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It was a trifle of a movie, sure, but I've got a soft spot for "That ThingYou Do!" Tom Hanks' movie about a band in the early days of rock ’n’ roll.The band called themselves The Oneders, pronounced "wonders", until a label,fearing mispronunciation, made an executive decision to change it to TheWonders. (“As in, ‘I wonder what happened to the O-needers’?” cracked SteveZahn's character.)

So, a band called The Oneeders is playing tonight at The Loft. I'll probablygo check them out, on the off-chance they'll do a cover of "That Thing YouDo." It might be our last chance to see them before some movie company comesat them with some sort of cease-and-desist. It's a $5 cover and the showstarts around 10 p.m. Details: 705-596-8141.

Sunday, it's time to see snakes. And no, I don't mean hanging out withRiquelmy. I'll be heading to the Oxbow Meadows Reptile Fest, where there'sall manner of scaled critters. It's one of those rare times you can actuallysee a girl walking around with a python on her shoulders that doesn't alsoinvolve watching a 1980s hair metal video. Admission is $2, and the fest isnoon- 4 p.m. Details: 706-697-4090.

I'll round out the weekend by catching "The Savages," which is a rareart-film holdover from last week at the Peachtree 8. It stars two of thefinest actors working today — Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman.Details: 706-571-3456.

— Brad Barnes


The only thing better than seeing Jerry Seinfeld in person is devoting anentire weekend to "Seinfeld"-esque outings.

Friday, bask in perhaps the largest local collection of close talkers byhitting up the First Friday Block Party downtown. You know the drill — onecover gets you into the majority of Broadway bars.

And rest assured, you'll find plenty of people more than willing to invadeyour personal space while exchanging all-too-loud drunken formalities.

Saturday, go see "The Other Boleyn Girl" at Carmike 15 (5555 WhittleseyBlvd.) and enjoy a box of Junior Mints in Kramer and Jerry's honor. Try toget your fellow movie goers to share the treat with you by plugging thecandies as chocolate, peppermint and delicious.

Finally, wrap up your weekend by paying a silent tribute to the Soup Nazi atthe annual Empty Bowl event. Don't worry, there will be soup for you here.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. visit the Britt David Cultural Arts Studio, 2700 W.Britt David Road, and get a custom-designed bowl filled with homemade soup.Tickets are $6 and $10.

— Sonya Sorich


Another week gone, another five days of your life swirling down the dirtydrain pipe that you call your career.

Might as well make the most of the next two days before you have to put thatsandwich costume on again and wave at people along Broadway during lunch.

Start Friday night off with a trip to Club Odyssey, 1207 First Ave. All theother losers will be downing $2 shots at various downtown bars while you'llbe entering a world of swirling lights behind a bright red door.

Look for Brad on the dance floor.

Saturday night, don your comfy Wal-Mart outfit and old sneakers before youhead to Golden Corral, 1505 Manchester Expressway. The mac 'n cheese isalways a pleaser, but don't forget the fine selection of fruits and saladsat a low, low price.

After recovering from the fine aromas of the wine selection you mostcertainly cultivated Saturday evening, get out Sunday and visit the EighthAnnual Reptile Festival, noon-4 p.m. at Oxbow Meadows Environmental LearningCenter, 3535 South Lumpkin Road.

Allegedly, you can enter your snake, lizard or turtle into the annual HissColumbus Pageant. Sure, it's $2 to get in but isn't that worth the cost ofseeing hiss-tory in the making?

— Alan Riquelmy