Monday Lunchtime News Update
Today in Memphis, everyone declares Indie Memphis a great success, Playhouse is hosting a quirky Carnival party, and a young Memphian flies the nest and leaves us a poignant good-bye.
All that (and more) is in today's lunchtime news update.
– By all accounts, this year's Indie Memphis was the best festival yet. You can read a list of the winners here.
– Last Wednesday night was a rough night for Memphis sports fans with the University of Memphis football team falling to Cincinatti, the Grizzlies losing their first regular season game to the Spurs, and the Cardinals…well, you know. Keep your chin up, though, because the Grizz did win (in overtime) on Friday and they play the Celtics tonight. In other Grizzlies news, Quincy Pondexter will be with the team for another four years.
– This past weekend was an eventful one. Here's a little Instagram recap (you can scroll through). Tag your photos #ilovememphis and your image might show up here.
– Playhouse on the Square is having their annual Curtain Up fundraiser this Friday. This years's theme is Carnival Noir: think a slightly offbeat version of a carnival including tarot card readings, henna tattos, music, food, and drinks. Five areas at Playhouse will be set up with different themes, including a speakeasy-style poker room, a rooftop concert, and a dance party on the main stage.
– Dr. James Downing from St. Jude has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, abranch of the National Academy of Sciences. His election brings the number of members from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to six. Way to represent, St. Jude!
– FemCity Memphis is a new organization for women business owners in the city to interact, collaborate, and learn how to grow their businesses. The launch party for FemCity Memphis is this Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the brand-new (not quite open yet) Peridot Boutique in Cooper Young.
– Real talk: Alexis Ditaway is a Memphian, a student at Ridgeway High School, and an aspiring journalist who wrote an honest, bittersweet love letter to Memphis as she prepares to leave the city. It's worth a read.
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