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THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC T6 SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2007 TRAVEL Beyond Graceland: Modern Memphis celebrates revival i RICHARDS SOUTHERN INCNATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM rural lands surrounding Memphis into the city's early recording studios. The museum is inside the FedExFo-rum downtown. Memphis history The Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King assassination, is now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum. The story of the civil rights movement is on record here, as is how the world has changed (and not changed) since King's death. The Cotton Museum, at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, examines Memphis' role as one of the premier cotton trading centers in the world.
You'll learn about the history of the cotton industry. Lauderdale Courts is where Elvis, from 1949-1953, lived as a teenager. He reportedly practiced guitar in the basement laundry room. You can spend the night in the Elvis Suite his and his parents' old apartment. The complex now is called Uptown Square.
A. Schwab's, opened in 1876 and the oldest store in Memphis, still is run by the Schwab family. This general store on Beale Street stocks everything from tacky tourist souvenirs to customized voodoo potions. For families You can't take kids to Memphis and not see the ducks on their daily parade through the lobby of the historic Peabody Hotel. Catch them at 11 a.m.
or 5 p.m. daily on one of their journeys between the penthouse and the lobby's marble fountain. The adjacent Peabody Place Entertainment Center is the place to go if you have teens in tow. This mall contains national shops, restaurants, bars and a movie theater. Riding the Main Street Trolley is a great way to get around downtown.
Kids love it and, with a $1 fare, parents do, too. You'll also want to visit Mud Island River Park, actually a peninsula, where a museum emphasizes the city's steamboat history. MEMPHIS Continued from Tl HiTone consistently is voted the best place to appreciate live music in the city. Although it's not a tourist attraction, you can attend Sunday services at Al Green's Full Gospel Tabernacle. With the compelling Brother Green in the pulpit, you can bet that his spirit and soul fill every corner of his home church.
Barbecue and more Barbecue is to Memphis what gumbo is to New Orleans, and there are choices galore. At Central BBQ in Midtown, the barbecue na-chos and homemade potato chips engender a loyal following. The Bar-B-Q Shop in the Overton Square area, near the University of Memphis, is famous for its Dancing Pigs sauce, and Uptown, Mem-phians flock to the Cozy Corner for its rib tips, smoked shoulder, barbecue Cornish hen and its signature dish, barbecue bologna. Just remember, the older the hickory pit, the better the barbecue. The city also is home to fine-dining establishments from Asian to Mediterranean tapas, along with plenty of soul-food eateries.
Artistic museums The National Ornamental Metal Museum, south of downtown, is a working metal shop for artistic and functional items. The museum showcases more than 3,000 pieces of decorative metal-work. There is a blacksmith shop, which restored the gates of Graceland, and a gift shop with metal jewelry. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, on the site of the former Stax Records studio, takes visitors back to the days when Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, Al Green, Aretha Franklin and others recorded there. The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum highlights the city's role in the birth of rock and roll and soul music, from the LAS VEGAS ADVISOR Agreement to purchase Hooters is announced By Anthony Curtis Special for The Republic Less than a year after the San Remo was transformed into Hooters at a cost of $130 million, the property is to be sold for $225 million to a private Southern California investment group.
Details are sketchy, but the Hooters brand apparently will remain in place. The deal, expected to close as early as June 30, could bail the hotel out of its doldrums it lost $16 million in its first nine months of operation. If the brand eventually were changed, it would be the eighth name for the property, which has been the Paradise, 20th Century, Treasury, Pacifica and Polynesian in addition to San Remo and Hooters. Coming down: The implosion of the Stardust will take place in mid-March. (The date hasn't been released.) Construction then will begin on Echelon Place, the north Strip megaproject counterpart to Project CityCenter on the Strip's south end.
New name: The sophisticated adult cabaret show at MGM Grand will change its name from La Femme to the less-catchy MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris, reflecting the name of the original Parisian venue from which the show emerged. Red Rock rooms: Red Rock Resort has opened 400 new rooms and suites. The expansion raises to 816 the room count of Las Vegas' most opulent locals casino. Colts a leg up: Las Vegas sports books have the Indianapolis Colts as a consensus 7-point favorite over the Chicago Bears in next Sunday's Super Bowl. Question: I'm going to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl.
Where's the party? Answer: In every sports book in town. Despite efforts in recent years by the National Football League to limit the broadcast of the game in casinos, it's still one of Las Vegas' biggest events. All books will be jammed, and most will offer food, drink and betting deals, such as "bet $20 and get a commemorative T-shirt." Check the Web site below for party listings. Above: An exhibit in the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the Lorraine Motel, site of Martin Luther King assassination in 1968, portrays the 1968 Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. Left: The Rev.
Al Green, born Albert Greene, leads the service at the Full Gospel Tabernacle, which he acquired in 1976. www.memphisrocknsoul.org. MEMPHIS HISTORY National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry l-(901)-521-9699or www.civilrightsmuseum.org. Cotton Museum in the Memphis Cotton Exchange, 65 Union www.memphiscottonmuseum.org. Lauderdale Courts in Uptown Square, 252 N.
Lauderdale 1-(901)-523-8662or www.lauderdalecourts.com. A. Schwab's, 163 Beale H90D-523-9782. FOR FAMILIES Peabody Hotel, 149 Union K90D-529-4000 or www.peabodymemphis.com. Main Street Trolley, 1-C90D-274-6282 or www.matatransit.commain streettrolley.html.
Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front 1-800-507-6507 or www.mudisland.com. cubes, salads home and there are items you're squeamish about, especially look up the words for them. Other suggestions include looking around the dining room to see what others are eating, asking the waiter for a recommendation, asking if you can peek into the kitchen and asking the staff at your hotel for recommendations. Some restaurants in Asia have plastic models of menu items.
A St- MICHAEL A. SCHWARZUSA TODAY1 The city attracts visitors with food, music and nightlife. a (ALABAMA MISSISSIPPI KEE RASH THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC ARTISTIC MUSEUMS National Ornamental Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, K90D-774-6380 or www.metalmuseum.org. Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore 1-(901)-946-2535or www.soulsvilleusa.com.
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, 191 Beale Suite 100, 1-(901)-205-2533or tap water, ice something doesn't mean you can. "Your intestinal microbes are different from someone who's grown up there, who might be immune to certain things," she said. If you want to try the local cuisine, do research to at least know what things are called, especially if you're ordering off menus with no English translations, Peterson advises. And if you're doing research before you leave KENTUCKY 1...... Memphis I i' i Br? Ml? For an illness-free overseas trip, better avoid ft CO Visiting Memphis, Tenn.
For general information, contact the Memphis Convention Visitors Bureau at K90D-543-5300 or www.memphistravel.com. MUSIC AND NIGHTLIFE Wild Bill's, 1580 Vollintine H90D-726-5473. Young Avenue Deli, 2119 Young www.youngavenuedeli.com. HiTone, 1913 Poplar 1-(901)-278-8663 or www.hitonememphis.com. Al Green's Full Gospel Tabernacle, 787 Hale Road, 1-(901)-396-9192or www.algreenmusic.comfull gospeltabernacle.html.
BARBECUE AND MORE Central BBQ, 2249 Central 1-(901)-272-9377or centralbbq.net. The Bar-B-Q Shop, 1782 Madison 1-(901)-272-1277 or www.dancingpigs.com. Cozy Corner, 745 N. Parkway, H90D-527-9158. cause most problems." Travelers also should brush their teeth with bottled water and avoid salad or any other food in which raw fruits or vegetables might have been rinsed, even in a well-appointed restaurant, she said.
"I have had salads in some very elegant restaurants and found that they do have some problems," she said. Keep in mind that just because the locals can tolerate illusion For more information, visit www.gabrielmagic.com. Joining this cast is the comedy-juggling of Bryson Lang, an original alumni of "Fusion." On the small screen Bryson has worked commercials for Hollywood Video and Ethiopian Airlines and performed on a variety of television shows. For more information, visit www.brysonlang.com. Rounding out the show is the magic artistry of Danny Cole.
Cole has been voted twice as "Stage Magician of the Year" by the membership of the Magic Castle Hollywood. Cole was a guest performer on Lance Burton's second network special, in addition to consulting and creating magic for other magicians. For more information, visit www.dannycole.com. For more information on the River Palms, call (800) 835-7904. RIVIERA LAS VEGAS DAY2 NIGHT mmVJSM I TURNAROUND FOR BIG GAME I g4 CALL FOR DETAILS www.pvblai.cem To For information about shows, buffets and deals, go to wwwXasVegasAdvisor.com.
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in Lido de Paris at the Stardust Hotel. Two years later he starred in City Lites at the Flamingo Hilton for 10 consecutive years. On Broadway, he created the show, Magic on Broadway. Within the first three months, Gabriel's show broke all box office records at the Lamb's theatre in New York City. LAUGHLIM DAY TRIP jSUNtffl 5 lEdgvorColdenNugel) $15 If- i in in 3 LATE Associated Press CHICAGO Always drink bottled water, never use ice cubes and stay away from the salad.
Those tips are among Joan Peterson's advice for smart eating while abroad. Peterson has written eight Eat Smart guides (Ginkgo Press, S13-S14), on Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Morocco, India and River Palms Though March, the awarrj-win-r production show, "Fusion" ti ie held at Laughlin's River F-5 in the new River Sands T'eave. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. nightly, Tuesdays. Tickets are S' icj and available for purchase at tre Palms Box Office.
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