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Entering one of the most anticipated U of M football seasons ever, here's the schedule & a brief look at a couple of the players ready to lead the Tigers to a victorious 2015!

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS TIGERS HOME GAME SCHEDULE

* American Athletic Conference Contest

^ Homecoming

ALL HOME GAMES, LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM

9/5/2015.............Missouri State...........6 pm CT (ESPN3.com)

9/24/2015  *........Cincinnati..................6:30 pm CT (ESPN)    

10/17/2015.........Ole Miss....................TBA   

10/31/2015  *......Tulane.......................TBA   

11/7/2015  * ^......Navy..........................TBA

11/28/2015  *......SMU...........................TBA

 

TICKETS: 901-678-2331 • 1-888-867-UofM • gotigersgo.com

Visa, Mastercard, American Express & Discover accepted

All ticket prices subject to change • Tickets based on availability

Individual games subject to exclusion


Sam Craft. ATH.

A versatile man on the gridiron, Sam is 2nd in active rushing yards: 433, with 8 touchdowns on the ground. He's caught 46 passes for 420 yards & a score in 20 career games played - starting in 16 of them. With 4 returns for 96 yards, he carries a 24.0 yards per kickoff return into this, his junior year. Good in the classroom as well as on the field, Sam was recognized on the Tiger 3.0 list for the Fall of 2013 and Spring 2014.


Paxton Lynch. Quarterback.

Debuted as a redshirt freshman in the starting lineup against Duke in the 2014 season opener & has since started & played in 25 straight games.  A junior, he's in the top 10 on the NCAA Statistics Active Career Leaders in a slew of categories, & ranked 11th in passing yards & 12th in total touchdowns as well. Paxton was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Miami Beach Bowl.

(Pictured on the cover. All U of M photos by Joe Murphy/Memphis Athletics))

 

 

The Painter of Light, the Master of Southern Scenery & the Queen of Elvis Portraiture! All at Inspiration Art Gallery!

Bring your home to life with the inspirational paintings of America's most collected artist, Thomas Kinkade.  Kinkade, known as "The Painter of Light," painted over 1,000 masterworks including cabin and cottage scenes, beautiful gardens, sports, inspirational paintings, powerful seascapes - all classically American.

He won numerous awards, 22 from The National Association of Limited Addition Dealers; for whom he raised several million dollars with one of his paintings, to benefit 9/11 victims. 

Communicating with the world through his art, he was known for sending hidden inspirational messages. "My mission as an artist," said Thom, "is to capture those special moments in life adorned with beauty and light; to project a serene simplicity that can be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. That's what I mean by sharing the light."  

Inspiration Art Gallery features the largest collection of Thomas Kinkade artwork in the Mid-South.

And more.

Look for the works of Robert Finale at Inspiration Art Gallery as well. Known primarily - but not entirely - for his wide-ranging scenery of the South, Robert's distinctive style is a colorful blend of impressionistic romance and realistic beauty makes all U.S. locations beautiful.

Inspiration Art Gallery is in Wolfchase Galleria, 2760 N. Germantown Pkwy, just north of I-40. Call 901-257-1212 or visit www.InspirationArtGallery.com. For more on Thomas Kinkade visit www.ThomasKinkadeMemphis.com.

Backbeat Tours!

Backbeat Tours offers an upbeat variety of tailor-made Memphis excursions, complete with rockin tour guides who know Memphis as well as their instruments. Hop aboard the Backbeat Bus & let'em sing you some history! Tours depart from the Backbeat ticket window at Blues City Cafe, 2nd & Beale. Call 901-527-9415, 1-800-979-3370, or www.backbeattours.com.

Shake It On Down To Jerry Lee's!

A whole lotta shakin's goin' on at Jerry Lee Lewis' Cafe & Honky Tonk on Beale! Find Memphis Music here every night!

And food! Rockin' Red Beans & Rice, Jerry Lee's Sausage & Chicken Gumbo. Marvelous salads - like the Beale St. BBQ Salad - & soul-satisfying entrees: Pulled Pork Shoulder, Gulf Coast Shrimp, Louisiana Seafood, Memphis BBQ Ribs. Not to mention burgers, po-boys, great sides & Triple Chocolate Cake to finish.

Great food, great music, great location! At Jerry Lee's, 310 Beale Street, Live entertainment & dancing nightly. Information & reservations: 901-654-5171, or www.jerryleelewismemphis.com.

 

Delicious, Flavorfully Roasted Meats At Texas De Brazil

At 150 Peabody Place in downtown Memphis, Texas de Brazil offers a fixed price menu that features select cuts of Certified Angus beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage.  Slowly roasted over an open flame and served with garlic mashed potatoes, fried bananas, Brazilian cheese bread and a variety of specialty sauces, any cut is a meal fit for a king. 

There's also a 40-item seasonal selection bar offering a Texas-sized variety of appetizers, soups, salads and side items. Selections include imported cheeses, made in-house salad dressings, fresh buffalo mozzarella, steamed asparagus with strawberry sauce, shrimp salad, imported Italian salamis, spicy surimi sushi, soup du jour and more. 

Stuffed? Have some Brazilian cheesecake anyway. Texas de Brazil has an extensive wine list, and offers hand-rolled cigars.

Texas de Brazil is open daily for dinner; lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed.-Fri.  Major credit cards accepted. 901-526-7600 or www.texasdebrazil.com.

 

RIDE THE ROO!

A nightlife transportation service connecting two of Memphis' favorite nighttime destinations, Overton Square & Cooper Young, Ride the Roo offers 12 stops, bringing passengers within a short walk of the area's restaurants, pubs, theatres & shops!

And what do you find at either end of a Roo-Run? Overton Square,midtown at Madison & Cooper, features a host of restaurants, plenty of boutique shopping, four live-performance theaters & a multi-screen movie theater.

The Cooper Young District also offers great shopping & dining as well as art galleries, spas & more.

So Ride the Roo & see for yourself!

Ride the Roo runs Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., from Overton Square to the Cooper Young District. Only $2 per ride. Get more information at ridetheroo.com. You can even track it on the web – www.ridetheroo.com – or follow on Facebook & Twitter: @RideTheRoo!

THE PLACE FOR FAMILY FUN!

After 52 years, Golf & Games Family Park has the same focus on family fun, the same commitment to customer service, and the same eye towards building for the future to service their guest, as when the park first opened.

Golf & Games not only offers 3 Putt-Putt Golf courses but a host of terrific family features, including: Lighted Golf Driving Range with chipping and putting greens (golf lessons are available), Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Kiddie Rides, Sky-Trail Ropes Course, Game-room the Maxflight Virtual Roller Coaster and Lasertron, "The Ultimate Laser Action Game."

One of the great features of Golf & Games is the Golf Shop of Memphis. The Golf Shop features used clubs and complete tune-up services for your current clubs.

Golf & Games Family Park serves a plentiful menu of delicious foods, including chicken sandwiches, cheese nachos, hot wings and funnel cakes. 

And Golf & Games hosts birthday parties! And church groups, school groups, lock-ins, and approximately 100 corporate and family reunion picnic events throughout the year.

New this year is Golf & Games Summer Camp. For ages 6-13, it starts June 1.

Open at 8 a.m. daily and as late as 1 a.m. on weekends during the summer season, Golf and Games Family Park is ready to provide a summer of fun in its 52nd year. To join our email club go to www.golfandgamesmemphis.com. You can also stay in touch with the park on Facebook and Twitter.

Golf and Games Family Park is at 5484 Summer Avenue at Bartlett Road. Call 901-386-2992 for more information, or visit: www.golfandgamesmemphis.com.

AUTOBAHN INDOOR SPEEDWAY!

TAKE TO THE TRACK IN EUROPEAN STYLE INDOOR GO-KARTS!

Gear up and get ready! Autobahn Indoor Speedway - one of the nation's premiere indoor go-karting facilities - is now opened at 6399 Shelby View Dr. in Memphis.

Do you dream of speed? Well, you'll find the ultimate racing experience at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Autobahn's Formula One inspired go-karts are designed and manufactured in Italy, home to some of the best race cars in the world.

They're the fastest in the industry. Adult karts can reach speeds up to 50 mph.  Junior karts top out around 25 mph.

Because electric go-kart technology is continuously revolutionized, they're durable, reliable, easy to handle, modern and fast.

"We are honored by the excitement and enthusiasm we have seen so far from the Memphis community," said Anthony Dillard, General Manager of Autobahn Indoor Speedway.  "We pride ourselves on being able to offer racing fans a cool, modern facility with a unique and real racing experience."  

Autobahn Indoor Speedway Memphis boasts a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. Inside, racers test their racing abilities on a Grand Prix style track full of straight-aways and tight turns.

Corporate racing packages are available for small to large corporations looking to enhance corporate culture.  

Autobahn, the perfect entertainment destination for any occasion, is open to the general public 7 days a week for "Arrive and Drive" racing. It's also great for birthday parties, corporate events, reunions . . . hey, if you're looking for a fast-paced thrill-a-second, one-of-a-kind experience, Autobahn Indoor Speedway is perfect anytime!  

Autobahn Indoor Speedway is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway is at 6399 Shelby View Dr. in Memphis, between Sycamore View and Raleigh Lagrange, just north of I-40. For information call 901-300-3195, visit AutobahnSpeed.com, or Facebook.com/AutobahnMemphis.


Where ya wanna Go?

You've heard of Elvis & Jerry Lee, Isaac Hayes & Al Green, St. Jude Childrens Hospital, Stax Records, Sam Phillips & Sun Studios, Davy Crockett, Andy Jackson, steamboats & the Mississippi River, Steve Cropper, Booker T., W.C. Handy & all them guys. And that's an awful lot of history & it's all about Memphis & you can find there haunts & houses right here in Key Magazine.
But there's more.
Like the outdoors? Memphis is home to some of the greatest parks in the country, from Tom Lee Park on the river all the way out to Shelby Farms Park - one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. And in the heart of the city there's Overton Park, where you'll find the Memphis Zoo (which, by the way) is one of the best in the nation.
Scattered about town are a host of great museums & art galleries: Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Rock & Soul Museum, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Mud Island's Mississippi River Museum, the Memphis Botanic Garden, the Art Museum at the University of Memphis . . . there's something about them all in Key.
And where ya gonna stay?ociation
Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association
As well as information on public transportation to the sites of Memphis, from the hybrid buses running the Memphis Trolley lines (the Trolley's are coming back! We promise!), to the brand new Ride the Roo service from Overton Square to Cooper-Young to Metro Cab, Yellow Cab & Advantage Cab.
Flip through our pages. It's all here.

Enjoy All The Things Memphis Has To Offer!

The Half Shell.

www.halfshell-memphis.com

Two locations: 688 S. Mendenhall, Memphis 38117, 901-682-3966; & 7825 Winchester, Memphis 38125, 901-737-6755. Offering the freshest quality seafood in the Mid-South, as well as hand-carved steaks, sandwiches & salads. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Week-end brunch, Sat. & Sun. til 3 p.m.

Gold Strike Casino.

www.goldstrikemississippi.com

1010 Casino Center Dr., Tunica Resorts, MS 38664; 662-357-1111 (room reservations 1-888-245-7829).

50,000 square foot casino floor features all your favorite games & top-notch service. Live entertainment offered at Stage2 at Gold Strike. Catch today's top headliners at Gold Strike's Millennium Theatre

Catch all your favorite headliners live at the Millennium Theatre.

Rooks Corner, Hilton Memphis.

www.hilton.com

939 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis 38120, at Poplar & I-240; 901-684-6664. Atmospheric bistro features a menu of classic American cuisine. Daily breakfast buffet offers made-to-order omelettes & waffles. Rooks Corner also offers an affordable lunch buffet Mon.-Fri., & nightly dinner specials. Open daily, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Major credit cards accepted.

Ride the Roo.

www.ridetheroo.com

A nightlife transportation service offers 12 stops, bringing passengers within a short walk of the area's restaurants, pubs, theatres & shops. Shuttle runs Thurs. 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., from Overton Square to the Cooper Young District. Only $2 per ride.

Sheraton Memphis Downtown.

www.sheratonmemphisdowntown.com

Newly renovated downtown hotel, at 250 N. Main St., Memphis 38103 (901-527-7300), the Downtown Sheraton is next to the Memphis Cook Convention Center & offers superior city views from 600 guest rooms. Located at a Main Street Trolley stop, it's convenient to the FedEx Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, the South Main Historic Arts District & just a short walk from the Mississippi River & Beale Street. Crossroads Tavern & Grille offers full dining service daily, featuring handcrafted cocktails & artisanal wines.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

www.dixon.org

Across from Audubon Park, at 4339 Park (901-761-5250), the Dixon features one of South's finest collections of French Impressionist art, antique furniture, & 17 acres of formal & informal gardens. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m., closed Mon. Admission $7 adults, $5 seniors 65 & over, $5 students with ID, $3 children 7-17. See page 6 for more on Dixon's current exhibition.

The Real Thing? Sekisui Japanese Restaurants Have It!

Fresh is the word you'll hear from Jimmy Ishii, owner of Sekisui Japanese Restaurants and several other authentic Japanese cuisine establishments.
"I buy good quality fish," he says. Fresh fish, fresh beef, chicken and vegetables. Quality is important.
Authentic is another word you'll hear from Jimmy. "I am Japanese," he says, "so it is important to me to try to be more authentic."
Jimmy's restaurants don't offer warmed-over buffets of Chinese/Japanese/American dishes. They serve authentic Japanese cuisine prepared by Japanese chefs, which is as it should be from Japanese-owned restaurants.
Jimmy calls it getting back to the basics: authentic, quality food, prepared in the traditional ways of his country by those who know it best - Japanese chefs.
This is what's important to him.
"Since I am Japanese," he says, "I can educate the South."
Jimmy's authentic Japanese restaurants include:

SEKISUI
MIDTOWN. 25 S. Belvedere, 901-725-0005.
CORDOVA.1884 N. Germantown Pkwy. 901-309-8800.
COLLIERVILLE. 2130 Poplar Ave. in Collierville, 901-854-0622.
BARTLETT. 2990 Kirby Whitten Rd. in Bartlett, 901-377-2727.
SOUTH, MS. 1255 Goodman Rd. W. in Horn Lake, MS., 662-536-4404.
Visit www.sekisuiusa.com
for more information.

BLUEFIN
135 S. Main, downtown 901-528-1010, www.bluefinmemphis.com. Reservations requested.

SEKISUI PACIFIC RIM
4724 Poplar, 901-767-7770, www.sprusa.com.

ROBATA RAMEN & YAKITORI BAR
2116 Madison & Cooper, 901-410-8290, www.robatamemphis.com.

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Plus, every month we have the coolest promotions!
When you're ready for a break from the action, indulge at any of our incredible restaurants. Live it up with amazing food at Fairbanks Steakhouse, Celebrity Grill, or Epic Buffet. You're sure to find something to satisfy every craving.
After an exciting night, settle into one of our lavish hotel rooms or suites. Each offers the comfort and style your celebrity status deserves. For those who prefer the privacy of their personal trailer, we offer a beautiful 123-space RV Park, all just steps away from the casino.
Once you've been here, you'll know... there's no place like Hollywood Casino Tunica.
Hollywood Casino Tunica is located at 1150 Casino Strip Resort Blvd., Tunica Resorts, MS 38664. For more information call 1-800-871-0711 or visit www.hollywoodcasinotunica.com.

#1 Barbecue in Memphis? Corky's!

Corky's ribs have been voted #1 throughout the South! Lean, tender, hickory-smoked, Memphis-style ribs. Rubbed with Corky's famously flavorful dry shake and served wet or dry, they are the flavor of Memphis, and a must-eat if you're in town. Just as delicious are Corky's wonderful barbecue sandwiches - pork or beef. And both deserve to be enjoyed with a side of Corky's fantastic barbecue beans. Corky's also offers barbecue salad, barbecue chicken, barbecue & spaghetti, hot tamales, chili and Cajun shrimp.

And don't forget to get a loaf of onion rings for everyone at the table to share.

And just remember, when you're licking your fingers to get every bit of that delicious flavor, say you saw it in Key Magazine!

Corky's serves lunch & dinner daily. Beer is available. M.C., D.C., Visa, Amex, Discover accepted.

There are 4 Corky's BBQ Restaurants in the Memphis area: 5259 Poplar, 901-685-9744, near Poplar and I-240 in Memphis; 1740 Germantown Rd. at Dexter, 901-737-1988, in Cordova; 743 W. Poplar, 901-405-4999, in Collierville; & 6434 Goodman Rd., in Olive Branch, Ms 38654; 662-896-3663. Visit www.corkysmemphis.com for information.

One more thing: fudge pie and ice cream anyone?­­

Premier Transportation Services

For more than 150 years Premier Transportation Services has been transporting Memphis area residents safely and securely to their destinations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Yellow and Checker Cabs, manned by experienced, professionally trained and permitted drivers, are clean and well-maintained; drivers are experienced and professional, helpful and polite. Twenty-four hour, on-demand Courier and Package Delivery Services are also available. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. Call 901-577-777 or order on-line at www.yellowcabofmemphis.com.

Premier also offers airport shuttle services (call 901-577-7700 or 1-800-796-7750); group and meeting transportation;  and VIP Executive Sedan Services -- no airport lines; no hassle. Chauffeured sedans are also a worry-free way to enjoy a night on the town -- no parking hassles; no designated driver. A minimum 24 hour notice for all service is requested. Office hours are 8 a.m-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Metro Cab & Advantage Cab

901-322-2222. Fast, friendly, professional service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The area’s largest fleet features a professionally trained staff & safe, clean sedans & vans. Serving Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Olive Branch, Millington, Southaven, West Memphis & Memphis. Quick access; local or long distance fares; fully insured. Visa, MasterCard & American Express accepted; corporate direct billing available

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