Brian’s picks

1) We would be remiss if we didn’t offer a quick reminder right here that the much-heralded Exhibit Columbus exhibition is finally here, with various opening elements from today through Aug 26 — most of them free — including a community party Saturday at Mill Race Park. If interest in the 17 other elements of pop-up architecture play out as well as the first-constructed, multi-colored piece, “Between the Threads” at Seventh and Washington streets, the inaugural event will be as big a success story as the local architecture in general. You can find all the info at: exhibitcolumbus.org.

2) I have known singer Kate Hamilton since she was a toddler, and watched her develop as a performer and a person through the years. She was terrific even as a young adult, and I know she’ll be vocal dynamite at the Great American Songbook fundraiser Sept. 9 for the local Granny Connection’s work with AIDS orphans in Zambia. She will perform with the Ron McCurdy Quartet, which has traveled nationwide. A live auction begins at 7 p.m., and the concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available at Viewpoint Books in downtown Columbus, are $30 in advance and $35 at the door for adults and $15 for students. Information for credit card purchases: Marina at 812-350-0528.

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