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Reminder: Indie Memphis concert film series starts July 25

As a reminder, Indie Memphis is launching the fourth season of its free summer Concert Film Series at the Levitt Shell tomorrow.

The series begins July 25 with a film about the historic 1958 Newport jazz festival and closes with the documentary “Meanwhile in Memphis.” Other films include performances by Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Sigur Ros and Isaac Hayes, among others.

Admission is free to each film and starts at dusk, and food and beverages will be available to purchase.

Here’es the full film schedule.

Memphis Groups Holding Rally for Israel Tonight

The Memphis Jewish community along with other representatives from the Memphis area plans to hold a rally in support of Israel tonight at 5:30 at Temple Israel, 1376 E. Massey Road.

The event comes as Israel and Hamas have been engaged in a fierce military struggle for a few weeks now. The rally will last one hour and will include remarks from Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel, Dr. Keith Norman of First Baptist Church-Broad, Church Health Center executive director Dr. Scott Morris, Rabbi Joel Finkelstein of Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth, and Rabbi Shai Finkelstein of Baron Hirsch Synagogue.

“The Rally of Solidarity and Support of Israel” is being sponsored by the Memphis Jewish Federation, which serves as the local Jewish community’s central planning body.

Esquire embarks on a road trip, savors Memphis along the way

They left Nashville in the dark, and the convey including at least one writer for Esquire Magazine made their way to Memphis, stopping at a rest area along the way.

What they found was not, in the parlance of a coach with a grudge, a city that’s still in the stone age, but rather a city where time “is something to watch pass, not a foe to be battled for every last second.”

“Whoever said, ‘good things come to those who wait,’” the Esquire article explains, “must have been in Memphis at the time.”

The Esquire piece goes on to record a travelogue that includes stops at Central BBQ, Shangri-La Records, James Davis, Lansky Bros., The Green Beetle, Alchemy, Wild Bill’s, A. Schwab and Graceland.

Rachel Hurley joins Screwpulp as “chief evangelist”

Rachel Hurley has joined the team at Screwpulp, a Memphis-based e-book marketplace.

She’s joined as the startup’s “chief evangelist,” to kick-start promotion and awareness of the venture.

Hurley is a well-known voice in social media in Memphis and beyond, and has been so for almost a decade. It started with Hurley blogging about local music, culture and nightlife, and she eventually came to work with major brands like Yahoo and Microsoft, also serving as the official blogger for Lollapalooza.

She’s also created several music-oriented podcasts that generated big audiences, and, among other things, spent almost six years working as a community manager and publicist for Ardent Studios, raising awareness for the studio nationally and spearheading fundraising for The Big Star documentary “Nothing Can Hurt Me.”

To learn more about Screwpulp, visit www.screwpulp.com.

LeBron James to sign with Cleveland; will Mike Miller follow?

The news that LeBron James is going to go back to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers might have an impact on next season’s Memphis Grizzlies.

As the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen said on his twitter account, @aa000G9: “Now free agency starts.”

Reportedly, James reached out to 3-point sharpshooter Mike Miller several days ago and let Miller know he’d love to have him around to space the floor like he did during the championship years in Miami.

Miller is believed to be seeking a three-to-four year contract, which might be longer than the Grizzlies are willing to go. Miller also has said he’d like to return to Memphis. But he also wants to win more rings. And Cleveland just became the overwhelming favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference next season.

If the Cavs are willing to commit three or more years to Miller, it may be difficult for the Grizz to win this one. Heck, it may be difficult even if the Grizz are willing to go three years.

Lose Miller and it puts the Grizzlies right back where they were before his return last season: without a 3-point threat that opponents always have to account for in transition and in half-court sets.

 

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