What's going on this weekend?

It’s the end of the world as we know it … And that means you need to start on your Christmas shopping now, before the financial markets implode and you don’t have any money anymore. First, grab a copy of the Ledger, peruse all those slick advertisements and then head out to Columbus Park Crossing Friday night. Don’t wait for the slackers who will fill the aisles Saturday and Sunday. You need a tiny Christmas tree with the lights already attached now. I suggest Home Depot for all your artificial tree needs. Saturday, check out the Dixie Jewels Insulator Club’s annual fall show, swap and sale at Bethany Baptist Church, 2207 28th St. in Phenix City. It’s from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., but you know you should get there early for the best stuff. Sunday promises to have “abundant” sunshine, so get out of your mom’s basement for a few hours and enjoy moderate temperatures while you still can. It’s never too early to hang those Christmas tree lights outside (as long as you live in Bibb City), so get to work.

—Alan Riquelmy

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night

Don't let the threat of nasty weather make you believe there will be an absence of bare skin downtown this weekend.

Saturday night includes three standout options for partiers on Broadway. Play your cards correctly and you won't even hear a pesky Nickelback cover.

The Loft, 1032 Broadway, hosts the Athens, Ga.-based Modern Skirts. Their piano-driven melodies are mildly reminiscent of Ben Folds Five, but these guys are upbeat enough to help audience members avoid a desire to stare longingly through a foggy window and contemplate the meaning of life.

Cover is $8 and the show starts at 9 p.m.

But the Skirts have some serious Saturday night competition — thanks the power of references to a city boy born and raised in south Detroit.

Journey tribute band Chain Reaction comes to The Roadhouse, 1047 Broadway, at 8 p.m. Saturday and cover is $5. Tickets for seats on a midnight train going anywhere are extra.

Finally, Big City Club, 1113 Broadway, joins the many venues hosting Georgia-Auburn after parties Saturday. There's $1 draft beer all night and guests get in free with college attire.

Never underestimate partiers' ability to translate that promotion into "wear lingerie."

—Sonya Sorich