Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Best Bets for the Week of Jan. 25-31

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Best Bets for the Week of Jan. 25-31

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Saturday

Guy Klucevsek: If the dance-fever addiction of zydeco and/or Brave Combo's polka/pop fusion haven't done enough to convince you that the accordion has become a hip instrument, all you need to do is lend an ear to squeeze-box genius Klucevsek. He's spent 40 years perfecting his blend of folk-inspired and "new classical" music for the accordion and spreading it around everywhere from the Berlin Jazz Festival to New York's Lincoln Center to "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood." Both his appearances at the Edison last year were sold out, but he's back at the Washington U. theater at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. For more info, see the story on page 15 or call 935-6543.

Fydlstyx: While Alabama devoted a whole song to pointing out that if you're gonna dance, you gotta have a fiddle in the band, Fydlstyx makes that point in just about every number. This acoustic duo presents a highly eclectic mix of early American airs, Irish jigs, bluegrass, Eastern European folk dances and country-Western-- and in the process, they employ a dazzling variety of instruments, both domestic and exotic). But Rick Ulman and David McNair leave no doubt why these traditional dance numbers are called fiddle tunes. They play at 8 p.m. at Focal Point. More info: 961-6881.

"Escape to Polynesia": Nope, we're not talking about a South Seas cruise. That's the name of the 1996 edition of the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual orchid show, which opens Saturday and runs through Feb. 25. The Garden has been putting on this show since 1924, and the display of hundreds of rare and spectacular orchids is a big, big favorite. Admission to the Orthwein Floral Hall is $2 for those 13-64, $1 for age 65 and up, and free for members and for kids 12 and under. That's plus the regular Garden admissions, which are $3, $1.50 and free for those same categories. Garden hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information: 577-9400.

"A Show of Hands": Want to feel like Shaquille O'Neal? At this new Science Center exhibit, which opens Saturday, you can slam-dunk a king-sized basketball using a six-foot-long hydraulic hand. The traveling exhibition is all about the wonders of the human hand, and it includes lots of really, truly hands-on displays. …

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