New Year's Day Firsts. And Some Old and New Friends.

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I ran into Chandler Parsons and Joakim Noah at Gibson's Donuts. I shamelessly gave them a copy of the Memphis Flyer with my photo(s) on the front. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • I ran into Chandler Parsons and Joakim Noah at Gibson's Donuts. I shamelessly gave them a copy of the Memphis Flyer with my photo(s) on the front.


January 1, 2019 included a few firsts for me.

I took my first photos of Memphis Grizzlies players Chandler Parsons and Joakim Noah. I ran into them around 10 p.m. while I was getting coffee at Gibson’s Donuts. I unabashedly gave them a copy of the current issue of the Memphis Flyer, which features my profile in stereo on the cover.


Earlier that same day - around 12:30 a.m. - I took my first photos of Quintron and Miss Pussy Cat. And I saw my first show featuring the New Orleans duo at the Hi-Tone. It was fabulous. I stood near the stage, where I could see Quintron’s fingers flying across the keyboards and Miss Pussycat working those maracas.



That evening I viewed several episodes of "The Twilight Zone” I’d never seen before. I sat in front of the TV for hours watching Syfy's annual “Twilight Zone” marathon. My plan was to stop watching when I got to an episode I’d seen before and couldn’t bear to watch one more time. I did sit through - once again - the one with the woman having bandages taken off her face for almost 30 minutes. And I did learn for the first time that Donna “Elly Mae Clampett” Douglas wasn’t the woman behind the bandages during most of the show.

I finally stopped watching when the episode with the little doll that says, “My name is Talky Tina and I'm going to kill you," came on. The channel then was changed to one showing football.

Finally, I got a flat tire after driving into a sinkhole. I also bent the rim. It was the first flat I’d gotten on Shelby Drive.

So, if nobody said it yet, let me be the first to wish you “Happy New Year!”

Quintron and Miss Pussycat at the Hi Tone. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Quintron and Miss Pussycat at the Hi Tone.
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New Year's Eve at the Hi Tone.
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The following is a roundup of some of the people I ran across and places I visited over the holidays and earlier.

Elf Rage was practicing during Open Studios at Marshall Arts, which was held Dec. 13. Guests toured the space, viewed art and chatted with the artists. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Elf Rage was practicing during Open Studios at Marshall Arts, which was held Dec. 13. Guests toured the space, viewed art and chatted with the artists.
Anthony Lee at Open Studios at Marshall Arts. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
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  • Anthony Lee at Open Studios at Marshall Arts.
Davey Mann at Open Studios at Marshall Arts, which was held Dec. 13. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Davey Mann at Open Studios at Marshall Arts, which was held Dec. 13.
Marq and Brittany Cobb were among the guests at The Vault Influencer Dinner, which featured cuisine from executive chef Aaron Winters. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Marq and Brittany Cobb were among the guests at The Vault Influencer Dinner, which featured cuisine from executive chef Aaron Winters.
The Vault Influencer Dinner. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • The Vault Influencer Dinner.
Lees Romano and Alden Knipe at Woodruff-Fontaine Victorian Open House. Both Woodruff-Fontaine and Mallory Neely held open houses on the same night, which was Dec. 2. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
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  • Lees Romano and Alden Knipe at Woodruff-Fontaine Victorian Open House. Both Woodruff-Fontaine and Mallory Neely held open houses on the same night, which was Dec. 2.
Mallory-Neely open house. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Mallory-Neely open house.
Konar Chapman, Elizabeth McDonnell, Mary Phifer and - Jonah McDonnell at The Sheiks show on Christmas night at DKDC. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Konar Chapman, Elizabeth McDonnell, Mary Phifer and Jonah McDonnell at The Sheiks show on Christmas night at DKDC.
Black Lodge isn't open yet, but the venue was the sight of a jam-packed New Year's Eve party. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Black Lodge isn't open yet, but the venue was the sight of a jam-packed New Year's Eve party.
Black Lodge New Year's Eve party. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Black Lodge New Year's Eve party.
Edge Alley owner/chef Tim Baker held a series of parties before Christmas. They included one for the media and a neighbor party. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Edge Alley owner/chef Tim Baker held a series of parties before Christmas. They included one for the media and a neighbor party.
Pints for a Purpose  to benefit Wolf River Conservancy was held Dec. 11 at Outdoors Inc. on Union. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
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  • Pints for a Purpose to benefit Wolf River Conservancy was held Dec. 11 at Outdoors Inc. on Union.
Pints for a Purpose - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Pints for a Purpose
Dylan Thomas and August Stevens at Pints for a Purpose. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Dylan Thomas and August Stevens at Pints for a Purpose.
Pints for a Purpoes - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Pints for a Purpoes
Wok'n in Memphis chef/owner Spencer Coplan and Jordan Ayers hosted their "Black, Silver, & Gold"  New Year's Eve party. Guests were encouraged to dress in the party colors. Hog & Hominy sous chef Josh Hunt wore gold shoes. Cooks, bartenders and severs showed up around 12:30 to 1 a.m., Coplan says. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Wok'n in Memphis chef/owner Spencer Coplan and Jordan Ayers hosted their "Black, Silver, & Gold" New Year's Eve party. Guests were encouraged to dress in the party colors. Hog & Hominy sous chef Josh Hunt wore gold shoes. Cooks, bartenders and severs showed up around 12:30 to 1 a.m., Coplan says.
Chris and Jill Williams and their family host an annual open house between 6 and midnight New Year's Eve. Pictured are Jill, Walker, Allie, Katherine, Caroline and Chris Williams. - Not pictured is son, Austin, who was celebrating elsewhere with friends. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Chris and Jill Williams and their family host an annual open house between 6 and midnight New Year's Eve. Pictured are Jill, Walker, Allie, Katherine, Caroline and Chris Williams.Not pictured is son, Austin, who was celebrating elsewhere with friends.
Lee, Audrey, Ethan, Josh and Christian Stewart were at the Williams' New Year's Eve gathering. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Lee, Audrey, Ethan, Josh and Christian Stewart were at the Williams' New Year's Eve gathering.

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