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GO GLOBAL OR GO HOME

A friend is throwing a party this weekend where everyone's supposed to come wearing a novelty T-shirt. Should be great fun, and it'll give me a chance to break out that old "Think Global, Act Loco" shirt from years ago.

Better yet, it's a chance to sneak up the road about 40 miles, to Waverly, Ala. The Standard Deluxe T-shirt shop is open every Saturday, and they've got some of the most creative designs you'll ever find silk screened on cotton. Visit http://standarddeluxe.com to see some for yourself. The shop, called the High Corner Co-Op, is also a small art gallery. It's open 11-7 p.m. EDT.

Maybe I can find a shirt that says, "Careful, You'll End up in My Novel" to wear to the paperback book bag sale, which happens 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. Folks can fill a grocery bag full of books for five bucks, or buy a canvas one to fill for $10. Details: 706-243-2674.

I always thought it'd be great to write a song called "My Baby Put the Oven in Lovin’,” but that could also work as a great T-shirt slogan. And it would be perfect to wear to the Columbus Blues Festival, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Civic Center. Bobby "Blue" Bland, Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, and many others are on the bill, and it should be a great night of blues and soul music. Tickets are $40-$45. Details: 706-653-4460.

— Brad Barnes

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE

Heating bills have left me with just enough money to ration one package of Maruchan Ramen until my next paycheck.

Fortunately, this weekend's picks are united by the best admission fee — none.

Start the weekend by checking out "Taiwan: From within the Mist," the newest free exhibit in the Illges Gallery, Corn Center for the Visual Arts. You'll see multiple art forms created by 21 artists from Taiwan.

The gallery, located at 6 W. Tenth St., is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Beret optional. Call 706-507-8300.

Then, go to your favorite local library and check out "Bridge of Sighs," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo's newest book. You have a week to get through all 528 pages before Russo speaks in Columbus next weekend. Cliff Notes, unfortunately, aren't an option.

Get a full list of all the branches of The Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System at www.thecolumbuslibrary.org.

Finally, skip the bars Saturday night and catch a free performance by the Columbus State University Honor Band at 5:30 p.m. It's in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Call 706-256-3612.

Think a night with clarinets and oboes is tamer than the club scene? I'll leave you with two words — band camp.

— Sonya Sorich

LEGISLATE ME

Well, your state government has already been hard at it for a full five days. It's about time they took all of next week off to recuperate, which is what they're doing.

Meanwhile, while your plutocrats wallow in sin sin sin, you should check out a gentler sort of government either Friday, Saturday or Sunday at the corner of 10th Street and Bay Avenue. It's "Schoolhouse Rock Live, Too!" — a welcome return to the joyous days of the 80s when you could eat your Cheerios and watch six hours of Saturday morning cartoons.

Check out the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Bring $10 and your favorite piece of legislation.

Mine involves Sunday alcohol sales.

Of course, you'll have to wait for that bit of raucous fun, so stop jonesin' and watch the Nevada and South Carolina caucus and primary returns Saturday while drinking a "Larry Craig" — it's one part vodka, one part rum and the cheapest generic fruit juice you can find as a mixer. Use a wide stance when making it.

Finally, try to do more than your laundry this MLK day. Chance are you have the whole day off and are just planning on sleeping in until noon. Slacker. Last year, volunteers helped renovate the Spencer House on Veterans Parkway. Maybe you should start thinking about your civic responsibility as well.

Seems like it's time to start thinking about your function.

— Alan Riquelmy

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