Friday

Weekend Guide

December 31, 2009

Couch Potato Competition: While others hit the gym with New Year's resolutions on their minds, these folks are hitting the recliners. Come cheer on four competitors as they vie to become the 2010 Ultimate Couch Potato by watching the most continuous hours of televised sports. Restroom breaks are permitted once every eight hours, but sleeping is not allowed. The event starts at 11 a.m. at ESPN Zone, 601 E. Pratt St. Free. Call 410-685-3776 or go to espnzone.com/ultimatecouchpotato.

First Day: Some of Baltimore's best poets and artists ring in the New Year with a day of art, readings and performances. Christine Stewart and Gregg Wilhelm of CityLit Project and Stephen Reichert and Clare Banks of Smartish Pace are among the contributors. The show runs from noon to 5 p.m. at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Event is free; made-to-order omelets and mimosas will be sold. Call 410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org.

Sublime Tribute: Although the '90s ska/punk group disbanded after lead singer Brad Nowell died in 1996, demand for the band's music has only grown since then, a need the wildly successful tribute band Badfish is happy to fulfill. Show starts at 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $20-$23. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.

New Year's Day Resolution Run 5K: Join dedicated runners as they pound the pavement to shed some of those unwanted holiday pounds. The race starts at 2 p.m. around Patterson Park. Registration costs $30. Call 410-561-3570 or go to charmcityrun.com

Senator Sessions: Echoes re-creates the sounds and sights of a live Pink Floyd experience with vintage guitars and synthesizers. Jeff Taylor & the Prairie Rust Band also perform. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. Tickets are $15. Call 410-435-8338 or go to www.senator.com.

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