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  1. 1. D E C E M B E R 2 0 13M E M P H I S Building Bridges of Light
  2. 2. 2 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com at the pink palace museum nov. 23 through Dec. 31 santa vs. the snowman the light before christmas star of wonDer
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  4. 4. 4 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.comMEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com Downtown Productions Inc. 408 S. Front Street, Suite 109 Memphis, TN 38103 P.O. Box 3367, Memphis, TN 38173 ©2013 Downtown Productions Inc. memphisdowntowner.com tel: 901-525-7118 • fax: 901-525-7128 admin@memphisdowntowner.com Materials may not be reproduced in whole or part without the publisher’s written consent. Unless otherwise credited, photos in this publication are courtesy of the persons or organizations involved. Downtowner Magazine Memphis is a monthly publication with a circulation of 25,000. Annual subscriptions are $15. Please notify us of any change in address. SM View Us on Your Mobile DECEMBER 2013 · VOLUME 23 · ISSUE 11 features 8 Campus Canvas Meet the winners of our 11th annual Downtown Elementary School Art Contest — small hands exploring “Patterned Pathways” of creativity. by Terre Gorham 20 Discovery901: The Bridge Read all about it! The homeless get both a voice and a job. by Linda Raiteri 24 My 2 Cents: Sally Jones Heinz MIFA Executive Director interview by Terre Gorham 27 Now Serving: MaggieMoo’s of Memphis MaggieMoo’s keeps it cool in a hot spot Downtown. by Caroline Saunders 30 So It Goes Dear Santa … by Raymond L. Atkins departments 6 Skyliners 7 City Blocks 12 December Special Events Calendar 14 Around Town Events Calendar 28 Entertainment & Dining Guide About the Cover: “Bridges of Light” won the Downtowner magazine’s annual Nonprofit Holiday Card-Cover Contest. It was created by Memphis artist Kong Wee Pang, who was inspired by a Bridge Builders induction ceremony she attended. Born and raised in Malaysia, Pang’s passion for art is garnering nationwide attention and resulted in her inclusion in the “Present Tense: The Art of Memphis” exhibit at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. This die-cut card is available through BRIDGES, a 90-year-old organization that unites and inspires diverse young people to become leaders committed to community transformation. To order “Bridges of Light,” call 901-260-3724 or visit bridgesusa.org. Jodie Vance Publisher Terre Gorham Editor editor@memphisdowntowner.com Chris Strain Creative Director art@memphisdowntowner.com Advertising Department sales@memphisdowntowner.com Contributing Writers Raymond L. Atkins, Linda Raiteri, Caroline Saunders Contributing Photographers/Artists McCall Hagler, Skip Hooper, Joan Marcus, John Moore, Linda Raiteri, Caroline Saunders staff ChrisStrain Have you got what it takes to shoot a magazine cover? Let’s find out! Send your hi-res cover considerations to: contest@ memphisdowntowner.com. You’ll be notified if your cover photo is selected. GO AHEAD AND COVER US UP!
  5. 5. All skill levels welcome and no deadline, so COVER US UP! For more information, email contest@memphisdowntowner.com or call 901-525-7118, x. *817. COVER US UP! We need your help covering up the Downtowner! Downtowner Magazine’s ongoing Photo Contest is clicking away! Have you got what it takes to shoot a magazine cover? Let’s find out! Submit high-resolution digital photos or artwork that capture anything suitable for a Downtowner Magazine cover: nature, whimsy, urban landscapes, works of art — anything! All entries will be given magazine-cover consideration. SUBMITTING PHOTOS: Email photos or artwork to contest@memphisdowntowner.com or visit memphisdowntowner.com for mailing address PHOTO CONTEST AFRICANAMERICANSANDBIBLICALIMAGERY ASHETO AMEN rbm Ventures Karen and Dr. Preston Dorsett Irene and Joe Orgill Chris and Dan Richards October 20, 2013 January 5, 2014 4339 Park Ave. Memphis dixon.org Carl Clark, Image No. 43 from the Woman Series: Sunday MorningWhile Considering a Decisive Moment, 1991, Gelatin silver print, Collection of the artist Organized by Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY Generously sponsored by R. BRad MaRtin FaMily Foundation
  6. 6. 6 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com Roll ‘em! Native Memphis author Vincent Astor shares his love for movie houses in his latest book, “Memphis Movie Theatres,” the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. Astor, whose mother regaled him with stories about Downtown’s theaters, has warm memories of the cinema back when movie houses had only a single screen. The book, with more than 200 captioned images, begins with the earliest nickelodeon in 1905 and ends with the most important contemporary cinema in 2003. Along the way, readers can view rarely seen images from the archives of Malco Theatres, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis Police Department, Memphis Public Library, Memphis Heritage, and several family collections. From the vaudeville palaces on Main Street to the nickelodeons on Beale, “Memphis Movie Theatres” chronicles the changes in the movie- theater industry in Memphis. Memphis Heritage and Vincent Astor host a book signing on Dec. 7, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., at Howard Hall, 2282 Madison. The book is also available at area bookstores and online retailers and through Arcadia Publishing. For more information, call 888-313-2665 or visit arcadiapublishing.com. SKYLINERS John Henry Photography Corporate Neighbor Awards Saluting area companies that answer the call to service and exemplify the corporate neighbor philosophy of addressing community needs through employee volunteer programs and community involvement, the Corporate Volunteer Council of Memphis presented its annual Corporate Neighbor Awards. CVC, part of Volunteer Mid-South, is dedicated to promoting employee volunteerism in the corporate sector, and it hosts this awards program to honor exemplary corporate community engagement programs across the region. The 2013 Corporate Neighbor Awards salute: Corporate Neighbor of the Year — Small Company Cummins Inc. Every Employee Every Community is a service initiative that allows every Cummins employee to use four hours of a designated workday to serve the community. Corporate Neighbor of the Year — Large CompaNY Memphis Light, Gas and Water MLGW is consistently one of the largest corporate blood donors in the city and partners with various organizations to make positive impacts. outstaNdiNg projeCt award FedEx FedEx Cares Week involved more than 900 team members contributing 4,500 hours at 11 nonprofits. exeCutive Leadership award Chris Miller, owner of Yuletide Nine percent of Yuletide’s net proceeds goes to nonprofits through monetary gifts, in-kind donations, and volunteer hours. empLoYee spirit award Rachel Sumner, Huey’s Sumner built a nonprofit organization to fight sex trafficking in Memphis and volunteers 40 hours a week as the executive director. For more information, call 901-523-2425 or visit volunteermidsouth.org. Volunteer Mid-South announced its 2013 Corporate Neighbor Award Winners: (l–r) Katie Maxwell, CVC president; Rachel Sumner, Huey’s; Chris Miller, Yuletide; Joyce Thomas Fykes, Cummins Inc.; Alonzo Weaver, MLGW; Rose Jackson Flenorl, FedEx; and Lisa Harris, Volunteer Mid-South president. courtesyArcadiaPublishing courtesyVolunteerMid-South
  7. 7. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 7MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com CITY BLOCKS City Cheers ... ArtsMemphis, a nonprofit organization that ensures excellence in the arts and builds vibrant cultural communities, receives one of the nation’s top arts-marketing awards for its Hop-On Hop- Off bus service campaign. The bus provides quick and easy transportation to Memphis’s cultural attractions. The first-place award, presented by Americans for the Arts, recognizes the innovative way the bus service encourages residents and tourists to visit key local arts venues: 901-577-5467, memphishop.com. Dr. Gerald Eisenstatt, one of Downtown’s favorite and most community-oriented optometrists, becomes certified by the American Board of Optometry. To attain this honor, he completed a series of rigorous post-graduate activities, then passed a challenging computer- based examination. Next up? Dr. Eisenstatt has enrolled in the ABO’s Maintenance of Certification program, a 10-year process: See Main Street, 103 S. Main, 901-495-9900, memphisfamilyvision.com. Hitting the Streets … A Memphis Thing Artist Market & Gallery showcases paintings, drawings, photography, fiber art, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and other creations — all handcrafted by local artists: 506 S. Main, 901-484-6198, facebook.com/amemphisthing. Fly Lounge lands inside FedExForum. The new restaurant and lounge on the Plaza Level combines the best in nightlife and dining with a health-inspired menu by Kelly English, signature cocktails, banquet seating, freestanding center bar area, VIP accommodations, live music, and a sophisticated, upscale atmosphere: 901-205-1457, flylounge.com. On the Move ... The Tennessee Historical Commission approves the addition of six South Main Street Historic District commercial buildings to the National Register of Historic Places. The district was expanded east along G.E. Patterson to include the U.S. Postal Inspector’s main field office and Desoto Carrier Annex at 161 G.E. Patterson. It was also expanded east along St. Paul Avenue to include the future artspace community at 138 St. Paul and the post office parking lot at 148 St. Paul: www. tn.gov/environment/history/docs/south-main-street- historic-district.pdf. In celebration of 11 years Downtown, Felicia Suzanne’s renovates its patio oasis (top photo) with a new bar, menu, and furniture, including two large tables for the award-winning restaurant’s farm-table concept. A new patio name tops off the changes: Flo’s Bar and the Shack Out Back: 80 Monroe, 901-523-0877, feliciasuzanne.com. Special Deliveries ... Riley (right), a 6-foot-tall, concrete statue created by local artist Chris Little, sits at the entrance of The Barking Lot, greeting fellow canines and their owners: Main Street and Jefferson Avenue, 901-598-1391, downtownmemphis.com. Music Mojo ... Memphis legend Wayne Jackson, cofounder of The Memphis Horns and co-creator of the soulful rhythm behind an eclectic collection of songs such as “Dock of the Bay,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Sweet Caroline,” launches a new website that includes his discography, filmography, books, and life stories that span generations: 901-302-8911, waynejacksonmusic.com. Downtown Departures ... A Downtown “greasy spoon” institution since 1978, Elliott’s Restaurant wraps up its renowned burger and fast-food service on S. Second. courtesyDMC courtesySeeMainStreet courtesyArtsMemphis courtesySullivanBranding
  8. 8. 8 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com Our 11th annual Downtown Elementary School Art Contest presented a theme of “Patterned Pathways.” Grades 1–4 explored world patterns, while Grade 5 ushered in royal patterns. Here’s what unfolded … Patterned Pathways Campus Canvas
  9. 9. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 9MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com CATEGORY: GRADES 1–2 World Patterns CATEGORY: GRADES 3–4 World Patterns 1st Place Amari Jamison • Grade: 2 Artwork Title: Rainbow Butterfly Aspires to be: portrait artist I took out all of my favorite colors and used them. My butterfly has sharp wings, and drawing them was the hardest part. I had to practice on the back. Art is almost like dancing. You know how they say you have to let the music lead you? I think with art, you have to let your imagination lead you. Judges’ Comments: We were taken by the variety of patterns — a different one for each part of the butterfly. There’s symmetry and form in the butterfly, and there’s symmetry and form in the patterns themselves. The serrated wing edges show attention to detail. Amari, keep thinking on your own, using your colorful imagination. 2nd Place Isaiah Nolan • Grade: 1 Artwork Title: Flower of Painting Aspires to be: artist, teacher, fireman, architect, and doctor I made a pattern of circle, triangle, circle, triangle and put squiggly lines inside the petals. I added the dots and colored them blue. Last, I drew the large background petals to make it look like there was a flower inside a flower. That was the hardest part. Art is important because if people like your art, you can give it to them and make them feel happy. Judges’ Comments: This one is so bold, with the black outlines, that it made us look at it and brought us right into the center. There’s a nice progression of movement throughout the piece and a lot of “oomph” to it. Isaiah, keep working in your bold way. It’s a great way to explore and not be afraid of what you may find. 3rd Place Caiden Nason • Grade: 1 Artwork Title: The Fire Flower Aspires to be: Olympic athlete — track I like red and black and circles. I’ve never seen a flower like this; I made it up in my head. I wanted my flower to look good. The hardest part was having to press down so hard with my crayon. Art is creative, and being creative makes you smart. Judges’ Comments: There’s so much energy here: layers of lines, circles, and textures. We’re reminded of an eyeball, looking out at us, and the rays emanating from it create movement. Caiden, continue converting energy to art. Honorable Mention Vrish Soni • Grade: 2 Artwork title: Design Butterfly Aspires to be: whatever my mom wants me to be Butterflies come in a lot of designs and different colors. I tried to use plenty of shapes and wiggly lines. The butterfly is sitting on red roses. The red background was the hardest part; it took a lot of coloring, and my arm got tired! Judges’ Comments: We’re impressed with the level of care this has. Vrish carefully colored the different pattern segments, and the pattern he added in the background mimics the butterfly’s antennae. We like his use of complementary colors and the contrasts of colors and patterns, too. Vrish, keep making patterns, because you evidently have a natural ability for them. 1st Place Amaurey Thomas Grade: 4 Artwork Title: Mom Takes Care of Baby Aspires to be: artist, surgeon, or scientist that dissects animals Drawing a giraffe made sense to me because I wanted to be very creative. Momma and baby are looking back at a predator and blending themselves into the tree. I made a purple sky instead of a blue one because I like to be original. Drawing the giraffes’ geometric shapes was hardest. Art entertains me, and I enjoy it. Judges’ Comments: This is so unique in that Amaurey decided to have an unusual patterned background, then a patterned tree for the middle ground, and then a distinctly patterned foreground. That’s an advanced concept for this age. We loved the story it was telling: It’s a family that looks very connected. Amaurey, keep telling stories in your art. 2nd Place Alise Williams Grade: 3 Artwork Title: Zebra in the Grass Aspires to be: teacher, hair stylist, and astronaut My zebra is smiling because he’s been eating grass. He’s looking back at whoever is looking at him. Drawing his mouth was the hardest part. I colored the mouth and the nose pink because it’s not a part of the stripes, but it connects to the stripes. Art makes me feel good. Judges’ Comments: We love the expression on the zebra’s face. His backward glance looks worried or that he’s watching something — maybe a lion! The picture’s contents were minimal and yet evoked curiosity as to what the story is. Alise, keep making us wonder what is happening. 3rd Place Quenton Nichols Grade: 3 Artwork Title: Zebra on the Field Aspires to be: architect My zebra is eating, and there’s a house in the background. An African family lives there. Art is important to me because I’m always building, drawing, and creating things, and it makes me feel me. Judges’ Comments: Quenton is so bold in his work. His use of color is very solid, and the way he worked with the patterns in the animal is notable. In the background, we glimpse a part of the world, telling us a story of a time and a place. Quenton, keep thinking bold, strong, and individual style.
  10. 10. 10 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR’S CONTEST! KEEP UP THE GOOD ARTWORK FOR NEXT YEAR’S CONTEST! We owe tremendous gratitude to our loyal partner and contest co-sponsor, Art Center, an art supply store at 1636 Union. Art Center (artcentermemphis.com) has always been so supportive by contributing generous monetary awards, art supplies, and gift bags to the contest winners and the school. Special thanks to this year’s contest judges: Shannon E. Elliott, Ed.D. Director of Art Education, Memphis College of Art Shannon is the new MCA director and comes from Rochester, NY, where she was named 2011 Art Teacher of the Year for New York State. Jennifer Gonzales Coordinator of Art Education, Memphis College of Art As an artist and educator, Jennifer advocates for using the arts to build communities and engage the public. We applaud the hard work and coordination efforts of Downtown Elementary School art teacher Miranda Bavier and her creative, talented art students. 1st Place Cahle Spates Artwork Title: The Colorful Queen Aspires to be: music and art teacher This queen is my mom, because my mom is my role model. The queen is looking at herself in the mirror and wondering what other people think about her. I started by drawing the face, then added all sorts of designs and patterns that I like. Art is important because I’m able to express my feelings. Judges’ Comments: This is extremely well-designed with every part of the paper thought about and used. There are areas that pop and areas that recede and patterns throughout. We were very struck with how well it was done. Cahle, you’ve got a real knack for design, with the way everything is overlapped and crossed. It’s very sophisticated. 3rd Place Charles Lawrence Artwork Title: The Royal Queen Aspires to be: artist or a basketball player (point guard) The queen lives in a kingdom, and she’s looking out the castle window at a garden. She’s very calm, so I used a lot of blue. The hardest part was making the eyes a realistic shape. Art is important to me because it brings out my character. Judges’ Comments: The figure is placed off to the side and is in motion — dashing out of that picture! There’s a limited use of color, which is sophisticated, and the colors he chose are royal ones. We were also struck by the line work, especially the eyes. Charles, keep your artwork in motion. Honorable Mention Kenady Rix Artwork Title: The Queen Full of Colors Aspires to be: fashion designer I decided to do a lot of patterns to bring out her royalty. Her crown has gems, and I used bright colors in her robe. When I was younger, I couldn’t draw, so I didn’t like art. But the more I learned how to draw, the better I liked art. Judges’ Comments: Look at all the different patterning that is happening! There’s so much attention to detail in the garment that this royal person is adorned with. The facial expression makes you wonder what she’s thinking — it’s very reflective. Kenady, continue observing details. You have true talent for that. CATEGORY: GRADES 5 Royal Patterns 2nd Place Azaria Boyd Artwork Title: The Beauty of the Queen Aspires to be: pediatrician or second-grade teacher I drew her hat to be one like queens wear. She is wearing a pink-diamond necklace. Pink diamonds are very rare! I tried to include as many unique designs and patterns as possible. Art is everywhere. Without art, the world would be plain and dark. Art makes the world lighter and a little more peaceful. Judges’ Comments: This has the patterned sense of regality: There’s something in the facial expression and posture that gives the queen a reserved quality. The patterns help move our eye around the page and mimic the directions of the other lines. Even though she’s standing still, there’s a lot of movement. Azaria, keep working on facial expressions, for which you have definite talent.
  11. 11. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 11MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com
  12. 12. 12 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com To submit your events for calendar consideration, email editor@memphisdowntowner.com. Events must be open to the public. Special Events Dec. 1: Ballet Memphis Nutcracker Tea. A Victorian Christmas party with Nutcracker ballet characters, special performance, crafts, games, and silent auction. 2–4p, $45. Peabody Hotel, 737-7322, balletmemphis.org. Dec. 1: Jingle Bell Ball. Youth enjoy age- appropriate holiday soirees with all the trimmings. 2–7p, $25. Gibson Guitar Factory and Peabody Hotel, 527-5683, memphischaritable.org. Dec. 5: Cooper-Young Night Out. Live music, retail specials, and assorted cuisine in Midtown’s historically hip district. Every 1st Thu. 5–9p, free. 276-7222, cooperyoung.biz. Dec. 6: Tool Box Bash. Hammer in the holidays with live and silent auctions, Wall of Wine auction, food, and music to benefit Habitat for Humanity. 7–10p, $50. The Great Hall, Germantown, 322-3504, memphishabitat.com/ toolboxbash. Dec. 6–7: Cumberland Forest. Walk the Winter Wonderland path to see themed cabins, enjoy kids games, sip cider, pose with Santa, and witness the Nativity scene with live animals. Fri. 6–9p, Sat. 5–8p, donation of mittens or gloves. First Cumberland Presbyterian, Olive Branch, MS, 662-893-7347, firstcpchurch.org. Dec. 6–8: Rural Route Studio Tour. Three art and pottery studios in the country present works created by the artist in residence and provide a firsthand look at unique art environments. Fri.–Sat. 10a–5p, Sun. noon–5p, 4881 Canada Rd., 384-9132, faganart.com. Dec. 7: Breakfast with Santa. Elf-themed crafts, live animals, wagon rides, and live music. 9–11:30a, $15 RSVP. Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden. com. Dec. 7: St. Jude Marathon and 5K. Lace up your shoes for a Memphis Runners Track Club–sanctioned, Boston Marathon–qualifying race, followed by a fun-filled weekend to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 8a, Fourth and Beale, 578-7582, stjudemarathon.org. Dec. 7, 14, 21: Holiday Magic of Science. Deck the halls with science! See snow appear out of the air and learn why tinsel is so sticky. Science demos capture the spirit of the season. Noon, $5. Pink Palace Museum, 636- 2362, memphismuseums.org. Dec. 8: Acoustic Sunday. Jesse Winchester and Mary Gauther join Amy Lavere and John Paul Keith for an evening of music magic to benefit Beth Sholom Synagogue. 7p, $39. 6675 Humphreys, 683-3591, bsholom.org. Dec. 8: Metal Museum Holiday Show. Browse through treasures at the museum store, view the new “Ha! Metalsmiths at Play” exhibit, and watch a demo on creating copper ornaments. Noon–5p, free. Metal Museum, 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. Dec. 9: Luna Nova Concert. A program of British chamber music from the first half of the 20th century includes a variety of composers. 7:30p, free. Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 493-0958, lunanova.org. Dec. 11: Munch and Learn: Christmas in Art. Bring your lunch! Local artists and experts demonstrate and discuss holiday art and horticulture. Noon–1p, $8. Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org. Dec. 12: Cocktail Wars. Five Memphis mixologists compete to advance to the finals of the first North American Spirits Championship. Watch, taste, and vote! 7–10p, $15. Alfred’s on Beale, 275-9613, dishcrawl.com. Dec. 13: The Art of Reading and Book Sale Preview Party. An adults-only art event for book lovers, with surprise performances, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres to benefit Literacy Mid-South. 6–10p, $35. Germantown Community Theatre, 327-6000, literacymidsouth.org. Dec. 14: Christmas in Collierville Home Tour. Four homes and a historic church open their doors to holiday decor and merrymaking. 10a–4p, $25. 196 Main, 486-2739, ccc1936.org. Dec. 14: Cotton Museum Holiday Open House. Free tours, crafts and cooking demos, local gift vendors, and family-friendly entertainment. 10a–3p, free. Cotton Museum, 531-7826, memphiscottonmuseum.org. Dec. 14: Downtown Howl-iday Parade. Promenade your pooch in his holiday finery amid the decked-out Downtown storefronts. Check-in 2p, parade 3p, free. Court Square to AutoZone Park, 575-0540, downtownmemphis.com. Dec. 14: Memphis Farmers Market: Holiday Market. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! A wintertime market with fresh produce, arts and crafts, music, and garden-fresh festivities. 10a–2p, free. Central Station Pavilion, 575-0580, memphisfarmersmarket.org. Dec. 15: Davies Manor Open House. The oldest log house in Shelby County decks its halls with holiday finery and festivities. 2–4p, free. 9336 Davies Plantation, 386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.org. Dec. 15: Gingerbread House Workshop. Decorate a delicious gingerbread house with friends or family teams of three. Supplies provided. 3–5p, $35 RSVP. Brooks Museum, 544-6246, brooksmuseum.org. Dec. 17: A Key West Christmas. A Downtown holiday celebration, Jimmy Buffet–style, with music, food, and good times. Wear your best beach togs. 6–9p, donation. Arcade Restaurant, 521-9552, memphisdna.org. Dec. 19: Art After Dark: Ashe to Amen. Live music, cash bar, musical performance, and guided exhibit tour. 6–9p, $7. Dixon Gallery, 761-5250, dixon.org. Dec. 21: Home for the Holidays Concert. An annual favorite and family tradition with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Wendy Moten, and Memphis Symphony Chorus. 2:30p & 7:30p, $15+. Cannon Center, 537-2525, memphissymphony.org. Dec. 21: Winter Solstice Party. The final hurrah in the Four Seasons Cocktail Series offers complimentary cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres, and a side of theater never seen. 5:30–6:30p, free. Playhouse on the Square, 725-0776, playhouseonthesquare.org. courtesyFaganArt Three art and pottery studios in the country present works created by the artist in residence and provide a firsthand look at unique art environments, Dec. 6–8. See Special Events. courtesyNewBalletEnsemble New Ballet Ensemble presents its 10th annual “Nut ReMix,” where Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” leaps into the 21st century at GPAC, Dec. 6–8.
  13. 13. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 13MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com Providing the best possible dental care while ensuring the patient’s experience is a comfortable and pleasurable one. www.downtowndentist.net 526-9111 | Morgan Keegan Tower | 8th Floor Dentistry for the entire family Cosmetic Dentistry, including tooth whitening Crowns and Bridges Dentures and Partials TMJ Treatment Services include but are not limited to: • Exterior/interior wood repair • Light electrical • Light plumbing • Furniture assembly/installation • Custom-built to fit • Lawn and landscaping *Monthly maintenance contracts available Home and Business Services Maintenance • Repair • Assemble Marty J. Speak • Artisan/Owner 182 Bass Rd | Horseshoe Lake, AR 72348 | 901.848.3780 | Martyj2002@gmail.com Wabi Sabi (Natural Beauty) Custom Handcrafted Furniture Reclaimed • Repurposed Design • Create Thru Dec. 24: WinterArts. A wondrous showcase of holiday gifts created by local artists benefits Artworks Foundation. Shops of Saddle Creek, winterartsmemphis.com. Thru Dec. 24: Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Market. More than two dozen regional vendors offer handcrafted and collectible wares. Mon.–Sat. 10:30a–6:30p, Sun. noon–5:30p. 1501 Union, 338-4943, memphisartscollective.com. Dec. 25: Peabody Christmas Brunch. An overflowing buffet of traditional Christmas favorites with all the trimmings. 10:30a–3:30p, $60. Peabody Hotel, 529- 3668, peabodymemphis.com. Thru Dec. 27: Starry Nights. More than 1 million lights shine in the largest holiday light show and festival in the Midsouth. Mistletoe Village, Santa, s’mores, hot cocoa, and holiday shopping. 6–9p, $20 per car. Shelby Farms Park, 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights. Dec. 27: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Stroll through the historic arts district as shops, restaurants, and art galleries display unique merchandise, cuisines, and art. Every last Fri., 6–9p, free. Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.net. Dec. 27: Liberty Bowl Teams Welcome Party. Eat, drink, and play as the city welcomes the Liberty Bowl’s two competing teams. 6p, $25. AutoZone Park, 795-7700, autozonelibertybowl.org. Dec. 27–31: AutoZone Liberty Bowl Events. A playbook of citywide events includes a team welcome party, VIP dinners, parade, pep rally, tailgating, and the big game. 795-7700, autozonelibertybowl.org. Dec. 28: New Year’s at Noon. Kids dress as cowboys and cowgirls to celebrate the Year of the Horse and a brand-new year, including a balloon/candy drop. 10a–2p, $15. Children’s Museum, 458-2678, cmom.com. Dec. 29: Players & Coaches Dinner. Join the players and coaches of Liberty Bowl’s two competing teams and hear a game preview and insider information. 6p, $40. Hilton Memphis, 795-7700, autozonelibertybowl.org. Thru Dec. 30: Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard. Play in the snow, create winter crafts, enjoy games, watch a musical light show, and sip hot cocoa or spiced tea: Fri.–Sat. only thru Dec. 14; daily Dec. 17–30; closed Dec. 24–25. 5:30–8:30p, $10. Botanic Garden, 636- 4116, memphisbotanicgarden.com. courtesyPlayhouseontheSquare Take a trip to Neverland with the boy who won’t grow up. “Peter Pan” flies into Memphis at Playhouse on the Square, now through Jan. 5.
  14. 14. 14 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com Around Town Events Art Village Gallery: 410 S. Main, 521-0782, artvillagegallery.com. Ephraim Urevbu’s permanent collection and artist showcases from exotic lands. AutoZone Park: Third & Union, 721-6000, memphisredbirds.com.Also see Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball. Thru Dec. 21: U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drop box for new, unwrapped toys,Wed.–Sat., 10a–2p. Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center: 3663 Appling, 385-6440, bpacc.org. Dec. 7: Jim Witter: “Christmas Memories,” musical tributes to musical greats, 8p. Dec. 12–15: “The Nutcracker” ballet. Beale Street: Between S. Main and Fourth, 529-0999, bealestreet.com, bealestreetmerchants.com. Dec. 30: AutoZone Liberty Bowl Parade (3p), followed by Liberty Bowl Pep Rally in Handy Park (5p). Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve on Beale Street, 5p–till. Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art: Pembroke Square, 119 S. Main, 523-ARTS, belzmuseum.org. Brooks Museum of Art: 1934 Poplar, 544-6200, brooksmuseum.org. See website for full list of workshops, lectures, films, lunches, and programs. Wednesdays: Pay What You Can, 10a–4p. Dec. 15: Gingerbread House Workshop, 3–5p. Thru Jan. 5: “Shared Vision:The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography.” Thru Jan. 12: “#MemphisShared,” Instagram photographs submitted by Memphians. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School: 60 Perkins Ext’d, 537-1483, buckmanartscenter.com. Thru Dec. 6: “Dream Escapes,” paintings by Jennifer Goss. Dec. 7–8: Roudnev Youth Ballet: “Nutcracker,” a youth-friendly version of the original. Dec. 13–Jan. 17: Levy Gallery:Antiques of Early England and the Old South; reception Jan. 10, 5:30–7:30p. Dec. 19: Inside Sounds:An Evening of Acoustic Blues, 7:30p. Dec. 20: “Fried Glass Onions — Memphis Meets the Beatles,” 8p. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts: 255 N. Main, 576-1200, box office 576-1269, 800-726-0915, thecannoncenter.com. See website for complete events listing. Dec. 6: Visible Music College: “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Show,” 7:30p, 381-3939, visible.edu. Dec. 21: Memphis Symphony Orchestra: “Home for the Holidays,” 2:30p & 7:30p, 537-2525, memphissymphony.org. Center for Southern Folklore: 119 & 123 S. Main, Pembroke Square, 525-3655, southernfolklore.com.A showcase of folk art, Southern music, and food. Children’s Museum of Memphis: 2525 Central, 458-2678, cmom.com. See website for daily programs, clubs, and activities. Dec. 28: New Year’s at Noon. Thru Jan. 5: “Grossology:The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.” Christian Brothers University: Beverly & Sam Ross Art Gallery: 650 E. Parkway S., 321-3243, cbu.edu. Thru Dec. 12: “Four Women: For Art’s Sake.” Chucalissa Archaeological Museum: 1987 Indian Village, 785-3160, memphis.edu/chucalissa. Circuit Playhouse: 51 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Dec. 29: “A Tuna Christmas,” a mysterious phantom wreaks havoc on a small town’s elaborate lawn decorations. Cooper-Young Historic District: Midtown, 276- 7222, cooperyoung.biz. 1st Thursdays: Cooper-Young Night Out, festive time with live music, retail discounts, and restaurant specials, 5–9p. Saturdays Year-Round: Farmers Market, 8a–1p. Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange: 65 Union, 531-7826, memphiscottonmuseum. org. Dec. 14: Holiday Open House, 10a–3p. Crosstown Arts Gallery: 422 N. Cleveland, 507- 8030, crosstownarts.org. Dec. 13–Jan. 10: Memphis Heritage: “Newman 2 … A New Generation”; reception Dec. 13, 6–8p, memphisheritage.org. Dance Scholars: Southwest TN Community College, 737 Union, 301-3262, dancescholarsinc.org. Dec. 14: “Students’ Works & Dances,” a modern, jazz, and Nutcracker dance performance, 7p. Thru Jan. 31: Fundraising sale: 2014 calendar available for purchase. Davies Manor Plantation Museum: 3570 Davieshire, 386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.org. Shelby County’s oldest log house. Dec. 15: Holiday Open House, 2–4p. To submit your events for calendar consideration, email editor@memphisdowntowner.com. Events must be open to the public. courtesyGalleryFiftySix “Places in the Americas,” new works by Janet Weed Beaver, opens at Gallery Fifty Six on Dec. 6, 5–8 p.m., and runs through Dec. 28. Thru Dec. 30: Zoo Lights. Jungle all the way with new LED-lighting displays, Ferris wheel, Santa’s reindeer, magic shows, camel rides, ice-skating rink, and the Polar Express Train. 5:30–9:30p on select nights, $8. Memphis Zoo, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org. Dec. 30: Beale Street Parade. Floats, frivolity, and high school and university marching bands give a Liberty Bowl–style performance, followed by a pep rally and fan night. 3p, free. Beale Street, autozonelibertybowl.org. Thru Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. A Memphis tradition filled with animated characters, model trains, decorated trees, and holiday magic to benefit Le Bonheur. Mon.–Sat. 9a–5p, Sun. noon–5p, $6. Pink Palace, 525-8733, theenchantedforest.org. Dec. 31: Liberty Bowl. Two of college football’s top teams take to the gridiron to determine who’s champ. Pregame buffet 11:30a, $35. Game kickoff 3p. Liberty Bowl Stadium, 795-7700, autozonelibertybowl.org. Dec. 31: Beale Street New Year’s Eve. Bury your blues and rock in a new year at the clubs along Memphis’s most celebrated street. 5p–till, Beale Street, 529-0999, bealestreet.com. Dec. 31: Death Du Jour Mystery Dinner Theater. Help solve the murder in “Rockin’ in the New Year,” where a pop singer shows off her engagement ring “rock” and, before the clock strikes midnight, is in over her head in deep water. 7–10p, $38 includes dinner and theater. Spaghetti Warehouse Downtown, 210-0545, deathdujourmysteries.com. Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland. Elvis welcomes the holiday season with spectacular lights, holiday displays, and special decorations he originally displayed, both inside and outside the mansion. 332-3322, elvis.com. courtesyMemphisCollegeofArt “Balancing Act,” works of clay by Leandra Urrutia, is on exhibit through Jan. 5 at the Memphis College of Art Gallery at Playhouse on the Square.
  15. 15. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 15MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com Quality vision care close to home in the heart of Midtown. 1225 Madison Ave., in the Midtown Medical District 901-722-3250 www.tec.sco.edu D’Edge Art and Unique Treasures: 550 S. Main, 521-0054, facebook.com.Works by Debra Edge, Rosa Jordan, Heather Prouty, and Philip Eubanks. Thru Dec. 15: “At the River I Stand,” new works by George Hunt. DeafConnect of the Mid-South: 144 N. Bellevue, 278-9307, deafconnectmidsouth.org. Thru Dec. 27: Art Connect, art show and sale. Dixon Gallery and Gardens: 4339 Park, 761-5250, dixon.org. See website for workshops, lectures, classes, garden demos, and children’s events. Tuesdays & Sundays: Current exhibit curatorial tour, 2p. Wednesdays: Munch & Learn Lecture Series, noon. Thru Dec. 8: Tennessee Shakespeare Company: “It’s a Wonderful Life:A Live Radio Play,” 759-0604, tnshakespeare.org. Thru Jan. 5: “Ashe to Amen:African Americans and Biblical Imagery.” Thru Jan. 12: “Brian Russell: Continuum,” cast glass and forged metal sculptures. Elmwood Cemetery: 824 S. Dudley, 774-3212, elmwoodcemetery.org. Evergreen Presbyterian Church: 613 University, 274-3740, evergreenmemphis.org. Dec. 6: Rhodes MasterSingers and Memphis Symphony Orchestra: “Memphis Messiah,” 7:30p, 537-2525, memphissymphony.org. Farmers Market: Cooper-Young Community: Year-Round: Saturdays, 9a–1p, 1000 S. Cooper, cycfarmersmarket.org. FedExForum: 191 Beale, 205-1234, tickets: 800-745- 3000, fedexforum.com. See website for complete events listing.Also see Memphis Grizzlies NBA. Dec. 6: Trans-Siberian Orchestra: “The Lost Christmas Eve,” a rock-opera debut, 8p. Dec. 27: Zac Brown Band, 7p. Fire Museum of Memphis: 118 Adams, 636-5650, firemuseum.com. Sharing Christmas Hope churchhealthcenter.org | 901.272.7170 Christmas Blessings “Yellow Church” by John Robinette A gift to the Church Health Center in honor of those on your holiday list will also mean a gift of health to many of our neighbors in need. Those you honor will receive a hand-personalized, full-color Christmas card from the Church Health Center acknowledging your gift. A tax- deductible minimum gift of $10 per honoree is suggested. Want Home Delivery, But Tired of Pizza? Westy’s has 230 menu items we’ll deliver right to your door Dine in or carry out www.westysmemphis.com901.543.3278 OPEN 10am–3am e DELIVERY 11am–2pm 346 NORTH MAIN OPEN DELIVERY (on the trolley line) 10am–3am every day 11am–2pm / 5pm–2am courtesyMCA “Resurgence” weaves compositions of fragmented memories from paper and rope at Memphis College of Art Midtown through Dec. 19.
  16. 16. 16 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com Gallery Fifty Six: 2256 Central, 276-1251, galleryfiftysix.com. Dec. 6–28: “Places in the Americas,” new work by Janet Weed Beaver; reception Dec. 6, 5–8p. Germantown Performing Arts Center: 1801 Exeter, 751-7500, gpacweb.com. Dec. 6–8: New Ballet Ensemble: “Nut ReMix,” an energetic take on “The Nutcracker” features a mix of traditional and modern. Gibson Guitar Factory & Showcase: 145 Lt. George W. Lee, 543-0800, gibson.com. Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: 1720 Peabody, 272-7425, gslparish.org. Dec. 9: Luna Nova Ensemble, 20th century British chamber music concert, 7:30p, free, 493-0958, lunanova.org. Graceland: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, 800-238-2000, 332- 3322, elvis.com. Thru Jan. 8: Christmas at Graceland, holiday decorations that Elvis originally displayed both inside and outside the mansion. Hattiloo Theatre: 656 Marshall, 502-3486, box office 525-0009, hattiloo.org. Dec. 5–22: “The North Star:An Urban Nativity.”After finding shelter in a rundown apartment building, Mary is visited by one of the resident squatters. IMAX Theater: Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central, 636- 2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Dec. 31: “The Light Before Christmas” brings to life “The Night Before Christmas.” “Santa vs.The Snowman,” an animated holiday favorite. “Great White Shark,” a family-friendly look at the largest predatory fish in the world. Joysmith Gallery: 46 Huling, 543-0505.African- American artists plus ancestral and contemporary art. Open by appointment only. Kroc Center: 800 E. Parkway S., 729-8007, krocmemphis.org. See website for fitness programs, swimming activities, cultural events, and educational opportunities. Thru Dec. 30: Paintings by Steve Nelson. Leadership Memphis Gallery: 363 S. Main, 278- 0016, allenprojectsonline.com. Open by appointment only. Dec. 27: Art Show benefiting Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services, 6–9p, 324-3202, spaymemphis.org. Library: Benjamin L. Hooks Central: 3030 Poplar, 415- 2700, memphislibrary.org. See website for classes, workshops, and programs. Dec. 12: Holiday Gift Creating Bonanza, 3p. Dec. 14: Free Legal Clinic, 10a–noon. Library: Cossitt Branch: 33 S. Front, 415-2766, memphislibrary.org. Dec. 9: Computer Class: Update Your Resume for the Year, 11a– noon. Dec. 11: Annual Christmas Tea, noon–1p. Dec. 18: Movie Day: “The Christmas Story,” noon. Lichterman Nature Center: 5992 Quince, 767- 7322, memphismuseums.org. Open year-round for self-guided trail backpacking and nature programs/exhibits. 4th Saturdays: Trail Blazin’ Volunteers, 9a–noon. Magevney House: 198 Adams, 523-1484, memphismuseums.org. Malco Theatres: 761-3480, malco.com. Thru Dec. 25: Wrapped With Love, handmade movie-film bows to benefit St. Jude. Mallory-Neely House: Victorian Village, 652 Adams, 523-1484, memphismuseums.org. Marshall Arts Gallery: 639 Marshall, 406-6978, marshallartsmemphis.com. Dec 6–13: “639 Show,” with the 16 artists of Marshall Arts; reception Dec. 6, 6–9p. Memphis Black Arts Alliance: 985 S. Bellevue, 948-9522, memphisblackartsalliance.org. 2nd & Last Sun.: Jazz-A-FIRE jazz/jam sessions, 3–5p, 22 N. Second. Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry, 636- 4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. See website for classes, workshops, lunch & learns, camps, receptions, and lectures. Dec 2–31: Martha Kelly & Elizabeth Alley art exhibit and sale; reception Dec. 3, 5:30–7:30p. Dec. 7: Breakfast with Santa, 9–11:30a, RSVP. Dec. 23: Snowy Day Camp, 10a–2p. Memphis Center for Independent Living: 1633 Madison, 726-6404, mcil.org. Dec. 6: Holiday Open House and Silent Auction, 4–8p. Memphis College of Art—Midtown: 1930 Poplar, 272-5100, mca.edu.Works by students and alumni in all media. Thru Dec. 11: Fall BFA Show; reception Dec. 6, 6–8p. Thru Dec. 19: “Resurgence,” paper-and-rope exhibit by Tara Bullington-Baker; reception Dec. 6, 6–8p. Memphis College of Art—Downtown: 477 S. Main, 272-5100, mca.edu. Thru Dec. 14: “Xenobia,” Generation X–inspired exhibit by Justin Bowles, justinautumnbowles.com, and “(Im)material Matters,” gelatinous, translucent works by Katie Whitfield, katiewhitfield.com. Memphis Grizzlies NBA: FedExForum, 205-1234, grizzlies.com. Season runs Oct–Apr. Dec. 3: Phoenix, 7p. Dec. 5: L.A. Clippers, 7p. Dec. 7: Golden State, 7p. Dec. 9: Orlando, 7p. Dec. 11: Oklahoma City, 7p. Dec. 15: Minnesota, 5p. Dec. 17: L.A. Lakers, 7p. Dec. 23: Utah, 7p. Dec. 28: Denver, 7p. Dec. 30: Chicago, 7p. Memphis Heritage: Howard Hall, 2282 Madison at Edgewood, 272-2727, memphisheritage.org. Dec. 7: Book signing and sale: “Images of America: Memphis Movie Theatres” by Vincent Astor, 10a–5p. Memphis International Raceway: 5500 Victory Lane, Millington, 969-7223, racemir.com. See website for list of racing activities and events. To submit your events for calendar consideration, email editor@memphisdowntowner.com. Events must be open to the public. JohnMoore Two actors play more than 20 characters in a holiday-dysfunctional town suffering from a mysterious Christmas phantom. “A Tuna Christmas” runs through Dec. 29 at The Circuit Playhouse. SkipHooper The ultimate miser Ebenezer Scrooge confronts his curmudgeonly past and finds redemption in “A Christmas Carol,” playing at Theatre Memphis Dec. 6–23.
  17. 17. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 17MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com 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. Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Place, 333-6500, memphiszoo.org. See website for workshops, classes, and clubs. Thru Dec. 30: Zoo Lights, 5:30–9:30p on select nights. Thru Jan. 5: Memphis Zoo on Ice and Ferris wheel rides, 9:30a–4:30p daily, 5:30–9:30p on select nights. Metal Museum: 374 Metal Museum Dr., 774-6380, metalmuseum.org. See website for class and demo times. Dec. 7–Mar. 9: “Ha! Metalsmiths at Play”; reception Dec. 8, noon–5p. Dec. 8: Holiday Show and Sale, noon–5p. Dec. 14–Mar. 2: “Tributaries:Andrew Hayes,” sculptures of books and steel. Mid-South Food Bank: 239 S. Dudley, 527-0841, midsouthfoodbank.org. Dec. 4: Holiday Food Drive, 5a–6p. Mississippi RiverKings Hockey: Landers Center, Southaven, MS, 662-342-1755, riverkings.com. Season runs Oct.–Mar. Dec. 7: Bloomington, 7p. Dec. 13: Huntsville, 7p. Dec. 27: Louisiana, 7p. National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry, 521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org. Thru 2013: Freedom’s Sisters, exhibit celebrating 20 extraordinary African-American women who fought for freedom and changed the course of history. Thru 1st Qtr 2014: Due to renovations and expansion, access includes the motel balcony where Dr. King was assassinated, listening posts in the motel’s courtyard, and the Legacy Building, a museum in the boarding house where the assassin’s bullet was fired. New World Connection International Cultural Center: 509 S. Main, 292-6149, newworldconnection.org. Dec. 5: Christmas Film Night, the Russian film equivalent to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7p. Orpheum Theatre: 203 S. Main, 525-3000, 800-982- 2787, orpheum-memphis.com. Dec. 3–8: “Sister Act the Musical,” Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash. Dec. 13–15: Ballet Memphis: “The Nutcracker,” 737-7322, balletmemphis.org. Dec. 19: Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me, 7:30p. Dec. 21: Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert, an enchanting evening of holiday hits, 8p. Peabody Memphis: 149 Union, 529-4000, peabodymemphis.com. 1st Wednesdays: Master Taster’s Club Wine Tasting, 5–6:30p, Peabody Corner Bar. Dec. 6: Historic Dinner Series: Prohibition Repeal Day Dinner, 6p, Chez Philippe, RSVP 529-4188. Dec. 25: Christmas Brunch, 10:30a–3:30p. Christmas Day Dinner, 11a–10p, Capriccio Grill, RSVP 529-4199. Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central, 320-6362, memphismuseums.org. Home for theHome for the HolidaysHolidays Tickets (901) 537-2525 | MemphisSymphony.org Follow the Memphis Symphony! SPONSOR TICKETS START AT $15 STUDENT TICKETS ONLY $5 DECEMBER 21, 2013 TWO CONCERTS 2:30PM & 7:30PM Cannon Center for the Performing Arts Special Guests Wendy Moten, Soloist Memphis Symphony Chorus courtesyInsideSounds David Evans joins Daddy Mack, songwriters Wally Ford and Eddie Dattel, and Ghost Town Blues Band for “An Evening of Acoustic Blues” at Buckman Arts Center Dec. 19. courtesyMarshallArts “639,” showcasing works by the 16 artists of Marshall Arts, opens Dec. 6, 6–9 p.m.
  18. 18. 18 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com Dec. 7, 14, 21: Holiday Magic of Science: Decorate for the holidays with different science concepts, noon. Thru Dec. 31: Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees, a Memphis holiday tradition. Thru Feb. 14: “The Early Advantage,” exhibit commissioned by Urban Child Institute. Playhouse on the Square: 66 S. Cooper, 726-4656, playhouseonthesquare.org. Thru Jan. 5: “Peter Pan.”Thru Jan. 5: MCA Gallery: “Balancing Act,” works of clay by Leandra Urrutia. Porter-Leath: 868 N. Manassas, 577-2500, porterleath. org. Dec. 2–6: Toy Truck donations, 7a–7p, Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar. Railroad and Trolley Museum: 545 S. Main, 590- 3099, mrtm.org. Run/Walk: Dec. 28: Starry 4K at Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, 5p, 767-PARK, starry4k.racesonline.com. Sharpe Planetarium: 3050 Central, 636-2362, memphismuseums.org. Thru Dec. 31: “Star of Wonder,” current scientific thought concerning a 2,000-year-old mystery. Dec. 7–Mar 1: “Wonders of a Winter Night,” a guided tour through the winter night sky. Shelby Farms Park: 500 N. Pine Lake, 767-PARK, shelbyfarmspark.org. Thru Dec. 27: Starry Nights, 6–9p. Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum: 826 N. Second, 527-3427, heritagetoursmemphis.com. Soulsville USA: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, staxmuseum.com. Historic music neighborhood. 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. St. John’s Episcopal Church: 3245 Central, 323- 8597, stjohnsmemphis.org. Dec. 15: Memphis BoyChoir and ChamberChoir: “Lessons & Carols,” 4p & 7p. Dec. 18: GirlChoir: Christmas Recital, 6p. Calvary Episcopal Church 102 N. SecoNd • 525-6602 • calvarymemphiS.org Dec 11 7pm........................Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols Dec 22 10am......................Christmas Pageant and Eucharist Dec 24 4:30pm..................Family Eucharist 7:30pm ..................Eucharist with Children’s Chapel 10pm .....................Choral and Strings Prelude 10:30pm................Midnight Mass Dec 25 4pm........................Christmas Day Eucharist First Presbyterian Church 166 poplar • 525-5619 • firStpreSmemphiS.org Dec 8 11am......................Advent Service Dec 15 11am......................Advent Service Dec 22 11am......................Advent Service Dec 24 5pm........................A Service of Lessons and Carols with Candlelighting First Unitarian Church “the church of the river” 292 virgiNia ave. W. • 526-8631 • churchoftheriver.org Dec 22 4:30pm..................Punch and Cookie Reception 5:30pm..................Candlelight Service St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral 700 poplar • 527-3361 • StmarySmemphiS.org Dec 4 5:40pm..................Blue Christmas: Liturgy/ Soup & Salad/ Conversation Dec 6 7pm.......................White Station High School Christmas Concert Dec 8 10am.....................Feast of St. Nicholas Dec 15 3:30pm.................Adams Ave Camerata Christmas Concert Dec 18 5:40pm..................Singing & Greening the Cathedral, Soup & Salad, $5 6:30pm..................Caroling at Union Mission Dec 24 5pm........................Children’s Pageant and Mass 10:30pm................Music for Christmas 11pm......................Eucharist Jan 5 6pm........................Feast of Lights, Burning of the Greens St. Peter Church 190 adamS • 527-8282 • Stpeterchurch.org Dec 24 5pm .......................Christmas Eve Family Mass 10:30pm ...............Carols 11pm .....................Midnight Mass Dec 25 10am .....................Christmas Morning Mass Jan 1 10am .....................New Year’s Day Mass Trinity Lutheran Church 210 WaShiNgtoN • 525-1056 • triNitymemphiS.org Dec 24 6pm........................Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service Dec 25 9am........................Christmas Day Sunday School & Adult Bible Study Dec 25 10:30am................Christmas Day Communion Service Invite You To Join Them In Their Holiday Celebrations Downtown Churches JoanMarcus Amen! Direct from Broadway, “Sister Act” is the hilarious, five-time Tony-nominated musical smash produced by Whoopi Goldberg. Rock the church rafters at The Orpheum, Dec. 3–8.
  19. 19. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 19MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral: 700 Poplar, 527- 3361, stmarysmemphis.org. Dec. 15: “The Shining Night,” choral music with The Adams Avenue Camerata, 3:30p. 299-2601, adamsavenuecamerata.org. Stax Museum of American Soul Music: 926 E. McLemore, 942-SOUL, staxmuseum.com. 1st Thursdays: Stax Fresh Trax, group music-listening sessions, 6p. Thru Oct. 31, 2014: “And the Grammy Goes to Memphis,” a showcase of the various Grammy Awards for music attributed to this region. Sun Studio: 706 Union, 521-0664, sunstudio.com. Theatre Memphis: 630 Perkins Ext’d, 682-8323, theatrememphis.org. Dec. 6–23: “A Christmas Carol.” TheatreSouth: 1000 S. Cooper, 726-0800, voicesofthesouth.org. Dec. 6–21: Voices of the South: “Sister Myotis’ Holiday Spin,” an evening of Yuletide fun and hilarity. TheatreWorks: 2085 Monroe, 274-7139, theatreworksmemphis.org. Dec. 6–14: Bluff City Tri-Art: “A Family Affair: MaRRy Xmas,” a holiday wedding threatens to be canceled when the bridegroom is suspected of cheating. University of Memphis: Art Museum: 142 Communication and Fine Arts Bldg, 678-2224, memphis.edu/ amum. Thru Jan. 4: “Bauhaus twenty-21:An Ongoing Legacy” explores the timeless modernism of Bauhaus architecture and the visions of contemporary practitioners. “Terri Phillips:We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” installation of sculpture and sound. Uptown Neighborhood: 525-4880, uptownmemphis.org. Victorian Village: 671 Jefferson, 523-0235, victorianvillageinc.org. Walking Tours: Downtown History: Host Jimmy Ogle, 604-5002, jimmyogle.com, free. Dec. 19: Downtown Courthouse, meet Adams & Second, noon. W.C. Handy Home: 352 Beale, 527-3427, wchandymemphis.org. W.C. Handy Performing Arts Park: 200 Beale, 526-0115, bealestreet.com. Woman’s Exchange: 88 Racine, 327-5681, womans- exchange.com. Thru Dec. 20: WE Consign, consignment sale, Mon.–Fri. 10a–4p, Sat. 10a–2p. Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum: 680 Adams, 526-1469, woodruff-fontaine.com. Submit events for calendar consideration: editor@memphisdowntowner.com. We publish citywide events that are open to the public. www.arcaderestaurant.com (901) 523-9194 www.ArtisticBodyMovement.com Taking your physical, mental, emotional, and inner peace to the next level. OM…breathe… Tranquility is your destination • Massage and Bodywork • Tai Chi Chuan • Kundalini Yoga • Eye Movement Technology • Bolszak Method • Manual Lymphatic Drainage • Sea of Bliss Meditation • Tai Chi for Health Artistic Body Movement Studio Corporate Health Club Box 22 • 88 Union Center Memphis, TN 38103 courtesyDixonGallery Dixon Gallery and Gardens celebrates 15 years of Memphis artist Brian Russell’s innovative cast glass and forged metal sculptures. “Continuum” runs through Jan. 12. courtesyMetalMuseum Forge a special holiday tradition and watch the sparks fly when you give a gift of blacksmithing classes at the Metal Museum. Visit metalmuseum.org.
  20. 20. 20 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com Discovery901 L aunched in the spring of 2013, the locally produced, monthly newspaper The Bridge is fulfilling its mission to “bridge the gap” between homeless and sheltered by providing people experiencing homelessness with both a voice and a job. The voice is the articles, poetry, and art created by and about the men and women who are now or were formerly living on the streets. The job is selling the professionally printed newspaper. The money earned goes primarily toward a vendor’s food and shelter — and toward an investment in the future by buying more newspapers to sell. Some vendors, like 52-year-old Joe Isgriggs, can tell tales of a profligate youth, where he spent money as fast as he earned it. His lost-more-than-I-won moment came after he wrecked his car, spent time in the hospital, and discovered that all his earthly possessions were gone. Now he’s earning enough as a top vendor with The Bridge to Read all about it! The homeless get both a voice and a job. LindaRaiteri Launched in the spring of 2013, the locally produced, monthly newspaper The Bridge is fulfilling its mission to “bridge the gap” between homeless and sheltered by providing people experiencing homelessness with both a voice and a job.
  21. 21. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 21MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com pay $50 a week to Memphis Union Mission’s Opportunity Center, where he shares a room with 11 other men, each working to transition to self-sufficient living. Isgriggs saves the money he earns on a good day and reinvests it in his business as an independent contractor with The Bridge. He buys the newspapers for 25 cents each and sells them at the agreed-upon price of $1 per copy. He is also setting money aside so he can rent a three-bedroom house with two other top-selling vendors. The newspaper is published by the nonprofit Memphis Street Newspaper Organization. In 2012, sophomore James Ekenstedt and his Rhodes College roommate, Evan Katz, brought the concept of The Bridge to Memphis. “There are a lot of these types of nonprofits selling newspapers around the country,” says Ekenstedt. “We heard about the one in Nashville and decided to replicate it. Basically, it’s a grassroots operation.” This is how it works. Rhodes College students volunteer to work in The Bridge program. They introduce the homeless to the newspaper’s concept and mission by giving brief presentations at various soup kitchens across the city, and then they invite those who are interested to the weekly training sessions at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. Vendor applicants are interviewed and then trained in the do’s and don’ts of successful newspaper selling. Certified vendors are issued a badge and given 25 newspapers to sell at $1 a copy — so the first $25 earned is all profit. The successful vendors return to buy more papers and earn 75 cents for each subsequent paper sold. Vendors sell at places such as farmers markets, charitable venues, and special events. “You get out of it what you put into it,” says Linda Bozart, a top-selling Bridge vendor who currently lives at a shelter while managing her multiple sclerosis. “We view it as a job. You look around and think, ‘Is this going to be a good venue?’ If a venue doesn’t work out, we try somewhere else.” About 40 full-time Rhodes students work part-time for the paper, which is printed by Signature Offset in Olive Branch, MS. The students are the presenters, the interviewers, the trainers, the record keepers, the article contributors, the layout designers, the editors, and the ad sellers. The Bridge has no office; all pre-press work is done on laptops. Homeless and formerly homeless writers and artists are paid $10–$25 for their contributions to the paper. “We publish about 95 percent of what’s submitted,” Ekenstedt says. “We have two primary sources for work. Contributors bring their work to us — written or drawn — and we type it up or scan it, and we also tap into Door of Hope, which hosts a writing group for formerly or currently homeless individuals. We have about 20 homeless authors; unpaid staff writers fill in the rest.” Eddie Shandrew, who sleeps in a parking lot “unless it rains or somebody steals my things,” contributed an article to the September issue of The Bridge. He had been living with his brother’s family and working in an Arkansas restaurant, but after the family got evicted and his boss became abusive, Shandrew sold everything and rode a bus as far away as his money would take him: Memphis. His article, “The Walking Homeless,” McCallHagler About 40 full-time Rhodes College students work part-time to produce The Bridge, including co-founder James Ekenstedt, editor-in-chief Chloe Bryan, and art director Monique Hagler. PeoPle think we’Re just sleePing all day. that’s not tRue at all. we’Re tRying to get sPonsoRs foR the newsPaPeR; we’Re selling the newsPaPeR.
  22. 22. 22 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com recounts his first weeks in Memphis. “When you think of zombies,” reads his lead paragraph, “you think of ‘The Undead.’ But my analogy is that homeless persons are like zombies, too. Just think of it: We’re always in groups looking for food, walking slowly (due to heavy backpacks). Some, like me, are limping due to sore knees or feet. The police don’t let us sleep, day or night.” “I’d like to write more articles,” he says, “but, after all, I am homeless. People think we’re just sleeping all day. That’s not true at all. We’re trying to get sponsors for the newspaper; we’re selling the newspaper.” Funding for The Bridge comes from vendor purchases, advertising, sponsorships, and donations. The newspaper has also received funding from the Kinney Program at Rhodes. “We’ve gotten advertising buy-in from a few businesses,” says Ekenstedt, “although it’s difficult because advertising is so competitive. But doing good is good business, and so is being associated with a good project. It’s more about sponsoring than expecting a return on investment.” Askari Shabazz — his name means “everlasting soldier” — has been homeless in Memphis for several months. He plans to return to his hometown, San Diego, where he’s a paralegal and advocate for the homeless. Until then, he’s selling The Bridge. “When I see a nice crowd, I just approach them,” he says. “If it’s 10 people, about half of them will want the paper.” Like 51-year-old Shabazz, those gathered for vendor training on a recent Thursday at St. Mary’s are not the “young and the restless.” Most are probably feeling the twinges of Now offering Betsey Johnson, Tiffany & Co., and Ray Ban SEE Main Street & Memphis Family Vision • Comprehensive eye exams • Wide selection of fashion and designer eyeglass frames, sunglasses, and contact lenses • Personalized assistance with lens options and features Dr. Gerald Eisenstatt Dr. Greg Usdan Dr. Leonard Hampton SEE Main Street 103 South Main (901) 495-9900 Memphis Family Vision 857 Mt. Moriah (901) 767-7080 www.memphisfamilyvision.com LindaRaiteri Rhodes College students volunteer to work in The Bridge program. They introduce the homeless to the newspaper’s concept and mission, and then they invite those who are interested to the weekly training sessions at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. LindaRaiteri Two Bridge vendors, Cynthia Crawford and Joe Isgriggs, discuss where to sell their papers that day. Vendors sell at places such as farmers markets, charitable venues, and special events.
  23. 23. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 23MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com at Orion Starry Nights Starry Carriage Rides 901-522-2862 Carriage rides from 5:45pm-9:50pm Half Ride $60Full Ride $90 starrycarriagerides.comsee details at “all children are artists” ... picasso View our Holiday Gift Guide at www.artcentermemphis.com to see creative gifts for all ages 1636 Union Ave Memphis, TN 38104 901-276-6321 mtcmanagement@aol.com For locations and more information, call: Carol Cole (901) 331-3807 HARBOR TOWN to UPTOWN & all over DOWNTOWN NOW LEASING Homes and Condos Prices from $700 to $2200 incipient arthritis, stiff joints, and other signs of long, often hard years. But all are determined to find a better life, and selling The Bridge fits the goals and physical needs of most. “It’s not an 8-to-5, 40-hour-a-week commitment,” says Bozart, who can now afford medication for her multiple sclerosis. “It’s a way to earn money while accommodating my disease. “And these kids!” she continues, referring to the Rhodes students. “They do all of this for nothing and are so supportive. You don’t get a lot of that being homeless. Everybody thinks you’re crazy, an alcoholic, or substance abuser. They think you’re not trustworthy, that you’re not trying hard enough. You can’t imagine how encouraging it is that these students have faith in us to do the right thing and represent them well and professionally. I just haven’t had that in so long.” The Bridge, thememphisbridge.com LindaRaiteri Certified Bridge vendors, including Askari Shabazz, are issued a badge and initially given 25 newspapers to sell at $1 a copy — so the first $25 earned is all profit. Successful vendors return to buy more papers at 25 cents each, thereby earning 75 cents for each subsequent paper sold. MemphisBlogs.com A new way to keep up with Memphis
  24. 24. 24 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com SALLY JONES HEINZ ExEcutivE DirEctor, MiFA interview by Terre Gorham I was born in Memphis in 1959 and grew up on Forrest Avenue next to Trinity Methodist Church in the Evergreen neighborhood.When I look back on my childhood, I realize how lucky I was.We lived in a two-story, American foursquare house with four bedrooms and one bathroom. My parents bought that house when they moved to Memphis in 1955, and it was the only house we ever had. I have three older brothers.Two of them are significantly older, and the next one is five years older, so we didn’t play much together, but there were a lot of kids in the neighborhood — best friends next door, best friends right behind us — and everybody’s mother was everybody’s mother.We all played outside together — kick the can, talent shows, four square — and we all walked to Snowden School together. My father, Jameson, was dean at Rhodes College, so all the way through high school, many of my best friends were the children of Rhodes faculty members. He walked to work every day. He later became president of the Memphis College of Art and finished his career there. My mother, Dorothy, was a housewife, but she tutored at the elementary school and worked in the food pantry at Evergreen Presbyterian Church. Church was important to her.The warmth of our home was largely because of her. My friends always told me that our house was the house they liked to come to. I went to Central High School. Even at that point, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in life. I guess I assumed, without really thinking about it, that I would teach. I never considered going anywhere else but Rhodes College. My father had already moved to the Memphis College of Art, so I felt the road was clear for me to go. I absolutely loved it — loved going to class, loved my professors, loved living in the dorm with all my girlfriends. I majored in American studies, which — in hindsight — fits my personality. I sort of rebel against any subject that is too narrow or too focused, and American studies gave me the chance to study the art, literature, history, architecture, and culture of a big country.At that point, I planned to get a master’s degree and a Ph.D. and teach at the college level. I received my master’s in American studies at the University of Texas in Austin in 1983.The first year in Austin was hard because I had never been away from Memphis, and I missed my friends, family, and the closeness I felt there.After a year, I fell in love with Austin and wanted to stay, but after getting my master’s, I realized I didn’t want to teach and that I’d better figure out what to do with myself. I moved back to Memphis. In 1984, Memphis Heritage Inc. was realigning its personnel, and I had taken some courses in architecture, which interested me. People in Memphis at that time were beginning to recognize the importance My 2 Cents
  25. 25. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 25MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com of preservation, and I wanted to be a part of that. I started working at Memphis Heritage part time, and by 1985, I had become its executive director. I was 25 years old. But what really set me on the fundraising path was when I joined Robert F. Sharpe and Co. in 1988. Robert is a nationally recognized expert in planned giving and fundraising. I learned so much about successful fundraising there. I also realized that I wanted to work with and focus on just one nonprofit as opposed to working for several nonprofit clients at one time, as I did at Sharpe. My next stop was Rhodes College, where I worked as director of alumni and in the communications department.After eight years at Rhodes, I felt it was time for another change, and I became the director of development for Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in 2003.While there, I learned how a small team could accomplish big things. There were two reasons I decided to come to MIFA as its vice president of development in 2007. One was that when I met the executive director, Margaret Craddock, I immediately knew I wanted the opportunity to work with her. The other was that my mother had died two years before, and my father had moved into assisted living. It was a gift and a joy to help take care of my father, but I also experienced firsthand what a stressful and confusing duty it can be. I saw how critically important MIFA and its programs are to seniors and their caregivers. I wanted to be a part of growing that organization and its important work. When Margaret announced her retirement in 2010, I thought a long time before I applied for her position. I knew it was a big job and that MIFA is a treasure in Memphis that would be entrusted to me to steward it.Also, there was the responsibility of continuing to serve as many people despite the challenges of funding. MIFA has such a tradition of good, solid, strong leaders — could I fill those shoes? I decided to try. I became executive director of MIFA in February 2011, and so far, it has exceeded all my expectations. It is an honor to be entrusted to lead an organization like MIFA that is such a beloved institution in our city. In turn, MIFA is blessed with a skilled staff, strong board of directors, and faithful volunteers and donors who remain dedicated to serving some of our city’s most vulnerable populations. My goal is to ensure MIFA continues to be here for another generation, responding to community needs. The purpose of MIFA … The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association is a broad-based, professional, social services nonprofit with nine programs that support the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis. It operates on a $9.5 million annual budget and was founded in 1968 after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, as an advocacy organization to address poverty and racial division. MIFA is unique in the nation because … It’s unique in its founding — how and why it came to be — and it’s unique in that it’s interfaith. Our vision is to unite the community in service, and one thing that all faiths have in common is the desire to serve others.We provide that opportunity regardless of faith. The MIFA program nearest to my heart … MIFA runs nine programs. It’s hard to pick just one because each one is so vital — and I like them all! At a recent board meeting, a volunteer from our Senior Companions program came. Senior Companions is one of our smaller programs, where we pair low-income but active seniors with seniors who need assistance.The active senior reads, shops, writes letters — whatever the other senior needs.The volunteer blew us all away and said exactly what we hear from all our volunteers. She told us how blessed she was to have this opportunity to serve through MIFA and how this MIFA program has benefited her. She was totally transformed because of this opportunity. My work ethic … There’s a motto that former Rhodes College President Dr. Charles Diehl often repeated: “The good is ever the enemy of the best.” In other words, don’t settle for just the good. Be the best.That motto guides me in both my professional and personal lives. When I was named MIFA’s executive director … It was an icy day — snowing! — and the retiring director, Margaret Craddock, looked at me and said, “Well, here’s your first decision as executive director: Is MIFA delivering meals tomorrow or not?”We still laugh about that. But I can call Margaret for advice anytime. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, I was … in my third-grade class at Snowden Elementary. I do remember that my father went to march after the assassination, and I felt both proud of him and very afraid for him. In our attic, we had the “I Am a Man” sign he carried. The traits I got from my father … are a love of learning, the ability to enjoy life, and the willingness to be open to people. MIFA’s first program … was MIFA Transit, which took seniors to medical appointments.When it was first created, MIFA borrowed church vans every day. Now, we have a fleet of MIFA vans. My first goal when becoming executive director in 2011 … MIFA relies a good part on government funding, which is getting smaller and smaller. Because of that, we knew we had to rethink how MIFA would operate in the future.We developed a strategic plan, and it was a
  26. 26. 26 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com wonderful thing for the leadership group and board to do together. It gave us a chance to make sure we all shared the same vision, the same mission, and the same end goals. People might be surprised to learn that … When we got the VISTA volunteer contract in 1974, the majority of the volunteers were housewives, not the typical young college graduates.These young, educated women started a lot of MIFA’s programs. They wrote all the neighborhood histories for the Neighborhood Center; Meals on Wheels started with them; Mid-South Food Bank — which is now its own entity — was created by them; and The Mid-South Senior newspaper — now The Best Times — was started by them. So in some ways, the story of MIFA involves a lot of women and their work. MIFA’s volunteers … number more than 2,000 annually. MIFA couldn’t exist without them. The biggest lesson I learned about the nonprofit sector … came during my first experience with it at Memphis Heritage. I learned the importance of being a good steward of other people’s money.We did everything by the rules, and we were serious about being fiscally responsible for the donations we received. I learned how critical it is to be prudent with a nonprofit’s money. A difficult aspect of fundraising … is that too often, fundraisers focus on crises. The better course is to cultivate long-term relationships and involve donors in solutions. You’ve got to keep people looking at the good work that the organization does all the time and not just when something people care about is being threatened. A big “aha” moment ... During my graduate studies in Austin, people I met there would go on and on about Texas and how great Texas was.At first, I thought, “That is so boastful! People aren’t supposed to brag and talk that way all that time.”Then I realized we all ought to be talking that way about our hometowns.We all ought to have that sense of pride. It charged me up.We need to feel that way about Memphis, too, instead of apologizing for our shortcomings. One of my favorite quotes … “The more I learn, the less I know.” The secret to being a successful fundraiser … Fundraising is a chance to help people support something that is important to them. I don’t see it as persuading people to do something they don’t want to do; it’s helping people do something they do want to do.You want people to give where they feel they are making a difference and where it speaks to their heart. I love meeting all the people and seeing if I can help them do that. As director of alumni at Rhodes, I learned … the power of a team. Everyone worked together so well — and we had fun doing it — and I saw how a team can do so much more than one person. The big preservation fight when I was at Memphis Heritage … was the MATA bus barns, where the old streetcars and trolleys were parked. U.T. had bought the property and was going to tear the barns down and build dorms — which is what ultimately happened. But trying to preserve the barns was our big fight. The public’s biggest misperception about MIFA ... I think people don’t realize the breadth of our programs.They know us for Meals on Wheels and from the thrift store that closed, but not the whole umbrella of what MIFA provides. My favorite part of what I do … is the variety in this job. One day we’re figuring out how to deliver meals to more homebound seniors, and then the next day we’re working on the annual fund campaign, and then the focus shifts to MIFA’s incredible volunteer workforce and new opportunities there. I also love that the job brings together both analytical research skills and people skills. Most people don’t know that I … am a calligrapher. My father and his two brothers all painted, and I have some of their watercolors hanging in my office. My three brothers are musicians. But I didn’t inherit any of that. Calligraphy was all I got artistically! My family … I met my husband, Brad, on a blind date while I was working at Rhodes, and we married in 2000. He’s a supply-chain logistics consultant.We have three kids: Nina, a standard poodle, and our two cats, Jack and Scout. People might be surprised to learn that I … ran my first marathon at age 53, which was last year, in Little Rock. I went out of town to try it — just in case! Now I’m ready to do the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis. My final 2 cents ... For Memphis to reach its full potential, we have to address poverty. For people to escape poverty, it starts with meeting the basic needs of food and shelter, because without those, it’s hard to think about anything else. My 2 Cents (cont’d) Read the Entire My 2 Cents at MemphisDowntowner.com Read the Entire My 2 Cents at MemphisDowntowner.com
  27. 27. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 27MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com NOW SERVING (cont’d on page 29) “I like ice cream.” So began Velma Bobo’s business plan when she decided to open a MaggieMoo’s franchise Downtown. And it’s no surprise that she’s an outspoken ice cream and yogurt aficionado. But Velma’s allegiance carries beyond her shop of ice cream and treats. “We put a smile on everyone’s face. Ice cream brings back childhood memories.” Many franchise options are available to ice cream lovers, so why MaggieMoo’s? “Choosing MaggieMoo’s was a no-brainer,” says Velma. “It seemed like something we’d enjoy doing rather than opening just an ice cream shop. Coming to MaggieMoo’s is like having your food served fresh from a restaurant’s kitchen instead of choosing from a steam table or vending machine. We make the ice cream and yogurt here, so we have all the delicious flavors you could want.” Velma’s favorite flavor is typically any variation of dark chocolate, but Salted Caramel Cake recently changed that. It was the flavor of the month for August, but popular demand has kept it on the menu indefinitely. Other memorable treats include the Moocha Cowpuccino milkshake, the creamy Udderly Butter Bebopper, and the cake batter– flavored Better Batter Boogie Board. “That last one is a tongue twister,” Velma says, laughing. “When people ask for it, we say, ‘You’ve got to say that five times fast.’” But business hasn’t been all salted caramel cake and tongue-twisting deliciousness. The store has had its share of hard times, not the least of which was the closing of the Peabody Place Mall in 2011, just six years after Velma opened her first store there. “We were one of the last stores to close in the mall, and traffic was horrible at that point,” Velma recalls. “Once we acquired our new location, the biggest challenge was steering traffic from the mall to Main Street. It took a lot of work to recapture our mall customers while gaining new patrons.” The relocation from Peabody Place to the Main Street Mall in 2011 required reinvention, too. “It’s a different type of traffic,” says Velma. In Peabody Place Mall, you had a captive audience. If it rained, people still came inside the mall. They were there. But here, when it rains, they disappear.” And then there’s winter. “During the summer, ice cream is a given,” says Velma. “For winter, we have to reinvent ourselves again.” In addition to hot chocolate, candies, yogurt, and specialty cakes, MaggieMoo’s offers an ice cream donut — a warm, ice cream donut. “We have a special warmer for them,” says Velma. “The donut is crispy on the outside with cold ice cream on the inside, and it just melts in your mouth. The donuts were a big seller all winter. Then springtime came, and we were still selling them. During the summer, we were still selling them. I said, ‘We’re selling these year-round!’” Now Serving MaggieMoo’s of Memphis Caroline Saunders by CarolineSaunders MaggieMoo’s is much more than ice cream cones and sundaes. Smoothies, yogurt, cupcakes, ice cream pizza (!), and specialty cakes are just a few of the additional treats available. CarolineSaunders MaggieMoo’s enjoys the pedestrian traffic along the Main Street Mall. During the winter months, reinventions take place inside the ice cream and treatery shop — such as hot chocolate and warm, ice cream donuts. CarolineSaunders
  28. 28. 28 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com A & R BAR-B-QUE 24 N. Third at Court • 524-5242 ALCENIA’S 317 N. Main • 523-0200 ALDO’S PIZZA PIES 100 S. Main • 577-7743 ALFRED’S ON BEALE 197 Beale • 525-3711 ALLANAH’S BREAKFAST CAFE 86 N. Main • 521-9393 ARCADE RESTAURANT 540 S. Main • 526-5757 arcaderestaurant.com Memphis’s oldest cafe is on the trolley line in historic South Main arts district. Glowing neon signs and 1920s architecture transport to the past, but pesto, feta, and walnut pizza bring taste buds to the present. Country ham, sweet-potato pancakes, hot plate lunches, cheeseburgers and fries, specialty sandwiches, pizzas. Family-owned for three generations, listed as a historic landmark, and featured in many movies. Private dining room. 7am–3pm daily. AREPA & SALSA 662 Madison • 433-9980 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 mu- sic 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 BELLE DINER 117 Union • 433-9851 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. Bleu’s chef gives the standard fare — and your discerning pal- ate — 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 entertain- ment 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 Ap- petit magazine’s “BBQ Issue,” and Southern Living. BLUFF CITY COFFEE 505 S. Main • 405-4399 BOGIE’S DELICATESSEN 80 Monroe • 525-6764 BON TON CAFE 150 Monroe • 525-0883 THE BRASS DOOR 152 Madison • 572-1813 BRINSON’S DOWNTOWN 341 Madison • 524-0104 CAPRICCIO GRILL The Peabody Memphis • 149 Union 529-4199 CENTER FOR SOUTHERN FOLKLORE 119 S. Main at Peabody Pl • 525-3655 CENTRAL BBQ 147 E. Butler • 672-7760 THE CHEESECAKE 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 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 DEJAVU RESTAURANT 51 S. Main • 505-1212 DON DON’S HOTWINGS & SOUL FOOD 782 Washington • 521-9593 DOUBLE J SMOKEHOUSE & SALOON 124 G.E. Patterson • 335-0251 DREAM BERRY FROZEN YOGURT 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 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 & DELI 327 S. Main • 523-0101 FRONT STREET DELI 77 S. Front • 870-1522 GRAWEMEYER’S 520 S. Main • 800-1553 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 ameni- ties, 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, house-made 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 HAVANA’S PILON 143 Madison • 527-2878 HOOTERS Peabody Place at Third • 523-9464 HUEY’S DOWNTOWN 77 S. Second • 527-2700 www.hueyburger.com 1927 Madison, 4872 Poplar, 1771 N. Germantown Pkwy, 2130 W. Poplar, 7825 Winchester, 7090 Malco Blvd. in Southaven. Celebrating more than 43 years of blues, brews, and burgers. Voted “Best Burger in Memphis” since 1984. Delicious sandwiches, salads, and housemade soups. Shoot frill picks into the ceiling, and write on the walls! Live music every Sunday night, 8:30pm. Open Sun–Thu 11am–2am, Fri–Sat 11am–3am (kitchen closes one hour earlier). 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 com- bines upscale Southern contemporary cuisine with a Delta influence. Enjoy a signature martini in the private lounge. We’re a favor- ite with local and visiting celebrities … for obvious reasons. Join us. Dinner daily 5pm. Third floor above B.B. King’s Blues Club. JERRY LEE LEWIS CAFE AND HONKY TONK 310 Beale • 596-9378 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. 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, black- eyed 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 THE MAD EARL 150 Madison • 249-2135 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 popu- lation. 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. Facili- ties for group meetings and dinners. Tue–Thu 6–9pm, Fri–Sat 6pm–midnight. MAx’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 115 G.E. Patterson • 528-8600 MCEWEN’S MEMPHIS 120 Monroe • 527-7085 MESQUITE CHOP HOUSE 88 Union • 527-5337 MISS CORDELIA’S GROCERY 737 Harbor Bend in Harbor Town 526-4772 • misscordelias.com Delicious sandwiches made to order. House- Entertainment & Dining Guide
  29. 29. DECEMBER 2013 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 29MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com NOW SERVING (cont’d from page 27) In addition to the legendary ice cream donut, MaggieMoo’s offers two other franchise inventions: the ice cream cupcake and ice cream pizza. Then there are the endless cakes: classic dream cakes include Chocolate Heaven and Maggie’s Mud; deluxe dream cakes offer Cookie Dough Drizzle and Cotton Candy Carnival; truffle dream cakes include So Many Kisses and Pink Peppermint Truffle; and dream cakes for kids includes everything from Barbie to Disney characters to dinosaurs. Add seasonal party cakes, cupcakes in every flavor and design, and chocolate-covered strawberries, and you start to get a taste for the treats inside MaggieMoo’s. And if none of that awakens your sweet tooth, there’s the Create Your Own cake. “The most unusual cakes we’ve done are whatever the customer can come up with,” Velma says. And the franchise’s customers are notoriously creative. “Just when I think we’ve done everything possible, here we go again!” Just as memorable as the treats is spokescow, Maggie. “Maggie doesn’t know she’s a cow,” Velma warns. “She’s a diva, but she’s a friendly diva, and she loves taking pictures with fans, in her bell, jewelry, and pink outfit.” Those fans can be found at Redbirds games and birthday parties — or anyplace that requests Maggie’s charms. For Velma, she doesn’t want to be any place but Downtown. “Location, location, location,” she says. “People enjoy fresh ice cream, and we provide instant, small celebrations. Being Downtown, we meet people from all over the world — and we put a smile on each of them.” MaggieMoo’s of Memphis, 125 S. Main, 901-522-1912, maggiemoos.com made 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, house-made 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 & PIZZA COMPANY 110 Harbor Town Sq. • 527-2233 OFFICE@UPTOWN CAFE 594 N. Second • 522-1905 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’S OYSTER HOUSE 299 S. Main • 522-9070 PIG ON BEALE 167 Beale • 529-1544 PIZZA ITALIA 175 Peabody Place at Third • 644-2021 PURPLE HAZE 140 Lt. George W. Lee • 577-1139 QAHWA COFFEE BAR 109 N. Main • 800-2227 RENDEZVOUS 52 S. Second • 523-2746 RENEE’S SANDWICH SHOP 202 G. E. Patterson • 525-2963 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 TAMP & TAP 122 Gayoso • 207-1053 TExAS DE BRAZIL 150 Peabody Place • 526-7600 TGI FRIDAY’S 185 Union • 523-8500 TJ MULLIGAN’S 362 N. Main • 523-1453 TROLLEY STOP MARKET 704 Madison • 526-1361 TUG’S 50 Harbor Town Sq • 260-3344 TWELVE BAR 310 Beale • 473-8144 twelvebarbeale.com Named for a common chord progression of the blues, this speakeasy-type supper club sits quietly above the hubbub of Beale Street, offering a private, hidden, elegant experience that lasts into the wee hours of morning. Enjoy our classic handmade cocktails, fine dining, private rooms and balconies. Come celebrate with us. Open Wed-Thu & Sun 4pm-3am, Fri-Sat 6pm-5am. TWILIGHT SKY TERRACE 79 Madison • 333-1925 WILLIE MOORE’S FAMILY RESTAURANT 109 N. Main • 521-4674 WESTY’S 346 N. Main • 543-3278 westysmemphis.com We’re the Downtown restaurant with enough ambience that movies such as The Firm, The Rainmaker, and 21 Grams chose 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 YAO’S CHINA BISTRO 113 S. Main • 523-2065 ZAC’S CAFE 175 Peabody Place • 579-3300 Hungry to see your restaurant profiled? Call 525-7118, ext. 817 Full restaurant profiles are paid advertising. For information on how to get your profile in our Restaurant Guide, call 901-525-7118 or email sales@memphisdowntowner.com.CarolineSaunders MaggieMoo’s owner Velma Bobo puts the final touches on a specialty ice cream cake. “The most unusual cakes we’ve done are whatever the customer can come up with!” CarolineSaunders MaggieMoo’s has a freezer filled with grab- and-go treats that provide patrons with “instant, small celebrations.” The creative ice cream and yogurt flavors are all made in-house.
  30. 30. 30 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013 MEMphIsDOWNTOWNER.com A lot of people think writers have it made, but let me assure you that it’s not all cigars and brandy, and there is a steep learning curve that comes with the occupation. When I first embarked upon my writing career, I had a simple set of expectations for the enterprise and a reasonable time frame in mind to accomplish them. I figured I would pace myself and take six months or so to write my first novel, and then maybe I’d spend a couple of weeks editing and fine-tuning the thing to its ultimate brilliance. The next step was to be the manuscript- marketing stage, but I wasn’t much worried about that because I expected the only issue I would encounter at that point would be the conundrum of which of several lucrative offers to accept. However, by limiting my queries to just a few of the major houses, I had hoped to cut down on fuss, bother, and postage. Then once I had sold the book and received a low to mid six-figure advance plus a three-book contract — it was my first novel, after all, so I wasn’t going to be greedy — I planned to take time to select the pipe I would smoke in my author photo, travel to New York to lease an apartment overlooking Fifth Avenue, sew some leather patches on the elbows of my sport jackets, and jot down several dozen notable quotes so I wouldn’t get caught short when being interviewed by Oprah or on NPR. I also hoped to set aside some time to practice looking astute, so I could look astute at the drop of a hat whenever the need arose. After the book was released, I planned to insist upon a modest, 20-city book tour (not counting the international signings, of course). My launch would be at the Strand bookstore in New York City — which is sort of the Super Bowl for authors — and I would work my way west from there. The midpoint of the tour would be at Square Books in Oxford, MS, because it is important for every Southern author to periodically travel to The Faulkner Shrine to pause, reflect, and buy an I-Heart-Faulkner T-shirt. Because I am a man of the people, a volksauthor, if you will, there was to be no fee charged at any of these events, provided my faithful readers bought at least two copies of the hardcover edition and didn’t make too much noise while waiting in those long lines. I also planned to welcome homemade baked goods, but I thought I might discourage baby- kissing and dog-petting, especially during the cold and flu season. I gave a good bit of thought to the best way to handle the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominations when they came in, and I decided that the best course would be to react with humility and restraint, as is my way. I planned to go ahead and get both acceptance speeches ready, of course, while fully realizing that I would most likely only need one or the other. When the movie deal materialized, I planned to insist on total artistic control, a large sack of money, one of those megaphones like Cecil B. DeMille used to have, and Tommy Lee Jones. I also expected opportunities to stand in front of the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign, see my star placed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and — at least once — yell, “Action!” and “Cut!” Finally, I would accept an author-in-residence position from a prestigious Southern university — Mercer, perhaps, or Sewanee, The University of the South — and there I would work on my subsequent novels and occasionally teach the ins and outs of the writerly life to a small class of select upperclassmen. Periodically, I would travel to seminars, symposiums, and workshops so that people from all over would have the opportunity to hear my wisdom from its source. That was the plan. Today, three published novels later with a fourth in the oven, some of this has not yet happened. OK, most of this has not happened — but there is still time for every wish to come true. An author is nothing, if not an optimist. When I began this grand journey, I didn’t even know what I didn’t even know. And although my wish list to Santa is long, with several carryover requests from years past, I now know one important fact: Being a writer is the best career gift I’ve ever been given. Everything else is just details. So It Goes artworkbyChrisStrain Dear Santa …by Raymond L. Atkins

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