Wednesday News Update: James Beard Nominees, Fair Grounds Plans and the Place to Meet Your Match

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 20th 2013 2079 0

Today in Memphis, we've got James Beard nominees, a demolition, a possibly awesome concert and a few good reasons to buy a tent.

All of that and more in today's Memphis news update:

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– First, the big food news: Memphis got two nods on the list of 2013 James Beard Award nominees. Hog and Hominy is in the running for Best New Restaurant and its owners, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, are nominated for Best Chef(s) Southeast.

– Go ahead and buy a tent – the Bonnaroo lineup has been released. Highlights include the Wu-Tang Clan, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Bjork, and the modern master of the slow jam, R. Kelly.

– The traffic light cameras in Germantown are turned off at the moment, but please don't use it as an excuse to drive all crazy.

Here's some news about some possible plans for the Fairgrounds, the most notable of which is the impending demolition of the Coliseum.

– If this somewhat dubious Facebook event is to be believed, Greg Cartwright (Oblivians, Reigning Sound) is playing at Bar DKDC tomorrow.

– Apparently, if you live in the South East, Wal-Mart is the place to meet your future Craigslist missed connection. Better than "at home", I suppose (ahem, Indiana).

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  1. Dan Spector says:

    The idea that we are about to tear down the Coliseum, still in decent shape, just makes me mad. We have so few concerts in town. We have utterly misinterpreted the Forum's strictures about getting first crack at holding events. And when you ask architects how to put in wheelchair access, you get the platinum solution; when you ask contractors, you get the plywood-and-concrete solution. Millions less. But if the public has been cowed into  thinking it has to happen, what can you do, with present leadership.

  2. PatrickGSR94 says:

    I have lived in the Memphis area nearly all my life, over 30 years, and I have no attachment at all to the Colliseum.  It's really an eye-sore, extremely dated in terms of appearance and design.  Why would you want to use it when the Forum is better equipped in pretty much every aspect?

  3. memphish says:

    agree about the Colliseum.  it would take millions to refurbish it and we still wouldn't have anymore to book it consistantly since all the sports teams have a home now and all big concerts hit the Forum, Mud Island or Snowden Grove.

    And if you think their are so few concerts in town, then you need to be checking Minglewood Hall, Hi Tone, Newby's, Daisy, Young Ave Deli, The Buc, The Shell more often.  tons of concerts every day/week in Memphis at a bunch of different venues

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