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Exhibitions and events in November and December

'November 22, 1963'


Nov. 22-March 21: The Andy Warhol Museum marks the 40th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination with the debut of ''November 22, 1963: Image, Memory, Myth." In collaboration with the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the exhibit examines media's original and continuing role in portraying the shattering event. The curators draw on historic photos from before and after the shooting, investigation documents, charts tracing the bullet's course, and conspiracy theory materials. Several home movies, including the famous Zapruder film, are screened in the galleries. Among the artists' images are Pittsburgh native Warhol's 1964 series of portraits of the widowed Jacqueline Kennedy and 11 rarely seen screenpints in ''Flash: November 22, 1963."117 Sandusky St. 412-237-8300.

New center

HYDE PARK, N.Y.Nov. 15: The Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center makes its debut as the starting point for tours of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and National Historic Site. Named in honor of FDR's first secretary of agriculture who then was vice president in FDR's third term, the center includes orientation exhibits; a new video, ''A Rendezvous with History: The Roosevelts of Hyde Park"; conference rooms; an auditorium; a cafe; and a museum store. New York architects Kliment and Halsband used Colonial Dutch building style, a Roosevelt favorite, as inspiration for the Wallace Center. It's the first new building here since the presidential library was built in 1941. Among the other historic sites are the Roosevelt Home, Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage, a.k.a. Val-Kill, and FDR's retirement retreat known as Top Cottage. US Archivist John Carlin, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and the West Point Glee Club are participants in the free, public dedication on the afternoon of Nov. 15.

4079 Albany Post Rd. 845-486-7770.


LAS VEGASOngoing: The language of desire finds a unique voice in Cirque du Soleil's newest and third permanent Las Vegas production. Through dance, movement, costumes, and live music, a multicultural cast of 50 romp in the human zoo of ''Zumanity: Another Side of Cirque du Soleil." Open only to adults 18 and older, the 90-minute show is risque and risk-taking as its creators explore the complex theme of human sexuality. ''Zumanity" is presented in a theater custom-built for the original production at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Along with traditional seats in the 1,259-seat theater, there are sofas and cabaret stools. To help unravel the mysteries of sexuality, drag queen Joey Arias is the Mistress of Seduction. The other Cirque productions in Vegas are ''O" and ''Mystere."

New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. 800-963-9634; 702-740-6815.;


MOUNTAIN VIEW, ARK.Ongoing: First discovered in 1963, the Blanchard Springs Caverns in the Ozarks opened for guided tours in 1973. Since then, more than 3 million visitors have gone underground to ooh and aah about the colorful ''rooms" in one of the nation's top 10 caves. Filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and other limestone formations, the caverns' largest room is 65 feet high. Three years ago, the US Forest Service added guided tours of the ''Wild Cave," an undeveloped section. The tour lasts about four hours and is for wannabe spelunkers who neither claustrophobic nor worried about getting stuck in narrow passages. The wild tour requires advance reservations. The caverns, located in north central Arkansas about 100 miles from Little Rock, are open year round.Highway 14. 888-757-2246.

Rookwood exhibit

PHILADELPHIANov. 15-Feb. 8: Last year the Philadelphia Museum of Art received the Gerald and Virginia Gordon collection of Rookwood art pottery to honor the museum's 125th anniversary. ''Elegant Innovations: American Rookwood Pottery, 1880-1960" is the first public display of 140 donated pieces, an impressive array of styles spanning the 80 years the pottery was made until the Cincinnati company closed in 1960. Long a favorite with collectors, the production and limited-edition pottery is known for its distinctive colors and glazes. The Gordon collection is rare for its depth in all phases of Rookwood styles executed by the artists over the years, reflecting a variety of influences and art movements.Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. 215-763-8100.

Power Vista

LEWISTON, N.Y. Ongoing: Learning about electricty is a snap at the Niagara Power Project's Power Vista. Located 4 miles downstream from Niagara Falls, the New York Power Authority plant's visitors center has 50 interactive exhibits that allow visitors to see the light on converting Niagara River water into electricity. Among the displays are images of the 1961 construction of the state's largest electric generating plant, a terrain map, and a restored mural of Niagara Falls by Thomas Hart Benton. Among the hands-on stations are a bicycle generator, a Victorian house, and an electric lab. The center also has examples of 100 electric vehicles. Visitors can make an electronic postcard, putting themselves into one of four Niagara Power Project images and then e-mailing the card to friends. During the recent widespread blackout, this plant never failed, and even increased its output.5777 Lewiston Rd. 716-286-6661; 866-NYPA-FUN.

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