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Bob Dylan is bringing his Americanarama tour to Memphis

Bob Dylan is coming to Memphis this summer.

He’s playing at AutoZone Park July 2. His supporting acts include Wilco and My Morning Jacket – also, at select venues, Richard Thompson and Ryan Bingham.

More here.

 

Bon Ton Cafe staying open for dinner starting May 1

Downtown’s Bon Ton Café is adding something new next month.

Starting May 1, the restaurant will begin staying open for dinner. According to its Facebook page: “So all of you who just can’t get enough of us, or just don’t feel like cooking, will be able to stop by after work and get the best food and drink that money can buy.”

Boston Marathon bombing suspect, and the West Memphis Three

According to several national media outlets, this comment on a University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, blog post from 2011 about the West Memphis Three was written by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who was captured at week’s end. Click through to read the whole thing.

“In this case it would have been hard to protect or defend these young boys if the whole town exclaimed in happiness at the arrest. Also, to go against the authorities isn’t the easiest thing to do. Don’t get me wrong though, I am appalled at the situation but I think that the town was scared and desperate to blame someone.”

More here.

Which Z-Bo Shows Up in the Playoffs?

As the Grizzlies start their first-round playoff series in L.A. Saturday night against the Clippers it is fair to wonder which version of Zach Randolph the Grizzlies will get. They don’t have to have the monster who at times carried them in the 2011 playoffs, though that would be nice. And he doesn’t figure to be the compromised player who was coming off a knee injury last season and was nowhere near himself.

But will he be more the double-double machine from the first half of this season who earned a second career All-Star Game selection or the inconsistent player we have seen for much of the second half of this season?

To be fair, Z-Bo has battled an ankle injury since early March and even missed a few games. But apart from that, he has had more than a few moments where he looked tired or disinterested. He finished off the regular season with his 45th double-double in scoring 25 points with 19 rebounds in a victory over Utah.

But before that, he had failed to score in double-figures three times in recent games. He had looked slow, out of it, searching.

In a recent home game he became frustrated by the officiating — that’s happened more down the stretch — and he accidentally hit a female fan with the ball and received a technical. He apologized and hugged her, but throwing that ball in anger was symbolic of how much he feels the game has been out of his control.

Veteran Tayshaun Prince said Randolph is in a “tough” spot, trying to figure who he can be now. He’s not the player that could be dominant, but he also has more freedom in the post-Rudy Gay Era. Yet, Randolph also has to understand that others players, such as Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless, are more crucial to the offense now than ever before.

“He has to be aggressive, he’s a scorer for us,” Prince said. “The most important thing is, when he’s not making shots to try and stay on the offensive glass and get some easy opportunities.”

Conley was happy to see Z-Bo put up big numbers in the regular-season finale, but the numbers were not what mattered most.

“It was fun to watch him play like that,” Conley said. “He could have missed every shot and I wouldn’t have cared. I enjoyed seeing him energized and engaged.”

Which he will have to be in this series or the Grizzlies’ stay in the postseason will be a short one.

The Week & The Weekend

 

On a chilly spring day with lots of us glued to screens – computer and television and iPhone – watching the strange, sad and shocking saga in Boston, the effect of physical distance from that story can be an interesting prism.

Some might think Memphians will respond by simply going home at the end of the last work day, closing the door and bidding goodbye to this week.

Some will, but some won’t.

Some already made their way out earlier today to pick up Grizzlies “swag” at FedExForum to prepare for the upcoming NBA playoff games.

Still others will gather at the Overton Park Rainbow Lake pavilion at around 6:15 p.m. for what has turned into a tribute run for Boston that is usually a post-Boston Marathon gathering by Breakaway Running for those who have returned to the city from an event that is usually a much more personal milestone and achievement.

The Memphis event normally draws around 70. Just a few hours before what is this year a tribute run, also organized by Breakaway, approximately 500 had RSVPd according to Tina Sullivan, of the Overton Park Conservancy, which is helping Breakaway by donating the use of the pavilion.

The gathering demonstrates another kind of distance, how far we have been as a nation in that short span of time since the start of the Boston Marathon Monday morning.

Whether this weekend is a time to escape the events of the week or a time to try to put them in perspective perhaps we can come together on something very basic – just to try to be kinder to each other no matter what our plans may be this weekend.

Maybe that is how the way forward begins.

 

Dansette

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