Brian’s picks – October 19

Monk Martin Luther stirred far more than a spiritual storm and revival with the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago — and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic will highlight a bit of the Reformation’s impact on the arts when it presents the Philharmonic Chorus and three featured soloists singing Johann Sebastian Bach and Vaughan Williams at “The Reformation,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and a in newly added matinee, 3 p.m. Oct. 29, at Judson Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St. in Columbus. Information and tickets: 812-376-2638 or

Members of The Graveyard Stompers claim their music will wake the dead. You’ve got to love a band that dresses in costume — or dresses to kill, as they put it — and then performs a mix of Halloween-season cover tunes and originals. The group will put a chill up your spine at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Harlequin Theatre inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. in Columbus, where a cash bar is available. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For students, $10 at the door. Available at Viewpoint Books, downtown Columbus, the FairOaks Mall office. Information and reservations: 812-343-4597.

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