Brian’s picks – November 9

1) Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas-Grimm have colorfully and creatively sung about Hoosier history so often that someone should write a song about these two teaching troubadours someday. The duo will lead part of “Midwestern Tales: Folksongs and Folklore” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. Reinhold Hill, IUPUC’s vice chancellor and dean and also a folklorist, will add storytelling and interpretation during the presentation inspired by little-known facts about the state’s sometimes scandalous past. The show is free.

2) OK, look. Exhibit Columbus installations will remain intact only a couple more weeks and you haven’t stood on the “Conversation Plinth” at the Bartholomew County Library Plaza on Fifth Street yet or burrowed into a comfy grassy couch of sorts along the edge of the Cummins Corporate Office Building at “Anything Can Happen in the Woods”? Would it help to know that Conde Nast Traveler just included Columbus among the world’s 20 Best Cities For Architecture Lovers, for crying out loud, right next to Rome and Florence and Barcelona? The temporary works will be here until Nov. 26. Information: exhibitcolumbus.org.

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