Weekender Picks

If you’re in need of a confidence boost, there’s no better therapy than Bernie Mac’s Def Jam Comedy set. Coming on after a comedian that literally got booed off stage, Bernie Mac begins his set with my favorite first line, “I ain’t scared of you motherfuckers,” and then proceeds to kill it.

— Curan Mehra


If the weight of life is bringing you down this weekend, head to the Greek Theater and see the Avett Brothers sing their hearts out in brotherly bluegrass-folk-indie-pop-soulful unison. The show starts at 8:00 pm.

— Anya Schultz


The New York Times’ Modern Love column is great for a dose of modern romance, if you need a break from Shakespeare reading or your own weary love life. The column publishes once a week, but dig into the archives for particularly relatable essays. My favorites: Is God Just Not That Into Me? and Before the Web, Hearts Grew Silent. This week’s, Sure Enough for the Two of Us, is good as well.

— Libby Rainey