True Blue Barbecue Memphis, the Home of the Blues and the Barbecue Capital of the World, has blended its titles into a savory barbecue sauce. A blue barbecue sauce. Not just tinted blue, but roaring Tiger blue, wailin’ Beale Street blue. It was inevitable. Barbecue and blues simmered together, bottled up, and sold exclusively in the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s gift shop at FedExForum on the legendary corner of Beale Street and Blues Highway 61 (Third St.). Memphis Blues BBQ Sauce is the real deal, exclusively patented by Ingredients Corporation of America and loaded with natural hickory smoke flavor, paprika, vinegar, tomato powder, and other sizzling ingredients. A 16-oz. (blue!) Bottle of the rockin’ mojo-mild barbecue sauce sells for $12, both online and at the gift shop, open seven days a week 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. Call 205-2533 or visit memphisrocknsoul.org. Four Devoted Decades He stayed true to his mission during Downtown’s darkest days and rejoiced with co-visionaries during its rebirth. He was an inclusive unifier of people, churches, and ideas — an inspiration to congregation and community alike. He led celebrations of life, shared God’s truth, and soothed countless souls. So it seems only fitting that this man who has touched the hearts of so many officially retires on Valentine’s Day. As the longest-serving pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church — and one of the longest-serving pastors in Downtown Memphis, period — Dr. Ronald J. Wiese bids adieu to his congregation of 34 years during his final sermon Feb. 7, 10:30 a.m., at the historic church at 210 Washington. “What I will miss most,” says Pastor Wiese, who will move to South Carolina to be near family, “are all the wonderful and loving relationships I have enjoyed, not only at Trinity, but with other churches, other community leaders. I will always cherish their friendships.” Under Pastor Wiese’s leadership, Trinity was a leading congregation in developing today’s Mid-South Food Bank and Nehemiah Community, while actively supporting such organizations as MIFA, FirstWorks, Memphis Union Mission, Church Health Center, and the Hospitality Hub. Pastor Wiese and June, his wife of 42 years, invite the community to a special retirement service and reception at the church Feb. 14, 4 p.m. “I have no idea what shape my new ministry will take in South Carolina,” he says. “My prayer is the same as when I graduated from seminary 40 years ago: Here I am; send me.” For more information, call 525-1056 or visit trinitymemphis.org. City Cheers … Pat Kerr is a grandmother! The renowned dress designer and The Blues Ball founder welcomes Sloane, daughter of son Kerr and Melanie Tigrett, to her world of lace. On the Move … Memphis-based Visible School, a music and worship arts college, closes on a contract to purchase the former C&I Bank building at 200 Madison. The college targets an opening date sometime during the 2010–2011 school year: 381-3939, visibleschool.com. Hitting the Streets … Sauces restaurant blends into a new identity as Local Gastropub, serving up a new menu and a heated outdoor patio: 95 S. Main, 473-9573, localgastropub.com. Downtown Departures … Harbor Town Coffee brews its last pot. In Memoriam … Marie “Ma” Draper, mother of GRAMMY, Stellar, and Dove awards-winning gospel artist, the late O’Landa Draper, and manager for her son’s choir, The Associates. Memphis punk rocker Jimmy Lee “Jay Reatard” Lindsey Jr., a rising star who dedicated his life to music, with 22 full-length albums and more than 100 releases, playing in venues across the world: jayreatard.com. Sundays at Three The performing arts are a tangible piece of learning at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar. A free series orchestrated by the library’s humanities department showcases storytellers, dancers, musicians, and poets on various Sundays. And the program’s diversity is by design. Sundays at Three’s mission is to offer the community a chance to experience a variety of art forms. The one-hour, 3 p.m. show takes place smack in the middle of the library lobby, but there’s nary a single ssh! “We decided to hold the performances in the open so that everyone in the building can experience it,” says Gina Milburn, senior manager and program organizer. “This is programming with a purpose. You can stay five minutes or 60. The point is that customers can enjoy an artist they might not ordinarily see, at no charge, and be stimulated to learn more.” Feb. 21 shows off Chinese costumes and pageantry; Feb. 28 sings with the Rhodes College Chamber Orchestra; and Mar. 21 resonates with local thespian Diane Parker’s dramatic presentation of “Meet Emily Dickinson.” To check show schedules, call 415-2726 or visit memphislibrary. Org.
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