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#RIPDave

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In the wake of LunaWeb CEO Dave Barger’s death this past weekend, friends who knew him are remembering him as an ebullient fan of technology, known for a warm smile and a broad capacity for generosity.

His impact on the city’s innovation ecosystem, according to Start Co. founder and CEO Eric Mathews, is “immeasurable.” A scroll through his Twitter feed, @davebarger, similarly reveals him to be good-humored and excited by all manner of technology and business innovations and breakthroughs.

He died in a boating accident that involved his family on the Wolf River. Services are scheduled for June 19 at Calvary Church in Cordova.

If one measure of a person’s impact is what’s said about them after they die, Dave indeed lived a life in full. I’ll get out of the way now, and let others do the talking.

 

 

 

 

 

Babalu Tacos & Tapas opens June 16 at Overton Square

Overton Square is a few days away from seeing another restaurant open its doors.

Babalu Tacos & Tapas, which is located in the old TGI Fridays Space at 2113 Madison Ave., is opening June 16.

The original Babalu location is in Jackson, Miss. Thrillist just listed that location in a piece a few weeks ago titled “Why you need to care about Jackson, Mississippi’s Food and Drink Scene.”

Beatles’ first film showing in Memphis next month

All you need is love and $8 to grab a seat July 9 for Indie Memphis’ presentation of the new 50th anniversary restoration of “A Hard Day’s Night.”

The one-night-only showing of The Beatles’ first feature-length film in collaboration with The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter takes place at Malco’s Studio on the Square, with showings at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Tickets will be available at www.indiememphis.com/beatles starting June 6 at 10 a.m.

The tech department of Criterion has spent the last several months restoring the film in 4K resolution, working from the original camera narrative. The final master was approved by director Richard Lester, and the film’s new 5.1 mix was completed at Apple Studios by Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin.

Wharton discusses the rape kit backlog on MSNBC

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was on MSNBC Thursday, May 29, with Ronan Farrow to discuss the city’s untested rape kit backlog and announce a $750,000 challenge grant from the Plough Foundation. To receive the grant, the city must raise the gap between the $2 million it has now and the estimated $6 million needed to clear the backlog.

Also look for Wharton’s comments as Farrow presses him on how the backlog came to be.

Eddie Izzard’s Overton Square selfie

In light of his show in Memphis last week at the Orpheum, British comedian Eddie Izzard posted this photo to his Facebook page, showing the comedian at Overton Square. It’s a special place for him, he noted, because the square is where he did his first-ever performance in America in 1987 – a street show, he says, for Memphis in May.

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