Swanky's Taco Shop

Cinco de Mayo is this week … and there is no better way to celebrate than with a margarita!

M. Steffens Interiors

Next to the kitchen, the dining room is one of the most important rooms in the home.

In what is now the South Main Arts District of Memphis, civil rights' history has been written in blood on more than one occasion. The balcony of the Lorraine Motel (now the National Civil Rights Museum) commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King’s death. But no memorials existed for another horrific act of racial violence that erupted here in 1866 – until now.

Justin Fox Burks

Asparagus heralds the beginning of spring.

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Ruma Kumar spent six months researching how Shelby County Schools used $90 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mostly, it paid for teacher training, evaluations, a streamlined hiring process and crucial data. Results have been varied, but overall promising. A 1-year extension on the grant will preserve this expensive training model for now. But with Shelby County Schools facing a major deficit, the district may have to reconsider the costs of training a better teaching staff.

Thomas Christensen / CounterpointPress

The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international corporations were emerging as economic powers.

Thanks to computers and synthesizers, today’s musicians have countless ways to create instrumental sounds. Two Memphis musicians are now planning a concert using one of the first electronic keyboards to replicate real instruments – the Mellotron. Take a listen to this technological marvel of early modern music.

Bacon and Bourbon

Apr 12, 2016

Both are Southern staples and both bring great pleasure to the palate …. so why not bring the two together?

It might be hard to imagine a time when ice was a luxury item. But for such times were made silver bowls like this one, found in the permanent collection of the Brooks Museum of Art. On this week's Culture Desk, curator Stanton Thomas describes this serving dish's unique significance in a Southern home. 

Grab a mini-workout

Apr 5, 2016

If your work/ life balance does not give you much time for exercise, consider planning your workout in smaller segments during the day.