Brian’s picks – August 17

1) The 18 temporary installations of the exhibition portion of Exhibit Columbus finally make their official public debut from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at a free public party at Mill Race Park on Fifth Street. Of course, a couple of the works, including “Another Circle” at the park, have been attracting curious eyes since early this month. The party is one of several opening weekend events for the local exploration of art, architecture and design. Information:

2) Not to go overboard on local architecture, but the “Columbus” movie has won praise from movie critics from coast to coast — and you might want to consider buying a ticket to see it now if you hope to catch it that opening weekend of Sept. 1 at YES Cinema, Fourth and Jackson streets downtown. It’s terrific enough that reviewers have labeled it beautiful. And that’s even more remarkable when you consider that it was shot here last year in a minimal three weeks with a budget of less than $1 million, according to The Los Angeles Times’ interview with director Kogonada. Information:

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