Weekend picks include seafood festival, music, theater

The last day of summer

Sadly, the days of summer are behind us and we now look bleakly ahead into a harsh, Columbus winter. There’s only three things to do in a situation such as this:

Poker at After 5: Hide from the cold, uncaring winds of autumn by playing a friendly game of poker at After 5 Sports Bar & Grill, 3709 Gentian Blvd. You can play at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Be sure to tip your waitress.

Oktoberfest Art Gala: Be prepared for some chilling artwork when you attend this event at the Joseph House Art Gallery, 828 Broadway, from 5-9 p.m. Friday. The object d’art on display will celebrate the autumn season.

The Market’s Seafood Festival: Don’t miss a chance to get some good eats and adult beverages at The Market, 1039 First Ave., in downtown Columbus this Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. While the event will be in an outside courtyard, you’ll be protected from the icy winds by sturdy brick walls. Bring $10 to get in, extra for the delicacies and a Cosby sweater, though, just in case. Advance $5 tickets are available at The Market until 10 p.m. Friday.

Alan Riquelmy

Get bent

Alan's just bitter because his aversion toward coffee means he can't enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks this weekend. Embrace the cooler weather and try these weekend picks:

Friday night concert: Whisky Bent performs a free show 7-10 p.m. on Broadway. After that, participate in the First Friday Block Party, when one $10 cover gets you into the majority of downtown Columbus hot spots.

Ranger Roundup: This fundraiser for the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Memorial includes a 5K run at 9 a.m., a hamburger grilling contest at 11 a.m. and a Keni Thomas and Cornbread concert at 5 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Race costs $20-$25. Grilling contest costs $10. It's at Jay Auto Mall, 1661 Whittlesey Road. 866-997-7411.

"The Full Monty" at the Springer: It's your last chance to see this musical, which is based on the 1997 movie about six laid-off steel workers who decide to become male strippers after they see their wives’ obsession with the Chippendale dancers. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Springer Opera House (103 10th St.) and tickets are $10-$38.

The Springer Opera House is serving dinner in the Saloon before the Friday (Oct. 1) and Saturday (Oct. 2) performances of "The Full Monty." The Saloon will open at 6 p.m. for the meal, catered by Celebrity's Bistro.

This weekend's menu for "The Full Monty," includes field green salad, grilled Tuscan breast of chicken, grilled salmon with wasabi ginger glaze, Tuscany orzo, grilled seasonal vegetables and assorted desserts. The meal is served with iced tea and fresh baked bread.

The dinner costs $15.95 and reservations are required. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Sonya Sorich

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