Memphis Grizzles fans rejoice, the postseason is here when all things are possible. Today starts the playoffs, when growl towels are in abundance, unique T-shirts are everywhere and #BelieveMemphis is trending.
The Grizz kick off their first-round matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder in OKC tonight, with Game 1 tipping off at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Whether it's for tonight's game, or any of the other games during the playoffs, if it's game night and you find yourself in a restaurant or bar in Memphis with a TV, it's probably going to have the game showing. But there are several spots that rise above the rest for Grizz fans.
My shortlist includes Downtown spots like South of Beale and Aldo's, and Midtown mainstays Young Avenue Deli and Sweet Grass Next Door. Need more suggestions? Check out this list of top spots.
When it opened Labor Day weekend 2013, Wiseacre Brewing was the third beer producer on the scene in Memphis. But it immediately set the pace for beer "hangouts" in the city, and there's no better time than a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon to prove the point.
Sure, there is always a nice after-work crowd on Thursdays and Fridays enjoying a pint or two in the taproom. But Saturday afternoons, in my opinion, is the time to head over to the Broad Avenue Arts District and enjoy a couple of pints out on the large deck. And I'm sure the garage door will be open, making the large indoor taproom a virtual covered patio.
Oh, and that opening game of the playoffs tonight at Oklahoma City? Yeah, it starts at 8:30, just after Wiseacre closes at 8 p.m. That makes Wiseacre a great choice to get the pregame action going this afternoon to cheer on the Grizzlies tonight.
Check out "Wiseacre Brewing" for the full details on the Wiseacre experience.
For Memphis visitors not sure where to start to learn about the city's musical heritage, the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum provides a good overview. When it was developed by the National Museum of American History in 1996, the museum became the first exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution with another museum. It was created to present the musical history that was born in Memphis. That music was a mix of the sounds of field hollers, work songs, blues, country and gospel of the sharecroppers in the Great Depression era with the sounds of Beale Street, Sun Studio, and Stax Recording and Hi Records in the post-World War II period.
The museum's location is just off Beale Street adjacent to Third Street in one of the city's more prominent spots. What makes the museum unique is that it combines a little bit of all the city's museums in one, giving an overview of what's found at Sun Studio, Graceland and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
The Rock 'n' Soul Museum is at 191 Beale St. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $8 for youth ages 5 to 17. To read more click on Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.
There are so many great things to do around town during the holiday season. As such, there's no way I can do them all. That's why I need your help. I am looking for photos of holiday events all over the Memphis area. Did you take some cool pictures at Starry Nights? Maybe you snapped some photos at an area Christmas parade? Or how about a shot of Santa at the mall?
Whatever holiday pictures you've taken around town, I want to see them. Just send them to me in an email and let me know where they were taken and that I have your permission to post them on About.com. I can't wait to see your photos!
Photo from Bellevue's Singing Christmas Tree, © Audrey Turner
I think most of us feel a little more generous this time of year. Or maybe it's just that we see the need at Christmastime more than we do throughout the other months of the year. Whatever the reason, a lot of people are still looking for ways to give to those in need this Christmas.
One program that has been distributing gifts to needy children and the elderly for years is the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. The way it works is easy. Just stop by the Oak Court Mall, Wolfchase Galleria, Carrefour at Kirby Woods, or the Hickory Ridge Mall and choose an angel from the Angel Tree. Each angel has information about the needy recipient including clothing sizes and one wish.
If you're out doing some post-Thanksgiving shopping anyway, why not take a minute and adopt an angel?
Photo by Flickr user littlerottenrobin, Creative Commons License
I know some people (and I'm not naming any names) who take Black Friday very seriously. For some of these folks, Thanksgiving Day is simply the Thursday before Black Friday. For others, Thanksgiving is an actual nuisance because it interferes with the planning, plotting, and preparatory sleeping that needs to occur in advance of Black Friday. I'm sure these folks are thrilled that so many stores are opening on Thanksgiving evening this year.
While I don't happen to be a Black Friday shopper, the truth of the matter is, there are some great deals to be had as long as you are willing to sacrifice a lot of time and a little sanity to get them.
With that in mind, I spoke with some of those die hard Black Friday shoppers who graciously offered their insight and experiences. From there, I assembled some tips and strategies to help you make the most of this nearly-official shopping holiday. From chasing down the ads to chasing down the deals, here are the best ways to plan for Black Friday in Memphis.
For many families, Thanksgiving afternoon and evening is rather anticlimactic. The food has been eaten, friends have gone home, and Grandpa is dozing in front of the T.V. while the football game blares in the background. If this sounds like Thanksgiving at your place, don't worry, there are still plenty of things to do in Memphis when dinner is over.
- Zoo on Ice and Zoo Lights -- Head down to the Memphis Zoo from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy the holiday lights and Memphis' only outdoor ice skating rink.
- Huey's -- Three Huey's locations will be open on Thanksgiving evening if you need a drink or a late night bite to eat (think burgers, not turkey).
- Shopping -- Although the real shopping begins on Friday, some stores (including Toys 'R Us) will be open on Thanksgiving evening so you can get your shopping started early.
- Movies -- Movie theaters are one of the few places open on both Thanksgiving and Christmas and catching the latest flick can be a nice way to relax at the end of a busy holiday.
- Bowling -- Work off some of that turkey dinner with a game or two of bowling. This is a fun activity for the whole family.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? Once again, another year has slipped right past me. Fortunately, I don't have to do the cooking this year but I am looking forward to some familiar Thanksgiving favorites--turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. I have learned, though, that not everybody eats these traditional foods on Thanksgiving. For instance, I have a friend who insists that goose, not turkey, is the preferred bird for the holiday dinner. I have another friend who believes Thanksgiving is incomplete without mincemeat pie.
So what's going to be on your plate in two weeks? Leave a comment below and tell us.
Oh, and if you don't feel like cooking, we've got a list of Memphis area restaurants that will be serving Thanksgiving dinner.
Photo © Jim Capaldi, Creative Commons License
The sender of the email is a woman from Belgium who believes Elvis is alive and is ready to make a comeback. She started a petition that asks for "government approval and protection for the comeback of Elvis Presley." While I'm not sure what all this would entail, the petition currently has nearly 700 signers who evidently think this is a reasonable request. If you would like to check out the petition (or even sign it), it is available at Change.org.
It is almost time for the 2013 Southern Heritage Classic. This annual football game will feature Tennessee State and Jackson State going head to head at the Liberty Bowl Stadium on Saturday, September 14th.
Between now and then, there are lots of events leading up to the big game including concerts, parades, and parties. Be sure to check out the full schedule of Southern Heritage Classic events so you don't miss any of the fun!