Brian’s picks

Jazz artist Carol Welsman’s soothing vocals seem as comforting as a misty, spring rain. And for those who are wondering, she can sing nearly anything with flair, from Peggy Lee to the Doobie Brothers to Willie Nelson, while giving the material a unique tweak. Catch her as she opens the Columbus Indiana Phiharmonic’s new season of Cabaret at The Commons at 7:30 p.m. today at downtown Columbus facility, 300 Washington St. Tickets are $15 to $50. Information: 812-376-2638 or thecip.org.

If we’re truly concerned about a sedentary and obese America, especially with our young people, we can put some muscle behind the Third Annual Youth Triathalon at 7 p.m. Saturday at Columbus’ Donner Aquatic Center, 739 22nd St. The event for youth ages 6 to 14 carries a fee of $35, which seems like a good investment in health — and one that always pays dividends. Information: 812-372-7867 or foundationforyouth.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.