Jenny’s picks

Looking for a chance to see this year’s Oscar-nominated shorts? YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St., will open its Oscar Shorts screenings Jan. 29 through Feb. 4. Check its website,, or call 812-378-0377 for times.

I like a good New Year’s celebration, and the Chinese New Year Gala promises to be just that. Set for 3 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Columbus North High School, the evening will feature performances and a silent auction as well as a dinner. Tickets: $10 for gala performance and silent auction. Dinner tickets: $10. Children younger than 5: $5 for a combo ticket covering both performance and dinner. Information: Jinchao Lu, 352-226-2259 or

A new discovery about myself: I cry at weddings. I think my tears are based on the sheer magic of coordination: the clothes, the cake, the venue — everything works in tandem for a beautiful day. So I’m planning on strolling around the annual Bridal Show, noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 31, Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike. More than 60 booths showcasing reception locations, photographers, caterers, dresses, cakes and other wedding necessities. Admission is free. Presented by The Republic.

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Jenny Elig is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5671.