Brian’s picks

1) Sweden’s The Real Group seems more than surreal with its amazingly layered vocals backed by its own voice-produced beat — all amid considerable a capella awe. Doubters need look no futher than a collection of videos of jazzy pop all over the Web. The quintet, originally inspired by Bobby McFerrin, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Tickets are $25, available at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and Viewpoint Books. Information: therealgroup.se.

2) If you need a reminder this is Valentine’s Day weekend, perhaps you’ve allowed your heart to harden just a bit. But, well, ah, take heart, cynics, and save yourself. Dance Indiana’s Sweetheart Dance will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Commons, 300 Washington St., in Columbus. Tickets are $20 per person, available at the door. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Information and tickets: danceindiana@gmail.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.