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Multiculturalism 101
Mike Gorman

SAT 1/24

Have the kids beaten all their video games? Has the newness worn off the Christmas goodies? How about some international fun this weekend as an alternative to the whining and boredom? The national traveling exhibit "Children Just Like Me" comes to the Young at Art Children's Museum (11584 W. State Rd. 84, Davie). The Cincinnati Museum Center created this touring display based on the award-winning book by Barnabas Kindersley, Anabel Kindersley, and Susan E. Copsey. Travel through six continents exploring their many traditions and learn what average kids do for fun. Study games from Poland, or listen to music from India. Try a new dance step or two while visiting Egypt and Mexico. Art will be on display in the museum, as will authentic dress from 11 countries. If the artsy-fartsy stuff doesn't tickle your fancy, food is always a good way to explore other cultures. Taste-test specialties from Tanzania or cuisine from the mountains of Northern Vietnam. You can also enjoy puppet shows and dancing, but just keep your fingers crossed it isn't another version of the Chicken Dance. See the children of many nations starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $5, which is a whole hell of a lot less than a day's admission to a certain theme park, and with fewer people too. Call 954-424-0085. -- Beth Kirkpatrick

Bard Core

Shakespeare, quick and dirty

FRI 1/23

So the kids find Shakespeare drier than a piece of burnt toast. Maybe they just need to ingest smaller doses to realize the genius of Big Willie's style. Consider zingers like, "I do smell all horse-piss; at which my nose is in great indignation." The cast of the Hollywood Boulevard Theatre knows how to slice through the iambic pentameter and serve up just the good stuff. In its original production, Bits o' the Bard , it performs the juiciest parts of more than ten plays faster than you can say, "Truly thou art damned, like an ill-roasted egg, all on one side." Every scene is narrated in layman's terms to help the audience understand what's going on. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center (2030 Polk St., Hollywood). Call 954-921-3404. -- Deirdra Funcheon

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