Thursday, September 24, 2009

Girl's Night & Everything Else

It has been a busy week here at the Orpheum! We have our first show of the season, A Chorus Line opening, a Golf Tournament this Friday, lots of meetings =), and our first ever Girl's Night Out. Ah, the summer relaxation is gone--if it was even ever here.

But do not worry as we are trying to ensure that even with the busy-ness of the summer ending you are still having fun! Tonight at the Orpheum is Girl's Night Out. We will have drink specials, and representatives from KIM FM, Gould's Day Spa, MUSE Inspired Fashion and more!

So gals, grab your pals and come on out. Learn some fashion tips for the fall, and how to keep those summer glows all winter long!

We also have our Golf Tournament tomorrow, which I and the Orpheum staff will be at bright and early, rain or shine! The Tournament is at the most loveliest Golf Course, Cottonwoods at Harrah's. The tournament is really fun and there a lot of prizes to win and food to be eaten. Plus as a bonus you are at a casino so if it does rain there are many other fun things to do! Pictures will be taken and posted!

Well that is all for now. Does anyone have any thoughts on A Chorus Line if you have seen it? And what else is everyone doing this weekend?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cooper Young Festival

Fall is upon us which means Cooper Young Festival is this weekend!! Last year was my first time going and I had loads of fun. I ate delicious food (thank you Soul Fish Cafe), listened to wonderful music, and just walked around to all the great booths.

This year The Orpheum will be out there amongst all of the great booth selections! We are pairing up with Intercom Radio so be sure to stop by. Staff members are working the table and we do love it when we get to talk to people (I will be there from 1-3PM). At the table we will be giving away fans to cool yourself off with in the hot and currently muggy weather. We will also have Brew n Q tickets for sale! No need to go out of your way to buy your ticket to this event we will bring them to you!

Here is a link to everything the Cooper Young Fest is offering!

Make sure you stop by. The festival is a great way to spend your Saturday--outside, with fun people, good food and great things to buy or just browse through.
And, if you are going to the Festival what booths and bands should people stop by to see?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Orignial Reality Show

In today's TV world reality television is almost all anyone cares to watch. From American Idol to Dancing with the Stars reality TV is so 'in' right now! So what is it that spurred this love for Reality Television? What is the first reality show that made people think, "Hey, I love me some reality television!"? Was it Real World, Survivor, Big Brother...I will argue that the first real reality show was "A Chorus Line". I know, I know it is not Television but it is a show and it IS REALITY!

'A Chorus Line' was created in New York when a director Michael Bennett gathered a group of Broadway dancers to talk about their careers, challenges, memories, dreams, and lives. He recorded over 40 hours of interviews before it became the script of A Chorus Line. Do these interviews sound vaguely familiar to current reality TV? I think so.

All of the songs that were created for 'A Chorus Line' refer to real life situations that Broadway dancers lived. While watching 'A Chorus Line' one can better understand what it takes to be a Broadway Dancer, the sweat, the tears, the boob jobs and the anxiety of trying to get the job so you can pay the rent!

Take these lyrics for example:

"I've come so far, but even so
It could be yes, it could be no"

How many times have we watched AI and your fave person was kicked off in what you felt was too soon. We feel their rejection pain with them. Well the same is true during 'A Chorus Line.' People finding themselves cheering on the actors on stage.

Or these lyrics:

"Left the theatre and
Called the doctor for my appointment to buy...
Bought myself a fancy pair.
Tightened up the derriere."

I mean who does not love Plastic Surgery Shows like Dr. 90210. Not that you need plastic surgery by any means to be a Broadway dancer but in the interviews there were some dancers who felt this had to be done in order to become famous.

So basically what I am saying is that we can all thank 'A Chorus Line' for giving the Television Creators the idea of using real people and real life situations to make good TV.

Do not forget to see the Reality of being a Broadway Dancer at The Orpheum from September 22-27. 525-7800.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It is a Block Party, Downtown!

So they say breathing in the fresh outside air is suppose to make you a happier/healthier person. What about breathing in the fresh air with drink specials, food specials, great company, and discounts on things you want? Sounds perfect to me. I already feel happier and healthier just thinking about it.

This Thursday, September 17th, the Majestic is hosting another Peabody Block Party. If you have not been to one yet well that is no good because they are great. Fortunately for you there is another one that starts at 5:30 PM and you can see the festivities right outside of the Majestic. Below are some photos from past Block Parties.

One discount that I am personally excited about is what The Orpheum is offering. The lovely Kate Hackett (blond pictured above) will be outside the Majestic selling Brews n Q tickets at a discounted price of only $20 plus all ticket buyers get the amazing poster pictured below (designed by David Lynch)!

For those who are not sure as to why this discounted $20 ticket is such a steal I will let you know. A $20 ticket to this event gets you entrance into the Warehouse on Oct. 9th where you will get to chow down on all you can eat Corky's, where you will get all you can drink Boscos beer all while listening to great music by the Ernestine and Hazel's band as well as John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives! Last year's event was so much fun and I got to mingle and mix with so many wonderful people! Here are some pictures from last year's event.

Here is a link to learn more about the Block Party and what else is being offered!

And here is another link to give you more information about the Brews n Q event!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It's Football Season

So Football Season has started again to the excitement of so very many people! This means many things such as tailgating, completely foregoing each and every Saturday of Fall, adding new clothes to your wardrobe--all the color of your--favorite team, and investing in great yet removable face paint.

It also means the Southern Heritage Classic is back in town!

The Classic starts today and goes until September 13th, Sunday. This is a time when the city is out and about, people are attending every event and the roads are fairly congested. Since so many people will obviously be focusing on the Football Game, I am going to focus on some of the other surrounding events that The Orpheum is hosting. You know for the people that want other things to do...

Today, September 9th is the Classic Gospel Concert and it starts at 7:30PM. Now who does not like Gospel Music. It always has so much energy. So if you want to enhance your Hump Day stop on by the Orpheum tonight.

Tomorrow on Thursday, September 10th we have Erykah Badu. I know everyone is excited to see some amazing R&B! The concert starts at 8 PM.

The third event that will be taking place at the Orpheum is on Friday, September 11th. The Browns of Comedy will be on the main stage helping everyone laugh and as always just being hilarious. This show starts at 8 PM.

Now there are a lot of other events that are going to be going on this week/end. So let me know what they are and what you will be attending...

Also here is the link to the Classic's homepage for a listing of all the events and happenings.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And the winner is...

If you have been keeping up with The Orpheum at all you know that this past Friday we had Rocky Horror Picture Show. Needless to say this movie was everything I had hoped for. People came to the movie ready for a good time and dressed to win the Annual Costume Contest. The costumes were amazing and made me laugh so terribly hard.

First we had the girl's contest and there were so many women that came up they could barely fit on stage.... Check out our wonderful Emcee in all black and of course the variety of costumes. Note this is not even half of the people on stage.

Well after glorious rounds of the crowd cheering we were able to narrow it down to the top 5. I think the crowd did a good job of picking one of almost every cast character...

Well can you all guess who won? Yup, the young little twelve year old who came out with her parents! She received by far the most cheers as well as people bowing down to her. You gotta love the RHPS crowd!

Do not worry we are not done with the costumes. Next we had the male contest. Now some males did not dress up as characters but they looked just as good and had just as much fun!

So as with the girls, we narrowed the males down to the top five and here they are...

The one boy dressed in all black--second from the left--we called him Beyonce. He was not dressed up like a character but he kept dancing for the audience similar to how Beyonce dances. He was pretty good....BUT, he did not win it. The winner of the Male Contest was....

For more photos of Rocky Horror Picture Show you can stop by our facebook page at

Friday, September 4, 2009

It's the weekend PLUS Labor Day

So it is the weekend again and a wonderfully long weekend! Many of us are going out of town to see friends and grab that one last trip to the beach before the summer is officially over. But what to do if your friends live here and the sun burn from your last beach visit is still scarring your skin? Well no worries because--per usual--Memphis has tons to do!

First I will rant and rave about what the Orpheum has to offer tonight----that is right, it's Rocky Horror Picture Show! Now this is a movie that you do not want to miss. At only $6 you really could not ask for a more entertaining evening. With humor and craziness and props galore this is a great show. The Annual Costume Contest starts at 8 PM tonight and yes people do dress like this so get funny:

Next we have CICADA, which is a new play by Voices of the South. I have heard many a good thing about Voices of the South and I am sure this one is no different. Now this is the last weekend that this show runs so do stop by and catch the show.

This glorious Labor Day weekend is also to be filled by the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival. Now I went last year and got $5 mojitos from Majestic Grille while listening to truly great music and an atmosphere that made me love Memphis even more. So basically you are enjoying yourself while supporting the Center for Southern Folklore a great organization that reminds everyone that Memphis' music is the best. The festival runs from 11AM to 11Pm on both the 5th and the 6th so make sure to go, get a poster and enjoy yourself.

Now I know there are many other great things to be done this weekend that I did not include. Do comment and let me know what else is going on in Memphis, on the corner of Main and Beale and beyond...