Brian’s picks – February 22

1) Cabrina Jackson told me a couple years ago that her mother regularly required her and her siblings to learn about key African-American figures. When the youngsters were old enough to write, they had to compose monthly essays on such topics. Jackson brings that concept to a free Black History Month event, “Did You Know?”, at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. People ages 1 to 20-something will dance, recite poetry, perform skits and more to highlight black inventors and performers through the years. The crowd gets to guess the person’s identity. Information: 812-379-1266 or

2) The Columbus City Band generally offers a musical warmth that belies the season for its annual free winter concert, scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Commons. The 50-plus member group, composed of hobby-oriented and professional players alike, boasts a substantial following in Bartholomew and surrounding counties.

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