What's going on this weekend?

'We’re here at Fort Benning'

The title of this week’s special edition of Weekend Picks comes from a David Rovics song – protest songwriter and dirty hippie. Within its lyrics you’ll find shallow questions about who is really the antagonist at the SOA Watch event – the stinky participants or the gainfully employed soldiers.

I will leave that answer to you, gentle reader. Before reaching a conclusion, though, you may want to grace the protest this weekend with your presence. You can get a whiff of this ever-growing pageant Saturday or Sunday near the Fort Benning Road gate.

I suggest checking the scene out Sunday, the day those who are going to protest SOA will trespass onto federal property.

Don’t like seeing people exercise their First Amendment rights in a manner that disagrees with your own personal convictions? No problem. Cruise on down to the God Bless Fort Benning Day Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Personal favorite Whisky Bent will perform from 3:30-5 p.m. on the 1100 block of Broadway.

I understand if you want to avoid the traffic, closed roads and drum circles. In that case, don your best cantina outfit and head to NerdaCon at Columbus State University either Friday or Saturday. It starts at 6 p.m. Friday and lasts to midnight. The nerdiness lasts from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday. Costumes are welcome, though you likely will also have drum circles to contend with here.

–Alan Riquelmy

Keep it in the family

This weekend’s picks mark a stark reminder that there’s less than a week until you’ll be basking in the glory of the family holiday dinner table.

So rehearse an answer to inquiries about when you’re finally going to get married, and then check out these options for finding a family state of mind:

Saturday, get into the holiday spirit at the Mannheim Steamroller concert in the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theater, 900 Broadway. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $66-$77. Just don’t blame me if choruses of “Feliz Navidad” are in your head for another two months.

Also on Saturday, remind yourself of the virtues of family cooperation by checking out The Bridges at The Loft, 1032 Broadway. The Oxford, Ala.-based folk rock act is composed of siblings and a cousin. Their catchy melodies might just be enough to convince you and your brothers to resurrect that goal of becoming the next Hanson.

Show starts at 9 p.m. and cover is $8.

End the weekend Sunday with karaoke at the Saloon & Oyster Bar, 6005 Macon Road. You’re almost guaranteed to hear “Family Tradition,” and if you drink enough cheap beer, you might acquire a stomach strong enough to conquer yet another year of questionable casseroles.

The action starts at 8 p.m. No cover.

–Sonya Sorich