So U2's playing a week of concerts right here in Columbus, and I'm gonna be there, Mother. At least the Irish band's "U2 3D" concert film is showing here, and I'll be in a seat on Sunday, bloody Sunday. It's at the Carmike 15, located north of town, where the streets have no name. And I'll be there with or without you. Best of all? The tickets are just the normal $9, plus $2 for the 3-D glasses. There are no matinee discounts and no passes accepted, though.
But first, it's off to see the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet perform with Columbus master guitarist Andrew Zohn and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, as part of the Columbus State University Guitar Symposium. Tickets to that are $21-$35 (or $10 to last-minute CSU students, while seats are available). It's at RiverCenter, 900 Broadway. Details: 706-256-3612.
And while I'm in the cultural mood, I'll check out "Persepolis," also at the Carmike 15. It's an animated film about an Iranian girl whose discovery of punk rock leads her on a dangerous path of rebellion. It's based on an acclaimed graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi nominated for an Academy Award for best animated film (see Sorich's picks for more on Sunday's awards).
— Brad Barnes
THERE WILL BE FUN
After five hours of filler-packed "American Idol" this week, I'm building my weekend around something else that could last all of 10 minutes if not for the glorious world of commercials.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards.
The show isn't until Sunday, but there's plenty of stuff to do before then.
Friday, hit up Soho Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road, to see local favorite Whisky Bent. The $5 show starts around 10 p.m. Devour a couple cans of PBR, ogle at the bras on the wall and be glad your dad didn't know about your drunken antics when he gave you that post-"Juno" morality talk.
Saturday, while Hollywood's stars are likely entering the advance stages of Oscar primping, bask in your comparatively empty wallet while shopping at Old Navy, 5555 Whittlesey Blvd. You won't find Keira Knightley's dress from "Atonement," but the store does have a pretty sweet new safari line.
And I know your inner animal is long overdue for unleashing.
Finally, end the weekend by watching the Oscars, which begin at 8 p.m. on ABC. Plan a party with expensive wine, mass quantities of fried food and plenty of other throwaway favors.
Elements you'll be able to afford, of course, because you refused to buy movie tickets to see any of the nominated films. — Sonya Sorich
A WEEKEND +1
There's more stuff going on this Friday than you can shake a +2 club at, meaning you'll have to take part of Saturday and all of Laundry Day to recover your expended hit points and eat some iron rations.
Because two of the events I'm proposing overlap in time, you'll have to do some serious time management or talk to H.G. Wells in order to experience each one.
First, squeeze over to the "Art for Autism" sale and auction from 6-9 p.m. at the Green Island Country Club. It's $25 to get inside, but that does include some food and access to a cash bar, which I'm sure will feature adequately priced drinks.
You might not find anything you want to hang on your bathroom wall, but you just might find a useful prop for your next Cthulhu game.
Secondly (or firstly, depending on your time management/travel plan), enjoy a night of gaming from 5-10 p.m. at CSU's Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center for Continuing Education. It's Geek Night, and that means D&D, LAN gaming, Magic and other senseless methods of wasting your time will be featured for those of you who live in your parents' basement and haven't showered for awhile.
Bring $5 and a desire to never have another date again.
Lastly, rejoice in the remainder of your weekend by cruising over to boardgames4us.com. Buy some of the better games you played with the geeks and start having your own personal game nights each weekend.
Or you could always just hang out with your World of Warcraft girlfriend named "GlittermacegirlXXX." Won't mom be proud.
— Alan Riquelmy