To drink or not to drink
In Columbus, you never have to compromise your addictions over the weekend. That’s why this Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m. I’m suggesting you grab your flask and head over to the Springer Opera House at 103 10th St. for a production of “Hamlet.” Bring $10 to $35 to pay off my ghost and for the cost of the show.
On second thought, you may want to watch Denmark’s political system kill itself off Friday night so you can see men push a disk across ice at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Civic Center. The Cottonmouths face off against the Twin City Cyclones. How much does it cost to watch? Too much, once you’ve bought a slice of pizza and a beer. Bring around $25 just for yourself.
And now that you’ve spent all your cash, what do you do on Laundry Day? Not a problem. The city may not have finished its Rails to Trails program yet, but you can get a head start. Most of the old rails have been pulled up and the tree limbs cleared. Grab a warm coat, some walking shoes and a little fortified wine before exploring. You can start along Linwood Boulevard and just see where it takes you.
Phone a friend
You've heard the mantra: Don't hate the player, hate the game. And regardless of whether you're prefer Monopoly or spin the bottle, there's no better time than this weekend to master the art of calculated strategery.
Beginning Friday, with the good old game of love. Head to a bar like the The Loft, 1032 Broadway, where for $8 you can catch a performance by Vinx. Show starts at 9 p.m. Find the object of your affection and then give mixed signals throughout the night. I recommend a fake phone number followed by a seductive follow-up message on your favorite social networking site.
Saturday, one you've mastered the "Mouse Trap"-inspired parking lot at Columbus Park Crossing, go watch "Slumdog Millionaire" at Carmike 15. The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of what happens when a young man from Mumbai, India, appears on a popular game show. You'll leave with the satisfaction that comes with good cinema -- and a strange yearning to hear Regis ask if that's your final answer.
Finally, end the weekend by navigating the ice skating scene inside the Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. Sunday's sessions are 2-3:30 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. It's $7, $3 more to rent skates. While you may have channeled your competitive spirit earlier in the weekend, I'd strongly warn against racing a seemingly harmless little kid. You will be humiliated.