Brian’s picks – December 7

1) Maybe the only thing sweeter than Christmas candy this time of year is the Cox family harmony at a holiday concert. I have heard them, known as Lei’gacy, several times over the past few years. No pun intended, their music is a gift — just like the group’s 27th annual free yuletide concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in downtown Columbus. It’s more than just their sound; it’s their passionate heart, powerful enough to melt the heart of any griping Grinch.

2) I last saw a live, local version of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” three years ago — and loved it as much as I always have admired ol’ Chuck’s determination to love the right reason for the season. So, if you longingly ask, “Can anyone tell me what Christmas is all about?” then I will point you in the direction of Mill Race Theatre Company’s production of the Peanuts classic at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Columbus East High School’s Clarence E. Robbins Auditorium, 230 S. Marr Road. Tickets are $7, available at the door.

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