The Drive-By Truckers released a new record this week, "Brighter Than Creation's Dark," and in honor of the event, The Loft has staged a two-day Truckerthon.

OK, The Loft might not have even planned it, but both Friday night and Saturday night shows there have ties to the great Athens-based Southern rock revivalists. The Fiddleworms, playing tonight, feature former DBT guitarist/bassist Rob Malone. But don't go expecting them to be Truckers 2.0. He's moved on, and the band's sound is a groove-rock that's got great musicianship, but not much else in common with his earlier act. So for the love of all things holy, don't go shouting "18 Wheels of Love" at him, or he might smash a Budweiser on your cranium.

To hear live Trucker songs, be back at The Loft on Saturday, when Columbus' Whiskey Bent plays. Brothers Frank and John Saunders' affinity for the DBT is apparent from their set list. I haven't seen them play without hearing them play a cover of "Outfit" in some time. Cover's $5 each night, with music starting allegedly at 9:30 p.m. (but typically much later). Details: 706-596-8141.

During the day, Saturday, truck on up to Auburn's Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, which features an exhibit by Alabama folk artist Mose T. His stuff is a fantastic example of what some folks call "primitive art" — not intended as an insult. I would've loved this guy's stuff even if I hadn't been lucky enough to meet him at his Montgomery home one time, when I went there with a collector. Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, 901 S. College St., Auburn. $5 admission. Details: 334-844-1484.

— Brad Barnes


Fine-tune all pickup lines involving scoring and start your weekend with a meet-and-greet downtown with the Columbus Cottonmouths.

Friday, they'll be hanging out at Daileys, 1039 Broadway. Local act Seven Zero Sixx will perform. Cover is $5, but free with a ticket from that night's Cottonmouths game.

Don't stay out too late, though. You'll want to be up by noon Saturday to audition for "Survivor."

Yes, that show is still on the air — and you're perfectly poised to become the next Richard Hatch. Assuming, of course, you have an attention span strong enough to complete the 19-page application.

Auditions are noon to 2 p.m. at Leisure Lifestyles, 5880 Veterans Parkway. Applicants must bring photo identification and passport or passport application.

Finally, wrap up your weekend Sunday by listening to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. Read fast enough and you could finish all 528 pages of his most recent novel, "Bridge of Sighs," before free event starts at 2:30 p.m.

— Sonya Sorich


Well, that's not entirely true, but you just might get close enough for government work by visiting the CSU Alumni Association's Gala Art Exhibit and Auction on Friday. The, er, gala event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd., which is kind of across from the Burger King.

The cost is $10, but that's a infinitesimal price to pay when you think about the beauty that'll be flowing around that place. Bring a sponge to soak it all up.

Keep the poetry coming as the weekend progresses by turning your newly purchased art into something you can hang on your wall to cover the hole you put there last Saturday. Yes, I mean you, drunky. A hammer, some nails and a surveyor's level are all tools to turn your crummy little apartment into a Taj Mahal even the school board would envy.

Finally, give the high-brow stuff a rest by catching an episode of "Torchwood" — the British answer to "The X-Files." It might not be poetry, but the rampant wannabe eroticism is just enough to make a sleepy Sunday into a tawdry tale for Monday morning. Look for it on BBC America or online.

— Alan Riquelmy