Brian’s picks – October 6

Arkady Orlovsky conducted the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for 17 years. But the only time local residents have gotten the chance to see his mastery of the cello, other than at Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concerts, has been during homecoming guest stints such as the one slated at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Fridays at First concert series at First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. The free performance also will feature his wife, pianist Tamara Orlovsky, who performed an annual concert with the orchestra for years. Information: 812-372-2851.

The stories of the polished, creative artists in Brown County often nearly are as winding as the roads from one studio to the next. I always have enjoyed seeing them work and hearing them converse with visitors. The free, self-guided 15th annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour runs through October at 14 studios, from weavers to painters. Maps and a guide are available online at, at Brown County Visitor Center in downtown Nashville and at many businesses in Nashville. The route is well marked. No reservations are required. Studios are generally open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily but any exceptions are noted on the map. Information:

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