Doings Down Under; orchids to 'Hairspray' at home

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March 12, 2006

Commonwealth Games
MELBOURNE March 15-26

If you're gamely suffering Olympian withdrawal, there are good sports from 71 nations competing at the 18th Commonwealth Games. Among the 12 individual and four team sports are aquatics, badminton, cycling, gymnastics, squash, table tennis, triathlon, and weightlifting. In honor of the games, Australia Post is releasing about 100 stamps. If you bring a radio, you can enjoy live commentary, statistics, and interviews while you watch. The games were last held in Australia in 1982, in Brisbane. There will be 245 medals awarded to the athletes.

Visit for a schedule and ticket information.

Orchid exhibition and sale
New York Botanical Garden

BRONX Through April 2

A tree grows in Brooklyn, but more than 8,000 orchids are growing in the Bronx, at least through April 2 at ''The Orchid Show: An Exhibition and Sale of Fine Orchids." Epiphytic orchids in the Lowland Rain Forest Gallery are in beds of tropical foliage and also hanging from trees. Miniature orchids in the Upland Rain Forest Gallery have flowers from two to four millimeters wide in an assortment of colors. Fountains of orchids tumble from faux coral stone columns in the Palms of the Americas Gallery. Visit Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission (Tuesday-Thursday) is $15, $13 students and seniors, $5 children. Prices Friday-Sunday are $18, $16 students and seniors, $5 children.

Bronx River Parkway (exit 7W) and Fordham Road. 718-817-8700.

International children's festival
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


This sounds like an artistic Olympics. Performers from Japan, Uganda, Russia, Canada, and the United States entertain at four venues in the Annenberg Center. The festival includes the Daredevil Opera Company's ''Circus Inferno" celebration of slapstick (April 30), the Russian American Kids Circus of professionals ages 6 to 16 (May 2-6), and the ''Same Spirit Different Movement" hip-hop, jazz, and tap extravaganza (April 30, May 2-6). Activities extend outdoors tothe Annenberg Plaza Stage. Outdoor events are free with a ticket to an indoor show. Individual show tickets are $12 ($9 for each additional show), $10 for children under 18 ($7 for each additional show).

University of Pennsylvania, 3680 Walnut St. 215-898-3900.

Luxor Hotel & Casino

LAS VEGAS Ongoing Harvey Fierstein has gone from milkman to mama. The raspy-voiced actor recently finished playing Tevye on Broadway in ''Fiddler on the Roof" and is now reprising his Tony Award-winning role as the '60s Baltimore housewife Edna Turnblad in ''Hairspray." This musical about a segregated TV teenage dance show won eight Tony Awards in 2003. Fierstein leaves the show April 30, but its run is indefinite. Tickets start at $65.

3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 800-557-7428.

The Buried Village
75th Jubilee (1931-2006) ROTORUA , New Zealand

In 1886, less than 40 years after a Christian missionary established Te Wairoa, the village was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. For more than four hours, rock, ash, and boiling water bombarded the village and buried 1,900 square miles in volcanic mud. Excavations that began in 1931 uncovered the schoolhouse, flour mill, hotel, blacksmith shop, and several small houses. The Buried Village museum provides information about the eruption, archeology, and vulcanology. Twelve acres of excavated architectural sites include the blacksmith shop, flour mill, and Rotomahana Hotel. You can visit from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $15, $13 students and seniors, $4 children 5-15.

Events sometimes are canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; call or check online to confirm. Contact June Wulff at

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