Off the Couch: Aloha cruise, opera, Puddles and 'Finding Neverland' this week

Off the Couch: Aloha cruise, opera, Puddles and 'Finding Neverland' this week

June 14th, 2019 by Barry Courter and Lisa Denton in Life Entertainment
Puddles, "the sad clown with the golden voice." / Facebook Photo

Puddles, "the sad clown with the golden voice."...

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LISA DENTON: Barry, I hope you can lay hands on your grass skirt and clam-shell bra because there's a cruise coming up Friday on the Southern Belle that sounds like fun. And it's certainly for a good cause.

The Red Shoe Society, which raises money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga, is sponsoring an Aloha summer cruise, complete with palm trees and tiki torches and leis. As I understand it, you need to come dressed for the part. You can't get lei'd there.

BARRY COURTER: Nothing new for me. That sounds like a lot of fun, and you are right, it's for a good cause.

Also, Puddles Pity Party is Thursday. I love a good pity party. I throw them for myself all the time.

LISA: And Opera Tennessee is going to present "Cavalleria Rusticana" Thursday and Friday at Northside Presbyterian Church. It sounds like something you'd order at Olive Garden, but actually it's an opera set in a 19th-century Sicilian village that packs seduction and jealousy and murder into one act.

BARRY: You know I love a good opera. There is so much drama. Somebody is going to die, and somebody is going to have a broken heart. You get all of that — with the really good ones anyway.

And "Finding Neverland" is at the Tivoli Friday and Saturday. That's the story of how Peter became Pan.

LISA: Our colleague Susan Pierce talked to one of the actors (her story will be in Thursday's ChattanoogaNow). He told her they travel with two extra boys and one extra dog to have backups for the four boys and one dog that appear in the play.

And there are pirates, of course, which are always fun. Hey, did you know that pirates don't shower before they walk the plank? Nah, they just wash up on shore later. There's your yuk for the day. Or yuck, as the case may be.

Also, Tinker Bell is portrayed with a special effect that looks like light flashing across the stage. I got a pretty good idea of what that's like when the grandson let a lightning bug loose in the house the other night.

BARRY: Jessy Wilson is this week's Nightfall artist. She's was just over at Bonnaroo last week and is really good. She's a soul singer in the Aretha Franklin vein, which means she is really good.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281. Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.