Remember the Oscar-winning Johnny Depp flick “Ed Wood”? Well, let’s call this Ed Wood, with a twist. Wood’s career defining sci-fi flick “ Plan 9 from Outer Space,” which has been dubbed “the worst movie ever made” by noted film critic Michael Medved, will be subjected to even more ridicule when the pranksters of RiffTrax Live take to the screen Thursday at Cinemark 14. You may remember these guys - comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett – from their show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” which was basically the same concept: roll an awesomely bad flick, and crack jokes about it. On Thursday, they’ll skewer “Plan 9,” a cult classic. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.50, $11.50 and $12.50. Cinemark at Myrtle Beach is at 2100 Coastal Grand Circle, Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 839-3225 or visit www.cinemark.com.
Original local rock act I, God is set for its first reunion since 2007 on Friday and the show at Hot Fish Club is billed as its last gig…ever…which is right up there in the rock ‘n’ roll playbook between the Farewell Tour and the Reunion Tour. Anyhow, the band features local notables guitarist Bradley Roberts (who now lives in Georgia), bassist Patrick O’ Leary, drummer Mark Holt and guitarist Kyle Thrash (who is moving to Colorado). Also on the bill are local deejay duo Catpuncher & The Mayor (Brian McKenzie and Chrissy Kotsopoulos) and local rockers SharkLegs. The show is set for 9:30 p.m. Friday. There is no cover charge. Hot Fish Club is at 4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Call 357-9175 or visit www.hotfishclub.com.
And the reunion vibes keep going on Saturday as The Drag, the notorious Brit Pop-influenced Myrtle Beach outfit that enjoyed a cup of coffee on national label Island Records which released the band’s “Satellites Beaming Back at You” in 1996, regroups for a one-night affair at Pirate’s Cove in North Myrtle Beach. The Ferns and Sapphire are also on the bill. In addition, Conway-based boutique label Turnip Farm Records will also be on hand peddling The Drag’s music on vinyl along with other Myrtle Beach rock-related items. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. There’s a $7 cover, and advance tickets are available via www.showclix.com. Pirate’s Cove Lounge is at 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 249-8942 or visit www.piratescovelounge.com.
Fighting to improve the team’s position in the South Division standings, Coach Cliff Ellis’ hoopin’ Coastal Carolina Chanticleers take on Big South Conference foe Radford at the spacious, new HTC Center on Saturday. Tip off is at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8, $10, $12, and $15. The HTC Center is at 104 Founders Drive on CCU’s Conway campus, bounded by U.S. 501 and S.C. 544. Call 347-TIXX or visit www.goccusports.com
Hey mon, talk about super bowls (and bongs), the Boathouse hosts its annual ode to the godfather of reggae as Marley Gras is on tap with a slate of all-Bob Marley all night long as Mystic Vibrations lays down the Rasta grooves on Saturday. Marley, who died in 1981 of cancer at the age of 36, would be turning 68 on Wednesday, hence Saturday’s celebration of remembrance. The party starts at 9 p.m. Saturday. There is no cover charge. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
We unbelievably just overheard someone ask, “when is the Super Bowl?” So, in case you don’t know, that big football game that people keep babbling about is Sunday as the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens, led by retiring linebacker Ray Lewis, take on the NFC champ San Francisco 49ers, featuring quarterback sensation Colin Kaepernick, at New Orleans’ Super Dome. Oh yeah, and you might hear about a storyline involving the two teams head coaches: San Fran’s Jim Harbaugh is the li’l bro of the Ravens’ John Harbaugh, the first time siblings have faced off as head coaches in the Super Bowl. The televised hype begins early in the day, but kick-off is set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS (that’s WBTW for locals). Beyonce, fresh off of her did-she, or didn’t-she lip synch at the presidential inauguration, is the featured half-time performer. For a look at the pop culture phenomenon that is Super Bowl advertising and commercials, check out this week’s cover story.
Kent Kimes, Editor