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.
We've looked over the list of coming attractions at the Times Free Press Man Xpo, billed as Chattanooga's first manly man event. And though there's no mention of Chuck Norris or bacon, we have to admit we're impressed by the depth and scope of products and activities.
Rising country music star Weston Burt will headline Libertyfest III, the annual family fun festival preceding Independence Day in East Ridge.
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.
The works of 11 artists from five Southern states are showcased in the latest exhibition at the Association for Visual Arts Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. The "2014 Fresh Emerging Artist Exhibit" continues through Friday, July 25.
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.
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.
Alternative Visions Hair Academy, 6227 Lee Highway, has scheduled a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
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).
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, first, happy Memorial Day, and I hope you are enjoying your day off. I don’t know what you planned to do this week, but there is a mustache, I mean a band, playing at JJ’s Bohemia on Wednesday that is worth checking out.
Memorial Day weekend festivals draw crowds to LaFayette, Monteagle
Over Memorial Day weekend, two longtime festivals offer music lovers in the region a chance to let loose, get down, rock on.
LISA DENTON: Barry, we need to mosey down to Nightfall on Friday. And I say "mosey" for a reason.
Chattanooga Public Library entices young patrons with Doctor Who, Yoda, Jag the Reading Dog
Kids expect they can find a book to read at the Chattanooga Public Library. But do yours know they can also play chess, learn to sew and try out a 3-D printer? By the end of summer, they could even create a robot.
BARRY COURTER: First, I hear there will be a new Granny Denton in the Soddy-Daisy area. Congratulations. The original was just that, I understand. Quite a character.
There's an old saying that if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Surely on Mother's Day, you can put in a little extra effort to live up to her expectations.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, happy Cinco de Mayo. Always happy to celebrate a reason to drink a beer.
LISA DENTON: You know, Barry, I have a hard time believing that Gillian Welch is a native New Yorker. She definitely has the look and sound of someone who was born and bred in Appalachia.
A concert by Norman and Nancy Blake will highlight the eighth annual Georgia String Band Festival in Calhoun, Ga., this weekend.
LISA DENTON: Barry, you know those comedy skits where serious actors recite song lyrics? Like Christopher Walken reading Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”: P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face. Mum mum mum mah.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, did you know Bessie Smith was almost as well respected in jazz circles as she was in blues circles?
Across the state, wildflowers are growing and waterfalls are flowing.
LISA DENTON: Barry, you know about earworms — songs that get stuck in your head? I've got one in there now. I could be wrong (it happens), but I don't think you'll mind if I share.
12 Chattanooga events you won't want to miss
LISA DENTON: Hey, Barry, did you know Rock City has a new bedtime story? Here's how it came about ... sort of.
LISA DENTON: So, Barry, you know rap star Juicy J is coming to Track 29 on Saturday, and since we don't have readily apparent rap names like our colleague Paul "Heavy Sigh" Schulz, I thought we should try out www.myrapname.com to give us a little more street cred.
LISA DENTON: Barry, if you’ve ever thought about running away and joining the circus (and I know of someone who has), your chance is coming this week. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to McKenzie Arena for seven performances Thursday through Sunday.