Thursday, August 20, 2009

Weekend Ahead: August 21-23

LISTEN
There are three very different concerts going on tomorrow night. It's convenient, because I'm guessing there's very little chance overlap with these groups. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe there are thousands of people who had hours of turmoil over whether to buy Jonas Brothers or Counting Crows tickets. But I kind of doubt it. Anyway, country-lovers can catch Alan Jackson at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, over in a more intimate Live Nation setting, Counting Crows fans can watch them play at the Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory at 7:30 p.m. And pre-teen girls can see favorite Disney heartthrobs, the Jonas Brothers do their thing at Time Warner Cable Arena at 7 p.m. Go to livenation.com for the first two and timewarnercablearena.com for the JBs.

PARTY
I'm a writer so people often ask who my favorite author is. I tend to say F. Scott Fitzgerald mostly just because it has that exact right level of pretentiousness. No self-respecting writer can say someone like Dan Brown is their favorite author and if you say someone like Kafka they're either going to stare at you blankly or decide you're totally full of yourself. Trust me. Claiming Fitzgerald would come in really handy this Saturday evening at The Great Gatsby Gala. Don your best roaring 20's attire (there's a contest), enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks (including a martini bar), and dancing, and pretend you're Gatsby for the evening. The event starts at 8 p.m. in the Wachovia Atrium and benefits the national MS Society. nationalmssociety.org

SEE
Ok, so hummingbirds kind of freak me out. Birds are fine. Bees are not. Hummingbirds just look a little too much like bees for my liking. However, if you happen to like the little guys, there's a festival dedicated entirely to them at Reedy Creek Nature Center this Saturday. This 3rd annual festival features games, music, and even a few of the fast-flapping avians. The festival goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p..m. Go to nwf.org for more info.

DRINK
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and an appetite for vino for Daveste' Vineyard's concert this Saturday. The event goes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is $10 per person at the entrance. (The money goes towards one glass of wine or one wine tasting with a souvenir glass.) Purchase fried fish or shrimp plates from Hickory Tavern on the premises as you listen to The Blue Roosters perform. Go to daveste.com for more information.

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