Back when he was in his mid-teens, John Fry would make frequent trips to the music store in front of Stax, the Satellite Record Shop, where Stax co-founder Estelle Axton would sell the future Ardent Studios founder 45s from behind the counter.
33. Events - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.34. Events - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Madonna Learning Center will present its 2014 Christmas play, “Home for the Holidays,” Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Center Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, 1801 Exeter Road. Tickets are $5. Visit gpacweb.com.35. Events - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The 13th annual Porter-Leath Toy Truck will collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations Monday, Dec. 15, to Dec. 19 from 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. at WMC-TV Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave., and Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave. Donations from both locations will benefit children and families served by Porter-Leath. Visit porterleath.org.36. Events - Monday, December 15, 2014
The 13th annual Porter-Leath Toy Truck will collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations Monday, Dec. 15, to Dec. 19 from 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. at WMC-TV Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave., and Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave. Donations from both locations will benefit children and families served by Porter-Leath. Visit porterleath.org.37. Events - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “Twelfth Night” Thursday, Dec. 11, through Dec. 21 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.38. Events - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA Nuber Center, 5885 Quince Road. CPA Garrett Surles will present “It’s Not Too Late – Year-End Tax Tips.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.39. Events - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA Nuber Center, 5885 Quince Road. CPA Garrett Surles will present “It’s Not Too Late – Year-End Tax Tips.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.40. Label Launch - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
John Miller and Chaney Nichols are a pair of Memphis music aficionados who tend to dismiss with a laugh that old saw about how music is fine and well for fun but involves misspent, wasted energy when pursued as a career.41. Events - Saturday, December 06, 2014
ALIVE Rescue Memphis will host its launch party and Art for Barks live art auction Saturday, Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. The event will also include a silent auction and live music. Admission is $12 and includes drinks and appetizers. Visit aliverescuememphis.org.42. Events - Monday, December 08, 2014
Luna Nova Music will hold its winter concert Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Ave. Admission is free. Visit lunanova.org or call 493-095843. Events - Friday, December 05, 2014
Art for Life’s Sake will present a holiday blues concert Friday, Dec. 5, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk, 310 Beale St. The concert will include an array of blues music by famous local and international blues artists. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit artforlifessake.org.44. Events - Thursday, December 04, 2014
The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Jim Duncan, executive director of Memphis Botanic Garden, will present “The Memphis Botanic Garden Experience: From Red to Black.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.45. Events - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.46. Simonson Joins IRIS Orchestra Staff - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Jenna Simonson has joined IRIS Orchestra as community relations coordinator. In her new role, Simonson will oversee community engagement programs and office management for the orchestra, which kicked off its 15th season in October.47. Midtown Gears Up for Indie Holiday Market - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Preparations for the second Memphis Indie Holiday Market are entering the home stretch, as customers and vendors prepare to converge on Muddy’s Grind House Dec. 13 for the one-day event.
Presented by Paper & Clay and Hoot-Louise, this year’s holiday market will build on the original idea with which it began last year – providing a one-stop shop for holiday shoppers as well as a venue for local makers and vendors to present and sell their work.48. Elvis Costello to Play Minglewood in March - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Later this week, tickets go on sale for an Elvis Costello performance in Memphis at Minglewood.
He’s playing the Midtown venue March 10, and tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 5.
Costello has announced 13 new North American tour dates that will take him through the Midwest and Southern U.S., kicking off March 1 in Boulder, Colo. The Courier-Journal in Louisville has described Costello’s solo tours as giving him the "opportunity to dig deep into one of modern music's deepest and most intensely satisfying catalogs."49. Events - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
National Civil Rights Museum will host the Freedom Award public forum Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, 369 G.E. Patterson Ave. The Freedom Award ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St., followed by a gala from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the adjacent Cook Convention Center. Admission to the forum is free; tickets to the ceremony and gala are $200. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for details on this year’s honorees.50. Events - Monday, December 01, 2014
American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-REDCROSS for eligibility requirements and appointments.51. Page Robbins Provides Safe ‘Middle Ground’ - Saturday, November 29, 2014
The youngest is 53 and the oldest is 98. Some appreciate classical music and others prefer Elvis, the Mamas & the Papas or the Beatles, and others John Denver, Arlo Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen.52. Events - Thursday, November 27, 2014
Hattiloo Theatre will present “If Scrooge Was a Brother” Friday, Nov. 28, through Dec. 21 at the theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at hattiloo.org.53. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.
Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.54. Tigers’ Season Starts as a Hoops Nightmare - Friday, November 21, 2014
The comments on Twitter during the Memphis Tigers’ dreadful season debut against No. 11 Wichita State were shallow, cynical and, yes, spot-on.
“So when Cal coined the term, ‘The Miserables,’ he meant this year’s guards?” tweeted one wiseguy.55. New Daisy Changes Hands at Critical Time for Beale - Friday, November 21, 2014
Three decades is a long enough time on Beale Street for any institution to create its own remarkable life.
But when that 30 years is part of a longer life of nearly 80 years and it’s on a street with an even longer history and heritage, there can be a tendency to forget how much time has passed in the latest life.56. Adelman, Gibson Lease New Daisy Theater - Thursday, November 20, 2014
The California nightclub developer taking on the old Club Crave on Beale Street and the Memphis businessman who was a driving force behind the new Hattiloo Theater location in Overton Square are the new owners of Beale Street’s longest-running showcase music venue, The New Daisy Theater.57. Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.58. School Phase-Ins Show Complicated Evolution - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
In 2 1/2 academic years, the state-run Achievement School District has had greater success in terms of student achievement with charter organizations that take over a grade or two at a time instead of all at once.59. Exhibiting Soul - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
For more than a year, award-winning photographer and New York native Thom Gilbert has been shooting portraits of oil drillers in Texas, fishermen in Alaska, coal miners, cowboys, Detroit auto assembly workers – a group of people he refers to as “iconic Americans.”60. This week in Memphis history: November 14-20 - Saturday, November 15, 2014
2013: Justin Timberlake at FedExForum in a day that saw Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. proclaim it as Justin Timberlake day and don a bowtie along with numerous other Memphians. It was Timberlake’s first Memphis show since 2007 and 1,000 free bow ties were distributed.61. Events - Friday, November 14, 2014
Stax Museum of American Soul Music will hold an opening reception for “SOUL: Memphis’ Original Sound – Photographs by Thom Gilbert” Friday, Nov. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The event will include refreshments and live music by Bobby Rush. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.62. Staying Power - Friday, November 14, 2014
Visible Music College has come a long way from the building in Lakeland that once housed a catfish restaurant where the school launched almost 15 years ago.
Next year represents the 15th anniversary for the Memphis-based music school focused on training musicians, technicians and business professionals for work in churches and in the music industry. Its graduates are in studios today, in churches and rising up the charts, and Visible’s presence extends to a partner school in Germany and a campus in Lansing, Ill.63. Events - Thursday, November 13, 2014
Comcast will hold a job fair Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at its service center at 3251 Players Club Parkway. The company is hiring for its Memphis sales team. Visit careers.comcast.com.64. Events - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Harold Graeter, associate executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, will present “Selling the College Football Bowl Experience.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.65. Historic Brewery Sold and Ready for Development - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown has been sold for $825,000 and could soon see new life.
The Tennessee Brewery LLC, a trust of the family that owns Memphis general contractor BHN Corp., sold the shuttered brewery at 495 Tennessee St. to 495 Tennessee LLC, according to a Nov. 5 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds office.66. Due to Cuts, Navy Bands Change Approach - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) – Military bands are a valued part of American culture, with their musicians lending a sense of patriotism, pride and nostalgia to performances at sporting events, hospitals, small-town parades and service-member funerals.67. Events - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Volunteer Mid-South will host its Corporate Neighbor Awards Breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Memphis Botanic Garden’s Hardin Hall, 750 Cherry Road. The awards honor exemplary corporate community engagement programs across the region. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.68. Pyramid’s Past Life Almost Vanished - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
On the north side of The Pyramid, you can still see signs of what once was, in a way that makes 20 years seem like centuries ago.
The logo for the city’s old Wonders series of exhibitions is the most noticeable indicator of the past life of a structure long ago stripped of the seating bowl that made it an arena. 69. New Photo Exhibit Coming to Stax Museum - Saturday, November 08, 2014
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is preparing to host a photography exhibit of Memphis-related soul music artists as well as behind-the-scenes songwriters, engineers, musicians, producers and others involved in the musical genre.70. Visible Music College Prepares to Turn 15 - Saturday, November 08, 2014
Visible Music College is preparing to celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2015.
The college was launched in Memphis in 2000 and now reaches students through two U.S. teaching sites, in Memphis and the Chicago metro area. The college has a sister campus in Germany, and plans are in the works to expand to Dallas in 2015.71. Events - Saturday, November 08, 2014
National Civil Rights Museum will present “You Be the Judge,” a mock trial that explores what would have happened if James Earl Ray had stood trial for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.72. Events - Friday, November 07, 2014
The Broad Avenue Fall Art Walk will be held Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Broad Avenue Arts District. The event will include more than 100 artists exhibiting along Broad Avenue, live music and dance at the Water Tower Pavilion, food trucks and more. Admission is free. Visit broadavearts.com.73. Visible Music College Prepares to Turn 15 - Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Visible Music College is preparing to celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2015.
The college was launched in Memphis in 2000 and now reaches students through two U.S. teaching sites, in Memphis and the Chicago metro area. The college has a sister campus in Germany, and plans are in the works to expand to Dallas in 2015.74. Events - Wednesday, November 05, 2014
The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Ally Condie, author of “Atlantia,” for a discussion and book signing Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.75. New Photo Exhibit Coming to Stax Museum - Monday, November 03, 2014
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is preparing to host a photography exhibit of Memphis-related soul music artists as well as behind-the-scenes songwriters, engineers, musicians, producers and others involved in the musical genre.76. Events - Saturday, November 01, 2014
Memphis Reads, the citywide community reading program, will host Dinaw Mengestu, author of Memphis Reads selection “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” Tuesday, Nov. 4, for a reading at 5:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Mengestu will also speak at 8 p.m. at the University Theater on the Christian Brothers University campus, 650 East Parkway S. Both events are free. Visit cbu.edu.77. Editorial: Overton Square Comeback Proof of Possibilities - Saturday, November 01, 2014
Overton Square is back in ways few of us could have foreseen just three years ago.
And that’s the point – ways few of us could have foreseen.
The direct cause is millions of dollars invested by Loeb Properties, a Memphis company that knows what was, what could be and the necessary difference between the two.78. Rhodes to Hold 'Memphis Day' Saturday - Friday, October 31, 2014
Rhodes College opens its campus Saturday, Nov. 1, for “Memphis Day.” The activities, which run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., include five live music performances, an afternoon football game and food trucks.79. Events - Friday, October 31, 2014
The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. May We Remember - Friday, October 31, 2014
MAY WE NOTE LEST WE FORGET. The day after Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee died last week, I told my audience that I was going to open my remarks with a question, and I knew I was going to be depressed by the answer.81. Frayser Battleground for Achievement Schools - Friday, October 31, 2014
After two years of being confronted with bad student achievement data, teachers at schools on the Achievement School District’s list for a takeover are confronting the ASD and charter organizations with data from the first two years of the state-run district.82. Newby's Owner Raising Money to Keep Doors Open - Thursday, October 30, 2014
Newby’s owner Todd Adams has turned to crowdfunding to help him raise money that will be used to keep his bar and music venue on the Highland Strip open.
Adams has set up a GoFundMe account to raise $25,000 to help keep the doors open at Newby’s, which Paragon Bank foreclosed on this summer. The owner of Newby’s since 1997, Adams wants to get to the point where he can buy back the property, after which he then has a plan to reshape its layout and include a bevy of additions.83. Events - Thursday, October 30, 2014
Eclectic Eye will host Girls Night Out Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its Midtown boutique, 272 S. Cooper St. The event will feature The Henny Penny Mobile Boutique, a Gia Marina eyebrow specialist, discounted Eclectic Eye eyewear and complimentary treats and themed cocktails. Visit eclectic-eye.com.84. Churchill Joins Gateway Group - Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Natalie Churchill has joined Gateway Group Personnel as recruiting assistant for the temporary staffing division. In her new role, Churchill will source, qualify and interview candidates to place in positions ranging from accounting, administration (receptionists to executive administrative assistants), medical office, human resources and customer service.85. ‘State of Black Memphis’ Forum Urges Action - Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Each year, the Urban League releases a national report that puts the “state of Black America” in the form of statistics on health care, education, economic power and similar factors.
This year, the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals used the report’s release to start a discussion billed as the “state of Black Memphis.” 86. Rock On - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The 60th anniversary this year of a seminal moment in the formation of rock ‘n’ roll, a moment that also happens to be a bedrock episode in Memphis music lore, has come with all the attendant tributes and celebrations to be expected for such a milestone.87. Hard Rock Priority - Monday, October 27, 2014
When Hard Rock Café opened in the late 1990s at Beale and Hernando streets it was a late realization of a brand-specific goal city leaders had pursued while The Pyramid was being built in the late 1980s.88. Zebra Lounge Piano Bar Opens for Business - Saturday, October 25, 2014
The Zebra Lounge, a piano bar featuring live music by Memphis musicians seven nights a week, opened in Overton Square on Thursday, Oct. 23.
The original Zebra Lounge is a landmark Chicago bar founded in 1929. The Zebra Lounge ownership team, impressed with the uniqueness of Memphis and the city’s musical history and current crop of talent, tapped the Bluff City for its second location.89. Hard Rock CEO Shows Interest In Memphis Hotel - Friday, October 24, 2014
The president and chief executive officer of Hard Rock Café International Inc. said Thursday, Oct. 23, with the new Beale Street location for Hard Rock, he is interested in a Hard Rock hotel as an extension of the business in Memphis.90. Marine Hospital, I-55 Roundabout Draw Interest - Friday, October 24, 2014
The public’s first opportunity to get a look at the old U.S. Marine Hospital by Chickasaw Heritage Park earlier this year included a chance to walk around the old set of buildings and the grounds overlooking the Mississippi River.91. On Stage - Friday, October 24, 2014
With a box of old ticket stubs, some photographs he took at the concerts he went to and newspaper ads for concerts he came across on microfilm searches for other things, Ron Hall set out to document as many of the major rock and roll and rock concerts in Memphis he could over a fertile 30-year period.92. London Pipeline - Wednesday, October 22, 2014
In the background stands the Palace of Westminster. Or the House of Lords and the House of Commons, if you prefer. In the foreground, a London taxi bears the word “Memphis” in big white letters across a door, the “I” replaced by a red guitar. 93. Zebra Lounge Piano Bar Opens This Week - Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Zebra Lounge, a piano bar featuring live music by Memphis musicians seven nights a week, will open in Overton Square on Thursday, Oct. 23.
The original Zebra Lounge is a landmark Chicago bar founded in 1929. The Zebra Lounge ownership team, impressed with the uniqueness of Memphis and its musical history, tapped the Bluff City for its second location.94. Midtown Music Shop Works to Spread ‘Aural Art Form’ - Monday, October 20, 2014
A little over a year ago Jeremy Barzizza went from being in the music business to being the owner of a music business.95. Events - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Indie Memphis and Memphis Pink Palace Museum will screen Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film, “Stop Making Sense,” Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in the CTI Theater at Pink Palace, 3050 Central Ave. Tickets are $8 for Indie Memphis and Pink Palace members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit indiememphis.com.96. Events - Friday, October 17, 2014
Memphis Zoo will host Zoo Boo Friday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 19, and Oct. 24-26 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Activities include trick-or-treat stations, not-so-haunted tour of Primate Canyon, straw maze, haunted hayride and more. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit memphiszoo.org.97. Tigers Look to Johnson to be Floor Maestro - Friday, October 17, 2014
Most of them, the ones that become their college basketball team’s leading scorer or the guy that runs the show from the point, were always obvious talents.
You know the type, best player on the court at age 6 when all the other kids are carrying the basketball like a football or dribbling the ball off their knees.98. Exploring Possibilities - Friday, October 17, 2014
Just a few weeks before construction is scheduled to begin on the Big River Crossing boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge, bicycle riders will gather in West Memphis for a 100-kilometer bike ride designed to showcase what’s on the other side of the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River.99. Events - Thursday, October 16, 2014
Poplar Pike Playhouse will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Thursday, Oct. 16, to Oct. 25 at the playhouse in Germantown High School, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Buy tickets at ppp.org.100. Events - Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Center City Development Corp. will meet Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.