Film freebie: Cincinnati Spiritual Cinema Community spends an evening with the multiple-award winning (including an Oscar for best picture) Gandhi - first the movie, later a discussion, one that should be especially relevant considering all that's happening on the world stage right now. 7 p.m. today, New Thought Unity Center, 1401 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Free but donations are always welcome. 961-2527.
Yo, dancers: It's the best of all worlds: A chance to mix 'n' mingle, a chance to have a cocktail, grab a munchie and dance the night away. That would be Fun Dance Plus, an almost-weekly dance party complete with instructors (this week they're teaching East Coast Swing) and four hours of hitting the hardwood. 7:30 p.m. today lessons, 8:30 p.m. dance, Quality Inn, 1717 Glendale-Milford Road, Evendale, $10, $7 for dance only. 753-7603.
Irish songs: Jack Quinn's celebrates March with a night full of music from teada (pronounced TAY-da), straight from Ireland and steeped in tradition. Even the instruments they use - bodhran, button accordion, flutes, bouzouki) - are authentically traditional. 8 p.m. today, Jack Quinn's Emerald Ballroom, Fourth and Court streets, Covington, $20. 533-4822.
Critic's pick: Starsky & Hutch (PG-13): Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson.
Hidalgo (PG-13): Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif
Touching the Void (not rated): Joe Simpson, Simon Yates.
The Dreamers (NC-17): Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel
Cut prices: Joseph-Beth Booksellers has a Winter Blues Sale, knocking 20 percent off tons of stuff, including books, CDs, gift items and more. But it doesn't apply to gift cards, the cafe or items already discounted. Go in early and stay late so you can catch mystery writer Ian Rankin signing his new Question of Blood. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. today (Rankin signs at 7 p.m.), Joseph-Beth, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood. 396-8960.
24 hours out: Ever wonder what really happened inside Lucasville during those notorious 1993 riots? Find out when author Gary Williams, a training officer at Warren Correctional Institution, signs and discusses his Siege in Lucasville. The book chronicles the riots through the eyes of prison guard Larry Dotson, who spent 11 days as a hostage. He'll be at the signing, too. 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dickens Book Shop, 26 S. Broadway, Lebanon. 932-7001.
48 hours out: Xavier University's popular Piano, Guitar and Swing/Jazz Series rolls out the keyboard for classical pianist Jon Nakamatsu and a program that includes Schumann's "Papillons" and Brahms Sonata No. 3. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Gallagher Student Center Studio Theater, XU, Evanston, $17-$19. 745-3939.
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