Brian’s picks – July 21

1) I was clueless about architects and artists when I moved here in 1987 that I didn’t know the late sculptor Henry Moore from Henry Winkler, TV’s Fonzie on “Happy Days.” Even so, I found Moore’s Large Arch interesting as it watches over the Bartholomew County Public Library plaza. A birthday bash for Moore, who would be 118 were he still alive, and a gathering to pay homage to his piece marking his 45-year-old piece will held from 4 to 6 p.m. July 30 at the plaza, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. The celebration will feature music by the Columbus band Born Mountaineer, as well as a drawing activity for all ages. presented by the Columbus Area Arts Council. The event will also include a pop-up exhibit about Moore and the classic work.

2) I have been among those in the past decade who have wondered aloud why the library plaza is rarely used for events. But I can be quiet now. The library’s wonderfully free and still-new Artist Spotlight On the Plaza series continues there from 7 to 9 p.m. July 29. And you’ve got to love a featured group called the Space Traitors, pegged online as presenting “outer space pop punk.” Should be a blast (off). Information:

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