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Did you see that insanity? That ridiculous clownshow of a cabinet meeting on Monday, where President Trump said, “Never has there been a president, with few exceptions … who has passed more legislation, done more things.” Nevermind the fact that that is a provably blatant lie; let’s get to the insane part, the part where the president asked his cabinet members to speak, and supposedly sentient, accomplished professionals — former governors, CEOs, senators, and other Trump appointees — flattered, fawned, and groveled before their fearless leader like schoolgirls meeting Justin Bieber. It was a scene that one would expect at a Kim Jong-un cabinet meeting in North Korea, not in the United States of America. What on earth is going on? Who could possibly think this is normal behavior for our country’s leaders to engage in? It’s not normal behavior for any organization or business. It’s a manifestation of a personality cult, the kind of sycophancy demanded by tinpot third-world dictators. Critics called Ronald Reagan the “Teflon president” because nothing negative seemed to stick to him. Trump has taken it to a new level — more like a Teflon bubble. The 37 percent of Americans who believe in him will apparently continue to do so, no matter how many delusional lies he tweets, no matter what ethics laws he flouts, no matter what international leader he insults, no matter how much golf he plays — no matter who he shoots in the middle of Fifth Avenue. True Trumpers believe the law is crooked and the media are liars and everyone is out to get their hero — who is only working to make America great again. It’s Trump Über Alles. Now, there are reports that Trump is considering firing Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating N E WS & O P I N I O N Russian interference in our elections. NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 4 Ordinarily, such a move would spur THE FLY-BY - 5 outrage, not just with Democrats, but POLITICS - 8 among patriotic Republicans as well. EDITORIAL - 10 VIEWPOINT - 11 True Americans believe the rule of COVER — “URBAN law should reign supreme over party ADVENTURES!” loyalty and obeisance to the president. BY FLYER STAFF - 12 But the truth is, very few elected GOP STE P P I N’ O UT politicians have so far seemed willing to WE RECOMMEND - 16 stand up to Trump — about anything. MUSIC - 18 They have become a party of “little LOCAL BEAT - 19 Marcos.” AFTER DARK - 20 Our democracy is walking a CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 22 dangerous tightrope, my friends. FOOD - 30 Something dark and weird is alive and SPIRITS - 33 growing. FILM - 34 Bruce VanWyngarden C L AS S I F I E D S - 36 LAST WORD - 39 brucev@memphisflyer.com

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Scene: Flyer editorial staff meeting. “Good morning, and welcome, folks. Before we get started, I’d just like to point out that since last week’s issue, I, Bruce VanWyngarden, have done more things — with few exceptions — than any other editor in history. Now, let’s go around the table and get some comments. Chris McCoy?” “Bruce, I just want to say it is truly a blessing and a privilege to have you as an editor. You have helped me and the people of Memphis learn so much about film. I can’t thank you enough.” “How about you, Toby Sells? Any thoughts?” “Bruce, the people of Memphis are truly lucky to have a man of your inspired intellect and courage running this paper. Your news instincts are second to none, and it’s an honor to serve you.” “Thanks, Toby. Susan Ellis, your take?” “I just want to say on behalf of all of us who are blessed to be able to work for you, you are the greatest editor in the history of mankind, without exception.” “Well, thanks, Susan. You’re right, of course.”

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U O F M H I K ES TU ITI O N, SALAR I ES A 2.6 percent tuition increase for the undergraduate, graduate, and law schools was approved by the University of Memphis board last week, bringing in nearly $4 million in additional revenues. The board said the additional funds will be invested partially in scholarships and “strategic initiatives” but will be used largely to fund salary increases for the university’s faculty and staff. The board also approved salary increases for tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as non-tenured and adjunct faculty.

councils have pushed final votes close to that date in hourslong sessions at Memphis City Hall. The current council passed its first budget last year in (maybe a record) seven minutes. This year, that same council passed the budget in 28 minutes, according to council chairman Berlin Boyd (or 46 minutes by Strickland’s watch).

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N EWS TO US WMC-TV has partnered with Kingdom Communications, a public relations firm, to create Memphis-100, a free website publishing bite-sized, 100-word articles and 100-second video clips twice weekly. The stated goal is to focus on positive stories bringing Memphis “more good news” instead of better news programming.

B EALE STR E ET B U C KS R E VI EW B EG I N S The task force reviewing the controversial Beale Street Bucks program is slated to have recommendations for the Memphis City Council in September. Its goal, council chairman Berlin Boyd said, is to increase security on Beale Street and reduce the “exclusionary fee.” He said the group will discuss security issues with officials in other cities. Already, Boyd said he’d talked with security officials in New Orleans about how they provide security on Bourbon Street. Crime in the French Quarter, Boyd said, was down 50 percent, and cops there use a lot of “probable-cause-type stops” for visitors smoking marijuana, for example. The city also uses mounted patrol on Bourbon Street.

C ITY B U D G ET LOWE R S TA X ES Next year’s city budget lowers taxes, gives raises to all city employees, hires more cops, paves more streets, strips funds from the UrbanArt Commission, and more. It was also passed at a break-neck speed (as far as budgets go). The Memphis City Council passed its slightly amended version of Mayor Jim Strickland’s 2017-2018 budget for the city last week. City budgets are due on July 1st, and past

B I K E S HAR E O N TH E WAY A bike-share system is coming to Memphis by spring 2018, as the non-profit Explore Bike Share announced a partnership the BCycle Dash system last week. The BCycle Dash system will bring 600 bikes to Memphis early next year. Those bikes will be equipped with hightech amenities, like a GPS system to give riders route recommendations and turn-by-turn directions. The company currently operates 1,250 bike share stations in about 50 communities across the country. Explore Bike Share proposes that the 60 bike share stations coming to Memphis service high-demand areas like Midtown and downtown, as well as Binghampton, Uptown, 5 South Memphis, and Orange Mound.

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The free morning newspaper AM New York marked the passing of ’60s-era Batman star Adam West with a lengthy Bat-obit that included this unexpected heel turn: “While struggling to land post-Batman acting roles, West turned to making personal appearances wearing the Batman cape and cowl — some rather undignified, as when he appeared on a Memphis pro wrestling program opposite wrestler Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.” If West’s appearance with Lawler and WMC host Dave Brown was somehow beneath the actor’s Batstandards it was hard to tell. He namechecked heroes like Superman (“I call him Supes”) and Spider-Man (“Spideybaby”). He seemed to get into the spirit of professional sports entertainment, calling Lawler, “naughty,” then advising him to be more courteous and use the turn signal when he drives. Today, Lawler owns a ’60s-era Batmobile like the one from West’s show and has been known to take it out for a spin. Rest in Bat-Peace, Mr. West. Memphis will miss you, old chum.

O PC R EAC H ES G OAL The Overton Park Conservancy (OPC) reached its $1 million fund-raising goal last week, paving the way for a project to end parking on the park’s Greensward. The funds will pay for a project to reconfigure and expand the Memphis Zoo’s main parking lot, which will give the zoo hundreds of new parking spots. The new lot is expected to give the zoo enough parking to end its use of the Greensward for overflow parking, which it has done for years.


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Last week, Memphis City Council members pulled $350,000 from the UrbanArt Commission (UAC) in a move that shocked leaders of the organization that commissions public art for the city. Council member Joe Brown led the effort to pull the funding, saying the commission doesn’t spend enough money with local or minority artists. UAC executive director Lauren Kennedy said the move “didn’t knock us out” and that “we’re still in the mix.” She said she’ll return to the council in July to request the funds be put back in the UAC budget for the next coming fiscal year. When she goes back to the council, though, Kennedy said she’ll show them UAC is ready to find more opportunities for locals and minorities. — Toby Sells Memphis Flyer: So, what happened at the council meeting, and what led up to that? Lauren Kennedy: There have been concerns over the UrbanArt Commission awarding projects to folks out of town as long as I have been aware of the UrbanArt Commission, definitely before my time as the executive director. I can appreciate where people are coming from. I can appreciate looking at money being spent and wanting that money to be spent locally. But I have never felt that this is an either/or proposition. Supporting local artists doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be engaging with the wider world. To ask that we only support local artists cuts us off from what’s happening in the rest of the country in a way that doesn’t do anybody any service. MF: What do you make of the assertion that the UrbanArt Commission doesn’t go far enough to support artists of color? LK: It’s not true that we don’t support local artists of color. But we do have a lot of room to grow. People of color in the art world experience the same inequities that come at people of color in all of the different industries in Memphis and across the country. There are the same barriers to education and training and resources [in the art world] as there are in the tech industry. It’s something that we’re taking very seriously as an organization, exploring how we can be a better support mechanism, how we can engage more artists and different kinds of artists because we’d also like to see greater diversity in the media that we’re presenting to the public.

MF: How do you go forward in the short term? LK: We’re scheduling lots of meetings, making lots of phone calls. We’re going to be sharing some thoughts on Facebook for people who are out there and feeling angry about this decision. As we get closer to knowing when we’re going back to council, we’re going to ramp up some more public displays of support around that.

Lauren Kennedy But it’s touching base with a lot of people that are supported by and invested in this work and letting them know that this hasn’t knocked us out. We’re still in the mix. We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be spending time with people who have concerns and making sure those concerns are heard and that they see that we’re going to address it as best we can.

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Filling in the Blanks More names for the 2018 political season, plus a brewing controversy. Shelby County Assessor Cheyenne Johnson, a Democrat, will not be running for reelection and instead will be supporting the candidacy of Shawn Lynch, a legal adviser in her office and the son of well-known local businessman and civic figure Terry Lynch. Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer, now in her second term, has not been bashful about proclaiming a desire to serve in the state legislature. During last year’s Republican primary for the then-open 8th District congressional seat, ultimately won by current Congressman David Kustoff, Shafer loyally and fully supported her employer, George Flinn, in whose medical office she serves. But, if state Senator Brian Kelsey had won instead and made it all the way to Washington, there was little doubt among those who know her that she would have been a definite contender to succeed him in the state Senate.

Among the attendees at Saturday’s annual Sidney Chism political picnic were (l to r) Terry Lynch, County Commissioners Eddie Jones and Van Turner, Karl Schledwitz, Commissioners Willie Brooks and Melvin Burgess, and Assessor candidate Shawn Lynch.

And there is little doubt, either, that the surprise victory last year of Democrat Dwayne Thompson over GOP incumbent Steve McManus in state House District 96 gives her a target to go after as soon as next year, when Thompson has to run for reelection. All Shafer will say for the record regarding such a contest is, “I’m looking at it.” But Thompson indicated Saturday at the annual Sidney Chism political picnic on Horn Lake Road that he is expecting a challenge from Shafer and is girding for it. As has long been known, Chism himself will be back on the ballot in 2018, running for Shelby County mayor. The former Teamster leader and longtime Democratic political broker served an interim term in the state Senate and two full terms on the commission, chairing that body for two years running, until he was term-limited off. But he may have serious opposition in the Democratic primary for county mayor. Word going around the picnic grounds at his event on Saturday was that state Senator Lee Harris is getting strong encouragement to seek the office, which incumbent

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Republican Mark Luttrell, now in his second term, will have to vacate because of term-limit provisions in the county charter. Among those reportedly urging Harris to run for county mayor is University of Memphis associate law dean and former Democratic Commissioner Steve Mulroy, a former mayoral candidate who is himself considered a theoretical possibility to seek the office again. Harris, who serves as the leader of the five-member Senate Democratic Caucus, has meanwhile embarked on a series of “Senator Lee Harris on Your Street” events at which he promises “updates on the latest legislative bills and issues we tackled in Nashville this year.”    The Republican side of next year’s mayoral race will feature a showdown between Commissioner Terry Roland, who has been openly running, in effect, for well more than a year, and County Trustee David Lenoir, whose intentions to be a candidate are equally well known.       

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a free park, generates little revenue, and is funded primarily by philanthropic and membership contributions — and that the zoo will keep all revenue from the new parking lot. In 2016, the city established a steering committee to guide the project that includes representatives of the zoo, OPC, the Overton Park Alliance, the public, and various city departments. (The meetings of the committee are open to the public; a website [http://www.memphistn.gov/ Government/ExecutiveDivision/OvertonParkParking.aspx] provides information on the process, including a timeline.) In February, the committee selected Powers-Hill Design (PHD) to design and lead the project. In April, the council was asked by the steering committee to accept $250,000 from both the zoo and OPC to fund the project’s design. The zoo threatened to pull out of the process unless OPC agreed to contribute half of the entire cost of the project up front. The council voted in favor of the zoo and mandated that both the zoo and OPC demonstrate they had $1 million to contribute to the project by June 11th.

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It’s time to move forward and end parking on the Overton Park Greensward — forever. It’s past time, actually, and the neighborhoods and groups that make up the Overton Park Alliance and thousands of other supporters of Overton Park want to see the Memphis City Council accept $1 million in funding from the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy at its June 20th meeting and move this process forward. Overton Park, established in 1901, is a 342-acre park in the heart of Memphis with more than 100 acres of rare old-growth urban forest. The park was catapulted into national significance in the 1970s, when it was saved by the U.S. Supreme Court from government plans to bisect it with Interstate 40, leading to permanent nationwide protection of park land from highway construction. The park suffered from years of neglect after that, especially after the City Council abolished the Memphis Park Commission in 2000. The Memphis Zoo’s occasional use of the Greensward for overflow parking increased in frequency over the years. The Overton Park Conservancy (OPC) was formed in 2011, funded in part by the city. The OPC has breathed new life into the park in a few short years. Overton Park is now safe, clean, and heavily used by diverse Memphians from all over the city. In early 2016, the Memphis Zoo removed two dozen trees from the Greensward and sued OPC, contending the zoo had rights to the entire Greensward. Mayor Strickland arranged for the zoo and OPC to engage in mediation. While the mediation was pending, large protest gatherings on the Greensward demonstrated the public’s strong desire to end parking in that space. Nevertheless, the council rushed through a surprise resolution giving most of the Greensward to the zoo and then moved toward passing an ordinance making the change permanent. When the mediation ended in June 2016 with no agreement, Mayor Strickland stepped in with a compromise solution that became the basis for an agreement between the zoo and OPC. The City Council largely confirmed the agreement in a resolution in July 2016. That resolution requires reconfiguration of the zoo’s parking lot, plus 415 additional parking spaces. This will result in the loss of some park land on the northern edge of the Greensward and will allow the zoo to continue parking on the Greensward until construction is complete. That resolution also requires OPC and the zoo to share the cost of the zoo’s parking solution equally, despite the fact that OPC manages

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FOUR WAYS TO GET INTO THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITHOUT EVER LEAVING THE MEMPHIS CITY LIMITS.

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enjamin Franklin thought enough of the healing powers of nature that he’d frequently take naked “air baths” in the woods. President John Quincy Adams skinny-dipped in the Potomoc. Theodore Roosevelt, well, he practically lived outdoors.    Thanks to the many screens and other indoor diversions in our lives, scientists say we need the outdoors more than ever. But these days it can be harder than ever to cross the Shelby County line or get outside of the I-240 loop or, heck, leave the Parkways. Simply getting away to the Great Outdoors can be enough of a barrier to just stay home.  But Memphians are lucky. Great outdoor spaces are but minutes from the Union Kroger. A sign on the check-out counter at Outdoors Inc. Midtown reads, “Where can I get outside around here?” Ask anybody working the store, and they’ll tell you.  On a recent visit, I asked Will Frieman. For paddling, he pointed me to the Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge, about 20 minutes from downtown Memphis in Arkansas. The 600-acre water refuge is home to blue heron, egrets, and bald eagles. For walking or hiking, Freiman recommends folks check out the Big River Crossing — the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River. For camping, he said Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is the best and closest. For our Summer Guide, The Memphis Flyer staff set off on four urban outdoor adventures — paddling, fishing, picnicking, and camping — and all of them were done within reach of the signal from WEVL. We did it just to demonstrate that getting into the 12 outdoors doesn’t require you to even leave the Memphis city limits. — Toby Sells 

Paddling the Farm One minute I was driving down Walnut Grove, and the next I was enjoying an aquatic oasis right smack dab in the middle of urban life. And all it took to make it to this water retreat was a short drive to Shelby Farms park, a pit stop at the park’s boat rental house, and 15 bucks. I decided to rent a kayak and give it a go on Hyde Lake, the park’s new 80-acre flagship lake that was known as Patriot Lake prior to the park’s remodeling. After a quick rental process — paying $15 for my single kayak and scribbling a couple of signatures — I suited up (well, put on the required life vest) and was ready for my hour on the water.

Paddle power — Maya Smith navigates Hyde Lake at Shelby Farms. Next, I took a seat in the green-andblue Jackson Kayak, was handed a pair of paddles, and released to my aqua adventure. As I pushed off the dock, I asked the guy working there if I could tip over, and he replied with a straight face, “Possibly.” Although my kayak didn’t capsize, the first thing I noticed is that you will get wet, but then again, isn’t that the point? But I didn’t mind the water, which, other than the pools of algae that gather on the brim of the lake, is cleaner and crisper up close. It splashed up on me as my paddles maneuvered the lake.  Even though the hustle and bustle of Walnut Grove is only a couple hundred yards away, the vastness of Hyde Lake will

make you forget you’re still in the city. At least it did for me, as I paddled around with the rippling water just beneath me, blue skies above, and greenery around the water’s edge. I didn’t see any fish swimming below me in the relatively clear water, but families of geese and ducks would occasionally swim near me. There were lots of people on and around the water that day. Some were gazing at it, some wading in it, and some full out swimming, despite the posted signs warning against the latter two activities.  While I only covered a tiny portion of the lake in my hour, the possibilities are endless (of course, until you run into the patio of The Kitchen restaurant). If kayaks aren’t your thing, the boat house at Hyde Lake also rents canoes, and stand-up paddle boards, which are available at Pine Lake, near the Woodland Discovery Playground. Shelby Farm’s marketing and communications manager, Angie Whitfield said paddle boards have been a favorite since they came to the park in September.  From May until October, the park offers rentals every day of the week from  9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Whitfield said she expects the park to rent hundreds of boats each week during that time. The park even lets you take your own boat, excluding motorized ones, on Hyde Lake and any of the other bodies of water in the park.   Even though a lot of Memphians, including myself, might take the city’s gift of this huge park and its 20-something bodies of water for granted, it truly can make for a real outdoorsy adventure right in the city. — Maya Smith

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Flyer editor Bruce VanWyngarden and the beautiful vistas at Billboard Lake

A Picnic in Elmwood On a recent Saturday, six friends gathered for a picnic. There, too, were the Browns, the Smiths, the Shepards, and the Phillipses. The Browns, the Smiths, the Shepards, and the Phillipses were all dead, truth be told, as this picnic was at Elmwood Cemetery.  Memphis has no shortage of ideal picnic spots. Overton Park and the Shelby

Farms are two popular picnic destinations for a reason. The Greenbelt Park in Harbor Town offers a great view of the river. The grounds at the Metal Museum couldn’t be prettier. But Elmwood Cemetery’s 80 tree-filled acres are a particularly bucolic and serene stretch in which to unfurl your blanket.  Such picnics have precedent. Once upon a time, folks were buried at church or in a town commons. Then came the “rural cemetery movement.”  From the Elmwood website:    “Elmwood was established as part of A party of picnickers beneath the magnolias at Elmwood Cemetery

the Rural Cemetery Movement, which swept the nation in the early to mid-1800s. It is a classic example of a garden cemetery with its park-like setting, sweeping vistas, shady knolls, large stands of ancient trees, and magnificent monuments. “During the Victorian Era, the popular view of death became romanticized; death was now represented by symbols including angels, flowers, and plants. These ideas are reflected in the many magnificent monuments, mausoleums, and life-sized figures.” The rural cemetery movement predates public parks, so folks would gather at these green spaces amid the monuments and picnic and hunt and hold carriage races, according to an article in The Atlantic.   There are picnic tables near Elmwood’s visitors center. A couple are set beneath a fine trellis covered in clematis vine. But the spot we chose for our picnic was under a gigantic, in-bloom magnolia tree — along with the Browns, the Smiths, the Shepards, and the Phillipses. That tree is one of about 1,500 on the property, though several were recently lost and some monuments tumbled during the late-May storm. (Consider donating.) More trivia: there are at least two dogs and one horse buried on the site. A scene in The Firm was filmed there. Among the 75,000 or so “residents” are yellow fever victims, 1,000 Confederate soldiers (sans Nathan Bedford Forrest), and Shelby Foote.  As for the spread, there was some discussion of a theme — bloody Marys, perhaps, or ghost-shaped cookies. What about a ouija board? But, ultimately, the fare was simple: roasted carrot dip, and quinoa and black bean salad, flautas, cheese dip (!), and cashew noodles. One member of the party, who is pregnant, brought cupcakes that revealed the gender of her baby. (Yes, it’s weird when you think about it.)  There was talk of food and work and Carmen Sandiego. Then, naturally, the conversation turned to death. Lots of procremation folks in the group, one was into the newfangled green burial. Another of the party had some thoughts. “I don’t want to be buried; I want to be cremated,” she said. “But I want a statue.”    Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley, is open every day of the year, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. — Susan Ellis

Downtown Camping. Yes. If only the Great Outdoors had a bar. Getting “out there” usually means leaving behind urban comforts. But thanks to the keen eyes of a colleague, I found a camp site that’s walking distance to Loflin Yard. My original thought for my spot in the Summer Issue was to camp at Overton Park. It’d be illegal, of course, and maybe continued on page 14

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Let’s just say it’s both off the beaten path and right beside one — close enough to an interstate highway that, if you listen, you can hear the 18-wheelers roaring past. But you can’t see them, which is the best part. The lake is hidden from view below a deeply forested ridge. To get to it, you have to drive a rutted gravel road with tall weeds in between the ruts. But the good news is you only have to drive on it for about three minutes. The better news is I can leave my Midtown home and have a line in the water at Billboard in less than half an hour. The water of Billboard Lake is clear, especially by Mid-South standards, and mounds of submerged piles of trees give plenty of cover to the nice-sized largemouth bass that live there. It’s perfect for a small boat or kayak, but fishing from the shore can also be productive. The lake gets its name from the fact that two giant billboards are rooted right on the shore line. But, as you might have guessed, Billboard Lake is not really named Billboard Lake. In fact, as far as I know, it has no name at all. It’s just one of dozens of nameless bodies of fishable water in the Memphis city limits.  My fellow urban fishing aficionados and I give them names — Land of Lakes, the Slough, Car Lot Lake, School Board Lake, Covington Pike, Hollywood Lake, Lake Ryan, Lake Wagner (the latter two named for their discoverers). Any body of water worth returning to gets a name. I’d tell you where Lake Bruce is, but I can’t remember, exactly.  Finding these spots on the map is half the fun. Figuring out how to get to them is the other half. Catching fish is just a bonus. We’re constantly perusing Google Earth for new possibilities. Once you start looking, it’s amazing how much fishable water you can find in the city limits: old highway construction borrow pits (lots of these), hidden oxbows, swampy sloughs, suburban subdivision ponds, creeks, sand bars in the Wolf River, the Loosahatchie, or Nonconnah Creek — pretty much anywhere water gathers.  Some lakes are distinctively urban, spots where you’re likely to come upon an old couch, dumped tires, or construction site trash. Other lakes are almost pristine — little jewels, mostly untouched by the detritus of civilization. Sometimes you have to park in, say, an abandoned shopping center lot and hack your way to the water; other times, if you’ve got a sturdy vehicle you don’t mind getting muddy or scratched (my 2005 Xterra qualifies on both counts), you can drive almost to the water’s edge. And it’s surprising, once you get there, how many times you’ll find a path along the shoreline and another fisherman. There are more of us out there than you’d imagine — fishing junkies who want to wet a line without driving hours to do it.  It doesn’t take much to get started; just a Google map and a little determination. Or just start looking under billboards. — Bruce VanWyngarden

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a little dangerous with who-knows-what going on in the Old Forest after dark. (Don’t even mention the copperheads.) So, I shifted gears to the wonderful Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. It’s safe, comfortable, and only about 30 minutes from Midtown.  But then I heard about this in-town AirBnB campground, and it was too perfect for this issue and too crazy to pass up. The listing promised “Urban camping in the heart of downtown Memphis. This property has everything you need in order to have an experience of a lifetime!” It was advertised as being 1.4 miles from Beale Street and close to restaurants and bars. The Great Outdoors were getting greater still! The site was $40 per night and after a $10 cleaning fee, a $7 service fee (whatever that’s for), and $1 for occupancy taxes, my total bill was $58. I met my host Jereme Cavallo at the site, which is right across the street from Wayne’s Candy Co. on Carolina. Cavallo is a co-owner of the The Cupboard restaurant on Union and runs the campground as a side hustle, just for fun. While his brother didn’t think the place would work, Cavallo said the place was packed during Memphis in May.  The site is behind a tall fence and a big black gate, invisible unless you’re looking for it. There’s a storage garage on the site (with a power outlet — yay!) surrounded by grass. Up a gentle slope, four tents of various sizes and a large teepee (for showers) sit in a semi circle just behind another row of comfortable camp chairs and a picnic table, also arranged in a semicircle around a massive fire pit. Trees line the boundaries (except for the Carolina side), and if you squint hard enough, you’d never know the Memphis skyline is at your back. My tent was loaded with everything promised on the AirBnB listing. I had an inflated mattress, two sleeping bags, a cooler filled with ice (and some local beers), first aid kit, bike map, bug spray, a lantern, and more. In short, all I really needed was some clothes and a

Urban-camping enthusiast Toby Sells avoids Bigfoot by camping downtown. toothbrush. Oh, and the site also had the cleanest port-o-john I’d sever seen.   Cavallo promised to meet me around dark so he could light the campfire, which, unlit, stood about chest high. Then I met my buddy, Andy Ashby, at Loflin Yard for some preurban-camping beers (it’s totally a thing now). After a pitcher of Tiny Bomb, we headed to The Vault for a dinner of oysters, an Italian sandwich bigger than your head, and beers fresh from the frost rail. It was all better than a camp meal of a soggy sandwich and can of Vienna sausages. Back at camp, Ashby felt that same tickle of strange delight about seeing a campsite (complete with teepee) just a few steps from South Main. As soon as he saw it, I knew he was staying. That delighted me, as I’d worried about staying there by myself. In the woods, those sounds in the dark might be bears, Bigfoot, or the bogeyman. In a developing end of downtown, the sources of fright can get a bit too real.     Cavallo returned as dusk fell. He found Andy and me lounging, sipping beers, and listening to the Grateful Dead. All that was missing was our Birkenstocks, tie-dye, and VW microbus, man. The fire blazed orange in the darkness, eclipsing the fluorescent light from the huge USPS service center across the street. A constant, perfect breeze blew, and, looking toward the darkened tree line, I could easily trick myself into believing I was “out there.” The outdoors was doing its thing on me, and my troubles melted away into the flickering shadows. Cavallo said he plans to add, maybe, some vintage RVs to his campsite and maybe even some rental bikes. But, for now, if you’re looking for a little urban outdoor excursion or just looking to spend a night or weekend downtown, the campsite on Carolina can’t be beat. — Toby Sells


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Gods v. Devils

“Banned in Memphis” at the Brooks Museum

By Chris Davis

From his office at the top of the sparkling new Lincoln American Tower, Lloyd T. Binford must have felt like a god, looking down on all the little people so far down below him, judging their puny weaknesses. Although he had little formal education and no special affinity for the arts, in 1921 Binford, an insurance-industry millionaire, was tapped by Mayor E.H. Crump to lead the newly formed Memphis Censor Board, which was created to “supervise, regulate, or prohibit any entertainment of immoral, lewd, or lascivious character, as well as performances inimical to the public safety, health, morals, or welfare.” In Binford’s case, that meant everything from films by the “London guttersnipe” Charlie Chaplin to anything depicting a train robbery because they triggered bad memories of his own brief service in the railroad industry. Anything too sexy, too violent, too train-robby, or too liberal in its depiction of Jesus was destined to be “Binfordized.” Lloyd T. was also highly suspicious of any film threatening contemporary racial paradigms. That’s what got Vincente Minnelli’s lush film adaptation of Cabin in the Sky, a musical starring Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, and an all-African-American cast, banned in Memphis. Cabin in the Sky, screening at the Brooks Museum this week as part of its ongoing “Banned in Memphis” series, tells the story of Joe, a compulsive gambler who dies young, is prayed back from the brink of Hell by his wife, and is sorely tested by temptress supreme, Georgia Brown. Though progressive in the 1940s, Minnelli’s Hollywood debut is a little paternalistic. It’s also an antecedent of the popular gospel musical genre and an extraordinary artifact for fans of the featured performers, particularly Duke Ellington’s orchestra and Waters, who laid down definitive renditions of “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe.”

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Art After Dark Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 6-8 p.m. It’s movie night with a screening of Agnieszka Holland’s 1993 film The Secret Garden. Instant Memphian Loflin Yard, 6-8 p.m. Ongoing series presented by the New Memphis Institute which will turn you into a full-on Memphian.

Heavy Metal Skate Night Fourth Bluff, 6-8 p.m. Part of the Fourth Bluff ’s RiverPlay events, featuring skating to tunes spun by DJ Hook-Up, host of the 1st Church of Rock on WEVL. Be sure to get there a little early in order to catch the pop-up parade, from Memphis Park to RiverPlay, led by the Memphis Second Line Jazz Band.

The Bar-Kays Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 9 p.m., $35-$65 Last concert with Bar-Kays lead singer Larry Dodson. Also performing are Confunkshun. Read more on page 19. “BrainStormArts” The Caritas Village, 6 p.m. Work by Amelia Lovel, benefiting those with brain trauma injuries.

Ron White Horseshoe Casino, 7 p.m., $45 One of the Blue Collar (and perhaps most palatable of the trio) comics, Ron White performs tonight. Rent The Orpheum, 8 p.m., $35-$80 20th anniversary tour of this musical about seven artists pursuing their dreams. Through Sunday.


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Girls Just Wanna By Chris Davis When you’re alone, and life is making you lonely, you can always go downtown. Or you can pack up your lavender tour bus named Priscilla, say a little prayer, and go west across the desert to shake your groove thing in a brand new place, for brand new bunch of drag fans. What’s love got to do with it? Everything of course. Australian filmmakers expanded their global audience in the 1990s with oddball hits like Strictly Ballroom and Muriel’s Wedding. In the same quirky vein, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert chronicled the troubles and triumphs of two drag queens and a transgendered woman having a fine romance with the open road — surviving, coloring the world, and lip-synching to pop muzik on a journey from Sydney to Alice Springs. Just in time for Pride Month, the jukebox musical adaptation of this LGBTQ touchstone rolls into Memphis, turning Playhouse on the Square into a Boogie Wonderland. Priscilla’s crew lays down one radio hit after the other: “I’ve Never Been to Me,” “I Love the Nightlife,” “Venus,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” and “Always on My Mind.” It can be hot stuff. With performances by Daniel Gonzalez and David Foster, direction from Dave Landis, and choreography by Courtney Oliver and Daniel Stuart Nelson, it’s also an emotional journey from the perspective of friends who have looked at the world from both sides now. “THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT” IS AT PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE JUNE 16TH-JULY 9TH. 8 P.M. THURS-SAT, 2 P.M. SUN. 726-4656 PLAYHOUSEONTHESQUARE.ORG .

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Josh Kelley Tunica Roadhouse, 8 p.m., $14 Genre-crossing artist Josh Kelley performs tonight as part of the ongoing Moonshine Ball series.

Soul Cinema Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 6-8:30 p.m. This film series returns with a screening of Stax: The Early Years, which documents the history of soul and the rise of the “Memphis Sound.” Bill Carrier, photographer and filmmaker, will be the special guest. In other Stax news, the museum was hit hard by the recent storm and will now be open on Mondays through July to make up revenue. Go see ’em.

Bikes on Beale Beale Street, 6-10 p.m. Weekly gathering of bike enthusiasts showing off their best rides. Through September 30th.

The Last Word Elmwood Cemetery, 10 a.m., $20 Elmwood assistant director Bob Barnett talks about the cemetery’s most interesting epitaphs and memorials.

Build a Better Brew Collierville Public Library, 6-7 p.m. A talk on the origins and manufacturing processes of different beers led by Justin Ledbetter of On Tap Growlers. Wine Tasting Midtown Crossing, 7-9 p.m. A laid-back wine tasting led by sommelier Chris Wicher.

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weekend, including concerts showcasing the camp students on Friday and Saturday at First Baptist on Broad. The culmination of the festival will be on Father’s Day, also at First Baptist, and June 19th (“Juneteenth”) at the historic Clayborn Temple, when the all-star faculty will perform as the PRIZM Chamber Orchestra. The latter two shows will feature pieces by Mozart, local composer Jerald Walker (a PRIZM summer camp alum), and a powerful new work for orchestra and men’s chorus by Joel Thompson, titled “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.” This last piece, a graceful, gutwrenching eulogy, has movements bearing the names of Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, and others. The motifs are built around their final words: “Why do you have your guns out?” “Mom, I’m going to college.” “I can’t breathe.”

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t’s fitting that the current PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival is not taking place during Black History Month. “That always upsets me because I’m black all year,” says PRIZM Ensemble founder and teacher Lecolion Washington. “Why aren’t we playing William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, or Florence Price all the time? We get the black people in February and women in March. But in most of our programs, we feature people of color or by women.” Washington and PRIZM are eager for more young people of color to embrace the classical tradition and for the classical tradition to embrace them. “What we really want to do is have young people in the audience see that there are wonderful black women who are, say, concert violinists. So, if you are a young black girl who plays violin, you may not believe that is something you can become. And so we say, ‘Yes, you can become that! Because here is one, and she did it and she did it and she did it, and this fourth one over here, she did it, so why not you?’” To this end, PRIZM brings artists from all over the world to Memphis, combining a concert series with a summer music camp and using an ensemble that “looks like Memphis.” Washington, a bassoonist and instructor himself, notes that this helps connect the city with a nationwide movement. “There are so few African-American classical musicians in the country that most of us know each other. There are certain programs that happen every year or every other year — there’s one in Detroit called the Sphinx Symphony; there’s a program in Rochester called the Gateways Music Festival. A lot of us know each other from all these other programs. So, essentially, what we’re doing is putting Memphis on the circuit.” This means bringing in professionals from as nearby as the Nashville Symphony or as far as the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra. During the camp, visiting faculty teach high school and early college students from the Memphis area, then rehearse and perform with them. It culminates in a series of shows this

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For the Juneteenth performance, Clayborn Temple will display Ernest Withers’ photographs of the 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike, among other subjects. Both nights will close with “Glory” (Common and John Legend’s Oscar-winning song for the film Selma), emphasizing, Washington says, “the hope, dreams, and resilience rooted in what it means to be American.” Justin Merrick will be featured as the vocal soloist. Ultimately, Washington is hopeful about the progress PRIZM is making. “Memphis has a lot of really great people in it who understand that inequities exist and are looking for ways to help,” he says. “All that PRIZM does is give them a place where they can plug in.” PRIZM student ensembles will perform on June 16th and 17th at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue. The PRIZM Chamber Orchestra will perform there on June 18th, and at Clayborn Temple on June 19th.


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End of an Era Bar-Kays singer Larry Dodson bids farewell. When the Bar-Kays take the stage at the Cannon Center this Friday night, June 16th, their show will mark the closing chapter of lead singer Larry Dodson’s career: his last hometown performance. “This is something my wife and I planned long ago, when we first got married,” says Dodson. “People don’t realize I’ve been in front of the microphone 47 years. That’s more time than a lot of our younger fans are old. I joined the band in March of 1970 and I got married to my wife Marie in August of 1970, and she’s worked all of her life. We said from the very beginning we weren’t going to work ourselves to death.” So after this year’s schedule is wrapped, Dodson will be focusing his time on his wife and his daughter Precious, now 46, who was born with Down syndrome. “There are a lot of places that she wants to see, and we just want to be a loving family while we’re all healthy. My family had to play second fiddle to me, and I don’t like that.” One would be hard-pressed to name a band exemplifying the Memphis music spirit more than the Bar-Kays. The original lineup began as teenagers hanging around the Stax studio and performing at Booker T. Washington High School, ultimately growing into a road band for Stax artists and having hits of their own. In 1967, the same year their “Soul Finger” single broke, a plane crash

Larry Dodson

took the life of Otis Redding and every other member of the Bar-Kays aboard except trumpeter Ben Cauley. Bassist James Alexander, traveling on another flight, also survived. Ultimately, he and Cauley reformed and reinvented the band, leading them into funk stardom in the 1970s and beyond. Dodson, already a Stax artist with the Temprees, was recruited at that time. They backed Isaac Hayes on his breakthrough “Hot Buttered Soul,” racked up more hit singles of their own, and wowed audiences at the label’s Wattstax extravaganza in 1972. As the decade closed, the Bar-Kays sold out the MidSouth Coliseum in April 1979. As Dodson remembers it,

“We broke Elvis’ record, Al Green broke ours, and Rick James broke them all, later.” He gives much credit for this early success to manager/producer Allen Jones. “A baaad man. So visionary. He turned me into the guy I am today.” For his part, Alexander plans to soldier on after Dodson’s departure. There will be auditions for a new lead singer after this year’s confirmed dates are a wrap. “He says I’ll retire on stage, and he’ll expire on stage,” Dodson laughs. “I know it’s going to be hard on him not seeing me there.” But the Bar-Kays are not limping into the twilight of their careers. Alexander’s son Phalon, a.k.a. “Jazze Pha,” a producer based in Atlanta, cut a 2012 hit for them, “Grown Folks.” “We knew we had a good record, but we were surprised at how big the record was. Earth, Wind and Fire, the Commodores, Kool and the Gang, and a lot of the funk bands were putting out [new] records, but they couldn’t get arrested, and ‘Grown Folks’ went straight Top 10. And it wasn’t just our older fans, but younger ones outside of our fan base. He really produced the ‘shut yo’ mouth’ out of the record. “The ironic part is that we did it in one day,” says Dodson. “We did not have one line written.” The Bar-Kays play the Cannon Center on Friday, June 16th; ConFunkShun will open the show.

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After Dark: Live Music Schedule June 15 - 21 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.; Patio Tunes with Vinnie Hines (as seen on American Idol XV) Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m.-midnight; Memphis Jazz Orchestra Sundays, 6-9 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Blues City Cafe 138 BEALE 526-3637

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.

6:30-10:30 p.m., and Sundays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Rum Boogie Cafe Blues Hall

King’s Palace Cafe Patio

Memphis Bluesmasters Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars Fridays, Saturdays, 4-8 p.m., and Sundays, 3-7 p.m.; Little Boy Blues Friday, June 16, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Chris McDaniel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.midnight, and Saturday, June 17, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.midnight.

162 BEALE 521-1851

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

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

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis Music Monday Third Monday of every month, 6-9 p.m.

Big Don Valentine’s Three Piece Chicken and a Biscuit Blues Band Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Itta Bena

New Daisy Theatre

126 BEALE 529-0007

330 BEALE 525-8981

145 BEALE 578-3031

Gerald Stephens Friday, June 16, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, June 17, 6-9 p.m.; Nat “King” Kerr Fridays, Saturdays, 9-10 p.m.; Kayla Walker Tuesday, June 20, 6-9 p.m.; Susan Marshall Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.

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

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

King’s Palace Cafe 162 BEALE 521-1851

Blackbear Sunday, June 18; Russ: The Wake Up Tour Tuesday, June 20, 9 p.m.

182 BEALE 528-0150

Silky O’Sullivan’s 183 BEALE 522-9596

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

Tin Roof 315 BEALE

Roxi Love Thursday, June 15, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and Tuesday, June 20, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Rum Boogie Cafe

David Bowen Thursdays, 5:309:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays,

Trap Jazz Saturday, June 17, 8-11 p.m.

Dirty Crow Inn 855 KENTUCKY

Belle Tavern 117 BARBORO ALLEY 249-6580

The Rusty Pieces Sunday, June 18, 6-9 p.m.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION CENTER, 255 N. MAIN TICKETS, 525-1515

The Bar-Kays and Confunkshun Friday, June 16, 8 p.m.

St. Peter Catholic Church 190 ADAMS 527-8282

Milwaukee Children’s Choir Friday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.

The Peabody Hotel

Nancy Apple Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Bobbie & Tasha Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.

Cruisin’ Heavy Thursday, June 15, 6-11 p.m.

Earnestine & Hazel’s

South Main

531 S. MAIN 523-9754

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

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 130 PEABODY PLACE 523-8536

149 UNION 529-4000

Ghost River Brewing 827 S. MAIN 278-0087

Loveland Duren Saturday, June 17, 6-8 p.m.; Sunday Evening with Tony Manard Sunday, June 18, 5-7:30 p.m.

Loflin Yard

The Rusty Pieces Friday, June 16, 6-9 p.m.; Songwriters with Roland and Friends Mondays, 7-10 p.m.

Electric Church Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

Huey’s Downtown

272 S. MAIN 526-0254

77 S. SECOND 527-2700

Soul Shockers Sunday, June 18, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Memphis Park (Fourth Bluff)

182 BEALE 528-0150

Young Petty Thieves Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Jeff Crosslin Friday, June 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Lil Ed and the Imperials Friday, June 16, 9 p.m.-midnight and Saturday, June 17, 9 p.m.midnight; Sensation Band Sunday, June 18, 8 p.m.-midnight; Eric Hughes Band Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Little Boy Blues Tuesday, June 20, 8 p.m.midnight; Plantation Allstars Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

The Den 656 MARSHALL

FRONT AND MADISON

Second Line from Memphis Park to RiverPlay Thursday, June 15, 5:30-6 p.m.; Fourth Bluff Friday - Iron Mic Coalition & DJ Capital A Friday, June 16, 5-10 p.m.

The Silly Goose 100 PEABODY PLACE 435-6915

DJ Cody Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

7 W. CAROLINA

LYFE Kitchen Live Music on the Patio Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.

South Main Sounds 550 S. MAIN 494-6543

Alicia Gail, Parker Hoges, RJ Comer and Adam Naylor Friday, June 16, 7-9 p.m.

Bar DKDC 964 S. COOPER 272-0830

Justin Bloss Thursday, June 15; Hidden Ritual Friday, June 16; Marcella & Her Lovers Saturday, June 17; Some Sons of Mudboy Wednesday, June 21.

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Blind Mississippi Morris Fridays, 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m.; Brad Birkedahl Band Thursdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; Earl “The Pearl” Banks

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Brandon Cunning Trio Sundays, 6 p.m., and Mondays, 7 p.m.; FreeWorld Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

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JAMES TAYLOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

ELVIS: THE WONDER OF YOU WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16

JANET JACKSON WEDNESDAY, DECEMEBER 6

Memphis born rap and hip-hop artist will host his Birthday Bash 5 at FedExForum for the first time. Tickets available!

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and five-time Grammy Award winner is performing, with special guest Bonnie Raitt. Tickets available!

The critically-acclaimed concert event celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley during the 40th anniversary. Tickets available!

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After Dark: Live Music Schedule June 15 - 21

Canvas 1737 MADISON 443-5232

Karaoke Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.; The Rusty Pieces Friday, June 16, 10-11:45 p.m.; Kyle Pruzina Live Mondays, 10 p.m.-midnight.

Celtic Crossing 903 S. COOPER 274-5151

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

Charvey Mac’s Six String Lovers Sunday, June 18, 8:30 p.m.midnight.

Young Avenue Deli

Memphis Nites Club

2119 YOUNG 278-0034

Levitt Shell

The Latest Saturday, June 17, 9 p.m.

3297 KIRBY 797-8599

OVERTON PARK 272-2722

P&H Cafe

Huey’s Poplar

Owen Brennan’s

1532 MADISON 726-0906

4872 POPLAR 682-7729

THE REGALIA, 6150 POPLAR 761-0990

Ruthie Foster Thursday, June 15, 7:30-9 p.m.; Cécile Doo-Kingué Friday, June 16, 7-9 p.m.; Liz Brasher Saturday, June 17, 7:30-

Chick Rogers Sundays, 5 p.m.-3 a.m.

Mortimer’s 590 N. PERKINS 761-9321

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

Celtic Crossing - Friday Patio Sessions: Ben Callicott Friday, June 16, 6-9 p.m.; Jeremy Stanfill and Joshua Cosby Sundays, 6-9 p.m.; Candy Company Mondays.

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

Summer/Berclair Cheffie’s Cafe 483 HIGH POINT TERRACE 202-4157

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

Scott Stapp (of Creed) Tuesday, June 20, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

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

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

$13988

1760 PEABODY INFO, 458-2354

Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Wednesday, June 21, 7:30-9 p.m.

$154 or

Growlers 1911 POPLAR 244-7904

Born Animal, Airside, Foreverandnever Friday, June 16, 8 p.m.; The Band CAMINO Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m.; VIETRAHM Monday, June 19, 9 p.m.; Husky Burnette, The Ditchrunners Tuesday, June 20, 9 p.m.; Belushi Speed Ball, Dick Titty Blood Punch, Carrie Fisher Cokenail Wednesday, June 21, 9 p.m.

Huey’s Midtown 1927 MADISON 726-4372

Roxy Roca Sunday, June 18, 4-7 p.m.; Natchez Sunday, June 18, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Lafayette’s Music Room 2119 MADISON 207-5097

Heath N’ Company Thursday, June 15, 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 17, 3 p.m.; Jason Lee McKinney Band Thursday, June 15, 9 p.m.; Forever Abbey Road Friday, June 16, 10 p.m.; 3RD Man Saturday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, June 21, 5:30 p.m.; Marcella Simien Trio Saturday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.; Three Star Revival Saturday, June 17, 10 p.m.; Tom Lonardo Quartet Sunday, June 18, 11 a.m.; Bren-

Hadley’s Pub 2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

RockHouse Live

2559 BROAD 730-0719

412-414 N. CLEVELAND 278-TONE

3663 APPLING 385-6440

Missoula Children’s Theatre Saturday, June 17, 2-9 p.m.

5709 RALEIGH-LAGRANGE 386-7222

Ed Finney and the U of M Jazz Quartet Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Lest Unsung Friday, June 16, 9 p.m.; The Bluff City Backsliders Saturday, June 17, 10 p.m.; David Holguig Monday, June 19, 6 p.m.; Don and Wayde Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.

Hi-Tone

Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center

Furious George Friday, June 16, 9 p.m.; Thump Daddy Saturday, June 17, 9 p.m.; 2 Band Jame, Shotgun Leroy & Mizfitz Sunday, June 18, 5:30 p.m.; Jonez’n Wednesday, June 21, 8 p.m.

The Cove

Ford Theatre Reunion Thursday, June 15; Heavy Pull, Hot Bed Saturday, June 17; Escape from the Zoo, We the Heathens, HEELS Sunday, June 18; Metal DJ Pint Nite Tuesday, June 20; Crockett Hall Tuesdays with the Midtown Rhythm Section Tuesdays, 9 p.m.; The No Loves Wednesday, June 21.

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2 Mule Plow Sunday, June 18, 4-7 p.m.; The Chaulkies Sunday, June 18, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Frayser/Millington Old Millington Winery 6748 OLD MILLINGTON 873-4114

Robert Jukebox Turner Band Sunday, June 18.

Germantown Bobby Lanier Farm Park 7901 POPLAR PIKE

Stereo Joe Thursday, June 15, 5-7:30 p.m.

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Horseshoe Casino & Hotel

9 p.m.; The Grahams Sunday, June 18, 7:30-9 p.m.

Midtown Crossing Grill 394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

“The Happening” Open Songwriter Showcase Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Minglewood Hall 1555 MADISON 866-609-1744

V3Fights Saturday, June 17, 6 p.m.; Artistik Lounge 5th Anniversary Sunday, June 18, 7 p.m.; In This Moment Wednesday, June 21, 6 p.m.

Murphy’s 1589 MADISON 726-4193

Toy Trucks Friday, June 16; The Fast Mothers Saturday, June 17.

University of Memphis The Bluff 535 S. HIGHLAND

DJ Kaz Thursdays, 10 p.m.; DJ Ben Murray Friday, June 16; Seth Walker Saturday, June 17; Bluegrass Brunch with the River Bluff Clan Sundays, 11 a.m.

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

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

Poplar/I-240

High Point Pub

East Tapas and Drinks

477 HIGH POINT TERRACE 452-9203

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.

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

Neil’s Music Room 5727 QUINCE 682-2300

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Natchez Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m.; Celebration of the life of Papa Don Mcminn Sunday, June 18, 5-8 p.m.; Eddie Harrison Mondays, 6-10 p.m.; Debbie Jamison & Friends Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.; Elmo and the Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.midnight.

South Memphis Stax Museum of American Soul Music 926 E. MCLEMORE 946-2535

Live in Studio A at the Stax Museum Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m., Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m. and Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.; Gee Whiz! Wednesday Workshops Wednesday, June 21, 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m.

Huey’s Southwind The Lizard Kings Sunday, June 18, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

Ron White Friday, June 16.

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

Ghost Town Blues Band Sunday, June 18, 8 p.m.-midnight; Karaoke Night Mondays, 9-11 p.m.

Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson 4870 VENTURE (662) 3491099

Dantones Friday, June 16, 5-9 p.m.

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

Live Music Fridays, Saturdays, Josh Kelley Saturday, June 17.

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

nan Villines “The Jazz Age” Sunday, June 18, 4 p.m., Josh Threlkeld Sunday, June 18, 8 p.m.; Alexis Grace Monday, June 19, 6 p.m.; Boss Trio Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 p.m.; Paul Taylor Tuesday, June 20, 8 p.m., Avon Dale Wednesday, June 21, 8 p.m.

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DINOSAURS CALENDAR of EVENTS: AT THE June 15 - 21 JUNE 14

LADIES OF SEEING RED ACOUSTIC

MUSIC PINKGREAT & DELICIOUS PALACECUISINE

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

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Circuit Playhouse

JUNE 14

MAY 27 - SEPT. 10, 2017

LADIES OF SEEING RED 8PM ACOUSTIC

JUNE 15

The Evergreen Theatre

L.G.B.T.Q…..Damn Funny, evening of hilarity touching on a variety subjects from gay conversion therapy to Britney Spears’ No. 1 fan and more. www.etcmemphistheater. com. $15. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Through June 17.

JUNE 16

FOREVER ABBEY ROAD 10PM JUNE 17

1705 POPLAR (274-7139).

THREE STAR REVIVAL 10PM

Hattiloo Theatre

JUNE 18

BRENNAN VILLINES “THE JAZZ AGE” 4PM JOSH THRELKELD 8PM

Sponsored by:

JUNE 19

ALEXIS GRACE 6PM PAUL TAYLOR TRIO 8PM JUNE 21

June 15-21, 2017

AVON DALE 8PM

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P!NK PALACE MUSEUM

901.636.2362

JUNE 16

FOREVER ABBEY ROAD

2 1 1 9 M A D I S O N AV E N U E MEMPHIS, TN 38104 (901) 207-5097 L A FAY E T T E S . C O M

Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess finds her heart entangled with an Egyptian soldier who is engaged to the Pharaoh’s daughter. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against responsibility. www.hattiloo. org. $30. Sundays, 3 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Through July 2. 37 S. COOPER (502-3486).

3050 Central Ave / Memphis 38111

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1720 Poplar at Evergreen 278-1199

Theatre Memphis

805 DILWORTH LANE, HERNANDO, MS.

Mainstage Theatre (University of Memphis)

The Comedy of Errors, set in Greece of 1600, two sets of identical twins separated shortly after birth find themselves (but not each other) in town on the same madcap day. (7590604), www.tnshakespeare.org. $10-$34. Thurs.-Sat., 7-9 p.m., and Sun., 3-5 p.m. Through June 18.

South Pacific, musical follows a nurse stationed on an island during World War II who is in love with a French expatriate plantation owner. Issues of racial prejudice and gender roles are candidly explored. www.theatrememphis.org. $30. Sundays, 2 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Through June 25. 630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323).

TheatreWorks

Unseen City, an otherworldly conqueror claims the city of Memphis for his kingdom and sends a band of adventurers to survey the city. Ensemble of explorers and the audience re-imagine the city altogether. (274-1000). $12. Fridays, Saturdays, 8-9:30 p.m. Through June 24.

LETS FEATURE LADIES OF SEEING RED - ACOUSTIC JUNE 14 AND FOREVER ABBEY ROAD AT THE BOTTOM The Orpheum

51 S. COOPER (725-0776).

JASON LEE MCKINNEY BAND 9PM

JUNE 20

Ripcord, comedy that takes us to the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility where foul-tempered Abby has just learned that she has to share her sunny top-floor room with newcomer Marilyn. www. playhouseonthesquare.org. $25-$40. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through June 25.

performance as part of the Kidzu Playhouse 2017 Summer Camps program. www. kudzuplayers.com. Fri., June 16, 7 p.m.

Hernando High School Performing Arts Center Disney’s The Lion King Kids,

Memphis Camera Club talk by Mike Kerr Thursday

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Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour, follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. Timeless celebration of creativity. www. orpheum-memphis.com. $35$100. Fri., June 16, 8 p.m., Sat., June 17, 2 & 8 p.m., and Sun., June 18, 1 & 6:30 p.m.

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“BrainStormArts,” exhibition of collage, acrylics, and silk screens by Amelia Lovel. Original works, shirts, totes, and art prints benefiting those living with traumatic brain injuries. Live music and catering provided. Fri., June 16, 6-8 p.m.

JUNE 17 THREE STAR REVIVAL 10PM

Welfarewell, still of sound mind, Esmerelda Quipp’s 80-year-old body is beginning to “come unglued,” as she puts it. Losing work as an aged actress, she now faces the fact that her meager government pension is insufficient. www. playhouse51.com. Sun., 2 p.m., and Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m. Through June 18.

JUNE 18 BRENNAN VILLINES “THE OT H E R A R T JAZZ AGE” 4PM P E N I N G S 8PM JOSH HAP THRELKELD

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Galleries and gardens will be open late. Featuring light refreshments, entertainment, and a cash bar. Free with admission. Every third Thursday, 6-8 p.m.

JUNE 19 ALEXIS GRACE 6PM

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, musical based on the hit movie is the uplifting adventure of three friends, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. www. playhouseonthesquare.org. $25-$45. Sundays, 2 p.m., and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through July 9.

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Elevation Book Expo, featuring new Mid-South poets and writers, book sale, prizes, and more. (415-2764), www. livingbreathingpoetry.com/ spartan-city-poetry-club. Free. Sat., June 17, 2-4:30 p.m. 8457 TRINITY (415-2764).

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Author discusses and signs A Secret History of Memphis HooDoo. Also on display will be a traveling museum of hoodoo. Sat., June 17, 1-3 p.m. THE BROOM CLOSET, 546 S. MAIN (497-9486), WWW.THEBROOMCLOSETMEMPHIS.COM.

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“The Crossroads of a Century: Popular and Classical Music in 1960s America”

Alex Burtzos speaks on topic. Mon., June 19, 6-8 p.m. CROSSTOWN STORY BOOTH, 422 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW. CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

“Improvised and Indeterminate Music” Drake Andersen speaks on topic. Wed., June 21, 4:30-6 p.m.

The Comedy of Errors at the University of Memphis the suicide deaths of his two brothers, role counseling, being sober under stress, and getting his life back on track. He mentions local resources for assistance. $25 members, $30 nonmembers. Tues., June 20, 7:30-9 a.m. DOUBLETREE HOTEL, 5069 SANDERLIN, WWW.SHRM-MEMPHIS.ORG.

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“Journey Towards Recovery: Life after a Devastating Loss x 2”

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The Last Word

Join Elmwood Assistant Director, Bob Barnett as he shares the strories behind some of the most interesting epitaphs and memorials at Elmwood. Register online. $20. Sat., June 17, 10 a.m.

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Celebrate the beautiful art and gardens that exist in our communities. Visit lavish home and community gardens growing vegetables, fruit trees, and flowers.

I Scream for Ice Cream 5K and OneMile Fun Run Race begins near the Casper Lake Boat Ramp on

eastern side of park and meander through the park’s paved roads followed by post-race party featuring music, ice cream, and deli refreshments. $8-$30. Sat., June 17, 7 p.m. EDMUND ORGILL PARK, MILLINGTON, TN, WWW.PREVENTMANAGEMENT.NET.

Memphis Redbirds Home Games

For more information, visit website. Through June 16. AUTOZONE PARK, THIRD AND UNION (721-6000), WWW. MEMPHISREDBIRDS.COM.

MFM Crop Hop 5K

Race is followed by post-race festivities including live music, food, and local beer benefiting Memphis Farmers Market. Fri., June 16, 6:30 p.m. MEMPHIS FARMERS MARKET, PAVILION OF CENTRAL STATION, S. FRONT & G.E. PATTERSON AVE, WWW.MEMPHISFARMERSMARKET.ORG.

Tour de Peddler

Registration fee includes ride, T-shirt, and benefits American Diabetes Association in an effort to help stop diabetes. $50. Sat., June 17, 7 a.m. PEDDLER BIKE SHOP, 2095 EXETER (682-8232 X3121), WWW.DIABETES.ORG.

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The Hook-Up, host of the 1st Church of Rock, will spin a selection of hard rock, metal, punk, and psychedelic rock featuring $5 skate rental, Arepa 901, and the TapBox food trucks. Free. Thurs., June 15, 6-8 p.m. RIVERPLAY, RIVERSIDE AND JEFFERSON, WWW.THEFOURTHBLUFF.COM.

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Peabody Rooftop Party

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2nd Annual Shake Rag III Bar-B-Q Competition

Compete or just join the fun. For more information, call or email www.shakeragbarandgrill@gmail.com Fri., June 16, and Sat., June 17. SHAKE RAG BAR, 8902 RANKIN BRANCH (876-5255).

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Soul Cinema

Special Screening 6/19 - Stax: The Early Years with special

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Summer Shorts Beach Party Tues., June 20, 7:30 p.m.

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ietnamese seaweedwrapped tofu, yuba, sweet potato fritters. All seem simple enough — dishes we can get at our favorite local Pho place. But get up early on a Sunday, drive an hour south, and these dishes can be experienced on a whole other dimension. I am speaking of Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi, the Thich Nhat Hanh intentional community, that was established in 2005. Each Sunday, the 30-something monastics who live there open their doors to visitors to share a day of mindfulness with them, practicing walking meditation, listening to a dharma talk about what mindfulness is and how to practice it, and sharing a meal. That meal will make you question how you ever lived before.

So what’s the secret? “We use a special seasoning,” answers Sister Boi Nghiem, mischievously. Boi Nghiem (it means “True Pearl”) is a nun and former Memphian who lives at Magnolia Grove. That special seasoning is a combination of joy, love, compassion, mindfulness, and just good energy, she adds. “Our teacher [Thich Nhat Hanh] says the kitchen is like the meditation hall,” Sister Boi says. When Sister Boi’s cooking team of three nuns have the opportunity to cook one of the three meals served every day, they begin with a cup of tea. “We will come in a little early and enjoy a cup of tea and enjoy the moment,” Sister Boi says. “Then we will do something to make the kitchen pleasant, such as make a vase of fresh flowers and light some incense or some

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The nuns say a kitchen bodhisattva prayer that expresses gratitude for being able to prepare and offer food to their community and recognition that the most important food is joy, love, and harmony. sage.” Then they say a kitchen bodhisattva prayer that expresses something along the lines of gratitude for being able to prepare and offer food to their community and recognition that the most important food is joy, love, and harmony. Sister Boi’s sister, both in blood and in monastic life, Sister Hoc Nghiem, which means “True Practice,” adds that the fact that most of their food comes fresh from their garden creates another layer of that special something. “And when we grow our garden, we also do it with joy and love,” Sister Hoc says. “We don’t just focus on the food to harvest, but when we are watering our garden, we also do that with joy and happiness.”

All the food prepared at Magnolia Grove is vegan in accordance with the Five Mindfulness Trainings, which represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic and include the first training, “Reverence for Life.” “When you eat the food here, you can cultivate compassion because you know no animals had to sacrifice their lives, and it makes you feel good about yourself,” Sister Boi says. The last of that je ne sais quoi that separates the food at Magnolia Grove from any other meal is the fact that they eat in silence for the first 20 minutes of the meal as a way to practice eating meditation and mindful eating. “I think one of the reasons people

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enjoy the food here so much is that when they eat, they know they’re eating,” Sister Boi says. “There’s no cell phone or TV to distract them, so they’re really tasting the food and really living in the present moment.” Sister Boi adds with another mischievous smile, “It’s Vietnamese food, and Vietnamese food is always good.” For more information on visiting Magnolia Grove for a day, go to magnoliagrovemonastery.org. Many of the monastics will be in Memphis on Saturday, June 17th for a Day of Mindfulness presentation at Rhodes College as part of Rhodes’ Compassionate Campus Initiative. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bryan Campus Life Center on Rhodes Campus, and participants are encouraged to register on eventbrite. com (where you can also make a donation). Here is a recipe from Sister Boi:

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Rosé, Can You See? trip across the top shelf of several liquor stores, the most expensive one I could find was about $30. And from what I’ve tried, there is no reason to pay any more than $15. The real problem with pink wine is perception, perhaps rooted in having watched your Aunt Erma haul around a hatbox full of Franzia. Or maybe that’s just me. Because rosé can be created from any red varietal, they are made nearly everywhere. European rosés tend to be drier — wine speak for less sweet — than New World wines. I am, however, painting with a wide brush here. The Provence region of France is famous for its dry rosés. Champs de Provence will run you about $16 a bottle. It’s light and pale and dry enough so you don’t get sweet mouth. Or, I’d imagine, a roaring hangover. There are also several Côte du Rhônes that are very good. If you are looking for a bigger wine with more fruit, try New World rosé wines — Californian or South American. And Spanish rosados are another lively option. Or Germany’s Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé. Only the Germans would have a winery called Wolf. As for food pairings, rosé is the sort of wine that really sings with cheeses and cold, smoked meats or oysters with a mignonette sauce. Or, for that matter, fried chicken. Don’t sneer until you try it; this is Memphis.

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or the record, rosé wine is not a mix of red and white grapes; that would be called “gold wine.” Mixing wines together was how the Romans made it, but they had to dilute their vintages because they were so harsh. When it came to vino, what the Romans lacked in finesse, they made up for with gusto. They attacked whatever it was they were drinking with a weapons-grade enthusiasm. Rosé, on the other hand, calls for a lighter touch. It is made from red grapes with a process that is close to how white wines are created. The truth is that all grapes, even red ones, have white flesh that produces clear juice. What gives red wine its dark color — and tannins and all its other wonderful qualities — is the grape skin. Pinot Gris (or Pinot Grigio as the Italians say) is actually a big blue-purple grape, even though it’s a white wine. When the grapes are crushed, the juice is separated from the skins to keep the light color and flavor. To get a rosé, red grapes are lightly crushed, with the skins allowed to sit in the juice from anywhere from a few hours (for a wine light in color and flavor) to a few days (for a darker, bolder wine). The result is a fresh summer wine — a white for red wine lovers. You don’t need to look for an old respectable vintage when choosing a rosé. In fact, don’t even try. If you did find an older vintage, there is probably a nasty reason it hasn’t been opened. Age doesn’t improve a rosé. The free-market upside to all this is that good rosés are cheap. After a quick

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nce upon a time, there was a beautiful place called Hollywood. In that place lived a company called Universal, which made movies. One of those movies was about a vampire named Dracula, and people really, really liked it. So the people of Universal, in their wisdom, said “We should make more movies like that!” And so they did. They made a movie called Frankenstein, which was liked by even more people. And Universal said, “We should do, like, a lot of these.” Universal made a movie called The Mummy. It was like Dracula, only with a mummy instead of a vampire. The mummy was played by Boris Karloff, who also played Frankenstein, so for Universal, it was like two movies in one. People really liked The Mummy, even though it wasn’t as good as the other two. In a happy coincidence, Universal made a lot of money. So Universal said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” They kept making movies about monsters. One of them was about an Invisible Man, which you would think wouldn’t be such a great subject for a visual medium, but it was. Another one was about a good guy

named Dr. Jekyll who takes drugs and becomes a bad guy named Mr. Hyde. They made a movie about a man who turns into a wolf when the moon is full. You’d think that would make him happy because wolves are awesome, but it made him sad because he killed and ate people. And on and on it went. When they ran out of ideas for new movie monsters, they used the old ones again. They made The Mummy again but called it The Mummy’s Hand. Then they made The Mummy’s Tomb, which made sense because tombs are where you find mummies. Then, The Mummy’s Ghost, which didn’t make sense, because mummies are kind of like ghosts already, and that’s like a ghost of a ghost. They got back on track with The Mummy’s Curse, because cursing is definitely something mummies do. Then the writers at Universal said, “Help! We’re out of mummy ideas!” So the Mummy met Abbott and Costello, and it did not go well. Universal couldn’t think of anything else to do with the Mummy, so they sold him to a bunch of British

Annabelle Wallis and Tom Cruise fear for their careers in the new Universal reboot of The Mummy.

people called Hammer, who made a movie called The Mummy. Then they made four more movies until they, too, ran out of mummy-related ideas. Many years passed, and the rights to the Mummy reverted to Universal. In 1999, they decided to make another movie about a mummy. It was called The Mummy, and it starred a goofy fella named Brendan Fraser, not as the mummy, but as a guy who winked at the audience and said, “Get a load of this mummy, will ya?” This mummy movie was pretty boring, but people liked Fraser, and it had something called “CGI,” so Universal made a lot of money. Again, they said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and made a sequel and a prequel and a prequel to the prequel, which itself had two sequels, and then another sequel, which had nothing to do with the prequels. Several years passed. Disney started making movies

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