Brian’s picks – December 21


If you’re struggling to feel that Hallmark happiness about the Christmas season, I offer you a gift with a bright bow: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” unfolding at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harlequin Theatre inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. in Columbus. I have seen partial run-throughs of the show over the years, and I can testify that it laughingly lifts one out of the doldrums the way the angel Clarence lifted central character George Bailey from his depression in the Frank Capra classic. Tickets: $15 in advance at the mall or online at theharlequin, or $20 at the door; $10 for students. Information: 812-343-4597 or


The late Xenia Miller’s eclectic creche collection, built from Nativity scenes the art lover and philanthropist purchased across the globe, should be enough to draw people to the “Holiday Traditions Exhibit” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at the Bartholomew County History Center, 524 Third St. in Columbus. Admission is free. Information: 812-372-3541.

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