Brian’s picks

1) Forget thinking your kid, grandkid, niece or nephew wants to be a pirate. They already are, matey, according to children’s comic performer David Engel. He said he believes they naturally seek adventure, independence and discovery. He brings his Pirate School to Old National Bank’s free First Fridays for Families at 6 p.m. Friday at the Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. With it comes lessons of polite behavior and learning courage. Information: 812-376-2539 or

2) Actor Jimmy Stewart could have read the phone book onscreen and I would watch today. I never liked older movies much until I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” with him as the depressed George Bailey. Besides, I’ve gotta love the fact that, in YES Cinemas’ Classic Film Series showing of “The Philadelphia Story,” at 7:01 p.m. Friday, he plays a reporter, though of the tabloid variety, in the romantic comedy. Tickets are $5. Information: