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Contents July 2017


From the Editor • 8

Emily Adams Keplinger Summer fun

Signature Memphis • 10

StreetSeen • 22

Geoff Calkins A story-teller at heart

StreetSeen • 28

RSVPhillippi • 49

Bien Howard

Dee Dee Gauthier

Welcome to My Nightmares

Increasing the public's access to art

Fishing for high fashion

Dennis delves into bad dreams


Bo and Rubye Lynn Thomas

Tiffany Brimhall and Anita Howald

Memphis Moments • 12, 24, 34, 38, 40, 44 & 46

Crown & Sceptre • 14 Kicking off Carnival Week 2017

Dr. Nancy Chase and Nancy Symonds

Opera Memphis Gala • 30 60th anniversary celebration

Trina Holly and Thomas Brooks

Gift of Life Gala • 36 National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee fundraiser

Cover Photo

Edward Dobbs and Tayloe Lowrance at Crown & Sceptre Ball Photo by Don Perry

Table of Contents Photo

"A Memphis Gateway," Plough Boulevard beautification by Ritchie Smith Associates, Landscape Architects Photo by Krista Geyer



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Leslie and Jason Ely

Roar and Pour • 42

The Zoo's signature spring fundraiser for conservation

Volume XXII • Number VII

July 2017 Publisher Roy Haithcock Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Suzanne Thompson Cozza Virginia Davis­­­ Dennis Phillippi Rebekah Yearout Art Director Krista Geyer Photographers Don Perry Steve Roberts Rebekah Yearout Account Executive Chris Pugh RSVP Memphis is published monthly by Haithcock Communications, Inc. First class subscriptions are available for $55.00 per year. Send name and address with a check to:

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RSVP Staff

Chris Pugh

Account Executive Chris has been exercising his talent in the advertising world since 1999. He joined the RSVP team in 2009 and brought with him a love for laughter and creativity. Originally from New Albany, Mississippi, Chris has settled in Memphis and enjoys being active in the fashion community.

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From the Editor



e are lucky—in Memphis we get to experience all four of the seasons. However, our summer heat and often oppressive humidity can make you feel anything but blessed! Why not look at our sweltering “sauna season” as a reason to take advantage of some of the things that make Memphis special—like our area museums. Many of them offer free admission at various times throughout the week, giving you cool options to “beat the heat” while soaking up history and culture. Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art - 119 S Main Street - (901) 523-2787 Present your Memphis Library card and get in free any day (closed Mondays) until July 31; 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday; 12 noon - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also teachers and military personnel and their guests are free every day (closed Mondays) until Labor Day. Dixon Gallery and Gardens - 4339 Park Ave. - (901) 761-5250 Saturdays from 10 a.m. - noon, and Pay What You Wish on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lichterman Nature Center - 5992 Quince Road - (901) 636-2211 Tuesdays from 1 - 3 p.m. Magevney House - 198 Adams Ave. - (901) 526-4464 First Saturday of every month, 1 - 4 p.m. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art - 1934 Poplar Ave. - (901) 544-6220 Wednesdays for Wacky Wednesdays (family friendly event) from 10 a.m. - noon, as well as free access all day from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Memphis Pink Palace Museum - 3050 Central Ave. - (901) 636-2362 Tuesdays from 1 - 5 p.m. - museum only Memphis Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 126 S. Second Street - (901) 205-2533 Tuesdays for Shelby County residents, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Memphis Rock and Soul Museum - 191 Beale Street - (901) 205-2533 Tuesdays for residents of Shelby County, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. National Ornamental Metal Museum - 374 Metal Museum Drive - (901) 774-6380 Thursdays for TN residents, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Present your Memphis Library card and get in free any day (closed Mondays) until July 31. STAX Museum of American Soul Music - 926 E. McLemore Ave. - (901) 261-6338 Tuesdays for Shelby County residents, from 1 - 5 p.m. Withers Collection Museum and Gallery - 333 Beale Street - (901) 523-2344 Tuesdays and Wednesday - Pay What You Can - (Summer only), from 2 - 10 p.m.



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Emily Adams Keplinger

Signature Memphis


Geoff Calkins

Sports Columnist, The Commercial Appeal and Host of The Geoff Calkins Show, 92.9FM Hometown: Buffalo, NY Favorite Song: Sweet Baby James  Your Dream Dinner Guest: Jim Murray Your Best Quality: I can talk to anyone. Place You Go

to Think: I pace. Anywhere. 

Who Would Play You

in a Movie: Harrison Ford

Your Most Annoying Habit: I’ve been know to run out of gas.  Something You’ll Never Live Down: Jason Williams stole my pen. Best Advice You Ever Got: “Try sports writing, Geoff. Lawyering is not for you.” The Highlight


Your Day: I still like reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee. 

Best Memphis Hangout: I still miss Republic Coffee. Hog & Hominy is always a pleasure.

Best Thing About Being get to write them down. 


Sports Writer: I love hearing people’s stories, then I

Favorite Southern Idiom: As a former Yankee, I have no idea how I got along for decades without “y’all.”

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: My favorite thing about Memphis is that you can have an impact on the place.

Your Lucky Charm: Not sure I believe in lucky charms. But my two Bernese Mountain Dogs always lift my spirits.

Favorite Place

to Travel: My family has a summer cottage in Northern Michigan—my

favorite place in the universe.

Proudest Moment


Your Life: I’m most proud of my three boys, of course. Personally? It

was gratifying to be able to dedicate my book of columns to my parents.

First Car You Owned: I went to college and law school in Boston, where it didn’t make sense to have a car. I didn’t own a car until I was 25, a Ford Escort wagon, used, which I got from my folks.

One Goal You’d Still Like

to Accomplish: It’s practical now. With the way newspapers are

Photo by Steve Roberts

trending, I’m looking forward to the day, seven years from now, when I pay my last college tuition bill.



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July 2017



Memphis Moment


Krewes for Kids Supporting Carnival Memphis Children’s Charities Initiative


uilt during the heyday of Art Deco style, the historic building that now houses Crosstown Concourse provided a stunning setting for Carnival Memphis’ Krewes for Kids. Many guests arrived in Art Deco-inspired attire that enhanced the event’s glamorous atmosphere, also complemented by an elegant buffet. Atlanta’s AJ Ghent Band entertained. Guests included members of Carnival Memphis’ support groups, known as Grand Krewes: Ennead, Luxor, Memphi, Osiris, Phoenix, Ptah, Ptolemy, Queen Bees, RaMet and Sphinx. Presenting sponsor was nexAir. Grand Krewes hold events throughout the year to raise funds for the Carnival Memphis’ Children’s Charity Initiative. The non profit agency aids community organizations that work to improve quality of life for children. Church Health, The Erika Center at Bodine School and Knowledge Quest are the beneficiaries designated for 2017. Carnival Memphis has its origins in a local organization founded in 1931 to help bolster regional commerce and industry affected by the Great Depression. Story and Photos by Virginia Davis

Ken and Patricia Ramage

Melanie and John Murphy

Judith Johnstone and Joseph Gordon



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Betsy Humphreys with Keith and Donna Renard

Jackie Scruggs and Jackie Morgan

Dee Stephens and John Rutledge

Spike and Emily Treadwell with Janie and Michael Lowery

Susan Hesson and Tamara Mills

Steve Grushkin and Karen Mora

Randy West and Teresa Turman

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arnival Week kicked off Carnival Memphis with its party of the year as members of the Royal Court and Grand Krewes of Carnival gathered at the Hilton Memphis for the Crown & Sceptre Ball. The event is the elaborate presentation of the King and Queen of Carnival, along with the Royal Court. Although each of the Grand Krewes have already held their separate coronations for their respective kings and queens and royal courts, the Crown & Sceptre Coronation Ball is the occasion when the King and Queen of Carnival are formally presented and ascend their thrones. The White Tie affair began with guests mingling over cocktails. This year’s group of 25 Carnival Princesses, each wearing white gowns, visited with the crowd. Behind the scenes, Carnival Memphis royalty prepared for their formal presentation. As the coronation ceremonies began, King Edward Dobbs escorted Queen Tayloe Lowrance through the Tennessee Ballroom. The Carnival Royal Pages, who included the King’s children and several family members, followed next in the procession, along with members of the Loyal Order of Scarabs. “The Scarabs are a group of young men who serve as the Royal Guard for the King and Queen of Carnival,” explained Ed Galfsky, executive director of Carnival Memphis. Next the “fairest ladies of the See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

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land,” the princesses of Carnival, were presented by their fathers and escorted to the front of the room, followed by the Ladies of the Realm. As the coronation festivities continued, royalty from each of the Grand Krewes were presented before the King and Queen. The Boll Weevils, wearing their unique costumes of green, concluded the procession. They presented their annual comical chaos (skit) which, this year, included a group of green “mini-mes.” To add to the frivolity, the mischief makers squirted silly string and tossed confetti as they ambled around the room. As the evening progressed, guests settled down for dinner. Then The Jimmy Church Band provided musical entertainment that brought people back to their feet to dance the night away. Dr. Jeff Cole served as 2017 President of Carnival as Carnival Memphis honored the Sports Industry. “Carnival Memphis supports Memphis,” said Dr. Cole. “Each year we celebrate a different business industry. Additionally, each year we raise money for three children’s charities. This year our beneficiaries were Church Health, The Erika Center at Bodine School and Knowledge Quest. Since our Children’s Charities Initiative was started in 1999, we have raised close to $2.5 million dollars. We are pleased that our phrase, ‘Party with a Purpose,’ is being recognized more and more as tying the purpose of Carnival to making a difference in our community.” Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

Greg Parker, John Bobango, John Barzizza and Rush O’Keefe

Sara and Colquett Van Dyke

Cindy Dobbs and Ginger Collier

Brad Stafford and Robyn Steffen

Ed Galfsky and Barry Marshall

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Dottie Crihfield and Charles Humphreys

Mary Alice and Jim Royko

Sam Zalowitz and Kathleen LaFlore

Ken and Jackie Zimmerman

Keri Taylor, Molly Goggans, Loghan Smith and Will Taylor



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Mary Alice West and Joseph Gordon

Preston Roberts and Christina Roberts

Amelia Davis and Carter Aldinger

Ann and Walker Uhlhorn

Connie Spencer, Teresa Turman, Al Owings and Sally Gentry


Jim and Katia Turner

Russ and Cindy Mire

Barbara Patronis and Karen Davis

Hal Truitt and Stephanie Smith

Sondra and Gerald Saracini

Eric and Robin Enkey

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Claire Rooney and Jack Apple

Stacey and Chris Berner

Anne, Coco and Kemp Conrad

Margaret and Steve Lawrence

Richard Hendricks and Barbara Beem

Tanner and Chandler Ince

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Pearson, Anna and Kelly Crutcher

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Bien Howard Increasing Art’s Public Access Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts




ienvenido “Bien” Howard, 34, was born in Panama City, Panama. He came to Memphis by way of several of cities in the United States, as well as Germany. He moved from place to place with his parents, following his father’s job in the Army, and subsequently his post-service career in logistics. Howard attended the Memphis College of Art for his undergraduate degree in painting. “I enjoyed the small school campus of MCA. It is a very condensed place with an open-door policy that helps breed a nice sense of community and camaraderie,” said Howard. For five years after graduating from MCA, Howard “did some living and some painting.” Now he is attending the University of Memphis, pursing a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. As a graduate student, he has been provided with his own on-campus studio where he practices his craft and stores canvases and finished works. When not on campus, Howard can often be found in area coffee shops, including the Starbuck’s on campus and Otherlands in Midtown, where he sketches and completes watercolor paintings. “I like the laid back atmosphere of coffeeshops and the opportunity to have spontaneous conversations with other people,” explained Howard. “That’s actually where I receive most of my commission requests while I’m sketching. People see what I’m doing and ask about having a painting done, usually portraits of children, pets and other loved ones.” Howard recalled that he was always drawing as he was growing up. “My mother was an amateur artist and gave me my first drawing lessons,” said Howard. “Her degree was in industrial engineering, so while not an artist in the way one might think, she incorporated drawing in her livelihood.” Howard continued, “I hadn’t really painted much, but when I was 16, I had a girlfriend who was painting and entering her works into various

competitions. I thought to myself, ‘Hey maybe I should give that a try.’ I borrowed paints from her, and since then, I’ve never stopped painting. I started with acrylics and only found my love of working with watercolors about four years ago.” “As an artist, you have to pick the medium(s) that best suit your life,” said Howard. “Watercolors work for me because they are very flexible—they can be painted anywhere, not just in a studio.” While Howard said that he has taken a hiatus from exhibiting to concentrate on developing new techniques and concepts, his work has been shown in a variety of venues around town. “Between stints in school, I wrote a grant that partnered Memphis in May and Arts Memphis for the first time,” recalled Howard. “The grant was through the Arts Memphis Accelerator Program. At the time, Memphis in May (MIM) was honoring Panama. Through the Accelerator Program grant, Arts Memphis endorsed me to MIM to allow me to go to Panama and photograph the Kuma and Embera native Indian tribes. MIM paid for my travel and supplies, as well as my studio, for when I returned to Memphis to work on this exhibit.” Upon coming back to Memphis after a three-week stay in Panama, Howard painted those images in both oils and watercolors. His work and his photographs became a sanctioned show at Arts Memphis during the 2014 MIM International Festival. His work also has been exhibited in shows at St. Jude, Broad Avenue, the Memphis College of Art and the University of Memphis.

“Over the last 150 years, art has become more isolated from the reality of how people interact with art,” said Howard. “Now art is more for artists, not as much for the public, because it takes more background knowledge before you can understand what the work is about.” “I have diverse interests, and I think that is what brought me to art,” said Howard. “I also think my appreciation for diversity is part of what helps me to connect with people of differing backgrounds. In turn, I hope that makes my work feel more accessible to a wider range of people.” When asked if he had any favorite pieces, Howard was quick to say that his “Anomalies” are at the top of his list. “I had this idea about portrait painting,” said Howard. “Typically, the person may change, but the portrait never changes. To address this, I have started making works that use canvas as a medium. It is not stretched and therefore, not ‘stuck.’ I create these portraits on the canvases, but every time they are hung they become a new piece due to the fluidity of the canvas. This technique allows the fabric to speak for itself and I hope it communicates the impermanence and frailty of our existence.” Upon graduation from the University of Memphis, Howard hopes to stay in the Memphis area, with an emphasis on teaching people new ideas with respect to art. To see more of Bien Howard’s work, visit his Facebook page, I AM BNVDO, or follow him on Instagram at IM BNVDO.

July 2017



Memphis Moments


Forging on the River Annual Fun Benefiting the National Ornamental Metal Museum


iews of the Mighty Mississippi served as the background as hundreds of supporters of the National Ornamental Metal Museum and their guests gathered for the annual Forging on the River event. “Forging on the River is a weekend conference with a pre-conference workshop hosted by the Metal Museum,” explained Carissa Hussong, executive director of the Metal Museum. “It offers the chance for metalsmiths to learn from an internationally recognized Master Blacksmith like this year’s guest demonstrator, Christoph Friedrich.” While strolling the grounds and taking in the Metal Museum exhibitions, metalsmiths and enthusiasts had the opportunity to network and enjoy a candlelight supper catered by Draper’s Catering, with musical entertainment provided by Shaun Marsh. As part of the evening’s event, a live auction featured some of the best fine metalwork in the country. Museum volunteer Joel Parsons served as the auctioneer. Proceeds benefited the Metal Museum’s programming.

Jerry Davidson and Nancy Prillaman

Ann and Hank Herrod

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Dianne and Scott Yaich

Laurence and Kelly Dobbins

Carol and Steve Nokes

Shellie Creson, Ellen Davis and Hilary Robinson

VegFest Addressing Nutritional Disparity


body hungering for improved health for themselves or loved ones could find abundant knowledge for the asking and the taking at Memphis VegFest. The event at Levitt Shell joined people who employ plant-based nutrition in their lives and work with those who came to taste and learn. At her booth, Nubian Simmons discussed her mother’s fight with breast cancer, during which Simmons helped institute a rigorous physician-prescribed diet regimen. Simmons developed a plant-based diet for herself to address problems with allergies. The positive experience and outcomes led Simmons to found a family business, The Pink Bakery, Inc. Replenish Kombucha presented the festival, along with City Silo Table + Pantry, Whole Foods Market and Zaka Bowl. Story and Photos by Virginia Davis

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Dee Dee Gauthier Nature-Inspired, High-End Jewelry Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts



ative Memphian Dee Dee Gauthier knew early on that she wanted to be an artist. She also knew she loved being outdoors. As an adult, Gauthier found a way to combine these two aspects of her life. “I began exploring my creative interests during college,” recalled Gauthier. “I knew it was important for me to follow my passion to create.” From painting to stained glass and sculptural ceramics, Gauthier tried her hand at a variety of artistic mediums. In the last few years, she has discovered a unique way to fully utilize her talents. “I’m really excited that my art has become a tangible reminder of my youth and my family. My maternal grandfather owned a cabin on Pickwick Lake. He loved to fish and I loved being with him, so fishing was just a part of my upbringing.” Gauthier continued, “I have a BFA in ceramics from the University of Mississippi and am a self-taught jewelry designer. My jewelry is nature-inspired, featuring natural elements such as pearls and leather. Hence, I brought my jewelry line

‘Gauthier’ to life and it all started with fishing lures.” How did she get such common place items as fishing lures to be accepted as high-end fashion pieces? For years Gauthier has worked with fashion and interior designers and says that experience gave her the opportunity to hone her “artistic eye.” “I use antique lures so my finished pieces are unique and always one-of-a-kind,” explained Gauthier. “That aspect alone adds greatly to their appeal. I use quality Italian leather strips to string my pieces together, as well as vintage and antique hooks to finish the necklaces. The overall effect is one that speaks of history and nostalgia, as well as a relatable way to repurpose what was once an everyday item into a really unique fashion statement.” “My success has come from people like Cindy Gambrell, owner of Kitty Kyle, who has a broad appreciation for all things artistic,” Gauthier continued. “My fishing lure collection is carried exclusively in Memphis at her store in the Chickasaw Oaks Village Shopping Center. I haven’t gone viral yet because I still feel it is important for customers to see and touch the product; and, luckily the product has continued to sell itself. I love supporting local retailers and I will take on the Internet when I come to that bridge.”


Gauthier’s style continues to evolve because she prefers to make unique, one-of-a-kind items. And she certainly has been crafting a future for herself as she uses her artistic talents to fashion fishing lures into high-end jewelry. When asked what has been her proudest moment, Gauthier says, “I am thrilled whenever I happen to spy one of my pieces being worn as part of an ensemble in a fashion magazine, or used in local shoots and recently, Memphis Fashion Week. It gives me great satisfaction to know that others understand that ordinary objects, like fishing lures, possess their own kind of beauty. Their original craftsmanship and attention to detail are some of the reasons that fishing lures can become a collectible.” But in the end, for Gauthier, it is the history of the crafted pieces, their scarcity and their individuality that makes her prize fishing lures as components for her high-end jewelry. “You could say I’m hooked,” concluded Gauthier. For more information about Dee Dee Gauthier, follow her on Instagram (gauthierjewelry) or Facebook (

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Opera Memphis Gala


Opera Memphis Gala


Lisa and Carter Hord

Kelly Jo and Mitch Graves

Andrea and Mark Johnson

Christina Guibao and Clair Kelley



60 and Sensational

pera Memphis celebrated decades of success at its “60 and Sensational Opera Memphis Gala” at the Clark Opera Memphis Center on Wolf River Parkway. The gala featured a wall covered in various posters from the past 60 years of performances Opera Memphis has held, from “Phantom of the Opera” to “Carmen.” The gala also celebrated the success of the 2017 season, during which Opera Memphis saw a full house for five performances of various masterworks operas, including record sellouts for “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” The 2016-17 season was also the fifth year of the nationallyacclaimed “30 Days of Opera” program, during which more than 36,000 MidSoutherners saw a free 30 Days of Opera performance. Also impressively, more than 1,400 people bought their very first tickets to an opera during the past season. Opera Memphis also celebrated the Midtown Opera Festival, which brought contemporary American operas to the stage of Playhouse on the Square. Tickets to the gala included dinner and dessert served by Heart and Soul Catering, a complimentary beer and wine bar and seats for live entertainment. VIP ticketholders and table sponsors also could visit the Speakeasy Martini Bar, a small, warm and welcoming environment in the back of the center. Jonathan M. Ealy, Venue Director for the Clark Opera Memphis Center, said it was a beautiful evening. “We were excited, it was a wonderful event,” Ealy said, adding he knew more than 200 people attended. He also praised the performers: Chris Abide (tenor), Chelsea Miller (soprano), Nikola Printz (mezzo), special guest Kallen Esperian (soprano) and Marie-Stephane Bernand. Bernard, an soprano singer and native Parisian, sings opera as well as other styles of music, including songs by Edith Piaf. In the midst of the scheduled entertainment, attendees were treated See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

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to a surprise: Opera Memphis General Director Ned Canty introduced Joy Nicholls, who performed in the first fullystaged Opera Memphis performance in 1957—and still has a captivating voice. “She was the first Violetta in our 1957 of “La Traviata,” and we’re actually doing “La Traviata” in the fall, which is amazing,” Ealy said. Chris Abide and Nikola Printz are young artists with Opera Memphis’ artists-in-residence program, which is held in conjunction with the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music in Memphis. During his introduction of the young singers, Canty said they had just recently gone to a school in the Vollentine area, and they had the students “captivated” with their talent. “It was just amazing to see so many young children that excited by opera,” Canty said at the gala. Opera Memphis also announced its 2017-2018 season, which features Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers,” both of which will be held at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. The 2018 Midtown Opera Festival will feature Scarlatti’s “The Triumph of Honor” and the world premieres of five new operas, all inspired by Memphis. During the 2016-2017 season, Opera Memphis won awards and earned financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, won an Excellence in Innovation Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence and was elected to a seat on the Board of Directors for Opera America. Canty himself was honored as the 2017 CEO of the Year by Inside Memphis Business, while Trustee Marsh Gibson received the 2017 National Recognition Award from Opera America. Opera Memphis thanked several organizations for making the last season possible: The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, ArtsMemphis, the Tennessee Arts Commission, AutoZone’s ArtsZone, Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts and the National Opera Center of Memphis. Story and Photos by Rebekah Yearout

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Adrianna Segura Graef and Rosy Covarrubias

Deborah and Stephen White

Brad Baron and Nikola Printz


Martha Kelley with Rodgers and Nancy Menzies and Peggy Bodine

Ken Hall with Wendy Sumner-Winter and Kalki Winter

Hope Dooner, Ellie Dooner and Jennifer Jennings

Mary Catherine Stanley and Nicholas Azar

Brittany and Laurynas Petrauskas

Bo Peric and Mike Irwin

• Opera Memphis Gala

Michelle Duckworth and Dev Varma

Barrie Simpson and Miriam Handorf

Dennis Whitehead Darling, Jennifer Holborn and Bradley Baron

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Opera Memphis Gala


Amanda Segars and Alisa Segars

Elizabeth and Max Ostner

Lexa Ferrill and Michael Sakir

Sona Amroyan-Peric and Keleb Babb-Abide

Carina Nyberg-Washington and Afshan Latif-Kirk



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Amy Walsh and Karen Canty

Kenneth and Benita Lewis

Quentin and Joyce Hoffman

Jodie Gilmore and Kristine Roberts

Huey Taylor and Angela Ghroeischi

Daniel Anglin and Chris Ledbetter

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Memphis Moment


East Buntyn ArtWalk Showcasing Local Talent


he annual East Buntyn ArtWalk became a two-day affair this year with the Junior League of Memphis Sustainer Council timing its annual art show to be a part of the overall event held in the surrounding neighborhood. “Our show offered the public a chance to see our headquarters, the Community Resources Center (CRC), as they made their way through indoor galleries featuring artwork by members of the Junior League of Memphis (JLM),” explained Jan Cornaghie, JLM Sustainer Manager. “Our opening night for JLM members and their guests featured a beer tasting with The Casual Pint paired with speciality cheeses from Kroger/Murray’s.” On the second day, neighbors and nonresidents alike made their way through the CRC and along the streets in the East Buntyn Historic District to view and shop at the outdoor “galleries” set up on the lawns. Stefanie Born and Cindie Kelly pooled their talents to co-chair the event for the eighth annual event which featured works by more than 100 area artists. Local bands entertained the crowd and several food trucks provided their fare. “A silent auction and the sale of collectible ArtWalk wine glasses added to the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts,” said Kelly. “Proceeds from the event will be used to support next year’s ArtWalk.” Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Judy Norton and Ramona Foley

Thomas Baxter, Karey Baggett and Kallye Baggett

Nadia Barnard and Cullen Johnson

Arlene Southern with Celeste and Jon Meredith

Caroline Kuebler and Susan Stein Gaye Swan and Cindie Kelly

Carolyn Pollan and Pattie Pollan



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Katie Moore and Bess Farris

Sarah Dove and Michael Abel

Pam Williams, Jan Cornaghie and Sally Perry

Michel Allen and Pam Michael

Gift of Life Gala


Gift of Life Gala


Cynthia and Terry Lawrence

Tom and Donna Hathaway

Benefiting The Kidney Foundation

he mission of the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of patients and families affected by those diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. Countless people in the Mid-South are helped by the important work of this fine organization each year. Two hundred members, along with their families and staff, gathered in The Skyway atop The Peabody Hotel in Downtown Memphis to honor the hard work and diligence of those who play a vital role in the work of The Kidney Foundation. The festivities kicked off with a cocktail reception featuring two fully stocked bars, along with fresh fruits and cheeses. White-coated Peabody staff passed around heavenly hors d’oeuvres crafted by hotel chefs, including a perfectly battered Shrimp Tempura, and the most delightful spanakopita this side of Athens. Guests enjoyed music by Bamboo Forest, featuring the fabulous vocal stylings of Tonyaa Staples, as they perused the many unique and valuable items up for bid on the silent auction tables. Items included diamond necklaces, rings, See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

and accessories from King Furs and Fine Jewelry. There was artwork by Memphis artist Elaine Neely, leather spirit bags in Memphis blue and Tennessee orange from Donna Hathaway at Lakeland Leatherworks, fine wines and spirits, as well as gift certificates from The Rendezvous and Folks Folly, which also donated a bottle of Gentleman Jack Whiskey. Board President Joanna Hudson and Gala Chair Susan O. Smith welcomed the guests, who sat down to a fabulous dinner that began with a fresh salad of mixed greens, marinated mushrooms, golden beets and grape tomatoes with roasted pine nuts and a basil vinaigrette. The main course was filet mignon and herb crusted salmon with a basil merlot glaze on wild mushroom risotto and fresh sauteed spinach with tomatoes and onions. This delightful repast was topped off with a dessert of almond espresso tiramisu in a chocolate cup with amaretto chocolate sauce. Special honorees of the evening were Gift of Life Award winner and Chief Medical Officer of University of Tennessee Nephrology Dr. Robert Canada, MD, and Registered Nurse Hazel Marsh, who has served on the board of The National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee since 2008.



Tosha Thompson and Sabrina Tiller

Dr. Joshua and Allison Douglas with Alexandra and Casey Shockey

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Drs. Lakisha and Wills B. Davis

Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

Frank and Marilyn Canada

Scott and Pam Tupman

Gary and Kristi Jones

Ebony and Brandon Stewart

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Tiffany Clay, Paula Rutledge and Kim Barringer

Brad Canada with Randy Richardson and Lillie Richardson

Leland and Erica Burress

Stephanie and Barry Wall

Scott and Catherine Howard

Mary Ashton Taylor and Jason Canada

Brad and Kim Van Frank with Randa Lipman and Bob Phillips

Terice and Keith Browley

Steve Simpson, John Morris, Jack Saikumar, Patrice Zyry and Dave Carter

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Memphis Moments


Alzheimer’s Trivia Night Remembering When... Seasonal Sensations


ore than 300 people, representing 36 teams, turned out for the 12th annual Trivia Night at Temple Israel, benefiting Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis. Teams competed for prizes and lavish gift baskets. A few teams’ members dressed in costumes and participated in skits centered around this year’s theme, “Remembering When... Seasonal Sensations.” The event honored Carol and Henry Jones, and was dedicated to the memory of Chuck Winters, a volunteer who, with his wife, Caroline, were part of the group that started the trivia night. Caroline has presided over the dessert table since the event began. The event, which included a silent auction, raised about $25,000. The organization provides adult day care at its two centers, and recently acquired space for a new facility near the Crosstown Concourse.

Katie and Tommy Coleman with Marci and Ken Woodmansee

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson Cozza

Fedricka Hobbs, Olga Franklin, Mary Tuggle, Kera Smith and Gwen Eubanks

Bro. Ignatius Brown and Rob Grayson

Matt Shelton, Henry Townson and Brad Townson

Ruthann Shelton and Lynn Doyle

Kim Weaver, Carrie Bullock, Carol Russell and Jennifer Bennett

Ave Maria Foundation Concert & Silent Auction


uests had hundreds of items to choose from at the 16th annual Ave Maria Foundation Concert & Silent Auction, held at the Sally Hooks Performing Arts Center. There was literally something for everyone, and a few donors to the event included Ballet Memphis, Baucum Pottery, Brooks Farm2Fork, Cook & Love Shoes, Folks Folly, Hewlett & Dunn Jean and Boot Barn, Lost Pizza, Malco Theaters, The Mighty Olive, The Peabody Memphis, Sarkis Kish Oriental Rugs, Seize the Clay, and Wild Birds Unlimited. Libby Buring passed through the crowd carrying a Michael Kors handback, which she stuffed with cash donations. The bag was one of the items included in the live auction, conducted by Ron Childers. Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner after which legendary Memphis musician Keith Sykes performed, and was joined by Rice Drewry & 3 Degrees.

Sister Yosefa Retnaningsih and Sister Cesilia Indrati

Martin and Celine Croce

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson Cozza Bill and Janet Ticer with Anita and Mike Old and Jim Strickland

Marilyn Storkersen and Carol Fleming



Philip and Barbara Spinosa with Judy Strickland

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Debra Koeneman and Mary Chandler

Libby Buring and Sharon Thompson

Memphis Moment


Speakeasy Parlor A Little Party Never Killed Anybody


ith the caveat that “discretion is paramount,” guests were invited to “dress to kill” as the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum hosted its Speakeasy Parlor. For the fundraiser, many men sported stripped suits and fedoras, while women sparkled in sequined dresses or other glamorous fringed attire. “In keeping with the spirit of the evening, bite-size tidbits that could soak up their share of alcohol were presented,” said Jennifer Cooper, Woodruff-Fontaine executive director. “The menu consisted of deviled eggs, spinach and seafood canapes, butter folds, fruit cocktail with miniature marshmallows, crackers with cheese and olives, and mini Hostess cupcakes.” Party-goers bid on silent auction items in the carriage house. The museum’s basement club room was turned into a speakeasy parlor accessed by means of secret passwords. The Hot Foot Honeys performed their tap routines and Christian Stanfield, of Jazz Age Jukebox, provided musical entertainment for the evening with tunes from 1919-1933 spun on an antique phonograph. Proceeds benefited the Woodruff-Fontaine House, a property of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA).

Dana and Dan Giroux

Madeline Dormois

Madeline Evans and Noah Simon

Alexandra Hooper

Kimberly Freedman and Andrew Edwards

Kevin Donahue and Melissa Wilkes

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Carrie Floyd and Mallory Bader

Jason Murry and Courtney Sims

Katherine Atkins and Carolyn Trimble

Crystal Herndon and Abigail Taris

Mike and Janet Sidden



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Miranda Domnick and Jennifer Cooper

Chad Braddock and A.J. Northrop

Jim Messina September 20 7:30pm

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Michael Martin Murphy October 7 7:30pm

LoRrie Morgan September 28 7:30pm

Gifted musician performs hits: Wildfire Carolina in the Pines - What’s forever for.

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Gary Morris January 27 7:30pm

His music spans country, adult contemporary and Broadway’s LES MISERABLES. Gary’s biggest hit is WIND BENEATH MY WINGS.

Melba Moore April 14 7:30pm

R&B Singer, Tony Award Winner, Grammy nominee enchants with her amazing voice.

Edwin McCain May 10 7:30pm

“The great American romantic” touches the heart with I’ll be - I could not ask for more.

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Roar and Pour


Roar and Pour


Sonnet Singleton and Paul Shea

Lindsey Donovan and Martin Rhea

Bonnie and Kip Wilkerson

emphians can be proud that we have in our city one of the finest zoos in the world. It’s always great to show support for this amazing and wonderful institution while having an incredibly good time and enjoying fine food and libations. At 7 o’clock on a soft and beautiful evening, the gates of the Memphis Zoo opened to nearly 700 enthusiastic supporters who showed up for the inaugural Roar and Pour, A Culinary and Cocktail Experience sponsored by Jaguar Bluff City. Guests could either take the free zoo shuttle, or stroll the short distance to the grand Teton Trek Lodge, where they were greeted by the fabulous sounds of G3 (The Gary Goin Group) as they entered a world of gourmet cuisine and fine libations. Some of the best local restaurants were on hand for the evening’s gastronomical festivities on both floors of the lodge. Erling Jensen served up mouth-watering seared salmon with pickled veggies and shrimp, paired with a crisp and clean Oyster Bay Chardonnay. The Capital Grille dished out the most amazing lollipop lamb chops with 15 year old aged balsamic, and seared dry aged sirloin with sweet chili vinaigrette and wasabi oil, along with a bold and delicious Kinton Syrah. Sushi fans were in heaven as they lined up for assorted fresh sushi by Red Fish Sushi, washed down with Hakushika Tanuki Sake. Moving along to the Julles Posh Food Co. table, partygoers dined on seared tender skirt steak in See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

Clay and Donna Farrell



A Culinary and Cocktail Experience jalapeno with apple jicama slaw and cilantro guava sauce as they enjoyed lime tequila punch with hearts of palm. Simply Delicious Caterings had fresh ceviche with 13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc. Southern Gentleman Burger Bites were served up by Belly Acres with beer from Lucky Town Brewery. Char was also on hand with duck confit grilled cheese with Bird Dog Peach Whiskey and a 14 Gauge Southern Sweet Cocktail. Paradox Catering and Consulting had seared beef with charred onions, cilantro and spicy garlic with Mustiguillo Tinto. Cheeses imported from around the world were presented by Fascinating Catering, along with bubbly and sparkling Chic Brut Cava. After all this amazing food, guests found it hard to resist a visit to Phillip Ashley Chocolates station for a dessert of Thai lemongrass mint white chocolate, amaretto almond caramels and a splash of Bottex Bugey Cerdon Sparkling or Fonseca Domini Douro Red. No evening of this caliber would have been complete without a stop by the table of Fernando of Miami for a fine cigar to enjoy while savoring a little taste of the Caribbean in the form of a glass of Havana Club Rum. Roar and Pour was also presented by Athens Distributing, Bors-Koefoed “BK” Family, Dr. Joseph C. Dewane, M.D., Dorothy Orgill Kirsch, Macy’s, Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals and Moonshine Lighting. It was truly a night to remember. Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

Meredith West, Megan Lawler and Becky Lawler

July 2017

Matt and Finy Shirley

John and Christy Parks

Dr. Rebekah Shappley and Dr. Shelley Thannum

Jeff and Robin Pohlman


Pat and Dare Harcourt

Robert Kyle and Delia Parman

Ian and Leann Edwards

Derek and Halle Whitlock

Leah Hollingsworth and Steve Nave

Kim and Christopher Strickland with Linda Beckley

Roar and Pour

David and Kelly Laundre

Lisa Singer and Lauren Burch

David Ray and Taydi Owens

Joel and Marion Bessoff

Elizabeth Mann, Michelle Cardot and Donna Johnson

July 2017



Memphis Moments


Books From Birth Luncheon Celebrating Childhood Literacy


hildhood literacy supporters turned out for the Books from Birth awards luncheon at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms. Jamila Wicks, Executive Director of Books from Birth, introduced the event’s emcee, Valerie Calhoun, of Fox13 Memphis. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland welcomed the crowd and thanked everyone for their efforts to build a community of readers. Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam gave the keynote address, noting that Books from Birth is available free of charge to program participants, in all 95 counties of Tennessee. She shared the successful history of the program and its impact in promoting childhood literacy and school readiness for our state’s youngest citizens. Nancy Bogatin and The Honorable AC Wharton, Jr., were recognized for their efforts in promoting the program. Wharton was called upon to speak prior to the presentation of an award named in his honor. The award was given to Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess for her superior advocacy for children’s literacy. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell gave the closing remarks. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Holly Berry and Mary Ellen Benedict

Ragan Coleman and Mallory Ham

Tricia Adrian, Kristen Lurry and Jordan Walker

Judge Valerie Smith and Stephanie Simpson

Mary-Grace Gentry and Mary Lacy Sabin

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell

Michael Deutsch and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland

Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess and The Honorable AC Wharton, Jr.

Miranda Harbor and Natasha Donerson

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival Supporting Porter-Leath


ens of thousands of fun-loving folks from all corners of the world gathered at the Memphis riverfront for Porter-Leath’s 25th annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival. 16,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish were trucked in for the event that featured live music from Marcella + Her Lovers, Black Oak Arkansas, and Every Mother’s Nightmare. There was lots of fun for all ages, with a Kid’s Area and even crawfish bobbing, eating, and racing competitions. Besides the crawfish, there was plenty of other mouth-watering food available, from barbecue to hot wings to traditional carnival fare. twentyfour teams competed in the annual Cash Saver Gumbo Cookoff. Porter-Leath has been serving at -risk children and families in the Memphis area for 160 years and the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival is their biggest fundraiser. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Leah and Shawn Williams



Eva Cullen, Joseph Galligher and Bradley Applegate

July 2017

Darren Fretwell and Barbara Pledger

Rose Turner and Tina Miller

Lana DeLuca and Danni Bruns

Abby and Duane Shannon

T’Keyah Davis and Raeven Harris

Michael Chandler and Keri Max

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Memphis Moments


Scholar Athlete Dinner Honoring Excellence On and Off the Field


ourteen scholar athletes along with proud parents, coaches and officials with the National Football Foundation (NFF), gathered at Rhodes College for the 45th annual Black Tie Dinner. The young men honored, 12 high school seniors and two college seniors, are talented on and off the field. This was apparent when each athlete was presented with his award, while emcee Harold Graeter read a lengthy list of the honoree’s academic honors and community involvement. The scholar athletes, each wearing a red boutonniere accenting his tuxedo, came from public and private schools. Four high school coaches, who each lead their team to a state championship victory, were also honored. The special “Bill McElroy Award,” for chapter leadership, was presented to Toni Parker, by John Barzizza, executive director of the NFF’s Memphis chapter.

Keagan Voss, Nathan Adams, Jake Powers and Daniel Monteil

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson Cozza

Ricky Carrasco, Harold Graeter, John Barzizza, Bill Lofton and Evan Smith

Marcus Wimberly and James Babb

Carl Showalter, Pete Showalter and Jane Showalter

J’Len Smith, Marquavious Moore, Demarco Davis, Tyler Garvey and Trevor Forbes

Down and Derby Off to the Races


usic of the band Pokerman filled the ballroom at Woodland Hills as guests made their way inside for Down & Derby, a fundraiser for Downs Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South. Part of the fun of a Derby party is watching women with their magnificent millinery, and there were plenty. Once the event was under way, Elvis tribute artist Vinny Girard had the crowd rockin’ to “Blue Suede Shoes,” just some of the entertainment leading up to the viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Silent auction items lined the room, and there were lots of good eats provided by Babalu Tacos & Tapas, Bonefish Grill, Brooks Pharm 2 Fork, Coletta’s Restaurant and Eat Well Sushi & Grill. One table was filled with cupcakes from Frost Bakery, and Season’s 52 offered its mini indulgences. After the excitement of The Derby ended, Company d dance troupe performed for the crowd.

Julie and Jeff Whitlock with Elaine Enis

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson Cozza

Martine Hobson, Jay Jancso and Larry Enis

Gianni Bunton and Tim Bunton



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Jewel Phillips, Jerica Phillips, Jailyn Phillips and Jaidah Phillips

Patti Lovett and Jessica Smart

Blair Dowdle, Jeanie Dowdle and Brooks Ward



RSVP Crossword Edited By Ruth Cassin

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18 Not ever 19 Part of the "KKK" 20 Excuse 22 Republic in NW Africa 24 Bullfight cheer 25 Sell at a high rate, as in tickets 27 Cinders 29 Architect Frank _____ Wright 32 Finned mammal 35 British nobleman 38 Stitch 39 Knotty 40 Boxer Muhammad 41 Diplomatic assistant 43 When repeated, Olympic chant 44 Backs 46 River, in Barcelona 47 Prayer ending 48 Hoist 49 New Madrid _____ 51 Musical "slow" 54 Lazes about 57 Feminine possessive pronoun 59 Get up 62 Egg-shaped 64 Capital of Western Samoa 66 Lamenting poetry 68 Press 69 Oracle 70 Eagle's nest

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71 Missile type 72 Mouse or ant, i.e. 73 Braid 74 NYC baseball team


1 Peacock blue 2 Ringlets 3 Extraordinary power 4 Peeper 5 TV lawyer Matlock 6 Adam's garden 7 Jacob's son 8 Alpha's opposite 9 Goods 10 Writing liquid 11 Birth milk 12 Ellipsoidal 13 Not any 21 Sick 23 European river 26 Fence supports 28 Terminal abbr. 30 Still 31 Diminuiitive 33 Otherwise 34 Baseball's Nolan 35 Every 36 Healing plant 37 Duke vs North Carolina, i.e. 39 Zombie 41 Rock concert venue 42 Mike Pompeo is its director

45 Adam's wife 47 Characteristic traits from old ancestor 50 Lavatory 52 Foot the bill 53 Edmonton NHL player 55 Improbable drama 56 Portly 57 Fastener 58 Dueling sword 60 Arid 61 Patronage 63 Wraps up 65 Comic Carney 67 Affirmative

Welcome to my T Nightmares •


he nightmare part of my recurring nightmare is always the same; I have agreed to do some kind of show but I don’t know what it is or what I’m supposed By Dennis Phillippi to do in it and I spend the entire dream assuring everyone that everything is perfectly fine as I frantically, fervently, try to discover what the show is and what I’m expected to do in it. I always wake up just before the show starts, and before I find out my role. It is not a pleasant experience. That’s probably why it’s called a nightmare. Recently I was discussing this with some friends and it turns out my dream isn’t that different from others, it’s just more show businessy. Most of the people in the conversation have a similar dream where they’re about to fail to meet expectations. Bartenders dream that they have forgotten how to bartend. Accountants can’t remember how to operate a ten key. Videographers can’t get to where they’re suppose to video. Yes, I was having this conversation with my wife, and accountant, my buddy, a videographer, and, yes, at a bar. This inspired me to look into the whole nightmare thing, mainly because I had no other column ideas, which is yet another nightmare of mine. According to various places on the Interweb, so you know it’s true, one of the most common nightmares is the feeling or experience or being lost or trapped. This is very easy to believe because both being lost and being trapped are very scary things. Personally, because I am a man, I never cop to being lost. It’s a gender thing. As for being trapped, try being a comedian when someone wants to tell you a joke. There is no escape. It doesn’t matter how sternly you warn them that is not going to be a fun experience, they plow right ahead. When they get to the punchline and all they get is a blank stare they always get mad at me. They were warned. One of the most common nightmares I hear people talk about is the drowning dream. Luckily for me, swimming was my sport and this isn’t a dream I have. I have dreams of drowning in debt, of drowning in self-pity, and of drowning in my own good intentions, but water, never. One site claimed that a nightmare many people experience is their phone malfunctioning. For one thing, my wife and I are too cheap

to get the latest phone, or even the second or third latest phone, so our phones malfunction all the time. This one is a generational dream. My younger friends rarely go more than a few seconds without looking at their phones so I can see why many of them would have nightmares about them not working. If their phone doesn’t work they might not see that video of that baby

Other people I talked to said that their naked dream always involves becoming aware that they are naked in the middle of some public occasion. The reason I never have that version is that has actually happened to me a couple of times. snuggling with that raccoon, or see today’s joke about a topic I don’t care about, or God forbid, they might miss something happening in someone’s life who does something other than stare at their phone all day. Most everyone I talked to has had the naked dream, or some variation on the naked dream. For me it’s the pantsless dream. For some inexplicable reason I am often sans pants as I search for a script for the play I’m about to be


in, but haven’t rehearsed. It’s bad enough that I have to try to covertly inquire as to the nature of the performance without arousing suspicion, but it’s doubly bad to be doing so in my underpants. Other people I talked to said that their naked dream always involves becoming aware that they are naked in the middle of some public occasion. The reason I never have that version is that has actually happened to me a couple of times. Apparently a lot of people have bad dreams about disasters. I’m sure in this part of the country it’s mostly about tornadoes, because we’re unlikely to be hit by a tsunami. These disasters can also be terrorist attacks, or nuclear war, or other manmade horrors. You know why I don’t have disaster nightmares? Because I opened for Soupy Sales and interviewed Steven Segal twice, I have experienced disasters. By some accounts, dreams of illness or impending death are also pervasive. Again, I actually did die, onstage, for a year before I figured out how to do stand up comedy. Each one of those little five minutes of death throes on stage, while the audience stared at me as if I weren’t wearing pants, has hardened me against fears of my own mortality. On one list I saw “poor test performance” listed as a big one. Since I was a truly terrible student who was both apathetic and lazy, this one leaves me alone. There is, of course, the falling dream. Everyone I talked to about this one has had it. The experience of falling off of a cliff or out of a plane or off the top of a building, it doesn’t matter where you start, all that matters is you’re plummeting. You see the ground rushing towards you and you are unable to do anything about your certain impact. Honestly, I started to sweat a little just typing that. It’s strange to me that so many of us have this dream when you consider how few of us have actually ever plummeted. It would make more sense for everyone to have a nightmare about our current political landscape not being a nightmare from which we will eventually wake. I’m surprised more people don’t have the flying nightmare. Not the sweet flying dream where you learn you can soar like a bird, I mean the flying nightmare where you realize you’re in an overbooked flight on United.

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verybody loves a parade! This was especially true for Memphians every spring when the old Cotton Carnival festivities included a grand parade down Main Street. The event featured a myriad of marching bands and elaborately themed floats from which Cotton Carnival Royalty and civic leaders greeted spectators. Readers “of a certain age” may remember the excitement surrounding the parade, as folks from all over the Mid South gathered to celebrate “King Cotton.” Photo courtesy of The Memphis & Shelby County Room Photograph Collection If you have a past photo you would like to share with RSVP readers, please contact Emily Adams Keplinger at 276-7787 ext. 105 or e-mail the photo and caption to All photos will be returned promptly.

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The Original Memphis Society Pages

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