The Cowboy Junkies said it best, when Margo Timmons belted out "Cuz cheap is how I feel." The wife and I lost a car this week — RIP, Lucy — so I'm going for free or dirt-cheap entertainment.
Luckily, one of my favorite singers in Columbus is doing a gratis show with the Uptown Concert Series Friday night. It's Peggy Jenkins, who can belt the blues, the soul and the R&B like nobody's business. She's joined by Elisa Victoria at the 1100 block of Broadway from 7-10 p.m.
Poor as I'm about to be, I can still afford a $1 movie. Somehow, going to see "The Ruins" seems fitting. But there's also "The Bank Job" — which might give ideas for funding a new car — showing. Also, if I suck it up and pay $6 at the same theater, I can see "The Counterfeiters," which not only won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film but, like "The Bank Heist," can also provide knowledge on acquiring ill-gotten gains.
Oh, and I'll go used car shopping.
Never miss a local story.
— Brad Barnes
A 'Big' weekend
The only thing better than a used-date party where you'll mingle with all your favorite modelizers and frenemies?
The premiere of the "Sex and the City" movie. The film version of the popular HBO series opens today at Carmike 15, and everyone's wondering if the anticipated Carrie/Big wedding will really happen.
Pre-party with some cosmopolitans, wear some barely walkable heels and devote at least one night this ultimate chick flick.
That's not the only premiere this weekend. Columbus State University students will perform the world premiere of "The Chimes" Friday and Saturday at Studio Theatre, Theatre on the Park, on the corner of 10th Street and Bay Avenue.
Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, military and CSU alumni. The play contains mature themes, which is always a selling point for me.
Another premiere? Broadway rock club The Roadhouse (formerly Knockin' Boots) celebrates its official grand opening Friday night. Entertainment comes courtesy of Splendid Chaos, a Southeast-based rock and metal band that sounds like acts such as Fuel and Nickelback.
The bar's at 1047 Broadway. Show starts at 10 p.m. and cover is $5.
— Sonya Sorich
Get out of the city
It's been creeping up on you for months, and now it's here: The "Sex and the City" movie. Maybe you thought the day wouldn't come. You were sadly mistaken, and now you need some excuses to get out of watching it with your girlfriend/your wife/Brad.
Here's some help.
Friday, head downtown for the Uptown (which is really downtown) Concert Series. A personal favorite, Peggy Jenkins, will take to the stage on the 1100 block of Broadway.
For those who fear a Saturday matinee, sneak up to Aspen's Mountain Grill, 5300 Georgia 354, in Pine Mountain. Right by Callaway Gardens Golf Resort and the FDR state park, you're sure to escape the Carrie-wannabes for at least the day.
But there's always Sunday, waiting to trap you in a theater on a rainy day. Get thee to a Lowe's or Home Depot while your loved one - who finally got tired of your poor reasons not to watch the movie and went alone - is gone for the afternoon. Make up for being a heartless stooge by doing a little home improvement.
— Alan Riquelmy