If I had to choose one of the two can't-miss acts to actually, you know, miss on Friday, it'd probably be Gregg Allman.
But it'd be a close vote, and it's not just because his parents misspelled his first name. (If they wanted to have an extra letter, they should've made him Grerg, so at least it's a palindrome.) The man who co-founded the Allman Brothers puts on a phenomenal show, even if he is about to turn, gulp, 60. That's 7:30 p.m. at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Details: 706-256-3612.
So my vote goes to Athens, Ga.'s Modern Skirts. Never mind that they don't wear skirts, or that they're not even girls. The act plays great piano-driven music, and their songwriting skill is sure to land them a major-label deal soon — if they want it. These guys usually pack the house at The Loft, but they can probably squeeze in a few more bodies. Make yours one of them, all fans of Ben Folds or Guster. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with two opening acts. Details: 706-562-9792.
Saturday, it's a road trip to Buena Vista, where the art house Pasaquan is having its last open house of the year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some 40 artists and a slew of roots and folk musicians will congregate on the grounds which are covered in paint and sculpture by the deceased eccentric Eddie Owens Martin. Admission is $5. Details: 229-649-9444.
— Brad Barnes
Beer and beef
If you think Halloween marked your last chance to publicly unleash your inner wild child, think again.
Sure, it may no longer be socially acceptable to publicly wear an Amy Winehouse getup, but your alter ego has plenty of chances to shine this weekend.
Most importantly, the Erotic Hypnotic will perform Friday and Saturday night at The Vault. Friday's show is 11 p.m. and Saturday's show is at midnight.
The Friday performance is included in the one cover charge that gets you into nine bars during the First Friday Bar Crawl.
Once you've paid the bar crawl's cover, hit up Knockin' Boots to see the Atlanta-based Scott Little Band. The bar recently became exclusively country, and shows now start at 9:30 p.m.
So you'll have plenty of time to do a little boot scootin' before getting hypnotized.
While you're recovering from Friday's partying, enjoy a Saturday night dinner at The Beefstro, 5727 Moon Road. The steaks are excellent, and the name is equally cool. Tell people where you're going and half of them will think you're saying "beef stroganoff."
Dinner hours are 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 706-563-5701.
— Sonya Sorich
Of horses and horse shows
There's only so much pleasant weather left to scamper about in sleeveless gowns and silly hats, and this is the weekend to do it.
Start your weekend wardrobe off right by putting in a cameo at the fashion show on Broadway around 7 p.m. Friday night. The last fashion show, situated on the stage in the median of the street, drew beer-drinking crowds sitting on bales of hay or camping chairs as they watched women obsessed with "The Hills" practice to become divas.
This show should be just as successful.
Sonya participated in the last show, but blew Friday's off. The reason, I hear, is because she's growing pigeons she can attach to her Steeplechase hat for Saturday.
The annual races begin at 10 a.m., but the action doesn't really begin until two hours later. Regardless of when you go, make sure you've got some sunglasses, a nice Zin and the $25-$800 it costs for the privilege of just being at Callaway Gardens.
Finally, wrap your weekend up with preparations for the second annual NerdaCon — the CSU Campus Nerds' answer to this petty pace. It may start next weekend, but you need to find a costume now. Check out local thrift stores for odd finds and look online for new trends and ideas.
I'm going as Superman Dat Ho.
— Alan Riquelmy