisons to wildman Adkins are apt, given Bloodshot Bill’s penchant for lo-fi recordings and the immediate gratifications of big beat minimalism. But bear in mind the first name in his trinity: Charlie Feathers. The unbridled, manic playfulness in Feathers’ singing lives on in Bill’s voice, with just a touch of Conway Twitty’s trademark moan. In a video for Seattle station KEXP, VJ Mike Fuller notes, “It sounds like you’ve stomped on the microphone a couple of times and gargled some broken glass,” but that’s only half of it. Bill’s

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vocalizations range from such growls to heartfelt croons and falsettos. A reediness in his delivery resonates perfectly with the slapback echo he favors. Ultimately, his singing evokes nothing so much as the cackles, barks, and howls of coyotes at midnight. And let’s not forget Link Wray, the capstone of Bill’s trinity. Like Wray, Bill channels a gritty, grungy

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virtuosity on his Kay Galaxy electric. It’s the sound of someone stretching their abilities in the heat of the moment. Put it all together in the package of his tight, punchy songwriting, and you can imagine Bloodshot Bill thriving in any setting, from solo artist to band leader. Acknowledging that his approach is hard to define, he admits his songs confound the purism so often found among rockabilly aficionados. “I know they might sound weird to a total Nazi-billy kind a guy, you know what I mean?” Casting such rigidity aside, even to the point of performing in his pajamas at times, he notes that “sometimes there is a bit of a formula, but then there are people out there doing stuff that’s exciting, where it’s not like a museum piece.” In fact, he mostly lives in a world of such performers. “I’ve never seen a rockabilly band in Memphis. I’m usually thrown in with the garage bands there.” And yet he’ll freely extend a hand to any fan of the genre. “I don’t know if it’s because I’m really into rockabilly, but I notice people seem to pick on it a lot more than they do other stuff.” This open-hearted approach will serve him well when he arrives in Memphis this week with a host of other roots country and rockabilly diehards, all making the pilgrimage to the Ameripolitan Music Awards. Traditionally held in Austin, the award show, brainchild of the roots country visionary Dale Watson, has relocated to Memphis along with Watson, himself. Bloodshot Bill feels right at home with the Ameripolitan aesthetic. “The mission is cool,” he says. “It’s saluting people who are trying to keep the old music alive and have not ventured out into ‘bro country’ or whatever you call it. It’s my third year being nominated. They said, ‘We’d like you to come down and play for us in Memphis,’ and I said ‘Memphis? Hell yeah!’ Memphis is my favorite city. “FOR MUSIC All the great music that was there, all the characters. ?FOR MUSIC? ? Nowadays, it’s different of course, but it still has aLOVERS bit of that untouched feeling to it.”

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After Dark: Live Music Schedule February 8 - 14 FreeWorld Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

Club 152 152 BEALE 544-7011

Alfred’s 197 BEALE 525-3711

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

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

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

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

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

Blues City Cafe 138 BEALE 526-3637

King’s Palace Cafe Tap Room

Handy Bar 200 BEALE 527-2687

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

Hard Rock Cafe 126 BEALE 529-0007

Skitch Friday, Feb. 9, 8-11 p.m.; Driftwood Ramblers Saturday, Feb. 10, 8-11 p.m.

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Big Don Valentine’s Three Piece Chicken and a Biscuit Blues Band Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Cowboy Neil Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.-midnight; Delta Project Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.-midnight.

New Daisy Theatre 330 BEALE 525-8981

Excision featuring The Paradox Tuesday, Feb. 13; Big Gigantic Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

145 BEALE 578-3031

Nat “King” Kerr Fridays, Saturdays, 9-10 p.m.

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

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

King’s Palace Cafe 162 BEALE 521-1851

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

King’s Palace Cafe Patio 162 BEALE 521-1851

168 BEALE 576-2220

Sonny Mack Mondays-Fridays, 2-6 p.m.; Cowboy Neil Mondays,

Rum Boogie Cafe 182 BEALE 528-0150

Young Petty Thieves Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; FreeWorld Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.-midnight and Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.midnight; Eric Hughes Band Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Cowboy Neil Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7-11 p.m.; Gracie Curran Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Plantation Allstars Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Rum Boogie Cafe Blues Hall 182 BEALE 528-0150

Memphis Bluesmasters Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars Fridays, Saturdays, 4-8 p.m. and Sundays, 3-7 p.m.; Myra Hall Band Friday, Feb. 9,

8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sensation Band Saturday, Feb. 10, 8:30 p.m.-midnight and Monday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m.-midnight; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Chris McDaniel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Silky O’Sullivan’s 183 BEALE 522-9596

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

The Orpheum 203 S. MAIN 525-3000

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial In Concert Saturday, Feb. 10, 7-11 p.m.

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

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

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

DJ Dance Music MondaysSundays, 10 p.m.

Dirty Crow Inn 855 KENTUCKY

Nancy Apple Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Carol Plunk Friday, Feb. 9, 9 p.m.; Hillbilly Mojo Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m.; Bobbie Stacks and friends Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.

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

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

Rumba Room 303 S. MAIN 523-0020

Salsa Night Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.-3 a.m.; Black Love Live Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7-10 p.m.

The Silly Goose 100 PEABODY PLACE 435-6915

DJ Cody Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

The Vault 124 GE PATTERSON

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

JoJo Jefferies and Ronnie Caldwell Friday, Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m.

130 PEABODY PLACE 523-8536

South Main

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

Huey’s Downtown 77 S. SECOND 527-2700

Loflin Yard 7 W. CAROLINA

Electric Church Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

The King Beez Sunday, Feb. 11, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Bar DKDC 964 S. COOPER 272-0830

Love Sucks … and so do the Dixie Dicks! Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9-10:30 p.m.

Boscos 2120 MADISON 432-2222

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

Canvas 1737 MADISON 443-5232

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

Celtic Crossing 903 S. COOPER 274-5151

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

The Cove 2559 BROAD 730-0719

Jazz with Ed Finney, Deb Swiney, and David Collins Thursday, Feb. 8, 8-11 p.m.; Risky Whiskey Boys Friday, Feb. 9, 9 p.m.; J-Train Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m.; David Collins & Frog Squad Sunday, Feb. 11, 6-9 p.m.; Russell Lee Wheeler Monday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m.; Richard Wilson Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.

Growlers 1911 POPLAR 244-7904

Obscura: A Black Magic Affair Sunday, Feb. 11, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.; Crockett Hall Tuesdays with the Midtown Rhythm Section Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

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

Live Music WednesdaysSundays, 7-11 p.m.; Live DJ Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 p.m.; Third Floor: DJ Tubbz Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

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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After Dark: Live Music Schedule February 8 - 14

East Memphis Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School 60 N. PERKINS EXT. 537-1483

Mindy Smith Friday, Feb. 9, 8-9:30 p.m.

Poplar/I-240

Bartlett

Neil’s Music Room

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center

5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Natchez Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.; Benefit for Jack Rowell Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.midnight.

Huey’s Midtown

3663 APPLING 385-6440

Tenore Saturday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Frederick Douglass Sunday, Feb. 11, 2:30 p.m.

Hadley’s Pub 2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

Full Circle Friday, Feb. 9, 9 p.m.; The Souled Out Band Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m.; Furious George Sunday, Feb. 11, 5:30

Cordova Huey’s Cordova 1771 N. GERMANTOWN PKWY. 754-3885

Fingertrick Sunday, Feb. 11, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

John Paul Keith Trio Sunday, Feb. 11, 4-7 p.m.; Spank! Sunday, Feb. 11, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

OneVoice in Concert at St. George’s Episcopal Church Sunday, Feb. 11, 4-6 p.m.

North Mississippi/ Tunica Dan McGuinness 3964 GOODMAN, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-890-7611

Acoustic Music Tuesdays.

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

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

394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

Horseshoe Casino & Hotel

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

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

Blackberry Smoke Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

P&H Cafe 1532 MADISON 726-0906

Huey’s Southaven

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

7090 MALCO, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-349-7097

Five O’Clock Shadow Sunday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Railgarten 2160 CENTRAL

Tunica Roadhouse

Steve Selvidge Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.; Showboats Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke with Public Record Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

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

Stone Soup Cafe 993 S. COOPER 922-5314

Valentine’s with Dinner at Stone Soup Café Wednesday, Feb. 14, 5-9 p.m.

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

Live Music Fridays, Saturdays.

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

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

535 S. HIGHLAND

DJ Ben Murray Thursdays, 10

Cheffie’s Cafe 483 HIGH POINT TERRACE 202-4157

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

4872 POPLAR 682-7729

The Heart Memphis Band Sunday, Feb. 11, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

590 N. PERKINS 761-9321

The Bluff

Summer/Berclair

Huey’s Poplar

Mortimer’s

University of Memphis

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

2425 SOUTH GERMANTOWN 754-7282

Midtown Crossing Grill

Senses Nightclub

Ice Bar & Grill 4202 HACKS CROSS 757-1423

St. George’s Episcopal Church

2119 MADISON 207-5097

2866 POPLAR 249-3739

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

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

Shannon McNally Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m.; Andy Frasco and The U.N. Thursday, Feb. 8, 9 p.m.; Memphis Funk-NSoul Friday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.; Almost Elton John Friday, Feb. 9, 10 p.m.; Amy Black Saturday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.; 5th Kind Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Sunday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.; Memphis Ukulele Band Sunday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m.; Lord Nelson Sunday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.; Memphis Knights Big Band Monday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m.; Chris Kasper Tuesday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m.; 3RD Man Wednesday, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m.; The ’08 Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.

1588 MADISON

Huey’s Germantown 7677 FARMINGTON 318-3034

9087 POPLAR 755-0092

Lafayette’s Music Room

Sax Therapy Sunday, Feb. 11, 6-9 p.m.

After Dark Band Sunday, Feb. 11, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Wine Bar

1927 MADISON 726-4372

The Renaissance

Huey’s Southwind 7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

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

Wang’s East Tapas 6069 PARK 685-9264

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

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.

p.m.; Charlie and Juno’s All Star Experience Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Shelby Forest General Store 7729 BENJESTOWN 876-5770

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

Section 8 Band Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Stage Stop 2951 CELA 382-1576

Blues Jam hosted by Brad Webb Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.; Nita’s Retirement Party Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Open Mic Night and Steak Night Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-midnight.

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

JoJo Jeffries & Ronnie Caldwell Sunday, Feb. 11, 4-7 p.m.

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Germantown

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

2130 W. POPLAR 854-4455

Memphis All Stars Sunday, Feb. 11, 8-11:30 p.m.

Tony’s Grill & Bar 929 W. POPLAR AVE 457-7134

Brian Johnson Band Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Huey’s Millington

1801 EXETER 751-7500

Joe Restivo Friday, Feb. 9; Marsalis Returns Saturday, Feb. 10, 8-10 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 11, 2-4 p.m.; IRIS Orchestra Benefit Concert featuring Joshua Bell Monday, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m.

UAPB Vesper Choir Thursday, Feb. 8, 12:30 p.m.

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Rock Eupora with Monticello and Louise Page Thursday, Feb. 8, 8-11:30 p.m.; Lola Pistola, Native Blood Friday, Feb. 9, 9 p.m.; Compton McMurry Saturday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.; Motel Radio, Airpark Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m.; Jordan Pearce Band Sunday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.; Xavier Wulf Monday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m.; Motion Hotel, Backwood Row, Bearport Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.

p.m.; Bishop Gunn Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.-midnight; Bluegrass Brunch with the River Bluff Clan Sundays, 11 a.m.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS: FEBRUARY 8 - 14 T H EAT E R

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center

Frederick Douglass: A Speaking Tour, famous freed slave, writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass is captured in a presentation by Nathan M. Richardson who details the life of Douglass and recites excerpts from famous writings. www.bpacc.org. Sun., Feb. 11, 2:30 p.m. 3663 APPLING (385-6440).

Circuit Playhouse

Perfect Arrangement, inspired by the true story of the American gay rights movement. Classic sitcomstyle laughs give way to provocative drama as two “allAmerican” couples are forced to stare down the closet door. Adult situations and language. www.playhouseonthesquare. org. $35. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Feb. 18. 51 S. COOPER (725-0776).

The Evergreen Theatre

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide...When the Rainbow Is Enuf, highlights the love and light of the Black woman, unpacking the various issues she faces and overcomes throughout life. (596-1482), instagram.com/whoyoureallymadat. $20. Tues.-Wed., Feb. 13-14, 7-9 p.m. 1705 POPLAR (274-7139).

Germantown Community Theatre Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, www.gctcomeplay.org. Feb. 9-25. 3037 FOREST HILL-IRENE (453-7447).

Hattiloo Theatre

Sunset Baby, dynamic play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom the brutal politics of freedom. www. hattiloo.org. Through Feb. 11. 37 S. COOPER (502-3486).

Hernando High School Performing Arts Center 1984, adaptation of George Orwell’s ultimate dystopian novel. www.kudzuplayers. com. $17. Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Feb. 18.

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805 DILWORTH LANE, HERNANDO, MS.

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.

“Talk Talk Talk: Late ’70s” by Ted Faiers at David Lusk Gallery Hutchison School

Pride and Prejudice, all of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging adaptation. www.hutchisonschool.org. Fri., Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 10, 7 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 11, 2 p.m. 1740 RIDGEWAY (761-2220).

McCoy Theatre

pool (no water), explore the tension between the successful and the jealous using acrobatics, aerial, and broken bodies. www.rhodes.edu. Free. Through Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 11, 2 p.m. RHODES COLLEGE, 2000 N. PARKWAY (843-3000).

New Moon Theatre Company

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C A L E N DA R: F E B R UA RY 8 - 1 4 continued from page 20 on her wedding day, Eurydice journeys to the underworld, reunites with her father, and struggles to remember her lost love. www.newmoontheatre. org. $20. Fridays, Saturdays, 8-9:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2-3:30 p.m. Through Feb. 25. AT THEATREWORKS, 2085 MONROE (484-3467).

The Orpheum

The Color Purple, re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. www.orpheum-memphis.com. $25-$125. Tues., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., and Wed., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. 203 S. MAIN (525-3000).

Playhouse on the Square

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

ART I ST R EC E P TI O N S

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Opening reception for “Conversations: Art+Music+Poetry,” exhibi-

tion honoring African American Art by youth from the Carpenter Art Garden in the Library’s Goodwyn Gallery. Thurs., Feb. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 3030 POPLAR (415-2700).

David Lusk Gallery

Opening reception for “Talk Talk Talk: Late ’70s,” exhibition of wood sculpted canvas paintings and woodcuts from 1970s by Ted Faiers. www. davidluskgallery.com. Fri., Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m.

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“Out of Africa,” exhibition of contemporary artwork by four emerging artists, including Nigerian-born artists, Adewale Adenle and Norbert Okpu, and international rising stars, Robert Pruitt and Miles Regis. www.artvillagegallery. com. Through March 3.

Literary party featuring libations, light fare, and 45 minutes of the words of John Grisham acted out in a private home. Location revealed with ticket purchase. $55. Fri., Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m.

750 CHERRY (636-4100).

Exhibition of finds from Precolumbian cemetery of Sitio Conte in central Panama, a mysterious and complex society that thrived there more than 1,000 years ago. Ongoing.

admission. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.

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Memphis Botanic Garden

“Beneath the Surface: Life, Death & Gold in Ancient Panama”

art from the Martha and Robert Fogelman collection. Ongoing.

THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

97 TILLMAN (767-3800).

Opening reception for “Escape Into Illusions,” exhibition of paintings incorporating unconventional materials — objects and items that would otherwise be discarded — to add texture and life by Sandra Horton. www. memphisbotanicgarden.com. Sun., Feb. 11, 3-5 p.m.

Works of Heart at Memphis College of Art, through Saturday, February 10th

Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m.

Front Porch Music Series: Lonnie Holley and the Carpenter Art Garden Youth

Cultural series performances feature diverse genres of music, educational programs, videos, storytelling, oral histories, and lectures for all ages. Free. Tues., Feb. 13, 7-8 p.m. BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 3030 POPLAR (415-2726).

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Gallery pop-up representing Southern artists. Booksigning with Jean Allsopp, photographer/editor of 30A Living and Lynn Nesmith writer and stylist (first 20 people get free book). Sat., Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. SUMMERHOUSE OXFORD, 405 SOUTH LAMAR (662-234-8100).

Saturday Sketch

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Valentine art show and auction features works from over 100 leading regional artists. Complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers. Benefits the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. Free preview Feb. 5-9. $75-$200. Through Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sat., Feb. 10, 7-10 p.m. MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ART, 1930 POPLAR (888-4342), WWW.MEMPHISCAC.ORG.

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410 S. MAIN (521-0782).

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

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

Bingham and Broad

“My Kin Is Not Like Yours,” exhibition of works by Debra Edge. Ongoing. 2563 BROAD (323-3008).

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School “beginnings,” exhibition of new works by the Artists Group of Memphis. www. buckmanartscenter.com. Through Feb. 26.

60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483).

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“Africa: Art of a Continent,” permanent exhibition of African

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4339 PARK (761-5250).

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“Don’t Look for My Heart,” exhibition of a canopy of black garments by Terri Phillips. Through March 11. “Imprismed,” exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and digital objects by Emily C. Thomas. Through March 11. “Material Equivalence,” exhibition of new work by Memphisbased artist Pam McDonnell. Curated by Anna Wunderlich. Through March 11. “Two Stories of Iceland,” exhibition of small paintings and drawings by Elizabeth Alley. Through March 11. “Wish Book: William E. Jones,” exhibition of new work. www. crosstownarts.org. Through Feb. 11. N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY.

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“Talk Talk Talk: Late ’70s,” exhibition of wood sculpted canvas paintings and woodcuts from 1970s by Ted Faiers. www.davidluskgallery. com. Through March 17.

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Paula Kovarik, exhibition of fiber art. www.dixon.org. Through April 1.

“The Real Beauty: The Artistic World of Eugenia Errázuriz,” traces the life of the influential Chilean expatriate patron of the arts. Through April 8. “Dixon Dialect: The Susan and John Horseman Gift,” exhibition of works donated to the Dixon’s permanent collection by Susan and John Horseman. www. dixon.org. Through April 1.

Eclectic Eye

“Relief,” exhibition of papercut maps by Katie Maish. www.eclectic-eye.com. Free. Through Feb. 14.

FireHouse Community Arts Center

“I Am Here,” by Najee Strickland, Immon Johnson, Rahn Marion, and Naima Peace. www.mbaafirehouse.org. Through April 30. Mosal Morszart, exhibition of works by Black Arts Alliance artist. www.memphisblackartsalliance.org. Ongoing. 985 S. BELLEVUE (948-9522).

Jack Robinson Photography Gallery

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

Java Cabana

“The Good. The Bad. The Ugly,” exhibition of mixed-media works. Through April 4. 2170 YOUNG (272-7210).

L Ross Gallery

“The Familiar and the Sublime,” by Jeanne Seagle and Pam Hassler. www.lrossgallery.com. Through Feb. 24.

“Conversations: Art+Music+Poetry” at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library Memphis Botanic Garden

“Escape Into Illusions,” exhibition of paintings incorporating unconventional materials — objects and items that would otherwise be discarded — by Sandra Horton. www.memphisbotanicgarden. com. Through Feb. 28. 750 CHERRY (636-4100).

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

“Black Resistance: Ernest C. Withers and the Civil Rights Movement,” exhibition focuses on and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the events from March 27 through April 8, 1968. Through Aug. 19. “Rotunda Projects: Lisa Hoke,” exhibition of recycled and repurposed materials. Through June 3. “About Face,” exhibition located in the Education Gallery highlighting the different ways artists interpret the connection between emotion and expression. Ongoing. “Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis,” exhibition of works by Victor Ekpuk. www.brooksmuseum.org. Ongoing.

5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).

1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

Leontyne Price Library at Rust College

Metal Museum

“Mississippi Women in Blues,” exhibition focusing on Holly Springs residents, musicians Ellen Jefferies and Mary Coleman. Through Feb. 28. 150 RUST (662-252-8000).

Marshall Arts Gallery

“Love of Art” and “Memphis,” exhibition of work by Nikki Gardner and Debra Edge by appointment only. (6479242). Ongoing. 639 MARSHALL (679-6837).

“Alchemy4,” exhibition of contemporary enamels. Through April 29. “Everyday Objects: The Evolution and Innovations of Joseph Anderson,” exhibition of works by artist-blacksmith and sculptor. www.metalmuseum.org. Through April 22. 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).

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“The Laser Show: New Works by Adam Hawk,” exhibition of new works. (726-4656), mca.edu/ event/laser-show-new-works-adam-hawk/. Through Feb. 25. 66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

Ross Gallery

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

Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum

Service Provider, a story of love in the digital age $10. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10, 8:30 p.m.

“Images of Africa Before & After the Middle Passage,” exhibition of photography by Jeff and Shaakira Edison. Ongoing.

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826 N. SECOND (527-3427).

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“La Bohème,” exhibition of new film and sculpture works by Brooklyn-based artist Motoko Fukuyama. www.topsgallery.com. Through March 10.

$80. Wed., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.

151 MADISON (340-0134).

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Temple Israel Presents: Comedy Legend Robert Klein, benefiting Temple Israel’s mission to be a force for good in the greater community. (761-3130), www.orpheum-memphis.com. $75$100. Sat., Feb. 10, 8 p.m. 225 S. MAIN (529-4299).

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Mono-Slam, open to all performers. www.hattiloo. org. $5. Mondays, 7 p.m. Through March 5. 37 S. COOPER (502-3486).

Katt Williams, www.landerscenter.com. $49-$127. Wed., Feb. 14, 7:30-11 p.m.

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Terri Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum, will be the featured guest for the February 8th PRSA Memphis monthly luncheon. Free-$30. Thurs., Feb. 8, 11:30 a.m. UNIVERSITY CLUB OF MEMPHIS, 1346 CENTRAL (7223700), WWW.APPS.PRSA.ORG.

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A variety of genres from all over the world. The festival opens February 1st at 7:30 p.m. with Children of Chance at Malco Paradiso. Visit website for additional film schedule and locations. $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Through Feb. 27. WWW.JCCMEMPHIS.ORG/FILM.

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Includes “From Then 2 Now” Symposium at LeMoyne-Owen Feb. 9, and unveiling of the Historical Landmark designation at the Withers home, 480 W. Brooks, on Feb. 10. Free. Sat., Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-noon. LEMOYNE-OWEN COLLEGE, 807 WALKER (691-5966), WWW.LOC.EDU.

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Featuring classical acoustics from Davy Ray Bennett and four course menu. Call for reservations. $50. Wed., Feb. 14, 5-9 p.m. STONE SOUP CAFE, 993 S. COOPER (922-5314), WWW.STONESOUPCAFEMEMPHIS.COM.

Fat Tuesday Party at Celtic Crossing

Celebrate Fat Tuesday-St. Patrick’s Day style. Enjoy a crawfish boil, beer specials, and DJ Tree playing all his favorite Zydeco. Tues., Feb. 13, 6-10 p.m. CELTIC CROSSING, 903 S. COOPER (274-5151).

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Super Small Shop Saturday artist market featuring Valentine cards, patches, and prints, jewelry made with driftwood, soaps, bath bombs, and more. Sat., Feb. 10, 12-4 p.m. GHOST RIVER BREWING, 827 S. MAIN (278-0087).


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Tamayo III, but she called him “Go Go.” She went to seven colleges before she graduated from LeMoyne-Owen. “I majored in social work. … But I changed it to business administration.” She graduated from Lemoyne-Owen in May 1996. Her son was killed in a motorcycle accident that August. “I shut down for two years.” His daughter, Alcenia Tamayo was born March 1997. Chester-Tamayo wanted to pursue her dream of going into manufacturing. “My mom always had peach preserves, pear preserves in the summertime. I didn’t want her legacy to die with her.” She opened as “Alcenia’s Desserts and Preserves Shop.” But, she says, “Everybody kept coming in and saying, ‘Do you have any chitterlings? Do you have any greens?’” Chester-Tamayo called her mother. “She gave me her recipes, and I went out and went shopping. As long as I had her recipes, I was confident. I told people, ‘I don’t need your recipe. I got my mom’s. I got the world’s greatest cook’s recipes.’” Her restaurant is filled with color. “I think my life is not brown and beige. I’m not a brown and beige person. I’ve always been that flamboyant person that just loves fashion.” Every customer gets a Alcenia hug from Chester-Tamayo and B.J. at Alcenia’s. “That was just (above) natural. If I saw family, we hugged each other.” Chester-Tamayo’s real name is Betty Joyce Chester-Tamayo. People called her B. J. in high school and the name stuck. Asked how many people think her name is Alcenia, Tamayo says, “Did you hear those ladies that just left saying, ‘Bye, Alcenia’? People assume that when you open a business, you name it after you.” But she named it after her mother. “My mother is such a giving, loving person. She still cooks certain things today. Even at 97. Her hands are just in bad shape. I’ll call her in a minute right now and say, ‘Tell me how to do this, that.’” Or, she says, “I’ll take something home so she can critique it. I made some homemade apple butter. If it’s not right, she’s going to tell me. ’Cause that’s her recipe.”

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J. Chester-Tamayo never cooked until she opened her restaurant, Alcenia’s, in 1997. “Had never been a waitress,” she says. “Didn’t cook. Didn’t do anything.” The recipes came from her mother, Alcenia Clark-Chester. She called Clark-Chester, who lived in Meridian, Mississippi, and asked her how to cook greens and other soul food items. “She would call me from Meridian and say, ‘It should be ready by now. Look at the color. The color should be dark.’” More than 20 years later, ChesterTamayo still uses her mother’s recipes as well as her own. She’s been on the Food Network four times. She was on Chopped last December. Her restaurant was voted as one of the 200 places to visit in the United States by the New York Times. “I’ve been in a Japanese tour guide book, a French tour guide book.” She was included in the July 2017 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine in the article, “The U.S. of Yum — Our Favorite Food Finds from all 50 States.” She represented Tennessee. Chester-Tamayo discussed her first cookbook, Alcenia’s Healing the Soul: Autobiography Cookbook, with Jenna Bush on the Today show. She released her latest cookbook, Soul 2 Soul from Alcenia to the World in August. That cookbook is “about my customers. I have the world’s greatest customers. When I say that, I mean that from the bottom of my heart.” Her mother grew up on a farm in Kemper County before moving to Meridian, where Chester-Tamayo was born. “My mom started cooking at the age of nine.” Growing up, Chester-Tamayo didn’t hang out in the kitchen. “I didn’t cook. I washed dishes. That was about it. She just never made me do it.” Singing was Chester-Tamayo’s passion. “I remember writing Diana Ross … and telling her I wanted to be discovered,” she says. “It didn’t go anywhere. I don’t think I even mailed it.” Chester-Tamayo had one son, Will A.

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FILM REVIEW By Chris McCoy

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Adam Rifkin, Burt Reynolds is an actor facing the end of his career who is invited to a film festival to receive an honorary award. But it turns out that, unlike Oxford, the film festival is a bust, so the rudderless thespian sets out on a road trip with a woman he has just met, played by Ariel Winter, to visit old friends and settle some scores. The closing night film also brings some impressive star power. Mad to Be Normal, which headlined the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival, is a frothy, energetic biopic of R. D. Laing, a real-life renegade psychologist from the 1960s who rejected drugs and electro shock therapy. Instead, the therapist, played by former Doctor Who David Tennant, talked to his patients and took their experiences seriously. Also appearing in the film is Mad Men and Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss, Gabriel Byrne, star of Miller’s Crossing and dozens of other projects, and former Dumbledore actor Michael Gambon. In between opening and closing night are 33 feature films and 169 shorts and music videos. One of the most intriguing offerings is Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape that screens at Malco Oxford on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

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THE LAST WORD by Maya Smith

Pass On Pot Before U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided last month to lead the Department of Justice in a crusade against marijuana, ending a lenient policy on the enforcement of federal pot laws, why didn’t anyone tell him that’s not such a great idea nor would it be very popular? Not only is this move a step in the wrong direction and against the will of most Americans (61 percent based on a CBS News poll done last year), it’s a waste of time. And not just because people should be able to roll a j and enjoy it every now and then, but because, contrary to what Sessions has inferred, cannabis is not the devil and it’s not all that dangerous. It’s actually got some proven benefits with few drawbacks. Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and Parkinson’s are just a few of the conditions that research has discovered marijuana can help with. But the numberone benefit of the sticky plant might be its ability to alleviate chronic pain. Chronic pain is something the National Institutes of Health says affects about 100 million Americans and leads thousands of doctors to prescribe dangerous and often addictive pain-killing (and mindnumbing) opioids. And when the pills run out, that doesn’t necessarily mean the brain and the body are done with the drug, sometimes causing people to turn to the streets to find their fix — a recipe for disaster. According to the Center for Disease Control’s latest numbers, 148,000 people died from opioid-related incidents in 2016 — 148,000! That’s more than 10 times the number of U.S. troops that have been killed in Iraq since 2003. Opioids include anything from prescription painkillers to heroin to synthetic drugs like fentanyl (a drug that can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine). Well, guess what? Marijuana doesn’t kill. Marijuana can help. In fact, the Drug Enforcement Administration reports that there are no recorded overdose deaths related to cannabis. And in states that have legalized medical marijuana, the number of opioid-related overdose deaths has decreased by just under 25 percent, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. In a memo last month, Sessions said the purpose of returning to the previous policy of enforcing federal marijuana laws is “to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.” The drug crisis? Wait, there’s a pot crisis? I had no idea. There’s a few crises in this country, and I wouldn’t say the growing, selling, or use of weed is one. There might be a drug crisis in this country, but marijuana is far from the root of that problem. Also, wouldn’t legalizing the plant cut down on these criminal organizations and violent crimes that Sessions speaks of? There’d be a smaller need to smuggle weed, kill for it, or illegally obtain it if it were legalized and widely accessible. It’s unlikely that the change of policy will really have much effect, as the cannabis industry, both medical and recreational, is booming, with momentum, in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Also, the decision to crack down on the federal laws is still left up to local U.S. Attorneys, and many of them aren’t seeing eye to eye with Sessions on the issue. Still, it seems like a waste of time and of potentially scarce government resources to pursue prosecution for cannabis offenses. There’s bigger fish that the DOJ could be frying, like working to fix the actual drug crisis surrounding opioid use, or perhaps the broken justice system or the mass incarceration of one in four black men in this country (which is exacerbated by strict marijuana possession laws in some states). There’s research, numbers, and evidence that show marijuana is not the enemy, so why are Sessions and others still stuck on 1970s legislation? When will marijuana be removed from the DEA’s list of Schedule I drugs with the likes of heroin, LSD, and Ecstasy? We’d be better off to just let the people puff, puff, pass in peace. Because good people do smoke weed, Jeff. Maya Smith is a Flyer staff writer.

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