The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum will host a three-day celebration October 2, 3 and 4 to mark the centennial of Memphis’ Central Station.
The massive structure is home to the museum in addition to serving as the train’s arrival and departure point, and about 15,000 people come into and out of the city each year by rail. To celebrate the anniversary, on Oct. 2 the public is invited to attend a free concert by the country band The Grahams in Central Station’s Hudson Ballroom.
Doors open at 7 p.m., with music starting at 7:03. The museum will have special hours to visit the exhibits and gift shop before and after the concert.
Two special rail cars will arrive on Oct. 3 and be open for public display. The Amtrak 7 Car Display Train and the Norfolk Southern Railroad Exhibition Car will be open for viewing at noon that day through 5 p.m.
On Oct. 4, the museum is open free of charge. Visitors can tour the MATA Trolley Barn, listen to guest lecturers at the passenger platform and more. Face painters will be on hand, as well as a balloon artist and food from Double J Bar-B-Q, among other things.
The Church Health Center is launching a cooking series next month.
It’ll run from Oct. 2 through Nov. 6, with classes held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 in the demonstration kitchen at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave.
“Chef Jenn” (Jennifer McCullough) will kick off the series and be on-hand to offer encouragement and expertise. Classes will range from making appetizers to more complicated fare, and all classes are $45 and will include wine.
(To register, call 901-701-2236 or visit www.churchhealthcenter.org)
October 2: Kick-off with Chef Jenn McCullough: Chef Jenn will highlight her signature appetizers.
October 9: Fish Cookery and Fun with Chef Brown Burch
October 16: Basic Knife Skills with Melissa Peterson.
October 23: Creole Cookery with Chef Gary Williams
October 30: Southern Favorites with Chef Felicia Suzanne Willett
November 6: Fall Harvest Celebration with Chef Mac Edwards
Kroger is on a hiring spree at the moment.
The grocery chain’s Delta Division – which includes West Tennessee, along with Arkansas, Mississippi and parts of Missouri and Kentucky – is looking to add 767 jobs this year.
The positions range from part-time to management. It’s part of a move by the nation’s largest grocery chain to add about 20,000 permanent positions company-wide this year.
At the moment, Kroger employs more than 375,000 associates.
As we previously noted, Sept. 2 saw the reissue via Stax Records of Big Star’s “#1 Record” and Radio City albums, remastered from the original analog tape.
Liner notes for the records come courtesy of former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who has some thoughts up at Salon.com today about Big Star.
“I discovered Big Star the same way I discovered much of the music I love — by listening to Peter Buck’s record collection,” he notes. “I knew immediately that I had just heard one of my favorite bands, a band who had gotten it right, who made records that sounded like rock ‘n’ roll bands should sound. A band who wrote all the songs, from flat-out rockers to achingly beautiful ballads that were still somehow rock songs. Songwriting has always been, for me, the most vital gauge of a band’s quality, and these guys were clearly masters.”
It’s a thoughtful meditation on a Memphis act that never got its big break but still created something remarkable anyway, and Mills ends with this:
“Big Star took me on a trip. From Memphis, Tennessee, we went way out West, all the way to India, hanging out the whole time in the back of a car with Morpha, Daisy and a bunch of September girls. I may not have gotten what I deserved, but I found out what it was worth, and it’s still one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.”
As a reminder, George P. Bush, the grandson of President George H. W. Bush, will be in Memphis in a few weeks.
He’ll be the featured speaker at the Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon Sept. 9. Bush will share during the first Leadership Luncheon his thoughts on the role Latinos play in the country and will touch on topics including education reform, immigration and increased civic and political participation by Latinos.
The event will take place at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.