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Lisa Denton

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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.


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 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.

LISA DENTON: Hey, Barry, you’ve heard about that old trick to calm yourself for public speaking where you imagine the people in the audience in their underwear?

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, can you imagine watching “Jaws” without that “duuunuut,” “duuuunuuuut,” “duunuut,” “dunut” soundtrack? Or the “reek, reek, reek” screeching strings in “Psycho?” Or Bugs Bunny without the music?

Did you know that you can see a Broadway show this week without buying a plane ticket to New York?

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, Friday is Valentine's Day and I see two plays in town this weekend that make me want to offer a word of caution to the guys out there.

Chattanooga Zoo is celebrating Presidents Day a bit differently this year by hosting its first Prezoodential Election, a chance for the public to vote for the animal they think would best serve as zoo president.

I suspect that anybody who follows a gluten-free, low-carb or organic diet has already scoped out Mimi’s Market & Deli in Hixson.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I don’t know if everybody has cabin fever or they’re getting an early start on Valentine’s Day, but there’s a bunch of stuff happening this week.

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