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The classic “Aladdin” finally comes to life as a live-action flick beginning at various times today at Columbus’ nonprofit YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. downtown. In the story starring Will Smith as a genie, a kindhearted street urchin (Mena Massoud) and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Proceeds at YES benefit 30 different programs operated by the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center helping residents in the downtown area, with everything from job skills to parenting effectiveness. Tickets are $4 and $6. Information: yescinema.org.

2) Perhaps you love history but are seeking a different peek into yesteryear. Then look no further than the charm and detail of local history maven Debra Slone. She’ll take you back in time more than a century with an eye-opening walk-through the private, second-story restored Victorian family quarters of Zaharakos as part of the new Historic Zaharakos Tour. Presentations are at 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 329 Washington St. You’ll get a look at the Mechanical Music Library, Soda Fountain Library and the elegant crystal parlor suite of Victorian rooms where the Zaharako family lived until 1914. Cost is $15 at columbus.in.us/zaharakos-tour/.

3) The whimsy of Chaotic Tuesday returns from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the first floor of The Commons, where the ever-popular kinetic sculpture Chaos I gets another workout, especially for the young and young-at-heart. The activity this month includes making 3-D glasses, which is in itself cool enough. Plus, who knows? Perhaps the finished product could also function as an altogether fitting accessory for anyone planning to catch the upcoming Elton John flick “Rocketman.”

Brian Blair is a Republic reporter. He can be reached at 379-5672 or [email protected].

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