Top things to do in Columbus for Jan. 17-19

We Banjo 3, Saturday, Jan. 18

When the two sets of brothers in We Banjo 3—yes, there are four members, only two of whom play banjo, so the name is two-thirds misleading—hit the stage at Newport Music Hall on Saturday night, fans will be treated to the group’s signature mix of Americana, Celtic and bluegrass music. Touring in support of the album Roots to Rise Live, the band welcomes opening act The Drowsy Lads, a mainstay of Columbus’ Irish music scene. $20-$36.

First Responder Face-Off, Saturday, Jan. 18

Columbus firefighters and police officers will square off on the ice in the annual hockey showdown at the Schottenstein Center. The charity match raises money to support the families of first responders, including a scholarship program for children of police or firefighters who have died or become disabled. The event also plays off the rivalry between the professions, which is mostly exaggerated in pop culture and the public's imagination—except in New York, where a brawl between firefighters and police broke out during a charity hockey match.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert, Saturday, Jan.18-Sunday, Jan. 19

Enjoy all the drama of the action-packed "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," made even more magical by a live orchestra performing Patrick Doyle's unforgettable score, at the Ohio Theatre this Saturday (2 and 8 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.).

Katherine Arden, Sunday, Jan. 19

The Columbus Metropolitan Library kicks off its 2020 Carnegie Author Series on Sunday with Katherine Arden, the bestselling writer of the Winternight Trilogy: "The Bear and the Nightingale," "The Girl in the Tower" and "The Winter of the Witch." The free talk at the Downtown branch starts at 2 p.m. and is followed by a book signing. Copies of Arden's books will be on sale at the library.


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