It's a sickness, yes, but I've got a soft spot for Ray Harryhausen films. He's an old-school stop-motion special effects expert (“Clash of the Titans” anyone?). A couple weeks ago, while vacationing in Cambodia, I watched about half an hour of "Jason and the Argonauts" — dubbed in Khmer — just to see the Harryhausen-staged melee between Greek sailors and a band of skeletons.
Anyway, one of his earliest features, "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers," is part of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center's outdoor double feature Saturday night. The other film is the 1953 "War of the Worlds." The shows start at 8:30 p.m., and it's free which makes for a mighty tempting billing, despite the heat.
But there's another Saturday activity that might lure me away from the B-grade movies. Waverly, Ala.'s Standard Deluxe screen-printing shop is hosting a double-bill of its own, with the bands Roof Rabbit and The Buckrabbits. The raucous Alabama acts offer a musical stew (Get it? Rabbit? Stew?) of punk, indie rock, rockabilly and ... bluegrass?
Yee-haw. Sounds like a party to me, and certainly worth the quick hop up to the town, which is about 10 miles north of Opelika, off U.S. 280. It's not clear if there's a cover charge, but if so, it won't be more than $5. The music starts about 9 p.m. For directions, go to www.standarddeluxe.com.