Hitting the downtown concert tonight's a no-brainer. Hello, free? But to see tonight's band, The Fiddleworms, really let loose, head to The Loft after the show, where they'll set up for an inside concert. Impress your friends with this bit of trivia: Guitarist Rob Malone — the scary guy with the hollow eyes — used to be an axeman with the acclaimed Drive-By Truckers. Cover is $5 for that show, which starts around 9:30 p.m. Details: 706-596-8141.
I'll have my choice of movies, too. While all you suckers are trying to get into "Indiana Jones and the curse of the Crystal Skull," I can check out Marrianne Faithfull — or Alan Riquelmy, I forget which — in "Irina Palm," or Norah Jones in "My Blueberry Nights," without fighting for a good seat. Not that those indie films were going to be sellouts anyway. I saw "Crystal Skull" at midnight on Wednesday. Showtimes: 706-571-3456.
Sunday, John Conlee and "Little" Jimmy Dickens perform at the Phenix City Amphitheater. I'd be lying if I said I was a big fan of either of these guys. But a show by people with an impressive body of work and a crowd of fans is always fun. I'm not a Loretta Lynn fan, either, but her concert at the RiverCenter kicked tail. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $10 if you get 'em today or $15 at the gate. Details: 334-291-4711.
HOT FOR TEACHER
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School's out for the summer, which means teachers are...partying?
Well, at least the ones who plan to hit the Shanty Shack Friday night. That's when the nightclub, located at 4475 Warm Springs Road, hosts Teachers Gone Wild.
No, I'm not just teasing you with the materialization of a popular male fantasy. The end-of-year party starts at 4 p.m. Everyone's invited, and there will be prizes for teachers. Local party band Mindblender performs. Call 706-507-3418.
Now that you're in the summer spirit, head to Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake Beach, where you can catch the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament all weekend.
The fun starts at 9 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $15; $10 for children 6-12; $35 for pavilion passes; military personnel with valid ID get in free on Sunday. Military also qualify for discounted tournament admission on Friday and Saturday. Call 706-663-2281.
Finally, end the weekend with another one of summer's essentials: orange skin. Avoid skin cancer by slathering on some skin-brightening moisturizer from beauty megastore Ulta, 5550 Whittlesey Road. Call 706-660-1858.
— Sonya Sorich
QUICK AND DIRTY
You might think a band called “The Fiddleworms” would be little more than some up-jumped kids with a Fisher-Price xylophone, and you'd be right. Or maybe I'm just angry I never got to live my dream of performing in an outdoor concert in Columbus.
Either way, you can see the band from 7-10 p.m. Friday near the corner of Broadway and 11th Street.
Seeing the band while delicately sipping some gin and juice should fulfill your weekend social need to associate with others of your kind. Saturday, your cup will surely runneth over when you hit the new Goodwill, at Veterans and Whittlesey. Not only will you bump into your third grade teacher, but you'll also find some sweet deals.
Finish the three-day weekend off with a stint by the pool. The forecast portends a high of 85 on Monday. That's reason enough to mix your Van Gogh vodka with a cherry Sonic drink, lay back and start working on your tan before your grisly work week starts once more.
— Alan Riquelmy