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An online petition titled "Your Voice Is Needed To Save Chattanooga's Nightlife" began being circulated Tuesday.

Jim Crabtree and the staff at Cumberland County Playhouse will be lending their expertise at telling dramatic stories, sometimes through song, to this year's Scopes Trial Play.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, our old friend Jim Crabtree is adding his considerable talents and knowledge to an event up your way this weekend.

The newest River Gallery exhibit is called "Constant Motion" and, for at least two of the four artists showing their works, that title fits their art and their methods of working.

T.A. Smith has not spent his entire life worshipping at Bethel Church of Christ in Bledsoe County, but he has spent most of it there. His parents took him there as a child, he was married there and, for the last 18 1/2 years, he has served as its minister.

Knockdown, stand-up guy

Former wrestler Mick Foley tags in for comedy show

Former wrestler Mick Foley tags in for comedy show.

There is little doubt that since opening in August 2011, Track 29 has made a tremendous impact on the music scene in our city.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I'm trying to keep the volume down over here in my cubicle, but after looking at the schedule of upcoming events, I can't stop singing.

Q: Dad, how does a college student looking to buy a car or rent an apartment get credit?

Recently, I’ve discovered that nearly everything that I really enjoy doing, eating or drinking is not only bad for long-term well-being, but now it also makes me feel bad.

Taco Mac on Market Street will close for two weeks beginning Monday to complete the first half of renovations. When the job is completed, the 16-year-old restaurant will feature 96 beers on draft, twice as much seating, two times the number of HDTVs and a new menu.

KELLEY SAYS: This Grilled Thai Beef Salad is fairly simple, but it took some tweaking along the way. I tasted everything several times throughout and added a little more pepper here or a little more oil there.

Patrick Johnston has been in the stadium for almost 100 matches in the last seven FIFA World Cups, dating back to 1986.

Mark Simpson grew up Catholic, attended Catholic schools at times as a child in Knoxville and is today a lector and Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in East Ridge.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, can you believe Christmas is almost here? I’m kidding, but it is stunning that the Fourth of July is Friday.

Greg Pond was still sculpting one of his art pieces a few days before the opening night of "Hunter Invitational III."

Q: Dad, what are some things you regret not having taught us do?

Jerre Haskew, who on the radio goes by the nickname The Music Man, will be inducted into America's Old Time Music Hall of Fame along with his former band mates in the Cumberland Trio. Joining him will be Tom Kilpatrick and the late Andy Gavverick.

Rocket scientist-turned author Stephanie Osborn will be back for this year's Libertycon, a science fiction, fantasy and science convention, set for Friday-Sunday, June 26-29, at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, we've had some busy weeks around here in the past, but Yowsa! this week is loaded. If people thought things might slow down after Riverbend, they were mistaken.

Q: Dad, you've always stressed to us the importance of looking someone in the eye and shaking their hand, especially older people we might have met somewhere. Why?

Bonnaroo 2014 is in the rear-view mirror, and on a lot of levels, it was a great time.

Do you find yourself craving salty chips or crackers?

Seventy-five minutes before "Xanadu" opens in Chattanooga, director Scott Dunlap is anxious and fidgety. Everything seems done.

Watch a video taken by Kayla Lea from a helicopter flying above this past weekend's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Each of the four days that make up the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which concluded Sunday night, has its own vibe and feeling.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I was just looking at some of the events coming up and noticed that we have two former "American Idol" contestants set to perform here Saturday.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Walking the 700 acres that make up the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is all that most people need to understand how big the festival site is, but the iconic Ferris wheel offers a different perspective.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Playing in the inaugural Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in 2002 was the musical equivalent of competing in the biggest football game of them all, says Umphrey's McGee band member Jake Cinninger.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Thursday is primarily moving-in day at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and in recent years, more and more fans have shown up early, excited to get inside and check things out.

Break out the tie-dye outfits for this evening.

Weather and traffic problems are nothing new for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which gets underway today in Manchester, Tenn., but heavy rains leading up to the four-day event are making just getting people into the site a little trickier.

One of the things I will be paying attention to at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, my eighth, is the growing VIP offerings.

Q: Dad, what are your thoughts on pets?

This is a personal pick just because I like him. I like his music, and I like who he is.

She dresses like Prince and plays a little guitar as well. Her band sounds like Tower of Power meets Parliament and, for her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” she enlisted the services of a couple of guys named Trombone Shorty and Maceo Parker.

LISA DENTON: Barry, we’re three nights into Riverbend, with six more to go, including tonight’s Bessie Smith Strut along M.L. King Boulevard and a show by Bobby Rush at Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Then it’s back to the riverfront for Coke Stage headliners TobyMac, Boston, Justin Moore, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Young the Giant.

Judi Ann Hostetter had been going to the North River Civic Center every Monday morning for a painting session for quite some time, so center manager Linda Rugina knew Hostetter had talent from her drawings.

One day back in 1986, Todd Nance was about to head out the front door of his Atlanta apartment, on his way to his night school drafting class.

Country star Gary Allan has a simple request of record label owners when it comes to his recording projects.

If you're going to Chattanooga's biggest party, be sure to wear the ribbon on your wrist. Instead of the classic and collectible admission pins — miniatures of the annual poster — festivalgoers this year will wear high-tech wristbands.

DJs T-Rx and Moonchild earned the right to perform simultaneously at the Silent Disco, a new feature at the festival, via a competition at JJs Bohemia in April.

Q: Dad, why are some people so critical?

The lion’s share of attention during Riverbend is directed toward the nationally known musical acts that play there, but it’s a big deal for local musicians as well.

"Xanadu," the silly musical production based on the equally campy 1980 movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, opens Friday, June 6, in the Circle Theatre at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

• BARRY SAYS: Kelley and I both love trying new things when it comes to food, whether it's a new dish or a completely new type of food. I've wanted to try making our own sausage since watching Julia Child do on television years ago.

For muralist Ali Kay, being one of five artists in the first phase of the McCallie Walls Mural Project is a chance to do something she’s never done: Create a mural completely her own. Most of her work is done in homes or businesses for customers.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I don’t think I mentioned it to you, but I got to see Scotty McCreery from “American Idol” last week at US101’s High Noon Saloon at Chattanooga Billiard Club East. A friend had an extra ticket (thanks, Cori) and another friend had extra seats at her VIP table (thanks, Mona).

Q: Dad, what are your thoughts on home do-it-yourself projects?

Recent McCallie School graduate Thomas West will be heading off to the Juilliard School to study classical voice in the coming weeks, and before that he will head to Washington to perform at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

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