Romantic sensations

The fire flickers against the faint backdrop of night. Two lovers gaze longingly into each other’s eyes, sip the last of the wine and embrace in the heat of passion. Sounds romantic, huh? To experience this again—only in a slightly more public arena—New Age piano man Jim Brickman will leave fans starry-eyed with romance this weekend when he brings his Simple Things Tour to town. The former ad man—who wrote jingles for the Gap, among others—apparently uses his selling skills in his own music. “Between songs, he tells stories that are amusing and interesting,” devoted fan Richard Burroughs says on "In a way, it’s like you’ve stepped into his den while he shares with you pieces of his life." Brickman hits the stage at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St. Tickets are $25 and $35. Call 787-8497.