Brian’s picks – January 12

Broadway and cabaret singer Johnny Rodgers literally has traveled the globe in recent years entertaining audiences of nearly every cultural background — and doing so with a reminder that his shows are not about him but about the songs. He brings his latest installment, “Legends of American Music,” to The Commons, 300 Washington St., in Columbus at 7:30 p.m. today as part of the Cabaret at The Commons series. The 75-minute concert will include material from Louis Armstrong to Elvis Presley to James Taylor. Tickets are $20, $35 and $55, with food and drinks available. Information: 812-376-2638.

Especially in the past 15 years, I have become a big believer in some elements of homeopathic health. Registered homeopath and certified nutritionist Katia Martinho sees at least one of her callings as education. So she will offer the free presentation, “Homeopathy: A Holistic Approach to Health,” at 6 p.m Jan. 23 in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. Information: 812-379-1266 or my

I’m uncertain I ever had seen Columbus crowds crazily whoop and shout over dance the way they did the first time I watched “Dancing With the Stars … Columbus Style.” But the annual event that normally sells out two shows at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center still stirs plenty of reaction — and all to help Children Inc. and Family School Partners. The set-up: Local dance instructors perform with local notables from a variety of fields in the community. Shows are at 2 and 8 p.m. Information:

Looking for ways to easily enjoy a segment of winter with the little ones beyond the chill? Polly Verbanic can bring parents and youngsters a sense of wondrous warmth at the free “Story Time With Polly Verbanic” at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Viewpoint Books, Sixth and Washington streets in downtown Columbus. Information: 812-376-0778 or