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Crowdfunding campaign under way for Broad Ave.’s “Forge”

Elizabeth Lemmonds has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the combination art space-fabrication shop she’s working to bring to Broad Ave.

She has a page set up at gofundme.com, where she explains that “Forge” is roughly $12,000 away from being able to open its doors.

“We’re part of the Maker Movement – the next industrial revolution – and have spent months hammering out our own vision so that we can help you forge yours,” she explains on the fundraising page. “These funds will cover remaining basic startup costs required before we can open our doors for customers, as well as purchase a few additional higher priority tools and resources for both the shop and conference/training room.

“Our big picture budget is bigger, but with your help we can open up co-working, desktop manufacturing tools, ceramics, basic screen printing, electronics and more – plus start offering workshops to the community from 101s and DIY projects, to prototyping and design software, to marketing and e-commerce.”

The fundraising page is here.

Esquire gives a shout-out to Memphis

The day before everyone was BBQ-ing and blowing up stuff on July 4, Esquire published its list of “162 reasons it’s good to be an American man.”

Two of them directly reference Memphis.

Coming in at number 79 is “Beale Street.”

And down at number 120 is the “lobby of the Peabody hotel in Memphis.”

Obviously, Memphis attractions like that aren’t meant only for one gender or the other, but it’s nice anyway to get a positive shout-out for what the city has to offer.

Inside Hard Rock’s Collection of Artifacts and Memorabilia

 

The new Hard Rock Café location on the northwest corner of Beale and Second Streets opened this Fourth of July holiday weekend after nearly 20 years on the other side of Beale at Hernando Street, which is about to become a “Tin Roof” restaurant.

The Hard Rock franchise is immersion into the rock and roll culture, with its original locations touting rock stars before such celebrity endorsements became part of the marketing textbook.

Hard Rock is also a big player in the rock and roll and rock memorabilia collecting world. Many of the 80,000 items in the Hard Rock collection are rotated from one Hard Rock to another and are also loaned for exhibitions.

So as the finishing touches were being put on the new Beale location, Jeff Nolan, the music and memorabilia historian for Hard Rock, talked with us at length just about that.

Some of his points are in our original piece which ran in the July 2 edition which was a broader look at more than just the artifacts at the new Memphis location.

Here are a few more points from Nolan for those of you who follow closely whether our almanac has a picture of the right Deep Purple line up that played the Overton Park Shell in 1971 and similar points of great consequence.

 

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Memphis Bike Fest rolls into town in July

The Memphis Bike Fest, presented by Bumpus Harley-Davidson and the Dream Team, is coming to Tiger Lane and the Mid-South Fairgrounds at the end of July.

The festival will be held from July 22 through July 27 and will include music performances, food vendors, a motorcycle and car show and a luau party. The festival’s theme is “One Love,” and activities and events also will include a poker run, fashion show, children’s area, a scholarship awards presentation and “Run What Ya Brung” Grudge Racing at the Memphis Motorsports Park

Tickets are $20 for a six-day pass, and admission is free for children 12 and under. Camping for a six-day space is also available at Tiger Lane

For more details about Memphis Bike Fest, head here.

Grizzlies and Zach Randolph agree to contract extension

As reported by Yahoo Sports and other media outlets, Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has picked up his $16.5 million option for next season and agreed to a two-year $20 contract extension beyond that.

Randolph, who will turn 33 in July, averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds for a 50-win Grizzlies team that made the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

When controlling owner Robert Pera surprised everyone by firing team CEO Jason Levien and coach Dave Joerger interviewed in Minnesota, concerns arose about Randolph’s future. But he said he wanted to finish his career here, Grizzlies executive Chris Wallace said the team wanted him here, and teammates believed Randolph meant what he said.

“Yeah, I’m still confident,” point guard Mike Conley said before the Danny Thomas Pro-Am earlier this month at TPC Southwind. “As long as Zach wants to be here – and I think he does – we’ll make something work.”

So rest easy, Memphis, your Z-Bo isn’t going anywhere.

 

Dansette

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