Brian’s picks – February 2

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Music Director David Bowden long has encouraged and shaped developing young artists before their name has landed on metro marquees seemingly everywhere. Case in point: He booked vocalist and Indianapolis native Angela Brown for concerts years before New York and other cities excitedly came calling. He did the same with pianist Di Wu, a now-global musician who makes her fifth appearance with Bowden and company at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Clarence E. Robbins Auditorium, 230 S. Marr Road. Tickets range from $5 to $50 at 812-376-2638 or

You can get your fill of some of the best homemade soups, chilis, breads and desserts and let your altruism spill over at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4 when the 19th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser gets cooking at Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St. in Columbus. Tickets range from $3 for the youngest children to $25 for adults also getting a keepsake bowl and an all-you-can-eat option.

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