With no apologies to Eddie Rabbit, I love a rainy night. It's perfect for a movie, like the one that opened today in the Screening Room of the Peachtree 8. It's called "In Bruges," and it starts Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as hit men hanging out like tourists in Belgium, awaiting their next assignment. It's a dark comedy, so you can bet that blood-stained hilarity ensues. Showtimes: 706-571-3456.
But Saturday it's rain, rain, go away.
If the Saturday morning wet stuff dries up by evening, I'll be packing a pick-a-nic and heading off to see "The Importance of Being Earnest," the Oscar Wilde play presented by the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday. There's also a 7 p.m. performance tonight, and one at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15. Details: 702-423-6366.
After the show's a great time to grab a beer and veg out with some music. I'll be heading to either Broad Street Blues in Phenix City — where Mojo: Saint, fronted by Billy Earl McClelland, is playing — or to The Loft, where Australian bluesman Geoff Achison will slide around the frets. Either way, the shows start around 10 p.m. and the cover's $5.
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— Brad Barnes
Desperate times, drastic measures
The writers' strike is over, and Wisteria Lane is open for business.
My No. 1 pick this weekend is the return of new episodes of "Desperate Housewives," the first of which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on ABC. When it left off, the cast was likely staring blankly at a dead body underneath somebody's home.
But why take my word for it? Go to http://abc.go.com and watch the full previous episodes online. Trust me, Nicollette Sheridan is hardly as annoying on the super-small screen.
Speaking of annoying, your Chihuahuas are probably still screaming after the "singing" Teri Hatcher showcased on "Idol Gives Back." Make up for it Saturday by attending the Foxie 105 Spring Break Concert and Talent Show.
Sure, hip-hop and R&B acts like Lil' Will and Trillville might not fit your definition of "music." But if you can sit through a Teri Hatcher song, you can easily tolerate a couple choruses of "Get Some Crunk In Yo System."
The show starts at 6 p.m. in Golden Park. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the show. Buy tickets at the radio station at 2203 Wynnton Road. Call 706-576-3560.
Bargain lovers delight
Pollen, allergies, yard sales — that's what this time of year is all about. That's why I suggest you set the alarm clock early this Saturday, skip your usual two-martini breakfast and wait until you've beaten all the other eBay scroungers to celebrate with a bottle of Sin Zin.
First stop, the TSYS Giant Yard Sale. This monster starts at 7 a.m. and won't wind down until 11 a.m. Look for it at 7101 Stone Mill Road. My personal fave: records. Sure, I don't listen to them, but they make great wall decoration. Find me a copy of The Glove's "Blue Sunshine" and I'll buy you a coke.
Second, the Wynn House Garden Party. This event lasts from 4-6:30 p.m. at the 1240 Wynnton Road home. While you might enjoy the sounds of the Snakebit Six, I'll be eyeing the silent auction and white elephant sale. Tickets are $10. Bring cash.
Once you've completed your bargain bin hunting, slide over to Cagney's Party Shop, 5751 Milgen Road. The best way from the garden party is down Macon and a left on Miller. Follow it to the Milgen Road liquor store, where you'll also find a sweet selection of wines, which you'll drink because it's time.
— Alan Riquelmy