published Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Get Off the Couch: Ponchos, fun for Blue Man Group

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I have to confess that while I've seen parts of a Blue Man Group performance, I really have little idea what they do. I think it's part circus, part Vaudeville, part Cirque, part live music and who knows what else. And, they are blue. I'm mean, Veruca Salt blue, only bluer.

LISA DENTON: Yeah, it's an odd act to figure out. It has to be entertaining, because they have shows and tours throughout the world, but describing it sight unseen is a little difficult. Suffice to say, there's a lot of blue paint involved. And apparently not just on the performers. I understand the first few rows of Memorial Auditorium, where they are performing Thursday, are reserved as "poncho seats." Maybe they were Gallagher fans growing up.

BARRY: You know it's going to be a good time when the invitation advises you to bring a poncho. I've been to a few parties like that, and well, never mind about that.

We should also remind people they can see an unusual version of "Godspell" tonight and Tuesday. It's actually being staged in the ReCreate Cafe at the Salvation Army on McCallie Ave. Housed and homeless actors make up the cast of the wandering band of people who follow Jesus in their search for salvation.

LISA: This is an interesting production. The story is based on biblical parables, so it will be familiar to most people. And like you mentioned, the cast features housed and homeless people. That type of ministry is what the venue is all about, treating each other as equals. The story behind the scenes is its own biblical principle.

BARRY: And, don't forget that the Indigo Girls are making a rare appearance not only here but with a symphony Saturday night at the Tivoli. That should be a cool show.

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about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or

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