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CONTENTS
FEATURES
18 Art Smart
Splash a bit of color on the dull, drab words “economic development” and watch the creative class work its magic to paint the town red. story and photos by Jonathan Devin

MARGIN NOTES
Living in an old building, I’m discovering, is quite similar to living in an old body. Upkeep is more challenging and timeconsuming as the years roll by, things wear out and need replacing, and “wellness checks” become prudent to get the jump on those things that are heading south. Our dual structures creak and moan, cornices sag, mortar crumbles, trim whitens, and leaks spring from the unlikeliest (and most inconvenient) places. My building and I are comfortable together beneath the lap blanket of acceptance. Attitudes adjust when living inside an old anything. It’s no longer about appearance and youthful perfection because, well, that’s gone, and it looks too ridiculous if we remain in denial. So out of necessity, we become all about “character” and “ethos” — and the few remaining things over which we still have some semblance of control. Our Downtown neighborhood is filled with old buildings. They are long past their prime of pristine perfection, and we’re good with that. What we want from them now is character and ethos, and they deliver in spades — even if it requires a bit more TLC than in the glory years.

STAFF
Jodie Vance Publisher Terre Gorham Editor editor@memphisdowntowner.com Chris Strain Creative Director art@memphisdowntowner.com Sales Department sales@memphisdowntowner.com Contributing Writers Elizabeth Cawein, Jonathan Devin, Caroline Saunders, David Tankersley Contributing Photographers/Artists Elizabeth Cawein, Jonathan Devin, Brandon Dill, Lee Millar, Caroline Saunders

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Discovery901: Woodruff-Fontaine House The restored 1870s French Victorian mansion on what was once Millionaires Row is the only original Memphis mansion open to the public. Its stories are many — as are its secrets. story and photos by Caroline Saunders Party Host for The Warehouse interview by Terre Gorham photo by Chris Strain

22 My 2 Cents: Kris Kourdouvelis

27 Now Serving: Personal Chefs
If hiring a personal chef lands on your wish list somewhere after a five-car garage, you haven’t seen the typical client roster of many personal chefs. story and photos by Elizabeth Cawein

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30 So It Goes
On a Whim by David Tankersley

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12 June Special Events Calendar 14 Around Town Events Calendar 28 Eating Out & About
Restaurant Guide
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About the Cover: Public art — such as the I Love Memphis murals splashing their way across the city — brightens neighborhoods, spark creative activity, and serve as vital economic drivers. This mural brightens the corner of E. Butler and Allen, photographed by Chris Strain.
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SKYLINERS
Rock Your Bumper
In Tennessee, even the cars rock, thanks to a special music license plate. To make Tennessee the true, licensed “State of American Music,” 1,000 plates must be pre-sold by July 1 before production can begin. If the required pre-order quantity is not met, the $38 plate fee is refunded.
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with numbered buildings and details (including a fun map of other unique musical sites and attractions throughout Memphis). The audio guide provides an entertaining, comfortable, and historically informative stroll down Beale. So, if you’ve always wondered why Beale — which runs east and west — is a street and not an avenue … or if W.C. Handy really did write “Beale Street Blues” inside Hard Rock Cafe … or whatever happened to the statue of John the Baptist atop the beautiful First Baptist Beale Street Church, head to the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum next to FedExForum at Third and Linden and take the “Historic Walking Tours of Beale Street.”
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Outdoors, along the Mississippi Riverwalk model, representatives are positioned at cities and forts to give details of where key battles and skirmishes were fought, including Cairo, Island No. 10, Fort Pillow, Helena, Vicksburg, and Natchez. In the South Grove of the Mud Island grounds, the Sons of Confederate Veterans stage a Confederate battlefield encampment, complete with seasoned re-enactors, vintage cannon replicas, and music from the 52nd Regimental Band. The event is free and runs 10 a.m.–5 p.m. both days. For more information, call 901-576-

Spearheaded by the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the music license plate project also allows recipients to personalize their plates for an additional fee. Proceeds from plate sales benefit music charities, as well as education programs and scholarships for music students throughout the state. An FAQ page is included on the website where plates are ordered. To “guitar your car” for less than the cost of a tank of gas, call 901-205-2536 or visit tnmusicplate.com.
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7241 or visit mudisland.com.

Beat of the Feet
It’s “Sweet 16” for the Gibson 5K Run-Walk on June 9, 7 p.m. What started as a modest run to benefit St. Patrick’s Learning Center has grown into a much-anticipated race that draws thousands. The Gibson 5K rocks down Beale, Tickets are $10 for adults ($8 for youth 5–17) and are available seven days a week, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call 901-205-2533 or visit memphisrocknsoul.org. Riverside Drive, and ends at the Gibson Guitar Factory with a spectacular post-race party on the factory’s rooftop. The race now supports the many nutrition programs of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church’s St. Patrick Community Outreach, a nonprofit agency focused on serving at-risk people in 38126, Memphis’s lowest income ZIP code. For more information, call 901-726-0419 or visit gibsonguitar5k.com.
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Beale Street Walks ... and Talks
The intricate, curious-looking facade supported by green iron girders outside the patio of Silky O’Sullivan’s once fronted the Gallina Building, “The Pride of Beale Street.” The Randolph Office Building stood on the MLGW site and was so large, it drew its own water supply through an artesian well dug 400 feet through the basement. Blues City Cafe was once a Piggly Wiggly store. These are just a few of the historical facts that many Beale Street visitors might never know. That’s why the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum launched its “Historic Walking Tours of Beale Street” with research drawn from Beale

Civil War Sesquicentennial
Mud Island transforms into a Civil War reenactment site June 9–10 in observance of the war’s sesquicentennial. In the Mississippi River Museum, costumed interpreters, stationed in all five Civil War galleries, relate the Civil War history that occurred along the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Cumberland rivers 150 years ago. In the museum’s theater, a variety of lectures and performances are presented throughout the weekend.

Street Talks: A Walking Tour Down the Home of the Blues by Richard M. Raichelson, a Memphis
historian. To walk back in history, visitors check out an MP3 audio guide and a printed map of Beale
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CITY BLOCKS
City Cheers ...
Students from the Memphis College of Art transform ugly, green utility boxes on the Main Street Pedestrian Mall into works of public beauty. Artists Carl Moore, Lauren Lane, Brittany Vega, Justin Bowles, and Zahra Nazari developed concepts for each box, which were approved by the Design Review Board and Landmarks Commission: 901-575-0540, downtownmemphiscommission.com. to providing Memphians with up-to-date information on all the programs, projects, and accomplishments related to bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation, including lists of public events, printable and interactive maps, a safety and education page, commuting tips, and resources: bikepedmemphis.com. • Memphis Bioworks installs 3,000 solar panels atop the parking garage at Union and Dudley. The two-acre installation is designed to generate approximately 1.1 million kilowatt hours per year, while helping position UT-Baptist Research Park as a progressive leader in the science of sustainability: 901-866-1400, memphisbioworks.org.

Special Deliveries ...
• The Redbirds’ top-notch stadium adds another superlative: the largest high-definition video board in the minors, measuring 60’ by 60’ — 3,600 square feet — and weighing more than 20 tons: AutoZone Park, 901-721-6000, memphisredbirds.com.
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• The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa launches its newest permanent exhibit, the Traditional Medicinal Plant Sanctuary. According to the World Health Organization, 80 percent of the world’s population relies on herbal medicine: 1987 Indian Village Dr., 901-785-3160, memphis. edu/chucalissa.

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Downtown Departures ... Hitting the Streets …
• UrbanArch Associates P.C., a fullservice architecture and planning firm with a staff of experienced and talented professionals, draws a creative clientele to its space in Downtown’s arts district: 390 S. Main, 901-578-7173, uarch.com. • The Life is Good store shines a light of optimism on the Main Street Mall, happily offering Life is Good T-shirts and accessories, all served with a smile and white rocking chairs outside: 100 Peabody Place, Ste. 175, 901-522-0202, lifeisgoodmemphis.com. • Purple Haze — a full-service nightclub that provides a safe, clean place to listen to local bands and dance to the best DJs — offers 5,000 square feet of ultimate lighting and sound, a full bar, dinner menu, and professional waitstaff: 140 Lt. George W. Lee (in the former Red Rooster location), 901-577-1139, purplehazenightclub.com.
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The University of Memphis welcomed a pharaoh when the statue of Ramesses II left its original Memphis home in front of The Pyramid for its new digs on the university campus between the theater and music buildings off Central.

City of Good Abode …
• The late blues singer Koko Taylor receives a musical note in front of the historic Daisy Theater on the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame. Born in Memphis, Taylor developed a successful, lifelong singing career that included 25 Handy Awards: 329 Beale, 901-527-1029, memphismeansmusic.com. • The Blues Foundation, the world’s premier organization dedicated to honoring, preserving, and promoting the blues, receives the 10th out-of-state marker (photo at right) from the Mississippi Blues Trail, a museum without walls that takes visitors on a musical history journey with more than 150 markers throughout Mississippi and beyond: 421 S. Main, 901527-2583, blues.org, msbluestrail.org. MLGW has many initiatives underway to increase energy efficiency and environmental awareness, reduce energy waste, lower peak electric demand, and improve air quality through fewer power generation emissions. Stay in the green with MLGW’s Green Initiatives reports: 901-544-MLGW, mlgw.com/about/ greeninitiativesreport.

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On the Move ...
A new website from the City of Memphis pedals into the pack, dedicated
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HEN IT COMES TO HISTORICAL HOMES IN MEMPHIS, MANY THINK OF THE KINGLY GLITZ OF GRACELAND. YET ONE OF MEMPHIS’S FIRST MANSIONS — THE STATELY WOODRUFF-FONTAINE HOUSE IN VICTORIAN VILLAGE — HAS STOOD ON ADAMS AVENUE SINCE 1870. THE DISTRICT, WHICH ONCE HAD 32 SUCH HOMES, IS REALLY THE ORIGINAL MEMPHIS.

Built by Amos Woodruff and later sold to Noland Fontaine, the mansion is now a museum depicting what it was like to live in Memphis’s Victorian era. Peggy Lovell, museum director since 2008, believes the value of the historical experience cannot be overstated. “You can tell someone about the way people lived, but if you don’t show them, they’re not going to get it.

because property taxes were based on the number of rooms in the home. “Mr. Woodruff didn’t care,” Lovell says. “He had money.” One of the more intriguing parts of the house is the “door that leads to nowhere.” “The Victorians loved symmetry, so there needed to be a balance of the front door,” Lovell explains. “They constructed a door opposite from the front door, but there was nothing behind the door except the back wall.” But during renovation work in 1960, workers opened the mystery door and discovered something more: the signatures of all the men who built the house. One signature

well as a multitude of cooks, seamstresses, yard workers, and nannies for the eight or nine children who lived there. “Remember, too, that it was hot in the summers,” says Lovell. “They couldn’t work all day like we do in our air-conditioned environment.” And although the home is now a museum, managing it still requires significant manpower. A small paid staff operates the gift shop and gives tours; a larger group volunteers as docents. There are cleaners, maintenance workers, an event coordinator, and a board of directors. “It’s a lot of work,” Lovell notes, “keeping up the painted lady.” Lovell, a former schoolteacher who fell in love with the home as a volunteer docent, is also president of the local chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA), the managing organization that leases the house from the city.

Design-wise, the Victorian home possesses many remarkable architectural features, including an intricate, winding staircase, octagonal dining room, and portholes in the third-floor bedrooms.

VISITORS LEARN HOW PEOPLE LIVED WITHOUT HEATING, AIR-CONDITIONING, AND INDOOR PLUMBING.
includes the date — February 11, 1871 — and another includes a poem: “Now we have to stop/for it is twelve o’clock.” The current staff carefully maintains and honors the Victorians’ attention to detail and luxury. The china, bedspreads, linens, and mannequins that display the museum’s extensive clothing collection are changed out seasonally to accurately depict the way the house looked. “Everything is so detailed,” Lovell says. “Some people might think it is overkill, but that’s what the Victorians did.” Records indicate that in the home’s heyday, it took 32 people to run it, including cleaning chamber maids for each floor, as

“I am truly fascinated by this house,” she continues. “Visitors learn how people lived without heating, air-conditioning, and indoor plumbing. They learn what a ‘muff’ was and why chamber pots existed. Yet people lived in massive houses like this, and it functioned.” Design-wise, Woodruff-Fontaine possesses many remarkable architectural features, such as a pressed-tin ceiling, octagonal dining room, and portholes in the thirdfloor bedrooms. The stained-glass window above the front door shows four eggs in a nest, symbolizing Woodruff’s four children. Inscribed on the door’s exterior are the initials “NF” for the home’s second owner, Noland Fontaine. Many of the rooms have closets — a rare trait in Victorian houses
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An elaborate, pressed-tin ceiling was hammered in sections by talented artisans and then installed throughout the home.

Staff and volunteers create thematic exhibitions, such as December’s Christmas wedding theme in honor of Mollie Woodruff, who was married in the home in December 1871. Between August and October, the museum spotlights the yellow fever epidemic with educational speakers, a period-authentic sick bed and nurse, and a Victorian casket
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viewing. “Yellow fever had a major impact on this house and the people who lived in it,” says Lovell. “Mr. Woodruff had to sell the home when the yellow fever epidemic left him with no one to participate in his business ventures.”

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The “door that leads nowhere” revealed its secret during renovation work in 1960: the signatures of all the men who built the house.

Halloween brings in “Haunted Happenings,” an after-dark tour and the perfect experience for those fascinated with the mansion’s paranormal mysteries. (Mollie Woodruff’s infant child and husband both died in the house.) The most recent exhibit displayed clothing from the Titanic era. “The museum’s clothing collection sets this home apart from others,” says Lovell. “We have clothing that goes back to the late 1800s. These are not costumes; they are pieces of authentic clothing and are extremely fragile.” Today, the Woodruff-Fontaine hosts more than 20 weddings a year on the front

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In the home’s heyday, it took 32 people to run it, including cleaning chamber maids for each floor, a multitude of cooks, seamstresses, yard workers, and nannies for the eight or nine children who lived there.
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Behind the home, the charming gingerbread playhouse encases an open room with multipurpose functions that include hosting intimate wine tastings, bridal showers, and baby showers. Perhaps its future includes serving as a chapel for the museum’s 20-plus weddings a year.

lawn. The pastel-colored Handwerker Gingerbread Playhouse — which was moved to the property from another site — hosts intimate wine tastings and showers. A memorial service was even held in the home. “About a year ago, a man knocked on the door,” Lovell recounts. “He told me that he and his wife had been married here. She had died, and he wanted to have her service here.”

financially, while Lovell and crew work to increase private donations and attendance. On the other hand, the progress that comes from inviting so many into the home can threaten its preservation. “You can’t replace these things — you can’t even put a dollar amount on them,” Lovell says. “I feel so protective of this building and what’s in it, but our mission is to educate the public on how people lived in this house. It’s a fine tightrope we walk.” The street once known as Millionaires Row was a very important part of the city, and as Lovell continues her work at WoodruffFontaine, another organization — Victorian Village Inc. — envisions developing Adams Avenue into a complete village with restaurants, shops, and a horse and buggy. “There are many stumbling blocks, but the vision is there, and that excites me beyond belief,” Lovell says. “It’s like a little heart that’s just waiting to beat.”

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In one wing of the home, Mollie Woodruff’s rosethemed bedroom joins a sitting room, nursery, and nanny’s room. Because the nanny was a servant, these arrangements were made so the nanny could tend to the children without coming through the main house.

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Finding enough volunteers to help operate the museum is one challenge; finances are another. Other Victorian Village homes, dependent on municipal funding, became victims of budget cuts, limiting public access to the Victorian Village charm at WoodruffFontaine. For now, APTA sustains the house
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SPECIAL EVENTS
Thru Jun 2: Memphis Italian Festival. Mama, Mia! A taste of Italy comes to town with familyfriendly events, music, food, games, crafts, and arts. Thu 4:30–10:30p, Fri–Sat 11a–11p, $10. Marquette Park, corner of Mt. Moriah and Park, 219-1674, memphisitalianfestival.com. Thru Jun 15: Downtown Alive! Bring lunch and enjoy this award-winning series of performances in the park. Weekdays, 11:45a–1p, free. Court Square & Main, 575-0546, downtownmemphis.com. Thru Jun 22: Icons in Transformation. A dramatic, 180-piece traveling exhibit displays works by Ludmila Pawlowska and Russian traditional icons from the Vassilevsky Monastery in Suzdal. Tours 10a–3p, Tue–Fri, free. Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second, 525-6602, calvarymemphis.org/icons. Jun 1–20: Unveil Downtown. 20 artists from across the region exhibit work in 20 makeshift galleries in retail and restaurant venues throughout Downtown. Opening reception Jun 1, 5–7p, Felicia Suzanne’s, 575-0561, downtownmemphis.com. Askew Nixon Ferguson, 1500 Union, 869-4243, babyheart.org. Jun 2, 3: Sisterhood Showcase. Consumer showcase targets women of color, featuring food, fashion, celebrity guests, entertainment, and giveaways. Sat 10a–8p, Sun 9a–6p, $20. Cook Convention Center, 579-9333, sisterhoodshowcase.com. Jun 3: COMEC Treasure Hunt. Ahoy, mateys! Family friendly, swashbuckling fun includes hidden loot, treasure maps, Pirates Marketplace, and goody bags to benefit Commission on Missing and Exploited Children. 1–5p, $10. Memphis Botanic Garden, 405-8441, comectreasure2012.eventbrite.com. Jun 4–10: FedEx St. Jude Classic. The PGA Tour drives into Memphis with some of the best golfers in the field. Youth clinic, Kids Zone, party tent, concert, and concessions. Gates open 7a, TPC Southwind, stjudeclassic.com.
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Jun 8: The Delta: Everything Southern Conference. A daylong celebration and informational presentations about the history, culture, and life in the Delta. 7a–4:30p, $75. UofM Rose Theatre, 522-9313, memphis.edu/deltaconference. Jun 9: Junebugs and Juleps. A Southern summer expressed through art, music, food, and casual museum tours to benefit preservation efforts. 7–11p, $30. Woodruff-Fontaine House, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com.

Jun 5: Curb Couture Trashion Show. Green couture hits the runway with original designs created from items found in recycling bins. Food, wine, and silent auction benefit Memphis City Beautiful. 6–8p, $50. Main Street in front of Cannon Center, 522-1135, curbcouture.eventbrite.com. Jun 5: John Rich & Friends Concert. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by an evening of songs, stories, and hope to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 6p reception, 7:30p concert, $100+. Cannon Center, 3735051, stjude.org/concert. Jun 6: Civil War Naval Battle Commemoration. Celebrate Memphis’s famous naval battle with a cannon salute and history tour by historian Jimmy Ogle. Noon, free. Confederate Park, 6045002, jimmyogle.com. Jun 7: Cooper-Young Night Out. In Midtown’s historically hip district, enjoy live music, retail specials, and assorted cuisines. Every 1st Thursday, 5–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoungnightout.com. Jun 7, 14, 21, 28: Peabody Rooftop Party. The South’s Grand Hotel hosts live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing with sunsets over the Mississippi River thru Aug. 16. 6–11p, $10 includes 1 drink. Peabody Hotel, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com. Jun 7, 14, 21, 28: Sunset Atop the Madison. A rooftop evening of music, cocktails, dancing, terrace menu, and the best sunset view of Memphis. 7–11p, $7. Madison Hotel, 79 Madison, 333-1200, madisonhotelmemphis.com. Jun 8: Herb Garden Opening Reception. A casual meet and greet to launch the Herb Garden’s first season. Speakers, live music, beverages, garden tours, and herbal treats. 6–8p, $20. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4128, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Tuna Does Vegas, the latest installment of the hilarious “Tuna series,” opens its regional premiere at The Circuit Playhouse, June 8–July 8.

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Jun 9: Uptown BBQ Cooking Contest. Grab your grill, family, and friends to compete for prizes and good eating! Noon set-up, 3p judging, free. Uptown Park, 949-1309, uptowncoordinator@gmail.com. Jun 9, 10: Civil War Sesquicentennial. Along the Mississippi River Walk Model and inside the Mississippi River Museum, representatives positioned at cities, forts, and galleries give details about key battles and skirmishes fought during the war years. 10a–5p, free. Mud Island, 576-7241, jimmyogle.com. Jun 10: Cotton Boll Brunch. A lavish feast, complimentary cocktails, live music, silent auction, and a special Cotton Carnival exhibition. 11a–4p, $40. Cotton Museum, 531-7826, memphiscottonmuseum.org. Jun 13: Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon. Honorees include Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Food Network TV Host Gina Neely in a celebration of women and girls. 11:30a, $100. FedExForum, 523-0217, girlsincmemphis.org. Jun 15: Father’s Day Snooze. Give Dad a wild night! Learn about animal fatherhood, take a moonlight safari, and play games. 7p–9a, RSVP $65. Memphis Zoo, 333-6576, memphiszoo.org. Jun 15: Garden Party on the Bluffs. Cash bar, food trucks, live music, and a river bluff garden party to welcome metal artist exhibitors Harlan

Singer/songwriter Norah Jones plays Mud Island Amphitheatre June 22 at 8 p.m.

Jun 1: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. An afterparty on the roof with friends and actors from the hit musical production benefits the Church Health Center. 7:30p, $50. Playhouse on the Square, 272-7170, playhouseonthesquare.org. June 1, 2: Elvis Presley Car Show. Hundreds of motorized vehicles from across the country form an impressive display of classic automobiles, back-dropped by family friendly festivities. Fri 10a–6p, Sat 8:30a–1p, free. Graceland, 3323322, elvis.com/carshow. Jun 2: Overton Bark Grand Opening. Overton Park’s new dog park celebration includes a dog parade, “leash-cutting” ceremony, live music, contests, and prizes. 8a–2p, free. Overton Park, 214-5450, overtonpark.org/bark. Jun 2: Taste Caribe. Caribbean comes to Memphis, bringing mojitos, fine cigars, and island cuisine and music to benefit the International Children’s Heart Foundation. 7–10p, $25.

To submit your events for calendar consideration, email editor@memphisdowntowner.com. Events must be open to the general public.
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Butt and Virgil England. 5:30–8p, free. Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. Jun 15: The Golf Ball. Fore! Skill contests on the tee boxes and putting greens, live auction, live music on the lawn, beer trailer, and peel-andeat shrimp station to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. 6:30–10p, $50. Chickasaw Country Club, 278-2947, bgcm.org. Jun 15, 16: Mud Island Funk Fest. Music festival showcases some of the biggest names in entertainment. 4p, $45+. Mud Island Amphitheatre, 576-7241, funkfestconcerts.com. Jun 15–17: Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival. Family friendly music, food, health fair, shopping, car and bike shows, and kids’ events. 10a–8p, free. Douglass Park, 324-5945, juneteenthmemphis.org. Jun 16: Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race. More than 500 expert and recreational canoe and kayak paddlers from around the world dip an oar in the largest river into the U.S. to compete for titles and prizes. 10a, $45 registered boaters; spectators free. Mud Island north end, 482-5998, outdoorsinc.com. Jun 16: Cater to You: A Gentleman’s Way. Judge gourmet dishes prepared by political leaders, pastors, entertainers, and community partners, amid live entertainment and live and silent auctions to fund college scholarships for inner-city youth. 7p, $60. Pink Palace Museum, 230-1430, memphisalumnaedst.org. Jun 16: DonorFest. Picnic and party celebrating blood donors, their families, and those who want to learn more about giving the gift of life. Live music, food trucks, and treats. 11a–3p, free. Audubon Park, 529-6320, donorfest.org.

swing, climbable rock wall, and special water babies area. Bring a towel and dive in! 10a–1p, $15. Children’s Museum of Memphis, 458-2678, cmom.com. Jun 16, 17: Morning Sun 1862. Historians around the region present a typical community of the 1860s and re-enact the 1862 skirmish that occurred at Morning Sun, TN. 9a–5p, free. Davies Manor, 386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.org. Jun 21: Dinner on Stage. An inside peek into the stories and history of the historic theater, including cocktail reception, tour, brief film, and three-course meal with wine. 6p, $75. Orpheum Theatre, 525-3000, orpheum-memphis.com. Jun 21: Literatini! Sample martinis and food, listen to live music, and benefit Literacy of the Mid-South with store purchases. 6–9p, $35. Booksellers at Laurelwood, 327-6000, literacymidsouth.org. Jun 23: LUVMUD Island. A 5k obstacle/mud race, live music, food trucks, and festival fun to benefit Habitat for Hope. 11a–7p, $55+. Mud Island Greenbelt Park, 855-458-8683, luvmud.com.

Jun 29: NYC iN SYNC. The Big Apple–themed gala with open bar, buffet, silent and live auctions, and live Broadway entertainment. 6:30p–midnight, $150. Theatre Memphis, 6828323, theatrememphis.org.

Jun 26: Tuesdays on the Terrace Wine Tasting. A My Big Backyard BBQ affair with a down-home cookout, live music, and festive party wines and beers. dinner ad2_Layout 1 5/8/12 9:50 AM historic6–8p, $35. Memphis Botanic Garden, Page 1 636-4110, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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John Rich & Friends Concert on June 5 starts with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception at the Cannon Center to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Jun 16: Garden Family Day! Worms, dirt, hydrangeas — experience the gardens like never before, create works of art, compete in contests, and dance to live music. 10a–2p, free. Dixon Gardens, 761-5250, dixon.org. Jun 16: Splish Splash Birthday Bash. CMOM turns 22 with a giant 22’ waterslide, bungee

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Art Under a Hot Tin Roof: 117 S. Main, 522-4848, artunderahottinroof.com. An unpredictable gallery with art for all. Art Village Gallery: 410 S. Main, 521-0782, artvillagegallery.com. Ephraim Urevbu’s permanent collection and artist showcases from exotic lands. Beale Street: Between S. Main and Fourth, 5290999, bealestreet.com, bealestreetmerchants. com. Wednesdays thru Sep 26: Bikes on Beale, all “wheelers” welcome! 6p–midnight. Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art: Pembroke Square, 119 S. Main, 523-ARTS, belzmuseum. org. Sundays in June: Judaic Art Gallery Tours, 1p & 3p. Bicycle Rides: Helmets required: 1st & 3rd Saturdays thru Oct 20: Historic Downtown Ride at Memphis Farmers Market Downtown, 9a, free, 634-0076, memphisfarmersmarket.org. Jun 3: Cycle the Greenway Ride at the Germantown Wolf River Greenway trailhead benefits Wolf River Conservancy, 7:15a–1:45p, $45, 452-6541, wolfriver.org. Jun 3: Ride for Life at Memorial Park, I-240 at Poplar, benefits the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, 2p, $5, 328-4438, midsouthtransplant.org, register at memphishightailers.com. Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, and programs. Wednesdays: Pay What You Can, 10a–4p. Thursdays: Galleries and store open till 8p. Jun 23: Art and Soul Family Day, 10a–1p, free. Thru Jun 3: Floating Warps and Guiding Heddles: rare, exotic Philippine textiles. Thru Jun 17: A Federal Art Project: Posters for Indian Court. Thru Jul 15: Architectural Perspectives. Thru Jul 22: Cynthia Thompson. Jun 9–Sep 2: The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African-American Art, more than 100 paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media from private and public collections in Memphis. Calvary Episcopal Church: 102 N. Second, 525-6602, calvarymemphis.org. Thru Jun 24: Icons in Transformation, solo exhibit by Ludmila Pawlowska, Tue–Fri, 10a–3p, or by appt. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, box office 576-1269, 800-7260915, thecannoncenter.com. See website for complete events listing. Jun 5: John Rich & Friends, an intimate acoustic performance to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 6p reception, 7:30p concert, $100+, stjude.org/ concert. Center for Southern Folklore: 119 & 123 S. Main, Pembroke Square, 525-3655, southernfolklore. com. A showcase of folk art, Southern music, and food. Thursdays: Live Talent Showcase, 6–8p, free, 274-5502. Jun 2: Kate Campbell, 8p. Jun 23: Daddy Mack Blues Band CD Release, 8p. Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central, 458-2678, cmom.com. See website for programs, clubs, and activities. Jun 16: CMOM Happy Birthday Splish-Splash Bash, 10a–1p, bring a towel, $15. Jun 20: Milk and Cookies with Sleeping Beauty, a performance for kids, 6–8p, $10 RSVP. Thru Sep 30: Good for You: Healthy Fun on the Run, an adventure that leads to a world of healthy foods and active play. Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Jun 8–Jul 8: Tuna Does Vegas. Cook Convention Center: 255 N. Main, 5761200, memphisconvention.com. See website for complete events listing. Jun 2–3: Sisterhood Showcase, Sat 10a–8p, Sun 9a–6p, $20, 5799333, sisterhoodshowcase.com. Jun 8–10: International Paper Money Show, Fri–Sat, 8a–5p, Sun 9a–3p, $7, memphisipms.com. Death Du Jour Mystery Theater: Spaghetti Warehouse, 40 Huling, 210-0545, deathdujourmysteries.com. Jun 16: Arrested Aria, a headlining diva’s sordid life catches up with her, and she hits her last low note, 7p, $38 includes dinner. D’Edge Art and Unique Treasures: 550 S. Main, 521-0054, d-edgeart.com. Thru Jun 15: Hiphugher, art by Allison Furr-Lawyer and Kim Baldock. Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Tuesdays & Sundays: Curatorial tour of the current exhibit, 2p, $7. Wednesdays: Sunrise Yoga, 6:30a, $5. 3rd Thursdays: Art After Dark, music and artist talks, 6–9p, $7. Jun 6, 13, 20, 27: Munch & Learn Lectures, noon–1p, $7. Jun 16: Garden Family Day, 10a–2p, free. Thru Jun 30: Saturday Tours in the Garden, 9–11a. Thru Jul 1: Lee Littlefield’s colorful, fantastical sculptures. Thru Jul 15: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection. Downtown Alive!: Court Square & Main, 5750546, downtownmemphis.com. Weekdays thru Jun 15: Bring lunch and enjoy award-winning series of performances in the park, 11:45a–1p, free. Downtown Neighborhood Association: 4666893, memphisdna.org. 3rd Fridays: Happy Hour, 5:30p: Double J Smokehouse & Saloon. 4th Tuesdays: Public information meetings, 6p social, 6:30p program. Topic: Harahan Bridge Project; location: No. 10 S. Main. Elmwood Cemetery: 824 S. Dudley, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org. Jun 1: Lunch & Lecture with historian Jimmy Ogle, noon. Farmers Market Botanic Garden: Wednesdays thru Oct 31: 2–6p, 750 Cherry, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. Farmers Market Church Health Center Wellness: Tuesdays thru Sep 25: 10a–2p, 1115 Union, 2594673, churchhealthcenter.org/farmersmarket. Farmers Market Cooper-Young Community: Saturdays Year-Round: 9a–1p, Congregational Church parking lot, Cooper and Walker, cycfarmersmarket.org. Farmers Market Downtown Memphis: Saturdays thru Oct 27: 7a–1p, Central Train Station Pavilion, corner of S. Front and G.E. Patterson, 575-0580, memphisfarmersmarket.org. Farmers Market South Memphis: Thursdays thru Oct 25: noon–6p, Mississippi Blvd. and South Parkway East, 946-9675, somefm.org. FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-2640, fedexforum. com. See website for complete events listing. Also see Memphis NBA Grizzlies. Jun 5: Drake: The Club Paradise Tour, 7p, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. Jun 13: Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon, 11:30a–1p, $100, 523-0217, girlsincmemphis.org. Jun 20: Michael Jackson:

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Leadership Memphis opened its new offices on South Main, as well as an adjacent art gallery at 363 S. Main. Imagine Downtown, paintings of Memphis by Janet Smith, is on view June 29–July 20. Opening reception is during Trolley Night, June 29, 5:30–8 p.m.

Cooper-Young Historic District: 276-7222, cooper-young.biz. 1st Thursdays: Cooper-Young Night Out, festive time with live music, retail discounts, and restaurant specials, 5–9p, free. Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange: 65 Union, 531-7826, memphiscottonmuseum.org. Jun 10: Cotton Boll Brunch, 11a–4p, $40. Jun 29–Jul 27: Underground at the Cotton Museum: quirky pieces by Greely Myatt. David Perry Smith Gallery: 703 New York, 3473541. Contemporary gallery representing local talent. Thru Jun 24: Summer Group Exhibition: New Paintings; opening Jun 1, 6–8p. Davies Manor Plantation Museum: 9336 Davies Mansion, 386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.org. Shelby County’s oldest log house. Jun 16–17: Morning Sun 1862, a re-enactment, 9a–5p, free.

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The Immortal World Tour, 8p, 800-745-3000, cirquedusoleil.com. Fire Museum of Memphis: 118 Adams, 320-5650, firemuseum.com. FireHouse Community Arts Academy: 985 S. Bellevue, 948-9522, memphisblackartsalliance. org. Jun 2: Summer session of classes begins. Jun 24: Jazz-A-F!RE performs hot Memphis jazz. Bring your own instrument! 3–5p, free.

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Gallery Fifty Six: 2256 Central, 276-1251, galleryfiftysix.com. Jun 1–30: A Freaky World, paintings by Larry Edwards; reception Jun 1, 5–8p. Germantown Performing Arts Centre: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, gpacweb.com. Jun 12: Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, 8p. Ghost River Brewing: 827 S. Main, 278-0087, ghostriverbrewing.com. Saturdays: Brewery tours and tasting, 1p, free. Gibson Guitar Factory & Showcase: 145 Lt. George W. Lee, 543-0800, gibson.com. Golf: Jun 9: George Washington Carver National Alumni Charity Golf at Links at Pine Hill, 8a, register: 270-9896. Jun 25: Shaun Micheel Make-A-Wish Golf Classic at TPC Southwind, 10:30a, 692-9508, midsouth.wish.org. Jun 29: Rock the Fairways Tournament at Germantown Country Club benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 8:30a, 529-0007, hardrock. com/memphis. Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: 1720 Peabody, 272-7425, gslparish.org. Jun 20–23: Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, 493-0958, lunanova.org. (cont’d on page 17)

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Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, 800-2382000, 332-3322, elvis.com. Jun 1–2: Elvis Presley Car Show, Fri 10a–6p, Sat 8:30a–1p, free. Thru Feb 2013: Icon: The Influence of Elvis Presley, temporary exhibit celebrating Elvis’s status as a music pioneer and icon. Hattiloo Theatre: 656 Marshall, 502-3486, box office 525-0009, hattilootheatre.org. Saturdays: The Music Box, 8p. Thru Jun 17: Dreamgirls, three friends learn life’s lessons about fame and fortune. IMAX Theater: Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums. org. Jun 16–Mar 8: To the Arctic, a special polar bear family learns to adapt to its changing Arctic home. Thru Nov 16: Born to be Wild, the remarkable bond between humans and animals. Thru Nov 16: Tornado Alley: Join the researchers of VORTEX 2. Jack Robinson Gallery of Photography: 44 Huling, 576-0708, robinsonarchive.com. By appointment. Works of Jack Robinson and other fine arts photographers. Joysmith Gallery: 46 Huling, 543-0505, joysmith. com. African-American artists plus ancestral and contemporary art. Leadership Memphis: 363 S. Main, 278-0016, leadershipmemphis.org. Jun 29–Jul 20: Imagine
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(cont’d from page 15) Saturdays: Trail Blazin’ Volunteers tidy up the nature center, 9a–noon. Live at the Garden Concert Series: Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4107, tickets 800-745-3000, liveatthegarden.com, ticketmaster.com. Jun 16: Chicago, 8:30p, $45 Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. See website for classes, workshops, lunch and learns, camps, receptions, and lectures. Wednesdays thru Oct 31: Farmers Market in the Garden, 2–6p. Jun 1: CandyplantLand opening, 6–8p, $10 RSVP. Jun 1–3: Memphis Potters’ Guild Spring Show, 458-2354, thememphispottersguild.com. Jun 6–30: Artists’ Link Exhibit and Sale. Jun 9: Herb Symposium in the new Herb Garden, 9a–4p, $125 RSVP. Jun 26: Tuesdays on the Terrace Wine Tasting, 6–8p, $35. Memphis International Raceway: 5500 Victory Lane, Millington, 969-7223, racemir.com. Thursdays: TNT: Bring your car and try the 1/4mile drag strip, 5:30–10p, $20, $10 spectators. Last Fridays: Midnight Madness: Take Your Racing to the Track, 8p–1a, $20, $10 spectators. Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball: AutoZone Park, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com. Season runs Apr–Sep, games 7p unless otherwise noted. Jun 11–13: Nashville (Jun 13 at 11a). Jun 14–17: (cont’d on page 21)

Downtown: new paintings of Memphis by Janet Smith; reception Jun 29, 5:30–8p. Levitt Shell at Overton Park: 272-2722, levittshell.org. See website for current listing. Jun 30: Stax Music Academy’s Summer Grand Finale Concert, 7:30p, free. Thru Jul 1: Lawn concerts at the open-air band shell, Thu–Sat 7:30p, Sun 6p.

The free Israel Festival comes to Shelby Farms Park, June 10, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., bringing the sights, sounds and tastes of Israel to Memphis: memphisfriendsofisrael.org.

Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince, 7677322, memphismuseums.org. Open year-round for self-guided trail backpacking and nature programs/exhibits. Tuesdays–Saturdays: Wild lunch with the animal keepers, noon. 4th

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Broad Avenue’s “This is We” mural covers some 50 feet of warehouse wall. The historic district’s iconic water tower is in the process of being developed into a public sculpture. Revitalization efforts in the neighborhood began in earnest in 2006. Since then, the corridor has seen 17 new businesses and 29 significant property renovations totaling more than $12 million. “I don’t know what the magnet would have been without art,” says Pat Brown, vice president of the Historic Broad Business Association.

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In 1983, Robert McGowan, a visual artist, bought a ramshackled building off the courthouse steps for a little more than $8,000. At the time, the price was about the only thing that the property in the 400 block of South Main Street had going for it. And the neighborhood? Well … “South Main was largely a picture of very serious neglect and ongoing decline,” McGowan recalls. “Some small businesses still operated on the street, but many of the buildings were at serious risk of deterioration due to water damage and fires.” When McGowan and his wife first moved to South Main, the police were warning people away from the district. “On two or three occasions, the police stopped us and told us not to go in there,” he says. “Prostitution was rampant. It was not uncommon to hear gunshots. People who have moved to South Main only re-

cently have no concept whatsoever of what the district was like in the early ‘80s!” But McGowan was an artist, used to looking at things differently and seeing hidden potential. His building was the first residential rehab project on South Main, and it became a gathering point for his artistic friends. In the process, some seeds were sown. “A couple of my friends did follow our lead and bought properties on South Main,” says McGowan. “Then the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art opened in 1988, and that drew a whole lot of visitors from the arts community to South Main.” Thirty years later, South Main is a collection of chic, high-end condos, boutiques, and stylish eateries to

which thousands flock. There’s an active South Main Association, the popular Memphis Farmers Market, Memphis College of Art, and monthly Trolley Tours. The place is hip and hopping. McGowan sold his building in 1991 to the National Civil Rights Museum, which was interested in the building’s former tenant: James Earl Ray. Now living in CooperYoung, McGowan — whose forthcoming book, South Main Stories, is based on his experiences there — looks back at the early days of South Main’s rebirth with nostalgia. “In a word, yes, I’m very pleased with what we were able to accomplish there.”

REBUILDING WITH PAINT BRUSHES

McGowan’s story was repeated by Downtown Memphis Commission President Paul Morris in a talk he gave alongside Kerry Hayes, research analyst and special assistant to Mayor A C Wharton Jr., and John Sylvester, South Main business owner and business chair for the South Main Association. The occasion was an Exploring Innovation Week event held by the Memphis office of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis titled “The Arts — A Tool for Community and Economic Development.” And why is the Fed interested in holding a conference on public art?

Inspired by Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau blogger Kerry Crawford and her handmade “I Love Memphis” sign, the “I Love Memphis” mural project is designed to allow tourists and locals to share their love of Memphis with the world. The first mural was unveiled in CooperYoung in May 2011.
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“We believe that innovation provides the foundation so people can turn ideas into results and improve communities,” says Teresa Cheeks Wilson, community development specialist with FRB. “Innovation can be found in all industries — not just in business, technology, engineering, and the physical sciences.” Held on South Main at Leadership Memphis’s headMEMPHISDOWNTOWNER.COM

quarters — itself an art gallery — the conference attracted some 75 business leaders, politicians, artists, and community organizers eager to learn the theory and practice behind rebuilding with paint brushes as plowshares. “Ever been to Earnestine & Hazel’s?” Morris asked the assembled group, referring to South Main’s quintessential juke joint. “You can now say you’ve been to a brothel.”

Memphis’s economy is dominated primarily by nonmanufacturing industries, such as transportation, health care, tourism, logistics, and biotech. What, then, attracts educated, enterprise-minded individuals to a city like Memphis?

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Creativity is now the advantage: dull, brick walls turned into bright murals, walkable streets where musicians

But these days, South Main’s checkered past is mixed with period architecture, walkable (and parkable) streets, and visual arts literally spilling onto the pavement — and that attracts shoppers, tourists, residents, businesses, and fun-seekers. That’s no coincidence, says Charles Santo, associate professor in the University of Memphis Division of City

play for tips, cultural centers set up in store fronts alongside coffee shops and shoe stores, the beat of jazz floating down the street from an unseen club. “The implied prescription is that cities need to be appealing to more workers,” says Santo, “and cities that have that hidden cool vibe will be the most attractive.” Turns out that prescription works in major metropolitan areas and one-road towns alike, as demonstrated by Sandy Royce Martin, chair of Eureka Springs Mayor’s Arts Council. The Arkansas town of about 2,000 “quirky, opinionated” residents had only one industry — tourism — and that was going through a sleepy period until about 20 years ago when the town took artistic action.

An ugly bare-board barrier that was slapped up to cordon off a construction site across from Central Station is now an eye-catching work of interest, adorned with the lyrics of of trained-themed songs penned by well-known Memphis songwriters.
United Methodist Church sponsored a graffiti-style mural on a brick wall facing its parking lot. In The Edge, at the Y-shaped intersection of Monroe and Marshall avenues, the Marshall Arts gallery transformed its walls into conceptual art, while on South Main, the Central Station retaining wall received a similar treatment — a smattering of symbols painted some 10 feet tall. Then there’s the “buffalo wall,” a prairie

Artist Mark Nowell created the talon-like spire on Marshall Avenue across from Marshall Arts, where it serves as a focal point for the intersection at the heart of The Edge neighborhood and draws tourists into the district. The piece plays an artistic role in making streets more walkable and desirable to businesses and visitors alike.
and Regional Planning, who was first to address the group. Santo quickly invoked the most popular name in the discussion of creativity and economic development: Richard Florida, author of the best-selling The Rise of the Creative Class. “But there is more to the story than appealing to a broad creative class,” Santo says, noting research that shows the social benefits of arts programs in fostering community building and supporting cross-cultural collaborations. [See sidebar, page 20.] “The question is how did we get to the point where creativity is the cake and not just the icing on the cake?” Santo asks. Manufacturing, he continues, used to be the glue that held American cities together, but because labor costs, transportation, and access to commodities have moderated over the past half century, product makers have lost their hold on cities’ economies. “The existence of a wide range of amenities and cultural outlets was a side effect of the clustering that supports manufacturing,” says Santo. “But in the past 60 years or so, the traditional advantages of production have diminished.” MEMPHISDOWNTOWNER.COM

“We had products authentic to our community — our arts and our heritage,” says Martin. “We applied those products to a highly visible geographic area — North Main Street — and we got results. They were not immediate and they are not over, but we got results.”

Now Eureka Springs is home to highly publicized arts events, such as the growing Writers Colony, the May Festival of the Arts, a springtime passion play, and the Opera of the Ozarks. Initiatives have been made to improve the town’s green spaces, sidewalks, and parking garages with public art and interactive musical/sound sculpture parks. But it all began with a historic mural on North Main Street.

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landscape painted onto a South Main wall that blocks a vacant lot. Even a barrier cordoning off a construction site across from Central Station on South Main was adorned with the lyrics of train-themed songs penned by well-known Memphis songwriters. “As you look to redevelop an area, you try to bring people into living there or at least visiting there, and art is a great magnet,” says Brown. “It brings tourism, including local tourism. You need people on the street, exploring an area, and looking for where they can open a business.” Many redevelopment areas have also invested in large public sculptures, including Cooper-Young’s train trestle and The Edge’s silver, talon-like spire. Broad

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“Because they are highly visible and relatively inexpensive, murals are a great first step towards building an arts district,” says Pat Brown, vice president of the Historic Broad Business Association. Broad Avenue’s mural, covering some 50 feet of a warehouse wall, states — in so many words — this is you, this is me, this is we. Last year in Cooper-Young, two cinderblock walls on South Cooper Street became home to the first of several planned “I (heart) Memphis” murals around town. Prior to that, the former Galloway

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Because they are inexpensive and serve to beautify an area as well as soften its harsh edges, murals are effective first steps toward revitalizing a neighborhood. This “buffalo mural” on South Main adds interest and warmth to what was previously a raw, ragged barrier blocking an empty lot.
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Social Benefits of the Arts
Artists as a subgroup have motivations and needs that create distinct benefits in a community. Some research shows that artists are far more likely to choose diverse, urban neighborhoods, play active roles in their communities, and work to address inequality. Artists and art programs create special social benefits, and there are links between cultural assets and positive neighborhood change:
• Cultural engagement contributes to quality of community life by reflecting and reinforcing social diversity and by improving social networks. • Neighborhoods that are ethnically and economically diverse are more likely than homogenous neighborhoods to house cultural programs, cultural participants, and artists. • Culturally active neighborhoods are more likely to maintain demographic diversity over time. • Residents who are culturally active are more likely to be involved in other community activities. • Cultural engagement generates cross-community connections that bridge traditional barriers of social class, ethnicity, and geography. • Neighborhoods rich in cultural resources send participants to programs all over the city and draw outsiders to the neighborhood. • Cultural engagement turns urban places into destinations, putting them on the map for individuals and communities who would otherwise not be aware of their existence. • Many arts-based community development initiatives are specifically about creating neighborhood regeneration and social benefits for low-income residents. University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact of the Arts Project and University of Minnesota’s Arts Economy Initiative
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Avenue is working to turn its iconic water tower into a similar signature piece of public art. “When you start getting public art, you start seeing blighted buildings restored,” says Brown. “Our efforts began in 2006, and we’ve seen 29 significant property renovations along our corridor totaling more than $12 million. We’ve seen 17 new businesses, and we’ve brought more than 40,000 visitors to the area since 2006. I don’t know what the magnet would have been without art, because businesses don’t want to relocate unless they know they’re going to have traffic.”

Broad Avenue held a two-day street fair during which the streetscape was altered with proposed bike lanes, new parking, and green spaces, while small pop-up businesses were staged in empty buildings. Broad also hosts two arts walks per year. “The area has progressed from box cars to what we call the ABCs, which is Art plus Bikes plus Community,” says Brown. “Memphis has the capacity to support different arts areas, and you want different pockets of neighborhoods that are livable and walkable. It continues a national trend of people moving back to the city’s inner core. People are looking to simplify and also enrich their lives.” An area’s creative scene indeed attracts the many components needed to build success in the city. And just like a work of art, economic redevelopment is never truly complete.

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Traffic also comes from large promotional events like Cooper-Young’s annual Cooper-Young Festival, which attracted 100,000 people in 2011, and a monthly street-strolling event, Cooper-Young Night Out. South Main has its monthly Trolley Tours, Memphis Farmers Market Downtown, and annual festivals.

Cooper-Young was a struggling neighborhood in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Today, it’s a hip, vibrant, artsy community brimming with shops, restaurants, festivals, and community activities. The neighborhood association applied for a grant to revive the abandoned, graffiti-covered trestle that serves as a gateway to the area. In 2000, Memphis metalsmith Jill Turman created 12 metal building replicas, and what was once old, scary, and offputting became whimsical and inviting.
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New Orleans (Jun 16 at 6p, Fireworks Night; Jun 17 at 1:35p). Jun 27–28: Albuquerque. Memphis Riverboats: 45 S. Riverside, 527BOAT, memphisriverboats.net. Open Mar–Nov. Sightseeing cruises, dinner & music cruises, and airboat rides, RSVP. Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Inside FedExForum, 191 Beale at Third, 205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. Tuesdays: Free admission for Shelby Co. residents w/ID, 2–7p. Thru Sep 30: Recorded in Memphis, showcasing the studios and engineers that continue Memphis’s musical legacy. Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Place, 276-WILD, memphiszoo.org. See website for workshops, classes, and clubs. Thru Jul 8: Outdoor animatronic dinosaurs exhibit, $4. Thru Oct 31: Camel rides, 10a–5p daily, $5. Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr, 7746380, metalmuseum.org. Jun 8–Sep 2: Virgil England: The Hetlands, unique knife and weapon objects. Harlan Butt: National Parks Project, vessels inspired by our country’s parks. Thru Jun 24: Tributaries: Lauren Kalman, acupuncture jewelry. Mississippi River Museum: Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front, 576-7241, mudisland.com. Open Apr–Oct.

(cont’d from page 17) Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800982-2787, orpheum-memphis.com. Jun 1, 14, 15, 22, 28, 29: Summer Classic Movies, 6:30p social, 7:30p movie, $7, available only before the show. Jun 5–10: Mamma Mia! Peabody Memphis: 149 Union, 529-4161, peabody-memphis.com. 1st Wednesdays: Master Taster’s Club Wine Tasting, 5:30p, Peabody Corner Bar. Thursdays thru Aug 16: Peabody Rooftop Parties, 6–11p, $10 includes 1 drink. Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. Jun 7–Aug 3: Lively learning demos on how sound works, Thu & Fri, noon, $5. Jun 12: Israeli Scout Musical Revue, 2–3p, free. Jun 23–Sep 23: Bigger Than T-Rex: Giant Killer Dinosaurs of Argentina. Thru Oct 14: Women of Strength, Women of Color, the lives of women who made a lasting impact on Memphis. Thru Oct 21: Memphis Celebrates King Cotton.

Mud Island Amphitheatre: 125 N. Front, 5767241, mudisland.com. Open Apr–Oct. Jun 15, 16: Funk Fest Music Festival, 4p, $45+, funkfestconcerts.com. Jun 22: Norah Jones, 8p. Mud Island Park: 125 N. Front, 576-7241, mudisland.com. Open Apr–Oct. Jun 9, 10: Civil War Sesquicentennial Event, 10a–5p, free jimmyogle.com.

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National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. 1st Thursdays: Film Series + Discussion, 6p. Jun 7, 14, 21, 28: Children’s Story Hour, 11a. Thru Aug 20: For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 7264656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Jun 3: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, tribute to the singer’s life and music career. Jun 29–Jul 22: Xanadu, the hit musical based on the cult film. Run/Walk: Jun 2: Arthritis Walk at Shelby Farms benefits the Arthritis Foundation, 10a, 6859060, letsmovememphis.org. Jun 2: Kidney Walk at Rhodes College benefits the National (cont’d on page 26)

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Kris Kourdouvelis
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I had a typical Midwestern upbringing in Centralia, IL. I was an only child, but I was not a lonely child — I had lots of friends, and it was important to me that I make a lot of friends so I’d have someone to play with. I liked people. When I was about four years old, we lived next to an electronics shop. I loved junk and trinkets, and I’d climb into their trash bin looking for anything that was interesting — timers, clocks, motors, and things. I put them in my wagon and took them home, where I’d take them apart just to figure out how they worked. My parents spread newspapers out on the kitchen table so I could work. It gave me a great feeling to learn how things were supposed to work. About the time I was six, we moved toward the edge of town, where there were even more kids, and we lived in a big oval neighborhood. I always wanted to find out what was going on around me, and I’d roam all over town with my friends. I was very curious about life and much enamored with it. My grandfather came over from Greece when he was 12. He eventually opened a dry cleaners. My dad worked there until it closed and then got a job as the executive housekeeper at a state institution for mentally disabled children. He used to bring the kids to our home for meals and holidays, so everyone had the experience of interacting with different people. My mother worked as a secretary for her father, who owned the oil business I would eventually lead. Throughout grade school, I was really into science and found the world of medicine fascinating. I thought I wanted to be a doctor. I taught myself to type blood and run other tests. I often talked my babysitters into letting me draw blood from their fingertips, and by the time they went home, they would know their blood type, Rh factor, and red blood count! My mother’s friend ran a doctor’s clinic lab, and in the eighth grade, I helped out on weekends and learned how to use a microscope and count white blood cells, among other things. I also helped with X-rays and ran tests. I never had a “punch-the-clock” job in high school or college. I photographed weddings to earn money, and it was a lucrative business. By the end of my junior year, I had enough credits to graduate, but I was having too much fun! Besides, I had been elected the senior class president — in large part because everyone wanted me to be in charge of all the reunion parties. By that time, I had thrown quite a few successful get-togethers. I chose the University of Tennessee at Martin because I wanted to go to a school that was smaller, where I could talk to my teachers oneon-one and be able to make friends easily. I wanted to get to know everyone and not just be a number lost in the crowd. I made several lifelong friends there — two of them were from Memphis. After a couple of years, I decided I didn’t want to be a doctor, and I changed my major to geology. My mother’s father was a successful, independent oil producer, and there was some opportunity for me with him. Upon graduating from Eastern Illinois University, though, I went to work full time for a local oil well promoter as his chief geologist, where I gained a lot of experience as we drilled wells all over southern Illinois. I struck out on my own at age 23. I did all the geology, picked the locations, leased the land, and sought out enough investors to drill wells. It was exciting, and we hit oil, but in the end, the wells didn’t make enough oil to be profitable. My grandfather convinced me to join his firm in Illinois as geologist and vice president in the mid ‘80s. We spent hours on his porch, where he groomed me to take over his firm. When he died in 1991, I became president and CEO of Seip Oil Properties and Seip Service and Supply, a position I hold to this day. All during this time, I’d visit my two UT–Martin friends in Memphis at least once a year. In the mid ‘80s, they got involved as volunteers for Memphis in May and persuaded me to sign up with them. I started coming for extended weekends in May, renting a Downtown apartment. It was a great gig because I got to spend time with my friends, hear great live music, and eat incredible barbecue in between working the beer stands. I grew to love Memphis. I started renting a place to live on April 1 and staying here until after the Sunset Symphony. But I loved my hometown in Centralia; I knew everyone there, and everyone knew me. I never thought I would leave there. I purchased The Warehouse in 1999 and started converting it into a space where I could stay when I came into town. It wasn’t in the best neighborhood at the time — although the neighborhood built up into a wonderful community — but it was close to Tom Lee Park. That year, my Memphis friends wanted a place to throw a millennium New Year’s party, and because The Warehouse was so big and open, we figured we’d have it here. I suppose that started everything, and I’ve been hosting parties and charitable fundraisers here with the love of my life, Sharon Gray, ever since.
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}The very first party I ever hosted … was in eighth grade, when I volunteered to host our graduation party. Some college students who worked for my dad had a rock ‘n’ roll band, so he talked them into playing. I enlisted some girls in my class to decorate our basement. I told my teachers I had things under control. When everyone got to the party, they were really blown away with it all. I kind of caught the bug for entertaining then and became known as the guy who threw a lot of the parties throughout high school and beyond. }The first party I hosted at The Warehouse after moving to Memphis … was for my friends and neighbors. Growing up an only child, I always made lots of friends so I’d have people to play with. When I moved to Memphis, it was just the natural thing to do to invite all my neighbors over so we could become friends. }The hardest part of throwing a party … is attending to the details. For example, setting a date that doesn’t conflict with other events. As for the physical party preparations, we pretty much have that down to a science! }A good party always includes … good music and good people. }The Warehouse began taking on its “party place” persona … I guess it was a couple of years after I moved here and met Sharon. Sharon and I let musicians come here to rehearse. The musicians put on a show just for the experience of getting in front of people, and Sharon and I decided we’d just make a party out of it and share the music with others. }The public’s biggest misperception about The Warehouse … is that it’s a public event space. People want to rent the space for functions, and we have to tell them, “But we live here! It’s our home!” To this day, people don’t understand that this is a private residence! }The average number of parties we host per year … is about a dozen — and that’s with us being out of town for four months out of the year. }I purchased The Warehouse because … it appealed to me in several ways. Foremost was its location Downtown, which is where I wanted to be. That was also a drawback because this was a dangerous neighborhood then, and The Warehouse had suffered from neglect. The building was originally built as a post office, and later housed Wellbrock Supply, a janitorial and dry-cleaning supply company. It was filled with shelving, which is what we eventually used to build the music stage. But when I bought The Warehouse, it was not for the intention of having parties. }My favorite party food … Personally, I love hot wings! As for the food we offer at a party, our staples include popcorn, pizza, and hot dogs. }The part of party hosting I like least … is not being able to fully enjoy the party because I’m working to make sure it is a success — but I love that part, too, so it all works out fine. }The first thing I do after the last guest leaves … is have a beer! During the party, I drink very little or not at all, so I drink a beer while Sharon and I relive the party together. }My love for live music came from … My parents enjoyed live music, and when I was young, they often took me to see local bands, even if they were just rehearsing in their garage. Mom often told me that “music is the universal language,” and that really stuck with me. }Most people don’t know that … despite my love for music, I can’t play an instrument or sing. I’m fascinated by those people who can. I tell people that I taught myself how to play the piano, only to find out that I am a horrible teacher! }In high school, I was named … most comical. }My father taught me … how to memorize. When I was in first grade, I memorized things like the preamble to the Constitution and the Gettysburg address. I can still memorize things fairly easily, although that’s not much needed in these times when everything is at your fingertips. }One of my personal dreams … is for all of the city’s music-related organizations to work together as a unified team. }One of the biggest risks I took … was shortly after becoming president and CEO of Seip Oil Properties. I borrowed more than $6 million to purchase a portion of a large German conglomerate’s U.S. holdings. I had never had a bank loan in my life! I guess I was too young to be scared, so I did it. The purchase tripled the amount of producing wells and increased our output fivefold. We were able to pay off the loan in four years. }From my father I got … my wit and thirst for knowledge. To this day, I want to learn everything. }I bought the former Motion Picture Laboratories building … as an investment. It was close by — 777 South Main — and I owned other properties in Illinois. I began renting office and studio space to companies and individuals in the music and film industry, providing an incubator-type environment. Scott Bomar’s Electrophonic Studio and Chris Scott’s Studio 777 currently operate out of there. }From my mother I got … She is very outgoing — doesn’t know a stranger. I got my smile from her, for sure! }In grade school, I got in trouble most for … talking! }I met the love of my life … in 2004. I was in Memphis, and at Silky Sullivan’s invitation, I led a Cotton Carnival parade. I saw Silky help a beautiful girl off one of the floats, and he said, “You should meet Sharon Gray.” I discovered how interesting and intelligent she is, and I learned that we share — among many other common interests — a real love and passion for live music, especially Memphis music. We hit it off, and I did some soul searching. I decided that Sharon was “the one” — and Memphis was, too — so I moved here. }People might be surprised to learn … that I’m actually quite shy, really. }If I could meet one person … I would choose a great inventor like Thomas Edison because I am so interested in how and why things work, and I love to build gadgets and inventions. Also, he is the father of the music and film industries, which I have such a desire to be involved with. }Memphis started growing on me because … of the people, more than anything else. Everyone was so inclusive and friendly. I fit in better here, and I am living a dream. }The little building at on the west end of the property … was originally a Pure gas station. I currently use it for storage. }My most recent venture … I partnered with some friends and opened the Double J Smokehouse and Saloon on G.E. Patterson. The last thing I ever thought I wanted to be involved with was a restaurant, but my partners know what they’re doing and love what they do. What really cinched it for me was that they put in a stage so we can showcase local musicians. }If I could make one change in the world … I would add an “undo button” — Ctrl+Z! }My final 2 cents … Success is having what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have. Satisfaction is being smart enough to know how to be happy with the results, even if they aren’t as grand as you might have thought they would be. Life is too short not to be happy.

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Kidney Foundation of West TN, 9:30a, 6836185, nkfwtn.org. Jun 9: Gibson Guitar 5K Run-Walk at Beale and Second benefits St. Patrick Community Outreach, 7p, 726-0419, gibsonguitar5k.com. Jun 23: MLGW Walk United at Mud Island benefits United Way of the MidSouth, 10a, 348-5105, ehutcheson@mlgw.org. Jun 16: Steeplechase 5K at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 155 Market at Third benefits St. Mary’s food kitchen, 7p, 522-9420, steeplechase5k. racesonline.com. Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Jun 2: Mars Quest: A visit to the mysterious red planet. Jun 9–Sep 8: Hubble Vision 2: A tour of the cosmos, from Earth’s orbit to the limits of the observable universe. Jun 16–Sep 8: Starlit Nights Live, a guided tour through the current summer night sky. Soulsville USA: 926 E. McLemore, 946-SOUL, soulsvilleusa.com. Historic music neighborhood.
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Jun 13–Apr 15: Wattstax: The Living World, a special 40th anniversary exhibit. T Clifton Art: 2571 Broad, 323-ARTS, tcliftonart. com. Distinguished art, artistic custom framing, hip location! Thru Jul 7: Mixed media paintings by Atlanta artist Christy Kinard.

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The Woodruff-Fontaine House is dressed for summer! Learn what it took to keep cool during the hot summers of early Memphis in Southern Summers, on exhibit June 6–Aug. 5.

Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext’d, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Jun 8–Jul 1: No, No, Nanette: Three couples are thrown together in Atlantic City to navigate scandal and rumors. Uptown Neighborhood: 949-1309, uptownmemphis.org. Jun 9: Uptown BBQ Cooking Contest, set-up noon, judging 3p, free, Uptown Park, 949-1309. Visible School: 200 Madison Ave, 381-3939, visibleschool.com. Jun 16: The Gospel of Memphis Concert, 7p, free, 309-3090. W.C. Handy Home: 352 Beale, 527-3427. W.C. Handy Performing Arts Park: 200 Beale, 526-0115, bealestreet.com. Walking Tours: Downtown Courthouse: Host Jimmy Ogle, 604-5002, jimmyogle.com. Jun 21: Meet on courthouse steps, Adams & Second, noon, free. Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com. Jun 6–Aug 5: Southern Summers, exhibiting cool cotton textiles and a few summer traditions of early Memphians. Submit events for calendar consideration: editor@memphisdowntowner.com. We publish citywide events that are open to the public.

Mixed media art by Allison Furr-Lawyer and Kim Baldock surprise and delight at D’Edge Art and Unique Treasures through June 15.

South Main Association: 578-7262, southmainmemphis.net. 2nd Tuesdays: Monthly public information meeting. 6p social, 6:30p program, $5 for nonmembers. June speaker: Congressman Steve Cohen at Felicia Suzanne’s, 80 Monroe. South Main Historic Arts District: Between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.net. Last Fridays: South Main Art Trolley Tour, shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, 6–9p. Southland Park Gaming & Racing: I-40 & I-55, exit 279A, West Memphis, 870-735-3670, southlandgreyhound.com. Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 946-SOUL, staxmuseum.com.

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If hiring a personal chef lands on your wish list somewhere after a five-car garage, you haven’t seen the typical client roster of many personal chefs. Memphis’s longest-serving personal chef, Carol Borchardt, is into her 10th year, and her clientele is as varied as their tastes. “I’ve got families who are just too busy to cook,” says Borchardt, owner of A Thought for Food. “I’ve got vegetarians, vegans, people trying to lose weight or with health issues, and people who can’t or don’t cook. They find that when they add up the money spent on eating out, convenience foods, impulse purchases, and discarded produce they had good intentions of using, they could easily afford a personal chef coming into their home and cooking something fresh and healthy.” Personal chefs such as Borchardt typically work in clients’ kitchens preparing three to five entrees with accompanying side dishes in one cooking marathon of five to eight hours. Each meal is tailored to a client’s taste preferences, dietary restrictions, or medical considerations. She stores the meals in separate containers in the

daily in that client’s home. Personal chefs are selfemployed, carry more clients, and cook several meals at a time, which makes the price tag on personal chef service significantly lower. While each client’s service needs differ, all told, the cost per meal lands around the price of an entree at an upscale restaurant. Personal chefs also do the grocery shopping for the menu and will pick up incidental items the client needs, such as bread or eggs. She shops right before she heads to the client’s kitchen for a solid day of cooking several dishes at once.

refrigerator, leaves instructions for heating each dish, then cleans and leaves the kitchen as she found it. When the family comes home, their meals are ready when they are. There are a few steps to take before fork meets mouth. It typically starts with a phone conversation, followed by a no-obligation consultation and discussion of the client’s tastes and preferences. When Borchardt makes her first visit, she also asks about any non-culinary issues — like what to do with the dog. A service agreement details the personal chef’s role and the client’s role to ensure smooth service. Then it’s time to schedule the first cooking date and develop a menu. Preparing meals in the client’s home is a key part of keeping
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Menu planning is always a team sport. “If the client requests something I don’t have in my repertoire, I research it,” she says. “Some give me family recipes or recipes that they used to make themselves but can’t anymore. I also maintain a selection of menu options on my website. Really, the sky’s the limit.” The strangest thing she’s ever cooked? “Dove pie!” she says. “I’d never worked with dove before, but the client had the birds ready and waiting. The recipes I found didn’t seem practical, so I took a coq-au-vin recipe and reworked it.” While Borchardt may be happy to try her hand at dove pie, there are some differences between a personal chef and a private chef. Private chefs are employed by one person and prepare meals

“Remember the old Ed Sullivan Show and the guy who used to spin the plates?” she asks, laughing. “That’s what I feel like all day; I’m spinning plates.” But it’s a spinning challenge that contains many personal rewards. “One of my clients had a really bad day at work,” Borchardt remembers. “I had made several pots of soups for her because she loves soup. I found this message on my answering machine: ‘Carol, I cannot tell you how delicious this soup is, and it feels like somebody loves me.’ Things like that are the icing on the cake.”

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EATING OUT & ABOUT
A & R BAR-B-QUE 24 N. Third at Court • 524-5242 ALCENIA’S 317 N. Main • 523-0200 ALFRED’S ON BEALE 197 Beale • 525-3711 ALLANAH’S BREAKFAST CAFE 86 N. Main • 521-9393 ARCADE RESTAURANT 540 S. Main • 526-5757 AUTOMATIC SLIM’S 83 S. Second, 525-7948 B.B. KING’S BLUES CLUB 143 Beale • 524-5464 bbkingclubs.com Inspired by an authentic Delta juke joint, this club at Second and Beale includes B.B. King photos and memorabilia, along with a reputation for fun, food, and music. Live music nightly with the world’s finest musicians, including the energetic solid rock, soulful, groovy house band, All Stars. Casual dining with a variety of Southern comfort food fused with flavors from around the globe. The lip-smacking BBQ ribs and white cheddar mac and cheese are legendary. BANGKOK ALLEY 121 Union • 522-2010 BARDOG TAVERN 73 Monroe • 275-8752 BEALE STREET TAP ROOM 168 Beale • 527-4392 THE BISTRO AT COURT SQUARE 75 Jefferson • 522-2200 BLEU RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 221 S. Third • 334-5950 downtownbleu.com Something fresh just bleu into town. A bold and flavorful restaurant and lounge that reflects the deliciously unique melting pot that is America. Executive Chef Robert Nam Cirillo gives the standard fare — and your discerning palate — a flavorful boost. A neu Downtown favorite is born where guests are treated to culinary delights that include the signature corn and blueberry salad, grilled pork and grits, and salmon roulade. Jazz in the lounge every weekend. BLIND BEAR 119 S. Main • 417-8435 BLUE MONKEY BAR & GRILL 513 S. Front • 527-6665 BLUE PLATE CAFE 113 Court Square South 523-0332 BLUEFIN 135 S. Main • 528-1010 BLUES CITY CAFE 138 Beale • 526-3637 bluescitycafe.com Open early for lunch and late-night for dinner. Dine in or carry out. Enjoy the best meal on Beale, from BBQ ribs and catfish to the best steaks in town. Live entertainment nightly in the Bandbox. Cadillac Room available for 10 or more. Featured on Travel Channel’s “A Taste of America,” Food Network’s “Bobby Flay Show,” in Bon Appetit magazine’s “BBQ Issue,” and Southern Living. BLUFF CITY COFFEE 505 S. Main • 405-4399 BOGIE’S DELI 80 Monroe • 525-6764 THE BRASS DOOR 152 Madison • 572-1813 BUTCHER SHOP STEAK HOUSE 101 S. Front • 521-0856 CAPRICCIO GRILL The Peabody Memphis 149 Union • 529-4199 CENTER FOR SOUTHERN FOLKLORE 119 S. Main at Peabody Pl 525-3655 THE CHEESE CAKE CORNER 113 G.E. Patterson • 525-2253 CHEZ PHILIPPE The Peabody Memphis 149 Union • 529-4188 CITY MARKET GROCERIES & DELI 66 S. Main • 729-6152 CLUB 152 152 Beale • 544-7011 club152memphis.com Open daily 4pm–4am; opens 11am in warm months. Three floors of fun! First floor: live dance music every night plus pizza, sandwiches, pasta, and salads. At Mustang Sally’s on level two, put some funk in yo’ trunk! Level three, “The Shadows,” Memphis’s #1 upscale club, open weekends only for members or by invitation. COCKADOOS 85 S. Second • 590-0610 COURT HOUSE DELI 22 S. Main • 527-2253 COYOTE UGLY SALOON 326 Beale • 888-UGLY COZY CORNER RESTAURANT 745 N. Parkway • 527-9158 DENNY’S 166 Union • 522-1304 DON DON’S HOTWINGS & SOUL FOOD 782 Washington • 521-9593 DOUBLE J SMOKEHOUSE & SALOON 124 G.E. Patterson • 335-0251 DREAM BERRY FROZEN YOGURTS 94 S. Main • 343-0685 DYER’S HAMBURGERS 205 Beale • 527-3937 EARNESTINE & HAZEL ’S 531 S. Main • 523-9754 earnestineandhazels.com You’ve got to see this historic bar! The famous Soul Burger sizzles for lunch 7 days a week. Lunch delivery of 4 or more available Mon–Fri for just $5 per burger. Tucked in the back of this storied building, the cozy, 16-seat, 5 Spot restaurant serves fine dining fare accompanied by white tablecloths, candles, and a jazz jukebox. Bring your own wine! Open daily 11am–3am. EIGHTY3 83 Madison • 333-1224 ELLIOTT’S RESTAURANT 16 S. Second • 525-4895 ESCAPE ALLEY SUNDRY 651 Marshall • 581-3639 EVELYN AND OLIVE 630 Madison • 748-5422 FELICIA SUZANNE’S 80 Monroe • 523-0877 FERRARO’S PIZZERIA & PUB 111 Jackson • 522-2033 THE 5 SPOT 531 S. Main • 523-9754 FLIGHT RESTAURANT 39 S. Main • 521-8005 FLYING FISH 105 S. Second • 522-8228 FLYING SAUCER 130 Peabody Place • 523-PINT FRANK’S MAIN STREET MARKET AND DELI 327 S. Main • 523-0101 FRONT STREET DELI 77 S. Front • 522-8943 Memphis’s oldest delicatessen, since 1976. Breakfast served till 11am. Hot/cold sandwiches, plate lunches, homemade desserts, and salads. Beer served. Sidewalk cafe. Mon–Fri 7am–2pm. THE GREEN BEETLE 325 S. Main • 527-7337 Inside the oldest tavern in Memphis — opened in 1939 by grandfather Frank from Sicily — original pieces from the past intermingle with remodeled modern amenities, and casual Italian fare is scratch-made from old family recipes and local ingredients. The neighborhood restaurant — still family owned — is famous for G-Mama’s lasagna, homemade meatballs, subs, and salads. Full bar, TVs, patio seating, and sis’s made-from-scratch desserts. Open 7 days. GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN 310 S. Front • 527-4877 HAMBURGERS AND MORE 3 S. Main • 545-0048 HAPPY MEXICAN 385 S. Second • 529-9991 HARD ROCK CAFE 315 Beale • 529-0007 HOOTERS RESTAURANT Peabody Place at Third 523-9464 HUEY’S DOWNTOWN 77 S. Second • 527-2700 THE INN AT HUNT PHELAN 533 Beale • 525-8225 ITTA BENA 145 S. Second • 578-3031 ittabenamemphis.com Tucked away worlds apart from Beale Street, this exclusive, upscale restaurant is designed after the speakeasies of the ’20s, with an unmarked, discreet entrance. Itta Bena combines upscale Southern contemporary cuisine with a Delta influence. Enjoy an intimate signature martini in the private lounge. We’re a favorite with local and visiting celebrities … for obvious reasons. Join us. Dinner daily 5pm. Third floor above B.B. King’s Blues Club. JOHNNY G’S CREOLE KITCHEN 156 Beale • 528-1055 K-JAY’S BAR AND GRILL 88 N. Main • 570-8201 KAMIDA 160 Union • 525-5491 KING’S PALACE CAFE 162 Beale • 521-1851 KOOKY CANUCK 97 S. Second • 578-9800 kookycanuck.com Locally owned in the heart of Downtown, award-winning Kooky provides a fun, unique dining experience for all ages! Comfortable lodge setting serves “Americana” food with a Canadian twist, including poutine, BBQ egg rolls, Glenna’s meatloaf, catfish, prime rib, veggie burgers, skillet desserts, and the famous 4-lb Kookamonga burger — free if eaten within one hour! Table-top s’mores, kids’ menu, private parties. Open daily 11am–1am; bar open until 2:30am. KRISPY KRUNCHY CHICKEN 51 S. Main • 524-5465 KUDZU’S BAR & GRILL 603 Monroe • 525-4924 LENNY’S SUB SHOP 22 N. Front • 543-9230 153 S. Main • 529-4377 LIL ANTHONY’S CAFE ’ 341–45 Beale • 672-8510 LITTLE CAFE ECLECTIC 111 Harbor Town Sq. • 590-4645 LITTLE TEA SHOP 69 Monroe • 525-6000 Downtown workers have lunched here since 1918 for the best of Southern home cooking. Plate lunch standards include chicken pot pie, catfish, greens with hot sauce, blackeyed peas, and cobblers for dessert. Iced sweet tea is the authentic drink, and the decor, like the food, is homey and comforting in the middle of a stressful day. Works by local artists adorn the walls, adding to the feel of lunching in a cozy home. Mon–Fri 11am–2pm. LOCAL GASTROPUB 95 S. Main • 473-9573 LUNCHBOX EATS 288 S. Fourth • 526-0820 MADISON AVENUE CAFE 143 Madison • 730-1373 MAGGIEMOO’S ICE CREAM & TREATERY 125 S. Main • 522-1912 MAGNOLIA GRILLE 250 N. Main • 527-7300 THE MAJESTIC GRILLE 145 S. Main • 522-8555 majesticgrille.com Home of the “Unforgettable Sunday Brunch” 11am–3pm. What began in 1913 as the Majestic Theatre is now a 1940s-style bar and grill, with an upscale, uniquely Memphis ambience and great food at reasonable prices, specializing in steaks, fresh seafood, flatbread creations, and gourmet burgers. Open daily at 11am. Kitchen open late. MARMALADE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 153 G.E. Patterson • 522-8800 Marmalade Restaurant believes that sharing the South’s best-kept eatery secrets is one of our major contributions to Memphis’s population. Marmalade’s food offers the taste of home. This includes our grilled steaks and pork chops, Southern fried catfish and chicken, fresh garden vegetables, seafood gumbo, cornbread, and homemade peach cobbler. Full-service bar, on-site parking, and music with R&B, soul, and jazz DVDs. Facilities for group meetings and dinners. Tue–Thu 6–9pm, Fri–Sat 6pm–midnight.

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EATING OUT & ABOUT (cont.)
MAX’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 115 G.E. Patterson • 528-8600 MCEWEN’S ON MONROE 120 Monroe • 527-7085 MESQUITE CHOP HOUSE 88 Union • 527-5337 MISS CORDELIA GROCERY ’S 737 Harbor Bend in Harbor Town 526-4772 • misscordelias.com Delicious sandwiches made to order, homemade daily soups. Fresh-baked breads. Authentic, fresh, fun dishes to enjoy at our table or on the patio with a bottle of beer — or to go. Call for catering needs. Cordelia’s Table open daily 7am– 9pm. MISS POLLY’S SOUL CITY CAFE 154 Beale • 527-9060 misspollysmemphis.com Authentic soul food heats up Beale Street! Fried chicken and waffles, home-cooked vegetables like Mamma made, and all the down-home trimmings that make soul food a Southern tradition. Open daily. MOLLIE FONTAINE LOUNGE 679 Adams • 524-1886 MOVIE AND PIZZA COMPANY 110 Harbor Town Sq. • 527-2233 NEELY’S BAR-B-QUE 670 Jefferson • 521-9798 ONIX RESTAURANT 412 S. Main • 552-4609 PA PA PIA’S 83 Union • 521-4331 PAULETTE’S 50 Harbor Town • 260-3300 PEABODY DELI & DESSERTS & THE CORNER BAR The Peabody Memphis 149 Union • 529-4000 PEARL OYSTER HOUSE ’S 299 S. Main • 522-9070 PIG ON BEALE 167 Beale • 529-1544 PIZZA ITALIA 1 175 Peabody Place at Third 644-2021 PIZZA ITALIA 2 164 Union (across from The Peabody) 644-2021 Walk in for pizza by the slice at this authentic New York–style eatery located across the street from the historic Peabody Hotel. You’ll swear you’re in Manhattan! We also use our fresh ingredients to make gyros, Philly steak sandwiches, calzones, and made-to-order New York and Chicago-style pizzas. Five-star rating from Urbanspoon. We deliver! Mon– Thu 11am–10pm, Fri 4pm–midnight, Sat noon–2am, and Sun 1–9pm. PURPLE HAZE 140 Lt. George W. Lee • 577-1139 REHAB DISCO 94 S. Front • 523-0275 RENDEZVOUS 52 S. Second • 523-2746 RENEE’S SANDWICH SHOP 202 G. E. Patterson • 525-2963 RIO LOCO 117 Union • 523-2142 RIVERSIDE GRILL 694 Riverside • 527-3946 RIZZOS DINER 106 G.E. Patterson • 523-2033 RUM BOOGIE CAFE 182 Beale • 528-0150 RUMBA ROOM 303 S. Main • 523-0020 RUSSWOOD PARK SPORTS BAR & GRILL 160 Union • 525-5491 SAIGON LE 51 N. Cleveland • 276-5326 SAM’S HAMBURGERS AND MORE 94 N. Main • 543-9977 THE SILLY GOOSE 100 Peabody Place • 435-6915 SILKY O’SULLIVAN’S 183 Beale • 522-9596 SKY GRILLE 668 Union • 521-9778 SOUTH OF BEALE 361 S. Main • 526-0388 THE SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE 40 W. Huling • 521-0907 SPINDINI 383 S. Main • 578-2767 STARBUCKS 201 S. Third • 334-5940 SUBWAY SANDWICHES & SALADS 85 N. Main • 543-3782 110 Auction • 521-9753 SUPERIOR RESTAURANT 159 Beale • 523-1940 TEXAS DE BRAZIL 150 Peabody Place • 526-7600 TGI FRIDAY’S 185 Union • 523-8500 THAI BISTRO 149 Madison • 343-0303 TJ MULLIGAN’S 362 N. Main • 523-1453 TROLLEY STOP MARKET 704 Madison • 526-1361 TUG’S 50 Harbor Town Sq • 260-3344 2 GUYS CAFE 50 N. Front • 755-7312 WANG’S 113 S. Main • 523-2065 WESTY’S 346 N. Main • 543-3278 EatAtWestys.com We’re the Downtown restaurant with enough ambience that movies such as The Firm, The Rainmaker, and 21 Grams choose to film here. “Break the chain” and eat locally. We’ve served Memphis incredible food since 1983, so bring family and friends to the Pinch District and explore our extensive, diverse menu. Make sure to finish your meal with our world-famous hot fudge pie! Open daily 10–3am year-round; delivery 11am–2pm and 5pm–2am. WET WILLIES 209 Beale • 578-5650 WRAPZODY GOURMET WRAPZ 99 N. Main, Ste 101 • 503-9842 ZAC’S CAFE 175 Peabody Place • 579-3300

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On a Whim
by David Tankersley

For years, I have felt that society needs a greater sense of whimsy. We have become too serious with an inability to laugh and poke fun. To that end, I take it upon myself to inject whimsy into professional situations. Doctors. Real estate agents. Insurance professionals. County mayors. I look for situations in my non-whimsical sphere that might benefit from a jolt of jocularity, a flickering of snickering, or a small token of jokin’. Case in point: When Janice and I decided we should step into the adult world of home ownership some 20 years ago, we began the process of contacting real estate agents, scouting for homes, and preparing financial matters for the grand inquisition of presenting one’s “papers” to the mortgage professionals. We were told to have all documentation necessary to prove our credit worthiness: financial accounts, stock portfolios, and all other reflectors of solvency. I prepared, even placing bright, shiny dimes in my penny loafers. I was no financial slacker and intended to prove it. As the arbiter (let’s call her Prudence) sorted through the stack, she nodded politely and occasionally smiled up at us, as if to say, “You have performed your duties well, my friends.” As Pru neared the bottom of the stack, I snickered. Janice shot me an “oh-my-Lord-what-have-you-done-now” countenance as Prudence gazed at a single piece of paper printed in fancy script. Her smile gave way to puzzlement. “You have a letter from Publishers Clearing House. Did you win?” “Oh, no,” I said. “But I feel very good about it this time!” Pru regained her composure. “Well, we can’t count that.” I really hadn’t expected a sense of humor, but hope was my guide. Whimsy No. 2: Now that I bore the responsibility of home ownership, I considered the need for a significant increase in life insurance. I contacted my
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agent (let’s call him Farquard) to let him know I was about to throw some money his way. I signed the necessary papers — on every yellow-highlighted line — pulled out my checkbook, filled in the dollar amount, and then hesitated, my pen hovering over the signature line. I could hear Farquard’s heart hammering.

nothing. Do you have any idea what could have caused your gastric distress?” The opportunity presented itself. “Well, Doc, this might have to do with a small metal piece planted inside me during an alien abduction on the outskirts of Millington some 15 years ago.” Silence, and then a snicker. “Sure, alien abduction. Why not?” Ah, whimsy had finally come to life in the form of a young gastro. And then there was the instance of gladhanding the county mayor at a corporate gathering. I was there doing my duty as a communications specialist for the event sponsor. His mayorship stepped into the room, and I stepped into action. “Bilgewater,” I queried, “how the heck have you been?” Flanked by his lackeys, surrounded by his minions, propped by his P.R. flacks — none of whom had ever met me, including the mayor — he looked flummoxed by this dude who was acting like an old drinking buddy. He quickly regained his composure, flashed a smile, took a quick gander at my nametag, and boomed, “Dave, man, it’s been a long time!” He pumped my hand and sped away. Yeah, it had been a long time — as in never. Sometimes you have to make whimsy happen, even at the expense of a politician. My guilt continues to this day. I remember standing in a grocery store checkout line. A sign read, “Trouble with computers. Please bare with us.” I stepped up to the counter, smiled at the checker, pointed to the sign, and said, “I’m sorry, but I do not get naked with just anyone.” She eyed me warily while scanning my groceries. As I accepted my change, I tried to enlighten her. “You might tell your manager that the proper spelling for your sign is b-e-a-r.” Evidently the lesson was lost. I’m lucky she didn’t call the cops. So here’s the point: Potential for whimsy is with us always. Embrace it. Look for whimsical opportunities. Besides, if it’s fun and no one gets hurt, isn’t that reason enough for a bit of whimsy?
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I pushed the checkbook aside and looked him square in the eye. “Farquard, if my wife calls and asks for payoff specifics in the case of ‘accidental death’” — my fingers made a dramatic air-quote gesture here — “please call me immediately. Do you understand what I’m saying?” He stared. I felt certain he had gone into a fugue state back when I stopped writing the check. Finally, he nodded. I signed the check and went on my way, realizing he might simply be immune to whimsy. Some people are, you know. Next whimsy: Home ownership and the travails of age sent me packing to the emergency room in search of a doctor — or at least someone with pain medication. After the CT scan of my innards, Doc called. “I have examined the scan, and we see

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