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It's a coffee kind of day, I guess. Sure you got your Starbucks grand opening (see Sonya's picks), but I've always been more of a Fountain City Coffee kind of guy. The atmosphere just does me good, and it's awfully close to the office. The good news is, it's now a lot closer to a lot of other people's offices, with the new Fountain City Coffee grand opening at The Landings, 2523 Airport Thruway. The coffee is free all day today.

I'll need that caffeine buzz to carry on through a busy Saturday. If the rain holds off, the temperature will be great for the annual Outsiders Outside Doo-Nanny in Seale, Ala. — about 10 miles south of Phenix City. It's a folk art festival in name, but it's really a freaky circus of interesting people, art, music, food and films. It's 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and there's no admission charge. The event's moved to Butch Anthony's property on Poorhouse Road. Basically, take a left on Ala. 169 in Seale, then take your first right and follow the signs. Details: 334-855-9547.

Saturday night, The Modern Skirts, who will go down as one of history's best Athens bands — along with REM, Of Montreal and The Whigs — perform at The Loft. It's piano-heavy pop music with great harmony voices. Check 'em out. The show's slated to start around 9:30 p.m., and cover is $8. Details: 706-596-8141.

— Brad Barnes


Compare them to video game names. Lifetime movie titles. Shades of lipstick.

Either way, the names of bands performing at all-ages nightclub the Core often sound like anything but musical acts. Friday's lineup — which spans FBA, Manchester Black, Ocean is Theory and What Great Light — is no exception.

That's the roster for the final round of Indie Wars. Incidentally, the night also marks the end of the Core Shows, so it's your last chance to get your alcohol-free party on.

The action starts at 7 p.m. at 1819 Midtown Drive. Cover is $7. 706-565-7240.

Don't let those parent chaperones keep you up too late, though. Saturday, you'll want to be the first customer served when the new Bradley Park Starbucks opens at 5 a.m. It's in the old Schlotzsky's Deli.

Finally, end your weekend Sunday by watching some moderate roughhousing courtesy of the Columbus Adult Soccer Association. Games begin around 4 p.m. in the Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex.

I root for my co-worker Lily's team, Acousti, but feel free to cheer for the colored jersey of your choice. "Jock Jams" mix tape optional.

— Sonya Sorich


I actually feel like doing something this weekend, I mean other than online poker. It's a strange feeling that only comes around three times a year, so take note, slackers: This time, I mean it.

No, really, I mean it.

I'm going to start with a little paintball action at Sledgehammer Paintball, 3918 Georgia 355 in Buena Vista. The slaughter is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and it's free, though you're forced to buy your paintballs from the business. It could be worse.

On Sunday, I'm going to have to kick it up a few notches (BAM!) if I'm to complete two events, thus rounding out my festive weekend. The Columbus Civic Center deigns to allow its residents to ice skate from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. It's $5 just to walk in the door and another $3 for skate rental.

Shoot for the earlier time slot so you can get over to Parnello's Restaurant at 5828-G Moon Road for the Tarzan Yell Contest. It's from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and the best yellers, old or otherwise, could appear in a commercial. The top crooner gets a $25 gift certificate.

That's got to impress at least somebody.

— Alan Riquelmy