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Barry Courter

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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.

They share the same studio, use the same materials, have a similar education background and are a couple, but that doesn't mean Keetra Dean Dixon and J.K. Keller are joined at the hip when it comes to their artwork.

Q: Dad, what's the hardest part about having a child away at college?

It's 11:20 a.m. and Brad Grafton is in the middle of grilling up some tortilla shells at Boyd-Buchanan School.

News that the owners of the Chattanooga Choo Choo have planned a major renovation was accepted as great news. The place needs it.

When Lindy Smith found a dining room table and five chairs at a thrift store, she snatched them up with the idea that she would replace the old, tattered, non-matching fabric herself.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, it's not often you get to mention Ramsey Lewis and Bret Michaels in the same sentence, so I jumped at the chance just now. Lewis is a jazz legend who performs at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Tuesday for opening night of the Patten Performances series.

As children back in their native Cuba, brothers Rey and Cesar Gutierrez Montecristo used to head to the bus stop to sing and dance for change to add to the family's meager income.

Q: Dad, do you remember the event or moment when you felt truly independent or grown up?

Would you like to be able to see and hear a deceased relative one more time?

It looks like the hard work, patience, passion and belief in the project might be paying off for Jack Gray and Shock Theatre.

KELLEY SAYS: Late August is the only time you will find fresh Hatch chilies in your grocery stores. They are grown in New Mexico near the Rio Grande and Hatch, N.M. So when I discovered this recipe for Smoky Hatch Chile Cheesecake on the Internet, I was more than ready to try this savory dish.

Most parents who've dropped off their child at college know that Moving Day, especially freshman year, is about more than just moving furniture and clothes. It's moving out and moving on, too

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, not to imply that you've been around for a while, but I know you remember the old "Shock Theater" show.

Q: Dad, is there a big difference between working in the corporate world, retail and food services?

Why do some things catch on with people and some don’t?

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.

Like everyone else entering the Guest Camping area at a recent Bonnaroo, Adam and Monica Kinsey were stopped by a crew of three twentysomethings in “Staff” T-shirts who explained that they needed to search their vehicle, primarily for anything in glass containers.

Q: Dad, at what point do I become an annoyance when people don’t respond back, even though they said they would, and I keep trying to get in touch with them?

Sometimes you wonder how Warren Haynes keeps it all straight.

Funnyman Jon Reep laughs at the idea that an action thriller involving a giant tornado would have his name at the top of the casting list.

Every now and then, you find yourself in a surreal moment that makes you glad to be alive.

Back in the salad days of music videos, record labels were willing to spend seemingly unlimited amounts of money to create iconic pieces.

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.

Greg Ross didn’t hesitate when he got a call from the owner of a dumpster company who told him workers were throwing away glass mosaic windows from a downtown church.

Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a junior in college.

Like everyone else, I was saddened to read on Monday that Robin Williams had apparently committed suicide.

Two locally produced plays opening this weekend tread on what is often contentious ground — people of principle on opposing sides of a central issue.

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.

Wings are longtime favorites of artists; they carry us to something, away from something; they allow us to soar.

Q: Dad, junior year in college starts in a couple of weeks. How is it different than the first two?

I actually heard someone say to me the other day while trying to decide where to take an out-of-town guest to dinner: “I thought about XYZ because they have locally grown produce, but everybody does that here anymore.”

When Deva Mahal and Steph Brown sit down to write, Mahal brings her soul and blues sensibility and Brown brings her love of current pop hits to the mix.

BARRY SAYS: As a child, I was more likely to eat a baseball than a beet. Growing up, I don't think I ever actually saw one in its natural form, but only ran across them when they mysteriously showed up on a buffet or a holiday table. Why they were there I never figured out.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I was confused at seeing you doing calisthenics the other day, but then I saw the calendar.

Want to keep those pesky mosquitoes away, but don’t want to empty a can of repellent around or on you while you enjoy these unseasonably cool days and nights on the porch?

Q: Dad, is it always so difficult to get utilities like water, power and Internet hooked up when you move?

Wow. Didn’t see that one coming, though in hindsight, there were some clues that something big was brewing.

For the second year in a row, an employee of Cold Stone Creamery downtown has made the semifinals in the Creamery Cup, a company-wide competition that puts a premium on showmanship.

The funny communicator

"Music & Madness with Mark Lowry, The Martins & Jason Crabb"

Mark Lowry insists he is not a comedian. He’s a singer who tells stories.

Sometimes, a good beet or kale salad is just what you want for lunch.

As program manager for Make-A-Wish Illinois, Sandi Ring saw firsthand the positive impact the organization can have on a young person fighting a life-threatening medical condition.

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?

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis will kick off the Patten Performances series at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

For those in Apple’s camp, the latest-generation of iPad (starting at $499) and iPad Mini (starting at $399) offer nearly identical specifications, but if size and weight are deciding factors, the Mini’s 7.9-inch display is more hand- and backpack-friendly.

Q: Dad, if you had a choice between a part-time job working retail or one in a restaurant, which would you choose?

Buyers of high-end electronics know that, whatever they buy, it’s just about out of date the minute they walk out the door.

I have seen the future, and it is a 1,400-acre piece of property about 70 miles south of here on I-75 in Emerson, Ga. It’s called LakePoint Sporting Community.

Thanks to an inquisitive — and well-connected — tourist to Chattanooga, former Impressions member Richard Brooks is selling new music.

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.

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