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Help me, Rhonda: Mars needs women

She's not a household name, and, at 45 she's a good deal older than me. But with wide, emerald eyes and curves that rival the hourglass of her mandolin — and, oh by the way, she's a hell of a bluegrass picker and singer — is it any wonder I'm smitten with Rhonda Vincent?

So count me in for her concert Friday at the Phenix City Amphitheater (8 p.m., $10 (or free for ages 12 and younger). 334-291-4711).

Saturday night's another promising show, this one at the SoHo. I'm not much a fan of what we could probably call post-nü-metal like what Aclarion plays. But the trippy Atlanta band Martians See Red are interesting. Their sci-fi-laser lead guitars are punctuated with occasional power chords, making for an interesting blend of hard rock and, maybe, new wave. The band lists Black Sabbath, The Beatles and the Beach Boys as its first three influences. (10 p.m., 5751 Milgen Road, $5. 706-568-3316).

Once the Martians have been defeated, I'll turn my attention back to the Axis. On Sunday, Ken Burns' World War II documentary, "The War," continues. It was a little slow getting started, but the 14-hour miniseries has built momentum. Part 5 airs 8-10:30 p.m. on PBS.

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