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.
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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.
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.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I'm thinking it might be time to head to Crossville, Tenn. Our buddy Jason Ross is in the next production opening at the Cumberland County Playhouse on Friday. "Grease" should be a fun show.
The Zac Brown Band is one of country music's most heralded acts, even if it doesn't fall neatly into Nashville stereotypes.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, this might seem like a stretch, but for me the blues are kind of like beer.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I’m thinking I might head out to the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast this weekend at UTC. I don’t play a trumpet, mind you, and I’m not sure how welcoming they’d be if I whipped out my kazoo.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I was looking at the entertainment calendar the other day and realized the old saying "feast or famine" might apply. Late December and early January had far fewer options than the norm, but the middle of the month is definitely picking up steam.
LISA DENTON: Barry, can you believe we've almost reached the end of another year? The other day, I started thinking that maybe I should come up with a few resolutions to better myself in 2014.
BARRY COURTER: Two more days, Lisa. Can you stand you it? The big day is almost here, which means some of us are looking for things to do to complete the holiday mood and festivities.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, it’s hurry-up time. This is the time of year when everybody must hurry up and finish their shopping, decorating and getting those Christmas cards out. We are running out of days.
A new set piece that debuted with the latest production is expected to revolutionize future shows at the South Jackson Civic Center in Tullahoma, Tenn.
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LISA DENTON: Barry, I know you're not a big follower of country music, but there's an artist coming to Track 29 on Friday who's worth putting on your radar. Her name is Kacey Musgraves, and she's just a breath of fresh air.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you and I have done this a long time, but I don't remember the first week of December ever being this busy, and I'm not just talking about shopping for the holidays.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I'm thinking this might be the week I put away the smiling pumpkins and the bite-size candy treats and start thinking about Thanksgiving.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you might remember a couple of weeks ago when I couldn’t stop talking about a bunch of high school students who had decided to raise money for art equipment for local public schools. They spent almost two years on the project, which included recording local musicians for a compilation CD.
A student-led arts initiative and a new one-stop Christmas shopping event.
Shuptrine's Twisted marinade/salad dressing and mild and hot relishes are available at a dozen or so merchants around the area, but Saturday, Nov. 16, offers a chance to try these spicy-sweet products for free.
A special group of visitors to Chattanooga Zoo on Saturday, Nov. 16, will take their cues from monkeys for a little "human see, human do."
Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga is hosting its fifth annual Box City Camp Out To Stamp Out Family Homelessness this weekend at First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd. The campout will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and conclude at 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.