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Am I talking about the new Michael Jackson movie, now in select theaters across the nation?

Please. The title to this edition of Weekend Picks is a reference to the premier social event of the season: Steeplechase. If you ever hope to be among the nouveau riche (French for “drunk debutante”) then you simply must attend.

But first, get your liver started working Friday night by hitting Eighty-Five, the new bar below Belloo’s on Front Avenue. The doors open at 7 p.m. and if you arrive before 9 p.m., you don’t have to pay the $5 cover.

Be sure to set your alarm clocks before you go out, so you can stumble home, fall into bed and wake up at 8 a.m. to the sounds of bedlam. If you’re smart, you’ll buy your tickets right now instead of wailing on Saturday that you have nothing to do and all your friends left you to watch horses race. Visit Suntrust and Wachovia banks, Peachtree Mall and Country’s Barbecue to buy tickets.

On Saturday, preferably before noon, take I-185 north to exit 30. There will be signs at that point for you to follow.

On Sunday, try to recover from your wild weekend by watching an old DVD you’ve got sitting on the shelf. Me, I plan to watch “V for Vendetta,” even though I’m a couple days off of Nov. 5.

If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll have gotten the number of some nouveau riche you met at Steeplechase to watch it with you.

-Alan Riquelmy

On the run

With Halloween out of the way, you can hit the bars without worrying about being approached by some creepy guy in a mullet wig. Celebrate by attending the First Friday Block Party in downtown Columbus. One $10 cover gets you into the majority of Broadway hot spots.

Saturday, tone your youthful figure by running in the National Infantry Museum's 5K/10K Follow Me Run. The race starts at 10 a.m. and day-of registration is $25. The museum is at 3800 South Lumpkin Road.

Finally, wrap up the weekend by preparing for NerdaCon at Columbus State University. The convention is just a week away, and I'm guessing you need a costume. Peruse the Halloween leftovers at Party City in Columbus Park Crossing.

-Sonya Sorich

-Sonya Sorich

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