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Justice Scalia coming to Memphis in December

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is visiting Memphis in December.

He’ll speak at a luncheon at The Peabody Hotel from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 16, then head to the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law for a private program with law students after the luncheon. That’s the first time the law school has hosted a sitting Supreme Court justice.

The Peabody luncheon is open to the public. For more information, contact Paula Bethge, 901-678-4922, pcbethge@memphis.edu.

Kelly English bringing Second Line-style restaurant to FedExForum

Kelly English is not only bringing his new restaurant The Second Line to Midtown – he’s also opening a Second Line-style restaurant and concession facility in FedExForum.

That’s an announcement he made Tuesday, which included bringing Restaurant Iris-style food to the Forum’s Lexus Lounge.

English recently told The Daily News he wants to make The Second Line in Midtown everything its next door neighbor Restaurant Iris is not.

“We won’t take reservations,” he said. “We took out all the walls, so that it’s one big room. We’re focusing a lot on reusing materials as much as we can. In fact, one table in the back is made out of part of an old bowling alley floor – we may use it as community seating. And we’re going to have a great cocktail program.”

The name harkens back to English’s childhood in the Big Easy.

“I grew up in New Orleans, and the Second Line is a celebration that traditionally was a parade that followed a parade,” English explained. “It was a less organized parade that followed a more organized parade.”

The new restaurant – which will seat 60 inside and another 40 or so outside – will focus on the foods English said he grew up with. That means items like Po Boys on the menu – “lots of stuff that I think is really typical of what people actually eat in New Orleans.”

Other menu items will include seafood plates and roasted meats. The Second Line also will continue English’s commitment to using fresh and local ingredients whenever possible.

IndieBikes helping make Indie Memphis festival bike-friendly

This year, Indie Memphis Film Festival attendees can enjoy the festivities by bike, thanks to IndieBikes.

That’s a pop-up bike share loaning free bikes to festival participants who want to use something other than cars to get around to the different film venues. To take part, attendees can visit the Indie Memphis Central Box Office at 49 S. Cooper next to Circuit Playhouse, sign up, choose a bike and promise to bring it back on time. (Bikes can be checked out for up to three hours).

Riders can get maps of the surrounding neighborhood with restaurants, bike lanes, parks and other amenities highlighted, as well as bike locks and lights.

The Peddler Bike Shop is offering longer-term rental bikes for $75.

Rainey Kizer law firm re-ups and expands Downtown

The law firm of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC has renewed its lease in the Raymond James Tower Downtown, as well as expanded its presence there.

Its current expansion brings a larger conference room and more attorney offices, boosting the firm’s footprint by 30 percent and providing room for more growth in the future.

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors vice president Jeb Fields and associate Neely Mallory represented Rainey Kizer in the lease transaction.

With 38 attorneys, Rainey Kizer is one of the 20 largest firms in Tennessee. It was founded in Jackson in 1975 and opened an office in East Memphis in 2005. As the firm grew, it moved Downtown in 2008.

Kathleen Sebelius scheduled to visit Memphis Friday

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is coming to Memphis Nov. 1.

An administration official confirmed the visit but said other details – time, location and purpose (although the Affordable Care Act is a good guess on that one) – would be “forthcoming.” However, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton’s office released some information today explaining that the event Friday will be a “health insurance education and enrollment” opportunity, with Sebelius as the special guest.

The event is happening at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Help will be available to people filling out insurance applications on site.

Saturday Night Live lampooned the secretary last weekend for the administration’s rollout of the health insurance website – about which Sebelius is testifying to a congressional committee on Wednesday. Also, on Tuesday U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., called for Sebelius to resign.

Dansette

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