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Lisa Denton

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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.

Q: What did the reindeer say before launching into his comedy routine?

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.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, it's time to honor our veterans and there are several events in the area today.

The first time I tried the Sunday buffet at Dayton Coffee Shop in downtown Dayton, Tenn., I took the advice of friends who eat there all the time and ordered the child-size portion of my chicken and dressing. And it was plenty. Really it was.

Two men were debating whether Hawaii is pronounced "HaVaii" or "HaWaii."

LISA DENTON: You know, Barry, there are some words that’ll get me off the couch pretty quick — shoe sale, chocolate festival, pony rides.

What do you get when you cross Halloween with whiskey?

LISA DENTON: Barry, you know it's hard to pry my fingers off a piece of chocolate, but one area dentist may have figured out a way to make me turn loose of my Crunch bars.

The Headless Horseman is about to ride off into the sunrise. And he’s not alone. When dawn breaks Sunday, Oct. 27, more than half of the region’s haunted houses and Halloween attractions will rise no more. Here are 11 places facing their doom this weekend.

Maria Vives of Sonrisa Farms will teach a class on Sourdough Baking Basics from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I don't know how it is at your house, but I haven't planned a family game night at Casa de Lisa in a while now. But I can get my fix in a big way starting Thursday when Game Fest South sets up at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Project Alice takes aims at zombies - Oct. 17-31

Acres of Darkness, Boo in the Zoo return this weekend

Nobody wants to face the undead unarmed. At Project Alice, a new haunted attraction in McDonald, Tenn., you don't have to.

BARRY COURTER: You know, Lisa, that one of my favorite pretend-you're-from-another-country-for-a-day celebrations is coming up this weekend. Chattanooga Market is again hosting its Oktoberfest event and, once again, it will be a two-day affair, Saturday and Sunday, at First Tennessee Pavilion.

The 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe has set aside Saturday, Oct. 12, for "Remembering Our Heroes," a day of living history and remembrance of U.S. armed forces.

Fresh off an Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, Dwight Yoakam will bring songs about guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music to Track 29 tonight, Oct. 3.

What's lurking in the dark this weekend? Six more haunts around the region.

A new series, Music at the MACC, will feature Gospel Music Night with Neshawn Calloway at 7 tonight, Oct. 3, at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain.

LISA DENTON: Barry, there’s an event coming up at Miller Plaza that I think we need to join.

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