Brian’s picks – December 1

There is no such thing as a bad presentation of “A Christmas Carol.” ArtReach Theatre of Cincinnati, known for both its creative adult and children’s-oriented shows in Columbus, present a kids’ version of the Charles Dickens classic at 6 p.m. Friday at Old National Bank’s First Fridays For Families series presented by the Columbus Area Arts Council. The show is free, and the lessons from Mr. Scrooge’s nighttime visitors are, of course, priceless. Information: 812-376-2539 or

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” nearly falls into the same category of “A Christmas Carol” for me. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra brings to life the fanciful “Nutcracker Suite” along with other works at its annual free Christmas concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Commons, 300 Washington St. And who can resist a carol sing-along with Parkside Elementary School choir? Information:

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