Top things to do in Columbus for Jan. 3-5

“The Last Flower” and “Art Unbound III,” through Friday, Jan. 3

Don't miss your last chance to view the original manuscript of James Thurber's “The Last Flower,” an illustrated antiwar parable he wrote in 1939 just after the start of World War II. Also on display at CML's Main Library are original drawings by Thurber. The exhibition is paired with the third installment of “Art Unbound,” in which local artists respond to themes in the Thurber book with artworks constructed entirely from books (withdrawn from circulation or donated).

Dinner with the Diva: Peggy Kriha Dye, Saturday, Jan. 4

The Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop will host Opera Columbus' Peggy Kriha Dye in the eatery's private upstairs room for a dinner performance that also will include performers from the Opera Columbus Resident Artist Program. The concert offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Kriha Dye, a soprano who's appeared on stages all over the world, while also enjoying a four-course meal from one of Columbus' finest restaurants.

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, Friday, Jan. 3

For many Central Ohio sports fans, January is when football fever breaks and attention turns to basketball midway through the season. The good news: This year’s men’s team is very, very good, with far more offensive firepower than in coach Chris Holtmann’s previous two seasons. The Buckeyes have racked up marquee wins against perennial powerhouses Villanova, North Carolina and Kentucky—blowing out the first two—and have ascended as high No. 2 in the polls. The bad news: OSU lost its last game to No. 22 West Virginia and already suffered a Big Ten loss to a middling Minnesota team. The 11-2 Buckeyes, currently No. 5 in the nation, will try to get back on track at 7 p.m. on Friday against an 8-5 Wisconsin team that appears to be having an off year.

  Wildlights, through Sunday, Jan. 5; Conservatory Aglow, through Saturday, Jan. 4

This weekend is your last chance to catch festive light shows at two major Central Ohio institutions. Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium closes Jan. 5; the attraction will be open 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. And at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Conservatory Aglow ends its run Jan. 4. The special evening event runs until 9 p.m. nightly.,


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