Brian’s picks – December 22

I first grew fascinated with famed architect Eero Saarinen when I interviewed his daughter years ago about how he used her child-like help in the early 1960s. WTIU and the Columbus Area Visitors Center are teaming up for a free screening of the documentary, “American Masters Eero Saarinen: The Architect who Saw the Future” at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 506 Fifth St. in Columbus. The film follows his son, Eric, as he visits the sites of his father’s work.

Comedian Mike Armstrong is almost as much of a local New Year’s Eve staple as television host Dick Clark became nationally. Armstrong, of Louisville, has played twin-bill, sold-out New Year’s Eve shows at YES Cinema for the past the past three years. He returns for stand-up performances at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the venue at Fourth and Jackson streets in Columbus. Tickets are $20 in advance at YES, or by calling 812-379-1630; or $25 at the door the day of the shows.

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