Indie Memphis showing outdoor movies Friday

The Indie Memphis Film Festival is presenting a free movie double feature outdoors at the end of the week.

The double feature, sponsored by FOX 13, will be held Nov. 1 at Overton Square’s new Tower Courtyard (located on Trimble, behind Memphis Pizza Café and Golden India). The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Mel Books’ “Young Frankenstein.” After that, FOX 13 at 8:30 p.m. will present an episode from Fox’s new hit drama “Sleepy Hollow,” then at 9:30 p.m. Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” will be shown.

Chairs will be available for the outdoor movies, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seating, as well. Attendees also are welcome to wear costumes.

This year’s Indie Memphis festival opens Halloween night and runs through Nov. 3 at five venues.

Dishcrawl brings cocktail wars to Memphis

A new local Dishcrawl event is happening in December – cocktail wars.

Dishcrawl is bringing its first North American Spirits Championship to 10 cities, including Memphis. The local version will take place Dec. 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Alfred’s on Beale.

Five Memphis mixologists will prepare cocktails live on stage in front of a voting audience and a panel of judges. They’ll be competing for accolades like best cocktail, best presentation, hottest bartender and more.

Germantown is one of the “best suburbs in America”

Germantown is one of the top suburbs in the U.S. The folks at the Movoto real estate blog, part of San Mateo-based online real estate brokerage Motovo, say so.

They’ve released a study ranking the country’s top suburbs based on criteria like cost of living, education and amenities. Germantown is part of the top 10 list of suburbs Movoto compiled.

So is, interestingly, Cupertino, Calif. – the home of Apple.

Here are the full results.

The M.E. Norman, Tom Lee and Leroy Hidinger

 

If you drive the Poplar Corridor, you’ve probably driven past the row of shops near Poplar and Mendenhall that includes Cavalier Cleaners, a 62-year old East Memphis business owned and operated by Ann and Leroy Hidinger Jr. and their children for all of those years.

And if you went to talk with Leroy Hidinger at the business you would find him in a small office off the counter with boxes of paper receipts and other reminders of the way offices were kept before computers. Some heavy brass desk ornaments like a date changer and a pen set were on the desk which showed every indication of a business owner tending to his business with his time-tested methods and knowledge and help from his family.

I was one of those who went to the dry cleaning business to talk with him about a very remarkable life that came to an end a week ago at the age of 93.

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Handful of pop-up shops and events happening soon

A handful of “pop-up” shops and events are happening in Memphis in the coming days.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Muddy’s Bake Shop is setting up one of its pop-up bakeries at Wish at the corner of Cooper and Central from 4-7 p.m. Fifteen percent of the proceeds there will go to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer research foundation.

Crazy Beautiful, a clothing and accessories store, is holding a three-day pop-up event at 387 S. Main, next to Spindini, Oct. 25, 26 and 27. That three-day stretch will include in-store specials and guest artists. And on Oct. 26 at the Levitt Shell from 1-5 p.m., “FemFest” is taking place, an event benefiting the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis.

That event will include music and art presented by local female talent.

Click the links above to learn more details about each event.

Dansette

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