1) I’m no Neil deGrasse Tyson or Stephen Hawking or Carl Sagan (RIP), but I do feel a pull of mystery and curiosity when I look up at the sky. I’m excited about the Summer Show at the L.S. Noblitt Planetarium, 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Columbus East High School, 230 S. Marr Road, Columbus. The summer program schedule features “Solar Eclipse of Aug. 21: Safety Tips for Observing,” “East Constellation of the Summer Sky” and “Hubble Telescope Discoveries.” Tickets: $15 at the door.
2) After piano lessons but before upright bass lessons, I bounced around a couple of instrumental options, including flute and harp. My parents talked me out of the flute (too many flutists to complete with) and the harp (they didn’t want to help me lug it around). But I never quite got over my love of that gentle stringed beast. Friday’s Spotlight on the Plaza at the Bartholomew County Public Library’s Plaza, 536 Fifth St., showcases the Hip Harp Duo, featuring Jan Aldridge on a full-size, electric concert harp and Michael Beck, who plays a hybrid percussion setup. They’ll perform a mix of jazz standards, original songs, pop music and rock songs, and Irish, African and Brazilian sounds. The show runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rain location is the Red Room. Information: 812-379-1266; or visit mybcpl.org.