This long weekend brings 'America's Got Talent' auditions, 'Cleopatra', and the first hint of baseball, as well as a day to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Here are some of the best bets for weekend activities.

This long weekend brings America's Got Talent auditions, Cleopatra, and the first hint of baseball, as well as a day to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Here are some of the best bets for weekend activities.

Friday Baseball preview

The Cleveland Indians and the Columbus Clippers will hold an event to introduce new Clippers manager Chris Tremie and spotlight three Indians players from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Columbus Hilton, 401 N. High St. The Indians players will be catcher Carlos Santana, a former Clipper; and pitchers Zach McAllister and Nick Hagadone, both of whom split time between Columbus and Cleveland last year. Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus will moderate a question-and-answer session between fans and Tremie and the players. Admission is free. Details at

Young Jeezy

Noted for hit singles and hip-hop feuds, Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy will continue the hustle on Friday in the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40 to $65. Call 614-461-5483 or visit


Columbus Dance Theatre will perform the premiere of Cleopatra — including dance, music, theater and video — at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday in the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Tickets cost $12 to $30. Call 614-849-0227 or visit

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Saturday America's Got Talent audition

The NBC series America's Got Talent comes to Columbus to hold auditions for contestants to compete in the next season. Auditions for any age and any talent start at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. Get details at

Christian jam

Attendees can rock out and offer praise at Winter Jam, a Christian rock-and-pop showcase to feature Grammy-winning chart topper TobyMac — plus Red, Matthew West, Jamie Grace and others — at 6 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena, W. Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road. Tickets cost $10 at the door only. Visit

Fantasy film

See a young Jennifer Connelly, furry puppets and an even shaggier David Bowie with tremendous ’8 0s hair during a late screening of the fantasy film Labyrinth (1986) at the Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Ave. Muppets creator Jim Henson directed the movie, and George Lucas was one of the producers. The event begins at 11:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Details at 614-358-2886 or

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Sunday Marilyn Manson

Still freaky after all these years, 44-year-old alt-metal songwriter Marilyn Manson — born in Canton — will amp up the theatrics over his croaking voice and an electronic edge. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Tickets are $39, or $42 the day of the show. Details at 614-461-5483 or

'Chicago' by Shadowbox

Shadowbox Live will present an encore run of its fall hit Chicago — the Kander and Ebb musical about sex, crime and corruption in the 1920s — at 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 17 at 503 S. Front St. Tickets cost $30, or $20 for students and senior citizens. Call 614-416-7625 or visit

Ohio State lacrosse

The Canadian national men’s team will travel to Columbus for an exhibition game against the Buckeyes at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, 2491 Olentangy River Rd. Admission is $5, or $3 for youth. Details at 614-292-2624 or

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Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

The annual holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader begins with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center ( ). The Columbus celebration takes place in the afternoon, starting at City Hall at 4:15 p.m., The annual march begins at 5 p.m. to Veterans Memorial for a free program that runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ( )