Now in its 54th year, this year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic marks the return of defending champion Lee Westwood, who will stride over the scenic knolls in defense of his No. 1 world ranking, turning sand traps into four-star sand hotels in his wake. The roster of players also includes celebs from other areas of expertise, including Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who plays on June 8. All stick-swingers will test their mettle against the challenging terrain of TPC Southwind, ranked among 2007's Toughest Courses by the PGA TOUR for its deceptively tricky holes and distracting natural splendor. Proceeds from the tournament benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which works to fight common childhood cancers.
For roughly a decade, the museum has been inviting curious rockers and the occasional roller to take a stroll through a musically guided journey through time. What started as an exhibit at the Smithsonian quickly took on a life of its own, developing into an independent museum commemorating the hoots and hollers of a genre. The historical galleries begin at the literal grassroots of the movement, chronicling the field music sung by rural agricultural workers. The galleries continue through the seventies, where a great deal of soul came into the mix and things really started to take off. In between, learn about the iconic label Sun Records, tips on growing a gnarly rock-n-soul beard, and how the music influenced an entire generation during the civil rights revolution.
This season marks the 10th anniversary of the Grizzlies' arrival in Memphis, and after a scorching-hot preseason, the team is poised to celebrate its first decade in town with a campaign of ruthless, rim-rattling domination. Follow the deft dribblery and behind-the-back misdirection of mighty hoopsters Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, and O.J. Mayo as the Grizzlies take on Western Conference rivals the Minnesota Timberwolves in basketball's version of nature's version of the Hatfields and McCoys. Famished fans can fuel their hip-hip-hooraying with the help of a variety of concessions and dining options, stopping to admire the arena's numerous musically themed areas on the way back to their seats.
Fronted by British-Nigerian lead singer Sade Adu, Grammy-winning band Sade has seduced eardrums with a potent mélange of R & B, soul, and jazz for nearly 30 years. Performing songs from the new compilation album The Ultimate Collection, Sade will delight fans with greatest hits as well as a smattering of brand-new songs, melding soul-stroking vocals with eye-tickling dancing and onstage spectacle. Special guest John Legend will also throw his honeyed voice into the ring, soothing ears that have been damaged by the cacophony of city life and the screeching of prima-donna chalkboards.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
For the fourth race on its 2012 tour, the American Drag Racing League returns to Gateway Motorsports Park's 1/8-mile drag strip for the first time since 2010. Piloting dragsters separated into seven all-professional racing classes, from Top Sportsman to Pro Extreme, drivers rocket down the track so quickly that they finish each race younger than when they began. The SuperCar Showdown—a new feature on the 2012 circuit—pits the latest consumer automobiles against one another in no-holds-barred drag race free from the usual handicaps, performance restrictions, and rules against fiddling with rival drivers' preset radio stations. After reopening under the helm of former Indy driver Curtis Francois, Gateway Motorsports Park has stepped up its devotion to motorsports of all kinds, looking beyond the drag strip to fill its amphitheater-style seats with fans of everything from hot rods to world-class stock cars.