Night & Day

July 2 - 8, 1998

Tuesday
July 7
Remember clogs -- those blocklike, wooden shoes that were popular during the '70s and made lots of noise? Well, clogging is an American folk dance that also makes lots of noise. But there the similarities end. Cloggers wear special shoes with taps on the heel and the toe. Once the shoes are laced on, dancers perform something akin to Irish step-dancing, moving back and forth, up and down, and from side to side with shufflelike steps. Clogging was adapted from various European folk dances and first became popular in the United States in the Appalachian Mountains. Today the Sea Turtle Tappers Clog 'n Country Dancers will rehearse, as they do every Tuesday, at Pioneer Park in Deerfield Beach, dancing to everything from banjo to pop music. The public is welcome to watch. For $3, folks can also join in. The session takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The park is located at 150 NE Second Ave., Deerfield Beach. Call 954-480-4429 or 954-748-0604.

Wednesday
July 8
To Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld, a chair wasn't just something on which to sit; it was an abstract composition of surfaces and lines in space. So, back in 1918 he took the concept of the overstuffed armchair, stripped it to its bare bones, and called it Roodblauwe Stoel (Red Blue Chair). Its sleek, simple lines and spare construction lent the piece of furniture a sling-back look, like that of a wood-frame beach chair. Other designers must have thought highly of it, because soon Rietveld's chair was the model for the de Stijl design movement, which saw furniture as "realistic sculptures for our future interiors." Indeed, Rietveld's piece was so far ahead of its time, it looks futuristic even today. A miniature version of the chair is included in "100 Giants of Chair Design," on view through July 29 at the Design Center of the Americas, 1855 Griffin Rd., Dania. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Call 954-920-7997.

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