Critics say "The Happening" is anything but, and my wife literally fell asleep the last time we tried to watch a movie about The Hulk. But we can get some satisfaction in the theater this weekend if we head to the Peachtree 8 to see "Shine A Light," the Martin Scorsese documentary about the Rolling Stones. I missed it in its brief first run, so now I get to see it for a bargain price.
While it's not as good as breakfast with a cougar, if you know what I mean, Albany, Ga.'s Breakfast With the Cheetahs sounds pretty awesome. There's a behind-the-scenes "encounter" with big cats at The Parks at Chehaw, a viewing of cheetahs running a lure course and a full Southern-style buffet breakfast. For you. Not the cheetahs. It's $30 and starts at 8 a.m., so make sure you've got a reservation, or book your time for next month. Details: 229-430-5277.
Saturday night, I'll belly up to the bar at The Roadhouse to check out the Guns N' Roses tribute band called Appetite for Destruction. Don't know if the singer represents Axl Rose during the glory days or if he's Fat Axl. We'll see. Showtime's 10 p.m., and the cover is $10. The club is at 1047 Broadway, but there's no phone (unless you use your illusion).
— Brad Barnes
PARTY WITH SOUL
By now, you've probably sprained an ankle or two "superman"-ing unsuspecting strangers. Get ready for some more casualties, because this weekend is all about Soulja Boy's heroic efforts to "Crank Dat."
Beginning with Friday's T.I. concert at the Columbus Civic Center. In addition to openers like Yung Joc and Khia, you'll get to see the Soulja Boy dancers. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $36.50 and $46.50.
If you're really lucky, you'll get to see T.I.'s mandatory court-appointed marshal crank dat Robocop.
OK, maybe the rapper's community service here left you uninspired.
Ditch the concert and spend your Friday night at "Turn in Your Hymnal," a play open to guests 21 and older at The Loft, 1032 Broadway. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $8.
You might be wondering how a show about faith-based dilemmas relates to cranking dat. Fortunately, I've heard cast members rap the Bible and dance like Soulja Boy. Talk about seeing the light.
Finally, spend Saturday night with some real soldier boys at Military Appreciation Night at Golden Park. The Columbus Catfish take on the Rome Braves in a game that begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5-$15.
— Sonya Sorich
DO SOME GOOD THIS WEEKEND
I had life-changing revelation while making my bed recently. It wasn't about the sorry state of my home or the grue hiding under the bed. It was instead an epiphany of change and a realization that I need a more pure and unadulterated outlook on life.
Putting that aside, I chose to pick three semi-good things to do this weekend. Start with the book sale today on the Plaza level of the Columbus Government Center. A good time to stop by is around noon. You won't find anything used, but you will get some good gifts for friends, loved ones or random people who approach you as you walk along Broadway that night. Give the gift of book.
Saturday, cruise over to the adopt-a-thon at the Muscogee County Humane Society, at 7133 Sacerdote Lane, from 9-3 p.m. There will be some seriously needy dogs and cats that need loving homes. Pick up a pooch or just browse the aisles giving attention to all the precious kitties.
Sunday, remember that it's Father's Day (unlike last year) and give the old man a call. Take him to Wendy's, pick up a frosty and help the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. He's earned it, champ.
— Alan Riquelmy