Brian’s picks

You’ve got to love a musical fundraiser in which you get to see your friends and acquaintances sing sometimes sour notes and maybe even belt a tune as off-key as William Hung via karaoke — and everyone laughs good naturedly and loves it. That’s part of the environment amid the third annual Crooners For CASA event from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 9 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. The event generates money for Advocates for Children’s work on behalf of volunteers who represent the interests of abused or neglected children in court cases. Tickets are $50 each and available at croonersforcasa.com.

When some people have eyed the whimsical Chaos I sculpture in The Commons, they sometimes have wondered aloud what creator Jean Tinguely was thinking. Look no further than the free, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives exhibit “Chaos in the Commons” for insight. Featuring a range of materials, the display on the second level of The Commons, 300 Washington St., sheds light on Tinguely and original Commons architect Cesar Pelli’s vision for a community gathering place.

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