1. Luke Bryan is on Tinder. Last week, country superstar and heartthrob Luke Bryan partnered with Tinder to release the lyric video for Kill the Lights, the title song of his fifth studio album out this week. The album isn’t out until Friday, August 7, but if you want a taste of Bryan’s trademark party-starting soundtracks, you can head to Tinder to watch the video streaming through today.
2. Memphis celebrates The King. Since the 1977 passing of Elvis, Graceland has honored him by hosting an annual Elvis Week. This year, from August 8th through the 16th, Graceland hosts a series of events that provide visitors with an intimate look of the legend’s day-to-day life. Don’t miss the impersonator contest: in which the winner takes home $20,000. Join others and commemorate the death of the King in the flickering glow of a candlelight vigil on the night of the 15th.
3. Atlanta’s sweetest new shop. Cora Cotrim, the creative pastry genius behind Queen of Cream ice cream carts opens a brick-and-mortar serving up her frozen treats in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward August 13. Her specialty lies in making unique flavors using all local ingredients like Georgia peaches and local dairy. Our favorite is the Sweet GA Corn + Blueberries made with Georgia corn and blueberries.
4. St. Louis shows off artists’ studios. The St. Louis Art Museums’ newest exhibition, The Artist and the Modern Studio opened last weekend. Concentrated mostly on works from 1960-1990, this curated collection features notable artists like Pablo Picasso and David Hockney in their personal studios. Whether it’s a repurposed industrial warehouse or their own home, The Artist and the Modern Studio is a look into the private spaces of where masterpieces happen. “The subject of the studio is conceived not just as a representation of physical space but also of a metaphorical one for reflecting on identity, expressing notions of the artist as hero, jester, craftsman and teacher.” said Eric Lutz, curator of the exhibition. You can see The Artist and the Modern Studio in the SLAM until January 2016.
5. Texas’ finest island spirits. Tiki style restaurants had its heyday in the thirties and early forties, where in the midst of the depression and a World War, Americans were looking for a vacation. Although tiki culture wavered in popularity over the decades, in recent years there has been a renewed interest in its festive, tropical appeal. This week, the Austin chapter of the U.S. Bartender’s Guild keeps the tradition alive with its fourth annual Tiki Week. Check into Austin bars for rum seminars, spirited history lessons, and discounts on islander cocktails.