I'm heading to Philly this weekend, so I won't be doing anything around. Which is too bad, since Jerry Seinfeld tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the RiverCenter Box Office, 900 Broadway. They're $46.50, $61.50 and $76.50, but I'll be paying scalper rates later, I guess. Ugh. (Details: 706-256-3612.)

If you're jealous about my trip, you can frame a Philadephia-themed weekend. Start with a cheesesteak from The Cannon, 1041 Broadway. The service can be spotty, but just pretend you're in a big city and that's part of the place's pretentious ambience. (Details: 706-653-2337.) While you're downtown, take a tour of the two-block sculpture walk along the 1000 and 1100 blocks. They're up for the next year or so, with the public voting on which piece for the city to purchase. And given this weekend's theme, pay close attention to the statue of the eagles in the median near the intersection of 12th Street and Broadway.

On Sunday, head to a sports bar for the Philadelphia Eagles as they face the New York Giants. If you want to avoid the crowds at the Sports Page, or Buffalo Wild Wings, try Phenix City's Sports Rock Cafe, on U.S. 80. It's divey but friendly, and it's easy to find a seat. (Details: 334-291-5025.)

— Brad Barnes

SANTA ISN’T FAT ENOUGH And you’re looking a little waifish, too A few good ways of putting on some extra pounds before the holiday season would be to follow my advice displayed herein. Sure, you can be all concerned about getting trim for the holidays, or worry about the pounds you’ll gain with Christmas ham, but you can always deal with that in January. The New Year is for resolutions. December is for gluttony. Start out Friday at the second annual Christmas Flavors from Around the World event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the CSU International House, 6 Clearview Circle. Admission is around $5, but for all that you get cuisine from Mexico, Puerto Rico and many other future states of America. Next, see the jolly old elf himself at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bi-City Christmas Parade. Starting at the Dillingham Street Bridge in Phenix City, Santa’s entourage will cross to Front Avenue, down Ninth Street and then along First Avenue before taking that final turn on 13th Street to reach its finale at the Central Activities Building. Bring some fattening hot chocolate and secure a good spot early. I salute those who score the top level of the parking deck near the 13th Street Bridge. Finally, continue adding the pounds either Saturday or Sunday as you build up anger and frustration in holiday shopping traffic. By the time you actually get to Columbus Park Crossing to buy “Guitar Hero,” you’ll need an order of chicken crispers from Chili’s. Legend has it that those delectable chicken fingers have enough calories to last you a week. Happy eating.

— Alan Riquelmy


Beware the wrath of Sonya if you try passing lingerie off as an outfit this weekend.

One of my biggest pet peeves about the holiday season is when girls wear Mrs. Claus getups from Victoria's Secret as street wear.

But it's a necessary evil, and something I'm sure I'll witness at least once during the First Friday Bar Crawl downtown this weekend. You know the drill — one cover, nine bars.

If you prefer a "bark" crawl, try taking your favorite four-legged friend to see Santa this weekend.

From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, you have two opportunities to get a pet photo with Santa — at PetSmart (1591 Bradley Park Drive) and Petco (5550 Whittlesey Road). Both events benefit local pet charities. PetSmart has pet visits with Santa during the same time frame Sunday as well.

Finally, end your weekend with dinner at Johnny's New York Style Pizza, 6770 Veterans Parkway. At this new restaurant, open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. every day, you can score specialty pizza by the slice.

Don't eat too much, though. You won't be able to fit into that red velvet nightie you're planning to wear to the bars next weekend.