When I say that Steve's Landing is one of my favorite places to eat, I need to throw in a disclaimer. It's one of my favorite places to eat in the spring and fall.
LISA DENTON: Barry, don't tell my brother, 'cause I'd hate to give him credit for it, but I'm secretly a fan of Ted Nugent's music, and Richie is the reason.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, have you ever seen or heard of a new concept and your first thought was "That's the dumbest idea ever?" Wait, before you answer, I just realized someone proposed this column idea at some point, so I'm sure you have. Anyway, I was going to add that after your original reaction, you thought, "Well, that could work."
LISA DENTON: Barry, I won't pretend that I'm a big follower of the NFL. My last real thought about football was wondering how much money Eli Manning and Deion Sanders must be getting paid to wear fairy wings in those DirecTV commercials. Seriously, that's got to be a wad of cash.
Vaudeville Cafe will crown a Mouth of the South next week.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I know you think this puts me on the fast track to Crazy Town, but come Thursday I'll have the car gassed up and ready to go to the World's Longest Yard Sale along Highway 127.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I have to confess that while I've seen parts of a Blue Man Group performance, I really have little idea what they do. I think it's part circus, part Vaudeville, part Cirque, part live music and who knows what else. And, they are blue. I'm mean, Veruca Salt blue, only bluer.
LISA DENTON: Barry, if it wouldn't hurt your standing in the He Man Club, you might want to get your ticket for She: An Expo for Women, coming up this weekend at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I won't even pretend that it's the biggest or most important event coming up this week, but if I'm being honest (and how often does that happen?), I have to say I'm most excited about Cow Appreciation Day coming up at all area Chick-f
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I know you bought your lakefront property up in Soddy-Daisy because of the year-round view, but this week is special for you, isn't it? You become the center of the universe even more so than usual, right?
Bubble-wrap fireworks have always been a safe but raucous way for visitors to mark Independence Day at the Creative Discovery Museum.
The organization sponsoring the Fourth of July celebration in Soddy-Daisy on Wednesday is looking to hook a few catfish lovers.
The best thing about Fourth of July fireworks is that they're seldom a single source of entertainment. Around the tri-state region in the next week, you can find them capping off days filled with car shows, drive-in movies, baseball games, barbecues and concerts.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you might think that Riverbend ending would signal a slowdown in events, but really it's more like the beginning.
Fourth of July celebrations get an early start in the region this year, with Rainsville, Ala., primed for its Crossroads Freedom Fest on Saturday.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, everybody's favorite dancing war hero will be in town Saturday at the Tivoli. J.R. Martinez will be there as part of Dancing With the Stars Chattanooga. I like him. What an amazing jo
LISA DENTON: Barry, at the risk of starting Chapter 2 of "Lisa's Little Bitty Bladder Book," I do want to tell you about my latest happy discovery.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, one of my favorite funny songs is called "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues" by Todd Snider.
Jenkins Restaurant and Deli has been a fixture in Cleveland, Tenn., for 36 years. Tucked into a small shopping center at the intersection of Mouse Creek Road and Keith Street, it is an unassuming place without the flashy trappings of the chain restaurants nearby. Locals know it for a couple of house specialties on a broader menu of American staples.
LISA DENTON: Barry, we've got a long holiday weekend coming up. Do you think we should pace ourselves this week? I'd hate to be tuckered out when I get an extra day to galavant.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, it appears we are inFESTed with events this time of year. We've already had a Who-Fest and a HubFest and now this week, we have a Roots Fest, a Maifest and a MooFest.
LISA DENTON: Not to get too personal, Barry, but I'm wondering how long has it been since you last shook your moneymaker? I ask because you'll get a chance to get your groove on when the Nightfall summer concert series returns to Miller Plaza on Friday.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, this looks like a really good week for music, especially if you are partial to traditional music.
No matter how enticing that steak, chicken breast or pork chop, your entree would be pretty lonely sitting solo on the plate. Time to introduce the sides.
More than 400 Civil War soldiers are interred at West Hill Cemetery in Dalton, Ga., according to historians. This weekend, some of their stories, as well as those of other historical figures from the time period, will be recounted by re-enactors in a Spirit Walk.
The story of Chattanooga would fill volumes. We'll leave it to the historians to do the heavy lifting. Here, instead, we'll offer 26 adjectives that offer a snapshot of the city from A to Z.