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So, I’m pushing a cart through the aisles of Kroger in Midtown, stocking up for an
onslaught of holiday company. I’ve made it all the way to the frozen foods on the
far side of the store. My cart over-floweth with Christmas bounty. I’m humming
along with Al Green’s version of the Bee Gees’ classic “How Can You Mend a Broken
Heart,” which is playing over the intercom. It’s weird, but Al is nailing it.
Then I hear a page: “Will the owner of a silver Xterra, license plate xxx-xxx, please
come to the customer service area?”
That’s my car. “Damn,” I think. Someone must have backed into me or something.
So, I wheel my heavily laden cart to the customer service area, where I see a very
large woman at the counter with a basket of bagged-up food. The Kroger clerk says
to me, rather brusquely: “You need to move your car. You parked too close to her car,
and she can’t get in.”
I was apologetic. “Sorry,” I said. “I must not have been paying attention. My bad.”
So, I leave my cart at the service desk and walk out to my car with the large lady.
When we get to the scene of the crime, I notice right away that my car is parked
precisely between the lines of my space. Right in the middle. The driver’s side of her
car, on the other hand, is parked on the line of the space between our cars, and even
intrudes a little into my space.
I’m no Columbo, but it seems obvious that what has really happened here is that
I’ve parked correctly next to a badly parked car, and that I’ve been called away from
my shopping to fix a problem this woman created for herself.
I look at the woman over the top of my glasses. She looks at me. Something unsaid
passes between us.
What do you think happened next?
a.) A mob of pizza-crazed teens
came out of nowhere and started hitting
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us with pumpkins.
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b.) I pulled out my pistol and said, “Let
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c.)
It
turned
out the woman was Jesus
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in disguise.
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VIEWPOINT - 17
d.) She turned to me, smiled sheepishCOVER STORY - “2015: The Year Ahead”
ly, and said, “I guess if I lost a little weight
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and learned to park better, this wouldn’t
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happen.” And I smiled and said, “No big
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deal. I can move it.” Then we each said,
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“Have a Merry Christmas,” and went on
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with our lives.
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e.) And then I shot her.
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The answer is d. A little Christmas
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spirit prevailed. And, it was good, and for
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that, I say, God bless us, every one.
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OUR 1348TH & 1349TH ISSUE | 12.25.14 - 01.07.15
COVER STORY P. 18
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greg cravens
About Joe Boone’s music feature,
“Venerable Studio Changes Hands” …
What did they do with the hundreds of
pictures of Sai Baba that were hanging
everywhere?
Yeah Man
About Steve Steffans’ Viewpoint, “Southern
Democrats: Down, Not Dead” ...
I’m going to get this article tattooed to
my forehead so I don’t have to keep saying this over and over again when I talk
to any Tennessee Democrat who isn’t
from Memphis.
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the editor, “Good Cop. Bad Cop” ...
I’ve been an advocate of a constitutional
ban on union representation for public
employees for quite a while.
But I have to admit, if I were a police
officer and had heard and read all of
the idiots and their mindless followers
blaming “economic inequality” as the
root cause for the recent highly publicized police incidents, I’d probably want
a good union steward, too.
Nightcrawler
Your call for police departments to
“man up and acknowledge their bad
apples” is one of the best positioned
arguments on the issue I have read.
Unfortunately, this posture of “protect
your own no matter what” permeates
so many organized labor organizations,
to the detriment of the reputation of
the organization overall. From teachers to bus drivers to NFL players, the
representing labor organizations seem
to go out of their way to protect even
the most obviously unqualified or, at
times, criminally inclined members at
the expense of the reputation and good
work of its majority.
There are bad people in every profession. If others in those professions
would acknowledge that and help clean
house, it would benefit everyone — fellow professionals and the customers of
those professions alike.
rjb
I’m still wondering why no one is talking
about the fact that Ohio has an Open
Carry law. In fact, the city of Cleveland’s
ban on open carry was overturned by
the Republican legislature — something
the NRA praised. And before you say,
“Well, kids are not covered by open
carry!” Remember that the officers after
the shooting called in: “Shots fired. Male
down. Black male, maybe 20.”
Charley Eppes
About Wendi C. Thomas’ column, “The
Roots of Protest” …
It appears Obama and the Democrats
are going to fix the black unemployment
problem by opening the borders to millions more illegals and giving amnesty
to those already here. I’ll admit I don’t
understand how flooding the job market
with an unending supply of cheap labor
is going to help African Americans
get jobs, but I’m sure all of the black
Democratic politicians have it figured out
because none of them are complaining.
GWCarver
Every Republican and Democratic
administration in the past 30-plus years
has refused to enforce the laws that
would have fined employers of illegals
thousands of dollars per hire. That simple
upholding of their sworn duty would
have saved those jobs that big business
couldn’t export via the myriad of freetrade agreements. It ain’t a Democrat vs.
Republican thing.
CL Mullins
The prospect of low-cost labor has been
very appealing to both Republicans and
Democrats alike. And the lack of any
sort of sustained protest from the general
public who enjoyed those lower priced
goods produced by that cheap labor was
also a factor. Call it the Walmart Factor.
There are many who scream about what
they consider Walmart’s “slave” wages,
but they also enjoy the low prices, so they
really don’t complain too much.
Arlington Pop
I can agree that public investment in
Graceland is nonsense, but what other economic development plans are on the table
for Whitehaven? Southbrook Mall? That is
even more nonsensical by a large margin.
If it’s all going to boil down to race for
everything that occurs, then the point that
the money is being spent in Whitehaven
rather than downtown or in East Memphis should amount to something. But it is
conveniently forgotten in this column.
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December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
criMinal activity
• A Memphis man was arrested for
possession of women’s underwear
with intent to sell. According to
reports, Joe Milam opened his very
special pop-up shop at a downtown
MATA station and attempted to sell
approximately $800 worth of Victoria’s
Secret underwear. The fancy drawers were unworn and still festooned
with the original price tags and clearly
ineffectual anti-theft devices. Few souvenirs really scream “Memphis” like a
pair of stolen bus station panties.
• A man named James ‘Peg Leg’
Adams was arrested after getting into
a fight over who was the best karaoke
singer at Barbie’s Sports Bar. Linda
Wyman and her friend Possum were
singing the Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow
song “Picture” when things got ugly.
Wyman told WMC’s Janice Broach
that she continued to sing although
she heard the victim hollering that he’d
been stabbed and saw blood coming.
“They were all drunk,” the witness was
quoted as saying.
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• Who among us hasn’t occasionally
wished there were more hours in the
day? State Rep./Time Lord Curry
Todd waved his sonic screwdriver
and created legislation to eliminate
Daylight Savings Time and/or make it
permanent, miraculously giving Tennesseans an extra hour to get ready
for work in the morning and an extra
hour to unwind in the evening. Or
something like that.
Todd’s brave and ambitious
proposal was met with skepticism by
science wonks and global sorcerydeniers like Rep. Kent Williams, an
independent from Elizabethton, who
asked if Todd could make Tennessee more like Alaska: “Six months of
daylight and six months of darkness?”
State Rep./Tribal Chieftan Ryan
Haynes (R-Knoxville) asked for a
year’s delay so lawmakers could study
the issue. The Tennessean’s political
reporter Chas Sisk suggested, “Perhaps
by watching the skies.”
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Questions, Answers + Attitude
Edited by Bianca Phillips
Protests, Rape Kits, and Trolley Fires
A look back at news highlights from 2014 in the Bluff City. By Bianca Phillips
January
• The Memphis City Council approved
the $24-million purchase of AutoZone
Park. The park will be paid for with a mix
of tax credits, tax rebates, and $300,000 in
annual lease payments from the Memphis
Redbirds baseball team.
• Easy Way co-owner David Carter was
found dead with a single gunshot wound
to the chest at the Easy Way Distribution
Center on January 20th. Although it was
originally believed that his death was the
result of a robbery, the Shelby County
Medical Examiner’s Office later ruled
Carter’s death as a suicide.
• Shelby County District Attorney Amy
Weirich refused to discipline Assistant
District Attorney Thomas Henderson
after he was censured by the Tennessee
Supreme Court over the 2013 holidays.
Henderon’s censure came after he pleaded
guilty to charges of misconduct and violating state rules governing prosecutors.
Attorneys in the murder trials of Michael
Rimmer say Henderson purposefully
hid exculpatory evidence that could have
helped their client. Weirich issued a
statement defending Henderson’s record.
Later in the year, Weirich herself came
under fire for claims of hiding exculpatory
evidence in two other murder trials.
D.A. Amy
Weirich
February
• The Memphis and Shelby County
Airport Authority announced plans to
“modernize” Memphis International Airport by demolishing the southern ends of
concourses A and C and enhancing concourse B with walkways, higher ceilings,
and more windows. The downsizing was
a result of Delta removing its hub status.
• The Hamp Line, the bidirectional bicycle
path leading from Overton Park to the
Shelby Farms Greenline, broke ground.
Parts of the path are already in use, but
construction of the Tillman section isn’t
expected to begin until spring 2015.
March
• The Get Off Our Lawn group formed
to protect Overton Park’s Greensward,
which they said was being “destroyed by
overflow parking” from the Memphis
Zoo. The group held sit-in-style protests
on the greensward on busy zoo days,
physically blocking cars from parking.
Eventually, the group, the city, and the
Memphis Zoo compromised to reduce
the number of days zoo patrons could
park on the greensward.
Get Off Our
Lawn protest
• Victims of serial rapist Anthony Alliano brought a lawsuit against Memphis
and Shelby County for damages stemming from the delay in law enforcement
handling their rape kits. Alliano was arrested in May 2012, but the victims’ rape
kits, along with about 12,000 others, sat
untested for years. The city still struggles
with a rape kit backlog.
april
• The National Civil Rights Museum
reopened after being closed for months
for massive renovations. The changes included upgraded and expanded exhibits,
some of which are interactive.
• A movement to get special on-street
parking permits for Overton Square residents began. Some residents had reported
that visitors’ cars were blocking their
driveways and alleyways. In December,
the Memphis City Council agreed to allow permit-only parking for residents on
a portion of Monroe near Restaurant Iris.
• The “Untapped” pop-up beer garden
inside the Tennessee Brewery opened and
sold out of beer the first weekend. Restaurateur Taylor Berger, attorney Michael
Tauer, commercial real estate executive
Andy Cates, and communications specialist Doug Carpenter organized the spring
beer garden to raise awareness about the
need to save the building, after its owner
said he’d demolish it by summer if no one
purchased it. In November, cell phone
tower developer Billy Orgel closed on his
purchase of the brewery, which he plans
to convert into apartments.
May
• After Memphis In May festivities were
over, the city closed off two lanes on
Riverside Drive to create a protected, twoway bicycle and pedestrian path. Vehicle
traffic was reduced to two lanes between
Beale and Georgia. City officials will
evaluate the traffic impacts until Riverside is up for repaving next summer, and
they’ll determine then whether or not to
keep the bike lane.
June
• Memphis Area Transit Authority suspended trolley service indefinitely following two trolley fires on the Madison line
— one in November 2013 and another in
April 2014. Temporary buses began operating on the trolleys lines. Experts are still
studying what caused the fires, and there
is no estimated date for their return.
Aftermath from
a trolley fire
• Beale Street Landing, which cost $43
million, opened to the public after years
of rising construction costs and delays.
The landing features a boat dock, a playground, a gift shop, and a bar and grill.
• The Memphis City Council passed a
nearly $600 million budget for the city
that made deep cuts to employee benefits.
The approved changes took away some
major health-care subsidies from retirees
over age 65 and will replace them with
Medigap coverage or another plan. The
changes will also cut the spouses of city
employees from the city’s health insurance
plan if they are eligible to get insurance
from their employer. The changes will also
levy a higher monthly charge of $120 for
smokers on the city insurance plan.
July
• Beginning on Independence Day weekend, hundreds of Memphis Police officers
and a number of Memphis firefighters
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Brown, protesters gathered at the intersection of Poplar and
Highland. They held signs with phrases like “Film the Police,”
“Protect Us, Don’t Kill Us,” and “No Justice.” A few days later,
activists held a die-in at the National Civil Rights Museum to
honor Brown and Eric Garner, who was killed by a New York
City police officer.
• Construction began on the $17.5 million project to add a
bicycle and pedestrian pathway across the Harahan Bridge. That
10-mile project will link Downtown to West Memphis, Arkansas.
December
• The Hi-Tone’s longtime owner Jonathan Kiersky sold the
Crosstown rock club to former Newby’s manager Brian “Skinny”
McCabe. McCabe said he’ll leave the club’s bookings the same
but will add a kitchen.
• Swedish-based home goods retailer Ikea announced their
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• Terri Lee Freeman was chosen to run
the National Civil Rights Museum after
longtime president Beverly Robertson
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the National Capital Region.
• A man was beaten and lay unconscious
in a pool of his own blood on Beale Street
in the wee hours of a Sunday morning.
Bystanders recorded videos and snapped
pictures of his motionless body. That
incident led the Downtown Memphis
Commission to enact a $10 entrance fee
after midnight on Sunday mornings when
the street seemed overcrowded. The fee
was dropped a couple weeks later when
the DMC realized it was “bad for business
and unpopular with many,” according to a
letter from DMC President Paul Morris to
Mayor A C Wharton.
• The Tennessee Valley Authority board of
directors voted to retire Memphis’ Allen
Fossil Plant in Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial
Park and replace it with a 1,000 megawatt
natural gas plant by December 31, 2018.
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• Three people were brutally beaten by
a mob of teens in the parking lot of the
Poplar Plaza Kroger. The victims, two
teenage Kroger employees and a customer,
were chosen at random for the attack. The
incident was caught on video, and it went
viral after being posted on Facebook. The
incident led to “Love Mob” demonstrations and lots of bickering about whether
or not the attack constituted a hate crime.
• Memphis firefighter Ronald Ellis allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend
Torhonda Cathy in the parking lot of the
Colonial Avenue Target. Ellis fled Memphis but was later arrested in Georgia.
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protest to cuts in their health-care benefits,
salaries, and pension benefits.
• MATA hires a new general manager,
Ron Garrison, who previously served
as head of customer service at a South
Carolina-based electric bus company.
• The city of Memphis issued a cease-anddesist order for ridesharing services Uber
and Lyft because the companies didn’t
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About Jackson Baker’s Politics Blog
post, “Judge Joe Brown Uncorks a
Shocker, Taunting Weirich About
Her Sexuality” ...
“Does this mean that Joe Brown
won’t be attending the annual
Memphis Pride Parade?”
— Tom Guleff
About Toby Sells’ cover story,
“Trolley Trials”...
“Without the trolleys, it’s like
the heart has been ripped out of
Downtown Memphis. They truly
were the heart, soul, and glue
that held everything together.
The sooner they’re back, the
better off everyone will be. It’s
sad to read that many businesses
are suffering. What makes this
really disappointing is this entire
episode could’ve been avoided had
competent management been in
place. I do feel Ron Garrison has a
good handle on the situation, and I
feel confident in his leadership.”
— Midtown Mark
About Toby Sells’ story, “Confederate
Heritage Groups Vow to Fight Park
Name Changes” ...
“Health Sciences Park, Mississippi
River Park, and Memphis Park.
Good Lord, how about just Tree
Park, Grass Park, and Wino
Park (let’s be real)? Or since the
Confederates surrendered Memphis
after 15 minutes of battle, how
about Slam Bam Thank You Ma’am
Park?” — CL Mullins
About Bruce VanWyngarden’s
letter from the editor on an email
comparing President Obama to
Russian President Vladimir Putin ...
“Obama thinks before he acts;
personally, I really like a thinking
president, for a change. I can see
why Putin is Palin’s idol — two of a
kind …”
— Brenda Beasley Berretta
From “Not Okay, Cupid,” Kerry
Crawford’s column about her
problems with online dating, in
which she complained of too many
pictures of dudes holding fish …
“Yes, 90 percent of men in
Memphis are rednecks with camo
hats. Is this surprising? You live
in the South. Also, don’t begrudge
someone because they have an
outdoor-related hobby. Boats are
fun. Fishing is relaxing. Fishing is
better than sitting around watching
Netflix night after night.”
— bill.automata
About Jackson Baker’s Politics
column detailing Steve Mulroy’s
apprehension of a thief ...
“Is chasing a thief across downtown
for $20 indicative of something
mayoral that should elicit my vote?
If so, I need it spelled out.
— Brunetto Latini
About Chris Shaw’s post,
“Arrests Made at Fast Food
Strike” ...
“Ya B1971, a living wage is
unhealthy! We need an undead
wage!” — Ern
news & opinion
From “Death Policy,” about
proposals for sedation and live-feed
cameras in the animal shelter’s
euthanasia room. In the comments,
one person said the Bible doesn’t
condone mistreatment of animals.
Here’s the response …
“The Bible is A-OK with lots of
things we don’t condone today.
Like, you know, dashing the babies
of your enemies against rocks,
stoning disrespectful children,
keeping slaves, having your
women be silent in church. Do you
honestly think that if Jesus were
here today and you invited him
to a dogfight, he’d be all like ‘Not
a sin, so let’s go. I love me some
dogfighting.’?” — Jeff
About Bianca Phillips’ story on
animal fighting, “For the Birds (and
Dogs)” ...
“A last-minute amendment
has been added by Stacey
Campfield (R-Knoxville) to
allow the trunking of poor, gay,
uninsured schoolchildren. I’m not
sure how that will affect passage.”
— Chris in Midtown
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From “Haslam, Ramsey State
Positions on Meth, Medicaid,
Vouchers, Guns, and More,” an
article about Haslam’s conservative
views …
“So from what hillbilly law school
did that slack-jawed yokel Ron
Ramsey graduate? The Blountville
Moose Lodge?” — Robert Ritchie
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• A recent Commercial Appeal feature
spotlighting Mayor A C Wharton’s “Blueprint for Prosperity” yielded this charming
anecdote from the Whitehaven Christmas parade. Once upon a time Wharton
was riding in a convertible through the
streets of Whitehaven tossing individually
wrapped pieces of candy ...
“I don’t want no damn candy. I want
a job,” one woman called out, causing the
mayor to think. “We’ve been throwing
them candy,” he was quoted as saying.
“What they want to do is to be able to buy
their own candy.”
Lester, an angry Frayser resident, walked
into the shot complaining — and rightfully
so — that this marked the fourth or fifth
time the “motherf#$%&r” had flooded.
The video went viral and became so
popular that WMC returned to the scene
to meet Lester, a 51-year-old mother of
five adult children, who was sorry about
cursing on TV, out of Kool cigarettes, and
in need of a hug.
• 2014 is notable for this photo of WMC
reporter Jason Miles under a car on a
birthday cake.
terverse with an attached link for
pornhub.com/users/rockbone …
Twitter users responded immediately with
things like this ...
Mississippi, Our neighbOr
• Life imitated a worn-out Monty Python sketch last week when 78-year-old
Walter Williams of Lexington, Mississippi, turned out to be “not dead yet,” in
spite of the fact that he’d been pronounced so by the coroner, zipped into a
body bag, and taken to Porter and Sons
Funeral Home to be embalmed.
“He was not dead, long story short,”
funeral home manager Byron Porter was
quoted as saying, explaining how it came
to pass that Mr. Williams got better and
started kicking and making noise inside
his body bag, trying to get out.
And this ...
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
Media
• The thing about live TV is, well, it’s live.
That’s the lesson WMC news reporter
Jerica Phillips learned when she reported
the impact of heavy rains on one of
Memphis’ poorer neighborhoods. Priscilla
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• The best trending topic of 2014 had to
be #Rockbone. The word started trending
after an official tweet from WREG News
Channel 3, generated ostensibly to encourage viewers to use the station’s interactive
weather radar, was loosed into the twit-
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• Justin Timberlake answered a social
media critic who accused J-Tim of being
a “bandwagon” Memphis Grizzlies fan.
Timberlake’s response: “Uh ... I’m from
Memphis and I’m an owner. Anyone
else? #WigSnatch.”
• An unidentified woman was permanently ejected from the Memphis
Zoo for getting a little too close to the
animals. On Monday, June 23rd, a
woman wearing brown scrubs crossed
a barrier in Cat Country in order to
serenade the lions and feed them cookies. Nobody seems to have recorded
what types of cookies she thought a
250-pound carnivore might enjoy.
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Schools for buildings. They alleged
their claim trumps the $57 million
both courts ruled the city owes the
school system, dating back to 2008.
Councilman Myron Lowery told me
last week the majority of his colleagues
feel their counterclaim will win out as
both sides continue mediation efforts.
Two glaring discrepancies come to
mind as the battle lines are drawn for
the upcoming showdown over whether
the council will approve funding for
the school settlement in early January.
It doesn’t surprise me that Wharton,
Hopson, and the SCS board members
are happy with this deal that essentially amounts to $43 million in cash
and other amenities, such as $2.6
million in police protection for schools
and a balloon payment of $6 million
in February. What bothers me is how
Wharton decided to communicate this
agreement to the council in a terse,
written memorandum delivered just
as the pension vote was about to be
made. He apparently hadn’t even told
those councilmembers on the mediation team he’d reached a deal. It’s an
example of Wharton’s confounding
“lawyers know best” mentality. He
comes from the world of plea bargains
and deals in criminal justice. But, as
the city’s chief executive, he has to be
more open and candid about his dealings, especially when the final approval
for funding lies with the council.
And speaking of the council: Back
in 2008, tired of the “maintenance
of effort” in voluntarily funding city
schools for years, they went rogue.
That proved to be a costly mistake for
all concerned. It can be reasonably
argued that their failure to pay the $57
million led to the collapse of the legacy
Memphis City Schools two years later.
Their decision to divest themselves
of that obligation led to millions of
taxpayer dollars being wasted on the
protracted litigation between the city
and the county that followed.
Now the ball is in their court again.
A second chance to begin to right the
foolish mistake the city council committed six years ago. If councilmembers decide to reject this settlement
because of bruised egos or personal
agendas, then they should be made to
pay the price at the ballot box in 2015.
It will be a fitting answer for those we
elect who once in office suffer from the
“addiction” of power. If we as voters
don’t respond? Maybe we’re on crack.
Les Smith is a general assignment
reporter for WHBQ-Channel 13.
news & opinion
When I heard it,
I thought, “This
is the quote of the
year.”
Thomas
Malone, the ever
outspoken president of the Memphis Firefighters
Association, railed in frustration, “The
city administration is like an addict
on crack. They will buy, steal, and do
anything they can from anybody, to
get what they want!” So, Tommy, tell
us how you really feel, huh?
Based on the events of 2014, there
are a lot of Memphians bewitched,
bothered, and bewildered by the actions of the administration of Mayor
A C Wharton and the Memphis
City Council. Malone’s bitter assessment came just days after the council
rammed through a surprising vote
on the long-debated city employees’
pension plan.
After nearly a year of discussion,
with the Wharton administration
at first presenting a proposal with
Draconian cuts to appease a warning
from the state comptroller on addressing a more than $500 million pension
deficit, the council decided on a 9-to-4
vote to go with Councilwoman Wanda
Halbert’s plan to only apply the benefit
cuts to city employees with sevenand-a-half or fewer years of service.
It also happens to neatly include
councilmembers, as elected officials.
Halbert’s plan was a complete reversal of her previously staunch support
of city employees seeking no cuts to
benefits. Her apparent flip-flop will be
the fodder for much discussion as she
reportedly will seek to unseat incumbent Thomas Long for the city clerk’s
office in 2015.
But, after nearly a year of debate,
why was Halbert’s proposal fasttracked for a vote? As Malone told me,
he asked for time for actuaries to run
the numbers again on all the plans
presented. His request was rejected. It
certainly makes you wonder.
Certainly the communication gap
between the mayor’s office and the
council has never been more obvious than with the proposed settlement agreement Wharton and Shelby
County School (SCS) Superintendent
Dorsey Hopson privately reached. The
facts are that two courts have ruled
against the city’s counterclaim that
they are owed the interest on $100
million given to legacy Memphis City
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POLITICS By Jackson Baker
It Was What It Was
In 2014, more-of-the-same was the case in state and local politics — with some odd moments along the way and some surprises at the end.
The year 2014 began with a call for
unity from several
of the political principals of Memphis
and Shelby County
— remarkable circumstances given
that just ahead was
another one of those knock-down, drawnout election brawls that characterize a
big-ballot election year.
Speaking at an annual prayer breakfast
on January 1st, 9th District Congressman
Steve Cohen called for an end to bipartisan bickering in Congress and touted the
achievements of the Affordable Care Act
(ACA) (aka Obamacare). Shelby County
Mayor Mark Luttrell asked for civility in
county government, and Memphis Mayor
A C Wharton, amid a good deal of wrangling over city pension reform, among
other matters, said something similar and
declared, “I’m through with whose fault
it is!”
Surely no one is surprised that few
of these hopes were fully realized in the
course of 2014.
Not that some concrete things didn’t
get done. The nervy national website
Wonkette crowned Tennessee state
Representative Stacey Campfield (RKnoxville) “S***muffin of the Year,” and,
lo and behold, the voters of Knox County
would come to a similar conclusion down
the line, voting out the incumbent madcap
whose most famous bills had come to be
known, fairly or otherwise, as “Don’t Say
Gay” and “Starve the Children.”
State Senator Brian Kelsey had mixed
results, losing again on a renewed effort
to force Governor Bill Haslam into a
big-time school voucher program and in
a quixotic attempt to strip Shelby County
of two of its elected judges but getting his
props from those — including a majority
of Tennessee voters — who supported his
constitutional amendment to abolish an
income tax in Tennessee for all time.
All four constitutional amendments
on the state ballot would pass — including one to strip away what had been some
fairly ironclad protections of a woman’s
right to an abortion and another to
Once-and-future faces of 2014
transform the selection and tenure procedures for state appellate judges. Another
little-noticed amendment guaranteeing
veterans the right to hold charity raffles
also passed.
The battle over the key three amendments all reflected a growing concern that
Republican-dominated state authority
had begun to enlarge its control over local
governments and individual citizens alike,
not only in the nature of the constitutional
amendments but in the legislature’s effort
to override local authority in matters
including firearms management, public
school oversight, public wage policy, and
the ability of localities to establish their
own ethical mandates.
Shelby County Democrats, who had
been swept by the GOP in 2010, had a
spirited primary election, with most attention focusing on the mayor’s race between
former County Commissioner Deidre
Malone, incumbent Commissioner Steve
Mulroy, and former school board member and New Olivet Baptist Church pastor
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Brown, an unknown quantity from East
Tennessee who had won the Democratic primary mainly on the strength of his
comic-strip name.
Throughout the year, there had
been persistent wrangles in City Hall
between Wharton and members of
the city council over dozens of matters
— including pension and health-care
changes, development proposals, and
failures to communicate — with the
result that influential councilmen like
2014 council Chairman Jim Stickland
and Harold Collins were possible rivals
to Wharton in a 2015 mayoral race that
might draw in a generous handful of
other serious candidates.
Toward year’s end, though, Wharton pulled off a series of coups —
announcing new Target and IKEA
facilities and appearing to finesse
the pension and school-debt matters
— that underscored his status as the
candidate to beat.
In Nashville, Haslam seemed to have
achieved the high ground, finally, with
his espousal of a bona fide Medicaidexpansion plan, “Insure Tennessee,”
and a determination to defend the Hall
income tax and at least some version of
educational standards. But battles over
these matters and new attacks on legal
abortion loomed.
We shall see what we shall see.
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When votes were counted on May 6th,
Malone emerged to become the head of
a Democratic ticket that would challenge several well-established Republican
incumbents. Democrats’ hopes were high
at first, but two of their expected electionday stalwarts began to suffer self-destructive moments at an alarming rate.
The two were lawyer Joe Brown — the
“Judge Joe Brown” of nationally syndicated TV fame; and County Commissioner
Henri Brooks, a former legislator who
had an abrasive way about her but who
had recently won laurels as the watchdog
on Juvenile Court who had forced the
Department of Justice (DOJ) to mandate a
series of reforms.
Both District Attorney General
candidate Brown, through his celebrity
and what was thought to be his ability to
bankroll much of the Democratic ticket’s
activity, and Juvenile court Clerk candidate Brooks, riding high on her DOJ desserts, were thought to be boons, but they
rapidly became busts.
Brown, it turned out, had virtually
no money to pass around, even for his
own campaign efforts, and he got himself
arrested for contempt in Juvenile Court.
When, late in the campaign, he launched
a series of lurid and seemingly unfounded
attacks upon the private life of his opponent, Republican D.A. Amy Weirich, he
was dead in the water.
Brooks engaged in successive misfires
— browbeating a Hispanic witness before
the commission; assaulting a woman she
was competing with for a parking spot;
and, finally, turning out not to have a legal
residence within the commission district
she represented.
The bottom line: Shelby County
Democrats — underfunded, underorganized, and riven by internal rivalries
— were overwhelmed once again on August 7th, with county Mayor Mark Luttrell, Weirich, and Sheriff Bill Oldham
leading a Republican ticket that won
everything except the office of county assessor, where conscientious Democratic
incumbent Cheyenne Johnson held on
against a little-known GOP challenger.
All things considered, the judicial
races on August 7th went to the known
and familiar, with almost all incumbents
winning reelection on a lengthy ballot in which virtually every position in
every court —General Sessions, Circuit,
Criminal, Chancery, and Probate — was
under challenge.
Meanwhile, 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen, who had dispatched
a series of Democratic Primary and
general election challengers since his
first election to Congress in 2006, faced
what appeared in advance to be his most
formidable primary foe yet in lawyer
Ricky Wilkins. Cohen won again —
though only by a 2-to-1 ratio, unlike the
4-to-1 victories he was used to.
The final elections of the year, including the referenda for the aforementioned
package of constitutional amendments,
would take place on November 4th.
But for the amendments, there was
no suspense to speak of. Two Democrats
running for the U.S. Senate — Gordon
Ball and Terry Adams, both Knoxville
lawyers — had run a spirited and close
race in the primary, but winner Ball
ran way behind Republican incumbent
Senator Lamar Alexander, despite
Alexander’s having barely eked out a
primary win over unsung Tea Party
favorite Joe Carr.
Haslam, the Republican gubernatorial incumbent, easily put away Charlie
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New Year ’s Eve
If you’re standing up, sit down; if you’re sitting down, stand
up — whatever you need to do to take stock of the year that
just passed or get ready for the new one. Frankly, we don’t
know whether to be shocked, bemused, or encouraged.
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Happy Holidays
There was a rush of things at year’s
end regarding which we’re just going
to have to wait and see.
To start with, it was one of the
most satisfying: Yes, considering
how often we’ve been on the short
end of the stick in matters having to
do with our relations with our sister
city of Nashville, it does feel good to
have something to gloat about. Folks
up that way may not have noticed
how well our NBA Grizzlies did in
2014 compared to their NFL Titans,
but they dang sure noticed when the
Swedish furniture giant IKEA chose
to locate its newest mega-store not in
the Middle Tennessee environs of the
state’s capital city but on a generous
stretch of land along Highway 64 in
our own Shelby County bailiwick —
within the city limits of Memphis, in
fact. We know from things we read or
saw on TV or picked up online that
Nashville had been competing pretty
hard for that honor. The folks there had let it be known
that they were tired of having to truck
the 250 miles or so to Atlanta to shop
for the nifty, lightweight, modernist
stuff that IKEA makes. Well, the good
news for Nashvillians is, they won’t
have to drive quite so far to get to
the IKEA store in Memphis. And,
in season, they’ll be able to take in
a Grizzlies game while they’re here,
and, you know, get that sense of what
it’s like to be a winner.
Along with the news that Target
intends to locate a fulfillment center
here, the news about IKEA would
seem to provide some justification for
the high hopes that had been invested
in the joint city/county EDGE
(Economic Development Growth
Engine) board, as well as to allay
some of the doubts about that board’s
incentives policy.
We still think, though, that the
policy of attracting new business
and industry through the liberal use
of PILOTS (payments-in-lieu-oftaxes) needs careful oversight, lest
it be abused. We don’t have much
of a tax base for public purposes to
start with, and to squeeze it much
further could be counter-productive
— and regressive. Surely nobody
needs to be reminded that the city’s
first responders are aggrieved by
changes wreaked in their healthcare and pension options as a
result of austerity measures in local
government. Nor has memory faded
about the recent outbursts in public
violence that caused such concern
about our ability to counter or
contain them. We are ending the 2014 year
with a nice seasonal glow, thanks to
some successes like those mentioned
above, and we’re grateful. But we’re
well aware from the all too obvious
disturbances and discontent that have
also manifested themselves that we
have continuing and grave problems
that have not gone away. It’s a mixed
bag, but Happy Holidays is still the
right thing to say. So we do.
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VI EWP OI NT By Juan Williams
Midterm Lessons
Conventional wisdom about the November 2014
election is wrong.
The real message
from the elections
is that the public
is turned off by
the current state
of our politics.
You might not guess from
Limbaugh’s bellicose tone that the GOP
in the Senate still lacks the 60 votes to
halt a filibuster and is miles from the 67
votes needed to override a presidential
veto. Yet, despite that, Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-Texas), a likely candidate for the
Republican presidential nomination
in 2016, is himself talking like a
conservative radio host, demanding
that the new GOP committee chairmen
begin hearings on “the abuse of power,
the executive abuse, the regulatory
abuse, the lawlessness that sadly has
pervaded this [Obama] administration.”
You don’t need a weatherman to
know which way the wind blows. But my
weather forecast for Capitol Hill predicts
more partisanship and a steady blizzard
of 2016 politics starting now.
Juan Williams is a Fox News political
analyst and is the author of Eyes on
the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years,
1954-1965.
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over the next few weeks through op-ed
articles and meetings with the president
and fellow Republicans. “The American people have spoken,”
McConnell said in a news conference
after the election. “They’ve given us
divided government. The question for
both the president, and for the speaker
and myself and our members is: ‘What
are you going to do with it?’’’ There are some grounds for
hope: First, Congress passes more bills
when both Houses are under the control
of one party and the opposing party has
control of the White House.
Second, more Republicans and
Democrats tell pollsters they want
compromise so that bills get passed.
But there is also this compelling
reality: “Republicans were not elected
to govern [the country],” said Rush
Limbaugh, the king of conservative talk
radio. “The Republican Party was not
elected to compromise. The Republican
Party was not elected to sit down and
work together with Democrats. The
Republican Party was not elected to slow
down the speed [at] which the country is
headed for the cliff and go over it slowly.”
news & opinion
A trouncing! A tsunami! A shellacking! That’s the conventional wisdom about last
month’s midterm elections. But it’s wrong.
Yes, the GOP picked up 12 seats in the
House and gained at least seven seats in
the Senate, but calling that a shellacking
requires closing your eyes to some really
big numbers.
First, the average pickup for the
opposition party in midterm elections
that take place in the sixth year of a
presidency is 29 seats in the House and
six seats in the Senate. Second, 60 percent
of voters told exit polls they were either
“dissatisfied” with Republican leaders in
Congress (37 percent) or “angry” with
them (23 percent). Yet the lesson drawn
by Republicans on Capitol Hill is that
the midterm vote was a repudiation of
President Obama.
Admittedly, the president’s approval
rating is on the low side, at 44 percent
among last week’s voters. But nearly half
of the voters, 46 percent, said President
Obama was “not a factor” in their vote. The real message from the elections
is that the public is turned off by the
current state of our politics. Two-thirds
of eligible voters did not go to the polls.
Among those who did, exit surveys show
a populist, angry vote against status quo
politics. That vote is spearheaded by
older, white men in red, mostly southern
states won by Republican Mitt Romney
in the 2012 presidential race.
Even some conservative commentators
have warned Republicans that the GOP
did not win the election so much as
Democrats lost it; and that this was more
an anti-status quo election than a proRepublican one.
How can a Washington political class
that is so distrusted by the American
people get back on track? At a White House press conference
after the election, the president said
the looming challenge is now “actually
getting some good done.” But he did not
display any new ideas for dealing with
the GOP. Critics in the media like to say
Obama needs to do more outreach to
Republicans. The Republican leadership,
however, has its hands tied by the farright of the GOP and the talk-radio
crowd. Making any deal with a president
demonized by the GOP base is politically
perilous for them.
The Republicans have had no agenda
for the past six years except hating
Obama. Even now they do not have
a program for government. Mitch
McConnell and John Boehner are saying
they will formulate their policy plans
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2015:
THE YEAR
Cover Story by Flyer Staff
AHEAD
A LOOK AT WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR LOCAL
GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, BUSINESS, MUSIC, FILM,
THEATER, GAY RIGHTS, AND MORE.
Business
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
Bass Pro Shops: Last year, right here in this very same spot in this very same issue, we
said you’d be doing your 2014 Christmas shopping in the Pyramid. It was the truth at the time, at least based on the information we had. But things
change, and when it comes to Bass Pro, Memphians know schedules do, too. Now
the new open date is May 2015. So, why the date change? Bass Pro officials said they wanted to open the entire establishment — the store, the restaurants, the hotel, the bowling alley, and the Ducks
Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center — all at the same time. Here’s how Bass
Pro founder and CEO Johnny Morris explained it in November:
“This started off as kind of a bait and tackle shop. It’s evolved to be considerably
more than that. I just say from everybody in the company and all involved
… we’re very proud of the progress that
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
we’re making and the grand plans that
have been developed. It’s an undertaking that’s become probably larger than
any of us probably envisioned at the
outset. Partly, that’s because as time’s
gone on we’ve become more and more
excited about the potential of this facility here in Memphis.”
Main to Main: Improvements will
continue along Main Street in 2015,
leaving the Harahan Bridge as the only
piece of unfinished work for the (take a
18 deep breath) Main Street to Main Street
Intermodal Connector project. Sidewalks, gutters, and streets will all be fixed next year along the stretch of Main
Street from Henry Avenue in Uptown to Carolina Avenue in South Main. The drainage system (including those unsightly boards) along the Main Street Mall will be fixed
and new trees will be planted, too. Crews have been at work this year on South Main south of Talbot Avenue fixing
what were nearly impassable sidewalks and repaving Main Street.
Work will also continue on converting one section of the Harahan Bridge into a
bike and pedestrian pathway called Big River Crossing. But that work won’t be complete until 2016. Memphis International Airport: Memphis International Airport (MEM) is going to
feel smaller in 2015. That’s because it will be smaller, a lot smaller. Concourses A and
C will be closed. By late 2015, all gates, restaurants, bars, and retailers will be consolidated into Concourse B. (It’s the one right
in the middle of the ticketing area.)
This is all a part of the airport’s $114
million modernization project. The plan
underscores the need for the airport
to get with the times. That is, the times
after Delta Air Lines de-hubbed the
airport, removing dozens of flights.
Back in the Delta days, airport officials
said MEM needed its 85 gates. Now, it
needs about 25 (but will keep 45 total
for future expansion).
Demolition is underway on parts of
Concourse A and is expected to be complete by early 2015. Demolition on parts
of Concourse C will begin after that, in
late summer 2015. Guest House at Graceland: Will the new Whitehaven hotel be the hottest place
The Horizon has been an empty hull since the recession sapped its financing in
Memphians will brag that they’ve never visited? 2009. Mississippi-based Dawn Properties bought the 16-story, 155-unit apartment
We’ll find out in late 2015, when the Guest House at Graceland opens its doors. Fubuilding in October for more than $13 million. Work will continue next year to get it
eled with government financing, work is slated to begin on the 450-room hotel in early open and leased. 2015. The project will cost somewhere between $121 million and $132 million. Dirt never moved on the One Beale project, which was planned to sit below the
It is slated to be built on the same side of the street as Elvis Presley’s mansion but far- bluff at the corner of Beale Street and Riverside Drive. But the Carlisle Group (the
ther north, on the corner of Elvis Presley Boulevard and Old Hickory Road. The Guest
same group behind the Chisca Hotel development) is making moves to get it off
House will have two restaurants, meeting and event spaces, a pool, unique VIP suites
the ground. designed by Priscilla Presley, a free airport shuttle, room service, and a 500-seat theater
IKEA: Giant Swedish home-goods retailer IKEA will break ground (and Nashville’s
for live performances. heart) on its massive new store next year at the corner of Germantown Parkway and
AutoZone Park: Remember when we bought a baseball park this year? I-40. The store is slated to open in 2016.
Even if you don’t, we totally did. It was AutoZone Park, and it cost us $24 million.
Also: Look for these other projects to get going or to open next year: the Hole In
The St. Louis Cardinals bought the Memphis Redbirds, and they promised to keep
the Wall restaurant behind Ernestine & Hazel’s (where chef Kelly English will reside
the ‘Birds here for another 17 years, and the Cardinals are going to run the park, too. as “director of taste”); the Agave Maria Mexican restaurant at Main and Union; Aldo’s
No? Still, no. Well, the deal went down in early January 2014 and a lot has happened
Pizza Pies Cooper-Young location; the Truck Stop restaurant/food truck hybrid;
since then.
the Butchery at Bounty on Broad; big renovations at the Memphis VA Medical Center;
The city is in the baseball park business. One of things the city promised it would do new buildings at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; a new emergency department
was to spruce the place up. In fact, $4.5 million of that total $24 million price tag was to at Methodist University Hospital; a new research building at UT Health Sciences
go to improvements on the park. Center; South Junction Apartments; and construction work on the Tennessee BrewThe Cardinals have promised $15 million in stadium improvements to reach
ery building. And work will continue on the Union Avenue Kroger, and scads of new
Major League Baseball standards (and those improvements will become assets of the
apartments will open on South Main. — Toby Sells
city). These improvements include LED boards on the right field and left field walls,
new grass berms, a new club on the suite level,
ribbon boards (like those that run around the
inside of FedEx Forum) down the right field
Big Legal Mess is completely out of control
Rendering of Memphis
and left field lines, a new bar in left field, and
in the best way. I don’t know what they got
International Airport’s
improved picnic areas.
into down in Water Valley, Mississippi, but it’s
new, modernized terminal
Chisca Hotel: Something like a caterpillar in a
working. They started the year off with Leo Bud
cocoon, the Chisca has been wrapped in a layer
Welch’s Sabougla Voices. Welch is not the force
of scaffolding for much of the past year. Once its
that R.L. Burnside or Junior Kimbrough were.
$24 million redevelopment is complete later in
Maybe that’s only because he was discovered
2015, owners say it will emerge like a butterfly: a
so late in life. But his Hill Country jump gospel
100-year-old, retro-modern apartment building
is completely captivating. We’re lucky to have
with space for a few shops and a healthy, fast
the record. Then they dropped the Designer
casual restaurant called LYFE Kitchen. Records collection of pay-to-play gospel soul
The building will have about 160 units, a mix
cut by Style Wooten in the 1970s. The sounds
of one-bedroom loft units, two-bedroom loft
here are exactly what was great about the classic
units, and some two-story townhomes. Rent
era of soul music. The acts were working bands
prices will range from $750 to $2,100. Leasing
who had one shot to make a record. They sang
will likely begin early next year with late-2015
their hearts out. In an era of off-puttingly overmove-in dates.
produced music, this collection was like an oasis
Orpheum Theatre: The curtain will rise on
in the desert. See Local Beat (p. 29) for what we
the Orpheum’s Performing Arts & Leadership
think of Alvin Youngblood Hart’s 7-inch.
Centre in 2015. So, when rumors started to circulate that Big Legal Mess might be linked to a group,
The three-story complex is under construction on the piece of property adjacent
including Fat Possum Records and Audiographic Masterworks, that will start pressing
to the theater’s south side. The 50,000 square-foot building is estimated to cost $10.7
vinyl records in Memphis, we freaking fainted. You can have the sugarplums; pressing
million. It will include a black box theater, a rehearsal hall, a commercial kitchen, dress- records in Memphis is what keeps me up at night.
ing rooms, and classrooms for pre-show and post-show workshops. It will also feature
This year was impossibly hard on Ardent Studios, with the recent deaths of John
office spaces and meeting areas.
Hampton and founder John Fry. We will closely watch what happens there. But over in
Blues Hall of Fame: A brand new home for the Blues Hall of Fame is slated to open
Crosstown, Toby Vest of High/Low Recording and Pete Matthews, long associated with
in mid-2015. The 12,000 square-foot site is located at 421 S. Main across from the
Ardent and his own PM Music, joined forces this year. With Fry, Ardent had techniNational Civil Rights Museum. It will house the hall, of course, and the offices of the
cal excellence and an appetite for creative risk in one person. Fry, as we have said, is
Blues Foundation.
irreplacable. But the yin and yang between Vest and Matthews has a similar dynamic.
Curators have been at work this year reviewing items for exhibits from performers
Maybe it’s unfair to compare them to Fry. Maybe they deserve it. Keep an eye on this
including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Howlin’ Wolf. Blues Foundation CEO Jay Sieleman
pair. They offer more than a glimmer of hope after a cruel season.
said in October that he would step down from his role with the group sometime in 2015. As for artists, there are too many to mention. But our favorites are the ones who
Old Dominick Distillery: Spirits will flow from this brand new Memphis distillery
keep honing their craft. It’s like making money with compound interest: not glamournext year (if all goes according to plan). Longtime beverage distributor and wholesaler
ous but very effective. Memphis artists play so frequently that you become numb to
D. Canale and Co. is behind Old Dominick, and the distillery will produce bottles of
seeing their names. But what happens is a slow-burn process in which smart talent and
booze, of course, but will also feature a tasting room slated for a fall 2015 opening. regular audiences conspire to improve music and performance. See Local Beat (p. 29)
Old Dominick will be located downtown at 301 S. Front Street, right across the
for our take on Amy LaVere, a perfect example of this process.
street from Gus’s Fried Chicken. Marcella René Simien had a banner year, and we are excited to see what she does
Toof Building: Residents will be able to move into the long-blighted Toof Buildnext. Valerie June, about whom we all wondered if she’d ever get to the next level, sure
ing on Madison in 2015. The five-story building is perhaps best known for the huge
as heck did get to the next level. Her voice is finally in its place. Can’t wait to see where
and colorful mural painted in 2008 that can be see at Memphis Redbirds games. The
she’s headed next. Watch out for other folks in this course of study: The Memphis
building is in the midst of a $5 million upgrade to transform the old print shop into 60
Dawls, James & the Ultrasounds, and others we may not yet know about.
apartments and retail space. We lost Newby’s, and folks are fretting (these people are always fretting) about the
The Edge: No, it’s not the U2 guitarist that needs the help of the Downtown MemHi-Tone, but rest assured that Memphis will have its live music. Lafayette’s reached
phis Commission (DMC), it’s The Edge neighborhood. DMC President Paul Morris
out to an under-served segment of the local audience. GPAC is having a heyday. Bar
said his group has had a laser focus on South Main for the past three years. With that
DKDC ripened into a perfect place to hear live music. The Bucc and Murphy’s, our
neighborhood thriving, Morris said they’ll divert their focus now to The Edge, which
golden cockroaches, seem impervious to the goings on around them, as they should.
runs (basically) from Sun Studios to AutoZone Park and from Union to Madison.
You’ll never do without live music in Memphis. We look forward to more. — Joe Boone
The Horizon and One Beale: The recession halted work on two planned high-rise
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Music
Merry
ChristMas
and
happy
new year!
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
froM everyone at
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Politics
Between the forthcoming session of
the Tennessee General Assembly, early,
and the Memphis city election, later on,
the political year 2015 promises to be
chock-full. What the legislature will have to tangle
with, right off the bat, is Governor Bill
Haslam’s just-announced “Insure Tennessee” plan, designed to allow the state to
receive substantial benefits — estimated
to be between $1 and $2 billion annually — for Medicaid expansion under the
federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The
plan is Haslam’s way of tapping into the
ACA without seeming to be embracing
the act, known more familiarly to the
Republican super-majority that controls
the legislature as Obamacare and almost
universally scorned by GOP legislators. The plan, presented as a home-grown
alternative to the ACA, offers two tracks
to poverty-level recipients — vouchers for
use with private insurors or participation
in TennCare along with modest co-pays
and premiums. Though a waiver from the
federal government has apparently been
assured in advance, the plan must also be
endorsed by a majority of the members of
both the state House of Representatives
and the state Senate. The plan has the public support of
the state’s congressional delegation and
organized business groups, as well as of
the state’s hospitals, many of which are
desperately in need of the ACA funds.
Even the arch-conservative Lieutenant
Governor/Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey
has expressed open-mindedness to it.
But there still could be opposition from
Tea Party legislators and other influential
Republicans. State Senator Brian Kelsey
of Germantown is a likely opponent, and
Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris has
indicated his ambivalence.
Haslam has called a special session
to deal with the matter on the eve of the
regular legislative session, and consideration of the plan could take up most
of January.
Once that matter is disposed of, the
legislature has other thorny issues to
deal with, among them the still unsettled
one of educational standards (the previously rejected “Common Core” having
earned the same ill repute as Obamacare), the possible abolition of the Hall
Income Tax on interest and dividends
(stoutly resisted by the newly determined Haslam), and a variety of bills
designed to impose new curbs on abortion, as permitted by the recently passed
Amendment 1 to the state constitution.
By the time the General Assembly
quits its run in April, the Memphis city
election should be heating up. The Election Commission will start issuing petitions for municipal races on April 17th,
with a filing deadline set for July 17th.
Primary attention, of course, will be paid
to the mayor’s race, in which incumbent
Mayor A C Wharton, given a boost by
a string of positive-looking year-end
actions, will be facing off against a set
of opponents whose identities are still
largely unknown. Among the possible
challengers are Councilman Jim Strickland, Councilman Harold Collins, former
School Board maverick and New Olivet
Baptist pastor Kenneth Whalum Jr., and
former County Commissioner James
Harvey. Numerous others have floated
trial balloons, including Memphis Police
Association President Mike Williams,
County Commissioner Steve Basar,
former councilmember Carol Chumney,
and, most recently, County Commission
Chairman Justin Ford.
Ford, though, is likely to be fully
occupied attempting to consolidate his
authority as chairman against persistent
challenges from the venerable Walter
Bailey and other Democrats concerned
about fellow Democrat Ford’s working
alliance with the Commission’s Republicans. That should keep things interesting.
— Jackson Baker
LGBT Rights
Nationally, 2014 was a landmark year
for marriage equality. Same-sex couples
have the freedom to marry in 36 states,
and in four other states, including
Arkansas and Mississippi, judges have
ruled in favor of same-sex marriage,
but those rulings are stayed as the cases
proceed to appellate courts.
But 2014 wasn’t Tennessee’s year. At
this time last year, a lawsuit had been
filed seeking recognition for three Tennessee same-sex couples who had legally
wed in other states. The hope was that
the case would get taken up by the Sixth
Circuit Court of Appeals. It seemed like a
shoo-in since every other federal appeals
court had ruled in favor of overturning
same-sex marriage bans.
But the Sixth Circuit’s three-judge
panel ruled in favor of marriage bans in
Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan. While, on its face, that seems like a
blow to the marriage equality movement,
it might turn out to be a good thing.
The Sixth Circuit’s split from the other
appeals courts means the issue could now
be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court.
At their January conferences, Supreme
Court justices are expected to discuss
whether or not they will take up the Sixth
Circuit case. If they do, a ruling could
come down by June 2015.
“If the Supreme Court takes up the
case and we get a positive ruling, that
will help settle things for everybody,” said
Chris Sanders, executive director of the
Tennessee Equality Project (TEP).
On a local level in 2015, TEP will
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again push the Shelby County Commission to pass
more specific wording for its non-discrimination
ordinance protecting county employees. The current
ordinance has vague language that protects employees
based on “non-merit factors.” But the commission voted
down adding “sexual orientation, gender identity, and
expression” to the ordinance this year.
On a state level, Sanders said they’re watching out
for a possible comeback of what they labeled last year
the “Turn the Gays Away” bill, which would have
allowed persons or religious organizations (both forand non-profit) to deny services or goods in conjunction with a civil union, domestic partnership, or gay
marriage. That state bill was introduced in 2014, but it
was later dropped.
“I think with the coming decision on marriage,
legislators are going to look for ways to opt out people
who don’t want to deal with married, same-sex couples,”
Sanders said.
Both TEP and the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) will be pushing for a comeback
of what they call the “Dignity for All Students Act,” an
anti-bullying bill that would include sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, etc.
in a list of things children could not be bullied for in
public schools. That bill was sent to study last March. It
does have bipartisan support, just not enough. Sanders
expects it will be back.
TTPC is pushing for the General Assembly to pass
legislation in 2015 that would allow transgender people
to change their gender on their birth certificates. “Tennessee is the only state with a law that bans gender
changes on a birth certificate,” said Marisa Richmond,
secretary and lobbyist for the TTPC.
TTPC is also pushing a statewide non-discrimination
act that would protect LGBT people in areas of employment, housing, financing, and public accommodations,
and they’re seeking the addition of “gender identity and
expression” to the state hate crimes law. Currently, with
regard to LGBT matters, Tennessee only includes “sexual
orientation” in its hate crimes law. — Bianca Phillips
Film
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
Assuming Hollywood survives the North Korean cyberwar, there are a lot of films to look forward to in 2015.
In January, there are a bunch of good end-of-theyear Oscar hopefuls going into wide release that will hit
Memphis theaters. Chief among them is Paul Thomas
Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon adaptation, Inherent Vice,
starring Joaquin Phoenix. Selma, the story of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.’s historic Civil Rights march, starring
David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, is also gathering
good buzz.
February starts with a new sci-fi epic from the Wachowskis, Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum
and Mila Kunis, which was delayed from last summer,
meaning either it could be a dud or they were really working on the special effects. Perhaps both. The Fifty Shades of
Grey adaptation will be hitting theaters shortly afterwards,
which is the definition of “highly anticipated,” but there is
little hope of it rising above its source material.
The summer blockbuster season looks fairly promising, kicking off with the next big Marvel superhero
fest, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which
has the same great cast, plus James Spader as the
artificially intelligent robot villain. Australian director
George Miller returns to the post-apocalyptic turf he
22 pioneered with Mad Max: Fury Road, which is looking incredible right now in previews, starring Tom
Hardy and Charlize Theron.
Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles, whom I will
always follow eagerly, teams up with George Clooney
and Hugh Laurie in Tomorrowland. The Jurassic World
trailer, starring Starlord himself Chris Pratt, ginned up
some excitement earlier this month. Pixar’s internal
monolog movie Inside Out looks to be a return to form
for the animation powerhouse, but the troubled AntMan production could prove to be a Marvel misstep.
Later in the summer, 20th Century Fox will try again to
make a decent movie out of Fantastic Four starring Miles
Teller as Reed Richards.
On a more human scale, Amy Schumer will be stepping into the leading role for the first time with Judd
Apatow’s comedy Trainwreck, and the summer closes out
with Straight Outta Compton, the NWA story that has
both Ice Cube and Dr. Dre as producers.
The holidays will see the closing chapter in The
Hunger Games four-part trilogy, which, judging by
Mockingjay — Part 1, could be the strongest film of the
franchise. Quentin Tarantino will have a new postmodern Western The Hateful Eight ready by the end of the
year with Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and
Kurt Russell.
But by far the most anticipated movie of the decade
so far is the first non-George Lucas Star Wars: Episode
VII - The Force Awakens. Set 30 years after Return of the
Jedi, Director J. J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence
Kasdan will bring back Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and
Harrison Ford for one last galavant around the galaxy.
Will The Force be with them? Here’s hoping.
— Chris McCoy
Crime and
Public Safety
Homicides are up, residential and business burglaries are
down, and the amount of forcible rapes in Memphis is
neck and neck with last year.
Nevertheless, serious crime in Memphis as a whole has
declined slightly. And the Memphis Police Department
(MPD) anticipates this trend will continue on into the
New Year.
In 2014, through December 15th, there were 45,914
part one crimes committed in the Bluff City, according
to MPD data. Part one crimes include offenses like murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, burglary, robbery,
automobile theft, and larceny.
Over the same period in 2013, there were 46,533
crimes committed — a 1.3 percent decrease.
However, if you look at the number of part one
crimes committed in the city in 2006, through December 15th, it’s evident that crime has experienced a
significant drop.
In 2006, the year Memphis’ metropolitan area was
ranked as having the second-highest rate of violent crimes
in the U.S., there were 65,783 part one crimes. Since then,
the number of serious crimes
committed in Memphis has decreased more than 30 percent.
But crime still remains an
issue in Memphis. According
to MPD data, this year, through
December 15th, the number of
homicides, automobile thefts,
and robberies of individuals and
businesses has increased. But
IKEA is
burglaries of both residences
coming to
and businesses, and larceny and
Memphis.
aggravated assault as a whole
have slightly declined.
And, in comparison to recent
years, the number of police-involved shootings also
declined in 2014. From January 1st to December 15th,
there were nine police-involved shootings in Memphis,
none of which were fatal.
In 2013, over the same time frame, there were 14, seven
of which were fatal. And in 2012, there were also 14 shootings involving MPD officers, in which six were fatal.
The MPD’s efforts to combat crime were impacted in
July, when more than 500 Memphis police officers called
in sick to protest the Memphis City Council’s vote to cut
health-care benefits of current and retired city employees. At press time, there was no data to show the impact,
if any, the absence had on local crime stats.
Looking forward into 2015, the MPD says it’s determined to continue lowering crime through community
interaction and policing, as well as by utilizing various
crime reduction initiatives such as the Community Outreach Program and Blue Crush.
“We will continue to be enthusiastic and committed
to fighting crime utilizing all of our resources and technology,” said MPD Sergeant Alyssa Macon-Moore. “We
want to build an even stronger relationship with citizens
of this great city.”
— Louis Goggans
Theater
When Playhouse on the Square opened its new facility
at the corner of Cooper and Union in 2010, Overton
Square was in serious decline. By the time the Hattiloo
Theatre opened its new, custom-designed space on
Cooper and Monroe in 2014, the entertainment district
was in the midst of a full-fledged renaissance. Next year
promises even more growth for the local performing arts
community, which will see the opening of new facilities
and new plays.
In March, The Orpheum broke ground on its new
39,000-square-foot, $14.5-million Centre for Performing
Arts and Education, which is being built over the parking lot on the south side of the theater. When it opens,
the new space will include classrooms, an additional
performance hall, and rehearsal space.
Orpheum president and CEO Pat Halloran has also
announced that he will end his 30-year run and retire at
the end of 2015.
Memphis audiences will be treated to more original
work in 2015. In 2013, Playhouse on the Square began
an ambitious push to find new playwrights and produce
their work. That endeavor starts paying dividends in
the new year when We Live Here, the winner of the first
[email protected] new play competition, opens at
TheatreWorks on January 2nd. The Hattiloo is also currently rehearsing fresh material. Hoodoo Love, a new play
by celebrated Memphis playwright Katori Hall, whose
previous works include Hurt Village, and The Mountaintop
opens January 15th. — Chris Davis
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We R e c o m m e n d : C u l t u r e , N e w s + R e v i e w s
By Chris Davis
Nothing says Merry Christmas and Happy New Year like the sound of weedeaters
and guitars squalling side by side and the sight of Neighborhood Texture Jam
(NTJ) frontman Joe Lapsley in a loin cloth, smeared head to toe in mud, with some
kind of bone strapped to his face like a mask. Every year or so, Midtown’s favorite
post-hardcore, semi-industrial weirdos reunite to kick out funky holiday jams like
“Unnecessary Surgery,” “Torsos of Murdered People,” and, of course, everybody’s
favorite Yuletide singalong, “I Fell Into the Borax Factory of Your Love.” This year’s
concert takes place Saturday, December 27th, at the Hi-Tone.
NTJ guitar slinger/dentist John Whittemore says the band’s fans should come out
and see them while they can because he doesn’t know how many more times the
Antenna Club favorites will perform together. Then again, this is a band that called it
quits in 1996, a good seven years before they finally got around to performing their epic
rock opera Frank Rizzo at Colonus, so with these guys, you never know.
NTJ formed in the late ’80s and found a loyal following for their smart lyrics, absurd
theatrics, and the use of dangerous percussion instruments and power tools. Though the culture has changed somewhat since Lapsley first belted the words,
“You’re a special person, you’re unique, you’re an employee in a mall boutique,” songs like “Rush Limbaugh Evil Blimp” never seem to go out of style.
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
NEIGHBORHOOD TEXTURE JAM AT THE HI-TONE, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27TH, 9 P.M. $10.
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Hip-hop choreography workshop at Co-Motion.
Calendar, p. 40
A look at Porcellino’s, a craft butcher, and more in East Memphis.
Food, p. 50
THURSDAY December 25
FRIDAY December 26
SATURDAY December 27
SUNDAY December 28
Eric’s Christmas with the Devil
Hi-Tone, 9 p.m.
A free Christmas show featuring
rock and metal DJs.
The Temptations
Horseshoe Casino, 8 p.m., $35-$115
R&B legends the Temptations
(“My Girl,” “Just My Imagination”)
perform tonight on the Bluesville
stage.
The Sound of Music Release Party
Lane Music, 2-4 p.m.
A release party for Carl and Alan
Maguire’s jazz record The Sound of
Music, which features performances
by Kirk Whalum and Donald
Brown.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian
Nutcracker
Cannon Center for the Performing
Arts, 5 p.m., $35-$80
Performance features a Dove of
Peace created by two dancers and
an authentic Russian Christmas
puppet play.
Marcella Simien
Booksellers Bistro, 6 p.m.
Marcella Simien brings her unique
swampy Memphis sound to the
Booksellers Bistro tonight.
DON PERRY
The Jam
Neighborhood Texture Jam
Curtis C. Jackson
New Plays/Old Friends
By Chris Davis
In 2013, Playhouse on the Square planted a seed when the theater company began to aggressively search for original plays
to develop. Now it’s time for a winter harvest. The first winner of the [email protected] series is We Live Here by New
Orleans playwright Hal Ellis Clark, which receives its world premiere Friday, January 2nd, at TheatreWorks. Set in 2011,
We Live Here is a play that looks at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It tells the story of an African-American couple
from New Orleans’ lower 9th Ward that wins a new home in Metairie, a Crescent City suburb.
“I live in Metairie,” says actor Curtis C. Jackson, describing the area as having been “David Duke” country, when the former KKK leader ran for governor. Jackson plays a civil rights leader who comes to town when the newly relocated couple
receives what appears to be a warning.
Jackson, who developed an affinity for new works while pursuing his MFA at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, was
once a familiar face on Memphis stages. He worked at Playhouse on the Square in the ’90s and left the company in 1995 to
pursue other endeavors following a production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. Jordan Nichols, who spearheads the
NewWorks program, invited him back to perform in We Live Here.
“I’d love to come back more often,” says Jackson, who’s eying a role in The Gospel at Colonus, opening at Playhouse on
the Square in June 2015.
Playhouse on the Square is currently accepting scripts for its third [email protected] competition. Six finalists
will receive staged readings of their plays during the 2015-16 season. The two winners will receive $500 each, and their
plays will be given full productions during Playhouse on the Square’s 2016-17 season. More information about the competition is available at playhouseonthesquare.org.
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22 Jump Street, among the films mentioned in the 2014 Film in Review.
Film, p. 54
tuesday December 30
wednesday December 31
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium,
1 p.m., $55-$95
Annual college bowl game pits the
Texas A&M Aggies against the West
Virginia Mountaineers. Auxiliary
events include a rodeo and a pep
rally/parade on Beale.
Holiday Turn Up
Minglewood Hall, 6 p.m., $35
A performance by the teen R&B
group Mindless Behavior. The
evening includes a meet-and-greet
with the group.
New Year’s Eve
Various locations
Happy New Year, everybody! For
a comprehensive guide to what’s
going on, see page 39.
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RecoRdings:
Virghost — GHOSTS
(self-released)
One of the most
gifted wordsmiths
in Memphis’
underground rap
scene, Virghost dropped a monumental
project in September: GHOSTS. Similar
to Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D.
City or Big K.R.I.T.’s Cadillactica, GHOSTS
is a concept album. Through 16 tracks,
Virghost reflects on a three-year period
of his life that’s haunted him incessantly.
GHOSTS is set during Virghost’s days at
the University of Memphis (2005-2008),
and showcases spitting, candid, heartfelt
lyrics accompanied by solid production.
The album is unquestionably worth
checking out if you’re a fan of Memphisbred underground hip-hop or storytelling
through the form of raw lyricism.
— Louis Goggans
Lukah Luciano — Bad Guy x Good Fella
(self-released)
A criminally under-looked rap album
from one of the best unsigned MCs in
Memphis. This album has it all: incredible
production, creative samples, and
thoughtful lyrics from a rapper whose
knowledge of organized crime may make
you wonder where the line between fact
and fiction is drawn. An amazing release
from one of the best kept secrets in
Memphis, though he probably won’t be
underground for much longer.
— Chris Shaw
Aquarian Blood — Demo Cassette
(ZAP Records)
The first offering from Aquarian Blood
came in the form of a demo limited to 100
copies, but that didn’t stop critics from
WMFU and Pitchfork from praising this
Memphis super group. Forming out of
the remains of Moving Finger, Aquarian
Blood is a band to pay attention to in
2015, which should be easy given their
fantastic live show and the amount of live
appearances the band schedules. — CS
Dutch Masters — All in the Wires
(Spacecase Records)
Amazing downer vibes pumped through
a garage-rock filter, complete with
screeching guitar solos, crashing drums,
and howling vocals. Dutch Masters broke
up in 2010, but that didn’t stop Spacecase
from releasing this compilation featuring
unreleased material in addition to the
band’s recorded works for Goner. A oncemissing piece of the Memphis garagerock puzzle. — CS
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Nots — We Are Nots
(Goner Records)
Eleven songs spanning 26 minutes, Nots’
bare-boned, bass-driven, and synthcharged debut never falls short. Take into
consideration that it’s the band’s debut
LP, and it’s all the more impressive. Nots
doesn’t come across as a band that just
dropped their first album. They seem
more seasoned than that. We Are Nots
with its howling vocals and forefronted,
often dizzying synth, has an unmistakable
sound that will leave you wondering what
else Nots has up their sleeve.
— Joshua Cannon
The Star Killers/Little Moses split
(self-released)
A band’s first album inevitably lives as
a statement to which their later work
will be compared. Because of this, many
bands release a four- or five-track EP
before embarking on a full-length. But the
Star Killers operate in reverse. Last year,
they released their first full-length album
American Blues.
In July, they released a split with
Atlanta-bred Little Moses. Here, the
Star Killers get it just right. “Black
Poppy Wine” rests heavily on the
band’s blues influence before roaring
guitars and pounding drums carry
harmonizing vocals to the end of the
song. Frontwoman Julien Baker’s lyrics
are vulnerable, and her soft but powerful
voice guides “Esau” to its conclusion.
Sometimes less is more. The Star Killers
find that in these songs. — JC
Dead Soldiers — High Anxiety
Dead Soldiers captures a depth and
sincerity that are lacking in today’s country
music. The widespread influences shine
through on each track of High Anxiety.
Each song’s polished production lets an
arsenal of strings, horns, and steel guitars
to peak in and out of
the mix. High Anxiety
has many moments
reminiscent of John
Prine and Townes Van
Zandt, but “Ironclad”
pulls more influence
from Tom Waits. — JC
Live shows:
September 4th: Nik Turner’s Hawkwind
at the Hi-Tone.
Hands down the best show I saw all
year, complete with a light show, backup
dancers, and enough flute solos to
make Ian Anderson proud. Even at 74,
Nik Turner led the captivated Hi-Tone
audience on an insane trip through
a look back: 2014
many shades of psychedelic rock. A lifechanging experience. — CS
July 13th: Black Flag and Black Oak
Arkansas at the Young Avenue Deli.
For obvious reasons, this show wins the
WTF? Award of 2014. The pairing of
Black Oak Arkansas and Black Flag had
hundreds of Memphians scratching their
heads, but that didn’t stop a raucous crowd
from piling into the Young Avenue Deli
to get a taste of the action. Both bands
delivered, especially Black Oak Arkansas
who cranked out hit after hit in between
amazing stage banter from Jim Dandy.
— CS
Three Good Things
1. The Jay Reatard mural on the corner
of Main and Vance is a long-overdue
celebration of one of the most prolific
musicians to come out of Memphis in the
past 25 years. Jay might have left us years
ago, but thanks to this awesome mural
by local artist Lance Turner, his memory
lives on.
2. Bar DKDC really ramped up its live
shows in 2014, with local and touring
acts playing almost every night. The tiny
bar in Cooper Young provided plenty
of great shows this year, and also gave
numerous local bands a chance to play in
front of a diverse crowd.
3. You might not always like the bands
playing at the Hi-Tone, but the BBQ by
Pit Master Richard never disappoints.
The best food at a local venue, hands
down. — CS
arts & entertainment
February 28th: Da Mafia 6ix at the New
Daisy Theater.
DJ Paul got the band back together and
gave us one of the best Three 6 Mafia
spin-offs since the “Tear Da Club Up
Thugs” with Da Mafia 6ix. Featuring classic
members of Three 6 Mafia like Crunchy
Black and Gangsta Boo, Da Mafia 6ix
immediately gained a loyal following, and
their show at the New Daisy proved that
the group was still capable of bringing
the heat to a packed-out venue. Memphis
legends Kingpin Skinny Pimp and DJ Zirk
were also in attendance, making this one of
the craziest local rap shows of the year.
— CS
m e m p h i s f l y e r. c o m
December 6th: Nights Like These and
Gimp Teeth at Carcosa House.
Who needs a venue when you can throw
concerts in your living room? This show
was my first time at Carcosa, which could
easily be compared to the house venue The
Dairy (a midtown show space that closed
four years ago). Gimp Teeth brought their
A game, ripping through new material
before Nights Like These put the neighbors’
patience to test with their extremely loud
brand of heavy metal. House shows used
to be a staple of the Memphis music scene,
and it’s always a good sign when a new
home decides to pick up the slack. — CS
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Give the Gift
of Comfort
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
When temperatures drop
and heating costs rise, that
can put a financial strain on
a lot of families. MLGW’s
Gift of Comfort could be the
perfect gift for a loved one.
It gives you the chance to
make a payment towards
a specific customer’s
utility bill as a gift.
You only need
to know the
recipient’s address.
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Donations can be made
anonymously or a portion
of the certificate can be
detached and presented
to the recipient. Gift of
Comfort certificates are
available at all MLGW
Community Offices and
online at mlgw.com/
giftofcomfort.
Christopher protagonist
Not sure why we list things, but here goes …
Lists: Pfffff. Throwing shade at lists: Equal
amounts pffff. In the age of YouTube and
Spotify, you don’t need to know what
anyone else thinks. Everyone online is
saying the same thing anyway. Check the
Flyer music listings and look the stuff up
like a grown-up. But this is Memphis.
There’s a lot to be excited about.
On the totally subjective front, Alvin
Youngblood Hart’s self-titled 7” on
Big Legal Mess is the record that I most
enjoyed this year. Side-A’s “Helluva Way”
has a speeding-ticket-inducing tempo,
a properly placed cowbell, and thrilling
bass lines from “Mr. Everywhere,” Mark
Stuart. Hart leads the band on a pirate
raid through ZZ Top’s abandoned
compound. B-side, “Watching Brian
Jones” — is an existential YouTube-junky
blues — Tesla coils burst out of his amp
into the night. If you follow Hart on
Facebook, you know that he’s is a serious
luthier. You can hear it in his tone. Is it
punk, rock, or blues? Exactly.
A pretty girl playing bass okay
and singing okay is, well … okay. But
Amy LaVere focused her laser this
year with Runaway’s Diary. The timid
experimentation is gone. She found a
strong footing with her songwriting.
There’s a new confidence in her voice. The
theme is compelling, and the lyrics are
moving. Now, the players follow her, and
the result is an artist in full. This is a great
Southern story record for any year. “I’ll Be
Home Soon” has been stuck in my head
since the day I heard it.
Graham Winchester jumped onto
this list at the last minute. His dues were
paid at Newby’s and the Buccaneer. He
distinguished himself as a sideman for
the old timers. It makes sense that he
could pull together a crack band and a
set of masterful instrumentalists. But this
is Memphis, and people pull together
hot-personnel bands all the time, and they
don’t always work. Winchester raised the
bar on songwriting in this town.
Madjack Records has a long history
in Memphis’ sonic soup kitchen. This
year, the burners are hot. The Memphis
Dawls are an inspiring, evolving trio of
musicians. Rooted In The Bone covers
a lot of ground without the strain of an
act covering bases. Holly Cole, Krista
Wroten-Combest, and Jana Misener are
naturally comfortable working in several
American grains. Engineer Jeff Powell also
worked on American Fiction’s debut with
engineering titan Larry Kramer. Powell
and Madjack have loaded barrels for 2015.
Can’t wait.
The rerelease of Sid Selvidge’s In
the Cold of the Morning on Omnivore
Recordings is the most important release
of the year. The songs and the sound of
Selvidge’s voice are mesmerizing. The
instrumentation may be the best example
of Memphis’ madcap 1960s generation at
work. They are their nutty selves, but they
don’t get too carried away. Perfect record.
As for live music, Big Ass Truck’s
reunion was the highlight of the year.
Just kidding; we stunk. The best live band
in town is Marcella & Her Lovers. It
takes courage to sing like Marcella René
Simien. The emotional flood gates open
up with every note. Her rhythm section
can split hairs and topple buildings
with equal panache. And guitarist Dave
Cousar is sublime. His atmospheric,
harmonic style lends an otherworldliness
to her earthy vocal. This is one magically
The City
Champs
idiosyncratic band.
Conflict of interest? Sure. It’s gotten
to the point that it’s almost as crazy as
Graceland tour guides having to ignore
Aunt Delta’s escaped little dog that we
haven’t addressed Flyer intern Chris Shaw,
who fronts the ascendant punk band
Ex-Cult. All of the digital titles (Pitchfork,
Stereogum, and the ones geezers don’t
know) are on board. Guitarist JB Horrell
is something of a punk Cousar: There is a
kooky wizard dust in his playing. Horrell’s
guitar sets Ex-Cult apart from countless
young punks who simply opened the
manual to page one. Shaw is also writing
for Noisey, Vice Media’s music thing. After
a truly epic editorial internship, we are
pleased to announce that he will become a
staff music writer starting ... now.
On December 26th, Marcella & Her
Lovers will open for the City Champs
at the Hi-Tone. The City Champs are a
perfectly distilled essence of Memphis
music. Their sound is a combination of
power and restraint that really has no
competition. They tastefully nod to the
past without bowing in servitude. They
are good enough to inhabit the space
on their own. Go see them. Support the
Hi-Tone. Tell important geniuses that you
love them. Send me your records: boone@
memphisflyer.com.
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After Dark: Live Music Schedule December 25 - January 7
Itta Bena
145 BEALE - 578-3031
Susan Marshall Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m.
Alfred’s
197 BEALE - 525-3711
Karaoke Thursdays, 9 p.m.1 a.m., Sundays-Mondays,
10 p.m.-2 a.m., and TuesdaysWednesdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.;
Jim Wilson Fridays, Saturdays,
6-9 p.m.; DJ J2 Fridays, Saturdays, 9:30 p.m.-5 a.m.; Kevin
and Bethany Paige Fridays,
Saturdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.;
Memphis Jazz Orchestra
Sundays, 6-9 p.m.
B.B. King’s Blues Club
147 BEALE - 524-KING
B.B. King All Stars Thursdays,
7 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays,
9 p.m., and Mondays, 7:30 p.m.;
Memphis Jones Friday, Dec. 26,
12:30 p.m. and Mondays,
5 p.m.; The Will Tucker Band
Fridays, Saturdays, 5 p.m.;
Lisa G and Flic’s Pic’s Band
Saturday, Dec. 27, 12:30 p.m.
and Sunday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m.;
Blind Mississippi Trio Sunday,
Dec. 28, 5 p.m. and Tuesday,
Dec. 30, 12:30 p.m.; Preston
Shannon Sundays, 7 p.m. and
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Blake
Ryan Trio Tuesdays, 5 p.m.;
King Beez Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
Flynn’s
Restaurant and Bar
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159 BEALE
Chris Gales noon-8 p.m.;
Karaoke ongoing, 8:30 p.m.
Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe &
Honky Tonk
310 BEALE - 654-5171
The Jason James Trio FridaysSundays, 7-11 p.m.; Rockin’
Joey Trites and the Memphis
Flash Saturdays, 3-7 p.m. and
Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m.
King’s Palace Cafe
162 BEALE - 521-1851
David Bowen Fridays,
Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.,
Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 28-30,
5:30-9:30 p.m.; Darren Jay and
The Delta Souls Wednesday,
Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
King’s Palace Cafe’s
Tap Room
168 BEALE - 576-2220
Don Valentine Thursdays,
Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight;
Delta Crush Friday, Dec. 26,
9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Delta Project
Saturday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m.-midnight; Cowboy Neil Sundays,
Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight.
Rum Boogie Cafe
182 BEALE - 528-0150
The Boogie Blues Band
Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight;
Plantation All Stars Thursday,
Dec. 25, 8 p.m.-midnight; McDaniel Band Friday-Saturday,
Dec. 26-27, 8 p.m.-midnight;
Pam and Terry Sunday,
Dec. 28, 3:30-6:30 p.m.,
Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 29-30,
4:30-7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m.;
Memphis Blues Society Jam
Sundays, 7-11 p.m.; Brandon
Santini Monday-Tuesday,
Dec. 29-30, 8 p.m.-midnight;
The Boogie Blues Band with
Vince Johnson Wednesday,
Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Rum Boogie Cafe’s
Blues Hall
182 BEALE - 528-0150
Plantation All Stars Fridays,
Saturdays, 3-7 p.m.; Memphis
Bluesmaster Friday, Dec. 26,
8 p.m.-midnight; Darren Jay
and The Delta Souls FridaySaturday, Dec. 26-27,
8 p.m.-midnight; The Dr. “Feel
Good” Potts Band Sundays,
Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight;
McDaniel Band Tuesdays,
8 p.m.-midnight and Wednesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Silky O’Sullivan’s
183 BEALE - 522-9596
Barbara Blue Thursdays-Fridays, 7-9 p.m., Saturdays,
5-9 p.m., Sundays, 4-9 p.m.,
and Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.;
Dueling Pianos Thursdays,
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., Sundays,
Tuesdays, 8 p.m.-midnight,
and Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Wet Willie’s
209 BEALE - 578-5650
Live Bands Fridays, Saturdays,
7-11 p.m.
Double J’s Smokehouse
& Saloon
414 South Main
414 S. MAIN
“The $1 Jump Off ” featuring
live hip-hop and R&B
Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Blind Bear Speakeasy
119 S. MAIN, PEMBROKE
SQUARE - 417-8435
Live Music ThursdaysSaturdays, 10 p.m.
Brass Door Irish Pub
152 MADISON - 572-1813
Live Music Fridays.
Brinson’s
341 MADISON - 524-0104
Melting Pot: Artist Showcase
Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.; Reggae
Sundays featuring Ras Empress and more Sundays,
7 p.m.-midnight.
Center for Southern
Folklore Hall
119 S. MAIN AT PEMBROKE
SQUARE - 525-3655
Night of Folk, Inspirational
and Gospel Music featuring
Linda and Cecil Yancey Friday, Dec. 26, 7:30-10:30 p.m.;
Blues with the Daddy Mack
Blues Band Saturday, Dec. 27,
8-11 p.m.; Blues and more
Sunday, Dec. 28, 7-10 p.m.
124 E. G.E. PATTERSON
335-0251
Live Music Thursdays,
7-11 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays,
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Grawemeyer’s
520 S. MAIN - 526-6751
Onix Restaurant &
Jazz Lounge
412 S. MAIN - 552-4609
Smooth R&B Thursdays, Fridays, 8:30 p.m.; Jazz Fridays,
Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Paulette’s
50 HARBOR TOWN SQUARE
260-3300
Brennan Villines Thursdays,
6:30 p.m.; John Lane Williamson Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
and Sundays, 5-9 p.m.; Eddie
Harrison Fridays, 6 p.m.; Evan
Farris Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. and 4:30-10 p.m. and
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.;
Wally Wright Wednesdays,
6 p.m.
Live Pianist Thursdays, 5:308:30 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays,
5:30-9 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.2 p.m., and Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30-8 p.m.
Huey’s Downtown
Purple Haze Nightclub
77 S. SECOND - 527-2700
Whiskey Bent Sunday,
Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Kudzu’s
603 MONROE - 525-4924
Bob and Susie Salley Friday,
Dec. 26; Steve Smith, Tim
Pepper Saturday, Dec. 27;
Open Mic Mondays; Blues
Jam Tuesdays; River City Tanlines Wednesday, Dec. 31.
Marmalade
Restaurant & Lounge
153 G.E. PATTERSON
522-8800
The Prime Cut Band with
Vicki Newsum Last Friday of
every month, 9 p.m.-midnight.
Memphis Sounds Lounge
22 N. THIRD - 590-4049
Grown Folk’s Music 7:30 p.m.
The Plexx
380 E.H. CRUMP - 744-2225
Old School Blues & Jazz
Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m.
140 LT. GEORGE W. LEE
577-1139
DJ Dance Music ongoing,
10 p.m.
Rumba Room
303 S. MAIN - 523-0020
Dance and Salsa Night
Fridays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday Salsa Night Saturdays,
8:30 p.m.-3 a.m.
The Silly Goose
100 PEABODY PLACE
435-6915
DJ Cody Fridays, Saturdays,
10 p.m.
Spindini
383 S. MAIN - 578-2767
Jeff Crosslin Thursdays,
7-11 p.m.
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964 S. COOPER - 272-0830
Amy LaVere Friday, Dec. 26;
Clay Otis and Brother’s
Keeper with DJ Buck Wilders
Saturday, Dec. 27; Marcella
& Her Lovers Wednesday,
Dec. 31.
Bhan Thai
1324 PEABODY - 272-1538
Two Peace Saturdays, 710:30 p.m.; Loveland Duren
Sundays, 6-9 p.m.
Blue Monkey
2012 MADISON - 272-BLUE
LARRY RASPBERRY AT LAFAYETTE’S
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Gentrys’ hit “Keep on Dancing.”
The Gentrys spawned two enduring Memphis characters: wrestling titan Jimmy
“the Mouth of the South” Hart and Larry Raspberry, leader of the Highsteppers.
Raspberry plays Lafayette’s on Sunday, December 28th.
The wrestling trickster and the wildman bandleader have a similar way of
behaving in public: Look them up on YouTube to witness the manic, messianic
urge to rile people up. Dewey Phillips had it. Jerry Lee Lewis had it. Where did
the two Gentrys get it?
“Jimmy and I were actually roommates when we would stay in hotels on the
road,” Raspberry says. “He was always a rabid and avid fan of wrestling. I have
to give him propers, that if there was any kind of methodology or anything
to pick up, he picked it up. For me, mine was the rhythm and blues, Solomon
Burke-type delivery that went on in between songs. I heard an interview with
Sam [Moore] of Sam & Dave, and he made the comment that they would — he
called it ‘preach.’ I very much resonated to that. I don’t think I can tell you that
Jimmy and I pulled that from the same well. But I accept the similarities. They
are kind of raving, aren’t they?”
Raspberry played the old Lafayette’s. His voice-in-the-wilderness song setups made an enduring impression on one film director.
“Terence Malick came to a gig in 1976,” Raspberry says. “We shot some gigs
in Austin. [He] remembered one of these ravings for all these years. That song
‘Pee Wee’ is a spoken-word song. And it is one of those set ups. He remembered
and asked if I could do it still. He asked me to send him a tape to prove it. I did,
and that’s what he wanted. No rehearsals. Just show up on that day and do it.”
— Joe Boone
Larry Raspberry plays Lafayette’s on Sunday, December 28th. With the Joe
Restivo 4 opening.
Karaoke Thursdays, 9 p.m.midnight; Paul Taylor and
friends Friday, Dec. 26,
10:30 p.m.; Louder Than
Bombs Saturday, Dec. 27,
10:30 p.m.; New Year’s Eve
Concert featuring American
Fiction Wednesday, Dec. 31,
10:30 p.m.
Boscos Squared
2120 MADISON - 432-2222
Sunday Brunch with Joyce
Cobb Sundays, 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.; Amy LaVere
Wednesday, Dec. 31.
The Buccaneer
1368 MONROE - 278-0909
Devil Train Mondays, 8 p.m.;
Richard James and Dave
Cousar Tuesdays, 11 p.m.
Camy’s
3 S. BARKSDALE - 725-1667
Live Music Fridays.
2119 MADISON - 207-5097
Bluezday Thursday hosted by
Abdul Wahid Mostafa Thursdays; Cowboy Bob’s Roundup
Mondays.
The Cove
2559 BROAD - 730-0719
Jazz with Jeremy & Ed Thursdays, 9 p.m.; Clay Cantrell and
Perfect Vessels, One Beggar
Sun Friday, Dec. 26, 10 p.m.;
Martini Madness Saturdays,
5-8 p.m.; Hope Clayburn and
the Soul Scrimmage Saturday,
Dec. 27, 10 p.m.; Open Jam
Sundays, 6 p.m.; Open Mic
with Justin White Mondays,
6-10 p.m.; Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
The Midtown
Crossing Grill
394 WATKINS - 443-0502
Karaoke Thursdays, 8 p.m.;
The Southern Drive Fridays,
8 p.m.
Minglewood Hall
1555 MADISON
866-609-1744
Dru’s Place
1474 MADISON - 275-8082
Karaoke Fridays-Sundays.
Evergreen Presbyterian
Church
613 UNIVERSITY - 274-3740
First Tuesdays at 4 Concert
Series: Music of Samuel Barber featuring Rhodes College
music faculty Tuesdays, 4 p.m.
Hi-Tone
412-414 N. CLEVELAND
278-TONE
Eric’s “Christmas With The
Devil” Rock/ Metal DJ Night
Thursday, Dec. 25, 9 p.m.; The
City Champs with Marcella &
Her Lovers Friday, Dec. 26,
9 p.m.; Neighborhood Texture
Jam Saturday, Dec. 27, 911:45 p.m.; Cory Branan with
Tyler Childers and American
Aquarium Tuesday, Dec. 30,
8-11 p.m.; Open Mic Comedy
Night Tuesdays, 9 p.m.; Jack-O
and the Tearjerkers with
Dead Soldiers, The Sheiks
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
Celtic Crossing
Huey’s Midtown
903 S. COOPER - 274-5151
1927 MADISON - 726-4372
Chris Johnson Thursdays,
10 p.m.; DJ Tree Fridays,
10 p.m.; DJ Eggroll Saturdays,
10 p.m.; The Reel McCoy Sundays, 11 a.m.; Jeremy Stanfill
and Joshua Cosby Sundays,
5 p.m.; The Candy Company
Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
David Cousar and Ghost
Town Blues Band Thursday,
Dec. 25, 6 p.m.; Cha Wa Friday, Dec. 26, 9:30 p.m.; Mighty
Hot River Band and The
Kudzu Kings Saturday,
Dec. 27, 11 a.m.; The Joe Restivo 4 and Larry Raspberry
Sunday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m.; The
Bo-Keys Wednesday, Dec. 31,
10:30 p.m.
Davis Coen and The Change
Sunday, Dec. 28, 4-7 p.m.; The
King Beez Sunday, Dec. 28,
8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; The
Mudflaps Wednesday, Dec. 31,
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Zoogma with Agori Tribe
Friday, Dec. 26, 8 p.m.; The
PC Band’s Holiday Weekend
Special Saturday, Dec. 27,
8 p.m.; The Holiday Turn Up
featuring Mindless Behavior
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 6 p.m.
Otherlands Coffee Bar
641 S. COOPER - 278-4994
Mason Jar Fireflies, Justin
Bloss Saturday, Dec. 27,
8-11 p.m.
P&H Cafe
1532 MADISON - 726-0906
Rock Starkaraoke Fridays;
Woody and Sunshine Saturday, Dec. 27; Open Mic with
Tiffany Harmon Mondays,
9 p.m.-midnight; James and
The Ultrasounds New Year’s
Eve Bash Wednesday, Dec. 31.
The Phoenix
1015 S. COOPER - 338-5223
Bluezday Thurzday Thursdays, 8-11:45 p.m.; Cowboy
Bob’s Roundup Mondays,
8-11:45 p.m.; Sing for Your
Supper Last Tuesday of every
month, 6:30-9 p.m.; Phunky
Phoenix - New Year’s Eve
Party Wednesday, Dec. 31,
9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Strano Sicilian Kitchen
948 S. COOPER - 552-7122
Davy Ray Bennett Sundays,
6-9 p.m.; Davy Ray Bennett
Wednesdays, Sundays, 6-9 p.m.
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East Memphis
Folk’s Folly Prime
Steak House
Wild Bill’s
Booksellers Bistro
1580 Vollintine - 207-3975
387 PerkinS extd.
374-0881
551 S. MendenHall
762-8200
Soul Survivors FridaysSundays, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.; The
Soul Connection Fridays,
Saturdays, 11 p.m.-3 a.m.
Marcella Simien Saturday,
Dec. 27.
Church of the Holy
Communion
Young Avenue Deli
2119 Young - 278-0034
4645 Walnut groVe
767-6987
Deviltrain Saturday, Dec. 27,
10 p.m.
A Celtic Christmas Sunday,
Dec. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Dan McGuinness Pub
4698 SPottSWood
761-3711
University of
Memphis
Juicy Jim’s Pizzeria
551 S. HigHland - 435-6243
L.G.B.T. Sunset Sundays Sundays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; “Toke Up
Tuesdays” Open Mic & Hookah Nite Tuesdays, 8 p.m.midnight; Wet Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Oasis Hookah
Lounge & Cafe
Open Mic Night with
Frankie Hollie Thursdays,
8 p.m.-midnight; Seth Walker
Band Friday, Dec. 26;
Full Effect Saturday, Dec. 27;
Acoustic with Charvey
Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m.; New
Year’s Eve champagne toast
featuring Seth Walker Band
Wednesday, Dec. 31; Karaoke
Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
El Toro Loco
2809 kirbY PkWY. - 759-0593
663 S. HigHland - 729-6960
Live DJ Saturdays,
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Karaoke and dance music
with DJ Funn Mondays,
7-10 p.m.
Intimate Piano Lounge
featuring Charlotte Hurt
Thursdays, Mondays-Wednesdays, 5-9:30 p.m.; Larry Cunningham Fridays, Saturdays,
6-10 p.m.
Fox and Hound English
Pub & Grill
5101 Sanderlin - 763-2013
Karaoke Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Huey’s Poplar
4872 PoPlar - 682-7729
The Settlers Sunday, Dec. 28,
4-7 p.m.; Ghost Town Blues
Band Sunday, Dec. 28,
8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Mortimer’s
590 n. PerkinS - 761-9321
Marlowe’s
Ribs & Restaurant
Neil’s Music Room
4381 elViS PreSleY
332-4159
5727 QuinCe - 682-2300
The Thrill at Neil’s featuring
Jack Rowell and Triplthret
Thursdays, 8 p.m.-midnight;
Eddie Smith Fridays, 8 p.m.;
Natchez Saturday, Dec. 27,
9 p.m.; Sax on Sunday Jazz
Series: Straight-Ahead and
Mainstream Jazz Fourth Sunday of every month, 6:309:30 p.m.; Eddie Harrison and Debbie Jamison
Tuesdays, 6 p.m.; Eddie
Harrison and the Short Kuts,
Backstage Pass Wednesday,
Dec. 31, 8 p.m.; Elmo and The
Shades Wednesdays, 8 p.m.midnight.
Owen Brennan’s
tHe regalia, 6150 PoPlar
761-0990
Van Duren Thursdays,
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lannie McMillan Jazz Trio
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
T.J. Mulligan’s
Summer/Berclair
1817 kirbY - 755-2481
Karaoke Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Maria’s Restaurant
The Windjammer
Restaurant
6439 SuMMer - 356-2324
786 e. brookHaVen CirCle
683-9044
The Other Place
Bar & Grill
Karaoke Fridays, 5-8 p.m.
Karaoke ongoing.
Ubee’s
Poplar/I-240
4148 WaleS - 373-0155
Karaoke Saturdays, 9 p.m.1 a.m. and Wednesdays,
8 p.m.-midnight.
521 S. HigHland - 323-0900
Karaoke Wednesdays, 9 p.m.2 a.m.
South Memphis
Stax Museum of
American Soul Music
926 e. MCleMore - 946-2535
“Live in Studio A” Tuesdays,
2-4 p.m.
Karaoke with DJ Stylez
Thursdays, Sundays, 10 p.m.
Starbucks
7945 WinCHeSter
751-2345
Family-friendly Poetry and
Open Mic Last Saturday of
every month, 8-10 p.m.
Whitehaven/
Airport
BeRatus
1482 e. SHelbY dr.
922-8839
Laidback Mondays featuring
Live Music and Karaoke
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Club Superior
1459 elViS PreSleY
503-5544
Old School and Blues Fridays, 7 p.m.; Hottest Track
Show with various artists
Sundays, 6 p.m.
Hawaiian Isle
Bar and Grill
1542 elViS PreSleY
569-3217
Happy hour with Live DJ
Thursdays, Mondays-Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.
Arlington/Eads/
Oakland
Rizzi’s/Paradiso Pub
6230 greenlee - 592-0344
Live Music Thursdays,
Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Karaoke and dance music with DJ
Funn Fridays, 9 p.m.
Bartlett
Old Whitten Tavern
2800 WHitten - 379-1965
Live Music Fridays, 9 p.m.1 a.m.; Karaoke with Ricky
Mack Mondays, 10 p.m.1 a.m.; Open Mic with Susie
and Bob Salley Wednesdays,
8 p.m.
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After Dark: Live Music Schedule December 25 - January 7
Huey’s Southwind
7825 winchesteR - 624-8911
The Dantones Sunday,
Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Mesquite Chop House
3165 FoRest hill-iRene
249-5661
Pam and Terry Wednesdays,
7-10 p.m.
Russo’s New York
Pizzeria & Wine Bar
The Crossing
Bar & Grill
7281 hacks cRoss, olive
BRanch, ms - 662-893-6242
Karaoke with Buddha
Thursdays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.midnight; Acoustic Show
Wednesdays, 7-11 p.m.
9087 PoPlaR - 755-0092
Live Music on the patio
Thursdays-Saturdays,
7-10 p.m.; Half Step Down
Fridays, 7-10 p.m.
Shelby Forest
General Store
7729 Benjestown
876-5770
Ground Zero
Huey’s Southaven
ZeRo Blues alley, claRksDale, ms - 662-621-9009
7090 malco, southaven, ms
662-349-7097
David Dunavent and the Evol
Love Band Friday, Dec. 26,
9 p.m.; Rock Night with Back
40 Saturday, Dec. 27, 9 p.m.;
Kingfish Wednesday, Dec. 31,
7-8:45 p.m.; Super Chikan and
The Fighting Cocks Wednesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
Out with
the Old!
Collierville
Huey’s Collierville
2130 w. PoPlaR - 854-4455
The Fabulous Steelers Sunday,
Dec. 28, 8-11:30 p.m.
Cordova
Fox and Hound English
Pub & Grill
In with the
New Car!
847 exocet - 624-9060
Karaoke Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Huey’s Cordova
1771 n. geRmantown Pkwy.
754-3885
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Loose Goose Bar & Grill
8014 cluB centeR
343-0860
Charvey Every fourth Friday;
DJ Tree Saturdays.
$
SkiMo’s
1166 n. houston levee,
suite 107 - 756-5055
Live Music Fridays,
8:30-11:30 p.m.
T.J. Mulligan’s 64
2821 n. houston levee
377-9997
Super 5 Friday, Dec. 26; Grand
Theft Audio Saturday, Dec. 27;
Karaoke Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
T.J. Mulligan’s Cordova
8071 tRinity - 756-4480
Southern Edition Friday,
Dec. 26; Super 5 Saturday,
Dec. 27; The Lineup Tuesdays,
8 p.m.-midnight.
Frayser/Millington
Haystack Bar & Grill
6560 hwy 51 n. - 872-0567
Karaoke Nights at The Stack
Thursdays-Fridays, Sundays,
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.;
New Years Eve Blowout at The
Haystack Featuring Rewind
of Memphis Wednesday,
Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
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Huey’s Germantown
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Memphis Jazz Scientists Sunday, Dec. 28, 8-11:30 p.m.; The
Dantones Wednesday, Dec. 31,
9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Ice Bar & Grill
4202 hacks cRoss
757-1423
Unwind Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.-midnight.
Lane Music
9309 PoPlaR, #101
755-5025
Carl & Alan Maguire’s The
Sound of Music CD Release
Party Saturday, Dec. 27,
2-4 p.m.
North Mississippi/
Tunica
Buffalo Bill’s
Wild West Grill
1686 main, southaven, ms
662-470-6549
Live Music Thursdays, 7 p.m.;
Karaoke Fridays, Saturdays,
Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Club Emotions 2.0
143 BRickhouse DR.,
slayDen, ms - 662-551-1522
DJ Ty Sundays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Main Street Pizza
1800 main, southaven, ms
662-253-8451
Gary Wayne and The Mainstreet Band Saturdays, 9 p.m.midnight.
Mesquite Chop House
Tony Butler Fridays, 6-8 p.m.
Nite Life Sunday, Dec. 28,
8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; The
Charles Walker Band
Wednesday, Dec. 31,
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Tommy Akers Band Sunday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m.-midnight.
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3964 gooDman, southaven,
ms - 662-890-7611
1150 casino stRiP ResoRt,
tunica, ms - 662-357-7700
Acoustic Music Tuesdays.
Fitz Casino & Hotel
711 lucky ln., tunica, ms
800-766-5825
Live Entertainment
Thursdays-Sundays,
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Fox anD hounD english
PuB & gRill 6565 towne
centeR,
southaven, ms
662-536-2200
Live Music Thursdays, 5 p.m.;
Karaoke Tuesdays.
Live Entertainment Fridays,
Saturdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Horseshoe Casino
Tunica
38664 casino centeR,
tunica, ms - 800-357-5600
In Legends Stage Bar: Live
Entertainment Nightly ongoing; The Temptations Friday,
Dec. 26; In Legends: Jamie
Baker and The VIPs Wednesday, Dec. 31, 12:30-5:10 p.m.;
In Legends: The Mudflap
King Wednesday, Dec. 31,
5:45-10:25 p.m.; In Legends:
The Soul Shockers Wednesday, Dec. 31, 11 p.m.
5960 getwell, southaven,
ms - 662-890-2467
Pam and Terry Thursdays,
7-10 p.m.
Tunica Roadhouse
1107 casino centeR DRive,
tunica, ms - 662-363-4900
Live Music Fridays, Saturdays;
In Riverstage: Seventh Sundown Wednesday, Dec. 31,
5-9 p.m.; In Bluesville: Better
Than Ezra Wednesday,
Dec. 31, 8 p.m.; In Riverstage:
Trailer Choir Wednesday,
Dec. 31, 9:45 p.m.
Wadford’s Grill & Bar
474 chuRch, southaven,
ms - 662-510-5861
662DJ, Karaoke/Open Mic
Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.
Raleigh
Mugs Pub
4396 Raleigh-lagRange
372-3556
Karaoke Fridays, Saturdays,
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Stage Stop
2951 cela - 382-1576
Open Mic Blues Jam with
Brad Webb Thursdays,
7-11 p.m.
West Memphis
Southland Park
Gaming & Racing
1550 n. ingRam, west
memPhis, aR - 800-467-6182
DJ Crumbz Thursdays, 8 p.m.;
Club Night Fridays, Saturdays,
9 p.m.; Live Band Karaoke
Sundays, 7:30 p.m.;
Karaoke Tuesdays, 7 p.m.;
Boot Scootin’ Wednesdays,
7 p.m.
m e m p h i s f l y e r. c o m
Karaoke Thursdays, 8 p.m.midnight; Live Bands Fridays,
Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Open Mic
Mondays Mondays, 8 p.m.midnight; Live Music
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.midnight.
Germantown
arts & entertainment
RockHouse Live
5709 Raleigh-lagRange
386-7222
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“I’m through with writing. It’s too
frustrating,” Mesler said to himself several weeks ago when he heard, along with
some other bad writing news, that Memphis Movie was not going to be published,
as promised, after all.
The problem wasn’t Memphis Movie,
which had already received glowing
blurbs from writers Ann Beattie, William Hjortsberg, and Memphian Cary
Holladay and from actor/authors Peter
Coyote, Stephen Tobolowsky, and former
Memphian Chris Ellis. The problem was
the publisher, which is shutting down
before Memphis Movie is set to appear.
Mesler, after years spent having his
poetry and prose published by small,
independent presses, considered shutting
down too. And you can spare him the
platitudes. As Mesler — who co-owns
Burke’s Book Store with his wife, Cheryl
— recently reported in an email: “I am
not the kind of person who takes it
kindly when someone says something
like, ‘When God closes a door, He opens
a window.’ My pat response is, ‘Yes, to
jump out of.’”
If God does indeed open a window
after God closes a door, Mesler may want
to think again about jumping, because
Memphis Movie is now slated to be on
the spring list of titles from Counterpoint
Press, under its imprint Soft Skull. Counterpoint is home to Wendell Berry, David
Markson, Beryl Markham, Gary Snyder,
and Guy Davenport. Soft Skull is home
to Tom Tomorrow, William T. Vollmann,
Jonathan Lethem, Neil LaBute, Noam
Chomsky, and Peter Coyote.
Not bad company, and Counterpoint
editorial director Jack Shoemaker is no
slouch either. Mesler called him a legend
in publishing. Mesler also wrote in his
email, “I feel like the luckiest writer in
Memphis, or maybe in Midtown, or
maybe just on Young Avenue. But it is
enough. I am grateful.”
He’s grateful to the writers and editors
who went to bat for him. The supporters
included: Ann Beattie, who sent Memphis Movie to her own agent; Shannon
Ravenel, of Algonquin Books; the people
at the small but respected Graywolf Press;
and Peter Coyote, who contacted Shoemaker about Mesler’s manuscript.
Two weeks later, Mesler learned
that Counterpoint was taking Memphis
Movie. More than taking it, they were
green-lighting publication in record time:
April 2015. Mesler by phone last week
said he was “dumbfounded” by the news:
“This is not the small pool I’m used to
swimming in.”
This is conference calls with Counterpoint publicists and talk of NPR and Entertainment Weekly interviews. And this
is Mesler on the attention he’s received:
“It’s all made me so happy I’m obnoxious.
I feel like the Ancient Mariner telling
every wedding guest his story.”
What’s the story? Memphis Movie tells
of a director who hits it big after filming
a small, independent movie in Memphis.
He goes to Hollywood, makes two or
three less than successful films, and can’t
get another one made. But a producer
gives him a last chance: a movie made
again in Memphis.
Corey
Mesler
“It’s a Robert Altman-esque plot with
a bunch of story strands, but it’s also
about a director’s vision being subsumed
by all the people he has to work with,”
Mesler said. “Readers are going to think
of [Memphis-based director] Craig
Brewer, but it’s not Craig. I even make
jokes about Craig in the story to let readers know this is not Craig.”
But it is most certainly Memphis. “I
think Memphis is a magic place for any
kind of creative person,” Mesler said.
And that goes for writers and artists. This
year alone, Mesler has used artwork by
Rebecca Tickle for the cover of his latest
collection of poems, The Sky Needs More
Work (Upper Rubber Boot), and artwork
by Tim Crowder for the cover of his latest
collection of short stories, As a Child
(MadHat Press). Mesler credits all this
creativity to the “Memphis mojo thing.”
But regarding Counterpoint’s publication
of Memphis Movie, Mesler’s good news
for the new year, he also wants his semioptimism understood: “Any references
to film rights, foreign rights, or NPR
interviews I consider, in my half-full way,
straight from cloud-cuckooland.”
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a r t B y E i l e e n To w n s e n d
Artistic Array
“Voice of the Turtle” at TOPS.
J
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
ohn Fahey’s 1968 guitar ballad
“Voice of the Turtle” is a classic
piece of Vietnam-era musical
Americana. The song’s train-like
rhythms draw out a melody
that is as mournful as an empty
boxcar but as defiantly optimistic as the
all-American promise of something
greater down the line. “Voice of the
Turtle” is a kind of frontier hymn colored
by the psychedelic urge to “turn on, tune
in, drop out.”
This past Saturday night, TOPS Gallery
opened an exhibition called “Voice of the
Turtle” in honor of the late Fahey. The
show features a small, abstract tempera
work by the guitarist who took up painting in the years before his death in 2001.
Fahey’s painting is shown at TOPS alongside work by eight Memphis artists, many
with a similar interdisciplinary bent. The
show includes sculpture and drawing by
Fahey’s friend and 1960s Memphis scenemaker John McIntire, alongside drawings
by William Eggleston, Guy Church, and
Jonathan Payne, sculpture by Terri Phillips
and Jim Buchman, collage by Kenneth
Lawrence Beaudoin, and painting by Peter
Bowman.
Pieces in “Voice of the Turtle”
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Fahey’s small painting at TOPS is nothing to write home about, at least in light
of his talent as a musician. Painting was a
secondary art form for Fahey, but that isn’t
a bad thing. Plenty of artists, including
Bob Dylan, David Lynch, and Eggleston,
have exploratory painting practices that
often meet with undue critical disdain.
TOPS’ “Voice of the Turtle” is an exhibition that celebrates these practices, and
references a time when the interdisciplinary (art as a multi-hued journey of personal discovery, rather than as a specialized niche practice) was more celebrated
than it is today.
A marble “game” sculpture by McIntire
occupies the center of the gallery. To
clarify: It is a sculpture made from white
marble, but it is also a game of marbles.
12/15/14 10:16 AM
Viewers
are invited
John McIntire’s
to drop a
marble into portrait of John Fahey
one of the
sculpture’s many holes connected to a
network of tunnels, and assumably, see
where the marble emerges. At Saturday’s
opening, no one had any marbles (perhaps having misplaced them in the ’60s?
ba dum ching…), but not much was lost.
McIntire’s sculpture is still beautiful and
playful — the sort of thing you’d expect a
favorite uncle to have stashed in his attic.
McIntire also contributed a small
drawing on yellow legal paper of Fahey,
sitting in profile, wearing sunglasses. A
cigarette hangs out of Fahey’s mouth. The
drawing feels like a dashed note, a quick
record of a lost conversation. Between this
drawing, McIntire’s sculpture, and Fahey’s
painting, there is a kind of friendly history
— a warm context that makes room for
the other featured artists’ work.
Eggleston’s squiggly, colorful drawings are each about five inches tall. There
is not much to say about them except
that they are really fun, and that every
artist should probably make a squiggly
drawing once in their lives.
Beaudoin’s cut-and-paste
collages are assembled from
old magazines. They are at
once personal and alienated by the material’s faded
gloss. Buchman contributed
two roughly hewn abstract
ceramic works with an
understated drama.
The works that pack
the most punch are four
expertly stippled drawings
by self-taught artist Church,
whose genre scenes seem drawn from an
otherworldly forest. The characters that
inhabit this realm are likewise magical;
their exaggerated proportions seeming
all too natural in Church’s constructions.
“Voice of the Turtle” is worth going to see
if only for Church’s work.
Another high point in the exhibition
is a small drawing by Payne. His elaborate, obsessive mark-making, navigated
through hundreds of undulating lines, is
quietly done without seeming restrained
or restricted. Payne is also the youngest
artist in the exhibition, and his presence
in “Voice of the Turtle” shows a kind of
artistic heritage — a generational relationship between artists that is as openended and bravely optimistic as Fahey’s
eponymous song.
Through February 8th
f E AT U R E B y A l e x a n d r a P u s a t e r i
Young Avenue Deli
Backup Planet performs at
10 p.m.
2119 Young (278-0034)
RockHouse Live
Music by CrazyFlame starting
at 7 p.m.
2586 Poplar (324-6300)
What to do this New Year’s Eve.
DOWNTOWN
Beale Street
There will be plenty of live
music on the famous strip, as
well as fireworks and dancing.
The party starts at 6 p.m. Free.
Beale Street (526-0117)
Hard Rock Café
The Hard Rock is the site of
the famous guitar drop — a
10-foot guitar is “dropped”
over Beale Street at midnight
to ring in the New Year. The
evening will feature a concert
by the Bar-Kays. The party
kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and
tickets are $20; $100 for a
VIP pass.
126 Beale (529-0007)
New Daisy Theatre
Pyramid Vodka hosts Lights
Out NYE 2015, featuring Party
Down South’s Mattie and
Daddy and music by DJ Epic
Tubbz, Ben Murray, and more.
The doors open at 9 p.m. with
a complimentary bar until
10:30 p.m. Party favors and
toast at midnight. The party
winds down at 5 a.m.
330 Beale (525-8981)
Blind Bear
Blind Bear downtown is
featuring a New Year’s Eve
dinner and party speakeasystyle, featuring live music from
Malaya, champagne and wine
pairings, and DJ EC Hurston.
$15 to party, $45 to dine.
119 S. Main (417-8435)
Café Keough
Walrus and the Dirty Whorns
will play, and there will be
champagne at midnight. $25,
9 p.m.-2 a.m
12 S. Main (509-2469)
Peabody NYE Party
The annual Peabody Hotel
party starts rocking at 9 p.m.
with entertainment from
Swingin’ Leroy, Seeing Red,
and DJ Mark Anderson.
Reservations can be made
online for a VIP party pass
including an appetizer buffet
and valet parking. General
admission is $45.
149 Union (529-4000)
The Madison Hotel
Eighty3 will have a fourcourse meal and champagne
toast for $75 per person from
5 to 11 p.m. In the ballroom,
from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., there
will be dancing, a cash bar,
party favors, and heavy hors
d’oeuvres for $45 per person.
79 Madison (333-1200)
Kooky Canuck
The party starts at 9 p.m. and
includes drinks specials and
party favors. And the kitchen
will be open late, until 2:30 a.m.
21 and older. No cover.
97 S. 2nd (578-9800)
MIDTOWN
Celtic Crossing
A 1980s-themed party at
Celtic Crossing with a balloon
drop, midnight champagne
toast, party favors, and live
music by DJ Tree Riehl. The
party will benefit the Humane
Society of Memphis and
Shelby County. Reserve a
bottle of champagne and an
appetizer for $60. Spandex
encouraged. $15.
903 S. Cooper (274-5151)
Boscos Squared
Amy LaVere is playing, and
there’s no cover.
2120 Madison (432-2222)
Schweinehaus
Silvesterparty with John Paul
Keith. The $20 cover includes
midnight toast and party
favors.
2110 Madison (347-3060)
Lafayette’s Music Room
Bash featuring the Bo-Keys.
Champagne toast included,
as well as party favors.
Reservations for dinner
packages can be made online
starting at $60. General
admission is $25.
2119 Madison (207-5097)
The Phoenix
The Phoenix in Cooper
Young will be hosting a New
Year’s Eve party benefiting
the Memphis Center for
Independent Living, featuring
music by DJ Wyzlyfe and
dancing by Ryan Haskett and
K.I.O. The festivities start at
9:30 p.m. $7 at the door.
1015 S. Cooper (338-5223)
Mulan Asian Bistro
Music from Cherry Brooks
and Cal Jackson. Plus hats,
party favors, and a champagne
toast at midnight.
9:30-12:30 a.m.
2149 Young (347-3965)
Hi-Tone
Jack O & the Tearjerkers,
Dead Soldiers, and the Shieks
perform.
412-414 N. Cleveland
(278-8663)
EAST MEMPHIS
Dan McGuinness
Music by Seth Walker,
champagne toast, and party
favors.
4698 Spottswood (761-3711)
THE ’BURBS
TJ Mulligan’s
All TJ Mulligan’s will feature
a champagne toast and party
favors. At the Cordova location,
there’s music by the Wolf River
Rednecks. At the Highway 64
spot, it’s Frankie Hollie & the
Noise. Cruisin Heavy plays the
Poplar/Kirby location.
TJ Mulligan’s Cordova,
8071 Trinity (756-4480)
TJ Mulligan’s Hwy 64,
2821 N. Houston Levee
(377-9997)
TJ Mulligan’s Poplar/Kirby,
817 Kirby Pkwy. (755-2481)
Harpo’s Hogpen
Harpo’s Hogpen will be
throwing a masquerade party
with free admission, food,
and live music from Night
Train. Instead of a champagne
toast, Harpo’s is taking it a
step further with free shots at
midnight.
4212 Hwy 51 N.
RockHouse Live
Performances by Grind, a
tribute to Alice in Chains,
and Madman’s Diary, an Ozzy
tribute, at 7 p.m.
5709 Raleigh-Lagrange
(386-7222)
Horseshoe Tunica
Includes live music by Jamie
Baker & the VIPs, dancers
on the casino floor, and a
champagne toast at midnight.
1021 Casino Center,
Robinsonville, MS
(800-303-7463)
Tunica Roadhouse
The Roadhouse Diner is
offering a four-course New
Year’s Eve dinner from 5 p.m.
to 1 a.m., $75. Reservations:
800-427-7247.
1107 Casino Center,
Robinsonville, MS
(662-363-4900)
Fitz Casino
Gary Escoe’s Atomic Dance
Machine plays the Stage Bar
from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the
Riverview Buffet will feature a
special New Year’s Eve buffet
from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
711 Lucky Lane,
Robinsonville, MS
(800-766-5825)
Gold Strike
Chicago Steakhouse will be
serving a five-course New
Year’s Eve special. $130 per
person, with wine for an
additional $50. Reservations:
662-357-1125. The Atrium and
Buffet Americana are offering
New Year’s specials as well.
1010 Casino Center,
Robinsonville, MS
(662-357-1111)
Bally’s Casino
Music by the Millionaires.
1450 Bally, Robinsonville, MS
(800-382-2559)
Dan McGuinness
Music by Tom, Dick & Harry.
3964 Goodman Rd., #117.
Southaven, MS (662-890-7611)
WEST MEMPHIS
Southland Park
Gaming & Racing
It’s the Big Top Bash 7 at
Southland with carnival rides,
stilt walkers, balloon artists,
magicians, and more.
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
1550 Ingram Boulevard,
West Memphis, AR
(800-467-6182)
m e m p h i s f l y e r. c o m
Night
TUNIcA/NORTH
MISSISSIPPI
arts & entertainment
Big
Alchemy
A New Year’s Eve celebration
with the Grizzlies’ DJ Cozmo,
drink specials, and champagne
at midnight. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
No cover.
940 S. Cooper (726-4444)
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Moscow Ballet’s Great
Russian Nutcracker
at the Cannon Center
December 28th
Cannon
Center for the
Performing Arts
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian
Nutcracker, Christmas tradition
featuring 40 world-class Russian
artists bringing the charming
classic to life. (800-345-7000),
www.nutcracker.com.
$48-$68. Sun., Dec. 28, 5-7 p.m.
MEMPHIS COOK CONVENTION
CENTER, 255 N. MAIN (525-1515).
Circuit Playhouse
Sanders Family Christmas,
sequel to Smoke on the
Mountain. It’s December 24,
1941, and the lovable, quirky
Sanders clan has gathered for
one last performance at the
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
www.playhouseonthesqare.org.
Through Dec. 28.
51 S. COOPER (725-0776).
Playhouse on the
Square
Call to Artists for
[email protected]
Competition, writers have an
opportunity to submit new
scripts for competition. For
more information, guidelines,
and rules, visit website. www.
playhouseonthesqare.org. $15.
Jan. 1-May 30.
Peter Pan, Wendy, John, and
Michael Darling’s world is
turned upside down when
Peter Pan swoops into
their nursery and leads
them to Neverland. www.
playhouseonthesqare.org. $22.
Through Jan. 4, 2015.
66 S. COOPER (726-4656).
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
TheatreWorks
We Live Here, a black couple
from New Orleans’ Lower
9th ward wins a house in a
white neighborhood. They
soon begin to worry that their
“dream come true” may be
too good to be true. www.
playhouseonthesqare.org.
$22-$35. Sundays, 2 p.m., and
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Through Jan. 25.
The FreakEngine, variety
show featuring improv
comedy, performance art,
dance, music, and torturous
human experiments. For
more information, visit www.
memphisfreakengine.com.
First Friday of every month.
2085 MONROE (274-7139).
oTh e r arT
h appe n i n g s
Art Trolley Tour
Tour the local galleries and
shops on South Main. Last
Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m.
SOUTH MAIN HISTORIC ARTS
DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN.
The Artful Flea
a r Ti s T r e c e p T i on s
David Lusk Gallery
Opening reception for
“Brother’s Keeper,” exhibition
of new work by Jerry and Terry
Lynn. www.davidluskgallery.
com. Fri., Jan. 2, 6-8 p.m.
The Artful Flea features art,
photography, jewelry, and
other items in a flea-market
setting. First Saturday of every
month, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
COOPER WALKER PLACE,
1015 S. COOPER (338-5223).
4540 POPLAR (767-3800).
Belz Museum of Asian
and Judaic Art
Cafe Pontotoc
VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SEE WEBSITE
FOR MORE INFORMATION,
WWW.MEMPHISMAGAZINE.COM.
119 S. MAIN, IN THE PEMBROKE
SQUARE BUILDING (523-ARTS).
314 S. MAIN (249-7955).
Benjamin L. Hooks
Central Library
“Luminosity,” exhibition of
works by Janice Nabors Raiteri.
www.playhouseonthesqare.org.
Through Jan. 5.
For rules and further details,
see website. $10 entry fee per
story. Through Feb. 1.
on g oi n g arT
Art Museum at the
University of Memphis
(AMUM)
“Africa: Art of a Continent,”
permanent exhibition of
African art from the Martha
and Robert Fogelman
collection. Ongoing.
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BUILDING (678-2224).
HOLIDAYS AT THE PINK PALACE • Thru DEC 31
BENEFITTING
• Santa returns to the North Pole Christmas Eve, last chance for pictures 9AM-5PM!
• Polar Express 3D • The Light Before Christmas 3D
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Memphis Magazine
Fiction Awards Contest
“Chinese Symbols in Art,”
exhibition of ancient Chinese
pottery and bronze. www.
belzmuseum.org. Ongoing.
“Italy Through the Lens,”
exhibition of still-camera
photographs by Richard L
Copley. Signed 11x14 prints
available for $25. (850-9056).
Through Dec. 28.
3030 POPLAR (415-2700).
“Uncontrollable Insides,”
exhibition of photography
by Claire Brumleve. www.
cafepontotoc.com. Through
Dec. 31.
Circuit Playhouse
51 S. COOPER (725-0776).
David Lusk Gallery
“Brothers Keeper,” exhibition
of new work by Jerry and Terry
Lynn. www.davidluskgallery.
com. Jan. 2-31.
4540 POPLAR (767-3800).
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4339 PARK (761-5250).
Eclectic Eye
“Self-Portraits with Guitars:
Visualizing Music,” exhibition
of self-portrait paintings with
guitars by Jeffrey Stayton. www.
eclectic-eye.com. Through
Jan. 2.
242 S. COOPER (276-3937).
Fountain Art Gallery
“Small Treasures,” www.
fountainartgallerymemphis.
com. Through Dec. 31.
3092 POPLAR, SUITE 1 (458-7100).
Fratelli’s
“Recent Landscapes,”
exhibition of works by
Elizabeth Garat. www.
memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Through Jan. 4.
750 CHERRY (766-9900).
Gallery Ten Ninety One
Works by members of the
Bartlett Art Association,
Through Dec. 30.
“Bof! le Mix!,” exhibition of
paintings by Keith Rash.
www.wkno.org. Jan. 5-30.
WKNO STUDIO, 7151 CHERRY FARMS
(458-2521).
“Ramshackle Wilderness,”
exhibition of work by Michelle
Duckworth and Erica
McCarrens. www.gpacweb.
com. Through Jan. 4.
1801 EXETER (751-7500).
Jay Etkin Gallery
“The Old Forest,” exhibition
of photographs by P J Ceren.
Through Jan. 5.
942 COOPER (550-0064).
L Ross Gallery
Holiday Group Art, exhibition
of paintings, sculpture, and
mixed media by gallery
artists. www.lrossgallery.com.
Through Dec. 31.
5040 SANDERLIN (767-2200).
Marshall Arts Gallery
Bobby Sillman and Bachrun
LoMele, exhibition of
paintings, illustrations, and
installation work. Through
Dec. 30.
639 MARSHALL (679-6837).
Memphis Botanic
Garden
“Fire in the Delta,” exhibition
of works by Katheryn Daniel.
www.memphisbotanicgarden.
com. Through Jan. 4.
750 CHERRY (636-4100).
Memphis Brooks
Museum of Art
“In Print,” exhibition of prints
by Federico Castellón. Through
Jan. 9.
William Wegman: Video
Works: 1970-1974, Wegman
was one of the many artists who
proclaimed that the medium of
painting was “dead” and created
playful and imaginative shortvideo works. Through Jan. 10.
Recent Photography
Acquisitions, exhibition of
photographs acquired between
2006 and 2012 includes many
images that have not been
previously exhibited. Through
Jan. 11.
“Soulful Creatures,” exhibition
features 69 works of Egyptian
art related to the ceremonial use
of animal mummification and
30 animal mummies. Through
Jan. 18.
“Looking at Women,” exhibition
of images of women appearing
in a variety of roles: goddess,
harlot, mother, or femme fatale.
Through
Feb. 22.
“Discover Me: Exploring
Identity Through Art Therapy,”
this exhibition is a culmination
of the creative exploration and
self-discovery by participants in
the art therapy access program
at South Park Elementary
School.
www.brooksmuseum.org.
Through March 15.
Cirque Dreams
Holidaze at the
Orpheum
1934 POPLAR (544-6209).
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“Portraits and Figures,”
exhibition of works by Joyce
Gingold and Carl E. Moore.
Through Jan. 4.
“Rodin: The Human
Experience,” exhibition of
the human figure in bronze,
ranging from small-scale
sketches to monumental works.
www.dixon.org. Through Jan. 4.
Germantown
Performing Arts Center
arts & entertainment
The Dixon Gallery &
Gardens
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Metal Museum
“All That Glitters,” exhibition
reflecting the diversity of the
museum’s permanent collection
divided into three sections
showcasing pieces made of gold,
silver, and copper. Through
March 1.
“Tributaries: Susie Ganch,”
exhibition of jewelry with
suspended precious stones and
enameled copper in intricate
webs of silver and steel.
www.metalmuseum.org.
Through March 1.
374 METAL MUSEUM DR.
(774-6380).
Painted Planet
Holiday LINK, exhibition of
works by members of Artist
Link. Through Dec. 31.
Gallery Artists on View,
exhibition by gallery artists.
(338-5223). TuesdaysSaturdays, 11:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
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Children’s tour for
“Soulful Creatures” at
the Brooks Museum
Da n c e
African Dance For
Wellness
Promoting wellness for the
mind, body, and soul. $15.
Thursdays, Sundays, 2-4 p.m.,
and Thursdays, Sundays,
6:30-8 p.m.
AWANATA HEALING ARTS CENTER,
3624 AUSTIN PEAY (570-9080).
Hip-Hop Choreography
Workshop
Learn original hip-hop
choreography from Carmen
Savage. Early bird and student
rates available. $25. Fri., Jan. 2,
6:30-8 p.m.
1015 S. COOPER (725-0054).
Playhouse on the Square
Shrine Tea Dance
“Pile,” exhibition of art by
Leandra Urrutia. www.mca.edu.
Through Jan. 4.
“Cold Wax in Color,” exhibition
of works by Rebecca Chappell.
Through Jan. 5.
“This Green and Pleasant Land,”
exhibition of watercolors and
block prints by Martha Kelly.
www.playhouseonthesqare.org.
Through Jan. 5.
Featuring Noble Sounds
Orchestra and The Bankers.
Semi-formal attire. BYOB.
Includes popcorn and soft
drinks. $10. First Sunday of
every month, 2-6 p.m.
66 S. COOPER (726-4656).
c om e Dy
Stax Museum of
American Soul Music
Flirt Nightclub
926 E. MCLEMORE
(946-2535).
Sue Layman Designs
“Conclusion of Delusion,”
exhibition of original oil
paintings by Sue Layman
Lightman. www.facebook.
com/suelaymandesigns.
Wednesdays, Saturdays,
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
125 G.E. PATTERSON (409-7870).
TOPS Gallery
“Voice of the Turtle,” exhibition
of work by Kenneth Lawrence
Beaudoin, Peter Bowman,
Jim Buchman, Guy Church,
William Eggleston, John Fahey,
John McIntire, Johnathan
Payne, and Terri Phillips. www.
topsgallery.com. Through
Feb. 8.
400 S. FRONT.
LoveSpeaks, Fridays,
11 p.m.-2 a.m.
515 E.H. CRUMP.
Java Cabana
CO-MOTION STUDIO,
416 N. CLEVELAND (316-7733),
WWW.COMOTIONMEMPHIS.COM.
“Soul: Memphis’ Original
Sound,” exhibition of
photography by Thom Gilbert.
www.soulsvillefoundation.org.
Through June 13.
The HUB
AL CHYMIA SHRINE CENTER,
5770 SHELBY OAKS (377-7336),
WWW.SHRINE-DANCE-MEMPHIS.
COM.
Trippin on Thursday, hosted
by K-97 Funny Man Prescott.
Thursdays, 6 p.m.
3659 S. MENDENHALL (485-1119).
P&H Cafe
Open Mic Comedy,
Thursdays, 9 p.m.
1532 MADISON (726-0906).
P oe try / S P o k e n
Wor D
Brinson’s
Melting Pot: Artist Showcase,
open mic night hosted by
Darius “Phatmak” Clayton.
$5. Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.
341 MADISON (524-0104).
The Broom Closet
Open Mic Nite with Rootz,
join local artists for an
evening of spoken word,
creative performances,
and music. www.
thebroomclosetmemphis.com.
$5. Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.
3307 PARK (443-5692).
Open Mic Nite, www.
javacabanacoffeehouse.com.
Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.
2170 YOUNG (272-7210).
Poplar-White Station
Branch Library
Poetry Society of Tennessee,
the oldest Poetry Society of
Memphis meets monthly
featuring speakers, workshops,
readings, and the Mid-South
Poetry Festival in October.
(361-0077), free. First
Saturday of every month,
2-4 p.m. Through June 6.
5094 POPLAR (682-1616).
Wor k S h oP S &
c la S S e S
Awanata Healing
Arts Center
Wake Up Call, weekly
community workshops on
various health and wellness
topics. $10. Saturdays,
2-4 p.m.
3624 AUSTIN PEAY (570-9080).
The Dixon Gallery
& Gardens
Open Studio, bring sketchbook
and pencils. The Dixon will
provide an art instructor to answer questions and give advice
on how to advance skills. www.
dixon.org. Free with regular
admission. Fridays, 4-5 p.m.
4339 PARK (761-5250).
Memphis Botanic Garden
Painting Series with Marilyn
Wannamaker, drawing and
painting classes for beginners
through advanced students.
Call to register. $200 members,
$230 nonmembers. Tuesdays,
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Through Feb. 7.
Intermediate Digital
Photography, Part 1, covering
the advanced features of a DSLR
camera. $95-$200. Tuesdays,
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.
750 CHERRY (636-4100), WWW.MEMPHISBOTANICGARDEN.COM.
NAMI Memphis
Mental Health Class, self-help
mental health class for those
diagnosed with a mental
illness over the age of 25.
Pre-screening is required.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon
Through March 15.
5830 MT MORIAH #6 (725-0305).
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Shelby Farms
Intro to Hooping, combines
fitness, fun, and dance using
handmade hoops designed
for adults of all sizes. www.
shelbyfarmspark.org. $10.
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.
500 N. PINE LAKE (767-PARK).
University Club of
Memphis
Third Thursday: Lectures On
Local Design, hosted by local
architects and designers as they
share their knowledge and
experience with projects in the
Mid-South and beyond. www.
aiamemphis.org. $20 member,
$25 nonmember. Every third
Thursday, 11:30 a.m.
1346 CENTRAL (722-3700).
Various locations
Dichroic Glass Jewelry Classes
by Mildred Schiff, (683-8446),
www.dreamcastersoriginals.
com. $175. Saturdays.
CALL FOR INFORMATION.
To u r s
Holly Hike
Self-guided tour of holly
collection featuring all of the
major species, many cultivars
available in the trade, and
several rare or unusual varieties.
Map available at front desk. Free
with Garden admission, during
regular hours. Mon.-Fri., Sun.,
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Through
Dec. 31.
MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN,
750 CHERRY (636-4100), WWW.
MEMPHISBOTANICGARDEN.COM.
Old Forest Hike
Walking tour of the region’s
only urban old-growth forest.
Last Sunday of every month,
10 a.m.
OVERTON PARK, OFF POPLAR
(276-1387).
Shelby County
Courthouse Tour
Hear the stories of people,
events, and history of Shelby
County with Jimmy Ogle.
Every third Thursday, noon
Through Jan. 15.
SHELBY COUNTY COURTHOUSE,
ADAMS AND SECOND ST.
(604-5002), WWW.JIMMYOGLE.
COM.
Tours at Two
Join a Dixon docent or
member of the curatorial
staff on a tour of the current
exhibitions. Free for members.
$5 nonmembers. Tuesdays,
Sundays, 2-3 p.m.
THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS,
4339 PARK (761-5250),
WWW.DIXON.ORG.
s p or Ts / Fi Tn e s s
56th Liberty
Bowl
Enjoy events from the
welcome party to the parade,
and more. Texas A&M Aggies
take on the West Virginia
Mountaineers on Monday. See
webite for event schedule and
tickets. Fri.-Mon., Dec. 26-29.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SEE WEBSITE
FOR MORE INFORMATION, WWW.
AUTOZONELIBERTYBOWL.ORG.
Memphis Grizzlies
$20-200. Fri., Dec. 26,
7-10 p.m.
FEDEXFORUM, 191 BEALE
(1-877-726-7324),
WWW.FEDEXFORUM.COM.
M e eTi ng s
Being Spiritual and
LGBTQ: Group
Conversation
Ongoing discussion group
facilitated by a rotating group
of local clergy supportive
and encouraging of LGBTQ
people. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
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The Peabody New Year’s Eve Party
December 31 . 9:00pm-2:00am
MEMPHIS GAY AND LESBIAN
COMMUNITY CENTER, 892 S. COOPER
(278-6422), WWW.MGLCC.ORG.
Meditation and
Dharma Talk
Featuring chanting (led by
the Monk), silent “sitting
meditation,” and Dharma talk
with Q&A or book discussion.
Sundays, 10 a.m., and Fridays,
6 p.m.
$45 per person, $35 on-line pre-sale.
Pre-sale is only available online. Day of tickets are only available at the hotel.
VIP Party Pass: $125
(includes admission to party, appetizer buffet, champagne & Stella Artois, valet parking)
Entertainment: Swingin Leroy, Seeing Red & DJ Mark Anderson
Information: 901.529.4000
QUAN AM MONASTERY,
3500 GOODLETT (362-8070).
Memphis Music Monday
After-work music
business networking with
performances by Memphis
musicians and free appetizers.
Mondays, 6-9 p.m.
HARD ROCK CAFE,
126 BEALE (529-0007),
WWW.MEMPHISMUSIC.ORG.
149 Union Avenue . Memphis, Tennessee 38103
901.529.4000 . 800.PEABODY . www.peabodymemphis.com
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Fri-Sat. May. 7-9 at 8pm
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Uptown Breakfast Club
No agenda, just a chat with
neighbors, partners, elected
officials, and friends. First
Friday of every month,
7:30 a.m.
THE [email protected] CAFE,
594 N. SECOND,
WWW.UPTOWNMEMPHIS.ORG.
Kids
Children’s tour
for “Soulful
Creatures”
Exhibition also features an
interactive play table of Ancient
Egypt and an x-ray viewing
screen where kids can look
at various animal x-rays. $7
adults, $3 children, free for kids
under 6. Through Jan. 18.
MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART,
1934 POPLAR (544-6209),
WWW.BROOKSMUSEUM.ORG.
Chinese New Year Art
Contest
Open to Shelby County
students in grades K-12. Learn
about the Chinese culture
by creating art depicting a
goat and Chinese cultural
symbolism. See website for
details. Through Jan. 23.
BELZ MUSEUM OF ASIAN AND JUDAIC
ART, 119 S. MAIN (523-ARTS), WWW.
BELZMUSEUM.ORG.
Family Studio
Create magnificent works of
art, open-studio style. Make a
masterpiece then visit the Dixon’s
galleries and gardens. Free. First
Saturday of every month, 10:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Turtle and ninja costumes are
encouraged, and the wearers
will be entered in a drawing to
celebrate the New Year with
a countdown, goodie toss,
balloon drop, and more. Free
for members, $15 nonmembers.
Wed., Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MEMPHIS,
2525 CENTRAL (320-3170),
WWW.CMOM.COM.
Snowy Nights in My
Big Backyard
Bring the family to celebrate
the holiday season. Play in the
“snow,” sip hot cocoa or spiced
tea, create a winter craft, and
enjoy fun, games, and a musical
light show. $7 members, $10
nonmembers. Through Dec. 30,
5:30-8:30 p.m.
MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN,
750 CHERRY (636-4100), WWW.
MEMPHISBOTANICGARDEN.COM.
s p e cial eve n t s
Blood Pressure
Screenings
Blood Pressure affects your
vision, and hypertension can
be discovered during an eye
exam. Call to schedule an
appointment. Free. Thursdays,
2-4 p.m. Through Jan. 31.
THE EYEWEAR GALLERY,
428 PERKINS EXT. (763-2020),
WWW.EYEWEARGALLERY.COM.
Cooper-Young Night Out
Shops, restaurants, and galleries
will be open late and offer
workshops, food and drink
specials, and live music. First
Thursday of every month,
5-9 p.m.
COOPER-YOUNG HISTORIC DISTRICT,
WWW.COOPERYOUNGFESTIVAL.COM
(276-7222).
Corry Junior High
School Class of 1967
Reunion
$45. Sat., Dec. 27, 6-11 p.m.
SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE-WHITEHAVEN
CAMPUS, 3035 DIRECTORS ROW
(481-8799), WWW.CORRY67.COM.
DeNeuville Learning
Center Wish List
Collection
For wish-list items, visit www.
deneuvillecenter.org. Through
Dec. 31.
ECLECTIC EYE, 242 S. COOPER
(276-3937), WWW.ECLECTIC-EYE.COM.
Desserts & Divination
Night of specially priced tarot,
rune, or Egyptian oracle readings
and desserts. $25. First Friday of
every month, 7-10 p.m. Through
May 1.
THE BROOM CLOSET,
3307 PARK (443-5692), WWW.
THEBROOMCLOSETMEMPHIS.COM.
Ol Skool Sundays with
DJ Boogaloo
Featured music from the ’70s,
’80s, and ’90s by DJ Boogaloo
and DJ Hou Hefner. Free entry
before 10:30 p.m. $5. Sundays,
10 p.m.-3 a.m. Through Dec. 6.
HARD ROCK CAFE, 126 BEALE
(529-0007).
Outstanding Teen and
Miss Memphis Princess
Pageant
Sat., Jan. 3, 2 p.m.
BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST.
MARY’S SCHOOL,
60 N. PERKINS EXT. (537-1483),
WWW.BUCKMANARTSCENTER.COM.
Pet Adoptions by Real
Good Dog Rescue
Adoptions until 3 p.m. Pet
photos with Santa from 37 p.m. Sat., Dec. 27, noon-3 p.m.
HOLLYWOOD FEED, POPLAR AT ERIN.
Pet Adoptions by
Midsouth Greyhound
Adoption Organization
Sat., Dec. 27, noon-4 p.m.
HOLLYWOOD FEED, 2648 BROAD,
WWW.HOLLYWOODFEED.COM.
Pet Adoptions for Tails
of Hope
Sat., Dec. 27, noon-4 p.m.
HOLLYWOOD FEED,
3615 HOUSTON LEVEE,
WWW.HOLLYWOODFEED.COM.
Team Trivia with
Kevin Cerrito
Featuring weekly themes
including Disney, ’90s Movies &
TV, Logos, Memphis Trivia, and
more. Includes N64 Mario Kart
tie breaker and prizes for the top
3 teams and best team name.
Free. Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
TAMP & TAP,
122 GAYOSO (207-1053),
WWW.TAMPANDTAP.COM.
Whistle While You Work
Volunteer and help repair trails
around Shelby Farms Park and
perform maintenance projects
including mulch spreading,
gardening, removing dead tree
limbs, and removing privet.
First Saturday of every month,
9 a.m.-noon.
SHELBY FARMS, 500 N. PINE LAKE
(767-PARK).
Pet Adoptions by
Save1Pet
H o l i day ev e n t s
HOLLYWOOD FEED OLIVE BRANCH,
5070 GOODMAN (662-892-8066),
WWW.HOLLYWOODFEED.COM.
Pre-fix menu available
with wine pairing. Call for
reservations. $65-$100. Wed.,
Dec. 31, 5 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Three-Course New
Year’s Dinner
RIVER OAKS, 5871 POPLAR
(683-9305), WWW.
RIVEROAKSRESTAURANT.COM.
Beauty Shop New Year’s
Eve
Featuring four courses, two
seatings, and Gary Johns and his
mini orchestra. Wed., Dec. 31.
BEAUTY SHOP, 966 S. COOPER
(272-7111).
Brew Year’s Eve
featuring Red Letter Day
Featuring live entertainment,
champagne toast at midnight,
and a complimentary late-night
breakfast buffet. $10-$40. Wed.,
Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
FLYING SAUCER DRAUGHT
EMPORIUM, 130 PEABODY PLACE
(523-8536), WWW.BEERKNURD.COM.
A Celtic Christmas
A special celebration at our
weekly contemplative service:
Holy Eucharist and Celtic
music. Sun., Dec. 28, 5:306:30 p.m.
CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMMUNION,
4645 WALNUT GROVE (767-6987),
WWW.HOLYCOMMUNION.ORG.
Christmas Day at
Church of the Holy
Communion
Thurs., Dec. 25, 10-11:30 a.m.
CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMMUNION,
4645 WALNUT GROVE (767-6987),
WWW.HOLYCOMMUNION.ORG.
Cirque Dreams
Holidaze
Experience gingerbread men
flipping mid air, toy soldiers
marching on thin wires, and
snowmen, icemen, and penguins
balancing, jumping, and
spinning in disbelief. $49-$79.
Fri.-Sat., Dec. 26-27, 8 p.m.
THE ORPHEUM, 203 S. MAIN (525-3000),
WWW.ORPHEUM-MEMPHIS.COM.
Classic ’80s New Year’s
Eve
Relive the ’80s with classic music,
party favors, a champagne toast,
special beer tappings, and shot
specials throughout the night.
$5-$10. Wed., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
FLYING SAUCER DRAUGHT EMPORIUM,
1400 N. GERMANTOWN PKWY.
(755-5530), WWW.BEERKNURD.COM.
Coat Drive at the Cotton
Museum
Collecting new and lightly used
coats for local middle-school
students at Grizzlies Prep in
downtown Memphis and Lester
Prep in the Binghampton
community. Through Dec. 31.
THE COTTON MUSEUM, 65 UNION
(531-7826), WWW.
MEMPHISCOTTONMUSEUM.ORG.
Enchanted Forest Festival
of Trees
Benefiting Le Bonheur
Children’s Hospital. $6. Through
Dec. 31.
MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM,
3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.
THEENCHANTEDFOREST.ORG.
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m e m p h i s f l y e r. c o m
Ninja New Year’s
at Noon
“Brother’s Keeper”
exhibition by Jerry and
Terry Lynn at David
Lusk Gallery
arts & entertainment
THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS,
4339 PARK (761-5250),
WWW.DIXON.ORG.
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Elvis Birthday
Celebration at
Graceland
Celebrate the king’s birthday
with various celebratory
events. For event information
and listings, visit website.
Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 7-10.
GRACELAND, 3734 ELVIS PRESLEY
(332-3322), WWW.GRACELAND.COM.
New Year’s Eve Party Sponsored by RCI Restorations. 901-854-4447
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NIGHT
wednesday
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NIGHT
TRAIN
performs
SAturday 9p-1a
DRINK
SPECIALS
MASQUERADE
PARTY
instead of champagne
at midnight we will be
w/ free admission and food
the band
NIGHT
TRAIN
to play
GIVING AWAY
SHOTS
OF LIQUOR
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Annual Epiphany service and
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WWW.HOLYCOMMUNION.ORG.
Festival of Christmas
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carols, special music, and the
Holy Eucharist. Coffee and
refreshments in the parish
hall following. Sun., Dec. 28,
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New Year’s Eve
Celebration on Beale
Live bands in Handy Park,
10-foot Gibson guitar drop
at Hard Rock Cafe, and
fireworks show at midnight.
Wed., Dec. 31, 5 p.m.
BEALE STREET, DOWNTOWN
MEMPHIS (529-0999), WWW.
BEALESTREETMERCHANTS.COM.
New Year’s Eve Death
Du Jour Mystery
Theater
An eccentric lottery winner
is hosting a New Year’s Eve
treasure hunt when his luck
finally runs out. Reservations
are required. Includes dinner
and theater. $38. Wed.,
Dec. 31, 7-10 p.m.
THE SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE,
40 W. HULING (210-0545).
THE PEABODY, 149 UNION
(529-4000),
WWW.PEABODYMEMPHIS.COM.
New Year’s Eve at B.B.
King’s
11am - 2:15pm & 5pm - 2am
CELTIC CROSSING,
903 S. COOPER (274-5151).
METAL MUSEUM,
374 METAL MUSEUM DR.
(774-6380), WWW.METALMUSEUM.
ORG.
SCHWEINEHAUS, 2110 MADISON
(347-3060).
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BANKS HOUSE GALLERY & GIFT SHOP,
564 W. COMMERCE, HERNANDO, MS
(662-404-3361),
WWW.DESOTOARTS.COM.
DeSoto’s grooviest NYE party,
two drink tickets, appetizer
bar, champagne toast at
midnight, and after-party
ham sandwiches. Call for
reservations. $150 per couple.
Wed., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
New Year’s Eve
Party at the Peabody
Memphis
Featuring live music, party
favors, and a bubbly toast at
midnight. $20. Wed., Dec.
31, 6 p.m.
oPen
Totally Celtic New
Year’s Eve
Showcase of jewelry,
homewares, sculpture, and
more by artists and special
ornament display crafted by
students and professionals
alike. Through Jan. 4.
NYE in Overton Square
downtown delivery
New Year’s Eve at the
Mansion
Dinner and music including
a three-course dinner, NYE
party favors, champagne
toast, and live music. $25$80. Wed.,
Dec. 31, 7 p.m.
B.B. KING’S BLUES CLUB,
147 BEALE (524-5454),
WWW.BBKINGCLUBS.COM.
New Year’s Eve at Itta
Bena
The Susan Marshall Trio play
live in the restaurant with two
dinner options, early seating
and late seating including
a four-course dinner, NYE
party favors, and champagne
toast. $69-$89. Wed., Dec.
31, 5 p.m.
ITTA BENA, 145 BEALE (578-3031),
WWW.ITTABENAMEMPHIS.COM.
New Year’s Eve with
the Bo-Keys
Buzz McIntyre and the
Gloominati from 6-10 p.m.
and the Bo-Keys at 10:30
p.m., champagne toast, NYE
party favors, and balloon
drop at midnight. $25-$75.
Wed.,
Dec. 31, 6 p.m.
LAFAYETTE’S MUSIC ROOM,
2119 MADISON (207-5097),
WWW.LAFAYETTESMUSICROOM.COM.
Live entertainment and a
balloon drop at midnight.
Wed., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
Phunky Phoenix - New
Year’s Eve Party
BYOB event featuring DJ
Wyzlyfe, dancers Ryan
Haskett and K.I.O. (Kio
Lgbent), and the debute
of O.M.N.I. benefiting
the Memphis Center for
Independent Living. $7.
Wed., Dec. 31,
9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
THE PHOENIX,
1015 S. COOPER (512-0207).
Shrine New Year’s
Celebration
Black tie event featuring the
Bankers & the Noble Sounds,
DJ’s Gary Abbot & Russ
Vaiden, food by Coletta’s,
party favors, champagne,
and black-eyed peas with
cornbread. BYOB. $40. Wed.,
Dec. 31, 7 p.m.
AL CHYMIA SHRINE CENTER,
5770 SHELBY OAKS.
Starry Nights
Featuring new lights display,
camel rides, photos with
Santa, and more. $20 per car.
Through Dec. 28, 6 p.m.
SHELBY FARMS, 500 N. PINE LAKE
(767-PARK), WWW.
SHELBYFARMSPARK.ORG.
SunTrust Zoo Lights
See snow at the farm,
Santa in his shop, reindeer,
thousands of holiday lights,
and much more. $6 members,
$8 nonmembers. Through
Dec. 30.
MEMPHIS ZOO, 2000 PRENTISS
PLACE IN OVERTON PARK (333-6500).
Throwin’ it back this NYE
with a celebration benefiting
the Humane Society of
Memphis and Shelby
County. Featruring DJ Tree,
champagne toast, and balloon
drop at midnight. $15. Wed.,
Dec. 31, 10 p.m.
Food & drink
Kill the Keg Party
Draft beer specials featuring
local and craft beers from
High Cotton, Ghost River,
Wiseacre, and Memphis
Made. Last Friday of every
month, 4-9 p.m.
TAMP & TAP, 122 GAYOSO
(207-1053),
Master Taster’s Club
Sample four wines selected by
the sommelier and appetizers
from the Peabody chefs. For
more information, call 5294183. $25 per event, $150 for
annual pass. First Wednesday
of every month, 5 p.m.
THE PEABODY HOTEL, 149 UNION
(529-4000).
Wine, Music, and a
Book
Featuring half-price wine
and live music. Every other
Saturday.
BOOKSELLERS BISTRO, THE
BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD,
387 PERKINS EXT. (374-0881), WWW.
THEBOOKSELLERS-ATLAURELWOOD.COM.
Film
#2
British National
Theatre: John
Dance-theatre work by Lloyd
Newson who interviewed
more than 50 men asking
them frank questions. One of
those men was John. A story
that is both extraordinary and
touching. $20. Sun., Jan. 4,
1 p.m., and Tues., Jan. 6, 7
p.m.
MALCO PARADISO CINEMA,
584 S. MENDENHALL (682-1754),
WWW.MALCO.COM.
Cinema Showcase
Featuring the 100-year
history of blues, jazz, and
culture on Beale Street in the
feature film Take Me Back to
Beale. $3. Fridays, Sundays,
1-2:30 p.m.
CENTER FOR SOUTHERN FOLKLORE, 123
S. MAIN AT PEABODY TROLLEY STOP
(274-5502/525-3655).
The Light Before
Christmas 3D
Two children lost in a
snowstorm learn about the
true meaning of Christmas in
this stop-motion holiday film.
$9. Through Dec. 31.
IMAX THEATER, IN THE MEMPHIS
PINK PALACE MUSEUM, 3050
CENTRAL (636-2362).
Polar Express 3D
On Christmas Eve, a
doubting boy boards a
magical train that’s headed
to the North Pole and
Santa’s home. $11.50-$13.50.
Through Dec. 31.
IMAX THEATER, IN THE MEMPHIS
PINK PALACE MUSEUM,
3050 CENTRAL (636-2362), WWW.
MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG.
Thank You
ALDO
For 6 years of
Fun, unforgettable (though some we can’t remember)
times,
Shots of Jameson, and the truest sense of family.
It hasn’t always been easy,
BUT IT’S BEEN A BLAST!
THE LOYAL STAFF OF BARDOG TAVERN & DAN
arts & entertainment
Merry Christmas and all of our love,
m e m p h i s f l y e r. c o m
Looking forward to many, many more
(If we don’t all get fired first).
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count of restaurants, breweries, and
sundry food-related places that opened in
2014 adds up to 40, and not all of them in
Overton Square.
But, then again, a lot of them are in
Overton Square. Babalu Tacos & Tapas
opened in June, offering tablesideprepared guacamole and lots of sharing
plates. The place has been packed since. In
August came Jimmy Ishii’s Robata Ramen
& Yakitori Bar with a fine menu of ramen
noodle bowls and skewers. Lafayette’s
Music Room, an homage to the original
much-loved, circa-’70s Overton Square
bar named for the recently passed away
ace bartender Lafayette Draper, opened in
September and features wood-fired pizzas
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Pig in the Big City
Culinary creativity and craft butchery at Porcellino’s.
W
ith its black-and-white honeycomb tile and quaint vintage
tableware, Porcellino’s — the new restaurant from chefs
Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer — strikes an appealingly
casual note, one that is matched by its affordable menu.
Porcellino’s is essentially two shops. In the front, there’s an
espresso-centric, European-style café where you can order pastries for breakfast,
sandwiches for lunch, and small plates for supper. In the back, there’s a craft
butcher shop that features traditional steaks, sausages, and cured meats — plus
some truly exotic cuts.
I began with a double shot of espresso — which, for me, is kind of a big deal.
I’m pathologically sensitive to caffeine, so I usually draw the line at a single cup of
green tea in the morning.
It was worth making the exception. The espresso — a Metropolis Redline blend
— was like an awakening. It had a thick, creamy body and a beautiful crema, with
notes of honey and lavender in the finish. Pair it with a couple of Bomboloni ($2)
— fluffy Italian donuts — and you’re ready to take on the world.
“I want our coffee to be a craft experience,” says head barista Destiny Naccarato.
“And that means eliminating guesswork. It means timing everything out,
measuring it, weighing it.
“I actually think the first sip should be a little shocking,” she adds.
On to small plates. When building their menu, chefs Hudman and Ticer say
they were inspired by their friend the late Mark Newman of Newman Farm. The
word “porcellino” means “baby pig” in Italian, and many dishes were created to
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“We kept asking ourselves,” says Ticer, “why do we have to go to New Orleans
to get boudin? Why do we have to go to St. Louis to get decent cured meat? We
can do those things at least as well as anybody else. Hell, we can do them better.”
One of my favorite dishes was the Collard Green Dumplings ($9). Loaded with
collards from Woodson Ridge Farms, spicy nduya sausage, Calabrian chili oil, and
Newman Farm pork belly, these demure little rice paper packets pack a punch.
But if you can stand the heat, they’ll reward you. Drizzled with benne oil — an
aromatic, nutty oil derived from an heirloom ancestor of the sesame seed — they
are interestingly tangy and peppery.
For those seeking something less spicy, I recommend the Ash Flour Pita —
stippled with melted cheese and marinated olives — or the New Orleans-style
boudin, served with pickled onions over corn bread porridge.
But Porcellino’s is first and foremost a butcher shop, so I decided to take a tour
with head butcher Aaron Winters.
“You remember how, in The Brady Bunch, they had Sam the Butcher?” asks
Winters. “That’s what I want. I want people to say, ‘Aaron’s my butcher.’ I want to
start the conversation again.”
Naturally, the conversation will include things like tenderloin and pork chops.
But part of Winters’ mission at Porcellino’s is to introduce Memphians to more
uncommon cuts of meat. Things like bavette — a strip of beef loin that runs along
the ribcage — and spider steak — named for its web-like pattern of marbling.
“In America,” Winters says, “most of these cuts get ground up for hamburger,
so we never even see them. Which is a shame, because they are some of the tastiest
parts of the whole animal.”
To learn about bavette and spider steak, Winters spent the summer in Italy.
There he studied with Dario Cecchini, the world’s foremost master butcher, and
Filippo Gambassi, scion of an ancient Italian salumi dynasty.
It probably goes without saying, but Winters is the only person within 300 miles
of Memphis with that kind of training. Why don’t you pay him a visit and let him
recommend something?
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take on German food, also opened in
September. There’s beer, brats, and the
occasional lederhosen sighting — what’s
not to like? If you need olive oil, there’s the
Square Olive, and there’s more music and
fun at the Chicago-based Zebra Lounge.
The most recent addition to Overton
Square is Belly Acres, a farm-to-table
burger restaurant, the latest of three
burger-centric places to open in Memphis.
This trend has our full endorsement. Belly
Acres has a fantasyland interior and a
menu that demands to be gone through
one burger at a time. Down the street,
there’s LBOE (Last Burger on Earth). Its
menu raises the bar with such burgers as
the super spicy Lava Me or Lava Me Not
and the garlic-laden Love Stinks. Oshi
Burger Bar downtown has something for
everyone — beef burgers, tuna burgers,
vegetarian burgers, gluten-free buns. They
also have great milkshakes.
Plenty of glasses have been raised at
the taprooms opened in 2014 at High
Cotton Brewing Co. and Memphis Made
Brewing Co., and Memphis promises
to get buzzier still in the new year with
Pyramid Vodka. Wine in grocery stores
finally passed, and while that doesn’t
happen until 2016, local liquor stores are
making the best of it with growler stations
and more.
In grocery-store news: Whole Foods
opened its expanded store in East
Memphis, which includes a site-specific
barbecue restaurant and a growler
station. There’s the new Fresh Market
in Midtown, and Kroger continues to
show its commitment to Memphis in
updating its stores, most recently the one
at Cleveland and Poplar. Plus, there’s been
some buzz about a Trader Joe’s opening
sometime somewhere. We shall see.
In coffee news: Everybody freaked out
when Muddy’s Bake Shop announced
a new Midtown store in August 2013.
Muddy’s Grind House opened this fall
and offers a little of everything, from
coffee to breakfast eats and yoga. The
Avenue, near the University of Memphis,
has great coffee and treats with Christian
fellowship. There’s also Cafe Keough
downtown in a gorgeous setting with a
great cafe Americano. Tart offers quiches
and more — a great go-to place when
expectations are high. Ugly Mug took over
the Poplar Perk’n space, and Jimmy Lewis,
who founded Squash Blossom, returned to
the scene with Relevant Roasters, selling
wholesale, environmentally sound, and
worker-friendly coffee with the motto
“Every Cup Matters.”
After a few false starts, the Riverfront
Development Corporation came
through with Riverfront Grill. It serves a
sophisticated but not too syrupy Southern
menu and also has some of the best
views in Memphis. Also new this year
to downtown are the Kwik Chek spinoff
Nacho’s, Marie’s Eatery in the old Rizzo’s
Diner spot, and Cafe Pontotoc. Rizzo’s
moved into the old Cafe Soul site, and
there’s the Love Pop Soda Shop, a nifty
craft soda shop.
In East Memphis, Skewer, serving
Yakitori and ramen, opened in January.
4 Dumplings opened around the same
time, and, as its name suggests, the menu
is built around four dumplings. The vegan
dumpling with tofu is not to be missed.
Since at least four people mentioned
to me that Jackson Kramer’s Bounty
on Broad is “secretly” gluten-free, I’m
guessing it’s not really a secret. The dishes
at this lovely farm-to-table spot are
thoughtfully done and a delight to look
at. The menu changes frequently, but at
a recent dinner, there were mussels in
fragrant coconut milk, charred broccolini,
and creamed kale served over polenta.
Also gluten-free is the Hawaiian import
Maui Brick Oven, serving brick-oven
pizzas and grain bowls.
At Ecco on Overton Park, Sabine
Bachmann’s cozy neighborhood
restaurant, there are heaping dishes of
pork chops, delicate pasta dishes, and
artful cheese plates — something for
every appetite. Strano Sicilian Kitchen &
Bar serves a great roasted carrot soup and
Italian classics from meatballs to pizza.
At press time, Porcellino’s, Andrew
Ticer and Michael Hudman’s latest
venture, was due to open “any minute
now.” File this one under “This Should
Be Interesting.” This is a butcher shop/
sundry/coffee spot/wine bar offering
grab-and-go sandwiches, fresh pastas,
cured meats, house-made pastries,
and more.
Locality ✴ Guide
COLLiERViLLE
Bangkok Alley
Bonefish Grill
Booyah’s
Cafe Grille
Cafe Piazza
Ciao Baby!
Corky’s
El Mezcal
El Porton
Fino Villa
Firebirds
Gus’s Fried Chicken
Huey’s
Jim’s Place Grille
La Hacienda
Mary’s German Restaurant
Memphis Pizza Cafe
Mulan
Pig-N-Whistle
Sekisui
Shanti Steak House
Silver Caboose
Square Beans Coffee
Vinegar Jim’s
Whaley’s Pizza
Wolf River Cafe
CORdOVA
Bahama Breeze
Bombay House
Bonefish Grill
Butcher Shop
Cafe Fontana
Corky’s
East End Grill
El Mezcal
El Porton
Flying Saucer
Fox & Hound
Fresh Slices
Friday Tuna
Golden Coast
Gus’s Fried Chicken
Huey’s
I Sushi
Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
La Hacienda
Pasta Italia
Petra Cafe
Presentation Room
Salty Dog
Sekisui
Shogun
Skimo’s
T.J. Mulligan’s
Zaytos
COVingTOn
Marlo’s Down Under
dOwnTOwn
Alannah’s Breakfast Kafe
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2014: The Year in Film
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014 was the year we were
told movies don’t matter
any more, even though
there were more than 600
films released earning a
box office total of at least $9 billion
— not counting the Christmas movies,
which will add at least another billion.
It’s also the year we were told there
were no more good movies, even
though there were plenty of them in
theaters, on demand, and on TV, if you
cared to look for them. The Flyer film
writers have put our heads together
and given awards to the deserving
for outstanding achievements in
2014. Because, as Addison says, “the
Oscars are self-indulgent, myopic, and
corrupt,” we made our own categories.
Transformers:
Age of Extinction
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015
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Transformers: Age of Extinction
One of the most perversely awful
franchises in history continued its
worldwide domination as marketing
tie-in, jingoistic car commercial,
and random series of digital images.
There is no way to more completely
dehumanize the viewer than to make
him watch unending pap. Perhaps
you, too, have experienced the feeling
that we are here as on darkling plain,
running ourselves into the ground.
What better way not to feel than with
Transformers? — Ben Siler
Dracula Untold
Disney’s Marvel franchise had a great
year. Captain America: Winter Soldier
and Guardians of the Galaxy were both
good movies and superior box office
performers. But the business model
it represents had at least one toxic
byproduct: Universal’s attempt to make
the greatest villain in horror history
into a superhero. Dracula Untold had
it all: a terminally stupid script, ugly
cinematography, haphazard digital
effects, incoherent editing, and indifferent
performances. — Chris McCoy
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
(extended cut)
The first Anchorman is an inspired goof
featuring one of Will Ferrell’s finest
performances, a perfectly calibrated
supporting cast, and dozens of quotable
lines for any occasion. The sequel was a
mean-spirited desecration of the same
ground. This is one of those maddening
movies that seemed more fun to make
than to watch. So much flailing about,
so many needless celebrity cameos:
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— Addison Engleking
The good, the bad, and the ugly.
slot. It gave expression to that feeling
of watching a wall of mass media
and hoping for a crack of unexpected
thought. It’s an inspiration in its
execution, and in how it uses tropes
to effectively tell a primal, but ironic,
story. — BS
Rory Culkin,
Gabriel
Best short
Too Many Cooks
When large-scale works fail to produce
catharsis, viewers seek individuality
in small places. They found it in Too
Many Cooks, an Adult Swim viral video
that originally aired in an informercial
Caesar, Dawn of the
Planet of the Apes
Best Performance
Rory Culkin, Gabriel
Lou Howe’s film, which opened Indie
Memphis 2014, is an intimate portrait
of a young man’s losing battle with
mental illness. It is a finely done picture,
but without Rory Culkin’s astounding,
nuanced performance, the whole thing
would have collapsed into a shapeless
mess. When he stops taking his meds,
you can watch the madness slowly
creeping back into Gabriel’s face over
the course of about an hour of screen
time. The entire performance comes off
as completely natural and believable,
especially if you’ve ever known anyone
with severe mental illness. — CM
Best Performance By a
nonhuman
Caesar, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Okay, so Caesar, the leader of the
intelligent apes hiding in the forest after
a plague has decimated humanity, is
actually the creation of Andy Serkis and
Weta. But he is also the greatest digital
character ever, surpassing even Gollum in
Lord of the Rings. In a year where Kevin
Spacey’s Frank Underwood on House of
Cards was the most prominent onscreen
politician, Caesar is the sole portrait of
a great leader who wants what is best
for his people…er, apes…and struggles
to figure out what exactly that means.
When, like his namesake, he is betrayed
by a power-hungry ally who violates the
“ape no kill ape” rule, he delivers one of
the year’s most poignant lines: “I always
think ape better than human. I see now
how like them we are.” — CM
Best suPerhero
Will Arnett, The Lego Movie
Arnett doesn’t seem like the kind of guy
who’s thought much about the cinematic
legacy of Gotham City’s most famous
crime fighter. And that indifference,
combined with his unflappable and
unfounded arrogance, makes him the
perfect choice to play Batman. Arnett
dismantles the Dark Knight myth and
redefines the Caped Crusader as a
pompous, smug, smoky-voiced egomaniac
who saves the world with deadly
seriousness when he’s not composing awful
MVP
Scarlett Johansson
This year, Johansson starred or costarred in four films: Spike Jonze’s
Her, Anthony and Joe Russo’s
Captain America: The Winter Soldier,
Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, and
Luc Besson’s Lucy. She transformed
a quartet of roles that sounded like
little more than male sex fantasies
into rich, complicated character
studies that raised important issues
about the representation of women
in cinema. Even Johansson’s haunting
nude scene in Under the Skin
probably confounded horndogs who
had no idea what they were getting
into. — AE
InsPIred MadMan
Alejandro Jodorowsky
The 85-year-old avant-garde director
of El Topo and The Holy Mountain
had a long-overdue revival in 2014.
First, the documentary Jodorowsky’s
Gone Girl
Dune delved into the story of the
greatest unmade movie in history,
the 14-hour, universe spanning sci-fi
epic Jodorowsky spent years and
millions of dollars trying to make in
the 1970s, destroying his career in the
process. Then, he finally got to make
another movie, The Dance of Reality,
the punishing, insane, moving
autobiography that proved he’s still
got it, whatever “it” is. — CM
Most Pleasant sound of
art ChokIng on Money
Guardians of the Galaxy
In its competition for most popular
blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy
shows the deficiencies that exist even
when multimillion dollar franchises
are made with sensitivity. James
Gunn has made idiosyncratic and
personal films, starting at Troma
with the horror comedy Slither,
and getting one of Ellen Page’s best
performances in Super. Guardians of
the Galaxy feels like a Gunn film until
the CGI crap starts flying around in
Marvel’s Third Act. Marvel hires good
directors to give their blockbusters
personality, but good films need
resolution, not just preordained
spectacle. The departure of Edgar
Wright from Ant-Man is a sign of
which side will win out. — BS
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a movie, but it’s glorious in its
audacity. When director Alejandro
González Iñárritu is on, he’s really
on. It combines black backstage
comedy — anchored by a brilliant
comeback performance by Michael
Keaton and fine supporting turns
from Zach Galifianakis, Edward
Norton and Emma Stone—with
formal experimentation by one of
the great cinematic craftsmen of our
time, cinematographer Emmanuel
Lubezki. In a time of Hollywood
conservatism, it’s great to see a
group of talented artists pull out
all the stops and succeed so fully. A
great film like Birdman should be a
wakeup call to producers about all of
the wasted potential out there.
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on elaborate media performances.
The much more interesting one’s
psychotic version of femininity is less
like an actual person and more like
a nemesis for misogynists. Writer
Gillian Flynn and actress Rosamund
Pike’s Amy was force-fed the “Cool
Girl” ideal since birth, and she turns
the trope into a supervillain persona.
Fincher and Flynn’s misanthropy
enriches what they create, more so
than most studio products. But in
loving that product you accept, also
initially with irony, that socialized
ideas of “man” and “woman” doom
us and don’t change with passing
generations. — BS
BeSt DocumeNtary
Finding Vivian Maier
Equal parts detective story, character
study, and artistic essay, directors
John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s
documentary deserves all of the
acclaim it has accrued on the festival
circuit. Its absent protagonist, the
eccentric nanny who took more than
100,000 photographs in her lifetime
but never showed them to anyone, is
slowly revealed through sometimes
prickly interviews and Maier’s own,
often incredible, work. It is also an
oblique tribute to the power of the
internet; had Maier lived today, she
would have been a Flickr star instead
of dying in obscurity, and the film
about her life would be most widely
seen on streaming services. — CM
BeSt DirectorS
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
These guys are master pop-culture
restoration artists: hand them
a property with no commercial
prospects and watch them twist and
hammer it into filigreed comedy gold.
Since 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance
of Meatballs introduced their blend
of snappy wordplay, children’s-show
imagery, and hyperactive metatextuality, Lord and Miller have been
on a hot streak with few modern
antecedents. American cinema hasn’t
seen anyone release two comedies as
rich and funny as The Lego Movie and
22 Jump Street in one year since Mel
Richard Linklater
Patient observation is Linklater’s
greatest virtue, and it paid off big
time in Boyhood. Shot over the course
of 12 years, the film follows the slow
maturation of its lead character
Mason in “real time” as the actor
Ellar Coltrane grew up, and shows
the same for Ethan Hawke, Patricia
Arquette, and Lorelei Linklater.
This is indie filmmaking on a epic
scale, turning the drama, tragedy,
and comedy of everyday life into art.
Linklater’s achievement is that he
kept it all together over the course of
more than a decade and came out the
other end with a coherent, beautiful,
emotionally resonant masterpiece.
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BeSt PictureS
Only Lovers Left Alive
Most romances roll credits right
after the lead couple finally gets
together. Fortunately, writerdirector Jim Jarmusch approaches
genre conventions differently. His
supernatural love story begins way,
way, waaaaaaaaaay after his starcrossed lovers (Tilda Swinton and
Tom Hiddleston) first meet, and as
he charts the ups and downs of their
countless vampire weekends, he
delivers the year’s most thoughtful
and literate love story. Julian Barnes’
1989 novel A History of the World in
10 ½ Chapters closes with a firstperson monologue about what it’s like
to be granted eternal life. Eventually,
the storyteller chooses to die; after all,
he’s slept with every famous person
ever and he shoots an 18 whenever he
plays golf. Thanks to the numerous
large- and small-scale celebrations
of human achievement, Jarmusch
scatters throughout his film, it’s
impossible to imagine his characters
choosing the same. — AE
Love Is Strange
I saw a lot of movies in 2014, from
tiny indies that cost $1,000 to giant,
world-destroying blockbusters.
But when I thought back on the
year, none of them could touch the
feeling I got sitting in the theater
watching Love Is Strange for the first
time. Or the second time, for that
matter. Everything came together for
Memphis-born director Ira Sachs’
ode to eternal love: career-high
performances from John Lithgow,
Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei;
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Movie of The Year
The Interview
Is Seth Rogen and James Franco’s
buddy comedy about assassinating
Kim Jong-un any good? Who
knows? But the story of its demise
seemed to sum up the world
of 2014: The power-mad, petty
dictator confirms stereotypes by
ordering a cyber-hit on Sony;
ugly secrets dragged out into the
open to destroy the powerful;
short-sighted corporate cowardice
and incompetence in the face
of unprecedented challenge;
the blurring of lines between
nation states and multi-national
corporations; the conversation
about the thing becoming more
important than the thing itself,
and the powerlessness of the artists
caught in the middle. Think about
it: a globe-spanning cyberwar
sparked by a stupid buddy movie
aimed at stoners. Who said cinema
doesn’t matter any more? — CM
arts & entertainment
New York City look like a grimy
fairy land, perfect pacing, and a
screenplay that made simplicity a
virtue. Utter perfection that proves
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CONTEMPORARY MEDIA, INC.
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of Memphis magazine, Memphis
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MBQ is seeking a creative and
talented Sales Executive. This
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starter, who has the ability to
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business.Preferred Qualifications:
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experience, Initiate and foster
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existing client relationships, Goaloriented, assertive and very wellorganized, Excellent presentation
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the rant By Randy Haspel
Everybody laughs at Dennis Rodman. He is America’s
favorite, cross-dressing, tattooed metalhead. His piercings set off alarms
at airports five minutes before he arrives. He’s dyed his hair every shade of the color
m e m p h i s f l y e r. c o m
romantically with Madonna — but then, who hasn’t been? He wore a wedding dress and full make up to promote his 1996 autobiography, claiming that he
was bisexual and marrying himself. And his nickname is “The Worm.”
Rodman is also a seven-time NBA rebounding champion, and a two-time defensive player of the year. He wears five NBA championship rings with the
Chicago Bulls and had his number retired by the Detroit Pistons. He entered the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. Rodman’s drunken bellicosity has cost
him his credibility, which is too bad since he’s one of the only living Americans to have had a laugh with North Korea’s Dear Leader, Kim Jong-un.
Rodman went to North Korea in 2013 to assist their national basketball program and returned the next year with a group of former NBA players for a
tour of the country. Afterward, Rodman claimed Dear Leader was a “friend for life,” and that Obama should, “pick up the phone and call Kim,” since the
two leaders were basketball fans. But he was drunk and verbose upon his return. His agent claimed Rodman had been drinking heavily to an extent “that
none of us had seen before,” and he promptly entered a rehab facility.
But Rodman’s message was simple: North Koreans are nuts over basketball. So, before we enter
a second Korean War over a Seth Rogen stoner movie, perhaps we should consider invading with
basketball. There is a precedent. In 1971, the U.S. Table Tennis Team was invited to China, where
no American had been since 1949. On the team was a long-haired, redheaded hippie named Glenn
Cowan, and everywhere the team went Cowan was mobbed by fans who were perhaps seeing what
freedom was for the first time. The press dubbed it “Ping-Pong Diplomacy,” and it helped thaw
relations with China leading up to Richard Nixon’s famous handshake with Mao Zedong, who
enjoyed a game of ping-pong himself. Nelson Mandela once said: “Sport has the power to
change the world. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”
Speaking of sports, the island of Cuba, one of the last existing communist countries,
produces great baseball players. Even Fidel Castro was reputed to be a decent pitcher. Cuban
baseball stars like El Duque and Livan Hernandez risked their lives to come to this country.
But with Obama’s singular destruction of the mummified, Cold-War corpse of calamities
lasting from the Kennedy administration, we may soon see some free-agents.
The fastest way to transform a communist country is to give them a Major League Baseball
franchise. The professional suits should get in there fast. I believe there’s already a pretty
good ball club in Havana called the Leones. There’s a team in Toronto, and they’re
already looking at Mexico City, so let’s give the other half of the hemisphere a
Dennis
chance to compete. New York could play Havana, and they could bring back all
Rodman
those posters that say, “Cuba, si. Yanqui, no,”
Over a half century, the CIA has tried to kill Castro by
exploding cigars, poison pills, bacteria, LSD, snipers, bombers,
and thallium salts to make his beard fall out. Fidel said, “If
surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I
would win the gold medal.” Before another Bay of Pigs, let’s
invade with pro baseball, Coca-Cola, and Mickey D’s.
Given the chance, I would love to go to Cuba and habla a
little espanol. I’d like to see the marketplace and the old cars.
A new car in Cuba is a ’57 Buick, but now they can finally get
some genuine GM parts. In return, we get the near-mythical
Cuban cigar. I smoked a few Hav-a-Tampa jewel sweets with
the wooden tip back when I was in college until I realized that
the taste was disgusting, but even I would smoke a Cuban
cigar just for the hell of it. I could pull one out at a party and
scream, “Say hello to my little friend.” We can also learn how
to say “banana daiquiri” in Spanish and see some of those racy
shows where Hyman Roth would never go. I’m sorry. I just love
Godfather references.
One thing’s for sure: The Castros can’t live forever, and their
successors won’t have personal connections to the revolution.
Maybe an MLB all-star team could tour Cuba like the pingpong team did China. Then dry out Rodman and make him
our ambassador to North Korea. Even Lil’ Kim plays a little
ball. Wilt Chamberlain and Jong-un each hold the record for
scoring 100 points in a game. The only difference was that
Chamberlain did it with other players on the floor. Let’s play
ball for a change.
Randy Haspel writes the “Recycled Hippies” blog, where a version
of this column first appeared.
the rant
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