Brian’s picks – January 1

1) As a guy who literally learned to read to the whimsical, rhyming cadence of Dr. Seuss, and a fellow who once presided over a house of four cats, I have no choice but to suggest that you make a purr-snickety choice of seeing The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s presentation of “The Cat in the Hat” at 6 p.m. Friday at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in downtown Columbus. The free youngster-oriented show, based on the children’s classic book and featuring audience participation, is part of the Columbus Area Arts Council’s Old National Bank First Fridays For Families series. Information: artsincolumbus.org.

2) I readily confess: I know about as many of the newer “Star Wars” characters of recent years as I know dark pockets of the solar system. But I know and enjoy composer John Williams’ music in the series of films. And if you’ve ever heard contemporary music scholar Aaron Krerowicz’s enthusiasm for those movies’ scores rise like a bold, brassy instrumental interlude, as I have, then you may wonder how the soundtracks intersect with the characters and more. Krerowicz will offer such insight in his free, hour-long multi-media talk, “The Music of Star Wars: A Celebration of John Williams Film Scores” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus.

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