Brian’s Picks 01-07-2016

You truly can be a student of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. when the Bright Star Touring Theatre, of Asheville, North Carolina, presents the free drama “Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement” at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. The organizer, the Columbus Area Arts Council, again is making study notes available to the public both online at and at the event, as it has done with its previous MLK Day presentations. The work highlights events such as the Montgomery bus boycott to the March on Washington. Information: 812-376-2539.

Yes, winter winds finally have blown away those unseasonably toasty temperatures. But chill. The Columbus City Winter’s Farmers Market from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through March on the western end of FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St., offers a warm, easy access spot for one-stop shopping for vegetables, meats, baked goods and even homemade soaps and toiletry items. Information: Columbus City Farmers Market Facebook page.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.