Got a tough time getting moving on a Saturday morning and the fresh produce at the downtown Market Days isn't enough of a lure? This week, Fountain City Coffee celebrates its fifth anniversary and is giving away coffee — piping hot or iced — free all day at both locations. A little caffeine will get the blood pumping.
Several great movies open here this weekend, too, including David Mamet's look at extreme fighting, "Redbelt," Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park." I'll catch at least one of those two, but I'll steer well away from the epileptic seizure that is "Speed Racer," thank you very much.
Saturday afternoon, between spats of rain, I'll be buying river rock and putting it down as part of a natural-looking retaining wall I'm building in the yard. And if that didn't sound manly enough on its own, I'll be getting them at a place called Durty Wurks — which is like Ulta for men. Piles and piles of soil, rock and mulch.
— Brad Barnes
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PARTY LIKE AN ANIMAL
The last time I promised to visit the wild kingdom, I ended up surrendering half my salary (in $1 bills) to the Atlanta Hot Boyz.
Fortunately, this weekend I'm using "wild" in its literal sense.
Beginning with 2nd Avenue Animal Hospital's open house on Saturday. The event, which runs 1-5 p.m., features events for both humans and their pets — everything from face painting to a pet photo contest.
Just watch out for those stray Bibb City dogs while you're in the neighborhood. Especially descendants of a certain former pooch named Tubby.
Inspired by the boarding facilities? Reenact the fun — leg-humping included — Saturday night by hitting the dance cage at Oxygen, 1040 Broadway.
Finally, end your safari weekend by attending the Second Sunday series in the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 S. Lumpkin Road. The event's theme is "Animal Mothers," but don't blame me if a wild boar ends up somehow resurrecting your mommy issues.
The event starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2, free for kids 2 and younger.
— Sonya Sorich
It's that time of year again, when the kitty litter has spilled over so much that I can't walk past the washer without the crunchy pebbles getting stuck between my toes.
It's time to get out of mom's basement.
First stop, the Uptown Concert Series Friday night. Whisky Bent, known for their poor spelling abilities, is the main attraction on Broadway tonight, though you're a close second. Find a good spot to people watch around 7 p.m.
Second stop, hit Columbus Park Crossing on Saturday for that last minute Mother's Day gift. She is nice enough to clean up the basement, after all. You really should at least get her a card.
Ulta is always a winner, though a gift card to one of the nicer restaurants out there is a family pleaser. This way, everyone in the family gets a meal.
Since Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be rainy, kick back Sunday afternoon with the telly and a smooth glass of Boddingtons before hitting the Sports Page for the viewing of the rousing recreational sport of your choosing.
Say hi to mom for me.
— Alan Riquelmy