Tuesday News Update: Baby Penguins, Film Fests, and The Vaccine…Ain’t It Good?!

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 12th 2021 638 0


Do you have good news to share? YES, even in these times. Email your positive news story to elizabethhornor@memphistravel.com with the subject line “Ain’t It Good”. **

Your submission could appear in a future blog post! YES EVEN IN THESE TIMES.

And now, on to the good news. Turn up this Stax tune and keep reading.

Memphis Good News

First Zoo Baby of 2021

Baby penguins were born at the Zoo! The first baby hatched on January 2nd to proud penguin parents Cameron and Tulip. This first fluffy feathered chick will join its sibling born on Dec. 29 and four older siblings, Casey, Kelso, Coretta, and Lynn.

The baby penguins don’t have sexes or names yet, and they’re still behind the scenes until they get a little bit older. Since the Zoo is temporarily closed anyways, let’s look at some more photos provided by the Zoo. Aren’t they adorable?!?!

It snowed a little bit this week! 


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More Good Things That Happened This Week:

$2.5 Million Grant For Hospitality Workers

Yesterday (Jan. 11) the Shelby County Commission voted to create a $2.5 million relief fund for restaurant and hospitality workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some workers could receive $1,000 grants. There’s no info yet on how to apply, so stay tuned. Read more.

Sundance at the Memphis Drive-In

Indie Memphis will host satellite screenings of Sundance Film Festival films at the drive-in later this month. This is a big deal! Tickets are now on sale.
Dates: January 28 – February 2
Location: Malco Summer Drive-in
Tickets: $25 Per Vehicle ($20 For Members), purchase here.
More info + movie lineup: https://www.indiememphis.org/sundance-festival

Jewish Film Fest Goes Virtual

The Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival is going virtual this year! Watch movies online from the comfort of your home.
Dates: January 27 through March 3.
Tickets: $15 for single movies, or you can get a series pass ($140). Jewish Community Center members get discounts. Check out the films, trailers, and schedule here: http://www.jccmemphis.org/cultural-arts/morris-mollye-fogelman-international-jewish-film-festival/

When Can You Get The COVID Vaccine?

Someone submitted “the vaccine” as a positive news story last week and even though it feels like it will be another 47 months before we’re all able to get covid-vaccinated, the State of Tennessee has created a new Vaccine Tool so we can keep up with that schedule.

It’s incredibly simple to use and shows a map of each county’s current vaccine rollout phase. You can also sign up for phase updates via text/email so you’re always in the know. More on the Memphis Flyer website.

Can You Guys See My Screen?

Local writer and actor Natalie Higdon wrote and produced an original socially-distanced comedy called Zoomed  during quarantine this past fall. I was doing good to keep my plants alive during quarantine, so props to Ms. Hidgon for using her creativity to bring us some much needed laughs!

The show follows an oddball group of coworkers experiencing the pitfalls of Zoom meetings in the age of covid: corporate clichés, inappropriate innuendo, creepy coworker moments, day drinking, Power Point tragedies, and plenty of that Zoom Meeting Awkwardness we’ve all come to laugh at (to keep from crying).

You can watch all the episodes on YouTube for free—heads up, though—there’s adult content!

New Opera Memphis Virtual Shows

Opera Memphis will release new episodes of their new online shows every Tuesday! Here are the shows:
– Spanish language children’s show (Mijo Milan)
– fun and fast-paced opera plot synopsis with Jake Stamatis (Opera Speed Runs)
– rising Memphis stars and talented opera singers with Shirley Hill (Variations on a Theme)
– a look backstage, behind the curtain, and into the mind of the director with Opera Memphis General Director, Ned Canty (NEDTalk).

#901SaveTheFood Announcement

New from local nonprofit Clean Memphis:

“Clean Memphis is excited to report that their work to reduce food waste in Memphis is about to take a big step forward. Mayor Jim Strickland has signed a proclamation to reduce food waste and we plan to use this opportunity to advance our work to reduce food waste in Memphis by 50% by 2030 through the Memphis Food Waste Project.”

While the concrete plans for this goal are in the works, you can learn more by following #901SaveTheFood and #CleanMemphis hashtags on social media, and read about (or sign up for!) The Compost Fairy, which will be a part of the ongoing project to help Memphis better use its food resources.

** More about submitting: We’re looking for nonprofit successes, random victories, acts of kindness, rescued baby animals, positive national news coverage of Memphis…any thing that brings joy and brags a little on the people of our city. Send it in, and your story could appear on a future blog post!

Ed. Note: Special thanks to Kevin Brewer for the “Ain’t It Good” song suggestion and to Elizabeth Hornor for her assistance with this article.

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