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• It appears as of now that Strickland is determined to follow the letter of the law in regards to the removal of the statues of Forrest and Jefferson Davis, but wouldn’t it be cool if tomorrow when when we woke up, the statues — poof! — were gone? Now, that would be miraculous. On Sunday, Strickland issued a statement on Facebook after being chastised for “leaning closer and closer toward white supremacist apologetics” by a pastor in The Commercial Appeal. Strickland’s response was testy, to say the least, and read in part, “I want every Memphian to see the divisive, empty rhetoric that the media chooses to highlight. I want every Memphian to see the absurdity of someone accusing the mayor who is actually working on removing Confederate statues as being an apologist for white supremacists.” This worked out really well for him because now people are calling him Trump. • This week’s cover story is about the University of Memphis’ football team and primarily their quarterback Riley Ferguson. Last season, Ferguson emerged from under the shadow of N E WS & O P I N I O N Paxton Lynch and did a pretty good job THE FLY-BY - 4 of it. NY TIMES CROSSWORD - 5 POLITICS - 8 My takeaway from the story is that EDITORIAL - 10 the team will win it all. VIEWPOINT - 11 COVER — “AIR RAID” BY FRANK MURTAUGH - 12

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At 3 p.m. on Saturday, about 250 people gathered in Health Sciences Park around the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue. “Whose city? Whose park?” went one chant. “The people united will never be defeated,” went another. Those in support of the statue weren’t overtly present, though there were some reported sightings. Perhaps it was the heat (heat index 105) that kept them at bay. Protesters tried to drape the statue in a giant cloth banner and made some headway before the action was quashed by police. One man yelled for the speakers to stop cussing. The response? “We’re here to take the motherfucking statue down!” A second attempt at draping the statue led to arrests. Protesters surrounded the cop car to keep them from leaving. The car backed up, bumping into some people, which brought a brief but scary flash of Heather Heyer’s murder in Charlottesville. One woman began to sob. And then another chant: “Protect the people, not the statue.” At some point during the event, a call was put out for elected officials to come and speak. There was no response. Meanwhile at the Crosstown Concourse, both Mayor Luttrell and Mayor Strickland were there for the grand opening of the $200 million project that Todd Richardson, one of the masterminds behind Crosstown, called a miracle. That event drew between 10,000 and 13,000 people. There were two balloon drops. The balloons were green, black, and white. The protesters at Health Sciences Park want the statues down, yes, but they also demanded equality across the board — in education, in transportation, in how they are treated by the cops. Protect the people, not the statue.

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Improbable as it may seem, Lewis, a notorious hell-raiser who’s already outlived label-mates like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, etc. is still very much alive and only 81 to boot. CNN got the name wrong. It was actually Jerry Lewis, America’s great cinematic clown and mighty lion of the Labor Day telethon who’d gone on to headline that big casino in the sky. The badly titled obit went viral soon after it went live thanks to the cable news channel’s army of sworn enemies (aka Trump voters) who shared contempt on social media with posts saying, “Oh Wow! They are so used to reporting #FakeNews, when they have a real item to report, they can’t do it. Why are they still on the air?”

and … “The Clown News Network reports Jerry Lee Lewis died, not Jerry Lewis. These people are the fake news kings. Utterly corrupt and incompetent.”

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Protests, Protests, & Protests Tensions in w eek of protest s around confed e rate statu es . R I G HT U N ITES, ALL R I G HT Protests of confederate statues dominated Memphis news last week in events sparked by a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that saw one woman killed and 19 others injured. The “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia brought white supremacists together from across the country for rallies on Friday and Saturday, August 11th and 12th. One man drove his car into a group of counter protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather D. Heyer. The rally and the violent act ignited protests across the country. FO R R EST F LAS H PO I NT On August 14th, in Memphis, a small group gathered by the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park around midnight. One protester suggested via live stream that the group intended to pull the statue down. Police arrived within minutes, as did many more protesters. Though, the group was dispersed by police as the park was officially closed at 8 p.m. That protest came one day after Bruce McMullen, the city’s chief legal officer, announced the city was prepared to sue the state to remove the Forrest monument and the Jefferson Davis statue in Memphis Park on Front. The city currently has a pending waiver to the Tennessee Historical Commission for the removal of the Forrest statue and plans to file a waiver in the next month for the Davis statue. If the waivers are rejected, McMullen says the city will appeal up to the state Supreme Court. DAVI S G ETS H I S On August 15th, about 50 gathered around the Jefferson Davis statue, rallying for its removal. Protesters chanted phrases into bullhorns, like “Jefferson Davis has got to go, hey hey, ho ho” and “no Trump, no KKK, no facist U.S.A.” Police were on the scene, as were a handful of counter protesters who said they supported the statue. Mayor Jim Strickland said, while he wants the statues removed, his administration would not illegally pull the

statues down. However, activists pressured him and other leaders to expedite what could be a lengthy process to get the statues removed. One group, led by activist Tami Sawyer, issued a list of demands that included the repeal of state laws that protect the statues and that city leaders use “alternative methods” to remove them. H EALTH- CAR E WALKO UT On August 18th, nearly 100 students and faculty members from University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center walked out of classes to urge the removal of the Forrest statue in the nearby Health Sciences Park. Bryan Goodman, one of the walkout organizers, said the statue is a “direct contradiction of the oath we all take as health-care professionals: do no harm.” The statue, he said, is harmful to the city and to the school’s reputation. “It serves as a constant reminder that regardless of how hard we work and how much we achieve, in the eyes of some, we will never be seen as equals,” Goodman said. “It’s a physical representation of hate and pain, and its presence is a direct contradiction to our school’s mission to produce health-care providers that support and treat Memphis’ diverse population.” Strickland announced on Friday he joined a coalition of more than 200 mayors nationwide in signing the Mayor’s Compact, to promote the fundamental principles of justice and equality in cities, according to the campaign’s website. Strickland tweeted Friday that hate nor bigotry has no place in the city of Memphis.


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critically needed local resource” that will reduce the price of maintaining blighted spaces. According the MWC website, the company will put measures in place such as forming a buffer of trees between the landfill and the elementary school, keeping company traffic away from Whitney Avenue near the school, and regularly assessing the operation’s noise level to ensure that the expansion will not be disruptive to the Frayser community. Though the company’s application specifies that the proposed development “will not unduly injure or damage the use, value, and enjoyment of surrounding property” nor hinder the development of surrounding properties, members of the Frayser community are not welcoming the expansion. Quincy Jones, manager of Neighborhood Preservation, Inc.’s efforts in Frayser, said the landfill proposed “in the heart” of the Frayser/MLK Neighborhood Initiative “clearly imposes an extreme and overbearing activity next to an elementary school.” “This sends the wrong message to both students and their families as a whole,” Jones said. “The fact that this is Memphis Wrecking Company’s third recent attempt at expanding this landfill underscores their level of insensitivity to the Frayser community. In fact, it is shameful that while so many local interest

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POLITICS By Jackson Baker

Corker as Change Agent As has been the case more often than not, Tennessee possesses political figures of great potential to influence national policy. A case in point is the state’s junior U.S. Senator, Bob Corker, who holds the pivotal position of chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations

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Committee. Like many of his Senatorial colleagues, Corker often includes in his prepared remarks veritable rabbit-warrens of ambivalence that, in ordinary discourse, happily, he can discard in favor of plain talk. A case of that occurred last week when the Senator was in Tennessee in the aftermath of President Trump’s awkward rhetorical attempts to suggest a moral equivalence in the clash between white nationalists and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia. In Knoxville on Wednesday, faced with a battery of reporters, Corker was asked about the president’s remarks and promptly began to equivocate. He and the president had a “healthy relationship,” Corker said. “Each of us has our own style. We go about things in a different way.” Pressed a little harder, he said, “I did not see them [Trump’s comments]. I don’t see a lot of television, I apologize … Look, I respond in my own way. My comments are the ones I focus on, and I think the media does a plenty good job and has plenty of panelists on and others giving editorial comment about other peoples’ comments and mine.” Pressed still further later on, the senator said, “Look, I let the president’s comments speak for themselves. There are plenty of people who editorialize about those. I’m responsible for my comments and how I feel, and people editorialize about those, too … I mean I don’t know what ginned up the event in Charlottesville except that there was a lot of hate on display there. Again, certainly it needs to end.” A final query came from a reporter in Knoxville who was still unsatisfied and asked Corker if it wasn’t time to take a stand rather than “walking in the middle of the line trying to make everybody happy.” The senator’s response? “I just think everybody has to speak on these issues the way they feel best.” Then came Thursday and another Q and A with reporters after Corker’s speech to the Rotary Club of home-town Chattanooga. Similar questions came the senator’s way, and he answered in slow, measured sentences that sounded less cautious than the product of serious overnight deliberation. “I do think there needs to be some radical changes. The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability or the competence he needs to demonstrate. … He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great. … Without the things I just mentioned happening, the nation is going to go through great peril. … We should hope … that 8 he does some self-reflection, does what is necessary to demonstrate some stability, to demonstrate some

competence, to demonstrate that he understands the character of our nation. …” Corker went on: “We’re at the point where there have to be radical changes at the White House itself. It has to happen. I think the president needs to take stock of the role he plays in our nation and move beyond himself. “We need to speak to what’s good in our nation. Neo-Nazi groups, KKK groups … are not what’s good in our nation. I don’t think that the president has appropriately spoken to the nation on this issue, and sometimes he gets in a situation where he doubles down to try to make a wrong a right. I think he’s done that in this case. I would ask that he take stock of who he is as president of all the people in our nation.” The world promptly took notice, with CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post in the van and all weighing in yuuge! History may demonstrate that it was Corker’s studied

Corker in 2011, discoursing on Afghanistan afterthought that stirred the pendulum of change into motion. Or not. Just as history may yet demonstrate that it was the senator from Tennessee who, at some point in his tenure as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (or as ranking member if the Democrats are to take over the Senate after 2018) played a fundamental role in resolving the seemingly unending Afghanistan quagmire. The senator issued a statement in a press release following Trump’s televised Monday night address in which the president vowed to keep on keeping on in Afghanistan. Corker’s statement was as follows: “I had the opportunity to talk with Secretary Tillerson in advance of this evening’s address, and while I look forward to receiving additional details, I support the direction President Trump laid out tonight for the U.S. role in Afghanistan. “While there are certainly substantial questions about whether Afghanistan has the capacity over time to provide stable governance to its people, this more focused plan provides the U.S. military with the flexibility it needs to help the Afghan military

regain momentum. It also utilizes a conditions-based approach for our military, which should lead to better diplomatic outcomes and ensures engagement with regional partners, especially Pakistan and India, giving us a better opportunity for success.” I could not help but contrast that seemingly acquiescent statement with Senator Corker’s extended and thoughtful response on the Afghanistan — and Pakistan — matter when I talked with him about it in Washington in 2011. Here is a relevant portion of those remarks: “I think we’ve known for a long time that Pakistan plays both sides. They’ve been able to get aid from America by being a bad actor. It’s a leverage they use. I just left a Foreign Relations Committee meeting where I talked about this. Whether they’re in cahoots or incompetent, this has been an embarrassment for their country, and it provides a relationship-changing opportunity. “The fact is, if you travel through Afghanistan, as I’ve done many times, and you talk to our military leaders, they’re unbelievably frustrated, because they’re fighting a war in a country where our enemies are not. And on the other hand we’re providing aid to a country where our enemies are. To me, and this is what I really pressed hard in this last hearing on, this is where our focus needs to be. “[Pakistan is] where all the Al Qaeda and Taliban leadership [is], their accounting network, they’re all there. … So to me this creates an opportunity for us to bear down on ridding that country of the enemies that we’re fighting in Afghanistan but happen to reside in Pakistan. “I’ve been very skeptical about the efforts there for some time. … [O]ur men and women in uniform, I hold them in highest esteem in carrying out their mission, but much of what they’re fighting [in Afghanistan] is just criminality. … So much of what our soldiers are fighting there is criminality. Again, the head of the monster, if you will, exists in Pakistan. …” Nothing said Monday night by Trump or by any of the many respondents to the president’s address, including Corker himself, equals the wisdom of perceptiveness of that 2011 analysis, and there is no reason to believe the senator’s views have changed appreciably. • Meanwhile, here is a fresh view of the matter from another Tennessean, 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen: “… After 16 years of war, we have not made great progress because there have been issues of corruption in the Afghan government and the Afghan people are ambivalent toward their government and toward the eventual outcome of the war. … My thoughts are with the soldiers who were watching tonight’s speech and their fellow soldiers, some of whom will sacrifice their lives in what is a war without a likelihood of success. God bless our American troops.” Rep. Cohen’s view is entirely consistent with what Senator Corker said lo, those six years ago, and may yet, in some way or another, have the opportunity to say again. Perhaps, it is often rumored, as a presidential candidate himself.

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a gathering of progressive citizens rose up to resist them is only to be welcomed — even if those counter-demonstrators, as President Trump bent over backwards to contend, contained a militant element themselves. The fact is that a term that was modish for a while in the ’60s and ’70s and then fell out of favor is likely due for a revival. “Participatory democracy” was how it went, and it denoted what was then a rising tide of direct action — demonstrations, marches, citizen interventions, and, in some cases, disruptions of both the planned and spontaneous kind — going on among masses of people who had not been elected to any sort of government. There is an irony of sorts — or maybe an appropriateness — in the fact that, as our elected representatives in the Congress seem to have settled into a state of gridlock in which nothing (or at least nothing positive) can occur, citizens have taken to the streets to make things happen on their own. The renewed demonstrations here locally at the site of the Nathan Bedford Forrest monument and grave and the new ones demanding the removal as well of the Jefferson Davis statue on the riverfront, are instances of an obvious sense of impatience and a developing shift in public behavior. In Memphis, the issue is compounded by a state action taken expressly to counter the will of local government — namely, the Heritage Protection Act of 2016, which places all authority over monuments like those

to Forrest and Davis in the hands of the state Historical Commission, which must approve changes in the status of the monuments by a two-thirds vote of its 20 members. City government has already moved decisively to change the names of three downtown parks from prior appellations that paid homage to the confederacy, including the two parks with the offending statues. Mayor Jim Strickland and the City Council are on record as favoring the removal of those monuments. But the hands of city officials are tied — or seem to be — by the aforesaid state law. Those demanding immediate action point out, however, that the state law, which was rushed into being to prevent any change in the status of the Memphis monuments, lacks any penalty provisions. Accused by some of the demonstrators as lacking in leadership, Strickland felt constrained to issue an angry rebuttal on his Facebook page, citing his prior actions on behalf of equality of all citizens and saying, “I want every Memphian to see the absurdity of someone accusing a mayor who is actually working on removing confederate statues as being an apologist for white supremacists.” The mayor cautioned against “an attempt to divide this city with the kind of racial politics that we should all reject.” It is a warning well meant and well worth heeding. But there’s a corollary to it: that the times, they are once again a-changin’, and the order is, indeed, rapidly fading.

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Country Roads, W. Va. Donald Trump is no accidental hillbilly. know our home state as more than a political pawn. Take Morgantown, where I live: the city is the progressive, diverse home of West Virginia University, which houses the science department that discovered Volkswagen was cheating emissions tests and boasts the country’s largest forensic science and crime-scene training complex. That’s but a glimpse of a state rich with history and cultural heritage. Does the president know any of this? Doubtful. He’s more interested in the low-hanging fruit of big promises, and he offers little in return. While it’s true that coal has been given a small boost since Trump took office, even top U.S. coal mogul Robert Murray thinks Trump should “temper his expectations” about the industry’s revival. Meanwhile, southern West Virginia awaits further devastation, thanks to the president’s rollback of the Obamaera Stream Protection Rule, which was intended to protect water supplies from the dangers of coal waste.

Where, then, are the voices from West Virginia communities that have suffered at the hands of Big Coal? Where are the people profiled in documentaries like Blood on the Mountain and On Coal River? If they are speaking out, their voices are not loud enough. Or perhaps these families are simply too busy nursing illnesses and struggling to survive to waste precious time pleading their cases to a man who wouldn’t listen anyway. When I left Memphis in 2011 to move home, I wasn’t prepared for what had happened to West Virginia in the years I’d been away. From the utter destruction of drug addiction to the sobering fact of being ranked the country’s worst state for business, there’s so much work to be done. If President Trump sincerely cares about West Virginians, he needs to lay off the self-worship and get on with trying to relate to our troubles. Former Memphian Danielle Costello is a freelance writer/editor based in Morgantown in her native West Virginia. Her most recent publication is Memphis magazine’s April 2017 cover story on 1990s rock star Jeff Buckley. Contact her at typedreams76@gmail.com.

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LED BY A RECORD-BREAKING QUARTERBACK/RECEIVER TANDEM, THE MEMPHIS TIGERS AIM TO LIGHT UP SCOREBOARDS AGAIN THIS SEASON.

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niversity of Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson has not one, but two artistic arms. The senior from Charlotte has adorned himself — shoulder to mid-forearm — with ink in various symbols, shapes, and swirls. But he has a favorite on his left (nonthrowing) biceps. It’s an ornate cross, surrounded by six words: “May your light shine over me.” The art tugs at Ferguson’s heart, as it pays tribute to a cousin he lost in 2016, shortly before his first season behind center for the Tigers. But there’s a message, too, that Ferguson’s school of choice — and its football team’s growing fan base — might appreciate, for 12 Ferguson himself has shone brightly since arriving on the U of M campus.

Tasked with a challenge no previous Tiger quarterback has faced — replacing a first-round NFL draft pick — Ferguson managed to break that quarterback’s single-season touchdown record (he tossed 32), complete 63 percent of his passes, and compile 3,698 yards through the air (a figure topped only by Paxton Lynch, now a member of the Denver Broncos). Playing for a rookie coach (Mike Norvell), Ferguson turned a transition year into an 8-5 season, enough to give Memphis its most wins (27) over any three-year period in the program’s history. For only the second time (the first being 2015), Memphis scored more than 500 points. All Ferguson has to do now is follow that success . . . and improve.

“We’ve been working on our chemistry,” says Ferguson. “Everybody in the offense is way more comfortable than we were at this time last year. We were out there thinking last year, learning. Just like anything, the more you practice something, the better you get. It will be a huge advantage for us.” A quarterback is relentless in his work on mechanics: footwork, arm angle, release point, follow-through. But as his senior season approaches, Ferguson has focused more on the tool between his ears. “There’s always room for improvement,” he says. “Last year I was in the film room, but I need to get in there even more, to pick up anything I can from an opponent. Learning defenses,

identifying keys.” When it comes to shining that fabled light, Ferguson emphasizes how comfortable he’s become representing Memphis, both the school and community. “It’s kind of a smaller Charlotte [his hometown] to me,” says Ferguson. “The people here are great, and my teammates. I truly believe [coming here] is the best decision I’ve made in my life.” “If you look at the last month of [last] season,” notes Norvell, “Riley was playing at a really high level. He needs to continue to progress from that. If he can go out and command this offense, make the right decisions, he’s got some good playmakers around him.”


Speaking of playmakers … Ferguson would not have compiled his gaudy numbers without one Anthony Miller. As a junior, the former walk-on (and graduate of Christian Brothers High School) broke single-season receiving records that had been held for more than two decades by Isaac Bruce, a man now on the cusp of election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Miller’s 95 receptions shattered Bruce’s 1993 standard of 74. His 1,434 receiving yards was 40 percent better than Bruce’s mark of 1,054 (also in ’93). He set a new Tiger record for receiving yards in one October game (250), then a new record for receptions in a November game (15). With 71 catches and 854 yards this season, Miller would break the Tiger career marks in only three seasons. (Miller missed his freshman season with a shoulder injury.) “I look at those numbers [now],” says Miller, “and they look good. But when I look at the film, I had plenty of opportunities where I could have made those numbers grow. Dropped balls. Missed assignments. The wrong route. Things we can clean up this season.” Miller is now a focal point for any defense preparing to face the Tigers, this despite his name being left off the American Athletic Conference’s allleague team after the 2016 season. He

embraces the extra attention and doesn’t shy from goal-setting standards beyond the reach of most human receivers. “Riley and I have this connection,” stresses Miller. “He knows when it’s crunch time, I’m the one to throw the ball to. But I’m not the only one on offense; we’re full of weapons.” As for individual goals, take a deep breath: “Twenty touchdowns and 2,000 yards,” says Miller. “We’re just going

to continue to work. We’ve got depth everywhere. People think they know the firepower we have, but I don’t think they really understand.” When Miller speaks of weapons, he means a collection of skill-position players as adept and deep as any Memphis team has seen in years. Senior tailback Doroland Dorceus led the Tigers with 810 rushing yards last season and with a similar campaign

The 2017 SCHEDULE The Tigers have a favorable schedule, one without the likes of USF (favored in the media poll to win the league crown), Temple, or Cincinnati. Their three East Division foes are UCF and a pair of teams expected to finish near the bottom of the standings (East Carolina and UConn). A September 16th visit from UCLA and one of the country’s top quarterbacks, sophomore Josh Rosen, will highlight the home schedule. (*AAC game) August 31 (Thursday) — LOUISIANA-MONROE September 9 — at UCF* September 16 — UCLA September 23 — SOUTHERN ILLINOIS September 30 — at Georgia State October 6 (Friday) — at UConn* October 14 — NAVY* October 19 (Thursday) — at Houston* October 27 (Friday) — TULANE* November 3 (Friday) — at Tulsa* November 18 — SMU* November 25 — EAST CAROLINA*

this fall would move into second place on the Tigers’ career chart, behind only DeAngelo Williams. But when Dorceus isn’t carrying the ball, Ferguson may be handing it or tossing it to any of a trio of sophomores: Patrick Taylor (546 yards in ’16), Darrell Henderson (482), or sophomore Tony Pollard, a graduate of Melrose High School who earned AAC Special Teams Player of the Year honors last year for his kick-return prowess. The Tiger receiving corps is no less deep, with senior Phil Mayhue (677 receiving yards as a junior) supporting Miller as a downfield threat. Sophomore John “Pop” Williams and freshman Damonte Coxie impressed during training camp and hope to climb the depth chart as the season unfolds. (The unit took a hit during preseason camp when senior Sam Craft was lost for the year with a torn ACL in his left knee. Craft had been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA after missing most of the 2016 season with a back injury.) “Our skill-position players are as good as I’ve had,” says Norvell, who spent four seasons in the high-flying Pac-12 Conference as an assistant with Arizona State before taking the Memphis job. “Guys who understand this offense know they can get the ball on any play; you have to do your job to get open. If the defense does its job and takes someone away, it will leave one-oncontinued on page 14

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continued from page 13 one matchups for others. We’re versatile and we create opportunities.” Can Miller actually improve on his record-breaking numbers from 2016? “Everyone can improve,” says Norvell. “No one here is a finished product.”

When asked about the offensive line entrusted with protecting Ferguson and opening holes for Dorceus, Taylor, and friends, Norvell says he’s enjoyed watching the competition in camp. Despite the offensive production last season, the line graded out as serviceable, at best. Veterans like center

Drew Kyser and right guard Gabe Kuhn are back, and in freshman Obinna Eze from Nashville, the Tigers have 283 of the highest-rated pounds in recent recruiting history. (Norvell notes offensive linemen have the most challenging leap from high school to college football, so patience is

urged on the Eze watch.) Norvell says another newcomer, massive juco transfer Roger Joseph (6’5”, 317 lbs.), has a chance to make an impact up front. The Tigers may have won eight games by averaging 38.8 points last season, but they lost five because they allowed 28.8 points per game (and a staggering 49.8 in the five defeats). A completely revamped secondary will back a group of veterans at linebacker, the hope being measurable improvement in slowing opposing offenses. Senior linebacker Genard Avery — a first-team All-AAC honoree last fall — will be the face of the defense. Avery led the Tigers with 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (including five sacks) and finished second on the team with 63 solo tackles. It’s the defensive backfield that proved most vulnerable for Memphis a year ago, and the unit has new blood. “I’ve been really impressed with the young guys in our secondary,” says Norvell. “[Safeties] John Cook and Shaun Rupert have done a great job of providing leadership. [Freshman cornberback] T. J. Carter came in as a highly rated young man, and my favorite thing about him is his work ethic. He’s come in to earn his position; he brings the right mentality every day at practice.” The return of pass-rusher Jackson Dillon, who missed the 2016 season with

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The feeling around the Tiger program is one of general comfort and confidence, not what you’d necessarily expect under

the command of a second-year head coach who turns 36 in October. Whether or not the U of M has become a “football school” remains debatable, but don’t doubt a collective buy-in when it comes to the Norvell mission. “Coach Norvell has continued the culture Justin Fuente started,” says Miller, who spent his first three seasons (including a redshirt year) under Norvell’s predecessor. “There were players here not willing to work, and [Fuente] got rid of those guys. Those of us who stayed, when you work hard, it doesn’t go unnoticed. I’ve tried to continue that. We were brought in as soon as [Norvell] got here. When coaches come in, it can be hard for players to adjust. But his offense is effective, and he’s one of the greatest football masterminds I’ve been around.” Merely five seasons removed from a two-season train wreck during which the Tigers won three of 24 games, Memphis is favored to win the American Athletic Conference’s West Division. The Tigers even received votes in the Top 25 Amway Coaches Poll. “Nothing changes for us,” says Norvell. “It’s about staying focused on today, the steps in front of us. Preseason recognition is a great compliment, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to get it done. It shows a level of respect for our program, not just where we are but where we’re going. But we gotta go out there and get it.”

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a knee injury, is the college equivalent of a major trade acquisition. The Oklahoma native had 20.5 career tackles for a loss in three seasons prior to his injury. “He’s a great leader,” says Norvell, “and we have some guys on our defensive front who have played a good deal of football.” Senior end Ernest Suttles and sophomore end Jonathan Wilson (three sacks last season) will lead the push on the line of scrimmage. Look for sophomore Austin Hall to be a playmaker at the STAR position (a hybrid linebacker/safety role). Hall started 11 games as a redshirt-freshman and had 7.5 tackles for loss. “We want to attack the football,” emphasizes Norvell. “Whether we’re playing a base defense or pressuring, we want to be impactful and make sure we’re communicating.” The good news on special teams is that Pollard is back to return kicks along with all-AAC punter Spencer Smith. But the Tigers must replace placekicker Jake Elliott, a two-time AAC Special Teams Player of the Year and now a member of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. Freshman Riley Patterson will be staring down uprights this season. (Patterson connected on a 54-yard field goal as a junior at Edwardsville High School in Illinois.)

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If you’re a fan of live theater in Memphis, here’s a little secret you should all know about. At $10 a ticket for a show that includes comedy by Sister Myotis and songs from every show nominated for best musical, the annual Ostrander Awards — going down Sunday, August 27th at the Orpheum Theatre — are one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The Ossies are Memphis’ answer to Broadway’s Tony Awards, and for the first three decades of its existence, they were a small private party for nominees and their dates. Over time, the awards, which were created by Memphis magazine and ArtsMemphis to reward excellence in live performance, grew into an annual family reunion for the entire theater community, but remained a closed event. By 2012, the event had outgrown its longtime home at Memphis Botanic Gardens, and in 2013, it moved to the Orpheum, and, for the first time, opened its doors to the general public. The party has only become bigger and better each year since. This year’s nominees for Best Play cover a range of topics including race, American politics, Alfred Hitchcock classics, and satanic hand puppets. They are The 39 Steps at Theatre Memphis, The City of Conversation at Theatre Memphis, Disgraced at the Circuit Playhouse, Hand to God at the Circuit Playhouse, and Rasheed Speaking on the NextStage at Theatre Memphis. Musical performances at the Ostranders will include selections from best musical nominees including Million Dollar Quartet at Playhouse on the Square, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Playhouse on the Square, Rock of Ages at Playhouse on the Square, Sisters of Swing at the Circuit Playhouse, and South Pacific at Theatre Memphis. THE 2017 OSTRANDER AWARDS, SUNDAY, AUGUST 27TH AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE. COCKTAILS AT 6 P.M. AWARDS AND SHOW AT 7 P.M. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT MEMPHISFLYER.COM

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SATURDAY August 26 Rocky Horror Picture Show The Orpheum, 8 p.m., $5 Is it time to do the time warp again? Screening of the 1975 cult classic. JustLarry’s Mayhem Evergreen Theatre, 8-10 p.m., $20 Includes: “sexy schoolgirls, dark damsels disrobing, sitting-down stand-up comedians, mindmelding magic, and astounding aerial acrobatics in a cabaret of curiosities.”

The Flick Circuit Playhouse, 8 p.m., $25 Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in a movie theater that is one of the last to screen 35-millimeter films.

Suds & Stories Elmwood Cemetery, 1 p.m. A talk by local filmmaker Willy Bearden about the backstory on his film, Reflections of Elmwood.

Fittin’ Inn TheatreWorks, 7:30 p.m., $20 Play about three women who agree to deliver a package from New Orleans to Memphis.

Baywatch Bay Pop Cart 2nd between Beale and Union, 1-3:30 p.m. Oh, like you have anything better to do? A giveaway of Baywatchthemed popsicles, plus life-sized cut outs of the Rock and Zac Efron. Held in conjunction with the movie’s DVD and Blu-ray release.


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On Sucking By Chris Davis You know what sucks so hard about interviewing comedians? You’d think a group of self-identifying funny people who tell jokes for a living would be a lot of fun to talk to, but, in the immortal words of Steve Martin, “Noooooooooo!” The minute you get them on the record, they go all sincere. They want to show everybody their serious side and save all the good laughs and one-liners for the night of the big show. Take, for example Tommy Oler, a Memphis comic and co-founder of the popular “You Look Like” show. This week, Oler’s taking a (funny) crew of Memphis comedians to Malco’s Studio on the Square to test-drive a new multimedia comedy concept show called “Why it Sucks,” where he and his fellow funny people tell us why lots of popular things we all enjoy really, secretly suck. Things like naps, air conditioning, and the hit superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming. Oler wanted to use skills he’s developed performing at comedy roasts to take on broader topics. “I wanted a show where we’d make fun of all this stuff people love, but not in a cynical way,” he says. When asked if he could share any of the things that suck about Spider-Man: Homecoming, naps, or air conditioning, Oler said he had prepared some material but would rather not give any of it away just yet. What doesn’t suck is his lineup which includes John Miller, Ross Turner, Nick Cox, Jonny Bratsveen, and Brandon Sams. “Some of the most entertaining people I know,” Oler affirms, again refusing to say why any of them might sometimes suck. Then he went back to playing D&D, and the interviewer got on with his life. Malco’s Studio on the Square started hosting comedy events in July with a stand-up showcase called Comedy Squared. “WHY IT SUCKS” AT STUDIO ON THE SQUARE, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30TH, 7-9 P.M. 423-714-6852, $10

Dog Wash Hollywood Feed Erin Way, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A dog-wash fund-raiser benefitting Memphis Pets Alive. Germantown International Festival Agricenter International, 11 a.m. Annual festival celebrating a variety of countries, featuring food, arts, music, dance, and more.

“Horn Island 33” Memphis College of Art, 5:30 p.m. Opening of this annual show featuring works by students, alum, and faculty inspired by their trip to Horn Island.

Game Night Memphis Made Brewing, 1 p.m. A day devoted to all kinds of games — RPGs, board games, and more — hosted by Memphis Made and 901 Comics.

Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Tour Tiger Lane, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Annual nighttime bike ride with a tailgate party featuring food, music, and the Beale Street Flippers.

A Drag Salute to Divas New Daisy Theatre, 3-5 p.m. and 8-11 p.m., $25 All the biggies will be there during this night of “illusion” — Dolly, Tina, Beyonce, and Diana.

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att McCormack and KISS bass player Gene Simmons collaborated on “Pride,” McCormack’s recently released single that will be included on McCormack’s album, Life in Stereo, slated to be released September 8th. McCormack, 42, a former Memphian living in Austin, will perform the song at a free show, “Matt McCormack and Friends,” 6 to 9 p.m. August 28th at Lafayette’s Music Room. “Pride” isn’t a new song; its story goes back decades. McCormack, who says he was a “KISS geek” growing up, skipped school at 13 to try to meet Simmons, who was in town for a show. McCormack, living in San Antonio at the time, hung out all day at Simmons’ hotel. Finally, he drove up in his limousine. “I had a bag full of KISS stuff for him to sign,” McCormack says. “I said, ‘Gene!’ He walked right by me.” McCormack followed Simmons to the checkout desk, pulled out a limited edition KISS picture disk, The Elder, tapped him on the sleeve and said, “But I have this!” “He looked at me, pulled his glasses down on the tip of his nose and goes, ‘Wow.’ And pulled the glasses up, turned around and continued checking out.” McCormack, who was devastated, became a musician. He formed Bury the Bone at 19 and began writing songs with fellow Memphian Lance Oliver. He moved to Austin, where he formed Choker Montana, and continued writing songs, including “Pride.” He and Simmons crossed paths a few times at KISS conventions, but they really made contact in 2004. McCormack was at his mom’s house. “On the table was a relic of Mother Teresa’s hair. It was a traveling shrine that goes from home to home to bless houses. For some reason, it’s in my house. I love Mother Teresa.” He got on his computer and saw “Gene Simmons is looking for new bands to sign.” Holding Mother Teresa’s hair, he said, “Look, Mother Teresa, I’ve always had your back. If you’re with me now like I know you are, make it happen.”


A year later, things fell apart. A flood devastated Austin’s Onion Creek area. “We lost everything we owned. There was four feet of water in our 4,000-square-foot home on the golf course. We had no flood insurance.” McCormack was wiped out, and he and his wife divorced. But he found solace in Simmons’ book, Me, Inc. “It gave me the strength and courage to move forward and make decisions about me. Putting me first.” Last March, McCormack sent an email to Simmons telling him he wanted to put “Pride” on his new album. Simmons wrote back telling McCormack to feel free to use his own version with his own vocals. What is “Pride” about? “Picking yourself up and feeling good about yourself,” McCormack says. “Starting again, but having a positive attitude about it.”

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McCormack sent his CD to Simmons. Seven days later, he got a call. He says Simmons told him, “I like that song, ‘Pride.’ I like it a lot. I want to come down. I want to meet you. I’m interested in doing ‘Pride.’” They met a week later. McCormack told him how he rebuffed him when he was a teenager. “He tipped his glasses down again and said, ‘I just cut you a check. Have you matured any?’ And he pulled his glasses up again.” They hung out for three days while Simmons worked on tracks for “Pride,” which was supposed to be included on Simmons’ solo record, but it wasn’t. But, McCormack says, “Just being associated with him opened tons of doors for me. I got a song in a movie, Dead of Winter. It opened me up to meeting other writers who have radio cuts. It got me opening slots for other bands. Just with that on my resume.” McCormack married, had children, played gigs and began a management company, New Pony. His clients included Bill Carter and the Blame, which featured Johnny Depp on guitar. He also started After Give, a non-profit to provide traumatic relief for artists. He and Simmons rekindled their friendship after McCormack invited him to be on his “Sounds of the Town” segment on TV.

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After Dark: Live Music Schedule August 24 - 30 6-9 p.m.; Joe Restivo Saturday, Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m.

Blues City Cafe 138 BEALE 526-3637

Alfred’s 197 BEALE 525-3711

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

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

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

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

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

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 Band Sundays, 6 p.m., and Mondays, 7 p.m.; FreeWorld Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

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.

Club 152

King’s Palace Cafe

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.; The Rusty Pieces play Bike Night on Beale Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.

FedExForum 191 BEALE

R. Kelly Sunday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m.; WWE Monday Night Raw Monday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Handy Bar 200 BEALE 527-2687

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

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

162 BEALE 521-1851

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

King’s Palace Cafe Patio 162 BEALE 521-1851

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.

Hard Rock Cafe

King’s Palace Cafe Tap Room

126 BEALE 529-0007

168 BEALE 576-2220

Chris Johnson Duo Thursday, Aug. 24, 8-11 p.m.; Brandon Cunning Friday, Aug. 25, 8-11 p.m.; Tori Tollison Saturday, Aug. 26, 8-11 p.m.; Sean “Bad” Apple Sunday, Aug. 27, 8-11 p.m.

Itta Bena 145 BEALE 578-3031

Big Don Valentine’s Three Piece Chicken and a Biscuit Blues Band Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Cowboy Neil Band Friday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Juke Joint Allstars Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

New Daisy Theatre 330 BEALE 525-8981

Ganja White Night Friday, Aug. 25, 10 p.m.

Dirty Crow Inn

182 BEALE 528-0150

855 KENTUCKY

Young Petty Thieves Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Pam and Terry Friday, Aug. 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; FreeWorld Friday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sensation Band Sunday, Aug. 27, 7-11 p.m.; Eric Hughes Band Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Gracie Curran Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Plantation Allstars Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Rum Boogie Cafe Blues Hall 182 BEALE 528-0150

Memphis Bluesmasters Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars Fridays, Saturdays, 4-8 p.m., and Sundays, 3-7 p.m.; Little Boy Blues Friday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Delta Project Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Brian Hawkins Blues Party Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Chris McDaniel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

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

The Rusty Pieces Saturday, Aug. 26, 6-9 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

827 S. MAIN 278-0087

Sunday Evening with Kitty Dearing Sunday, Aug. 27, 5-7:30 p.m.

Loflin Yard 7 W. CAROLINA

The Front Porch at Beale Street Landing

272 S. MAIN 526-0254

251 RIVERSIDE

The Rusty Pieces Friday, Aug. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Huey’s Downtown 77 S. SECOND 527-2700

Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe Sunday, Aug. 27, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

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

The Silly Goose

119 S. MAIN, PEMBROKE SQUARE 417-8435

Ghost River Brewing

Electric Church Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

183 BEALE 522-9596

Blind Bear Speakeasy

110 MADISON

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

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

The View Rooftop Bar @ Residence Inn

100 PEABODY PLACE 435-6915

DJ Cody Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.

Live Music Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 p.m.

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

South Main Sounds 550 S. MAIN 494-6543

Me and Leah, Josh Waddell, Jonathan Wood and Brian Sabel Friday, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m.

Bar DKDC 964 S. COOPER 272-0830

Marcella & Her Lovers Friday, Aug. 25; Devil Train Monday, Aug. 28; Casual Burn Tuesday, Aug. 29; Logan Hanna’s Obruni Dance Band Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Boscos 2120 MADISON 432-2222

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

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Gerald Stephens Thursday, Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m.; Nat “King” Kerr Fridays, Saturdays, 9-10 p.m.; David Cousar Friday, Aug. 25,

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

7 p.m.; Handsomebeast, Terry Prince & the Principles, the Crooked Vines Tuesday, Aug. 29, 9 p.m.; Shadow of Whales Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m.

Minglewood Hall 1555 MADISON 866-609-1744

Another Society, Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre Friday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.

Celtic Crossing

Huey’s Midtown

Murphy’s

903 S. COOPER 274-5151

1927 MADISON 726-4372

1589 MADISON 726-4193

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

The Dantones Sunday, Aug. 27, 4-7 p.m.; The Chaulkies Sunday, Aug. 27, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

The Cove

Lafayette’s Music Room

2559 BROAD 730-0719

Ed Finney and the U of M Jazz Quartet Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Relentless Breeze Friday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m.; Hope Clayburn & the Soul Scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 p.m.; David Collins & Frog Squad Sunday, Aug. 27, 6-9 p.m.; David Holguin Monday, Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m.; Don and Wayde Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.

Growlers 1911 POPLAR 244-7904

Crockett Hall Tuesdays with the Midtown Rhythm Section Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

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

The Max Tribe with The PRVLG, the Winter Sounds, Pinky Doodle Poodle, Kyndle Thursday, Aug. 24, 9 p.m.; Alfred Banks Marco Pavé Friday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.; HyperFury, Seeking Seven, Evince, Shutdown Tactic Saturday, Aug. 26,

2119 MADISON 207-5097

Paul Thorn Thursday, Aug. 24, 9 p.m.; John Paul Keith & Co. Friday, Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m.; Three Star Revival Friday, Aug. 25, 10 p.m.; Joe Restivo 4 Saturday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m.; Loveland Duren Trio Saturday, Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m.; Heath N’ Company Saturday, Aug. 26, 3 p.m.; Blackwater Trio Saturday, Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m.; Jackie Venson Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 p.m.; Syrrup Band Sunday, Aug. 27, 4 p.m.; Royal Blues Band Sunday, Aug. 27, 8 p.m.; Matt McCormack Monday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m.; Art Edmaiston’s Mean Scooter Tuesday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m.; 3RD Man Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m.

Midtown Crossing Grill 394 N. WATKINS 443-0502

Death Cums with Vaggitarious Thursday, Aug. 24; The Margins with the Hermits and Alexalone Friday, Aug. 25; Tail Light Rebellion Saturday, Aug. 26; Dirty Mugs with the Wreckits Monday, Aug. 28.

P&H Cafe 1532 MADISON 726-0906

Rock Starkaraoke Fridays; Back to School Comedy Hour Saturday, Aug. 26; Open Mic Music with Tiffany Harmon Mondays, 9 p.m.-midnight; Saddle of Southern Darkness, Rock Bottom String Band, Black Eyes, Vermillion Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The Phoenix 1015 S. COOPER 338-5223

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

Senses Nightclub 2866 POPLAR 249-3739

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

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

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Stanley Jam Open Mic Night Thursday, Aug. 24; Stereo Joe Friday, Aug. 25; John Kilzer Saturday, Aug. 26; Rock and Roll Falcons Sunday, Aug. 27.

Wild Bill’s 1580 VOLLINTINE 207-3975

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

Bob and the Bounty Hunters Sunday, Aug. 27, 4-8 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.

Arlington/Eads/ Oakland/Lakeland

2130 W. POPLAR 854-4455

Owen Brennan’s

Rizzi’s/Paradiso Pub

Cordova

THE REGALIA, 6150 POPLAR 761-0990

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

6230 GREENLEE 592-0344

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

Collierville

Huey’s Millington

Huey’s Collierville

Five O’Clock Shadow Sunday, Aug. 27, 8-11:30 p.m.

Vintage Sunday, Aug. 27, 8-11:30 p.m.

Agricenter International 7777 WALNUT GROVE 757-7777

Germantown International Festival Saturday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

8570 U.S. 51 N.

Pop’s Bar & Grill 6365 NAVY 872-0353

Possum Daddy or DJ Turtle Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.; CeCee Fridays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Possum Daddy Karaoke Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Dan McGuinness 3964 GOODMAN, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-890-7611

Acoustic Music Tuesdays.

University of Memphis

Fox and Hound Tavern 6565 TOWNE CENTER, SOUTHAVEN, MS 662-536-2200

The Bluff 535 S. HIGHLAND

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

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

Huey’s Poplar 4872 POPLAR 682-7729

The Settlers Sunday, Aug. 27, 4-7 p.m.; Bluff City Soul Collective Sunday, Aug. 27, 8:30 p.m.midnight.

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Free Admission! Lee Myers Denistry

750 CHERRY 636-4100

Seal Saturday, Aug. 26, 8:30 p.m.

Memphis Nites Club 3297 KIRBY 797-8599

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

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Various Locations SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Play Music on the Porch Day Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.10 p.m.

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

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

Cheffie’s Cafe 483 HIGH POINT TERRACE 202-4157

Bartlett Hadley’s Pub 2779 WHITTEN 266-5006

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

Twin Soul Friday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 p.m.; Almost Famous Sunday, Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m.

High Point Pub

RockHouse Live

477 HIGH POINT TERRACE 452-9203

5709 RALEIGH-LAGRANGE 386-7222

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

Live Bands Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Open Mic Mondays Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight; Live Music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Neil’s Music Room

Shelby Forest General Store

5727 QUINCE 682-2300

7729 BENJESTOWN 876-5770

Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.; Natchez Saturday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.; Cowboy

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

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

David Nail Friday, Aug. 25.

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

Grand Theft Audio Sunday, Aug. 27, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

Live Music Fridays, Saturdays.

Raleigh 2951 CELA 382-1576

Blues Jam hosted by Brad Webb Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.; Open Mic Night and Steak Night Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-midnight.

West Memphis/ Eastern Arkansas

Mortimer’s

Summer/Berclair

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

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Southland Park

590 N. PERKINS 761-9321

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

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

Hope Presbyterian Church 8500 WALNUT GROVE INFO, 755-7721, EXT. 1900

Vibe Nights Kick-Off Featuring Jarrid Wilson Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

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

John Paul Keith Trio Sunday, Aug. 27, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

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

The Southern Edition Band Tuesdays.

Frayser/Millington Harpo’s Hogpin 4212 HWY 51 N. 530-0414

Live Music Saturdays, 9 p.m.

Shake Rag Bar 8902 RANKIN BRANCH 876-5255

The Brian Johnson Band Friday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Germantown Huey’s Southwind 7825 WINCHESTER 624-8911

Soul Shockers Sunday, Aug. 27, 8:30 p.m.-midnight.

Huey’s Germantown 7677 FARMINGTON 318-3034

Heart Memphis Band Sunday, Aug. 27, 8-11:30 p.m.

Ice Bar & Grill 4202 HACKS CROSS 757-1423

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

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

Live Music Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

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

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

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The Evergreen Theatre

JustLarry’s Mayhem, sexy schoolgirls, dark damsels disrobing, sitting-down stand-up comedians, mind-melding magic, and astounding aerial acrobatics in a cabaret of curiosities. (8605131). $20. Fri.-Sat., Aug. 25-26, 8 -10 p.m. 1705 POPLAR (274-7139).

Hattiloo Theatre

Ruined — inspired by interviews conducted in Africa with Congo refugees, this play is an engrossing and uncommonly human story with humor and song. www.hattiloo.org. $26-$30. Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 3 p.m. Through Sept. 3. 37 S. COOPER (502-3486).

McCoy Theatre

The Zoo Story, aerial adaptation highlights the absurdist elements of the play and the attempts of two men to form an understanding of one another despite different backgrounds. (569-4305), www. weightlessaerial.com. PWYC. Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 2. RHODES COLLEGE, 2000 N. PARKWAY (843-3000).

New Daisy Theatre

A Drag Salute to Divas, enter the magical world of illusion as your favorite divas dazzle right before your eyes. Featuring Akasha Cassadine as CeCe Peniston, Also Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Beyonce, Diana Ross, and others. (202-210-6727), newdaisy.com. $25. Sun., Aug. 27, 3-5 & 8-11 p.m. 330 BEALE (525-8981).

Playhouse 51

The Fox on the Fairway, the annual inter-club tournament between Henry Bingham’s Quail Valley and Dickie Bell’s Crouching Squirrel is about to get underway. Bingham has a secret weapon golfer to win the trophy. www.playhouse51.com. $12. Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., and Sun., 2 p.m. Through Aug. 27. 8077 WILKINSVILLE (872-7170).

Playhouse on the Square

9 to 5, pushed to their boiling points, coworkers Violet, Judy, and Doralee concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, and bigoted boss. www. playhouseonthesquare.org. $25$45. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Sept. 3. 66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

Theatre Memphis

Shrek The Musical, www. theatrememphis.org. $30. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 10. 630 PERKINS EXT. (682-8323).

TheatreSouth

Memphis Matters — through a unique combination of improvisational theater, personal narrative, and community dialogue audiences connect with the “heart” of Memphis. (2469848), www.playbackmemphs.org. $15. Sat., Aug. 26, 7:30-9 p.m. INSIDE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 1000 S. COOPER (726-0800).

TheatreWorks

Fittin’ Inn — set in New Orleans, three ladies stumble upon an injured man who requests that they deliver a package to Memphis. Slapstick situations ensue. Suitable for ages 10 and up. (946-6140), www. theatreworksmemphis.org. $20. Fri., Aug. 25, 7:30-9:15 p.m., Sat., Aug. 26, 6-8:45 & 8:45-10:15 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 27, 3-4:30 p.m. 2085 MONROE (274-7139).

A R T I ST R EC E PT I O N S

Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM)

Opening reception for “The Quick and the Dead,” exhibition of drawings and obituaries by Chris Honeysuckle Ellis. www.memphis. edu/amum. Sun., Aug. 27, 3-6 p.m. Opening reception for “Stopping in Memphis,” exhibition of work by Justin Bowles, Alan Duckworth, Meredith Olinger, Alex Paulus, Esther Ruiz, Jared Small, and Jill Wissmiller. www.memphis.edu/ amum. Sun., Aug. 27, 3-6 p.m. 142 COMMUNICATION & FINE ARTS BUILDING (678-2224).

Circuitous Succession Gallery

Artist reception for “Stream of Consciousness,” exhibition of paintings by Brian Bundren opens new gallery space. www. circuitoussuccession.com. Fri., Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m. 1789 KIRBY PARKWAY.

Memphis College of Art

Artist reception for “Horn Island 33,” exhibition of diverse artwork, the outcome of an 11-day annual trip by MCA students, faculty, and alumni to Horn Island, a barrier island off the coast of Pascagoula, MS. (272-5100), mca.edu. Sat., Aug. 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 1930 POPLAR (272-5100).

Otherlands Coffee Bar

Artist reception for “We Could Be Chocolate,” exhibition of photos by Lesley Young. Thurs., Aug. 24, 5-8 p.m. 641 S. COOPER (278-4994).


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

Call to Artists for MCA Holiday Bazaar & Fund-raiser

Open call, any local artist may submit, no cost to apply. See website for more information and submission form. Through Oct. 2. WWW.MCA.EDU.

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

Crosstown Arts Digital Lab

Six-station computer lab supports Memphis’ creative community by providing artists and musicians full access to industry-standard art- and music-making technology. TuesdaysThursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030), WWW. CROSSTOWNARTS.ORG.

“Crosstown Clectic”

Art show and sale hosted by TN Craft Southwest featuring works by Mary Bartholomew, Dale and Brin Baucum, Brandy Boyd, Pat Chafee, Hallie Charney, Rose Conway, and others. Free. Fri., Aug. 25, 5-8 p.m., and Sat., Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. CROSSTOWN ARTS, 430 N. CLEVELAND (507-8030).

Fashion Design Certificate Program Open House

Abby Phillips, director pf MFDN, and the instructors who will teach the certificate classes will be there to meet potential students, along with Cece Palazola, MCA Director of Community Education. Thurs., Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m. MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ART, 1930 POPLAR (272-5100), WWW.MCA.EDU.

“I Am A Man” Plaza Design

Add your voice to the design. For more information, visit website. Thurs., Aug. 24, 10:30 p.m., and Tues., Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m. VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION, WWW. URBANARTCOMMISSION..ORG.

It’s a Wrap! Member Reception

Join fellow Brooks members to celebrate the closing of “Unwrapped! 100 Gifts for 100 Years.” Enjoy music, cocktails, and appetizers, as well as the exhibition. Visit website to become a member. Fri., Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, 1934 POPLAR (544-6209), WWW.BROOKSMUSEUEM.ORG.

Jazz-A-Fire

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

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Ostrander Awards

Annual local theater awards in a variety of categories featuring musical numbers from the best local theater productions of the past year, cash bar, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. $10. Sun., Aug. 27, 6 p.m.

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Play Music on the Porch Day

International day of music to go outside and play music alone or with friends on the porch, in the yard, or down on the corner out in the street. Share a video and use #playmusicontheporchday.

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“Stargazer Garden” Flower-Folding

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

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

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

O N G O I N G ART

Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM)

“The Quick and the Dead,” exhibition of drawings and obituaries by Chris Honeysuckle Ellis. www. memphis.edu/amum. Through Sept. 23. “Stopping in Memphis,” exhibition of work by Justin Bowles, Alan Duckworth, Meredith Olinger, Alex Paulus, Esther Ruiz, Jared Small, and Jill Wissmiller. www.memphis. edu/amum. Through Sept. 23. “Africa: Art of a Continent,” permanent exhibition of African art from the Martha and Robert Fogelman collection. Ongoing.

Bingham and Broad

“My Kin Is Not Like Yours,” exhibition of works by Debra Edge. Ongoing.

David Lusk Gallery

“The Price Is Right,” exhibition of work by 20 artists priced at $1000 or less. www. davidluskgallery.com. Through Aug. 24. “Making Marks,” exhibition of works by Greely Myatt. www. davidluskgallery.com. Aug. 29-Sept. 30. 97 TILLMAN (767-3800).

2563 BROAD (323-3008).

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School “Memphis Stories,” exhibition of new works by Meghean Warner. www. buckmanartscenter.com. Through Sept. 18.

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

The Calliope

“Transmissions,” exhibition of new abstract works by Amy Hutcheson. www. amyhutcheson.com. Through Aug. 26. 456 TENNESSEE ST.

Circuitous Succession Gallery

“Stream of Consciousness,” exhibition of paintings by Brian Bundren. www. curcuitoussuccession.com. Aug. 25-Sept. 25. 1789 KIRBY PARKWAY.

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

“Fidencio Fifield-Perez and Vanessa González: Location, Location, Location,” exhibition of work utilizing maps to open up discussions on migration and ceramic and installation work processing the challenges of immigration. www.dixon. org. Through Sept. 24. “Edward Giobbi: An Artist Comes to Memphis,” exhibition of works influenced by Italian Renaissance masterpieces by one of the founding trustees of the Hugo Dixon Foundation (which formed the Dixon Gallery and Gardens). www. dixon.org. Through Sept. 24. “Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art,” exhibition of paintings, sculptures, religious objects, and decorative art from the 17th through 19th centuries influenced by Spanish Colonial Caribbean. www.dixon.org. Through Sept. 24. “Made in Dixon,” exhibition showcasing the colorful and joy-filled artwork created by artists of all ages in the Dixon’s

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educational programs. www. dixon.org. Ongoing. 4339 PARK (761-5250).

Eclectic Eye

“Seeing Things My Way,” exhibition of photographs transposed onto metal and canvas by Bob Pierce. www. eclectic-eye.com. Through Sept. 20. 242 S. COOPER (276-3937).

FireHouse Community Arts Center

Mosal Morszart, exhibition of works by Black Arts Alliance artist. www. memphisblackartsalliance.org. Ongoing. 985 S. BELLEVUE (948-9522).

Fratelli’s

“Memphis Series,” exhibition of pen-and-ink works by David Tankersley. www. memphisbotanicgarden.com. Through Aug. 28. 750 CHERRY (766-9900).

Jay Etkin Gallery

New paintings by Juan Rojo, www.jayetkingallery.com. Through Aug. 30. 942 COOPER (550-0064).

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Photos by Carla McDonald and Karen Golightly. Through Aug. 31. 800 E. PARKWAY S. (729-8007).

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L Ross Gallery

“Elvis Has Left the Building,” exhibition in celebration of all things Elvis featuring work by contemporary Southern artists. www.lrossgallery.com. Through Aug. 31. 5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).

Marshall Arts Gallery

“Love of Art” and “Memphis,” exhibition of work by Nikki Gardner and Debra Edge by appointment only. (647-9242) Ongoing. 639 MARSHALL (679-6837).

Memphis Botanic Garden “Gardens: Indoor/Outdoor,” exhibition of garden-themed works by Libby Anderson. www.memphisbotanicgarden. com. Through Aug. 31. 750 CHERRY (636-4100).

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

“By the Book: A Tribute to Dolph Smith,” exhibit focusing on Dolph Smith’s artist notebooks, featuring six on display. Also includes the work of 11 artists who have worked with Smith. Through Nov. 26. Rotunda Projects: Nnenna Okore, exhibition of works with burlap to fashion abstract objects inspired by textures, colors, and landscapes. www. brooksmuseum.org. Through Sept. 10. “Unwrapped! 100 Gifts for 100 Years,” exhibition of more than 100 works of art gifted to the museum ranging from ancient

coins to contemporary glass and paintings to quilts. www. brooksmuseum.org. Through Aug. 27. “About Face,” exhibition located in the Education Gallery highlighting the different ways artists interpret the connection between emotion and expression. www. brooksmuseum.org. Ongoing. “Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis,” exhibition of works inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria by Victor Ekpuk. www.brooksmuseum. org. Ongoing. 1934 POPLAR (544-6209).

Memphis College of Art

“Horn Island 33,” exhibition of artwork as part of the outcome of an 11-day annual trip by MCA students, faculty, and alumni to Horn Island, a barrier island off the coast of Pascagoula, MS. mca.edu/ event/horn-island-33/. Through Sept. 29. 1930 POPLAR (272-5100).

Metal Museum

“Cascadian Lines,” exhibition of works by Christopher Gerber in the museum store. www. metalmuseum.org. Through Nov. 12. “Metal in Motion,” exhibition and group show of work involving moving parts including hand operated or run on a motor inviting the viewer to interact with the art. www.

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CALENDAR: AUGUST 24 - 30 metalmuseum.org. Through Aug. 27. “With Love, From Brent,” exhibition of nearly 200 pieces of jewelry created over the course of his life as gifts for his wife, mother, daughter, and sister-in-law alongside cards and letters drawn and written by L. Brent Kington. www. metalmuseum.org. Through Oct. 15.

Village Frame & Art

374 METAL MUSEUM DR. (774-6380).

2017 MGAL Member Showcase and Sale, exhibition by local artists who are members of the Memphis Germantown Art League. www.wkno.org. Through Aug. 29.

Gallery Artists, exhibition of work by Charlie Ivey, Virginia Schoenster, Lou Ann Dattilo, and Matthew Hasty. Ongoing. 540 S. MENDENHALL (767-8882).

West Memorials

Artist Commons Group Exhibition, through Sept. 1. 2481 BROAD (767-0026).

WKNO Studio

Playhouse on the Square

“Floating Light,” exhibition of photographs exploring the weight of light and darkness over a span of undocumented time by local photographers Katherine Dean and Joseph Moseley. mca.edu. Through Sept. 10.

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66 S. COOPER (726-4656).

Featuring performances, join-in activities, and more. Sat., Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m.

Ross Gallery

“Home/Away From Home” and “Signals,” exhibition of work by Terry Kenney and Chuck Johnson. www.cbu.edu. Through Oct. 5. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY, PLOUGH LIBRARY, 650 E. PARKWAY S. (321-3000).

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St. George’s Episcopal Church

“Through Grandmother’s Eyes,” exhibition of oil paintings, sketches, and frames by Amy and Chuck Carlisle. www.stgchurch. org. Through Aug. 27. 2425 SOUTH GERMANTOWN (754-7282).

“Stopping in Memphis” at the Art Museum at the University of Memphis Talbot Heirs

Debra Edge Art, ongoing. 99 S. SECOND (527-9772).

Tops Gallery: Madison Avenue Park

Belly Dance Open House

“Sad Men on Bad Afternoons,” exhibition curated by Daniel Fuller featuring the work of Natalie Labriola, Joseriberto Perez, Lauren Taylor, and Kandis Williams. www.topsgallery.com. Through Sept. 17.

Featuring door prizes, mini intro class, performances, food, and more. Wed., Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m. BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL, 60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483), WWW.KARSILAMADANCE.COM.

151 MADISON (340-0134).

826 N. SECOND (527-3427).

Malco Studio on the Square

Why it Sucks!, five comics take on the very best in film, television, and life in general. This month, the targets are Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jurassic Park, naps, air conditioning, and finding a good parking spot. (423-7146852). $10. Wed., Aug. 30, 79 p.m. 2105 COURT (725-7151).

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Epiphany Lutheran Church

Centering Prayer, opportunity for silent contemplation, followed by inspirational poetry and readings. www.epiphanylu. org. Sundays, 5 p.m., and Wednesdays, noon. 7887 POPLAR (861-6227).

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Meet with new and long-time supporters sharing information about criminal justice reform, voting rights, and actions for justice, equality, and fair treatment of our neighbors. Free. Tues., Aug. 29, 6-7:15 p.m.

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

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as he hosts the 5th annual Healthy Shelby 5k on Saturday, September 2nd at 8am at Shelby Farms Park! In addition to the 5k, there will be a 1 mile walk, health fair, DJ, giveaways, an award ceremony, special appearances by Olympian Rochelle Stevens, and much more! All proceeds will benefit the Healthy Shelby initiative and their efforts to combat top health concerns among Shelby County. Help us to spread the message of health by participating in the 5th annual Healthy Shelby 5k! All participants will be placed in a drawing to win an iPad or JBL speakers!

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Back to School Health

Dr. Paul Williams talks about protecting children from sickness, the importance of diet in children’s daily lives and how diets can affect their future. Wed., Aug. 30, 6-7 p.m. COLLIERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 501 POPLAR VIEW PARKWAY (853-2333), COLLIERVILLELIBRARY. LIBCAL.COM/EVENT/3470585.

Suds & Stories: Elmwood, Life, & a Story of Encouragement

Learn the backstory to Memphis filmmaker Willy Bearden’s historic Elmwood Cemetery film, Reflections of Elmwood. Beer, wine, and refreshments will be served. Register online. $15. Sat., Aug. 26, 1 p.m. ELMWOOD CEMETERY, 824 S. DUDLEY (774-3212), WWW. ELMWOODCEMETERY.ORG.

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Calvary Episcopal Church Tours

Docent-led tours discuss stained-glass windows, architecture, and symbols in Christian art. In addition, private tours are available by appointment for a suggested donation of $10 per person. Free. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 102 N. SECOND (525-6602), WWW. CALVARYMEMPHIS.ORG.

Old Forest Hike

Walking tour of the region’s only urban oldgrowth forest. Last Sunday of every month, 10 a.m. OVERTON PARK, OFF POPLAR (276-1387).

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30-day pop-up record shop and micro lounge. Closed on Monday. Through Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. THE EDGE DISTRICT, MADISON, MARSHALL, AND MONROE, WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ OMMEMPHISMUSIC.

Dragon Fly Triathlon at Cypress Point, Saturday, August 26th Shop Her Closet Consignment

Items can be brought every Tuesday in August, 9-6 p.m. or by appointment. Pre-sale, 8/31. Open to the public 9/1. Sales benefit Memphis Fashion Design Network. Free-$25. Through Sept. 30. THE LAB BY MEMPHIS FASHION NETWORK, 64 FLICKER (404-5833760), WWW.MEMPHISFASHIONDESIGNNETWORK.COM.

Weave Express Job Fair Looking for stylist with experience in crochets, sewins, and braid downs in a fast-paced environment. Sat., Aug. 26, 1-5 p.m. WEAVE EXPRESS, 7911 E SHELBY DRIVE (314-4213).

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Travel back in time to the realm of Queen Elizabeth I. $10. Sat., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Aug. 27. USA BASEBALL STADIUM, 4351 BABE HOWARD BLVD. IN MILLINGTON (508-3360), MIDSOUTHRENFAIRE.COM/.

Dock Party #1

Concert on the Ghost River shipping dock with Cameron Bethany and IMAKEMADBEATS from Unapologetic and the Neatos. $5. Fri., Aug. 25, 8-11 p.m. GHOST RIVER BREWING, 827 S. MAIN (278-0087).

Germantown International Festival

Enjoy programs for the whole family featuring authentic food from various countries, live performances, and more. Free. Sat., Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (757-7777), WWW.GFEST.ORG.

Rethink High School Block Party

Enjoy free food from Central BBQ, Mama Gaia, and Mempops, music, tours of the Crosstown High Collaboratory space, and a visit to the XQ Super School bus. Thurs., Aug. 24, 5:307:30 p.m. CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE (FORMERLY SEARS CROSSTOWN), N. CLEVELAND AT NORTH PARKWAY, WWW.CROSSTOWNARTS. ORG.

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11th Annual State Qualifying Golf Scramble

Proceeds support the FCA in Northwest Mississippi. All players receive an FCA polo shirt, goody bag, door prize, team picture, and Chick-fil-A lunch. Register online. Mon., Aug. 28, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. CHEROKEE VALLEY GOLF CLUB, 6635 CRUMPLER, OLIVE BRANCH, MS, WWW.D2FCA.ORG.

18th Annual Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Tour and Moonlight Tailgate

Enjoy moonlight tailgate including music, food, bike shops, and Beale Street Flippers followed by 15-mile ride featuring bike tour through Overton Square and Cooper-Young entertainment areas. $40. Sat., Aug. 26, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. TIGER LANE, 335 SOUTH HOLLYWOOD (766-0600), WWW. MERITAN.ORG.

28th Annual Dragon Fly Triathlon

Run on the sandy, white beach at Cypress Point on the Lower Lake. See website for early bird registration and more information. $65. Sat., Aug. 26, 8 a.m. SARDIS LAKE RESERVOIR, BATESVILLE, MS, WWW.PREVENTMANAGEMENT.NET.

Door Wars

Featuring Street Outlaws New Orleans. See website for schedule of events. $10-$60. Fri.-Sat., Aug. 25-26. MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, 5500 VICTORY LANE, WWW.RACEMIR.COM.

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Forrest Spence 5K

Includes 5K, food, door prizes, music, 1-mile fun run, 100-yard dash, bounce houses, slides, face painting, and games. $15$25. Sat., Aug. 27, 8-11 a.m. MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 CHERRY (270-0977), WWW. FORRESTSPENCEFUND.ORG.

Get Right 4 the Night

Get fit and have fun with Kellye Crawford. $10. Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m. FIREHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER, 985 S. BELLEVUE (948-9522), WWW. MEMPHISBLACKARTSALLIANCE.ORG.

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Family fun at Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters. $5. Sat., Aug. 26, 8:30-11:30 a.m. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (757-7777), WWW.AGRICENTER.ORG.

Memphis Redbirds Home Games

For more information, visit website. Through Aug. 31. AUTOZONE PARK, THIRD AND UNION (721-6000), WWW.MEMPHISREDBIRDS.COM.

Honor the God, the Goddess, and the turning of the moon this August. Open to anyone ages 14 and over. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please bring a chalice. Free. Sat., Aug. 26, 7-9 p.m.

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Social group for same-genderloving men of color. Interesting conversation and fun activities are regular functions of this vital group. Sun., Aug. 27, 4-6 p.m.

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

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Celebrate the Digital HD and Blu-ray debut of Baywatch. Teams of lifeguards will be rescuing fans from the heat with free popsicles and photos with life-sized cut-outs. Sun., Aug. 27.

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Meg Ford Horse Show III

Mid-South Greenwing Day

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$36. Mon., Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Volunteer community service organization for Memphis women. Monthly guest speaker, service project, and other activities. Projects include domestic violence, advocates for children, arts, and more. Free. Fourth Thursday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m. COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, 3475 CENTRAL, WWW.GFWC.ORG.

Memphis Agricultural Club

Meet in the C Wing of the Expo Building. Lunch provided for $10. Fourth Monday of every month, noon. AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, 7777 WALNUT GROVE (757-7777), WWW.AGRICENTER.ORG.

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For more information or to RSVP, email seniors@ outmemphis. Mon., Aug. 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon. OUTMEMPHIS: THE LGBTQ CENTER OF THE MID-SOUTH, 892 S. COOPER (278-6422), WWW.OUTMEMPHIS.ORG.

Jurassic Journeys on Land, Sea, and Air

Featuring animated dinosaurs and other animals from Kokoro. Featuring some new and old friends. Through Sept. 10. MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050 CENTRAL (901.636.2362), WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.

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Featuring Joshua Nelson who combines Jewish liturgical lyrics with gospel and kosher gospel music to bring people and cultures together in joyous song. $180. Wed., Aug. 30, 6:45-10:30 p.m. GERMANTOWN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 1801 EXETER (761-0810), WWW.JCCMEMPHIS.ORG.

3 Lives Blood Drive

Highlighting need for minority donors. Tues., Aug. 29, 8 a.m.2 p.m. REMINGTON COLLEGE, 2710 NONCONNAH (389-5302), WWW.3LIVES.COM.

Fellow witches and Pagans are invited to join the Fellowship of Avalon (ATC) for an evening of conversation and snacks. Free. Fri., Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m. THE BROOM CLOSET, 546 S. MAIN (497-9486), WWW. THEFELLOWSHIPOFAVALON.COM.

Dog Wash Fund-raiser

Benefiting Memphis Pets Alive. Sat., Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. HOLLYWOOD FEED, POPLAR AT ERIN, WWW.HOLLYWOODFEED.COM.

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“The Gift Looks Good on You”

Fashion show featuring Diane Norwood as guest moderator, models from surrounding churches, and music by Mark Baker. $10. Sun., Aug. 27, 3:30 p.m. UNION VALLEY MBC, 1051 E. MCLEMORE (774-6248).

Grant for Senior Citizen Pet Owners

Spay/neuter cost for senior citizen pet owners, aged 60 years and above, is lowered to $20 per pet. Pet owners must show proof of age to qualify for this grant funding. Call for an appointment. Through Aug. 31.

The Generous Pour

Experience seven acclaimed wines from California and Oregon paired with the restaurant’s signature menu items. $28. Through Sept. 3. CAPITAL GRILLE, THE, 6065 POPLAR (683-9291), WWW.THECAPITALGRILLE.COM.

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Featuring dinner by Kisha’s Kitchen, dessert by Makeda’s Cookies and Meekies Munchies, and complimentary wine with dinner. Only 20 tickets will be sold for each event. $40. Last Sunday of every month, 5-8 p.m. MAKEDA’S COOKIES DOWNTOWN, 488 S. SECOND (745-2667).

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The 15 Film Series

Films in the series will engage with three themes: Memphis history, art, and spatial justice. Free. Thursdays, 6 p.m. Through Sept. 30. CLAYBORN TEMPLE, 294 HERNANDO, WWW.ONLOCATIONMEMPHIS.ORG.

Find yourself aboard a carrier alongside 6,000 highly skilled sea and air personnel, in the midst of a giant war simulation. See website for more information including show times. Through Nov. 17.

Enjoy free, family-friendly movies in Central Park, with pre-movie fun including music and giveaways. Free. Fri., Aug. 25, 6:30-10 p.m. CARRIAGE CROSSING, HOUSTON LEVEE & BILL MORRIS PKWY. (854-8240), WWW.SHOPCARRIAGECROSSING.COM.

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Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon

Culturally enriching experience that gives a first-hand look into the work of Latino Memphis, connects you with local civic and business leaders, and inspires collaboration. $150. Tues., Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m. UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS HOLIDAY INN, 3700 CENTRAL (678-8200), WWW.LATINOMEMPHIS.ORG.

Music at St. Mary’s

Hear Wednesday Morning Musicians at Eucharist in Sisters’ Chapel followed by a community breakfast. The program will feature a wide variety of musical styles with instruments and vocals. Wednesdays, 8 a.m. ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL, 700 POPLAR (527-3361), WWW. STMARYSMEMPHIS.ORG.

National Park Service 101st Birthday Bash

Featuring music, art, and performances. Fri., Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m. SHILOH NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, 1055 PITTSBURG LANDING (731-689-5696), WWW.NPS.GOV/SHIL.

Nominations for “Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis” Vote now for the Best of Memphis. Through Aug. 25. WWW.MEMPHISFLYER.COM.

Pillars of Excellence Gala

University of Memphis Law School Alumni honor seven distinguished figures from the legal community as well as Dr. Shirley Raines with reception, auction, dinner, and more. Sat., Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m. MEMPHIS HILTON, 939 RIDGE LAKE (678-2467), WWW.MEMPHIS.EDU.

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Summer Breeze Gala Celebrating Girls & Young Women Empowerment

Five philanthropic organizations join to benefit 10 community agencies providing female youth information and programs. Enjoy live music and award recipient highlights. $75. Sat., Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m. WOMEN’S FOUNDATION, 8 S THIRD (578-9346), WWW.WFGM.ORG.

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Lurch in The Addams Family and the Monster in Young Frankenstein, both at Theatre Memphis. Shrek’s Asher’s best beastie yet, and his big baritone makes a nice counterpoint to Lynden Lewis Jones’ soaring vocals as the cursed Princess Fiona. Cordell Turner’s Donkey delivers on laughs and between Anne Freres’ supernatural voice and Jack Yates’ epic, smoke-belching, fire-breathing, eyeblinking design, Shrek’s dragon sequence is a hard act to follow. Shrek is at Theatre Memphis through September 10th. So I’m sitting in the audience before Playhouse on the Square’s fine production of 9 to 5 (the musical, natch) trying to remember if alarm clocks really looked like that in the 1970s or if the clock’s bells really were designed to look like a pink, generously filled bra on a chilly night. Could we really be objectifying so early in a show about fighting objectification? The answer I eventually settled on: Yes, clocks looked like that, and yes to all the rest, too. 9 to 5 isn’t just a screwball pink-collar relic of the Reagan era. It’s a transgressive anti-chauvinist romp with politics, to borrow from The New Republic, “rooted in the moment when Second Wave feminism prompted the entrance of millions of middle-class white women into the paid workforce and the exit of many of those same women from the marriages they had entered in the Baby Booming 1950s and ’60s.” It tells the story of three overworked and over-groped secretaries who kidnap the boss and take over the office and start making the business better in his absence. Playhouse on the Square’s solid cast hits all the right marks. People cheer when Nicole Hale’s Doralee threatens to change Michael Detroit’s Franklin Hart Jr. “from a rooster to a hen in one shot.” They cheer the pot-fueled sequence when Jenny Madden’s Judy and Jeanna Juleson’s Violet fantasize about killing their boss. Detroit’s a solid heel, and there’s something undeniably cathartic about seeing him stuffed into an S&M rig and strung up in the air. Dolly Parton’s musical contributions lend authority, but 9 to 5’s arrangements call to mind popular music of the ’70s as seen on The Lawrence Welk Show. Even this gifted, giving cast has trouble selling some of the show’s clunkier numbers. Fans of the song and film looking for a nostalgic girls’ night out won’t be disappointed. But 9 to 5 could still be radical, and deserves better treatment. 9 to 5 is at Playhouse on the Square through September 3rd.

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of which will melt into the batter, where they act as the secret glue behind the moist glitter. The zucchini won’t interfere with the baking process, while it adds moisture, fiber, and density to the finished product. Consider peeling the larger specimen, as squash skins will toughen as they age. Any extra that you can’t cram into cake, cram into freezer bags, and freeze. Like many who are sweet of tooth, I have a salty side as well. This time of year, my quick and tasty go-to recipe is one that works with the honker monsters of summer, with no need to peel even the largest. It works equally well in a pan, under the broiler, or on the grill, and turns my kids into ravenous zucchini monsters. Slice a large zucchini thickly, up to an inch, and lay the slices on a tray. If there is room, add thick slices of onion as well. Sprinkle zucchini lightly with salt on both sides, and then pour on some olive oil (about 1/4 cup for a decent sized one), white balsamic vinegar (1 tablespoon), red balsamic (1 teaspoon), and soy sauce (1 tablespoon), and many hard shakes of garlic powder. Turn the zucchini slices as a way of mixing the marinade and coating the slices, and then let them sit for a moment while

you heat up your grill/pan/broiler. Don’t mess with the onions. Just leave them alone on the tray while you flip around the zucchini, and then transfer them all gingerly to the heat when it’s ready. Lay the zucchini and onions on the heat, and cook them until soft. In a pan, they need no extra oil. On the grill, where they can be placed among the hamburgers, beware of flare-ups. Serve with the condiments of your choice. These lusty, juicy steaks are a joy to consume, and consume, and consume, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch a family get full on zucchini. Those slices go well atop a burger, or in place of a burger on a bun. At the other end of the size spectrum, if you are so lucky to acquire some, are the babies, those finger-sized individuals that are small enough that they still have beautiful, edible flowers attached. This vegetal veal would do fine in the above marinade, as would any size of summer squash, but because they are so delicate they’d be more effectively enjoyed by a slow, gentle frying in butter, uncut, complete with blossoms. Turning when brown and adding minced garlic before the final moments of cooking. If you want to batter coat and deep fry them, I won’t attempt to stop you. So now you have some ideas for what to do with squash at the extreme ranges of size and age. For all the zucchini in between, consult the internet.

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e suspicious of your neighbors. Behind the usual pleasantries, they may be probing you for weakness, trying to decide if you or your spouse will most easily break and accept a gift of zucchini. Or maybe you were silly enough to plant some of your own. One way or another, you have zucchinis on your hands. And that’s why we need to talk. If not for the ideas, then for the encouragement. The good news is they taste really good, which means you can handle any (reasonable) amount of zucchini. You can save money — and eat really healthy — by eating zucchini in every meal, and you would not regret a single bite. And in the same kitchen session, you could put away some zucchini for later. So there’s your encouragement. Now, let’s turn to the ideas for how, specifically, we might handle our zucchinis. As the comedian Joe Rogan has observed, “If you can imagine it, you can find it on the internet.” He was addressing a very different topic than “what to do with zucchinis,” but nonetheless, if you have access to a web browser, I suggest conducting a search for “zucchini ________,” filling in the blank with whatever you have on hand, or whatever you can imagine. You will get hits. (Or, as an intellectual exercise, try turning the question around and searching for a kind of food that can’t be made with zucchini.) Bread, soup, salad, pasta, or steak (fried, grilled, broiled, or breaded), to name some generic foods. But we can be a lot more specific — and regional.

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tattoo of a skeleton holding a frying pan graces J.R. Bearden’s arm, but it has nothing to do with Bearden’s culinary career. He got the tattoo at 18 because he liked the imagery. Now Catherine & Mary’s sous chef, Bearden, 26, also sports a tattoo of a radish. It’s an homage to chef Frank Lee, whom he worked with at Slightly North of Broad in Charleston. “I think we talked for an hour about how cool the radish is — this vegetable that’s not for everyone but just a small, burst of flavor,” he says. Working as garde manger under Kevin Rathbun at Rathbun’s in his hometown of Atlanta was Bearden’s first job in a fine dining restaurant. “That was when it started to click that I think I might be kind of okay at this. I was working with things that I’ve never seen or heard of. And I don’t think I would have gotten that experience working in a more conventional or traditional restaurant. I think that was the first time I tasted fish sauce.” Two years later, Bearden was in Charleston working with Lee. “He is the catalyst for that type of hyper-seasonal, low-country cooking, and his passion is just contagious.” Later, Bearden worked with chef Mike Lata at The Ordinary. “He is the epitome of the term ‘chef.’ The way he approaches his profession and flavors and every plate that we use in his kitchens at The Ordinary and FIG are on the next level standard that I hadn’t been a part of up to that point.” Bearden then worked under executive chef Kyle Jacovino at The Florence, a Hugh Acheson restaurant in Savannah “dedicated to this kind of seasonal cooking with a sense of place … and using honest and genuine techniques.” Bearden met his future wife, Kelly, who was pastry chef at The Grey, and they moved to New Orleans, where he got a job at Kenton’s working under executive chef Kyle Knall.

J.R. Bearden, sous chef at Catherine & Mary’s. “I liked his approach to American cooking. Seeing him build plates confidently that were delicious was really inspiring to me.” While at Kenton’s, Bearden learned to “try not to hide behind techniques. Just present food as it’s best served. Just understand where the food was coming from and how best to present it as lovingly crafted as the person who’s growing it.” Because of his “subliminal kind of quest to work for the best chefs possible,” Bearden went to work at Josephine Estelle, a New Orleans restaurant owned by Memphis chefs/restaurateurs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. “The desire to create the best possible iteration of a raw product is something that really got me going there.” Ticer and Hudman asked Bearden to help open Catherine & Mary’s. “You get to the point where you can kind of pick and choose your mentors as you get further along in your career as a chef. By that point, I made the decision that I’m choosing Andy and

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at the creation of the modern indie movement, winning Sundance in 1989 with the sleeper hit sex, lies, and videotape. He made George Clooney a movie star with Out of Sight and defined the 21st century’s first crop of superstars with Ocean’s Eleven. Yet he can adapt Soviet sci-fi with Solaris, get his hands dirty in the DIY underground with Bubble, and take a deep dive into political biography with the two-part, four hour Che. Soderbergh is a filmmaker’s filmmaker, the one young directors look to to learn how it’s done. He works fast and lean and gets the job done with a minimum of fuss and bullshit. It’s that commitment to craft that led him to quit Hollywood filmmaking in disgust in 2013. On his way out, he torched the current corporate regime

with his State of the Cinema speech at the San Francisco International Film Festival. What was his idea of retirement? Single-handedly writing, shooting, and editing The Knick, a Showtime TV series. Everybody knew Soderbergh couldn’t stay out of the game, and he managed to come back on his own terms. At a time when the mainline studios are running up $200 million tabs to pay for a sinking Pirates of the Caribbean ship, Soderbergh’s new film comes into theaters already paid for using an innovative financing and sales scheme that cut out layers of corporate bloat. Logan Lucky isn’t going to win the weekend, but it doesn’t have to. And that means Soderbergh gets to work without an MBA looking over his shoulder. The results of this financial experiment speak for themselves: Logan Lucky is the best movie I’ve seen in 2017. There I go ranking again. Rebecca Blunt’s script is so tight you can bounce a quarter off of it. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver are Jimmy and Clyde Logan, two West Virginia brothers who’ve been down so long they don’t know what up looks like. Along with their sister Mellie (Riley Keough),


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Even though I often find myself in spaces surrounded by people who don’t look like me nor share a cultural common ground with me, I try not to feel self-conscious about the color of my skin or the marked differences of our ancestors’ experiences. I try not to hone in on those truths. I choose not to contemplate these things, not because I am ashamed of who I am or the amount of melanin in my skin, but because over time, realizing you’re a minority in a world of majorities can be overwhelming. But there are times, when I can’t help but feel the effects of a system built on discrimination trickle down on me. There are moments when, despite the efforts I make to respect all people or present myself as a productive, contributing member of society, I’m looked at as inferior based on a false notion birthed from either hate or a lack of understanding of individuals whose skin color or background differs from their own. One of these moments came last week when I was in the midst of reporting on local activists’ fight to remove two confederate statues from the city. I found myself observing a relentless pursuit by a group of distressed people who look like me stand up for what they believe in. On the other hand, I also found myself in an uncomfortable space of division and apathy. I saw police officers standing in packs, laughing off protesters’ efforts, casually chatting among each other. And then there was the one disinterested cop who thought a protest would be a good time to pick his lunch from his teeth with a stick of floss. At a protest early in the week, I heard one supercilious cop say to another, “I don’t get their point.” Cop #2 then spat, shrugged, and returned to cleaning his fingernails. I couldn’t help but glare at the cop who made that statement. He was choosing to be ignorant and dismiss the obvious “point” of their actions: the removal of statues honoring two men who represent racism and hate. When my eyes met his own entitled eyes, I realized this was the same cop who greeted me with the most condescending smirk I’ve ever received, followed by a disapproving head shake as I approached the protest earlier that evening. As a journalist, I’m charged with reporting the news without bias, and that mostly comes with ease. However, in that space of tension last week, not only did I become self-conscious about my brown skin, but I was flooded with emotion. The prevailing emotion at the time, I believe, was fear. I was afraid of not only what could have transpired at that protest, but afraid of the larger divisive state of the city and the country. I also felt sad. I was sad that those cops, who took an oath to protect and honor the city’s communities and those living in them, couldn’t even muster up enough empathy to understand where the protesters were coming from. Coupled with that sadness was anger. I was angry at the people who showed up to “protect the statues” that day and all who have tried in the past. They fail to realize that those statues have a completely different connotation for people with brown skin. Or maybe they do realize it but simply don’t care. That possibly is even more disheartening because no one is free until everyone is free. I think some might be missing the argument behind wanting the statues gone. No, a statue itself cannot repress a person, but what it represents can. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who is memorialized in Health Sciences Park for all traveling down Union to see, was heavily involved with the inception of the Ku Klux Klan. The group was formed solely to violently terrorize blacks, northerners, and others whom they opposed. The KKK has a history rife with violence, oppression, and cruelty — with hate (or perhaps ignorance) at the core of it all. So, it’s truly, truly hard for me to understand why in 2017 it is okay for the former Grand Wizard to be honored in such a prominent location in a majority black city. “It’s a part of history,” they say. Or as some like to put it, “you can’t erase history.” They are so right. I don’t think anyone is stocking up on erasers and time machines. But I do think that the history lesson could be moved to a more appropriate classroom — perhaps a confederate museum. People should not have to be reminded of a history that thrived on hate and oppression. Why can’t we move on? So yes, I believe the statues of KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest and president of the confederate states Jefferson Davis should be removed from this city. There’s no question about that. Still, I won’t stand by the belief that removing figures made of stone and concrete will fix the problems in this city. Even if the statues came down next week, justice and equality for all in this city would not be achieved overnight. The system would still be broken. When activism falls short, I believe action must pick up the slack. Let’s do what we can with what we have, right now where we are. That means stepping into our city’s communities of color to lend a hand, meet its needs, tutor, mentor, and uplift. There is groundwork that can be done today to rewrite this city’s future — when will we begin? Maya Smith is a staff writer for the Flyer.

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MAYA SMITH

When you’re a minority in a world of majorities.

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