Jim Fischer highlights five shows/concerts worth your attention this week.

For 17-plus years, I wrote a thing for ThisWeek Community NEWS called The Beat, and a weekly feature was Fischer's Fab Five – five shows/concerts/performances, regardless of genre, style or medium, that I felt were worth your attention.

Starting now, we're going to bring a little bit of that to The Latest at CM. You're welcome.

Six String Concerts bringsCatie Curtisto the Columbus Performing Arts Center Friday, Jan. 8. Curtis exudes a poetic rambunctiousness that makes her a gem of the genre. Her recently released 13th CD,Flying Dream, boasts more of the same.

Emerging songwriter Chad Elliott opens.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students and $5 for youth. Visit sixstring.org.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra celebrates the work of Russian composers this weekend at its Russian Winter Festival, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8-9, in the Ohio Theatre.

The music of Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky and more will be performed. The highlight piece for Saturday's concert is Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich (which is also the focus of the latest installment of the CSO's new Access series - low-cost, teaching-meets-concert programs designed for those less familiar with the repertoire – at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, also at the Ohio.

Pianist Natasha Paremski joins the CSO Saturday for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.

Visit columbussymphony.com for ticket information.

Local roots quartet The Spikedrivers has announced it will be on hiatus through the remainder of 2016 at least (save for a few one-off festival gigs, like Comfest). The down-n-dirty country-folk-blues crew will be missed, so you should plan to catch their see-ya-later show Saturday, Jan. 8, at Park Street Saloon.

The Paranormals are also along for the ride. Tickets are $15. Visit saloon.woodlandsproductions.com.

Opera Project Columbus, Columbus' grassroots opera company, will present Gian Carlo Menotti's classic Amahl and the Night Visitors at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, in the Lincoln Theatre.

The production will be fully staged featuring primarily local talent.

New Executive Director Zeke Rettman said the company doesn't plan "anything crazy" with the "classic Christmas miracle story," but promises superlative production value. Former Columbus Symphony Orchestra maestro Alessandro Siciliani, who conducts the orchestra, called the cast "extraordinary" and the orchestra "talented."

Tickets are $16.50-$36.50. Visit operaprojectcolumbus.org.

Brian Fallon, frontman of the magnificent New Jersey muscle-rock outfit The Gaslight Anthem, recently released his first solo record, Painkillers, and will be here in town for a Wednesday, Jan. 13, show at the Newport Music Hall (originally scheduled for the A&R Bar).

This promises a little bit of Gaslight with a little bit of his side project, Horrible Crowes, and a fresh songwriting approach by Fallon himself.

Cory Branan opens. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 day of show. Visit promowestlive.com.