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Fourth annual Bikesploitation festival coming up in May

The fourth annual Bikesploitation festival, Memphis’ only bicycle festival, is coming up May 17, with this year’s version packed with bicycle films, bicycle art by local artists, bike sculpture building, food drinks, family fun and more.

The event is free and open to the public, and a rundown of the schedule is after the jump.

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Congratulations to Chef Jenn

Chef Jenn,” otherwise known as Memphis chef Jennifer McCullough, won in her appearance this weekend on the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

She made her national television debut on the program April 27 for an episode titled “The Rice Stuff.”

“Cutthroat Kitchen” is a reality show that pits four chefs against each other in timed, creative competitions, and Chef Jenn’s episode was filmed earlier this year. As it turns out, the episode aired around the time her new line of Chef Jenn cakes – crab, shrimp, salmon and more – is set to arrive in regional stores.

She launched her Chef Jenn line of frozen seafood products last fall, and they’re available in Kroger stores around the Memphis area.

According to her Facebook page, she attended The Cooking School of the Rockies in Boulder, where she was trained in classical French cuisine. Part of her studies were conducted in France, where she worked in a local boulangerie under the direction of a master baker.

Lyft comes to Memphis

Ride-sharing service Lyft announced a big nationwide expansion today, with Memphis among new cities announced where Lyft will be available.

Lyft is similar to the popular service Uber that you may have heard of, where you request a car ride whenever you need one by using a mobile app.

Lyft rides will be available in Memphis starting at 7 p.m. tonight (on Thursday). And for two weeks, Lyft – which will be available 24/7 – will be giving free rides, more details of which are here.

Lyft says you can request rides within this blue box:

lyftmapmem

 

Amy LaVere selling CD pre-orders to help fund UK summer tour

Memphis songstress Amy LaVere is selling pre-orders for her new album “Runaway’s Diary” to help support her tour of the UK this summer.

She’s using her pledgemusic.com site to offer fans exclusive goodies like an autographed CD as well as major perks like a concert shout-out from the lady herself, among other giveaways, depending on how much fans contribute.

“With a little help, you can all be a part of spreading some Memphis love across the world,” she says, in a note on the site. “I want all of you to be a part of the record from this moment until the release date. Just pick out any of the exclusives that you think are cool and enjoy access to videos, photos, etc. that I’ll be posting right up to the release.”

Madison Avenue clean-up this Saturday

The Madison Avenue Business Association is hosting its second annual “Mad Sweep” clean-up Saturday (April 19) in conjunction with Earth Day.

The annual clean-up of Madison, which will happen from 9 a.m. to noon, involves Madison businesses and volunteers teaming up to pick up trash, collect debris, get rid of weeds and more along the street from Cleveland to Cooper.

Volunteers are encouraged to be at 1859 Madison at 9 a.m. on Saturday. (There will be complimentary coffee and donuts). They’ll get cleaning supplies donated by Clean Memphis and Home Depot like trash bags, gloves, bottled water and organic weed killer, and at 10 a.m., volunteers will split into groups to tackle the clean-up.

For more information on the group, you can hit up www.madisonismidtown.com, the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/madisonismidtown or follow on Twitter at @MadisonMidtown.

Dansette

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