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Lance Wiedower

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FedEx St. Jude Classic Returns to TPC Southwind

Thursday May 29, 2014

The Memphis party known as the FedEx St. Jude Classic is ready for its annual run at the TPC Southwind, when the PGA Tour stop brings some of the world's greatest golfers to town next week.

The PGA players get the action started Wednesday, June 4, but there will be plenty of fun getting underway before then with the Pro-Ams and other events. For a full fan's guide to enjoying the FedEx St. Jude Classic, read here.

South Main Trolley Night Packs Busy Lineup

Tuesday May 27, 2014

The monthly South Main Trolley Night has been going strong since 1998, but the May 2014 version might be one of the busiest lineups in some time.

Many of the restaurants, shops and businesses in the South Main Historic Arts District will have live music playing, and many of the galleries and shops will have special events and showings going on. And if all that isn't enough, the annual Zombie Walk takes place Friday, as well as the first weekend of the Orpheum Theatre Classic Summer Movie Series.

For all the details on South Main Trolley Night, click here.

June Memphis Events

Monday May 26, 2014

The summer season gets fully underway in June with a long list of things to do. From the Levitt Shell Summer Concert Series, to several food truck festivals, art openings, theater performances and more, the list of June Memphis events is impressive.

Check out this list to make your plans for a fun June in Memphis.

The Orpheum Theatre Summer Movie Series Set

Tuesday May 20, 2014

The Orpheum Theatre Summer Movie Series has a packed 2014 lineup ready for when it launches Friday, May 30.

There will be plenty of double features, classics, comedies, girls' night out favorites, sing-alongs and family matinee events. Things get underway May 30 at 7 p.m. with a double feature that will coincide with the annual Zombie Walk taking place that evening along South Main Street. The thrilling fun will feature "Night of the Living Dead" and "Zombieland."

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. For a full rundown of the series, including a lineup of all the movies through the series' finale on Sept. 5, read here.

Guide to Running in Memphis

Tuesday May 20, 2014

If you're like me, when you go out for a run you prefer to do so in a more beautiful setting than the neighborhood street or a treadmill. Memphis has plenty of great options for a run in a scenic setting, from the Wolf River Trails to parks overlooking the Mississippi River.

One of my favorite spots is Shelby Farms Park, although I don't get there nearly enough. But from my days of running high school cross-country races there to our training runs when I ran for the University of Memphis, the open fields and wooded trails of Shelby Farms holds a special place. And now that the park is connected to Midtown Memphis via the 6.5-mile Shelby Farms Greenline, it really is a runner's paradise.

If you find yourself looking for some good spots to go running in Memphis, check out this guide for all the best spots. It's much more than just Shelby Farms and its awesome Greenline.

Levitt Shell Kicks Off Summer Concert Series

Monday May 19, 2014

One of the more popular summer events in Memphis is ready to get going in Overton Park with this week's kick off of the Levitt Shell summer concert series.

Beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m., Midtown's Levitt Shell will be packed every weekend through late July with the Levitt Shell summer concert series. Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday crowds will pack the Levitt Shell for free concerts featuring local, regional and national artists.

The fun gets started Friday with Big Star's Third Live. For all the details and a full season lineup, click here.

Memorial Day 2014 in Memphis

Sunday May 18, 2014

There is plenty going on in Memphis for the Memorial Day weekend, and it all gets started Thursday with events at the Memphis Zoo and The Peabody Memphis hotel rooftop. Things continue throughout the weekend with the season kick off of the Levitt Shell summer concert series on Friday, plenty of Memphis Redbirds action, Zoo Brew and much more.

And of course who could forget the epic finale to the Memphis in May festivities with Saturday's Sunset Symphony. For a complete rundown of all the fun this Memorial Day in Memphis, click here.

Memphis Celebrates Cycling at Bikesploitation

Sunday May 18, 2014

As Memphis continues to grow as a bicycle-friendly city, the cycling community is coming together for the now annual Bikesploitation festival at the Metal Museum in Downtown Memphis.

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the fourth annual Bikesploitation festival will bring a day's worth of bicycle fun to the Metal Museum at 374 Metal Museum Drive in Downtown Memphis.

To read all about the festival, click here.

Bleu Restaurant & Lounge Debuts Summer Menu

Monday May 12, 2014

Bleu Restaurant & Lounge last week debuted its newest seasonal menu with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and select seafood items flown in fresh throughout the week.

If you haven't visited Bleu lately, now might be a good time to check out the restaurant's summer menu. The new menu features items ranging from ahi tuna and Alaskan halibut to European quail, Maple Leaf duck and bone-in ribeye. There are also plenty of cool salads for the hot days ahead, as well as first-course items such as blue crab and rock shrimp cake, chicken egg rolls, tempura sushi roll and beef kabob fondue.The lounge has new cocktails for the season, as well as several Memphis-brewed beers.

For the full story on the new menu as well as to learn more about this sexy and sophisticated space inside Downtown's Westin Memphis Beale Street hotel, read here.

Dance on Broad Presents Community Dance Party

Thursday May 8, 2014

The Broad Avenue Arts District will be dancing this weekend during the kickoff of the Dance on Broad event.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers will bring their internationally acclaimed performance from New York City to christen the Water Tower Pavilion, the new performance space in the Broad Avenue Arts District that was made possible by a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America.

The Water Tower Pavilion is unique in that the performance space sits in what is a still-used dock and warehouse. But built into the hill from street level down to the parking lot is a new stairway and seating area that lead down to moveable seating, space for food trucks and an artists market.

Each Saturday through June 28, the space will be turned into a dance party with a DJ or band playing different styles of dance music each week. The May 10 performance gets started at 7 p.m. and is free. For all the details, read here.

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