Lunchtime News Update: Memphis Must Be In Carb Overload Edition

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 12th 2013 2016 0

Happy Thursday. This past week in Memphis, we survived the storm, the art community got major props from Mr. Koeppel, and a former Tiger football QB auctioned off his keyboard. There's all that and more (but purposefully nothing about the Grizzlies because I am not emotionally available to discuss it) in today's news update.

Judging by the desolation of Kroger's beer and bread aisles, most of Memphis must still be in complete carb overload. Here are some of your photos from the arguably anticlimactic Icepocalypse 2013.


The Overton Park Conservancy is doing a survey and needs our input to continue to make improvements to Overton Park, like the Rainbow Lake Playground. They've only had 250 responses (in 2011 they had 1,600). The survey takes just a few minutes – you can find it here.

Fredric Koeppel, the Commercial Appeal's resident art critic, says that 2013 has been the best year for Memphis art in 25 years.

You may remember this summer's heartwarming viral video of Tigers football player Jacob Karam playing his keyboard with St. Jude patient Breanna. Karam decided to leave Memphis, but before he went, he auctioned off the famous keyboard to raise money for St. Jude. 

I had the pleasure of being on Kevin Cerrito's MSL radio show on Saturday talking about holiday events.

The Memphis Farmer's Market is going to be open this Saturday for the Winter Market – the last shopping hurrah before the end of the year. 


If you've ever wondered how makeup effects artists create those creepy creatures, you can now take a class right here in Memphis and find out. Artist Matt Singer, who worked on the Syfy show "Face Off" and WB show "Angel" is offering classes in makeup and prosethetics. Classes begin January 4, and you can get more info here.

Don't forget about Sideways Media's art and music event "Underground" this Saturday.

Obsidian Public Relations is offering six months of free services to the winner of their 3rd Annual PR 180 Project. Vote for your favorite nonprofit out of the five finalists on Obsidian's facebook page until December 16.

Attention dog portrait enthusiasts: I see your Instagrams and I raise you a coffee table book. The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County is partnering with “Hottest Hounds,” a coffee table book that will feature Memphis dogs. It's pay to play ($100 per page) but 30 percent of the proceeds go to HSMSC. Email Cassie Moore at to purchase your page.

If you want to see your photos included in one of the photo recaps, but sure to tag your Instagram and Twitter posts #ilovememphis. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @ilovememphisblog and on Pinterest.

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