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OUR 1463RD ISSUE 03.09.17 I cannot write about Donald Trump again this week. I just can’t. It’s beyond madness, beyond commentary, at this point. We are careening toward a come-to-Jesus moment in this country like none in our history, and it won’t be pretty. So I’ll write about beer. That’s right, beer. Our cover story is about beer, and I have a long history with beer, and I think that recounting it will prove instructive for all these craft-beery young ’uns who take for granted their fancy Kölsches and porters and Icelandic ales and such. It wasn’t always like this, kids. (And get off my lawn!) There didn’t used to be craft breweries on every corner, giving you beer options that rival Baskin-Robbins. Bars didn’t used to have 47 beers on tap. Waiters didn’t offer you a beer menu. When I was a young man in Missouri, we drank Budweiser, the damn King of Beers, made from the finest rice ever grown. It was all we knew, really. Oh sure, we also drank Miller, “The Champagne of Bottled Beers,” but beer options were few, and they all tasted alike, anyway. Except for Stag. Stag really sucked. While in college, we would sometimes drive to Kansas City and come back with cases of an exotic brew from the West called Coors, which was unavailable east of the Missouri border. We thought Coors was sophisticated and sexy, until we realized it had an alcohol content of 3.2, which meant you got bloated before you could get drunk — a real problem for college students. Then in the 1980s, I took a job in Pittsburgh, and my beer world opened up. They made beer in Pennsylvania, lots of it: Straub, Rolling Rock, Stoney’s, Yuengling, and Iron City, which makes terrible beer. In fact, IC Light may be the single worst beer ever made. (Except for Stag. Stag really sucked.) Iron City’s claim to fame was their excellent commemorative cans with images of the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, which probably kept them in business. While in Pittsburgh, I also discovered many excellent Canadian beers — Molson, Labatt, Moosehead — which are best consumed while camping with manly friends in the wilderness and saying “Good beer, eh?” to each other after each sip. Then, in 1994, I moved to Memphis, which was then the worst beer city in America. Actually, Tennessee was the worst beer state in America; Memphis was no different from Nashville or Knoxville. The American beer lobby (Big Beer) had gotten the legislature to gerrymander state regulations to outlaw the selling or serving of beer that came in containers measured in liters rather than gallons, thereby eliminating foreign beers. The only beers you could buy in Memphis at that time were made by the American corporate big boys. I was back in the land of Bud and Miller. Sad! Very unfair! Shortly after I moved here, I was invited to a party where we were asked to bring “interesting beers.” To do so, I discovered, you had to go to the Walgreen’s in West Memphis, where the proprietors — seeing an obvious market — had in stock an immense and diverse selection of brews from around the world. It was not an ideal situation. And it wasn’t legal to bring beer back over the bridge, but we risked it. Those were hard times, kids. A few years later, thanks to the tireless efforts of then-state Senator Steve Cohen, N EWS & O P I N I O N NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 4 Tennessee’s odious “keg law” was finally THE FLY-BY - 5 overturned, and Guinness and Beck’s and POLITICS - 8 Kirin Ichiban and many other brews from EDITORIAL - 10 around the world began flowing from VIEWPOINT - 11 the beer taps of Memphis. It was like the COVER — “THE KING OF Berlin Wall had fallen. (MEMPHIS) BEERS!” Now, it all seems like a bad dream, BY TOBY SELLS - 12 a lifetime ago. Memphis breweries are STE P P I N’ O UT crafting creative and dynamic brews of WE RECOMMEND - 18 all kinds — lagers, ales, ciders, pilsners, MUSIC - 20 porters, you name it. We’re now living LOCAL BEAT - 22 in brewtopia, bro. Still, I think it’s only AFTER DARK - 24 fitting that acknowledgement be given to CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 26 those who came before — the pioneers THEATER - 34 DANCE - 36 of beer. So the next time you’re enjoying FOOD NEWS - 38 that frosty RockBone on the deck of your FOOD FEATURE - 40 favorite pub, I simply ask that you lift a SPIRITS - 41 glass in their honor. FILM - 42 Or just buy me a cold one. C L AS S I F I E D S - 44 BRUCE VANWYNGARDEN LAST WORD - 47 brucev@memphisflyer.com

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V E R B AT I M Fly on the Wall can’t get enough of serial fabulist/Tennessee Senator Mae Beavers. The anti-porn and anti-fact crusader’s complicated relationship with the truth was once again on display at Nashville’s poorly attended pro-Trump Spirit of America Rally this weekend. “Trump is the hardest-working president this country has ever seen” she said. This is ironic — as already noted by the Nashville Scene —because Donald Trump was playing golf at that moment. Beavers, who’s been telling constituents Muslims are trying to infiltrate their churches to find out “what’s going on,” also claimed Trump’s mighty wall between helpless innocent America and the rape-y predator nation Mexico is already being built. (Facepalm). NEVERENDING KILLER It was a big week in Elvis. One of his pistols was up for sale and “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” just opened at Graceland. But it’s “Great Balls of Fire” artist Jerry Lee Lewis — the last original rockabilly standing — who grabbed headlines this week. According to numerous reports, the Killer is suing his daughter for allegedly drugging him and forcing him to tour. He’s also moved to bar her and his son-in-law from using his likeness. Even if it takes off, it’s doubtful the new CMT show Sun Records will survive long enough to tell this part of the saga. OUR NEIGHBOR… Never stop being you, Mississippi. Last week New Albany resident Shane Treadway climbed a tree “looking for his dog” and wound up in a Tupelo hospital after falling and getting himself hung upside down. Treadway was “butt naked,” according to Tupelo’s WTVA. By Chris Davis. Email him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

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Brooks, COPS, and the blacklist Brooks gets a reprieve, the feds say “j/k”, and the ACLU joins the City Hall suit.

Brooks sentence reversed Former Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks won an appeal from the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals for falsifying an election document that misstated her home address. The appeal reverses Brooks’ original sentence — two years probation and 80 hours community service. In 2014, Brooks was popped by county officials for living outside of her district. After this controversy, Brooks left her post on the Shelby County Commission and, then, lost a bid for Juvenile Court Clerk. She pleaded guilty to the charge in 2015. Central to the appeal was Brooks’ claim that two events — remarks made to a Hispanic man concerning diversity in contracts at a commission meeting and a dismissed assault charge stemming from Brooks’ allegedly throwing water on a woman — actually had no bearing on the crime. However, those events became a focal point during her original sentencing hearing. ACLU joins “blacklist” suit The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLUTN) joined a class action lawsuit against the city of Memphis over the creation of a list of citizens who require a police escort into City Hall. The so-called “blacklist” includes former city employees as well as local political activists including Mary Stewart, the mother of Darrius Stewart, who was killed by Memphis police in 2015. The lawsuit alleges that the creation of the “blacklist” violates a 1978 consent decree forbidding the city to use local intelligence to continuously spy on individuals who were exercising their protected First Amendment rights. ACLU-TN’s legal director, Thomas H. Castelli, said that many people on the list have no criminal record but have

merely participated in protected free political speech, and this implies that the city is once again engaging in “political intelligence actions” against its residents. Will they? Won’t they? The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced last week that they would no longer be collaborating with the Memphis Police Department (MPD) in an extensive review of community policing and use of deadly force policies. In their initial statement, the COPS office did not provide an explanation as to why the review was cancelled. Less than four hours later, a second statement came from the COPS office announcing that the collaborative review was back on.

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Salvation Army battles addiction in Memphis. There was no pomp, no circumstance. Instead the graduates two-stepped to Kirk Franklin’s “123 Victory” into a small auditorium scented with fresh flowers and decorated with balloons and streamers last week. They had successfully completed the Salvation Army’s Renewal Place, a twoyear residential recovery program for women in Memphis battling chemical addiction. From mothering skills to emotional support to basic life skills, the residents are provided with everything they need to live a productive, drug-free life after graduation. At the Purdue Center of Hope on Jackson, the three women stood in front of friends and family to tell their stories of redemption from homelessness, incarceration, custody battles, and one common demon: drugs. Tissues were passed, hands were raised, amens and hallelujahs resounded. “You can’t come to graduation at the Salvation Army without going to church,” Capt. Zach Bell, the Army’s area commander, disclaimed early in the program after leading the room in prayer. “There are a lot of pasts in this room, but today, we are celebrating three resurrected souls God has brought from darkness to light.” Since Renewal Place opened in 2001, 78 percent of graduates have maintained sobriety after the program. Those numbers are well above the national average of 10 to 50 percent, according to Salvation Army officials. The program is the first long-term addiction recovery program in the country to allow children to stay with their mothers and heal alongside them. Children of addicted mothers are more likely to have suffered from trauma, causing a slew of emotional disorders and learning disabilities. Program director Sharon Cash said it’s as important for the child to be treated as the mother. “Seven people get their lives changed by mama getting sober,” said Cash, who introduced the approach. Renewal Place is just one of four programs in the Salvation Army’s Heal Memphis initiative, which aims to reverse addiction, poverty, homelessness, and violence in Memphis. The Single Women’s Lodge and the emergency family shelter, under the same roof as Renewal Place, are where homeless women and their children can live for up to 90 days, while gaining emotional, financial, job, and housing stability. Together these three initiatives make up the largest provider of shelter and services for homeless women and

children in the city, having helped over 12,000 women get back on their feet since 2001. The common denominator for all of the Salvation Army’s programs is the goal of showing the city and the country that there is another way to deal with trauma, violence, and addiction. But Heal Memphis needs needs local support, said Ellen Westbrook, the group’s director for community relations and

development, because government funding was cut from the program last summer. “The return on investment is huge,” Westbrook said. “We can’t just throw our hands up anymore saying ‘oh that’s just Memphis.’ The cycle can be broken. We’ve proven that.”

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POLITICS By Jackson Baker

Dual Decisions in District 95 Commissioners prepare to appoint a successor for Mark Lovell; Haslam sets schedule for a special election. Consensus would seem to be an uncertain prospect, as Shelby County commissioners face the task of naming an interim replacement for the District 95 seat in the state House. Neither the Commission’s seven Democrats nor its six Republicans seem prepared to act as a bloc on the matter of a successor to Mark Lovell, the Eads Republican who was pressured into resigning from the legislature last month after serving 45 days in the position he wrested from former incumbent Curry Todd in the August 2016 Republican primary.  The departure from the General Assembly of Lovell, the proprietor of the annual Delta Fair and other business enterprises, followed allegations of sexual misconduct involving a staffer at the General Assembly. Lovell has denied any wrongdoing and has said he merely acceded to the urging of unnamed members of the House Republican leadership who, he has said, expressed a wish to sidestep whatever potential taint might result from a new controversy, following one that ended in the expulsion last year of GOP House member Jeremy Durham of Franklin. And, while the commission may be influenced to some degree by matters of personal character and the likelihood

of avoiding scandal in making a choice about an interim successor, the brevity of the term to be served by a replacement dictates that other considerations will loom larger. There is a certain sentiment on the commission that appointing anybody at all in District 95 might be beside the point, inasmuch as whoever might be named would likely serve for a very brief period, perhaps only a week or two before the adjournment of the legislature, which would probably occur in middle or late April.

“Vouchers would ultimately erode our public and municipal school systems,” Billingsley maintains. As Democratic Commissioner Eddie Jones (who favors making an appointment) observes, “Whoever we send up there may end up serving less time than Mark Lovell did.” The earliest date that a commission appointee could arrive in Nashville to serve would be April 3rd. The current schedule calls for applications for the interim position to be made available between March 21st and March 27th, with applicants to be interviewed by the commission on March 29th and an appointment to be made during the

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Commission’s regular public meeting of April 3rd. Complicating that scenario further is the fact that, on the scheduled appointment date of April 3rd, a primary campaign to fill out Lovell’s full term in District 95 may be underway in both political parties. An official writ last week from Governor Bill Haslam declaring the seat open and calling for a special election established a primary date of Thursday, April 27th, with a general election to be held on Thursday, June 15th. And the deadline for filing candidate petitions is Thursday, March 16th — a date early enough to reveal who, among the applicants for the interim commission appointment, wants to occupy the seat both temporarily and for the duration of a full term. In the case of interim appointments, the commission favors applicants who express no intention of running in a special election for a given seat, so as not to give any active candidate in the election a head start on others. That factor may not be so important this time around, even though — as indicated — the appointment process and the special election campaign will be overlapping. As Republican Commissioner David Reaves of Bartlett pointed out, several key votes are generally left to be resolved in the final week or two of a legislative session. “We need to appoint somebody to represent the district,” Reaves said, especially since an issue of more than usual


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interest to commissioners — that of school vouchers — is likely to still be hanging fire at the tail end of the session. “And the District 95 seat has generally been a swing vote on vouchers in previous sessions,” he says. A similar opinion was put forth by GOP Commissioner Mark Billingsley of Germantown, who notes that the commission recently recorded a unanimous vote opposing vouchers — the awarding of public funds to pay for education in private schools. “Vouchers would ultimately erode our public and municipal school systems,” Billingsley maintains. Even the few commissioners who are dubious about making such a short-term legislative appointment, like Republican Steve Basar, whose district encompasses much of East Memphis, concedes that there is unanimity on the point of vouchers.  “I’ll go with the will of the body on that, but I’m really not in favor of filling the seat for just a couple of weeks,” he says. The Democratic members of the commission concur on the importance of the voucher vote, and on the need for a District 95 representative to endorse the rest of the commission’s adopted legislative agenda, which includes support for medical marijuana. The commission Democrats could be vexed by another matter — whether to assert the fact of their numerical majority to appoint a fellow Democrat or, conversely, to adhere to a tradition of filling vacancies according to the accepted party preference of the district in question. No one disputes that House District 95, in southeast Shelby County, votes overwhelmingly Republican in any partisan election, but various Democratic activists in Shelby County, like Dave Cambron, president of the Germantown Democratic Club, are campaigning for the party to name its own to the position. In support of that position, Cambron points out that the White County Commission, with a 7-6 GOP majority,  has just named a Republican, Paul Bailey, to succeed Democratic state Representative Charles Curtiss in a vacated House seat. Two Democrats have expressed interest in the District 95 seat — Julie Byrd Ashworth and Adrienne Pakis-Gillon. Pakis-Gillon, a veteran activist who has run previously for a state Senate seat, has been contacting commission members in quest of their support for the interim post. An email sent out to fellow Democrats by Cambron suggests that all but three Democrats lean toward Pakis-Gillon, but Democratic commissioners on both sides of Cambron’s count express doubt that any such determination can be made. Circumstances as of now would seem to favor the appointment of a moderate Republican for the brief end-of-session interim. Reaves put forth a name — that of his former Shelby County School Board colleague, David Pickler.

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depending on action in the legislature this week. But state Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) last week expressed herself in both vocal and parliamentary fashion to abort the governor’s proposal, which would impose a 7-cent increase in current gasoline and diesel taxes, and the Haslam measure’s prospects may end up considerably shriveled as a result. Weaver, chairman of the state House transportation subcommittee, basically — and perhaps temporarily — junked the governor’s tax as a funding mechanism for the planned infrastructure improvements. Instead, she contrived to substitute an arrangement whereby a quarter-cent of the state’s sales tax revenues would be shifted instead to the Department of Transportation. The change would not only alter the Haslam infrastructure measure, it would alter the fundamental way in which the DOT has historically been financed — by user fees like those paid by motorists at the gas pump. Work on rehabbing the state’s infrastructure seems destined to happen, but the underpinning for it will change significantly if Weaver’s changes — or something like them — hold up in subsequent actions by the full Transportation Committee, due to consider the bill this week, and the House Finance Committee, as well, in separate Senate actions. Much of the burden of paying for the long-overdue improvements will

be transferred from users of vehicles — who comprise a relatively upscale slice of the population, as well as a disproportionately large number of motorists and truckers passing through. On top of that, the governor’s proposal — called IMPROVE — will reduce the “regressivity of the state’s tax system.” That’s the finding of Professor Donald Bruce of the University of Tennessee Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Bruce cites evidence that the relatively upscale group which spends considerable time behind the wheel ends up spending nearly twice as much on gasoline and motor oil as those who are poorer. Conversely, the more mobile upscale population devotes disproportionately less of its resources on food. Haslam’s proposal, which involves offsetting tax reductions, including a lowering of the grocery sales tax, would shift a larger share of the tax burden onto the relatively affluent. If the IMPROVE plan for funding infrastructure improvements is thwarted by the same ultraconservative opponents of Haslam’s ill-fated Insure Tennessee program for Medicaid expansion, it is not just the state at large that will suffer. Sooner or later, Tennesseans will surely catch on to who it is that is holding them back, and then these reactionaries of the legislature’s GOP super-majority will find themselves paying the piper — and not just at the gas pump.

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VI EWPO I NT By Juan Williams

Enter the Prosecutor Like Caesar, Donald Trump should fear the Ides of March. ence last week, he said he did not want the committee’s investigation to turn into a “witch hunt” and warned of “McCarthyism,” where innocent Americans were “haul[ed] before Congress.” Representative Adam Schiff, the lead Democrat on the committee, further diminished trust in any House probe when he said last week that the FBI director refused to share with the committee more than “a fraction of what the FBI knows.” Last week, we learned that the Trump White House Counsel’s office issued a memo to all White House staff instructing them to preserve all documents related to Russia. If history is a guide, all that is left now is for public pressure to build on the GOP and the special prosecutor to be named. Here’s a quick look at that history: During the Iran-Contra affair, President Reagan tried to put the scandal behind him by agreeing to the appointment of a special prosecutor, Lawrence Walsh. Walsh indicted several of Reagan’s top aides, including Defense Secretary Caspar “Cap” Weinberger.

During President Clinton’s first term, shady controversies from his time as governor of Arkansas led to the appointment of the special prosecutor Kenneth Starr and set the stage for the Monica Lewinsky sex story that resulted in Clinton’s impeachment. President George W. Bush’s Attorney General, John Ashcroft, recused himself from a White House probe. His deputy then appointed an independent special counsel to find out who leaked the name of a CIA agent. That special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, won the conviction of the Vice President’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby.  Senator John McCain said that he has “more hope than belief ” that the GOP Congress will properly investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. “Have no doubt, what the Russians tried to do to our election could have destroyed democracy,” McCain said. Julius Caesar feared the Ides of March with good reason. As the middle of the month approaches, President Trump and his GOP supporters will be under fearsome pressure to go along with the naming of a special prosecutor. Juan Williams is an author and a political analyst for Fox News Channel.

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In 40 years of covering Washington politics, I have never seen anything like President Trump’s amazing rise to power. I have seen presidents laid low by botched Congressional investigations that lead to special prosecutors. That’s why I’m starting to feel like I’ve seen this movie before. Spoiler Alert: This political thriller ends with the president’s top aides striking plea bargains with federal prosecutors to reduce prison sentences. The U.S. has a rich recent history of special prosecutors. The odds are rising that one more is coming to look into alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia. The dwindling trust in the GOP majority in Congress to conduct such a probe is due to the fading credibility of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Republican chairman of that panel, Senator Richard Burr, is widely perceived as a Trump acolyte.  When FBI director James Comey announced shortly before last year’s election that his agents had reopened their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, Burr bragged there is “not a separation between me and Donald Trump.” Senator Charles Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, was slow to bury Burr with a call for a special prosecutor, perhaps seeking to avoid charges that he was politicizing the probe. But on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Schumer made that call. A special prosecutor was necessary, he asserted, to probe “whether the Trump campaign was complicit in working with the Russians to influence the election.” Now Republicans, including Senators Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Susan Collins, are starting to peel away. Graham has said that if Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with Russian diplomats, “then, for sure, you need a special prosecutor.” On cue, last week Sessions had to recuse himself from the FBI’s probes into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia after The Washington Post revealed he met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. twice last year. Those details seemed to contradict sworn testimony he gave during his Senate confirmation hearing.  If trust in the Senate probe is weak, then the credibility of any House investigation is even weaker. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) served with Sessions on Trump’s presidential transition team. Nunes was also one of the lawmakers actively recruited by Reince Priebus to counter stories about Trump’s ties to Russia. In a rambling press confer-

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King of (Memphis) Beer! Ghost River strikes Gold in The Memphis Flyer ’s 2017 Beer Bracket Challenge.

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host River Gold is the best beer in Memphis, according to the nearly 1,500 voters in The Memphis Flyer & Aldo’s Beer Bracket Challenge. The Golden Ale itself is light, delicate even, but the beer brand is tough and trusty and survived the early days as a pioneer in the Memphis craft beer wilderness. Long before there were craft breweries everywhere, Ghost River went solo, a scrappy Memphis beer taking on the national brands. Ghost River persevered, pumping oceans of what was originally called Ghost River Golden Ale into the market and, judging from the voting, into the hearts of a legion of fans.  “Overjoyed,” was how Ghost River’s head brewer Jimmy Randall described his feeling on hearing about Gold’s win. “I’m just so grateful for the continuing support we’ve received from our hometown.”  Memphis did, indeed, give Ghost River a lot of love during our week of voting. It was a 16-beer bracket, featuring brews from all four local breweries: Memphis Made, Wiseacre, High Cotton, and Ghost River. Two Ghost River beers — Gold and Grindhouse — made it to the final round. Gold won by only a few votes, but Ghost River was the winner, either way.  The Flyer’s Beer Bracket Challenge was broken up into four categories — light beer, dark beer, IPAs, and seasonals. We asked our breweries what beers they wanted to represent them in those categories. We knew, though, that a Kölsch couldn’t (and shouldn’t) compete head to head with a different style, like a pilsner. So, to ensure some kind of objectivity, I donned a blindfold and picked the match-ups out of my red, Bass Pro drinking hat at Aldo’s Pizza Pies Downtown on Facebook Live.  With the bracket set, our voters did the rest. Hundreds of votes were cast during each round, for a final total of about 1,500 individual voters.         Yes, we know we’re not the first to “bracket-ize” beers. The idea has been floated in other alt weeklies around the country. Heck, the Memphis Craft Beer blog ran Malt Madness in 2015. Consider our hats tipped all around.  Running such a bracket is not without controversy. Beer styles are very different. Flavor choices — the brewing arts in general — are subjective. Our bracket was “just a popularity contest,” we were told. To which we say, hell yes! At its heart, that’s exactly what this was. Take it for what it is: fun.   Thanks to this story, I got to get reacquainted with our local breweries. Except 12 for Ghost River, they all opened for business in 2013, and after four years, they’re all still dedicated to making the best beer they can. 

But the craft beer boom is continuing. Look for one, possibly two, new breweries to pop up this year. Meddlesome Brewing, in Cordova, is planning to open this spring or summer. Crosstown Brewing pulled a $1.2 million building permit last week for its new building at (you guessed it) Crosstown Concourse. Meanwhile, here’s a little fresh-brewed news on our breweries.  

W I S E A C R E B R E W I N G : T H E TA L E O F T I N Y B O M B Davin Bartosch was making coffee. Kellan, Davin’s brother and business partner, was chatting up The Memphis Flyer reporter in the Wiseacre break room. Davin, however, was making coffee with a loving focus that afforded no bandwidth for small talk until that coffee was made. If it’s anything like their beers, I thought, that’s going to be some damn good coffee.   Employees buzzed around the brewery, watching complicated brewing apparatus, answering phones, filing paperwork, or minding the bar. Kellan said the company now has about 20 full-time employees. They’re characters, every one, he said, but also hard workers who “really helped build this.” The brothers long dreamed of opening a brewery and doing it in Memphis. It was realized in 2013, and they’ve gone full-steam ever since. Wiseacre is a formidable force in Memphis craft beer, and their beers are now sold in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. But their success has led to a happy problem: They’ve run out of room to make more beer.  “We can’t put any more tanks in the building,” Kellan said. “So, we’ve heard from people in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, California, Florida — places that we could really pursue — but we currently can’t do anything else in our building in terms of production.” Wiseacre is still mulling a move to expand their operation to the Mid-South Coliseum, but the Bartosches said no decision on that has been made. But, Kellan said, they’re happy as things are now. They love focusing on Memphis and making tons of Tiny Bomb, Ananda (the


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two best-selling Tennessee-made beers in the state, Kellan said), and Gotta Get Up to Get Down. Beer names that spring from Wiseacre are routinely unusual: Men, Not Machines, Azazel, Neon Brown, and Unicornicopia. Even Adjective Animal is a meta-play on beer-naming conventions.  “I think our branding strategy is to either be clever or stupid, in the Beavis and Butthead kind of way, where it’s funny because it’s so dumb,” Kellan said.  But the boys were clever when it came to naming Tiny Bomb, which seems like the most basic, everyday, poundable drinker. But it’s more complicated than that (really).  Davin dreamed up and developed Tiny Bomb, a pilsner, years before Wiseacre opened. It came from his frustration with people “always drinking Bud Light.” “They’d say it was low in calories, so they could drink many of them at a time,” Davin said. “So, I thought, I’m going to find a way to satisfy everybody. So, tiny alcohol, tiny calories, flavor bomb.” Tiny Bomb is suitable for slamming on a hot day, Davin agreed, but, being a light style, it is also delicate and a challenge to brew. Kellan thought Davin was joking when he said he wanted to brew a pilsner for Wiseacre. The style was unfashionable at the time. But Davin stuck to Tiny Bomb, and now pilsners are en vogue.  “(Davin) knew it a decade ago, and we’re just now getting it,” Kellan said. “(Vincent) van Gogh died before people liked his art. Thankfully, Davin is still alive to see people enjoy Tiny Bomb.”

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Ryan Staggs is flummoxed, happily flummoxed. Scottish Ale, a beer he developed in his garage, is High Cotton Brewing’s bestselling beer. But he doesn’t know why.  “It’s crazy!” Staggs said. “Who would have thought that a dark beer like that would have been (so successful).” When High Cotton opened in 2013 in the Edge neighborhood, Staggs’ Scottish Ale was the only recipe all three brewery owners decided was ready to go without further tweaking. 

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“It was money from the get-go,” said co-owner Ross Avery. Staggs said Scottish is easy to drink but a challenge to “make it, ferment it, and take care of it.” He says the style is “not really exotic” and “super traditional.” There’s no crazy yeast strain needed and no crazy ingredients.  “There’s no Scottish ales with mango or spruce tips,” Staggs joked.  But the style demands a brew done “exactly right,” or “the flaws come through pretty quickly,” Staggs said. He tips his hat to the macro brewers (Bud, Miller, and Coors) for making “a lager that at least tastes consistent. Maybe it’s not good, but it tastes consistent. That’s a feat in itself.” The process produces a beer with a clean finish, Staggs said, “But it’s also a robust enough style where it’s still kind of rich, and caramely; it’s toffee, it’s toasty, and slightly roasty. I know that — sorry [Beer Judge Certification Program] — people are like, Scottish ales aren’t roasty! But roasted barley is what lends that flavor and what people perceive as roasty, and that is absolutely traditional in the brewing process.” Staggs brewed at home for about five years before helping to found High continued on page 14

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continued from page 13 Cotton. His training and experience as a civil engineer launched his respect for “the nerdy science behind brewing beer.” Copious notes and numerous iterations helped him refine the recipe, and it has paid off. “What we drink today was kind of the final result of that [research and development] at my house,” Staggs said.  Having a brewery, a taproom, and beers for sale in Kroger are dreams come true for Staggs. But he said he couldn’t have imagined it would have been his Scottish that won the day.  “It’s sort of a gateway to craft beer for Memphians,” said Avery. “They had experience [with craft beer] with Ghost River Golden. So, we weren’t going to make another golden [ale]. And now it’s become our best seller.” Avery said, “The summer before last, the temperature really started spiking up. I thought, a dark beer in the summertime? And yet sales remained steady. All I could imagine were people sitting in dark bars where it was cold.” High Cotton recently expanded its seating capacity with a back bar that has huge windows looking into the brew house. Staggs said it’s always available during taproom hours and for private events. He said the company is experimenting with some new beers and is planning to be in new cans soon. 

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Bombers on a bottling line. That was the first thing I noticed on a visit to Memphis Made last week. “Is that a temporary bottling line?” I asked, pointing at the machine.  “I mean, it’s temporary, as in it will run until we break it,” said Drew Barton, cofounder and head brewer at Memphis Made.  Memphis Made is the only Big Four Memphis brewery without a regularly available packaged product in local stores. They have done specialty bombers (750 milliliter bottles), and they canned up their Gonerfest IPA last year in a one-off deal. But the permanent bottling line will make packaged sales a more permanent fixture. Those bottled beers will be exclusively high-gravity, Barton said. The first will be Soulless Ginger, a take on a brewery cult favorite, Soulful Ginger. Barton described Soulless Ginger as “a little more alcohol, a little more ginger, and way less soul.”

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Barton said to look for the new Ginger soon in growler shops, package stores, some convenience stores, and — while he couldn’t say the names of them, specifically — some “grocery stores.” “It’ll be small-batch stuff,” said co-founder Andy Ashby. “So, it’s not going to be everywhere all the time. We’re north of 150 accounts in Shelby County. Basically, some of the places we’re at now are going have it, including some grocery stores.” Memphis Made opened in 2013’s Great Craft Beer Awakening. Nearly a year later, the company opened its Cooper-Young taproom. Brewing new beers and hosting tons of taproom events has made life busy for Ashby, Barton, and Memphis Made’s small cadre of employees. “We’re tired, but we’re happy,” Barton said. “We threw out the business plan a long time ago.” Memphis Made, too, is known for its beer names that range from inside jokes to super-Memphis-y public scandals. (See: RockBone IPA.) The name Fireside, for its amber ale, comes with permission from a North Carolina brewery already using the name. The non-mystery about the beer is that Barton and Ashby just liked the name. continued from page 16


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The real Fireside mystery is how well it sells. “I’m baffled by it,” Barton said.  Ashby said, “It’s different, but it’s accessible. Every brewery out there has an IPA. But a nice, malty amber that is drinkable? People just really tend to gravitate toward it.” Memphis Made was planned as a seasonal brewery, aimed at changing its beers every few months and never keeping on any beers year-round. Fireside began its life as a fall seasonal, Ashby said. When it left the taps, “I’d get lambasted,” Ashby said, by Fireside fans worried that they wouldn’t see their Memphis Made stand-by for another year.  So, they brought it on full-time. Ashby said he didn’t worry about its success in the spring but certainly did in the Memphis summertime. “Is this amber going to sell when it’s 110 degrees outside?” Ashby wondered. “It didn’t miss a beat. It’s pretty crazy. I didn’t see that one coming, either.”

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Garrison Keillor said he wouldn’t miss A Prairie Home Companion in 2016 when he finally left the throwback radio show he’d created more than 40 years earlier. The slow-talking storyteller was going to do his last show, then hop on a train headed north, then east across the country to celebrate a good run on his “above average” variety show featuring song, sketch comedy, monologues, spots for Powdermilk Biscuits, and satirical, homespun news from Lake Wobegon. He wasn’t going to miss it because he was working on a screenplay. He was also writing a memoir. This was the time in life when normal people retired. He’d be normal, too, and retire so he could devote more attention to personal projects like these. Besides, if the former New Yorker writer and ongoing Washington Post columnist ever decided he hadn’t done quite enough, he could always take on a solo speaking tour. This week, America’s storyteller visits Memphis and the Orpheum Theatre to do his old thing in a new way. Keillor’s storytelling evenings tend to be sedate affairs — even more than his famously even-keeled radio shows. It’s sometimes just the man, a stool, and a series of stories that spin off from one another and converge. His evening at the Orpheum includes special musical guests. Musical guests he’ll sing with, no doubt. Although he’s no longer the chief correspondent for A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor uses his website to supply fans with a steady supply of real American fake “news” from his fictitious Lake Wobegon, “Where all the women are strong and the men are good looking.” Keillor’s storytelling tone remains affirming and nostalgic, but the content’s always real and considerably darker than the Norman Rockwell tableau it initially appears to ape. What’s retirement? Keillor only left the radio. He never left the prairie. Life is suffering — isn’t that funny?

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Are you ready for food truck paradise? Food News, p. 38

THURSDAY March 9

FRIDAY March 10

Booksigning by Margaret Skinner Burke’s Book Store, 6 p.m. Margaret Skinner signs and reads from her book of short stories, Cold Eye. Mother’s Favorite Child Collective Live Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m., $25 A supergroup of backing musicians who’ve played with everyone from Prince to Justin Timberlake.

Against Me! Hi-tone, 8 p.m., $20 Performance by this punk band led by Laura Jane Grace. “Beauty in a War Torn World” Talk Memphis Botanic Garden, 10:30 a.m., $5 Dr. Sarah Wilkerson Freeman leads this talk focusing on photographs from the Japanese internment camp in Arkansas.

Side Show Theatre Memphis, 8 p.m., $30 Musical about conjoined twins in conflict — one wants a family, the other wants fame. Vintage901 Various locations A new three-day wine festival with a wine dinner on Friday, a tasting on Saturday, and a brunch on Sunday. For more info, go to vintage901.com.

Southern Women’s Show Agricenter International, 10 a.m., $10 Shopping, cooking demos, food, workshops, and more during this three-day expo. Olympic medalist and Dancing with the Stars winner Laurie Hernandez makes an appearance on Saturday. More info at southernshows.com. Tennessee Shakespeare Company Annual Gala Germantown Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m., $175 Fund-raiser for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company with an appearance by Sierra Boggess of Broadway’s The Little Mermaid.


Dominic Dierkes

Kissing Keillor

By Chris Davis

There are some things you just can’t keep from people. Dominic Dierkes was told his face would probably be printed in this week’s issue of The Memphis Flyer on the page opposite a photo of Garrison Keillor in such a way that it would almost be like they were kissing when the paper was closed. “Oh, that’s nice,” says Dierkes, a native Memphian who hasn’t made it to town for a comedy date in years. “That’s what comforts me with most of the interviews I do. Hoping it will end up with me lightly kissing Garrison Keillor on the lips.” Dierkes, a writer for the new Fox time-travel show Making History, graduated from Christian Brothers and started doing comedy at the Looney Bin on Overton Square when he was 15. He’s coming home to co-headline the 6th Annual Memphis Comedy Festival. Dierkes shares top billing at this year’s festival with Baron Vaughn, the stand-up comic best known for playing Nwabudike “Bud” Bergstein on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. The Memphis Comedy Festival is a four-day event based out of TheatreWorks on Overton Square, but stretching out to other Midtown venues. Last year’s event showcased 50 shows and performances by more than 60 comics and improv troupes. Do you like the occasional late, late breakfast? Have you ever wanted to see comedians perform in their underwear in an audience full of people in their underwear, while wearing only your underwear? The Memphis Comedy Festival can help you with all these things, too. THE MEMPHIS COMEDY FESTIVAL IS AT THEATREWORKS, STUDIO ON THE SQUARE, AND THE P&H CAFE MARCH 9TH-12TH. $60 FOR ALL-ACCESS. MEMPHISCOMEDYFESTIVAL.COM

Memphis Black Restaurant Week Various locations Highlighting Memphis’ Blackowned restaurants, including The Choo, Cupcake Cutie, DeJaVu, and Underground Cafe. Concludes with Soulful Food Truck Sunday at Clayborn Temple, starting at noon. Violet Germantown Community Theatre, 8 p.m. Musical about a little girl who travels to get healed by a TV evangelist.

Conor Oberst Minglewood Hall, 8 p.m., $26-$31 Concert by this singer-songwriter featuring The Felice Brothers. One dollar of every ticket sold goes to Planned Parenthood.

Colors Festival India Cultural Center and Temple (12005 US 64), 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A festival welcoming spring with food, a scavenger hunt, a dance in colors, and a Holi bonfire.

Compassion 3-1-1 National Civil Rights Museum, 9-11 a.m. A march for compassion from 201 Poplar to the National Civil Rights Museum, with dance, music, and performances.

Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Beale Street, 3 p.m. Annual parade with floats, dancers, bands, and more. Stick around for the annual Raising of the Goat at Silky’s.

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resume his musical chokehold underground. Both are remarkable lyricists, and one could wonder if there is a sense of friendly competition when Starlito and Don Trip step in the booth. Let them tell it. “It’s less competitive and more complementary,” Starlito says. “I know that Don Trip is going to deliver a superb verse every time, so deep down, I know that I can’t bullshit.” Starlito and Trip tend to infuse a lot of wit and humor in their music. But it’s not to the point that it overshadows their rhymes about

pain, struggle, misfortune, and social injustice. The track “Dead President” off their February mixtape Karate in the Garage is a fitting example. The duo share their perspectives on politics and the government. Starlito, in particular, lyrically chastises the nation’s 45th president: Last night, I had a dream that the president died/ Woke up, he was still alive, I felt like crying/ Changed the channel and seen something bout a travel ban/ What the fuck? Man, every Muslim

ain’t the Taliban Starlito and Don Trip are aware that artists of their caliber fusing to create an archive of music is rare. With that in mind, they’re determined to push the bar with each release. The duo is already recording tracks for Step Brothers Four, as well as hitting stages throughout the South and Midwest via their Karate in the Garage Tour. The grind doesn’t stop. “When it’s all said and done, I want to be in that Mount Rushmore of twoman groups,” Starlito says. “Hopefully, the reception of Step Brothers Three will push us in that direction.”

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Products of two cities heralded for their musical heritage, Nashville (Starlito) and Memphis (Don Trip), the duo has amassed a cult-like following from their individual and duo efforts. To a certain extent, their careers mirror each other. They both experienced moderate commercial acclaim and held spots on major label rosters, and, ultimately, they both traded in the industry’s glitz and glam for independence. Starlito got his first taste of musical recognition with 2005’s “Grey Goose,” which led to his catching the attention of Yo Gotti, who signed Starlito to his nowdefunct Inevitable Entertainment. A production deal with Cash Money Records and Universal Motown followed. But things didn’t go the way Starlito planned: His major label debut never dropped, causing him to create his Grind Hard imprint and release projects independently. Trip’s initial flirtation with stardom came from his 2011 release “Letter to My Son,” a heartfelt outcry over a tumultuous battle to see his child. The song helped land him a deal with Interscope Records and a slot among XXL’s 2012 Freshman Class. But like his partner in rhyme, Trip’s major label debut was shelved, motivating him to part ways and

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Big River Block Party

March 9-15, 2017

Americana and folk songwriters hit downtown this weekend.

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The vision Mark Parsell has planted in Memphis for songwriters is taking bloom. After stepping into leadership roles with Memphis Farmers Market and South Main Trolley Night many years ago, Parsell partnered with Brad Matherne in 2015 to create a new venue and record store on South Main that songwriters could call home. “That’s what South Main Sounds is,” Parsell explained. “That’s how we really put an imprint on the music scene — giving songwriters a place to present original music in Memphis.” This weekend’s first annual Big River Block Party is the culmination of Parsell’s long-running determination to make Memphis the primary gateway stop for Americana acts, folk performers, and songwriters on the road to the annual SXSW Festival in Austin. Parsell and festival cofounder John Dillard had been talking for a couple of years about starting a songwriter festival of some kind downtown. “When Folk Alliance moved away from Memphis,” Parsell said, “nothing and nobody really came along to replace it.” It is estimated that the absence of the Folk Alliance meeting has cost the city of Memphis $2.5M in annual tourism dollars.  While Parsell was in talks with radio station 94.1 The Wolf about possibly expanding their one-night songwriter showcase at the Halloran Centre, he had a chance encounter with Friday night festival headliners The Accidentals, an acclaimed indie-Americana act that was named one of Yahoo Music’s 10 Artists to Watch in 2017. Parsell recognized a golden opportunity. The trio adjusted their schedule to make an appearance in Memphis on March 10th, and the festival took root. “Once we had that commitment, we just decided the time was right to take a leap of faith,” he said.  Parsell and Dillard then garnered support from a wide base of influencers, including the Downtown Memphis Commission and developer Henry Turley. With their headliner booked and a weekend of activities to round things out, Big River Block Party was born. While this year’s event won’t actually operate in the traditional sense of a “block party,” it will be a series of mostly ticketed events that will take

place inside of various venues, allowing events to operate rain or shine. “Think Trolley Night but on a larger scale,” Parsell said.  The weekend will kick off at the 5 Spot Friday night with music from The Accidentals, Jake Allen, and Talia Keys from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Afterward, the block party’s activities will shift to the Dirty Crow Inn, where Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils from Detroit will take the stage at 10 p.m. The next morning, Saturday, March 11th, from 10 a.m. until noon, South Main Sounds will hold an admission-free family variety show hosted by Bill Shipper and featuring music from teen songwriters Bailey Bigger and Merit Koch.

The Accidentals will perform at the Big River Block Party, March 10th. That afternoon, there will be a crawfish boil and beer garden in the courtyard behind 550 South Main, featuring music from South Side Supper Club, Tony Manard, Rice Drewry, and 3 Degrees. Throughout the afternoon, there will be a variety of musicians busking along South Main. At Guidingpoint Financial, directly across from the South Main fire station, Shufflegrit will showcase their ability to translate well-known songs into rockabilly stompers. The Halloran Centre at the Orpheum will cap off Saturday’s activities at  7 p.m. when the 94.1 The Wolf Songwriter Fest presents live performances from Sarah Buxton, Casey Beathard, and Barry Dean. Finally, on Sunday, March 12th, the Block Party will co-sponsor “Turn Up for Tilly,” a celebration supporting the charitable efforts of ALIVE Rescue Memphis to help defray the medical costs for Tilly and other rescue dogs. For each $6 donation, guests will be treated to a complimentary Yazoo beer and a raffle entry for special prizes.


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AGAINST ME! THURSDAY, MARCH 9 HI-TONE

After Dark: Live Music Schedule March 9 - 15 Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Brandon Cunning Trio Sundays, 6 p.m., and Mondays, 7 p.m.; FreeWorld Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

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.

Club 152 152 BEALE 544-7011

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

Handy Bar 200 BEALE 527-2687

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

Itta Bena 145 BEALE 578-3031

Kayla Walker Thursdays, 67 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.

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

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

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.

Blues City Cafe

King’s Palace Cafe

138 BEALE 526-3637

162 BEALE 521-1851

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

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

162 BEALE 521-1851

Sonny Mack MondaysFridays, 2-6 p.m.; Cowboy Neil Mondays, Thursdays, 7-11 p.m., and Saturdays, Sundays, 26 p.m.; Sensation Band Tuesdays, Fridays, 7-11 p.m.; Fuzzy and the Kings of Memphis Saturdays, 711 p.m.; Chic Jones and the Blues Express Sundays, 711 p.m.; North and South Band Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m.

King’s Palace Cafe Tap Room 168 BEALE 576-2220

Big Don Valentine’s Three Piece Chicken and a Biscuit Blues Band Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Cowboy Neil Friday, March 10, 8 p.m.midnight; North and South Band Saturday, March 11, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Rum Boogie Cafe Blues Hall

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

South Main

182 BEALE 528-0150

130 PEABODY PLACE 523-8536

Ghost River Brewing

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.; Nick Hern Band Friday, March 10, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Memphis Mambo Combo Saturday, March 11, 48 p.m.; McDaniel Band Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday, March 11, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight. 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.

330 BEALE 525-8981

Dance Gavin Dance Friday, March 10, 7 p.m.

Center for Southern Folklore

Rum Boogie Cafe Ghost Town Blues Band Thursday, March 9, 7-11 p.m.; Walter Wolfman Washington Friday, March 10, 9 p.m.midnight, and Saturday, March 11, 9 p.m.-midnight; Pam and Terry Saturday, March 11, 5-8 p.m.; Sensation Band Sunday, March 12, 7-11 p.m.; Harlis Sweetwater Band Monday, March 13, 8 p.m.-midnight, Tuesday, March 14, 8 p.m.midnight, and Wednesday, March 15, 8 p.m.-midnight.

123 S. MAIN AT PEABODY TROLLEY STOP 525-3655

827 S. MAIN 278-0087

The Rusty Pieces Sunday, March 12, 6-8:30 p.m.

The Halloran Centre

Loflin Yard

225 S. MAIN 529-4299

7 W. CAROLINA

94.1 The Wolf Songwriter Fest (BMI) Saturday, March 11, 7-10 p.m.

Huey’s Downtown

John Neameth Friday, March 10, 10 p.m.; The Reapers Saturday, March 11, 10 p.m.; Electric Church Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

77 S. SECOND 527-2700

Deering and Down Sunday, March 12, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

The Orpheum

Silky O’Sullivan’s

New Daisy Theatre

182 BEALE 528-0150

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

203 S. MAIN 525-3000

Decades Rewind-Memphis Thursday, March 9, 7:30-9:45 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 MondaysWednesdays, 5:30-8 p.m.

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

Whiskey Chute Smugglers Friday, March 10, 8-11 p.m.

Dirty Crow Inn 855 KENTUCKY

Bobbie & Tasha 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.

DJ Dance Music MondaysSundays, 10 p.m.

Rumba Room 303 S. MAIN 523-0020

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

The Silly Goose 100 PEABODY PLACE 435-6915

DJ Cody Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

Bar DKDC 964 S. COOPER 272-0830

Franks and Deans Thursday, March 9; DJ Dropout Boogie Friday, March 10; Marcella and Her Lovers Saturday, March 11; Devil Train Monday, March 13; John Paul Keith Wednesday, March 15.

Boscos 2120 MADISON 432-2222

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

The Buccaneer 1368 MONROE 278-0909

Nick Hern Band Saturday, March 11, 4-7 p.m.

Canvas 1737 MADISON 443-5232

Karaoke Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.; Quinn DeVeaux Friday, March 10; Kyle Pruzina Mondays, 10 p.m.-midnight.

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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

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Midtown Crossing Grill

903 S. COOPER 274-5151

394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

2559 BROAD 730-0719

Ed Finney and the U of M Jazz Quartet Thursdays, 9 p.m.; Reach Friday, March 10, 10 p.m.; The Pistol and the Queen Saturday, March 11, 10 p.m.; David Collins Jazz Sunday, March 12, 6-9 p.m.; Justin White Mondays, 7 p.m.; Stephen Pigman Monday, March 13, 7-9 p.m.; Don and Wayde Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

Minglewood Hall 1555 MADISON 866-609-1744

That 1 Guy Thursday, March 9, 8 p.m.; Frank Foster Friday, March 10, 7 p.m.; Ro James Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.; Conor Oberst Saturday,March 11, 8 p.m.

Wild Bill’s 1580 VOLLINTINE 207-3975

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

Young Avenue Deli 2119 YOUNG 278-0034

Leopold and His Fiction with Howling Tongues and wARM Friday, March 10, 9 p.m.

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

Poplar/I-240 East Tapas and Drinks 6069 PARK 767-6002

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

Summer/Berclair Cheffie’s Cafe

Huey’s Collierville

483 HIGH POINT TERRACE 202-4157

2130 W. POPLAR 854-4455

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

High Point Pub 477 HIGH POINT TERRACE 452-9203

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

Germantown Performing Arts Center 1801 EXETER 751-7500

Paul and Linnea Bert Classic Accents 3: Mozart and Schumann Sunday, March 12, 2:30-4 p.m.

Growlers Sunless Thursday, March 9; Brian Johnson Band Thursday, March 9, 8 p.m.-midnight; Crockett Hall Tuesdays with the Midtown Rhythm Section Tuesdays, 9 p.m.; William Matheny & the Strange Constellations Monday, March 13.

Huey’s Southwind 7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

The King Beez Sunday, March 12, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Huey’s Germantown 7677 FARMINGTON 318-3034

Heart Memphis Band Sunday, March 12, 8-11:30 p.m.

Hi-Tone

North Mississippi/ Tunica

412-414 N. CLEVELAND 278-TONE

Lafayette’s Music Room 2119 MADISON 207-5097

Gun Hill Royals Thursday, March 9, 9 p.m.; Marcella Simien Trio Friday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.; Caleb Hawley Friday, March 10, 10 p.m.; Deering and Down Saturday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.; Groovement Saturday, March 11, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Sundays, 11 a.m.; Madjack Records: A Memphis Celebration! Sunday, March 12, 4 p.m.; John Paul Keith and Co. Mondays, 6 p.m.; Jimmy Davis Monday, March 13, 6 p.m.; John Kilzer Tuesday, March 14, 7 p.m.; Ben De La Cour Wednesday, March 15, 5:30 p.m.; Breeze Cayolle and New Orleans Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.

Beat Generation Sunday, March 12, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Germantown

1911 POPLAR 244-7904

The Chaulkies Sunday, March 12, 4-7 p.m.; Pamela K Ward Sunday, March 12, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

Objekt 12 Saturday, March 11, 9 p.m.-midnight; The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

Youth and Young Adult Spring Revival: A Perfect Word to Revive the Soul Tues.-Thur., Mar. 14-16, 7-10 p.m.

Huey’s Midtown

Cordova

8071 TRINITY 756-4480

1251 S. WILLETT

1927 MADISON 726-4372

Gary Escoe’s Atomic Dance Machine Sunday, March 12, 8-11:30 p.m.

T.J. Mulligan’s Cordova

Eternal Peace Missionary Baptist Church

Against Me! Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m.; Memphis Comedy Festival Friday, March 10, 4:20 p.m.; Mike Doughty Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.; Ugly Sun, Psychiatric Metaphors, the Off White Sunday, March 12, 9 p.m.; The Mystery Lights, Calvin Love Monday, March 13, 8 p.m.; Pujol, Small, Harlan, Intimacy Wednesday, March 15, 8 p.m.

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Neil’s Music Room

1589 MADISON 726-4193

5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Thigh master Saturday, March 11; Slingshot Dakota, Rat Boys, Island of Misfit Toys Sunday, March 12.

P&H Cafe 1532 MADISON 726-0906

Rock Starkaraoke Fridays; Sage and the 64 Wonder, Hippy Soul, Virghost, and Crisis901 Saturday, March 11; Open Mic Music with Tiffany Harmon Mondays, 9 p.m.-midnight.

The Phoenix 1015 S. COOPER 338-5223

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

RockHouse Live Midtown 2586 POPLAR

Brain Food Entertainment

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

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

Huey’s Poplar 4872 POPLAR 682-7729

Vintage Sunday, March 12, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Shotgun Billy’s Thursday, March 9, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Memphis Funk N Horns Saturday, March 11, 8 p.m.; John Kilzer, Chuck Jones Sunday, March 12, 6-9 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 610 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center

Owen Brennan’s

2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

THE REGALIA, 6150 POPLAR 761-0990

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

Bartlett 3663 APPLING 385-6440

Route 66 Friday, March 10, 2:30-10 p.m.

Hadley’s Pub Almost Famous Friday, March 10, 9 p.m.; The Backstreet Crawlers Saturday, March 11, 9 p.m.; Cruisin’ Heavy Sunday, March 12, 5:30 p.m.

Shelby Forest General Store 7729 BENJESTOWN 876-5770

Tony Butler Fridays, 6-8 p.m.

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

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

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Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center

Route 66, a rip-roarin’ good time 1950s musical. www.bpacc.org. $25. Fri., March 10, 2:30 & 8 p.m. 3663 APPLING (385-6440).

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Mother’s Favorite Child Collective Live, featuring live show with creative songwriting and classic production style. See website for more information and list of performers. www.mothersfavoritechild.com. $25. Thurs., March 9, 7 p.m. MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN (TICKETS, 525-1515).

The Evergreen Theatre

The Dragnificent Variety Show 2017, original skits, production numbers, and more featuring some of Memphis’ favorite drag personalities benefiting Planned Parenthood www.friendsofgeorges.org. $25. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through March 18.

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1705 POPLAR (274-7139).

Germantown Community Theatre

Violet, as a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. She travels across the 1964 South toward a miracle — the healing touch of a TV evangelist that will make her beautiful. www.gctcomeplay. org. $28. March 10-26. 3037 FOREST HILL-IRENE (453-7447).

Hattiloo Theatre

Crowns the Gospel Musical, church hats become a springboard for an exploration of Black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young Black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. www.hattiloo.org. $22-$28. Sundays, 3 p.m., Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Through April 2. 37 S. COOPER (502-3486).

The Orpheum

Decades Rewind-Memphis, theatrical concert featuring more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Bring your memories to life with over 100 costume changes and videos that turn back time. www.decadesrewind.com. $36-$44. Thurs., March 9, 7:30-9:45 p.m. Garrison Keillor, appearance by one of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion. www.orpheum-memphis.com. $53. Fri., March 10, 7 p.m. 203 S. MAIN (525-3000).

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Lord of the Flies, based on the classic book of how human beings react when their humanity is stripped away. Adult situations advisory. www. playhouseonthesquare.org. $35-$40. ThursdaysSaturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through March 26.

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Jack Robinson Photography Gallery Evening of Music, classical night of music with Jonathan White, viola, and Maeve Brophy on piano. Donations. Thurs., March 9, 6:30 p.m. 44 HULING (576-0708).

Memphis Jewish Community Center

“MGAL Star Artist,” exhibition of juried works by award-winning artists of the Memphis Germantown Art League. (761-0810), www.jccmemphis. org. Thurs., March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 6560 POPLAR (761-0810).

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Art & A Movie: David Bowie

Create art, drink wine, and connect with other museum visitors. Attend a related film screening. Use needle, thread, and special David Bowieinspired fabrics to create your own Prayer Flag for Bowie. 21+. $14 members, $16 nonmembers. Wed., March 15, 6 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Beauty in a War Torn World: History of the Art Exhibit Tour and Talk

Dr. Sarah Wilkerson Freeman shares an in-depth look at the art that came out of the Japanese internment camp at Rohwer, Arkansas, during WWII, focusing on the 1945 Paul Faris photographs and internment individuals. Thurs., March 9, 10:30 a.m.-noon. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 CHERRY (636-4100), WWW.MEMPHISBOTANICGARDEN.COM.

Call for Artists: I AM A MAN Plaza

Open to any artist currently living in the United States of America. Artists are invited to apply as a team if desirable. See website for more information and RFQ. Through March 16.

66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

URBANART COMMISSION, 2549 BROAD, WWW.URBANARTCOMMISSION.ORG.

Theatre Memphis

“Drawing Memory”

Side Show, musical based on the lives of conjoined twin women, Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became famous stage performers in the 1930s. Conflict separates the two emotionally. Heartbreak brings them together. www.theatrememphis.org. $30. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through April 2. 630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323).

Live mural painting by Victor Ekpuk, a Nigerianborn, Washington D.C.-based artist. Through March 17. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

Hello Holland: 23,000 Spring Bulbs Photo Contest

At the end of the exhibit, winners will be selected from certain categories who have posted photos

on social media with the hashtag #dixonblooms. Through April 29. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

Inside the Collection: Mokume Gane

Join the Metal Museum’s Registrar as she provides in-depth information about pieces in the permanent collection. Sun., March 12, 2 p.m. METAL MUSEUM, 374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380), WWW.METALMUSEUM.ORG.

Kudzu Playhouse Scholarships

Two awards are available to graduating high school seniors, as well as current and rising college freshmen and sophomores. Applications available on website. Through April 1. WWW.KUDZUPLAYERS.COM.

Open Crit

Monthly critique event where visual artists are invited to bring new and/or in-progress studio work for critical feedback and group discussion particular to each artist’s practice. Free and open to the public. Tues., March 14, 6-8 p.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Saturday Sketch

Sketch in the gardens or galleries with a special guest instructor each month. Bring a pad of paper or a sketchbook. Pencils and colored pencils only please. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

“Skin”

Exhibition of photography. $10. Sat., March 11, 6:30-10:30 p.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

Small Shop Saturday

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

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Members of the Argentine Tango Society give lessons and tango demonstrations in the rotunda. Included with museum admission. Third Wednesday, Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

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Improv Comedy Show, www. wiseguysimprov.com. Second Saturday of every month, 8 p.m. 603 N. MCLEAN (725-1718).

The Cove

Comedy with Dagmar, open mic comedy. www.thecovememphis.com. Sundays, 7-9 p.m.

investigation hosted by a real paranormal investigator and TAPS family member. Meet and investigate a site which was the scene of a brutal murder in 1918. $20. Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Through April 29.

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Booksigning by Margaret Skinner

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

Author will reads and signs Cold Eye. Thurs., March 9, 5:30 p.m.

GIRLfacturing: “How It’s Made” Tour

BURKE’S BOOK STORE, 936 S. COOPER (278-7484), WWW.BURKESBOOKS.COM.

2559 BROAD (730-0719).

P&H Cafe

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

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Strictly Hip-Hop Sunday, featuring open mic, live band, and DJ. $5, ladies free. Sundays, 5 p.m. 341 MADISON (524-0104).

Canvas

Open Mic, Sundays, 9 p.m. 1737 MADISON (443-5232).

Cordova Branch Library

March 9-15, 2017

Lucky Draw Poetry Battle, Mid-South poets will war in this winner-take-all poetry slam battle. Poets will need two to three poems to compete for $100 grand prize. Featuring Lucky the Opportunist. For adult souls only. (415-2764), www.livingbreath-

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Business Briefing on Business Financial Strategies

James Whiteman, a financial advisor from Shoemaker Financial, speaks on topic to help business owners identify professional and personal priorities, goals, and objectives, in Halle Room. Register online. Fri., March 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. LUCIUS E. & ELSIE C. BURCH JR. LIBRARY, 501 POPLAR VIEW, COLLIERVILLE (457-2600), WWW.COLLIERVILLELIBRARY.ORG.

Conversations about Local Food Policy

Panel series that addresses how policy affects our food system, addressing topics such as sustainable agriculture, land use, access, farm to school and child nutrition, and food access and security. Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. Through March 30.

This year’s Memphis Heritage’s Preservation Series focuses on music-rich buildings, people, and history. Mondays, 7 p.m. Through March 27. HOWARD HALL, 2282 MADISON.

Munch and Learn

Bring your own lunch; sodas and water will be supplied. Guest speakers talk about various subjects in the Hughes Pavilion. Free with gallery admission. Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

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Garden Design and Plants Tour

Visit a specific garden and learn about its design and plants. Each month garden docents will give you the details of the featured space. Visit all nine gardens, get your card signed, and receive a special gift in the New Year. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

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ChalkFest Saturday, March 11 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lucky Draw Poetry Battle at Cordova Branch Library, Saturday

Ghost Hunting 101 and Investigation

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Unique behind-the-brand experience of “how it’s made” from concept to finish, featuring personal tours and talks at each company and hands-on opportunity to create products or witness them come to life. $15-$25. Mon., March 13, 9-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., Tues., March 14, 9-10:30 a.m., and Wed., March 15, 9-11 a.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. WWW.GIRL24MOVEMENT.COM.

Old Forest Hike

Walking tour of the region’s only urban old-growth forest. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. OVERTON PARK, OFF POPLAR (276-1387).

Sprock and Roll Party Bike Tours

Drink and bike during dinner, lunch, and art tours in Midtown and downtown Memphis. See website for tour schedules. Ongoing. WWW.SPROCKNROLLMEMPHIS.COM.

Tours at Two

Join a Dixon docent or member of the curatorial staff on a tour of the current exhibitions. Free for members. $5 nonmembers. Tuesdays, Sundays, 2-3 p.m. THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 PARK (761-5250), WWW.DIXON.ORG.

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Whitehaven Library seeks to connect employers with potential employees and link people up with organizations interested in sharing information and services that will help a person’s chances of gaining employment. Free. Mon.-Fri., Mar. 13-17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. WHITEHAVEN BRANCH LIBRARY, 4120 MILLBRANCH (415-2781).

MYKITA Trunk Show

Welcome innovative eyewear brand to Memphis. Brand rep will be on-site with the entire collection. Sat., March 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ECLECTIC EYE, 242 S. COOPER (2763937), WWW.ECLECTIC-EYE.COM.

Roxul Job Fair

Stonewool insulation company seeking employees of all levels from production operator to electricians. See website for more information. Sat., March 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ROXUL, 4594 CAYCE, WWW.ROXUL.COM.

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Big River Block Party

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ChalkFest

Join local artists in transforming the Brooks Plaza into a colorful canvas featuring live musical performance, dance performances, and gallery talk. Sat., March 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.

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Welcome spring in the Mid-South with the festival of colors. Free. Sat., March 11, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. INDIA CULTURAL CENTER AND TEMPLE, 12005 US-64 (457-9126).

Vintage901 Grand Tasting

Featuring wine tasting with selections prepared by Grand Sommelier Laurie Forster. Food demonstrations, food trucks, and vendors. Entertainment will be provided by Atlanta salsa group Willie Ziavino and COT Band. $87.50, $375 for Three-Day Pass. Sat., March 11, 1-5 p.m. MID-SOUTH FAIRGROUNDS, CREATIVE ARTS BUILDING (949-6778), WWW.VINTAGE901.COM.

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Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings’ Grand Sommelier, Laurie Forster, the Wine Coach, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner by Restaurant Iris. Entertainment provided by international jazz sensation, Monty Alexander. $225, $375 for a Three-Day Pass. Fri., March 10, 6-10 p.m.

For children ages 8-12. Explore our forest, learn about trees and leaves, and interact with the big outdoors. Register online. $25. Tue.-Thur., Mar.14-16. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (452-2151), WWW.AGRICENTER.ORG.

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Activities for kids in grades third-sixth, including guided hikes, nature hikes, archery lessons, water recreation, fitness classes, and environmental education sessions. For more information and registration, visit website. $125 members, $150 nonmembers. Mon.-Fri., Mar. 13-17. SHELBY FARMS, 500 N. PINE LAKE (767-PARK), WWW.SHELBYFARMS.ORG.

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Kids ages 6-9 spend the day enjoying garden games, outdoor explorations, hands-on craft activities, and more. To sign up for individual days, call for registration. $150 members, $200 nonmembers. Mon.-Fri., Mar. 13-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Course in Shelby Farms Park open for its second season. Ongoing. SHELBY FARMS, 500 N. PINE LAKE (767-PARK), WWW.GOAPE.COM.

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Teen Book Club

Read and discuss the book of the month, eat a few snacks, play a review game, discuss the book read, vote on our next book. For teens, sixth-12th grade. Free. Second Monday of every month. COLLIERVILLE LIBRARY, 91 WALNUT (457-2601), WWW.COLLIERVILLELIBRARY.ORG.

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Workshops, talent show, live performance, music, food, and a panelist for teenage girls from ages 12-19 years old. $25. Sat., March 11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. FAIRLEY HIGH SCHOOL, 4950 FAIRLEY (730-8160).

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Sigma Youth Symposiums address issues that negatively affect teens today: drugs, teen violence, abuse, bullying, low self-esteem, suicide, teen pregnancy, etc. Free. Sat., March 11, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Art & A Movie: David Bowie at Brooks Museum of Art, Wednesday Extreme Deep: Mission into the Abyss

Offers opportunities for handson exploration of life at the bottom of the sea. Interactive exhibit that highlights the adventure of deep-sea exploration and discovery. Through May 6. MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

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n Saturday night, Germantown Community Theatre hosted a successful fund-raising gala and made some difficult, if hopeful announcements. Although the big party was well attended, GCT — the initials are a familiar shorthand for the old one-room schoolhouse-turned-playhouse on Forest Hill Irene — is running dangerously low on funds. This latest round of dire circumstances are, in part, related to being a smallish arts organization with big ambitions. But board members are also owning up to the theater’s own, more preventable failures — misplaced priorities, a too passive board, and an inability to attract sponsors and cultivate audiences. There were poor leadership decisions, too, and failures to respond rapidly or appropriately to multiple early warnings when things were just beginning to spiral out of control. To push back against adversity, GCT announced a $300,000 capital campaign designed to target three basic things: debt service, hiring a new executive director, and growing the company’s successful educational programming. The campaign announcement might be less awkward if GCT hadn’t announced a similar fundraising effort just one year ago, shortly after the hire of now-departed executive director Michael Miles. According to current board president Bo Adams, that last expansion effort “never really got off the ground.” Money raised for specific things was used to cover day-to-day expenses and payrolls that weren’t always met on time. Debt went unpaid, and the theater struggled. GCT produces theater at a relatively high level, given the community playhouse’s limited physical resources. Board member Justin Entzminger brags — rightfully so — about multiple Ostrander Awards and the critical and popular success of shows like A Streetcar Named Desire. Those individual achievements haven’t always translated to a consistently strong box office. During the 2016 holiday season, when Theatre Memphis and Playhouse on the Square were packing houses with sugar plumb treats and family spectacles like A Christmas Carol and Peter Pan, GCT’s dark, notably austere production of the 1929 thriller Rope played to empty rooms. The thing that makes GCT unique — its intimate 110-seat capacity — can also make it something of a tough sell for sponsors whose interests aren’t always

purely philanthropic. The small theater has to sell out its entire weekend to do the kind of numbers the Memphis area’s larger playhouses can turn on a better night. “We’re never going to be able to say we attract in a night or even in a weekend the audience that Theatre Memphis or Playhouse has,” Entzminger says. “But we have a strong relationship with audiences in East Memphis, Collierville, and Cordova. So we can’t speak to quantity but can speak to community and loyalty.” Entzminger says GCT is serious about its desire to grow audiences, mend tattered relationships, and show a commitment to responsible arts programming and management. “We used a cost reduction strategy for next season,” he says. One slot has been cut from the season entirely, and instead of staging lavish musicals, the company is hoping to find quality low-royalty and royalty-free material. To hedge against future crises, a new committee has been formed to respond to the specific needs of whistleblower situations. To grow its audience and its appeal to sponsors, Entzminger hopes GCT can reimagine its identity and its role within the community.

The aim is to use all of GCT — inside and out — and develop it, not just as a place where residents may choose to see a show or two a year, but as a cultural hub. The aim, Entzminger explains, is to use all of GCT — inside and out — and develop it, not just as a place where residents may choose to see a show or two a year, but as a cultural hub where people gather regularly for art openings, food, and musical events. “We have to find opportunities for programming that aren’t going to get in the way of what we already do with theater,” he says. “We’ve got to figure out how to engage more people.” Actor and board member Brian Everson interrupts. “We had great success with the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire,” he says, suggesting a possible symbiotic relationship between the kinds of live music GCT might host and the kinds of musicals GCT may stage in the future. “We know there’s work to do to repair some relationships,” Entzminger says. “But we’re serious about getting the work done. We want to be thought of as a place that’s trusted and as a place where, when you’re with us, you’re supported.”


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n Wednesday, November 9, 2016, much of the world awoke to a shared panic attack. Millions marched. Many feverishly took

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I were all very sad, and we met for brunch and decided we need to do something and we needed to do something right away,” Bancroft says. “[Rebecca] put a call out to dancers in the Memphis community, and we had a great response.” After several meetings and opening up the dialogue, they decided to include other types of performance art and focused on a theme of responding to the election. Bancroft’s piece, which she collaborated and performed with Erin D.H. Williams and Jenn King Hall, was titled “Keepers of the Light,” and the three, dressed in white, performed Friday and Saturday. “It started with a dinner at Erin’s house, and we had a lot of conversation about ritual and religion and what we remember about going to church growing up,” Bancroft says. “Then we talked a lot about Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and what a badass she is and she doesn’t try to be. Then, during this process, Mary Tyler Moore died, which took us to a whole other level. She broke so many barriers with her show, being a single mom who was career driven and was focused on her friendships and work.” Lauren Stallings choreographed a piece to music by Youth Lagoon during which

five female dancers performed in their underwear. Rachael Arnwine took the lead while others lined up facing the back wall and clapping to represent “likes” on Facebook, until they eventually followed Arnwine’s studied movements. My tears came during Kristen Osborne Lucas’ and Louisa Koeppel’s “Mixed Messages.” Theirs was a reaction to the cognitive dissonance currently plaguing our world, first explaining in their introduction that “truth” and “fact” no longer mean “the body of real things, events, and facts,” or “the quality of being actual,” as defined by Webster’s. We must all believe what the man himself says: “Bitch,” “Nasty,” “Piece of Ass,” “Miss Piggy,” and “No one loves women like me.” There were call to actions in a piece by Wayne M. Smith and Orixa Henry Bowers that included fortune cookies. The fortune cookies read, “Don’t argue with them. It doesn’t work.” And, “Resist, Persist, Resist.” As well as, “Take care of yourself,” followed with Bowers’ quick, “That’s white people shit.” Bethany Bak combined a love of J. Peterman catalogues with her experience reading Women Who Run with the Wolves as well as a recent collaboration with dance partner Sarah Ledbetter called Rosa. “We are constantly giving ourselves, just pouring and pouring,” Bak says. “It’s about coming to a point where I nurture my creativity and take care of myself so I can take care of those around me.” Ledbetter’s piece, a duet titled “After Hours,” included wigs, Leggs “suntancolored, control-top” pantyhose, knee pads, and brooms as one performer breaks down while the other encourages her to keep working to feel better. “We have to do the feeling work, and we can’t do it alone,” Ledbetter says, describing the moment when the woman holding the broom, Bak, puts it down and begins to feel with the woman overwhelmed until they get to a place where they pick back up the brooms. “It was important that at the end they go back to work,” Ledbetter says. “The relationship is the cure.” Proceeds from the performance go to Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis, the ACLU-TN, and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. “We projected all of our hopes and externalized them on Obama,” Ledbetter says. “We have to internalize them while the current president holds our nightmares. “We are called to do more than we ever have been before. We have to be bigger and more voluptuous than ever.”

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highly recommend smashing all new coconuts on the pavement outside the grocery store, immediately after purchasing them. Keep a lightweight bowl on hand with which to capture the water that will drain out, and give it a drink. If it tastes anything less than stellar, bring back the coconut, and trade it for another. Nothing wrecks my buzz, not to mention the gravy, faster than spending five bucks on a coconut, only to discover at home that it’s a dud. That’s why you must figure this out before leaving the premises. Assuming you have a good coconut, the next step is to prepare coconut milk. Of all the many plant-based “milks,” like soy milk or almond milk, coconut milk is the most truly milk-like, thanks to its saturated fat. Refreshing and satisfying to drink, it is in cooking with it that coconut milk really shines. Fresh coconut milk will change ordinary ingredients into an extraordinary dish. Especially if you add ketchup. Yeah, ketchup. All great fats have their traditional counterparts, and coconut is no exception. Bacon and eggs need coffee in order to taste proper, while olive oil is at its best when combined with vinegar. Coconut is its own fat source, and, as such, demands its own acid. In the Eastern Caribbean, the acid of choice for that role is ketchup. Or tomatoes, I should say. Fresh tomatoes and tomato paste are often used, but ketchup is preferred. So with those bits of coconut theory under the belt, let’s dive into some practical concerns. Like what, exactly, are we supposed to do with our coconut and ketchup? Preparing the milk is the heavy lifting in the preparation of a rich coconut gravy, which is fundamental to most coconutbased savory dishes. Nowadays, coconut milk is available in cans. It isn’t bad that way, but fresh is preferred. In the tiny village of Petite Soufrière, Dominica, we had a cooking teacher named Audrey. Before retiring, she was a beloved school teacher, which made her quite the companion. Wherever we went, faces lit up as greetings were made to “Teach-um Audrey,” as she is called. After a lifetime of peeling and grating coconuts, Teach-um Audrey was happy to let my wife and I make the milk. We let her turn it into magic. Hitting the coconut all over with a hammer — or the dull side of a machete — will loosen the flesh and make it easier to extract. After you get the flesh out, preferably without slicing open your hand, the

next step is to grate the flesh. This should be done with the zesting side of a typical grater. Doing so takes longer than it would to use the grating faces, but you extract more of the good stuff that way. When the coconut white is grated (don’t worry about the thin brown skin around it), add a cup and a half of water for each coconut, and mix it together with the coconut in a bowl. Take little handfuls of the waterlogged coconut shreds and squeeze them into the bowl, and put the squeezed handfuls aside. If you have a mesh bag or fine strainer, use them to extract even more milk from the flesh. When all the coconut has been squeezed dry, the remaining liquid is coconut milk. I’ll leave you with Teach-um Audrey’s recipe for Codfish Sancoche, a popular Creole dish in Dominica. In addition to coconut and ketchup, it makes use of salted cod. Like a mature coconut — and ketchup, for that matter — salted cod is stable at room temperature and requires no refrigeration. Thus, it’s a very inexpensive form of fish, and for that reason, as well as for its delicate salty flavor and flaky flesh, imported Canadian salt cod has remained an island favorite for centuries. It’s available online at Amazon and elsewhere, but if you want to substitute with the fresh fish of your choice, be it cod or some other, by all means, go for it. Any salt water fish will do. Salmon is unexpectedly good in coconut gravy. Codfish Sancoche Remove salt from a pound of salt cod, either by boiling it for around 30 minutes or soaking it overnight. Drain, cover with a little water, and set aside. Prepare coconut milk: Extract and zest the flesh, add 1 ½ cups water per coconut, and mix it around and squeeze out all the milk. Set aside the spent flesh for the birds. Simmer the coconut milk with whole cabbage leaves or paw paw (green papaya) for 30 minutes. Add saltfish, along with cut up seasonings like hot or sweet pepper, garlic, onions, and turmeric (“If you get fresh, it’s good. Otherwise, powdered is fine”). Here is my favorite part of the recipe: “Add ketchup to taste.” Add a bit, stir it around. Make further adjustments to the acid level by adding vinegar or lime juice. Boil for 30 minutes, and serve, with rice or plantains. Anything to soak up that precious red-gold gravy. You won’t want a single drop to go to waste.

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One of the truly great side effects of the craft beer boom has been a raising of a sort of hipster version of civic pride. So when traveling, I always order a local brew and have regretted it exactly once. It’s something new, and the waitstaff won’t just rattle off options. They get excited about it. Just like the fierce competition has driven Memphis barbecue to the next level in both quality and loyalty, North Carolina breweries are at the top of their game and have created a craft brew tourism in the bargain. It has become the Napa Valley of beer. According to the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, there are currently 185 breweries in the state, with 56 in the areas called the Triad and The Triangle. The regions are right next to each other, but the locals are picky — they aren’t the same thing.

“This is our second collaboration with Gizmo,” said our waiter, adding, “If this is what they are doing with us, I’m going to make the drive to Raleigh just to see what else they’ve got.” According to its website, Gizmo Brew Works was launched in 2013 “from the ashes of a fallen brewery brother. ... Gizmo represents the thinkers, tinkerers, and inventors who make up [Research Triangle Park] and the Umstead Industrial Park which we call home.” My only real complaint with the Assist IPA was the same I had with Gizmo’s prose — there was just a little bit too much going on. That’s when it struck me — the state’s success with craft beer isn’t just sensible laws and fierce competition, it’s also friendly collaboration. These are the factors that Matt Ridley points out in his book, The Rational Optimist, that cause “ideas to have sex.” Apt point, as Mrs. M and I were in town for a wedding. While she and her college friends went to pester the bride, the husbands went down to a famous burger shack called Al’s. It was a little too famous, actually, and crowded. One of us called his boss lady to say we’d gone down the street to … “… the Carolina Brewery?” she guessed. Well, she had us there. This puts two fully functioning brewpubs, churning out excellent beer (try Carolina’s Pamlico Pale Ale, named after the local Pamlico Sound) within about six blocks, in a city the size of Chapel Hill. The talent in this area is so thick that when a friend from college, Britt Lytle, opened a brewery down the road in High Point, it was easy to find a local brewmaster to help him out. Brown Truck Brewery (named after Britt’s first truck) won three medals in the Great American Beer Festival in its first year. If you love craft beer, beautiful scenery, and friendly arguments about brew, you might want to get yourself out to North Carolina for a long weekend. And I have to admit to doing my part for the N.C. beer boom. Britt and I were discussing his opening up a brewery in such a competitive environment — the challenges and the fears — when the conversation turned to “Murffbrau,” my college homebrew. “Was I an inspiration for Brown Truck?” I asked. “Actually, you were.” He said. “I took one sip of that crap and said to myself, ‘There has got to be a better way.’”

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he waiter at the Top of the Hill Tavern (“TOPO”) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was pleading his case for an IPA called Assist. I wasn’t complaining. In fact, I’d just told him that TOPO’s Ram’s Head IPA was one of the best I’d ever had. It wasn’t just me — last year, the brewpub’s Ram’s Head brought home the platinum in the World Beer Championships. Our waiter said that for his money, he liked the hop-heavy, “fruitforward profile” of Assist. The thing is that I’d already bought a second round; he wasn’t trying to make a sale. He was trying to convert me.

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No Country for Old Mutants Hugh Jackman retracts his Wolverine claws for the last time in Logan.

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hen Hugh Jackman first “snikt’ed” his Wolverine claws in 2000, his biggest accolade was an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing the lead role in Oklahoma! in London’s West End. Director Bryan Singer took the unknown song-and-dance man and cast him as the most popular character in Marvel Comics’ most popular comic series. Twentieth Century Fox was taking a big chance with XMen: Three years before, the failure of Batman and Robin had brought the superhero genre to the verge of extinction. But the studio’s bet paid off, and Singer’s slick, new

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vision for comic-book films kicked off a boom that shows no signs of stopping any time soon. The franchise has had its ups and downs over the years, but the best X-Men movie in a decade, 2014’s Days of Future Past, came after Jackman had left for a Wolverine solo trilogy. Today’s X-Men lack a Wolverine, and all of the original actors — Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey, Halle Berry’s Storm, James Marsden’s Cyclops, Rebecca Romijn’s Mystique, Ian McKellen’s Magneto, and Patrick Stewart’s Professor X — have been replaced. Jackman, however, has been the only onscreen Wolverine. His announcement that Logan represents his retirement from the roll has been the big driving force behind the film’s

Hugh Jackman (above) dusts off his adamantium claws for his mutant swan song performance in Logan; Dafne Keen and Jackman (below) $244 million opening weekend — but the fantastic wordof-mouth advertising it’s been getting obviously helped. I’m here to add to that word of mouth. Jackman’s got the brooding, the barely concealed inner pain, and the howls of berserker rage down to a science at this point. The safe move for Logan would have been to just pick a couple of exotic locations and another set of bad guys. Evil mutants? Did that. The military industrial complex? Done. Robots? Did that, too. Yakuza? Yep. Instead, director James Mangold and Jackman, who is the executive producer, found a way to let Logan go out in style. Superheroes usually work with unlimited resources. Batman and Tony Stark are billionaires, Superman has a Fortress of Solitude packed with what’s left of Krypton’s technology, and Professor Xavier’s sitting on a fortune he used to build his School for Gifted Youngsters, the only prep school with an X-Jet. When Logan opens, our hero, Wolverine, is hustling for bucks as a limo driver in El Paso. It’s 2029, and it looks like Trump’s presidency has gone as badly as we fear. Among Logan’s fares are groups of drunken frat boy types who hang out of the sunroof and chant “USA” at Mexicans detained by the border wall. His first dust up is with a bunch of gangbangers trying to steal his hubcaps. When he’s forced to let the air out of a few of them, he reveals his existence to Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), a cyborg working as head of corporate security for TransGen, a pharmaceutical company that is actually a front for Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant) to carry on the work of the Weapon X project that created Wolverine in the first place, back several movies ago. Pierce warns Logan to be on the lookout for a woman and

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The inauguration put the kibosh on my self-imposed news blackout. I’ve started sneaking in the Sunday news shows and BBC World News. I’m not into any good shows right now, so Trump’s Twitter feed is pushing me through to the next season of Outlander. I did a really stupid thing last night. I read comments on a piece that my hometown news station ran. One comment caught my eye because it started, “Is it just me, or …” True fact: Anytime a sentence starts with that line, yes, it’s just you. I’m not excluding myself. “Is it just me, or does my kitchen look spotless?” Yup. Just me. One of my favorite chestnuts has always been the slippery slope fallacy. It’s like that book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If you give a mouse a cookie, he will burn down your house, rape your dog, and steal your identity. Or something like that. I haven’t read the book in a long time. The “No REAL Christian” argument is just getting pathetic. No REAL Christian could believe that gay folks marrying each other, having equal rights, raising families, paying taxes, getting life insurance, and generally behaving like normal people could be what God wants. That then begs the question, don’t we know God says being gay is wrong because God said so in the Bible and that’s the word of God? BUT if I say something like, oh, you get to believe whatever you want, but we’re talking about policy not religion, I am a sinner. Ergo, forthwith, and heretofore, I cannot POSSIBLY have a valid argument because I don’t go to church regularly/take the Lord’s name in vain/occasionally speed/insert other infraction here. AND FURTHER, you’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny. Ad hominem … aaaand … scene. Irrational arguments are a thing. We all make them. But we need to keep them among friends, not when deciding policy. There’s a scene in the classic movie Legally Blonde where Holland Taylor discusses Aristotle’s maxim: “The law is reason, free from passion.” Y’all, it’s hard not to get all riled up about something you believe in passionately. You should hear Himself talk about his favorite hat. And I can give you 492 reasons pants are evil. And while I want to tell people who rally against GMOs that they are poopy heads, I go with, “First, tell me what you mean by GMO,” because insulin is a GMO, and I don’t think you want to take away a diabetic’s medicine. Or maybe you do. In which case you ARE a poopy head. We are starting to confuse shutting down an argument with winning one. Well, that’s just my opinion. I would like that phrase stricken from our collective discourse. You didn’t make a point by saying it’s your opinion. And opinions are different than facts. Blue is a color. That is fact. Blue is the best color. That is opinion. Blue sports drinks are a conspiracy between Monsanto and Proctor and Gamble to get us addicted to trimonosodiumglyotholateiseum which then makes our babies autistic and is responsible for the popularity of the Kardashians. That right there is some made-up bullshit. And while it’s nice to have something to blame for the Kardashians, that’s not it. And following that up with WELL, THAT’S MY OPINION does not make it any less bullshitty. Navy pumps for women are declining in popularity. Global temperatures are rising. The decline in navy footwear is causing global warming. THAT’S MY OPINION. ARE YOU SAYING MY OPINION IS WRONG?? I GET TO HAVE MY OWN OPINIONS. YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME. I also am really over the whole this <insert product here> is full of chemicals! It will kill you! You need something natural! You know what’s natural? Sharks, bears, poison ivy, puffer fish, nightshade, and poke berries. They can all kill you. Just because something was grown out of dirt doesn’t make it safe anymore than creating something in a lab makes it dangerous. Opinions are not fact. Legalizing marijuana will not make us all heroin addicts. Pharmaceuticals aren’t bad because they are made in labs. Just because I once answered a math question wrong doesn’t mean I can’t do math at all. Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t make it false. I don’t understand Javascript, but that doesn’t mean it’s not powering the Flyer website right now. (I do not know if it is powering this very website right now. I just said I don’t understand Java.) Now, you must excuse me. I’m feeling a little tired, so I’m going to ingest some coffea liberica mixed with dihyrdogen monoxide and possibly a prunus persica. I have to be careful because the pit of the prunus persica contains cyanide. In fact, I better eat two before they get banned. Susan Wilson writes for yeahandanotherthing.com and likethedew.com. She and her husband, Chuck, have lived here long enough to know that Midtown does not start at Highland.

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