BARRY COURTER: Lisa, in addition to all of the eating I plan to do this week — and it's a considerable amount — there are quite a few big events on the schedule. Thanksgiving is Thursday, of course, so that's the big one, but that also means the Lighted Boat Parade is the next day, and there is something new that a lot of people are excited about. Ice on the Landing — the outdoor ice skating rink down at the riverfront — opens that night as well.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you're probably in training for "The Hunger Games" marathon planned for Saturday at the Northgate Public Library, but a whole week is a long time to try to hold that whole scrunched-up forehead and pouty-lip look.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you’d think it’d be hard for a 175th birthday to sneak up on someone, but it did.
As part of Lee University’s homecoming activities, the School of Music will present its annual Music Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Conn Center on the Cleveland, Tenn., campus
BARRY: Lisa, are you a big fan of the movie “Elf” with Will Ferrell?
It's time to Take a Walk on the Wild Side with the Friends of South Cumberland State Park.
Nobody would blame you if you wanted to start with dessert at Oren’s Orchard Cafe, the newest addition at Wooden’s Apple House on Dayton Mountain near Pikeville, Tenn.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I have to admit I'm a little jealous that you got to talk to actor and comedian Kevin James the other day about his comedy show Thursday night at the Tivoli. He just seems so nice-guy likable.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, the weather is cooling off this week, but the music scene appears to be heating up. There is a lot going on.
BARRY: Lisa, I remember a day 13 years ago when I had lunch with Mike Schoenborn and Nick Jessen when they discussed putting together an Oktoberfest event at the Chattanooga Market at First Tennessee Pavilion. Neither is involved today, but the event has grown from first one day to two and this year it will span five days. Yowza.
BARRY COURTER: There is a lot happening again this week, and much of it is under the umbrella of RiverRocks or, as we like to call it, October.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I have to say I'm pretty excited that Yo-Yo Ma is coming to town because he and I have something in common: the same birthday.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, why is it that whenever there is something I really want to do, it usually conflicts with another high-appeal event? Next Saturday night is such an evening.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I know $175 is a little more (well, about $170 more) than we usually can afford to spend on concert tickets, but I'm thinking we really must go to Cleveland, Tenn., on Friday for the Museum Center at Five Points' "Friday Night Fever" fundraising gala.
An estimated 12,000 quilting enthusiasts are expected to blanket the city next week as Chattanooga hosts its first AQS QuiltWeek.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, not to imply that you've been around for a while, but I know you remember the old "Shock Theater" show.
LISA DENTON: Barry, you know one of my favorite reasons to get off the couch is to sit down to dinner, and this week I can do it for a great cause — ‘cause I’m hungry.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, do you remember Jon Reep from Season 5 of NBC's "Last Comic Standing"? He's coming to The Comedy Catch for shows Thursday through Saturday.
LISA DENTON: Barry, a band with one of the coolest names ever is coming to Nightfall on Friday — indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
World’s Longest Yard Sale starts today.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Complete a 690-mile scavenger hunt — despite frequent stops, heavy traffic, massive crowds and myriad temptations slowing your progress. You have four days.
Last Saturday, the daughter and I were making the rounds of garage sales and resale shops — practicing for the World’s Longest Yard Sale — when we happened by Alot of Treasure Thrift Store on Hixson Pike. The rest of the sign hinted at the bonus of stopping here: the adjacent Cozy English Tea Room.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I was confused at seeing you doing calisthenics the other day, but then I saw the calendar.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, remember when Nightfall was about the only music series we had going and the only reason you’d ever go down to Ross’s Landing was to throw a dead body into the river? Wait, did I say that last part out loud?
When I needed lunch recently, and needed it fast, a co-worker pointed me toward Mindy B’s Deli downtown. This fun and funky little restaurant is in the Volunteer Building on Georgia Avenue.
LISA DENTON: Barry, you remember a couple of weeks ago how everything in the events calendar reminded me of music? This week, everything’s making me hungry.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, our old friend Jim Crabtree is adding his considerable talents and knowledge to an event up your way this weekend.
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.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, can you believe Christmas is almost here? I’m kidding, but it is stunning that the Fourth of July is Friday.