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thursday, 30

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know last week I gushed on and on about what a wonderful place Memphis is. I was basking in the afterglow of the Soulsville Cleanup Day, which was very rejuvenating. Now, however, although I do still love this city, I must say that I attended a meeting recently where most of our elected officials were present, and I have never seen anything like it in my life. The writers of Saturday Night Live couldn t have come up with anything better. Those who were there to answer questions -- the whole point of the meeting didn t get the chance because of all the posturing and preaching from those we have chosen to run this city. If you miss Monday Night Wrestling at the Coliseum, here s your chance at something about as meaningful. And speaking of elected officials, I hope those of you who actually pressed a button to vote for Joe Cooper for county commissioner are proud of yourselves. Most of you are probably aware that last week he proposed selling 3,000 acres of the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms to develop a community of upscale homes, saying that it is ludicrous to have bison out there grazing when the county is in such debt. With all the political wisdom of Prince Mongo or King Mongo or Saint Mongo or whatever he is now, Cooper actually has a chance of being voted into a county commission seat. I think the wisest thing for him to do is to develop some land somewhere else and make enough money to have his teethfixed. Looks like a lumber truck wrecked into his mouth. Remember, you out there who voted for him, you helped bring this about. Why not clear Overton Park and build a mall? Turn Audubon Park into a warehouse distribution center? Clear the nasty trees at Lichterman Nature Center and make way for an office park? You know, sometimes I just don t understand things. But that will all change later this week when I have some brain tests done. I figure they might find -- well, something mildly odd, like the lack of one. In the meantime, here s a brief look at some of what s going on around town this week. Tonight, Vanish Code opens at TheatreWorks, a play about a law professor and the things that happen to him when the people around him begin to disappear. This evening s Cordova Cellars Lawn Concert Series features The Last Chance Jug Band. Eighties band Venus Mission is at Club 152 on Beale Street; International Playboys are at the Map Room; The Ed Finney Trio Is at CafÇ Zanzibar; and Fred, Bobby, ad Rusty are at Alex s. And by the way, this is the absolute best day to eat lunch at The Orchid Club..

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