I'm back from vacation, you're back from the weekend, and a lot has happened in the meantime. Here's your Monday Memphis news update:
Not everyone can make a government building look sexy, but @jcrunk444 can. He submitted his photo via Instagram by tagging it #ilovememphis. You should do the same.
- Don't procrastinate on your civic duties. Early voting for a whole mess of local, state and national (like president) offices starts on Wednesday in Shelby County.
- "Memphis: The Musical" is about to become "Memphis: The Musical": The Movie. Warner Brothers has signed on to produce the big screen version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show about rock'n'roll, ambition racial tension and – above all – love.
- On a similar note (accidental pun, I swear), the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is launching tomorrow.
- In restaurant news, Midtown's best sushi joint, Do, closed over the weekend. I'm not sure what's to become of the space (I've heard talk of tacos), but it'll never live up to my beloved Kona Strawberry and Vegetarian Noodle Soup.
- Speaking of Cooper Young restaurants closing to make way for taco shops, Ben Vaughn (formerly of Grace, Au Fond and the short-lived El Diablo) is starring in a Food Network show called "Health Inspectors". It premieres on Oct. 26th.
- If you need something to do this week, check out Memphian Katori Hall's "Hurt Village" at the Hattiloo Theatre. It is, by all accounts, amazing.
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