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Mark Poutenis

Artful Amusement

SUN 1/25

Fine art museums are not child-friendly. Curious little hands and clumsy little feet have no place near million-dollar canvases. Not to mention the tendency of 20th-century art to be shocking, if not completely vulgar or prurient -- which is a shame because many modern artists derived inspiration from innocent sources. Marc Chagall's winsome figures and playfully unreal scenes evoking his Russian childhood create a sublime effect that adults can appreciate, but which are completely appropriate for and enjoyable to youngsters. In the hands-on exhibition "Chagall for Children" at the Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum in the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center (11155 SW 112th Ave.), the special needs of rambunctious youth are addressed. The fear of destruction is assuaged by the more than 20 high-quality reproductions (paintings, sculptures, and other media) accessible to the young art connoisseurs. Interactive features designed to further involve the kiddies include a computer program that lets the user play with digital versions of Chagall's art. The show runs through the first week of May and is open from noon to 5:00 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 per person; $4 for seniors. Call 305-271-9000, ext. 268. -- By Margaret Griffis

Sing a Song

Choir tunes up community

SAT 1/24

With the swift wave of his wand, Miami Children's Chorus music director Timothy Sharp hopes to bring all of South Florida together -- black and white, Latino and Lithuanian, environmentalist and real estate magnate. Sharp will be leading the members of his choir along with anyone else who has lungs in a sing-along concert called All Together Now. The selections will be easy to sing and will embrace the idea of cultural diversity. There will be refreshments and T-shirts for the first 50 kids to show up. The concert begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Sanctuary at ArtSouth, 240 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. Admission is free. Call 305-662-7494. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez


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