So the great question for the ages is this: How much does it cost to go to the dollar movie theater? The discount theater in my old town has the most complicated pricing structure ever. Tickets range from 75 cents to $2.50, depending on not only the day you go, but the time of day.

Carmike has been making things challenging here, too, at the second-run Peachtree 8. The dollar movie used to cost $1.50, except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it was $2.50. Now, it's still $2.50 on Fridays and Saturdays, but the proper order has been restored the rest of the week: dollar movies are again $1.

So I'll be heading there this weekend to check out "The Great Debaters," which I missed the first time around. Also playing there (for $6) is the first-run art film "Taxi to the Darkside."

But first things first. Tonight I'll head to The Loft to check out Atlanta's Blueground Undergrass. As the band's name and the Grateful Dead-inspired cover art suggest, they're a bit jammy. Jam bands aren't usually my thing, but the bluegrass banjos come through strong enough to temper any distaste. It'll be a good show. It starts around 10 p.m., and cover is $10. Details: 706-596-8141.

— Brad Barnes


There's more to Easter weekend than unscientific experiments involving Peeps and microwaves.

Once you hit adulthood it's tough to get caught up in the holiday's candy-hunting, pastel-dress appeal without risking candidacy on a future episode of “To Catch a Predator.”

But look hard enough and you'll find a reason to do the bunny hop.

Friday, buy a package of the retro robin's egg candies and use them to color your lips just like the old days. Once you're done, head to Broad Street Blues (913 Broad Street) for the Phenix City's customer appreciation party.

It's free, and you can expect drink specials and lots of giveaways. Friday's party starts at 6 p.m., and there's another one Saturday at 9:45. 334-297-3200.

Looking to recreate the chaotic spirit of an egg hunt? Head to a discount store like Ross Dress For Less (5555 Whittlesey Blvd.), where you have to peck through disorganized racks of inventory to find a sweater that will last an average of two weekends. 706-653-0208.

Finally, if you end up defining Sunday's Easter brunch in terms of a moderately thawed box of Eggo waffles, don't worry. After building a cute little animal with the nougat inside a Snickers bar, visit to see my exclusive interview with the Easter bunny.

If nothing else, you'll get to see me wear some killer robin's egg lipstick.

— Sonya Sorich


What with all the objectification of women in the news recently (you know, the fall of Eliot Spitzer by a high-priced call girl, the subsequent revelation that she's been in Girls Gone Wild, those nude pics of "The Hills'" Audrina), I thought it'd be good to have three things to do this weekend that emphasize the intellectual and the feminine.

First, head out to the International Medieval Poetry Reading at 7 p.m. Friday at the Smith-McCullers House, 1519 Stark Ave. CSU students and faculty will read poetry in its mother tongue with English translations for the uninitiated. Medieval music and images will flow through the event like honeysuckle. Also, it's free.

On Saturday, go downtown for "The Vagina Monologues" at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at The Loft, 1032 Broadway. Tickets are $20, and get your head out of the gutter.

Finally, take advantage of the new spring season, celebrate Easter and 70-degree weather by taking your loved one to Idle Hour Park in Phenix City. Get lost in the phantasmagorical forests bordering the sweeping glasslands of the park. Revel in the freedom of a warm Sunday afternoon as you drift dazed from tree to tree.

As for me, I just got my tax rebate back and I'm spending the weekend with Kristen.

— Alan Riquelmy