Ardent creates a memorial

The folks at Ardent have come up with a touching tribute to John Fry, the studio founder and Memphis music impresario who passed away a few months ago.

Via the Ardent Facebook page, Fry was apparently known for silently shuffling around in his trademark sneakers. You’d goof off or make some inopportune crack, and out of nowhere he’d appear, so much so that the Ardent folks would sometimes glance over their shoulder before cutting loose.

So they bronzed his sneakers as a reminder to get back to work.


Bob Dylan coming to the Orpheum April 30


The man himself will bring his songs, his guitar and his distinctive, gravelly voice to the Orpheum April 30, fresh on the heels of the release of his latest CD, “Shadows in the Night,” a collection of Sinatra covers.

For ticket info, go here.

Archer-Malmo digital art director featured in new book

Congratulations to archer-malmo senior digital art director Kong Wee Pang, who is featured four times in the new book “Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of Graphic Design for Creative Success” by Denise Bosler.

Check out the book here:


Work of native Memphian shown during Fashion Week this month

Congratulations to Emmanuelle Ciara Jones, a native Memphian and designer whose collection will be shown this month at the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Jones was born and raised in Memphis, and her work will be shown at one of the biggest fashion events in the world. She got a degree in painting and interned at 440 Brannan Studio in San Francisco.

Her collection was inspired by hip-hop street culture and music. Especially inspirational to Jones as she designs her fall 2015 collection has been renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

ZeroTo510 now taking applications

Applications are now open for ZeroTo510, the local entrepreneurship accelerator program that helps startups bring medical device products and services to market.

Applications will be accepted until March 15.

The goal of the 12-week, mentor-driven program is to help medical device entrepreneurs navigate the start-up process, refine their business models and achieve the Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) pre-market notification filing. Now in its fourth year, the program has accelerated the creation of 16 new companies, more than 30 jobs, and $7.5 million in investments.

ZeroTo510 is operated by Memphis Bioworks Foundation and is an initiative of the Greater Memphis Regional Accelerator, a program funded by Launch Tennessee and the State of Tennessee.