Monday News Update & Photo Roundup: Crazy Weekend Edition
Hello Memphis! What a weekend! I hope you have recovered from your weekend of Gonerfesting, dragon boat racing, Pride parading, Levitt Shelling, Oktoberfesting, Book festing, and football watching.
Today we have a news update filled with ways to save on beer drinking, giving back to the community, and a cool music video, plus your amazing photos from teh last few weeks, including all of the events listed above. Don't forget to tag your pictures #ilovememphis and they might appear on the blog (scroll down for photos).
Love for Tennessee (including Memphis). Here's a cool video featuring Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors' song "Tennessee". Memphis makes quite a few appearances.
New Shop Opening in East Memphis. Blu D'or Interiors is a new boutique furniture and accessories shop that will open this Wednesday, October 1 in the Laurelwood Shopping Center. They'll have linens, upholstery, furniture, and local art.
Do the Memphis Love Challenge. Inspired from the ALS ice bucket challenge, the #MemphisLoveChallenge spreads love in Memphis where one must perform 3 good deeds for someone in our community and then nominate 3 others to do the same.
Save $5 on Oktoberfest Tickets. This Saturday October 4, High Cotton Taproom will have a big Oktoberfest event complete with flowing taps, music, German food, and more. You can save $5 on either ticket by using code "ilovememphis" when you go here to buy tickets.
Take a picture. Win two tickets to Cooper Young Regional Beerfest. Go here for details. The deadline is this week.
Write a Slogan, Win Shirts. Hollywood Feed is hosting a t-shirt slogan contest through mid-October and the winner gets five free shirts. Think "I kissed a dog and I like it", etc. For more info and to enter, go here.
Have you ever wondered when you might get to see a Cat Circus? I know I have. Lucky us, there's one coming to the Evergreen Theater on November. Polly and her troupe of acrobatic rescue cats will put on shows Nov. 13 – 16 and Nov. 20 – 23. Tickets are $25.
Memphis Makes National News For Food Amazingness. The Association of Food Journalists had a great time eating and learning about food writing in Memphis during their conference a few weeks ago. They've already started sharing their experiences with the rest of the world. Check out these articles:
“Walking (and Dining) in Memphis” from the Nashville Scene
“A taste of Memphis from the Soul Burger to Hogfish Snapper” from the San Francisco Chronicle
“What we ate in Memphis” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This Wednesday, October 1 kicks off the "Memphis Reads" program. "Memphis Reads" is a monthlong series of community events surrounding this year's book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu, a story about an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, D.C. Christian Brothers and the Memphis Public Library are organizing a few events with the author on Nov. 4 and 5. Go here for more info.
Plan ahead for Art on Fire. The Dixon's biggest party of the year has a very fall, festive event on Saturday, October 25. Tickets are $75 for non-members, but with that you can expect fire dancers, live music from Bluff City Backsliders and Grace Askew, artists demonstrations, food from more than 20 of Memphis' best restaurants, plus all beer and wine is included. See more fall events here.
Have a free moment and want to give back to Memphis? Our city's own Volunteer Odyssey organization now has an awesome volunteering calendar now up on its website. Check it out here.
And here are your photos: