10 Things You Must Do In Memphis

10 Things You Must Do In Memphis

There's more to Memphis than music fest and barbecue.
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With so many different things to do in Memphis, it can be hard to figure out what to do. So here's a list of local favorites for you to chose from!

1. Memphis Pyramid



The Memphis Pyramid is a Memphis staple. In the recent years, it was turned into a bass pro shop and it's huge. Inside there's water that some of the boats float in. A sky deck that looks over the river, which is a really good place to have a few pictures taken. A restaurant, bowling alley, fudge shop, and real alligators.

2. Harbor Town





Another cool place to go see is harbor town. Harbor town has cute restaurants and shops. Harbor town is in the middle of the Mississippi river, and it’s the best place to catch some sun and hang out by the river.

3. Local Eats

Memphis is known for Barbecue, but that’s not all we have here. In fact, we have a lot of different places that are really good and only here. Huey’s is a burger place that every Memphian has been to. Muddy’s Bake Shop is one of the best places to get some cupcakes if you have a sweet tooth. If you want some coffee, Café Eclectic is the place to go. A few other local places are Kooky Canuck, Gibson’s Donuts, Chings, Dyers and many more.

4. I love Memphis Mural

The I love Memphis mural is something most Memphians have taken at least one picture with. In the heart of Cooper Young you can take prom pictures, senior pictures, or just randomly stop by and take pictures with it. No one will judge you because it’s a Memphis thing.

5. Shelby Farms

Shelby Farms is the outdoor place to go. There’s a pretty lake, which you rent a boat or bring your own. Also, there are several playgrounds for children to play on, and horse rides. They also to do holiday themed attractions like spooky nights and starry nights.

6. The Malco Drive-In

On summer nights, if you don’t feel like spending time in a movie theater, you can just go watch a movie at the drive-in. With three different big screens, snacks, and your car, you can have a night to remember. You can also act like you are in the 1980’s since its such vintage thing to do.

7. Memphis Zoo

The Memphis zoo is one of the best in the country. From elephants to pandas to sea lions, there’s something for the entire family to see. The zoo isn’t free, but on Tuesday if you are a Tennessee resident you can go for free! They have professional pictures, really cool gift shops, and they even host a lot of the proms. If you’re feeling hot, just kick off your shoes and put your feet in the wade pool, or grab some ice cream. In December, they have zoo lights and ice skating, they even have fake snow when you first walk in!

8. Graceland

Memphis is the home of Graceland! Thousands of Elvis Presley fans travel to Memphis, Tennessee just to visit Graceland. You can visit his house, which has a kidney shaped swimming pool, you can see his planes, his wardrobe, the meditation garden, and cemetery. You can even stay at the Graceland guest house.

9. Overton Square

Overton Square is the heart of Midtown. With lots of different murals to take pictures with, it’s definitely one of the best places to see. It has a lot of different restaurants, bars, and cute little shops. It’s also home to Overton Park, our biggest park. Overton Square also hosts many different things like the crawfish festival, Greek festival, and the Italian Festival. So whether you’re looking for a night out or a family day, Overton Square is just the right place.

10. Beale Street

Beale Street is what Memphis is known for, with bars, restaurants, and shops, it’s the place to be all week long. During the day it’s a great place for your family and at night, it’s a perfect night out with your friends or date night because there’s something for everyone.

Cover Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library

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10 Things You Know To Be True If You Live in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

"Take the B", they said.
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For anyone that is currently living in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and or has lived there, you know it's an *interesting* experience. From the various food joints, to the movie theater, everyone's love/hate relationship with Crazy George, Emmons Avenue, the B/Q trains, the new apartment complex that some people love and others completely despise, and everything in-between, there's no other neighborhood that's just like Sheepshead. You know you're from Sheepshead when:

1. You've either spotted Crazy George somewhere out on the streets or in a random location (usually in Dunkin' Donuts).


Don't get me wrong — it's not funny that he appears to have problems, but it's also not ideal that he goes into various stores harassing the workers. He's a one of a kind human being and I do wish the best for him and/or that he does get some help.

2. When it comes to Brennan and Carr and Roll n Roaster, you either love one of them much more than the other.

As much as I love Brennan and Carr's Gargiulo burger, I'm more of a Roll n Roaster person. Their personal pizza is nice and their fries are to die for -- and yes, I want cheese on that, please.

3. You either love or hate that new apartment complex that's in the works.

You know, this one at 1501 Voorhies Ave.

4. You've become used to the B and Q trains either being delayed, messed up, crowded, and or nonexistent.

"Take the B they said. It's express they said." If I told you how many times the B has gone local, out of service, and or on fire in Brooklyn, then maybe you'd hate it just as much as I do at times. Don't even get me started about how crowded it is - especially during rush hour.

"What about the Q train?" The Q's not much better. It has its times where it goes express in Brooklyn as opposed to local, which doesn't help if you're getting on/off at Neck Road or Avenue U.

5. You either go to UA Sheepshead, another movie theater or don't even bother with movie theaters.

Although going to UA Sheepshead is convenient, their prices are very special for just an average movie theater.

6. You either stick to shopping and dining along Sheepshead Bay Road and or Emmons Avenue or go elsewhere either in the neighborhood, other neighborhoods, or to the city.

While they're both convenient parts of Sheepshead Bay, there are other parts of the neighborhood to go to, such as Nostrand Ave. Sometimes, it's easier to flock to other parts of Brooklyn, but there are times where going to the city is worth the commute.

7. You either shop at Cherry Hill or avoid it completely.

While there are other supermarkets in the neighborhood, Cherry Hill is the only one on Emmons that is open 24/7. Their prices might be high for the neighborhood, but their prices could be much worse.

8. You remember when Sheepshead Bay High School was one school...

...and not an educational complex.

9. You're still low-key bothered about how the neighborhood recovered after Sandy.

I'm not going to say that it was the same after the hurricane. Although it didn't take the longest time to recover, that doesn't mean that damage wasn't done.

10. But regardless of how you may feel, by the end of the day, you're probably still super in love with the neighborhood.

It's an incredibly unique neighborhood. You can take someone out of Sheepshead but you can't take the Sheepshead out of someone.

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The Future For Tempe Arts

The new Tempe Arts Award that is pushing for the exposure of arts and culture.

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The Tempe Arts and Culture Commission Awards Subcommittee expressed their concern for the minimal amount of coverage on local Tempe artists. The lack of exposure not only discourages the youth from pursuing artistic careers and education, but it denies Tempe natives exposure to their surroundings.

The committee strives to be an advocate and ally of the Tempe art scene. The purpose of its forthcoming award is to celebrate the excellence of creators and organizations in the arts and culture of Tempe that have made significant contributions to the area.

The panel looked to the Viola Awards in Flagstaff for inspiration. However, the commissioner's plan to start off smaller and gradually expand the number of events for this award. The creation of these awards will bring more exposure in the media to the students and residents of Tempe.

Lauren Hernandez

Anthony Johnson, a member of the Tempe Arts Commissioner board expressed why he pursued and pushed for the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission Awards.

"This is your town. I like to paint walls, right? Nowhere in my community does anyone support it. My daughter shares the same interest. Let's face it, we are a generation that does not encourage arts for our children. How do our children get that interaction of painting big and large if it's frowned upon in your community?"

With the push for Tempe Arts and Culture Commission Awards, the committee will be honoring Tempe artists, educators, performers, art businesses, public arts, art events, and cultural arts. The public is welcome to apply for this award, but it will be given to an artist that is chosen by the commissioners.

The panel emphasized that once its Tempe Arts and Culture Commission Awards become an annual production, they hope to see more students engaging in the arts for fun and for a career.

Panel member Brenda Abney informed the commissioners that students, especially children, tend to do better on standardized testing and socially in their communities when they participate and learn about culture and the arts.

"By exploring arts and culture, young people open themselves up to a different world beyond academics or sports. They can put their mind to use in a different way and it can create a sense of belonging for them in a community. Art allows college students a creative outlet especially when you are putting so much time and energy in finding out where you belong in life. It's a place where you are free to be creative and relax," Abney said.

Lauren Hernandez

The commissioners emphasized their hope to bring awareness to not only the community but to the schools of Tempe. This includes Arizona State University, where there is a large student population at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is located on the ASU Tempe campus and is home to over 4,700 students. The institute offers majors, minors, certificates, and electives in the arts including film, music, art, art museum, film, dance, and theatre, design, arts, media, and engineering.

Destiny Dicks, a junior environmental design major at the Herberger Institute, expressed her concerns about the generalization and lack of exposure of the arts at her school.

"I think this institute has a lot to offer, but only if you know where you want to go in the arts. There needs to be more specificity. The institute is very vague in certain areas, but I do think it does a very good job of covering and informing students of every ground."

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