Brian picks – July 27

Singer and actor Kyle Dean Massey’s lighthearted storytelling, evident in online clips, seems as polished and entertaining as any of his other gifts — and a definite draw, in my opinion, for his Cabaret at The Commons show at 7:30 p.m. today in downtown Columbus. The performer will include songs from “Pippin,” and his other Broadway musicals, as well as material from the TV show “Nashville” in which he starred, as a part of his 75-minute set. Tickets are $20, $35 and $55, available at or 812-376-2638.

Two-time Emmy-winning WISH-TV reporter, humorist and author Dick Wolfsie aims to dissect your funnybone a bit when he speaks at a free presentation at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. His topic, “What Is This? Some Kind of Joke?”, will include a look at why people laugh, why men tell more jokes than women and other angles on humor. Wolfsie will bring along his popular Beagle, Toby, who has made other visits to Columbus. Information: 379-1266 or

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