Brian’s picks – January 25

1) Longtime pilot David Gray’s head is in the clouds much of the time. And so is his art. The Seymour native, who grew up in Columbus, just opened his latest exhibit at the Columbus Area Visitors Center’s Gallery 506, at 506 Fifth St. Much of the display features his works of military aircraft that have fascinated him ever since he played as a youngster in an old C-119 cargo plane at the former local Bakalar Air Base, now the Columbus Municipal Airport. He began drawing airplanes in second grade. The free display runs through February. Information: 812-378-2622.

2) My own grandson fell in love with the kidscommons children’s museum in downtown Columbus on a visit last year. And, obviously, so do thousands of other youngsters. To help support the facility, you can get tickets to Carnivale USA 2018 from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 10 at the museum. The 21-and-older event, featuring live music, food and live auction, always is as fun as the place itself. Tickets are $75 and available at

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