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VOL. 132 | NO. 160 | Monday, August 14, 2017

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Memphis to Vegas Nonstop Flights Begin Monday

Memphis International Airport officials will be on hand Monday, Aug. 14, at 12:30 p.m. to kick off Frontier Airlines’ new nonstop service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

In May, the airport announced that Frontier will be running a 186-seat flight on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with flights departing from Memphis at 2:05 p.m. and arriving in Las Vegas at 3:40 p.m.

Flights from Las Vegas will depart at 7:55 a.m. and arrive in Memphis at 1:18 p.m.

“Memphis International Airport is a great partner, and we look forward to working with them to make this route a success,” Rick Zeni, chief information officer for Frontier Airlines, said during that announcement.

– Patrick Lantrip

Halloran Centre Debuts Theater Series in December

The Halloran Centre at the Orpheum has added theater to its mix of live music and films with an “On Stage at the Halloran Centre” series that begins in December.

The first of the three productions in the series is “Tuesdays With Morrie” starring Jamie Farr in the stage production of the best-selling book by Mitch Albom. The show runs Dec. 2-3.

“Say Goodnight Gracie,” a one-man show starring Alan Safier as George Burns, is Feb. 17-18

The musical “Disenchanted” is the final production of the trio, running March 16-17.

“I always envisioned that the ‘On Stage’ series would not only feature the best of music but would showcase talent from different areas of the arts,” said Ron Jewell, vice president of Halloran Centre operations. “The addition of this series is a positive step toward making that vision a reality with three great shows I know theatergoers will love.”

– Bill Dries

Curb Market Hires Two to Shape Food Experience

The Curb Market has hired Andrew Edwards as executive chef to oversee the full kitchen and deli and Brad McCarley to run the in-house butcher shop and charcuterie program. Edwards joins The Curb Market from Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, where he served as boucher and charcutier. He previously worked at New Orleans institutions Herbsaint and Cochon and at fine-dining restaurants in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado. Edwards will also host a farm-to-fork Chef’s Table Dinner once a month where a maximum of 12 guests can reserve a seat.

McCarley, meanwhile, will direct the craft butcher shop, which offers a wide selection of hand-cut, aged steaks, roasts, homemade sausages, house-cured bacon, hams, and the only locally grown and cured charcuterie in the area. Customers can also call ahead and place special orders. The Curb Market, which is owned by The Daily News owner Peter Schutt, is located on the ground floor of the Crosstown Concourse.

– Andy Meek

Memphis Lands National Cyclocross Race

USA Cycling has chosen Memphis to be a part of its national Cyclocross racing series for the 2017-18 season.

On Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, Shelby Farms Park will host the Tri-Star CX race, part of the American Cyclocross Calendar, where competitive cyclists from across the nation will take their wheels to a new pro-level course.

“The popularity of year-round competitive cycling is growing nationally,” says Tri-Star CX’s race director Jonathan Pence said in a release. “We’re not just excited to be a part of a USAC nationally-sanctioned race, we’re excited for what we think will bring exposure to the sport locally and attract more competitive cycling races to Memphis.”

Created in France, Cyclocross began as a way to give cyclists an alternative training option in the colder months. Cyclists race many laps around a short, multi-dimensional course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles.

“It’s a pretty physically demanding sport that requires a lot of speed, navigation and a course that accommodates it – think like American Ninja Warrior on bicycles,” says David Clark, captain of Ninetywest Racing, a local team helping to host the race.

Shelby Farms Park has been known to the Memphis biking community for how accommodating it has been to the sport.

“That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that our partners at Shelby Farms Park have agreed to allow this pro-course built specifically for this event to remain a permanent fixture at the park for local riders to practice their Cyclocross skills throughout the year,” Pence says.

Some 100-125 riders, both local and from across the country, are expected to be a part of the event, bringing a national cycling race to Memphis and tourism dollars as well.

When USA Cycling’s National Cyclocross Championship went to Bend, Oregon, in 2009, Bend saw a direct economic impact of $1.44 million generated by the race, according to the release.

The races draw a lot of spectators due to the short, circular course and adrenaline-pumping obstacles. Local food trucks and sponsor tents will be among the other race attractions.

Admission is free for spectators. Races will begin on Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and last until 4:30 p.m.

– Daily News staff

Best Buddies Hosting Casino Night Aug. 25

Best Buddies Memphis will host their annual Gala & Casino night on Aug. 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The event is presented by Jim Keras Subaru and will be held at the FedEx Event Center located at 415 Great View Drive East in Cordova.

All proceeds will help support the nonprofit organization’s programs dedicated to creating one-to-one friendships, integrated employment opportunities and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies positively impacts nearly 42,750 individuals with and without disabilities in Tennessee.

The evening will feature a variety of food and drinks. Attendees will have the opportunity to try their hands at the tables, bid on live and silent auction items and hear how friendship is transforming the community. Best Buddies has integrated technology into the fundraiser to help inspire more donations. Gesture, a fundraising technology company, makes giving easier for guests during the live and silent auctions. Guests enter bids for items on their smartphones and will receive text alerts when they have been outbid making it easy to continue the process throughout the evening.

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $75. VIP tickets are $100 and include a champagne reception and auction preview. Visit bestbuddies.org/memphisgala to purchase tickets and for more information.

– Don Wade

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