Brian’s picks – April 20

1) The Music At Asbury program has borne as much fruit through the years as organizer Chuck VanNatta’s blooming orchard at his Columbus home. The eclectic music lover recently revived a smaller, easier-to-manage version of the series. The 12-member Indiana University Guitar Ensemble will be up to strum-thing good — specifically, baroque to The Beatles — at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1751 27th St. in Columbus. The concert is free, but donations are accepted. Information: 812-372-6494.

2) Numbers don’t lie. And the good cooks at the annual First United Methodist Church Smorgasbord regularly have fed more than 1,000 diners at their event that has supported a range of missions since its inception in 1965. If you have a hunger to help others, go eat from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 28 at the church, 618 Eighth St. Actually, you have a choice of dine-in, carry-out or delivery. Tickets: Adults $12 advance, $14 at the door; children 5 to 10 years $5 advance, $6 at the door; children ages 4 and younger eat free. Information: 812-372-2851 or

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