Brian’s picks – October 27th

The annual YESfest Friday through Sunday offers an affirming way to support independent film, highlighting 21 such works to be presented at YES Cinema, Fourth and Jackson streets in downtown Columbus. Movie topics range from “Papa,” a documentary about Florida’s Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, to “The Train,” starring Eli Wallach as a Holocaust survivor teaching life lessons to a young man. Tickets are $7 for individual sessions (shorts are presented in a group) or $35 for an all-film pass. Information: yesfilmfestival.com.

There will be more gap-toothed grins at The Night of a Thousand Jacks than a national tooth fairy convention. They’ll manifest in the creations of patches of jack-o-lanterns created by local residents demonstrating their wit and whimsical take on Halloween. There also will be costume contests, games, candy and plenty else from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at FairOaks Mall at 2380 25th St. in Columbus. Information: nightofathousandjacks.com.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.