Friday, February 22, 2008

MAGA, Ma-Con, Et. al.

This is one of those uncommon weekends here in Macon, Ga. where there is actually quite a bit to do around town, so with mostly reruns still on, you might want to get out of the house for your entertainment options.

The Macon Film & Video Festival (MAGA) continues tonight through Sunday at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Highlights include "Talladega Nights" tonight, the independent films "Little Chicago" and "Blood Car" on Saturday, and the documentary "Please Call Home: The Big House Documentary" on Sunday. I've been looking forward to "Blood Car" ever since hearing about it at the Austin Film Festival, and it has won a bunch of awards. It's a parody of horror films in which a person begins using blood as fuel in the wake of high gas prices.

That's in addition to hours of independent submissions from filmmakers all over the country. You can also catch the work of Bibb County school students Saturday morning. For a complete listing of events, check out

If that weren't enough, the Museum of Arts & Sciences is hosting "Ma-Con" this Saturday. In conjuction with its exhibit featuring the work of Tony Harris, Ray Snyder and Craig Hamilton - all local artists who work on some of the top comic book titles in the industry - other award winning artists and writers will be in town. There will also be a series of seminars on Saturday:

11 a.m. – Comic Writing
12 p.m. – Comic Penciling
2 p.m. – Comic Inking
3 p.m. – Comic Coloring
4 p.m. – The Art of Ex Machina
5 p.m. – The Art of Southern Comics
10:30 a.m., 1:30, & 5:30 p.m. – Curator Tours of The Art of Macon Comics exhibition

If you haven't caught the exhibit yet, now is a perfect opportunity.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Of course, if you are on this blog, you probably want to know what there is to watch on TV, especially if you don't live in Macon. Fair enough.

"Monk" (USA, 9 p.m.) wraps up its two-part season finale with Monk (Tony Shalhoub) a fugitive from justice. Don't worry, folks - the show has been renewed for next season.

The new game show "Amnesia" (NBC, 9 p.m.), hosted by Dennis Miller, pits contestants against their own memories as they try to remember the intricate details of their past.

"Torchwood" (BBC America, Sat., 9 p.m.) is all-new as an alien infiltrates the group's HQ. Also, "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, Sat., 11:30 p.m.) returns after the strike with host Tina Fey and musical guest Carrie Underwood.

On Sunday, there's a little thing called the Academy Awards (ABC, Sun., 7 p.m.) Hopefully, you've caught the predictions that the Reel Fanatic, Keith Demko, and I did last week. If not, scroll down for the video.

I'm told I'd be remiss in not mentioning "Masterpiece," which continues its Jane Austen run (PBS, 9 p.m.), while one of the best new shows of 2008, "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 10 p.m.) is also new. You can also continue to catch on "Dexter" (CBS, 10 p.m.) if you don't subscribe to Showtime.

1 comment:

zodin2008 said...

"Monk" has been way beyond off its rails and done for a few seasons now. I vowed to stop watching this show 2 years ago and kept watching out of habit, and then when the strike took away so many shows, it was one of the only things on.

But this show is beyond stupid and inane by now. I will finish the current season's 2 parter tonight, and then it officially comes off my DVR forever.

This show has gone on way too long and the storylines border on beyond ridiculous.

I am happy to have SNL back this weekend but it comes at a very bittersweet expense.

Lorne Michaels recently was talking about how SNl, through the years when it's hit creative slumps, always rebounds during political seasons.

This year, more than ever, you had so many characters that screamed for political parody - Gravel, Paul, Huckabee, Kucinich, Biden, Romney, Obama, Rudy and Clinton - all would have made great SNL skits for a variety of reasons. (you could have even brought Horatio Sanz back to do Richardson).

But, the strike hit at the absolute WORST TIME POSSIBLE for a struggling SNL. It was bad enough these strikers helped take away our favorite TV shows, but the political primary season was ripe with comedy gold, and exactly during these last 3 months, Lorne's comedy troupe lost their chance to regenerate SNL creative mojo.

A shame for sure. Now because Obama has inexplicably become the Democratic front runner (I like to say again his candidacy and popularity is the "American Idol Effect" now prevelant in this society where substance apparently doesn't matter at all) SNL is now going to have to add a new, unknown castmember late in the game, rather than ride the Amy Poehler express with her hysterically droll Hillary impersonation.

I imagine impression king Darrell Hammond will handle McCain duties.