With my wife out of town, it's the perfect weekend for me to catch up on a few movies she's got no interest in. Though I'd been dying to see "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood," she feared both would be too violent for her taste. Of course, they've both left theaters now. Looks like my best choices this weekend are "Semi-Pro," or, gasp, "Rambo." Ugh. But I'll do what I must.

Speaking of antiques like Sylvester Stallone, Saturday night I'll check out the auction at the Antique Mall and International Marketplace (at the old Farmer's Market), where there's an eclectic mix of Coca-Cola collectibles, paintings, china, railroad pieces and more. There'll be a huge collection of vintage linens, too, if you like that kind of thing. Me, I'm more interested in the antique negatives and photos. It starts at 7 p.m. Details: 706-653-6240.

To complete my weekend of perusing old stuff, on Sunday I'll swing through The Columbus Museum on Sunday, where a new exhibit opens featuring artifacts from Fort Apalachicola, a 17th century Spanish fort in Russell County. It's open 1-5 p.m. Sunday, and admission's free. Details: 706-748-2562.

— Brad Barnes


Finally — an event where it's perfectly acceptable to, in your significant other's company, watch a scantily clad woman shimmy.

I'm talking about dinner Saturday night at Mario's Restaurant & Pop, 1010-B Broadway. Atlanta-based belly dancer Azziza will entertain, and $30 gets you an appetizer, salad, dinner entree, dessert and soft drinks. Call 706-571-9830.

With luck, you'll leave with a sense of adventure that will make you confident enough to show your face at a concert by — get ready — The F'n A-holes. The band's lead vocalist has a name that's equally unsuitable for print.

Show starts at 10 p.m. at Soho Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road. Cover is $5. Call 706-568-3316.

Feeling guilty after your Saturday night shenanigans? Seek Sunday redemption through the second-best thing to church: the premiere of "Oprah's Big Give." This ABC show gives teams of two five days and $2,500 to change a person's life. It starts at 9 p.m.

Watch quietly, and don't admit that if you were a contestant, you'd keep all the money for yourself.

— Sonya Sorich


Two days, 48 hours, this is what it means: All that exists now is clubs, something I can't mention here, pubs and parties. I've got 73 quid in my back burner, and this is how I'm gonna spend it.

First of all, you've got to check out the fire walking course at 6 p.m. Saturday at Picasso Pizza. The instructor will take 30 people and rake the coals with them. Get lucky and be there early. For $20 you get Cajun food and King cake made by a Big Eddy Club chef.

While you're there, ask him his thoughts on the pending appeal of Stocking Strangler Carlton Gary.

Take the following afternoon easy and enjoy mocking others by visiting It's like myspace for canines. Be sure to leave snarky comments about people who make Internet pages for their pets. Leave vicious comments for people who leave comments as their pets.

Finally, do something about that widening girth of yours by hitting Walk Georgia at Weracoba Park on Monday. The event is noon-1 p.m. and the goal is to be more active for eight weeks by walking, cycling or dancing.

Be sure to bring Lassie so she can make more dogster friends.

— Alan Riquelmy