What's going on this weekend?

Wonder twin powers, activate!

Ever since summer ended, and the weather changed so you could step outside without immediately needing a shower, the weekend activities have been endless. This one is no exception. Welcome, fellow traveler, to the Weekend Picks.

This weekend we take you on a journey not of sight or sound, but one of mind. Be sure to hop on the weekend train by attending the Ultimate Guys Expo, 9-5 p.m. Saturday or 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. Cost is $6, $3 for military and guests 12 and younger. Sip on a fine wine while tailgating. Makes sense to me.

Saturday, don your best Bat Girl costume (or, if you’re a male, Wonder Woman) and relish in the madcap action that is Nerdacon. It’s 6-11:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Davidson Student Center on CSU’s campus. It’s a cool scene with computer games, at least one vendor and always copious amounts of game playing. Their only fault: failing to give me a prize at last year’s costume contest. For shame, Nerdacon.

Sunday, see if you can find that old movie, “Harold and Maude,” on The Movie Channel. I tell ya, that movie made me realize the genius of Cat Stevens.

-Alan Riquelmy

Flying solo

While Alan's prancing around in his Wonder Woman costume, you'll be using this weekend as a lesson in independence. Maybe you have no friends. Maybe you have some friends, but are convinced they're all trying to steal your boyfriend or hot dance moves.

Either way, there's no better time to hit the town alone.

Friday, coyly sip a martini at Belloo's, 900 Front Ave. Stake out a comfy spot and listen to live entertainment from Big Woody and the Splinters. If a creepy guy hits on you, tell him you're just, um, waiting for somebody. Cover is $5, free if you're wearing a black dress.

Saturday, do the unthinkable and eat dinner public. Try one of my favorite new restaurants, Mongo Grill (7830 Veterans Parkway). You choose stir-fry ingredients from a selection of vegetables, meats and sauces. The $7.99 dinner is a steal, but if you're especially broke, look depressed while eating solo. A concerned stranger might pick up your tab.

Finally, wrap up the weekend by attending Sunday's Darius Rucker concert at the Columbus Civic Center. If anyone knows the value of independence, it's Rucker. The former rocker has built a successful solo country career -- so successful, in fact, that most fans have finally realized his first name isn't Hootie.

Show starts at 7 p.m. and opening act is Jypsi. Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50.

-Sonya Sorich

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