Too soon for holiday cheer

I was determined that The Landings put up its Christmas decorations too soon, and they even had a visit from Santa on Thursday. But just as I'm about to condemn them, here comes "Fred Claus," here comes "Fred Claus," right down Crappy Movie Way.

The Vince Vaughn/Paul Giamatti "comedy" is open today, but I'll be spending my theater time seeing either "The Darjeeling Limited" at Carmike 15 or the gorgeous "Manufactured Landscapes" at Peachtree 8. I'm leaning to "Darjeeling," but I know that "Landscapes" will only play for a week. Details: 706-571-3456.

Saturday night, I'll head to the SoHo Bar & Grill, which is putting on a high-adrenaline rockabilly show with The Hot Rods at the SoHo Bar & Grill. It's a $5 cover, and Adam + the Pinks open with a set at 10 p.m. Details: 706-568-3316

Sunday, just to further protest the premature dawn of the "Christmas season," I'll head to Bruster's for an ice cream cone. The high is supposed to be close to 70 degrees that day. In your face, Claus.

— Brad Barnes

This is how I do it

If your efforts to save money for the upcoming R. Kelly show yielded just $5, don't panic.

Friday, you can get the second-best thing: Montell Jordan, of "This is How We Do It" fame.

Sure, you probably danced to his stuff in seventh grade. And he doesn't have three big-name opening acts. But at $5-$15, the show's price is right.

Catch Jordan at Plush, the nightclub at 2955 Warm Springs Road. Doors open at 8 p.m., and guests must be at least 25 years old. A business casual dress code will be strictly enforced. Call 706-984-8476.

Saturday, relax at the Starbucks at 4519 Woodruff Road (right off Manchester Expressway). From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the coffee shop is having a celebration to kick off its holiday drinks. Sure, Thanksgiving hasn't even come yet, but I can't resist those cute red cups.

If the saccharine goodness of a gingerbread latte isn't enough to make your weekend sufficiently sappy, I have one word for you: cheerleading.

The Georgia High School Cheerleading Championship is all day Friday and Saturday. The fun starts at 9 a.m. at the Columbus Civic Center.

Bows, tears and a seemingly endless array of Justin Timberlake remixes. Life doesn't get much better. Call 706-653-4472.

— Sonya Sorich


There’s typically some type of catastrophe on a biblical scale, what with the absolute and terrible destruction of two heavenly bodies.

For you and me, though, there’s nothing but pure joy when Columbus collides with NerdaCon 2007 this weekend. That’s right — all nerd, all the time.

For the uninitiated, cons are a great chance to dive into a subculture you usually only hear about from your paranoid mother. Anime, books, games, vendors, costumes — this is why people go to cons.

Check it out Friday and Saturday at the Columbus State University Davidson Student Center. While anime and manga have a heavy influence on our local con, they aren’t the only elements. Check out the Halo 3 tournament at 8 p.m. Friday. Even if you don’t play, this will be worth watching.

On Saturday, get your Sailor Moon outfit prepped and head to the adult costume contest. There’s no time listed on the con’s Web site, so be sure to harass one of the convention staff to find out when and where it is.

On Sunday, get a head start on next weekend’s events by doing some before noon shopping at Target for warm clothes. SOA Watch is coming up, and a happy protester is a warm and cozy protester.

— Alan Riquelmy