Perfect Night to be on the Riverfront

Sunset Symphony PLUS Grizz PLUS today's weather - on the River - FABULOUS! New times: Symphony @ 7pm, Fireworks @ 8:45, screen pulls down to watch the Grizz @ 9.

Thank you, Memphis in May!

Sid Selvidge, 1943 -1969

"His voice -- a rich, crystalline howl -- was a pure expression of his soul, but the purity in Sid Selvidge was not limited to his art. Selvidge, a veteran Memphis musician, producer of the Beale Street Caravan radio show, and a cultural force in the Bluff City for five decades, died early Thursday morning (5/2)  at Methodist University Hospital after a long battle with cancer. " (Bob Mehr for The Commercial Appeal)

We will all miss Sid for many reasons, among those his commitment to our City. Friends felt particularly honored that he  donated his talent to the "Save Our Riverfront" CD with his beautiful song "Miss the Mississippi and You."

 Sid helped spread the blues worldwide; his Blues Caravan aired on 300 U.S. stations, on NPR international throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, and on networks in Australia and New Zealand, attracting about 2.4 million listeners per week worldwide to the music that put our City and region on the world map. Thanks, Sid. We miss you.

Trees Cut on Bluff

Responding to complaints by blufftop residents that trees were blocking their view, the City and Riverfront Development Corporation sent trucks and crews to the Bluff on Saturday morning (4/20) to cut down 25 trees.

Several people were shocked to see the trees gone, apparently without any public notice or review.

"Officials say the planned removal of 25 trees from the bluff section of the Riverwalk is not for the benefit of residents in high-dollar homes overlooking the Mississippi River, although a study associated with the project was triggered in part by residential complaints about obstructed views," acording to an article in the Commercial Appeal.  That study was prepared January 2013 by JPA, Inc. and also included other suggestions for maintenance of the Bluffwalk area.

Strangely, four days earlier, the City Council had approved members to a Memphis Tree Board to advise the City on "the stewardship of public trees, promote public awareness programs of the positive contributions of trees in the community,...."  The new board is composed of Mark Follis, PHD, ISA Certified Arborist; Westly Hopper, ISA Cerfitied Arborist; Eldra White, Memphis City Beautiful; Christopher O.Brian, Certified Arborist; Eric Bridges, SAT Certified Arborist; and Andree Glen, BOMA Certified RPA, FMA.

"Fish Story" - Tackling world problems, Starting in Memphis

"Fish Story" is an environmental art project. It's participatory, which means involving the public to look at what's happening around us and to see what we can do to make a difference.

Artist Aviva Rahmani doesn't live in Memphis, but she sees our city, sitting in the middle of the 3rd largest floodplain in the world, as a nexus for change. According to Ms. Rahmani and the scientists involved in this project, fish in our rivers (the Ghost, Wolf, and Mississippi) reflect human challenges. As fish go, so go people.

Take part in "Fish Story." Free. All ages invited.
Tues., May 7, 7 - 7"30 pm at Crosstown Arts
Fri., May 10, 5 - 8 pm at Memphis College of Art
Sat., May 11, 2 - 3 pm at Memphis College of Art