Having spent last weekend buying a car — which was about as painful as driving a nail through my eyeball into my brain — I'm ready for some actual fun this weekend.
There's arena football, courtesy of the Columbus Lions, tonight at the Columbus Civic Center. I've been needing a football fix since the New England Cheetahs lost the Super Bowl. Who needs to kick tires when these guys will kick pigskins for me?
Saturday morning, farmers and the like will set up their booths again on the 1000 block of Broadway for Market Days. The produce is tasty, and they should be bringing in some summer crops by now. That starts at 8:30 a.m.
A big, fresh salad should give me the vitamins and minerals to power me through a Saturday night concert at The Loft, where the great blues guitarist Geoff Achison will perform with Marshall "Birthday Boy" Ruffin. That show will set you back $5, and it starts around 9:30 p.m. Details: 706-596-8141.
— Brad Barnes
NOT JUST FOR YOUR MAMA
Yes, I often stare blankly out of car windows simply to pretend my life is a vacuous reality TV show. I love drama that much.
Which is why I'm devoting this weekend to my favorite "D" word, beginning with the First Friday Bar Crawl on Broadway. One cover gets you into a majority of downtown bars, where you're bound to see lots of hookups, breakups and everything in between.
If you're not satisfied with the drama quotient there, spontaneously turn to your best friend and scream, "You know what you did!" That usually works well for me.
Sunday, check out some drama of a different sort when the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company presents The 24-Hour Plays at 8 p.m. The five shows are products of an intense process that begins Saturday night. Admission is $2-$12, determined by rolling a pair of dice.
Finally end your weekend by checking out the premiere of the second season of TV drama "Army Wives." It airs at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
I caught a few episodes of the series' first season, and I can say with confidence that it's one of the best things to hit Lifetime since "Fifteen and Pregnant." —Sonya Sorich
GET YOUR GOTH ON
Goths have it hard in the South. The uniform must be black, but it's summer for seven months and that can be killer on your eyeliner. What's a whiny little emokid to do?
Here's a few suggestions. First, trade your leather pants with the silver chains hanging off of them for some black sneakers and running shorts. Meet the Chattahoochee Valley Hash House Harriers 5 p.m. Saturday at Everything Musical. It's the return of the 3rd Brigade hash, and you wouldn't even have the right to sulk by a Coke machine while smoking cigarettes if it weren't for these guys.
The Summer Side Show, aka Goth Fest '08, is required for those who are happiness challenged. Lasting a grueling 12 hours at the IWN Event Arena off the Warm Springs Connector, the show starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. Bring $20 and your saddest Morrissey T-shirt.
If garage bands aren't your thing and you get winded from running more than three steps, check out the "Firewalk for Childhood Cancer" at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Picasso's Pizza. It's $20 at the door, but that's pretty cheap when compared to the hipness points you'll get while learning how to firewalk and whistle "Bela Lugosi's Dead" at the same time.
— Alan Riquelmy