Though piano man Dane Terry launched his brand of comedic cabaret here in Columbus, he's been honing his experimental take on Tin Pan Alley in New York City for the past several years, garnering positive reviews and, this year, the Ethyl Eichelberger Award, given to an artist who exemplifies the late drag queen's "larger-than-life style and generosity of spirit" and "multi-talented artistic virtuosity."

Though piano man Dane Terry launched his brand of comedic cabaret here in Columbus, he's been honing his experimental take on Tin Pan Alley in New York City for the past several years, garnering positive reviews and, this year, the Ethyl Eichelberger Award, given to an artist who exemplifies the late drag queen's "larger-than-life style and generosity of spirit" and "multi-talented artistic virtuosity."

Terry's newest musical theater production, "Bird in the House," features songs from his 2015 release, Color Movies (on Tonk Records, also home to Andrew Graham's Swarming Branch). The show, described by Terry as "modular musical theater," opens with the artist seated at the piano in a recreation of his childhood living room. A fuzzy TV flickers as a woman representing Terry's mother lounges in an overstuffed chair. He sings a tender ballad about a TV newscaster and Sensodyne toothpaste. Dogs go missing. Aliens are involved.

Like a goofier Randy Newman, Terry's music is clever and incisive, and this song cycle loosely based on his Midwestern youth is a great way to reconnect with an artist who left Columbus but took his roots with him. (Don't miss it)