Brian’s picks – February 9

I relate to much of Hope writer/actor Pete Law’s formative years: An older sister who once humorously used him for her own gain but would have defended him to the death; a passionate father whose intensity could be as profane as my own Dad; and a mother who apparently was strong and straightforward enough for him to compare her to classic TV character Maude. He rolls all of that and more into his comic, one-man show, “The Laws of Jackson Street,” to be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19 at Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St. on on the historic Hope town square.

Many members of the volunteer Columbus City Band are polished enough that they perform in an array of professional ensembles at paid gigs here and there. The ensemble’s next concert — free, by the way — will be 2 p.m. Sunday at The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus, where the band sometimes has drawn 500-plus people. Information:

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