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BRIEFS THINGS: ‘Living legend’ barber is still giving at 80

    Master barber extraordinaire, entrepreneur and community partner Warren Lewis will celebrate his 80th birthday on Monday (Nov. 12) at Bridges, 477 Fifth Ave., in Uptown Memphis beginning at 6 p.m.

    Lewis, "a living legend in the hair industry," is one of the oldest working barbers in the city and recently was awarded the Mid-South Barber and Cosmetology Association's Heritage Award. A large percentage of the hair industry professionals in Memphis have been trained by or worked in Lewis' shop at 887 Thomas in North Memphis. He is widely known for his fire burning technique used for hair trimming.

    VIP admission is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with general admission to follow. VIP tickets are $50, with $10 general admission. Dinner for all!

    Lewis developed his charitable reputation in the community early by giving to those in need. He organized the Black Knights, along with the late Isaac Hayes, and started the Emergency Assistance Food Bank. He has chosen to give a portion of the birthday celebration proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's 50th Anniversary.

    For ticket information call 901-691-5966

    Turkey Drive for Mid-South Food Bank

    It's time to help families in need this Thanksgiving by bringing frozen turkeys to Mid-South Food Bank, 239 South Dudley, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    Or, an easier way to give a turkey is to make a $15 per turkey online donation at and chose "Turkeys" from the Designation drop down box.

    Mid-South Food Bank will post a picture of turkeys being delivered to the Food Bank on its Facebook page. The goal is to collect 5,000 turkeys by Thanksgiving. Donated turkeys will be distributed to Mid-South Food Bank's partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other feeding programs throughout west Tennessee, north Mississippi and east Arkansas.

    "Our annual Turkey Drive allows us to provide a crucial holiday meal for those who would go without at Thanksgiving," said Estella Mayhue-Greer, Mid-South Food Bank president & CEO.

    For more information, contact David Stephens at Mid-South Food Bank, 901-497-1153 or dstephens@midsouthfood

    Rhodes to honor Lunceford and Manassas' music legacy

    On Nov. 15, Rhodes College's Mike Curb Institute for Memphis will present an evening of events in the Bryan Campus Life Center on campus looking at the rich musical tradition of Manassas High School and the career of jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader Jimmie Lunceford (1902-1947). All events are free and open to the public.

    "Celebrating Jimmie Lunceford and Jazz at Manassas High" includes a reception and viewing of Rhodes student research on Manassas at 5 p.m. in the Crain Reception Hall followed by a panel discussion featuring Emerson Able, Jr. and Ronald Herd II at 6:15 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom. At 7:30 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom is a concert featuring the Rhodes Jazz Band, with special guest vocalist and Manassas alumna Earlice Taylor.

    The rich musical tradition of Manassas High School also will be a point of exploration during the evening. Among the school's distinguished alumni are Gerald Wilson, George Coleman, Booker Little, Hank Crawford, Frank Strozier, Charles Lloyd, Jr., Harold Mabern, Howard Grimes, Isaac Hayes, and Emerson Able.

    In conjunction with the Rhodes events, Able will be presented with a Beale Street Brass Note on Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Daisy Theater on Beale Street.

    BRIEFLY: Congressman Steve Cohen will host his 4th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon at BRIDGES at 477 North Fifth St. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 12). Cohen will discuss legislation concerning veterans that is pending before Congress. Caseworkers will be on hand to answer questions about benefits and services.

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