Brian’s picks

Here are a few local entertainment options selected by The Republic’s Brian Blair.

* Over my time here, I have followed and written about a lot of local bands. Among those, one particular frontman has fascinated me in recent years, and I have told him so: Matt Lee of Night Owl Country Band. Few people tell local performers they can land a TV spot, however brief. Night Owl has done it multiple times on Indianapolis’ WISH-TV. Fewer still tell local ensembles that they can play prestigious venues such as the Grand Ole Opry. But Lee and his bandmates did that, too. You can catch the act, now boasting a new lineup, at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St. in Edinburgh. Admission is $10. Information:

* One hardly can turn on the TV these days without catching actress Hillary Swank promoting her new faith-based movie “Ordinary Angels” that recently opened at nonprofit YES Cinemas 328 Jackson St. in downtown Columbus. Leaders of at least one local church that bought seats of an entire showing days ago has encouraged others to do the same to support the true-story flick based on a family and church in Louisville, Kentucky. Swank plays a struggling hairdresser and recovering alcoholic who fiercely rallies an entire community to help a Christian, single dad (Alan Ritchson) caring for two young daughters, including one who is critically ill and needs a liver transplant. (See Review, Page D4). Information:

* You can catch the Dogs of Society band with its Elton John tribute show at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville. The group is especially focused on the 1970s-era artist with such hits as “Bennie and the Jets,” “Crocodile Rock” and “Tiny Dancer.” Information: