All in the family
It was bound to happen – the family is coming into town, and now I have to find weekend activities suitable for a wide variety of tastes.
Fortune, however, has smiled upon me because this is the weekend of the Junior League Attic Sale. It’s 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Civic Center. Bring $1 to get in, cash to avoid the long credit/debit card checkout line and a willingness to elbow strangers who get too close to that cardigan that is just crying out your name.
During the day, we may head over to Alabamastan for the Phenix Invitational Marching Festival/Contest. Held at the Garrett-Harrison Stadium, on Stadium Drive, the action starts at 3 p.m. and lasts forever. Sneak your own booze in.
Saturday night, I’m looking for a scene that’s visual, but not too abysmal. We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie, but instead I suggest sitting outside of Belloo’s, 900 Front Ave. The weather’s nice and it’s a great way to avoid the smoke while enjoying the atmosphere.
Saturday night fever
So the fall TV season's onset has put you into nightlife hibernation. It's time to change that.
Start by hitting Friday's Velcro Pygmies concert at H2O, 6499 Veterans Parkway. These glam rockers -- compared to acts like Poison and Air Supply -- always attract a big crowd. Music starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Saturday, savor the meet market appeal of downtown Columbus. Start your night at the disco party at Flip Flops, 1111 Broadway. Classic Addict performs and cover is $5. Brave the threat of public humiliation and wear your favorite pair of bell bottoms. Best getup gets $100.
Also on Saturday, The Oasis (1107 Broadway) hosts a going-away party for the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. Expect performances from three local metal acts: Last Comes Gunfire, Double Barrel Democracy and Thrill of a Gunfight. Music starts at 9 p.m. There's no cover and military partiers can cash in on drink specials all night.