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Lisa Denton

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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.

Let's get ready to rummage

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.

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.

Roots Fest vs. Thunder on the Rock

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.

'MAKE. PLAY. READ. LEARN.'

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.

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