T minus 1 week until the Midnight Run I know all you wannabe runners out there are itching to show your mad 5K skills, but you still have a week until the grueling 3.1-mile run through the dark, Midtown streets. In the meantime, check out these handy ideas for how to waste your time this weekend: Springer art show and sale: Run down to the Second Annual Springer Opera House's Actor's Arena around 7 p.m. Friday for a chance to examine art and possibly buy it. It's a pregamer to Saturday's block party, which I won't be attending because instead I'll be ... Prepare for the Midnight Run: That's right. You've only got a week, and I know you'll feel better about the whole idea if you can muster 2 1/2 miles this Saturday. If you get to Lakebottom early enough, say around 7 a.m., you can still have time to recover to hit the block party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ophir Drive at Daileys: No doubt you'll be ready for a cool, adult beverage by Saturday evening. I suggest you check out Daileys on Broadway in Columbus. The band Ophir Drive is performing around 10 p.m. Cover is $5. Find a spot at a table at the back of the bar, relax and relish the fact that you're pretty much ready for next week's run. Alan Riquelmy
Gotta have soul
You survived another week. Congratulations. Celebrate by enjoying these weekend options:
Outdoor concert on Broadway: What?!? A downtown Columbus concert that's not part of a month-long series? You have to check this out. Carson Hand and the Original Soul Proprietors perform a free outdoor concert 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday on the 1000 block of Broadway in downtown Columbus.
It's a prelude to Saturday's 2nd Annual Band Bash at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, a benefit for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Watch Little League: Carmike Cinemas will show live, on a big digital screen, Saturday's 3 p.m. Little League World Series game played by the Columbus Northern All-Stars. The (Aug. 21) event is free to all fans. There is limited seating and the first fans arriving get the seats.
Honor Bob Saget: Attend Beer With Bob Saget Night on Saturday at Flip Flops, 1111 Broadway. Two local men are on a quest to have a beer with Saget. They hope this party will help them achieve their goal. Action starts at 9 p.m. and cover is $5, free if you wear a T-shirt honoring Saget.
SamRoc & GRD: The local duo specializes in Southern rap and hip-hop. They perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Sky Nightclub, 1818 Midtown Drive. Cover is $5.