Big startup conference has moved from the Peabody to the convention center

The three-day “Everywhereelse.co” startup conference is going to bring more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, founders, investors and startup supporters to Memphis. But it will do so at a different venue than originally planned.

The conference is shifting from the Peabody to the convention center.

The conference, which happens Feb. 10-12 and which recently was named by Forbes.com as a “must-attend” conference for startups in 2013, has sold tickets from as far away as Miami, San Francisco, Detroit and Toronto.

Ballet Memphis to Launch Monthly Collaboration with Crosstown Arts

Ballet Memphis is launching “spark: conversations with Ballet Memphis” – a monthly series in collaboration with Crosstown Arts.

The inaugural event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Crosstown Arts, 427 N. Watkins, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Ballet Memphis’ partnership manager Lauren Kennedy designed spark to make Ballet Memphis more engaged in the Memphis community beyond its scheduled performances. Crosstown Arts will contribute space and also collaborate on programming ideas and curatorial choices for the series.

As an interdisciplinary program, spark will have a changing format and not necessarily focus on dance. Panel discussions on relevant topics, lectures and film screenings are on the roster and more options illustrating the connections among creative genres will develop as the series evolves.

The first spark will be a panel discussion about the complex facets of family dynamics, roles and interpersonal relationships. It also will examine how family history can be used to spur artistic works, like Ballet Memphis’ forthcoming main stage show, Family Matters, opening at Playhouse on the Square on Feb. 22.

Memphis the city vs. Memphis the town

I emailed a friend yesterday afternoon, a few hours after word came that Pinnacle Airlines is leaving Memphis and Bishop Byrne is closing. I found it interesting, I told her, that our Bishop Byrne tweets had been mentioned/retweeted more than our Pinnacle tweets.

Her reply:
That may be evidence that Memphis is, in fact, less of a city and more of a town where people value family-related institutions over big business. Thing is … you need both to survive.

Just one person’s opinion, but a valid one.

Within the span of a few weeks, Memphis will lose one of each: Pinnacle will be gone by May; Bishop Byrne’s last day is May 24. They’ve impacted the city in different ways – and will continue to impact the city in different ways for a few more short months. But as different as they are, the bottom line is that they’ve both impacted the city. They both matter. And both will be missed.

Z-Bo NBA All-Star Again

Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph leads the NBA with 27 double-doubles. Now, he has doubled the number of his NBA All-Star Game selections. Randolph, who is second in the league with 11.6 rebounds and is averaging 16.1 points per game, was chosen by coaches to be a Western Conference reserve player for the Feb. 17 game in Houston.

The Grizzlies now have had four All-Star selections: Z-Bo twice and brothers Pau and Marc Gasol once each.

ARTjamN Brings ‘Paintertainment’ to South Main

Friday not only marks the first South Main trolley night of 2013, but also the opening of ARTjamN’s bigger and brighter paint studio at 515 S. Main St.

ARTjamN describes itself as “creative paint fun,” or “paintertainment.” Maria and Steve Parham started the business two years ago this month in Cooper-Young.

ARTjamN provides all of the supplies necessarily for people to embrace their inner-Picasso – the canvas, easel, paint and brushes – all in a laid-back group setting. Maria Parham told The Daily News in January 2010 that although customers are encouraged to express their individual creativity, they aren’t on their own with a paint brush and blank canvas.

“There’s also a guided art jam for people who need a little more assistance or encouragement, so you can choose free style or guided,” she said. “With the guided, I will actually walk you through step-by-step how to paint a particular painting. With free style, you can come up with a concept or something out of a magazine or a sketch that you’ve done and come in and paint your own painting in whatever size you want.”

ARTjamN will celebrate its new location with music by Kitty Dearing and Craig Davis and refreshments Friday, Jan. 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Like them on Facebook here.

Dansette

google