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Kung Fu in Reno, kickin' in Nashville

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Globe staff / October 23, 2005

'Chun Yi: The Legendof Kung Fu'
RENO, Nev.
Through Jan. 1

If your local martial arts studio or the 1970s TV series ''Kung Fu" are your only experience with this ancient Chinese discipline, pack your David Carradine poster and head to the Eldorado Hotel Casino. The story of a young boy seeking enlightenment celebrates the philosophy and skill of Kung Fu through elaborate choreography, acrobatics, and music. The 65-member performing company from Beijing ranges in age from 9 to 23. Shows are Tuesday-Sunday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $31-$41.

345 North Virginia St. 800-648-5966.,

Alberta Centennial


The province of Alberta, Canada, knows how to celebrate a birthday. More than 1,000 events and festivals have been taking place all year, and even after the clock strikes 12 on Dec. 31, the party continues. Through Dec. 31, the Calgary Science Centre Centennial Project ''Alberta Skies" illustrates the link between art and science using photographs of the night sky over Alberta taken by Alan Dyer. From Dec. 15-18, Canmore hosts the Alberta Centennial World Cup, a competition for top international cross-country skiers. Through Dec. 1, visitors may view images and fossils at ''Finders: A Century of Fossil Hunting in Alberta" at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller.

800-252-3782.; 888-257-2005.

Civil War Weekend at Old Washington State Park
Washington, Ark.

Nov. 5-6

When Union forces captured Little Rock in 1863, Washington became the Confederate capital of Arkansas until 1865. Travel back to the Civil War era when reenactors take up residence at Old Washington State Park. Chat with military and civilian reenactors as they go about their daily 19th-century activities dressed in period attire, and in the afternoon watch hundreds of them drill and battle. There are also a dance, political rally, demonstrations of period crafts, and a mercantile where you can buy reproductions from the era. The park's attractions include the Edwards Weapons Museum, the print museum, a re-created blacksmith shop, the Pioneer Cemetery, and historic houses. Free this weekend (park for $3). Guided tours for museums and historic structures are $7 for adults and $4 for children (under age 6 free). Battle re-enactments are $5 for adults and $3 for children (under age 6 free).

Route 278, 18 miles southeast of Nashville. 870-983-2660.

Sawdust Art Festival


Weekends, Nov. 19-Dec. 11
When a winter festival boasts waterfalls, a town square, a lifesize gingerbread playhouse, Santa Claus, and more than 170 artists in an outdoor setting, you are probably not in New England. Artists from around the country display and sell handmade jewelry, glass, ceramics, and paintings over four weekends at the 15th annual Winter Festival. Take free art classes and see how you measure up with the pros, enjoy holiday carolers, children's shows, and outdoor cafes (definitely not New England). Take in Celtic harp and bamboo flute music, school and community choirs, bands, and the sounds of a glass harmonica. The festival is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (until 7 on Nov. 19 for the tree lighting ceremony). Adults $5, children $2, under 6 free, festival pass $7.

935 Laguna Canyon Road.

Gaylord Opryland's'A Country Christmas'

Nov. 17-Jan. 8

The Radio City Rockettes won't be kicking in Boston this year, but they debut three new scenes when they perform their ''Radio City Christmas Spectacular" at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville (through Dec. 31). Shows are daily and tickets are $29-$75. ''ICE!" is a collection of ice sculptures carved from 1.5 million pounds of ice, and designs include the Grand Ole Opry stage and a 10-foot slide. Adults $14.75 and $16.75, children $7.25 and $9.25. Other shows include Skaggs Family Christmas, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, Uncle Scrooge's Christmas Banquet, indoor water shows, carriage rides, and more than 2 million lights.

2800 Opryland

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