published Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Get Off The Couch: She expo, Artamajig coming up this week

LISA DENTON: Barry, the Southern Lit Alliance has an event coming up that I like the sound of. Its name reminds me of the way a lot of us talk, like saying "thingamabob" or "whatchamacallit." It's called Artamajig. The name alone makes it sound fun.

BARRY COURTER: I went to the hardware store the other day and started to ask for a ferrule, which is a washer in a compression fitting, and the man there corrected me by calling it a thingamajig.

LISA: I can't believe you'd use your fancy words in a hardware store anyway. I can see why the guy corrected you.

BARRY: Artamajig is the only fundraiser for the alliance, and what's cool is that it will feature works by local artists only. Executive Director Susan Robinson told me last week that folks will be able to buy art pieces ranging in price from $50 to $3,000. It all takes place Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Tanner-Hill Gallery at 3069 Broad St.

LISA: Plus, you can get a free preview Wednesday if you stop by the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.

And don't forget She: An Expo for Women is coming up this weekend, and there are guests galore, including Miss Kay from "Duck Dynasty," Deidre Hall from "Days of Our Lives" and Vanderbilt physician Travis Stork from "The Doctors." I'm sure he's a great ER doctor, but he really should have become an obstetrician, don't you think? A baby delivered by Dr. Stork. He'd have all kinds of business.

BARRY: Well, no, I haven't thought about it. Not for a second. The Times Free Press, as you know, puts on this event, and it is described as "the ultimate weekend out for women." I have no independent knowledge of whether that is true or not, but it does sound like a good time. Food, shopping, demonstrations and famous people. Well, all but the shopping. Not my bag.

LISA: It is a good time, and you can get tickets a little cheaper if you buy them in advance. They're $12 at and will cost $15 at the door.

I spent a little time at Vanderbilt last summer while a relative was there for surgery, but I never saw Dr. Stork. The She expo will be a good chance to make up for that.

In the meantime, I think I'll start a petition to get John Stamos here next year.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281. Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.

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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