Get your cornbread fix

It didn't use to be a rare occasion to see Keni "Cornbread" Thomas playing his old haunt, The Loft. But these days he's so busy writing songs and launching his career in Nashville that finding a couple of sets of his country and rock music is tougher than the leather in his old cowboy hat. Fans won't want to miss his show tonight at The Loft, along with duo Levi Rose. The show starts around 9:30 p.m. and admission is $10. Details: 706-596-8141.

Of course, SpringFest is the big music happening this weekend. What's not to like about a big, open street party on Broadway that happens to be free? If I were to choose just one block of time to attend, I'd start around 4 p.m. Saturday for blues and old-school R&B belter Peggy Jenkins, followed, on the hour, by rock cover act Whisky Bent, roots singer Marshall Ruffin, and slide blues act Delta Moon. Details:

Sunday's good for escaping the heat (and pollen) with a movie. The Columbus Film Society offers us acclaimed film "The Witnesses," set in 1984 and dealing with the arrival of AIDS among a group of free-wheeling friends. It's at the Peachtree 8. Heady stuff, so it's a natch to chase that with a palate cleanser, like a rental of "Cloverfield."

— Brad Barnes


You don't have to be Posh or Baby. You don't have to choose between your lover and your friends.

Girl power has never been easier to find, even in the confines of a town like Columbus. Consider this weekend's offerings:

Start things off at Disney On Ice's "Princess Wishes." It could be the closest you get to Prince Charming all weekend. Just don't bother discussing Peter Pan syndrome with the the 4-year-old sitting next to you. She won't want to hear it.

The show runs at various show times through Sunday at the Columbus Civic Center. Tickets are $11-$36. Call 706-571-0086.

See an early show and you'll have time to catch all-female country group Cowboy Crush perform at the RiverCenter Saturday. The concert could inspire you to finally write that musical ode to the ex-boyfriend who cheated on you six months ago.

An extension of Broadway SpringFest, it starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 (student rush) to $25. Call 706-256-3612.

Finally, end your weekend Saturday by partying at Belloo's, 900 Front Ave. It's Little Black Dress Night, a time when women get to reap the benefits of a skewed gender ratio.

Show up in a black dress and get free admission, plus a gift certificate for the bar. Claiborne & Friends will perform.

And if you're really lucky, you might be able to convince them to play "Wannabe."

— Sonya Sorich


This week, as they say in the gladiatorial pits, has been killer. You don't want to move from your Barcalounger because you're so exhausted, but you'll feel like you wasted the weekend if you don't go out.

Here's how to do both, killer.

Start Friday night off by visiting the Broadway SpringFest, 7-10 p.m. along, strangely enough, Broadway. Free music, good eats and conveniently located bars that accept your American dollars. Sit a spell within sight of the music or hide in the back patio of Scruffy Murphy's with a few close friends.

You can return downtown Saturday to browse the no doubt amazing works of art on display, or you can head over to 3 p.m. poker at the Shanty Shack, 4475 Warm Springs Road. Free to play, they deliver beer to your table and it's a good way to avoid the potential of rain.

Sunday, throw your unmentionables in the washer, open a bottle of pop — or as they say in the South, Coke — and use your best rum to mix up a drink worthy of a professional.

Put a film in the DVD player and kick back before the work week starts again. You like gladiator movies, right?

— Alan Riquelmy