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What's Happening — Memphis

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Well, you should all know by now that I have closed my location at 524 South Main Street. It may seem sudden, but I had been thinking about it for a long time. After American Apparel, Broken Arrow, and Pat Halloran's Art Attack closed, a *mystery tenant* took over their spaces and, my landlords told me, they had interest in mine. Although my lease was to run through October of 2017, the new business signed on to take over once it was up AND expressed that they may want my shop early. I have known this for months, and was...

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Stevie Nicks Concert

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I’ve been struggling with what I want to write about seeing Stevie Nicks in concert. I know it sounds lame, and that I should just give a brief synopsis, but I was surprised how much it affected me. Maybe it was whatever was in the backpack margaritas I bought, but I think it was something else.   Seriously, the guy had his marg supply strapped to his back and it flowed out of a tube.   To start, it was a nice surprise to get to see Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders as an opener. She was wearing a Shangri...

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International Blues Challenge

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  I’ve been paying more attention to what is happening in downtown Memphis, and trying to be a part of it outside of just living and operating a store. In some cases it is as simple as following social media accounts of figures and businesses, and in others it requires more action like researching what different organizations are doing and even attending events in my free time. The latter is much more involved, but certainly worth it. I started thinking about other cities I’ve lived in, and how they honor their musical and culinary arts, among other things. I wondered...

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Intrude

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San Francisco, Toronto, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Denver, and Memphis Yes, you read that correctly. If you can’t tell from my posts, I’ve been pretty sweet on Memphis and the things that are happening here these days. The city is getting a lot of attention, and because of that there are opportunities for things to happen that wouldn’t have been feasible 10 years ago. For example, after a trip all the way from Australia to the Czech Republic, France, England, Finland, etc., Amanda Parer’s Intrude came for a spell to the Brooks Museum. You may know it as the...

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Jack Robinson Gallery

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A few weeks ago I attended the South Main Association Christmas party. It was at the Jack Robinson gallery on Front Street, and I had no idea what I was walking into. The party itself was what you might expect: a little mingling, a glass of wine, someone playing piano in the background. What I didn’t know was anything at all about Jack Robinson, and I quickly realized that I needed to learn. A poster on the second floor talks about his life, and you can easily miss it because of all the photographs that command your attention. He was...

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