No, don't reach for the Midol--at least not yet. It's the beginning of February and the weekend is upon us!
What a busy weekend it is. There is the annual mega-hype of Superbowl Sunday, and while I have no problem using a meaningless athletic event as an excuse to consume excessive quantities of alcohol, you may want to fill your weekend with other activities as well. Beginning about nine a.m. is First Saturday at Goodwill, where everything is half price (don't scoff; I have found some killer antique frames there for next to nothing) and then at six p.m. is the mandatory First Saturday Art Crawl downtown on the Avenue of the Arts and adjacent locations. There will be a host of openings and a shuttle to take you to the galleries not within convenient walking distance; doubtless some good souls will provide wine and cheese or other suitable comestibles and while not quite the bacchanal of Super Sunday, the wall décor is more appealing to some than the half-time display of silicone appendages bobbing up and down to music.
Moreover, as a prelude, on Friday, at 6:30 p.m., the Frist will have a gallery talk by up and coming techno-artist Camille Utterback. She is the artist behind the Tracing Time/Marking Movement exhibition, and she will discuss her interactive installations and other computer-generated works.
No doubt after the weekend is over many of you will reach for the Midol--or Pepto Bismal and Alka-Seltzer--depending on your gender and the condition of your body. But for now, enjoy the arts and let us hope the half-time commercials will be worth the wait.