Arts and entertainment discounts for cash-strapped fans

Blue Jackets

Deal: Discounted tickets for home games

Web: bluejackets.nhl.com

Students with ID can come to the box office an hour before game time to get a pair of tickets for $25 each (lower bowl) or $15 each (upper bowl). Rush tix are a great deal - especially with Raising Cane's coupons included - though availability is sometimes limited.

Canzani Center

Deal: Free admission

Web: ccad.edu

This gallery hub at CCAD hosts senior thesis shows, exhibits produced by the Bureau for Open Culture and many more visual treats. The faculty biennial show runs through Dec. 6, and the free offerings rotate regularly.

CAPA

Deal: Discount theater tickets

Web: capa.com

Generally once a week during theater runs, CAPA offers 11 at 11 - $11 tickets for a show at 11 a.m. The next special is Nov. 20 for A Midsummer Night's Dream. If you're not an early riser, you can apply to become a volunteer usher. In addition to lightweight theater duties, you get to sit in on performances.

CATCO

Deal: Discount theater tickets and drinks

Web: catco.org

The first Thursday night of a CATCO run means Half-Price Happy Hour - half-price tickets and half-price drinks. Because of Thanksgiving, the next one happens Dec. 4 for A Christmas Memory & the Thanksgiving Visitor. Also, discount tix are available to students and seniors an hour before Thursday and Sunday shows.

Columbus Arts Card

Deal: Discounts on arts events and movies

Web: columbusarts.com

Designed to spur arts interest among young professionals, the Arts Card is available for $40 to residents under 40. Cardholders get invites to exclusive parties and about $1,500 in discounts on cultural events hosted by local organizations. A $25 student card is also available.

Columbus Museum of Art

Deal: Free admission on Sunday

Web: columbusmuseum.org

It's almost like cheating when you head to the CMA from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Lord's Day for free admission to the permanent collection and some temporary exhibits. Sunday public tours run at 2 p.m.

COSI

Deal: Discounted admission on last Friday of the month

Web: cosi.org

During Family Friday Nights, admission to permanent exhibits and a movie on the giant Extreme Screen is only $7 from 5 to 9 p.m. The science destination also will host its annual open house - free admission to everything - Dec. 7.

Drexel Theatre

Deal: Discount movie tickets on Mondays

Web: drexel.net

On Mondays, viewers can enjoy movies in the last remaining Drexel theater for just $5 (down from $8.50 other nights). Other theaters have discounts - including $5 admission to AMC Theatres before noon on weekends - but this is the best deal for night owls.

Ohio State University School of Music

Deal: Free (or very cheap) concerts and recitals

Web: music.osu.edu

OSU's orchestras, ensembles and solo musicians host regular concerts at beautiful Campus venues. If events aren't free, tickets cost only $6 for the general public. Don't miss the Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Weigel Auditorium.

Wexner Center for the Arts

Deal: Free admission on Thursday

Web: wexarts.org

New York didn't even get a chance to see Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms, the acclaimed multimedia retrospective of the pop artist - let alone for free. But you can, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Warhol Free Thursdays. Admission and workshops are free on the first Sunday of the month, too.

Deal makers

In addition to the sweet deals above, these tips can help you pinch pennies and enjoy the arts.

Join a group: Per-ticket rates often drop when buying in bulk. Generally, you'll need at least 10 friends for a decrease.

Exploit your student ID: Nearly every arts organization in town helps cash-strapped college kids enjoy life's finer things.

Join mailing lists: What's true for the Miley Cyrus Fan Club holds true for local arts groups. E-mail blasts and newsletters often include deals, coupons and early notices for in-demand shows.

Turn 60: Entertainment becomes cheaper the harder it gets to move around. This is life's cruel irony.