Amy LaVere selling CD pre-orders to help fund UK summer tour

Memphis songstress Amy LaVere is selling pre-orders for her new album “Runaway’s Diary” to help support her tour of the UK this summer.

She’s using her pledgemusic.com site to offer fans exclusive goodies like an autographed CD as well as major perks like a concert shout-out from the lady herself, among other giveaways, depending on how much fans contribute.

“With a little help, you can all be a part of spreading some Memphis love across the world,” she says, in a note on the site. “I want all of you to be a part of the record from this moment until the release date. Just pick out any of the exclusives that you think are cool and enjoy access to videos, photos, etc. that I’ll be posting right up to the release.”

Madison Avenue clean-up this Saturday

The Madison Avenue Business Association is hosting its second annual “Mad Sweep” clean-up Saturday (April 19) in conjunction with Earth Day.

The annual clean-up of Madison, which will happen from 9 a.m. to noon, involves Madison businesses and volunteers teaming up to pick up trash, collect debris, get rid of weeds and more along the street from Cleveland to Cooper.

Volunteers are encouraged to be at 1859 Madison at 9 a.m. on Saturday. (There will be complimentary coffee and donuts). They’ll get cleaning supplies donated by Clean Memphis and Home Depot like trash bags, gloves, bottled water and organic weed killer, and at 10 a.m., volunteers will split into groups to tackle the clean-up.

For more information on the group, you can hit up www.madisonismidtown.com, the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/madisonismidtown or follow on Twitter at @MadisonMidtown.

The Grizz are in the NBA Playoffs … well, probably

First, the easy part. If the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Suns in Phoenix tonight the Grizzlies clinch a playoff berth and the Suns are, well, officially set.

Memphis is currently 48-32; the Suns are 47-33. The Grizzlies hold the tiebreaker over the Suns, which would come into play (in the Grizzlies’ favor) in the event they lost at Phoenix and then both teams lost their final game of the season (the Grizzlies to Dallas and the Suns to Sacramento). If they both finish 48-34, the Grizzlies are in.

Got all that?

A win tonight over the Suns takes away pressure and just leaves possibility. The Dallas Mavericks-Grizzlies showdown is on Wednesday at FedExForum. If the Grizzlies beat the Suns, then the winner of the Memphis-Dallas game gets the 7 seed and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. The loser would get the 8 seed and the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.

But the Grizzlies are not home-free yet, either.

Dallas has clinched a spot and has just the game in Memphis remaining. Should the Suns beat the Grizzlies and then the Kings with the Grizzlies then losing to the Mavs, the Suns would leap over Memphis with a 49-33 record. The Grizzlies and their 48-34 record then would be off to beaches and golf courses.

There is also an outside shot at moving up to 6 — the Grizzlies win both games and the Golden State Warriors lose to Minnesota and at Denver. Unlikely, but not impossible.

This season, seemingly nothing is impossible.

 

 

 

 

Two Memphians honored as top “50 under 40″ emerging leaders

Two Memphians have been honored as top “50 under 40” emerging leaders in social enterprise.

The Social Enterprise Alliance, in conjunction with the American Express Foundation, have put out their list of movers and shakers in the social enterprise world, and Brit Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO of MentorMe, and Sarah Petschonek, founder and executive director of Volunteer Odyssey, both made the list.

MentorMe is a cloud-based platform built for mentoring programs. Volunteer Odyssey connects job-seekers with volunteer opportunities.

Nice to see national recognition being given to deserving Memphians.

Coach Cal has a book coming out April 15

Coach Cal has a book coming out on Tax Day.

“Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out,” was written by Calipari and Michael Sokolove. The Amazon page for the book has a fawning quote from President Clinton: “If you are a college basketball fan like I am, you’ll understand why I’ve long admired John Calipari’s leadership style. While no coach treasures a win more than John, this terrific book reveals his greater purpose—to lead his young players to better lives, and then challenge them to give back to others.”

Probably not going to be much in here about Memphis, judging from the Amazon description:

“In ‘Players First,’ John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball’s most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory.

At its core, Calipari’s coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players—what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another. He is beloved by his players for being utterly honest with them and making promises that he always keeps, no matter what…”

Dansette

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