Photos by Nikki Boertman

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Braised lamb shanks are available on the dinner menu at the new Petra Cafe location in Sanderlin Center.
  • Petra’s classic Greek gyro would have to rate among the best in town.
  • After the Union Avenue restaurant closed, Petra found a new home in East Memphis.
  • A Sicilian panino is one of 16 panini on the 37-sandwich menu.
  • Logan Guleff
  • January 30, 2014 — Eddie Starks Jr., 9, sings with music on his computer at his home in Cordova. Stark is set to be in a movie titled “Back Home” and is scheduled to perform on BET cable network. (Nikki Boertman/The Commercial Appeal)
  • January 30, 2014 — Eddie Starks Jr., 9, is set to be in a movie titled “Back Home” and is scheduled to perform on BET cable network. (Nikki Boertman/The Commercial Appeal)
  • Musician Valerie June, who is one of the stars of $5 Cover, performs for the crowd before the Premier of the film at the Paradiso Thursday evening April 30, 2009. Craig Brewer's made-in-Memphis MTV project is divided into 15 five- to seven-minute 'webisodes' (or 'tracks,' as the episodes are labeled, in keeping with the project's musical theme), '$5 Cover' is a reality-inspired rock-and-roll-and-rap serial set in the studios, nightclubs and bedrooms of the Midtown music scene.
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N J Woods has been painting her new gallery to get ready for visitors during Friday’s Historic Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk. “It’s like a dream come true for me,” Woods says of her space, N J Woods Gallery & Design Studio at 2563 Broad.
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Cedell Davis is one of the blues legends scheduled to play at this weekend’s Juke Joint Festival in downtown Clarksville, Miss.
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“In a general sense, they embodied an embracing of mayhem and good songs and good music,” says guitarist Steve Selvidge, son of Mud Boy vocalist Sid Selvidge.
  • Orange Mound takes great pride in the athletic teams from Melrose High School. The "OM" letters on the helmets of the Melrose players acknowledge  the community's  support.
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Alchemy's bar is the star, but the food caused as much of a stir as the cocktails. The Cooper-Young restaurant and nightspot welcomed a new chef in November.
  • Lawrence Taylor (Left) and Danielle Crihfield get dirty in the mud pit during the annual LUVMUD 5k obstacle race.
  • In contrast to its more upscale Cooper-Young neighbor, Sweet Grass Next Door is called "a watering hole" by the establishments' owners.
  • The charcuterie platter at Sweet Grass Next Door benefits from the top-quality ingredients used at Sweet Grass.
  • The pimiento cheese burger is served with choice of embellishments. The cheese is made daily and contains bacon.
  • A fried egg sandwich on sourdough comes topped with lettuce, tomato, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and avocado.
  • Sweet Grass Next Door shares a front door, a kitchen and a few menu items with its partner.
  • Shrimp salad at Mortimer's -- poster
  • July 13, 2012 — Mortimer's back patio dining area. (The Commercial Appeal/ Nikki Boertman)
  • The polished wood horseshoe bar at Mortimer's is comfortable and inviting.
  • Mortimer's serves up clam tacos.
  • The creamy, zesty shrimp salad at Mortimer's once was served at The Knickerbocker restaurant.
  • SMALL JUMP INSIDE w/ 29DRUGSONG--------- Yo Gotti performs on the Cellular South Stage for his perfomance at the Beale Street Music Festival Saturday May 1, 2010.  The Commercial Appeal photo by Nikki Boertman.
  • Spaghetti Carbonara at Bari's -- poster
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  • The large and spacious bar at Alchemy in Cooper-Young is among the city's most attractive and occupies a large area.
  • B.B. King
  • Mr. Bruce's Nachos at Molly's La Casita.
  • Mr. Bruce's Nachos at Molly's La Casita is a classic example of the bar-munchies staple:  cheese sauce and chili, crisp lettuce, peppers and tomatoes, topped off with sour cream and guacamole.
  • These days, Molly's La Casita seems brighter,  cleaner and even a bit festive with lights strung all around.
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  •      Booksellers Bistro at The Booksellers at Laurelwood has an expanded   menu, as well as   favorites from the old Brontë Bistro.
  •    The Barefoot Contessa's chicken piccata with rosemary polenta is both delicious and a bargain.
  •    The dinner menu at Booksellers Bistro includes Fried Green Tomato Napoleon.
  • December 26, 2011 - Guelel Kumba of Senegal performs during a Kwanzaa event held by Memphis Kwanzaa Internatinal at LeMoyne Owen College Monday evening. The 7 day holiday celebrates the 'Year of the Father' this year with several programs scheduled all over the Memphis area which will include traditional music and cultural education. (Nikki Boertman/The Commercial Appeal)
  • 'The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue -- Live!,' spearheaded by Tommy Castro and his band, was nominated for Blues Music Awards in four categories for.
  • Soul singer J. Blackfoot
  • On Oct. 24, Felicia Suzanne's, at 80 Monroe, hosts a mix-and-mingle.
  • Death Cab for Cutie, including vocalist Ben Gibbard (center), performs at the Mud Island Amphitheater Wednesday evening.
  • Death Cab for Cutie vocalist Ben Gibbard (right) performs at the Mud Island Ampitheater.
  • Death Cab for Cutie, including vocalist Ben Gibbard (center), performs at the Mud Island Amphitheater Wednesday evening.
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  •  Josh Hensley (left), John Paul Stevens, Richard W. Stevens and Linsey Brewer (right) compete in a game of shuffleboard at Alex's Tavern.
  • Johnny G's voodoo chicken -poster
  • Johnny G's Mississippi Delta-raised catfish po'  boy is served with Bucket House greens (homestyle turnip greens served with Italian sausage, ham hock and Creole spices), and twice-baked loaded potato salad with bacon and chives.
  •  Voodoo nachos (crisp tortilla chips smothered with voodoo chicken, a spiced white cheese sauce, jalapeno, green onions and sprinkled with voodoo sauce) at Johnny G's Creole Cuisine on Beale Street.
  • Johnny G's Creole Cuisine on Beale Street offers bar food at its basic finest.
  • Cortona - poster