DJ Booty is calling

He's not dead, Jim. In fact, Kirk has been transformed — into Booty. DJ Booty, that is. The disc-spinner formerly known as DJ Kirk has a new name, but the same game: driving dance music. He performs free at Aqua Nightclub at 9 p.m. Friday night. And really, who can resist the Booty call? Details: 706-358-7128.

Saturday night, the Standard Deluxe T-shirt shop in Waverly, Ala. (head to Auburn, then point north on U.S. 280 for about 10 miles. Turn at the "Waverly Business District" sign, after chuckling), is hosting an art show by Keen Zero. The show starts at 6 p.m., and later there's music by folk/Americana act Dooley's Blue Revue. It's all technically free, but Standard-Dee is asking for a $10 donation to the band. So buck up. Details: 800-382-9473.

The weekend's other big event, in my book, is "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," wherein it appears that evil elf refugees from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth have invaded regular old Earth. No matter the concept. The first "Hellboy" had the two key ingredients for a popcorn flick: It was smashtastic and it was funny. Showtimes: 706-571-3456.

— Brad Barnes

Summer lovin'

No, you don't have to be a Jonas Brothers fan club member to use the phrase "summer fling." Even as an adult, there's nothing wrong with some humidity-fueled romance.

Haven't found your summer lovin' yet? Here are some nightlife hot spots to hit up this weekend:

Start with the newest addition to the downtown party scene, The Oasis. The bar, formerly Rumors/Savana's, is at 1107 Broadway.

Doors open at 4 p.m. nightly — so there's a good chance Friday you'll find a fling who disregards corporate America's work schedule just as much as you do.

Saturday, try your romance odds at Soho Bar & Grill's sixth anniversary celebration. As far as summer flings go, nothing screams "romance" better than the row of DD bras hanging from the ceiling here.

The party starts at 10 p.m. and features music from local band Forced Entry. The bar's at 5751 Milgen Road. Cover is $5.

Wrap up your weekend by relaxing at a free jazz music event at Lakebottom Park. It's 6-9 p.m. Sunday and features tunes from Smooth Sensation and Claude Rivers.

Those pickup lines involving band camp? Totally still valid.

— Sonya Sorich

Insects among us

The forecast, as usual this time of year, threatens rain for the whole weekend. I think it's full of it, and recommend a plethora of outdoor activities with which you can while away the hours of your empty days.

Friday night, head to the Columbus Catfish game at 7 p.m., where they'll be playing the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Apparently, you have to make it to the major leagues before you get a shot at having a team name that isn't lame.

You might think it's baseball overkill, but head back to Golden Park Saturday at the same time for another game. Why twice, you ask? Because it's round 2 of Bark in the Park — the only time you can bring your mangy pup and let it lunge at small children the whole time with fangs bared.

The cost is around $5 to get in for the cheap seats, but no one gets whiny if you head underneath a covering when it starts to pour.

Finally, wrap up your weekend by visiting the Insectival at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. At this disgusting, wretched and demoniac festival of insectisoids you can eat bugs.

Really. You can also buy honey, but it's mainly about eating bugs.

Check it out from noon to 4 p.m. Bring $2 to get in and a desire to pick cricket legs out of your teeth.

—Alan Riquelmy