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Dishcrawl returns to Overton Square

Dishcrawl is making its second Memphis appearance in Overton Square this spring.

A national start-up founded on the idea that communities can be brought together through good food and good company, Dishcrawl takes food lovers on a gourmet excursion to four restaurants in a single night.

Reservations for the upcoming Dishcrawl are $45 per person, and can be purchased at dishcrawl.com/memphis. Restaurant identities are a secret until two days before the event. At that point, the first location is revealed to ticket holders.

Dishcrawl also is partnering with Opera Memphis to celebrate the inaugural Midtown Opera Festival. For more information about Memphis’ upcoming Dishcrawls, visit dishcrawl.com/memphis or follow the event on Twitter, @DishcrawlMEM.

Visible Music College student on NBC’s The Voice tonight

Sarah Simmons, a vocal music student at Visible Music College, is competing this week on NBC’s “The Voice,” premiering its fourth season with the blind audition round tonight and tomorrow (in Memphis, at 7 p.m. on WMC-TV Channel 5).

Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Simmons came to Memphis after studying at the University of Mobile. She began writing songs and playing guitar at age 15.

 

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaking at U of M law graduation

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, will be the official graduation speaker for the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Class of 2013 graduation on May 12.

The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Cannon Center, and this year’s graduation is sponsored by local investment firm Duncan-Williams Inc.

Kennedy is a professor of environmental law at Pace University School of Law and serves as co-director of the school’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. He also serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, president-at-large of the Waterkeeper Alliance, is a partner on the CleanTech investment team of Silicon Valley’s VantagePoint Capital Ventures, is the environmental adviser to Napo Pharmaceuticals, and serves on the board of directors for Westinghouse Solar.

 

So much for the creative class?

According to The Daily Beast, “the so-called creative class of intellects and artists was supposed to remake America’s cities and revive urban wastelands. Now the evidence is in – and the experiment appears to have failed.”

Not so, says Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris. Here’s what he had to say about this to me:

“Memphis is best when we are being Memphis,” he said. “We don’t do well chasing trendy, overly simplified strategies advanced by national consultants who don’t know us. We should aim to be a magnet not a mirror, drawing people to us with our own authenticity rather than trying to reflect what we think people want.

We’ll never out-Austin Austin, or out-Charlotte Charlotte. But no one can replicate what we have in Memphis, and people from around the world love us for what we are. That’s not to say we shouldn’t be a much better version of our self, and seek to learn from others, but in the end we must be authentic. You’re never cool when you’re trying to be cool. And it’s never attractive when you’re trying to act like someone else. A large part of Memphis’s authenticity resides in Downtown. Downtown is where Memphis was born, and it still defines a large part of our identity to the world. That’s why we have to redevelop Downtown. If we don’t, we lose who we are.”

WREG up for sale

According to WREG anchor Richard Ransom, the TV news station is up for sale. From a tweet by Ransom:

From @RRansom_WREG3: “Anyone want to buy a TV station? Local TV LLC, owners of WREG just announced it’s selling all its stations.”

Dansette

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