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Forget ABBA, here's a song I can sing

You guys (and by "guys" I mean girls, gay men, and maybe some metrosexuals) can take your "Mama Mia." I'll raise you "Love Songs," which plays for one week at the Carmike Peachtree 8, in the screening room. This, too, is a musical. And it's in French (subtitled in English). But atoning for those sins is the fact that it's loosely about a three-way relationship between two girls and a lucky guy. Tickets are $6. Call 706-571-3456 for show times.

On Saturday, Fort Benning brings in Cali rockers Eve 6 as part of a Soldiers and Families appreciation event. Sure, they're not be the edgiest of alterna-bands, but I can inject a little attitude by trying to crash the party. While it's "technically" only open to soldiers, families and DoD employees, who's going to stop me from rushing the stage? (Answer: MPs. That's who.) In any case, soldiers should definitely plan to hit this show, at York Field.

I haven't caught Billy Earl McClelland's Mojo:Saint live in a couple of months, so I owe them one. They play rootsy blues and rock ’n’ roll at Phenix City's Broad Street Blues at 10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Cover is $5. Details: 706-320-3353.

— Brad Barnes

Tomorrow's creeps at today's prices

If you're staring down the barrel of the last syllable of recorded time this weekend, you're in luck. You may think William Shakespeare is a tool, and you'd be right, but "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" promises to have more laughs than a black-and-white German edition of "Hamlet."

Check the 90-minute play out Friday or Saturday at the Liberty Theatre, 821 Eighth Ave. Tickets are $8, American.

Saturday, escape the Faustian heat by either paying the $127 plus tax for a movie in the theater or by renting a DVD and watching it in the comfort of your home with a glass of Pinot Noir or Natural Light. If you opt for the rental, I suggest the Leo DiCaprio version of "Romeo and Juliet" — a great take on a classic tale.

Sunday, reflect on your own yesterdays lighting fools the way to dusty death by writing your own will. In Georgia, you don't need a lawyer or a notary. Just type it up, sign it and have two people who aren't getting any of your stuff witness it.

— Alan Riquelmy

No money, no problems

Ladies, you don't have to settle for a string of free dinners with potential stalkers in order to save money in this lousy economy.

No-strings-attached bargains are at your fingertips this weekend — you just have to know where to look.

Start with the First Friday Block Party downtown, when one $8 cover gets you into the majority of Broadway bars. You'll get a variety of live entertainment, drink specials, and the priceless opportunity to grimace at some poor summer fashion choices.

Saturday, bask in the penny-saving power of this weekend's tax-free holiday. It lasts through Sunday in Georgia and Alabama. Unfortunately, edible body paint isn't on the list of tax-exempt items, but clothing is. So head to a discount store like Kohl's (5550 Whittlesey Blvd.) and shop away.

Finally, spend Saturday night taking advantage of a free show by Boneheadz at the Saloon & Oyster Bar, 6005 Macon Road. The music starts at 9 p.m. Want to save money next weekend? Grab a pen and write your number on one of the bar's walls. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

— Sonya Sorich

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