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Both Chris Dortch II and Grey Watson readily admit to having purely selfish motivations for staging this weekend's Chattanooga Film Festival, and it is not because they wanted an excuse to watch the films on the schedule.

The late Bessie Smith is known the world over as the Empress of the Blues, but she was also well known in jazz circles back in the day.

JAY: We're off and running, this column and the season.

Riverbend has been late to the electronic dance music party, but officials at the festival hope they have found a solution that will make not only EDM fans happy, but local DJs as well.

Earl Braggs and Aaron Belz proudly identify themselves as poets.

Q: Dad, I have a crack in the windshield of my car. This seems like a major disaster, so what can I do?

An Agatha Christie favorite among her "whodunit" mysteries, "And Then There Were None" celebrates the creativity of director Patrick Sweetman and his band of thespians in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre production.

There are so many cool things to do in Chattanooga these days, we don’t often mention things as far away as Knoxville, but this weekend’s Big Ears festival is a little different. Actually, it’s quite a bit different, in a Dennis Palmer kind of way.

The Chattanooga area has been home to a long and varied group of talented musicians for years. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Fred Cash and Sam Gooden of The Impressions were born and still live here. Grammy Award winners Norman and Nancy Blake make their home in Rising Fawn, Ga.

LISA DENTON: Hey, Barry, did you know Rock City has a new bedtime story? Here's how it came about ... sort of.

Q: Will I get to keep all of my friends after college and when I get married?

Will Ward can rightfully claim that he discovered Thor.

Rocker Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and indie newcomers Young the Giant with play the closing weekend of this year's Riverbend Festival lineup.

Finding Thor (and others)

Baylor grad working his way to the top

Will Ward can rightfully claim that he discovered Thor.

Longtime local music fans might remember when the Zac Brown Band was playing in local clubs. Those days are long gone.

Chattanooga has aggressively tried to position itself as a town full of art and artists and, to a large degree, it has succeeded.

John Oates, half of the classic rock duo Hall & Oates, will be part of the next Scenic City Roots lineup April 3 at Track 29.

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.

Q: Dad, what are some things you've learned through your mistakes?

DeFo Spencer swam as a youngster, graduating from McCallie School in 1974, and had a daughter who swam at The Fairyland Club.

USA Today is running a poll asking people to vote on the Top 10 Greatest Festival Moments in Rock and Roll History. You can go online and see USA Today’s Top 20 and choose from those.

Classical music lovers will have the chance to witness two rare events this week.

JAY GREESON: Barry, I'm not sure where we should begin. This could be a Kentucky basketball moment or Coach K. We could be one-and-done with this puppy, or it may be something that takes off. Either way, because it involves their kids, there's no fan base more passionate. Well, other than Alabama football, of course.

Raking leaves and mowing the lawn are common chores for homeowners and often ones we dread doing. But take heart: Not only are you sprucing up the yard, you are burning calories.

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.

Before they married almost 10 months ago, William and Becca Walker discussed where they might want to live.

For much of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's 90-year history, patrons could at least feel the presence of William Shakespeare.

Q: Dad, what are some things to know about renting a house versus renting an apartment?

The University of Georgia in Athens announced two weeks ago it is looking for a signature song to play over the public address system during football games to fire up the crowd during key moments.

Casseroles are not something I ever seek out, but I always enjoy them. They are sort of like soup in that regard for me.

Riverbend officials hope that adding classic rock group Boston to the lineup will leave fans feelin’ satisfied.

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?

Have you ever been told you have a radio or television voice? Maybe you’ve thought it would be fun — and lucrative — to be the voice of a video game or book on tape.

Q: Dad, it looks like I'll be renting a house. What will I need in my tool kit?

When we think of someone making it in Hollywood, we usually assume they became a movie or television star. There are, however, as many ways to be successful in Tinseltown as there are ways to “make it.”

When you see Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent perform live or during one of their appearances on "Austin City Limits" or NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, you can't help but notice how happy they appear to be singing with each other.

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival lineup was announced last week. While I was not at first impressed, when I sat down with a yellow marker to highlight acts I want to see, it might be the best schedule yet from top to bottom. What's interesting is that it was the headliners who caused more head-scratching than the so-called undercard this time around. Sound familiar?

Sometimes, the music that accompanies a film or a song that is part of a scene can be as memorable as the action on-screen. Think "Jaws" or "Psycho."

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?

For photographers like Steve Hankins, the good news is that Internet has opened up a whole new way to let people know about his work.

Q: Dad, what did you think of the “31 Things My Sons Should Be Able to Do Before They Move Out” list that was on

The golden age of radio is generally acknowledged to have been in the '40s and '50s, but the '60s in the Chattanooga area were pretty special for a lot of people.

Stopping by The Farmer's Daughter on Hixson Pike last week gave me the opportunity to punch at least four boxes on my hipster card.

Classic artists Elton John and Lionel Richie will join Jack White and Kanye West as the headliners for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., June 12-15.

Classic artists Elton John and Lionel Richie will join Jack White and Kanye West as the headliners for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., June 12-15.

As the owner of Brix Nouveau, Rosabelle Gorman knows a thing or two about pairing wines with cheeses and meats. It’s the specialty of the Frazier Avenue wine bar.

The art of being ‘Shunned’

Signal Mountain native scores with ‘Amish’ documentary

Callie T. Wiser likes the gray areas of a story. Always interested in history, she prefers to dig beyond just learning the dates and names related to historical events.

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

Q: Dad, what is the best Valentine’s Day gift you ever gave mom?

When Summer Tao wants a Chinese meal like the ones she ate back home, she goes to New York. She can't find anything here that compares.

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